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DUCK SOUP FOR THE SOUL

For Christmas this year Dad decided to cook Roast Duck.

Not something we cook very often.

In fact the last time either of us even ate Duck was in Hong Kong at the end of our “around the world tour” in January 2007, when we splurged on a Peking Duck Lunch… but that is a whole other story…

So, Dad did an excellent job. The meat was tender and not stringy, and the skin was crisp without being burnt. – Just one of the best Roast Ducks I have ever eaten.

And as a Christmas present, Dad gave me the carcass! [hooray!]

I thought it would make a good soup – since that is the best thing to do with a chicken carcass.

Unfortuneatly there are not a lot of recipes for Duck Soup. I did find a few asian recipes, but they called for ingredients that I could not get on B…

RAISON D'ETRE...

Following on from the RedBubble Blog last week What would you like to learn? and D’rec Byrne’s offer I would also like to offer my services.

Many of you know about my tutorials and Formal Critiques, but for those of you who don’t I would like to extend this opportunity:

If there is something about photography that you have always wanted to know, drop me a BMail and I will be more than happy to help.

If there is something you would like to see as a more in-depth Tutorial, let me know and I will put one together for you.

Seriously, – its my reason for being. Anything I can do to help you as an artist and to make your RedBubble experience better, just let me know.

In the meanwhile, you can find my current tutorials about photography, art philosophy, RedBubble Tips &a…

JUMBLE SALES!

In my family we have a dish that we call “Jumble Sales”, as in “Garage Sales”.

Its sounds like an unusual name for a meal, but basically its what you make out of whatever is left over in the fridge the next day. Its a bit of everything that is in the house… hence “Jumble Sales”

As far as I am aware my family is the only one that calls it this.

“Well Byron, wottizzit?” I hear you ask.

Actually, I don’t hear that, because if I did I would clearly be losing my mind, and perhaps you shouldn’t be following a recipe from someone so delusional that he is hearing voices.

But I digress…

Jumble Sales are what everyone else calls “Fritters” or “Flapjacks” or “Bubble & Squeak”, or if you ar…

I MADE SANGRIA! [hic...giggle]

Following on from discussions at work last week about great drinks for summer I thought I would try making Sangria since it was agreed that it is a great summertime drink.

We talk about food a LOT at my work. Seriously. The stuff we make and the restaurants we go to… hell we even go shopping together for food on our days off!

So I went shopping today and now I have just made 3litres of Sangria for the first time [hold on, gotta drink] ever, and it truly is freaking yummy.

Sangria is a Spanish “Fruit Punch” that has red wine and oranges in it [well it IS Spanish afterall"] It is fruity, and sweet, and spicy.

[just drinking a bit more]

  1. 4x oranges
  2. 2 lemons
  3. 1 apple, unpeeled, core removed, diced
  4. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon [I am using whole cinnamon quills]
    [I really need a

ART & THE GROWTH OF THE ARTIST

John Szarkowski once said, that photography was like poetry.

All writers use the same words that everyone else uses. They all use dictionaries which have the same words in them – in alphabetical order. All they have to do is put them in the right order, – that’s all there is to it!

Photography is just like that.

We all use the same “words” [compositional elements], and our “words” are readily available to all of us, in fact they are almost thrown at us, constantly.

All we as photographers have to do is to put those “words” – those compositional elements – together in the right order.

Its really quite simple.

And when we get that order right – it can be a truly sublime experience. We may not know why, it just is.

This …

ADVENTURES IN COOKING - MY FETTUCINE CARBONARA

Some of you may remember that a few months ago I bought a Pasta Maker.

Its one of those hand-cranked big metal devices that first rolls the dough and then cuts it into fettucine or spaghetti.

I have used it to make wonton & dimsum wrappers, but this week I decided to step outside my comfort zone and use it to make, well,… Pasta.

As usual, I was at Dad’s for my weekly clothes-washing-and-cook-the-old-man-dinner-day.

Yes, I still don’t have a washing machine, and Dad insists that I don’t buy one because he likes my weekly visits, and I must admit – so do I. My Dad and I get on like a house on fire, – we once travelled around the world together for 8 weeks, and I can’t imagine a better person to travel with.

But I digress…

… as I am w…

WE CAN DO BETTER!

We are all feeling a bit upset at the moment.

At the best of times, humans tend not to handle change very well, and when you have half a million passionate members of a site like RB, well… change tends to stir up a lot of emotions.

Loss, sadness, anger… these are all completely normal reactions to what has happend over the last week.

But may I suggest that we start to consider another way of expressing our feelings, and that anger and nasty comments directed at RB Admin may not be the most effective way of getting our message across.

