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22 Feb 2011 | One Comment | 2,001 views
Textured Bottles Photoshop walkthrough

Hopefully you’ll have already read the Simple Glass Still Life post on the blog. If you haven’t, you might want to, or this one will make very little sense. Following that post there were several requests for a more detailed step-by-step description of the Photoshop process used to create the digitally manipulated images, so that’s what this is. Don’t say we never listen!

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17 Feb 2011 | 36 Comments | 57,845 views
Simple Glass Still Life

Unless you’re extremely efficient when it comes to recycling, the chances are that you may have some ideal still-life subject matter at home. Yes, we’re talking glass. I still have some empty glass bottles waiting to be recycled from last Christmas, but I also have a small collection of interesting bottles that I’ve collected over the years for this very purpose. You see, glass bottles and glass, erm, glasses are ideal still life subjects.

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10 Feb 2011 | 34 Comments | 44,931 views
The Epson Stylus Photo R3000 printer

When did printers get exciting? Seriously, it used to be the case that a printer was just an unsightly lump of plastic that was tucked away in the corner somewhere and used to print out the odd document and, when the technology allowed it, occasional photographs. The R3000 is the latest A3+ desktop printer from the Epson printer maestros and reflects just how far things have come in the world of home printing. I got to try one out at Epson’s HQ near Hemel Hempstead a full month before its official release.

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28 Oct 2010 | 2 Comments | 8,387 views
Upcoming Photographic Exhibitions

There are two very interesting photographic exhibitions coming up which are both well worth a visit: The Eadweard Muybridge exhibition at the Tate Gallery and The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2010 at the National Portrail Gallery. If you visit either of these exhibitions, why not come back here and let us know what you thought?

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25 Oct 2010 | 8 Comments | 4,511 views
The Countryfile photo-comp debate

Try to imagine this nice tranquil scene in the Aves household; there we are all relaxed and cosy in front of the fire watching TV together on a Sunday night – what could be nicer? How was I supposed to know it would all end in argument and disagreement, and all over some photographs?

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21 Oct 2010 | One Comment | 8,291 views
Make a graphic and novel Graphic Novel image!

If you’re a kid, they’re called comics. If you’re a big-kid, they’re called Graphic Novels. Whatever your take on these picture-books, much of the artwork and imagery associated with them is both striking and impressive. A Wex Photographic colleague stumbled across this tutorial online which shows how to turn a photo into a ‘Sin City’ style image in Photoshop. I’m rather impressed by the result – see what you think.

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21 Oct 2010 | 6 Comments | 89,720 views
Make a B Movie Horror Film poster!

Daniel McMahon is an enthusiastic and talented Photoshop advocate. He’s also a huge movie buff, with his particular genre of choice being B movie horror and sci-fi films. Little surprise, then, that when I asked him to see what he could create using just Photoshop Elements, whatever props he could lay his hands on, and his imagination, he came up with a “Horror Movie Night” poster featuring is own particular brand of macabre artistry. Well, it is nearly Halloween…

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21 Oct 2010 | One Comment | 7,936 views
Pop Art goes the weasel

This photo-manipulation technique is aimed at achieveing an effect based on the Pop Art of the 1950s and 60s. Rather than the messiness of screen printing and oils, this can all be done cleanly and digitally. You can even keep you pyjamas on if you so choose…

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21 Oct 2010 | No Comment | 1,554 views
Content Aware Fill – a Photoshop miracle!

If a picture paints a thousand words, then a video must equate to an entire library. With that in mind, Adobe created a sneek-peak video to show off exactly what this new tool can do. If you’re not already familiar with the “Content Aware Fill” tool and aren’t blown away by this video, then there’s something clearly wrong with you…

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12 Oct 2010 | 10 Comments | 26,512 views
Two light studio photography

Many photographers looking to make their first few steps into the world of studio photography are often put off very early on by the complexity of studio lighting and the vast range of kits on offer. To extend a helping hand to all frustrated studio beginners, and to challenge myself to see exactly what can be achieved with just the most basic of studio flash equipment, I set up an entry-level 2 head lighting kit in the WEX studio, grabbed a white pop-up reflector, kidnapped a couple of WEX employees as models and started experimenting.