Sunday, 10 August 2014

NEW Exposure Blending eCourse - FREE Download

A couple of months ago we told you abut an e-book written by Christopher O'Donnell, a leading landscape photographer from Maine, New England.  In the step-by-step guide, Christopher discussed the entire process of exposure blending by detailing his personal workflow – from auto-bracketing in the field, to combining different exposures in process. It can help you take your own landscape photography to the next level.

Christopher has now released a major update to his free Exposure Blending eBook. He has completely redesigned the eBook, added a lot of new content, and also created video tutorials to walk readers through the Photoshop steps (which can be very difficult without some visuals). The image files used are also included in the download, so it's now an eCourse rather than simply an eBook.  It includes a 100+ page eBook, 8 videos, and 7 image files to guide you step-by-step through the entire bracketing and blending process.

You can get this FREE Exposure Blending eCourse which will teach you everything you need to know about autobracketing and blending exposures in Adobe® Photoshop. 

To get your own free copy, simply click here and then subscribe to Christopher's email list ( you can always unsubscribe anytime you want to).

Thursday, 7 August 2014

FREE online Photography courses.

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Friday, 1 August 2014

Photography Specials

We are delighted to bring you news of some latest photographic offers, particularly for our many UK readers.

First, Wex Photographic are offering a £400 trade in price when you trade-in a working DSLR against a Nikon D4S camera body.
Nikon D4S
The Nikon D4s Digital SLR Camera Body continues the class-leading speed and accuracy found in the D4, offering a 51-point AF system (including 15 cross-type sensors and new group Area mode) and 11 fps continuous shooting with AE and AF maintained throughout the burst. 

With a newly developed 16.2 megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor combined with the power of EXPEED 4 image processing, the Nikon D4s can capture beautiful stills and Full HD movies at a standard ISO range of 100-25,600, which is expandable up to an incredible 50-409,600, taking low light shooting to another level. 

The fully weather-sealed metal body of the Nikon D4s is equipped with dual card slots (CF and XQD) and is engineered to keep today’s photographers in the field of sports, press and wildlife photography ahead of the game.

For those of us who prefer something a little less expensive try the Canon Powershot SX50.
Canon Powershot SX50
The Canon PowerShot SX50 Digital Camera is the replacement to the hugely popular Canon Powershot SX40 HS. It is the world’s first 50x optical zoom* camera, offering ground-breaking power alongside advanced manual control and RAW format support. 

It features an outstanding 24-1200mm 50x IS (Image Stabilisation) zoom lens which lets you capture everything from sweeping landscapes to animals in the wild. Enhanced Zoom Framing Assist on the PowerShot SX50 HS now includes new Seek and Lock functions, which are designed to help photographers locate and lock-on to subjects at the telephoto end of the lens. 

The combination of the 12.1-megapixel CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5 image processor is the key to HS (Highly Sensitive) system’s stunning low-light results, even at ISO 6400. The versatile 2.8” vari-angle LCD screen allows you to take creative shots from a variety of unique angles and the electronic viewfinder with 100% coverage is available for users who like to view their subjects the traditional way. Other features include full HD 1080p recording and a built-in flash.

This is available from UK Digital Cameras at the special price of £269.00, that's a saving of £180 off the RRP.

Finally, we are able to bring you a SanDisk Extreme Card at a special price.

You can get all the professional performance you want with this 32GB SanDisk Extreme SDHC UHS-I Memory Cards - and make the most of the features packed into your DSLR advanced digital camera or HD camcorder. 

32GB SanDisk Extreme SDHC UHS-I Memory Cards have read/write speeds of up to 45MB/sec, so you can use professional continuous burst-mode shooting to get that shot you want, and capture fast-action Full HD video (1080p) and 3D video. What's more, you have plenty of room to capture everything you take so you never miss the moment.

This is available from Pic Stop at a saving of £32 pounds off the standard price at only £27.99 with free UK delivery.

Thursday, 31 July 2014

LEARN TO EDIT IN BLACK AND WHITE

Learning how to process a great black and white photograph doesn't have to be hard. In Photography Concentrate's brand new video tutorial Before/After: Black & White, Rob Lim, shows you all about creating stunning black and white edits in Adobe® Lightroom®!

Follow along as Rob edits 10 photos, start to finish, showing you his best black and white editing tips and tricks.

And this isn't going to be a one-size-fits-all kind of affair. 

Rob will show you how to produce a variety of popular effects – crisp and classic, old-school film, golden sepia and more. And best of all, you'll be able to adapt these effects to suit your own style!

...You'll learn all of this – in an easy-to-follow video format – in less than 2 hours! By tonight, you can have serious black and white editing skills, with time leftover to try out your favourite techniques!

Want to see what's possible with black and white editing skills?

Can You Spot The Differences In These Images?  

The Landscape Photographer:
Get the skills you need to take a lifeless, overexposed shot and transform it into an epic black and white!
NYC at Night:
Night scenes can make for bold black and whites. But it's easy to loose too much detail in the darkness. Learn how to subtly brighten night scenes to keep the detail and get the drama. 
THE DINER
Just because you’re shooting digital doesn’t mean you have to give up that grainy film aesthetic.

Launch Sale On Now! SAVE 30%!

Ready to see EXACTLY what was done in these images, and 7 more? Then grab your copy now!

To celebrate the release of Before/After: Black & White we're having a sweet sale!

The tutorial is normally a great deal at US$18.95, but today you can grab it for US$13.27! That's 30% off – only for a short time!
  

