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photogeekdom Posting a non-watermarked photo in the internet is like leaving your bike unattended in a park.

What is a watermark in the first place? It's something embedded in a work to identify the owner. Add anything on top of your image, then save. It would either be a signature, a symbol or a logo.

Keep it subtle though. Beautifully made watermarks flow with the image - they accomplish the task without ruining the picture. Overdo it and you may have an award-winning photo that no one will look at.

Our recommended app for watermarking is Phonto. Change the angle and alpha of the watermark so that it blends with the dark, bright or complex areas of your work.

Just as a bike chain can be cut, a watermark can be removed. The idea is: “If you’re gonna steal it, at least exert some effort.” Can you find the watermark in this photo? Tag your beautifully-integrated watermarks to #watermarks_pg.
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photogeekdom Do you know why you take photos? This significantly affects the results of your work.

The scene: children's party. 2 photographers: the first one is a hired photographer and the other one is the dad.

The pro is taking photos because he was hired to do so. He’ll do his best on this gig to satisfy his client and looks forward to adding this event into his growing portfolio. The dad? He wants to be able to go back to this time someday, when his kid has already started a life on his own.

Reflect on this simple example and ask youself: why do you photograph? Do you want to preserve memories? Is it to build a career in this field? Do you simply like expressing your creativity as part of your hobbies?

The reasons are endless: but knowing your purpose is a big step.

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photogeekdom The lesson - animate your subjects. When you put captions that give life to your subjects, your photos exude more meaning. This one is true, indeed. When you google the word "apple" now, it would take you about 5 pages before you actually find a result related to the fruit. Captions in Photo Geekdom are created through the iPhone app Phonto.

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photogeekdom As you go through your day, how many objects do you get to see from top view? There's a good chance the only answer will be the shoes you're wearing. We always view the world at some angle, but it will rarely be 90 degrees. By taking your photos directly from above, you'll be presented with unique results.

This humble soda can looks different when viewed this way, and up close. With a touch of filters from the app Pixlromatic (Antonio filter), it gives a fresh look on a common object.

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photogeekdom Black and white works best when your photo is full of distinct shapes, shadows and texture. In the absence of color, the battle for attention between the dark areas and the bright ones becomes emphasized.

However, when a photo contains a mix of green and red colors, converting it into black and white may not be a good idea. Green and red convert into nearly identical gray tones, you'll end up losing detail in your photo.

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photogeekdom If there's one tip you need to take away from the 2013 posts - it's this: Always look for a different angle.

Do not just shoot where it's comfortable. Consciously look around and find at least 3 candidate vantage points. You always have 6 choices - and dozens of combinations: up, down, left, right, farther, nearer. By deliberately looking for the best perspective, you're increasing your chances in getting a great shot.

Seeing an obstacle? Then most likely, there are less people who have taken the shot at *that* orientation. That's where you want to go.

Shooting someone at the correct angle can significantly alter how pretty your subject will turn out in the shot.

Since food is often seen at a 45-degree view, choosing to photograph from the top can immediately draw interest.

Find *The Angle* and it alters everything.

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photogeekdom This would have been a typical piano shot - not even a good angle to begin with. But by including a child's hand, the familiar scene instantly gets renewed attention. Add a twist to your photo by surprising your viewers with an unusual element. Pick a common subject, but introduce something unique, or contradictory. Taking a shot of pet mice feeding? How about adding a computer mouse into the scene, let him feed as well. Shooting sushi? Why not try putting it on top of a chocolate bar? #photogeekdom #ronixus #yummyjavaorg 9mon

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photogeekdom Fruit Ninja!
You don't need to spend too much, nor resort to heavy editing to produce interesting effects. While this appears like it was shot mid-air, it wasn't. Transparent strings were used to keep the apple slices up while the knife was slowly being posed into the shot. These strings were later edited out using Picasa's retouch tool.

There are a few intentional flaws that give this shot away, could you name some?

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photogeekdom Every photo you see is an opportunity for learning. Whenever you come across a photo that strikes you, do you envy the photographer's skill? Do you wish you had the same lucky moment? Or do you learn from it?
Go ahead, admire the photo, give praise and all - BUT study it. What could be the camera settings used on this shot? Why did he shoot it this way and what makes it likeable? Find the shadows. Study the subject positioning. Determine the angle and vantage point.
Before you leave a good photo, know exactly what made you like it, make a mental note and integrate it to your own style. If necessary, try to recreate the exact same shot and see for yourself if your initial assumptions were correct.

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photogeekdom Earlier, we posted about a couple going on a 2-year trip.

This one's about the Benders: an Aussie family of 4 on an open-ended travel around the world. They've been travelling for a total of 525 days now and counting. Follow them and go through their blog to learn about the joys (2-Day Whirlwind Tour of Cappadocia) and frustrations (My 5 Biggest Regrets in 500 Days of Travel) of their journey, along with detailed tips about their local experiences (How do you know you're in a luxury hotel in Istanbul?). Highly recommended: @travelwithbender. Join the adventure. #photogeekdom #ronixus #yummyjavaorg | Follow @ronixus on Twitter. | Search for "Photo Geekdom" on Fiverr.com and get your photo featured here too!
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photogeekdom Top view is an instant shot transformer. It's very effective on food, but works equally well on other subjects.

We're used to seeing everything at an angle, such that when you take an absolute top view of something, you end up with something radically different.

Try finding your house via Google Maps, you'll be surprised that you barely recognize your vicinity, all because you're viewing it from the top.
Getting this shot is no easy feat. You will be climbing trees and ladders. Ride a helicopter if you must.

