The idea behind photo sessions is to not be formal and stiff. It should be to capture the moments - to snap this time in history. Let kids be kids and have fun - relax! We have plenty of ways to keep little ones busy and after photographing children for over 20 years, I know what works! When it comes to family sessions, it may take some time, but if you can trust the experience, we can capture amazing moments.
If you plan to be in the DC area between now and May 5th, do yourself a favor and stop off at the National Gallery of Art to view their current exhibition, Faking It: Manipulated Photography before Photoshop, on display on the Ground Floor of the West Building.
The groundbreaking exhibition, which debut at The Metropolitan Museum of Art last year in New York, documents the storied history of doctoring photographs priot to the advent of Photoshop. A synopsis of the exhbition on the gallery's site reads:
In the first major exhibition devoted to the history of manipulated photographs before the digital age, some 200 works will demonstrate that today's digitally altered photographs are part of a tradition that extends back to the beginning of photography. Featuring visually captivating photographs, the exhibition will trace photographic manipulation from the 1840s through the 1980s and show that photography is—and always has been—a medium of fabricated truths and artful lies.
• What: “Faking It: Manipulated Photography before Photoshop”
• When: February 17–May 5, 2013
• Where: 4th and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20565
• Admission: Free
• Museum hours: Open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
• Info: Call (202) 737-4215 or the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) at (202) 842-6176.
Here at NYIP, we are always trying to alert our readers to all the landmark photography exhibitions taking place around the world.
Wedding time is in the air. The New York Institute of Photography just received a clever promotional email from Je Revele Fine Art Photography in New Jersey. To help promote their Facebook page, to promote their branding message, and increase their "Likes," they're running a fun contest: What's the Best Marriage Proposal Ever? The Je Revele folks remind us that more engagements happen in the period between Thanksgiving and Valentine's Day, and they're running this contest to help us take advantage of all the proposals from family and friends that we have fresh in mind. Note that to see the full contest rules, you need to click on the photographer's Facebook link and "Like" them. (Hey, it's good to show a little "Like love" for such a fun contest, but I wanted to share this with all photographers who are interested in seeing a good case study of a contest and utilizing Facebook to promote it.)
- Add a comment to this post and tell us about a successful contest or promotion you've run in the past. (Our readers love photo tips and photography business advice.)
- Tell us what you would do again? Then tell us what you would not do in the future.
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If you haven't heard about this incredible gadget yet, it's time to get onboard (no pun intended). Actually, to call it merely a gadget is to downplay it greatly. The GoPro site claims it to be the "World's Most Versatile Camera" and it's hard to disagree with them there. The HERO3 is a wi-fi enabled, wearable camera/camcorder developed by Woodman Labs that can be mounted on almost any sports or outdoor equipment. It is "waterproof to 197' (60m), capable of capturing ultra-wide 1440p 48fps, 1080p 60 fps and 720p 120 fps video and 12MP photos at a rate of 30 photos per second." Oh yeah... and it weighs a measly 2.6 ounces! At anywhere from $200 to $400 (depending on the edition and the various add-ons available), you are getting a lot of bang for your buck with the GoPro HERO3. But don't take our word for it, check out the site's promo video below!
You may be thinking that this looks like the work of highly trained professionals in a big budget production, and your personal use may not be worthy of such a heavy duty device. Well, here is a simple how-to-video of photographer Marc Silber's son fastening the HERO3 to his surfboard and then using it out on the water that ought to dispel those notions:
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