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5 Great Free Tools For Photographers

Posted by Anne Witton on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, In : Photography resources 


There are plenty of powerful pieces of software for doing highly impressive things with your images, but sometimes you just need a specific tool to perform a job as quickly as possible. Here are my favourite 5 websites for those last-minute photo tasks:

Aspect Ratio Calculator
Great if you need to resize an image whilst keeping it in the correct proportions. Simply enter the width and height and then choose your desired new width or height to find out what the other measurement should be.

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Digitalab Featured Photographer

Posted by Anne Witton on Friday, November 22, 2013, In : Photography resources 
I was really pleased to be chosen by local photo printing company Digitalab to appear as one of their featured photographers on their blog. I chose one of my favourite recent images and talked a bit about what photography inspires me and advice I'd give to an aspiring photographer.

Find out which image I picked here...


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Teach Me Tech launches

Posted by Anne Witton on Monday, April 15, 2013, In : Technology 
I've been a bit quiet on the blog front recently because I've been busy setting up my new business which has now launched.

Teach Me Tech provides personal, tailored computer and technology tuition in your home so that you can learn exactly what you want at your own pace. Have a look at the website to find out more about all the services offered:

www.teachmetech.co.uk.


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Put Your Best Pencil Forward

Posted by Anne Witton on Wednesday, November 21, 2012, In : Arts and crafts 
Put Your Best Pencil Forward was a Big Draw project - a national campaign to encourage more people to get actively involved in drawing - run in partnership by Voluntary Arts Ireland and the Lewis Glucksman Gallery.

There were over 230 entries from all over the UK and Ireland which were displayed on the Facebook page. Curators from the Lewis Glucksman Gallery in Cork then chose their favourite 20 drawings to be exhibited in their prestigious gallery space later this year.

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Twelegram

Posted by Anne Witton on Thursday, October 4, 2012, In : Arts and crafts 
The artist Caroline Jaine has come up with a brilliant idea for an art exhibition. 'Twelegram' is a display of messages sent in by Twitter users from all over the world using the hashtag #twelegram. Caroline has made these messages into printed telegrams which are being displayed at Cobbles Yard Post Office in Cambridge from 4th - 20th October 2012.

I was very excited when Caroline tweeted me to say that my twelegram was going to be featured in the exhibition! Here it is in all its glory:
 
 

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Schwellanangst - 'Fear of the Threshold'

Posted by Anne Witton on Friday, September 21, 2012, In : Faith 

This week, the Chair of our Board, Peter Stark popped in to visit us and we had a very nice conversation (and some lovely M&S bakewell tart biscuits!). One of the things he said really got me thinking. He told this little story...

Peter has always wanted to go into a betting shop and put a bet on a horse. He's a self-confident, extrovert, middle-aged older man [his words, not mine!] who helped develop The Baltic and The Sage, was awarded an OBE and ran a successful company in South Africa. So ...

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SEO Briefing

Posted by Anne Witton on Tuesday, July 3, 2012, In : Web development 

In my work with Voluntary Arts England I have written a number of Briefings designed to help people who run amateur groups get to grips with various topics. I have just co-written a Briefing on Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) which I hope lots of people will find helpful. It covers:
  • How search engines work
  • Optimising your website (Title | Description and keywords | Writing good copy | Images)
  • Making connections (Link building | Directories | Forums and blogs | Offline marketing)
  • Social networks ...

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Young At Art

Posted by Anne Witton on Wednesday, June 20, 2012, In : Photo shoot 

Today I have been taking photos of some wonderful paintings by Ken Clasper and Bill Moore in preparation for the YOUNG AT ‘ART exhibition in October which is being organised by my friend Sheila Swinburn.

Ken will be 90 in October and one of his unfulfilled ambitions was to have an exhibition of his paintings. This led Sheila who had no knowledge of art let alone how to organise an art exhibition, to try and fulfil an old man’s dream. For advice she made contact with the Disabled Arts Club ...
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Dave Deeks: Christian singer / songwriter

Posted by Anne Witton on Friday, May 11, 2012, In : Web development 
I've just built a website for Christian singer / songwriter David Deeks. I worked with David's wife Lynda at Traidcraft and when Dave decided that his website needed refreshing, they came to me. It's been a great project to work on, partly because Dave and Lynda are good friends and it's always fun spending time with them, but also because Dave's faith and amazing recovery from a debilitating illness are an inspiration.