Its also just bad behaviour.

Considering that none of us actually know the staff at RB, it would seem spurious to say that they don’t care about us.

I have had many many wonderful interactions with RB staff, and from these interactions I can assure you that t…

THANK YOU WHOEVER BOUGHT MY SHIRT!

I only just noticed that someone bought one of my tees 2 weeks ago.

I am such a loser like that, I never check because I don’t expect to sell anything.

But here it is, my most popular item, sales of this item are 3 times the sales of any other product I have for sale [that means I have sold 3 of these shirts, hahaha]

So thank you once again anonymous buyer. I love you and you made my day.

-Byron

ADVENTURES IN FOOD Part 1: PIZZA FROM CASA DE BYRON

Last weekend I had a family dinner at Dad’s house.

Dad and I have been experimenting with making dough and pizzas and stuff.

Dad bought a pizza stone recently and it works just fine, but we needed a two more stones so Dad got two glazed terracotta floor tiles from a collection of spares he keeps in his workshop.

Glazed Terracotta tiles are definitely the way to go – cooked pizza slides off reeeeeeeally easily.

So Dad made the dough from a recipe which I don’t have on me or I would post it for you all [maybe later], and I went to my favourite shop in Brisbane: DELTA CONTINENTAL FOOD at West End.

Delta is the only reason you need to travel across town. The food there is just beyond compare, especially now they have moved into a bigger shop. Their last shop could not fit mo…

2010 CANON AIPP PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

THE CANON AIPP [Australian Institute of Professional Photography] PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR FOR 2010 IS OUR VERY OWN PETER COULSON AAIPP – ALSO KNOWN AS KOUKEI.

Peter won with these four amazing images:




Peter also won the COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPHY CATEGORY of the competition.

Congratulations to Peter / Koukei for this awesome accomplishment. He is now the best of the best.

Check out Peter’s / KOUKEI’s Portfolio

EQUIPMENT LIST

All the pretty toys which I use to create my art:

Cameras:


Konica Minolta Dynax 7D Digital SLR + Vertical Grip.


THE Minolta Dynax 9 Professional 35mm SLR + Vertical Grip.


Minolta Maxxum 7000 35mm SLR (2x).


Bronica ETRSii 645 medium format (6×4.5cm)

Lenses:

  1. Carl Zeiss 50mm fixed lens (Bronica)
  2. Sigma 17-35mm lens.
  3. Minolta 35-70mm lens.
  4. Minolta 70-300mm lens.

Accessories:

  1. Polariser, UV/Skylight, and 25A Red Filters.
  2. 2x Extender, 3x Extension Tubes.
  3. Manfroto Tripod with pan/tilt head.

Flash Gun:


Minolta 5600HS(D) (1/12,000 sync)

Flightcase:


Pelican 1510 “Carry-on”.

Computer Systems / Digital Storeage Device:


ACER “Aspire” 17inch Widescreen Laptop.


eMachines 10inch Netbook.


Vosonic 120gig PSD.

Software:


Picassa Photo Management Software.


GIMP Image Editing / Post-Produc…

ME AND "FACE-INNA-BLANKIE"

This is me and my sister’s little bundle of cuteness.

I am the one on the right of the picture.

The one on the left is called “Gus” [what a cool name, huh?] They were gonna call him “Indie” which also would have been cool, but probably only to anyone who has watched the Indiana Jones films, – allthough that is not why they were gonn give him that name.

I call him “Face-inna-Blankie” because his parents [now quite famously] took a month [after he was born] to come up with a name, and “Face-inna-Blankie” seemed nicer than just calling him “it”.

Uncharacteristically, I am not wearing black. But I maintain that I don’t always wear black, and that I can choose too wear other colours any time I want.

That and it was

THE FRIENDS OF REDBUBBLE GROUP: INTERVIEW

State your name

My name is Byron.

I was born when I was very young, and over the last 44 years have steadily grown to become older.

My Mother was a hamster, and my Father smells of elderberries, and for the record – I like to fart in their general direction!

I have one sister who I ignore. She enjoys ignoring my ignoring of her. When we get together we are both ignorant.


… and the groups you host?

With the support and assistance of many fabulous RB members, I host the following groups:

PHOTOGRAPHY CRITIQUE & ADVICE
TUTORIALS LIBRARY
FRIENDLY GENERAL DISCUSSION
THE REDBUBBLE CURATED ART GALLERY


Why is art and creativity important to you?

I have always been creative.

At the age of 5 I got my first piano, started lessons at 6, and wrote my first piece of music shortly after t…

Another 50 things you didn't know about Byron...

It seems I am always being asked to do these interviews…

1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE?

