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Rocking Selfies

While the majority of those who take and upload “selfies” are not really doing so with any artistic intent, or are not having much success in doing so, it is not only possible to create artsy selfies but some have even made it a craft of sorts.

So, how can you rock the selfie? Here are some tips and samples.

1. Make sure the background isn’t a distraction. A solid color wall or distant nature setting would be much better than a messy bedroom.

Too busy:

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No distraction issues:

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2. Have as much light as possibly without washing out the shot. An overexposed pic or one that is so dark you can’t see anything is worse than no pic at all.

Overexposed:

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Better:

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3. Use a flattering angle. This is usually good for girls when they shoot the shot from somewhere overhead. Some positions however, can make you look wider or older.

Awkward position:

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Nice position setup:

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Happy photoing.

 

Cell Phone Photography IS NOT Photography But…

There have been a lot of posts out there including on this blog that say that cell phone photography cannot and won’t ever be able to, match the actual stuff done with real cameras. That being said, it can still be its own art. One example of such is a young lady I came across a couple of weeks ago who was featured at an arts market.  Her shots where colorful, detailed and just basically well done. I was a bit surprised to learn that every one of them was shot on her phone.

The key however was that it was not just the phone but also a series of attachments she made use of, including a special lens, to make her picture content so appealing.

So the point here is, while cell pics will not ever match those of a DSLR, with the right equipment and artist, they can get pretty close.

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Snapchat and Instagram Filters – An Insult to Real Photography

There is a lot you can do with the filters out there for Snapchat and Instagram. However, just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. The growth of virtually automatic editing tools and the overuse of their options has turned the photography industry on its head, and not in a good way. Sure, you might be saying to yourself that it’s just silly fun with pics you shot on some mobile device. But to the serious shooter, who edits with dedication while trying to stay true to the shot, this is just a bunch of garbage.

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No, we don’t need to see what you’d look like with bunny ears. No, we don’t want to see you have yourself a foot taller or 10 sizes thinner. And no, we don’t want to see what you’d look like in a photo with your favorite celeb.

Rant over.

 

 

Meet Artist Alycia Helbling and Her Masterpeices

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Artistic styles include –

Drawing/Painting/Photography and more

What does art mean to you? –

I cannot escape creating. I cannot avoid it. It is an urge, a grounding, a necessity.

These are some of her pieces form her portfolios here.

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What to do with those old film cases

Is it time you decided to put away that old film camera and go all digital? If so, good for you. It will open up a whole world of new and exciting possibilities. As a silly little article that might help to ease in this switch.

5 things do do with those old film roll cases.

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  1. Use them as a pill keeper.
  2. Make them work as a stand for toothpicks.
  3. Cut the top and bottom off and make a napkin ring.
  4. Keep them in your pocket for something to fidget with.
  5. Store your change.

Some cool “cheats” for amature nature photgraphers

As a photographic artist, one of the things that might appeal to you is shooting stunning shots of some of nature’s wonderful scenes and animals. But, depending upon your location and ability to do some traveling, this may or may not be something that you can easily do. 

In cases in which you can’t get out to the wide open spaces in the American Western states, take a trip to Australia or the Arctic, or even check out the hot, dry African wilderness, there are still some “cheats” you can do  order to get some incredible shots of majestic beasts and landscapes.

1. Head to the nearest zoo  

If you hit these facilities at the right time, you can get some great shots on animals and the man-made scenes that are set up for them to stay. Sure, you might have to deal with crowds and fences but there are sections that you can work around such problematic elements. You might also come across some aqua exhibits that you can explore through glass.

Here are a few samples of my own  wildlife and nature photography at the Pittsburgh Zoo.

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2. Find a local park or hiking tail

Some of these will feature beautiful vegetation and waterways and you might occasionally get a photo of anything from a small animal to something as large as a deer or bear. Of course, in these cases you have to be a little more careful as that there is nothing to come between you and the animal if it decided to get a little daring.

These are a few of the pictures I have taken on trails.

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Taking Photos Through Glass – Minimizing Reflection

Have you ever noticed a wonderful sight that would make for a cool photography while you where riding along in a car or standing in front of a pane of glass somewhere? If you answered yes, and I am pretty sure you probably did, I also bet that you are aware of the sometimes frustrating challenges that come with shooting photos through a glass surface.

Here are a few tips that you might find helpful.

1. Get as close to the glass as possible

The closer you put your camera or phone to the glass surface the better. If you can literally put it up against it that works best. This helps minimize reflection as that there is less of it to be captured by your device.

2. Avoid taking the shot head on

If you take a photo head on, you might catch a lot of glare or the unwanted parts of a reflection. Sometimes stepping off sideways or angling you shot just a little can really work out well for you.

3. Wait for the right moment

If you are in a vehicle, you should probably wait until you get to a location that has less direct sunlight as that it can also mess with the outcome of the shot with reflective glare. The less sun or direct light, the less glare and thus the less reflective.

4. Use a lens hood

If you are using a traditional camera, opt for a lens hood. If you can find one that is rubber, it will allow for more flexibility to do the things mentioned in step 1.

5. Watch out for scratches

It is often the situation that the glass you want to photography through might have scratches or dirt marks or streaks. The bets thing to do to work around this is to try to find the least troubled area or to shoot items that will allow those spots to blend in with the image to some point.

 

This first shot is a good example from Wikimedia Commons that show the problems with reflection.

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This second one was shot through glass at a public aquarium in my home town of Pittsburgh. The reflective qualities and scratches/dirt on the surface have been eliminated extensively using the skills and techniques listed.

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