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Photography is a Universal Language

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Hello Therese Lawlor here so here is another quote for today. Photography is the only language that can be understood anywhere in the world. That is a really great quote by Bruno Barbey because photographs say a thousand words. You can get so much from a photograph.

The newspapers for example, they publish them with photographs and if you were in a foreign country and you picked up a newspaper and you couldn’t read it, the best thing to do would be to look at a photograph. Sometimes you can guess what’s going on if you know what’s in the photograph and so that’s why I think photography is really important. When taking photographs make sure that your photograph says everything you want it to say. Annie Leibovitz’s portrait photographs of famous people are the best examples. She does a great job speaking to the audience using photography. She has taken many photos of famous people in their homes and she gets them in their way of life.

I love this one photograph by Annie Leibovitz of Kim Kardashian in her home with Kanye West and her baby. Kim is posing with her baby and she’s taking a selfie of her with the baby. Meanwhile, Kanye is taking a picture of Kim taking a selfie with the baby. I love this photograph because it says so much about the Kardashians and how elegant their home is. It shows Kim as a loving mom and Kanye as the loving father who is capturing a moment of Kim snuggling with the baby. They basically have their element going for them and they are in their house and that’s what life is like for the Kardashians.

You can tell a lot to people using photography. If you wanted to do a portrait of me, you might want to pose me at Janya Thai Delight while I am waitressing. You might want to show the beer that I serve in the background so you can tell I am at a restaurant and that I am a waitress there.

When you’re doing photography use it as a language to talk to people and that language that you use in your photography is something that any person can understand. Make sure it is clear and it says what you want it to say. A set of photographs I have that say a lot are my photographs that I took when I was stuck in Japan because my flight was delayed. My flight from Minneapolis, Minnesota to Narita, Japan had problems and so I ended up in Narita, Japan overnight and the next day I took the bus to Aeon mall.

These photographs that I took say so much about Japan. Here are some photos that I took. Here are photos of kimonos I took while I was at Aeon Mall. Kimonos are Japanese traditional clothing. You can see they’re gorgeous. Kimonos come in many colors. The different colors are worn in different occasions like the white ones are worn during weddings.

Then I have photographs of the hotel I stayed at which was the Radisson in Narita. That was provided by the airline and you can see it’s a very sophisticated looking hotel. It’s beautifully decorated inside. They’ve got awesome unique light fixtures. Then there’s the photographs I took from inside the bus. It’s the road in Narita and there’s Japanese writing on the road. Then I was on the highway and you can see I’m going over a bridge and I’m headed somewhere. These photos say a lot about Narita and my adventure.

I also took a picture of the setting outside the bus and you can see the trees of Japan. Some of it is bamboo. Then there’s a photograph that I took of this candy shop at the mall. It has Japanese signs on the candy display. The photo looks fun.

As you can see from these pictures you can infer lots of things about Japan just from looking at the photos. If I were to show these to people in the Philippines who don’t understand English, even if I didn’t say anything about the photographs, they would be able to understand what the photos were about. They would know it’s about my trip to Japan and that I was in a bus headed to the mall, then I explored the mall. They would see that Narita is a beautiful city. These photos are great examples of why photography is so important and it’s a great field to go into if you want to share your story, share your journey, and captivate your audience. That is it thanks for watching. Bye.

Your First 10,000 Photographs Are Your Worst



I have a quote for today it is, “Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.” It’s by Henri Cartier-Bresson. Basically, what that means is that your first 10,000 photographs are not going to be as good as the photographs that you take after you’ve taken 10,000 photographs because you really get good at taking photographs by repeating that over and over again and going through your work and looking at them and picking out what’s good. Not only do you have to take 10,000 photographs, but you have to be able to pinpoint which ones are good photographs and why they’re good photographs.

