- Converting Photos to Black & White: Topaz B&W Effects 2
- How to Control Depth of Field (Video Tutorial)
- Interesting Photo of the Day: Finnish Lapland Trees in Winter
- World Cup Photography: Capturing the Most Iconic Soccer Moments (Video)
- See How Camera Traps Are Saving Wild Tigers (Video)
Posted: 26 Jun 2014 10:17 PM PDT
Topaz B&W Effects 2 is designed to be the most technologically-advanced software available for custom black and white photography conversion. They are offering it at 30% off until the end of the month which means there’s only a few days left, simply remember to use the voucher code JUNEBW at checkout. Deal Found here: Topaz Black & White Effects
It features over 200 presets that can be applied to your image in just a click. These time-saving presets make your black and white conversion and enhancement process quick and easy. After applying a preset, you can tweak the adjustment settings to develop your own unique look and then save these new settings as your own preset.
Some of the unique features found in Topaz B&W Effects 2:
The Zone System is a photographic technique to determine optimal image exposure where your image is separated into 11 “zones” of brightness. It’s a proven system that has historically helped photographers develop excellent black and white photos. Make adjustments and watch image elements shift in and out of your desired zones in real time.
The above video provides a first look at the new Topaz B&W Effects 2 features and how they can dramatically enhance your workflow.
How to Get a Discounted Copy:
The tool is very easy to install and then appears under your filters menu in Photoshop or other programs. Currently 30% off until the end of the month, simply remember to use the code JUNEBW at checkout.
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Posted: 26 Jun 2014 06:23 PM PDT
Have you ever snapped a portrait then realized the background is too busy? What if you really like the colors, but just need it to be a bit blurrier to bring the focus to your subject? In this video, photographer Terry White explains exactly how to control your depth of field to blur the background while keeping your subject in focus:
What is Depth of Field?
Depth of field refers to “the distance between the nearest and farthest objects in a scene that appear acceptably sharp in the image.” You can control the size of the area in focus in a number of ways.
Two Ways to Control Depth of Field
White says there are two main ways to control your depth of field.
1. Subject Placement
The first is to physically move your subject further from the background, automatically changing the depth of field. The further your model is from the background, the less in-focus the background will appear.
The second option is to change your camera settings:
How Aperture Size Affects Depth of Field
White snapped four shots of his model using the Wescott Skylux LED Light and the Modern Vintage Backgrounds–each at a different f-stop. Most kit lenses have an aperture range of f/5.6 to f/3.5, so he took one photo at each of those. He also snapped a shot at f/2.8 and another at f/1.4 to demonstrate the f-stop capabilities of higher-end lenses.
The pattern remains in focus at f/5.6 and starts to slightly blur at f/3.5. However, White says the focus hits the “sweet spot” at f/2.8 and the background continues to dissipate at f/1.4. He notes that this is a good reason to spend a bit more money on a higher-quality lens:
Keep in mind, there is an inverse relationship between the f-stop and the shutter speed. To maintain the correct exposure, as you lower the f-stop, you need to increase your shutter speed. You can read a full explanation about the relationship here.
Posted: 26 Jun 2014 02:47 PM PDT
If you’re willing to make the trip and can bear the frigid, glacial temperatures, the Arctic Circle and its surrounding area might very well have some of the most beautiful, pleasantly chilling photo ops imaginable. Here, you can see how sub-freezing temperatures and driving wind and snow can turn a field of trees into a surreal, unearthly winter landscape:
This picture, entitled “Sentinels of the Arctic” was taken in the scarcely populated Lapland Region of Finland by nature photographer Niccolò Bonfadini. Lying just outside the Arctic Circle, Lapland’s temperatures can drop to as low as -40°C. Bonfadini camped out in the freezing cold to get the perfect shots as the sun rose behind him.
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Posted: 26 Jun 2014 01:04 PM PDT
With so many advancements in the world of digital technology, there are so many ways to capture great photographs, even fast-paced sports photos. Right now, with World Cup Fever, comes a bombardment of action-packed shots capturing some of the greatest moments in soccer. How do you get your images noticed in this tight competition? Watch as CNN Digital’s director of photography, Simon Barnett, explains how to be a successful sports photographer:
As the action heats up in Brazil during the World Cup, the amount of soccer photos being sent to CNN Digital is excessive. Barnett has the seemingly impossible job of sifting through 8,000 to 12,000 images—each day. Of course, not all of these images can be published—or should be for that matter—so he has to decide what makes the cut. What does he look for? The image needs to be original and it needs to impress.
Tips for Taking a Great Soccer Action Shot
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Posted: 26 Jun 2014 11:16 AM PDT
India’s amazing Western Ghats is one of the most bio-diverse wilderness areas in the world. It is home to the largest population of wild tigers in the world. Tigers are secretive by nature, and getting an accurate count of their population has been near impossible–until now. Recently Dr. K. Ullas Karanth of the Wildlife Conservation Society came up with an ingenious solution to the problem:
The population of tigers is declining, so it is essential to monitor the wild cats’ behaviors and populations. In the late 1960s, Indian officials attempted to study tigers by using their tracks alone. But Karanth says this method wasn’t accurate—it was nearly impossible to document specific tigers. He knew he need to come up with something better.
Now, with the aid of Karanth’s camera traps, the tiger population can be better protected—and hopefully preserved for generations to come.
Go to full article: See How Camera Traps Are Saving Wild Tigers (Video)
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