Thursday, October 30, 2008

Week 7 Response Chris Molicki

This article is about turning the new iphone into some sort if digital camera. It is such an amazing tool, but there have been complaints about the camera’s resolution, flashes, and other tools. So users have developed exciting ways to use the camera. When using the iphone camera, you can instantly share your photos with others. You can take great pictures with this phone and some can even receive one of the iphone photography awards. There are plenty of extra tools, such as Camera bag and magic touch are available to purchase and can improve certain aspects of this pictures you take. Photogene allows you to edit, crop, and add things to your photos. You can rotate the picture and adjust the color too. Another tool, Picoli, also allows you to adjust the color, brightness, and other parts of the picture. Photoboard, Collage, and Image Touch all let you take your pictures and arrange them in a sort of collage. I think this is a very interesting article that is a must read for any iphone owner, especially if you like taking pictures. These are cool applications that can make your photos more exciting. Its amazing how much the iphone can do, and with these applications, it expands their use and lets them do so much more.

This article is about Capital One holding and American Life Photo Contest. This is for pictures of people in everyday life. It includes amazing landscapes, sunsets, neighborhood landmarks, and even pets. Consumers can enter them and they will be voted for online. Winners will receive cash prizes and a meeting with the director of Newsweek Photography, Simon Barnett. He said photography is a great way to tell about a person and is interested to see the photos that people can come up with. I think this article is interesting and I would enjoy participating in one of these contests. They are simple and fun and would be a great hobby. Also, the prizes are very exciting and rewarding, if you were to win.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Week 6 Response Chris Molicki

This article is about photographer William Claxton passing away. He was 80 and died of congestive heart failure. He was famous for his portraits of jazz artists and other famous entertainers, such as Bob Dylan, Frank Sinatra, and others. His images were on the covers of famous magazines, such as Paris Match and Vogue. He was born in California and photography became his hobby. He started with pictures of jazz musicians, and that’s how he got his first record label from Pacific Jazz. Claxon helped establish the organization that runs the Grammy Awards, and also wrote 13 books. It is always sad when someone passes away, but I think it is a good way to honor him by writing an article on him. He sounds like a great photographer, and his work sounds very interesting. It would be fascinating to see some of his portraits of entertainers.

In this article, the Arts and Humanities Council of Tuscaloosa County is seeking entries for their sixth annual Double Exposure Juried Photography Exhibition. Anyone around the state can participate. The deadline is December 1st. There are adult and children divisions, and the exhibition will be held Jan. 25 through Feb. 26, 2009. This article sounds interesting, and I would someday like to participate in a contest like this. It sounds like a lot of fun, and is an easy way to enjoy yourself and take cool pictures. You can get exposure for these pictures, as they will be displayed in a gallery. And who knows? Maybe it could be your big break and you realize that a passion or even just a hobby in your life is photography.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Week 5 Response Chris Molicki

In this article, it talks about how easy outdoor photography can be. The light on nature can make for a truly great picture, but it is constantly changing so you have to be quick. Early in the morning and late in the afternoon are great times when the light looks spectacular. Autumn colors like gold, red, and brown can look good clashing with a blue sky early in the morning. Even a point and shoot can get you a great picture. It is important to not focus on one subject, but rather the entire frame. That makes for a more interesting picture. Beauty can happen in any form of light, but what you see may not be what you get. The lighting can completely change the perspective of the photo. I think this is an interesting article and shows you that no matter what, you can get a good outdoor picture. Just don’t worry about it too much, and it will come out better than expected. You may be surprised with the results, and also the fact that great lighting can occur in any outdoor scenery.

In this article, an 8 year old boy completes a 25 miles, 3 day nature photography adventure with his father. Troy and Rusty Lily released over 600 nature photos of forests and mountains in West Virginia. The photographs are in high quality and are mostly focused on flowers, insects, and waterfalls. The two photographers had an amazing journey, and even encountered a black bear on the way. They took pictures of the waterfalls, and even went down one. It was a rough trip, but they got some fantastic photos out of it. I think this is a great story about two brave and determined photographers and I give them a lot of credit, especially the 8 year old. It shows that if you really put your mind to it, you can get great photos. It was brave of them to go on this journey, and took I lot of perseverance to complete it with great results.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Week 4 Response Chris Molicki

This article is about a photo that was taken by Robert Capa of a Republican Spanish Civil War soldier. There have been accusations that the photo is fake. This photo is a huge part of Capa’s reputation. It is called the Falling Soldier. It has been confirmed that the soldier was shot dead in the battle and it was captured in the photo, but new material shows that the soldier was not killed in that battle. It was eventually proven that Capa was with the troops at the time, and that the authenticity of the picture was proven real. I think that the photo should not have been challenged because it is so old, and there is really no way of proving it was fake. There are many ways nowadays to alter a photo and change what it looks like and what’s in it. But I saw the picture and it truly looks legitimate. It was a great photo and should not be doubted, but rather respected but those who view it.

This article is about finding different inspirations for photos, especially when you think there are none. One way is to shoot photos of things in your own backyard. There are so many bugs that look interesting and would make a great photo. If you go up close, it looks even cooler and they look like a monster. There are also other animals, such as birds, turtles, and hedgehogs. Another inspiration is shooting the people around you. Teppo Moiso took 100 pictures of strangers from the street as a project. Some people will let you take photos of them, and if you start talking to their person and put them at ease, it is less difficult to get a better photo. A third subject of taking pictures could be local landmarks. There are so many landmarks that would look fantastic in a photo. You can also take pictures of them from different sides and different angles to make them more unique. I think this is a very informative article and has shown me a few new things to take pictures of, and ways to look at it. It is amazing how easy it is to get a great picture from the simplest things. That’s why these suggestions for inspirations are so good to use, and you will definitely get an interesting picture.