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Creating Photographic Composition

Creating Photographic Composition | Kol Tregaskes Photography Blog | Scoop.it

This Photography tutorial will show you how to create a well balanced photographic composition.

 

"Composition is one of the most important aspects of photography. No matter how gorgeous your lighting might be, or how unique your subject matter is, or how perfect your exposure might be, or even how great your camera and lens are, your shot will still suffer greatly if the image is lacking a good composition."


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Behind the Scenes with a National Geographic Photographer

Behind the Scenes with a National Geographic Photographer | Kol Tregaskes Photography Blog | Scoop.it

"National Geographic recently launched a new section on its website called Field Test, giving readers a pretty unique look at the behind-the-scenes stories from its photographers.

 

Starting out with photographer Michael Nichols, National Geographic’s Field Test takes us into the heart of Africa, in the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, giving us a little bit of insight into how the up-close-and-personal wildlife photos are taken, what technology was used, and of course, we get to see some gorgeous photography in the process."

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Adapt to survive: A photographer's view of the market today

Adapt to survive: A photographer's view of the market today | Kol Tregaskes Photography Blog | Scoop.it

"In the second of a week-long series by guest bloggers freelance photographer Philip Wolmuth looks at the current market for freelance photographers, and despite all the gloom, sees some hope for the future."

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Thomas Hawk Digital Connection » Blog Archive » The Slow Steady Decline Towards the End of Flickr

Thomas Hawk Digital Connection » Blog Archive » The Slow Steady Decline Towards the End of Flickr | Kol Tregaskes Photography Blog | Scoop.it

"A few months after Google+ launched, I wrote a post called Flickr is Dead. “Anything is Dead” posts usually get alot of attention. Most products have their evangelists and their detractors and both tend to be polarized by such charged language. When I wrote that article, I wasn’t pronouncing the literal death that day of Flickr, but rather pointing to a shift that I was seeing take place in the online photo community.

 

The photo community was moving en masse from Flickr to Google Photos."

 

Full article by Thomas Hawk on Digital Connection:
http://thomashawk.com/2011/12/the-slow-steady-decline-towards-the-end-of-flickr.html

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In pictures: Creative Commons photographers discuss their work (Wired UK)

In pictures: Creative Commons photographers discuss their work (Wired UK) | Kol Tregaskes Photography Blog | Scoop.it

"Whether its close-ups of insects you're after, stunning landscapes or even Nasa Shuttle launches, the body of photography shared on Flickr with the Creative Commons licence is a bountiful resource of images. Needless to say, with both amateur and professional photographers uploading their work, style and technique -- as well as quality -- vary hugely. But among the pets and holiday snaps are images from skilled professional shooters and talented hobbyists.

 

Wired took a browse of the Creative Commons to bring you a gallery of some of our favourites -- and spoke to the photographers who shot them to discuss why they choose to publish under a CC licence, and what it means for their hobby or career."...

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Will smartphones kill off compact cameras?

Will smartphones kill off compact cameras? | Kol Tregaskes Photography Blog | Scoop.it

"The renowned American portrait photographer, Annie Leibovitz, recently whipped out her iPhone 4S on a US chat show and proclaimed that the device was “the compact camera of choice”. Is this the Steve Jobs distortion field at work from beyond the grave or has the iPhone really cracked point and shoot?


To be fair, Leibovitz’s comments were more about extolling the multitude of virtues that the iPhone 4S brings and less about its camera. “It’s so accessible and easy… It’s a pencil, it’s a pen, it’s a notebook,” she claimed, suggesting that the value of the device lay not only in its ability to take very passable pictures, but also that the use, manipulation, uploading and storage of those photos was now a very compelling package."...

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Should you take photos everywhere?

Should you take photos everywhere? | Kol Tregaskes Photography Blog | Scoop.it

"Choosing when to take photos and when to leave your camera in its bag can be a difficult one at times."...

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Google Photos Blog: Picasa 3.9: Now with Google+ sharing and tagging

Google Photos Blog: Picasa 3.9: Now with Google+ sharing and tagging | Kol Tregaskes Photography Blog | Scoop.it

"Picasa 3.9, the latest update to the Picasa client, is ready for you to try out! This update includes Google+ sharing and tagging, new photo editing effects and lots more. To download Picasa 3.9, click here: http://picasa.google.com/.

 

Sharing on Google+
Photos are a great way to capture that special moment, and now with Picasa 3.9, you can share those memories on Google+. When you log in with a Google+ account (sign up at google.com/+), you’ll see several new features:"...

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The Mona Lisa Smile: Learning From Art To Improve Photography

The Mona Lisa Smile: Learning From Art To Improve Photography | Kol Tregaskes Photography Blog | Scoop.it

"Modern day portrait photographers have all of technology at their disposal, but there are still things to learn from the past. Specifically, there are techniques that can be of particular use when studying some of the past's most famous portraits. Namely, DaVinci's Mona Lisa has several secrets to share, as her sly smile suggests."...

