Ibarionex Perello

Ibarionex Perello

Ibarionex Perello is a photographer, writer and educator with over 25 years of experience in the photographic industry. He is the host and producer of The Candid Frame podcast (thecandidframe.com), which he has been producing since 2006. The show has featured hundreds of conversations with some of the world’s best established and emerging photographers including Sam Abell, Mary Ellen Mark, Eli Reed, Ruddy Roy, Maggie Steber and many others.He has written hundreds of articles for magazines and has authored six books on the subject of photography. His most recent book is Making Photographs: Developing a Personal Visual Workflow.He lives in the Los Angeles area with his wife Cynthia and their dog, Zooey.

PUTTING TOGETHER THE PIECES

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Photography is sometimes like putting together a puzzle. The completed image is in the box, but you must figure out how to put it all together, piece by piece. You dump the pieces on a large table, and it feels overwhelming. But, from experience, you know you must begin somewhere. You gather like pieces of texture, color, or shape. You slowly discover what pieces go where and which don’t. Over time, the image inevitably reveals itself, providing you with a sense of achievement.  Photography is like that. The difference is that the pieces come from the real world. There’s no box to provid...

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Photography is sometimes like putting together a puzzle. The completed image is in the box, but you must figure out how to put it all together, piece by piece. You dump the pieces on a large table, and it feels overwhelming. But, from experience, you know you must begin somewhere. You gather like pieces of texture, color, or shape. You slowly discover what pieces go where and which don’t. Over time, the image inevitably reveals itself, providing you with a sense of achievement.  Photography is like that. The difference is that the pieces come from the real world. There’s no box to provid...

A SOLEMN AND CREATIVE MOMENT

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I removed my shoes to walk on the sands of Omaha Beach, the site of a significant turning point in World War II, and was surprised by how small the beachhead was. The ridgeline where German troops were entrenched was not as high as I’d expected. My brief walk from the waterline to the sidewalk was relatively quiet, except for waves lapping at the beach’s edge.  Decades ago, this beach in Normandy was not the tourist destination it is now. On June 6, 1944, thousands of American and Allied troops stormed the beach. It was a pivotal assault that began France’s liberation, and eventually end...

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I removed my shoes to walk on the sands of Omaha Beach, the site of a significant turning point in World War II, and was surprised by how small the beachhead was. The ridgeline where German troops were entrenched was not as high as I’d expected. My brief walk from the waterline to the sidewalk was relatively quiet, except for waves lapping at the beach’s edge.  Decades ago, this beach in Normandy was not the tourist destination it is now. On June 6, 1944, thousands of American and Allied troops stormed the beach. It was a pivotal assault that began France’s liberation, and eventually end...

It’s raining in Paris. It begins as a soft drizzle as I go down Avenue du Président Kennedy, along the Seine River. The light is soft and diffused from the overcast sky, lacking the strong contrast between light and dark. I nevertheless welcome it. I’m in Paris, after all.  My wet polo shirt clings to me like an adhesive. I periodically wipe away the accumulation of water on my shaved scalp. Droplets of water collect on my glasses, but I give up trying to remove them; I only succeed in smudging them, making it harder to see things sharply. I need that clarity as I select and compose scen...

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It’s raining in Paris. It begins as a soft drizzle as I go down Avenue du Président Kennedy, along the Seine River. The light is soft and diffused from the overcast sky, lacking the strong contrast between light and dark. I nevertheless welcome it. I’m in Paris, after all.  My wet polo shirt clings to me like an adhesive. I periodically wipe away the accumulation of water on my shaved scalp. Droplets of water collect on my glasses, but I give up trying to remove them; I only succeed in smudging them, making it harder to see things sharply. I need that clarity as I select and compose scen...

SEEING THE BEAUTY IN THE ODD

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I made my first good photograph shortly after learning the fundamentals of the camera. I was a member of the Boys Club of Hollywood, where one of the counselors introduced me to photography. I knew then that photography was the only thing I wanted to do.  I captured that photograph during a competition where boys would compete in games, including billiards, bumper pool, ping-pong, and table soccer. The picture was of one of the boys, leaning over the edge of the pool table, ready to take his shot. I carefully composed the photograph with the subject at the left edge of the frame, the poo...

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I made my first good photograph shortly after learning the fundamentals of the camera. I was a member of the Boys Club of Hollywood, where one of the counselors introduced me to photography. I knew then that photography was the only thing I wanted to do.  I captured that photograph during a competition where boys would compete in games, including billiards, bumper pool, ping-pong, and table soccer. The picture was of one of the boys, leaning over the edge of the pool table, ready to take his shot. I carefully composed the photograph with the subject at the left edge of the frame, the poo...

EMBRACING COMPLEXITY

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There have been countless lessons I’ve learned about photography. The most important lesson, however, is that there isn’t one singular way to practice photography. We each wield the equipment and software differently. Photographs are unique based on how we see the world and what we want to express. It took me a while to understand that.  Like countless beginning photographers, I was fixated on gear and technique. That was appropriate during those early years. I learned about light, exposure, and postprocessing, which was necessary to achieve consistently good results. This was an essenti...

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There have been countless lessons I’ve learned about photography. The most important lesson, however, is that there isn’t one singular way to practice photography. We each wield the equipment and software differently. Photographs are unique based on how we see the world and what we want to express. It took me a while to understand that.  Like countless beginning photographers, I was fixated on gear and technique. That was appropriate during those early years. I learned about light, exposure, and postprocessing, which was necessary to achieve consistently good results. This was an essenti...

One of the signs of getting older is the changing of perspective: Things that were important in my twenties and thirties are less so in my fifties. It’s the culmination of life experiences, both good and bad, and wisdom derived from countless moments.  In my youth, I saw photography as an opportunity for life change. It was more than an outlet for creativity. It offered a career path that propelled me from the streets of South Los Angeles into places I’d only imagined as a child. The joy of making photographs provided opportunities I once thought unimaginable, including traveling the wor...

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One of the signs of getting older is the changing of perspective: Things that were important in my twenties and thirties are less so in my fifties. It’s the culmination of life experiences, both good and bad, and wisdom derived from countless moments.  In my youth, I saw photography as an opportunity for life change. It was more than an outlet for creativity. It offered a career path that propelled me from the streets of South Los Angeles into places I’d only imagined as a child. The joy of making photographs provided opportunities I once thought unimaginable, including traveling the wor...

IS PURITY A THING?

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I read a critique recently that was critical of a photographer’s work because of his use of postprocessing. The writer favored photographers who created their images in-camera without the aid of a photo-editing application. Photographers with this belief argue that images created this way are genuine and more authentic: Photo-editing software is cheating.  I can sympathize with such a sentiment. I’d believe the same if I saw one-too-many bad photographs where Photoshop was used to fix them. I agree that Photoshop can be too much of a good thing; however, I don’t dismiss software that pro...

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I read a critique recently that was critical of a photographer’s work because of his use of postprocessing. The writer favored photographers who created their images in-camera without the aid of a photo-editing application. Photographers with this belief argue that images created this way are genuine and more authentic: Photo-editing software is cheating.  I can sympathize with such a sentiment. I’d believe the same if I saw one-too-many bad photographs where Photoshop was used to fix them. I agree that Photoshop can be too much of a good thing; however, I don’t dismiss software that pro...

THE BEAUTIFUL SUBTLETY OF A GESTURE

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I’m periodically surprised when I discover a great image despite not looking for one. Typically, photography is a purposeful practice. There’s intent behind it. I set a date and time, prepare my equipment, travel to a destination, and make photographs. It involves a commitment of time, and concentration dedicated entirely to my creativity.  For obvious reasons, the opportunity for such moments decreased dramatically over the past two years. Yet when it did, I made the most of it, regardless of time limitations or subject matter. I still needed the satisfaction and joy that comes from pho...

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I’m periodically surprised when I discover a great image despite not looking for one. Typically, photography is a purposeful practice. There’s intent behind it. I set a date and time, prepare my equipment, travel to a destination, and make photographs. It involves a commitment of time, and concentration dedicated entirely to my creativity.  For obvious reasons, the opportunity for such moments decreased dramatically over the past two years. Yet when it did, I made the most of it, regardless of time limitations or subject matter. I still needed the satisfaction and joy that comes from pho...

REDISCOVERY THROUGH PRINTING

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I allowed the business of the past few years to put a damper on printing my photographs. The images found their home in dozens of magazine articles and presentations, but I fell behind creating fine-art prints of my work. The recent addition of a large-format inkjet printer changed that.  Images shared on Instagram, Facebook, Flickr, or even printed in a magazine result in a fast-and-passive consideration of a photograph. Even when images were published, multiple deadlines resulted in a postprocessing workflow that favored speed. I prided myself on producing good results in a short time....

