Daily Archives: February 14, 2011

Black and White Children Portraits by Mirjam Delrue


 

30 Photoshop Tutorial Blogs


Photoshop is one of the most popular tools among web and graphic designers all around the world. Everyday lots of tutorials being created, but which blogs and websites provide the best tutorials?

In this collection I’ve included the best Photoshop tutorial blogs and websites worth reading. Hopefully, you will like this roundup and find something new and useful for you. Web Design Fan isn’t included here but you can find some really great Photoshop tutorials in our Tutorials category.

1. Psdtuts+

Psdtuts+

Psdtuts+ is probably the best Photoshop blog in the world. They publish tutorials that not only produce great graphics and effects, but explain the techniques behind them in a friendly, approachable manner.

2. Design Instruct

Design Instruct

Design Instruct is a regularly updated web magazine for designers and digital artists where you can find and learn design tips and tricks. They feature high-quality tutorials from some of the top designers and digital artists from around the world.

3. PSDFAN

PSDFAN

PSDFAN is a blog centered around design and Photoshop. PSDFAN provides in depth Photoshop tutorials, articles, inspiration, freebies and more.

4. Worth1000

Worth1000

Worth1000 is a huge community of Photoshop users. There you will find a lot of great tutorials and techniques explained.

5. WeGraphics

WeGraphics

WeGraphics is the definitive solution for designers who need high-quality resources but they also have a great blog with useful tutorials, tips and tricks for Photoshop users.

6. Abduzeedo

Abduzeedo

Abduzeedo is a blog about design. There are all sorts of articles for those who want to look for inspiration. Also you will find very useful tutorials for the most used applications out there, with a special selection of Photoshop tutorials and more.

7. Webdesigntuts+

Webdesigntuts+

Webdesigntuts+ is a blog made to house and showcase some of the best web design tutorials and articles around.

8. Line25

Line25

Line25 is a weblog based around the topic of web design, and is the home to a range of posts that aim to give ideas and inspiration to web creatives.

9. Tutorial9

Tutorial9

Awesome tutorials, useful freebies and huge community. This is the new version of Tutorial9 blog.

10. The Photoshop Roadmap

The Photoshop Roadmap

Photoshop Roadmap publishes newest Photoshop tutorials around the web.

11. Spoon Graphics Blog

Spoon Graphics Blog

On this site you’ll find design tutorials covering various techniques and effects in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, as well as a look into various other creative topics.

12. 10Steps.SG

10Steps.SG

10Steps.SG is a web and graphic design blog by Johnson Koh from Singapore. There you will find interesting experiments with Photoshop and massive collection of useful resources.

13. DeviseFunction

DeviseFunction

DeviseFunction shares useful information for web designers and developers.

14. Tutorial King

Tutorial King

Tutorial King is a collection of high quality Photoshop tutorials. You can browse them for free and use them to improve your skills on Photoshop.

15. CreativeFan Design

CreativeFan Design

Design.CreativeFan is for graphic designers. It features regularly posted tutorials designed at teaching professional techniques at no cost to the community.

16. HV-Designs

HV-Designs

HV-Designs is a very popular site in the design community dedicated to mastering Adobe Photoshop, JQuery, CSS and HTML.

17. Photoshop Plus

Photoshop Plus

Photoshop Plus is a tutorials site dedicated to mastering Adobe Photoshop. With freebies, fresh articles and tutorials added weekly Photoshop Plus is constantly in the spot light.

18. Designious Times

Designious Times

On this blog you will find tutorials, design resources, articles about vector illustrations, t-shirt designs and more.

19. PsAwesome

PsAwesome

Detailed Photoshop tutorials and resources for all kind of designers.

20. PSD Vault

PSD Vault

PSD Vault offers posts that linked to useful, informative and easy-to-follow Adobe Photoshop tutorials, plus inspirational design works, useful Photoshop resources and free downloads.

Psdeluxe

Psdeluxe is one of the most perspective blog focused exclusively on Photoshop tutorials and graphic design.

