Experimenting with Dark Food Photography.

No Thyme to Waste



I’ve been doing a lot of googling lately. I always feel like I need more gear, more props, and more gadgets, to get the images I drool over online. In particular the trend of dark food photography, and the lighting style dubbed ‘mystic light’. Achieving this is no small feat. A solid half day playing with set up, camera settings, and light manipulation: and you’re only half way there. Having taken the shot is half the battle, and your post processing/editing is the other half. I love food, and I love photography, together they’ve become a little obsession (note: not so little). Days off are spent trying, trying, trying. I still can’t figure out exactly how to adjust lighting to get the ‘mystic’ look, but I’ll get there. What I do know is that you don’t need much fancy gear to get your started, just a little ingenuity and…

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Rovinj – Croatia (by zolakoma) via Tumblr

via Love Nature & Wildlife.

Astonishing Landscapes: Nature and City Rovinj – Croatia (by zolakoma) via Tumblr


CAVE | Projects: Self-Powered Camera

via CAVE | Projects: Self-Powered Camera.

What will they think of next?

We have designed a simple pixel circuit, where the pixel’s photodiode can be used to not only measure the incident light level, but also to convert the incident light into electrical energy. A sensor architecture is developed where, during each image capture cycle, the pixels are used first to record and read out the image and then used to harvest energy and charge the sensor’s power supply. We have conducted several experiments using off-the-shelf discrete components to validate the practical feasibility of our approach. We first developed a single pixel based on our design and used it to physically scan images of scenes. Next, we developed a fully self-powered camera that produces 30×40 images. The camera uses a supercap rather than an external source as its power supply. For a scene that is around 300 lux in brightness, the voltage across the supercap remains well above the minimum needed for the camera to indefinitely produce an image per second. For scenarios where scene brightness may vary dramatically, we have developed an adaptive algorithm that adjusts the framerate of the camera based on the voltage of the supercap and the brightness of the scene. Finally, we have analyzed the light gathering and harvesting properties of our design and explain why we believe it could lead to a fully self-powered solid-state image sensor that produces a useful resolution and framerate. The research was funded by ONR.

The rest of this piece presents in an extremely complicated format.  For further information please follow this link:self_powered_camera

Gallery of Light calligraphy – No Photoshop – StumbleUpon

Gallery of Light calligraphy – No Photoshop – StumbleUpon.

by Julien Breton

  • “Songe” – Palais idéal du facteur Cheval – 2008
    Calligraphy : Julien Breton – Kaalam
    Photography : G.J. Plisson
  • “Vivre libre” – Amphithéâtre de Fourvière – 2008
    Calligraphy : Julien Breton – Kaalam
    Photography : G.J. Plisson
  • “Le savoir” Saint-Méen Les folies Siffay – 2007
    Calligraphy : Julien Breton – Kaalam
    Photo : G.J. Plisson
  • “Poésie” – Pol’n – Nantes – 2007
    calligraphy and photography : Julien Breton
  • “Kata” – Atelier de Brusk Lyon – 2008
    Calligraphy : Julien Breton – Kaalam
    Photography : G.J. Plisson
  • “Déraciné” – Lyon – 2007
    Callligraphy : Julien Breton – Kaalam
    Photography : G.J. Plisson
  • “L’art de l’instant” – Quiberon – 2007
    Calligraphy : Julien Breton – Kaalam
    Photography : G.J. Plisson


A Short and Sweet Video Tutorial on How to Capture a Night Sky Time-Lapse with Your DSLR

via A Short and Sweet Video Tutorial on How to Capture a Night Sky Time-Lapse with Your DSLR.

Published on January 10, 2015 by Michael Zhang

UK-based videographer Cal Thomson recently got into astrophotography and creating time-lapses of the starry night sky. After receiving good responses from viewers, Thomson decided to create the short and to-the-point video tutorial above on how you can create a night sky timelapse using your DSLR.

Thomson shot his images with a Canon 6D and Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 lens in RAW so that the images could be pushed further in post with Lightroom 5. “I think the effects are quite astounding for a first try,” he says.

(via Cal Thomson via ISO 1200)


How to Make a Panorama in Photoshop

via How to Make a Panorama in Photoshop.

Jan 02, 2015

Today’s episode is filled with goodies!  Not only do we show you how to create a panorama in photoshop, we also give you some expert tips on shooting those panoramic images.  David J. Crewe lends us his knowledge as we give you six amazing tips.  To top it all off, we have a gear article specially prepared to compliment today’s episode.  Now you can see the gear some of the pros are using, or just check out some budget options to get you started.