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I allowed the business of the past few years to put a damper on printing my photographs. The images found their home in dozens of magazine articles and presentations, but I fell behind creating fine-art prints of my work. The recent addition of a large-format inkjet printer changed that.  Images shared on Instagram, Facebook, Flickr, or even printed in a magazine result in a fast-and-passive consideration of a photograph. Even when images were published, multiple deadlines resulted in a postprocessing workflow that favored speed. I prided myself on producing good results in a short time....

There are different ways to practice street photography. The two most popular approaches are described as hunting and fishing. Hunting describes a photographer who is constantly in motion, searching for a scene, subject, or moment that triggers the raising of the camera and the release of the shutter. People often imagine street photographers weaving through a crowded street. They’re creatures, sharks, constantly in motion.  Fishing describes a less hectic approach. Instead of scanning the urban landscape for a special moment, the photographer discovers a scene that offers the potential ...

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There are different ways to practice street photography. The two most popular approaches are described as hunting and fishing. Hunting describes a photographer who is constantly in motion, searching for a scene, subject, or moment that triggers the raising of the camera and the release of the shutter. People often imagine street photographers weaving through a crowded street. They’re creatures, sharks, constantly in motion.  Fishing describes a less hectic approach. Instead of scanning the urban landscape for a special moment, the photographer discovers a scene that offers the potential ...

Riding The Rhythm

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A public street, especially a busy one, possesses a balance of chaos and order. The sidewalk, traffic lights, signage, and storefronts are fixed elements that establish the identity of the place. The people that move down the sidewalk and intersections are fluid elements that transform the scene with every passing second. The resulting moments are unique and never repeatable, creating a tremendous challenge for any photographer.  There lies the allure of street photography. The challenge is whether the photographer can recognize a moment where the fixed and fluid possess synchronicity an...

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A public street, especially a busy one, possesses a balance of chaos and order. The sidewalk, traffic lights, signage, and storefronts are fixed elements that establish the identity of the place. The people that move down the sidewalk and intersections are fluid elements that transform the scene with every passing second. The resulting moments are unique and never repeatable, creating a tremendous challenge for any photographer.  There lies the allure of street photography. The challenge is whether the photographer can recognize a moment where the fixed and fluid possess synchronicity an...

Becoming Your Own Best Photo Editor

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Learn how to become the best photo editor of your own work! Join Ibarionex Perello as he provides a clear understanding of the role of the creator and the editor in the photographic process. He goes beyond discerning which images are “good” and “bad,” and instead shows photographers how to think of their images as bodies of work that express ideas, themes, and narratives. Using Lightroom Classic as its starting point, Ibarionex demonstrates how he initially gathers images into categories based on the subject matter, and graphic elements of ideas found in their photographs. From there he shares his process for narrowing down that selection, using Lightroom Classic’s various tools, to end up with a tight selection of images for a portfolio, web gallery, or book.

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Learn how to become the best photo editor of your own work! Join Ibarionex Perello as he provides a clear understanding of the role of the creator and the editor in the photographic process. He goes beyond discerning which images are “good” and “bad,” and instead shows photographers how to think of their images as bodies of work that express ideas, themes, and narratives. Using Lightroom Classic as its starting point, Ibarionex demonstrates how he initially gathers images into categories based on the subject matter, and graphic elements of ideas found in their photographs. From there he shares his process for narrowing down that selection, using Lightroom Classic’s various tools, to end up with a tight selection of images for a portfolio, web gallery, or book.

Practicing What I Preach

with Ibarionex Perello

In November, I led my first in-person street photography workshop in two years. Throughout the pandemic, I’d conducted online workshops using Zoom, and these were successful and gratifying, but I missed the real-world interaction with other photographers while exploring the streets together.  A total of six photographers provided an ideal number with which to work. Each person could receive personal attention, and there was less stress over “herding cats,” as can be the case when working with a large group.  I walked to the eastern entrance to the Central Market in Downtown Los Angele...

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In November, I led my first in-person street photography workshop in two years. Throughout the pandemic, I’d conducted online workshops using Zoom, and these were successful and gratifying, but I missed the real-world interaction with other photographers while exploring the streets together.  A total of six photographers provided an ideal number with which to work. Each person could receive personal attention, and there was less stress over “herding cats,” as can be the case when working with a large group.  I walked to the eastern entrance to the Central Market in Downtown Los Angele...

