Friday, 18 April 2014

More Photography Magazines

Following my announcement earlier in the week that  I have teamed up with Best Deal Magazines to enable me to bring my US readers great discounts on subscriptions to leading photography magazines, I am pleased to confirm that I am now able to bring similar deals to my UK subscribers.

The following magazine subscriptions are available at large savings on publishers prices and are all also available to buy as downloads.

Digital Camera is Britain's biggest and best photography magazine. Each issue is packed with more expert advice than any other magazine with the sole aim of helping you become a better photographer.

Easy-to-follow technique guides show you how to get the most from your SLR and perfect your shots in Photoshop, while the most in-depth tests around enable you to buy the very best photo gear. Better still, every issue is full of inspiring tips from leading pros.

Add in a free disc of Photoshop video lessons every month and it's not hard to see why Digital Camera is the definitive guide to SLR photography.

Digital Photo magazine is the first choice for photographers looking to take better pictures and enhance their images. With easy-to-follow projects, tips and techniques, every issue comes with a free CD-ROM packed with video lessons so you can learn new photo and imaging skills the smart way.

Whether you’re a newcomer looking to improve your skills or a seasoned photographer looking to explore new ways to create great images, Digital Photo magazine brings all the advice and inspiration you need.

Subscribe to Digital Photo magazine and benefit from the best discounts and offers available. A Digital Photo magazine subscription will also make an ideal gift or present – so buy today for the best offers, with FREE UK delivery.

N-Photo is the independent magazine for Nikon photographers.
Every month they bring you 132-pages of step-by-step advice on how to get the best results from your Nikon digital SLR. The camera skills section will show you how to shoot great pictures and how to edit them to make them even better! 

You'll be inspired by the beautiful images shot by top photographers and fellow readers. And you'll learn the basics through the Nikopedia reference pages – picking up tips from the pros with exclusive interviews and masterclasses.

N-Photo is accompanied each month with an exclusive Nikon Skills video disc, which is packed with practical advice, exciting photo projects and with lessons to help you master Photoshop and Nikon's own Capture NX2.

PhotoPlus: Canon Edition is the only monthly magazine 100% dedicated to Canon EOS digital SLRs, from the EOS 450D and 700D and Rebel cameras, right through to the EOS 6D, 7D and 70D, and beyond.

Every month you’ll find in-depth advice and essential skills to help you get the most from your Canon D-SLR, presented in an easy to follow, jargon-free format that puts your camera manual to shame. They also work with the best Canon pro photographers in the business and get them to share their secrets!

You’ll also find plenty of advice and instruction on editing and improving your shots in Photoshop Elements, plus Canon’s own free software, DPP. Every image-editing and camera techniques tutorial in the magazine has a counterpart video lesson on the free Video Disc, so you can follow the steps at your own pace.
And although they are all about Canon D-SLRs, they are 100% independent of Canon. Their camera tests, product reviews and buyers guides are ruthlessly independent – and they tell you all about non-Canon accessories that will work with your camera!

Practical Photography magazine is the perfect read for anyone wanting to get more from their Digital SLR. It teaches you all the camera skills you need, inspires creativity, and keeps you informed of the latest photo gear launches.

Practical Photography is the magazine for everyone with a passion for photography, combining inspirational images, expert hands-on advice, and the most authoritative gear reviews.

Subscribe to Practical Photography magazine and benefit from the best discounts and offers available. A Practical Photography magazine subscription will also make an ideal gift or present – so buy today for the best offers, with FREE UK delivery.

Either visit our UK Photography Magazine page or click on the image to go straight to the order page for details of that particular magazine.

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Unlock the Power of Composition...

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And you're going to have a blast! This tutorial is packed with beautiful example images, practical exercises, and informative videos that'll help bring it all together. 

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To help you really understand this composition stuff, we'll start with the basics and build from there. You'll pick up techniques and tools that will benefit even pros with years of experience, in a way that will feel totally accessible to beginners. Ready? 

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When you take a photo, you probably focus most of your attention on your subject, right? But your scene contains tons of other visual information – stuff like light, shapes, lines and colors.

