Filtering and Photoshop

  • A photography tool that allows you to filter unnecessary lines in your photo
  • Editing images like a professional designer or photographer with Photoshop
  • Easy editing using a filtering process with Photoshop

A picture, so they say, is worth a thousand words. You can actually deduce a lot of meanings in a single picture, perceptions about what this photo had to say about a particular incident. Imagine, though, if you can enhance your photo in a professional manner, a thousand words might be too short to describe that kind of feeling.


You can have that feeling if you use a Photoshop filter to your photos. Filtering in photography is a craft, and that not everyone can do this kind of trick, unless, of course, if you’re a professional with all the necessary tools for you to make intricate enhancements for your photos.

This Photoshop filter allows you to make detailed adjustments to your photos. You may either filter the color scheme or the amount of light used on your photo images, an editing trick that is quite possible with the use of appropriate tools.

So if you are a beginner when it comes to photo editing, this Photoshop filter will do the trick for you. Be not afraid to experiment with this tool because it is user-friendly and that you can save your work with its customized storing system.

There are no unnecessary lines if you can use this Photoshop filter on your photo images. You see images that are clear, crisp and cool to the eye. No words can express the effect of this Photoshop filter as soon as you are done with your editing.

Get this Photoshop filter today online, and let the beauty of your photo images come out naturally just by using this tool every time you enhance your images. The effects, too, is more than a thousand words.

Awesome Templates for Your Birth Announcement

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  • Enhancing the birth of your baby with cool birth announcement invitations

It is always special every time a new baby is born. Parents couldn’t be more proud and excited seeing their precious one, finally, after waiting for nine months. And with so much excitement, sometimes you want to make sure that everyone in the house and even outside of it is given notice of how cute and cuddly this newborn baby is.


So important is the event at times that you felt the need to send out birth announcements, especially when you are in the works for his christening.

Now, Infoparrot understands that too well. We are offering birth announcement templates that suit your style and budget. You need not go any further online to have these birth announcement cards and invitations. Infoparrot has already laid it down for you.

We offer artsy designs that would accentuate the good vibes attached to that particular event, a template that enhances the memories that might be created as soon as your invitation is sent. You can check out our templates today through,, and choose among our collection the appropriate birth announcement templates.

Infoparrot is your ultimate one-stop shop when it comes to editing photos, cards and invitations. Our pool of designers makes sure that you get the best possible solution when enhancing your photos. From plugins to presets to brushes, Infoparrot has all the caches as far as improving the look of your photos and cards, so that your experience is complete. That is how Infoparrot enhance your photography experience.

So what are you waiting for? Check out Infoparrot today, and experience designing photos and cards at its best, including, of course these birth announcement templates.

The Best Laptop for Your Photo Editing

  • Highlighting the best laptop when editing photos
  • A laptop that has a large hard drive and durable processors for speed and accuracy
  • Editing quality photos using quality laptops

Laptops for photography are a dime a dozen these days. With so many of them offering almost the same features, it is becoming too difficult to determine which of these laptops will make wonders for your photos.


So you ask that perennial question, “What is the best laptop for editing pictures?” That is quite difficult considering that laptops wouldn’t matter at all if you use a modern camera for your photos. But one of the best laptops for editing is Dell XPS 15 Touch.

This laptop boasts of having a large 500GB hard drive. So right from the get-go, you can store as much pictures as you want without suffering any breakdown when it comes to speed because it also has a Corei5 processor, affording you enough flow to store, safe keep, share or what have you. Dell XPS is the ultimate laptop when editing actioncam pictures.

Plus, this laptop displays color with a lot of dynamism and that it has that natural look, unlike other laptops that has this superficial coloring even on their icons.

So the question of “what is the best laptop for editing pictures?” The answer to that lies with Dell, in particular Dell XPS 15 Touch.

It has the touch of a professional photographer because it presents images that are so cool and vibrant to the eye, there is naturalness when this particular laptop presents your photos.

So find out more about this photo-friendly laptop online and get yourself acquainted with it. Remember, using the appropriate matter when editing your photos. Dell XPS 15 Touch makes sense because you are actually looking at your photo being magnified on its screen.

By that time, though, you won’t be asking yourself, “What is the best laptop for editing pictures?”

