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Top 7 Websites To Learn Photography

 

 

 

 

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article by Marisa D. Aceves

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.

1. Photo Argus

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.

2. Popular Photography

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.

3. Digital Photography School

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.

4. Udemy

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.

5. Digital Camera World

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.

6. Photo.net

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.

7.  Fstoppers

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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Marisa D. Aceves. Mysterious Mexican Heather Hexagon. Digital Photography. 2020.

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One word of encouragement can be enough to spark someone’s motivation to continue with a difficult challenge.

Roy T. Bennett

The hope
Of Life
-Don't falter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Use these tips to make your creative life better every day!

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article by Marisa D. Aceves

Admit it.
Lately, you’ve struggled with the meaning of life.
It isn’t fair. If it were, everyone you know would be happy, confident, and successful. While you love reading about rags to riches phenomenons or perpetually positive people overcoming incredible odds, you can’t manage to picture yourself in their shoes.
How do they do it?
No matter what they do or where they go, everybody loves them.
They walk into a gallery, a theatre, a bookstore, etc., and steal the show.

Then you may ask yourself, like David Byrnes, is this my boring life, crappy job, or failed business venture?
When the answer is always a resounding yes, you should consider your thoughts.
What do you think of yourself?
All the challenges you face, the trials and tribulations are never as bad as your mind would like you to believe.
It’s not laziness or lack of ambition that gets in your way, it’s the endless worry about what could go wrong that keeps you from planning for the future and taking action.

But, how do you begin to change the negativity in your head so you can produce a more positive outcome?

You may not always feel like you can take control of your life or make better decisions. Yet, the power is in your hands. Don’t dwell in the past, dreading the future. You can choose to love the life you live right now, even if it doesn’t feel like a lovable life. Better planning and small imperfect steps toward your goals will help you to overcome your natural resistance to change.

 

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Decide To Be Happy

People always confuse happiness with feeling happy. They get lost in the mood of the moment, believing that life will never get better. To get out of this all-to-common trap, you must deliberately choose to be happy. What does this mean? Concentrate on what is positive about your experience.
Learning so that you can grow in understanding is more important than winning a prize or receiving an award. Meditate on the things that are working in your life. Maybe you have strong family support. Contentment comes from knowing that the present mood, happy or sad, will pass, but gratefulness and a positive attitude will help you to survive even the toughest challenges.

 

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Run From Perfection

The world sells perfection. Experience tells us this isn’t the case. To learn what not to do, you have to make mistakes. People forget the majority of successful people failed several times before they succeeded. Acceptance is crucial to moving forward despite discouragement and many failed beginnings.

 

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Stay In The Moment

There’s nothing as soul-sucking as choosing to approach the present as if you were living in your past. Many people find themselves revisiting old hurts and disagreements. Their refusal to trust others keeps them from making new, healthy connections. If you’re concentrating on the past, you miss out on the beauty of the present. Don’t let unfortunate events from the past steal your joy. The key to emotional freedom is learning to react appropriately to your surroundings.

 

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Give More Than You Get

Share your gifts and blessings with others in need. You could promote a local charity or spend time with people that have difficulty reaching out. The simple act of giving puts you in a different mindset. You’re active, not passive. Giving keeps you from being self-centered and lonely. Discovering the small impact your continued generosity has on peoples’ lives helps you to see your worth, and the worth of others.

 

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Value Yourself So You Can Value Others

When you value yourself, you avoid enabling people who are only in your life to get something from you. Spending time in an abusive, one-sided relationship makes you bitter. Being thoughtful and forgiving doesn’t mean you should settle for doormat status. If you seek out caring, well-adjusted people, they’re more likely to appreciate your contributions.

 

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Make a Plan

A careful, laid out plan to achieve your goals will help you to concentrate on the areas that will get you the results you want. You can spend countless hours multi-tasking, convincing yourself you’re making progress, but are you? The shot-gun approach to marketing, finding your targeting audience or networking only results in failure and frustration. By answering important questions about what you want to achieve and what it takes to get there, you can determine the best course of action. Plans change based on your needs. Make sure you’re flexible when challenges keep you from following your original plan. Perhaps there’s a newer, better way to reach your goal or goals.

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Applying these helpful tips takes practice. It’s never easy to break habits or routines that don’t benefit you, especially when it comes to the way you approach life. However, it’s possible. I believe in your tenacity and ability to make positive changes.

 

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Marisa D. Aceves. Ruby Prism Hibiscus Square. Digital Photography. 2019.

 

Your fractured petals

They burst with a new color-

My sad spring deferred

 

Our world has changed.

Will it ever be the same again?

Probably not.

The threat of the coronavirus looms large in our minds and hearts. We can try hard to escape it, retreating further into our virtual world of social media madness, or we can take some time to reflect. Whatever we choose to do in these uncertain times will reveal our core nature. What is it that we need as a culture, as a society? How can we learn to love our neighbor when the fear of loss steals our security by the minute. Where’s our spring? Can it live in our hearts even if our lives have been destroyed by fate? I’d like to think we can. We must challenge ourselves and others to maintain a positive attitude despite the chaos, defusing the hate instead of adding to it.

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Afraid To Write About Your Art? Use These Easy Tips.

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Marisa D. Aceves. Penscape 1. Digital Photography. 2016.

To view more of my work, please visit acevesart.com.

