Help Keep Darkroom Arts Alive for the Next Generation

Posted by on Mar 12, 2014 in Community Outreach | One Comment

If you came to the Summit Lecture Series on Saturday March 1st, you should recognize the name Rush Arts Darkroom. They gave a great presentation about their project and asked for your help. For those of you who don’t know what Rush Arts Darkroom is, let us give you a short introduction of who they […]

What You Don’t Know about the Rule of Thirds #3

Posted by on Mar 7, 2014 in Visual Language | No Comments

Go for economy of expression When I started studying photography in college, one of the photographers whose work really blew me away was Henri Cartier-Bresson. I was so astounded by his sense of composition: his images were succinct and concise, yet very expressive. The “leanness” of his images seemed to eliminate all waste, allowing the […]

Streamline Your Photo Editing Process with Adobe Lightroom

Posted by on Mar 5, 2014 in Classes & Workshops | No Comments

Are you getting the most out of Adobe Lightroom? Perhaps you’ve set up your catalog and you’ve been using the software to make basic RAW adjustments. Surely that’s good enough, right? In reality, that’s just the tip of the proverbial iceberg in terms of how Lightroom’s powerful features can help you organize and enhance your […]

Finding Great Instructors for Photography Classes at Basho

Posted by on Feb 15, 2014 in Classes & Workshops | No Comments

Here at Basho, we’re always trying to grapple with big questions. One big question we preoccupy ourselves with is “how to teach photography effectively.” Since I started Project Basho, this question continues to challenge me, and the classes we offer are our attempts to answer it, even if the answers are still “working” ones. An […]

Another Great Documentary for the Snowy Day

Posted by on Feb 13, 2014 in Photography Film Suggestions | One Comment

As another winter storm has us held in its midst, you may find yourself spending another snow day at home.  Snuggle up under your blanket and check out the film Half-Lives by Maisie Crow, an ONWARD Summit speaker and fellow photographer.  We recently showed the film in our Inspiration and Vision class, which prompted a […]

A Perfect Documentary for the Snowy Day

Posted by on Jan 22, 2014 in Photography Film Suggestions | One Comment

If you are snowed in like us and wondering how you are going to spend the day meaningfully, make yourself a cup of tea and watch this documentary that I show to my students in our Inspiration and Vision class. Titled, PressPausePlay, it is a documentary which explores the intersection of artists, creativity and the […]

Creating a website quickly, yet beautifully

Posted by on Jan 17, 2014 in Website for Photographers | No Comments

It’s not like we were completely bored at the studio or anything, but we recently decided to give ourselves a little challenge. We decided to create a new website for Project Basho. Well, okay, so, maybe we need to elaborate on that. We didn’t just decide to create a new site. We decided to create […]

A Conversation with Jonathan Elderfield

Posted by on Sep 6, 2013 in Classes & Workshops | No Comments

Many photographers are interested in taking pictures of people on the street, but don’t do it because they don’t know how to start. Of all the genres of photography, Street Photography seems to be shrouded in the most mystery, so we asked Jonathan Elderfield, who is leading our upcoming Street Photography class, to offer some […]

What You Don’t Know about the Rule of Thirds #2

Posted by on Aug 21, 2013 in Visual Language | No Comments

In my last blog post on this topic, I wrote about how to deconstruct the common misconceptions about composition, suggesting three simple steps to help you take better pictures. In this post, I am going to delve deeper into what I mean by the first step, “be conscious of your painter’s canvas.” In reality, there […]

Getting Started with Wet Plate Collodion: 2013 Edition

Posted by on Aug 12, 2013 in Classes & Workshops | No Comments

When you start doing wet plate photography, whether you are creating tintypes (positives on metal) or ambrotypes (postives/negatives on glass), you might experience a new sense of freedom. The freedom comes from the fact that you no longer have to worry about supplies like film, memory cards, and batteries. You can make everything with a […]

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