New Look for a New Year!

It’s the mid-winter reset!

OK so the New Year isn’t a clean-cut video game reset.  The past still happened and the ramifications still exist, but that’s not what the whole “resolution” thing is all about anyway.  The New Year isn’t for starting over, but for learning from last year and reinventing yourself.

Which is precisely how I’m getting down… now, where to start…

IT’S A WHOLE NEW CITY!

As of a week and a half ago, JonKPhoto is Royal Oak official2013-12-27_Royal Oak_DSC4760!  Royal Oak, Michigan is my new base of operations.  You may not think 15 miles would make much of a difference when it comes to clientele, but it it’s surprising how many companies you notice in an area when you’re always there as opposed to just driving through.

20131227_111525 WPThere are a few details that need sorting.  Paper work needs organizing. My desk still needs to be relocated – I’m currently coffee-tabling it up.  But all things considered, I’m stoked for the new market.  What with being a solid half-hour closer to downtown, I’m really looking forward to the new opportunities.

IT’S A WHOLE NEW COMPANY!

Well, yes and no.  For about 2 years, I’ve been offering media services beyond just photography, but they were almost entirely by request.  As of 3 weeks ago, this site and all my promotional whatnots are firmly rooted in multimedia.

To get a feel for what I’m talking about and to see why multimedia is so incredibly important for the success of a business, swing by my ABOUT page and take a gander at the breakdown.

IT’S A WHOLE NEW AUDIENCE!

In the last 3 months I’ve been regularly requested to critique portfolios, review projects, and speak to media students.  Developing into my career I always knew the ability to communicate clearly was essential, but it never crossed my mind that I may actually enjoy public speaking.

Each and every one of my clients and projects requires a unique and completely customized solution.  It’s the exact same with audiences.  Whether you’re talking with a 45-year old hobbyist about to turn pro, a room full of undergrad students, or an auditorium jam-packed with high schoolers ready to start their education, you’ve GOT to connect with your audience.  It’s just the kind of challenge I love.

So 2014 will see the next big evolution in JonKPhoto.  Motivational seminars for current, upcoming, and future creative professionals are about to hit Metro Detroit like so much inspiration!

In the meantime, the JonKPhotoClasses site has been totally overhauled and is fully loaded with an array of personalized photo and career development courses, ready to shock-&-awe you right into your new career.

IT’S A WHOLE NEW BODY OF WORK!

If you’ve been anywhere near my site in the last few weeks, you’ve probably heard me mention the fully re-vamped fine art site.  If you haven’t, then let me elaborate…

I began my photographic education as a fine art photographer.  In the process, I got bits and pieces of experience with the skill sets and lighting techniques essential for commercial photography.  The rest is history.  But that’s not to say I ever stopped shooting the stuff I simply like to shoot.

Over the past years, my portfolio amassed a rather sizable selection of work.  While organizing and reconstructing the site, I realized that while I refined and adjusted my techniques and styles, the subject matter never really changed (at least on a broad scale).  It became apparent that nearly all of my imagery is of Michigan.

So the site was overhauled and is now the home to a body of work devoted to images of and inspired by Michigan – my home state and pretty much the most awesome place I’ve ever known.  To get an eyeful of Great Lakes goodness, check it out at JonKArtography.com

EVEN SOME NEW PICTURES!

You know me – a conclusion isn’t a conclusion without a bit of shiny new eye candy.

In the recent holiday season, my parents gifted a lovely set of forged-steel Wusthof blades for my culinary endeavors.  As with any sparkling new metal instrument, some pictures were in order.  Drop me a comment and let me know what you think.

And have a glorious new year!!

– Jon

Just a Little Fun

Here’s a brief interlude to your day.

In my last post, I showed you a few of my shots from Chicago.  Well, while I was there, I sank my teeth into a project I’m working on.  See, a photographer by the name of Chris Clor has been a substantial inspiration for the past number of year, his creative ideas for imagery aside, a driving factor in his work revolves around stitching together pieces of a picture to create something that simply couldn’t exist in real life.  Now, I don’t have an intention of trying to replicate his work (I have my own style).  One process he uses, however, is simply a good idea regardless of who you are.  Whether he is working on a specific image or just out shooting, Chris continually ads to his collection of pictures that could be, at some later date, used in a larger project.

As it was described to me back in the day by one of my first photo teachers, I tend to have a “cinematic style.”  That being said, I began looking for settings that had a kind of movie-like-still look to them.  Almost as if you could see the main character holding a conversation or looking for clues to a mystery in such a dark ally.

So, while I was in Chicago, I scoped out some fairly movie-esque scenes that could fit a subject shot at a later date.

– Jon

Here’s the first shot from the Chicago backgrounds:

And here are the pieces:

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100 Tips from a Professional Photographer

This was forwarded to me a couple weeks ago.  I’m not sure who sent it to me, it’s just been an open tab in my Firefox for a while.

It’s fairly self-explanatory: a list of 100 things that should regularly be rolling around in every photographer’s head.  Now, I’m not one to repost lists of opinionated stuff that I see on-line, but this is a bit different.  It’s not preachy, it’s not all opinion-based (black and white is better than color, digital sucks… so on), and it’s not specific over-stated tech talk.  Most importantly, it’s just good advice.

Eric Kim is a street photographer who teaches workshops all over the world.  This is his brain child:

1. Just because someone has an expensive camera doesn’t mean that they’re a good photographer.
2. Always shoot in RAW. Always.
3. Prime lenses help you learn to be a better photographer.
4. Photo editing is an art in itself
5. The rule of thirds works 99% of the time.
6. Macro photography isn’t for everybody.
7. UV filters work just as well as lens caps.
8. Go outside & shoot photos rather than spending hours a day on photography forums.
9. Capture the beauty in the mundane and you have a winning photograph.
10. Film isn’t better than digital.
11. Digital isn’t better than film.
12. There is no “magic” camera or lens.
13. Better lenses don’t give you better photos.
14. Spend less time looking at other people’s work and more time shooting your own.
15. Don’t take your DSLR to parties.
16. Girls dig photographers.
17. Making your photos b/w doesn’t automatically make them “artsy”
18. People will always discredit your work if you tell them you “photoshop” your images. Rather, tell them that you process them in the “digital darkroom”.
19. You don’t need to take a photo of everything.
20. Have at least 2 backups of all your images. Like they say in war, two is one, one is none.
21. Ditch the neck strap and get a handstrap.
22. Get closer when taking your photos, they often turn out better.
23. Be a part of a scene while taking a photo; not a voyeur.
24. Taking a photo crouched often make your photos look more interesting.
25. Worry less about technical aspects and focus more on compositional aspects of photography.