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Creativity for the Non-Creative Thinker

So, you like art but you don’t consider yourself a a creative person? No problem. Give these two fun websites a try, save a copy of your work via download or screenshot and ta-da – instant artist.


Weave Silk

Into Time

Into Time



The artistic tool that is duct tape

It’s a pretty simple fact that duct tape is possibly one of the greatest inventions every created. You can use it for just about anything from covering sharp edges or a damaged file cabinet to keeping water out of the bottom of a boat (Check out the episode of the show Myth Busters) and of course, taping ducts.

But in recent years, it has become a frequent tool of creative minded people. Some have even made entire wardrobes out of it.

Check out some of the cool things people have done with duct tape. Enjoy!

By the way, each image is linked to the source for more info.




Stunning Spring photography sessions

Now that Spring is here in my neck of the woods, it can really be a great time for making incredible photos. Here are a few of my artistic photos with a bit of a Spring feel to help get you into the season.





Cool mobile apps for practical use

As a creative individual, I am often impressed with the ingenuity involved in the creation of mobile applications. this is especially true of those that are also very practical in nature.

This being the case, I’ve decided to start of this new year with a list of a few high quality applications that you might find useful.

Brightest Flashlight

– Uses your phone’s flash as a flashlight for time when you need a little extra light.


Positive Affirmations

– If you’re a little down or stressed, this app provides simple words of encouragement with stunning photos.



– Want to know what that song is you hear playing on the radio, in the store or pretty much anywhere? This app will help you find out the artist, song title and even album it comes from.


MP3 Ringtone Maker

– Customize your own ring tones from ANY song and any part of it.


Mobile Scanner

– Uses your camera as a quick and easy portable scanner to send documents and store them for your records.


Cool effects of a long exposure

Keeping your shutter open for an extended period or time has both its benefits and drawbacks in photography.

While it can be difficult to work with a long exposure without a stabilization mechanism such as a good tripod, and you do have to consider the possibility of overexposing the image to the point of a completely blown out shot, this approach can produce some really artistic and eye catch results as well. See the examples below.

Effective usage of long exposure:

long exposure car lights

Exposure: 117.4 sec – Vehicle lights on a busy road.

shooting tars in the night sky

Beautiful stars in the night sky.

amazing color photo

Colorful, artsy image with interesting background.

scenic misty waterfall

Beautiful misty appeal to a shot of a waterfall.

jouster on horse

Jouster on horse in an image intended to show motion.

When shadows in photos aren’t a bad thing

It is nearly impossible to eliminate all shadowing in a photograph.

As a general rule of thumb, especially when shooting portrait photos, soft shadows are acceptable and can enhance an image while harder shadows tend to have a negative effect. This is typically the case, but not always.

Take for example the images below:

The first is a sample of a photo with harsh shadows and the second is one with a softer shadowing effect.

image shaodws

soft shadows

However, in some cases a unique use of dark shadows can add for a wonderful aesthetic fell.

See the following images for as examples:

The first is an amazing shot by a talented photography names Hannah Wessman. The second is a shot I took which is published in my second or two poetry books along with one of my poems.

beautiful shadows

model in the shadows

What lesson can we take from this? While there are rules in photography as in any art form, sometimes they can be bent or even broken and produce an amazing finished product.

Creative ideas for model photo shoots

Creative model photography

OK, so sometimes I feel like my brain is like the pistons in a car – constantly moving except well I’m shut down and asleep (or the car is turned off). That being the case, I’ve always got some new ideas popping into my head about any number of things including ideas for shoots with models.

With that in mind, I’d like to offer a few of the ideas I’ve used in the past. Granted some aren’t all the original but that doesn’t mean that people might not have overlooked them. As for the ones that I haven’t actually followed through on yet, well for now those will remain a mystery.

Please know that all of these may be able to be modified for either sex but I generally work with female models and that’s why I make the following statements.

school girl outfit model photography


1. Cowgirl –

Pretty simple to do. Just some cowboy boots and a hat and some jeans and an appropriate shirt and you’re all set.

2. Silhouettes and bodyscapes –

It’s all about lighting and maximizing the form of the body itself.

3. The model as captive (cuffs, bindfolds…) –

No, nothing perverse here. That wouldn’t be very artistic. Just sort of a horror-inspired approach.

4. Halloween themes –

This one is relatively self explanatory and can be done in either an intense of cutesy sort of way.

5. Patriotic attire and props – 

Just think of the whole “Rosie the Riveter” image or anything in which you can incorporate a flag or your country’s colors.

6. Slumber party –

Combine this youthful concept with lingerie and BAM – instant art.

7. School girl –

Very cliche but it never seems to go out of fashion.

8. Gothic rocker schoolgirl –

A variation on the above with a little more edge. Great fit for alternative models.

9. Motorcycles –

Attractive women and motorcycles go together like peanut butter and jelly.

10. Office setting –

Again sort of an old concept but spicing up a boring setting like an office makes for a fun shoot.

11. Warehouse or industrial setting –

The gritty, rough atmosphere can work either as a contrast to a model’s look or to compliment it.

12. Ultra contrast –

One suck example would be a model wearing a wedding dress in a graffiti -covered slum alleyway.

13. Femme Fatale –

Tough girls with a hot look make for awesome photos.

14. Character shoot –

I once did a Lady Gaga themed shoot. This is also good for people who like cosplay and fictional characters.

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