Recently, a very talented young yet experienced artist needed a place to take some photos to use as reference material for an upcoming art show to be held in early April. He found me online and took advantage of my photography studio for rent in Pittsburgh.
He brought along with him a few samples form his portfolio and quite honestly I was blown away. I’ve always had a special admiration for anyone who can paint.
I’d like to share his work with my Creative Dreamers readers and I hope you enjoy his talent as much as I did.
Check out a sample of his work below as well as his Art of Natiq website.
So, if you’ve ever worked in one of your local artist studios for rent or even have your own studio space from photography, you know that lighting is the key.
But sometimes, we want to manipulate the lighting for artistic purposes. And one method of doing so is using tools called gels. For those of you who are not familiar with gels, they are basically plastic-like sheets in different colors that are placed over and around lighting units to change the shade of the light produced in the photo.
Sounds simple right? Well, despite the simplicity, buying commercial gels can be pricey not to mention you may or may not be able to get the shades you really want. Making your own gels will cost you far less than buying them and assure you that you get the colors you want.
DIY gels - less that 50 cents each.
- Commercial gels by Gary Fong – $14.95 for 4 pieces
Here’s how to do it:
1. Get yourself some transparencies from your local office supply store.
2. Use Photoshop or a similar photo editing program (if you don’t have one use the suggestion below) to open a new 8x1o file and simply make the file a box the color you want your gel to be.
3, If you don’t have adequate photo editing software, use a word processing program in which you can create an 8×10 box filled with color.
4. Save the files and take them on a CD or flash drive to any full-service copy shop.
5. Have the copy shop staff print them as color copies onto your transparencies.
Average cost – about 25-50 cents per gel, far below what you’ll pay if you buy therm outright.
For those of us who love to write, one the biggest challenges can be to get our work out there so as to be read by the masses. Over time, I’ve learned a few things that might help if you are experiencing this problem.
For some reason, people love lists. Whether it be the “Top 50” this or that or whatever the case may be, for some reason, this really draws in readers.
For example, if you’re target audience is artists, perhaps you can write a “Top 10 artist studios for rent in (insert city here)” to get some interest in your writing.
Maybe you’re a photographer and can offer a list of photography tips for shooting in low light.
Basically, lists get readers. And when those readers become familiar with your work, chances are they will read other things you may write about more passionately.