New gallery: A Backstage Look At Magnum Photos New York


Long time no see. I took sort of a break during the last 10 days. I was working on the concept for a new project, I worked on the interview with Simon Wheatley, I met with friends in Vienna, I did some work for Magnum and for the last couple of days I was busy saving my Laptop from dying. Suddenly it started to crash every couple of minutes. I went to buy a second external harddrive, saved all my files on it and reinstalled the operating system. Fortunatly everything seems to work again.
Anyways, regarding the job at Magnum in London. I didn’t get an answer yet. I’ll have to wait another couple of days.

New gallery with images from Magnum

Today I am updating the blog with a new gallery showing images I took during my time at Magnum. It’s mosty snapshots. This new gallery is a tribute to those behind the scenes. The photographers do a great job, but let’s not forget about the people who work for all the Magnum photographers and who dedicate theirselfs to this job. Working at Magnum is certainly not the best payed job in the world so people don’t work at Magnum for the money. Damn, if it’s not because of the money… Why do they work there? Because of their passion. This gallery is a tributen to my colleagues at the Magnum Photos office in New York as it is to give you a better insight in the work circumstances there. It was good fun and I really never had another job which I only liked nearly as much as this one. Originally I wanted to record all the staff. Everybody should have told me their name, what they are doing at Magnum and sort of a nice and funny anecdote about work. I started doing that but since I left New York five days earlier then expected I couldn’t finish this. So no sound this time.

I hope you enjoy this little look backstage! Let me know what you think and the next update will be the Simon Wheately interview.

Audio interview with Magnum photographer Simon Wheatley


As I have mentioned before I am starting a series of interviews with photographers. My first interview partner was Magnum nominee Simon Wheatley from London. I met him when he came to visit New York in September for about three weeks.
We wanted to do this interview earlier already but decided to wait until we could meet in person. A good decision since we got the chance to get to know each other a little better.
The interview was recorded on September 27th within the Magnum New York office. We ended up talking for about two hours. It was a really good and interesting conversation which I want to share with you in a shortened version.

The Audio Interview

I divided the interview into 11 chapters. It is only available in MP3 format which I hope will be convenient for you. Just grab the MP3s, put them on your MP3 player and listen to them on your way to work or while wandering around the streets on the lookout for new subjects and situations to photograph. The total length of all 11 chapters is 45 minutes and 46 seconds. In addition to the audio interview you can view a selection of 32 photographs taken by Simon Wheatley in London, Amsterdam and Mexico.

Simon Wheatley talks about his beginnings in the world of photojournalism, about an important time he spend in Hungary, about the importance of loneliness, about getting close, about depressing work, how he got in touch with Magnum Photos, about Magnum the ice cream, he offers advice for aspiring photographers and much more.

Upcoming Interviews

The next interviews have already been recorded. It’s Joachim Ladefoged from the VII photo agency and Chris Anderson from Magnum Photos. More to come.

I hope that you’ll enjoy this interview. Please let me know what you think. Any sort of feedback and improvement suggestions are highly appreciated. Did you always wanted to get answers on certain questions by a photographer? Let me know the questions!

A partnership with ColorVision

Hey together! There was much going on lately. I’ve been very busy preparing a lot of different things but I’ll let you know more about that tomorrow. Today I would like to inform you about a new partnership between ColorVision and New York Photoblog.


I got in touch with ColorVision only a couple of days ago to tell them about the last 7 months, about what I’ve been doing so far and what my future projects and goals are. Their response was not only super fast but also extremely scooping and friendly. Christoph Gamper, ColorVision Europes General Manager, agreed to send me their top monitor display calibration tool Spyder2PRO Studio. But not only did he agree to send me their monitor calibration hard- and software but he also promissed to send me a new version of their pinter profiling system PrintFIX. I was offered help with all concerns of color management and I was offered to join “Friends Of ColorVision” a small network of photographers who rely on ColorVision as their partner.

I lost the calibration of my monitor when I had to reinstall the operating system on my laptop about two weeks ago which really got me into troubles because I had to edit and retouch a couple of photographs for print. With the support of ColorVision I’ll have the possibility to finally work in a complete and good color management workflow.

When I thought of monitor calibration I thought of very complex and above all very expensive systems. And no doubt, there are extremely expensive systems out there to do this job. But if you look at the prices of ColorVision you’ll see that their basic solutions already start at about 85 Euros (or 89 US dollars) and even their professional solutions do only cost 299 Euros (or 299 US dollars). I think this is worth the money if you are dealing with digital images and want to make sure that what you see on your screen is what you get on your print.
And they’ve got a good network. They are partners of TPW, the Toscana Photographic Workshops. Check out the website of TPW and take a look at the lecturers of their 2006 workshops. I bet you’ll have to fall on your knees. I wanted to take part in a workshop their for a couple of years already but so far I was never able to afford it.

