Using Light to form Art

When you hear Laser Cutting Equipment what comes to mind? Big giant companies producing cars? Big giant factories building airplanes and rockets perhaps? Well, yes to both. But did you know that these same big machines can cut and work with something as delicate as lace and leather? No, that’s not what this is all about.

From small and compact to large and in charge, when industrial teams need something cut, assembled and built, these laser-cutting systems is what they turn to for help. So, back to the subject of delicate. First thing that comes to mind is the billion dollar clothing industry.   Those sewers need something to sew…so large laser cutters, which have the ability to cut fabrics ultra fast and with ultra precision using basically a stream of light, are definitely up to the task. In the textiles industry, these specialized laser cutters can cut through a variety of materials such as cotton, fleece, felt, polyester, silk and even synthetic and technical textiles like plastics, carbon fibers and other man-made materials.

Now when you think of textiles, don’t assume this is something having to do with what your iPhone can (or can’t) do for you. As a matter of fact, it is something entirely different. The term textiles refer to any material made of interlacing fibers. In other words: fabrics. Billion-dollar industry – everyone needs clothes, right? Well OK, almost everyone.

Photo By Maria Carrasco

Light can be used to create art

And then we step outside the textiles box and step into other materials that laser cutters are often used on: glass, leather, rubber, wood, plastics and even stone and metal. These might be more of what comes to mind when the term laser cutter is thrown out there. Street signs, rubber stamps, packaging materials, um…cars, airplanes and rockets, all need the help of this industrial strength equipment to get the job done quickly and precisely. Time is money people!

Speaking of money, if you think you might want to go out and purchase one of these cutters (even one of the smallest ones) be prepared to break open more than just that piggy bank. Most of them purchased are bought for the company’s good fortune, not an individual’s. My buddies at ILS do make something on a smaller and less expensive scale for the every day artist. Most commonly would be quilters and sewers (small scale) giving a very high-quality finished cut edge to any project.

All this talk of a machine and laser and cutting tools makes you kind of want to settle down and tune to Science Channel’s How It’s Made or How did They Do It. Because you can’t just go off and buy heavy machinery, settling down on the couch watching a marathon of shows might be the next best thing.

EP Loop Music

Loop music – also known as electroacustic – sounds like some fancy thing you might listen to while doing crochet or enjoying a quality afternoon knitting.   Grandma only wishes her favorite past time was this cool.

What could it possibly take to create this kind of music? Sounds simple, consisting of user-friendly software and sometimes a series of foot or hand peddles. But do you have the talent and passion…and the patience (or time) to learn? If you do then this hobby might be something worth looking into. Not only could you become rich and famous (eventually), but the creative expression this technique allows is something many people long for. There is no “wrong” way to do it. Once you get in your groove, it all sounds good.

Back in the day, Pierre Schaeffer was a pioneer of a music style known as musique concrete (which later developed into the electroaucustic style we hear today) taking all the guesswork and essentially the whole “human error” part of repeating chords over and over again. Basically, once you have the first 10-20 seconds recorded, its fool proof. Continuously repetitive drums, background music and vocal segments. Sounds easy right?

It was a futuristic way of thinking, this electronic sound, so leave it to artists in the 1960s such as Frank Zappa and even The Beatles to dabble in this type of music creation toward the end of their band’s career on one of their most famous works – The White Album – in a song titled Revolution 9. At the time this type of feature was most popularly added during the fadeout and tail end of songs.

Stemming from that is also the fact that this is a psychedelic kind of music. What comes to mind is Pink Floyd’s album: Meddle. If you have not heard this album in its entirety, well, to be honest, you aren’t missing much unless you decided to visit the street drug section at the local supermarket. But, if you’re into that kind of thing, then you totally get the psychedelic reference.   Loop music has a way of putting you in a trance. Making you want more and more of its hypnotic sound. Supermarket or not.

Which might be why someone thought of this brilliant idea. Deriving from the world famous Woodstock, “Loopstock” style musical festivals started popping up in the last decade – showcasing up to 50 or more loop artists in a few day’s time. These international events where loop music is in such ultra concentration pushed this new style to finally bloom around 2008. This helped loop music to eventually also take off in the concert scene as well.

In addition to its popular underground way, modern-day looping has also become an important feature of video game music. Using synthesizer technology and even bringing in a full orchestra to create their masterpieces, artists who in the past have been known for their brilliant film score development have been diving into this increasingly popular form of creative expression. Very successfully too.

