Compelling Photography Hints and Tricks

This post is dedicated to giving a handful of basic photography tips for the amateur to intermediate photographers. They’ll get essential tips on how to choose filters, lenses and perfect flash units, besides we’ll give important insights on lighting, exposure and composition techniques to go well beyond the typical snapshots and have fascinating digital photos. In addition, this blog entry will provide some guides for other aspects of photography embracing night, underwater, sunset and sunrise, food photography and many more. So anyone interested in capturing more compelling images will find this list indispensable to help you master your camera and get the most from your equipment.

Shooting Fundamentals

Photography Composition. Introducing the golden mean and the rule of thirds.

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20 Free Vintage Textures

What’s new today? We have decided to offer you this tiny collection of 20 vintage textures that you can use for free for your cool designs. As of late, vintage style is known to be enormously popular among web designers and, to tell the truth, it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere in the nearest future. Using vintage textures, you add the special look to your designs, create the retro mood that add the cool effect to the whole design concept. Feel free to browse this collection of 20 vintage textures and find the items you are looking for!

1. Vintage Strip Texture

 

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2. Textures 20: Old Books

 

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A Series of Drawings by Dan Slavinsky

We don’t know much about this artist, but his drawings can tell more than words. The stunning portfolio that you can find at his blog features his works with small descriptions. The name of this artist is Dan Slavinsky and the works we are interested in are architectural concept renderings. The whole title of the series of these images is “A Series of Drawings from the End of Time Bartlett, London 2010”. As you see, not too much information, but let’s return to his wonderful art. Each image is a sophisticated rendering of the fantastic concept. All these spirals, geometric lines along with science-fiction motives create the original mood and underline the talent of their creator. Let’s check out the aesthetics of these drawings by Dan Slavinsky together!

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Fragments of Arcadia

Drawings by Dan Slavinsky
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Architectural Possibilities of a Threshold

Drawings by Dan Slavinsky
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Learn More about Joomla. Roundup from DesignFloat

We all know Joomla as one of the most advanced software that turns out to be the ideal starting point for your website. You can easily learn the basic things about this CMS and the creation of Joomla-powered site will take you just few minutes. Even little programming skills are not a problem when you work with Joomla. If you want to learn more about it, feel free to browse this roundup dedicated to useful information about Joomla. Here you will find Joomla tutorials, extensions and tips that will help you to enhance your skills. Also feel free to check out Useful Joomla Extensions to Improve your Search.

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25 Ultimate Useful Joomla Tutorials

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A Bunch of Engaging Joomla 1.5 Tutorials

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50 Colorful Website Designs in Rainbow Spectrum

Here you will find the showcase of 50 expertly developed website templates with punchy colorful layouts dyed in rainbow hallway. All these dazzling web designs vividly demonstrate the intense beauty of multi-colored spectrum with shinning and transparent graphics. Some of them may have bright funky color splashes popping on the black background; others are tailored with fruity, lively graphics on the light backdrop. Colored by every hue in the rainbow, these bold designs come in a wide variety and you may use them for your websites. They’re perfect for anyone who wants to show off the fun side of a web project and at the same time demonstrate its distinctive character with richly varied colors.

Mirage Design Laboratory

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Vision Creative Design Studio

colorful website templates

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Polar Panorama Photography. Amazing Night Scenes

All of you have seen cool examples of polar panorama photography that are also known as panorama and polar photos, little planet photos, planet panoramas, 360 degree panorama, etc. Such spectacular images are created with the help of Photoshop and, to tell the truth, don’t need the extra skills and time. It is clearly seen from a number of tutorials that you can find all around the web that the process of their creation is not really hard. The secret of polar panoramas is quite simple – this technique helps to cover the fields of view of up to 360° and you get the stunning little planet. Before you start creating your own awesome examples of polar panorama photography, I offer you to browse some of other cool examples that are showcased in this post.

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Polar Uncoordinated by sharkbait

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Maison du Parc la Nuit by f1rwb DClik

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Cute Cat Illustrations by Apofiss

Every day we find so many cool stuff around the wed and, to tell the truth, it becomes harder and harder to amaze you with something original. Not long ago I have run into the wonderful illustrations created by Apofiss and it seems to me that it would be interesting for you to browse this stuff. As for the author, it should be mentioned that Apofiss specializes in illustrations, 3d and conceptual arts, but today I offer you to focus attention on the ever wonderful cat illustrations from the author’s portfolio. I’m sure that you will like this unusual manner of presenting the playful cats and kittens in some mystical and so magnetizing way. Let’s admire together the adorable style of these cute cat illustrations!

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Do not Disturb

Cat Illustrations by Apofiss
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Yang

Cat Illustrations by Apofiss
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Vintage Soviet Propaganda Space Posters

Tomorrow, on April 12, 2011 will be exactly 50 years since the first man had made a journey to the outer space. Soviet pilot and cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin was the first human in space (he spent there 1 hour and 48 minutes), and today we want to pay our tribute to this legendary person and celebrate the anniversary in our own unique way – by featuring a set of vintage soviet propaganda space posters. Most of these artworks were created in 1960′s, but our collection contains some reprints of the original posters. Nevertheless, we believe that you’ll enjoy these inspiring and fascinating vintage design goodies.

“April 12 — the dream came true”

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“Glory to the Party’s son!”

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SEO Tools to Enrich Your Experience. Roundup from DesignFloat

SEO is aimed at improving the ranking of the chosen site and bringing more traffic. You can find a number of SEO tools all around the web today, but it will take you some time to do it. Today’s roundup has collected the most recent and the most interesting posts devoted to this theme. It would be interesting for web designers and SEO specialists to browse this information and even find something new. To sum up, this roundup presents you a good number of useful SEO tools that will certainly help you to rank your website better on search engines and enrich your experience.

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40 Free Online SEO Tools to Optimize Your Search Engine Ranking


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130+ Free SEO Web Tools and Search Engine Optimization Software


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Frederique Daubal Conceptual Photography: Playing Hide and Seek

The following unsettling art project may seem rather playful and unpretentious at first, yet this is actually a great series on a serious issue. Being made by a well-known French artist and photographer with a graphic design background – Frederique Daubal – and entitled ‘Hide and Seek’, this photographic series quite probably touches the issue of human integration in the community. Being formally pages from fashion magazines, Frederique cut these facial renditions into tiny vertical strips and made them into masks resembling Muslim niqabs. So the featured characters wear a bit unnerving veils and with all that they bring up the philosophical question of visual identity and perception. Overall, this photo series doesn’t feel any forced and uninspired, quite the contrary – with rather haunting and thought-provoking images it simply leaves us pondering what is there behind these masks, what are the stories hidden within those visages. That’s conceptually creative, indeed.

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