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BRIEF HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Always a purpose, always a reason for a photograph. 

Starting with the photographers who captured the Great American West, its beauty and potential to engage the American imagination and that of a President. What resulted? Yellowstone National Park.

WILLIAM HENRY JACKSON
http://www.getty.edu/art/collection/artists/1853/william-henry-jackson-american-1843-1942/

There came a time in mid 19th century  NYC when a Danish born/American photographer wanted to change the wrongs of the evolving industrial world, including undrinkable water supplies and poor housing Jacob  Riis was one who used his newspaper, a crew of photographers and flash photography to promote social reform. One of his most famous books was How the Other Half Lives.

JACOB RIIS
https://www.icp.org/browse/archive/constituents/jacob-riis?all/all/all/all/1

Born in Europe and having spent time painting in Paris and London, Steichen came to America and with Steiglitz and others helped establish the modern photography movement in America. He worked at Conde Nast for many years and brought beauty to magazines and advertising. He was director of photography at the Museum of Modern Art from 1947 to 1962, and was responsible for more than fifty shows, including The Family of Man in 1955, the most popular exhibition in the history of photography.

EDWARD STEICHEN
https://www.icp.org/browse/archive/constituents/edward-steichen?all/all/all/all/0

Starting with the WPA during the 1930's and then the rise of popular magazines, including LIFE, TIME, LOOK, Saturday Evening Post, National Geographic, Rolling Stone, People  and many others that required hundreds, if not thousands of images a week from American landscapes during the depression to war zones to Hollywood dressing rooms to Elvis, Woodstock, race riots, assassinations, Presidential elections and more. 

MARGARET BOURKE-WHITE
https://www.icp.org/browse/archive/constituents/margaret-bourke-white?all/all/all/all/0


I think women like Diane Arbus, Cindy Sherman, and the talented portraitist Annie Leibovitz have paved the way for the kinds of imagery that is popular on social media. This is something I might want to study, but my gut feeling is that their out of the box thinking, seeing and feelings are often what people are attempting today when they represent themselves and their lives in still shots and video.

DIANE ARBUS
https://www.icp.org/browse/archive/constituents/diane-arbus?all/all/all/all/0

CINDY SHERMAN

https://www.icp.org/browse/arc...







You can join me this fall at two  great sites: the Arnold Arboretum, 3 Wednesday afternoons in October and Brookline Adult Education on 5 Saturday mornings in late September and October.  See the web sites/catalog.

What a gorgeous time of year to join with me to create artistic Smartphone images using Snapseed.

Photo by Neil Gordon

Capture the magic of the season with your smartphone. Lilacs, azaleas, horse chestnuts, redbuds, and more will be flowering and leaves will have recently unfurled, providing a perfect venue for close-up photographs.

Professional photographer Nancy Katz will teach you that you dont need fancy equipment or lenses to come in close to shoot these exquisite plants. You need your smartphone and an understanding of shooting macro (close up) and how to enhance the images with your phones editing capabilities and a great App, aptly named Snapseed. Most of the time will be spent outdoors, except when working on Snapseed in small groups. 

Classes are May 15, May 29 and June 12, June 26 from 1:30-3:30 PM at the Hunnewell Building and Landscape.

All images below by Nancy Katz 2019 at the Arboretum

Arboretum Disney-Like

COMPOSITION TECHNIQUES FOR SMARTPHONES

 1. INCLUDE A FOCAL POINT, SUBJECT OR POINT OF INTEREST
 2. RULE OF THIRDS
https://www.photographymad.com...

 3. DIAGONAL LINES GIVE BALANCE AND STRENGTH
 4. SHOOT FROM A LOWER ANGLE
 5. INCLUDE FOREGROUND INTEREST
 6. USE LEADING LINES (roads, paths, rivers, bridges,)
 7. FILL THE FRAME
 8. LEAVE SPACE FOR MOVEMENT
 9. REFLECTIONS
10. FRAME YOUR SUBJECT (ARCHES, TREES, BRIDGES)
11.CURVES
12. LIGHT
13. BREAK THE RULES
Remember these thoughts from Nancy Katz:
You just have to go to the bottom of your driveway to take a great shot.
You can't make a bad shot great even with Snapseed or any other App.
Edit your images fairly and don't be in love with your images; let them go if you have to.
Life's greatest secret is knowing when to stop.

COMPOSITION TECHNIQUES FOR SMARTPHONES

 1. INCLUDE A FOCAL POINT, SUBJECT OR POINT OF INTEREST

 2. RULE OF THIRDS

https://www.photographymad.com/pages/view/rule-of-thirds

 3. DIAGONAL LINES GIVE BALANCE AND STRENGTH

 4. SHOOT FROM A LOWER ANGLE

 5. INCLUDE FOREGROUND INTEREST

 6. USE LEADING LINES (roads, paths, rivers, bridges,)

 7. FILL THE FRAME

 8. LEAVE SPACE FOR MOVEMENT

 9. REFLECTIONS

10. FRAME YOUR SUBJECT (ARCHES, TREES, BRIDGES)

11.CURVES

12. LIGHT

13. BREAK THE RULES

Remember these thoughts from Nancy Katz:

You just have to go to the bottom of your driveway to take a great shot.

You can't make a bad shot great even with Snapseed, Enlight or any other App.

Edit your images fairly and don't be in love with your images; let them go if you have to.

Life's greatest secret is knowing when to stop.

IT WAS A GREAT CLASS WITH 10 STUDENTS, ALL FROM JP!

On Saturday, April 6, 2019, I'll be teaching a two-hour class on the basics of Snapseed at the recently renovated Jamaica Plain Library at 30 South Street, Jamaica Plain, MA from 11 AM to 1 PM.

Snapseed is a free app available for both iPhones and Androids that will enable you to edit your images and bring them to a new level of artistry and creativity. Snapseed is often recognized as the #1 App for Smartphones and here is an article you can read that will give you insight into some of the top Apps out there!

The 10 Best Photo Editing Apps For iPhone (2019 Edition)
Posted by Kate Wesson | January 29, 2019
https://iphonephotographyschool.com/best-photo-editing-apps/?usrc=email

Android Phones For Dummies (For Dummies, 2014), authored by Dan Gookin or iPhone the Missing Manual by David Pogue are suggested if you want to get into all the details and specifics of how your phone works.



We will review the basics of composition:

COMPOSITION TECHNIQUES FOR SMARTPHONES

 1. INCLUDE A FOCAL POINT, SUBJECT OR POINT OF INTEREST

 2. RULE OF THIRDS

 3. DIAGONAL LINES GIVE BALANCE AND STRENGTH

 4. SHOOT FROM A LOWER ANGLE

 5. INCLUDE FOREGROUND INTEREST

 6. USE LEADING LINES

7. FILL THE FRAME

8. LEAVE SPACE FOR MOVEMENT

 9. FRAME YOUR SUBJECT

10. BREAK THE RULES


Remember these thoughts from Nancy Katz:

You just have to go to the bottom of your driveway to take a great shot.

You can't make a bad shot great even with Snapseed.

Edit your images fairly and don't be in love with your images; let them go if you have to.

Life's greatest secret is knowing when to stop.


Too Late on South Street

  " It's Too Late on South Street" by Nancy Katz

  Edited with Snapseed and Enlight


BEFORE AND AFTER IMAGES


Photo by Debby K edited with Snapseed

Over a month long period from January 26- February 23,  ten adult students from novice to pro photographer spent time outdoors walking the grounds of the The Arnold Arboretum shooting-- sometimes solo, in pairs or en masse-- thinking about what we had just learned in class in the Hunnewell Building. For example, the rule of the thirds, the importance of light, timing, lines, repetition, reflection, moving position, foreground interest, framing and more. Many practiced their techniques over the month and became Arboretum walkers and Smartphone photographers straight shooters with no additional equipment and Snapseed as their primary editing tool.  https://my.arboretum.harvard.e...

The end result: some great photos that I want to share with you.

Besides Debby's Heaven's gate (above), we have an image from Michael Z who chased the snow, the sunrises and all the best moments over the month; he was relentless in his shooting.

John M went every morning at 6:30 Am to catch the sunrise with his dog. What dedication.

Irene loves to shoot in the daytime when there are lots of people out and about and she can include them in her images.

Don't forget the Instructor, Nancy Katz who loves to put on her yellow rubber boots and hike in the snow to shoot scenics like Arboretum Wilderness, iphoneX with Snapseed.

Nancy Katz 2019

How do you like Mike Z's Witch Hazel?

and Peter K's Cloud Concert...all so creative.


Smartphone Photography: Winter Landscapes Enhanced at The Arnold Arboretum 

Nancy Katz, Professional Photographer

3 Sessions: Sat January 26, February 9, 23 8:30am10:30am
Location: Hunnewell Building and Landscape

Capture the essence of winter, when landscapes present a diluted palette of colors and contrasts are most striking. Professional photographer Nancy Katz will introduce fundamental concepts of landscape photography and then teach techniques for getting the best photographs from your smartphone camera. You will capture images in color and black and white, then learn to enhance them using a host of editing tools provided in the Snapseed App. (Note: Nancy Katz was selected by the Apple Store of Boston as a guest artist in March 2017 for her photography work with her iPhone and has taught her techniques there and most recently at Brandeis Universitys Osher Life Long Learning Institute.) 
Fee member $65, nonmember $84Register at my.arboretum.harvard.edu or call 617-384-5277.

