Exposure Bracketing: The Art of Obtaining Perfect Exposures in Difficult Light

exposure bracketingRick’s new digital SLR camera is a top-notch one. He is proud of its looks and proud that he finally managed to buy it for himself. Now he would be able to show off his photography skills (learned with this course) to his buddies.

However, there is a slight problem. For some reason, he is unable to get the kind of results he saw in the advertisements and reviews. E.g., whenever he is shooting sunrise or sunsets, somehow, one half of the image is always darker than the other. He could not figure out how he can make the whole of the scene appear properly exposed, like he normally sees them with his named eyes while photographing. [Read more…]

Fiction Genres

Little girl walking up stairs to the magic book landThe term fiction describes any work of art, most often a novel or story, in which the primary events and plot points are creations of the author. In other words, fiction deals with what is not real, the creative and the imaginary. Fiction can be found in novels, short stories, poems, films, television, and any other creative outlet. There are many unique and specific fiction genres, characterized by the fiction’s content, tone, intended audience, There are also many subgenres, falling under the umbrella of a larger or more widely known fiction genre. The following are examples of fiction genres, with explanations as to their conventions, and examples from well-known fiction works. If you want to become more familiar with fiction writing, or with literature in general, this guide will give you a basic understanding of the many kinds of fiction.

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Negative Space Photography Will Make a Positive Impression

negative space photographyEveryone knows a great picture when they see one. Whether it’s a portrait or landscape, a still life or an action shot, a great photo can take a viewer’s breath away. It can conjure up thoughts and memories, or even compel the viewer to astounding new ideas. Yes, a picture is worth a thousand words. So what do you need to do to snap equally awesome pictures? Inspiration is only part of the secret. Like all art, photography is a skill – one that you can learn more about in Udemy’s Fundamentals of Photography course. Those skills apply to the equipment being used, but also to the way you train yourself to see the world through the lens. By learning to see negative space when you are taking photos you can begin to understand the dynamics of sight and presentation that can turn a so-so picture into a truly stunning work of art.

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Comic Book Covers: How To Design A Comic Book Cover

comic book coversSure, comic books are great for reading and entertainment, but they also serve another useful purpose — art.  Since the 1930s, comic book covers have given art a major boost.  By providing a great combination of superheroes and creativity, it is as if comic books have become their own literary genre.

Great comic book covers can serve as both an advertisement for a comic as well as being their own works of art.  Additionally, they can convey a character’s mood, personality, and even movement.  To satisfy your superhero and artistic fancy, let’s take a look at some of the best comic book covers, as well as how you can go about creating your own comic book cover.

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Canon 60D vs 7D: A Comparison Between Two of Canon’s Most Popular APS-C DSLRs

shutterstock_126451406The 60D and the 7D sits at two different segments on Canon’s DSLR lineup. Canon is the largest DSLR manufacturing company in the world, so they can afford to have something like the rebel series DSLRs as well as the semi-professional 40D and 50D in the market. And to top it all it has the professional 1D and 5D series cameras, which sit at the very top of the chain. When the 7D came into the market, it offered a way for enthusiasts to try out an extremely powerful camera that boasts such stunning features as 100% viewfinder coverage, 19-point AF system and a fast 8 fps continuous shooting speed without necessarily having to doll out huge amount of cash for something like the 5D Mark II. The 7D carved out a niche for itself and so did the very popular 60D. This discussion pits these two crop sensor DSLR cameras against each other. For more information on DSLRs and sensors check this course we have.

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Nikon D7000 vs Canon 7D: Head To Head Between Two Very Popular Mid-Range DSLRs

nikon d7000 vs canon 7dA good DSLR may not necessarily substitute the shooting prowess of a skilled photographer. But it does make it a lot easier to do certain things. The Nikon D7000 enjoys a cult status among Nikonians around the world over. It is one of the most popular mid-sized DSLRs that Nikon has ever made and continues to enjoy a healthy fan following even after 4 years of its launch and the launch of its successor, the D7100. Even after all these years and all the changes that we have seen, the D7000’s spec sheet still makes for an impressive reading. Its handling, build quality, ease of use and the fantastic still shooting capabilities are second to none, even after all these years.

Just like the D7000 the 7D is also a very popular camera produced by Canon and it also enjoys a good deal of fan following from dedicated Canonites. It replaces another very popular model, the 50D and ups the standard when it comes to APS-C DSLRs. When it was launched it boasted an improved 18 megapixel sensor, faster AF capabilities and a revamped shutter mechanism that gave it a phenomenal 8 fps continuous burst rate. It is evidently the closest thing to using a full professional DSLR without having to shell out the cash that such a body does cost. In this discussion we shall be pitting these two rival cameras against each other to see which one turns out to be the better buy.

