Author: Robert Hirsch

Robert Hirsch

Robert Hirsch is a photographer, writer, and the Director of Light Research for He is a former Associate Editor for Digital Camera (UK) and Photovision Magazine, and a contributor to Afterimage, exposure, Buffalo Spree, Fotophile, FYI, History of Photography, Ilford Photo Instructor Newsletter, and The Photo Review, as well as former Director of CEPA Gallery.


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film processing

Film Processing Procedures that Ensure High-Quality Results


Certain general working procedures can be followed in film processing to ensure consistent high-quality results. These include the following: ■ Read, follow, and understand all technical and safety data before processing the film. ■ Ascertain your equipment and working area are clean, dry, and properly functioning. ■ Seal any light leaks in film-loading and film…


Using Symbols in Your Photos – A Powerful Communication Tool


We communicate through the use of symbols all the time. A symbol is anything that stands for something else. Usually a symbol is a simplified image that, because of certain associations in a viewer’s mind, represents a more complex idea or system. Lines that form letters, words, or musical notes are symbols. A photograph is…


Landscape Defined


The term landscape originates from the Dutch word landschap, meaning “landship.” It represented a segment of nature that could be taken in at a glance, from a single point of view, and encompassed the land as well as animals, buildings, and people. In Discovering the Vernacular Landscape (1984), John Brinckerhoff Jackson defines the landscape as…

color harmony

Creating Harmonic Compositions Using Color


Harmonic colors are closely grouped together on the color wheel and present a limited group of colors. Any quarter section of the color wheel is considered to show color harmony. The simplest harmonic compositions contain only two colors that are desaturated in appearance. The absence of any complementary colors makes it easier to see the…


Transformational Imagemaker: Ted Orland


Transformational Imagemaker: Ted Orland MA, San Francisco State University, 1974 BS, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, 1963 Ted Orland (b. 1941) has a BS in Industrial Design from the University of Southern California (1963) and an MA in Interdisciplinary Creative Arts from San Francisco State University (1974). Having mastered large-format photography and the…


Transformational Imagemaker: Robert Heinecken


Robert Heinecken MA, university of California, Los Angeles, 1960 BA, university of California, Los Angeles, 1959 In response to the social upheavals of the 1960s, photographers like Robert Heinecken (1931–2006) searched for new artistic and technical options that not only broke away from a decisive single image but saw any photographically-based activity as source…

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