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How To Sharpen Eyes In Your Portraits To Make Them Pop

When looking at portraits, we have a tendency to look at the eyes first. We can’t help it, it’s part of human nature. This is why I personally believe it is extremely important to capture and refine the eyes in your photos to create more engaging portraits. Retoucher Michael Woloszynowicz created an awesome 4 part video series about how to make your eyes look amazing in post production. See the rest of the post below to watch video parts 2 through 4.

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FujiFilm Announces the Beloved X100S in Black

One of the previous year’s best and most sought after cameras is getting a makeover, and now coming to you in a stylish black design. Announced today at CES in Vegas, the FujiFilm X100S is getting a visual upgrade, showing off an all black design from it’s previous silver/black vintage look. Aside from that nothing has changed, it still sports all the same specs that we’ve loved from the past year’s model.

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A Glimpse into Astrophotography

After our post about …an Itty-bitty Universe the question was raised as to how such images are produced. For answers I turned to the publisher of “Year in the Life of the Universe”, “Capturing the Stars”, “Treasures of the Southern Sky” and “Lessons from the Masters”, recipient of a “Hubble Prize” for contributions to astrophotography, image producer for both a UK and German national stamp, and the guy responsible for Apple’s ubiquitous desktop image of NGC 3190. Meet astrophotographer Robert Gendler. [more]

Two Hours of Gregory Heisler and the Story of his Photographic Life

I had the opportunity to hear Greg Heisler speak a few months ago about his book 50 Portraits. I hadn’t even thought of it at the time but once it finished I immediately regretted not filming it for our readers here. As luck would have it he repeated a similar lecture in NYC Ilford, and they recorded it! Yes, two hours is a decent chunk of time to devote to watching this, but you need to. [more]

Part 2 | Using Levels To Add Color In Photoshop

In part 1 I covered the process of building the best panoramas with little distortion by finding the no parallax spot in your lens. In part 2 we add in our model and use curves and levels to colorize the sky in Photoshop. In addition, this tutorial builds on utilizing the combination of plugins and Photoshop to target specific tones of your image, which is a great technique when building a dramatic environment.  [more]

Celebrating The Life Of ‘LIFE’ Photographer John Dominis

Last week John Dominis, one of the most prolific photographers for LIFE Magazine, passed away aged 92. His work was celebrated not just for the strength of his image making, but because of the sheer breadth of what he shot. Today, when we’re told to “focus and specialize” let’s take a moment to look back and remember one of the most consistent and diverse photographers of the 20th Century.

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Fstoppers Answers – What Are Your Photography Related New Years Resolutions?

Each week, we have a segment called “Fstoppers Answers” where we ask our staff various questions from the readers. Last week, we asked “How Did You Approach Your First Agency/Client?”. This week, we get festive and ask what your New Years Resolutions are. [more]

AP Photographer Dave Martin Passes Away After Football Game

Long time AP photographer, Dave Martin, passed away after suffering a heart attack during the Chick-Fil-A Bowl in Georgia. After Texas A&M’s 52-48 win against Duke, Dave Martin ran onto the field and shot many celebratory shots before finally collapsing. He was administered CPR on the field before he was transported to Emory Hospital Midtown where he passed away Wednesday morning. [more]

Leonard Nimoy & Pharrell Williams Explain What It Means To Be An Artist

The Reserve Channel is consistently one of the best resources of inspiration and interesting content for creatives. We’ve featured the Emmy-nominated show Capture on Fstoppers several times. Today we bring you another of the Reserve Channel’s shows, the always fantastic ARTST TLK. In this episide, Pharrell Williams sits down with Leonard Nimoy to discuss photography, the character of Spock and what it means to be an artist. [more]

One Thing You Need To Be Doing At Wedding Receptions

When it comes to marketing yourself, there’s no better time than on the job. There’s also no worse time to be slacking off and looking like you’re not working. This tip will kill two birds with one stone, giving a huge benefit to the couple and their guests, as well as bringing in great leads and spreading your name.

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Good Technique for Backing Up a Lightroom Catalog

In the last article I shared, “The Most Important Setting in Lightroom is Set To Off By Default”, I believe there was a misunderstanding because while talking about auto-saving your edits, I didn’t also discuss backing up your Lightroom Catalogs. It is important to back up your catalog and as you will see in this video I’d even highly recommend changing the Lightroom default location for a more secure backup. [more]

A Must Have Tool For Creating Backplates | Part 1 – Preparing The File

As more and more photographers are shooting backplates on location and subjects in the studio, I’ve found the best tool for the job isn’t necessarily your lens or the camera but a specific tripod head that finds the no parallax point in your lens. This was by far our favorite purchase of 2013 here at RGG Photo. [more]

Get $600 Off the Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 L II Through January 4

The Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 L II is presently listed for $1999 (after adding to cart) on B&H, but you can get an addition $300 off by sending in the Canon mail-in-rebate, bringing you down to $1,699. This deal is only good until Saturday January 4 at 11:59 PM EST. [more]

Samsung Announces New Mirrorless NX30 & Two New Lenses

With all the announcements in the past few months from manufacturers like Olympus, Nikon and Sony, it’s easy to forget that Samsung has a large footing in the interchangeable lens compact (ILC) market. I know many of you may not consider their cameras presently, but Samsung is taking the development of their ILCs very seriously. I had a chance to sit down and chat with the folks at Samsung as they walked me through their latest announcement, the NX30. [more]

Samsung Sees Success with Galaxy Camera, Announces Second Version

Samsung saw enough success with their Galaxy Camera to build and offer a second version, due out sometime this year. The original Galaxy camera seemed to be an easy choice for consumers eager to maintain the comfort of an Android OS and smartphone-like functionality. The GALAXY Camera 2 includes an upgraded 1.6GHz Quad Core processor and the latest Android 4.3 JellyBean platform. It has a lightweight and what Samsung is calling a “retro” design. [more]

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