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My 1st Digital Camera

Everyone has a beginning camera that they used and abused.  While I am old enough to say that I did own a 35mm film camera, those days were so long ago that I couldn’t tell you the name or maker of it.  The knowledge has been lost.

However, I do remember the 1st digital camera I owned.  It was a Sony Macvia and it rocked.  It had a 2.5 hour rechargeable battery.  Rechargeable!  The genius of not carrying 4 packs of AA batteries everywhere I went was inspiring to say the least.  The best part? Why, you could take your pictures directly to a standard 1.44 floppy disk.  Every computer had one of those! Also, Win 95 could read and display the .jpg without other software.  Brilliant!

 

by Bobolink CC
by Bobolink CC

On the surface, this is an illusion of being a good idea.  I mean, as long as I had a 3.5 floppy with me I could conceivably never run out of “film”.  Of course, lugging around 100 pk of floppy disks were a pain.

But that was nothing to the one serious drawback I discovered.  In the heat of taking a lot of pictures, you would fill up a disk , take it out and replace it, and put the used floppy with all the other disks that looked identical to it.  You soon ran into the issue of trying to figure out which disk was full and which was empty.

I discovered quickly that you had to buy a container for the empty and a container for the used disks. Every trip was a an adventure to see how long before I’d forget which box to use, or the boxes get dumped out into the sack I was carrying and get mixed up.   Traveling “light” really was not an option.  Of course, I could have just written on the disk in sharpie. Nah, who has time for that?  I’m taking pictures without film!

I did love this camera though.  It took great pictures, and I was fortunate to have it.  Eventually, I bought a more advanced camera with a flash memory.  Just in time too, it was becoming difficult to find floppy disks because of that new fancy technology called CD.  I toyed with the idea of buying a camera that wrote to mini-cd’s but flash memory was coming of age so it never happened.   What was your 1st camera memories.

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Our New Artist- Barbara Stevko

 

Are You a Mouse?
Are You a Mouse?

Our newest artist is Barbara Stevko.  Barbara has lived in Texas for over 30 years  and has retired from a successful career as a social worker/ Mom in the North Texas area.  Barbara possesses the ability to travel in the United States and abroad to Europe while  visiting with relatives and her grandchildren.

A fine art photograph of a Low Tide by Barbara Stevko.
Low Tide

As an artist, she uses her knowledge of the world to capture the essence and beauty of the moment.  Her intention is to use the camera to share forms of nature and the things that intrigue her. She prefers to take pictures of a non-linear fashion, letting nature create it’s own lines and space while enhancing the action or story of the photograph.  When she does include manufactured  shapes such as pipes or bridges it is in always contrast to the natural lines of the animal or landscape that is the subject in the picture.

The 1st Element of Art. What’s the Point?

cc by zigazou76
CC by zigazou76

 

I find it amusing that while I learned about points in 6th grade art class it never had an impact on what I was doing until I started teaching computer skills to 5-8th graders.

When my students would create a project in the computer lab they would always try to copy the images from Google and paste them into their PowerPoint or Word documents. This would usually end up in a blurry mess when the student printed. If you attempt to print an image on a computer at a larger resolution or DPI, dots per inch, than the image physically is, you will have a picture that will become pixilated. The image will fail to show or reproduce correctly because there are not enough “points” in the picture at that size for the computer to make it correctly.  The effect is usually a blurry mess that the students would end up with.

I’d tell the students that we go to art and math to find the answer to the problem.

When I create a picture of a vase, I am taking a 3 dimensional object, the vase, and representing it on a 2 dimensional media, the picture.  This concept is true whether you are using a camera, paint, pencil, or even a crayon.

The brush, pen, pencil, or camera is nothing more than a tool that creates the basic element of the visual art. The basic element consists of a mark, point, spot, dot, grain, or pixel.  Each term represents the most fundamental part of any picture or painting.  If you put enough dots together in the correct pattern, shape and color you get the entire image.   In digital photography, a dot is a pixel because of the computer technology used to put the picture together.  In film photography, the word used is grain because a chemical reaction creates the image and not an electronic one.

Either way, you get the most basic beginnings of image creation. When you are discussing images in digital photography the term of resolution becomes part of the discussion.  Resolution is the total count of the number of pixels in an image.  So a picture could be 800X640 or 1064X768 or even 1920X1080.  I find it interesting that the subject of art, photography, math and computer science all combine to give us the tiniest of detail.  After all, that’s the point.

The Devil’s Rule of Thirds

The Devil was walking the streets of a large city with several of his demons.  He soon found a photographer busily engaged in taking a picture of a chess set in a local park.  The man was fumbling with a self-made see-thru plastic screen with a look of proud satisfaction on his face.  Drawn on the screen in black marker was a simple looking series of lines showing the image divided into thirds.

One of the demons quietly asked, “Master, what has this man done?”  The Devil, feeling generous, said,  “He has discovered a truth of his art.”  The demon snarled in fear, yelping, “Oh master, does man discovering truth not make you angry? Why not smite him!”  The Devil smiled and calmly replied,  “Because, it is just about now when they usually make a rule out of it.”

 

– A modern retelling of an ancient story.

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3 Types of Pessimistic Photographers

The pessimist photographer is the artist who has no fun.   This person looks at the rest of the art world and says, “Photography was fun.  What happened?  When did it go wrong?”  Not being able to answer his own questions he starts to transfer his disappointment and becomes one of these characters.

 

1.  The Blamer-   This pessimist blames others.  This character believes it’s not his fault he took 6 wonderful pictures and the client doesn’t like any of them.  He will claim that it is obvious the client just doesn’t understand good photography. This person also feels that all the “fresh blood” photographers out there taking up his “space” and stealing his “good” clients.

 

2.  The Tech Hater-   These pessimists are easy to spot.  This artist says he can’t take good pictures because his equipment doesn’t work right.   He will argue that if he only with a certain lens by a certain manufacture can a perfect shot be taken.  This character insists that if he doesn’t have the proper equipment then there is no way he is successful. Once this type of pessimist is failing they may turn on technology and claim they can’t sell their photos or are losing clients who use new equipment.  The Tech Hater is heard berating other photographers because they aren’t using photographic plates in the darkroom like in the good old days.  Computers? Post-production software?   Humbug!  Who needs them?

 

3.  The Conditionalist-    This type of pessimist explains his or her failures with “Well, just look what I had to deal with!”  They will insist that if the conditions had been better than they would have naturally been able to produce better shots.    To this type of pessimist the weather is always too hot, too cold, too bright or too dark to take pictures.  They will claim the lighting in the church was off.  The bride’s maid dress was too dark, that the client was being unrealistic or the subject just wasn’t photogenic.

 

Anybody can become a pessimist.  It only takes one bad day with an upset client, broken equipment, or a rainy cold winter day and a new pessimist will emerge.  The question is will you stay a pessimist or move on too another level of thinking.  Try something new.  Try to photograph a subject a different way than you have before.  Take a moment and remember why you are an artist.  Go out and recapture that moment!  Most of all have fun.

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