HERE'S WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

With Before/After: Black & White, you're going to learn a ton about black and white processing! Here are some of the thing's Rob will show you: 
  • How to convert your images to black and white, instantly! 
  • Three powerful tools you can use to bring more attention to your subject. 
  • How to dodge and burn to create drama and produce more memorable images.  
  • How to make your images pop using the basics panel. 
  • Two easy ways to add colored tints to your black and whites (like classic sepia!). 
  • Tips to create eye-catching black and white portraits. 
  • A simple way to make your digital photos look like textured, old-fashioned film.  
  • How to get that popular, washed-out look without making your images look bland. 
  • The essential Lightrooms shortcuts you need to save tons of editing time.  
  • And more!!!  

 GET IT RISK-FREE WITH A 60-DAY MONEY-BACK GUARANTEE
 
We're making it easy for you to get great editing skills with a 60-DAY Money-Back Guarantee. Try Before/After: Black & White, and if you don't feel like you have stronger retouching skills, just get in touch with Rob within 60 days of when you buy it and he will personally refund 100% of your money. No questions asked. And you keep the videos! Grab a copy now, worry-free, and build your skills today!

Hurry, and you'll get over 1.5 hours of action-packed videos, at an incredible price! You'll have the skills to create standout black and white photos, EASILY, by tonight! 

Click here to get your copy or learn more about the tutorial, and check out the other amazing before/afters that will be covered!

Grab a copy of Before/After: Black & White now, start creating black and whites that get noticed and that you love. 

Thursday, 24 July 2014

A Day on the Solent

Spent the day out on the Solent last week and here are three of the photos I took. The Solent is the stretch of water separating the Isle of Wight from the England mainland. 
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Spinnaker Tower
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Spinnaker Tower is a 170-metre (560 ft) landmark tower in Portsmouth, England, UK. It is the centrepiece of the redevelopment of Portsmouth Harbour. The tower, designed by local firm HGP Architects and the engineering consultants Scott Wilson and built by Mowlem, reflects Portsmouth's maritime history by its being modeled after a sail. The tower was opened on 18 October 2005 and the Spinnaker Tower is taller than the London Eye, Blackpool Tower and Big Ben.
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Spirit of Gosport

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The Spirit of Gosport , part of the Gosport Ferry fleet, which has been operating between Portsmouth and Gosport since 1875.
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Commodore Goodwill
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The Condor Ferries ship the Commodore Goodwill sailing up the Solent into Portsmouth. A purpose built Ro-Ro Cargo Ship operating a daily service between Portsmouth and the Channel Islands and a weekly connection between the UK, Channel Islands and France.

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 Solent canvas prints

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Tripod Buying Guide

Need a new tripod? Perhaps you’re not sure what to look for? This complete tripod buying guide, courtesy of WEX Photographic, explains all the options to help you find the best one for your particular style of shooting.

Tripods can often be a much-overlooked item in the photographer’s arsenal. So simple in design – essentially, they comprise just three adjustable legs and a method of attaching a camera to the top of a centre column – yet there are many times when using one can mean the difference between securing a great shot and missing a golden opportunity altogether. In this respect, tripods should be treated just like any other item of camera gear – i.e. you should choose wisely when purchasing and, with frequent use, understand how to get the best out of them, specific to your requirements.

From the outset, there is one simple fact which you should be aware of: not all tripods are made equal. Yes, they all share a series of common basic features but this can be where the similarities end. From price to build quality, weight to portability, picking the right model for you is a process best approached with a little research.

In this guide, I’m going to give you a basic overview of what’s out there. Of course, not all designs and specifications will suit every photographer (or their budget), but there will be something that is right for you. With a little thought and some pre-purchase fact-finding, you can be sure of spending your money wisely when the time comes to invest in a sturdy tripod.

To read the full guide, follow this link to the WEX Photography Blog.

If you are looking to buy a tripod or monopod, and are based in the UK or European Union, find the perfect one for you at the WEX Photographic selection of video and photography tripods by Manfrotto, Gitzo, Giottos, Slik and Velbon. Whether it needs to be aluminium or carbon, lightweight or professional heavy duty, they have 'the' tripod for you!



If you are in the US or other parts of the world, go to B&H

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Views of Tenerife

Visited Tenerife for the first time last month and really enjoyed the volcanic scenery. Here are some of my photos from there.

My favourite trip was to the Teide National Park. Mount Teide is the largest mountain in Spain and the third largest volcano in the world,  reaching to a height of 3,718 m above sea level and 7,500 m above the ocean floor.
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Mount Teide
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If you look carefully, you can see the cable car towers on the right hand side of the mountain. Here is a view of the cable car from the top.
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Mount Teide Cable Car
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The park has an area of 18,990 hectares and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and apart from Mount Teide itself, it is renowned for the geology of its volcanic rocks. Here are three more images which I think show the coloured layers of the rock to full effect.
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Teide National Park
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Los Roques de Garcia
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Rock Detail

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The evidence of volcanos is evident all over the island, and here is a view of the sea water rock pools at Garachico, Tenerife formed by molten lava after a volcanic eruption in 1706.
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Garachico
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Moving away from volcanoes, we spent one morning whale and dolphin watching off the resort of Los Gigantes. The boat was rocking too much and the pilot whales and dolphins were too quick for me to get any good images of them, but I do like this one.
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Dolphin Watching
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While we were watching the dolphins, other people were doing something for more adventurous, parasailing!
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Parasailing
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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.