Sunday, December 30, 2012

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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Photography Tips: How to Shoot Better Street Photographs

How to Be a Better Street Photographer : 

Photography With People

Shoot Better Street Photos with These Tips

Saturday, December 22, 2012

How To Take Photos of Animals

Don't you just love cute photos of even cuter animals?

How to take animal photos -

Here is a delightful photograph of two baby platypuses wearing tiny fedoras!

Animals, like babies are not easy to photograph but there are ways to get round this.

Tips On How To Take Good Photographs of Animals 
(especially if you're photographing through a glass window)

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

How Many Photos Have Been Taken?

Interesting Statistics About How Photography is Panning Out!

Photography Facts:


  • when was the first photograph taken,
  • which was the first photograph to appear on the Net,
  • what are the total number of photos in the world that have been taken, 
  • what percentage of photos were taken just this year alone?
  • Where do all these photos end up on?
  • What size country would they cover if you put the world's photos together?
  • What are the future trends for photography? 
  • And more ...

Monday, September 17, 2012

Make Money as a Freelance Photographer For Newspapers

 Make Money as a Freelance Photographer For Newspapers:

Camera : Female photographer photographing with digital cameraDid you know? From local papers to national dailies, newspapers regularly pay freelance photographers for those special shots that their staff photographers were unable or too busy to take.

The fees paid by newspapers to freelance photographers vary considerably. There are many newspapers that pay around $150 to $200 per shoot. In addition to this they often pay a mileage rate to compensate you for driving to the location for the shoot.

Monday, September 3, 2012

How to Shoot Super-Sharp Photos Tutorial:

For those new to DSLR cameras here is an excellent video with  five focusing tips for shooting super-sharp photos:

If you recently upgraded from an automatice camera to a DSLR, the first things you probably noticed was that focusing is now manual. Instead of simply pointing and clicking your camera, you now need to think about autofocus points, which are not so intuitively “intelligent” as the focus systems in point-and-shoot cameras. However, autofocus points are very powerful and gives you greater freedom — find out how to use them.

Here’s a great primer video by photographer Phil Steele. He outlines five main tips for achieving fine focus and super-sharp photos:

Monday, July 30, 2012

Create 3D Animation Fast & Like a PRO!

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Friday, July 20, 2012

Gladstone City Boom Town Aerial Views, Queensland, Australia

Video of Gladstone City, Queensland showing the aerial views of the Region and what a Boom Town looks like as Gladstone is on the cusp of unprecedented growth following the once-in-a-century Resources Boom that will see the region making history as it races towards Australia's Economic Podium to become one of its top Muscle Towns. The mining boom is creating all kinds of sector growth in addition to mining jobs resulting in accommodation scarcity and other social effects.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Computer 3 D Animation - What's Happening in the Industry

Computer 3 D Animation - What's Happening in the Industry:

Computer animation is created by two or three dimensional graphics of computers. Two dimensional computer animation is used for quick rendering and for low bandwidth animation. In cartooning, the computer to be used and the film that is the image generated by the computer is considered. This is important especially when making a movie.

Monday, June 18, 2012

How To Land A Job As An Animator

How To Land A Job As An Animator

In a typical animation career you wear many hats. You may have a specific expertise, but chances are that just as often, you’ll juggle many skills and titles from job to job. Animation artists find most of their work via word of mouth. No offense to agents, reps, and recruiters, but to succeed in finding work in the business of animation is to develop and maintain relationships. We are, as Barbra Streisand sang it, “people who need people.”

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

The Growth in Computer 3D Animation Software

The Growth in Computer 3D Animation Software

If you are interested in computer graphics or animation, then you are in luck. There have been some amazing advances in that field, and as a result there are some great computer animation software programs available. Whether you are interested in creating cartoon animations for business or if you want to create animations for personal use, this is a great time to get started.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Implications of 3D Computer Animation

The Implications of 3D Computer Animation - What You Have to Consider:

3D computer animation is making a big impact in the animation industry. Realism is the key for the rising demand of 3D animation. It is a challenging technology for prospective artists and for professional animators alike to develop new editions and versions of the existing 3D animation programs. The frames of the models and the shots are sometimes simple, but the motion or the movements of the characters is where the creativity and skills of the animator comes in.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Wedding Photos