By the way, ColorVision is not only leading the monitor calibration market but they are also Switzerlands biggest beer brewers… I will have to find out how this strange relationship between digital colors and swiss beer started. Too bad I don’t like beer… 😉

So this is a further step for me and it complies with my philosophy of exchanging services. Of course I’d be happy if I found someone actually giving me loads of money for what I am doing but basically I’d prefere a world which is based on exchanging services. So thank’s a lot to my main sponsor for digital photography equipment Canon Europe and to ColorVision for sponsoring me with their advice and equipment in all belongs of color management!

Some “Merry Christmas” thoughts

It’s this time of the year again. Christmas is coming, New Year’s Eve is coming and just yesterday I started preparations for Christmas. A little late? Well, not really. There won’t be a huge gift orgy this year, just a couple of small lovely things.

Generally speaking I am not a big fan of either of those two mentioned events. Ok, spending time with your family and relaxing a little bit for Christmas is nice. But three days of family events is just too much for me. 🙂

December 24th: Going to the butcher to get the meat which had to be preordered already. Going to the supermarket to do the last shopping. Almost certainly there will be some things you forgot such as wrapping paper, sticky tape or candles for the Christmas tree. That means waiting in long lines between all these people who wait until the last minute to do these things. Just as I do.
Then I will be decorating the Christmas tree together with my girlfriend. Some small disputes might come up. Well it’s Christmas time. Isn’t that the time for small disputes?
In the early evening we’ll be heading over to my mum’s house to celebrate together with my family. We’ll even sing a song or two together. We never do that during the rest of the year. I am sure you don’t either.
After that we’ll be going home and celebrate Christmas again. Just the three of us. My girlfriend Karin, her son Fabian and me. And our two cats of course. They’ll get some uncooked liver as a special treatment tomorrow. We’ll try to have some Christmas spirit, there will be a decorated tree, gifts and food. Yummy. A relaxed evening after a lot of preparations. So far so good.

December 25th: Getting up early. The families of my girlfriend and me will be coming over for Christmas lunch. Again a lot of preparations, cooking for about 10 people, having lunch, gifts again, doing the dishes… Thank god we have a dishwasher. Belly ache will start. Too much food, too much sweets and too much Christmas cookies.
I will be meeting my friend Christoph, his wife Verena and his lovely 3 and a half year old son Elias in the evening. Shame on me, I am neglecting Christoph way too much.

December 26th: Sleeping in but just not as long as we’d love to. Nobody may feel discriminated. So we’ll be driving to lower Austria to meet Karin’s family on the last day of the Christmas holidays. Lunch again, going for a walk, family talks, Christmas cookies again and the belly ache will not be better by that time.
We’ll be totally exhausted by the time we come home. We’ll I guess that’s just the way it is for Christmas. 😉

December 27th: Christmas is over and the computer ban I got from my girlfriend for the holidays will be over as well. Yipie! I have to admit that I did spend a lot of time in front of the computer lately. January is coming soon and I want to start my new project, the new blog mid January. Also there is much to write about. I spend much time in the last couple of weeks to work on a start of my career as a photojournalist. Showed my portfolio around, had meetings, had my first assignment and… my first publication. Yes, I had my first publication out of an assignment! And yes, I’ll be continuing to work for Magnum as well. Just in a little different way than expected.
I’ll be catching up with all these things starting next week on Tuesday. As soon as the computer ban is over… 😉

So long I am wishing you a very Merry Christmas.

P.S.: The photograph above is one out of many from my first assignment. It’s not the picture that was published but since it shows a Christmas tree I thought it would be a good image for this entry. Merry Christmas again.

Getting Started 1: Creating a portfolio / The Magnum job


I am posting a new gallery of photographs today. But it’s not a usual gallery with new images. This time it’s kind of a “Best Of” selection out of those more than 16.000 photographs I took during my stay in New York.

As you might have noticed I am totally obsessed with photojournalism and photography. I consider this to be a blessing and not a downside. For that reason I want to share my experiences on what’s going on with you. What do I do to push myself further and how do I start. Ok, step by step now… First of all I’ll let you know about my plans regarding Magnum.

