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Hello fellow Deviant Art users!
Tips for the creative photographer #2Iīm by no means saying I am any expert, but I hope some of this might prove beneficial.Tips for the creative photographer #22 years ago in Personal More Like This
Screw the rules
It is very good to know and be aware of composition, correct exposure, to compensate or not to, but it does sometimes mess with your own creative approach.
The camera and lens is plastic, metal and glass and just tools for you to use, they should be treated as such.
A good thing is to get that perfectly exposed and composed shot out of the way and then just flip to a new page.
Try for instance to take a picture of something with the sun behind it and completely blow the whites out leaving the subject correctly exposed without the use of a flash, it might just be the shot you choose instead of the "correct" one.
Absolutely no harm in using other tools than just the camera and a tripod, people have gotten cover shots of eagles diving in the water for food the photographer has brought and thrown there as bait.
Spray some water on a flower on a sunny day, who ha
Tips for the creative photographer #3Some more tipsīn tricksTips for the creative photographer #32 years ago in Personal More Like This
Mix and match
If you have a couple of filter like a polarizing filter and perhaps an ND filter there is no rule that says you can mix and match the best from both worlds, you can use the polarizer to see through water, the nd filter to smooth out the sky and a regular shot for the rest of the landscape and combine the best from all worlds.
This does not just extend to filter use, as simple as doing a 30 second exposure of the sky at 1600 iso (to prevent star trailing) and a 2 minute exposure of the ground at iso 200 also works when it comes to mixing and matching, even part hdr.
It is all dependant on the scene you want to capture and your own creativity.
Most cameras has a multiexposure feature that enable the camera to process several image into 1, this is not the same as bracketing where you take several different value exposures and combine into one (hopefully) neat looking hdr image.
You can set up the camera to do 3 mu
Lesson: How to Add A Watermark :iconsupport-beginners:Lesson: How to Add A Watermark 6 months ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Since we're publishing our art everywhere on web and can't control who can use it, and no one like to see his/her photo being claimed as others work.
Watermark or copyrights help a little to prevent others from stealing your efforts, or at least make it difficult for them to erase your name.
I found many ways to add a watermark and I'll list few for you to try them out !
Method 1 : Text tool Watermark in Photoshop
Method 2 : Brush Watermark in Photoshop
Method 3 : Plug-in Watermark in Photoshop
Method 1 : Text Tool
Step 1 :
Choose Text Tool ( T )
Step 2 :
Pick your favorite font
and start typing your watermark
Step 3 :
You can re-position and re-size your mark by the Move tool
Step 4 :
Decrease Opacity to make a transparent watermark
Shaped Bokeh ( Tutorials and Feature )Since i got asked a lot how i do the shaped bokeh photos i decided to write a short journal about itShaped Bokeh ( Tutorials and Feature )1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
I won't write my own tutorial since there are already a lot of great tutorials out there and i do the absolutely same thing
First some "normal bokeh" tutorials :
and the Wiki Article : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bokeh
most important facts :
- aperature as big as possible -> small number ( i use the canon 50mm 1.8 )
- some sort of light to create visible bokeh ( e.g. christ
5 must knows for better night photos5 must knows for better night photos2 years ago in Personal More Like This
go to http://www.dxomark.com/index.php/Cameras/Camera-Sensor-Ratings/%28type%29/usecase_sports
Find your camera and see what iso settings you can push your camera to and still retain descent image quality, this is especially important when shooting auroras, a high iso sensitivity means you can push the shutterspeed under the magical 8 seconds to retain some of the movement of the aurora in the image.
(I personally recommend 6 or less)
Preventing STAR TRAILS
Use the rule of 600 to keep stars in the picture from trailing/streaking.
Divide 600 by the true focal lenght of your lens, true is measured by 35mm full frame, so a 30 mm full frame lens would yield this simple equation: 600/30 = 20 second (or less) exposure and stars will look nice.
For cropped sensors you have to time your focal length with 1.5 for Nikon and 1.6 for Canon.
So 16 mm wide angle lens on a Canon cropped sensor would equal 25.6mm true focal lengt (16*1.6) giving this equation: 600/25.6 = 23.43 secon
The essentials of Macro photography.Hi, deviants! This week is Community week, and I am giving my best to introduce some essential tips concerning macro photography.The essentials of Macro photography.2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
But first of all: What is macro photography?
