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Best Environmental Photos Of The Year

There are still a couple of months left before we put 2011 to bed, but the London-based Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management has gone ahead and named its best environmental photos of the year. This collection of stunning, heart-wrenching, beautiful images was shot by photographers from around the world—including professionals and hobbyists alike—with more than 10,000 submissions from 105 countries. The National Geographic web site features a gallery of the winners, and it's well worth a look. While you're there, click over to another great gallery of "best of" photos: the winners of the Veolia Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2011/10/pictures/111027-best-nature-pictures-2011-environment-animals-science#
Photograph by Bence Máté
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There are still a couple of months left before we put 2011 to bed, but the London-based Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management has gone ahead and named its best environmental photos of the year. This collection of stunning, heart-wrenching, beautiful images was shot by photographers from around the…

Simple Fashion Lighting Primer

I've been seeing this great lighting style in fashion ads and editorials for a while now, and I think it's a great way to create natural-looking, inviting light in people photographs—whether you're shooting portraits or fashion or kids. It's a sun flare look, where the warmth of the sun peeks into the frame, creates great backlit shape and dimension on the subject, and casts an overall warm glow across the scene. And now, no matter the weather or the location, you can create great summer warm light with this simple technique from Digital Photography Review. Fashion photographer Thomas Park created the tutorial and great images that accompany it, and best of all he doesn't rely on the sun to create the effect—it's achieved rather simply with a handheld flash.

http://www.dpreview.com/articles/7670130459/editorial-lighting-the-minimalist-way-
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I've been seeing this great lighting style in fashion ads and editorials for a while now, and I think it's a great way to create natural-looking, inviting light in people photographs—whether you're shooting portraits or fashion or kids. It's a sun flare look, where the warmth of the sun peeks…

A Photographic Scholarship

Photographers can now apply for a unique scholarship from the American Photographic Artists association and the Lucie Foundation. This award is a little different than most because it's more like a grant, and instead of being geared to young, "emerging" photographers its target audience includes working professionals too. A scholarship of $5,000 will be awarded to an established photographer to be used for a specific photographic project. The APA is a commercial photographers' organization, and the Lucie Foundation's mission is three tiered: to honor master photographers, discover and cultivate new talent and promote the appreciation of photography throughout the world. They're working together to benefit each of their constituencies, which in turn could benefit you. So if you've been looking for a way to fund a personal project you're passionate about, this may be the ideal opportunity. For more information and an application, visit the Lucie Foundation's web site. 

http://www.luciefoundation.org/education/scholarship-APA_2011_2012.php
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Photographers can now apply for a unique scholarship from the American Photographic Artists association and the Lucie Foundation. This award is a little different than most because it's more like a grant, and instead of being geared to young, "emerging" photographers its target audience includes working professionals too. A scholarship…

Life Imitating Art

Alexa Meade makes photographs of people that look like oil paintings. And here's the catch: she doesn't do it with post-production, or with a fancy filter, or in any other high-tech way. She simply paints her subjects and their surroundings to look like actual oil paintings. Then she photographs them. Simple. Brilliant. Beautiful. I love this kind of outside-the-box thinking and creative problem solving. Sometimes the simplest approch is also the most elegant and effective.

http://news.yahoo.com/photos/alexa-meade-photos-imitate-paintings-1319236464-slideshow
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Alexa Meade makes photographs of people that look like oil paintings. And here's the catch: she doesn't do it with post-production, or with a fancy filter, or in any other high-tech way. She simply paints her subjects and their surroundings to look like actual oil paintings. Then she photographs them.…

Talkin’ Baseball

Baseball season's been long over throughout much of the country, but in Texas and St. Louis it ended just this past weekend. In honor of my hometown St. Louis Cardinals winning the World Series, today I've got a great gallery from Life Magazine of some of baseball's most iconic images. This historic look back through baseball's best moments and players includes many of the greats from the black & white era: Willie Mays, Jackie Robinson, Mickey Mantle and of course, Cardinal great Stan "The Man" Musial. When you're finished perusing, stick around at Life.com and take a look at some of the other awesome galleries of baseball photographs.

http://www.life.com/gallery/40812/image/50399794/lifes-best-baseball-pictures
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Baseball season's been long over throughout much of the country, but in Texas and St. Louis it ended just this past weekend. In honor of my hometown St. Louis Cardinals winning the World Series, today I've got a great gallery from Life Magazine of some of baseball's most iconic images.…

Happy Halloween

Today's post is simply spooktacular. It's Halloween and I've got a couple of great places for you to go today for some haunted photo tips. The first one I know is an excellent piece because I wrote it myself. It's here at the Digital Photo web site in the Tip of the Week section. (Which, by the way, you should definitely sign up to have a new photo tip emailed to your inbox each week.) It's five tips that will help you make creepy lighting, or successful low-light images of glowing jack-o-lanterns, or awesome portraits of costumed kids. In a similar vein, the Digital Photography School blog just published its own take on Halloween tips. They aren't overly Halloween-centric, but they still offer useful insights for a variety of photographic situations. And the accompanying ghoulish images are really nice as well. Neither post, unfortunately, includes advice for acquiring more candy or avoiding having your house tee-peed by devilish kids. For that you're on your own.

http://www.dpmag.com/how-to/tip-of-the-week/five-halloween-photo-tips-10-24-11.html
http://www.digital-photography-school.com/halloween-photography-tips

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Today's post is simply spooktacular. It's Halloween and I've got a couple of great places for you to go today for some haunted photo tips. The first one I know is an excellent piece because I wrote it myself. It's here at the Digital Photo web site in the Tip…
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