Monthly Archives: July 2011
Like a lot of other people, I have struggled to make Facebook work for me as a career building tool. Facebook is a huge social network, and it would be nice to take advantage of the size for professional networking. There just doesn’t seem to be any good way to do it. Many people have created fan pages as a way to lead a double life on Facebook, saving their public interactions for their page rather than their profile. I too tried that. The problem is that nobody ever sees my page. Even if you clicked the link on my blog, you had to log in to Facebook before you could see the page. Then you can click “Like” or maybe comment on a post, and that’s pretty much the end of it.
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Google+ is still pretty new, and still kind of empty compared to Facebook or Twitter, but it has a lot of potential. G+ lets people interact with me personally, rather than a page about me. The interactions can be public, shared with a limited group, or private. All I wanted to do on Facebook was share stuff like links and photos quickly, and let other people share with me too. With a little more development, I think Google+ could replace my Facebook page, Twitter stream, and You Tube channel. All it needs is users.
Since my Facebook fan page really never had users, I don’t see the point in keeping it. It’s gone. As long as my friends are using Facebook, I will keep using my profile, but the fan page was useless. For public or professional networking, I will start over with Google+. In fact, I kind of hope this is the beginning of the end for fan pages, and the senseless over use of the “Like” button in advertising.
Create this aged looking effect by combining this photo,
and this texture.
Here are the steps:
- Put the texture in a layer above the photo.
- Change the texture’s blend mode to something like “vivid light” or “overlay” depending on your preferences, and drop the opacity somewhere between 15 and 20.
- Add a slight blur and vignette to the edges of the photo.
- De-saturate the colors a bit, drop the contrast, and shift the color balance toward yellow.
There you have it, one vacation snapshot made to look old and neglected. As if you would want to do that.
I recently stumbled on this technique for creating shapes from out of focus points of light in a photo. Of course I had to try it immediately. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a studio and a portrait subject handy at the time. I got by with a Yoda toy, some Christmas lights, and a flashlight. It was a hasty set up, but it was enough to prove that this technique works.
This video from Make Magazine explains how to accomplish the effect.
Another more advanced example of the technique in action. This one, by Kaleb Wentzel-Fisher, can be found on Supernormals.org.
And the creators of that video were kind enough to post a behind the scenes look at how they created the shapes.
So what do you think of this photography technique? Elegant and creative, or cheesy and unprofessional? Let me know in the comments!
Yesterday morning brought some thunderstorms through the Milwaukee area. The wind was gusting pretty hard at times, causing some people to lose power. Here are a couple photos I took from my balcony. The first is taken at 1/60th of a second. The second exposure is four seconds long, allowing the wind to blur the tree branches.