Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Custom Workspaces in Photoshop

A guest contribution to Digital Photography School from Henley Bradley, in which she shows how you can customise your workspaces in Photoshop.

I like Photoshop to open and “look the way I want to see it”. But sometimes ‘the way I want to see it’ is different than others. I’m fickle – but thankfully Photoshop plays nice with me – the secret is its Workspaces. These Workspaces let me preconfigure my Photoshop screen for various scenarios, to save them so I can reuse them, and to put everything back in its place when I mess them up.

If this sounds like something you could use – here’s how to give your Photoshop window a custom look with workspaces.

Follow the link to learn how you can :Custom Workspaces in Photoshop
Adobe Photoshop CS6 (PC)

The world’s best digital imaging software, Adobe Photoshop CS6 delivers magic that helps you bring your creative vision to life. 

Edit raw image files and other photos with state-of-the-art photo editing. 

Create compelling HDR images, black-and-whites and panoramas. 

Retouch images with astonishing ease and control. Design anything you can imagine--at amazing speed. 

Paint and draw naturally and expressively. 

Put your ideas in motion by intuitively creating stunning videos.

FAA Introduces Metal Prints

You are now able to purchase our images from Fine Art America as fine art metal prints.

The image is the art... no frames or mats to distract from the work. 

Fine Art America takes care of everything - all metal prints ship within 2 - 3 business days and arrive "ready to hang" with a hanging wire, mounting hooks, and nails.   Grab a hammer... nail the mounting hook into your wall... and you're done! 

If you like one of our images that is not yet on FAA,  (you can view a selection of images via the Galleries above) just contact us and we shall get it uploaded for you.

Bird Photography Near Feeders

A very well written and informative article for everyone interest in photographing birds, by Lithuanian Photographer Tadas Naujokaitis, writing for Digital Photography School.                          
Bird photography is quite difficult because birds don’t do what a photographer wants. Moreover, it’s often hard to get close to them. And when you have more experience in photography, you realize that it’s even more difficult to take a good bird photo, because you need a good background and a beautiful environment. However, there are a number of ways you can improve the bird photos you take. In this article, I’ll explain some tips on photographing birds near feeders.

To read the full article and to see some of Tadas's wonderfull shots, follow the linkBird Photography Near Feeders
RSPB Guide to Digital Wildlife Photography

This helpful and practical RSPB guide to all aspects of digital wildlife photography is an updated version of our first edition. It is accessibly written by and beautifully illustrated with the work of one of Britain's best known wildlife photographers. 

The book's elegant design makes the most of the author's incredible photos and informative text. The book discusses all aspects of digital wildlife photography, from equipment, fieldcraft, locations and composition, post-processing and computer manipulation of images, through to getting your photos published. 

This is the ultimate reference book for all aspiring and established natural history photographers, and will equip its readers with everything they need to know to help them take better digital wildlife photographs. 

Praise for the first edition: 'A helpful and practical RSPB guide to all aspects of digital wildlife photography, accessibly written and beautifully illustrated with the work of one of Britain's best-known wildlife photographers.' Publishing News 'For anyone new to digital photography, or wanting to judge their existing work against a professional standard, the technical content alone makes this book a square meal.' BBC Wildlife 

'A comprehensive and brilliantly illustrated guide to the pleasures and mysteries of digital photography, from choosing equipment to taking pictures, working on them at the computer and selling your work. If you are serious about your hobby, this is for you.' RSPB Birds.
RSPB Guide to Digital Wildlife Photography


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Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Waterfall Photos: 10 Tips to Photograph Falling Water

Photographing waterfalls can give you some of the most dramatic images that you will take. Here are ten tips to help you get the most from your efforts from Wayne Rasku writing for Picture Correct.

The highest waterfall in the world is Angel Falls in Venezuela, South America. It measures 3.212 ft (979 meters). Getting a good photo of Angel Falls could be a challenge simply because it is so high. You have to get the right lens, probably a wide angle lens, and you must find the right position from which to shoot. This waterfall is nearly a kilometer in height.

Not everyone wants to travel to Venezuela to capture the world’s highest falls, but photographing waterfalls is fun and rewarding when you see the results of your efforts in print.

