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Ctein Prints Have Shipped

No foolin': All orders from our recent Ctein print sale have been shipped. If there is anyone who hasn't gotten a "your order has shipped" email from Ctein and an email from the USPS with the tracking number by today (be sure to check spam folders), they should email Ctein at [email protected] Mike Original contents copyright 2019 by Michael C. Johnston and/or the bylined author. All Rights Reserved. Links in this post may be to our affiliates; sales through affiliate links may benefit this site...
Tags: Photography, Post Office, Usps, Print Offers, Ctein, Michael Johnston, Ken, Michael C Johnston


Museum Tricks

Many (even most) photographic prints look best displayed under strong or generous lighting. It makes them technically better: brightness makes prints more vivid, improves their contrast, and makes colors richer and details easier to see. And not only is it more comfortable to look at well-lit objects, but bright light actually makes viewers' eyes "better," by making our pupils contract (like using a smaller aperture on a lens). Not for nothing is dim light associated with eyestrain and described...
Tags: Photography, Exhibits, Bill, Melinda Gates, Michael Johnston, Ken, Michael C Johnston, John C, Medina Washington


An Animated History of Cats: How Over 10,000 Years the Cat Went from Wild Predator to Sofa Sidekick

Dogs sees us as their masters while cats sees us as their slaves. - Anonymous The next time your friend’s pet cat sinks its fangs into your wrist, bear in mind that the beast is probably still laboring under the impression that it’s guarding the granaries. Anthropologist Eva-Maria Geigl’s animated Ted-Ed Lesson, The History of the World According to Cats, above, awards special recognition to Unsinkable Sam, a black-and-white ship’s cat who survived three WWII shipwrecks (on both Axis and...
Tags: Health, Google, Instagram, College, New York City, History, Animation, Edward Gorey, Ken, Facebook Twitter, Hitchcock, Freya, Ayun Halliday, Eva Maria Geigl, Unsinkable Sam


Lens: A Photographer’s Insider View of Bohemian Life

He’s 87, and his first photo book, “Ken Van Sickle: Photography 1954-2009,” captures the lives of artists and bohemians on both sides of the Atlantic.
Tags: Photography, News, Ken, Van Sickle


Kenneth Josephson

I really like this book, but I had to learn how to enjoy it. You know that third helping of dessert when the first helping was ecstatically delicious, or rides at Six Flags, or that friend of yours who's full of new jokes, amazing facts, facile wordplay, excessive bonhomie, and too much energy by half, but who wears you out after three or four hours? You can get too much of a good thing, is my point. What I've learned to do with this book is to sit down, crack it open randomly, and look long, h...
Tags: Books, Photography, America, Chicago, Detroit, Volvo, Michael Johnston, RIT, Ken, Michael C Johnston, MCA, Amazon US, IIT, Kenneth Tanaka, Amazon Canada, School of the Art Institute of Chicago


This covers off ALL of the fundamentals

Ever head that saying, “A moment to learn, a lifetime to master”? For photographers, one of the fundamental parts of learning the craft is coming to grips with the exposure triangle – how ISO, shutter speed and aperture all interact. If you can nail that, you will be able to get great exposure every time. Moreover, you will be able to make intentional decisions about your depth of field, noise, and blur. These are elements that can make or break an image. Pok Rie Now, learning that doesn't tak...
Tags: Deals, Photography, ISO, Ken, Ken Shultz, James Young Ken, Colin Meaden, Lightroom for Beginners Course


PHOTOS: This “Sexy Ken” photo series is about breaking down plastic gay stereotypes

Courtney Charles is a New York-based artist and photographer whose goal is to "infuse the world with color and visions of the future."
Tags: Photos, New York, Instagram, Lifestyle, Ad Friendly, Queerty, Ken, Slideshows, Ken Doll, Goods, Pop History, Courtney Charles, Ken Series


Readers Weigh In on the Olympus 25mm ƒ/1.2 (and the Pentax HD FA 50mm f/1.4 SDM AW)

