2012年12月27日星期四

FEP European Professional Photographer Of The Year Awards 2012

News from ePhotozine, posted on Dec. 23, 2012

The winners of the FEP European Professional Photographer Of The Year Awards 2012 have now been announced. Herewith the list of the Golden, Silver and Bronze Cameras 2012 and the finalists:



COMMERCIAL
  • Jose Luis Guardia Peinado, Spain, FEP European Commercial Golden Camera 2012
  • Gerry O’Leary, Ireland, FEP European Commercial Silver Camera 2012
  • Daan Moreels, Belgium, FEP European Commercial Bronze Camera 2012
Finalists
  • Antonio Martín Ballesteros, Spain
  • Nando Esteva, Spain
  • Bryn Griffiths, UK
  • Toon Grobet, Belgium
  • Mathias Kniepeiss, Austria
  • Donal Murphy, Ireland
  • Xanti Rodriguez, Spain


ILLUSTRATIVE
  • Eugenio Hernandez Guadilla, Spain, FEP European Illustrative Golden Camera 2012
  • André Boto, Portugal, FEP European Illustrative Silver Camera 2012
  • Toon Grobet, Belgium, FEP European Illustrative Bronze Camera 2012
Finalists
  • Jiri Jiroutek, Czech Republic
  • Tom D. Jones, Belgium
  • Igor Sakharov, Russia
  • Vladimir Schukin, Russia
  • Kirill Tcipilev, Russia
  • Sjoerd van der Hucht, The Netherlands
  • Martin Vrabko, Slovakia


LANDSCAPE
  • Filip Kulisev, Slovakia, FEP European Landscape Golden Camera 2012
  • Vincenzo Tessarin, Italy, FEP European Landscape Silver Camera 2012
  • Franz G. Messenbaeck, Austria, FEP European Landscape Bronze Camera 2012
Finalists
  • Alberto Cob Garcia, Spain
  • Gerry Coe, UK
  • Lluis Oliver Fabrega, Spain
  • Kelvin Gillmor, Ireland
  • Václav Sojka, Czech Republic
  • Radek Štandera, Czech Republic
  • Jiri Stransky, Czech Republic


PORTRAIT
  • Xanti Rodriguez, Spain, FEP European Portrait Golden Camera 2012
  • Lluis Oliver Fabrega, Spain, FEP European Portrait Silver Camera 2012
  • Vicente Esteban Abad, Spain, FEP European Portrait Bronze Camera 2012
Finalists
  • Javier Avis Barrado, Spain
  • Andrey Balabasov, Germany
  • Cormac Byrne, Ireland
  • Antonio Gibotta, Italy
  • Michael Grøn, Denmark
  • Michael Schnabl, Austria
  • Corwin von Kuhwede, Germany

REPORTAGE
  • Peter Gordon, Ireland, FEP European Reportage Golden Camera 2012
  • Carlos Felipe Ortiz Morel, Spain, FEP European Reportage Silver Camera 2012
  • Antonio Gibotta, Italy, FEP European Reportage Bronze Camera 2012
Finalists
  • Edoardo Agresti, Italy
  • Antonio Martín Ballesteros, Spain
  • Robbert De Grove, Belgium
  • Giovanni Giattino, Italy
  • Pierpaolo Mittica, Italy
  • Paolo Patruno, Italy
  • Beniamino Pisati, Reportage

WEDDING
  • María José Méndez Ubeda, Spain, FEP European Wedding Golden Camera 2012
  • Jose Luis Guardia Peinado, Spain, FEP European Wedding Silver Camera 2012
  • Clemente Jimenez Santander, Spain, FEP European Wedding Bronze Camera 2012
Finalists
  • Javier Avis Barrado, Spain
  • Juan Manuel Camacho Guerra, Spain
  • Peter Ellis, UK
  • Vito Finocchiaro, Italy
  • Josu Izarra, Spain
  • Carlos Felipe Ortiz Morel, Spain
  • Jan Štovka, Slovakia

