I started writing this with a pen on paper several days after Hurricane Sandy slammed into the Northeast, the storm that shut down and severely devastated much of the tri-state area and changed the coastline of New Jersey (where I am located) forever. Without electricity, heat and Internet, I threw logs into the fireplace and waited and hoped for the best. The only means of sharing photographs I took during this time period was via my iPhone and even with cell towers down, photo uploads were slow but possible.
When the power finally came back on, television reports revealed horrific loss of life and disastrous damage to homes and businesses. The heartbreaking news reports of people who also lost all their family photographs proved difficult to watch. The reality is that a photograph as memento or keepsake is equally important as a photograph as art or a document of social history, no matter how it is recorded—on film, paper or pixels. Our hearts go out to everyone affected by the hurricane.
Little did we know that when Jeffery Jay Luhn wrote Making Your Photos to Live to be 100, it would be so timely for this issue where you will also find new techniques to try such as The Essentials of Digital Infrared Photography by Randy Juster, Creating a Photo Book Using Lightroom 4 by Steve Anchell and Making In-Camera Lith Film Negatives by Tom Persinger. Peter Tellone puts his spin on black and white in Black and White Conversions—Painting with Color Channels.
Think you know everything there is about lenses? Think again, and read The Secret Life of Lenses by Roger Cicala. In Getting It Right In the Camera David Saffir looks at the making of a single photograph.
David H. Wells introduces the new Reader Assignment A Personal Project with sage advice based on his new portfolio Foreclosed Dreams. Give a snap review a try—perhaps this open format assignment will encourage even more participation. We are also giving away 10 Free Portfolio reviews! Check the article for details. Also in this issue Bob Hirsch shares a privileged look into the creativity of a unique American experimental photographer, Arthur Tress.
In The Camera that Changed the Face of Photography, John Wade writes “By 1892, according to advertisements, 90,000 Kodak cameras had been sold to consumers.” In comparison, although stats seem to vary with different reporting agencies, Tomi Ahonen Consulting estimates there were 4.4 billion camera phones in use worldwide at the end of 2012.
Think about it, almost every single person you are likely to meet now is now carrying a pretty decent quality camera in their pocket. I wonder how George Eastman would have felt about that?
No matter what your means of capture, think about how your photographs tell a story or how your photographic skills will make a difference in 2013. For me, I’m donating 20% of selected print sales to the New Jersey Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund. What is your cause or resolution? You have always had the power to do something amazing with your photography—more than ever this year—make every click count.