The Candid Frame #155 - Jerod Foster and Ibarionex at Photoshop World 2012

Ibarionex and Jerod Foster took the stage at the Peachpit Booth at Photoshop World 2012 in Las Vegas. During this presentation, they discussed their unique approaches to photography inspired by choosing their favorite of the other photographer's images. The discussion which was recorded live  provides an insight into how each photographer uses light, story telling, gesture and more to make effective and strong photographs. 

Jerod Foster was recently interviewed for an episode of The Candid Frame. You can listen to it by clicking here. You can discover more of his work by visiting his website and blog

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Jerod Foster
Ibarionex Perello
Jerod Foster
Ibarionex Perello
Jerod Foster
Ibarionex Perello

Jerod Foster

Ibarionex Perello
Jerod Foster
Ibarionex Perello

How to Keyword Your Images in Lightroom.

In this video, I demonstrate how I use keywords to organize my catalog of images. I share how I apply keywords during important and then again after making my initial selects from a shoot. This can greatly help you to be more efficient in organizing and searching for your images.

Look for Pictures That Other People Don't Make

I was talking to a friend yesterday who mentioned something that he heard the photographer, Vincent Laforet said.

"Look for pictures that other people don't make."

It's a simple statement, but one that is full of insight.

I was thinking just along these lines when during this past weekend I had some students in my Digital SLR Bootcamp make pictures of a bandshell in the park where I teach the workshop. I encouraged them to not only make photographs from eye level, but to really play around and try different perspectives, focal lengths and compositions. I asked them not to settle for just one or two photographs, but to fully exhaust all the possibilities.

Some of the resulting photographs really surprised me. I saw in their  pictures perspectives and points of view that I had never seen myself, even though it's a location that I have visited countless numbers of times. In their photographs, these students were really revealing to me the limits of my own vision.

I know what makes a good photograph or at least I think I know most of the time. So, when I photograph a scene or a subject, it's easy to compose a shot thinking that this is the definitive interpretation of it. But is that really the only possibility?

I saw photographers taking risks, making choices that they were not sure would work or not, but still committing to making the photograph. Yes, there was a risk that the image might not work, but that didn't deter them from trying it out and seeing what could happen. They weren't editing themselves and judging the picture before they made it. Instead, they practiced photography and played and discovered what worked and what didn't and in several cases, revealed exciting and beautiful surprises.

Ask 10 photographers to photograph a car and likely 9 out of 10 of them will deliver just that. They will make a picture of a car. It results in a photograph that is nothing more than  a document. Then there is the one photographer who makes a photograph not of the car, but the qualities of the car that resonate with him or her. It could be the color, the shapes, the play off light off its surface. These photographers use the camera to create from not only what they see, but what they feel.

It's so easy to compose a photograph by following all the rules. Yes, it can produce a well-composed, well-exposed photograph, but it may not surprise me or anyone else. It may not make me feel anything. It won't reveal the world to me in a different way that's both exciting and liberating.

The best photographers do that and it begins when they make photographs that other people aren't making.

It's about photographing the world that expresses not only how I uniquely see it, but also which reveals my exploration of that world when I make non-traditional choices with the camera. When I am willing to take the risk and do something different, even though there is a possibility that it may not work, is whenI am really living in the spirit of what it means to be a photographer.

How to Edit Your Travel Photos

Here is a short video in which I demonstrate how I use Adobe Lightroom to edit down thousands of images from my recent vacation. Using rankings, collections and the Compare view, I demonstrate how to create a more manageable collection of images that best capture the story behind my travels.

This is a technique which I use not only for winnowing down images from my travels, but also large bodies of work including personal projects.

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Photography Books to Inspire

During an interview today with photographer, Brian Mattiash, we touched on the importance of photography books in developing one's eye for good photographs. We weren't talking about instructional books, but rather monographs, collections of images that represent bodies of work.
For myself, it was these books that provided me the most important part of my photo education. During college at Berkeley, I would make weekly journeys to Moe's Bookstore and others searching for deals on the photographers that truly inspired my imagination including Robert Frank, Mary Ellen Mark, Garry Winogrand, Gordon Parks, William Albert Allard, William Eggleston and many others. 

I did and continue to spend time opening those books and just taking in those images, lingering on them in   a way that rarely happens when viewing images on the computer screen. Today, we have conditioned ourselves to view images for just a few seconds with the only expenditure of energy being the clicking the mouse to indicate a "like" or a "+1" or some equivalent. 

In my opinion, this robs a photographer of the best and greatest opportunity to learn and understand what makes a good image. Looking at a print or a monograph allows you to view great photographs at a more leisurely and relaxed pace. For myself, it allowed me to absorb  and recognize a great photograph. It helped inform how I saw the world when I ventured out with  my own camera. 

It's with that in mind that I thought I would recommend some books and photographers that I feel are worth the investment in one of their titles. Though some of my favorite books are no longer in-print (thankfully I have my copies already), there are some close equivalents that I think are worth of a look. 

