Glyphs of Time :: a blog by jarvis grant

July 15, 2010

Get ready for PDN PhotoPlus 2010

Filed under: Education,Observations,Photography — Tags: — Jarvo @ 6:58 pm

PhotoPlus Expo 2010Well, the 2010 PDN PhotoPlus Expo is October 28-30, and is once again at  the voluminous Jacob Javits Center in New York City. PhotoPLus Expo, also Toys-R-Us for Photographers, is were you’ll see all the lastest stuff you may not really need, but still want to have right there for ya. When you go to the web site, there are a lot of elaborate placeholders with the overall message being, Register Now! There are no official exhibitors nor are there any seminars to register for yet, but if nothing else, you can go ahead and make your hotel reservations. The earlier you book in New York, the better the deal you’ll get. PhotoPlus has their travel site up, but you may want to check out travel sites like Travelocity & Yahoo Travel for a little comparison pricing.

The first time I attended PhotoPlus Expo, it was in 1983 at the old New York Convention Center.  To paraphrase Paul Simon’s Kodachrome, “When I think back on all the crap in learned in art school!” None of it was how to make a living. PhotoExpo East as it was then called, really opened up the door, and shed some real light on the whole industry of photography. For example, at one seminar call, How Art Buyers Choose Photographers, there were three agencies from New York City there that billed $600,000,000 in creative talent between them! $600,000,000 between three agencies! Man, all that poor artist stuff I was fed in college was a load of crap in deed.

There was another seminar at that fateful PhotoExpo, about marketing that laid out a roadmap for getting my share of that $600,000,000 plus in potential income from the creative industry. It all seemed so clear for the very first time. Now during the 1980s, the cash was flowing like rivers, and alas,  those days are over. While the money may not be busting out of advertising agencies like in the “good old days”, the money is still there for us to get. The lesson of all this, is that, one needs to stay sharp and competative on how the big guys & girls stay big and a head of the pack! So, if you have never gone to NYC for the PhotoPlus Expo experience, it’s definitely worth a trip. Even if it’s just a day trip.
The PhtoPlus Expo crowd


June 28, 2010

Painting in Photoshop CS5

Filed under: Design,Digital Tech,Education,How-To,Photoshop — Tags: , — Jarvo @ 10:23 am

Once again Photoshop CS5 shows itself to be a major upgrade. In this episode of The Complete Picture, Julieanne Kost shows you some of the new painting features in Adobe Photoshop CS5 including the new Natural Media Bristle Tip Brushes.


June 7, 2010

Creating a Black & White Photograph

Filed under: Digital Tech,Education,How-To,Photography,Photoshop — Jarvo @ 5:07 pm

Now, this doesn’t sound like rocket science, and it isn’t, but care should be taken when making a black & white conversion from your image files. Today, many cameras have a built-in function which allows the photographer yo make a black & white image from the original color scene. While this feature is handy, you give up control of your image to an algorithm. Plus, if you’re a control freak like me, I may want that color image later. Now you may say, “Hey Jarvis, you can always flip the switch back from B&W to full color and shoot both!” And I say, “But why?” Why stand there playing with the camera instead of making wonderful photographs?

Well, in this video, I give you a Quick & Dirty overview of how to handle B&W conversion in Photoshop. You’ll see how to give yourself maximum control over many aspects of the conversion process and end up with a beautiful image that no camera algorithm or One-Click-Wow in Photoshop or Lightroom can give you.  Check it out.


March 21, 2010

Assistant to Photographer…

Filed under: Education,Inspiration,Observations,Photography — Jarvo @ 1:46 am

I was drifting off to the Land of Nod, when a saw a photograph of Jerry Uelsmann by John Paul Caponigro, two of my favorite photographers. I noticed the shot was at PDN (Photo District News). So, I moseyed on over there to check it out. I figured it would be a good blog post. Well as I was looking though the multimedia section, my jaw just dropped! I saw one of my former Howard University students being highlighted, Piper Carter. As a student Piper was one of those students you love to have in your Photography I class. Full of energy and ready to go!

Now mind you Piper was taking this class as an elective, and her work wasn’t super strong, but I saw that spark. She was always in the darkroom picking my brain and shooting, shooting, shooting. I told her this seems like more than a passing thing, and if she ever considered being a photographer. She looked at me and said; “ME! ME be a photographer? What would I have to do?” I said, ” Get better and study seriously.” Well, later she came to my office and announced she was going to be a photographer! She was leaving Howard University and going back to NYC. She had that serious look on her face that students get when you know they’re about to meet the world head on. I gave her some professorial words of encouragement, that boiled down to “Don’t Give Up!”, responded that she wouldn’t, and  marched out my door for the last time.

Well, here she is!

As an art/photography educator, it makes me proud to see this transformation. From a kid amazed by their first roll of Tri-X or DMAX 400 to a mature professional sporting an impressive client list.  IN New York City no less! Well done, Ms. Carter. And to think this is just the start of her career. Well done, indeed.

PS: PDN was being such a Pain in the Ass about the license right for “publishing that photo of Jerry Ulesmann by JP Caponigro it wasn’t woth putting it up here, but click here for the link to  the link,  20 Most Influential Photographers.


March 19, 2010

The New Zone System…

Brooks JensenBrooks Jensen is probably one of the most progressive, innovative photography communicator/educators out there. Back in the last century (!) Brooks was telling photographer not to fall prey to the gallery system. He has set up his own publishing house, that creates “Folios” of photographers work for sell. Not only has he done that, he actually instructs photographers & artists how to do the same. There are no secrets with this guy! I have passed along his ‘white papers” and podcasts to fellow artist. When ever I had a question, I could send him an email, and he would answer.

I was just at his website, Lenswork,  & one of his three blogs. For photographers, this article on the “New Zone Systems” is definitely worth a read. Click here to check it out.

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