A little over a month ago, I decided that Offshoots Photography should join the world of Instagram. I have a personal account already for friends and family pics, but I wanted a place to share portraits as I one day build up the business side of Offshoots.
In the meantime, I am using it to share creative works on the go and as a chance to use some of the awesome mobile photo-editing apps out there. Moreover, like WordPress, it is a great way to connect with other photographers and artists in order to learn from and enjoy their work, as well as to connect with potential clients in my area. I am also using it as a medium to share long forgotten images I may fine tune or completely revamp into photo art.
I am having a lot of fun with it because I can sit anywhere with my phone and create versus being tied to my laptop. Also, pulling up old images brings back lots of good memories.
Do you have an Instagram account for your creative photography? If so, feel free to leave your @accountname or link in the comments.
We are in Gatlinburg, Tennessee right now on family vacation and believe it or not, while in America’s heartland, one of the first places we chose to eat dinner was a full-on Mexican cantina called, “No Way Jose.” Since I am prone to saying this phrase to my children a lot, I thought it was quite appropriate to include them in some of the photos. 😉
For One Word Sunday. “Entwined” tree roots photo art created using Pixlr and PicsArt apps.
When I came across Debbie Smyth’s One Word Sunday’s prompt of “Abstract,” I couldn’t help but go through my archives and reminisce over all the photo art I used to digitally create. These days there are apps that do it all for you with one tap of the screen.
Boy, did I use to dodge and burn, cut and paste, mask and layer, and layer and layer and layer. And pinch and whirl, brush and overlay, multiply and screen, distort and blur. You get the idea.
Each piece began as a photo taken with my camera and then edited in GIMP, which is a free software program very similar to Photoshop from what I hear. I love it.
I did these years ago, and because our style sometimes evolves over time, I imagine my pieces would look different today…or maybe not. I may start experimenting again to find out.
Light painting, or light drawing, is a photographic technique in which exposures are made by moving a hand-held light source while taking a long exposure photograph, either to illuminate a subject or to shine a point of light directly at the camera, or by moving the camera itself during exposure.
My daughters and I had fun experimenting with light painting recently. They used a small flash light to create these designs. We happen to catch my pup in the first one. 🙂
Santa always comes to our house even though the kids know how things work. 😉 He wraps his presents in green and red tissue paper just like he did when I was a child.