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You spend a lot of time with your DSLR. You make sure it’s comfortable in that camera bag you bought it that’s the perfect mix of style and function. And thanks to that new padded camera strap you just picked up, the comfort is mutual.
These are also perfect gifts for your photographer friends and family.
They are high-quality lens caps made of durable plastic upon which the designs are printed directly with UV-hardened inks. These caps are built to last.
Their current collections include Dogs, Cats, Emoji and USA States.

But still, something’s missing… Are your lens caps just billboards for their manufacturers? They don’t have to be. They can be canvases unto themselves. Help your camera express the creative personality you know it already has.
They also ship outside the USA for all our international photographers  …

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So you have a new camera , but you don’t know how to get the best from all the settings. Then this course is just what you need.
Take a tour of all the functions of your camera with this workshop, and once you learn them , taking photo’s will be so much more fun.

The courses are available for the most popular camera from the 2 manufacturers

Sign up now and get a huge 42% of their usual prices.  their Usual price is $69, but for a limited time they are $39 which is extremely good value for what you get.

Click on this link to buy the course Canon & Nikon Camera Workshops

The courses can also be purchased as gifts for your friends and families.
(For gift purchases , They send you an email with a download link for the workshop. You can forward the email to the person you are giving it to so they can download the workshop.)

The workshop isn’t only an easy workshop to learn camera settings, it is comprehensive without being overwhelming. This workshop gives detailed explanations of HOW to change the settings with real-life photos of the camera ONE AT A TIME–No IKEA-like, black and white diagrams with arrows everywhere.  It goes further and explains WHY you would change the setting with photos demonstrating what happens before and after that change is made. The real-world examples of WHEN you would want to use a setting were what stayed with me when I was actually out shooting. They helped me remember the changes that may need to be made in different situations.

This workshop would have been incredibly helpful when I first purchased my camera. But I think it is exceptionally helpful for anyone at anytime who is becoming frustrated learning and remembering camera settings.”

The Sun isn’t the easiest thing to include in your landscape shots in a way that works well with the other elements of the scene. One way of doing so is to create sunstars, in which beams of light extend dramatically from the Sun. Professional landscape photographer Kevin Reid is fond of creating sunstars in his work. “Sunstars can add a very strong focal point and they can also add an entirely new dimension of interest to the image”, he says. “The loveliest ones, I find, are captured in the early hours of morning and near dusk. As light from the Sun has to travel further at either end of the day, it seems to work better when capturing sunstars. I have photographed them along coastlines, in mountains, general landscapes, forests, as well as many various city scenes. Historic churches, old barns, skyscrapers, and monuments and statues in city scenes are wonderful subject material.” When creating a sunstar, the aperture is key. “Your first step for great starbursts is to use a medium to small aperture”, says Kevin.“Often it means shooting at f18 or even narrower. You will often have to put up with some diffraction in your image to get a good sunstar. It always pays to experiment and shoot various aperture settings to see what works best. Make sure there is good contrast between the light and its background. Trying to get a starburst around the Sun if your sky is blown out is not going to work, as the white sky and the colour of the Sun do not have enough contrast.” The lens you are using also influences the appearance of sunstars, as the number of diaphragm blades it has controls how many points of light you’ll be able to create. “Become familiar with the number of blades in each lens you own,” says Kevin. “I find that the more streaks you have, the more dynamic the photo.” It’s important to compose your shots to create the maximum impact. “The best sunstars are often created when the Sun is partially blocked by something, such as when the Sun is half obscured by a tree or the corner of a building. A great way to capture a starburst is to anticipate the Sun’s trajectory (as it moves into or out of a subject), set up your tripod and then, when you see the Sun poke its head in or out of the object, you simply start firing!”

We all know a dog lover out there, so give them an amazing gift…
Boots Collection for Dog Lovers

There is over 90 different items for dog lovers out there, So please have a look at the site
There is such a wide range of products and they have a sale on now


There is also products for Cat lovers

Getting to mono  means  removing the colour, so here are the top options…

Even if your camera has a dedicated black & white shooting mode, you’re far better off shooting in colour if you want
great mono results. The reason for this is a full-colour image contains more data, and it’s the manipulation of this data that
leads to the best black & white output. Different colours can display as lighter or darker greys depending on the method of
conversion, so here’s a range of different options for you to try.
Our Start image

 Grayscale.

