Photography For Beginners Tip & Tricks

Capturing a beautiful picture through a camera lens is perhaps one of life’s greatest things.  You are able to capture the beauty of the object or moment to keep forever.  If you know a few basics about such things as lighting and aperture it can help you capture an even more incredible image!  Check out this short video on a few camera and picture taking basics.  It may make all the difference!


Graffiti As An Art Form

Graffiti is considered by many as unnecessary vandalism by unruly teens or gangs, grafitti-artand while that is apart of graffitis history, graffiti has evolved to where it should at least be respected as a new art form that has been able to give some color and pop to the dull concrete city walls. Modern graffiti with spray paint arose in the inner city in the 1960s and 1970s with people just stylishly writing their names either to get recognition, make a political or social message, or to mark their gang territory. One of the first popular taggers went under the tag of TAKI 183 in New York. Due to graffiti’s largely being tagged on others property a war on graffiti was started and by the 1980s graffiti became less common. However, that just forced graffiti to adapt and overcome from simple tagging to a true art form that can be admired like the works of DaVinci and Picasso. From their graffiti gained more and more acceptance with the help of hip hop culture and the rise in popularity of artists such as Run DMC, Fab 5 Freddy, and LL Cool J. These two rising forms of art combined their strength to become an unstoppable force that made its way into mainstream popular culture that is still having its presence felt in 2018.

Popular Graffiti Artists


Graffiti is so different from other forms of art due to its unusual roots explained above, but also because canvases and their methods of painting are different. As no one before has seen spray paint as a way to actually create art due to its lack of control of line thickness and detail compared to traditional paint and brushes. Also while artists previously painted on paper, graffiti focuses on purposely being on city walls or buildings or other public property. This forced artist to go out of the comfort art-graffiti-beautyzone of contemporary art to develop a new style on its own. I must admit when I see some graffiti my first question is, “How were they able to do all of that with some cans of spray paint?” Some of the works these artists are able to do surprise me with their sheer detail, colors, and size. Sometimes covering Walmart sized walls edge to edge with bold saturated colors, sharp contrasts, and shocking detail with an aerosol can that is still considered inferior compared to traditional paint and brushes.

While graffiti got off to a “shaky” start with its association with gangs and unwanted vandalism of public property, it’s at least respected as a form of art that deserves its place in cities transforming the dull gray buildings of industrialization into lively vibrant works of art that can demonstrate the culture of the city in a creative and different way never thought of before.

There Is Art To Be Found In Every Profession!

landscape-artAs we have discussed art can be found in practically any form and is all around us.  Whether you see the beauty of a volanic eruption or the under water marine life with all of it’s vibrant colors and different types of fish, to even 3D side walk chalk art, art comes in many forms and is often a skill that many utilize in their professions.  Graphic designers obviously must understand graphics and manipulating computer software to create their visual art. Architects showcase their art through the designs of their building, concrete contractors showcase theirs through the beautiful lay out of their concrete, even the company doing pool decks and concrete coatings have a type of art form.  Perhaps that is one of the things about art that captures me the most. You can look at something and find the art and beauty in it and it never gets old. There are so many different types of art surrounding us at all times!

A friend of mine owns a pool deck & concrete staining/coating company by the name of New Look Kool Deck & More.  One day as I was looking over his plans for a client I asked him to see some before pictures to get a better idea of his transformation concrete-flagstone-coating-phoenixprocess.  Boy, was I blown away! He showed me a few before and after photos of different jobs he has done and I immediatly saw the beauty of his type of art transform before my very eyes! The pool decks he had done were absolutely beautiful and added so much more curb appeal to the homes.  I asked him if he realized the art that he was capable of and he simply said, I take the ordinary and try to create the vision and beauty that my clients see! This interested me and definitely peaked my curiosity in just what other types of art I may be missing out there. So I decided to conduct a little project of all of the various jobs I could find art in and here is some of what I found!

Different Art Forms All Around Us

  • Concrete Art
  • Landscape Design
  • Interior Decorating
  • Vehicle Vinyl Wraps
  • Architecture
  • Home Windows

These may seem like different random things, however if you stop and think about each one you will find that it is a form of art. For example, landscape design is done by arranging flowers, plants, waterfalls into a picture for the eye to see.  Art is all around us and if we take a second to “stop and smell the roses” we may just see some very beautiful things! I encourage you all to find the art in your skill and your job! Cheers to a world full of art!

