Photos of Dogs Jumping with Colorful Powder Trails


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Toronto-based animal photographer Jess Bell has been shooting a wonderful series of photos showing dogs jumping and leaving colorful powder trails in their wake. The photos aren’t the result of Photoshop compositing — they were actually shot with dogs and powder.

Bell says the work was inspired by photos captured by equine photographer Andrea Zachrau.

“I gathered together some talented dog-training friends and their awesome dogs for the project,” Bell tells PetaPixel. “I applied powder to the dogs then asked them to perform certain behaviors and I captured the resulting explosions on film.”

Bell is shooting the photos with

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Quick Tips for Better Posing


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Quick Tips for Better Posing

When working with models or people without posing experience, a bad pose can ruin your shot regardless of how everything else comes together. You can have the best location, best lighting, and the best gear but it all comes down to your subject’s talent and ability to pose. Here’s a number of tips that you can use to help your subject achieve better results in front of the camera.

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Portraits of Federal Workers Affected by the Longest Government Shutdown


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The following is a photographic essay of 21 real people – 21 of 800,000 workers – affected by the longest government shutdown in U.S. history. Federal workers have become unwilling pawns in the shutdown. Perhaps most dehumanizing, the media and certain politicians relegate these great individuals to being part of a blind number — “800,000 federal workers.”

Teaming together, we (DC photographers Kirth Bobb and Geoff Livingston) spent an afternoon photographing affected federal employees at the Creative Hands Studio. Their effort aims to show their stories and illustrate that federal workers are real people trying to make

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Photoshop: How to Make Quick Luminosity Masks From Gradient Maps


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Photoshop: How to Make Quick Luminosity Masks From Gradient Maps

If you’ve ever used luminosity masks, you know how perfect they can be for creating specific looks, effects and styles, and are also hugely purposeful for specific utility processes in your workflow. There are many ways to go about creating luminosity masks, but have you considered simply using the Gradient Map adjustment layer for this?

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Heartbreaking Photos of Pet Owners Saying Goodbye to Their Dying Pets


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Last Moments is a powerful photo series by Pulitzer Prize-nominated photographer Ross Taylor, who was invited to document the intimate last moments in a beloved pet’s life when the owner must deal with a painful farewell.

Taylor was inspired to turn his camera on this topic after his good friend went through the agonizing decision to euthanize her ailing dog.

“When someone tells me they’re struggling with the death of a pet, my heart aches for them,” Taylor tells the Washington Post. “I was profoundly moved by witnessing her struggle and her love for her dog.”

Taylor is

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Using a Single DIY Globe Modifier for Simple, Stunning Portraits


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It’s not often I get to shoot very simple, clean white light shots, but in a recent shoot the model asked if she could get some updated ‘Polaroids’. For those of you not familiar with the term when used in reference to a model shoot, it’s actually not the now-obsolete and ludicrously expensive single-shot film, but a request for very basic portraits of the model for their agency.

This ‘Polaroid’ term is a relic from the analog film days and it essentially now means shots that are un-retouched and with the model wearing very little makeup.

I was happy to

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How to Light Nighttime Portraits With Only a Phone Flashlight


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Sometimes, you’re forced to work with what you’ve got, even if that means just the flashlight on your phone. In this 10-minute video, you’ll learn 5 ways to light portraits using just a phone flashlight.

1. Use Darker Backgrounds

The light emitted from a phone flashlight is significantly weaker than video lights or a flash. This means you’ll need to place your subject against a darker background and bring the phone closer to the subject in order for the light to show up.

2. Utilize Existing Lights in the Scene

Locate lights that can be used as additional light sources

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Ever Shot on Location and Felt Stuck? Here Are a Few Tips to Help


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Ever Shot on Location and Felt Stuck? Here Are a Few Tips to Help

I shoot for a clothing boutique and we shoot outside at the same area weekly. To say I have overused the available locations is an understatement. Sometimes I find myself on the side of the road, next to a rundown building I’ve shot at 20 times already, and think to myself, how in the world can I make this different? I’ll bet most of us have been there at some point.

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Photographer Spends Two Months Building a Replica of Local Chinese Takeaway, Shoots Cinematic Photo Series Inside


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Photographer Spends Two Months Building a Replica of Local Chinese Takeaway, Shoots Cinematic Photo Series Inside

A photographer renowned for spending months at a time carefully curating his sets has just completed his latest project. He has now built a life-size replica of a local 1960s Chinese takeaway; complete with the original paintings and fittings, the series features genuine customers and the owner of the real takeaway. It debuts exclusively on Fstoppers.

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Photoshop Action: NBP Skin for Perfecting Skin Tone


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Photoshop Action: NBP Skin for Perfecting Skin Tone

If there is a question I get asked the most about my retouching approach in Photoshop, it’s: “how do you achieve your skin tone?” While I, of course, appreciate the acknowledgement, I also wondered how I could create an action in Photoshop that would help me streamline my usual skin tone workflow. After a while, I came up with something I thought worked well and decided to give it away to you. Check it out!

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This Is Where You Should Be Putting Your Money This Year


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This Is Where You Should Be Putting Your Money This Year

A new year means new possibilities. Each year, most photographers put aside money for specific items such as gear, repair, equipment, and more. The one item many forget is education. This is an important part of growing as a photographer and needs to be addressed each year to keep the creative mind flowing.

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