Macro photography - what is it about?
Wikipedia tells us things like "extreme close-up photography, usually of very small subjects, in which the size of the subject in the photograph is greater than life size" (Source: Wikipedia.org)
But is that really all that matters? It is a common fact that many people believe that macro photography is photography which refers to life size
7 steps for taking better photos-beginner's guideHello and welcome to my little guide on how to make better photos*.7 steps for taking better photos-beginner's guide2 years ago in Personal More Like This
*Photos that are technically correct; with little grain, right exposure, right composition, etc.
So, some of you have probably gotten a new camera during the holidays and it's so shiny and look at all the details, is that a pore on my face, and everything is great, but what are all these numbers and letters on my screen, let's just use auto mode. And then it all begins. The depression. The photos lack something... That sparkle of life, you know. You ask why? Is this the way of god trying to tell me that I have no talents and that I wasted my money?
You just need a bit of guidance, that's all. Here are some tips for beginners and those who might need it.
It's safe now to turn off auto mode.
What are you saying?! These are too complicated to understand, why should I?
You remember that thing that lacks? That thing is - you, your touch. All the numbers seem hard, but
A few simple photography tipsThought Id share a few simple yet effective photography tips for the creative photographer.A few simple photography tips2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Macro done easy
Set your lens to its closest focusing range and move physically towards the subject until it is sharp.
If you are using longer lenses it really helps to lay down and hold the camera and lens almost like you are shooting a gun, and remember your breathing when shooting.
This is also a great technique for bokeh shots, with a 50 mm at its closest focusing range and background further away you will blow the background to bits.
Donīt be stationary
It is very easy to put down a tripod and just stand on the same spot shooting, instead try moving around a bi, experiment with angles, left, right, high, low until you hit that perfect angle for the scene.
Slow the shutter
You donīt always need a ND filter to block out light to get even slower shutter speed, you can either use this technique with your hand or better with a cardboard (black if you got colored one).
How to take the best possible images at night.This is mainly directed and nightsky photography but it will apply to all sorts of night photography where you are limited when it comes to light.How to take the best possible images at night.1 year ago in Personal More Like This
I will structure this step by step for ease of use, once you have touched all points you will be ready to tackle the night with all its challenges.
Step 1 - The Camera
Over at DxOMark they are very good at testing stuff the scientific way, some will argue the real world application and images instead and I agree with both, but for iso which is so important for night photography this would be my first stop: http://www.dxomark.com/Cameras/Ratings/Sports
Find your camera and note down the iso sensitivity, you have to forget about the dynamic range a bit here as with high iso you will not even get close to the cameras max performance.
Step 2 - The lens
Find your lens here: http://www.lenstip.com/lenses_reviews.html
The one thing they do here that dxomark does not is test the lens for coma and astigmatism, the first would
Lesson: How To Use Photoshop Actions + AssignmentLesson: How To Use Photoshop Actions + Assignment 8 months ago in Deviant Events More Like This
What is a Photoshop action?
Photoshop action is a recorded photo editing steps, using Photoshop. Many people recorded their own editing steps and share it for public to use.
In DA, Photoshop actions are really popular among photographers, Some are free to download and use.
Photoshop actions usually comes as a RAR/ Zip file.
How to download a Photoshop Action?
Search for Photoshop actions
Pick your desired action and on the right under Favorite button you going to find a Download button
Press on "Download" button and choose a folder to save in. Then press "Save"
How to use a Photoshop Action?
After downloading the action, go to the folder you saved the action file in.
then right click on the file, then Extract to...
and it should be like this
Open Adobe Photoshop and open a photo.
400 points Giveaway!![Update: Winner!]Update: I will not be including the participants who do not follow the rules.400 points Giveaway!![Update: Winner!]1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Ok, so I've decided to do a point giveaway as you can see XD (Don't ask me why because I don't got much of a reason XD) Two people will be getting 200 points out of this but you got to read all of this journal ya hear?
You have to fav this journal (The numbers will allow me to pick a random number with Random.org)
You have to repost this journal and spread the word and put the link to it in the description.