INTERNATIONAL SECTION
  • Ejun Low, Singapore, FEP International Photographers Golden Camera 2012
  • Aaron Citti, Australia, FEP International Photographers Silver Camera 2012
  • David Macias, USA, FEP International Photographers Bronze Camera 2012
Finalists
  • Stuart Chape, Samoa
  • Desky Che, Hong Kong
  • HK Akai Chew, Singapore
  • Joseph Meng Huat Goh, Singapore
  • Lengkeong Ong, Singapore
  • Chee Loon Jericho Soh, Singapore
  • Lucas Ting, Malaysia

STUDENTS AND YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHERS
  • Antonio Pérez Rojo, Spain, FEP European Students and Young Photographers Golden Camera 2012
  • Dawid Galinski, Poland, FEP European Students and Young Photographers Silver Camera 2012
  • Nick De Clercq, Belgium, FEP European Students and Young Photographers Bronze Camera 2012
Finalists
  • Eliška Fischerová, Czech Republic
  • Amaury Henderick, Belgium
  • Volha Kachanovich, Lithuania
  • Jack Peilow, UK
  • Jeroen van den Broek, The Netherlands
  • Emmi Virtanen, Finland
  • Aiden Zralka, UK

The overall winner will be announced and awarded at a special ceremony in Gmunden, Austria, on April 14 2013, during the FEP International Photo Days and he will be presented as the FEP European Professional Photographer of the Year. During the ceremony, all finalists and winners who are attending the Congress will be invited onto the stage to be presented with their certificates in front of an international audience.

The printed exhibition of the winning pictures will be displayed in the Gmunden Theatre from April 14th, 2013 until the beginning of June. The winning images will also be displayed in Atlanta, USA, during Imaging USA, January, 20th – 22nd , 2013

The Second FEP European Photo Book of the Year Award is now open for entries! The aim of this European prize is to promote the photographic book and photography and to acknowledge the outstanding work of professionals in the field. You just have to download the application form, send a copy of the book and pay the entry fee within March, 20, 2013. For more information please visit theEuropean Photographers website.

2012年12月24日星期一

Christmas Sale of ArcSoft Multimedia Products



Christmas Holiday has already come, a wonderful time for family members to get together having dinners and celebrate the Christmas and the upcoming of New Year. To make your digital life better and easier in this big holiday, ArcSoft Inc. has given special offers to users who need photo software to edit Christmas shots and other multimedia software to play or convert your holiday videos.

ArcSoft Ultimate Bundle – 55% OFF for Christmas Sale:
  • PhotoStudio 6 – A powerful and feature-rich image editor;
  • ShowBiz 5 – Create movies, edit videos, and liven up your movie;
  • Panorama Maker 6 – Create perfect panorama with your photos and videos;
  • TotalMedia Theatre 5 – All-in-one media player with cinema-like experience;
  • MediaConverter 8 – Convert video, audio, and photo files into formats optimized for portable devices;
  • Perfect365 – Spice up your portrait photos with one-click virtual makeup templates and make your portraits perfectly.

Except for this ultimate bundle, users can get 10% OFF for all ArcSoft products (exclusive bundles) with the Christmas coupon.

Please note that these special offers for Christmas Holiday will end soon on Dec. 26, 2012! Hurry up if you want to buy ArcSoft products to experience a different and more wonderful Christmas holiday. To visit Christmas sale webpage, please click here.

2012年12月19日星期三

To Get Nice Christmas Photos of People


Christmastime is the most exciting time to take photographs of our sweet family, imaginative decorations and the festive mood that is presented by all elements. People are always the subject of Christmas photography, so how to take great people photography during the wonderful time? The following are some tips to take a look.

Express relationships
Holidays are days that highlight the importance of relationships among family members and friends. Christmas is a big day after Thanksgiving and much more important than New Year’s Day to some degree. People will be glad to relax themselves and enjoy the long holiday to the fullest. They’ll be more expressive when you ask them to pose together, and open to suggestions on how and where to stand to capture the bonds among them. For instance, ask the couples to have a mouth-to-mouth kiss!

