Chris Crisman Photography

Weekly Wrap-up, July 2nd – 6th

It seems strange to me that the fourth of July fell in the middle of the week this year. The Wednesday holiday makes you ask yourself what to do? Do I work the whole week? Do I vacation? Definitely tough questions, but I think we all found a suitable balance these past few days. After a few local shoots to start off the week, Chris went off the grid to celebrate July fourth and took a few days of much needed rest and relaxation. I also took advantage of the holiday to spend a few days in the (air conditioned) peace and quite of our studio, prepping, fixing, upgrading and keeping things running on track. Keep reading to see what else we did over the past few days…

Our summer intern Alex managed to sit in for a few light tests and get some very serious looking shots taken. Keep an eye out for a more in depth interview with Alex later this summer.

Well here it is folks, if you’ve ever wondered how Chris does it… that’s the secret, just take a ton of self-portraits.

You might have noticed in the above photos that we got our hands on the new Pocketwizard Plus III. I haven’t had a chance to test out all the fancy bells-and-whistles, but it feels very solidly built and functions flawlessly. It’s definitely an upgrade over the Plus II model.

I also took advantage of the peace and quite in the studio for a few days to test our some of our equipment and make a few necessary repairs. One loose screw might not seem like a big deal at the time, but if you let it get away from you, the next thing you know, your whole kit can fall apart.

As far as what you may have missed this week on the internet:

 – We shared the meaning of life with our awesome rep, Heather Elder

 – We showed a sneak peak from a very smoky and saucy BBQ photoshoot

I’m going to do something unusual here and devote the rest of the week’s links to one particular subject, photographer Joe Klamar’s portraits of the US Olympic Athletes and the internet backlash they have generated. We’ll leave our opinions out of the matter for now, but it may be something we’ll revisit in-depth in the future. For now, take a look at the links below and decide for yourself. Let us know what you think in the comments or @crismanphoto and @robertluessen on twitter.

– The original Reddit thread that started the internet discussion

– A Photo Editor weighs in on the matter (there’s heated discussion in the comments)

– The whole take of portraits + a few other photographer’s work mixed in

– An interesting and slightly cynical take on the matter from Bagnews

– Another take and more information from AFP correspondent Marlowe Hood

Last but not least…

We had to enjoy the fourth of July just a little bit…


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