The Rhythm of the Streets

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Rhythm is the life of space of time danced through.—Cecil Taylor  The great poet and American pianist Cecil Taylor expressed a beautiful sentiment in that statement. He recognized and declared that rhythm is more than just a characteristic of music, poetry, or speech. Rhythm is natural and innate, a fluid thing that is ever-changing, active, and alive. Its power and beauty are best when experienced rather than just being observed.  Cecil explored that concept with his poetry and music. I’ve used a camera, yet we both pursued an experience of creation that was beautiful, genuine and, a...

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Rhythm is the life of space of time danced through.—Cecil Taylor  The great poet and American pianist Cecil Taylor expressed a beautiful sentiment in that statement. He recognized and declared that rhythm is more than just a characteristic of music, poetry, or speech. Rhythm is natural and innate, a fluid thing that is ever-changing, active, and alive. Its power and beauty are best when experienced rather than just being observed.  Cecil explored that concept with his poetry and music. I’ve used a camera, yet we both pursued an experience of creation that was beautiful, genuine and, a...

A Special Chicago Union

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I’ve attended two weddings in as many months as a guest. Each time, I’ve had a camera with me. I was at risk of being “Uncle Bob,” that guy with the camera that irritates the hired photographer, but I didn’t prioritize my pursuit of an image over their ability to do their job. If I could make a picture without being intrusive or disruptive, I’d do my best to get in and out. I was there as a guest and not the second photographer.  During most of the wedding and reception, the camera sat idly. Countless memorable moments occurred; so I dedicated myself to experiencing them rather than docu...

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I’ve attended two weddings in as many months as a guest. Each time, I’ve had a camera with me. I was at risk of being “Uncle Bob,” that guy with the camera that irritates the hired photographer, but I didn’t prioritize my pursuit of an image over their ability to do their job. If I could make a picture without being intrusive or disruptive, I’d do my best to get in and out. I was there as a guest and not the second photographer.  During most of the wedding and reception, the camera sat idly. Countless memorable moments occurred; so I dedicated myself to experiencing them rather than docu...

A Memorable Moment

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In my family home, my baptismal candle sat in a prominent place in the family room. It was at least 15" high with small illustrations along its length. Each image noted significant moments expected for my journey, including first communion, confirmation, high school graduation, and marriage. I’ve never seen such a thing in anyone else’s home, so it was likely an artifact of its time and my Dominican-Catholic background. Yet, it clearly expressed the seminal moments that a young life could expect.  As my wife and I find ourselves at the age where the children of our friends and family are...

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In my family home, my baptismal candle sat in a prominent place in the family room. It was at least 15" high with small illustrations along its length. Each image noted significant moments expected for my journey, including first communion, confirmation, high school graduation, and marriage. I’ve never seen such a thing in anyone else’s home, so it was likely an artifact of its time and my Dominican-Catholic background. Yet, it clearly expressed the seminal moments that a young life could expect.  As my wife and I find ourselves at the age where the children of our friends and family are...

A Moment with a Stranger

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In my youth, I stuttered and was shy. The result was a self-consciousness that made it difficult to interact with people, especially with my peers. It made me less socially adept, but it made me a keener observer, a quality that certainly benefited my photography.  I gravitated to people as subject matter from the very beginning. And while photographing people from a distance with a long lens satisfied me initially, I yearned to create closer, more intimate results. Eventually, I learned that the camera made it easier to overcome my tentativeness around people, especially strangers.  ...

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In my youth, I stuttered and was shy. The result was a self-consciousness that made it difficult to interact with people, especially with my peers. It made me less socially adept, but it made me a keener observer, a quality that certainly benefited my photography.  I gravitated to people as subject matter from the very beginning. And while photographing people from a distance with a long lens satisfied me initially, I yearned to create closer, more intimate results. Eventually, I learned that the camera made it easier to overcome my tentativeness around people, especially strangers.  ...

Resurfacing in Paris

with Ibarionex Perello

On a recent Friday morning, I found it difficult to get out of bed. The alarm was disabled, and there was no impetus to jump into the shower, brush my teeth, shave, get dressed, walk the dog, meditate, eat breakfast, and warm up the car before heading off to work. Instead, I succumbed to the seduction of a plump pillow and warm comforter.  I eventually arose, walked to the window, and pulled back the curtains. Instead of a view of my familiar suburb, I was welcomed by the streets of Paris in the early morning light. Twenty-four hours before, I was immersed in schedules, deadlines, resear...