In your menu , use Image-Mode-Grayscale
It’s pretty quick and is a great option for Elements users who don’t have access to a Channel Mixer.
The other advantage is it gives file sizes one-third the size of a colour picture, so it’s a good option for space-saving.

Desaturate

 

Photoshop and elements -Ctrl,Shift,U
Blisteringly fast with the above shortcut, and allows you to convert to mono in under a second! You don’t get any control over the tonality of the image, but it’s always worth a try because of its sheer speed.

Channel Mixer

Photoshop only.
Image – Adjustments-ChannelMixer

The Channel Mixer allows you to vary the amount of the Red, Green and Blue Channels that go into the resulting image, and by ticking the Monochrome box at the bottom-left corner, you can vary how the different colours in the mix affect the black & white output. In essence, it allows you to control how bright or dark different colours become when converted to mono. Ideally, the 3 values should add up to around 100%, but there are no rules – just make it look good!

How Channels work

 

Go to Window➜Channels (Photoshop only) and you’ll see that a colour image is made up of a Red, a Green, and a Blue Channel, and each individual Channel is actually a black & white pic. The black, grey and white tones in these pics shows how much red,  green and blue is present in each pixel, and when they’re combined, we get the natural colours we see. Because different amounts of R, G and B go into a full colour mix, each Channel therefore gives a different mono version of the scene. We can either use these versions directly (say by using 100% of the Red channel and throwing away the Green and Blue data) or we can mix them up in the Channel Mixer to give a vast choice of effects.

Red channel

Pure red would show as white (the maximum) in the Red Channel, so all the colours containing lots of red  reproduce as very light grey tones. Colours without much red (like the blue items in the scene) go very dark and are almost black.

Green Channel

Any item with lots of green in it will become very light in the Green Channel, and anything with very little will go pretty dark. If we check , we can see they take on a completely different character to the Red Channel’s picture.

Blue Channel

If we check the Blue Channel’s rendition of the scene, we can see that we have a completely different mix again. In fact, the only colours that remain constant over all three pictures are black and white, and that’s because these colours contain equal amounts of red, green and blue.

So there you go, black and white conversions using simple methods can give unlimited variations….
Have fun

 

 

The original Canon EOS 6D, introduced way back in 2012, was an affordable entry point to full-frame photography. It has, however, been showing its age and fans have been clamouring for a replacement.

And it’s here. The long-awaited EOS 6D Mark II is better than its predecessor in practically every way, from its sensor to its ISO range, from its autofocus system to continuous shooting mode.

Not surprisingly, however, it’s also considerably more expensive than the model it replaces. So the question is whether these multiple improvements justify the price hike. It also puts the EOS 6D Mark II up against some noticeably tougher competition.


Tech

  • 26MP Full frame sensor
  • Vari-Angle LCD screen
  • ISO 100-40,000
  • DIGIC 7 processor
  • Built-in Wifi/NFC/Bluetooth/GPS
  • 6.5 continuous shooting abilities
  • Quiet shooting mode
  • Dust and weather resistance
  • 45 autofocus points around the center, all are cross type
  • Full 1080p 60p HD video (no 4K video output)
  • 4K time lapse movie mode
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • Touchscreen

 

Pros

  • Nice feel to the camera body, though it’s now starting to feel more like the Canon 5D Mk III than the Canon 5D Mk II;
  • Weather sealing
  • Pretty fair color versatility
  • Flippy LCD screen is a nice touch
  • You can push the shadows quite a bit, though don’t expect Sony performance
  • Great battery life
  • Very good high ISO performance;
  • Canon’s Touch screen menu continues to be the best on the market
  • Canon’s rendition of skin tones continues to be the best on the market

Cons

  • No 4K video means that the long term value of a camera like this is null as the last time this camera was updated was maybe four or five years ago
  • Autofocus points all towards the center
  • Very slow autofocus with Sigma lenses
  • Low light autofocus is accurate but pretty much as fast as the Canon 5D Mk II’s center focus point was
  • 26MP is a bit too conservative when there are fantastic 24MP APS-C sensors
  • Lower ISOs don’t feel as versatile as the higher ISO settings
  • A single card slot

Canon EOS 6D Mark II DSLR Camera with EF 24-105mm USM Lens – WiFi Enabled

Look through your photo archive and you’re likely to see lots of photos of two things — people and landscapes.

