How to do Photo Stacking (My Way)

Great tutorial from Julie Powell on how to Photo Stack images:

Julie Powell - Photographer & Graphic Artist

Stacked Gerbera

I am always trying to learn new and interesting techniques, not that the techniques themselves are necessarily new, just new to me. One of these is Photo Stacking, I had tried a while ago with some night time photos I took, without actually knowing what I was doing, I tried, unsuccessfully to import all images into one image, blend them together in Photoshop. I was sort of on the right path, but not quite. The photo was not a success!

But recently I had another go with some Macro images. This time I had done a little bit of research on line, isn’t the internet a marvelous tool?! Anyway I had taken some photos of some flowers (I actually used the final image in a challenge a little while ago). I could not get the focus correct on all the images, I remembered about photo stacking and though I…

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Blogging and Photography

Kate Feldragonne offers photography tips for bloggers:

A Kat and A Mouse

Blog PosterYesterday there was a discussion in a blogger group about uploading photographs to blogs and other places, like Flickr. When I started this blog, I didn’t have a Flickr account, and I wasn’t taking many in-world photos. As I’ve gotten more into photography, I’ve added things to my workflow. I’m sure, however, that sometimes the way I do things isn’t the cleanest or fastest or easiest way.

Uploading Photos

The discussion turned to not uploading your photos multiple times. I have always uploaded my photos directly to WordPress. As I said, when I started this blog, I didn’t have a Flickr, so embedding photos from Flickr wasn’t an option. After some research, I began resizing my photos (making them smaller) and saving them as .jpeg’s for uploading, because .jpeg’s load faster than other types of files. And in this day and age of ‘immediate satisfaction,’ making people wait an extra…

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GIMP Tutoral, Making Logos.

Cybersuk’s great tutorial on how to make Logos in Gimp:

Reshade: post-processing Second Life in real time

Inara covers the new photo app that works with Second Life, Reshade:

Inara Pey: Living in a Modemworld

Reshade: injecting shader effects into Second Life (or any game) in real timeReShade: overlaying your SL world view with shader effects. In this image, I’m using the ReShade split screen option to show a real-time view of Oyster Bay, with the original windlight-based view on the left, and a preview of effects overlays on the right. (which have been deliberately exaggerated for effect)

ReShade is an application which has been generating a bit of buzz around Second Life for the last couple of weeks. When installed on a Windows PC (7, 8 or 10), it allows you to overlay you Second Life world view with a wide range of shader-based effects, which can be used in screen captures for images, or when recording machinima to offer real-time visual effects.As it is an overlay system, it also works with OpenSim environments.

I first got to hear about ReShade from Whirly Fizzle at the start of August (she in turn got to…

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An eclectic visit in Second Life

Inara reviews the very photogenic sim Eclectica:

Inara Pey: Living in a Modemworld

Eclectica; Inara Pey, August 2015, on FlickrEclectica August 2015 (Flickr) – click any image for full size

Eclectica, located on the homestead region of The Place, is somewhere I’ve been meaning to visit since it opened earlier in 2015. Designed by Maddy  (Nibby Riddler), it is disarmingly described as an “enchanting sim with an eclectic blend of forestry, fantasy, folklore, whimsy and magical exploration, with wonderful photo opportunities amongst the ruins, hidden caves, lovers spots and romantic meadows.”

And the truth is – it really is – and so much more. This is a region of scenic contrasts, from low-lying, meadows edged with water, to high rocky plateaus from which waterfalls cascade, this is a place demanding gentle exploration, by either following the footpaths leading away from the landing point, or by wandering where soever your feet wish to take you.

Eclectica; Inara Pey, August 2015, on FlickrEclectica, August 2015 (Flickr)

This is a place rich…

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Second Life, Windows 10, & Me

Honour McMillan blogs how Windows 10 has affected photography and more:

Second Life, Windows 10, & Me.

Creating Long Exposure Photographs with ND Filters

Great article from Julie Powell on how to create long exposures:

Julie Powell - Photographer & Graphic Artist


I can honestly say that long exposures of silky waterfalls, with dappled sunlight and mossy rocks, was what inspired the birth of my photographic journey. I thought only the most amazingly talented photographers in the world could do this. This wonderful invention the internet, has been a vast plethora of information and instructions on virtually any topic you can think of, and many you never have! It is truly amazing and people give so freely of their time (in most cases), the learning curve can be as tight, or light as you wish.