Take at least 10,000 photographs as soon as you can so that you can have the practice. Practice makes perfect as they say and it’s true with photography as well. The Beatles were very good at playing music because before they were famous and had really great albums and had great music videos and had awesome concerts they played in a nightclub called The Cavern in Liverpool 275 times. They played there for many many hours and they just kept doing that over and over again. Finally, they perfected their music and style and they were able to then be ready for the next phase of their music career, which was being one of the greatest music bands that everyone has ever known about. I mean we all know who The Beatles are.

They used to be so popular. The whole world loved the Beatles. They became a phenomenon. The reason is because they were good at what they were doing, which was playing music and they got good at that because of thousands of hours of practice. That’s how you’re going to get good at photography.

Practice, practice, practice. I don’t really use lighting or flash at the moment, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t. I highly suggest you do work with lighting equipment. The more you do that the better you’ll get and that’s the key to success in photography and just like with anything you’ll master that. A good example of practice making perfect is my job as a waitress, for me, it is so easy now after having been there for eight months.

I made it to eight months. Yay! I started out carrying my tray with two hands. I always had to carry the tray with two hands and by now, by my eighth month, I can carry the tray with one hand if I’m not carrying anything too heavy. That’s because of practice. I can balance it well now. I can remember the different types of food and I don’t have any mess ups when I’m taking orders.

I now know what to ask for. For example, what type of meat the customer would like to go along with certain items on the menu. I know that certain things might be a little bit on the spicy side so I make sure to tell people that. I know what dishes people are going to love. I know what to suggest now. Barbecue pork, everyone loves that. Basil seafood, everyone loves that. I love Larb, but I can’t tell everybody to eat Larb because that may not be their taste palette because of the fish sauce, but a lot of people do like Larb. People have tried it and they end up liking Larb so that is something that I sometimes suggest.

I also know what brands of beer to suggest. I always tell them about Singha, which is the favorite brand. Customers ask for the types of beer we have and since they have come to a Thai restaurant, I suggest they try our two Thai beers, which are Singha and Chang. I know they might like to have a more quote on quote Thai experience so why not add Thai beer in the mix. I also tell our customers about our Lao beer, which is BeerLao. Singha, Chang, and BeerLao have now become our customer’s first choice of beer when they come in.

Little things like the Janya Thai Delight dishes and exotic beer I just know off the top of my head and it’s very automatic. I didn’t think I would ever get to master waitressing at Janya Thai Delight. Waitressing is actually very difficult and I have always had a hard time waitressing in the past. I’ve waitressed at other places before, but the easiest time I’ve had with waitressing has been at Janya Thai Delight because I have been there for eight months and I do it all day every single day except Mondays so I have gotten good at it. Usually, I waitress from open until close so I have logged my many hours of practice.

The other thing that I really got good at was Photoshop. I got really good at Photoshop because my senior year in college I spent the whole year playing with Photoshop. It is all about practice and you can also learn how to take good portraits with practice so you’ll know what to tell people when posing them. I did portrait photography the summer of 2005 after I graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology. During that time, I learned how to get my subjects to pose with ease. It became fun. I learned when to pose them properly and when to get them to pose on their own and get a more candid shot.

My first portrait photography experience was just taking photographs of my friends. I would get them in a candid shot. I didn’t post them. I just kind of observed them and let them do their own thing. Then I took the photo and it was natural and it looked great because they were smiling really big and I really captured their aura. When you’re doing portrait photography as a product to sell to your customer you can pose those candid looking shots because it’s hard to get the customers you’ve just met to get as relaxed as your friends for a candid shot. Those are some things that you learn over time.

Right now, I am taking photographs of flowers. I’ve gotten good at taking photos of flowers. I work with the lines of the flowers and I do a lot of close-ups and do a lot weird angles and what I have found is that the weird angled photographs that I take I really love because they’re unique. They’re different from other flower photos that I’ve seen. That is it for my video. Go out there and take your 10,000 photographs and more. Thanks for watching. Bye.

