Don’t forget that we have ongoing themes in our Flickr pool and I’ll be selecting my favorites on the topic of “Camera Porn” sometime next week. We only have a few entries in the pool, so be sure to see here for details on participating.
A bit late this week with the links, but we were having a few things worked on with the server so I figured I would take a break until everything went back to normal. Here are your selections of the week:
Tips for Better Self Portraits Nathan’s Favorite New Flavor
Self portraits are tough — I’ve tried my fair share of them! Here are some tips to improve your skills in this area.
10 Excellent Open Source and Free Alternatives to Photoshop Six Revisions
There are a number of open source (and completely free) programs out there that do much of what Photoshop can. In this collection, you will find 10 excellent examples of open source and free alternatives to Adobe Photoshop.
Capturing Urban Decay Photocritic
Getting good photos of urban decay is not necessarily hard; it is more a matter of patience and understanding of the subject. So what is it that can help you become a better urban landscape photographer? Here are 10 tips for great urban photos.
Watermarks: Evolution of a Watermark JMG-Galleries
In this article, Jim shows us the evolution of his watermark and reveals the reasoning behind each one. Very interesting for those considering the addition of a watermark to their photos.
10 Easy Steps To Advanced Photography Skills Smashing Magazine
By Trey Ratcliff (aka Stuck in Customs), one of the most famous and renowned HDR photographers on Flickr. In his article Trey describes some professional insights and useful photography tips that he collected over the years of his career.
Catacombs of Paris – The Real French Underground Zoriah.net
I’ve heard of these catacombs under Paris, but I’ve never seen them like this. Zoriah takes to the caverns with some local cataphiles and shows us a different side of these historic entities.
D3A – The Best Photography Contest Ever DIYPhotography.net
Wow! DIYPhotography.net is 3 years old! To celebrate, Udi has lined up some great prizes for the readers — and all you have to do is submit photos to his Flickr pool to be eligible for the contest.
100 amazing iPhone photos Photocritic
Camera phones can be pretty fun to use — especially high-end phones like the iPhone. Here is a huge collection of great photos taken with the iPhone.
How To Photograph Rock Concerts – The Basics digital Photography School
Interestingly, I found this article the day after I shot my first concert. I can definitely say that the tips are helpful for those of us with less experience in the subject.
Filters in the Digital Age PhotoNetCast
Lens filters can be difficult to comprehend in the digital age — so we chat about the different options and uses for the various filters available.
Pulled over by Los Angeles Port Police All Narfed Up
My pal Bryan Villarin is quickly becoming the next Thomas Hawk when it comes to photography related run-ins with the authorities. His latest story involves being pulled over while shooting photos from a freakin’ boat!
Halloween is officially over, and I hope everyone had a safe evening. Here’s what’s been happening around the web over the last week.
Seagate FreeAgent Go Drive “Fall” Photo Contest Photography Bay
Here’s a great project for the Fall season, and it fits in nicely with the stuff I’ve been talking about related to photo backups. All you have to do is enter your best “Fall” photo for a chance to win one of three external hard drives from Seagate!
Tips for shooting star trails pictures ADIDAP
Star trails photography is at the same time easy and rewarding, it can produce results that will leave most viewers in awe with very little effort. Here are some tips for getting started.
Hyperfocal Distance: Maximizing Your Depth of Field Beyond Megapixels
Although the term “hyperfocal distance” sounds a little sci-fi, it’s really a basic term that you should know. Here’s a good introduction to the concept and how to utilize it in your photography.
7 Tips for Organizing your Photos HyperPhocal
Organizing your photos and workflow habits are so important — here are some tips for getting you into the right habits before you end up with a mess on your hands.
Tips to Get Better Photos at Conventions Neil Creek
Neil has some great tips for photographing people (and people at various conventions, in particular) in these two videos. He goes through things you should be doing as well as things you shouldn’t be doing — good stuff all around!
pinhole camera for trade Pro Photo Life
Jim Talkington is doing an interesting experiment — he’s trading off a pinhole camera for something else photographic, seeing what he can eventually work his way up to.
I’m almost a full day late with this post… I picked up 7 rolls of developed film this morning and I’ve been busy scanning all day. By the way, does anybody out there have a good solution for scanning 110 film?
8 Photography Myths Debunked Hyperphocal
The points presented in this article are spot on 100% awesome. There are a lot of notions out there that many photographers end up believing to be true, but the accepted truth is not always true.
the appeal of the 50mm camera lens ProPhotoLife
The 50mm prime lens is the king of all lenses… it’s just a fact. Check out some of Jim’s thoughts on why these lenses are so useful to have.
The importance of focus and quick tips on how to get it right Photodoto
Focus in photography is about a lot more than simply sharpness or being able to see what you are looking at. Focus can enhance a subject by making it stand out from or blend into its surroundings. Here are some tips for getting it right.