5 Reasons Why You Should Download Snapseed

Snapseed is an all-purpose photo editor app developed by Google for image enhancements and corrections, it’s available on the App Store for FREE!

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What can this App do?

• Exposure, colour correction and sharpening adjustments
• Crop, rotate, alignment, perspective correction
• Selective adjustments, brushes, healing tool similar to Photoshop
• Vignette, custom filters, HDR, black and white
• Framing and text overlays
• Edit JPEG and RAW formats

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1. It’s designed for professionals.

Of all the photo apps, I have tested over the past few years, Snapseed is by far the best app for a photographer looking to get serious with their libraries of photos.

Snapseed is one of the most popular photo editing apps for the iPhone, and here’s why…

2. It’s very easy to use.

At the same time, it offers a powerful collection of tools. This app is great in all fundamental photo processing techniques, including exposure, colour, sharpening, cropping and straightening.

3. It offers advanced editing features.

Snapseed allows you to do selective adjustments and a healing tool similar to the one found in advanced computer editing software, this can be used for removing unwanted blemishes or objects.

 

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4. There’s a great selection of filters and text overlays.

In my opinion, the Snapseed filters look a lot better than the standard options found on Instagram, I use these filters to convert my photos to black and white, apply text and textures, add blur effects, and otherwise enhance the mood of my images before uploading them to Instagram.

5. It’s Totally FREE!

You can Download Snapseed for your iPhone from the App Store and it’s completely FREE! If you’re new to iPhone photography, this really should be your first photo editor app as it has built in tutorials that you can download and learn from.

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10 Things Every Beginner Photographer Needs in 2018

1. Nikon D3400

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Not half bad for a cheap camera  – the D3400 is basic but great. It’s not the most expensive entry-level DSLR, but I think it’s the best investment for a beginner or intemidiate photographer. Moving from a smartphone camera isn’t just about getting more megapixels. It’s all about control.

This camera gives you plenty of control to change your aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and white balance with interchangeable lenses. This is also a very easy camera to live with. It’s Guide Mode is a useful learning tool that gives real-time explanations of important features, whilst it comes standard with an 18-55mm kit lens which is great when you’re on the go.

2. Nikon 18:55 mm f3.5-5.6

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AKA the manufacturer’s kit lens, your kit lens is a great lens to get started with. If you’re in a position where you can’t afford to buy another lens, or you simply just don’t know which one to buy, worry not. You’ll be surprised at what you can do with your kit lens once you start playing around.

If you are going to take your photography very serious early on I would advise you to consider the Nikon 70-200 mm lens f2.8, it’s one of the sharpest lenses I own. This telephoto lens is also perfect for portrait length It provides great image quality and performs especially well when recording video. This lens doesn’t come cheap but if you are planning to make money from your photo skills, This is a must have.

Personally I have only 4 lenses I keep in my kit for my Nikon DSLR: 17-55 mm f2.8, 70-200 mm f2.8, 85 mm f1.8 prime and a 50 mm f1.4 which is great for video in low-light environments.

3. Transcend SDXC Class 10 16GB Card

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You’re going to need a place to store all your photos, especially when you shooting RAW files (“A raw file is the image as seen by the camera’s sensor. Think of it like unprocessed film.”) which are much larger than any .jpegs you’ve shot before on your cell phone or seen online. Fortunately, flash memory has become very affordable in the past years, so now you can buy, fast memory card for relatively cheap.

4. UV Filter

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These are thin, circular pieces of glass that fit over the front of your lens. It can protect from scratches, smudges or cracks to you lens. The reason you want a multi-coated UV filter is because the better filters transmit more light.

5. Neutral Density Filter (ND Filter)

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ND filters give your pictures a totally neutral colour, cutting down the amount of light passing through the lens – if you ever shoot landscape photography, a neutral density filter can really come in handy.

6. Cleaning Lens Kit

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Cleaning your camera’s lenses should be a regular part of any camera owner’s maintenance. Your lens gets dirty – don’t get in the habit of cleaning it off daily or you’ll do more damage than good.

7. Tripod

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Most of the time, you can simply hold the camera in your hand but you’ll get the sharpest photographs by using a tripod. Even if you want the subject blurred, to give a sense of movement, then the background must be sharp.

8. Wireless Remote

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Having a tripod also lets you take long exposures without having to worry about the camera with your shaky hands. You can buy a simple IR dongle to trigger your camera from afar.

9. Flash – Nikon SB-700 Speedlight

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Some photographers love the feel of soft, natural light, knowing how to utilise artificial light can be of high value in low-light environments. Again If you’re planning to become a serious photographer, you may want to take a look at the SB-700 AF Speedlight Flash. similar to the Canon 430EX, the SB-700 AF is a bit pricey. It’s compact, versatile and compatible with a wide range of Nikon DSLRs.

