by Doug Stockdale
I am very happy to announce that the second edition of my sharpening book for POD publishing has been completed, uploaded and now available for purchase here.
Even though I have changed the title a wee bit, it is still my second edition Sharpening book nevertheless. I had the wonderful editorial help from my friend Dave Olmstead to eliminate my crummy use of grammar. The first edition was created in just one day when I was really aggravated with my first production proof of In Passing, so hopefully I get some allowances AND I was in the middle of trying to complete my SoFoBoMo 2008 project. Yikes.
What I had not noticed until recently is that my first edition Sharpening book had received a Blurb Staff Pick. Now I am hoping to receive the same Blurb recommendation for my second edition. Thanks Blurb team!
So this new edition has the grammar and spelling fixes, more comparative photographs to illustrate my points, a little more experience to draw from and share and the photographs re-arranged a bit to help illustrate the effects (Thanks to Laura Russel, 23 Sandy Gallery for those great recommendations).
Honestly, if you are going to publish your photographs with a Print on Demand (POD) book, you have to compensate somehow for all of the effects that will dull and mush the resolution and sharpness of your published book’s photographs. My recommendations are not the only solution, but you have to do something to your photographs to get the best results.
Okay, so go check it out and let me know your thoughts from what you read in the preview. I have kept the first edition on Blurb with a referral to the second edition. I do not expect anyone to purchase the first edition, but there are a number of Internet and other blog pointers and links to the first edition book that I want to preserve for the time being.
by, Doug Stockdale
BTW the cover photograph was made during the Chinese New Year Blizzard of 2008, what should have been an hour’s drive south of Shanghi. Except on this day, that turned into a six hour crawl, which made the Southern California freeway traffic jams look like a picnic in comparision.
While writing about the Palm Springs Photo Festival that will occuring in Palm Springs at the end of March next year, I deceided to add some informational links to other photographic workshops on this site.
There are photographic workshops located all over the country, actually all over the world. I have only listed a very few, but there are plenty more. If you are feeling like you need to work on a skill, work with a professional or just for a change of pace, take some time and find a workshop that can help you grow and enjoy your passion.
If you have had some workshop experiences you want to comment on, please join in and share the good and the bad, I would like to share your experiences. And I would appreciate recommendations about workshops to add to the short list that I have started.
By Doug Stockdale
So you have been thinking about creating a photographic book, but you have just not had the right opportunity, eh?
Well, your opportunity may have just come (again)! SoFoBoMo 2009 is on the horizon!
Okay, just what the heck am I talking about? SoFoBoMo stands for Solo Foto Book Month, which was started in 2008 by Paul Butzi with the support of a few crazy friends, your truely included. What were we thinking?
This is the idea in a nutshell: within a 30-day period, you will start to photograph your project, create at least 36 images, develop your photogaphs and then ceate a book and have the book published. Yep, all in 30 days! And over 50 photographers completed their books, some did two, again, like yours truely. Yep, I created my Sharpening book in just one day, a Saturday in Mid-May. Okay, so it was not a Pulitzer winner and I needed to update it for a second edition, which will be published shortly, but it was a book created in a day!
You had to choose your project, and choose your 30 days, but it had to be between the begining of April and the end of May in 2008, which is why it was called a “fuzzy” month, to allow for some timing latitude. For 2009, it will be any 30 days between the beginning of May and the end of June, 2009. Sign ups will be able to start at www.sofobomo.org by the middle of January.
A lot of photographers who write blogs also set up a tracking catagory for how their SoFoBoMo project was going. Makes for interesting reading. I kept track of my SoFoBoMo project on my blog, Singular Images.
So if you were thinking about developing a photographic book, this may be an opporutnity to give yourself a kick in the butte and get ‘er done.
By Doug Stockdale
BTW the prize? Your own book. Nice.
Larry Vogel, a member of The Photographers Exchange, has just added some of his recent photographs from Paris and Northern Coast of France to his web site, available here.
By Doug Stockdale
Since I mentioned photo l.a. as an opportunity for viewing photographs & books, as well as portfolio reviews, I think that I should also remind everyone that FOTOFusion 2009 is coming up on January 27-31, 2009 in warm and usually sunny Palm Beach, FL.
