Creativity: Photo published!

April 28, 2010 at 1:29 pm (Creativity, Photography)

My apologies for the shameless self promotion, but I got my first photo published last week in CSU’s Honors magazine and wanted to share!

Photography is a passion of mine and a skill I’m hoping to improve for the rest of my life. So, I’ve put together a short list of how to improve your photography skills if you share the same interest.

Top 3 Easy Ways to Improve Your Photography:

  1. Pack some heat – if you bring your camera everywhere you go, you’re more likely take interesting shots of things you see while you’re out and about
  2. Learn how to use your camera – this can be a daunting task if you have a nice camera, but in the end it’s definitely worth it
  3. Take advantage of free photography info and resources! Check out: Digital Photography School for tutorials and basic information, Aviary for free photo editing software, and Flickr or istockphoto.com for inspiration.

Good luck! Here’s a better version of my photo – special thanks to my gorgeous (inside and out) friend Rachel.

Do you have any great photography tips or resources? (Or better yet, camera recommendations?) Send me a comment!

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Creativity + Content

April 26, 2010 at 5:20 pm (Culture, Journalism)

Oh blog, here you sit…once again neglected. You’ve proclaimed my Beatles-related raves and traveled with me all the way to Costa Rica. And yet I’ve left you in the depths of cyberspace without any TLC for a year and a half now. And I’m sorry about that.

However, dear blog, I’ve decided to bring you back – with a makeover no less. The theme is one that I find compelling, fascinating and endlessly entertaining: Creativity + Culture.

Today I’ve got some Culture for you. My dear roommate in Costa Rica once recommended that I should work for Current News.

If you haven’t heard of the organization, it targets 20- to 30-somethings interested in “in-depth investigation and exploration of the world’s most important, interesting, and entertaining stories.” (From Current News’s website.) The company is interesting because it runs on a mix of original and user-generated content, which keeps the content right on par with the target audience. And, Current News is all over multi-platform content distribution with a multiple T.V. shows and an always-buzzing website. As a soon-to-be journalism grad, I especially love Vanguard. The show sics journalists on the “stories no one else is telling,” from China’s Wild West to Africa’s Gay Death Penalty.

Check it out at http://current.com/shows/vanguard/.

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