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Canon Launches New Educational Program for Current and Prospective EOS Users

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I will often publish media releases related to photography on this blog in order to help keep you informed. These media releases are created by the respective companies. I edit the releases for space as needed.

Canon recently announced the launch of Canon Live Learning, a new on-site education program targeted towards photographers who currently use or are interested in Canon’s popular line of EOS photographic products. Canon Live Learning (CLL) will offer high-quality classes and workshops conducted by a number of the industry’s leading professional photographers, Canon’s Explorers of Light. CLL attendees will learn how to get the most out of their gear while also having the opportunity to try out Canon’s latest line of EOS products.

“Through the Canon Live Learning program we are hoping to empower and inspire our customers to further enhance their skills and passion for the art of imaging,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, senior vice president and general manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A. “Canon Live Learning adds value to the experience of owning and using Canon photographic products.”

CLL will consist of two distinct educational opportunities: EOS Essentials and EOS Extras. EOS Essentials is a two-day weekend program which will start on Saturday with a mini-conference for participants to learn about a variety of topics, followed by optional hands-on workshops. On Sunday, participants will be organized in smaller groups and take part in workshops conducted by a Canon Explorer of Light professional photographer. The EOS Extras program is a series of exciting, two-day hands-on workshops with a Canon Explorer of Light. Participants will go on location in order to learn about photographic techniques and try Canon’s latest EOS equipment. Potential participants can go online to learn more about each program and register at this Web page.

EOS Essentials
The Canon Live Learning EOS Essentials program is ideal for photographers who are interested in learning how to get the most out of their EOS and other photography equipment. During the first day of the program, four topics will be covered, at approximately 90 minutes per topic. Canon Explorers of Light, local professional photographers and Canon instructors will present each topic through an inspirational blend of on-screen content and live demonstrations. After each presentation, questions and answers will be encouraged to further discussion and elicit new ideas. Topics in 2009 will include: “Creative Lighting with Speedlites,” “HD Video with EOS DSLRs,” “Landscape/Nature Photography,” and “Maximizing Your EOS.”

The optional second day of the EOS Essentials program will offer a choice between two different hands-on workshops, each with an attending Explorer of Light photographer and other professional instructors. These workshops will be interactive and limited to 16 participants each. Participants will also be able to try out Canon’s latest line of EOS products during these workshops. Workshop topics will vary according to the location, and are posted on the Canon Live Learning Web site.

In 2009, the Canon EOS Essentials program will be held in the following cities:

New York, N.Y. May 30th – May 31st
Chicago, Ill. June 13th – June 14th
Los Angeles, Calif. June 20th – June 21st
San Francisco, Calif. July 18th – July 19th
Boston, Mass. TBD
Seattle, Wash TBD
Atlanta, Ga. TBD
Dallas, TX TBD

Confirmed Canon Explorers of Light who are scheduled to deliver at least one program are: Vincent Laforet, Bruce Dorn, Bob Davis, George Lepp, Darrell Gulin, Adam Jones and Jennifer Wu. Various local professional photographers, such as Carol Dragon, Richard Koci Hernandez and Paul Kennedy, are also scheduled to participate. Canon U.S.A. instructors will include Brian Matsumoto, Carl Peer and James Rose.

All EOS Essentials presentations will be shown using Canon REALiS multimedia projectors for superb image quality, and each location will feature an equipment demonstration area where participants will be able to handle and try a wide range of Canon imaging products, including EOS cameras, EF lenses and Canon imagePROGRAF and PIXMA Pro photo printers.

EOS Extras
In addition to the EOS Essentials program, Canon Live Learning is offering EOS Extras where participants will have the opportunity to take part in a weekend of instruction on location at an interesting site with a Canon Explorer of Light. In this program, participants will get even more extensive hands-on experience and come away with an increased knowledge and understanding of their Canon EOS equipment. Participants will have the opportunity to use additional EOS equipment as well. The first EOS Extras weekend program is scheduled for June 6th through June 7th in Aspen, Colorado with Explorer of Light Tyler Stableford. Additional destinations will be announced in the coming weeks.