The job at Magnum Photos

As I wrote in a previous post I flew to London after I returned from New York to meet the director of Magnum Photos London, Dominique Green, for a job interview. Unfortunately I didn’t get the job in London. I heared that they really liked me and what I did for Magnum so far. But the job description changed quite a couple of times after my visit there. Originally they looked for somebody to take care of Magnum’s internet and website matters. That job was bowled over and reshaped a couple of times. Now they are looking for somebody with more experience in business- and sales matters. Not exactly what I was meant to do and where I have much experience. So I am not mad for not getting the job. It just didn’t work out and hey, I could have taken the chance to work for Magnum Photos New York before…

Anyway I was talking to Claudine Boeglin, Creative Director of Magnum In Motion and to Mark Lubell, Bureau Chief of Magnum’s New York office after that. They offered me to work as a freelance “Editor At Large” for Magnum from Europe. I never heard the term “Editor At Large” before and I was wondering if they alluded to my body height or weight. Of course they did not! 🙂 Basically the plan is to produce those wonderful Magnum In Motion multimedia essays with European Magnum photographers as well. These essays get more and more advanced and slowly go beyond photographs and audio comments of the photographers. A lot more elements are included and the multimedia experience becomes bigger and bigger.
We want to try if it’s possible to produce those essays from the idea to the finished online version with somebody who is familiar to Magnum and their methods of work from distance. No further details yet but I’ll keep you posted about this development. An interesting and exciting task for sure and a chance to keep in touch with the source! So I consider this to somehow be part of my getting started way.

Creating my portfolio

As I wrote in the beginning I shot more than 16.000 photographs during my internship at Magnum and my time in New York. Being back in Vienna it’s time for me to get started as a photojournalist myself. What’s the first step to do so? Create a portfolio and arrange meetings with newspapers and magazines. So I sat down and started to select images out of those photos I shot within the last 7 months. I ended up having about 60 photos and I cut them down to 30 which I then printed on 12×8 inch (or 30x20cm) paper in the lab. The original prints have a white border around the images and once again I was amazed by the quality of the digital files my Canon EOS 20D produces.

I decided to show 6 prints with color photographs I took during the 9/11 commemoration in New York. After that I am showing 4 black and white prints with street photographs followed by 5 prints out of my “Faces Of The Night” series. I posted these “Faces Of The Night” pictures as black and white versions on my blog previously. For my portfolio I decided to print and show them in color. I have to face it: Magazines just want color images and a lot of them do not print black and white photos at all. Since I started to get comfortable (and even started to like it) with color in New York I have no problem with that. And hey, that’s an advantage of digital isn’t it?! I think it is!
Ok, after those portrait shot I inserted 4 black and white photos of Hispanic Parades and Festivals followed by 4 color street shots. 6 black and white street photographs and one moody color image close my portfolio.

Although I do have a “real” portfolio folder I decided not to use it. I bought it about two years ago and I’d say it was a wrong investment. It’s too big, too unhandy and the protective clear plastic folders look terrible. So I went and bought a black cardboard box in the right size for a couple of bucks to carry the single prints.

Equipped with that box and my prints I went off to meet my first two newspapers and a couple of photographers. My first assignment came out of one meeting and my first nearly assignment out of another. This will be content of my “Getting Started Part 2” post. It’s not a tutorial on what to do or how to do it. It’s just my personal experiences and how I try to do it… Have fun and keep shooting!

Magnum Photos Feature: Bolivian Elections by Chris Anderson

Magnum says hello again and they wish us a Happy New Year with a new and very powerful multimedia essay. Magnum nominee Christopher Anderson (whom I interviewed in New York already) travelled to Bolivia in December to photograph the election of Evo Morales, a former coca farmer intent on bringing socialism to his indigenous countrymen.
Chris Anderson photographed before, during and after the presidential elections and did not only bring back impressive black and white photographs but also field recordings he did during his 10 days trip.

This new multimedia essay is – in many ways – a further step for Magnum In Motion as I personally see it. It’s the first essay for which a photographer did not only record street sounds on-site but also sort of a spoken diary which was used for this story. Thanks to the new Flash Tool which was developed and designed together with the Belgium webdesign agency “group94” the format of this presentation changed and improved. The sound is not intermitted by the changing of photographs anymore and movement was partly created through quick sequencing of images. Well see for yourself and please let me know what you think of it. Any feedback will help to further improve this kind of presentation.

For a list of all multimedia essays produced so far visit the Magnum In Motion website, for more work by Magnum photographers visit the Magnum Photos website and for more Magnum related postings on New York Photoblog go to the archive.

