Tangents and Digressions

random blather, shutterbug

a black & white experiment

Remember way back when, when we were all still learning to use Photoshop and similar software, and LJ icons with creepily oversmoothed skin, oversharpened eyes and mouths, and eleventy textures and effects all layered on top were like, the height of artistry? Back then, there were A LOT of tutorials out there, teaching you how to do all sorts of stuff. I still have a lot of them bookmarked (and I have no idea how many of them are still valid links), and I know I learned a lot from them. (Of  ...

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freelancing, thinky thoughts

thinky thoughts: turning a hobby into a career

Photo by Bryan Minear on Unsplash   I used to love to write stories. I could spend hours plotting them out, talking about them with people, giggling over details, and then putting the actual words down on paper. I would write no matter what – when I worked night shift at a hotel, where I had long stretches of nothing but sitting at the front desk, I wrote. When I worked in a coffee shop, I’d scribble things down on receipts and scraps of paper during breaks. When I worked as a  ...

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photo redux, shutterbug

photo redux #001 – color balance, limitations of JPG

So back in 2012, my mom and I went to Karpacz in the Karkonosze Mountains and took a stroll up the Śnieżka. It wasn’t the best day for a mountain hike, because it was cold and wet, and we weren’t really dressed for the occasion, but we still had a really good time. It was super foggy pretty much the whole time, and I took a whole bunch of pictures that turned out really off, because the camera I had (a FujiFilm HS20 EXR) was brand new and I had no idea that you had to set the  ...

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photo redux: a look back at some old photos

One of the things I’ve been doing lately is watching a lot of photography-related blogs – I think I started with Peter McKinnon (and his infamous “8 Camera HACKS in 90 SECONDS!” video that was everywhere shortly after he posted it). Among those I watch regularly are Sean Tucker (who makes wonderful videos about the philosophy of photography, along with being an excellent photographer himself), Thomas Heaton (mainly landscape photography, which isn’t something  ...

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