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10 Useful Articles for Photographers

The internet is full of information – organized as well as disorganized, useful as well as un-useful, quality content as well as junk. Here we come with a list of carefully selected 10 articles for  photographers – to help them learn some new topics,  know some cool tips and tricks and get to know some very specific features in Photoshop and Lightroom.

#1: Wildlife and Nature Photography
Landscape photography isn’t always easy. Rick Sammon and Rob Sheppard show how to utilize light settings, shutter speed and setting the background for the ultimate photo.
http://tv.adobe.com/watch/xtrain-photoshop-and-photography/wildlife-and-nature-photography

#2: Useful advice to new Wildlife Photographers by Bruna
Should Wildlife Photography interest you in any way, this blog will be beneficial, interesting as well as inspiring for you.
http://www.digitalphotographycourses.co.za/brunas-advice-to-new-wildlife-photographers/

#3: Photoshop Blend Modes Explained
A high-level view of what the various blend modes do, and then a little deeper digging into the nuts and bolts of the blend modes by explaining some of the math involved, and their interrelationships with each other.
http://photoblogstop.com/photoshop/photoshop-blend-modes-explained

#4: How to use the new Radial Filter Tool in Lightroom 5
Some useful tips for selective editing with the new Radial Filter tool.
http://digital-photography-school.com/how-to-use-the-new-radial-filter-tool-in-lightroom-5

#5: How To Use Adobe Camera RAW as a Filter in Photoshop CC
In this video, photographer Terry White demonstrates how to use Camera RAW as a Filter for a non-destructive editing workflow in Photoshop CC (this is the first time that Adobe integrates Camera RAW as a filter and not as a separate piece of software into Photoshop and it brings several advantages White talks about in the video).
http://lensvid.com/photo-editing/how-to-use-adobe-camera-raw-as-a-filter-in-photoshop-cc/

#6: 5 Lightroom Organizing Mistakes and How To Avoid Them
Photographers often don’t know how to best organize photos in LightRoom. Here is a handy list of some of the mistakes and pitfalls to avoid and few tips on how to get around them.
http://lightroomkillertips.com/?p=4974

#7: How to Create a Panorama Using Photoshop and Lightroom
A perfect tutorial which shows a seamless workflow for creating a panoramic photo using both Photoshop and Lightroom.
http://psd.tutsplus.com/tutorials/tools-tips/create-a-panorama-with-photoshop-and-lightroom/

#8: Digital Image Editing & Special Effects – Removing Unwanted Objects in Photoshop
Dust spots and minor skin blemishes are one thing, but supposing you wanted to remove a much larger and more complicated object? The secret is to combine a number of the cloning tools you have at your disposal, and make use of the keyboard buttons “[” and “]” as well as the Tool Options bar so the tools you do employ are working at their best. Here is how.
http://masteringphoto.com/removing-unwanted-objects-in-photoshop/

#9: Understanding the Camera Calibration Module in Lightroom
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom relies on the Adobe Camera RAW (ACR) rendering engine to convert camera RAW images. The default color and contrast settings look different than what you might see on your camera LCD when reviewing your images. However, Adobe offers alternate Camera Profiles which emulate the as-shot settings from many Nikon and Canon DSLRs. You’ll find these settings in the Camera Calibration panel in Lightroom and ACR.

http://www.luminescentphoto.com/blog/2013/07/12/understanding-the-camera-calibration-module-in-lightroom/

#10: Lightroom Keyboard Shortcuts
Mastering Lightroom Keyboard Shortcuts will dramatically speed up your entire workflow process, especially if you spend lots of time organizing and editing your photos. Here is a comprehensive list of all the shortcuts.
http://www.wildlife-photography-tips.com/lightroom-keyboard-shortcuts.html

Expressions- Tumbhi’s Digital Photography Workshop

In row to the last photography workshop organized by Tumbhi, this time it was bigger and better- out there in the green mushy fields of Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani – with big cameras packed in bags and enthusiasm trolling high in the spirits!

