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Richard Kelly

My New Reality is Virtual and Somewhat Augmented

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My initial impressions of the Virtual Reality image concept was that VR seemed like a bell or a whistle but wouldn’t make much of a day-to-day difference to my image viewing experience. In fact, that was the impression I’d had since the mid-1990’s when photographers started playing with VR imaging. Last spring when I arrived at SXSW Interactive in Austin, I was still skeptical of VR.  I had begun to see what the new VR…

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Be More Social in 2016

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We have much more to learn about social media and the role it plays in our culture and communications. In 2015,I started the year by learning more deeply how these social channels that dominate the media (not just social) landscape. First, I downloaded to my Kindle, The Art of Social Media by Guy Kawasaki and Peg Fitzpatrick. I suggest you add it to your 2016 reading list and check out their Power Tips for Power…

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Shoot Your Way Through It.

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I’m a photographer. I frame my world. But sometimes I can’t see anything. Sometimes it is something outside my world that blocks my view; most often it is inside my head. Whatever the cause the prescription is the same; I have got to shoot my way through it. I credit photographer Jim Krantz for the phrase that is now my go-to solution; it describes the action I have taken for most of my life when…

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Why I Heart Instagram

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For most of my freelance life – from the mid-1980’s till the early 2k’s I kept a call log next to my office phone. That sentence sounds a bit funny to me today; I don’t even have a phone in my studio anymore, and haven’t since 2002. Anyway, that call log was a list of phone calls I would make on Monday and Tuesday mornings. I kept track of whether I talked with someone, left…

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Photography is the Disruptor

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At many cocktail parties, conversations usually start with “Hey, I bet digital cameras have changed your business.” I usually explain that the digital camera is only a small component of the bigger disruption affecting my business and add that photography itself, is always a disruptor. When Mr. Niépce, fixed the first photographic images over a century ago, painters were disrupted. When roll film was prepackaged for cameras and consumers let Mr. Eastman do the rest,…

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This is a Test of the Team RK System and Only a Test.

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Even at this stage of my career I want to “test” new ideas or try new approaches to old ideas or just flat out want to work on a personal shot for my portfolio. Depending on the scope of the project that I give myself I will assemble the same team that I would if I was working on a client assignment. I will often reach out to TEAM RK and tell them all about…

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Preparing For a Final Edit

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Like many of my peers, I started snapping pictures with film in a camera. All of us who started this way have stories of falling in love with photography as we watched the image develop in a tray of developer under the glow of a red safe-light. We have a romantic connection with these celluloid frames and we promised ourselves we would treasure every last frame until the end. Well, what happens when the end…

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I Wish I Could Have a Do-Over For All Of My Portfolio Reviews

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I could write a book on how to not do a portfolio review. I have made all the mistakes and despite that I have somehow crafted a long and satisfying career. Here are 10 important tips I’ve learned along the way: 1) Know who you are going to see before you step out the door. Nothing leaves a bad impression more than showing a book of pictures to a reviewer that is not relevant to…

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Five Lessons I Learned from my Dad About Photography

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My dad knows nothing about photography, but he is a mechanic who loves his tools. I learned a lot working with my dad on automobiles and home remodeling projects. I now pass these lessons on to my assistants, and I hope they pass them on to their assistants. 1) Always use the appropriate tool for the job. Unless you are “Macgyvering,” never use a kitchen knife in place of a screwdriver, a leather shoe for…

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Hold Still, a Book I Recommend for Summer Reading

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I like to read for inspiration during the summer. On my bedside table this week, is Hold Still, A Memoir with Photographs, by Sally Mann. I have been a fan of her photography since I saw her first book, At Twelve,  in the late 1980’s. I enjoy reading biographies and memoirs. Finding a book about a contemporary photographer, particularly someone with whom I have also enjoyed numerous conversations,  is especially interesting. As a portrait photographer…

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