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500px Only Wants Your Best Images

"Success on Flickr can bring rich rewards. Buyers use the site to source photographers with rare images and strong talent for commercial projects, magazines and even commissions. But that success isn’t easy to achieve. It’s not enough to upload great pictures and hope that someone notices. Contributors have to upload their very best images, then network to build views, comments and attention. Even the Explore page, a daily selection of the site’s best images, uses an algorithm that identifies photos that are already popular then gives them even greater attention. 500px was created to make it easier for photographers to win exposure for their images by taking on much of that promotional work for them.

 

The site was launched in 2004, the same year that Flickr went live, but has only a fraction of the more than 50 million members registered at the Yahoo-owned subsidiary. According to Evgeny Tchebotarev, one of 500px’s founders, it has “hundreds of thousands” of photographers and far fewer photos than Flickr. In fact, he notes, the total number of images submitted to 500px over the last two years equals the number of photos that are uploaded to Facebook in just a few hours."...

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Kol Tregaskes - Google+ - The year in Pictures: Part II "The second collection of…

Kol Tregaskes - Google+ - The year in Pictures: Part II "The second collection of… | Kol Tregaskes Photography Blog | Scoop.it

"The second collection of images from 2011 once again brought us nature at it's full force with floods, drought, wild fires, tornadoes and spectacular images of volcanic eruptions. The death of Osama bin Laden, the attack on a island in Norway by a lone gunman, continued fighting in Libya, and protests around the globe were a few of the news events dominating the headlines. -- Lloyd Young Please see part 1 from Monday and watch for part 3 Friday."

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National Geographic announces winners of global photography contest

National Geographic announces winners of global photography contest | Kol Tregaskes Photography Blog | Scoop.it

"Shikhei Goh of Indonesia is the winner of the 2011 National Geographic Photography Contest. Goh will have his winning image of a dragonfly bracing for a big splash published in worldwide editions of National Geographic magazine. In addition, he will receive $10,000 (USD) and a trip to National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., to participate in the annual National Geographic Photography Seminar in January 2012.

 

More than 20,000 photographs were submitted to the contest from over 130 countries, with both professional photographers and amateur photo enthusiasts participating. Photographs were submitted in three categories: people, places and nature."

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Air Clicker – take snapshots with just your hand.

Air Clicker – take snapshots with just your hand. | Kol Tregaskes Photography Blog | Scoop.it

"The Air Clicker, by Yeon Su Kim, strips out of all the bulky components of a digital camera into an air guitar-like experience for photography.

 

The concept consists of two pieces that fit around your thumb and forefinger like a ring. The thumb module has an on/off button and a camera lens, while the forefinger module detects tension to set the footage mode and sense when a picture is taken. The Air Clicker connects to your smartphone via bluetooth, preventing the need to take out your phone when capturing a quick, precious moment!"...

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The 45 Most Powerful Images Of 2011

The 45 Most Powerful Images Of 2011 | Kol Tregaskes Photography Blog | Scoop.it

"The 45 Most Powerful Images Of 2011: What a year! Here's to 2012 being a more quiet and less destructive year"...

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Ten Attributes of a Good Photograph | Beyond Megapixels

Ten Attributes of a Good Photograph | Beyond Megapixels | Kol Tregaskes Photography Blog | Scoop.it

"All of the attributes I’m going to discuss in this article have been discussed at one time or another in an article, or in multiple articles, on Beyond Megapixels. Aside from reminders being a good thing, we thought it would be helpful to have all of the attributes in one article in case some of our readers wanted a single reference.

 

None of the attributes I’ll list are applicable for every photo but they all are for most photos. Also keep in mind that if it’s your photo it can be however you want it to be. Still, striving to make sure your images have these attributes will help you create images that are pleasing to a much broader audience."

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Pinterest: Inspiration for Photographers

Pinterest: Inspiration for Photographers | Kol Tregaskes Photography Blog | Scoop.it

"Social networking has exploded onto the scene over the last few years and many photographers use sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+ to showcase their work, network with others and to promote their businesses."...

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What does Creative Commons mean for photography?

What does Creative Commons mean for photography? | Kol Tregaskes Photography Blog | Scoop.it

"As of October 2011, 200 million images bore the CC-licensed photo mark.

 

Flickr keeps tabs of which of the six CC licences its photographers are opting for and, at last glance, it was one demanding attribution for the photographer, non-commercial use and the passing on of this licence for any further use that was proving most popular.

 

For photographers, the choices are fairly simple: Do they want their images only used non-commercially to preclude their usage by organisations that could profit from them; do they want to stop any derivatives being made; and do they want to pass on their level of licensing onto any further usage of the image. All six licences ensure that the photographer gets attributed for their work."...

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