Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Wolf Mountain

This one is dedicated to my sister, Katrina. Her life-long love of wolves has rubbed off on my daughter, Maya.

Wolf Mountain from Sam Price-Waldman on Vimeo.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Discovery & Risk-Taking: Spring Break in Pagosa Springs

Lately I've been talking a lot about discovery and risk-taking. So over spring break, I figured I'd put it into action. Using my daughter's Holga camera has been really exciting for me since I gave it to her for Christmas. It's been years and years since I've used one regularly, and now I'm really enjoying it again.

What does a Holga have to do with discovery and risk-taking? Well, I'm glad you asked! The magic of film is one you should find for yourself. Taking an image, winding the film to the next frame, and taking another. Trying new angles. Experimenting with multiple exposures. Giving a go at movement. Focusing on something that fascinates you. Then packing that film up in it's little light proof container and dropping it off at the photography shop. Waiting and anticipating the results for a week! When you pick the film up, it's like your birthday! The glee of seeing images you took so long ago.

Experimenting with different kinds of films also offers opportunities for discovery. I've played around with Rollie film, Infrared Black and White, 3200 ISO (as opposed to the lower ISO film I usually use), 400 Portra Color, and "regular" black and white film. The types of film you try will vary in grain, contrast, and color variations.

Note that when you shoot with the Holga, it is a bit slow on the shutter speed. So if you are moving they will be blurry. However, don't let that stop you! We LEARN the rules so we can BREAK them! With intention!

One more thing I would like to mention about shooting with film: it takes a while to master it. You really need to think about the lighting situation and your exposure. You'll get rolls of film back that are over or underexposed. You may be frustrated. But don't give up - remember how resilient you are! Problem-solve and keep trying. That's what I do! I developed six rolls of black and white film, but the only images that I care for are the ones I'm including here. I could give up. But I won't. I love the feel of film, the accidents, the unpredictability of the Holga, the grain, the movement. The magic.

You should try Holga film too. We have three Holga cameras at school for you to check out. I'm happy to show you how to use them. You'll love it!

All images are copyrighted by Melanie Rapp & Artiste Photography ` 2016

All images are copyrighted by Melanie Rapp & Artiste Photography ` 2016

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Things that make you go mmm... Food Photography!

Is that really ice cream? Or lard and food coloring? Find out all the tips and tricks of food photographers. NPR Article

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Small Models - Big Imagination

Wow! Watch Felix Hernandez work his magic! When Scott McCormick visited, one of the things he talked about was "making it yourself". I love that this photographer does just that.

See the full article here:

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Katie Rodgers - Fashion Design

My daughter loves creating things and this summer she had so much fun at Fashion Camp. If you are as interested in fashion design as much as she is, you may enjoy this article.

One Day in Berlin. Motion Timelapse.

One Day in Berlin. Motion Timelapse. from photohod on Vimeo.

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

I don't see any leprechauns or rainbows in these 120 year old photos of Ireland (tee hee) but they are still amazing! Make sure you wear your green today!

The full article, with all the photos, can be found here.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Student Work!

I'm so proud of term three students' ability to take risks and experiment! Students were transferring images onto wood, sculptures, canvas, CDs, rocks, and more. Photo I kids dipped into the photo transfer projects as well as checking out the Holga camera to take some black and white shots. I love the ethereal quality of the Holga photos. It's a perfect example of how we learn the rules and technical skills, so we can break them and create unique imagery. More examples on previous posts about student work...

Making of a Scott McCormick Album Cover!

Watch the magic! The hard work! The genius!

The Making of 'Among The Rubble' Album Cover

It's #TuesdayTeaser time y'all! Since we posted the album cover yesterday, we thought we'd share this amazing video our friend Scott McCormick, of McCormick Photos & Design, LLC put together. It's a behind the scenes peak at all the work that went into making our beautiful album cover!If there are any music buddies out there getting ready to start working on their cover art, I highly recommend this fine gentleman! Check out more of his work at

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