Capture the decoration stages
Christmas holiday is the time to have fun decorating the house. Trimming the tree is a special moment in creating the mood of Christmas, and most families have a cherished collection of ornaments, lights and stockings – all of which need to be hung on the tree. You could try to get people’s faces as they open the ornament boxes, especially the children’s; and find other decorating moments with people’s face inside the frame.

Take family shots
Christmas photos can be used for memories as well as family’s Christmas cards. For this kind of shots, make sure that you, the photographer, are in some of the important family photos. After positioning everyone by the Christmas tree and have some presents in the composition, use a tripod for this group shot, set your exposure values (shutter, ISO and aperture), compose your frame, set the timer interval (between 3 – 10 seconds), then press the shutter and run into your family group. Well, a nice family Christmas shot is done. Of course, if you want to take family portrait shots, the frame should focus on the eyes.

The Christmas holiday is a heavily photographed event, I believe the most popular photos during the time on Pinterest, Facebook, Flickr and other SNS websites will be Christmas photos. Share your happy time with family members celebrating Christmas. Hope above tips could help.

2012年12月17日星期一

PPA News: Improve Efficiency with ArcSoft Software (& a PPA Discount)


By PPA Staff on December 12, 2012 1:44 PM

If you're a professional photographer (and especially if you own your own business), you probably know how precious your time is. Whenever you improve your efficiency, it's a good thing, right? Well, what if we told you there were software products that could help double the speed of your workflow...without cloning yourself?


We're talking about ArcSoft Inc., a U.S.-based software developer offering both image and multimedia processing software solutions. There are many options out there, but when a good one with a special discounted price comes along, we are always happy to share the love. ArcSoft has been serving professional photographers with products like this for years, and they've just joined us here as one of PPA's discount partners to offer our members 25% off their products! 

Here's a little more about them:
By integrating its innovative software into popular and professional cameras manufactured by the industry leaders, ArcSoft software has been accepted by a group of talented pro photographers. (And we bet that you'll be among their groupies soon.)

Portrait+, their flagship product this year, is professional photo retouching software that is especially useful for portraits (as its name might hint). Designed for pros who need to spend a lot of time in post-production, Portrait+ is able to batch-process dozens of photos in a minute with all details preserved. Portrait+ is very user-friendly, adopts ArcSoft's proprietary facial detection technology, and provides customized styles and up to 20 pre-set styles to simplify the complicated process of portrait retouching. It also has an Adobe Photoshop plug-in version, which can be perfectly integrated into your current workflow. Oh, and no special training is needed. Ever!

And that's just ONE of their products.

Here's a reminder of the icing on the cake: To celebrate their cooperation with PPA, ArcSoft now offers a discount price of 25% off for PPA members! Get your special website link and discount code here. 

Note: ArcSoft Inc. partners with PPA, the world’s largest professional photography association, to provide worldwide professional photographers with innovative photography-related software. Get more information about ArcSoft products here: www.arcsoft.com.

2012年12月13日星期四

6 Quick Tips for Christmas Photography




Originally posted By NewPortraitBiz on Dec 12, 2009, edited a bit by me


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Christmas is an amazing time of year! So much color, so much fun and so many treasured moments! Here are a few Christmas Photography Tips that I find on web and choose the most useful ones to help you take memorable photos this Christmas Holiday.

Tip #1 – Make sure you have plenty of supplies
If you forget to have plenty of batteries and memory cards available, you may miss that precious shot of the delight on your loved one’s face when they open that special present.
Tip #2 – Get up close and personal
Fill your viewfinder or viewing screen with the subject to capture their expressions. You can capture amazing photos when you time your shots and snap that photo when they aren't looking at the camera. Don’t forget to take those ‘traditional’ group shots of your family and friends.
Tip #3 – Use different angles
Have some fun and get interesting shots by getting on a chair and shooting down. Kneeling or laying down on your stomach can make your shots more dynamic and personal. Getting eye level with your subjects will also produce great shots.
Tip #4 – Using the camera flash
Most digital cameras have a zoom feature. Use this to your advantage when you are using the camera’s flash. Get as far from your subject as possible, then zoom in and take your shot. The extra distance you put between you and your subject will soften the sometimes harsh white flash. You can also diffuse the light by taping a tissue or some other opaque material to the pop-up flash. How about getting creative and attach a colored piece of transparent plastic over the flash. You may end up taking a shot of your very own Blue Christmas!
Tip #5 – Photograph the Christmas frills
Don’t forget to take photos of lights, decorations and the tree. A close-up shot of that treasured ornament will preserve that memory for you for a life-time. You will be amazed how shooting different aspects of Christmas will enhance your photo album for years to come.
Merry HDR Christmas by Stuck in Customs
Tip #6 – Take Outside shots
You can get some great shots outside at Christmas, but you might tend to think you don’t need your flash. Oftentimes, the faces of the people in the photo are dark while the background lighting is bright. Turning your flash on and using it will help to light up their faces.
Use these simple tips this holiday season to help capture those precious memories that will last a life time.

