Photo © Marco Bozzato
Welcome to the second monthly flickr photo blog challenge! Marco Bozzato, the winner of last month’s challenge has chosen the theme “Music” which will lay the foundation from which we can build out submissions. You have until April 30th to submit your musical image to the following Flickr group threads:
If you’re not a member of either (or both) group(s), please join us, submit your image and prepare to vote. Heather and Mat from Mirrorlessons, as well as myself will each choose our favorite from all submissions and on the first of May, we will open up a vote on both of our blogs to allow everyone, and all readers to vote from May 1st through May 5th. The image and photographer with the most votes will get showcased on both blogs and gets to choose the theme for the month of May. We had dozens of images submitted for the first challenge, and I’d love to see this continue to grow. The larger we can build this community both inside and outside of flickr, the larger an audience and family we will have to interact with, learn from and build upon.
So, get your camera out, and get creative. The only rule is that the image needs to be related to music, and while not an official rule, we like the idea of newly taken images so that we can use these monthly challenges to spur creativity from the ground up.
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Let’s get to it!
Congratulations to Marco (see more from him HERE) for compiling over half of the overall votes between the poll here and on Mirrorlessons (click HERE to visit Mat and Heather)! Stay tuned to find out Marco’s choice on our Flickr Photo Blog Challenge topic for April. To sign up to receive posts as they go live, enter your email at the top right of the page, find me on Facebook here, or Twitter here and find the TRP Flickr group HERE and the Mirrorlessons Flickr group HERE! It’s all about family, friends and community and I’m very excited that we’re continuing to grow ours. If you didn’t see the recent eye enhancement tutorial featuring Heather from Mirrorlessons, check it out HERE.
Thanks to all for the continued collaboration, support and conversation. I look forward to seeing where we can all continue to take this.
Take care and happy shooting,
A couple years ago, I’d posted a tutorial on simple eye enhancement techniques and I wanted to revisit and build on that. Lately, “Photoshop” has seemed to be getting absolutely bludgeoned and cast as some evil, socially destructive outcast. Used as a verb, photoshopping has become akin to kicking a blind puppy, and then forcing it into a life of anorexia. While I am in no way a fan of, nor support using photoshop to unnaturally build unrealistic body proportions, or overly plasticize a face to perfection, I will make the case that retouching is an art and like anything has boundaries. If viewing retouching from a creative angle, there are things that can be a lot of fun. If viewing retouching from a practical angle, it can be effective. Going overboard in any direction can certainly lead to criticism, but so many forms of artistic manipulation have and will always continue to draw ire. For this post, I want to play around with both the creative and practical angles in regards to enhancing one’s eyes in a portrait. Thank you to my friends Mat and Heather from Mirrorlessons – Bestmirrorlesscamerareviews.com for the shot you see above. Eyes are often a focal point in many a good portrait, so why not add a bit of punch to that focal point? Come on in to see how I achieve this quickly and easily. If interested, you can download these eye enhancement Photoshop actions for free…
Yet another kit lens has come onto the scene. On paper, ho-hum, a little wider, a little shorter, still slow, no focus ring… Why would this particular kit lens be a better choice than the other current options? Yes, it’s tiny and light weight and nearly as small as the Lumix 14mm Pancake lens, but what’s this? It’s reasonably sharp at all focal lengths and all apertures and offers us a 24mm equivalent lens as opposed to the moderate wide 28mm equivalent in most all other kit zooms… Interesting. Hit the jump for my user review on this little optic…
I may be speaking to a small audience on this one, but I cannot contain my momentary excitement, er, relief. For those GM1 shooters who’ve been using Lightroom or ACR, DXO or Silkypix, this news will be of little consequence. For those of us who use Apple’s Aperture, today is a good day. FINALLY (seriously Apple, this camera was announced last Fall and has been in shooters hands for almost 5 months!) Apple has decided to properly support the .RW2 RAW files from the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1.
Along with the GM1, below are the cameras that are now supported in Apple’s most recent Digital Camera RAW Update 5.04:
- Fujifilm X-E2
- Fujifilm X-T1
- Nikon D3300
- Nikon 1 AW1
- Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GM1
- Pentax K-3
If you’re a shooter with any of the above cameras, and use Aperture as your Digital Asset Management software, you can download the new version of Digital Camera RAW v5.04 – HERE or just go to your Software Update and it should be sitting there ready to go.
I will be testing the RAW files from the GM1 shortly and will have an article posted in due time. In the mean time, if you’d like to receive that when it is posted, feel free to enter your email at the top right of the page to subscribe or find me on Facebook or Twitter.
Hi guys! Your monthly Topaz deal is here! Topaz Labs is offering up DeNoise for 50% off. I have written up a more in depth review on DeNoise 5 before, and feel it is one of the best, and most effective plugins I use. It’s pretty amazing to see what this software can do for your high ISO images. Topaz is running this sale through the end of March via Topaz Labs Website HERE. Just use the code “mardenoise” at checkout to get the discount. C’mon in to see some before and after examples…
I’ve written about the shoot we did for ELK at the Multnomah Whisk(e)y Library, the award that it won for best new design via Eater.com, and now it has garnered national attention via Hospitality Design Magazine. The article is short and sweet, and gives a little insight into the aesthetic and design approach by my friend and ELK Co-founder, Kelly OG. Come on in…
As some of you know, I moonlight as a working man. My work entails the manufacturing and distribution of sail boat components. One of the products I work with is yachting rope. Through various projects over my time with rope, I’ve learned certain splicing and tapering techniques. I’ve been building my own wrist straps for a while now and have fielded quite a few inquiries from readers who’ve seen them adorn my cameras here on the blog, so I decided to see if I couldn’t support the blog itself by selling these guys. C’mon in to see more about what goes into the hand building of these things and find out how to buy one for yourself or a loved one :)
Topaz continues to improve they’re line of valuable plugins with the new release of Simplify 4. Currently on sale through the end of this month for $19.99 (50% off!) when using the code “febsimplify” during checkout, Simplify 4 provides a quick, easy and very controllable plugin for a variety of painting and line drawing effects. You can see it on Topazlabs.com HERE, or come on in to see a screen shot and read my ramblings on why I think this is a pretty amazing plugin for $20.
Drawing has happened (see the winners HERE)! Thanks to everyone, and if you’re interested in purchasing a wrist strap, go HERE.
I wanted to thank you all for the continued support and conversation. While I will not be retiring off of my blog anytime soon, I have loved building it and watching it grow over the years. I try to keep any and all commercialization to a bare minimum here as I know how often we’re all bombarded with offers and urges to purchase certain things. I have chosen to keep this blog as a personal passion project and have slowly and hopefully inoffensively added affiliate links where applicable.
That said, I have been working on a new project (which many of you have probably already figured out) and before I release it to the world to try and make enough money to keep justifying the time spent on the blog, I want to reward three of you with a freebie. I will be announcing my new hand built camera wrist straps soon and before that, I wanted to give away a wrist strap to three of my readers.
So, here’s the part where you can sign up for the drawing. You get your name entered in once for each sign up as follows: