ISSUE 001 - May 1, 2006

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thesaint (a.k.a Matthew Bowden) is a web designer from Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa who loves snapping pictures of just about anything with his Canon EOS 20D. His images on freeimages.com receive more downloads and comments than just about any other members'. Best of all, his images have no restictions, so help yourself!


site news


Did you know that freeimages is 5 years old already? Time flies really fast! Here's how it looked like 4 years ago, when it was just a hobby project. Back then we had 3500 users and 2500 photos, now we have over 600.000 users and over 200.000 photos, and freeimages is the second most visited stock photo resource according to Alexa.com's traffic stats.

Speaking of numbers, we have just got 400 gigs of disk space for you! We also installed a new CPU and some more RAM in our main Dual Xeon machine to be able to handle more requests. Also, we're going to add a third machine soon because you are maxing out the servers again already! ;)

By the way, we would like to announce our first ever official competition! Write photography tutorials and win! Details below.


tips & tricks


Flash is Evil by brokenarts
When you use the flash, results are usually ugly. Here are some quick and handy tips to improve your flash photography.

Controlling Depth of Field With Lens Blur in Photoshop
This article provides a realistic way to simulate depth-of-field after a picture is taken. graphics.com

Correct Exposures Quickly
In just a few steps, you'll learn how to fix troublesome shadows and highlights in CS2. DynamicGraphics

Preventing Data Corruption in Flash Memory Cards
There's nothing more frustrating than receiving a corrupt data error message during digital camera usage. Here are some steps to take to prevent the worst day of your life. GraphicDesignForum


competition


We'd love to read YOUR PHOTO TUTORIALS too!

Did you know that we have a new and simple blog engine on freeimages which is perfect for writing tutorials and such? Just go to My account / Blog and try it out! The best posts will get featured on the site and in the newsletter as well and the author of the very best one wins a 1GB iPod Shuffle!

Start: May 1 - Deadline: May 31. You can only post if you have at least one approved photo on freeimages. The best post will be selected by the public.


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