Note: The special effect lighting that has given the photo its wonderful highlights and tonal contrasts. It is not easy to photograph the bride in her sea of white! and still show the design, cut and intricate details of her full bridal gown that are clearly visible in this photo along with her radiance, but when you master the hottest wedding photography secrets, you can make all brides glow supremely as well as capture the pretty details of their beautiful, wedding gowns ... on the most memorable days of their lives ... for posterity! How fulfilling to know you played a pivotal role in their once-in-a-lifetime, priceless events and to earn their gratitude forever and a day!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Popular 3D Animation Programs

Design Your Own 3D Animation - An Overview of Popular 3D-Animation Programs:

Designing your own 3D Animation: If you are interested in developing your skills in 3D Animation design check out these popular 3D animation programs, and their features and capabilities:

Easy 3D Objects is intended for creation of 3D animations and illustrations eg:
  • -making 3D GIF- animations for the Web; 
  • -making 3D banners; 
  • -making 3D illustrations; 
  • -presentation materials; 
  • -development of creative imagination

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

3D Computer Animation: The Skills and Training You Need

3D Computer Animation: The Skills and Training You Need

3D animation or graphics make use of a 3 dimensional depiction of content that is in geometric form for the reason of rendering images that are in two dimensional forms. The usage of 3d animation may be immense. It may be used in computer graphic applications, making 3d animation games and even cartoon films for the kids. 3d animation may also be used in corporate reports and in websites and consequently because of their three dimensional nature make a better impact and sound understanding.

Similarity and difference between 3d animation and 2d animation

Although there is an entire dimension addition in 3d animation when compared to 2d, yet the basic algorithm on which 3d animation rely upon is the same in both the case. This simailarity is apparent in the wire frame format mainly.

The difference between the 2d and 3d animation is not enough. They both use each other to get the desired effects. For example 2d animation uses 3d effects like lighting and at the same time, the 3d animation uses rendering techniques that are taught in 2d. although there are differences eg. a 3d animation is technically not a graphic till the time it is rendered in such a way that visually it attains the stature of 3d. Thus, in order to be trained in 3d animation, one needs to be skilled in 2d graphics as well.

3d animation training

Bringing characters to life is not as easy as it appears. It needs a lot of practice and hard work. Although with a proper training in visual effects and an in-depth knowledge of 2d graphics and 3d animation, one can easily create stunning websites, design products, make games that truly belong to the next generation and much more.

The solution is to gain a thorough knowledge of Graphics and software that may help you to render a sketch into life. Some of the packages that may make you a skilled 3d animator are flash, macromedia etc. But before you train in 3d animation packages, it is advised to start with Photoshop and illustration programs to give you a good knowledge of creating graphics first. This will provides a firm foundation for more complex creations such as 3D animation.

3D animation taught in schools and institutes focuses on animation and communication design. Usually, computer animation courses include 2d and 3d animation, digital arts, digital animation course, video courses etc.

Basic 3d animation knowledge should include:

  • ·Developing primary characters by using bouncing ball principle.
  • ·Understanding the anatomy of the character and setting models in proportion.
  • ·Colour theory knowledge.
  • ·Bone structure and skin textures.
  • ·Colour rendering.

Intermediate 3d animation skills should include:
  • ·Modeling the character and understanding mesh tool.
  • ·Shading skills
  • ·Sketching and rigging skills.
  • ·Software knowledge and making their use.

Advanced 3d animation training should include:
  • ·Conceptualizing an animation along with facial features and creating full-fleshed characters.
  • ·Making short animation movie.
  • ·Shading, lighting and rendering using layers.
  • ·Giving the final fluid effect. Practically using all the packages together along with sketching to get perfection in 3d animation.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

You Can Take This Fantastic Photo Shot Too!

Trick Photography Made Easy

A thing of beauty is a joy forever - remember to take pride and joy in your achievement as you travel your journey towards being a fantastic photographer. Remember too that the skills you attain along your trip can be harnessed into a lucrative home business should your circumstances dictate that you go down this path to earn income or maybe this is your vocation and passion. Whatever the reason I hope you don't forget to smell the roses even as you put the finishing touches to that magnificent shot that you just took!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The Art of 3D Animation - Are You Up To It?

What is required of you if you wish to become a 3D Animator?

Over the ages there has always been a confrontation between two ideologies: art for art’s sake and art for human upliftment. 3D animation is also an art form predominant in this Information-age marked by numerous inventions. Technological advancement is a major catalyst for the ideology of art for upliftment. 3D animation is the perfect amalgamation of both.

