|December 1st, 2005 (vol. 1, issue 9)|
Hot Bird Talk, Issue 9
Art for People: jonbidwell.com
A few of you may know Jon Bidwell, our resident printing guru, and you may also have seen his art before. For those who don't know his story, JB began creating digital art in 1996, long before most of us realized the potential of digital design. His works include a broad range of digital photography, digital abstractions and hand-illustrated tribal designs. In the past 10 years, JB's collections have grown into the hundreds. And for those of us who have witnessed his evolutions, our hats are off. (For those traditionalists who couldn't believe that 'digital' and 'art' would ever truly be accepted together...ahem, tell that to the Smithsonian.)
We recently re-designed JB's site from the ground up, to house his growing body of works and in support of his Art for People movement. But instead of giving you any more, "we love JB, his art, and his site" talk (although we do) we're going to let him speak for himself. From his website:
And as for JB's site, he weilds an amazing amount of flexibility - truly his own online gallery. He controls where and under what circumstances each of his hundreds of pieces are diplayed, can add new items, sells his art at a variety of print sizes - including limited editions - and even offers e-gift certificates and free downloadable wallpaper. Art for People - People for Art.
Support During the Holidays
We all need support. Want to know and easy and affordable way to provide it for everyone coming to your house for the holidays this year? Buy a tripod! Tripods are one of the easiest ways to improve your indoor holiday photography. They are lightweight, affordable, reduce the dreaded camera shake you get from drinking too much coffee Christmas morning (or eggnog on Christmas Eve), and most importantly, they let you be in the photo too!
Simply group everyone together in front of the tree. Put the camera on your tripod and take the time to center the image and make sure you're not going to cut off anyone's head, including your own. (Have someone stand where you plan to be in the photograph to ensure perfect composition.) If you've got a rowdy bunch, set your camera's timer for a 20 second delay and go get in the picture and get the kids calmed down. Watch the auto focus light as it flashes one time for each second and start the countdown! "Five, four, everyone look at the camera and smile! Two, one, show time!" It's as easy as that. Now you've got a shot of the whole family including yourself to cherish for years to come. A basic tripod can be purchased and delivered to your house in plenty of time for Christmas for around $24. Once you have one, you'll use it year after year at other holiday events and family get togethers. Tripods always make the perfect picture.
Need a recommendation? Check out this nice tripod by Vidpro for just $17.95 - from The Lazarus Group's favorite online photography vendor, B&H Photo Video.
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Images from Jon Bidwell