Guthrie 89'er Day Festivities

Guthrie 89’er Day Festivities

1 week ago James Pratt
My new project for 2015 - Me and a 50. I grab a 35mm camera, film or digital with ONLY a 50 mm lens - nothing else - and see what I can do. My goal is to travel…
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1 week agoGuthrie 89’er Day Festivities
Why I shoot Large Format Film

Why I shoot Large Format Film

2 weeks ago James Pratt
THIS is why I still shoot large format film. I shot this photo of my father in January 2014 and just now developed it in April 2015. My heart skipped a beat whe…
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2 weeks agoWhy I shoot Large Format Film
Oklahoma Today Cover - November/December 2014

Oklahoma Today Cover – November/December 2014

2 months ago James Pratt
I photographed a story about Wildcare Animal Rescue in Noble, OK for a feature story for Oklahoma Today Magazine during the summer 2014. I worked with writer Ka…
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2 months agoOklahoma Today Cover – November/December 2014
Power in the Panhandle

Power in the Panhandle

2 months ago James Pratt
I got a call from Tri-County Electric Cooperative in January asking me to create a panorama photograph for their entryway at their new headquarters under constr…
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2 months agoPower in the Panhandle
The Power of 3 - Oklahoma Today story with Nathan Gunter

The Power of 3 – Oklahoma Today story with Nathan…

2 months ago James Pratt
I had the opportunity last summer to do a story with Oklahoma Today managing editor Nathan Gunter. I had pitched the story to the publication a couple of years…
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2 months agoThe Power of 3 – Oklahoma Today story with Nathan…

My Photography

electrical utility lines for Tri-County Electric Coop TCEC

Power in the Panhandle

I got a call from Tri-County Electric Cooperative in January asking me to create a panorama photograph for their entryway at their new headquarters under construction in Hooker, Oklahoma. They had seen some of my powerline work in the past and wanted a photo that represented their service area. This was going to be a […]

My Video

This video of dual sport riding in Clayton, OK was produced way back in 2005 - before HD video, before GoPro's.

Ride Oklahoma Dual Sport Video circa 2005

This was one of my early attempts at capturing video on a motorcycle. This was long before GoPro’s. I had to attach bullet cams to a dirt bike slamming through rocks, and feed said bullet cam to a digital camcorder in the rider’s backpack. Kind of rough. The biggest problem with the video is the […]

My Writing

I wrote and photographed this story for Oklahoma Living Magazine.

Pickup Trucks in Oklahoma

I wrote and photographed this story for Oklahoma Living Magazine about how electric coop members in Oklahoma use their pickup trucks in work and play.

My Podcasting

I am finally getting the hang of Apple's Logic Pro X and have produced 4 podcasts in the past week.

After years of using Adobe Audition for sound editing, I recently switched to Apple’s Logic Pro X and after a week of intense practice, I am starting to get the hang of it and LOVING the program!

My Blog

This image of Micha Young on my Toyo VRX-125 camera shows just how darn difficult it is to shoot and develop 4x5 film. This is almost a really cool image. It IS a really cool image, in an analog, mistake-prone sort of way. It would certainly be difficult if not impossible to replicate this type of image - mistakes and all - with a digital camera. That is part of the allure of shooting large format film - the difficulty and the unpredictable results.

My Love/Hate Relationship with 4×5 film

I have had a 15 year love/hate relationship with shooting large format 4×5 film images. It is so darn difficult and the results are so unpredictable and imperfect, yet sometimes awesome and always unique. I normally would not even scan a film like this, but this image intrigued me. I scanned it on my Epson V750 scanner, did some tweaking in photoshop, and came out with something unusual, unique, and in some ways, stunningly beautiful but imperfect.

My son Adam Pratt holding his son Jamison at a Thunder basketball game. Shot on film for a timeless quality. Digital would be cleaner, smoother, and with better tonal gradation, but it wouldn't be THIS picture.

My grandson and son – Me and a 50

Am I being nostalgic, or is there just something about black and white film that quietly says “timeless”? I shot this photo on my much loved Nikon FM3 at an OKC Thunder basketball game. The upper reaches of the arena – aka “cheap seats” – is a dimly lit area far from the action, but […]

The sun was setting on the car show so I had only a few minutes to grab something with this beautiful light. I told Kay "give me 5 minutes, I gotta get SOMETHING with this awesome sunset." She gave me 5 minutes and the rest of the evening I spent enjoying her company rather than fiddling with my camera.

