Best Photo’s of July!

July 30, 2013 at 12:30 pm | Posted in Digital Art, Inspirational, Photo Opts, Photography, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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For the Best of series for the month of July, we here at thought that we would showcase some beautiful imagery from Using the theme of light and water, these images not only visually exhibit a beautiful digital contrast the water and light, but they also provide some great ideas for digital art projects that anyone can do….
Light Waves and Dark Currents
Photograph by: Joel James Devlin
Best of National Geograpic 2photo credit: National Georgraphic
This photo first caught our eye because it sort of reminds you of a storm around a beautiful lake maybe on the evening of fourth of July. What does it remind you of? A led light was used in this photograph to define the direction of the waves.
Red Shift
Photograph by: Joel James Devlin
Best of National Geographic 3photo credit: National Georgraphic
“The camera and film allowed me to extend my exposure time an hour or longer, though 40 minutes was often about right with the camera settings I needed.” Joel James Devlin
The photographer for this photo used a Mamiya 7, a medium-format rangefinder camera. This image can remind you of a humid July evening while taking a walk in your local park, trail or favorite wooded spot.
Photograph by:  Gordon Gahan, National Geographic
Best of National Geographic 4photo credit: National Georgraphic
The light reflecting off of the water in what seems like an endless tunnel is not intriguing but brilliant photography done by National Geographic’s own Gordon Gahan.
Gentle Stream
Photograph by: Joel James Devlin
Best of National Georgraphic 5photo credit:  National Geographic
The photographer used a small LED light floating on the stream to create this beautiful, peaceful as well as calming image.
“The speed of the light is quite important, so a gentle stream is ideal. If it was too still the light would just stay in one place and blow out [in the photo],” he said.
It is amazing how light can take an image to a whole other level. Whether using led light, other lighting or even altering an image using your favorite image editor, use the this months pics as an inspiration to explore the beauty of light outdoors. See what effects you can create.

Three Secret Summertime Tricks for Perfect Photos (Hint: Just add kids!)

July 26, 2013 at 11:35 am | Posted in Inspirational, Photography, Seasonal | Leave a comment
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Summertime sparks an intuitive collection of photos propelled by children and the everyday joys of water, toys and endless amounts of energy. It’s not hard to find a little inspiration right outside your door. Snapping photos of  summer playtime can ignite even the tiniest bit of nostalgia within minutes – and last a lifetime. The perfect key elements to great summertime photos are literally just a click away. The summer world is ready to go – just add children!

Waterworks at the pool

Great pool poses are instant classics.  From up close face shots, splashing, jumping, swimming and playing, children are aqua-batic tricksters waiting for a photo op.

Photo Credit: Melissa Forte

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Photo Credit: A Scrapbook of Sorts

Beaches are for bums (and children)

Pool time may be the highlight of a child’s day, but they are second rate when it comes the beach. Salty water, fish, shells and sandcastles can fill a child’s summertime dreams at night. Mention those sandy shores to any tike and watch those eyes light up!

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Any toy will do, thankyouverymuch!

The great thing about children is that they do not need a large body of water to occupy their summertime days and keep your camera busy making memories.  Bubbles, water hoses (and water toys), sidewalk chalk and lemonade stands provide ample ingredients for photo magic (and fun!) during the blissful summer days.

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The great thing about kids in the summer is that they they are living, breathing and walking photo inspirations ready to be captured!

Your Best Photos are Waiting for You!

July 9, 2013 at 10:00 am | Posted in Conventional Art, Photo Opts, Photography | Leave a comment
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Whether you’re considering taking your first trip abroad or hitting the road with the brood, the best photos are the ones you took yourself. Still undecided where your next much-needed, much anticipated vacation will be this year?  Hop on a search engine near you and get ready for adventure!  You can take flights of fancy to far off places and exotic locales!  You can research places you’ve been considering traveling to, look for ideas, and see places you are curious about. The options are practically limitless. What could be better?  You can take a look at the best photos the web has to offer of a location and get a feel for it before you have to spend a dime!

If you’re a professional photographer or just appreciate capturing the beauty in a great sunset, there are many destinations that offer photo ops galore! Perhaps you would like to travel to Europe, for example.  London might just be your cup of tea. Take a look at some of the best photos from the area.  What do you see?  Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Circus, The Tower Bridge perhaps?  All great examples of British history and postcard quality photos for your scrapbook! Perhaps you’d like to take a stroll down the streets of Rome.  There is definitely no shortage of terrific places to snap a pic or two of your family to post on your website.  Don’t forget to get one with them in front of the Coliseum or Trevi Fountain! No trip to Rome is complete without those two sites behind the smiling faces of your family.  Saint Peter’s Basilica or the Sistine Chapel, home of Michael Angelo’s  awe-inspiring ceiling frescos also offer beautiful photos.  Perhaps Europe isn’t on the agenda this year.  That’s okay, there is no shortage of photo-friendly places to go that will satisfy the photographer in you!  All it takes is a little research and imagination.  Go ahead!  Type “vacation” into your favorite search engine and see what comes up. See any great photos?

