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Stunning Photography Inspiration

One of my favorite things in life is to take a good look at awesome pictures. For me, good photography is a real treat... as good as a cheesecake, maybe. And Paul Armstrong, an American photographer and designer, knows just how to take stunning photos. You'll find at his Flickr photostream over a thousand pictures for your delight, many sets and collections. His selfportraits are really cool, and he's developed his own techniques. I hope you all enjoy this as much as I do. Cheers! ;)

Lost in America eating Wendy's

It’s going to be a week since I arrived in the US. I’m still getting used to my new routine and trying to keep up the with updates and new blog features. However I’ve been experiencing a new culture that is totally different from mine. I’m now in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and probably on July 8th I will be arriving in NYC where I will spend a few days. After that I will head to California: San Diego and LA. Maybe I will visit San Francisco as well. Smokestack, fatback, many miles of railroad track All night radio, keep on runnin' through your rock 'n' roll soul All night diners keep you awake, hey, on black coffee and a hard roll You might have to walk the fine line, you might take the hard line But everybody's working overtime - James Brown, Living in America Meanwhile I have written some Photoshop Tutorials and I’ve been playing around with my G9 camera, learning how to use it. I will post photos from the places I visit here on the blog, and if there is anyone from these cities that want to meet up for a coffee or something, let me know. Tips are welcome as well.

Cross-Processed Lomo Effect - Photoshop Tutorial

Cross-Processed Lomo Effect - Photoshop Tutorial

I've worked with photography manipulation for over one year, and during that time I've learned some cool techniques that I would like to share with you. Two of my favorite techniques are the Lomography effect and the Cross-Processing effect. Then, someday I thought: how about mixing those two? What I got was a major kickass technique that will make any of your pics pretty awesome. Step 1 For this tutorial, I'm gonna use a personal picture. So this is the original picture. Now create a new fill or adjustment layer > curves. Make a soft curve just like this one. That will work for the brightness and contrast. Step 2 Now create a new layer above all and fill it with black. Blend mode: Hue, Opacity: 40%. Step 3 Ok, now you must merge all layers into one. After that, go to Filter > Sharpen > Unsharp Mark. Set the values like mine. You may use your own Radius value... that's what will make any difference. Now you got a cool sharp looking pic. Step 4 With the Elliptical Marquee Tool make an oval selection on the picture... you may select the main subject of it for a better result. Now invert the selection going to Select > Inverse. Step 5 Go to Select > Modify > Feather. High Resolution pictures may use higher values. For this one, use 20. Step 6 Don't lose the selection. Got to Image > Adjustments > Levels. You may change just the middle value, making it 0,45. It will dark the edges a little bit. Step 7 Now go to Filter > Blur > Lens Blur. You may use these exact values to get the right effect. The only value you may change is the Radius, depending on the effect intensity you might want. And now you got finished the Lomo effect! really love this effect... I use it in most of my pictures. Step 8 Now we're going to add the Cross Processing effect, using nothing but curves. Got to create a new fill or adjustment layer > Curves. First, we're going to adjust the Reds. Make a curve just like mine. Now, the Greens. Make a soft curve just like this. And now, the Blues. This, people, is what will give your picture a vintage, yellowish look. You may adjust it to make a light cross process if you wish. Final Result Done! So here is our final result! And here are the original and final result, side by side. Hope you all enjoy this. Cheers!

Outstanding HDR Night Pictures

Ok, you guys have already noticed that we're totally in love with HDR. And that little group among you who doesn't like, we are trying our best to make you love it! Today's series: Night scenes! We understand how critic some people can get when it comes to HDR... some will say it's not photography, some will say it's too surreal, but nonetheless, it's ART. Here's is a little selection I've made of outstading HDR night pictures. I hope you all like it.

