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Photo Tips and Techniques for Beginners

Photo Tips and Techniques for Beginners
I remember the day I got my DSLR camera in the mail-- I had saved up for months to buy my little Nikon D40 and I watched the postal tracking code like my dog waits for her food in the mornings. (So. Excited.) :) When my brown Amazon box finally came, my heart was beating so fast that I could barely cut open the tape. I took out the Nikon and held it in my hands-- that weight and feel is so familiar to me today. I started taking pictures right away, the same photos that everyone takes with a new camera: everything that is in direct sight. Back then, I didn't have a clue as to what in the heck I was doing. This photo: ISO: 400, f/2.8, Shutter: 1/30, taken in Wyoming at the Grand Tetons National Park, summer 2011. I think that composition is the first, easiest, most fun, and most important lesson to learn in photography. Square Composition: This photo: ISO: 400, f/5.6, Shutter: 1/125, taken in the middle of the "Snowpocalypse" that happened early Feb. 2011. More square love: To freeze motion:

Sculptures Popping Out of Paintings - My Modern Metropolis - StumbleUpon Oh, to have been in Tokyo in June! Shintaro Ohata just finished up a solo exhibition at the Yukari Art Contemprary in Tokyo, Japan. This Hiroshima, Japan-born artist is known for his ability to show us everyday life in a cinematic way. More than that, this artist has a unique style. Straight from the Yukari gallery, here's a sample of his stellar work. ' Photos courtesy of Yukari Art Contemporary. Photography Talk. Black and White. | Veronica Armstrong Before committing myself to learning the art of photography I had a fairly rudimentary understanding of black and white. I thought of it as a style, like a cute pencil skirt. “Oh this looks nice, I’ll wear it tomorrow”. Dead wrong. Black and white conversions can definitely be a signature aspect of one’s style but the decision to convert an image shouldn’t be made in post processing. It should be made long before you touch your camera. I tinkered with different actions, gradient maps, and RAW conversions before learning on the Clickin’ Moms* forum that the strength of a black and white image often hinges on pre shoot planning and the quality of light. Of course. Dynamic lighting, strong compositions, interesting lines and textures, and vision are all necessary elements of a good black and white photo. Avoid flat light. It isn’t easy. I want stunners. Reading Creative Black and White: Digital Photography Tips and Techniques * was a game changer for me. Here are some examples. OH!

Holiday Lights Bokeh I am a huge fan of bokeh (the blurring of background objects of lights in photos) and with an abundance of holiday lights at this time of year, bokeh light sources are readily available. Here are some examples with the boys, taken in front of our Christmas tree and at an outdoor light display. (Looks like Camo does the same pose everywhere, huh?) Regular old round bokeh is great, but have you seen pictures with shaped bokeh? So cool. I went about it a little differently because my paper punch didn't go far enough across the page to put the hole in the center of the circle I cut out. Here is what you need to do: Measure the width of the glass part of your UV filter. I made both star and heart paper filters and here are the results. What crazy shape would you like to see the lights on your Christmas tree transformed into?

Salvaged Grace Printworks Collection :: Est. 1988 :: Annette Allen Watkins Right click on the pictures of the sample, select "view image" to view a larger image. Please e-mail us or call us toll free at 1-800-854-6558 to for information on these products or to order any of the materials on the list. Instructions TIP. Stamp a couple of times on scratch paper to make sure your stamp is well inked before stamping on the finished product. This will help avoid any mistakes on your finished product...which happens to all of us! 8500+ Free Photoshop Brushes. Weekly Roundup from DesignFloat | DesignFloat Blog - StumbleUpon Hey guys, the time for Friday roundup has come and we want to share some useful resources featuring free Photoshop brushes with you. We all know that brushes turn out to be the essential tools for web designers and help to add the desired atmosphere and create stunning websites. Using this Photoshop tool, it is possible to give the design the impressive touch and make it catchy. Of course, you have seen a vast amount of brush sets all around the web, but here you can find the top-notch collection of the most popular among them. We have decided to compile 8500+ various brush sets for our readers and we hope that this post will come in handy and add inspiration for your future designs. So, you are welcome to enjoy this roundup that features the ultimate collection of brushes. Additionally, we’d also recommend you to check out the compilation of 60 free Photoshop gradient sets, which you can easily use to improve your graphics. 1100+ Abstract High Quality Free Photoshop Brushes

Design Crush 7 Easy Ways to Freeze Motion with Your Camera | MCP Photoshop Actions and Tutorials Blog for Photographers September 01, 2009 | 6 Comments |Add a comment As photographers there are times where we want blurred background and beautiful background separation. But other times stopping speed is our primary concern. We may want to freeze motion of a car, a plane, a bird, an athlete at a sporting event, or even with snapshots of our own kids running, jumping, diving, etc… If you have been shooting for years, you may already know all of this. Settings for the above shots: ISO 100, Speed 1/500-1/1250, Aperture f/4.0-5.6 – using Tamron 28-300mm lens (manual with no flash) Here are some of the many ways to capture a fast moving object or person without any blur or sense of motion (panning and other techniques will show purposeful motion – another post for another time). Using an SLR – a digital SLR is going to help you a lot here.

