Friday, 31 August 2012

Photographing Historical Ruins

This article from ePhotozine, gives some useful advice to help you take photos of historical ruins.

Historical ruins such as churches, castles and abbeys decorate our countryside and seaside towns but you'll also find a few smaller, but still impressive ruins closer to home. Walls, arches and columns are still dotted around a few towns and villages which are still photogenic even if there's not much of the structure left to photograph. If you're off on your travels, have a look online and at local tourism centres to find out what ruins are near to where you're staying. 

To read the full article, follow the linkPhotographing Historical Ruins

Image Retouchers Donate Time to Repair Tsunami-Damaged Photos & Memories

A moving story from Picture Correct about some great work that retouchers are doing.

Most of the time, image retouchers get a bad rap. They are usually fixing the mistakes of photographers or making flawless models even more beautiful. All practice that many individuals find deceiving. 

But, here is a story that might help them get the recognition they deserve as artists. 

In the wake of the tragic tsunami that ripped over Japan in 2011, hundreds of image retouchers from around the world joined forces to do something incredible. They hand cleaned, scanned, and repaired over 135,000 photographs that were damaged in the disaster. 

You can listen to the heartfelt story and see some examples of their finished work below:

Image Retouchers Donate Time to Repair Tsunami-Damaged Photos & Memories – PictureCorrect

Thursday, 30 August 2012

How to Improve Your Landscape Photography

This article from Picture Correct, is by Paul Miguel, a professional landscape and wildlife photographer based in West Yorkshire.

Landscapes are amongst the most popular subjects for photography, and with some of the best scenery to be found in the U.K, it’s not surprising why. Many of us enjoy a day out in the countryside, and to take along the camera is often second nature. 

Coming back with some nice record shots can be satisfying, but how do you turn your landscape scenes into truly inspiring images? 

One of the first things to remember about landscape photography, is that lighting is key. It can’t be emphasized enough just how much the quality of light can affect your pictures.

To read the rest of this informative article, follow the linkHow to Improve Your Landscape Photography – PictureCorrect

To view some excellent examples of landscape photographs, look at Landscape Photographer of the Year: Collection 6: , from the AA.

'Take a view', the Landscape Photographer of the Year competition, is the brainchild of Charlie Waite, one of today's most respected landscape photographers. 

Together with AA Publishing, he created this prestigious competition and award with a total prize fund exceeding £20,000, plus an eight-week exhibition at the National Theatre. 

Britain's heritage is celebrated by people around the world and entries are welcome from everyone, whether resident in the UK or simply visiting, as long as the image is from the British Isles. This book showcases the best pictures from amateur and professional photographers alike, from the fifth annual competition.

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

New Facebook Page

Have just created a Facebook Page for Tonys Photos.

If you have a minute, would really appreciate it if you could pop over there and "Like" it - only if you do of course :-)


And, for no particular reason, here is a recent photo taken at Blenheim Palace

Vanbrugh's Grand Bridge at Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, home of Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill.

Sony announce New Mirrorless Camera

The Alpha NEX-5R Digital Camera from Sony is Sony's latest compact interchangeable lens "mirrorless" camera. 

If you're considering an upgrade to a DSLR, but not sure you want to carry around such a big camera (or the big expense) or you're presently shooting with a DSLR and want comparable image quality in a more compact form, consider the Sony NEX-5R.   

For starters, the 16MP APS-C-size sensor, fast Hybrid Autofocus, burst shooting up to 10 frames per second and on-camera operational dials offer you a few of the quality and design elements of a DSLR. Of course, you also have the capability to use a variety of lenses, the hallmark of DSLR photography. 

However, the NEX-5R brings with it advantages that DSLR's cannot offer, starting with its compact body which is about half the size of a DSLR. Add to that built-in Wi-Fi and a tilt-able LCD screen with touch screen operation (including shutter release!) and you begin to realize that the NEX-5R is a special camera that can offer you the best of both worlds.

The 16.1MP APS-C-size Exmor HD CMOS image sensor housed in the NEX-5R is the same sensor format that Sony puts into its DSLR cameras and provides stunning, high-resolution images that can be blown-up for gorgeous prints with fine details and silky textures. It also is a highly sensitive sensor that can handle low-light situations. 

