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"Highkey" by Gerald Chan

“Highkey” by Gerald Chan (Or Spring Flowers)

April 22, 2014 / by

Sometimes we are inspired by our own mood and it takes just the right photo – a perfect photo like this one by Gerald Chan – to bring such emotions to the surface. We’ll discuss how high key photography is used to create such an excellent photograph of such a simple subject.

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Untitled by Bethany Helzer

Untitled by Bethany Helzer (Or Little Things Can Also Be Creepy)

October 29, 2013 / by

As we continue our creepy photo tour, we explore a detail-oriented photo from Bethany Helzer. We’ll explore how such an emotion can be pulled out of such a tightly framed shot of such a simple subject.

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"Eye Portrait" by Thamer Al-Hassan

The Eyes Have It (Common Photographic Themes)

October 08, 2013 / by

This month, we explore eyes as a common theme among our Flickr pool. As one of the most emotive features of the human body, the eyes are powerful in almost every portrait. But what if the eyes are the subject alone? Read on to be inspired.

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"Looking Forward" by Lukas Hetzmannseder

“Looking Forward” by Lukas Hetzmannseder (Or A Photo Exists Where You Stand)

August 27, 2013 / by

If you’ve found yourself short on ideas, much can be learned by Lukas Hetzmannseder’s photo, “Looking Forward”, which teaches us that great photos aren’t found, they are created.

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"The Fading Grass of Summer"

Get Pushed: A Review

January 31, 2013 / by

Get Pushed Group Moderator, Rachel Melton, looks back at 2012 to discuss how the popular Flickr Group has helped to challenge and improve her photography. It’s a story not unlike that of the many members of the group.

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"Setting Of The Third Sun" by D. Travis North

Behind The Scenes: Setting of the Second Sun

December 14, 2012 / by

Several weeks ago, when I had been loaned the incredible Sigma APO Macro 180mm (OS) lens for our review, I got to play around with close-up and macro photography. One of my creations was the photo shown above, Setting of the Second Sun, which may just have been an excuse to play with my son’s LEGO Star Wars figures.  Close-up photography is, to me, almost zen-like.  While it is a an art that requires precision, discipline and a lot of patience, you have absolute control over every aspect of the shot.  The process behind a photograph like this is often misconstrued as something that is entirely thought up in the photographer’s mind and then with a quick setup, you have the shot.  It’s not like that at all, it’s a process.  Using this photograph as an example, I would like to take you through the process behind it’s creation.  In the end, I hope that you will have a better understanding of building a similar shot, and I hope that you garner some wisdom from my process. The Setup You have to start somewhere, so let’s start with a basic setup.  I used a piece of foam core as my ground […]

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On Golden Pond aka The Eye of the Hurricane by Ken Harris (cbiiidesigns) on Flickr

Get Pushed Round 27: Featuring Ken Harris

November 30, 2012 / by

Another round of Get Pushed completed, another great set of responses. This month, we feature the response of photographer Ken Harris with his splash photography challenge. Read on to learn more about the shot and about Ken.

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"Crumbling Layers" by Heather Utterback

“Crumbling Layers” by Heather Utterback (Or Go Big, Get Close)

November 06, 2012 / by

Featuring photographer Heather Utterback’s photo, “Crumbling Layers”, we explore the delicate balance between details and context. Getting close up introduces new scope and new interests. Read on to be inspired.

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"Me" by Rich Levine

Get Pushed: A World of Opportunity (Round 24)

August 31, 2012 / by

Wrapping up round 25 of the Get Pushed Flickr Group, we feature three great and inspiring photos from the likes of Diana Sussellman, Rich Levine and Sue F. Read on for our monthly wrap-up.

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"Gerbera Daisies" by Ryan Shaffer

“Gerbera Daisies” by Ryan Shaffer (Or Unusual Framing For Interest)

June 19, 2012 / by

“Gerbera Daisies”, a photo by Ryan Shaffter, does not follow traditional compositional techniques and it breaks several rules along the way. But we feel that the photo is the better for it, as it is far more interesting and more aesthetically pleasing than it could be. Read on to see a large photo and learn about the power behind this photo.

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