22. GoMediaZine

GoMediaZine

Go Media is a group of guys and girls who are passionate about art and graphic design. They share useful information basically filled with lots of helpful tutorials and advice about business and design.

23. Ultimate Designer Toolkit

Ultimate Designer Toolkit

Ultimate Designer Toolkit Blog shares in depth Photoshop tutorials mainly focused on web design.

24. TutorialShock

TutorialShock

Tutorial Shock is a website dedicated to post high quality tutorials regarding different topics, including Photoshop and Illustrator.

25. Trendy Tuts

Trendy Tuts

Trendy Tuts offers high quality resources and trendy tutorials for Photoshop.

26. Tutzor

Tutzor

Best photoshop tutorials on the web that let you achieve amazing effects using various Photoshop techniques.

27. Adobetutorialz

Adobetutorialz

Adobe Tutorialz is an exceptionally popular and well respected source of tutorials and resources, once entirely concentrated on Adobe Photoshop.

28. Photoshop Tutorials

Photoshop Tutorials

Another great source for high quality and useful Photoshop tutorials on web and graphic design.

29. Photoshop Star

Photoshop Star

Photoshop Star is a design blog that publishes basic and advanced Adobe Photoshop tutorials and articles related.

30. Grafpedia

Grafpedia

On this blog you will find thousands of Photoshop resources and newest tutorials from Grafpedia team.

If Animals Were Models


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If Animals Were Models

This could be a very interesting question for photographers. What if animals really were models? How would they pose? How would they look? We tried to get answers to these questions and started searching all over the internet for our priceless collection of animal “models”.

Some are happy to pose, some are angry, some want to show their natural beauty and are confident, and some are extremely shy. Some have even used props to make their picture interesting. And if these pictures are still not enough, we’ve added links to more collections of beautiful animal photography after the jump below. Enjoy!

Squirrel

Squrel in If Animals Were Models

God Bless

Godbless in If Animals Were Models

Follow me guys!

Follow in If Animals Were Models

Yup, This Is My Treat! Virgil

Rat in If Animals Were Models

Pigs in a pumpkin

Teacup-pigs in If Animals Were Models

Friday Funny Animals

Seal in If Animals Were Models

Series of wild animals 3

Crocko in If Animals Were Models

Please don’t Kill me

Pleasedontkillme in If Animals Were Models

Umm huh?

Animalwy in If Animals Were Models

Animals

Monaxvampir in If Animals Were Models

Curiously

Curiously in If Animals Were Models

Cute animal

P-animal in If Animals Were Models

Reddy

Reddy in If Animals Were Models

Animal Fair 3 – fascinating

Eyes in If Animals Were Models

Silly and Funny Animals

Silly in If Animals Were Models

All kitties yawn

Yawning in If Animals Were Models

Funny Animal Teeth

Teeth in If Animals Were Models

Stop……Thief……..

Thief in If Animals Were Models

Precious…

Family in If Animals Were Models

Mandrill

Mandrill in If Animals Were Models

Sleep hour

Sleep-hour in If Animals Were Models

Faith, hope, and love

Fait in If Animals Were Models

Stags Fight

Stagfigt in If Animals Were Models

Careful with that crocodile , Eugene

Croko in If Animals Were Models

Little tiger

Little-tiger in If Animals Were Models

Why do you sleep? Wake up!

Wakeup in If Animals Were Models

hilde van hove

Hildevanhove in If Animals Were Models

Wazzzzzuuuup!

Wazzzzzuuuup in If Animals Were Models

cute animal

Cuteanimal in If Animals Were Models

Stay away from me weirdo !!

Weirdo in If Animals Were Models

Thoughts

Tougts in If Animals Were Models

More Natural Photography

35 Truly Dramatic Examples of Animal Photography
50 Superb Examples of Animal Photography
Animals Gone Wild (Photography)

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About the author: Bhanu Ahluwalia is a graduate in Computer Science and a social media enthusiast from India. He specializes in web design by qualification and photography by passion. He is an avid blogger, running TutZone and co-authoring DesignUnder and SloDive. You can reach him viaTwitter.

