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PixBuilder Studio - Free photo editor - WnSoft

PixBuilder Studio - Free photo editor - WnSoft | Allt om fotografering! | Scoop.it

Everybody does´not have access to Photoshop. But almost everyone have the need to edit their photos every now and then.

 

WnSoft PixBuilder Studio is a free photo editing software program for PC. It includes layers, levels, color correction, effects, and other features for image editing.

 

- Image resizing, rotating, and crop function.


- Brightness/Contrast, Color balance, Levels,Hue/Saturation, and Color fill.


- Auto Contrast and Auto Levels.


- Built-in high quality effects: blur effects, sharpen effects, dithering, and more.


- Flexible selection management functions, such as transparency masks, magic wand, different lasso tools, single column selection, color range function, and the gradient color transition effect that gives you the ability to draw complex raster shapes and apply effects for complex areas.


- Layers concept makes your work more effective and efficient.


- Text layers with drop shadow.


- A full set of brush-based tools, such as the stamp tool, healing brush, replace color tool, and others.
Built-in shapes drawing tools (rectangles, circles, and lines).


- Free transform and Selection transform.


- Save with preview.


- Support of image scanners.


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Portrait Photography Tips: 10 quick ideas for better images | Digital Camera World

Portrait Photography Tips: 10 quick ideas for better images | Digital Camera World | Allt om fotografering! | Scoop.it

Do your photos of family and friends look more like snapshots than fine art? Top UK lifestyle photographer Brett Harkness shares his 10 best portrait photography tips for improving your images straightaway.

 

1. Stay short

Try using a fixed short lens, such as 50mm, for your lifestyle portraits. This will help you to make more of the surrounding scene, rather than just focusing in on the subject. Longer zoom lenses can be great but, as you’re further away from the subject, they can make it difficult to interact well with your models. Shooting with your lens wide open can give great results but this shallow depth of field will make it hard to keep focus if the subjects – such as kids – are moving around.

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100 Things I’ve Learned About Photography

100 Things I’ve Learned About Photography | Allt om fotografering! | Scoop.it

Since I found photography two and a half years ago I have learned different things which I would like to share with you today. These lessons have made me richer and I hope that you will find them refreshing and inspiring on your journey with the camera, too.

 

1. Never do photography to become a rock-star.
2. Enjoy what you are shooting.
3. Prepare well for your shooting, realizing that your battery isn’t charge when you’re setting up for that sunrise shoot is too late!
4. Always take one warm garment more than you actually need with you
5. Pay attention to your thoughts and emotions while you are shooting
6. Set goals you can achieve
7. Write tips about photography, because writing is also learning
8. Never go shooting without a tripod
9. Be pleased with the little prosperities
10. Build relationships with potential photo buddies


Read more: http://www.digital-photography-school.com/100-things-ive-learned-about-photography#ixzz1kaXe9b1o

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10 Questions to Ask When Taking a Digital Photo

10 Questions to Ask When Taking a Digital Photo | Allt om fotografering! | Scoop.it

1. What story am I telling?

This is an important question and one that should help you to make any number of decisions in terms of composition, framing, exposure etc. In essence what you’re asking is ‘why am I taking this shot? What is it’s purpose and what am I trying to convey?’ Is it purely a way to keep a record of a moment, are you trying to capture the emotion of a moment, is it possibly a shot to give to someone, is it part of a larger series of shots or will it be the only shot to commemorate the moment etc.

 

2. What is the visual focal point of this shot?

What will viewers of this picture naturally have their eye drawn to in this scene? Once you’ve identified this focal point you can think about where to place it in the frame (consider the rule of thirds for example).

There are a variety of ways that you can enhance a focal point – some of which we explore here.

