Archive for March, 2011

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Web Designers are all Comedians

March 6th, 2011 by Nate

Often when I’m trying to gain insight on a particular issue, I find it useful to explore something that is similar but easier to dissect and apply those findings as potential insight into the original issue. One could roughly compare it to the transitive property of equality in mathematics, where if a=b and b=c, then a=c. Obviously since math usually has concrete answers to a problem it doesn’t translate entirely, but it’s useful nonetheless. It’s especially useful for stepping outside your own set of beliefs and opinions, allowing a more objective view of ideas, because it’s based primarily on logic rather than emotion.

While browsing my netflix queue of standup comedy earlier this week, I got to thinking about how a comedian’s and a web designer’s job are similar on many different levels. Not only are both “artists” within a creative field, but they both require a certain level of communication finesse. It’s from these communication elements that parallels can really be drawn [...]

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Cale the Curious

March 1st, 2011 by Nate
A child's world is fresh and new and beautiful, full of wonder and excitement. It is our misfortune that for most of us that clear-eyed vision, that true instinct for what is beautiful and awe-inspiring, is dimmed and even lost before we reach adulthood. ~Rachel Carson

I went into this photoshoot with a plan, and it got shot to pieces.

I’ve been playing around with off-camera lighting here and there. Since lighting is such a huge component of a good photo, it’s nice when you’re able to control it to achieve a certain look. When I had to chance to shoot Cale, I was all prepared to try using a couple flashes set up indoors with a simple backdrop – a very simple home studio setup consisting of a speedlite and 2 optically triggered flash bulbs (which don’t refresh very fast).

After setting up and snapping some photos, I became painfully aware that this setup wasn’t working. It wasn’t because the lights weren’t working together correctly, or that the setup was incorrect… But simply the fact that [...]

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