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Adobe Adds More Features to Premiere Pro & After Effects

This week at NAB, Adobe Premiere and After Effects are getting some new features, including Live Text Templates (After Effects text effects can be directly edited in Premiere), and keying effects in After Effects to provide better keying results with compressed footage among a host of other improvements. [more]

In Celebration of NAB, Freefly is Giving Away Twelve M5 MōVI

This is kind of amazing and extremely unexpected: Freefly Systems has announced that it will give away 12 MōVI M5 camera stabilizers during the 2014 NAB Show. During the show (which is in Las Vegas) April 7th – 10th, they will be giving three away a day, but you don’t have to be at the show to win. [more]

Model Geena Rocero: Why I Must Come Out of my Closet

Take 10 minutes out of your time today and watch this speech given by fashion model Geena Rocero on TED. Back in the Philippines, when Rocero first saw the first photo of herself shot in a bikini, she felt she couldn’t be more proud. This may just sound like a typical experience for a lot of women in the modeling industry, but to Rocero, it was not, and that’s because she was born with the gender assignment “boy.” [more]

Trade In Any SLR, Upgrade to Leica S

I an effort to bring more professionals into the S system, Leica Camera has gotten aggressive with a new S-System Trade Up discount program. Launched as a component of their “100 Years of Leica Photography” centennial, Leica Camera is granting a $5000 credit towards the purchase of a new Leica S (Typ 006) digital medium format camera for customers trading in any SLR camera or medium format camera (film or digital). [more]

Fstoppers Interviews Photographer Adam Elmakias (NSFW)

Adam Elmakias is one of my favorite live music photographers so I did my best to reach out to him for an interview. He was more than happy to answer a LOT of questions I had for him and left us with one of my favorite interviews I’ve ever done. [more]

The Best Of This Year’s Fine Art Photography (NSFW)

This year has proven to be more scandolous than provocative in the fine art photography circuit. More and more photographers are coming to the realization that the same stuff doesn’t sell and the proverbial bar must be raised with every shoot. The photos below are probably the most extreme examples of this new wave of photographers resorting to such fine art methods in posing, makeup, and subject matter. NSFW [more]

NikonHacker Brings Magic-Lantern-Style Firmware Hacks to Nikon

It’s no secret that you can hack Canon cameras firmware with 3rd party hackers like Magic Lantern to push higher dynamic range and bitrate. Nikonhacker is looking to bring the same performance to their ecosystem. Their new set of hacks (for 11 cameras) allows you to push  1,080 video at up to 64mbps. [more]

A True Bird’s Eye Perspective – The Work Of Photographer And Pilot, Alex MacLean

I still remember how amazing it felt when I was young and lucky enough to be flying somewhere and ended up with a window seat. Those few moments during take off and landing provide an exhilarating and rare view of our environment. What would it be like if we had the ability to fly ourselves in our own plane and had the ability to get unhindered shots of wherever we happened to be flying? Welcome to the beautiful bird’s eye view of pilot and aerial photographer Alex Maclean. [more]

Start “Freelensing” with This DIY Tutorial

If you find yourself in need of a weekend photo project this might be just the one for you. In this tutorial made by Franscesco Spighi, you can turn an ordinary Nikon 50mm f/1.4 AIS lens into a selective focus “freelens.” This mod will allow you to selectively blur and focus your lens like a tilt-shift or Lensbaby. Here’s how: [more]

IMGembed Out Of Beta! Control The Online Use Of Your Images

IMGembed is a new service designed to help photographers with attribution, tracking and monetizing the online usage of their images. Launched in beta at last years SXSW to an overwhelming response, today IMGembed is rolling out their official version 1.0! Could this be the future of ethical online image use? [more]

Instagram’s Hidden Advertisements

So there was a big stink a few months ago when Instagram started using advertisements. I remember being angry and turned off when I saw an ad for whatever-it-was pop up in my feed (guess it didn’t work). But that first ad is the only one I remember seeing, and I’m on Instagram more than I should be. As it turns out, Instagram is hiding those ads right in plain view. [more]

Hard vs Soft Light: Which Is Right For You?

Is there a perfect light for your food photography? In past posts, I have mainly talked about using large lighting modifiers to create a soft light over my subject. I tend to choose softer light, because I think it looks better on my food. Is this the only lighting option? No. Like fashion photography, there are many different types of lighting that you can use on a subject. To get a better understanding of what will fit your style, let’s take a closer look at the characteristics of hard and soft light and how they affect your food shot.

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Red Giant Plugins Get Updated – Magic Bullet Looks, PluralEyes, And More

Software company Red Giant has been making the plugins that video editors have been using to sweeten their edits since the days of MiniDV. Fan favorite Magic Bullet Looks has long offered stylized, preset looks for its users. It has just been announced that Red Giant will be updating Magic Bullet to version 2.5, along with updates to PluralEyes and BulletProof. [more]

Tips To Avoid Creative Burnout

It’s no secret that everyone can become burnt out on what they do. Whether we are photographers, athletes, truck drivers, or teachers. If we do something long enough, maybe unless you’re a fighter pilot, professional surfer, and/or an astronaut, almost everyone will experience a period of time in their career when they’re flat-out bored and/or they suddenly arrive at a place where they question both their work and if what they’re doing is really what they should be doing. [more]

Sara Lando and Zack Arias Throw Down in the GPP2014 ShootOut

I know, I know. My post last Sunday also featured Zack but when you put yourself out there as much as he does, you’re going to get noticed (a lesson for us all). Besides, this isn’t really about him. This is about one of the greatest challenges ever conceived in the photography industry. That’s right kids. It’s the 2014 Gulf Photo Plus ShootOut, pitting Sara Lando against Zack Arias with cameos by some of the best shooters in the industry. [more]

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