Posts Tagged ‘Photography’

Utah Photographers and the Rio Tinto Center

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If you haven’t had the chance to go visit the new Natural History Museum of Utah at the Rio Tinto center, I recommend you go. It’s full of interesting exhibits about different aspects of Utah history, nature and geography housed in an architecturally fascinating location. The building just is Utah and it’s surroundings are rustic and a beautiful photography session backdrop.

Just check out that picture. It’d be a perfect Utah location for senior portraits or a family photo when all the grand-kids are in town! Because there’s enough interest between Utah photographers and the Rio Tinto Center, the Museum has set up a Utah Portrait Photography request page.

The building is new enough this is still a fairly well kept secret, so I recommend you book your portrait schedule before it becomes the next big Utah photography trend!

Photography Schools in Utah

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While I think it is possible to teach yourself how to use a camera and take good pictures, I am a very strong advocate for formal photography training. Before everyone gets upset about spouts off the talents of their favorite camera-toting neighbor, let me give you my reason: There’s a world of difference between taking a picture and making a photograph.

I know, I know that makes me sound like this guy.


But really, a picture is an image while a photograph is a piece of art. Yes, this art be learned through a life-time of study, practice and work but then you’re at the end of your career and you’ve just started making photographs. Skip the wasted time. Find someone who has dedicated their life to the art and learn from them.

Proof I’m right? Professional photographers still exist today despite the fact everyone owns at least one type of camera. Why hire a professional photographer to take your child’s graduating senior portraits if you have a camera that works just fine? Because they were taught the techniques of the trade. Those talents are second nature and they can capture beautiful anniversary pictures for all occasions in unique and interesting ways.

A formal education does not necessarily have to be in a classroom setting, though I will argue that’s probably the best. In that spirit, we will be spotlighting a couple photography schools in Utah. Check back for those posts and take the time to learn how to really make pictures. (But please don’t be like Mr. Douchebag Photographer up there.)

Until then, let the professional photographs take care of your photography needs.

The Rise of Fine Art Photography

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Good news! Photography, as a fine art, is slowly increasing in value. Traditionally fine art photography prints are not valued as highly as art of other media, but that’s starting to change.

According to a study by ArtTactic, the consumer confidence levels of fine art are more positive than negative in terms of photography, and the prices of modern art are expected to increase moving forward.

I was impressed by this study. Cameras, and professional photographers, are everywhere. (Don’t believe me? Google “Utah photographers” and see how many pages of people come up.) Perhaps the increase in picture-taking availability means there is a higher level of appreciation for it as an art-form. Whatever the cause, elite photography can no longer be viewed as a dying craft.

If you’re interested in the full study you can find it here. What do you think about the opinions of the experts?

Aperture Photographer Community

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Social networking may seem like a new trend but the photographer community, Aperture, to realize that isn’t true. This organization was founded in the 1950s with the purpose of connecting photographers and their work with inspiration, other work and other artists in order to “common ground for the advancement of photography.”

The organization is a great place for photographic inspiration. In addition to promoting photography events, such as lectures and exhibits, it writes reviews of photography books from technical work to stunning side-table books.

Aperture is currently accepting photograph submissions for their portfolio prize competition. Check it out and get involved. We need Utah photographers to show their talent and become an influencing part of the photography world.

A Ute Indian Warrior and his Bride

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Beautiful photography captures a moment in which a story is told. That is why we find it so important to take pictures at life’s milestones, whether a maternity photo shoot, the first day of school or a wedding.

These stories, told by a photographer and his camera, are what make photos priceless. It is why photography is so prevalent in today’s pop culture and even when photography was rare, photos were still important.

This photography, ”The Warrior and his Bride,” by J.K. Hiller is one of those vintage photographs that captures a moment so beautifully. The story of these two Ute Indians at a special moment in their lives, along with the history this photograph captures.

A story of Utah that can be so easily forgotten, were it not for this moment carefully captured on film.

Bountiful Photographer’s Work Throughout the World

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Fifty years ago, President John F. Kennedy formally instituted the Art In Embassies program, that looks to develop international diplomatic ties through art. The different types of art pieces and galleries are on display throughout the world and is key in building relationships with local people.

As a part of this program the photography of Bret Webster, a Bountiful photographer who capture vivid and fantastic pictures of the Utah sky, will be put on display in the U.S. embassy in Tunisia.

Webster’s work captures the magic of Utah; the infinite and ethereal quality of the land that is easily felt, but difficult to photograph. He is an interesting photographer, with a background in rocket science and chemical engineering, but he uses no tricks in his work. He uses natural sources of light and a slow shutter speed to illuminate the landscape along with the sky.

Starting January 12, Webster’s work will be on display at the Natural History Museum of Utah as part of the “Weaving a Revolution” exhibit.

Utah December Photographs

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If you’re in the mood to showcase some of your winter photographs, check out this KSL slideshow, and submit some of your own. It’s a great chance to put your work out for the public eye, especially if you’re new to nature shots or are nervous about moving beyond the personal-use photography.

They have a little big of everything: snowfall, Christmas lights, wildlife and architecture. Let us know if submitted your work, especially if that’s a leap of faith for you as a photographer!

Utah State Capitol Building

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Exactly 100 years ago construction began on the Utah State Capitol building. There aren’t any events to celebrate today, since it would take four years to before the building was dedicated and it wasn’t made a National Historic Landmark until 1986.

