Memorable Photographs – How They Got That Way

A friend writes to me: I’m no photographer, and therefore I’ve never understood what makes a photograph amazing? Nationalist sentiments aside, what’s in the photo – “Heroes of Iwo Jima” that makes it so awesome and memorable? Also, the National Geographic Magazine picture – “Afghan Girl“, what’s so special about that? What’s special about those … Read more Memorable Photographs – How They Got That Way

Group Favs – 113 in one day! 15-03-10

I’ve just finished looking through approximately 550 of your photographs. A tough undertaking, and one of my own making because I’ve put off writing this post far too often.

However, there is a bright side to it. Here, we have 113 of your photographs that are really cool. They’re all my favourite photographs from the ones you submitted to the Beyond Phototips Flickr Group. Please take a look at them, and if you think the thumbnails look cool visit the group and check them out. If you would like your photographs to be featured here, I invite you to submit them to the flickr group. I’ll take a look at the submissions and post some of my faves real soon.

Really!

Hope you enjoy viewing the results of your own hard work.

Garden Route Setting SunSolitudeRed Mill Inn at SunsetBridgeWinery DogSunrise SunbeamsStarTunnelVille SavoyeExposure FusionCate in musicNew Year DeterminationSilent SnowSwollen TiberSunset on the BundSurfscapeFoggy Winter Day in the Kittitas ValleyLone TreeGoneBath Night 02McClellan AFB Night PhotographyHDR Attempt 01

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Pinhole Camera in Your Pocket

Photo: Matt Callow Most serious or semi-serious photographers have wanted to use a pinhole camera, but thought that it would be too complicated to make one themselves, or possibly just didn’t know how. Now, if you’re interested, you could make one yourself, out of a matchbox, a tin can, curled binder plastic and a whole … Read more Pinhole Camera in Your Pocket

Photoshop Process – Edit Brian’s Picture

A couple of days ago, Brian Auer posted a project on his blog where he invited people to use a photograph that he would supply and process it in Photoshop (or any other image editing software). The idea was to see how different people take an image and work on it.

 

 

 

Brian was kind enough to give us the option of starting from the original RAW file from his camera as long as we reminded ourselves time and time again that we did not own the photograph, but were only borrowing in for purposes of this project.

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Point n go shoot

by The JohannEspiritu™ Hi there… I need a bit of help; for a change, I need you, yes You… to share some information with me. It doesn’t matter if you’re new to photography or not, your opinion is welcome. What information? Well, do read on… All these years I’ve been taking pictures with SLR and … Read more Point n go shoot

8 Microstock Websites and "What the Hell is Microstock anyway?"

by Maria Rosa Micro stock, is that stock photography of only Macro photographs or photos of microscopic thingies? Nope, its the new rage across the photography scene. They’re websites which accept photographs from everyone, and their babies, given some very simple quality criteria. These photographs are accepted over the internet and are given a looking … Read more 8 Microstock Websites and "What the Hell is Microstock anyway?"

8 Ways to Keep your Compositions Simple

Keep It Simple, Stupid Remember the K.I.S.S. principle… It needs no introduction. Then, why do we forget it when taking photographs? by Zamm First the why Why would you want to leave things out of a frame? More the merrier, right? The bigger, the better, right? Umm… sometimes, yes… But not here. You see, when … Read more 8 Ways to Keep your Compositions Simple

8 Good Habits for Creative Photographers

How do you get inspiration for your photography? How do you stay creative? How do you get ‘creative’ to start with?

I’m hoping to open up some answers here, but you’re welcome to help me add to this list in the comments section.

Keep Your Mind Open

discarded roses on concrete by ‘SeraphimC

There’s nothing on this planet that can ‘not inspire’. If you look at a piece of trash and say “How could I possibly be inspired by this?” you’re not looking beyond the obvious. Here’s a couple of different ways in which to look at a piece of trash:

Strobist – Hobby goes Pro

I’ve wondered about it for a long time… I’ve marvelled, and been Inspired by his apparent ability to do more than 3 tasks at a time, but I guess this day finally had to come. Baltimore Sun Photographer David Hobby has finally taken his ‘hobby’ and turned it into a life changing possibility. David started … Read more Strobist – Hobby goes Pro

Brian Auer’s Photo Resource List

Brian Auer of the Epic Edits Weblog complied a list of Photography sites that were created or maintained by his readers. Complied over a short period of time, the list has a surprising number of interesting links. I recommend you take a look at as many of these links as you can… Divided into three … Read more Brian Auer’s Photo Resource List

How Do I Keep My Cameras Working Well?

Maintenance is an important part of any mechanical device’s life. Film and Digital Cameras are no different. Whether your camera body costs $350 or $3,000, these camera maintenance ideas will keep your equipment in ship-shape and humming in tune all the time. 1. Keep Using Your Camera Equipment Keeping your gear in use is one … Read more How Do I Keep My Cameras Working Well?

Tiny Tips 4 – Study Highlights!

by David The earlier two tips were about attributes of light that may well be avoided. Here is one aspect of light that you would do well to utilise constructively. While a light source from behind the camera helps you take sharp and colourful photographs, light from behind the subject may help you take pictures … Read more Tiny Tips 4 – Study Highlights!

Why am I asking you to use Firefox on a Photography Blog?

The Back-Story Right now, I’m a semi-professional photographer, apart from taking photographs, I also do some graphic design, advertising design and web design. Over the years, I’ve always had trouble with designing websites because of the complicated tables that people used to use for web design… My print design experiences have led me to think … Read more Why am I asking you to use Firefox on a Photography Blog?

Understanding Photographic Filters for Your Lens

Why Filters are Fun Using filters have always been a fun part of my photography. They allow you to take a photograph of a normal scene, and make it look extraordinary. There are various kinds of filters; coloured filters and special effects filters. Digital photography allows you to apply much of what these photographic filters can do even … Read more Understanding Photographic Filters for Your Lens