Follow the link to read the tipsWaterfall Photos: 10 Tips to Photograph Falling Water – PictureCorrect
Waterfalls (Natural Wonders)

This book presents a hand--picked selection of seventy-five of the most awe-inspiring, tallest, broadest, most powerful, most beguiling and most elegant waterfalls from picturesque locations around the globe. 

Inside, readers will discover notable examples of every major type of waterfall, from the fine veil falls that are reminiscent of delicate tresses or translucent curtains of fabric, dainty cascades that bubble and tumble over water-sculpted rocks, fast flowing rapids that cut a swathe through the terrain, powerful plunge falls that gush through mid air over high forbidding cliffs, and broad, immensely powerful block formations that discharge millions of litres of water every second over lofty ledges. 

Concise text places the waterfalls in historical context, revealing fascinating facts about man's discovery of and interaction with these alluring bodies of water. Two pages are devoted to each example, with a lavish, large format colour photograph, plus further pictures that provide an overview of its scale and location. Satellite images pinpoint each waterfall in the world, and its location in the country.


Divine Approval

I know that it is a common name in Spain, but I just had to smile when this notification from dropped into my inbox.

It’s all About Framing!

There are many "rules" for taking great photos, all of which are correct 90% of the time, and all of which may be broken on occasion. I do believe that if you understand the rules, and bear them in mind before you click the shutter, they will help improve your work - just don't slavishly adhere to them. This article, by Sévrine Monnay, New York Photo Tours company citifari’s copywriter, is bought to us by our friends at Digital Photography School and gives you another rule to adhere to!

How to make a great picture? What are the keys elements that help shooting pics successfully? What should we have to be careful about to get the most out of the scene we want to remember?

Follow the link to read the rules in full:  It’s all About Framing!

Monday, 29 October 2012

How to Photograph Wildlife

Just after posting the post below, I came across this article from Picture Correct, by Roberta Hochreiter , an avid photographer, hiker and backpacker with 5 years experience in nature photography.

To get good shots of animals and birds, you will have to learn to be quick in setting up and framing your shots. Waiting until you get out in the wilderness to learn these tricks is not a good idea. What I found to be very helpful was practicing on my cats and on birds in my yard or local parks. You learn to anticipate their behavior and react fast to get the good shots. Here are some tips on how to get the best shots of animals and birds in the wild.

Practice taking shots of moving targets. Learning how to pan moving targets will allow you to take dramatic photographs with a sense of speed.Keep your camera handy and set up for unexpected encounters. Make sure you have fully charged camera batteries and plenty of film or memory.

Follow the link to read the article in full: How to Photograph Wildlife – PictureCorrect 
Wildlife Photographer of the Year

This powerful collection comprises all the winning and commended photographs from the Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012 competition, the most prestigious event of its kind in the world. 

It represents the work of 80 international photographers, both professionals and amateurs. The pictures were selected from more than 48,000 entries, representing 98 countries. 

The photographs were chosen by an international jury for their artistic merit and originality, from categories that together represent a diversity of natural subjects. The range of styles is also diverse, as is the genre of photography, whether action, macro, underwater, landscape or environmental reportage. 

Together this outstanding collection is a reminder of the splendour, drama and variety of life on Earth. 

Each stunning photograph is accompanied by an extended caption and there is an introduction by Jim Brandenburg, one of the world's most respected nature photographers.


Three Headed Giraffe

I have just heard from my photo news agency, that my photo of the "three headed" giraffe, has been used by The Perth Sunday Times.

It was published in the UK, in both the Daily Mail and Daily Mirror, in May this year. I'm afraid I dont have a copy of the Perth publication but you can see scans of the two UK ones here.

For those of you who haven't seen the photo before, here it is:

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Three Headed Giraffe

If you wish to buy a  Print of this, visit Photo4Me, where you are able to chose from a standard canvas print, a canvas tryptich, a framed print, a print mounted on MDF or an acrylic print.
You can also order prints and cards from Fine Art America.

