Not a fashion blogger but when I see cool stuff I have to share. Check the shoes! The shoes def caught my attention. I almost jumped out of a moving car to take a picture of them. Would I wear them? Probably not. My style is low key but I won’t knock the dude for expressing his individuality and style.
Last night I had to cover an event in DC. Had a great time even though I was working. I follow Bill Cunningham’s theories about event coverage. I don’t eat the food or drink the drinks if I can help it. Not there to party. There to take pics.
Ran into another photographer there and he explained how sometimes he likes to get ‘shit-faced’ when covering an event. His logic was that if he was drunk he could relate to the drunk people on a different level. Hey man, whatever works for you. The photographer was a cool dude though. I gave him my card.
I used a Nikon SB-910 Speedlight on this shoot. My first time testing it out in the field and it performed great.
I wasn’t sure I was going to have it for this shoot though. I was sweating because I ordered the items from Amazon last week but they didn’t show up yet. And at 7pm, when it was dark outside, the UPS guy finally shows up. Not sure what I would have done if the package didn’t get here. I would have figured something out, I guess. Professionals can’t crack under pressure.
The SB-910 comes with an amazing warm filter. The final result looks awesome! The warm filter also takes the intensity away from the flash. This means that people become used to the flash throughout the night. It also doesn’t blind them so there are less blinking people in the final images. Lastly, it minimizes that hard, direct light that I hate so much.
I bought a cheap Speedlight octabox for this event–the ones that you slip on over the flash head. It didn’t perform well. I stopped using it after a few pictures.
The company provided a shot list for the event. When I get a list I make sure to cover everything they need early in the event. For the rest of the night I just do my thing. Intuition and sometimes
luck being prepared allow me to capture great images.
I had to take a picture of the line forming outside of the venue. I wanted to show the full scale of the line so I knew I had to get elevated. My assistant pointed out this metal box-thing. I handed her my camera and climbed the box-thing to get the shot.
There were a lot of unique people there. One guy had a cabaret mask on. The people there were dressed really well. This event makes me envy the DC nightlife. I have to cover the same event again in Baltimore next week. Let’s hope that there is hope for Bmore.
Met a beautiful girl with great hair. I asked if I could take her photo one day. I gave her my card. I hope she reaches out.
They had a cool cover band at the event that had some of the people dancing. Got some great party shots.
Other highlights of the night consisted of the bartender pouring whiskey straight into the mouths of the patrons. That was very interesting.
The most challenging part of the night was this one dude that insisted on photo-bombing as many photos as he could. He said “Dude, I want to be all over the fucking Internet!“ Haha. People are funny.
I was on autopilot last night, I was in the zone, so I wasn’t really sure how the pictures turned out until I finally uploaded the photos to my computer. The photos turned out really well so it inspired me to write this post.
When I was young and I saw something that interested me, I drew it. Now, when I am interested in something I photograph it.
“Same me, different time. People don’t change.” – Glenford Nunez
Saw a post on Ffffound.com that inspired me to take this photo. I call it “Stuff in my pockets”.
Reminds me of that one scene in Malcolm X movie with Denzel Washington. “Get yo’ hand outta my pocket!” Haha!
HTC EVO LTE Smart Phone – Great phone. Better battery life than the original EVO. Also serves as a portable camera.
Business Card Holder – Restaurant owner in Brooklyn gave it to me after I told her I liked it.
Red Mole Skin Sketch Book – Never leave home without it. Instantly record word, images and thoughts.
Pen – Precise V5 Extra Fine Black
Loose Change – Loose Change
Money Clip – Hold cash, ID, NYC metro card, credit cards etc. Travis put me on to the money clips. They are a lot better than wallets. Less bulky and they allow you to stay more organized. No room for clutter on the money clip.
What do you have in your pocket?
Lightroom Import Dialog was moving very slow. Here was my solution.
My CF card reader was the culprit. The metal contacts were bent and were touching each other. It made the computer think that there was a memory card inserted. Lightroom was trying to communicate with a memory card that wasn’t there causing the application to freeze. I used a knife to unbend the metal contacts and problem solved. Hardware malfunction.
