MEET. Jamey Stillings


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Meet Photographer and APA | San Diego member, Jamey Stillings.

Who are your top 5 favorites that you’re following on Instagram?
@andyandersonphoto, @michaelclarkphoto, @raniamatar, @itsreuben, @danielbeltraphoto, @kathyryan

What is your camera of choice?
I work extensively with both Canon and Nikon systems, on the ground and in the air respectively. Also, I shoot Sony for some situations… I really love the little Sony RX100vi! But, I can imagine shooting with (at least thoroughly testing out) a FUJIFILM GFX 100 in the not-too-distant future. I want to take one up in the air and see how I like working with it from a helicopter!

What do you listen to when you’re shooting?
The sounds of the helicopter or airplane and the pilot’s voice…

Who were your biggest influencers?
OMG, there are so many! One thing about loving photography is being passionate about looking at, and being humbled by, the amazing work of others. However, looking at the imagery of others does not necessarily mean being influenced. For instance, I love the work of many other aerial photographers, both historical and contemporary – William Garnett, Emmet Gowin, Daniel Beltrá, David Maisel, Kasper Kowalski, Ed Burtynsky, for example… but when I am in the air, my vision is personal and intuitive.

As for other photographers being super human beings, I am blessed with great photographer friends around the world. Their vision, kindness and generosity always amaze me.

What were you doing before you became a Photographer?
I majored in art & art history in university, and then got an MFA in photography. My early steps, in the world of photojournalism, documentary and commercial work, grew out of these opportunities to learn new technical skills and develop a personal approach.

What 3 words describe your photography style?
Empathy, intuition, distillation

When were you first introduced to Photography?
I got a Brownie camera in Cub Scouts that I took on school field trips and family travels. In junior high, my friend and I built a darkroom using dad’s WW2 equipment. Guess it has been awhile…

What was the best piece of advice you were given starting out?
Knowing why you photograph and what to photograph is more important and challenging than learning the technical side of the medium.

If you weren’t a Photographer, what would you be doing?
Earlier in my life, I would have said an architect. At this point, I would seek other ways to focus on the important issues surrounding critical environmental issues, especially climate change. I love seeing great examples of “appropriate technology” – simple, low impact solutions to reduce our individual and collective impact on the planet.

What do you do when you get stuck?
I spend quality time with the family, and/or get on my road bike, go skiing or hiking. Getting out into the analog world is an amazing way to reset the psyche, soul and body!

Do you have a favorite podcast?
I have a lot, but a few include: Hidden Brain, How I Built This, Code Switch, This American Life, Latino USA, Revisionist History…

What is your best marketing advice for your peers?
Treat everyone you meet with respect and kindness. Always push to do you best and most creative work. Cross your T’s and dot your I’s.

What advice would you give to yourself if you could go back 10 years? 20 years?
For more than 25 years, my personal mantra has been:

Each moment of choice is both an opportunity and a sacrifice.

If I could go back ten or twenty years? I would push even harder on my personal projects, my personal creativity, and always trust my intuition.

Check out more work from Jamey Stillings.

Architecture Roundtable, May 23, 2019

© John Durant

Architectural Photographer.
It has a nice ring to it. Sounds sophisticated – a specialist. There’s travel to interesting locations. And mixing with brilliant people. Tell me more…
Join APA San Diego on May 23rd for an Architectural Roundtable hosted by veteran photographer, John Durant, who will share his 35 years of wisdom on business practices, photographic techniques, rights, usage and more.

This is event has limited space so reserve your seat early here.

WHEN:
Thursday, May 23, 2019  |  Doors open at 6:30 pm, Event begins at 7:00 pm

WHERE:
John Durant Studio | 3421 Tripp Court, Studio 4  |  San Diego, CA 92121

COST:
Free to APA Members
Non-members: $10

 

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Portfolio Review Roundtable, April 11, 2019

Collection of photo portfolios by artist Bil Zelman© Bil Zelman

When was the last time you gave your portfolio a good long look? What about a ruthless edit? A portfolio has one purpose; to get you work. Every image that doesn’t show your vision dilutes it. Join APA | SD and your industry peers for a lively discussion about what makes a portfolio great.

The first six people to sign up will be eligible for a 10 minute review of their print or online portfolio. When registering, please indicate if you would like to be included for review.

We also encourage all attendees to bring their portfolios to share. Due to time restraints we cannot guarantee that all work will be reviewed.

All event attendees will receive a special gift from 4by6.com to print 25 business cards or postcards for free!

This is event has limited space so reserve your seat early here.

WHEN:
Thursday, April 11th, 2019  |  Doors open at 6:30 pm, Event begins at 7:00 pm

WHERE:
Riverdale Studios  |  6314 Riverdale Street  |  San Diego, CA 92120

COST:
Free to APA Members
Non-members: $10

 

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‘Behind the Scenes with Art Streiber and Michele Romero.’

Thank you to everyone who attended our event last week at MOPA with photographer Art Streiber and special guest, Entertainment Weekly Photo Editor Michele Romero. We were happy to have a great turnout of students, members, old friends and new. Michele and Art gave an unforgettable presentation and behind the scenes tour of their most recent collaborations together. We are grateful for the support of our photo community, sponsors and partners who help make these events possible.

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MEET. Donna Cosentino


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Meet Donna Cosentino, a newly retired Photography professor, APA | San Diego member and founder of The Photographer’s Eye Collective in Escondido.

Who are your top 5 favorites that you’re following on Instagram?
I like the variety of genres and lifestyles I can check out on IG. I learn from everyone… @jgrantbrittain; @lorivrba; @paulnicklen; @mattblack_blackmatt; @waynemartinbelger; and a host of former students, other artists and working photographers from all over the world. I love IG.

