Transform Your Pictures With Cool Photo Effects

Enhance your old digital photographs with photo effects online. Free online tools are available that allow you to modify your pictures with a wide range of effects to use for greeting cards, collages or to make interesting profile pictures. It’s easy to use and will put an exciting twist on any old photos. I personally prefer preparing a collage with all the images as it gives a perfect blend of your tastes, appearance and a chance to show-off our creativity.

Looking for a way to preserve old photographs of fond memories but in a funky new way. Photo effects online is your answer. It requires no knowledge of photo editing software and can be used to add special effects to any photo. The easy to use online tools allows you to change the way a person or the scenery looks in a picture.

Adding a funky border or making pictures look old fashioned is easy with this type of web tools. Ever wanted your face on the cover of a magazine? No problem with these cool photo effects. The modified photos can be used to create personalized greeting cards for friends and family with themes for good luck, get well, birthday and Christmas cards. Make a collage of all your favorite photos as a display in your home or as a gift for someone close to you.

All you need is a high quality photo in the required specs, usually .jpg, .png or .gif, (these are the common formats for your images, I prefer Gif format when goes for online) and you are ready to go. If your photo is not in the specified format, there are services available online to change it to the required format. Upload the photo you would like to modify and with a few easy steps you could be the proud owner of an original and fun new photo. With a wide variety of effects the only difficulty you will have is choosing which one to apply.

Furthermore, photos with applied effects can be used as profile pictures for social sharing sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Some sites even feature a tool with full Facebook integration to make life so much easier for you. Enhanced photos can now be downloaded and kept on your hard drive or a compact disk to keep forever. I hope this article has given some idea about how to transform your pictures, so that others will like it.

Professional Photography Skills for the Corporate Photographer

Corporate photography for annual reports, Public relations or corporate brochures requires a photographer with extensive experience and resourcefulness. Unlike the studio product or portrait photographer, where the environment is controlled and predictable, the scenario is very different for the annual report or corporate photographer who is always working on location under unpredictable and unforeseen circumstances. The Corporate photographer must be a master of executive portraiture, industrial photography, architectural photography, product photography and even aerial photography because all these areas of expertise will be required. One never knows what will be demanded in the “day in the life” of a corporate photographer, but the “focus” must always be the same; namely to sell the image of the company in the most positive and effective way.

Corporate photography is mostly all about people and about selling trust! People leading, people working, people communicating – as well as the environment in which they work, whether it is in the executive boardroom, a factory setting or in a hi-tech lab; the story is always about the people that make the product or who are providing the service. Regardless of what the company produces or the service it sells, people are what make it happen and people are the consumers of the specific product or service that they are marketing – which is more often than not, in an already crowded and competitive market. Therefore, it stands to reason, that a good corporate photographer will have good “people skills.” Professional models are rarely used in annual report photography or for corporate brochures, because the companies need to be honest in portraying their own people, therefore, the photographer must be very good at making his subject comfortable in order to portray a pleasing and sincere appearance, and that usually means talking – talking about what they do; their family; what they enjoy, sports – whatever seems to make a connection. This is a skill that can be developed; I am not an extroverted person by any means, however, when it comes to “show time” I find myself doing a lot of talking. Another tip is to shoot a lot – making subtle variations in their pose; paying particular attention to the head and nose in relation to the background, all the while instilling their confidence that they are looking and doing great.

Resourcefulness is another critical quality for industrial and corporate photography. Resourcefulness means the ability to make the proverbial “sow’s ear into a silk purse.” In the case of an environmental portrait for instance, the office setting will probably be uninteresting, so a careful selection for the background must be found. It may be in the office, it may be by a window or staircase, and it may be in the factory or at an outside facility. If it’s an environmental portrait, the portrait should make some kind of statement about the company and the environment must work to that end if at all possible. In any case, the background must be aesthetically pleasing and simple, so as not to divert attention away from the subject photographed. I have many times found myself in a colorless, clinically sterile lab and yet having to make a portrait that is compelling and will draw attention to the subject and the environment. In this case, composition is critical so that it is both dynamic yet not distracting; and lighting is the key to making a mundane environment sing with color and contrast. If there is no color in the scene and color would enhance the photograph, the corporate photographer can put colored filters over the light heads to judiciously create just the color effect that is desired. Another way to introduce color into the scene is by allowing different colored light sources go to their natural uncorrected color; i.e. fluorescents will go green, tungsten lights will go very warm – even orange; daylight, if the scene is balanced to tungsten, the light will go very blue. The industrial or corporate photographer will learn to take what is given and work with it.

