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New Seminar Series – Hybrid 101 with Robby D

Hey everyone,

This is just a quick announcement – this Sunday (February 9th) the hybrid hero team over at HybridPHOTO.pro and I are launching a new series called Hybrid 101 with Robby D (that’s me). You’ve heard me talk a lot on the show about hybrid photography and this new series is to introduce all photographers, regardless of previous skill or experience, to the photographic realm of hybrid photography.

This Sunday we’re actually holding two seminars. The first is Transitioning to Hybrid and the second one is Continuous Lighting: Hybrid Photography With a Single Light.

Join us in person and pay $29 for both seminars (going forward, they’ll be $29 each) which includes hands-on practice afterward and the Q&A sessions at Hausertown Studio:

319 North Western Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612-2201

Or watch the free stream at HybridLIVE. pro

Hybrid 101: TWO Programs. Free Live Stream or $20 View Later in HD from CrockettCo Technology on Vimeo.

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When Will 3D Photography Become Common? Episode 56

We’ve been on a pretty good tear, lately. Awesome topics and disagreements among the hosts. Some of our best shows ever! And, we think, today is no exception. Rick is the one behind tonight’s topic and he asks a simple question: will (or when) will 3D photography become common? And we get off onto a discussion about what’s causing the delay in the adoption of it. Is it the lack of technology? The lack of standards? The cost? The inability to use 3D filming to enhance the story instead of being the story? The fact that the porn industry hasn’t adopted it yet?

3D photograph

© Frank DeFreitas, used under Creative Commons Licensing

For over a century, we’ve understood how the mind process visual information to create the 3D effect. But the technologies that have been used to create it or to consume it has changed. But we still have to have some sort of gear in order to “see” it. Whether it’s paper glasses with the red and green lenses, lenticular lenses, etc., we still have to wear something or use a bulky piece of gear to experience 3D. But, possibly, we may have the answer in Google Glass. Sure, you’re going to look like a complete frickin’ dork wearing them, but if they can create a 3D HUD (heads up display), we may finally have a practical piece of 3D equipment that can get us past the tipping point of acceptance. As for being fashionable, if we as a culture accepted polyester leisure suits as fashionable, Google Glass stands a good chance of being considered chic.

What do you think? What would it take for you to fully embrace 3D photography? Does it need to be cheaper? Does it need to have a real purpose to it? Or do you care at all? Let us know in the comments section below, will ya?

Our artist for today is James Cameron. Dude does some crazy stuff, including epic movies like Avatar (designed for 3D, BTW). But it still gets us back to the idea that 3D photography is still about the effect and not the image. Until then, it’s pretty pointless.

Oh, and Celine Dion is the Justin Beaver of Canada (yes, we know it’s Bieber, so you have to listen to get the joke).

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Is That Your Style or Are You In a Rut? Episode 52

StyleStyle? Or a Rut?

Style – it’s a word we use on a regular basis to describe our artistry. hell, even in our previous shows we’ve talked about how important it is to have a definitive style in photography. But, can that style become a crutch for never evolving? Can we get stuck in our own artistic rut and happily… ignorantly continue on while thinking we’re just maintaining our “style”?

That’s the topic for this episode and even the three of us have a hard time figuring  it out. And do we even answer the two critical questions: how do we identify when we’re stuck and how do we power through it?

Whatever. How about you, our intelligent and sober (presumably) listeners weigh in and tell us what you think!

Tonight’s Artists

Taking a good look at a young Canadian director and film maker (who just happens to be related to one of the co-hosts), Miles Jay. Specifically, we’re highlighting a short film he directed called Hollywood and Vines. It’s short (4:30) and constructed entirely with clips from Vine. Pretty awesome and, for those of you who think social media is a passing fad and its impact on visual arts is unimpressive, guess again. Watch the video below.

As for our “other medium” artist? Tony chose (so you know it’s gonna be fucked up) Rockstar Games. Who? The gaming geniuses behind Grand Theft Auto 5. Seriously, it’s a pretty amazing game! Check out this review.

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My Work is So Great, So Great Is My Work – Episode 50

We took a different path today and decided to look at our own work. After two years (almost) of the podcast, we thought,”what the hell” and talked about the work we have done, where we have come from, and where we think we are going.

It gets a little sugary and supportive – certainly a departure from other podcasts – but we’ll be back next time with our normal crap. But this is a really decent show and gave all three of us an opportunity to look the other guys’ work and talk about it. You can definitely see a progression in the work we’ve done and the artistic vision that we’ve developed since starting Polarizing Images back in September 2011.

Take a look at the stuff below and let us know what you think. C’mon, leave us a comment – you know you want to!

