Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Planning and Scheduling for the Right Light

I know you will all be fully equipped with the latest in Pocket Wizards, Speedlights, stands, umbrellas, etc., but just in case you have an itch for some of the most beautiful light you've ever seen, click here. This is the U.S. Naval Observatory website I discussed in class. Enter the city, and date, and it will tell you exactly when the sun will rise and set. Now for the fun part: Civil twilight (when the light breaking before sunrise) is really when you want to be ready and in the car to your outdoor destinations for nice natural light in the morning....not too long after the sun rises, you lose all those yummy orangy tones. Likewise, at the end of the day, there may still be some usable and beautiful light after sunset....though not for long!

Friday, May 15, 2009

How the Levees Broke

Hi everyone-
Great brainstorming last night. We are getting closer to some very powerful stories! Since there was a lot of conversation about the levees last night, I thought I'd post a link to a really interesting animation I just found on with Kristyna Nielsen, our newest class member! This is really amazingly detailed. Be sure to note the short timeline in which everything occurred. Truly staggering.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Travel & Study Program Hits the NYC Blogosphere!

New York photographer and old friend, Sean Justice, covered the NOLA Travel & Study Program today in his blog Considering Pictures! Check it out!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Pre-Course Starts Tonight!

(page from PDNedu Vol. 7, Issue 2, Fall 2008 about this project)

The pre-trip course for the Summer 2009 New Orleans Travel & Study Program meets for the first time tonight! We'll start off with the short film I made of the Fall 2008 group and talk about multi-media and its role in being a relevant image maker in today's photography community; fine tuning blogs and how we will be using them before during and after the trip; genreating story ideas; and much more!

I'm very excited. But I suppose I always am about this program. I really believe in getting students outside the four walls of the school, and their feet wet in the real world. You all have chosen a path that will have you as deep as the water was shortly after Katrina. Becky and I are both really excited about watching you grow as photographers over the next couple of months!

See you at 6pm in room 321!