My local council used to have an art competition every year, which was mainly painting, drawing and photography. I looked forward to it every year and everyone that submitted got in. It was a wonderful community event. The main criteria was to capture some aspect of the local area.This was the year I chose a local park where many people walk their dogs and which also happens to be a historical cemetery. Head stones and monuments are scattered about this park which makes it fairly unique. I used to... continue reading
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"You don’t take a photograph, you make it.”- Ansel Adams~ ~ ~Always an interesting (indeed, a provocative) question. Whenever it’s asked - and it’s never asked of paint-slingers - there’s contention. Pushback. Though, lately I’ve been pondering the “rules" - or lack thereof - for creative fire. There’s a bumper-sticker, Art Saves Lives, countered by Van Gogh’s ear, so pigeonholes are for pigeons, and since I'd no idea I would mention... continue reading
There are so many resources for stock art available on the internet. They serve quality images that can be used by anyone to make their projects look professional and exciting. Stock art is as easy to find and use as cheesy clip art, but the difference is that stock art provides richer and more relatable imagery that enhance the message. Stock art is not low brow. There are many professionals out there who use stock houses as an additional means of revenue for their craft. This means that everyday... continue reading
I've worked in the ad industry for over fourteen years, and like most Art Director's, I prefer a photo shoot over purchasing stock. This is the uphill battle that all stock photographers face, and it's a big one.Stock photography can be dirty words to an Art Director. There is a sea of mediocrity in the stock photo world, and that's the last thing he or she wants to use in their designs.A great idea can make a campaign, but a poor photo can break it. I look for images that stand... continue reading
Art nouveau, secession, jugendstil. The next stop of Bwagner Tours. Art was always part of the mankind, I think, this is, what really makes us different from animals. From early on, humans decorated their caves, their clothes, then called the greatest artists to build and decorate palaces and churches. But this is the era when - thanks to the industry - it moved into the homes of the common man. Companies, that even in our days work, made it happen. Thonet and Tiffany with their products, Moët et... continue reading
A recent conversation with a photographic colleague brought up an interesting topic.What do you see as art in your photography?My answer was everything.How did I come to this conclusion?The photography medium has been described as documentary, but I beg to differ.A few years ago I was lucky enough to become acquainted with an artist who helped me shape my way of looking at my craft.He asked me once where I saw art in the world and I listed a few examples, to which he said yes, you are... continue reading
Free hand drawing is a method of sketching or drawing without using measuring tools or guides to assist in the artwork. For example a straight line in a "free-hand" drawing relies on the hand - eye coordination of the artist. Rather than a straight edge of a ruler or drafting tool.Freehand Drawing is not Mechanical or CADD drawing. It depends totally upon your Eye-Hand Coordination. In order to do Freehand, you will need total familiarization with all visual forms.You will need to learn... continue reading
I've been thinking about my content and photo projects a lot recently. I'm usually pretty busy... I have a full time day job, a girlfriend, I shoot bands, and like everyone else, I'm swamped with a million little things.This is NOT a complaint. It just means I have to really work hard to make the effort for all the stock photo stuff in my life. You have to really want to do stock photography. It's rarely glamourous. It's often tedious. There's keywording, editing, time in lightroom, time spent... continue reading
Whoever wakes up in the morning goes far away. This is a quote in Romania. And i listening to this, so I made sure I got the full battery on my camera and woke up at 4.50 am. Yes 4.50 in the morning. Due to the fact that I live near the Black Sea, I reached the beach in 5 minutes. Total darkness ... I walk with the flashlight to see where I'm going and not to think of anything.Started the dawn of the day. The light so I set the photo camera with a high ISO and shutter speed of 30 seconds. There... continue reading
My favourite type of photography is almost certainly macro. Ideally, the type of macro that involves chasing small insects around to no avail in summertime, although I do also have a soft spot for grovelling around in decaying leaves in autumn in order to photograph fungi. When people hear of (or, even worse, witness) my predilection for adopting unseemly poses in public places they often, perfectly reasonably, ask what caused me to embrace this strange behaviour pattern.It’s a fair... continue reading
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