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Sunday, 28 October 2012

How to Photograph Markets

Most of us enjoy photographing market scenes, particularly when on holiday, and this article from Digital Photo School, by Kav Dadfar, a travel photographer based in London, gives some valuable advice on how to get the best results.

Markets are fascinating places to photograph and are always on my shot list wherever I go. They are often places where you get a real glimpse of the local, everyday life and make for fantastic photo opportunities. However, the low light conditions and busy atmosphere can make photographing markets somewhat challenging.

Follow the link to read the rest of the article, and to view some atmospheric and vibrant photos: How to Photograph Markets
Lonely Planet's Guide to Travel Photography

The definitive guide to great travel photography. Lonely Planet's Guide to Travel Photography covers people, landscape, urban and wildlife photography as well as video techniques.

This guide shows how to share photos online and make money from your photos. 

The book covers all camera technologies, from working with film to taking pictures on camera phone.


Saturday, 27 October 2012

Successful Night Or Low Light Photography

Today's article from Picture Correct is by Peter Phun, an adjunct photography instructor at Riverside City College,  and it gives some great advice on how to take photographs at night or in low light.

Twilight is a magical time. Just because the Sun is down, doesn’t mean you should put away your camera. When the Sun sets, a different looking world exists for photographers. Colors don’t appear the way they do in daylight. Instead, colours display based on your camera’s white balance setting and how that setting matches the various light sources in your scene.

Backgrounds become less distracting. Street lights and lit building interiors give you outlines and shapes of various colors. Chances are not everything in your scene is lit. So what you see in your viewfinder is very close to what you’ll get if you expose carefully and properly. People in your scene don’t matter as much unless you want them to. Passers-by don’t register in your image. Even if they do, they are a blur unless you “freeze them” with a flash.

To read the rest of the article and see some wonderfull photographs, follow the linkSuccessful Night Or Low Light Photography – PictureCorrect

Night & Low Light Photography

Photographs captured in low light conditions, or even in the dark of night, can be powerfully dramatic, sensually moody, or vibrant and glistening with the illumination of stars, streetlamps, or other artificial lighting. But the knack of capturing photographs in low light requires a basic understanding of the way images are captured by the camera. 

Modern digital SLR cameras are impressively capable of rendering images shot in low light and professional photographer David Taylor discusses, clearly and concisely, the best cameras, lenses, tripods, filters, reflectors, cable releases, flash and other equipment that are essential for this enthralling genre of photography. 

A detailed, jargon-busting guide to exposure includes information on metering, dynamic range, aperture, depth of field and hyperfocal distance when related to shooting in low light. Getting the best results from your camera also requires an appreciation of the effect of its ISO range and the ability to lessen the obtrusive 'noise' that can detract from a successful image.


Friday, 26 October 2012

Capturing Birds in Flight

If you are interested in improving your photography of birds in flight, you should find this article from Picture Correct, by Andy Long, an award-winning photographer / writer who devotes his photography work to the beauty of the world around us, very interesting, as well as showing some great shots of flying birds.

A shot of a bird in flight has always been a challenge to photographers. Seeing a perfect print image only serves to make them eager to create the same result. Photographing a bird in flight presents one problem, but capturing that one special bird-in-flight shot that’s in focus and has good composition plus good light can represent a whole set of problems. Everyone has his share of good flight shots where the bird may be just a tiny bit soft. Those are easy. But, how do you get a great flight shot?

The camera technology of the last several years has made flight photography easier than it was before, but there are still lots of variables that need to be added to the equation to make good bird-in-flight photography a common part of your repertoire. Here are some fundamentals to help you increase your supply of flight shots: 

Follow the link to read the rest of this article Capturing Birds in Flight – PictureCorrect 

The Bird Photography Field Guide

Ilex follows up the successful Photographers Field Guide with a specialist title aimed at bird watchers. 

This handy book contains all the expertise you need to make your bird-watching trip into a rewarding photo session: there is copious advice on equipment, technique and field-craft, and a wealth of wonderful photos to inspire you. 

Finally, a section on the digital darkroom will help you turn your shots into perfect prints.


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Wednesday, 24 October 2012

The nine golden rules for great autumn shots

This is the first in an occasional series of photography tips from the experts at Jessops .

