If you have a friend or family member who is an artist and are looking for the perfect present for them this Christmas and holiday season, you might be having a tough time. After all, it can be hard buying for creative-minded individuals. But, I have found something that may just be exactly what you need.
If the artist you know uses people as subjects or is planning to try to start to do this, some sort of posing resource can be ideal. That’s where the books (available in both print and electronic formats) at Posemuse will do the job and more. With everything from sitting positions to poses for fight scenes, the site has a complete series of guides that can help in nearly any scenario.
No matter what type of camera you use, from the old school film units to modern digital SRLs, or disposables to your phone, there are a few things you can do that will not require doing any edits and will improve your photography.
1. Do not always center your subject
In many instances, a subject positioned slightly off-center can be more appealing. See my article on the Rule of Thirds.
2. Do not always shoot in either landscape or portrait
If you are shooting with a standard camera, the tendency might be to go with a landscape shot and rarely switch to portrait. This is the opposite for cell phones. Change things up once in a while, you will be pleasantly suprised.
3. Do not use your flash on default
When at all possible, you should avoid the flash. This is because it tends to cast hard shadows and wash out the people or objects in your photos.
Have you ever wondered how a photographer makes a scene in his or her studio that appears to include water? Sometime it might look like a pond or river of some sort. Well, there is actually a very creative DYI hack for that.
All you will need it:
- Aluminum foil
- Blue paint
Optional – A coating to put over the paint for shine
Rolls out the aluminum on the surface you need to make look like it is some form of water and them cut it to that size.
Put it down on a surface suitable to use for painting.
Paint a light coating of blue paint over it not worrying if you don’t cover it completely. In fact, small areas of uncover space may be helpful for your scene.
Wait until it dries.
Step 5 (Optional step)
Either add a layer of clear coating over it for glossy feel.
When completed you can put this in your scene and using the right settings and lighting, it will look like water.
A few months back a family friend introduced us to the concept of dictionary print photos. If you don’t know what I mean, just do a Google search and be prepared to enjoy what you find.
Basically, it’s when a photo is printed onto a dictionary page which allows for the picture to show through the words. The first time I saw one it was of my home city Pittsburgh, PA and made me want to try my hand at it.
After some experimentation and finding the right tools, I am now selling custom dictionary prints through my creative arts business.
Check out the site for details.
If you take a lot of photos on your phone and want to keep them safe from copyright thieves but still post them on social media, I have a solution for you that will do exactly that.
A noticeable and professional watermark is the way to go. Now, you are probably wondering why you can’t just look up any old watermarking app for the need instead of reading the rest of this post. Here’s why – most apps for this purpose just don’t fit the job.
Most apps meant to do this either offer the ability to use text as a watermark or allow you to use a free design template. What’s wrong with this? You don’t have the chance to upload and use your own logo if you already have one.
The only one I’ve found that allows for this is called “Multi Layer” and best of all it’s free.
Here’s the icon from the Google Play store to make sure you get the right app.
If you read this blog often, you have surely come across several of my posts talking about the importance of posing your model as a photographer or artist. But, perhaps it is also important to factor in the value of posing skills and technique from the model’s perspective.
While any artist or photographer can benefit from a posing guide, models can benefit just as much from such publications. This is especially true when it comes to either a new model or a model working with a new artist.
A great series of guides is the one by author Justin R Matrin on the website www.posemuse.com. You can get his work on Amazon also.
While the works tend to focus on drawing, they can easily be applied to any type of art and I suggest you check them out if you are on either side of the camera or canvas.
I came across the work of this stop-action artist on Youtube and really liked his work. As such, I figured I’d share it with my readers. This kid has a lot of talent and unless you work with this type of stuff yourself you probably don’t have any idea how much work goes into even the shortest video material.
Here’s one of my favorites and a link to his channel.