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Website Design Award Sites

Website design you want to flaunt? You should consider posting your website on the popular website design award sites. It is a great way to promote your website design skills and business, and it shows your potential clients what you are good at too!

There are a number of website design award sites which showcase and award creative and technical talents of the online industry.

W3awards

Expertise

10 BestDesign

UpCity

Webby Awards
The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet. Established in 1996 during the Web's infancy, the Webbys are presented by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a 550-member body of leading Web experts, business figures, luminaries, visionaries and creative celebrities.

The Webby Awards presents two honors in every category -- The Webby Award and The People's Voice Award -- in each of its four entry types: Websites, Interactive Advertising, Online Film & Video and Mobile. Members of The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences select the nominees for both awards in each category, as well as the winners of the Webby Awards. However, you, the online community, determine the winners of The People's Voice by voting for the nominated work that you believe to be the best in each category. Each year, the People's Voice Awards garners hundreds of thousands of votes from the Web community all over the world.

thebestdesigns.com
The Best Designs recognizes the best Flash and CSS web sites from around the world. Websites are categorized by CSS or Flash and also by elements of the design. TBD is usually updated every weekday, with the exception of holidays. More categories are gradually being added to the site, so make sure you come back to the site to see what's new, or you can sign up for Twitter updates.

mydesignaward.com
This site collects and gives you experience of 100’ds best designer around the world. You can gain from their experience, become better web designer. If you are looking for design award, you can send them your website link - and they will review your page quickly ! If you see your website in the featured categories - Congratulations! Your site has won an award from www.MyDesignAward.com

Interactive Media Awards
The Interactive Media Awards™ recognize the highest standards of excellence in website design and development and honor individuals and organizations for their outstanding achievement. Created by the Interactive Media Council, Inc. (IMC), a nonprofit organization of leading web designers, developers, programmers, advertisers and other web-related professionals, the competition is designed to elevate the standards of excellence on the Internet and offer winners a boost in marketing and exposure. IMC serves as the primary sponsor and governing body of the Interactive Media Awards, establishes the judging system and provides the judges for the competition.

In order to cover operating and marketing expenses and discourage frivolous entries, there is a required entry fee per category of US$125. Bona fide nonprofit sites entering the competition under certain nonprofit categories can enter for US$75 (proof of legal not-for-profit status may be required).

coolestdesigns.com
This is s web site that lists the best designed web sites. They also give awards to the best of the best sites.

pixelawards.com
Established by Erick & Lisa Laubach in 2006, The Pixel Awards take a fresh look at the best on the web. It annually honors 20 compelling sites that have shown excellence in web design and development. Sites can be submitted in 20 diverse categories, including unique Geek and Green categories.

Digital Photography Basics

As a designer and occasional photographer, I found it helpful to carry around a little "cheat sheet" with these items when out in the field shooting. This reference is useful for amateurs and the occasional photographer wanting to learn more.

Many of these are applicable to SLR cameras and video camera settings as well

Resolution (for digital and video cameras)

  • Remember, you can't "add" resolution back into a photo once it's taken. However you can always decrease a photos resolution through a photo manipulation program such as Photoshop. The majority of digital cameras allow you to change this setting.
  • Fine, or High resolution - great for later printing or enlarging photo.
  • Low resolution - great for emailing or posting on the web.

F-Stop - Aperture (f-stop f/22 – f/1.4)

  • F/22 = aperture is more closed, giving a large depth of field 4ft -infinity - great for wide open landscape shots
  • F/16 = 5 - 18 ft in focus
  • F/8 = 6 - 11 ft
  • F/4 = 7-9 ft
  • F/1.4 = aperture more open, keeping the depth of field shallow and limited to what is nearby and blurring the background. Great for portrait photography.

Shutter Speed

  • Usually ranges from 1/8 second to 1/2000 of a second (most common default setting)
  • Leaving the shutter open for longer is excellent for interesting night shots.
  • Be sure to use a tripod for slow shutter speeds.
  • 1/8 (moving objects blurred) second will make a runner blurred, lights blurred or running water look soft.
  • 1/2000 (keeps moving objects sharp) of a second will stop a runner or running water.

ISO – Film speed (100-1000 speed)

  • 100 is for bright light, sharp and clear
  • 1000 is for dark or low light, grainy - There is also a filter you can use in PhotoShop to achieve this effect. (add noise)

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