Sep 1st 2015 Posted in: Featured Posts, Interviews, Photographers 0

Leanne Hansen Language of Light

On the cusp between student and teacher, Leanne Hansen discusses her career before photography, the importance of light, and finding her best images close to home.

“To make successful photographs, we need to understand all of the possibilities and variations for light.” Her new workshop The Language of Light for Photographers offers photographers the opportunity to explore and experiment with the different types, shapes, and colors of light.

Aug 25th 2015 Posted in: Blog, Kids Workshops, Student Work 1

Youth Photography workshop OMG workshop-10 sm

The Image Flow has been buzzing with kids this summer, and we couldn’t be more impressed or proud of the work they’ve turned in! Our most recent workshop, OMG! Summer Photography for Youth, saw our very own Constance Chu lead a group of extremely talented kids ages 11 – 14 around Mill Valley while they looked for light, shadows, and shapes while learning how to maximize their cameras’ manual settings.

Aug 11th 2015 Posted in: Alternative Process, Interviews, Photographers 0

Time Portal platinum/palladium precision digital negatives Mark Nelson

Mark Nelson, photographer and developer of the patented Precision Digital Negatives process, says you always have to be on the lookout for an opportunity. Mark gave up a successful career in the mental health industry to pursue photography, and while he has a loyal following of galleries and collectors, he is known for a system for generating the best digital negatives for alternative processes.

Aug 6th 2015 Posted in: Blog, Photographers 0

Art & Beyond Nude and Figurative Art issue 2015 Barbara Hazen photographer

Barbara Hazen’s work “Rising Above ” was featured on the front cover for a special “Nude and Figurative Art” issue of Art & Beyond magazine.

Jul 28th 2015 Posted in: Blog, Tips & Techniques, Workshops 0

Nicole Paulson taking pictures of kids

Our children’s childhoods are fleeting, but the images we take of them don’t have to be. In the age of digital photography, just about everyone has a camera around at any given moment, ready to capture the next adorable moment in their children’s lives. But the pictures don’t always turn out as well as they could.

Jul 21st 2015 Posted in: Lightroom, Tips & Techniques 0

Taralynn Lawton image protection tips

Whether you’re uploading your pictures to the Internet for business or pleasure, here are a few tips for how to protect your images in this digital world.

Jul 7th 2015 Posted in: Blog, Featured Posts, Interviews 1

Mike Roberts Wish You Were Here America's Postcard King

In Wish You Were Here, author Bob Roberts details the life and work of his father Mike Roberts, which spanned more than 50 years. A self-taught pioneer in the development of color photography and printing, Mike was a 20th-century icon known as America’s Postcard King.

Lightroom expert and in-house retouching specialist Taralynn Lawton worked three years to retouch 70 of Mike’s historic color and black and white images.

“There was one piece that we had from the cover of a Disneyland magazine. It was really a disaster and she patched up the color and the image so that you have no idea,” says Bob.

Jun 30th 2015 Posted in: Blog, Featured Posts, Tips & Techniques 2

Catherine Karnow San Francisco photography

Catherine Karnow has shot in far-flung places around the globe, but she loves shooting at home in San Francisco and Marin. She says one of the reasons she lives in Mill Valley is because of how photogenic the Bay Area is. She gave The Image Flow the inside scoop on her five favorite places to for stay-cation shooting.

Jun 2nd 2015 Posted in: Featured Posts, Kids Workshops, Photographers 2

film photography Zac Mosher processes his black and white images at The Image Flow

Zac Mosher, a 14-year-old student at Mill Valley Middle School, has been spending several hours per week in the darkroom at The Image Flow for the past six months processing and printing his black and white images.

“I actually started shooting film after I started with digital, but I wasn’t super into photography at the time,” he says. Later, he discovered his mom’s old cameras while going through a storage unit with his parents. “I thought they were really cool. So I got the cameras and went out and got some film. That’s what really sparked my interest.”

May 26th 2015 Posted in: Exhibitions, Featured Posts, Student Work 7

Ardi Arni sunrise Cuba photography workshop

Stuart Schwartz and Jock McDonald led a group of American photographers to Cuba for a week of shooting. The week started in Miami. Stuart Schwartz and Jock McDonald met their six workshop participants in a hotel the night before the flight to Cuba. The group spanned more than five decades in age and as many shooting styles.

“My chief concern was, are these people going to get along?” says Stuart. “It was a big cross-section of participants, but it was a harmonious group of people, they were a family. It was a family trip.”

May 21st 2015 Posted in: Blog, Featured Posts, Kids Workshops 1

Visual storytelling series by Susanna Frohman. Angela Layba is a U.S. military veteran who is being trained in organic farming at Slide Ranch in Northern California. Her internship was funded by a partnership between the Farmer Veteran Coalition and the San Francisco Foundation. Photo © Susanna Frohman.

It’s no secret that we live in a culture saturated with photographs. These days, any body with a phone is a photographer, and shooting pictures all the time. We look at images day in and day out, but what we don’t often see are photographs carefully considered and shot in way that really tells a story. Instructors Susanna Frohman and Kathleen Hennessy discuss how to tell a visually compelling story about a subject in your own backyard.

