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Vote for the Best Entry into CCC#112: Urban Decay

Entries have been submitted and voting can now begin for Contest Corner Challenge #112: Urban Decay. The contest challenged members of the community to photograph the very popular subject of urban decay. Take a look at the entries in the CCC#112: Urban Decay Photo Gallery.

Sponsor: Think Tank Photo: A group of designers and professional photographers focused on studying how photographers work and developing inventive new carrying solutions that meet their needs. They are dedicated to using only the highest quality materials and design principles, and employing materials that are environmentally benign.

Prize: The winner will receive a Think Tank Photo CityWalker 30 (Blue) camera bag - a $165 value! Lightweight, soft and refined, these messenger bags have a hip-hugging form and room for a tablet or laptop. The fully removable insert enables you to go from a camera to messenger bag.

Voting ends at 1:30pm EST on Sunday, November 30th (5:30pm GMT), so check out the entries and make sure to drop by the voting thread to cast your vote before then!

Posted by JAshley on Mon, 2014–11–17 13:32

"In the Still of the Night" October Photograph of the Month Winner....

October 2014 Photograph of the MonthThe October2014 Photograph of the Month thanks everyone for your vote - check out the voting results!

The contest was sponsored by The Tiffen Comapny, has been a leading manufacturer of photographic filters, lens accessories, software, and camera accessories for the consumer/professional imaging and the motion picture and broadcast television industries for 75 years. The company has a rich history of innovative product design, superior optical consistency, and unparalleled quality. Because jim is a member Premiere Member, he will receive ad Domke Next Generation Metro Messenger Bag
valued at $465!

Make sure to drop by the award thread to check out a larger version of Jim’s winning photograph, and to congratulate him on his Photograph of the Month victory!

Posted by JAshley on Sun, 2014–11–16 16:20

A New Contest Corner Challenge#112: Urban Decay

Title: Contest Corner Challenge #112: Urban Decay

Start Date: Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 (photos taken before this date are not eligible).

Entries Due By: Friday, October 31st, 2014 (entries are due in by midnight, and voting will begin the next day).

Sponsor: [b][url=http://www.thinktankphoto.com?code=WS-171]Think Tank Photo[/url][/b]: A group of designers and professional photographers focused on studying how photographers work and developing inventive new carrying solutions that meet their needs. They are dedicated to using only the highest quality materials and design principles, and employing materials that are environmentally benign.

Posted by JAshley on Tue, 2014–09–30 16:16

Using Manual Mode

Using the manual mode

Digital SLR cameras, and for that matter Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens cameras both come with the manual shooting option. Look for something on the main mode dial that says ‘M’. Switch to this and you are now in the manual mode. The terms ‘manual option’, or the ‘manual mode’ are used interchangeably. They both mean the same thing, metering a scene manually to take a picture. Professionals will always use this mode, on the other hand, amateurs will be skeptical using it the first time. Most amateurs will probably never use this mode because they find it extremely difficult to adjust the exposure to correctly meter a scene. The reason is most don’t quite properly understand the concepts of exposure in the first place.

Posted by JAshley on Tue, 2014–09–30 16:05
Categories: Tutorials

Introduction to Shooting 50mm prime

Together with the 35mm lens a 50mm fixed focus lens is considered to be standard prime. The photography world is polarized between these two primes with each group having its distinct favorite. In this article we shall look at the 50mm prime lens and walk through some of its features and disadvantages.

[B]Benefits[/B]

A prime lens is essentially a lens with a single focal length. Unlike zoom lenses, there’s simply isn’t a way to turn a ring and zoom forward. What you get, however, as a compensation for its inability to zoom, is a blindingly fast aperture. All those high speed photography freaks can hope to use shutter speeds of 1/4000th of a second and higher when pairing their full-frame camera with this lens. Additionally, the 50mm is the closest when it comes to the angle of view that the human eye has. Thus the name ‘standard prime’.

Posted by JAshley on Fri, 2014–09–19 10:24
Categories: Tutorials
Tags: 50mmlenstutorialdSLR

"Red Riding Hood" is the August 2014 Photograph of Month Winner

August 2014 Photograph of the MonthThe August 2014 Photograph of the Month voting was extremely close - check out the voting results! (Creativesnaps) won his first PotM!

