How My Business Works
My business works because it's actually not a business. And by this I mean I hardly make any money with my pictures. For me photography is not a way to make money but to invest money, and I work several other jobs to be able to pay for my art. I'm a tour guide on waste to energy plants and wastewater treatment facilities, I'm a concierge at the house I'm living, I work as a Photoshop instructor and on weekends I take care of the library of the University.
Sometimes people say to me: I can hardly believe you're not making money with your photos because they are better than the work of many professional photographers.
Of course it's flattering when somebody says something like that even if I don't always agree. But here's the thing: the very reason why I'm able to work on this level is because I don't have to make money with my pictures. If you're a photographer who wants to make a living out of it you are forced to do things differently. You have to focus on what your customers like and
Tutorial: Hooters Regional Pageant Lighting Set UpTutorial: Hooters Regional Pageant Lighting Set Up in Personal More Like This
Mission: Photograph the pageant pictures for the Regional Hooters Pageant.
Goal: Offer something unique to Hooters and the women in the Pageant. Give them something other than, the normal pageant pictures.
The situation actually turned out great this year. I had a space that allowed me to have privacy and was next to the trailer the women where changing in. The previous year we had issues because it is a outdoor event and a lot of the "fans" tried to mingle with the contestants. So we had the perfect spot. We were also able to use the district managers mustang as a prop so that was really cool. The soft box is boomed up front. Always remember, especially when shooting outside, to bring something to weigh down the boom. Too easy for it to get blown over, even by the slightest gust of wind. The second light (gelled with pu
SOPA, Hypocrisy, Scandal, DMCA, and CensorshipMissing The PointSOPA, Hypocrisy, Scandal, DMCA, and Censorship in Personal More Like This
I've been disappointed to see the various responses to SOPA, especially the "DEVIATION CENSORED" images. They so completely miss the point that I can only assume the people posting them have absolutely no comprehension of what SOPA means, why it's a problem, and what they're actually protesting against.
First off, SOPA is not about censorship. Unfortunately, many of the opponents of SOPA decided to cast it as being about censorship in order to mobilize public opinion. Why did they do that? Unfortunately, they did that for two reasons: 1) they knew that without mobilizing mass support, the bill would go through and 2) they knew that the masses they wanted to get support from simply don't care/understand the real problem enough to do anything - because the truth is much to complicated for the typical internet user. I have some sympathy for that view, because I've discovered over and over again that copyright is, in fact, too complicated for the typi
On GhostsI've been meaning to write about epistemology and science for quite a while....On Ghosts in Personal More Like This
The problem is that there really isn't a single simple place to dig in and get started. Why not? Because all of what we'd call "human knowledge" is connected; if you intend to explain one piece completely you'd eventually wind up trying to explain it all. That's why the 6-year-old child's tactic of asking "why?" is so successful and annoying.
kid: "why is the sky blue?"
mjr: "because of diffraction in the atmosphere."
mjr: "well it's got to do with how light's frequency changes when you bend its path."
mjr option 1: "don't ask me, go dig up Richard Feynman."
mjr option 2: "it's time for you to go to bed."
But there's a really wonderful thing about scientific knowledge and its connectedness: it doesn't contradict itself. Not anywhere. Or, rather, not for very long; contradictions mean something is wrong with the theor
One Reason....... why I try not to comment about people's weight.One Reason... in Personal More Like This
I used to attend a particular conference on an annual basis, and so I got to (casually) know the other "regulars" who also used to be there. Every year, more or less, I'd see the same group of people at the speakers' dinner, and we could catch up on the usual "what are you up to these days?" kind of stuff. One of the guys I used to see fairly often was a tall heavy-set fellow (some might call him "fat" or "obese") he'd always been tall, bearded, and big, to me. But one year, he showed up and he had lost a lot of weight. It took me a second to recognize him, and I said, "Hey, Rich! You look great! You've lost a lot of weight!" and he looked at me and deadpanned, "Yeah, pancreatic cancer will do that."
Do I need to belabor the point? I will. First off, I set myself up for a massive head-fuck, by making assumptions about what was going on in someone else's life, and - even though I was being friendly about it - I was horribly wro
Home!!I got home from my crazy trip to Chernobyl yesterday and have mostly caught up on my sleep.Home!! in Personal More Like This
I saw lots of stuff, snapped thousands of photos, and wrote a detailed trip journal each night (and sometimes paused during the day to sit down and write a bit...) about the whole experience. It'll help me cement everything in my memory to write it all down quickly before it fades.
Looking at lots and lots of wreckage made my mind start to go numb; there are levels and levels of detail and I kept trying to make sense of everything. It simply doesn't work. After a day or two, I found myself just walking around shaking my head mumbling, "no. no."
