Reportage.

Photo Jeremy Wade Shockley/SU DRUM

Working for the Tribal Newspaper, The Southern Ute Drum, takes me into the field quite often, and sometimes literally. This image was taken during an annual highway cleanup on reservation lands, this morning was spent covering a short piece on spring cleanup. The idea here is that while not all news is packed with glamour or even excitement- the art of capturing the moment and creating a nice image is still at the heart of reportage and photojournalism. I think these images have a wonderful quality to them.

Photo Jeremy Wade Shockley/SU DRUM

Do you find yourself taking the mundane and creating beauty that might not otherwise be recognized when you approach certain subjects with a camera and an artistic intent?

-Jeremy

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Shooting Fifty On The Plaza.

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2010.

The Nikon 50mm/F1.4 Prime lens, recently acquired and immediately tested. I picked this sucker up used for a price most photogs wouldn’t even flinch at, slammed it on my camera and then walked across the street to make this picture. The reason I bought the lens in the first place was to make this picture.

The prime with it’s shallow depth of field is ideal for portraiture. The D90 makes this a very acceptable substitute for the more expensive 85mm lens, but ever so compact, light and lovely. As the evening light dwindles and fades away, one can still create stunning images with available light and the low depth of field will only add interest as you engage your subject!

This image of a flute player was shot in bright sunlight, under the shade of a covered walkway, not uncommon in the streets of Santa Fe, New Mexico with it’s historic architecture.

Simplify your gear, free your mind of unnecessary choices and the pictures will follow! Now go enjoy the light….Cheers, Jeremy

Jessie Bridges On Guitar.

Photographs © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2010.

Street Photography will always surprise- the right time, right place. This is the idea right.

I found myself in the company of Jessie Bridges just off the plaza in Santa Fe where she preformed her latest record to a crowd already warmed up by the likes of Jeff Bridges who played a benefit concert in the neighboring Lensic theater as a follow up to his epic performance in the film Crazy Heart.

Setting out into Santa Fe each evening- camera in hand, mind open- this is street photography. The product is not as much the photos but rather the moments of experience that created them.

Check out Jessie’s latest album on iTunes!

Embrace the unexpected!!

Jerry Courvoisier: Lightroom Intensive.

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2010.

This is Jerry. Jerry is an Adobe guru. I just spent the last three days in an Adobe Lightroom Intensive workshop covering the digital workflow process necessary in todays professional world of image making. With all of the advantages of shooting digitally come the complexities of staying organized, efficient and most importantly productive.

Jerry has the answers. The tool is Adobe’s latest version of Lightroom, complete with everything a photojournalist would need to take images from capture to print. With the pending release of Lightroom3, this photo management software will certainly prove to be faster and more robust than ever. Test drive current the version of Lightroom (2.6) by simply visiting Abode Labs– free and easy downloads are available.

Santa Fe Workshops hosted this weeks Lightroom Intensive. This well paced course took the process from start to finish with plenty of room for questions and one-on-one dialogue with the instructors on hand. Jerry has venues scheduled across North America, Australia, and the UK. Visit www.lightroomworkshops.com for more details. Or simply pick up the latest text on the subject, Lessons in DSLR Workflow, written by Jerry himself.

Cover Image © Jerry Courvoisier