The contest was sponsored by AKVIS, who specializes in development of image processing software and scientific research. The company was founded in 2004 by IT professionals having considerable experience in programming and software development. Since then the company has released 18 successful programs. Because Creativesnaps is a Premiere Member, he will have receive ad Gold Gift Certificate (which gives the recipient the right to choose one of the programs from their Gold list: Sketch Deluxe, ArtWork Deluxe, Enhancer Deluxe, HDRFactory Deluxe, Retoucher Deluxe, Coloriage Deluxe, Magnifier Deluxe, LightShop Deluxe, NatureArt Deluxe, SmartMask Deluxe).

Make sure to drop by the award thread to check out a larger version of Creativesnaps winning photograph, and to congratulate him on his first Photograph of the Month victory!

Posted by JAshley on Tue, 2014–09–16 22:33
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Another Contest Corner Challenge - CCC#110 Announced!

Here are all the details (if you have questions or comments, be sure to leave them here in the contest thread).

Start Date: Monday, June 9th, 2014 (photos taken before this date are not eligible).

Entries Due By: Monday, July 14th, 2014 (entries are due in by midnight, and voting will begin the next day).

Sponsor: Think Tank Photo: A group of designers and professional photographers focused on studying how photographers work and developing inventive new carrying solutions that meet their needs. They are dedicated to using only the highest quality materials and design principles, and employing materials that are environmentally benign.

Prize: The winner will receive a Think Tank Photo CityWalker 30 (Blue) camera bag - a $165 value! Lightweight, soft and refined, these messenger bags have a hip-hugging form and room for a tablet or laptop. The fully removable insert enables you to go from a camera to messenger bag.

Description: To celebrate the new ownership of the Photography Corner, the theme for this month’s contest is “New Beginnings.” As Photography Corner goes through a rebirth, rejuvenation and resurrection. Show us your definition of “New Beginnings!”

READ BEFORE ENTERING: Before entering a photograph, be sure to read the guidelines and submission requirements listed here: Contest Corner Rules & Regulations. Any photographs submitted that do not adhere to these guidelines will be rejected and sent back. Please make sure the photograph is taken during the contest period.

Posted by JAshley on Tue, 2014–06–17 22:37

"The Awakening" is the CCC#109: Show Me the Green Winner

CCC#109 Winning PhotographThe voting is complete, and by a mere one vote, Sasquatch pulled of his first CCC victory - congratulations John! Check out the final voting results here.

The contest was sponsored by our good friends at Think Tank Photo - a group of designers and professional photographers focused on studying how photographers work and developing inventive new carrying solutions that meet their needs. They are dedicated to using only the highest quality materials and design principles, and employing materials that are environmentally benign.

For winning Contest Corner Challenge #109: Show Me the Green, John will receive a Think Tank Photo CityWalker 30 (Blue) camera bag - a $165 value! Lightweight, soft and refined, these messenger bags have a hip-hugging form and room for a tablet or laptop. The fully removable insert enables you to go from a camera to messenger bag.

Make sure to check out a larger version of John’s winning photograph in the award thread (and don’t forget to congratulate him on his victory as well!).

Posted by Tim L. Walker on Sun, 2014–06–01 20:07

Vote for the Best Entry into CCC#109: Show Me the Green

After over a month-and-a-half to get entries in, nearly a dozen photographers stepped up to the plate and submitted an entry for Contest Corner Challenge #109: Show Me the Green. The contest challenged members of the community to photograph nature: green plants, grass, vegetables, etc. Take a look at the entries in the CCC#109: Show Me the Green Photo Gallery.

Sponsor: Think Tank Photo: A group of designers and professional photographers focused on studying how photographers work and developing inventive new carrying solutions that meet their needs. They are dedicated to using only the highest quality materials and design principles, and employing materials that are environmentally benign.

Prize: The winner will receive a Think Tank Photo CityWalker 30 (Blue) camera bag - a $165 value! Lightweight, soft and refined, these messenger bags have a hip-hugging form and room for a tablet or laptop. The fully removable insert enables you to go from a camera to messenger bag.

Voting ends at 1:30pm EST on Tuesday, May 27th (5:30pm GMT), so check out the entries and make sure to drop by the voting thread to cast your vote before then!