Hope these quick  tips from others could help you more or less. Next time I will tell tips in a more detailed way, wish you enjoy. 

2012年12月11日星期二

Masquer – The First Real Image Blending App


ArcSoft Inc. has released its new image application on App Store last Saturday. That's Masquer, the first real image blender to boost your imagination and have endless fun.

Without adjustment on brightness, contrast, saturation and hue, Masquer lets you blend two images into one natural and creative composition smartly and automatically.

Basic Features: 
•Perfect compatible with iPhone 5
•Zoom in/out, move Base Image to compose and preview in its perfect size & position
•Zoom in/out, rotate and move Top Image
•Use lasso to outline the dead space in Top Image accurately
•It’s more convenient to brush the blending area than to erase the unwanted area
•Unlimited undo enables you to move back to any previous steps
•Output images into selectable sizes
•Output images to Camera Roll, Email or share on Facebook and Twitter

We are continuing to add:
•Add more blending effects, including blur effect
•Save works as labels for any future sessions use
•Open the latest session for discontinuous editing
•Add more than one Top Images to blend
•Support to create photomontage and stitching photo
•Share works on Pinterest and Instagram
•……

How it works: Import Base/Top Images->Creative Composing->Share & Save.
Note: User Guide is in the Option menu at top-left.
 
It’s time to share fun with family and friends, play tricks with colleagues, and create artworks for sharing and collection. Download Masquer now, please click here.

Follow us and share ideas with us on @MasquerApp at Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/Pinterest. More detailed information, please visit here: http://www.masquerapp.com/.

2012年12月5日星期三

The Most Popular Cameras and Settings for Reuters’ 2012 Photos of the Year


by Michael Zhang, Dec 02, 2012 on PetaPixel
 
The Most Popular Cameras and Settings for Reuters 2012 Photos of the Year reutersbestphotos
Reuters has published its list of the best photographs taken in 2012, a massive collection of 95 powerful images showing different events that have occurred around the globe over the past year. In addition to large photos, descriptions by the photographers, and the official captions, each image is also accompanied by information about the equipment and settings that were used to capture it.

Photography enthusiast and Reddit user hallbuzz decided to copy, paste, sort, and tally all 95 EXIF data entries, and published a list with the ranking of cameras, lenses, and settings used.

Another user named mathiasa then took that list and turned the data into a series of charts. They offer an interesting glimpse at how some of the most powerful photographs recently captured by photojournalists were snapped:

Cameras

The Most Popular Cameras and Settings for Reuters 2012 Photos of the Year cameras2

Prime Lenses

The Most Popular Cameras and Settings for Reuters 2012 Photos of the Year prime2

Zoom Lenses

The Most Popular Cameras and Settings for Reuters 2012 Photos of the Year zoom2

Shutter Speed

The Most Popular Cameras and Settings for Reuters 2012 Photos of the Year shutterspeed2

F-Stop

The Most Popular Cameras and Settings for Reuters 2012 Photos of the Year aperture2

ISO

The Most Popular Cameras and Settings for Reuters 2012 Photos of the Year iso2

A single photograph captured using the most popular equipment and settings (for Reuters’ top 95 photos of 2012) would be shot using a Canon 1D Mark IV with a 16-35mm lens attached, set at 1/320s, f/2.8, and ISO 200.
(via Reuters via Reddit)

Image credits: Photographs by Reuters, charts by mathiasa


2012年12月4日星期二

Shoot in Low Light Conditions


Photography is not easy for those professional photographers who want to shoot in low light conditions. As there is no enough light, we have to risk taking photos that might be unsharp, noisy, or even flat out blurry. Then how to get better digital shots in low light conditions?

