It’s always a challenge hunting for new and exciting surfaces to photograph. You can’t take every surface home to properly light it. Sometimes it’s in front of you for only a brief moment before it disappears from view. If you hesitate, you lose the shot. If you don’t snap up an item on sale, someone else will buy it. Then you might never get the chance to bring it into your studio or workspace. In life as in art, timing is often a large part of success. When I spotted this item at one of our local stores, I had only a few minutes to take the picture before employees and customers started to wonder what the heck I was doing. I also had to contend with the stores harsh lighting which briefly stole my confidence before I summed up the courage to shoot despite the obstacles.
This photograph is a sample from my New Spring Cleaning Series that deals with removing from our lives harmful thoughts, habits or individuals that are detrimental to our emotional, psychological and spiritual health. The repetitive rhythms and colors are meant to generate a sense of calm and awareness. I used cleaning supplies to create the first part of this series which provides a pun on it’s title.
A virulent muse spreads her flesh and desire throughout the factory. As the room spins, steam bubbles, burdened by the summer heat, hitch a ride on the backs of their spiritless, affluent neighbors. Sealed neatly inside this commercial package, society groans while the youth quake.
In this new series, Kitchen Transmissions, I decided to use objects you might find in your kitchen to create work that is a bright, bold play on light and movement. When I was a child, my autism made a trip to the mall or even to a neighbors house intolerable. Loud sounds, colors, and rapid movement in different areas of our home would make me panic. I would run to find a ‘safe spot’ to hide and destress. It wasn’t until I entered my college years that I finally made an attempt to dampen my senses and lessen my anxiety with earplugs or shades. While past experiences with sensory overstimulation caused me considerable grief, I wanted to get rid of the negative connotation commonly associated with these unpleasant experiences. In response to this, I created this body of work that simulates the rapid movement coupled with the bright, rich colors I experienced during these episodes. Instead of the fear and confusion that I felt, I wanted the viewer to experience energy, and a sense of renewal. Even the worst experiences can be used to positively to help others heal and grow in their creative journey.
This coming week, I encourage you to take your challenges and turn them into strengths.
The object used to create this photograph was easy enough to find. All it took was a quick trip to the dollar general. If you can guess what this object is, you will discover the significance of the poem above.
Marisa D. Aceves. Cosmic Rocket Ride Landing. Digital art painting/photo manipulation. 2016
To view and or purchase works from this series, please visit the Digital Art gallery on acevesart.com
Bursting through hued planes of existence
Time encapsulates our anticipated arrival
We always knew we belonged to this place
Our minds wondered there
Filling generous pockets with dreams
A welcome haze
Entering the atmosphere
Tied to the blaze
by Marisa D. Aceves
My new colorful, vivid geometric digital art series that celebrates places and events that hold a special place in our hearts and minds is now available on my website. Just click the blue acevesart.com link above to explore a sampling of the work. As the weeks go by, I will be adding more to “Life Quilts” so STAY TUNED. These pieces were also inspired by beautiful textiles and quilt design. You will also notice that the delicate layering of transparent photography texture and digital graphics give each piece a multidimensional feel.
Marisa D. Aceves. Improvisational Electric Sunset in Blue. Digital Painting. 2016
To view more of this series and the rest of my work, please visit acevesart.com.
Evenings quiet, ultramarine blue bathes the mountain tops in the blanket of fading memory
The world is a dangerous place for small men
Anxiously hiding beneath the coat tails of their superiors
They wait for a light shower of rain that never comes
Except in twilight dreams
Where gold crusted streets lick their heels
Each city light meets their pallid faces
With a mothers welcome warmth
Lingering there in subtle admiration
Before the weight of their hearts pulls the wealth of existence to them
by Marisa D. Aceves
This series was created in the midst of technical difficulty and software incompatibility. I subtlety layered photography, graphics and color fields to create its liquid, quilt-like appearance. I felt that though certain parts of the piece were celebratory, they like the poem above, hint at better, more affluent times that are sadly not as accessible as they used to be. While we still see parts of our world as beautiful and worthy of preservation, we find ourselves surrounded by a sci-fi utopian horror of a society that if it continues the way it is going, will unapologetically eat its youth, growth and innovation. However, this piece like the others in this series are dedicated to the hope that we can one day come together in our humanity, lovingly respect each others differences, and take back the world that once was ours to celebrate.
