More great stuff from the Epic Edits Flickr Pool! This selection of photos is from those entered in the pool between 8/2 and 8/30.
- 13 Examples of Great Out-of-Focus Shots
digital Photography School
Focus is SO overrated! Check out these great photos that don’t play by the rules.
- Free Tools to Back Up Your Online Accounts
We all agree that backing up your local files is an important task, but don’t forget about those online accounts and files!
- 6 things you forgot to do when you first got your new dSLR
You got that new camera and started shooting immediately, didn’t you? Well, here are a few things you might have forgotten to do with your new equipment.
- Camera Zoom Fail
It probably seemed like a good idea at the time, but I’m thinking it didn’t work so well.
- The Massive guide to TLR Cameras Part 1: The Rundown
My favorite type of camera (the TLR) is becoming more a thing of the past. But this article re-introduces a wonderful set of cameras with some great history lessons.
- 10 Simple Steps to Better Photoshop Performance
Photoshop being a little sluggish lately? Here are some good performance-enhancing tips to keep it running smooth.
- 9 Things To Do When You’re Feeling Stale
We all fall into a rut from time to time, but here are a few things you can do to get your inspiration back up.
- 21 Impressive Bathroom Pictures
digital Photography School
Interesting photos from the most unlikely of places… the bathroom.
- 50 Rules of Photography for Morons
A good read if you’re looking for a chuckle. Though some tips are legit, don’t take all of them too seriously.
- How to clean your dSLR sensor
Still scared to clean your own sensor? C’mon, it’s not that hard! Here’s a good overview of the available cleaning equipment and processes.
- Cuba Reflected
Here is a look at Cuba seen exclusively through reflective surfaces such as puddles, windows, windshields etc. This is a brilliant concept and Zoriah has captured an amazing set of photos from Cuba.
- Build a Back-Lit Slope Backdrop For Better Product Photography
Looking for a pure-white background for some product photography? Here’s how to do it.
- Top 30+ Flickr Tools to Enhance your Flickr Journey
If you’re into Flickr, be sure to check out these tools and resources for enhancing your experience.
- A Basic Guide to Photoshop CS4 Adjustment Layers
Adjustment layers are key to Photoshop and CS4 has a few differences from earlier versions. This is a good rundown of some basic features in the adjustment panel.
- 10 Tips For Great Telephoto Photography
digital Photography School
Shooting telephoto can be a difficult task if you’re not totally familiar with the requirements of the equipment and shooting style. Here’s a good set of tips to read through and test out!
- Put your recent Flickr photos on your Twitter background
Looking for something to do with your blank Twitter background? If you have a Flickr account, you could automatically update your background with recent photos! (found via adidap)
- Gnomedex Photowalk w/ @chasejarvis & @scobleizer
Kris Krug, Flickr
Our pal Kris Krug has put up a great set of images from a recent photowalk up in Seattle. (found via kk)
- 10 Photography Pet Peeves We’d Throw Down a Black Hole
While I don’t completely agree with all 10 of these things, most of them are pretty true. (found via fabfilippini)
Flowers are so cliche when it comes to photography… but that doesn’t stop most of us from shooting them! Heck, some photographers even specialize in flower photography and they do a darn good job of it. If you’re getting bored with your current bag-o-tricks for photographing flowers, scan through these tips and get inspired to try something different.
1. DITCH THE COLOR
Flower photos are generally full of vibrant colors, but that’s not the only way to do it. Black and white flower photos can bring much needed attention to details and textures that would otherwise be masked by the blinding colors.
photo credit: linh.ngân
2. USE AS A FOREGROUND
The flowers don’t always need to be the center of attention. Use them as a foreground or background to lay down some color for your main subject. Bonus points for using complimentary colors in your composition.
photo credit: creativesam
3. LOOK INDOORS
Flowers are inside too! Not every flower photo needs to be 100% “natural” — try your hand at some still life.
photo credit: mamako7070
4. DOUBLE EXPOSE
Flowers can make for pretty cool double exposures. Experiment with combinations of up-close and far-off shots of the same flowers.
photo credit: Maco@Sky Walker
5. GO ABSTRACT
Flowers have great curves — so use that to your advantage. A good macro setup will allow you to capture abstract images of the colors, curves, and textures.
photo credit: nothing
6. REFLECT WITH WATER
Reflection can be a powerful composition technique, and flower photography is no exception.
photo credit: peasap
7. FOCUS ON SYMMETRY
Reflections are a type of symmetry, but flowers often exhibit another type of symmetry: radial. Use the radial symmetry of most flowers to create a strong composition.
photo credit: josef.stuefer
8. PAINT YOUR OWN FLOWER
Light painting is another interesting style of photography, so why not mix it up with flower photography?
