Happy Friday – C
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Yesterday – FotoVisura reached out to me to help spread the word about their 2014 Grant Submissions for all of you talented and ambitious photographers out there.  Here is the info:

FotoVisura – An International Self-Publishing Community and Resource for Art and Documentary Photography – is pleased to announce our 2014 Grant for Outstanding Personal Photography Project. Divided into two categories (Grant & Student Grant), this opportunity is designed to highlight and support personal photography projects and encourage the production and development of photography outside of the commercial realm. The Grant is a key element in our mission to develop publishing tools and creative growth for photographers as well as create a public archive for editors, curators, and lovers of photography alike.


Last years winners:

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Good Luck to all of you that submit. – C

The disappearing art of photography books has led me to try and salvage, save, and highlight moments within these books that I find interesting.  The work is copyrighted, therefore I cannot give entire passages or chapters, nor show scans of all the work.  My intention is not to steal the work for blog content, but to get my readers/followers excited about these books to possibly seek them out for themselves.  So let the teasing begin:

In New Color / New Work, the second book from editor Sally Eauclaire on color photography, she moves beyond single images that have impact, and more towards series, what makes them special, and how the artist created them.

“These portfolios provied readers with a perception of the relationship of each image to others produced during the same period, and make it possible to include photographs that function well as a part of a group but less well in isolation” – Sally Eauclaire

Below is one of my favorites from the book – if you like it – buy it here: AMAZON



I recently took a survey for our favorite creative software company, Adobe, about user experience, pricing, and overall impressions of the company.  I jumped at the chance to be heard since so many of my students complain about Adobe’s software license practices, especially with the new subscription based Creative Cloud.

The survey was typical, but some of the questions shed a little light on a possible introduction of an iPad lightroom component.  Here are some interesting screen grabs.

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Notice at the bottom of the list, Lightroom Mobile.  The pricing is ludicrous!  $4 a month when you can buy most apps for $0.99.  Come on Adobe!  That is why everyone hates you!

But what would Lightroom Mobile do? Well from other areas of the survey, I found the following:

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Now Everybody Playing – C

A few weekends ago, I had the honor of being invited to teach a photographic workshop at the SPE West at Humboldt State University.  I had a lot of fun teaching digital negative to silver gelatin to a group of enthusiastic fellow teachers and a few art students.  It was a lot to cover in a short amount of time, but I was reminded of why I like teaching, that genuine excitement of learning about photography that can be sparked in both young and old eyes.  It was well worth the 600+ miles of driving done in a 48hr period.  A big thank you to SPE for having me!


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American Photo did an interview in October of 2012 with Sally Mann.  What is she up to through thoughts on the state of modern photography including Instagram.  Interesting if you like her. Above are some of her tintype self portraits.  If you are inspired by her work, I am teaching a tintype in camera workshop this starting this Saturday at Rayko Photo Center, SF.


Keep’n it Classy,


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