I’ve been using PhotoScape to do some graphic design to publicise a few events. It is fairly easy and very effective. You can not only tell people about your event but show them the location with a picture. Today, I’m doing a photo shoot to raise money for Birmingham’s Children’s Hospital and so designed a graphic to publicise it.
The rain finally stopped and I was able to go out and do some landscape photography and decided to use my 35mm prime lens. I haven’t had much of a chance to use it with all the rain and as with any new equipment, I have to get used to it. It goes to f 1.8 and so it is the widest lens I have. (more…)
Walsall aye it
Walsall wandering is on my mind this morning. Yes, the sun is shining and so I’m thinking of crossing over the M6 motorway and going to wonderful Walsall. The town centre is a municipal disaster but there are some interesting places around Walsall. Yes, I think I’ll wander around Walsall. (more…)
If you took some photos over Christmas and they aren’t what you were expecting then you might be able to improve them with editing. I use Windows Live Gallery and that is good for basic editing, such as making a picture lighter or adding contrast. This picture is quite good. (more…)
I was expecting to take even more photographs now summer has finally arrived; both landscapes and events. The weather hasn’t been great though, but it seems to be changing now just in time for Wednesbury carnival. (more…)
Photography: Photographing fireworks – Mike Maynard
Fireworks are one of the hardest things to photograph, especially with a DSLR. Capturing the exact fraction of a second that the explosion occurs is part skill and part luck! This image is quite spectacular and artistic! (more…)
You can have a lot of fun editing photos and scanned images to produce something artistic. Taking the photo gives you many options; besides location, there are many settings on the camera. Then there are additions like filters. (more…)
With PhotoScape you can combine lots of editing features to create something original, something that you created as art. You start with a scan of a drawing or a photograph and then starts experimenting with editing. I took this photograph of a tram on the Midland Metro on a sunny morning.
Digital cameras will quite often produce bright colours. I prefer the shades in this picture. The edit makes it look like a stamp and so more interesting. This image is at 300 dpi and it was taken with my Nikon D3200. If you’re having a photo enlarged or entering it for a competition, they often have to be at 300 dpi.
I managed to take a few photos on Sunday and so I went back to see this lock-keepers cottage in Walsall. There are some leaves on the trees now and although the sun was going lower, I got a different photograph.
The whole idea of art is to experiment and use your creativity to the maximum. You might not get it right every time, but you can create something and then just see how it looks. I’m getting really creative this week, with PhotoScape.
This is the pool in Moorcroft Wood, last summer. The next picture is of it recently in the depths of winter; after the snow.
I can’t remember when I took this photo. I think it was the summer of 2011. I do remember having to take it through chain-link fencing. I have edited it again using PhotoScape using a watercolour option. It looks quite artistic now.
This week I am editing photos with PhotoScape. It’s a freeware download and will make a big difference to your photographs. You can use any camera and edit to produce art. I used the fish-eye distort on this photo.