Year: 2019

Quiz: What’s Your Personal Wedding Photography Style?

Quiz: What’s Your Personal Wedding Photography Style?

The experiences, outlook, views, and style of your photographer can drastically change the look and feel of your photographs.

How do you find a photographer who understands your style and your needs? Well, first YOU need to understand your style. Hiring the right photography specialist for your wedding will ensure you are happy with the style, look, and feel of your photos for years to come.

Take this fun quiz to find out your Style!

1) The images that interest you the most can be found:
A. In the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery
B. Time Magazine, Newsweek, etc
C. Rolling Stone magazine. Or that ‘Zine your friend makes.
D. Vogue magazine
E. Martha Stewart magazine

2) Your house is decorated:
A. American classic color pallet with beautiful furniture and window dressings
B. Simple and functional like an IKEA catalog
C. Eclectically with unique artifacts from your travels, unusual colors
D. Ultra modern with bold colors and artwork
E. With crafts and things that you made

3) Your favorite book is:
A. A 19th century love story novel
B. Anything sci-fi, technical or related to your hobbies
C. Non-fiction stories of true adventurers, biographies of artists, or fantasy novels
D. Anything put out on a coffee table
E. Your 2020 scrapbook

4) Your ultimate vacation would involve:
A. Touring the historic churches of Europe
B. Theme parks or tours that take you “Behind the Scenes” of something
C. Anywhere with culture and foods you’ve never tried before
D. Shopping shopping shopping in N.Y.C. or L.A.
E. Staying at a bed and breakfast

5) Your favorite memories are of:
A. Spending time with your family
B. Remembering moments when you felt alive
C. Traveling
D. Being the center of attention
E. The cute things he’s done for you

6) You remember things by:
A. Pen on paper lists
B. Writing in a journal
C. Taking something away that reminds you
D. Telling Siri
E. Chalkboard lists

7) Your favorite shoes are:
A. Black pumps
B. Chuck Taylors
C. Waterproof sandals
D. The latest Jimmy Choos
E. Mary Janes

8) You can’t stand:
A. Disorganization
B. Things out of context
C. Things that lack history
D. Last year’s styles
E. Store-bought gifts

9) Your wedding invitations:
A. Calligraphy text with RSVP cards
B. Sent via Evite
C. Involve a treasure map and scavenger hunt
D. Delivered in Hermès leather envelopes
E. Glued the glitter on yourself

10) When you look at your wedding photos in 10 years’ time, your biggest fear is that:
A. You’ll think you looked ugly in your portraits
B. You won’t remember all the special moments
C. Your photos will be boring and unoriginal
D. Your photo album isn’t impressive
E. You let someone else put your album together

Scoring:

If you answered mostly:
“A”s – The test of time, please: You have a more traditional style and your wedding photography should reflect that. Choose a classic, traditional photographer that focuses on artwork, posing, and composition. You will look your best when a photographer pays attention to every detail such as your fingers, hair, dress laying just the right place, etc.

“B”s – Just the facts, ma’am: Documentary photojournalism is more your style. Your ideal photographer should spend most of their time documenting the important, humorous, emotional moments of your wedding (and should spend very little time posing you or setting up situations for photos to occur). You do your thing and they take photos. Simple.

“C”s – Intrinsically artistic: You prefer a more eclectic, artistic style of photography. Experimental techniques, a …

A Few Questions for Hannah Wilson and Darla Dear Photography

Hannah Wilson chose a pseudonym when she launched an Etsy site for her fine art photography – Darla Dear.

In the time since Wilson began testing the waters of the commercial art world, she has developed her ideas on running an online shop, sharing her ideas and her art via Etsy, and recently starting a blog exploring her ideas on photography and fashion.

I'm an editor of a small arts journal in the Antelope Valley in the southern reaches of the Mojave Desert and we had a chance to publish some of Wilson's Darla Dear photography in 2019. Hearing that she had started up a blog, I tracked her down to ask her about her projects and to try to get some insight into her views on art in general.

Who are your favorite artists?