Sony's BIONZ Image Processing Engine suppresses color and luminance noise, giving you enhanced color reproduction, rich tonal graduations and an amazing clarity of detail. It also provides fast performance and processing speeds.

Click here Alpha NEX-5R Digital Camera to read more and to pre-order from B&H

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

5 Tips to Improve Your Photography – PictureCorrect

This article in Picture Correct, by Australian Landscape Photographer Ricardo Da Cunha, gives some very basic, but nevertheless valuable tips.

The following 5 tips represent the top 5 things that have helped me the most to develop as a photographer and I continually refer to these to further my development. I hope they too can help you along your own journey.

1. It sounds simple but it’s true; looking at good photographs will make you a better photographer. Study images captured by the best photographers in your field.

Personally I’ve found continually looking at other photographers’ work and studying what it is that appeals to me in images that I like to have led to the most improvement in my photography. I really recommend you to be stern in which images you study – don’t study good photographs but rather only study ‘great’ photographs. A great photograph will make you stop and take notice and capture your interest. When looking at such images ask yourself the following questions:

Follow the link to read the rest of the article5 Tips to Improve Your Photography – PictureCorrect

Monday, 27 August 2012

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New Album of Oxford

Just added a new album to the main website showing photos recently taken in Oxford, including these two:-
Radcliffe Camera
Punts on the River Cherwell

How to Get Your Photographs Accepted at Stock Libraries Click Here: How to Get Your Photographs Accepted at Stock Libraries

This article from Jason Row, was posted by our friends at Light Stalking and provides some valuable advice for those of you looking to sell your photos through Stock Libraries.

These days more and more people are considering selling their images via stock libraries. However some people find initially getting into a library be it macro stock like Alamy or micro stock such as iStockphoto a hugely frustrating ordeal. You prepare and send your very best images time after time and keep receiving the dreaded submission failed email. Today we have a look at how to prepare images for stock so that your submission is accepted.

Shoot What’s Needed!

Perhaps one of the biggest mistakes, would be stock photographers make, is sending their best images. This statement is not as daft as it sounds, the simple fact is, your best images may not be what the library is looking for. What you actually need to be sending is images the library needs. Working out what this is can be tricky, but you will often find that stock agencies publish a list of required images, failing that, fire off an email to the curator asking if there is a particular area where they require more images.

To read the rest of the article, follow the link : How to Get Your Photographs Accepted at Stock Libraries 

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Camera Exposure: Aperture, ISO & Shutter Speed

Another tutorial from our friends at Cambridge in Colour.

A photograph's exposure determines how light or dark an image will appear when it's been captured by your camera. Believe it or not, this is determined by just three camera settings: aperture, ISO and shutter speed (the "exposure triangle"). Mastering their use is an essential part of developing an intuition for photography.

Follow the link to read the article in full:-

Camera Exposure: Aperture, ISO & Shutter Speed

If you wish to study exposure in more depth, get this leading book on the subject.

Amphoto's number1 bestselling title of all time, now updated to reflect the quickly changing world of digital photography. 

Understanding Exposure has demystified the often-complex concepts of exposure for hundreds of thousands of amateur photographers. 

Now refreshed with current technologies and terms, more than 25% new images and an all-new chapter, Bryan Peterson continues in "bringing exposure to the masses," teaching today's amateur photographers how to free themselves from "auto" to take the images they truly want.

Interview with Travel Photographer Gavin Gough

Gavin Gough is an independent, freelance travel photographer.

Originally from England, Gavin is currently based in Bangkok, Thailand, from where he travels extensively, working on assignment, on commission, creating stock images, writing and teaching.
He founded Bangkok Photo School, which offers several classes and workshops. 

Here we bring you an amazing interview, along with some of his photographs, which he recently gave to 121 Clicks.

Interview with Travel Photographer Gavin Gough

Saturday, 25 August 2012

A 15 Minute Exercise To Help You Improve Your Photography in 2012

Following on from my post a couple of days ago - The Art of the Local Safari -  here is another article (this time from the Digital Photo School) that doesn't take you further than your own backyard! NEVER say that you have nothing to photograph!!