Julian Beever, The Incredible Sidewalk Chalk Artist

Julian-Beever-Chalk-ArtA phenomenon that has been around for quite some time but probably doesn’t get the exposure it deserves in 3D chalk art.  We have discussed many forms of art and the beauty you can find in different types of pictures, photography, painting etc.  We have talked about Charles Banksy and his unique take on art and the popularity and praise it receives from those throughout the world.  Afterall, he is a great artist with incredible paintings! In light of ALL the different types of beauty you can find in pictures, I would like to share with you an artist whose work I not only find amazing, but who displays such a talent he deserves the recognition, Julian Beever.  Julian Beever is a renowned British sidewalk 3D chalk artist who has been showcasing his drawings on the pavement since the 1990’s. You may be thinking, and I’m only hearing about him now! Trust us, after checking out some of his work you won’t be disappointed.

Julian Beever, The Great 3D Sidewalk Chalk Artist

  • Julian grew up in the small town of Melton Mowbray, England
  • He use a technique for his art called anamorphosis
  • Anamorphosis-distorted projection or perspective that requires the viewer to look from a particular vantage point
  • At the young age of 16 he decided to pursue studies in art, psychologypavement-chalk-art and design
  • He was a born natural when it came to at and started to realize both depth and visual perception
  • He works internationally but most of his works can be found in Europe
  • He does freelance art & commissioned murals for large and small companies
  • In 2010 he released his first book titled Pavement Chalk Artist, which showcases his many sidewalk murals done around the world
  • He often takes pictures of his finished work with himself in them as a prop to the art

Julian-BeeverAll in all Julian beever is a pretty interesting guy with a lot of talent to share with the world.  His unique take on art and his fantastic creations shed a whole new beauty on art and hat can be done with a little skill and the imagination. Another thing that is fantastic about Julian’s chalk drawings is that he can relate things such as the Mona Lisa, The royal family, or draw free hand and come up with something entirely new.  Should you ever get a chance to see one of Julians painting in person you will be more mesmerized than just seeing pictures of his work alone. This goes to show that beauty can be found in all types of pictures both near and far!


The Beauty Of Nature Through Pictures

We have written a lot about the beauty that you can find in pictures in so many different aspects of life.  From erupting volcanoes to underwater scenery, beauty can be found everywhere and capturing it through photos is the icing on the cake! Check out this video of the beauty of nature captured through photos.  It’s almost as if you feel like you are in the picture, with all of the clarity and essence captured in each.


The Beauty Of Underwater Photography

underwater-photographyHave you ever seen an underwater photograph, depicting the coral reef maybe, or a school of vibrant fish swimming?  Or perhaps, you have had the chance to snorkel or go scuba diving and been introduced to the beautiful underwater world of marine life. What many of us overlook as a form of art and fine art at that is underwater photography.  We are aware that photography is art and that taking pictures of beautiful landscapes captures people and often sell for hefty price tags. But what about the beautiful landscape that can be found under the sea?

Underwater photography is indeed categorized as an art form and photos often show the beauty of shipwrecks, coral reefs, different marine life and cave systems to name a few. What many of us may not realize is that being a underwater photographer and a fairly good one at that, is a lot harder than we may think.  Akima, an underwater snorkeling-photography-tourphotographer and friend of mine shared that the biggest hurdle is the lighting? Why? The waves of sunlight that stream down onto the surface of the water are absorbed so everything appears blue and green. Akima, who offers photography and snorkeling tours on the island of Oahu, explained that many times travelers enjoying one of her snorkeling tours will be mesmerized by the beauty that can be found underneath the surface of the water.  They aim their underwater cameras thinking they can capture the exact image and often find that the picture just doesn’t do the view as much justice as it deserves. She explains the way the sun’s rays are affected by the water and provides these tips:

Tips To Capture Beautiful Underwater Pictures

  • Get as close to the subject of your photo as possible
  • Use a flash so that you can help to restore some of the color that was lost when the sunlight was absorbed by the water.
  • Use flash in “forced flash” mode
  • For best composition- shoot at an upward angle never downward
  • Get comfortable with diving/snorkeling and fine tune your skills before setting out to photograph
  • Try setting your camera at the highest resolution and the lowest ISO when starting out
  • To use natural light only shoot in 20ft of water or less
  • If your photos didn’t come out as sharp as you would like, try checking your shutter speed
  • You can either purchase an underwater digital camera or a special case that can go around your regular camera to make it waterproof

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The Rorschach Test-Inkblots & The Human Mind

The-Rorschach-TestIntroducing the ink blot, another form of art that is interpreted by the viewer viewing it.  For example I may see a picture in an ink blot I’m shown while another person may see a completely different picture! That again is the beauty of art and perspective. However, what if we told you that not only are people’s perspectives different but what they see in that blot of ink often gives insight into their personality and the functionality of their mind?  I’m sure many if not all of you readers have heard of the inkblot test often given to psychiatric patients and those with mental disorders. The test by way of proper name is referred to as The Rorschach Test. Many of you may have heard of it and know some details, but I’m sure a lot of you, like my self aren’t completely familiar with exactly where this test came from and how it exactly measures mental stability!  We compiled some interesting facts and information about The Rorschach Test and it’s perspective into the minds of others.