Achieving a Vintage Look Through Color Tones in Photoshop CS - StumbleUpon by Guest Contributor Anna Gay Photographers are often striving for a “vintage” look in their photos, and even though there are endless ways of achieving a vintage look, there are a couple of characteristics to keep in mind. First of all, the color tones in a vintage photo often lean towards either a blue or a red hue, or a cross-processed look. Vintage photos also have an element of noise or grain that can be achieved through textures, and also a certain amount of vignetting around the edges of the photo. In this tutorial, we will look at adjusting color tones and adding vignettes. This photo is the result of adjusting the color curves, adding two vignettes, and a color fill, which we will walk through step-by-step. First, open your photo in Photoshop and make sure your foreground color is set to white in your side tool bar. You will see the above dialogue box. As you can see here, there should be three layers – your Background image, then your two gradient layers.

Ten minute no-sew recycled t-shirt bag! Tutorial time! I got a gig teaching a recycled t-shirt project at the library a few months ago, with a request for a recycled tee bag – the only bags I’d made from tees in the past had required sturdy sewing, and I didn’t want hand-sewing to be the only thing holding the bottom closed in a class version of the bags, so I started brainstorming about some kind of hand-sewing-friendly or no-sew bag idea…. and here’s what I came up with! The simplest version of these bags is great for smaller tees, or the more light-weight kind of girl-tees – just turn the bottom of the shirt into a drawstring and tie it closed! As you can see, even with a not huge tee, this will still leave a significant hole in the bottom of your bag, but for purposes like grocery shopping, this size hole shouldn’t really matter… But to make smaller holes, just make more than one of them! And now for the actual tutorial – for this one, with the step-by-step, I will be making the bottom with 3 holes. My finished Sonic bag!

Get Photo-News with the PhotoVerse App Last week, the developers of an iPhone/iPad app contacted me about using my RSS feed to pull content for their new application. It’s a pretty cool idea, so I said “go for it!” PhotoVerse collects photography related news and blog posts like any RSS reader, and makes it handy for anybody interested in photography to keep up on their reading while also allowing them to share the articles on social media networks. In essence, it’s a preloaded feed reader just for the photography nuts. The developers also asked me if I would like to test out the application… but I’m on Android, so no luck. I have 5 coupon codes for a free copy of the app.

CoffeeShop Vanilla Latte B&W Action UnWrapped! First, I wanted to mention that my amazing sister Heather has a great logo sale (premade and custom) going on this month! Just click on her button below to read all about it. She also designs business cards, headers, and other goodies AND she is a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom just like me. :-) Second, if you have been following my blog, you know that even though I love writing and using actions, I really enjoy teaching my readers to edit. Today I am unwrapping the CoffeeShop Vanilla Latte action. 1. 2. I learned this method from Amanda from EveryDay Elements. Click on Channels and then click on the little thumbnail by Red. Click on the little eyeball to the left of RGB to select all of the channel layers again and then click on Layers. Make a new layer. Edit, Paste. Put this layer in Soft Light. 2. Click on your color palette and make the foreground color hex#000000 (black) and the background color #f9eee8 and then add a Gradient Map Adjustment layer. Keep this in Normal blending mode.

Overcome Writer's Block, Suggestions To Get You Writing Again. ^ Back to top We use cookies, just to track visits to our website, we store no personal details. ACCEPT COOKIES What are cookies? Login Overcoming Writer’s Block Writer’s Block can stop your creative efforts in their tracks and overcoming writer’s block is a tough task. Share: start Save Punch a key to Break the block Dial 1 for Settings Dial 2 for Characters Dial 3 for Dramatic Entrances Dial 4 for Dialogue Dial 5 to Commiserate Dial 6 for Verbs Dial 7 for Calisthenics Dial 8 to Kill a Character Dial 9 for Endings Dial 0 for More Help Think you can do better? Dial for your Saved Tips to Start Writing Toggle Sound The September Challenge: Every End Has a Beginning is now OPEN to submissions The Winner of the August Challenge: Read it Well, is... The Truth by Ernest_Lee The following six are this month's runners up: • I'm Not Crazy by JedAnderson • Space Robot Five by Sprayoncrayon • The Paranoid Pair by Josafat •• Chilli Cheese Dogs by FinneanNilsen • Let Me Count the Ways by lightningpastry • Our judges said: