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Stunning Timelapse Video Reveals The Beauty And Ferocity Of The West

This powerful timelapse video called “Wyoming Wildscapes II” was put together by photographer Nicolaus Wegner. Taking 14 months, this video covers the cycle of the seasons, the shifting of the landscape, and the ever-changing weather. To find out more about this project, I interviewed Nicolaus and asked about his gear, workflow, and experiences. [more]

Determining If A Photo Should Be Left In Color Or Converted To Black And White

After a recent trip abroad, I was excited to go through and process my images. I came across an image that I felt looked great in both color and black and white. Unsure of what to do, I started questioning the criteria that I use to determine if a photo should be left in color or converted to black and white. In the process, I decided to ask my colleagues and came up with a guide.  [more]

Lightroom Film Preset Done Right

There are lots of presets out there for sale emulating the look of film. Enough so that when I heard that Mastin Labs released one I didn’t pay too much attention. Fortunately, because of the nudge of a friend, I decided to look into it a little further and I am glad I did. This is the first time I have seen a Lightroom preset designed by a film shooter for film shooters to help them match their digital images from a wedding with those shot on their film. Fortunately for those only shooting digital, you can benefit as well. [more]

Why I Switched From My Stock Wacom Stylus To The Classic Pen Stylus

I’ve been using Wacom tablets for almost ten years now to the date. I picked one up on a whim during the holiday season and have become hooked ever since. For these past few years, I’ve never considered changing the stylus that came with every tablet I’ve used. The stock stylus always felt great to me. Recently, I decided to give the Wacom classic pen stylus a try.  [more]

Getting The Best Out Of Your Raw Files

I have been teaching retouching and photography for a couple of years, and I found that even my advanced students often didn’t know some basic tools or techniques. Those gaps in knowledge are to be expected among self-taught photographers and retouchers, of course. However, I have just returned from my trip to Italy where the amazing Italian Photoshop guru and Wacom evangelist Marianna Santoni organized a series of educational events, in which I taught Beauty photography and retouching. [more]

Velcro Man Super Desk By Efficiency Machine

Recently, I started working with a new steadicam operator for my video productions in the New York City area, Kyle. Aside from his upbeat positive demeanor, I noticed that every piece of equipment seemed to be customized with velcro for maximized efficiency. Little did I know, he had started a youtube series called “The Efficiency Machine” showcasing his different velcro-inspired inventions such as his “Super Desk.” See below for more examples of his velcro madness/genius. [more]

Hands Down, This Is The Most Successful Parody Of 2013

I’m calling it. It’s nearly impossible to skim through your newfeed without being barraged by stories about Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s latest antics or Volvo Truck’s commercial featuring Jean Claude Van Damme. So, what is the logical step? Combining the two in a perfectly executed parody entitled #VANFORD. [more]

New Corporate Head Shot Technique In Photoshop

Phlearn has something ridiculous like 500 free photoshop tutorials to help you polish your images. This tutorial series, so far, has been one of my favorites. Aaron Nace, the founder of Phlearn, shows us a new technique with custom brushes for giving your subjects a unique corporate head shot look. This tutorial is a 4 part video series, enjoy. [more]

How to Kick Back and Completely Edit your Photos in Lightroom with an Xbox Controller

I am always on the search for how to make my editing more productive, because honestly, it isn’t my favorite part of being a photographer. We have posted in the past about culling your images using a game-pad. However by adding VSCO Keys to your workflow you can map almost any Lightroom slider on your remote. I have included program links and configuration files for an easy setup with an Xbox Remote.
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A Time Lapse Video That Will Rock Your World

What does it take to be innovative? What can happen when you put your work out there and others see as innovative, or inspiring? Matthew Vandeputte, a photographer and film editor based in Sydney helps answer some of these questions. Yesterday he put out a fantastically well shot and edited motion lapse piece that I think raises the bar, and with 250,000 300,000 views in less than a day, also suggests others feel similarly. What does over 100,000 images look like over the course of 90 seconds? How did he put the piece together? Read on and find out with this exclusive Fstoppers interview.

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FS Original: Mike Kelley Shows the Secrets to Shooting Architectural Images

It’s been a while since we’ve released an Fstoppers original video, so today we want to take you behind the scenes with Mike Kelley. If you’ve been following Fstoppers then you know he’s been a writer with us for a while and is also one of the most talented architectural photographers in the country. Mike’s workflow and style is truly incredible and the amount of hours he spends on creating just one image is – as cheesy as it sounds – a work of art. [more]

Ask A Retoucher: Questions From The Industry, Answered By A Retoucher

Aside from techniques, I have noticed that there isn’t much information out there on retouching and the industry. I have been asked great questions over time that I thought people would love to know the answer to. Accordingly, I wanted to make a series to showcase them for the purpose of education and knowledge.  [more]

Photoshop: Mastering Selections and Refine Edge

For a long time I’ve held firm to the belief that in my compositing work, the “refine edge” is worthless. Why? Maybe I’m just stuck in my ways but it just never seemed to work as well as I thought it should. However, Glyn Dewis may have convinced me to give it another shot. In this very straightforward tutorial he shows a fairly simple series of techniques to create a precise mask using this tool. [more]

DIY Win: How To Connect a MIDI Controller Desk to Lightroom 5

About seven months ago, we posted an article about an application called ‘Paddy’ that connects a MIDI controller desk to Lightroom. Unfortunately for me, that application is Windows only, so I set out to find a solution for this gadget that I needed in and around my life. The solution is something called ‘Knobroom.’ [more]

How To Create Realistic Dents And Damage In Photoshop

My buddy and talented retoucher and photographer Glyn Dewis has done it again. He’s created another awesome post production tutorial for those of you interested in improving your composite skills. He shows easy and effective tools to create dents and damage effects in your images. In this case, he adds battle damage to an otherwise pristine Iron Man character he photographed. [more]

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