Friday, 29 May 2015

Going Pro: How To Make Money Through Your Photography

If you dream about making money through your passion for photography................
This is your chance to make it happen!

Have you ever heard the words, “Wow. These shots are great! You’re good enough to be a professional photographer?” and wondered if it could be so?

Well, we now have great news for you. Our friends at Digital Photography School (dPS) have just added a brand new resource to their highly successful Going Pro kit – called 'Recipe for Success'.

And to celebrate, they are running a 40% off special for the next two weeks!

So you can invest in this kit at the great price of just $29.99 (normally $49.99).

Stop wondering if you’ve got what it takes, and get over to dPS now for full details of this exclusive kit.

Going Pro: How To Make Money Through Your Photography – 


This comprehensive kit has been put together for one specific purpose – to help you profit from your photography passion.
  • 91 pages of first-hand advice on selling images professionally, from experienced magazine photo editor, Kelly Kingman 
  • 2 hours of audio interviews – with pro photography experts Susannah Conway, Charles Borst, Suzanne Sease and Christina Villaflors 
  • NEW! Recipe for Success – an actionable 4-part guide to getting started and finding business success (includes multiple checklists and worksheets, too)  

DONT DELAY AND SAVE YOURSELF $20!!

Friday, 22 May 2015

Tower of London

On Wednesday I took a trip to London to visit Tower Bridge. Here are a couple of images of the bridge, and one taken on the bridge looking over the Tower of London.
Fine Art America                                  Photo4Me

Fine Art America                                  Photo4Me
London's Tower Bridge is one of the most recognizable bridges in the world. Its Victorian Gothic style stems from a law that forced the designers to create a structure that would be in harmony with the nearby Tower of London. It was built 120 years ago to ease road traffic while maintaining river access to the busy Pool of London docks. Built with giant moveable roadways that lift up for passing ships, it is to this day, considered as a great feat of Victorian engineering.
Fine Art America                                  Photo4Me
Modern office buildings towering over the historical Tower of London. From left to right the main ones are 20 Fenchurch Street, AKA the Walkie Talkie, 122 Leadenhall Street, AKA The Cheese Graterand 30, St Mary Axe, AKA The Gherkin.

As usual, my work is available to purchase as original  Wall Art, in a variety of formats including stretched canvas, metal or acrylic prints, framed prints, or simply as standard prints for you to mount in your favourite picture frame. Simply click on the links below each image - Fine Art America for international buyers or Photo4Me if you are from the UK.

Choose your favorite London acrylic prints and London acrylic art for sale from thousands of available designs.

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Using Natural Light

Our friends over at Digital Photography School have produced a new e-book which teaches you everything you need to know to help take your photography to the next level when shooting in natural light.

Beautifully presented, with 96 pages and bonus materials, this ebook covers everything you need to know about working with natural light – from concept, through to results. It will provide you with the understanding and skills you need to layer natural light through your images and tell a unique visual story in every shot.

In Life in Natural Light, professional photographer, Rachel Devine, reveals her secrets for finding and using natural light to tell unique visual stories, enhance mood and increase image quality.

Over 96 gorgeously illustrated pages, you’ll be taken on a photographic journey celebrating natural light – and inspired to explore its creative possibilities.

Like life, light is always moving and changing. And with this comprehensive guide, you’ll learn how to anticipate, find and capture it – no fancy equipment required!

For just USD $19.99, it’s an investment in your photography, guaranteed to improve the quality of your images.

Is Life in Natural Light for you?

Yes, if you want to:

  • Master the potential of natural light in your photography
  • Capture beautiful memories and moments that tell a unique visual story
  • Understand the versatilities of light and the photographic potential it affords
  • Unleash new creative possibilities with your existing equipment
  • Bring added heart and soul to your images, communicating mood and emotion more powerfully
  • Make the most of every photographic opportunity, no matter the setting or time of day

What you’ll learn with this Ultimate Guide

It is called an Ultimate Guide for a reason – it covers all aspects of photography using natural light, from concept through to results.

  • Understand the essential and ephemeral qualities of natural light
  • Master the theoretical components you’ll need to work with natural light, including exposure, metering and histogram
  • Discover expert methods for controlling the different types of natural light to suit your creative needs
  • Learn to shape, layer and translate light, create light interplay, reveal silhouettes and more
  • Practice professional post-processing techniques to enhance natural light
  • Realize the potential of natural light to enrich black and white, landscape and portrait photography

 This 96-page ebook also includes

  • 16 Lightroom presets, optimized for natural light and custom-created by Rachel herself (note: a copy of Adobe Lightroom is required to install and use these presets)
  • A natural light printable worksheet, to use as a quick reference in the field
  • Eight profiled professionals who harness the power of natural light beautifully in their photography
  • Practical tips and tricks for working with natural light, in different settings and times of day

Limited-time offer: Purchase Life in Natural Light today and you’ll go into the draw to win a new Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR with 18-55mm STM Lens, valued at $699 (or $500 towards any other camera of your choice)!
But hurry! Prize draw entry closes midnight EDT Friday 15 May 2015. 