The whole time I thought it was a Lightroom issue when, in fact, it was a hardware issue. Also, it turns out that this hardware issue was slowing up my whole computer and operating system.
Created this post for someone who may find it helpful.
Discovered that some of my work can be found on ffffound.com
This is big news to me because this site is like a secret organization.
I survived hurricane Sandy so I decided to start a new photo project.
The Coiffure Project mockup came in the mail today!
Here are a few pics.
I have always been super hype about this project but after holding this book in my hand my level is over 9000! (That last statement was a Dragon Ball Z reference. I added a visual aid for the non cool people.)
Early voting, standing in the line.
About a three hour wait, they said.
When you think you’ve made some progress you get to another room with more lines.
I watched people walk into the building, see the snaking line, then walk right back out like they left something. Split second decisions because they don’t like to wait.
I’m not tripping though.
I brought my Kindle with me and my phone battery is only in the yellow. Yellow is just as good as green when you have an EVO which is usually in the red.
Looking around at all of these people and thinking to myself that most of them don’t know TYP. They don’t know about my work.
I always get these feelings when I am around a large group of people. I have to work harder. What can I do to introduce them to my world?
My mind is ticking.
Best of Baltimore City Paper
Got my award in the mail. Probably has been there for weeks. I never check my mail…
Best photography series The Coiffure Project
Nicely printed on a slightly glossy heavy stock paper. I need to find a frame.
We only have 3 hours to fall in love.
“If they inspire you to create stuff, keep them around.” – Glenford Nunez
Visited NYC this weekend and there was some sort of long boarder convention going on. Got some great shots.
Update: Defying a court order, a few hundred skaters raced through Morningside Heights on longboards Saturday.
I need to figure out a way to transport my computer monitor. I went to NYC this weekend to shoot and I am super anxious to work on the photos so I can share them. I am leaving in a few hours to go back home but if I had my tablet and computer monitor the photo would have been done already.
This is my favorite winter hat and cholo shirt. This is pretty much how I dress all winter.
I’m going to try to keep this story as short as possible. A photographer was stealing my work and using it as his own on Model Mayhem. The same rapist guy I mentioned in a previous post. See here.
I flagged the image for copyright violation and a MM moderator removed the image from his page and cancelled his account. Everything was cool until a separate moderator jumped into the convo and pointed out that I only had one image on my account. They informed me that the minimum was four.
I only have one image because one of my favorite photographers on MM does the same. I felt that the impact of one great image is more powerful than 4+ ok images. I’m not going to say the photographer just in case MM reads this and tries to hunt them down.
I told them to delete me if it was going to be an issue. Finally, they sent me a deactivation link and closed the thread. I thought I won the battle because they left things up to me. I was wrong. I got an email this morning saying that my account had been deactivated. They said I can reactivate my account whenever I wanted but, I won’t be going back.
I must admit I am being stubborn but MM is a breeding ground for mediocrity. When I say mediocrity, I mean sameness; everything looks the same. There was a time when the site was useful but, with social networking, I have a hard time seeing its value.
Depending on who you asked, MM could be considered a soft porn site. There are a lot of shady photographers that prey on young girls’ dreams to become a top model. “Take your top off and you will be a star.” It reminds me of that one scene in the movie Fame.
I won’t lie. I’m a little salty. I felt like the work on my profile was adding some credibility to their site. But it is obvious their main concern isn’t about quality. MM is a good starting point for people new to the industry but I think it’s time for me to move forward.
I added a screen shot of the convo. What would you have done?
I just watched a great interview of photogrpaher Brigitte Lacombe. Videos like this make me fall deeper in love with photography. I just bought her book used on Amazon for dirt cheap. The only downside to buying used books from Amazon is that it takes between 4 – 14 days to ship. I hope the book arrives sooner than later.