Build Your Own Pyramids Video

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Hello Marie Therese Lawlor here. The quote of the day is, “Build your own pyramids, write your own hieroglyphs.” The ancient Egyptians built astonishing pyramids and wrote hieroglyphs that we remember them by to this day even after thousands of years their civilization existed. The pyramids they created are wonders and today we visit them and stand in awe of their achievements. Their hieroglyphic writings help us learn about what went on thousands of years ago. They are records of our past.

As a photographer, you too must build your own pyramid by creating a website with a body of your work. Give out the link of this website to those interested in seeing your work. Show them what you have accomplished. Show them what you have recorded. Make a website that is memorable and filled with your best photographs. Show your audience your skill set.

Your photography website can also be used to gain employment or clients. This site can showcase your portfolio and it will help you get jobs because you will be showing how competent you are as a photographer. Also show your Photoshop skills, digital art, and even paintings and drawings. Show that you are not only skilled in taking pictures, but you are skilled in art and you are a well-rounded individual.

Write about your photography. Write about your experiences in photography school. Write about your work and what inspires you. Write about your processes. Teach others photography skills you have learned. Write to inspire others to do photography.

I also suggest adding videos to your site. This can be a simple slideshow of your work with music playing in the background. Make a lasting impression on your potential clients.

I highly suggest creating a WordPress site to showcase your work. It is free and easy to do. It is very intuitive to use. You can add posts. Add images and videos to your post. What more could you want?

I have been posting my work on WordPress. I created my WordPress site on my own and I regularly update it. It is fun to do and it’s a great way for me to show my work to people. I have met many who are interested in seeing my work.

If you want to build your own site I suggest using Dreamweaver. It is part of the Adobe Creative Suite and is fairly easy to use. It is a drag and drop application if you are in the designer view so you do not need to know code although it does help if you know how to code. You can also code in Dreamweaver if you would like in the code view.

I learned Dreamweaver in college, but I also learned lots of it using Lynda.com tutorials. Lynda.com is a great resource. You can subscribe for a monthly fee and you will have access to tons of tutorials. Right now I have a subscription and I absolutely love it.
If you do not want to build your own site, I suggest hiring someone. You can hire someone through Upwork, Freelancer, or Fiverr. It is cheap and they do a great job. I hope this video inspired you to create a site. Thanks for watching. Bye.

Dare to Be Different in Photography Video

The photos I used in the video that are my own photographs that I took:

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Hello Therese Lawlor here. I found a quote on Google. The quote is, “Dare to be different. The world is full of ordinary.” Photography is one of those majors or jobs where you have to be different because you can’t be ordinary. It’s art. It is something that people will look at and be like, “Okay is this something that’s grabbing my attention or is this boring because it’s ordinary. I’ve seen it a million times.” You really have to be thinking outside of the box constantly. You have to view your subject matter in a different light.

It’s easy take the standard photograph and find a photograph that you like online and copying that. It’s one thing to be inspired by a photograph that you find online and emulate that, but you don’t want to copy the same thing, especially shots that have been done over and over again. Try to look at your subject matter in different angles. Take lots and lots of pictures. The more pictures you take the better you’ll be able to pick out the right one. When you first take a photo of let’s say a flower your instant thing that you want to do is to take that picture that’s like this flower looks pretty. It looks fresh and beautiful and it’s awesome.

Yes, that’s you know your main thing that you want to do first. Then after a while of taking the same pictures over and over where it’s just pretty you decide maybe I need it in a different angle and would this angle look beautiful? Then you turn your flower at a different angle and you take unique photographs because it’s a different angle and it’s not like an ordinary photo where everything is so perfect. You kind of have lines working with each other. The focal point is not in the center. It could be a little bit to the right or a little bit to the left or it’s cropped so close that it’s not like oh this is calla lily. It’s like oh it’s lines and it’s beautiful and it’s elegant and graceful, but it is still a calla lily. It isn’t like right in your face this a calla lily. It’s more abstract and it’s more shapes. That’s what I’ve done with my calla lily photographs. I’ve gotten really close up to them. The same with the rose.

