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Photography podcasts that deal with the why of photography over the how and discuss the essential qualities of the medium from the point of view of the creative photographer. Archived from iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/jeff-curtos-camera-position/id121834929. Items in this collection are restricted.



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Jeff Curto's Camera Position
Apr 5, 2019 Jeff Curto
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By slowing down as we look at photographs – ours or someone else’s – we can more easily bring ourselves to the photograph, and by doing that, learn more about the medium and ourselves. Play Podcast: Links for this Episode: * My Instagram Feed – Follow me and I’ll follow back * Sign up for the Workshops Mailing List – Planning is underway for the 2020 Italy Photography Workshops A couple of images from my winter in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan
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Oct 9, 2018 Jeff Curto
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Musicians warm up before they make music, but what about visual artists? Do photographers need to warm up before they create photographs? I think yes, and with the help of a podcast listener, we posit some ideas for getting warmed up visually. Play Podcast:   Links for this Episode: * University of Georgia’s Cortona Studies Abroad – a great opportunity for any arts-oriented college student – young or old! * Tuscany: In Search of The Personal – a couple of spots are left in my 2019...
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Jul 30, 2018 Jeff Curto
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Some thoughts on living an artful life, led off by poet Mary Oliver’s “Instructions on Living a Life” Pay attention Be Astonished Tell about it. Play Podcast:   Links for this Episode: * Mary Oliver– The American poet at the Poetry Foundation * Twyla Tharp – a brief video of some of Tharp’s choreography * Samuel Beckett – Some information about the poet & playwright * Pablo Picasso – A collection of paintings, quotes and a bio
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Jul 9, 2018 Jeff Curto
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Rather than trying to make art your life, work instead on trying to make every day of your life into art. “You just have to live and life will give you pictures.” -Henri Cartier Bresson Play Podcast:  
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Jun 15, 2018 Jeff Curto
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The act of making photographs connects me to the world, to my medium and to myself. When I make photographs, there is always a reward. Play Podcast:   Links for this Episode: Places you can find and listen to Camera Position: * iTunes Podcasts * Player FM * Stitcher * iHeart Radio * Short Orange
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May 21, 2018 Jeff Curto
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Many people think of a wide lens as a way to get farther away from a subject, but I think of a wide lens as a way for us to get closer… a wide lens is really a close-up lens, allowing us to create a dominant subject in the frame by emphasizing the difference in distance from near to far. Play Podcast:   Links for this Episode: Evidence of Hands on Stone – Jeff’s Italian architectural photographs The Curtometer – An Aid To Seeing – a deceptively simple device to help you sort out...
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May 1, 2018 Jeff Curto
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Podcast listener Tracy wrote: “Photography comes from the depths of who we are. It is not only an exploration of our world, it is also an exploration of ourselves.” This episode is a “part 2” of self-exploration and its relationship to our photography, utilizing a worksheet that you can download called “Passion and Mission” to help you think through not only what you care about, but how you can take those things and transform them into a body of photographic work. Play Podcast:  ...
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Mar 30, 2018 Jeff Curto
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What is your story? What are you curious about? What do you care about? How can your photographs express those interests? Making stronger photographs often depends on digging deep to determine your passion and then translating those passions into images. Play Podcast:   Links for this Episode: * Morton Arboretum Photographic Society – Where I’ll be speaking on the Creative Process on Monday, April 9, 2018 * Got a minute? Leave a review of this podcast on iTunes  
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Mar 16, 2018 Jeff Curto
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Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes and art is knowing which mistakes to keep. Instead of living in fear of “getting it wrong,”  a better, more useful strategy is to keep moving – plowing through the things that don’t work and slowly refining the process to get to the things that resonate for you and with viewers of your work. “Go and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for...
