Robert Knight Rock Photography

Late one night cruising through Netflix I came across Rock Prophecies with rock photog Robert Knight, I loved the movie and reached out to Robert. Turns out we had both gone to the San Francisco Art Institute and  had been around he same crowd and the 60s music scene. So we ended up going to his gallery to record this episode and several more to follow. Great stories about capturing  iconic bands and rock legends.  Image being on the tarmac when Led Zep landed in Hawaii carrying the reels of their second album!

Check out Robert’s work, if you’re in LA stop by the Mouche Gallery to see his amazing photographs.

 

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Joey Lawrence, only 20 years old, is one of the most sought-after commercial photographers in the business. While Joey’s commercial work consists of advertisements and work for movies, television, and musicians, his personal work focuses on fine art portraiture around the world. Today, he talks with Marc Silber about techniques for both beginning and established photographers alike.

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Ansel Adams’ #1 Tip to Advance Your Photography

With the advent of the release of our AYP Club, We’re reposting this with some new updated resources (even if you did this before, do it again.)

Imagine you were fortunate enough to have attended Ansel Adams’ workshop in Yosemite. What do you suppose the grand master of photography would teach you? The complexities of his “Zone System” or how to operate a large format camera, or maybe he’d talk about some esoteric point of photography, while stroking his gray beard?

Nope.

It’s a characteristic of many students to sail right past the basics and expect what they need to improve is some mysterious and hidden piece of knowledge.

Wrong again.

What they most need to learn is what is literally right in front of their face!

Let me ask you, what is in fact the most fundamental point of photography, or for that matter, most art?

Is it the operation of your camera, our how to control a complex system?  Or how to get that perfect exposure? Or which filter to use to get the sky to turn black (as Ansel of did)?

Or could it be as simple as learning to see your photograph?

Yep, this is about as fundamental as it gets–look and see!

That’s how we learn sports be it baseball, tennis, golf or surfing. “Keep your eye on the ball (or wave.)” The best have mastered this and arrive at square one.

Okay, here you are in a beautiful meadow in Yosemite, how did Ansel train you to look and see? First he explained visualization: the whole key lies very specifically in seeing it in your mind’s eye first. Click to hear this right from Ansel and then take the Quiz after.

Then he handed out black rectangles and told you to go out and use it to find and frame your shots.

So for the first class of our photography school here’s what you’ll do (and don’t bail on this because “you can already do it” or “that’s for beginners” or “I don’t have time for this” or whatever excuse… just do it!)

1. Click here to Watch this short video with Charlie Cramer describing how to use Ansel’s “framing card.”

2. Get a piece of cardboard or a file card and cut out a rectangle the middle of it like this (or you can use this as a template and print it on the card.)

3. Now go out and practice seeing images, like you heard Charlie telling you, moving the card.

4. Keep this up until you learn something! And leave a comment and tell me what you learned. Or better yet, leave one on our AYP Club and while you’re there, post one of your photos for critiquing.

5. Do this exercise often, as you would use a backboard in tennis or go to the driving range.

6. Now remember our school is free for now but we do ask you to spread the word to your friends–tweet, Facebook and tell them to come on board!

What did you learn?

Welcome to the premier of the Marc Silber Show where we bring you remarkable people who are a source of inspiration, innovation and creativity.*

Marc landed on the red carpet at the premier of Soul Surfer starring Dennis Quaid, Helen Hunt and AnnaSophia Robb. Marc heard from the director Sean McNamara, Bethany Hamilton whose story the movie was based on and AnnaSophia Robb who played her in the film and Halfdan Hussey who heads up Cinequest. Each talks about the message of the film and their passion for filmmaking.

Here’s what – Michael Rabehl 
of Cinequest said about Soul Surfer:

Bethany Hamilton was born to surf. Growing up on the Kauai Coast, hers was a tranquil, surfer girl’s life—participating in national competitions and revealing her natural talent on the waves. On Halloween morning 2003, her dreams seemed to splinter when Bethany, on a typical ocean outing, was attacked by a shark and lost her arm. 

