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The Value of a Professional Photographer, or: ‘Can I Have All the Unedited Photos?’

The Value of a Professional Photographer, or: ‘Can I Have All the Unedited Photos?’ Every photographer has gotten the question after a successful shoot: “The photos look great, but can I get the rest of them just in case I need them later? You don’t need to edit them or anything.” If you’re here for the short answer, the answer is no, but it’s important to me for people to understand why. Throughout this post, you will see side by side photos comparing a completely unedited photo, next to the final edited shot. Using advanced psychology trickery, by the end of the article, you will realize that you don’t even want my unedited photos. I don’t say no to this...

Quick Tip: How to Remove Reflections in Eyeglasses with Photoshop

Quick Tip: How to Remove Reflections in Eyeglasses with Photoshop When capturing a portrait, eyeglasses can be a really reflective pain. Fortunately, photographer and educator Scott Kelby put together a quick tutorial that’ll show you two ways to fix this issue in Photoshop. Kelby walks you through two different ways to attack this problem. The first is to use the Dehaze tool at +100 in Camera RAW and paint in a selective adjustment over your subject’s glasses. This kind-of-sort-of works, but it’s not ideal. That’s where version two comes in. If you realize at the time of the shoot that you’re going to have an issue with...

Photo Essay Documents Young Woman Who Raises Sled Dogs Off-The-Grid

Photo Essay Documents Young Woman Who Raises Sled Dogs Off-The-Grid Photographer Brice Portolano‘s project No Signal is all about documenting the lives of people who have chosen to live “off-the-grid.” People like the subject of his first photo essay in the project who lives 180 miles away from the nearest town, raising sled dogs in the northern Finnish wilderness. The essay, titled “Arctic Love,” follows a young Finnish woman named Tinja who, after 6 years studying Biology in southern Finland, decided to leave the urban comforts of the city, move up north, and raise sled dogs. Now her days consist of taking care of and training...

Improving Your Photography Skills, There is No Magic Tutorial

Improving Your Photography Skills, There is No Magic Tutorial I know we all wish there was that one magic tutorial which would take our photography to the next level. And we also get frustrated when we try a technique for the first time and it doesn’t go as planned. It would be great if things were simple, wouldn’t it? But then everyone would be a great photographer. Improving your photography skills requires patience, curiosity, commitment, and persistence. I may not be the best photographer out there, but I’m better than I was yesterday, and definitely not as good as I will be tomorrow. I set goals for myself and I work towards them every...

$150 Lens vs $5,000 Lens vs $15,000 Lens, Can You Tell the Difference?

$150 Lens vs $5,000 Lens vs $15,000 Lens, Can You Tell the Difference? “As a rule of thumb, if your [Director of Photography] mentions something with a German-sounding name, it means it’s going to be super expensive.” Ain’t that the truth… We love real world lens comparisons, and in this older-but-awesome video the folks at RocketJump Film School put together what might be the ultimate test of value when it comes to cinematography lens use: they pitted some cheap DSLR lenses (including Canon’s ultra-cheap ‘nifty fifty’), against some $ 5,000 cine lenses, against some $ 15,000 ultra-high end lenses. The...

Everything About “ISO” in Photography

Everything About “ISO” in Photography The ISO function on your camera controls the sensitivity of the sensor to light. It comes in handy in a number of situations, especially when shooting in low light and when shooting action photos. But ISO has far greater applicability. In this video, Tony Northrup explains both the basics and the advanced theories behind ISO: If you find the concepts in this tutorial difficult to digest, don’t sweat it. Just switch to auto ISO and fire away happily. Many photographers leave their cameras on auto ISO, because it’s easy to adjust exposure in post-processing, even if the camera...

Sony Prepping Mirrorless Medium Format Camera for Photokina, Report

Sony Prepping Mirrorless Medium Format Camera for Photokina, Report If the new Hasselblad H6D hasn’t quite stolen your heart (or cash) yet, then you may want to wait on Photokina to make a final decision. A fresh report from a trusted source says Sony may be getting ready to release a mirrorless medium format system at Photokina. The report originated at sonyalpharumors who heard it from a “legit” source; however, the source himself wasn’t sure if he misunderstood the “high-ranking Sony distribution guy” who shared the hint. The Sony guy hinted at a medium format camera and series of new lenses coming out of Sony at...

Dinosaurs Make Your Travel Photos Instantly Better

Next time you’re headed out on vacation, don’t forget to pack the most important thing. No not your camera, the other important thing—your dinosaurs! You read that right. Here’s what Jorge Saenz captured with his toy dinosaurs while he traveled: That does give me some ideas to experiment with. Now, where are my daughter’s stuffed toys? [via...

Watch the NY Times Photo Editors Curate Their ‘Week in Pictures’

Watch the NY Times Photo Editors Curate Their ‘Week in Pictures’ If you’re a photojournalist (or even just a lover of great photojournalism) this video may just be a ‘must watch.’ Recorded earlier today during a Facebook live stream, the video lets you sit down next to the New York Times photo editors as they sift through and curate their “Week in Pictures” feature that will go live on the Lens blog tomorrow. They have a total of 186 images (culled already from thousands of submissions) to go through over the course of the hour-long stream, and as they do, they talk about what makes a photo stand out to them, why they picked...

Instagram Business Profile Spotted in the Wild, Features ‘Contact’ Button

Instagram Business Profile Spotted in the Wild, Features ‘Contact’ Button Instagram’s version of a Facebook Page might soon be a thing. The company confirmed that it was working on “business profiles” earlier this year, but now screenshots have popped up online that show Instagram is testing these profiles out in the wild. The profiles are apparently being tested with a small group of users, which is how the blog Later.com got ahold of screenshots that show one Health/Wellness Website’s business profile in action. The first (and possibly most important) thing to notice is that “follow” is not the only action available anymore....
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