Check out this great photo taken by John J Young of the 4th of July festivities on the Mall. When shooting these type of photographs, it is essential to use a tripod so that your camera remains as still as possible for the most precise shot. You may also want to use a cable release or wireless option for triggering the shutter. Shooting at a low ISO is preferable to ensure the cleanest shots possible, something like ISO 100. A common misconception is that a photographer must have a fast lens to take successful firework photos, which is not true. Using an aperture somewhere between f/8 to f/16 works quite well. Thanks for sharing this photo, John, and hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July!
We’ve begun planning for our next Crystal City Fotowalk exhibit and are happy to announce an open call for submissions this time around. We want to see your pictures from all around the world! Submit your best travel images by July 27 for a chance to be part of the next show.
- Exposed alum Chris Suspect snapped former Trump lawyer Ty Cobb rocking out to a local punk band in Petworth on Saturday night, prompting stories in the Washington Post, Vice and Spin.
- AFP photographer Yuri Cortez unwittingly became part of the action at the World Cup in Moscow on Wednesday. After Croatia scored their semi-final winning goal, he was squashed by celebrating players but still managed to capture the moment and emerge unscathed.
- On Tuesday, Smithsonian Magazine is launching its PhotoTalks series with Erika P. Rodriguez, Wayne Martin Belger, and frequent Exposed special judge Lucian Perkins discussing the theme of identity. Free with registration.
- The fourth installment of The Community Collective Photography Showcase will feature 32 photographers from the DMV on Thursday, July 19 at Sospeso, 7 p.m.
- In 2013, local photographer Russell Brammer’s image “Adams Morgan at Night” was part of our annual Exposed DC Photography Show. Last week, it also became the subject of an ugly Virginia federal court ruling that says commercial companies can use photos they find on the internet under “fair use,” in what’s being widely regarded as a gross misinterpretation of the Copyright Act. Copyright lawyer David Kluft responds here.
- The Bronx Documentary Center is sharing overlooked stories captured by Latin American photographers during a festival that runs through July 22.
- When Michael Bradley realized wet plate photography can make tattoos disappear, he began a project photographing Māori people of New Zealand with traditional tā moko tattoos.
- Momenta is offering tuition scholarships to photographers for its upcoming Project Puerto Rico workshop.
- Artists can apply now to participate in Superfine!, a new art fair coming to Union Market this October, and which promises that over half the exhibitors will be from the metro area.
- Photographers aged 18 and under can submit their images to Glen Echo Photoworks Gallery competition until July 13.
- Audubon announced the winners of its 2018 photography awards, and one super-kid swept all three youth categories.
- How does National Geographic get up close and personal photos of animals in the wild? With custom-made Crittercams, of course.
- A strange new exhibit explores painter Winslow Homer’s inspiration by connecting it to the burgeoning Daguerreotype techniques being developed during his lifetime.
- High speed photography isn’t just for sports—it can also capture exploding paint balloons to crashing waves and beyond.
- Portrait photographer Donald Maclellan did his own version of Where Are They Now by tracking down his old classmates 35 years later. (If you happen to be in Mallaig you can visit Harry Potter movie locations and also Maclellan’s exhibit.)
What a great nighttime shot taken by Geoff Livingston! Black and white photography in itself can be challenging and even more so when you are working at night. Creating successful black and white photos takes a lot of practice, and you must train your eye to see in tone versus color. To avoid your image looking flat or dull, seek out scenes with tonal contrast. In Geoff’s photograph, the bright whites coming from the car lights create dramatic shadows against the concrete and fence that can also be enhanced in post-production. You can shoot your images in color and later convert to black and white on your computer. This allows you to capture more information in the original photo, so you have more control when you edit.
Summer is officially here! Join us at Blackfinn on Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. for our monthly happy hour to escape the heat and enjoy a cool beverage and great conversation about all things photography and beyond. We’ve got lots of other upcoming events to share this week along with some links…
- Head to the Leica Store tonight for the opening of Almost True, by Steven Bollman, 7-9 p.m. A two-day street photography workshop will follow over the weekend.
- Join DC photogs and Exposed alums Albert Ting and Amanda Archibald tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. for a community portrait workshop at The Loren Apartments in Falls Church and a photo walk in the downtown Falls Church neighborhood. They’ll have live portrait models plus drinks and snacks.
- This Sunday, Washington Photo Safari is hosting a session focused on composition that takes inspiration from the photos in the Crystal City Fotowalk, 2:30-5:00 p.m., $79.
- Photographs of demolished London buildings (before their demise) provide an interesting history of the city’s lesser-known areas.
- Tuesday, June 26 is 202Creates Co-Working Day. Join photographers John Harrington, Keith Lane, and Noe Todorovich and entertainment attorney Hardeep Grover for a discussion about the business side of photography from 2-3 p.m.
- Two photographers’ idea to reconstruct classic photos started as a joke but turned into a book.
- 1854 Media and British Journal of Photography are hosting their first ever OpenWalls event with a call for entries on the theme of “Home & Away.” Fifty shortlisted images will be displayed at Galerie Huit Arles in July 2019.
- The New York Times remembers photojournalist Clemens Kalischer who passed away earlier this month at the age of 97.