Thursday, 31 October 2013

The 10 Golden Rules of Wildlife Photography

In this article from Picture Correct wildlife photographer Carlos Pereira gives his Golden Rules of being a wildlife photographer. Carlos received a qualification from the British Institute of Professional Photographers. He developed a successful business in the UK as a wedding and Portrait photographer. He received further training in the USA from Monte Zucker, a master photographer. His Wildlife and Portrait photographs have been published in the UK and European photographic magazines. He concentrates his photography as a travelling photographer and a teacher, offering his expertise as a nature photographer through digital books. 

Generally speaking, people give close attention to good quality work. A good craftsman is appreciated; his skill, creativity and professionalism exude quality. Photographing wildlife is no different; the successful photographer must give attention to every aspect of his craft and treat it professionally. The following golden rules provide a strong foundation:

The 10 Golden Rules of Wildlife Photography – PictureCorrect
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Here is one of my own favourite wildlife photographs, taken while on safari in Tanzania in February this year.

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

How to Photograph Smoke – Step By Step Tutorial

This article from Picture Correct gives a step by step tutorial on the art of taking photographs of smoke. It is written by Jay from J.Hoque Photography a London based Portrait and Asian Wedding Photographer covering all types of Asian Wedding Photography.

Smoke photography can be extremely frustrating yet fulfilling at the same time. It all depends on how you approach the subject. If you have spare time and/or stuck indoors on a rainy day, then it’s the perfect opportunity to try this technique. There is no need for expensive camera equipment. Just your camera, flash and a few household products will do the job.

All you need is a basic understanding of the relationship between the subject, lighting and background. The one vital ingredient that I would say is a must is PATIENCE! Oh, and a camera of course… Without those two things, you will walk away very stressed.

Follow this link to read the article in full, and to see some wonderful images of smoke,......How to Photograph Smoke – Step By Step Tutorial – PictureCorrect

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Lightroom 5 Unmasked

A Complete Guide to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5


Lightroom 5 Unmasked is a resource like no other. This PDF is full of high-resolution screenshots, step-by-step instructions, and the tips, tricks and ideas that make digital darkroom work productive and more enjoyable.
Lightroom 5 Unmasked

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Lightroom 5 Unmasked

It is written by Piet Van den Eynde, a Belgian freelance photographer who is also an Adobe Certified Expert. He also writes books, magazine articles and gives training about digital photography and post-processing with Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop. 

For more details, including full table of contents visit Craft and Vision

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Monday, 28 October 2013

Seville

One of the visits we made on our recent cruise was to Seville, Spain. There is some stunning architecture there and we would certainly like to return for a longer visit.

Here are just three of the photos I took which highlight the beauty of the buildings. As usual, these are available to purchase in a variety of formats from Fine Art America and Phoyo4Me, - just click on the links below each image.
Fine Art America                                  Photo4Me
The Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See, better known as Seville Cathedral, is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Seville. It is the largest Gothic cathedral and the third-largest church in the world.
Fine Art America                                  Photo4Me
The Mudejar Pavilion was built by the architect AnĂ­bal Gonzalez as part of an extensive urban development project for the 1929 Ibero-American Exhibition. The pavilion, which functioned as the Palace of Decorative Arts for the exposition, is located in the Plaza de America, part of the arrangement of exhibition buildings set within the gardens of the Maria Luisa Park. Glazed tile fountains, benches, and architecture within the Park refer, often whimsically, to Spain's Islamic past.
Fine Art America                                  Photo4Me
The Plaza de Espana, designed by Anibal Gonzalez, was a principal building built on the Maria Luisa Parks edge to showcase Spain's industry and technology exhibits during the Ibero-American Exposition in 1929.

Got Sensor Dust? Here's How to Check.

Seeing spots before your eyes? Maybe its dust on your sensor! This informative article from Digital Photography School shows you just how to establish if you do in fact, have dust on your sensor. It is written  by Jeff Guyer, a commercial/portrait photographer based in Atlanta, GA. Still an avid street photographer and film shooter, Jeff also launched a kids photography class ("Digital Photo Challenges") three years ago.

We all know that dust on a DSLR sensor can range anywhere from the mildly annoying to downright problematic. You can try avoiding it, but the simple, unfortunate truth about sensor dust is that regardless of how careful you are, onto every sensor some dust will fall at some time. The closest you might come to avoiding it would be if you were to put a prime lens on your camera when it’s brand new and never change it or take it off. Ever. We all know that’s not about to happen, so dealing with dust becomes a critical part of regular camera maintenance. Part of eradicating any enemy, however, first requires some knowledge of where he’s hiding and how he got there.

Follow this link to read the article in full:....Got Sensor Dust? Here's How to Check. - Digital Photography School

Sunday, 27 October 2013

How & When a Monopod Can be Used to Take Sharper Photos

Some basic advice today by Dan Etreim on the correct use of a monopod. Dan Eitreim writes for ontargetphototraining and 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.

Here’s a photo tip you aren’t likely to find anywhere else… how to use a monopod to get better photographs. A monopod (like the tripod) is an essential piece of camera gear.

We all know that using a tripod will give us cleaner, sharper photos. That’s a given. But lugging around a tripod can often be a major challenge–not to mention there will be a lot of times when it is impossible to use one. There just isn’t room.

So, most photographers (at least the ones who are serious enough to want good photos) end up getting a monopod and are greatly disappointed. Generally, it ends up in a closet somewhere never to be seen again.

Follow the link to read Dan's tips...How & When a Monopod Can be Used to Take Sharper Photos – PictureCorrect

Friday, 25 October 2013

How to Use White Balance in Photography

This article from Picture Correct talks about something many of us know little about - the Use of White Balance. It is written by Keith Jones who writes for http://easybasicphotography.com. A site geared towards beginners through serious amateurs who want to learn a little more about basic digital photography.

Every digital camera has a White Balance or Automatic White Balance (AWB) setting in the camera menu. But how many of us actually use it or even know what it is for? Fortunately, most manufacturers have the Automatic White Balance pre-set in their cameras when they are shipped out. So most consumers are using it even if they are not aware of it.

Sometimes when we take a picture, the overall color tint of the image might be yellowish, blueish, or something in between. In any case, that overcast tint was not visible when the picture was taken and many times it can ruin a very good image.

The purpose of white balance is to eliminate the discoloration in an image due to certain colors in the scene having more intensity and/or a higher or lower “temperature”.

Follow the link to read the article in full.... How to Use White Balance in Photography – PictureCorrect

Anticipating Great Images

Todays article from Digital Photography School explains the importance of using anticipation to help you capture great images. It is written by Dan Bailey, a full time professional outdoor, adventure and travel photographer based in Alaska. When he’s not off exploring in the mountains, writing about photography, or flying his little yellow bush plane, he can sometimes be found lurking in the forums at DPS.

What if you could predict the future? Wouldn’t that make you a much better photographer?

Think about it: Photography is largely about capturing the moment. Not just any moment, though. We’re talking that singular instant when light, expression, movement and environment all converge in one significant fraction of a second. That’s when the dirt’s flying, the action’s peaking and that ray of golden sunlight is turning your subject into a hero. If you knew exactly when that moment of truth was going to happen, you’d be a true camera master.

Follow this link to read the article in full:   Anticipating Great Images - Digital Photography School

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Halloween Photography Tips

With Halloween just a week away, today is a great time to share some tips on taking Halloween photos. This article from Digital Photography School, is written by Darren Rowse, the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. 

With Halloween just around the corner I thought it was time to update our Halloween Photography Tips article with some new information and photos.

There are plenty of subjects around to photograph at Halloween ranging from the traditional jack-o-lantern through to people in costume, to trick or treat ‘treats’ and more. It’s a time of color, emotion and lots of interesting subjects.

The keys to great Halloween Photography are not that different from the normal keys of good composition in photography so as you photograph Halloween this year keep in mind the basics. I’ve selected the following tutorials that we’ve written before that should be helpful in your Halloween photography:

To read the full article and to see some great Halloween photos, just follow this link: Halloween Photography Tips - Digital Photography School

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Stopping Time: How to Create Powerful Photography

This post from Picture Correct contains a fascinating video featuring 24 National Geographic photographers and is well worth watching.

In the digital age, anyone with a smartphone or a mediocre DSLR can take a decent picture—even striking images with lovely composition, content, and exposure. It seems that everyone is a photographer these days, and the ever-increasing number of photographers producing competitive content leaves many photographers wondering how in the world they could ever set themselves and their work apart.

