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As a child I was fascinated by the forgotten cameras my father kept in the basement closet. They were mechanical puzzles, and I was driven to secretly take them apart to see how they worked.  I still remember the panic and fear as interleaved aperture blades came apart in my hands, and the relief that came after I managed to weave them back together.

I was intrigued by the pictures my father had developed and printed.  His abandoned hobby seemed like magic. Perhaps my interest in photography has a genetic underpinning!

I’m shooting Fuji digital now, my old Fuji film camera is retired.

It’s cliché to say photographs freeze moments in time, but less obviously, they freeze subjects in space as well. A photograph flattens our four-dimensional space-time into a flat two-dimensional shortcut. Somewhere in this compression is the art.

I try to find interesting light in ordinary places where it escapes attention. My interests are eclectic and changing – from landscapes to urban, to people and portraiture. I like buildings.

Lightroom /post processing

Much of my work takes place after I’ve clicked the shutter. In the Film Age we worked with tonality by adjusting the negative’s exposure and development time, then used dodging and burning to “take care of mistakes God made in establishing tonal relationships” ( – Ansel Adams).

Today’s digital post-processing techniques parallel those of film and require similar skill and patience, but much of the arduous calculation and preplanning has been eliminated – and, there are no fumes!

I’ve learned that there are limits to post-processing magic; the image must be fundamentally sound to begin with.

I work to achieve good tonality and color with global adjustments whenever possible. I’ve found that that more local adjustments I make, the easier it is to lose the overall dynamics of the image. 

I’m proud to be an Adobe Community Professional, a team that Adobe calls “creative experts around the world… extremely knowledgeable about one or more of our applications.” I train people in Lightroom and Photoshop and have technical expertise in several web design applications.

Selfie with psychedelic bus reflected in an ice cream truck mirror.

I am for hire.

I am available to take creative, artistic photographs of you,  your family, friends, pets, home, business, posessions, or anything else in the world. Senior portraits a specialty. Reasonable rates.

Additionally you may purchase any image you see on my site.  I print images using acid-free materials; under reasonable conditions they will retain color and tone for 20 years or more.

Contact me: info@joelfriedmanphotography.com

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