10. Extra battery

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It’s very important to carry an extra battery. You never want to be, at a photoshoot, on vacation or otherwise shooting photos when your battery bar starts blinking red. A charged extra battery is a great solution for this problem. Generic branded batteries are some what cheaper than the Nikon batteries.

TIP: Keep the second battery charged at all times.

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5 books for a beginner photographer on Amazon

Here are 5 great must reads for all beginner & intermidiate photographers, these books I have chosen will assist you in sharpening your skills. With a hands on approach, tips & tricks. Expect to know your way around your DSLR really quick.

1. Tony Northrup’s DSLR Book: How to Create Stunning Digital Photography Kindle Edition

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Amazon’s #1 rated and best-selling digital photography book, and the first ever Gold Honoree of the Benjamin Franklin Digital Award.

This book includes: FREE VIDEO TRAINING, TEACHER AND PEER SUPPORT, FREE LIFETIME UPDATES, HANDS-ON PRACTICES, 100+ PRACTICE QUESTIONS & MUCH MORE.

2. The Beginner’s Photography Guide, 2nd Edition

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The Beginner’s Photography Guide, 2nd Edition is DK’s bestselling manual for any beginner photographer who wants to unlock the potential of their new digital camera.

This guide’s easy-to-follow, step-by-step layout makes it accessible as it takes you through every technique you need to create stunning images, from exposure to flash to image enhancement. Handy checklists provide a quick rundown of the equipment and camera settings for each technique, and at-a-glance comparison images show how camera settings can produce remarkably different results.

3. The Photographer’s Playbook: 307 Assignments and Ideas

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The Photographer’s Playbook features photography assignments, as well as ideas, stories and anecdotes from many of the world’s most talented photographers and photography professionals.

Whether you’re looking for exercises to improve your craft—alone or in a group—or you’re interested in learning more about the medium, this playful collection will inspire fresh ways of engaging with photographic process.

4. Understanding Exposure, Fourth Edition: How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera

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Understanding Exposure has taught generations of photographers how to shoot the images they want by demystifying the complex concepts of exposure in photography. In this newly updated edition, veteran photographer Bryan Peterson explains the fundamentals of light, aperture, and shutter speed and how they interact with and influence one another.

With an emphasis on finding the right exposure even in tricky situations, Understanding Exposure shows you how to get (or lose) sharpness and contrast in images, freeze action, and take the best meter readings, while also exploring filters, flash, and light.

5. Extraordinary Everyday Photography: Awaken Your Vision to Create Stunning Images Wherever You Are

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Through accessible discussions and exercises, readers learn to use composition, available light, color, and point of view to create stunning photographs in any environment.

Photographers are born travelers. They’ll go any distance to capture the right light, beautiful landscapes, wildlife, and people. But exotic locales aren’t necessary for interesting photographs. Wonderful images are hiding almost everywhere; you just need to know how to find them.

I hope this insight has been useful. Let me know your thoughts in the comment box below.
Please also check out my previous post about “10 Things Every Beginner Photographer Needs in 2018.”

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5 Affordable gifts to get any photographer this Christmas.

If you are like me you have been procrastinating and you haven’t done your Christmas shopping yet. Worry not! Here’s a list of 5 affordable gifts to get the photography geek in your life this Christmas.

1. Ceramic Camera Lens Cup

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If you like a bit more substance to your morning coffee mug, look no further than the Ceramic Camera Lens Cup. Get it now! for R349.00

2. Powertraveller Extreme Solar – Compact Lightweight Solar Charger

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This gift is perfect for charging smaller devices such as smartphones, GPS systems and handheld action cameras on the move, Get it now! for R1,269.00

 

3. Maniska Portable Solar Charger (incl Solar Panels, Carabiner and Charge Cable)

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Free electricity, what could be better. Instantly charge your devices and phones using the sun’s energy. Works anywhere in the world, as long as there’s direct sunlight. Get it now! for R699.00

 

4. Pocket Click Stick™ Selfie Stick with Photo Button (Black)

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Very similar to it’s big brother the Click Stick the Pocket Click Stick™ is a smaller and more compact selfie stick that slides into your pocket or bag. Get it now! for R325.00

 

5. Powertraveller® Motormonkey USB Car Charger Kit

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The smallest, lightest in-car charger in the world, motormonkey can charge most popular mobile phones. Get it now! for R250.00

 

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Learn the basics of Photography in hours!

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What will you learn?

  • How to take pictures to “Wow” your friends and family.
  • The history of Photography.
  • How the camera works so you can start using Manual settings.
  • How to compose beautiful images with photography rules.
  • How to light & photograph in different scenarios like kids playing, landscapes, portraits, panoramas, wildlife, and much more.
  • How to take better photos with your cell phone.
  • How to edit your photos like a professional.
  • How to make money with photography.

