New Event: Phone Photography

Smart mobile phones with integrated camera are now ubiquitous, as are a host of downloadable apps that perform every kind of post production trick imaginable from tilt-shift, to color correction, panorama and much more. Indeed, if you own a iPhone or other smart phone with camera, you have the ability to take great photos and instantly distribute them globally at any time. You don’t need fancy gear to create great photography. Combine your creative eye with understanding of how to use your phone’s camera and photo capabilities, and you can do some really cool stuff.

The image above was taken with an iPhone 4 and the Camera+ downloadable app. The following two examples are pro level work shot on iphone 3Gs and iPhone 4: Fashion shoot (, music video (

My objective in setting up this event is to bring together anyone interested in learning more about phone photography. We will have some discussion time to ask questions and share what we know, then we’ll hit the street to try out what we’ve learned.

I’m pretty well versed in doing this on an iPhone. Please ping me if you have experience shooting/editing on other platforms (Android, BlackBerry, et al).


Facebook invite:

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New Event: “Bliss Dance” 40 Foot Statue on Treasure Island

Did you catch the incredible 40 foot Bliss Dance statue at Burning Man last year?  Lucky for us in the Bay Area, the statue has been rebuilt on Treasure Island for us to enjoy once again.  The folks working on the statue are throwing an opening reception/party.

Rick Muñoz has set up an event for Camera Collective folks to get together for this event on Treasure Island tomorrow, Thurs May 26 at 7:30p.  Bring out your cameras, take some photos of this beautiful art while it’s available for viewing.

Visit the Facebook invite for further details and to RSVP:


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“Community in Focus” Exhibition – Call for Entries

Hi everyone, 

It was a pleasure to see so many of you at this past Sunday’s Musee Mechanique shoot!

As promised, I am following up with additional information about an amazing opportunity that has been offered to Camera Collective (aka Photo Forum) by my friend Andrei Riskin who is a fine art photographer based here in SF.  Andrei is an instructor at the San Francisco Photography Center (part of the Harvey Milk Center for the Arts) and when I told him about Camera Collective, the group’s mission and the events we have held over the past year, he offered us a hosted gallery exhibition! 

Here’s the scoop as well as some time-sensitive follow-up info for interested members:

What: “Community in Focus”, an exhibition featuring the work of Camera Collective members

When: An opening night launch on Thursday, May 5th followed by one month of gallery hosting

Where: Harvey Milk Center for the Arts, San Francisco

Who: Up to 15 Camera Collective members (each of the contributing members asked to display 2 images.)

(Even More) Great News:

Participating CC members will NOT need to worry about matting or framing their work.  (I know…awesome, right?)  HMC will take care of this for us in order to maintain a uniform faming aesthetic for the show.  Important logistical note: Images will need to be gallery-quality (high res) 11×14 or 11×11 full bleed prints in order to meet gallery framing size standard so participants will need to take this into consideration when planning aspect ratios and/or cropping decisions.   

Important Next Steps:

We already have 11 spaces taken by confirmed participants, two pending confirmation and two still open.  (So if you are interested in participating and haven’t signed up yet, we would love to have you!  Please email me ASAP at to let me know you’re interested.)  The remaining two spaces will be given first-come-first-served in order to be fair to everyone. 

For those of you who have already signed up or who want to take one of the remaining spaces, here is some important info about next steps:

Andrei needs to put together an informal pitch for his boss to help them understand the concept of the show and some of the work that might be shown so those who are planning to participate are asked to submit the following so that Andrei can compile a compelling pitch presentation: 

  • 4-5 of your favorite images formatted as follows:
    • -jpeg
    • -72dpi
    • -Not to exceed 1000 pixels on longest side
    • -Naming convention: LastName_FirstName_ImageTitle.jpg (e.g. Russell_Tara_OceanBeach.jpg
  • A few sentences about who you are, what type of photography you are interested in / prefer to shoot / have experience in
  • A website address if you have one

Please sent this to no later than end of day on Wednesday, February 23rd and I will package everything together along with the CC mission statement and website and send it over to Andrei. 


Q: Do the photos I contribute have to match a certain theme?

A: No.  The unifying theme for the event, “Community in Focus”, draws from the mission statement of the group so the photos on display can be as diverse as our talented members.   

Q: Do the photos need to be ones that I have shot at Photo Forum / Camera Collective events?

