Sunday, July 31, 2011

Bill Shatner The Captains

Bill shatner, Liz Shatner, Joe DiMaggio & JoAnne Kalish   ©Marion Curtis
Had a lovely wonderful Evening Last Night. We went to The Screening of Bill Shatner's film The Captains on the Intrepid in Manhattan. Although Bill & Liz were working, we had a little time to spend with friends we hadn't seen in a while. Great seeing them.

Beautiful evening sipping wine on the Intrepid in the harbor. Great backlight, took a few snaps 
before The Star arrived as the light was so pretty.
 Photos below©J.Kalish

Tuesday, July 19, 2011


    All Photos © JoAnne Kalish or Joe DiMaggio
This past weekend I made time to go to the Fairfield Museum in Connecticut to see Photographer Bill Eppridge's Retrospective Show. What an amazing photography exhibit it was. I highly recommend it.

For those of you who are not familiar with Bill's work, google him and make it a priority to see his retrospective before it ends. Bill is a photojournalist whose work spans over three decades with Life Magazine, Sport Illustrated and National Geographic. He is best known for his photos of Bobby Kennedy's assassination but there is so much more to his work. As a former journalist myself (Sports Illustrated and Time Magazine) however, I would never consider myself anywhere close to having his photojournalistic ability,  I truly enjoyed reading his words alongside his amazing photographs which  briefly gave a few personal thoughts behind some of the images or what his assignment entailed.  In all honesty it was up there with the best of the best exhibits I've ever seen.

For all my students, please take the time to go to this exhibit and see the power of a great still Image and see for yourself what a very fine photojournalist Bill Eppridge is and take a lesson. 

The show opened May 1 and continues till August 28 

Monday, July 11, 2011

New paPA ArtSpace

My partner Joe and I had an opportunity to visit paPA recently, which is a brand new amazing exhibition ArtSpace which was formerly a centuries-old 33,000 square foot historic silk mill in White Mills, PA. It is just two hours from New York City and owned by Ron andYvonne Parker. We were given the royal tour by Yvonne as well as being introduced to the works of various artists which was awesome. They've done so much with the space already and there is great potential for much more! The space could be used for music, film viewing, poetry readings, dance and more. Yvonne mentioned a fall exhibition that will fuse music, art, and dance called "MAD"so stay tuned...

The parkers have owned or managed 23 galleries in America and Europe. Their international collection of contemporary art acquired over a 30-year period, includes paintings, sculptures, photography, installations and assemblages.

The Summer Exhibition, "Yvonne Parker and Friends" opens on Saturday July 16 and runs till August 28th. The show is a collaborative art project in which Yvonne invites contemporary artist-friends to share fragments of their own work, which is then incorporated by Yvonne into her series - "Fragmented Beauty" series.

This is their website

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Mermaid Parade 2011 Photo Workshop

Well a fun day was had by all.  Great to be outside all day long on a glorious day, doing what I love to do most.

Tip for the day day is on aperture. What aperture should you use for portraiture?  For a head shot of a single person I generally like to open up to a wide f/stop to blur out my background. That's my preference because I like the look of it and find it particularly attractive and it makes for a stronger photograph. When used on women (who we have to be more careful with) it softens the face and complexion leaving the most important feature sharp which is the eyes. However, there are exceptions especially when you are shooting in crowds and where there are lots of people and different things happening such as at the Mermaid Parade, where I just did a workshop. In a situation like this, where you want to be flexible and spontaneous, you might want to choose to use a medium depth-of-field for a little more depth of field. When a situation arises and you have a little more time to to make a change and want to throw more of your background out-of-focus and again to get a stronger photo, open up your aperture, that is, providing you have the light. Again, in the studio I like to choose a shallow depth of field especially for women.  Studio lights can show imperfections and reveal too much. If the person is young and their complexion is good,  you have choices, but the older we get the more lines and imperfections we get on our faces and the more we notice them.  So, the photographer should be aware of this. When photographing more than one person you need a medium aperture to make sure your subjects are in focus. For children, more times then not because they can't hold still sometimes a choice of  a medium to small aperture is better.

Friday, June 3, 2011

It Only Gets Better!

I had an awesome day yesterday. The first part of my day was a shoot with Cisco Graciano and Michelle Fleet at the famous Paul Taylor dance studio in Manhattan - awsome. I could not ask for two more talented, lovely, easy going, and fun people to be working with. The studio space was unbelievable. Afterwards, it was followed up by being invited to the Adorama Grand Opening Party at Adorama Professional. Really great party with wonderful people, good food and good drinks.  Had loads of fun, had many great conversations, and enjoyed meeting well-known and great photographer Bill Eppridge and his wife Adrienne. Even had a chance to meet the famous Mr. Mendlowitz of Adorama!  All in all met a lot of really lovely people yesterday, saw many old friends, and had a great shoot!  What else could you ask for?

