These photoshoot ideas could give your creativity that little kickstart it needs! It’s easy to get stuck in a rut and run out of inspiration when you’re planning your next photoshoot, so here’s a whole collection of projects and tutorials that offer something just a little bit different.

We’ve got ideas on posing and lighting, props and backgrounds. We’ve got tips on camera gear, lenses and accessories, and ideas for using them in ways you may not have expected. But some of the best techniques don’t require any special equipment at all, just a bit of imagination and lateral thinking!

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Claire Hentschker

Now that the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has put a damper on travel and forced public spaces to close, there’s been a noticeable uptick in the use of virtual landscapes as a means to experience the world. Live video feeds are streamed from zoos and aquariums; musicians and comedians are performing in empty halls and holding virtual concerts in their living rooms; and video game enthusiasts are exploring digital landscapes and gathering in virtual spaces more than ever.

This mass migration to the virtual world has also seemingly kicked off something of a secondary trend: The rise of virtual

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Fine Line Group has announced more than $100,000 in grants awarded through “THE NEW NORMAL: An Artist’s Response to COVID-19.”

Following a competitive application process and juried review of artwork submitted by over 200 applicants, 43 local artists were selected to receive funding for new works that reflect life in Fort Worth during the pandemic.
Developed by Sasha Bass in partnership with program administrator Lauren Saba Childs, THE NEW NORMAL is a first-of-its-kind funding initiative designed to achieve multiple goals: empowering local artists to work, creating a lasting visual record of this unprecedented time, and bringing the people of Fort

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A naked and terrified Vietnamese girl runs out of a cloud of napalm. A suited man falls head-first from the collapsing World Trade Center. A hooded figure hangs lifelessly in an Abu Ghraib prison cell.

Photographs have a way of sticking with us long after we first see them. Images linger in a much more visceral way than words do.

Images saturate the contemporary world in a way that was never imagined back when photography involved heavy cameras on tripods and unsmiling subjects standing immobile for minutes on end.

Once trusted to capture reality and truth, photographs now stir debate

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This was not what art and design sophomore Olivia Andersson had in mind for her spring quarter, as she stood on her Los Angeles balcony, putting the final touches on a painting she had spent more than 30 hours working on in that very spot.

Andersson is just one of many art and design students who had to compromise to create art from home while in-person classes were on hold.

Andersson likes to work with oil paints, which can be toxic to breathe. She has to paint outside because she no longer had access to the Cal Poly Art studios,

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Jane Walentas was a woman of many layers. She was an accomplished artist whose quiet, thoughtful manner disguised an inner core of grit and determination. When she died July 5 in her Southampton, New York,home, following a fight with cancer, she passed on a legacy as a discerning philanthropist who made it possible for others to achieve success and experience the exhilarating beauty of art.

In October, she and her husband, David, made a landmark gift of $100 million to the Jefferson Scholars Foundation at the University of Virginia that will fund scholarships for first-generation students at UVA. David Walentas

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