I had to think a long time about this question. My favorite artists aren't necessarily ones whose bodies of work I admire the most, but whose work caused me to think of art in a new way. When you realize the ability art has to change your perception of the world, you don't forget that.

With that said, my number one "favorite" artist is abstract-expressionist Mark Rothko, especially for his painting titled No. 14. In an art history book or online, the painting looks quite dull and boring. In person, however, it emits this heavy, vibrating anxiety that you can't really describe with words. I had never fully understood the power of art to move viewers emotionally until I stood in front of that massive canvas. The fact that Rothko was able to create something so powerful out of simple fields of discordant color is mind-boggling to me!

You can see the painting yourself in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

What would you like to achieve with your blog?

I started my blog with the intention of increasing exposure to my Etsy shop, after realizing that those who are most successful utilize multiple social networking sites, and network in their communities like crazy. My photography is not going to get anywhere just sitting, buried in the immense pool of artists that is Etsy.

However, after really getting into the blogging routine, I can see that blogging is so much more than business promotion. Blogging provides motivation to be more creative, to enjoy and document everyday life, and to establish friendships with bloggers around the world!

I would love to become popular enough to accept sponsors and receive a small extra income from that, but more important than that is creating a blog with quality content that people like me want to look at and be inspired by.…

Custom Built Computer Vs OEM Computer

Since the release of the IBM PC, there has been a debate over prefabricated machines (herein referred to as "OEM") and custom built machines. So which is better? The answer lies with you.

One very common misconception is that custom built machines are cheaper to build than OEM. This is no longer the case. In the 1990's, custom built machines could be had for considerably less than OEM. However, today the difference in cost is nominal.

Before you purchase your next computer, make a plan out what your budget is, and what you are going to use the computer for. If you are a general Internet user, surf the web, use IM and download music, the odds are you'll just need a basic system. Any AMD Sempron 2400+ or higher or Intel Celeron 2.4GHz or higher will be more than adequate for that task.

If you are a gamer, I highly advise you build your own system or have one built for you. The reason being, there is a very small amount of OEM builders who use AMD chips in their systems. For gaming, you want AMD, there is no if ands or buts about it. For the best gaming experience you want an AMD Athlon XP 3200+ or higher or an AMD Athlon 64. Any of the AMD Athlon 64 series will be more than adequate.

There is another reason gamers should build their own systems — modification for LAN parties. No one wants to go to a LAN party with a plain beige tower, do they? No, they want cold cathode tubes and LEDs and clear windows on the side. If your going to be switching the tower your computer is in anyway, why void a perfectly good warranty? On a custom built machine, always save all of your receipts, because the odds are each individual part is covered by some form of a warranty.

If your primary objective is work at home, such as word processing, spreadsheets, database manipulation, desktop publishing, or anything of that sort, you'll want to go with an Intel processor. The Intel Pentium 4 is the right chip for data crunching, due to its larger cache size and deeper pipelining allow for more raw data processing to occur. You can find an Intel Pentium 4 chip in almost any OEM computer.

Another good idea, if you've never seen the inside of a computer tower, you probably would want to buy an OEM system, because custom built systems tend not to come with installation and configuration instructions.

If budget is your primary concern, it is important to know that AMD products tend to be less expensive than Intel products. Also realize that Sempron and Celeron processors are the inexpensive version of Athlons and Pentiums, so if performance is merely a secondary and you are looking to have a functional inexpensive system, go with a Sempron or Celeron.

So, if AMD Athlons are cheaper than Intel Pentiums, why are gaming systems so expensive? There are a lot of graphics cards and sound cards out there that actually cost more than your processor does. Remember that your CPU is only one component of your system.

At most computer shows and online computer hardware stores, you can pick up a combo pack of motherboard and CPU for a very good price, usually less than $200 — much less expensive than buying each individually.

Always keep in mind what your budget is and what you want to do with your system. Don't let others sell you on expanding your budget.…

Invisible Evidence: Building a Case for Spirit Photography

What is spirit photography?

