The Art of Photography YouTube Channel

The Art of Photography is a channel on youtube that highlights different aspects of photography on an episodic basis.  I recently stumbled on this via a video entitled, Darkroom Prints vs. Digital Prints.  I think the video was very insightful to those that may not know the differences in quality and feel between the two styles of printing.  Check it out here or watch it below.  Let me know what you think in the comments section. Keep it snappy!



Glass Key Photo: Website Finally Up!

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Glass Key Photo is a specialty "all things film/traditional" shop in Lower Height in San Francisco, California.  They are inside of 4x5 Gallery in case your trying to find it from the street.

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This is where I get most of my film (when I don't get it for free) and where I send my alternative process students for materials.  If you have never been, check 'em out.  Don't tell them I sent you though, cause they will mark up the prices . . . everybody hates me!

Keep It Snappy,


Funny Image From Etsy

Etsy sent me an email on how to do better email marketing.  No surprise, one of the best things to entice people to visit your site is good photographs.  In that email, the following photo was enclosed which I thought was fun, interesting, and worth sharing. CoolPosterI always knew Abraham and I had a lot in common.

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2013 Blog In Review By Wordpress Crew

I opened my inbox to find that the good folks at Wordpress had made a cool graphic report on stats about my blog for 2013.  Awe, how sweet of them, right?  A brief summary is I got 8,500 unique visits this year, mostly American, British, and Canadian visitors that mostly read articles about Instagram, Featured Photographers Series, and Technical Posts. If you want to check it out for yourself, it's linked below.

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The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here's an excerpt:

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Click here to see the complete report.

The Social-Matic : New Polaroid Digital Camera That Prints From the Camera

Yes folks, not only is it a 14 mp camera, it has wi-fi/bluetooth to upload to social networks (mostly Instagram since the camera is a ripoff design of their logo).  As you would expect from a polaroid camera, your images can also be printed 2x3 inch images using zink technology (zero ink - zink - get it). This is done using embedded crystals in the paper that can be heated by the camera to produce the RGB color space and ultimately all of our wonderful food snaps and selfies.  I can't wait to get my hands on one . . . I'm practicing on my iPhone until then. Official Website:

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All images from:

Dom from did this awesome video interview at CES 2014:



Here is Polaroids concept video to get people excited.



I think it fails because its like it is trying to introduce a new Mac Pro, rather than a the cute little camera that they are trying to sell, what do you think?

Here is said video of the Mac Pro:




SNAP! Did I call it or what.  If you are not at work, or there are no people around to annoy, you should play both videos at the same time . . . it will make you laugh or at least smile.

Keep It Fun People-



Historical Image III

Something special for today . . . Glass Plate Negatives from deep in the Rayko Vault of Photo Love. Because these are shy, I can only tease them one by one, then if you treat them right, they might give themselves to you. These are the Fiona Apple of photography, not the Miley Cyrus of photography which I guess would be iPhone images. Screen shot 2013-11-26 at 4.24.42 PM

Click on the Image to see it lager.  Totally.

Speaking of Fiona Apple, wetplate images on glass, and children photos, anyone else think Fiona Apple and Sally Mann look like they could be related?



Keep it Cray!


Fotovisura Grant 2014 Opportunity

fotovisura-grant-logo-2014 Yesterday - FotoVisura reached out to me to help spread the word about their 2014 Grant Submissions for all of you talented and ambitious photographers out there.  Here is the info:

FotoVisura - An International Self-Publishing Community and Resource for Art and Documentary Photography - is pleased to announce our 2014 Grant for Outstanding Personal Photography Project. Divided into two categories (Grant & Student Grant), this opportunity is designed to highlight and support personal photography projects and encourage the production and development of photography outside of the commercial realm. The Grant is a key element in our mission to develop publishing tools and creative growth for photographers as well as create a public archive for editors, curators, and lovers of photography alike.


Last years winners:

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Good Luck to all of you that submit. - C

San Francisco & Los Angeles Historical Project

Rayko Photo Center has a great negative archive of historical photographs which they eventually want to sell reproduction prints of.  Unfortunately, the negatives have just sat and collected dust throughout the years.  Guess who is gonna just get it done? Here is the 0001



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Book Tease: Bill Ravanesi Found in New Color / New Work

The disappearing art of photography books has led me to try and salvage, save, and highlight moments within these books that I find interesting.  The work is copyrighted, therefore I cannot give entire passages or chapters, nor show scans of all the work.  My intention is not to steal the work for blog content, but to get my readers/followers excited about these books to possibly seek them out for themselves.  So let the teasing begin: In New Color / New Work, the second book from editor Sally Eauclaire on color photography, she moves beyond single images that have impact, and more towards series, what makes them special, and how the artist created them.

"These portfolios provied readers with a perception of the relationship of each image to others produced during the same period, and make it possible to include photographs that function well as a part of a group but less well in isolation" - Sally Eauclaire

Below is one of my favorites from the book - if you like it - buy it here: AMAZON



Lightroom For iPad Coming (maybe) . . .

I recently took a survey for our favorite creative software company, Adobe, about user experience, pricing, and overall impressions of the company.  I jumped at the chance to be heard since so many of my students complain about Adobe's software license practices, especially with the new subscription based Creative Cloud. The survey was typical, but some of the questions shed a little light on a possible introduction of an iPad lightroom component.  Here are some interesting screen grabs.

