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Archive for September, 2017

Agency Models, Do You Work With Them?

There are typically two types of people two model, those who do it on a freelance or independent basis and those who are represented by some sort of agency.

When it comes to a photographer choosing who to work with, this can make a massive difference.

My preference, having worked with both, is to go with the freelancers as much as possible. Here’s why:

1. Less hoops to jump through for booking

2. You’re going to find more variety in look and style

3. More options for being creative in you work

4. Less overall red tape

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Incredible Pyrography By Ashley Gadd

Have you ever heard of the art called pyrography? If you haven’t you’re really missing out on some cool things. This includes the work of our newest featured artistic personality, Ashley Gadd. Check out her stuff on Facebook under the name FringeandThings.

Basically, it is a pretty simple concept yet a pretty complex process with talent in the fields of drawing or design and woodworking. In the case of this individual, she uses her talents to etch detailed patterns and objects into wood. Here are some wonderful examples of her intricate work:

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Fevley Showcases Skill in Drawing

An incredible artist with a soft spot for cartoon style, Fevley is certainly worth checking out. Their work can be seen on their profile at Fevley.deviantart.com but we’d like to give you a little more here.

The California artist has always wanted to be a professional cartoonist and their goal is to be able to support themselves fully with their art. They would love to complete their epics and have work published in widely-accessible sources.

Here are a few samples of the cool stuff of this artist:

Eclectic Artist Jessi Pettit

Many artists tend to specialize in one medium, and sometimes even a subgroup within that. Jessi Pettit is not one of those artists. You can see her work under the name CLR SPLSH Designs which includes some unique abstract photography along with colorful and vibrant painted works.

Here are some samples of her work:

Make or Break Use of Angles in Photos

When people talk about the technical side of photography, it is easy to get lost in all the math and science while forgetting some of the more basic parts. One of these is the effective usage of angles.

Take the two photos below. The first does show a nice flowering plant, the details are all there but so is something a little less pleasant. Check out the dirty black trash bag in the corner. the seconds is of the same plant at a slightly different angle with similar coloration and clarity but no ugly distraction. The third and fourth photos show something similar too.

So the point is, when you’re working on your exposure meter setting, adjusting aperture and shutter speed, selecting the appropriate ISO… don’t forget to use a nice and effective choice of angles.

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The Practically Perfect Art of ZenJoanie

One of the troubling facts about art is that sometimes it’s just not practical for people. Sure, it may look great but you might only have so much space to keep some items that aren’t offering functionality of some sort. One artist I recently learned of has done her part to solve this issue.

Check out the work of Joan Koeppel, which includes everything from shirts to shot glasses with her appealing designs. And if you are a framed art junkie, no worries, she even has some of that too.

You can visit her official website at ZenJoanie.com.

Samples:

 

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Find the artist on Facebook too.

 

 

Hey Photographers – Don’t Fret Minor Exposure Issues in Photos

Form time to time, most of us photography enthusiasts mess  up a shot with high or low exposure. Our first instinct might be “oh, crap!” but once you step away from the moment for a bit, you could realize that a tiny bit of “incorrect” exposure isn’t always a bad thing.

See the charts below. They show a fairly significant swing in a typical meter. But, let’s suppose your shots hit less that 1 on either side, or even just the first dot. You have two options:

  1. Easily adjust in basically any editing program.
  2. Go with it because it might just produce a cool shot.

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The photo on the right-hand side is one I took at Station Square in Pittsburgh but I used editing software to make the other two so as to give examples of extremely over and under exposed shots.

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Here are a few shots people just went with or even did on purpose:

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