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May 31, 2011

food for thought…

by z.lynn

Symmetry from Everynone on Vimeo.

Video about symmetry.



April 29, 2011

Zack Arias recap on CreativeLIVE

by z.lynn

Zack opened his class with his favorite quote from famed photographer, Edward Weston. It goes something like this:

“The fact is that relatively few photographers ever master their medium. Instead they allow the medium to master them. A new lens to new paper to new gadgets, never staying with one piece of equipment long enough to learn its’ full capacities. Becoming lost in a maze of technical that is of little or no use since they don’t know what to do with it.”

He spoke about how there are some people out there using a $20k camera and taking some horrible photos. There are some people using point-and-shoots taking great photos. He suggested using Flickr to research what others are doing with their cameras and to see where you can improve

His point was that as photographers, before going out and getting more gear, we must know how to use the gear that we have. It is not necessary to buy every lens or new thing out there. Practice what you have until you know without a doubt what the outcome will be. The “lens is your viewpoint, you should know your output based on practice.”

Today’s agenda covered the camera, lens, subject and composition. He discussed:

  • that camera bodies will be moved out of use more quickly than anything else. Lenses, flashes and cables stay. Buy a camera, not megapixels. Its’ not about the quality of the chip, not the quantity of the megapixels.
  • his considerations for body purchases: (in order of importance) full frame vs cropped sensors, ISO performance, AF performance, ergonomics, megapixels. “Buy a camera, not megapixels. It’s about the quality of the full-sized chip not the quantity of the megapixels”
  • that you shouldn’t compose photos around AF points. Focus, then recompose
  • the basics of aperture and shutter speed and stated that we must memorize the reciprocal relationship between them like multiplication tables
  • the 3 types of metering available in-camera: evaluative, center weighted and spot
  • how perspective changes when using wide-angle lenses vs telephoto
  • how your subject should trust you and you must know their needs and expectations and meet their needs but exceed their expectations
  • the benefits to doing homework on the subject first – if they are a band, listen to their music; if they are on Facebook, look on their wall – this helps you to be able to create a common ground and make the subject comfortable in front of the camera
  • how his ability to talk to people was directly tied to him paying his rent
  • the notion that every successful photographer is a people person
  • how he likes to think of posing as ‘body language’
  • some techniques in the area of composition – rule of thirds, negative space, balance, juxtaposition, etc

He covered some of the basics today but reminded us that this is essential information that everyworking photographer should know and be practicing.  The tips and reminders that he offered like committing to memory the aperture/shutter speed reciprocals and setting specific goals to meeting new people each month will help me greatly.

Thank you Zack and CreativeLIVE for another great of session of information!


April 20, 2011

33-365 bright lights

by z.lynn

here’s a few 365 photos you have missed…

March 28, 2011

31-365 I’m a little teapot…

by z.lynn

in class yesterday, this cute little teapot (of sorts) caught my eye. its made of beautifully aged bronze with cute white and royal blue designs on the ceramic handles.

March 26, 2011

it’s time to …

by z.lynn




March 9, 2011

9 March, 2011 23:31

by z.lynn

when I was little, I remember my dad calling it ‘the good book’. some people today feel that it isn’t so good, anymore; it’s not relevant today, they say; it’s outdated, others chime in. Is it really so?? Jesus taught his followers to love one another. If that simple command were practiced today by everyone, there would be no war, crime, poverty, and the like. It’s easier said than done, you may feel. That may be true, but it has to start somewhere. Wouldn’t you agree that anything worth having, is worth fighting for? It’s time to fight. Fight for God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven (matt 6:9,10), fight to follow Christ’s exemplary example (1 peter 2:21), fight the negativity that is prevalent in the world-kill ’em with kindness. No man knows when a REAL change is going to come, but until then let’s help one another and show love to one another.

Have a great day!

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