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On a recent Friday morning, I found it difficult to get out of bed. The alarm was disabled, and there was no impetus to jump into the shower, brush my teeth, shave, get dressed, walk the dog, meditate, eat breakfast, and warm up the car before heading off to work. Instead, I succumbed to the seduction of a plump pillow and warm comforter.  I eventually arose, walked to the window, and pulled back the curtains. Instead of a view of my familiar suburb, I was welcomed by the streets of Paris in the early morning light. Twenty-four hours before, I was immersed in schedules, deadlines, resear...

Teaching & Seeing

with Ibarionex Perello

There came a time in my photography when I didn’t think about what I was doing. The process became intuitive and spontaneous. The division between the moment and my making the photograph became so abbreviated that the entire experience was as natural and invisible as breathing.  It wasn’t until I began sharing my approach with others that I considered how and why I did things. I had to find words that clearly conveyed how I saw moments that played out in front of me and how that informed what I did with a camera. Seeing and making photographs had become an innate experience for me. Teach...

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There came a time in my photography when I didn’t think about what I was doing. The process became intuitive and spontaneous. The division between the moment and my making the photograph became so abbreviated that the entire experience was as natural and invisible as breathing.  It wasn’t until I began sharing my approach with others that I considered how and why I did things. I had to find words that clearly conveyed how I saw moments that played out in front of me and how that informed what I did with a camera. Seeing and making photographs had become an innate experience for me. Teach...

Return to the Streets

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After being vaccinated, I felt comfortable about practicing street photography in Downtown Los Angeles, which has been one of my favorite locations for decades. The mix of modern and classic architecture and the density of tall buildings provide a unique place to chase light and find moments.  The majority of Los Angeles is flat and expansive. It possesses an openness that distinguishes it from cities such as New York, Chicago, or San Francisco. It’s a quality that on a clear, warm day contributes to its magnetic allure.  Despite the myth of perpetual idyllic weather, a high percentag...

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After being vaccinated, I felt comfortable about practicing street photography in Downtown Los Angeles, which has been one of my favorite locations for decades. The mix of modern and classic architecture and the density of tall buildings provide a unique place to chase light and find moments.  The majority of Los Angeles is flat and expansive. It possesses an openness that distinguishes it from cities such as New York, Chicago, or San Francisco. It’s a quality that on a clear, warm day contributes to its magnetic allure.  Despite the myth of perpetual idyllic weather, a high percentag...

A Brother’s Portrait

with Ibarionex Perello

Though I had made countless portraits of friends and strangers, I hadn’t made many of my brothers and sister. Of the images that I’d created, most were casual snapshots made with less purposefulness. I was happy with the photographs that I’d made and shared with them, but I admit that the experience of photographing them was often different from my other work.  When I received the new Fujifilm GFX100s, I immediately wanted to make portraits with it. The combination of the high-resolution sensor, the 4:3 aspect ratio, and the optical performance of its lenses made it ideal for portraiture...

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Though I had made countless portraits of friends and strangers, I hadn’t made many of my brothers and sister. Of the images that I’d created, most were casual snapshots made with less purposefulness. I was happy with the photographs that I’d made and shared with them, but I admit that the experience of photographing them was often different from my other work.  When I received the new Fujifilm GFX100s, I immediately wanted to make portraits with it. The combination of the high-resolution sensor, the 4:3 aspect ratio, and the optical performance of its lenses made it ideal for portraiture...

A Workman’s Portrait

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My father was a pressman. He worked at a print shop on a massive and thunderous four-color press. As a boy, the machine was like a huge metal beast whose body was made up of fast-spinning cylinders and formidable handles, levers, and buttons. The constant k-thunk, k-thunk sound it made as it spit out sheet after sheet of paper on a wooden palette was hypnotic. Seeing him astride the machine as if here were taming it filled me with awe and respect.  His work clothes were blue jeans and a work shirt, the latter which bore his name in embroidered cursive. The clothes were covered in chaotic...

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My father was a pressman. He worked at a print shop on a massive and thunderous four-color press. As a boy, the machine was like a huge metal beast whose body was made up of fast-spinning cylinders and formidable handles, levers, and buttons. The constant k-thunk, k-thunk sound it made as it spit out sheet after sheet of paper on a wooden palette was hypnotic. Seeing him astride the machine as if here were taming it filled me with awe and respect.  His work clothes were blue jeans and a work shirt, the latter which bore his name in embroidered cursive. The clothes were covered in chaotic...