 

3. What competing focal points are there?

Once you’ve identified what you do want your viewers eyes to be drawn towards and have placed it in the frame – scan your eyes over the shot and see if there are any competing focal points and ask yourself whether they add to or take away from the image? Secondary focal points can add depth to shots but they can also be very distracting and so you might need to reposition yourself or adjust your focal length and/or depth of field to accommodate or remove them from your shots (read more on removing clutter from photography). Also keep in mind that if your shot has more than one focal point that it might be worth taking two shots, one of each focal point, in order to keep things simple.

 

4. What is in the background and foreground?

One of most common places for distractions in digital photography is the background of your shots. Run your eyes over the space behind your subject to see what else is in the image (do the same for the foreground). Consider whether you want the background in focus or nice and blurry.

Read more on getting backgrounds right.

 

5. Am I close enough?

Another common mistake in digital photography is taking shots where your subject is too small in the frame. Shots that fill the frame with your subject tend to be much more dynamic and show a lot more detail of your subject. To get this effect you have the option of moving yourself closer, moving your subject closer or using a longer focal length to give the effect of closeness.

 

Read more: http://www.digital-photography-school.com/10-questions#ixzz1kaZabpsl

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12 Tips for Photographing Stunning Sunsets

12 Tips for Photographing Stunning Sunsets | Allt om fotografering! | Scoop.it

Think Ahead - While sometimes wonderful sunrise and sunset shots can be taken spontaneously without any forethought it’s often the case that the best ones come out of planning. Scope out places that might be good for sunsets in the day or two before your shoot. Look for interesting places where you might not only be able to see the sun track all the way down but where there will be opportunities for shots that include foreground elements and silhouettes. Sunsets only take half an hour or so so you want to think about these elements before they start or you might miss the shots you’re after.

 

Find out when the sun will set or rise and get there at least half an hour before hand as it’s often in the lead up to and the time after the sun appears or disappears that the real magic happens.

Keep an eye on the weather also. There are a variety of different types of sunsets that produce a range of different types of lights and patterns in the sky. Don’t just go for clear days for these shots – while they can produce some wonderful colors it’s usually the times where there is cloud around that the real action happens! Also be aware of days when there is dust or smoke in the air as they can produce amazing results also.

 

Consider ahead of time what equipment you might need. Include a tripod, lenses that will give you a range of focal lengths, extra batteries etc.


Read more: http://www.digital-photography-school.com/how-to-photograph-sunrises-and-sunsets#ixzz1kaas5hqD

 

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8 ways to avoid 'postcard shots' | Digital Camera World

8 ways to avoid 'postcard shots' | Digital Camera World | Allt om fotografering! | Scoop.it
Avoid the cliches! Use these 8 travel photography tips to ensure your holiday photos are unique and aren't the typical 'postcard shots'.

 

Travel photography ticks all the boxes – exploring the creative possibilities of your camera in a fascinating new location is about as good as it gets. But great travel photography is about more than hopping on a flight to Havana and snapping old ladies with cigars. It requires as much skill, preparation and careful technique as any other photographic genre. How do you make your shots of a popular tourist destination stand out from everybody else’s – to be more than pure ‘postcard shots’? These 8 easy travel photography tips will help you think differently about your pictures…

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24 hour landscape photography guide | Digital Camera World

24 hour landscape photography guide | Digital Camera World | Allt om fotografering! | Scoop.it

Seize the day and get out there with your DSLR – from sunrise to sunset and into the dead of night. It’s your 24 hour guide to creative landscape photography…

 

Read this in-depth landscape photography guide and learn how to shoot dawn photos to low-light pictures at dusk with your digital camera.

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11 Tips for Beginner Photographers

11 Tips for Beginner Photographers | Allt om fotografering! | Scoop.it

1. Don’t go crazy buying the most expensive equipment right away.

It’s possible to get very nice photos with an inexpensive point and shoot. See these examples on Flickr. The more photos you take, the more you’ll know about what kind of camera to get when it’s time to upgrade.

