In our 24 hour news cycle, it can be hard for journalists and editors to come up with new material. Some outlets even continue to focus on the same old information for hours on end because they can’t come up with something new. As someone who was educated as a journalist, I tend to wonder if there are moments in which the field has lost its ability to differentiate between what is and what is not newsworthy. And for those of you who are not journalists, this might be a beneficial lesson of sorts.
While times change and the norms in a craft adjust, I was taught and still understand newsworthiness to have to fit into one of more of these categories.
Something going on today will likely be more newsworthy than anything that happened a month, year or decade ago.
Of course the more something can hold meaning for us, the more valid it is for articles and reports.
An article about a new store opening in Des Moines, Iowa isn’t going to be as newsworthy for people in Flagstaff, Arizona as a new store opening in their own area.
If an average person gets a speeding ticket, nobody really cares. But, if a high-profile actor does, that might be a different situation.
People like to hear and read about things that might be uplifting and something they can relate to a bit.
Some entire publications (tabloids) focus almost only on this one.
Like any good story, conflict can be a key part of any reportage.
I’d be willing to guess that when you think of the color gray, it brings up ideas of groom, boredom and other rather negative concepts. But, if you stop and thing about the color itself for a moment, you might be surprised and intrigued.
Let’s break it down from a creative perspective.
What is gray in its essence? It is a basic combination of two colors, white and black. Sure, everybody knows that. But, did you ever ponder what happens when you combine those two?
White = The presence of all colors in one.
Black = The absence of all color.
In combining these two, gray has the unusual quality of being both all colors and no colors at once!
What do you think of that?
Even though their real identity might be, it is no secret that over the years many writers across many genres have made use of a “pen name” now sometimes called a “pseudo name” in their work.
One of the most famous is Mark Twain whose real name was Samuel Clemens. More recently, many authors have written under several names for any number of purposes.
As a writer, I’ve even written under one.
While the reasons people do it varies, the notion of writing in such a way is very popular. For the writers out there reading this post, have you ever written under a pen name or considered doing so? Comments and opinions welcome.
Now that the temperatures are getting milder and the weather is more compliant, there are a lot more options to do model and portrait photography outdoors. But sometimes, you will still want to utilize an indoor location. If you don’t have one of your own, and don’t have the resources to pay to rent a fully set-up location, here are a few creative ideas that might work.
While you will always want to be sure to ask management, many stores will allow you to shoot photos as long as you aren’t a disruption for customers. I know someone who recently shot a model at major craft retailer Michael’s. I’ve also come across some shots done in a Lowe’s Home Improvement Store.
These areas can allow for a sophisticated and intellectual feel in your shots and so long as you aren’t doing anything inappropriate or making a lot of noise, there are usually a lot of empty areas that nobody will mind if you use.
Subway Stations, Bus Stations, Train Stations, oh my. These spaces can give you a candid vibe and often have interesting (but sometimes challenging) lighting.
Easy to access most of the time, free to hang around, often empty.
Did you know
That the light
Travels across the plains
And across the seas?
Did you know
That the beams
Touch the heart of you
And the mind of me?
The rays that flow through all
No matter the blocks
The darkness can’t hold them
Let this be the truth
A connection to all
Beyond space and time
Meant for all creatures
Refined and uncouth
People can spend years learning their craft of photography, painting, drawing…but tend to confront an unexpected struggle when they first begin to work with portraits and models. It’s not the lighting, location, or other material they have that is the problem but rather figuring out how to pose subjects.
In fact, I know people with years of experience who still have a hard time working through poses. So, I had someone tell me about this series of books and figured it could benefit many creative individuals.
The “Poses for Artists” collection by author/artist Justin Matrin has four different volumes that cover everything from couples to fighting positions.
As the writer puts it – “I’m passionate about putting out unique references so artists can get inspired about figure drawing and their art. So, I put out free poses here and sell books at a discount to keep my work going and provide a pose library for others.”
The books come book print and electronic copies as paperbacks, Kindle and PDF Ebooks.
At times it is tempting to think that only “correctly” exposed images are the way to go when taking quality shots. However, as with any art at all, there are occasions when it is ok to bend the rules or even completely break them.
Some may have heard of the use of overexposure to reduce wrinkles and skin imperfection but there are several applications for having a picture underexposed as well. One of the biggest is that is can help increase the detail and color. These are a few samples out of the camera and edited.