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Monthly Archives: December 2011

Best Getty News Photos Of The Year from Around The World 2011

If you make one resolution this year make sure it is to bookmark The Denver Post Blogs, they consistently bring the very best images to your computer

Here are just 3 of 50, so go and see the rest here

Riot police walk in the street as a couple kiss on June 15, 2011 in Vancouver, Canada. Vancouver broke out in riots after their hockey team the Vancouver Canucks lost in Game Seven of the Stanley Cup Finals.  (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)

Safia Adem mourns the death of her son Hamza Ali Faysal, 3, in a camp of displaced Somalis within the rubble of the Cathedral of Mogadishu on August 13, 2011 in Mogadishu, Somalia. The malnourished child died of sickness two weeks after fleeing with his family from famine and drought in far southern Somalia. The US government estimates that some 30,000 children have died in southern Somalia in the last 90 days from the crisis. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
A hooded youth walks past a burning vehicle in Hackney on August 8, 2011 in London, England. Pockets of rioting and looting continues to take place in various boroughs of London this evening, as well as in Birmingham, prompted by the initial rioting in Tottenham and then in Brixton on Sunday night. It has been announced that the Prime Minister David Cameron and his family are due to return home from their summer holiday in Tuscany, Italy to respond to the rioting. Disturbances broke out late on Saturday night in Tottenham and the surrounding area after the killing of Mark Duggan, 29 and a father-of-four, by armed police in an attempted arrest on August 4. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

How to photograph New Years Eve Fireworks

You will need a tripod or a very steady hand so save the drinking until after midnight….

Seriously photographing fireworks is not rocket science (sorry) but a few tips would certainly make it more likely you will get some decent results that go with a bang (sorry).

These tutorials are full of the information you need to get sparkling (sorry) images rather than have you doing cart(catherine) wheels (sorry) in despair as you miss the final blow out.

Happy new year,may the next be better than the last.

From Digital Photo School we have these words of wisdom

Do you want to know how to photograph fireworks? With 4th July just days away I thought I’d refresh this article in which I give 10 Fireworks Photography tips to help you get started.

Fireworks Displays are something that evoke a lot of emotion in people as they are not only beautiful and spectacular to watch but they also are often used to celebrate momentous occasions.”...read on here

Jeff Wignall also has much useful help here

©Jeff Wignall

Pollution in China

From the excellent Denver Post pblogs comes these images that at the start of a new year offer little hope.

Beijing authorities cancelled hundreds of flights and shut highways as thick smog descended on the Chinese capital on December 4 and 5, reducing visibility at one of the world’s busiest airports. Air quality in Beijing reached “hazardous” levels on December 5, according to the US embassy, which conducts its own measurements, while China’s state Xinhua news agency said pollution was likely to reach “dangerous” levels.

Take a look at pollution across China from the past year.

A woman wears a mask as she makes her way along a street in thick smog in Beijing on February 21, 2011. Beijing went “beyond” measurable pollution levels, the US embassy said, as a Chinese official warned people to stay indoors and avoid outdoor activities. Air pollution in Beijing has been consistently listed as among the worst in the world by international organizations such as the United Nations. (GOH CHAI HIN/AFP/Getty Images

Photo taken on January 19, 2011 shows heavy smoke after an explosion ripped through an oil refinery in Fushun, northeast China’s Liaoning province. The blast shattered the windows of buildings 100 meters away and ignited a blaze later brought under control by firefighters, which left more than 30 people injured. No deaths were reported at the facility owned by a subsidiary of China National Petroleum Corporation. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Sunshine is filtered through particularist, as seen from Kowloon Peak, hanging over Hong Kong on February 6, 2011. According to the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) the pollution in Hong Kong ranged from medium to very high, with the pollutants such as respirable suspended particulates, nitrogen dioxide and ozone affecting the air quality. (ANTONY DICKSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Chinese children swim along the algae-filled coastline of Qingdao, in eastern China’s Shandong province on July 17, 2011. Green algae continues to spread in waters off China’s east coastline and although not poisonous, it can hinder the fishing industry and tourism in affected areas. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Understanding Your Digital SLR Photography Course 2012

We run this course a number of times each term, the first start date for 2012 is 11th January. This is a 4 session evening class, 2 hours each session spread over 4 weeks. Personally I like the 4 session version of this course because students have the opportunity to go away and practice for a week and then return with questions. Practice is the route to understanding.If you would like to read more about this course here is a link to the main page and this link takes you to the page with full specifications

Although the studio and office is closed until 9th January we are trying to monitor emails from afar so if you would like to take this course please send us an email. If we don’t get back to you immediately we will on our return. Places will be available on the courses we run later in the term.


Cambridge in Colour Tutorials – Advanced

OK now you are serious, if you have worked through the previous 2 days tutorials you want to achieve results. These tutorials linked to the excellent Cambridge in Colour site will get you on your way.

These are for those that want to have a deeper understanding of key technical concepts, or to use more complicated techniques:

Concepts: Lens Diffraction & Camera Sensor Sizes
Technique/Editing: Taking High Dynamic Range (HDR) Photographs
Technique/Concepts: The Color Management & Printing Category

Actually CIC has many more tutorials,some that might be of more use to you than the few listed here and I would definitely suggest you go and have a wander around the site, here is the link


©Bernard Clarke Intermediate Photography Course 2011

Cambridge in Colour Tutorials – Intermediate

If you have made it through the beginners tutorials then you will be ready for this section on intermediate tutorials. You will find many other fascinating tutorials on the Cambridge in Colour site.