Use a flash
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Most of us will immediately think of using a flash, which is regarded as the biggest solution to low light photography. But with a flash, sometimes your subject in your digital photography might decrease its original beauty, as we all know that the built-in flash has the effect of lighting your subject on the front only which compresses the depth in your digital photos. So try another two ways to help get good images in low light conditions without a flash.


Carry a tripod
A tripod could really help when you’re shooting things that keep still or almost, like landscape or portraits. Since in this way, you could use longer shutter speed to get enough lighting. Of course, in many cases, for instance, if you’re shooting moving subjects in low light conditions, carrying a tripod is not realistic, but still could try if necessary.

Raise the ISO speed
Necrolyte
The ISO simply means the amount of sensitivity of light falling on the camera sensor. In low light conditions, it is almost always necessary to use a higher ISO speed, which will avoid camera shake and blurry photos to a certain degree. Don’t worried so much about the noise caused by the high ISO speed, because it can be reduced in Photoshop. Someone else also recommended other two noise reduction software called “Noise Ninja” and “Neat Image”.

Actually, we always take multiple ways together to get better shots if necessary. The key element of shooting in low light conditions is the light; thus, try all what you can to get enough light.

2012年11月29日星期四

How to Stop Blurry Images: 3 Important Tips


By on July 16, 2012 in tutorials, Photography Tips Blog


how to stop blurry images

Photographers around the world are worried about getting blurry pictures, especially if they get the chance to capture a moment that rarely comes. If you want to be able to see to it that you will get crystal clear images every time that use your camera, then you should brush up on the different things that you have to know in order to learn how to stop blurry images. Here are some tips that you may use in order to limit the chance that your precious moments will pass without you getting the chance to document them. With the following tips, you should be able to avoid blurry images showing up in your files and you will be able to see to it that you will get amazing pictures every single time.

Tip #1: Focus Camera Within the Least Amount of Time

One of the most important things that you have to master in the process of learning how to stop blurry images involves focusing your camera within the least amount of time possible. After all, your picture will be very blurry in all the wrong places if you fail to set the focus on your camera properly. Choose the part of the picture that you want to come out clearest and make sure that you adjust your focus in such a way that the right parts will come off crystal clear. Mastering the art of finding the right focus for your pictures will allow you to ensure that your photos will come out clear and not blurred. Even better, it will allow you to make sure that you highlight the subject in your photographs.

Tip #2: Use the Right Motion Blur Settings

Capturing a very fast moving object in a picture can be very tricky, especially if you are going to place your camera on automatic setting. If you would simply just point and shoot your camera, then there is almost a hundred percent possibility that your photos will come out blurry. Having said this, make sure that you at least use the right motion blur settings when you are shooting a moving subject. This will not remove the blur completely, but doing so will make the image clearer. If you want to shoot moving objects with absolutely no blur, then you have to see to it that you tweak your camera’s setting accordingly.

Tip #3: Use a Tripod to Keep Camera Stable

Finally, make sure that you use the right techniques and mechanisms in order to keep your camera as stable as possible. There are a lot of tools that you may use in order to do this, as you learn how to stop blurry images. Using a good tripod, for example, will give your equipment the stability that it needs, especially if you were to use long exposures and slow shutter speeds. If you are a serious photographer, then it is imperative that you invest on a tripod that you may bring everywhere and mount on any kind of surface. This way, you will be able to ensure that all the photos that you shoot will come out crisp and crystal clear, and no doubt, beautiful.

2012年11月26日星期一

Macro Butterfly Photography


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For many nature photographers, butterflies are a favorite subject among their photography works. However, it’s really difficult to photograph these pretty sensitive creatures since butterflies always fly from one flower to another, which means that photographers almost have no enough time to get ready for shoot. The following are some basic tips for macro butterfly photography, and I believe those who get good butterfly photographs have already keep these tips in mind.

