All posts tagged: photography

Gardens and Winter Afternoons

Von Gärten und Winternachmittagen My sister and I wanted to go on a little photo shoot. For that, however, we wanted a nice little backdrop. While there are many beautiful places within an hour or two hour driving range, we didn’t have enough time to go somewhere far before the sun went down. When looking into things to see, if there was some nice place closer by, we discovered that mere minutes from our home, there’s a castle with a garden that’s considered unique and a great sight in the region. So, we set out to find the famed garden, and lo and behold, our expectations were exceeded and we spent a nice hour in the sunset of a late winter afternoon. Meine Schwester und ich wollten auf eine kleine Fototour gehen. Dafür suchten wir allerdings noch nach einer geeigneten Umgebung. Während es zwar viele hübsche Ziele in einem 1-2 Stunden Radius gibt, hatten wir nicht genug Zeit, so weit zu fahren, bevor die Sonne unterging. Also befasste ich mich mit der Frage, gibt es …

Enable Me: Waterlogue App

Inspiration am Mittwoch: Waterlogue App   I have a rather unusual little gadget that I’d like to introduce to you today. An iphone app that I came across a couple of days ago when I was looking for a way to turn photos into realistic looking watercolor paintings. You may guess that I know my way around Photoshop somewhat well. But I haven’t yet been able to create a watercolor painting from a photo that looks realistic enough for me to be satisfied. With all my trying and tweaking, using filters and what not, the PS paintings still came out in a way that I thought it looked way too much like a photo turned into some kind of wanna-be art. Result: me = not happy! So, I did a search (hoping to maybe find a PS tutorial on how to create realistic watercolor projects), when I happened to stumble upon Waterlogue. It’s an app for your iphone or ipad (not sure, if an android version is available, too; you might want to check it …

Enable Me: The Coffeeshop Blog

If you’re anything like me than you’ll always like a good set of actions to edit your photos. On the www there’s a ton of stuff out, some of it useful, some of it not! Recently, however, I came across a blog that has a ton of free downloadable actions, a lot of which I find very useful. It’s The Coffeeshop Blog. If you’ve never heard of it before, you might want to check out that site, because it doesn’t only come with actions for photo editing, but also actions to create storyboards and a lot more! Curious? Go check it out.

Enable Me: Couture Collection

Well, friends, what can I say? My little sweetheart sister is the best! Not only is she a web designer in her own right, she also hooks me up with cool stuff regularly, and look where she pointed me just the other day: Couture Collection aka For all of you photography lovers, this is a place you don’t want to miss. This blog comes packed with free stuff for photographers – templates, storyboards, all sorts of things that help you showcase your photos. And who says you can’t use these things on a scrapbook page, too? Anyhow, don’t get distracted by the image above. The website has a lot more to offer, so why don’t you hop on over there to check out the place?

Enable Me: Magical Effects 4.2 Photoshop Actions

Finally I can blog again, and you get the benefits. It’s been a while since I last enabled you with some photoshop actions, but today is the day, I found another action set offered for free: This set contains three actions, and all you need to do is click on the image above to get to the download site where you can find the link to download them on right side of the screen. Hope you like these, and I’m glad to be back again!

Enable Me: Creating A Custom Shaped Bokeh

I stumbled upon a super fun and easy tutorial recently about how to take pictures in which the lights take on fun shapes. As soon as I saw this, I knew I’d have to try my own hand at this, and true enough, it’s just as simple as it seems in the tutorial. So, if you want to know how to take pictures with a bokeh such as this one, simply hop on over to Kevin’s and Amanda’s blog to check out their tutorial.

Behind the Scenes: Principles of Design – Creating Active Space

It’s been a long while since I talked about principles of design the last time. So, today I want to discuss something that I’ve meant to share for a long time, and that is the Composition Principle of Active Space. Generally speaking, this rule applies to composition in photography and art, but today I’ll show you how it is useful to know about this principle in scrapbooking as well. What Do I Mean With “Active Space?” Active space is the space “in front” of the person/object; the space a person/object is moving or looking towards. When you look at a photography, your eye usually will be lead through the image. If the composition is bad, your eye doesn’t actually know where to look, or what exactly to focus on, but if you have some understanding of composition, you can determine where you want the observer to look first, and how you want their eyes to move over your picture. This is where the principle of active space becomes important. Example If the subject in your …