“Expressions”- Tumbhi’s first outdoor Digital Photography Workshop was a close call for 15 amateur but enthusiastic photographers. A two-day trip planned for learning basics of Digital photography along with tremendous outdoor adventure.

Under the veteran gaze of Mr. LC Singh (an established Nature and Wildlife photographer cum trainer and Founder of Tumbhi.com), 15 cameras captured the valleys in different frames, in different fashions and reflections.

The workshop started with an overview and detailed explanation of minute but extremely important basics like Holding the camera- thereby explaining perspective, vertical holding, positioning and Breathing out.

Moving onto the more creative aspect of making a photograph, the concept of Composition was explained with a few principles like Rule of one third, presence of human element in the picture, clutter and contrast management just before you press the click button!

 

Classroom Sessions

In the classroom sessions, which were held mostly during the wee hours of enormous sunlight when photos couldn’t be clicked, participants were given elaborate lessons on using Lightroom! For this Tumbhi team already made sure that each participant had light room downloaded in their machines.

On-field Photography

Sharp pictures and Focusing were explained with hands on click and learn mechanism where the participants clicked pictures and got instant feedback thereby getting an exact idea of where they missed the perfection and how could they have made it better!

But a photograph is not just made when clicked-it has to be polished to be able to tell your story! Mr. LC Singh went on explaining the utter importance of processing an image and in the right manner – so as to make it convey the emotion hidden in it!

 

A post processed photograph

And amidst all the learning and clicking, which could not be explained here, was the amazing experience and fun the participants had while being out there- making it bigger and better!

Also listing down a few testimonials from the participants of the workshop!!

Ashutosh- “It gave me a chance to take a closer look at my camera settings and learnt how best I can use them for a more satisfying experience of photography. I must admit, I knew very less about my camera before the workshop Post processing lessons were a delight.”

Bhushan- “This workshop was not just an avenue to learn about photography, but also one where I was able to connect with other like-minded individuals to collectively enhance skills.”

 

5 Awesome Ways to Become An Instant Celebrity

Art in any form attracts you, you love people with creative instincts, you try attending all the art exhibitions, photo exhibitions, you love reading good writing pieces and you yourself also compose something in the night under your table lamp?? Congratulations, you qualify all the requirements of being called an artist and an art lover!

Now that you are a proven artist you can continue reading below.

An artist suffers from many difficult phases in his journey of being an artist, being called an artist and improving as an artist. And to your rescue comes our much loved child Social Media. Social media is not only about socializing these days; it has the capacity of giving you and your art the wings to fly and fly high.

Here’s how you can use it: 1 problem, 5 solutions.

#1 Make your display counter: Begin by creating a dedicated Facebook page (page and not profile) or a blog for your artworks. Love it like your personal diary which is open for public reading. Decorate it with all your chosen artworks, may it be stories, poems or photographs. Give an enhanced peek-a-boo in your own art-gallery and make it public to let all the eyes in the world see it.(Read here: Blogging your way)

#2 Audience is your God: Identify your audience and its whereabouts. Analyze what kind of people would like your artwork or be interested in it, whether such people are more active on facebook or on blogs. Two ways to carry it forward would be:

  • Grow within your circle: First becomes a star in your own group. Invite friends to visit your facebook page or blog by filling up their inboxes with constant updates about your page/blog. Share links, status messages and other updates with them by email or direct messages.
  • Go Public: Set your blogs/page for public viewing. Visit other blogs, post your comments on their posts so that they come back to check out your profile and find your blog/page instead. Every time you update your page/blog, share a link to it on your personal facebook profile, G+ and wherever else you have an account.

#3 Remember Twitter: Twitter remains the supreme of all the social networking sites being perfect place for sharing links and making the world see it. If you don’t have twitter account yet, open it right away. (Read here: Tips for artists to use twitter) Follow, get followed and share, share, and share.

