Sharpen Your Photography Skills, Knowledge and Passion

Sharpen Your Photography Skills, Knowledge and Passion
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2705, 2024

Challenge 26: Symmetry

By |May 27th, 2024|Categories: Art of Photography, Inspiration|Tags: , |0 Comments

Welcome to week 22 of the 2024 SlickPic 52-week Photo Challenge! Thanks for being on the journey, and being committed to improving your skills. This week’s Challenge is: Symmetry Symmetry is one of the most popular photography techniques primarily because it’s pleasing to the eye. We are naturally drawn to symmetrical or near-mirror compositions because of their clean, harmonious, and balanced visual aesthetics. For this week’s challenge, your task is to use horizontal, vertical, radial, or reflective symmetry to create stunning images. There are plenty of locations, scenes, and situations where you can apply symmetry in your compositions. But most [...]

2005, 2024

Challenge 21: Forced Perspective

By |May 20th, 2024|Categories: Art of Photography, Inspiration|Tags: , |0 Comments

Welcome to week 21 of the 2024 SlickPic 52-week Photo Challenge! Thanks for being on the journey, and being committed to improving your skills. This week’s Challenge is: Forced Perspective Feeling extra creative and experimental this week? How about taking on this week’s forced perspective photography challenge? With this technique, you can make clever use of optical illusion to make your subjects look smaller, bigger, closer, or further away. If you’ve ever seen travel photos where tourists are pushing at the Leaning Tower of Pisa, holding the tip of the Eiffel Tower, or cupping the sun as it’s setting, those [...]

1305, 2024

Challenge 20: Patterns and Textures

By |May 13th, 2024|Categories: Art of Photography, Inspiration|Tags: , |0 Comments

Welcome to week 20 of the 2024 SlickPic 52-week Photo Challenge! Thanks for being on the journey, and being committed to improving your skills. This week’s Challenge is: Patterns and Textures Photographing patterns and textures is one of the most effective ways to exercise your eye for detail and observation skills. You can find interesting patterns and textures everywhere, both in nature and man-made spaces. They come in different shapes, sizes, and colors, and may stand out on their own or complement the main subjects of your photo. In this challenge, your job is to make patterns and textures the [...]

605, 2024

Challenge 19: Negative Space

By |May 6th, 2024|Categories: Art of Photography, Inspiration|Tags: , |0 Comments

Welcome to week 19 of the 2024 SlickPic 52-week Photo Challenge! Thanks for being on the journey, and being committed to improving your skills. This week’s Challenge is: Negative Space Negative space or white space refers to the empty space surrounding and between the subject/s or visual components of an image. It’s a term typically used in art and design, but is also a useful concept for photography, particularly for minimalist approaches to the craft. When skillfully done, you’ll be able to both draw the viewer’s attention to your subject and the vast emptiness that envelops it. The key to [...]

2904, 2024

Challenge 18: Portrait Photography

By |April 29th, 2024|Categories: Art of Photography, Inspiration|Tags: , |0 Comments

Welcome to week 18 of the 2024 SlickPic 52-week Photo Challenge! Thanks for being on the journey, and being committed to improving your skills. This week’s Challenge is: Portrait Photography One of the most popular genres, portrait photography involves capturing the identity, character, and personality of your subject. If you want to take it up a notch, you can even use portraits to tell a story. To do this, you’ll need to skillfully and creatively use lighting, posing, locations, and backgrounds. The right equipment will help you get the best results, but having the right mindset, vision, and goals is [...]

2204, 2024

Challenge 17: Architecture

By |April 22nd, 2024|Categories: Art of Photography, Inspiration|Tags: , |0 Comments

Welcome to week 17 of the 2024 SlickPic 52-week Photo Challenge! Thanks for being on the journey, and being committed to improving your skills. This week’s Challenge is: Architecture As the term suggests, architectural photography is all about photographing buildings and similar structures in an aesthetically pleasing and accurate manner. Because interesting buildings are everywhere, it’s one of the most popular and accessible genres to get into. Also, it’s not limited to capturing the exterior of a building. Showcasing building interiors and their stunning details is also part of architectural photography. Interest or appreciation for stunning architectural structures and impressive [...]

1504, 2024

Challenge 16: Panorama

By |April 15th, 2024|Categories: Art of Photography, Inspiration|Tags: , |0 Comments

Welcome to week 16 of the 2024 SlickPic 52-week Photo Challenge! Thanks for being on the journey, and being committed to improving your skills. This week’s Challenge is: Panorama Panoramic photography, also sometimes called wide format photography, provides a unique perspective that photographers can use to show a more expansive view of a scene. While the usual image formats represent a small portion of a bigger picture, panoramas serve as a more dramatic way to showcase the beauty of sweeping scenes. It’s also a versatile technique that you can use for various subjects or settings, such landscapes, cityscapes, and architecture. [...]