The other thing too is if you’re working with models like with people you want to try to get you know like a photograph of them where you are getting more of their emotions and it’s not just this person look she’s posing for me. She’s pretty. It’s not that. You want to get your model in like a look that is more natural for them and it really says a lot.

One thing that you want to do is try to put your model at ease and have them be more themselves. Yes pose them a little bit, but have them get into the zone of posing on their own and having them act different and capturing their side that’s a little bit different from other people. You want to show the people as how they are and what makes them unique is them being them. Yes, “Dare to be different the world is full of ordinary.” Thanks for watching bye.

Make Changes in Your Photography Work Video

Check out my video about my quote of the day about change.

Here are the photos I used in the video that are my own photography work.

The script of the movie:

Hello everyone Therese Lawlor here. I found this quote on Google and it says, “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” It is a quote by Socrates.

One of the things that I really fought when I was first starting out as a photography major at Rochester Institute of Technology was Photoshop. I really didn’t want to learn Photoshop. I started learning photography with black and white photography like most people do. I was using the darkroom to process my film and then making prints of my photographs from my negatives. That was fun for me. I loved going to the dark room. I liked making all of these prints and just hanging out there and having a lot of fun with classmates. I didn’t want to be in the computer labs doing Photoshop work with my photographs. I just thought it was so hard. I thought why do I have to edit it? It looks good.

After a while, I decided to get my own computer and learn more of Photoshop and not have to spend time at the computer labs. That’s when things really changed for me. I was able to do Photoshop work on my own, in my room and just really focus. I was too distracted at the computer labs to learn Photoshop. I really think that being at home with my computer helped my work.

Now I absolutely love Photoshop and I couldn’t do photography without Photoshop. I’ve never ever posted a photograph on social media or my blogs that I didn’t edit first. There’s always some sort of improvement I can make with any of my photographs. Photoshop has now become a strength of mine and I love building on that new strength. Photoshop has been my key to really loving my photographs because I can edit them to perfection. Now it’s so easy to turn my bad photographs into good photographs with the use of Photoshop. Having that ease of mind helps me take photographs every day.

I think that if you end up doing photography as a major the first thing you should do is get a camera, the second thing right away is get a computer and get Photoshop. I mean that’s standard now, but some people choose to not get their own stuff right away. I think they make you do that now at colleges though. Yes, it’s something to really get into.

iPhoto was also great for me. I loved using that to edit. There’s now Photos on Apple computers instead of iPhoto. I haven’t really done editing using Photos. With Photos, you can adjust brightness, contrast, saturation, etcetera. Photos is a great tool with editing photos, but it is for beginners. If you want to be able to make complicated adjustments like selecting parts of a photo and then pasting it then you would need Photoshop.

I also suggest trying out different cameras. I don’t really do that right now. I’m not a big fan of doing that because I can’t afford to get a medium format or 4 by 5 digital camera, but I would love to. When I was starting out as a photography major I took photographs with 35mm film cameras and then I went to medium format film cameras and that was very different and then to 4 by 5 film cameras. I really didn’t like changing from 35 mm to medium format or 4 by 5, but later on I ended up loving it. You really get better detail the larger the format of your camera is. It’s important to try to do that.

I was looking at Hasselblad.com. It is the Hasselblad camera site. I was looking at the photographs they were showcasing. You can go to a link that is about the winners. Masters 2018 Hasselblad—and the photos are just amazing. They are super gorgeous. Some of them are so awesome and the details are magnificent. You could see the fine details of this one image so clearly. It was of a blonde girl and you could see every single strand of her hair and the photograph really highlighted her unique haircut. It’s just really nice to see that so yes. Check it out and that is it. Thanks for watching. Bye.