Tips From the Pros

Here are some tips for you when you’re out shooting panoramas:

1)  Use a sturdy Tripod and try to stay “level” when changing positions.

2)  Overshoot / Shoot wider than you need so you can crop safely.

3)  Use a longer lens (50mm or higher) since you’re stitching anyway.  Wider lenses give you more distortion so your images will be more realistic/normal with a longer lens.

4)  Shoot higher than F8.  Most time-lapser and pano shooters will swear by the F8 to F11 zones for clarity and sharpness.

5)  Manually Focus to make sure everything is the same (no shifts from frame to frame).

6)  Slow Shutter Speeds (or ND Filters) to reduce and eliminate distracting elements (people, animals, random motion).

70 Excellent Photoshop Resources – StumbleUpon

70 Excellent Photoshop Resources – StumbleUpon.

Mar 22 2009 by Kawsar Ali

Mar 22 2009 by Kawsar Ali |72 Comments


Adobe Photoshop is the tool of choice for many designers and artists.  Photoshop can be used for almost every little task that involves graphic design. It is one of the finest pieces of software available on the market when it comes to digital image editing. A great attribute of Photoshop is that you can extend it with additional brushes, patterns, shapes, and more.

In this massive collection of resources, you’ll find all sorts of resources including: tutorial sites, Photoshop Brushes, patterns, Photoshop Actions, showcases/collections, and much more.

Photoshop Tutorial Sites

1. Psdtuts+

Psdtuts+ is a weblog and Photoshop site that features high-quality Photoshop tutorials. On Psdtuts+, you’ll find tutorials such as “Creating a Touching Story Scene in Photoshop” and tips and tricks like “Using Adobe Kuler to Enhance Your Photoshop Color Workflow“.

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2. Tutorial9

Tutorial9 is a website that publishes excellent Photoshop tutorials such as “Draw a Classy 3D Poker Chip in Photoshop” and “Render a Realistic CD in Photoshop“.

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PSDFAN publishes high-quality tutorials, Photoshop freebies, and interviews with designers and artists.

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4. Photoshop Ninja

Photoshop Ninja is a site dedicated to Photoshop. It shares tutorials and tips such as “Opening Photoshop layered files as merged files“, “Creating overlapping text layers“, and “Why is my Photoshop layer style or effect not working?“.

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PSHERO shares Photoshop tutorials in categories such as Graphic DesignPhoto Effects, and Tips & Tricks. Check out the Gallery View to see a quick thumbnail style view of PSHERO’s content.

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6. You Suck at Photoshop

You Suck at Photoshop is a funny – but very educational – video series of Photoshop tutorials. This screencast series includes tutorials on topics such as the Clone Stamp tool and manual cloning and the Patch tool and levels.

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7. PSD learning

Started on June 2008 by design student, Ross Aitken, PSD learning shares Photoshop tutorials, news/announcements, and design showcases. You’ll find Photoshop tutorials such as “Clean Web Template Design” and “Setting a Plane on Fire“.

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8. Luxa

Luxa presents great Photoshop tutorials such as “Tattoo Coming to Life” and “Phoenix Hair Effect“.

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9. Loon Design: Tutorials

Loon Design, a design weblog, has a Tutorials category that regularly features tutorials on Photoshop such as “Grunge Web Design” and “Creating A Professional Magazine Web Layout“.

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10. Photoshop Tutorials

At Photoshop Tutorials, you’ll discover great, in-depth Photoshop tutorials such as “Perform Laser Eye Surgery on a Photo with Photoshop” and “Street Dance Illustration“.

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11. PSDtop

PSDtop features high-quality Photoshop tutorials from all over the net.

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12. PS Lover

PS Lover indexes Photoshop tutorials from all over the web (currently has over 12,000 listed tutorials), arranged into categories such as Web Design & User Interface Design,Photoshop Basics, and Photo Manipulation and Effects.

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13. Photoshop 101

Started in 2004, Photoshop 101, a member of the MotionXL network, indexes Photoshop tutorials into categories such as Image Effects and Text Effects.

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14. Good-Tutorials: Photoshop Section

Good-Tutorials, the largest source of tutorials on the web, has a huge Photoshop sectionthat has a ton of tutorials.