You have to say 'good day chap!' in your comment XD
Andd.... you have to be a watcher 0-0 (If you unwatch me afterwords I will be sad )
And finally... plz check out the pages of my DA family (Not exactly a requirement though ) XD:
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And... maybe watch
3,000 points giveaway -closed-3,000 points giveaway -OPEN-3,000 points giveaway -closed-1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Okay, I've decided to give away all the points I have since I don't need them. The giveaway is for everyone, so feel free to enter. Please, read the info below:
Making your own journal/poll about this giveaway is optional, but not compulsory.
There's no need to me. Please add me to your watch list only if you like my art.
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100 POINTS GIVEAWAY [CLOSED]Hello llama-lovers!!! Here's your chance to win 100 points again! For free!!! Tannywantan won our previous 100 point giveaway, the next winner could be you!!!100 POINTS GIVEAWAY [CLOSED]1 year ago in Personal More Like This
This is the second #Llamas-For-Llamas points giveaway!!! All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning 100 points is this:
Simply create a new journal entry all about #Llamas-For-Llamas and paste a link to that journal in the comments.
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Feature for Some Youngbloods (And More Love)Hello everyone! I have another feature for you guys and it's all about some new members I've run across in these last couple of days. These new deviants all show their unique capabilities in their own style of folding words and meaning together and I hope you all enjoy what these writers have in store for you. Know that you have my support guys and that if you ever need a friend, you can always lean on me. I have nothing but love for you all and I want you to know you have my support.Feature for Some Youngbloods (And More Love)6 months ago in Personal More Like This
AnieWrites, is a writer that has already shown a solid versatility and relatable, smooth style of writing. Her prose is really nice to read and her poetry is imagery-filled. It's really nice and I see she has so much potential to grow and become even better:
anothereal, from all that I've read brings a passion to their writing. Passionate, rhythmic, clever and always thought-provoking; there is something for everyon
How to improve your skills in close-up-photographySince many people asked me how I take my pictures and why they are so "special", I would like to tell you how I manage things when I take pictures.How to improve your skills in close-up-photography2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
I. Finding the location
When I go outside to take pictures of nature, I do barely have any concepts in my mind. I just go and let nature inspire me. The first important step is finding a location.It is not that difficult to find an interesting background. I personally do prefer backgrounds which are not monochrome. Many shades of light (light and dark contrasts or different colors) make your picture interesting, no matter if the final result will be monochrome or colorful in the end.I look out for locations where not many people are. Like a big meadow in front of a house or a field or forests. (Forests do have the special plus that it does almost always have different light shadings I mentioned in 2).
II. Know your possibilities!
You have found your favourite location? Great! Many people do the mistake to
Favourite Favourites Feature 3Sorry this is a little late, but I had to work extra hours again today. I'll just get to the feature now.Favourite Favourites Feature 35 months ago in Personal More Like This
planet by unenglishable Cleaning Up - FFM 2014 Day 19 by cjpolodo
Stage Kiss by SpiralingSpontaneity stories by birdsonqs Blooming Through Crevices by chromeantennae requiem boys. by anothereal
Living Art by elksongredfeather this is the house that horse built by your-methamphetamine She Couldn't Even by SpriteBlayde short and sweet vi by thisnerdgirl
someday i will cut my hair by SuddenlyAutumn Cleanse by awholelotofflowers Life On Pause by raspil fabled life by jungle-slang
the pros and cons of incorrect file formats by gliitchlord broken bones and broken birds by SeamlessMaiden ghost towns by autumn-spirit Longing by haphazardmelody
Competition finishedThank you for participating in the competition^^Competition finished2 years ago in Personal More Like This
It's hard for me to choose between all these great pictures but I must
