Tuesday, 25 February 2014

5 Easy Photoshop Tips for Beginners

An informative article by Anup Ghimire, writing for Digital Photography School, giving some useful tips to the novice Photoshop user. Anup is is a 23 year old Nepal based photographer and blogger. He does mostly landscape and fashion photography and writes about them. He's a founder and blogger of Pixel Tut and World's Most Beautiful Places which is deeply related to his passion for photography and travel.

Photoshop has changed the way we transform our imagination. If you are into any digital workplace, learning Photoshop can be a great help. Photoshop today is certainly a centre of creativity to which almost every digital domain; from web designing to animation; from photography to digital magazine, is deeply connected. Today, when it comes to photography, it is not possible to imagine it without Photoshop.

Good Photoshop skills can’t make a mediocre picture perfect unless you are into manipulation. However, it can certainly help you to enhance your best photo into an amazing masterpiece. Learning Photoshop is a slow process, and you should try it with enough practice, after all it is a digital art.

In this article I will walk you through some basic Photoshop retouching skills. These 5 easy Photoshop tips for beginners will be a great start to learning to proces your photographs.

Follow this link to read Anup's tips ............5 Easy Photoshop Tips for Beginners - Digital Photography School
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Monday, 24 February 2014


The international jury of the 57th annual World Press Photo Contest has selected an image by American photographer John Stanmeyer of the VII Photo Agency as the World Press Photo of the Year 2013. The picture shows African migrants on the shore of Djibouti city at night, raising their phones in an attempt to capture an inexpensive signal from neighboring Somalia—a tenuous link to relatives abroad. Djibouti is a common stop-off point for migrants in transit from such countries as Somalia, Ethiopia and Eritrea, seeking a better life in Europe and the Middle East. The picture also won 1st Prize in the Contemporary Issues category, and was shot for National Geographic.

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Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Offers on Memory from Sandisc

Go to Picstop and check out their special offers on a range of Memory Cards, Camera Bags & Photo Albums.

The 8GB Verbatim Store 'n' Go Mini USB Flash Drive is perfect for transferring & holding your data, includes a lanyard, a lifetime warranty and downloadable password protection software.

The SDHC card (Secure Digital High-Capacity) is a new flash memory card based on the SD Card Association 2.0 specification or standard secure digital SD card.

SDHC cards use the same physical format as SD cards but cannot be used with standard SD host devices that do not comply with SD Card Association 2.0 specification. SDHC Host devices complying with the new SD Card Association 2.0 specification can use standard SD Memory Cards and the new SDHC Memory Cards.

The new SanDisk 32GB Extreme Compact Flash Card is a high speed cf card with the backing of a limited lifetime warranty. It has an optimal combination of shot speed (up to 60MB/s), sustained videoperformance guarantee (VPG-20), and transfer speed (up to 120MB/s; 16GB - 128GB cards only.

This Compact Flash card is ideal for use with mid-range to high-end DSLR cameras and HD camcorders. The SanDisk Extreme CompactFlash Memory Card delivers first-rate read/write speeds to catch fast action shots and enable quick file transfers. It features Video Performance Guarantee (VPG-20) to deliver a minimum sustained recording data rate of 20MB/s to support high-quality Full HD video (1080p) recording. 

The Inov8 Apollo 230 Sling Pack is a lightweight multi-use camera backpack large enough to hold a camera body, telephoto Lens, flash units & accessories, also comes with a handy rain cover.

Highly Commended!

Last night was the Spring Competition at my local Camera Club, and I entered two images into the PDI (Projected Digital Image) section, the theme for which was Nature. As the highest score I have ever received previously was 18 out of 20, I was delighted not only to have both images given a score of 19, but both were also Highly Commended by the judge!

The first one was a macro shot of a Dandelion Seed Head, taken at Stoke Woods, near to my home in Bicester and the second was of Storm Clouds Gathering, shot as we left Portsmouth to go on a cruise last September.
Dandelion Seed Head
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Buy stretched canvas print of Storm Clouds Gathering
Storm Clouds Gathering
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You can own these images as original  Wall Art, in a variety of formats including stretched canvas prints, from Fine Art America and Photo4Me - just click on the link below the image.

Saturday, 15 February 2014

Two Photographers Illegally Climb The New Tallest Building In China

A fascinating post on Picture Correct showing a video and some amazing images.

Two Russian climbers, Vadim Makhorov and Vitaliy Raskalov, who have gained a reputation as fearless photographers after climbing some of the world’s tallest buildings are at it again–this time taking on the tallest building in China, the Shanghai Tower, which is currently under construction. The Shanghai Tower measures in at 2,073 feet (632 meters) tall, making it the second tallest building in the world behind Dubai’s Burj Khalifa:

The two risked their lives, as no harnesses or other safety precautions were taken other than planning around the weather. After spending two hours scaling the building, they were forced to camp out on top for 18 hours while they waited for better weather to begin the descent. They blogged about their harrowing experience via LiveJournal and shared the stunning images you can see by following the link:......Two Photographers Illegally Climb The New Tallest Building In China (Video) – PictureCorrect

Monday, 10 February 2014

5 Tips for Photographing Winter Landscapes

As we are right in the middle of winter (at least, up here in the Northern Hemisphere!) I thought it would be appropriate to publish this article from Picture Correct, written by Corky Carson, which gives five helpful tips to taking photos of winter landscapes. Corky is a working Certified Professional Photographer and the owner and publisher of Pro Photography School.

Many photographers put away their cameras until spring because winter brings out the toughest elements. But, by shelving your camera and taking it easy you are losing out on the rare beauty that this wonderful season provides. You avoid the cold, but you also miss out on creating some wonderful images.

Follow this link to read the full article:................5 Tips for Photographing Winter Landscapes – PictureCorrect