804, 2024

Photography News April 8, 2024

By |April 8th, 2024|Categories: News|0 Comments

Photography News April 8, 2024 NEW 3-Day Workshop announced + “Macro” 52-week Challenge Quote: “No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit.”– Ansel Adams Techniques and Tutorials: Clearing Up Aperture Confusion Edit Raw Photos & Make Them Pop With Color Grading https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvlc70CebkI   How To Create A Light Source – Camera Raw or Lightroom https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4cd8k1MbnE   Flower Art Photography General rules composition https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OsCQj81hByQ   How to use the Liquify Tools in Photoshop https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pgqdmEa0I0   Photoshop's New "Adjustment Brush" – [...]

804, 2024

Challenge 15: Macro

By |April 8th, 2024|Categories: Art of Photography, Inspiration|Tags: , , |0 Comments

  Welcome to week 15 of the 2024 SlickPic 52-week Photo Challenge! Thanks for being on the journey, and being committed to improving your skills. This week’s Challenge is: Macro Macro photography is all about exploring the world of the small and the realm of details. Think of tiny subjects and objects, interesting textures, and miniature scenes that typically go unnoticed. With this genre, you can get up close to bugs and small critters, showcase the details of plants and flowers, and experiment with unusual subjects like water droplets. You’re only limited by your creativity and curiosity! To create macro [...]

404, 2024

Photography News April 4, 2024

By |April 4th, 2024|Categories: News|0 Comments

Photography News April 4, 2024 NEW 3-Day Workshop announced + “Black & White” 52-week Challenge Quote: "Nature is a mere pretext for a decorative composition, plus sentiment. It suggests emotion, and I translate that emotion into art.” – Georges Braque Techniques and Tutorials: Using Adobe Photoshop to Create a Solarised Photograph How to do Fine Art Photography | Techniques and Tips https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJHWomuiCfw&t=1s   What is Impressionist Photography https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Tufmdm89HM&list=PL4Sj4lmnWOvcIyRr47JS5P5tK7rsSNYGq   The Beauty of Dance Through Impressionist Photography: Tips and Tricks https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkeR10nSL9g&list=PL4Sj4lmnWOvcIyRr47JS5P5tK7rsSNYGq&index=19   Naturalism and Artifice, Thinking About Pictorialism https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Coa0QYTmh28   Man Ray: Solarization https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QITcY3W0mto   Thought for the day: Spring flowers are beginning. Beautiful in the [...]

3103, 2024

Challenge 14: Black & White

By |March 31st, 2024|Categories: Art of Photography, Inspiration|Tags: , |0 Comments

Welcome to week 14 of the 2024 SlickPic 52-week Photo Challenge! Thanks for being on the journey, and being committed to improving your skills. This week’s Challenge is: Black & White Black and white photography is a classic and timeless genre that emphasizes contrast, texture, and composition over color. By removing the distraction of color, black and white images allow the viewer to focus on other elements of the photo, such as light, shadows, shapes, and forms. This type of photography can convey a range of tones and emotions, often resulting in powerful and evocative imagery. For further reading on [...]

2503, 2024

Challenge 13: Abstract

By |March 25th, 2024|Categories: Art of Photography, Inspiration|Tags: , |0 Comments

Welcome to week 13 of the 2024 SlickPic 52-week Photo Challenge!  Thanks for being on the journey, and being committed to improving your skills. This week’s Challenge is: Abstract Abstract photography captures elements of a subject that may not be immediately recognizable, emphasizing shape, form, color, pattern, and texture. It explores surreal and thought-provoking imagery by disregarding traditional representation.  Techniques include using macro lenses, playing with light, capturing motion blur, and experimenting with angles. For more insights, check out the many articles and inspiration on Photofocus or check out 5 tips for beginners from depositphotos. The Scoop: Submissions will be [...]

2503, 2024

Photography News March 25, 2024

By |March 25th, 2024|Categories: News|0 Comments

Photography News March 25, 2024 Join our Weekly Webinars + “Abstract” 52-week Challenge Quote: “I know that I am one with beauty and that my comrades are one. Let our souls be mountains, Let our spirits be stars, Let our hearts be worlds.”– Ansel Adams Techniques and Tutorials: How to do Fine Art Photography | Techniques and Tips https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJHWomuiCfw   One Great Reason for Doing Black and White https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCx5qSYzUhY   5 Must-Know Tips for ICM Photography https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vam6C1MBIHc   ICM: The Top Mistake to Avoid for Successful Artistic Images https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_LjWLmqfQ-g   Experimenting with Multiple Exposure + ICM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3a4XiQxRmR4   Guide to Photographic Alternative Processes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckkHW6f3xoI   Thought [...]

2003, 2024

Photography News March 20, 2024

By |March 20th, 2024|Categories: News|0 Comments

Photography News March 20, 2024 Join our Weekly Webinars + “Food” 52-week Challenge Quote: “Dodging and burning are steps to take care of mistakes God made in establishing tonal relationships.” — Ansel Adams Techniques and Tutorials: How to edit images into fine art photos! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m55I2-yAYyw&t=16s   Color Theory In Photography https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GP0OyqECAS4   How to Make a Model Feel Comfortable on Your Photoshoot https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1T3tgXk43e0   Straight Photography vs. Pictorialism https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFqYZd3naMY   Cyanotype process with your phone! – Making a negative https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljTzNlnMuhE   Making a Fine Art Photography Print: Anza-Borrego Desert https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgMV9phhJgM   Thought for the day: Expected Lifetimes for Hard Disk Drive There [...]

