A little later on Friday the 30th, meet at the information desk of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. There will be a free gallery talk given by James Meyer, Emory University's art historian, for the exhibition Anne Truitt: Perception and Reflection from 12:30-1:00PM.
Still later, Friday evening from 5:30-8:30PM the National Building Museum will be housing the Craft2Wear Show: Advance Chance Opening Party. Thirty-four artists will be presenting their latest design work - jewelry, accessories, and clothing - for purchase. Forty dollars and a call to (202)633-5006 will get you into this Friday night Advance Chance Opening Party. Regular admission for Saturday and Sunday 10:00AM to 5:00PM is $5. The Smithsonian Women's Committee has arranged this event to benefit education, outreach, and research projects within the Smithsonian. Please come and help make this event a success!
On Saturday, October 31st Anacostia Community Museum will be holding a day of activities focussing on el Dia de los Muertos, or "the Day of the Dead." At 11:00AM, Luis Felipe Lomeli of the Mexican Cultural Institute will be discussing the origins, beliefs, and traditions of this celebration. A documentary will follow. Then Renee Stout, a multi-media artist, will talk about how the Day of the Dead inspires her work. At 2:00PM, a workshop will be held to demonstrate how to build ofrendas, or altars, to honor and please returning souls. Arts educator and Mexican specialist, Teresa Grana will teach participants how to make paper flowers, papel picado (cut paper banners), and Calaveras (skulls) to decorate the altars. Bring photos to honor the departed in your family, and come join in this celebration.
On Friday, October 30th at 7:30 PM in the Freer Gallery's Meyer Auditorium, Bahman Panahi and Ali Mojallal will give a performance of Persian classical music. The event is free, but a ticket is required (click here for details http://www.asia.si.edu/events/ticketInfo.asp). On Saturday and Sunday, at 3PM in the Sackler Gallery come for Bahman Panahi's informal lecture-demonstration on relationships between Iranian music and calligraphy. Panahi is a Paris-based calligrapher and virtuoso of Persian classical music and has appeared in concerts and workshops throughout the Middle-East, North Africa, and Europe.
On Sunday, November 1st, the American Art Museum is offering Art a la Cart. This a unique opportunity for families to experience the museum hands-on. Come to the American Art Museum between 1:00PM and 4:00PM and you will have a chance to handle brushes, palettes, bison hide, bottle caps, and other cool artifacts!
Bun Kiat Lim, The Backstage Model, taken with Nikon D80
How does this reflect the theme, "S+ARTing Up"?
"The phone was taken on August 9, 2009 during the Indonesian fashion and 'Batik' show. It features Indonesian designer, Priyo Oktaviano with his couture collection and exhibition of 'Batik' collections of Ann Dunham. Shown in the picture are his awesome design. The photo reflects the moment just before 'S+art' of the fashion show. The models were ready to get on the catwalk and teased the eyes of all attendees on the beautiful fashion glamour."
There’s lots going on in a 7-day period, and the folks at Fotoweek HQ have made it easy for you to plan your attack.
The events that take place during FotoWeek DC attract not just those who make a living practicing the art, science, business, education, and craft of photography but also collectors, amateur photographers and the simply curious. In short, FotoWeek DC offers the entire Washington, D.C. community - and the lucky tourist who happens to be in town - the opportunity to come together to focus on photography’s place in our world, explore new ideas about the future of photography, and experience photography’s many forms and enriching power. The 2009 FotoWeek DC calendar is filled with exciting exhibitions, stimulating lectures series, and portfolio reviews by renowned judges.
An absolute must-see are the official Fotoweek exhibits at the seven official Fotoweek Central locations. In addition to the gallery, museum, and institution exhibitions, Fotoweek, itself, will host shows curated by Pulitzer-Prize winning photojournalist and former Washington Post photographer Lucian Perkins will be new images from Iraq and Russia, as well as a rare glimpse of Cuba. Also premiering is “Thy Brother’s Keeper,” powerful work by twenty-five photojournalists of renown who have “chronicled the complex multidimensional issues related to global justice and human rights transgressions.”
The festivities actually kick-off this week with FotoFusion: Fashion & Photography, Cocktails at Neiman Marcus. Don’t miss Fotoweek’s benefit party on October 29.
Register here for cocktails and fashion at Neiman Marcus to kick off Fotoweek, get a sneak preview of events, and hear remarks From Lucian Perkins, The Pulitzer Prize Winning Author of Runway Madness.
Thursday, October 29 6-9pm Neiman Marcus Store at Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20015
Visit the blog, which will be updated daily through the end of Fotoweek, for information about shows, daily event run-downs, and any other news you should be aware of to make the most of this action-filled week.
So, get ready! Who needs sleep? You'll have eleven and a half months to recover before next year.
