Best Android Photography Apps

Android is an incredible mobile operating system, and there’s no doubt about that. Google has managed to ship over 107 million units in Q2 of 2011, and no wonder it has created a buzz in the mobile market.

With the increasing number of  Android powered devices in the mobile market, there has been an effective increase in the amount of apps developed and downloaded in the marketplace. The  Android Market, the official online software store, has more than 250,000 applications, with more than 6 billion downloads as reported in July 2011.

Android powered devices come with decent cameras on them, and of late, phone photography is gaining tremendous popularity among amateur photographers. There are several Android photography apps available in the Android Market which will help you process your images and enhance your phone photography.

Here is a complete round up of the Best Android Photography Apps (Free and Paid) that you may require for all your photography needs

Free Apps

Adobe Photoshop Express

Are you used to processing photos in Photoshop? No worries. Adobe Systems have developed an app exclusively for Android smartphones. Adobe Photoshop Express not only allows you to edit your photos, but also allows you to share them with your friends. You can access all your photos directly from your account.

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Camera360 Free

Camera360 lets you add amazing HDR effects to your photos, even better than iPhone HDR. It also has tilt-shift and color-shift mode that allows you to view your photos at different angles. Camera360 gives unique funny effects to your photos like Surrealistic B&W Paining, Vertical/Horizontal Left Symmetry, Vertical/ Horizontal Right Symmetry and Ghost effect.

Install App

Little Photo

Little Photo adds film and retouch effects to your photos. There are over 50 effects and tools including Lomo film, B&W smooth, B&W film, Heavy, Instant film, White story and many more that you can experiment on.

Install App

Lightbox Photos

Lightbox lets you enhance your photos and quickly share them with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Foursquare. It enables you to add filters/effects like Black & White, Lomo, Portia, Sepia, Fisheye and much more.

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PicsIn Magic Effects

PicsIn Magic Effects have several effects such as Stenciler, Cartoonizer, Sketcher, Orton, Lomo, Vintage, Cross Process, HDR, Fattal, Pencil, Holgaart and more!

Install App

Camera Fun Free

Camera Fun is an app that provides point and shoot effect lens for your Android camera. You can view live previews of photo effects on the screen before you take a picture. The free version comes with 6 lens effects – Canvas, Color X-Ray, Mirror, Pinch, Sepia & Sketch.

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Camera Effects

Camera Effects is yet another great photography application. The app allows you to capture great photos and turn your photos into art by adding amazing photo effects. It includes effects like Holfa, Lomo, Balck & White and many more. The app also allows you to preview the effects instantly. After you are done editing the photos, you can share them with your friends on Twitter, Facebook and other social networks. The developers of the app claim that Camera Effects is similar to Instagram.

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Paid Apps

Camera360 Ultimate

Camera 360 Ultimate provides LOMO, HDR, axis shift, draft, ghost, etc. and multiple styles.

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The Android app allows you to add film and camera effects to your photos. There are over 84 effects & 59 frames, LOMO/Diana/Holga toy camera styles, Polaroid/instant camera styles, Cross-process, tilt-shift, photo booth, double exposure and more. It also supports full resolution capture, digital zoom, self-time, time-lapse and geo tagging.

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Retro Camera Plus

With Retro Camera you’ll take delicious old-school pictures which your friends will drool over. It has over five sets of vintage effects, film scratch, black & white and cross processing effects. It is inspired by the Lomo, Holga, Polaroid, Diana, the toy cameras and Hipstamatic.

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Pro HDR Camera

This app allows you to automatically create stunning full-resolution HDR images with just a single tap on your Android phone. Please note that this app has been tested to work properly on Motorola, HTC and most Samsung phones. However, if you have a LG, Sony, or other device, the HDR capability may not function properly.

  • Manual in-app photo capture, where you get to choose the exposure of each image in your HDR
  • Proprietary image alignment algorithm that precisely aligns full-size images in seconds
  • Take pictures using hardware buttons (volume up/down or the shutter button if your phone has one)
  • Silent capture (mute your shutter sounds for quiet capture)
  • Save HDR images at the full resolution of your camera, up to 8 megapixels
  • Seamless background processing that renders your HDRs while you keep on shooting
  • Share your HDRs with the world with e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, Picasa, and more

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Fast Burst Camera

Fast Burst Camera is a great application that allows you to capture 5 to 10 pictures per second. It also supports flash, focus and zoom. Just hold the shoot button for continuous burst, or tap for fast single shots.

