Holiday Season

The Holiday Season

Even though it’s only November 1st, I’m already in the holiday mode.  I just went to Starbucks and got my first Peppermint Mocha of the season and I’m one happy camper. Continue reading

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Motion Photography

Chicago El in Motion

I always thought motion images looked so interesting, but never understood how you would go about creating them.  Of course I created my own blurry messes of photos when out and about with friends that couldn’t stand still long enough for a picture, but I didn’t realize that was somewhat the concept used for the motion shots I drooled over.  Go figure.

Then, in college, I started playing around with different styles of photography and kind of stumbled upon how you could create these images.  Safe to say, my first one was definitely not a keeper, but I at least realized what I needed to do. Continue reading

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5 Ways To Improve Your Photography

A decaying Garage.

In the beginning, you’re just out shooting and taking pictures of everything you can because it just looks, cool.  But, once you’ve tailored your own eye or interests, your picture start to say something to viewers that they might not have before.

Yet, there is always room to improve.  No matter if it’s in photography, painting or writing, there is always room to grow and I have asked Peter Lekousis, a photography professor at Loyola University Chicago, to lend a few tips on improving your photography.

Who is Peter Lekousis?

Professor Lekousis worked in commercial photography for over 30 years and has been teaching at various universities and colleges since 1978, and joined Loyola University’s staff in 2005. Continue reading

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HDR Photography – Like, or Dislike?

Another side of Paris...and in HDR

HDR photos seem to be all the hype recently, or at least in the past couple of years.  But, some say they are too “photoshopped” and aren’t realistic.  However, the point of HDR is to capture all of the vibrant colors the eye sees instead of what the camera is able to process.

There is an art HDR imaging because this style of editing can be overdone and then we look at an image and think “what the hell happened?”  Unless you like psychedelic images, then over process to your heart’s desire. Continue reading

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A New Perspective

Piggy Bank...Minus the Change

I have to admit, some of my favorite photography is in a “zoomed” perspective.  The way you can cram a frame with so much color and intensity, yet not the whole object is intriguing.

In my Digital Photography class at Loyola University Chicago, we just completed our first assignment, simply titled, Color.  Being such a broad subject left plenty of room for interpretation.

Personally, I have a passion of black and white photography and am more comfortable with just old school film.  So, yes, I had to step out of that comfort zone and use color, as well as my Nikon D3000 DSLR. Continue reading

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Hello Fall, Nice to See You Again

Autumn

A great example of what fall brings.

Today marks the first day of Fall, yet here in Chicago, it’s supposed to reach 90 degrees?  That seems a tad ridiculous.

With fall comes crisp weather, time to break out the colorful scarves, walk around with a Pumpkin Spice Latte and enjoy the autumn colors.  This is the perfect time to grab your camera and start exploring!

Whether you’re in a big city that is full of the usual hustle and bustle or in the country allowing you to experience those changing leaves – leaving me rather jealous – this season just has a way of being inspiring.

Photo by Suneko/Creative Commons/Flickr

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