Friday, August 23, 2013

Neal Slavin's "The Individual and Group Portrait" Class

Sometimes the best way to hone and practice your craft is to study and learn from the best of the best. From apprenticeship to internship, people have learned valuable skills by studying one-on-one with those that have mastered their work for thousands of years. In today’s world, if you want to truly learn more about photography, you might want to follow Neal Slavin. Famed portrait and documentary photographer, Neal Slavin will be teaching a class on portraiture!


In this class students will learn the pleasures of taking the formal and informal individual portrait as well as the small to medium group portrait. The course is designed to give each student maximum ability to create portraits from their own perspective, often breaking the “how to” rules of classic portraiture. They will nonetheless learn the basic elements such as finding character, location vs. studio, lighting (or not), the use of props, posing, make-up vs. imperfection, gesture and the age-old dilemma of flattery as opposed to stark realism. They will learn the idea of the public portrait vs. the privately revealing intimate, personal portrait. Homework assignments and session critiques will help students learn both the positive and negative elements of their own work as they progress. The use of all formats of film and digital are welcome.

Time: October 29th to November 26th, 2013 with 5 consecutive weekly classes.
Location: TBD 
  •      Students must have basic skills with their own cameras and generally all forms of digital & film cameras except point & shoots
  •      Full payment of $500 for the 5 session, 3 hour class to be paid in advance through PayPal. (THE PRICE OF THIS EVENT HAS BEEN UPDATED)
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Please contact with any questions or for more information. 

Neal's latest and greatest project focuses on "The Passion of Prayer" for all kinds of religions. About this project, Neal says,

"You can't photograph the wind; you can only photograph what the wind affects. In the same way, you can only photograph what prayer affects – people. This is a photographic journey about people who come together to pray … In this journey we will encounter many forms of prayer that provoke questions abut the privacy of prayer in public spaces which is a central concern of this book.  It also answers questions about how we pray – the techniques we use to reach a higher being and what we look like when we pray together.”

To learn more about Neal's work, take a look at  his website or check out this article about Neal in the Philadelphia Citypaper. 

Friday, August 16, 2013

New York City Spots to Shoot Before Summer Ends: Part 3

And finally, part 3 of our list of places to shoot in New York City before summer ends.

Get out and do something new

8. Go to a game

Photo by Kane Giblin

New York City is home to so many amazing professional sports teams, take advantage of that! Go to a Yankees or Mets baseball game, check out the Jets or the Giants, see the Brooklyn Nets or the Knicks on the court. Shoot wide to show the whole scene or get up close to the players with a telephoto lens. And, hang out; enjoy yourself and watch the game!

9. Go to the beach

It's the summer! Head down to Coney Island or the Far Rockaways to catch some rays and get away from the city for a little bit. There is plenty to shoot on the beach, from sun-bathers and kids experiencing the ocean for the first time to the scenery itself. 

10. Summer-only events

Photo by Ronald Herard

Check out an event only available in the summer like Shakespeare in the Park and Midsummer Night's Swing and Lincoln Center. With all kinds of people out enjoying these summer festivities, you'll be sure to get some great street photos. And, join in! These events are only around for the summer, so take the time to have fun, too!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

New York City Spots to Shoot Before Summer Ends: Part 2

Summer is almost over! Here are four more places in New York City that you have to shoot before the cold weather arrives!

Go to the park

4. Central Park

Photo by Kane Giblin

There is so much to see in Central Park, it would take all summer to shoot it all! From the zoo to the reservoir, Sheep Meadow to the Great Lawn, Central Park is truly marvelous. 

5. Prospect Park

Almost every Brooklynite tries to get to Prospect Park in the summer, which makes it the perfect place to photograph people. Practice your street photography by photographing what makes this park so special: the people. For a great example of portraiture, check out Irina Rozovsky's photographs of people in Prospect Park! But, don't forget to ask permission, especially when photographing children!

