This organization is of great benefit to its members, too. From CAPIC’s website: “CAPIC is the collective voice and advocate for professional photographers, illustrators, and digital artists in Canada. We work hard to maintain industry standards, create a community, fight for copyright protection, and much more. Our work helps all the professionals in our industry, but only members benefit fully. As a professional association, CAPIC’s mission is to promote quality and creativity, as well as good business practices.”
Just did a headshot series for my talented friend and former photography student Andrew Beg. We shot at various locations and in my studio resulting in a varied portfolio of promotional images he can use when he has an upcoming gig. If you are in the Toronto area, go hear him sing – he’s great.
Great article – makes me want to go back over my work and think about a single iconic image that was a turning point. It would have been taken with the Kodak Retina Reflex my Dad gave me. That was after my Brownie Hawkeye but before I got my first Nikon!
“Deep shadows create dramatic contrasts between light and dark in this
high-resolution close-up of the martian surface. Recorded on January
24 by the HiRISE camera onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, the
scene spans about 1.5 kilometers across a sand dune field in a
southern highlands crater. Captured when the Sun was just 5 degrees
above the local horizon, only the dune crests are caught in full
sunlight. With the long, cold winter approaching the red planet’s
southern hemisphere, bright ridges of seasonal frost line the martian
dunes.” – from Astronomy Picture of the Day
“Your profile picture! Remember: this is the answer to the following questions. What’s the first thing a potential employer or client or business colleague notices when they check out your LinkedIn page? Your Facebook page? Your Tweets? The Google results on your name? The Google Images results on your name? If you are a small business owner, what about all of the above on your business’s profile pages.
Your profile picture is about branding you and the business you own. Are you handling it that way?”
– from Fix Your Profile Picture by Rene Oricchio for INC 5000
“Deep shadows create dramatic contrasts between light and dark in this high-resolution close-up of the martian surface. Recorded on January 24 by the HiRISE camera onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, the scene spans about 1.5 kilometers across a sand dune field in a southern highlands crater. Captured when the Sun was just 5 degrees above the local horizon, only the dune crests are caught in full sunlight. With the long, cold winter approaching the red planet’s southern hemisphere, bright ridges of seasonal frost line the martian dunes.”
Add the influence of scale to perception of curving organic forms defined by light and shadow. For comparison, two steps down in scale from my Form:Convolution series: First, Last Judgment fresco detail designed by Georgio Vasari, inside the cupola of Florence Cathedral, Rome. The second image, a withering croton leaf.
“Reality does not exist by itself. It’s an intellectual construction; and photography is a tool to negotiate our idea of reality.”
– Joan Fontcuberta
– Catalan photographer/artist/writer/educator Joan Fontcuberta, as recently stated in the film made by the Hasselblad Foundation, which accompanied the announcement that he was the recipient of their 2013 International Award in Photography.
Capture is only one aspect of how an image is perceived – think of all the other variables. Somehow we are able to “get” the image despite its modification by camera noise, shine on a glossy print, monitor color calibration, viewing context, your own unique eyesight, 256 greys, ad infinitum…
Fontcuberta’s pithy observation brings into question generally-accepted industry standards of photographic excellence. Is it time for a change? Our expectations are driven by swiftly-changing criteria, culturally based. Photographers’ passionate quest for the newest capture and production technology says something about photographic values as they exist now, very different from the past.
Recent fashion shoot at a new gallery space in Port Credit. The fashions, hair and makeup were designed with a woodland theme, and accompanied by a choreographed dance performance piece based on an Anansi legend. An elaborate set and lighting set the mood. Quite an event and fun to photograph!