Trains Planes and Photographs
Next Weekend, the 1st and 2nd of March, we will be taking photographs at the model train show in Longview, TX, and I must admit I’m really looking forward to it.  If it goes the way the last 2 we worked did, it will be a truly enjoyable experience.  We worked the World’s Greatest Hobby model train show in both Houston and Fort Worth and what most impressed me about them was the interaction between the children and their parents, especially fathers and sons. 
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Hot Dogs Apple Pie and Chevrolet
When I was a kid growing up the concept of what America is was clear in my mind and has remained so throughout my life. The foundation of this country is noble and the principals it has always stood for are good. In my mind, the essence of America is individual freedom, justice and the right of every person to choose for themselves what path they want to follow with their life. The concept of America is based on the innate goodness and intelligence of each and every American, and the concept that each of us is capable of being the guiding force for our own life. Our constitution was designed to allow us to decide what is best forus individually without having someone else decide that for us. And for it to work we must be willing to accept the consequences of our decisions, whether good or bad. It expects us to actually act like grownups.  Click image to the left to join the conversation!
 
 
 
 
A Picture Should Speak a Thousand Words
I will never forget my first grade year in school.  Back then there was no kindergarten or pre-K so it was my first experience with public school.  Being around all the other kids all day was difficult for me, especially during the first part of the year.  Being an only child and painfully shy made me feel a lot like I imagined Daniel felt just as they tossed him into the lion’s den.
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Its Childs Play
One of the single hardest things to overcome in many professions is getting an over (or sometimes under) -stimulated child, between 3 and 6 years old, to cooperate with you on a working level.  Children can be easily distracted, scared and excited. Often they become bored or frustrated when asked to perform tasks that do not engage them and capture their attention.  This can be especially difficult when dealing with photography where children are often asked to remain still long enough to capture the shot.  Additionally, the expression on their little faces needs to be sweet and endearing, not demonic.  Children can look ornery, mischievous and even angry, if the look is appropriate for the shot.  Otherwise, a “Princess” scowling, just comes across as “the Spoiled Step-Sister”.  To say the least, understanding how to work with children is as vital in photography as it is in many other industries.
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Jargon 1 - What are Enhancements?
Enhancement options can seem confusing for the subject who is unaware of what options they have.  A few examples of basic enhancements include Duo-toning such as Sepia or Black and White, Vignettes (a soft colored shadowing around the outside of image), Softening, Borders, Text inclusion, and Blemish Removal.  Of course, there are hundreds of others, but these are the most requested and utilized Enhancement Services in the Photographic Industry.
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Jargon 2 - Sheets Verses Prints
So you decide you also want printed copies of the image.  As you’re considering what sizes you need, your sales guide begins talking about the collections, including how many sheets you get with each.  It’s here where the confusion comes in.  When you ask how many copies those sheets are the guide tells you that the number of prints is determined by the Print sizes you choose and the number of Sheets you want!  Well, that can be down-right confusing for many people, because most consumers don’t understand the difference between a Sheet and a Print.
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Jargon 3 - What do the Copyrights Get Me?
As a photographer, your lively-hood depends on how much people like the images you capture.  The more appealing the photograph is, the more copies your subject will want to distribute and display, or the more prints of that image you can sell.  Think of it this way.  If a farmer produces strawberries that are just exceptionally sweet and juicy, then more people will want more of those strawberries.  Nobody gets mad at a farmer for wanting to sell more strawberries, but people seem to get upset with photographers for wanting to be paid for all the prints of their work that are out there!  Another comparison could be presented with the well-known problem of movie and music pirating on the internet.  If you go online and download a movie from a source other than a legally authorized distributor of said digital media, then you have stolen that creative property of the individuals who produced it.  The photographer or the organization he/she works for are the only legally authorized distributors of the images they create, whether those pictures are produced in digital format or printed on paper or on other products. Click image to the left to join the conversation!
 
 
 
 
Jargon 4 - What is Chroma Key or Green Screen Photography?  
A large Solid Single Colored screen (usually 8’X10’ or bigger) is stretched behind the subject(s) on a lightweight frame. We use a pole and beam set-up originally developed for use in Pipe and Drape Displays.  Lights are then placed to reduce shadows and give a consistent shade to the backdrop while fully lighting the subject(s).  For the best finished look it is wise for the photographer, whenever possible, to have an idea of the scene lighting for the finished image so that the lights can be placed in the set-up to mimic the lighting in the final picture.  This will make the image look more natural and avoid looking fake.  Finally the subject is posed and captured against the Solid Colored Background.  The most common colors used for this type of photography are Green or Blue.  When Chroma-Key photography is being utilized subjects should avoid wearing the same color as the background, however a knowledgeable and competent Graphic Artist can “select” parts of the picture that they do NOT want to be removed from the finished picture. Click image to the left to join the conversation!
 
 
 
 
 

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 Short Story Project 1

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