Tag Archive: Resources
Fun with Photoshop… and celebrities
Focus-Stack in Photoshop
Miniture World -by 14 year old
Altered reality is something we don’t see a lot of in our club. In this article by PetaPixel, they showcase some amazing image manipulations by 14 year old photographer Zev. Its a really beautiful showcase with lots of examples to get you inspired. If a 14 year old can do it so can all of us??
Family photos are probably one of the main reasons why we get into photography and one thing we should never stop shooting… In this article by Digital Photography School they explore loads of different and fun poses to use when taking family portraits. Check it out here.
Shooting a NG Cover with james Cameron
This video clip is a rare thing to see which got my attention. Not only is it a very non-typical cover for Nationl Geographic Magazine, but it also gives us an insight into what it takes shoot something of this magnitude. From planning to pre-production to the shooting process we get to see Marco Grob going through this photoshoot of James Cameron. Short but insightful video.
Life in Focus
I’m always inspired by watching stories or documentaries about other photographers. When I see how hard they work it reminds me how much effort needs to be invested in this craft in order to be any good at it. Fstop are running a series of short documentaries on their Staff Pro team that are worth a watch. Part 1 and Part 2 have already aired and there are a couple of episodes coming up. So keep looking out for those. Having a look around their website I also see that they have quite a good “Community” section with tons of cool stuff to look at.
The Secret to success
So do you know what the secret to photography success is? I couldn’t summarise it any better than Chase Jarvis did in the above two minute interview clip. Do you agree with his comment?
By the way, check out the Silber Studios Youtube Channel for loads and loads of video interviews and resources.
The Sony α Portal
All the major camera manufacturers have started to put a little more effort in looking after their customers by putting together some great resource websites. This time its Sony’s turn with the “Sony α Portal” as its called. The do cover quite a good range of topics, but it is mainly geared towards beginners. So if you getting started with photography I definitely recommend it.
Camera Simulation for Begginers
More Free Books
Converting to black and white: When and How?
In this article by DPS, they cover the When and How to convert photographs to black and white. In other words, how do you know which photos will be good candidates to convert to black and white? Not all photos look better or good at all when they are converted. And how do you use Photoshop to convert images to black and white? I’m sure most people can give you 3 different methods quite easily but some methods can cause a loss of image quality. Do you know which one is the best method?
This week’s inspiration comes from “The Big Picture”. In this article, they feature the finalists the Smithsonian’s Magazine 10th annual photo contest. Some beautiful images to look at… Be sure to browse around their website for more great news stories in photgraphs…
Best video channels for the amateur photographer
MakeUseOf is not a photography website, but they do have some good photography resources from time to time. In this article, they have a list of YouTube channels that consistently produce photography content aimed at teaching and helping the amateur photogrpaher. Check out their list right here…
Joe McNally in SA
This is really cool if you have some spare cash lying around… Joe McNally is an incredible photographer who has been shooting for National Geographic since 1987. (He photographed a story for the latest National Geographic on the shelves). His specialty is portraits and the use of off-camera flashes. He’s a true lighting master! He will be in South Africa giving workshops in Cape Town and Jhb which will be hosted by ORMS. Check it out here if you interested…
Lighting Diagram Creator
Want to create cool lighting diagrams like the one above to share with friends or to save your own lighting setups? “Lighting Diagram Creator” is a website that lets you do just that. You can create your diagram on their website and then export it as an image to keep. Its free to use for non-commercial purposes. It comes in two flavors. Creator and Creator V3 Beta which is optimized to work on tablets.
Dodge and Burn for Portraits
The dodge and Burn tools are very versatile and can be used on just about every photo you process. In this video tutorial Elena Jasic shows you how to use the Dodge and Burn tool to take your portrait to the next level…
HDR Photography- Free PDF Book
I’ve mentioned a lot of PDF guides by MakeUseOf. They write some very good guides although not always about photography. This one however is about photography… HDR photography. The guide covers everything from what HDR photography is, why you want to do it, what equipment is needed, how to do it as well as free software options that you can use to process the images. At the end there are also more links and resources to further help you with this technique. I know its not everyone’s cup of tea but if you want to give it a try, this is as good a place as any to get going… Be sure to check out some more of their great guides.
Two Inspiring Macro Porjects
Here’s two inspiring projects to try out with Macro photography. They similar in style but the second one looks a little bit more difficult…
The first one is from FStoppers and involves shooting colourful water droplets through a piece of glass, and making a pattern show in the droplets from an object behind the glass. Can make some nice abstract images.
The second one is a very similar concept but it requires shooting falling water droplets wich can be very tricky. But I’m sure you’ll agree the results are very cool. This one is by DIY Photography…
Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts
Portrait Cropping Guide
Pump up the ISO… or not
This week’s roundup is a bit of a higher grade one. However the web is an important part of our lives and its good to get a deeper understanding about how our images look when we display them on the web. There’s two aspect I want to point you to. The first one about Color space and the second one about file types…
RGB vs sRGB
If you have a look at your camera’s settings, you will see that there are options for the “color space” to use… In this article by FStoppers, they look at what a color space is and which you should be using if you want to display images correctly on the web. Very interesting read and something to take note of.
Optimizing Images for the Web
The second aspect (for today) about displaying images on the web is that of which file type to save your files as. The idea is to keep the size to a minimum and the quality to a maximum. In this article by MediaNovak, they discuss what the best file types are for web images (usually jpg for photographs) and how to best balance the quality and file size.
Do you have any tips and tricks for optimizing your images for web display? If you do, please share by leaving a comment.