Inkblots & Rorschach Testing

  • The test is done by analyzing a subjects perception of the inkblots shown by using a scale of psychological evaluation
  • The test consists of 10 inkblots-5 in black & 5 in color
  • The test was widely used in the 1940’s & 1950’sink-blot-art
  • The test is believed to be derived from the game Blotto, a popular came that consisted of making up poems or playing charades based on the inkblot picture you chose
  • In 1911 the term Schizophrenia was founded making way for Hermann Rorschach introduction of the inkblot test
  • Hermann realized that patients with schizophrenia responded differently to the Blotto came, thus helping him come up with The Rorschach Test
  • The test is not as commonly used in this day and age, however it has adapted to also measure personality traits
  • The test was not invented to measure personality & thus there is much controversy over if the test really gives accurate results for both mental disorders and personality

Hermann-RorschachThe Rorschach Test has become more and more controversial over the years because of the different scale systems that the testing measurements are based on.  There are at least 5 different measurement scales that can be used to read the inkblot test and many argue that that wide range of measurement can not be completely accurate. We have found that art and pictures are often interpreted differently by each individual person and that the individual mindset and personality of each person influences what they invision.  Although The Rorschach Test may have some discrepancies we believe that those people with different mental conditions or schizophrenia often do interpret art differently. Why? Because their brains are wired differently and they function on a different level. Although the test may not be as accurate as we had hoped or believed in the 40’s and 50’s I think it is pretty safe to say that often the perspective of people does help describe who they are and what some of their personality traits may be.  Art is a world without boundaries and is to be deciphered by those seeing it. Isn’t that after all some of what makes art so beautiful? It allows you to take a deeper look inside yourself and explore your imagination and creativity.

Dr. Seuss ~ A Legend Was Born

Dr-Seuss-Child-authorDr. Seuss is a well known children’s author and illustrator that is loved by many.  In fact most of us probably grew up listening to his books being read to us as bedtime stories or reading and exploring the pages of his illustrations ourselves. Dr. Seuss, born Ted Seuss Geisel, had a knack for painting & drawing pictures that not only had bright colors and creative looking creatures, but also the ability to stand out in people’s minds. Readers not only coveted his uniquely told stories but also the artwork that went with them!  Why? Because his art was something out of the norm and really got your imagination flowing. This is exactly why we have chosen to feature the great Dr. Seuss in this article! He took art and manipulated it with his own individuality, imagination, and perspective and in doing so he created a legacy that will forever stand throughout time & history. He was a man who went against the norm, which many people especially in the early 1900’s , weren’t quite sure about.  He opened up a world of art and beauty that most of us could never imagine. Like we have said before in previous articles, pictures & any form of art holds more beauty and meaning than just meets the eye. The beauty that can be seen is interpreted by the viewer and can be different things for different people. After All isn’t that what art is all about!

Interesting Dr. Seuss Facts

  • He often used antlers, bills, horns and such from zoo animals who had died to create unique taxidermy sculptures
  • Dr Seuss graduated from Dartmouth College and also worked on theart-work-dr-seuss colleges magazine as an editor & contributor
  • He got kicked off the college magazine after he was caught with alcohol during the prohibition!  He refused to stop submitting his contributions and instead did so under the name T. Seuss. This is what helped lead him to his pen name Dr. Seuss
  • His classmates at Dartmouth actually voted him less likely to succeed, he got the last laugh there didn’t he!
  • He created a bug spray campaign with his quirky art and it was one of the most successful advertising campaigns of his time, lasting 17 years!
  • In 1937 he published “And To Think I saw It On Mulberry Street” is VERY first children’s book.
  • The book however, was rejected more than 20 times for being to “out of the norm” and he was going home to burn before it finally was published.
  • Dr Seuss has earned 2 Academy awards for his work
  • After An embarrassing encounter with President Theodore Roosevelt on stage he adapted severe stage fright & refused to give TV interviews or speak in public.
  • He is actually credited for inventing the word “nerd” which appeared in his book “ If I Ran The Zoo” in 1950

the-great-art-dr-seussThese are just a few of the many facts that give us a bit more insight into who Dr. Seuss was and where his passion came from.  What we love about this author and artist, is that he ditched what normal was perceived as and was uncoventionally himself. He let his art and writing speak to his viewers and readers and in doing so opened up a whole new world of characters and art that we are lucky to be able to see and read.  Cheers to you Dr. Seuss, may your legacy and legend live on for eternity.


