The best photo design programs

The best photo design programs

LargeScrShot41On the market today there are numerous photo design programs that aim at private users, the amateur or professional photographers. Each of these programs has its strengths and weaknesses, and are useful for a specific audience. There are three photo design programs that have proven successful in their field and thus setting themselves apart from the crowd.

Professional: Adobe Photoshop CS

For professional users Photoshop CS is made by Adobe indispensable and is the standard among Fotodesign programs. The use with Adobe Photoshop CS leaves nothing to be desired. Whether image editing, image modification or creation of new images and the creativity of the designer Photo There are no limits to the performance graphics tools. The creation of templates for websites are no match for the all-round talent. Ready Adobe Photoshop CS is under MacOS X and Windows, but the high price of about 900 euros makes the program unattractive for the amateur or home users.

For the amateur: Corel Paint Shop Pro

For much less money, at a starting price of about 60 euros, but with a similar, limited extent, is the amateur Paint Shop Pro from Corel at the start. Target of Corel is to integrate in Paint Shop Pro ever more functions with the same functions as in Photoshop CS. The program is also very good for photo editing and manipulation. However, in the professional editing, and in the creation of web templates, photo design pushes program to its limits. Corel Paint Shop Pro is only available for Windows.

For private users: open source Gimp

But those who now want to spend any money, but still want to use a good photo design program to create a simple logo can be very well advised with the open source program Gimp. Besides supporting almost all popular image formats, the program may have a wealth of tools that allow you to edit photos in a professional manner. Although the program still has some weaknesses, the work is very pleasant. To create web templates to Gimp is less, but there is a large fan base on the web, the tutorial has created how to riff almost the same effects as with Photoshop CS. Application of Gimp is Linux, MacOS X and Windows.

Why divide a picture to three and how will it affect our photography skills

Why divide a picture to three and how will it affect our photography skills

rule_of_the_thirdsThe rule of thirds (AKA the Law of Thirds) is one of the fundamental rules used in the art of photography. But, while the rule of thirds is meant to help you build a good composition, originally itwasn’t created for photographers. The rule of thirds was used by painters many years prior the invention of the Camera Obscura. Painters noticed way back that the effect created once they placed the central object in one of the ends of the painting – was much stronger than placing it at the center of the canvas.

Rule of thirds
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The rule of thirds: what is it exactly?

3 thirds rulerule of thirdsThe “thirds” are no more than imaginary crossing lines that divide the image into three vertical sections, and three horizontal ones – Nine sections in total.

Notice how the central objects in the following photos are located more or less at the corners of the central square (e.g. One third of the way from top to bottom and right to left).

If you take a picture with the use autofocus, shift the camera right or left, up or down, so that the object will be located at one of these imaginary intersection lines (These lines will not appear on your camera as they are imaginary, so it’s not critical whether you place the object exactly at the point of intersection or anywhere near that point).

How to use the thirds in portrait pictures
In most cases, the main object in a portrait will cover a large part of the photo. In this case, it is customary to choose a central part in the face of the object and place it at one of the intersection thirds. The nearest eye, for example, or bulging lips – can act as a good center to be shift at one of the intersection points.

The rule of thirds and photography of motion

The rule of thirds also refers to objects in motion. In this case, it is important to distinguish the object’s direction of movement: If, for example, you shoot a car going from right to left, place the car at the right third of the image, and thereby allow the viewer to see “where the car was going”. This, of course, is true in most cases. On the other hand, you may wish to emphasize the car’s route or the trails it leaves behind – but usually it is costume to see the object as if it was on the move. The same applies if, for example, you wish to take a picture of a man glazing at the horizon – in this case, we would like to see in which direction he’s looking at and place him at the right third in order to emphasize it.



The picture on the right illustrates the boat at the end of its course. Notice how in this case the composition is not acceptable, since there is no “interesting story” behind the photo as it is not clear where the boat is sailing.  The central picture illustrates a symmetrical composition.  The left picture creates an acceptable composition: the boat is located at the lower right third of the frame, so you can also see its direction. Notice also how the symmetry in this picture doesn’t “bore the eye”, but creates interest.


When can you break the rule of thirds

Do not be afraid to break the rule of thirds in any case it appears that your composition might get improved by it. Whether you’d like the effect of a symmetrical perspective, or whether it’s important to show some more objects in the frame and thus the central object “moves” to the center – that’s fine.

In many cases the scene designates the necessity of breaching the rule of thirds.

Jump into the wonderful world of photography and choose the gear that’s right for you.

Jump into the wonderful world of photography and choose the gear that’s right for you.

camera_2You can become a skilled photographer regardless of the gear you choose

Become professional photographers with any equipment

Before you head to the store and buy an expensive camera or camera equipment, you should read up on what’s available – you will save a bundle and you will find the gear that will stay with you for years.

Digital cameras – which should you choose – a compact camera or a DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera? Maybe you should go for a half way solution like a semi-pro camera? In any case, what should you really be looking for when buying a camera?
Camera lenses – which lens is best for your camera? What should you buy right away and what should you ask your rich relative to buy you for your birthday?
Professional cameras – learn how to buy a professional camera that will produce professional-grade photos.
Camera bags – how to choose a case or a bag for your camera. Should you go for a large bag that would fit a tripod, or a compact bag that will be easy to lug around?
Tripods – why is a tripod so essential? Is a travel tripod enough, or should you go for an extra sturdy one with 3 or even 5 legs?
Cleaning kits – what to look for in a cleaning kit and how to avoid worthless cleaning kits. Also, how to ruin a perfectly good camera lens in 30 seconds? (By cleaning it with your shirt sleeve…)
Lens filters – which filters are the most popular with beginners, and to manipulate your photos without using Photoshop.

Reflectors – spread light evenly with a homemade reflector made with aluminum foil and foam board. Also, what items can be used as natural light reflectors?
Camera flash – how to choose a camera flash. Is your built-in flash enough, or should you splurge on an external flash (that can blind you with its price tag)?
F-stops – what are F-stops and why understanding them will make you a happier person (or at least make you look happier in pictures)?