Understanding Histograms

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Understanding Histograms, both during digital photo capture and during your post production work flow in programs like Photoshop, will dramatically improve your images. When I am teaching my Digital Photography Basics class I teach you how to interpret the histogram on the back of your camera. I can’t stress enough how important it is to learn how to do this and how much it helps you to capture images that are properly exposed. Practice and experience are the best way to perfect how to read histograms.  A good understanding however of what your histogram actually represents dosen’t hurt.

I recently came across this short video clip by John Paul Caponigro that does a good job of explaining histograms and how to use them. Have a look.

If you are interested in learning more you can contact me for private instruction or keep an eye on the workshops page of my web site for my next Digital Photography Basics class.

You can also buy John’s full instructional DVD that this clip is from titled Photoshop Color Tools on on his web site.

Are Still Photos More Powerful than Video? Ryan Lobo: The Hidden Story

Friday, December 18, 2009

Are Still Photos More Powerful than Video?

For some time now I have been mulling this question over in my mind. I think I first started thinking hard about it when Hurricane Katrina devastated the gulf coast. As I watched it all unfold on TV, I suddenly realized that the most powerful images I was seeing were stills…on TV.

The networks were showing slide shows of incredibly moving still images. The video thay had seemed limited to long clips shot from a helicopter as it flew over the wreckage. But on the ground were photographers capturing single moments that told the story so much more powerfully.

Think about some of the most significant events of recent history. What images come to your mind? I’ll bet the images that come to mind are still images that you saw. 

Tonight I just watched this video of Ryan Lobo, a videographer / photographer. In this video he shares his realization about the power of still photography over video, and how he feels he is able to better tell the “hidden story” within the stories he was trying to tell with video.

Ryan Lobo: Photographing The Hidden Story

LADAKH photographs by Richard Durnan Save $10.00

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Just in time for the Holidays!

Save $10.00 on my photo book LADAKH photographs by Richard Durnan. LADAKH is a collection of photographic images in black and white that explores the Tibetan Culture, people, and landscapes of India’s northern Himalayan region known as Ladakh. It features the images from my popular Ladakh II fine art photograph series with a few additional images never before exhibited.

Preview and place your order for the book now!

Place your order for this great companion book to the exhibit before December 31st, 2009 and receive $10.00 off when you use the Promo Code GREATGIFT

Studio Virtual Reality Tour

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Last weeks Richard Durnan Photography Studio open house here in Ridgway Colorado was a fantastic success. There was a tremendous turnout and it was good to see people enjoying themselves looking at art.

If you did not make it by the night of the opening, but are in the area, please stop in and see my studio-converted-gallery and see the new work I have hanging on the walls. If you are not in the area, you can still visit my studio and new work. Here is how…

I just developed a Virtual Reality tour enabling you to scroll around and explore around all 360 degrees of my studio right there from comfort of your computer. My new photographs are of course hanging on the walls. So visit the Richard Durnan Photgraphy web site and take the on-line virtual reality tour of my studio.

Want to see the new photographs bigger and in better detail? Then  just have a look at the below slideshow or visit my Flickr Photostream, where you can see these photos and more. Please add me as a Flickr contact, and stay in touch.
Get the flash player here: http://www.adobe.com/flashplayer

The Last Kodachrome Film Lab

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Parsons Kansas is home to the last Kodachrome Film Lab. Back in June I made a post Good Bye Kodachrome reporting that  Kodak is ending its 74 years producing the iconic Kodachrome slide film. On Friday November 27th Bob Dotson on the Today Show profiles how the end of Kodachrome leaves it’s effect on the small town of Parsons Kansas, home to the last remaining lab for processing this great discontinued film.

“Half a century ago, 2,000 film labs processed Kodachrome in the United States. Now, Dwayne’s Photo in tiny Parsons, Kansas, is the last one — in the entire world.”

You can read a transcript of the story on the MSNBC.com site and watch the video report below. It’s a nice tribute to Kodachrome, the import role it played in allowing us to see our world in color for the first time, and how it’s end will affect Parsons and it’s residents.

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Flickroom – Beta

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

This week I got introduced to Flickroom – Beta, an Adobe Air based application that provides a richer browsing experience to Flickr users. I am a user of Flickr,  popular on line photo sharing site. I like it better than many of the other photo sharing sites because it really caters to photographers and has developed into a great community for sharing my work and connecting with other photographers. You can see my Flickr photo stream here.

One of the things I don’t like about Flickr however is its user interface… boring. As you may have noticed from this blog and my web site, richdurnanphoto.com,  I prefer a darker background when viewing images. Flickroom provides this darker background in its interface. Flickroom’s benifits don’t stop there.

You can receive instant notifications for any activity on your photostream, upload photos by just drag-and-drop, add comments and tags, mark favorites, add notes, tweet about your photos and chat with other Flickroom users. You have access to most of the major features of your Flickr account.