In his 1960 work The Encyclopaedia of Occultism, Lewis Spence describes spirit photography as "The production of photographs on which alleged spirit-forms are visible. When the plate is developed there appears, in addition to the likeness of the sitter, a shape resembling more or less distinctly the human form, which at the moment of exposure was imperceptible to normal vision."(pg. 379) Obviously, Spence was speaking of spirit photography in the 1800s, when an early camera called a "Daguerreotype" used tin plates bathed in various chemicals to produce still images of a posed subject. The progression of photographic technology since the 1800s has demanded that we broaden this definition to incorporate more modern methods of capturing ghost images, including the use of infrared films, stop-motion cameras, and digital video. Generally speaking, spirit photography is the attempt to capture on a photographic medium those things that cannot be observed with the naked eye, such as ghosts, spirits, and so on. It has only been in recent years that spirit photography has gained some credibility in the scientific community as a prospective tool for serious paranormal investigation.

Spirit Photography: A Brief History

Though alleged photographs of ghosts and spirits had been taken before the 1860s, it was an American photographer and engraver, William H. Mumler of Boston, who brought spirit photography to the public ("Occultism and Photography", Cheroux, Oxford Photography Encyclopedia). In 1862, Mumler offered to photograph clients in the company of one or more "ghosts". Though the ghosts would be invisible at the time the picture was taken, they would appear later during the development process. One of Mumler's most famous photographs was a portrait of Mary Todd Lincoln, the wife of assassinated president Abraham Lincoln. The alleged spirit of Abraham Lincoln can clearly be seen over the subject's shoulder (illus. 1). The popularity of the Spiritualism movement in America was largely to blame for Mumler's success, though he was suspected of forgery and fraud. Mumler resurfaced in New York in 1869, and in 1872 authorities attempted to prosecute him. Although many of his photographs were exposed as hoaxes, Mumler was acquitted of fraud due to a lack of evidence.

By this time, the practice of spirit photography had spread to England. Two popular spiritualist mediums, Mr. Samuel Guppy and his wife, Agnes Guppy-Volkert, had been attempting to duplicate Mumler's procedures on their own without success. At length, they called in a professional photographer, Frederick Hudson, for assistance. Hudson was successful in producing spirit photographs, and the ease of his success attracted the attention of noted skeptics and scientists including Trail Taylor, the editor of the British Journal of Photography ("Spirit Photography", online Occultism and Parapsychology Encyclopedia, Answers.com). Hudson reportedly allowed skeptics to view and document his entire photographing and developing processes, but no fraud could be determined. Other spirit photographers soon followed, including Edouard Jean Buguet of France, who appeared in London in 1874 and was ultimately tried and convicted of fraud by the French government. In spite of these setbacks, spirit photography continued to be popular, especially in the years immediately following the first world war. Fraud was rampant, attracting the attention of famous celebrities including former supporter P. T. Barnum and the illusionist Harry Houdini, who began a well-publicized personal crusade against fraud in spirit photography in the 1920s. He published the results of his investigations in the book A Magician Among the Spirits in 1924 (John Mulholland, "Houdini, Harry", World Book Encyclopedia, 1966).

Spirit Photography and the American Spiritualism Movement

Noting the impact of American spiritualism on the history of spirit …

Computer Review: The Dell Inspiron E1505

As the owner of a small business I know that my company's success is largely determined by how well my computer performs. Over the last five years I have gone through three different computers including two desktops and one notebook. The last computer that I purchased was my Dell Inspiron E1505. I selected this particular notebook because I needed a computer that was portable, and I needed a computer that was capable of handling multi-media presentations. I found these features in my Inspiron.

Specification for the Dell Inspiron E1505

While the basic specifications for this model are probably adequate to meet most people's needs, I needed to customize my computer so that it would be able to handle animation software and video editing software. I upgraded to the highest processing speed of 2.16GHz, I doubled the memory, and I added a wireless card. I also upgraded the software package to include Microsoft Office and the full version of Adobe Acrobat. In addition to the upgrades that I made to my computer Dell also included: a battery, an AC adapter, Photoshop, and a variety of other software programs.

My Experience with the Dell Inspiron E1505

The first thing that I noticed when I first set up my computer is that the picture clarity was superb. I also enjoyed the fact that I could watch a DVD on my computer while working on a data file. The Bluetooth capabilities of the Inspiron E1505 are also fantastic. I think that the wireless keyboard and mouse make this notebook a lot easier to use, especially for word processing.

While I enjoyed all of the perks offered by the Dell Inspiron E1505, I have had a few problems with my machine. The first problem is that it seems to run slower than a 2.16 GHz machine should run. Now this observation could be due to my limited experience working with a notebook, and it could also be due to the animation software that I have loaded on my machine. The second problem that I had was with the Bluetooth wireless drivers. As a result of this problem I have not been able to use my Bluetooth mouse, however, the Bluetooth keyboard works fine. This problem could be a problem with the mouse instead of a problem that the notebook has.

Price

The Dell Inspiron E1505 retails for about $949. However, if you wait for one of Dell's great sales you can save $200 or more off the list price. I bought mine during a special promotion and actually saved about $400 off the entire package. If you have good credit you can also finance your notebook for about $23 per month. Dell also offers special discounts for small businesses, CPAs, teachers, and other professionals.

If you are interested in accessories for your computer then Dell offers a great selection of cameras, cases, tablets, and printers. Dell even selects several prized accessories for your machine and they offer you a great discount on these accessories if you order them when you order your computer. If you don't see what you want on your check out pages then you can also shop at the Dell store. Here you will find wireless devises, tablets, and other high quality digital accessories.…

Product Review: E-Machines Computers

Computers. Is that all there is to say? Does everyone already know how much they can do? Do you cringe at all the possibilities out there with this power at your fingertips? Boy I do. I bought an E-Machines. To the tune of $600 I got 120 GB hard drive, 512 MB RAM, a DVD+/-RW double layer burner, and a whole world of interest to write about, browse about, connect with, and share. I can email family and friends who are 875 miles away, listen to them perform, goof off, and share pictures of everything.

But you can do that too can't you? That's great. Now, what do you do about viruses? Trojans? I can tell you what I did, computer savvy as I am. I called E-Machines 23-hour-7 days a week tech support. And they DID help. Step by step, over the phone, and nothing has been more appreciated in this matter than that. My membership came with the purchase of my computer, as I am sure your tech support service has also.

Big Fix is incorporated with this as well. And naturally, Microsoft has their updates going too. But how many times have you called one of them 2 o'clock in the a.m. and gotten your problem fixed? I mean fixed, not patched. And will replace any faulty equipment, should there be any, free of charge and free of shipping. THAT was nice of them I would say. A real person, first call.

So, I am not really writing about the internet, or all the cool or unsavory things you can do with one, but about the brand of affordable technology, and my experiences with this company and their product. E-Machines went on sale at Wal-Mart for close to $1,000. That was with only 80GB of hard drive. Then newer stuff came out, and the market opened up for bigger, better, faster and naturally companies lowered their prices to compete.

Folks, you gotta take it from me. Sometimes cheaper, with a plan, can be beneficial for the time being. Even rewarding. Look at me, making money with mine. You can't beat that. You can even buy their line of CD-ROM protection software, and eliminate the need of calling them a few more times than necessary. They will keep you on their subscription plan for the first year, and I remember thinking it was quite affordable to renew it if I had a job at the time it ran out. Certainly cheaper than renewing Norton, which I also recommend.

If this computer crashed, burnt, and I was unable to use it anymore, and I went to Wal-Mart and saw this product on the shelf, I would purchase it again. Over any other they advertised. The name is all I need. I trust them completely.…

Photoshop Buttons – Hot Pink Rounded Rectangle Button

In this Photoshop Tutorial I will show you how to create the Hot Pink Rounded Rectangle Button in my image. Please see the image that I have provided to see the ending results. I will write the first part of this tutorial for the Photoshop beginners. I will write the second part of this tutorial for the advance Photoshop users. If you are an advance user, please skip down to the advance part of this tutorial.

How to Create a Hot Pink Rounded Rectangle Button in Photoshop for Beginners

Step 1 – Creating a New Canvas
Create a new canvas 350 pixels by 350 pixels. to the color that you need and click OK.