Mary Ellen Mark

I own several of her early monographs including her early documentary work including Streetwise, Ward 81 and Falkland Road. Though she is likely better known for her portraiture, all of her work is influenced by an abiding respect and affection for her subjects. Her simple, straight-forward approach, primarily in black and white provides me a clear example of how beautiful and poignant a portrait can be. You look at her subjects and you immediately want to learn more about them. That's is a powerful thing that few photographers are capable of achieving. 

William Albert Allard

If any photographer influenced me most, especially with respect to how I see and use color and light, it's Bill Allard. A National Geographic photographer who used Kodachrome in ways that many other photographers would think impossible, he was able to produce images that were stunning and engaging. The fact that his image could be beautiful but still meet the demands of the story is something that still amazes me. I had the pleasure to interview him several years ago and it was easily one of the highlights of my podcast career. His recent retrospective book, Five Decades provides a wonderful way to discover or discover his work and includes his personal writings on his work and career. 

Gordon Parks
This man was a photographer, a writer, a composer, a director, a poet and so much more. It seemed like there was nothing that he couldn't and or didn't do. From humble and challenging beginnings in Kansas, he became one of the legendary photographers of the Farm Security Administration and Life Magazine. He also went on to direct the classic, Shaft and produce several memoirs of his amazing life. It was a life that he fictionalized in the nove, The Learning Tree, which he would eventually translate to the screen as the movie's director. He was prolific even til the end of his life and this book provide a glimpse into the endless talent that was Gordon Parks. Another title of his that I would heartily recommend is A Choice of Weapons, his classic first biography, which provide a glimpse into the man who redefined what is possible in a single life. 

Sam Abell

Sam Abell is the second National Geographic photographer in this list. And though he worked along with Allard at National Geographic, the look of his images are uniquely his own. Inspired by his father's love for photography, he developed an approach that allows him to see and build photographs in a way that encourages truly seeing a subject and a scene. There is no "spray and pray" approach to be found here, but a practice of careful observation. This book is one that I re-read regularly and from which I derive a new bit of wisdom. He other title A Photographic Life is more autobiographical but provides just as much food for the eyes as this does. You can't go wrong

Bruce Davidson

A member of the Magnum Collective, Bruce Davidson is a photographer who combines the social consicous of the great documentary tradition with the instincts of a street photographer. From his work with streets gang in Brooklyn to the subway of Gotham, his work has consistently delivered. His book Subway was a marvel to me when I first picked up a copies over twenty five years ago. He revealed the underground world with an eye of beauty that most people, especially the subway's daily commuters would not have recognized. Recently re-released with additional images, Subway is a shining example of the personal project and the commitment one has to make to creating a body of work. A retrospective of his work Outside - Inside is also available, and though a bit pricey, is well worth it.

There are many other titles that I could recommend, but I'll save that for another post. If you do consider purchasing one of these books, please note that if you purchase them through by Amazon affiliate links, the show will receive a small percentage of your purchase. It provides you a great way to support the show.

But even if you choose to support your local bookstore, I hope that you find these or more of these titles helpful to your photography education. 

The Candid Frame #151 - Jasmine DeFoore

Jasmine DeFoore is a photo consultant who knows first hand what busy editorial and commercial clients are looking for when it comes to finding photographers. She infuses her consulting projects with energy, enthusiasm and fresh ideas. Her approach integrates social media marketing with traditional promotional efforts and relationship building.

Jasmine launched her consulting business in 2010 and continues to be an active member of the photo community. Whether reviewing portfolios at international photo festivals, judging contests, blogging, lecturing at universities or mentoring young photographers, Jasmine keeps her love of photography at the forefront. You can find our more about Jasmine and her work by visiting her website and her blog

Jasmine DeFoore recommends the work of Allison V. Smith

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The Candid Frame #149 - Mike Moats

Mike Moats is an award winning, professional nature photographer from Sterling Heights, Michigan. Her started as a hobbyist in 2001 but it quickly grew into a full time business. He  has published articles and images in Outdoor Photographer Magazine, PC Photo Magazine, Natures Best Magazine, Nature Photographer Magazine, Photolife and Tamron’s “Angle of View” Blog. He has won numerous local and international awards, and in 2006 was asked to join the Fuji Pro Talent Team and in 2009 was added to the Tamron Lenses website as one of their ”Macro Masters”. In 2006 he started offering Close-Up/Macro Photography Workshops. He is also a moderator of the macro gallery at He also offers personal one on one online macro workshops, and has released five e-Books. You can find out more about his photography by visiting his galleries or blog

Mike Moats recommends the work of John Shaw and Art Wolfe.

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The Candid Frame #148 - Jay Patel

Jay Patel is an exceptional landscape photographer whose passion for the outdoors began with his family travels in his country of origin,  India. Since picking up a digital camera a little more than a decade ago, he has developed both a keen eye and a mastery of the technical to create stunning images of the natural world. Along with his wife, Varina, another passionate photographer, they share their experience and extensive knowledge of photography and the natural world through workshops, e-books, blogs and an active presence in various social networks.  To discover more about Jay and his work visit his website and blog.

