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by Steven G Webb
Mon Nov 20, 2017 3:35 pm
Forum: General Photography Discussion
Topic: What is the future of photography and professional photographers?
Replies: 12
Views: 107

Re: What is the future of photography and professional photographers?

Here's another rabbit hole in the conversation: Unemployment. The economic climate, at least in the US, caused the loss of many manufacturing and skilled labor jobs. For a couple of generations we've tried to make professionals of our offspring encouraging college degrees with the promise of high-wa...
by Steven G Webb
Mon Nov 20, 2017 5:32 am
Forum: General Photography Discussion
Topic: What is the future of photography and professional photographers?
Replies: 12
Views: 107

Re: What is the future of photography and professional photographers?

... I don't feel it is the technology advance alone that killed us but it is a link and the chain. ... Do you think the lesson here is adapt or die? S- "Adapt of die" is applicable almost universally. Photography has evolved almost from its beginning in a direction making it easier and mo...
by Steven G Webb
Sat Nov 18, 2017 10:19 pm
Forum: General Photography Discussion
Topic: What is the future of photography and professional photographers?
Replies: 12
Views: 107

Re: What is the future of photography and professional photographers?

The hardest hit part of the photography business seems, to me, to be the consumer side, portraits specifically. I know a lot of portrait photographers that are struggling to keep their business afloat. The senior portrait market, that wasn't strong in my are to begin with, is now almost non existan...
by Steven G Webb
Tue Nov 14, 2017 9:06 pm
Forum: General Photography Discussion
Topic: Tiny Things: A Learn-and-Share Activity Thread = Join In!
Replies: 36
Views: 403

Re: Tiny Things: A Learn-and-Share Activity Thread = Join In!

I worked with a Camerz long-roll camera with a Pan-Tilt head. The momentary switch was affixed next to the one of the adjustment knobs opposite side from the focusing knob. No fussing with on/off (release pressure on the switch and the light went off). The light was bright compared to the modeling l...
by Steven G Webb
Tue Nov 14, 2017 8:46 pm
Forum: General Photography Discussion
Topic: Tiny Things: A Learn-and-Share Activity Thread = Join In!
Replies: 36
Views: 403

Re: Tiny Things: A Learn-and-Share Activity Thread = Join In!

The mention of having enough light to focus by brought to mind something we had in the studio years ago. We had a focusing light made of a clamp fixture work light with a narrower reflector outfitted with a floodlight bulb. A momentary foot switch turned the light on and off. Most of us found the sw...
by Steven G Webb
Wed Nov 08, 2017 2:58 am
Forum: General Photography Discussion
Topic: The Language of Lighting
Replies: 19
Views: 190

Re: The Language of Lighting

Kick the can down the road. The options are limitless as is the hilarity factor. I like you, did I ever mention that? My thought is if this were your portrait and you didn't like it would you let it out in the wild? S- I make everyone happy; part when I arrive the rest when I leave. Given the subje...
by Steven G Webb
Wed Nov 08, 2017 2:07 am
Forum: General Photography Discussion
Topic: The Language of Lighting
Replies: 19
Views: 190

Re: The Language of Lighting

But is the photographer responsible for the look? In a commercial product shot the photographer is not the artistic talent, that's the job of the art director. So who picked out the look. Was the result a grand success or a grand failure? I can't imagine Mr Trump wanting to look the way he's portra...
by Steven G Webb
Wed Nov 08, 2017 1:25 am
Forum: General Photography Discussion
Topic: The Language of Lighting
Replies: 19
Views: 190

Re: The Language of Lighting

Shealah Craighead is credited with his photo and named a White House Photographer. Personally, I think Annie Leibovitz is overrated in the same way I feel about Andy Warhol, but I'm uncouth that way. And, I thought Pete Souza 's official rendition of President Obama was well taken and reflected his...
by Steven G Webb
Tue Nov 07, 2017 8:03 pm
Forum: General Photography Discussion
Topic: The Language of Lighting
Replies: 19
Views: 190

Re: The Language of Lighting

I'd like to know who is responsible for the "look" and thus the lighting. I'm sure Mr Trump would like to appear imposing and larger than life; however, I can''t imagine his wanting to appear sinister. So I wonder if he was oversold a bill of goods or (like so many times in similar situati...

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