NO PAST, NO FUTURE, Photo © Greta Carlstrom
Photo © Greta Carlstrom

Emotional Resonance in Photography: Greta Carlstrom Transcends Identity

Willamette Valley Jeffrey Martz

Of all the eras and styles in the medium’s history, art historian and photographer Jeffrey Martz is most drawn to the 19th-century amateur pictorial photographers such as Lewis Carroll, Clementina (Lady Hawarden), and Julia Margaret Cameron.

“An amateur photographer was a clearly-defined category of maker in the 19th century, someone who pursued photography seriously but not professionally. They weren’t in a studio trying to please a client, and because of this, they were free to make the best possible pictures in whatever style they wished. They did their work literally for the Latin root of the word—amore—or love,” Jeffery explained.

For the Love of Photography: Jeffrey Martz on the Amateur Spirit

Willamette Valley Jeffrey Martz

Of all the eras and styles in the medium’s history, art historian and photographer Jeffrey Martz is most drawn to the 19th-century amateur pictorial photographers such as Lewis Carroll, Clementina (Lady Hawarden), and Julia Margaret Cameron.

“An amateur photographer was a clearly-defined category of maker in the 19th century, someone who pursued photography seriously but not professionally. They weren’t in a studio trying to please a client, and because of this, they were free to make the best possible pictures in whatever style they wished. They did their work literally for the Latin root of the word—amore—or love,” Jeffery explained.

TIF Kids Workshops Guide Students to Self Discovery

kids photography workshops

It’s been a busy summer at The Image Flow with two sessions of our Summer Photo Camp for Kids and the Angel Island Summer Photo Excursion. All of these kids photography workshops are geared toward middle school-aged shooters, one of my favorite ages to teach because they’re able to handle more challenging concepts and assignments and they learn so fast.

The goals of the workshops are simple: Teach kids how to use their camera on manual mode and how to do basic post-processing in Lightroom—I find that even my intermediate students benefit from the review and practice of using their cameras with the exercises I give them. In the Angel Island workshop, which is made up primarily of students that already have some photography experience, we do some work with Photoshop as well.

Tips for night photography from expert shooter Hendrik Paul
Hendrik Paul made this photo on a night train in Poland using lighting as his flash. Photo © Hendrik Paul.

5 Tips for Taking Amazing Photographs at Night

Tips for night photography from expert shooter Hendrik Paul

Fine art photographer Hendrik Paul is best known for his surreal black and white landscapes of the Marin Headlands, but he also likes to venture out at night to take ethereal images in both urban and rural settings.

Here our most accomplished night shooter shares his tips for night photography, from the best equipment to use to the best time to shoot, so you can start taking beautiful photos at night!

Grizzly with Salmon © Mary D'Agostino nature & landscape photographer

Mary D’Agostino: Seeking Beauty in Nature’s Fleeting Moments

Grizzly with Salmon © Mary D'Agostino nature & landscape photographer

Emerging nature and landscape photographer Mary D’Agostino is as homegrown as much of her work. A busy executive by day, Mary used to spend her vacations painting wildlife, but in recent years, she has developed a passion for photography. She put herself through a “school of photography” taking workshops and classes at The Image Flow and started working one-on-one with Stuart. “I was doing projects and shooting a lot, and I would routinely bring my work in for critique from Stuart.”

Mary has also sought critiques from experts in the field of nature photography, which have been met with increasing success. “I’m fearless when it comes to finding people in the field of photography to evaluate my photographs,” she says.

Images pictured by Nancy Farese for an upcoming exhibition. Photo © Constance Chu.
Images pictured by Nancy Farese for an upcoming exhibition. Photo © Constance Chu.

Order One 16 x 20 Print, Get the Second One Free!

Images pictured by Nancy Farese for an upcoming exhibition. Photo © Constance Chu.

Through October 31, The Image Flow is offering one free 16 x 20 print* when you order a second print. Print one image twice or print two different images, it’s up to you! Either way, you’ll get two gorgeous exhibition-quality prints for the price of one.

