Photo Fashion

“Verily, God is beautiful, and He loves beauty.” This popular saying of the Prophet Muhammad has inspired centuries of intricate dress and architecture across the Islamic world, and it manifests in a special way on Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim holiday today (July 6) that marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Many Muslims…

via Photos: A world of Muslim style, for celebrating Eid in the United States — Quartz

I haven’t ever done fashion photography. Maybe I should try it. I really like the shirt in the last pic BTW. I have to find me one of those:)

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Insult Aimed At Bollywood Actresses

Bollywood actor Lisa Haydon became a household name in India after her performance in the 2013 film Queen. Haydon played a fierce, independent, single mother in France in the Hindi film, which won accolades for its refreshingly feminist plot. But the actress, who is half Indian and half Australian, has recently said that she does…

via All the feminist reasons Indian celebrities have cited for not being feminists — Quartz

This article is an insult to this group of women. The tone of it would be expected, if it came from a chauvinist, or a provoker. But I presume that it does not. On the other hand, what’s apparent is the article is insulting and immature. How so? Well, the article points out Bollywood actresses have various opinions about feminism, and that those opinions are reflected by a poll. The poll reveals that Indian women employed as actresses in Bollywood obviously have varying views on the subject. That’s healthy right? It’s healthy to be critical about big ideologies that impact your life and self-respect, right? Well not according to this article. According to this article these women are simply mentally deficient. That’s just mean.

And let’s just get to the point. These women are smart. The women attacked by this article, who suffer a jab from the “Quartz Staff”, are literate and intelligent. They are hard-working and deserving of a certain amount of respect. However, the article offers them none. It lacks class. And it’s toxic. These women know how to use a dictionary. And they are likely more nuanced on, and worthy of speaking on, the subject than most. Does the “Quartz Staff” give them any credit where credit is due? You can read the article and come to your own conclusion. I can save you the time. It does not.

Power Should Follow Justice

Power Should Follow Justice

I’m musing over what my next photo project will be. I need to do more portraits because I’m learning portraits and studio lighting. But I want to do something more free and meaningful than “bread and butter” photo work.

I have a couple of gigs coming up and my allotment of time for photo work is going to be devoted to that. But there’s something else that has my attention…

I found this Roman legal maxim, “Power should follow justice, not precede it.” What does that mean?lady-justice-frankfurt With all the tension and strife in our world today, does that maxim shed light on our current condition on planet Earth? I’d like to explore the meaning of that maxim with a photo project. Maybe you, dear reader, can explain the meaning of this maxim to me.

Cheers! Have a great day:)

What A Horrible Idea

This is something I just read and it made me laugh. People hate to see smartphone screens during a movie because they’re distracting. It ruins the experience. That will only drive people away from the movies. Let’s not capitulate to a bad idea.

You know what they say about desperate times. Movie-going in the US is slumping, so, in an attempt to get ticket sales back up, AMC Entertainment, which operates around 400 theaters and 5,000 screens in the US, wants to do away with the sacred audience etiquette of not texting during a film. While there’s an…

via Great idea alert! A theater chain wants to allow texting during movies — Quartz

Starting A Photojournal

Oh boy. It’s late. I’m charging through the wee hours of early morning. Just putting this out there as a compliment to my photography. This blog is a behind the scenes record of my photography.

Here’s a photo I’d like to say a few things about. 25720054290_d78cd9ca35_oI took this one while at a comic-con. The con was a good opportunity to practice portrait photography. I want to master portraits.

The best way to learn a new style of photography is to just get out there and jump right into it. I had very little preparation for this project. I took the best lens I had for the job, a 43-86mm zoom, and just went for it.

The lighting was very challenging. Comic-cons are usually held in giant convention centers with high ceilings. The lighting is crap. But I took my speedlight with me and used it for the first time. One thing about it that I found useful is it has a little white reflector that pops out to achieve catchlighting when using bounce. Now, there’s nothing to bounce off of in a convention hall, so I just angled the light about 45 degrees and hoped for the best. You can see the catchlight reflector worked though.

I took this while squeezing my way through the throngs of folks going here and there on the main floor of the con. My subject wasn’t posing, he was also squeezing his way through the mass of people. His cosplay is unknown to me, but it was striking and well done. I had to stop him and ask for a very quick photo.

The lens I was using was a manual focus lens, and I was shooting in aperture priority mode, so I had to fuss with my settings to get the right depth of field. It was really only a few seconds that I had to take this photo, a small window of opportunity, and I was nervous that I’d flub the settings or some random person would walk into frame and ruin it. But things worked out well and I got the shot.

What did I learn from that day of shooting? Go after the shot. Don’t always plan and wait for the perfect set of circumstances. And be brave. Really what I was doing on that day was a mix of portrait and street photography. And there were a lot of reasons to shy away from the challenge of shooting under poor conditions. But forcing myself to stretch the limits of my gear and make the best lighting possible out of a crappy lighting situation made me focus on going after the shots. Most of all it built my confidence. I’m looking forward to another portrait project.