Here’s a little exercise for you to do today. It will only take 15 minutes. It’s all about slowing down and thinking about the shots that you’re taking.

Grab your camera – what ever one you have handy (I used my iPhone last time I did this) and head out into your backyard (or if you’re in the middle of winter you can choose an indoor location – perhaps your living room – really anywhere will do).

Now find somewhere to sit – somewhere in the middle of whatever place you’ve selected.

Follow the link to read the rest of the article:

A 15 Minute Exercise To Help You Improve Your Photography in 2012

Memory Card Buying Guide - Jessops Advice

Unsure which memory card to buy? Then follow these tips from Jessops.

Massive megapixels, higher quality images and cameras with HD movie recording capabilities are increasing the need for larger and faster memory cards.

Choosing the right one for your needs can be a daunting task, so we've separated the various types to make choosing the right card for your needs a little simpler.

To read the full article, follow the link

Memory Card Buying Guide - Jessops Advice

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How to Photograph the Stars

Today's article come from John Davenport, published by Digital Photography School.

Photography in general is easy – right? You pick up your camera, point it in the direction of what interests you, and depress the shutter button. However, there are many levels of photography, and I’m sure many of you are aware of the basics.

Today I’m going to focus on something a bit more advanced, photographing the star filled sky, also known as astrophotography.

For astrophotography you will be delving a bit deeper into the use of some of the manual controls of your camera like shutter speed, aperture, and ISO control. I also highly recommend shooting in RAW for night photography, as it will allow more control when editing the final image.

To read the rest of the article and to view some beautiful night photos, follow the link:How to Photograph the Stars

If you wish to study Astro-Photograohy in greater detail, you may find this book, DSLR Astro-photography Made Easy of interest.

It's never been easier or cheaper to take photographs of deep sky objects. 

This book leads the reader through the entire process from setting up the telescope and camera, identifying suitable objects, taking the photos and then gives an example of processing the photos to reveal the exquisite detail. 

Most of the software used within the book is available FREE and can be downloaded from the internet proving that you do not have to purchase expensive software to participate in this challenging hobby.

Thursday, 23 August 2012

The Art of the Local Photo Safari

How to Find Interesting Photo Subjects When There Are None

If you are like me and are always complaining that you have nothing to photograph unless you go away to find a a "photogenic" location, this article from our friends at Light Stalking should help to inspire you to take great photographs on your own doorstep.

We’ve all been there, wandering around the house aimlessly, wishing there was something interesting to take a picture of. We sigh, and stare at our beautiful camera sitting there, taunting us with its beautiful strap, calling out to be picked up and shouldered.

Then, we throw ourselves onto the couch and peer listlessly out the window wishing we were in Italy, or perhaps Africa. Moscow would be nice this time of year, wouldn’t it? There would be lots of photographs there!

But don’t fret, friends, because there is hope!

It is possible to find wonderful interesting photographs right where you live. But how you ask! I live in the middle of nowhere! I’ve taken pictures of everything there is to shoot.

No, you haven’t!

To read the rest of the article follow the link: The Art of the Local Photo Safari.

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Silhouette Images – PictureCorrect

Why silhouettes are special: The reason silhouettes are so engaging is that they are very open to interpretation. No matter who or what your subject might be, your viewer of the photo has the opportunity to imagine what is unfolding in the scene. Depending upon the perspective of your audience, you could end up with a wide range of opinions as to what is happening in your photo.

Think of a silhouette of a man sitting alone on a park bench at sunset. Is he sad and lonely because his wife has passed? Perhaps he is anxious about how much longer he will live, and whether his loved ones will be cared for. Maybe he is relaxed and content, simply enjoying the day. Has he finally achieved an important goal in life?

Follow link to read rest of article:

Silhouette Images – PictureCorrect

Nikon announces World First Android Powered Camera S800c

The COOLPIX S800c is the Android™-powered camera that loves your social life as much as you do.

Capture and share your images like never before with a Nikon camera powered by Google Android. The COOLPIX S800c Digital Camera shoots photos like a point and shoot camera, but shares them like an Android smart device. Take 16MP photos and edit them using your favorite Google Play apps, then upload them with built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, without ever needing to transfer to another device.
Since the camera runs Google Android 2.3 ("Gingerbread") that also means you've got the entire Google Play library of apps at your disposal. Download your favorite photo editing apps, wirelessly transfer photos to your smartphone or tablet, and even email them to friends and family instantly.