My Grandfather on my Mother’s side. His name was Thomas Byron, but everyone called him Byron.

2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED?

At a concert. I always do. Loud music effects me that way, doesn’t matter what style.

3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING?

Very much so. I only print, and only in capitals.

4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT?

Cold Corned Beef.

5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS?

None that I know of.

6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU?

Probably not.I don’t think I would want to be friends with anymore people than I have right now.

7. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT?

No, never, really…

8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS?

No, I lost them in the Great Tonsil Famin…

FINALLY...

After 3 years in the Bubble, I have finally got the internet at home!

Yep, I know… I can’t believe it either!

Can you believe that all the stuff I have done in RB was done while I was at work? [I have one of those cool jobs that lets me spend most of my time surfing the net]

So now I have a tiny little laptop with a ten inch screen and mobile internet access.

Niw you will never be rid of me!

Cheers,

-Byron

RALLY FOR PHOTOGRAPHER'S RIGHTS / SYDNEY AUSTRALIA

Australian photographers are losing their rights to freedom of expression. And it doesn’t matter whether they are full-time professional, part-time or strictly amateur, as every person who has a camera can be threatened with unjust laws and regulations.

The rights of Australian photographers and film-makers are being seriously affected by a myriad of rules and regulations that impose prohibitive restrictions, high fees, and bureaucratic application protocols.

What we should have in this country are simple rules – like they have in Americas national parks – which allow photography to be carried out in all places where the public can go.

Here is the opportunity to have your say.

WHEN: SUNDAY 29TH AUGUST 2010
WHERE: CAMPBELLS COVE, SYDNEY HARBOUR click on LINK for Google Map

For more i…

HOW TO EXPOSE YOUR IMAGES CORRECTLY

INTRODUCTION

“How do I expose my images correctly?”

This is a problem that a lot of new photographers seem to encounter, and they frequently ask the same question: “what settings should I use to correctly expose my pictures?”.

Well, unfortuneatly it is not an easy question to answer, except to say this:

There are no wrong settings, only poor interpretations of the scene.

Having been very clever and said that, I must add that there are things that you need to understand about cameras and light to get the best possible results. So hopefully I will cover enough stuff in this month’s tutorial to answer all your questions and give you a much greater understanding of how your camera works.

I feel personally, that B&W photographers get their heads around exposur…

Getting back to "old school"...

Recently my favourite toy – a Konica Minolta 7D DSLR died. It does everything perfectly, except for one vital thing… take the actual picture.

The worst thing though is that since SONY bought out Konica Minolta a few years ago, there is no longer any real support for KM cameras and parts are near impossible to find. [all my camera equipment is KM gear]

In the past I would have just dropped $8-$10K on a credit card and bought the best bit of gear available. But years of frivolously spending money on musical equipment and fancy cameras has taken its toll, and I really can’t justify being so financially irresponsible anymore.

So what to do?

Firstly, I am not the most prolific photographer. I don’t take that many photos, mostly because I have a pretty good idea of what …

CANON LENSES

If you have a limited budget…

I would suggest looking for a good wideangle lens… 17mm-35mm is very usefull [I have one and it is the only lens I use – most of the time]

Wideangle lenses are excellent for landscapes since they distort perspective a little bit [but avoids the extremes of a “fisheye” lens] In a landscape these lenses creates an effect of greater depth thus making the scene appear even “grander” than normal. The 35mm end is excellent for portraits and general photography.

The Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM / PRICE: from $1000AUS+

The f2.8 aperture will give you plenty of low light capability as well as lovely soft background [great for portraits]. The 17mm end is great for landscapes too. A very useable lens.


EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM…

TRIPODS AND HEADS

GENERAL INFORMATION

The one piece of equipment that every photographer should have in their cupboard is the tripod.

They do one thing and they do it really well – they hold your camera steady.

They are usefull for Landscapes, very very handy for Studio Portraits, and absolutely mandatory for Macro & Close-up photography.

As a general rule with tripods – you get what you pay for. You will be entrusting your prized & expensive camera equipment to a stand … spending a bit of money now will save you a whole lot of heartache later.

Quality tripods have six main features:

1. Weight.
A tripod needs some weight to it otherwise it will vibrate in the wind, or when traffic passes by.

2. Metal joints.
All joints should be of strong solid metal construction – these are t…

FORMAL CRITIQUE - 22-23

HAVING LOST SOME FORMAL CRITIQUES AS A RESULT OF A GROUP BEING SHUTDOWN RECENTLY, I AM NOW COMPILING ALL MY FORMAL CRITIQUES INTO MY JOURNALS.