 

101 Things I Have Learnt About Street Photography


1. Don’t worry about the camera so much, just take the damn photo.
2. Ditch the zoom lens and screw on some primes
3. Carry your camera gear in a messenger bag  (it makes your camera & lenses easier to access).
4. Go for the candid look.
5. Go for the shock factor.
6. Smile often.
7. When shooting from the hip, your first 1000 shots will be terrible.
8. Don’t make eye contact with your subjects when trying to be discrete.
9. Imagine that the world is your stage and people are your actors.
10. Feel free to ask people to take their portraits.
11. Try to refrain from taking photos of the homeless (as most shots can be considered as merely exploitation).
12. Crouch when taking your shots, it often makes for more interesting photos.
13. Get close. Now take two steps closer.
14. Shoot with an all-black camera with your logos taped up with black tape (to make your camera look more discrete).
15. Go explore—serendipity is key.
16. The less planning, the better.
17. Ideal exposure for a bright sunny day: f/16, ISO 400, 320th/second.
18. Pretend like you’re taking a photo of something else.
19. Be respectful.
20. Change your lenses to re-inspire.

The conductor, by Eric Kim

21. Follow your own style, not trends.
22. Don’t worry about the fear of shooting in public. It will go away over time.
23. In my 4 years of street photography, I have only had two people to ask me not to take a photo of them. (Your experiences will most-likely be similar)
24. Most people like getting their photo taken.
25. If a policeman asks you to delete a photo, tell him you know your rights and refuse to do so.
26. There are no rules in street photography.
27. Always bring your camera with you everywhere you go. EVERYWHERE.
28. Don’t take photos, tell stories.
29. Limit the number of street photographs you see from the internet. The more you see, the less you will value your own.
30. You will be called by others as “weird” for your street photography. Ignore them.
31. Look for the beauty in the mundane.
32. Take photos that make people laugh.
33. Street photography is best experienced alone.
34. Constantly experiment and innovate.
35. Street photography doesn’t have to be in black and white (although sometimes it does look better).
36. Grain is beautiful.
37. Hold your camera with your hand, not your neck.
38. Don’t be afraid of offending people. Most likely you won’t.
39. “The night is often more vivid than the day” – Van Gogh
40. Some of the meanest looking people can be the nicest.

The Faces, by Eric Kim

41. Don’t make excuses. Make photos.
42. Never delete any of your photos. Some of the technically-off images make the best street photos (think blurry, grainy, or dark images).
43. Always keep your eyes open for the “Decisive Moment”.
44. If you think your photos are boring, they most likely are.
45. Street photography summed up in one sentence: “I could have taken that photo but I didn’t”
46. The quieter your camera, the better.
47. Don’t be sneaky.
48. Wide Angle > Telephoto for street photography
49. Everybody in the streets has a story to tell.
50. Street photography is not just about the photos, but the experiences.
51. You don’t need to be in Paris to take great street photographs. Your backyard is equally as good.
52. See life through the eyes of your subjects.
53. A well-cropped image can often tell a better story.
54. Juxtapose.
55. Look for the light.
56. Go off the beaten path.
57. Have the mind of a child and wander. This is how you will find your best photographs.
58. Only show your best photographs. This will strengthen your images.
59. If someone says that you are “really lucky,” slap them.
60. The more photos you take, the better.

Gloom, by Eric Kim

61. Your subjects are people, not prey.
62. Spread the love of street photography with your friends and family.
63. Less is more.
64. Get meaningful critique of your street photography from an online community. It will help you tremendously.
65. Street photographs are subjective.
66. Look at what other people aren’t looking at.
67. Do not stress over amazing shots that you may have missed. Simply move on and strive to take a better shot.
68. Create a series or a theme for your street photographs. They will help create a style for you.
69. See with your eyes, not your camera.
70. There is no such thing as the “perfect photo”.
71. Timing is key.
72. You don’t have to take a photo of everything. Don’t feel guilty for just enjoying the moment.
73. If you are a beginner, don’t worry about the settings too much. Just toss your camera on auto mode and go shooting.
74. Don’t look for photo opportunities. Have them find you.
75. Children cannot see your camera.
76. If you ask to take a portrait of a stranger on the street, ask them for their email so you can send them their image. (they will love it).
77. Don’t forget to look up and down.
78. No subject is too ordinary to shoot.
79. Always carry a spare battery and memory card on hand. This has saved my ass half a million times.
80. Don’t be afraid to push your ISO higher.

