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Photo Tutorial — Mirror, mirror

Published by Diana Tula · December 12th 2012

There is so much to learn about photography and we want to share 500px photographers’ pro tips and tricks with you. Last time we featured post-processing secrets of “Waiting for hair cut” photograph.

In this article Budapest-based photographer Ildiko Neer shares with us the details behind her photograph “Endless passion”, explaining how she created this photograph using mirroring technique.

I think that this kind of post-processing is a type of magician's trick. It is quiet simple and looks magical. You just need a row of trees and then in a post-processing program to mirror the image you’ve shot. Next step would be to layer the mirrored image over the original shot and to erase what you don't need. Final step is to tone, colour correct and retouch any parts you think are missing or distracting.

I followed these steps to achieve the final image:

  1. Changed colours with a preset I had in Lightroom.
  2. Added saturation with Nik Software.
  3. Applied another preset "My kind of red”, a custom trademark preset that I created myself.
  4. Made a horizontal turn, and so mirrored the image.
  5. Cropped from horizontal to square photo.
  6. In Photoshop cloned all the distracting and missing parts.

Step by step photo changes...

Original photo.

After the first preset+NIK CEP pro.

After "My kind of red" preset (custom trademark preset).

After the horizontal turn (mirroring) and crop.

After editing in Photoshop, cloning the missing parts and distracting parts.

More NIK cross processing, more cloning and that's it.

Thanks to Ildiko Neer for sharing this tutorial and thank you for reading!

Let’s share your skills and educate those new to photography. If you have a tutorial you’d like to share, be it in shooting, or post production, or even top tips for getting your work out there please get in touch, email


Low Tide

Published by Diana Tula · December 12th 2012

It’s great to watch videos filmed by photographers as you can witness photographs literally come to life. Last time we shared with you ”Istanbul, the Pearl of the Bosphorus” by Juan Carlos Diaz, a tribute to the incredible city.

Today’s featured video is “Low Tide - The Seaweed Farmers of Nusa Lembongan”. This film was shot and edited by Free Mindflow in an observational documentary style, in order to enable the viewer with a sense of reality when witnessing the most significant and particular part of the island’s inhabitants lives.

This short film is part of the first episode of Where’s Paradise? project focusing on the island of Nusa Lembongan, 20km South East of Bali. The series puts side by side the western idea of paradise that conjures images of small tropical islands with white sandy beaches and coconut groves and the actual lives of the actual people that live in these often remote places. The first episode also features a photo set viewable on

In our opinion photographers make great videographers. Do you have a video that you’d like to share or you're in a process of planning a shoot? Let us know, email We are always open to your ideas and collaborations, and would love to feature you on our blog.


Inspire 10

Published by Diana Tula · December 11th 2012

Inspiration is a strange thing, you never know when or what will inspire you. We’d like to invite you to take a break from photography and recharge your creative powers. Who knows, maybe one of the items from this list will make you scream “Eureka!” and send you running to create the next masterpiece.


Personal story by an artist who couldn’t and can’t draw a straight line, and where he took it from there. Click here for a direct Youtube link.


"That’s precisely the question everyone should be asking — Why the hell not? Why not you, why not now…" – Timothy Ferriss


Grain Edit. Oodles and oodles of pages filled with contemporary design and illustrations inspired by retro work.


40 Inspirational speeches in 2 minutes. Click here for a direct Youtube link.


Omnivore’s Dilemma. Read this book to find out what actually it is that you eat and where your food comes from. Read a preview on Google Books.


The Boneyard Project. Revived airplanes from the infamous boneyards of the Arizona desert by a group of artists, who collected and painted the airplanes.


Live the language and travel the world with fun & educational videos by EF Intl. Language Centers.


Relax and be silly just like Emperor Nicholas II did with his friends in Wolfsgarten, Germany c. 1899-1900. For more silly photos of extremely serious historical figures visit this article by Flavorwire.


Looking for a good movie to watch this evening or weekend? Check out "Angel-A". Click here for trailer's direct Youtube link.


Free education is available at your fingertips with iTunes U. Access it on your computer through iTunes or download an app for your phone or iPad.

What inspires you? Let us know in the comments below and be the source of inspiration to others.



Shay Sapir

Published by Diana Tula · December 11th 2012

Welcome to the brave new world of Shay Sapir. Shay is visual arts photographer and V.P. Creative in an advertising agency based in Israel. His photographs tell stories of places he has visited and people he has seen, they are honest, melancholic and feel almost dystopian. Enjoy a sneak peek of his work...

To get to know Shay Sapir better visit his 500px page, there you can add Shay to friends, follow his future photo posts, and check his Store for canvas prints or desktop downloads available for sale.

Our blog is a place to promote 500px photographers and their brilliant photos. Every Tuesday we publish a brief photographer profile introducing you to a photographer from 500px community and his/her body of work. This could be you, email us and let us know about yourself and your work.



Published by Diana Tula · December 10th 2012

Want to get featured on our blog? Every Monday a theme is announced and you have until Sunday to submit your entry. Upload photos to your 500px profile & leave a comment to this post with the photo links. You may already have a photo that suits or you can see it as a weekly photo challenge. This week's theme was: Freedom. For announced new theme and deadline continue reading.

New theme is: Dress To Impress

Theme is open to interpretation so get creative, get snapping and post links to photo entries in the comments below. Deadline is December 16th at 12pm (EST).

Every week there's a random draw giveaway, giving a chance to everyone who enters to win 2 months of Awesome membership. This week’s winner is Kanmani Ramasamy.

Big thanks to everyone who participated!


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