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On Photography: Steve Schapiro, 1934-2022
On Photography: Sabine Weiss, 1924-2022
Embarking on a New Year’s evolution
On Photography: Frances B. Johnston, 1864-1952
On Photography: Christmas Past, 1937-1960s
On Photography: Tim Walker, 1970-present
On Photography: David Doubilet, 1946-present
On Photography: Nick Knight OBE, 1958-present
Combining long exposures with movement, for abstract art
Video 101: Understanding Log format
On Photography: Mick Rock, 1948-2021
On Photography: Bruce Weber, 1946-present

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On Photography: Frances B. Johnston, 1864-1952

On Photography: Frances B. Johnston, 1864-1952

“It is wrong to regard photography as purely mechanical. Mechanical it is, up to a certain point, but beyond that, there is great scope for individual and artistic expression.” -Frances Benjamin Johnston Portraits and more From the time she opened

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On Photography: Christmas Past, 1937-1960s

On Photography: Christmas Past, 1937-1960s

“One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas Day. Don’t clean it up too quickly.” -Andy Rooney The miracle of photography is its ability to help us remember times

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On Photography: Tim Walker, 1970-present

On Photography: Tim Walker, 1970-present

“I like capturing stuff that is disappearing – that’s the point of photography. What I am photographing is an imaginary place that never existed, but is connected to something that has already been.” -Tim Walker “I owe everything to Avedon.”

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On Photography: David Doubilet, 1946-present

On Photography: David Doubilet, 1946-present

“What I like best about underwater photography is giving a visual voice to the invisible. What I like least is the prospect of drowning.” -David Doubilet A camera and a bag David Doubilet’s more than 6-decade career making photographs underwater

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On Photography: Nick Knight, OBE, 1958-present

On Photography: Nick Knight OBE, 1958-present

“I think photography has been wrestling with a burden of telling the truth, which I don’t think it was ever particularly good at.” -Nick Knight Nick Knight is a fashion photographer who thinks deeply about his work and where it

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Video 101: Log format

Video 101: Understanding Log format

Video shot with a DSLR or mirrorless camera is recorded linearly. Most of the video’s information is in the brightest f/stop, leaving very little data for the shadows. Log formats smooth out this uneven distribution of image information. Understanding linear

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On Photography: Mick Rock, 1948-2021

On Photography: Mick Rock, 1948-2021

“I don’t show every picture that I have, I think discretion is also important.” -Mick Rock Mick Rock: Glam rock photographer Claire O’Neill, reports in her April 7, 2012 interview for NPR’s “Daily Picture Show” that “A few years back,

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On Photography: Bruce Weber, 1946-present

On Photography: Bruce Weber, 1946-present

“I don’t really think about what other photographers are doing. I do look at photographs in a way of appreciation. I love to have a lot of photographs around me, so I have a big collection. But I don’t reference

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On Photography: Tina Modotti, 1896-1942

On Photography: Tina Modotti, 1896-1942

“The majority of photographers still seek artistic effects, imitating other mediums of graphic expression. The result is a hybrid product that does not succeed in giving their work the most valuable characteristic it should have — photographic quality.” -Tina Modotti

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Video 101: Codecs

Video 101: Codecs

Codec is short for the compressor and decompressor of digital video. If only it were that simple. Of course with any technology that evolves quickly, there is more to the subject. This article deals with how codecs for recording video

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Veteran's Day 2021

Saluting our veterans

“Time will not dim the glory of their deeds.” -General of the Armies, John J. Pershing On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, the guns that had thundered for years fell silent marking the end

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On Photography: Tim Walker, 1970-present

On Photography: Tim Walker, 1970-present

“I like capturing stuff that is disappearing – that’s the point of photography. What I am photographing is an imaginary place that never existed, but is connected to something that has already been.” -Tim Walker “I owe everything to Avedon.”

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On Photography: David Doubilet, 1946-present

On Photography: David Doubilet, 1946-present

“What I like best about underwater photography is giving a visual voice to the invisible. What I like least is the prospect of drowning.” -David Doubilet A camera and a bag David Doubilet’s more than 6-decade career making photographs underwater

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On Photography: Nick Knight, OBE, 1958-present

On Photography: Nick Knight OBE, 1958-present

“I think photography has been wrestling with a burden of telling the truth, which I don’t think it was ever particularly good at.” -Nick Knight Nick Knight is a fashion photographer who thinks deeply about his work and where it

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Video 101: Log format

Video 101: Understanding Log format

Video shot with a DSLR or mirrorless camera is recorded linearly. Most of the video’s information is in the brightest f/stop, leaving very little data for the shadows. Log formats smooth out this uneven distribution of image information. Understanding linear

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On Photography: Mick Rock, 1948-2021

On Photography: Mick Rock, 1948-2021

“I don’t show every picture that I have, I think discretion is also important.” -Mick Rock Mick Rock: Glam rock photographer Claire O’Neill, reports in her April 7, 2012 interview for NPR’s “Daily Picture Show” that “A few years back,

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On Photography: Bruce Weber, 1946-present

On Photography: Bruce Weber, 1946-present

“I don’t really think about what other photographers are doing. I do look at photographs in a way of appreciation. I love to have a lot of photographs around me, so I have a big collection. But I don’t reference

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On Photography: Tina Modotti, 1896-1942

On Photography: Tina Modotti, 1896-1942

“The majority of photographers still seek artistic effects, imitating other mediums of graphic expression. The result is a hybrid product that does not succeed in giving their work the most valuable characteristic it should have — photographic quality.” -Tina Modotti

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Video 101: Codecs

Video 101: Codecs

Codec is short for the compressor and decompressor of digital video. If only it were that simple. Of course with any technology that evolves quickly, there is more to the subject. This article deals with how codecs for recording video

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Veteran's Day 2021

Saluting our veterans

“Time will not dim the glory of their deeds.” -General of the Armies, John J. Pershing On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, the guns that had thundered for years fell silent marking the end

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On Photography: Brett Weston, 1911-1993

On Photography: Brett Weston, 1911-1993

“The camera for an artist is just another tool. It is no more mechanical than a violin if you analyze it. Beyond the rudiments, it is up to the artist to create art, not the camera.” -Brett Weston Son of

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Video 101: Frame Rates

Video 101: Understanding frame rates

Frame rates are the number of pictures shown per second in a video. Understanding them starts with choosing which rate will be the “normal” one. Sound movies set the frame rate standards Silent films had vastly different frame rates. Those

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