Documenting Your Own Back Yard

“…you don’t have to travel across the globe to experience new things. Your own backyard is the farthest place away to someone else on the other side of the world.” ~Joey L – Photographer

Photo by Joey L

As a self trained photojournalist and editorial photographer, I’ve been privy to many of my colleagues lamenting/believing that if they could just photograph/document someplace else, they would have a better understanding of the world and a better portfolio…

I don’t fully agree with that belief.

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Audio Slideshows: Part Two

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I respect and admire the work of Benjamin Chesterson, Co-Founder of duckrabbit and he’s someone I turn to for virtual mentorship on occasion.

I posted previously about my revisiting the use of audio slideshows and came across this five year old posting from the duckrabbit blog entitled “In Praise Of The Audio Slideshow” and I reached out to Benjamin via twitter about whether the medium is just as valid today as it was five years ago.  He said in a nutshell of course it was – if done properly to reflect the story/subject matter.Continue reading

Minimalism: The Audio Slideshow as a Storytelling Medium

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I want to get this out of the way first: Growing older is for the birds.

Let me explain this inevitability: I’m now firmly in my 50’s and those two things I use to do what I do — my eyes —  aren’t what they use to be. Even with corrective lenses — shooting video has become painfully more difficult with maintaining focus on my subjects that are not stationary. This became readily apparent this past weekend shooting what I call hand held video portraits — shooting footage of a subject looking at the camera but hand holding the camera instead of putting on a tripod.

Even with focus peaking and such, I could not maintain accurate focus on the subjects eyes. The footage I shot was soft, slightly out of focus and mushy —  a total bust.Continue reading