One of my favorite photo locations right now is our upstairs bathroom. The tub and toilet are separated from the rest of the bathroom by a door which can be opened or closed to let in varying amounts of sunlight from the window in the outer room. Combine that with a small flash and you get perfect portraits every time:
- Just drape a cloth over the shower bar (or buy a nice looking shower curtain)
- Turn off the lights
- Point your flash at the wall behind you and to the left
- Fire away!
If you’ve got a window, a little investigating may reveal that you get perfect light in your bathroom (or some other small room in your home) at certain times of the day just from that. Sure, it’s a little cramped but you can’t beat the price and you can’t argue with the results.
I admit it—I’m smitten. Photographer Gary Parker is my man of the moment. An award-winning photojournalist, portrait and commercial artist, Parker’s work delighted me instantly.
His website is correct when it describes him as a photographer who truly captures souls. It states, “No one’s quite sure how he manages, but Gary elicits from his subjects – human adult, child, animal, four-legged or two-toed – the part of themselves most of us try to hide – the spirit within.”
Ars Technica is reporting that Google has quietly added basic facial recognition features to their image search. There is no user-interface for it yet and it can currently only be accessed by appending &imgType=face to an image search. Here’s an example (I’m on page 2): John Watson
Still in the experimental stages, this would obviously be a killer feature to add to Picasa and Picasa Web Albums, Google’s photo management application. It would be huge to be able to identify people in just a few photos in your collection and then be able to search for all photos with those same people. Riya.com has had something like this for a while with its “People” tab.
Google’s addition of this feature is a shot across the bow of every other photo sharing service out there. I can only speculate that Flickr, Smug Mug, and other photo sharing services are working on similar features. They’d better be because this is the sort of thing that will make sorting through thousands of photos of people much easier than it has ever been before. I for one would love to be able to sort out pictures of just my kids, for example, in all of my untagged photos.
I’ve just launched a photo news site addition to Photodoto: news.photodoto.com. It is a news aggregator (inspired by popurls) but with a focus exclusively on photography. News and information is updated frequently from 17 different sources to create a photography news “dashboard” that gives you an at-a-glance view of the world of photography.
Talk about a long exposure! I’m not sure I believe it but they say this is an airbrushed painting representing 70 hours of work—not a photograph. If it is genuine, I am at once amazed by his talent and amused that he didn’t just pick up a camera. Is photography art? Is art imitating photography art? ;-)
Painting of Tica by Dru Blair