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An In Depth Look Into The World Of Creative Retouching With Matt Schuenke

Although I am invested into the world of retouching, the world of creative retouching and composite work is another world. They create entirely new worlds seamlessly. We see them everyday in the form of advertisements from big companies for the most part. Check out a few videos of what goes into Matt’s work along with an in depth interview about the industry.  [more]

Beloved iPhoneography VSCO App Getting an Update

VSCO teased the Instagram and mobile photography community this weekend with a promotional video for their upcoming new app called ‘VSCO Cam’. Promising huge improvements over its original program, VSCO aims to take the mobile editing community by storm with its latest update. Best part of all? It’s free. [more]

Instagram ‘Celebrity’ Photoshops Himself with Actual Celebrities

Do you ever feel like you’re not hanging around enough celebrities? Maybe you wish you were court-side at a Laker’s game sharing an emotional moment with Kobe, or maybe you’d rather be wrapped around Kim Kardashian like couch upholstery? If any of these things are true, you might be Peeje T – a pretty creative guy with a pretty good sense of humor and a knack for photoshopping himself into pictures with the likes of Jay Z, Beyonce, Rihanna, Alisha Keys and Kobe Bryant, among others. [more]

An Emerging Artist’s Approach To Fantasy, Steampunk, And Victorian Portraits (NSFW)

In this interview, I speak with Russ Turner, a photographer who is relatively new to shooting fantasy portraiture, but has already received awards and praise for the quality of his work. Russ talks about working with costumed models, how he incorporates Photoshop, and shares some of the places where an aspiring shooter can get started doing photography in this genre. [more]

New Mextures iPhone App Quite Impressive

Merek Davis today announced the release of the image enhancing Mextures app for iPhone. Over the last year iPhone photographers have downloaded Mextures textures more than 200,000 times directly from Merek Davis’ store and tagged 140,000 images on Instagram; now they have an iPhone app to more easily create and share visually stunning images. I have got to say that after buying and playing with the app this morning, this is one that you don’t want to miss out on. [more]

Keyboard Shortcuts Worth Learning for the Crop Tool in Lightroom

I am a keyboard shortcut junkie. Anytime I can find a way to do something quicker using a keyboard shortcut I will force myself to use it for a few days till I have built it into my workflow. A few of my favorite keyboard shortcuts are found in the Lightroom Crop Tool. I love sharing these tips with other photographer friends and watching their eyes light up as they realize some of the great features built into the Lightroom Crop tool which help speed up their own workflow. [more]

Fstoppers Interviews Retoucher & Photographer Ashlee Gray

Finding a great retoucher (if you use one) can be a pretty daunting task. Most photographers end up doing their own – picking up techniques and tricks along the way. Ashlee Gray is a beauty and fashion photographer and [primarily a] retoucher based in New York whose clients include Tresemme, Starbucks, Rebecca Minkoff and Gatorade. As a photographer, her images are beautiful, feminine and even delicate. It’s that same underlying aesthetic that she applies to her retouching- yet still managing to retain the unique style of the individual photographers she works with. [more]

Adobe Addresses Frequently Voiced Concerns Regarding the Creative Cloud

There have been fewer hotly debated topics in the past six months than Adobe’s move to the cloud. Many creatives really like the new cloud, but others are steadfastly against it. I actually have seen some very harsh arguments that might even surpass the flame wars between Nikon and Canon enthusiasts. As hard as it might be to believe for some of you, Adobe does listen and is addressing some of your major concerns with the cloud-based software system. [more]

Learn Compositing 101 With Aaron Nace

Beginning this Thursday May 30 – June 1, creativeLIVE will host photographer Aaron Nace as he teaches compositing 101. Aaron has taught photography and photo manipulation to millions of people for over five years. In this 3 day comprehensive workshop you’ll wake away with a better understanding of how to conceptualize an idea, plan out your composite, photograph and light each piece of the puzzle, and artfully combine the many parts using Photoshop. [more]

One Method to Style and Photograph a High-End Watch

Aaron Nace at PHLEARN teamed up with professional product photographer Rob Grimm to demonstrate how a super high-end watch shoot would be put together. Check out how Grimm takes numerous shots and combines them into one advertising-quality image. [more]

Behind the Scenes of Canon’s ‘Rhythm of Life’

Canon has recently come out with their short film, “Rhythm of Life’ showcasing their new line of cine lenses. Shot with the Canon C500 director, Dean Hargrove and cinematographer, Steven Poster ASC, explain how the different cine lenses affect the footage and change the color and feel of your shots. The BTS video was shot with the Canon C300. [more]

Conjuring Inspiration: BTS of the ‘Bringing Dreams to Life’ Photoshoot

Benjamin Von Wong has finally wrapped up his long and productive European tour, Von Wong Does Europe. The very first shoot that he was able to do was also ironically the last to be published and for good reason. It will blow you away. Taking over 60 hours to retouch Ben collaborated with talented retouching guru, Chester van Bommel[more]

NY Times Photoshops Fashion Model – Says Readers Understand It’s Fantasy

The New York Times is being forced to examine their policy in regards to retouching on their images. Of course, they stand by the fact that manipulation of their news images “strictly forbidden.” But recently, they received backlash when the cover of their [style] magazine T had what many readers felt was a fashion model that looked ‘shockingly thin’ and ‘underage.’ [more]

Tackle Exposure, Skin, Eyes, Sharpening & More in This 5 Minute Retouch

This might be an extreme take on the all-too-common client request of “get it done quickly,” but it serves as an excellent benchmark of what can be done in a short amount of time. Odds are, you won’t ever be asked to do a full post-production retouch in such a short amount of time, but the idea behind what Aaron Nace of PHLEARN is showing here is solid: with the right tools and knowledge you can streamline your workflow with extreme effectiveness. [more]

Magic Lantern RAW Video Workflow Tutorial

So as a lot of you have probably seen, you can now record full 1080p 14Bit Raw video on the Canon 5D Mark II and Mark III. This is truely incredible. However, you can not just import the video and get to editing right away. To be able to use the RAW video, you have to convert the RAW files to DNG. Here is a quick workflow tutorial on how to do that. It’s really not that hard to do, just a little time consuming. [more]

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