Tuesday, November 22, 2011

An interview with photo pro Ibarionex Perello



Taking photos at a holiday gathering is like cooking a holiday meal – without proper preparation, the end result may prove uncomfortable for all involved.

The digital age has made photography both easier and harder, better and worse than it was before. Better, because now we just snap, print and publish. Worse, because now we just snap, print, and publish. Today, it’s way too easy to publish photos – photos that look over-exposed, under-exposed. And photos that those near and dear, friends and family, might find less than flattering.

Post in haste, repent at leisure.

The digital photography phenomenon has other quagmires ...

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[I took IP's photo class this weekend, and it made all the difference. But you'll just have to trust me on this while I practice.]

22 comments:

  1. I took a class in fine art photoing in school back during the film age. I came away more frustrated with my stuff than when I started. I could never match what I saw others do. Digital is better but I'm yet frustrated. My Perfectionism syndrome Iguess.
    Have fun with your photos and new techniques.

    WV: "eypert", A professional photographer

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  2. A friend of mine took 94 digital pictures of her son playing football and posted all f them on Facebook. This is a downside of the ease of digital cameras. Editing please!

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  3. Well done interview. You asked some good questions. Did you ask him about shooting into the sun? how about the proper angle to shoot a horse from? < that last sentence came out bad.

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  4. PA, that made me flinch. But it makes me wonder why we use the word "shoot" for taking a photo. Nothing's coming out the camera - it's the other way round, light's pouring in. Did the first camera users have to give themselves a macho image?

    Wish I'd gone on the course, but I only use my iPhone camera nowadays, to travel light on my hikes. It's so frustrating when there's spectacular lighting on the mountains and I can't do it justice.

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  5. Bellis, love your thoughts on 'shooting'!
    AH, I feel guilty for the photos I post. Darn...

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  6. Good interview. Good questions. Good writing. You would've been good working at a newspaper!

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  7. Pierre -- Eyper, love it. Perfectionism is something I've never suffered.

    But Tony, you didn't have to look. I like looking through posted photobooks, because you can do it in your own time. I dread, DREAD, going to someone's house and they pull out a 12 inch stack of holiday snaps.

    PA, Shooting into the sun is my signature, as you know. He did give me some advice.

    Bellis, the term "shot" came from the silent days, when the handcranked camera worked like a machine gun. You're welcome.

    BA, don't. You take great dog and desert photos.

    CP, hmmm, now that's a thought.

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  8. Congratulations. They say the first step is to admit you have a problem.

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  9. Good point! However, it doesn't much matter what a person does technically, if they don't have a good eye. There are folks who take amazing photos with the cell phone cameras. No adjustiing up front ande no post processing. Also, in many cases, the camera makes better decisions that the photographer does. It get's more that way with every new camera generation.

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  10. Interesting interview! Sounds like it was an excellent class. Perello is a marvelous photographer!

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  11. PT, IP did say that the modern generation of quickie cameras can do wonderful things in the right hands. I took out my little canon today, and it was a revelation to realize all the setting I had.

    Bandit, we'll seeee.

    Ms M, isn't he, though.

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  12. Excellent interview with Ibarionex. I'll definitely look for his books since I can't take a class. His advice to take more than one photo is something I'm trying to do. If nothing else I tilt the camera and take the same photo in portrait and landscape as it can change the whole look of the photo. I also think his statement "What matters most is what you see" is very important and definitely something that can be learned with practice, especially since it's so cheap and easy to take digital photos. But I agree with Tony -- editing before you show them to anyone is key.

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  13. I like the dress in his picture.

    I bought a remote clicker for my new pentax. My Thanksgiving guests, who are required to gather for the annual photograph before they are fed, will probable be most pleased, because I can take 10 shots or so in quick succession, instead of setting them on the delayed timer and waiting 10 seconds per. That also means more chances to catch all 22 or 23 of us looking humanoid!

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  14. Marjie, a fly on the wall would get squished by your crowd. I love your holiday photos, partly because you are so small and your kids are so tall. But you have a tall (and bossy) heart.

    Katie, I must admit, the multiple photo idea was a total revelation. And multiple to me has always meant multiplying 1 by 3. In one of the exercises, we were told to shoot what we found interesting from all different angles. I came trotting back with four photos. Then I learned, in photography multiple is 1 times 20, at least.

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  15. Ibarionex took a picture of Boz that's in "Chasing the Light." I am bragging.

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  16. Beautiful photography aside, I'm smitten with Ibarionex's name. It's one of the most delightful names I've ever encountered, especially in its entirety.

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  17. The author's book title is fitting - so often its not just the imagery, but the light - and mood interpreted - that makes a great photo. Where can I take this class? You're looking good.

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  18. I"m insanely jealous. DId you take his photo? It's fab girl.

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  19. Good lord, Virg, no. You think I'd dare to take a photo of the teacher?

    Bandit, yeah, I really liked the title, too.

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  20. I used to take decent photos when I shot with film. Now my photos are awful. I've got to take Ibarionex's class.

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  21. Ohhhh Hiker!!! I'm so jealous!!! I'd love to take that class!!! Lighting is one area I can't learn enough about!!! Please tell me he's going to do it again!!!

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