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Photoshop Shortcuts

Well, Im back. I know I haven’t posted for a while but life has been a wee bit hectic and I havent been able to find the time.

I came across this rather cheesy video about photoshop tips that is not only fun but also gives you some valuable shortcuts, some of which I wasn’t aware of. So sit back and enjoy. If you can’t keep up with what he is saying here is a list of shortcuts for whatever photoshop version that you have

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A Brilliant Handbag For Your DSLR

While on holidays I was a little bit naughty and was frequently carrying my DSLR in my handbag while visiting places. Why??? Because I hate carrying my camera bag around, not only does it look dorky but isn’t practical, too big and bulky, so I started carrying my camera in my handbag.

This was a bit of a worry, as I was scared that if I accidentally dropped my bag I would smash my camera and/or lens and it also meant that I had to pick which lens I wanted to use as I didn’t have enough room to carry around an extra.

When I returned from my holidays I decided to hunt around and see if anybody had thought about us gals and see if there was a handbag that would be suitable.

Well I found one, not only is it a reasonable price but it is exactly what I was looking for. They are Jo Totes

Its fairly plain which means it will go with anything your wearing and comes in 4 great colours I choose black as it is probably one of the easiest colours to work with, clothes and shoes wise.

They are $79 USD plus postage (approx $110 all up) but I had some money sitting in Paypal which I got for my photo sales through Gettys so I thought what the heck and bought one with that.

I did find some other camera handbags but they were a lot pricier and the shipping costs were over the top. There is also a lady on Flickr who has started up her own camera handbag company. They look pretty classy but unfortunately she does not ship overseas and they are also a bit pricey but you would expect that as the bag is leather and beautifully crafted. And this Giraffe print handbag is cute and reasonably priced but they don’t ship overseas.

Now I just have to wait for it’s arrival to see what it is really like. I have read some reviews from people who have purchased one and they are pretty happy with their bag, so I’m sure I will be happy with mine.

My First Day of Shuttercal

Well I have started one of my resolutions for the year.
I uploaded my first picture to Shuttercal today for my Project 365.
I managed to complete a whole year of photographs a couple of years ago through Flickr
This time I thought I would give shuttercal a go and do it differently. I am going to be getting each month printed and will be purchasing one of their nifty shoeboxes, to store the prints in. A very cool idea.

This year I have decided to make it more about me, the last time I mainly took macro photos of birds and bugs. Not that there is anything wrong with that but I just want to add a bit of variety and have some personal photos. I will be taking at least one self portrait a month which will be a huge thing for me as I hate being in front of the camera. I also plan on getting some photos of the family, if they let me (they also hate being in front of the camera)

I know it will probably be a bit challenging at times as I don’t lead a very exciting life. I have a list of ideas in case I am stuck for a photo for the day.

We are collectors of anything old, so I have decided to also include some of the lovely old things that we own. I have included an old camera in my first photo.

I am planning on blogging some of the photos as well, hopefully this should help me blog more, which will fulfill another resolution.

My New Years Resolutions for 2010

Well it’s that time of the year again, when I reflect on the year that was and also think of what my New Years Resolutions will be for the coming year.

I have a few changes that I would like to make for 2010:-
1. Do Project 365 ( a photo a day) I will be using Shuttercal this time instead of Flickr. This year the photos will be more about me and not flowers, bugs etc. It will be a bit of a challenge.
2. Have a more consistent yoga practice. I was doing Yoga daily until part way through this year and I fell off the cart. I practice at home using Podcasts. Yogamazing is the best. 20 minute sessions which is good if you are short of time. Just download them via Itunes they are free and he has something for everybody. To subscribe follow the link above then go to the “How do I Subscribe” heading and follow the instructions. No need to purchase them unless you really want to.
3. Keep up my daily meditation sessions and try set aside some time in the morning and also evening. Visit Meditation Oasis for some free guided meditations.
4. Try to be more positive!!!
5. Watch my diet and eat healthy.
6. Make sure that I pay a bit more attention to my garden and try to keep it weed free. Which is a bit hard at times as I go out with the intent to do the weeding and then get sidetracked by a bug/flower that I just have to get a photo of. 1 hour later and still no gardening done.
7. To try to post more often to my blog

Now I’m going to cross my fingers and toes and hope that I have the willpower to stick with the changes that I want to implement in 2010.

