Digital Art – Photoshop Artistry

Ever notice how many most photographs start to look the same after a while

I mean, how many photos of flowers have you seen? How many butterflies? How many interchangeable landscapes? How many near-identical “street photos?

With so many photographers out there, and with great cameras and editing software becoming more and more popular, the whole field of photography sometimes feels as if it’s becoming repetitive in the extreme. At worst, so much out there just feels … trivial or boring.

Which is why I’m so excited to FINALLY see something different. Something that can make your photography stand out. And even make you feel more excited about being a photographer than ever. Go have a look at this.

This changes everything.

I don’t know about you, but I can see this reinvigorating my love of photography (and real photo art) in a big way. The possibilities are endless, and can easily become the one thing setting you apart from all of the other photographers out there.Don’t miss it, have a look here:

I had dabbled in digital art for a while but was frustrated as I knew the look I wanted, but just couldn’t quite achieve it.

I had a bunch of apps I used but it was very hit and miss….where could I learn more….

Fortunately at this time I heard about a course called Photoshop Artistry, so I looked into it and looked at the work of its creator, Sebastian Michaels and I started to get excited.

Not only was it what I had been looking for but it had its own Facebook site to safely share your work and get help but also tutorials and resources including images I could use.

Since then I have gone from strength to strength, I still have a lot to learn but I am loving creating my own work.

if you want to begin creating some for yourself then have a look here for more details and a very special price.

Click here

To give you an insight into what its like I have done a short video on how I created one of my pieces. Have a look here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bl50MJD7daY

 

This was starting image:

original image

farmhouse original for Trapped in Love

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the final piece:

final in Photshop artistry

Final Image Trapped by Love

 

 

 

 

 

 

or this one

another option

 

 

 

 

 

 

Look forward to seeing what you can create and I am also available for coaching and advise if you feel you need it…..Lets go and create and see what is possible….

Missing in Action

I think that describes how I feel, it is like my life has been ripped out from under me and I have been transported to a new house and a new life. A life that revolves around cancer.

My husband has a rare form of Leukemia which there is no cure for, but, they give you chemo in the hope that it will prolong your life….but at what cost…. every 28 days we start anew chemo round of two injections every day for 7 days, his stomach becomes red, bruised, too sore to touch and his appetite has gone, food has no taste and this is just the start…..then on top of that 2 chemo tablets a day, after the chemo injections he is so tired that he sleeps most of the time, he is fatigued and I watch him fade before my eyes.

So far the last two months we have then gone in for him to have blood transfusions, then he picks up, just starts to feel better and wham we start all over again……how long for… forever….this is our life from now until he dies……we are hoping and praying that after the first 6 months he may pick up a bit and have a little quality of life….we hope so.

I treasure every moment that he is a part of my life and I am so grateful that I have him in my life in whatever form that is so for this reason alone the treatment is worthwhile. If he was in pain and suffering more then I wouldn’t want that, but for now we can continue on and hope that the treatment is going to help. He is strong and isn’t ready to give up so that is promising. We appreciate all your thoughts and prayers at this time.

How do we go on….we take each day as it comes. On good days we enjoy the things we can do, on bad days we just focus on getting through. We make the most of the moments we get to share and try not to look too far into the future. We have some wonderful friends who are walking this journey with us whether they are here physically or just in spirit, you know who you are –  thank you so much, you are giving us the strength to get through this. Also God is a big part of us getting through, it is our trust in him that keeps us believing that whatever the outcome everything will work out as it is meant to, we don’t have to have the answers or be in control, we can let go and let God.

I am still out taking photos, I struggle to process them but I am continuing to try to create some digital art, even if it is to help me find some joy within this bleak landscape that has become our lives.

I have a peace that everything will work out, somehow, someway and it is this that keeps me going. So sorry there have not been many updates but as we adjust to this life I am sure I will be able to bring you more art and photography, tips and hopefully words of wisdom.

The tip for today is just to use your phone if you don’t have your camera and get lost in the moment and create some beautiful images. Try to pick a bouquet of joy each day,a Buddhist saying is, life has 10,000 sufferings and 10,000 joys, the sufferings seem to find us, but we have to look for the joys.

Would love to know which of the Remarkable rocks image you like best and any other comments you wish to make.

remarkable rocks, Kangaroo Island

cradled by nature

Protection

Protected, even in the wild

cradles in natures embrace

reading at remarkable rocks

What do you want?

Hi, I wanted to ask my subscribers what they like best.

Do you like straight up photos, do you prefer art, do you like digital compositions.

I would love you to answer and I will give you some examples to chose from.

Which of the two below would you want if you were purchasing an image?

Please reply in the comments or email me. I really value your feedback.

Memories

remebering times gone by

wedding in the park

remembering times gone by

Great course at 50% OFF, be quick so you don’t miss out.

