Archive for November, 2008

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It’s up…

November 22, 2008

After multiple issues this week, the new website is launched.  I still need to build out the ordering page and continue to add images to the galleries, but, for now, I’m happy.  Let me know what you think.  I know I have many more pictures I can post.

Goodnight, for now!

Oh!  It’s always good to provide a link! 🙂  www.RobertTruemanPhotography.com

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Welcome Inside Aperture listeners…

November 18, 2008

Today, Derrick Story released the Inside Aperture podcast where he interviewed Cathy Chung and me about the Aperture Nature Photography Workshop and our thoughts on Aperture.  Believe it or not, I haven’t listened yet (it just finished downloading), but I wanted to get a post up to welcome folks should they arrive at this site.  If you’ve been reading this blog, you’ll know I’m a HUGE fan of Aperture and many of the plug ins.  It’s changed the way I work greatly improving my speed to process images and the final output.

Last evening, I gave a presentation to my local photography club titled, The War On Photography.  This could certainly have been a polarizing discussion, but, thanks to the great folks at the club, became a very interesting one.  To summarize – in the years following 9/11 people view photography in a different way.  Influenced by a national cry of vigilance, people started seeing terrorists whenever they saw big lenses and “professional-looking” cameras.  As photographers, we found ourselves debating our right to shoot bridges, architecture, malls, etc.  Too many stories involving security guards, police and the public reacting in a negative way to photography consistently appeared on the internet and in the news.  Is our right to freedom of speech being taken away?

From my research (and I’m no lawyer and not attempting to provide legal advice) it appears that our rights are firmly intact, although education (or reeducation) is needed.  To summarize the US law regarding photography (as I understand it) is as follows:

You are allowed to photograph anything with the following exceptions:

  • Certain military installations or operations
  • People who have a reasonable expectation of privacy.  That is, people who are some place that’s not easily visible to the general public

Now, I’m not going to debate this law as I’m simply not an expert.  I do want to point out that, while we may have the right to do something, should we?  You are allowed to photograph children playing in a public playground.  You can photograph accident scenes, fires and other disasters.  Would I?  I guess it depends.  Certainly, I wouldn’t photograph children unless I asked the parent first.  That’s my personal opinion from having two little children.  I probably would photograph, in some way, accidents, fires, police scenes, etc.  It’s an interesting topic.

Finally, the new website will be up later today at www.RobertTruemanPhotography.com (currently pointing to this blog).  If you’re getting to this blog from that address, you’ll first be taken to the new site and need to follow the Blog link.  I’m really excited to get this going.  The site will focus on fine art prints and scheduling appointments for photo assignments.  Hopefully, this is the beginning of something good!

As always, I look forward to your comments!

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A big step forward…

November 2, 2008

It’s been a good few days since the last update so I wanted to give you a quick update.  First, the interview with Derrick Story at Inside Aperture went extremely well.  Derrick is a first-class guy and extremely knowledgeable about all things photography.  His blog and podcast, Inside Aperture, plus his other podcast The Digital Story are very good sources of photography information.  It sounds like my interview with him will be in this Tuesday’s Inside Aperture podcast.  Have a listen and let me know what you think.

I finally made a big step in the advancement of Robert Trueman Photography.  After much thought, I chose a provider for the new website, paid my initial start up fees and I’m ready to start building the site.  I explored a number of providers for flash-based photography sites – Into The Darkroom, PhotoBiz, Big Folio, and Livebooks among others.  All looked really good, with easy-to-use Flash-based templates to quickly build professional looking websites for photographers.  For me, PhotoBiz offered exactly what I’m looking for – easy-to-use templates, good looking templates and an ordering system I can tied to either a pro lab or print on my own.  Currently, they’re having a 50% off start up fees offer that I used.  I chose the flash website and client ordering site.  This will allow me to display and sell my fine art photography and have a place for clients to see, select and order the proofs from a shoot.  Ultimately, I can split the site into multiple sites each for a photographic style.  There’s a lot to learn here, but I’m hoping to have something up and running by the end of the week.

Lastly, I need to step it up when it comes to portraits.  I’m very critical of photography and know what I like when I see it.  Today, I had the opportunity to photography my girlfriend’s nephew, Christopher, an adorable 5 month old.  The shoot went well.  With really young kids, you have to focus fast as they move quickly and without warning.  While I was pleased with the digital negatives I shot, I was really blown away by the final processed images.  I’ll let them speak for themselves, but I like what I see.  As always, feel free to comment!