1 Get planning

Making the most of any subject requires some planning, and that certainly applies in autumn. It's important that you get out and explore. Start looking both outdoors and at home on the computer.

2 Be prepared to do some tidying up

Many photographers will shoot a woodland scene as they find it, and then be disappointed by the results when they get home. Fallen trees, branches, brambles and bushes can often spoil a potentially wonderful scene, so you need to be prepared to do some tidying up.

3 Just add water!

Riverbanks are often lined with deciduous trees and they can be the best place to start looking for colour. As the air temperatures are significantly cooler above water, trees that overhang will often be the first to show their autumnal colours.

4 Shoot reflections

Good reflections can occur at any time of day, but you'll get the very best chance of a cracking shot by planning an early sortie; I'd recommend getting up at dawn if your sleeping patterns can stand it. At that time of day, before the sun's up, the air is cooler and wind speed drops significantly so you're more likely to get mirror-like smoothness on water.

5 Light is more important than location

One of the real keys to great autumn shots isn't about where you take the shots, it's when. The light is more photogenic when the sun is lower in the sky, which means shooting at the beginning or end of the day.

6 The devil's in the details

Sometimes, getting that perfect overall autumn scene may prove elusive. Don't get frustrated; shoot details instead!

7 Try a zoom effect

A fun photographic technique that can become very addictive in autumn is the 'zoom burst'. Select aperture-priority (A or Av) and choose an aperture of f/16. Now, press the shutter and zoom into the leaves (towards 105mm) whilst the camera is taking the picture. You'll need to keep an eye on the shutter speed the camera is setting so you'll know how quickly you need to zoom the lens.

8 Head for the mist

Not only does autumn bring colour, it also brings mist and fog. As the days get shorter, so the nights get colder. This difference in temperature brings great opportunities to shoot mist over valleys and fields. Choose a high viewpoint that looks over a hillside, or even across the fields to sea if you live near the coast.

9 An arboretum is your friend

It's a really good idea to have an autumn backup plan and arboretums make the perfect place to go. Not only are they good to help practice your picture taking, but also for photographing an array of colourful and unusual trees from other countries.

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Architecture Photographers On Holiday

This article from Digital Photo School, by Michael Toye, a professional Photographer, based in Essex and just outside of London, not only provides some valuable tips, but is worth reading just to see some of his wonderful photos.

Hands up guilty ones! Who here gets itchy feet after about 2 months and needs to travel? Worse still, do you need to have a holiday reserved as if you are trapped without this planned escape? My hand is most definitely reaching for the skies but I did just get back from Italy. I travel a lot.

In the past I have been less than prepared and, all too late on my return, it was obvious in the quality of my images. For this article, I will highlight some of my tips and tricks to make the most from a photo trip away. In addition, I have restricted the images in this article to my recent destination, Florence, to further illustrate a little planning ahead can yield great results.

Follow the link to read the rest of the article  Architecture Photographers On Holiday 

How to Use Lens Aperture to Demonstrate Importance and Tell Stories

If you are unsure of the benefits of using the aperture setting on your camera, this article helps to clarify the difference in the various aperture settings.

Single lens reflex cameras have interchangeable lenses that allow photographers to change the aperture of those lenses. The aperture is the hole inside the lens whose size is determined by you, the photographer. And that is as long as you’re using your camera in Manual or Aperture Priority Mode.

You may wonder why the size of the aperture matters to you as a photographer, but be assured that it does. The size of your lens aperture will determine the depth of field in your photographs.

And… it is the depth of field that will determine: follow the ink to read the full articleHow to Use Lens Aperture to Demonstrate Importance and Tell Stories – PictureCorrect

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Halloween Photography Tips

Halloween will be with us in just over a week, so here are a few tips from our friends at Digital Photography School to help with your photography over the period.

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’ etc. It’s a time of color, emotion and lots of interesting subjects.

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

Follow thr link to read the full article  Halloween Photography Tips

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Autumn Colours

We went to Harcourt Arboretum, just south of Oxford this afternoon, and here are a few of the photos I took, showing the variety of Autumn colours.

