Sep 02 2014

Camera Position 143 : Sport Cooking

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Years ago, I had a friend who was a professional chef. Sometimes, on his days off, he would come to my house and practice what he called “sport cooking” and I ended up applying the concept to my photography.

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Rainy Day 2

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Aug 19 2014

Camera Position 142 : Dolce far Niente, or Put The Camera Down

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Be in the moment.

In this episode, I encourage you to put your camera down, disconnect yourself from your devices and other distractions and embrace the Italian concept Dolce Far Niente; the sweetness of doing nothing.

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Grasses, Lake Superior, 2014 - Photograph by Jeff Curto

Grasses, Lake Superior, 2014 – Photograph by Jeff Curto

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Aug 05 2014

Camera Position 141 : The Medium Is Not The Message

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“The medium is the message” is a phrase coined by Marshall McLuhan meaning that the form of a medium embeds itself in the message, creating a symbiotic relationship by which the medium influences how the message is perceived.

Content is king. Emphasizing content over visual flash encourages the viewer to respond intellectually and the idea of storytelling takes precedence.

In recent years, the proliferation of photography as a pastime has meant a huge number of images being produced and viewed every day. Some photographers have resorted to using visual flash over interesting content to rise above the fray. I still believe that content is king.

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Barista, Montepulciano, Toscana 2005 - Photograph by Jeff Curto

Barista, Montepulciano, Toscana 2005 – Photograph by Jeff Curto

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Jul 22 2014

Camera Position 140 : Editing & Sequencing

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Content, sequence and structure matter. This episode looks at editing down your photographs to a cogent and clear set that tells your story most effectively and strengthen the work.

We also look at the element of sequencing your images as an important element of helping you to create structure in your work. Whether you are trying to tell a story or you want to create a different type of coherence in a body of work, the process of editing and sequencing your images becomes of paramount importance.

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Mercato Rialto, Venezia, 2003 - Photograph by Jeff Curto

Mercato Rialto, Venezia, 2003 – Photograph by Jeff Curto

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Jul 08 2014

Camera Position 139 : The Story Spine

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The Story Spine is a wonderful method of conceptualizing a story. Initially conceived by playwright Kenn Adams, it’s a great tool for anyone who wants to tell a story effectively. The Story Spine is a template, but a loose one, with some open-ended statements that you can fill in to help you start to conceptualize a story.

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The Platform

  • Once Upon a Time…
  • Everyday…

The Catalyst

  • But one day…
  • Then something changed…

The Consequences

  • Because of that… (repeated as needed)
  • And then __________ occurred
  • And then…

The Climax

  • Until finally…
  • Then suddenly…

The Resolution

  • Ever since then…
  • And the moral of the story is…
  • And the funny thing was…

For a PDF of The Story Spine, click here.

 

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