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PicSay Pro Photo Editor

The app lets you edit your photos with features like sharpen, remove red eye, crop & straighten, distort, insert cut-outs of other pictures, paint, make color splash out of black-and-white pictures, add text, word balloons, apply effects like Cross Process, Lomo, Vignette, faux HDR, Tilt-shift, Pencil Sketch, and much more.

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DSLR Controller

DSLR Controller lets you control your Canon EOS DSLR from your Android phone through USB. The app lets you control most of the functions of your DSLR camera like auto focus, zoom control bulb capture, aperture, ISO speed and so on. Here’s an article on how it actually works.

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Are you an iPhone user? Well, we have compiled a list of carefully selected iPhone photography apps that will easily capture/edit your photos and share them with your friends.

OMG!! Watch What Happened to His Ex Girlfriend when She Reveals a Secret – Facebook Scam

Right after I published a post on how one canon how one can avoid Facebook scams, I noticed a new scam message on my Facebook news feed. The scam titled – “OMG!! Watch what happened to his ex girlfriend when she reveals a secret” with an awful message that states This girl couldn’t walk for weeks after this… Genious revenge!”. The scam has occurred earlier  and has spread under several different messages.

OMG!! Watch What Happened to His Ex Girlfriend when She Reveals a Secret  Facebook Scam

The scam is spreading with messages like these among others:

  • She is due to go to the hospital after this, could not walk properly for days.
  • [Video] OMG! See what happened to his Ex Girlfriend!
  • LOL. She could not walk straight for days!

Clicking on the video link will open a page in a new tab in your browser where you will be asked to verify that you are over 13 years of age.  As you can see from the screenshot, there are two options – “Jaa” and “Peruuta” (Finnish words) which in  English  mean “Share” and “Cancel” respectively.

Clicking on any of these buttons  will like-jack your Facebook account and the message will be posted on your Facebook wall stating that you likethe video causing your friends to also fall for this trap.

OMG!! Watch What Happened to His Ex Girlfriend when She Reveals a Secret  Facebook Scam

You can mark the scam message as inappropriateby clicking the Xmark on the top-right corner of the message. Alternatively, you can report the scam to  Facebook Security.  Please feel free to share this post with your friends and family so that they are not tricked into clicking on the enticing message.

Facebook scam messages are ever increasing and it’s quite hard to avoid them. Here is an article on  How to Identify and Avoid Facebook Scams

Here’s an article on  Avoiding Facebook Lifejacking and Clickjacking scams. We have also compiled a list of  Actively Spreading Scams on Facebook  for you to look through.  You might also want to  use a security application for protecting you from Facebook scams.

As a precautionary measure, always check which applications you use and remove unwanted or suspicious ones. If you aren’t sure how to do it, you can always check our guide on  removing apps from Facebook.

How to Identify and Avoid Facebook Scams

Facebook has become real spammy of late. Scam messages appear on the  Facebook news feed every now and then. We have reported several scam messages spreading on Facebook. Scammers trick users by creating scam messages with titles and thumbnails that make them curious to click. The purpose of creating scams is either drive traffic to scam web sites or earn money.

Scammers go through users’ account and gather publicly available information, and send phishing emails to obtain secured information like credit card number and bank details. Sometimes, they create malware programs that are automatically downloaded on your computer which help them gain access to credentials like email id, passwords and so on.

Avoiding scams on Facebook is not an easy task. Scam messages look like every other message appearing in your news feed. Scams have the ability to draw attention due to the thumbnails and titles used in it. Here is a comparison of a real Facebook message and a scam message. (Both are video messages)

Real Message vs Scam Message - Facebook

There are four major parts you need to notice in order to identify a scam.

