Archeology? Think about the adventures of Indiana Jones. How many of you recognize the name Jaques Cousteau?? In case you don’t, Jaques was a diver and environmentalist that dove all over the world and brought us some of the worlds first underwater video. So imagine if Jaques and Indiana had a brother? Good chance he might be an underwater archeologist.
People often ask me are there many wrecks in Lake Erie? That’s a big you betcha! Followed by; Can you see anything down there? I’ll be honest, some days the visibility is better than others. So anyway onto the topic at hand. I belong to the Maritime Archeology Survey Team (MAST). MAST members conduct surveys of the wrecks of Lake Erie. This means taking measurements of wreck features, their location and inventorying the items on the wreck. Remember Jaques and Indy? That’s a MAST Member.
MAST routinely holds classes to teach divers the basics of underwater archeology. Got any guesses as to what might be coming up? That’s right, the Nautical Archaeology Workshop. Here you can learn the basics of ship design and construction, the legal aspect of artifacts, measuring and documenting findings.
The training involves listening to speakers on all aspects of ship wreck archeology, land based measurements and an in-water practice session this summer. Students must be at least 16 years of age.
By this time your thinking more, more, more info. No problem. You can check the LINK to the MAST web site for class information and registration materials. Want more first hand information about wreck diving and underwater marine archeology – invite me out for coffee. Just joking, sort of, send me an email with questions. Maybe I’ll see you at the class.
Often photographers will ask about their right to photograph people in public? Do I need a release? Let’s start by asking where are you? Legal rights vary from country to country. They may even vary from state to state or city to city. With technology being what it is today, you might start out on Google. Some countries may say OK, but some cultures there may say NO!
Generally here in the states, I will compare my situation that of a photo-journalist. What do they do relative to photographing in public? Often, they will record names and location to identify the subject in print. You don’t see the photographer asking someone in public to sign a release. The time spent getting their subject’s name allows time to discuss usage and any problems publishing the photograph. This may not necessarily address any legal issues, but it sure gives the subject the right to ask not to have their image published. You might also use this time to offer to send a print as a “thank you”.
Here in northeast Ohio, we have a big event coming to town, the Republican National Convention. There will be a lot of people here in town, offering lots of photo opportunities. You may even spot some celebrities. With that in mind, you might want to learn more about your rights and the subjects rights. A panel discussion is being put on by the National Press Photographer Association (NPPA) at Cleveland State University. You will need to register for this free event.
If you own a business, I’m sure at some point you’ve been asked to work for FREE. In this case the article is directed at photographers. But I’ll bet if you replace “photographer” with your profession, the scenario will sound familiar. Check out the article and give me your thoughts!
The tips in this article should help you to open your mind when you look at the cell phone camera screen. Although I follow the author’s comments under the section “Avoid Using Flash”, I’d suggest using flash. The reasons cited are valid for the pro photographers, but the people I see using cell phone cameras might not even notice the problems mentioned. I’ve seen too many pictures ruined by not using flash vs the down side noted in the article. So read on!
Small businesses are often looking for ways to stay in the mind of their customers.In many cases, it’s almost a full time job.Here in northeast Ohio we are fortunate to have some of the best marketing and communication experts to help.Many of these professionals belong to a group called Lake Communicators.For a recent Lake Communicators brochure we were aske for comments to describe Lake Communicators.My comment was:“Lake Communicators has more talent than you can shake a brochure at.”I truly believe that statement.
Recently Lake Communicators sponsored is second annual “Marketing For Mar-Coms” workshop.The event included representatives from three local businesses to talk about their marketing success stories.Hear what a couple of attendees had to say.You can hear their testimonials by checking the following links.
In an earlier post I talked about my new brick wall backdrop. At a resent event, my good friend Donald Wayne McLeod pointed out my name badge was missing.I actually forgot to bring it.So Donald Wayne suggested putting a spare in my car just for such an occasion – He was right!At the same time I was not excited about the name badge I had created and wanted something a bit more creative.
Well my new brick wall backdrop get me thinking. So I set up the camera on the tripod, got out the camera remote and got started.Below you’ll find the original image I shot and the version of it that is my new name badge.Yes I did make two badges and one goes into the car as a spare.Thanks DWM!
Self portrait of photographer Tom Szabo on brick wall backdrop.
It took 2 to 3 hours per practice, 2 to 3 practices a week, over 5 weeks. In 4 minutes and 26 seconds it was done!
Photographer Tom Szabo was a celebrity dancer in the local fundraising event “Dancing Under The Stars – 2011”. The event was held on August 20th, 2011 at La Vera Party Center. Over 350
people attended the dancing event to help raise funds for both Family Planning Association of NE Ohio and Lifeline, Inc. Both organizations provide service to the local residents. My goal was to raise $1500.00 total in donations for both organizations. Thanks to my family and friends I raised over $1800.00. Thanks to all for your financial support.
A special thank you goes out to my pro dance partner Ms.
Terri Salvatore. Terri put together a terrific Rumba to the song “You Can Leave Your Hat On” by Tom Jones, from the movie “The Full Monty”. She did a great job teaching me the rumba and all the extra moves to turn the dance into a nice piece of entertainment.
Take a special event like a child birthday, a swimming pool,
a hot summer day and what do you have? A
great opportunity to photograph kids underwater. I recently photographed one such birthday
I arrived in advance of the party. This gave me time to assemble my scuba gear
and set up the digital camera in the Ikelite underwater camera housing with 2
underwater strobes. After explaining to
all the party-goers the plan, I dropped down on the bottom of the pool and
started shooting away. The gals were
just as hammy as they could be. They
really had a good time. On a hot summer
day, I enjoyed the time on the bottom of the pool also!