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  • Shallow vs Deep DOF: Storytelling in Photography
    #503 Welcome back everyone, thanks for joining in today! I appreciate all of the amazing support! We’re going to be looking at depth of field and how your f/stop can help or hinder your storytelling. This article is great for beginners or professionals because it’s widely being taught that bokeh is a necessity, rather than […]

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How Picasso Softens His Dynamic Symmetry Lines

#502 How’s everyone doing today? Welcome back and thanks for the amazing support! Today we are going to see how Picasso uses dynamic symmetry to organize his composition like a master. The grid might seem rigid for some artists, but the lines can be softened while still locking into the grid. We’ll see exactly how...

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Dynamic Symmetry – How to Keep it Simple in the Beginning

#500 Wow, we’ve made it to article 500!!! Thanks so much for all of the support everyone, you made this possible! Today we are going to look at dynamic symmetry, and see how we can use it in a simple way at first. A lot of artists are still having a hard time understanding where...

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Color Theory Inspired by Birds

#495 Welcome back everyone, thanks for joining in today! I appreciate all of the support! Today we are going to be taking a very close look at birds for color theory, and comparing them to famous photos and paintings. Doing this will allow us to learn and be inspired by Mother Nature. Connecting the dots...

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Vincent Van Gogh: ANALYZED PAINTING #6

#473 Hey everyone, welcome back to another great article! Huge thanks for all of the amazing support. I never get tired of saying that! 😀 Today we are going to be taking a close look at another remarkable painting boy Vincent Van Gogh. This painting is called “The Red Vineyard” and it is said to...

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Email Q and A – Design, Color and Patterns

#471 Welcome back everyone! Today we are taking a look at a great email from Master Pass member Mark MacKenzie. He shares his first design with us and asks some excellent questions. He speaks the design language very well and seems to have a grasp on the concepts covered here on the Canon of Design....

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Good Artists Copy, Great Artists Blatantly Plagiarize

#465 How’s everyone doing? I hope you are all well! Thank you so much for all of your support, it’s much appreciated. Today we are going to look at probably some of the worst art you will ever see. An artist by the name of Marco Battaglini takes classical paintings, pop culture, celebrities, and quotes…smashes...

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Our Fascination With Toned Images

#464 Hey everyone, welcome back to another awesome article. Huge thanks for all of the continued support. Much love! With the recent fascination of tones from Instagram filters, phone filters, color grading videos, LUT’s…it all had to stem from somewhere, right? Today we are going to look at toning an image and how it relates to...

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Vincent Van Gogh – Analyzed Painting #5

#457 Hey everyone, I hope you are well. Thanks for joining in today, and for all of the support thus far. It’s always appreciated! We’re going to be analyzing one of my favorite Vincent Van Gogh paintings today. It’s one of his closest friends from Arles (France), postman Joseph Roulin, and the painting is located in...

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Absinthe: Murder, Mayhem, and Master Painters

#445 Hey everyone, welcome back to another inspiring article! Huge thanks for all of the support, I really appreciate everyone! Today we are going to take a look at something that seemed to mesmerize the master painters of the 1800’s. It’s a magical, black licorice tasting beverage called “Absinthe,” also known as “The Green Fairy.”
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How to Self-Critique Your Photo or Painting

#444 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...

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