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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By Melanie Petrucci, Senior Community Reporter

Zoom session with Eola Jane, 2nd from left

Shrewsbury – One might not think that a Zoom call could be classified as personal but some art students at Shrewsbury High School (SHS) thought otherwise when they were treated to an up-close look into the world of four visiting artists in a series of virtual visits. There were unexpected benefits.

The visits were arranged by visual arts teacher Shari Fox who was faced with a dilemma when schools shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic.  

Fox explained that prior to the pandemic she had received

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There is no denying that if you want to run your business smoothly and grow it successfully, you need to have an in-depth understanding of the financial aspect of your business.

I learned the importance of always being aware of the finances of my business when I was running my bookshop chain, Archway Books, across Northern England. It didn’t take too much time as I only needed to calculate the cash and add it to the spreadsheets.

However, this simple exercise always helped me know how my shops were doing in terms of sales. With this data, I could always Read More

While this may not be a complete list of every possible thing you need to do in your home, you will find the essentials in it. Everyone’s home is slightly or even vastly different. Therefore, each home will have different things on the list. However, certain things are going to be true across the board. For one, our homes are our home base and they also happen to be one of the most significant investments we will make. Therefore, you will want to take the appropriate steps to maintain it – particularly at the moment when you might want to … Read More

The list presented may not be an exhaustive one of all the activities you need to carry out in your home. Essentially, individuals own different homes, and the to-do list for a newly built apartment may largely differ from that of a listed home. However, a common similarity is that our homes are dear to us and are arguably our biggest investments. As such, here are essential things to do to care for them.

Activities are grouped into the season in which it would make most sense to take care of them. Be sure to take care of every necessary … Read More

Antiqued prints of medical x-rays. A photogram of a stone recalling a ghostly human face. A discarded snakeskin, delicate and brittle, rendered in a digital print of a photogram.

Artist Jo Sandman, now 89, has spent a good part of her long career exploring themes of mortality, impermanence and transition. Her work points to the fragility of life and the bitter realization that we’re here for only one fleeting moment until, suddenly, we’re not.

That’s what makes Sandman’s work, on view at the Fitchburg Art Museum beginning July 22, poignantly appropriate for this pandemic moment. As we collectively face the

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