Visual Vibration Vol 2: Photo Picasso

Stylez with the Smilez


Visual Vibration Vol 2: Photo Picasso.

Processed with VSCO with v5 presetPhoto Picasso is the second edition of a series of exhibits by experimental photographer Rell Stylez under his brand Visual Vibration.

Photo Picasso is a celebration of women of color touching on themes such as femininity, race, challenging beauty standards, and sexuality. The intention is to add to the discussion on these various issues with thought provoking quality images. The exhibit will showcase new, never before seen images that Stylez has created over the past year.

This conceptual, experimental photo art show that will be held at 1652 Ridge Avenue, July 29th, 2017 from 5 pm – 9 pm.

The show is free and open to the public.

In addition to the new collection being released and photos that will give off vibrations to the visual eye, stimulating your thoughts, there will also be live performances. Featured in the exhibit will be musical and visual performances by artists Bobbie Maack, Anubliss, Victorious, and Dolo. Stylez will also have limited edition autographed prints available for art collectors and admirers of his work.

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Rell Stylez aka Stylez with the Smilez is a self-taught photographer from West Philadelphia, who has been an artist since is childhood years. Through street art, Stylez was able to channel into ideas of how an image can have an impact on the eye of an observer, which would later develop into his photo art career. He started to create art by manipulating real life scenes with various forms of lighting to bring images to life that exude various moods. The brand “Visual Vibration” was born. Stylez describes his work as edgy and experimental with a touch of sensuality. His conceptual, experimental photo art, brings enjoyment, entertainment and discussion for art admirers. As he continues to grow as a photographer his recent work he feels will add to discussions on race, culture, sexuality, politics, and femininity. He also provides professional services to those interested in using his photography for personal and business use.

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For more information on the show you can visit click here.

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June Meet Up: Make 3D glasses & experience a 3D member show @ Flying Carpet Cafe & Bar

Hosted by our member, Bonnie MacAllister. Learn how to make 3D glasses and use your new glasses to see her 3D art show at the Flying Carpet Cafe & Bar featuring fibers, painting, fabric prints, and more!

Bring one of your own works in progress to share with the group. 

The Flying Carpet Cafe & Bar features a full bar and full menu including but not limited to vegetarian options, small plates, specialty teas, and brunch items. The curried carrots are incredible!10299080_451928318284549_2565652561968721307_n images

RSVP here at our Facebook event.

Follow Bonnie on Instagram here.

Sunday, June 8 from 4-6 p.m.
at the
Flying Carpet Cafe & Bar
1841-43 Poplar Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130
(215) 235-2525 (restaurant phone)




A Visit to the Sugarloaf Craft Festival in Oaks, PA

Sugarloaf Crafts produces several festivals every year in the Northeast.  This November I attended the show at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center.   When arriving with my Friday ticket, I received another ticket for entrance on Saturday or Sunday, which I thought was nice.  The show is huge, and one might not see everything on the first visit.   There are over 260 booths, so you might want to economize your energy by seeking out your favorite booths first and then doing your general browsing.    The event was wheelchair accessible.   If walking, wear comfortable shoes for the cement floors are hard on feet.  I’m including a few highlights here, and the photos should become larger with clicking.

Susan Wechsler Designs, Chester, NJ

Susan creates hand built, high fired, sculpted porcelain and stoneware.   Her works have dimension, texture, and use a rich palette of colors.  Much of her work is inspired by nature, as you can see with the shapes of leaves on many pieces.   Her red maple leaf line really picks up the actual colors of autumn.   She has an extensive line of cheese plates with coordinating knives, which would make a pleasing gift for just about anyone.

JMN Creations, Pittsburgh, PA

Joseph Lavrich was an experienced cabinet maker before directing his talents to wood turning.  He uses domestic woods to make his lovely creations.  He knows the characteristics of each type of wood, and uses this knowledge to make pieces of varying smoothness, color, and pattern.  He told me that although he might start off with a certain design in mind, he allows the wood itself to tell him how the design will actually “turn” out.

Simon Xianwen Zeng, Flushing, NY

Simon paints in acrylics and oils, and also has giclee prints of his originals for sale.  His works show lively colors in landscapes and nature, among other subjects.   In addition to brilliant, popping colors, his paintings’ subjects are clear and artfully succinct.   I especially enjoyed the painting of the autumn red tree, perfectly colored for fall, the leaves represented by even swirls.

Light Painter Photography, Stroudsburg, PA

Dan Mohr’s specialty is fine art nature photography.  He showed many works of the beautiful countryside of the Poconos.   He explained to me the high quality of the inks that are used in his giclee prints, and that they can last for 50 years or longer, depending on display and storage.   His works are printed on canvas wrapped frames, making an actual frame unnecessary if so desired.  The image detail and colors can have you reliving your last trip to the Poconos, or wishing you were planning such a visit.

Olevano, Wilmington  DE

Olevano gets its olives from their family farms in southern Italy, and produces their oils, cosmetics, and soaps in Wilmington.  I can attest to the tastiness of their lemon infused olive oil, and there are many other flavors such as red pepper and white truffle.  Their soaps are lovely and are made in a variety of fragrances.  They seem to be able to do anything and everything that one can do with olive oil.  I thought the design of their honeycomb olive oil soap was just darling.

Add the above mentioned artists to another 255, and you have yourself a very full day, and perhaps a very full weekend.   The next Sugarloaf show will be in Gaithersburg, Maryland, the weekend of  November 18th.  They will be back in Philadelphia on the weekend of March 16, 2012.

