Posts Tagged ‘photo’

Learning to Bend It

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

After a few years of lusting over the Lensbaby products I finally decided that the time to take action and buy one. Although, the main factor in my sudden purchase is that my days of student discounts are coming to a swift end. So expect some new images popping up throughout my blog as I continue to test out this new toy.

So without further ado, here are some of my latest experiments:


Broken Blue Egg


Atlantic City Boardwalk Featured

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

My photo “Atlantic City Boardwalk” posted on Flickr is now featured on the photoblog Photos from the Edge of New Jersey.  Go check the site out if you enjoy ocean side images, especially those from the shores of New Jersey.

It is rather neat to see my work make its way around the web. Now this makes me curious as to where else my work may be shown.

How Film Can Hurt Design

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

Over the weekend, I went out and enjoyed the rare treat of a night at the cinema. “I Love You, Man” with Paul Rudd and Jason Segal provided a decent level of amusement with a bevy of awkward moments now common to American comedies.

Unfortunately, the film also contained on of my greatest pet peeves: misrepresentation of the graphic design profession. The entertainment media loves to perpetrate myths and falsehoods about a variety of professions, as I am sure any student of science will point out the host of fallacies within the latest disaster pic. However, I find that creative media professionals pop up in more than our fair share of television shows and films.

Often the creative career of the character just acts as background and affects the plot in a limited manner. “I Love You, Man” does not fall into this category, and as such the following does contain spoilers for those of you who have not seen the movie. This particular graphics related transgression impacts the design profession at the very crux of frequent problems, client provided files.

In one scene, Segal’s character photographed the groom-to-be Rudd using an iPhone. How is that for product placement? Now here is where things get tricky, the phone’s 2 megapixel images are then used to produce crisp and clean billboards. This may seem like a small issue, but frequently I receive similar quality images from clients who believe this acceptable for print use. Perhaps next time I object to using such small shots I’ll hear that they saw it can be done in a movie.

But as professionals how to we resolve this issue? Clearly the answer is open communication with clients to educate them about the needs involved with the production of their work. Sometimes, all I need to provide is a gentle reminder that 300 dpi is best, and that, no, it does not work if you simply change the resolution setting in your image editing software.

Any thoughts on other creatives in film that portray a false image of the profession?

King of the Local Lanes

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Bowling Alley

King of the Lanes I am not. Perhaps it is from growing up on duckpin bowling, but I rarely break a 60.

Pie Time

Friday, February 6th, 2009

High Time for Pie Time

As a life long fan of pies, and being a prize winning baker (back in my 4-H days) I don’t know why I didn’t start making pies sooner. Perhaps I was discouraged by the way people scoff at the phrase “Easier than Pie.”  But in reality, it is easy to make a beautiful and delicious pie.

I actually began my pie making endeavors last September. But so far, I have enjoyed every bit of the fruits of my labors.

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