Resourcefulness also means never quitting or accepting “no” until the “fat lady sings,” There may be times when someone says that something can’t be done. I look at that as an invitation to explore every possible means by which to make it happen – assuming of course that it is important to the quality of the photograph or in completing the assignment. Often times a shoot schedule may necessitate that it is “now or never.” Anyone can just accept the easy “no” but your client will be much happier if you can somehow still make it happen. I have been in situations that seemed impossible, but with persistence, optimism and in some cases an almost obstinate sense of will power, it still happened!

In conclusion, the corporate photographer must be diverse in his photography genre, and for that, extensive experience is the key. He/she is a master of the technical aspects of his craft, especially with regards to lighting. He has the ability to communicate and reach people in order to make them feel comfortable in front of the camera and he is a resourceful artist, a facilitator; a negotiator, an optimist.

Critical seeing and creativity is the hallmark of an experienced corporate or industrial photographer, because this kind of location photography requires one to quickly adjust to unforeseen and uncontrollable circumstances. Last but not least, the corporate photographer never says “no” until all possible means have been persistently tried and tested. Corporate photography is all about creating strong visual photographs that will sell his client’s brand – whatever it takes!

Why Learn Trick Photography and Special Effects

Photography is more than just snapping pictures, it is a recognized art form that harnesses the creative expression of the photographer. While anyone can take a picture, only someone who understands the tools and resources available to the photographer can get the most out of their work.

In fact, learning about trick photography and special effects can not only increase your repertoire in terms of your knowledge base, it can also expand your talents and raise your skill levels when it comes to photography. Today, there is a new eBook available that will teach you all the basics of expanding your photographic skills by incorporating proven and powerful techniques. This new eBook is appropriately titled, “Trick Photography and Special Effects” by Evan Sharboneau

What is “Trick Photography and Special Effects”?

Put simply, “Trick Photography and Special Effects” by Evan Sharboneau is the eBook that provides all the information necessary to create stunning, beautiful images and wonderful special effects. This eBook is designed to teach you the basics and provide new techniques in many different areas, including;

• Long Exposure
• Light Painting
• How to Create In-Camera Illusions
• 3D & High Speed Photography
• Bubbles, Smoke and Double Exposure
• HDR & Infrared Photography
• Creating Panoramas & Creative Compositions
• Time Displacement
• Layer Mask, Levitation & Multiplicity Photography
• Invisible Man
• The Harris Shutter and Droste Effect
• Mixing Day & Night and Much, Much More

All of these elements are taught in the “Trick Photography and Special Effects” eBook and more. Plus, the layout of each technique is accompanied by plenty of photographs, graphs and simple text so you can quickly pick them up. The purpose of this eBook is to provide you with the basics and the tools needed to create wonderful photographs and to get the most out of your camera.

How Can You Improve your Photographic Skills and Abilities with this Resource?
There are a number of ways that this eBook can improve the natural skills and talents already inside you. While anyone can become a great photographer, only those who understand and apply the techniques and tricks of this profession can truly excel.

Learn New Techniques: In this eBook, you will learn some of the basic and advanced techniques that can not only improve your skills, but expand the way you view photography. The techniques that are presented here have actually been around for a while, but not that many photographers take advantage of them.

Bolster Your Imagination: If there is any one thing that holds a photographer back, it is the inability to tap into their imagination and come up with a new perspective or way of shooting a particular shot. This eBook can overcome that tendency and help you to release the talents inside you.

The In-Camera Special Effects Techniques
The simple techniques that are presented in this book can provide you with an entirely new perspective on how to shoot simple scenes. You can use many of these techniques to create entirely new types of photographs for your portfolio. What follows are examples of photographic tricks that can be done in camera and without any assistance from editing software such as Photoshop.

Forced perspective shots for example, where two objects of vastly different size can appear to be next to each other is somewhat difficult to realistically achieve unless you know a few tricks. For example;

• Set the aperture to the lowest possible setting as the amount of light entering the camera will positively affect the depth of field, meaning that you’ll achieve a more realistic effect.

Upside Down Reflections can also be difficult to achieve as most people make a few simple mistakes that don’t get the right effect.

• Be sure to focus to on the reflection and not the object when taking the picture.

Also, you can experiment by disrupting the reflection. For example, you can toss a rock into the water if that is the reflecting surface.

A Shadow Heart trick can be performed with a simple ring, an open book and a light source from behind.

• If you set the ring upright in an open book in the crevasse between each side, the light source will create a shadow ring on the paper.

The Unscrewed Light bulb is a great photographic trick that can be performed with a simple, incandescent bulb that is frosted and a small light source behind the bulb itself.

