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Nick Auskeur Nick Auskeur Some stuff that inspires me. Some stuff that I've made. Next >>> Four Ways to Create Balance in Landscape Photography Four Ways to Create Balance in Landscape Photography By: Christopher O'Donnell The path to a strong composition is not always clear in landscape photography, and at times can be the most challenging aspect of the craft. Below I discuss four versatile methods you can use to create a stronger composition, and all of them stem from one very important concept – balance. Finding Balance By knowing how to adjust the balance – or weight – of an image, you can greatly improve the composition of your landscape photographs. When I write of “weight”, I refer to more than the obvious strong focal points within your frame that are easily identifiable – for the above image, those would be the guard shack, fence and sunset sky. With no identifiable focal points other than the focused leaf, I used the foliage backdrop to serve as negative space, which helped to balance out my composition. There are several ways to change the weight of your focal points. 1. 2. 3. 4. Håkan Strand Spencer Brown

CoffeeShop Blog Headers Pack 1! I have wanted to design some custom blog headers for some time and I finally took the plunge! CoffeeShop Blog Headers Pack 1 includes 5 adjustable blog headers with bracket photoframes. The designs in the headers are from free brushes/patterns from Pixels & Ice Cream. The matching textures can be found in the CoffeeShop Texture Pack 1 and the upcoming CoffeeShop Texture Pack 2. Each header is 1024 px by 400 px which fit nicely in the free Photoblogs from Our Blogger Templates. These headers are Photoshop .psd files and have 4 layers so you can move and adjust the size of the photoframes and ribbons. I wrote a tutorial showing how to upload these headers into Blogger and change your blog colors to match. Click on the image to download the CoffeeShop Blog Headers Pack 1 or click HERE! Here is a second download link if the first does not work for you! Rita

Shadowhouse Creations which colour space to use - working spaces We often get asked about what working space to use when editing images in Photoshop for example. There is a lot written on forums and the web - there is also a lot that is just plain confusing. Keith discusses some of his personal colour space choices and reasons in this short article. Picking a working space I was asked the other day why I used a particular working space when editing an image. The image in question was the one below, taken one morning in Autumn (Fall), in the Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. It has some good strong colours, and I was looking at printing it, before adding it to the site Gallery in a recent update. The photo was taken with a Canon 1Ds3 (14mm 2.8L II lens) and processed from RAW format using DxO Optics Pro V5. Colour Spaces? A quick recap about colour spaces, although if you want to know more about this, I'd suggest checking some of the references at the end of the article. These are known as colour spaces. Web use Beyond the web - Examples Printing

CoffeeShop ShadowHouse Blog Header 1! I was really inspired by Jerry's ShadowHouse Creations Creative Layer Masks so I decided to make one of them into clipping masks and put together a little blog header. It is 1000px by 300px (make sure to resize it so it fits your blog) and it is a .psd image file (not an action!) that you open in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. Once you open it you will see the following layer pane. You can adjust the color of the background by clicking on the Background Color Fill layer box. Please don't forget to turn off the top layer before saving your finished header. Use clipping masks to add your images to the masks (if you don't know how to use them read this or this). If you want to fill the clipping masks with color and/or text, just look at the image above for complete directions. Thanks once again Jerry for making my "job" here easy and fun!!! Download the CoffeeShop ShadowHouse Blog Header 1 HERE or HERE!

20 Myths About Becoming a Pro Photographer (And their solutions!) |Improve Photography Hover over this image and click “Pin it” to put this on your pinterest board! Starting out as a pro photographer is very exciting. It’s fun to realize that a photography hobby can also be a great way to earn a little extra money on the side. Unfortunately, I have seen dozens and dozens of photographers start out with all the excitement in the world, but eventually fail as a pro photographer. Oh, and I’d hardly exclude myself from this group. Sometimes the failure means they simply don’t find enough clients, sometimes that failure means getting sued, sometimes that failure means losing more than you gain, but most often…. that failure occurs when–one year into running the side business–the photographer realizes that it just isn’t bringing in enough money to be worth her time. Before I begin the list, I have to point out that OBVIOUSLY these “myths” are not false in every circumstance. Myth #1: Being a pro photographer will allow me to work my own hours. Yikes. Nope. Shocker. Check it out

Test Prints: Getting the "A" Grade - Steve's Digicams Background Whether you are an amateur, professional, use color management, or couldn't care less about color management, at some point you may end up printing some test prints in order to evaluate color on a new printer or new type of paper. There are some good test images floating around on the web that you can use to make test prints on your printer. What are the pros and cons of each of these test images and what should you be looking for when you evaluate test prints? Testing your printer Before we look at individual test images, let's first discuss their purpose. Part of the problem with color matching is the fact that the image you are printing can come from a variety of equipment that uses different methods for encoding color. What to look for It is important to understand that printers have their limitations and that some images are designed to test those limitations. Here are some things to look for in test prints: Some test images to try 1: PhotoDisc Target Links to above: Summary

CoffeeShop CutOuts 2: Decorative Digital Brads! I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We had a great time celebrating with our family in our newly decorated (if not completely finished) dining and living rooms. I will post photos later on our updated look. I love how it has turned out and can't wait to finish both rooms. I also wanted to mention that Sassy Designs is having an 80% off sale this weekend. I am in the process of changing internet providers, so my internet time will be hit or miss the next day or two. I am trying to create some digital design elements you can use on your holiday card-making. I hope you enjoy these!

CoffeeShop is a wonderful place full of goodies, such as PS actions/presets, storyboards,blogger tutorials and more. by jerryjones Jul 28

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