Monday, April 19, 2010

Using Your Camera

Enjoying your Camera
Photograph of a Sunset in Big Bear, California
Most digital cameras have settings that can enhance your shot, I use a Nikon Coolpix.  For this particular photograph I used the Sunset setting.  This photo has NOT been altered in Photoshop.  I did zoom so as not to catch the buildings and power lines that would have taken away from this shot.  Don't be afraid to explore your settings, nowadays with digital photography you can simply delete the picture if you don't like it.  Use your manual and get to know your camera.  Take your camera for a hike or on a special early morning drive to practice closeup or landscape mode.  Try using various modes for both early and late in the day including getting to know your flash.  Believe me even the tiniest flower can have such power when taking a closeup into the deep inner feathery middle, pure spiral beauty.   Explore and enjoy your surroundings, it will make you smile!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Wherefore ART Thou?

Where can you find Graphic Designs?
Think about it...
When you get up in the morning while looking forward to sipping your first hot cup of coffee, or tea as I do, and you read the newspaper it’s staring you right in the face.  Headers, columns, subtitles, fonts and images.  It’s right there when you pick up your favorite magazine off the rack.  When driving you read signs, posters and billboards.  All of it is full of various elements to attract you to view it.

These various elements surround us all day every day.  Even when you turn on your computer and view a webpage or when you watch TV.  This also applies to smaller items we don’t even think about needing a design, like the sleeves on your coffee cup, vitamin bottles, tissue boxes, gum wrappers and other various packages or products we see and buy daily.  Other everyday items are your bank statements, letterheads, flyers, resumes, brochures and business cards that we hand out and receive from others on a regular basis.