Creating Round Corners In Photoshop

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Creating Border Around Images in Photoshop

Using the Basic Stroke

  1. Open an image in Photoshop
  2. Click Select and then All
  3. Select Edit and click Stroke
  4. In the dialog box, select width, color, and other options for border
  5. Click OK

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Ballet Photo Art - by Patrick McDonald

Love this Photo Art done by Patrick McDonald. Original photos by Richard Calmes. Very nice, colorfully vibrant yet soothing images.

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That Inner Warmth - Self Portrait by Leanne Lim-Walker

That Inner Warmth - I absolutely love this Leanne Lim-Walker self-portrait, which was featured on a Popular photography magazine cover. Something about the composition, light, and beautiful face keeps pulling me back to this image.

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Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS USM AF Lens - Research

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Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS USM AF Lens

I want to upgrade the main lense on my Canon SLR. This looks to be the best candidate.

Excellent review from Amazon Customer

108 of 118 people found the following review helpful:
By L. T. Beasimer "LB" (Dallas, TX)

I first bought the Canon EF 28-135mm IS lens to use with my Canon 10D along with the Canon EF 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Zoom Lens. About four years later I have sold all my original purchases. The Canon EF 28-135mm was my most used lens, and I still had it until March 2006 when I replaced it with the Canon EF 24-105mm IS f/4L.

Being an L lens, the dust and moisture resistant construction of the Canon EF 24-105mm IS f/4L is sturdy. The lens consists of eighteen elements in thirteen groups including one Super-UD glass element and three aspherical lenses to minimize chromatic aberration and distortion. With a standard twist zoom focus, this lens permits for auto or manual focusing depending on how the switch is set.

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Lady in the Water - 1947

Lady in the Water - 1947 - I found myself mesmerized by this image...

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Spiral Fantasy - Fractal Art Contest Winner

Fractal Art Contest Winner Spiral Fantasy

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Mary McHugh Mourns Her Slain Fiance

Mary McHugh mourns her slain fiance, Sgt. James Regan, a US Army Ranger killed in Iraq, at Arlington National Cemetery May 27, 2007.

This photograph by John Moore (Getty Images) won 1st place for Feature Photos in the 2007 Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar Contest.

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Scarlett Johansson as Cinderella - by Annie Leibovitz

Gorgeous series of images by the ever creative portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz. This image of Scarlett Johansson as Cinderella is just one of about seven photos from the Stars in Wonderland series by Annie Leibovitz.

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Woman at St. Peters Square - by Michael Ging

Woman St. Peters Rome - Michael Ging - The more I looked at this photo of a woman in St. Peters, Rome, the more moved I felt. Michael Ging has created quite a stunning effect. Reminds me of photos by W. Eugene Smith. Had to share it here:

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Flickr Batch Download Utilities

I love flickr. It's great for sharing my photos, and for finding some wonderful imagery to support my posts (per creative commons licensing in most cases).

But I was bummed that I couldn't batch download my flickr photos to my local machine--until I found these utilities:

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Creating Transparent GIFs with GIMP

Transparent GIFs with GIMP - Really love this open source project, GIMP. Great substitute for Photoshop -- and it's FREE!

Here's how to create a transparent GIF using GIMP...

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Ashridge Bluebells At Dusk

Absolutely love this image. Something about the color of Bluebells contrasting with other hues....Enjoy!

Ken Douglas has a wonderful eye. Do see his other photos.

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Low Budget Video Light Kit

Notes for creating cheap video light kit. Below are notes and quotes from the excellent articles by Director of Photography Scott Spears

A cheap 500 watt tungsten work light makes a good key light. Can be found at hardware and car parts stores. It comes with its own stand; however the stand is usually short. Setup gives a lot of power, but it's hard to control, so don’t aim them directly at your actors--bounce them off a wall or ceiling to create a nice soft light.

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Review of Panasonic PV-GS320 3CCD MiniDV Camcorder

Panasonic PV-GS320 3CCD MiniDV Camcorder

Panasonic PV-GS320 MiniDV Camcorder - After playing with the Panasonic PV-GS320 MiniDV Camcorder for a good while, I have to say I'm impressed.

The 3CCD processors (one for each primary color range) make an enormous difference in recorded color.

The OIS (optical image stabilization) is excellent; seems as good as Canon, which I think of as the image stabilization standard bearer. (I think Sony, for example, has an inferior image stabilization system to Canon).

The revered Leica lens further adds to the quality of the image. The camcorder's buttons take some getting used to, but I can't say I find it that complicated, though I don't think my hand/finger size is quite right for their arrangement.

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Superb Celebrity Face Transplants

Photoshopped Celebrity Faces - What is wrong with this picture?