A Glimpse of Normalcy

with Ibarionex Perello

The past year has been disruptive in many ways, not least of which is in our personal lives. The way we’ve experienced friends and relatives has been transformed by the ever-present threat of an invisible virus. Though technology provided us a way to stay connected, the casualty of in-person moments felt like a palpable loss.  I was reminded of this when I noticed my neighbors holding a weekly gathering in their front yard. The family would gather in lawn chairs, while the kids played around them. It provided them a welcome break from being in the house. When I asked for permission to ph...

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The past year has been disruptive in many ways, not least of which is in our personal lives. The way we’ve experienced friends and relatives has been transformed by the ever-present threat of an invisible virus. Though technology provided us a way to stay connected, the casualty of in-person moments felt like a palpable loss.  I was reminded of this when I noticed my neighbors holding a weekly gathering in their front yard. The family would gather in lawn chairs, while the kids played around them. It provided them a welcome break from being in the house. When I asked for permission to ph...

Revealing the Moment

with Ibarionex Perello

The greatest challenge faced by any street photographer is capturing the “theater of the street.” It’s a phrase that aptly describes a special moment that captures the relationship between the subject and the environment or another person within the frame. It’s more than creating a graphic image that leverages the presence of strong shadows or a quirky character; it’s an image that’s focused on a moment of human behavior.  Such moments are fleeting, requiring more than fast autofocus and reflexes. It demands that the photographer be able to read a scene as it’s playing out. He or she has...

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The greatest challenge faced by any street photographer is capturing the “theater of the street.” It’s a phrase that aptly describes a special moment that captures the relationship between the subject and the environment or another person within the frame. It’s more than creating a graphic image that leverages the presence of strong shadows or a quirky character; it’s an image that’s focused on a moment of human behavior.  Such moments are fleeting, requiring more than fast autofocus and reflexes. It demands that the photographer be able to read a scene as it’s playing out. He or she has...

Rendering CrossFit in B&W

with Ibarionex Perello

Last year, a friend and co-worker of mine at the studio, Dana, shared how nervous he was about an upcoming competition at his CrossFit gym. Each year, there’s a national CrossFit Open where members of each local gym perform a series of specific exercises over five weeks. He not only needed to complete the total number of repetitions for each exercise, but each rep had to be done with good form to be counted. Though he had been a dutiful member of the gym for years, he knew this would challenge him.  I had always had an interest in photographing CrossFit, and recognized this as the perfec...

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Last year, a friend and co-worker of mine at the studio, Dana, shared how nervous he was about an upcoming competition at his CrossFit gym. Each year, there’s a national CrossFit Open where members of each local gym perform a series of specific exercises over five weeks. He not only needed to complete the total number of repetitions for each exercise, but each rep had to be done with good form to be counted. Though he had been a dutiful member of the gym for years, he knew this would challenge him.  I had always had an interest in photographing CrossFit, and recognized this as the perfec...

Black and White vs. Color

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We see the world in color; and for over half a century, our cameras, whether film or digital, rendered scenes in vibrant color photographs. Early practitioners, because of the limitations of their technology, were relegated to just black-and-white photographs, while modern photographers have the creative choice to create images either in color or black and white.  I emphasize the word creative, because the decision to use either method of reproduction is rooted in my intent. With the power and sophistication of today’s cameras, software, and printers, we can render a scene/subject in any...

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We see the world in color; and for over half a century, our cameras, whether film or digital, rendered scenes in vibrant color photographs. Early practitioners, because of the limitations of their technology, were relegated to just black-and-white photographs, while modern photographers have the creative choice to create images either in color or black and white.  I emphasize the word creative, because the decision to use either method of reproduction is rooted in my intent. With the power and sophistication of today’s cameras, software, and printers, we can render a scene/subject in any...

Learn to see in a new way and rediscover your joy for photography! Join Ibarionex Perello in downtown LA for an exploration of the principles used to make great photographs. While this class uses street photography as the vehicle for seeing differently, the lessons learned can be applied to all types of photography. As you follow Ibarionex through the streets he’ll share his perspectives on gear and camera settings, how your mindset affects what you see, and how to see the world graphically so that you can use those graphic elements to build stronger photographic compositions.

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Learn to see in a new way and rediscover your joy for photography! Join Ibarionex Perello in downtown LA for an exploration of the principles used to make great photographs. While this class uses street photography as the vehicle for seeing differently, the lessons learned can be applied to all types of photography. As you follow Ibarionex through the streets he’ll share his perspectives on gear and camera settings, how your mindset affects what you see, and how to see the world graphically so that you can use those graphic elements to build stronger photographic compositions.