10 Pre-Digital Era Photo Cameras

While the digital age may have dawned recently with an extreme popularity, the practice of pre-digital reflex camera using remains largely. We believe that this endless try to bend nature to our will, with only one shot available, will never abandon the minds of the dexterous photographers. They will keep on tracing those unique vintage cameras which, at the time of their manufacturing, were the most advanced photography devices. As opposed to digital cameras, today we’ll feature the set of pre-digital era photo cameras that contribute a lot in producing a higher quality product in the middle of the past century. This is made for the lovers of the remarkable antique!

Voigtlander Vitoret DR

Manufactured: 1965
Film: 135 (35 mm cartridge film)
Frame size: 24 x 36 mm
Lens: f/2.8 Color Lanthar 50 mm
Shutter: Prontor 300 leaf shutter

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Zorki 35M

Manufactured: the late 1960′s
Frame size: 35mm
Lens: viewfinder for 50mm and 85mm lenses
Shutter speed: from 1 to 1/1000 sec

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Photomontage as a Fantastic Cut and Paste Technique

Let’s keep rolling out the interesting and informative content. This time we’ll concentrate on photomontage that is associated with a range of individual photos combined together to create a new subject or visual image. This technique produces a single photographic picture from multiple negatives, scans, or layers with the main concept to have multiple modes within a single seamless frame. For that purpose, the composite picture is sometimes photographed so that the final image is converted back into a seamless photographic print.

Basically, the technique of making a picture by assembling pieces of photographs had a history going back to the invention of photography in the mid 19th century. Among the first were Victorians who discovered the amusement of the wrong elements stuck on a different pieces. But what’s truly exciting that the term itself was coined only at the end of the First World War, around 1918 or 1919, by Berlin Dadaists. Looking for a new means of expression, they drifted into meaningful abstraction and contrived a powerful tool to protest the war. Afterward, the technique was inherited and vastly used by European Surrealists, then in the 1920′s and 1930′s for political propaganda, humorous postcards, image experimentation. The next great revival in the use of montage was connected with anti-nuclear movement of the 1980s, and then with Pop Art movement that emerged with the outbreak of post-modernism. Actually, the trend continues to this day, having become a popular method in public communication and being widely adopted by advertisers.

With this post we present you the collection of spectacular and sometimes even odd-and-queer examples of photomontage, though all being quite artfully interleaved.

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Typography that Speaks for Itself. Roundup from DesignFloat

Typography, especially when it is properly chosen, plays a role as the effective visual element. It helps to communicate the main author’s idea in the easy and memorable way. Typography with all its styles and variations is widely applied to the web today and its importance is obvious. It is not easy to study the art of text and all the secrets that deals with it, but it is undoubtedly rewarding. The site with properly used typography grabs your attention and guides you through the pages making accents on some important points. You can find the most interesting facts about typography  in this post that features the most popular materials that you have sent to DesignFloat. All of them contain useful information and marked as top-rated. So, let’s browse this collection of posts dedicated to Typograpfy.

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Be Inspired by Text Art and Typography

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Revert to Type Striking Typographic Sculptures, Architecture and Furniture


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25 Awesome Example Of Typography Designs For Inspiration


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Must Read articles on Design, Typography and Web Development – 2


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Expressive Web Typography Useful Examples and Techniques


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Great Examples of Doing Typography in 140 Characters on Twitter


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Inspired By Creativity – Typography

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15 Best And Useful Typography Tools For Web Designers


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Wonderful Examples Of Ornamental Typography

Spectacular CG Spaceships from Sci-Fi Collection

We are all get tired of boring and trivial sci-fi  mages that we can find here and there in some portfolios, but today I will show you something special. I want to share with you my passion to sci-fi and everything that deals with space. Spaceships are the most interesting part of sci-fi and our interest to them is quite reasonable. Some space vehicles are inspiring and creative, they feature memorable designs and high professionalism of their creators. A great number of digital artists develop this theme in their works and show successful results. Such spaceships with cool exteriors and unusual shapes are presented in this post. Check out these awesome items and admire their spectacular execution!

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MIR by uriel

CG Spaceships

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Spaceship by Hany Malek

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Illustrations by Cris De Lara and Their Vibrant Beauty

The portfolio of this versatile artist is full of illustrations of children, fan art, comic books illustrations, cartoon images, portraits, caricatures, and, of course, our favorite pin-up. You can recognize her works among hundreds of others easily because they are really unique. Mix of styles, vibrant color palette, fascinating details with nice accents make these pieces undoubtedly attractive to the audience. Can you guess her name? Yes, the artist we are speaking about is Cris De Lara, the talented artist that is well-known for her wonderful illustrations, digital paintings and graphic/web design. The diversity of themes that are presented in her artworks is amazing, the professionalism is evident. The first thing that you notice in them is their exceptional beauty and this beauty can cast a spell on you for a long time.
Well, I think you are quite ready to start and browse this collection of inspiring illustrations by Cris De Lara.

