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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Spiritus to Lark, Digital Camera Tips

"My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals him[her]self in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind." Albert Einstein

"Spiritus" Art Submittal
I have not been up on submitting things to publishers but I could not resist trying for the new publication planned by Lark Books: 500 Found Object Works. As I mentioned in a previous post I had taken a workshop last year that focused on using found objects, basically recycling into art and was quite pleased with the result. I wasn't overthinking when I made this art object, it just seemed the pieces wanted to be where I put them. I tried to fight off putting the nails on it, but then it does fit.... trying to reach heaven, we all are, but being bound to the earth, rooted, nailed. And I was thinking about the various forms religion or spirituality takes, mandalas, ancient lettering texts, halos and energy and breathing... Spiritus.

Digital Camera Tips
Here is a better picture than previously posted, as I tasked myself this past week to learn how to use the macro on my digital (a simple setting change), plus also learned how to set the camera for sharper deeper resolution, as I want to submit more art and publishers require sharp good resolution. Go to your camera menu, look for something called quality and change it to fine or best. Then I also changed the settings to the largest size picture it could take - I got great images. However, making these changes also means I could only take about 5-6 pictures at a time without downloading them, so I wouldn't want to leave those settings all the time.... or I'd miss a lot of good photo opportunities on the road. With the standard settings I get about 100 pictures....... A lot of you probably already knew these tips...

10 comments:

Gwen said...

Oh, thanks so much for these tips! I didn't know these things, or if I did, I forgot! I like your spiritus figure, too!

Thanks for your comment on my blog, too! I had those little collages at Third Place, but didn't get around to showing them to everyone...

HeartFire said...

I hardly got to talk to you Sunday since you were way at the other end of that long table....hmmm, maybe we should rotate every hour!

There's still a lot on that digital camera & photoshop I have no clue about, but I think the key is just to focus to learn one thing at a time and keep doing it.

JonesMoore said...

I'm so glad you submitted that piece to Lark Books! There always seems to be new things to learn about digital photography and Photoshop...I have vowed to learn more this year.

HeartFire said...

Thanks Lisa, I thought your pieces were were strong..... I hope we both get published!!

Tara Ross Studios said...

I love this piece, I'm sue you will get published. The image is gret. I love your camera tips, now I have to try that. The problem too, is I have an old computer, and it can't handle too many large images it bogs it down.

Have a great weekend!

HeartFire said...

I'm glad my camera "tip" was helpful! Also glad you like this piece too...

Nicole Austin said...

Hi,

I took this class with you last year at Artfest! I remember this piece very well! It was one of my favorites! I love the nails across the back and what you said about what they represent. Good luck, hope you get published!

Nicole

HeartFire said...

Thanks Nicole, see you soon at AF, are you taking M DeMeng again?

Janette Kearns Wilson said...

Thankyou for visiting me. I have enjoyed your blog very much and how good about the new Lark books...and they a wonderful series.
I see I will need to learn more about my camera.

HeartFire said...

Janette,
you do great with your camera, love your photos & collaborations! Thanks for stopping in!