:iconMayVig: :iconEclipsedusk: :iconSEGAmastergirl: :iconcutetoboewolf: :iconMissen6577: :iconBLUEvsFIN: :iconnightwatcher15: :iconslayer-wolf28:
:iconTaravia: :iconVonrath: :iconflamefast: :icon2DDreamstudio: :iconlostdoge: :iconErleuchtete:
:thumb372344097: Yuki vs. Unknown Character by GrimSlime Circus training [CE] by lostdoge where is your head? by Erleuchtete
1# :iconMayVig: Contest entry for Yuki-Mizuki Contest by MayVig
2# :iconEclipsedusk: Hello There by AnEclipseAtdusk
3# :iconSEGAmastergirl: C.E:Summer-Winter by SEGAmastergirl
Competition finishedThank you for participating in the competition^^Competition finished2 years ago in Personal More Like This
It's hard for me to choose between these great pictures but I must
:iconCrazywolfs: :iconBlackwolfpaw: :iconRubyPetal: :iconKaapse: :iconcutetoboewolf: :iconKB129:
1 # 1500
2 # 500
3 # 250
Favourite Favourites FeatureSo, I've been here for a week, and I decided that I would do a weekly feature of the favourites that I collected that week. So I guess I'll just get on with it.Favourite Favourites Feature6 months ago in Personal More Like This
a sliver of the galaxy by DrippingWords - by impxria caffeinated desires by SeamlessMaiden metaphysical by scheherazades . by oaklungs
Empty Gardens by callerofcrows winter king by autumn-spirit good morning by scheherazades Day Three by SpriteBlayde a goddess slept on my bedroom floor by herbodyismycoffin
Persephone Revisioned by awholelotofflowers
Breeding Rules 2015 Basic Information:Breeding Rules 20153 years ago in Personal More Like This
All Nordanners have 10 breedings only
The only way to access more breedings, is through earning them through the Kaaring System.
Nordanners may only breed once they are officially registered and age appropriate.
To learn how to register your horse, click here.
The minimum breeding age is 5 years.
Selling breeding slots in any way/shape/form before they are accessible is forbidden and can result in consequences.
— Selling Excellent Blood (200 kaaring) slots before the horse has been confirmed the status.
— Selling slots to foal genos, foal designs, or unborn foals.
— Selling slots to horses not registered, or not transferred.
The Nordanner group does not enforce private breeding rules.
Only in such circumstances as broken group rules, payment not made, or special cases, will the group
Lesson: How To Add Fonts In Photoshop:iconsupport-beginners:Lesson: How To Add Fonts In Photoshop5 months ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Many sites offer fonts for everyone to use some of them are free and others not, and my favorite free font site is dafont.com
Dafont.com is a great resource for many, many fonts, and you can easily download and use any font.
Some fonts come as shapes which is pretty useful for graphic designers or crafty people or for photographers to use into their watermarks.
Here's a tutorial of how to download and install fonts into Photoshop.
Step 1 :
Go to dafont.com
Step 2 :
find the desired font and click on " Download "
Step 3 :
Extract Zip file
Step 4 :
Open extracted folder and right click on the font file, then click on " install"
step 5 :
Open Photoshop and choose ( T ) Text tool, and into your fonts list you'll find the font you installed
dream of dreamsdream of dreams1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
:thumb426865493: Deafness by Nelleke
Elemental Collision III by FramedByNature thunderstrom by iconicarchive Twilight Towers IV by FramedByNature
Iceland - the big blue by PatiMakowska Summer Breeze by davidrichterphoto Tijarafe Sunset by Nichofsky
DS Up Close 8-24-13 by mitsubishiman Legends of the Black Forest- Pt. I by TheChosenPesssimist hallow hollow by NWunseen
Good Morning by TomazKlemensak Between Times by JanPusdrowski Winds by IvanAndreevich
Blue Yields to Gold by MarshallLipp Wavy Shapes by FlorentCourty The View by MarshallLipp
The Point of No Return by Inebriantia Is There Anybody Out There... by almostacrayon :thumb433169921:
:thumb431111112: My Heart Between Fire and Ice by Jordan-Roberts :thumb430371356:
Periphery by benjamin-charles Kofa Twilight by PeterJCoskun Furnace by ColinHSillerud
Ribadesella by JuncalDelacroix Meet the mighty Glacier by JasperGrom Exit Glacier - Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska by Bakisto
The Largest One by matthieu-parmentier Pristine by Raymaker Glacier du Geant by Reiep
Two by PRibeiro Blue Mist by almostacrayon Polar dreams by emmanueldautriche
Before the sisters by Dee-T Midnight Hue by Capturing-the-Light una bonita manana.. by kriakao
Huacachina Sunset by scwl Sassolungo by Panomenal Hungarian skies pt.CLXI. by realityDream