Jay Patel recommend the work of Varina Patel.

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The Candid Frame #147 - Mathieu Young

Mathieu Young is a commercial photographer as well as a socially conscious photojournalist whose work has taken him all over the world. His entertainment work includes production images for such popular programs such as So You Think You Can Dance? and Glee. His journalistic and personal projects have focused on deforestation in Cambodia as well image capturing the personalities that make up the Tea Party Movement. His work has been published in numerous newspapers and magazines. He is a good example of a photographer who uses the funds earned by his commercial work to help fund his personal projects, which not only satisfy his desire to make a difference with a camera, but at times can also earn him greater professional opportunities. You can discover more about him and his work by visiting his website and blog.

Mathieu Young recommends looking into the Eddie Adams Photographic Workshop.

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The Candid Frame #145 - Rebecca Jackrel

Rebecca Jackrel is a freelance photographer based in San Francisco, California, who shares her love of wild creatures and places through her photography. In the last few years she has been involved in using her photography to help environmental causes and organizations like the Ethiopian Wolf Project and has raised funds to finance this project through KickStarter.

Rebecca has been honored with several awards including the 2010 Nature's Best Photography Awards and the 2008 Art Wolfe International Conservation Photography.

Rebecca is a member of NANPA (North American Nature Photography Association), ASMP (American Society of Media Photographers) and PPA (Professional Photographers of America) and lectures on nature photography and environmental issues. You can discover more about her and her work by visiting her website and blog

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The Candid Frame #144 - Dana Barsuhn

Dana Barsuhn is a young LA-based photographer who honed his skill on the streets of Los Angeles and used what he has learned to serve his early work as a professional photographer. Within a short period of time, he has developed a very personal visual sensibility with his street photography, which has not only allowed him to create distinct imagery in this popular genre, but has also helped him to create unique photographs. His growth as a photographer has recently inspired him to make the leap into a full-time professional photographer, with the hopes of achieving both financial and creative success. You can find out more about his work by visiting his website and blog.

Dana Barsuhn recommends the work of Stanko Abadzic.

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The Candid Frame #143 - Rinzi Ruiz

Rinzi Ruiz is a Los Angeles-based street photographer who picked up a camera only two years ago. In that brief time, he has developed a keen eye for capturing beautiful and poignant images on the street. His rapid development as a photographer is informed from a commitment to make time for his art, as well as developing a critical eye for what works and what doesn't. Inspired by both contemporary and master photographers, his understanding of the tradition of street photography is helping him to develop a distinct voice in the genre.  You can discover more about Rinzi and his work by visiting his website and his blog.

Rinzi Ruiz recommends the work of Dana Barsuhn.

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The Candid Frame #140 - Barbara Bordnick

Barbara Bordnick is a renowned photographer recognized for her fashion, portrait and fine-art work. Her career began in Europe, but quickly began to be recognized around the world when she began being published in Harper's Bazaar. She has been the recipient of many awards including Clios for film and print, Missouri School of Journalism Award and the International Film Festival Gold Medal. Her fine-art photography has built on her unique sensibility and her approach in photography and has made her a popular instructor. You can discover more about her and her work by visiting her website.

Barbara Bordnick recommends the work of Bob Richardson and Richard Avedon.

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The Candid Frame #139 - Bill Frakes

Bill Frakes is a Sports Illustrated Staff Photographer based in Florida. He has worked in more than 100 countries for a wide variety of editorial and advertising clients. His advertising clients include Nike, CocaCola, Champion, Isleworth, Stryker, IBM, Nikon, Kodak,Canon, and Reebok. 

Editorially his work has appeared in virtually every major general interest publication in the world. Bill won the coveted Newspaper Photographer of the Year award in the prestigious Pictures of the Year competition. He was a member of the Miami Herald staff that won the Pulitzer Prize for their coverage of Hurricane Andrew . He has also been honored by the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards for reporting on the disadvantaged and by the Overseas Press club for distinguished foreign reporting. 

He was awarded the Gold Medal by World Press Photo. He has received hundreds of national and international awards for his work. You can find out more about Bill and his work by visiting his website and his blog

Bill Frakes recommends the work of Jeanloup Sieff.

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The Candid Frame #138 - Gerd Ludwig

photo: Anthony Friedkin
Gerd Ludwig is a National Geographic photographer who is best known for his long-term work documenting the impact of the Chernobyl nuclear accident in the former Soviet Union. This personal project has allowed him to the tell the story of the human toll on the people decades after the initial, dramatic events of the accident itself. For decades, he has also been working on assignments focusing on Russia and Eastern Europe, which has held a personal fascination for him. His book, Broken Empire: After the Fall of the USSR is an incredible visual telling of a country struggling to redefine itself.

He has recently released an iPad App which showcases his work on Chernobyl with still, video and audio commentary. The Long Shadow of Chernobyl provides a unique method for telling the 25-years story of the accident and its long term impact on a country and a people. 

You can discover more about Gerd and his work by visiting his website. He is represented by the Institute for Artist Management

Gerd Ludwig recommends the work of Lauren Greenfield.

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