Posted by Tim L. Walker on Tue, 2014–05–20 14:37

The Mountain Man is the April 2014 Photograph of the Month

April 2014 Photograph of the MonthThe April 2014 Photograph of the Month voting was extremely close - check out the voting results! Marko (Nordi) won his first PotM by only 1 vote!

The contest was sponsored by AKVIS, who specializes in development of image processing software and scientific research. The company was founded in 2004 by IT professionals having considerable experience in programming and software development. Since then the company has released 18 successful programs. If Marko had been a Premiere Member, he would have receive ad Gold Gift Certificate (which gives the recipient the right to choose one of the programs from their Gold list: Sketch Deluxe, ArtWork Deluxe, Enhancer Deluxe, HDRFactory Deluxe, Retoucher Deluxe, Coloriage Deluxe, Magnifier Deluxe, LightShop Deluxe, NatureArt Deluxe, SmartMask Deluxe).

Make sure to drop by the award thread to check out a larger version of Marko’s winning photograph, and to congratulate him on his first Photograph of the Month victory!

Posted by Tim L. Walker on Sun, 2014–05–18 21:30

Vote for the April 2014 Photograph of the Month

Voting Thread: Vote for the April 2014 Photograph of the Month

Voting Ends: approximately 12:30am EST on Thursday, May 15th, 2014 (4:30am GMT).

Sponsor: AKVIS specializes in development of image processing software and scientific research. The company was founded in 2004 by IT professionals having considerable experience in programming and software development. Since then the company has released 18 successful programs.

Prizes: If the winner is a Premiere Member, they will receive a Gold Gift Certificate (which gives the recipient the right to choose one of the programs from their Gold list: Sketch Deluxe, ArtWork Deluxe, Enhancer Deluxe, HDRFactory Deluxe, Retoucher Deluxe, Coloriage Deluxe, Magnifier Deluxe, LightShop Deluxe, NatureArt Deluxe, SmartMask Deluxe). If the winner is not a Premiere Member, they will receive… nothing, nadda, zip, zilch. Why not become a Premiere Member today?

Gallery: April 2014 Photograph of the Month Gallery


CAST YOUR VOTE HERE

Posted by Tim L. Walker on Thu, 2014–05–08 20:29
Tags: votingpotmphotograph of the monthapril2014

Jim Harris Wins March Photograph of the Month; 2nd in a Row

March 2014 Photograph of the MonthAnother month, another Photograph of the Month win by Jim Harris (jaharris1001). Jim won his SIXTH Photograph of the Month contest, and his 2nd in a row (both photographs taken at Jekyll Island!) by inching out several other photographs in the March 2014 Photograph of the Month contest.

The contest was sponsored by AKVIS who specializes in development of image processing software and scientific research. The company was founded in 2004 by IT professionals having considerable experience in programming and software development. Since then the company has released 18 successful programs. Since Jim is a Premiere Member, they will receive a copy of AKVIS OilPaint Deluxe - a $69 value!

You’re going to want to drop by the award thread to see a larger version of this winning photograph - be sure to congratulate Jim on his victory while you’re there!

Posted by Tim L. Walker on Wed, 2014–04–16 14:40

It's Time to Vote for the March 2014 Photograph of the Month

The photographs this month were nominated, as always, by the Premiere Members, and narrowed down by me. There are also 3 photographs from the Premiere Projects that automatically received a place in the voting this month as well (see the Premiere Projects blog post for more details - also check out the recent changes to the PotM format/timing). Double congrats to jerrywb and jaharris1001 who each have two photographs nominated this month!!

Voting Ends: approximately 9:30pm EST on Sunday, April 13th, 2014 (1:30am GMT on Monday, April 14th).

Sponsor: AKVIS specializes in development of image processing software and scientific research. The company was founded in 2004 by IT professionals having considerable experience in programming and software development. Since then the company has released 18 successful programs.

Prizes: If the winner is a Premiere Member, they will receive a copy of AKVIS OilPaint Deluxe - a $69 value! If the winner is not a Premiere Member, they will receive… nothing, nadda, zip, zilch. Why not become a Premiere Member today?

Gallery: March 2014 Photograph of the Month Gallery

Voting Thread: CAST YOUR VOTE HERE!