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15. Photoshop Roadmap

Photoshop Roadmap shares tutorials on Photoshop, as well as Photoshop brushes andplugins. Tutorials are organized in categories such as Animation and Interactivity andPhoto retouching.

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16. Photoshop Star

Photoshop Star publishes Photoshop tutorials such as “Creating Taxi Text Effect” and “Old Style Photo Effect“.

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17. Planet Photoshop: Tutorials

Planet Photoshop, a site that shares Photoshop-related tutorials, resource, and reviews, has a fairly large tutorials section that features tutorials such as “Text on a Path” and “3D Billiard Balls“.

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18. Pixel2Life: Photoshop Tutorials

Pixel2Life, a site that features tutorials of various types, has a Photoshop Tutorialscategory with lots of indexed tutorials.

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19. Voidix

Voidix shares various types of tutorials and has a category on Photoshop Tutorials which includes tutorials such as “Fire Text” and “Crystals effect“.

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20. Vunkysearch

Vunkysearch is a fast Photoshop tutorial search engine.

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21. Photoshop Contest: Tutorials

Photoshop Contest, a site the hosts contests pertaining to Photoshop, has a tutorialssection that has user-submitted tutorials like “Making Snow” and “The Peel Effect“. They also have a Video tutorial category.

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22. Abduzeedo: Photoshop

Abduzeedo, a weblog by Brazilian designer, Fabio Sasso, has a Photoshop category that houses tutorials and news on Photoshop.

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23. PSD Vault

PSD Vault is a Photoshop tutorial site that writes about things like designing a floating Eiffel Tower in Photoshop and creating a vintage car poster. They also regularly give away design-related freebies.

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24. Worth1000: Photoshop Tutorials

Worth1000, a site by Aviary, has a Photoshop Tutorials section that has excellent tutorials such as “Lighting a Giant Elephant” and “3D Water Scapes from Scratch“.

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25. Photoshop Lab

At Photoshop Lab, you can find tutorials, as well as tips, tricks and news, on Photoshp. Check out the tutorials section where you’ll find tutorials such as “7 Things Photoshop Does Automatically“.

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26. Tutorialman

Tutorialman indexes Photoshop tutorials in categories such as Layouts and Digital Art.

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27. Photoshop Lady

Photoshop Lady rounds up the best online Photoshop tutorials.

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Photoshop Tutorial Collections

28. 50 Great Photoshop Tutorials for Clever Beginners

This roundup by Psdtuts+ shares Photoshop tutorials for beginning-level designers.

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29. 40 Icon Tutorials for Photoshop

In this collection from Vandelay Design, you’ll discover forty tutorials on designing icons in Photoshop.

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30. Adobe Photoshop: 50+ High Quality .PSD Files and Tutorials

This post on Noupe features over fifty Photoshop files and tutorials.

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31. Best Photoshop Tutorials, Brushes and Textures of February 2009

This is a roundup of tutorials, brushes, and textures from February 2009.

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32. 70+ Sexy, beauty and glamour Photoshop tutorials

You’ll find over seventy beautification Photoshop tutorials housed in this roundup.

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33. 60+ High Quality and Free Photoshop Tutorials

In this article, you’ll discover over sixty high quality and publicly-available Photoshop tutorials.

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Photoshop Brushes

34. Brusheezy

Brusheezy is a place for digital artists to download and vote on free Photoshop brushes.

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35. PSBrushes

At PSBrushes, you’ll find plenty of downloadable Photoshop brushes organized in categories such as AbstractFractals, and Grunge.

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36. Brushking

Brushking indexes tons of Photoshop brushes into categories such as: VintageGrunge, and Splatters.

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37. myPhotshopBrushes.com

myPhotoshopBrushes.com features a ton of Photoshop brushes, arranging them into categories such as ornamentsnature, and human.

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38. Obsidian Dawn: Brushes

Obsidian Dawn has a section on Brushes that has a collection of awesome Photoshop brushes.

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39. Qbrushes

Qbrushes shares high-quality Photoshop brushes indexed into categories such as Swirls,Splatter, and Objects.

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40. Fbrushes

Fbrushes currently has over 4,000 brushes and 200 brush sets, intuitively partitioned into categories such as Retro and Water Color.

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41. Designersbrush

Designersbrush has a ton of Photoshop brushes.

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42. Gfxfever

Gfxfever, a site for web designers, features Photoshop brushes such as “Decoration brushes” and “Acryl brushes“.

