Air Show Photography

written by: Kevin A. Pepper

An air show has this emotional effect. Maybe it takes you back to our childhood aviation fantasies, or maybe it’s the raw speed. Whatever the reason, it’s an excellent day out with friends, family and your camera. As with any photographic genre, there can be real expense. Your gear can range from discount specials to the ones that breaks the bank. You know the kind, the long lenses that leave others with lens envy. No matter what gear you own, remember, it’s not always the gear that takes the great photo, it’s the space between your two ears that will Read more »


Photography and Music:

written by: Howard Bond

Having had careers in both f ields, I have often thought about a parallel between photography and music regarding the way words affect the perception of the listener or viewer. I started doing darkroom work 65 years ago and began photographing weddings while still in high school. After workshops with Ansel Adams beginning in 1967, I turned from photographing people to photography as art. This increased to full time by 1979. My music background included playing in bands and orchestras, two degrees, and f ive years of conducting and arranging, followed by 30 years of singing choral works with symphony Read more »


Kenvin Pinardy

Kenvin Pinardy is a professional Indonesian photographer living in the capital of Jakarta. He primarily makes his living doing weddings and fashion shoots for domestic and foreign magazines, though his interests as a photographer range well beyond that. His professional work centers on wedding and pre-wedding photography, businesses that are “aggressively growing in Indonesia,” Pinardy says. But his hobby is his more photojournalistic work. “Whether it is for a magazine or for my personal collection, I can spend my whole day doing it with full enjoyment and without any complaint.” Examples of his personal work include Little Girl #2, shot at Read more »


Nightfall in the Suburbs

written by: Michael Massaia, Wendy Erickson, Tom Gremegna

They gathered at the back of the gallery space. It was a chilly night but they were there to talk about photography and see prints. Big prints made using platinum and precious metals. Gallery 270—20 miles from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan−had closed for the evening, but there was excitement in the air−a photographer was going to speak about his prints and they had a private meeting with him. They pulled their chairs close and waited, enthralled with the creative possibilities of photography and the vision of this already legendary young man. He spoke gently about his photographs, his Read more »


A Zeal for Wilderness

The Photographs of Marc Adamus

There is, perhaps, a certain irony to the success of the richly colored, superbly composed photographs of Marc Adamus. He was interested in the wilderness— and quite familiar with it—well before he was interested in photography, and is completely selftaught. “I have absolutely no formal training,” the 30-year-old admits. “I learned by participating in forums, and going to shows and asking lots of questions.” His father is an environmental scientist, and an avid bird-watcher, so the Corvallis, Oregon-based Adamus grew up hiking from an early age. In fact, he compares photography to birding. Both activities are like “a treasure hunt,” Read more »


Afghan Dreams

written by: Tony O'Brien

Over the past 35 years, Tony O’Brien has gone from self-taught photojournalist working for small newspapers, to covering the first Gulf War for LIFE magazine. He has worked in Europe, the Middle East, Mexico, Pakistan, India, and Afghanistan, where he spent six frightening weeks in prison for entering the country illegally. Oddly enough, it is Afghanistan that has made the greatest impression on him. “When you’re doing photojournalism, you toddle all over the world,” he explains. “But for each person, there’s a region that particularly touches them. For me it’s Afghanistan. Our country’s role in it, the history of Afghanistan—a Read more »


The Art of the Personal Photographic Project

written by: David H. Wells

While getting paid to be a photographer is certainly one measure of accomplishment, in my experience, the ultimate challenge for a photographer is the personal project. To appreciate this, remember how the first step for many serious photographers was to develop the skills to successfully photograph/capture any kind of subject. The next step for some was to go pro and get paid for doing photography. Making a set of images which tell a story from your point of view, under your own direction (rather than to just satisfy a paying client) is a process that is even more challenging and Read more »

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Ice Formations In Alaska

written by: Ryota Kajita

When autumn goes and winter comes to Fairbanks, I am cheerfully heading off outside to find ice. Ice patterns shaped on a pond, lake or river, are one of the most magnetic subjects during the beginning of winter. The window to find ice patterns is short, because all surfaces on the ground are covered once snow falls in Alaska. Wandering around looking for ice reminds me of treasure hunting in my boyhood. I used to run out into the woods after school hours. Exploring places that made up my neighborhood was an adventure and I enjoyed leaving my footprints on Read more »


The Importance of Relationships

written by: Rick Lang

Throughout photography there are relationships that can shape the quality of any given photograph. A number of my students come into my class claiming that they have a “good eye” and they just want to learn enough technique to make sure that their exposures are good. I also have students with a good deal of technical ability and thought that was the beginning and end of what photography should be about. I see it as my job to teach them that there are relationships between the technical side of photography and the aesthetics of photography. It is my contention that Read more »


“Where We Walk”

written by: Rusty Sterling

As a photographer, I look for inspiration. This takes me to the heights of epiphany or the depths of frus- tration. Most times I think I wallow somewhere in between. For me my epiphany as a photographer happened after three years of study with Dick Dischler, my mentor/photographer/teacher. My project “Where We Walk” began after a walk-about with Dick. During our stroll he stopped to make a few images, explaining to me that he “sees in small things the full landscape of an image.” A short time later I spied a light reflection on the asphalt of an alleyway. I Read more »