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Hey Rob, Thank you again for offering the course and helping me find a way to articulate myself and my photography. I feel like I took home much more than I expected and I will be eagerly awaiting the next meetup!
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Just a quick note to let you know that I’ve posted some new online classes. Check them out in the Classes section of this site. I’m moving to doing more online classes for a couple of reasons: people don’t have to commit an entire day to a class and, more importantly, since the classes all have assignments, it’s nice being able to give you a whole week to complete an assignment. So check them out.
Also, if you’ve ever had to make adjustments in post production, I now have an affiliate link for Topaz Labs. I have their software bundle and really like it. The noise reduction is outstanding. So, if you need software like that, be a pal and buy it through the link over on the right hand page. But, in the interest of full disclosure, Topaz Labs gave me a copy of their software to test and use. Still, I wouldn’t recommend anything that I didn’t like or trust with my work.
I’m leading some photography events in the next few weeks, so why not come out and shoot with us? You can see more details over on the meetup group. You do have to be a member to see the events, but it is free to join. We just require registration to help minimize the spam and autobots that we were getting.
Finally, look for some how-to posts in the near future. Between doing those, putting on events with the Meetup group, running the ShootHybrid.com site and the podcast, I am falling behind on blogging. My bad.
But watch for some cool stuff.
Been a while but I wanted to share this review of the new MeFoto tripods that my friend and fellow photographer, Will Crockett of DiscoverMirrorless.com.
Seen the new small, light, low cost (and cute colors!) travel tripods that fit inside your camera bag? Do they meet up to ShootSmarter expectations? You decide if the MeFoto tripods are just a fad or if they are a break-thru for hybrid photographers in this Real Life Audition video from “Coach” Will Crockett.
Yeah, so I took a lot of heat from friends and other folks about the comment that a single photograph is no more capable of telling a story than a single note is capable of being a symphony.
You know what? As I delve deeper and deeper into the era of hybrid photography (more about that later) the more I am convinced that I am right. One of the most important changes in photography is happening now in the realm of hybrid imaging and mirror-less cameras. Cameras are getting easier and easier to use while, at the same time, more and more powerful. From color modes that are capable of replicating specific films (I love the Velvia mode in the new Fujifilm X-Pro 1) to black and white rendering that requires little to no post-processing, from incredibly high quality stills to 1080p hi-def video, new cameras today are blowing the traditional dSLR out of the water!
Those of you who know me know that I am not a ‘new technology for the sake of new technology’ kind of guy. There have been a lot of really crappy tech gadgets introduced and I am happy I never jumped on board with them.
But mirror-less and hybrid are different. Much different. I can now, with great ease, produce stills without relying on RAW, integrate them with video shot from the same camera, and get them uploaded to a service like Zenfolio. All within 30 minutes of finishing the shoot.
And that is why I say that a single photograph is no more capable of telling a story than a single note is capable of being a symphony. I’ve now heard what a symphony can sound like. And I have seen hybrid imaging at its easiest.
The holidays are approaching and many of you will be looking to buy a new camera for a loved one or for yourself. Please, if you have any questions or doubts about mirror-less taking over the dSLR market in the next 4-6 years, drop me a line: I’d love to talk.
BTW, this is an excellent time to introduce to you a new site that will be part of the Rob Domaschuk Photography family – Shoot Hybrid. From there, you Can watch short little video segments of my new training series, I Love Photography, But I Hate My Photographs, sign up for a monthly membership that brings you a full one hour training video each month, and more!
The site is brand new and still being built out. I will announce when it’s ready for the official launch but I am only a week or two away.
Not too long ago, I was talking to a very talented artist (and friend of mine) about artsy shit like composition, color, marketing, etc. Ben works in pastels and I was really surprised to learn the extent to which the issues that he faces as an artist are the same that I face as an artist. Sure, we’re both artists and we simply work in different mediums, but I’ve always viewed painters and those who draw as a completely different type of creature. This was a great way to get grounded again and to be reminded that perhaps the tools we use to create our art are just that – tools.
Anyway, the specific thing we talked about that had an impact on me was a comment Ben made about creating art out of chaos. To go to a scene and be able to “see” the portion of it that needs to be painted. Or sketched or photographed. It struck me that I work the same way but never had articulated it so easily and accurately. I thought about how I find it easier to take a cluttered scene and remove the extraneous stuff until I’ve achieved the set that I want. It’s an especially effective method of reaching that sense of minimalism and the simple aesthetic that I constantly try to achieve.
Yeah, that’s a helluva lot easier than starting with a blank set and trying to add elements until I’ve gotten just the right amount of “stuff’ in the scene.
So that’s my takeaway from the conversation and a suggestion that I want to give to you – when you start to envision the picture in your head, start with clutter and and start to take things out. Then, when that mental picture seems right, go ahead and build it.
I’ll let you know how that works out for.
Oh, and a late Happy New Year!
Oh (again) – if you have a few moments, check out Ben’s work.
As those of you who know me, you know that I’ve recently jumped (hard) on the mirrorless camera bandwagon. There’s a reason; the advantages of the mirrorless camera far outweigh the advantages of the dSLR (see my previous post). Today’s post is actually from an email thread I was a part of today and Bill (the author) stated his view of the evolution from the dSLR camera to the mirrorless camera in a way that was far more eloquent than I could have stated.
So, today, I yield my blog to Bill. Continue reading
Death of SLRs & Birth of Mirrorless Cameras
Let me throw this out there – in the next 5-7 years, the SLR camera will be relegated to history and the mirrorless cameras capable of hybrid imaging will have taken its place. It’s happening now and for those of you who think this can’t happen, mark today on the calendar as the day when I said it would happen.
I’m not saying this just to be contrary or to pick a fight. Quite the opposite! The new cameras being shipped today are far superior in technology to the ‘good ol’ dSLR” Continue reading
I know sometimes my posts get a little too long and my point is always at the bottom.
So here you go: if your images are not in a gallery or printed, then the image is incomplete. Stop it! Continue reading
This week I had the joy of trading blog posts with Angie McMonigal of Angie McMonigal Photography. My post on her blog describes how everything we shoot is a miracle.
Note from Rob: Today’s post is written by Angie McMonigal of Angie McMonigal Photography. We’re each writing a post for the other’s blog and I hope that you check her site out and become a regular reader of her as well.
I’m honored to be exchanging guest blog spots with Rob Domaschuk Photography today! I recently took a class with Rob called Fine Art Photography: Seeing the World Differently through Chicago Digital Arts & Photography Studio. This class came to my attention at just the right time! And lucky me, I got a one-on-one class since it seems most photographers don’t want to spend a summer day indoors…not me, I’m ready for this long, hot summer to come to an end! Continue reading
I’ve been thinking about this one for several weeks now. I held a class a while ago and one of the students asked the question, what was the hardest shoot that any of us had done. I didn’t answer him in class because I loved the question and thought that it deserved some time thinking about. But I did tell him that it would make a great blog post. Continue reading