4 Lessons I have learned from instagram

It is just recently that I have started being active on instagram and I thought I would share with you a few lessons that this platform has thought me so far

1. Square is a cool ration

I could never see compositions in square format, this has always been a challenge for me. However since I started using instagram more frequently I am becoming more comfortable with the 1:1 ration

2. My mobile phone is not crap

As a serious hobbyist photographer I used to totally ignore my camera phone using it only for quick geotagging locations or snap-shots of things I should not forget, e.g: where I parked my car or whiteboards after meeting. I never considered using it to capture real “pictures”. Instagram though me to put my camera’s phone to good use to capture all these quick moments but precious moments.

3. Keep looking for compositions

Now that I don’t think photography only when I have my “big” camera with me I can virtually be composing and looking for lights/shadows and pattern anywhere and at all times.

4. Not every picture should be perfect

Well yeah it is OK to take life moment snapshots with a camera phone and put it online without spending hours on it in the digital dark room trying to have the best outcome possible. Even if it is blurry and I am in it it can still catch the moment and share it with your friends.

Download ADIDAP Calendar January 2013 now

We are starting this year’s calendar by a lovely submission from Florian Besnard and the most voted picture in our photo competition with 139 votes!

Chelse By Florian Besnard is our featured calendar picture for January 2013.

It is available in both US and UK formats – classic and retro themes. All you have to do is click on the version of your choice for the full size.

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Classic Theme

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You can always download our full calendars in pdf version on the following links:

Book Review: “The Long Exposure” eBook (by David Cleland)

I am a big fan for long exposure photography and I have been practicing it for a couple of years; so when I heard of “The Long Exposure” eBook (by David Cleland), I didn’t want the miss the chance to read it hoping that, after all this time, I could still pick up a trick or two. I can say up front I was not deceived.
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55 Sets/701+ Free photoshop Halloween Brushes

As October 31 draws nearer, I thought of compiling a list of Free Halloween Brushes that would make it easier for all of us to prepare for this Halloween and spare our free time for some holiday photography, costume dress up, fun time with family and friends or hopefully carving one of the 23 creative Pumpkins from the list we created for you.

So here it is a collection of 701+ Free brushes in 55 sets to fit all your needs and tastes.
For your convenience as well, I added the Number of items in each set, License info, Direct Download Link, Original Website Link and Author Name.

Enjoy and please share your work or additional brushes in the comments.

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23 refreshing Halloween pumpkin carvings for your inspiration and much more

Are you getting ready to carve your pumpkins this week-end and tired of the good old jack-o-lantern?

If you are looking for fresh ideas for this years pumpkins look no more, there is enough inspiration for you to carve the pumpkins of all your neighborhood !

So let’s get started
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