Entry: Portrait of the Artist
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From Quinn
Are there goldfish in that bag?
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Official Comment From Jessica
What, you mean like the kind you win at the carnival?

Everyone sees something different in the bag.

It is full of shadowy magic like that.

From McDuck
Website: http://www.sonicbeef.com
The concept of thirds with regard to framing a photograph is also important. If you take a photo with the subject or object in the exact center of the frame, it's not nearly as intriguing as framing it in an upper, lower, left or right third of the frame, to draw the eye all over the picture and add to the entire effect of the shot you are trying to take. That is one concept I learned early on that has helped me greatly in my own photographic efforts...but you already knew that one.
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Official Comment From Jessica
Yes, but I'm not going to go into actual photography technique and theory in terms of framing et cetera, so feel free to comment/link that stuff for others.

From Sean Stubblefield
Website: http://exastra23.deviantart.com/gallery/
There is a fallacy in common conception that if you are talented, then you'd be getting paid for it, "professionally".
yeah, no...
as Jess would say and has said, "amateur" does not mean without skill or craft.
photography is one of my passions, although I've had no formal or class training. I'm a better photographer than my camera unfortunately allows; yet that limitation and capacity of equipment results in giving a particular style to my vision that wouldn't be possible with better resources. Sometimes, the medium itself and conditions of creation become aspects of the art. I can't afford a "professional" setup or "experience" to take the quality of pics I'd prefer, but I do the best I can with what I've got... and still manage to create some awesome.

gallery linked above. yes, I plugged myself.

and McDuck, "third" space is a basic rule in videography, as well. but the propriety of any technique depends on context.
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