Marisa D. Aceves. Grateful Heart: Twinkling Heart Stars. digital photography. 2016.
To view more of my work, please visit acevesart.com .
Love waits patiently….
Closer than wondering minds can percieve
Nearer still, if you dare to believe
I feel that I must share this series at a time when many would question whether there was any good in this world. The frequency with which we view violence and hate in our everyday lives would lead us to believe that love is a myth, an outdated set of rules our grandparents were forced to adhere to. However, there are people out there that do know what love is all about. Perhaps you have met some along the way. They accept you for who you are, support you during difficult times and are encouraged by your success. I kindly ask that this weekend, or sometime this coming week, you let the special, loving people in your life know just how much you appreciate their presence and contribution to your life.
Counting minutes with tiny feet; building cells for future cogs
Days of diligence end in sweetness
A quiet meditation of the soul
Strong mother’s rule wisely
In a hidden kingdom down the block
What does this object remind you of?
When I photographed this object and put it through a filter, it reminded me of honey on a honey wand. It’s translucency and the angle in which it was shot helped to further create the illusion of this popular condiment.
Want to be a photographer?
Do you dream about having a solo show of your award-winning artwork?
Hearing about the results you can get from the latest two-thousand dollar DSLR can make you sigh in agitation and hopelessness.
You know you don’t have that kind of money.
But, giving in to despair is futile.
Here’s one thing that can give you hope.
You’ve got a powerful photography tool in your pocket, your smartphone!
What is smartphone photography; why is it so popular?
Smartphone photography is simply photography taken with your smart(mobile) phone. Its’ popularity is no mystery.
The easy accessibility and lower cost of smartphones help them surpass DSLRs in sales. With today’s smartphone camera technology, you can achieve stunning results with a high-quality, decent range of print sizes. Social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter have also increased the use of cell phone cameras. Uploading and sharing pictures has never been easier!
If you love photography, the best time to start is NOW!
Take advantage of these useful tips and resources to make the most of your smartphone accessories.
1. Know The Features And Limitations Of Your Brand And Model Of Smartphone
Not all smartphones are created equal.
The features on your friends’ Android may be different than those on your iPhone. Even within the same brand, camera features vary.
For example, according to iMore, a popular iPhone photography website, Apples’ iPhone 11 has a dual-lens rear camera system with ultra-wide cameras perfect for shooting amazing landscapes and street scenes. Only the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max Models carry a telephoto lens. It’s important to know when to make adjustments.
Here are some videos and articles comparing Apple and Android models to help you make the best decision for your individual needs:
You take your smartphone everywhere.
Eventually, the camera lens is going to get dirty.
To prevent unsightly smudges, marks, and specks of dirt from diminishing the quality of your photographs, keep your lens or lenses clean.
Magic Fiber, sells an affordable and easy to use microfiber cloth you can purchase here:
Except for macro shots, avoid digital zoom on your camera.
Using the digital zoom tool can produce grainy, low-quality photographs. Instead of using the zoom, get closer to your subject.
4. Understand Light, Exposure and Perspective
Learn how light affects your subject.
Using a broader light source creates a softer lighting effect.
It reduces contrast, minimizes texture, and softens shadows.
Light will change its’ appearance depending on whether the light source is closer or farther away from the subject.
Popular Photography’s tutorial will show you how to use light to your advantage:
Studying perspective allows you to see both the objects or subjects in a picture plane from different vantage points and their relationships to one another. It improves the composition of your photographs.
For example, if you shoot an object or subject from above (aka. shooting downwards), you are looking down at it. The compositions that result from using this technique help your viewers to better connect with your subject. It’s especially useful for shooting food photography or portraits.
Shooting from an extreme side angle achieves the illusion of uneasiness and greater depth.
Read Photography Pro’s article for the latest tips and tricks to improve perspective in your photography:
Increase what your cellphone camera can do.
