Sunday, 29 December 2013

Online Photography Course. How to take better photos, quick and easy!

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Disappointed With Taking Fuzzy, Ordinary, Common Photos? Now you can leave all this behind and shoot photos that are breathtaking !

Imagine taking photos like these

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From: Laura Fechete
Dear friend,
Are You Frustrated By These 9 Questions?
  • What is the most important thing to know in digital photography?
  • What is aperture?
  • What is shutter speed?
  • What is focus and how to control it?
  • What is depth of field?
  • How do you know if a picture looks good or not?
  • What megapixels are and how do they impact resolution for viewing and printing?
  • How to use exposure?
  • What light should you use?
Are you frustrated by:
  • not knowing what camera settings you should make
  • downloading your photos from the camera only to see that they all look blurry and are not well framed
  • not knowing how to frame a scene in order to obtain a good photo
  • not knowing how to use exposure, shutter speed, aperture
  • not knowing what to shoot, when to shoot and how to shoot it
  • not knowing which light is the best
  • not knowing when to zoom in and when to zoom out
  • not knowing how to obtain a black and white photo
  • not knowing when and how to edit a photo
  • not knowing the art of photography
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Let me tell you a fact…

I started photography as a hobby 10 years ago and I know how hard it is to get the right shot. A shot that will make others say WOW, how inspired you were!
By testing and shooting thousands and thousands of photos I came to develop some of the best tips and techniques that can make your photos look astonishing!
These weekly tips can help you in your day to day interaction with the world. No matter of season, weather, environment, type of photo, portrait or abstract you can master simple techniques and get inspired on how to shoot and how to think a scene to get the most from it.
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And here are the key benefits of what you will learn from this online photography course:

  • Prepare to shoot like a pro: You will learn how to keep your camera in perfect condition, how to become a better photographer, how to use metering system. Understand the camera sensor and how to deal with white balance. How to use filters and how to make your own filters and much, much more. Detailed explanation of the terms.
  • How to take astonishing photos even if you’re a beginner: Learn basic rules, which will make every shot you take, a winner. Find out 56 tips and tricks on how to shoot animals, nature and humans and 31 “how to” tutorials for shooting anything you like and obtain beautiful photos.
  • Learn how to edit your photos and make your photo a piece of art: 99,99% of the breathtaking photos are edited and adjusted with photography software. The secret to obtain a photo with impact on the public is to edit it and adjust the colors. Find out 13 simple steps for editing and obtaining amazing photos, when and where you should retouch your portraits, how to reduce image noise, how to create realistic fog, how to adjust shadows and much much more.
  • How to back up and organize your photos: Tired of not finding your photos? Tired of not knowing if your skills are improving or not? You will learn my simple system to resolve all these problems – lesson 1 (page 16) and lesson 10.
  • How to perform in panoramic photography: Learn how to make photos that deserved a National Geographic published page – lesson 5.
  • How to use depth of field: Do you know what depth of field is and how to use it? I assure you this is a lesson that you will definitely want to take – lesson 4.
  • Master and learn how to use shutter speed and aperture: Master the terms and the techniques involving shutter speed and aperture – lesson 2.
  • Find out the 10 most common photo issues and how to avoid them: These common issues are detailed in lesson 9. You’ll definitely want to know this!

C.C. Chapman Says: 
FINALLY! A no nonsense, straight to the point explanation! Thank you! I spent weeks looking for something like this a few months back and never found it. Very informative.

Just a few other ideas on what you will learn…
  • how to use motion blur, panning and zooming tricks
  • how to capture human emotion in your photographs
  • how to make remarkable seaside photos
  • how to photograph windows
  • how to photograph roads
  • how to deal with symbols in photography
  • how to shoot autumn pictures
  • how to shoot castle and holy places
  • how to shoot particular objects in macro mode
  • how to perform a panoramic photography
  • how to photograph Christmas decorations
  • how to capture life in the country side
  • … and much, much more
I literally could go on and on – there are hundreds of possibilities and ideas.
In fact, after this course you will come up with your own techniques on how to shoot any situation imaginable!
So, I’ve pretty much told you the essence here … but, obviously, there is a RIGHT way to do things and a WRONG way to do things.
While the process is very simple and you could get started right now on your own, wouldn’t you rather learn some amazing methods for turning these techniques into your own awesome photos?
I thought so.
That’s why I’m going to ask you a simple question …
Why not start right now ? Click here to join now…
Introducing: How to Take Better Photos. Quick And Easy !
I created this membership site to teach you how to take your own awesome photos.
Every week for the next 4 months (16 weeks) you’ll receive an email with a special download link for that week’s lesson. Included in the lesson is an assignment for you to complete so you’ll make progress every single week. I assure you!
Over the coming 4 months we’ll cover everything…
  • How to use composition rules so in the next 24 hours you will start making photos like a pro !
  • How to prepare for shooting depending on scene and situation!
  • Editing your photos and making them a piece of art!
  • Macro photography, nature photography and how to use light in your advantage!
  • Understanding photo cameras and how to overcome camera limitations!
  • More the 100 tips and how to tutorials about taking killer photos !

