Richard Bean, Saco, Maine Member Since May 2007 Artist Statement I am an avid photographer with a favorite style and vision on landscapes. Although you shall notice, I have delved into capturing a variety of subjects.
I firmly believe that learning is one of my greatest assets. I am always hoping that I can apply the knowledge in my love of capturing a moment; the heart of photography is what the snap is of. Why that image? Why that light? Why that angle? Why that time of day? Why that film or medium format? Why Black and White? Why not color? Why?
Who doesn't love to capture a good snap for memory? Ever since I first used a camera, I have been thrilled by the experience of capturing images. In 2007, I decided to take my amateur knowledge of photography and build on it, with the hopes of becoming more creative. The ever growing world of digital has given me the opportunity. There are pros and cons to everything. Digital provides a simplicity to bring your photos home and be able to immediately view your captures. This allows photographers as myself, who avoided expanding into film, to have the control in processing. I make no attempt to compare the processing of film to the digital medium. Many of the techniques used in processing film are similar to the techniques I use to process my digital captures. Dodging and burning are two of the techniques that I use frequently. It is performed with software rather than chemicals.
If you have had the desire to raise the level of your creativity with your camera, allow yourself to commit to learning. Don't be afraid to listen to feedback on your work. Don't be afraid to change. Be fluid with your captures and compositions; and always be on the lookout for good light. Lastly and most importantly, learn from your gains and gain knowledge from your mistakes.
I have grown immensely since taking photography to a creative level. I look forward to continuing to nurture my creative knowledge in digital photography.
"Dream Big & Dare To Fail" Colonel Norman D. Vaughan (December 19,1905 – December 23, 2005)
"You don't take a photograph, you make it" Ansel Adams (Feb 20, 1902 — Apr 22, 1984)
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Whoever does your matting and framing, the materials including the backing should be at least of conservation grade, preferably of 100% rag i.e. cotton. Hang your print well away from moisture, fumes, heat-sources and UV-rich light, e.g. the sun, strong spotlights and fluorescents. The glazing should be anti-UV, to maximize the life of the print. Acrylic plexiglass as offered here on Imagekind which is not explicitly anti-UV screens out 80%. This is more UV protection than plain glass affords. Anti-UV plexi screens out 99%. You should be aware that non-glare glass or plexi increase visibility but reduce contrast
I'm also Member of OVA, an independent online artists' forum and marketing resource, http://onlinevisualartists.com/forum Onlinevisualartists.com. Our members are serious artists and fine art photographers focused on selling our work online. We're a helpful group, willing to share marketing resources and tools with each other, and opinions on the various art selling sites.
So if you're a visual artist of any kind interested in selling your art, come take a look at the http://onlinevisualartists.com/forum Online Visual Professional Artists community. Camera equipment previously used: Sigma SD-14 Featuring the Foveon Image Sensor Lens: Sigma 12mm-24mm f/4.5-5.6 EX DG Aspherical HSM Sigma 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 DG Macro Auto Focus Wide Angle Telephoto Sigma 17 - 70mm f/2.8-4.5 DC Macro Filters: None
All my post processing of RAW is with Adobe Lightroom 2 and Photoshop CS4. Camera equi