Contemplation, by Eric Kim

81. Learn how to shoot without using the viewfinder and make it a second instinct. Thus also…
82. Practice shooting from the hip.
83. You will never encounter the same shot twice. Now swallow that fact and digest it.
84. Street photography is a lot like swimming. You have to do it to truly learn it.
85. Draw inspiration from other photographs, don’t steal them.
86. Street photography is a lot like fishing. Sometimes you catch a whole bunch, sometimes you catch none.
87. Getting one or two keeps from an entire day of shooting is a good number.
88. If someone asks you to delete a photo of them, just do it. It isn’t worth the trouble.
89. Be smart: ie don’t go shooting in the hood by yourself at night with hundred dollars worth of camera gear.
90. Some street photographs just look better in color. Don’t overlook this.
91. There are always photo opportunities regardless of where you are.
92. Less is more.
93. A street photograph is worth an essay.
94. Public transportation is a gold mine for street photography. Learn how to use it.
95. Always keep at least two backups of all your images. Technology is unreliable.
96. Keep a journal of your shooting experiences. Track your thoughts and development as a street photographer.
97. Get lost in your photography and lose track of time.
98. Think before you shoot.
99. Have fun.
100. Live life.
101. Just do it.

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Text & Photographs: Eric Kim
Website: erickimphotography.com


Pakistan: daily life


Pakistan: daily life

The wire services regularly send images to their member papers that feature the phrase “daily life.” They send them from such places as India, Thailand, Japan, China, the Philippines, Syria, Nepal, Britain, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. With the exception of just a couple, the images in this post feature daily life in Pakistan by Associated Press photographer Muhammed Muheisen. The images document what we might call in newspaper terminology, “slice of life” photography – ordinary daily scenes that give us a glimpse of something that we might not ordinarily be able to experience. The images, again with a few exceptions, focus on children. They are generally from Islamabad, Pakistan, or from a slum on the outskirts of the city. There wasn’t much information or details supplied for captions. In this case, the adage “A picture is worth a thousand words” might just be the most apropos phrase. — Paula Nelson (30 photos total)

Pakistani Mamouna Qamar, 4, holds her brothers’ hands, Shazaib, 6, and Zaman, 7, as they wait for their parents to cross a street in a neighborhood in Islamabad. (Muhammed Muheisen/Associated Press)

A Pakistani girl held by her mother follow a man down an alley of a slum on the outskirts of Islamabad, the nation’s capital. (Muhammed Muheisen/Associated Press) #

Pakistani children gather by a vendor on a bicycle selling balloons on the outskirts of Islamabad. (Muhammed Muheisen/Associated Press) #

A Pakistani boy eats fresh corn and holds a balloon while standing in an alley of a poor neighborhood near Islamabad. (Muhammed Muheisen/Associated Press) #

Pakistani children play in a wooden cart in a slum area on the outskirts of Islamabad. (Muhammed Muheisen/Associated Press) #

An Afghan refugee adjusts her head scarf as she stands with other girls in an alley of a slum on the outskirts of Islamabad. (Muhammed Muheisen/Associated Press) #

A Pakistani school girl writes on a blackboard during an English class in an outdoor school in a slum near Islamabad. (Muhammed Muheisen/Associated Press) #

A pair of performers — a trained monkey and his owner — await customers on a roadside in Islamabad. (Muhammed Muheisen/Associated Press) #

An Afghan refugee girl walks through an alley of a slum heading back home on the outskirts of Islamabad. (Muhammed Muheisen/Associated Press) #

