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Seedfolk City Farm Mural Installation Celebration November 16 2016, 0 Comments

Lumiere Photo is proud to have sponsored this wonderful project and would like to extend the invitation to their mural dedication ceremony:

 

“They tried to bury us, but they didn’t know we were seeds.”

First penned in the mid 20th century by Greek poet Dinos Christianopoulos, this quote has often been used by and attributed to people in struggle in Mexican communities in recent years. In a global sense, this saying speaks to the core of what it is to rise above one’­s circumstances, trials, and marginalization: the strength of a seed is only realized when it is buried in the ground. During a time when it seems difficult to turn on the news without encountering a gut-wrenching story of prejudice and intolerance, we hope that reading these words as one travels down Main Street will inspire courage and empowerment, and serve as a reminder of the tenacity and fortitude that is inside us all.

This mural was created in the summer of 2015 by youth in Seedfolk City Farm & The Center for Youth’s Summer Youth Employment Program. Seedfolk’s youth programming focuses on using urban farming and food access as a means of civic engagement; collaborating with local artists to create this mural provided the first opportunity to bring public art into the mix. The quote perfectly ties together Seedfolk’s agricultural roots with its broader focus on social justice and community change, as well as its efforts to empower young people to create beauty and change in their communities. 

Please join us for a reception to celebrate the mural’s installation and our team’s hard work.

Contact seedfolkcityfarm@gmail.com  for further information.  

This project would not have been possible without the help of our sponsors: 

The Center For Youth Services

Morse Lumber

Lumiere Photo

Rochester Art Supply

Wall/Therapy 

 

As well as support from:

Barbara Hoffman 

Debra VanWert at RocCityArt

The M.K. Gandhi Institute For Nonviolence 

In the City/Off the Grid 

RochesterWorks

Seedfolk City Farm

 

         Artists/Staff:                                                                Youth Artists

Lisa Barker, Project Organizer                                            Nicole Mack

Sarah Rutherford, Project Organizer                                  Charisse Warnick

Justin Suarez                                                                      Kasim Wallace 

Brittany Williams                                                                 Diovanni Welch 


Frame Cleaning November 09 2016, 0 Comments

Yay! Your frame looks great on the wall and your friends all said how amazing it looks! Now, let’s keep it looking this great:

Dust your frame regularly so that it only gathers surface dust. Lot’s of dust piling up could get inside or need some scrubbing. If you need to scrub it, use a damp cloth with water. Using chemicals or harsh cleaning agents can damage your frame or the surface coating on it.

Keep your frame out of direct sunlight and not in a humid room; that means no attic or basement. Doing so can make it fade or cause the wood itself to swell or warp under the conditions.

See a speck inside? It happens overtime. You can carefully open your frame and blow the speck out yourself but be careful about your workspace so that no other dust or moisture enters the frame. If you need help with this you can always call us and we can answer your questions or show you the best way to go about it. 585-461-4447


"Gas Stop" by David Freund November 02 2016, 0 Comments

 

Long time friend of Lumiere Photo, David Freund, who over the years has exhibited at Spectrum Gallery, is releasing a new book: “Gas Stop” published by Steidle Books. The book will be available in November and is published in four hardbound volumes in slipcase. It will sell for $100.  

All of the 500+ black and white photographs depict a road culture world that no longer exists. The photographs were taken between 1978 and 1981. Several themes run through the extensive number of images. All of the images are very smart, perceptive and in many cases humorous. The images are very precisely framed and constructed, bringing a visual tour-de-force to this definitive collection of 70’s and ‘80’s road culture imagery.

For more information click here.


Operation Photo Rescue October 25 2016, 0 Comments

Image from Operation Photo Rescue Portfolio

I came across a really unique organization: Operation Photo Rescue (OPR). They are a team of photo restorers who travel to disaster areas to capture photos that have been damaged then upload them to volunteers all over the world who will restore and send the new photo back to the original owner. 

“I had no idea how profound that impact could be until I participated in my first of several copy runs,” says Pat. “I personally copied the photos brought in by a mother who told me they were the only photos she had of her son who died at the age of 14. We met families clutching photos that they felt sure were a lost cause, only to be moved to tears after hearing us tell them, ‘No problem, we can fix that.’” (Pat, an OPR Volunteer)

It is quite amazing that they can restore memories when everything else is lost for these victims of flooding or storms. They have an online volunteer application for those interested in getting involved and helping those in need: http://www.operationphotorescue.org/volunteer/

“Insurance doesn’t restore memories…but we do.” -OPR


Your questions, answered. October 20 2016, 0 Comments

Having your photographs or artwork framed can be an intimidating task…we try to take the mystery out of the process. Here are the answers to some often heard questions.

How much will it cost? 

Cost depends on a few things: size of the piece, mat board selection, how many mat layers, frame selection, and glass selection. With that said, every different mat color and every different frame has a different cost so we will have to find the mat color and frame to match your piece before we can give you a quote.

For tighter budgets, we do have a range of metal frames and bonanza wood (pressed wood) frames that could work well with the piece you are framing.

When can I have it?

Our typical turn around time for framing is 2-3 weeks depending on how busy we are. With that being said, if you need something sooner, just talk to us and we might be able to work something out if you are in a pinch.

What do you think?

We will give you an honest opinion about the frames and mats that are laid out so that your piece will truly look its best.

Shouldn’t it match my wall color?

Yes and no. You should always mat and frame your piece so that the piece looks it absolute best. That may not be the same mat color as your wall or the same wood as your coffee table but if the piece looks it’s absolute best, it will guaranteed look great in any room you put it in.

You also do want to keep in mind the colors that are going to be around it for example if the wall is dark blue, you wouldn’t want to use a slightly different dark blue colored frame. Instead you could use colors like gold or white to make it stand out.

Will the mat and frame help conserve my piece?

Everything we use here is of archival quality and acid free. We also always keep your piece away from the glass using either a mat or spacers so that moisture doesn’t build up. The craft paper backing prevents dust or bugs from getting inside the frame and hurting the piece. 

Why Lumiere Photo?

We offer custom framing design and will work with you to find the best framing solution for your piece and your budget. Our materials are of the highest quality and the job will be in the hands of an experienced, in-house framer.


Back it up! October 13 2016, 0 Comments

 

Loosing files is a heartbreaking experience; I know, I’ve been there. That is why I am very diligent about backing up all of my files and you should be too. Don’t have a system yet? Here are some options:

Hard Drives

Why? It is so easy to copy and paste folders full of your files to the drive and be done. You can even tell Apple’s Time Machine to copy everything for you and it will copy and maintain all of your files so it is the same as your main computer drive.

Why not? Initially hard drives are a big investment, and it is worth it to buy a reputable brand even if it costs a little bit more. Even with good brands, the drive will die over time and not knowing when is a ticking time bomb for your files unless you have them in an additional location. If you have multiple hard drives, it is a good idea to keep them in different locations in case of a fire or flood.

 

Cloud

Why? You can set up a cloud anytime and they will store your files for you. Many Cloud sites have a fee over a certain data amount but they are typically very cheap. You just upload your photos, or you can set it to automatically update when you are connected to Wi-Fi.

Why not? Security is an issue with clouds because you never really know where your files are going and who has access to them. Having a good Internet connection is important; otherwise it’ll take forever.

 

DVD’s

Why? DVD’s are a very solid and reliable way of backing up files because it is a set it and forget it method. As long as you are using archival disks and safe holders, they should last.

Why not? Disks don’t come very large which means that burning all of your files onto disk can take a lot of time and organization. Also, computers don’t come with CD/DVD slots in them anymore; who would’ve thought! So if you have a newer computer, you’ll also need to buy a disk reader.

Here at Lumiere Photo, we back everything up onto a hard drive and also onto DVDs. We have books and books or client files on DVDs labeled in chronological order. It would also be a good idea for us to get another hard drive to keep in an off-site location in case of any disaster.

Personally, I use 3 hard drives. I use one as my working drive / immediate backup, and the other two are strictly for backup. Loosing files is super scary to me so I update them once a month and keep one of my files at my parents house to keep everything safe. I always use Time Machine because it is automatic and keeps track of what is already copied over to the drive.

How do you back up your files? We’d love to hear! Send us a message on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/100lumierephoto/


Good Light = Good Quality October 05 2016, 0 Comments

In scenes with variable light it is really important to read your light meter. It’ll balance out the highlights and shadows to give you a more balanced exposure. You can also use it by reading only the highlights or only the shadows if that is the focus of your image. Professional light meters are really expensive, and unless you need more options for flashes, your in-camera, or light meter app will do just as well for ambient light.

When I use my DSLR I will typically rely on my in-camera meter. I will use manual mode and keep my aperture consistent, moving shutter speed first then ISO. This works well for my shooting style and I know when I am shooting a bright scene, to underexpose an f/stop and vise versa to balance out the tones. 

When I shoot film, I always use the Pocket Light Meter app. It only has three buttons (shutter, ISO, and aperture) that you can adjust and change the consistent factor. EASY! The app does have ads, which is annoying but considering you could be using a $500 Seiko, it’s pretty good.

Why am I writing about using light meters? Because everyone should be using one! Taking a poorly exposed image then using Photoshop or Lightroom to correct it doesn’t cut it when you want to print a nice image. There are issues of burns and noise which you don’t see on your screen but will show up in a print.

It is easy to overlook and just fix later but using a light meter will really increase the quality of your images and prints. Enjoy!


Saving Digital File Types September 29 2016, 0 Comments

Before I did my research, I would save all of my files as JPEG’s. I didn’t know any better, and it was the only file type on the long list of “Save As” options that I could recognize. The “Save As” list is a bit intimidating but once you know the uses for each type, it becomes a lot easier and you’ll be able to save your images for your intended use.

