13 Lessons to Teach Your Child About Digital Photography
2. Check your Backgrounds
3. Hold the Camera Straight
4. How to Hold a Camera
5. Get in Close
6. Take Lots of Photos
7. Getting the Balance Right Between Photographing People, ‘Things’ and Places
8. Find a Point of Interest
9. Rule of Thirds
10. Review Your Children’s Images with Them
11. Focal Lock
12. Different Modes for Different Situations
13. Exposure Settings
Friday, October 10, 2008
13 Lessons to Teach Your Child About Digital Photography
Saturday, September 20, 2008
The photos depicted two U.S. soldiers, Staff Sgt. Darris Dawson and Sgt. Wesley R. Durbin, who both died in Iraq on September 14.
Bob Owen of the San Antonio Express-News, who first discovered the photos had been digitally altered, commented, “I’d like to think that the media holds itself pretty accountable and we try really hard to keep high standards. … Obviously the army, and the government, doesn’t see anything wrong with that [photo altering] at all.”
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
This is the first part of a three part series that will help you to master Photoshop in and out in just one week. Today’s part is all about getting to know the basics of the program and how to operate the complex software - nothing amazing, but you need to crawl before you can walk!
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Photo Gallery: Coastlines
Coastguard Beach in Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Cape Kiwanda State Park, Oregon
Rugen Island, Germany
North Slope, Alaska.
Chandeleur Islands, Louisiana
Baltic Sea near Germany
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Your printer is lying to you
By covering up a sensor on the side of the toner cartridge with a piece of electrical tape he tricked the printer into thinking the cartridge was full. Well, not so much trick as convince: Manjoo says his printer's been going strong ever since, eight months and hundred of pages down the road, pumping out perfect pages.
Printers of both the laser and inkjet variety are notorious not just for requiring expensive replacement cartridges but for trying to get you to replace them well before you need to. It's epidemic in the industry, to the point where class action lawsuits have filed against Epson and Hewlett-Packard over the trickery.
Yes you read correctly, TECH demo. She's fake. She IS the demo.
Until the 1:30 mark when they revert back to the source (the real actress), her entire face is being simulated by the technology.
Peace out uncanny valley!
Meet "Emily" - Image Metrics Tech Demo
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
How to Win a Photography Competition
1. Know and Follow the Competition Rules
2. Stick to the Theme of the Competition
3. Do Some Research
4. Avoid Cliches and Stand Out
5. Aim for Technical Brilliance
6. Avoid Distracting Elements
7. Go for a Reaction
8. Enter Another Competition
Thursday, August 21, 2008
25 Most Colorful Lakes on Earth [pics]
Peyto Lake in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
Perito Moreno in Patagonia, Argentina
Five Flower Lake in Jiuzhaigon National Park, China
salt lakes, Uyuni, Bolivia
Wise Lake, Congaree National Park, South Carolina.
Yellow Lake, Mill Hollow in the Unita Forest
Bluff Lake near Starkville, Mississippi
Henley Lake, New Zealand
Green Lake, Wisconsin
red lake at Sanetsch Pass, Switzerland
Albertville in the French Alps
Red salt lake, Tunisia
Lake Murray, South Carolina
Lake Tahoe, California/Nevada
Blue Lake in South Australia
champagne pool, rotorua, new zealand
Kelimutu in Flores, Indonesia
Dark, brooding and menacing. This apparition, which materialised over the skies of Hertfordshire, looks like an expensive special effect from a horror movie.
The strange globular clouds, which resemble drops of oil poured into a murky pond, appear to herald the appearance of an alien spacecraft, here to cause havoc.
In fact, this picture shows a rare but perfectly natural (and perfectly harmless, provided you do not try to fly through it in light aircraft) meteorological phenomenon known as a mammatus cloud.
This picture was taken by Ian Pattison, 31, an assistant librarian, outside his home in St Albans last week. He said: 'I got a new phone last week and when I saw this amazing sky, I just grabbed it and started snapping.'
Monday, August 11, 2008
Sandstone arch collapses in national park in Utah
ARCHES NATIONAL PARK, Utah: One of the largest and most photographed
arches in Arches National Park has collapsed.
The arch, called Wall
Arch, was along Devils Garden Trail, one of the most popular in the park. For
years, the arch has been a favorite stopping point
Paul Henderson, the park's chief of interpretation,
said the arch had been claimed by forces that would eventually destroy others in
the park: gravity and erosion.
