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Daily Archives: April 15, 2011

Photoshop Elements 9 – really cheap

If you are thinking of doing our Photoshop course but don’t have the software yet then you can save bundles of cash. I always recommend students to buy the Elements version of the program, it has just about everything you will need and often has some things that are useful for people who do not use the software everyday. Amazon currently have the version 9, most recent,  for less than £50 which is a bargain here is the link to their page

We still have some places on our Photoshop course which starts on 4th May but as always our courses are in demand so if you plan to book a place do so today

Your Complete Guide to Building a Photography Studio at Home

Those nice people at Lightstalking have a special offer on a book that will help you to save cash and build some of your own studio lighting gear, there is a review of the book here

The book starts with this premise “As you get into photography more and more, one thing becomes extremely obvious: this is not a cheap pastime. For that reason alone, a lot of folks end up checking out Udi Tirosh’s DIY Photography website (if you follow Light Stalking on Twitter, you have probably seen us link to Udi’s stuff plenty of times over the last few years – we’re huge fans). Udi is one of the web’s foremost authorities on building lighting setups from scratch without the need to give your tax accountant an aneurysm.”

On the LS site there is an offer code, here are the details “As with any product we feature on Light Stalking, we put the hard word on Udi to do something special for Light Stalking readers. Kindly, he agreed to offer a 25% discount for folks from this site! It is only for a week so make sure you get in now to secure your discount before the guide goes back to its normal price. Just use the code LSDIYP25 to get your discount.”

If you want to find out more here is the DIYphotography site with everything you might want to know

looks to as if they could have used some Photoshop perspective to correct the verticals on the book shot, if you would like to know how to do this have a look at our Photoshop course starting 4th May

The Only Tip You’ll Need for Creating a More Interesting Photographs

I am not sure there is only one tip, were it so easy everyone would be great photographers, but Ralph makes a good point in this article and it is one worth taking on board as a photographer.  Ralph is a travel photographer, if you are interested you might want to look at our Travel Photography Course starting 9th June 

This is the start of his article

“As photographers, we tend to have an interest in one or two genres of photography, perhaps for you it’s people, landscapes or food. It’s perfectly fine, and highly recommended, to specialize in a certain area so you get really proficient at that type of imagery.  However, as a travel photographer looking to bring back an overall cultural portrait of a place, one that tells a complete story for the viewers of my work, I have to be a generalist, and that means bringing back solid images of all different types.”  ……..more

Both images from Ralph Velasco, here is more about Ralph…….Ralph Velasco is a travel photography instructor and international tour guide who has photographed in more than forty countries on six continents