Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Guest Photographer - Natty Netsuwan

As you can see by her own description on Google+, Natty is a former engineer that turned into an accidental photographer.
If you see her pictures you will know that she enjoys a good meal and she is also able to capture that yummy scent in a picture. It makes you want to taste what she is having or what she is photographing.
Natty is active on Google+ and she is one of those photographers that truly know what a community is.
Visit Natty's profile on Google+.

PA: What drew you to photography?
NN: I started a food website and needed pictures to communicate to readers what the food looked like. In 1999, Nikon had CoolPix that was affordable and that was how I got started in digital photography.  I loved it so much I burnt out 5 or 6 cameras.

PA: What is your favorite type of photography?
NN: I love food photography and landscape photography.

PA: Do you have an artist that inspires you?
NN: Several photographers on G+ inspire me to go out there and have fun. Chatchai Rombix, Moon Lee, Nicholas Ong, Sumit Sen, just to name a few.

PA: Tell us a secret: what makes you mad when you are photographing?
NN: When I can’t get the right shot and I’m hungry. My subject (food) is smelling good but I can’t eat it yet.

PA: What is your dream location or subject to shoot?
NN: Some cool cave somewhere near the ocean.

PA: Make a wish (photography related)
NN: I would like to... have a closet full of lens and camera gadgets (picture Matrix when Neo went into the weapon stockroom).

Talking photography specific

PA: Select one photo from your gallery and let's talk about that.

PA: What inspired you to select this motif?
NN: This massaman curry picture was one of over 100 pictures of the dish that I took from 2 separate preparations. I tried many different compositions and containers to get this one that I like. I love the curves on the dishes and the red curry inside the dish that accentuated the curve.  Everything on the dish is natural and real.

PA: What gear did you use?
NN: Nikon D7000, with a 50mm lens.

PA: Care to share some EXIF details & setup environment?
NN: I use natural light, so the dish was set right by a big window. I stood on a chair to get top down view.
ISO: 100
Speed: 1/15 sec
Exposure: f 6.3
No cropping, No flash
Lens: 50mm f1.8

PA: Describe this photo. You can use only one word.
NN: Luscious
PA: Any tips for photographers that are trying to shoot the same genre?
NN: Food photography is fun and rewarding.  I learn a lot from having a fixed subject that won’t move and is simply beautiful just the way it is. The two variables are the light and the composition.  If you can be sensitive to the light, food photography is easy. I love the simple, natural truth in the subject: I rarely use a flash, I almost never tweak or adjust the food once it’s on the plate. For the most part, I find the food itself is so beautiful, so I aim to reduce the amount of external visual influences and props that detract from the subject.

More works from Natty



Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Guest Photographer - Eustace James

Eustace James is a photographer that is actively participating in the Google+ Photography community.
Since the beginning, Eustace always presented us with inspirational pictures, filled with meaning and technique with extreme high quality and pleasant results.
He kindly agreed to share his thoughts with the world and the well composed answers you will read below shows that he knows what he is doing and takes his photography very seriously and with attention to details.
Visit Eustace's Portfolio at

Eustace James
PA: What drew you to photography?
EJ: Good question. I started shooting pictures when I was very young with a Kodak 135 Instamatic that my parents bought me. I was always the person in the family with a camera in hand or behind the viewfinder of the 8mm movie camera. I started shooting more seriously when I was in high school, at which time I stole my mom's 35mm SLR to join the yearbook staff. For a while there, I didn't shoot at all. I owned some point-and-shoots, but didn't really focus on photography at all. Then in 2006, I bought a dSLR on a whim. Admittedly, my wife did encourage my purchase. I may have mentioned that I missed taking pictures, so she told me to spend the money and that I wouldn't regret it. That was seven years ago, and she was absolutely right. I haven't regretted a moment since.

PA: What is your favorite type of photography?
EJ: I'm not sure that I have any kind of favourite. Right now, I'm shooting a lot of flower macros, and I'm doing a lot of experimentation with the quality of light that I can evoke with a single handheld flash.

PA: Do you have an artist that inspires you?
EJ: I don't have a single artist who inspires me. I look at as much photography as I can, and I try to pull some of those ideas together to produce my own interpretations. I'm a be your own hero kind of guy.

PA: Tell us a secret: what makes you mad when you are photographing?
EJ: How can anyone be angry when they're shooting? *wink* (Shooting people can be frustrating sometimes. The guy who, in the middle of the family portrait session, babbles about making sure he can have all the work from the shoot because he's great at Photoshop? That guy's a little bit annoying. He means well, sort of, but he doesn't really get that the photos you make happen not just in the camera but also at the computer after the shooting's done and that they're not really your photos if someone else is playing around with them in Photoshop.)

PA: What is your dream location or subject to shoot?
EJ: I'd love to shoot some of the older European cities. Until I can get my wife to conquer a mortal fear of flying, I'll have to make do with touring the US by road and stopping at every quirky little roadside attraction I see.

PA: Make a wish (photography related)
EJ: I would like to... take one iconic photo that everyone will recognize as soon as they see it. They don't even have to know that it was me who took it. They just have to know the photo itself.

Talking photography specific

PA: Select one photo from your gallery and let's talk about that.

Eustace James: Last Chance to See &emdash;

PA: What inspired you to select this location?
EJ: This is Antelope Canyon, in Arizona. Until I got there, it had been one of my dream photography destinations for a number of years. My wife and I love to take road trips, and she allowed me to drag her to this spot on one of our journeys through the US southwest. The place is magical, and it's almost impossible to take a bad photo when you're walking through the slot canyon -- it's that beautiful in there.

