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17 October 2015

Saturday matinees long ago let us escape from the ordinary world to the island of the Swiss Family Robinson or the mutinous decks of the Bounty. Why not, we thought, escape the usual fare here with Saturday matinees of our favorite photography films?

So we're pleased to present the 107th in our series of Saturday matinees today: Richard Koci Hernandez.

Join Emmy award-winning, multimedia journalist and iPhoneographer Richard Koci Hernandez in this nearly three-minute clip as he wanders the streets of San Francisco with his iPhone.

The city is always a treat to see but Hernandez has a few tricks up his sleeve as he explains what it means to be a multimedia journalist. "I just use all the available tools," he says. Use whatever works to tell the story because it's all about telling a story.

The tricks he reveals involve convincing people you don't exist when you're standing right next to them.

You've heard that before. So that's not today's lesson.

The lesson today is how to be inconspicuous with a camera on the street. Because, as Hernandez says, when people see you with a camera they are not themselves. They morph into movie stars or action heroes or skittish deer or sufferers of gall bladder attacks.

Which spoils the moment. Decisively.

The tricks he reveals involve convincing people you don't exist when you're standing right next to them. And the tricks are not only easy to perform but they work like magic. But we won't reveal them because it's more fun to watch Hernandez demonstrate them than it is to read about them.

But then he talks turkey. "I love creating images that have depth," he introduces his esthetic. He likes images that "almost feel like you can touch them."

To get that effect, he over-processes them, wringing the same image through app after app. Sometimes, he admits, it ruins the image. But it keeps him off the street.

You can see a gallery of his images in The Slate Collection on his Web site. Hernandez is represented by Slate Contemporary Gallery. And Emil Pakarklis interviewed him for more street photography tips in a piece that includes a few more images.

This video was produced by Blurb and it's no accident. Hernandez talks about sharing images on Instagram for immediately telling his stories but adds, "It is my firm belief that we're always going to need something to hold onto."

A book, in short.

Blurb contracts with commercial printers using HP Indigo systems to produce one-off titles and is the provider behind Lightroom's book publishing feature. It also offers a wide range of book creation options.

Recently AdoramaPix added lay-flat books printed on photo paper to its line-up of products. That's a different process than the HP Indigo uses. The Indigo is more like what you expect from a printing press. AdoramaPix delivers an image more like what you get from your inkjet.

But it's not about technology, remember.

As Hernandez says at the very end of the clip, "I think now more than ever, we have more tools available to us to tell stories."

You just have to get those stories. That's always been exciting but Hernandez reveals a few tricks that make it a little easier and even a bit more fun.

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