In 1989 Dave was struck down by a rare, debilitating and extremely frighte...
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P2PU - free learning for all!

Posted by Anne Witton on Tuesday, April 17, 2012, In : Ramblings 

I decided that it was about time that I honed my HTML and CSS skills and I came across the excellent Peer 2 Peer University (P2PU) to help me do just that. P2PU is a grassroots open education project that organises learning outside of institutional walls and gives learners recognition for their achievements. Using the internet and educational materials openly available online, P2PU enables high-quality free education.

I signed up for the Webmaking 101 challenge to learn basic HTML. My fir...
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Photography Briefing

Posted by Anne Witton on Monday, April 2, 2012, In : Photography resources 

Many of you will know that I work for Voluntary Arts England, which aims to promote participation in the arts and crafts across the country. As an organisation, we publish free Briefings on a whole range of subjects designed to help people who run amateur arts groups. I have just written a Briefing on photography which I hope will be useful to many different people and groups, not just those involved in the amateur arts. It covers:
  • Taking good photos (equipment, preparation and composition)
  • Pho...

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Happy Christmas everyone!

Posted by Anne Witton on Friday, December 16, 2011, In : Ramblings 
As I usually do at this time of year, I have made a donation to charity instead of sending Christmas cards. This year I have chosen local charity, St. Chad's Community Project who are a vital lifeline in Gateshead providing services such as childcare, basic skills training and family support.

I used Localgiving.com as they have a Christmas Match Fund at the moment which means that every donation is worth twice as much!

So here's wishing all my friends and family a Happy Christmas and a restful ...
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Creative Prayer

Posted by Anne Witton on Friday, December 16, 2011, In : Faith 

At church we've recently finished a series of sermons and accompanying mid-week Bible studies focusing on the Lord's prayer and I've really enjoyed the series. I was inspired by the power of prayer and challenged to pray more. If we're honest, we all find it difficult to pray sometimes - whether that's because we're wrestling with doubts, going through a time of great pain, or just getting distracted by work, family, household chores, TV or iPhone apps.

Over the years, I've been making a...

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Juanita and Babs enjoying YouTube stardom!

Posted by Anne Witton on Tuesday, October 25, 2011, In : Pets 
At last, Juanita and Babs have hit the big time with their dancing and kazoo-playing skills!



The Epic Awards shine a spotlight on the excellent work of amateur arts and craft groups around the UK. If your group would like to enter, hurry along to www.epicawards.co.uk before Nov 11th. There are some great prizes to be won!

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App Review: HDRtist

Posted by Anne Witton on Saturday, September 24, 2011, In : App reviews 

HDRtist (Free)
HDRtist on the web

This is a really simple app for Mac users to create HDR (High Dynamic Range) photos. All you have to do is drag and drop one or more photos onto the app window and it will create an HDR photo.



It obviously works best when combining more than one exposure. Here you can see the results of 2 exposures that I combined:



Pretty much the only thing you can adjust is the strength of the effect, but obviously you could edit the resultant HDR in another image editor to do ...
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App Review: 100 Cameras in 1

Posted by Anne Witton on Saturday, August 13, 2011, In : App reviews 
100 Cameras in 1 (69p)
100 Cameras in 1 on the web

One of the most impressive things about this app is the gorgeous user interface - it really is a pleasure to use and feels very different to lots of run-of-the-mill iPhoneography apps. It essentially offers 100 different quirkily-named filters / textures presented in themed packages ('Longing people' and 'Fantastic landscape' for example). It does, as the developer intended, all feel very poetic.



The beauty of this app is that you can layer eff...
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Babs and Juanita feeding

Posted by Anne Witton on Wednesday, August 10, 2011, In : Pets 
A little iPhone video of Babs and Juanita enjoying their dandelion leaves!


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App Review: Magic Hour

Posted by Anne Witton on Tuesday, July 26, 2011, In : App reviews 

Magic Hour (£1.19)
Magic Hour on the App Store

It seems there's a new photography app on the App Store every 2 minutes and it's fair to say many of the offerings aren't that original. So the question is - what has Magic Hour got that the others haven't? Answer - a free filter market where you can upload filters you've created and download hundreds of filters created by others.

Magic Hour markets itself with the cute, if non-sensical, tagline, "for the person who is sensitive than anyone ...
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