Now I don’t mean to rat on JPEG images right off the bat, because they do have many good purposes. JPEG or Joint Photographic Experts Group, compresses the files and is universally the most supported file type. JPEGs are great for sharing on social media, e-mails, web, and photo kiosks. You would rarely have troubles with the computer reading the format.

The downside to JPEG is that it is compressed and lossy. This means that when you save an image to a JPEG, the file is made smaller and information is lost. Furthermore, every time you open that file after saving it, information is lost and overtime there will be a significant quality degradation, which makes it really bad when your export is not the final export.

If you have a camera that can shoot in RAW, always always always shoot in camera RAW! RAW files record everything that the camera sensor reads and are digital negatives so they have flexibility and depth to them afterword. The best part about it is that if you mess up, the original pixels will always be there to go back to.

RAW files are not working files, they are huge, and are not very compatible, but they are good to save in a hard drive for safekeeping if you ever need to go back.

 

TIFF or Tagged Image File Format is the file that we like best here at Lumiere Photo. It is uncompressed and lossless. It is great for saving a working file because it holds the full size of the image and will also keep layers that you have made in Photoshop. That way you can easily go back into the program and keep working on it later.

PSD or Photoshop Document is very similar to a TIFF in the way that it is uncompressed and lossless. The only major difference is that PSD files can only be used with Adobe programs and are not supported elsewhere.

PNG is a lossless file type that is mostly used for large images online. GIF is a compressed file that is mostly used for small images or animation online. Large Document Format, BMP, Compu Serve GIF, Dicom, IFF, PCX, Pixar, Portable Bit Map, Scitex CT, Targa, and others that are more specific to where it can be opened.

There are a lot of different file types but if you know what suits your workflow best it becomes much less confusing. Just remember to keep a lossless version of the file so that when you want to print it big you can.

Have more questions? Call and we’ll chat: 585-461-4447

                                                


Heading Back in Photographic History: Instant Film September 21 2016, 0 Comments

Instant film, now seeming like retro technology, is back and is in high demand. I have a Fujifilm Instax mini and absolutely love it. The image is not on your computer, on your phone, on your ipad. There is only one copy of it and that is what makes it special.

With digital technology and such improvements in image quality, why would we choose to use a tiny, hit or miss camera? There are a few reasons: the photo is instant, and there is no retouching, or deleting. It is a special moment in your pocket not one of 5,000 snapshots on your phone.

Each shot is about 70 cents depending on how you buy your film (I will typically buy a 20 or 40 pack and save some money by buying bulk) and the camera itself is only about 55 dollars.

Here at Lumiere Photo we can customize frames for multiple Instax snapshots! Start thinking about which shots you would want to put together in one frame and come on in and we’ll help you design it!

Here we like to say, “Free the Photo” and Polaroid and Fujifilm instant film cameras do just that. Maybe that’s why we love them so much.


Clear Coats put to the Test September 14 2016, 0 Comments

 

One of my recent clients had a lot of questions regarding the image stability of our prints and what he can do to protect them even more. One of the options that we had talked about was a protective coating which would make them moisture-resistant, dust and scratch resistant, UV protected, and non-yellowing.

I decided to do a test on Moab Colorado Satine Paper with three different protective coatings that we keep in the store: Krylon Triple-Thick Crystal Clear Glaze 0500, Clear Jet Fine Art Low Gloss, and Krylon Crystal Clear Acrylic Coating 1303.

 

 The image below has no coating on it.

 Krylon Triple-Thick Crystal Clear Glaze 0500: It’s definitely a super thick gloss coating. Regarding prints, I would never recommend this coating. The print now reminds me of a cheap Costco glossy bulk pack because you have to move the print in order to see the whole thing because of the light reflections. I might be able to use this one as a mirror if I put another coat.

 Krylon Triple Thick Crystal Clear Glaze 0500

Clear Jet Fine Art Low Gloss: This low gloss spray turned into a no gloss spray. It looks completely matte after using the spray which in this case I’m not sure I like because I originally chose a coated paper for a reason. It really took the texture out of the paper and makes the image look flat which is something I really didn’t expect. I think for certain images, the Clear Jet Fine Art Low Gloss could create some really nice results but for this image it wasn’t what I was looking for.

 

Krylon Crystal Clear Acrylic Coating 1303: The Crystal Clear has more shine than the naked paper but is still very similar. This coat made a texture on the surface of the print, which is less smooth than the original but isn’t noticeable by just looking at the image. I think this coating is the closest to the coating on the naked paper and would be the one that I use for this series.

 

All in all, I think that the Clear Jet Fine Art Low Gloss and the Krylon Crystal Clear Acrylic Coating 1303 are most suitable to our clients. I feel that the Clear Jet Fine Art Low Gloss would do very well on a matte paper because it does not have any reflection and it feels very natural as matte papers do.

Lumiere Photo charges $3.00 per square foot of protective coating. If you decide to do it yourself just remember to test the nozzle before trying it on your prints. If you have any question please feel free to stop by or give me a call: 585-461-4447.