3D animation encapsulates the essence of art. Its dynamic and ever evolving nature makes it a potent combination of paintings, drawing and sculptures. This form of art challenges the creative and the intellectual streak in the artist. The artist now does not only use the traditional means but also has to show technological intelligence.

This study involves an intricate software understanding and computer animation capability. The form of art is so immaculate that one needs to draw, paint and model the design within the realm of 3D animation. Lighting, cinematography, colour scheme, textures, sound synchronisation, shading, contrasts and animation are some of the other requirements to be a professional 3D animator. 3D animation has transcended the boundaries of entertainment and has been incorporated into the realm of education, industries and corporate organisations.

The first step to be a 3D animator is that aspirants need to understand to make an animation one needs to literally sculpt a model with the technological strokes and bring the inanimate matter to life. Taking or withdrawing elements from the model one has to judge the creative work from different vantage points. 3D animation usually starts with 2D photographs which presents the model from different angels.

To create a sequence of animations one has to create a detailed view of the model in the format of sketches, scripts and transitions. Tools play a major role in this creative process but it does not abrogate creativity from the work of art, for a 3D animation aspirant, determination is the only tool and nothing even technological requirement of any sort can take away quality from the creation.

The process of acquiring 3D animation techniques is the creation of a backdrop, the set designing, the character modelling, the animation, cameras, recording, music compositions and special effects. The module in the study of the 3D animation includes 3D modelling, 3D prototypes, Character animation, Special effects, architectural improvisations and engineering technicalities. 3D Animation also requires workflow, timelines, research, detailing and structuring.

This creative field demands its aspirants to be immaculate in the tricks of animation which include JPEG, GIF, TIFF, TGA and PNG file format. Holistically, 3D animation requires the creator to have an aesthetic taste from the placement of the model.

3D animation brings to life all static images and is the foundation of the brand image of an institution created to keep the public interest alive. 3D animation if excessive can be tedious for the viewer and professional 3D animators need to understand and define the viewer’s line of equilibrium. 3D animation has the capacity to simplify the most complex of concepts, ideas and visualisations.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Top 5 3D Animated Films And Characters Of All Time

Top 5 3D Animated Films And Characters Of All Time

The magical spells that animated cartoon characters cast, are eternal and never cease to leave the audience spellbound. From tiny tots to their beloved grandparents, none can deny that these animated cartoons have those splendid, special secrets about them that make them leave an everlasting impression on the minds of the spectators.

So what is it about them that are so stunning? Is it the magnificence of the technology combined with art that astonishes the audience? Or is it their ability to transform us into an entirely different world that captivates the minds of million? Whatever it is, the few hours of immense entertainment that they bring into our lives is unmatched and leaves us only asking for more. 

The world has watched the performances of many such fun-filled movies yet there are a select few which have become legends in the world of animated pictures. So what are the top 5 all time favorite animated cartoons? And what makes them more special than the others?

1) The Lion King:

The life of Simba is beautifully portrayed in the movie starting from its childhood and the years that followed leading to a mature king who efficiently saves the land of pride from wrong hands and rules over it successfully. The assortments of emotions displayed by the Lion and all the other characters are enthralling!!!

2)  Finding Nemo

No body needs to be reminded of this movie which was the only one to top the Lion King at the box office. The adventurous pursuit of Marlin in finding Nemo in conjunction with Dory is considered one of the most enjoyable escapades ever in the history of animated cartoons.

3) Ratatouille

An impossible dream of a rat aspiring to become a chef was an entirely novel concept that was greeted well by the audience. Remy’s role as a secret chef in a French restaurant is an excellent recipe for laughter. The culinary world of Paris becoming topsy-turvy because of a rat race is perfectly depicted in the film.

4) Shrek

An attempt to regain his swamp from a King, leads the green ogre, Shrek in a path of love that he has never tread before. The movie takes us into a fun filled journey, led by Shrek his pal donkey and his new found love Princess Fiona. The tag line that quotes ‘The greatest fairy tale never told’ is just a fitting description to the movie.

5) Ice Age

When the whole animal kingdom was frightened by the upcoming Ice Age, four animals Sid (sloth), Diego (tiger) Scrat (Squirrel) and Manny (mammoth) are united in a mission of returning a human infant to his father. The obstacles faced by this unusual group of heroes simply during their mission left the audience simply astound.

Though each and every animated cartoon is unique in its own way, they are all united by one universal theme of love. They convey to us the message that life in any form deserves respect.

