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What exactly is a GWC?

In photography circles, especially when it comes to working with models, many photographers work hard to be professional and produce high quality work. However, a few bad apples sometimes give the rest of us a bad name. These are sometimes what has been granted the acronym GWC.

So what is a GWC?

It is short for the term “Guy With Camera” (although in rare occasions I suppose it could apply to females as well). As Urban Dictionary defines it – “Commonly used in the modelling/photographer biz, ‘GWC’ is any poser/creep with a digital camera pretending to be a pro/semi-pro photographer.”

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This is not a bad definition but a little more needs to be addressed here. The basic facts are that a guy (or girl) with camera is:

  1. Is primarily interested in getting their subject naked or scantly clad with no real regard for art.
  2. Is overall unprofessional in their approach.

This means that a GWC can be a photographer of any skill level or experience using any type or camera, including very high end ones.

Conversely,  a professional attitude and artistic outlook can make even those with less experience and a low end camera or equipment not a GWC.

The basic lesson here is two-fold:

For models –

Avoid working with GWCs

For photographers –

Avoid being one

Fun With Food Photography

It probably won’t come as a surprise to just about anyone out there that there are several different sub-sections within the art of photography. Of course, there are landscape photographers, those who work with portraits, people who take photos for journalist purposes, fashion photographers and many, many more. One sub-section that may sometimes get overlooked a bit is food photography.

Whether you pick up on it or not, food photography is everywhere. From art exhibits to advertisements and even the images that line the walls in your favorite restaurants, it’s hard to miss if you really take the time to notice it.

With all that in mind, here are a few tips for taking appealing images of food that will make you want to say “yum.”

Lighting

Just like in every other form of this artistic method, lighting is crucial. Obviously, you are going to want to make sure the image is bright enough to effectively show the culinary goods but not so bright as to washout the image. The more you can adjust the lighting to conform to the most natural looking colors within the food, the better. For example, if you’re lighting is in cool tones of a somewhat bluish tint, it’s probably not going to work out well for a photo of a basket of apples.

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Detail

One of the most appealing things about food it the detail, specifically when it comes to things like texture and shape. For example, if you are shooting a photo of an uncooked steak, the image becomes much more appealing if you can capture the marble coloration of the mixture of fat and lean. For those of you who prefer the veggies, making sure to emphasize the crumpled effect of lettuce in a salad really helps as well.

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No distractions

Just like with other photography work, if the subject of the image is surrounded by other items that can be a distraction, it takes away from the purpose and goal of the shot. Basically, the photo becomes too “busy” if you will and results in over stimulation. Do what you can to remove objects that may fight for attention with the subject from the background as well as anywhere else.

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Moisture

Showing a wetness or moisture in your food images can go a long way in making them stand out to the viewer as well. This is especially true when it comes to foods that are typically expected to be juicy. In many cases, food photographers make a few enhancements if you will like using a spay bottle to add some droplets on whole fruits or veggies or any number of other substances, edible or not, to meats and pancakes with syrup.

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The Photography of Meg Spotts

Over the course of the years working in the field of photography, I have met a lot of talented people who share the love of the art. One such person is my very good friend Meg Spotts. And as such, I’d like to share a couple of her shots with you on this blog. Please check them out below:

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This is a beautiful shot of the full moon over the Western Pennsylvania sky against the backdrop of a pitch black night.

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This closeup of a stunning rose with water droplets upon the petals really draws in the viewer.

You can check out more of Meg’s work here.

On the surface, many people out there probably tend to view art and science or math as polar opposites. Perhaps it has to do with with so much about art being subjective while so much about science and math is seemingly concrete and measurable. Maybe it has to do with those who are artistically inclined sometimes shying away from science and vice versa. Whatever the reason, it might be interesting to know that art and science often work in correlation with one another. Here are some examples from the two artistic forms of which I am personally most familiar.

Poetry

Anyone who really and truly delves into the world of poetry understands that many forms of this literary art follow a very particular structure.

For example, the Limerick is built on the formula of five lines (per stanza but are often only one stanza in total) with lines 1,2 and 5 rhyming with each other and lines 3 and 4 doing the same.

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The Japanese poetry method known as Haiku does not emphasize rhyme at all. In fact, it is quite rare. This style features just three lines with the first and last featuring 5 syllables each and the middle one featuring 7.