  • Title  – Make sure the title of the message is appropriate. Try to avoid scams with keywords – “showing tits“, “exposing breasts“, “dead“, “OMG!!“, “Free Facebook Credits“, “Girl stripping” and so on.
  • Link – Scam messages often come with appropriate titles and  hence it becomes difficult to identify whether it is a scam or not. When such a situation occurs, the next thing to identify is the link. You can see the difference between the links in the above image. It clearly indicates that the second message is a scam.
  • Message/Description Scam messages usually have vague descriptions. Sometimes, it contains a message that “you need to verify your age before you can watch a video”. Facebook does not have any such step where users are asked to verify their age. If you notice such messages, then you should avoid clicking on it.
  • Play Button The play button in a scam message is always small. Clicking on it will open a page in a new tab. However, the real Facebook message will start playing the video then and there itself.
Here’s another example –
Identifying Facebook Scam

Here are more tips on how you can identify and avoid Facebook scam messages –

  • Avoid clicking on short URLs. If you really want to see where the URL leads to, then try using to expand the URL.
  • Avoid strange messages sent to you by your friends. If you feel that the message is inappropriate, then you always have an option to ask your friends and verify it.
  • If you receive messages sent by a user who is not on your friends list, then check for any links and read tip 1.
  • Minimize the use of applications on Facebook. They’re quite useless.
  • If you are asked to grant permissions after clicking on a link, then make sure that you are granting permission to the right application. You can always revoke permissions by going to Account > Account Settings > Applications
  • Bookmark Techie Buzz – Facebook Scams. We always keep you updated with the latest scams spreading on Facebook.

If you were already tricked into a scam despite being careful, then worry not. Here are a few things that might help you get rid of them –

5 Reasons to Upgrade/Buy a DSLR

Your point and shoot camera may not come handy when it comes to shooting professional quality photographs, since it may be lacking few features that you require to explore your creativity. To enhance the level of customization and enrich the quality of your photographs, you require a good DSLR camera.

Initially, DSLR cameras were not as popular as conventional SLR cameras, but today, DSLRs have taken a huge step in photography. Most professional photographers prefer using DSLRs, and recommend them to amateurs. However, if you are a beginner, you should start shooting with a point and shoot while exploring its various features. Once you have learned all its features, you can make a choice to go for either a DSLR or a semi-DSLR camera.

Here are 5 Reasons to why you need to upgrade to a DSLR:

#1. Speed – Fast and Continuous Shooting

DSLRs are conveniently faster when it comes to capturing photos. If you are using a point and shoot camera, it is quite frustrating to wait for the camera to process the image after you have clicked the shutter button. Well, DSLRs react faster when it comes to processing of photos. With a DSLR camera, there is virtually no delay between the time that you click the shutter button and the image takes to process.

Speed - Fast and Continuous Shooting - DSLRImage Credits: Prashant

DSLRs have faster power-up time, the capability of focusing quickly, faster shutter speed, negligent shutter lag and higher processing ability.

#2. Image Quality and Superior Sensors

DSLR cameras have large image sensors, and it is one of the main reasons why one should consider upgrading to a DSLR. Sensors are made up of photodiodes which are also called as pixels. A photodiode is a type of photo detector that is capable of converting light into photons, which are then translated to a brighter image to enhance the quality of the image.

Image sensors allow you to capture photos with larger pixel sizes that produce higher quality images. A larger sensor allows a larger number of photodiodes, and the higher the number of photodiodes, the better the quality of the image.

FYI: Image sensor used in a point and shoot camera is 25 times smaller than the ones used in DSLRs, and that is why they produce a low/medium quality photos.

#3. Multiple Lens Usability

One of the biggest reasons to upgrade to a DSLR camera is that it provides you with a wide range of shooting styles. Unlike point and shoot cameras that have a fixed optical zoom, DSLRs can be fitted with a variety of interchangeable quality lenses depending on what you are photographing.

For instance, if you were shooting landscape photographs, you would be using a wide-angle lens. But if you suddenly have to shoot a macro shot, then you can easily change to a macro lens without any difficulties.

Canon Lenses

DSLRs are not just compatible with lenses. They can also be fitted with things like special effect filters, remote flashes, lens hoods, flash diffusers, lens extenders and strobe lights.

#4. Manual Controls

DSLRs offer manual settings for more control over your image. The manual mode allows you to control aperture, shutter speed and ISO speed. Here’s an example of the Canon 60D’s manual settings –

Manual SettingsImage Credits: Daniel Straus

As you can see, you have the option to set shutter speed, aperture, ISO, white balance, exposure compensation, metering, resolution and focus points. Being able to manually control all of these things lets you get really specific and precise with your images.

