Black Bear Film Fund Raiser Dinner at the Phoenix

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The Black Bear Film Festival is always an amazing event in our awesome little town of Milford, PA, in the Upper Delaware. The upcoming dates are October 20-22 2017

Thanks to Terry and Doug for hosting this at their home in Dingman’s Ferry, where you can also find some unique folk art and gifts in their Phoenix store on the property. Doug & Company made an fabulous spread and we had a blast!  I’m including a handful of snaps from the recent dinner with some of the usual suspects.  http://www.blackbearfilm.com/             http://dimaggio-kalish.com

If you’re interested in purchasing one of Joe’s new books titled FILL THE FRAME – Book is $20 plus $4 shipping.  Joe’s next book signing will be September 16 please contact me for more information or Click here to purchase the book on paypal – https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=76BHV2D849WAS   

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FILL THE FRAME by Joe DiMaggio   front & rear book cover © 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…

A Simple Little Trick

©2012 JoAnne Kalish

Late in the afternoon when you have the sun fairly low in the background you can create an interesting effect using f/22 and the sun. Remember to open up for your subject approximately a stop and a half.  You also may want to use  a little fill flash if you have one.

©2012 JoAnne Kalish

© 2012 Joe DiMaggio

Color Printing

© 2011 JoAnne Kalish

©JoAnne Kalish

© JoAnne Kalish

I’ve been making colorprints for many years. I first began making “C” prints (Chromogenic prints using traditional chemicals and processes.) You  make  a  4×5 internegative from a transparency and then print from the internegative.  I learned to color correct using color filters and I think I got pretty good at it.  From there I started to play around with “R” prints (Reverse prints) which are prints made directly from a transparency.  This is when Cibachrome became popular because the prints were more archival and they seemed three dimensional with their vibrant rich colors on glossy paper.  They are now referred to as Ilfochrome Prints. Well I have to tell you, the “C” prints no matter how good they were, they eventually faded in the light and I don’t necessarily mean direct sunlight  either.  The Cibachromes were better in that respect. From there I began making digital prints using Epson Printers which I’ve been extremely happy with. When I print I am really picky and want them to be as close to the original as can be.  Almost every print that has been in an exhibit and in our Gallery has been made by myself.  I pride myself in my printing. One day I made a quick and dirty digital photo and brought it to  friend’s home in celebration of a special day as a joke.  My friends actually put it in their  window and it has been there for a number of years. Every time I go over I’m amazed as it still has not noticeably faded in any way. The digital prints that are made nowadays are totally amazing in the way they hold up without fading. One day this Master printer (well kind of) was talked into trying some prints made by AdoramaPix and  I was more than pleasantly surprised with the quality of their printing for the cost. When I received the prints back I was looking to tear them apart but you know what?  They are amazingly good and I certainly would  recommend them to my students and anyone else for that matter.

The other day I tried a different type of print, their Aluminyzed Metal Prints and again, I was totally blown away.

My partner Joe DiMaggio turned me onto AdoramaPix books and again, I was a little tentative until he showed me three books he did.  Without telling me he did a book using my photos from a trip I made to France to visit my life-long friend Marie-Therése  a french restauranter,  and again I loved the printing.

Love the Nik Software

For those of you who’ve never tried Nik’s software plug-ins I would highly recommend them.  They are fabulous.  With the right photos they are truly amazing.  All I can say is don’t misuse them but for the occasional use on a particular photo they can really add that special something.  In addition their Snapseed app for the Iphone is also a one-of-a-kind app.  All the other copycat apps don’t compare in my opinion.

This is was done with their hdr software –

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This was done with their Silver Efex Pro Software

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Judge for yourself.  Just remember one thing though.  You have to have a great photo to begin with.

Never a Dull Moment

Our friend Larry came over the other day to give us a hand with setting up a new computer and wiring them and such.  In return he got a new portrait done of himself for his website. It was quite striking I must say and very dramatic – to see it go to Joe’s blog -http://joedimaggio-inthiscorner.blogspot.com/

I decided to make some home-made pizza for lunch and it was a pleasant afternoon. Afterward just to keep things interesting, Joe decided to have some fun and asked if I’d please photograph him using his laptop outside in a storm.  Very funny indeed but that’s Joe!
© MMX  JoAnne Kalish