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And then there’s the sonnet. Although originated in Italy, it was made famous by one William Shakespeare. The English version consists of a total of 14 lines comprised of  3 quatrains of alternating rhyme and a couplet.

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Photography

In terms of visual arts, photography is so much more than pointing and shooting something that looks pretty. There are some very specific mathematical and science-based concepts involved.

Shutter speed determines exactly how long the lens remains open during a shot. Aperture, which often works hand in had with shutter speed, is a measure of how wide the opening of the lens is during the photographing process.  These two tools combine to determine how much light reaches the sensor and whether or not there is any motion effect that appears in your photograph among other things.

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ISO, or sensitivity is a a measure that defines the camera’s response or lack thereof, to available lighting in your shooting location. The higher the number, the lighter the photo.

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Did you know colors also have temperatures? Think back to your days as a child in art class. You where probably taught at some point that some colors, like shades of blue, are considered “cool” colors while others, like shades on “orange” are considered “warm” colors. This is true when it comes to lighting. The cooler the color, the higher the number is in terms of a measurement called kelvins. Around 5,000 K is what is generally equal to noon daylight.

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Last but not least, there is also something called the rule of thirds. This is basically a concept that suggests to achieve an ideal placement for your subject in an image, you can imagine (or some camera’s will provide a grid) that your scene is made up of sections divisible in 3rds. for ideal composition in this theory, the subject should be placed in one of the sections of thirds other than that or those in the center but rather off tho the right or left.

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 The works below are the third and final part of a series here on Creative Dreamers featuring the art of Amy Oestreicher. Check out her bio below for more information.

Singing Tree Revisited

Singing Tree

This was the very first painting I ever did.  I was stuck at Yale Hospital for months recovering from a surgery that went horribly wrong.  My mother started buying art supplies from a nearby craft store just to keep me busy, especially since I wasn’t allowed to eat or drink anything.  I woke up early one morning, and just started to paint what I was feeling sitting on my hospital bed.  My extreme sad n ess was somehow transformed into a colorful scene of exuberance, and has now become my signature piece.  Greeting cards and posters are available on my online storefront and Etsy, in the hopes that my singing tree can also transform someone else’s sorrow into joy.

Lovers and the Snow

Lovers-in-the-Snow

The initial motivation behind this piece was that I had a huge cardboard box lying around and I really wanted to tear it apart.  By gluing the scraps to a canvas, painting over everything,  and adding my two “lovers”, even I was surprised by the fantastical winter sky that emerged.

Mommy Can’t Fix This

Mommy Cant Fix This

This was another piece I created in the hospital, and one of the most requested – however, it’s difficult for me to part with this one because it gave me so much comfort at such a difficult time in my life, and I think it shares a message that everyone can relate to.  I am now selling greeting cards of Mommy Can’t Fix This on my online storefront and Etsy.

I am Myself

I am myself

The pieces I have the most fun creating are the ones that I have no expectations for.  This started by some random shredding and gluing of newsoapers, magazines,  coupons, plastic wrap, gum wrappers, and whatever else I was about to throw out.  Then, I spent hours just painting layers and layers of paint, trying to obscure some of the printed text.  Eventually, this face emerged.

Holding My World

Holding my world

I paint to feel, and also to express my connection to the universe.   A lot of my art has stemmed from the yearning to once again feel part of the world, after a decade of medical isolation and trauma.

Artist bio:
Amy Oestreicher is a 28 year old actress, musician, teacher, composer, dancer, writer, artist, yogi, foodie, and general lover of life. Surviving and thriving through a coma, 27 surgeries and other trauma has inspired Amy to share her story with the world through her passionate desire to create and help others. More information on her  story, as well as her creative ventures can be found at amyoes.com, and  you can visit her Etsy shop as well.

The idea of art therapy isn’t a new one. In fact, quite a few of the posts on this blog delve into one of our contributor’s experiences in this area. But, while the notion itself has been around a long time, I only recently came to discover a very simplistic but potentially effective was to use it.

Adult coloring books.

These books allow the user to easy their mind through the simple and creative art of coloring. Check out some of these images from adult coloring books available on the market.

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From Enchanted Forest: An Inky Quest & Coloring Book – Johanna Basford

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From Just Add Color: Botanicals: 30 Original Illustrations To Color, Customize, and Hang – Lisa Congdon

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