Primal Urge and the Art of the Self-Portrait

Objects in the mirror may appear closer than they are. That little phrase on my car’s rearview mirror doesn’t just give me wiggle room when I’m trying to switch lanes in heavy traffic. It also gives me food for thought about photography. Bear with me while I get a little philosophical on you, but if you take my rearview mirror’s verbiage, pair it with a little Jean-Paul Sartre, and apply it all to photography, you’ll start seeing self-portraits a little differently. I know I did.

Self Portraits Sartre Photography
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Making Sure You’re in Christmas Photos

While 2013 may be the Year of the Selfie, there are times when you just don’t want to have to man the camera in order to be in the photo. Nor is it always practical to use the self-timer feature to make sure you’re included. Case in point: Christmas.

Making sure you are in your Christmas Photos
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Freeze Frame: Tips for Cold-Weather Photography

“You’ve been cold to me so long, I’m crying icicles instead of tears!”

–Meatloaf

Forgive me for starting a blog with a quote from Meatloaf, but his lyrics from Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad seem pretty fitting for these frigid temps. It really is so cold, I feel like I could cry an icicle. But, wow, what a great time of year to get out and take photographs. Nothing says holidays like a well captured snow scene, and we’ve some great ones coming in for processing and framing. They’re proof that when the weather turns frigid, there’s no need for photographs to go into hibernation. Your camera just needs a little extra TLC to survive the temps with you.
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Long Live the VHS (Just Not on VHS)

It’s hard to believe DVDs were first introduced in America only 17 years ago. If anything exciting happened to you before 1997—and you were lucky enough to capture video of it—I have some bad news: That luck is running out. That’s because most VHS tapes have a life expectancy of between 10 and 25 years, after which they begin to quickly degrade. The good news is that you may still have time to save yours by transferring them to DVD.
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