Tips For Taking Better Photos In Museum

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Lines of Instagram-crazed art lovers circled the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden this spring for the hottest ticket in Washington D.C. Toting cameras and phones, the record-breaking 160,000 visitors arrived for the mesmerizing polka dot paintings and trippy installation rooms of the much-hyped “Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors” exhibition.

National Geographic Your Shot photo community brought a just few of those fans of the Japanese artist, for a photo walk before the museum opened to the crowds. For those who missed the event, take a look at some of these top pointers for stellar travel photography in museums. These five tips will help bring your museum photos to a new level, no matter where you go.

Bring a lens, maybe two

All set to have a photo adventure through a local museum? Before grabbing every camera and lens that you own, think about how much of that gear you actually … Read more

8 Classical Music Concerts in NYC

Moldovan violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja

Our guide to the city’s best classical music and opera happening this weekend and in the week ahead.

ACADEMY OF ST. MARTIN IN THE FIELDS

ACADEMY OF ST. MARTIN IN THE FIELDS at David Geffen Hall (March 19, 8 p.m.). Joshua Bell brings the famed London chamber orchestra to Lincoln Center, leading it from the concertmaster’s chair and acting as the soloist in Wieniawski’s Violin Concerto No. 2. Mendelssohn’s overture to “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, the “Pastoral,” make up the rest of the program.

ALARM WILL SOUND

ALARM WILL SOUND at Zankel Hall (March 16, 7:30 p.m.). Billed as a “live podcast,” this concert from a particularly adventurous contemporary-music ensemble dives into the works of Gyorgy Ligeti, including his Piano Concerto, Chamber Concerto and “Continuum.” Alan Pierson, the conductor, hosts with Nadia Sirota, introducing the music and offering insight into the composer’s life and times.… Read more

How To Make Your Drawing More Realistic?

Drawing definitely needs to be learned (studied and practiced), yes you do need understand quite a few skills and techniques. There are methods and art rules that you can use to help you draw better almost immediately if you apply them properly.

Drawing isn’t something that people are born to be able to do. Whether they practice on their own or study courses (the right one can really speed up your results ten-fold.) Realism drawing is a result of a combination of all four major areas of study

  1. Outline Drawing (contour of the shape itself and the shapes of all the shadows and highlights)
  2. Shading (with a full knowledge of the five major areas of where to draw the highlights and shadows as well as what level of tone to draw them.
  3. Proportion (perspective rules really help with this)
  4. Composition (where to position all the elements in your image
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