When You Give a girl a camera

When You Give a girl a camera

Lights. Camera. Creative Minds.

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Photography is a special tool. Photography allows anyone to document the world through their perceptive. We have reached a point in time in which most people have a camera attached to their hip. I think it is beautiful.

I think everyone should be given the chance to hold a camera or at least stand on the other side of one. We are all on this earth for a short time. We should enjoy it. We should also leave beautiful pieces of history for the future generations to enjoy too.

When you give a girl a camera, she was able to document the flowers she stopped to smell.

I wanted to show those moments that mattered. Those little laughs, those happy snacks, those colorful faces that made small moments memories. I was able to show those moments.

When you give a girl a camera, she felt a new power in her hands.

I was given the chance to share my world, my perceptive, my life. I although it may not seem like a lot because I am one in a million, it is a lot for me. I was able to show the world the way I wanted it to look. I want my life to be honest and truthful.

When you give a girl a camera, she was able to share her travels around the world.

Postcards are cool. Postcards are professional photos on perfect days. But when I saw the Effiel Tower, it was glum and rainy. The only postcards I could find were sunny days. I want to show off the attraction the way I saw it, not just the way everyone else sees it every day.

When you give a girl a camera, she was given technology to make her own art.

My art, my rules. I am able to play with lights, play in different weather, find new angles and make different textures. Thanks to today's technology, I also have Photoshop to help with that creativity.

When you give a girl camera, she was able to look back on the memories of my loved ones I have lost.

Grief and loss are tough pills to swallow. Photographs and memories make them easier to handle. They remind us of the happier and simpler times that I wish I could hold onto. I am so grateful for every photograph I can collect.

When you give me a camera, you give me a chance to change the perspective of the world.

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10 VSCO Presets That Make You Look Tan As All Heck

Because come on, we can't all be sun kissed while also working 40 hours a week.

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I don't know about you, but I cannot seem to get to the golden shade that I so desperately want. Think I'm silly all you want, but being tan makes me more confident. Now, working 40 hours a week, during prime sun hours doesn't exactly help this dilemma, so I have taken the matter into my own hands. These are a few of the VSCO Filter pre-sets that make me feel just as sun-kissed and stunning as I aspire to be, from the comfort of my cubicle.

1. E8 +8, Contrast +1, Temperature -1, Saturation -1, H. Tint Magenta +3

2. HB2 +7, Contrast -1, Exposure -1, Temperature +0.5, Saturation +1, Fade +1.5, Grain +4

3. C8 +12, Exposure -2, Saturation -2/+2, Grain +3 (Optional)

4. C1 +12, Fade +4, Contrast +2, Exposure +2, Saturation -2, Tint +3

5. A4 +7, Exposure -2, Contrast +1.7, Temperature +1.7, Tint +1.0, Saturation -2.0, Skin tone -1.0

6. M3 +12, Temperature -1, Contrast +2, Saturation -1/+1

7. E3 +12, Temperature -1, Saturation -2, Skin -2

8. HB1 +8, Exposure -1, Temperature -1

9. C1 +12, Exposure -1, Contrast +2, Temperature +2, Saturation -2, Skin Tone -3

10. G1 +8, Exposure -2, Contrast +2, Saturation +2, Temperature -1, Fade +2

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Experimental Photography: Lomochrome Purple

Autumn in Boston shot on 35mm Lomochrome Purple

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This article will follow a slightly different format from my past articles. I won't be critiquing individual shots, because I feel that these shots are best displayed to the reader in a set to get the whole aesthetic. Instead, I'll give some general background info for my shooting in this paragraph, and then I'll let you sit back and enjoy the shots as they were intended.
I took off to Boston specifically to shoot Boston Commons with this film stock by Lomochrome. The color shifts will be obvious, and the film can be shot at a range of ISO. I shot at ISO 100 for this whole roll, and I found that direct sunlight yielded really nice shifts.
This is not a film that I would generally use for portrait work because of the uncanny skin tones, however, it's brilliant for street and landscape work. Feeling like a purist, I opted to shoot the roll with my Leica M6 and most of the shots were shot with either a 35mm f/1.2 or a 50mm f/2, though I did try to stop down when I could for maximum sharpness.
Without further ado, enjoy the shots!

Michael Neal

Michael Neal

Michael Neal

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