One reader said the M.Zuiko ED 25mm ƒ/1.2 PRO is the equivalent of an ƒ/2.4 lens. No, it isn't. It's an ƒ/1.2 lens. F-number is the ratio of the system's focal length to the diameter of the entrance pupil. It's a quantitative measure of lens "speed," i.e., the amount of light that passes through the lens. There is no such thing as f-number "equivalency" (and Earth is not flat, and I don't care what the Internet says to the contrary about either of these issues). Other readers said it is really a...
Tags: Photography, Olympus, Panasonic, Dof, Canon, Lenses, Steve, Lightroom, Sigma, Pentax, Michael Johnston, Summilux, Ken, Michael C Johnston, Kirk, Leica Summilux


WHY Buy a Film Leica?

Leica M4 and collapsible 5cm Summicron This is the question Gordon and Ken wanted answered when we talked about how to buy a film Leica the other day: why buy one? The answer, of course, is that there are absolutely no good reasons. Well, no, that's not quite true. Actually I can think of three: You want to. You're already one of those who are firmly committed to sticking with film, a small and ever-shrinking group of diehards who are, nevertheless, out there. You think it would be fun. Here...
Tags: Photography, Sony, Leica, Michael Johnston, Peter Turnley, Ken, Michael C Johnston, Gordon, Carl, Gim, Amazon US, Amazon Canada, Carl Weese, Amazon UKAmazon Germany, Ken T, PITA Understood


Two Last Pickins

 Written by Ken Tanaka One of the world’s little ironies, at least to me, is that while we’re unarguably living in the golden age for photographic technology, we’re also in the late twilight of the golden age of great photography. The people who propelled the medium to great heights during the last century are either gone or long retired and there is no true wave of replacements. What’s more, their bodies of works have been almost thoroughly picked clean, like old carcasses in the wild. Cartier-...
Tags: Books, Photography, UK, Stryker, Pittsburgh, Michael Johnston, University of Pittsburgh, Ken, London UK, Levitt, Amazon US, Kenneth Tanaka, Hoshino, Ken Tanaka, Amazon Canada, Vaughn Wallace


Sunday Support Group: Panasonic Photographer

Hey, today's my birthday! According to custom I should be four years from retirement, but, as I like to joke, "My retirement plan is to keep working." (That might not be so funny one day, but you know what they say: oh well.) So how did your project go this past week? I had a rocky week. I found myself procrastinating too often. But I didn't get discouraged. I kept after it. I'm finding that if I don't make progress on my 275 x 2 words every day, I make that much progress on average. I'll have a...
Tags: Photography, Followups, Panasonic, Michael Johnston, Ken, Michael C Johnston, Amazon US, Ken White, Amazon Canada, Luckenbach Texas, Paul Cauthen, Amazon UKAmazon Germany, Sunday Support Group, Mike P S Top


5 Things I Stole From My Mastermind For You

by Ken Davenport, Broadway producer I’m going to tell you a little secret. I can’t do everything I do myself. First and foremost, I lean on my crackerjack staff to help me get through the day to day and keep everything we do optimized and efficient. But there’s another group of folks I rely on who you’ve never met, and probably never will. That’s because they don’t work on Broadway. They don’t even work near Broadway. Literally and figuratively! They are a group of entrepreneurs, digital market...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Networking, Instagram, Broadway, Business Networking, North America, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sas, Insta, Mastermind, Napoleon Hill, Ken, Tony, Ken Davenport, Business Advice


Sigma's New Ultra-Wide-Angle High-Speed Zoom

Sigma's new 14–24mm ƒ/2.8 DG HSM Art lens, just announced I've been trying to think*...in all my former years as a CLN (certified lens nut) I don't think I ever once used or tried a true ultra-wide-angle zoom. The closest I ever came was a AF-Nikkor 24–50mm (1987–94) that I owned only briefly. In those days, 24mm was considered the gateway, the high end, of the "ultra" wide angle category, and "normal" zooms that went all the way to 24mm at the wide end were rare. (Of course, in those olden d...
Tags: Photography, Nikon, Dorothy, Canon, Lenses, Sigma, Winnie, Michael Johnston, Ken, Michael C Johnston, WA, Eeyore, ASPH, Amazon US, UWA, Amazon Canada