Wishing you all a Happy New Year. See ya next year 😉

Lighting Tips

Just searching through the internet looking for lighting that I can use to take photos at home and stumbled across this one.

I particularly like the large reflector that he has. I remember seeing a very similar home made one which probably was a fraction of the price. It was made from 3/4″ pvc pipe, elbows for the corners and tee fittings for the center of the long sides and had the cloth pegged to it. You could use it as a reflector or a backdrop. Just change the material. Spotlight sells gold reflective material for about $9.00 a metre. 2 metres would probably do the trick. I have an old portable wardrobe which I have pulled the cover off and will peg the reflective materials to. When I get my act together and make it I will post a picture.

For more tutorials check out this youtube site there are a couple of videos in french but the majority are in english.

Photographer James Balog and the Extreme Ice Survey

With the United Nations Climate Conference coming to an end I am wondering if any real changes will be made in regards to slowing down global warming. I can hear some people out there saying global warming, what a load of crap but since watching a talk by Photographer James Balog I’m even more convinced that we need to all pay more attention to what is happening to our world and try to make some changes to help slow down global warming.

James Balog is a nature photographer and a lot of his work has appeared in National Geographic.

His newest work is no less powerful, no less engaging and it carries an urgent message. For several years, Balog has been going up north to shoot the ice of the mammoth glaciers for his Extreme Ice Survey, a look at the shocking effects of abrupt climate change in Alaska, Greenland and Iceland. Soaring, dripping, glowing and crumbling, arctic ice under Balog’s eye is a bit of an eye opener.

If you have a spare 20 minutes its worth the watch.

Here is another link in case the embedded video doesnt work.

Looking for the Positives

I have noticed lately that I can at times be a very negative person and am trying to change my outlook on life. Instead of thinking about the negatives, I have decided to try to look at the positives that a situation may present. Take a deep breath and go with the flow.

Below is an email that I was recently sent. I think the person that wrote these words offers some very good advice.

Author: Stephen Covey
Discover the 90/10 Principle.
It will change your life (at least the way you react to situations).
What is this principle? 10% of life is made up of what happens to you. 90% of life is decided by how you react.
What does this mean? We really have no control over 10% of what happens to us.
We cannot stop the car from breaking down. The plane will be late arriving, which throws our whole schedule off. A driver may cut us off in traffic.
We have no control over this 10%. The other 90% is different. You determine the other 90%.
How? ……….By your reaction.
You cannot control a red light. but you can control your reaction. Don’t let people fool you; YOU can control how you react.
Let’s use an example.
You are eating breakfast with your family. Your daughter knocks over a cup of coffee onto your business shirt. You have no control over what just happened.
What happens next will be determined by how you react.
You curse.
You harshly scold your daughter for knocking the cup over. She breaks down in tears. After scolding her, you turn to your spouse and criticize her for placing the cup too close to the edge of the table. A short verbal battle follows. You storm upstairs and change your shirt. Back downstairs, you find your daughter has been too busy crying to finish breakfast and get ready for school. She misses the bus.
Your spouse must leave immediately for work. You rush to the car and drive your daughter to school. Because you are late, you drive 40 miles an hour in a 30 mph speed limit.
After a 15-minute delay and throwing $60 traffic fine away, you arrive at school. Your daughter runs into the building without saying goodbye. After arriving at the office 20 minutes late, you find you forgot your briefcase. Your day has started terrible. As it continues, it seems to get worse and worse. You look forward to coming home.
When you arrive home, you find small wedge in your relationship with your spouse and daughter.
Why? …. Because of how you reacted in the morning.
Why did you have a bad day?
A) Did the coffee cause it?
B) Did your daughter cause it?
C) Did the policeman cause it?
D) Did you cause it?
The answer is “D”.
You had no control over what happened with the coffee. How you reacted in those 5 seconds is what caused your bad day.
Here is what could have and should have happened.
Coffee splashes over you. Your daughter is about to cry. You gently say, “Its ok honey, you just need to be more careful next time”. Grabbing a towel you rush upstairs. After grabbing a new shirt and your briefcase, you come back down in time to look through the window and see your child getting on the bus. She turns and waves. You arrive 5 minutes early and cheerfully greet the staff. Your boss comments on how good the day you are having.
Notice the difference?
Two different scenarios. Both started the same. Both ended different.
Because of how you REACTED.
You really do not have any control over 10% of what happens. The other 90% was determined by your reaction.
Here are some ways to apply the 90/10 principle. If someone says something negative about you, don’t be a sponge. Let the attack roll off like water on glass. You don’t have to let the negative comment affect you!
React properly and it will not ruin your day. A wrong reaction could result in losing a friend, being fired, getting stressed out etc.
How do you react if someone cuts you off in traffic? Do you lose your temper? Pound on the steering wheel? A friend of mine had the steering wheel fall off) Do you curse? Does your blood pressure skyrocket? Do you try and bump them?
WHO CARES if you arrive ten seconds later at work? Why let the cars ruin your drive?
Remember the 90/10 principle, and do not worry about it.
You are told you lost your job.
Why lose sleep and get irritated? It will work out. Use your worrying energy and time into finding another job.
The plane is late; it is going to mangle your schedule for the day. Why take outpour frustration on the flight attendant? She has no control over what is going on.
Use your time to study, get to know the other passenger. Why get stressed out? It will just make things worse.
Now you know the 90-10 principle. Apply it and you will be amazed at the results. You will lose nothing if you try it. The 90-10 principle is incredible. Very few know and apply this principle.
The result?
Millions of people are suffering from undeserved stress, trials, problems and heartache. We all must understand and apply the 90/10 principle.

