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Jake is a Graphic Designer and Design Consultant at Prepressology, as well as an avid photographer living in the beautiful Adirondacks of Upstate New York. Learning in the trenches with fellow photographers trying to capture the most compelling photos.

MAGIX Camera MX updated

Camera MX allows users with Android smartphones to keep up with the times. This free app has over 50 realtime effects, looks and frames that can turn any photo into a real work of art. Users can apply specific effects or use the “magic cube” to add effects randomly.

Simple Improvements #015 – Try Different Angles

In Simple Improvements #015 I talk about changing it up a bit and taking photos at some different angles. Part of the fun of photography, especially with digital cameras, is the ability to experiment with your photos. One great way to do that is to play with the angles at which you shoot your subjects.

Simple Improvements #014 – Get Down To Their Level

In this Simple Improvements post I talk about a simple way to improve your photos of children and pets. Changing your level can get those eyes sharp and make the photo a bit more intimate.

Simple Improvements #013 – Observe A Pro

Observing a Pro Photographer work can be enlightening and eye opening. In today’s Simple Improvements I thought I would talk about the best way to go about observing a Pro.

Easter Bunny eCard Photo Shoot

Woke up Easter morning with a mission to create an eCard. Found a ceramic bunny and the adventure began. This is the story of my Easter Bunny Photo Shoot.

Welcome Android to Instagram

Android users are now on Instagram and join millions who already enjoy the fun. However, there has been a bunch of complaining in both the iOS and Android crowds. I think both crowds have kind of missed the point of Instagram and I thought I would share some thoughts on the subject.

Photoshop World DC 2012: Report Coming Soon!

Riding the train home from Photoshop World and I thought I would drop a quick update in a blog post. The weekend was jammed pack full of sessions and tons of other events. Look for a podcast report to be out real soon.

What I Learned at a Volleyball Tournament

Here are a few things I learned while capturing a volleyball tournament earlier this month. Sports photography is an awesome profession that I have a lot of respect for and after a day of capturing volleyball I have even more respect for them!

Live Tweets From Photoshop World

If you are interested in what two first time attendees of Photoshop World think… then follow our tweets under @Rookie_Photog. We will be sharing our thoughts throughout the conference on everything from the keynote to the sessions to all the other crazy things that are bound to happen.

Quick Snapshot in NYC

Quick little snap shot taken in NYC during a quick break in between trains on my way to DC and Photoshop World. Find me on Instagram to follow more snap shots during my trip.

Fun With Photo Assignments

It’s fun to wander the open road with your camera and just see what catches your eye but sometimes it is just as fun to give yourself a bit more direction. You can do this by giving yourself a photo assignment. This is a subject to go out and capture. The photo assignment can be many different things.

Lisa Bettany’s World Trip With an iPhone

Lisa Bettany has been on a whirl wind trip around the world and she is capturing it with just using an iPhone and her own app Camera+. This goes right along with lines of what Pete and I have been telling our readers and listeners… it’s not the camera that takes great photos, it is the photographer!

Long Awaited Flickr Update Coming

After being bought by Yahoo in 2005, on February 28th Flickr will be getting a rather significant update. Years went by without any move on the part of Yahoo to make improvements but now it looks like they are trying to build Flickr back up with some interesting updates to photo displaying and uploading.

Special Announcement: New Regular Schedule

Thought I would try out a different medium. Here is a short video to let our listeners of Rookie Designer Podcast and the new Rookie Photog Podcast know that we will now be releasing on a more regular schedule.

Light Showing Me The Way

After digging back through some old photos I was able to retrieve another of my favorite photos. Pete talked about a few tips to think about when shooting outdoors and dealing with light. It made me remember this photo I captured with my point and shoot camera one day while traveling a local bike path one late summer afternoon.