Fall into Digital Photography with Your Smartphone     

Leader  Nancy Katz

Tuesday  Course Period 2  11:10 am to 12:35 pm    5 Week Course, Art 4-5a, TU 2

 September 25  October 23

https://www.brandeis.edu/bolli...

Description   We will review the composition basics of good photography and learn how to apply them to your smartphone. Composition techniques that all pros use include: rule of thirds, diagonal lines, shooting from a low angle and more. We will then spend one session discussing and shooting each of the following: Portraits, Reflections, Black and White and Macro using your smartphone editing tools and an editing app that you will download. We will always return to the composition basics. There will be homework assignments. You must know how to use the camera on your phone, as this will not be a class in teaching you how to use your smartphone camera. Rather, it will be a class where we will learn to see like a photographer and apply editing tools that will enhance the quality and beauty of your fall images. You can use any smartphone but must know how to operate it. The SGL will send links to websites with information on basic smartphone operations in her welcome letter. Always study your own cameras website and hints on your camera. A tripod would be helpful but not required. We will post and share our images through an online blog. At the end, the teacher will create a book of images that will be available for viewing at BOLLI.
Reading   A list of readings will be provided the first day of class. Most important is reading your phones website and instructional materials, including any online videos. A visit to a museum with a photo collection is highly recommended but optional. A list of museums will be provided in class.


Preparation Time   Average preparation time will be about an hour and a half.
Biography   Nancy Katz, of ZaZaCreative Photography, holds a BA in Sociology from UMass, Amherst and a MEd from Western Maryland College. She studied landscape design at the New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY, and has taught darkroom photography and adult education film and digital photography in NJ and Boston. She has photographed extensively for newspapers and magazines and exhibited her photographs, including a series on the Jewish community of Cuba. She recently won first place in Photography in the 2018 Arts Affairs Show in Quincy. In 2017, she was a guest artist at the Apple Store on Boylston Street, Boston. She is currently a docent at The Vilna Shul, Boston Center for Jewish Culture in Boston, MA. www.zazaphoto.co

Photography Essentials: Vilna Pictures

Join award-winning photographer Nancy Katz for an afternoon of photography instruction, demonstration and shooting in a unique opportunity to photograph the Vilna before it closes for restoration. Class will focus on lighting, composition and portraiture, using the Vilna as the subject! Participants must know how to use their camera, DSLR or smartphone; this class focuses on best shooting practices and not the technicalities of individual cameras.
Nancy Katz, ZaZaCreative Photography, a graduate of Girls' Latin School and Hebrew College, holds a BA in Sociology (Phi Beta Kappa) from UMass, Amherst and an MEd from Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College). She studied Landscape Design at the New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY. She has taught darkroom photography and Adult Education digital photography in NJ and Boston and has won numerous awards for her work. She has photographed extensively for newspapers and magazines and exhibited her photographs, including a series on the Jewish community of Cuba. She is currently a docent at The Vilna Shul, Boston Center for Jewish Culture in Boston, MA. More information can be found at www.zazaphoto.co.

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"Paisley" was shot early in the morning in the Boston Public Gardens when I saw movement of vegetation beneath the surface of the water near the swan boats.  This organic, flowing, watery composition resulted reminding me in some ways of Van Gogh's striking brushstrokes. Even more, it reminded me of an exhibit of paisley materials I had seen several years ago in PA. It was shot on my Canon 5D Mark II and is straight from the camera, untouched in Photoshop, only position adjusted and cropped.


The Artist's Talk will take place on Monday, August 15th at 5 PM at the South Boston Branch of the Public Library, 646 E. Broadway, South Boston, MA 02127. Nancy Katz, Artist of the Month, will discuss the images included in her photography show as part of her "Water Around Us" portfolio. She will explain when, where, and how she shot the images revealing her creative and technical processes.

Ms. Katz says, "Through this iPhone 6 exhibit, I want to show my love for all kinds of water and the painterly feelings generated in me and how I am able to express them with the freedom of my mobile phone and an app called Snapseed".

Adult attendees are encouraged to bring their IPhones/smartphones, as well, as there will be an outdoor instruction component to the session, weather permitting.

Refreshments will be provided by The Friends of the South Boston Branch of the Public Library.

For more information, contact the Library at 617-268-0180.

"Before the Season"

South Boston Public Library to Highlight iPhone 6 Artwork of Award-winning Boston Photographer Nancy Katz during August 2016

Mothers' Rest at Sunset, Carson Beach, South Boston

Mothers' Rest at Sunset, Carson Beach, South Boston

BOSTON - July 25, 2016- PRLog -- The South Boston Public Library will spotlight the work of award-winning West Roxbury photographer Nancy Katz during the month of August. The theme of her work is titled "Water Around Us with a Painterly Eye". The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Ms. Katz's work may be viewed during normal library hours: Monday 12 p.m.- 8 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday 10 a.m.  6 p.m., Thursday 12 p.m.- 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m.  5.p.m.

