10 Winter Photography Tips That Everyone Should Know


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It is time to say hello to winter, hello to layers of clothes, snow, challenging light and earlier nights. You have to go outdoors to keep your sanity. Too much time indoors will drive you nuts. Winter is a fascinating time for photography. There are physical and mental challenges that can make things remarkable. It is a time to produce some great images. When camera settings, care, lighting, and white balance are in the snow, you have to think a little more about all of it.

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Sony Cyber-shot RX10


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While the new 20.2-megapixel Sony Cyber-shot RX10 may not have the versatility of an interchangable lens camera, the 24-200mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar T* high-zoom lens provides incredible variability in an all-in-one design, great for lightweight travel.

By combining the RX100 II’s Exmor R CMOS sensor and the new BIONZ X processor, Sony continues to reduce area-specific noise and increase detail. Three different sizes can be selected for autofocus, allowing you to match the size to your subject for accurate focusing. Fast action can be captured at up to 10 fps with continuous AF.

The RX10 continues to advance in video capabilities with 60p and 24p frame rates, HDMI out, an adjustable audio level meter, and headphone out for audio monitoring. Additionally, it’s compatible with the XLR-K1M adapter for pro-audio recording.

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HDSLR: 10 essential tips for editing DSLR video


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Make no mistake, editing DSLR video is an exciting adventure. The chance to polish and perfect your HDSLR movie is as creative, challenging and rewarding as capturing the footage in the first place.

Among the many reasons for this is that editing offers so many opportunities. If you don’t like the length of a scene you can trim it, if you don’t like the way the story is developing you can alter it, and with myriad audio options (narration, sound effects, music) to choose from, you can dictate the atmosphere of your DSLR video. And if it doesn’t work? Just change it again.

Contrary to popular belief, editing DSLR video doesn’t have to be an expensive habit, either. There are dozens of PC and Mac video-editing programs available, ranging in price from free or a few pounds to several hundred pounds for the pro stuff, so if you do get the bug there are always more sophisticated options to investigate.

Before you get started, though, here are 10 tips for editing video shot with your HDSLR that are the pillars upon which most proficient productions are created. These aren’t just arbitrary DSLR video tips – they’ve been tried and tested, and have become part of the grammar of HDSLR filmmakers everywhere. Continue reading  

100 Helpful Photography Tutorials for Beginners and Professionals


Photography as both a profession and a hobby is an incredibly expansive topic that covers a remarkably vast range of subjects from science and art. No matter where you lie on the professional spectrum, there is simply always more to learn. We spent countless hours scouring the web for the best content we could find and share with you, and today we’ll help you expand your knowledge with 100 photography related tutorials!


Basic Theory and Technical Info

10 Top Photography Composition Rules

“There are many composition guidelines which can be applied in almost any situation, to enhance the impact of a scene. Below are ten of the most popular and most widely respected composition rules.”

100 Helpful Photography Tutorials for Beginners and Professionals

RAW vs. JPEG – the real story

“Graphic illustrations [and explanations] of the difference between RAW and JPEG (also called JPG). Understanding this will help with an understanding of why correct exposure and white balance in the camera are important.”

100 Helpful Photography Tutorials for Beginners and Professionals

Belly fat in men: Why weight loss matters


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Belly fat is nothing to joke about. Find out what causes belly fat, the health risks it poses for men, and what you can do to lose the extra pounds.

By Mayo Clinic staff

Photo of Michael D. Jensen, M.D.

Michael D. Jensen, M.D.

If you’re carrying a few extra pounds, you’re not alone. But this is one case where following the crowd isn’t a good idea. Carrying extra weight — especially belly fat — can be risky.

Michael D. Jensen, M.D., an endocrinology specialist at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., answers common questions about belly fat in men. Continue reading  

Like Salmon, Swim Upstream


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The act of eating has taken on a whole new dimension over the last couple of years. Information is much more widely available, pointing us in the right, albeit sometimes misguided, direction when it comes to picking foods that add to our lives.

Salmon consumption has greatly increased with this turn of events. Possibly helped along by the popularisation of sushi, the usage of salmon as a key meal in any old week is widely accepted as welcome if not necessary.

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Create This Striking Fairy Tale Photo Manipulation in Photoshop


Preview of Final Results

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Learn how to composite landscapes like the ones you see in Middle Earth (Lord of the Rings), add dramatic lighting effects, and more with this Photoshop tutorial. This tutorial will show you techniques such as creating a breathtaking landscape from multiple photos, adding dramatic rays of light, and using foreground/middleground/background to create an interesting scene.

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International Loupe Awards 2013


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The sixth annual International Loupe Awards are open for entries. Photographers entering the Loupe Awards select a competition stream – either Open or Amateur – depending on their photographic experience. Those entering the Open Award are eligible for cash prizes across categories, as well as a major award of approximately $15,000. Amateur Award entrants are offered prizes in photographic gear and equipment, courtesy of Kayell Australia. Regular entres for the International Loupe Awards 2013 will close on 31st October (late entries on 15th November). Category judging will take place from 8th to 27th November, with final judging between 2nd and 6th December. Winner announcements will commence from 9th December 2013.

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Does your heart need some TLC?


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If you’re wondering why you’re being bombarded with so much heart news this month, the answer is simple: September is Heart Awareness Month.

Heart disease is the number one killer in the world. In South Africa, one in three men and one in four women will develop heart disease and, according to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, about 130 people have heart attacks daily – that’s about five heart attacks every hour! Continue reading  

Create a Valentine’s Day-Inspired 3D Text Effect Using Filter Forge and Photoshop


Final Product What You’ll Be Creating :

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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. In this tutorial, we will combine Filter Forge and Photoshop to create a wood textured 3D text effect with a simple red glass heart. Let’s get started!

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