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Afternoon, beautiful people!

Since fall is my favorite time of year, I'm adding a coupon to celebrate it's soon-to-be appearance. 

All orders over $40 are eligible for free shipping with the coupon code: fallrocks

Also, I'll be adding more fall related prints soon. As always, click on the photo to see the full preview of the print. 

Click the shop tab above or click here: http://erickblackwood.com/shop/

Happy shopping! 

Erick

 

The toy camera. A photographer's excuse to play with toys.

Film. It's not dead and it's a blast to mess around with. 

 

The Holga 120 film camera is something I keep in my camera bag. It takes 120 size film in color or black and white. Now, do I use it for paid client jobs? No, that's never really on the table UNLESS they ask for a gritty, soft yet vibrant color look with vignetting. But that hasn't happened yet and honestly, because it's a such a tough camera to operate, I can't trust it.

On the flip side, that's one of the fun aspects of a cheap, plastic camera with a cheap plastic lens like the Holga. Sometimes you never know what you'll get (somewhere, Forest Gump is smiling). 

If you truly want to assure a better focus, you almost need to use the standard tripod mount (1/4 - 20) due to releasing of the shutter. Handheld blur adds to many shots, so just plan out your shot first before hitting the shutter button; a good practice for digital or film but crucial in film. Most models include the interchangeable plastic masks which allow you to shoot in either 6x4.5cm or 6x6cm formats. My model includes a color flash turning wheel to achieve a harsh flash look married with color. You'll need two AA batteries for the flash. 

Look at those blurred edges and grain! 

See, I CAN be a kid again. 

The only real downside is development. It's not super cheap (usually around $1 per image) and only a few places can develop the film; if fact, I only have two choices near me. So, you'll need to do a little research to discover the lab near you capable of handling 120 film or there's always the option to send the film away. If that's the case, send it to these guys: http://www.120processing.com

Pick one up here ------------------------>

(and a link to the film below)          

 

Questions or comments can be left in the section below or on my contact page. 

Shoot away and share your images with me! 

- Erick

Outdoor inspiration

Creative block. It happens. 

When it does, I take to the outdoors. Fresh air, a little hiking and staring into the woods always help 'reset' myself. 

To those fellow photographers, graphic designers, painters, directors or whatever creative field you prefer, if the block happens, give the outdoors a try. Just a warning though, you may not want to leave. :-)

E



New portrait series almost complete

Hello All! I'm happy to announce my double exposure portrait series is almost complete. 

I'm excited to share all the images with everyone very soon. I'll have all the final edits on the homepage by default once completed and update the blog, social media, etc. 

A big thank you to all the models, artist, friends and family that posed for me. I'm very blessed. 

Best, 

Erick

Meeting client's needs and charging for it.

Afternoon everyone! 

When you meet and exceed a client's needs, they take notice. 

A client called, recently, to say thank you for going above and beyond those needs. The call was pleasant and a nice surprise.

But the best part of the call came at the end. He said, "Before we hang up, I'd also like to thank you for not being the cheapest." Hmm, that I didn't expect.

In the business of photography and video production, bids are often won by the cheapest, not the most qualified and sometimes the first to call the client back. That's not always the case, though (example personified). 

He went on to explain that he's been burned a lot by the "cheapest" and they're inability to deliver a quality product, then he simply said, "see you next time". 

For the jobs I do not win or receive, a call like the above always reminds me to stay true to my value.  

E