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New Photography Toys

My wonderful girlfriend ordered a few photography toys I had on my Amazon wishlist. They’ve arrived and I’ve been playing with them ever since.

I now have a set of diopter filters, a special lens adapter, and a nice rubber hood for one of my lenses. The diopter filters allow me to focus objects much closer to the lens. In addition, I have a special adapter which can change the focal length or allow me to use two lenses at once. The lens hood provides both protection to the end of my lens and increased ability to block unwanted light sources.

All of the accesories are very nice…but the adapter and diopter filters do take some getting used to. With a diopter filter on my 70-300mm lens, I can focus objects just inches from the lens. While this is an incredible perspective for macro photography, the focal length must be accurate to the millimeter (if not even finer than that). The difference between focused and unfocused areas of an image is astonishing and dramatic. In many cases, the unfocused areas are so blurry that they are indistinguishable; an effect that allows me to bring out singular details.

In using these accessories, I’ve found that having a low level tripod is increasingly important. Hopefully I’ll find something on Amazon!

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Design – Thank You’s

Have your invitations or graduation announcements? Need a follow-up in the form of a thank you?

You don’t have to settle for mediocrity! Upgrade to WSP’s design services! Don’t be treated like a number; get a fully custom design for your thank yous.

Just like my design strategy for grad announcements, all thank yous will be personalized to each client. In addition, I generally maintain continuity between multiple design items. This continuity is very helpful especially for making recognition across various types of representation easier. When someone sees design item A and then sees design item B, they automatically pick up on subtle similarities and likenesses. These patterns create deeper, longer-lasting meanings. If you’re developing a business and want to make your name known, there’s no better way!

Here’s a sample:

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Vertical Thought Magazine Correspondence

I had another opportunity today to communicate with the Vertical Thought staff and see the proof for the issue.

Despite VT having chosen one of my least favorite images from the set I submitted, I have to admit that I am incredibly pleased with the turnout of the magazine cover.

Taking the right cover image was a different task than I am used to. With portrait and wedding photographer, most of the time, the subject is the main focus (no pun intended) and fills much of the frame. In photographing images for the cover of a magazine, I found myself constantly checking and rechecking the photos to make sure there was enough room for the image and text to coincide.

Once again, I’d like to thank VT for the opportunity as well as thank everyone for their support! I’d also like to throw a special thank you out to Shaun, the designer for VT, who did a phenomenal job on the arrangement of the VT cover.

Not familiar with Vertical Thought? Vertical Thought is “a magazine of understanding for tomorrow’s leaders” that “strives to serve relevant content to help young people ages 12-22 discover and live God’s way of life.” Check out Vertical Thought magazine by clicking here. You can even get a free subscription!

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Design – Graduation Announcements

Are you graduating soon?  Sick and tired of the generic graduation offerings from your school or a third party they contract with?

You don’t have to settle for mediocrity!  Upgrade to WSP’s design services!  Don’t be treated like a number; get a fully custom design for your graduation announcement.

I tailor my design work to each and every client.  Unlike other design providers, I don’t use a generic template.  For each project, I start with a blank canvas and create a personal and professional design.  I also thrive on feedback!  Tell me what you like and what you don’t; we’ll build exactly what you want.  And, no design will be sold twice!

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Vertical Thought Magazine Correspondence

VT staff and I have been communicating and today the initial image selection has been approved. I’ve sent the full resolution image and the designer will start arranging the cover!

This is an exciting process and I am thankful for the opportunity. Thanks VT!

Not familiar with Vertical Thought? Vertical Thought is “a magazine of understanding for tomorrow’s leaders” that “strives to serve relevant content to help young people ages 12-22 discover and live God’s way of life.” Check out Vertical Thought magazine by clicking here. You can even get a free subscription!

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A New and Exciting Opportunity

Today I was contacted with a unique opportunity: producing an image for the cover of Vertical Thought magazine.

I’ve not yet been told what I’m supposed to photograph, but I look forward to it!

 

Not familiar with Vertical Thought? Vertical Thought is “a magazine of understanding for tomorrow’s leaders” that “strives to serve relevant content to help young people ages 12-22 discover and live God’s way of life.” Check out Vertical Thought magazine by clicking here. You can even get a free subscription!
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