Year after year, Valentine's Day has become more and more popular throughout the world, gaining new followers from the most diverse cultures.Apart from the obvious influence of western civilization spreading across the globe, I like to believe it's not just that, but also a more subtle reason, a thing of substance, and that is the inner meaning of this celebration: the willingness to make the ultimate sacrifice in the name of love.Back in third century AD, a roman priest put his faith in... continue reading
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Have you ever wondered what type of graphic artistyou are? If you are, you might be someone who thinks that graphic artist is a narrow field, but in reality there are thousands of different kinds of graphic artists and many of which are unique to their own personal style and are usually notstereotypical.The way Ifound out what kind of graphic artist Iam was when I took my first beautiful photograph and made my first beautiful photoshop manipulationand then I instantly... continue reading
Punxsutawny Phil recently decided it's not going to be spring for a while. He woke up, took a peak at the world, and ran back home. At least that explains the 6 more weeks of winter thing, which seems counter-intuitive to me. I mean, if its sunny outside, we humans tend to think spring is on its way.If a ground hog appears and no one is there to see it, is there even a shadow? Sometimes we are afraid of our own shadows, and we run and hide. My cat sometimes chases its own shadow. A better move,... continue reading
Failures can be our great learning opportunities. We looked at Small Failures in Part I of this article, so let’s dive in here and tackle what we consider the Big or Fatal Failures.BIG FAILSSome problems can be a lot harder – but not always impossible - to correct in post processing software. These are best to understand first and try to avoid if possible.Chromatic aberration Ever look closely at object in your image and notice a purple ring? That is chromatic aberration and is caused by poor... continue reading
You made all the plans. Packed your computer bag with all the equipment you would need. Scoped out the perfect spot. Set up the shot taking into consideration the correct ISO, shutter speed, aperture, filters, remotes, tripod, etc., etc., etc.You get home to download your shoot to your computer with baited breath, sure you have “that one picture”, and discover the image was an epic fail. So you move it to the trash and carry on. Right?Not so fast. Stop a minute and look at your failed images.... continue reading
Developing an eCommerce website is easy, but to generate the sales and keep the website running is the most difficult task. When it comes to an eCommerce website, it drops down to two things. Testing and sweating the website or understanding the human psychology.So, it all grinds down to how people view your website and what it feels like to stay and order from your website? Despite, testing is the final stage of the website, you need to make sure that the website runs in a seamless manner. But, you... continue reading
When you make the decision to create a site for professional goals, you should commit entirely to that goal. It’s not enough to just go live, upload some stuff, and wait for clients to jump in. The way your site looks speaks a lot about yourself and about the services you provide. So how to build trust with your portfolio website? Unique domain nameWhen you’re browsing online and stumble upon these two domains - myname.wordpress.com and myname.com - which one would you choose for a service or... continue reading
If you have ever been taking landscape photographs in the rain you will know how difficult it is to manage all your camera gear plus keep it, and yourself, dry. There are a number of options including seven mentioned here. Many involve covering your camera with plastic and/or holding an umbrella over yourself and your camera set up. I have found that holding an umbrella limits my hand freedom to adjust the tripod and camera controls. I have also tried the plastic coverings but found them somewhat... continue reading
So, you have a packaging project on your hands. How do you start? What are your first steps?For me it always starts with research. Read about your product. Learn everything about the market. Try to understand the brand. Imagine the product placement on the shelf. Play with some rough sketches. The more you work on this step the simpler the execution becomes. This is where the breakthrough idea will come from. Step 1.Next, make sure you use the right software. As a packaging designer I use Illustrator,... continue reading
Many of us have photography as a hobby and also big commitments to our family activities. This often involves driving family members to sports practices, music lessons, appointments or other events when they need a ride and say "can you please pick me up in an hour".So, what to do with the hour? I could surf the net on my phone, go for coffee, or drive home and do a chore for 15 minutes and then drive back. Or?I decided to be a micro-explorer.With camera in tow, I decided to explore the... continue reading
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