Graphic Design & Vinyl Wrap Art

vinyl-wrap-artAs we discussed in previous articles, art can be found in many things besides just paintings, drawings and sculptures.  As technology advances and we are rewarded with various ways to showcase art the definition of what art is has to evolve as well!  That being said many still don’t deem graphic design as an actual form of art, but why exactly is that? Graphic designers need to possess certain skills in order to showcase great work and produce a scaled design of the image they are working towards.  To some that may seem not that hard, however have you ever tried to produce a certain image on a much smaller or larger scale and print it without losing clarity, definition and the importance of the image? It’s actually a lot harder than it may seem!

Being that we find beauty in all forms of art we decided to explore the area of graphiccustomizeed-art-wraps design a bit more and some of the newest technological advances concerning it. Enter in Vehicle Vinyl Wraps!

We reached out to a vehicle vinyl wrapping company to try and understand the work and art that goes into their designs and also to better showcase their view on this form of art.  Yes we said it again “ART”. One of the graphic design specialists that is employed with Jimmy, sat down with me and expressed his vision and passion for this type of artistic creativity.  Although vehicle vinyl wrapping has gained more and more exposure over the past view years in all actuality it has been around for some time!

  • What Exactly Is Vehicle Vinyl Wrapping? Just to be clear for those of you that aren’t  to familiar we wanted to know the exact definition. Jimmy explained that a vinyl wrap is a large decal or design printed on special material through a large format printer? It is then applied to your vehicles paint surface and encompasses your vehicle in the chosen design,
  • Can You Customize Your Design? Many wonder if they have to choose from pre-fabricated designs or if they can design their own custom print.  The truth is you can completely customize your own vision. In fact if you are working with a talented graphic design artist like our friend Jimmy, sky’s the limit!
  • What Makes This Form Of Art So Tough? Although like we mentioned above many feel that graphic design is easy because of the use of digital images and the aid of an computer that isn’t exactly so.  Jimmy explained that there are a lot of different factors that go into getting the print just right. From door handles, angles, and other unique features on every automobile the decal must come out precisely especially when applying it to the said automobile and achieving the desired look.  
  • Best Form Of Advertsiment?  We all know the importance of advertising and marketing for any business as well as the importance of establishing your brand and your company logo.  Vinyl wrapping has been rated the best form of advertising per impression cost and reaches the widest demographic out there. That being said wouldn’t you want your design to be spot on?

graphic-design-artAll in all vehicle vinyl wrapping and graphic design is by far a form of art in its own right.  One of my favorite things about art and where I feel the most beauty comes from is the fact that art has no boundaries for perspective and creativity!  Get “out of the box” and explore the incredible world of all kinds of art.

~The Great Bansky~

the-great-banskyAs we first talked about, pictures hold so much more in their meaning than just the vision that you see.  Different perspectives can be seen depending on the individual person viewing the picture. Thus a picture is worth a thousand words and is a form of art.  Perhaps one of the most well known artist of this era is British Graffiti Artist Charles Banksy, known to most simply as “Banksy”. Who is Banksy exactly?  The truth is is no one quite knows. When added to Times Magazine’s Top 100 List Of Most Influential People, he contributed a picture of himself with a recyclable paper bag over his head!  Why such the anonymity? Many say it’s because he doesn’t fare well with the police because of his “vandalism” with graffiti, others say it adds to the buzz associated with his work, either way it works for him.  He gave his last face interview in 2003 and the journalist described him as a “white male, around 28, with a scruffy yet casual look about him”. All in all his real identity just adds to his mystery and to the popularity that surrounds his art.  Banksy however, doesn’t stop there!

No this talented “artist” is also a filmmaker and a political activist.  Most often grafitti-art-banskyreferred to as either an art genius or a vandal. He started his work in Bristol, England and quickly moved to cities such as Vienna, Barcelona, Paris, Detroit and San Francisco.  He first started in the early 90’s as part of a street crew dubbed “Dry Bread ZCrew” with two other artists going by the names of Tes & Kato. Banksy soon realized on his own that in order to reduce the time it took to put up one of his graffiti pieces, thus having a better chance to fly under the authorities radar, he had to be faster.  So what did he do? He came up with stencils which cut his work in half and now pieces only took about 25 minutes. Things like this set him apart from the rest. His passion for art and painting pictures that had more meaning than just what meets the eye made him loved by many, vanadal or not.

Charles-bansky-artHe soon established an organization he named “Pest Control” as to be able to authenticate his work.   The term “the Banksy Effect” also came to play in 2006 to showcase how his influence helped to shed light on other street artists and their work.

If you haven’t seen Banksy’s work trust me when I say it is something you don’t want to miss.  Simple artwork such as a little girl holding a heart shaped balloon, or rats racing around a clock that can be found in New York City to illustrate “The Rat Race”  give raw emotion and zest to what is usually the ordinary. A spectacular artist with perhaps an even stronger legacy has been born. His creativity and out of the ordinary approach to what most deem art is just sets him farther apart from the rest.  His work will be around for eras to come! Cheers to you Banksy you are an art force to be reckoned with.