Digital Vision in Low Light, Lecture at PDN PhotoPlus Expo

Capturing quality images at extremely high ISO’s is one of digital technology’s most important advances—particularly in the areas of photojournalism and documentary photography. In this seminar, Gerd Ludwig will discuss how these developments provide huge advantages in low light situations and offer greater physical mobility during difficult assignments. Ludwig will show how extremely high ISO digital capture has made handheld strobes a more powerful tool and will share his use of natural light combined with hand-held flash to emphasize his message, offer a sense of place, maintain atmosphere and create a personal vision.
Ludwig’s stories for National Geographic exemplify his use of “digital vision” to cover subjects that are impossible to explore otherwise. He will also cover how a story idea moves from proposal to published article and how to expand an editorial assignment into a long-term personal project. Finally,

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Here’s some links to a workshop and an evening presentation I’m doing in New Orleans next month, November 9th to 14 with a special evening presentation November 15.
I’m very much looking forward to a return to New Orleans. It’s been quite a while since I’ve been there. I’m eager to experience some great food and some wonderful picture opportunities. And my friends at Rear Curtain have all the right spirit and enthusiasm to make this quite special.…

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Ten Questions with Tim Laman

Here is a recent interview I did for a Singapore newspaper. Since I get many questions about my background and my photography, I thought I would share it here. Hope you enjoy it!

  1. What is your earliest memory of travelling? How did it inspire you?

My earliest memories of traveling are going by ship across the Pacific Ocean from San Francisco to Japan with my family when I was 4 years old in 1965. My parents lived and worked in Japan when I was growing up, so we traveled a lot back and forth from Asia to the States and to other places my whole childhood. Traveling was just normal to me growing up. I think it inspired me in the sense that I never felt there were any limits to going anywhere in the world. All you have to

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Available Light? Guilty!

It might be called, PICTURES YOU MIGHT NOT HAVE THOUGHT I’VE MADE. My first one man show opens this coming Friday, Oct. 3rd, at the Monroe Gallery in Santa Fe, and pretty much the sum of a life behind the camera will be on the walls. A total of 54 images, give or take a couple that there might not be space for.

So, over the years, I’ve done flash portraits, flash sports action, flash production. I’ve lit telescopes. I once lit the main building of Ellis Island, fer chrissakes, offering up my humble skills to the great god of the yellow border a the princely rate of $250 per day. I’ve done ridiculous things with flash, and as Clint Eastwood said in Outlaw Josey Wales, “Sometimes trouble just follows a man.”…
And, quite happily, I teach flash.

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Healthcare in the US: Money, Morality & Mandates

In conjunction with the Westheimer Peace Symposium, “Healthcare in the US: Money, Morality & Mandates,” Ed Kashi (VII) and Julie Winokur of Talking Eyes Media, will be involved in a series of events at Wilmington College October 13 & 14, 2014.  Ed will be exhibiting a selection of images from Aging in America in the Harcum Art Gallery and the opening reception will take place on October 13th at 6PM.

On Tuesday, October 14, Ed will be speaking about his and Julie Winokur’s collaborative film Denied: The Health Care Crisis in America… at 10:15AM. “Drawing on his work for the documentary film of the same title, Kashi will explore the reality behind America’s dysfunctional healthcare system and what it means when access to care is denied.  Kashi is a photojournalist dedicated to documenting the social and political

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Reminder to Apply: The Nieman Fellowship

The Nieman Fellowship
The Nieman Fellowship program is the oldest and best-known study program for journalists in the world. More than 1,300 journalists from 91 countries and territories around the world have come to Harvard for a year of learning, exploration and fellowship.
For more information visit:…

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ICP & Climate Change

What does the environmental movement need from the photographic community?
As part of the International Center of Photography’s Fall 2014 Programming series, ICP Talks: Climate Change, Ron Haviv (VII) took part in the first panel Photography and the Environment 1: The Concerned Photographer yesterday. Haviv is also kicking off the ICP Instagram campaign on climate change by posting images from his project “Amazon Gold” about illegal gold mining in Peru this week on the ICP feed. Click here to follow:

Ed Kashi (VII) will be included on the second panel discussion and presentation Photography & the Environment 2: Visualizing Climate Change,… on December 1st from 7:00-9:00pm. “Climate change is a complex phenomenon and climate science can be intimidating to the layperson. What kinds of photographs advance the arguments of climate change activists and scientists?

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A Quick and Simple TTL Build

Firefighters. They share, along with cowboys, an innate ability to simply step in front of a camera and become a photograph. Henry, of the Soufriere Fire Department in St. Lucia, has a look, a presence, if you will, that speaks to the camera.…
To do this portrait, I made some camera moves before I even put it to my eye. When doing what one might call a “formal” portrait, I’ve always enjoyed a more blocky type of aspect ratio. Don’t know exactly why. It might hark back to film days when I shot a lot of 6×7 and square medium format stuff. In the D4S there is a menu checkoff where you can alter your frame from the standard DSLR view to 5×4, which is what I did here. I also shifted into Monochrome. I still have color in the

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Photo Workshop in Cambodia and Laos

Imagine yourself in one of the world’s greatest archeological destinations, the Temples of Angkor Wat. We’ll spend 3 days exploring these mythical temples, the fast-paced energy of Siem Reap and the outrageous Cambodian Circus, Phare. Midweek, we’ll head to the UNESCO town of Luang Prabang, Laos, a perfect blend of South East style paired with French Colonialism. Travel with us down the mighty Mekong River, photograph the daily alms ceremonies with the monks and spend time with local artisans in their village. Hands on technical classes and daily critiques will take your photography to the next level.
Date: February 8 – 15, 2015
For more information please go here.

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Language of Hands

Behold the hands
how they promise, conjure, appeal, menace, pray, supplicate,
refuse, beckon, interrogate, admire, confess, cringe, instruct, command, 
mock and what not besides, with a variation and multiplication of
variation which makes the tongue envious.
– Michel de Montaigne

Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan
Bamiyan, Afghanistan
Havana, Cuba
Author Mary Brown Ward, Alabama, United States
The hands which beckon,
embrace, soothe, and comfort us
Bid us farewell.
United States

Hands calm us, feed us, and scratch our backs.
They intimidate, bless, encourage, and stop us.  They soothe and caress.
They draw our attention to the good and the bad, often suggesting exuberance or fear.
- Charles Flowers introduction to Elliott Erwitt’s Handbook
Our hands often reveal what we really think but do not say.
They can show a range of feelings and emotions from confusion and frustration
to joy, understanding, …

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