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December 17 2013

07:30

Deal of the Week: 2 Million Stock Images for a Fraction of Their Regular Price


  

Stock photos are what any designer needs on a daily basis. No wonder, that competition in that industry is fierce. Any stock image provider out there needs to beat the drum louder and louder to make sure they get noticed. For designers, this is good, as beating the drum usually equals to discounted offerings. Our Deal of the Week features stock image provider Ingimage and their 2 million elements large library with high-quality photos, vector images, videos and more.

December 04 2013

11:00

November 2013: 10 Best Free Hi-Res Photos by Unsplash


  

A few months ago we introduced you to Unsplash.com, a project by Ooomf. Since then they kept promise and regularly released new images. Quality varies though. That’s why we decided to help separate the wheat from the chaff by publishing only the 10 best images released in November 2013. We do not necessarily choose those photos with the highest level of photographic artistry, but our eye is more on usefulness. Which photos are good to support articles, designs and such without showing too much uniqueness to render them unusable without their original context. That said: have fun and do whatever you want with these gorgeous photos…

November 03 2013

09:00

October 2013: 10 Best Free Hi-Res Photos by Unsplash


  

A few months ago we introduced you to Unsplash.com, a project by Ooomf. Since then they kept promise and regularly released new images. Quality varies though. That’s why we decided to help separate the wheat from the chaff by publishing only the 10 best images released in October 2013. We do not necessarily choose those photos with the highest level of photographic artistry, but our eye is more on usefulness. Which photos are good to support articles, designs and such without showing too much uniqueness to render them unusable without their original context. That said: have fun and do whatever you want with these gorgeous photos…

October 28 2013

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July 18 2013

06:30

Totally Free: Unsplash.com delivers Hi-Resolution Photos To Your Inbox


  

Commercial use photos are always appreciated. In most cases, though, licensing is not as straightforward as you would want it to be. Studying license conditions is not what most of us like to struggle with. Some countries even have legal systems in place, where it is hard for the creator to waive all his legal rights, even if he explicitly wants to. The best way to stay out of trouble is to either shoot each and every photo by yourself or choose pictures with as little license overhead as possible. The new project Unsplash.com by freelancer-platform Ooomf.com promises to deliver exactly this kind of material.

July 16 2013

06:30

Freerange Stock: Commercial Use Photos Completely Free Of Charge


  

Freerange Stock, relatively new to the market, is a stock photo provider sporting a different approach. All their images are freely usable for private and commercial use alike. They don’t even force you to backlink or attribute in any other way. Money isn’t requested, either. Photographers receive a share of the Adsense revenue of the site. There is only one precondition: you need to open a member account…

June 10 2013

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April 11 2013

07:15

Depositphotos and Noupe Give Away More Than 300 Professional Stock Files For Free


  
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September 12 2011

07:00

April 07 2011

05:10

Typography and Vistas equals beautiful Landtrust for Tennessee

Advertising for beautiful places usually boils down to an advertising magical equation: 1 part scenic photos + 1 part good typography + minimal copy + a good shake = a great advertisement! Whether or not Bohan who created these beautiful ads for Landtrust for Tennessee followed that exact forumla or not is hard to say. However, they made some beautiful advertisements due to some amazing photos and clever typography. The way the ads are constructed, the viewer is starring into open fields with beautiful rich colors. The typography starts on the horizon line and progressively moves forward in space. The type has beautiful drop shadows that make the type really feel like it’s in the ad. There is minimal copy in the corners which help keep the ads clean, crisp and on point. Without further adieu, the beautiful spaces of Tennessee.

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February 08 2011

10:00

Options to Consider When Looking for Stock Photos: Free vs Paid Solutions

As designers and bloggers, pretty much every project we do is going to involve photography in some way, form or fashion. With the way the internet is today, there are photos floating around everywhere and it’s very easy to grab one for use even though it may land you in some huge trouble. This isn’t a post on which is better so much as it is weighing in on the different uses for free and paid photos. I’ll interject some of my opinions in here but mostly keep it factual so the information is as correct as possible. What’s your opinion on free vs paid?