Friday, May 13, 2011

Great Day

Had a fabulous day on Wednesday happened to be in the neighborhood of world famous artist Will Barnet and a gave him a call to say hello. I wound up spending the afternoon on a Park Bench in Gramercy Park on a beautiful sunny day catching up on life, the artworld, Will's recent shows and reviews by the New York Times, my photography and his future retrospective in September at National Academy of Art in NYC.  Will was going on about everyone loving the portrait I did of him so much (including him) and that my portraits have become famous and are being used everywhere from Farnsworth to Naples to the Montclair Museum, to the National Academy of Art and so on and for all his catalogs. He told me he had numerous well-known photographers, who made portraits of him over the years (he will be 100 years old on May 25th) but my photographs of him are by far, much better than, even the portrait that Arnold Newman did of him! It took me very much by surprise to hear that, and it  certainly made my day even more special.

That evening we were special guests at Manfrotto's Evening to Imagine More Event which was a very exciting and motivating affair and we had a wonderful time.
                                                                Artist Will Barnet Photo ©MMV JoAnne Kalish All Rights Reserved

 JoAnne & Violante Placido - she is so gorgeous!

JoAnne and Marcus Samuelsson 

                                                                JoAnne and Mia Moretti 

Monday, May 9, 2011

Why Fill Flash?

Certain situations lend themselves to using fill flash for a little more drama.

You can also use fill flash to add catch lights in someones eye's giving your subject a certain sparkle and excitment which draws the viewer in. When I say fill flash, I mean just that a little fill. You need to tweak down your strobe so you're getting a small amount of light but just enough. You really don't want the photograph to look like you used a flash at all. You're just looking for a little more dimension to your work. I've added some examples of what I'm talking about.    

All Photos©JoAnne Kalish

Monday, May 2, 2011

May 1, 2011 Justice A Long Time In Coming

© 2001 ©JoAnne .KalishIt's been nearly 10 years but justice has been done, to the most wanted face of Terrorism & the mastermind of the September 11th Tragedy. It is a new beginning for us all, but we must still remain vigilant. 

Friday, April 22, 2011

Pet Peeve #1 Does Your Work Really Belong In A Gallery?

© JoAnne Kalish

I've spent years working to develop a style of my own. Many upcoming photographers think that after a short amount of time acquiring a few skills their work is good enough to be should be shown in a gallery. A lot of amateur photographers pay to be shown in a gallery. Does your work really belong in a gallery just yet? Is there a theme to your work? A personal style? Or is it another picture of an old barn, a seagull or photos from your last vacation all framed up so nice, where you spend hundreds on matting and framing - the presentation may be professional but is it really art? Think about it. It brings the art of photography down - there's more to it then you think. Develop a style, hone your craft really work on it. Keep striving to make photographs rather than pictures have them say something about you, what do you care about? What do you most like to photograph? Nature? People, Portraiture? Sports? Fashion? Still Life? I can go on but won't. If you can't make up your mind try keeping your work in categories - all  portraiture together, all sports etc. See what you're best at and go with your strongest suit possibly. Develop and round out the category. What's it missing to make it better? When putting your best photos together remember this rule - "When in Doubt Leave it Out." What photos are weak and should be replaced to make a stronger statement?  

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Where've I Been?

Yes I haven't been blogging.  I've been caught up again in the hum drum business stuff.  Our workshop website needs to be radically changed so guess what?  Yes, I'm working on the changes and things are coming together a little more slowly then I was hoping for.  We all know stuff that looks easy sometimes is not that easy! I also have to figure out some new fun workshops to put together. We've also been updating our back up system to a professional system made by Wiebetech and the changeover takes time.  It's one thing adding new work but organizing old work, cleaning it up etc seems like it's never ending. To top this all off I have jury duty Friday. 

Hope you stay tuned....I'll be back

Friday, February 11, 2011

The Best Light

photos © JoAnne Kalish

While down in Florida visiting Family, we had a business meeting with a future client (also visiting family who happened to be coming in from Norther California.) Our meeting was to discuss the possibility of doing a very different type fo Photo Workshop.  We met with Bruce for the first time in a place they call the Wetlands - lots of wildlife and many types of birds.  I couldn't believe the amount of amateur photographers walking around with such large lenses and no tripods. It's a little cool for Florida right now, not much sun and I'm still as white as a ghost after my third day down here.  Actually, the day was overcast, the best time to make some really good photos outside.  Bruce said he had checked out the place the day before and said there were twice as many amateur photographers there on the sunny day.  We went late in the afternoon and just as the sun was starting to set and there were so many more opportunities to make some really good photos all the photographers were gone.  What a shame.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Too Damn Cold

It's January and it's too damn cold outside.  So cold I'm not going out unless I have to. I'm not even considering going out to go cross country skiing or ice skating.  There is one problem. I'm getting cabin fever!  I'm missing walking around with my camera.  The sun's been out the last few days, which makes going out a little more bearable. The other day, while waiting for my car to be loaded with some type of non- skid material for the walkway to the studio, I found myself watching a small herd of bulls as they were frolicking about at a local farm.  The sun was getting low and it was starting to look real pretty.  I grabbed my camera from the back seat and took a few shots. Boy did it feel good.  The sun was getting lower as I was driving away &  I came across a closing shot.
Photos ©JoAnne Kalish
Photos ©JoAnne Kalish