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Alan Shulik: PhD in Clinical Psychology

Alan Shulik is known for his photography, but the arts are not his only field of accomplishment. Alan Shulik is also a PhD in clinical psychology. He has a long and interesting history in clinical psychology and is a professional able to work equally with adults, families, and children. His work exp
2 days ago

Alan Shulik: Design a Better Website

Alan Shulik is a long-time clinical psychologist, maintaining a busy professional schedule that can be both demanding and rewarding. He is also, however, a talented and experienced photographer, which is why he works hard to keep both his name and his work out there and available for view and consumption. One of the best ways that Alan Shulik knows to market both himself and his photos is through a professionally designed website.

 

As the owner of AlanShulikPhotography.com, Shulik proudly displays the fruits of his labor in the Web, making his portfolio easy to access, view and analyze. If you’re an artist, and are seeking advice for displaying your own work on the web, Alan Shulik provides some helpful tips below.

 

Keep It Simple

 

Too much clutter in a website can make it harder to navigate, and often has the ability to destroy a person’s interest in both the site and the subject matter. Alan Shulik encourages artists to keep their sites clean, simple and easy to use, and to avoid complicated designs and/or navigational items.

 

Make Your Work Prominent

 

Your work is what you’re seeking to display on your site, so doesn’t it make sense to make the portfolio the center and most visible part of your site? Sure, graphic design helps with some professional sites, but your work should always take center stage, and should never be upstaged by needless and often expensive graphics.

 

Ease Up on Color Arrays

 

As stated earlier, says Alan Shulik, the best websites are the simplest. A wide array of color throughout your website only adds to its complexity, and distracts people from the real purpose, which is to demonstrate your work.

7 days ago

Choosing a Doctorate Program, with Alan Shulik

Alan Shulik understands how difficult it can often be to sift through and select the right program for your doctorate-level education. Equipped with a PhD from the California School of Professional Psychology, Alan Shulik knows how overwhelming the PhD decision-making process can be for a young and prospective doctorate student. This is one reason why he seeks to provide several help tips and/or guidelines on things to consider during your PhD selection process.

 

Look Into the Industry

 

Many young students already have a healthy knowledge and grasp of the industry they’re seeking to join, simply because they’ve received an undergraduate education that directly pertains to that field. Though this may be the case, says Alan Shulik, it’s still important to look into the educational background of successful industry leaders. The programs these leaders partook in are most likely the best programs available.

 

Research Program Funding

 

By now you’re surely aware of the often exorbitant costs linked to higher education, though, says Alan Shulik, many doctoral programs tend to offer a certain degree of funding, allowing students to somewhat mitigate the cost of the PhD venture. Look into programs that not only line up with your academic requirements, but that also provide students with the opportunity for funding.

 

Location Vs. PhD

 

Remember, says Alan Shulik, that it’s your PhD that is truly important, and that you’ll often find quality programs that aren’t within your area, or even your state. Never close your mind to the possibility of relocation, he says, as it’s the program, not the area, you’re considering when performing your search.

2 weeks ago

Alan Shulik: Improve the Quality of Your Pictures

As an accomplished photographer with more than 30 years of experience under his belt, Alan Shulik has consistently demonstrated an unparalleled expertise of the field. Since 1991, much of Shulik’s work has been published and/or featured in art exhibitions, establishing him as one of the most prominent photographic talents in the region.

 

As a photography expert, Alan Shulik often gets asked by amateur photographers for his advice on ways to improve the quality of their pictures. He provides several easy to follow and simple tips for improving your photographic skills almost immediately.

 

Close In On the Subject

 

One of the easiest and fastest ways to improve your photography, says Alan Shulik, is to move closer to the subject. Many photographs fail to stand out simply because the subject matter was too far away at the time of the shot. A few steps forward, he says, is often all it takes to enhance picture quality.

 

Don’t Be Afraid to Practice

 

Photography, like anything else, says Alan Shulik, requires practice, and a lot of it, to get good. Always seeks out ways to test and improve on your picture-taking skills, regardless of where you are of what you’re doing. Constant and consistent practice helps you develop stronger familiarity with your camera as well as the most effective photography methods.

 

Watch For the Light

 

Always be aware of where the sunlight or natural light is whenever preparing for a shot, says Alan Shulik. Figure out how the particular lighting of an area, room or setting can best be used to enhance the quality of the picture, and avoid positions and places where light is more of a hindrance.

2 weeks ago

Alan Shulik: The Choice Between Digital and Film Photography

Photography is a popular hobby, though there continues to be great debate amongst photography enthusiasts as to the benefits/disadvantages of both digital and film photography. As experienced photographer Alan Shulik understands, a schism exists between those loyal to the timeless quality of film-based photography, and those committed to the advanced technology and benefits of digital photography.

