EXIF.co Helps You Protect and Get Credit For Your Photos Online

Image protection is a fiery issue among us photographers and there’s a good chance you sit in one of four camps… 1. You don’t protect your work and are happy for publications to post your images in exchange for credit and hope your work will spread around the web to be seen by potential clients. 2. You semi-protect your work with a watermark in the hope that it’s enough to deter potential thieves while not being too distracting for the viewer, but also prominent enough so that potential clients can see your name in case a publication forgets to credit
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Free DxO Optics Pro 9 Licenses Available — Get It Here

Free DxO Optics Pro 9 Licenses Available — Get It Here DxO and PracticalPhotography present you with a free to obtain OpticsPro 9 Elite License if you drop your email before June 30th. Ok, so it isn't the latest version of this powerful raw editor, but this version does come equipped with the PRIME noise reduction algorithm, so you can demo a full version free of charge before deciding to spend $199 for the latest incarnation. [ Read More ]

Google Engineer Raises the Bar On Low Light Smartphone Photography

When Google software engineer Florian Kainz showed his friends on the Gcam team a nightscape he captured using his fancy Canon 1DX, they threw down the gauntlet. Take that same photo, they challenged him, but with a smartphone camera instead. He accepted, and succeeded. The results of his experiment just went up on the Google Research blog, and they have photo lovers everywhere salivating at the low light smartphone possibilities. In essence, Kainz applied the same techniques that Google’s HDR+ camera mode uses to take better low light shots… and kicked them up several notches. HDR+ takes 10 frames
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Canon 5D Mark IV C-Log Upgrade Now Official, but It Comes with a Price

Rumors of Canon adding C-Log recording to the 5D Mark IV DSLR have been swirling around over the past month, but now it’s official: Canon today announced its official Canon Log feature upgrade for the camera. Unfortunately, however, it’s not free. Instead of a free firmware update or servicing, you’ll need to shell out $99 when you drop off the 5D Mark IV at a Canon service center in the United States. “With this upgrade, the EOS 5D Mark IV can achieve a cinematic look similar to what can be achieved using Cinema EOS cameras, allowing it to serve as
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Instagram Now Lets You Save and Organize Photos Into ‘Collections’

Instagram just added yet another feature to its growing list of abilities: Collections. A natural evolution of the “Save” feature IG added back in December, Collections lets you organize the photos you’ve saved into personal galleries. For now, Collections is entirely a personal feature—only you can see what you have saved or what your collections look like, and there is no “share” functionality built in at all. Still, many see this as a first step towards challenging Pinterest and the “boards” people create there. If and when Collections become a public or sharable affair, Pinterest will almost certainly take
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Instagram Now Lets You Save and Organize Photos Into ‘Collections’

Instagram just added yet another feature to its growing list of abilities: Collections. A natural evolution of the “Save” feature IG added back in December, Collections lets you organize the photos you’ve saved into personal galleries. For now, Collections is entirely a personal feature—only you can see what you have saved or what your collections look like, and there is no “share” functionality built in at all. Still, many see this as a first step towards challenging Pinterest and the “boards” people create there. If and when Collections become a public or sharable affair, Pinterest will almost certainly take
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Instagram Now Lets You Save and Organize Photos Into ‘Collections’

Instagram just added yet another feature to its growing list of abilities: Collections. A natural evolution of the “Save” feature IG added back in December, Collections lets you organize the photos you’ve saved into personal galleries. For now, Collections is entirely a personal feature—only you can see what you have saved or what your collections look like, and there is no “share” functionality built in at all. Still, many see this as a first step towards challenging Pinterest and the “boards” people create there. If and when Collections become a public or sharable affair, Pinterest will almost certainly take
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Google Photos for Android Can Now Stabilize Your Shaky Videos

Google has released version 2.13 for its Google Photos app for Android, and the latest update brings a helpful new feature for people who shoot a lot of home videos: stabilization that can be applied to any video. To apply stabilization to any video you’ve shot already, open up a video, press edit, and then hit the new Stabilize option. The app then does its behind-the-scenes work, stabilizing your video based on each frame. After its work is done — it will probably take at least as long as the duration of your video — what you’ll have is
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How to Color Your Photos Using the HSL Tool in Lightroom

Today, it’s becoming increasingly harder for your style as a photographer to become recognized. Of course, there are prolific photographers such as William Eggleston and Stephen Shore whose use of color is almost instantly recognizable. It’s really easy to get caught up in the latest Instagram trend and ignore your unique style. Today I want to give you an introduction to using color in post processing your photos. Let’s get into this!