NOTE:

1. ALL OF THESE CRITIQUES WERE FORMALLY SOUGHT BY THE ORIGINAL ARTISTS

2. ALL IMAGES USED FOR REFERENCE PURPOSES HAVE BEEN USED WITH PERMISSION FROM THE ORIGINAL ARTISTS, AND NO CRITIQUE OF THESE IMAGES SHOULD BE IMPLIED BY THEIR USE.


ORIGINALLY CRITIQUED HERE

“22-23” by James Deverich

FIRST IMPRESSIONS
This caught my eye straight away. Initially I had no idea what it was, and then slowly I worked it out. I like that in a photograph.

TECHNICAL QUALITY (10 points)
Settings: F4 1/6 Sec ISO 400. I think the aperture should have been around f11-f19 to keep the background in focus. The background seems a a little blurry and since it tak…

FORMAL CRITIQUE - ROOFTOP ABSTRACT

HAVING LOST SOME FORMAL CRITIQUES AS A RESULT OF A GROUP BEING SHUTDOWN RECENTLY, I AM NOW COMPILING ALL MY FORMAL CRITIQUES INTO MY JOURNALS.

NOTE:

1. ALL OF THESE CRITIQUES WERE FORMALLY SOUGHT BY THE ORIGINAL ARTISTS

2. ALL IMAGES USED FOR REFERENCE PURPOSES HAVE BEEN USED WITH PERMISSION FROM THE ORIGINAL ARTISTS, AND NO CRITIQUE OF THESE IMAGES SHOULD BE IMPLIED BY THEIR USE.


ORIGINALLY CRITIQUED HERE

“Roof top Abstract” by Gabriel Skoropada

FIRST IMPRESSIONS
I didn’t like this when I first saw it. Things haven’t improved much since then. I want to like it, but it just doesn’t quite work for me. Close but no cigar.

TECHNICAL QUALITY (10 points)
Settings: Focal length 210mm, 1/250s shutter , aperture f/11, ISO 100.
Since you were looking almost directly at …

FORMAL CRITIQUE - CITY LIGHTS

HAVING LOST SOME FORMAL CRITIQUES AS A RESULT OF A GROUP BEING SHUTDOWN RECENTLY, I AM NOW COMPILING ALL MY FORMAL CRITIQUES INTO MY JOURNALS.

NOTE:

1. ALL OF THESE CRITIQUES WERE FORMALLY SOUGHT BY THE ORIGINAL ARTISTS

2. ALL IMAGES USED FOR REFERENCE PURPOSES HAVE BEEN USED WITH PERMISSION FROM THE ORIGINAL ARTISTS, AND NO CRITIQUE OF THESE IMAGES SHOULD BE IMPLIED BY THEIR USE.


ORIGINALLY CRITIQUED HERE

“City Lights” by JOANNE HOPE

The framing is too tight, especially at the top. The red light at the very top is distracting. The building on the far LHS of the frame (the one with the blue light) is also very distracting.

There is too much of the river in the frame, and as a result the image is almost divided in two, which is not terribly interesting. 1/3rd river + 1/3rd bu…

BASIC COMPOSITION Part 2 - "THE LANDSCAPE"

The Landscape Photograph.

Its where most of us start because, well, its everywhere. We can simply go outside and press the button and we’ve got one. Hooray!

But Landscape Photography holds a surprise for all of us.

“Tell us Byron, – what is this surprise?” I hear you ask.

Well… as with all thing easy – they are really hard to do well.

I am sure most of us have banged our heads on our desks at one time or another desperate to know why we can’t take a landscape like Ansel Adams. We go to great locations, we shoot lots of frames, and yet nothing… nothing leaps out grabs us by the ears and yells “HOLY SHIT – THAT IS AWESOME!”

There are a couple of reasons for this -

1. Landscape Photography is everywhere. You really have to pul…

REDBUBBLE MEMBERS SCORE BIG-TIME IN MAJOR COMPETITION

Five of our members recently entered the BETTERPHOTOGRAPHY PHOTOGRAPH OF THE YEAR COMPETITION 2009

This is an amateur competition where the images are assessed by professional industry judges.

GOLD, SILVER, and BRONZE prizes are awarded. The judging is so stringent that it is considered that these images would win the same awards if they were entered into a professional competition.

This competition is now in its 3rd year, and is considered to be THE premier amateur competition in Australia.

Congratulations to all RedBubble members for their excellent results!



ANN VAN BREEMEN won the PEOPLE CATEGORY with her SILVER AWARD winning image:

Ann also scored a 20th place SILVER AWARD in the Creative Category and a BRONZE AWARD in the Place Category.



ENRICO BETTESWORTH won the CREATIVE CATEGOR…

PASSED 35443 VIEWS!