Written by jeremyparce

May 12, 2009 at 10:40 pm

Places to Go on the Web – Great Photo Sites Issue 18

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I love photography. Not only do I love to take photographs, I love to talk, teach, and explore photography. I also like to look at great photographs to get ideas on how I can be a better photographer.
If you have any interest in digital photography, then a visit to some of these sites is worth your time. Looking at great photos will help make your own photos better because you can get ideas, tips and see what and how others are photographing their subjects. As your cruise Cyberspace, spend a few minutes looking at these Websites:

Camille Seaman: Photographer Camille Seaman is a graduate of the State University of New York at Purchase where she studied photography with Jan Groover. Her photographs have been published in Newsweek, Outside, Men’s Journal and in the PDN magazine. Her environmental images are breathtaking.

Steven Laxton: Steven Laxton’s images are a perfect balance of light, shadow and composition. He has a great ability to allow his images and the viewer to connect. If you have limited time, be sure to visit the gallery, “city nights.”

Howard Schatz: Fine-art photographer Howard Schatz makes images with such appeal, you feel like you’re inside the frame with the subject. His “Underwater” gallery is especially appealing has Schatz specializes in the underwater environment using a specially designed pool/studio.

Written by jeremyparce

May 9, 2009 at 4:42 am

‘Capture The Moment: The Pulitzer Prize Photographs’: Displayed at the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics

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I will often publish media releases related to photography on this blog in order to help keep you informed. These media releases are created by the respective companies. I edit the releases for space as needed.

“Capture the Moment: The Pulitzer Prize Photographs,” the largest and most comprehensive display of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs ever shown in the United States, recently opened at the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics at the University of Mississippi. The exhibition will be on display through July 3, 2009.
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“Capture the Moment” features 138 images drawn from each year’s winning entries from 1941 – the first year a photograph was eligible for the prestigious award – up to and including the award-winning 2008 image of a Japanese videographer fatally wounded during a demonstration in Myanmar.

The exhibit includes dramatic and poignant news and feature photographs, including Jack R. Thornell’s photo of a wounded James Meredith crying out in pain (1967 Pulitzer); Joe Rosenthal’s World War II photo of the raising of the flag by U.S. Marines on Iwo Jima (1945 Pulitzer); the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina (2006 Pulitzer); and Nathaniel Fein’s shot of Babe Ruth watching his number retired at Yankee Stadium (1949 Pulitzer).

“The Pulitzer photo gallery is one of the most popular attractions in the Newseum. We are delighted the exhibit can be on display at Ole Miss,” said Charles L. Overby, chief executive officer, Newseum.

The Pulitzer exhibit will open formally April 22 at 5 p.m. at the Overby Center with a panel discussion about the photographers and the fascinating stories behind their award-winning photos. Panelists will include Ken Crawford, a Newseum producer who has interviewed more than 50 Pulitzer Prize-winning photographers, and Susan Bennett, a Newseum vice president and veteran reporter who covered the South for UPI. Charles L. Overby will moderate the panel discussion, which is open to the public. A reception will follow.

“Capture the Moment” has been seen by more than 2 million visitors in museums and history centers across the country, including the Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas, Washington State History Museum and Minnesota History Center. The Newseum developed the traveling exhibit with Business of Entertainment, Inc., New York, with Cyma Rubin as curator.

“Capture the Moment” includes photos of ordinary people caught up in extraordinary events. Some are tragic, such as Stanley Forman’s 1975 photo of a woman and child falling from a broken fire escape during a Boston fire. Others are just short of miraculous, including a 1953 photograph by Virginia Schau – the first woman and second amateur to be honored – of the rescue of two men from the cab of a tractor-trailer as the truck hangs precariously off a bridge.

A dozen photographs relate to World War II, Korea and Vietnam, including Nick Ut’s image of a young girl – clothes burned off by napalm – running toward the camera.

Domestic and social issues also can be found throughout. The first Pulitzer Prize was awarded for a photograph of a picket line fight during a 1941 United Auto Workers’ strike in Detroit.

