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The Digital Age and Signing Your Work Plus Other Things

August 21st, 2015

The Digital Age and Signing Your Work Plus Other Things

I should be packing because I am headed to Sag Harbor, Long Island, New York. However, since I am a procrastinator, I am here instead.
I studied at International Center for Photography and dipped my hands in way too many chemicals and loved its smell. Along came the digital age and I was going to have no part of it. Once I started doing it I was hooked. I met a well known teacher from school who I encouraged to try digital. He refused adamantly. He is now using his talents in this space. The learning bar for Adobe Photoshop was set too high for me,so I invented my own way of processing photos. Little by little, I started to understand how to use some of the tools. I fell in love with all the creative things I could do to process my photos and take them to places I never dreamed possible.

I started signing my photos digitally using the paintbrush in PS. I suggest that everyone do that and be recognized for their work. Also, I don't think you should sell your photos for less. It is my pet peeve if someone on Fine Art America sets their price low. Only do that if you believe your art is worth nothing and your resolution is poor. In fact, if that is the case you shouldn't be selling it at all.

I Love Fine Art America

August 20th, 2015

I Love Fine Art America

I know this must sound gratuitous, but I truly love this site. It is obvious that I love photography, but why do I love this site? I love this site because of all the wonderful photos and paintings I see here and the ability to communicate with the people that love doing what I do. There are other sites, but I gravitate to uploading here because it is simple to do without all the complicated stuff. I sell a lot here as well, which of course is another reason. However, it comes back to the very nice people I meet here and the high caliber of their work.

Creating A Good Photo

July 30th, 2015

Creating A Good Photo

In order to create a good photo, you need to find a subject matter that interests you and others. I think that is a given. Also, make sure the horizon is straight unless there is a reason for it to be crooked. I have made this mistake and when I catch it, I redo it. Important is to make sure there is a subject matter. I just saw a photo where a rowboat was partly seen. I could not discern a point of interest. It garnered a lot of likes and votes, but there was no subject matter and not even color to move the emotions. It was a lesson in not what to do in photography. I don't believe that it is important to adhere to the rule of thirds because that can hinder creativity. That said, it should have a good composition that is pleasing to the eye. The last thing to ask yourself would you buy it if it wasn't your photo.

Why own a photograph?

December 10th, 2014

Why own a photograph?

A photo adds warmth, color, personality and pizazz to any room. It is far more affordable than a painting. An excellent photograph is far better than owning a fair painting. Every photograph, even though a print, is equivalent to receiving an original because it is a print after all.

I have been taking photographs for over 30 years, and so enjoy the whole process. If I had more wallspace, I would have more photos hanging. I do have paintings, but they are a select few.

MadelineDesigns

February 4th, 2011

MadelineDesigns

Photography has been my passion since I was 12 years old when I received a Brownie camera. Since then I have studied at the International Center of Photography. I have had one woman and group shows in Manhattan. Every time I sell a photo, I become a part of their lives.