Instead of simply publishing this information in some eBook or quick coaching program, I’m making it available to you week after week in action-sized portions so you’ll actually get results.
As a member you’ll receive …
One 10-20 Page Weekly Lesson For 16 Weeks
In Downloadable .PDF Format
Every lesson is strategically created in such a way that you’ll see results with the program…
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Short And Easy To Digest. Each lesson is only 10-20 pages in length and contains nothing but “meat”. There is a real problem these days with “information overload” where the reader simply has too much information to absorb. Each lesson is purposefully brief (but thorough!) so you can quickly read it and put it into practice.

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Includes An Assignment To Complete. Every weekly lesson will give you an assignment to complete at the end of the information. Instead of giving you the usual “this is what I’ve done” stuff, I’m giving you “this is what you do” stuff! Each week you’ll have some easy-to-implement action step to complete before moving on.
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Builds Your Inspiration As You Go. Every lesson builds your inspiration and experience as a photographer. Early on we’ll discuss some basics to quickly take beautiful photos. From there, we’ll move into intermediate and then advanced techniques for taking astonishing pictures. Beginners won’t get lost from the start and veterans won’t get bored as I’ll throw in some golden nuggets along the way for our experienced crowd.
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Forces You To Succeed Long-Term. While most eBooks and traditional training sites (and even some high-priced coaching programs) pile on a bunch of information and leave you to put it all together for yourself. That isn’t how things are setup in my program. By giving you information in bite-sized portions for 4 months (16 weeks!) you’ll be more likely to actually do something with the content … and you’ll be more likely to see real results for yourself.
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Helps You Make Real Progress. When you look back after each month, you’ll actually be able to see progress by putting these lessons into practice. As you read new lessons and tips you will find yourself taking better photos and using your camera in the proper way.
Each weekly lesson is designed to be “to the point” and immediately actionable.
The first lesson is coming your way immediately upon completing your order. Included in your first lesson…
Lesson #1 -
  • 3 Tips That You MUST Know on How to Choose Your Digital Camera
  • 6 Easy Steps That Will Guarantee You Will Become A Better Photographer!
  • Understand the Resolution of Your Camera and The Image Size
  • How to Make Killer Photos using 12 Simple Composition Rules
  • Start taking better photos NOW!
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Why not start right now ? Click here to join now…
You’ll receive this lesson immediately after you join below. Everything you need to understand the concept and get started is included in just a few short pages.
The format is simple -
    • Lesson number one will explain a basic overview on how to start right now to take better photos
    • Then, we’ll take a handful of lessons to walk you through each of the initial steps with some “golden nuggets” on getting better and faster results … with less work.
    • After that, we’ll look at some advanced strategies, tips & “how tos” to improve your skills
  • Then, we’ll close out at the end of our series with a big bang that is gonna knock your socks off … by following this final lesson you’ll be able to continue improving your photography skills + a lot of bonuses with “how tos”, secrets, tips & tricks about photography and inspirational photos to value of $180
Better Photos Academy 4 Months Training | BetterPhotosAcademy: Online Photography Course. How to take better photos, quick and easy!

So get over to BetterPhotosAcademy now and find out abut all the bonuses available and start downloading the lessons.

Ready, Set, Frown: Portrait Photography for Emotional Response

An interesting article from Picture Correct by Tedric Garrison, looking at  capturing the expressions on a subjects face. Tedric is an award winning writer / photographer  who has 30 years experience in photography (www.betterphototips.com)). As a Graphic Art Major, he has a unique perspective. His photo eBook “Your Creative Edge” proves creativity can be taught. Today, he shares his wealth of knowledge with the world through his website.

Once upon a time, in a land far away, there was a photographer who always told his subjects, “Smile big for the camera.” The problem with this fairytale is that not everyone smiles all the time. Let’s say, for example, you say that to someone at a family reunion you happen to be covering, and then you find out that person just lost her spouse of 53 years. Would requesting a smile still be appropriate? When you cover events, your job as the photographer is not just to cover what everybody expects but to cover what they feel as well.

