Sponsored Post: Sleeklens And Lightroom – Take Your Pictures To The Next Level

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If you are a Lightroom user and never heard of Sleeklens then you are missing out some of the best presets available for photographers these days. Lightroom presets are groups of parameters defined on Lightroom’s tools and sliders, therefore, they make user’s routine a simpler task by accomplishing many adjustments in only a few clicks. But what does really make a preset stand out in such a competitive industry?

First of all, quality. If a preset is really good made, then it won’t add Film Grain or Noise to your picture unless is your intent to do so. The preset has to work for what is meant to; if it is a Clarity filter, then it will affect only parameters linked to Clarity slider, same for other tools.

Next comes creativity, a killer skill for every artist, and we as photographers are artists as well. Enhance your pictures with creative effects: lomographic effects, stunning B&W for making your pictures look like old time classics, etc.

And finally variety… Presets must apply to every kind of situation that we find in our daily life. Imagine you took a trip to a nearby beach and took stunning pictures, what can be your best pairing for it? A good set of landscape presets. These amazing features Lightroom gives us enough room to explore must be cataloged and defined for different scenarios: Food, Portrait, Landscape, B&W, Nature, Film, Cross Processing… the list can be really large.

Sleeklens has all of those features and more. Created by and for photographers, it doesn’t matter if you are not skilled enough with Lightroom for using them; regardless of your proficiency as a user, they will freshen up your pictures, bringing more life out of them.Stop wasting your time and get ready to transform your pictures into beautiful works of art!

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Your Spectacular Outdoor Photography Could Win You $15,000!

Weather Channel photo contestWeather Channel photo contest Weather Channel photo contest Weather Channel photo contestThe Weather Channel and Toyota have come together once again for their second annual photo contest to find the most beautiful, provocative, and jaw dropping photographs in their “It’s Amazing Out There” competition. Both amateur and professional photographers are invited to submit their most spectacular images that best depict the wonder, impact, and beauty of mother nature.

The Weather Channel recognizes that “weather” is so much more than the forecast or even weather elements. With that in mind they are asking talented photographers (that’s you!) from all over the US to submit works that fall under the categories of nature, adventure and/or the elements. The first prize is a whopping $15,000 with a second prize of $5,000, and third prize of $1,000. That’s a lot of lenses and photo paper so don’t pass up this opportunity to share your work with the world and win some much deserved money for your artistic efforts.

The deadline for the “It’s Amazing Out There” contest is July 16th at noon ET.  Read the complete rules HERE And enter your photograph HERE.

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Become A Beautiful/Decay Contributor!

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Do you know thousands of artists and designers who need to get some well deserved exposure? Do love writing about art and want an outlet? Do you want over a million monthly readers from around the world reading and hanging on your every word? Do you want to join Beautiful/Decay in our quest for all things groundbreaking and creative? If so then we have the perfect job for you!

Beautiful/Decay is looking for a few young writers who are looking to get their foot in the door and contribute to our daily blog. We are looking for smart writers in all corners of the globe who have their fingers on the pulse of the contemporary art and design world and want to join our group of art bloggers.

To apply send a few short writing samples (or links), 5 links to artists who you would like to write about and a cover letter about why you want to join the Beautiful/Decay contributor team to contactbd(at)beautifuldecay.com.

Writers must be able to commit to a minimum of five 300 word posts per week. This is a paid freelance position.

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Sponsored Post: Technology And One Of The Oldest Forms Of Animation Collide In The Picture Machine

The creative brains at Studio Nos, one of the premiere independent stop motion animation studios in New York City has teamed up with Action Cam by Sony in The Picture Machine, an incredibly delicious collision between technology and on of the oldest forms of Animation.

The zoetrope is perhaps one of the best pre-film animation devices to ever be invented. This simple setup takes a sequence of drawings or photographs of progressive phases in motion and through the use of speed animates them before your eyes. Studio Nos’ contemporary twist on the age old medium consists of a remote controlled car pod rigged with the Sony Action Cam driving on a track inside a zoetrope. As the car speeds up and zips around in circles a series of animation cells come to life.

The result of this imaginative mashup was a collaboration between man and machine to bring to life a non-stop parade of hand illustrated dancing mushrooms. Watch the video yourself and dream up how you can use the Sony Action Cam to create your next video masterpiece.

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Customized USB Drives By Memory Direct Gives The Freedom Of Choice To Photographers

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Customized USB drives have swept the photography industry by storm in the past few years. They’re a creative, fun way to connect with customers and potential clients, while also solving one of the biggest problems photographer’s have had with digital delivery.

In the past, professional photographers like Marirosa Anderson usually gave out copies of their photos on CDs because they were cheap and easy to burn. But she soon began to notice, like many others in the industry that began to hurt her brand image. After spending so much money with a shoot, clients felt as though this was a rather dull way to have their photos delivered. Not to mention, more people everyday can’t use CDs since the new laptops and desktops aren’t coming with optical CD/DVD drives anymore.

At the same time, simply sending an email proved to be difficult, time consuming, and didn’t offer photographers like Jayson Mullen any opportunity to really spread his brand and company image.

Custom USB drives from USB Memory Direct are a creative, original way to freshen up your digital delivery. They take your logo or brand artwork and customize it just the way you want it onto one of their hundreds of usb styles. Can’t find something you like? UMD can also create customized 3D shaped USB drives as well, so you can basically make your own style.

They do all the work, but you have all the creative freedom to make them fit who you are just right.

Visit usbmemorydirect.com today and receive 10% off on your first order of 50 to 1000 drives. Just use the promo code: 10%DECAY2015

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Iconic Contemporary Sculpture Inspires Exquisite Interiors And Architecture

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DXV by American Standard is a landmark product line that represents the company’s storied history spanning 150 years. The collection spans four broad movements: Classic (1880 – 1920), Golden Era (1920 – 1950), Modern (1950 – 1990), and Contemporary (1990 – today).  Each piece in the carefully curated collection harkens back to the era it was inspired by and combines it with modern sensibilities, technology and performance. Although each fixture is inspired by a distinct era, the entire collection has a dialogue and the ability to cross over and create a remix of eras in one space.

The pieces in the Contemporary Movement by DXV capture the ever-evolving spirit of present day design. Each quality crafted fixture, finish, and detail echo the clean lines of contemporary trends in interior design and architecture.  Modern day sculptors like Donald Judd, Tony Cragg and Random International have influenced creatives all around the world with their bold approach to materials, lines and form. Contemporary sculpture lovers can create spaces inspired by their favorites works with pieces from the DXV collection.

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Sponsored Post: The Mind-bending Photoshop Creations of 500px Prime Photographer Caras Ionut

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Caras Ionut is one of those rare photographer/Photoshopper hybrids whose work stands head and shoulders above even some of the best retouchers. Some of his images tend towards the realistic, others towards the fantastic, but all of them display a skill with both a camera and post-processing techniques that’s truly remarkable.

Ionut says his goal is to create dreamscapes — both the positive and negative kind.

“Most people when considering dreams would think of good positive dreams, and I like to think I captured that in my work,” he writes in his biography on 500px. “I also seem to visit the darker side of what people may see of dreams, not necessarily what one would see as negative, but possibly a dream that one could not quite understand or may feel alone.”

View a selection of our favorite images Ionut has captured, each available to license on 500px’s photo marketplace: 500px Prime” after the jump.

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Build Your Mobile Optimized Portfolio Site With Made With Color!

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It’s almost February and you’ve likely had “build a new website” on your to-do list for a while, but haven’t gotten around to it. Beautiful/Decay has teamed up with our friends at Made With Color to give you a friendly nudge to create your new site on their easy to use and sleek website building platform.  All you you have to do is enter code NEWYEARS2015 for a 29% discount off your first year with them.

Building a site doesn’t have to be a long, painstaking process. Now’s the perfect time to get started! Join the ranks of other MWC users who built their responsive, mobile/tablet friendly, and SEO optimized sites in under an hour.

We can’t wait to see what your new site looks like, so act fast– this discount code expires 2/15/15!

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