Tuesday, April 29, 2014

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More Ideas to use your Speedlight


After a great workshop by Emanuel a couple of weeks ago here's some more ideas on how to use your speedlight from arguably one of the best in the field: "Joe McNally". This is a 6 part series that adds up to an hour long look at a master of speedlights.


 










Tuesday, April 8, 2014

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Dedicated

I love stories that motivate me and make me want to go out and shoot more. This short video made as a promotion for the new Nikkon D4s makes me want to do just that. Beautifully shot and a great inspiration! Check it out on Vimeo:
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Also check out the behind the scenes on how the video was created. (A good story on its own.)
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Monday, March 3, 2014

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Sorry it has been the "not so weekly" roundup. Things got a bit busy but will try get this going again...

The Image Story


The Image Story is a website that tries to dig a little bit deeper than the image itself. Here they not only showcase beautiful photography but they explore the story and process behind the image. The focus is not the technical details but details such as: What inspired the image? What preparation was needed? What were the decisions behind the composition, etc, etc.

Shotkit

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This one is one for all the 'gear heads' out there... Shotkit is a website that explores the gear in the bags of professional photographers. Not only you get to see what's inside their bags but the photographers give a short explanation of their gear and how they use it.

Fundamentals of Photography


If you've just joined the club and you new to photography, check out this free photography course offered by TutsPlus. This video course takes new users trough their DSLR and teaches the basics of exposure, focus, shooting modes, white balance, and much more! Check it out right here.

Monday, January 6, 2014

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Compliments of the season to everyone! Trust you had a nice break and are starting to get back into the swing of things. So let's keep learning and improving.

Photography Cheat Sheets

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Check out this very cool list of Photography Cheat sheets collected by "The Photo Argus". Everything from manual exposure guides, to night photography guides, to flash guides. All in a nice printable sheet.

5 Tips for shooting Macro

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In this video from Tamron, Rick Lieder shares some tips from his years of experience shooting macro photography.
You can also go see some of his stunning  work on 500px, or his website.

Beginners Guide to Waterfall Photography


Waterfalls can make some incredible photo opportunities. But if you've ever tried it, you'll know that its not as easy as it looks. In this Guide, DPS covers the Equipment choices, Camera Settings, Detail Shots, Composition and Field Techniques. A good read for every skill level in my opinion.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 - Some Highlights


Ushaka Sea World - Feb 2013
Total Rally - March 2013
Shaun and Roxy Wedding - March 2013
Jeffreys Bay - March 2013
Sydney, Australia - April 2013
Seal Point Lighthouse (from our Eastern Cape holiday) - June 2013
Lesotho via Sani Pass - July 2013
Port Edward - August 2013
Benji - September 2013
Working in Mossel Bay - October 2013
Working in Cape Town - November 2013
Warner Beach horse riding - November 2013
4x4 trip to 'Toti Waterfall' - November 2013
Macro Photography - December 2013
Umfolozi White Rhino - December 2013










Sunday, November 17, 2013

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While we all still fresh from our Wednesday Photoshop workshop, here's some cool Photoshop links to keep you busy and learning...

Blending Modes

I have watched hundreds of Photoshop video tutorials and I have yet to come across someone who really understands blending modes. It seems to be one of these things people just click through and see what 'works best'. If you really want to understand what each blending mode does, check out this in depth explanation. In fact, its a good one to bookmark so you can keep referring back to it.

Custom Shapes

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Want to add more custom shapes to Photoshop's default set without actually doing much work? Check out this list of hundreds of custom shapes.

Actions

If you missed the weekly Roundup from a few weeks ago where I added some links to help you get started with Photoshop actions and Lightroom presets you can check it out right here.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

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Creative Photoshop Tutorials

Anything you want to learn about these days is available at the click of a button. Photoshop tutorials on the internet are no exception. A quick search and whatever you need to know is right there. Sometimes to be really inspired is nice to look at a list of tutorials and find new things you didn't even think were possible. And this is exactly what this list of advanced Photoshop tutorials does for me. It blows my mind what can be achieved! This list was put together by Tutorial Lounge.
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Create a vintage look

The old vintage look seems to be all the craze at the moment thanks to apps like Instagram. With the up and coming "old age" set subject, it might be useful to learn how to create an 'aged' look in Photoshop/Lightroom. In this tutorial by Nicolsy, you will learn how to do just that...
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Monday, October 14, 2013

Mossel Bay Landscapes





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Today's post is about having some fun quickly creating some different looks using free presets... I'm going to focus on two very common ways of doing this. One with Photoshop Actions and one with Lightroom Presets. If you search the web you will find thousands of free actions and presets. I will mention a few to get you started... Both these methods will allow you to create many different looks with the click of 1 button. 
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Photoshop Actions

First of all, a quick step by step instruction on how to install an action into Photoshop. Once you happy with that, explore and have fun:
  1. 34 Useful Photoshop actions for post processing your photography.
  2. 100+ Outstanding Photoshop actions to enhance your photography.
  3. 60+ Photoshop actions for photo enhancing

Lightroom Presets

Again, a quick step by step instruction on adding presets to Lightroom...
  1. 230 Free Lightroom Presets you will Love.
  2. Free Lightroom Presets.
  3. 100 Free lightroom presets and how to create your own.
Again, there are literally millions of free presets and actions available for free. So have some fun and experiment a bit... If you come across something special, leave a comment and share with everyone...

Monday, September 30, 2013

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The Photographer's Ephemeris

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The Photographer's Ephemeris (TPE) is a small utility that allows you to plan natural light outdoor photoshoots. While its quite easy to find sunrise and sunset times on the internet, its less so trying to find the angle at which the sun will rise or set relative to objects on the ground. (Or even moon rise an moon set). TPE (free on mac or windows) will overlay all the sun and moon information on top of a map (google map) so you can accurately plan your next photoshoot. They also have a version for Androip and IOS but its not free.

PROOF - Inspiration from National Geographic

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For their 125th anniversary, National Geographic launched a new photography blog called "Proof". In the opening post, author Keith Jenkins explains it like this: "With our new photo blog, Proof, we want to share our experiences and adventures with you". This is a blog where they share the photographer's story telling process, "everything from how to edit down 60,000 photographs to 12, to which single item a photographer on a four-month assignment can’t live without". This is definitely going to be a blog worth bookmarking!