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Top 5 Tips on How to Photograph Food

As someone interested in both photography and food (cooking as well as eating) I am yet to combine the two, but after reading this article on Digital Photo School from guest contributor Deidra Wilson, a Las Vegas photographer who loves to make the best out of any lighting situation and create incredible images from seemingly nothing, I might well give it a try soon - perhaps Sunday dinner tomorrow!

Many of you may want to step up your food photography from iPhone to fabulous, but you’re sure that it’s quite impossible to do without a food stylist and ten grand worth of gear to help you make that dish look amazing. I am living proof that that’s just not the case. If you have a team that is willing to work hard and a location that allows for great lighting, you’re more than halfway there.

Follow the link to read the rest of this article: Top 5 Tips on How to Photograph Food
If you are serious about food photography, this book will prove invaluable.

Styling, Lighting & Photographing Food
A professional techniques book, this practical guide comprises case studies, lighting diagrams, styling advice and professional tips for success with all types of food photography whether in the studio or on location, without resorting to commercial food styling tricks. 

This hard-working soup-to-nuts handbook arms the reader with a wealth of information on styling and photographing food looking fresh, hot, or cool, clearing model releases and liaising with agencies, and even achieving unobtrusive dining and cooking shots. 

The book is divided into four sections: the first section provides an overview of the basic types of food photography, trends and teams. The second section examines all the photography and lighting considerations including equipment, composition and best practices. The third section similarly discusses all the general stylistic considerations such as choosing backgrounds and props. The final section is categorized by shoot type and technique and is organized into a series of cases studies and photographer profiles.


Friday, 19 October 2012

The European Eagle Owl

The European Eagle Owl was a native of Britain until the latter part of the 19th Century and became extinct here largely as a result of man’s persecution. However, in recent times reports of its return have become more frequent, although whether thee owls have migrated here or simply escaped from the large population of eagle owls captive-held in the UK  is unclear.

Eagle Owls are the largest of the owls and their sheer size and aggressive nature makes them the most dominant bird of prey (both nocturnal and diurnal) wherever they are found. Very occasionally they are killed by large Eagles, but more often it is they who prey on other Raptors. 

The arrival of a new Eagle Owl in the vicinity causes panic amongst other Birds of Prey and a general re-arrangement of territories usually follows, as its new neighbours try to give it a wide berth. European Eagle Owls prey mainly on mammals – chiefly rabbits and hares – but they will also take birds up to the size of a large Buzzard, which are usually taken from night roosts. Large Eagle Owls have been known to take roe deer and foxes, which they kill by crushing their skulls with huge, powerful feet.

These photos were taken today at a raptor display in Surrey.

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Thursday, 18 October 2012

Sharing Your Photography On The Web

A very informative article from Digital Photo School showing the many ways you can get your photos seen on the net, by your friends and the general public.

Wading through the sea of options to get your photographs seen online.

Most of us start out in photography because we love to make images, it gets us outdoors, and helps us explore our creative selves. We do it for ourselves because it makes us happy.

But there is different side of photography that adds another dimension to the experience: sharing images with others. It’s one of the most popular things to do on the internet.

We do it to share experiences with our families and friends, get feedback from other photographers, and attract customers or clients.

There are three steps to making a big impression online: to find out what they are, follow this link  Sharing Your Photography On The Web 
Personally, apart from this blog and website, I publish my photos on the following sites,
500.px and and recently, Fine Art America.

As you will see from the article, there are many more to chose from!!

New PDF eBook + Lightroom Toolbox

Want to take your Lightroom workflow to a new level? Essential Development, 20 Great Techniques for Lightroom 4, by Sean McCormack, is an amazing resource for any photographer who wants to get the most out of Lightroom's Develop Module without all the guesswork.

Lightroom keeps changing, and most of us don’t have time to dig around under the hood to learn it all. Essential Development is a no-holds-barred guidebook that can help you explore, modify, and dig deep into the Lightroom 4 tools you need to make your post-processing efforts more productive and produce the final images your portfolio deserves! The eBook is divided into 20 chapters, focused entirely on the Develop module, covering topics such as: Understanding The Histogram, Making White White, Beauty Retouching, Dodge & Burn for Beauty, Cross Processing, Achieving a Filmic Look, Image Toning, Tilt Shift, Effective Sharpening, and Correcting Lens Issues.

