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Too Many Damn Experts

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With the growth in Social Media, it seems that the growth in the number of experts has also increased dramatically. it seems that so many of the photography Facebook pages/groups are suddenly the ones who set guidelines for someones else’s creative expressions. In fact a lot of my post on The Photography Experience are the result of some “expert” telling photographers the way it is to be done. Such as in the sRGB vs Adobe RGB debate, there actually is not one correct answer since so much of it depends on the users knowledge and workflow. As I just read earlier about an article entitled “10 of the most common editing mistakes” and just about puked at the writers attitude that his feelings are the way it is and anything else is incorrect. I know that the whites of eyes are not stark white, but if I want to present an image with bright whites in the eyes, then thats what I wanted to do. I don’t care for full blown HDR, but dammit, if I like it, then thats my choice for presentation. Fact is that thousands HDR images full of super color saturation are posted on Facebook everyday, and people love them. And Oh My Gosh… no...

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Does the Passion Diminish When It Becomes Your Livelihood?

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While not everyone, but a whole lot of people have certain things in life they are quite passionate about. For many it is some type of hobby such as collection something, painting, crafting, photography and much much more. Have you ever dreamed and wondered what it would be like if you lived out doing your hobby as your everyday job? And for some, we manage to make some hobby money off of our part time hobby. Maybe its a weekend wedding shoot, or a portrait for one of your neighbors, or do you keep your friends cars running good because you like tinkering with engines. For those that are fortunate enough to live out our passion in our career, we have two options: One, being you get a job for a company that you get to perform and pursue the hobby/job with them paying you. Or the Second option, that you go out on your own and make your own payday and all that wonderful stuff people think happens when you own your own business. For me personally I have enjoyed it both ways, as previously working for a studio do remote studio set up/shoots and as Art Director for Shutterbug Magazine. It allowed me to stay immersed in...

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Seasons in Life & Seasons in Creativity

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We go through life at a pace in which we don’t notice the gradual changes that happen to us until they have already happened. And then we act like we are amazed that we let ourselves get a certain way or to a certain place in life. When we get to those places where we have noticed a big change, then we refer to those time periods in life as seasons. Fot some people the seasons are very long, some can be very short and some can have a mixture of season lengths in their life. Of course I have marked various seasons in my life, but I have also found that I can also pinpoint differences in styles and subjects in my art. And have several markedly different seasons in my creative life as well. In fact, I think its a good thing for an art person to evaluate their work every now and then and see if they think they could improve upon it in some way. And so many times, we seem to even totally change the style or the subject themes we use. As I look back over the years of playing with cameras I can see various gaps in the production of works. And...

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What You See In The Mirror

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Recently a friend of mine posted this on FaceBook “When you wake up in the morning, look in the mirror and ask yourself if you’re happy. If the answer is no too many days in a row… It’s time to make a change.” There have been times in my life where I have avoided looking very long at myself in the mirror. For about the last eight to ten years, I have carried around some extra pounds and I personally didn’t like seeing my gut stick out further than my boobs. But what about when you look in the mirror and you just don’t like the person you see, or you are not happy with the person you are, or maybe you are not content with where that person is in life. Have you looked in the mirror today? Did you like the person you saw? Possibly you did like me and many others do, and you looked very briefly at yourself and felt if you avoided looking at yourself in the mirror, then it will be easier to avoid things of your life that you very much wish were different. For me, I simply cut out bread and M&M’s… As a result, along with smart eating and portion...

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Monsters In The Closet

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During FDR’s Inaugural address he pinned the famous quote "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself", and I am here today to drive that point home for you. As a child did you fear the dark, think monsters were in the closet or under the bed. Or even now as an adult, do you work with someone you know who is a monster at work but a real charmer at social functions, church and other places outside of the workplace? Or maybe you live with some other types of fears that actually control your life. Of course you are going to respond that you have fears, but they don’t control your life. Let me tell you this… if you have any fears at all, then they in fact do control your life in some way. Since fear is simply an emotion, then we already have the first key in unlocking its mystery. And to be exact, lets look at websters definition of fear. fear |fi(?)r| noun An unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat. The likelihood of something unwelcome happening This can be or not always is an emotion or feeling that is taken...

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Love – Explained… well sort of.

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I was asked to define “Love”. Is that as easy as it sounds, probably not. Sure, it’s easy to define aspects and attributes of love but to put down what it means to you in words turned out to be quite a chore. Especially since there are many flavors of love, such as: “I love my cats” but it couldn’t be the same love I have for my parents. Or telling a fellow member of my church family or any friend for that matter, that I love them, is no doubt not the same as telling your lover or spouse that you love them. So then, do we use that fine line of definition to get out of coming up with a verbal answer to “what is love?” or try to break down the many aspects of it and come up with multiple definitions depending on whom it applies to. Lets start with a typical dictionary definition and see how it applies to our own views. noun1 an intense feeling of deep affection : babies fill parents with intense feelings of love | their?love for their country.–┬ádeep romantic or sexual?attachment to someone : it was love at first sight | they were both?in love with her | we were...

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