A: No, you are free to choose your favorite images whether they were captured during official CC events or not. 

Q: Do I need to have prints prepared right away?

A: No, not to worry – we will not need to have the final work submitted to Andrei until 2 weeks prior to the opening on May 5th so we have plenty of time to navigate final image selection, printing, etc.  For now all you have to do is put together work samples and a quick artist statement blurb to submit to me. 

If any of you have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to shoot me an email.

Most importantly, I’m thrilled that this wonderful community of people has been offered such a cool opportunity and I look forward to working with everyone to make this an amazing event for everyone!  J



P.S. For those of you who might be interested, Andrei’s work is amazing – you can check out his photography and multimedia work at

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Mission Murals

Date/time:  Sunday, March 27 · 11:00am – 2:00pm
Location:  TBD, San Francisco
Host: Austin Hastings

Specifics for meeting location and tour path are TBD. Please let me know if you have experience exploring the Mission murals and might be interested in helping organize this event. For the time being, here’s some good background info from in regards to the Mission murals…

San Francisco fairly teems with murals. Since the 1970s, groups of artists have worked to transform the city’s walls into canvases, art accessible to everyone. Muralists here fall into two loose categories: those in the Latin American tradition of addressing political and social justice issues through art, and everyone else (those who simply paint on a large scale and like lots of people to see it).

Rediscovering the work of Mexican liberal artist and muralist Diego Rivera in the 1960s, Latino muralists began to address public issues on the community’s walls. Heavily Latino since the 1970s, the Mission District became the collective canvas for these artists. The Precita Eyes Mural Arts Center emerged to support those artists and galvanize collaborative projects in the neighborhood. Early on, the San Francisco Arts Commission hired the center to create murals all over town. Of the 800-plus murals that adorn city surfaces, a good quarter of them were painted by muralists associated with Precita Eyes.

Bright Sunbelt colors reflect the medium’s historical geography; in contemporary work, look for anime and woodblock cuts along with traditional Latino symbols. Murals are considered permanent, and aren’t painted over without consulting the artist. Keep your eyes peeled as you wander the city and you’ll begin to discover art everywhere. Here are the best and brightest of the Mission District:

826 Valencia. Fans of graphic novelist Chris Ware will want to take a good look at the facade here. Ware designed the intricate mural for the storefront, a meditation on the evolution of human communication.

Balmy Alley. The most famous of the Mission’s murals—a vivid sweep from end to end. This group series began in 1971 and still gets new additions.

Clarion Alley. A new generation of muralists is creating a fresh alley-cum-gallery here, between Valencia and Mission streets and 17th and 18th streets. The loosely connected artists of the Clarion Alley Mural Project (CAMP) represent a broad range of style and imagery. Carpet-draped Indonesian elephants plod calmly down the block; kung fu movie-style headlines shout slogans. The works here offer a dense glimpse at the Mission’s contemporary art scene.

Shotwell Street grocery. A bit off the beaten path but well worth the detour is Brian Barneclo’s gigantic Food Chain. This adorns the grocery store on Shotwell Street between 14th and 15th streets. It’s a retro, 1950s-style celebration of the city’s many neighborhoods (and the food chain), complete with an ant birthday party and worms finishing off a human skull. But in a cute way. Barneclo fans can see more of his work at cool watering hole Rye and hipster restaurant Nopa.

24th Street. Several murals in the Mexican political tradition adorn the buildings along 24th Street, including St. Peter’s (at Alabama Street) and even McDonald’s (at Mission Street).

Women’s Building. Maestrapeace—the impressive, towering mural that seems to enclose this building—celebrates women around the world who work for peace.

(photo credit:  jarek69 & evelyn on Flickr)

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Musée Mécanique

Sunday, February 13 · 11:00am – 2:00pm
Pier 45 Shed A at the end of Taylor Street at Fisherman’s Wharf

Located on Fisherman’s Wharf, the Musée Mécanique has one of the world’s largest privately owned collections of mechanically operated musical instruments and antique arcade machines. This is a fascinating place to explore and a treasure trove of interesting objects to photograph. I’ve been itching to do some macro photography here.

Visit for more information. We’ll grab a bite and drink afterwards in the area (feel free to propose a good spot).

(Photo credit: lemmingstone on flickr)

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