As always, photographers commemorate events even when the rest of the masses forget. Utah has kept some photographs of the building under construction, one of them is below and the rest can be found here.

The capitol building is set on top of the hill looking over Salt Lake City, which causes most pictures to come from the same angle; looking up. But, as photographers we know it is our job to see objects in new and unusual lights. Go use this anniversary to photograph this historic area in a new way. (Hint: One of the coolest pictures I’ve ever seen of the Capitol was taken from across the hill.)

Let us know what you find and how you photographed this building in a new way.

Famous Photographers: John Dominis

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You know John Dominis’ work, even if you do not recognize the name.

John Dominis’ photography holds very little unity in theme or style except stunning. As a photographer for LIFE magazine, Dominis traveled the world capturing moments of history and nature. His work captures something deeply alive, from the photographs of the Korean War and nature images of deer or cheetahs to the relationship of Steve McQueen and his wife and the decline of Mickey Mantel’s baseball career. It is American, in the sense the photos capture a realistically romantic image of the world from an American perspective.

He was recently highlighted by LIFE, you can read the whole story here.

If you decide to learn more about John Dominis realize he is a different person than John Owens Dominis. John Owens Dominis was the husband of Liliʻuokalani, the last reigning queen of Hawaii. Owens-Dominis sounds like a fascinating character and though he is irrelevant to the photography world, I recommend the Wikipedia entry on him.

Famous Photos: Sudan Famine UN Food Camp

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This photo won the Pulitzer Prize in 2004. The image is of a young child crawling to a UN food camp as a vulture waits to eat it. It is striking and horrified many of those of saw the picture; a glimpse of a world most were ignorant to believe did not exist.

Africa is a world of struggle, beauty and confusion. Many photographers find themselves capturing moments no one can imagine or fully understand, despite the 1,000 words each picture tells. And in the case of Kevin Carter, the photographer who took this picture, it was too much. Carter committed suicide three months after taking this picture.

Almost more difficult than the idea of this child dying, is the question of why did Carter not help the girl? The moral and artistic perspectives of photography are for each photographer alone. How will you decide what yours are?

Famous Photographers: Peter Beard

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American photographer, Peter Hill Beard stands unique in that much of his work is built through his collage of photography, words and other media. He started from a young age, using his photography as a part, and extension, of his writing.

Beard’s work is also unique in that he has done much work photographing Africa, the wildlife and plains and yet he also incorporates photographs of high fashion and socialites.

Some of his photography is strait forward, but much of it juxtaposes its images, such as Carl Sagan’s Croc Alistair and 14 footer.

Beard is known for creating beautiful work, for being beautiful himself and for crafting art uniquely on a wide level. Browse his work for a raw, real perspective of photography and self-expression.


Famous Photographers: Rankin

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Photographer: John Rankin Waddell (works as Rankin)

It makes sense, since London is a hub for fashion, that the Englishman, Rankin, would be considered one of the most influential fashion photographers. His work has been featured in campaigns for some of the largest brands in the world, including Nike, L’Oreal, Hugo Boss, and Coca Cola.

There might be a stereotype of those who are deeply entrenched in the fashion world as people who are out-of-touch and selfish. However, Rankin has taken his talents to South Africa to shoot a BBC documentary and he has worked with Bono on the R.E.D. campaign.

His subjects are varied. He is quoted as saying Kate Moss is the most beautiful woman in the world, but his favorite person to photograph was the Queen of England. (If you want to learn something about Her Majesty’s personality, go read what Rankin says about his experience with her.)

Home Studio

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Every photographer has differing home studio setups depending on preference, type and style of photography and a thousand other factors.

As photography becomes more affordable the desire for ideal photography locations within the home has increased, as have the instructions for building them. (Don’t believe me? Google “Photography light box”)

Creating the perfect photography location is critical, but a lot simpler than the large lights and flowing backdrops lead us to believe. Here’s one photographer who created an entire studio (lights, backdrop, furniture and props, paint) for less than $500. That’s pretty impressive.

Someday I’ll have an in-home studio, but the truth is I don’t have a free spot big enough to dedicate to a studio. So I improvise and it actually turns out pretty awesome.

My favorite backdrops for interior shots are:

  • Blackboard
  • Partially cracked blinds
  • Granite counter
  • Wood cutting board
  • Large, heavy, flat-white paper

There are times I have to wait until the lighting is right, but luckily I have windows on multiple sides of the main room to my house so that time happens more often than not.

What about you? How do you deal with not having an official home studio?

Cellphone Cameras: iPhone 5

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All Apple v. Android attitudes aside, the iPhone 5 has an impressive camera. Check out these sample pictures:

That’s insane.

Don’t get me wrong, I love that we can have such good cameras in our pockets, I just wonder if our iPhones will eventually morph with our DSLRs. You can already buy different styles of lenses, my favorite of which is Photojojo’s telephoto lens. With so much amazing technology in so many hands photographers need to keep up on keeping their photos unique and built upon strong photography basics. I think the future of a good photographer as opposed to a person with a nice camera is the ability to structure photos, to see creatively and know the fundamentals.

What do you think about the future of photography and camera phones?

America’s Top National Parks

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And yes, Utah is on the list twice.

My breath was literally taken away at some of the images from the article. I knew America was varied and beautiful, but this really does a fantastic job capturing a part of that. Read the whole list here.

Which locations on the list have you been to? Which places should have been included? Share pictures of either!