Monthly Archives: August 2009

PhotoDump 08-30-2009

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.

sawyer | virgina child portraits by lifeography®Settling It Like Men by sevennineFlower Pot Rocks by fmederyDay 264: A Moment of Silence by __multifaceted22 August 2009 by Salvatore FalconeCarrie by vandyll.netCorn Lilies at Albion Basin by Rory WallworkIMG_0169-Edit by jrodgersartAs The Screams Echo in the Lonely Stairwell by ains with a long achair by xgrayPirates Need Shade Too by Brian AuerWatch Doctor by robinn.Samalona Island V2 by sebastienboudotAvebury Stone Circle by Magical Placesbeachy by *ojoyous1* by the_wolf_brigadePretty in Pink by JonathanRobsonPhotography.comNina by reynan3A San Diego Classic in Silver by cherikeeusaDaily Commute by David GampleCalling you by analox178:365 - balloons by bubble dumpster by the_wolf_brigadeSkeleton Racer by DRG Photography | Calgary ABNadia by Ian MearsDo Not Climb on the Sculpture by Brian AuerHallelujah, praise Jeezy, it's FRIDAY! by Tasha {Redwall Photo}Bars Behind by bwareham24Day 260: So Amazing by __multifacetedWRE005 by Mike NZTiempo efímero y desechable by portafolio fotográficoArtefacts / Memories by TF-Lain4022009-08-10_Canon EOS 5D Mark II_100-1293 by akhaterBullet For My Valentine @ Mayhem Fest by Tasha {Redwall Photo :: Music}"hello" by llemonthymeWB 1000 by Stan_LeikNadia by Ian Mears by rh89Equality For Women by robinn.Door Bell by fromBrandonThe end of clouds by -theworldends-Beach Bump by julia*wadeBeach Apartments by Brian Auerdirections by BadrSApple by Deja Photo From Lens To PictureSam, makeup shoot by Ed_ZClose-up portrait by funkyforkFather Daughter by mgrovesNoise by Kevin N. MurphyStatue of Liberty by Stina StockholmLa Fantasia Del Mundo by Yury Trofimovpuppy's serious life by Victor Bezrukova catch by what_milkHibiscus Macrol - Maui, Hawaii by jimgoldsteinlove these shoes by {tribal} photography by TyC by the_wolf_brigade

Link Roundup 08-24-2009

13 Alternative Flower Photography Tips

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.

let's craft the only thing we know into surprise
Creative Commons License 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.

Blessed
Creative Commons License 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.

3 sisters
Creative Commons License 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.

Diana+
Creative Commons License 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.

monstera deliciosa flower
Creative Commons License photo credit: nothing

6. REFLECT WITH WATER

Reflection can be a powerful composition technique, and flower photography is no exception.

Balboa Pond Lily part deux.
Creative Commons License 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.

Gazania
Creative Commons License 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?

Night Flower
Creative Commons License 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.

ladybug on gerbera
Creative Commons License 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.

Under the Tulips
Creative Commons License 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.

urban life
Creative Commons License 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.

Day 45/365 : All the world in a little droplet
Creative Commons License 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.

Boy taking a rest. (DGM)
Creative Commons License photo credit: Simon Pais-Thomas

Do you have any flower photography tips or examples? If so, leave them in the comments below!

Seeking Photos for an Upcoming Project

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!

Things to Consider When Choosing Your Camera

I think this is all of them
Creative Commons License photo credit: xdjio

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

PS 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

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.

DSLR

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

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

DSLR Features

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.

Link Roundup 08-09-2009

PhotoDump 08-02-2009

More great stuff from the Epic Edits Flickr Pool! This selection of photos is from those entered in the pool between 7/19 and 8/2.

 by vandyll.netEm #1 by Lucas BernalWhat do you see? by Tasha {Redwall Photo :: Portraits}Long Beach Grand Prix 2009Times Square NYC by Stina StockholmTurkish Coffee Cup by akhater090721_WCC Fair Photos_0188 by AIA GUY..Rwoodlights out by rayzr55Parc Güell - A Forest of Columns by cabbitLe feu en vaut il la chandelle? by Guillaume LemoineI'm not leaving anytime soon by Bryan Villarinit's life...  by Yuanhao LiSala en Honky Tonk - 7 by hitkaiser by I Take Faux ToesIMG_0113-Edit by jrodgersartDoubtful by Salvatore FalconeBobbyThe Girl with the Feather by 36rokko [on vacation this week]. by Salvatore Falconebike by xgray6 degrees of gray by BadrSThe Modern DJDoor by Joanie HOld Philadelphia by floridagizziEclipse by Anoli Photographyslippers by {tribal} photographyLe bouddha blanc by pawoliLife Show by dannyoneEngine wheel detail #2 by crankyankee by the_wolf_brigadeat the boardwalk | virginia beach oceanfront by lifeography®Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks B&W by dpatrick325.55 - Fly By by anthonyskeltondelicious by {tribal} photographyViolinist by Salvatore FalconeAt The Whisky by the_wolf_brigadeDédé modern by Guillaume LemoinePovero orsetto!!! by fotomaniac.itPolychrome Glacier Panorama, Denali by jtkreuI by amathadGrid by -theworldends-