When starting out in photography, don't be afraid to turn to yourself as your best subject. You'll learn so much about photography and yourself in the process.
My Trips with Mitz: Lower Bidwell Park
The adventure of an exuberant dog and her owner exploring Lower Bidwell Park in Chico, California. Stream-of-consciousness writing with photos.
My Trips with Mitz: Saturday Morning on Lake Oroville
With Michael gone for the next year, I have the responsibility for his dog, Mitzi. She's a great dog, but a little unsocialized, so I've made it my goal to take her with me to as many places as possible to help develop her into the Good Girl I know she is. I'll occasionally be …
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Imitation as Inspiration: Improving Your Technical Skills and Artistic Style by Copying Others
If you don’t have the means to take actual classes, copying others is a great way to teach yourself new skills without thinking much about it. When you are trying to replicate another’s work, you have no choice but to pay attention to the technical details, like composition, lighting, shading, or depth of field. By using imitation as inspiration, you can improve your technical skills and artistic style by copying others (at least for a little while)
A California Morning: Table Mountain Musings
A short reflective piece about a Saturday morning on Table Mountain in Oroville, CA. Hikes, dogs, boyfriends, and sunshine.
Photography/Poetry Project #2: I’ll Be With You [Photo only]
Using a double exposure technique, I created an image that says that while my boyfriend's year-long trip in Japan will be hard, I'll be here for him when he returns, and I hope he knows that I'll be with him the whole time.
Photography/Poetry Project #1: “Evening Sunshine”
I am in deep denial about Michael leaving for Japan in 19 days. Michael seems to be dealing with his feelings at least a little more directly in his first poem for the Photography/Poetry Project: she kicks, legs out on imagined grass grown over cotton water. we wash up on the duvet, pursed and pillowy …
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Pride and Productivity: Finding Your Drive to Create
Society promotes the message that creativity for the sake of creativity is the ultimate goal, but what about those who need to create for someone or something else? I reflect on my creativity is intertwined with having an outside purpose and how that is no better or worse than simply creating.
Evolve Like Picasso: Continually Practice and Experiment to Find Your Artistic Style
Your artistic style should never be static; just like Picasso, you should continually learn and practice new skills and techniques to evolve artistically. I demonstrate my evolution through an old photograph and how I edited it over the years with the skills I knew and those I've learned since college.