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Posted 07/04/17
How do you get close to people in a foreign culture and make photographs that resonate? In his lecture for B&H’s 2017 OPTIC conference, award-winning photographer Eric Kruszewski addresses this question, sharing tips about opening doors, gaining people’s trust, and making images of strangers with hopes that you’ll part as friends. Against a backdrop of pictures from his travel expeditions and long-term projects, Kruszewski walks you through his learning process for developing relationships and seizing the moment. Featured among his many insights: Click with the person before you click the shutter; and the best opportunity for making a portrait is right after you finish shooting and say thank you. After watching, you’ll have a new understanding of how to engage with the people you meet in your travels, and tips for truly understanding who they are and what they do.
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Posted 07/04/17
Social media has democratized the world of photography. Platforms such as Instagram now allow all photographers an equal opportunity to share pictures with a global audience. In their presentation for B&H’s 2017 Optic conference, Jill Mann & Kyla Trethewey, of Our Wild Abandon, discuss the positive and the negative aspects of sharing their work via Instagram with the more than 100,000 followers on their social profile. From the whys of using social media to the possible ways in which to monetize your social media presence to the all-important pitfalls to avoid, Mann & Trethewey offer valuable insights and tips for building a following, engaging with your community, and planning for a sustainable future on a platform that is constantly evolving.
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Posted 06/11/17
Each day a billion new images are made, yet few will stand the test of time. In this presentation for B&H’s 2017 Optic Conference, renowned photographer Sam Abell ponders the question, “What makes a lasting photograph?” through image sequences that illustrate the lessons he has learned over the course of his long and distinguished career. Among the wisdom Abell shares is some formative advice he received from his father at the age of 15: Compose the picture and wait. Over the course of this lecture, Abell demonstrates how photographs are built by the decisions the photographer makes. His revealing insights include: bad weather makes good pictures; keep a low angle and look for strong structure; compose and then recompose to master the details; among many other tips. This is not a “greatest hits” slide show, but rather a step-by-step examination of how to achieve lasting images through the careful application of basic photo technique and critical vision. After watching, you will have a new appreciation for the way in which you see the world.
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