Article by Marisa D. Aceves

Every artist knows.
Creativity equals happiness.
When you get a new idea, you race to your studio with sparkling eyes and child-like enthusiasm.
Then, you read dozens of art marketing articles telling you to write an artist statement for your website.
People, galleries, and your art-loving aunt need to know why you do what you do.
There’s only one problem.
You’re not sure how to write about your art.
You start to begin, but the inevitable happens.
The joy fades.
Irritation begins.
Your story seems far away.
Why is writing about what you love to do so intimidating?
If the thought of captivating your future collectors makes you succumb to writers’ block and toss your laptop out the window in disgust, you’re not alone.
Let me share with you a simple truth that many artists and creative business owners fail to realize:
You don’t have to be Ernest Hemingway to write about your art.
Learning to craft a compelling story isn’t child’s play.
It takes practice, dedication, and a healthy dose of humility.
You could spend hours learning the long way.
Many people do.
You’re not many people.
That’s why you’re here.
Follow these simple tips, and you’re on your way to success.

Give A Little History

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Galleries, collectors, and the general public are anxious to know how, when, and why you became an artist.

Some artists take the traditional college/art school route, while others discover their love of art after many years of success in another occupation.
Include this information in the course of writing about your work. If you’re an artist who has a background in other fields of expertise, and you apply this experience to your art, explain how this adds to your unique approach and perspective.

 Write About Your Work Often

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Practice removes your fear of writing.

While this advice seems scary at first, if you’re still learning, you’re always new at something. Set aside time in the day or week to write down your thoughts and feelings about your work. Create a schedule that you know is easy to keep.

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Short writing bursts keep you on track.

Sitting yourself down to write for an hour or two can lead to procrastination as you wait there, tapping a pencil to paper, hoping the words will flow. If you know that you freeze when forced with a long, drawn-out job, you may want to spread it out and do other things in between writing. Taking frequent breaks or time alone to reflect eases your anxiety and helps you to collect your thoughts.

Learn From The Writing Of Others

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Research strong artist statements, essays, and grants that have intrigued galleries and collectors in the past.

The best way to learn how to write about your art is to familiarize yourself with the way fellow professional artists write about their work.

When you’re studying articles artists write about other artists, consider these questions:

a) Do they include background information about the artist before describing what they do?

b) Are they providing information about the artists’ level of education, awards, and experience?

c) Is there an attempt to describe what is unique about the artists’ work?

Once you understand how to extract small pieces of information from art articles, you’ll approach yours with less intimidation.

Here are some things to keep in mind when you examine other professionals’ artist statements:

a) What are the main themes or subjects of their work?

b) What is their particular medium?
(ex. Are they a painter, sculptor, photographer, …?)

c) Why do they create their work?

d) Who is their audience?
(ex. Is it for a rural community, animal lovers,…?)

As you read their statements, make sure to answer the questions mentioned above. When you finish, you’ll have a rough map of the information that you’ll need to include in your statement.

 

Edit Your Work

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Before you publish or submit your writing sample, make sure you correct errors in spelling, punctuation, and delivery. This is especially important when applying for grants and scholarships. You may not get a second chance. Have a writing editor proofread your work for any inconsistencies in style and delivery. Make sure to get additional advice from mentors and other professionals in the industry, so you know what they’re looking for.

 

You can learn to write about your art, or pass on the responsibility to others who may or may not truly understand your vision. Sure, it’s kind of scary at first, but as you face your fears around the art of communication, your steady progress will open up opportunities you could never have imagined.

Be pro-active.
Your art deserves it.

 

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Surprising Aerial Landscapes Created Using Shipping Supplies

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Marisa D. Aceves. Industrial Gum Canal. digital photography. 2017.

To view more of my work, please visit acevesart.com .

One summer afternoon, we decided to put unwanted items in storage. We took a trip to Lowes Hardware Store, picked up some heavy duty moving boxes and headed for our local Target for packing supplies. When we got home, we started to assign a number of books, clothes etc. to their designated stations. As we sealed each box with tape, I noticed the elongated bubbles that formed beige rivers on the surface. Imagining this was an aerial view of a mysterious landscape, I carefully composed my shot. Initially, I had two different versions of this photograph. However, I was more pleased with the strength of the lines and texture of the back and white one.

What does this object remind you of?

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Vivid, Minimalist Abstract Art Created Using Roller Stamps

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Marisa D. Aceves. “Roller Wordy: Turn Of The Square”. Digital photography. 2019.

 

Hope you’re having a wonderfully creative week!

I’ve just added NEW additions to my “Roller Wordy” series!

They’re everything you love about bold minimalist artwork with a stunning splash of vibrant, Pop Art color!

View this playful series in both black and white and color  here .

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Mind-bending, Kaleidoscopic Op Art Created Using Tropical Flowers

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Marisa D. Aceves. “The Power Of Flowers: Rotating Diamond Yellow Celosiascape ”. Digital Photography. 2019.

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Earlier this month, I posted the first addition to my latest collection, “The Power Of Flowers”, “Radiating Asiatic Lilyscape”.

You can read all about my inspiration for this colorful design based series here .

For the creation of this piece, I shot the tips of fiery Celosia plants. Their tropical, exotic beauty turns heads and warms the hearts of many an enthusiastic gardener.

Enjoy the inspirational view and the rest of your summer!

Have a great weekend!