1. Use right equipments
Elly
A long macro lens As butterflies are sensitive and usually fly away when you approach too closely, a macro lens with a longer focal length will be better. Some pros suggested that at least a 100mm lens should be used while a 50mm or 60mm lens is too short.
A fast shutter The butterfly is always moving which means that you probably have only seconds to shoot the scene. In order to help capture the still butterfly and increase the chances of getting a sharp photo, use a fast shutter by increasing your ISO to 400.
A tripod A tripod could provide some stability when you are shooting the butterfly. But, we know we have no time to prepare everything as the butterfly moves quickly, so keep the head loose and then you could move the camera quickly as well.

2. Shoot in cold weather
Generally, you are able to approach the butterflies more easily in the early morning to get a good macro shot. As it’s still too cold for butterflies to warm up their body to fly away, you could have more time to get everything ready and make your image. Sometimes, you can also grasp this kind of chance in the late afternoon or evening.

Saleem Khawar


3. Move slowly, be patient
When trying to get close to a butterfly, you should move slowly to approach it. Be careful that don’t block the sun or the butterflies may fly away. When composing your image, you’d better still keep your action slow, just be patient for every step and possibly try again all the steps.

4. Stay still & wait for the butterfly
If you have tried many times to approach the butterfly which results in no satisfied pictures, wait for the butterfly. Pick a flower which is perched on by butterflies again and again, setup your tripod and camera there, and then stay still to wait until the next butterfly lands. “Be patient though: it might be 15-20 minutes before a butterfly shows up.” said by a photographer with experience.

5. Get a calm background
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The background is very important in all kinds of photography. Make sure you get a calm background which is not distracting or has something that would ruin the photograph, such as bright flowers or stems of other plants. Use the depth of field preview button of your camera to check the background.
 
Hope these basic tips are helpful for nature photography beginners. Wish all of you could have fun shooting butterflies and get interesting & wonderful macro shots of butterflies.

2012年11月22日星期四

Tips for Thanksgiving Photography


Great holidays always present perfect opportunities to take nice and precious photos for eternal memory. We had Halloween weeks ago, and now Thanksgiving has arrived. When you are shooting pictures of people you love or dinner you like on Thanksgiving Day, pay attention to the following tips for better shots.

Start with a proper subject
Each successful shot should have a proper subject or a unique theme. Family members, the turkey, or other specific things related with Thanksgiving could be your main subjects and make sure that the background won’t ruin the entire photo. Besides, the theme of Thanksgiving should be portrayed on the pictures. That is family, togetherness, harvest and gratefulness.
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Capture while people are caught unaware
Photographers may ask people to position, to sit, stand or pose candidly. However, taking pictures while people are captured unaware will be far more interesting and precious. This tip is almost available for all types of photography, not only Thanksgiving shots.

Shoot from a higher position
If you want to take pictures of the whole family gathered around the dining table having the meal or posing to carve the turkey, shoot this scene from a higher position so that all your family members and the mouth-watering food will be captured.

Last thing to mention, don’t forget to take pictures of yourself together with the whole family, photographers should be involved in the happiness of Thanksgiving Day as well!

2012年11月19日星期一

Reflection Photography: Rain Reflections


Here is a statement I saw yesterday: Rain + Photography = Not a Great Combination. To most photographers, who like challenges and pursuit more interesting & eye catching shots, this statement is definitely false as rainy weather usually presents perfect chances to get most out of a photographer’s shooting skill while producing dramatic atmosphere and romantic scenes.

Brian Fisher
A popular theme or style of rain photography is Reflection, always making the shots in rain beautiful and unpredictable. For those who don’t mind getting a little bit wet and the cold weather, take out your camera and photograph the pictures composed of rain reflections and surroundings on wet streets. The following are some  basic tips of shooting rain reflections, just take a look:


Photograph while the rain is coming down  
Some photographers love to shoot in the rain to add an abstract or artistic feeling to their photos as the raindrops break the surface of the water, sending ripples across it. This will make the buildings blurred and its straight lines into zigzagging shapes. 

