Special Shout out to everyone that came out to the last meeting of the 2016-2017 year! That's to everyone that came out to make this night a lot of fun!
Ever think to yourself… I wished I lived in a more photographic place (I’m looking at you Kansas and Missouri)? Who knew, the great plains prairie (you know that place with tall grasses and forseably nothing else) is actually quite a vibrant, lively photographic backdrop!
Missouri Conservation Photographer Noppadol Paothong spoke with us on his "works in progress." He continually reinvents his photography of the prairie. From the giant mammals (bison, deer, bears and elk), to all sorts of prairie fowl, bugs and beyond Noppadol showed us that we are never far from a image capturing oprotunity! I highly suggest taking a moment to checkout his book
With conservation photography comes patience. It’s a waiting game! Noppadol uses a photography blind to capture his images. He sets it up where he knows the animals will eventually come, and well…. waits.
I’m personally excited to grow native plants, to attract the wildlife, in my yard! Especially milkweed for the monarch butterflies!! Monarchs can’t survive without milkweed, their eggs are laid on milkweed, and it is the only plant monarch caterpillars eat! If you plan on joining me in creating your own conservation/photography garden, you need to include milkweed and variety of nectar plants; that have staggered bloom times. This way your garden will be both beautiful all year long, and a food source to all those tiny writers
Get a move on….go out and enjoy your “own backyard.”
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What if someone said they were gonna teach you about tax laws, intellectual property laws, and contracts… Snooze right? Well you would be wrong! Craig Heidemann a photographer and attorney came to speak with us this past Monday. Craig made law interesting. He kept everyone engaged, and I personally came away with a lot of new found knowledge.
Tax laws, I learned a lot... but don't want to miss quote anything. The largest take away on taxes, is get an accountant/cpa to help navigate these waters. If you don’t have one, do yourself a favor and get one!!
Taxes are something we should all get help with.
Contracts…. cover yourself, cover yourself, cover yourself. Clearly state expectations, deadlines, quality and consequences. Craig says “if it involves more money than you can light on fire, then you need a contract!”
Copyrights… while all of your work, once created, is copyrighted…. you really need to register your copyrights to have protection! Once registered, your copyright has teeth! Then if infringed upon your work is considerably more valuable.
If you missed Craig’s class, you missed out!! In the future, if you ever have a chance to see him in action, take it! I promise, you won’t regret it!
Copyright Registration: https://www.uspto.gov/
Image Infringement Check: http://tineye.com/
Brian DeMint never fails to amaze!! I’ve seen him speak a handful of times, and he is still one of my must sees!!
I love photography…. I love the craft of it!! I love having the knowledge of how to step into any lighting situation and knowing what to do. I strongly believe if you are a photographer, you should know how your ISO, shutter speed and aperture all work together. Whether it is my camera, my speed lights, or another piece of my fantastic equipment…. Manual settings are always the way to go (except for focus, that’s an auto thing).
Brian DeMint, throws all of my preconceived concepts of photography out the window, and I love it!! Brian comes from a fine art background, but rocks the fashion photography world!! With his minimalistic amount of photography equipment (his lighting being shop lights he picked up at Wal-mart), and his dollar store props, he creates images I could only dream of.
Brian pulls from the elements of art to create his high fashion images. These elements are: color, form, line, shape, space, texture and value. Fine artists, not only from the past, but also from the present, influence him. His knowledge of studio lighting comes from his art-history/painting background… and I’m pretty sure he is better at it than I am (I need to step up my game: http://digital-photography-school.com/6-portrait-lighting-patterns-every-photographer-should-know/)
I love that with Brian’s, self-expressed, limited knowledge of photography he can make images the rest of us strive to compete with!! I’m not sure anyone else could hold my attention, or could pull off what he does, but the man himself! Thanks, Brian, for imparting your in-depth fine art knowledge with us…. And for going through the actual working steps of how you create your images.
Let Brian DeMint inspire you: https://www.facebook.com/brian.demint?fref=ts
View some of the images from what Brian shot with us!
Welcome to the official blog for PPAGKC! We will be posting updates here about our meetings as well some upcoming events that we want to share with everyone!