Monday, August 30, 2010

National Audubon Society Guide to Nature Photography

Reading over the first few chapters of the text, I found that Tim Fitzharris's writing style didn't particularly appeal to me. His style of writing is exactly what I would expect from an artist like himself; he tends to describe things in lengthy detail in a very artistic way, whereas I would prefer the straightforward information. He also didn't go into very much detail about camera-related vocabulary (such as ISO, f-stops, and noise). It was hard to read something that focused on topics I didn't completely understand. He does give decent examples and his own personal opinion on certain subjects, which helps the reader relate to what he is talking about. The photographs on each page are ridiculous and I'm glad he picked the ones he did so far because it makes me want to keep reading, or more or less, looking. Hopefully I get more into his writing the more we read and better understand and follow once I know the technical terms related to photography. It still is easy to read and I believe that it will teach me a lot about photography and give me good personal examples on how to become a better photographer.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Week 1 Blog: Scott Stulberg

I often browse sites on StumbleUpon when wanting to find something of interest or something outrageous. Many times I find amazing artists, including photographers, such as the one I found today: Scott Stulberg. I stumbled upon his photography website, where the first image is of an old Indian man with foot-long mustache whiskers that he is pulling away from his face.
I began to browse his site and found a wide variety of photos, about everything you could possibly think of, from all over the world. Though he doesn't seem like a really popular or well known photographer, he has a great deal of experience and skill, not only shooting photos, but also editing and creating works of art through Photoshop. I did a little research on him and found out that he is a travel and stock photographer, as well as a teacher at UCLA Extension and various other places. His photos are used in a wide range of magazines, articles, cards, books, etc. all over the world.
I also found a site that sort of ruined some of his work for me, since it explained some of his photos and how they were photoshopped to make them look the way that they did. However, what really kept me fascinated were the places he traveled in order to take the pictures, including the Galapagos Islands. This is somewhere I have visited and his work reminds me of the fun times I had and the amazing things I saw, which he was able to capture well in his art.

1. "Scott Stulberg Photography."
2. "Scott Stulberg: Perfect Blend of Digital and Traditional Photography." The Journal of Fine Art Photography.
3. "Scott Stulberg Biography." Webcommend.Com.