Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Flashes and Flashlights

Much of my night photography


is done by selectively lighting portions of the photograph with handheld electronic flash units and/or flashlights. For flash units I use inexpensive Sunpak and Vivitar flashes. For a flashlight I am currently using a Fenix E21 LED flashlight. It is 150 lumens. Until recently most of my nightwork was done with flash. At present my main source of light is the Fenix E21 LED flashlight.

Other flashlights that look interesting me are

27 Lumens > Fenix E05 R2 $18
100 Lumens > LL Bean $35
140 Lumens > Fenix E15 $30
189 Lumens > Quark Mini 123 R5 $40
630 Lumens > Fenix TK30 $115
700 Lumens > Olight M30 Triton MC-E LED $127
720 Lumens > EagleTac P20C2 MKII $75
1400 Lumens > Light and Motion Seca 1400 $700
1500 Lumens > Olight SR-91 Intimidator $400
3200 Lumens > Acro A3100 HID Rescue Light $409

I have not used any of these, but may try some of them in the future.

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Sunday, April 01, 2012

Selling Photographs As Art

When photography as art was new, it was sold thru galleries to wealthy individuals and occasionally to businesses. It was not collected by museums. In 1937 Edward Weston became the first photographer to receive an art grant. It was a $2000 grant from the Guggenheim Foundation. This is worth about $32,000 in today's dollars.


Receiving a prestigious grant, as well as any other form of public recognition, has always allowed artists , scientists, and other intellectuals to negotiate a higher price with the distributors of their intellectual information.

Galleries remain the principal distributors of photography as art, although they also sell work to museums and corporations today. Grants, books, museum shows and auction sales help what boost the price of photographs.

Books, In themselves, rarely make money, but they do affect print prices. Websites and social networking sites do not yet affect print prices, but they may do so at some point due to their very large audiences.

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Choosing a Computer for Image Editing

I use Macintosh computers for editing my photographs. I believe that Apple products are very reliable and I find the free Apple Store tech support a tremendous assett. I edit all of my photographs in Lightroom. For more complex edits I use Photoshop after doing my initial editing in Lightroom. I only use laptops. I find the processing capability adequate and really like the portability. Current 13" MacBook Pros start at $1400 with 4MB of RAM and a 128MB solid state drive. 128MB is a small internal drive and 4MB of RAM a minimal amount of RAM for image editing. 8MB of RAM, which is $200, is a better option if affordable. Solid state drives make everything go faster than with disk drives, but are more expensive and won't last as long. A good alternative to working with a 128MB internal drive is to keep all photographs on external drives.

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