But what is it about Landscape Photography we love so much?

As a Landscape Photographer you strive to capture and share the beauty of the world around you,  just as you see it through your own eyes. But there can be a big difference between a good shot and great one …

  • A good landscape photo will sit in your archive and never be seen again.
  • A great landscape photo will bring the scene back to life every time you or your friends see them.

… and it’s likely you’ve only got one chance to make it count.

Living Landscapes will help you move past the point, click and hope approach to landscape photography. You’ll learn from a pro how to capture stunning landscape photos you’ll hang on walls – not hide in albums – by mastering the three key ingredients to stunning and engaging landscape photography.

  • The craft: Understand how exposure, color, and focus can make or break a shot.
  • The tools: A shoot-more-shop-less approach to the gear a landscape photographer needs.
  • The creativity: Merge what you know (craft) what you have (tools) with your imagination to create inspiring Landscape Photos.Learn from this book on how to take landscape photos.
    • How to simplify the process of making engaging and technically proficient landscape images.
    • How to overcome the unique challenges that landscape photography presents.
    • The 4 landscape fundamentals that turn bland into beautiful.
    • Workshops and guided tours of some amazing landscape images.
    • A straight forward explanation of the gear you need (it isn’t as much as you might think.)
    • Landscape specific post-processing techniques.
    • Advanced tips and techniques for specific scenarios: mountains, water, bush and forest, black and white and panoramic stitching.

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  1. BE SELECTIVE. At a flower show , there is an enormous number of beautiful flowers. Don’t rush to photograph the first blossom you see. Find a plant with the best combination of form, color, lighting and background.
     
  2. ISOLATION. For ultimate impact, isolate your subject. Use a camera angle that reduces distracting elements, such as other flowers or people. Take the time to try capturing the flower from multiple angles, low angles, high angles, or moving to the right or left.  for ultimate control of the depth of field A wide lens aperture ( a lower-numbered f-stop on and SLR camera) will enhance this effect by softening the background.  for example a F1.4 prime lens.

     

  3. COMPOSITION. Your first thoughts may be to frame the flower in the centre of the viewfinder, but,  is not always the most aesthetic composition. Concentrate on what you see in the viewfinder, and recompose the picture until it looks the best to you. And don’t forget to try vertical framing, as well as horizontal.

  4. TRIPOD. Because the light in parts of the building is varied, you may be forced to use slow shutter speeds. In this situation, hand-holding your camera might result in vibrations and blurred pictures. . When using and DSLR camera on a tripod, cable a release can significantly reduce unwanted vibrations.

  5. PATIENCE. When photographing flowers outdoors, be aware of small breezes that might set the flowers in motion. Likewise, breezes can be caused indoors by the opening of a door or the brisk movement of people. For sharp picture, you must be prepared to wait for all movement to cease before releasing the shutter.

  6. ENVIRONMENT. Wonderful photographs can be created by showing the relationship of you subject to its environment. A simple way to achieve this is with a wide- angle lens on a SLR camera, or the wide mode on a dual-lens or zoom lens point-&-shoot camera. Position your subject as close as possible in the foreground.
  7. EXTREME CLOSE-UPS. Flowers take on an entirely different look when viewed in extreme close-up. Use your viewfinder indicators to move in as close as possible, while still maintaining sharp focus. If you are using a 35mm SLR camera, your macro (close-up) capabilities can be extended with accessories such as a macro lens, a macro teleconverter, or even screw-on supplementary close-up lenses or extension tubes for your present lenses.

  8. THE WHOLE PICTURE. Consider the whole plant when you photograph, and not just the colorful bloom. Examine the fascinating textures and geometries of leaves, seed pods and fallen petals.
  9. EXPERIMENT! Don’t be afraid to shoot a few extra pictures. Try different angles and different lighting. Also depict your subject from several different viewpoints.
  10. LEARN FROM YOUR MISTAKES. If your picture don’t convey what you saw in your mind’s eye, ask yourself: “What went wrong?” If you study your mistakes, you will be rewarded with a greater number successful photographs on your next outing. 