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Mar 3, 2018 Jeff Curto
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“Sometimes you have to play a long time to be able to play like yourself.” -Miles Davis One of the most consistent questions I get from students is this one: “how do I develop my own style?” Miles Davis helps with an answer. Play Podcast:   Links for this Episode: * Miles Davis Interview on YouTube * Got a minute? Leave a review of this podcast on iTunes * Sign up for the Italy Photography Workshops Mailing List – The 2018 workshops are sold out, but planning is underway for the 2019...
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Feb 25, 2018 Jeff Curto
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“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” – Thomas Merton How can we use the art we make with the camera to grow, learn and provide ourselves with a way of saying new things… to, as Merton says, “find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time”? I’m asking listeners to help steer the future direction of Camera Position by letting me know what you’d like to hear. Play Podcast:   Links for this Episode: * Help steer the future direction of Camera...
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Jul 28, 2017 Jeff Curto
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When the subject takes precedence – when you point your camera at things that are the most interesting thing to you – you are on your way to developing a personal style – the sense that these subjects are the most important things and can only be pointed out in this way by you. “To be a good writer, you not only have to write a great deal but you have to care.” Anne Lamott – Bird by Bird Play Podcast: Links for this Episode: * Sign up for the Workshops Mailing List – Planning is...
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May 11, 2017 Jeff Curto
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How do we go beyond a record of a place and begin to make photographs that convey a real sense of place? The objective is not just to show  what your destination looks like, but rather to convey, in photographs, what it felt like to be there. Play Podcast: Links for this Episode: * Exhibition: WANDERLUST: Travel as Muse in the 21st Century * Stony Brook Camera Club: Talk on May 11, 2017 * Sign up for the Workshops Mailing List – Planning is underway for the 2018 Italy Photography Workshops
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Mar 21, 2017 Jeff Curto
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This episode is a little meditation on the importance of aligning ourselves with the messages around us, using Anne Lamott’s book Bird by Bird as inspiration. “The Gulf Stream will flow through a straw provided the straw is aligned to the Gulf Stream, and not at cross purposes with it.” -Anne Lamott Play Podcast: Links for this Episode: * Sign up for the Workshops Mailing List – Planning is underway for the 2018 Italy Photography Workshops * Bird By Bird by Anne Lamott on Amazon
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Mar 6, 2017 Jeff Curto
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“But the art in an artwork might not be located precisely where you thought it was. Perhaps it was just as much in the damage and decay as it was in the intact original. Perhaps it was in the gaps – in contemplating and rending those insults and injuries – that we find ourselves, by compassion; by bandaging, however imperfectly, those wounds. Art may be a species of faith, the assurance of things hoped for. It contains nothing so much as our wish that we persist.” -Robert Clark Play...
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Feb 20, 2017 Jeff Curto
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As photographers, we know that there is a fairly wide range of options available to us that change what was to what we show the world in our images. Every photograph is a composite of the choices we make as the person who eventually presents the image. Every photograph is an interpretation of the way the world really looks. Play Podcast: * Italy Photography Workshops, 2017 – Late Registration May Be Possible: * Sicily: Photographing a Sense of Place – May 26 to June 2, 2017 * Tuscany:...
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Feb 6, 2017 Jeff Curto
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An early influence on my ways of thinking about photography on a deeper level was the great writer John Berger.  A poet, novelist, artist screenwriter and more, Berger,  born in 1926, and died just a few weeks ago, in January of 2017 at the age of 90. A read of Berger’s work gives great insight into what meaning we derive from looking, seeing and photographing. Play Podcast: Links for this Episode: * Books by John Berger: * Ways of Seeing – 1972 * About Looking – 1980 * Understanding A...
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Jan 24, 2017 Jeff Curto
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Walt Whitman’s poems in his opus Leaves of Grass mirror the actions of the photographer by beginning with facts and transforming those facts into ideas. I explore how both photography and Whitman’s poetry use simple language to convey complex ideas, giving any object or experience new importance by recording it on a previously blank page. Play Podcast: Links for this Episode: * Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass on Amazon * Edward Weston’s photographs for Leaves of Grass * The Italy...
