As a child I was fascinated by my father’s old cameras and darkroom equipment that gathered dust in a basement closet. They were mechanical puzzles and I was driven to covertly take them apart to see how they worked.

My retired film camera.

I still remember the panic and fear when the interwoven aperture blades of a lens came apart in my hands, and the relief when I finally managed to reassemble them.

And I was intrigued by the pictures my father had developed and printed.  His abandoned hobby seemed like magic.  Perhaps my interest in photography has a genetic underpinning…

While it’s become cliché to say photographs freeze moments in time, perhaps less obviously, they freeze subjects in space as well. A photograph flattens our four-dimensional world into a flat two-dimensional shortcut. In this compression lies the art.

I try to find interesting light in ordinary places where it escapes attention. My interests are eclectic and changing – from landscapes to urban, to people and portraiture. I like buildings.

Selfie with psychedelic bus reflected in an ice cream truck mirror.

Lightroom /post processing

In the Film Age, techno-photographers fine-tuned the dynamic range of an image by adjusting the negative’s exposure and development. Later, in the darkroom, they used dodging and burning to make local adjustments.

In those days, some purists believed these adjustments made photographic images dishonest, or less legitimate.  But I side with photographer Ansel Adams, darkroom pioneer extraordinaire,  who quipped that post-processing adjustments served to “take care of mistakes God made in establishing tonal relationships.”

Today’s digital post-processing techniques parallel those of film, requiring similar skill and patience – but much of the arduous calculation and preplanning has been eliminated.

Much of my work begins  after I’ve clicked the shutter. But there are limits to post-processing magic; the image must be fundamentally sound to begin with.

I try to achieve good tonality and color with global adjustments.  I try to avoid the overuse of local adjustments that can too easily spoil the dynamics of an image.

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Calibration of ocular equipment can not be overlooked in photography.

I’m proud to have been an Adobe Community Professional, part of a support team Adobe calls “creative experts around the world… extremely knowledgeable about one or more of our applications” and hope to continue that role in the future. I train people in Lightroom and Photoshop and have technical expertise in several web design applications.

Photographer for hire.

I am available to take creative, artistic photographs of you,  your family, friends, pets, home, business, posessions, or anything else in the world. Senior portraits a specialty. Reasonable rates.

Additionally you may purchase any image you see on my site.  I print images using acid-free materials; under reasonable conditions they will retain color and tone for 20 years or more.

Contact me: info@joelfriedmanphotography.com

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