Step 2 – Creating a New Layer
Locate your Layers Panel on your screen. Press F7 on your keyboard if you do not see your Layers Panel. Click the icon in the bottom of the Layers Panel that looks like a sheet of paper with the corner curled up, to create a new layer.

Step 3 – Rounded Rectangle Tool
Select your Rounded Rectangle Tool from your toolbar. Set the radius to 10px. The radius is located at the top of your Photoshop window. Draw your button on your canvas. You can draw your button any size that you want.

Step 4 – Rasterizng the Layer
Right click on the Shape Layer in your Layers Panel and click Rasterize Layer from the pop up menu. Rasterizing the layer will make the edges of the button smooth.

Step 5 – Blending Options
Right click on that same layer again and click Blending Options from the pop up menu. Apply the following effects to your button in the Blending Options window. Make sure that you click on the word. If you just check the box for that effect, you will not see the options for that effect.

Bevel and Emboss

Style – inner bevel
Technique – smooth
Depth – 71
Direction – up
Size – 6
Soften – 0
Angle – 100
Use Global Light – unchecked
Attitude – 75
Gloss Contour – linear
Anti-aliased – unchecked
Highlight Mode – screen
Color – white
Opacity – 75
Shadow Mode – normal
Color – black
Opacity – 75

Color Overlay

Blend mode – normal
Color – fd02c5
Opacity 100

Stroke

Size – 1
Position – outside
Blend Mode – normal
Opacity – 100
Fill Type – color
Color – 9b0776

Click OK on the Blending Options window.

If you have any problems with this Photoshop Tutorial, please feel free to contact me using the contact button at the top of this page.

How to Create a Hot Pink Rounded Rectangle Button in Photoshop for the Advance

Step 1 – Create a new canvas 350px by 350px.

Step 2 – Create a new layer.

Step 3 – Select your Rounded Rectangle Tool and change the Radius to 10px.

Step 4 – Draw your button.

Step 5 – Rasterize your button layer.

Step 6 – Open your Blending Options for the button layer and apply the following effects.

Bevel and Emboss

Style – inner bevel
Technique – smooth
Depth – 71
Direction – up
Size – 6
Soften – 0
Angle – 100
Use Global Light – unchecked
Attitude – 75
Gloss Contour – linear
Anti-aliased – unchecked
Highlight Mode – screen
Color – white
Opacity – 75
Shadow Mode – normal
Color – black
Opacity – 75

Color Overlay

Blend mode – normal
Color – fd02c5
Opacity 100

Stroke

Size – 1
Position – outside
Blend Mode – normal
Opacity – 100
Fill Type – color
Color – 9b0776

Step …

Western Massachusetts Photographer: Jennifer Rose Photography

http://www.jenniferrosephotography.org

My story is simple. After the birth of my twin daughters, I began to realize that each moment is truly precious. Just like snowflakes, no two moments are alike. I want to capture my children's laughter, tears, silly moments, and awkward stages. I cannot allow for their memories to be forgotten from one year to the next. Photography gives us the gift to journey back to a moment and to reflect on our feelings, emotions, and life experiences. Children's portraiture allows for us to revisit the meaning of innocence and true beauty.

I have been mentored by a professional documentary wedding photographer as well as various contemporary children's portraiture artists. In addition, I have taken courses offered by Matthew Lee Kees to develop my photography skills. I am constantly learning more and more about photography through exploration and experience. The artwork presented by Western Massachusetts Photographer Robert Charles (Robert Charles Photography) has been a true inspiration to me.

As a mother and educator, I am gentle with children and strive to have them feel relaxed in my presence. Allowing the children to come to my portrait session to dance in their mismatched polka-dotted outfits or to dig their new dump trucks into Earth's soil is what this all about. The beauty of each child will be captured by their very essence. The artwork will hold true to each child's spirit and individuality.

Located in Western Massachusetts, I am enjoying the opportunity to meet and photograph many people in Berkshire County, Franklin County, Hampshire County, and Hampden County. The beauty that surrounds us here in Western Massachusetts is devine.

You are like a rose.
Such a beautiful creation.

Your Life is Beautiful.
It Must be Remembered.…