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Composition & Colors
Project Educate: Composition BasicsThe action of putting things together; formation or construction.
The term composition simply means 'putting together' and is applied to all forms of art. In this respect, composition is all about the placement, arrangement or organisation of the individual elements within a photo. The composition of a photograph is what catches the viewer's attention and is what makes the image pleasing to the eye. By practicing and developing basic composition techniques, you can produce pieces of work which can recreate the impact of the original scene.
Some tips for developing composition skills are;
Look around using the viewfinder every time you take a picture.Look at each element and how it impacts the overall composition.Become familiar with your camera. Learn how it works, play around with settings and really get to know how each setting changes the overall image.Experiment and practice. Experiment and practice. Experiment and practice.Study other pieces of art; photogr
Discussion 13 ~ Mastering CompositionArguably the most important challenge that faces every artist is that of mastering composition.  Artists spend their entire life experimenting with different compositional tools in order to achieve desired effects. Throughout the academic history of art various books and theories have been written about principles and elements of design. The following list is not comprehensive and may vary from other lists that are out there, but I attempted to compile the most useful list of compositional ideas that I could with photographic examples of each of the ideas. Sometimes as artist we can spend so much time on technique and subject matter, that the basic composition of the piece we are trying to create gets overlooked. These powerful compositional tools not only help us to create more cohesive and complex art but they also help us to speak about art. Using the universal language of design, we can communicate with other artist in a seamless and direct way. My hope with this article is th

Hints and Tips #2 : Water SplashesWater Splashes:
Creative Use Of Water In Macro

In this tutorial I'll show you an easy way to turn a simple bottle into
a tool for creating stunning water splashes in your pictures.
You need:
An empty dish washing liquid bottle or shampoo bottleA lens to shoot from distance OR you risk water damage
Preparing the bottle
Open your empty bottle. Clean it with water until no more soap bubbles are building.
Now fill it up with water.
In action
Set a short exposure time to „freeze“ the water in motion.
Press on the bottle to release the water, while taking photos.
Be sure the water does not get inside your camera.
Technique #1 – Moment of Impact
4 Tips for Photographing Snails1. Get Them Out Of Their Shell
You can find snails hiding in wet & shady places. They come out after rain and during nighttime.

Once you find a snail, turn them on their back. After 1-2 min they will come out of their shell.
If they don't, than the weather is too dry or cold.
2. Use Backlight
Having a lightsource behind your snail will add additional detail to it's shell and make
the snail itself softly glow. You can use both natural light and little LED flashlights.

3. Let Them Climb
Try placing a snail carefully on plants or other surfaces.
Snails can climb walls straight up and hang on ceilings like bats.
4. Tell a Story
To set your images apart from the rest, try
Tutorial : Falling WaterdropsTime for another Tutorial :la:

Sorry for uploading it as a journal and not as a deviation, but it is easier and faster for me :aww:
The tutorial is about this kind of photos :
( it's actually quite easy :meow: )
1. What you need : :D
Bullet; Black a DSLR camera
( maybe Bridge cameras will work too )
Bullet; Black your normal 18-55mm lens or something similar
Bullet; Black a paper with the subject you want to reflect
Bullet; Black a faucet
2. The Setup
I know that it is totally unprofessional, but who cares? It works :D


Bullet; Black just use your ba
Photography tutorial - Bokeh by Nariscuss FeatureFriday: Tiny Worlds #1Theme: Ladybug Love

What does a life of a ladybug look like? What do they feel?
In this feature you get an inside look on the adventures of those tiny creatures, as seen by the photographers.
Follow them on their struggle to explore our world and find their love ...
brought to you by Rick-TinyWorlds

Portraiture - Humans to Animals "A good quality camera will help you produce good results, but in the end it's you who will make a photograph, not the camera."
Portraiture is no exception to the above musings, it's less about the right lighting and expensive equipment and much more about the subject you are photographing and how you interact with them. People photography is becoming more and more popular with people booking photographers to expand on their modelling portfolio, capture a newborn in the family or preserve some precious memories of many generations. But what about animals? Pet Photography is also becoming widely popular and there are many hints and tips that apply to capturing humans that you can also use when capturing someone's beloved pet (even your own!)
If you've been asked to shoot outdoors, which is generally preferable for capturing pets, then find out where their favourite location is. It might be a favour
Lighting in Portrait PhotographyPeople and Portraits week
Hello everyone,
I'm writing this tutorial of sorts, for all of you portrait photographers out there seeking advice about the lighting in your photographs. First off let me be clear in saying that I am no expert, or rather I do not claim to be, I sometimes do things in unusual ways, and my tips and advice are definitely not the only ones you should follow. This journal is just me giving you my take on how to get great lighting for your shots :)
1. Never shoot when the sun is at its highest peak.
Depending on where you live and your climate, this might vary, but I usually never shoot between the hours of 12-4 unless I'm shooting indoors, or it's a cloudy day. If you're doing an outdoors shoot and the sun is blasting on your model, you are very unlikely to get good results. Not only will it be uncomfortable for your model, and make it difficult to pose with a natural expression (sun in your eyes, worst feeling in the world),

Urban Exploration
Urbex Interview : David PinzerDavid Pinzer is a talented Urbex photographer from Dresden, Germany.
His photos stand out trough their beautiful colors, showing the deep aesthetic in decay.
In this interview we talk about his techniques and his motivation to visit lost places.

