Education & Networking

Some of the main variables in the success of a photographer are education and networking. We have a variety of channels and resources that allow you to get information on photography. CAAAP offers awide range of lectures and workshops for members and non-members.

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caaapsm  Workshops

 

All classes will be held at Chicago State University. All dates and times are tentative. Admission is free for all C.A.A.A.P. members (dues must be paid and at least one meeting attended BEFORE attennding class).


caaapsm  Link Of The Month

Privacy and Copyright for Photographers: What You Need to Know

Learning about the basics of laws concerning photography is more important than ever. Whether you're a professional or a hobbyist, the laws apply to you. Inadvertently breaking the law by taking or sharing a photo that's not allowed, or using someone else's photo in an illegal way, can get you in a lot of trouble with the law — and cost you thousands of dollars in legal fees.
Before you snap your next photo or use an image you find online, make sure you're familiar with how privacy and copyright laws work. Visit:Privacy and Copyright for Photographers: What You Need to Know.

caaapsm  Must Have Books

Great photographers have great libraries on their craft, and YES they have actually read the books. Here is a must have book for your library.


intro_editing.pdf } – This is just the introduction to the book but you can order it at Amazon.com

Summary:

- images are fully interdependent and their order or viewing is important/complex

- variety of picture to picture relationships (visual structure, repeated motifs, color/form, metaphor)

- the way the work is revealed to the viewer is carefully considered

As you set up your images for presetation, here are some questions to ask yourself…
  • - how are you talking about the work?
  • - what ways are you using to sequence the work? color/narrative/location/line/form?
  • - what is holding it all together?

  • caaapsm  Videos of the Month

    The new book “Pictures and Progress,” co-edited by Duke Professor Maurice Wallace, looks at how the invention of photography was used for and against political gain for African Americans. Wallace introduces the book in an interview with Duke News video intern Thomas Leak. Learn more about the Duke University Press book here.

    Balancing Your Life with Ellen Susman - A Deborah Willis Interview - Ellen talks with Deborah Willis about her pioneering work as an Afro-American photographer, teacher and curator/historian. A Guggenheim fellow and the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, Willis describes her groundbreaking studies of the Black female body, her experience as a breast cancer survivor, and explains why photographs play such an important role in telling the stories of our lives.


    In this seminar, Allan Weitz illustrates how to compose photographs that take maximum advantage of the creative and technical abilities of your lens system.

    Interview With Rowena Husbands a Celebrity Photographer


    The basics of Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO.


    Power of Photojournalism

    A documentary about photographer David Johnson, now 84 years old, who is the first African American student of famed photographer Ansel Adams. But unlike Ansel Adams, David Johnson found his landscape on the street where he lived. Images of people living with respect and dignity in a world of civil rights struggles and neighborhoods changed beyond recognition.He produced an invaluable collection of black and white images from 1946 to 1966 showing the social, political and private lives of Blacks living in San Francisco's Fillmore District. His work has been featured in galleries, books, and PBS documentaries. Several of his prints are included in the Library of Congress and his name is etched in concrete at the Fillmore Plaza in San Francisco.


    caaapsm  African American Legends in Photography

    DWillis African American Legends: Chester Higgins, Jr., has worked as a New York Times photographer since 1975 and has exhibited in museums throughout the world. His one-man exhibitions have appeared at the International Center of Photography, The Museum of Photographic Arts, The Smithsonian Institution, The Museum of African Art, Musée Dapper Paris, The Schomburg Center, The New-York Historical Society and the Schatten Gallery at Emory University.
    A 2005 Guggenheim and Fletcher Fellow, a 2000 MacArthur Fellow, 1996 Recipient of the Anonymous Was a Woman Foundation Award, and now an artist, she is one of the nation's leading historians of African American photography and curator of African American culture. Check out this interview with CUNY's African American Legends.
    Visit the amazing photographic world of Chester Higgins Jr.

    DWillis Photographer, author, and Lecturer, DEBORAH WILLIS, PH.D. (Professor of Photography and Imaging in New York University, and at the Tisch School of the Arts Department of Photography and Imaging) named among the 100 Most Important People in Photography by American Photography Magazine, Dr. Deborah Willis is Chair and Professor of Photography and Imaging at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, where she also has an affiliated appointment with the College of Arts and Sciences, Africana Studies.
    A 2005 Guggenheim and Fletcher Fellow, a 2000 MacArthur Fellow, 1996 Recipient of the Anonymous Was a Woman Foundation Award, and now an artist, she is one of the nation's leading historians of African American photography and curator of African American culture. Check out this fabulous trailblazer.

    CRITIQUING: GIVING AND RECEIVNG One of the best ways to improve as a photographer is frequent critiquing, giving it as well as and receiving it.

    How well do you know the basic terms and elements of photography?
    Take the Basic Photography Quiz.     And then check your answers    Basic Photography Quiz Answers

     

    National Geographic photographer Ruddy Roye captured meaningful moments during the opening of the long-awaited museum.

     

    Jules Lion...The first African American Photographer

     

    Nicéphore Niépce, a French inventor, most noted as one of the inventors of photography and a pioneer in the field.

     

    William Henry Fox Talbot, British inventor and a pioneer of photography.

     

    Victoria Kelly on running an efficient photo studio

     

    A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO INTERPRETING RGB HISTOGRAMS

    Learn how to interpret your digital camera's thumbnail image histogram to help determine proper in camera exposure and how to adjust tonal range in your scans or existing digital images using the levels-histogram tool

     

    If you own a NIKON camera, you should live at THIS SITE. Jazz humor and absolutely everythng you ever wanted to know about Nikon cameras, flashes and lenses. Even if you aren't a proud owner of a Nikon it is a great site filled with tutorials on photography, humor, and great jazz. Visit Likiwiguy87.

     

     

    Photographer's Rights in Public Spaces

    A very helpful single sheet printout written by Bert P. Krages II. He is a lawyer who specializes in this type of law. Print this out and keep it in your camera bag if you photograph in public spaces. If someone gives you a hard time for photographing in a place you know you have a right to be, this may help you out (but these days it may not).

     

     

    Photographer’s Rights Letter to NPPA

    A more in-depth, and perhaps more official, document written by Kurt Wimmer and John Blevins of Covington & Burling to the National Press Photographers Association in August of 2005. The letter outlines very specifically the rights of journalists on public streets. A good document to have both a digital and a hard copy of somewhere handy.

     

    You Should be Shooting Something Everyday

    The Thing Itself: The fundamental principle of photography. An article written by Bill Jay who believes an earnest and honest appreciation of subject matter is the genesis of a clearer, deeper vision. Photography is rooted in The Thing Itself. This article has been reproduced more often than any other piece he has written. It was first published in Newsletter, Daytona Beach Community College, in 1988 - but it is still being used by and copied for college students.

     

    The Value of Photography

    by Debra Weiss

    OK - so you probably don't want your kids to grow up to be cowboys but according to a New York Magazine article on salaries, you might want them to consider photography. "As soon as my kid is big enough, I'm putting a camera in her hands," a former photographer's agent says. "That's where the money is."

     

    Cost of Doing Business Calculator

    If you want to figure out what YOUR cost-of-doing-business is, try this easy-to-use calculator.