With our 101 Landscape Lightroom presets — you’ll make adding that additional pop  to your landscape images a breeze. Photographers experienced with pre-set controls know they won’t see their desired results unless they use a type specifically tailored for the shoots they undertake. That’s why professional landscape photographer Sarah Sisson has developed an editing system dedicated to the task of landscape photography. These 101 Landscape Lightroom presets give you countless image-enhancing options to make your pictures say exactly what you want them to. Ideal for professionals and amateur enthusiasts alike, they deliver professional results on every front.

With our mega pack of 101 Landscape Lightroom presets, enhancing your landscape shots is a breeze.

In this massive presets back you’ll get:

  • 6 high quality preset collections
  • Save time getting your landscapes looking just right
  • Streamline your workflow
  • Use the presets the professionals use to create stunning images
  • Give your photos an instant “pop”’
  • BONUS Tool Box: 29 presets designed to be stackable for making simple adjustments.

Landscapes that Pop

The dPS 101 Landscape Lightroom presets can help you achieve the potential from your landscape images more fully by accentuating the mood and tonal qualities of each season, lighting and weather conditions. With over 100 preset options, you can quickly gain results that make your photos truly pop and convey the strongest visual messages. Programmed for summer, autumn, winter, and spring, the pre-calibrated optimisations allow you to enhance your landscapes according to seasonal characteristics.

If black and white is your thing, other presets enrich tonal values and increase the dynamic range to give your greyscale images a truly immersive effect. The same goes for monochrome pictures of any colour. Instead of the flat look that typically arises from applying a monochrome filter, the 101 Landscape Lightroom presets can have your image leap out at you or draw you deeper into the picture. Most landscape photos benefit from an abundance of detail across the tonal range of the image, yet with deep shadows and blown-out highlights in many outdoor situations, this can be near impossible to achieve under normal shooting conditions. This is where the high dynamic range (HDR) capabilities of your camera become invaluable, but even if you don’t have this capacity, you can achieve comparable results in an instant by using the 101 pre-set bundle.

Preset Examples

Summer / Spring

  • Before-Blissful Blue Skies
    After-Blissful Blue Skies
    Blue Skies
  • Before-Sweet Summer Days
    After-Sweet Summer Days
    Summer Days
  • Before-Boho Dream
    After-Boho Dream
     

Autumn

  • Before-Glorious Autumn Day
    After-Glorious Autumn Day

Winter

  • Before-Wild Winter
    After-Wild Winter

Black and White

  • Before-Majesty
    After-Majesty
     
  • Before-Sentinel
    After-Sentinel
     

Creative

  • Before-Big Color Love
    After-Big Color Love

Mono Tones

  • Before-Antique
    After-Antique

Bonus Toolbox!

  • Before-Example 2
    After-Example 2

Special effects photography made easy with this awesome guide.

In this eBook 11 specific special effects are broken down so you can re-create the scene yourself, then Neil will explore new options to kick start your photography creativity.

Zoom Effect

zoomeffect

Add a dynamic zoom effect with a slow shutter speed, and learn a super charged variation using your flash.

360 Panorama

360panorama

A spherical 360 degree panorama puts you there by showing the whole world from a particular viewpoint.

Aperture Masks

aperture_masks

Create a romantic, magical or cool background for your night portraits with aperture masks.

Flour Hair Flick

flour_hairflick

Half a cup of flour, add three lights and flick hair vigorously for this dramatic action shot.

Light Painting Sparklers

lightpainting_sparklers

Sparklers, a sci-fi schoolgirl and some really nifty colour and light tricks create this dynamic light painted photo.

Light Painting Steel Wool

lightpainting_steelwool

Stars twinkling above and fire sparking below lights up the beach in a dramatic combination shot.

Little World

littleworld

Starting with a panorama, create whole planets with this super distorted, super fun effect.

Mixing Ambient and Flash

mixing_ambient_flash

Capture and freeze motion in the same shot for a striking effect by mixing flash and continuous light.

Multiple Exposures

multiple_exposures

If two are twice the fun, eleven clones are a party! This multiple exposure technique is a unique way to tell a story.

Star Trails

startrails

Capture the majesty of the night sky as it spins eternally overhead with this surprisingly accessible star trail technique.

Water Droplets

waterdroplet

Natures little lenses create many images with this technique to get you started using water refraction in your photography.

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