photo credit: Brian Auer
9. CATCH A BUG
That’s right, catch a bug in your frame. Those little insects can often add a lot to your image by catching the eye of the viewer. Anything unexpected will generate interest.
photo credit: Vanessa Pike-Russell
10. BE A SMURF
Sometimes you have to get a little dirty to get the shot. Macro photographers will often wear grungy clothes for nature outings (or bring a blanket/tarp) because they know they’ll be laying on the ground at some point. Get down there and see how the world looks from the perspective of your feet.
photo credit: ♥siebe ©
11. FIND URBAN FLOWERS
Flowers grow in cities too! Next time you’re in an urban environment, keep your eyes peeled for flowers growing naturally or even landscaped flowers.
photo credit: Pedro Moura Pinheiro
12. DO THE DEWDROP TRICK
Most of us have seen these types of photos with the flower inside the dewdrop. Still, it’s a pretty cool trick and you can do it with more than just flowers.
photo credit: ~jjjohn~
13. USE AS A PROP
If you’re doing people shots or portrait photography, try adding flowers as a secondary subject or background.
photo credit: Simon Pais-Thomas
Do you have any flower photography tips or examples? If so, leave them in the comments below!
I’ve been pretty lazy for the last few months, and I’m feeling like the community aspect of Epic Edits has been drifting (which is my own fault). So I’m thinking we should do another project to bring everyone back together and get things rolling again. I have an idea for this project… but I need your help.
A long time ago, we did the “Edit My Photo” project where I gave you an unprocessed raw image and you were asked to process it as you saw fit. We had a good turnout with 28 entries, all of which were very creative and drastically different. I think everyone was pretty impressed with the diversity and quality of the results.
Several months later, I participated in similar projects at LeggNet.com, CamerPorn.net, and PhillPrice.com — these all link to the project results pages where you can see my entry along with entries from the other participants. Each time, it was a big hit and everybody was quite happy with the entries.
I want to do it again — but I want to mix it up a little bit. Instead of editing one of MY photos, we’re going to edit one of YOUR photos. We’ll call it the “Edit Your Photo Project”. And by YOU, I mean ONE of you. We’ll do this in two parts: in the first part we’ll decide which photo to use for the project, and in the second part we’ll all process that one photo in any way we’d like.
So if you’d like to have your photo considered to be “the one”, leave a link or embedded image in the comments of this post. I’d prefer to see an unprocessed image, but it’s not totally necessary. After about a week, I’ll pick out a handful of them and put them up for a vote. Whichever photo wins the election, we’ll use it as the basis for part two of the project (so you’ll need to have a full-res unprocessed photo available, and you’ll need to be willing to hand it out to complete strangers).
By entering your photo, you understand that we could possibly use the photo for this project and participants will receive a full resolution copy of the image. You will retain full copyright of the image, but you’ll be granting permission to project participants for displaying their derivative works online only for the purpose of this project — nothing else.
ONE IMAGE ENTRY PER PERSON… Let’s see ‘em!
This article has been submitted by Neil Austin, a digital photography enthusiast who writes on digital photography for his blog: www.DigitalWeddingGuide.com. He mainly writes about wedding photography. If you are a wedding photographer looking for you first camera then make sure you read this article on how to choose a wedding photography camera.
If you are into serious photography, then you have to take into consideration many things when selecting the type of equipment and gadgets to purchase. It does not matter whether you are going into photography as a hobby or as a profession. There are important things that you have to include in the general equation for the determination of the type of photography equipment and gadgets that you will have to invest in.
P&S VS DSLR
When you are going for your foundation equipment, you have to decide if you are going for a Point and Shoot (P&S) or the more expensive Digital-Single Lens Reflex cameras. Your final choice will be based on your budget as well as your requirements and needs. Digital-Single Lens Reflex (dSLR) cameras are the better choice for those who have higher demands from their advanced photography. These are the type of modern cameras which are generally have wider functionality and are versatile in terms of the shooting conditions and controls. It comes with a wide range of features and provides the base equipment for future upgrades in the form of add-ons and accessories.
The dSLR is the camera of choice when it comes to action shots, nature and wildlife photography. It is also the appropriate type of camera when doing portraiture and people photography. On the other hand, Point and Shoot (P&S) cameras are the direct opposite of dSLRs. The main advantage of this type of camera is that they are extremely light and compact making them the better choice for those who put premium on convenience and ease of handling. They also come with the basic features that are normally required for day-to-day photography work as well as other photography requirements on the personal level. The major limitation of this type of cameras is that you will not be able to make any lens changes and their built-in flashes are limited in their range of capabilities.
