National Gallery of Art 2013 Annual Report Mention

American Artist  Will Barnet © JoAnne Kalish

Artist Will Barnet © JoAnne Kalish All Rights Reserved

Last Friday I received an e mail from the Chief of the Department of Image Collections Mr. Gregory Most, at the National Gallery of Art informing me that my portrait of Will Barnet has been mentioned in their 2013 Annual report on page 21. It reads – The artists’ portraits collectioadded self-portraits bArthur Fellig, known aWeegee, c. 1950Philippe Halsmanc. 1955–1960; anJerrUelsmann, c.1970. Other artistsportraits include Fernanger bHerbert Matter, 1939; Frida KahlbManuel Alvarez – Bravoc.1938, printed 1960; PauEluard in his apartment bBrassaï, 1944, printed 1960; AndWarhol beinphotographed bHorsby DaviBailey,1972; anWilBarnet bJoAnne Kalish2005, printe2013David Dufour donated a pair ophotograppostcards of Marsden HartlebCarvan Vechten,1939.

Totally an honor to be amongst the group.  It was a great way to end the week on such a high note!

The Great Artist Dennis Wheeler

© JoAnne Kalish

Dennis Wheeler Art Work Photography@ JoAnne Kalish

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.

© JoAnne Kalish

© JoAnne Kalish

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Building a Better Portfolio and Website

Artist Will Barnet and Photographer JoAnne Kalish © Joe DiMaggio

Artist Will Barnet and Photographer JoAnne Kalish © Joe DiMaggio

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…

Mario Andretti with Photographer JoAnne Kalish

Nikon or Canon whichever you prefer.  Some of us made the switch along the way.  Both great systems!

Mario Andretti and JoAnne Kalish © Joe DiMaggio

Mario Andretti and JoAnne Kalish © Joe DiMaggio

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!

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© Joe DiMaggio

Long Beach Grand Prix Shunt 31 © J.Kalish

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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.


When to Sharpen Your Photos

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When I photograph something important I shoot in Raw as well as making a small jpeg.  This is what I do but not necessarily the only way to go.  If I come up with something, I consider special, I convert the Raw file and make a tiff and save it. If I plan on printing from it I make sure it’s 16 bit tiff. I tweak the raw file slightly giving it a little saturation and a drop of contrast most of the time. From here, I open the tiff in photoshop and possibly do another minor correction or two depending on what is needed, or if I want to play a little to improve on it I may do a little more. The only time I sharpen this photo is when I make it a specific size.  Then and only then, do I sharpen.  What I do to sharpen is I use unsharp mask leaving the amount on 150, the radius depends on what size my photo is and I almost never go over 1 pixel.  I always set the threshold on either 0 or 1.  Lastly, I try to never over sharpen and tend to go a little less rather than a little more.  I find that a lot of my students and other photo enthusiasts over sharpen and don’t realize the proper way to do this.

The photo above was taken in Brooklyn where my partner Joe DiMaggio will be doing an upcoming Adorama Workshop which will be posted shortly. After visiting a very special friend and photographer Ann Raine we checked out this location and with thoughts of Ann in our hearts we made a series of photos.  Check out our workshop website as we update regularly –    By the way my next workshop is March 23 Taking Your Photography to the Next Level