In my post last week, I was talking about taking the time to do some good portraits. Well, in this one, Erin and Rob had to stay still for the 12 second exposure… they did pretty well. I used a Pinhole camera, a beautiful wooden box with a tiny hole in it so only a pinhole’s worth of light gets to the film. That makes it a slow process but a special one. From there, I have to scan the negative to make it compatible with the rest of the wedding images.
My summer clients get the chance to try the non-digital approach for some of their portraits… I can’t always use them so I don’t make any hard and fast promises but when the conditions of light and time are met, we can make images from another time and that can be a wonderful thing.
Just for the record, I hate having to string my name across my images. I find it distracting beyond measure.
I wanted to take a moment here to talk about the why of copyright because I know many of you are annoyed by the whole thing. The watermarks are embedded to keep people from taking any posted image and distributing it as they please. Between you and me, the wedding images are kind of personal to the bride and groom… yes, I hold the intellectual property rights but, in the end, these are private photos. In this definition, I am not worried about someone posting a couple of my images for their friends and I hope they don’t mind having my name on them. The real rub is the Craig’s List sort of guy who decides to farm legitimate sites for good work that he can use to build an online portfolio. The work isn’t his and he brings all of the legitimate shooters down in the process. There isn’t really any way to warn potential clients about this but they need to know, going in, that fraud runs rampant in our lives these days… you truly have to do your homework to avoid it.
Portland has a very large and wonderful community of true and professional photographers… don’t get sucked into the dark side. Just saying…