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How Do I Take Decent Christmas Tree Photos? Apps / Life / Photography / Tech / Tips & Tricks

O, tannenbaum, o tannenbaum, how washed-out are thy highlights. But they don’t have to be. You’ll want to remember your Christmas in photos. And what’s more visually iconic of your Christmas than your Christmas tree? A Christmas tree — whether it’s a confection of tinsel and lights and lush greenery, or spindly bare branches with lots […]

Stop Taking Crappy iPhone Pictures! Part 7

Stop Taking Crappy iPhone Pictures! Part 7 Life / Photography / Stuff We Love / Tech / Tips & Tricks

  Through The Glass, Sharply For many of us infected with the shutter bug, a substantial part of the joy of taking pictures lies in diddling with the hardware. And the chiefest hardware joy when diddling with cameras is in the lenses, or, as they are affectionately known by picture-takers everywhere, The Glass. Changing lenses […]

Lilac Fence by Michael Sprouse

Griffin Designer Series : Michael Sprouse Art / Fashion / Photography / Stuff We Love

Michael Spouse’s art ranges from serious portraiture, to abstract minimalism and landscape, to pocket universes of the whimsical and surreal. Blending elements of collage, illustration, and photography, Michael creates images that challenge you to step outside the familiar into a place where light, itself, is a buttery fluid that soaks into surfaces, illuminating them from […]

Griffin Designer Series : Rudy Vogel

Griffin Designer Series : Rudy Vogel Community / Photography / Stuff We Love

To Rudy Vogel, a digital photo is a palette of colors, shadows, shards of light, and textures for him to manipulate like a painter manipulates oils. He works exclusively in digital art generated through image capture. Which may come as a surprise to anyone who looks closely at his artwork. Because a close look plunges […]

Stop Taking Crappy iPhone Pictures! Part 6

Stop Taking Crappy iPhone Pictures! Part 6 Photography / Tips & Tricks / Tutorial

2 HDR or Not 2 HDR? You’ve seen them: photos with colors so rich they look like they’ve been dipped in butter. Landscape shots that must have been taken on an alien planet, because the colors in them can’t possibly exist on this one. Objects in these photos sometimes appear to have glowing halos. Such […]

Griffin Designer Series Featured Artist : Rachel Karr

Griffin Designer Series Featured Artist : Rachel Karr Community / Fashion / New / Photography / Stuff We Love

Rachel does photography and paint. The Jellyfish photos in her Designer Series contributions are multimedia works that combine her fascination with jellyfish and cephalopods with her nighttime photography, and with imagery from the painting techniques she developed with glazes on large canvases. Of the 4 images repesented in the Designer Series, JellyFish 2 is her […]

Stop Taking Crappy iPhone Pictures! Part 5

Stop Taking Crappy iPhone Pictures! Part 5 Photography / Tips & Tricks

Session 5: A Sense of Place(ment) To recap our checklist for taking better iPhone photos: Take lots of pictures. Critique your pictures. Turn off your flash. Compose your shots such that one thing matters. Okay, that’s it. You’re done. But, wait. We promised a couple of tips about ways to control the focus of attention […]

Stop Taking Crappy iPhone Pictures! Part 4

Stop Taking Crappy iPhone Pictures! Part 4 Photography / Tips & Tricks

Session 4: Compose Yourself So, you’re taking more iPhone photos. You’re looking at them with a critical eye. And you’ve turned off your flash — as a result of which some of your shots might be a little blurrier, but they might also be showing you some things you hadn’t seen before. As a side […]

Stop Taking Crappy iPhone Pictures! Part 3

Stop Taking Crappy iPhone Pictures! Part 3 Photography / Tips & Tricks

A Flash of the Obvious Hope you took lots of pictures. Pick the ones you like best, and, about each one, ask yourself one important question: What is it about this picture that you like? Notice that we aren’t asking “Why do you like this picture?” Because we’re interested in whats, not whys. We’re interested […]