 

2. Consider a tripod.

On the other hand, an inexpensive tripod is worth getting, especially if you have shaky hands like mine. When I got a tripod, my satisfaction with my shots skyrocketed. For even more stability, use your camera’s timer function with a tripod (read our introduction to tripods).

 

3. Keep your camera with you all the time.

Photo ops often come when you least expect it. If you can keep your equipment relatively simple – just a small camera bag and a tripod – you might be able to take advantage of some of those unexpected opportunities. Or, if your phone has a camera, use it to take “notes” on scenes you’d like to return to with your regular camera.

 

4. Make a list of shots you’d like to get.

For those times you can’t carry your camera around, keep a small notebook to jot down places you’d like to come back and photograph. Make sure to note any important details, like the lighting, so you can come back at the same time of day or when the weather’s right. If you don’t want to carry a notebook, send yourself an email using your cell phone with Jott.com.

 

5. Don’t overlook mundane subjects for photography.

You might not see anything interesting to photograph in your living room or your backyard, but try looking at familiar surroundings with fresh eyes. You might catch an interesting trick of the light or find some unexpected wildflowers in your yard. Often a simple subject makes the best shot.

 

Read more: http://www.digital-photography-school.com/11-tips-for-beginner-photographers#ixzz1kaZAfz9h

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Basic Photo Editing in Lightroom

Basic Photo Editing in Lightroom | Allt om fotografering! | Scoop.it

With all the tools available today to retouch digital portraits, it’s easy for us to go way overboard with editing on photos. We make a few adjustments here and there, then make a few more, and before we know it, the photo looks completely different – sometimes good, and sometimes, well, not so good.

I’ve been shooting portraits now for about 6 years with a digital camera, and when I think of some of the editing I did early on, all I can do is cringe. Yes, there is a place to do extra editing, but, we should use editing to enhance the portrait and the subject, not to detract from our subject.

When I go to edit a photo, I want to enhance the beauty that’s already there. Hopefully, I’ve gotten all the lighting correct when I shot the photo, and I just want my photo to have a little more pizazz.

I’m going to take you through my process of editing a photo, and explain step-by-step what I do to my portraits. Here’s my photo, straight out of the camera.

 

Read more: http://www.digital-photography-school.com/basic-photo-editing-in-lightroom#ixzz1kaa6j0KR

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How to go Beyond the Regular Composition Advice for Getting the Best Shots of your Kids

How to go Beyond the Regular Composition Advice for Getting the Best Shots of your Kids | Allt om fotografering! | Scoop.it

If you search for advice on how to take better pictures of children there are certain gems that are sure to appear on any list of tips. “Get on their level” and “Get Closer”, are the two that come to mind right away and they are both solid ways to improve your kid shots. Let’s look first at why these work and then how to expand those ideas to create infinitely more interesting images.

 

The top tip on any list you find is often going to be “Get on their level”. There is a reason that it should be as it is great advice and will make a big difference immediately. If you get down on the same level as a child to take their portrait, you give them power by allowing them to look into the camera straight on. Kneel down so that you become the same height as the child. Chat with your subject and engage them before just going right into taking their photograph. When the time is right, lift your camera and ask the kids if they can see themselves (or a fairy or a pony or any other magical subject) in your lens to get direct eye contact.

Photography is a visual language and the angle with which you shoot the photograph is an integral part of the structure of your story you are telling. Think of composition as part of the “grammar” of this language and that the choices that you make should serve a purpose. Photography is a common language that even kids can understand and when you make the effort to physically go down to their level you are showing them a certain respect.

 

Tech tip: Use a long lens so that you can put some distance between the camera and the child’s face. That is just another layer of respect.

Once you have begun to incorporate the “Get on their level” angle into your regular routine, here are four other ideas to break the cycle of the adult eye level shots:

 

Read more: http://www.digital-photography-school.com/how-to-go-beyond-the-regular-composition-advice-for-getting-the-best-shots-of-your-kids#ixzz1kabixtYZ

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