Photo Friday Grab Bag o Goodies

We haven’t done a grab bag post in a while, but there’s just too many exciting things going on in the world of photography right now that I couldn’t resist putting one together. Let’s skip all the preamble and get straight to the good stuff!

New Photo Assignment

We’ve just put up a new photography assignment in the forums. Our photography assignments are open to absolutely everyone. We know that it can be difficult to push ourselves creatively sometimes, and that’s exactly why we have these assignment challenges. The goal is to get you to break out of any comfort zones, try something new, and to push yourself – to grow.

This one runs from Dec 2nd to Dec 15th, and any submissions to the assignment must be shot during that window. The theme for the assignment is: Reflections. What I love about this particular theme is that it really forces us to look at the world a bit differently. Put your creative caps on, and have a ball shooting this one. We only have two simple rules to follow (which can be found in the assignment posting), and entries are to be submitted here. Happy shooting!

Christmas Around the World

This is an opportunity to submit your photos and have them published in our magazine! We often feature different locations in our “Photography Around the World” column, and every December we do a “Christmas Around the World” feature article. Send us up to TWO photos that show us what Christmas looks like in your city/town. It can be of anything unique to your city – a parade, celebration, tree lighting, decorations, you name it… Here are the guidelines:

  1. You may submit up to TWO photos. Must be
  2. original images, and shot by you.
  3.   Images are to be submitted in JPEG format at a MAXIMUM of 1200 pixels on the long edge.
  4.  You may also include a brief (max. 50 words) description of your image(s).
  5.  You MUST include the following: Your name, along with the name of the city/town featured.
  6.  By submitting your photos, you give us permission to publish them in PhotographyBB Magazine.
  7.  Submissions are to be emailed to: by Dec. 15th, 2011.

You may submit photos from previous year’s events, since I know many of them may not have taken place yet for this year. This isn’t a photo assignment or challenge, simply a chance to show off your town during Christmastime!

Free eBook from Craft & Vision – PSYCHE!

So, yesterday was the launch date for the free ebook – Craft & Vision: 11 Ways to Improve Your Photography and umm… let’s just say, it was so popular that the server blew up. Twice. The downloading issues are all resolved now, so if you weren’t able to get your free copy yesterday, then definitely go for it again today. I promise it’ll be there (crossing fingers!).

Download it here:

Win a Drobo…AGAIN!

That’s right! We had TWO Drobo winners for our October draw, and the generous folks at Drobo have ponied up another free Drobo for us to giveaway. You can only win if you ENTER so go ahead and click that green button to get your name in! If you entered previously, you must submit your name again to this brand new draw.

Click here to learn more!
Of course, Drobo makes a great gift for any photography enthusiast. It’s one of the safest places you can store your digital image files, and they are just a breeze to setup. Finding Christmas presents can be challenging for “the person who has everything” and Drobo makes a pretty unique gift. So if you have someone in your life who you don’t mind spending a pretty penny on, check out some of the holiday specials at Drobo and give the gift of peace-of-mind this year.

Have a Very Merry Photoshop… umm.. Christmas!

Last year we put out a few Photoshop card templates, which I would like to bring to your attention again. There’s only three at the moment (I promise I’ll try to add more… quickly!). They are sized to 5×7 which so they can be output at your local photo printer, which is a nice size for a photo-card. Each one has space to drop in a photo of your choice, then add your own personalized text which can be different for each recipient. I do this every year for my extended family members, and each time it’s a hit! Download the Templates Here

Also, if you love to play around in Photoshop, try making your own card template using these AMAZING free Christmas brushes from one of my favourite Photoshop websites – Brusheezy!

So, that’s all for today folks. If you have any Photoshop templates or brushes links, or would just like to say hi – go for it in the comments section and spread the love. Stay safe while out there shooting for the photo assignments. I look forward to seeing all of the entries, and have a great weekend. Happy Holidays!

About the author

Dave Seeram is the Editor of PhotographyBB Magazine, photographer, Canucks fan, Lostie,  fanboy, Dad, blogger, entrepreneur, and part-time superhero. Dave is the owner of this blog, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of the PhotographyBB Magazine and CLARITY: PHOTOGRAPHY BEYOND THE CAMERA

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