Day: August 8, 2008

"Arts in Nebraska"

Below, is a notice sent to me by email about a new show featuring artists and “Arts in Nebraska.” This should be a very good series: Please check it out.

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Arts in Nebraska” is a series of short video segments that provides glimpses into the creative thoughts and processes that inspire this artistry. Tune in Thursday, Aug. 14, at 9:30 p.m. CT on NET1 and NET-HD for the initial broadcast.

But if you miss it, the program will repeat on NET1 and NET-HD on Sunday, Aug. 17, at 11 p.m. CT; Monday, Aug. 18, at 10:30 p.m. CT; and Sunday, Aug. 24, at 1 p.m. CT. It will also be broadcast on NET2 on Saturday, Aug. 16, at 1:30 p.m. CT and Thursday, Aug. 21, at 8:30 p.m. CT.

Artists featured in the program include:
Chiara String Quartet, artists-in-residence at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Music, travel by bus through western Nebraska with performance stops at Minden, Curtis, Alliance, Halsey National Forest and North Platte;
Wanda Ewing, an Omaha painter, opens a show exploring concepts of beauty inspired by fashion magazines at UNL’s Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery;
Mark Gilbert, a portraitist from Scotland living in Omaha, who does portraits of patients and caregivers as part of a project exploring the connections between art and medicine;
Leslie Iwai, an Omaha performance installation artist, whose installation at the Museum of Nebraska Art in Kearney explores the classic tale “Jack and the Beanstalk”;
Jun Kaneko, Omaha-based internationally renowned sculptor, discusses artistic philosophy and creative process;
Leah Sorensen-Hayes, Lincoln textile artist, working on an experimental quilt incorporating nontraditional quilting techniques;
Thomas Thomas, wood sculptor in Omaha, who creates life-sized creatures and animals out of wood;
Bob Wilson and Beth Davis, Omaha ceramic artists, creating a series of 80 ceramic mosaic murals of some of the earliest pioneers in jazz and blues music.

The individual artist segments will also be available for viewing anytime on NET’s website, http://www.netnebraska.org/nextexit. The segments will also be accessible to the public on several other media platforms, including YouTube and iTunes.

Production of “Arts in Nebraska” was funded in part by the Nebraska Arts Council.

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Thanks Larry K. for this information!

It’s NOT about the Software!

Blue Liquid & Onion Splash, v1, Edit D, np2

Title:  “Onion Splash in Blue Liquid”
Creation Year:  2008

The other day, I was asked the question:  “So, what software did you use to create this photograph?”

This is a question that many photographers may think is quite innocent; after all, photo editing has become the natural second step with digital photography.  Photographs are shot and then “FIXED” (or “Created”) in Photoshop.

Many people believe that any old photograph can be taken without care to the details, AND THEN, IT CAN BE ‘FIXED’ IN PHOTOSHOP!  My splash photographs are NOT created with software.  However, I admit, there is a certain amount of fine-tuning that may be necessary with images like this, for which there is a need to use photo editing software.

At the very basic core of photography, every photograph starts with an idea and a camera.  For me, software considerations come much later in the photo-making process.  For example, Proper Lighting is the main consideration to capturing a great looking splash photograph.  Fine-tuning the type of lighting, the positioning of lighting and the diffusing and flagging of lighting are important concerns for creating this type of photograph.  You also need a very fast burst of light to freeze the action.

In my opinion, mastering lighting and camera techniques are the foundation to good photography.

IF a good image is captured from the start, there is less work needed in post production using photo editing software.  I do my best to set up the props, place the lighting and make the needed adjustments to the camera.  It is a blessing if you need less time to fix shots because you planned the original photo-shoot properly.

To sum up the points:  Photo editing software should never be a substitution for planning a photograph properly in the first place.  Getting the details of the photo-shoot worked out meticulously ahead of time can save valuable time in post production.  Becoming a master lighting expert and knowing your equipment inside and out, is much more important than relying on photo editing software to get the effects digitally.  Don’t count on photo editing software to make the photograph for you.  For some types of art photography, software can help you piece together photo parts, work with layers, add textures, place text, position borders, add filters, adjust the details, and edit out the problems.  However, without first knowing quite well, the foundation of good photography, you may not have much to work with when using your photo editing software.