Any way you look at it, this genre is taking music creation by storm and it will certainly be utilized and perfected for generations to come. Just look at Kawehi…a perfect example of Loop music coming of age.

What To Look For In A Point and Shoot Camera

Tired of lugging your DSLR around on vacation? You might consider a point and shoot camera. They have come a long ways in the last year. Point and shoot cameras are the most common cameras around bought by non-professionals. They are not overly complicated hence the whole point-and-shoot idea. With a little mastery, you can still use them to take astounding photos that will rival any professional pictures. Despite their ease of use, one still has to look for a few things before buying one.

Brand
The brand of the camera you want should be right at your tips as you go around shopping. Basically, no matter what qualities a camera has, you want to stay safe behind brands that have been around a while and have been proven as reliable over time. Nikon and Canon are pretty much guaranteed to be decent quality. This is also important in regards to warranty and repairs should you need them. With a reliable brand you are guaranteed to have these. On top of that, you will be more at ease with the camera you’ll be buying instead of risking your money with something you have never heard of.

Resolution
A camera resolution refers to the number of pixels in each frame. Simply put, the higher the resolution, the finer the picture quality. With a domestic point and shoot camera, anything above 8MP (megapixels) will suffice. Of course, the higher the better, though that tends to attract a higher price tag too.

Storage capacity
Most digital cameras store the taken photographs in a memory card. From here you can connect the card to your computer to view the photos inside. Each camera comes with a different memory card capacity. The higher the storage capacity, the more photos you can have in there before needing to copy them to your computer. The storage is mostly anywhere between 2GB to 32GB. Depending on your needs, find out if the storage is enough for you, you don’t want your card to fill up when you’re out and about snapping away.

Battery type
The type of batteries also varies in point and shoot cameras. Your main concern should be whether the batteries used are rechargeable or not. If rechargeable, you should also find out if they need to be recharged outside the camera or with a power cable. Most cameras will simply be recharged via a power cable but its best to make sure before buying. If you can recharge your camera while still using it, the better.

Is it waterproof?
Waterproof cameras for example are becoming increasingly popular. If you intend to take your camera to the beach or take underwater photographs while snorkeling in Cabo San Lucas then you might want to consider these. Again, expect a waterproof camera to cost higher than one which is not.

Taking Photos For Use On Your Own Website

A website should remain, catchy attractive and relevant all the time. It takes much patience and dedication in order to sustain a workable website that will be able to bring tangible results in as far as marketing is concerned. The use of photos on the website is a great idea. What however brings results is an attractive photo or image. One can easily loose customers when the images have been created in way that doesn’t attract customers. There are certain factors that should be considered before taking the photographs that will be transferred to the website. Ideally, it’s better to invest in a professional photographer in order to give the calculated magic that your website needs.

In most cases, the use of light is the fundamental aspect for the production of good photos. Photos that are taken during the day will always give better results compared to those which are taken from places that have no sun light. A clean and white background is what usually makes magic in photography, is also better to be as realistic as possible so that the audience will draw much interest to what they are seeing. The involvement of props can also be far much beneficial. Those who intend to take a detailed photo, its better to use the ‘flower’ setting technique and is usually available on a number of cameras.

One thing that photographers needs to learn is to be tolerant and patient when taking photos, the issue of deleting them can be quite detrimental because some images look different when on the larger screen. Editing is also an important factor as it will help to come up with the right forms, shapes and sizes of the images that have been taken. This is why in the first place, its better to get a photography expert who understands very well the kind of competition that faces the online marketing world.

There are moments when people can be tempted to go for copy right images instead of the original ones; this is a grave mistake, and it usually denies the photos their source of originality and lately many professional photographers are suing people who steal photos! What adds value to any website photography is the level of uniqueness. Another thing that needs to be avoided is the cost of stock photos; in reality, website photography should be done with much caution and professionalism because photos are part of the marketing campaign strategy and sound SEO practices. when everything is done in a rush, then chances as that gloomy pictures will not be able to stir any effect on the immediate audience which is a loss to the web owner. There are many website photographers that can be sought depending on their level of experience as well as professionalism. The choice of the photographs should also be related to the kind of content that is being passed across. The photographs should be clear and one of a kind because this is the only way that clients will be drawn to the websites. Every web owner should fix photography within the financial limits.