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February 12 2014

20:00

Learn From The Best: 10 Professional Photographers You Should Follow On Instagram

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With 150 million active users on Instagram, it’s always a challenge wading through the millions of photos posted on the mobile app on a daily basis. Here at MakeUseOf, we like to help out a little, and uncover some interesting people worth following. Whether it’s gems we think you shouldn’t be missing out, great nature photographers, interesting travel photography feeds, or even Instagram hashtags you should keep tabs on, there’s a ton of excellent Instagram users we think you should be following. But what about actual professional photographers? Instagram has had its share of criticism from some professional photographers who...

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15:30

AutoDesk Pixlr Touch Up Adds 100+ New Photo Effects & New Adjustment Options

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In a major update, Pixlr Touch Up has added 100 new overlay effects and new adjustment tools to the popular app for Chrome and Chrome OS. In a strong nod to the Instagram generation, you’ll find vignetting, light painting, bokeh, fireworks, and light leaks as the new members for overlay effects. The touch-up tools are the key components of the app, allowing casual and pro-photographers the luxury of quickly making corrections in their photos without firing up more heavyweight photo-editing software. The new tools add to the usefulness. AutoDesk said that most of the updates come from their other popular...

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January 29 2014

17:00

Follow These 5 Tips To Get More Shares For Your Pinterest Images

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Tired of pinning images that don’t receive the attention they deserve? You’re not alone. It’s difficult to create shareable images, especially in the sea of millions of images that circulate around Pinterest daily. But while it may be difficult, it isn’t impossible. The secret to getting people to share your Pinterest images (i.e., repin your work) is the same secret to writing tweets that people will retweet and gaining more views for your YouTube videos: creating strong, consumable content that’s presented in the most aesthetically-pleasing, user-friendly manner. People will only share things that they can feel proud about sharing. In...

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January 14 2014

15:00

5 Tips for Taking Panoramic Photos With Your Smartphone

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Panoramic images of stunning landscapes almost always look marvellous, but they can be extremely difficult to create. Using a smartphone, however, there are various techniques and tricks – not to mention apps – which you can employ to get the best results. Lighting and Shape In standard photos, you should be able to position yourself to take advantage of the best light source and let your camera do the rest. With panoramic photography, the light changes with each composite snap, especially if you’re indoors. The shape of the scene will also play an important factor in this, as well as...

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13:00

How To Take Awesome Winter Photos On Your Smartphone

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Steve McCurry, the renowned photographer famous for snapping the ‘Afghan girl’ portrait, has a lesser known photo that has stayed with me. It’s a scene from New York, where Central Park is completely covered with snow. I don’t quite know why it appeals to me so much, but have a look for yourself. Photos taken in winter are fascinating because they give the person behind the lens a white canvas. A blanket of snow makes for some of the best-looking photos you will ever see, but it’s pretty easy to have things go wrong as well. So I dug around...

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January 08 2014

21:00

8 Easy Ways To Get Started With A Photography Habit Today

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You don’t have to wait for the turn of a new year to start a new habit. Each day can be a new beginning. A hobby like photography also needs the discipline of a habit, and you can give it an extra motivational push with the help of the Web. You shouldn’t let your camera collect dust – think differently and inspiring photography ideas will come to you. If all fails, the Web and the number of popular photography blogs offer a constant stream of ideas. So, are you stuck in a rut? Is your camera cocooned snugly in its...

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18:00

How To Turn Random Snapshots Into A Uniform-Looking Photo Series

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A few tricks can save you hours of editing in Photoshop. Let’s say you have a random collection of photos. You or whoever the photographer was didn’t have the foresight to take them with the same camera or lens, but now you wish you could combine them and make them look like they were created during a single photo shoot. Rather than tediously editing each photo, you could run all of them through the same preset filter to create that desired uniform look. Let me explain… Pick Your Photo Collection Maybe you have a collection of family photos, taken by...

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January 03 2014

17:00

3 Steps To Learning The Basics Of Photography With A Virtual DSLR

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When you are eyeing the latest DSLR camera on the shop window, a virtual camera application isn’t going to draw your attention. But if that dream camera is still some dollars away, the Outside of Auto from Canon could be the thing to give you a gentler introduction to the basics of photography. The best way to learn photography is by taking thousands of pictures, but learning a bit of theory does bolster the practice. Rather than learning from books, tutorials, or YouTube videos, this web application from Canon Canada is the most fun yet. Canon Outside of Auto is...

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January 02 2014

21:00

The World At Large: 7 Photography Websites To Feed Your Wanderlust

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Travel and photography are so closely linked that we probably don’t wonder at it anymore. It is so commonplace thanks to high-resolution wallpapers and travel websites. Oh yes, we do wonder with awe at the sight of our beautiful landscapes and panoramic vistas; but that takes up just a couple of our senses. True travel photography is something that goes beyond travel brochures and wallpapers. The Photographic Society of America defines a travel photo as an image that expresses the feeling of a time and place, portrays a land, its people, or a culture in its natural state, and has...

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January 01 2014

16:00

7 Photography Projects That Could Change The Way You Look At Selfies

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The “selfie” really came into its own in 2013 with word mavens finally giving it a place in the dictionary. The year probably saw the best of such self-expression which my friend Dave duly recorded in his curation of the best, worst, & funniest selfies of 2013. The Kim Kardashians of the world can get away with non-artsy but “arse-y” selfies, but the rest of the world has to put some thought into self-portrait shots and make sure there’s something more than a mirror involved for the sake of creativity. Yes, there is a right way to take self-shots; but...

