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How to Self-Critique Your Photo or Painting

Hey everyone, welcome back to another educational article based on composition and design! As always, huge thanks for the amazing support! Today we are going to take a look at some highly effective techniques you can use to critique your work when no one else is there to help you out. We’ve covered some of these...

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My $200 Pencil Sharpener for Drawing

Huge thanks to everyone for all of the continued support, much love!! Here’s a fun video showing how to sharpen pencils for drawing. I always thought shaving it down with a razor and sandpaper was a pain in the butt, so I decided to try it another way. I’ll show you the traditional way, and
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Composition and Your Profile Picture

Your profile picture is probably one of the most important things to consider when trying to get more people to view your work. I’m not talking about the personal profile pic you have for Facebook. That can be whatever your heart desires….your cat, the burrito you ate last night…anything. What I am referring to is...

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Score Your Compositions

Welcome back everyone, I’ve got a fun little article today! After watching the video below, which asks the question, “why is modern art so bad,” I was inspired to create a way to score composition. Of course, only someone trained in design (this could be you) will understand the techniques well enough to identify them,
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Learning to Draw Better: My New Year’s Resolution

Happy New Year everyone!! I hope 2015 was a great year for your art! It was an interesting year for me. I moved to Hawaii, did a lot of fun street photography in Waikiki, finished the Gestalt Psychology video series, so now what? All of my major projects are complete and I’m left with more...

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Losing a Hard Drive Full of Photos was Gut Wrenching

There’s nothing more gut wrenching than losing a hard drive full of precious photographs and memorabilia you’ve collected throughout the years. It would most likely be less painful if your arm was slowly chopped off with a butter knife. Today we’re going to look at the damage of losing two massive hard drives, and saving three…all
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Annie Leibovitz & Star Wars Analyzed

Today we are taking a look at an exciting, galactic new series of work by Annie Leibovitz. We’ll look closely at her design and composition used in Star Wars to see if she’s still applying her techniques like a master. Does she just show up and press the button or is everything planned down to the...

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5 Reasons Why Scanning Your Own Film is Better

This article is for anyone curious about scanning their own film…or knowing how we’ve all been duped when sending it to the lab. I’ll also be showing plenty of examples, some of my new scans, and even a new challenge/commitment to myself. One which was inspired by the Master photographers of Magnum Photos…heck, even Garry Winogrand
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Color Theory & Magnum Photographer Bruno Barbey – Part II

Welcome back! Today is the second part of the color theory which analyzes Bruno Barbey, a very successful photographer of Magnum photos. Why would I choose his photos over anyone else’s? Well, when you take a look at the following photos, you’ll know that there’s something special there. Not many photographers understand color, and have...

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Mastering Composition & Henri Cartier-Bresson (Video Response)

Hey everyone, this is a video response to an email by Andras who is a Master Pass member. I thought it would be great to help explain these design techniques, which can be applied to photography or painting, to him as well as other artists. I will go over the important techniques of mastering composition,
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