Monday, October 12, 2009


Some of the swell scientist types over at Stanford are working on an open-source camera that has the potential to add tons of new features to digital photography. Affectionately called the Frankencamera, this could dramatically change the course the photography evolution. For better or worse, the jury is out. Take a look.

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

photography basics classes in Gilbert (by me!)

This winter, I will be teaching a couple of classes for Gilbert Community Education. There will be a "How to Buy a Digital Camera" class in November, for folks shopping for the holidays and again in January for folks looking to spend the cash they received for the holidays.

Then....THEN.....drumroll, please..... there will be a "Basics of Digital Photography" class! A three session class in November covering as much ground as I can cover in three 2-hour sessions and then we repeat it again in January (for all those folks who just got a camera for Christmas!).

Here's the details: click on blue “Winter 2009-10 Leisure Pursuits” icon to see full catalog of classes. This is the jumping off page to register for classes.



Would you like to shoot fewer “snapshots” and more photographs worth showing off? Learn about composition, exposure, tips and tricks of technique, and an introduction to lighting. Photo critiques as time permits. 18+YEARS

Course # 54385 / Tuesdays Nov. 10, 17 & 24, 2009, 6:30-8:30pm / Redwood Rm. of the Community Center located at 130 N. Oak (2 blocks N. of Eliot and 2 blocks W. of Gilbert Rd.)


Course # 54386 / Wednesdays Jan. 6, 13, & 20, 2010, 6:30-8:30pm / McQueen Park Activity Center, Classroom 4 (510 N. Horne St., [s. of Guadalupe & E. of McQueen, just s. of Playa Del Rey Elementary School)



Is it time for a new digital camera for yourself or as a gift? Learn about megapixels, file formats, and the mysterious ISO. You’ll obtain a working knowledge of features and pros and cons before you shop. 18+YEARS

Course # 54387 / Monday 11/9/09, 6:30-8pm / McQueen Park Activity Center, Classroom 4


Course # 54354 / Tuesday 1/5/10, 6:30-8pm / McQueen Park Activity Center, Classroom 4

Hope you can make it! I feel like Ted Mosby in his Architecture 101 class!

Irving Penn, RIP

Irving Penn, renowned fashion and celebrity photography died today in Manhattan at the age of 92.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

magazines of the future????

This has already been featured on a couple other photographers' blogs, but it is far too interesting, conceptually, to not post here, also. My readers, who may not see it elsewhere, might find this very cool. I wonder about the value of video in individual books or magazines when we each have, or will likely have in the future, our own computer, tv, or iphone kind of device, but it still makes for an excellent video.

Check out Alexx Henry's vision of the future of the magazine.

Living Magazine Cover & Spread - Outside Magazine from Alexx Henry on Vimeo.

Monday, October 05, 2009

a love story in a thriller

Megan + Narbeh's Sweden Thriller Concept "Snow" from PACIFIC PICTURES on Vimeo.

Zeke Kamm wrote at Nice Photography Magazine : "Kevin Shahinian was hired to make the following short film for a couple to show at the reception after their wedding. The couple play themselves in the video that creatively retells the story of how they met."

This is just a wonderful concept and execution. Simply beautiful and moving.