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December 15, 2009 Leave a comment

"Free Throw"

Lighting the Way

Fall's Falls

Ruby Red

Sunset Cruise

"Quack"

Building Bridges

Burning Bush

Bending Light

"Cruisin"

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Fall’s Falls

November 30, 2009 Leave a comment

Fall's Falls

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November 23, 2009 Leave a comment

Considering my last post I have recently become obsessed with Trey Ratcliff’s work and advice.  He posted on his site this article that was printed in Smashing Magazine in February of 2009, the 10 Principles of Beautiful Photography.

1. Think of the Brain                                                                      6. Practice with HDR

2. Engage in the Neo-Global Salon                                               7. Take your Camera Everywhere

3. Get rid of your Tot Camera                                                      8.Understand the Fantasy/Reality Membrane

4. Carry a Tripod for those Beautiful Sunsets and Sunrises     9. Learn to Draw

5. Admire Impressionism                                                              10. Make Mistakes

 http://www.stuckincustoms.com/10-principles-of-beautiful-photography/

Although some of his city shots are pretty tourist-like and nothing that special, his sunset images and scenic shots are memorizing.  I can’t truly decide if he is that skilled of a photographer or if some of the scenes he is photographing make it hard not to get a good picture.  You decide.

http://www.mr-photography.com/index.htm

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article/site review

November 23, 2009 Leave a comment

Trey Ratcliff’s website Stuck in Customs is a photoblog with some amazing photography.  He specializes in HDR and even demonstrates HDR in black and white.  He travels the world and has photographed everything from Houston to Hong Kong.  Ratcliff teaches HDR workshop but they aren’t cheap.  One of his sold out workshops called for $999 a person.  Not only did it sell out but he is so popular that when tickets went on sale the bombardment of people trying to access it crashed his server for 45 minutes and then the tickets were sold out in 11 minutes.

He recently finished a book “The World in HDR” a 216 pages of select pieces from his portfolio and is leaving on a book tour soon.  

 http://www.stuckincustoms.com/

Topaz Adjust Review

Ratcliff has high remarks about this photoshop plug-in.  He said “…it is a very simple, elegant, and easy to use product that allows you to achieve HDR-like results from a single image.”  Since Ratcliff gave this product a positive review the guys at Topaz is giving his readers a Topaz Coupon for 10% off. 

He then provides some photos he has use the product on and a mini tutorial on how he achieved one of the final images he’s shown.

http://www.stuckincustoms.com/topaz-adjust-review/

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Oops!

November 17, 2009 Leave a comment

This is an example of some bad photography.  I probably couldn’t have gotten his hand to cover his face anymore if I tried.

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Midnight Madness

November 17, 2009 Leave a comment

These are from the UNO Men’s First Annual “Midnight Madness”

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November 9, 2009 Leave a comment

This article gives you the opportunity to get your work on the cover ofthe magazine Advanced Photoshop.  They are looking for cover art for their 65 issue.  The main down fall is that you cannot use your own photos; they provide ten images from istockphoto.com.  The winner not only gets their work on the cover of the magazine but there is a cash prize as well as credits to istockphoto.com.  What’s good about the article is the fact that they provide links to istockphoto.com and explain the easy registration process and a link for a 30 day free trial to Photoshop.

They also provide links to get you to buy products from Adobe, as well as, tutorials and resources to use with Photoshop.

 http://www.photoshopsupport.com/photoshop-blog/09/cs4-09/magazine-cover-contest-photoshop.html

I’m trying to get inspired to take photos with a subject other than nature, so I’ve been visiting many famous photographers’ sites.  Russell James’ page is divided into art, his exhibitions, a retrospective book, directors’ reel, commercial work, bio, press, sales and contact information.  Under the section commercial work things are sectioned off into sub-categories like advertising, beauty, fashion, covers etc.

He pushes the envelope with some of his fashion photography with non-swim wear fashions photographed underwater.  He uses a lot of motions which allow his to show off the garments in different ways.  

http://www.studiorusselljames.com/#/home/

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