- Convert Photos to Digital Art: Topaz Simplify at 50% Off
- A Bikini Photo Shoot in Zero Gravity? Yes, This Actually Happened (Video)
- Interesting Photo of the Day: Beautiful Ice Cave on Lake Superior
- Bacteriography: Growing Photos in Bacteria (Video)
Posted: 20 Feb 2014 06:14 PM PST
Topaz Simplify is designed to help photographers create stunning art from their photos. Create paintings, sketches, watercolors, cartoons, and more. Make your art uniquely personal instead of using cookie-cutter filters. Get better results faster with specialized digital art technology. They are offering it at half off until next Friday, simply remember to use the voucher code FEBSIMPLIFY at checkout. Deal found here: Topaz Simplify at 50% Off
Start by using one of dozens of curated art presets. Then, fine-tune them to get the exact look you want. It gives you a set of tools to create art that only you can make. Build a wide assortment of effects such as watercolors, oil paintings, cartoons, charcoal drawings, sketches, and more.
Each time you process a photo, Topaz Simplify’s technology combines four key areas to get the final result:
1. Edge tracing - Automatically trace the important edge features in your photo, and then modify the tracing if needed. (For example, make the lines thicker, ignore weaker lines, etc.)
2. Details - Independently adjust smaller image detail to add interesting textures with finer control.
3. Large image features - Create an artistic base for your work by removing unwanted image elements. One of Simplify’s most magical features.
4. Original enhancement - Make the final result look more natural by intelligently merging it with parts of the original photo, which is also enhanced.
Each one of these key areas can be processed completely independently. When combined, however, they can create an almost limitless assortment of unique art effects.
Topaz Simplify’s ultimate goal is to make it as simple as possible to create great art from your photos. Its specialized digital art technology lets you mix and match edges, details, and other image features in ways that weren’t possible before.
How to get a copy for half off this week:
The tool is very easy to install and then appears under your filters menu in Photoshop or other programs. Currently 50% off until Friday February 28, simply remember to use the voucher code FEBSIMPLIFY at checkout.
Deal found here: Topaz Simplify at 50% Off
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Posted: 20 Feb 2014 02:08 PM PST
For part of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 50th Anniversary Edition, Kate Upton and a crew of photographers boarded a specially modified Boeing 727 which flew in parabolic arcs to create a weightless environment allowing them to float, flip and soar as if in space–which makes for a very unique and challenging photo shoot:
In the next video, the focus is more on Upton and less on the photographers, but it still offers some interesting behind the scenes footage from the model’s perspective:
To get the shots, the photographers and assistants were subject to zero gravity as well, making it particularly difficult to get good shots. The assistants, some of whom were tethered down, were often times responsible for holding the photographers steady while they worked.
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Posted: 20 Feb 2014 12:10 PM PST
The ice caves along the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in northern Wisconsin have been closed to visitors for the past five years. Warmer winter temperatures have kept the ice less than 8 inches thick, which is too thin to safely walk out on. Now, for the first time since 2009, the ice over Lake Superior is 16-18 inches thick, and visitors are flocking to the park, eager to explore its frozen sea caves and their unique formations.
Photographer Kelly Marquardt visited the caves on January 26, just eleven days after they opened to the public. Marquardt had to brave the single-digit temperatures, the grueling winds, and the long hike to see the caves, and then wait around until the other tourists cleared out of the way, but her beautiful photograph was well worth the effort:
Kelly Marquardt is a self-taught hobbyist who runs her own daycare business. However, she says that she truly lives to explore and photograph the natural world throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota and to adventure with her loved ones.
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Posted: 20 Feb 2014 10:30 AM PST
As we all know, there are many ways to process and develop photographs, but did you know that you can grow an image using bacteria? Sounds kind of gross, but the science behind it is actually pretty cool, and the finished product is definitely a conversation piece. Take a look at the video below to see how it’s done:
The process may not necessarily be a good do-it-yourself project–unless you have access to a lab and knowledge of working with bacteria–but it is still fun learning how the pop art inspired “prints” are made.
In this next video, we get to see the development stage of the portraits via a timelapse video. Watching the images grow before our eyes is pretty incredible:
Zachary Copher, the brains behind the bacteriography, has enlisted the help of celebrities to take part in the experiment for The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair in the UK. Each celebrity will have a portrait done of themselves which will be developed using their own bacteria.
Some of the celebrities partaking in the fun include Stephen Fry, Liz Bonnin, and Kieron Richards. All of the celebrities involved will be given their portrait at the end of the fair. It will certainly serve as a unique addition to their art collections!
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