Pakistani girl Aysha Gulfeyaz, 3, drinks water from a hand pump near Islamabad. (Muhammed Muheisen/Associated Press) #

A Pakistani girl laughs with another while carrying wood in a slum on the outskirts of Islamabad. (Muhammed Muheisen/Associated Press) #

Two Afghan refugee sisters and a Pakistani girl attend a daily class to learn how to read verses of the Koran, at a mosque in a slum area on the outskirts of Islamabad. (Muhammed Muheisen/Associated Press) #

Pakistani boys attend a Koran class in a mosque near Islamabad. (Muhammed Muheisen/Associated Press) #

Afghan refugee girls sit behind a wooden cart in a slum on the outskirts of Islamabad. (Muhammed Muheisen/Associated Press) #

A Pakistani boy enjoys an amusement ride on a wheel near Islamabad. The cart reads in Urdu, “Happy Eid, from London to America”. Eid is a festival that marks the end of the Ramadan holiday month. (Muhammed Muheisen/Associated Press) #

Pakistani girls arrange bricks while working in a brick factory on the outskirts of Islamabad. (Muhammed Muheisen/Associated Press) #

Pakistani Christian boys play games in a basement of their neighborhood, a slum near Islamabad. (B.K.Bangash/Associated Press) #

Boys gather by a vendor selling tropical fish on his bicycle on the outskirts of Islamabad. (Muhammed Muheisen/Associated Press) #

Mohammed Ali, 5, stands next to his mother while they queue with other women and children for rations of rice during a donated food distribution, at the Beri Iman, a shrine of the famous Sufi Saint Beri Imam, in Islamabad. (Muhammed Muheisen/Associated Press) #

A laborer transports the front portion of a van through his handcart on a road in Rawalpindi, a city near Islamabad. (Anjum Naveed/Associated Press) #

An Afghan refugee girl stands with others in an alley of a slum on the outskirts of Islamabad. (Muhammed Muheisen/Associated Press) #

Pakistani children walk on a hill on the outskirts of Islamabad. (Muhammed Muheisen/Associated Press) #

A street barber (right) gives a haircut to a customer, reflected in a mirror, in Gujranwala, near Lahore, the nation’s second-largest city and a center of culture. (Muhammed Muheisen/Associated Press) #

Pakistani children cross over a stream using an aerial ferry in Rawalpindi. (Muhammed Muheisen/Associated Press) #

Children, seen from inside a rickshaw, gathering in a slum on the outskirts of Islamabad. (Muhammed Muheisen/Associated Press) #

A young girl waits next to her mother as she and others queue for a ration of rice during a donated food distribution at the Beri Iman, a shrine of famous Sufi Saint Beri Imam, in Islamabad. (Muhammed Muheisen/Associated Press) #

A girl walks a horse in an alley of a slum area on the outskirts of Islamabad. (Muhammed Muheisen/Associated Press) #

Pakistani youngsters, who sell shopping bags for a living, fight each other at a market in Islamabad. (Anjum Naveed/Associated Press) #

Two Afghan refugee girls wash their laundry in a stream in a slum area on the outskirts of Islamabad. (Muhammed Muheisen/Associated Press) #

Children play as the sun sets in a slum in Lahore. (K.M. Chaudary/Associated Press) #

 

 

Lee Never Wasted



Lee Never Wasted

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This may just be the coolest shopping bag EVER. A shopping bag that can be 100% reused one way or the other, designed by Happy Creative Services of India:

“With the relevance of eco-friendly initiatives increasing every day, Lee wanted an innovative solution that would display their affiliation towards the same and also spread the message amongst their customers.

To drive the message home in a fun and effective way, we went for something a bit more inventive than just a bag made of recycled paper. The ‘Never Wasted’ shopping bag that can be reused in one way or another. Some for fun, some for function, but nothing ever goes into the trash. Not only did this make the idea long-lasting and interactive but also conveyed the message in a fascinating manner. A surge in interest from patrons forced us to produce 100 times more bags than the initial production of 3,000 bags.”

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