About the Newseum
The Newseum, which opened a year ago on historic Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., blends five centuries of news history with up-to-the-second technology and hands-on exhibits. The world’s most interactive museum takes visitors behind the scenes of news and instills an appreciation of the importance of a free press and the First Amendment. The Freedom Forum, a nonpartisan foundation dedicated to free press, free speech and free spirit, is the main funder of the Newseum’s operations. While independent of any media companies, the Newseum receives additional support from individuals, corporations and foundations.

About the Overby Center
The Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics is funded through a grant from the Freedom Forum. The Center’s mission is to create better understanding of the media and politicians and the role of the First Amendment in our democracy. The Center features programs, multimedia displays and writings that examine the independent and interrelated relationships of the media and politicians – past, present and future. Because many leaders in media and politics have come from the South, the Overby Center pays special attention to Southern perspectives.

Books for Your Library: ‘American Music’

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Photo books are a great addition to any library. As photographers, we are constantly searching for new ideas and are always interested in seeing concepts-done-well. Here’s a suggestion to add to your library …

Annie Leibovitz is a photography icon. She is one of the most celebrated photographers in the world for her unique and captivating way of photographing popular culture.
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Her book, “American Music,” is a perfect example of her ability to document the American experience. The book focuses on, as the name implies, music in the American society. From jazz and blues to punk and hip-hop and everything in between, Leibovitz brings viewers and intimate look at the music and musicians who are part of the American experience.

Leibovitz has a unique way of bringing out the “natural” in her subjects. Even when the shot is overly-posed, she has a unique way of relaxing her subjects so that their “real” personality is expressed.

If you’re a fan of both music and photography, then this book is a definite must-have for your bookshelf or coffee table.

Written by jeremyparce

May 6, 2009 at 5:28 am

Places to Go on the Web – Great Photo Sites Issue 17

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I love photography. Not only do I love to take photographs, I love to talk, teach, and explore photography. I also like to look at great photographs to get ideas on how I can be a better photographer.
If you have any interest in digital photography, then a visit to some of these sites is worth your time. Looking at great photos will help make your own photos better because you can get ideas, tips and see what and how others are photographing their subjects. As your cruise Cyberspace, spend a few minutes looking at these Websites:

Donald Weber:  Toronto-native photographer Donald Weber’s documentary work is both beautiful and captivating. He currently resides in Russia where the bulk of his work has focused. Weber didn’t start out in photography, however. The award-winning photographer began his career as an architect in the Netherlands.

Mikhael Subotzky: This Johannesburg-based documentary photographer was born in 1981 in Cape Town, South Africa. His work has been featured in major galleries and museums around the world. His recent prizes include the 2008 ICP Infinity Award, the 2007 KLM Paul Huf Award and the 2006 F25 Award for Concerned Photography.

Connie Bransilver: Conservationist and photographer Connie Bransilver’s work has spanned the seven continents. She is an internationally-known nature photographer, author and speaker.

Great Ads Use Great Photography Part III

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I love advertising/commercial photography. It’s one of the most creative forms of photography there is and in today’s marketplace, advertising photographers have to be in fifth-gear all the time. While you may not be an ad shooter and may not even aspire to be, you can get some great ideas looking at the work. Here’s a look at some of my favorites.

virginradio1Product: Virgin Radio
Advertising Agency: zig
Photographer: Michael Graf
Tagline: Give your radio a reason to live

directv1Client: DirecTV Broadcast – This is for the first sport event DirecTV broadcast on HD, the Barcelona vs Real Madrid match in Ecuador.
Advertising Agency: La Facultad, Quito, Ecuador
Photographer: Ramiro Salazar

hondagoldwing1Product: Honda Goldwing
Advertising Agency: Reichl und Partner, Vienna, Austria
Photographer: Tim McPherson
Tagline: The new Goldwing. And what’s your favorite toy?

Books for Your Library: ‘Seen Behind the Scene’

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Photo books are a great addition to any library. As photographers, we are constantly searching for new ideas and are always interested in seeing concepts-done-well. Here’s a suggestion to add to your library …

Mary Ellen Mark has the ideal job for those who love both still photography and movies. Since the 1960s, she has worked on more than 100 film sets as a special stills photographer, making thousands of documentary photographs of life behind the scenes rather than the posed and polished photographs used for marketing.
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Her book, “Seen Behind the Scene,” is a collection of the best of those images. Her photography has taken her to the set of Francis Ford Coppola’s “Apocalypse Now,” to “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” She has also photographed behind the set of “Tootsie,” “Gandhi,” and “Showgirls.”

