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How to take good pictures - 10 photography tips to take you beyond basic photography
Browse my portfolio of fine art prints - three galleries: Flowers, Street Photography & Conceptual
Urban pictures are becoming increasingly popular as a photographic genre which offers great opportunities for modern urban photographers especially as it does not rely on the presence of humans.
Miksang is a way of capturing images based on contemplative meditative practice.
Minor White's perspective was that you don't photograph something simply for "what it is", but "for what else it is".
Zen photography asks you to get away from thinking and get in touch with your feelings. You release the shutter when it feels right.
Photography and spirituality may seem strange companions but there are many traditions such as Buddhism, Christianty and Taoism which...
Fay Godwin had no formal training and yet she ranks amongst the best famous landscape photographers ever, and in her life-time she won many major awards for her work
Arthur Fellig is one of the most famous American photographers of all time and must surely rank amongst the top ten best known street photographers
Ansel Adams photos relied on the Zone System which he developed in 1941, with photographer Fred Archer, a system which gave them control over the gradations of tone.
This Ansel Adams biography is spread over two pages: this page is about his life and work; the second page is about the zone system, and...the second is...
Annie Leibovitz was said to be probably the "most successful photographer of her generation" by Life magazine in the 1990s.
Night street photography - how to use beautiful light to get great shots
Sunflower Buddha image merged together with sun bursts - available as a poster or as a canvas print
Montage art is one of the most exciting developments to co-exist with modern technology. I've put together a selection of my own photomontages - hope you enjoy them!
Street photography tips on whether to shoot in black and white or colour
Online photography courses
Black and white street photography - why black and white is good
Street photography humour
Abstract photography uses the lens to focus so acutely that we see the wrinkles but do not recognize the elephant in the picture.
In-depth look at abstract photographers and their work; an exploration of what we mean by abstract beauty
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A short guide to photography, exploring genres such as abstract photography, social documentary, urban photography, photojournalism, street photography and war photography.
Urban Street Photography - a Definition
Street photography India and sacred cows - a combination of three great subjects for a photo!
Street photography techniques - my top 10 tips
Up-to-the-minute news in the photography world
At the Gates of Eden is my interpretation of the Genesis theme. The cherubim don't have any flaming swords as they do in the Bible story so I think they're not as scary as they look...
Posed street photography is very different to candid street photography. This article compares the two ways of working.
Candid street photography is a type of street photography which shows people as they are, without intervention from the photographer; in other words, the subject has not been posed.
Each of the 30 sections is designed to improve your compositional skills and includes assignments to help develop any photographer's creative eye. The amazing photos alone make this a wonderful read and I recommend it highly for anyone desiring to improve their photographic skills.
How to master photography composition through an understanding of the same principles as composition in art
What equipment is best for digital wildlife photography? In the long run the equipment a photographer buys is dependent on what his or her area of speciality is. If the person enjoys photographing big game animals or birds then they should be looking at 500mm and 600mm lenses. If their passion is macro photography then they should be investing in specialist macro lenses such as the 60mm, 105mm and/or 200mm micro lenses. And if they enjoy photographing landscapes then they should be investing in wide angle zoom lenses plus some graduated neutral density filters.
The free photo editor downloads listed here include Photoshop and Corel which are 30-day trials. The other two (GIMP and Paint.net are freeware). Below this list you will find another list of free photo editors which can be used online. Some ask you to register, some don't, and some have certain features which only unlock if you create an account so check first.
An African photography safari may seem like a world of possibilities away but if you are a nature photographer of any kind, and if you love photographing animals or birds, then a wildlife safari must surely be on your wish list at least, and to go to Africa on safari one day and photograph the animals in a natural habitat would be a hugely rewarding experience - if you get the shots right!
Black and white conversion of colour photographs is best done with a Channel Mixer Adjustment Layer. This method works well with photos that aren't too dependent on colour from the point of view of composition such as a field of yellow sunflowers or sunsets with vibrant colours in the sky. Strong shapes and lines, and bold compositions are best.
