Friday, October 13, 2017

Free 2018 Printable Photo Calendar - Adobe Indesign Template Download

I have recently helped produce this new Adobe Indesign photo calendar template. It is a perfect DIY solution for making a photo calendar. Simply add your own photos to the Indesign template and your are ready to print. It has a sophisticated and practical design template ideal for home, work or school use. Designs can be printed on paper or light coloured stock. You can find out more about it here at Abukoo

Printable Indesign calendar template

Free Indesign Calendar
The calendar designs can be used in a variety of ways

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Free 2018 printable monthly calendars

These Abukoo printable calendars have a beautiful minimalist feel. Best of all they are free to download and super stylish. These are definitely ideal for DIY projects or just a bit of fun if you want something nice to pin on the wall. The best part is you can reprint it again if you mess up writing in your birthday list. Check out Abukoo for the download.

Free 2018 printable monthly calendar designs

Free 2018 printable monthly calendar designs

Monday, September 11, 2017

The Modern Sunset


I generally have a love-hate relationship with sunset photography. I love experiencing them in real life, but I really don't like sunset photos. As a child I always remember seeing people marvel over a shot that had neon pink colourings with over saturated reds and yellows. Apparently this was a sure sign of a superior shot. As a designer I typically despise these scenes, I find the color palette tacky and unsophisticated. So while travelling in Hawaii I made a plan to rediscover sunset photography. I wanted something with warmth and atmosphere, but not a garish spectrum of 1980's colour. By using the final rays of light, subtle atmospheric tones and some careful adjustment in Lightroom - I think I found my happy place.
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Camera settings, including shutter speed and aperture for sunset portraits




Saturday, September 2, 2017

Creating movement with slow shutter speeds


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As humans we are designed to always be moving, whether it's a twitch or a flat out sprint our bodies never stop. Recently I've been re-discovering the art of capturing movement with my camera. To be honest it's not really that easy - but, when you get the settings right there are some subtle and seductive qualities that are hard to beat. Shooting with movement definitely adds interest and can help describe the scene far more than a razor sharp image ever could. There's a few tips and ideas that seem to work for me:
  1. Slow shutter speed setting: Typically anything under 1/30th sec will start to add movement
  2. Anything under 1/30th sec will typically require a tripod.
  3. Look for scenes that have isolated movement, images always look better when there is a combination of blurred movement and sharp elements
  4. Try moving the camera and subject slowly in sync for a sharp subject and slightly streaked background
  5. Try moving the camera and subject rapidly in sync for a sharp subject and very streaked background