She continues to work documenting life behind the scenes. She has worked on “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” and worked on “Moulin Rouge.”

Her work also documents the rising power of “celebrity.” In her early career, she had full access to actors on the set. Now, with actors surrounded by an entourage of publicists, agents and assistants and a schedule that is airtight, her portrait work has become increasingly more difficult.

Q&A: Answering Viewer Questions

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I have received several e-mails asking various photography-related questions since the beginning of this Website. Here’s a few of the more common questions and my best answer. Thanks for submitting and I hope this helps.

Question 1: Which is better? Nikon or Canon?
This is one of those great debate topics some photographers like to get into with one another. It’s probably akin to the great Ford-Chevy, Toyota-Honda, Yankees-Mets (Yankees, no doubt) arguments heard at any watering hole in the U.S. So here’s the lowdown truth: Nikon, Canon, Olympus, Pentax and Sigma all make good products. It’s up to YOU to decide what you want from your camera and how much you want to pay. Are you a student who aspires to go pro? Then may I suggest starting out with a Nikon or Camera body and start building a collection of quality lenses. Are you a hobbyist who wants a great camera without breaking the bank? Olympus, Pentax and Sigma may be the way to go. It’s all about assessing your NEEDS and your WANTS then factor in how much you want to pay.

Question 2: Should I Consider a Career in Photography?
The short answer is, unfortunately, a resounding NO. It’s a tough market out there and it’s only going to get tighter.
If you’re a student, let me make a few suggestions. First, major in field in which you stand a better chance of finding employment. Computers aren’t going out of style anytime soon and neither is the folks who program, install, troubleshoot, repair and network them. Also, the healthcare field is booming. Registered nurses, respiratory therapists and X-ray technicians (sorry, I’m old … radiologic technicians) are great careers where you can make very good money.

You can ALWAYS take photography classes to help build your knowledge and experience but by majoring in another field, you’ll have a pretty good safety net for the fallback.

Here’s another tip: Schools that specialize in art education, while they offer killer classes and great opportunities, are VERY EXPENSIVE.
Here’s a scenario to ponder: If you enroll in a community college in your hometown and major in one of the allied health fields, you can expect to pay an average of $3,000 per year for school if you live and eat at home. For a two-year degree, that’s $6,000, but let’s be real generous and say $10,000 to cover everything. Once you graduate, say with a degree in respiratory therapy, your average starting salary will be in the $30,000/year range.

Now, tuition at a particular school of design I am well acquainted with, for ONE YEAR, is about $33,000. It’s a 4-year program leaving you with a bill of $132,000 and who knows if you’ll get a job.

If you’re serious about a career in photography, that’s great and by all means pursue it. But unless you’re living off a trust fund or mommy and daddy are willing to foot the bill, then be wise and have a safety net in place. I’m pretty sure you’ll be glad you did. And here’s a rule of thumb: If you’re making more money from your photography than you are your day job, then consider making the switch to full-time pro.

Question 3: Should I Spend More Money on the Camera Body or the Lenses?
This is another one of those age-old questions. OK, probably not “age-old” but at least one that gets batted around quite often.
My opinion? Spend more on glass. Lenses aren’t going out of style. A good piece of glass is a good piece of glass and I have lenses made in the 1960s that are still needle-sharp today. Camera bodies, especially now in the digital age, come and go out of style. More megapixels, better buffers, better sensors, are always going to outdate your current camera body. A good lens, however, isn’t very likely to become outdated after you purchase it.

Question 4: Manufacturer Lens or Third-Party Lens?
This one, for me, is a tough one. As a rule, I always say go with the manufacturers lenses. Canon, Nikon, Pentax and Olympus all make great lenses.