Not to be outdone by all of the apps and wireless connectivity, Nikon included powerful and convenient imaging technology as well. A 16MP backside illumination CMOS sensor captures high quality photos and videos with excellent detail and clarity--especially in low light conditions. Whether you're indoors with the lights turned down, or outdoors at night, the BSI sensor is specially designed for improved performance in these tough situations.

Where there's low light there's often camera shake, and Nikon's optical Vibration Reduction (VR) compensates for this to ensure your images are kept sharp. This technology includes both lens-shift and sensor-shift VR to help you capture the best possible images even in some of the worst conditions. If it gets worse Motion Blur Reduction is yet another option, however this increases the ISO sensitivity and introduces digital noise as a side effect.

When capturing a single image just isn't enough, the S800c can also double as a Full HD camcorder, capturing 1080p video in the palm of your hand. Relive your moments in vivid HD and remember not only the sights, but also the sounds, with the built-in stereo microphone.

Once you've captured your gorgeous photos and videos, review or edit them on the large 3.5" OLED touch screen. This display, with its enhanced color and contrast, will allow you to shoot, edit and share even in bright sunlight--thanks also in part to the Clear Color Display technology. Use the touch screen to select your subject, lock your exposure, zoom in or out, and later select your images for sharing.

Whether you're shooting HD video and photos of a school play, or editing and sharing them with your favorite Android apps, the Nikon S800c provides everything you need to shoot and share instantly.

To read even more about this camera, click Nikon Coolpix S800c.

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Tropical Butterflies

Following my post on Sunday about our visit to Blenheim Palace, here are a selection of shots of butterflies from the Butterfly House there.

If you know the name of the butterfly labelled "Tropical" (or if you think the names I have given are incorrect) please let me know.

Postman Butterfly

Postman Butterfly

Red Spot Diadem

Owl Butterfly

Clipper Butterfly
Tropical Butterfly

Archduke Butterfly
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Monday, 20 August 2012

Spotlight on Street Photographer Sagi Kortler

Continuing our series of turning the spotlight on to successful photographers, we are looking at Sagi Kortler, courtesy of 121 Clicks.

My name is Sagi Kortler and I’m a street photographer from Israel.

Born in 1972 in Israel. I’m a self taught photographer and as many others, I started with photographing everything. My pictures became better and better technically wise but I felt that something is missing.

I felt that I was a technician of the camera and not a photographer, a creator. I wanted more and by searching for more meaning in my photography I found street photography. Street photography felt right from the beginning, I felt I was connecting to my subject and to the process of creation. It’s a kind of photography that is made from the heart and not from the head. There are no defined rules to live by.

I’m a freelance photographer and I’ve Been devoting my life to Street photography since 2009. Street photography for me is more than a genre of photography; it’s an approach to photography and to life. It is how I look at the world and how I see it even if I don’t have a camera.

I make pictures by intuition, because I feel that I need to click the exposure button at that exact time. I do not plan or stage my photos, I’m a fly on the wall. I let life unfold before me, I capture and present it as I see it, and I bring my own unique perspective of the everyday life. I’m an observer of humanity and life, my role is to document the world I live in to tell its story from my point of view.

My hope is for my work to become a part of a global pool of documentations for future generations so they will be able to learn and understand the times I live in.

To view some great photos by Sagi, click on the following link:

Inspiring Street Photography By Sagi Kortler

How to Be a Good Photographer – An Overview

This tutorial from 121 Clicks not only gives some valuable advice, but also illustrates it with some great shots.

We wanted to bring an article providing some guidelines to Photographers on how to produce a Good Photograph. This question is always a tricky one since there is no boundaries or constraints defining how our human brain works in order to judge a picture.

It becomes even more complicated when we need to think it from the creator’s perspective, wondering what it takes to make a good piece of art. In this article as always, we have tried to break down the formula of producing a good picture into three categories.

How to Be a Good Photographer – An Overview

Better Landscape Photos – The Low Tech Way – PictureCorrect

Five tips to help the average photographer take great landscape shots without having to use over-complicated settings and expensive kit.

Photography, and in particular nature photography, does not have to be over-complicated. Unfortunately, with so many features on a new digital camera, and a manual that is impossible to read, most beginners feel much safer with their camera set to automatic.

If you read that and thought “That sounds like me!” read on; I have good news. There are some great ways to take better photos without having to learn the complexities of your camera. That’s right – leave your camera on auto and still learn to take great photos.

Better Landscape Photos – The Low Tech Way – PictureCorrect

For more advice on improving your landscape photography, read Landscape Photography Workshop.

Wow your friends and relatives with awe-inspiring landscape shots and discover how to take shots which will simply fly off the shelves with this workshop-in-a-book 

Two of the UK's leading landscape photographers come together to share their wealth of experience and teaching skills in this new title. The Landscape Photography Workshop aims to take the reader from the very basics of equipment and exposure through to advanced techniques. 

Landscape essentials, such as composition and filtration, are covered in-depth and explained in a precise yet easy-to-understand manner. 

This book also has chapters dedicated to post-processing and printing, enabling the reader to go successfully from camera to print, plus a number of practical assignments to encourage development and ensure that it stands out from other landscape photography publications.

Sunday, 19 August 2012

A Quick Guide to Light Metering for Photographers

This guide to Light Metering is bought to you from our friends at Light Stalking.

With modern DSLR’s, we often take exposure metering for granted, knowing that our camera will nail the exposure 99% of the time. Many DSLR’s have more than one metering mode, the others, despite their usefulness are often overlooked and never used. In this article we will have a look at how meters work as well as a run through the metering modes often found on a DSLR.

Few of us stop to consider that in the time it take our finger to go from a half press to a full press of the shutter button, the computer inside our cameras has processed huge amounts of information and made fundamental exposure decisions based on what it believes we are taking a photograph of.

Click Here to read the article in full: A Quick Guide to Light Metering for Photographers 

Saturday, 18 August 2012

Explore the Amazing City of Manhattan Via Time-lapse – PictureCorrect

Have recently made a couple of posts regarding time-lapse photography, which is proving a very popular topic. Here is another equally fascinating one:
Take the Big Apple, one of the world’s most exciting cities, add one dedicated photographer by the name of Cameron Michael and introduce a hefty, 120 pounds of equipment. The result is this stunning time-lapse movie of one of the world’s most iconic and recognizable locations:
Follow the link to read the rest of the article:

Explore the Amazing City of Manhattan Via Time-lapse – PictureCorrect

Blenheim Palace

Spent a couple of hours at Blenheim Palace, Woodstock this afternoon.

Took several photos of tropical butterflies in their Butterfly House, and when I have identified them I will post a few shots of them! Meanwhile here are some of Queen Pool and  Vanburgh's Grand Bridge.

See also my portfolio at 500px and Photo4Me where canvas prints are available to order.

Friday, 17 August 2012

Time-lapse Photography: The Amazing Work of Terje Sorgjerd – PictureCorrect

About a week ago I posted an article about time-lapse photography. Below is a link to four great time-lapse videos.

One of the most popular and talented time-lapse photographers in the world is Terje Sorgjerd. He has released four videos to the public shown below; all of which have received millions of views. His work has been featured on many of the largest media outlets including CNN, NBC, Reuters, Discovery Channel, National Geographic, The Wall Street Journal and most recently as a moving background on the Bing search engine. Take a moment and enjoy:

Time-lapse Photography: The Amazing Work of Terje Sorgjerd – PictureCorrect

If you wish to learn more on the subject of time-lapse photography this book by John Nash Ott should prove of interest.

Shortly after making my first automatic timer and completing several time-lapse sequences of common garden flowers, I began thinking about writing a book on the subject of time-lapse photography.

However, there were at that time several minor problems to be ironed out before I could give all the answers, but as each solved problem would create a bigger one, this project was temporarily postponed. 

Perhaps this was a mistake, for during the past thirty years the number of unanswered questions has steadily increased and at an ever faster rate. Like so many other subjects, considerable knowledge and experience are required to realize how much more there is still to be learned. 

