This last day of 2017 stirs a lot of emotions, some good, some bad. But taking time out to reflect on the last 365 days is always interesting and often therapeutic.
On a global level we’ve seen historic moments that would serve as inspiration while being hit by events that echoed a collective melancholy. But we can most often relate more truthfully to the things that impact our daily lives and those we care for dearly.
Whatever 2017 was like for you, may it come to a positive conclusion and lead into a prosperous New Year with happiness and health. After all, it’s the simple things in life that are the most profound.
With the exception of some rather snarky photography purists, many people like the idea of spot color photographs. And while there are many ways to get this done, some either involve expensive software or a level of expertise that takes a long time to attain. However, there is a simple and decent option for anyone that owns an Android smart phone or device.
The Color Touch application is free and allows easy adjustment.
Here is a promo sample from the app’s page.
When one thinks about the performing arts, most of us probably tend to dwell on a few details. These may include such things as the acting, storyline or music and dance if it is a musical production. But there’s another part of the story that helps to create the magic, the set design.
Photo from Instangram@mkhughesdesign and Patreon
Painter and muralist M.K. Huges is one of the people who bring the action to life via her wonderful and engaging set designs. A graduate of Southern Illinois University with a Master’s in Theater (Set Design), she has experience working with the Alabama and Oregon Shakespeare Festivals and is now responsible for the sets on the numerous shows conducted at Point Park University, a Pittsburgh area school widely recognized for theater arts.
Photo from Instangram@mkhughesdesign and Facebook M.K.Hughes Design
For more info on this talented young lady, check out her official website or any of her social accounts including Patreon.
Unless photography is our full-time occupation, and even if it is, many of us cannot afford to own a studio space. Sure, we can rent as needed. But if you have the space and aren’t opposed to having clients come to your home, you can easily set up a nice, professional studio without paying a bundle.
Here’s the basics of what you need:
You can either order some or make your own. I would suggest getting or designing at least 3, a black, a grey or white and one molted color blue or grey.
If you get steady lights it will be cheaper and you won’t need any triggers or sync tools. If you want to go a little more expensive, you can get strobe units for a reasonable price so long as you aren’t looking for the big brands.
These are more affordable than soft boxes and basically do the same thing. They also come with some lighting units as part of the deal.
You can check out my upcoming book on how to make your own reflectors, diffusers, product setup and more. I’ll be sure to let you know when it is out.
If you’ve never heard the terms “Blackout Poetry,” this post has something cool in store for you.
No, Blackout Poetry doesn’t have anything to do with drunkenness as the sillier readers might have assumed. It’s all about a process that sounds simple but is actually quite complex.
As the artist that goes by Inducto calls it, the idea is to black out pages of text leaving only specific terms and phrases that create a new story.
Check out some of her work on Patreon and in the pictures here: