December 2009 Blog Posts (4)

Extra Credit?

edit* - only students who have completed the final may take advantage of this!



As the semester comes to a close, it has come to my attention that some of you may be lacking in the grades department. Generally, this is due to the fact that you may have never turned in a project or two and therefore have a zero on your grade report. Well, for those of you who are truly in need, I offer the following.

Visit a museum and earn extra credit.

It is quite… Continue

Added by ben necochea on December 13, 2009 at 9:00pm — No Comments

THE HUNDREDS

Ok soo soome of u guys kno i woork for the hundreds LA
if u guys dont kno what that is then u guys are looosers hahaha
check it out www.thehundreds.com
but for those who do kno were having a sale this sat and sunday @ the wearhouse
1729 wall st la ca thats the addy check it out
:D

Added by hugo hernandez on December 10, 2009 at 8:25am — No Comments

Get PAID For Your Photography!

Newly launched FocalPop went live this week with a really cool premise: Anybody looking to buy a specific kind of picture will post a request and the amount that they're willing to pay, and photographers (you guys) submit your best stuff based on the request. Requester likes your picture/you get paid!



Of course the requesters are mainly agencies looking for commercially viable images, but what the heck--we live in a commercial… Continue

Added by Steven Perry on December 9, 2009 at 5:34pm — 3 Comments

Using a Critical Eye Toward Photo Composition

Check out this list of 25 tips to consider when framing your still or motion imagery. This is a great collection of the obvious and not so obvious.

25 Photo Composition Tips

Added by Steven Perry on December 5, 2009 at 3:27pm — No Comments

...everyday we tumbln'

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Are penguin cookies automatically an “A”? Life’s questions…

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"Vessels": Self-Portrait

Original: Flickr
I'd previously shot a couple of artistic nudes in the past and they weren't too big of a deal to me because they were just topless and never sexually explicit (same case with this photo). I've always taken risks for the sake of art, but I guess I never took such a risk of nudity with my own body being for a few things:

1) My professional and personal life outside of my photography work (helloooo background checks, lol).
2) My own self-esteem issues.
3) My Asian family and their modest ways
4) I'd always been in a relationship, so public nudity was sort of a no-no thing.

I've always shot self-portraits with no clothes on for the reason being I feel that clothes are too distracting. I am not a model. Shooting myself is serious business. Being the model and the artist at the same time makes me see the overall photo with high standards-- creating a striking piece while at the same time creating a photo I feel flatters me (because let's face it, who likes an ugly photo of themself?). This time around, I shot this photo and expected to crop out the chest area as I always do, but this time I thought differently.

I cropped really close in. I censored my nipples. Those ruined the overall feel of the image. I posted a SFW outtake of this photo set instead. Then I even thought to just keep it for myself and never show anyone, but then I thought, "why? This is a pretty cool photo and I would love to share it with people." The only touchy subject here in reality is just my own courage and whether or not -I- feel comfortable with sharing this on the Internet. So, why not.

SFW outtake I took. Although I love this one also, I feel the nude one was striking on its own.
I admit there is an underlying fear for my professional and personal life outside of photography-- if my peers and coworkers ever saw this image of me it would probably seem a bit awkward knowing they've seen my breasts. My family (especially my parents) would not be happy with this photo. But I honestly in no way perceive this photo as lewd or raunchy or the least bit sexual.

Let's stress that: nudity does not have to be sexual.

Most of my favorite images are nudes, and my reasoning is that sometimes in photos, raw emotion can be gilded by the burden of clothes. Clothes are armor. When you strip that, all you see is, well, human emotion.

Raw. Human. Emotion. Vulnerability.

That's what artistic nudity is. And this image is no different.

And anyway, nudity has been in art for ages. Who's brilliant idea was it to throw potato sacks on our bodies and deem our bodies as sinful images? We are human, our bodies are human. Why would you cover that up? For decency's sake? Who ever rose up to the platform and made that decision for us and take away our freedom to bare our skin? Why should we be ashamed of our skin?

I think my own personal learning experience from this is to learn to not regret that I've posted this on the Internet, and be proud of it. Not proud of showing my breasts to the world, but proud that I can perceive this image and my own body as a work of art. Because that's what it is. The human body is nothing to be ashamed of.

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