6. Battery Park

Photos by Brian Heimbuecher

Battery Park is really something. Facing the New York Harbor, Battery Park has stunning views of the river as it spans the southern most tip of Manhattan. The scenery is a great backdrop for portraiture!

7. Brooklyn Botanical Garden

Photo by Kane Giblin

The Brooklyn Botanical Garden is not only beautiful, but varies so much! Covering 52 acres in Brooklyn, the garden is home to all kinds of bonsai trees, exotic flowers and prickly cacti. Like Battery Park, the Botanical Garden is a great place to shoot portraiture, especially on the Lily Pool Terrace or Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden.

Stay tuned for part 3 of great NYC spots to photograph!

Monday, August 12, 2013

New York City Spots to Shoot Before Summer Ends: Part 1

Summer is almost over and soon the cold, yucky weather will be rolling in. And you know what that means: you need to get out there and shoot while you still can! New York City is one of the most diverse cities in the world, so there are just about a million places to photograph. Here are some suggestions on where to go and why!

Be a tourist

1. Empire State Building Observation Deck

Photo by Kane Giblin

The Empire State Building is one of those most obvious places to go when visiting New York City, but not many New Yorkers take the time to venture there. The views from the Observation Deck are stunning, and you can truly see all of The City. Check it out! And, be sure to bring wide lenses as well as long lenses; with a view like this, you'll want options!

2. Statue of Liberty

Photo by Kane Giblin

There are a few ways to get some great photos of the Statue of Liberty. From the Staten Island Ferry and various boat tours to the Brooklyn Bridge, the statue is a such a symbol of New York City that you just have to get out a take her picture some time in your life. And, traveling via boat allows you the opportunity to shoot all kinds of scenery and seascapes from the rivers!

3. Brooklyn Bridge

Photo by Kane Giblin

The Brooklyn Bridge is an architecture masterpiece, completed in 1883, there is some serious history to this spectacle. Stretching across the East River from Manhattan to Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Bridge offers a great view of both boroughs as well as views of the river. 

Stay tuned for more great NYC spots to photograph!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Interview with Africa Travelogue photographer Andre Washington

Photographer Andre Washington will be at Foto Care on September 17th form 6:30-8:30 for a photography presentation about his work with Africa Travelogue, his travel across Africa and his Indiegogo project to raise money to further his work.

We were able to interview Andrew to learn more about his career and travels:

Foto Care: Tell us about yourself and how you got into photography?
Andre Washington: I am a self-taught photographer. My previous education and work experience spans the graphic arts, high fashion design, and architecture/interior design disciplines. I began my pursuit of professional photography after retiring from freelance design work (2004).

My medium of choice is traditional film photography (Fujichrome forever!) on medium format camera systems – especially 6x9cm, 6x12cm, and 6x17cm formats. My photographic work covers portraiture, environmental portraiture, and fine art. My main focus is on documenting culture and world travel.

I made my first serious culture documentary photographs while visiting the Rastafari camps in Jamaica (2003). Interacting with the Rastas, reaching that mutual comfort zone that yielded candid images from within a community seldom open to outsiders, was an inspiring experience. Soon after, following similar and equally inspiring photo shoots in Africa, I was hooked.

FC: What was your break out job that helped launch your career?
AW: I began photography with a goal. My years of travel in Africa dictated the direction I took as a photographer and has been my break out job or more of a project. My career is an ongoing launch into new places just waiting to be photographed.

My mission is to enlighten with pictures. I want to use my photographic point of view and travel journals to tell the stories that showcase the intense beauty of Africa – in all its culture rich variety – in order to bring new insight valuable to seeing, understanding, and truly appreciating this magnificent continent.

FC: What has been your favorite assignment(s) to date?
AW: I love all my assignments so they are all favorites!

