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Rocking Selfies

While the majority of those who take and upload “selfies” are not really doing so with any artistic intent, or are not having much success in doing so, it is not only possible to create artsy selfies but some have even made it a craft of sorts.

So, how can you rock the selfie? Here are some tips and samples.

1. Make sure the background isn’t a distraction. A solid color wall or distant nature setting would be much better than a messy bedroom.

Too busy:

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No distraction issues:

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2. Have as much light as possibly without washing out the shot. An overexposed pic or one that is so dark you can’t see anything is worse than no pic at all.

Overexposed:

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Better:

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3. Use a flattering angle. This is usually good for girls when they shoot the shot from somewhere overhead. Some positions however, can make you look wider or older.

Awkward position:

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Nice position setup:

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Happy photoing.

 

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Fun With Double Entendres

As a person who loves the craft of the written word, one of the silly yet effective tools that I enjoy is the double entendre.

The standard way to define this is:

A literary device that can be defined as a phrase or a figure of speech that might have multiple senses, interpretations or two different meanings or that could be understood in two different ways.

Oxford Dictionary says,  “it “conveys an indelicate meaning”. The first meaning in double entendre is usually straightforward while the second meaning is ironic, risqué or inappropriate.”

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Here are some examples. perhaps you can comment some of yours. Just a note of advice, the last one is a bit dirty.

A new weight-loss study requires a larger sample group.

Criminals get nine months in violin case

In the land of pencils, Number 2 is Number One.

I know my computer loves me; it’s always going down.

Cell Phone Photography IS NOT Photography But…

There have been a lot of posts out there including on this blog that say that cell phone photography cannot and won’t ever be able to, match the actual stuff done with real cameras. That being said, it can still be its own art. One example of such is a young lady I came across a couple of weeks ago who was featured at an arts market.  Her shots where colorful, detailed and just basically well done. I was a bit surprised to learn that every one of them was shot on her phone.

The key however was that it was not just the phone but also a series of attachments she made use of, including a special lens, to make her picture content so appealing.

So the point here is, while cell pics will not ever match those of a DSLR, with the right equipment and artist, they can get pretty close.

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Fun With Puns

Who doesn’t like a good pun? As a literary tool, they are hard to beat. So, here are a few I thought I would post and if you’ve got any of your own please comment.

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Corduroy pillows are making headlines.

A horse is a very stable animal.

An elephant’s opinion carries a lot of weight.

You can’t lose picking a sherbet for dessert.

Energizer Bunny arrested — charged with battery.

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