Photographers: July 2008 Archives
I browse a lot of images on the web, and very often bump into photographers or individual images that fascinate me. But rarely do I find pictures that leave an impression like Peter Menzel's series "What the world eats". This is a very simple concept, which has been brilliantly executed by Menzel and has resulted in a large series of images, that not only illustrate the point extremely well, but also in all aspects are very well done. Great photography, human warmth, clear and bright signals and no judgment on the wealthy or false compassion for the poor.
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With a title like that and an author called Joe McNally, I think we have a winner. This is allegedly the title of the upcoming McNally book, which will be on small flash usage, and is bound to become a bestseller amongst us small strobe lovers. It's due in December this year according to Amazon, who is already taking preorders.
McNally's publisher - New Riders/Peachpit doesn't even have it on their list yet, so Amazon is certainly quick here.
So the title and the cover is all there is for now. "The Hot Shoe Diaries - Creative Applications of Small Flashes". Coming from McNally that sounds right to me. I loved his previous book, "The Moment it Clicks", and if he continues the style from that volume, the new book is bound to be stuffed with great tips and inspiration.
So you want to shoot like McNally? Well, here's step one: gear up. Renowned Nikon shooter Joe McNally's assistant Brad Moore has compiled a list of the gear the the McNally crew uses.
I did a head count of my gear recently to have a list for the insurance in case something happened and was actually pretty satisfied with what I saw. But my list is about one tenth of this one in length and probably about one third in quality. OK they do list each gel color separately. If I did that I could add a few items to my list. But it's still not quite the same. I know when Brad writes D3 it should say D3's (three at least) and when he writes D700 and SB-900 it also most likely to be more than one of each. Products which aren't even in the shops yet.
What can I say? Galloping NAS once again. More like a NAS stampede...
OK, I know that the merits of Henri Cartier-Bresson have been mentioned more than often and that he has already been touted as a true master many, many times. But I cannot help reminding you of his brilliance, and encourage you to look at his vast portfolio for inspiration. If you haven't made the acquaintance already, you're in for a treat.
Cartier-Bresson has coined the term "the decisive moment", a photographic technique where you observe your scene and subjects and the way they move and interact and then press the shutter release in that exact split second where all elements meet in a higher synergy. Cartier-Bresson has demonstrated again and again that he mastered this method to perfection, showing it in many of his legacy photos.Many call him the father of modern photojournalism. I find his style of photography more like what many refer to as street photography nowadays. The fact that he used a very compact Leica and fast B/W film for almost all his images made it possible for him to shoot quickly and be on the move all the time. He traveled quite extensively during his life. Continue reading Cartier-Bresson.