Project 366: Week 8

Hard to believe it’s already been eight weeks! The photos keep coming. Let us know which ones are you favorite or what you’d like to see us take pictures of in week 9.

February 19, 2012

Tape Ribbon by Jen Gallardo

Flip Eye by Anthony J. Merced

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10 Facts About this Sunday’s Academy Awards That You May Not Know

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The Academy Awards are this Sunday. For those in the movie business, its the equivalent of Super Bowl Sunday. This year is especially unique due to the strange circumstances surrounding the nominees in each of the categories. Here are 10 facts you may not have known about the 2012 Academy Awards and why it’ll be worth watching:

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Color My World…Or Not

Kodak, the company once synonymous with the word “camera”, has fallen on hard times. For a myriad of reasons (inability to compete in the digital sphere being a major one), the company has filed for bankruptcy protection.  While Kodak has become something of a dinosaur, they were perhaps most influential for their introduction of modern color film and prints in the 1930s and 40s.  By the 1980’s, color film had pretty much dominated the market; very similar to how digital has quickly overtaken film in mass market today.

Modern Art colors by Jen Gallardo

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Project 366: Week 7

While the winter months press on, so too does our Project 366.  Take a look at our shots from the past week and let us know what you think.

February 12, 2012

Lily by Laptop Light by Jen Gallardo

The Hanging Crane by Anthony J. Merced

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Cameras Are Fragile Things: Learn From Me and Take Care of Them!

Protective Gear by Anthony J. Merced

Technology has taken photography to new levels, allowing for cheaper methods of learning the fine craft of sculpting an image with light. What once was a finite number of frames that didn’t allow for quick viewing has turned into an almost limitless capacity that can help with a young photographers confidence. With all of this said, one thing technology has not improved on is just how fragile all of this equipment really is. Old demons such as dust and wear and tear are still very much a nuisance to photographers of all skill levels. This isn’t a post that is meant to complain about how cameras are built. Instead, this is simply a call to photographers not to take their camera care for granted.

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Project 366: Week 6

Disaster struck Anthony’s equipment this week but that didn’t stop Project 366 from continuing! Let us know what you think of the iPhone photography that replaced the Nikon D50 shots this week.

February 5, 2012

Pickle Fritters by Jen Gallardo

Death of a Nikon by Anthony J. Merced

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Fashion Photography: Past and Present

Today is the beginning of Fashion Week here in New York City where prominent and upcoming clothing designers alike come together to debut their Fall 2012 collections.  While fashion editors and celebrities get a front row seat to the shows, the rest of us have to rely on relayed information; normally in the form of photos from various fashion magazines like Vogue or Harper’s Bazaar or industry periodicals such as Women’s Wear Daily for a more immediate account of the action.  The photos must give us a sense of how the clothes may move on a runway (or “realway” — in real life if one were to purchase the garment) and even some insight into the celebrities that follow a given designer.  As such, photography has always been very much intertwined in the fashion world.

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Project 366: Week 5

Wow! Five weeks already. 2012 is moving by quickly. Here is another set of photos from Merlardo Productions. Let us know which one is your favorite.

January 29, 2012

Child's Play by Jen Gallardo

Traffic Laws by Anthony J. Merced

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From the Depths…of Field

Yesterday I attended a workshop at Adorama, a very popular photo and video supply store here in New York City, on the quality of light. The workshop was led by Cliff Mautner, a photojournalist turned wedding photographer who has a very unique, distinct style. Among the many topics covered was depth of field which is a pretty interesting topic and one that many folks may not understand.

Depth of field refers to the amount of stuff, for lack of a better word, that is in focus in a given frame. If there is a lot of blur and only a small part of the frame in focus, that’s called shallow depth of field. The opposite, where almost everything in the frame looks sharp, is called deep focus. Personally, I think this concept is better illustrated by photo examples.

The following photos all illustrate a shallow depth of field:

Shiny Shiny by Jen Gallardo

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Merlardo Productions Presents: Last Call

This is it! It took 6 months of hard work to create Merlardo Productions’ first short film. Special thanks to the cast (Lianne Marie Dobbs & Tali Custer) and the crew (Jen Gallardo, Cassidy Burns & Jennifer McFann) for not only making the film possible but also for making it a truly enjoyable experience. Please leave a comment and let us know what you think. Continue reading