Great Reads in Photography: October 11, 2020

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Every Sunday, we bring together a collection of easy reading articles from analytical to how-to to photo-features in no particular order that did not make our regular daily coverage. Enjoy!

Princess Amethyst, inspired by Rapunzel © Kahran/Regis Bethencourt (CreativeSoul)

Five New Photographers Added to Famed Canon Explorers of Light Program  – The Dead Pixels Society
Canon added the following five photographers to its Explorers of Light (EOL) program on Oct 1, 2020.

Lara Jade: Fashion / Beauty
Lara Jade is a British born fashion photographer and educator based in NYC.

Lynsey Weatherspoon: Portrait, Editorial
Lynsey Weatherspoon is a portrait and editorial photographer whose work has appeared in The New York TimesUSA Today, NPR, Wall Street JournalWashington PostTIME, and ESPN.

“Images can be described in such a way that it affects the hearts of those who see them. In that instance, the purpose of being a photographer comes full circle.” — Lynsey Weatherspoon

Kahran/Regis Bethencourt (CreativeSoul):  Cultural Storytellers
World-renowned child photographers, Regis and Kahran Bethencourt, are a husband and wife duo and the imaginative forces behind Atlanta, GA-based CreativeSoul Photography. The pair gained global recognition with their AfroArt series as a way to empower kids of color around the world.

We don’t want to just question traditional standards of beauty – we want to shatter them.” — Kahran / Regis Bethencourt

© Atiba Jefferson

Atiba Jefferson: Sports, Culture, and Portraits
Atiba Jefferson is best known for his 25 years of skateboarding photography. He has a deep history in basketball as well, being a staff photographer for the LA Lakers during the Shaq and Kobe years.

The Beatles Times Nine, Contact Sheet, 1964, printed 2004. Harry Benson (American, b. Scotland, 1929). Gelatin silver print; 120.7 x 122.6 cm. © Harry Benson. Image courtesy of The Cleveland Museum of Art

Contact Sheets are ‘Proof’ of Photographers’ Mastery in Cleveland show – Post Gazette
As photography proliferated in galleries and museums in the 1970s, photographers occasionally printed all the images from one roll of film together and presented the result as a finished work of art. Proof organized by Peter Galassi, former chief curator of photography at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, features approximately 180 contact sheets, notably by Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Harry Benson, Harry Callahan, Robert Frank, Philippe Halsman, Irving Penn, Albert Watson, Arnold Newman, Larry Fink, and Emmet Gowin.

“I took myself for a serious journalist and I didn’t want to cover a rock ’n’ roll story,” Harry Benson tells PetaPixel.  “But when I first heard them begin to play All My Loving, I knew I was on the right story….and the story soon turned from a music story into a news story as Beatlemania took hold of the world.”

Notable: Between the 1940s and early 1990s, job-hunting photographers were often required to submit contact sheets with finished prints. 

 Thunderbolt 4 Products Fix a Big USB-C Problem – msn
Thunderbolt, the chief competitor to USB-C, is being used to fix one of the standard’s biggest problems: the absence of hubs and docks. The products, which take advantage of the new Thunderbolt 4 standard, will turn one port on a laptop into three ports in either the Thunderbolt or USB-C standard. Because of the data limitations of USB-C, the standard can’t support docks today on its own.

Quiz: Will the new Thunderbolt 4 be faster than Thunderbolt 3? No, but it will have other advantages.

The Mothership. Supercell thunderstorm rolls across the prairie West of Glasgow, Montana. The image is a stitched panoramic from 4 images. © Sean Heavey

‘They Used my Picture and I Should’ve Got Paid For It’ – BBC
Sean Heavey recognized his photo the moment he saw it on Stranger Things, the hit Netflix show. Netflix told him, “You can’t copyright Mother Nature.” He complained on social media, and his remarks were read by executives at Pixsy, a firm that helps photographers fight copyright infringement. Pixsy appointed a lawyer, David Deal, and together they found six more occasions where Netflix used The Mothership. Ultimately Netflix settled the lawsuit

Notable: How many images are stolen daily around the world. More than 2.5 billion.