You can watch the video here. http://www.charlierose.com/view/interview/10512
“I want to be the man-Oprah of photography.” –Glenford Nunez
The other day I found out that a photographer was using my photos on his Model Mayhem account. I was surprised but it didn’t bother me much. Someone suggested that I should watermark my photos to prevent this type of incident in the future. That comment inspired me to write this post. Here are the reasons why i don’t watermark my stuff.
It looks cheesy.
I think watermarks take away from the aesthetic of the photo. Negative space – where watermarks are usually placed – is often overlooked. Negative space is very important for the entire composition. I spend obscene amounts of time getting the crop just right. This is my number one reason for not adding a watermark. Everything else is just extra.
If someone really wanted to steal my work a watermark would not stop them.
The most elementary Photoshop artist could easily remove a watermark in seconds.
I love my photos but not that much.
By the time I post a picture to the web I am already tired of seeing it.
I do not hoard or cling to my photos like a prized possession because I know there are more to come. On to the next one.
I try not to take myself too seriously.
No one cares if I took the pic or not. No one knows who I am. Yet!
If people can’t look at my pic and say that it is a Glenford Nunez picture, it’s not worth watermarking. When the time comes, and my photos are easily recognizable, there will be no need for watermarking.
Anonymity is sometimes a good thing.
Adds to the mystery. (@_@)
I could care less about money.
Some people watermark their work when they want to be paid for it. Sure, I have to pay bills but I am not looking to get rich from personal work. I just like to shoot photos and share.
Digital images on the internet photos are worthless.
Photos on the web are a commodity. That means everyone has access to it. It is not a tangible item. It floats in cyber space. It’s like trying to put a price on air. The idea behind the image is worth more.
Also, anything you post to the web should be a low resolution file. (72 ppi to be exact) You cannot print from low res images. So, this means that if someone steals my images they can only share it on the web. They wouldn’t be able to print the image without going through a lot of headache.
My images are watermarked but you can’t see them.
Most digital cameras tag all photos with EXIF data automatically. If you are not familiar with EXIF then Google it. Long story short, my photos have a heat signature that includes data like my name, lenses I used to shoot, f-stop, shutter speed and ISO settings.
Times Have Changed
People often compare photo sharing to music sharing on the web but times have changed.
Wiz Kahlifah – Currently on the cover of XXL and Rolling Stone magazine – doesn’t make the bulk of his money from album sales. He makes his money from touring and showing his face. No one would want to see him if they didn’t know who he was. No one would know who he was if it wasn’t for the Internet.
This is just my view and I don’t have anything against people who watermark. Everyone’s process is different.
This reminds me of a mini documentary I saw called The Stolen Scream.
You should watch it. It’s really good.
This post inspired by Shelley McIntyre
Update: I found out that the photog using my photos is no photographer at all. Apparently, he is a serial rapist using the Model Mayhem account to lure young women. Creepy!
I still get a rush when taking photos. My heart races and my animal instinct kicks in. I go into auto mode. Out of body experience maybe? In the zone. Nothing else matters. My happy place. Mediation magnified. I reach enlightenment when my face rests on the back of the camera. Panic, frenzy and deep calm all into one. I’ts a Jeffrey. Yes, photography induced Jeffrey. So just stroke the furry wall. (If you didn’t understand that last reference watch the movie Get Him to the Greek)
It’s like the lens is the perfect filter for all of the bull in the world. I can see through people. I feel like a superhero with my cam. I have the ability to chat with people’s souls like the little dude on The Sixth Sense.
Only a photographer would understand.
The presence of another photographer forces me to find better position causing me to get a better shot.
Example. I was shooting a banquet reception for the Boys & Girls Club of America. Another photographer positioned himself to the left side of the stage so that he could get shots of the speakers. I could have posted up next him because there was plenty of space but I chose to find another position. I ended up on the far side of the stage. I didn’t realize until half way into the banquet that the celebrity table was right behind me. I was so close that Denzel Washington and Ashanti could have dropped croutons into my mouth. I literally could smell their dinner. (Which smelled really good because I was hungry because I didn’t eat the food. I have always felt self-conscious about doing anything other than work while I am working. A lesson reinforced by the documentary “Bill Cunningham New York” but that’s another post.) The point is I got the shot of the speakers on stage which were pretty straightforward but I also got great intimate shots of the celebrity guests. Shots the other guy didn’t get.