What the title says.

Since December 2007:

WRITTEN WORKS: 10554 views
Most Popular: 5176 views


ART: 10497 views
Most Popular: 1093 views


T-SHIRTS: 9831 views
Most Popular: 1346 views


JOURNALS: 4565 views


FORUM POSTS: 3997 [not included in Total Views]


HELP ME PLEEEEEEASE!

A colleague has a beautiful MINOLTA 85mm f1.4 lens [full frame] for sale.

With magnification factor it turns into a 127mm f1.4 lens. [fast glass, fastglass, FASTGLASS, F-A-S-T-G-L-A-S-S

It is G-E-O-R-G-E-O-U-S- but he wants $1200 for it, or $1600 for this lens and another 2 lenses and a SONY ALPHA100 body.

It is a very good price for some amazing glass, but I just don’t have the cash.

So do me a favour… I need to sell 300-400x t-shirts. Its not a big ask.

So whip out that credit card everyone, and buy some shirts!

P-L-E-A-S-E

hehehe!

excuse me while I go away and wipe the drool off my chin!

Photographers Rights, General Privacy, and Copyright.

DISCLAIMER: I didn’t write this, it is just copied and linked information.


If you are a Photographer in Australia, this is some very useful information, supplied by the fantastic COPYRIGHT PROTECTION GROUP

It should be considered that this is based on US Law and you should always consult an Australian Solicitor to confirm the validity of this information.


Your Rights if confronted by Life Savers, Life Guards, Security Guards, or other officials.

  1. They do have the authority to keep you away from areas where you may impede their activities or endanger the safety of others.
  1. They do not have the legal right to prohibit you from taking photographs from other locations.
  1. Without a court order they have no rights to confiscate your photographic equipment, film or digital media card. The taki

TUTORIAL: URBAN ABSTRACTION PHOTOGRAPHY

This months Tutorial is about Urban Abstraction.

I am sure there are many of you who are wondering “what is he on about, what is Urban Abstraction?”

Let’s look at a few definitions:

  1. Of or pertaining to the formal aspect of art, emphasizing lines, colours, generalized or geometrical forms
  1. Something that concentrates in itself the essential qualities of a thing.
  1. Where the subject is represented by shapes and patterns rather than by a realistic likeness.
  1. The act of withdrawing or removing something.
  1. A general concept formed by extracting common features from specific examples.

Urban Abstraction can then be considered as depicting the essence of the urban environment without depicting the environment as a whole.

Urban Abstraction differs from Urban Landscape photography, in so far as the fir…

TRAVEL EQUIPMENT & ADVICE

INTRODUCTION

I have been asked many times “what advice would you give to photographers travelling overseas?”

I have compiled information which I have gathered from my own experiences and those of other travellers in order to help you prepare for your next overseas adventure.


EQUIPMENT PROTECTION

Do yourself a serious favour and buy a Pelican 1510 flightcase.

They are designed to fit into overhead luggage compartments on planes.

I travelled around the world with mine and all my camera equipment in it, and not one bit of damage (I let them put it into general luggage). They cost about $400ish, but they are simply the best protection you can buy for your camera equipment. While it sounds like a lot of money, it is a lot cheaper than trying to buy new camera equipment overseas.

I JUST SOLD ANOTHER T-SHIRT!

Some lovely person just bought my NO SHIT SHERLOCK T-Shirt!

Byron is now doing his happy-dance

I would love to know who it was so I could thank them personally!

This shirt is now officially my most popular, highest selling product, with total world-wide sales in excess of 1, but slightly less than 3!

TUTORIAL: BASIC PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPOSITION. Part 1

When we look at an image, we unconsciously look at them the same way, nearly every single time.

How do we do this?

Our eyes start in the top left corner and then move diagonally towards the bottom right corner.

We don’t even know we’re doing it, but that is exactly what happens.

Why is this important to know? – Because you can use this knowledge to compose your image in ways that work with the way your viewers will look at your images.


IMAGES ARE PRESENTED AS EXAMPLES OF TECHNIQUE ONLY. THE ACCOMPANYING TEXT IS INTENDED TO EXPLAIN TECHNIQUE AND IS NOT INTENDED AS COMMENTARY OF THE IMAGES USED.


DIAGONAL LINES


Image by Piglet

Any line within your image that follows the natural diagonal movement of our eyes, will create pleasant emotions [positive feelings] for your viewe…

TUTORIAL: APERTURES, F-STOPS, AND WHY "BIG" IS ACTUALLY "SMALL"

Apertures & F-Stops … these words usually cause confusion in most photographers – new and old.

