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Unknown Butterfly, Malaysia
Black Lemur, Nosey Be, Madagascar
Palm leaf, Seychelles
Cirque de Mafate, Reunion
Ship in the Desert, Suez Canal, Egypt
Fredensborg Palace, Zealand, Denmark
Al Salam Peace Bridge, Suez Canal, Egypt
Frankincense Tree, Oman
The Hermitage, St Petersburg, Russia
La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Sibelius Monument, Helsinki, Finland
Copacabana Beach from Sugar Loaf Mountain, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Masked Booby, Cape Horn
Nobel Prize Museum, Stockholm, Sweden
The Metropolital Cathedral, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
King Penguins, Bluff Cove, Falkland Islands
A photography website offers wonderful opportunities for a photographer to showcase his or her work. For professional photographers, whether involved in wedding photography, portrait, studio, landscape, architectural or other work, a website provides a local and worldwide public window through which to communicate and consequently find customers. For amateur enthusiasts, a website provides an unique opportunity to display their best work and perhaps make contact with other similar minded photographers.
The task of creating a personal or business-specific website seems to many photographers to be daunting, and perhaps a major diversion from their central interest of photography. Indeed, creating a complex modern website from scratch is now beyond the capabilities of most people - certainly the majority of photographers who are engaged full-time in their photographic work purchase a website. It is this situation that gave rise to a whole new industry offering ready made website tailored to particular requirements. An alternative is of course tor pay a web programmer to do the structural work or use a Content Management System (CMS). Once a website is in place, it is easier to keep things up to date by uploading new galleries of images etc.
Surprisingly, only a small minority of photographers seems to be aware of the advantages of using a Content Management System (CMS). This approach takes all the technical and difficult programming out of the task, and makes the achievement of a modern, professional looking website a practicable possibility for all. For anyone who wants to be in total control of their website, this is undoubtedly the way to go.
The Society acknowledges photographic excellence with four awards - a Certificate of Merit and three formal distinctions. These are:
Detailed information relating to each award may be found by following the above links, visiting the FAQ section, and also by reading The OPS Distinctions Handbook. This handbook may be downloaded free of charge as a PDF file, or purchased as a printed booklet at a current price of £3.50 plus tax and delivery.
A photographer who is awarded one of the Society's distinctions may use the relevant letters (LOPS, AOPS or FOPS) after his or her name throughout life. No fees or subscriptions are payable. The award of a Certificate of Merit does not incorporate the right to use any letters after a successful candidate's name. Note that an applicant must be under the age of 18 on the relevant date of assessment to make an application for a Certificate of Merit, and must also provide evidence of consent via the Certificate of Merit Consent Form.
|Image Copyright Stephen Robinson|
Stephen Robinson, a photographer based in Zambia, has released an extraordinary on-line exhibition of documentary and photojournalism photography on the everyday lives of those living with albinism in Africa.
The modern-day social issue of living with albinism in Africa is, today, probably much as it has been for centuries - an issue steeped in deep-rooted superstition and mythology. Most media coverage of Africans with albinism is centred on the news-grabbing extremes of their physical abuse, mutilation and even murder. Such coverage makes little mention of the adversities they face every day - including stigma and extreme discrimination, isolation and exclusion, serious health and vision problems, and public ridicule. And all this every day, day-in, day-out.
So this story is about the ordinary: the ordinary daily story of African people with albinism, a story that few of us know about. Accompanying the photographs are the subjects’ own stories of their daily lives, in their own words - far more telling than anything the photographer could write.
Not sure if you understand the significance of the various colour spaces? Can you honestly say that you are clear about the differences between Adobe RGB (1998), sRGB, Apple RGB and Wide-gamut RGB? Well, colour is a complex matter and you could spend the rest of your life studying the science of the subject. In an effort to help, and with the assistance of Bruce Lindbloom, we have introduced a 3-D gamut viewer which displays a variety of commonly-used colour spaces. The viewer even allows you to compare two three-dimensional RGB working spaces by drawing one inside the other. The whole display can then be rotated in any direction, or zoomed in and out, to help you focus on those crucial areas of difference. At last it is possible to visualize clearly how switching, for example from Adobe RGB (1998) to sRGB, imposes significant changes upon your images.