- Beginner's Guide To Better Quality Photography [Infographic]
- Mark Zuckerberg Portrait Created From Carved & Stacked Books
- If You're Bored Of The Internet, Try The Outernet Instead!
Posted: 10 Jun 2012 12:00 PM PDT
When it comes to photography, people seem to just jump into it, and that is good. However, it's more than common that beginners soon start to complain about their equipment because it doesn't product the good quality images they were promised when they purchased their camera. It doesn't matter if it is an 18 megapixel compact camera or a 10 megapixel DSLR camera, that's not what is going to make your photos look super clear and professional. Yes, I am quite aware that I put the smaller megapixel number on the DSLR camera instead of the compact camera, and there was a reason for that. It caught your attention, didn't it?
The thing is, a 10 megapixel DSLR camera can actually put out better images than an 18 megapixel compact camera, but that depends on your skills as a photographer. If you don't know how to use the camera and the environment around you, there is no chance you will be able to take photos that looks like the ones in the advertisements or that the seller promised you when you asked about the camera. So, it all doesn't entirely boil down to the number of megapixels you can cram out of your camera.
There are some basic tips that could potentially take your photography from crappy noob photos to the beginning of professional quality in a day or less. It all takes practice and knowledge, something that beginner photographers don't seem to have the patience to put in. The most important variable of all when it comes to getting better quality in your photos is undoubtedly light. It all comes down to light. If you don't have the right setting on your camera for light, and on top of that if you don't take care of the light around you, you will get a crappy grainy picture that is most likely beyond saving.
Most people chuck the user manual when they buy a new gadget, including most photography beginners. But when it comes to cameras, it is absolutely vital to read through it and know exactly how the technology works that is going to ensure good quality photos. Don't try and jump the steps of knowing your camera since you will most likely look like a complete noob when you start complaining about the quality of your photos and how your camera sucks. I am sorry to say, but it's quite the opposite way around.
To further help you take better pictures, I found a really well done infographic that will take your skills to a higher level of understanding and help you take one giant leap towards more professional looking photographs. It is compiled by G. Juans, and it includes many of the really good basic tips and tricks you need to know before you start shooting your pictures.
It also contains a lot of technical explaining, which will give you an understanding about why light, for example, is so vital when taking pictures and how you can make up for it by just adjusting a couple of your camera settings. Don't jump the basic stuff just because you are impatient. Instead, get into whatever you find out about your camera and photography, and you will quickly find that your photos will leapfrog into excellence in a day or two. Knowledge is experience when it comes to photography, so play around. Take as many pictures as you possibly can, and do it with different settings on your camera. Today's technology allows you to experiment since you are able to delete your pictures if you are not satisfied with them. Don't be afraid to delete images. We all take bad pictures, and we all delete them. Go nuts, have fun and above all, experiment! That is what it is all about.
Posted: 10 Jun 2012 11:00 AM PDT
When you are inspired by someone famous (like Steve Jobs, a human rights activist, a creative artist, a technology wizard, a mentor or anyone else who lights the spark within you), you might read about that person online, tweet about him or her, and you might even write a blog post from time to time about that person, right?
When that happens to Hong Yi (aka Red), she takes a different approach. She creates a portrait of that person from things that aren't usually used to create portraits. For example, she created a coffee spill portrait and a portrait made from 750 pairs of socks, just to name a few.
She is developing a style that is all her own, and I'm starting to be able to recognize her art before I even see that she's the one who created it. Her newest portrait, like many of her previous ones, comes in the form of a sculpture. It is simply entitled Facebook. Since she lives in Shanghai, her previous portraits have been of popular Chinese icons, but since she recently visited the States, she wanted to create something to remember her visit here. She wanted to choose one of the most famous Americans, and of course before long she realized it had to be Mark Zuckerberg.
To create this incredible portrait, she used a knife to slice grooves into 36 fat books, which took her 7 days (she used Game of Thrones since it's such a thick book). She then stacked the books all on top of each other. The shadows and contours from her slicing and dicing are what create Mark Zuckerberg's face. You can watch her time lapse video of how she did it below. It's crazy that throughout this process, she was careful to only cut the edges of the books, so they are all still completely readable. Brilliant!
Posted: 10 Jun 2012 10:00 AM PDT
If you have been using the Internet since it became popular sometime during the late '80s or the beginning of the '90s, you know that it has changed significantly since then. Our entire society revolves around it now, and seemingly every technology company is putting some effort into converting their products into online gadgets. It doesn't matter if it is a toaster or the latest smartphone, they are all being modified with each model, and it won't be long before you can't even buy a gadget or appliance without having to plug it into the Internet. The Internet has become so popular that we now spend more time online than we spend outside in the real world. That means that we're actually online even when we're outside.
Every once in a while, every human being is in need of some physical interaction and so he or she ventures out into the reality. Reality…what is that even? I mean, our reality is now online, right? So what is left of our other reality is rapidly diminishing. But if you find yourself sick and tired of the Internet, I suggest you have a look at the Outernet. Yup, there is one, and it existed even before the Internet did.
It was the fabric of our existence, and now we're abandoning it like it's a ship about to go down. Have a look at this creative drawing of our reality by John Atkinson of Wrong Hands and see for yourself. What we previously called reality, we are now calling the Outernet instead. The different facilities and local gathering hubs can easily be compared to online services and forums. It's not a stretch to believe that all that the Outernet has to offer will soon be available online. Even shipping physical products will be able to be done with a 3D printer which we're seeing exceptional developments in these days. So, if you're sick of the Internet, bored even, take a few minutes and enjoy the Outernet, for it will not be around for much longer unfortunately.
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