Grand Memories

Photographic Art
by John Haldane

If You Never Ask …

Written by John on February 4, 2014

… you’ll never know. It is easy to be shy. It is far more comfortable to keep quiet, stay at a distance, never take chances. We are taught from an early age that gambling is bad and loses far more than it wins. Yet the biggest success stories are from those who did gamble, took…

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Before and After

Written by John on January 25, 2014

I was asked, “How do you do what you do with photos?” There isn’t a simple answer. Each piece I create is different, with a completely unique combination of tools and processes. As with any artist, I start with a conception but change and tweak as I create. It all started a couple decades ago…

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Written by John on January 21, 2014

I got to reminiscing about college when I realized that I graduated 40 years ago. Time sure flies! I was remembering my last semester when I only needed one required course and could fill 9 more hours with electives. So I took fun class like “Science Fiction and Fantasy” and “Chess.” How did I get…

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Good and Bad of Photo Websites

Written by John on December 5, 2013

There are hundreds of web sites available for people to show their photos, to sell them, or to enter them into contests. This blog cannot look at all of them, so I will look at three, each with a different purpose. The three are Flickr, ViewBug, and Fine Art America. Flickr has been around a…

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Stuck in the Middle

Written by John on November 14, 2013

Some of you (my generation certainly) will remember the ads “Is it real or is it Memorex?” It was an attempt to prove that the cassette tape replicated real sound so well that one couldn’t tell the difference. Fast forward to today. With the advent of incredible software, one can ask of a photograph “Is…

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Before you enter any photo contest

Written by John on November 7, 2013

Before you enter any photo contest, be sure to READ THE RULES! A local newspaper has a Fall Photo contest running at the time I write this blog. One of the rules reads as follows: By entering the Contest, each contestant grants to Sponsor an exclusive, royalty-free and irrevocable right and license to publish, print,…

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What is “Photographic Art”?

Written by John on September 17, 2013

You may have noticed the radical changes in photography since it left film and the darkroom and entered the digital and computer age. There are glaring differences between film and digital, especially on the developing side. There has been many a cry that images taken from the camera and “manipulated” in a computer are not…

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How to create a fake magazine cover

Written by John on August 18, 2013

Today’s blog is on having fun with your photos. Create a fake magazine cover like these using your photo, Photoshop, and some imagination. Let’s start by mimicking existing magazines.  One of the easiest is Time Magazine. In this creation, I used a photo of myself to make it look like I will be next year’s…

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Rights of Photographers

Written by John on August 6, 2013

What rights do you, as a photographer have to take pictures? The law in the United States of America is pretty simple. You are allowed to photograph anything with the following exceptions: • Certain military installations or operations. • People who have a reasonable expectation of privacy. That is, people who are some place that’s…

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What Do You Use to Get That Shot?

Written by John on July 19, 2013

I am often asked how I “got the shot” that looks so good. The easy, smart-aleck answer is: I don’t “point and shoot.” The honest, and complicated, answer involves years of experience, accumulation of equipment, and using the right stuff at the right time. My equipment includes Canon 7D camera Canon 5D Mark III camera…

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