Its a rather complicated subject, so here is the quick and easy explanation:

1. An aperture is simply the mechanical opening in the lens that allows light to pass through the lens onto your sensor/film plane [hereafter referred to as “the sensor”].

2. The smaller the number, the bigger the aperture… the bigger the number – the smaller the aperture.

3. Each increase in aperture size allows twice the amount of light to pass through. [ f4 allows thru twice as much light as f5.6 ]

And that’s it!!!

Hooray. Easy, huh?

Well not exactly… but you could live forever without knowing the technical stuff and still take great pictures.

But for the curious am…

HOW TO: CREATE A GRAPHIC-LINK

Part 1: Select the Image for the Graphic-Link

1. Right-Click on the Thumbnail of the image you want to use as a Graphic-Link.
You will get a drop-down menu, choose PROPERTIES.

2. The “Properties Dialogue Box” will appear, now use your mouse to SELECT (highlight) the html (“Address/URL”) of the image. This is the bit that looks like:

http/ blah blah blah.jpg

If you can’t find it, it is the bit that ends with .JPG

3. Right-Click and select COPY from the drop-down menu.

4. Goto the forum or Bmail or wherever you want to post the Graphic-Link.

5. Right-Click in the Text Box and select PASTE from the drop-down menu.

6. Put a " ! " at the start and the end of the pasted html.

It will look like this, but WITHOUT the spaces:

! http://ih2.redbubble.net/work.5

HOW TO: CREATE A TEXT-LINK & AN EMAIL-LINK

STANDARD TEXT-LINKS

 

1. Goto the page or image that you want to link to.

2. SELECT and COPY the Address/URL from the Address Bar in your browser.

3. Goto the forum, Bmail or wherever you want to post the link.

4. Put some text in inverted commas, like this: “THE BOXER”

5. Then add a " : " (that’s a colon) then right-click PASTE the copied Address/URL.

It will look like this, but WITHOUT the space between the 2nd inverted comma ( " ) and the colon ( : )…

“THE BOXER” : http://www.redbubble.com/people/byron/art/50030...

The result will look like this:

THE BOXER


 

EMAIL LINKS

 

Email links are quite easy… your text and your email address is all you need, in this format:

Example Code contact me:mailto:myname…

HOW TO: POST AN IMAGE - VARIABLE SIZES

HOW TO POST IMAGES OF VARIABLE SIZE

 

1. SELECTING THE IMAGE FROM THE CORRECT LOCATION

 

To post an image of variable size you MUST select the Thumbnail from the PORTFOLIO PAGES of your account [or other member’s accounts] or from your EDIT ART & PHOTOGRAPHY Pages.

1. Right-Click on the Thumbnail of the image and you will get a drop-down menu, choose PROPERTIES.

2. The “Properties Dialogue Box” will appear, now use your mouse to SELECT (highlight) the html (“Address / URL”) of the image. This is the bit that looks like:

http/ blah blah blah.jpg

If you can’t find it, it is the bit that ends with .JPG

3. Right-Click and select COPY from the drop-down menu.

4. Goto the forum or Bmail or wherever you want to post the image.

5. Right-Click in t…

HOW TO: POST A "FRAMED" IMAGE

1. Locate the image you wish to post.

2. Select the BUY/PREVIEW option.

3. Select the TYPE of image you want.
Your options are

  1. Cards [Greeting & Postcard].
  2. Matted Print.
  3. Laminated Print.
  4. Mounted Print.
  5. Canvas Print.
  6. Framed Print.
  7. Poster Print.
  8. You can also choose T-Shirts and Hoodies in Front or Back configuration.

4. Right-Click on the selected image and you will get a drop-down menu, choose PROPERTIES.

5. The “Properties Dialogue Box” will appear, now use your mouse to SELECT (highlight) the html (“Address / URL”) of the image. This is the bit that looks like:

http/ blah blah blah.jpg

If you can’t find it, it is the bit that ends with .JPG

6. Right-Click and select COPY from the drop-down menu.

7. Goto the forum or Bmail or wherever you want to post the image.

8…

HOW TO: PHOTOGRAPH WEDDINGS

As Photographers, at some point a friend or relative will probably ask you to shoot their wedding. While this is very flattering, it is also fraut with problems, not the least of which being that if you screw it up – you are really going to dissappoint a close friend or family member.

Many years ago, I was asked by a friend to shoot her wedding, and I approached the event with fear and trepidation. I eventually registered a business and started doing weddings on a part-time basis. I felt this would be a great way to learn, and to gain experience. Along the way I learnt a lot of things that you can usually only get with experience.

That’s the funny thing about experience – you usually only get it after you need it.

So, to help prepare you for the daunting task of Wedding …

The Autistic Experience, and a very good day.

