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The End

Well, everybody, it’s time to bow out. Take a curtain call. Sing this song. This is my last post because the semester is now over. Well, almost. We still need to go through exams. Anyway, I hope you enjoyed my photography posts. I know they were a little scattered but sometimes that’s just how my brain is. But, if you want some great photography articles, I’ll point you to here because they have a lot of great things. 

Anyways, Merry Christmas everyone! 


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It’s Over, It’s Finished!

Well, I am pleased to say that my final project is finally finished and is turned in! 4 weeks of blood sweat and tears (okay maybe not blood but there was a fair amount of sweat and almost some tears). I am actually very proud of this project and my favorite part is the ending. I can’t show it to the world because my family hasn’t even seen it (hey I just turned it in!) but I can tell you a little bit about it. You see, I really love television shows and movies and I will say that I kind of modeled it after what would be a series finale of a tv show. Kind of like this. Or even like this. If you didn’t cry for either of these endings, you have no heart. I wanted to make it nostalgic and something that is close to me. The part that I was very excited that came together is I got people that know me describe me in one word. Much like this. And like these people, some blurred what “one word” meant. So yes I did get called “Exactly Half of an 11-pound Black Forest Ham” (and if you can get that reference, 10 points for you!)

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Photo Shoots: What to Wear

As we come into that time of year when we are sending out Christmas cards, we think about doing those personal cards with a picture of your whole family. What lots of people don’t know is what to wear for photo shoots. So here are some guidelines:

1. Coordinate. I’m talking similar patterns, colors, etc. You wouldn’t want someone wearing red plaid stand next to someone with a pink striped shirt. Eyes would burn. Seriously.

2. Don’t Go Matchy-Matchy. Seriously, that’s just tacky. You don’t want to end up as that family.

3. Choose Colors Wisely. Choose colors that compliment each other. This is a good starting place. Sometimes it’s easy to start with a staple color or piece of clothing such as blue jeans. Also, choose colors that don’t wash out such as a bright yellow or white in harsh daytime. 

4. Personalize. I know this is the most cliche thing to say but, be yourself. Add your own little bit of flair such as a necklace or a pair of shoes.

5. Be Reasonable. In other words, dress for the weather and occasion. Don’t wear a mini skirt in 30 degree weather. And heaven forbid, wearing mini skirts with Ugg boots. I promise, I will just leave if anyone does that to me. And I will probably take your money with me. You have been warned. Just don’t do it. 

6. Be comfortable. You have to be comfortable in your own skin. Uncomfortableness translates on camera. You can tell if someone is uncomfortable. And wear things that make you look good. 

Those are my six guidelines. It seems a lot but this is a much better list and more detail. Happy Photos!

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Dangers In Photography

You’re probably thinking “there’s dangers?” Well, it depends on what field of photography that you get into. For example, war photography is dangerous. A war photographer has to actually go into the places that the soldiers go into and document it. Sometimes, however, a soldier would be the documenter. Even with travel photography, you have to be careful where you go. Some places are extremely dangerous and you also have to watch and learn customs because you can get into some trouble if you don’t. 

We’ve seen, throughout history, those images that make us think “how did they do that?” or “how did they get that close?” and you have to be willing to get in the thick of things and sometimes you may have to pay the consequences. But sometimes, the price pays off because you can get a very powerful image. 

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A History Buff…

I will tell you that I am a history buff and one thing that I really like is old Life Magazines. My grandparents used to own an antique shop and my grandpa had tons of old Life Magazines. I always loved to look through these and see what was popular during certain years such as the years my parents, sister, and I were born. It was created the way it is today in 1936 and has been a source for many photojournalism articles. Life has covered many stories and has given us many famous pictures that we know so well today such as the VJ Day photo

To me, Life Magazine is such an inspiration and I can only hope to be able to attribute to it one day. 

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Hanging Up The Decorations

Ahh, The weekend after Thanksgiving: Black Friday, countless football games, and decorating the house and tree for Christmas. This is the perfect time to start working on your candid shots. Does someone in your family like to decorate without anyone’s help? Well, then you can take pictures of them! With these pictures it’s important not only to get the wide shots to get the gist of the setting, but it’s also important to get tight shots of the details. These can be anything: the person’s hands, their face, or the decorations. It’s also good to get some artistic shots with low aperture. Also, I always find that taking pictures of the lights are the most fun and most frustrating because you have to get the shutter speed perfect to make sure that the lights aren’t too blown out of proportion. Hint: it’s also smart to steady your camera on a tripod. 

So get out there, have fun, and just don’t go overboard with the Christmas lights

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Blogging My Final Project

The time has come, ladies and gentlemen. The time to separate the boys from the men, the girls from the women. The final lap. That’s right: it’s final project time! Our project deals with video and photography I’ve already got some ideas of what to do. And thanks to these guys I came up with a cool idea to describe myself using boards. 

I will admit, this project could end up kicking my butt but I’ve started early and I think that’s what’s going to save me in the end. 

And the fun thing about doing this project during Thanksgiving? I get to take photographs of the dinner!