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International Call for Artists for Online Art Competition, “Water / Seascapes”

Contemporary Art Gallery Online announces their 3rd Annual International “Water / Seascapes” Online Art Competition for the month of June 2016.  Contemporary Art Gallery 20496934-TomSwimm_ColorsOfBermuda_Oiloncanvas_36x24_6000Online encourages entries from all 2D and 3D artists regardless of their experience or education in the art field. A group exhibition of all entrants will be held online at Contemporary Art Gallery Online during the month of June 2016. Awards will be given for the top 5 chosen winners in the Paintings, Photography/Digital Art and Mixed Media/3D Categories.   In addition to the winning images, depending on the amount and the quality of the entries received, Honorable Recognition awards will also be presented.  This competition closes June 30, 2016. Winners will be announced on July 11, 2016.

To read the complete Prospectus: http://www.contemporaryartgalleryonline.gallery/June-2016-art-competition-seascape

 

Image Information: Tom Swimm “Colors of Bermuda”

Application Link:  http://tinyurl.com/ArtCompetitionForm

Five Tips to Becoming a Better Photograp

Five Tips to Becoming a Better Photographer – Part Five
By: Robert Davila
Professor of Photography

Hello again, and Happy Friday! Today we continue with another tool, which will assist you in becoming the photographer you always wanted to be.

Jpeg Vs. RAW
What is the big difference between these two files? Does it even mater if I use one over the other? While the image may look similar the editing possibilities is limited when using the Jpeg file. If you are using images for reference, than a Jpeg might just do the job. However If you want to be able to change your exposure your white balance or even get rid of some spots, RAW is the way to go. However for the most part you must remember that you might need to download some software to read your cameras RAW file. This could be found on line or it may even come with your camera. Once you have finish you’re editing and want to print it, you might have to convert to Jpeg.
Keep in mind that every time you open close or edit a Jpeg you are losing pixels. This is done to help the file from becoming larger than it needs to be.
I hope that these couples of tips were helpful and hope to hear about your success. If you have any questions about using your camera or have a subject in the area of photography in which you would like to know more about, drop me a line. I have done everything from running a darkroom lab to working with digital photography.
Thank you for following. Have a great weekend and take some photographs.
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Five Tips to Becoming a Better Photograp

Five Tips to Becoming a Better Photographer – Part Four
By: Robert Davila
Professor of Photography

Hello again, and Happy Friday! Today we continue with another tool, which will assist you in becoming the photographer you always wanted to be.

What is White Balance?
If you search through your setting you can than find an option for Custom White Balance. For the most part your camera has several white balances setting that it can choose from. These setting can be used for different lighting scenarios. When you have your camera on Auto White Balance, your camera is evaluating the light and deciding for you, which one is the best for the situation. It will choose from option like cloudy, fluorescent, tungsten and etc. However the custom white balance will allow you to be more precise. The process on setting the white balance may be slightly different for each manufacturer, it is best to read your manual for more details on that. This tool will make sure that your whites are truly white. However for more creative use of this tool you might want to photograph the same images using different white balance setting to see how the different color cast changes your interpretation of the image.
Next week, I will discuss Tip Number Five. Have a great weekend and take some photographs.

To ask questions about your camera or photography, email them to cago.blog@gmail.com.
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Photography: The New Contemporary Art Fo

Photography: The New Contemporary Art Form
Photography, in my opinion, has become the contemporary art of the people. Photography is easily accessible for the majority of viewers, and therefore can be appreciated by most because if we haven’t seen that scene exactly we’ve at least seen something similar. Photography is also a readily accessible form of art because anyone with an iPhone, iPad, digital camera, or picture-snapping flip phone can capture a moment, blow it up, print it, frame it, and sell it if they should so choose. Today anyone can be a photographer, and I don’t believe one has to take a dozen photography classes in order to achieve this. One merely needs to have an artistic eye; an eye that notices the beauty in the mundane, or the simplicity in the complex. Oddly enough, I would call myself an amateur photographer. My pictures may not be gallery or museum worthy, but they represent the beauty I find within the world. I believe anyone can be a photographer, and I would encourage anyone with the necessary equipment to test their artistic eye. Look through the camera’s viewfinder and see what you can see. Find the beauty that many overlook and capture it in all its glory. As photographers; our success is based on how the picture speaks to us and what it means to us, not by the recognition others might give. I challenge you to look and capture what speaks to you.
Article submitted by: Alexandra Dailey
You can read more articles written by Alexandra by visiting her blog at http://alexdailey.wordpress.com
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Five Tips to Becoming a Better Photograp

Five Tips to Becoming a Better Photographer – Part Three
By: Robert Davila
Professor of Photography

Hello again, and Happy Friday! Today we continue with another tool, which will assist you in becoming the photographer you always wanted to be.

What’s that little graph for?
If you preview your image and keep on pushing the info button a little graph may come up. This is called a histogram. I have to say I just love this tool. I use this tool more than my light meter. The basic thing to understand about this tool is that it counts the colors of the pixel in the images and represents it in a graph. The ideal histogram will look like a hill in which starts off low than slowly goes up somewhere in the middle, then comes down before the end of the graph (good tonal range). If that hill or peek is not in the center but push to the left or to the right and is missing part of it, than you are losing detail in your highlights (move to the right) shadow (move to the left). If you see big gaps so that you have two peeks, this means that you are losing part of your tonal range. This tool will prevent the photographer from going out and Photographing something then getting home to realize that your subject is loses in the highlights or shadow areas. The small screen on the back of your camera is sometimes too small to view your image to realize this. It is only apparent once you get home and view it on your computer screen.
Next week, I will discuss Tip Number Four. Have a great weekend and take some photographs.
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CAGO Welcomes Jayme Catalano

Contemporary Art Gallery Online is pleased to welcome Jayme Catalano.   After earning a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing, Jayme began her career in public relations and marketing working with small businesses:  everything from general contractors to a bed and breakfast to motocross promotions.  Collaborating with such a range of companies and individuals within so many different industries really helped Jayme hone her skills.  Eventually Jayme began working exclusively with a fine art photographer, building her brand, increasing her web presence and helping her to garner national attention.  The experience served as a revelation:  if she could do this for her, why not for other artists?  It turns out Michaela had the same idea, and Canary Public Relations was born.

In addition to generating sparkling copy for websites and press releases, Jayme brings a strong graphic design sensibility to her work.  As a hobby print maker, painter, and actress, the experience of working with other creative people is the most treasured aspect of her job.

Now, Jayme will be collaborating with us and will be producing wonderful literary content for the gallery.  You can read Jayme’s articles by visiting our blog here on WordPress.   Or visit us at www.contemporaryartgalleryonline.com and click on the CAGO Blog button.   Jayme’s first article will be available for reading on Tuesday August 21st

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View work from our new artist, Lynette Slape

View work from our new artist,Lynette Slape. Her work is vibrant and raw. Enjoy! To view more of her work go to http://www.contemporaryartgalleryonline.com and click on her name, which is listed under the Artist Tab. http://ow.ly/i/QoIl