Those bits of information are 'compositional elements'. 

Now want to hear something crazy? Compositional elements can have more impact than your subject does on where your viewer looks and how they feel about your image. Yikes! If you want to create effective images, you need to know how to use the elements to your advantage!

When you get your tutorial, you're going to learn all about those elements – how to recognize them and what they do for your composition. You'll start with fundamental elements – those are the elements that show up in just about every scene.

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To be a great photographer, you need to know more than just what the elements are. You need to know how to arrange them too.

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You know how some images just seem to feel right? Your eyes move easily from element to element, and the whole scene just feels comfortable to take in. That comes from 'balance'. In this tutorial, I'll show you 3 different ways to bring balance to your images, and how you can break with 'balance' to create photos that have more tension and drama.

You're also going to learn 6 other awesome techniques that'll help you simplify complex scenes, create a deeper viewing experience using visual and conceptual contrast, and so much more!

These techniques are going to have a huge impact on your images. 

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Once you've got the theory and techniques under your belt, we're going to hook you up with an easy, 8-step process that'll help you put it all into practice. 

See, before you take the final shot, you make a series of decisions. Like where you're going to plant your feet, and what focal length you're going to use. These decisions – things you may not have thought of as real decisions at all – can dramatically influence your composition.

See that tasty cake up there? A small change in where I was standing when I took the shot impacted so much of the composition: the angle of the lines on the towel, the size of the triangle where the piece is missing, the amount of empty space, and the predominant colours and visible textures. Simple change. Big results.

With the 8-step process you'll learn in this tutorial, you'll have a simple step-by-step approach that strengthens your composition with each of those decisions you make. 

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We've filled this book with all of the information you need to get compositional superpowers. You'll learn: 
  • 5 common composition mistakes you don't know you're making PLUS concrete ways to fix them.  
  • How to use color to create harmony and contrast, direct attention, make certain areas of your scene pop, and more! 
  • How to make sense of any lighting situation and know how it will affect your composition.  
  • The ways that cropping can impact your photo. Save yourself from heartbreak when it comes time to print! 
  • The science behind why certain techniques just seem to work. 
  • And a TON lot more! 

This eBook is packed with over 300 beautiful example images and graphics that will help you see the concepts in action. It also includes fun exercises that will get you practicing your composition skills, without having to leave the house.

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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

10 Tips to Improve Your Black & White Photography

Today's article is from our friends at Picture Correct in which Stephanie Gagnon gives her tips on improving your black and white photography. Stephanie lives in Central, Illinois, is married to her best friend, Ryan, and enjoys the company of her rambunctious lab-beagle pup, Kit. She is the owner of Green Tree Media and is passionate about photography.

In a world of color, sometimes you just can’t beat a strong black and white image. Black and white photography can be an amazing tool to conveying a mood, story, or statement to your viewers. While a color portrait can tell a story too, the absence of color in black and white imagery often presents a much stronger impact. Here are a few tips for creating strong black and white photographs:

Follow the link to read the full article: ....10 Tips to Improve Your Black & White Photography – PictureCorrect

Here is my favourite black and white image, taken early one Sunday morning in January, at Pinkneys Green Common, Maidenhead, England.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Photography Magazines

I am pleased to announce that I have teamed up with Best Deal Magazines to enable me to bring my US readers great discounts on subscriptions to leading photography magazines. Hopefully I will be able to offer a similar service to our customers in the UK and Europe in the coming weeks.

The following magazine subscriptions are available at savings on publishers prices of between 40 to 74%!

If you are interested in creative photography American Photo is designed for you. In each issue you will find profiles of the personalities behind the lens and their contributions to history, journalism, art, fashion and advertising. You will also find reviews of exhibitions and books, photos sent in by readers, stories on working professionals and much more.