Flickroom is in its beta form at the moment and through the web site you can add your comments and suggestions for features you would like to see included.

Flickroom is also free, so give it a try. You can download Flickroom here.

If you are a Flickr user I’d be interested to hear and what you think of Flickroom.  So please comment below and add me to your Flickr contact list.

If your not  flickr user consider becoming one. In fact on Feburary 10,   I am teaching a class called Digital Photo Editing Basics. In this class, amongst other things,  we will be covering how to use Flickr’s photo editing tool Picnik.

November Studio Open House

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

If you are in the Ridgway Colorado area this Thursday November 19th 2009 please stop in to my Studio.  Kane Scheidegger  in the adjoining studio and I are hosting an open house.

I will be showing a collection of new, never seen before black and white images. This new body of work consists of landscapes from the region including images from my series documenting the newly designated Dominguez Canyon National Conservation Area and Wilderness. Randy’ Independence Cafe will have live music and serve cocktails. Kane and I will have the hors d’oeurves.

Take advantage of this evenings 15% discount on all framed and un-framed prints.

Doors open at 6:00 pm
The Independence Building
555 Clinton St.
Ridgway Co 81432
New Studio Phone: 970.316.2580
See a map

If you receive my monthly What’s Clickin’ with Rich eNewsletter you have seen this image titled Crystal Lake, Ironton, CO. This image will be on display as a beautifully framed 15×22 Archival Dye Print. This image is also my November FREE desktop image. Each month I offer a free image for subscribers to download as your computer desktop image. You can sign up for the What’s Clickin’ eNewsletter here on my web site www.richdurnanphoto.com.

Chris Jordan’s Latest Environmental Work

Friday, October 30, 2009

This is one of the latest photographs from environmental photographer Chris Jordan. I’ve made reference to photographer Chris Jordan’s environmental work before. His latest work is a series of photographs documenting the carcasses of dead albatross chicks. The images depict the actual stomach contents of baby birds in one of the world’s most remote marine sanctuaries on the islands of Midway, more than 2000 miles from the nearest continent. The baby bird stomachs are filled with plastic and trash fed to them by their parents who soar out over the vast polluted ocean collecting what looks to them like food to bring back to their young.

This is in my mind just another reminder of the Great Pacific Trash Heap which I wrote about and  photographed in my post The Environment and Photography.

Check out more of Chris Jordan’s albatross photos here.

Geo Tagging Your Photographs

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Geo tagging is a form of metadata that allows you to store with in your photograph GPS coordinates for the exact location it was made. A while back I made a post on Metadata and Keywording Resources and encouraged you to add metadata to your images to help you keep your photo archive organized. Geo tagging is another form of metadata. Like adding information to your image’s city, state, and country metadata fields, you can also add the precise GPS coordinates. This information can be very useful for sorting and finding your images.

I recently came across this video from Peter Krogh on Geo Tagging your photographs. I think this video explains the process and some of the options you have for doing it quite well. Take a look.

Peter is an expert in Digital Assets Management (DAM) and author of the DAM Book, Digital Assets Management for Photographers. He also has a lot of great resources on his DAM Useful web site.

Are you a Flickr user? It was recently brought to my attention that there is a service called GPStagr for geo tagging your photos on Flickr.

Photography Workshops 2009

Thursday, October 15, 2009

I have just set dates for two photography workshops I will be teaching through the Weehawken Arts. If you have questions about them please feel free to contact me directly. To register however, please click through to the Weehawken Web site

Digital SLR Photography Basics

October 28, November 4, 11, & 18 2009
6:30-8:00 PM

Four Class Sessions with Week-Long Breaks for Practice

While learning essential photographic skills such as camera handling and composition, you will see how much fun you can have with your camera. This Class is for beginners and intermediates who want to increase their knowledge of manual SLR camera operation and still photo creation. Although the emphasis will be on digital, both digital and film SLR cameras that can operate in manual exposure mode are welcome in this workshop. The course will include classroom time, assignments, and critique sessions of students work.

The Early Registration Deadline for this class is October 19th. Enroll by or before October 19th and SAVE!

PRICE for this fun Workshop:
Students Enrolling and Paying by or before October 19th:
WCA Member: $120 / Non-WCA Member: $132
Students Enrolling and Paying after October 19th:
WCA Member $132 / Non-WCA member: $145

Visit the Weehawken Arts web site for more information and to register.

Wildlife Photography Seminar

This seminar is intended for amateur to advanced photographers looking to take their photography to the next level.

December 5th, 2009

In this comprehensive seminar you will learn photography tips and techniques to improve your wildlife photos. The seminar is for photographers of all abilities and will discuss equipment, technique and etiquette.

Students Enrolling and paying by or before June 8th (“Go” Date):
WCA Member: $24
Non-WCA Member: $27
Students Enrolling or paying after June 8th (“Go” Date):
WCA Member: $27
Non-WCA Member: $30

Visit the Weehawken Arts web site for more information and to register.