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Swamp waters with dead trees created by Beavers in Autumn Haliburton, Ontario, Canada The solitude and tranquility of the Haliburton region make it one of my favorite places in Ontario to photograph.  The swamp image is only minutes away from our cottage and we pass this spot on many occasions.  On this particular morning my wife and I had planned to do a hike in Algonquin park but there was a very thick fog that morning which was quite unusual for early November in Canada.  We were actually on our way back to Toronto when the fog started to burn…

Manhattan Windows Fine Art Black and White This Manhattan Windows Stock Image Tells a Story of History through Photography Situated at the heart of America’s Melting Pot, this Manhattan Windows stock image captures the mood of the old district of New York City. Manhattan is home to stories that start across the world and begin anew on this magnificent island. Though one of the world’s largest financial centers, many of these stories begin anew in humble, yet quaint, abodes like those pictured in this Manhattan building windows image. It tells a story not only of the residents therein, but a history of…

Time Square New York image in July People, people, everywhere. People sit among one of the most well-loved, and recognized places in the world. Here you see a moment captured in a Time Square New York image. On this steamy and humid day in July, we get a brief glimpse of what defines The Big Apple. Native New Yorkers, tourists, and other visitors come together in one place as they go about their business, and as they pass through this well-traveled location. Some walk, some hurry, some shuffle, and some sit. No matter their purpose, they all contribute to the…

You may be a journalist or a blog owner, adding video footage to the content written and published by you would help you gaining more readers. However, not all sites having a collection of video footage offer them for free. This stops people with zero or little funds to include relevant video footage in their blog, websites, social media posts etc. The section below will bring an end to such misery by providing you information on the best online resources for free stock video footage. Free footage from public domain films- Visit iMovies; they have a wonderful collection of some…

You invest thousands of dollars in equipment to capture the sharpest images as possible. You also use different shooting techniques to make sure that your pictures turn out pleasing and attractive. But even after meeting all that, most of the images obtained aren’t as sharp as you would like them to be. Well, here is a guide to image sharpening in Lightroom: Before going any further, it should be noted that the image sharpening won’t fix a blurry image. It will only sharpen the blurry pixels. Therefore, it is important to ensure that you are starting with a good capture.…

Zabriskie Point brilliant colors surrounding mountain tops in Death Valley This image of Zabriskie Point Death Valley shows the many layers and textures of the natural views of Nevada. Nevada is full of sloped ranges and desert fields. It characterizes beautifully rolling hills and slopes, occupying the majority of Western Nevada. These plains are shown in this photo using the many colors of sunlight and shades to highlight their beauty. This area was scoured by old ice glaciers and the resulting beautiful landscape is shown here in this photo. The dry weather creates cracks in the rocks and the sand…

Lightroom Shortcut to view images full-screen For the Lightroom users, who are always looking for good tips and shortcuts for making their photo editing experience better and better by the day, we share a simple Lightroom shortcut that will let you view the images in full-screen mode to help you scrutinize the images better. The shortcut: To view nothing, but just your image, you have to press • Shift + Ctrl +F on your Windows PC • Shift+ Cmd +F on Mac What will this shortcut do? • It will hide any surrounding panels, tool bars, menu bars, task bars…

Five reasons why you should make walking part of your daily routine to boost creativity Business moguls, entrepreneurs and innovators all take to walking as a way of clearing their minds and developing new ideas and basically boost creativity. Throughout history there have been many big minds who valued walking for helping them tap into their creativity.  Steve Jobs was famous for and valued walking for helping him tap into his creativity for both contemplation and meetings. Many people claim that moving about often brought about their best ideas and for the skeptics, there is science to back these claims. Marily Oppezzo…

A Feast For Sight: 10 Awe-inspiring Photos From All Over The Globe Take your breath slowly, slowly, exhaling it with equal speed; make sure everything is perfect, nothing is there worry about, no sudden change to adjust to; another relaxing gasp of breath, then steady, steady, and shot! There is hardly anything that can beat the thrill of creating a perfect camera shot. But arriving there, being able to sniff the perfection, this is something that takes years, if not decades to fully learn. Yet even then, even if the training is there, the mastery of making a perfect shot…

This is an image of three red and white wine glasses, all different sizes. The wine glass on the right is the skinniest. The one on the left is the widest. The shape of the glass in the middle is a combination of the shapes of the wine glasses on the right and on the left. The wine glass in the middle is placed a bit more toward the front than the wine glasses on either side. The glass of red wine is placed in the middle and there is one glass of white on on either side of the…