 

The debate between the two, as Alan Shulik knows, is heated, and continues to rage on. Below, he outlines some of the unique aspects and benefits of each, hoping to shed some light on both sides of the equation.

 

Tech people, or “computer buffs”, tend to prefer digital photography, simply because many of the digital photography programs are easier for them to understand, use and work with. If you have a penchant for technology, and devices in particular, he says, you will most likely find it far easier to work with digital photography programs, such as Photoshop, which make photo manipulation easy and fast.

 

If the color-quality of pictures is more your thing, says Alan Shulik, than you will probably prefer film photography, which tends to capture the true tone and color of skin, nature and objects better than digital technology. Skin undertones, he says, tend to show up far redder in digital photos.

 

Those seeking an easier way to take pictures, says Alan Shulik, will most likely veer towards digital, which tends to require far less parts and components than standard film photography.

 

Those concerned with the effects of light in the photographs, he says, should probably choose film, which tends to lead to better-quality highlights with less of a chance of overexposure or blow out.

1 month ago

Photoshop Editing Tips for Beginners: Alan Shulik

One of the most controversial developments in modern photography has been Photoshop and other photo manipulation programs. Alan Shulik says that the introduction of this technology changed the face of photography forever. While there still is quite a bit of controversy about the use of Photoshop and how much is too much, Alan Shulik offers these basic tips for beginners who are looking to start editing their photos using Photoshop:

 

•    Use the crop tool to improve composition. If you have a great shot but the composition is slightly off, Alan Shulik recommends using the crop tool to reposition the focus of your picture. Alan Shulik advises that this can save many pictures from the bin.

 

•    Use the clone stamp tool to remove distractions. If you have an otherwise beautiful nature shot but there is a policeman, car, or another unwanted subject, you can remove it using the clone stamp tool, Alan Shulik says.

 

•    Use photo filters to adjust the warmth or coolness of the colors in your shot. Photo filters can be used to adjust colors so they look more balanced and even, Alan Shulik says. The correct use of photo filters can take an average photo and make it look professional grade.

 

Alan Shulik doesn't recommend relying too much on Photoshop, though it has many capabilities. It's important to perfect and improve upon your photography skills to get the best results. While Alan Shulik believes that Photoshop is a necessary component of most modern photography, he doesn't believe that it should be a crutch that replaces actual skill.

1 month ago

Alan Shulik: The Difference Between Digital and Film Photography

If you are an amateur or professional photographer, Alan Shulik suspects you probably have a strong opinion on whether or not digital is better than film. Of course, Alan Shulik acknowledges that this is a very difficult subject and highly based on opinion. The real answer is that digital is a better medium for some, and film is better for others. Alan Shulik outlines some of the differences between digital and film photography here:

 

•    If you're a computer buff, you'll like digital. Most people who are very active on their computers will find that digital gives them a lot more to work with. Alan Shulik says that digital media is easier to translate to the online environment, and working with digital photos in Photoshop or other image manipulation programs is far easier if they are already in digital format.

 

•    If you are very focused on color, you may prefer film. Particularly when it comes to capturing skin tone, Alan Shulik says that film generally tends to do a better job. The undertones in digital photographs tend to be far more red.

 

•    If you are focused on ease-of-use, you'll want to go digital. Of course, film based cameras are going to have far more moving parts.

 

•    If you are concerned about the appearance of light in your photos, film is the way to go. Film tends to produce better highlights that are less blown out or overexposed, Alan Shulik says.

 

Alan Shulik wishes you luck in choosing the right medium for photography.

1 month ago

How to Project Confidence with Alan Shulik

Alan Shulik is a professional psychologist who has worked with a number of different individuals. While every human being is unique, a common theme across many of us is that we lack confidence. Having confidence can help with many aspects of the being, so Alan Shulik recommends that we spend time cultivating and projecting self-confidence. If you are having trouble with your self-confidence, Alan Shulik has these tips to offer:


    
•    Record yourself speaking on video. This may seem awkward, but Alan Shulik assures you it's a great way to figure out how you come across to other people in a speaking situation. Watch your facial movements, tone of voice, and gestures.

 

•    Work on your posture. Even if you are not feeling particularly unconfident, Alan Shulik says that a slouched posture can come across as such to others. If you want to feel more powerful, Alan Shulik suggests standing with your shoulders back, your spine straight, and your head up.

