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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.

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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.

Basically any story ever written has some essential parts. Among such parts is conflict. Basically, there always has to be a problem of some sort and a resolution, either positive or negative, to that problem.

There are seven main formats that a writer can typically use to fit the need. These are:

Person vs. Fate/God

Example – Slaughterhouse Five

Person vs. Self

Example – A Separate Peace

Person vs. Person

Example – Les Misérables

Person vs. Society

Example – To Kill a Mockingbird

Person vs. Nature

Example – Moby Dick

Person vs. Supernatural

Example – The Odyssey 

Person vs. Technology

Example – The Terminator

 

It was a little more than a year back when I found Simbi via a post on a friend’s Facebook profile. After taking a few minutes to poke around the site, I was hooked. Now, “what is Simbi?” you might ask. Well, the most basic way to explain it would be a social network and community that is focused on the growing interest in a barter economy.

Sure, you can find all sorts of people looking for and offering a service or product related to almost any need whatsoever. But, since this is an arts-related blog, I have to say there are plenty of things on here sure to pull in the artists among us.

First, you can easily trade Simbi (the currency of the site) or do a even swap for anything from drawings to clothing. This is great from people who don’t have a lot of cash but could benefit from the work of someone like a cartoonist or logo designer.

Second, it’s a great opportunity for networking. There are groups on the platform in which people can discuss items related to their interests. I belong to a few including “Writer’s Club” and “Design Hub.” If there is not a group that fits what you want, you can start one.

Third, it can be a great testing ground to find out how people will respond to services you might be considering putting out there as a freelance gig.

Basically, Simbi is pretty awesome. Check it out for yourself and I bet you’ll agree.

As a member of a number of groups geared toward the art of photography on Facebook and Google Plus, I’ve come to find that there truly are varying levels of professionalism among the ranks.

First off, let me state what may be obvious to some but not so much to others regarding the concept of being a professional. While some may think that the essence of professionalism is getting paid for the work you do, that in and of itself does not make one professional.

For example, if your cousin shoot shoots wedding pictures for you as a favor and you pay him $250, that dos not make him a professional any more than Michael Phelps was technically an “armature” swimmer during the Olympics. It’s so much more than this and these are the keys in my opinion.

Pros should have these qualities:

1. Carry on appropriate relationships with any collaborators

2. Get their work done in a timely manner

3. Do not consistently show late for events

4. Do not cancel without good reasons or at the last minute or simply don’t show up.

5. Responsive when people try to contact you by phone email.

If you don’t know Thomas Blancard yet, you’ll want to after seeing this incredible piece of video. He’s a talented film director that has even had his work featured in a commercial for the latest iPhone!

What happens when you mix paint, oil and liquid soap? This video shows the wonderfully stunning result.

Even though it would be nice, the reality is that many people who are interested in photography do not have the financial means to purchase expensive software to edit or retouch their pictures. And in some cases, they don’t have the time to do some of the necessary but tedious tasks without the help of automation.

These three FREE web-based tools can be a big help.

Editor: Pixlr

Can’t afford Photoshop or similar applications? Don’t want to have to deal with downloading big programs like GIMP? The Pixlr tool allows you to do all the basics and a lot more in your browser. It’s powerful and relatively easy to use with a professional feel layout.

Effects: LunaPic

Even though LunaPic is a bit less user-friendly, it’s still fairly easy to work with and gives people the ability to make all sort of filter adjustments and more. It’s like some of the filtering apps available for your phone but generally less generic and more powerful.

Resizer: Bulk Resize Photos

There are a bunch of reasons why you might need to resize photos to make the smaller. After all, if you all posting them online it’s not always a brilliant idea to have them in full resolution.  You can use this to quickly resize any number of pictures.

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