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Thanks Rob, the class was great. Looking forward to seeing you guys at more classes. Have a great week !
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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.
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.
(Note from Rob): This is a re-post from Xanadu Gallery in Scottsdale, AZ and appears here with the gracious permission of the author, Jason Horejs.
Shortly after having a conversation about why galleries charge high commissions, I read this post and it answers the question far more eloquently than I could have. So enjoy the article and see, from a gallery owner’s perspective, why commissions are what they are. You can read the original article here.
“I won’t work with galleries, the commission is too high!”
Galleries typically take a 50% commission on the sale of two-dimensional artwork- paintings, photos, monotypes, etc., and anywhere from 33.3% to 40% for three-dimensional work. For an artist who feels that they are “starving,” it’s difficult to imagine how it could possibly make sense to “give away” half of their sale price. What could a gallery do that would possibly be worth the commission? 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
So this is the third or fourth time I’ve tried writing this damned post. What starts out as a focused thought about one particular thought quickly devolves into a long and convoluted… I dunno… piece of shit rambling. Let’s try again. Here’s this most awesome piece of insight I’ve had about my art and photography in a long time: success breeds success. Continue reading
Oh shit, I realized that it’s been a while since I last posted an image with a corresponding light setup, so I’m correcting that oversight with today’s post, showing another single light setup. Continue reading
Honestly, I am not what you would call an aficionado of Monet. I mean, I like the work and all but, if I were to win millions of dollars, a Monet is not a piece I’d rush out to add to my art collection. Yet, still, I am becoming more and more drawn to the man and the painter as I learn more about him. Especially his sense of integrity as an artist. Continue reading
We all know that art is subjective. Hell, we all know the line “I may not know art but I know what I like.”
On the third episode of Polarizing Images, we talk about the importance of prints and we lament how people just don’t put as much value into physical photographs as they once did. The printed photography seems to have lost its value. Continue reading