Been disappointed with your Halloween photos of the past? Want to amp them up a bit, so they are really intriguing and spooky? Well, here are some terrific, easy-to-follow pointers on how to take amazing Halloween photos, pulled directly from Darren Rowse's, Halloween Photography Tips (http://digital-photography-school.com/halloween-photography-tips#).
Rule of Thirds:One way of enhancing the composition of your shots is to place your points of interest in smart positions. While the rule of thirdscan be broken with great effect it’s a useful principle to keep in mind.
Fill Your Frame:Halloween is a time of drama and you can add to this in your images by getting in nice and close and filling the frame with your subjects. Whether it’s people or objects – getting in nice and tight will usually add punch to your shots.
Find Fresh Angles:I suspect that the day after Halloween photo sharing websites will be filled with images of pumpkins that all look much the same. Make your images stand out by finding fresh perspectives to shoot from.
Photograph the Details:It’s easy to be distracted by the flashy parts of a time like Halloween but it’s often when you step back, take a look around and notice the smaller detailsthat you find the ‘money shots’. Times like Halloween are filled with all kinds of smaller details and photo worthy moments including decorations, carving the pumpkin, people getting dressed in costumes, sleeping kids at the end of parties, bags full of treats at the end of the night, the ‘fangs’ in Aunt Marie’s mouth, before and after shots of parties, close ups of food etc.
Shooting in Low Light:To really capture the mood of these situations [the dark lighting of most Halloween activities] you’ll want to avoid the stark and bright light of flash photography (or will want to at least pull it back a few stops and diffuse it) and so you’ll need to switch off your flash and do one (or all) of three things to some extent (this is from our exposure triangle series of posts):
increase your ISO – the larger your number the more sensitive your image sensor is to light and the darker conditions you can shoot in without having to slow down shutter speed. On the downside you’ll get more grainy/noisey shots.
slow down shutter speed – choosing a longer shutter speed lets more light into your camera. On the downside you’ll see any movement in your shots blur (which might add to the spookiness of the image but could also ruin it). Consider using a tripod if you lengthen your shutter speed.
use a larger Aperture – this widens the hole in your lens and lets more available light in. It will also lessen the depth of field in your shots. If you have a DSLR with a few different lenses use the ‘fastest’ lens you own as it will let you choose larger apertures. For example my f1.4 lens handles low light much better than my f4 lens.
Diffuse Your Flash:Another strategy that I’ve heard of some readers doing at this time of year is diffusing the flash on your camera with colored cellophane to try to lesson its impact upon your shot and also to give the light it produces a glow that might add to your shots – Red might be a good color to try. You’ll probably want to test this before the big night as getting the right density of diffuser will be critical.
Jack-o-Lanterns:Photographing Jack-o-Lanterns is particularly tricky as to get the full effect of the glowing inside the pumpkin is a bit of a tightrope walk between overexposing and underexposing due to the light and dark patches in the shot you take. Instead of just one candle inside it is probably worth using two or three to give a little extra light. Also take a number of shots at different exposures (exposure bracketing) and you should get one or two that give you the impact you’re after.
Send in your spooky, spirited Halloween pictures to enter Smithsonian Studio Arts’ 3rd Photo Contest!From costumed kiddies to nightmarish characters, we’re looking for images that embody the imaginative and startling spirit of Halloween.
by John Wardell
·The contest will be accepting submissions from today, Oct. 26th, until Nov. 18th.Winners will be announced and posted on November 20th.
·Email JPEG image files to TSAStudioArts@si.edu.Files may be no larger than 1 MB.Within the body of the email include your name, address, email, and the approximate date that the photo was taken.Please make a note of whether the image is digital or film-based.
oAlong with the file image, please submit a paragraph (150 words maximum) explaining the photograph and the inspiration behind it.
·The winning entries will be announced and posted on Facebook.Selected Finalists will also be displayed in a runner-up gallery.
·The first, second, and third place winner will be announced and displayed on the Smithsonian Studio Arts Facebook
oBest of Show: 10% off one Studio Art class (Valid for one year)
·A mini-panel of judges will decide the winners based on how well the photos convey the theme and the basic photographic rules of composition, exposure, originality and artistry.
Rules for the Photo Contest:
·The contest is open to all RAP Members who are Facebook fans of the Smithsonian Studio Arts.The contest is open to professionals, hobbyists, and amateurs.
·All entries must conform to Facebook’s terms of service.
·- NO Violence.
·- NO Racism.
·- NO Personal or Individual attacks.
·- NO Profanity, Vulgar, or Offensive Language.
·- NO Illegal Drug Use.
·- NO Pornography.
·- NO Underage Alcohol Consumption.
·Images must have been taken by the individual submitting the images.Limit of one entry per person.
·Images may be no larger than 1MB.
·Anyone submitting an image assumes any, and all legal responsibilities associated with the image; such as copyright issues etc.
·By submitting an image you are agreeing to these rules. Any images or conduct in violation of TSA Studio Arts’, or Facebook’s policies will be disqualified.