—  Written by Diane Olivia

Manual Setting on your Camera

Does your camera have a manual setting? Do you know how to use the manual setting? If not, here is a little advice.  Using the manual settings can change the look of a photograph dramatically.  Below I describe how changing your aperture can change the look of your photographs.  Depending on your camera and lens your f-stops (aperture) will vary, but below is the norm.

0.5   0.7   1.0   1.4   2   2.8   4   5.6   8   11   16   22   32   45   64   90   128
Larger aperture opening                                       smaller aperture opening

By changing the F-stops on the camera you can focus on one small part of the photograph or have the entire scene in focus.  In order to focus on one small item open the aperture all the way.  My camera’s largest aperture is f-stop  4.5.  I love using the wide open aperture because it really shows a focus on one item.  This is great if you are pinpointing one small item.  Close the aperture down a bit more and it is great for portraits.  If you keep the aperture wide open and take a portrait photo you may focus on the nose, but the eyes could be out of focus.  I like to do under 8.0 for portraits because it will soft focus the background.  If you are taking scenic photos then usually it is better to go with a smaller aperture, an 8.0 or higher f-stop setting.

Of course, the ambient light is also a factor.  Use the smaller apertures if you want your entire photograph in focus, but you need to make sure the shutter speed lets in enough light.  Most cameras come with an in camera light meter and this will help you to make sure you get the correct speed of the shutter.  I program in the aperture size I want and then aiming towards my subject I use the light meter to get my shutter speed correct.  You may need to make adjustments to the aperture if you don’t have enough light.  Keep in mind if you are hand holding your camera try to stay at a shutter speed no slower than 1/125 of a second.  If you go longer than that you may get camera shake unless you use a tripod.

I know it is a bit of a technical subject, so go out and experiment.  Now that digital cameras are so prevalent you can see what you get as soon as you take it.  If you have any questions please contact me and I will try to help.

Heidi Kelly

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So I was trying to come up with a blog for this month and of course since it was the holidays I haven’t had much time to think of something.  So I sit here trying to come up with an inspiration and I thought, “What inspires me and how do I get inspired?” Then it occurred to me, this is my blog for the month.

I know everyone gets inspired in different ways, it could be driving or walking around a beautiful location, reading a book, looking at photographs or even staring out the window…

Depending on what type of project I am working on, the inspiration varies.  I could pick up a piece of fabric at a store and immediately know what I want to make with it.  Driving down the road…
Driving through the country…
 A store window…
I have looked through magazines and all of a sudden see something that sets me off on a collage project.  Looking at different craft sites can set me off on a new tangent, or just simply looking at my supplies in my craft room will inspire the next project.

What inspires you?  It’s a new year, here’s to 2011 and all the great projects and art that will be created this year!

Heidi Kelly

Hand Color Your Photograph in Photoshop

When I first started work in photography my favorite thing was to hand color my black and white photos with Marshall Oils. Now everything is digital and I figured there has got to be a way to do it in Photoshop. I played around and this is the way I figured out how to do it.

To practice I took one of my old black and white photographs I already had uploaded on my computer and put it into Photoshop. 

You can also pick a color image and turn it into black and white. If you have an image that is color got to Image- Mode- Gray Scale. This will turn it into black and white, then Image-Mode- RGB so you can add color. If you already have a black and white image just change it back to RGB.

Next you want to create a copy of the background of your image.  Look down on the right hand corner where there is a small image of your full size pic that is labeled Background. Click and drag this layer to the little icon that looks like a folded over paper. This will create a duplicate layer of your background that you can edit.  Once you have created the duplicate layer and that layer is highlighted change the opacity.  I set mine at 33%. This is just above the layers and to the right you can just change the number or use the slider.  This will allow you to still see the image under the color.

Next you’ll want to set up your first color. I started with green for the bushes. (Remeber to always make sure you are working on the layer copy.) On the left hand side there are two color squares on top of each other diagonally. The top color is the color you are working in. Double click on the top and it will bring up a color pick screen. Roll your mouse around until you find a color you would like to use and then click ok.

Next I selected the paint bucket tool, which is in the left hand side tool bar (may be hidden under the gradient tool which is the rectangle with the lines of different colors). Then I just clicked the image where I wanted the color to go.  You should start to see slight color over the image (remember it won’t be complete coverage because of the opacity). Don’t worry if the color goes some place you don’t want it to, it’s very easy to erase. As you can see when I started adding green it went into the bottom part of the photo.

Once I finished with the green I clicked on the eraser tool in the left hand side tool box and just clicked over everything I didn’t want green.

Once I erased all the green it’s time to select the second color.  I picked a brown for the mulch at the bottom of the photograph.  Using the same steps to pick the green I found a brown. Once I picked the color I repeated the same steps I used for the green.

Once you have the image the way you like it, save it! Save the .psd file, this way you can always go back and edit the original file. I also flatten the image and save it as a .jpg. This is an easy format to print.

Hopefully, this will be helpful to you in creating new looks to old photographs.

Heidi Kelly

Fall Leaves

Posted On November 2, 2010

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I couldn’t resist photographing this fall season.  I recently moved into a new home that has basically been plopped down into the middle of the woods.  The past few weeks it has been snowing leaves all day long.  Sometimes when I let the dog out I would sit down on my back porch and listen to the leaves falling to the ground.  It has been a very magical time for me this year so I decided to photograph it this time.  I hope I can inspire someone else to go out there and photograph the fall.


Don’t forget, when you use an SLR you can use the manual setting to throw focus one way or another. The effect can be very dramatic.

Here’s hoping you have a great fall. Go out and enjoy it. Find the path and enjoy!

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