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Monthly Archives: August 2009

A nice collection from looking at how President Franklin Roosevelt used news photography to his advantage. Of course, Time has an (obviously) retouched image in there that they’re not saying anything about … guess I need to write them another letter.


Our good friends at Canon sent along a note about their Live Learning Workshops which will be in Atlanta on October 3 and 4 this year, dealing with sessions on HD Video Basics, EOS Speedlite Creativity, and Nature/Landscapes. They’ve offered a $40 discount to UGA students for this, so give it some thought. Several of the instructors are top-notch folks, well worth getting access to them if you can swing it.

Email me for the online discount code.

This is a small, but very cool, collection of Farm Security Administration and Office of War Information photos from the early 1940s – in color. Look at the way the light works in so many of these … just, wow.

I try to keep this about photojournalism/visual journalism/multimedia journalism and, occasionally, a bit of humor. If you’ve sat in my classroom, though, you know I’m concerned about journalism in general and journalism education at a pretty high level. To say I’ve bruised my brain while beating my head against a brick wall from time to time would be an understatement – let’s be honest, at some level my brain has the consistency of a blackberry smoothie.

So I’m on another committee, talking about curriculum review. This one’s different, but the details don’t matter yet – they’ll matter if it works. And I came across this Poynter Institute post by Ernest Wilson, who’s the dean of the journalism school at USC – and it says almost everything I want to say. So you should go read it, then give me specifics. I know we have to change, but change what?

Because your grandkids may want to know …

If you know me, you know I’m paranoid. I am constantly afraid of losing stuff – either stuff I’ve created or stuff that’s happening in front of me. I take pictures of everything I can and then do everything I can to not lose those photos.

Andy Ihnatko has a great post up today talking about preserving memories – it’s not about how, it’s about why. What treasures from your past do you cherish?

A while ago I posted a link to a CoPress piece on innovation in the newsroom. Which was very fancy, but sort of light on specifics. Turns out, that was just the start – their second piece is now up and it talks about thinks to do and change in your newsroom.

The Web-centric newsroom from CoPress on Vimeo.

Wired magazine has a listing of things in the photo world they believe need to be dumped down a black hole. I agree with most of them, though, as I wrote to Tommy McGahee who sent me the link, watermarks – if done reasonably – don’t bother me much.

And I’m getting tired of HDR, too … and the megapixel war is just stupid at this point. I’d been shooting with the Canon 5D for about a year and a half and really loved the files coming out of it. After a few months with the 5D Mark II, the files – though nearly twice the size – just aren’t the same.

At least Canon (and some others) are getting the picture – the newly-announced G11 is a lower resolution than the G10 it’s replacing. Smart.

Every now and then, Mindy McAdams, Flash Goddess, writes something that makes me want to go enroll at the University of Florida so I can take her classes.

Of course, then I realize that my University of Georgia colleagues would execute me on Grady College’s front lawn and my alma mater, the really cool (okay, mostly frozen) Syracuse University wouldn’t look kindly on me changing my shade of orange …

Regardless, I’ve been thinking about online or digital portfolios the last few months, how to incorporate their construction into my classes. (And I’ve done it this semester with one class, though they haven’t realized it yet). But reading Mindy’s post about building a personal brand has me really rolling over those scattered ideas of the last few months, trying to link them into something useful. Something I can hand to my students, in some form, and help them make their digital mark on the world.

And it has me wondering what my digital portfolio looks like now, as I write in about eight different places, Twitter over here, photo blog over there … is it time for all of it to come under one roof? Do I blend the academic, automotive and visual sides of my life into one giant smoothie? Can I preach something I haven’t practiced?

A little video that tells us … well, a lot of what we already know. It does reinforce what we should be doing, though, which is handy.

I do wish it listed some ideas on things to try … it’s like you’re doctor telling you to exercise more. Um, okay … but where should I start?

A Case for Innovation from CoPress on Vimeo.

here’s a story on a photo-crashing squirrel.

You can thank Daniel Shirey for this.