The people who had to deal with the accident did the best they could with an incomprehensible and horrible situation. I kept feeling alternately elated and horrified that humans had been such brave ass-kickers that they got their kids out, left their homes in an orderly manner - and then some of them went back into a radioactive nightmare and cleaned it u
Religion, Respect, and Responsibility: A Letter...Religion, Respect, and Responsibility: A Letter to the Hotel IndustryReligion, Respect, and Responsibility: A Letter... in Personal More Like This
by Marcus J. Ranum
July 29, 2012
A letter on religion, pornography, and business ethics written by an opinionated individual, inspired by a letter written by "two prominent public intellectuals - one a Christian, one a Muslim" - sent to hotel industry executives last week. ( See: The Public Discourse )
I write to ask you to stop offering religious programming on your in-room televisions and hosting religious texts (such as the Gideon's bible) in your company's hotels. I make no proposal here to limit your legal freedom, nor do I threaten protests, boycotts, or anything of the sort. I simply ask you to do what is right as a matter of conscience.
I am nobody of importance a private individual with my own opinion. I appeal on the basis of a commitment that should be shared by all people of reason and goodwill: a commitment to human dig
Crossing the LineAlmost 99.9999% of the comments I get on DA are very nice and complimentary. For this I am grateful and appreciative. I also appreciate the occasional criticism that suggests I try a different crop, color, or lens choice. Even after 35 years I feel it is vital to listen to all the input I get because there are occasional jewels of ideas that come from learned professionals and beginning amateurs alike. Sometimes I even like it more when someone who is new to photography makes suggestions because they aren't stifled by the "rules" we all learn when we start out.Crossing the Line in Personal More Like This
Recently, I've had a few people say some interesting and absurd things. These comments are related to my having taken down my gallery of nudes. First of all, let me say, my motive for this action was simply time management. I run a business so I don't have time to respond to all the comments or even read them all.
The suggestion has been made that by me removing the nudes, by responding to horrid comments then hiding and blockin
Japan Journal....day one, 11/11/11Time is certainly displaced. We're not really suffering jet lag but it's obvious our bodies are weirded out by being here.Japan Journal....day one, 11/11/11 in Personal More Like This
My girlfriend and I traveled today to Atsugi, about an hour train ride from Tokyo. We had some business to take care of there. It was a bit frustrating because we couldn't get everything done we needed to, but the traveling to and from was delightful.
I was amazed, looking out the train window, there was not ONE piece of litter. I think we traveled 20 miles or more before I saw so much as a tissue paper beside the tracks. The Japanese, even in the less affluent areas, are incredibly tidy.
During the morning commute, the subway trains are packed so full there are literally uniformed individuals called "pushers" whose job it is to shove people into the cars as tightly as possible. As the doors slide shut they get very aggressive and carry out their job of sardine commuter packing very seriously and they do it with smiles and white gloves and a charm that everyo
I'm a Puppy!A week or so ago, I read this article that made me laugh and yet feel so sad. Seems there is a guy from India who is in exile and may serve prison time for blasphemy. What he did was investigate what was making a statue of Jesus "weep". Supposedly water is dripping from this statue and people are drinking this "Holy Water" in hopes it will cure their ailments. Tragically, the water is sewage that is seeping up from a leaking pipe! But when this man reported on his findings, the religious were incensed and want him thrown in prison!!!!I'm a Puppy! in Personal More Like This
I find the story so....well perfectly metaphorical.
I sent this news story to a person I knew, who claims to be very anti church, and it started an email exchange which much to my dismay went ass over teakettle down the hill.
I often post rather anti-religious rant
All I want for Christmas...I have had several journals that started out with a sort of disclaimer or apology for being less than tolerant of religion. This time, I don't justify, apologize, or disclaim anything.All I want for Christmas... in Personal More Like This
Nigeria, in the last decade or so has seen thousands of people die because they were Muslim OR Christian. They are killing each other by the hundreds with guns, machetes, or whatever means available. Women and children slain in their homes because they were a different religion. What possible God sees this as OK? OH perhaps it's the god that commands his followers to kill thousands and thousands of people in the Bible. Seems like the same one to me.
There are property rights and what the government refers to as "indigeneship" in Nigeria. It means whoever was first to live on a particular parcel of land, has the rights to it. Add to this law of "indigeneship" the fact that Nigeria now produces a LOT of oil and you have the makings of a war. Ironically, the "democratic" government has embezzled four t
Boy Scouts and BaptistsI often write rants about religion, so for those who are tired of reading what I have to say about this topic - it might be a good time skip this and have a cup of tea.Boy Scouts and Baptists in Personal More Like This
I enjoy reading the daily news and having a cup of coffee every morning. I scan the headlines on my laptop and eat up all the latest scientific discoveries, local weather, and international news. I enjoyed reading about the asteroid that came close to hitting Earth because it reminds me of how fragile and insignificant we are here on our little blue marble. Our place in the Universe is pretty much meaningless in terms of time and space, yet we think we are not only important but THE singularly important species. A silly thought in my book.
Also in the news I read this: http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/05/31/southern-baptists-to-urge-churches-and-members-to-cut-boy-scout-ties/?hpt=hp_t2 It seems a group of humans 16 million strong can't associate with another group of humans because of who they choose to love. It mak
Mission 6 WinnersSo, first off, this has been a while. I’m sorry for that; life’s been especially busy for a few of us judges, what with school starting again for a couple, and tons of other work getting in the way for the rest of us. So it’s a little... late...Mission 6 Winners in Personal More Like This
Regardless! We’ve finally looked at every entry and done our best to judge it accordingly. There were a lot of really fantastic entries this time (well, there always are, but even more so this time), which made it incredibly difficult to judge! I know personally I ended up giving out way more perfect scores than I normally give just because the amount of effort displayed in some of these was incredible. So many of you worked so hard back during Mission 6, I was overwhelmed looking over it all. I can only imagine how it must have been to make them! So many hours of work involved!
