New Class: Photo Design

Hey Light Scribers,

Sorry for the lack of posts lately; family matters and being under the weather have kept my digital pen at bay. In any case, I wanted to fill you in on a new class I started at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Photographic Design! I’ll be further developing my compositional skills while also working on other elements of visual artistry such as design principles (color, form, line) as well as color theory. Below is an image I used as part of my submission for an assignment. We were to focus on the basics of composition and design.

Project 7 Gum_Web

This is an image of the inside of a Project 7 Save the Earth  gum container (Which just so happens to plant one fruit tree for every container of gum sold!) … Sorry, I’ve chewed most of  it already. 🙂 For me, this image showcases proper use of the rule of thirds, motion, implied line and form. I’d be delighted to know what you think of the image; please feel free to chime in by commenting below.

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First Photos: Canon 40D

So I took Dee out for a test spin today – for an assignment for my class at AIPOD actually – and man does she have it going on! Love the improved tonal range over the XTi as well as the ease with which I can access/change settings. It’s night and day between these two cameras. Anywho… Here are a few of the shots I did for class; if you enjoy them please share by using any of the sharing options and feel free to chime in if you’re a 40D user.

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My Journey with Photography

Polaroid One Step Camera

My 1st Camera: A Polaroid One Step

Every journey begins somewhere and this one began back in the late 1970s. It was Christmas time and I recall wanting only two things: my own 8 track player (Yes! An 8 track!) and a Polaroid camera. Well, I was a lucky boy that Christmas because I got both and while I enjoyed the 8 track player – and The Whiz 8 track cassette that came with it what I found myself playing with most was that camera.

I became the official family photographer for a while. Every chance I could I was taking a photo of something: my shoes, a favorite toy, my Uncle Joe kissing his wife … you get the point. There’s something magical about being able to freeze time and share it with the world. I couldn’t get enough of shooting! Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to continue my journey for long as I dropped my camera out the back of a pickup truck and it was obliterated by both the dirt road we traveled on and a car that was following behind us.

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My 1st "Real" Digital Camera: Kodak C190

I didn’t seriously get back in touch with photography until just recently; again, it was during Christmas. My daughters, tired of hearing me go on and on about how I would like to get back into photography, bought me a small digital compact camera. I was instantly thrust back into that old familiar feeling of awe and excitement and quickly  went about the house photographing any and everything I could (to my daughters’ dislike).

This time around I went on a search to learn everything I could about photography and how to tell a story with images. I joined forums, subscribed to blogs and RSS feeds, read books and eventually enrolled at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh where I am now officially working on a degree in photography.

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Canon XTi With Battery Grip

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Canon G12

I’m shooting with both a DSLR, a Canon XTi, and an advanced compact camera, the Canon G12, and I love it! I don’t know where this journey will lead me. I’m certainly enjoying the ride. Winking smile

Photographically Yours,

Michael