Once you’ve chosen a camera, this course is a great start to learning how to use the settings on your DSLR camera.

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Forced Perspective: Add Comedic Magic to Your Day

forced perspectivePerhaps one of the world’s most exciting and entertaining tools, forced perspective brings giants to life, allows us to hold the Leaning Tower of Pisa with one hand, and creates the illusion of architectural space. Forced perspective can add comedic magic to our everyday experience, and can offer a new appreciation for photography, sleight of hand tricks, and optical illusion.

Used historically in art and architecture, and more recently in film and photography, forced perspective is a method that utilizes the manipulation of objects within an image to create the illusion that an object is larger or smaller that it actually appears. The technique is best represented in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings film trilogy to show the dramatic height differences between the different groups of characters. The technique allows the Hobbits to remain tiny when compared to the elves and giants, despite the fact that the actors employed are of relatively similar human size. Artists and architects including Frederic Auguste Bartholdi’s Statue of Liberty and Michelangelo’s David used forced perspective to give the viewer a sense of proportional accuracy when viewing these sculptures from a single vantage point. Both statues’ upper proportions are larger when seen head-on because the view from the ground would visually minimize their upper halves. Forced perspective can be used through a standard camera or cell phone. To learn more, check out Chet Davis’ iPhone Photography Secrets. [Read more…]

Canon 60D vs Nikon D90 – A Showdown Of Unlikely Rivals

canon 60d vs nikon d90The D90 is one of the oldest APS-C DSLRs that is still commercially produced by Nikon. Launched way back in 2008 the D90 replaced the even older D80 that was launched two years prior. The D80 was another successful mid-range camera. The D90 occupies a place of interest mainly among those who already own and use it. New camera buyers would prefer something like the D7000 if he is interested in a slightly better list of features, or if he is having a slightly better budget then the D7100. The D90’s archaic 12.9 megapixel sensor has been surpassed by even the cheapest entry level Nikon DSLRs since. But still this review takes into consideration the fact that there are thousands of users out there who still use this model and it happens to be one of the most clicked cameras around the world. [Read more…]

Acrylic Painting Tips For The Aspiring Artist

acrylic painting tipsIf you’re thinking of becoming a painter and need a place to start, using acrylic paint is an excellent choice. Invented around 1934, acrylic paints are the relatively new kid to the painting scene. In some circles, they’ve gotten something of a bad rap. Some people mistakenly believe that acrylics, which are comprised of a pigment suspended in an acrylic polymer emulsion, just don’t produce the same results as oil or water paints. Nothing could be further from the truth! The fact is, acrylic paints are incredibly flexible, and both the beginning painter and an artist that is more experienced can use them to create fantastic pieces! In fact, if you’ve ever enjoyed a painting by Andy Warhol, then you’ve seen firsthand the kinds of masterpieces acrylic paints can create. Of course, as with any new medium that you’ll experiment with, knowing the tricks, tips, and techniques that seasoned artists use can be absolutely vital to picking up. Before you even begin, a quick refresher in color theory will get your brush going in the right direction; even a course in print design will get you up to speed. After that, take a look at some of these acrylic painting tips that we’ve compiled here, and start exploring all of the things that acrylic paints can do.

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Canon 70D vs Nikon D7100: Head To Head Between Two Popular Mid-Range DSLRs

canon 70d vs d7100Both Nikon and Canon have revamped their mid-range DSLRs recently. Nikon replaced the very successful D7000 with the D7100 and Canon, similarly, replaced the 60D with the 70D. Both these cameras promises some exciting upgrades over their older siblings. But are they really that good? Also, how do they stack up against each other in the fight for the mid-ranged DSLR market? Let’s find out.

Choosing a mid-ranged body these days can be a difficult thing. You would literally be swamped with choices. On one hand you have these extremely successful yet older mid-ranged bodies such as the D7000, the D90 and the 60D which have excellent image quality, impeccable handling and durability. Now at the closing stages of their respective careers these cameras (though still formidable photography tools) are available at a much cheaper price tag than they used to in their heydays. On the other hand you have the latest mid-ranges such as the 70D, the D7100 and Pentax K50. For an amateur looking for his first DSLR, buying one of these cameras allow him an instant entry into the world of serious photography. These cameras are still far better options than choosing something like an entry level 1200D or a Rebel T3i. Speaking of the latest mid-range DSLRs, bodies such as the D7100 and 70D are an exciting bundle of features. They have some significant improvements over their older siblings. If you need more inputs on camera gear, check this course on Udemy.com. [Read more…]