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Dec 12, 2016 Jeff Curto
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“You can observe a lot just by watching.” – Yogi Berra I like to see photographers out in the world and watch them photograph. Observing how photographers photograph can be a great aid in helping us make better, more informed, more personal photographs. Play Podcast: There are still a few spaces left in 2 of my Italy Photography Workshops for 2017: * Sicily: Photographing A Sense of Place – May 26 to June 2, 2017 * Tuscany: Exploring The Eternal Moment – June 17 to 24, 2017
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Nov 15, 2016 Jeff Curto
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What drives and motivates photographers to do the work they do? I think that our unifying motivation is curiosity – an unrelenting, never-ending curiosity – an “itch” to know more about something and to learn about that thing through photographing it. I was prompted to think about how we should cultivate the itch – our curiosity – and not the scratch by this quote from photographer Sabastião Salgado: “If you’re young and have the time, go and study. Study anthropology,...
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Oct 28, 2016 Jeff Curto
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Do you take time to be creative each day? The creative act is worth taking the time for. It’s worth making the time for. It’s what holds us up and keeps us going. Thousands upon thousands of creative people are forced to make the time to create. It’s worth it because of what we give ourselves and what we give back to the world. Play Podcast: Links for this Episode: * The Italy Photography Workshops for 2017 * Sicily: Photographing a Sense of Place – May 26 to June 2, 2017 * Tuscany:...
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Oct 11, 2016 Jeff Curto
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If you see a picture that you think you may have photographed before, take it. Both the subject and the photographer may have changed since the last time you photographed it. Regardless of the reason, you should always make the photograph. Play Podcast: Links for this Episode: * University of Georgia Studies Abroad Program in Cortona, Tuscany – a great program for students who want an excellent study abroad experience. * Lincoln Shatz – Lake Series –  look what happens when a...
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Sep 28, 2016 Jeff Curto
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Among the many things that make photography such an interesting pursuit are its qualities of objectivity combined with subjectivity. In the end, photography is an objective medium with a subjective soul. Play Podcast: Sign up for the Workshops Mailing List – Planning is underway for the 2017 Italy Photography Workshops.   Each one of these images is ostensibly of the same subject (or is it object?) but each one dramatically different from the other based on my subjective interpretation of...
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Sep 6, 2016 Jeff Curto
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In addition to the phrase “Less is More,” the great architect Mies Van der Rohe also had another saying that relates to making creative work, and that is “God Is In The Details,” suggesting that attention to each and every detail of your process, from conception to execution, is integral to making the best work possible. Play Podcast: Links for this Episode: * The Mies van der Rohe Society * Gustave Flaubert – Bio info * Le Corbusier – At MOMA * Sign up for the Workshops Mailing...
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Aug 23, 2016 Jeff Curto
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Whether it’s a stack of dishes in the sink, moving forward with your photography or climbing up a steep mountain, looking at the path that you’re traveling is usually the easiest way to the top. Play Podcast: Links for this Episode: * Sign up for the Workshops Mailing List – Planning is underway for the 2017 Italy Photography Workshops
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Aug 9, 2016 Jeff Curto
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The difference between a conscious and an unconscious photographer is that the conscious photographer produces better work by thinking more and photographing less. Play Podcast: Links for this Episode: * Sign up for the Workshops Mailing List – Planning is underway for the 2017 Italy Photography Workshops
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Jul 26, 2016 Jeff Curto
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In a few past episodes, we’ve looked at alternate ways to get your work in front of an audience, and here’s another one: ‘Zines.  This “low-fi” type of publication is a great (and cheap) way of getting your work into others’ hands. I use my former student Michael Jarecki’s ‘Zine “Just Make Pictures” as an example of how it can work. Play Podcast: Links for this Episode: * Michael Jarecki – His ‘zine “Just Make Pictures” is also the name of his blog * Order Mike’s...