Guthrie 89’er Day Festivities

My new project for 2015 – Me and a 50. I grab a 35mm camera, film or digital with ONLY a 50 mm lens – nothing else – and see what I can do. My goal is to travel small, light, and without any distractions or extra equipment, and see what I can come up with. These pictures were taken in Guthrie during the 89’er Day festivities on Friday night.

I shot this large format film photo of my now deceased father 15 months ago and just now developed it 7 months after he passed away.

Why I shoot Large Format Film

THIS is why I still shoot large format film. I shot this photo of my father in January 2014 and just now developed it in April 2015. My heart skipped a beat when I pulled it out of the wash. It was a very difficult shot to take and luck was on my side.

This screen shot from Corey Rich's web site is from his Nikon D4 video and shows a drone carrying what I assume to be a Nikon D4 over a bicycle rider in Moab, Utah.

Nikon Promoting Illegal Activity?

I just attended the Bedford Camera Photocon Expo 2015 in Oklahoma City. One of the keynote speakers was Corey Rich, who was sponsored and invited by Nikon to present his filmmaking experience using Nikon cameras. I eagerly attended his presentation and was amazed at his imagery during the presentation. As part of his presentation he […]

Fotofacts Podcast interview of James Pratt at Bedford Camera Photocon 2015

Bedford Camera Photocon 2015 Presentation review on Fotofacts Podcast

I recently presented my new program “Shoot to Publish” at the Bedford Camera Photocon F2.8 Expo in Oklahoma City to a packed and enthusiastic crowd. Afterwards I talked with my friends Robert Trawick and Jim Felder at Fotofacts Podcast about the program.

I ran across Zach while working on a story. Zach was by far the coolest person I met that day. Or the past week or month for that matter. I just had to photograph him. For no other reason than he was just cool.

Cool Dude with a BIG truck

While working on a story for a client, I ran across this really cool kid. Can’t remember his name, but I think it was Zack. So I am calling him Zack. He was the most interesting person I ran across all day. So I took his portrait.

OK Today Trout P1

Shoot to Publish – My Class at Bedford Camera Photocon 2.8 Expo March 20

I will be teaching a class “Shoot to Publish” at Bedford Camera’s Photocon F2.8 Expo in Oklahoma City on March 20. This class is designed to teach budding editorial photographers how to shoot photographs that publishers want for stories. Since 2008 I have shot dozens of covers and hundreds of photos that have been published […]

I am very impressed with my Zoom H6 recorder. It comes with snap-on microphone accessories plus a module that allows me to add two more XLR inputs for a total of six.

Zoom H6 recorder review

I recently upgraded from a Zoom H4n to a Zoom H6 audio recorder. I really liked the H4n but am totally impressed with the H6. It is a much better product that is easier to use than the H4n and offers six channels of recording versus four channels on the H4n. I use it with Logic Pro X on my Mac and Boss Jock on my iPad.

Dual Sport Motorcycling Video

Dual Sport Motorcycles – This is What I Do

I love to ride motorcycles, and more specifically, dual sport motorcycles. They allow me to explore out-of-the-way places that I can’t reach with a normal street bike. I can toss on a sleeping bag and tent, point my bike in any general direction, and just ride. If the road turns to dirt or a cow trail, no big deal – I can generally make it through. This video may give you an inkling of why I love riding dual sport motorcycles.

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Quality Photography can Help your Brand

The goal of business marketing is to generate demand for your products or services. There are a variety of ways to market your business – traditional print advertising, web, social media, broadcast and cable television, as well as new channels such as Youtube, Google, and Facebook. With so many choices available, and each advertising sales […]

My Writing Workflow

I love storytelling. It is a blast to gather pictures, do interviews, ask questions, and dig in and develop a story. The really hard part for me is the actual writing of the story. Short articles, technical documents, user manuals, and blogs posts are easy, but for me long form magazine stories seem much harder. […]

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Gel Holders

A few years ago I created these gel rolls to carry around my color correcting gels.  My sister sewed them together for me.  I purchase large sheets of color correcting gels in various densities, roll them up into these holders according to color temp, then slip them into my light bag.  They are very handy […]