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How To Load Film Into A Fed I 35mm Film Camera

Loading film into a Fed 1 is just as easy as changing the memory card in a digital camera. Watch and see!

The Importance of Truth in Documentary Photography

Developing a Compositional Vocabulary in Photography – Part Three: “Perspective”

As photographers, we often hear about the importance of using perspective when capturing images, but what does this actually mean?

First of all, perspective isn't something that can be changed by changing your lens. Perspective can only be changed through a shifting of the photographer's physical position. This does not just mean moving in closer or further away from your subject, but also moving in a vertical plane, shooting from above, or getting down low. In this video, I go over the basics of using perspective as part of your compositional vocabulary:

Part One: “Seeing”
Part Two A: “Simplicity A”
Part Two B: “Simplicity B

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The Power In Giving Rather Than Taking Photographs

I'm back from my adventure down to NOLA. This was my second trip down to shoot photos for a project I'm working on in New Orleans. I made sure to make prints from my last adventure to the Crescent City, and to give them away. The joy in being able to give people their photos was overwhelming. If you haven't made prints of your social documentary photography yet, what's keeping you?

Book Review and the Philosophy of Street Photography

A short book review along with the philosophy behind Grit Street:

To me, street photography is more than just taking pretty pictures. At its highest level, street photography is about provoking intellectual and social action. I try to weave art, politics, philosophy, and social action into my work. Grit Street Photography is a high-contrast, high-grain, B&W style of street photography that seeks to invoke an emotional, intellectual, social, or political response from the viewer. Grit Street is a mixture of documentary photography, photojournalism, and street photography. Unlike most street photography that we see today – which tends to have no particular objective or message – Grit Street has deliberate psychological, social, and political intentions.
Streetwise: Masters of 60s Photography (English and Spanish Edition)

"Fortunately, there is a pictorial record that documents the tumult of the time, taken by a then young generation of photographers who saw themselves as part of a new frontier of photography. Some fused their heightened social awareness with existing models of documentary photography... In sum, these image-makers produced a distinctly engaged and personalized version of what had come to be known as social-documentary photography, a new and sophisticated postwar [I'll add "post-modern"] approach embodied in the fresh term 'street photography.' ... Street photography was viewed as a form of dissent from the depictions both of mass-media photojournalism and of the traditional form of social documentation still being practiced on the Left." -Andy Grundberg -
Chair of the Photography Department at the Corcoran College of Art and Design

The Importance of Testing Development Times in Film Photography

The Importance of Testing Development Times in Film Photography - Stand development with Rodinal - Stand development, Rodinal, Tri-X, Kentmere 400, film photography

Developing a Compositional Vocabulary in Photography – Part Two B: “Simplicity”

Developing a Compositional Vocabulary in Photography – Part Two B: “Simplicity” BONUS VIDEO

Part One: “Seeing”
Part Two A: “Simplicity A”
Part Two B: “Simplicity B”
Part Three: "Perspective"

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