3 Fashion Photographers Who Defined the Genre

Fashion photography first appeared in French publications such as La Mode Practice, and in 1909, Condé Nast took over Vogue magazine, contributing to the origin of fashion photography. Fashion photography can also be divided into genres or niches like Catwalk, Conceptual and Backstage. Image by Richard Avedon – http://eaesthete.files.wordpress.com/2008/09/avedon-judy.jpg, FAL, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=11660588 A lot of fashion photography is almost like a small film prod...
Tags: Europe, Photography, New York, Texas, US, America, New York Times, Vogue, Conde Nast, Karl Lagerfeld, Newton, Penn, Cape Canaveral, Ken, Cirque, Irving Penn


Dammit (GAS Again)

...Now I got myself looking at the A6500 files and I've started pining for that. A6000/A6300/A6500, same sensor, and the files really do look good. Just no bad habits, solid high quality, no drawbacks in any way. They seem to play nice with ACR too. Dang it. I hate it when I get a burr under my saddle like this. A flareup of my "TOCD"—techie OCD. Mike (No thanks to Ken for his comment!) Original contents copyright 2017 by Michael C. Johnston and/or the bylined author. All Rights Reserved. Link...
Tags: Photography, Acr, Photo Equipment, Michael Johnston, Ken, Michael C Johnston, Amazon US, John Krumm, Amazon Canada, Amazon UKAmazon Germany, Bob Travaglione


More on Harry Gruyaert's 'East/West'

First Harry Gruyaert book versus East/West - Written and illustrated by Ken Tanaka I am delighted that Mike highlighted Harry Gruyaert's new set of books, East/West. I was so darn excited when I saw the pre-announcement for this set that I immediately ordered it. Seeing more of Harry Gruyaert's work is always welcome to me and I salute Thames & Hudson for publishing this set. These books present nearly 100 of his images, most for the first time, organized thematically (in Russia "East"...
Tags: Books, Photography, Harry, Michael Johnston, Mike, Ken, Amazon US, Thames Hudson, East West, Kenneth Tanaka, Ken Tanaka, Kodachrome, Amazon Canada, Russia East, Amazon UKAmazon Germany, Harry Gruyaert


Ben Lerer spent his 20s building an email startup for 'civilized bros' — here's how he turned that into a $580 million media company

Ben Lerer founded Thrillist and is now the CEO of Group Nine, a digital holding company for four brands: The Dodo, Seeker, Thrillist and NowThis. Lerer comes from a family of founders. He works closely with his father, Ken, who cofounded the The Huffington Post, and his sister, Izzie, who founded animal brand The Dodo. But he has some words for people who accuse him of only being successful because he has successful parents. Discovery recently invested $100 million in Group Nine; the company's...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, New York, Instagram, Microsoft, Time Warner, US, America, Trends, Mtv, Aol, Steve Ballmer, Manhattan, Bob, Ken Lerer


Exploring the Nooks and Cranies of Ohara on a Fine Summer Day

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/400 sec, f /5.6, ISO 200 — map & image data — nearby photos Such a Lovely Day to be Outside main gate of the Heian Shrine, Kyoto Japan I had an enjoyable bike ride of exploration around the nooks and crannies of Ohara the other day, so I thought I'd share some photos. Here's the ride at Strava: The impetus for this ride was to check out some of the minor roads I'd seen on 路面 と勾 配 (literally “ road surface and slope ” ), a blog...
Tags: Google, Photography, Japan, General, US, ISO, Cycling, Panasonic, Road, Google Maps, Kyoto, Temples And Shrines, Ken, Ohara, Ushio Kannon Temple, Stava


Does a Client Modifying Your Video Constitute Copyright Infringement?

