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Red Bubble split toned print

Gum tree, Snowy Mountains, NSW, AustraliaOne of my images recently uploaded to Red Bubble and now for sale as a greeting card, photographic print, matted print, framed print, canvas print and poster. (http://www.redbubble.com/people/dbigwood/portfolio)

It is a simulated split tone print. If you want to learn how I did this, you will find the details along with how to convert colour images to black and white using Photoshop, how to use Photoshop’s duotone, processing a black and white image, simulate processes such as split toning, sepia toning, lith printing, and selenium toning in my e-book Black and White Photography in the Digital Age. (https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/bigpub or at Amazon for Kindle

http://tinyurl.com/pb2aw7y)

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Filters for the Landscape

In the days of film BD (before digital) no self-respecting landscape photographer would leave home without an armoury of filters. Then came digital and Photoshop and it seemed that the days of filters for every occasion were numbered. My expensive collection of Lee filters was consigned to my spare camera bag.

But, keen reader of photography books as I am, I noted that filters were getting mentioned again and again and again. The final straw was when I was browsing through a book by one of my favourite photographers, David Noton, who mentioned time and time again the use of his polariser, neutral density (ND) graduated and neutral density full filters. (David Noton: Full Frame (David and Charles) 978-0-7153-3614-4) If they were good enough for a brilliant photographer like him, who was I to forego them. So a scrabble through my spare bag ensued and I went forth suitably filtered.

Not, I hasten to add, with the full arsenal that I used to carry in film days but with those that are proving useful in digital days to improve the results out of the camera so that less time has to be spent in processing in front of the computer.

This is the introduction to my e-book Introduction to Filters for Digital Photography which then goes on to talk about polarising, neutral density graduated and neutral density full filters.

Figure 1 - Neutral density Graduated filters

As a bonus, I demonstrate how I use combination processing to obtain a good result from contrasty images.

Figure 10

You can find details of these e-books for Kindle readers at Amazon (http://tinyurl.com/pb2aw7y) or for other readers at Smashwords (http://tinyurl.com/ofbqeeg)

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Do You Enter Photography Competitions?

Do you enter photography competitions? They really are a great way of assessing your skill against others and, in the long run, of improving your photography. And, there is also the fact that you have a chance of winning something worthwhile; I won a Canon camera and received several cheques when I was competing. If you belong to a photography club and enter its competitions you will know that your photography has become better by competing.

The first thing to remember is that competitions are judged by human beings and all human beings, including ourselves, have some subjects that they like and some that they don’t. I was once told that a certain judge on the camera club circuit could not abide pictures of pelicans. Whether one had scared him as a child or he had just seen too many pictures of the birds offered for his judgement, I do not know but what was clear is that if I wanted a chance of winning when he was judging I should not enter a pelican picture no matter how technically good it was! Obviously, knowing a judge’s likes or dislikes is not always possible but bear in mind that it is possible to be a winner or a loser in spite of the quality of your work. In other words, do not take the result too seriously as next week with a different judge the result can be reversed.

But, even with this proviso, it is exciting when a judge makes some nice comments about your picture and gives it high marks!

I used to enter photography exhibitions around Australia and a picture that was highly commended one week was not even selected for hanging at a different exhibition with different judges the following week.

This is part of the introduction I have written in my e-book How to do well In Photography Competitions. The book goes on to discuss what to look for in selecting your pictures and how to process for best effect. To download this book for your Kindle reader for just $2-99, go to http://tinyurl.com/pb2aw7y . For other readers, go to http://tinyurl.com/ofbqeeg .

At these links you will also find the other photography e-books I have published. Have a browse.

I am a regularly published writer and photographer with my work having been used in well over fifty publications, mainly in Australia and the United Kingdom.

I have qualified as a Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society (LRPS) and am a member of the Australian Society of Authors.

For three years I was a columnist on freelancing for the UK magazine F2 Freelance and Digital.

I founded and edited The Black and White Enthusiast magazine (later Silvershotz) and was one time editor of the Journal of the Australian Photography Society.

I have images with Alamy, the on-line photography library and some even sell!

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Freelance Photography

It’s a Business

Whether you want to make your photography a full-time occupation or just want to sell a few pictures to cover some of the constant expenses that photography incurs, let’s be absolutely clear on one thing, freelance stock photography is a business and needs to be treated as such.

Having said that, just how realistic is it that you can make your photography pay?

I will not insult your intelligence by suggesting that there are thousands of editors out there just waiting for your contributions and willing to pay you a fortune. But, I will say that how you succeed depends very much on just how you approach the marketing of your images. A haphazard approach is likely to produce a haphazard result while a concentrated, businesslike approach is likely to bring a happy outcome.

That is, of course, assuming that you can produce quality pictures that are well composed, correctly exposed, sharp where they are supposed to be and the sort of pictures that the buyer is looking for.

Photography has never been the cheapest of hobbies and at times it seems that it swallows cash like a baleen whale gulps down krill. So, when many years ago I found a book by Louis Peek, one of the leading freelance photographers of the day, called Cash from your Camera, I pounced upon it.

By following his advice I began sending black and white 10×8 prints to a variety of magazines and, to my delight, began making sales. And, while the cheques were nice, I found that the most excitement was seeing my work in print — something that still gives me a thrill today.

This is part of the introduction I have written in my e-book Starting Freelance Photography. The book goes on to discuss how I operate and shows the basic steps needed to begin freelance photography. To download this book for your Kindle reader for just $2-99, go to http://tinyurl.com/pb2aw7y . For other readers, go to http://tinyurl.com/ofbqeeg .

At these links you will also find the other photography e-books I have published. Have a browse.

I am a regularly published writer and photographer with my work having been used in well over fifty publications, mainly in Australia and the United Kingdom.

I have qualified as a Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society (LRPS) and am a member of the Australian Society of Authors.

For three years I was a columnist on freelancing for the UK magazine F2 Freelance and Digital.

I founded and edited The Black and White Enthusiast magazine (later Silvershotz) and was one time editor of the Journal of the Australian Photography Society.

I have images with Alamy, the on-line photography library.

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E-books now at Amazon

Over the last few days I have uploaded 15 of my e-books to Amazon for reading on their Kindle readers. There are 13 titles on photography and 2 on gardening. To see them, click on

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