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Last week I helped to install several bee hives with Dr. Pett, one of the professors from the entomology department here at MSU. I snapped some photos of the event and took a video documenting the event. Within the next couple of days we will put up a version with narration. I wanted to use Bloodbuzz Ohio as the soundtrack… but, you know.

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It has been several months since I posted anything. I had a crazy couple of months preparing for winter meetings. I am getting ready to head into a thesis hibernation until April.

I wanted to take this chance to officially announce my new website. It has been up for several months but I wanted to be sure to highlight it here.

Here is the link to the website.

From there you can check out my portfolio and get some contact info. Over the next couple of months I will not be available for much, but if you are graduating in the spring or getting married this summer and want to help me boost my portfolio and save some dough, it is a good option.

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I have been taking photographs like a fiend over the past couple of weeks here.

I am doing some work for my friend, Doug Mains over the past week or so. I am in Doug’s band and he is a good friend, so it is great to take pictures with him. Here are a couple I did. We took around 500 photos in one night and got a ton of good ones.

If anybody wants to have a photo session, let me know. I would love to start doing senior photos and engagement pictures etc. I would charge a reasonable fee to help with the purchase of photography supplies (read “new lenses”) and give unlimited access to a private flickr album from where you can order prints of just download the images. I looked at one photographer today who charged $60 for a one hour sitting in one location, plus $14 per 8×10 inch print or $400 for a CD with all the images. What I am offering is a steal. So if anybody is interested, let me know.

For more photos, check out my portfolio on flickr.


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If interested, see more on my Flickr.

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When I look on Facebook et cetera at people’s pictures for weddings and engagements I have seen a pattern develop. People associate a certain “look” with professional photography and they assume that whenever they see said “look” they are dealing with a pro. I like taking pictures. It’s true. Those who know me will be shocked. But 75% of the time I am cheating/slacking/being a bad photog and actually doing things that many purists would think are really dumb.

Let me show you how to make people think you are an amazing photographer even if you are actually bad in three easy steps.

1.) Take a decent photo.

This is the most important step. It does not have to be amazing, just decent.

(Tip- Take 100 photos of something. One is bound to turn out decent.)

Here is a decent photo of my family I took this last weekend. It is not the best of the set, but I chose a mediocre photo to prove my point.

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We are family, my brother and my sister and me

I won’t get into how helpful a puppy or a tennis racket is in getting that “senior picture” look if so desired.

2.) Increase the saturation and contrast.

Use Picasa, iPhoto… even most cameras can do that.

Here it is… all contrasty and saturated! People love it when their faces are orange!

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So green! James Cameron must have made it in a computer!

Step 3.) Add Vignette.

Nothing says professional like an amorphous black blob around the outside of the image!

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Is it getting hazy in here?

Optional Step 4.)

Add the name of your fictitious photography studio to the corner. Preferably in a really obnoxious font. Papyrus, Comic Sans or Party will do.

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I want my photos to have obnoxious watermarks on them. Then people will know I paid way too much to get photos taken!

I hope I don’t offend any one with this little bit of satire… but I don’t like it when photographers do this and charge people tons of money for photos.

I am just as guilty of this type of thing ( look at my flickr… I’m always adjusting contrast and saturation.)… But I am not charging money for my work. If I did… So help me. Vignettes are a last resort, not the first.

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