FYI: Although point and shoot cameras also come with manual settings, DSLRs offer more precise settings.

#5. Shooting in RAW

Point and shoot cameras process and compress your photographs as JPEGs. However, DSLRs provide you an option to shoot in RAW (NEF in Nikon). RAW image files contain minimally processed data from the image sensor – the output from each of the original red, green and blue pixels. In simple words, RAW image files are straight out of the sensor.

The diagram below will help you understand the difference between RAW and JPEG –

JPEG Processing

However, there are a few drawbacks of RAW images. Capturing photos in RAW will slow down your camera. Try shooting RAW images without leaving the shutter button. You camera appears to slog, but if you try the same without RAW, it will effortlessly capture the photos. Also, RAW files are extremely large in size which will hog up your memory card. On an average, a RAW file comes up to 18MB in size.

Useful articles that you might be interested in reading –

The First 50,000 Participants Will Get a Pair of Reebok Shoes Free – Facebook Scam

Yet another type of  scam  has surfaced on  Facebook. A message that is spreading across news feed with the title – “The first 50,000 participants Will Get a Pair of Reebok Shoes Free”. The scam offers you a free pair of Reebok shoes just by attending an event and likinga Facebook page.

The scam message attempts to trick users by asking them to likea Facebook page and stand a chance to win the shoes for free. According to the Facebook page, in order to participate, you have to click on the I’m Attendingbutton, and like We Love Cricket ClubFacebook page. Next, you have to share and invite at least 50 friends to the event. It gives a warning that if you do not complete the steps, the system will not register your details.

You will then have to write Attendingalong with your gender, shoe size, favorite cricket team and email id on its wall page. The scam states that it is based on a first-come, first-served basis. Only the first 50,000 participants stand a chance to win the prize.

Free Reebok Shoes - Facebook Scam

Scammers create such Facebook pages with names such as Apple iPad Beta Testers Wanted, Free Facebook Shoes, Free iPad Giveaway!” and so on, to target on people who desire to win free gifts. Facebook pages like this are created to upsurge the number of likes.

The ultimate goal of scammers is to get as many numbers of shares and likes. You’re just being fooled into “liking” the page which will gain you nothing. As soon as you “like” something on Facebook, the link is shared with your friends. They in turn may click on it – just as you did – and then continue spreading this nonsensicality.

Similarly, there are scams that download malicious programs on your computer without your knowledge. These programs may expose your credentials like credit card number and email id. So think twice before you click on any link or share something on Facebook.

And if you were already tricked into a scam like this despite being careful, then worry not. Here are a few things that might help you get rid of them –

Facebook Security Network – Phishing Attack

There are a dozen of scams spreading on Facebook every day. We constantly report Facebook scams, so that it helps users stay cautioned about it. Recently, a fake message that was spreading on Facebook stated – Lady Gaga was found dead in her hotel room. Well, scam messages like this are created in order to drive traffic to scammers’ websites or earn money.

Facebook is not just prone to scam messages, but also to phishing and malware attacks as well. There have been an increasing number of phishing and malware attacks recently. The latest in the series is a phishing attack that sent users a security message from fake Facebook Security Network. The message states that the user had violated the Facebook Terms of Services and requires completing a verification process.

The user is asked to click on a bogus link that leads to a fake account verification page. The message also gives a warning that Facebook account will be blocked, if the user does not verify his/her account in the next 24 hours.

Facebook Security Network - Phishing Attack

You can notice that the link provided to verify your account is a fake. It has the link – which redirects again to Facebook does not create any short URLs when it comes to security related issues. Clicking on the link will take you to a page where you will have to go through the verification process.

During the process, you will be asked to enter your name, DOB, credit card number and your password. You will also be asked to enter your email id and password. Well, this not only hacks your Facebook account, but also your email account.

Facebook Security Network - Phishing Attack

At the end of the process, the details entered are sent to the scammers via email, and the scammer will have complete control over your accounts. It is recommended that you ignore the message and DO NOT click on any inappropriate links.  To protect against phishing scams, Facebook users should make sure that the URL they are visiting says “” If you find the URL to be different, but having a design similar to Facebook, then it is likely to be spam.