These are helpful for refining technique and taking your photography to the next level:

Concepts: Understanding Depth of Field & White Balance
Editing: Using the Levels, Curves & Sharpening Tools
Equipment: Tripods & Lens Filters (UV, GND, ND & Polarizing)
Technique: Reducing Camera Shake & Utilizing Natural Light


© Christina Kirkegard Intermediate Photography Course 2011

Cambridge in Colour Tutorials – Beginners

Cambridge in Colour is just one of the best sites for HDR tutorials but it also has some of the most in depth tutorials covering all the areas of photography. If you really want to understand your photography Sean McHugh’s site should be a major bookmark on your browser. Over this holiday period maybe you should take an hour or two and get some real learning in. He has broken  his tutorials  down into sections to match your existing skills, if you don’t know where to start then I guess start at the beginning. Today the links are for beginners. If you prefer you could take one of our courses, I would recommend our Understanding your DSLR camera, dates for next term are on our site

These are a good place to start if you’re looking to understand fundamental concepts and basic came

Camera Exposure: Aperture, ISO & Shutter Speed
Image Histograms: Tones & Contrast
Camera Lenses: Focal Length & F-Stop

©Ana Cura Intermediate Photography Course 2011

2011 Best Photos of the Year, Part 3 of 3

The best photos of 2011 from around the globe.From the Denver Post see all the images here

A Dalmatian pelican nestles its head in its feathers as falling rain leaves water droplets on its feathers at the Berlin Zoo on September 9, 2011 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Thai Muslim women pray during a special evening prayer during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan at the Pattani Central Mosque on August 12, 2011 in Pattani, southern Thailand. The long evening prayer comes after Iftar, the breaking of the day-long fast from sunrise to sunset. (Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany steers his car during the free practice for the F1 Grand Prix at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011. The F1 race will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Lightning flashes over the Las Vegas Strip during a thunderstorm early on September 13, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Robert Peraza, who lost his son Robert David Peraza in the attacks at the World Trade Center, pauses at his son’s name at the North Pool of the 9/11 Memorial before the 10th anniversary ceremony at the site, Sunday Sept. 11, 2011, in New York. (AP Photo/Justin Lane, Pool

Halima Hassan holds her severely malnourished son Abdulrahman Abshir, 7 months, at the Banadir hospital on August 14, 2011 in Mogadishu, Somalia. The US government estimates that some 30,000 children have died in southern Somalia in the last 90 days due to famine and drought. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

University of California, Davis Police Lt. John Pike uses pepper spray to move Occupy UC Davis protesters while blocking their exit from the school’s quad in Davis, Calif on November 18, 2011. Pike, the riot-clad police officer who pepper sprayed a row of peaceful Occupy Wall Street protesters at a California university last week, is a retired U.S. Marine sergeant twice honored for his police work on campus. (AP Photo/The Enterprise, Wayne Tilcock)

In this handout provided by Maritime New Zealand, fuel pumping between the stranded cargo vessel Rena and oil tanker Awanuia continues on October 20, 2011 in Tauranga, New Zealand. Salvage crews continue to pump oil off the ship in an effort to remove as much as possible before bad weather predicted for the evening threatens to break the vessel and release more oil into the sea. Over 300 tonnes of oil has leaked from Rena since it hit the reef on October 5. (Photo by Maritime New Zealand via Getty Images)

If you want more go here

2011 Best Photos of the Year, Part 2 of 3

The Denver Post, bring some of the best photography from all over the world, see the rest of these astonishing images here

Rock and Roll devotee Rebecca Butterfly walks her dog during the Hemsby Rock n Roll Weekender on May 15, 2011 in Hemsby, England. Twice a year fans of Rock and Roll, Rockabilly, Rockin’ Blues the 1950s and Americana gather at Seacroft Holiday camp in Hemsby to dress up in period clothing and re-live the 50’s. Every day of the four day ‘weekender’ a line up of top live bands play the music of the era and devotees hit the dance floor to hop, bop, jive and Rock ‘n’ Roll. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

The Barcelona team throws coach Pep Guardiola in the air after winning the Champions League final soccer match against Manchester United at Wembley Stadium, London, Saturday, May 28, 2011. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Rebel fighters fire a Grad rocket at the front line west of Misrata, Libya, Monday, June 20, 2011. Libya’s government said a NATO airstrike west of Tripoli destroyed a large family compound belonging to a close associate of Moammar Gadhafi, killing at least 15 people, including three children. The alliance said the strike hit a “command and control” center. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, along with with members of the national security team, receive an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden in the Situation Room of the White House, May 1, 2011. Please note: a classified document seen in this photograph has been obscured. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

U.S. Army flight medic SGT Jaime Adame, top, cares for seriously wounded Marine CPL. Andrew Smith following an insurgent attack on board a medevac helicopter from the US Army’s Task Force Lift “Dust Off”, Charlie Company 1-214 Aviation Regiment north of Sangin, in the volatile Helmand Province of southern Afghanistan on May 15, 2011. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)

Photography on the iPad: The Road to Success?

I have an ipad, you do too probably, I had not thought of it as a main creative medium, or as a means or reaching new audiences but that is what is suggested here in an article by Olivie Laurent in the BJP.

“Photographers are increasingly experimenting with Apple’s iPad as a way to reach new audiences and gain financial independence from traditional revenue sources. But is the strategy working? Olivier Laurent speaks with Kadir van Lohuizen, who has developed the Via PanAm”

“The idea was to see and investigate whether we could regain our independence as authors,” says Kadir van Lohuizen, a Noor photographer, who, for the past year, has been travelling the Americas for the production of the Via PanAm iPad application. “It might still be a little bit early to say, but in the end, I think I’m going to make it financially.”

Via PanAm is a diary of van Lohuizen’s journey from Chile to Alaska. Each week, and sometimes even every single day, the photographer shares his photographic reports – the stories of people that he has encountered on his travels.……MORE
Via PanAm. Imagecourtesy of Paradox and Kadir van Lohuizen / Noor.