I’m no slouch when it comes to the technical issues surrounding photography. In fact, some would say I’m obsessive about them. Consequently, I myself am amazed that I am having a blast making photos with my new iPhone 4S and an app called “Hipstamatic.” This app is pretty much anti-everything I believe about photography. You have no control over, well, anything! You can only push a fake shutter button, and you get an image like this:
Today I want to introduce y’all to a good friend of mine, Sandy Johanson. She was extremely helpful to me when I was learning film photography at Brookdale, especially when it came to printing in the dark room. Beyond that, she is without a doubt THE most prolific artist I know. Every time I’d show up at Brookdale she’d have another set of images, gorgeous images as it turns out, that she was working on.
All of that is well and good, but the reason I wanted to do this article about her is because she has come up with a very unique and wonderful idea…..jewelry made from camera parts! I know at least some of you are thinking, “How gimmicky.” Well, I dare you to think that when you see the pieces she makes, some images of which you can see below.
I’ve been really concentrating on getting better at lighting my subjects. As a matter of fact, that subject has been consuming me. So on a recent Saturday I took a break and went to see a good friend and his daughter perform at a “caberet” style event…..he on piano a and his daughter singing. I thought of taking my Canon 5D full-frame camera, a speedlight, a shoot-through umbrella, and a light stand. This is a pretty light and easy-to-use setup, so it seemed like a no-brainer. But wait! I hadn’t seen my friend and his family for a long time, and I started thinking, “Do I REALLY want to turn this into a shooting session?”