Interested in photography competitions and how to win them? Read this exclusive interview with a 15-years old amateur photographer who has won first prize in 17 competitions!
Learn how to use Adobe Photoshop with this E-book guide to Photoshop techniques - suitable for everyone whether you are looking for photoshop tutorial for beginners, intermediate or more advanced techniques, in an easy-to-follow, clear and comprehensive style.
Kindle Reader photography books are now available for the new Kindle Fire. At last we photography lovers can enjoy the wonders of Kindle in full color - yay! Amazon claims that it is now selling more electronic copies of ebooks than paper copies, a trend that is set to continue. And more and more, photography books are being produced which are suitable for viewing on the Kindle screen - particularly books on learning how to do photography and improving your craft. I love this whole new way of reading and learning on the move, wherever and whenever you feel like it.
In photography composition, the Rule of Thirds is a guideline you can use to help you create photographs with greater visual impact. It is a compositional device which is also used by painters and other visual artists. All you have to do is imagine that the camera's viewfinder is divided into thirds, both horizontally and vertically. Position your subject at the intersection of those lines and it will be placed one third of the way from the sides, both top and bottom. This is illustrated in the image below of an old abandoned windmill in France:
More montage art pictures! Hope you enjoy them! The first of these photo montages is called Lake: Evening. It was made after I went for a walk on a chalky path near where I live. The path rises gently through woodland where deer, red squirrels and polecats can be seen (if you're wide awake and on the ball!). At the top of the hill is an area where many of the trees are bowed over and the day I went walking, the sky was particularly interesting, with clouds racing along over the horizon.
With aerial kite photography you will find that you have to be selective about where you choose to launch your kit. You have to work with the weather, people, buildings and other obstacles. For example, launching your kite downwind of trees can be unpredictable as there may be a lot of air turbulence. The same goes for buildings and hills. So avoid any large obstacles because even though you can't see wind turbulence it is better to assume it is there and to choose a wide open area to fly your kite.
The fun of aerial kite photography is accesible to so many people today thanks to light-weight, affordable cameras and kits that enable beginners to get started without a large financial outlay. Using a kite to make photographs from the the sky gives such unique shots - this article will show you how to get started.
The first Sony Cyber Shot digital camera was made in 1996 using Carl Zeiss lenses. Carl Zeiss is a German optics manufacturer with a deservedly high reputation, founded in 1846, and one of the oldest optics manufacturing companies in the world. However, Zeiss allows third parties to make optics using Zeiss technology under special licence which means that companies such as Hasselblad, Rollei and of course Sony, are making lenses to a very high specification. So when you buy a Sony Cyber shot digital camera you know you are buying the best in terms of optics.
Compact digital cameras are the best-selling type of camera there is, and are designed for simplicity of use. Most of them have either focus-free lenses or built-in autofocus plus an automatic system of calculating the exposure. They nearly always have a built-in flash unit for use in low-level light.
The Nikon Coolpix digital camera series is the range of point-and-shoot cameras developed by Nikon. This series is changing quite rapidly as Nikon adds cameras and discontinues others. As of 2011, there are four series currently available:
Kodak compact digital cameras are called EasyShare, signifying that they are compatible with 'docks' which Kodak manufacture and which make it easy for the camera user to upload images to a computer for editing, sharing or printing. There have been many models available and it can get confusing when you look at the model numbers as many of them have now been discontinued. To keep it simple for you, I've summarised the series which are currently available (as of September 2011) as follows...
Fuji compact digital cameras can be divided into five categories: the A series are entry level point-and-shoot cameras designed for ease of use, first introduced in 2001; the F series are very good for shooting in low light environments as they have relatively little image noise and natural colors even at high ISO settings; the J series are low-cost, entry-level compact cameras first released in 2008 and have now partially replaced the A series range; the Z series are ultra compact and very stylish, lightweight point-and-shoot digital cameras - some models are waterproof - all have non-protruding folded optics and sliding lens cover apart from the Z33WP which has no lens cover; the Real 3D cameras can take three-dimensional pictures using two lenses, and display them to the naked eye in 3D
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