A broken truck southwest Image An old, rusty broken truck is parked in a vacant lot, neglected, and far from its former days of glory. Its pale, aqua paint, once shiny, is dull and lifeless. Two bright, shiny red lights stand out against the tired form of the vehicle. The rusted rims hold onto the chunky, black tires, and the auto’s spare hangs out to the side, leaning against the passenger door, waiting for who-knows-what. The only semblance of other life is in the existence of a sign standing to the right behind the truck. Sinclair is its name, and…

Being a successful online marketer is all about paying attention to the little details. The favicon is your sites logo and is often over looked but adds the extra polish to your blog or website. What is a favicon? The favicon (favorites icon) is an icon associated with a URL that is displayed in a browser’s address bar or next to the site name in a bookmark list.  It’s the small image file that represents a website similar to a company logo. From a marketing perspective the favicon is your logo and supports the “Branding” of your blog or website.  It…

In the old days, you couldn’t edit a tweet. If you sent out a regrettable tweet, that was it. You had to delete it and start over—maybe apologize to those who saw it. It’s not quite there yet, but it is believed Twitter is working on it. The plan is to allow users to edit posts a short time after they have been published without having to delete and repost. The intention isn’t to change the whole message, rather typos or wrong mentioning of people and things like that. The catch is that you can make this change only once.…

You invest thousands of dollars in equipment to capture the sharpest images as possible. You also use different shooting techniques to make sure that your pictures turn out pleasing and attractive. But even after meeting all that, most of the images obtained aren’t as sharp as you would like them to be. Well, here is a guide to image sharpening in Lightroom: Before going any further, it should be noted that the image sharpening in Lightroom or Photoshop won’t fix a blurry image. It will only sharpen the blurry pixels. Therefore, it is important to ensure that you are starting…

A bird flies home in the fading evening light. A blue fog settles down on the river to stay the night. A sailboat drops anchor and stays still.  Above, the sailboat is anchored in the golden orange glow of a sunset spreads over the western horizon; below, the ripples of a quiet river circle soundlessly. Clearly, then, it is the end of another day on the river. Still, calm, artistic. This could be the river Ganges or the river Mississippi or the river Amazon. Or any of the lesser lakes or water bodies anywhere in the world. But does it really matter? In…

Fall leaves in the Ontario’s forests There is nothing so beautiful at this time of year than this luscious picture of fall leaves. This pathway of gold, green and orange inspires and uplifts anyone who looks and travels down this luscious path. For the eyes, it is like traveling in an enchanting land of color and beauty and for the ears it is like walking through a wonderland of delicious crunches beneath your feet. Your nose will be presented with the aroma of fall and your mind will wander to what is inching your way; Thanksgiving and Christmas. The falling…

Vivid hues of violet and blue from the salted land and acidic colored mountain tops of Dante’s Peak Death Valley Dante’s Peak Death Valley view is a scenic and panoramic view of the southern death valley basin. But did you know in 1977,this breathtaking spot was used as a filming location for the popular film star wars? Well now you know it. Below it is the lowest and the most central part of Death valley, Badwater basin which has the lowest dry point in North America and the brown solid like ranges that rises to the highest peak in the…

The Horseshoe Canyon in Utah This beautiful scenery of the Horseshoe Canyon horseshoe image is found in the region of bad lands south west of United States ( Utah). The canyon horseshoe is formally known as barrier canyon and forms a magnificent prehistoric feature in America .It’s known to host some of the greatest gallery of rock art which is believed to have been written by early native Indian settlers and drawn in colored mineral pigments. The Colorado river winds and cuts through rocks of the mighty gorge, very fast and deep through the sandstone forming a horseshoe like bend…

Haliburton County in Ontario, Canada is dominated by rivers and lakes. Tourists from all over flock here for the water bodies and haliburton forest. The image above of a swamp is what the tourists might see if they were in the vicinity and got up early. Swamp in the Haliburton Forest There is something undeniably magical about swamps and mist. Without the mist, a swamp looks too normal and featureless, almost without character. And mist by itself only hides things we ought to be seeing. Taken together, however, they unite to take away whatever is boring out of swamps and…

This image shows the iceberg landscape in Antarctica. Icebergs are the giant pieces of freshwater ice which float around in the sea water. This iceberg of Antarctica is a small one, but still, it weighs more than thousands of tonnes. The bigger ones can even weight in billions of tonnes. This iceberg looks very small, just as big as a normal house. But, this is the only 1/10th part of the volume of that iceberg. The remaining 9/10th part is still in the water, it happens because the density of pure ice is less than the density of sea water, therefore…

Photo Enhancements In The New iOS Version The new iOS 10 is almost upon us, and with it a plethora of new features that will considerably enhance your iPhone photo shooting experience. Besides revamping the looks of the new photo app, Apple boasts of introducing a few novelties that are very much worth checking out. RAW Photo Editing Even a passing glance shows that Apple is taking the new photo app seriously, but dig a little deeper and you’ll find the new RAW Photo Editing option. Now, this feature is not yet confirmed by the company, but a careful eye…

Learn How To Take Clearer Moon Photos Many people take photos of exotic beaches, landscapes, or any other appealing scene. Some of the photos that are less popular, yet quite eye-catching are pictures of the moon. You cannot help but notice the elegance in moon photos, and how breathtaking they can be. As beautiful and perfect as those photos might seem, they are not that easy to take. Since there is a lot of freedom in photography, anyone can be free to take moon pictures. The challenge comes in when taking those photos. Where is the Challenge? If you attempted…

How To Take Awesome Black and White Photographs Think of Cartier Bresson, Ansel Adams, Albert Watson and Irving Penn, and you will find that they all have one thing in common. They are world-renowned black and white photographers whose mastery through the lens remains unrivaled despite years of technological advancement. They saw black and white not simply as a technical limitation but most importantly as a creative choice. Clearly, there is something unique about black and white photography. It evokes emotions and creates a punch that leaves viewers staring at photos longer. The photos are timeless, they possess immense artistic…

One of the things I get asked a lot is how to choose your settings when shooting in Manual Mode on your DSLR.  I understand that it can seem a little bit overwhelming at first – you are used to the camera making all of these decisions for you, so it can be difficult to even know where to start!  Never fear though, as today, I’m going to walk you through the steps for choosing your settings in manual mode, and give you some example photos (along with the camera settings too) so you can see it all together. How…

Photography is not something you can learn really quickly. Nor is it something you can ever really fully learn – it is a continual learning process. But if you’re just starting with photography, then it can certainly help to be pointed in the right direction as to what skills you should try and learn first. And that’s what I hope to do in this article. Learn basic composition The first thing I would suggest learning is the basic compositional guidelines. Having technical mastery of your camera is useless if your photos just turn out bland and boring due to bad…

Photography, if we talk about it today, it has become a complete art and moreover a detailed subject. It interests many people belonging to different age groups. From youngsters to middle-aged group and even the senior group, many are fascinated by the charm of Photography. Like everyone except few, love to get photographs clicked, similarly clicking photographs is also passion of many. Moreover, it is quite obvious that a single person can’t be specialized and able to do photography of each type. He/she is specialized either to perform well in portrait photography whether outdoor, indoor, family, and black and white…

When it comes to the biggest mistakes to avoid when taking pictures here are the top 10 mistakes mentioned the most. To be clear: Don’t do these things! Below are our examples of how this can be done in a good way: Not paying attention to the background Not thinking about lightning Avoiding candid shots Shooting right into the sun Never zooming in Leaving the lens cap on Perfectly centering the subject Not worrying about focus Being frugal with your shots Sticking to the same angles

The GoPro is the one piece of photo equipment I wish I’d had during my initial two years of RTW travel, in which I used a Canon G12 & underwater housing, an iPhone and briefly, an Olympus Tough. Despite repairs, my Canon G12 never really bounced back after I smashed it into the ground during a bike accident in Bali, so I didn’t bother lugging it on my recent dive trip to Bonaire. (Though it did turn out some beautiful underwater shots from the Red Sea!) Why Choose a GoPro for Underwater Photography? Simplicity is the name of the game…

The silhouette moment happens when the subjects is in the front of the light. In outdoor photography this can be sunset or sunrise. The camera is an impersonator of the human eye, but with one important many advantages – it can re-compose the scene. Read on to get important tips on silhouette photography. Take the low level shot To capture the full features of your subject, have them stand or sit at elevated position then take the photos from by squatting or getting on your knees. This will enable you to take full details of your subject’s features and outlines…

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