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2012 | PIXscotland

Year2012

Making a Facebook cover image in Photoshop.

This is a quick video and template to help you make a Facebook cover image in Photoshop.

The template will easily help you align and crop your image as required by Facebook.

 

Download the template here.

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SPECIAL DEAL: Groupon photo book.

EDIT: 2012/06/17 — This is an expired offer. Sorry!

 

I know it’s short notice but I thought I would add this deal to the blog.

Printerpix.co.uk has a deal on right now that gives a huge discount on some budget photobooks.

Even if you’ve no particular project in mind right now, having this will probably inspire you to get out there shooting.

Where else can you get a custom designed leather bound photobook for less than a calendar?

 

Click here to go get the deal from Printerpix now!

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Beer!

I recently repaired a PC for a friend and was paid in beer. Not only beer, but beer was included.

Having a fridge load of random beer bottles gave me an idea for a small project; namely shooting some “promotional shots” as may be used by the brewery or distributor. These were shot for my use, learning and experimentation only. Each one was shot on a separate day and processed on a one-by-one basis. This give an interesting variation in the shots as they were not considered “a set” during production. I also experimented with larger and shallowed depth of field while shooting these. The Golden Champion beer is an example of shallow depth of field as demonstrated by the softer “More artistically shot” image.

 

Spooks Ale

 

Trade Winds

Black Sheep Ale

Dark Island

Golden Champion

Guinness

The lighting was kept very simple for these as it had to be assembled and put away each day. I used a single off-camera flash, a yellow foam background, a white sheet diffuser and a reflector (for some.) This gave a set-up, shoot and tear down time of about 5 minutes per shot which was great as this was usually happening while I was cooking my evening meal!

 

My personal favourite beer from this selection is the Black Sheep Ale. It has a nice clean flavour that works well for me, it’s not too high in alcohol content so it’s a simple one to drink too. I can see myself buying a few more of these as time goes by!

 

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NEWS: One dead and one seriously hurt in kebab shop attack in Tranent

After an incident at “Kopas Take Away” one is dead and another in hospital with serious wound after apparently being beaten in Tranent, East Lothian.

In Tranent, East Lothian, one person is dead and another seriously injured after an incident at “Kopas Take Away.” The owner Brian is apparently in hospital with serious wounds after apparently being beaten by an unknown member of the public. Locals originally believed a gun had been used but this is not confirmed at this stage.

Further information suggest the owner and driver were stabbed by a customer after a fight. The customer apparently got paint on his jacket before the scuffle. Both the owner and the driver who live locally are believed to have young families.

Police were called in from Edinburgh to help support the closure of the High Street and some surrounding areas. At this time the Police have made no statement.

Demotix.

 

 

On a personal level, as a customer of this shop and ex-local, I wish Brian, his family and that of John Auld’s all the best for the future and hope that there can a way forward for them. I’m sorry for your loss and the stress involved.

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NEWS: Students protest Workfare and Austerity. A march through Edinburgh.

Students protest through Edinburgh against Government Workfare scheme.

Students protest against the goverments police on Workfare schemes which force the unemployed to work for free at profit making companies or lose their benefits. Companies such as Tesco have been called out on this type of “employment.”

Organised by Scottish Students Against Cuts and supported by NUS Scotland the protest started outside the First Minister’s residence in Charlotte Square before marching on the Scottish Parliament.

This event was heavily attended by members of the Socialist Party, students from the various Scottish Universities and members of the public.

The groups marched from Bute House down Lothian Road, King’s Stables Road, Grassmarket and the Royal Mile. On arrival at the Scottish Parliament building there was an organised event where various speakers from the student organisations talked and presenter their argument against current government policies regarding Workfare and student affairs.

The whole event was handled well by the heavy police presence which ensured no violence occurred even though there was some friction caused by unexpected sit-down protests which caused traffic delays.

Demotix

More images available here: http://www.demotix.com/news/1082082/students-protest-through-edinburgh-against-government-workfare-scheme

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