Fact: A student of Chip Stewart, a media law professor at Texas Christian University, used an image from a Creative Commons website for the school newspaper. Though she did not have to pay a license fee, she did not follow the requirements listed under the photo, to credit the photographer or add a link to his website. Through Pixsy, the photographer found the student and issued her a letter asking for a $750 license fee. A search through public records revealed that the photographer had filed more than 40 similar cases that year. They negotiated him down and agreed to pay a fee of $500.

Shutter Night © Phil Mistry

The Secrets of Film Noir Photography – Light Stalking
Film noir
evokes scary, dramatic, and dark cinematic scenes typical for crime and thriller movies. Most of the time, in film noir photography, the subject would be partially thrown into darkness, revealing only parts of them. The dramatic shadows cast by strong lighting helps create a mysterious effect. Film noir look can be achieved with low-key lighting, so you do not need a complicated studio setup or expensive lighting equipment to achieve the film noir effect.

Tips: Do not shoot your image in black and white. It is good to shoot color and then convert it to black and white while post-processing. This way, you can create the look you are after by working on various colors individually in your film noir photograph.
Show mystery by photographing just parts of your subject’s body like chin, legs, hands, etc. to give an intriguing mood to the image.
Lighting and shooting your subject from a lower perspective can add drama and mystery to your film noir photograph as can harsh shadows.

Carolyn Bessette and John Kennedy, Jr. exit their secret wedding ceremony on remote Cumberland Island on September 21, 1996, © Denis Reggie

Denis Reggie: The Photographer Who Changed Wedding Photography on his Most Memorable Photo – 11Alive WXIA
Canon Explorer of Light Denis Reggie’s photo of JFK Jr. kissing the hand of his bride Carolyn Bessette on Cumberland Island, GA, was credited by The Wall Street Journal as the 20th-century watershed image that transformed wedding photography forever. Reggie’s 1900 assignments include a captivating portrait of the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy, which featured on the cover of his autobiography and New York Times bestseller, True Compass.

Notable: The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, DC, has a 16×20 print of the above in its collection.

Quiz: What percentage of a wedding photographer’s time goes towards actual shooting? Only 4%. The vast majority (55%) is spent on photo editing, followed by business/admin (18%), culling (11%), and communication (7%).

Sony a7C Review  – PCMag
The Sony a7C takes its design cues from APS-C models like the a6600, but squeezes a stabilized full-frame sensor into similar confines. It is the take-anywhere full frame for the photographer who wants to travel lightly, but its viewfinder is smaller, and it doesn’t have the dual memory card slots for that secure feeling. It’s the second full-frame model from Sony to sport a vari-angle, touch-sensitive LCD and the autofocus system is a bit more capable than what you get with the older a7 III.

President Donald J. Trump works in the Presidential Suite at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. Saturday, October 3, 2020, after testing positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, October 1, 2020. (Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian)

What’s This EXIF Technology People Used to Study Trump Photos? – CNET
President Donald Trump’s case of COVID-19 gave an obscure photo data technology called EXIF its 15 minutes of internet fame as people started scrutinizing photos taken of him last weekend at Walter Reed hospital. But what exactly is EXIF?

Quiz: Can EXIF (Exchangeable image file format) prove when a photo was taken? No, as it can be changed easily. Also, camera settings can be tweaked or set incorrectly. EXIF in your mobile phone photos will update when you change time zones, but conventional cameras usually have to be reset manually.

We welcome comments as well as suggestions. As we cannot possibly cover each and every source, if you see something interesting in your reading or local newspaper anywhere in the world, kindly forward the link to us here. ALL messages will be personally acknowledged.

About the author: Phil Mistry is a photographer and teacher based in Atlanta, GA. He started one of the first digital camera classes in New York City at The International Center of Photography in the 90s. He was the director and teacher for Sony/Popular Photography magazine’s Digital Days Workshops. You can reach him via email here.

Image credits: All photographs as credited and used with permission from the photographers or agencies.

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