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Jul 12, 2016 Jeff Curto
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The great architect Mies van der Rohe is famous for the phrase “Less is More” to describe his approach to simplifying his designs. That philosophy can be applied to photography as well, as it is often better to make fewer, but more thoughtful, images. Play Podcast: Links for this Episode: * The Mies van der Rohe Society * van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House in Plano, IL * Camera Position on Facebook – Share your images * Camera Position on Flickr – Share your images * Sign up for the...
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Jun 28, 2016 Jeff Curto
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From aperture and focal length to shutter speeds and focus points, our modern photographic tools give us a wealth of information about our photographs. We can use that information to learn about the way we approach photography and what strategies lead to our greatest successes. JUNE 28 Play Podcast: Links for this Episode: * Julieanne Kost’s quick Lightroom tip about finding your images using filters * Camera Position on Facebook – Share your images * Camera Position on Flickr – Share...
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Jun 14, 2016 Jeff Curto
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All of us make photographs that, for some reason, don’t quite work, even though we had high hopes for them. If we embrace those photographs that almost worked, but didn’t, we can find some tools to help us improve and grow. Play Podcast: Links for this Episode: * Camera Position on Facebook – Share your images * Camera Position on Flickr – Share your images * Sign up for the Workshops Mailing List – Planning is underway for the 2017 Italy Photography Workshops Here are some examples...
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May 31, 2016 Jeff Curto
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When you face something you think you can’t possibly do and then go ahead and do it anyway creativity is the tool you use. Play Podcast: Links for this Episode: * Using Virtual Copies in Lightroom – a great way to experiment * Camera Position on Facebook – Share your images * Camera Position on Flickr – Share your images * Sign up for the Workshops Mailing List – Planning is underway for the 2017 Italy Photography Workshops
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May 19, 2016 Jeff Curto
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A lot of people who are “into” photography seem to think of the “doing” of photography as the end unto itself. While the mechanical act of making photographs can be pleasurable, I think of photography as a medium for self-examination, not a pursuit unto itself. Play Podcast: Links for this Episode: * Camera Position on Facebook – Share your images * Camera Position on Flickr – Share your images * Sign up for the Workshops Mailing List – Planning is underway for the 2017 Italy...
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Apr 26, 2016 Jeff Curto
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The American abstract expressionist painter Richard Diebenkorn (1922 –1993) is noted not only for his great work, but also for his thoughts about the creative process. Diebenkorn’s “Notes to myself on beginning a painting” is a list of 10 things to think about as we begin any creative work – we can think of them as “10 Rules for Getting Started.” Play Podcast: Links for this Episode: * Richard Diebenkorn on Artsy. net * Richard Diebenkorn – a website with lots of information and...
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Apr 13, 2016 Jeff Curto
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There’s an old adage in photography: “inside every 8×10” print, there is a really excellent 5×7” image waiting to be found.” That old saw is the foundation for an exercise that I’ve used for myself and in my classes over the years; take an image that you’ve made and search for alternate cropping choices that might strengthen the composition. Regardless of whether you find a “better” photograph, you learn a fair amount about how to see. Play Podcast: Links for this Episode: *...
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Mar 29, 2016 Jeff Curto
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A listener asked where the logo for Camera Position came from, which gave me an impetus to talk about that photograph and the concept of the Lone Tree image – a compulsory photograph for nearly every photographer. Play Podcast: Links for this Episode: * Camera Position on Facebook – Share your images * Camera Position on Flickr – Share your images * Jeff’s Photograph Italy Workshops And I could keep going and going…
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Mar 15, 2016 Jeff Curto
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When we position the camera, we are ultimately positioning the viewer of our photographs. We explore this idea using a 1757 painting by the Venetian Painter Canaletto, who often used a camera obscura to create his paintings. Thanks to Dirk Rösler and the folks at the Large Format Photography Forum for setting these wheels in motion. Check out some of the conversations we’re having on Facebook and Flickr about photography and ideas. Play Podcast: Links for this Episode: * Camera Position on...