Give images of brightly lit objects  
As objects that are shaded would probably end up looking dull and rather miserable when you shoot the reflections, remember to give images of a brightly lit subject which will produce a better reflection.

Scan each and every puddle  
We could take photos of water reflections everyday next to the sea or a lake. But in a rainy day, every photographer wants to try something different. Thus, scan each and every puddle that you come across for the special and great view that you would never come across on a bright and sunny day.



2012年11月14日星期三

Portrait+1.5: an effective portrait retouching tool


The best retouching always needs a careful eye, an empathetic heart, and a patient mouse. As a professional portrait retoucher, you are required to emphasize one’s natural features while removing circles and blemishes. If you want to maintain one’s personality, the first thing you need to do is to study his/her character and decide which attributes to accentuate and which to minimize before retouching.

It’s necessary to Map out a portrait retouch strategy before removing freckles once launching the software. In previous version of Portrait+, you can apply any style with one click to instantly enhance your portraits. But now, to offer a more superb service to whomever wants to express individuality, Portrait+ has upgraded its functionality to support customization. Before beginning, learn from its newest features to complete a successful retouch.

Conceal blemishes, balance skin tones and reduce wrinkles to improve the appearance of skin. A person’s skin should be appropriate to his or her age. Creating a perfect skin needs 7 steps: Remove Circles, Remove Blemishes, Foundation, Whiten Skin, Soften Skin, Remove Shine and Blush. Every step provides you a subtle enhancement.

Refine contours of the face to be smooth and flattering. Adjust the intensity to slim face, lift cheeks or enhance nose. Bulges caused by awkward smile, weight, or age should be carefully reduced or smoothed out.

Emphasize eyes to twinkle as a bright star. The eyes are the most important facial attribute to emphasize. A slight change on eye liners, eye color, eye lashes, or eye shadow will give you a refreshing appearance. Brighten eyes, enlarge eyes or shape eyebrows are also available for you.

Deepen smile and whiten teeth to attract people’s sights. Free to change your lipstick that you have never tried before. This simple yet essential step will help you discover and define a brand-new character.

Evaluate the results and save them for next use. You may get accustomed with those styles so as to neglect some details. Check them again to ensure everything is perfectly done. Save your favorite makeup as templates. You can apply them with a click next time. The quality of all retouched photos can be customized to meet your requirement.

If you want to take a free trail, please click here to get more information.


2012年11月13日星期二

Zoo Photography through a Wire Fence


It has been reported that our local zoo has introduced several alpacas, which has arouse great attention. During the weekend, many parents will take their child to take a visit to those special guests. Of course, photographing this happy moment is hard to be missed. But trying to shoot an interesting subject behind a wire fence can be a challenge. So how do you minimize the impact of the fence in your shots? Here are a few quick tips:

Lion photographed by John Hodgkin
Switch to Manual Focusing. Your camera may not know what to focus on – the fence or the object behind it. Switch to manual focus mode and you’ll be in complete control of what is in and out of focus.

Get close to the Fence. Try to make the fence so out of focus. To do this one strategy is to get up very close to the fence – so close your lens has no chance of focusing on it. It may not be possible to be right up against a fence but the closer the better.

Use a Large Aperture. Choose a large aperture will help to narrow the depth of focus and will hopefully through the lens even further out of focus.

Wait until Your Subject is away from the Fence. If your subject is moving around behind the fence, wait until they are a little further back from the fence to take the shot. The closer they are to the fence the more the fence will be in focus.

A mandrill, photographed by John Hodgkin
Position Your Lens to Shoot Through Larger Gaps. This one isn’t rocket science but if the fence has largish openings you’ll do better to position these gaps in the middle of your frame.

Avoid Reflections. If there are reflections from the sun or other lights coming off the fence you’ll find the fence becomes even more noticeable. Try to find a part of the fence that is shaded – or get someone to stand in a way that casts a shadow on the fence.

Incorporate the fence into your composition. Consider breaking all the above rules to try that out!