#pixlrcritters Winner #1: Gemmaine's Bucket of Cuteness
We have our first winner in the Pixlr Easter Photo Contest!
Gemmaine Baughurst from the U.K. captures a very cute critter in a bucket. That’s one very cute baby. We love how she added some bunny ears and a few of the stickers from the new Pixlr Express effects pack. All in all, this is a worthy critter for our contest, and we are thrilled to be sending Gemmaine’s daily prize choice her way — an Instax mini 8 camera.
We’ve still got more prizes to give away, including the Grand Prize of a Samsung NX Mini camera, so get your photos in. Just tag your photo #pixlrcritters on major social networks. Read all about it on our contest page at pixlrcritters.com.
Pixlr Easter Photo Contest: Tag Super Cute Portraits #pixlrcritters
We’re delighted to be running another photo contest. People seem to really enjoy these, and we really, really enjoy seeing what people make. The grand prize is one of the cutest (and quite powerful) new cameras out there, the Samsung NX Mini. But we’re also giving away 4 daily prizes. As with our past contests, these daily prize winners get to choose from about a dozen neat prizes on our contest site.
This time around, we want to see some super cute portraits of critters. What kind of critters? Bunnies, pets, stuffed animals, cute babies, selfies with bunny ears — anything or anyone cute or cuddly. Cuteness rules in this contest! Don’t have a cute critter handy? We’ve got some Easter stickers and effects in Pixlr Express that you can plop onto your photo. Throw some bunny ears on a selfie and give us your cutest look. Get creative and show us something inventively cute.
Entering is incredibly easy. Just tag your entry #pixlrcritters on Instagram, Twitter, Flickr, Pinterest, Tumblr, or Facebook. Check out the prizes available at pixlrcritters.com, and knock us out with some creativity. Contest runs 4/17-4/22.
If you think the whole #aftersex hashtag phenomenon is the ultimate indicator that the world’s going to hell in a hand basket, Emma McGowan might just change your mind. How she changed her mind and came to embrace #aftersex selfies.
We’re always scanning the Internet for people who take interesting photos with our apps, and from time to time we like to dig in and learn a bit more about them. Today, we’re lassoing Hayley Marlow, one of the members of our Pixlr on Flickr group. Since she joined the group about a year ago, we’ve noticed her style has changed again and again. We wanted to know just what all the experiments were about and what her background was with photography. Turns out, she’s still developing her style.
Where do you live in this wide world?
I live in Leicestershire, England. I move around a bit but always return to Leicestershire.
Your Flickr profile says you’re relatively new to photography, but it looks like you know what you’re doing. When did you pick up a camera (or camera phone)?
Thanks *blushes*. I got my first compact camera last year as a birthday gift and haven’t been able to put it down since. I recently invested in a dSLR camera — three weeks ago — because I realised this is something I love to do. I am still trying to work out how it all works, but I am enjoying having a go.
From looking at your photos, you seem to be pretty good at street photography. Our last Follow Worthy interviewee (Maria Georgiadou) says she’s sometimes shy and has to rely on a zoom lens to capture intimate photos of people in the streets. Are you good at approaching people or making them comfortable about being photographed?
I can completely relate to that. It does get easier though. The more I do it, the easier it becomes. I carry a few cards with me (it could just be a homemade one) with my email address and Flickr account written on it. I find that people are a lot happier to let me take their picture if they will have an opportunity to view it afterwards. Sometimes giving someone a card is inappropriate such as if I take a picture of a homeless person. I tend to get on the floor with them and share a tea and a chat. I enjoy listening to peoples’ stories. Most importantly, I feel like you are not doing anything wrong, and the worst thing that can happen is someone will say no. Respect their request, say thanks, and find someone else.
By crazy coincidence, we noticed you photographed the same street ad as one of our previous Follow Worthy folks (JeffC.42) who also happens to live in your area. He’s into street photography, too. Is Leicester just a stellar spot for street photography?
Awesome! Leicester is a cool place to take street photography pictures. I have only had positive experiences with the people there. It’s my home city. It’s a totally different experience taking my camera with me now. I see the city in a different way. It’s like rediscovering the city I love.
Some of your photos are heavily textured and look like HDR photos. Do you prefer to experiment with lots of effects?
I do. I think in part it’s because I am new to photography. I want to try everything! I sometimes have reign myself in.
Not all of your photos are of street scenes. In fact, from looking at the lot of them it seems like you are trying out all kinds of styles. Do you feel like you’ve found a style yet or do you expect to keep experimenting?
I really like experimenting, again I think it’s because I am new and want to try it all. I had a conversation with my 13 year old son about finding my style, my niche, and he said something that has stuck with me. He is autistic and sees things in a very logical way. I said I am not sure what I am into yet — street, macro, nature etc. And he said, “Mum, you are into photography; don’t choose.” So I plan to keep experimenting.
Smart kid. No need to choose when you have all these roads to try out. Thank you, Hayley, for taking time out of your day to tell us more about you! We’ll be following along to see what you make next. You can also follow Hayley on Flickr or Instagram.
Do you sell your photos online? Have you ever thought about it? If so, we’ve got a sweet proposition for you: Hang out a shingle on Creative Market.
If you’re not familiar with Creative Market, it’s a site where independent creators from around the world sell their own “mousemade” content. Over time, they’ve expanded their marketplace to offer many different types of content made by independent artists: everything from illustrations to fonts to templates and web themes. This week, they’re taking their next big step: photos.
If you’ve ever designed anything digitally — a postcard, a flyer, a Wordpress site — you’ve surely wasted at least a few hours stumbling through stock photo sites like Getty Images and iStockphoto. And you’ve no doubt been frustrated that the images you find are sometimes less than creative. Sites like Women Laughing Alone with Salad have became a running joke in the online design community (and beyond) because they spotlight the absurdity of big stock photo marketplaces that long ago turned away from offering beautiful images and toward providing staged scenes to fit well-worn cliches. The goal of every graphic designer is to create something authentic and real, but all that canned stock imagery can really work against you.
Creative Market’s solution to this dilemma is to help independent photographers to bring some authenticity and art back into the stock photo world. If you’ve got some skill as a photographer (whether that’s using a $5,000 dSLR or an iPhone), you can open up your own store and sell your work on your own terms. The benefit for photo purchasers is easy to see. Customers get to choose from thousands of photos from authentic sources that have nothing “stock” about them, but the benefits for sellers are quite distinct from other photo marketplaces. Creative Market sellers keep 70% of every sale. (!) They set their own prices. They don’t have to exclusively sell their photos on Creative Market. And, there’s no cost in opening up a store.
From a Pixlr perspective, we think this is nothing short of an amazing concept. Photographers getting an unprecedented amount of control over their work and how it’s sold? To us, that sounds like how it should have been done all along. All of which is to say we’re thrilled to have Creative Market under the same Autodesk umbrella and want to encourage any photographers who use our apps to check into this stellar opportunity.
Best App Ever Awards: Honored to Be Honorably Mentioned
We’re practically the Best App Ever! Or something like that.
If you’re not familiar with it, the Best App Ever awards has been going since the iTunes Store opened and developers started making apps. Each year, the goal of these awards is to honor the best — not just the best-selling.
We’ve won or gotten an honorable mention in past years. We always seem to be on this kind of list, which feels pretty darn good. It feels good because these are user-voted awards. We love knowing that people really use our apps. They took time out of their busy day to vote for us!
This year, Pixlr Express got an honorable mention in the Best Photo App category, and we just wanted to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU to everyone who voted for us. Means a lot!
But that’s not why we’re sharing it with you. We wanted to pass it along because it really does list some great tools that are worth digging into. Standouts include PlaceIt, a clever online tool for placing screenshots inside iPad and smartphone image shells; Pictaculous, a tool from Mailchimp that grabs all of the color information from a specific image to help you create a working color palette; PhotoPin, a site that aggregates Creative Commons images, which is super helpful for bloggers in particular; and Awesome Screenshot, which we’d definitely recommend you check out if you’re missing the Pixlr Grabber tool we retired recently. Even better, Charlie includes a great list of sites to find animated GIFs, which if you’re not careful can provide you with hours of enjoyment (and distraction).
We thought we’d add a few other tools to this list that you may want to check out if you dabble in graphic design:
Morguefile is great source for free images to use in your projects. These are all images that have been given up by their authors for anyone to use.
We get a lot of people in our support forum asking how to identify a particular font they found online. Try What the Font, which lets you upload an image to help identify the font.
The TinEye reverse image search tool has always been one of our go-to sites. Like Google Images, they let you see if an image has any copycats or duplicates out there on the Internet. Unlike Google Images, TinEye has a handy extension you can plug into most browsers.
The little hashtag that could. Even though no one really thought it would. And some people aren’t sure it should. The story of a viral hashtag that’s organically raising millions of dollars for a good cause.