There are so many insanely good photographers on Google+ sharing their work and inspiring others to learn more about photography techniques. Most share their work and sometimes articles on photography from around the web. There are a few, however, that go one step further and engage their community in new and exciting ways. One such photographer goes by the name 'paradigmblue' and, as well as sharing his inspiring and truly excellent images, also invites his contacts to process one of his RAW files.
I've probably mentioned 'a few' time before that I often don't come away from a shoot with the photos that I was originally there for. I am of the opinion that unplanned photos are often the best and most satisfying for the simple fact that you had one chance, and used it, and have evidence of that fact.
3D printing is big news this year. More and more objects are appearing which have been 'printed'. As the technology improves and matures the items which can be created are becoming more and more intricate, it is now possible, it appears, to print a fully functioning camera body!
Urban decay photography is all about capturing images of of previously functioning items or locations, which have since been left in a state of disrepair. Popular locations include abandoned hospital (asylums are very popular), vacant houses and empty warehouses.
Leading lines lead the viewers eye to another point within the photograph, sometimes even outside of the image. Any object within the image that form a definitive 'line' can be used, such as walls, rivers or roads, these can lead the eye. If you combine leading lines with other rules in photography, such as the rule of thirds then this is a good basis for a great image.
I've read a lot of articles recently claiming that Google+ is a ghost town, that very little content is shared and that it'll probably be pulled by Google in the future as a failed attempt at a social network. To be fair I have also read just as many articles about how Google+ has overtaken Twitter and Pinterest and will overtake Facebook by 2016 if it continues to grow at the current rate.
Everyone is aware that, to a certain, level, music affects our moods and in some cases actions. It can make us feel a bit down, perk us up when we don't feel so good and inspire us to try new things. With such an expressive medium as photography, music must play a significant roll in our choice of imagery (if we listen to music during our photography shoots mustn't it?