What is your camera of choice?
My Rolleiflex twin lens. But I use my iPhone every day

What do you listen to when you’re shooting?
Mother Nature  (but in the darkroom­–Blues)

Who were your biggest influencers?
I was influenced by street photographers (it was the 70’s after all) but also fell in love with historic photographers and processes so I let it all soak in.

Julia Margaret Cameron, Alfred Stieglitz, Carleton Watkins, and Anna Atkins are favorites from history. Certain books shaped my understanding of story-telling: Robert Frank-The Americans, Doris Ulmann-The Darkness and the Light, Bill Owens-Suburbia, Donna Ferrato-Living with the Enemy, Most importantly, Mary Ellen Mark for her way of seeing and relating to her subjects.  

What were you doing before you became a Photographer?
I was a floundering art student

What 3 words describe your photography style?
Connected.  Reflective.  Imperfect

When were you first introduced to Photography?
1971 in college by a cute boy with long hair and great facial hair. We became lovers. We are still great friends.

What was the best piece of advice you were given starting out?
Be open. Practice your craft.

If you weren’t a Photographer, what would you be doing?
I wanted to be a teacher at five years old. I became a Photojournalist, and then a teacher of photography. I loved gallery work as a teacher and now that I’ve recently retired from thirty years of teaching, I am a gallery director. I could never stop photographing or teaching or working with other photographers…it’s all part of who I am.

What do you do when you get stuck?
I go to the desert and breathe.

Do you have a favorite podcast?
ON Being with Krista Tippett

What is your best marketing advice for your peers?
Let someone help you edit your portfolio. You may not recognize images that need to go away.

What advice would you give to yourself if you could go back 10 years? 20 years?
Low spots are temporary. Trust your voice. Don’t be afraid of love. Jump

Check out more work from Donna Cosentino.

Member Benefit: 40% Discount on 4by6 Printing

4by6 Portfolio Packs, customize your quantities starting with 25 prints.

Hey there! Gary Allard, APA|SD Chapter President here and I want to share my love for print. In this day and age when we are bombarded with digital imagery at every turn, from every angle, holding a printed piece of art hits an emotional spot that many of us are losing touch with.

And that’s a shame because, now more than ever, we have the resources to make amazingly beautiful prints for a fraction of the price we used to pay. Which brings us to our APA partner, 4by6. This online printing resource stands out in a few ways. First, the attention to quality is at the forefront of their business. They require a higher resolution file than most other printers, which results in more detail in the printed piece. And the hands-on attention given to each order is also a refreshing surprise; the last order I submitted had rasterized type, the art tech emailed with a concern, replaced exactly my copy (font and all) with vector type so it would print cleaner, and assured me it was all in the system and going to print without delay. Try finding that with other online print resources.

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Lastly, the flexible options for quantities, sizes, card stock, and products is almost overwhelming. My business cards are printed on the “Blackline” multilayer heavy stock. For my print promos I chose the recycled stock which has a great feel and surprisingly sharp and vibrant color. If you can’t decide, sign up for a free sample kit to get a first hand feel of all the options. Shipping is quick (they are based in the Bay Area) and all my orders have arrived before the expected date.

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Here’s the best part: APA|SD members receive a 40% discount on all orders. That’s huge. So if you’re thinking about that next print promo, or need new business cards, give them a try. And if you need one more reason? They plant a tree for every order they receive. Really. Honestly, I’m sold. And also not being compensated for this testimonial. Well, except for the discount, but you can get that too!

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‘Behind the Scenes with Art Streiber and Michele Romero’

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© Art Streiber

Join us for a behind the scenes experience including a talk and slide presentation at Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park on Thursday, March 14th, 2019.

APA | San Diego presents ‘Behind the Scenes with Photographer Art Streiber and special guest, Entertainment Weekly Photo Editor Michele Romero.’ The two will share their creative working process that helps them achieve dynamic images, discuss their past decade of collaboration and take attendees behind the scenes on a few of their recent shoots from concept, production, to execution.

Michele Romero has been with Entertainment Weekly since the first issue launched in 1990 and has contributed to more than 1500 issues to date. Art Streiber shot his first assignment for the magazine in 1996 and has since photographed over 30 covers for the magazine.

WHEN:
March 14, 2019 | Doors open at 6:00 pm and event starts at 6:30 pm

WHERE:
The Museum of Photographic Arts | 1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

COST:
APA and MOPA Members: $15
Students: $15
Affiliates (AIGA, ASMP, YBH, LPW): $20
Non-members: $25

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ABOUT:

Michele Romero is a Senior Level Original Image Content Creator with a focus on Global Pop Culture for a National Publication/Brand with Worldwide Social Media Reach. Translation: Senior Picture Editor for Entertainment Weekly Magazine. Romero has 30 years of experience producing award winning magazine photography and is passionate about the history of Photography, Film, Television, and Literature. She is a concept artist with many original ideas purchased or recreated by movie studios, television studios and record labels for marketing and advertising use. She loves photographers and photography but not necessarily in that order.

Art Streiber is a Los Angeles-based freelance photographer specializing in portrait, reportage, entertainment, and advertising photography. At the beginning of his career, Streiber served as co-bureau chief for Fairchild Publications in Milan, Italy, where he contributed to Women’s Wear Daily, W magazine, and M magazine.  Streiber currently serves on the Board of the Los Angeles Center of Photography and the PhotoPlus Expo Advisory Board. For the last decade, Streiber’s imagery has been selected to appear in American Photography and Communication Arts Photography Annual. He is inspired by the great portrait, fashion and documentary photographers of the mid 20th Century. Streiber was introduced to photography in middle school by his grandfather, an avid amateur with his own darkroom, and has a BA in Communications from Stanford University.

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