CONSIDERATIONS ON RESOLUTION
There is a wide range of resolution that is provided by dSLR from a low 3.4 megapixels to as high as 16.7 megapixels. There are even some high-end dSLRs whose over resolutions are higher than 16.7 megapixels. It is important to note that not all dSLR produce the same results for the same level of resolution. There are some dSLR cameras that can deliver better shots even with lower resolutions mainly because of the presence of a high-performance and more advanced sensor. The bottom-line is to assess the maximum level of megapixels that you will require in your photography work and settle for the type or model that meets this specification. Higher resolution dSLR does always mean better dSLR cameras especially if you are able to get the shots you like with a lower resolution dSLRs.
UPGRADING YOUR DSLR
With the fast paced development and advancement in the field of technology, you will have to keep pace with the emergence of newer and more modern gadgets and add-ons for your dSLRs. The digital format is admittedly the platform on which all upgrades will be based. If you are serious about keeping pace with the advances in the digital photography technology, then you may have to replace your dSLR camera with a newer model every 18 months! However, it is worse in the case of Point and Shoot types of cameras as you may be forced to buy a new unit every six months.
ADDING DSLR ACCESSORIES
Most dSLRs are bit heavy and unwieldy compared to the Point and Shoot cameras and you have to seriously take this into consideration when you are choosing the right dSLRs which would suit your needs and preference. You might need models that have a fairly large battery packs and all other add-ons, this will make things really heavier on the side. Don’t forget to consider the size of the lenses that you will need in your photo shoots using a dSLR camera. Once you include all these items, then you really have to consider buying a really large camera bag.
If you have an old camera with lenses and accessories, you may consider purchasing a newer model that can accommodate the lenses and accessories. The compatibility of existing lenses and other accessories can serve as a major motivation in picking out a specific model of dSLR camera.
ESSENTIAL FEATURES OF A DSLR CAMERA
After you have considered the basic features of your digital camera, you can now assess all the other features which you might consider in your ideal digital camera. Though these might not be an immediate necessity in your present circumstances, you may have to look beyond the present and identify the functionalities which you would like your dSLR to have in the future.
- Burst-Mode Functionality – This is the feature that you must have to consider when you are looking at action or motion shots. This gives you the capability of shooting a series of frames from an unfolding action.
- Vibra-Proof Feature – This is a feature that you would like to have to give you fairly good shots while you are in motion. Though this may be an optional feature that spells the comparative advantage of one model from the rest of the units of dSLR, some would find this feature as a basic requirement especially when you are making shots while in motion.
- ISO Rating Range – You also have to consider the ISO rating of your camera especially when you are looking at high speed shots and close portrait and people photography.
- Digital Connectivity – With the convergence of digital based gadgets and equipments, you also must have to consider the connectivity of your dSLR camera with your computer and other photo-enhancing equipment. This would provide you with more functionality in creating high quality photo shoots with a wide range of use.
- Review Mode and Review Features – You also have to decide on the size of the LCD panel of your dSLR. You need to assess the functionality that you will require for an on-spot review and assessment of shots. If you require detailed assessment of shots, then you have to consider larger LCD panel with brighter and sharper images.
- Shutter Speed Range – This is another feature that you have to assess especially when you are into the more advanced photography. This has direct bearing on the kind of lenses and the ISO settings that you want in your dSLR.
About The Author
Neil Austin likes to write on topic of digital wedding photography. His focus is mainly on providing tips and articles for beginner photographers who are just entering into this amazing field of digital weddings. You can read more of his work and articles at digital wedding guide.
- Stand Development
This video is part of a multi-segment tutorial on stand development — something I’ve been curious about for some time. Check it out, and the next tutorial should be coming soon!
- Lighting Diagrams for Fashion Photography
Jake Garn Photography
Similar to the “Strobist Trading Cards”, These sample photos and lighting diagrams reveal the secrets of producing outstanding lighting for models, portraits, or fashion poses.
- Film Review: Kodak Ektar 100 – 135 Format
Life in Digital Film
I reviewed the Ektar 100 in 120 format a while back, and here’s a good solid review of the 35mm format film.
- 5 Secrets of the Photoshop Crop Tool
digital Photography School
Photoshop’s crop tool is actually very powerful and complex. Here are a few tips for using the “advanced” features of the crop tool.
- Backing Up Flickr
On edge about your Flickr uploads disappearing without notice? Here’s a promising solution to backing up your Flickr stream.
- Twitter Photography Resources List
Are you a photographer and on Twitter? If so, check out this list of great resources!
- PhotoNetCast #34 – Street Photography
PhotoNetCast #35 – Street Photography
A 2-part series on street photography, the 2nd of which is with a great (working) street photographer.
A few weeks back, we ran a poll asking What’s Your Favorite F-Number? And with over 500 votes, here are the results:
The biggest peak shows that f/2.8 is most widely preferred among the Epic Edits photographers, with f/8 rolling in at 2nd place and f/2.0 in a very close 3rd.