In this video, 24 National Geographic photographers reveal the difference between that ceaseless flood of average pictures and those standout photographs that deeply move the viewer and ignite powerful change in their wake:

Follow this link to watch the video: Stopping Time: How to Create Powerful Photography – PictureCorrect

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Tips for Using Patterns in Photography

When you point your camera at a landscape or an object, do you ever look at the patterns that are there? This article from Picture Correct, gives you some ideas regarding using patterns in your photography to add something extra to the image. It is written by Wayne Turner who has been teaching photography for 25 years and has written three books on photography. He has also produced 21 Steps to Perfect Photos; a program of learner-based training using outcomes based education.

Patterns are basically just repeated shapes, objects or colors either ordered in precise formations or just random designs scattered across a scene. The important thing about patterns is that they create images that are very pleasing to the eye and add a new dimension to your photos.

Patterns can be found everywhere in our world, from natural forms to our urban and industrial environments. Use them effectively in an image and you’ll create a photo that is dynamic and attracts the eye to the main subject or focal point. It will help you learn digital photography in interesting ways.

Follow this link to read the article in full and to view some attractive pattern photosTips for Using Patterns in Photography – PictureCorrect

Most Favoured Photos

I post my best photos to several sites, each of which has some method for site members to like or comment on images.

I thought it would be interesting to compare the sites and see if there was much difference between their members likes.

Out of the four sites, one image stood way out above the rest, being placed first in three of them, and second in the other one. This is my image of a Winding Country Lane, taken near Nettlebed in the Oxfordshire Chiltern Hills.
Winding Country Lane
Fine Art America                                  Photo4Me
Surprisingly, there were only two more images that appeared in the top four of more than one site, the Baby Red Colobus Monkey and the Single Teasel, each appearing twice, leaving another twelve images which only appeared in one of the lists.
Baby Red Colobus Monkey
Fine Art America                                  Photo4Me

A Single Teasel
Fine Art America                                  Photo4Me
The above images are available to buy in a variety of formats (which can be viewed here on my home page) from Fine Art America or Photo4Me - just click on the link below the image to be taken straight there.

I would also be interested to know which of the three you prefer, please let me know in the comments.

Monday, 21 October 2013

A Quick and Dirty Guide To Depth of Field

Today's article comes from our friends at Light Stalking and is an easy to follow explanation of Depth of Field. It is written by Tiffany Mueller is a professional music and fine art photographer. She has been published in multiple publications including magazines, art journals, and various photography books. She blogs at Life Is Unabridged.

Depth of field is a essential part of photography and being able to master it can take your shots to the next the level. Because of it’s usefulness, any photographer should make the effort to understand how to control the depth of field in their images. This task, however, is more easily said than done for many. There is a whole lot of science and math that can explain depth of field quite precisely and you should, at some point, take the initiative to study it. . But, as a primer and to quickly get you on your way to mastering depth of field, here a few quick tips you can use.

Follow this link to read the article in full: A Quick and Dirty Guide To Depth of Field 
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Here is a recent example of mine where I have used a narrow depth of field to blur out the background.
European Eagle Owl

Sunday, 20 October 2013

How Light Can Be Used in Photography

Today's article from Picture Correct details the various types of light a photographer had to contend with. It is written by Luis E Gonzalez ( http://hubpages.com/hub/Use-of-light-in-Photography ). He enjoys photography and has been doing so professionally and independently for over 30 years. He’s also had several photographs and articles published in local and national publications.

Photography cannot exist without light. From the beginning of photography, the only element that had to be present for photography to exist was light, and this is still true today. Use of light in photography needs to be understood to make photos stand out from your everyday snapshot. One needs to know how the position of light will make or break the photo.

Most professional photographers, with the exception of studio photographers who have total control of the light, usually stay away from the midday sunlight. This type of light creates strong, harsh shadows and gives very strong highlights. The result is strong contrast which looks normal to the human eye but is usually well beyond the dynamic range of most film and digital cameras. Shooting in strong midday sun will cause your subjects to lose much of their detail. The preferred light types for photographers who shoot outside are sidelight, backlight, twilight, front light, and light from overcast days, also referred to as diffused light.