Digital Photo helps both the beginner or advanced, experienced enthusiast explore the exciting world of digital photography. Issues are packed with quality articles and pictures that both teach and dazzle, by showing how to control your photo production with computerized step-by-step techniques that create delightful results for the eye. Buyers guides helps you make intelligent choices about buying the best gear, accessories and software. News stories and product reviews alert you to the best of what’s available. How to tips and techniques from pros and fellow photographers provide illustrated step-by-step techniques for composing better photos. And photo contests allow you to showcase your skills.

If outdoor photography is your driving passion and you‘re a serious amateur or experienced professional who needs to perfect your hobby or craft, then Outdoor Photographer is the essential magazine you need to learn from and enjoy. No matter your preference, be it digital distance or traditional close-up, Outdoor Photographer will inspire you with practical, how-to shooting techniques on landscape, dawn, sunsets, mountains, lakes, wildlife, adventure, action and sports. Quality articles are written by renowned experienced professional photographers, who have an inherent understanding of your needs, because they’ve been where you are. Breathtaking and first rate photography provide inspiration and motivation. Each issue is packed with new product and equipment reviews, lively how-tos on lighting, exposure, filters, gear, and practical advice for preparing yourself and your gear to face arctic cold, searing heat or sweltering humid environments.

Popular Photography is the photographer's comprehensive source of information and inspiration to aid creativity and enhance the enjoyment of photography. Each issue of Popular Photography includes articles covering extensive analysis of new cameras and equipment, techniques, folios by leading photographers, photo composition, production, color, darkroom operations, travel and nature photography, video making, and buying guides to help beginners, hobbyists and professionals alike broaden and improve their photography skills.

SHUTTERBUG is the leading photo and imaging magazine for advanced amateur and professional photographers, and all who relate to their photography as a meaningful part of their lives. Inside every monthly issue you'll get lighting pointers, pro studio tips, test reports, equipment reviews... and much more! Written by photographers, for photographers, Shutterbug is dedicated to helping photographers enhance their creative potential.

Digital Photo Pro is the professional's guide to going digital and is designed for the digital photography enthusiast. Each issue of Digital Photo Pro arrives filled with shooting tips and techniques, product reviews, business advice, and relevant industry news and inspiring digital images. You'll find feature stories and articles that explore unique topics of interest such as mobile lighting, software evolution, creating digital archives, transitioning from stills to video and more. Learn from the best and refine your skills with the help of Digital Photo Pro.

Either visit our Photography Magazine page or click on the image to go straight to the order page for details of that particular magazine.

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Ludlow Castle

Visited Ludlow, Shropshire a few days ago, and here are the first of the images I took of Ludlow Castle.
Ludlow Castle
Ludlow Castle Chapel And Great Hall
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Ludlow Castle showing the Great Hall and the Chapel of St Mary Magdalene with its circular Nave. 
Ludlow Castle
River Teme At Ludlow Castle
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The River Teme providing natural protection to Ludlow Castle.
Ludlow Castle
Ludlow Castle
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View of Ludlow Castle, viewed from Whitcliffe Road, Ludlow, Shropshire, England.

As usual, all of these photos are available to purchase as original  Wall Art, in a variety of formats including as greeting cards or iphone cases from Fine Art America and Photo4Me - just click on the links below each image.

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Colour Popped Images

Earlier this week I made my first attempt at creating colour popped images in Photoshop elements. I hope you like them!
A Victorian Post Box situated at East Gate, Warwick, England.
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The iconic Routemaster Red London Buses in Whitehall, central London.
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As usual, all of these photos are available to purchase as original  Wall Art, in a variety of formats including as greeting cards or iphone cases from Fine Art America and Photo4Me - just click on the links below each image.

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Dubrovnik in a Day

I went on a Mediterranean cruise in September last year which I had chosen partly because I had always wanted to visit the Adriatic in general and Dubrovnik in particular. I am pleased to report that I was not disappointed, my only regret being that I could only spend a few hours there.

While the weather was not great, I hope you will agree that I took a few reasonable photos. which I would like to share with you. The easiest way to show the images will be to walk you through the day.

I decided to walk into Old Dubrovnik from the cruise ship terminal as it gave the opportunity to view the local town. It looked quite an easy walk on the information map I had, and it was - apart from the very long and steep hill between the port and the old town!