Photography Bug

It has become apparent that Fabio and I have caught the photography bug. So much so that we both bought brand new cameras. Fabio ordered the Canon Powershot G9 while I ordered the Nikon D300. Both of our cameras arrived last Friday, giving us the weekend to get our first impressions and grab a couple shots. WARNING: we suck So without further ado: Fabio's pic and here is mine You can find more of my pics here: And Fabio's Edit: Thank you Marcello for pointing out my grammatical error. :)

Experiment: HDR Photography

As you can probably tell the crew here at Abduzeedo are just fascinated by HDR Photography. There is something cool about HDR that i can't really explain. Maybe it's the colors or detail. Whatever it is, HDR is just plain awesome. So yesterday I was shooting for a' La Mode (a photography group I am in) and I spotted this location that I thought would be perfect for HDR. I have never shot HDR but read Fabio's How to create HDR Photos - HDR/Photomatix tutorial, so I thought I'd give it a try. This also happened to be my first time using a digital slr, I normally use a film camera. In the words of Fabio, "it's like the light is coming from heaven"

20 Beautiful HDR Pictures - Part 2

We all love an eye candy... and when it comes to HDR, it works pretty well to me! Just get your tripod, your camera and search for that one scene that will look incredible once shot. And it's just incredible how some people make fantastic photography out there... so here are the pics of this amazing dude, Donald Fregede... don't forget to visit his photostream at Flickr!

New contributor on photography matters

We have been posting articles about photography and HDR for quite sometime, even though we are not pros we love photography and we’re always willing to improve our skills in that area. That’s why we are proud to introduce you our new contributor and professional photographer, John Paul Arlington. John is an exceptional photographer and he will be sharing with us some of his skills here on Abduzeedo. Hi  everyone I ´m JP from Dbox studio and I Will be writing for abduzeedo regarding photography and it´s various application´s.  To introduce myself I am show casing some of my own work for you pips to comment on so………. be kind. Hope u like it. If you have any question´s let me know I´ll be glad to answer them for you. Talk soon later You can check out more of his amazing work at

Awesome HDR Portraits

Do you know when you try to make a cool self-portrait but you never know what to do in order to get out of the box? Well, why don't you try a HDR Portrait? It's really awesome! And if you are a new visitor to Abduzeedo, you might want to check our HDR series: 20 Beatiful HDR Pictures, Superb HDR Pics of Graffiti and How to create HDR Photos. Enjoy! Chris Arellano

36 Cool Free Textures

Internet it's the best resource for everything you might look for. Looking for Photoshop brushes? You got it. Cool pictures? Sure! What about textures? That's also easy! Jasen Robillard has selected 36 great textures on Flickr, all with Creative Commons licenses and created a reference mosaic with the chosen textures. You may visit his blog clicking here. All these are pretty awesome! Enjoy! Author: Paulo Antunes | If you want to write an article and have it published here send it via email to abduzeedo[at]

20 Beautiful HDR Pictures

There are some photography techniques that really give me the goose bumps, but the good ones. HDR is one of those techniques... and you'll probably love these as much as I do. "In computer graphics and photography, high dynamic range imaging (HDRI) is a set of techniques that allows a greater dynamic range of exposures (the range of values between light and dark areas) than normal digital imaging techniques. The intention of HDRI is to accurately represent the wide range of intensity levels found in real scenes ranging from direct sunlight to shadows." - From Wikipedia. What I've read on some foruns is that a program called Photomatix does the job... Does anybody have already used it? I'm looking forward to it. Well... either way, if I don't get to use it, I'll probably find out how to simulate that effect on Photoshop. All this pictures are from a Flickr HDR Group. Don't forget the visit 20 Beautiful HDR Pcitures - Part 2 and the new Outstanding HDR Night Pictures!! ;) Learn how to create HDR images We have a tutorial showing how to create HDR Photos, click on the link below to check it out How to create HDR Photos - HDR/Photomatix tutorial

The World in Panoramic

Are looking for vacation spots and just wish you could actually visit the place before you went buying your trip package? Well, there's the just the right place for you to do that: It's a cool project... it's integrated to Google Earth and Google Maps. It´s a free service and everyone can upload their panoramas to show any place that they wish to. The rapid advance of Internet related technologies allows the use of more and more sophisticated tools. While this provides many advantages, it also means that surfers are put off by the sheer speed of these changes. This is why we are so excited at having set up, because we think we can avail this technology to all those who are interested in showing their panoramic works in a spectacular way and at the same time, reach a maximum number of netheads. From I really recommend everyone to pay a little visit to these guys. It's an awesome site. And if you know a cool website worth showing to the world, you may email us sending links. We will analize it and we may publish it here! Author: Paulo Antunes | If you want to write an article and have it published here send it via email to abduzeedo[at]