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Great Video Feature of Underwater Photographer Sarah Lee

A new video series by Smugmug featured underwater photographer, Sarah Lee. In it she talks craft and inspiration overtop of beautifully shot behind the scenes footage of her shooting in the Pacific. Back in April of last year we featured one of Sarah’s photographs in our Flickr Spotlight.

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A Message to All Artists: Use Photoshop Responsibly

In recent years Photoshop has garnered more negative attention than any other platform that is utilized for image manipulation. Photoshop can be used to create unnatural product resulting in unrealistic expectations. As photographers and retouchers, we have the power to control what the media perceives as attractive. [more]

How To Build A Successful Senior Representative Program

Tis the season, a new senior class will emerge this spring. Thus, for high school senior photographers, a new class to educate about your business.  As a senior photographer, I have already chosen and photographed my 2015 models/representatives, but it isn’t too late to get started. [more]

Putting Together A Photoshoot Part I: Moodboard And Concept Development

When we first start out on any sort of endeavor, be it creative or otherwise, we all most likely begin same way: a head full of ideas, but a distinct lack of understanding and experience of how to achieve them. Over time, through the benevolence of others, and many hours of Youtube tutorials, our ability catches up and we reach the place where creativity meets experience [more]

Fstoppers Own John Schell Featured on Framed Network

Here at Fstoppers, our goal is to hire some of the very best photographers and educators in the industry to provide some insight on how they work, and what they’ve learned within the industry they’re a part of.  Recent Fstoppers Writer and Lifestyle Photographer John Schell recently met with Framed Network to show them, and us, what it’s like to work on one of his photo shoots. [more]

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]

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]

The Ultimate Guide to Bokeh

Bokehliscious photos. That is the ultimate goal for any photographer no matter the experience level. When “bokeh” is mentioned, the first thing that comes to mind is the lens and the aperture. Although both play vital roles in bokeh, there are a few key elements that play an even more important role in achieving the finest milkyness in a photo. These requisites aren’t often discussed or even seen as necessary. [more]

My Favorite Photographer Is…Everyone With A Camera

Some days, as we plod through our respective news feeds, it seems as though the Internet was invented for one thing and one thing only; to share photos. Although the quality of the photos we have to wade through can sometimes be questionable, and at times our feeds can become overwhelming, the relative ease with which photos are shared is in my opinion, the greatest benefit to our seemingly photo-obsessed and Social Media saturated society planet.trans My Favorite Photographer Is...Everyone With A Camera [more]

Say Yes To Noon Sun – Create Amazing Portraits With One Simple Tool

I’ve been there, standing in the middle of a field on a hot day with a scorching sun, mulling back and forth on how to capture a quality shot. In the back of my mind, I’m wishing for some cloud cover or an overcast sky to magically move in. A commercial client or art director doesn’t care what time it is, they just want the right image. It’s up to you to capture that image with the weather Mother Nature has dealt.

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Selective Color – Possibly The Best Tool For Photographers

Much to my dismay, I’ve recently discovered that many photographers are unaware of the power of selective coloring. With its versatility, I’m convinced it’s one of the most powerful tools for photographers today. It sounds insane, but I’ve used selective coloring for the majority of my photos over the last few years, and have left largely everyone impressed with my techniques. And no, I’m not trolling you. [more]

Interview With Nicolas Bruno The Sleepless Photographer

Our dreams are often wildly confusing with imagery many of us don’t understand and memories which seem to fade the instant our eyes open. Photographer Nicolas Bruno suffers from a condition called sleep paralysis which keeps him in a halfway state between being asleep and being awake. Through his incredible and haunting images Nicolas Bruno recreates the experiences from his dreamscape. This week we interview him to get a better idea of the struggle and the process behind his art. [more]

Ask A Commercial Photographer Anything About The Industry

Have questions you want to ask a creative industry professional, but wasn’t sure who to turn to? I’ve been writing for Fstoppers for over a year now. I’ve been able to share my own BTS shoots, those of friends, reviews, tutorials, and more. I’ve had the chance to interact and meet some great people through here, and I really want to do something more for you folks. Rather than do a fresh article this week on something I find interesting, I am leaving the content completely up to you. [more]

High Desert: Polaroids by Nate Matos

“It began with a cheeseburger. As we drove 5 hours to relive a childhood memory at a diner in Bend, OR the appeal of the area around us was clear. Vast sweeping landscapes being capped at either end with snowy peaks surrounded us, but where we were, and what we saw was dry. The arid homes, leafless trees and bright blue sky is what we would remember.” [more]

The Next Big Thing: Social Media Designed For Photographers

Want to get more leads in a specific area of your business? Have you heard of PhotogRefers.com? The next big social media platform for photographers is upon us. In fact, it is the only social media platform specifically designed for photographers and our creative community. [more]

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