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This is the ‘Dehaze’ Tool Coming to Lightroom

This is the ‘Dehaze’ Tool Coming to Lightroom At Adobe MAX 2014 last October, Adobe gave a tech preview of a new “dehaze” feature that it’s currently developing that can seemingly magically remove haze from photos. Above is a new sneak peek video Adobe just posted that shows what’s “coming soon to Lightroom CC.” “The Dehaze tool helps you easily reduce or remove haze, common in many outdoor photos like landscapes,” Adobe writes. It appears as a new slider in the Develop module: A quick drag can quickly do away with much of the haze found in your shot: But that’s not all. The slider...

Joel Hawksley

Joel Hawksley From a story about returning Vets, United States 2014 Joel Hawksley (b.1990, United States) is a freelance photographer and web application developer based in Providence, Rhode Island. A former newspaper photographer at The Roanoke Times, his clients include The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, and AARP. His work has been recognized by College Photographer of the Year, Hearst Journalism Awards, and the National Press Photographers Association, among others. Joel is also the creator of SoloFolio. About the Photograph: “Shooting sometimes as many as...

The Futility of Ranking Top Wedding Photographers

The Futility of Ranking Top Wedding Photographers Have you ever found yourself in the following situation? You are researching wedding photographers, either as a prospective client or as a photographer scoping out the competition, and encounter the following: 1. A photographer proudly claiming to be selected as one of the top photographers in their region 2. A wedding magazine declaring the best wedding photographers in the country 3. A photography website listing the top 100 wedding photographers in the world On a superficial level, these designations are quite impressive. But when the fascination has subsided and the analytical part of...

Like A Photograph: A Puzzling Short Film About a Man Revisiting a Snapshot

Like A Photograph: A Puzzling Short Film About a Man Revisiting a Snapshot ‘Like a Photograph’ is a strange and mysterious short film created by Tom Varisco. Here’s what the description says: “A casual snapshot of a woman reveals a dark truth about the photographer.” The whole thing is based on a single snapshot photograph that Varisco shot a number of years ago. Varisco found himself repeatedly revisiting the photograph and studying it. “I simply liked the image and liked that I accidentally captured my shadow taking the picture,” he tells PetaPixel. “It seemed ‘cinematic.’” Having produced a number...

Interview: The Late Mary Ellen Mark on Documenting Seattle’s Street Youth

Interview: The Late Mary Ellen Mark on Documenting Seattle’s Street Youth Documentary photographer Mary Ellen Mark, who has had her photographs featured in publications such as Life, The New Yorker, and Vanity Fair, died yesterday in Manhattan, age 75. She has traveled extensively across the globe, photographing everything from celebrities to Indian circus people. However, it was a photo essay for Life magazine about kids living in the streets of Seattle which became the foundation for the Academy Award-nominated documentary Streetwise, directed by her husband Martin Bell. Soundtracked by Tom Waits, this film is an intoxicating piece of cinema, a captivating...

How to Change the Mood of Your Photos Using Color Gels

How to Change the Mood of Your Photos Using Color Gels Sometimes a simple thing like a color gel can drastically change the mood of a photo. Gels can also come in handy when you need to give a very specific look to your photos—something that would otherwise take a lot of effort to achieve. The best thing is these gels are inexpensive. In this video photographer Joe McNally shows us how he used color gels to completely change the “complexion” of an image: There are many varieties of color gels and chances are if you’re looking for a very specific color you’ll find it. Color gels fit seamlessly into any type of shoot,...

This Telescope Uses 10 Canon Lenses Worth $100,000

This Telescope Uses 10 Canon Lenses Worth $100,000 Now here’s a neat use of Canon’s lenses: the University of Toronto owns one of the smallest professional astronomical telescopes in the world that uses an array of photographic camera lenses instead of a single lens. Called the Dragonfly Telephoto Array, it uses ten ordinary Canon 400mm f/2.8L IS II lenses that cost $ 9,999 each. That’s $ 100,000 in photo gear. The Dragonfly uses 10 copies of the commercial available Canon 400mm f/2.8L IS II The telescope was born back in 2013 with only three lenses. Since then, more have been added, increasing the size of the telescope...

The Basics of Shooting Great HDR Photos

The Basics of Shooting Great HDR Photos HDR—or high dynamic range—photography is a technique that blends multiple exposures together to get the maximum detail from both shadow and highlight areas. In effect, it increases the dynamic range of your images, which is impossible to achieve using any other technique. In this video, photographer Phil Steele shows you how to shoot these images and then blend them together in Lightroom in a few easy steps: To create an HDR image you need three things: a camera to shoot the images, a tripod to keep your camera steady, and software that allows you to blend the images...

Sharp’s Latest Phones Can Play Slow-Motion at 2,100 Frames per Second… Kinda

Sharp’s Latest Phones Can Play Slow-Motion at 2,100 Frames per Second… Kinda Sharp may not be the most popular kid on the block when it comes to smartphone manufacturers, but the company is working hard to offer features that other phones don’t have. For its latest Aquos smartphones, Sharp has added 2,100fps slow-motion playback. It’s being called the world’s highest-rate super slow motion playback for smartphones. First off, there’s one big caveat: this frame rate is for playback, not recording. The phone’s camera can record footage at only 210fps in 854x480px resolution (FWVGA) or 120fps in full HD. Once the footage is captured, users...

StuckOnz Lets You Stick Your Phone to Solid Surfaces for Easy Self Portraits

StuckOnz Lets You Stick Your Phone to Solid Surfaces for Easy Self Portraits StuckOnz may be the perfect solution for capturing your ideal self portrait without the need to carry around a clunky Selfie Stick. The new project on IndieGoGo aims to provide affordable “nano suction for phones, cases, and tablets”. For $ 5, you will receive a pad that allows you to stick your gizmos onto many different surfaces to help you get that perfect photograph you are seeking. The company behind StuckOnz, Eoseek, notes that while the design of the product may look simple, there are “decades of advanced materials technology” knowledge used in the process. StuckOnz can...
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