Follow this link to read the full article:.............. Ready, Set, Frown: Portrait Photography for Emotional Response – PictureCorrect

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

2013 Travels - September - Mediterranean Cruise

Continuing the look back on my travels during 2013, we come to September and our cruise in the Mediterranean. To keep the post to a reasonable length, I will split it in two, starting today with the first part of the cruise, covering Gibraltar, Dubrovnik and Koper, and I will make a second post covering Venice, Malta and Seville.

We set sail from Southampton and down the Solent, passing the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth.  It is the centrepiece of the redevelopment of Portsmouth Harbour, and  reflects Portsmouth's maritime history by its being modelled after a sail. The tower was opened on 18th October 2005 and is taller than the London Eye, Blackpool Tower and Big Ben.
Spinnaker Tower
Spinnaker Tower
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Half an hour later we saw the clouds roll in over Portsmouth - an ominous start to the cruise!
Clouds over Portsmouth
Clouds over Portsmouth
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A couple of days later we landed at our first port of call, Gibraltar. Rather than include photos of the Rock or the playful Barbary Apes, I thought I would post a couple of different ones. The first is of Gibraltar International Airport, which is the civilian airport that serves the British overseas territory of Gibraltar. The runway is owned by the Ministry of Defence for use by the Royal Air Force as RAF Gibraltar. The lack of flat space on Gibraltar means the peninsula's only runway is bisected by its busiest road, the Winston Churchill Avenue that heads towards the land border with Spain and the town of La Linea. A pair of flimsy-looking barriers closes vehicular traffic every time a plane lands or departs.
Gibraltar Airport
Gibraltar Airport
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The second is an unusual one of a Barbary macaque lying on a rock in Gibraltar, looking rather fed up. Otherwise known as the Barbary Ape, they are the only wild apes in Europe, and unlike those of North Africa, they are thriving. At present, some 300 animals in five troops occupy the area of the Upper Rock Nature Reserve. A popular belief is that as long as Gibraltar Barbary macaques exist on Gibraltar, the territory will remain under British rule. In 1942, after the population dwindled to just a handful of monkeys, British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill ordered their numbers be replenished immediately from forest fragments in both Morocco and Algeria.
Barbary macaque
Barbary macaque
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Leaving Gibraltar we were due to stop at Corfu, but a delay caused by the ship having to assist in the saving of refugees off the coast of Sicily, meant we were unable to call there, so three days after leaving Gib., we docked at Dubrovnik in Croatia.

We walked from the port towards the old walled city  along  the main road to the Pile Gate and came across the Dubrovnik Love Locks. Thirty five meters above the sparkling blues of the Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik lovers are pledging their love with Lock 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. 
Dubrovnik Love Locks
Dubrovnik Love Locks
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Once we reached the old town we decided to walk round the walls of the city. 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.
Dubrovnik City Walls
Dubrovnik City Walls
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Having walked around the walls climbing many steps along the way, and wandering around the old town, we took the cable car and enjoyed fine views of Dubrovnik and the outlying Islands. The new harbour is seen to the right with the small island of Daksa and the larger island of Kolocep.
Dubrovnik and Outlying Islands
Dubrovnik and Outlying Islands
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On leaving Dubrovnik, we passed the Franjo Tudman Bridge. Named after the first President of Croatia, the 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.
Franjo Tudman Bridge
Franjo Tudman Bridge
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The following day, we visited Koper in Slovenia. This is the view of Koper from the cruise ship. Koper (Italian: Capodistria;) is a city in southwestern Slovenia, situated on the country's 29 mile coastline, approximately 3.1 miles from its border with Italy. It is Coastal Slovenia’s largest town, and while it is a workaday port its central core is delightfully medieval. Koper is the centre of the Italian ethnic community of Slovenia and the city is officially bilingual, with both Slovene and Italian as official languages, with the street signs in both languages.
View over Koper
View over Koper
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We sailed from Koper in the evening as the sun was setting.
Koper Sunset
Koper Sunset
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Look out for the second half of the cruise soon.

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.

Monday, 23 December 2013

Still Life Photography

In this article from Picture Correct, written by Dan Eitreim, we look at still life photography showing not only how best to take still life images, but also how it can help improve our general photography. Dan writes for ontargetphototraining . He has been a professional photographer in Southern California for over 20 years. His philosophy is that learning photography is easy if you know a few tried and true strategies.

In today’s photo tip, we begin a study of still life photography techniques. We’ll start out with a still life photography definition that will describe the two main areas of still life photography.

