Friday, September 28, 2007

Through Each Other's Eyes

Through Each Other's Eyes is an organization 'whose goal is to promote international understanding via the medium of photography'. Among their many projects, they will select photographers from the US and do a cultural exchange with photographers from a foreign land. In their latest project two local photographers, Dennis Scully and Maurice Sartirana, travelled to Hermosillo, Mexico. Antonio Rodriquez from Mexico came to Arizona to explore. They all had the opportunity to capture some incredible images. We were honored to be able to print them for their upcoming exhibit opening October 5th at 6 PM. There will also be a reception with the artists on October 6th from 6 to 7 PM. The initial viewing will be at the Historic Southwest Cotton Company in downtown Phoenix. The show will then be moved to the Wells Fargo Central branch for another two weeks.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Harlem Gigapixel Image

Artist Geard Maynard in collaboration with Kolor Company created an enormous file taken from the rooftop at 7th Ave & 110th St in New York City. Gerard provided the images and Kolor provided the seaming software, Autopano Pro. The resulting 13 Gigapixel image is a combination of 2,045 12 megapixel shots that took 46 hours to render. They had to set up a special hardware for the rendering, a dual xeon quad-core processor with 8 GB memory and 2 high-speed 150 GB hard drives to make it happen. Gerard also has other composites on his website he has created that he prints with a LightJet.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Painting with light has a great post on using long exposure photography to "paint" a design with light in your image. The article gives details on all you will need to create this effect and different subject ideas for your project (product like shot, location shot, and environmental graffiti). A shot done with this technique would look fantastic on FujiFlex or Metallic paper. It would really bring the light to life.

Painting with light is a fun technique that gives great results. It is called painting with light because this is what you are actually doing while taking the shot - painting with light.

Here are some great ideas to use this technique with:

Product like shot - In a closed (dark) room place your product on a table and paint it's contour. You can use several colors to make a strong effect or to draw different (even imaginary) parts of your object.

Location shot - find a location with some ambient light. Find an object that is less "hit" by that light. now you can use the ambient light to capture the background, while painting the object with light. You will get a nice effect - with some surreal foreground and a "normal" background. Also the white balance will be different on ambient and painted - another cool side affect.

Environmental Graffiti - If you are shooting a wall (or even on thin air...), you can scribe on the wall. Make funny graffiti; Write huge love notes; Make a political statement - there will be no trace left other then the one on your memory card.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

The Met makes room for big prints

The largest art museum in the western hemisphere, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, (encompassing four blocks and and totaling 2 million square feet) has found some extra space to open a photography gallery. Their inaugural installation entitled Depth of Field will showcases large scale photographs that has been part of the museum's collection for several years, but did not have a proper place to display them. The show will run from September 25th through March 23rd of 2008.

New Gallery for Modern and Contemporary Photography to be Inaugurated at Metropolitan Museum in September

The Metropolitan Museum will inaugurate the Joyce and Robert Menschel Hall for Modern Photography on September 25, 2007, establishing for the first time a gallery dedicated exclusively to photography created since 1960. With high ceilings, clean detailing, and approximately 2,000 square feet of exhibition space, the Menschel Hall is designed specifically to accommodate the large-scale photographs that are an increasingly important part of contemporary art and the Museum's permanent collection. Photographers represented in the collection include such modern masters as Thomas Struth, Andreas Gursky, Thomas Ruff, Jeff Wall, Richard Prince, Cindy Sherman, Doug Aitken, and Sigmar Polke.

...During the last seven years, we have built up a following—especially among artists—with our rotating installations outside the modern art wing, but many photographs are simply too large to fit there. Now we can really show what we have been collecting," concluded Mr. Eklund.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Art + Faucetry = Accessible Sculpture

This has to be one of the most creative pairings of function and fine art I have seen. Desiree Edkins has teamed up with The Studio at Central Arizona Supply to feature her photography with their Brizo faucets. There is an opening reception September 20th at 6 PM. It is wonderful to see the parallel inspiration of photography and design showcased in such a unique way.

Accessible Sculpture:

From the people who brought the world; The Faucet Fashion Show comes Accessible Sculpture, a look at faucetry through the eyes of artistry. We will be pairing the photography of Desiree Edkins with the faucets of Brizo. There will also be a pairing of wine with each collection. The Studio at Central Arizona Supply is excited to invite you to take a look at how art can not only imitate, but be active in life.

Friday, September 14, 2007

ASMP presents an evening with Phase One

phaseone-bigger On Tuesday September 18th the local chapter of the ASMP (American Society of Media Photographers) will be hosting a seminar for Capture One software and the line of Phase One capture backs. Chris Benes, Southwestern Area Manager for Phase One, will be leading the event. It will take place at Ken Easley Photography in downtown Phoenix. There will two training sessions starting at 4:30 and going until 8:45 PM, with a break for refreshments in-between. To reserve your spot please register with

Chris will emphasize how to prepare the RAW file to do less work in Photoshop. Learn "tips and tricks" including B&W shooting directly through Capture One, creating and implementing your own "Styles," using "ColorEditor" for complete control and more.

Working smarter is the goal...Making a better profit is the result!

Chris's presentation will include a section on troubleshooting and, if time allows, will be followed by a brief Q & A for those that have specific needs. Chris will be giving us a peek at Capture One 4.0 which is in beta now.

The door prizes at the end of the evening will include a full version of Capture One Pro software! Come on out and spend the evening with Phase One!

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Image resizing of the future

I can't wait until this technology reaches Photoshop. It was unveiled at the 2007 SIGGRAPH seminar by Dr. Ariel Shamir and Dr. Shai Avidan. You must watch the video, it will blow you away. Shai Avidan recently joined the Adobe office in Newton, MA., so big changes could be right around the corner. [Via]

Monday, September 10, 2007

Realistic paint technique in Photoshop

This technique will make any image look like it was hand painted. Instead of deciding between oil or acrylic all you need to do this "painting" is Photoshop and a graphic tablet (mouse painting not recommended). A file prepared this way would look great on canvas or photo paper. It would be perfect for a shot of a child or a family portrait. You can a add your own personal touch, and it would make a great photo gift.

Photoshop Realistic Paint Technique: Posted by D Sheppard on Instructables

While doing a few digital paintings in Photoshop I developed a simple technique to somewhat emulate the look of real paintings using brushes in photoshop.

Probably the kind of thing "painter" would be used for, but heres what I do in photoshop.

This is very simple, but I've been asked a few times what precisely I did to get the look, so I thought I would share it.

Of course, while the technique is still simple, using it in practice takes time. Its not a filter or anything.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Out of the box

We have recently been working with Michael Iaquinta of Montages by Nature. He is an artist located in Shoreline, Washington who takes landscapes to a whole new level. Or levels as the case may be. We have printed for him large landscapes on metallic paper. He will then cut them up in to panels and mount them at different levels and depths in a thick frame. It is a unique take on landscape photography. With the way the metallic paper responds to light at different angles and viewing perspectives, this technique accentuates the effect.