• When you take a photograph of the bulb with a smaller light source, such as an LED or even a small flashlight, behind it, the bulb will appear to be on even though it is unattached to any power source.

Such simple, yet effective tricks are only a small part of the information presented in this book. You can learn a great deal about how to create new types of images from your imagination thanks to the building blocks of information inside this book.

Photography Courses Online

There are also some excellent online courses available and some of them are free, just type “Photography free online courses” into your search engine. Morguefile is an example they offer sound technical advice on a variety of subjects, as well as aspects of types of photography, it is a good point to start with, showing the resources Jodie Coston, a freelance photographer, has made available online, after a series of classes she gave. The New York Institute of Photography offers an online course over a period of about eight months, with a few hours work a day at your own pace, they offer courses in Photography and digital photography.

Whilst they state they have been teaching photography for a hundred years, they do not quote their prices online, you have to contact them direct. They offer the information that most of their students are mature. Photo seminars offer a free workshop and a free lesson, so that you may you may evaluate the course before you buy. The enrolment cost is 39.00. U.S. dollars. They also offer links and resources. Better Photos, also offer a wide range of courses at different prices, with differing lengths, the subjects are either technical or cover “How to take more dramatic photographs”. For these courses you need to transfer the photographic assignment you were given to a web page on their site, so you need access to a computer.

There are times when the free courses cannot teach you any more and you have to pay for further knowledge. There are excellent resources in the forms of e books that give you invaluable practical information.

If you are just starting digital photography, you will find that you need skills that are not covered in analog photography. You will need to learn how to use an editor Adobe Photoshop, which is the industry standard for desktop imaging. Whilst Adobe produce their own official training manual’s, they are not the easiest resource for total beginner’s (my apologies to the author, but they are hard), there are on line courses available at Beren Patterson is a professional photographer who offers free online courses at his Sister site tribalcog, most of his work is in the travel area, but he has interesting tips about telling a story with your photographs.

There are excellent resources for the committed photographer, as well as the passionate hobbyist offered by the Kansas public Library, they offer galleries, informative articles, history resources, and general photographic resources. It is a very easy place to lose yourself for a couple of days; it is certainly worth more than a cursory glance. As well as on- line courses there are excellent resources available to the photographer.

There are several sites for the professional photographer. The American Society of picture professionals is an association of professional who sell photographs overseas and at home. They have four types of members, and their fees range from 25.00 to 100 U.S. dollars. The American site of Media Photographers, have three aims. To protect and promote the interests of photographers whose work is for publication, to promote professional standards and ethics, as well as the promotion of friendship between photographers. They also have several classes of membership, as well as buying and selling photographs. The National Press Photographers Association has available some interesting free reports, and you do not have to be a member to read them.

There are an assortment of lessons both free, and paid for and also those available only to member’s at the Web Photoschool, they offer a tour around their site, so you can familiarise yourself with its feel. The lessons cover all levels of experience from beginner’s to professionals.

The Epsom Online Experience offers a unique and innovative course, for the digital photographer. For $29.95 you will receive five new video lessons per week for 12 weeks. It is run by professional photographers, Greg Gorman, Jay Maisel, and Bruce Dale.

They are available to teach you how the techniques, that they utilised to get their award winning shots. There is a library of ·”how to” that you have access to, as well as tutorials on how to use the scanner and printer to the best effects. Previews of the video are available on their site.

For those of you that feel you learn better under tutorial guidance, the School of photography offers courses 24/7 for you to work at your own pace. The courses are from beginner to the professional with a course on “how to freelance”. They have a free course available on aspects of night photography, which is in three parts.

Exposure 36 specialise in photographic education, most of their courses are in centres in Canada and the U.S.A. but they offer CD’s and also offer training on a one to one basis, or for yourself and a group of friend to set up a photographic workshop. They also have a series of articles aimed at all levels that are available for purchase.

For the nature lover in the U.S.A. there are online newsletters available that cover all aspects of photography in America, they are an invaluable introduction to the photographer who wants to explore new areas. The newsletters have been published for fifteen years, and back issues are available.

Not only are their online courses available, but also for those who need to brush on specific techniques, such as marketing – there are electronic books (e-books) available, most of these are written by professional photographer’s already making money in a competitive market. These books cover how to market a small business, photographic techniques, and photographic markets.

Better Photos offer a wide range of courses aimed at all levels; they offer courses on techniques such as lighting, as well as courses on marketing aspects. Each week you are sent a lesson via electronic mail. Contained in this lesson is a practical assignment, which has to be completed within a fortnight.