Follow this link to read the full article:  How Light Can Be Used in Photography – PictureCorrect

Saturday, 19 October 2013

Photographer’s 1 Year Effort to Photograph a Mountain Lion Living in Los Angeles (Video)

This video from Picture Correct demonstrates the importance of patience, particularly in wildlife photography. Next time the circumstances require you to stare through your lens for hours or to return to a site day after day until you finally get the perfect photograph, remember that oftentimes even National Geographic photographers don’t get the shot the first time around… or the second… or the third…

Steve Winter, a seasoned National Geographic photojournalist, is living proof of the value of dogged patience and persistence in photography. He spent one year trying to photograph an elusive mountain lion called P-22 living in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park with the city skyline in the background and another two months to get a photo of the cat with the Hollywood sign. In this video, Winter explains his process of using remote cameras triggered by infrared to make the images:

Follow this link to view this fascinating video:  Photographer’s 1 Year Effort to Photograph a Mountain Lion Living in Los Angeles (Video) – PictureCorrect

Friday, 18 October 2013

“Photo of the Day” to Increase Photography Creativity

If you are like me, you get your camera out "when you go somewhere", and many days it lies in its case, unused. This article by Loreen Liberty, for Picture Correct, argues that we should aim to take at least one photo a day, perhaps at a fixed time or on a set subject in order to help increase our creativity. It has certainly given me something to think about - what about you? Loreen is a professional photographer (www.litewriting.com) who has been taking photographs since her early teens, and in the professional industry for the past nine year. After many successful years as a wedding and portrait photographer, Loreen decided to turn her attentions to teaching photography full time. “It gives me more time to practice my craft and be artistic for myself.”

I have long incorporated the “Photo of the Day” exercise into my Photography Lab classes. They are a great way to make sure you are taking a least one photograph a day. They force you to begin to think creatively as you have to find more and more ways to photograph the same thing everyday. You begin to simplify as you become creative, and simplification is the be-all/end-all to great composition. You start to play with techniques you may not otherwise have tried out as you try to make each day’s photograph different from the last.

Follow this link to read the full article: “Photo of the Day” to Increase Photography Creativity – PictureCorrect

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Slot Canyon Photography Tips & Techniques

Today's article from Picture Correct gives some tips for the photographer lucky enough to be able to visit the slot canyons in the American South West. It is written by Seth Hamel, a professional landscape and adventure photographer working in the Zion National Park area.

Images of slot canyons represent one of the most fascinating corners of our planet: the American Southwest. Sandstone, over millions of years, has been eroded by the power of water, creating deep, winding corridors. For anyone of any age with an explorative spirit, slot canyons are a playground. The two most iconic, and likely the most photogenic canyons in the world, are within a two hour drive from each other. They are the Zion Narrows and Antelope Canyon.

To read the full article and to view some wonderful images, follow this link: Slot Canyon Photography Tips & Techniques – PictureCorrect

THE VISUAL STORYTELLER

An eBook by National Geographic Traveler photographer Oded Wagenstein


Some of the most powerful photographs tell - or imply - a story. Of course, not all of them do, but the ones that do seem to engage us in ways others don't. Capturing a sense of story in our photographs isn't easy, but it's a good way to make our photographs stronger.


Oded Wagenstein is a young Israeli photographer with a surprising number of publishing credits to his name already, and is a regular in National Geographic Traveler (the Israeli edition). The Visual Storyteller is his first eBook with Craft & Vision and it's an excellent introduction to incorporating story into our photographs.

Storytelling is a rich subject and Oded's eBook is a great primer for anyone wanting to either wrap their brains around this topic, or to begin selling their work to editorial markets, which is where Oded makes his bread and butter. 

Beautifully laid out, The Visual Storyteller takes you from a discussion about what makes a good story-telling photograph, and the basic elements of storytelling, to how we incorporate that knowledge into our work. He goes on to discuss gear, light, composition, approaching people, and how to get your photographs published, including an interview with Daphne Raz (National Geographic Editor-in-Chief).

Beginners and intermediate photographers who travel with their cameras, or have an interest in pursuing work as travel photographers, will enjoy this 78-page eBook.

Use the promotional discount code STORY4 when you check out and pay only $4 OR use the code STORY20 to get 20% off when you buy 5+ Craft & Vision products. These codes expire at 11:59 PM (PST) October 21, 2013. 
To buy this or to view more books from Craft and Vision click here

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Wednesday, 16 October 2013

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Monday, 14 October 2013

Dubrovnik Love Locks

One of my favourite photographs taken while we were on our cruise, was this one of Dubrovnik Love Locks.
Dubrovnik Love Locks by TonyKRO
Dubrovnik Love Locks
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.

Boninovo, home to the love locks is easily reached from the walled city by following the main road from Pile Gate for less than 1 km along the Dubrovnik coast.


