Practice your jig!

24
Oct
2008

So the last month or 2 haven’t been the most encouraging…atleast not for us US and A’ers. So when I saw this it made me smile…ridiculously! Hope this makes you laugh. btw, his bio is pretty cool. Check out the links below

Question..HOW AWESOME WOULD IT BE FOR A COMPANY TO PAY YOU TO BOUNCE AROUND THE WORLD, JUST TO FILM YOU DOING A JIG??

Where the Hell is Matt? (2008) from Matthew Harding on Vimeo.

If you have fast broadband, click here to watch a High-Def version.

Like many great movements, it started as a simple idea and spread like wildfire. Read the story here. If you want to download a legit personal copy for free, click here.

Keep the Faith

BRAUN

Dallas Based Photographer



Lights, Wisdom, and Human Rights

23
Oct
2008

This one is a juicy one! So last time I promised to tell you about how I made my decision on what lighting I chose to go for. Here goes. BUT FIRST RULE #1!!!! This is my explanation, my reasoning…not it for everybody. Rule #2 This is not to naysay any specific brand. Keep that in mind…and we’ll be fine. Savvy?

So my evaluations came down to 2 brands. Profoto…the ultra elite super high end lighting manufacturer….and in the right corner (wearing the yellow trousers) Alien Bee’s; the versatile, uber cost effective lighting guru’s. Both puts out great quality. I have alway rented Profoto’s…Always. They are super tough, way easy to use and it doesn’t suck dropping the name of Profoto on a shoot. That being said a good friend of mine Michael Hawkins invested in Alien Bee’s and has thrown out some amazing work as well.

So what the deuce? Why would anybody pay close to 4 times as much for another brand?? If you mention a newer/cheaper brand like Alien Bee’s to a old shooter veteran you will more than likely get some “grow the hell up little boy” look and speech. But you have have to remember the number 1 rule of taking criticism, where is this coming from? Old Schoolers that shot in purist days of film…yes film, had other things to consider! No photoshop, lightroom, aperture, color correction. Lights had serious differences…specifically color tint. Low end lights might give off a green or yellow hue. (Not saying AB’s at all) This was not too easy to fix back in the day of dark rooms. Now if something is a little too yellow…color correct one and then apply to the whole batch. Yay! takes about 45 seconds.

So am I talking trash about Profoto….no….HECK NO. I love them, would love to own them. But do you absolutely HAVE TO HAVE the best in the world or get your junk off the field kid? No. Some of best work I have seen has actually been done with Alien Bee’s. So that’s who I went with. 4 heads, a ring flash, and more stands, power packs, softboxes and umbrellas than you can shake a stick at…and haven’t regretted it one bit. I’m not gonna have to mortgage a kidney if a head drops. They are not some trash or garage sale quality…they are built smart, but cost effective. So perhaps you have some other logic or reasoning? Let us know. We are a community with a special camaraderie. Don’t be shy.

I’m a big strobist fan as well…make it if you can! Guy’s like Joe McNally and John Hobby make a good living with smaller strobes. It really all comes down to what you want to accomplish your goals with my friends. Hope this was helpful.

And NOW because I love you…a few cool video’s for your eye’s delight. Both are def worth the watch. First is Andrew Zuckerman’s “Wisdom Project” You can find it on Apple’s site HERE.

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Seth Brau recently completed the rather daunting task of bringing the words to life with motion graphics.

Keep the Faith

BRAUN….and Patton
Dallas Based Photographer



Fashiontastic

13
Oct
2008

I recently made the choice to invest in some serious lighting and have at the high end portrait/fashion world of photography. It was just that time in my career that I wanted/needed to invest in more equipment to go bigger and farther. So I dropped my savings into lights and more gear you can carry on your own back…(and a few others too) and jumped with faith as my only assurance. If your one of us US and A’ers (and self employed to add to the fun) you’ve probably been loving the good news of how our economy just got dropped in the toilet…seems we are just awaiting the big flush. These days more is at stake, but you can’t live in fear right?


