How Quick Thinking and an iPhone LED Light Led to a Nat Geo Cover Photo

Photographer Alessandro Barteletti had one of his photo featured on the cover of this month’s issue of National Geographic Italia. It’s a beautiful portrait of Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli that was created thanks to quick thinking and the LED flashlight on an iPhone. DPReview writes that Barteletti has spent the past year working on a photo essay about the 60-year-old Nespoli for National Geographic. The astronaut has been training at centers across the world for yet another upcoming space mission, becoming the first 60-year-old to undertake such an endeavor. For the cover photo, Barteletti was photographing Nespoli inside a
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Shooting a Dramatic Portrait Using a Beauty Dish

This 12-minute tutorial from photographer Joel Grimes demonstrates two methods for creating dramatic portraits using a minimal amount of gear. Both techniques use a beauty dish; the first with a single light source and the second with the addition of 2 edge lights. Grimes shoots these portraits at 24mm, which accentuates his subject’s upper-body bulk and creates more drama. For his first setup, Grimes uses the beauty dish to concentrate the light on his model and part of the black background behind him, allowing it to taper off to black. Once Grimes has nailed the exposure with his settings at
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‘Ghosts of the Arctic’: A Photographer Hunts for Photos in the Polar Winter

Here’s a hauntingly beautiful video from photographer Joshua Holko titled “Ghosts of the Arctic” that will chill you to your bones. Take 6 minutes of your day to allow his incredible short film to transport you to the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard in the depths of winter. Holko is an Aussie landscape, nature, and wildlife photographer who has committed himself to specializing in the polar and sub-polar regions of the globe. Holko braved temperatures down to -30ºC (-22ºF) for up to 16 straight hours a day to shoot this video while on his mission to photograph polar bears. He and
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Loupedeck vs PFixer: Editing Wedding Photos in Lightroom

As a professional documentary wedding photographer, actually taking photographs is a small (but essential!) part of my job. Much of what a wedding photographer does is in the editing and processing of the images. And that’s where tools like the Loupedeck photo editing console for Lightroom comes in handy. It’s the kind of tool that can save a photographer a substantial amount of time processing each image, and when there are hundreds of images to deliver from each wedding, that time saving soon mounts up. My 27-minute Loupedeck review above will give you an idea of how this
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How to Create Light Painting Trails in Video with Adobe Premiere

Light painting photography is increasingly popular these days. Applying the concepts to video, however, isn’t as straightforward. This 2-minute tutorial by light painter Eric Paré shows one way to do it in Adobe Premiere. With your camera at the ready, have your model stand in a fixed pose. With someone hidden behind them, you can paint shapes with a light tube. Taking that video clip into Adobe Premiere, you can use the “Echo” effect to continuously overlay frames against each other, bringing the light trail into existence in a moving picture.
It only takes a moment, and by applying key frames
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How to Colorize a B&W Photo Using Only Lightroom

Photo colorization is usually done in programs like Photoshop, but did you know that you can achieve good results in Lightroom as well? In this 21-minute video by tutvid, learn how to colorize a black and white photo using only Lightroom. If Photoshop is so versatile and powerful, why on Earth would you bother using Lightroom to colorize? The video is more to show the capabilities of Lightroom and what it can do with some of the more hidden features. By harnessing the power of adjustment brushes and non-destructive editing, you can bring color back to a monochromatic image.
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How to Colorize a B&W Photo Using Only Lightroom

Photo colorization is usually done in programs like Photoshop, but did you know that you can achieve good results in Lightroom as well? In this 21-minute video by tutvid, learn how to colorize a black and white photo using only Lightroom. If Photoshop is so versatile and powerful, why on Earth would you bother using Lightroom to colorize? The video is more to show the capabilities of Lightroom and what it can do with some of the more hidden features. By harnessing the power of adjustment brushes and non-destructive editing, you can bring color back to a monochromatic image.
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How to Colorize a B&W Photo Using Only Lightroom

Photo colorization is usually done in programs like Photoshop, but did you know that you can achieve good results in Lightroom as well? In this 21-minute video by tutvid, learn how to colorize a black and white photo using only Lightroom. If Photoshop is so versatile and powerful, why on Earth would you bother using Lightroom to colorize? The video is more to show the capabilities of Lightroom and what it can do with some of the more hidden features. By harnessing the power of adjustment brushes and non-destructive editing, you can bring color back to a monochromatic image.
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How to Colorize a B&W Photo Using Only Lightroom

Photo colorization is usually done in programs like Photoshop, but did you know that you can achieve good results in Lightroom as well? In this 21-minute video by tutvid, learn how to colorize a black and white photo using only Lightroom. If Photoshop is so versatile and powerful, why on Earth would you bother using Lightroom to colorize? The video is more to show the capabilities of Lightroom and what it can do with some of the more hidden features. By harnessing the power of adjustment brushes and non-destructive editing, you can bring color back to a monochromatic image.
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The Abandoned Building in This Photo is a Handmade Miniature

Photographer Felix Hernandez shot this somewhat surreal photo of an abandoned seaside inn, titled “No One Cares.” No, he didn’t come across this building in real life: he made it as a miniature model and shot it on a tabletop. Hernandez built himself a building structure using styrofoam that he carefully cut, assembled, textured, and painted. In addition to the building, Hernandez also used wood and paint to create an extremely detailed wooden signboard and pier, complete with a ladder, ropes, and life preservers. Once his miniature model was completely, Hernandez took it to the coast and placed it
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Here’s a Free Photoshop Course in 33 Videos

