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How to Clone Yourself in Photoshop and Premiere Pro

How to Clone Yourself in Photoshop and Premiere Pro Can’t get enough of yourself? Here’s a 10-minute video from Peter McKinnon in which he shows how to create clones of yourself in photos using Photoshop and in videos using Premiere Pro. While you’re probably not creating something as elaborate as Orphan Black or Fargo’s third season, learning how to clone yourself or other people in your photos and video is a fun and easy technique that you can get creative with. At 2:00, McKinnon demonstrates how to do this for film using Premiere Pro. Basically, you’ll be filming yourself twice, stacking the clips and then masking out half of...

Photographing Skydivers: Be Ready for Anything

Photographing Skydivers: Be Ready for Anything A little while back, I was working for a small local newspaper outside of Houston, Texas. I was working on a series about adrenaline junkies around the area. One article I really wanted to write was about skydiving at Spaceland Houston. Its one of the larger skydiving places in Texas. I had skydived there before, and I knew people would love to see what it’s really like. And as a photographer, I really wanted to shoot it. It was a small newspaper I was writing for, so honestly, I didn’t expect to get a response from Spaceland Houston. A few days after I emailed them, they replied and...

How to Photograph Cosmetic Products on a White Background

How to Photograph Cosmetic Products on a White Background Cosmetics look great on a pure white background, known as 255 white. In this tutorial for workphlo, Dustin Dolby shows off his workflow when shooting your “typical” cosmetic catalog photos. In the video, Dolby gives tips for how to achieve that pure white background straight away in camera, rather than having to recreate it later in post production. Dolby creates his white background by firing a flashgun into an umbrella, which bounces the light through a large diffusion panel. This distributes the light nicely, creating the perfect 255 background. Other than...

This Ad Has Photographers Shaking Their Heads

This Ad Has Photographers Shaking Their Heads There’s a new “photographers wanted” ad that’s making the rounds online and causing quite a reaction from photographers. This one was apparently posted by a couple looking for wedding photographers for their upcoming wedding. The ad was found and shared by Reddit user KingSpanner in the sub-Reddit ChoosingBeggars, where it quickly racked up thousands of upvotes and hundreds of comments. Here’s the posting (you can click it for a larger version): “Weddings are expensive! duh right? well photographers for weddings are equally expensive as well! (duh again!)...

Portraits of Portland’s Homeless: Eyes as the Window to the Soul

Portraits of Portland’s Homeless: Eyes as the Window to the Soul I had just moved to the pretty, but constantly rainy, Portland, Oregon, and the weather was getting to me! After going through a hard period of homesickness and mild depression, following a friend’s advice, I got my very first DSLR camera. I liked the idea of registering anything I wanted, and by anything I mean everything: landscape, objects, wild life (as wild as downtown Portland can get!), you name it… I started my photo project “Careful: Soul Inside” without even knowing I was starting it, and even today I still look back, trying to understand what happened. According to an...

This Infinite Loop Timelapse Spins the Earth While the Stars Stay Still

This Infinite Loop Timelapse Spins the Earth While the Stars Stay Still If you point your camera at the sky and film, the stars will arc overhead. That’s because your camera is attached to a giant spinning orb called Earth. This interesting 24 hour time-lapse from YouTuber AlphaPhoenix stabilises the stars by spinning the footage in the opposite direction to Earth’s rotation. AlphaPhoenix shot the time-lapse over 24 hours with a Sony A6000 and Samyang 12mm f/2.0. Each second of the video is an hour of real-time, as the 30fps time-lapse was created from one photo every 2 minutes. By focusing on the North Star and rotating the image at the same speed as...

Pro Photographers with Amateur Gear vs. an Amateur with Pro Gear

Pro Photographers with Amateur Gear vs. an Amateur with Pro Gear The photographers at Mango Street wanted to show that it generally takes more than “pro” camera gear to shoot “pro” photos, so they decided to do a shootout to test this. The two professional photographers each used a discontinued ~$ 500 Canon Rebel T3i and low-end lenses (a kit 18-55mm and a 40mm f/2.8 pancake lens), and they invited their friend who isn’t a photographer (but who possesses a basic understanding of photography) to shoot the same model at the same location using a high-end $ 3,300 Canon 5D Mark IV with a $ 1,650 Canon 35mm f/1.4L II...

Helpful Advice on Getting Your Photos Printed Professionally

Helpful Advice on Getting Your Photos Printed Professionally Have you ever had your photos professionally printed? It’s one thing to have your images stored away on a computer or SD card somewhere, but taking that final step and having them printed out for you to display gives them a new life. Photographer Sean Tucker visited his local print house and returned with some advice on printing your photos, which he shares in this 10 minute video. As Tucker says, taking one of your shots and printing it immortalises it in a way – laying bare all of the mistakes and imperfections in an irreversible way. But it’s surprising how forgiving printed...

21 Signs You’re a Cocky Photographer

21 Signs You’re a Cocky Photographer Over the years, I’ve joked frequently with my best friend Marc and my brother about things that are cocky in life. We sort of have this ongoing dialog pointing out cocky things and cocky people in the world, which is pretty cocky of us. They’ve also given me a lot of s**t since I became a photographer a decade ago. They point out how cocky our industry is and poke fun at me for my share of cocky moments, like having an army of scarfs, my bio picture, and much, much more. Typically you think of athletes or celebrities as being cocky, and of course chefs, but don’t discount...

Sony Firmware Updates Solve a9 Heat Warning and ‘Star Eater’ Issue

Sony Firmware Updates Solve a9 Heat Warning and ‘Star Eater’ Issue Sony has just released a wave of new firmware updates for its mirrorless cameras. Found among the various fixes and improvements are solutions to the a9 overheating warning issue and the “star eater” issue reported by astrophotographers. For the a9, Sony says the v.1.01 firmware “updates the camera firmware to version 1.01 and improves the overheating warning functionality” by “changing specifications.” In other words, it seems that Sony concluded that the a9 wasn’t actually overheating in ordinary conditions with ordinary use, but rather that the...
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