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10 locations to capture your best photos:

These are in no particular order, but they are all worth seeing in person!

  1. The Great Wall of China
  2. Stonehenge, England
  3. Rapa Nui, Easter Island
  4. The Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
  5. Vatican City Rome, Italy
  6. The Coliseum Rome, Italy
  7. Palace of Versailles France
  8. Machu Picchu, Peru
  9. Taj Mahal, India
  10. Kalaupapa, Molokai, Hawaii

Who knows where you’ll end up.  You could find yourself looking through the lens at the Great Wall of China or the Pyramids in Giza. Wherever you go, you will be able to go again and again as you thumb through your photos and see the sights just as they were the moment you took them.  It’s been said that photographers are always on the lookout for their best photos, the ones that capture the essence of a moment and speak without saying a word.  The most photogenic locations offer opportunities for iconic photos that speak for themselves. So, what are you waiting for? Get going, have fun and don’t forget the camera!

Craft Corner – Best Photos of Crafts for Father’s Day

May 31, 2013 at 10:52 am | Posted in Craft Corner, Seasonal | Leave a comment
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Father’s Day is a special time of year when families come together to show their Dads how important they are. They go to work, mow the lawn and make sure that no one fights over the remote (because he, of course, is in control of that). They kill spiders and pests, play catch, and eat the last slice of pizza (because it can’t go to waste, right?). So what better way is there to show that monster-shooing, piggy-back ride giving, barbecue-grilling guy how much he is appreciated other than with a homemade Father’s Day gift? Check out these best photos for different and unique Father’s Day ideas:

Make Daddy a Card


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The great thing about cards is that they are completely customizable! You could write a poem or a letter on the inside, or make a pop-out picture that scares him when he opens it. It can be any color, texture, or size, and you can most often use whatever is lying around the house (or the yard, for that matter). The best part about making your own card is that it can say whatever you want it to say and you don’t have to flip through 10 or 15 different cards at the store trying to find the perfect one… your Dad will like this card best because it was made especially for him.

Play a Father’s Day Game

Spending family time together doesn’t always have to be stressful (it’s fun too). Create a treasure hunt and make your dad work for his gift or try putting together a quiz or challenge your family members to “Who knows Father best?”

Make Dad Something Useful

Whether your Dad works in an office or out in the field, there’s always something useful you can make for him. This desk organizer is cute and handy! Other great ideas are mouse pads out of craft foam, drink coasters out of craft sticks, or picture frames out of whatever you can find!


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Get Creative – Best Photos

Have a look at some more of the best photos for Father’s Day craft ideas:


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Best Photos of March 2013

March 29, 2013 at 8:00 am | Posted in Photography, Seasonal | Leave a comment
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The best photos of march provide a sampling of all that is good about this month. March is one of the best months of the year. It signifies the end of winter and the beginning of spring. It means longer days and better weather. For most that means a rebirth as one gets to shed all those heavy layers that kept us warm during the winter months and show off our new spring fashions. Spring is a wonderful time of the year and with all that is happening in March one can take some wonderful images.


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The beauty that nature provides in the spring time is a “best photo opportunity” waiting to happen.  There are colorful flowers, the birds and the bees, they all scream: “I am ready to be photographed.” It is easy to turn the wonders of nature into the best photo.               

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March Madness

For the sports fans among us and even the non-sports fan some of the best photos come from March Madness. Brackets become the word of the month as college basketball takes center stage. We cheer on our alma maters or we cheer on the teams we picked in our brackets so that we can win that office pool. It’s about bragging rights, pride or simply a chance to rekindle some fond memories of days gone by.

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St. Patrick’s Day

St Patricks day is another opportunity provided by March to snap the best photo. This day meant to celebrate St Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland is symbolized by the wearing of green and the consumption of alcohol. This colorful holiday presents an oppurtunity for both funny and stunning photos.

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Easter is yet another march tradition that provides an opportunity to snap the best photo. Whether its your children in their wonderful easter outfits or the colorful eggs keep your cameras handy and get ready to capture the best photo.

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