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Sep 3, 2014
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If you would like to nominate someone please visit our site. It might just end up making their day! #photogroupatx (at photogroup)

If you would like to nominate someone please visit our site. It might just end up making their day! #photogroupatx (at photogroup)


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May 15, 2014
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May 5, 2014
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Your 1st Camera

On April 1st we sent out a request to hear the story of photographer’s first camera. Here are some responses so far. Thanks everyone!

Photographer: Amanda Quintenz-Fiedler

Website: www.amandaquintenz.com

Location: San Diego

First Camera: Polaroid

Film or Digital: Instant Film

The Story: After borrowing my father’s Minolta one too many times on family vacations, he decided to get me a Polaroid Sun600 LMS for Christmas. I think the intention was to get me less interested in his camera, which it did, but it also got me so incredibly obsessed with photography that I could never let it go. That camera went everywhere with me. It was all black with a flip up lid and flash unit and the awkward orange button on the right side that you had to pull in towards you to take the picture. And then, with all the beautiful magic that was Polaroid, a somewhat hazy, low contrast, often orange tinged gorgeous little artifact would emerge. I would line up my images around me in chronological order from when I took them so that I could check on their development progress. Then there was my sister, throwing me a look, or my dog sniffing anxiously at the device, or my rose bushes clumsily composed and out of focus because I was too close. That camera taught me that photography is life. It taught me that I needed to create these little images, these square memories that would be pasted into scrapbooks, taped to the inside of my locker, or handed out to family and friends. It was my very favorite thing and if I could, I’d still use it every day. The Impossible Project has brought back the film, but my parents long ago tossed the body. And I still feel a hole for it, like when you crave your grandmother’s apple pie but you just can’t get the recipe right. It was soul food for my childhood and adolescence. It started the craving for photography. I still have a weakness for instant images and square crops.

Photographer: Kirk Weddle

Website: www.kirkweddle.com

Location: Austin, TX

First Camera: Kodak Brownie Fiesta                     

Film or Digital: You kidding me…

The Story: My mom gave it to me when I was 6. I never shot a decent picture with that thing. I keep it cause my names on it with school label maker. Looks kind a cool. Did a lot with an Olympus 0M1 when I was in college, that was a hot little camera

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Photographer: Todd Langkamp

Website: TLangkamp@gmail.com

Location: Austin, TX

First Camera: Minolta                     

Film or Digital: 35mm film

The Story: When I was very young I often got in trouble for playing with my mom’s 35mm, especially when I didn’t know there was film in it. As I got a bit older I learned how to use it properly and began taking photos more often. Most of the time they weren’t any good but I enjoyed myself. I took classes in high school and my skills progressed. When I went off to college I majored in photography. About a week before I left, my mom gave me the camera that she had used since the 70’s and that I had used for as far back as I can remember.

Photographer: AJ Brown

Website: www.ajbrownimaging.com

Location: Illinois

First Camera: Pentax k1000                     

Film or Digital: Film

The Story: I grew up looking at and admiring the pictures of hot air balloons, windmills, and abandoned barns on my grandparents walls. My grandpa had taken all these pictures with his Pentax K1000. My father and grandfather would often go on hikes taking pictures throughout the Midwest. When I first showed an interest in photography my Grandpa Bill gave me his K1000 and a 50mm lens. I used this camera for the first several years, exploring exposures and natural lighting situations. I would often take my images to my grandfather for him to critique.

This camera means the world to me because my Grandpa Bill has passed on now. He is the reason I do what I love for a living. He is a constant inspiration for me and my photography. I have a tattoo of my first camera on my arm with the word grandpa inscribed on the strap. My wife and I had our first child about 6 weeks ago and named him William after his great grandpa. 

The story of my first camera is extremely dear to me. 
Long live film!

Cheers, AJ Brown

Photographer: Nino Batista

Website: www.ninobatista.com

Location: Houston, TX

First Camera: Canon             

Film or Digital: Digital

The Story: So this is all a little weird. Ok, I grew up with photography thanks to my father, a professional photographer since 1972. Because of that, I experienced his Mamiyas, Bronicas and Canons all my life. Not to mention all the studio stuff (Novatrons, etc). I learned enough using those to be dangerous. Haha! In the mid 1990’s, during my short foray into the corporate world (PR dept doing graphics and photography) I was given a Nikon N70 as I recall - used it for a couple of years then I left that job.

