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Set Sail With David Hills!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Let’s have a little chat about David Hills shall we?  This is a guy that I think is going places with his awesome, awesome photography.  Not only does he really know what he is taking a picture of, but his pictures typically come out amazing.  He is actually an expert in the marine life and that is why I picked this one.

If you look at his gallery, I can tell you for sure that you are going to see some beautiful, breathtaking pieces of fish and definitely some close ups of things that I never, ever knew that I would want to see – like a fish head or a fish tail, but it is all beautiful.

David really captures the essence of the sea and I think that his gallery is awesome.

Marcus Maddox Will Dance His Way Into Your Heart!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

One thing that you will notice about this blog is that I not only try to keep it interesting, but I definitely try to keep it up to date with some of the best photographers and I think that Marcus Maddox is certainly one of the best right now.  He is one that captured my heart with his photos of dancing.

Dancing is something that is near and dear to my heart and I have to say that when I saw these pictures, done up right by Marcus Maddox, I was blown away.  Not only are these photos amazing, but they are breathtaking!

I think that Marcus Maddox is the photographer to get if you are looking for someone that is verse in the art of dance and any performing arts really.

Let’s All Eat Cake W/Donna Tyson!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Photography is all about the picture and all about the photographer who is taking the picture.  If you want to make something look incredible in a photo, you want to make sure that you have a photographer who knows exactly what they are doing all of the time and that is what you get when you are dealing with Donna Tyson.

This is one photographer that I absolutely love and I think the reason is because she shoots food.  Shooting still-life and food items as well as liquid is difficult – I mean face it, you truly have no control over a lot of things and you really have to make sure that the shot looks perfect and that is what Donna Tyson does.

I mean – come one, check out this dessert.  It’s breathtakingly beautiful!  She does do people too and editorial but her food shots will always be in my heart.  Wonder if she ate this after shooting it.

David Knight — His Pictures Are Awesome!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

David Knight is one of those photographers that I did not think that first off I would like.  I took a look at some of his photos and I have to admit that I did not like all of them – however, there are quite a few that I did like and that was enough to switch my opinion of him.  Take this picture for example, this is just one of his many still-life pictures and that is what I love.

Now, David Knight is actually trained in any number of things and certainly can take all sorts of different photos of everything from still-life all the way to fine art, but I think that still-life is his calling.  This piece is breathtaking.

It is all about the simple things and I believe that David Knight knows that.  He knows how to shoot simple things.

Check Out This Pet-Friendly Photographer, Mark Mcqueen!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Are you a pet-lover?  Well, I am – I am a huge, huge pet lover and I have been waiting to see a photographer that can capture some of the best pictures in the world of dogs and cats – well, Mark Mcqueen is the best.  This is a photographer that truly knows exactly what he is doing and has been serving Fortune 100 companies for quite some time now.

You want to capture your picture in the best light ever then Mark Mcqueen is the photographer that you are going to want to book.  Not only does he specialize in capturing pets on film but he does a bunch of other things as well.

You want a fantastic photographer for anything really but that specializes in pet photography, Mark Mcqueen is the best!

Don Gurewitz Is The Shit — In A Good Way!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

When you think about it — Don Gurewitz is one of those rare photographers that is not classically trained but instead, he is actually self-taught.  Not only is he one of those photographers that truly has an eye for certain things but he is one photographer that I have fallen for … come on, this pictures speaks volumes!

Don Gurewitz has received award after award for this work and it has to be said that this picture alone is one of my favorites!  Personally, I love the way that he captured the island, the water and of course the ship … it’s breathtaking in every form.

If you want talent and raw power, Don Gurewitz  is the photographer to provide it to you – seriously!

Photoshop Tutorial: Pretty, Pretty Butterfly

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Photoshop is very complex with many different ways to alter a photo or image as well as to create a new image that has been created 100% in your mind. There are a great many tools and resources that can assist in creating these images. To begin creating your own image, begin with opening the Photoshop application and starting a new file. For this lesson, we are going to create a specific image in order to ensure you have fully understood this photoshop tutorial.

First, create new file. Select the following size of the image: Height 800 Pixels, Weight 600 Pixels. This will create a small area to work with in which we will be creating a whole new image. Choose a white background so we will end up with a blank white layer within a small window. From this point, the possibilities are endless and we will begin to create our very own image.

On the right side, there are three tabs: Edit, Create, and Share. You will click on the Create tab to bring up a new menu that provides new tools to add effects to your image. Click on artwork to bring up a host of background images. Choose Animal Fur Pink and drag it to the blank layer in the middle of the screen. In a second or two, the image will show up providing a pink furry background.

The next step is to go back to those three tabs we discussed before and select the Edit tab. From this point you are able to edit your initial image. You will then click on Layer in the tool bar to bring down the Layer menu, select New and then Layer. Click on the Gradient tool and choose Radial gradient effects which will produce a darker center with a lighter surrounding. Next, go to the right hand side bar again and further below than the three tabs you should be familiar with now will list each layer. Make sure the layer you are working on is highlighted and further up select Dissolve and change opacity to 9%. This will create the look of glittery marble somewhat. This is our background.

The next step is to start yet another new layer. This layer will be a duplicate layer, so either choose Layer via copy from the Layer menu, press Ctrl+J, or right click the layer and click duplicate. This will create an identical layer to work with. On this layer go to Edit in the tool bar – not the sidebar, the tool bar at the top—and click on Layer fill. This will allow you to fill the layer with another color. Choose dark blue as your foreground color and you will see that your image has changed slightly now holding a dark blue hue. Next use the Cookie Cutter tool and select the butterfly from the menu at the top. Draw this butterfly in the middle of the layer and you will see the image is much smoother than the surrounding areas. Not a major image, but something new to get used to Photoshop.

Dirk Franke — Meet The Photographer!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

When I think about fashion photography, there is not just one photographer that comes to mind – however, we are going to focus on just one today and that is Dirk Franke.  This particular photographer has been working on fashion and advertising assignments for quite some time now and this add right here just proves that this guy reeks of talent!

I absolutely love this photo and I think that Dirk Franke was on to something when he took this.  Not only does it look breathtaking from every single angle, but I can tell you for sure that this model would not look half as good if Dirk Franke did not capture the beauty.

1992 is when Dirk Franke started in the fashion photography arena and he is actually based in Miami.  Great, great picture and fantastic photographer!  Great job Dirk Franke!

David Hills — Washington’s Best!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

a4035f0d1fd01f9405c1a936228b8fa1_fullIn this blog, we have covered a lot of different photographers and all of them have been great but I do not think that all of them live up to the beauty – the incredible talent and the overall appeal that David Hills brings to the table.  Not only is this Washington DC photographer one of the best in the field but he is so versatile as well!

Although the marine, boats and fishing are what David Hills does mainly, this guy also does editorial magazines as well as advertising and annual reports – all of which look breathtakingly beautiful in their own right.

So if you are looking for some beautiful photography, David Hills is the man of the hour!

Tips for Buying the Perfect Camera

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

digital-cameraIf you have a special shutterbug in your life, then a camera can make a great present for the upcoming holiday season. However, you have to be careful, to make sure you get what they really want.

What do they tend to take pictures of, how do they tend to use their camera? Some people are all about photos, some people prefer videos; how important are zoom ranges, are interchangeable lenses important?

If the recipient likes a lot of options, keep that in mind, but if he or she prefers a simpler camera, then try not to get something with all the bells and whistlers.

A camera is a very personal gift. You can’t go out and buy a bright purple camera just because the photographer in your life likes purple — and don’t get the latest camera Ashton’s hawking just because your shutterbug thinks he’s cute.