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Sharpening With Blur – Bring Back Insane Detail With This Quick Technique

Sharpening is a mystery to many, some do it well and others don’t. There are quite a few methods to sharpen an image including the use of a High Pass Filter, Unsharp Mask, Smart Sharpen and Camera Shake Removal in Adobe Photoshop CC. However, it’s similar to hearing nails on a chalkboard when I see an image that is over sharpened. I’m no saint, I’m certainly guilty of cranking Unsharp Mask, I just never found the right solution. Until now. [more]

Artist Creates Heavily-Tattooed Representations of Iconic Personalities

Seattle-based multimedia artist Cheyenne Randall is the creator of a Tumblr account that has recently attracted a lot of attention: “Shopped Tattoos”. Taking famous images, Randall photoshops detailed tattoo work onto the subjects, creating “a bundle of iconic personalities from a parallel universe.” [more]

Schneider Unveiling New Lenses & More at NAB 2014

Schneider (no relation) is up there with Zeiss when it comes to recognized high-quality lenses. This year at NAB (the National Association of Broadcasters tradeshow in Las Vegas), Schneider is adding the 18mm, 25mm and 100mm lenses to its popular Schneider-Kreuznach Xenon FF-Prime family that already includes the 35mm, 50mm and 75mm focal lengths. They are purpose built for digital cinematography with cameras including RED Dragon, Canon C100/C300/C500, Arri Alexa, Sony F5/F55 and HDSLR cameras. [more]

Google+ Now Allowing Full Size Photo and Video Auto-Backup

If you are a Google+ fan like myself, you may have gotten a nice email recently in regards to the Auto-Backup feature which is now going to allow full size images and video to be stored. This is great news and honestly it makes life a bit easier for someone who already has issues keeping photos off of their iPhone to make space for new memories of instagram shots (that’s what I use it for). [more]

Time-Lapse From L.A to San Francisco | What Google Maps Should Add

Five minutes into a trip up the Pacific Coast Highway and I hastily decided to rig up a camera to take 4,218 shots. I set up my tripod, threw on the camera, and programed my remote shutter release to take a frame every 6 seconds for about 12 hours. I don’t know about you, but if I were in charge over there at Google Maps I would create Google Time-lapse and map the world in a walking/driving time-lapse that could be sped up or down from real time to real real fast. You’re welcome! [more]

Sony 2014 World Photo Awards Competition Winners Announced

The winners of the 2014 Sony World Photo Open Competition have just been announced. All the Open competition winners are amateur photographers. If there was ever a time or place to question what makes someone a “professional” photographer or an “amateur”, and the blurring of these distinctions within photography today, this is it. [more]

Danny Santos II Shoots High ISO Portraits with the Nikon Df

Danny Santos II, portrait and editorial freelance photographer, recently published an awesome blog post where he pushed his new Nikon Df to the limit, taking portraits in low light at crazy high ISOs. You won’t believe the image quality he gets out of the Df at up to ISO 4,500. While in the past we’ve railed on the Dhere, here, and here for it’s “hipster-esque” aesthetic, there’s no denying that it contains one of the best sensors on the market today. [more]

Photos Don’t Lie. . . or Do They?

Last Friday, during the 4th quarter of Stevenson High School’s IHSA Boy’s Basketball Class 4A semifinal game against Whitney Young, Jalen Brunson made a three-pointer shot that was “waved off” and instead a foul was called. Jalen, who was clearly upset with the call, threw his arms up in disgust. In that split moment, a picture was taken (among a group of shots) that made it look as if he was giving the finger to the opposing team and fans. [more]

Canon 40mm Pancake Refurb Deal: $149.95

Though the lens doesn’t have the best performance if stopped down more than f/10, the 40mm pancake has grown to be one of my favorite lenses, especially in tandem with my 70D (which is also on sale today for $300 off). The B&H refurb of this lens is only $150 right now and they only have a few of them. If you’ve been curious about this lens, now is the time to try it.

The Return of Type 55 Film?

Polaroid enthusiasts who have long missed Type 55, that unique black and white 4×5 emulsion famous for providing a usable negative along with a positive print, may soon be in luck. The film may return to production but it depends on the likelihood of New55 project, a four year effort aimed at resurrecting it, having success as a Kickstarter campaign with a funding goal of $400,000. [more]

A Behind the Scenes Look at “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”

With the release of the next installment of Marvel’s Captain America series “The Winter Soldier” less than two weeks away it’s great to see a full sixteen minute behind the scenes video (b-roll) to prepare us for what’s to be an action-packed, movie-going experience. The movie was shot with both the ARRI Alexa and RED Epic cameras with Panavision lenses. [more]

Surreal Photography by Ukrainian Photograher Oleg Oprisco

Fine art and surrealist photographer Oleg Oprisco’s  work is dramatic and ethereal; challenging the viewer’s perception of reality. Oprisco’s photographs feature subdued coloration and unexpected props-often playing with expectations of size and perspective. [more]

Canon Introduces New CPS Cinema Membership Level

Early this morning Canon announced a new CPS level for Cinema shooters. To join, you have to own at least one Cinema Zoom lens or one of the following Cinema EOS cameras: the EOS C300, EOS C500, or EOS-1D C. The membership has an annual cost of $1000. [more]

Panasonic Announces New f/1.7 15mm Lens

This just in: Panasonic announced a new 15mm f/1.7 high speed Leica Summilux lens. This new optic will give about a 30mm full frame equivalent at a cool $599. As of today, this lens is available for preorder through B&H. If the rumors are true, we can expect the new 15mm f/1.7 to be bundled with the DMC-GM1 (pictured below) as early as June. [more]

The ProAm Orion is a Sturdy, Smart & Affordable DSLR Crane

Camera cranes and jibs are becoming more commonplace in the DSLR video maker’s arsenal due to more, light weight options and falling prices. ProAm calls their Orion DVC210 the “first camera crane built specifically for DSLR cameras” and it extends to eight feet tall for a surprisingly affordable $300. Sounds great on paper, but how does it function in practice? [more]

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