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#81 Where do you find your inspiration comes from?

Posted by Ashish92 on 10 December 2013 - 10:19 AM

Inspiration in my opinion comes when we come across something that clears our mind and soothes our feelings. 

Being a designer and having a hectic schedule I often find my mind too cluttered with ideas and it often happens that due to time constraints I need to find something that makes me feel good and inspires me in a short time. Fortunately I have a open roof in my house where we have a small garden planted by my mother and father. Whenever I feel short on inspiration or confused I just go out into the gardens, stay there quietly for half and hour or more watching the trees and just being there silently in nature's arms and soon I find myself getting inspired to get a move on. 


I believe our inspiration comes from something that makes us happy, when it comes to photography whenever I see something be it a nature related or any random thing that makes me happy I try to capture that very moment itself. 



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#67 Embedding Instagram Images

Posted by Photographa on 02 December 2013 - 04:02 PM

Many of us use Instagram, so I'd like to show you all a way to share Instagram photos on our forum.


All you need to do is find the public share URL of a photo (you can do this from your phone or from Instagram.com) and embed it in media tags like below. 


The result is:


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#236 Graphics Tablet

Posted by fantanoice on 28 December 2013 - 11:07 PM

These great machines allows you to edit your photography on the computer using Adobe Photoshop. They allow editing whether it be taking out the background and adding a black n white themed effect.


Personally I find them a very useful tool and defiantly any photographer should have without a doubt, as they are becoming far more accessible as the price becomes lower.


Well, that's not exactly what they do. They basically replace your computer's mouse with something shaped like a pen and paper, making it simpler to do artist work on the computer for people who prefer traditional methods.


My parents gave me one in my early teenage years but I was an idiot at the time and it got broken somehow (don't remember how). What sucks is that I now want one so that I can do proper illustrations and stuff on the computer because I love drawing freehand (basically the only way I can draw).


As for editing photos, I probably wouldn't use one for that. I'm too used to using my mouse!



I wonder if the iPad will replace traditional graphics tablets in the future. There's already lots of iPad-made art out there, and just recently I remember reading about new styluses coming out that would make it even easier to draw on an iPad.


Not yet, the iPad screens aren't sensitive or precise enough to replace a Wacom / graphics tablet. However, the Samsung Galaxy Note phones and I *think* the Samsung Galaxy Tabs both use Wacom screens, so they are effectively graphics tablets themselves.

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#88 Where do you find your inspiration comes from?

Posted by Ashish92 on 13 December 2013 - 09:32 AM

One more thing that I would like to add is that sometimes our inspiration is instinctive to us. Like we may be totally busy with some other work and while we are going good at it and upto our own expectation suddenly if we switch to something that is a hobby to us we will find unexpected results that can often make us think that how good we can be.


The thing that I believe is that we need to be happy, and in clear mind to be inspired. Inspiring us ourselves is an art that I believe every artist should master to make piece with their own volatile mind. 

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#354 Class 10 SD Cards - SanDisk Extreme vs. Transcend

Posted by Collin on 17 January 2014 - 09:57 PM

What exactly does "Class 10" mean? I am really familiar with most computer accessories and equipment, but I've never heard of something like that before. Does it mean that it reads and writes data faster? If so, I may need to invest in one!


I think that I have a SanDisk Ultra laying around somewhere, but I don't really know the difference between an Ultra and an Extreme (except for the fact that one sounds cooler ;) )


Should I get a SanDisk Extreme?

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#334 Smartphones are killing camera companies

Posted by Phos on 15 January 2014 - 08:38 PM

I can see why smartphones would be killing the low-end point and shoot camera industry. Nearly everyone with the means to have one has one, and they are generally higher resolution than that of those very low-end cameras. Even if the resolution isn't anything fantastic, people that aren't photographers don't need drastically high resolutions anyway.


I do agree, of course, that SLRs are irreplaceable, digital or otherwise. But those that don't take photographs other than for social networking will rarely opt to purchase those. Though there's still a large market for them, of course, because there are many hobbyists and professionals that will always be upgrading their dSLRs.

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#249 Best photo sharing site?

Posted by Photographa on 28 December 2013 - 11:55 PM

Wow, I never knew Google+ was a useful photo-sharing site, I always just saw it as the thing that nobody except me realised was infinity times better than Facebook. However, it might be worth reading through Google's Terms of Service, because its possible that you might be signing your Intellectual Property over them. It's the same reason I don't suggest people use Instagram or Facebook for portfolio work, as they make you sign over ownership of the pictures when you use those applications (it's all on the ToS).


I've heard decent things about Flickr but never used it myself. Never heard of Picasa or 500px so can't really recommend either.


I studied about copyright at my university and it's strange how the law works at times. By using these social media sites you're technically giving them all rights to your photos....except it's not in the way you'd think.


I believe that these ToS that sites use are only to protect them from liability.

  1. If Facebook or Instagram or anyone started using people's photos without their permission, or especially selling work without permission, the PR storm would be massive, and the sites aren't going to be willing to take that hit. The site's won't use your content without expressly asking your permission (and maybe offering to pay you, or at least attributing the work to you) because it's suicide from a public relations standpoint.
  2. Even if a site did this (using your content without permission) the original author could sue the site and say that the terms of service shock the conscience. If a judge decides that the terms hidden away in fine print are "manifestly and grossly unjust" then those terms don't apply. It's like sneaking something ridiculous like "You must give me your first born baby" into some terms of service - it's just weird, and even if you sign them, they won't apply. The way the sites could get around this is if they constantly remind us that they're taking all of our rights when we upload, every single time we upload. Something like this can't be hidden in the ToS.