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December 31 2013

16:00

OKDOTHIS Gives You A Community Of Ideas For Photography Inspiration

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It’s not that you just have to turn up with your camera and capture that fantastic shot waiting for you. Photographers have their own version of creative blocks; especially a photography beginner.  Instead of packing up your camera or waiting for divine intervention, you can try OKDOTHIS on your iPhone. A community of ideas, as emphasized on their homepage, just might help to part the mental shrouds. OKDOTHIS is a photo app that is also about sharing photos. But isn’t that what every Instagram and Hipstamatic imitator claims to do? Trying to standing apart, OKDOTHIS is not only about photo...

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December 15 2013

14:30

Build Your Own Google Street View Using An Android Phone Or DSLR Camera

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If you have an Android phone or DSLR camera, you can now create your own Street View, which is laid on top of a Google Map. You can even embed the image on your website. To create your street view, all you need to do is make something called a “photo sphere” (which is basically a moving panorama photo). For more detail on this, Google explains how to make photospheres. Once you have made your photo sphere, you have to first put it on your Google+ photo storage, and then upload it to Google Maps. Then on that same page,...

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December 14 2013

17:30

New Photosynth Brings Spin, Panorama, Walk and Wall for Immersive 3D Photos

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Microsoft’s Photosynth is a fantastic way to create 3D panoramas to really give you a look and feel of a place. And it’s just got a whole lot better. A preview of the new Photosynth offers a peek at the different upcoming features, which Microsoft calls Spin, Panorama, Walk and Wall. Spin: Spin around any object to capture it from all angles. It only lets you go all around though, not up and down as well. (20-30 photos) Panorama: Stand in one place and turn in every direction to capture a 360-degree view of everything around you. Again, only go...

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December 06 2013

21:30

Creative Commons 4.0 Licenses Are More Global, User-Friendly

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Copyright law can be confusing. While infographics like this can help us to grasp it better, Creative Commons has been on a crusade to make it much easier for the average user to understand. And with the release of v4.0, licenses are becoming more internationally robust and user-friendly. “The 4.0 licenses—more than two years in the making—are the most global, legally robust licenses produced by CC to date. We have incorporated dozens of improvements that make sharing and reusing CC-licensed materials easier and more dependable than ever before,” Diane Peters of Creative Commons said in a blog post. Working with...

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December 05 2013

23:00

VSCO Cam For Android, Reviewed: A Hipster Haven, Or What Instagram Should Have Been?

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Here’s a novel idea: Take pictures with your phone, then apply filters to make them look old-timey. What? Heard this one before? Oh right, there’s this Instagram thing we gave you newbie tips for and shown you who to follow on. You may not remember this, but Instagram started out as an iOS-only app, which was mainly populated by photo buffs and artistic types. That’s before it got bought out by Facebook. Well, if you long for those days and are tired of Instagram’s overly processed photos, you should look at VSCO Cam, a photo filter app that’s made a...

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November 26 2013

21:00

Stunwall & PhotoMania: Two Stunningly Simple Image Editors You Need To Try

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These days, you can edit photos absolutely anywhere. On your computer, in your browser, on your phone, and on your tablet. Everything’s possible. Editing photos in your browser is one of the simplest and easiest ways to go, and there are tons of tools out there to try. I’ve recently found two online image editors that stand out from the crowd. One offering heaps of options for free, one that is refreshingly basic. Curious? Give them both a try. PhotoMania Before getting started, you should know that PhotoMania is still in beta, and is therefore missing basic features such as...

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13:30

Sony DSC-QX100 Smartphone Attachable Lens Review and Giveaway

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How badly do you want to take great photographs? Enough to tote around a dSLR with you wherever you go? While I do know one die-hard photographer who lugs her camera around wherever she goes, most of us lack the dedication. So we’re left with the camera that’s already in our pocket — our smartphone. Sadly, most smartphone photos are far from great, at least in terms of raw image quality. So what’s a person to do? Sony thinks it has the answer, in the form of the DSC-QX100. This is $498 camera… without a viewfinder or a screen. It...

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November 22 2013

18:30

Turn Your Photos Into A Glossy Photo Book With A Single Click On Flickr Photo Books [Updates]

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Flickr Photo Books is a new service from Flickr that gives you an easy way to turn your best photos into a glossy photo book. A Flickr Photo Book can be generated in minutes with a single click on the photos you want to assimilate into the book. Each 11-by-8.5-inch hardcover bound book with photos on premium heavy stock photo Lustre paper costs $34.95 for 20 pages. Each extra page will cost an extra of $0.50 per page, and one can go up to 240 pages. The only downer is that the service provides shipping for the U.S. alone. Flickr...

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November 12 2013

14:00

Aperture 3.5 Offers the Best Range of Photo and Editing Tools for the Mac

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Despite being intended for professionals, any Mac user who shoots and edits lots of photos would do well to upgrade to Apple’s professional photo editor, Aperture ($79.99). If you have used iPhoto or an online photo manager like Flickr.com , you have no doubt experienced workflow gaps that a program like Aperture can fulfill. This advanced editor allows you to batch process photos, apply preset adjustments and photo effects, back up your photo library on a separate drive, and much more. These abundant features are why we have added Aperture to our Best of Mac software page. From iPhoto to Aperture iPhoto is...

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November 09 2013

13:00

How To Use An Arduino To Shoot Beautiful High-Speed Photography

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Smashing wine glasses and popping balloons is obviously fun in and of itself – that’s just how I roll. But combined with a DSLR camera and an Arduino, it can also make for some interesting photographs. That’s exactly what we’ll be doing today. Project Basics There are two parts to this project really – the first is a sound trigger. Using a piezo buzzer as a microphone and an Arduino, we can easily detect loud noises and define an action. The second part is the camera setup. Since triggering the camera directly would be too slow, we’ll be leaving the...

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