The Work of Others (Our Artists)

Lewis Hine is our photographer of the fortnight. His work for the National Child Labor Committee changed the way the US looked at the use of child labor. He has some of the most iconic works of America’s industrial age. Except, like Rob discovered, some of his most well-known work isn’t actually his. ^#%&# Internet!

FREEBIRD! Yup, Lynyrd Skynyrd (the original group) is our artist. What do we have to say about them? Listen the show, then, dammit!

 

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10 Words Per Podcast, Tequila, and the Alternate Printing Process – Episode #47

We started off really well. No, really we did.

Then it happened. And we’d like to apologize to, well, pretty much everyone: You’ve been listening to Polarizing Images and you guys just…

Topics/bits include: Continue reading »

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When Does the Artistic Outrank the Technical? Episode 46

Artistic? You want artistic? How about Rob opening with the last line of Happy Birthday for Rick’s special day. Although, once you’ve had as many birthdays as Rick has, they’re no longer very special.

Artistic Versus Technical

We’ve had similar conversations before: what’s more important, how do we balance the two, etc. But in tonight’s episode, Continue reading »

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A Retrospect – 1+41=42, Episode 42

Looking Back

Tonight is a different show. Any fool can take a look back at earlier shows when they hit a special milestone but it takes creative and talented fools to do it when there’s no particular reason. And we are, if nothing else, creative and talented fools! So, we took the opportunity this week to do a retrospect. Continue reading »

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Is Software the New Barrier to Entry? PI41

The New Barrier to Entry?

We start off with Rick trying to dial back his (seemingly) hatred of the French but then he turns his attention to the Basque region of Spain. But, hey, he does an Irish friend. If you’re familiar with the other podcasts that Tony is involved in, you’ve gotta be shocked that he is the voice of reason and sanity on Polarizing Images!

And don’t forget the new segment! Send us the Continue reading »

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When Does (or Should) Your Photography Hobby Become a Profession?

Photography: You Ready to Go Pro?

Holy shit, this sucker is one long show. Two freaking hours! Anyway, this show is based on a question that Rick and I (Rob) get on a regular basis. It usually goes something like “I’ve been shooting for a while and  I get lots of positive comments on my photography and now I’d like to start charging. Am I ready?”

Ugh. Continue reading »

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Is It Real or Is It Photoshop – and Who Cares?

Why the Hell is Photoshop So Controversial?

Photoshop: it’s a tool that, for some incredibly stupid reason, seems to be controversial. Some people love it, others hate, but the smart people know that it is just that – a tool to achieve and end-result. But what got us going this week was a comment from someone on Facebook regarding a photograph they had seen, “…wow, is it real or PS?”

C’mon, really? Just because a photograph has been through the Photoshop cycle, it ceases to be real? But that got us thinking – what does it really mean for a photograph to be “real”? Too many people confuse “real” with “realism”. Are Picasso’s works not “real” paintings because they don’t depict realistic subjects? You’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone who would take such a position. So why do we say that about photography and Photoshop? If I create a shallow depth of field through a lens choice that’s okay but if I add blur in Photoshop, then it’s not a real photograph? If I make a bride’s teeth whiter than they really are or, more to the point, than they appear because we’re under incandescent lighting, that’s not a real photograph but if the bride had her teeth whitened by a dentist, that’s okay?

This whole concept of post-production, regardless of the tool that’s used, has to stop. As long as the photographer/artist is trying to achieve an image that they see in their mind’s eye, why the hell should we care – or judge – how it was achieved? And we’re not even touching on the differences between using Photoshop to manually alter an image versus allowing a camera to do it outside of our control!

So, to all of you who believe that Photoshop renders a photograph “fake”, it’s time to allow your photography and creative vision to mature a bit.

 

Artists

Photographers have done post-production long before Photoshop existed

The Surrealist Photography of Kansuke Yamamoto

What about photography before there was Photoshop? Today’s photographer is Kansuke Yamamoto (1914-1987), an early surrealist photographer from Japan. His work included several pieces on film that, today, we would accomplish with Photoshop or other digital imaging tools but, as a film photographer, Yamamoto did his post-production in the darkroom. Are these “real” photographs?

What happens when you let Tony choose the artist? You get a musician! Today we have Captain Beefheart. As long as we’re talking about art being real without requiring realism, the good captain is actually an excellent choice for an artist who inspires. Especially in the realm of surrealism. Let’s let Captain Beefheart have the last laugh today:

[pullquote]“It makes me itch to think of myself as Captain Beefheart. I don’t even have a boat.”[/pullquote]

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