Thursday, November 18, 2010

The Integration of Faith and Culture (IFC) cabinet at Taylor University brought in Margot & the Nuclear So and So's, and they played a really great show. The first two images are from Mario Gonzalez, who opened up the night.
Twitter: @MargotNuclear

Sunday, November 14, 2010

We had to make clothing or costumes for the 3D design class that I'm currently in. Here are a few photographs that I made while helping one of my class mates with the hoodie that she designed for class.

Monday, November 1, 2010

There are groups of people on the interwebs as we speak engaging in a war over the role of cameras in a photographer's work. On one side you have a group of people who think that if they spend thousands of dollars on the latest and greatest cameras from Nikon or Canon (which they also start wars over) then they will take better photos. The other group says that the camera doesn't matter at all, and that a photo is only as good as the photographer who took it.

I, however, disagree with both.

After spending the last year dabbling in film and lomography (photography with toy cameras), I've come to realize that the camera does in fact play a huge roll in what type of photographs I take. Notice I say what type of photo I take, not how good. I still completely agree with the second group that how good the photo is completely dependent on the photographer, but I've found that my style changes to mold to the new camera. My eye naturally and unconsciously gravitates to a completely different set of images based on the camera.

I take bad photos with all cameras. My portfolio contains images that I'm proud of from a professional grade dSLR, to a basic dSLR like your mom has, to even a couple photos from my $99 P&S pocket camera (and others).

What drives me up a wall is while I'm working in the art building at my university (or anywhere for that matter) and I over hear someone complain that they'd like to take better pictures, but they don't have a "real camera". Ninety percent of the time their answer to this problem is just sitting there on their butts. Their camera may have different limitations, but the ability (or disability) to take good photos is not one of them. For that matter, it has never been one of the limitations of any camera that has ever existed. So the first answer to these people sitting and complaining about their camera is to go out and use what they have. If, through using what they have, they find a specific limitation that is preventing them from getting a certain shot, then they need to get off their butt, get a camera (lots of people have the to borrow), and take the shot. Its really not that hard.

The only specifications that effects how good photos are is the photographer's eyes and butt.

---Alexander Moore

"If you want to change your photographs, you need to change cameras. Changing cameras means that your photographs will change. A really good camera has something I suppose you might describe as its own distinctive aura."
---Nobuyoshi Araki