Category Archives: Do-it-yourself

Enter Your Photobook, Win $25,000!

One of the coolest new products available for those of us who like to share our photographs is the photobook.  Instead of keeping our prints loose in an album, we can self-publish our work, add text , graphics and special effects, and have the whole thing  hard or softbound.  And for very reasonable prices, I might add, especially compared to what a one-off kind of project would have cost ten or so years ago.

A page from 2010 Photography Book Now winning photobook by Judith Stenneken

Well, one of the largest British photobook publishers, Photography Book Now,  has a contest for photographers around the world for Best Photobook.  There are four categories – Fine Art, Documentary, Travel and Student.  First prize is a whopping $25,000!  If you are seeing three zeros after the “25”, you are reading  with good comprehension skills!  If you enjoy creating photobooks, or have been thinking about getting started with one, now might be a good time to take action.  Entries are open until July 14th, 2011.  More info here.

Happy World Pinhole Photography Week!

What do Leonardo Da Vinci, Roger Bacon, and Matthew Broderick all have in common?  They all used the Camera Obscura to help them in their careers, that’s what. In 13th-century England,  Roger Bacon  described the use of a camera obscura for the safe observation of solar eclipses.  Leonardo Da Vinci (1452–1519 AD) described camera obscura in Codex Atlanticus as an aid for artistic drawing. And Matthew Broderick put one to even more dramatic use – he used a room-sized one to spy on his girlfriend across the street in the movie Addicted To Love (1997). How cool is that, minions of camera geekiness?

Matthew Broderick and Meg Ryan spying on Matthew's girlfriend

Of course, they took some liberties in the film – the image displayed on the wall of Broderick’s apartment was not upside down, as it would have been in real life. Continue reading