Author: Eniola Odurinde

Creative Cutlery Close- Ups – Kitchen Macro Photography Techniques

A few everyday kitchen items can make good macro photography subjects to produce new and interesting effects. The unique perspective of close-up macro work can transform everyday objects into artistic wonders. Any commonplace object can be transformed by getting close to it with a macro lens, and the kitchen is the perfect place to start. Look for objects with strong, graphic shapes, such as cutlery, and kitchen utensils. Remember to think small, as a macro lens makes the detail appear larger. Shadows Once you have chosen your subject, there are many creative techniques you can use to add an interesting or unique touch. You can use a small reading lamp to create interesting shadows, all you need is white paper or card to place the utensil on, and a small lamp positioned to one side. Reflections  Reflections are a great way to add interest. All you need to do is place the object on a shiny surface, such as plastic or metal. To capture a good reflection, use a low position, as close to the reflective surface as you can. From this position you need to look out for interference from background objects, using a wide aperture will help combat this. You can also use a piece of black (or indeed white or grey) cloth to combat this, and create a more simple image. Adding abstract, out-of-place, or surprising details to an image...

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How to Photograph… – Tips for Architecture Photography – How to Photograph Buildings

In this article I will share some architecture photography tips. Elevation Sometimes, you need elevation to get up to your subjects level, to improve the perspective. This can be done by using a step ladder, or finding a natural, or man-made “step-ladder”. Symmetry  The human eye is drawn to symmetry. An interesting, yet precisely symmetrical shot is a great way to attract attention to your shots. Try Black and White or even Sepia This makes a dramatic alternative to colour photography, and is a good way to emphasize the age of a historical building or to add dramatic mood. If the building is very light or very dark, the camera’s meter may expose it incorrectly. If this occur, use exposure compensation, and add +/- 1 stop or so of...

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Tips for Colouring Natural Curls – Bleaching or Dyeing Curly Hair

Whether you have been considering colouring your curls for a while, or have just decided in the snap of a moment after looking at pictures of the hottest new celebrity looks, that you want to bleach or dye your hair, it is essential that you read this first. You are probably aware that, like many other things in life, bleaching and dyeing is very bad for your hair. But to understand how it works, why it is bad, and how to lessen the impact, you first need to understand the basic anatomy of the hair: Basic Hair Anatomy The terminal part of the hair is seated within the dermis of the skin, and is called the bulb. It is nourished by small blood vessels and has a layer of actively dividing cells which keep the hair growing. The hair shaft consists of 3 layers, the cuticle; a thin, transparent protective layer which helps prevent damage, the cortex; the pigmented part, which is made up of a tough fibrous protein called keratin and provides texture and strength and finally the medulla, a layer only found in big, thick hairs. The width, texture and structure of the hair is determined by the proteins in the hair. Curly hair is curly, and straight hair is straight because of the arrangement of the proteins within the hair. Effect of Dyeing Dyes strip the...

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iPhone 5S/6 Rumours, News and Release Dates

The iPhone 5S, or possibly the iPhone 6 is rumoured to feature a mighty 13 megapixel camera, ear proximity, and improved iOS! In fact, rumours have been discussing release dates, and it is said we may see the next iPhone as early as late July 2013 In comparison to some of the hottest phones about, the iPhone 5 is beginning to look a little old-fashioned, so it is no surprise that rumours of the iPhone 5S are floating around. In keeping with Apple’s naming tradition, the next iPhone will probably be called the 5S, although there have been suggestions that Apple may simply skip 5S in favour for iPhone 6! The iPad 4 and iPad mini were released ‘early’, only 8 months after the release of the iPad 3. This has led to suggestions that the iPhone 5S (or possibly 6) could be released as early as Summer 2013! There have also been plenty of rumours regarding the iPhone 5S camera. There have been suggestions of a 13 megapixel main camera, and 3.2 MP front-facing, and the presence of ear proximity, which can judge how far the user’s ear is from the phone for the purpose of volume control. Rather than the iPhone 5’s 4-inch IPS Retina display device with a Corning Gorilla Glass protection, the iPhone 5S may have a  near 5 inch Retina+ Sharp IGZO display with a 1080p...

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Make a Splash – Abstract Macro Drop Photography

Beautiful, artistic yet abstract macro images can be obtained from macro drop photography. Drop photography can be approached in several ways; you can photograph falling drops as they hit the water, or drops hanging from plants, or even sprayed on glass with an abstract background. Each droplet can act as a tiny lens, creating a minature image of the scene behind it within the droplet. It is possible to shoot this outdoors, but you would need a perfectly still day. It is much easier to recreate it inside as you have lots of creative control. To begin with you need to choose a background. A piece of coloured card will work fine. Next, set up the subject that will be seen through your drop. This could be a flower, or even patterned paper. Next, you need to create your drop. Position a plant so the stem or leaf is in front of your subject, and then add a drop! Try using a mixture of glucose and water rather than just water, as this creates a larger more stable drop. Use a small paintbrush or eye-dropper pipette to add the drop to your leaf. This takes a steady hand and a steady eye to create a large drop that doesn’t fall. The best way to photograph with this technique is to take two images, and then combine them in Photoshop....

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