To buy a print or greeting card of this, visit Fine Art America or Photo4me on the links below:

Fine Art America                                  Photo4Me

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Photography Rules and Finding Balance to Discover Your Own Style

Today's article from Digital Photography School looks at photography rules and learning when to follow them, when to break them, and when to vary them up just enough to fit your image and to develop your own style. It is written by Lori Peterson, an award winning photographer based out of the St. Louis Metro Area. Her dynamic work ranges from creative portraits to very unique fine art photography. Lori’s work can be seen at www.loripetersonphotography.com and also on her blog at www.loripetersonphotographyblog.com

Digital photography has put the camera in more hands than ever before and everyone seems to either want to follow the standard mold of photography or they want to completely break away from it.

For instance, Ian Ruhter took a delivery van and transformed it into a giant wet plate camera. There are so many photographers out there that are wanting to copy someone else’s style instead of finding their own. Learn the rules and then use them or twist them as you need to do to make your own art and to tell your story. One part of your image may follow the standard photography rules and another part will completely be out of the norm. Not everyone sees the image or the story the same and that is fine. Don’t get so caught up in trying to make everything absolutely perfect that you lose the shot.

To read the full article follow this linkPhotography Rules and Finding Balance to Discover Your Own Style

Thruxton Racing Circuit

Went to Thruxton Race Circuit yesterday, to watch eldest son racing his Ducati motorbike.




Friday, 11 October 2013

Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) as a Photoshop Filter

Today's article from Digital Photography School, is aimed at users of the Creative Cloud version of Photoshop which includes a Camera RAW filter for the first time in Photoshop. The article is written by Helen Bradley, a Lifestyle journalist who divides her time between the real and digital worlds, picking the best from both. You can view her site at helenbradley.com. She writes and produces video instruction for Photoshop and digital photography for magazines and online providers world wide. She has also written four books on photo crafts and blogs at Projectwoman.com

One feature that is new to Photoshop CC is the Camera Raw filter. Using this filter you can make powerful nondestructive edits inside Photoshop.

What the Camera Raw Filter offers

The Camera Raw filter is new to the Creative Cloud version of Photoshop – Photoshop CC – so it’s not available in earlier Photoshop versions. It gives you access to most (but not all) of the features of Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) from inside Photoshop.

You can use it on any image – even those file formats that ACR doesn’t support – and on any layer. So, you don’t have to be working on an image that is in one of the formats that ACR can open. You can also use the Camera Raw filter at any point in your workflow not just when you first open an image.

Combining the Camera Raw filter with Smart Objects also means that you can make an edit using the filter and come back anytime to revisit and change those edits, if desired.

To read this comprehensive article in full, follow this link:  Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) as a Photoshop Filter - Digital Photography School

Backstreets of Venice

Whilst the main tourist attractions in Venice are wonderful places to photograph, the views of the canals in the side streets, can be equally worth capturing.

These photos are available to buy in a variety of formats from large canvas prints, which make beautiful and original wall art for your home or office, through to metal or acrylic prints and from framed prints to greeting cards and iphone cases. Just click on the Fine Art America or Photo4me links below the image. 
Gondolas On Backstreet Canal
Gondolas On Backstreet Canal
 Fine Art America                                  Photo4Me
Reflections In Venetian Canal
Reflections In Venetian Canal
 Fine Art America                                  Photo4Me
Reflections In Venice Canal
Reflections In Canal
Fine Art America                                  Photo4Me

Thursday, 10 October 2013

How to Photograph Dramatic Clouds at Sunset

An interesting article today from Digital Photography School demonstrating the importance of clouds when photographing sunsets. It is written by Anne McKinnell, a photographer, writer and nomad. She lives in an RV and travels around North America photographing beautiful places and writing about travel, photography, and how changing your life is not as scary as it seems. You can read about her adventures on her blog and be sure to check out her free photography eBooks.

The difference between a nice sunset and a dramatic sunset is all about the clouds.

Of course, the difference between a dramatic sunset and no sunset is all about the clouds too!

A clear sky at sunset might turn a shade of pale blue or pink, which is beautiful and calming, but with just the right amount of clouds the sky becomes alive with fire and drama as the day’s last rays reflect off the clouds making them red, orange, purple and pink.

Not all clouds are created equal though. They come in many shapes, sizes, densities, and altitudes, and they all refract or absorb the light in different ways that can drastically change the quality of your photographs.

Follow the link to read the rest of the article:  How to Photograph Dramatic Clouds at Sunset - Digital Photography School
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Here are a couple of my recent attempts at photographing sunsets, taken while on our cruise in the Mediterranean. These two were taken as we were leaving the port of Koper in Slovenia.

