Sunday, January 24, 2010

Understanding and using METADATA

Best Blogger Tips Have you ever thought of editing metadata in your photos or to create a template to be used in ease. This tutorial will tell you how

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Photography quotes - Vol 1

Best Blogger Tips If it makes you laugh,
if it makes you cry,
if it rips out your heart,
that's a good picture. - Eddie Adams

Having and camera makes you no more a photographer than having a hammer and some nails makes you a carpenter. - Claude Adams

Great photography is about depth of feeling, not depth of field. - Peter Adams - Adams Sydney, 1987

Photography is not about cameras, gadgets and gismos. Photography is about photographers. A camera didn't make a great picture any more than a typewriter wrote a great novel. - Peter Adams - Sydney 1978

Looking and seeing are two different things. What matters is the relationship with the subject. - Christophe Agou

The enemy of photography is the convention, the fixed rules of 'how to do'. The salvation of photography comes from the experiment. - Anonymous

Once photography enters your bloodstream, it's like a disease. - Anonymous

I married the model, so I still pay for the shooting.... - Anonymous

Amateurs talk about equipment. Professionals talk about photos. - Anonymous

Tourists are terrorists with cameras. Terrorists are tourists with guns. - Anonymous

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Widjitha RM- The mesmerizing portraits

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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Split Toning tutorial - photoshop CS4

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Photoshop CS4 - Split toning tutorial. Click image for larger version. If not try here

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Watermark or the photo??

Best Blogger Tips We all know the story of watermarks. Why they are there and what will happen to your photo if it’s not there and so on. But we all personally agree that we are here to show our work and admire others work. This is the main reason why we submit work to online galleries and going a step further we join groups and share our work as well. So we should think twice about the role of watermark in places like that.

Are you here to showcase your watermark or your photo? I hate the big watermarks. Some sites actually support to put a pre formatted watermark in your pic when you upload them. It just ruins the whole photo and its mood most of the time. If it covers up the best parts of the shot then it’s just a distraction.

Going further if you add your personnel watermark do you do the same mistake? Is it too big or fancy that your fans actually notice the watermark than the photo itself?

Think about it before placing a watermark. If you really want to have one on your photo make it small and make it simple. And place it in a place where everyone can see yet hard for anyone to remove.

And who knows it might make your shot to be admired by many !!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Nick Brandt - Master of artistic wild life photography

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Wild life photographers are somewhat an uncommon breed from the usual photographers. They chase moving subjects like hunters in difficult terrains. While some does their job silently a mix of art in wild life photography is seldom. Today’s featured photographer Nick Brandt is a master in his own style of wild life photography. Purely breath taking work of artistic photography which will make your jaws drop.


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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

How to select photos to process

Best Blogger Tips Photography is done by many for quite a several reasons. Some do it as a profession. And some does it as a part time job. Some purely click just because they think it’s fun. And some do it because it’s their passion. And another kind want to imitate and try what they can come up with. You know the things called experimenting..

Whatever the reason maybe we always have a standard towards our work which we set in side of our minds. We come up to conclusions using our past experiences and pictures which have seeing before and the techniques we used etc etc. In the process we decide that some shots are nice, some are good and some as achievements. Sadly many end up being bad or unsatisfactory (Not talking about pros here).

Photography - Priyantha Bandara - Location - Singapore

How do you actually judge if your work is good or bad by looking at it by yourself? Let me tell you how I do it. I follow few steps. Some are technical and some are not.

Is the subject satisfactory? – Sometimes I shoot things when I go outside but when I actually starting to process them at home I stop right there. Because no matter how interesting it looked at location if it does not look good on my pc screen I don’t oblige to my feelings and attachment to it.

Have I composed it correctly? – this is a tricky one. Composition comes different for each and every angle. Therefore I take several shots of the same subject in different compositions. So I try to choose the best of it. Or not choose the closest to the best and try to crop it fit. Still if it does not work I move on to the next shot in line.

Is it sharp and focused where it should be? – Sharpness is a burning issue. Especially when you are using a shallow depth of field or shoot with some camera shake, low light etc. Specially macro shots can get out of focus or blurred easily and so do landscapes. Focusing errors cannot be identified by looking at the camera LCD most of the time. Minor sharpness issues can be fixed. But when focus matters the most it’s a no go.

Is the lighting good? – Exposure or the lights comes in the form or highlights, low lights, shadows, contrasts, glows to name a few. And each has its own value towards a good shot. If light is poor (Overexposed or underexposed) the shot is a no go. But there are several good software’s which can tweak the lights up to some extent. But what you lost at the location you cannot get it back.

And one more good step would be to imagine that you are an post processing agent who processes shots which are taken by someone else. That way you can really select what you want to work with and not. And decide what rocks and what sucks

That was the basic of how I judge my shots before actually proceeding with spending more time on it. Later comes other aspects like white balance, color, hue, saturation etc. It is utmost important to realize and identify the shots which you actually want to proceed with. Some days I scrap my whole work for the day. It's no point trying to save a sinking ship by using layers and layers of post processing. Know your limits!!!

 Photography - Priyantha Bandara - Location - Singapore


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