I also want to point out that, while awards are list
On: Illustration, Comics, and Story TellingDon’t suck -- PKOn: Illustration, Comics, and Story Telling in Personal More Like This
I want to say first of all that sometimes I get people asking, or rather complaining, “why does it seem like the comics always get a better score? This group seems so focused on comics. What if I just want to draw pictures?”
Well, that ends up tying into narrative illustration, which is a pretty hard thing to do right if you’re used to drawing single shots of your character against a plain, white background. Most people end up doing comics because it seems easier right away: the characters can talk, you can set the scene, it doesn’t require a little description at the bottom...
But, even comics require some know-how to pull off really well. It’s just harder to pull off illustrations in this story-based environment, because comics make it a little less apparent when it’s not doing a very good job at telling that story.
But, I’ll get to comics second.
Event 4 seasonal accessories... accessories...oh... aren't you precious... beautiful... perfect... i could just... oh yes... perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect...Event 4 seasonal accessories... accessories... in Personal More Like This
ah... ah... ah...! what are-- ah. YES. i have a special gift... a special special gift... for you all today... a special gift...
sorbet... sorbet wants gifts... we have gifts for you... look... gifts... gifts... gifts... gifts... gifts... gifts.. gifts...
look at them... you want them... don’t you? we don’t have very many... they’ll probably run out by the time the party happens... party happens... party... party... party... party...
just DON’T TOUCH get your FILTHY HANDS OFF MY PERFECT perfect cloth... perfect... perfect cloth... don’t touch it... no one can touch it... no filth... filth... filth... filth... filth... filth... filth... filth... filth... filth... filth... filth... filth... filth... filth... filth... filth... filth... filth... filth...
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Monoprice 12 x 9 Graphic Tablet ReviewWelcome to my review ofMonoprice 12 x 9 Graphic Tablet Review in Art Features More Like This
Monoprice 12 x 9 Graphic Tablet
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The Box: It's Square!
They packed the box well and I like that they used easy-to-recycle paper instead of that stupid peanut stuff... Danny approves.
Yeeeep. There's t
Monoprice Tablet FAQ for Windows 7If you are looking for a specific problem but don't want to read through the whole FAQ, press "Ctrl + f" in your browser. This will allow you to search for specific words (like "jitter" or "Paint Tool SAI") in the FAQ.Monoprice Tablet FAQ for Windows 7 in Art Features More Like This
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ServitorI dance and play for him, though I know not why.Servitor in Short Stories More Like This
He justs sits there, drooling and babbling, waving his tentacles around.
The others around him also dance and play for him
The sounds of our flutes seems to calm him down, but I do not
know if this is preventing something or not.
I believe that it will end one day, and I will be
free with the others and will no longer be a servitor
The Eldritchness of Davy JonesThe Eldritchness of Davy JonesThe Eldritchness of Davy Jones in Fan Fiction More Like This
His love was gone. The woman he loved now had turn against him, and sorrow ran through his veins. She was the most
precious thing to him, and she abandoned him. He grabbed out his dagger and plunged it into his chest. He felt the
intense pain of it and it was the most he had ever endured. With that dagger, he tore out his heart, and threw into
the chest. He could still hear it beat and thump inside. And with that, the last thing he said was his death rattle.
Then darkness had appeared and everything turned cold
He awoke up in a strange place. He knew he was at sea, and that he appeared to be on a stone slab of some sort.
He stood up and what he saw stunned him with fear. He saw a city that looked like it was designed by a madman
and carved by the denizens of Hell itself. It had been along time since he had known fear. He then heard an odd
and evil sounding voice
"Davy Jones" The voice said. Then a rumbling was coming nearby. He saw a hand coming out what
Scott Pilgrim vs CthulhuScott Pilgrim gets eatenScott Pilgrim vs Cthulhu in Fan Fiction More Like This
A.K.A. Scott Pilgrim vs Cthulhu
After defeating Ramona's seven exes, Scott settled in with Ramona since Gideon exploded into $7,777,777 in Canadian coins. Since then, he and
Ramona have been making out and other things which I can't say without offending someone. One day, while they were making out in some random Toronto
Park, a dark cloaked shadow appeared in the background behind some bushes. He kept sneaking around until he was behind the bench. He then grabbed the
club from underneath his cloak with his corpse-like hand and knocked out Scott and Ramona.
Scott began to regain consciousness, and as his eyes began to open slowly, he realized that he and Ramona got bludgeoned earlier on in
the park. He then realized that he and Ramona were in their underwear and tied up to a post. They were also surrounded by undead people in
dark cloaks chanting this:
"Ia! Ia! Cthulhu Fhtagn!!!!
Ramona began to regain consciousness. She also realized that she and Scott were in