Documenting Your Own Back Yard

“…you don’t have to travel across the globe to experience new things. Your own backyard is the farthest place away to someone else on the other side of the world.” ~Joey L – Photographer

Photo by Joey L

As a self trained photojournalist and editorial photographer, I’ve been privy to many of my colleagues lamenting/believing that if they could just photograph/document someplace else, they would have a better understanding of the world and a better portfolio…

I don’t fully agree with that belief.

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Community Visual Journalism Site (Re)Launched

I initially started LaneCounty360 as a sideline project but it has languished off and on since it’s launch back in 2011.  I recently realized that the site is more than just a project for me.  It provides a purpose for creating unique images of people, places and things that are a part of the community.  So I feel it’s time to relaunch and I will do my best in posting to this online visual journal about all things Lane County, Oregon on a regular basis.

Her’s the original announcement from four years ago:

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The NatGeo Layoffs – Turning Lemons into Lemonade

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Creative Commons. Some Rights Reserved. Photo by pacomexico

 

It was announced today that the buyout of National Geographic by 21st Century Fox earlier this year has resulted in almost 200 staffers being let go.

The very idea of what photojournalist and colleague Patrick Downs stated as “They’re (21st Century Fox) gonna mess up the jewel in the NGS crown” is a severe understatement.

And yet, the very technology that resulted in the demise of the publication as it was known in the past can very well become an asset. Continue reading “The NatGeo Layoffs – Turning Lemons into Lemonade”

Audio Slideshows: Part Two

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I respect and admire the work of Benjamin Chesterson, Co-Founder of duckrabbit and he’s someone I turn to for virtual mentorship on occasion.

I posted previously about my revisiting the use of audio slideshows and came across this five year old posting from the duckrabbit blog entitled “In Praise Of The Audio Slideshow” and I reached out to Benjamin via twitter about whether the medium is just as valid today as it was five years ago.  He said in a nutshell of course it was – if done properly to reflect the story/subject matter. Continue reading “Audio Slideshows: Part Two”

Audio Slideshows: The Story is Everything

Once again, I’m thinking outside the box – and asking why I should be doing what everyone else is doing for digital storytelling – ie; shooting nothing but video?

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Minimalism: The Audio Slideshow as a Storytelling Medium

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I want to get this out of the way first: Growing older is for the birds.

Let me explain this inevitability: I’m now firmly in my 50’s and those two things I use to do what I do — my eyes —  aren’t what they use to be. Even with corrective lenses — shooting video has become painfully more difficult with maintaining focus on my subjects that are not stationary. This became readily apparent this past weekend shooting what I call hand held video portraits — shooting footage of a subject looking at the camera but hand holding the camera instead of putting on a tripod.

Even with focus peaking and such, I could not maintain accurate focus on the subjects eyes. The footage I shot was soft, slightly out of focus and mushy —  a total bust. Continue reading “Minimalism: The Audio Slideshow as a Storytelling Medium”

We Are Online Publishers, Not Just Visual Content Creators

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…we are slowly starving to death due mostly to the sheer amount of “acceptable” images being produced.

I turned 53 in July and for the past 3+ months have been struggling with what might be termed a mid-life career crisis. Speaking with good friend and mentor @viewmagazine recently, I’ve come to one of those many epiphanies as one gets older regarding what I’ve done in the past and what I’m doing presently.

The idea of shooting visual content only is an outdated paradigm — one that you can either fight — and perish, or adapt and try to survive.

We are in a “Photography Surplus”.

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