If you have accidently clicked on the link and completed the verification process, I advise you to immediately change the password of all your accounts.

There are over 750 million active users on Facebook, and its high time Facebook takes action against scammers and phishing attacks. Avoiding such scams are not an easy task, but you can always follow caution. Check out the following post on to how you can  use a security application for protecting you from Facebook scams.

As a precautionary measure, always check which applications you use and remove unwanted or suspicious ones. If you aren’t sure how to do it, you can always check our guide on  removing apps from Facebook. We have compiled a list of  Most Actively Spreading Scams on Facebook  that you might want to have a look at.


Lady Gaga Found Dead in Hotel Room – Facebook Scam

Fans, please  beware! Lady Gaga is not dead. There’s a message that is spreading on Facebook that states that Lady Gaga was found dead in her hotel room. Well, this is a scam/fake message that scammers have created in order to drive traffic to their websites and make money.

The scam spreading is titled BREAKING: Lady Gaga Found Dead in Hotel Roomwith a message that states This is the most awful day in US history.

Lady Gaga Found Dead in Hotel Room  Facebook Scam

Clicking on the scam link will take you to a page that is designed like the BBC News website. However, this is a fake page, and if you click on the play button, your Facebook account will be hijacked. The scam  click-jacks  and like-jacks your  Facebook  account by automatically posting and likingthe scam on your Facebook wall.

Lady Gaga Found Dead in Hotel Room  Facebook Scam

Scammers create scams with titles that make users’ curious to click on it. They take advantage of users’ curiosity and post messages with keywords like found dead, wardrobe malfunction, committed suicide, exposing titsand so on. This is done in order to drive traffic to their websites or earn money. Sometimes when users click on such scams, they are asked to complete a set of surveys. Scammers are paid a commission if they get users’ to complete surveys.

It is recommended that you remove this fake message from your Facebook news feed from further allowing it to spread. You can alternatively report this message as scam to Facebook Security.

We have uncovered several such  Facebook Scams  in the past, which include  sick videos of Miley Cyrus,showing what Justin Bieber did to a girl,  OMG Look What This Kid Did To His School,    Osama Bin Laden Dead Videos  and  Osama Bin Wikileaks Video  among others.

Avoiding such scams is not easy on Facebook, but you can always follow caution. Clif has written a nice post on  How To Avoid Facebook LIfeJacking Scams, it is definitely a worthwhile read to find and spot such scams.  As a precautionary measure, always check which applications you use and remove unwanted or suspicious ones. If you aren’t sure how to do it, you can always check our guide on  removing apps from Facebook.

We have compiled a list of  Most Actively Spreading Scams on Facebook  that you might want to have a look at.  You might also want to  use a security application for protecting you from Facebook scams.

Nikon Expected to Announce Mirrorless Camera Solution Next Month

Thomas Sutton,who invented the single-lens reflex camera (SLR) in 1861, would never have imagined that the most significant part of his invention  – the reflex mirror,  would no longer be needed.

In the year 1861, Sutton was granted a British patent for the first internal mirror SLR photographic camera. Today, 150 years later, Nikon is busy developing a solution that would eliminate mirrors in camera. They have already registered several patents for the new mirrorless camera that it is expected to be launched sometime soon.

According to various sources, Nikon is expected to have planned a major announcement next month, and my guess is that they are planning to launch the mirriorless solution which will have a 2.6x crop factor with an image diameter of around 17mm

Nikon Mirrorless Camera

Nikon enthusiast Thom Hogan, reported on his site stating –

I’m pretty certain of the 1″ (~2.7x) sensor at this point, and since I can’t find anyone else making one that makes sense for the camera, I continue to wonder if this will be another Nikon designed sensor. That certainly would be an interesting development. As I noted last week, you don’t have to get very far forward from the D3100 sensor to get something that could be 10-12mp and highly credible at 2.7x.

I’ve now been told by three different sources it will launch before CES, probably in late September, and it’ll launch with three lenses (wide angle prime, kit zoom, telephoto zoom). The lenses are reportedly quite smallin nature, along the lines of fat C-mount lenses.

Nikon has not made any official announcements, though it is widely believed that they are working on the mirrorless camera solution, and some officials have made statements to that effect sometime back.

“World’s Largest” Stop Motion Animation Created Using Nokia N8

What else could be a phone used for? A record breaking result? Well, it has already. Using a Nokia N8, Sumo Science and Aardman hold a Guinness Record for creating the largest stop-motion set stretching over 11,000 square feet of Welsh sand.

Stop motion is an animation technique or a cinematic process that is used to makes static objects appear as if they were moving. The technique is generally used in clay-animation. It works by moving objects slightly and shooting it in different frames. When you playback the frames, the illusion of fluid motion is created and the objects appear to move by themselves.

The short film titled, Gulp, tells a simple story of a fisherman going about his daily catches and gets swallowed by a larger predator. Shot on location at Pendine Beach in South Wales, every frame of this stop-motion animation was shot using a Nokia N8, with its 12 megapixel camera and Carl Zeiss optics. The film has broken a world record for the “largest stop-motion animation set”, with the largest scene stretching over 11,000 square feet.

Gulp - World's Largest Stop Motion Animation

Co-director Will Studd said: “The film was a huge test of planning and coordination with mother nature. We were incredibly lucky with conditions and tide times sometimes we got our final frame for the day just as the waves crashed in around our set.”

Watch the short film here:

Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at how it was made:

Earlier in  August 2010, Nokia hired Aardman to create the world’s smallest stop-frame animation. The film was shot using a Nokia N8 with a macro lens.

Scott Kelby’s 4th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk 2011 Announced

A photo walk is a free event where photographers, be they pros or an amateur, meet up at a place and walk around a pre-determined area capturing the streets and things around. It lasts not more than two hours depending on the area. Photo walks are a perfect start for beginners  as they can get to interact with professional photographers and learn new things for better photography. It is basically called ‘Knowledge Transfer’ (KT).

There are several groups on Flickr that organize photo walks. Each of these groups is based in different cities in the world, and focus on different places and themes. Photo walks are organized every week or every month or even every year. Photographers collaborate with each other in their respective groups and decide on an area to walk. At times photographers choose a place that is thousands of miles away from their homes.

Usually photo walks happen during early hours of the day, and at the end of the event, all photographers go for a Dutch treat for refreshments. This particular time is for KT. Photographers mingle with each other, exchange photography tips, share recommendations and so on. Once the event is over, the photos captured can be uploaded and added to the photo walk group on Flickr or shared using other networking  platforms  like Facebook and Tumblr.

One such event is the worldwide photo walk, organized by the renowned photographer Scott Kelby. It takes place on a specific time every year. Every city that is registered will have an organizer who has to organize a photo walk on the specified dates. The event is open to public in general regardless of age, sex, professional or beginner, phone camera or DSLR camera, level of knowledge in photography or whatever. It just requires you, your camera and your creativity.

Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk

The objective of this event is to bring in together thousands of photographers of all ages and levels to take pictures, share and promote coexistence among those who agree with the same passion: Photography.

Scott Kelby announced the Fourth Annual Worldwide Photowalk 2011 on October 1st and 2nd. Registration for the event is completely free. To participate, all you have to do is to search for your city and click on the “Join This Photowalk” button. Each walk is limited to 50 participants, so try to registers as soon as possible.

Photowalk Bangalore

Once you have successfully registered, you will be notified about the venues, schedules and instructions by the organizer via email.

Although it is a non-profit event, it holds a contest for all its attendees who stand a chance to win the following

Grand Prize Winner Will Receive

  • Full Adobe CS5 Suite
  • Epson R3000 Printer
  • PhotoshopWorld Ticket
  • Full Library of Kelby Books
  • iPad (32GB)
  • $500 B&H Photo Gift Card
  • 2 Light Kit w/Box Stands, Clamps & Case from Westcott
  • Nik Software Suite
  • OnOne Software Suite
  • One Year NAPP Membership
  • One Year Kelby Training Subscription

10 Finalists Will Receive:

  • Nik Software Suite
  • OnOne Software Suite
  • One Year NAPP Membership
  • One Year Kelby Training Subscription
  • Scott Kelby’s Light It, Shoot It, Retouch It Book
  • $100 B&H Photo Gift Card

You will be notified via email about the contest after the event. Sign up, pack your gears and get ready for the worldwide photo walk!