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50th post!

BirdWow my 50th post. I think I should have gotten to this amount a long time ago but I think I kind of gave up on my photography due to studying for exams. I don’t think 50 is that big of a milestone but it has seemed like a hell of a long time! Thanks a lot everyone for everything. You’ve commented, liked and even followed! I love being able to see what amazing things you have uploaded to WordPress too. Its inspiring, its amazing and extremely creative!


Thanks a ton guys!


chameleonDespite being a butterfly farm. There was a ton of other stuff to see! Just like this chameleon here. I opened this up in photoshop, masked out the reptile, then added a black and white filter to the background.

Macro extension tubes!

AntI recently purchased some extension tubes which are an amazing accessory to add to your camera bag if you don’t own a macro lens. they basically create a space between your camera body and lens which enables your camera to focus closer. 😀 as you can see from this shot you can definitely get pretty close!


Black and white

Bearded dragonanother bearded dragon except this ones had some work done on photoshop 😀


Bearded Dragon

Bearded dragonThis is a picture of a bearded dragon that i took with the sigma 70 – 300mm telephoto/macro lens. I got some great shots until i was strictly told that i was not allowed to take photos of their bearded dragons although i even had the flash off.  Reluctantly i put my camera away 😥 Until next time…. XD

Sigma 70 – 300mm

alfie dof test with 70 - 300mm sigma DGGetting the Nikon D3200 without this lens would have been kind of a waste. I wanted a lens that would give me that shallow depth of field but also amazing quality pictures. and this lens just does that…


Hendra helix

wild flower screen sharp

Copyright © 2012 – 2013 Salim Willshire Photography all rights reserved.

Settings: 1/50 f/3.1 ISO 100 4mm

Thanks a lot Aamna for the name of this flower 😀 true legend!

Replicate ND grad filter using Adobe Photoshop

This is a tutorial I’ve made to contribute to the amazing WordPress community. And yes i mean amazing. Over the past few days my blog/portfolio has grown vastly, and that’s only because of you guys so thanks a lot!

Lets move on. In this tutorial i will be showing you how to replicate a Graduated neutral density filter using Adobe Photoshop. Keep in mind that the effect will not be as good as when you would use a real ND grad filter. But this is a great way for people starting out with photography, like myself.

First you’ll need to open up your image. I have one i was messing around with earlier:

Starting image

OK next you will want to grab the selection tool, and highlight your sky as shown:

selecting your skyNow’s the effect part. Create a new layer without deselecting your sky then click on the gradient tool. Make sure your tool is from black to transparent (like in the image below) Then hold shift and click ‘n’ drag from the top of your sky, to the bottom half. Like so:

effect It looks a little weird right now so change the layer to overlay and increase/decrease the opacity. Don’t over do it:adjustments

Wow, i say don’t over do it and i put it to 98%! But it looks great were it is. We still have one problem though, and that is that we have a strong vignette on our picture. We can remove that in these simple steps:

1. Deselect our sky (ctrl + d on windows and cmd + d on mac)

2.Highlight the two layers we have by holding shift and clicking on both of them in the “layers” tab. Then right click the layers highlighted in the “layers” tab and click “merge layers”

3. Next click filter, then lens correction . Now select the “custom” tab and adjust vignette. You can see that by dragging the vignette slider to the right the vignette will slowly start to disappear. Don’t over do it! i mean it this time because otherwise you will get a horrible white vignette around your photo. You should get a finished picture like so:

Replicate Grad ND

This is our results and i think they turned out great although they aren’t as good as a ND grad:

As you can see the sky is more washed out to begin with , and then bought back using this very simple and effective replica of a ND Grad filter

As you can see the sky is more washed out to begin with , and then bought back using this very simple and effective replica of a ND Grad filter

  Thanks! Please be sure to rate and comment 😀 i would love to hear your thoughts and maybe results if you tried this out.