This is certainly proving to be true in taking time-lapse pictures. Although I have exposed a good many feet of motion picture film, I am convinced I have hardly scratched the surface as far as the possible applications of time-lapse photography to all kinds of research projects.

 My Ivory Cellar: The Story of Time-Lapse Photography (Classic Reprint)

Tips For Using a Reflector in Outdoor Portrait Photography – PictureCorrect

If you have to shoot on a bright sunny afternoon (unlikely this summer in the UK), watch this video for some great tips.

Taking portraits outdoors without the use of expensive speedlights and strobes doesn’t have to be intimidating; even when you’re shooting in the harsh afternoon sun. As Pye from SLRLounge explains in the following video, you can get professional results using only a $30 reflector and a DSLR with a 50mm prime lens.  Pye shot on a Canon 5D Mark II, but ensures us that great shots can be taken on much cheaper cameras, too. Take a look for more helpful tips on using reflectors to balance bright sunlight.

Tips For Using a Reflector in Outdoor Portrait Photography – PictureCorrect

The Canon EOS 5D Mark II (Body Only) improves upon the EOS 5D by increasing the resolution by about 40% to 21.1 megapixels and adds a Live View feature that allows users to preview shots on the camera's high resolution 3.0" LCD display. It even incorporates the ability to record full motion HD Video with sound, so you can capture the action as well as superb images.

To read a full review click on Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

The Sad, Wasteful Afterlife of Olympic Venues

We all hope that the London Olympics meets its ambitions of leaving a Legacy to the community. Many previous Olympic locations have had similar aims. Lets hope that the Olympic Park and other Olympic locations, don't end up in a few years time, like some of the ones shown in this article:

Cities spend hundreds of millions of dollars (at least!) attracting the Olympics, preparing for the tourist onslaught, housing athletes and getting people to and fro. But what happens when the hoopla is over?

Some cities manage to re-purpose the infrastructure built for the games—Atlanta handed much of its Olympic park over to Georgia Tech, for example. But many, perhaps most, of the building is ultimately left to rot.

Beach Volleyball Stadium from 2008 Beijing Olympics
Follow the link to see more examples:
The Sad, Wasteful Afterlife of Olympic Venues

Nikon D800 vs D800E Digital SLR Review

The Nikon D800 offers 36.3 megapixels in a full frame Digital SLR, the D800E does as well, but offers even more detail, find out how the two cameras differ in this in-depth review from ePhotozine.

Nikon D800 vs D800E Features

The Nikon D800 and D800E specifications are exactly the same, however, the big difference can be found right in front of the sensor, and this makes a noticeable difference in image quality and results. Follow the link to read the full, comprehensive review.

Nikon D800 vs D800E Digital SLR Review

If you decide that a D800, is rather too expensive at just under £3,000 try a Nikon D3100 at just £362.50.If however you do invest in the D800, get the most out of it by reading David Busch's Nikon D800/D800E Guide to Digital SLR Photography is the perfect companion for you.

The Nikon D800/D800E is the long-anticipated replacement for Nikon's D700 full-frame (FX) model and features ISO up to 204,400, a new exposure sensor with 91,000-pixel resolution, and advanced HDTV video features. This book will help you explore the world of digital photography, flex your creativity, and get the most out of your D800/D800E.
With clear how-to steps and full-color illustrations, David Busch's Nikon D800/D800E Guide to Digital SLR Photography covers all the features of this powerful camera in depth, from taking your first photos through advanced details of setup, exposure, lenses, lighting, and more, and relates each feature to specific photographic techniques and situations.

With David Busch as your guide, you'll be in full creative control, whether you're shooting on the job, as an advanced hobbyist, or are just out for fun. Start building your knowledge, creativity, and confidence with the Nikon D800/D800E today.

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Finding Focus, Understanding the Camera's Eye

Finding Focus, Understanding the Camera's Eye. is an invaluable resource for photographers who want to further develop their technique of on-camera and post-production focus. Finding the best expression of your photographic vision can only happen when your working knowledge and skills produce images that direct the viewers' eye to what you intended. This beautiful eBook is for photographers of any level and you can expect to immediately benefit from Nicole's in-depth analysis of aperture, depth of field, camera settings, lenses and lens compression and editing.

