about / contact

As a child I was fascinated by my father’s old cameras and darkroom equipment that gathered dust in a basement closet. They were mechanical puzzles and I was driven to secretly take them apart to see how they worked.

My retired film camera.

I still remember the panic and fear when a lens’ aperture blades came apart in my hands, and the relief when I managed to reassemble them.

And 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…

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 world into a flat two-dimensional shortcut. In this compression lies 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

In the Film Age, advanced photographers fine-tuned the dynamic range of an image by adjusting the negative’s exposure and development. Later, in the darkroom, they used dodging and burning to make local adjustments.

There were In those days, as there are now, purists who believed these adjustments made the images less legitimate. Photographer Ansel Adams, who helped pioneer these techniques, quipped that they were needed “to take care of mistakes God made in establishing tonal relationships.”

Today’s digital post-processing techniques parallel those of film, requiring similar skill and patience – but much of the arduous calculation and preplanning has been eliminated.

Most of my work takes place after I’ve clicked the shutter. But there are limits to post-processing magic; the image must be fundamentally sound to begin with.

I try to achieve good tonality and color with global adjustments; while I’m no purist, overuse of local adjustments can too easily spoil dynamics of the image.

As a result, a large proportion of my images are “straight out of camera” (SOOC in photographer lingo).

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

I’m proud that I was an Adobe Community Professional, part of 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.

Photographer 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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