Sean is a consummate professional, and an industry leader in Lightroom education, and he's delivered a large, concisely-written eBook full of clear and large screenshots that will feel more like a workbook than an eBook. 

The primary offering is an eBook package (.zip file) which includes the PDF of Essential Development, Essential Development Toolbox (a folder of 85 Lightroom presets), and a short PDF instruction manual to help with the installation and catalog some of the presets. Presets are a great way to cut down your editing time and with 85 of them there are presets here for a range of styles and tastes.

Whether you’re just looking to tweak your knowledge of Lightroom since the jump from LR3 to LR4, or you’ve been waiting for a great resource that doesn’t bog you down in Library modules and Print templates. This is a useful, hands-on offering that we know you'll love. 

Special Offer on Essential Development Package

The retail price on this package is just USD $7, but for the next six days, use the promotional code DEVELOP6 when you check out so you can have the Essential Development Package (incl. the Toolbox of 85 Lightroom presets) for just $6 OR use the code DEVELOP20 to get 20% off when you buy 5+ PDF eBooks from the Craft & Vision collection. These codes expire at 11:59pm PST Tuesday - October 23, 2012. 

VISIT our Photography E-BOOKS Library for more great titles

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Travel Photography Inspiration Project: New Zealand

Digital Photography School are running a series of articles featuring readers travel photos from countries around the world. Today they focus on New Zealand

New Zealand. It’s more than the land of hobbits and Lord Of The Rings. It’s been a place on my “Go to:” list for over 10 years now and a glance from the airplane while transiting to Australia was tantalizingly delicious.

Green fields. Stone fences. A lack of crowding. Emerald waters. Snow capped peaks. It seems too good to be true. Let’s take a look through the lens of fellow DPS readers .

Follow this link to view some beautiful photos from New Zealand:  Travel Photography Inspiration Project: New Zealand

We are all participants in an increasingly visual culture, yet we rarely give thought to the ways that photographs shape our experience and understanding of the world and historical past. 

This book looks at a range of New Zealand photographs up to 1918 and analyses them as photo-objects, considering how they were made, who made them, what they show and how our understanding of them can vary or change over time. This emphasis on the materiality of the photograph is a new direction in scholarship on colonial photographs. 

The writers include photographers, museum curators, academics and other researchers. Their essays are not intended as definitive readings but rather offer a variety of ways in which to read the images they have chosen. In the course of the book, they explore a host of issues related to the development of photography in New Zealand. 

World War I is the end point, as it coincided with profound cultural shifts with the expansion of the mass illustrated press and the rise of consumer photography, as well as a change in New Zealand's place in the world. Contributors include: Wayne Barrar, Roger Blackley, Gary Blackman, Chris Brickell, Barbara Brookes, Sandy Callister, Simon Dench, Jocelyne Dudding, Keith Giles, Jill Haley, Ken Hall, Ruth Harvey, Kerry Hines, Antje Lubcke, Brian Moloughney, Max Quanchi, Rebecca Rice, Cathy Tuato'o Ross, Simon Ryan, Angela Wanhalla, Christine Whybrew and Erika Wolf.


Tuesday, 16 October 2012

The Single Most Important Tip for Street Photography

This article, written by James Maher for Picture Correct, gives a novel, but valuable tip into helping you become a successful street photographer.

If you clicked this link expecting a simple technical tip to improve your street photography then you’ve come to the wrong place. This is not an article about getting closer, zone focusing, hip-shooting, camera settings, or using a wide-angle prime lens.

Practicing all of these things is important to be able capture what you see out there in our fast moving world, but thinking too much about this stuff can also distract us from what we should be thinking about, which is what we are seeking to capture out there.

Because that’s ultimately what photography, and more specifically street photography, is; it is about trying to capture what you see and think about life.

Okay, I know you want this tip. So what is this ‘single most important’ tip to street photography?