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Mar 1, 2016 Jeff Curto
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Everyone has ideas, but many people keep those ideas hidden inside. The creative person finds a way to get those ideas out the door in a way that allows them to breathe. Play Podcast: Links for this Episode: * Camera Position on Facebook – Share your images * Camera Position on Flickr – Share your images * Jeff’s Photograph Italy Workshops – A few spots remain for Lake Como, Tuscany and Rome workshops – Final Registration is March 1
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Feb 16, 2016 Jeff Curto
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“Anyone can print black – just put a piece of photo paper under the enlarger, turn the enlarger light on and leave it on. But light values… ahhh… light values… they are the soul of the black and white photograph. Not everyone can print white and have it sing.”   So said one of my great photo teachers, Neil Rappaport. I took that advice to heart, but it was a visit to the Photography Study Room at the Art Institute of Chicago where I really learned the truth behind those words as I...
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Feb 2, 2016 Jeff Curto
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Camera Position is ten years old!  The first episode of Camera Position was published February 5, 2006 and it’s been a wonderful decade of learning about photography, my listeners and myself. A huge thank you to all of you listeners out there! I really appreciate your support and your participation in the Camera Position community. Play Podcast: Here are some of the more popular podcast episodes over the last 10 years. * Camera Position Episode 89 – Camera Position & Camera Distance...
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Jan 19, 2016 Jeff Curto
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“How do I get started in learning black and white photography?” That was the question I got by the boatload after the podcast about B&W photography, so this episode is dedicated to articulating some resources for that pursuit, starting with some advice from one of the greats, Ansel Adams. Play Podcast: Links for this episode: * Ansel Adams’ book The Print * Hiroshi Sugimoto – Seascapes * Michael Kenna – Photographs * Lenswork Magazine * Camera Position on Facebook – Share your...
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Dec 22, 2015 Jeff Curto
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Edges – The edge of the frame, the edge of the subject, the edge of the world, the edge of a moment. Regardless of how we interpret it, the assignment of “Edges” can be a good one to expand our understanding of photography. Play Podcast: Links for this Episode: * Camera Position on Facebook – Share your images * Camera Position on Flickr – Share your images * Jeff’s Photograph Italy Workshops – A few spots remain for Puglia and Rome
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Dec 10, 2015 Jeff Curto
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Can photography be better learned in black and white? That’s the question that I look at in this episode, as we look at line, shape, tone and texture as we see our world in black and white. Play Podcast: Links for this Episode: * Camera Position on Facebook – Share your images * Camera Position on Flickr – Share your images * Jeff’s Photograph Italy Workshops – A few spots remain for Puglia and Rome
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Nov 24, 2015 Jeff Curto
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Photography is about storytelling. Sharing your images and the story that they create is one of the ultimate goals for most photographers. Fortunately, our contemporary world has some amazing tools and interesting ideas that can help us tell our stories with words and pictures. Play Podcast: Links to some ideas discussed on the podcast: * Listener David Crowe’s “Boulders” Flickr group * Listener Chris Bonney’s PDF of images of Cannon Beach, Oregon Jeff’s online stories: * Puglia Photo...
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Nov 10, 2015 Jeff Curto
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Today’s world of photography is so very confusing. Photographers are confronted with a barrage of advice about how to make good photographs and what gear you must have to make them. Of course, that advice has some value, but I think  best way to learn is to actually go and make photographs because, as a longtime listener once told me, “Pictures need to be taken to be any good.” Play Podcast * The Candid Frame – Ibarionex Perello’s podcast * Ibarionex Perello’s book – Chasing The...