It did prove worthwhile however, as during the walk I came across the Love Locks of Dubrovnik

Thirty five meters above the sparkling blues of the Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik lovers are pledging their love with Love Locks – the declaration of eternal love. On a three-metre-high fence where the padlocks engraved with hearts and lovers’ initials have been put as a symbol of eternal love to which the lovers have pledged.

The locks of love started appearing in February 2012 and they are interpreted as the intention to change Boninovo into a place of eternal love. The padlocks are placed on the fence secretly over the night and the keys to the locks are flung into the sea – the pact of love sealed with the waves.

I then proceeded to the Old City, which I entered through Pile Gate from where I took the main entrance onto the City Walls, from which you can get the very best views of the city. The full circuit of the walls is around 2 kilometres and involves climbing many steps but it is well worth the exertion!

From the walls I had a great view of the main street of the city, Stradun Dubrovnik.

Stradun or Placa is the main street of Dubrovnik. The limestone-paved pedestrian street runs some 300 metres through the Old Town, the historic part of the city, surrounded by the Walls of Dubrovnik from where this is taken. The Franciscan Monastery is on the left with the city Clock Tower at the end of the Stradun.

The Walls of Dubrovnik are a series of defensive stone walls that have surrounded and protected the citizens of Dubrovnik, since the city's founding prior to the 7th century. With numerous additions and modifications throughout their history, they have been considered to be amongst the great fortification systems of the Middle Ages, as they were never breached by a hostile army during this time period. In 1979, the old city of Dubrovnik, which includes a substantial portion of the old walls of Dubrovnik, joined the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.

 Walking along the walls in an anti-clockwise direction we passed the coast and then came round to the Old Harbour, or Gradska Luka, one of the oldest parts Dubrovnik, which provides a very pleasant area in which to have a short rest, before continuing on round the other half of the Walls, which have even more steps than the first half!
Walking around the walls gives some great views over the rooftops of Dubrovnik.

After circuiting the Old City I took a walk into the town and found an excellent bar in one of the side streets for a drink and a snack, before making my way to the lower station of the Cable Car, for what I expected to be stunning views of the city. 
The best views of Dubrovnik and the surrounding area are, without doubt, experienced from the top of the Srd Hill. The Dubrovnik Cable Car was built back in 1969 and had been out of use for almost two decades before being rebuilt and reopened again in July 2010. On a clear day, you can see up to 60 km (37 miles). For this reason the neighbouring Imperial Fortress was strategically built on this privileged spot, back in the early 19th century.

By the time the cable car had reached the top however, the clouds had rolled in and visibility was extremely poor.

My first thought was to walk round to the way back down, but decided to wait to see if the clouds cleared and within ten minutes or so visibility was good, giving stunning views over the city and surrounding area. 
A view of Dubrovnik and outlying Islands from the top of the cable car. The new harbour is seen to the right with the small island of Daksa and the larger island of Kolocep.

All too quickly it came time to leave Dubrovnik but as we sailed away I took this image of the Franjo Tudman Bridge, which provided a total contrast between the architecture of Dubrovnik Old Town and a magnificent example of modern design and bridge building.

Named after the first President of Croatia, the Franjo Tudman Bridge is a cable-stayed bridge crossing the D8 State Road over the Dubrovacka coastal inlet near the port of Gruz (a neighbourhood of Dubrovnik, Croatia).

Design of the original bridge was completed in 1989, however construction was halted at the onset of the Croatian War of Independence. The bridge was ultimately completed in April 2002 and officially opened one month later, at a cost of US$ 31 million -- making it the most expensive bridge in all of Croatia.

The bridge is 518 m (1,699 ft) long, consisting of a pier on the Western side of the inlet supporting a pre-tensioned girder and an anchoring pier on the Eastern side. The girder’s overall span is 325 m (1,065 ft), and the single pylon is 142 m (464 ft) tall.

I hope that this short essay has given you a taste of Dubrovnik and will encourage you to visit. I certainly hope to return and spend more than a few hours in Dubrovnik and to explore the many islands.

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