Cicada Principle?

I found this tip from a Sitepoint newsletter, describing a nifty CSS trick: if you layer up background elements in your style sheet, you can generate what appears to be non-repeating backgrounds for your website. The site describes the process in detail, but in summary you simply create different sized seamless tiles, then let them fill the page, one layer on top of the other. Each tile higher than the background should have some transparency so you can see the lower elements, letting them interact.

Taking away… (part 1)

Austin Kleon has this project website called ‘Newspaper Blackout‘. It’s all about taking things away from a presentation to create something new. “Creativity is Subtraction” goes one of the representative, and self-referential, works. The idea is simple: remove what doesn’t belong. How does this work in photography?

2011 Adobe Community Professionals

The 2011 list is up for the Adobe Community Professionals program. I’m excited to share that I applied for and was accepted into the program for the first time this year! You can see the full list of members on the Community Kitchen blog.

Some ‘rules’ for personal holiday Photography

Holiday and travel shots are always in danger of falling into the same old, uninteresting patterns time and again. And it can be amazingly difficult to do something fresh. Heck, it gets tiring putting so much effort into each and every shot. So here’s a big secret for you: decide beforehand what you want from the shot. Do you just want a pleasant record of the scene? Is it for your own memory, or are you going to share this with the world? Choosing in advance that you are simply taking snaps to make a recording can take away a lot of any stress you may put on yourself. And you know what? It’s OK to just take snapshots now and then. It will take less time, and probably be less annoying to your family and friends than trying to crawl under that Clydesdale for a truly unique shot of the holiday parade.