After a few years of not fiddling with photography, but still tooling around with my dad’s AE-1 & Bronica kits, I found out my dad bought a Canon PowerShot Pro90 to play with. I did a little bit of noodling on that early consumer digital, then my dad bought a 10D and eventually a 5DmkI. That got me interested again and eventually I bought a Rebel XS in the mid 2000’s. I then upgraded to a 7D and have been with it ever since.

Photographer: Kailey Flynn

Website: www.kaileyflynnphotography.com

Location: Southern California

First Camera: Canon            

Film or Digital: Film

The Story: My first camera was a Canon EOS Rebel K2 that was handed down to me from my family when I signed up for my first black and white film class in college. I still use it to this day when I shoot film!

Photographer: Adrian Whipp

Website: www.lumieretintype.com

Location: Austin, TX

First Camera: Canon            

Film or Digital: Film

The Story: It was my Dad’s - a Canon SLR - film camera. I’m unsure of the model, but it had a motor drive and interchangeable lenses. I was pretty captivated by it. He had bought it as an upgrade from the usual compacts and disposables that we normally owned as a family. I’m sure he was pretty excited about his purchase, but once I read the manual and figured out the basics - he didn’t see much of it after that.

Photographer: Larry Fink

Website: http://www.larryfinkphotography.com/

Location: Pennsylvania

First Camera: Brownie Hawkeye             

Film or Digital: Fim

The Story: 620 film. A black box and absolutely terrible but perfect for me at the age of 13.

Photographer: Ashley Genevieve

Website: www.ashleyfoto.com/index2.php

Location: Everywhere 

First Camera: Nikon             

Film or Digital: Fim

The Story: Mom always carried this ancient FE and all it’s heavy lenses in a bag in the trunk that I wasn’t allowed to touch. I was 15 and told her I wanted to try photography JUST to get my hands on it. She threw me a ziplock full of film, the camera with a 25mm f2.8 lens and said “figure it out.” 

We went to Africa that summer and with my first run through came back with about 30 rolls of the most epic images I’ve ever taken… some which actually made it into NatGeo at my amateur age of 16.

Still have her and use her to this day. By far my favorite camera in my collection.

Photographer: Nar Levoni

Website: www.narlevoni.com

Location: San Francisco, CA

First Camera: Kiev 19            

Film or Digital: Film!

The Story: It was my dad’s old camera from Russia and he gave it to me when he noticed I was getting into the creative world. I used it for about 2 years before starting Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara. the camera eventually broke and I wanted to make sure it was still useful…so I turned it into an ashtray. Been using it since!


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Jan 22, 2014
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How To Wednesday with Gourdough’s Public House Beverage Shoot

This was a very interesting and straightforward shoot we did with Gourdough’s Public House last week. The color scheme was requested by the owners and they specifically did not want the typical glassware/cocktail shot. Typical being on a white background or foreground with uniform highlights. 

This was a 3-light setup although the diagram only shows two. The 3rd light was directly above the set shining through a 3’x3’ silk. It provided a nice ambient presence.  The strip box was 135 degrees camera left and a small v-flat was used to bounce light back to the right side of the subject. To learn how to build a v-flat see previous post. The background light had a background reflector and 3/4 CTO gel as a modifiers. 

Happy Shooting!


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Jan 21, 2014
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Meet Giulio Sciorio, a Panasonic Lumix Luminary and Photogroup Member. His insights into today’s photographic market are not only inspirational but educational. Please share.


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Jan 17, 2014
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Jan 16, 2014
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Jan 15, 2014
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In a Creative Slump?

Once a colleague of mine told me that there are only two types of photography. One being a problem assigned to you by a client and the other being a problem you assign to yourself. I thought that was very intuitive. I know most of us don’t consider photographs problems, but in a way they are. Your vision sees an image and it is your job to use the tools around you to solve the problem. This hopefully results in taking the photograph that you saw in your mind.

