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July 24, 2014

Getting to Know Holly Clark

Using her knowledge as a professional photographer and her background of more than 15 years in graphic design, Holly Clark loves helping new photographers grow on their photographic journey. She has a passion for encouraging others to dive into the more technical aspects of the craft that can often seem confusing. When she's not exploring the world with her husband (47 countries and counting!), you can usually find her wandering the streets of her Philadelphia neighborhood, Manayunk, with her Aussie, Major. She's often up to her elbows in dirt nurturing her green thumb or drinking countless cups of coffee to an eclectic mix of music. She is a member of the popular blog, Mortal Muses. As a Getty Image Artist and Stocksy United contributor, her photographs have been published all over the world.

Holly Answers the Five W's
Who are you? A photographer. A writer. A soupatraveler. But mainly just one woman on a quest to find inspiration through the lens of her camera, wherever she may be.

Who has inspired you to be who you are? I believe there is a little piece of everyone who has crossed my path inside of me, and all of my experiences have led me to the life I am currently living.

What do you believe with all of your heart? That the world would be a brighter place if we could all smile at each other more often.

What do you teach, write, blog, and talk incessantly about? Photography, travel, gardening, my morning cup of coffee and my dog, Major.

When did you get your start? When I received my first camera, a Kodak disc, from my parents for Christmas in 1982.

When did you know that this was your path? I've been getting nudges from multiple sources to pursue photography since winning my first honorable mention over 25 years ago. But it wasn't until three years ago when Tracey Clark reawakened my love for photography through her "Picture" classes that I started listening to this call. I take new steps on this path every year.

Where is your favorite place on earth? I could never pick just one, but as long as I'm with my husband and my dog, it's probably close by.

Where do you go to be inspired? Visually, I'm constantly inspired by my friends and contacts on Flickr and Instagram, my fellow bloggers on Mortal Muses, and the lovely ladies at Shutter Sisters. But deep in my soul, I love to get out into the unique corners our world has to offer, whether it be in a natural or urban setting. Travel recharges my spirit like nothing else... but I'll still take explorations of a more immediate nature with my dog too!

Why are you here at BPC? To share my love for photography and to encourage and inspire others to explore all the possibilities their own photographic journey has to offer.

Why do you love your life? Because it's constantly evolving, growing, and changing—even with its ups and downs.

How do you do everything you do? By taking one baby step at a time.

How can we learn more about you? Through my website www.hollyclarkphotography.com, or at www.mortalmuses.com where I blog every other week.

 

Check out Holly's Brand New photgraphy workshop, Gatherings Through the Lens


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July 21, 2014

Aly Dosdall and some of the contributors to her new workshop, Super Stashbusters, are hosting a blog hop today. Check it out for some awesome stash busting tips, giveaways, and more!

Start at Aly's blog and then visit the others listed below

 

 


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July 14, 2014

 PROCESS re-run is starting this week with Design Editor, Catherine Davis.

 


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July 09, 2014

Chances are you have your phone with you most of the time—which means you also have a camera with you most of the time, too. Believe it or not, life doesn’t stop unfolding in interesting ways when you leave your dSLR or point-and-shoot camera at home. Good stories happen whether you have your camera along for the ride or not. With your phone camera at your side, however, you’re never limited in what stories you photograph!

+ Weigh your gadget options: there are a number of products on the market that can extend your phone camera’s range in unique ways. Whether you buy a waterproof protective case from Lifeproof, a tiny little keychain tripod that can assist in stabilizing your phone on the fly, or a detachable clip lens that can provide macro, fisheye, or wide angle capability, it’s worth it to take a look at what accessories are available. Our best recommendation: always visit the Photojojo store online for the latest unique items that can extend the range of your phone—thereby extending the range of your storytelling, too.

photo by Elizabeth Dillow

+ When you pick up your phone to snap a quick shot, pause for a minute and ask yourself it there is another way to take a photo of your subject that feels fresh and creative. For example: in addition to taking a photo of your loved ones smiling in front of a tourist destination, let them turn around and soak in their surroundings—and take a picture of that. Hold up your ice cream cone in front of the shop where you bought it! Turn your phone upside down and set it on the ground to take the photo—you’ll create an interesting perspective with a great depth of field to boot. The best stories might be unfolding all around you… just not at eye level.

photo by Katrina Kennedy

+ Fight feelings of embarrassment by knowing you’ll tell the story more effectively if you do something that might feel foolish. Sometimes you have to pull over the car and get out to take a picture (possibly with people nearby staring at you). Sometimes you have to stand in the middle of the street. Sometimes you have to ask a stranger permission to take a photo instead of chickening out and skipping it. Sometimes you have to ignore the strange looks as you twist yourself into the perfect position to get the perfect shot. If you do these things, you are guaranteed to capture more interesting stories with your phone camera!

We’ve put together a heap of inspiring ideas to help you approach phone photography with a fresh eye—join us for The Phone Photography Project 2 to learn more! 


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July 07, 2014

photo by Jolanda Boekhout

A silhouette is one of the simplest and most striking type of images to capture, and it’s extremely easy to achieve using your phone camera (though the same basic principles apply for any camera). Not only does a silhouette create a little mystery and drama in an image, it’s also a great way to breathe some new life into how you approach taking photos.

Here are a few tips to get you started thinking about silhouettes:

photo by Tracey Clark

+ It’s extremely important to study the light source to capture an effective silhouette! While it’s a little counter-intuitive at first, you want the subject to block the light in a way that it falls into darkness; this creates a stark contrast between the light and dark shape.

