Craft & Vision: PHOTOGRAPH Vol. 3
Craft & Vision has released the third issue of their quarterly PHOTOGRAPH magazine. Once again, a winner.
In an age of overpriced, ad-laden photography magazines, I continue to be impressed by Craft & Vision's commitment to excellent content, of which you will find 113 ad-free pages in this issue.
This issue kicks off with featured portfolios by Hengki Koentjoro (b&w landscape and travel), Kevin Clark (commercial food) and Dave Delnea (travel). Each collection is followed by a Q&A with the photographer.
Following the visual appetizers, we dig into the verbal meat of the issue beginning with David duChemin's treatise on the importance of taking creative risks. "Safe art is no more inspiring than safe lives or safe stories. The lives that inspire are ones that bear the scars of trying, failing, and trying again. The ones without scars have nothing to offer us. Art will always cost something. If it doesn’t, it’s little more than kitsch," he says. To be successful creatives, we must not be afraid to fail, nor to fall of off walls.
John Paul Caponigro then picks up where he left off the last time, delving once more into the fine art of composing within the frame, discussing point, line, shape, plane and volume.
Younes Bounhar offers up a lengthy piece on tilt shift photography. Tilt shift is a weird world for the uninitiated -- I've only dabbled in it personally, having thus far been unwilling to commit to purchasing the lenses -- but his may be the most comprehensive overview of tilt shift possibilities and techniques that I've yet seen.
Chris Orwig tells of a story of creativity forged in fire. Literally: the story is about a friend who discovered her creative drive and strength only after a catastrophic fire destroyed her home and every photograph she had ever made.
David duChemin posts a second article to share a portrait project from a recent trip to northern Kenya.
In Studio Sketchbook, Kevin Clark discusses using collapsible reflectors in portraiture.
In Before & After, Lightroom guru Piet Van den Eynde discusses creating presets, changing default settings and using vignette controls in Lightroom.
In The Art of the Print, Martin Bailey discusses why we print, and why printing remains important in photography despite continual movement in a digital direction.
Nicole S. Young goes in depth with one of my favorite things, the histogram! I love histograms. If I could find a t-shirt with a histogram, I would totally wear that shirt. I should make that shirt.
Al Smith talks gear. This time around, the Think Tank Lens Changer 3 (I absolutely love Thing Tank bags), the wifi-enabled Eye-fi Card, and the Adonit Jot Touch Stylus for iPad (which he admits is not photo gear, but which he says can be helpful when editing images on the road using an iPad).
Jay Goodrich takes us out with Snow Falling -- an image and a page or words more poetry than education. Not a complaint.
And that, my friends, is PHOTOGRAPH Issue 3. This issue continues the trend of high quality content that Craft & Vision has managed to establish with previous issues and is well worth your valuable time and paltry dollars. If you haven't already subscribed to PHOTOGRAPH, you've got options: