Do you use Photoshop for your portrait photos? Silly me, of course you do. We all do, and that’s fine. But do you draw a line between acceptable and unacceptable amount of retouching? Do you merely emphasize people’s natural beauty, or are you the one who makes them look beautiful? Scott Kelby – photographer, retouchist, the editor and publisher of Photoshop User Magazine, gives a fantastic and inspiring talk on this topic. Why do we retouch people in Photoshop? And do we know what our job as retouchists is?
No matter who you are and what you do, the moment you become a parent, your life changes forever. For Benjamin (Ben) Lowy it was exactly like this. He is an award-winning conflict photographer who covered Iraq War in 2003, as well as many other major events all over the world. But becoming a dad made him reexamine his priorities and change his view of the world.
One day, while a film student Anthony van der Meer had lunch in Amsterdam, his iPhone was stolen. By the time he realized it and went to the police, it was already too late. Anthony was not that stressed about the fact that he’d lost an expensive phone. What made him particularly uneasy was the fact that a stranger had access to all his photos, videos, messages, emails and contacts. And it made him wonder – what kind of person would steal a phone? And where do these phones end up? These questions led to an idea. He decided to discover it himself and make a short movie about it. The result is stunning, but the method is ethically questionable to say the least.
A father-son duo Charles and Jake Riddel have designed and produced a new tripod head, which should be an improvement when compared to the ones already existing in the market. They named it Hitch Hiker, and it should provide you with smooth and precise control and more accurate photo composition, along with some other benefits.
Did you know that you can use M&M’s to make something beautiful, and it’s not a cake? This is exactly what the crew from The Beauty of Science did, and all they used was a petri dish, some water and a Sony A7R M2 camera. And some M&M’s, of course. They’ve created a 4K timelapse video that turned something so ordinary into something mesmerizing.
As a photographer, I’m sure you’ve been in those situations when people ask you to work for peanuts, or even worse – for free. Not many things annoy me as the sentence “Come on, it’s only a few snaps.” No, it’s not. Of course, there are some instances when you can and should work for free. But you shouldn’t undermine yourself and your work. The artists also have bills to pay.
However, it can be unpleasant and tricky to tackle the situations when you are asked to do free or low-budget projects, or those that don’t suit your terms. This is why Jessica Hische has created a handy tool to help you cope with situations like this and choose proper reply for different offers.
Memory cards and camera batteries are often a target of counterfeiters. However, it seems that lenses are not spared of this either. Canon has announced that some of the lenses brought into their service center for repair are fake. The counterfeited model is EF 50mm f/1.8 II. Regarding this issue, they advise the users how to recognize the counterfeit lenses.
When you decide to photograph night sky, the first problem you’ll encounter is most likely to be light pollution. If you live in a city, not only you can’t photograph the stars, but you can barely see them in the night sky. Only when you move outside the city, you can get a clear view of the starry sky. However, light pollution still leaves its mark on your photos by giving them unnatural orange-yellow tint. So, Lonely Speck has created PureNight Premium, a filter that will help you fight this problem.
There are places where it’s difficult to take a photo without people or cars in the frame. Sometimes, you can tell people to move so you can take a photo. But in some overcrowded locations it’s simply impossible. And not to mention that you can’t do it if it’s cars messing with your composition. Thanks to some Photoshop magic, it’s possible to remove all the unwanted moving objects from a photo in a few seconds. This easy tutorial will show you how.
As we all know, GoPro cameras are made to endure all sorts of extreme conditions. Among other things, they can work on temperatures below zero. But a YouTuber Grant Thompson, aka “The King of Random”, took coldness to another level. He submerged GoPro Hero 5 Session and GoPro Hero 5 into a vat of liquid nitrogen to see how long they would record.