JOYCE LEE on fri 31 mar 06
----- Original Message -----
From: "Russel Fouts"
Sent: Thursday, March 30, 2006 3:30 PM
Subject: NCECA, The Photography Workshop and Thanks!
> I've tried to sent this post three times now to say thanks and to
> clarify some things about the Photography Workshop but it hasn't gone
> through. I can't figure out why it hasn't gone on. It's not in the
> archives, I haven't see it in my digest and I don't get an error
> saying that it couldn't be delivered.
> Could you make sure it gets posted. Thanks
> I had a wonderful time at NCECA, it's always great getting together
> with my clay friends and I always come away inspired.
> Thank you all for attending the Photography workshop. I hope you
> found it helpful and hope that you plan to attend next year.
> I'd also like to thank Suzanne, Polly, John and Fred, our informal
> panel, for so generously giving us their time and advice.
> There seems to have been some people who's questions didn't get
> answered. Normally, once the workshop gets started, I just stand back
> and let it happen only jumping in to make sure people are heard. I
> think next year, I'll have to take a more active role and catch the
> questions and field them to the individual panel members.
> Some other topics I'd like to visit, next year are:
> - that digital photography isn't for everyone. For instance, say
> someone takes wonderful slides of their own work and has been doing
> it for a long time. They want to learn how to do it digitally but
> find the learning curve daunting. If you take your slides to a
> PROFESSIONAL lab, they can scan them to cd for you and provide you
> with VERY high quality images. You get to keep using the equipment
> you know, still have slides when you need them AND have digital
> images. The best of all worlds.
> - Photographing your own work isn't for everyone but how do you find
> and work a photographer? We touched on this briefly with examples
> from Sandy Miller and Bill Van Gilder. These are both very good
> approaches. I'd like to hear some others and some other peoples'
> I'm sorry that the photogaphy workshop can't be everything for all
> people. We try to provide an event that caters to the broadest
> audience possible. I've noticed that the majority of people who come
> already have some experience with photography and may have already
> tried photographing their own work. I don't think we can spend too
> much time on the very basics without losing the rest of the group.
> With that in mind, I'd like to recommend a REALLY good primer on
> photographing your own work, I've been recommending Steve Meltzer's
> book for years. I got mine several years ago for $15. It's too
> inexpensive, not to own and Steve does an excellent job of explaining.
> Photographing Your Craftwork: A Hands-On Guide for Crafts People
> Steve writes me that he's currently working on a "Digital" version of
> his book for Lark, due out in January of 2007.
> This is his web site:
> He writes a column on craft photography for The Crafts Report:
> This link will take you to some of the articles he's written for the
> Crafts Report:
> You can probably get the book from him directly if you write him at:
> There are also the VERY good articles that John Hesselberth has
> writen for ClayTimes at:
> And on his own site at:
> - http://www.frogpondpottery.com/articles/photopot1.html
> - http://www.frogpondpottery.com/articles/photopot2.html
> There was also the excellent hand out that John provided at the
> workshop with a photograph of the setup he's using now, how to use it
> and a price breakdown for each item. Damn Good!
> In addition, I know that Ceramic Review has also published at least
> one article on the subject a few years ago.
> Tony Ferguson, who has served on past panels and always offerd great
> advice has started doing workshops on photographing your own work.
> Arrange for him to come to your group to share his knowledge! Ask
> Karen Terpstra about him, she had him come out to her university. He
> is also putting together an online course that I'm sure he'll
> announce very soon.
> So there are plenty of materials out there, go for it!
> This doesn't mean that we don't want beginners. Just like Clayart,
> please do come, you will always get something out of it.
> We look forward to seeing you again, next year.
> Russel Fouts
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