I'm here to tell you that in photography you should definitely not always believe what you see. Here's a perfect example of "photoshop" long before there even was such a thing as Photoshop. Before you go believing every photo you see, just remember that Hollywood and popular culture make sure that everyone looks picture perfect. Here's a retouched photo of Joan Crawford for a publicity shot for her movie Laughing Sinners in 1931!
Photo taken from here: http://petapixel.com/2014/10/17/beauty-retouching-early-1900s-portrait-actress-joan-crawford-thats-photoshopped/#more-148525
National portfolio day is a chance to get your portfolio reviewed by several colleges, art schools, and universities. This year's portfolio day is hosted by Lesley University College of Art and Design—my alma mater! It will be held at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston on Sunday, October 19th from 12-4pm. As stated on the National Portfolio Day site:
National Portfolio Day is an event specifically for visual artists and designers. It is an opportunity for those who wish to pursue an education in the visual and related arts to meet with representatives from colleges accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. Representatives will be available to review your artwork, discuss their programs and answer questions about professional careers in art.
The site has lots more information about what to bring, what to expect from the day, whether or not to present your portfolio digitally, and much more. If you are interested in having your portfolio reviewed by experts in the field and are possibly interested in a career and education in the arts this is a great opportunity!
The Rochester Institute of Technology has just started an Instagram contest for high school and college students. They are interested in seeing what the next generation of image-makers are creating. Just tag your best Instagram photos with #ritphotoprize2014 between now and November 1st to enter.