This is a letter from David Peterson letting me know of a great discount on his course.

It is such a great offer for beginner or intermediate photographers that I wanted to pass the opportunity onto all of you.

David is the owner and creator of digital-photo-secrets and “The Dash” program.

I would encourage anyone who wants to learn more and do it at there own pace to have a look at this video series.

Here is the letter:

Hi, Today, I was given an ultimatum… As a growing number of photographers worldwide have embraced my products, I’ve been spending more and more time in my home-office. Writing photography articles; handling customer support; paperwork etc.

Over time, my wife has been seeing less and less of me. Today she walked in and said “Enough is enough! Today’s Sunday! Time to get a proper office and some staff so you don’t need to work on weekends. I’m kicking you out.”

Of course, she is right. I love my wife and I do want to spend more time with her. So I’ve set myself the challenge to move the business into a separate office, and find an assistant by the end of July.

However, it’s way more expensive than I expected. Gulp! To make sure it happens (and to help calm my nerves), I’m calling a snap sale.

VIDEO COURSE SALE

For a limited time, I’m offering you my complete Digital Photography Video Course for 50% off – an insanely good deal.

And it’s also a win-win. You’ll get a HUGE discount on a terrific course, and I can start looking for an office.

In the course, you’ll receive step-by-step training that will transform the quality of your photos.

Because I understand what you want to know about how your camera works to get the shots you want. – Create visually appealing images with simple composition tricks. – Quickly take awesome photos in 11 common situations. – Eliminate blurry photos forever. – And much much more! And you’ll still get all the generous bonuses.

The videos are paced to your speed, with hands on learning. All in non-technical plain English! Get your hands on this unexpected deal here:

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Don’t miss out. The sale ends on 23rd June. I appreciate your help in giving me my weekends back. And my wife will thank you as well!

Yours in Photography,

David.

P.S. I’ve never offered this course for this low price before, and because of the circumstances, probably never will again. So don’t miss out. Purchase before the 23rd June when the price goes back up. http://www.digital-photo-secrets.com/video/

15 Tips For Better Photography

If you’re just starting out, here are 15 important tips for getting better photos, every time.

Keep an eye on the weather

Weather conditions can play a big part in setting the mood of your shot. Rather than waiting for the bright light of the midday sun, a misty morning in a forest can be the perfect time of day for that mood-shot.

Take your time to choose the subject

Take your time to choose the subject, then spend time walking around the subject looking for the best angle and lighting.

Take your time to set up the shot

Don’t be afraid to take your time to set up your shot. Although it can get a bit frustrating if you have your loved ones tagging along and they’re sitting and waiting impatiently for 20 minutes for you to take a single shot of a piece of driftwood on the beach!

Don’t always choose brightly-coloured subjects

Subjects with muted colours can sometimes produce excellent results. A field of wheat of similar yellow-brown colour can produce striking results when accompanied by a low-sun and long shadows.

Movement diffusion

If you have a camera that allows you to shoot with a manual shutter speed – try slowing the speed and increasing the F-stop. Then move your camera when taking the shot. Some very effective arty-type images can be produced with blur effects.

Overexpose your subject

Not too good to do all the time, but experiment with results by over-exposing the subject.

Try macro photography

Grab a magnifying glass and see if you can focus your camera through the glass onto a small subject. It just may work! And may open up a whole new range of subjects for you!

Shoot through wet glass

Try spraying water onto a window, then take a shot through the window to a subject outside. (wet the outside of the window – not the inside of your home!)

Colour balance

Try balancing colour by having subject and the surrounding detail in similar colours.

Silhouettes

Silhouettes usually have a small range of colours, but can produce some of the most beautiful images. Shooting a silhouette involves having the background brighter then the subject in the foreground.

Experiment with patterns

We’ve all seen those amazing images of the red and orange leaves of maple trees in the fall/autumn. Thousands of leaves – all of a similar shape and colour – but very awe-inspiring and beautiful.

Compliment colours

Two strikingly-different colours can be beautiful too. Picture an image of your girlfriend or wife in a red dress sitting on a field of green grass. Or your boyfriend or husband in a red shirt walking through a field of waist-high wheat stalks. Complimentary colours that will bring more attention to the subject.

Use a colour filter

If your camera can be fitted with coloured filters – try your hand. Although this effect can be made quite easily these days with photo and image-editing software.

Sunrise is better than sunset

Wake up before sunrise one day and go on a photography expedition. If you’ve not done it before you’ll be pleasantly-surprised by the contrasting light and shadows. But remember you’ll only have a very short window of time in which to shoot (usually less than an hour) before the sun rises too high and you lose the light.

Use a flash in daylight

Use your flash during the daytime to fill a close subject with light. This will produce better results where the background is brighter than your subject and the automatic shutter speed on your camera shoots too fast to effectively show the detail of your subject.

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