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Flashlight Workshop Gyeongju

When it comes to workshops on photography (in English) you have very limited options in Korea. Outside of Seoul, your options almost drop to zero (I am working on changing that very soon). However, Dylan Goldby and Andy Faulk decided to change all that by putting together a workshop in the historic city of Gyeongju this past weekend. I had a chance to meet up with them and check these guys in action as they gave out their photographic secrets by the boatload.

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Peter DeMarco on Photo Contests

Let’s face it, the idea of winning a photo contest and getting a the top prize is pretty tempting. They are designed that way or else no one would enter. You get the feeling of satisfaction that your photo was chosen over all the others and you get a nice chunk of change for your hard work. What could be better than that?


The Perfect Other Job for a Photographer in Korea

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As I briefly mentioned before, I teach English at a university here in Korea. This job is well suited for creatives and photographer who are working abroad and need to balance work life with their photo life. I say this because many of us are not quite pro yet and need a visa in order to work in Korea. After spending 10 years here in Korea and working up from hogwans to public school, and now at a university I feel that I can finally take advantage of my days. However, the question that I get a lot is “how did I get this job?”


CNN Travel Love

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Recently, CNN published an article written by the legendary Peter DeMarco. The article was delayed a bit due to the ferry accident however, it went live last week and it was a nice surprise. I have to really thank Peter for writing such a great article and getting us even more exposure for our work.


How to use Evernote for Photography

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I used to be a pen and paper kind of photographer. That means that a lot of my thoughts, ideas, location picks, designs and whatnot were scattered across countless notebooks. I used to have one dedicated “photo notebook” but it was just never where I wanted it. When I needed to write something down, I reached for the first notebook that I saw and scribbled something down. The problem was that when I needed to see what I wrote, especially out in the field I a) didn’t/never had the same notebook or b) didn’t bring one at all.


ANOTHER EXPAT BLOG?


Busan Fireworks Festival 2013

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For years now I have drooled over the shots of the Gwangan Bridge ablaze with fireworks. I tried to get in position but the crowds and the traffic threw me off. My wife and I got close last year but gave up in the end when the police started moving everyone back. Thus, all we got to see were the backs of peoples heads.


Making a Website with Rapidweaver 5

One of the biggest challenges in photography is not so much photography but the marketing and tech side of things. Recently, I have taken to updating my website because these days I do so much work on my blog that I almost completely forgot that I ALSO have a website.

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my first webpage designed in Microsoft frontpage circa 2005


Korean Students Speak... and the Social Media World Listens

While North Korea grabs attention from the the world with  threats and missiles, South Korea has once again struck the social media bullseye with a photo blog of  Korean high school students holding up handwritten signs.  From their about page, the Tumblr blog 

"is a project started by a group of current Fulbright English Teaching Assistants working in South Korea. Although the main goal of the project is to promote freedom of expression and creativity, these pictures also provide insight into the daily lives and thoughts of the Korean youth. Since the project began in the fall of 2011, over a thousand students from all over the peninsula (and Jeju Island) have courageously put pen to paper"


Photography eBook Reviews

Photography eBook Reviews - Quality reviews of your favorite Photography eBooks

 


What Makes a Photographer?

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The statement goes “You are Not a Photographer. You just have an overpriced camera” That was the graphic that peeked my interest in the short lived discussion that I was eavesdropping on. The OP or original poster put most of the people that he saw with DSLR cameras into this category. A little irked by this blanket statement that could very well apply to me, I turned to the world’s largest photography forum… Google+


Mark Cohen Street Photographer in Ulsan

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Every Month or so the Ulsan Mirae (Future) Photography Forum brings in a new speaker to talk to it’s members about a range of different topics. If you remember a while ago, I was their first speaker and it was an interesting time. This time around it seemed more of a formal event. People seemed more engaged with the speaker and certainly asked a lot more questions.


I Got it!!!

 

So about a month or so ago, I started a project to see if I could get the espresso machine of my dreams using only the income earned from my photography. When I started I thought that it would be an easy thing. Little did I know that social or crowd funding was such a tricky business.

It was a long few weeks of campaigning and posting. Strangely enough, there was a mixed response largely due to how I put across my intentions. Most took this project as a “Something for nothing” type of deal rather than what I was thinking it was, and that was a “help me out in exchange for photos of Korea” deal.


Flash Light Photography Workshop: Recap

 

Participants test some of the new skills they learned during Saturday’s Workshop in Busan.


Hurting the Integrity of Photography

Uh oh I sharpened, saturated, under and over exposed, added contrast and made this “pedestrian” photo… sorry


Buddha’s Birthday Review

I love this time of year. I am not Buddhist but I do feel a great sense of calm when I am at temples, but sadly depending on the time you go, calm might not be achieved. However, this year I had a really great experience and even a personal tour of Junggwangsa.


The Internet

Something I was thinking about while enjoying a cup of coffee


Some Blogging Talk…

I like my blog. I really do. It’s fun. But then again, so is drinking until 5am. It’s something I like to do, but it’s not something I should do too often. Why? Well because as much fun as it is, it’s very distracting. Now, loyal readers (and new readers) that is not meant as a slur against your good taste and fine choice in character, more as a finger pointed at my own lack of self discipline outside of my regular contributions to this column.

WordPress blogs are great because they have wonderful statistics sections that one can peruse over for days, matching the number of hits against the popularity of some posts against others. This is one of my biggest distractions. Now, back in the day when this blog started I used to complain over the difference between a fourteen hit day and a sixteen hit day, these days it’s more like …eh, 34 against 36…maybe. Anyway, the hit count is a distraction. The only way I see my hit count staying regularly high is to post regularly, and that’s another distraction.