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Oct 27, 2015 Jeff Curto
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The great photographer Ernst Haas said, “”The frame of the camera is the photographer’s discipline. It can contain as much as it withholds, cut into or hold together images that detract or contribute to a given theme.” In this episode, I explore the idea that the frame of the camera is a discipline. Play Podcast * In America by Ernst Haas on Amazon * Ernst Haas’ Estate website * Camera Position on Facebook – Share your images * Camera Position on Flickr – Share your images
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Using a quote from Janet Malcolm’s collections of essays about photography as a springboard, I talk about the relative truth of photographs and look back to our discussion about peripheral vision. Play Podcast * Camera Position on Facebook – Share your images * Camera Position on Flickr – Share your images * Janet Malcolm’s Diana & Nikon on Amazon
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Sep 29, 2015 Jeff Curto
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As a driver, you use your peripheral vision all the time. So, too, with photography as you need to learn how to pay attention to what’s at the edge of your visual field in order to really see the world. Play Podcast * Camera Position on Facebook – Share your images * Camera Position on Flickr – Share your images
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Sep 16, 2015 Jeff Curto
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What’s your hobby? As a recently retired person, it’s the question I often get as people try to figure out what I “do” with the time I used to spend “working.” In this episode, we look at the interconnected aspects of the things we like to do. Play Podcast * Camera Position on Facebook – Share your images * Camera Position on Flickr – Share your images * History of Photography Podcast  
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Sep 3, 2015 Jeff Curto
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With creative work, there is often a gap between our ambitions and our ability to create work that meets our expectations. Fortunately, our “inner critic” is there to help us close the gap between our goals and the photographs we make. Play Podcast * Infographic on the 4 steps of Critique as a PDF * Camera Position on Facebook – Share your images * Camera Position on Flickr – Share your images  
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Aug 18, 2015 Jeff Curto
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Human values — those emotions, beliefs, traditions, and knowledge that we understand and share as human beings are an integral part of how we come to express ourselves in photography. In fact, it may be the essence of why we want to express ourselves with photography. Play Podcast * Camera Position on Facebook – Share your images * Camera Position on Flickr – Share your images  
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Aug 4, 2015 Jeff Curto
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Rollo May (1909 – 1994) was an American existential psychologist and author. Among his books was The Courage to Create. In it, May lays out some ideas about art and creativity that have important implications for the creative person; photographers included. Play Podcast Jeff’s Podcast Facebook Page – for discussion of podcast topics The Courage to Create By Rollo May – on Amazon
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Jul 21, 2015 Jeff Curto
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One of the four steps of achieving true critique of a work of art is analysis and doing that analysis requires applying the elements and principles of art. In this episode, we look at what those elements and principles are so we can employ them in true critique of our photographs. Play Podcast Links for this episode: * An infographic on the elements of art and the principles of art as a PDF (also as a JPEG) * Use artsy.net to look at some masterworks of art to begin exercising these ideas: *...
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Jul 7, 2015 Jeff Curto
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In the last couple of episodes of Camera Position, I talked about feedback on your work and the type of feedback you typically get contrasted against the type of feedback you want, which is true, genuine critique of your work. In truth, critique of any sort is based entirely on critical thinking or the objective analysis and evaluation of something in order to form an evaluation of it. Critical thinking is at the base of how we come to know something… critical thinking is the engine of...
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Jun 23, 2015 Jeff Curto
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Feedback on our work usually comes in one of two forms: Reaction and Direction. Both are simple to do but don’t give us what we really want to help move our work forward. This second podcast of two parts looks at a third and much more useful type of feedback: Critique. This form of feedback that is most helpful to us in understanding the impact of our photographs on viewers. Play Podcast * Infographic on the 4 steps of Critique as a PDF * Infographic on the 4 steps of Critique as a JPEG (or...