#4 Visit other houses as well: Making a page/blog and inviting guest/audiences there is all about hosting. Now learn about being a wise guest as well. There are many forums, facebook groups, communities which are dedicated to individual ideas/genres. Join them now! Start posting, sharing, liking there. There will be many people out there who will be just like you and they would treat you the same way. Eventually, you will get connected to so many Likeminded friends.

#5 You v/s him: Now that you are an artist-star by every means, show some mettle elsewhere also. Search for various talent contests that go online. This doesn’t takes much on your time and effort and instead winning it or even getting shortlisted in it, adds big time to your credibility. If there is an evidence of award say a gift or a certificate, share that as well on your page/blog and express your gratitude. (Read here: Warnings before entering an online contest).

As an artist it’s very important to understand the people, the art is exposed to. Reciting a poetry in the middle of hippies would never earn you more than a laugh. Therefore connect right and connect well!!

Happy creating, sharing and applauding!!

Useful Resources for Nature and Wildlife Photographers

As we announced the Expressions Photography Contest – Nature and Wildlife Special, we have received many emails asking for some guidance and tips and tricks for clicking the best photos. We know that photographers want to give their best shot for the contest 🙂 –

So here we have compiled a small list of best websites and blogs of famous Wildlife and Nature photographers.

Read on and get some ideas, tips, knowledge and inspiration!

Famous Wildlife Photographers and their Websites

Frans Lanting (http://www.lanting.com)
Jim Brandenburg (http://www.jimbrandenburg.com/)
Michael “Nick” Nichols (http://www.michaelnicknichols.com)
Joel Sartore (http://www.joelsartore.com/)
Andy Biggs (http://www.andybiggs.com/)
Art Wolfe (http://www.artwolfe.com/)
Steve Bloom (http://www.stevebloom.com/)
David Doubilet (http://www.daviddoubilet.com/)
Anup Shah (http://www.shahrogersphotography.com)
Daniel J. Cox (http://www.naturalexposures.com/)

Famous Wildlife and Nature Blogs

Andy Rouse’s Blog(http://www.andyrouse.co.uk/index.php?link=blog)
Craig Jones Wildlife Photography blog (http://www.craigjoneswildlifephotography.co.uk/blog/)
Martin Bailey Photography K. K. (http://blog.martinbaileyphotography.com)
Richard Peter’s Photography Blog (http://www.richardpeters.co.uk/blog/)
Ethan Meleg Outdoor Photography Blog( http://ethanmeleg.blogspot.in/)
Mark Graf Photography Blog (http://www.grafphoto.com/wordpress/)
Quantum Tiger Wildlife Photography (http://quantumtiger.blogspot.in/)
Nature Magnified (http://www.naturemagnified.com/)
Zark Images Nature Photography (http://ozarkimages.squarespace.com)
Photography By Jim M. Goldstein (http://www.jmg-galleries.com/blog/)

Hope this list was useful for you.

If you have any more names to add to this list, post those as comments.

Happy clicking!!

Expressions 2012 – Nature and Wildlife Photography Contest

Tumbhi’s Expressions – Photography Contest is back – this time with the theme of Nature and Wildlife.

Inviting worldwide photographers to send their best Nature and Wildlife photos.

We welcome here, anything you find beautiful in these categories. This may include landscapes, seascapes, orange sunrises, golden sunsets, wild-remote-vivid places, stars and moons, dark or fair clouds , animals beautiful in their own way of violence or innocence, their mating or fighting, the flying birds or the new born chicks, beaks or wings, ants or whales, anything natural and admirable!

The winners of this contest will be chosen by eminent Wildlife photographer – Sunjoy Monga.

And there are prizes too! The winner gets a Samsung Mobile and the runner up gets a Sony Digital Photo Frame.

What are you waiting for? Send in your entries NOW!! Entry is absolutely FREE!!

Contest Date: 5th March 2012 to 5th April 2012
Super 25 Shortlists Announcement: 30th April 2012
Winners Announcement: 10th May 2012

http://photography.tumbhi.com/expressions-photography-contest