Canon 7D, Canon 5D Mark II, Nikon D5000, Nikon D90, Olympus Pen E-P1 what do they all have in common? Well if you are reading this you probably know they shoot still pictures and video. These are not like the little point and shoots that can take youtube quality video they shoot HD video. With the move towards having one camera that can take pro quality pictures and HD video is the current form of photography and the current role of the photographer going by the wayside? I don’t think so!!!!!

First I am a HUGE fan of these DSLR cameras that shoot HD video. I think this is a huge game changer not for the photography world but in the video realm. Now People who wanted to make an indie film or music video can do so on a dirt cheap budget. Look at the success of Paranormal Activity. This movie cost $15K to make, it topped $100 million dollars in sales and the director just signed a deal with Paramount for $7 million dollars. This shows the sky is the limit for indie directors that could not break into the movie industry. BUT I have digressed from the topic at hand, photography.

Photography is changing and that is a fact of life. People have to be smarter and work a little bit harder to find their niche in the photography world. But that goes for anything in life. Look, I think (I am not claiming to be an expert, I just play one on the internet) the opportunity for photographers is enormous, no GIGANTIC right now. There are sites like Animoto that allows people, pros or amateur, to create really nice slide shows and use them on the web or created DVD quality downloads.  The new Jay-Z video Empire State of Mind use some amazing pictures of New York.

I think this is a really cool time to be a photographer. With the new technology of stills and video merging in one camera, the internet allowing for great low cost marketing opportunities and being able to share your content all over the world. Just like for the indie film makers we photographers are only limited by what we don’t do. Technology has made it easier than ever to get our creative content out to the world.  Photography isn’t dying it’s just evolving.

Dear Blog,

Sorry for the neglect and abandonment you must feel these last several months. I could tell you a million and one reason why I have not posted anything new lately but the simple truth is laziness. Setting you up was easy and kind of fun. But when I had to keep coming up with new stuff everyday to post it got a little repetitive and and overwhelming.

But today I want to write (I know) this wrong and try to restart. I know it won’t be same as when we first stated out together but I promise to be faithful and post regularly. Lets start slow, say a least one post a week. It won’t always be some enlightening, deep thought proving post but it will be something.

Again I want to apologize for neglecting you the last couple of months. And I hope this will be restart of a beautiful relationship.

Thanks to Seattle based Photographer Chase Jarvis, I have been using my Iphone to take serious pictures. All the pictures are edited in the Iphone using apps from the apps store.

Below are some of the pictures I have taken so far.

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Have you ever had a kick ass picture that you thought would turn out great and  it really turned out not so great? Ira Glass calls that the creative gap. This is when what you wanted to create and what really turned out where not the same. And he believes that anyone doing any sort of creative work goes through this learning process in their career.

Yesterday, I had one of these moments. I was getting ready for work when I noticed a rainbow outside my patio. After I opened the sliding door I realized it was a full rainbow. Naturally I grabbed my camera and started taking a series of pictures to capture the entire rainbow. The whole day at work I knew I had captured something pretty cool. When I got home I put together the series of pictures in a panoramic and to my dismay it did not turnout the way I wanted. It took me a couple of hours to finally except that I would have to use that experience as a learning tool and try agin the next time I get the chance.

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Below is the interview with Ira Glass talking about how to bridge your creative gap.

SO first let me apologize for not posting in several weeks. Between my job that pays the bills and a busy home life, my poor little blog has felt a little neglected. And I have had this guilty feeling every time I used a computer. But going forward I will be posting again on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Today, I wanted to do a big mind dump of all the really cool articles that I have been reading over the past several weeks.

I hope you enjoy…

Photography, and the Tolerance for Courageous Sucking – Merlin Mann writes about being able to know you suck and that you will continue to suck, but over time all that sucking will start to get better. You just have to keep at it.

Build a Panoramic Tripod Head for $10 – For all the DIYer’s or people trying to save a buck in this economy, here is a really awesome guide to building a $1,000 Panoramic Tripod Head on the cheap.

Limits and Creativity – Ever wanted to do something but told yourself “my camera can’t do that” or “they are professional and I am not” or how about “I can’t do that because….” Sometimes what separates the few from the many is they don’t put limits on their creativity. Dustin Wax wrote a really good article about getting over the negative at Lifehacker.org.

Top Ten Annoying Things That Photographers Say to Each Other – Plain and simply don’t say these lines to another photographer.

Backing Up Your Stuff – Anyone who knows me will tell you I backup everything. Whether you fancy yourself as a photographer or not, you must backup your pictures. One thing that people always try to save in a fire is their pictures. In this day and age, it is really easy to have several copies. I will be writing about my backup process and steps later.

Tony Robbins: Why we do what we do, and how we can do it better – Tony Robbins is an American self-help writer and professional speaker for over 30 years. He became well known through his infomercials and bestselling self-help books, Unlimited Power: The New Science Of Personal Achievement and Awaken The Giant Within. (Wikipedia) This video is about 23 minutes but I highly recommend listening to it while you are surfing the web.

Cloudy DayWhat is a fake picture? Some would say doing anything to the picture after it is taken makes it fake. Others think you can push as many pixels and that is fine. I fall somewhere in the middle. I do believe that some degree of correction or assistants is need to most pictures. But changing the color of a flower to match your couch might fall more into the art realm than photography.

Where ever you fall some degree of modification slash enhancement takes most pictures from being forgettable to WOW. Scott Bourne from This Week In Photography wrote a great post on how to make a picture better in under 90 seconds. Now quick heads up he uses Aperture a Mac only photo organizing/light touch up program in his article. But as a Lightroom user I was able to take many things away from his tutorial. Even if you want to be as naturalist, like someone who does not use deodorant, it is always learn something new.

Adding Pop To Your Images via {TWIP.com}

Lens

Your lens. You want to pay the most attention to to your lenses out of all of your gear. One can have the best camera on the market that can take pictures in pure darkness but with crappy lenses you might as well have a paper weight. Plus when you upgrade your camera if you have really nice glass(lenses) that is one less thing to worry about buying.

Gizmodo wrote up a great article about why your lenses really make your pictures better. With all the talk about mega pixels and ISO the lens is still the eye to the world for your camera.

Why Lenses Are the Real Key to Stunning Photos via {Gizmodo}

BONUS

Here is a video on how lenses are made. I think it pretty cool to see how they are made.

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