Have you ever volunteered? If so, chances are you did it to help your local community or lend a hand in some way. You were thinking about others - and that's a good thing. But there's more to volunteering than being selfless. Volunteering often helps you in more ways than the people or project you support.
Slowly but surely, gap years are gaining popularity in the US. Both parents and students alike are beginning to realize that young adults, especially those gearing up to go to university, are ready to travel, learn, and have an unsheltered, real world experience.
The photography world is filled with artists and creatives that focus on specific areas of work. With the plethora of genres to choose from, it might be a daunting task to choose which you feel most comfortable with. Now, you have another option.
Photography changed history. That's a statement which might sound hyperbolic or downright untrue, but it's accurate; the invention of information shared in the form of photographic images altered the course of things. Prior to the 19th century, history was recorded in writing or by drawing, painting, or sculpture.
Photography is not a perfect science. Every image will undoubtedly yield a problem or two - and that's on a good day. These on-camera issues are why so many creatives embrace the wide array of post-pro tools like Photoshop.
Every genre of photography can present problems or uneasiness when you first start off. Some of those problems simply go away, but not all. When it comes to street photography, things can be a little harder to cope with and understand.
There seems to be a common trend amongst creatives: The need to have the newest, biggest, and best gear items available. But does a newer/nicer camera necessarily mean a better photograph - or a better photographer? Is it possible that size (and convenience) might matter as much or more?
Business and Marketing
No matter what creative endeavor you pursue, the challenge is turning that into a profitable business. The creative in us can work to perfect our craft, but there is a whole other skillset needed to turn creativity into profitability. Enter Jim Garner.
Bruce Springsteen. Jay-Z. Lenny Kravitz. Billy Corgan. Kanye West. Those five artists may only have one thing in common - but that one thing has helped them transform their entire music careers. Like many musicians, those five have all recorded songs and records.
Promoting your band has changed a lot in the last few decades. What started as passing out fliers and getting your name out by word-of-mouth has now become Internet promotion and advertising.
For musicians and songwriters, every day has a different result. Monday might feature the best performances and the best songwriting you have ever done, while Tuesday might just be the worst.
Pat Pattison might not be a household name, but rest assured: he has been an important force for plenty of songwriters out there. If you have a question or concern about how to write a song, odds are, Pat has an answer.
Keeping up with the trends and changes in today's world can be tough. Every day that passes seems to bring upgraded technology, and your once top-of-the-line devices seem obsolete. For some, slowing down and being creative is the perfect way to step outside of the bustling world around.