What is the course about?

No matter the make or model of your camera this course shows you the basics of the buttons so you have a better understanding of your DSLR camera. It explains everything around the dial from Auto to Manual Mode.

Your lesson begins with a rundown of the basics of your camera and the history of photography. Sam & Phil explain the major parts and functions of any DSLR in clear, concise detail, with helpful suggestions for always being ready to capture that important moment.

Once you have a strong understanding of your camera, you’ll understand the key terms of photography, like stabilization, composition, lighting, different lenses & much more, providing you with an even greater knowledge of how images get captured.

Finally, you’ll take this new understanding of photography into real life situations, as you join Sam & Phil on photo shoots that highlight unique settings and different shooting styles – portraits, movements, action shots. This will give you the feel of an on-location shoot, complete with the mistakes and solutions to any experience.

A fun section of Modern photography where Sam & Phil tackle how to take better pictures with your cell phone as well as how to start a Photography business so you can make money from your photos or even selling your photos online to make extra cash.

Who is this course for?

  • Amateur Photographer
  • Traveler
  • Job Seeker

This course includes

  • 14 hours 42 minutes on demand video
  • 4 Quizzes
  • 5 Support Files
  • 25 Articles
  • Full Lifetime Access
  • Access on mobile, desktop & TV
  • Certificate of Completion

What Real Members Have To Say

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Top 6 Photography Online Stores I Buy My Gear From In South Africa

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If you’re looking for photography equipment, These websites have everything you’ll need to get started with a studio or supplies for a photo expedition.

Check out my previous article on “10 Things Every Beginner Photographer Needs in 2017.”

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1. Orms Direct

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2. Camera Land

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3. Outdoor Photo

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4. Kameraz

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5. Studio 22 Online

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6. Foto Discount World

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“Superstar Bloggers” are making 6-figure incomes from practically blogging about things they love doing. This is how you can do it too!

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7 Best Photography Websites In South Africa

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Want to improve your skills behind the camera? Then check out these top photography websites.

The internet is filled with endless information on the subject of photography, but sometimes too much choice can be confusing. Here, I’ve picked the 7 top South African photography websites that will help take you to the next level.

These websites are well designed and showcase amazing photos. You’ll see a few styles and techniques. Many use a large background image or a large slider to showcase their best photos. Others use smaller thumbnail images to fill the screen. A minimalist design style is also common as it allows the photos to be the center of attention rather than the design details of the website.

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1. Sullivan Photography

 

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2. Lunchbox Photography

 

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3. Student Photography

 

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4. RDK Photography

 

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5. Pixel Pro Photography

 

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6. Radz Photography

 

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7. Kwanda Photography

 

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5 things to ask yourself when finding Money Making a Niche.

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1. What am I interested in and passions about?

Firstly make a list of 10 things that interest you and your passion areas.

Here are a few ideas to help you identify what your interests and passions are:

• What do you do in your free time? What do you look forward to doing when you aren’t doing it?

• What type of content do you love to consume online, magazines, TV shows etc.

• What topics do you like to research?

2. What problems can I solve?

Here’s how you can identify problems in specific niches:

• Have discussions with your target market. Come up with questions that help you uncover pain points.

• Research. Search Google or find forums related to your niche, look at the discussions that people are having. What type of questions are people asking? What common problems do they have?

• Find Keywords. Explore different keyword combinations on Google Trends and Google AdWords’ keyword planner. This will help you find popular search terms related to your niche.

3. What is my competition doing?

Competition is a good thing! It may be showing you that you’ve found a profitable niche.

Here are some signs to look out for.

• Low-quality content. You can beat your competition in a niche where other online businesses or individuals are not creating high-quality content that serves the market.

• Lack of transparency. Many onlineprenuers have disrupted industries by creating an authentic, engaging and transparent online presence in a niche where others are not present or overly corporate.

• Lack of paid competition. Maybe you found a keyword that has a high search volume, but the competition has no paid advertising, an opportunity exists for you to disrupt that market.

4. How profitability is my niche?

At this point you have a good idea of what niche you’re going into. At this point, it’s vital to get an idea of how much monetary potential your niche has. Click Bank is a good place to start.

You can partner with products developers, advertisers (affiliate programs) and site owners in your niche start generating commissions while you’re working on your BIG solution to your markets problem.

5. When could I start testing?

One simple way to do this is to set up a landing page for a product within your niche. You can then drive traffic to this page with paid advertising.

Finally…

Once you’ve confirm the reality of your niche, start working on your website. You’ll want to learn how to create a superstarblog, and generate more traffic to your site to increase your revenue.

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