Getting Started 2: The first assignment


In “Getting Started 1: Creating a portfolio / The Magnum job” I wrote about my plans with Magnum and how I created my portfolio. Today I’ll let you know how things went on after I had my portfolio in hand.

The way to my first assignment

The first thing I did with my portfolio was to meet a friend of mine who is photographer as well. I met Felicitas Kruse for the first time about a year and a half ago when we were photographing the funeral of Austrian President Thomas Klestil who died two days before the end of his incumbency. We’ve been the only photographers with small film based cameras in a crowd of photographers with digital SLRs and long telephoto lenses… Anyway. Felicitas stopped to work as a photojournalist some months ago to dedicate her time to personal projects. Seemingly she decided for some reason to take care of me and my photographic career. Good for me. We’ve been talking about the situation for photographers in Austria, where to go, whom to approach, whom to meet and so on. She gave me a list of Names and contacts which I thankfully took.

First I called Heribert Corn, a photographer who is working a lot for Vienna’s city newspaper “Falter” among others. “Falter” is a pretty good paper to start working for. They are political, write about topics other papers wouldn’t write about, they have a wide distribution in Austria and they print the photographers credits as big as no other paper does.

I met Heribert Corn already once before my departure to New York about 8 months ago. I showed him my portfolio with old black and white photographs and asked him if there would be any chance for me to start working for “Falter”. He liked it and said that we should give it a try. Well a week later I sat on the plane to New York and I didn’t hear Heribert again for the next 8 months.

When I called him before Christmas he said that he was really happy that I called. Another photographer who followed my blog told him that I wouldn’t come back to Vienna. Well I did and so we met the same day, I showed him my new portfolio, he liked it and told me that he’ll call me once there is an assignment for me.

The first assignment

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Two days later (Friday) my cell phone rang in the afternoon and it was Heribert Corn with my first assignment. He told me about an article that was about to be published in the next issue of “Falter”. An article about one of Europes largest and most modern logistics-centers for the distribution of packages by the post. The editor visited this center already before and needed a picture or two for the article. I was told that they needed images showing the size of the place, the packages and that it wouldn’t be wrong to see workers on these images as well.

I called the contact I got from the post-office and wanted to arrange an appointment. Press date for the next “Falter” issue was Monday noon. So I had two and a half days left. Since there wasn’t much going on in this logistics-center on the weekend I arranged to come over this evening. They told me that 6 p.m. was the best time to come since most packages arrive at that time.

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No sooner said than done! I was parking my car in front of this huge hall in the south of Vienna at 6 p.m., had my camera equipment ready and smoked one last cigarette before my first “real” assignment. Ok, I was nervous. I was really nervous. I knew that it shouldn’t be too hard for me to deliver decent pictures for this half page article. I knew that the printing quality of the paper is poor and would therefore cover parts of bad pictures. But that’s not what I wanted. I wanted to do a good job. Hey, it’s my first assignment and I want to get further ones.

So I went inside the building and met the man who was responsible for the operations there. I asked him to show me around and explain me how everything works. After our trip around I told him that I would prefere to walk around myself to take some time to photograph. He agreed. So there I was standing in the middle of this huge hall, the machinery, the packages and about 80 people spread all over the place. I decided to start by walking around a little more. I wanted to talk to the clerks who worked there first in order to let them know what I was doing. My advantage was that I worked at a post office myself about 7 years ago. So I had something to start talking about. They’ve been a little suspicious in the beginning but opened up once we talked a little longer. Some of those people told me at the end that they’ve been really surprised that I actually took the time to talk to them and listen to the problems they have at work. A couple of photographers have been there before but they rushed in, took some pictures and left again.


To make a long story short: I spend almost 7 hours there and took a whole bunch of pictures. Lightning conditions have been pretty damn bad. There was much halogen light coming from the ceilings but at the same time there was almost no light underneith the machinery where a lot of people worked. So contrasts have been high. I had to shoot with 1600 ISO and 1/15 to 1/60 of a second… Back home I downloaded all the RAW files onto my laptop and started to edit through.
No photos that I would put in my portfolio or onto my portfolio website but good enough for this job. The editor was happy although they would have prefered to have some more shots where one can actually see the size of this hall.


And this is the article with my photograph that was published 5 days later. I would have choosen another image but that was not in my field of competence. And don’t ask for the payment, you’d start to cry.

More news and more informations on what else was or is going on in a couple of days.