Evelyn at the well, Lbaa Onyokia
This well was installed by the Samburu Project. The woman’s name is Evelyn and she told Rudi that the well has given her back her self-respect because she could finally have clean clothes during the seven-month long dry season. Photo © Rudi Dundas.

Documentary Photographer Rudi Dundas on The Face of Water

Evelyn at the well, Lbaa Onyokia

This month, The Face of Water, a series of portraits by Rudi Dundas that tells the stories of people affected by the lack of clean drinking water, opens at the World Affairs Council in San Francisco. On February 26, Rudi will give a lecture about the images at The Image Flow.

Fritz-Liedtke, ProPhoto

Freckles and Photogravure

  While many people view freckles as an aberration or blemish, my response is the opposite. I find them enchanting, unique, even exotic. More than once, while photographing for this series, a model thanked me for making something beautiful out of what they often viewed as a flaw.—Fritz Liedtke Fritz Liedtke‘s feature today on ProPhoto got us even more excited about Mark Nelson’s upcoming Photopolymer Gravure Workshop! Liedtkes’ portraits, with their incredible texture, translate into luscious beautiful prints. What subject would …

Gary Yost, West Peak Project

Gary Yost: West Peak: The Project, Part 2

Gary Yost, West Peak Project

Photographer and filmmaker Gary Yost writes about his project to document the history of the lost West Peak of Mt. Tamalpais.

Over the past two months I’ve been busy conducting initial tests of new motion-control equipment I’ve acquired for creating the time-lapse portion of the project. One of my frustrations with the two-foot slider I used in the Fire Lookout piece is that it wasn’t long enough to provide enough visual parallax cues to make larger scenes look three-dimensional. These parallax cues are essential to providing an immersive sense of the scene because when the camera is moving, closer objects will move across your visual field much more quickly than objects farther away. When shooting basic time-lapse sequences you can easily lock the camera down on a tripod and shoot a frame every few seconds. That’s easy to do, but to get parallax effects you need to mount the camera on a motorized slider that will move it a fraction of an inch after every shot. This technique was invented by Ron Fricke in the late 1970s for the groundbreaking film Koyannisqatsi, and then refined for his later masterpieces, Chronos, Baraka, and 2012’s Samsara.

West Peak: The Project by Gary Yost

Gary Yost
Photographer and filmmaker Gary Yost writes about his project to document the history of the lost West Peak of Mt. Tamalpais.

I am a Mill Valley-based photographer and filmmaker who likes to tell stories, big and small. Over the years I’ve been fortunate to be a part of some very interesting local community activities.

One of my 2012 projects was to document what a day in the life of a fire lookout on the East Peak of Mt. Tamalpais is like. I created it primarily as a recruitment piece for the Marin County Fire Department, but it saw much wider distribution as a testimony to the beauty of our mountain. There are a number of reasons for its popularity but I think the two biggest are that it shows an aspect of the mountain that nobody has seen before and it uses time-lapse techniques to illustrate how time passes in a way that we can’t see with our naked eyes.

Activists Awards and a Brief History of Photojournalism

The live judging of PhotoPhilanthopy’s Activists Awards (at The Image Flow January 26, 2013) has turned our attention to the history of photojournalism. PhotoPhilanthropy’s Activists Awards PhotoPhilanthropy is a Private Family Foundation whose mission is to “…address critical social and environmental issues by providing nonprofits and photographers with the resources to work together to create images that drive social change around the world.” PhotoPhilanthrophy extends an open invitation every year for its ‘Activists Awards”. The submissions don’t have to be …

Annual Group Exhibit Opens December 8th!

We are getting ready for our 3rd Annual Group Exhibition. The images are being framed and Stuart and Matt are working on curating the show. We are so excited about the images we are showing this year, and are proud of our students’ work!

The exhibit includes about 25 photographers, ranging from amateurs to professionals. The styles range from documentary to landscape, and include color and black and white prints.

I asked a few of the photographer’s about their photos. Here are some of their stories.