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Portrait of a Father - by Karyn Sigurdsson

Love this image by Karyn Sigurdsson. She titled it Portrait of a Father...which I think is perfect.

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Cactus Pacifier

I call this a Cactus Pacifier. God help the sick S.O.B. who came up with this idea...

Cactus Pacifier

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5 Ways to Look Better in Pictures

  1. If standing, turn slightly and rest your weight on one foot. If sitting, angle to one side or the other. It may FEEL goofy, but you will LOOK better.
  2. Lean slightly toward the camera – Adds interest, dimension, and a natural look. Think of creating a long neck like a gazelle, and tilt your chin down just a bit to avoid a double chin and an unwanted view of your nostrils.
  3. Develop a 'trigger' - Models can "change state" by using "triggers." Even if in a crummy mood, they can look ready for the shot in in a heart-beat by using a trigger or reminder to do what makes them look good. Most effective trigger: the rear cheek squeeze. It’s inconspicuous and works exactly like it sounds: squeeze rear butt cheeks together. Just ask someone to sitting on a chair to squeeze their cheeks together. Most will immediately smile and look better.
  4. Learn to 3/4 smile – Most people don’t like pictures of themselves with a huge smile: it exposes the gums and causes eyes to turn into slits. A 3/4 smile solves the problem and looks more natural.
  5. Look slightly ABOVE the lens - Never look directly at the lens.

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Infinity of Mega Pixels by Sébastien Perez-Duarte

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Average Playboy Playmate by Jason Salavon

Jason Salavon created a photo of the Average Playboy Playmate. As Salavon describes:

This photograph is the result of digitally averaging every Playboy centerfold foldout for the 10 years beginning Jan. 1988 through Dec. 1997.

Unfortunately, the resulting image IS safe for work...

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Alicia Witt Portrait

Alicia Witt - I found this stunning portrait of Alicia Witt on flickr. This photo has qualities of a painting. And her look into the camera is so alluring....I absolutely love it.

Turns out Witt was in the 1984 movie Dune. Witt (as Alicia Roanne Witt) played Alia Atreides, Paul's younger sister. Alicia Witt was only nine years-old at the time.

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Castle in Cheshire - Broken Beacon

Spectacular shot here...I couldn't take my eyes off it and had to share. It's a castle in Mow Top, Cheshire, U.K.

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Wonderful Photographer of Kids

Found this fantastic photographer who creates awesome images of kids. Her Flickr name is "Martha," and her images are so clean and timeless. She's super talented, has a great eye for expression and clearly understands the nuances of light and exposure. Amazing work. This is the photo that caught my eye, but she has so many other amazing shots.

"Martha" simply creates gorgeous images of kids. Do have a look.

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Dear God, I have a question

Dear God, I have a question - Here's a charming collection of letters kids have written to God, letters with their questions of the creator. Here are a few samples...

Dear God, Are you really invisible or is that just a trick?

Dear God, Did you mean for giraffe to look like that or was it an accident.

Dear God, Instead of letting people die and having to make new ones, why don't you keep the ones you got now?

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Clever Shopping Bags

Clever Shopping Bags - Wonderful series of photos illustrate how good shopping bag design can get your attention. Here is my favorite...

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Kindsight® - By Robert Zuckerman

Photo by Robert Zuckerman

Start Before You Are Ready
~ Robert Zuckerman

Kindsight®: Images and Words From the Flow - Serendipity. I woke up early on a Saturday morning and flipped the TV on to a Barry Kibrick interview with photographer Robert Zuckerman. Zuckerman has compiled a collection of photographs and quotes for a book called Kindsight®: Images and Words From the Flow. In his day job, Zuckerman is a well respected still photographer for the movie industry. He does portraits, movie poster images, and set photographs. This book contained none of those images. Instead, Kindsight® showcases photos of everyday people Zuckerman discovered during his not-so-everyday life, informal portraits of real people during moment of kindness.

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Best Photo of the Moon

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Gorgeous Lightning Picture

Can this be real?

What an absolutely gorgeous image. I really want to think it's a composite of some sort, like the Main/BestPhotoOfTheMoon. Whatever the case, it's pleasing to the eye...if not shocking.


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Escher In Frame

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Favorite Flickr Photos

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Closeup Picture of Velcro



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Flickr Albums List

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Great Photography Means Going To The Edge

While watching Creative Outdoor Photography (a photography workshop DVD by outdoor photography masters Galen Rowell and Frans Lanting), I was reminded where images for great photography are found.

Galen Rowell only touched on it in the workshop, but I think it was actually a strong part of his life philosophy (Rowell died in a plane crash in August 2002). If you want to create great photographs, you have to go to the edge.

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