It’s simple... follow the link to discover how simple it is: The Single Most Important Tip for Street Photography – PictureCorrect
David Busch's Portrait/candid/street Photography Compact Field Guide

This compact, camera-bag-friendly field guide has been specially created to help portrait, candid, and street photographers capture great images. 

No matter which digital SLR you own, DAVID BUSCH'S PORTRAIT/CANDID/STREET PHOTOGRAPHY COMPACT FIELD GUIDE gives you the tools and techniques you'll need to achieve beautiful results when working with all three methods of photographing people. 

In six information-packed chapters, filled with helpful checklists, tables, and charts, this concise guide distills the fundamentals of good portrait/candid/street photography and puts them at your fingertips, showing you how to shoot specific situations and subjects under a variety of conditions. 

Full-color illustrations show you what results to expect from particular camera settings. From quick setup advice through tips on lighting, lenses, and more, DAVID BUSCH'S PORTRAIT/CANDID/STREET PHOTOGRAPHY COMPACT FIELD GUIDE will help you get great results every time.

Sunday, 14 October 2012

The Gambia

A couple of photos taken on our holiday in The Gambia last year.

Red Colobus Monkey
Reflections in a Mangrove Creek
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Output from Lightroom to Your Blog

Today's article is from our friends at Digital Photo School and 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 She writes and produces video instruction for Photoshop and digital photography for magazines and online providers world wide. If you use Lightroom, and publsh a blog then this article is just for you!

I use Lightroom to prepare the images ready to upload to my blogs so it’s critical that I can get them out of Lightroom all ready to upload without having to do any more work on them. On one blog I use framed images and therein lies a problem – the images need a thin keyline around them so you can see the edge. Without an edge the image would just blend into the surrounding white background of the blog page.

So, here’s how to create a frame effect in Lightroom – the images will be sized for the web with the appropriate resolution, they will have a frame around them, together with my name, and they will have a keyline around the image and around the page itself. And, to finish, it will all be saved as a reusable template.

Follow the link to read the rest of the article: Output from Lightroom to Your Blog

If you wish to purchase   Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 (Mac/PC)it is available at Amazon for £95.00

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Photographing the Micro Landscape

When you are unable to take landscape photos because of the weather or because you are unable to get out of the house, try your hand at creating Macro landscapes, with the help of this article from Picture Correct by David Bigwood, an Australian based writer and photographer.

When I began making pictures of the landscape, it was always the big picture that figured and I suppose it’s the same for most of us. It was a case of a few exposures and then move on to the next grand view.

Then came the day when I ‘needed’ to make some pictures – photographers will know what I mean – and the weather was against me. Uniformly grey cloud and lousy light are no recipe for great landscape shots.

With the itch in my shutter finger unsatisfied, I had to find a subject so I began casting around the area and, what do you know, there were dozens of them. Of course there were for those who have eyes to see. The big picture is made up of thousands, maybe millions of smaller pictures and this is what I had been missing.

Follow the link to read the full article:  Photographing the Micro Landscape – PictureCorrect

Close-Up & Macro Photography
This new series of Expanded Guides focuses on photographic techniques not only to give you a comprehensive grounding in the subject but also takes you a step further to enable you to get much more from your photography. 

Expert advice, with useful hints and tips, is given by professional photographers, using practical examples of techniques for clarity, illustrated in full colour with the aid of clear diagrams and charts. 

Macro Photography is an essential guide to a fascinating technique, beginning with an explanation of the difference between close-up and macro work. Aimed at both the novice and more experienced amateur, the book describes the equipment for capturing true macro images, the 'macro' mode on standard DSLRs, and the use of zoom lenses, wide-angle lenses, dedicated macro lenses, teleconverters, bellows and reversing rings. The theory of exposure and metering, light, colour and flash is explained, and there's practical advice on composition and focusing. 

Project ideas include success with flower photography, capturing the textures of materials such as bark and lichen, abstracts from everyday objects, photographing insects, and studio work with food and jewellery.
Close-Up & Macro Photography (Expanded Guide: Techniques)

Cambridge Photos

Went to Cambridge yesterday and here a few of the photos I took.

Clare College

Kings College Chapel and The Gibbs Building
The Gibbs Building
Punts in Cambridge
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