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Jun 9, 2015 Jeff Curto
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Feedback is something that photographers always want. Regardless of their level of interest or expertise, photographers always want to hear what other people think about their work. Most of the time, though, we often get feedback that doesn’t match what we are looking for. This first episode of a two-part set of podcasts looks at the two most common types of feedback; Reaction and Direction and starts us on a path toward the best kind of feedback: Critique. Play Podcast
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May 26, 2015 Jeff Curto
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The practice of photography shapes the way we view the world. No matter what level of involvement you have with the medium, seeing the world as a photographer enhances your vision, your life and your sense of self. Celebrate that! Play Podcast  
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May 12, 2015 Jeff Curto
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The book The Shape of Content, by Ben Shahn, is a collection of essays based on a series of six lectures given by Shahn, an important 20th century painter, at Harvard University in the 1950s. Through the book, we get a great sense of Shahn’s notions about how art can and should be learned and, more importantly, his belief that art cannot really be taught. In Shahn’s mind, we are human beings first; artists second. Or, in other words, we must always be living, learning, and looking. Play The...
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Apr 28, 2015 Jeff Curto
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In his book The Way of Zen,  Alan Watts explains two different, mutually important, ways of using our minds and therefore our creativity, which helps to explain the potential of perception in photography: “For we have two types of vision—central and peripheral, not unlike the spotlight and the floodlight.” In this episode, I look at those two types of vision and see how they can be used to improve the thought process behind the photographs that we make. Play The Podcast: Links for this...
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Apr 14, 2015 Jeff Curto
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You’re the photographer, not the viewer of the photographs you make. Between the making of the image and the time that the image is put out into the world for viewing, that distinction is often lost, though it’s an important one to consider for both photographers and viewers alike. Play The Podcast:  
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Mar 16, 2015 Jeff Curto
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Every new idea is just a restatement of old ideas, or sometimes it’s several old ideas combined into a new one. Collecting ideas as you go along is a great way of mining new ways of thinking of things. I use an Idea Bank to hold my ideas so I can use them at a later time. For a long time, I’ve used a plain old folder to hold things like quotations, objects, articles, pictures and other ephemera. What I like about a physical folder is that I can pull the objects out from time to time and...
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Mar 2, 2015 Jeff Curto
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My first experience using snowshoes to explore the winter landscape gave me some insight into the process of learning new things and slowing down the process of looking and photographing. Check out my free e-book The Lakeshore in Winter – Filled with images and video of Lake Superior in winter or see the video Fire and Ice on Vimeo.
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Feb 16, 2015 Jeff Curto
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Each year, I take small groups of students to Italy for an intense week of photography and learning. Some destinations vary, but a constant is the workshop In Search of the Personal: Photographing Southern Tuscany, where my goal is to help my students tap into their personal way of seeing the world. This past summer, seven photographers went to the same locations but came home with dramatically different images, as they saw Tuscany with their own personal style in mind. Links for this episode:...
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Feb 2, 2015 Jeff Curto
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Watching a group of students just getting started in photography reminded me about how we reach “escape velocity” in photography. Their positive experience was based on time, concentration, idea and craft. Student Images: Links for this Episode: * University of Georgia’s Cortona Studies Abroad Program UGA Cortona Student Flickr Pages. * Anna * Caitlin * Coral * Iris * Jenna * Joanne * Lizzy * Suha * Kylee  
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Jan 19, 2015 Jeff Curto
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Leaving home can not only allow you to view your personal environment with new eyes, but the new experiences you find when you’re away can also help you see the world in a different way. Here I use some examples of how something that was not inherently about being “away” prompted me to experiment with light, reflection and transparency. Click on the images below to enlarge Bottle Studies 1, 2 & 3 – Photographs by Jeff Curto Links for this episode: * Jeff Curto Podcasts Facebook page...
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Jan 8, 2015 Jeff Curto
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As a kid, returning from my summer vacation showed me my home in a different way. Trees were bigger and the house smelled both familiar and new. Leaving home and coming back again can be a great way to invigorate the way you see. When we return home after being away, home is still the same, but we can see it with new eyes.