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Notice at the bottom of the list, Lightroom Mobile.  The pricing is ludicrous!  $4 a month when you can buy most apps for $0.99.  Come on Adobe!  That is why everyone hates you!

But what would Lightroom Mobile do? Well from other areas of the survey, I found the following:

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Now Everybody Playing - C

My SPE Teaching Experience

A few weekends ago, I had the honor of being invited to teach a photographic workshop at the SPE West at Humboldt State University.  I had a lot of fun teaching digital negative to silver gelatin to a group of enthusiastic fellow teachers and a few art students.  It was a lot to cover in a short amount of time, but I was reminded of why I like teaching, that genuine excitement of learning about photography that can be sparked in both young and old eyes.  It was well worth the 600+ miles of driving done in a 48hr period.  A big thank you to SPE for having me! SPE_post

Sally Mann: Thoughts on Instagram

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Keep'n it Classy,


Send a San Francisco Photographer to Russia: Anastasia Kuba Photo Project

Longtime friend and fellow San Francisco photographer, Anastasia Kuba, is asking for funding help to do a photo project of and along the Russian Railway System.  I have been a fan and an advocate of her portraiture work and can fully vouch for her coming back with beautiful images.  I can also vouch for her professionalism in delivering the incentives if you choose to donate.  I would recommend donating $160 amount to get an 11x14 print because I know those images will be worth way more later on.  Below are examples of old and new work.  She is shooting the entire thing on film for you analog hounds.  Help her out people! to donate:

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Cheap Ways of Getting Good Sound From Your DSLR Video

Recently, I have been working on a lot of video projects and sound tends to be a huge issue.  ROAR, RUMBLE, and HISS all culprits in that arena! I have been trying a bunch of different microphones, multi captures, and software editing.  This is probably one of many installments to come of working with audio with your DSLR footage. With this post, lets keep it cheap cause all of you should be spending money on lenses instead of microphones.

The NPPA has some great cheap solutions that professional and upcoming journalists use.  Read and watch their video by clicking the banner below.



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The Photo Video Show also has this awesome video tutorial on just using iphone headphones to capture sound which I tried and works amazingly well!  Click the banner below for that.

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Yes, you do need Final Cut Pro X to edit and Sync your Audio, but if you are making videos, you should be using FCPX or Adobe Premier Pro anywayayayaya - ye!

Have fun! - Carlos




Make A Quick Fathers Day Printed Card From Your iPhone!

Who really wants to spend time shopping for a Fathers Day gift?  Am I right or am I right?  If you want to send a card to let that special guy, know you care, consider using ink cards for iphone, ipad, and android.  It is a free app which you just upload your own photo, pick a design scheme, order, and your done.  Key ingredient, they are CHEEEEEEEAP (but not cheap looking). You can even add a custom message like: You made me happen!

You a ladies man (at least Mom thought so)

Pops you the tops!

or my personal favorite - I'm your reminder that happy accidents do happen!

Happy Fathers Day!


- Carlos

Links: Ink Cards iPhone App,  Ink Cards Website

Bring Your Photos Home: Instagram through Instaport

Today I felt like making a digital book of a series of images I had going through instagram called Avedon Plants.  Basically a series of plants, flowers, and the like shot as though Avedon shot them. Fun right!  But before I could even begin, I had an issue that never bugged me until today.  I want my Instagram photos on my computer.  Well is an awesome free solution (through you can donate some dollars to the developer).  All you do is go to their website, here, and login using your instagram credentials.  Then decide if you want them to you to your facebook/flickr, or download them as a zip.  I have thousands of instagram images and it took less than 5 minutes to bring those stranded pups home.  Highly recommend it! KPF - Keep Photography Fun


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Printed Project: Joaquim Paiva Portfolio

“The negative is the score, and the print the performance.” - Ansel Adams I recently completed printing an edition of 24 images, 50cm x50cm, prints for longtime photographer and artist Joaquim Paiva.  I'm honored to have taken the project from scan, to retouch, to color correct, to print. He is very pleased with the digital representation and output of this great work.  To see more of his work, visit his site at:



Featured Photographer: Louis Faurer


Louis Faurer (1916-2001) was by trade, a fashion photographer for known publications like Bazaar, Vogue, and many others.  However, his love and passion was doing street photography in the New York City streets.  His work is very real, and makes you feel like your on the pavement in the 40's next to him, but is also very beautiful, dark tinged, and surreal.  Despite creating remarkable imagery and being friends with Robert Frank, and even working as his printer for a while, Faurer was never well known in the fine art community.  Here are some of my favorites, his book is still available  for those interested, Purchase Book, and an example of his fashion work.

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Class Completed: Digital Negative to Silver Gelatin

Just finished teaching a group of enthusiastic students how to take their digital images and print them as traditional darkroom silver gelatin prints.  It was a lot of fun! It will be offered again at Rayko Photo Center, San Francisco.  Look out for it!  On a related note, I am now working on a compensation curve that will allow crazy people like me to print Mural Size silver gelatin prints from low res digital capture or really dense negs. Currently trouble shooting it with Luis Mendoza (his image below). Oh possibilities.