May 19th 2015 Posted in: Alternative Process, Featured Posts, Workshops 0

Cyanotype workshop with Daniel Coburn at The Image Flow

The Image Flow hosted cyanotype guru Daniel Coburn of the University of Kansas this past weekend for a three-day workshop. The diverse group of participants from across the country was nine-strong; 14-year-old prodigy Zac Mosher was the youngest, while the oldest (we won’t name names) was somewhere north of 70. Fun, photography, and Sol Food was had by all!

May 8th 2015 Posted in: Blog, Exhibitions, Photographers 0

Swan Lake Balancing Acts Lucy Gray Harvey Milk Photo Center

Harvey Milk Photo Center in San Francisco will show a selection of images from Bay Area photographer Lucy Gray’s new book Balancing Acts: Three Prima Ballerinas Becoming Mothers.

The images were taken over a span of 15 years during which Lucy photographed three San Francisco Ballet prima ballerinas— Kristin Long, Tina LeBlanc, and Katita Waldo—and their families. The book’s more than 100 black and white photographs chronicle and document the struggles these incredible women faced to raise their families and keep dancing, and offers an intimate backstage look at one of the world’s most important ballet companies.

May 5th 2015 Posted in: Blog, Kids Workshops, Workshops 0

Photography workshops for kids this summer at The Image Flow

School’s almost out, but that doesn’t mean the learning stops—it just becomes a lot more fun! This summer, The Image Flow is has designed a collection of photography workshops for kids, no matter what their experience level.

Apr 30th 2015 Posted in: Blog, Exhibitions, Photographers 0

Kerik Kouklis Center for Photographic Art

The Center for Photographic Art in Carmel, CA, offers The Alchemists’ Vision with photographs by Kerik Kouklis andDiane Kaye. These two wonderful artists create magical works using some of the most classic alternative processes, including tintype, platinum/palladium printing, and gum bichromate. The exhibition will run May 16 – July 18. Kerik will be at CPA for an artist’s presentation on May 16 at 4PM, which will be followed by an opening reception 5–7PM.

Apr 28th 2015 Posted in: Blog, Kids Workshops 0

Enjoy this new night photography workshop with Hendrik Paul this summer at The Image Flow. Photo © Hendrik Paul.

The Image Flow has long been known for its fantastic assortment of photography workshops, geared to all levels of photographers. This summer, The Image Flow is expanding its workshop offerings to include a whole host of workshops for photographers of all ages. From how to prepare for a major photographic excursion, to storytelling with images, TIF has a workshop for you.

Apr 24th 2015 Posted in: Blog, Featured Posts, Photographers 0

alice cooper by rock photographer Bill Green

In late 1972, 14-year-old rock photographer hopeful Bill Green began sneaking into the legendary Academy of Music in New York City to snap photos of rock ‘n’ roll’s biggest stars. His images quickly caught the eye of promoter Howard Stein who offered Bill full access in exchange for prints of his stylized black and white images. For the next three years, Bill photographed every show that came through NYC, including icons like Kiss, Alice Cooper, Eric Clapton, Johnny Winter, Iggy Pop, Jethro Tull, The Who, Joe Cocker, Santana, and ZZ Top.

Eventually, Bill grew up grew up, and his life moved away from rock n’ roll. His catalog of some 20,000 images has been packed away for the last 40 years, until now. These incredible images will be part of a new show Rock Palaces of New York, The Fillmore East and The Academy of Music at New York’s Morrison Hotel Gallery, featuring the golden period of the NYC rock scene.

Herewith, five questions with Bill on his early obsession with photography, picking up girls, and how The Image Flow’s own Stuart Schwartz helped save a little bit of rock ‘n’ roll history.

Apr 13th 2015 Posted in: Blog, Featured Posts 2

photography mistakes maledive skipper

Here at The Image Flow our clients often bring in photos to print that were made during amazing trips to every continent. Many of the images we see are world-class and require very little adjustment before an excellent print can be made. But an unfortunate percentage of camera work was not completely successful, and the finished product is limited by one or more technical mistakes made by the photographer in the field. No matter where your journeys may take you, a similar set of pitfalls can plague any photographer wherever she or he may go.

Apr 7th 2015 Posted in: Featured Posts, Photographers 1

Interment Daniel Coburn cyanotype photographic process

Photographer Daniel Coburn says photography is about ideas. “As image makers we have a valuable opportunity to engage with a variety of historical processes, to make images that are beautiful, unique, and rich in concept.”

Daniel first discovered 19th century alternative photographic processes as an undergraduate studying under the accomplished alternative process photographer Marydorsey Wanless. Although he has recently come to be known for his work with the cyanotype process, Daniel has worked in the full range of alternative processes. He says it’s not about the process; it’s about choosing the right process for the project.

Mar 24th 2015 Posted in: Blog 1

Pier 24 Bay Area Photography Exhibits

We like to think that our photography exhibitions at The Image Flow and Gallery 291 are some of the best in the Bay Area, but you should check these five amazing exihibitions too!