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Glass Key Photo is a specialty “all things film/traditional” shop in Lower Height in San Francisco, California.  They are inside of 4×5 Gallery in case your trying to find it from the street.

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This is where I get most of my film (when I don’t get it for free) and where I send my alternative process students for materials.  If you have never been, check ’em out.  Don’t tell them I sent you though, cause they will mark up the prices . . . everybody hates me!

Keep It Snappy,

Carlos

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Today I felt like making a digital book of a series of images I had going through instagram called Avedon Plants.  Basically a series of plants, flowers, and the like shot as though Avedon shot them. Fun right!  But before I could even begin, I had an issue that never bugged me until today.  I want my Instagram photos on my computer.  Well Instaport.me is an awesome free solution (through you can donate some dollars to the developer).  All you do is go to their website, here, and login using your instagram credentials.  Then decide if you want them to you to your facebook/flickr, or download them as a zip.  I have thousands of instagram images and it took less than 5 minutes to bring those stranded pups home.  Highly recommend it!

KPF – Keep Photography Fun

Carlos

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A student/friend of mine recently sent me this interesting slide show depicting people living in extreme conditions, the photographers that seek the images to tell their stories, and the humanity that shines through.  Make sure you turn on the captions button on the bottom right of the view window.  Check it out here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-12618167

Example:

Bald Alien aka famous nineties electronic musician Moby is quite the photo blogger. This totally reflects the multi dimensionality creative people tend to have.  People are not just musicians, they are also writers, painters, photographers, and dabble in video.  I’m all for the creative explosion of the internet as it truly inspires all of us to be more creative and push things even further. Check out his Los Angeles inspired architecturally driven photo blog here: http://mobylosangelesarchitecture.com/

Here is a taste of Moby’s work (yes, this is in L.A. – amazing what you’ll find when you wander with a camera in hand). – Carlos

Somebody remember to remind me next year about this one.  Supposedly, yesterday was WPD aka World Photography Day!  Geez you didn’t know either.  Funny that.  So next year lets do this one right.  Luckily, I was kinda celebrating WPD by making Tintypes with a group of my lucky students.  What’s a tintype? Some wacky photo process I do.  Go here to see those adventures. Go here for more info on WPD.  You can submit to the open submission gallery until the 25th of August.  I did, you should too.

Yet another way of sharing images with the world is gaining popularity via 500px.com.  Just like flickr, you can upload, tag, rate, sort, and share your images with the world.  What’s the differences then?  They claim this is sharing for “Serious” or “Professional Photographers.”  They are not catering to the Mom’s and Pop’s out there wanting to share little Elliot’s first burp.  With a clean user interface that is mobile iOS HTML 5 ready, they want the real photographers to step up and present their best work on their site.  Great! Sign me up.  There must be some sort of criteria for acceptance into this “professional” image party.  Nope.  Anyone can sign-up.  Have fun all! To me it just looks like a clean Photo Facebook (especially with the like and not like buttons).  Ooooh! I’m just saying.

Here is where to go: www.500px.com

Here is mine: www.500px.com/carlosarrieta

Here is an example:

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