We’ve all been in a creative drought before and an old teacher of mine put me through this exercise long ago (see below). It helped me out and maybe it will you. This is a unique way to assign yourself a problem :) and hopefully break back into your creative mode. Use this one or make your own. One way to really twist it is to predetermine whether or not you are going to use people/props, etc. Doing so might get you out of your comfort zone.

Feel free to share the resulting images should you participate. More importantly:

What do you do to break out of a creative slump?

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Jan 14, 2014
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Fun day shooting specialty drinks for #gourdoughs. #studiophotography #photogroupatx (at photogroup)

Fun day shooting specialty drinks for #gourdoughs. #studiophotography #photogroupatx (at photogroup)


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Jan 8, 2014
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The V-Flat and the Barn Door Hinge

V-Flat

The v-flat is a very useful tool to have as a photographer. They vary in size depending on what you intend to photograph. Large 4’x8’ v-flats can be very helpful as either a fil card or to bounce light into when shooting people. They an also act as a gobo blocking light from hitting a background, subject, etc.

There are a lot of cool tips and tricks on how to use a v-flat, however we will cover that later down the road. If you are curious just give us a call.

Barn Door Hinge

The barn door hinge was something we found a while back after doing a little research. It is basically a hinge that allows the v-flat to swing both ways. After building our fist white on black v-flat using traditional taping methods (down the seam) we noticed significant stress on the foam core itself. After all, it needs to open and close in both directions. The barn door hinge relieves that.

How to Build a V-Flat using a Barn Door Hinge

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Basic Supplies. For demonstration purposes we used two smaller pieces of foam core. We were building a white on white v-flat here so we chose to use white tape. If you were building a white on black v-flat (see last picture) you could use white and black gaffer tape.

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Take one piece of tape and flip it over. You are going to overlap a small section of the two pieces of tape so that they become one piece together.

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Next you will adhere one piece of foam core to the other by taping them together. The above photograph shows where the two boards meet being free of adhesion because the tape overlaps. Tape one side and then the other. It’s an over/under at the seam.

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We are doing two barn door hinges at the bottom and two at the top for this v-flat.

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The back side of the foam core.

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If you are putting together a larger v-flat, you might want to add a third hinge on the top and bottom.

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Here it is. It now will swing freely and allow you to set it at any angle very easily. This method saves tape and lasts much longer than just running tape down the seam on both sides.

You now have a very affordable and effective light modifier and shaper. 

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This is a 4’x8’ v-flat and is one of our most used items here at the studio. However, they are very effective on location or out in the field. Just keep an eye on the wind.

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Should your v-flat begin to warp/bend, you can adhere a 1”x2”x8’ board to the black side of it. Use construction grade adhesive, as hot-glue is not strong enough. You can also spray paint the board black if you wish.

Hope this helps and happy shooting. 

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Dec 9, 2013
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The multiple-talented @gsciorio sitting for our first #whiteroominterviews session. Thanks guys for all the help! Can’t wait to see the edit!#smallcamerabigpicture #photogroupatx #kinoflo  (at photogroup)

The multiple-talented @gsciorio sitting for our first #whiteroominterviews session. Thanks guys for all the help! Can’t wait to see the edit!#smallcamerabigpicture #photogroupatx #kinoflo (at photogroup)


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Dec 9, 2013
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Professional photographer Nino Batista will be teaching a 2 day glamour workshop at Photogroup Austin in March of 2014. Register here!

Professional photographer Nino Batista will be teaching a 2 day glamour workshop at Photogroup Austin in March of 2014. Register here!


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Nov 21, 2013
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This was shot using a device called the HoseMaster. If you like light painting this device will blow you away. Check out our FB page to see the technique. @raubyn @lazilla you guys made some great images today! (at photogroup)

This was shot using a device called the HoseMaster. If you like light painting this device will blow you away. Check out our FB page to see the technique. @raubyn @lazilla you guys made some great images today! (at photogroup)


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Nov 19, 2013
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Nov 16, 2013
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Photogroup Goodies now available. These shirts are American Made and every graphic artist is paid for each and every usage. That’s the right way to do it!                Visit www.photogroupaustin.com to learn more.  (at photogroup)

Photogroup Goodies now available. These shirts are American Made and every graphic artist is paid for each and every usage. That’s the right way to do it! Visit www.photogroupaustin.com to learn more. (at photogroup)