A Little About Free Photos

Free photos are awesome because they are, well, free. But, to be honest, most of the time they really aren’t that awesome at all. They are usually of lesser quality, require links or are far too small to use for anything practical. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Check out the pros and cons I’ve outlined below.

Pros

  • They’re free
  • They are sometimes very large photos like the ones you’ll find on Stock Exchange (see below)
  • You can use them pretty much wherever you want, even commercial projects
  • Occasionally you can find really good ones
  • Can alter them if you need

Cons

  • They are of lesser quality for the most part meaning less MP
  • Also have bad or sub-par composition and color
  • Often too small
  • Will be seen in multiple places since anyone can get ahold of them
  • Most likely you won’t find exactly what you need and you’ll have to settle
  • You’ll also have to sift through ads to find the photos…they have to generate income somehow
  • Sometimes require a link or attribution

I’m an advocate for using free photos during the composition of a client project. The reason why lies in cost. I’m not going to pay for photos for a client to change them anyway, it’s just not being smart with your money. That said, I definitely have to do some explaining as to why the photo isn’t exactly what they are going to end up using or why it has a watermark on it. Most clients are okay with it if you tell them the alternative was charging them for stock photos they may never use. However, I proceed to push the sale of professional photos for the live launch of a project. They will make or break or design no matter how great it is.

A Little About Paid Photos

Paid photos on the other hand are a whole different breed. They are usually the opposite of free photos but also come with their own set of pros and cons. Let’s check these out.

Pros

  • Usually professionally shot
  • High Quality
  • Can purchase different sizes
  • Good composition
  • Plenty to choose from

Cons

  • Can get a bit pricey
  • Multiple usage restrictions
  • Many times can’t be used in commercial projects
  • Require additional research to find exact usage
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Difference in Quality

There’s a definite difference in the quality you will get with free versus paid photos. Free ones are often shot by amateurs or as candid and it was an afterthought to upload it for use by others. You can tell in the composition, the coloring, and even the actual pixels or picture quality. That’s not to say that all paid pictures are fantastic, but you’re much more likely to find paid photos with better quality all around.

It would be my assumption that the people uploading pictures for free don’t take as much time or have near as much experience as those who upload to paid sites. I think it’s safe to say that. But don’t feel free ones are useless, they can serve their purpose and then be replaced by a professional image for the final product.

What are you using it for?

If you’re using photos for a personal project, you might be able to get away with using free or very cheap photos. And by personal I mean like a poster for your child’s classroom or something along those lines. However, if you’re a web designer building a site for yourself, I highly suggest you get some professional photos. These are going on your portfolio and whether you’re a photographer or not, clients will expect perfection from you for the most part.

Client projects nearly always require professional photos. Clients don’t always want to pay for them, but I urge you to do your best to explain to them the difference it will make for their clients. You don’t ever see major brands like Dell or Nike using cheap or free photos for their marketing. It makes a difference and it’s your job to translate that to your clients.

Photo Copyright

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Photo Copyright Infringement

Copyright is a huge deal these days as well. It’s difficult to trace exactly where photos have gone once they’ve been uploaded to a site. Paid sites use watermarks but those are easy to cover up if you know Photoshop very well. And free photos have their own issues even though they may be considered “free.” For example, if there’s a person in a photo, that person is supposed to give a model release to the photographer so it can be used in any way. But I’ve personally come across hundreds of photos with many people in them that I know they didn’t get model releases from all of them.

On top of model releases, the photographer still owns the photo and all copyrights to it regardless of whether it’s posted on a free site or not. They have to sign a release to the person that wants to use the photo in order for it to be legal. I know it sounds crazy, but there are some very strict guidelines for photo copyright and people infringe on it everyday. And the thing about copyright is that it’s different from country to country, and in the US, from state to state even! So it’s best to contact the photographer directly before using the photo in any way such as client work or on your own site.

A Few Good Free Photo Sites

Stock Exchange is probably my personal favorite of the free ones. Some of it has to do with the fact that it’s the only one I really use. Like I said, I use these images for mockup purposes, not for the final launch of a project. Their search has always been pretty lame so you’ll have to deal with that should you decide to use them.

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Flickr is another great resource for some free photos. You’ll have to give attribution for most of them but they definitely work and there are tons to choose from. Be sure to check out the copyright restrictions on this site as well as the other ones.

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FreeDigitalPhotos has some great stuff as well. However, they only offer the small size images for free, the others are paid. Most likely you could use their photos for a small image on a project but they wouldn’t work for a large banner that would be on the homepage of a design…at least not without pixelation.

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EveryStockPhoto is a great place as well. They’ve got plenty to choose from and most of them are actually very good shots. They come in a variety of sizes but many of them will work great for mockups.

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A Few Good Paid Photo Sites

I’m pretty sure that mostly everyone has heard of iStockPhoto. They’ve been just about the only place I go to buy photos when I decide to. Over time their pricing has crept up a bit but they are still very reasonable and allow you to purchase small photos for as low as $1. Most of the web ready ones will run you about $3 or so, which is awesome for the quality you get here. They also have stock video, audio, illustrations, and a plethora of other things.

Paid Stock Photos

Ah, Getty Images. Seems these guys have been around since the beginning of the internet. They have some pretty awesome stuff, but it also gets a bit pricey and quick. If you can push the cost off on your client, which you should do if it’s for their project, they are a great choice to find what you’re looking for.

Paid Stock Photos

Yet another great resource for paid photos is ShutterStock. You’ll find what you’re looking for here for sure but again, it will cost you a bit to get the quality they provide. I’m not against quality but sometimes it seems they’re charging a bit much for it.

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DreamsTime has some good stuff as well. I personally don’t use this one but it’s another place to visit should you not be able to find what you’re looking for at any of the above ones.

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So In Closing…

Keep in mind that photos can make or break your design. Obviously it’s your choice as to whether you want to fork over the money to pay for them, but most of the time when working on a client project you can pass the cost along. Just make sure you thoroughly explain your stance on using professional photos and maybe give some examples comparing free versus paid photos. Point out some differences and let the client make that call, even if it is against your better judgement. What do you think of free versus paid sites? Are they truly worth paying for or just a waste of money? What other sites do you use?

January 23 2011

10:00

Be Amazed With These Unbelievable Optical Illusional Photos

Personally, I appreciate photos so much especially when they have illusion effects. Photos with illusions amaze me a lot. What could we get with these illusions? First, let us know the definition of illusion.

Wikipedia defines illusion as:

“A distortion of the senses, revealing how the brain normally organizes and interprets sensory stimulation. While illusions distort reality, they are generally shared by most people.”

Illusion tricked our brain and eyes when seeing something that is not really there or something that is not really happening.

Benefits of Photos with Illusions: Exercise and Entertainment

It exercises our minds.

Optical illusions make our minds sharper for it makes us think on what can be on that picture or how could that happened. Optical illusions improve our analytical thinking and it also stimulates our right brain. This is good for most people, for seldom we see left-brainers.

It gives entertainment to viewers.

I always find myself caught up with the entertainment that these illusions give. These give enjoyment to viewers when thinking on what could that happen or what you see on the picture.

Optical Illusion

I consider optical illusion as an art. It amazes me how forms, lines, colors, and brightness or contrast are put together to form one illusion that deceives our optical mechanism or gives us those sleepless nights thinking on what could possibly be on that picture. But did you know that before optical illusions are manually created by men, it is already happening naturally? Yes, it does. Not only nature uses illusions, even military is using this as one of their tactics.

Optical Illusions in Nature

Optical illusions come naturally. For animals, they use illusions to survive where they put their bodies in camouflage so their predators or enemies won’t see them easily.

I have here some pictures to show you how animal camouflage works.

See how the lion blended in the African grasses? Lions does this when they hunt another animal for food.

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There is a walking stick that is leaned under the grass. Have you noticed it?

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A stingray that hides itself in the sand.

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Mirage is a good example of natural optical illusion. See the picture below.

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Mirage Over East China Shore

Mists rising on the shore created an in-depth image of a city, with modern tall buildings, wide city streets including cars as well as crowds of people all clearly visible. The city of Penglai had been soaked by two days of rain before the rare weather phenomenon occurred. In Penglai, on the tip of Shandong Peninsula, many mirages have been recorded throughout the history. Because of that city is also known as a dwelling place of the gods.

Optical Illusion Used by Military

A good tactic military thought of is to use colors to blend with the nature foliage.

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Image by: Jean Francois

Now, let me present to you optical illusion photos that are created by men. Be amazed and have fun!

Take a look at this photo. What do you see? A rabbit or a duck?

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How about this one? Can you figure out on what is in the picture?

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Are you giving up already? To find out the answer, click here.

Try looking at this Jesus’ photo for 15–30 seconds. After that, take a look at a wall while blinking your eye. What did you see?

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The original image forms a giant bird.

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When you put it upside down, the picture would be a guy catching a big fish.

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Here is a picture of an island that when turned upside down, you will see a crater.

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Crater

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Look at this picture, count the faces you will see.

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What do you see? A letter E or just black lines?

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SUV Illusion

Try measuring the SUVs and be amazed that their sizes are the same but appears to be different.

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Camels in the Night Illusion

The palm trees appear to be a camel-shaped.

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Black Dots

Try counting the black dots you may found below.

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Lucky Clover

See how the circles move?

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Double Picture Illusion

Did you see a couple in an intimate position? According to research, when children are the ones seeing this they see dolphins not the intimate couples for they still do not have experience or memory regarding the affair.

Elephant Leg Illusion

Can you count the number of legs this elephant has? Is it four? How about five, six? Or seven maybe? Hmm…

Spiral Illusion

You are seeing a spiral, right? Actually, what includes on the picture are circles put together. And that creates the spiral.

Anamorphic Illusions

Photographers, painters and designers are now using anamorphosis to give attraction to their photographs. Mostly, they use pencils to draw or other drawing tools to create such photo.

Wikipedia defines Anamorphosis as:

A distorted projection or perspective requiring the viewer to use special devices or occupy a specific vantage point to reconstitute the image. “Ana – morphosis” comes from the Greek words meaning “formed again.”

Anamorphosis is commonly used in road markings where they put wordings and arrows in a position where drivers can easily read and understand them. Take a look this example, even you are still far you will still see the arrow and words. And as you are getting near of it, they become bigger and more readable.

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Take a look at the examples below. Note that these are not edited or modified using a photo editor software.

Julian Beever is a famous creator of anamorphic illusion photos. Below are his great works of 3D anamorphic illusion photos.

Sidewalk Drawing

This is an example of an anamorphic illusion created by Julian Beever. This sidewalk drawing was drawn in a special distortion in order to create an impression of 3 dimensions when seen from one particular viewpoint.

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Breakfast

An anamorphic photo illusion drawn in a large size of paper.

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Portable Computer

Another photo illusion in anamorphosis. A laptop drawn on the floor of The Strand, London.

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Christmas

A floor painting where Santa Clause is caught by policemen going inside a chimney.

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To find out more anamorphic illusion drawings of Julian Beever, click here.

Lava Burst

The photo you see below belongs to Edgar Muller’s pavement art.

A lava burst was drawn on a street way. Very realistic.

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3D Cars Pavement Art

A chalk drawing of a cracked floor where a car fell and flattened and damaged another car.

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Can You Believe These Are Flat?

All of these are drawn in 3D using a pencil.

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Happy Kettles

Notice the face of the kettles? Those are just reflections of the stove. Cool, isn’t? One technique to take a anamorphic photo is to get its perfect angle to make it look good, and this one is a best example.

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Seeing two lighters? The right one is drawn and the left one is real.

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BONUS: Dual-Meaning Typography

With the name itself, a dual-meaning typography offers a double meaning. This is one way where designers put an art in communicating to viewers. Combining art and communication is one great way to achieve your purpose of communication. These kinds of typography are funny and it really makes you think on what can be the double meanings of such.

To be tricked then impressed, I have here photos that will represent dual-meaning typography that I am telling you.

A mirror reflection with the word, teach and learn in the reverse side of it.

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One reason that I enjoy photo illusions is the  Try to guess the two words on each row.

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Did you guess that the word is BEHAVE or BELIEVE? Actually, the word is believe where the missing letters form the word, LIE. And those two words are somewhat related, right?

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What do you understand written on the Green colored lines? The figure formed on the white lines is a hint.

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I like this one. A mind once opened never closes/loses. Be open-minded.

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Sources: Best Optical Illusion Websites

Want more optical illusion photos? You may browse some on these websites below.

1. Mighty Optical Illusions

A website that is all about optical illusions. You can also submit your own photos of optical illusions on this website.

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2. Eyetricks

You can find optical illusions and also different mind-teasing games and photos on this site.

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3. OptIllusions

A website where you can find lots of photos of optical illusions grouped into different categories for your convenience in searching.

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September 10 2010

06:36

Amazing Photo Manipulations of Erik Johansson

Erik Johansson has a nack for photography but more-so he has a nack for photo manipulations and editing. He is a 25 year old freelance photographer that lives in Sweden. He works mostly on personal projects and commercial work. He says “I see myself as a photographer as much as a retoucher, a combination that is only limited by imagination.” Imagination he has! In the following photos you’ll notice he can make anything look real. The kind of hours this guy logs in photoshop must be astounding!

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Connect with Erik

Erik is on various social networks so you can follow his folio updates or just his everyday tweetings. We’re expecting to see much more of his work in the future!

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Amazing Photo Manipulations of Erik Johansson

August 07 2010

18:28

Beautiful Examples of Transparent Screen Trick Photos

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Two weeks ago we published a showcase of beautiful pinhole photography, and this weekend again we’ve got something unusual and creative to lift up your spirits and challenge your creativity. Illusions can be eye-catching and attractive and when you apply them to computer displays, the results can be quite interesting and deceptive.

Take transparent screen trick photos, for example. The idea is simple: you take a photo of your surroundings and set this photo as your desktop wallpaper. Once the display is positioned precisely, the transparent screen trick is achieved. Simple, but what can you do with this simple idea?

Below we present a short selection of some original transparent screen trick photos. The environments presented in these photos appear to have a completely transparent screen which creates an optical illusion. We also feature step-by-step-tutorials in the end of this post: and here you go — now you have something fun to do over the weekend!

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Transparent Screen Trick Photos

Strobist Lighting

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6/365 Clear Screen

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First Attempt

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I WIN!!!! alternative 10/365

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Transparent screen. [177/365]

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Experiments

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Transparent Screen Experiment

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Transparent Screen 5

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My Transparent Screen!

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Transparent Screen – Tristan

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Beethoven

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Transparent iBook

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My transparent screen

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Transparent Laptop Screen

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Transparent Screen First Try

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Transparent Tablet

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See-thru laptops!

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Caffè a computer

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Grayscale

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iPod touch

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Added a laptop

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Standing on Chair

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Play Desktop With Me?

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My transparent macbook

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Peon.master

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Transparent Screen Tutorials and Resources

Just for Fun – Transparent Laptop Tutorial
This project involves taking three different pictures. The first two will be taken at the same time, and the last will be taken after some editing. It is very important that you do not move your computer or tripod during the whole process.

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Transparent TFT Screen Tutorial
Learn how to create a transparent looking tft screen by combine smart photographing with some easy photoshop tricks. You will need a camera tripod and of course a digital camera to do this.

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Transparent Screens Flickr Group
A huge and growing gallery of photos with the transparent screen trick effect.

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July 25 2010

17:16

The Showcase of Beautiful Pinhole Photography

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Camera is a remarkable piece of innovation. However, it is people — professionals and newbies alike — who make it truly remarkable. It’s the photographer behind the camera. It’s his imagination, passion and talent and knowledge of the medium. You don’t need a high-end costly equipment to get beautiful results. Just your talent and a way of looking at things differently is together more than enough for a great shot. It’s also the ability to envision the final result in your mind which is also important.

A pinhole camera is a simple camera without a lens and with a single small aperture — effectively a light-proof box with a small hole in one side. Light from a scene passes through this single point and projects an inverted image on the opposite side of the box. You can easily construct this camera by yourself using things lying around like match boxes or any kind of boxes, paper, duct tape etc. The small amount of light passing through this pin sized hole produces image on a photographic film or a CCD sensor.

If you don’t want to get your hands dirty on creating a pin hole camera by yourself, you can use your DSLR with some modifications (replacing camera lenses with a pinhole). Also, pinhole cameras are available in the market: and they are quite popular, too — after all, you don’t have to worry about the focus and distortions as there are no lenses involved. Also, you might end up with lovely motion blurred photographs.

In today’s weekend post we present beautiful and inspiring photographs created using a pinhole camera. Please notice how photographers use the camera creatively to produce quite remarkable images. At the bottom of this post you will find links to some photographers and references to related resources that will help you get you started. Also, we listed related Flickr pools which contain thousands of further examples of what can be achieved with this technique. Get inspired, folks!

[Offtopic: By the way, did you know that Smashing Magazine has a mobile version? Try it out if you have an iPhone, Blackberry or another capable device.]

Beautiful Inspiring Pinhole Camera Photographs

Tarquin Coates

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The calmness of blue by Andrew Watson

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Daniel Tückmantel

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A. Wallis

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An Oceanic Ghost Forest by Danielle Hughson

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Zeb Andrews

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Mackeson

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Danielle Hughson

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Scott VanderStouw

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Tea Room

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Scott Speck

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Bruno Malegue

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The Iron Cycloid by Scott Speck

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Matteo Bagnoli

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The Sleeping Zebra by Scott Speck

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Sarah Knopf

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Follow The Tunes by Tim Franco

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Tea Room

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Celeste Brignac

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A. Wallis

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Darren C.

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Kent Mercurio

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Mackeson

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Sara

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Erik

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Zeb Andrews

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Michael C. Pastur

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Remarkable Photographers

And here is a brief overview of some remarkable pinhole photographers from Flickr. They have added a new demission to photography: their photo streams are full of beautiful photographs.

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Scott Speck

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Further Resources


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July 11 2010

15:33

Showcase of Beautiful Photography

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Sometimes, a picture can be powerful enough to be inspirational material all by itself. To provide you with some inspiration for the upcoming week, this sunday we feature some truly beautiful and impressive images from talented artists and photographers worldwide.

Whether in black and white or in colors, they are all related by a strong sense of composition and an emphasis on lightening and colors work. All images are linked to their sources, which you are encouraged to visit. Other work of the photographers we have featured here is certainly worth discovering as well. Please notice that some images are available as prints as well.

[Offtopic: by the way, did you know that there is a Smashing eBook Series? Book #1 is Professional Web Design, 242 pages for just $9,90.]

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Dreaming
Amazing sleeping beauty, where the beauty is actually also the beast, by Peter ツ. Prints are available as well.

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Blue Sky

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Far And Away

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Inside Capitol Hill

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The Endpoint
By Jeannette Oerlemans.

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Falling Up

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Song of Tide
By Wira Nurmansyah from Indonesia.

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Blue
By Earl A. Jones.

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Bunny Bokeh
Happy bunny bokeh wednesday, by Little Miss Patricia.

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The Cat

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Abstract
By tanakawho.

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Ink Sea
By Hermin Abramovitch.

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Fan’s Eye
A macro shot by LauHi.

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Painter
By Konrad Bąk.

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Ant, The Driver
By Raphael Guarino.

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A purple leaf
By National Geographic.

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Flower Petal
By Alistair Campbell.

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Keeper
By Wysseri.

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Who Feels Love
By Ciuky.

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In The Mood 4 Love
By Antonio Navarro Wijkmark.

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Tunnel
By Kleemass.

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Eyjafjallajökull
By Skarphéðinn Þráinsson.

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Susanna Majuri
A disturbing yet insteresting serie of images by Susanna Majuri.

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San Torini

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Abandoned
By tEdGuY49.

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By Ursula I Abresch.

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Bearded Dragon
A macro shot by LauHi.

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Ant (by Unknown)
Please let us know who is the author of this image in the comments.

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Light Paintings by Twin Cities Brightest

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The Plugs
Well, that’s not a beautiful photo per se, but we are confident that this image will spark your imagination for a more productive workflow — at least when it comes to handling cabels and plugs!

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June 11 2010

21:00

DepositPhotos Giveaway: 3 People To Win Accounts

Title-depositphotos-giveawayDepositPhotos.com is a great resource for buying and selling Royalty-free photographs and vector illustrations. They slogan is –  “Buy It Easy! Sell It Easy” describing how easy it is to do both tasks so you are in the right place if you are searching for premium photographs or trying to sell your work and earn some extra money!

Why am I writing this? Because today we have a giveaway to launch with you and we are giving away:3 accounts in Depositphotos each worth 50$!

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Before we give away details about contest, we will introduce you a little bit more with DepositPhotos website and highlight special issues which make this site to stand out:

  • Stock Photos from $0,1

Yes, if you don’t need high quality images, but just small eye-candy shots or illustrations to explain your text, product, thought visually –  you will be highly pleasant with such option.

  • Special offer now –  2 images for the price of one!

Now Depositphotos also have interesting special offer allowing to buy images even cheaper –  handy if you need original images regularly, but you don’t want to spend so much money-getting them.

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  • Over 1,500,000 images in database

I was surprised there are so many images available, after giving a little search in topic I was interested in I got several pages of specific images, even more than I’ll ever need. Maybe in very specific topics such results would differentiate, but I am definitely pleasant with results and I am sure you will be too.

  • Subscriptions from $19

There are at least 4 ways for you to purchase images from DepositPhotos.com; you can even mix and match them in a single order if you’d like. Whether you’re buying one image at a time or 40 images a day, our low prices and quality service cannot be beat!

And one of the options is subscription as well offering different plans you can choose from:

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As you can see, you have many options to choose from and if you are in need of premium images and vectors, DepositPhotos is definitely one of the best options to consider.

Contest Giveaway Details

This day we will make it simple –  just leave a comment under the article and we will use random number generator to choose winner! Starting from this time –  contest will go one week –  be sure you come back here after that to know happy winners!

If you want to leave thoughtful response however –  leave your thoughts in which case you would spend money for premium image, what kind of experiences you have?!

May 29 2010

12:32

The Beauty of Paper Art

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The times when paper was considered to be the primary medium for artistic expression is long gone. Many writers and designers use digital media to improvise and develop their ideas. However, there is something particuliar in this “physical” canvas — something that keeps us getting back to paper when we want to brainstorm ideas in a notebook, doodle around in a sketchbook, collect inspiration in a scrapbook or just draw some sketches for the next project.

In fact, paper is even more powerful than that. It is a very flexible medium. You can use it paper only for giving your ideas and feelings forms, but also as an expressive medium for creative artworks formed out of paper. You can create a sharp-edged paper plane or ship, but also form twisted curves of nature or complicated geometrical shapes. In this weekend’s post we present a showcase of paper art; you wil find many beautiful carved, folded, cut out paper objects and realistic 3D paper sculptures, all using paper, cardboxes or even books as materials. Please make sure to follow the links to explore further works of the artists presented below.

You may be interested in the following related posts:

[By the way: The network tab (on the top of the page) is updated several times a day. It features selected articles from the best web design blogs!]

The Beauty of Paper Art

Apples

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Buscando a la serpiente

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Paper Tunnel by Jen Stark

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Flat Globe Cutting Book Series “AKIRA CLUB”

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Golden Swan

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Paper flowers

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Face

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Bijoux

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Artists who make pieces, Artists who do books (detail)

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Paper art 3 from Jen Stark

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Lost At E Minor

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Icosahedron

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World Books

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Custom topography of St. Thomas

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Paper Latern

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Deep Sea Tango

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Sunflower

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Flock

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Holding on to myself

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Helen Musselwhite: Romany Caravan

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Paper Drummer

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Charles Clary 4

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Indian Tree

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O Ero He`ll Fight (Detail)

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Typography

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My Modern Metropolis

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My Modern Metropolis 2

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Paper Mask

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Wataru Itou
This paper model looks very impressive with all the little lights illuminating it. Be sure to hit up the link for more pictures of this masterpiece.

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February 04 2010

14:17

35 Photos of Truly Adorable Animals in Snow


While some animals hibernate in the winter and prefer to sun themselves during the warmer months, other animals are perfectly comfortable with the snow and offer photographers a plenty of opportunities for remarkable photos. To celebrate the nicer facets of the leaving winter, we now collected some beautiful and adorable photos of animals in snow. These photos are nice to look at and will help you get a break from the regular work and hopefully get a fresh perspective on whatever you have to get done today.

35 Photos of Truly Adorable Animals in Snow

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December 30 2009

13:54

Stunning Fireworks Photos

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It is a most beautiful experience — the sounds and colors of fireworks in the silence and darkness of night. Words alone cannot describe such an experience. The sky comes alive with so many vibrant hues, starbursts, and showers of light along with ribbons of smoke, making us happy and awestruck. Photographing fireworks, however, is not an easy task.

To celebrate the beauty of fireworks, we present a showcase of beautiful fireworks photography. Each image is linked to the original photographer’s page with their profile names — so you can view more of their work or even thank them for their contribution. And finally, remember to have a camera handy this coming New Year’s Eve!

Beautiful Pictures Of Fireworks

Citizens Bank Park Fireworks

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Seattle New Year

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4th of July fireworks

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Fireworks at festival in Hella

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Blue Explosion on Flickr – Photo Sharing!

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United Kingdom fireworks at the celebration of light

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Daniel Avilés

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New Year’s Eve fireworks

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4th of July

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Waikiki Fireworks

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Japanese Fireworks

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Fireworks!!!

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New Years Eve Sydney 2008 Fireworks

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Its all about the view

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Epcot 2009 2 Fireworks

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14 juillet en couleur

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Bridge to Next Island

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New trial … View large!!

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South Africa Night

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The Big Bang (?)

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Quincy Fireworks

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Milton, VT Fireworks ‘08

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Eiffel Tower

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Fire & Sea

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Starburst Frailty

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Fireworks at Otsego Lake

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Piero Sierra

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Things to keep in mind for your Fireworks photos this year

To make some truly stunning fireworks shots, you need keep a couple of things in mind. First, a normal camera can’t handle such high levels of light. Although you’re shooting at night, using your flash won’t make any difference. Also, the light produced by fireworks is more than enough to capture a decent shot. For more dramatic results, you may choose longer exposure. And to ensure a high-quality result, always be ready for initial explosions when there’s less smoke in the atmosphere.

Other things to keep in mind are to use low ISO, set focal length to infinity, use a tripod and of course use manual mode. Some cameras have “Fireworks Mode” which saves you the trouble of having to adjust a lot of different settings. Just set the camera to “Fireworks Mode” and you’re ready for action!

And, of course, Happy New Year’s Eve!


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