Wednesday, October 28, 2009


It's a snow day in Denver which has given me a really amazing day to sit at my desk next to the window and get some work done.

The Orphans Gallery is getting very close to having images in it at, and I just made a banner for business class this quarter that I quite like.

f-f-f-fake fstops scoob!

I just learned something tonight and wanted to share with any photographer that may happen to be reading this for any reason at all. Don't shoot with fake fstops! By fake I mean something like f3.2; if that is an option for your digital lens don't use it. Stick to the old fstop scale (1, 1.4, 2, etc.).

I was shooting on the bus and while I was editing a small batch of photos shot at f3.2 and another small batch shot at f4 I noticed it. Sharpness wasn't the issue, what should have been sharp was sharp, it was the out of focus parts of the photograph that were giving me trouble. I don't even know how to describe what was happening to the soft areas of the photo. It looked like it had been digitized into some form of cartoon and my out of focus background became the optical center of my image. I looked at a very similarly focused photo shot at f4 and there was no issue with my background falling apart like f3.2.

And since I like to post a photo with all my posts on my photo blog:

It snowed today in Colorado.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Photobooth Installation at Museum of Contemporary Art Denver!

I helped with the Brown Room Photobooth installation that was at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver on Friday, September 25th for the Barnaby Furnas opening.

After working with the education director to conceptualize a photobooth "room" and bringing in local installation artist Matt Scobey to assist in its design and execution, it took Matt and Erin Algiere two solid days of set up. Friday night, the photobooth went live and Beth Eggleston, Katherine Winter Erin Algiere, and myself shot over 300 people in 3 hours, composited them into photographs and uploaded them instantly to Flickr. 42854949@N08/

I worked as the head camera operator/director while Beth and Katherine composite, resized and uploaded the images as fast as humanly possible and Erin coordinated the show! It was a lot of fun, and big thanks to Erin and the museum for trusting me to be involved. It was a LOT of work and a LOT of fun!