I have decided to give the 90/10 principle a go for a week and see what happens. With christmas coming up, this might be the best time to try it out 😉 It may be easier said than done

Amazing Talent and only 18

, originally uploaded by JoakimK☆.

I was looking through flickr (one of my favourite pastimes) and I stumbled upon this amazing photographer.
JoakimK☆’s He is only 18 but looking at his pictures you would think that he was much older and experience than that. I only wish my macro photography skills and eye for composition were as half as good as his. I recommend having a look through his photostream if you have the time.

A New Project for Next Year?

While surfing the internet, I came across a great site called Shuttercal

The idea of this site is to take a photo a day and upload it to your calendar page, then at the end of each month you can get all the images printed up and delivered to you. You also have the option of creating a slideshow, which looks pretty simple and easy to do

I did Project 365 on Flickr from October 2006- October 2007. During this year I only missed one day and that was the day my grandmother died. I started Project 365 when I first got my camera, in the hope that it would improve my photography and help me to be a bit more creative. During that year not I only did I learn a stack, I also upgraded to a DSLR as I had decided that photography would be a long term hobby for me. I made a ton of friends on Flickr and even managed to get one of pictures on their sign on page.

If I do Project 365 next year I will keep it as low key as possible and try doing images that are different from what I usually do. I have also decided that if I miss one or days during the year that it will be no big deal.

Here is a 5 min video on how it works. Anybody else interested in taking up the challenge?

A Visit to the Old Tramshed

Well I finally did it, I managed to get in and get some photos of the old Rozelle Tram Depot, with a little help from some friends.

I mentioned it to a photographer friend and he decided to investigate the place on his way home from work one afternoon. He emailed me and told me that we could get in without having to climb through windows and made plans for the 4 of us to meet up and try our luck early Sunday morning when the light would be perfect. The shed has glass windows in the roof so we needed to get in while the sun was not too high.

We met at a nearby carpark at 6.30am and ventured into the shed. What an amazing place, wall to wall graffitti, plus some of the old trams that had been stored there were completely covered inside and out. We spent around an hour wandering around taking photos.
What an awesome place, we had a great time and I’m still processing the pictures. Next time I definitely will be trying my hand at HDR.
Erik took some video of the place, not the best as the light was pretty low and it was taken on a point and shoot. It will still give you a bit of an idea of what the place is like.

The shed has been used for some TV shows as well, here is a clip from All Saints.