How to Win a Photography Competition

 

 

Photography Competitions are a wonderful way to improve your photography. While photography just for the sake of photography is a lot of fun sometimes a competition can help you raise the bar as a photographer as you know your image will be seen by a discerning group of judges and possibly even displayed along with other winners.

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Photography competitions come in all shapes and sizes and range from online friendly competitions or assignments (like the ones we have in our forums each week) through to local competitions in photography clubs through to international photography competitions entered by pro photographers. Continue reading  

How to Create Multiple Paths in Photoshop

 

 

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When you’re working with an image in Photoshop, you’ll often need to create more than one path to complete a set of actions. Once you know how to create a single path, you can easily make new paths. Beginning a new path takes under a minute, and it will allow you to perform a number of tasks on several different parts of your image. Continue reading  

Quick Tip: Using a Photoshop Clipping Path within InDesign

 

 

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Today we are going to explore using Clipping Paths created in Photoshop within InDesign. The following tut will explain what format to export to and how to apply the Clipping Path using InDesign’s built in features. Additionally I will guide you to the tools needed for editing the Clipping Path and converting to a custom frame. Continue reading  

How Much Water Do YOU Use?

 

 

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The planet is covered in blue stuff, but as the old saying goes: “water, water, everywhere, and not a drop to drink.” Globally, water needs are outstripping supply, even as potable water is being contaminated, complicating matters even further. Since we need water to survive, it’s becoming a critical issue in many regions of the world, from California, where people are struggling with a drought, to Britain, which practically drowned in floods earlier this year. Continue reading  

Where to Find the Best Free Stock Photos

 

 

Free stock photos aren’t that hard to find on the Internet; there are many sitesthat provide them.

The problem is finding high-quality stock photos that don’t have unclear licenses on how you can use them.

Dustin Senos, Designer at Medium, knows this conundrum all too well. That’s why he put together a list of sites where you can get free stock photos that don’t suck.

I thought I’d share Dustin Senos’s list of 10 websites here, discuss the sites he mentioned in his post, and also show you sample stock photos I got from the sites:

1. Little Visuals

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This site sends you 7 high-res photos every week, straight to your email inbox. You can use the stock photos any way you want because they’re licensed under public domain. Continue reading  

How to Become a Professional Photographer

 

 

Professional photography is an excellent career choice for anyone who wants to get paid for using their creative talents. It’s one of the few fields where age and college degrees aren’t as important as a good eye, a quality product, and self discipline. Photography is a competitive field, however; so be prepared to start small, while you perfect your craft and build a portfolio of your best work. The tips below should help get you started.

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    Know your gear. A major misconception about professional photographers is that you must have a fancycamera body or multiple lenses in order to be successful. While having a great camera certainly does improve your business, being a successful photographer has more to do with knowing the ins and outs of camera basics. Before considering photography as a business, you need to know your camera and gear like the back of your hand.[1]

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Raw vs JPEG For Photo Editing

 

 

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Written by Steve Patterson. In this tutorial, the first in a series on editing and retouching images with Adobe Camera Raw, we’ll take a quick look at the main difference between the two most popular file formats used by digital cameras today – raw and JPEG – and learn why one of them has a major advantage over the other when it comes to image editing and retouching. Many digital cameras today, including both DSLRs and higher end compact cameras, give us the option of saving our images as either raw files or JPEG files. The JPEG format has been around for over 20 years and remains to this day the most widely used file format for saving and sharing digital photos. The raw format, on the other hand, is a much more recent development, but if you’re thinking “Well, obviously newer is better, right?”, it’s not quite that simple. While JPEG is an industry standard file format, it may surprise you to learn that raw isn’t really a file format at all. At least, not in the traditional sense. Continue reading  

3 BENEFITS OF PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY

 

 

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Technology has made it easy for small business owners to shoot their own pictures, but these businesses invested in professional photographers and reaped big rewards.

In the age of digital photography and desktop publishing, it’s easier than ever for small business owners to create their own marketing materials, websites and photography.

But that doesn’t mean doing it yourself is always best for your business. Read on to see what a professional photographer can bring to your business. Continue reading  

Create a Summer Inspired 3D Text Effect in Photoshop

 

 

In this tutorial, we will show you how to create a summer inspired 3D text effect. In the process, you will learn how to use Photoshop’s 3D features to create the basic text shape and then combine it with various images in order to achieve a desired result. Let’s get started!

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