Foto Friday – Blossoms and Shadows

The focus of this overhead shot would most likely have been the beautiful cherry blossoms. But for me, it was the lacy patterns of the shadows. Therefore, I didn’t capture the full effect of the row of cherry trees. Instead I framed the photo to create a balance...

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Use Vibrant Colors to Support Your Dramatic Presentation

There is nothing reticent about the plumage of this wood duck. The color palette generated by his plumage is obviously going to be bold and perfectly suited for a dramatic presentation. Susan says, “Let this palette taken from Lucia’s photograph guide your...

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Foto Friday – The Serenity of a Quiet Place

As I did last week, I decided to depict the serenity of a quiet place in a bustling city. So here’s another scene from the Chinese Garden. This photo with its soft colors exudes quiet and tranquility. The keepers of the garden have artfully placed the boat in the pond...

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How To Use Humor in Presentations

Made you look!  Unexpected. Outrageous. Bizarre. Would it be fun to use a photo depicting humor in a presentation? Susan says, “This photo of a pink piano speaks to me about music and humor.  It’s as if music is wildly exploding out of the piano in colored spikes and...

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Foto Friday – Quiet Spots: Respite from City Clamor

Every city has quiet spots where few people bustle through on their way from one place to another. Portland has many, and one of the quietest is the Chinese Garden. As you walk through the garden, you forget that there is a teeming, busy city on the other side of the...

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Three Things a Photo Needs to be a Color Source

Look for mood, highlight and contrasting colors when selecting an image as a color source for your presentation design. Susan says, “Choosing a color palette for a presentation is a topic that we come back to over and over again in our blog. We often suggest...

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Foto Friday – Winter Landscape, Light, and Dogs

Last weekend my friends and I went to, what we call, the 1000 acre dog park. It was a bonus day. The sun was shining, not too cold, lots of dogs. It was fabulous. Winter can offer some beautiful landscapes of subtle colors and muted tones. The sky puts on a show with...

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Use Uncertainty to Build Engagement

Do you know what you are looking at? There are a few hints, but it is tough to know for sure. Uncertainty is a great jumping off point for a presentation on many, many topics. Susan says, “Lucia took this photo at the annual Portland Winter Light Festival....

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