This interesting shot came from the feed of @steezdiaz. He's a long-time follower of PG, head to his feed to learn more about his techniques.

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photogeekdom What do you think about camera straps in general? Does it make you look amateur, or more professional? The strap ensures you have a fallback should your camera slip off your grasp, while some folks feel they get in the way. Are you into custom-made straps, or do you prefer the ones that come with the kit?

Share us your thoughts about this often neglected camera accessory. Let's discuss about camera straps. You can get one of these handmade camera straps from @bachelr. They are having an exclusive sale at www.bachelr.com.

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photogeekdom A photo can be edited and re-edited numerous times to produce distinct images. You can transform a simple snapshot into a work of art by introducing a new element into the picture. This is called an overlay.

Challenge yourself, find a simple photo and make into something different though overlays. To combine images, PG recommends the iOS app: "Juxaposer". CutoutCam appears to be its closest cousin at Google Play.

PG has an incoming post revolving around "blue plates". Share your creative shots on #pg_blueplate and if chosen, your photo can be featured.

This photo of a cross-country drive became truly interesting thanks to @steezdiaz. He's a long-time follower of PG, head to his feed to learn more about his technique.

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photogeekdom The lines generate interest by raising a question on your mind: "Where are you all going?" They literally lead the eye to the subject, slowly unfolding: even if the end point is … nothing! While it helps that it ends at something, having empty space there is just fine. The converging lines themselves become the subject.

This shot will often present itself in hallways and tunnels, near bridges and railways. Any pathway would be good enough.

Converging lines show unity and dynamism: it's as though the lines are in motion. Be very careful when trying this on train tracks though.

The stunning shot above @xgunsx is a good example. Head to his feed and see more of his great shots. Search for "Photo Geekdom" on Fiverr.com and get your photo featured here too! #photogeekdom #ronixus #yummyjavaorg | Follow @ronixus on Twitter.
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photogeekdom Architecture photography is mainly about shapes and patterns. This post is about patterns.

You can create an interesting image by filling the entire frame with a repeating sequence of objects. Look for pillars, windows, roofs, scaffoldings, stairs, (protruding spikes!). Keywords: "repeating" and "can fill entire frame".

In the absence of a specific object of attention, the pattern becomes THE subject. Although a small depth of field can work sometimes, this kind of photography often requires a large depth of field. You want everything on the canvas to be sharp.

Chateau de Versailles is one of the most popular visitor attractions in Paris. Sheer opulence. Thanks to this amazing photo by @danrmeagher. Visit his feed and see more of Paris' elegance.

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photogeekdom Snapseed used to be a costly app, but since Google acquired it, it has been free.

Want instant texture? Apply the app's "Drama" effect on your photo. The effect enhances texture by intelligently shifting contrast and slightly reducing saturation, to emphasize the differences between the light and dark areas in your photo over color.

Take a photo of what's in front of you now, "dramatize" it, and see it transform into a thing of beauty! Be careful not to overdo it though. Tag your shots to #pg_snapseeded
This lovely photo of a proud elephant is from our favorite follower @juliusmanly. He's an amazing supporter of photogeekdom. Show us your support by following his feed.

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photogeekdom It's been a while since we initiated a discussion. There's a nice story behind the photo.

Quoting Andra: "We are a recently engaged couple from Toronto who made a choice to give up a mundane life and instead live the life we have always dreamed of. We quit our corporate jobs, packed up our material possessions in boxes and set off on our journey last month. Our goal is to inspire people to live fearlessly and live their life according to their dreams, no matter what it is." Are you willing to give up everything now and start living your dreams? If no, what holds you back?

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photogeekdom Did you know that nature creates a photography set daily? It happens during the Golden Hour.

Warm cast, long shadows, soft light, great contrast - you won't get a better package. As the sun sinks lower on the horizon, the blue components of sunlight get kind of "filtered out", with the resulting light more red, orange and yellow. The reduced intensity of the direct sunlight accentuates shapes and creates dramatic shadows.

The golden hour happens within the start of sunrise or sunset. It's not necessarily one hour, may be 30 mins to 2 hours, depending on the season. How do you find out when is your region's Golden hour? There's an app for that: search for "Magic Hour" on the App Store and "Golden Hour Calculator" on Google Play.

Shoot outdoors during this hour and see your photos instantly transform like magic. Seriously.

There couldn't be a better example that accentuates the greatness of the Golden Hour than the awe-inspiring photo above of @sunaina_serna_ahluwalia. Head to her feed and see more of her amazing shots.

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photogeekdom Choose one:

a. a pot of gold

b. a castle, where a sleeping dragon awaits

c. none of the above

A rainbow is not a physical object. Just as you can't touch the beam of light that comes out of a flashlight, you can't touch a rainbow. It comes as a result of your position in relation to the sun. When the sun is behind you and there are water droplets in the air, refraction happens and you see a rainbow. A rainbow is in fact circular: view it from a plane and it appears as a circular arc in the sky. No matter how far you walk, the end of the rainbow will always look as if it were on the edge of the horizon.

Sources: elementsoflife.quora.com, thenakedscientists.com

Rainbows make astounding photography subjects. The stunning shot by @juliusmanly being a good example. Head to his feed and see more of his great shots.

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photogeekdom How can nothingness contribute to something? In photography, negative space is a powerful tool.

It's simple: by reducing the number of things to look at, you immediately draw attention to your subject. Instant success.

Negative space is not necessarily white. Any plain backdrop with dull colors would do well in highlighting the photo's subject.

The shot above by @neha_singh is an example of a photo that generates interest through negative space. Have a look at her feed.

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