topic > tools and techniques

the darkroom vs computer

In a way, a darkroom is just rough industrial age computer, one that uses chemicals instead of code. Both are machines, tools that let us resolve and visualize captured data. Isn’t this what Eastman hinted at, with the old “you press the button” ad campaign?…  read more

advice to an art student – part 2

An art student ask for some advice about how I make my style of art. This a continuation of what I wrote back to her. Once you have taken the time to slow down, relax, and try to really see the scene in front of…  read more

bon voyage old friend

April 08, 2010 in Art as a professiontopics:

I’m a photographer, which means I have a deep love for the tools of my art. You grow quite attached to the cameras, lenses, and printers that help you transform a vision you have into a real object that you can share with the world….  read more

Working in a DIY photo studio

Photography can be a very expensive artform. Each gadget and tool often comes with a hefty pricetag. And sometimes, the price is worth it. But other times, whew, it is just overkill. This is especially true with all of the random tools you need in…  read more

your studio is like a pair of jeans

March 24, 2007 in Art as a professiontopics:

Paula at Self Taught Artist recently posted a picture of her studio, and suggested we all do the same. It’s always fun to see someone else’s studio. An artist’s studio is their primary tool: the home base for their creativity. A studio is like a…  read more

Film or Digital? (Yawn)

November 29, 2006 in Art as a professiontopics:

You often hear debates among photographers about which technology is better: film or digital. These arguments often get quite heated, with each side trying to prove how the resolving power of thrie medium out does the other, or how their workflow is more efficient. *Yawn.*…  read more

Digital is easy

April 07, 2006 in Art as a professiontopics:

In his blog, The Online Photographer, Mike Johnston commented that only a small percentage of auction house sales of contemporary prints were made digitally. In response, someone called Photo-essayist snarkily said: “If manipulation is intended, then we recognize the craftsmanship required in a darkroom approach….  read more

Sharpening is like salt

February 08, 2006 in Art as a professiontopics:

I was just reading a photography forum where someone asked about sharpening: if you should do it when you convert the raw file, before your print, or both. To answer, I came up with this metaphor: sharpening is like salt in cooking. You should add…  read more