Freebies: Get 866MB Hi-Res Images Of Fire And Sparkles For Hot Editing

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Sometimes, when sorting out old crap on your hard drives, you can find a little treasure. You might remember that fireproof housing for my D800. We tested a lot on this day and some of the shots were really cool.

I’ve converted all the files to JPG without cropping them. So these files are quite high resolution and the package is over 800MB to download.

It’s all stuff from little fire, larger fire and sparkles up to “inferno”.

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Turn Any Portrait Into A Snowy-Wintery Photo Using These Free Snowflake Pre-Keyed Images

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Here in Germany, the winter finally arrived and my Facebook timeline has turned white (or sometimes a little bit bluish because “wrong white balance”…).

I took my Camera and high power LED light to create some snow textures with shallow depth of field for composites. We are giving away those pre-keyed snowflakes for you to turn any portraits of yours to a snowy-stormy photo.

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Could Topaz Glow Be The Alternative For The Missing Oil Paint Effect In Photoshop Cc?

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Topaz just announced a new product called “Glow”. I never was a big fan of the overuse of the oil-paint-filter in Photoshop and so I was quite happy when Photoshop CC2014 removed it altogether. My first thought was “Strike, now we just have to deal with HDR. The overuse of the oil-paint-filter is eventually over”.

I might was wrong. With this new plug in from Topaz, “Glow”, this fed could take on a new form…

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How To Create The Droste Effect And Mesmerizing Animated Gifs

Have you ever seen a picture where you were so fascinated with it that you needed (NEEDED!) to understand how it was made? 
I have a confession to make, I like to browse the web and get my ideas and inspiration from unusual sites. 
Recently I came across some pictures that I am not sure how to describe, so I’ll just show one.

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I looked at the picture and couldn’t stop thinking of how they made it. 
After 30 minutes of googling I found the name of the effect: it is called the ‘Droste effect’.

Today I am going to teach you about that effect and how to create it.

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Is It Ever Okay To Add A Lens Flare In Photoshop? Yes, And Here’s How To Do It

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Photoshop makes adding lens flares to a photograph an incredibly simply task which is, both, good and bad. Though they can add a creative touch to a photo, lens flares can also be a great way to turn a good photo bad (really quickly). We’ve all seen those awkwardly placed lens flares that result in more confusion than awe. Luckily, we have Aaron Nace, who nicely explains when they should and shouldn’t used in this 15 minute tutorial. After he offers us his guidance on when to use a light flare, he’s kind enough to do a walk through of the process of actually doing so. [Read more...]

Adobe Germany Sets Different Creative Cloud Pricing Based On Browsers

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A lot has been said about adobe’s move from the licencing model to the rental model which Adobe calls the creative cloud.

It started with adding a $9.99/ month photography package which includes Photoshop and Lightroom, but now we may be seeing the next step on the Adobe Creative Cloud pricing.

It turns out that browsing to Adobe’s creative cloud plans in Germany yields different pricing for different browsers.

If you visit the page in safari the photography package will be €9.99 and buying the entire CC bundle will be €49.99

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Get Over $2,000 Worth Of Photography Education For Only $89 Today

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Learning the ropes of photography is not trivial. I mean there is just so many things out there that you want to master. So sometimes you turn to the nets, or to forums or buy an online course, or an online resource like a set of actions or presets.

Over time you realize that you have invested hundreds of dollars. And usually if you pick your purchases right, it is money well spent.

The only thing is that it can sum up to a lot of money over time. The folks over 5daydeal came up with a pretty elegant solution. They bundled up some of the top internet courses and resources and are currently selling them for $89.  This is quite sweet considering that if you bought those resources separately  they would be over $2,000.

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