What equipment are you using?
"I'm using a Canon EOS 5D mark III along with different lenses.
The lenses I usually use for Urbex shoots are the Tokina 16-28mm f2.8 and the Samyang 14mm 2.8.
Of course I'm also using a Tripod (a Manfrotto)."
How do you achieve those wonderful colors?
"To intensify the colors I shoot the same motif with different exposures, which are then automatically combined with a HDR program or manuelly with DRI (Dynamic Range Increase) to a single image.
Afterwards I further optimize the contrasts, tones and colors."
side note

Things You NEED To Know for Nature PhotographyHi everyone.
I thought I would put together a list of really important things you should know for nature photography.
These are all tutorials on my new website, and they're written by some of the biggest names in wildlife and landscape photography in the world.
If you are chasing the perfect shot (aren't we all?) and you want to get better images, then read up here...
Wildlife Photography
The biggest complaint I hear from amateur wildlife photographers is that it is just so expensive.
So, with that in mind, I wrote these two articles to address this concern. You don't always need expensive kit to take great shots:
:star: The Ultimate Guide to Wildlife Photography on a Budget
:star: Choosing Your First Telephoto Lens
If you're looking for technique advice, then these are for you:
Tripods. What is the best?The Best Tripod?

Well, there is no specific brand that is the best. Bogen/Manfrotto, Tiltall, Gitzo, Slik and even Velbon (and several other companies) all make good tripods. On the other hand, there are lots of bad tripods out there, and some of them are made by the aforementioned companies. These will have cheap friction latches on the legs that will eventually wear out, the part at the top where the legs join may be made of plastic, and many are unstable. A $25 tripod from Walmart is not going to be very good and you'll wind up replacing it soon. It isn't just Walmart either; every manufacturer makes both good and bad tripods. You can't just go by brand name.

This is what I look for in a tripod:


The legs should be tubular and round in cross section, like pipes, not made of folded sheet metal. Ro
A Comparison Of Photography SitesHere is a comparison of different platforms for photographers, based on my personal experiences and observations.

reach all kind of peopleviews are okmuch interaction between users possiblecons
crowded platform, hard to get noticednot focused at photographyviews are ok, but not the best
focused at photographyvery good site designquality artwork can easily be discovered (more views in one day, then in months on deviantART)
few comments, but in good quality (not just "cool!")very active communityreached 1/8 of all my deviantART pageviews from 2 years in 2 DAYS
reach mainly other photographersdirect user interaction is a bit tedious
National Geographic YourShot

views are okchance to get your work include
Why You Should Still Be Experimenting    As we began our trek into the world of art most of us spent a decent amount of time experimenting to find our niche.
    But for many artists, once they find their place and style they often stop listening for any other callings.
What Exactly do You Mean by "Experiment".
    Trying new things - of course we should experiment and text our tools, that's one of the first steps to becoming an artist in learning what you're working with and how to use your resources and tools to produce the best outcome for your art. What this article is about however is going outside your style and technique. 
Why Should You Experiment?
    Experimenting is a crucial part of learning. It's also a giant piece of expanding, improving and adding to what you already have. Imagine if the first thing you created was all you ever did. I'd be taking photo after photo of the sunrise: two problems with that are I'm not a mining person


Every week

GameARTMonday      outstanding GameART
TinyTuesday              my new photos
FeatureFriday            either a tiny worlds or lost places feature


Photography Interviews and Tutorials

definitive schedule until 31. 10. 2014


Rick Hoppmann

I'm a game developer and photographer from Germany, who loves nature, adventure and a good cup of coffee.
I post here my photos of lost places and tiny worlds.
In case you wonder, I only edit colors and contrast of my images.

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You can find a collection of helpful photography tutorials at the left side of the page.
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SchwarzWieEbenholZ Featured By Owner 1 day ago   Photographer
Danke fürs watchen! :hug:
alexgphoto Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks so much for watching, Rick! RoseHug 
There's much more on my  Facebook Page , you're welcome to join me there if you want Aww
malaugusto Featured By Owner 1 day ago   Photographer
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mightybearrr Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Professional Filmographer
I know I'm late as shit, but dude happy birthday.
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