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

What Is 3D Computer Animation

What Is 3D Computer Animation - And What Do You Need To Get Started?

Computer 3D animation refers to the work of creating moving pictures in a digital environment that is three-dimensional due to careful sequencing of consecutive images, that are technically referred to also as "frames" so as to ensure that it is possible to simulate motion. This simulation of motion is done when each image continues in a very gradual manner to show the next image, step by step.

What happens in animation is that motion is simulated in a way that the eyes tend to believe that actual motion has taken place while the fact is the perceived sense of motion is only because of the consecutive images that are passed through very fast.

You already may know that computer animation comprises 2D animation and computer 3D animation.

The traditional aspect of computer animation as an art form is well established in the application of 2D animation - two-dimensional animation is the more traditional face of the art form. In 2D animation, whatever drawings are done or created on paper are utilized and so are celluloid transparencies. In this form, it is also termed as cell animation and hand-drawn animation.

Let's get back to our main area of interest namely 3D animation which emerged as a new kind of art form that depends more on computers to bring forth characters or objects using a construct environment that is three dimensional in nature. So instead of any kind of hand drawings, the characters are all created within the computer not anywhere else because the character is subject to further modifications or manipulations in the online environment using highly advanced computer tools.

So if your ambition is to create your own remarkably unique 3D characters and animations, you should then procure a very good quality 3D animation software and we assume that you already have a good computer. Be aware of the fact that most studios currently make use of proprietary computer 3d animation software but for a beginner like yourself, you can check out a whole variety of software options in computer 3d animation.

Keep in mind that a lot of these off-the-shelf computer animation packages are helpful but they differ in the levels of complexity and features that come along with them. So it would be advisable to learn computer 3d animation as well as the basic principles of 2D before you actually go out and get yourself any package.

Animation packages are plenty but some brands like Maya remain immortal because of its high-end 3D computer graphics as well as its highly powerful 3D modeling software package. This is so popular with the film as well as the entertainment industry so it's a good choice. Take note that Maya has two versions, namely Maya Complete as well as Maya Unlimited. The former is less powerful and the latter is considered highly powerful and expensive. So it would be best to choose only according to your requirements as an animator.

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Monday, March 5, 2012

3D Animation: What Does It Take To Become An Animator

3D Animation: What Does It Take To Become A Proficient Animator

There is a high demand for creative 3D animators. They are needed in the video industry, advertisement, gaming and even website industries. With 3D animation, the animator uses traditional and new animation methods to produce real life computer generated animated imagery to visually interpret and convey information or messages.

The 3D animator has to keep up to date with constantly emerging new techniques, tools, software, methodology, production techniques and a lot more. Many people with interest in the field would wonder want it takes to be a 3D animator. 3D animation comprises of various aspects so the demand and requirement might be a bit varied.

While a lot of the skills of a 3D animator are learned it is important that the animator already has some qualities. The needed characteristics include being creative both artistically and technically. What this requires is more than an understanding and mastery of the technical aspects of computer animation and illustration but also a high ability to be creative artistically. It is also important to be innovative and intelligent. A good animator would be one who not only loves new technologies but learns to use them well and effectively.

Apart from the personal qualities also referred to as soft skills, as they can not be measured, one may also need some form of formal education to become a 3D animator able to command a decent income. Some institutions offer relative short courses on 3D animation. It would be helpful to have a bachelor’s degree in any art related discipline especially if it has some courses on art history, English, social science, natural science, studio art with some emphasis on animation.

Next it is important to train and practice a lot. Your choice of education must involve a lot of studio work where you can train and practice. You should take the time to learn how to use latest technology that keeps updating almost everyday. Some programs that are necessary to master include Flash, Adobe Photoshop, 3D Studio Max, Adobe Illustrator, CAD, Adobe After Effects, Light wave, Rhino, Swish and many more. Ability to use these programs increases your value and proficiency.

As you begin on the road to becoming a creative and talented 3D animator it is also advised to build a portfolio of your work. The portfolio would serve as credible evidence of your abilities and skills as a 3D animator in your chosen industry. A lot of the programs being used make 3D animation a lot easier and productive. You would however still need to put in a fair amount of hard word and dedication to become a proficient 3D animator.

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Jewelry Photography Tips and Techniques - Parts 1 & 2

MyStudio Jewelry Photography Tips and Techniques - Pt. 1

MyStudio Jewelry Photography Tips and Techniques - Pt. 2