+ Big, bold and identifiable shapes work best for silhouettes. Power lines, trees, and people standing at a slight distance from each other work far better as silhouette material than clumpy items too close together.

photo by Elizabeth Dillow

+ Instead of tapping the part of the screen that appears darkest (to lighten up the exposure) it’s important to tap the brightest area of your image so you can control the light in the way you want. Experiment to see what a change it makes when exposing the image!

For additional silhouette tips along with scores of other tips and ideas for phone photography, be sure to register for The Phone Photography Project 2—workshop begins July 17!


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July 03, 2014

Dear Photograph,

The grass is not as green as it was the year before Ruby died, and the wild rose bush is not yet in bloom, but there always seems to be a dog underneath the apple tree. That blur in the corner? That's Jovie. She doesn't lie there in the shade as long as Ruby did or as often, but she loves the apple tree, too. Maybe she can sense Ruby there. I think they would have gotten along. After all, don't they say that opposites attract?

Love,
Angie

HOW TO JOIN IN:

[GIVEAWAY CLOSED]

Compose your own and share it with us on our Facebook wall to be entered to win a giveaway for two spots in The Phone Photography Project 2. Giveaway ends Saturday July 5 at midnight. Winners announced Monday July 7. 

The Concept
The idea behind Dear Photograph is simple: hold up a photo from the past in front of the place where it was originally shot, then take a picture of the picture, adding a dedication about what the photograph means to you. The results, however, are astounding. By turns nostalgic, charming, and poignant, Dear Photograph is a stunning visual compilation that evokes childhood memories, laments difficult losses, and above all, celebrates the universal nature of love.

For more Photography inspiration check out The Phone Photography Project 2 workshop here


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July 02, 2014

Dear Photograph,

The wooden fence still stands tall and is just as strong as it was 6 years ago when this family photo was taken. The trees and plants have grown taller as have my five sons. Our family has grown and changed immensely, mostly good, but some not so good.

Now I have to get used to fewer people at home, less time with my grown children, less time looking out the window and watching my children playing, less time with just my boys. And that will take time to grow used to.

Love,
Wendy

HOW TO JOIN IN:

[GIVEAWAY CLOSED]

Compose your own and share it with us on our Facebook wall to be entered to win a giveaway for two spots in The Phone Photography Project 2. Giveaway ends Saturday July 5 at midnight. Winners announced Monday July 7. 

The Concept
The idea behind Dear Photograph is simple: hold up a photo from the past in front of the place where it was originally shot, then take a picture of the picture, adding a dedication about what the photograph means to you. The results, however, are astounding. By turns nostalgic, charming, and poignant, Dear Photograph is a stunning visual compilation that evokes childhood memories, laments difficult losses, and above all, celebrates the universal nature of love.

For more Photography inspiration check out The Phone Photography Project 2 workshop here


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July 01, 2014

 

Dear Photograph,
I stood here on the hotel steps on a house hunting trip to Cheyenne in April 2000, wishing like anything that I could live in one of these beautiful historic old houses (but knowing the two year waiting list made that impossible). I never could have imagined that 12 years later, my home would be the house with the side porch peeking out from behind the cottonwood trees on the most beautiful circle imaginable. Even though it's only temporary until the Air Force sends us somewhere else, I am grateful.
Thank you,

Elizabeth

HOW TO JOIN IN:

[GIVEAWAY CLOSED]

Compose your own and share it with us on our Facebook wall to be entered to win a giveaway for two spots in The Phone Photography Project 2. Giveaway ends Saturday July 5 at midnight. Winners announced Monday July 7. 

The Concept
The idea behind Dear Photograph is simple: hold up a photo from the past in front of the place where it was originally shot, then take a picture of the picture, adding a dedication about what the photograph means to you. The results, however, are astounding. By turns nostalgic, charming, and poignant, Dear Photograph is a stunning visual compilation that evokes childhood memories, laments difficult losses, and above all, celebrates the universal nature of love.

For more Photography inspiration check out The Phone Photography Project 2 workshop here


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June 30, 2014

 *reposted from Ella Publishing's blog

A few years ago I discovered Dear Photograph and have been a fan ever since. I LOVE how it combines old and new photos and facilitates storytelling. This week I am reposting some Dear Photograph images and invite you to create and share your own Dear Photograph.

HOW TO JOIN IN:

[GIVEAWAY CLOSED]

Compose your own and share it with us on our Facebook wall to be entered to win a giveaway for two spots in The Phone Photography Project 2. Giveaway ends Saturday July 5 at midnight. Winners announced Monday July 7. 

The Concept
The idea behind Dear Photograph is simple: hold up a photo from the past in front of the place where it was originally shot, then take a picture of the picture, adding a dedication about what the photograph means to you. The results, however, are astounding. By turns nostalgic, charming, and poignant, Dear Photograph is a stunning visual compilation that evokes childhood memories, laments difficult losses, and above all, celebrates the universal nature of love.

If the concept looks familiar, it seems to have inspired a popular television ad for Chevrolet, as was pointed out in an article from AdWeek.

About the creator of Dear Photograph:
Taylor Jones, at just 22 years of age, was inspired to start his website Dear Photograph as he flipped through old family photos at his parents' kitchen table. When he came across an image of his brother sitting at that very same table, he lifted it up and snapped a picture of the picture. In a moment, the idea for DearPhotograph.com was born. After taking more photographs, Jones posted them on a website and asked people to submit their own renditions -- but he had no idea how overwhelming of a response he would get. In just six short weeks, millions of people had visited, hundreds had submitted, and Jones had created an internet phenomenon that captured the world's attention.


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June 27, 2014

 Thanks for all these timeless ideas Lisa Dickinson, your layouts never go out of style! Learn how she creates such timeless pages in her eBook, Design Workshop.

 


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