So, when all of the photographers are huddled together trying to get the same shot I move to a different place. The jerk inside of me laughs at those other photographers battling for the same shot. I rather miss the shot while trying to find a different spot than to have the same shot as all the others. Sometimes I can be a little stubborn. Sometimes I just want a little elbow room. And sometimes, when I’m lucky, I get a memorable shot.
“When you see a group of photographers all shooting form the same vantage point, shoot quick and then run the other way and find your own camera position.” – The Passionate Photographer: Ten Steps Toward Becoming Great (Voices That Matter) by Steve Simon
Skydiver Felix Baumgartner jumped out of a helium balloon from space today. My adrenaline was rushing for like the first three seconds of the jump until they switched to the infrared cam and I got bored really, really fast.
So, this dude broke all kinds of records and blah blah blah but I couldn’t help but notice the photographer taking pictures after he landed. I wonder what his name is. I know he got some great shots. Especially when Baumgartner fell to his knees. How do you even apply for that job?
Saw a video on YouTube about two guys getting married. It was more like a photo montage with music behind it but whatever. The pictures captured were amazing. I found the photographer in the video description. Todd Pellow is a Louisville photographer who shoots mostly weddings and his shots are really good. No, they are great. His work completely made me rethink my vow to never shoot weddings. Check him out.
The creatives have rushed the gateway. The gatekeepers have left their post. We have a secret weapon called the World Wide Web. There is no reason to be a starving artist anymore. We have access to the WORLD!
I think Yeezy put it best.
“There’s a thousand yous, there’s only one of me.”
One person with my style. One person with my perspective and vision.
This is what I do. They need me. If you don’t feel my work then we aren’t the right fit.
I will find someone who will take me as I am.
Funny how the same things go for personal relationships. There is someone for everyone, even in business.
This is why I would give my exclusive work away to a start-up blog for free rather than have someone pay me to take pictures. Paychecks bring perusal – my SAT word of the day – and it’s difficult to do good work under the watchful eye of Sauron.
I know it can be hard when you have to eat but if you can find a way to alter your situation, so money is not an object to be held over your head, you will have complete and total control.
All of this only applies if your work is great. If not then you have to get better. You have to become unique, you have to become great. Then, the world is yours.
“The series is brilliant, simple, full of grace and breathless elegance. Each of the portraits has a unique flair and a strong personality, and tells a beautiful story.” – The Nublk
Today I saw a news story on MTV about Nellys tour bus being raided. Weed, drugs and guns were found on the bus. Made me think about a shot I got of Nelly a while back for a project.
“Rapper is detained but not arrested after another of the bus’ passengers claimed the items, according to TMZ.” – MTV
Sometimes old pics come in handy. Exploiting the web? Possibly.
Linking to current events are great for SEO but only if they are relevant to what you do. The people at Google are smarter than you think.
For some reason I have always been anti flash. Everything about them is unnatural. I love the subtleties of natural light. I recently saw a photo collection of President Obama by Pete Souza that encouraged me to keep doing what I am doing. I read an interview on Souza and I learned our techniques and camera setups are similar, even though he uses Canon equipment. His reason for using Canon bodies is that the shutter make less noise than Nikons. I never used a Canon before but my D700 does make a lot of noise. Natural light and fast prime lenses get the job done.
“You can’t just turn on creativity like a faucet. You have to be in the right mood. What mood is that? Last-minute panic.”
― Bill Watterson
Story. I visited Johns Hopkins today. I saw Big Jesus. The End.
I’m sure all photographers who have submitted work to an agency have been rejected before. Rejection hurts a little inside but I read a great article by Lone Wolf Magazine that gave great tips on how to increase your chances of getting your work published. The first tip is to use agency models. This is a big step! Partially pretty girls will not cut it. The models have to be other worldly with their looks. They have to stop you in your tracks. You will know when you see her.
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