As many of you are aware, and for those of you who are not, I am an autistic person, specifically Asperger’s Syndrome. I thought I would write to you about two aspects of the “Autistic Experience”…


It is unfortuneate that the movie RAINMAN has had the same effect on ASD people as JAWS has had on sharks…

“Professionals” have convinced parents that unless their children receive therapy, then they will end up with Rainman as a their child. While I concede that this would be a very difficult thing for any family, the reality is that Rainman [based on the real person: Kim Peak] is unique and represents such a small percentage of the Autistic People that it is almost statistically irrellevent.

Much like going to the beach does not mean you will get eat…

HOW TO: USE BLUR CREATIVELY...

As artists (in particular – photographers) I think we often have a tendency to get bogged down in the techniques and technology of our art.

We all get caught-up in the best technique for creating whatever.

We start thinking in terms of

- “is my subject in focus?”
- “is my ISO set to 400?”
- “is my shutter speed correct so that I will get a nice sharp image?”
- “is my colour reproduction correct?”
- “is the lighting correct?”
- “what is the best way to photoshop this image?”

and in the end we forget to feel with our hearts and with our cameras.

There was a time when photography was much much harder than it is now.

Today people love their 21-point autofocus system, but auto-focus has only been around for about 40 years…

HOW TO: FILE YOUR DIGITAL IMAGES...

INTRODUCTION

Since I started serious involvement in photography back in 1996, I have read many many tips and tricks – each one proclaiming to be the thing-you-need-to-know.

But there is one thing that still sticks out in my mind. I still remember reading the article, and I still remember my response.

The article was about “Filing your Images”. It was about how to name, organise and store your images so that you can find them in the future.

My reaction was: “I know where my stuff is, this all sounds like a waste of time, besides… I don’t take that many photos.”

13 years and some 20,000++ images later… you can guess why I remember reading that article.

With the advent of Digital Photography, I believe that file storage is even more important f…

BREAKING THE RULES OF PHOTOGRAPHY

I think it is a shame that the word “rules” gets bandied around. There are no rules when it comes to art.

There is, however, Technique.

The reason that it is a good idea, but not necessary, to learn technique, is that not only do you learn what works and why, but also what does not work.

You don’t have to use technique. In fact a good artist should push these boundaries, that is what being creative is about.

Without this knowledge, you will still make good art from time to time at about the same ratio as a person who does know technique, but you wont know why it is good art, and if it is a bad photo you wont understand why it is a bad photo.

For example, you could take thousands of landscape photos and keep wondering why no-one likes them. If you had known how proportion…

THE GUIDE TO CRITIQUING PHOTOGRAPHS

F I R S T – I M P R E S S I O N S:


E Q U I P M E N T

Brand / Manufacturer:

Model:

Lens:


S E T T I N G S

Aperture / F-Stop:

Shutter Speed:

ISO/ASA:

Focal Length:


T E C H N I C A L

Exposure:

Lighting:

Colour Saturations:

Focus / Depth of Field:

Sharpness:

Score (out of 10 points):


I N T E R E S T

Aesthetics / General appearance:

Emotional Content:

Storytelling ability / Creative communication of a concept or idea:

Originality:

Score (out of 10 points):


C O M P O S I T I O N

Framing / Cropping:

Simplicity of Design:

Points of Interest:

Rule of Thirds:

Lines & Diagonals:

Balance / Use of Negative Space:

Score (out of 10 points):


G E N E R A L

Total Score (out of 30 points):

HOW TO: PHOTOGRAPHIC CRITIQUES & TUTORIALS...

A collection of photographic critiques by myself and other RB members which will help to explain how certain Technical, Artistic and Compositional techniques can be used to improve your images.


C R I T I Q U E S:

CITY LIGHTS :

ROOF TOP ABSTRACT :

22-23 :

BIG SHIPS, LITTLE BOATS :

A PLACE IN THE SUN :

ADRIFT, AFLOAT, ABLUR :

THE BOXER 1 :

No. 5 DOOR :

FINISHING TOUCHES :

3 BOAT ENDS :

EDGED IN PUFFY LACE :

ITALIAN PARADISE :

READY NOW :

EXTRACTION ADVICE :

CUYAHOGA FALLS AVE :

REPOSE :

NO-ONE :

URN :

LOTUS SEEKER :

MOON SHOT :

THE SECRET :

SOUP FOR FUN :

DOOLIN, IRELAND :

BASEBALL FIELD :

CRISPY ROSIE 2 :

YOSEMITE FALLS…

LITTLE IN COLOUR :

SELECTIVE COLOURING

TORCH LAKE

KIRBY CABIN

O MADONNA

TAKEN ASHORE

THROUGH THE WOODS

GRAVEL ROAD

FISHERMAN


HOW TO: PHOTOGRAPH THE MOON

One of the more difficult things to photograph is the Moon.