Friday, 1 May 2015

Art + Wine = The Perfect Companions

We're running a special promotion this month, Just order any of our images on Fine Art America and, if you live in the US, they will come with a $100 gift certificate good towards your first purchase of wine on NakedWines.com

Yes - really! 
Naked Wines is a company based in Napa, California, that supports independent wine makers from all over the world.  Independent artists and photographers... independent wine makers... it's a perfect match... 

When you place an order on FineArtAmerica.com, they will e-mail you a $100 gift certificate from NakedWines.com... instantly.   

It doesn't matter how large your order is on FineArtAmerica.com.   You can order a single greeting card or a large canvas print. To view my complete gallery of over 700 original images just click on the Fine Art America link..

Once you receive the gift certificate, all you have to do is visit NakedWines.com, enter in your gift certificate code, buy some wine, and you're done!   Then, just sit back and wait for the wine to arrive on your doorstep.   

If the logistical stars are in alignment, maybe your wine and your order from Fine Art America will arrive at the same time! 

Before using your gift certificate on NakedWines.com, please note the following restrictions: 
Terms & Restrictions 

  • The $100 gift certificate is only valid for first-time buyers on NakedWines.com and can only be applied towards purchases of $160 or more.  
  • You must be 21 years or older to redeem the gift certificate.   
  • Wine can not be shipped outside of the United States.  
  • Additional restrictions apply.   
  • Void where prohibited.   

See complete details at http://us.nakedwines.com/100voucher
  
Naked Wines is not affiliated with Naked Winery (http://nakedwinery.com) in Hood River, Oregon. There is no minimum purchase required on Fine Art America in order to receive the gift certificate.   If you purchase a greeting card for $5, for example, you'll still receive the gift certificate from NakedWines.com - yes, really!

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Hwange National Park

While we stayed at Ivory Safari Lodge for three nights from 11th March, not only did we go on game drives in their own 6,000 acre concession, we visited Hwange National Park, which is the largest national park in Zimbabwe, covering nearly 16,000 sq kilometers.

The park is particularly known for its elephant population, which is one of the largest in the world, and needless to say we saw plenty of elephants! One of the main attractions there is the Nyamandhlovu Platform which provides a prime game viewing area at a pumped water hole. We visited this on a couple of occasions, seeing large herds of elephants, cape buffalo, giraffes, zebra, impala a lone ostrich and many varieties of birds, including a fish eagle, herons and cranes. 

Views from the Nyamandhlovu Platform:-
Elephants
Grey Crowned Crane
Fish Eagle.

A few of the other animals and birds we saw:-
Waterbuck

Leopard Tortoise

Giraffe

Lilac Breasted Roller

Zebra

One evening, on our way back to the lodge, we encountered a male lion walking along the side of the road.
Male Lion 

Monday, 30 March 2015

Windsor Guildhall

I am delighted to say that my image of Windsor Guildhall has been chosen by Windsor luxury candlemakers, Heir & Grace, as one of the main images on the front page of their website.
Windsor Guildhall
It is a night shot of the Guildhall, also known as the Town Hall, showing the light trails of a passing bus. Close to Windsor Castle, the Guildhall was designed by Sir Christopher Wren and finished in 1689. The Guildhall was the venue for the civil wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles on 9th April 2005.

Heir & Grace is the first luxury scented candle brand based in Royal Windsor, Berkshire. All of their candles are made with the finest available ingredients and hand poured in their town centre location.

To see my image on their site, and to learn more about their products, visit Heir & Grace.

Ivory Safari Lodge

We spent three nights at Ivory Safari Lodge which is located in Zimbabwe, on the edge of the Hwange National Park, on a private concession of 6,000 square acres.  
Waterhole at the Lodge
The lodge consists of seven elevated thatched tree house style rooms, as well as two grand tented presidential suites, all commanding great views of a private and extremely active waterhole.  Guests have the opportunity to view some of Hwange’s most prolific wildlife species from the comfort of their room or the main dining area. In the three days we were there, we saw many elephants, plus giraffes, impala, baboons and a crocodile.
Lodge Interior
The open communal areas of bar/lounge and dining room are comfortable, clean and well stocked. We had a suite with a veranda with a fantastic view of the watering hole in front of the camp. 
Lodge Exterior
The hide down near the water is a triumph - the animals come so close to you that it is magical - eye contact with the elephants is seriously awe-inspiring! 
Inside the Hide
Elephants outside the Hide
(the hide is the thatched building on the left of the picture)
The camp is managed by Jamie and Joel who are lovely people, so warm and welcoming with nothing too much trouble. The food was excellent - wholesome and delicious with a few fine dining touches here and there! Our guide for the three days we were there was knowledgeable and friendly helping make our game drives extremely interesting.

One of the highlights of our stay here was definitely having the word sundowner defined for us - "Standing in the middle of the African bush, gin and tonic in hand, watching the changing colours of the sky as the sun goes down" = Sundowner! (see previous post)

We were also able to get wifi connection in the communal areas.