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11 examples of amazing optical illusion photography

October 23, 2013
Taking great illusion photographs requires a lot of preparation and co-ordination. However, it is definitely worth it when the end result is a photo that leaves everyone captivated. We’ve compiled a selection of great photography illusions that truly wowed us, and we hope it will do the same for you too. Spread your wings and fly. © Noell S. Oszvald What do you see? © Liammm Apocalypse Now: Ant vs. attack helicopter… place your bets! © yourbrotherrex Will you get this message in a bottle? © David Zaitz High Five and reach for the moon! © Adrian Limani A brand new style of tutu has hit the town! © terr-bo One small step for man, one giant leap over Stonehenge. © maybemaq What’s your best side? London we have a problem – it seems like the moon insists on joining the games too! © Luke MacGregor Playing with toy cars can be as meditative as writing on snow in a Zen garden – mother’s advice. Via Julia Segal Time After a long day tolerating endless queues of tourists, the Eiffel tower would like to have its say! © Hughes Léglise-Bataille   Have you ever created great optical illusion pictures? Which of the above photos did you like the best? If you can’t choose one then create a photo calendar so you can be immersed in a different optical illusion each month! _ All photos were found on Pinterest and have been pinned to our ‘Illusion Photography’ board.

Photographing the Seasons – ‘Autumn’

October 18, 2013
Are you feeling wonder and amazement at the explosion of colours you are seeing all around you this Autumn, but not sure of the best way to photograph its brilliance? This week our guest blogger Maria Slough returns with suggestions on photographing the abundance of colours that Autumn now presents us with, as well as sharing her top tips for creative photography within this dreamlike season. Over to Maria… Autumn is upon us and for the next few weeks Nature will offer up a kaleidoscope of beauty in an ever changing landscape to inspire your photography. There will be hues of Green, Brown and Yellow sitting alongside Reds, Pinks and Oranges all waiting to be captured with your camera or smartphone. However Autumnal photography offers up more than just colours. It offers us flat skies that are perfect for photographing reflections, great backdrops for family photographs and stunning early morning mists as the Autumnal change in temperature prepares us for Winter. Below are some of my top tips for photographing Autumn, involving your family, landscapes, close-ups or morning mists. Family Autumn leaves provide the perfect natural location to go out with your family and pets, have some fun and capture some memorable shots. Match the colour of your surroundings with an item of clothing in the picture and inject lots of movement and laughter into the shot. Collect a bag of leaves and encourage your children and pets to play amongst them. To include yourself in the picture set your camera on a tripod to multiple remote and join in the fun to create memorable family portraits.  For example, you could create a nice photo canvas or collage print from this type of picture. Landscapes As the seasons evolve around you don’t be afraid to make the landscape an accessory in your photograph. Look for textures and shapes that work in contrast to the softness of nature’s foliage. Landscapes throughout the changing seasons don’t have to be grand. Your garden or view from your window is your own private landscape even if it is just a single tree. Photograph your view twice a week and see how it changes during the next month. Fallen leaves will give you great ‘leaf reflections’ to photograph. With Autumn sunshine comes great shadows and contrast. Experiment taking a photograph towards your light source to add dynamism to your pictures. Take these pictures with the sun/ or light just outside the frame of your shot to generate maximum effect. Whether you are photographing the Seasons from a window or a field, by the sea or in your garden remember to look up and include the Autumn skies. Close-up In photography always look for the less obvious particularly when the elements and nature meet. As the seasons roll by, there are many opportunities for close-up or ‘macro’ photography. Below an Autumn shower collides with a recently spun spiders web. Seasonal fruit and vegetable such as apples, pumpkins and onions provide great colour and texture for photographing. Experiment

Places to photograph before you die

October 17, 2013
One of photography’s simple pleasures is that it’s possible to take an exceptional picture in whatever environment the photographer happens to find herself in. There is no overriding necessity to craft and compose that perfect shot, so long as the view before you is sufficiently awe-inspiring, you can capture a shot to rival those in travel brochures. It’s why digital photo sharing has exploded in popularity, as well as why someone with a good eye and an iPhone can produce moments of magic at every turn – in short, this is the democratisation of photography. As importantly, this democratisation of digital photography has created a convenient and never-ending excuse to travel to breath-taking and jaw-dropping places, so that you can share these visual treasures with your family and friends upon returning home. Here we present twelve of these astounding locations – a mixture of both the well-traversed and less known – to inspire your next snap-happy getaway. The Pyramids, Egypt While we don’t recommend repeating the behaviour of these Russians who hid from guards for four hours before climbing The Great Pyramid of Giza, visiting the most mysterious of the world’s great wonders still merits a place at the top of the bucket list. © Muhammad Mansour Rajasthan, India This state in north-western India, known as ‘The Land of the Kings’, is home to a glorious trinity of desert, river and mountain as well as tiger and nature reserves, spectacular palaces and the oldest archaeological ruins on the Indian subcontinent. © Evegeni Zotov Black Rock City, Nevada Desert For one week every year, tens of thousands of people gather together to build a city in the desert. It’s built on four principles: community, art, self-expression and self-reliance. When it’s time to return home, all art installations are burnt to the ground to emphasise to attendees the concept of the ‘impermanence of everything’. © Emmanuel Vivier Havana, Cuba With cars, cigars and the looming presence of Fidel Castro on every enchanting corner, Havana doesn’t need to try very hard to warrant its status as the most colourful city in the world. Don’t miss Malecon, the city’s famous sea wall, at sunset. © Jordi Martorell Angkor Watt, Cambodia There’s no shortage of visitors to Siem Reap, the gateway town for what is technically the largest religious monument in the world. Crowds pack in front of the stone lotus flowers and bustle for the best shot at sunrise, but the myriad of temples in the jungle beyond await a more discerning photographer. © Jono Hey Plitvice Lakes, Croatia It often comes as a surprise when people haven’t heard of the waterfalls at the Plitvice Lakes in Croatia, especially when official figures clock visitors at the 1,000,000 mark. They’re easily accessible as an UNESCO World Heritage site, and the temples can be approached as pure photographic indulgence. © Bruno Monginoux New York, USA Given the colour and vibrancy of the Big Apple, some might say it’s hard to take a bad photograph in its bustle and