"FINDING FOCUS will help you make sharper photographs, but more than that it'll help you make photographs that help you tell a stronger story and achieve the aesthetic you're hoping for in your photographs." - David duChemin.

This ebook merges together the best of both worlds: the Artist and the Geek. Nicole's insights and hands-on advice zeros you in on the advanced focusing techniques you need to photograph subjects of all kinds (people, groups, animals, still life, macro, landscapes) while at the same time leveraging the element of focus to further develop your visual storytelling.

Then the software gets its turn as she unpacks how to best use sharpening tools in Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom and use advanced techniques, like focus staking and adding blur, to your advantage. All of this is backed-up by easy to understand illustrations and detailed descriptions. And no stone is left unturned as Nicole addresses common mistakes helping you make quick work of making clear and stunning photographs.

Nicole S. Young is a full-time photographer and author specializing in food and stock photography, licensing her images through iStockphoto and Getty Images. She's an accredited Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) in Photoshop CS5 and has authored print books through Peachpit Press (Canon 7D: From Snapshots to Great Shots, EOS Canon 60D: From Snapshots to Great Shots and Food Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots).
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Monday, 13 August 2012

10 Tips for Landscape Photographers

This article by Declan O'Neil, a semi-retired professional photographer living in the South Island of New Zealand, not only gives 10 invaluable tips for aspiring landscape photographers, it also features ten of his excelent photos.

“Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer – and often the supreme disappointment.” – Ansel Adams.

So many times I have pointed my camera at a landscape simply because it was there and looked beautiful. This was a a trap. I had been lured me into believing that simply taking the photograph was worthwhile in itself. All I had done was hold a mirror up to nature. I had not made the photograph. The image made no statement and expressed nothing about my own perspective.

Ansel Adams understood that the photographer needs to find a voice through the landscape. For years I floundered because I had nothing to convey other than the obvious beauty of the land. I realised that I had to find a way to engage with the landscape because, if I couldn’t, then neither could the people who saw my photographs.

Follow the link to read the rest of the article:

10 Tips for Landscape Photographers

One of the worlds greatest landscape photographer is Ansel Adams, referred to above and this is a must have book for anyone interested in landscaape photography in general or Ansel Adams in particular.

Ansel Adams' 400 Photographs
Beautifully reproduced and cleanly presented, the four hundred images in this volume represent the finest work of a pre-eminent landscape photographer. The photographs are arranged chronologically into five major periods in order to convey Adams's maturation as an artist - from his first photographs in 1916 to his last great photograph in 1968.

Ansel Adams' 400 Photographs is intended as a must-have gift and reference book for anyone who appreciates photography and the allure of the natural world. Few artists or photographers of any era can claim to have produced four hundred images of lasting beauty and significance. It is a testament to Ansel's vision and his prodigious output that a book of this scale can be justified, and it is a point of pride for Little, Brown to publish a comprehensive overview of the work of Ansel Adams in a single well-packaged volume.

Telling a Story with Athletic Photography – PictureCorrect

With the Paralympics just over two weeks away this is an opportune time to discover how one photographer ran a Paralympic photoshoot.

Join digital artist, Benjamin Von Wong, as he gives us a behind the scenes look at a Paralympic dressage photoshoot. Von Wong breaks down three different photographs and gives us a rundown on what he was shooting for, how each was lit, and the troubles each scene presented:

Telling a Story with Athletic Photography – PictureCorrect

For more information and some stunning photography have a look at this official London 2012 publication.

Power and Movement : Portraits of Britain's Paralympic Athletes

Power and Movement redefines traditional perceptions of disability, fitness and power.

Stunning original photographs capture the skill, poise and haunting beauty of Paralympic athletes preparing for the challenge of London 2012.

Inspirational captions reveal individual athletes' aspirations and motivation through quotes and personal insights.

This extraordinary collection celebrates the joy and beauty of expert movement, and the remarkable individuals who achieve it.

Sunday, 12 August 2012

Photos of Rye, Sussex

Added half a dozen photos from our trip to Rye last year to my portfolio at Photos4Me, including these two:

St Marys Street, Rye
Bell Tower