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Interesting Portraits from Flickr

I’ve got faces on the brain tonight!  I usually don’t like portraits that are too contrived, although there is the occasional exception.  I don’t know…I like what I like and I know it when I see it.  I’m such a shut in taking care of my babies these days so most of my photography time involves admiring other people’s photography! I hope you enjoy these interesting portraits as much as I do. Read More

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Love is All We Need – 20 Photos

For this Moody Monday I would like to focus on a more positive “mood”.  I guess I’m in something of a personal renaissance lately.  Well, this week at least 🙂

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Topaz Lens Effects Review – Realistic Simulation of Depth of Field, Specialty Cameras, and Traditional Filters

First off, I’d like to mention yet again how much I really love using Topaz Labs software to edit my photos.  Seriously, I believe this software bundle to be my second favorite under Adobe products.

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4 Tips for Frame-Worthy Vacation Photographs

When you’re back in the real world with your busy day-to-day schedule, it’s nice to have beautiful vacation photos to refer to when you want a moment to escape in your fondest memories. Although it seems easy enough, many people can’t seem to take proper vacation photos that really capture the relaxing appeal of the dynamic destination. Taking the perfect vacation photo is an art; but it can also be boiled down to a science when you consider the following four crucial tips. Read More

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Photos of Complete Idiots Carrying Signs

I don’t wish to offend anyone and turn them away from my budding photography blog, but then again…if you are hateful like the people in this post bugger off! Read More

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Basic Guide to Photographing Landscapes

All too often photographers capture what they feel are stunning landscape photos which reflect the majestic and beautiful scene in front of them.  However, it can be a major disappointment to review these photos later and see that they are simply quite dull and unimpressive.  This has happened to me many times, although it was practically the rule in the beginning.

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Free Photoshop Actions – My Personal Favorites

I just recently started using a lot of Photoshop actions.  I’m working on a set to give out for free on Photoluminary and my brand new personal blog at the moment, but in the meantime, I want to share my absolute favorite free Photoshop actions as of late.  Enjoy!

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In Honor of Labor Day – Photos of People at Work

Since this week’s Moody Monday falls on Labor Day, this seems like a fitting subject for the theme.  Especially when one considers what people went through back in the day before labor laws went into effect in the USA.

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Sunday Muse – Keep Walking

Our first official Sunday Muse.  Recently I have been thinking a lot about the concept of “never give up”.  Sometimes it seems that no matter how hard I work, progress is made only very incrementally.  I suppose this is when my mind is leaning a bit too far into glass half-empty territory.  The antidote seems to be seeking inspiration from others who just keep on trudging the road, come what may, and always seem to eventually succeed as a result. Read More

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Topaz Labs photoFXlab Review

I just downloaded the trial version of Topaz Labs photoFXlab.  I’ve been a big fan of the Topaz plug-ins in general for the last few years, so I really loved the idea of a standalone application that could house all of the plug-ins in one interface.  Here is a screen-shot of my photo upon first being opened in the application:

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