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The Best Photographs Of 2013

best photos of 2013

Here is a wrap up of the best photographs of 2013 according to various media outlets.

Best photos of the year 2013 from Reuters.

2013 Pictures of the Year from Agence France Presse.

The Top 10 Photos of 2013 from Time.

Las mejores fotos del 2013 from Yahoo Spain.

The 80 Most Powerful Photos of 2013 from The Roosevelts.

The 45 Most Powerful Photos Of 2013 from BuzzFeed.

2013: The Year in Photos from In Focus. Part 2 and Part 3.

2013 Year in Pictures fro Boston.com’s Big Picture. Part 2 and Part 3.

Year in Focus 2013 via Getty Images.

Year in Photos 2013 from The Wall Street Journal.

The Year in Pictures from The New York Times.

Photojojo has a good round up as well.

Free Twitter Header Photos and the Twitter Header Photoshop Template

Twitter recently implemented a new feature that allows you to add a header image to your Twitter profile. Here is what these new Twitter Headers look like in action on the Icon Photography School Twitter page:

The exact resolution of these new Twitter Header images is 520×260 pixels. Although Twitter recommends 1252×626 pixels they downsize the images and the final resolution is 520×260.

For fun I made a couple of these Twitter headers for you. Feel free to use them. Please say hello if you use one of these! Here they are:

Right click and save one of the images above to your desktop.

Here is how to change your Twitter Header photo:

  1. Log In
  2. Settings
  3. Profile
  4. Change Header

Visit the Twitter help page if you need more help with this.

If you would be cool if you would if you followed @PhotographyIcon and @thelastminute. Let us know if you use any of these.

If you want to make your own Twitter Headers here is a photoshop template I created. In fact you can use this template to align the background image and your Twitter avatar perfectly. In other words you can make your Avatar and your Twitter Header work together seamlessly.

Download Twitter Header Photoshop Template.

New Twitter headers will be added here int he future so check back later.

Learn The Importance of Scale In Photography


(Photographer unknown. If you know who took this get in touch so we can give credit where it’s due!)

This photograph of two men standing at the bottom of a very large ship in a dry dock is a really stunning example of scale in photography. Using scale in photography is very important because as humans our minds figure out the size of our surrounding world in various ways. Of course your brain knows the size of a human and in this case that means that is one HUGE ship!

Scale gives the person looking at your photograph a frame of reference. Scale is often an under-utilized technique in photography. In fact many beginners in photography will even go so far as to remove people from a landscape photo thinking people in the image detract from the view. When in fact having people in your landscape photos can often be great! For example look at how much better this image is because there is a person in the foreground:


photo by steved

Be aware your brain can and will play tricks on you:

In fact this caused problems for astronauts on the moon! Here on Earth, distant objects are obscured by the atmosphere, and we use that to mentally estimate distances. That makes things a little tricky on the moon because there is no air! An object can be very far away on the Moon and still razor sharp to the eye. You can’t tell if a boulder is a meter across and 50 meters away, or 10 meters across and 10 miles away!

To give you an example this watch the rock the start of this video. Try to guess the size of the rock at the start of the video. Then watch until the end and see if your original guess was indeed correct.

Here is another fantastic example of scale in photography:
example of scale in photography
(Photographer unknown. If you know who took this get in touch so we can give credit where it’s due! Image via Imgur)

Scale is a great technique to improve your images and shouldn’t be overlooked. You can even have fun with it like this. As humans we need scaled to know how large and small the surround world is. In photography it helps us to enjoy the image instead of adding mental work to figure out the size of various elements.

Here is another video about scale (and polarizing filters)

Now go forth and take some great photographs with scale!

Update here is another great ship photo.

100 Mind Blowing Photographs

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All of the photos above were Creative Commons Licensed as of April 16th 2011. To view these photos on flickr click the attribution links below.

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