Social media sites are trying to protect themselves against liabilities, they're not going to take your content.

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#234 Canon EOS 700D (Rebel T5i)

Posted by fantanoice on 28 December 2013 - 10:44 PM

Hey guys,
So, I recently bought this camera and it is my first DSLR camera ever (very exciting). I was originally going to go with the model below it, the 650D, but managed to score this one for a good deal brand new ($700 with a Twin-lens kit, which was around the same as the model below it second hand on Ebay).
I know next-to-nothing about cameras, but picked this one after reading some favourable reviews and because of some of its features, namely the swivel-live-view-thingy, the HD movie recording and a few other bits-n-pieces. 
Anybody else have this model? Any tips you can share about it?
Oh, and here's a few example photos I've taken with it in my beginner state. They're terrible, sorry:


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#210 Where do you find your inspiration comes from?

Posted by lorcan on 28 December 2013 - 02:11 PM

I like taking pictures of nature animals or people, and then inspiration then comes from inside me. So for example if I am feeling sad I might take a picture of a homeless person huddled in a doorway and then I would use a grey background to increase the awareness  of the mood. Or if I am feeling love, I would look for beautiful skies, and sunsets or sun coming up.

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#200 Are you part of a camera club?

Posted by Mr.Panos on 28 December 2013 - 03:01 AM

I have never seen a camera club in my country ( Greece ). I don't think that we have because not many people are so interested in photography. I usually participate in some professional blogs who upload many beautiful pictures and I like taking part in contests about photography. I will try to ask the Municipality in order to see if there is any club or any organization, but I don't think that Greek people enjoy taking professional photos.
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#175 Panorama

Posted by Photographa on 26 December 2013 - 12:27 PM

The thing with the lighting is that panoramas are taken when you're out in the open, and it's inevitable that as you sweep across your scene, one part of that scene will be closer to the sun than another part.


If you're just doing it with a smartphone, it'll intelligently adjust so that everything is well-exposed. But, if you're using manual settings on a DSLR, the first part of your scene will be well-exposed, but if you don't change your settings throughout then the last part of your scene will either be too bright or too dim.


The cool thin about panoramas is your photos don't need to be taken at the same height. Since you're photographing the scene that's far away (and panoramas should only be done from far away, you wouldn't want a panorama of close-up objects) it doesn't matter if your hand moves an entire meter between shots!


Now to address camera shake, if you're zooming in at all, and you're not using a tripod, the shake from your camera may make everything blurry. The two ways to prevent this are to use a lens with Image Stabilization (it's standard on many entry-level lenses), or to photograph with a fast shutter speed. When it's bright out, you can use a very open aperture, which will let in a lot of light and allow you to use an insanely fast shutter to capture everything with no blur.

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#153 Best photo sharing site?

Posted by Amy on 24 December 2013 - 12:42 AM

A lot of photographers are using 500px. It's a newer site for photographers to upload their photos for the public (in a way something like a public portfolio) and it allows photographers to set-up a store to sell their photos. The main advantage of 500px over traditional forms of social media is that it's made first and foremost for photos, so you don't get the glitchiness of Facebook and you don't need to mess with privacy settings. The design of the site is also very clean and straightforward.


Picasa and Flickr are sites where you can create albums for the public, similar to 500px.


Google+ is a cool new solution in this space that some photographers may be looking at. Google+ revamped how photos are hosted and displayed on their service, and photographers using it will have the advantage of having people "follow" a feed of their photos and posts.

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#139 Using Photoshop's Spot Healing Brush to remove unwanted objects form photos

Posted by Photographa on 22 December 2013 - 04:31 PM

In this tutorial I'll show you all how to use Photoshop's Spot Healing Brush to remove small unwanted objects from your photos, such as someone's hand in the corner of your photo or an individual in the background. This technique can also be used to remove unwanted facial features or fix spots someone's clothing.


This is a photo by Paul Stevenson that has a few pages in the background - I want to remove these pages. I'll open up the photo in Photoshop and select the Spot Healing Brush tool from the left (it looks like a band-aid).




The Spot Healing Brush is a powerful tool, but when we want to remove objects to make it as if they were never there, we'll want to use the content-aware mode of the tool. Select this mode from the top of your window.




At this point, using the tool is as simple as using the brush to brush over areas you want to disappear. Photoshop will delete those areas, and will intelligently gather information from the content around that area to fill in the blank area. This works best with a soft brush, so you don't get a sharp edge between the original content and the computer-generated content. This also works well if there's a pattern in the background, such as water, grass, or a fence.


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#425 Tripod for iPad

Posted by Sharon on 12 March 2014 - 12:10 AM

There are a lot of options when you search "iPad Tripod Mount" on Amazon, but I think this one looks cool.


You could connect your iPad to a DSLR on a tripod with the app Trigger Trap and do a time lapse like that!



This looks like to be an excellent solution for what you are trying to do.  With 42 reviewers a score of 4 out 5 stars is pretty awesome.  Even for the most helpful critical review...they were just describing how insecure they felt about the plastic holder.  No where in their review did they state that it actually broke.  Even with that they rated the product 3 out 5 so I think it's a great solution especially for $25.  It's hard to find a reliable regular tripod for that price nowadays. 

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