Ms. Katz, originally from Dorchester, says, "Living once again in Boston after 35 years away, I am drawn to the ocean and all water. The city beaches are dramatically more attractive now. Other beaches, like Gloucester, Plum Island, Duxbury, Marshfield, Westport and more, are great for walking and shooting year 'round. Some are filled with memories while at others I create new ones through photographs, often using my iPhone 6 along with my Canon 5D Mark II.

"Through this smartphone photo exhibit, I want to show the painterly feelings water generates in me, and how I am able to express them photographically through the freedom of shooting with my iPhone 6 and editing with a mobile app."

In the exhibit, Ms. Katz includes a total of 24 images, all but one from Massachusetts, including several from South Boston and Dorchester Bay's scenic Carson Beach as well as Jamaica Pond, Nantasket Beach, Concord, Duxbury, Onset and more.

Ms. Katz, formerly President of ZaZaCreative, LLC, in Teaneck, NJ, is a graduate of Girls' Latin School of Dorchester, MA and Hebrew College of Newton, MA (formerly HTC of Brookline) and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology (Phi Beta Kappa) from the University of Massachusetts (Amherst) and a Master of Education Degree from Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College).

She studied Landscape Design at New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx, NY. She has a background in residential interior design and has taught digital photography in Adult Education and darkroom photography in Boston, MA.

Ms. Katz has published many newspaper and magazine photo illustrated articles on a range of subjects. She is multilingual (English, Hebrew, American Sign Language, some French and Spanish). She is currently a volunteer and docent-in-training at The Vilna Shul, Boston Center for Jewish Culture in Boston, MA.

For further information on the 2016 Summer Art Exhibit, please call Francie Francis, Branch Librarian, South Boston Branch, 646 East Broadway, South Boston, MA, 02127, 617. 268.0180

See Ms. Katz's website: www.zazaphoto.co
 

Contact
Nancy Katz
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SOUTH BOSTON, June 15, 2015 - - The South Boston Public Library will spotlight the work of award-winning West Roxbury photographer Nancy Katz during July and August.  The theme of her work is titled Water Around Us. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Ms. Katzs work may be viewed during normal library hours: Monday, 12 p.m.- 8 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday 10 a.m.  6 p.m., Thursday 12 p.m.- 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m.  5.p.m.  The library will be closed on Saturday, July 4.

The public is invited to attend the 44###sup Annual Art Festival at the library on Saturday, July 11, 2015 from 12 p.m.- 4 p.m. when they can also visit Ms. Katz photography work.

Ms. Katz, originally from Dorchester, said  Most of my life I have lived near water. As a child, Boston and nearby beaches were weekday-only destinations, easy driving for my Mom and safe for me and my siblings.

Despite being covered with rocks, jellyfish and seaweed, city beaches like M Street and Wollaston helped create my love for the ocean--its breezes, damp air and even the smell of low tide.

Living once again full time in Boston after almost 40 years away, I am drawn to the ocean and rivers. The city beaches are dramatically more attractive now; sandy, clean and scenic with views of the skyline, islands, sailboats and the Kennedy Library. Special beaches, like Nantasket, Gloucester, Plymouth and others, are even more beautiful to me---great for walking and filled with memories while I make new ones through photographs.

Through this exhibit, I want to express my love for Boston, the water that surrounds it and the Boston Public libraries where I spent so much time growing up.

During the summer of 2014, Ms. Katz exhibited at the Boston Public Library in Jamaica Plain in a show entitled Faces of Cuba which she summed up as follows: My photos of Cuba show the dignity of the people I encountered as they go about their everyday lives of school, work, family, and religion.

My photos are a tribute to the human spirit and the belief and hope in the future of the Cuban people.

Ms. Katz, formerly President of ZaZaCreative, LLC, in Teaneck, NJ is a graduate of Girls Latin School of Dorchester, MA and Hebrew College of Newton, MA (formerly HTC of Brookline) and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology (Phi Beta Kappa) from the University of Massachusetts (Amherst) and a Masters of Education Degree from Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College).

She studied in the Landscape Design at New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx, NY. She has a background in residential interior design and has taught digital photography in Adult Education and darkroom photography in Boston, MA.

Ms. Katz has published many newspaper and magazine photo illustrated articles on a range of subjects. She is multilingual (English, Hebrew, American Sign Language, some French and Spanish).

For further information on the 2015 Summer Art Exhibit, please call Frances Francis, Branch Librarian, South Boston Branch, 646 East Broadway, South Boston, MA, 02127, 617. 268.0180