On the other hand, I’ve been quite pleased with the Sigma lenses I’ve used. The pro-level lenses are very nice and I can’t complain about any Sigma lens I’ve ever shot with.
So, I’ll adapt my philosophy to this: Manufacturer or Sigma.

Question 5: Do I REALLY Need to Know About Shutter Speed and F-Stops?
Well, the short answer here is “it depends.” Are you just interested in making snapshots? If so, set the camera on automatic mode and go have yourself a ball. If you’re interested in getting more polished or “professional-looking” images, then yeah, you need to know a thing-or-two about how a camera works and what all the settings do.

The good news is, it’s easy to learn. Photography is about more than shutter speeds and f-values. It’s about composing images and being creative. Once you learn the mechanics of photography, you can easily learn to apply them to make images that shine.

Good luck and keep shooting!

Thanks for your questions. If you happen to have a question I can kinda-sorta answer, drop me an e-mail at questions@brickhousephotoschool.com. I hope to hear from you soon!

Written by jeremyparce

May 2, 2009 at 5:15 am

Places to Go on the Web – Great Photo Sites Issue 16

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I love photography. Not only do I love to take photographs, I love to talk, teach, and explore photography. I also like to look at great photographs to get ideas on how I can be a better photographer.
If you have any interest in digital photography, then a visit to some of these sites is worth your time. Looking at great photos will help make your own photos better because you can get ideas, tips and see what and how others are photographing their subjects. As your cruise Cyberspace, spend a few minutes looking at these Websites:

Roy Toft: If you enjoy wildlife photography, the Roy Toft’s galleries are sure to please. Toft’s images focus on not just the wildlife specimen, but the characteristics that make the subject unique. His images have been featured in National Geographic, Audubon, and Discover magazine. In addition to his photography, Toft conducts photographic workshops in the area of wildlife imaging.

Shen Wei: Shen Wei’s project “Almost Naked” employs a great use of composition to convey emotion. In his artistic statement for the project, Wei says, “growing up in Mainland China, I was brought up strictly and conservatively, any untraditional and unconventional ideas of life-style can sometimes lead to misconceptions. I was numbed about the ideas of intimacy, sexuality and love. Since I moved to the United States, my needs for self-expression has grown. However, my curiosity about how others deal with their identity in what is a fairly open society like America has increased. As a result I started to photograph people and life in America. The goal of my projects are to raise the question about human nature, about emotions, feelings, desire, instinct and identity, to reveal things that you can feel it, that are unexplainable but yet still solid. I am fascinated with exploring the complexity of emotional nakedness and psychological connection/disconnection, as it is often expressed not specifically but explicitly.”

Carlos and Jason Sanchez: The Sanchez brothers have a unique way of photographing the world. The Montreal-based photographers have worked on numerous projects utilizing their unique – and sometimes shocking – use of composition.

The Great American Influence: Roy Stryker

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Roy Stryker may not be known for his camera work, but he is probably one of the most influential people in documentary photography.

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Roy Stryker

Stryker, an economist by training, was the head of the Farm Security Administration’s Historical Section – a U.S. government department that was created during The New Deal. The FSA employed such noted documentary photographers as Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, Gordon Parks and John Collier Jr. to name a few.

Born November 5, 1893 in Great Bend, Kansas, Stryker was the son of a farmer. He served in the infantry in World War I and when he returned home, he studied economics at Columbia University. He was asked to stay at the school once he graduated to teach economics with his mentor, Rexford Tugwell. The two collaborated on a book, “American Economic Life,” which used an extensive amount of photographs to highlight topics. Even in his lectures, Stryker used photographs from his collection to help bring a “real face” to the theories he was teaching.

Stryker followed his mentor to Washington D.C. as Tugwell was serving on President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Brain Trust. Tugwell was appointed as the head of the FSA and made Stryker the head of the Historical Section – the section appointed to document the FSAs initiatives.

Stryker assembled one of the greatest teams of documentary photographers with a single task: document the effects of the Great Depression on the people in the hardest hit areas of the United States.

Although not a photographer himself, Stryker understood the importance of photography as a tool to both document and to influence. With his work with the FSA, Stryker was a singular figure in building one of the greatest collections of documentary images in U.S. history.