So today I thought I would share my experience on ND Filters and Long Exposure Photography, please understand that I am NO EXPERT here, and I only dabble. This is I guess a follow up from my first experience back in March.

I now am beginning to understand why there are two fields of Long Exposure Photography…

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60 Incredibly Useful Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts

Great article on photoshop keyboard shortcuts:

How to Create the Orton Effect

Julie Powell explains how to create “The Orton Effect” via Photoshop:

Julie Powell - Photographer & Graphic Artist

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I was asked recently what the Orton Effect is, after referring to it in a recent post, it’s funny – not so long ago I was asked if I used the Orton Effect on an image, and I had no idea what that was back then either. However I was too embarrassed and instead of asking for help, I googled it. It has now since become something I love to use, however it is really only suitable in certain situations. But I do love to play around with it and occasionally add a subtle grunge effect to it as well. Below is my take (with a twist) on how I create it. I also have it set as an action in Photoshop, which does it all really quickly for me, but here I have put down the steps involved.

So what is the Orton Effect?


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D.I.Y. Digital Processing Pt 3 – Making your own brushes in Photoshop

Julie Powell demonstrates how to make your own brushes in Photoshop:

Julie Powell - Photographer & Graphic Artist

Over the last few weeks I have been doing some posts on Digital Scrap Booking and creating the Watermark Effect with Brushes, I thought I might continue on with that with some Portraits. A Blogging Pal sent me a link for a great tutorial and Photoshop Masterclass, I am still considering the Masterclass, but I loved the freebie Photo Artistry Tutorial, by Light Stalking. Lensaddiction has been creating some wonderful stuff from her time doing this same course. Anyway I have been working on a portrait I took a little while ago.


And I came to the realization that even though I did a Post on creating your own watermark, I have not really made a post on how to make brushes, past that point. It is very simple really, take an image say this butterfly and we can make a butterfly brush, which can be saved and…

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Tips for iPhone Photography 

Charlotte Christine Photography offers tips on how to optimize your iPhone photography:

Creating A Hand Painted Effect In Your Photographs

DWPhotoworks demonstrates how to create a hand painted effect in your photographs:

Copyright – Where Do You Draw The Line?

Kat Feldragonne tackles copyright and more:

A Kat and A Mouse

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As a teacher, one of the topics I taught in all of my classes was plagiarism.

In academics, plagiarism is a serious offense and can have severe consequences, from course failure to expulsion.

Students in my classes learn how to properly credit other people’s works and ideas in their own work.

Plagiarism vs. Copyright Infringement

Many people think that plagiarism and copyright infringement are the same thing.

Though they are similar concepts, they are not the same.

Plagiarism is using someone else’s work without giving them credit and is a policy enforced by schools.

Copyright infringement is using someone else’s work without permission and/or compensation (if appropriate) and is a law enforced by the courts.

Plagiarism doesn’t have to include copyright infringement, though it can.

Some works are so old they are not subject to copyright laws – like The Odyssey or works by Shakespeare, for example.

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New Flickr Embed Code & How to Get Around It

Earlier this month, Flickr announced a new type of embed code:

“Hi, I’m Chris, an engineer here at Flickr.

Today we’re excited to start rolling out a new version of our HTML embed code, with more visible attribution of the photo owner and enhanced features. 

This new code brings the features of the “iframe” web embeds and the compatibility of standard HTML image embeds together into a single code. 

The way we’re accomplishing this is through “progressive enhancement.” This means that at the core of the new embed, we start with the same HTML image tag that has always been on Flickr, and if supported, we load the more sophisticated, enhanced embed. If the “fancy” embed isn’t supported or something goes wrong, the standard image will still load….” Click here to read the rest of the message:

The problem with the embed code is that it adds the official Flickr logo around your photos along with a caption, thus ruining the photos itself! An example is from the same official Flickr post as mentioned above:

So how do you get around this problem? Second Life blogger, Ciaran Laval has a great tutorial on how to avoid this, which you can read here:

How To Fix Flickr’s Embedding Mess (Whilst We Await Flickr Providing A Solution)