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On Blogs and other Online Photography Articles…

On August 8, our “Little Gallery” discussion centered on online sources of photographic news, views and technical information.

We spoke of the many advantages in browsing these sources, but can there actually be cons to such use?

Jeffrey Rothburd, an LICP guest photographer started us off by suggesting the site “Digital Photo Review” which has valuable info on camera reviews and other technical details from its large database.  Seymour Levy heartily recommended the blog mailings of Howard Schatz, which feature inspirational photographic series created and published by Schatz as well as artist statements and technical advice on each of his blog photo presentations. Richard Batilana swooned over his favorite blog: Juliana Kost who stimulates through approaches to editing images such as Photoshop. Susan Tiffen enjoys Tim Grey’s articles on the digital darkroom.  Bill MacMillan thinks that blogs are helpful as you can get instantaneous information from some of them.  New member Ron Kopitowsky was confident that these blog and info sites really can help you to produce better images and President Diane Luger echoed that they offer much on post-processing, printing, etc. Curiously, however, the remarks didn’t weigh in as much about artistic inspiration. For that, it pays to go to Photographic Gallery websites where the artists each define the unique sensibilities in their work, occasionally along with commentary about their creative processes. Joe Neumayer uses a number of internet sites, getting regular updates on all aspects of photography and design concepts. One of his favorites is DesignTaxi. Joe likes to “mix it up” with other art forms such as poetry blogs to get a wider, better-informed picture, but is careful to designate a manageable portion of his time each day so that his reading and surfing doesn’t take over his life.

Phyllis Goodfriend’s remark, near the end of the discussion really resonated with me when she confided that she is getting away from spending so much time on the computer with post-processing and more on getting it right in the camera. So informational browsing can enlighten us and keep us connected with the traditional and contemporary photography world, but over-indulgence can pre-empt the natural and personal growth that is gained from the live shooting experience.

Marc Josloff.  

Thanks to Susan Silkowitz for her notes on the discussion!

Quote of the month:

“Photography for me is not looking, it’s feeling. If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures.” — Dorothea Lange