Stan McQueen's career as a photographer began when he developed his first roll of film in his bathroom darkroom at the age of 12. He succeeded in various kinds of photography, including portraiture, but his love of the outdoors-- "lonely places" in his words-has been the inspiration for most of his award winning photographs. Stan works in both color and black and white. Much of his best work has been done in Infrared because that medium provides that extra haunting effect. Stan is especially adept at infrared because of his graduate school work at the Air Force Institute of Technology, where his graduate thesis was on the physics of Infrared light. Although most of his work is work is film based, the Digital Age has not passed him by. He scans many of his negatives and prints them out on an inkjet printer. His work has been shown at various museums and photographic venues throughout the West and Midwest, including the Utah Museum of Art.
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Dear Stan, I have been a HIE shooter since 1970, I have been working especially hard this year with it. I now appreciate how precise the film really is covering IR. Are there any Galleries devoted solely to the HIE prints? I have about 900 images in past eight months, nearly grain free enlargements, from the negatives, no software, just from the C-23 enlarger and traditional darkroom methods. I have looked for HIE galleries but haven't had any success. Thanks, Dennis
Dennis, Thanks for writing with your question about galleries specializing in HIE prints. While infrared film in general lends itself to unique effects, remember that the major difference between infrared film like HIE and any other film is the film's sensitivity to different portions of the electromagnetic spectrum. I am unaware of any galleries that specialize in any particular film type, including infrared. Gallery owners and managers are usually more concerned with the quality of the image and how well images fit the needs of their clientele than with the specific medium of the image, whether it be oil, watercolor, or, in your case, prints made from infrared film. Therefore, my advice is, rather than look for galleries that would specialize in infrared images, you should look for galleries for which your style and subject matter would be a good match, regardless of the medium. Construct a sample portfolio of your images to tell a coherent story and to illustrate your creative abilities, regardless of the specific medium of the images. Periodically, at locations around the country, the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) holds portfolio reviews. That, or something similar, would be a good way to have your portfolio evaluated with suggestions for improvement prior to making gallery visits. I hope that I have answered your questions and concerns. If you have any follow-up questions, please don't hesitate to ask.
Dear Stan, What is a "plug-in" and do I need one for raw images? Is it something you buy or download? And how is it used? Thanks, Hiag
In the context of digital photography, a "plug-in" is a small software program which is used by another software program, such as Adobe Photoshop, to perform some task. For example, Photoshop can handle and process a multitude of image formats, such as JPEG, TIFF, PSD, etc. However, many digital cameras, while able to handle some of these general formats, also use a "raw" format. The raw format is a proprietary format that represents a (mostly) unprocessed image. In order for Photoshop and other image processing programs to be able to handle these raw images, the camera manufacturers make plug-ins available. These plug-ins provide the interface between Photoshop and the image. In general, the raw image plug-ins are available at no charge. Adobe Photoshop users can periodically download and install new updates to the "Adobe Camera Raw" module, which is a collection of plug-ins for various cameras. Additionally, camera manufacturers may make their raw plug-ins available on their website for users to download. Other types of plug-ins are also available. For example, many Photoshop filters, such as sharpening filters, are implemented as plug-ins. This type of plug-in is generally not free, but is sold as a product.
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