Posted by Tim L. Walker on Mon, 2014–04–07 18:44
Tags: votingpotmphotograph of the monthmarchakvis2014

Another Contest Corner Challenge - CCC#109 Announced!

After a bit of hiatus, the Contest Corner Challenges are back! Here are all the details (if you have questions or comments, be sure to leave them here in the contest thread).

Start Date: Friday, April 4th, 2014 (photos taken before this date are not eligible).

Entries Due By: Wednesday, May 14th, 2014 (entries are due in by midnight, and voting will begin the next day).

Sponsor: Think Tank Photo: A group of designers and professional photographers focused on studying how photographers work and developing inventive new carrying solutions that meet their needs. They are dedicated to using only the highest quality materials and design principles, and employing materials that are environmentally benign.

Prize: The winner will receive a Think Tank Photo CityWalker 30 (Blue) camera bag - a $165 value! Lightweight, soft and refined, these messenger bags have a hip-hugging form and room for a tablet or laptop. The fully removable insert enables you to go from a camera to messenger bag.

Description: No, we’re not talking about money here - we’re looking for photos of nature: green plants, grass, vegetables, etc. Get outside, looks for something growing that’s green, take a photo, and send it in. No other restrictions. Go crazy.

READ BEFORE ENTERING: Before entering a photograph, be sure to read the guidelines and submission requirements listed here: Contest Corner Rules & Regulations. Any photographs submitted that do not adhere to these guidelines will be rejected and sent back. Please make sure the photograph is taken during the contest period.

Posted by Tim L. Walker on Sun, 2014–04–06 16:10

Happy 10th Birthday PhotographyCorner!

Happy Birthday PhotographyCorner

Can you believe, 10 - TEN - years ago today, PhotographyCorner was born. TEN YEARS! That’s ANCIENT in Internet years. That’s older than Twitter… and Facebook! We’ve been around for a while, that’s for sure. 32,000 members, over 3/4 million posts in over 100,000 threads - we’re still going strong!

If you’ve been a part of the community since the beginning, or just joined recently, you’re one of the main reasons PhotographyCorner is still a fantastic online destination for photographers. Pat yourself on the back!

And join me in wishing PhotographyCorner 10th birthday wishes in the comments. Here’s to another 10!

Posted by Tim L. Walker on Wed, 2014–03–26 13:59
Categories: General News
Tags: photographycornerbirthday10

Driftwood Beach by Jim Harris is the February 2014 Photograph of the Month

February 2014 Photograph of the MonthVoting is complete, jaharris1001 wins his fifth PotM contest. Congrats, Jim! Here are all the important links and info about the contest.

Award Thread: February 2014 Photograph of the Month

Final Votes: Final voting results for the February 2014 Photograph of the Month

Critique Thread: Driftwood Beach at Jekyll Island GA

Photo Gallery: February 2014 PotM Photo Gallery

Sponsor: AKVIS specializes in development of image processing software and scientific research. The company was founded in 2004 by IT professionals having considerable experience in programming and software development. Since then the company has released 18 successful programs.

Prizes: Since Jim is a Premiere Member, he will receive Home Deluxe versions of AKVIS Airbrush 2.0 and AKVIS Lightshop 4.0 - a $170 value!


Be sure to drop by the award thread to check out a larger version of the winning photograph and to congratulate Jim on his FIFTH Photograph of the Month win!!

Posted by Tim L. Walker on Tue, 2014–03–11 11:44

Cast Your Vote for the February 2014 Photograph of the Month

If you’ve been a member of PhotographyCorner for a while (or have simply been following along here on the blog), you may be aware that we made some changes to the Photograph of the Month contest when 2014 rolled along (read here to see all the changes that were made, and why). Most importantly, instead of voting at the end of the month, we’re now voting at the beginning of the following month. So for the February Photograph of the Month contest, we vote during the first week of March (from a selection of photographs posted in February), and for the March Photograph of the Month contest, we voting during the first week of April from a selection of photographs posted in March, etc.

So here were are, the first week of March, and we’ve begun the voting process for the best photographs posted to the Corner forums and galleries in February. Check out the final, nominated photographs in the February 2014 Photograph of the Month Photo Gallery. Once you’ve had a chance to browse through the photos, drop by the voting thread in the Photography Contests Forum and cast your vote for your favorite.

