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Creative Corner Vlog 4 – The exposure triangle

On this episode of the Creative Corner I talk about the exposure triangle’s 3 elements: Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO.

Understanding these 3 elements and what part they play in your photo will give you a properly exposed image. You can only control all 3 when you shoot in manual mode. In Auto mode the camera will set everything for you and give you no control over your camera. Auto is fine when you are outside on a nice sunny day and you have plenty of ambient light, but when you are indoors and in low light auto will not work.

Getting out of auto and into manual mode is the best thing you can do, you take total control and you set all you’re setting depending on your environment. It has taken me time to learn, and I am still learning day by day, but I want to share with you what I have learned so far and hopefully it can help at least one person.

Back to the exposure triangle, when you come to understand Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO photography gets so much easier, more enjoyable and addicting. The goal is to get a proper exposure. What is a proper exposure? It just means that your camera meter is in the center.

Your meter is the little green lines you see when you look into the viewfinder, they can be on the bottom or on the sides depending on the camera model. You need to make sure the meter is right in the middle and that will guarantee you a properly exposed image. How do you get the meter in the middle? Well that is were you need to know about aperture, shutter speed and ISO and how changing one will effect the other two. Your meter will move to the left or to the right depending on the settings you dial in.

In another episode I will talk more about the meter and the different camera modes and when you can and should use them. You don’t always need to use manual, but you need to stay away from auto.

I hope this video helps you and if you have any questions feel free to leave a comment and I will gladly answer it.

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A.L.

Did you watch the Creative Corner?

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Have you had the chance to watch the Creative Corner’s YouTube channel? If you haven’t checked it out please do 🙂

What is the Creative Corner?

The Creative Corner is my personal journey as a creative. I plan to offer you tips, reviews and positive vibes on: graphic design, photography, video, drawings, books and other fun and exciting things going on.

You can watch episode 2 here Creative Corner Vlog 2

and if you missed the intro episode you can watch it here Creative Corner Vlog 1

For my next episode I plan to talk about photography, so if you are interested in photography, please make sure to subscribe and share it with anyone you know that is a creative.

You can connect with me on all social media channels here:

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A.L

Creative Corner Vlog 2 – Office tour

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Happy Saturday world,

Today I uploaded Vlog #2 of the new creative corner channel. This episode gives you a tour of my home office for mid 2017. I am slowly adding new equipment to help me with my design and photography work.

What is the Creative Corner? The Creative Corner is my personal journey as a creative. I plan to offer you tips, reviews and positive vibes on: graphic design, photography, video, drawings and books.

You can watch episode 2 here Creative Corner Vlog 2

If you missed the intro episode you can watch it here Creative Corner Vlog 1

You can connect with me on all social media channels here:

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Thank you!

A.L

 

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New channel going up! The Creative Corner will be a YouTube channel about my life as a creative. This space will allow me to share with you the kind of work and hobbies I enjoy. The channel will feature topics on graphic design, photography, video, drawings, books, equipment, tips and reviews. I want to be able to help others in the same creative industry as well as learn form others.

This is all new to me and I am not used to being in front of a camera, so I will be a little rusty and bad at first so I apologize in advance hahahaha.

By creating this video content, it will give me that much needed practice and experience that I want for future video editing jobs.

Please check out the 1st intro vlog here

Follow me on twitter / Instagram and Facebook.

Use #alondralopezcreativecorner and #askthecreativecorner for questions.

You can email me here.

Thank you for your time. Let’s get CREATIVE!

A.L.

5/16/17

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Attention southern California (Inland Empire and surrounding) photography enthusiasts! Don’t miss out on these free on-going photography workshops. It does not matter what your experience level is, you don’t even need to have a camera. This workshop is designed to get local photographers together to talk about all subjects regarding photography, techniques and equipment.

If you are looking to purchase your 1st camera and you need help deciding which one to buy, than head on over to the workshop. Are you looking to get out of Auto mode? This workshop is for you too! Are you a professional photographer and you are looking to take your photography to the next level?  This workshop will be perfect for you as well.

Again these workshops are free, provided by city of Ontario, CA library programs, so take advantage of them and pass this information out to your friends and family. The host of these workshops is local photographer Ruben Rodriguez. Ruben has tremendous passion for photography and loves to teach it. He always says, if I can help just one person learn one thing from my class, my time has been well spent.

Next workshop is Tuesday 5/16/17 for location click here

 

Artists know your worth…

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During last night’s photography class, my teacher said something that truly impacted me in a positive way. A student asked about how much he should be charging people for events. I find myself in the same situation, so this question was perfect.

The teacher said that we should not under charge even if we are still students. The reason is you don’t want to devalue your work. At the same time, we should not be over charge because we are still in the learning phase. The teachers said people don’t realize how much work goes into photography or any creative field.

When it comes to photography, customers don’t understand that the price you are quoting them is not only for the time spent taking photos, it also includes the hours spent doing the photo editing. Photo editing is a must, no image no matter how good your equipment maybe is ready out of camera, you need to edit it. Editing makes a huge difference colors are more vibrant, blemishes on the face are covered and the image is sharpened. Every step done in editing is with the sole purpose of presenting the best image possible to your customer.

The same applies for quotes I give for graphic design projects, it takes work and it takes time. I work full time as a designer for a company, but I am also a freelance designer, so I am working on projects on my free time, and time to everyone is valuable! My rates on design projects are on the low side compared to other designers, but I can see firsthand why they charge what they charge. They deserve it! You as an artist are providing them with a creative service.

So if you are a creative of some kind remember do not hesitate to charge what you in your heart feels like a fair rate for the work you can provide.

If you are interested in attending the free photography workshop you can check out the events page for dates, times and locations.

Keep creating,

-Alondra

 

Motivation

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Everyone has moments in life where you just feel like giving up or not wanting to move forward. When we get in that funk, it is very important to do everything possible to quickly get out of it. Why? Because life is too short and beautiful to take for granted.

I will admit I’ve had my fair share of low moments, but I will quickly block the negative by thinking of all the positive in my life. I am healthy and alive; there are many people who are sick or have some physical limitations. That gets me thinking “Alondra, you have no illness, you have all of your limbs, you have a wonderful family, a place to sleep and a career you love.”

We live in a world that give the focus and spotlight to negativity, don’t believe me, just watch the news or go on social media. We see this daily 24/7 so we think it is OK to think negative about everything and everyone. We as a culture need to change, and start promoting positive actions and by doing so we will change the way we think and act. That in turn will help change your life.

When I cross paths with someone I smile and say hello, because you never know when that free yet simple smile will help brighten up someone’s day. Smiling also makes you feel happier. Another thing I do is I listen to motivation podcasts, because sometimes you have to hear it from someone that you are valuable and are capable of achieving anything. Books are another one of my favorite sources of staying inspired and motivated. There is so much information out there to learn from! So many different topics, so I encourage you to pick up a book and read 5 minutes or a few pages per day and you will see a difference, plus you will develop a positive habit (reading). Hobby’s are another great way to get creative and they are a wonderful way to relive some stress. Go hike, spend some time surround by nature.

Those are just a few ways that help me stay inspired. You might have other forms, but just remember that the best way to stay inspired, motivated and happy is to live life to the fullest in the most positive direction you can.