From the Editor, S/O 2011

By Wendy Erickson Back to

I love magazines. Even before you open the cover there is an implied promise of seeing something new. For me, reading a magazine is a solo journey through a world awaiting exploration. I hope you have similar feelings for the magazines you read, including this one.

I recently dug through two boxes of Darkroom Techniques and PHOTO Techniques starting from the year 1979. It brought back memories of photography before we all had computers and camera phones and the Internet. The weird thing is that I remember most of the articles, and even the advertisements. Am I just a magazine junkie? I believe it’s because the art of photography has been such an important part of my life for a very long time.

I am delighted to be your new editor in the 21st Century, where photography includes digital capture, pinhole to large format cameras, traditional film, historic processes and everything in-between. You’ll continue to see all forms of photography in the pages of photo technique. The technique of making images is a large part of the magazine’s history and remains a part of its current mission. Creativity fueled equally by curiosity and technology makes for meaningful photographs.

Familiar names and longtime friends of this magazine will still be writing articles. You’ll also meet some new photographers and writers and notice some different categories of articles too, like On Photography, The Business of Photography and On Location. There’s also a New Products section with gear, gadgets and cool stuff from photo manufacturers. Veronica Cotter joins the magazine writing news. And, there’s Page 48. It may be the last thing you read before putting the magazine down but I hope it remains in your thoughts longer than a day. Thank you Andrea Booher, for your photograph and words on Page 48.

Cover photographer Peter Tellone teaches you how to make HDR photographs with a step-by-step guide. There’s even more technical ‘how to’ in Beyond the Lens where Thomas Sharpless changes perspective using a digital lens. Jeffrey Jay Luhn guides you through the making of compelling portraits far from home and Bob Schwabik goes On Location in Yellowstone National Park, explaining how the less-than-mobile photographer can still make beautiful photographs. This time around On Photography is authored by Kevin Moloney, with commentary about the compelling case of Vivian Maier.

On the business side, David H. Wells sets the record straight in Copyright and Model Releases and Laurie Macomber encourages you to network in Social Media. Two portfolios are featured, Pilot Maxwell MacKenzie with Markings and the photographer portraits of Tim Mantoani in Beyond Photos.

Some of you who know me may remember that a few years back, I penned the phrase “…we are all part of the history of photography.” I want to share this with you not only because I still believe it, but to suggest that you think about your own photography being part of this history−it’s more important than you might know, and something I greatly respect.

I invite you to ‘like’ photo technique magazine on Facebook and join in the conversations. It’s a great way to have real-time discussions about the things you’d like to know more about. It works both ways−I’m a good listener and I can’t wait to hear what you have to say.


About the Author

Wendy Erickson
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Wendy Erickson is a photographer, writer and teacher. Her photographs and writings have been widely exhibited, and published in numerous books and articles. Wendy teaches photography at the University level and as Editor, is putting the technique back into photo technique Magazine.