Spring is Here!

Spring is here so I decided to get colorful with my blog.  I get tired of seeing the same old thing anyway.  I guess it’s my ADD.  So I hope this doesn’t hurt your eyes.  I added more color with some fun flowers.

What’s Pixoto?

flower-72Pixoto is an online image community where you can submit your photo’s for contests and the option to sell and be used as stock photos.  You have an option of a free membership or a Pro membership where you have a free online website  – the rates are by the month or by the year. I recently purchased a monthly Pro Plan at $14.95 with a 3 day trial to see if it makes any difference in ratings.

“Contests are called ImageDuel’s. Two images are picked to dual against each other  –Pixoto members will choose a winner for each duel, and images that win will then be matched against tougher and tougher competition. The results of the ImageDuels scores are used on leaderboard for the category and subcategory that they are competing in. The higher the ImageScore the higher up on the Leaderboard the image will appear.”

You can go to http://www.pixoto.com/vickiehibler to get an idea of Pixoto.

Tired of Taking Bad Photos? Out of Focus, Blurry, etc

Since I got a Canon when I’m used to using a Nikon I feel out of sorts.  Every picture I took yesterday of closeups were blurry and out of focus – well crappy!  I wasn’t concentrating I was just pointing and shooti!   I had to pause and think.  Okay, Okay I know if your too close to the subject it will blur, ISO settings wrong, camera shake, etc.  I need to use my tripod for this type of photo. “I’m talking to myself”  I like my focus point to be very sharp.  When I take bad photo I get very frustrated – what did I do wrong? So try a little creativity and below is the result.

  1. Slow shutter speed could cause camera shake, which would produce a blurry image
  2. Poor focus acquisition would result in a soft image
  3. Your subject could be moving and causing a motion blur
  4. You might have a bad lens or a lens that is not capable of producing sharp photos
  5. Your ISO could be set to a very high number, resulting in lots of noise and loss of detail

Read this excellent article from Photography Life  “Taking sharp pictures.”

Sometimes no matter how long you’ve been taking pictures you may need a refresher course .

The following two pictures are the same photo.  The first one is the original photo and then I tried a few editing options in Lightroom..

Macro Extension Tubes or Filter Magnifer’s

I’m having a hard decision to make. I have a 55-300 macro telephoto lens but I want to get closer – This is for my Canon. On my Nikon I got the versatile 18-105mm lens and wondered if they would work them.

I guess my question is – which one would you buy  Or, do you have a suggestion?

The Photo below was taken with my iPhone 5s then on Adobe Photoshop e Elements I then moved in closer. Not bad for a iPhone.


Daffodils – iPhone 5s