1803, 2024

Challenge 12: Food

By |March 18th, 2024|Categories: Art of Photography, Inspiration|Tags: , |0 Comments

Welcome to week 12 of the 2024 SlickPic 52-week Photo Challenge! Thanks for being on the journey, and being committed to improving your skills. This week’s Challenge is: Food Food photography composition focuses on artfully arranging food to create visually appealing images, emphasizing key principles like focal points, balance with negative space, and applying compositional rules like the rule of thirds or golden ratio. The choice of lens, angle, and color usage also play a significant role in enhancing the aesthetic appeal of the food. For more detailed insights on food photography composition, read 12 Tips for Making Your Food [...]

1103, 2024

Challenge 11: Bokeh

By |March 11th, 2024|Categories: Art of Photography, Inspiration|Tags: , |0 Comments

Welcome to week 11 of the 2024 SlickPic 52-week Photo Challenge! Thanks for being on the journey, and being committed to improving your skills. This week’s Challenge is: Bokeh Bokeh in photography is the aesthetic quality of the blur in out-of-focus areas of an image, creating a soft, visually pleasing effect that highlights the main subject. Achieving bokeh involves using a wide aperture to create a shallow depth of field and positioning the subject at an appropriate distance from the background. For more information on bokeh in photography: Photofocus’ article with 5 tips for capturing the magic of Bokeh with [...]

1103, 2024

Photography News March 11, 2024

By |March 11th, 2024|Categories: News|0 Comments

Photography News March 11, 2024 + “Bokeh” 52-week Challenge Quote: “Start with a dull basic area and then highlight it with a vivid color” – Frank Frazetta Techniques and Tutorials: It's Not All About The Gear https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sw3tTnPxSAM   Want Pro Results but own Budget Gear? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwdWfjmpiNo   Gregory Heisler Ilford Lecture: Companion to "50 Portraits" Book and Gallery Show https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZ42PeHtqfo   Single Light Portraits: OnSet with Daniel Norton https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZqjFj5OLX4&t=83s   Removing Hair Halos in Photoshop https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCyIlapihFE   The Ultimate Stripbox Guide https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpWUk3beXZo   Thought for the day: Disk drives are not the only thing you need to worry about. Voltage spikes can kill your computer and [...]

503, 2024

Photography News March 5, 2024

By |March 5th, 2024|Categories: News|0 Comments

Photography News March 5, 2024 + “Low Light/Night” 52-week Challenge Quote: "Artists (fine ones) don't copy nature, and when they do record quite literally the presentation is such as to arouse connotations quite apart from the subject matter.” – Edward Weston Techniques and Tutorials: Mastering Light and Shadow In Photography https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDml1ISUD_o   The Real Deal of Portrait Photography https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGoPGzK3f-I   Photographing Sunrises and Sunsets https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wu2aaozm5eA   Blue Hour Portrait Photography https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qn_pdmCogYk   Simple Set Up With Even Better Results – Glycerin https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ji9NsGcOydE   Get White Right! How the Pros Nail White Balance and White Brightness https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ba98atu_9ss   Thought for the day: Quality of Filters If you spend [...]

403, 2024

Challenge 10: Low Light/Night

By |March 4th, 2024|Categories: Art of Photography, Inspiration|Tags: , |0 Comments

Welcome to week 10 of the 2024 SlickPic 52-week Photo Challenge! Thanks for being on the journey, and being committed to improving your skills. This week’s Challenge is: Low Light/Night Low Light or Night Photography focuses on capturing images in environments with minimal lighting, often creating atmospheric and dramatic scenes. This genre requires careful consideration of camera settings, such as using a tripod for stability, choosing a wider aperture, and shooting in RAW format for better post-processing flexibility. For concise and detailed information on low light and night photography, you can explore these resources: Shotkit provides essential tips for low-light [...]

2702, 2024

Photography News February 27, 2024,

By |February 27th, 2024|Categories: News|0 Comments

Photography News February 27, 2024, South Carolina Workshop + “Reflections” 52-week Challenge Quote: “Notebook. No photographer should be without one!” – Ansel Adams Techniques and Tutorials: Photographing Wildlife from a Kayak Photographing a Rocket Launch... Remotely? Can Continuous Lights Replace Studio Strobes? Which Light Modifier Do You Choose for Your Photography Session? Here is why your bird photos aren’t sharper https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXy7GbZtdPI   Slow Shutter Speeds And Exposure Blending https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sH1KQdsjxc   Thought for the day: Ansel Adams says to always use a notebook. Today with EXIF data for every picture and GPS for some cameras, is a notebook still needed? Read some of Ansel’s notebooks. Was he recording just [...]