The first few shoots i did for this project, I tried to have the subject in their environment and show a lot of it. I’ve come to realize that I’m trying to put a face with the beer and that the background although important, I needed to concentrate more on the subject and less on the environment. I think they make for a stronger portrait. Here are some examples of both approaches. Cheers!!!
Nate Sephton and Josh Henry 7th Settlement Brewery, Dover, NH
Patrick Chavanelle Allagash Brewing Co. Portland, Maine
Bruce Elam, Shipyard Brewing Company Portland, Maine
Scott Simoneau, Moat Mountain Brewery North Conway, NH
Seth Reidy Tuckerman Brewing Co. Conway, NH
I’m embarking on a new project making portraits of craft beer brewers throughout New England. This combines my love for shooting people as well as architecture.
I just watched a great web cast on the aphotofolio web site. Rob Haggart, Suzanne Sease and Stephen Alvarez discuss Stephens 10 day assignment for Nokia shooting only with the Nokia Lumia 1020 smartphone. This is something to pay attention to. One of the images from the shoot is running as an inside front cover gatefold (3pages) in the October issue of National Geographic Magazine. In July of 2012 Sports Illustrated ran 6 pages leading off as 3 consecutive double truck spreads of Brad Mangin’s Instagram baseball photos shot on his iphone. Technology is changing at a rapid pace and the people who we as photographers work with as photo editors, art directors, art buyers are for the most part very young. They are growing up with a completely different way of looking at photography and how it is used. I read another great piece written by a photographer named Kirk Tuck. Here is the condensed version.”All cameras now good. Technical Mastery not as important as in year’s past. Old guys love technical mastery. New guys like making different style images and don’t care about image perfection. Aesthetic pendulum swings from perfect to emotive. Some camera makers evolve. Some not. Cameras getting smaller and easier to use. Old styles of shooting fading. New styles emerging. Good time to be a photographer. Change is inevitable. Change is good for young people. Change harder for some old people. Kirk is happy and now goes off swimming. May toss all old gear and just get better phone. short enough?)” We are still a ways off from camera phones replacing the DSLR in commercial photography but I remember back when I was the owner of a professional E-6 lab and digital was coming out, I thought it was just another tool in the tool box. I no longer have an E-6 lab so I know how it feels to be replaced by technology.I used to shoot with 8×10 and 4×5 camera’s and I probably would today if I could afford it. I shoot my commercial work with the Canon Mark 2 which is only about 21 MP compared to Nokia’s 41 MP but I make 20×30 prints from the Canon files and they are beautiful. I just purchased the iphone 5 and have to say, the main reason I bought it was for taking pictures without lugging my DSLR along. Remember the best Camera is the one you have with you. I haven’t made any prints from the iphone yet but love the fact that you can easily make an image like the one posted here. I could make this with a DSLR but it would be more difficult and would have called a lot more attention to myself. It will be interesting to see what the future brings. Links to what I’m referring to. https://google.com/+aphotoeditor1
While I have been walking the streets making street portraits, I also came across a couple of scenes that worked for me as street photos. I’ll be the first to tell you that I am not a street photographer but I did respond to a couple of scenes. it’s way to fast and crazy. I didn’t know if I got it until I looked after the fact. I think I made them out of desperation as I walked the streets looking for portraits for three days without taking a picture.
Street Scene, Portsmouth, NH
Street Scene, Portsmouth, NH