Ken in Texas said: I recently shot some photos and video of a vacant lot for a Realtor. I asked him if he wanted music on the video and he declined. A few days later, I saw the video on his YouTube channel and he had added music to it. He also linked to that […]
Tags: Photography, Texas, Legal, Youtube, Ken


Who Do You Recommend as a Voice Over Artist?

Ken in Georgia asks: Many of my clients don’t want to be on camera in real estate property videos and they hate doing voice overs for their property videos. Can you recommend a good voice over artist that can do sound tracks for my property videos? The video above is a video that Malia Campbell shot […]
Tags: Photography, Video, Georgia, Ken, Malia Campbell


'638 Supercharged Horses Under The Hood, and 600 of Them Died of Boredom'

[Notice from the Editorial Early Warning Team: Not off-topic, exactly, but contains car content. NO pool, coffee, or pet content.] Ken, Bernard and I had a conversation under the "Milvus!" post speculating about who buys what Ken called "über primes"—very expensive, very heavy prime lenses, the next meant to be even better than the last. Maybe it's the same people who buy these Corvettes. Tom McParland of Jalopnik discovered that some folks buy Corvettes and then...well, never drive them. Puzzli...
Tags: Photography, California, America, Bmw, Jalopnik, Roger Moore, Corvette, Leica, Midwest, Michael Johnston, Don, Mike, Ken, Michael C Johnston, Ken Bernard, Tom Hassler


Twitter Is Having A Field Day With The New Man Bun Ken Doll

We reported Tuesday that Barbie was expanding its “Fashionistas” line to include 15 new Ken dolls with varying body types, skin tones and hairstyles. Twitter did not take it well.  The new Ken dolls look like they're ready to take on the Bachelorette. pic.twitter.com/lAMwKga6Uo— Candace Lowry (@TheCandaceLowry) June 20, 2017 Every one of the new Ken Dolls is a different bartender who has ignored me— Mara Wilson (@MaraWilson) June 21, 2017 Not comfortable w/the roleplaying these Ken dolls...
Tags: Zach Braff, News, Instagram, Barbie, Huffington Post, Mara Wilson, Joe, Bernie, Ken, Alison Leiby, Ken Dolls, Vanessa Golembewski, Ken Doll, Josh Mankiewicz, Ashley C Ford, Emily McCombs


Ken Doll Gets A Makeover With New Body Types, Skin Tones and Hairstyles And More Top Parenting Stories

From Barbie’s boyfriend to dads in the delivery room, here is the biggest news for moms and dads from the last week. For more parenting news and first-person stories, visit HuffPost Parents or sign up for our newsletter. Ken Doll Gets A Makeover With New Body Types, Skin Tones and Hairstyles Last year, Mattel gave Barbie a long overdue makeover with three new body types and a variety of skin colors and hairstyles. Now the toy company is announcing another move toward inclusiveness with “new an...
Tags: Florida, News, Instagram, Barbie, Huffington Post, San Antonio, Mattel, Morgan, Ken, Crouch, Columbus Georgia, Ken Doll, Rainbow Reef, Emily McCombs, Allison Kimmey, Dara Crouch


Hugh Edwards: Unknown Icon

Written by Kenneth Tanaka The history of photography, much like any other history, is anchored by its share of icons. Cartier-Bresson. Frank. Avedon. Penn. Arbus. Kertesz. Et al. But for each one of these (sometimes over-celebrated) figures there are many other equally influential but largely unknown figures. Hugh Edwards would be exhibit A in that thesis. Although he is known within photo museum curatorial circles chances are that you’ve never heard of him. Unlike today's art curators Hugh Edw...
Tags: Photography, Exhibits, Chicago, Liz, Michael Johnston, Art Institute, Ken, Edwards, Art Institute of Chicago, Robert Frank, Kenneth Tanaka, Hugh Edwards, Paducah Kentucky, Gerhard Steidl, Cartier Bresson Frank Avedon Penn Arbus Kertesz, Elizabeth Siegel