Bravely determined, Bethany fights to recover, supported by the love of her parents (Quaid and Hunt). And while on a trip to Thailand with her youth-group leader (Carrie Underwood) after the devastating tsunami, Bethany sees her greater purpose to help change the lives of others. With her resolve stronger than ever, she returns home to conquer, not only her own challenges, but also to help others do the same. 

Based on Hamilton’s book and featuring an all-star cast, director Sean McNamara’s Soul Surfer beautifully captures the spirit and strength of a young woman’s determination to overcome personal loss. Her strength drives her towards a courageous comeback, giving her the opportunity to take her loss and transform the lives of others.

We ran into one of our friends at WPPI who had kind things to say about Advancing Your Photography

This is the full edit version of my interview with Jeff Johnson, who has a dream job as a Patagonia staff photographer. He gives his tips for outstanding travel and photojournalistic images. Jeff  is also the lead in the film 180 Degrees South which retraces the epic 1968 journey of his heros Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins to Patagonia. Jeff talks about how the movie came about and his experiences along the way as a photographer.

A few of the questions that I asked him were
  1. How do you tell stories with your photographs?
  2. What’s the story of making the film 180 South?
  3. How was it transitioning from still to motion?
  4. How do you approach a photojournalistic assignment?
  5. Any tips for capturing great light?
  6. How did you do the voiceovers for the film?
  7. How about your tips for composition?
  8. How do you get the “mojo” in your photographs?
We  talked about a whole lot more, so give this full version a watch!

How Important Photography Is In Advertising

Photography is one of the most important parts of creating a compelling and eye catching marketing campaign. This can easily be observed with reference to fashion campaigns, but holds true for any successful campaign including a business, product, services company and more. Capturing creative photographs that tell a story and set the mood for the product is an important skill for any budding photographer to learn. Photography is a form of communication. The images chosen have the purpose of creating an effect and setting a tone for the viewer.

Advancing Your Photography Club New Videos Published

Here are your AYP Club members-only, extended videos, these include lots of information that wasn’t included in the free versions.  We hope you have fun with these, putting the information to use to advance your photography!

If you haven’t checked out the AYP Club, you can still take advantage of our free beta test just click here and sign up, then go to Videos under the AYP Club  navigation

Watch Brian Smith AYP version

Brian Smith is a Pulitzer prize winner who has photographed one luminary after another, watch his video to get great tips for taking better portraits.


Travel Photography – Jeff Johnson’s Tips for Stunning Images

I had many more questions for Jeff and we get to see more cool stuff about his movie 180 South and more of his personal photography tips.


Marc Silber Visits Ansel Adams’ Home and Darkroom

This was my famous trip to Ansel Adams’ home and darkroom. You’ll hear many more stories about his photos including the very first one that he visualized. More info about his amazing darkroom and his process.

Have fun with these and get out and put these tips to use.

As promised, we’re publishing extended videos for our AYP Club members with loads of extra content–you can still login for free just go to our AYP Club here then click on videos under AYP Club.

Join us on the AYP Club exclusive extended version of my visit to Ansel Adams’ home and darkroom. You’ll hear his son Michael talk about some of Ansel’s most iconic images, including the breakthrough he had when he first visualized the image of Half Dome. This led to the development of his unique and masterful style. You’ll also see much more of his darkroom and hear about how Ansel worked and see the darkroom he custom built, like none on earth. Join us now for this rare, behind the scenes look.

This is the full edit for AYP Club members only, of Jeff Johnson, who has a dream job as a Patagonia staff photographer. He gives his tips for outstanding travel and photojournalistic images. Jeff is also the lead in the film 180 Degrees South which retraces the epic 1968 journey of his heros Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins to Patagonia. Jeff talks about how the movie came about and his experiences along the way as a photographer.

A few of the questions that we discussed were
1. How do you tell stories with your photographs?
2. What’s the story of making the film 180 South?
3. How was it transitioning from still to motion?
4. How do you approach a photojournalistic assignment?
5. Any tips for capturing great light?
6. How about your tips for composition?
7. How do you get the “mojo” in your photographs?

but then we talked about a whole lot more, so give it a watch,  you can still login for free just go to our AYP Club here then click on videos under AYP Club

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