FC: Where do you draw your inspiration?
AW: I continually draw inspiration from my subjects. I am equally inspired by my opportunities and privilege to witness the life realities of people and places of lesser known or misrepresented cultures and societies coupled with the ability to make photographs that accurately document and help to preserve these rich cultures. I am driven by the power to change – photo by photo – the way we understand and participate in our world.

FC: Do you use Social Media as part of your marketing? Do you think it is effective?
AW: I’m a new comer to social media. I think it is an effective tool for getting your work out on so many platforms. Social media will be a key component in getting my Africa Travelogue project seen and followed.

FC: How has your work changed in the last few years?
AW: After traveling and making photographs in some really amazing destinations I am forced to slow down and absorb everything - the sights, the sounds, the smells, along with the feel of my surroundings. I’m seeing more intensely and observing more patiently with a greater understanding and appreciation of my subject. As a result, I make photographs in response to the moment, the movement, and the sense of place. I try to capture an instant in the lives of my subjects from a perspective that pulls the viewer into the photo.

FC: Where is your work heading next? Where do you see yourself in the future?
AW: Twelve years ago I chose a huge subject to photograph – Africa. I will likely spend the next few years traversing the continent, exploring the culture, and capturing the great shots that best document my experiences. In the future I hope to photograph and document the rich culture found in other parts of the world.

FC: What equipment are you currently using to produce your work?
AW: I currently use Fuji GX-617 camera system with 5.6/90, 8/105, and 6.7/180 lenses; Mamiya 645AFD camera system with 2.8/45 AF, 2.8/80 AF, 3.5/150 AF, and 2.8/300 APO lenses; on Fujichrome RVP50, RVP100, RDP100F, and RXP400.

FC: What equipment would you most like to own but don’t yet have?
AW: The entire Horseman SW617 Pro camera system (5.6/72, 5.6/110, 5.6/180, 5.6/250, and 8/400 lenses), 6x17 roll film holders, 6x12 roll film holders, and one-gazillion rolls of Fujichrome.

FC: How do you choose your locations?
AW: Most of my locations are chosen through research as part of my trip planning. Upon arrival more research and scouting.  Sometimes I just stumble across the perfect locations.

FC: When and how did you hear about Foto Care? What about Foto Care brings you back?

AW: I first heard about and visited Foto Care in 1997 on a tip from a photographer friend. In 2004, I began working with Foto Care rentals to test out cameras for my project. The expertise, professional service, know-how, and friendliness of all the Foto Care staff are a perfect source of support for all things photography.

Interview with Photographer Kenneth Goldberg

On September 20th, Foto Care will host a gallery opening for photographer Kenneth Goldberg. 

Kenneth Goldberg has worked in sports photography for magazines, newspapers and websites. He also shoots portrait work and corporate events. We had the chance to interview Kenneth in preparation for his upcoming show.

Foto Care: What was your favorite assignment to photograph?
Kenneth Goldberg: Shooting three US Opens has been challenging physically and mentally; it's non-stop. There is a lot of pressure to get out the work. You work in diverse conditions night, day and extreme heat. When it's about 3pm, you shoot up to the top of Arthur Ash Stadium to get the most beautiful shadows off the players. There is just so much going on and you use a lot of different lenses. It's challenging.

I am inspired just by the idea that you better take in life fully because you’re not going to be around forever.

FC: What do you do to market your services?
KG: I use PhotoShelter as a website, I tweet a lot and I have a blog. Honestly all photographers and small businesses are struggling to figure out this new structure of marketing in the digital world. It's questionable if this whole Internet thing works for small business with things like Amazon entering the market. Word of mouth works best in this kind of business.

FC: Has your work changed?

KG: I have been shooting sports for years but I would like to do more socially relevant work. There is so much going on now in the world yet the media seems to show less and less news. I think the success of documentary film taking on socially relevant issues could transcend into photography and I would like to be part of that. 

To see more of Kenneth's work, visit his website and blog, and join us on September 10th from 6:30-8:30pm for his gallery opening. Kenneth's images will stay up for two weeks following the show.