Photographer John Ulaszek leaves us with an important life lesson to take into this three-day weekend: Always focus on the cheese.
In this week’s edition of Friday links we’ve got beautiful transportation architecture, winning thievery, a city that’s too smoggy to photograph, and discount pooch adoption.
- One of our favorite local photographers, Pat Padua, is putting together a list of movies about photographers. Have you seen them all? Got any more suggestions for him?
“We are almost at the point where one has to seriously ask if a photo doesn’t get any likes did it ever really happen?” PDN Online interviews Chris Suspect (whose photos make it onto this site with some frequency).
- WMATA’s got nothing on the Moscow metro stations.
- Ouch: The winning photo in Samsung’s latest Instagram contest was stolen. Reminds us a little of Sherrie Levine’s “After Walker Evens” reappropriation exhibit.
- Benedict Cumberbatch used paparazzi at his Sherlock set to send out a four-page message about government privacy invasions.
- Try not to have an asthma attack while taking your photo in front of blue-sky backdrops in Hong Kong.
- We all saw this coming: Canon’s new PowerShot has an instant “post to Facebook” button.
- “Don’t show up wearing the clothes you slept in” and 18 other common sense ways to not become a hated photographer.
- Aww, the Obamas have added to their squee-family. And tried to make up for not adopting a shelter pooch by donating an unknown sum to the Washington Humane Society, which is offering 25% off adoption fees through August, so now’s the time to get one of these ridiculously huggable creatures to add to your family.
- Finally, your weekly tiger link: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About The Endangered Tiger.
Today instead of one great photo for In Frame, I give you three:
Kevin Wolf was in our annual Exposed show for the first time in 2013, with this stunning lightning-on-the-Mall shot. Perusing his Flickr stream shows photo after photo of technically perfect, poster-worthy shots of Washington, D.C. I have no doubt that Kevin, like any of us, takes lots of clunkers, too, but what his stream shows is not only that he’s a good photographer and image editor, but he’s an excellent content editor, a skill too many photographers don’t value enough. I watch what’s uploaded to our Exposed DC pool every day, and have been impressed with the way Kevin has approached his submissions. Instead of going forward and uploading the three photos that floated to the top of his pile for the day or week, he’s been going through his history and finding groupings – a mini-series, really, to share. He submitted these three above to the pool most recently, taken in January, February, and May of this year.
How much time do you spend working on your photography skills after you’ve clicked the shutter and put the camera down? Do you upload everything that comes off your SD card, or the 15 “best” photos of a so-so roll, or do you use a critical eye and toss everything that doesn’t work, even if it only leaves you with one or two – or zero – truly impressive shots? Do you go through your history to see how your ‘eye’ has developed and changed? To find patterns to your photos that you didn’t even realize were there at first? To recognize your failures so that you can consciously work to improve them?