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Smile and the whole world smiles with you

Today is World Smile Day, which was thought up by Harvey Ball, a commercial artist from Worcester, Massachusetts, who’s credited with creating the ubiquitous smiley face logo. We smile when we’re happy, when we achieve goals and sometimes even in the face of adversity. We crack a smile, grin from ear to ear and fortune [...]

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Women’s day

Today is International Women’s Day, a recognition of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women as well as the issues they face. Women are mothers and daughters, nieces and aunts, sisters and cousins. They are homemakers and chefs, athletes and spectators, authors and teachers, scholars and poets and much more. The achievements of [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Child’s play

“Childhood means simplicity. Look at the world with the child’s eye – it is very beautiful.”- Kailash Satyarthi The subject of the latest Readers Photo Challenge assignment is “Children.” They are often among the subjects that everyone photographs the most. Kids grow up so fast and we want to capture all the special moments in [...]

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A sense of selfie

Be yourself, but always be your better self.” – Karl G. Maeser The Oxford Dictionary traces the first use of the word “selfie” back to 2002. By 2013 not only did they add it to the dictionary but made it their word of the year. In a recent post blogger Matt Walsh posted an article [...]

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Tips for posing

Posing people for portraits can be harder than one thinks. It’s more than just standing a subject in front of the camera and clicking the button. One has to learn how to tactfully maneuver a person to make them look their best. Aside from professional models who practice at it, most subjects don’t know how [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Face-off

“The face is the mirror of the mind, and eyes without speaking confess the secrets of the heart.” – St. Jerome Portraits are all about the face. Looking at faces is the main way that we recognize others. We’ll often remember the face of someone we’ve met long ago even though we may not recall [...]

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Put a smile on someone’s face

Getting a subject to give an authentic smile for a photograph can be easier said than done. It mostly involves establishing a rapport with them and making them feel comfortable in front of the camera, again, easier said than done. Here’s a short video featuring North Carolina-based photographer Tamara Lackey who’s a Nikon ambassador. In [...]

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To be seen

In 2009 Nashville-based photographer Jeremy Cowert put out an internet challenge to photographers everywhere to use their talents to help those in need by taking their portraits and delivering prints to them. He called the event Help-Portrait and it, as they say, went viral. In cities in countries around the world photographers and other volunteers [...]

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The diversity of a diverse city

“We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color.”- Maya Angelou Forbes magazine’s methodology in determining America’s Most Miserable Cities includes factors such as unemployment, tax rates, median home price, foreclosure rates and even [...]

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A class act

There are horror stories about some sports stars. They’re arrogant, aloof, conceited and they give all athletes a bad name. True, they may be talented in the their chosen field of play, but they feel that they deserve the praise that they often get.  Alvaro “Yaqui” Lopez, the boxing legend from Stockton, is NOT one [...]

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