A People to People Photo Expedition:
Cuba from Miami January 14 to 21, 2014
with the Center for Cuban Studies, Photographers Joe DiMaggio & JoAnne Kalish and in Cuba, Photographer Rolando Pujól
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I did not know Bill Eppridge very well but I certainly knew of his work. He did so many iconic history making photographs that we all know so well some of which I had no idea were made by him. Bill Eppridge was as an extremely talented and great photojournalist. According to my partner Joe DiMaggio, Bill was rather humble about what he’d accomplished over the last few decades. I always like someone more when I hear this.
For those not familiar with Bill’s work, Bill made the enduring historic image of mortally wounded Senator Robert F. Kennedy lying on the floor of a Los Angeles hotel in June 1968. Mr. Kennedy had just won the California primary and was delivering an acceptance speech when he was shot by an Assassin.
Both Joe and I had an opportunity to go to Bill’s retrospective at the Fairfield Museum a while back. I had no idea how many photographs that I remembered, in my minds eye, as part of history, that had such a great impact on me. The depth and scope of his work at that show really brought it home about how important his contribution was as a journalist. My sincere heartfelt sympathy goes out to Bill’s family and friends. The world will miss him.
Took the day off to visit friends Dennis and Kathi in Hillsdale NY. It’s always a beautiful drive. We love going to the farm and studio and always enjoy seeing them. On the way up, Joe mentioned he had a feeling Dennis was up to something but did not know what.
Dennis unveiled a new piece of artwork which was made from tiny fragmented pieces of glass that Joe had given him on our last visit. Dennis works a lot with collage and is always open to new materials. You just never know what he’ll come up with. Anyway Dennis outdid himself once again. This is just the first of the series I would imagine. For anyone interested in seeing some of the many pieces that Dennis does his studio and work can be seen by appointment. Unfortunately, Dennis does not have very much internet presence but he is a well established artist and we’re working on changing that.
Baja Mexico trip to photograph the Whales mating in Scammon’s Lagoon with Selig. We couldn’t resist posing on a Donkey cart on the way down. The trip was amazingly beautiful and we had a blast.
Notice our trusty Nikons and our super-wide pro camera straps which Joe invented. They also came in black. Photo was most likely done by Jonathan Selig © Jon Selig Thank you Jon
Things to know when Making a portrait -
Photograph the person with a portrait lens and with minimum depth of field, unless of course, you’re doing an environmental portrait. Make your subject feel comfortable and relaxed by talking to them and telling them what you would like to do. If it’s a formal portrait in the studio, make sure your lights are all set up. Your camera should be set to the right exposure beforehand, as well as knowing where you stool will be placed if you are using one etc. Have the person sit with one shoulder a little more towards you instead of straight on as it’s much more flattering. When you are making these portraits keep shooting and show the person a photo or two so they become more involved in the process. Always suggest to the person that they wear something they feel comfortable in. Layers of clothing are nice for both men and women as it adds interest. I personally like soft feminine and flattering necklines as well for women. If they wear glasses either ask them to remove them or place the glasses a little lower on the bridge of their nose so as not to see the reflection of the lights (you might have to move your lights.) Remember most women need softer lighting as it’s more flattering. When photographing in available light and on-the-fly you need to quickly come up with an interesting and appropriate background which will not detract from the person. Obviously if it’s an environmental portrait you may want to use the person’s workspace or living space to tell something about the person. If you can, try to have more than one idea where to place the person and move them around. Again more times than not, this relaxes the person and puts them more at ease, knowing you know what you’re doing.
Your website and/or portfolio is an assortment of visual material that needs to be organized to make a positive visual statement about you and your work. There should be a flow where elements work together and not fight each other. It should be a captivating and a thought provoking layout of spreads and pages, color, form, thematic relationships, scale changes, humor, elements of surprise, as well as details and whole pieces, and should entertain the eye. Your ultimate showpiece.
Have you ever heard the expression – “when in doubt leave it out”? Well it very much applies to your website and portfolio. Begin strong and end strong but also think in terms of a beginning, middle,and an end while showing off your work in the best possible light. Remember your final image will most likely leave a more lasting impression than the first. Only show a perspective client maybe 20 photos and group them so they flow well. Arrange and rearrange the order until it speaks to you and hopefully to them.
Now that you put your best work together the question is are there any weaknesses that you see? What do you need to do to work on these weakness? What are your strong points and how can you accentuate what you do best? You’ve now gotten to the next step of becoming a better photographer.
By the way Will, even though you’re in heaven, my thoughts are with you as I am remembering that your 102 birthday would have been this Saturday May 25. I miss you…
Nikon or Canon whichever you prefer. Some of us made the switch along the way. Both great systems!
Here I am at the Long Beach Grand Prix with a group of photographers including editor Kevin Fitzgerald. This same day I shot a motor series of the famous shunt below in the first turn, at the start of the race, and landed my first photograph in Sports Illustrated. I was the only photographer that got this photograph! The rest was history. This photograph is also a double truck spread in Mario Andretti’s coffee table book. The editor of Andretti’s book wrongly gave my partner Joe the credit but it was mine!
According to – http://www.gplb.com/track-history/
Track History Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. … Mario Andretti avoided a first-lap, multi-car collision, then went on to outduel F/One stars … first-lap shunt involving James Hunt that remains perhaps the Grand Prix’s most enduring image.