PA: What gear did you use?
EJ: This was shot with a Nikon D80, and if I'm not mistaken, I used the kit lens that came with the body -- the 18-135mm lens. That lens was notorious for broken AF motors, as I recall, and mine was no exception. At the time I took this photo, it hadn't yet given up the AF ghost, nor had I yet dropped it in the desert sand and screwed up the aperture blades.

PA: Care to share some EXIF details & setup environment?
EJ: This was sort of a tough shot to take. I had to set my tripod in some soft sand, which didn't provide stable footing at all. It was shot at ISO 100 for five seconds at f/8. The camera was pointing upward toward the top of the canyon, and although the blue looks out of place, it really was there. Our guide was very helpful in terms of pointing out some cool landmarks and some good places to shoot while we were wandering the canyon, but I found this one on my own.

PA: Describe this photo. You can use only one word.
EJ: Surreal.

PA: Any tips for photographers that are trying to shoot the same genre?
EJ: I guess I would consider this a landscape, so here's what I think about when I'm out shooting landscapes.

I hate to tell people to think outside the box, because I dislike that cliche quite a bit. What I will say is this: find an unusual angle. Think of the unlikely story -- the one that no-one else would want to tell. Tell that story instead of rehashing the same old tired tale. What you're doing isn't wrong. There's no correct way to shoot a landscape. You don't have to shoot sweeping vistas with a wide angle lens in order to make good landscapes. It really is all about the light. It's not easy to make your own light when you're out in the big wide open, so you have to learn how to make the very best of what you have when you have it. You won't always be able to shoot at the golden hour or the blue hour -- you may not be able to be where you need to be exactly when you want to be there. You can find a way to shoot at noon and make a good photo. Stand where you think you can make the best photo, and take your shot. Then go stand someplace else and make another. There's beauty waiting to be revealed everywhere.

More works from Eustace

Eustace James: Still Life in Mobile Homes &emdash;   Eustace James: Still Life in Mobile Homes &emdash;

Eustace James: Blossoms, Bouquets, and Beauty &emdash;  Eustace James: Still Life in Mobile Homes &emdash;

Monday, February 18, 2013

TUTORIAL: Resizing photos

Written by Yukkabelle

Hi there

Some of our member's submissions are declined because the quality of their images are not optimized at their best.
Hopefully there are simple tricks that can be done to make your photos looking better.

So I will write a series of small basics tricks to help you to enhance the quality of your photos. The first one is about your photos size.

Uploading your photos to dA

I have noticed that many of our members are uploading their photos on Deviantart at the original size (full size)
For some many reasons it is not a good idea, and you should to prepare your photo before to upload it to the web.

Original size is a big file, a too big file. Not only it may take longer to download on other people screen, but also it makes not easy for the viewer to enjoy your image. Do you really want your watchers to scroll horizontally and vertically your image for to try to figure piece by piece what they are looking ? Certainly no !

And what about the quality ? To upload your photo at the original size and let Deviantart to resize it for you will automatically make your photo to look "soft", "dull", with a lack of contrast and details.

What size is a good size ? As far as I am concerned, I will resize my horizontal photos at 800 pixels and the vertical size will be automatically 536 pixels because I preserve the aspect ratio. So depending the size of your original photo, you may have something different.

A very important point, when you have finished to resize your image, take care of not overwrite on your original file. So save it by doing : "Save As" you can give another name to your file. You will have two files for your image, one resized and your original untouched.
Usually while saving the resized photo, I add the new size on the title. For example in jpg format :

Doing this will help you to locate easily your images on your computer. You will see immediately which one is the original and which one is the resized.

How to resize your photos

I have Photoshop element 5 and Photoshop cs3 but I prefer to use another easy free program for to resize my photos : Photofiltre ! I use this program since years because it has simple tools.

Photofiltre :
Download :

The easy way to not mess with your original, it is to work on a duplicate of your image.
I did a little video to show you how I resize my photos with PhotoFiltre. The principle stays the same with Photoshop, but if you need a quick tutorial about it, just tell me.

PhotoFiltre video tutorial

For more informations I suggest you to read a very interesting and useful article from the well know and talented Ian-Plant

I hope this helps

If you have any question, feel free to ask


Sunday, February 10, 2013

Featured Member #1 - Annie Bertram

Annie Bertram

Professional Photographer from Switzerland

Annie Bertram, trademark photo art of a unique kind. Her photographic vision is dreamy and emotional, her portrait shots highly original. Reduced to their very essence, they provide insights on the relationship of humans to the world of fiction and vice versa. Her subjects are staged to build new identities: daydreams, desires, fairy tales… yet also nightmares.

A sense of familiarity between people and scenery – a sort of merging, a synergy. Annie’s favorite backdrops are unique and often morbid locations: factories, dilapidated houses and mystic natural sceneries… places that breathe the air of the bizarre, the obsolete or of secrecy. She directs the eye to things that are often overlooked – thoughts, emotions, fate. This intention is amplified by the direct and narrative way the often female protagonists are instructed to look at the camera.

Annie Bertram is working very passionately with people for more than 15 years. She aims for more than just a beautifully photographed face. Annie is looking for the person behind the glamour, for the human being behind the persona. “The all-defining, intimate moment where the model lets me glimpse behind his or her façade is my biggest challenge.”

Numerous publications and exhibitions followed, shootings for artists, bands and fashion brands, as well as video productions. Her second photo book “Wahre Märchen” was awarded “book of the year 2008” and sold-out in no time. At the moment, Annie is busy preparing international exhibitions following the official release of her new book “Obsolete Angels.” She is also working on a new subject. “This is still a secret”, she reveals with a smile.


Under the skies

Unwritten tales of loneliness II

At the end of the time

Visit Annie's profile @ deviantArt