#1. Learn Basic Color Theory

I’m completely a visual learner. So the easiest way to talk about color is to look at it. Here is a typical color
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A Gallery System That Goes Beyond Your Expectations: Fstoppers Reviews ShootProof

A Gallery System That Goes Beyond Your Expectations: Fstoppers Reviews ShootProof With digital photography, the ways to present our work have evolved and grown exponentially. Web galleries alone are numerous, and it can be difficult to find the one that matches your needs and expectations. But then, there are a few such as ShootProof that pretty much do everything most photographers need. From proofing to print ordering or even invoices and contract management, it’s a complete solution for the photographer who wants something easy to use. After a few weeks of trial, here’s my review of ShootProof. [ Read More ]

Have Your Photos Rated by AI

Have Your Photos Rated by AI You can have your images judged by AI. Just don't blame me if you don't score as high as you thought you would. These developments are supposed to help people decide what images work best for the message you are trying to convey, so it's good to know it's there and to try it out. It's in the beta phase now, and the website is similar to that of EyeEm, the stock image library built in Berlin, where the images are analyzed and tagged automatically depending what is featured in the photograph. [ Read More ]

This Video Explains All 27 Photoshop Blending Modes in Detail

There are 27 different blending modes in Photoshop, and unless you’re a real retouching junkie, chances are good you haven’t explored each and every one of them in detail. But have no fear, to paraphrase an old Apple ad, “there’s a [YouTube tutorial] for that.” Jesus Ramirez of the Photoshop Training Channel has put together a comprehensive video walkthrough of all 27 blending modes in Photoshop. This is an indispensable resource for retouching beginners, and will probably come in very useful for almost anybody who uses Photoshop. Ramirez isn’t shy about how comprehensive this guide is: he calls it
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RSS, the Best Automation You Didn’t Know You Needed

RSS, the Best Automation You Didn't Know You Needed

It’s no secret that I am a little obsessed with efficiency in all aspects of the industry, and that carries over to more than just the photos themselves and my retouching process. Efficiency is key for me since I am a one-man-show, I do every aspect of my business from the photography, to the retouching, accounting, marketing, website development, etc., and I could not even begin to keep up if I didn’t take advantage of every automation process available to me. One of my favorite and most useful things is RSS feeds.

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I Spent Two Years Botting on Instagram — Here’s What I Learned

In the world of Instagram, there is a practice known as botting — and I hate it. For the uninitiated, botting is the process of tying your Instagram account to a wide variety of automation software, which charge users small sums of money to juice their profile. At the heart of it, it’s a pay-to-play relationship where you’re paying money to grow your following on Instagram. For this experiment, I used a popular bot called Instagress, which I’ll explain in more detail soon. This is how the folks at Instagress pitch their services:
If you’ve ever wondered how certain
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How to Color Grade Photos Using Only Solid Colors and Blend If

Eye Stocker published this simple 5-minute Photoshop video tutorial that shows how you can color grade any photo using only solid color adjustment layers and the Blend If feature. The main idea is that after adding a solid color adjustment layer over your photo and selecting the Soft Light blending mode, you can fiddle with the Blend If feature in the Blending Options to restrict the color cast to only the shadow or highlight portions of your underlying photo. “Of course, complementary colors should not be ignored at all,” educator Cristi Kerekes writes. “The Blend If option is very powerful
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Adobe Sneak Peek: This is the Future of Selfie Photography

The future is exciting for mobile photography. Adobe just released this sneak peek that shows off some amazing features powered by Adobe Sensei, which uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to do edits on photos. “Great portrait photography requires the right perspective, equipment, and editing expertise,” says Adobe. “But what if we can tap into the power of artificial intelligence and deep learning to transform bad portrait shots into good ones – all on a smartphone?” Here are some things the future may hold for making portraits look “pro” using only your phone:

Perspective Effect Editing

With a swipe,
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Adobe Has Developed Color Transfer Technology

Adobe Has Developed Color Transfer Technology Adobe's software bundle is something almost every artist or creative professional in the visual art industries uses. We can't really go without it, and on a personal note, it's like a marriage. Photoshop has done some amazing development with their software, and now, they've teamed up with Cornell University to develop new imaging technology that makes it possible to transfer a photo style from one image to the next, and still make the image look realistic. [ Read More ]

This is What Actually Happens Every Time Your Computer Rotates a Photo

Rotating an image in Photoshop might seem like a pretty simple process: you just… rotate it, right? Not quite. As this video from 2010 demonstrates, one of the ways a computer rotates an image is actually by applying 4 sequential transformations. (Warning: math incoming). For image editing nerds, this demo is pretty fascinating. It was initially created by YouTube user IronMortality because of a limitation in MS Paint: you could only rotate by 90° at a time. To solve for this, he instead broke down the rotation process into its individual parts, and applied each of them one
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This is What Actually Happens Every Time Your Computer Rotates a Photo

Rotating an image in Photoshop might seem like a pretty simple process: you just… rotate it, right? Not quite. As this video from 2010 demonstrates, one of the ways a computer rotates an image is actually by applying 4 sequential transformations. (Warning: math incoming). For image editing nerds, this demo is pretty fascinating. It was initially created by YouTube user IronMortality because of a limitation in MS Paint: you could only rotate by 90° at a time. To solve for this, he instead broke down the rotation process into its individual parts, and applied each of them one
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