How to create your products on the go using the new PhotoBox app

October 14, 2013
Everyday we’re met with the opportunity to take photographs, whether it is of food, pets, or something you happen to stumble across by accident that just needs to be caught on camera. The fact of the story is, that there is always something to photograph, and with the love of social media sites such as Instagram and Facebook growing larger – everyone wants to share their everyday images with their closest friends and family. BUT have you ever thought about getting your favourite everyday shots delivered directly to your door? With the new PhotoBox app, we aim to make printing your pictures as easy as can be and with social integration and order tracking, your experience is guaranteed to be a swift and stress-free one. Here are some tips to help you create your prints in just a few clicks: 1. Product is at the forefront of the process – with many different styles and types of Prints you will be spoilt for choice. So whether you go for a Standard Print or an Enlargement Print, there will always be something to suit your taste. 2. And because we’d be nothing without a photo… the app now enables you to choose your picture from a number of different locations – including Facebook, Instagram, your camera roll and all the photos already stored within your PhotoBox account. Our hot tip – to help free all your Instagram snaps from your phone, how about trying our 5×5 square print? If you are not an Instagram user but like the idea of this shape, you can still use your normal images but just make sure you crop them properly before ordering. 3. Choosing your image can be a difficult task, but our app helps you get an idea of what the finished product will look like. You can crop your image exactly how you want and choose your style to ensure your prints are completely personal and exactly to your taste. Did you find this tutorial helpful? Have you tried out the new PhotoBox app yet, and if so, what are your impressions, thoughts and feedback? We’re offering the first three reviews/comments at the end of this article a free personalised iPhone case. We look forward to receiving your comments!

The evolution and future of PhotoBox, as revealed by our founder Graham Hobson

October 1, 2013
This week, we are introducing Graham Hobson, who is not only PhotoBox’s founder, but as importantly, our Chief Technology Officer. Graham is responsible for much of the ongoing technological innovation here at PhotoBox that you are likely to encounter whenever you access PhotoBox’s products and services. Being both founder and innovator, we have asked Graham to answer six questions relating to PhotoBox’s birth, evolution and how it has developed into the brand that we all know and love…   Tell us the story of how you came up with the idea of setting up PhotoBox? Back in 1999, I had two young children, aged three and one years old. We took lots and lots of photos of them. It felt like every week we developed a full roll of 36 photos, yet only a few of those were any good. Digital cameras then appeared onto the scene, and we bought our very first digital camera in October 1999. Unfortunately, we could not find a company anywhere to print these digital photos. Since my wife wanted to have physical copies of these photos, I struck upon the idea of starting my own digital photo printing company. Previously, I had created order systems for banks, so I thought that such a task wouldn’t be too different. All I wanted to do was to create an order system, plugged into a mini lab – how difficult could it be? To get started, I wrote a business plan every day whilst on the train, and in November 1999, I revealed to my friends my plans to start PhotoBox. A short while later, during a business trip, I wrote the final detailed plan. PhotoBox finally went live on 11th May 2000. Our first day of orders amounted to £2.70, and that very same customer is still ours today, 13 years later!   What motivated you from the very beginning? I was in my mid 30s, had some professional confidence, but decided I wanted to strike out in a new direction. I had been in the banking industry for quite a while, and I was looking for a change in the existing world of internet startups. For the first three years, we were in unknown territory; it was nothing like what I expected a dot com to be. We were a small company (less than 5 employees for the first 3 years) and we had to do everything ourselves. Being a service that started out from personal need also motivated me tremendously. Along the way, we just listened to what customers wanted, and we accommodated it. We very quickly realized that customers also wanted to make more than prints with their photos, and diversified into personalised products (Photo books, canvases, mugs, calendars, etc.), and so we adapted. Who said dot com startups are glamorous?…   What made you take a leap of faith into the digital photo printing industry? Was your family supportive from the start? To be honest, my family thought I was a bit crazy.