Learning how to shoot still life photos should make you start jumping up and down with joy. Why? Getting good at the various still life photography tips and techniques is the absolute fastest way to total mastery of photo techniques.

You’ll get much better at seeing how light and shadow affect a photograph–how form comes into play, composition, harmony, and on and on. Texture, balance, and color interactions play big parts, too. As you get better and better at shooting great still life subjects, your other photography will improve as well. In other words, it’s not just a bowl of fruit. It’s a terrific training ground. Actually that’s why so many of history’s master artists did so many still life paintings.

Let’s start with a still life photography definition explaining the two types of still life. You have the found still life and the created still life.

To read the full article, just follow this link:....Still Life Photography – PictureCorrect

2013 travels - Summer in England

Continuing a look back on my travels during 2013, I decided it was worthwhile to include a couple of short trips to places in my home country, England. If you have never visited these places, I hope you enjoy the photos!

In June, we spent a long weekend in the Dorset and New Forest area on the south coast. 

The first two images are of the Dorset coastline,  (The Dorset and East Devon Coast World Heritage Site is England's first natural World Heritage Site - it is known as The Jurassic Coast. It covers 95 miles of truly stunning coastline from East Devon to Dorset, with rocks recording 185 million years of the Earth's history.), starting with Durdle Door, one of the most photographed landmarks along the Jurassic Coast. This rock arch in the sea was formed as a result of the softer rocks being eroded away behind the hard limestones, allowing the sea to punch through them. The name Durdle is derived from an Old English word thirl meaning bore or drill. Eventually the arch will collapse to leave a sea stack.

Durdle Door
Durdle Door

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The second image is of St Oswald's Bay, which is on the other side of the Durdle Door headland.
St Oswald's Bay
St Oswald's Bay
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Leaving the coast, we moved inland to  Arne Nature Reserve, where we came across these Fallow deer. They were introduced by the Normans and quickly became established in the wild in hunting forests and chases. There are no really accurate estimates, but there must be tens of thousands of fallow deer in Britain.
Fallow Deer
Fallow Deer
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The following day we explored the beautiful New Forest area, and I cant leave without posting a photo of the famous New Forest ponies! They are one of the recognised mountain and moorland or native pony breeds of the British Isles. They are valued for hardiness, strength, and sure-footedness. The breed is indigenous to the New Forest in Hampshire in southern England, where equines have lived since before the last Ice Age; remains dating back to 500,000 BC have been found within 50 miles (80 km) of the heart of the modern New Forest. Currently there are around 3000 ponies in the New Forest.
New Forest Pony and Foal
New Forest Pony and Foal
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In July, we spent a couple of days in the West of England, around Tewkesbury and Gloucester. Tewksbury is a very well preserved historic English town dating back well over 500 years. The first image is of the Abbey Mill and Weir on the river Mill Avon. It was originally built in 1190 as a mill for the monks at Tewkesbury Abbey but was completely rebuilt in 1793. The flour mill ceased operations in 1920. The Mill Avon is a channel of the River Avon, originally constructed by the monks to drive the mill wheel.
Abbey Mill and Weir
Abbey Mill and Weir
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When we were at Tewkesbury they were holding the Tewkesbury Medieval Festival, which is widely regarded as the largest free medieval gathering of its kind in Europe, the central attraction of which is a re-enactment of the Battle of Tewkesbury, on part of the site of the original 1471 battlefield. Many of the participants including wives and children live as a medieval army in authentic medieval encampments for the whole weekend. 

The Battle of Tewkesbury, which took place on 4 May 1471, was one of the decisive battles of the Wars of the Roses. The forces loyal to the House of Lancaster were completely defeated by those of the rival House of York under King Edward IV. The Lancastrian heir to the throne, Edward, Prince of Wales, and many prominent Lancastrian nobles were killed during the battle or were dragged from sanctuary two days later and immediately executed. The Lancastrian King, Henry VI, who was a prisoner in the Tower of London, died or was murdered shortly after the battle. Tewkesbury restored political stability to England until the death of Edward IV in 1483.

Here is an image from the re-enactment.
Battle of Tewkesbury
Battle of Tewkesbury
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While in that area it is well worth visiting Symonds Yat in the Forest of Dean. Here is a view of the River Wye and Wye Valley from Symonds Yat Rock.
River Wye
River Wye
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We finally made our way home via Gloucester where we spent some time exploring the restored historic Victorian Docks. Once Britain's largest inland port, Gloucester docks feature 15 restored Victorian warehouses as well as 2 working dry docks, a Mariners Chapel and other dock-related buildings that have been found new uses. 
Mariners Chapel
Mariners Chapel
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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.