Do you need an artist statement and bio?

What is an artists statement? Do you need an artist statement? How do you write an artist statement? How about an artist biography?

An artist statement is a written introduction to an artist’s body of work. I firmly believe that one is needed. I found out the hard way. While submitting my works for various competitions, applying for distinctions and just answering calls for submissions, I was fortunate enough to have some works selected for an exhibition. Then the call came in requesting my artist statement. Well, I didn’t have one and needed to submit it within a few hours. So I’ve added the writing of an artist statement to my portfolio workflow.

Here’s some links to pages I’ve found helpful: PDNONLINE, GYST Services for Artists, ArtBusiness.com

In conjunction with your artist statement (for each body of work) you should have your Artist’s BIography. You should have this everywhere you have a presence and it will be what gets used when your image gets published and they need one but can’t get a hold you in time. For example, you win a spot in a photobook in which they also print your picture and bio in the back. You’d want something well thought out written beside your name and headshot, right?

Here’s some links I’ve found helpful: Agora Gallery, Light Space Time

Please don’t wait until the last minute to do this, if you don’t have one work on it ASAP. I found it really stressful to write one at the last minute.



Singapore International Photography Awards

Submission deadline is Sept. 12, 2017 so hurry and get your entries in! Bon Chance, mes amis!!!

Here’s the link:

http://www.sipa.org.sg/Default.aspx



Creative Live Free Classes

Free On-Air Classes – Week of 9/3

Class Name: Connect With Your Customers on Social Media
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Start Date: 09/03/2017
End Date: 09/04/2017
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Class Name: Blogging to Sell Your Products
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Start Date: 09/04/2017
End Date: 09/05/2017
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Class Name: The Easy Yes: How to Craft an Effective Pitch
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Start Date: 09/04/2017
End Date: 09/05/2017
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Class Name: Real World Lighting: Advanced Techniques
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Start Date: 09/05/2017
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Class Name: Perfect Your Conversation Skills
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Phottix Odin, Mitros+ overexposure

If you’re experiencing over exposures in ETTL mode when using the Phottix Odin TCU and Mitros and or Mitros+ flashes OFF CAMERA, join the club!!! Here’s how I fixed it. But first a little more info.

I updated the firmware on the Odin, here’s the page to get the firmware:

Phottix Odin for Canon firmware update


Then if you’ll notice the lighter font section near the bottom “Update 08/8/13:” I followed that. Voila! over exposures when off camera (3 different flashes) in ETTL mode. Manual is fine, on camera is fine.

So after months, more like a year of just using my flashes in Manual mode and finding it a paint to keep pushing the buttons on the Odin TCU, I decided to try and fix my odin’s. Also I went to a Godox sales pitch thing regarding their new line of strobist gear…The gear and tech put me in the mindset where I was at when I contemplated the change from Canon to Phottix. Cost vs Tech. Phottix won…It seems Godox (to me) is getting there in terms of quality. They are cheaper than Phottix in price and the seems more versatile.  So I’m thinking about it because if I can get a fair price for my phottix gear, I can get a bigger (more stuff) Godox system. But then it’s such a hassle and I do so love my Phottix gear.

Anyways, as written on the Phottix page, it seems you need to turn the 1d to off…That didn’t work for me. However, I was thinking…ya maybe its a language barrier or I just interpreted it wrong, so I switched mine on. VOILA!!! IT WORKS!!! HAHAHA…don’t know why, or how but at this point, I don’t care cuz it’s working, YAY! If you’re pretty much in the same boat as I was, give it try, it’s just a setting, you can always change it back.

1d setting to fix ettl overexposure issues when using flash off camera

Good Luck! Hope this helps you!

UPDATE:

After the above fix, I was playing around some more and found out that my both my Mitros+ flashes when used on camera in Odin Tx mode would grossly over expose. What?!?! So first thing I did was check firmware, mine was outdated so I updated. That is the fix that worked for me. A firmware upgrade to v 2.12. You can get the downloads you need as well as instructions on the Phottix website.

NOTE: Apparently, the updater software is OS specific (yes even different versions of Windows). I’ve read about differing named Windows OS not working ie WinXP and WinVista but for me I couldn’t get the updater to update the second Mitros+ on my Win10 hybrid laptop (the type where you can remove the keyboard). I kept getting the “No FDS Device” error.

My fix was to use my regular laptop running Win10 to update the firmware. The process was smooth as butter for both my Mitro+ and Mitros.



Gurushots “Powerful Shots” Book

Just received this book. It’s awesome! Hard cover, 30.5 cm x 22 cm. Images selected through a challenge run at gurushots.com.