Posted by: bpcweb | December 30, 2010

RIP Kodachrome

A sad day for film photographers…

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/30/us/30film.html?_r=4&hp

 

Posted by: 6x6pix | December 9, 2010

More Bad News for Film Photographers

A few months back we lamented Fuji’s decision to discontinue  most of its C-41 film stocks in 35mm and 120 formats. This time it’s large-format shooters whose options are being slashed, with Kodak announcing it has discontinued T-MAX 400 and T-MAX 100 T-grain black & white film stocks in 5×7- and 8×10-inch sizes.

Mike Johnston, in an informative post on The Online Photographer blog, reminds us to keep perspective:

Film isn’t dying; film is re-aligning, finding its new level in a post-digital world. As vinyl records did, it might go from a 95% market share** to a 4% market share, eventually; but propsperous trade for at least one company (and continued availability for aficionados) is still possible for a medium that has a single-digit percentage of a large market.

That’s a good way to look at it, but I expect most film photographers — especially those who are livin’ large (format) — are more comforted by Johnston’s reassurance that Kodak will continue to make these discontinued sheet films available as special orders for bulk purchase!

Posted by: acarlson | December 8, 2010

BPC Member Rebecca Skinner’s Show Opens Saturday

Posted by: bpcweb | December 8, 2010

Tonight! Pin Up Utopia Kick-off Event

Almost a year to the day after he debuted his collection of original mid-century styled pin up images, BPC member and photographer Chris Engles unveils Pin Up Utopia – a boutique service that offers personalized one-of-a-kind pin up sessions.

Join Chris at his kick off event Wednesday December 8th at Think Tank in Kendall Square.  Come by, meet the creative team, have a drink, nosh and get an eye full of… art.

Pin Up Utopia kick off event
Wednesday Evening December 8th
Think Tank
1 Kendall Square Building 300
Cambridge MA 02139

Posted by: 6x6pix | December 7, 2010

Photo Book Tutorial

Photographer John Paul Caponigro is featuring a webinar on his site entitled How to Sequence and Design Your Next Book Like a Pro.

The webinar is the work of photographer and designer Mat Thorne. Thorne, former Art Director at the Maine Media Workshops, has designed books for photographers Harvey Stein, Joyce Tenneson, Cig Harvey, and George Tice, among others.

It’s an hour well spent if you’re thinking about self-publishing your own photography book!

Posted by: acarlson | November 19, 2010

New Photography Book Featuring Street Music and Performance

Please join BPC photographers Robert Hunt and Sharon Devereux for the release and signing of their new book:

 

Posted by: 6x6pix | October 24, 2010

FT Magazine: How Annie Got Shot

The Financial Times Magazine has an interesting article on the market — or lack of one — for prints of Annie Leibovitz’s photos.

It’s a worthwhile read if you’re interested in Leibovitz’s work; moreso if you’re interested in the boundaries that exist between commercial/editorial photography and art photography. It also provides a decent primer on the various issues around pricing of photographic prints sold as art:

Prices in markets are set by supply and demand and the photography market is no exception. “If all of the stars were to align, you’d have an image that was a cultural product by a photographer who had entered the pantheon of art history and there would only be one print,” says Holdeman.

That hardly ever happens because photographs were made to multiply – the point of the technology is that a negative can be reproduced. “Rarity is essential and it is something that photography does not naturally have,” says Boloten. “You can print thousands of the things and a collector will ask: ‘Why am I paying a lot of money for a print when Picasso only painted one of each?’”

It touches a lot of bases for a fairly short piece — check it out, and if you’d like to let us know your own thoughts on some of these topics in the comments below, we’d love to hear them!

Posted by: 6x6pix | October 4, 2010

Member Showcase: Paul Marotta

Paul Marotta recently shared a batch of his great images from the 2010 Boston Music Conference Music Showcases. Here’s what he has to say about the experience, and challenges/concerns of shooting live performance in club settings:

I oversaw all of the photography for the Boston Music Conference this summer and fall. There were 12 different music showcase events with all genres of music, including jazz, folk, indie, rock, Reggae, Salsa, Reggaeton, Latin Rock and much more all of which took place at Mojitos in downtown Boston during the summer. The final showcase took place as part of the conference on September 26 at the Royale in Boston and all of the performances were an extreme challenge to shoot.

Essentially, light levels were low at best and shooting on my Nikon d200 with a variety of lenses, including a 20-35 f2.8D, a 16mm f2.8D, a 35-70 f2.8D and an 80-200 2.8ED zoom, I had to use a monopod throughout, process in Adobe CS5, and use Nik Software to reduce noise. I have been in music as an administrator my entire life and understand that a very big part of shooting performers is the emotion they show, and hopefully I have captured that with this series.

The Boston Music Conference has never in the past put this kind of emphasis on photography for these emerging artists and this investment in portfolio development was well worth the time, for me and these young artists. The winning artists, El Frente [web site], receive, among other prizes, a full photo package from me, to include a CD cover photo shoot, web photos, session photography, and press kit photo materials.

Paul’s full set of event images to date can be seen on flickr, as well as on his own website.

Posted by: 6x6pix | September 16, 2010

…and Holgablog’s Photographer of the Month is…

yours truly! Just don’t tell them there’s an Imperial Mark XII image in among my showcased Holga shots… :-)

Which reminds me — we now have Member Showcases right here on the BPC blog, so why don’t you submit some images for us to feature here sometime soon? The submission guidelines are very flexible, on purpose, to make it easy for as many folks as possible to submit. We want to showcase your work — so what are you waiting for?

Posted by: 6x6pix | September 13, 2010

The Role of the Picture Editor

There was an interesting guest post on Scott Kelby’s Photoshop Insider blog recently: John Loengard, a former staff photographer for LIFE magazine and former Picture Editor for LIFE, LIFE Special Reports, and People, talks about the role of the Picture Editor.

Before I became a picture editor, I assumed that “good photographers” took “good pictures” because they had a special eye. What I found was that good photographers take good pictures because they take great pains to have good subjects in front of their cameras. (Reflect a moment on what cameras do, and this makes sense.) Good photographers anticipate their pictures. What good picture editors do is help them.

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