Invest in some must-have smartphone accessories.
Tripods, lighting kits, and lens attachments make it possible for you to shoot pictures you’d take with your DSLR.
Check out Expert Photography’s iPhone equipment list to help you find what you’re looking for:
Experiment with the camera modes on your smartphone.
Night Mode will help you shoot striking dark scenes.
Portrait Mode allows you to capture engaging portraits.
HDR Mode enhances details in the dark and light areas in your photographs.
To create unforgettable pictures with the modes on your camera, read Iceland Photo Tours’ excellent article:
If you prefer sharp pictures, avoid blur.
To solve this problem, use both hands to hold your phone, keeping your elbows to your sides. Rest your phone on a sturdy object or use the burst function to prevent shake.
Lens filters allow you to shoot incredible photos while avoiding a large amount of editing. Haze lens filters reduce UV light making images warmer. They prevent them from appearing washed out. Polarizing lens filters eliminate glares and reflections, which makes them perfect for nature scenes and landscape photos.
If you plan on using filters, familiarize yourself with Photos With Phones valuable guide:
Shooting in black and white gives your photos a film noir edge.
Compositions that focus on light, shape, form, and leading lines greatly benefit from a monochromatic treatment. Rich shadows come to life; textures hold mystery; nature becomes poetic.
Learn more about black and white photography, read Eric Kims’ how-to article:
Finally, never shy away from discovering engaging subjects to photograph!
Try creating a street photography series from a different perspective! Produce a photo essay providing winning insight into the lives of people connected to an underground community! Record your immediate family history as you live it!
The best photos come from a healthy combination of skill and creativity!
You might be surprised at the results you can achieve. For more information about how to expand your photography knowledge, check out my recent article on the top seven websites to learn photography.
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Experienced photographers agree.
No one can take away the excitement of buying your first camera. There’s nothing like discovering the wonderful world of photography. Sure, there are painful growth spurts, lighting, and exposure lessons that frustrate a beginner, but in the end, the reward of being able to share your unique story is worth the rocky journey.
Here are five comprehensive photography websites to help you create something amazing.
Chock full of helpful information, creative ideas, and plenty of inspiring examples from learned photographers, The Photo Argus is a valuable tool for the beginner, intermediate, and advanced photographer. It also has a helpful community where photographers can learn from each other. You can sign up for their weekly newsletter, visit the archives, and follow them on Instagram.
While the magazine, created by the Bonnier Corporation in 1937, released its’ last printed issue in April/May 2017, it still exists as a valuable online photography aid. It has helpful how-to articles, a complete buying guide, up-to-the-minute photography news, YouTube tutorials, contests, and photo-of-the-day motivation. Join Popular Photography on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.
If you’re excited about photography, Digital Photography School will help you reach your goals. With daily tips, tutorials, ebooks, courses, and more, this handy website should be added to your arsenal. Enjoy increasing your knowledge as you follow them on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.
The official site and leading marketplace for trending courses, Udemy has a mountain of information to offer. Anyone can acquire the skills to take their photography from novice to pro. You can choose from a wide variety of instructors from around the globe, ready to help you reach the top of your niche.
It bills itself as the home of digital photography. With helpful tutorials, easy buying guides, news, and reviews, this site will have you craftily creating innovative, eye-catching shots in a matter of weeks. Digital Camera World even has a section for drone photography. Their friendly forum is sure to answer any questions you might have about the latest gear and specific photography techniques.
This site is perfect for the niche-oriented photographer.
Learn how to shoot wedding photography, documentary photography, and portrait photography from professional photographers. Besides a variety of instructional articles, Photo.net covers the business side of the art form.
FS covers difficult issues photographers often face as they try to maintain the motivation to keep improving. In addition to popular tutorials, and plenty of beautiful photos to move you, they offer themed contests to increase your exposure. You can also join the discussion with their Groups’ feature. Select a group and receive informative feedback on your progress.
Learning photography is an ongoing process. It’s good to know there are several online outlets where you can gain the knowledge you need to reach success. Whether you’re experienced or just discovering the photographic arts, always practice patience and a healthy amount of compassion.
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