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From The Vault of Art Shay: Pictures Can Be A Lot Of Crop

By Art Shay in News on May 30, 2013 6:00PM

(Legendary Chicago-based photographer Art Shay has taken photos of kings, queens, celebrities and the common man in a 60-year career. This week, Art shares tips on how to make your photos better with a bit of editing.)

It is Editor-in-Chief Chuck Sudo's idea to have me do a few blogs designed to help you photo shooters out there see your work in, as it were, a new light.

Instead of beginning with myself and my early Garden of Eden pictures, working the snake into unlikely compositions but still respecting Eve's tits, or even using the simulacra of photo images to suggest the existence—to say nothing of the hegemony— of God, instead of loaded images that would delight any cleric with a flair for suggestively religious images, let me start with the work of one of my star pupils, Josh Murphy, a birdspotter of long years' experience in many exotic countries-and just recently a world class wielder of the phone-camera.

Josh said of my edits to his photo, "I think you are at least a genius, and probably more. I love how you found the gem in my Calder phone snap hiding in plain sight. I once remarked to you that people of your exalted state could not be great teachers because they expect the same level of vision and clarity from their students. I was wrong. Everything I now know I know because of you. You are the master and I feel great honor to walk by your side."

If you can't wait until this time every Wednesday to get your Art Shay fix, please check out the photographer's blog, which is updated regularly. Art Shay's book, Chicago's Nelson Algren, is also available at Amazon.