The contest is being sponsored by AKVIS, who specializes in development of image processing software and scientific research. The company was founded in 2004 by IT professionals having considerable experience in programming and software development. Since then the company has released 18 successful programs.

If the winner is a Premiere Member, they will receive Home Deluxe versions of AKVIS Airbrush 2.0 and AKVIS Lightshop 4.0 - a $170 value! If the winner is not a Premiere Member, they will receive… nothing.

Voting ends at approximately 11:30pm EST on Saturday, March 8th, 2014 (4:30am GMT on Sunday, March 9th), so make sure to cast your vote before then! The winner will be announced the following day.

Posted by Tim L. Walker on Mon, 2014–03–03 22:25

"Niagara's Winter Blues" is the January 2014 Photograph of the Month

January 2014 Photograph of the MonthAfter we rearranged how we do the Photograph of the Month contests (check out this thread for more info), we finally had the opportunity to vote on the best photographs from January 2014. The nominated photographs were fantastic as we had almost 2 months worth of photographs to choose from - check out the top photographs from January in the January 2014 PotM Photo Gallery.

After voting was complete (final voting results here), cup4tml can away as the winner with over a quarter of the votes.

The contest was sponsored by our friends at AKVIS. AKVIS specializes in development of image processing software and scientific research. The company was founded in 2004 by IT professionals having considerable experience in programming and software development. Since then the company has released 18 successful programs. Since Doug is a Premiere Member, he will receive Home Deluxe versions of AKVIS Airbrush 2.0 and AKVIS Lightshop 4.0 - a $170 value!

If you haven’t already, be sure to drop by the award thread to check out a larger version of the winning photograph and to congratulate Doug on his FOURTH Photograph of the Month victory!

Posted by Tim L. Walker on Mon, 2014–02–10 14:26

Cast Your Vote for the January 2014 Photograph of the Month

The photographs this month were nominated, as always, by the Premiere Members, and narrowed down by me. There are also 4 photographs from the Premiere Projects that automatically received a place in the voting this month as well (see the Premiere Projects blog post for more details - also check out the recent changes to the PotM format/timing). Double congrats to Bozzzzz and carlogalliani who each have two photos nominated this month!!

Voting Ends: approximately 11:30pm EST on Saturday, February 8th, 2013 (4:30am GMT on Sunday, February 9th).

Sponsor: AKVIS specializes in development of image processing software and scientific research. The company was founded in 2004 by IT professionals having considerable experience in programming and software development. Since then the company has released 18 successful programs.

Prizes: If the winner is a Premiere Member, they will receive Home Deluxe versions of AKVIS Airbrush 2.0 and AKVIS Lightshop 4.0 - a $170 value! If the winner is not a Premiere Member, they will receive… nothing, nadda, zip, zilch. Why not become a Premiere Member today?

Gallery: January 2014 Photograph of the Month Gallery

CAST YOUR VOTE HERE.

Posted by Tim L. Walker on Fri, 2014–02–07 15:22

Paula Wins 2nd Contest Corner Challenge in a Row!

CCC#108: End of the Line Winning PhotographAfter the dust had settled and the votes were counted, paula emerged the victor for the 2nd month in a row! With over a quarter of the votes, her photograph “Storm Front” took top honours in Contest Corner Challenge #108: End of the Line, which asked photographers to take a photograph where a line (leading line, converging lines, etc) is one of the main elements in the composition of the photograph.

The contest was sponsored by AMS Software who specializes in developing software for image editing and graphic design, providing solutions for professional photographers, design studios and print shops. They also offer a series of consumer-level programs for digital photo artwork. For winning CCC#108, Paula will receive a copy of Photo Calendar Creator, which is a convenient application for making wall, desk, pocket, planner calendars for any month and year. The software features a large collection of templates, and a rich editing toolkit for creating custom designs. What makes it unique is the special set of photo decoration tools, including original masks and picture frames. Rated among the top three best calendar apps by TopTenReviews, Photo Calendar Creator is an excellent choice for anyone who wants to design and print exclusive calendars in professional quality.

Make sure to drop by the award thread to check out a larger version of the winning photograph, and to congratulate Paula on her 2nd CCC victory in a row!

Posted by Tim L. Walker on Sun, 2014–01–12 14:57
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