Adobe Announces Acquistion Of Aviary; Promises To Push Mobile Editing To New Heights

Capture Adobe announced today they have acquired Aviary, a photo editing software developer that is, perhaps, most notably known for it’s free contribution of their SDK (software development kit) to third-party developers.  The powerful SDK is currently the backbone to over 6,500 different mobile apps including apps from Flickr, Photobucket, and Squarespace. [Read more...]

An Optical Illusion That Turns Celebrities Photos Into Monsters (But Only In Your Mind)

Take a minute to watch the video above. Focus on the middle cross. Now watch it again and focus on either on the sides.

We have grown and were taught that celebrity headshots represent the ultimate beauty. And they usually do. But not always. An optical illusion called the “Flashed Face Distortion Effect”.

But…. It turns out that if you place two faces (attractive as they may be) next to each other and flash them rapidly, both faces features become exaggerated. While this is a relatively new find, Matthew B. Thompson explains some of its aspects:

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Attorney Faces Suspension After Photoshoping Herself Into Photos With Celebrities

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Screen shot showing a few of the many photoshopped images on the lawyers website.

A California lawyer, Svitlana Sangary, is facing legal trouble of her own after she was caught posting fake photos to her business website. Sangary added herself to dozens of photos, making the images appear as though she were personal acquaintances of different celebrities and politicians. The California Bar Association is now suggesting to the Supmreme Court that Sangary’s license be suspend for 6 months, followed by a 2 1/2 year probation period.

In her response to the disciplinary charges, Sangray sent the court a mini-novel which the courts called a “16-page soliloquy with little to no rational connection to the charges.” According to CNN, inside those 16 pages of  irrational response, Sangray attached a copy of an email she received which was addressed from President Obama (with whom she “posed” with for one of her photos) asking her to donate “$3 or more” to help his political campaign.  [Read more...]

6 Of My Favorite Photography Books

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I posed a question to the DIY writing staff last week. I was wondering how many of them still read hard-copy photography magazines, and if so, I wanted to know if they subscribe or just purchase the occasional issue. It’s something I’ve been curious about for a while. After all, when you think about just how much information is out there and readily available, you almost have to wonder how traditional magazines are still making a go of it. The results of my informal survey were a bit underwhelming, but it was as I suspected– most people simply don’t subscribe to traditional magazines anymore. I still get a few, but then again, I also remember a pre-internet world where you had to put forth some effort and seek out knowledge and information.

The reality is, however, that while traditional magazines may no longer have the same widespread appeal they once had in the photography community, the same cannot be said for books on the subject. Again, I’m not talking about e-books or any other electronic conveyance. I’m talking about an actual collection of pages, all bound together in a single unit, containing all kinds of useful information and insight. It’s something I can hold in my hands. I can highlight it and bookmark it. Flip back and forth between sections. Compare and contrast different chapters without having to swipe, scroll, pinch, or flick my wrist for anything other than turning pages.

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$7 DIY Diffusion Hack And Bonus Color Grading Tutorial All In Less Than 10 Minutes

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Film Riot is awesome. Where else can you go to learn how to make the world’s easiest DIY diffusion and get a free bonus lesson in color grading? We have them to thank for putting out this video clip that shows us how to save money by using a cheap shower curtain to diffuse lights for perfect lighting. And if that weren’t enough, they also let us join them for a walk through of their color grading workflow.
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Speed Up Your Workflow With This Free Lightroom Plugin That Displays A Grid Of The Focus Points Used By Your Camera

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The aptly named Show Focus Points, is a small, but extremely handy Lightroom plugin that allows you to quickly display the focus points your camera used to take each of your photographs. A feature that could vastly improve editing time, especially when working with a focus stack.  As Gannon from over at PetaPixel points out, having an option to display focus points seems so obvious, it’s a wonder Lightroom hasn’t built the feature into it’s module in the first place.  [Read more...]

Photographer Takes an iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, & iphone 6+ to Iceland: This Is How They Compared

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The same night Austin Mann left the recent Apple Keynote address, he hoped on a plane to Iceland wielding an just announced iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+, to compare the treasures to his iPhone 5S. He spent 5 days exploring the land of fire and ice and putting the Apple devices to the test. In the video clip below (which was also shot entirely on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+ devices), you can take a look at some of the stunning work Mann was able to create and see how the new iPhone improves on it’s predecessor. (He was especially impressed with the improved focusing the iPhone 6 exhibited over the iPhone 5.)
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Listen To The Humble Philosophy Of A Pro Photographer In This Gorgeous Short Film

philosophy-of-a-photographerThorsten von Overgaard is a Denmark based portrait and documentary photographer a refreshingly humble approach to his craft. On a recent week long journey to Rome, Italy, Overgaard shared his insights with a team of filmmakers from Northpass Media to create this beautifully made mini-documentary about the philosophy that inspires the photographer.

The video clip is an winning exacta of inspiration and great photography. Of course, the latter probably has something to do with the fact that Northpass Media didn’t skimp on production. The team showed up in Italy with a RED Scarlet and RED Epic camera along with a set of ARRI daylight lamps to capture the footage.

You can do more gear gawking and take a behind the scenes look at some bonus photos Overgaard posted on his blog, but in the meantime take a look at his short film below…

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Canon Rumored To Be Adding A 46MP Body To Their Pro DSLR Lineup Next Month

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Rumors are spreading like wildfire over the internet of the possibility that Canon is planning a surprise announcement of a pro DSLR during PhotoPlus, which takes place in New York City. The excitement comes after a longtime member of the forums on FredMiranda.com made a concise post declaring…Canon will release a 46mp pro body at the Javits Center in October.” Later on in the thread, he noted the DSLR will come at a price point somewhere between $8000 and $9000.

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DIYP Reviews EWA Marine Underwater Camera Housings

If you have ever wanted to try your hand at underwater photography, the first challenge you are going to face is how exactly are you going to get your camera underwater? EWA Marine underwater camera housing review jp danko toronto underwater photographer If you are looking for a high quality, simple and affordable underwater camera housing, you are really going to want to check out the underwater camera housings offered by EWA Marine. For details, please read on for our complete hands on review of the EWA Marine U-BXP 100 underwater camera housing. [Read more...]