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Cool Free Photo Editor
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- providing you with Digital images, which can be used within the program as textures and backgrounds.
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So what is the deal with 500px? Well, I will be upfront and tell you that I cannot fully answer that question, but I do have some moderately well formed opinions that I am happy to share with all of you. Let me start by first off saying that putting 500px up next to Flickr is not a fair comparison, it is sort of like comparing a toddler to a young man. Flickr has been running strong for well over six years now. It has moved beyond its start up phase, has been bought and funded by Yahoo for several years and is well developed and funded. The size of its community is mind-bogglingly huge and the scope of its programming is pretty wide. It has pretty much become THE photo-sharing website. 500px on the other hand is still the toddler. It has learned to take its first steps but they are shaky ones still. It is still a small start up company, experiencing issues with funding, staffing, development and maintenance. It's community is still rather small, but growing. And 500px is still learning its own identity. So any comparisons between the two must be made carefully, as their difference in age really makes them two very different beasts. And it is easy to forget the days when Flickr itself was that toddling start up photo-sharing site and how much it has changed since those days. But lets get into the meat of this discussion and start with the question, why should I join 500px? Surprisingly, I hear this quite a bit. Or rather, I hear a surprising amount of apprehension associated with the question. I disagree with that apprehension. I have long been an advocate for photographers that are heavy into Flickr to branch out, get beyond Flickr's walls, see what else is out there in the wide world of photography. True, Flickr is vast, but it is also incredibly limited. There is so much other photography out there in coffee shops, galleries, museums, street corner photo booths, books, magazines, and other photo sites. It only takes a moment over at 500px to realize you are going to see some very different photography than you will see on Flickr. True, you will also see much of the same (particularly because it is common for photographers on both sites to rehash photos on both sites too), but the differences are quickly noticed. And that is a big reason to join 500px - to be exposed to more and different types of photography. For some reason, even though 500px is based in Canada, it has a very large base of European and eastern European photographers. And the styles of photography exhibited on 500px, whether they are affected by the geography of their creators or not, are significantly different than those found on Flickr. This will change as 500px's community grows and as more Flickr photographers transfer over and bring their styles with them, but right now it is refreshing to browse over there after having spent some time on Flickr. And that is why you join 500px, because the more photography you see, the more you learn, the better rounded you become. You may scoff at me if I warn you that Flickr is a relatively sheltered environment. If you have been here and only here for some time, then it has become safe for you, and that makes it dangerous. Get away from the familiar, the comfortable, the safe and put yourself somewhere new and different, give yourself a chance to grow in that regard. In terms of differences on a user level, well there are quite a few. 500px is not a community in the sense of Flickr. There are no groups and precious little discussion. Comments tend to be short and if you are looking for depth in your feedback, you are going to be disappointed. Flickr is prone to the same thing, but at least on Flickr you can seek out groups designed specifically for better feedback... or create one yourself. 500px does give you the option to create portfolios and a blog, but these seem to be relatively forgotten and incredibly under-utilized over there. Perhaps that will change in time, because their portfolio system is really not too shabby at all, and I like the blog feature too. It is something that Flickr is missing. But perhaps one of the biggest differences between the two is how the "best" photos are culled to the top. Flickr uses an enigmatic algorithm that has perplexed photographers for years. Creating many an obsessive who has no doubt lost nights of sleep trying to figure out how to work the system. The point is, on Flickr, you never really know what is going to hit Explorer, for better and worse. With 500px there is a simple and fairly transparent rating system. You click Like or Dislike and in conjunction with the number of views an image has, your clicks affect the image's score. Score high enough and the photo ends up in gallery on the front page called "Upcoming". Do really well and it migrates to the gallery "Popular". In addition, it appears all photos briefly cycle through a gallery called "Fresh" that I just
Happy Sepia Bokeh Wednesday
I know, there's just a *tiny* little bokeh there in the grass, but I didn't have any other title. This was another adventure with the 85mm f/1.8, and I think it's one of the first sepia pictures I've ever posted. I think I might get this lens, even though this copy hasn't been the best. Thanks every one for all the comments and faves recently! I've mentioned a couple times that as a thank you I'd post a tutorial, but I've been slacking. I hope to do some more complex ones later, but sometimes simple is good. If you like this kind of shot, try out these steps (or if you like high-key black and white, do all but the last step): High-Key / Sepia Tutorial I'm sure there are a million ways to do this, but I find this one remarkably quick and easy. 1. Start with a darker (but not super dark), contrasty photo. If you have one that didn't start like that, then in your raw editor try increasing blacks, contrast, and clarity. 2. Open in photoshop. Duplicate your base layer by hitting ctrl-J. 3. Go to Image->Mode->CMYK. Click on the "channels" tab in your layers palate. Click on the bottom channel ("K" or 'black'). Hit ctrl-A to select all and ctrl-C to copy (mac users use "command" instead of ctrl) 4. Convert back to RGB by going Image->mode->RGB. 5. Create a new blank layer at the top of the layer stack, then hit ctrl-V (or "paste") - this will place the black and white data in the new layer, hopefully giving you a very high key image. 6. With most pictures, you'll now have blown-out highlights. Go to the next layer down (the duplicate of the base layer). Hit ctrl-shift-U or Image->Adjustments->desaturate to remove the color. 7. Now reduce the opacity of the top high-key layer until the highlights are no longer blown. 8. (optional) Use a curves or levels adjustment to get the contrast you'd like. You're done for high key. 9. The easiest Sepia treatment on earth: create a hue/saturation adjustment layer. click in the box for "colorize" then click in the number box to the right and above the "hue" slider and type "40" - you're done. Feel free to post questions in the comments and I'll try to answer them. Also, normally I don't like icon or picture comments, but open invitation here: if you end up trying this out, feel free to post your pic (or a link to it) in the comments.