Why The Camera Doesn’t Always Make Us Look Good

Have you ever had a photo taken of yourself, and thought, “Wow, do I look awful!” While photos aren’t meant to solely be a dig at our self-esteem, there’s a reason that the mirror and photos make us appear completely different.

The Camera Adds Ten Pounds!

This is sort of true. While eating a diet full of fast food is inevitably going to make you appear a bit larger than a camera will, the camera does add a few pounds to your appearance in certain circumstances. It all depends upon the type of lens being used.

Wide Angle Lenses

Wide angle lenses provide a shot that’s wider than your own eyes can even see. When this type of lens is used, it can actually bloat objects in the middle of the frame and stretch other objects that are on the outskirts of the frame. 

Telephoto Lenses

These lenses are more flattering on their subjects. Most photographers won’t use a wide angle lens for a project that is strictly for portrait photography. Telephoto lenses actually slightly compress the width of the “widest” parts of its subject. When you think of this kind of lens, think of the paparazzi. They will make you look flattering!

Other Sources Of Distortion

There are a few other ways that subjects in photos can become distorted. Lighting is one of the main causes of this difference in appearance. The flash, for example, illuminates a subject quite harshly. This is why lighting is one of the most important aspects of both photo shoots and television and movie shoots. Lighting should accentuate soft shadows of the face. A bright light shining directly on the subject is too prominent turns a face into something that should be in a horror movie- a shadowless figure. 

Mirrors Lie Too

Mirrors literally flip your own image around. The image you are used to seeing of yourself is actually the exact opposite of how you appear to others in the outside world. Trippy, right? Mirrors ultimately show a much different perspective than that of a photographer.

The right photographer can capture your true beauty with the right tools and setting. Just remember, beauty takes time!

This squirrel sure had a fun time posing for the camera. He didn’t even ask if he looked okay!

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   Be sure to check out all of the different “subjects” that Digital Musings Art covers on our website

   

How Every Photograph Comes To Have Its Own Story

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If you have ever watched the sunset, or stood by the edge of the ocean and thought, “Wow, this is just breathtaking! My camera may not even be able to capture this beauty!” You could be right. The things we see with the naked eye often can’t ever be exactly replicated with a lens or on a canvas. The photographs we do take, however, encompass memories and feelings that are forever frozen in a moment in time. 

There’s a process to taking pictures where so much happens in one moment that the photographer actually works backwards in a way to describe his process.

  • How was the angle set up?
  • What was was the exposure set to?
  • Where was the photo taken?
  • What time of day was the photo taken?

Behind every photo, there’s a story. Photographs tell stories on their own, without any words necessary.

Our Stories 

We hope that you’ll join Richard Hinds of Digital Musings on Thursday February 9 at 2 PM at the West Bridgewater Public Library to talk more about the stories behind his photographs.

Rich will do a 30 minute talk about his photography on display. Then, he’ll be available for a Q&A while you take a closer look at the pieces he has on display. Hope to see you there!

The West Bridgewater Public Library is located at:

80 Howard St, West Bridgewater, MA 02379

SURPRISE! Digital Musings Is Featured In Another Gallery

Digital Musings will be featured in the Art Gallery in West Bridgewater Public Library! We will close out 2016 by showing our photography and digital art there. Stop by the library anytime from December 6 through the first week of January 2017.

A variety of pieces will be on display, including several from our recently concluded run at Better Bean Coffee. There will be a few new items as well, including “Wine Barrels en Vogue,” a 10-inch canvas.

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Stay tuned for a Facebook event to be posted for a talk at the library with Richard Hinds, creator of Digital Musings.

Monday Musings 11/14/2016

In the middle of winter, it’s often hard to remember amidst the ice, snow and cold that there’s still so much beauty everywhere, especially in our favorite summer spots. The beauty of winter is often more than meets the eye (or the freezing hand)!

This week’s featured photograph is titled “Golden Hour Sea Oats” and was taken at Powder Point in Duxbury, Massachusetts in the dead of winter. Golden light falling on the oats remind us of the simple beauty in nature. We often forget about our favorite beach spot in the colder months. This is for obvious reasons, namely that we don’t want to be freezing! Yet, especially by the ocean, there’s so much beauty the whole year through.

At Powder Point, it’s scenery changes ever so slightly with the seasons and it’s certain that each new season brings something new to this special spot, tucked away on the south shore of Massachusetts.

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You can order prints of “Golden Hour Sea Oats” here.

Monday Musings 11/7/2016

Introducing “Monday Musings,” a weekly blog entry that will highlight one Digital Musings image and provide you with some insight about the area or object it depicts.

The art print featured below shows the famous North Beach district in San Fransisco, California. Featuring an array of restaurants and cafes to choose from, along with many unique shops, there’s a feeling of the melting pot spirit in North Beach. You truly get a sense of what America is all about when you’re there.

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Nestled between Chinatown and Fisherman’s Wharf is what gives this spot such a vibrant cultural reputation. Everyone from writers, to investors, to explorers and artists come to mix together here, making North Beach a hub of activity.

This print is a limited edition of just 200 copies! Feel free to contact us with any questions about the print. Ready to order? Click the order form and a quality digital art print will be on its way to you!