A Bigger Sensor and a Zoom

Nothing makes whatever expertise I possess vanish faster than when I'm camera shopping. When I'm shopping I become the same mass of angst and insecurity, the same jumble of fretting and theorizing and furtive obsessive review-reading as anybody else. AutomaniacA few years ago, I tried "splitting" my automobile needs from one into two separate cars. (I had never owned more than one car previously, two of them for around a decade each.) I bought a used Miata with a stick shift (still miss it) for ...
Tags: Photography, New, Cameras, Toyota, Mercedes, Michael Johnston, Antony, Acura, Ken, Michael C Johnston, Cicero, Jags, ILX, Acura ILX, GFX, Fulvia


Around the Web on a Wednesday

• It worked, Canon: In recent years the "Digital Rebel" has gotten quite confusing by becoming a mini-marque of its own, like the Prius brand from Toyota. The lineup is confusing and difficult to differentiate for non-aficionados, not only because of variations within the tier but because of the succession of updates. So the story is that Canon has created a "new tier" in between the entry level and mid-range cameras, the new camera being the 77D. The thing is, it's not actually very new...as Br...
Tags: Photography, Washington Post, Boston, New York City, Kodak, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York Times, Sony, Toyota, Panasonic, Rembrandt, Nikon, Second City, Polaroid, Canon


This Nude Selfie Of Darren Criss Is Getting Everyone Hot & Bothered

Darren Criss is clearly having a lot of fun in the sun on the set of The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story. We know this thanks to a very NSFW photo Criss posted on Instagram that shows him wearing nothing but a smirk on the set of the Ryan Murphy series, which will take a closer look at the murder of designer Gianni Versace and four other people in July 1997. Only a well-placed Speedo keeps fans from seeing the full Criss."So what's more red?" he asked in the caption of the...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Kim Kardashian, Instagram, Nsfw, Penélope Cruz, Andrew Garfield, Ryan Murphy, Versace, Murphy, Ken, Donatella, Blaine, Darren Criss, Criss, Speedo


An Open Letter To The Barbie Movie Producers: Please Don't Be Predictable

As a child, I was told that Barbie would die if her proportions were translated onto a real-life body. Her tiny waist-to-hip ratio would crush her internal organs; her delicate wrists would be incapable of lifting objects; her swan-like neck couldn’t support her head. Real-life Barbie would be crippled by beauty.In 2016, Sony and Mattel announced they were doing the impossible: bringing these outrageous proportions to a live-action film.With the announcement of Amy Schumer as Barbie, the movie ...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Instagram, Amy Schumer, Sony, Barbie, Ryan Reynolds, Mattel, Ken, Schumer, Barbieland, Barbieland Barbie


Expert Advice: LinkedIn

By Rachel Walburn, Wonderful Machine An active social media effort should be part of every photographer’s overall marketing strategy. LinkedIn has some unique features that make it an essential part of that strategy. Namely, it’s the only platform that is strictly business to business, making it easy to find and connect with clients and for them to find you. While LinkedIn is ideal for creating connections, it is also an excellent way to cultivate relationships and promote your brand. We have so...
Tags: Facebook, Photography, Linkedin, Expert Advice, Ken, Vance, Twitter Instagram, Instagram Facebook, Scott Clark, LinkedIn LinkedIn, Rachel Walburn, Saverio Truglia, Jordan Hollender, Vance Jacob, Liz Nemeth, Christina Gandolfo


Blog Notes: Friday

Thank you for joining us this past week! Especial thanks to Peter and Ken for their guest posts. We have a few more guest posts in the queue, including a possible review of Affinity Photo. I hate to say it, but I will not be joining Peter in Cuba for his Spring workshop. Things are just a bit too tight. However, I'm sure some of you will share my feelings when I tell you I recently wrote my last check for college tuition! The feelings are not just relief—they're mostly of pride in my son Alexand...
Tags: Photography, Wisconsin, Cuba, Blog Notes, Peter, Michael Johnston, University Of Wisconsin, Ken, Michael C Johnston, UW Oshkosh, Xander, Especial, Alexander H Johnston, UW La Crosse UW Eau Claire UW Stout



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