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Use Placement Art to Improve Your Photographs

Friday, March 24th, 2017

It’s not hard to become a ‘photographer’ in today’s world. DSLRs have become affordable, and consequently, ubiquitous. If you can’t afford one, there are phones you can invest in. Armed with high-performance cameras, mobile phones are helping photography enthusiasts capture DSLR-grade images quickly, easily and frequently. This explains why our Instagram feed is flooded with fresh images every time we hit the refresh button. But, do these images make good photographs? Apart from being aesthetically pleasing, do they also evoke an emotional response? It’s easy to capture a ‘beautiful’ picture, but difficult to capture a ‘unique’ one. If you want your photographs to stand out, you have to infuse your clicks with intrigue and drama. Here are a few ways to spice up your photographs using placement art.

If you’re good at sketching or doodling, take a leaf out of artist Marty Cooper’s book and use your skills to add an artistic touch to your clicks. Marty sketches cartoon characters on plastic sheets and inserts them into his surroundings.

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Francois Dourlen, on the other hand, makes use of technology and his imagination to come up with these creative photographs.

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Image courtesy: Bored Panda

Draw inspiration from these creative librarians who used books to create interesting images. Although their intention was to create awareness about the importance of reading, you can use their technique for a message that’s important to you.

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Image courtesy: wallstreetinsanity

Art director Brad Wash has come up with the Emojis IRL Project to show us how important emojis are in our lives.

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Image courtesy: Huffington Post

Rich McCor (Paperboyo) uses paper cut-outs and his imagination to create intriguing images.

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Quirky Tattoo Designs for Creative Souls

Monday, February 13th, 2017

Tattoos are fun to get, but because they’re going to be part of your skin for the rest of your life, it’s advisable to choose a design that’s meaningful and not one that’s going to be a cause for embarrassment in the future. If you are a creative soul, here are some tattoo ideas that are perfect for you! Opt for such minimalist designs to get a tattoo that looks stylish and creative.

If music makes your world go round

Minimal and meaningful, this unique music button tattoo is perfect for all those who love melody. Those looking for something a little more colorful can get each button tattooed in a different color.

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If writing is what soothes your soul

These potent marks carry a ton of meanings and are perfect for those who love penning their thoughts.

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If painting helps you express yourself

This gorgeous color tattoo is perfect for those who love experimenting with paints.

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If paper folding is your favorite pastime 

Origami lovers, this tiny crane is perfect for you!

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If capturing moments is what you live for

This tiny camera tattoo is perfect for shutterbugs. To make it more personal, get your model tattooed on instead.

 

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Tips from the Best for Budding Photographers

Friday, July 29th, 2016

First-timers always have it difficult. You feel too self-conscious, or afraid to immerse yourself completely in your hobby. If photography is what you’ve taken to, you might have a hard time getting those ‘perfect shots.’ If it hasn’t been going as planned, don’t let disappointment sink in. Here’s something to help you feel motivated again.

Sometimes, the most difficult part of taking a photograph is just that, snapping the shot.  What you’re essentially doing is freezing it time significant moments that belong to others, and this awareness, of being the outsider, can make you feel like an unwelcome, inquisitive meddler. You have to step cautiously and silently around your subjects,  careful not to destroy their moment with your intrusive camera. This can feel a lot like the stealthy journey of a stray cat, out to pilfer a carton of milk. But, when the deed is accomplished, like the cat, you do end up with a rich, refreshing prize. Diane Arbus puts this feeling in words quite aptly -

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The man who captured the haunting eyes of ‘The Afghan Girl’ tells us what motivates him to do what he does. It’s good inspiration for all those who love being behind the lens, for only by expanding our search can we come across truly interesting subjects to place in front of our lenses.

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The era of Instagram and instant-everything has boosted learning opportunities like never before. At the click of a button, we can expose ourselves to the best and worst works of people in the field. And while glancing through the gallery of an accomplished photographers does help us jot down tips for our own photography, it can also leave one feeling quite unaccomplished and ungifted. But, Cartier-Bresson puts these rookie fears to rest by telling us this-

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Very often, we roam around looking for the perfect setting, or the perfect-looking subject. But, although both these are important, what’s more important is your camera settings, and your ability to manipulate these to bring out something special in your image. The man who gave us two important photographic techniques – The Zonal System and Visualization – tells us how to get the elusive perfect shot.

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If you see her celebrity photographs featured on the cover of Vanity Fair, the question you feel like asking her is “How?” How did you dream up that image? How did you think of dunking Whoopi Goldberg in a tub of milk, or asking Demi Moore to flaunt so boldly and beautifully, her baby bump? Here’s what the lady has to say-

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Well, we hope these words from some of the best in the business help you sharpen your snapping skills.