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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

A Sneak Peek into a Lighting Workshop and Photography

By Skip Cohen

I don't usually profile workshops, or for that matter a specific image, but when Rick Friedman was in Florida a few weeks back, we were trying to grab lunch or dinner together, but we were on opposite sides of the state. However, we did talk about some of his images.

Then, at WPPI I walked by the Tamron booth, and Rick was teaching. It was just a short in-booth presentation and like any booth program at a major trade show, time and space were limited. However, Rick packed in as much information as he possibly could.

Rick and I recorded this short podcast about this image 

and an upcoming workshop he has scheduled later this month with the Miami Photo Workshops. If you know Rick's reputation, it's work hard, play hard, which you'll immediately pick up looking at the image of his class when the image on the right was captured.

Now and then I'll meet a young or relatively new photographer who says, "I specialize in natural light!" Well, we all know what that means. Most often, they're afraid of working with studio lighting or just haven't taken the time to add lighting to their skill set. We all love natural light, but situations come up in every professional photographer's career where you need to understand whatever it takes to meet the needs of your clients. Sooner or later that's going to mean lighting!

If you're in the Miami area, Rick's workshop is March 23-24. Click on this post to link to Rick's page at Miami Photo Workshops. And, check out Rick's website - it's just a click away.

Image copyright Rick Friedman. All rights reserved.


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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Photo Workshops Miami: Location Lighting Workshops with Rick Friedman


ABOUT LOCATION LIGHTING WORKSHOPS: THE STUDIO | THE BEACH | WITH RICK FRIEDMAN

Location: Townsend Photographics, Inc. Studio 
4812 NE 12th Ave., Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33334 
DAY ONE  |  THE STUDIO   |  SATURDAY, MARCH 23RD  |  10 AM - 5:30 PM | $249.95
DAY TWO  |  THE BEACH   |  SUNDAY, MARCH 24TH  |  2 PM - 8 PM | $249.95
COMBO TICKET FOR BOTH WORKSHOPS | $395.95

DAY 1  |  THE STUDIO
Spend the day  with Rick Friedman in an intensive 
hands on portrait lighting workshop. Participants 
will come away with a greater knowledge
of how to control light using light modifiers 
and produce creative portraits while working 
and learning how to pose a live model.

DAY 2  |  THE BEACH
The beach will be our studio for the day as Friedman 
teaches you how to photograph a model in harsh 
conditions while controlling and overpowering 
the hot Florida sun using light modifiers, 
reflectors, soft boxes and scrims. 
We will progress into photographing at 
sunset’s "golden hour" and later the 
"blue hour" of gorgeous light.


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Sunday, March 17, 2019

The Sunday Still from Patrick Farrell: Anguish in Ethiopia

Photojournalist Patrick Farrell has joined the blog with his weekly feature, The Sunday Still. Farrell selects one image each week that showcases the best photojournalism by photojournalists from around the world. The feature runs weekly in The Sunday Long Read. The goal of the newsletter, edited by Don Van Natta Jr. and Jacob Feldman, is to put the week’s best journalism in your hands every Sunday morning.


The Sunday Still
from Patrick Farrell


Anguish in Ethiopia

As country after country grounded Boeing 737 MAX 8 jetliners last week in the wake of an Ethiopian Airlines plane crash, Ethiopian photographer Mulugeta Ayene, shooting for the Associated Press, was one of the first on the scene of the horrifying disaster. On March 13, with the news that no bodies could be recovered, Ayene captured the heartbreak of friends and families of the 157 people killed. One by one, mourners stepped forward with quiet offerings to the dead. His image of a young woman with a bright umbrella framing her tear-stained face was a portrait of loss that compassionately conveyed the pilgrimage of grief to the rest of the world. ​

Patrick Farrell, the curator of The Sunday Still, is the 2009 Pulitzer Prize-winner for Breaking News Photography for The Miami Herald, where he has worked since 1987. He is currently a Lecturer in the Department of Journalism and Media Management at the University of Miami School of Communication.



Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Think Tank Photo: VISION SHOULDER BAG SERIES

Vision Shoulder Bag Series Introduction
Great photography begins with a vision, and we're excited to announce the release of Think Tank's Vision Shoulder Bag Series. The bags are designed to fit DSLR and Mirrorless camera gear with pro-sized lenses and hoods, and are constructed from durable, yet stylish, weather-resistant materials. Vision is an ideal carry solution for professional and aspiring photographers alike.
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VISION SHOULDER BAG SERIES SUMMARY
Our friends at Think Tank Photo just announced that they’ve launched their new Vision Shoulder Bag Series. Available in three sizes (the Vision 10, 13, and 15) the Vision Series fits a wide variety of DSLR and Mirrorless camera kits in a customizable padded divider system, providing ample room for pro-sized lenses and hoods. The shoulder bags also feature dedicated pockets for smartphones, 10-inch tablets, and laptops up to 15-inches. Constructed with durable, yet stylish, weather-resistant materials, Vision offers the access, security, and quality you’ve come to expect from Think Tank. 

Sunday, March 10, 2019

The Sunday Still from Patrick Farrell: “Surviving R. Kelly”

Photojournalist Patrick Farrell has joined the blog with his weekly feature, The Sunday Still. Farrell selects one image each week that showcases the best photojournalism by photojournalists from around the world. The feature runs weekly in The Sunday Long Read. The goal of the newsletter, edited by Don Van Natta Jr. and Jacob Feldman, is to put the week’s best journalism in your hands every Sunday morning.


The Sunday Still
from Patrick Farrell


“Surviving R. Kelly”

For makeup artist-turned-photographer Lazarus Jean-Baptiste, the behind-the-scenes assignment to shoot CBS This Morning co-anchor Gayle King interviewing accused sex abuser/singer R. Kelly rocketed from routine to viral when Kelly lost his cool. As video clips of the explosive March 6 moment trended across social media, it was the still photograph of an unflinching female journalist maintaining sphinx-like composure in the face of male fury that captured everybody’s attention – and imagination. The Washington Post called Jean-Baptiste’s photo a “Renaissance painting.” San Francisco Chronicle art critic Charles Desmarais objected and dubbed it modern art. Women identified by sharing the photo with the Twitter hashtag #unbothered. To his credit, Jean-Baptiste resisted the urge to zoom in on Kelly’s rage and provided a wider perspective that encompassed the calm contrast of King’s professional composure. The result? A powerful, indelible image that lasts longer than any temper tantrum.

Patrick Farrell, the curator of The Sunday Still, is the 2009 Pulitzer Prize-winner for Breaking News Photography for The Miami Herald, where he has worked since 1987. He is currently a Lecturer in the Department of Journalism and Media Management at the University of Miami School of Communication.

Sunday, March 3, 2019

The Sunday Still from Patrick Farrell: Violence at the Venezuelan Border

Photojournalist Patrick Farrell has joined the blog with his weekly feature, The Sunday Still. Farrell selects one image each week that showcases the best photojournalism by photojournalists from around the world. The feature runs weekly in The Sunday Long Read. The goal of the newsletter, edited by Don Van Natta Jr. and Jacob Feldman, is to put the week’s best journalism in your hands every Sunday morning.


The Sunday Still
from Patrick Farrell


Violence at the Venezuelan Border 

Sometimes you have to use your feet to zoom in rather than the lens. Marco Bello of Reuters risked personal harm on Feb. 23 to deliver a tight shot that delivered us to the Venezuela-Colombia border, where the Venezuela National Guard and protestors clashed over the delivery of U.S.-backed emergency food and medical supplies to the crumbling country.

 

Patrick Farrell, the curator of The Sunday Still, is the 2009 Pulitzer Prize-winner for Breaking News Photography for The Miami Herald, where he has worked since 1987. He is currently a Lecturer in the Department of Journalism and Media Management at the University of Miami School of Communication.