Inside PhotoComment March 2011

The March issue of PhotoComment is live online and will be hitting stores in Johannesburg and Pretoria over the next two days with other regions getting theirs later this week. Here is the amazing thing about this issue, it marks the 2nd anniversary of PhotoComment Magazine, hard to believe it perhaps but its true, we are officially two – even thought this is the forth issue in print.

So what can you expect inside the March issue of the magazine? Read on in this post or check it out right away.

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Finding Inspiration in “Visions of Light”

From the darkness, they emerge

It can be very intimidating to do photography or even cinematography these days. It feels like everyone wants to talk about equipment or post processing. There are tons of websites and podcasts telling you what you should use or how to use it, but what about what to do with it once you do have it and know what to do with it? Where should you even begin? How do you find inspiration when your head is full of all this technical jargon, dos and don’ts, rule of thirds, golden triangles and megapixels, oh my!

For me, I went into the vaults and dragged out a documentary I watched when I was in film school many years ago called “Visions of Light” or “Visions of Light: the Art of Cinematography.” It was made in 1992 which is well before movies like “The Matrix” and “Lord of the Rings” came along. It was a simpler time.

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Undiscovered Talent: Vivian Maier

I want to tell you about a story that is unfolding out of Chicago, Illinois. It’s something that I am slightly obsessed with so I’ll be letting you know about any new developments. I have my Google Alert for it all set up so I don’t miss the slightest announcement. It’s been covered by a lot of places, but just in case you missed it.

Untitled, but should be called "A Rough Night Out"

In 2007, there was a 27 year old named, John Maloof, who wanted to write a book about a neighborhood in Chicago. At an auction, he buys a storage locker that contains a few old school photos of Chicago and thinks that if he goes through the negatives and rolls of undeveloped film he might find something to put in his book. As the saying goes, little did he know…

Maloof starts going through the photographs and while he doesn’t see anything that might be of interest to his book, he starts noticing how amazing the photographs are. Breath taking might be a better word. He continues sorting through the images and after a year, he finally finds a name – Vivian Maier. The only thing that Google can find is her obituary from just a few days earlier. She had slipped on some ice causing a head injury which she never recovered from. He missed her by that much.

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Tom Buchanan Exhibition – 24 Feb 2011

Tom Buchanan’s exhibition ‘Portraits 1.0’ features 10 photographs taken on a 6x7cm camera using colour negative film. The images are printed a meter wide which is sure to make for a spectacular site. The exhibition will be held on the 24 February 2011 at the Exposure Gallery in Cape Town, the Old Biscuit Mill, Albert … Read moreTom Buchanan Exhibition – 24 Feb 2011

Review: Lowepro Exchange Messenger

I recently got myself what must be one of the greatest little bags around and at a price that makes it almost a no brainer to own, the Lowepro Exchange Messenger.

As photographers with expensive gear – particularly those of us who do it as a hobby – we are paraniod about keeping our gear safe and secure. Who of you out there did not feel the thickness of the padding on each bag you looked at and can honestly say that the level of padding was not a matter of consideration in your final choice of a bag?

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Photo Tip: How to Win a Photo Competition

(Winning image in our first Photo Friday competition)

So, you’ve spotted this great photographic competition with an amazing prize and all you can dream about is winning it but the question you keep asking yourself is how? Well, I hope to share some ideas with you which can only serve to help you in your quest.

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