New SmugMug Site - Rafal Gawelda - Wildlife Photographer

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New SmugMug Site - Rafal Gawelda - Wildlife Photographer

I have just finished designing and customizing another SmugMug site.  This time for one of my friends, who is a great wildlife photographer from Poland – Rafal Gawelda.  He was looking for a clean design that would showcase his beautiful photos in a nice and clean way.  SmugMug is a perfect platform to do this.

For many months Rafal has been looking at SmugMug – he was not sure if the platform were the right one for him.  After showing him some examples and possibilities that SmugMug has to offer – he was convinced that this is the perfect home for his photos.

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Photos from Leicester Pride 2014

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Photos from Leicester Pride 2014

In 2009 Leicester Pride returned to the City.  Following a short hiatus, the festival celebrating the diversity of the local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities has returned to Leicester this year.  A week after the beating of a local lesbian and a 'monk' posting hate post through local homes, Leicester Pride celebrated with more people, LGTB and our allies, then ever before!  One Love, One Community - Celebrating LGBT Freedom:  this year's theme.  Bigger and better than ever.

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How to add a Newsletter Signup form to your SmugMug site

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How to add a Newsletter Signup form to your SmugMug site

A great way to gain followers on your SmugMug site is offer a free newsletter.  A newsletter is a great way to keep your customers informed of promotions, deals or even your latest image post.

This tutorial is divided into three sections - the first section is about creating an account on a great newsletter service - MailChimp.  The second section is creating an account on Wufoo - to easily create a nice looking signup form, which we connect to our MailChimp account.  The third and last section is about embedding your Wufoo form on your SmugMug site.

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Blast from the Past - Ewa Marzec

I remember like this was yesterday - Ewa came from Poland to visit me in the UK.  She asked me if I can take few photos of her for her Facebook profile.  I have set one light in my living room + dark background and we did a short photo shoot.  We had loads of fun - she is a great person to work with.

You can see more photos of Ewa - here

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A little bit of Wildlife

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A little bit of Wildlife

Finally I took my new Nikon 300mm f2.8 lens for a "spin".  A beautiful Sunday morning - cloudy sky, with rays of light peeking through the clouds.  I found a spot where some deer were munching on the early Spring grass. 

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The Beginning

Early morning sunrise at the Grand Canyon.  It was 5:30 in the morning and quite cold for this time of the year, but there was a small crowd admiring this spectacular view.

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Happy Dancer

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Happy Dancer

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I have been going through photos that I took in Rome last year and I came across this one.  The Happy Dancer - he had just joined the band that was playing in the background and he started dancing.  It was really funny, because the band was getting a little bit annoyed that The Dancer was getting more attention from the crowd than they were.

This photo is also available on my SmugMug portfolio page - here.

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Streets of Rome

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Streets of Rome

Two shots from the beautiful, vivid and busy city of Rome.  First image represents the famous Spanish Steps - The Spanish Steps are a set of steps in Rome, Italy, climbing a steep slope between the Piazza di Spagna at the base and Piazza Trinità dei Monti, dominated by the Trinità dei Monti church at the top. The Scalinata is the widest staircase in Europe.

The second photo represents a Russian Accordion Player whom I was able to photograph in one the of many squares of which this beautiful city has plenty.  No matter which alley you take - you will always end up in a beautiful square filled with artists, little shops, fountains and accordion players :)

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Inspiring story from SmugMug

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Inspiring story from SmugMug

SmugMug just released a beautiful - inspiring video from their SmugMug Films Series.  This movie is about a great photographer - Ben Von Wong.  

"SmugMug Films is a new film series that gives a behind-the-lens look at the world's most epic photographers, our heroes. Ordinary people who--with camera in hand--capture the human experience, the impossible shot, the world beyond imagination. It's our hope that these stunning video shorts will inspire passion, ignite possibility, and encourage you to throw your own shutter wide open to the wonders of the world."

Make sure that you subscribe to SmugMug Films Series YouTube channel - there is more creativity to come!

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Spiral Stairs - Vatican Museum

Spiral Stairs - Vatican Museum, Rome.  This is a very famous place in the Vatican Museum - especially amongst photographers :)  

The Spiral staircase is located in the Vatican Museums and was designed by Giuseppe Momo in 1932. If you go up this grand spiral ramp you will be moving from the street level up to the floor of the Vatican Museums. The Vatican Museums are among the most important museums in the world. In the Vatican Museums the vast collections collected by the Roman Catholic Church throughout the centuries are displayed. As seen today, the Vatican Museums are comprised of several pontifical galleries and museums that were assembled by several Popes. The display includes the Raphael rooms and the famous painted ceiling of the Sistine Chapel as well as other masterpieces.

Tip:  You can take your camera to the Vatican Museum - but there are some areas, where taking photos is not allowed - for example the Sistine Chapel.

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Shoottokyo

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Shoottokyo

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Recently I had a chance to work with a great photographer Dave Powell on his new SmugMug portfolio site.  He was looking for a clean design with focus on his beautiful street photography.

I created a minimal design with full screen background images that change every time a person visits his homepage.  Thanks to the tools that New SmugMug is offering; this was very easy to implement on Dave’s site.  Within a few hours his site was ready to be published.

Make sure that you visit his SmugMug portfolio - http://portfolio.shoottokyo.com/ and his main site http://www.shoottokyo.com

Here are some screenshots of his SmugMug homepage:

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Gabbie

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Portrait of the beautiful Gabbie Bryan - Leicester based model.  I am a big fan of slightly desaturated colours on my portraits {as you can see in my portfolio}.  This time I was aiming to do something different - preserve the natural, warm tones of the skin tones.  After playing with Curves in Adobe Photoshop I was happy with the result.

If you like this portrait - you can buy it as a beautiful print - just click here.

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