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Sweet Whispers

Illustrations by Cris De Lara

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Ipanema’s Girl

Illustrations by Cris De Lara

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Golden Roads to the Heart of Autumn

Autumn landscapes mesmerize with the splashes of yellow, red, brown and dull green, smooth mood and soft nostalgia. This season is an excellent time to make more cool shots but before you go to the countryside to find inspiration we would like to offer you a few suggestions that will help you to make excellent autumn photos.

  • - choose the right time of the day because it is not a secret that foggy mornings, sunny and warm evenings would give unforgettable and absolutaly distinct pictures;
  • - play with perspective to find original angle and represent usual landscape from the other side of perception;
  • - use color filters to intensify color pallette;
  • - look for contrasts that will help you to to accentuate the colors;
  • - don’t underestimate overcast days because these are best for autumn pictures;
  • - be careful with the sun light due to its ability to result in shadows and lower saturation of colours;
  • - don’t be affraid to play with your camera settings to enhance color and light perfomance due to soft light which is typical for autumn weather;
  • - pick the right time of the season to shoot because we all know how fast leaves can fall and shooting bare trees is a quite different thing from “the splashes of yellow, red, brown and dull green, smooth mood and soft nostalgia”;

Hopefully these simlpe tips will help you to imprint this fall landscapes and as the bonus we would like to showcase a small photoset of autumn roads. Enjoy!

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All You Want to Know About Freelance. Roundup from DesignFloat

Freelance has become an indispensable part of our life and it is considered to be very convenient due to the flexibility of time and terms. If you are a creative guy, freelance is a good choice for you that makes your work interesting and full of great projects. A good work leads to more and more projects, you gain valuable experience and high-profile clients. All that sounds really great, but it needs enough diligence and persistence (your talent is express conditions). When you start your career as a freelancer, you should pay attention to your portfolio that is its driving force. Dynamic and expressive portfolio speaks for itself and stands out among hundreds of others. All you want to know about freelance you can find in today’s roundup. Hope, you will get use of this information and become a good freelancer.

A Roundup of 30 Explosive Freelance Portfolios

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Marketing Your Craft The Best Way to Create a Freelance Website

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40 Minimal CD Covers Stripped to Their Essentials

For the purpose of today’s cross-section of captivating and iconic album covers, we have chosen 40 minimal pieces to showcase you some interesting СD cover designs. Having searched for many different types now we’re going to unveil only simple and clean covers that accordingly represent the style and reflect the mood of the music they promote. There are no ripples or circles in the background, no funky or vibrant images to portray the intensity of style – these album covers mainly use subtle colors along with minimal graphics to make you imaginative with the kind of music they have in store. Right now let’s put a special emphasis on these clean and clear CD designs developed to covertly convey the core content of the albums.

Coldplay: X & Y

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MercyMe: Almost There

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White Magic of Ethereal Elves

Don’t you think that wonderful tales about elves have some mysterious flavor? It can be describe as the charming dreams about the distant lands where the magic is a common thing and where the beautiful fairy creatures like elves live. Elves are mentioned not only in the fantasy books, this theme is also popular in the art that manifests the beauty of the magic realms. Such art brings the desired inspiration to the viewers and they become absorbed with it for a long time. CG art is rich for the beautiful examples of elves images that are appealing due to that mysterious and unusual tone. These images express their nature, feelings and try to present them as true as it is possible. This post contains the most powerful of them and I hope that you will like these breathtaking CG elves.

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Posable Elf by Dannie3D

CG Elves

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Elf by acmelabs

CG Elves

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Phantasma, Beauty and Art by Ray Caesar

You fall under the spell of these wonderful images the first time you see them and from this moment they become the inspirational part of your life. Ray Caesar shows us the aesthetics of the human soul in all its variations. His art can be compared with the jewelry box that treasures the beauties inside and that is so alluring due to this sweet mystery. You never know what is hidden in it, but you hope to find something breathtaking and open it with awe. In the same way you are absorbed with these paintings that uncover the amazing secrets and long-cherished dreams. These splendid pieces picture in the impulsive and colorful way the reality that is interlaced with the weird fantasies.
If you are ready to discover the inmost feelings of people, dive in the magic art of Ray Caesar and admire it in the least details.

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Mourning Glory

Art by Ray Caesar

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Consort

Art by Ray Caesar

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