This shoot was a lot of fun. Natalie, the model, was a great sport and did a superb job…clearly. I had left my iphone in the camera bag a little inland because I didn’t want to get it wet sloshing around in the water. My good friend Chris turned on his master tracker skills and somehow found us at our secluded beach to help with the shoot. How I don’t know. Maybe it’s time to switch deodorants again. Both of these peeps are rock stars! Thank you so much for making this shoot successful!

With so much information being available and great fashion shooters like Nigel Barker and others, the bar is set high to make something beautiful. Fashion (to me) is the imagination to involve style and art into everyday life. Others I’m sure have different opinions and definitions… Which is one reason why this world is so amazing.

My next blog I will go into my decision on which lights I went with and why.

Let me know what you think?

Have fun

BRAUN
Dallas Based Photographer



Tilt Shift Heaven

11
Oct
2008

I’ve been craving a tilt/shift lens forever now, and with these video’s by Keith Loutit I feel I might start twitching. haha. Probably the most well known T/S (Perspective Control for us Nikonians) photographer lately has been Vincent Laforet. I dig his stuff…big time. Now with the new DSLR’s that shoot HD video I think we will begin to see footage that has never been imagined. Us photographers look a little closer at this world don’t we? Have fun!


Beached from Keith Loutit on Vimeo.


Bathtub II from Keith Loutit on Vimeo.


Bathtub III from Keith Loutit on Vimeo.

BRAUN….and Patton
Dallas Based Photographer




OK so you’re probably thinking this guy has lost his mind…again. Just chill and hear me out. I’m a bit off a pop art buff…especially when I see raw talent that brings me back to drawing in class when I was UBER bored…won’t name any names (Mr. Lawson!!). Any who so I saw these bad boys in one of my 70+ blogs I keep up and after learning they are here to help change the world for the better made me dig them any more. (BTW…I started to post just 2 and found that I couldn’t eliminate any of these 4. These are my favs…you bet your buttons I’m wanting 1…or 10!) More here Who doesn’t love Robots and Monsters. KEEP READING!

Joe Alterio is proud to announce the reopening of Robots and Monsters: A Charitable Menagerie. Launched in 2007 in order to help raise funds for a marathon to benefit the SF AIDS Foundation, Robots and Monsters is an effort that trades original commissioned art for donations to a good cause. Last time, we had outstanding success due in no small part to postings on blogs like Boing Boing, Drawn!, and Uncrate, which helped us raise over $10,000 in the space of 36 hours. Besides the amazing amount of money raised, almost 200 Robots and Monsters were drawn by Joe, with some help from Special Contributors Adam “Ape Lad” Koford, D. Emory Allen, Michael Gabriel, and Lawrence Yang.

However, Robots and Monsters is now re-launching, and we’re excited to announce our new beneficiary of heady, creature goodness: the Electronic Frontier Foundation. For almost 20 years, the EFF has been on the good side of 1st Amendment fights on the web, and considering that R and M couldn’t happen without this amazingly wonderful and scary tool that we all use now, we figure we owe them one.

Fifty dollars gets you a custom-drawn and painted robot or monster, defined by three words or phrases you provide, sent to your door. What’s more, your creature will get added to our ever growing menagerie, for everyone to enjoy.

In a few weeks, we’ll also have some great merch, like a cool teeshirts and a limited edition poster of 48 robots and monsters from the the first wave, so be sure to check back regularly.

OK, so lets keep it real…last post (a few days ago) I showed you guys James Nachtwey’s project on drug resistant strand of tuberculosis. And now I show these comics? Why?!? Because both are skilled artists that are using their creativity, time (time=money), skills to help better this world. So absolutely I’m going to show these guys to ya…besides the fact that I really want one. I don’t claim to understand everything art…but if I know it’s going toward helping extend people’s lives or improve this world, then I can definitely understand that.

MUCH LOVE

BRAUN





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