 

•    Be optimistic. People who are generally optimistic about the world tend to have higher levels of self-confidence, Alan Shulik says. Of course, a natural pessimist isn't going to turn into Pollyanna overnight, but trying to look at the bright side of situations and solutions rather than dealing on negativity and problems can do a lot for projecting confidence.

 

•    Relax. Confident people tend to be more relaxed and easy-going through life than those who are not, Alan Shulik says. Of course, there are very stressed out people who also have high amounts of confidence, but relaxing and trying to go with the flow rather than controlling everything in your environment will naturally give you a more serene outlook.

 

Alan Shulik wishes you luck on your journey to becoming more confident.

2 months ago

How to Read Body Language with Alan Shulik

As a professional psychologist, Alan Shulik has dedicated a great deal of his life to understanding how other people work. Alan Shulik is a professional and respected psychologist who has worked with a number of people of all ages. Over his years working in psychology, Alan Shulik has learned a lot about body language and what it means. If you are wondering how to understand the body language of others better, Alan Shulik has some tips:

 

    Eye contact. Frequent eye contact indicates that the listener is interested and engaged in the conversation. Conversely, eye contact that is infrequent or fleeting can indicate disinterest or a desire to hide one's true feelings, Alan Shulik says.

 

    Blinking. While blinking is a natural reaction, Alan Shulik says that if somebody is blinking far too much it can actually mean something else. Someone who is rapidly blinking may be uncomfortable with the situation.

 

    Slight changes in lip shape. While smiling and frowning basically mean the same thing all around the world, Alan Shulik says that people tend to give away whether they are feeling happy or sad far more often than they might believe. For instance, if somebody has their lip slightly up, it generally means that he or she is in a good mood. If the lips are tipped slightly down, it can indicate a more pessimistic state of mind.

 

    Crossed arms or crossed legs. Alan Shulik says that this may indicate feeling closed off or defensive. It can also indicate that the person needs privacy.

 

Alan Shulik says that most communication is nonverbal. Pay attention to body language cues, and you can figure out more about a person than you might expect.

2 months ago

How to Take Better Photos With Alan Shulik

Alan Shulik is a very accomplished photographer. He has had his work in publications and has been in exhibitions since 1991. One of the most frequently asked questions that Alan Shulik encounters is, "How do I take better photographs?" If you have wondered this yourself, Alan Shulik has some tips to help you along the way:

 

•    Get in closer. Most of the time, photographs don't "pop" because the photographer is far too distance from the subject, Alan Shulik says. This can cause a photograph to look very "blah." Next time that you're taking a photo, Alan Shulik advises, get up close to the subject, and see what a difference it makes!

•    Practice. This seems obvious, but if you want to get better at anything, Alan Shulik says that you should do it every day. If you want your pictures to turn out consistently better, consistently practice!

•    Pay attention to light. If you're not paying attention to where natural light is coming from when you take your shot, Alan Shulik says you're missing out on one of the most important elements of fantastic photography. Make sure that you are aware of where the natural light is coming from and use it to your advantage, Alan Shulik says.

•    Ask permission. This is particularly important if you are taking photographs of people from a different culture, Alan Shulik says. In certain cultures, taking photographs of people is not permitted, and  one must always respect such differences in culture.


Alan Shulik is a highly-regarded photographer who lives in Connecticut.

 

2 months ago

Alan Shulik's Tips on Web Design

Alan Shulik spends a lot of his time as an active photographer when he's not working as a clinical psychologist. He knows that in order to get his name out there, it's important to have an Internet presence. This is why Alan Shulik has his own website at AlanShulikPhotography.com. If you are thinking about building a portfolio website for your own art, Alan Shulik has some tips to share:

 

•    Think simple. The best websites are simple, Alan Shulik says, because simple navigation will encourage the visitor to continue through your site. Additionally, more and more people are using mobile products to surf the internet, and a complicated website often will not show up very well on a mobile screen.

•    Let your art takes center stage. A big advantage of an artistic website is that there are already plenty of visuals to work with, says Alan Shulik. You don't need to spend a lot of money on graphic design if you already have hundreds of pages of photography.

•    Don't go wild with color. Again, the best artistic websites tend to be very simple, Alan Shulik says, because they don't overwhelm the purpose of the website which is art. Many first time website builders get overwhelmed by the array of options that are available and often end up overwhelming their own art.
    
•    Get a professional website builder to help you if necessary. Just because you are good at photography or painting doesn't mean that you are good at building a website, Alan Shulik says. If the thought of building a website just seems overwhelming, you can contact any number of professional builders who can help you with a beautiful, simple, easy to update website.

 

Alan Shulik hopes that you have as much success with your website as he has with his.