So, What’s In A Print?

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It occurred to me recently that many “new” photographers are greatly undervaluing their prints.

Now, it may be that the quality of materials and processes are lacking, or that they are selling open editions (no limit to quantity), but I think I know the most harmful culprit.  I believe the market is being set by people that may not fully understand what goes in to the production of a great print.

So, I had the idea to shoot an entertaining and factual video that follows a photographer (me… surprise, surprise) from start to finish, including what it takes to capture a photograph worthy of printing and selling.  Then, of course, the less-than-glamorous process of locking oneself in the isolation of the digital darkroom to fully realize the original intent of the image.  And so on.  I’m sure you get it, but I really do hope to create a visually compelling story of the birth of a great photographic print.

I aim to do this for all of us.  All of us photographers out there that sometimes struggle with how to price our work.  All of us that struggle with a largely uninformed public as to what we actually do.  “You just bought a nice digital camera and go take pretty pictures, right?”  Or my favorite… “You are just better at photoshop than most, so you can make really cool pictures.”

I have a trip to Wyoming coming up in October that I hope/ trust will be the perfect backdrop for this short film.  I hope to have it ready just in time for Christmas…

Please feel free to comment and let me know what I need to be sure to convey through this video.

~ andrew


 
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Forgetting The Bottom-Line

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Lily Lawa Isaac learned how to treat customers with a smile and a clean space in the market. It’s why her customers chose to buy her vegetables and why they keep coming back. She can now provide for her children.

Being a small business owner, I am often all too aware of the bottom-line.  It makes sense.

I am an artists and I love what I do, but I still have to feed my family, right?

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“Little Scovia” is the next generation of South Sudanese that is growing up in the world’s newest country that is falling deeper and deeper into another civil war. She collects water bottles every day to help the rest of her family.

But sometimes, it is important that we  forget the bottom line and support a cause we believe in.

I am thankful that I crossed paths with Seed Effect a few years ago… because they have become like family to me.  Okay, they are literally my family now.

My mother started fundraising for Seed Effect a few years ago, and after a trip to South Sudan last year to shoot for this great organization, Elle became their mobilization coordinator.  But more than my family having intimate involvement, I believe in what Seed Effect is doing for the least in South Sudan.

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Elle and I in Nimule, South Sudan on our first journey to the country in 2013. We are so excited to be going back!

We are returning to gather more compelling stories and photos in August, and I would appreciate your help, so we can provide low/ no cost work for Seed Effect.  What that means is that they can put more money into loans for the South Sudanese, instead of into our expenses.

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Douglas is the son of an early Seed Effect client. He is currently at University because of the amazing hard work of his mother and her successful store. Douglas is a perfect picture of how Seed Effect is giving people the opportunity to break the cycle of poverty in South Sudan.

If you have a cause to support with your time, I would encourage you to forget your bottom-line at times and serve.  It will bless others and your own soul.

But if you don’t have a way to serve… please consider giving generously to Seed Effect and our trip.

Your support will have great reach and make a huge impact.  It will help us to continue to tell the stories of people in need of a hand up, not a hand out.

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More than providing a hand up out of poverty, Seed Effect offers the richness of the gospel to the impoverished soul.

Thank you for considering supporting Seed Effect and the people of South Sudan!
 
~ andrew
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If you are interested in learning more about photography, taking your art to a new level please check out my new workshop dates:
 
Destination Photo Tours/ Workshops 2014
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Tandem Stills + Motion // andrew r. slaton
 
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The Dynamic Cityscape

Shooting cityscapes is not unlike photographing natural landscapes.

The main difference is that your city landscape has light elements not seen in nature.

This creates incredibly dynamic compositions.  But often, you must start a little earlier in the morning, or stay a bit later than you might in the wild.

While on assignment scouting shots for a client in my hometown of Dallas recently, I was reminded of this.

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Scouting is key… and don’t be afraid to show up really early, and stay later than you’d want.  Dinner may get cold, but the perfect balance in exposure of sky and city lights is a delicate matter.

Happy shooting!

~ andrew


 
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Tandem Stills + Motion // andrew r. slaton
 
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Travel as Art

A man said Why,

why does traveling

in cars and in trains make him feel sad,

a beautiful sadness.

I’ve felt this before.

It’s the people in the cities

you’ll never know,

it is everything you pass by,

wondering

will you ever

return.

~ The Innocence Mission, Song About Traveling

 

 
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Woman On A Bus, Durango, Mexico, 2014
 

 
If you are interested in learning more about photography, taking your art to a new level please check out my new workshop dates:
 
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Finding Art in the Everyday

To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event.
~ Henri Cartier-Bresson

There is undoubtedly an artful rhythm to life.  And at times, we as artists slow down long enough to tap into this oft elusive cadence.

It’s a practice in patience and awareness.  But the beauty of photography is that we can express ourselves through these musical moments by capturing and sharing them.  The trick is, however, to be present and a part of the symphony… and not merely a spectator or a thief.

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Henri Cartier-Bresson was a master at capturing the “decisive moment”.  And I’ve always admired his work and ability to stay connected to the artful rhythm.

Whether shooting exotic animals and pristine landscapes in far off lands, or your niece and nephews at a pool in the suburbs, this metered, musical  thread persists.   It’s our calling as photographers and artists to connect with it and create.  It’s our connection to a masterfully creative God.   And, dare I say, it’s sometimes our only significant means of contributing to the joy of others.

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Moments come and go.  We have the gift of capturing and sharing these myriad artful events.

It gives me great pleasure and peace when I remember this.  And I hope it does you too.

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How do you tap into the artful rhythm?

— andrew

 The photograph itself doesn’t interest me. I want only to capture a minute part of reality.

~ Henri Cartier-Bresson


 
If you are interested in learning more about photography, taking your art to a new level please check out my new workshop dates:
 
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Tandem Stills + Motion // andrew r. slaton
 
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Silence, In Black and White

When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs.  When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.”  ~ Ansel Adams

 
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Storm and Colorado River, South Rim, Grand Canyon NP, AZ, 2014
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If you are interested in learning more about photography, taking your art to a new level please check out my new workshop dates:
 
Destination Photo Tours/ Workshops 2014
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Welcome To The New

I had a new design concept for my workshops and the new site last week… and on a wild hair, I completely redid my slatonworkshops.com website in just a few days.  And I absolutely love it.  I hope you do too.

My goal with this new site is to try to give back more than I’m asking of people.  It’s a new way of approaching things, but I feel really good about it.

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For each exciting destination, the viewer is greeted with an iconic shot that sets the scene for the workshop.

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Come on… don’t be shy.  Check them out… you know you want to!

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And just so it’s worth everyone’s time, I added a few limited time discounts to celebrate the launch!

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I’ve even created a customizable Private Destination Workshop adventure.  An affordable, one-on-one dream workshop… anywhere in the world!

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There’s  a really cool “Resources” section that I’m very excited about.  I give a ton of great info on it already, and plan to keep posting more and more.

I hope to continue to build a marketplace of ideas for like minded people who love nature and photography, and desire to get out and do!

Will you join me?

— andrew

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If you are interested in learning more about photography, taking your art to a new level please check out my new workshop dates:
 
Grand Teton Photographic Tour/ Workshops 2014
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If you are interested in licensing any of the images/ video from this post, please visit my stock agency:
 
Tandem Stills + Motion // andrew r. slaton
 
If you are interested in purchasing prints from this post, please check my prints for sale, or email me directly for a custom request:
 
andrew r. slaton // photographer // prints
 
For assignment work requests, please email me: andrew@andrewslatonphoto.com
 
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