As usual they are available to purchase in a range of formats, from large stretched canvas prints, to greeting cards, through Fine Art America and Photo4me/
Adriatic Sunset
 Fine Art America                                  Photo4Me
Sunset in Koper
Fine Art America                                  Photo4Me

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

7 SanDisk Savings - Lower prices than Amazon

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Adding photos, music, and other files to the Cruzer Switch USB flash drive is easy: simply plug the drive into your computer's USB port and drag your files into the flash drive's folder. No additional drivers or software are necessary, so you can start storing, transporting, and sharing your data immediately.

SanDisk SecureAccess software compatibility: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Mac OS X v10.5+ (Mac software requires download, see the SanDisk SecureAccess page.)
USB port USB 2.0 port required for high-speed transfer
Warranty: 5-year limited warranty.


Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Featured Photographer - Joan Carroll

Today's featured artist is photographer Joan Carroll, who told us:

I loved photography even when I had an Instamatic camera back in the 60s! And I loved to travel as long as I can remember! My first 'real' camera was a Nikkormat, bought when I was in college after a friend introduced me to 35 mm photography. When I would travel, I would pack my suitcase with all different kinds of film, ready for all light conditions. Through it all, I tried to teach myself the nuts and bolts of light, aperture, and focus. 

Fast forward to the digital age and several intervening careers doing something other than photography. I made a trip to Beijing, China in 2008 to attend the Summer Olympics, armed with a new point and shoot digital camera.  A dormant photographer could not have asked for a better inspiration to jump back into photography again. I now work with a digital Nikon camera, but the love of photography and travel have changed little!

I am still largely a self-taught photographer. Luckily aperture and depth of field haven't changed in all those years, but the ability to draw out the best from a scene is a world away from where I started. However, I believe the essential element in the photograph is still the photographer. I believe in what Ansel Adams said “In my mind’s eye, I visualize how a particular…sight and feeling will appear on a print”. Without sounding too mystical, a scene has to 'speak' to me! Sometime when we travel, I will look at other people taking photographs and look in the direction they are shooting and wonder what they are 'seeing'. I think we all have to 'see' something ourselves in order to make a more effective image.

My website includes many galleries of  images from travel in the USA and in many places in Europe. I also have a great variety of topical galleries with images of lighthouses, covered bridges, landscapes, county courthouses, animals, windows and doors, world religious architecture, barns, boats, clocks, stairways and even cemeteries. 
Medieval - Prague Czech Republic 
I feel so honored and humbled and thrilled that people buy my work! My own art purchases hang on my walls for years! So I know that you really have to love a piece of art, and have it mean something to you, to make a purchase. I want to be able to make more artworks that strike that chord in people. 

Please visit my work on Fine Art America at http://joan-carroll.artistwebsites.com/ and at http://joan-carroll.pixels.com/. Here my images can be purchased as art prints, canvases, acrylic or metal prints, greeting cards, and even cell-phone covers. Visit me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/PhotoArt-by-Joan-Carroll/277132492277. Follow my postings on twitter (https://twitter.com/joancarroll) or Pinterest (http://www.pinterest.com/joan1992/).
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Texture as a Design Element in Photography

In today's article from Digital Photography School, Jeff Guyer examines the use and importance of texture in photography. Jeff is a commercial/portrait photographer based in Atlanta, GA. Still an avid street photographer and film shooter, Jeff also launched a kids photography class ("Digital Photo Challenges") three years ago. You can check out more of his work at Guyer Photography.

While it’s true that photography is a visual medium, I am always fascinated by images that can suggestively invoke my other senses. Have you ever looked at a photo in a cookbook or magazine and commented that the food looked so good you could practically taste it? What really pulls me into the essence of a photograph, though, is texture. Whether I’m feeling colourful autumn leaves crunching under my feet, the delicate edges of flower petals on my fingertips, or the jagged shards of a broken window– when a photo makes me want to touch it you have me hooked. That’s probably why I’m such a sucker for texture and why I strive to include it as a design element in so much of my photography. I want (or is it need?) these images to speak not only to your eyes, but to as many of your other senses as I possibly can. I want them to speak to your heart.

Follow this link to read the full article: Texture as a Design Element in Photography
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Here are a couple of my photos where I have attempted to use texture as a part of the image.
Anchor and Chains

Anchor and Chains

 Fine Art America                                  Photo4Me
Postman Butterfly
Postman Butterfly
Fine Art America                                  Photo4Me