Reply To: The lessons I learned at Fotoclave 2024

Bill Theis

    Another thing at FotoClave that I took to heart is Jason Bradley’s talk about making prints as opposed to keeping digital copies of your photos.  He said that disks break, DVDs fade, and even in some future time there may not be definitions for the “legacy” files like JPG and Tiff so no one will be able to read them.  True permanence is a print!  Something to ponder.

    Jason also went through a very thought provoking presentation about the IDEAS behind the making of photographs, both his own and others.  He traced photography becoming an art from pre-Pictorialism, through the f64 group, to today.

    A similar talk by Ian Bornarth also discussed how to create the right mindset to photograph, which I found very helpful.

    Scott Kelby talked about his favorite travel cities (and some not his favorite—although you can disagree with him!).  He gave info as to WHY they were a photogenic location, where to stay and what to eat, plus what was nearby, how expensive.  Favorites were

    1.       Havana

    2.       Paris

    3.       Venice

    4.       London

    5.       Dubai

    6.       Lisbon

    7.       New York

    8.       Prague

    9.       Rome

    10.   Tuscany

    11.   Lofoten Islands Norway

    12.   Agra Jaipur India

    13.   Iceland

    And locations not his favorites (leave the camera at home!) were

    1.       Zurich

    2.       Amsterdam

    3.       Madrid

    4.       Munich

    5.       Athens

    6.       Edignburg

    7.       Dublin

    8.       Honolulu

    9.       Innsbruck

    10.   Vienna

    11.   Oslo


    On Wed, Feb 21, 2024 at 9:13?AM Jennifer Marano <> wrote:

    Such varied reactions to Photoclave!  I, too, loved the Haiku talk and Frans Lanting’s photography.  Some others I enjoyed, and some not so much.  But the most fun for me was meeting so many different people who make their living doing photography.  I’ve never aspired to do that, but it didn’t keep me from enjoying interacting with them.

    The dog photographer was a wonderful woman who has such an intense love for the animals and their humans.  Many of the dogs she photographs are seniors and their humans want to preserve their memories.  She even had a special stand covered with memory foam to make them comfortable during the shoot.

    Then there was the printing guy with his many photographs printed on luscious papers made of cotton, bamboo, and even hemp.  He is passionate about printing and offers a psych 101 of printing consultation!

    The woman who photographs people in elaborate costumes underwater in her backyard pool was fascinating!  She told me how she got started and how she and her subjects hold their breath and duck under the water for the shoot.  Every time I think I’ve heard it all, something like this comes along!

    Frans Lanting uses his beautiful wildlife photos to further conservation causes.  The guy from B & H showed off wonderful gadgets to help people get the shots they want. Fellow photographers shared stories of wonderful places they have been.

    One of the biggest take-always was the motto shared by MH Rubin, the Haiku guy:  The opposite of perfection is authenticity.



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    On Feb 20, 2024, at 1:10?PM, Dan Kabanuck Photography <> wrote:

    Thank you for this. I thought the talk on comparing the photograph to Haiku was really good. The idea of (I can’t remember his exact wording) of a 1 pop or two pop photo. Where your eye is immediately drawn to one subject but after really looking you see the secondary object(2 pop). Love this concept and it’s something I will be more aware of when I shoot. I took a class on shooting with a light box. I thought it was literally shooting products in a lightbox for websites like on Amazon. I was wrong. It was arranging flowers on a flat light box, then shooting them from above, I found out rather quickly that this is something I am not  into, and could not wait for the class to end. I did meet some people from the Santa Rosa photography group so that was good. The Frans Lanting presentation was good. He’s an amazing photographer with a very impressive resume. Good speaker as well. I didn’t really learn anything from a photographic standpoint. He was all about conservation(which he and his wife have accomplished some great things), but I felt it went too long and he wanted to sell books. I took a class on printing, which was great. I really need to buy a printer and take over my printing myself…you guys already know this. That was it for me. I did not go to any later sessions and left Sunday afternoon. Would I go again? Probably not. Congrats on the images in the book. The book  is really nice.