photography, travel

Telluride // Fall Color

The timing was pretty close to perfect for this year’s Telluride Photo Fest.

Colors were in full force in the southern San Juans of Colorado.

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It was my first Fall in Telluride… and I have to say, it was pretty epic. ¬†I only wish I had more time to actually shoot. ¬†I was in meetings almost the entire week. ¬†So next time, I will be heading up there just a few days earlier….

~ andrew


 
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photography, random thought, travel

Telluride // What I learned…

The biggest take-away for me from this year’s Telluride Photo Festival was… drumroll please….

….Shoot for yourself. ¬†Not what you think editors/ agencies/ clients want… just keep shooting the way you see the world.

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Sounds pretty basic, right? ¬†Well if you’re a full time professional photographer, trying to support¬†your family, this basic concept can get lost. ¬†Super lost.

It’s easy to go out and copy the style of the day… what’s running in the magazines and advertisements. ¬†That takes technical expertise, but not talent or creativity. ¬†And we as artists can get lost in the game of chasing trends and dollars.

That’s not to say that you aren’t going to need to adjust and grow and learn. ¬†Don’t get me wrong. ¬†And it also doesn’t mean that aren’t going to be assignments that require us to set aside our agendas and opinions to get the job done the way the client needs it.

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I think the point here is that we as artists are unique. ¬†In fact, often the only thing that sets us apart from the bajilliun other “photographers” out there is our eye’s particular way of seeing and interpreting our world. ¬†So what I’m saying is, don’t lose that.

It’s not a narcissistic rejection of everyone/ everything else. ¬†Selfish pursuit of personal fulfillment. ¬†No, quite the contrary.

You get hired for your distinct and unique perspective.  What really becomes difficult now is incorporating your style, your eye into what your client/ editor needs.

And this is what I tried to shift my focus to over the last five weeks on the road.

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As I mentioned in The Active Landscape post, it’s good for us to push ourselves, grow, and even adapt to the market. ¬†But what good does it do if we lose our personal vision and style in the process. ¬†Spoiler alert… it doesn’t.

Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.  ~ Jonathan Swift

So keep growing, learning, and challenging the way you see, but don’t lose that which makes you unique! ¬†No one else sees the world the way you do.

~ andrew


 
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city, education, photography

Blue Hour Teaser // Fair Day

If you hang around photographers long enough, you’re bound to hear myriad gushing tales about the “golden hour”. ¬†And it is great.

But what you don’t hear as often, and I’m not sure why, is the blue hour.

It’s the period of time after which the sun has gone down and real darkness of night sets in. ¬†And it is truly magical. ¬†As a side note… it’s also commonly called “the magic hour.” ¬†Go figure.

So Elle and I, like many Texans, have an annual tradition of spending a day at the famed State Fair of Texas. ¬†And when the sun goes down, it is one of the best places to explore and photograph this fantastic time of day…

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So it gave me the idea to do an entire post on all things “blue hour”. ¬†And since I’m spending the month in the Rockies, I’m working on¬†putting together something informative and beautiful…. check back soon!

~ andrew

 


 
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film, photography

Hummingbirds. By Remote Control

~ andrew

Music: Parlours Liars


 
Take your photography¬†to a new level…¬†check out my new workshop dates:
 
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digital darkroom, instructional, photography, workshop

Remastering An Old Favorite // Lightroom Tutorial

I’d like to think my style has changed… become more refined over the years. ¬†So I wanted to show how I process my images now.

And what better way than working with an old favorite that needed a little “remastering”?

I hope this Adobe Lightroom 5 tutorial is helpful… please feel free to let me know in the comments, and tell me what else you’d like to see.

~ andrew


 
Take your photography¬†to a new level…¬†check out my new workshop dates:
 
Grand Teton Photographic Tour/ Workshops 2014
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Tandem Stills + Motion // andrew r. slaton
 
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