FOTOFusion, sponsored by the Palm Beach Photographic Centeris really oriented towards workshops for the amateur, semi-pro and professional photographers, while photo l.a. is oriented to the photographic print and book buying public/photographic collectors.
There really are too many events, workshops and information to list, so if you want to learn a little more about photography, whether behind the lens or on the computer, you should check out the FOTOFusion web site.
But a word of caution, FOTOFusion does not have a very user friendly web site, so expect to take some time and bring some patience to figure out just what they are trying to provide!
By Doug Stockdale
Art Enterance, copyright of Bill Collins
Now on exhibit at the Long Beach Arts Satellite Gallery are 10 photographs by Bill Collins, which will be exhibited through January 1st, 2009. The exhibit theme is “Multiple Image – Color & Abstraction”.
The satellite gallery is located on 1st Street (south side) between Pacific Ave and Pine Ave in Long Beach in the display window of the Landmark Building.
by Doug Stockdale
The juried exhibition, California Visual Artist, will be opening on December 13th at 2nd City Council gallery in Long Beach. The exhibition will be available through January 22nd, 2009 and the opening reception will be on January 10th, from 7pm – 9pm.
A number of members of the Photographers Exchange were juried in, including Diane Reeves, John Montich, Bill Livingston, Jan Brueckner and Ann Marie Rousseau.
Copyright of Bill Livingston
Copyright of Jan Brueckner
Copyright of Ann Marie Rousseau
Copyright of Diane Reeves
By Doug Stockdale
Kimberly, 2008 copyright of Alex Prager, courtesy Robert Berman Gallery
photo l.a. 2009, the 18th Annual International Los Angeles Photographic Art Exposition and the largest exhibition of its kind in the United States, will take place from January 9-11, 2009 at the historic Barker Hangar at the Santa Monica Airport.
photo l.a. 2009 will feature the finest photographic art on display and for sale, from the earliest 19th Century photographic experiments to the most contemporary photography and photo-based art. Seventy of the world’s leading galleries and private dealers representing International and U.S.-based artists will display work at photo l.a. 2009.
The fair begins with an opening night reception benefiting the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) Photography Department on January 8 from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Public hours are Friday, January 9 and Saturday, January 10, from 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm; and Sunday, January 11, from 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Tickets are $20 for a two-day pass, and $30 for a three-day pass.
Stephen Cohen, president of artfairs inc. and director of photo l.a. stated:
“We are pleased to be teaming up with LACMA this year. Los Angeles is the creative hub for artists and a major creative center in terms of the production of contemporary photography. Together with LACMA, we are planning a number of special programs for our visitors, featuring some of today’s most renowned artists. photo l.a. continues to grow each year, with an increasing number of new and returning exhibitors and visitors. This year, the Barker Hangar will serve as a prime space for the fair to present its largest collection of Los Angeles based artists and international exhibitors”.
Programming highlights at photo l.a. 2009 include LACMA Artist Conversation Series & Book Signings with Charlotte Cotton, LACMA’s Head and Curator of the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department, on Saturday, January 10, from 12:00pm–6:00 pm. Cotton will speak with leading photographers, including David Maisel (12:00pm–1:30pm), Susan Meiselas (2:00pm–3:00pm), Bruce Davidson (3:30pm–4:30pm), and Diane Keaton & Marvin Heiferman (5:00pm–6:00pm) to discuss their new publications. Book signings with the photographers will follow each conversation. Highly acclaimed photographer and UCLA professor, Catherine Opie, is also scheduled to lecture at photo l.a. on January 11, beginning at 1:00 pm at the Ruskin Group Theater, adjacent to the fair (3000 Airport Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90405). Opie currently has a major retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, and recently published a catalogue of her photographic works.
Among the 70 select U.S. and international galleries exhibiting at photo l.a. are: Ace Gallery (Los Angeles), Joseph Bellows Gallery (La Jolla), Stephen Cohen Gallery (Los Angeles), Charles Cowles Gallery (New York), Stephen Daiter (Chicago), Michael Dawson Gallery (Los Angeles), Foley Gallery (New York), Gitterman Gallery (New York), Paul M. Jertzmann Inc. (San Francisco), Flo Peters Gallery (Hamburg), Janet Sirmon Fine Art (Brooklyn), TZR Galerie (Duesseldorf), and Winterworks on Paper (Brooklyn).
by Douglas Stockdale