We have all seen those great photgraphs where the moon takes up most of the frame, and is full of wonderfull detail. I am sure that most of us have wondered “Wow, if only I could do that!”

So we try, and get bitterly dissappointed with our results.

What it comes down to is lens choice.

Sorry to dissappoint the owners of Compact Digital cameras, but this is one limitation that you can not over come. This style of photography is strictly set in the realms of the SLR and the loooong lens.

For example, here is a damned fine Compact Digital Camera. I would be proud to own one of these 9mp beauties:

Specs: 4x optical zoom (32 – 128mm equivalent on a 35mm camera)

It is a great camera. I can not speak highly enough abo…

50 Things you didn't know about: Byron

Look, its late [0240am], I am trying to stay awake, and I thought this might be a bit of fun…

1. What is Your Favorite Hobby?
Generally – sleeping. I adore sleeping.
But anything creative really, the medium is not that important.

Oh, and computers.

I do love writing.

2. How Old were you when you left School?
I was six, but I came back again the next day.

I was 18, nearly 19.

I had to repeat year-1 when I was 5 years old. Even though I could read fluently at a level above everyone else. It was an age thing.

3. What was your first Pet?
A little black cat called Sooty Bandana.

4. If you were a Fruit ,what kind would you be?
Any sort of stone fruit, I guess.

5. If you were a Drink, what kind would you be?
Water.

Because Bruce Lee said I should be.

6. Have you ever Won a Prize?
Only colle…

HOW TO: MAKE SALES

INTRODUCTION

 

There is a misconception about RedBubble: “Join RedBubble and you will sell stuff.”

My response to this is simple: No, no you wont!

If this were the case, then it would be the first time in the history of commerce that product has magically sold itself.

To sell ANY product [including your art] you must do several things:

  1. Have a commercially viable/saleable product.
  2. Know your target demographic.
  3. Market your product to your target demographic.
  4. To SELL your product, you must also sell yourself.
  5. Treat selling your art as a business, not a hobby.
  6. Employ the right people.

HAVE A COMMERCIALLY VIABLE/SALEABLE PRODUCT

 

Simply having cool artwork wont guarantee sales, you need to produce work that is saleable.

One of the most successful artists on RedBubble is ELLE

HOW TO: TAKE BETTER PHOTOGRAPHS...

Introduction

These days it seems the word “Professional” has come to mean not only status of employment but also an indicator of artistic quality.

This is fine when it comes to defining your employment status, but problematic when it comes to defining quality, because if “professional” indicates quality of both work and attitude, then “amateur” must mean the opposite.

“Professional” has absolutely nothing to do with quality of work or attitude to the business.

How many “professionals” take bland photos [lots and lots] and how many times have so called professional photographers given their customers less-than-satisfactory service? [you hear about it all the time]. So being able to call yourself “professional” really does NOT accurately describe anything other than your employe…

HOW TO DO TEXT FORMATTING etc IN REDBUBBLE...

HOW TO: DO TEXT FORMATTING etc IN REDBUBBLE…

 

Ouch, what a long title… sorry.

This is a little collection of HTML-type codes and stuff that will help you make your posts and Bmails look cool.

While you’re here, checkout my TUTORIAL LIST


HOW TO MAKE YOUR TEXT “BOLD”

Put an asterix " * " at the start and the end of your text.

It will look like, well, it will look just like this!


HOW TO MAKE YOUR TEXT IN “ITALICS

Put a line " _ " at the start and end of your text.


HOW TO MAKE A “QUOTATION BOX”

 
*This is a “Quote Box”…

 

NOTE:
- Quotation Boxes must not be preceded by any text. ie… they must be the first entry in a text-box.
- Quotation Boxes only work in “Forum” pos…

COMMUNITY INSPIRATION INTERVIEW

1. What’s your favourite artistic tool or piece of equipment (past, present or dream)?

Past:
My Piano. BEALE UPRIGHT GRAND

I started writing music at about the age of 5. Up until the age of about 25 I had written more than 200 pieces of music.

With musical instruments [and I think especially the Piano] you tend to have very intensely personal relationships. My Piano was my soulmate and only true friend. It was the only one who would/could listen to me and understand the [emotional/psychological] pain I was going through. It was not really possible for me to verbalise those feelings back then, – its still difficult now.

Present:
Konica Minolta Dynax 7D 6mp DSLR with a Sigma 17-35mm W/A Lens. [see the photo towards the end of this interview]

This is a professionally-specified camera des…