Want to learn Photoshop from the very beginning? Here’s a beginner’s guide by TastyTuts will let you jump-start your post production skills. It’s a series of 33 videos that will help you know everything you need to handle the popular editing software “like a pro”. The course is structured around how to create a book cover design graphic, but all of the skills are relevant to photographers, as there are so many different ways you may find yourself using the software to further your images. Once you’ve downloaded the course materials in the project folder and grabbed the PDF worksheet,
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How to Use Local Dodging and Burning For Beauty Retouching in Photoshop

Subtle corrective dodging and burning can go a long way to improve the appearance of skin by smoothing the tonal transitions created by shadows. This 30-minute tutorial from photographer Chris Knight demonstrates the effectiveness of the technique from start to finish. The goal here is to soften the transitions between tones in the skin without losing detail in the textures. The technique can be used to quite dramatic effect, but how far you take it is up to you (or your client). The edits are non-destructive and can be dialled up or back at any stage. Knight sets up the
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Why I Burned My Own Property and How I Photographed It

I was committed to burning my property. I know this sounds a bit crazy but we’re talking about a prescribed burn. My wife researched programs in our area for homeowners to reduce fire hazard. In our area the firefighters are cross-trained for both wildland and structure fires so they are perfectly qualified to do prescribed burns on a residential property. After getting an assessment we got rid of all the pine needles dropped by the numerous ponderosa in proximity to the house and studio. The fire crew dug a containment “line” around the perimeter of our property. Then they trimmed
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Advanced Tutorial: How to Retouch Skin Using the Clone Stamp Tool

Professional high-end retoucher Zoë Noble made this 9-minute video tutorial on how to use the Clone Stamp tool in Photoshop for effective skin retouching. After the success of her recent luminosity mask retouching tutorial, Noble is back to train you on the Clone Stamp tool. The Clone Stamp tool is more than just a click-and-copy kind of action. There are all sorts of settings and modes you can adopt, allowing you to have much more control and advanced retouching abilities to hand. One of the most important things that Noble does with the Clone Stamp tool in this tutorial
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This Guy Mounted a Giant Heat Sink on His Overheating Panasonic GF7

Some cameras are more prone to overheating than others, leading some photographers and videographers to come up with creative solutions for keeping their sensors cool. Industrial designer Eric Strebel came up with a solution that looks pretty unusual: he customized a computer heat sink so that it can be mounted to the back of a Panasonic GF7. Strebel was tired of seeing his camera display an overheating warning and say that it needed time to cool down, so he decided to take matters into his own hands and use his skills for a do-it-yourself cooling solution. He took an aluminum
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Photographer vs Model: This is What Happens When Roles Are Reversed

What happens when a model and a photographer switch places? In this humorous 18-minute video, photographer Matt Granger swaps roles with Stephanie Pham, his model of 7 years experience. “Who is most important in creating a great image?,” Granger asks. “The Model or the photographer? And what if the roles are reversed!?” Under the guidance of Granger, model Steph arms herself with two Sony a9 cameras. Much to the envy of many photographers reading this, no doubt. The result is experience on both ends: Granger doesn’t know much about posing, and Pham doesn’t know much about shooting. Granger
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What Photographer Zack Arias Carries In His Trusty Bag of Lights

Portrait and commercial photographer Zack Arias spends a lot of his time travelling and shooting on location. In the 23-minute video above, Arias goes through his bag of lights and tells you exactly what is (and isn’t) in there. Arias is a photographer based in Atlanta, Georgia, who has shot for some huge names in the corporate and celebrity worlds. It’s crucial for him that his bag is compact with all his lighting equipment taking up as little space as is possible. He’s spent his entire career modifying, adjusting, and testing all sorts of different products in order to come
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How to Get Noise-free Star Photos with Starry Landscape Stacker

After doing an astrophotography shoot and zooming in on the stars, and you may find digital noise spoiling the scene. Removal in Lightroom can result in less color in the cosmos, but using a piece of software called Starry Landscape Stacker software can make the final output much better. In this 23-minute video tutorial by Lonely Speck, Starry Landscape Stacker is put to the test. By taking multiple exposures of the night sky, it is possible for the software to track the stars (accounting for the rotation of the Earth) and determine what is and isn’t digital noise. This makes for
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These DeLorean Photos Were Shot with a Toy Car, Fire, and Light Painting

Photographer Felix Hernandez just shot a series of car photos featuring the time-traveling DeLorean from the Back to the Future film series. Instead of using a real car and Photoshop, he decided to get small and practical: he used a tiny toy car, a studio tabletop, fire, and light painting. The shoot was part of a series Hernandez is doing titled “Famous Movie Cars.” It’s “a tribute to my childhood to all those cars of TV series and movies that make me happy in my youth,” the photographer says. Hernandez got his hands on a 1/18th-scale collectors DeLorean and
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Shooting a 90 Second Portrait of NBA Legend John Stockton

University photographers get sent on all sorts of different assignments, as anything the university does will need pictures. Photographer Zack Berlat was recently lucky enough to end up face to face with basketball legend John Stockton. In the 4.5-minute video above, Berlat tells the story of how he managed to shoot a portrait of one of his heroes. During the West Coast Conference Hall of Honor event on March 4th 2017, in Las Vegas, Berlat was shooting for Gonzaga University. He’d heard John Stockton was going to be there, and was unsurprisingly keen to capture a portrait of the university’s legendary alumni. With some
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