As you know, I am a huge fan of the Computer Arts Collection, a series of themed guides for creatives. The one reason I keep going back to these issues is that while they are beautifully designed and overflowing with amazing inspiration (much of which I’ve never seen online), there’s never a case of all style and no substance. They dig in deep and always manage to provide glimpses into current industry trends, studio tours, peeks inside real campaigns, suggestions for processes and even a talent directory in the back. In the age of Pinterest, I want more than just pretty pictures. I want to understand how those pretty pictures were created and that’s where Computer Arts delivers.
Today I wanted to give you a peek inside of Issue 5, which focuses completely on photography. Though I don’t consider myself to be a photographer (I know how to get what I want out of my basic DSLR but I’m very point-and-shoot in my process) I feel that it’s so important to be aware of what other industries are doing since there’s more crossover than ever these days. This weekend, we had a guest speaker at The Blogcademy named Lisa Devlin — she’s been a professional photographer for 20+ years and listening to her share her tips made me want to step up my game. Flipping through this issue, I’m now paying more attention to lighting and composition. Sometimes we just need that little push.
While I have loved all the issues I’ve managed to get ahold of, this release is perhaps the most visually stunning. With photography, it’s just easier to push boundaries sometimes. As I’ve mentioned before, these issues aren’t cheap but they’re so worth it — with very few ads, they’re less of a magazine and more along the lines of a softcover book. It feels good to learn about how folks outside of my industry take in the world through their cameras. I believe that we all have something to teach and in return, there’s always something new we can learn.
To get your hands on the Computer Arts Collection, go here for further information.
Hi everyone, I just wanted to write a quick note and let you know that I’m off to The Blogcademy workshop in New York today. I’ve got piles of print collateral all packed up and can’t wait to meet each our attendees! Regular posting will resume Tuesday but for real time updates of the workshop, visit my Instagram. See you soon!
Iselin Stero by Tyen for Vogue Paris
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It all began when I was in Santa Monica with Made U Look earlier this year. They did a shoot with a collection of vintage cameras and when I saw the outcomes from one of their Polaroids, it made me miss mine. Over my last few trips with Gala, she’s packed along her Fuji Instax (I like the Instax because the film is widely available)but every time I thought about getting one, I reminded myself that I was already carrying my iPhone and Nikon D40 everywhere in my purse…how many cameras did I really need to lug around?!
Well, that spark of the instant photo gratification struck again when I was at The Ace Palm Springs last month — the lobby had a photo booth and I went overboard putting it to use with some Design Life friends. I was still missing the aspect of having photos I could hold.
Over the weekend, I finally picked up an Instax for my New York trip. It’s been years since I’ve had an instant camera and I can’t wait to put it to use. Do any of you have one? What do you think?
During my recent stay in Palm Springs, I made a point to visit The Saguaro . Named after the iconic cactus of the Sonoran Desert, The Saguaro is a rainbow-colored modern desert masterpiece. Color takes center stage both inside and out and no detail is too small — air conditioners are even painted to match the room’s color schemes and pool towels are blazing pink.
As we explored the hotel grounds, the pool area was quite lively and being surrounded by a spectrum of color (rumor has it that you can request a specific room color depending on your mood) made the experience even better. The set of 12 colors featured throughout the hotel grounds are said to be based off native desert wildflowers. They follow the light spectrum, which creates different perspectives of the hotel according to the time of day.
Pop Art Dress, Forever 21
Sunglasses, Dries van Noten
I’ve seen The Saguaro on so many travel & lifestyle blogs over the last year — it was pretty surreal to visit and I love the full-on boldness of the colors throughout. Just check out those striped bed spreads! Find out more about The Saguaro here.