There’s lots of exciting happenings in the photography fine art world, here’s just a few!
(Photo by Robin Ay: Untitled, created using strobe with snoot, high angle, and diffusion.)
THE PHILADELPHIA Museum of Art is excited to announce their showing of the Sachs Collection from June 28 - Sept. 5. This is an impressive collection featuring a large number of the most influential artists over the past 50 years. Sculpture, painting, photography and video art- there is a wide array of visual interests to enjoy. Artists include Steve McQueen (yay!), Richard Hamilton, and Charles Ray, just to name a few. This exhibit will surely not disappoint, further information can be found on the Philadelphia Museum of Art Website. I highly recommend attending if you’re able, the photographs shown will be sure to move and inspire you.
UNFORTUNATELY the Julie Saul Gallery exhibit of Zeke Berman, Still Life Photographs: 1980s ended on the Feb. 20th instead of the scheduled 29th, no reason given. But the good news is you can still view his work through the gallery website. This is a must-see for any aspiring still life photographer, Berman’s works are excellent examples of Still Life photography that any photographer will find inspiring- go, see, absorb!
(Photo by Robin Ay: titled Eye Sea created using Holga, colored gels, movement, and long exposure.)
MOMA launches a free online photography course: Seeing Through Photographs. As stated by MOMA: “this course aims to address the gap between seeing and truly understanding photographs by introducing a diversity of ideas, approaches, and technologies that inform their making.” Trained eyes will always “see” better, this course is very useful for aspiring photographers, as well as active photographers looking for inspiration. The class can be started any time, and you are allowed to complete the course at your own pace. I can’t put into words how much school has refined and improved my creation process, I can’t recommend this class enough.
(Photo by Robin Ay: Sticky Gallows, was created using gelled back lighting and strobe, then edited in Lightroom.)
ACCORDING TO Tech Radar “Lightroom for Android 2.0 delivers raw power to your smartphone camera.” Lightroom is such a versatile editing tool for photography, one of the main perks is all your adjustments synchronize automatically to your main image library via Adobe’s Creative Cloud. This new and improved Android app is a must-have for any photographer on the go- especially my fellow bloggers!
CANON RUMORS shares Sigma’s announcement for a new 50-100mm F1.8 DC Art lens for APS-C (crop sensor) cameras, stating the “50-100mm is the first constant aperture F1.8 telephoto zoom.” Mid-range zoom lenses are handy to have for portrait settings, the lens length allows for crystal clear portraits without any distortion or face elongation. This little beauty offers high performance at an affordable price, the Sigma 50-100mm F1.8 is most definitely a welcome addition to any photographer’s tool box.
From exhibits, to free classes, to new and improved technology, it’s a very exciting time to be a photographer. The possibilities for creativity are endless: inspiration from an exhibit, new techniques learned from a free class, refining your editing techniques through new software, and perfecting those portraits with a new lens.
I say do these things. Don’t be afraid give them a try! Visit a museum or gallery near you, I promise you won’t be disappointed. Take advantage of free classes, I mean, come on… it’s free! Try the Lightroom software and bring out your work’s true potential! And most of all- have fun!