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Tasty Bits

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In case you haven’t already seen these posts, here are a couple tasty bits to chew on today.

My good friend John Loomis gives us a peek inside his “bible,” a collection of lessons learned, tricks of the trade and other words of wisdom he’s gathered and recorded in his notebooks over the years.

Daniel Shea interviews Alec Soth over at Too Much Chocolate.

Enjoy!

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July 22, 2009 at 11:57 AM

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Idolatry

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American Idol host Ryan Seacrest.

American Idol host Ryan Seacrest.

Last Thursday I photographed the American Idol auditions in Orlando. Other than the disastrous planning on the back end, it was a good time. However, having to get up at 1:30 a.m. so I could leave my place at 2:15 a.m. so I could meet up with my crew at 3 a.m. so we could be in Orlando by 5 a.m. kinda sucked. But not surprising. Nothing like working on 4 hours of half-sleep. You know, that kind of sleep where you’re too worried about not waking up on time so you never really sleep. Fun. I guess it simply didn’t occur to anyone doing the logistical planning that it might be a good idea to arrange for hotel rooms for the night before the gig. If I hadn’t found out about it the afternoon before, I would have booked my own damn room!

Ryan Seacrest looks exactly like he does on the tube. He’s as tall as I expected him to be. Wears hip, trendy clothes and is put together. And he actually seems to be a decent, down to earth human. He was approachable and friendly with the hopeful singers waiting for their chance to be humiliated and made fun of on television and the web. He was accommodating and friendly with the press. He posed for a few pics and signed some autographs. He even seemed to be genuinely enthusiastic to be there doing his job. So, despite what Simon says, he’s not the complete dolt I thought he might be.

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July 13, 2009 at 12:17 AM

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TF & AH

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Another tasty gem from Ottawa-based photographer Tony Fouhse. Tony interviews WTJ author and editorial photographer Andrew Hetherington on his blog Drool.

I’m hoping to incorporate semi-regular interviews with photographers here at Eat the Darkness in the near future. So stay tuned.

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July 12, 2009 at 4:13 PM

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The Making of PP

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You’ve probably already seen this over at APE, but in case you haven’t, check out this great post by Scott Dadich, creative director at WIRED magazine, about the making of Dan Winters’ book “Periodical Photographs” on the Society of Publication Designers blog Grids.

Winters is a great inspiration and one of the best editorial/portrait photographers working today. See more of his amazing work here.

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July 10, 2009 at 6:31 PM

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Make a Print

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A nice post by Ottawa-based photographer¬†Tony Fouhse over at his blog¬†Drool about the printed photograph. It’s worth a few minutes of your time on this Sunday afternoon. Hope everyone here in the states had a fun and safe holiday weekend.

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July 5, 2009 at 12:43 PM

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