Where to Shoot! Anapji

You have all seen this same photo around and it may have put a few of you off from going there. It may have prompted some of you to go there. The fact of the matter is that Anapji Pond in Gyeongju is a beautiful place to visit when the weather is nice.

While the blossoms may have fallen, it is still a great time to head out to Gyeongju and relax in this popular site. The best time to visit, in order to get the “standard Anapji shot” is just after the sun touches down during the blue hour. However, this is the exact time that people go to shoot and trust me, you will no be alone, nor will your shots be original. Should that keep you from going? Hell, no! Go out and mingle. Find a new angle or go at a different time.


Where to Shoot! Weekend Edition

For this first post for what I hope to be a great series, I am going to give you a sort of mission and a place (if you are close by) to try and shoot. If you get something good, I will post if on next weeks edition. At any rate, the blossoms have sprung down here in Ulsan I am off to try and get some great shots. It is such an amazing time, but I think that these precious little flowers have been over shot in the typical sense. So your mission for this weekend is to check out the blossoms and find a new creative angle to shoot.


Food Shots: Bella Di Notte is Back

So the other night I got the hankering for some finely cooked Italian food. Now, this is hard to come by in Ulsan as there are many “Italian” restaurants or restaurants that serve “Italian” food but few actually make it properly. However, Bella Di Notte was not one of “those” restaurants and quickly gained a following here in Ulsan before it closed down last year. However, it is back now and closer to my place. I went there last night with my wife and got some shots to support an upcoming article for Ulsan Online.

At any rate, I love using my 50mm f/1.4 for food. Some is just something about the bokeh and the DOF that makes me love playing around with it. However, my wife hates it as she usually has to wait until I am finished shooting before she can eat. This was particularly painful last night as the food looked so amazing. Here are some of the shots that I got.


Influential People of 2011

 

Well Sol-lal is finished and for those who don’t know what that is, it is when Korea celebrates the Lunar New Year. Being as this is a blog about photography in Korea, I though that I would take this time to look back at the previous year. 2011 was a great year and so far 2012 is shaping up to be even better. I actually learned a great deal in 2011, thus I want to share it with you.

First of all I just want to give a shout out to the people that have inspired me and helped me out of the last year. These selection people have made a great impression on me over the past year and I just wanted say thanks.


Best of 2011 Photo Fest

Jeff at Koreabridge is at it again with another great photo event! Do you have a great picture from 2011? Submit it to the Koreabridge for your chance to win some great prizes. So far here is what they have to offer:

Prizes:  W250,000+ in cash and prizes
(so far)      (1st prize = W100,000)
 Type of Photo: Any photo taken in Korea in 2011
Deadline: January 10, 2012

Now even if you submitted to their summer photo contest (but didn’t win), you can still use your photos and you don’t even have to resubmit! Just follow the instructions and information on their page. Now, get out there and start looking of the year’s photos! The deadline again, is January 10th, 2012


Hacker Trash

So I have spent the last week or so combing through codes and files on my server to find where the nasty malware codes were hidden. It was an annoying process but I learned a lot and I will share with you my experience. I know that this has nothing to do with Korean Photography but being as everyone that I know takes photos and probably has a blog, this may be useful. Blogs and websites, as you know are all prey for these jerks and the more you know the safer you are.

Things you must know


Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photo Walk 2011

It is that time again! Time to get the photogs out and get some shots at Scott Kelby’s 2011 Worldwide Photo Walk! While I am still getting ready for this year’s photowalk which will be held in the Taehwa River Grand Park, I have a few questions for those who are interested in a day of photography and a great time.  Before I get to the questions, I guess I should explain what a “Worldwide Photo Walk” is.


Dasein Video

Just a quick post today as I am slightly under the weather. At any rate, in my morning blog checks, I stumbled across Chase Jarvis’s video about his Dasein Project that I posted about a little while ago. I really like the way that Chase thinks and his approach to his life and his photography.


Street Photography

Okay, I must be truthful with you, I was not a big fan of street photography.

That was before….

However, I have been taking great lengths to try and understand it because there is a huge following, especially here in Korea and around the world. For the past few months I have been studying the art and picking through the nuts and bolts or street photography to find out the attraction and how to do it. I must say that I have changed my feeling towards it.

Why was I not a Fan?


Korea Bridge Summer Photo Contest

Recently I had the opportunity to talk with Jeff Lebow of the Korea Bridge. Thus I am now helping out with the Korea Bridge Summer Photo Contest. Being a past winner myself (winter 2004… I think) I know how fun it is to participate in more of a local contest than those that I have featured recently. For me, winning the contest gave me a boost in confidence to further push my photography and I know that it will help you as well.

The contest is looking for photos from this Summer (2011) and there are two categories; Korea and outside of Korea. Why? well if you have travelled around and got some great summer of shots from Thailand for example but not much from Korea… well we’ve got you covered. The contest is open to anyone living in Korea, minus the judging panel and pro photographers. So that means pretty much anyone can enter.


Google + for Korean Photographers

I have been playing around with Google + now for a few weeks and have realized that it is a great place… mostly for photographers. Well, at least in my circles anyway. Since it started up it seems that many photographers like Trey Ratcliff have take full advantage of the social networking capabilities of this new social network and created vast lists of photographers around the world. I have even had the great opportunity to do a hangout with some great people in the creative community like Chris Backe Britt Kee and Steve Miller, all thanks to Jeff Lebow of the Korea Bridge.


Onelife Photo Contest

Remember yesterday I was talking about telling stories with pictures? Funny thing, I received an email from Popular Photography about a huge photography contest happening now. The topic? Your life… basically.

The Contest site is called “One Life” and the over theme, from what I gather is that “great photography tells stories” So they are looking for powerful images of any sort that portray life around the world.  The explain it further as:

what you love, your travels, or anything that reflects your world and experience.


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