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Is it cheating to use Photographic Apps?

Woodland Walks

Yesterday I wrote about photographic manipulation.. and when an image changes from being a photograph of … to digital art and the great debate we had in our household over it. Today I want to explore what do people think about…

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52 Weeks Photo Challenge: Week 12 – Face

Stewie the Golden Retriever

This is my first entry into this particular photo challenge.. hosted by ‘The Girl That Dreams Awake’.. and the theme for this week is ‘Face’.  As I am very wary of putting children’s faces on the internet… and I would…

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The power of texture

It was cold, it was murky and the sky was absolutely dreadful.. it was dismal and there wasn’t any clouds that gave drama to the sky… but even with the sky as dismal as it was.. I still liked the…

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Photoshop – Layer Blending Modes

One of the things that frightened the death out of me in Photoshop was blending modes… and how to use them… For ages I couldn’t get to grips with what they did until I read this blog post called Photoshop…

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Monochrome Madness – MM:3-28

Twirl Effect

It is time once again for Monochrome Madness hosted by Leanne Cole Photography, and for the life of me I couldn’t pick a picture for love nor money … I kept processing one… and then resetting and then picked another…

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Topaz Texture Effects Comparison – SOOC -vs – Lightroom Basic Adjustments

Well today is day 6 of my Topaz Texture Effects ‘trial before buy’ challenge.  So for this challenge I thought I would do a complete comparison of using Lightroom and Topaz Effects and just using Topaz Effects. This is the…

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One Photo Focus – September – Balclutha

  Well it is that time of the month again when we get the chance to edit a photograph in the One Photo Focus Challenge hosted by Stacy Fischer. A challenge that I love doing… especially when you see the…

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Friday Quick Tip – Photoshop – Dodge and Burn

Yesterday I mentioned this tip and how I had used it… and boy was I glad Matt Kloskowski did this tip… because it made dodging and burning in Photoshop a whole lot easier.  

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Friday Quick Tip – Photoshop – Changing Opacity

Here is a very useful tip from Matt Kloskowski for quickly changing the opacity of a layer….

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Friday Quick Tip – Photoshop – Using Colour

Sheffield Park Gardens

You know how you want to intensify colours… and wish certain parts of an image were different layers…  well yes you can use a Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer or Levels and Curves… but I use the following method… Create a new…

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My first week on Social Media…

Twirl Effect

As much as I like blogging… it has been really nice… just processing photographs and uploading them to Social Media… Many years ago I joined 500px and never really posted much to it… but with my new work flow from…

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One Photo Focus – July

Scotney Castle

It is July’s One Photo Focus time and this week I feel very honoured that Stacy has picked a photo I submitted to her.  Thank you Stacy xx And I look forward to seeing all the other edits… So why…

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26 Weeks Letter Challenge: ‘M’ – Morris Motor

  Doesn’t a week fly by so quickly? It hardly seems seven days since the last 26 Weeks Letter Challenge and the letter for this week is ‘M’.  Well the above photograph has four M’s in it…  It is a Morris…

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Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Week 28 – Glorious

Hugh’s weekly Photo Challenge this week is all about ‘Glorious’.  Glorious can mean visual or sound… and I have picked two photos for this challenge.  The first being of wildflowers standing proud in the countryside on a glorious summer day…

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26 Weeks Letter Challenge: ‘L’ – Lupin

  This week’s letter for Lori’s Photo Letter Challenge is the letter ‘L’.  Originally I was going to post a photograph of a lake.. but then as I was going through my collections I found this Lupin. I didn’t like the…

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26 Weeks Letter Challenge – Letter K

  Lori’s challenge for the 26 Weeks Letter Challenge was a hard one.. this week.  I wanted to play along but was getting really stumped at what images I had with objects in that started with the letter ‘K’.  I was just…

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Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Week 27 – ‘Vintage’

Chiddingstone Castle Interior Photography

For Hugh’s weekly challenge I thought I would post three pictures taken at Chiddingstone Castle in Kent..  The theme was ‘Vintage’ and there is nothing quite like vintage than an old castle, with its stately rooms.     Within this…

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Open Topic

  During our visit to America last year, we took a coach trip to Yosemite National Park.  On route to the park the coach stopped at a little place called El Portal, where we came across a disused train and…

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Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Week 26 – Distance

  Today in my WordPress Reader I came across a post by a blog I follow by Julie Powell and she had written a post about a Photography Challenge set by Hugh of Hugh’s Views & News called Distance. So I thought…

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Monochrome Madness: 3-6

Honestly I can’t believe I’ve managed it twice in a row… this Google reminder is excellent… anyway here is my contribution for this weeks Monochrome Madness curated by Leanne Cole.  The photograph is of the country road that runs alongside…

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Deer Little Faces

  Face is this weeks subject for photo challenge set by WordPress Daily Post. And so I thought I would create an oil-looking painting in Photoshop of a photograph that I took at Knole, near Sevenoaks in Kent earlier this year, of these lovely little…

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Something Different

Julie Powell who supplied the photograph for this month’s photography challenge, has on her blog, a tutorial for creating twirls.  It was by luck that I found this tutorial.  And luckily Laura Macky decided to use this technique for her…

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One Photo Focus – May

It is that time of month again, when we enter the monthly Photo Challenge held by Stacy Fischer of Visual Venturing… called One Photo Focus. I wanted to create a dreamy looking photograph to this wonderful house.. so I did…

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One Photo Focus – April

For the last couple of months, real life has been hectic and I haven’t had time to process many photos or take part in Stacy Fisher’s monthly photo challenges.  This month I was determined to submit an entry for One…

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Kearsney Abbey Gardens

A few weeks ago I watched a video about how to create a sunset glow in Photoshop and thought I would give it a try. Even though I didn’t go as extreme as the video showed me how to… I…

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Stacy Fischer – One Photo Focus – November

Doesn’t a month soon fly by… before I realised it, it was already the end of October and time to think about the November Monthly Photo Challenge set by Stacy Fischer of Visual Venturing.  When I first looked at this…

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One Photo Focus – October

As many of you know, Stacy Fischer of Visual Venturing Blog runs a monthly one photo focus.  The idea is that, a photo is submitted for that month’s challenge by another photographer and we do our edits to it. I loved…

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Gazebo

Taken by Bren Ryan

Well you have all guessed by now, my forte in Photography is fine-art… I love adding texture and I love playing around in Photoshop.  But one of the things that I find hard is masking, especially when you get a…

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Working with smart previews

Now I don’t know about you, but I have to keep my original photos on an external drive, due to the size of my photograph library…  Lightroom is great for this because you can build smart previews of your original images and Lightroom allows…

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It’s snowing… again

Yesterday I produced a photograph of a snowy landscape and added an effect to the photograph to make it look like it was snowing… Today I wondered if there was a way I could take a photograph I took ages…

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