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The Beauty of the Monolight

In the art of photography, we are generally told that the more light, the better.

So, often in a a studio setup or indoor shoot, photographers tend to use a lot of lighting equipment and try to balance things out from different angles. That being the case, one of the most overlooked and under appreciated lighting setups in the use of a single light source.

In a recent shoot with a beautiful young model by the name of Brittany Jordan, I did some experimentation with a monolight and really liked how things turned out. To see more of my work, check out my artistic photography website.

Brittany model

Brittany in spot color

 

Brittany Jordan

 

The recently crowned Miss America, Kira Kazantsev, has taken a bit of heat lately but no matter what you might think of her, one thing you can’t say is that she doesn’t have talent. This cool video shows off her vocal skills and the rather unconventional way she used them to help win the title.

Every once in a while a talented musician that is somewhat out of the mainstream breaks through the murky waters of the industry to capture the hearts and minds of fans everywhere. Lindsey Stirling is one such artist.

If you haven’t heard her yet, check out the video below for a beautiful performance the other day on The Meredith Vieira Show.

Wordles

For years, graphic designers have be providing interesting and creative graphic services that literally make words into a form of visual art. You need not look further than a few different print ad campaigns or text-based company logos to realize that this is the case.

However, in a recent random trip through cyberspace, I came across a very cool site that instantly creates a visual piece of art from any phrase or content or the text on just about any website.

The official name of these digital creations are wordles and you can create your own, in seconds and for free at http://www.wordle.net.

Check out this colorful example direct from the website.

Consitution of the United States

A few great tools for writers

Listen up fellow writers.

When it comes to academic writing specifically, we’ve all had that experience of putting together a good old bibliography. Honestly, this was always one of the biggest pain in the a#@ parts of the entire process. In fact, it wouldn’t really be a stretch to say that on some occasions, putting together the bibliography took darn near as long as writing the paper or essay itself.

What if there was a way to nearly bypass this tedious task or at least make it a lot faster? Well, there is, enter the site Easybib.

Easybib

So, maybe you don’t work with academic writing.  Maybe you’re more into writing poetry books or novels. No matter what you write, grammar is always important. This brings me to the second tool I’d like to share – Grammarly.

The name is pretty straight forward in regard to its function. The site checks your gammar on a much more intense level than any basic word processor and can even aid in working with the book publishing process.

Grammarly

Give these a try today.

I recently learned through a friend that a women she knows, who I have since met and befriended online, is working hard on a major project. Her name is Lindsey Sarah Harward and the goal is to create what will be called the Horry County Children’s Musical Theatre in beautiful Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Personally, I think it is a great idea and a good way to both educate children and foster their creative sides.

If you’d like to know more about this, you can check out their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/297615803754755/.

horry county children's musical theather

Foreign Tourists Image Bank – 110% Copyright and Royalty Free Photos!

This is the title/catch line of a new source I decided to create that is dedicated to helping people find free high quality photos to use with no strings attached. I decided to put this effort together based on my own difficulties in finding free images to use for my own creative purposes.

I figured, even if I take a few shots every once in a while on my cell phone while out and about, I could add these to a collection and who knows, maybe it could be of use to someone. If you’d like to see if any of the images can be of use to you, or if you’d like to add some of your own (and get free promotion out of it), you can feel free to do so. Just click the image below to be taken to the Facebook Group that is free for all.

free pics

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