Posted on May 5, 2016
The seaside football club Blackpool is on the precipice of a second successive relegation due to a team made up of poorly motivated and undermanaged players . But the root cause of the situation goes back to the chairman Karl Oyston and his father who has had his fair share of controversy throughout his life . So now the owners of Blackppol FC, the Oystons, are being put under increasing pressure to leave.
Since their relegation from the premiership , when all was looking so hopeful for the clubs future and the spirits of the Blackpool fans were high , the club and its fans have been left shocked and underwhelmed by the lack of attention and investment to their club . They feel cheated and nauseous towards the Oyston familys disinterested and selfish greed for themselves , money and lack of interest for Blackpool FC’s well being .
For many of Blackpools passionate fans it’s hard to see where the end game can be and it feels like the club will get relegated again next year sliding into oblivion and moving permanently away from any known or credible football presence .
The following photo taken by myself ©Stephenshaw and posted on my Twitter and Facebook feed shows a dramatic moment , captured when thousand of fans marched through Blackpool showing a love and passion for their home club Blackpool Fc , the tragedy of the oyston familys neglect and the fans anger towards them , demanding an end to the current situation . It’s a stunning picture showing the intensity and feeling of the moment with the people demanding that oyston leaves and shouting #oystonout . The fans only hope is a striving for Blackpool to become great once more. The bitter pill of defeat and relegation they have had to swallow tastes even harsher because of being suddenly deprived of football majesty after winning at wembley in 2010 . Blackpool and its fans need a manager that can bring new hope and glory its way again .
Posted on May 2, 2016
Posted on April 25, 2016
The technique of producing a new composite whole from fragments of pictures, text, or music.
Do you see the hand ….?
Abhorrent ! ….Disembodied , attached to naught .
What …. trembling ….despairs ,
are summoned forth ?
When your eyes connect ….
over a cold flesh caress .
Your hanging limbs ….
with darkness near ….
A named aversion ….dread is here ?
A twitching due …two secret fears !
The basement door is opened now ….
To close it…. You know not how .
Those secrets wished to be unknown ….
forever smite you in your home !
Posted on April 25, 2016
Resizing images is something you will always need to do as a photographer, so knowing how to do this precisely and for a range of reasons is something you will need to know.
Basic Pixel Resolution Sizing. The method you will be most used to using is Image/Image Size.
With width and height locked you would merely type in the resolution you require. If a client asks for an image no more than 2500 pixels on the longest side, with the width and height locked, you would merely type this in the Width section and the Height will be adjusted accordingly to keep the image aspect ratio the same.
With Width and Height unlocked then only entering one value will change the image shape, so always use it locked unless you have a specific need. One thing often overlooked when resizing are the resampling options. Depending upon whether you are increasing, or decreasing an image in size, these should be selected carefully.
Reduced to 1500 pixels across with Bilinear
Reduced to 1500 pixels across with Bicubic Sharper (Reduction)
When reducing, as you can see, using Bicubic Sharper adds a little sharpening to make the image appear sharper on screen.
Increased to 15000 pixels across using Bilinear .
Using Preserve Details keeps the image sharper when increasing the image size. When using Preserve Details, if the image is noisy, you can add noise reduction at this stage, but my advice is to do so sparingly or detail can be lost.
Resizing for printing.
When resizing for printing, it is important to also set the print resolution. Most commercial printers, assume you are using a file of 300 ppi (Pixels per inch). The files off your camera however may not be set to this. Many cameras (including the camera this test image was taken with) set 240ppi.
Using image/Image Size you can also resize the print resolution. More often than not though, you will want to size an image for a specific print size. For example, if we wanted to size this test image to print at A2, we’d need to set the actual print size at 300ppi and also set the print size to A2. You need to know the actual print size, and this can easily be found on the internet. A2 is 59.4 x 42cm Before you size, take note of the original pixel resolution, and set the width and height to Centimeters Then type in the dimensions you need.
Bear in mind, that almost certainly, the image will NOT be the same shape as an A2 page, so if it is a landscape image, set the width to 59.4. If a portrait image, set height to 59.4cm. THEN take note of how the pixel resolution changes…
As we can see the resolution has reduced, so we then need to choose the appropriate Resample method .
In this case, Bicubic Sharper, as we’re reducing pixel resolution. Our image is now 300ppi and will print exactly 59.4cm across. Resizing with the Crop Tool.
You can perform the same tasks with the crop tool.
Select the crop tool from the main toolbar.
Then on the context menu, select “W x H x Resolution”.
If you do not want to change the image shape, set width size only for a landscape image, and height only for a portrait image. And set 300ppi Bear in mind you have to actually type in the letters cm if you want centimeters.
You would then drag the cropping tool across the entire image (having snap turned on from the “view” menu helps here). Once the whole image is selected… double click to action the crop the image to the size and resolution set.
If you want your image to be exactly the same shape as the paper.. in this case A2 (59.4x 42cm) the crop tool is the ideal way to do it. Just set the exact paper size and 300ppi resolution.
As the image will not be the same size, you will need to decide how to crop it. Action the crop, and you will now have an image that will print exactly to A2. The problem with this method is that you cannot choose the resampling method. To get around this, you can crop to the required aspect ration first by setting the crop tool to “ratio”, and typing in the measurements you want… so for A2, you could type 5.94 x 42. No need to put cm etc, as it is a ratio. Crop… THEN use the Image/Image Size method. Then you can choose the resampling method.
Posted on April 24, 2016
Posted on April 24, 2016
Posted on April 17, 2016
On all your pages and social networking sites you should specificly cross link your most popular sites in the heading or details to provide your best sites with slightly more exposure but also giving your lesser known pages some equal attention and likely hit rate . Therefore think about the likely hood of the link being seen and where it is posted according to a viewer who will look at your site or page and also what the chances are from this visbility to if or how they will see it when clicking or stumbling across your page . You want the most visibility and likleyhood of a response . So if and when some one comes to your page they will most likely notice the link and and chain look through all your sites thus giving them the most exposure and hits .
Although I would not recommend facebook and would prefer google plus and twitter , I suppose I use because I feel I have to . It may help in sharing my work and getting minor publicity . So … Use facebook and post images from your own pages with specific targeted keywording and also more rare but precise and subject informed to increase chances of being noticed and noticed by the right people as well as with links to your own websites and published work included in the image , then post them to different groups with lots of members and specific subject matter .
Use google plus and post images from your own page with specific targeted keywording and with links to your own websites and published work included in the image , then post them to different google plus communities with lots of members and specific similar subject matter to gain the most followers and shares thus exposure .
I Use 500 px for validation and motivation as it is more frequently used by real practicing members of the photographic community . Getting a response on here should mean more than a facebook page as it is uninfluenced by other people and societal constructs or personal barriers so it is a more pure form of recognition in your passion of photography . 500 px has caused people to search for me online regarding work and job opportunitys . I also use it as a visual eye opener to search for works I myself would aspire to . Again Use 500 px with specific targeted keywording and with links to your own websites on your front page and published work included in the show image space .
Twitter is good again for getting promoted or valuable publicity online as it has a direct link to the most inspiring and biggest names in your field . It would only take one time at being sought out , seen or recognised by someone with clout to rocket your practice into unknown levels . I see twitter as one of the most valuable ways to get noticed by the right people . Facebook is the last choice , if good at all as it comes with the baggage of social barriers and negative constructs of society at your home level , people are not capable of there own susceptiveness on facebook they are like sheep to the alpha . It will be no good until you make it for real if any at all even then . It is all a physchological tool of no use to your career aims at a basic level .
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