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Sep 2, 2014 Jeff Curto
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Years ago, I had a friend who was a professional chef. Sometimes, on his days off, he would come to my house and practice what he called “sport cooking” and I ended up applying the concept to my photography. Play Podcast
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Aug 19, 2014 Jeff Curto
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Be in the moment. In this episode, I encourage you to put your camera down, disconnect yourself from your devices and other distractions and embrace the Italian concept Dolce Far Niente; the sweetness of doing nothing. Play Podcast
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Aug 5, 2014 Jeff Curto
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“The medium is the message” is a phrase coined by Marshall McLuhan meaning that the form of a medium embeds itself in the message, creating a symbiotic relationship by which the medium influences how the message is perceived. Content is king. Emphasizing content over visual flash encourages the viewer to respond intellectually and the idea of storytelling takes precedence. In recent years, the proliferation of photography as a pastime has meant a huge number of images being produced and...
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Jul 22, 2014 Jeff Curto
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Content, sequence and structure matter. This episode looks at editing down your photographs to a cogent and clear set that tells your story most effectively and strengthen the work. We also look at the element of sequencing your images as an important element of helping you to create structure in your work. Whether you are trying to tell a story or you want to create a different type of coherence in a body of work, the process of editing and sequencing your images becomes of paramount...
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Jul 8, 2014 Jeff Curto
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The Story Spine is a wonderful method of conceptualizing a story. Initially conceived by playwright Kenn Adams, it’s a great tool for anyone who wants to tell a story effectively. The Story Spine is a template, but a loose one, with some open-ended statements that you can fill in to help you start to conceptualize a story. Play Podcast The Platform * Once Upon a Time… * Everyday… The Catalyst * But one day… * Then something changed… The Consequences * Because of that… (repeated as...
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Jul 1, 2014 Jeff Curto
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Photography excels at storytelling. While a single image can tell a story, we can tell much more complex stories with sets or series of images. If we set out to create those images with a story idea in mind, it’s much easier to have our stories make sense. This episode presents the essential elements of storytelling with images. We’ve all known great storytellers and we know that what they are able to do is tap into both the personal and the universal when they tell a story. They also...
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Jun 23, 2014 Jeff Curto
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While Camera Position has been quiet for a while, a whole lot has been going on in my life as a photographer, a teacher and a traveler. This episode is an update on the past, the present and the future for Camera Position and for me. Play Podcast: Interactive iBooks by Jeff: * Basic Photography – An overview of the components of a camera to an exploration of exposure, aperture, shutter speed, lenses, depth of field, composition and more. * Resonating Images: Communicating Messages Visually...
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Photographer Olivia Parker has been an influential and prolific photographer for more than 40 years. We look at Parker’s work, her background, her persistence and the way our networks can help inspire us and help us move us forward in our work. Play Podcast: Olivia Parker’s website: www.oliviaparker.com Olivia Parker Books: Weighing the Planets Under the Looking Glass Society for Photographic Education  
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Mar 3, 2014 Jeff Curto
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In this episode, we take a third look at how we can get our work “off the wall” by creating digital stories. Using iMovie, Final Cut Pro, ProShow Gold or similar software to combine image, motion and audio, we can get our photographs in front of viewer’s eyes. I discuss content, tools and process with the goal of getting you to tell your own stories. Once you create your digital story, post a link to it on the Camera Position Facebook page. Play Podcast: * iMovie – It comes free on...
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Nov 25, 2013 Jeff Curto
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This episode offers a second look at how we can get our work “off the wall” by creating ebooks using iBooks Author to get our photographs under viewer’s eyes. You can download the free book The Lakeshore in Winter from the iBookstore using the link below. * The Lakeshore in Winter – my free iBook on the iBooks Store * Jeff’s Podcasts Facebook Page – Like the page and post a link your iBook or other platform e-publication there when you finish it * Tuscany Photography Workshop – My...