How Would Classic Paintings Look If Botticelli, Raphael and Goya Had Photoshop

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If you’ve been reading this blog for a while you know that we love to call out the way that commercial work overuses Photoshop. But What if the great masters had the liquify brush tool at their disposal? Lauren Wade of TakePart explores this question in a most interesting way.

She takes great masterpieces such as Birth of Venus by Botticelli, Nude Sitting on a Divan by Modigliani and a few other classics dating back as early as 1400ac and gives them the same ‘small boost’ that celebrities and models get on a usual basis. (so much so, in fact, that the US considers banning Photoshopping from ads altogether). [Read more...]

FFMPEG Adds Support For Magic Lantern RAW Video – On The Way For A Smoother Workflow

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About a year ago the Magic Lantern team took they RAW video recording into the next level providing their own native format – MLV (Magic Lantern Video). While this format could be used to record RAW video the workflow to getting it to PRORES format was a bit cumbersome.

Yesterday, FFmpeg did the first commit to their code-base which to support the MLV format. This could mean great things for the Magic Lantern team. Mostly because FFmpeg is the engine running the video part of many open source programs.

ML’s g3gg0 shares how this came to be (and highlight the importance of open-source royalties-free formats in the process): [Read more...]

Sony’s New Announcements: Pricing for the a7S, and a New Compact Camera

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Sony’s announced the pricing and availability for the a7S, a camera recently unveiled at last month’s NAB Show. The flagship camera is now available for pre-order at B&H Photo Video for a price of about $2500, which is significantly less than what most of online media had been predicting earlier on ($3500, to be exact). Pre-order or not, you can grab the a7S when it’s officially released in July.

Aside from the pricing announcement finally coming out for Sony’s new DSLR, the company also decided to bring in the third entry to their RX100 series: the Mark III.

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Nikon’s Big Week for Announcements: Two Mirrorless Cameras and One Big Lens

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Nikon’s been getting pretty busy this week with their announcements. Two new mirrorless cameras are now headed our way, along with a new telephoto lens. And unless you plan on opening a meth lab and making bank off your experience in chemistry, you might want to just stop reading when you reach the last mirrorless camera; the telephoto lens costs quite a bit. We’ll over the basics of what to expect from each after the break.

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Nikon Releases Major Firmware Upgrades for the D800/D800E

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Nikon’s had a big day for firmware updates today. Along with releasing them for two of their Coolpix cameras and their entire mirrorless line, they had some major upgrades ready for two of their DSLRs as well. If you own a D800 or a D800E, head on over and download it from the company’s official website through the links after the break. Considering Nikon rarely updates these cameras, you’ll want to take advantage of whenever they do. One of the most significant changes brought forth in this one is the fix to the memory card lamp, which is something Nikon’s tried addressing before. Hopefully they have it down this time, along with the rest of their changes.

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Parrot Want In On The Photo Market, Has A New Drone: Bebop

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In 2010, Parrot introduced the A.R.Drone, and in 2012, a new iteration of the model was released. For a while now, the company’s been a leader in wireless technology through its innovation and quality; when the A.R.Drone first released, drone photography was almost unheard of. Parrot’s had a tendency to be at the right place at the right time, and with their most recent announcement, it seems like that’s not stopping.

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DJI Phantom Drone Crashes Into The 30Th Floor Of The Metropolitan Square Building

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Every now and then we see the occasional authority prohibiting drone usage. It was done in the Gas Explosion scene in NYC and now Yosemite National Park prohibits them all together. The following story may explain why.

Yesterday, a DJI Phantom 2 drone crashed into the Metropolitan Square Building in St. Louis. The Met Square is the tallest skyscraper in St Luise standing 180.7 meters (593 ft) tall. The Drone crashed the balcony of the 30th floor about two thirds of the height of the 42 floors building. [Read more...]

Why We Started Photography in the First Place

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When I was in high school, I started messing around with my dad’s DSLR. It was a Canon EOS 20D, and we had two different lenses for it. I started carrying it around and taking pictures of stuff I thought looked cool. Then I took whatever Photoshop skills I’d been accumulating since the 7th grade and started editing the hell out of everything I shot. It was an entirely new hobby for me, and I eventually started wanting to make short films and try putting together a portfolio.

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Photographer Wally McNamee Talks About His Time With John F. Kennedy

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“He would allow people to photograph his most unguarded moments with his family.”

Wally McNamee used to work for Newsweek, a job that took him everywhere from basketball courts to the White House itself. Many of the photos he’s taken over the course of his life have now become a part of history itself, and some of his most important work came from his time photographing John F. Kennedy.

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