This is a shame. I have never been to arches but it is the loss of a great photographic asset.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Monday, March 10, 2008
Karen also designs photo printed merchandise she calls Picture and a Few Words. They are beautiful Photographs with fun captions.
When Life is a whirlwind remember there is no place like home
When you still feel the wonder of a child despite decades of experience
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Aspens on Hill
An Original color landscape photophaph of Aspens Trees on Hill in Yellowstone National Park Wyoming by Tom Shea
Saturday, March 8, 2008
These "old monarchs" will take your breath away !
Trunk of the General Sherman Tree
Friday, March 7, 2008
Thursday, March 6, 2008
An original color photograph of a sunrise in Denali National Park Alaska
Original Color Panorama Landscape Photograph of the Denali Mountain Range at dusk, Denali National Park, Alaska at Sunset
Friday, February 29, 2008
TOM SHEA now has a show at Spiral Flight Yoga called EXAMPLES OF GRANDEUR. It includes photographs of several National Parks including Denali, Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and Yellowstone as well as other photos of natural beauty.
Bright Angel Point
Grand Canyon National Park,
Wolf Tracks on Geyser Basin
Yellowstone National Park
Waterfall, Avalanche Lake
Glacier National Park
Near McLaren Glacier Alaska
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Return of Freedom is Color photograph of The Statue of Freedom being airlifted by Helicopter back to the top of the United States Capitol Building in Washington DC on October 23, 1993.
The Statue had been removed and restored. This is an uplifting image which symbolizes American values, strength and technological Prowess of our nation.
8 by 10 Prints available directly from TOM SHEA for $20. For More Information e-mail Abandonrealityphotography at gmail.com.
This image also available on Merchandise through Café Press.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Tom has taken thousands of pictures of the Slickee Boys. His photographs are on several of the bands record jackets. He was a Roadie and Driver for the Slickee's in the Early '80's. His Yellow Van can be see in the video When I go to the Beach.
"When I started taking pictures of the Slickee Boys back in 1980, I would shoot without flash because I did not want the stage background to be competing with the band. "
August 18th 2006 Pictures at the 930 Club
May 27th 2007 at the 9:30 club
Monday, February 25, 2008
Items needed for a successful card shoot:
1. duffle bag containing
2. camera, flash, tripod and a remote trigger and of course film if that is your medium.
3. outside sunlight -directionally at the family, early morning or late afternoon.
4. optional: x-mas tree
large snow flakes
lites & garland
5. patience in setting up.
6. and if you do not have a remote trigger, somebody walking along will surely take the shots for you because once they get over the laughter of seeing you dressed up as Santa's helpers, they want to contribute to the craziness.
See our Christmas Cards
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Karen is the Web Master and Computer Tech Support for Abandon Reality Photography. She is also the Child Wrangler.
She likes to point and shoot. She loves digital because she can just keep clicking and she can see whether the camera captured what Karen thought was interesting. Karen likes to go on walks and find interesting details to photograph that others walk by everyday without noticing.
Karen uses a Leica D-Lux 3.
Karen has a line of Christmas Tree Ornament which abstract designs derived from highly manpiuated photographs. She calls them Abstract Ornaments.
Karen also designs photo printed merchandise she calls Picture and a Few Words.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
The idea of capturing a good image has always been my goal. From the first camera, with figuring out the manual operation, to the use of a digital SLR and the many dimensions of capture, there is a great feeling when thought and sight lead to a perfect shot.
I've always been aware of light when looking at a subject. The highlights are important but the shadows are most intriguing. When I started taking pictures of the Slickee Boys back in 1980, I would shoot without flash because I did not want the stage background to be competing with the band.
Friday, February 22, 2008
Photography by Tom and Karen Shea. Pictures of National Parks (Denali, Grand Canyon, Sequoia, Yellowstone) Washington D.C., The Slickee Boys, Weird Stuff and our two beautiful girls, Selena and Diana.
Karen uses a Leica and likes to point and shoot lots of experiment images and see what looks cool.
Abandon Reality means in this age of technology, imaging has little to do with reality. Framing, filters, lighting, cropping and digital manipulation can change an image so much that the final picture has little to do with reality and everything to do with artistic vision.
So, Welcome to Abandon Reality. Embrace the beautiful, the weird, the cool, and the fun. Who needs the boring reality. We have Photography.
Abandon all reality ye who enter here. ;)