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Why Your Gear Might Be Holding You Back From Being A Better Photographer

Have you ever found yourself thinking: “If only I had <insert expensive camera body/lens/lighting gear>, I would be shooting better images/be winning bigger jobs/get better and higher paying clients”?

If you’ve never had this thought, congratulations, skip this article and move on because you’re already part of ‘The Enlightened’ few. [more]

Simple But Great Tip To Naming Your Photography Folders

There is no wrong or right way of naming the folders on your computer. It is really just a matter of preference and what works best in your workflow. Having been doing this for a number of years though I have experimented with quite a few different ways and this is by far the one I like best. Here’s a quick video, less than 2 minutes long, that shares with you how I name my folders and why I chose to do it that way. [more]

Why You Should Care About Apple’s Quietly Released Powerful New iMacs

On Tuesday, Apple quietly (and I mean VERY quietly) released the newest update to the iMac line of personal computers. It’s curious why they (Apple) didn’t make any sort of major announcement, or even blend this into the September 10th announcement of the iPhone 5S. I personally think that this update is fairly newsworthy, not only because the iMac has become one of the staples in a lot of professional studio’s digital labs and Tech carts, but it’s a huge leap in performance over it’s predecessor, if you believe the info on Apple’s website that is. [more]

How To Enhance Eyes And Add Fake Facial Hair In Photoshop

I’ve blogged about our friend Glyn Dewis before. He’s a talented UK-based photographer that also posts lots of free amazing Photoshop tutorials with straightforward tips. Recently he posted a video on how to enhance eyes, which is extremely important in portrait photography, and how to make fake beards using noise and blur tools. The results are impressive! [more]

Optical Art – A Beautiful Seamless Journey Through New York City

New technology really doesn’t do much for me, I have to be honest. Until I see it applied in a creative way, at which point everything changes. When you place new tech in the hands of inspired, creative minds to see what they can come up with, it can produce fascinating results. What you’re about to see is probably the most serene and hypnotic journey through the streets of New York City you’re ever likely to experience.

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One of The Fastest and Most Accurate Ways To Cut-Out Subjects for Composites

When first learning Photoshop, most of us are introduced to the pen tool, brush tool, or maybe even the eraser tool to remove sections of a layer. However, these methods can be both time consuming and mediocre in creating a clean final image. In this tutorial I’ll be walking you through the steps that I use to isolate subjects shot in studio (against plain backgrounds) for the creation of a composite image. [more]

How To Create A Textured “Dodge And Burn” Look In Seconds

My buddy and Germany-based Photoshop World instructor Calvin Hollywood has created a site called Photoshop Freaks which gives countless post-production tutorials. Recently he posted a video about how to give your photo that extra textured look and feel in a matter of seconds. It like a slight “high-pass” appearance without all of the messy glowing contrast lines or over-sharpening. [more]

Creating A Cinematic Fantasy Portrait Series

My friend Israel Groveman is a photographer and filmmaker that is always up to something interesting and unique. Recently he helped a buddy promote an online fantasy series by crafting a group of creative portraits that I thought were awesome. This is how Israel made these compelling cinematic portraits, which took a little bit of gear and a lot of ingenuity. [more]

How Photos Were Edited in the Darkroom Days

Years ago the only way to print a photo was to make test strips, make a test print, go back and dodge and burn details, make more test strips, another test print and so on and so on until you got the result you were after. In these photos released by Magnum Photos in New York, you can get a closer look at the process followed by their master printer, Pablo Inirio. [more]

This Video Will Show You Why You Need To Take Breaks While Retouching

I stumbled across this video that really blew my mind. A woman ages right before your eyes and you don’t realize it is happening. You can feel a change but it’s gradual. Once you reach the end and look back, you can’t believe how much change has happened in just 5 minutes.  [more]

Why Do Photographers Hate Photoshop? (The Followup)

Now that the discussion post on the fight between pro and anti-Photoshop has been up for a little while, let’s see what we’ve gotten back in the comments. [more]

‘Salience’ – One Of The Most Beautiful, Innovative Shorts You’ll See All Year

Salience is the name of the five minute short that will probably be remembered as one of the most innovative, experimental (and beautiful) short films of the year. If you do one thing today for your inspiration, please spend the next few minutes checking it out and you’ll see what I mean.  [more]

Photographing The Most Epic Burger You’ve Never Eaten

Once upon a time at brunch in Santa Monica, I created the biggest, most complex cheeseburger anyone had ever even attempted to ask a chef to make. I basically picked my top 10 things off the menu and asked the chef to put it between ciabatta bread. Then I ate the entire thing. It gave me severe meat sweats and rendered me unconscious afterwards, but it was the most delicious thing I had ever created. It’s my single greatest achievement in life. I learned a lot about myself that day and will tell the Epic Burger story to my great great great great grandkids.   [more]

Customize Your Lightroom End Marks

Here is a great little video by the people over at SLR Lounge that really has nothing to do with productivity, speed, or even making you a better photographer. It’s just cool feature that allows you to brand your Lightroom with your own logo, making the entire program appear custom to your own business. [more]

Wacom Refreshes Their Tablet Lineup With The Intuos And Intuos Pro

With a recent update, Wacom has decided to drop the name ‘Bamboo’ from their lineup. Instead, it is now simply called the Intuos. It comes with a new product to replace the old Bamboo lineup. Secondly, the previously known Intuos will now be called the Intuos Pro. They also have modified the design a bit. In addition, they have also released a special edition Intuos Pro. [more]

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