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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
Through The Lens #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 Editing Photos in GIMP Part 1Community Week
Editing photos with gimp gives you so many possibilities! This article could be endless, but i will try to make it short and cover some basics. I will explain you how to set the contrast, the white balance, how to handle the curves and how to resize your photo in the end.
Some of those tips could be helpful for Photomanipulations, too! :)
So we have our photo, but it looks a bit dull... what should we do to bring a bit more contrast into it?

Oh, right, GIMP has this brightness and contrast tool, so we just - no. Never, never use it. Don't even think about it. Here is the reason:

The left picture is the worst case - always makes me cringe when i see photos like this Oops!
On the right side, you see the best case - still you don't have much contr

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 WorldsTheme: 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
Macro Photography TipsFriends, many of you have been asking me about my gear and the way I create my works, and requesting to share some tips.
Well, you're welcome to check out my most recent article about macro photography and quench your curiosity! ;)

Continue reading: Macro Photography Essentials Part II: getting down to business'
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Macro Interview : Olivia MichalskiThe work of creative photographer Olivia Michalski (dragonfly-oli) stands out trough a certain calmness and clarity, showing us the magic in the tiny worlds around us.

"The  jump."
How did you get started with photography?
"I started to think about taking pictures as a passion was when my grandpa died in April 2010. We did not have many pictures of him, and suddenly his presence was terminated. That was the moment I wanted to take images to catch the moment."

"Little diamond."
"In summer 2010 I worked very hard and spent my whole summer holidays to gain money for a DSLR. And then, in August 2010, I finally bought my first DSLR!"
What equipment are you using?
"I am using the Nikon D5000 (my old baby!), and the lenses I love to use the most

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
Feature Friday : Lost PlacesTheme: Ruins Blues

In color psychology blue is seen to bring feelings of calmness and peacefulness to the mind, emotions I often experience when exploring lost buildings. Despite all the chaos coming with decay, there is a timeless beauty to it.
Like a counterpart to the busy world of the shopping malls and business towers, they stand still, free from the noise of the outer world, to tell the stories of the long gone inhabitants.
Yet ... they also show how insignificant men are in the great picture.
Even if their creations outlive them, they will be gone one day.

That's why we should make effort to create for us and the people around us, not a perfect, but a wonderful present. That's why we should leave traces behind, which t

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
Thoughts about Photography - part 4In here you will find a few examples of works specific to different types of Photography, followed by various artists' opinion about what they think it's most important regarding their art and how to make it. You will come to see that while on some types of Photography many artists have similar opinions, on others their thoughts differ a lot, so read them all carefully and enjoy the article! - lintu47
Still Life

AmbientExposures "Still Photography is one of my favorite forms of photography. To achieve better results in still photography or product photography, I use various equipments. These are some of the essential equipments I use in my photography. Tripod: the tripod is very essential to still photography. I find myself working with very high F-stops (8-22) to produce sharpn
DIY Photography ToolsArtists Tools
Articles focusing on DIY tools for Photography are numerous.... therefore we're not going to repeat one this week! Instead we are going to point you to ten awesome tutorials for doing it yourself with regards to Photography. These easy, cheap and often very successful ideas will help you now and in the future, some will stay with you for life and some are great little 'life hacks' to get you through until you can afford and justify purchasing the top notch equipment!
Canon users - DIY Remote Trigger
This is an American idea so it estimates the cost to be around '3 bucks.' To the brits reading this article, that's approximately £ the rest of you, well, it's pretty damn cheap regardless! Instructables have a great article explaining how it's possible to build your own remote trigger from a mobile phone hands free kit.


Rick Hoppmann

I'm a game developer and photographer from Germany, an artist, who loves to create worlds and inspire people.
Someone who wants to make a change in the world, no matter how insignificant he is as human being.

Get In Touch

If you like my art, please comment how it makes you feel / what it makes you think of.

If you're happen to be around Leipzig, Germany sometime, feel free to send me a note :note:
Maybe we can do a photography trip together or meet on a cup of coffee :meow:
(artists, models and other cool people welcome)

My blog:
I post about my games and photos of tiny worlds. Each week I also publish and interview in this fields, so be sure to check it out! :)

Macro Interview : Olivia Michalski
Lost In The Mystical Woods

Do you pay attention to street art art when walking trough your city? 

19 deviants said Yes!
3 deviants said No.
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