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How to build (or buy) the perfect PC for photography

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Seven years ago I built my very first desktop computer and I kind of went a little over the top. Aptly named Frankenstein, it was a bit of an overkill for what it was initially meant to be: a Photoshop workstation. I was extremely happy with it, I edited my photos and I played my games, but as we all know, all good things come to an end.

With camera sensors providing higher resolution and ultimately larger files, and with Photoshop hungry for more processing power, my Frankenstein is screaming for mercy. But what really did it for old Frank is my new interest in drone video and photography.

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Lens Culture: 2017 Street Photography Awards

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LensCulture has announced the winners of the 2017 Street Photography Awards. With entries into various genres of the art like street portraits, urban culture, street fashion and many more, the competition aimed at “discovering today’s finest photographers capturing exceptional moments of life in all of its vibrant forms.” LensCulture went as far as to waive entry fees for those entering a single image in an effort to discover the most talented image-makers, adding that every photographer deserves the opportunity for exposure and recognition without restriction.

Announcing the winners, LensCulture said the competition was started with the idea of recognizing fresh approaches to the genre, hoping to support and encourage this invaluable manner of helping us visualise and understand the surrounding world.

We believe the 37 winners, jurors’ picks and finalists chosen here represent some of the most interesting approaches to street photography today,” the press release published the online magazine’s site said.

Quietly observed beauty, in-your-face confrontation, deeply personal narratives and idiosyncratic, even humorous perspectives—across all of these varied works, the language of the street is being used to tell all kinds of stories in original and innovative ways.

First place in the series category went to Hakan Simsek of Belgium with his “Out of Breath,” photos. Second place was awarded to Spanish photographer Alberte A. Pereira for his series “Fragments,” with third place going to Italian snapper Antonio Privitera for his work entitled “La Nostalgia.”

The winner in the fantastic single image category is Moin Ahmed from Bangladesh with his stunning photo entitled “The Man’s Stare.”

Second place went to Artyt Lerdrakmongkol from Thailand with an image he called “Little Onions,” and third place went to Ilan Burla from Israel for his “Dog Fun” photo.

Keep up to date with our blog to find out when next year’s competition is announed. In the meantime you can find out about current and upcoming competitions on their site

Photo Tip of the Month: Elements of Design

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Photo by Henri Cartier-Bresson – Magnum Photos

You will forgive us for repeatedly mentioning Henri Cartier-Bresson, but in this month’s photography tip, I can think of no one better than the great master himself when it comes to talking about elements of design.

Bresson said that the greatest joy for him while photographing was looking for Geometry. In other words he looked for structures, saying that it was a visual pleasure, an intellectual pleasure to put everything in the right place.

“It’s a recognition of an order that is in front of you,” he said.

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iPhone photography tips

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The iPhone Photography Awards has gotten us all excited and so today’s blog is all about tips on how to understand some of the settings on your iPhone to help you improve your shots, as well as some apps to help you edit, and even add a different feel and “film” effect to your photos.

Apple is giving standard digital camera companies a run for their money. The picture quality for such a tiny little sensor is amazing (thanks to Sony), and the ease of access and user control is just incredible, but because the phone camera is set-up to be used by people without any photographic experience, it is inevitable that things will go wrong.

 

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Understanding natural light

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If you want to be a great cook, you need to know your ingredients, your spices and your seasoning. If we were to compare photography to cooking, then the spice of the art is in the word. PHOTOGRAPHY. Two Greek words Phos and grafo, light and to write. So photography (fotografia) is literally writing or painting with light.

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What is Creative Photography?

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What is Creative Photography?

Creative Photography is about discovering new shapes, colors, dynamic range, distortions and maybe even a combination of all of them.

Creative photography can stimulate you to create impressive imagery. It will help take you to the next level.

It is important to remember that even the most expensive kit in the world won’t get you very far if your photography lacks creativity and flair.

The only limit to this kind of photography is your imagination!

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Photo Books You Need to Read #2 – Teach Yourself Photography

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In the previous post about photography books, I confessed my obsession with collecting them, so here is another book from which I have learned a lot:

Teach Yourself Photography from the author Lee Frost.

Lee is regarded as one of the world’s best-selling photography authors. It’s hard to put a figure on just how many copies of his books have sold, but apparently it’s well over half a million.

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All you wanted to know about FOCUS.

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There is one thing that demanded a lot of practice in the analogue days of photography: FOCUS.

Since its advent, photography has seen many focusing methods:

There were fixed lenses with fixed focus, then the rangefinder-type of focusing, then the split screen focusing and finally came the “loved by all” Auto Focus.

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Teresa Walton: From a beginners workshop at LSP to her own Portrait Photography business.

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Have you ever thought of opening your own photography business?

While for some it might be a goal very far away, there are people determined enough to, not only get there, but excel and become very successful.

Teresa Walton had a dream.

Read her testimonial from the first steps into becoming a professional photographer and find some tips on how to take a great professional headshot:

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