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43. Getbrushes

Getbrushes is your guide to free and downloadable Adobe Photoshop brushes on the web.

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44. Inobscuro: Brushes

Inobscuro, a site on digital art, has a section on Photoshop brushes.

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45. Photoshop Brushes from Adobe

The official Adobe site has a collection of Photoshop brushes that you can download.

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Photoshop Patterns and Styles

46. Free4photoshop

Free4photoshop features free patterns, Photoshop styles, as well as brushes.

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47. Designerpie

Designerpie shares freebies, including Photoshop patterns, styles, and pre-made gradients.

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48. Free Photoshop Patterns

Free Photoshop Patterns – as the site name implies – features free, downloadable Photoshop patterns.

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49. Photoshop Patterns from Adobe

The official Adobe site has a collection of Photoshop patterns that you can download.

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Photoshop Brush, Gradients and Pattern Collections

50. 100 Awesome High Resolution Photoshop Brushes

This is a one-page collection of high-res Photoshop brushes by Photoshop Roadmap.

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51. Splatter and Watercolour Brushes For Photoshop

Smashing Magazine released this set of brushes as a free download.

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52. The Ultimate Collection Of Free Photoshop Patterns

This Smashing Magazine article rounds up the best Photoshop patterns available online.

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53. 50 Free Photoshop Pattern Sets

This gallery-style post with clickable thumbnails features 50 free Photoshop pattern sets.

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54. 498 Photoshop Background Patterns, and so much more

Close to 500 Photoshop background patterns are featured on this post.

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55. 300+ Vintage Style Textures and Photoshop Brushes

Over 300 vintage-style textures and brushes are showcased in this Design Reviver post.

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56. Web 2.0 Gradients

If you’re a fan of the “Web 2.0 Gradient” look-and-feel, check out this wonderful post byDezinerfolio.

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57. 15 Sites to download Free PSD files

This list shares 15 sites where you can download PSD files for free.

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Photoshop Actions

58. The Ultimate Collection Of Useful Photoshop Actions

Written by Six Revisions (hint: the site you’re on right now) founder and chief editor, Jacob Gube – this Smashing Magazine article showcases some of the best Photoshop Actions on the net.

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59. 124+ Free Photoshop Actions to Boost Your Designs

In this post, you’ll discover over a hundred free Photoshop actions that’ll improve your workflow, including actions for creating vintage photos and film strips automatically.

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60. 400+ Time Saving Photoshop Actions

Design Reviver features over 400 actions that will save you time, including Photoshop Actions for photography and for giving photos a Polaroid effect.

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61. Free Auto Tilt-Shift Photoshop Action

This free Photoshop Action tries to apply the Tilt-Shift Photography effect on your images automatically.

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Photoshop Plugins

62. 720 Free Photoshop Plugins And Filters

Over 700 free Photoshop plugins and filters are showcased in this post.

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63. List of Top 10 Free Adobe Photoshop Plugins

This list on CGIndia features their top ten free Photoshop plugins.

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64. 25 of the Best FREE Photoshop Plugins and Filters Resource Sites

This Speckyboy-written post features sites where you can download free plugins and filters for Photoshop.

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65. Couple of Free Photoshop Plugin

Tutorial blog shares two excellent Photoshop plugins.

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66. Free Photoshop Plug-ins Collection

Webresourcesdepot rounds up an awesome showcase of Photoshop plugins.

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Tutorials on Extending Photoshop

67. How To Make A Photoshop Brush

This tutorial on Bittbox walks you through the process of creating a Photoshop brush.

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68. Photoshop Tutorial: Creating custom pattern

Learn how to create a custom pattern in Photoshop by following along Hongkiat‘s tutorial.

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69. Photoshop Shapes: Create Your Own Photoshop Custom Shapes

This tutorial by photoshopessentials.com teaches readers how to create a custom Shape in Photoshop.

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70. Create A Photoshop Action To Watermark Your Images

Learn how to make a Photoshop Action in this PhotoshopSupport.com tutorial.

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Do you have a resource we missed?

If your favorite Photoshop resource site isn’t here – sound off in the comments and let us all know about it.

* Article edited by: Jacob Gube

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After doing some tests at home just out the window to make sure I know what Im doing with this technique,

I felt like I was a bit more confident then I went for a casual hike up the Peak on a bright day and done some shots.

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