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Seascape Photography Tips

Posted by on Jun 23, 2012 in Blog Posts | 0 comments

One of my favourite places to shoot is the coast due to its variety and ease of access. I’m fortunate to live in a country such as New Zealand which has an abundance of beaches, even in a big city like Auckland. Here are some tips on how to capture beautiful photos at the beach.

Composition

Like all landscapes, including some foreground interest is important in order to produce an interesting photo. One way to do this at a beach is to look for interesting rocks or rock formations and use those as your foreground interest. However don’t just find a rock and stick it randomly in your photo – try and find some sort of pattern or structure to lead the viewer into the shot. Experiment with different points of view – e.g. try placing the camera at different heights and angles – to see what works best.

Below is a shot with the camera about chest height and pointing down to accentuate the shape of the rock pool. Having the camera lower would have ‘flattened out’ the rock pool, and having the camera higher would restrict the amount of sky I could have included.

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4 Tips for Shooting Drop Dead Gorgeous Waterfalls

Posted by on Jun 23, 2012 in Blog Posts | 0 comments

Waterfalls are a very popular subject for landscape photographers. The draw to their natural beauty is clear, but sometimes coming home with the best shots is harder than you might think. As the curator for the Google+ Photography theme, #WaterfallWednesday I get asked how to take better pictures of waterfalls every week. So let me share some tips with you.

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35 Beautiful Photographs of Nature

Posted by on Jun 16, 2012 in Blog Posts | 0 comments

When it comes to inspiration many web designers tend to turn to online sources when attempting to spark new ideas. However, nature can certainly be one of the best sources of inspiration possible. Whether you are going outside and observing nature in person or just browsing through photos of nature, it can often prove to be an amazing source of inspiration.

Things like colors, textures, patterns, shapes, angles, and perspectives can all provide inspiration that can be used in web and graphic design. In this post we’ll showcase 35 nature photos from various photographers. Hopefully they will provide some inspiration and encourage more reliance on nature for inspiration in the future.

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Photo credit: Dave Heuts

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Finding Macro Wildlife

Posted by on Jun 16, 2012 in Blog Posts | 0 comments

By Erez Marom | Published Jun 12, 2012 | Photo Techniques
A spider on the hunt is one of countless scenes available to photograph, if you know how to find them.

The arthropod world is virtually endless. With over a million recorded species – believed to be but a fraction of  the actual total – you can shoot ten different species every single day of your life and never get close to documenting them all. Finding them in their native habitat exhibiting natural behavior, however, can be a challenge for those new to wildlife macro photography. In this article I’ll walk you through the task of locating and handling macro subjects in the field.

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8 Tips for Photographing Butterflies

Posted by on Jun 3, 2012 in Blog Posts | 0 comments

In this post, Steve Berardi from PhotoNaturalist discusses eight tips for photographing butterflies.

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Butterflies are pretty sensitive little creatures. Get too close, and they’ll fly away in a hurry. And, even when you do get close, they’re constantly moving from flower to flower, gathering their most precious prize: sweet nectar. All this makes it difficult to photograph butterflies, but here are 8 tips for dealing with some of these problems:

1. Use a tripod, but keep the head loose

Butterflies move quickly from flower to flower, so you won’t have time to lock in your tripod. But, you can still use it for some stability by keeping the head loose (so you can quickly move the camera).

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News Media Giant Gannett Begins Arming Thousands Of Reporters With iPhones

Posted by on Apr 1, 2012 in Blog Posts | 0 comments

from Cult of Mac by Ryan Faas

Reporters at USA Today and other Gannett outlets begin receiving iPhones for mobile reporting

News media conglomerate Gannett is making a big push for mobile reporting and they’ve decided that the iPhone 4S is the perfect tool to start with for journalists across the country. To that end, the company hasequipped 1,000 print and broadcast reporters with new iPhones to use for on the spot reporting, editing, and broadcasting.

The initiative was announced in December and will eventually include iPads as well as iPhones, but it is just now rolling out after the company put journalists getting the handsets through intensive training in the use of the iPhone and of the handful of apps that Gannett has chosen for reporters to use.

Those apps include a range of Apple tools that ship with the iPhone as well as Apple and third-party tools from the App Store. Just what apps does Gannett feel are key to enabling great remote recording and reporting?

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Find the Best Photo Manager to Fit Your Needs

Posted by on Apr 1, 2012 in Blog Posts | 0 comments

from TUAW — The Unofficial Apple Weblog by Megan Lavey-Heaton

After months of deliberation, I finally brought home a new addition to our family — a digital SLR camera. With the DSLR comes a plethora of options I didn’t have before, with the ability to shoot RAW images being at the top of the list.

My husband and I passed the camera back and forth to take a few test images, which were uploaded to iPhotoon my MacBook Air. Instant crawl. Anything involving the RAW images was a drag on the machine, though it has far more to do with the MacBook Air (11-inch October 2010) than iPhoto. But, it did remind me to ask the TUAW brain trust: Is it time to upgrade to Aperture? What about Adobe Lightroom? What’s the best photo manager overall to use?

With the RAW support and the potential increase in picture-taking overall, my needs are poised to outgrow iPhoto’s capabilities, and it’s the same question that other people will face as digital SLRs grow more powerful and affordable. Here’s a quick look at three of the major players out there.

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Cute Baby Sloth Photobombs a Group Picture

Posted by on Apr 1, 2012 in Blog Posts | 0 comments

Cute Baby Sloth Photobombs a Group Picture

As desirable a lifestyle as sloths live, they’re hardly ever cute. This baby sloth however, is the cutest darn thing on the Internet. A group of students were taking a picture in Costa Rica when an upside down sloth crept into the shot and stayed there, giving the picture a hilarious photobomb. [NY Daily News]