How To Create A Realistic Lightsaber In Photoshop

How To Create A Realistic Lightsaber In Photoshop

Unless you have been living under a rock for the last year or so, you probably have noticed that the force is awakening! After a wait that has spanned a generation, Star Wars fans are finally getting a sequel to the saga that started in the seventies! With the arrival of Star Wars come hordes of its most endearing fans dressing up as their favorite Jedi or Sith heroes! Which means an awful lot of opportunity for photoshoots, but there is one problem. Those dull, plastic, toy, lightsabers just don't have the same epic feel that will do the rest of the costume justice. Luckily creating a lightstaber blade in Photoshop using visual effects is quite easy!

Efficiency Is Everything: 10 Photographers Share What They Would Never Do

Efficiency Is Everything: 10 Photographers Share What They Would Never Do

Say it with me: "Done is better than perfect." I'm positive I'm not the only photographer on this planet that lets perfection get in the way of "good" far too often. While the concept itself is one mountain to tackle, becoming a more efficient photographer goes a long way in making the realization of a smooth and functional business a reality. The folks over at KISS Books have reached out to 10 photographers to find out the things they would never do — the things that kill efficiency.

How to Shoot Your First Surprise Proposal: A Raw Guide to Capturing 'Yes!'

How to Shoot Your First Surprise Proposal: A Raw Guide to Capturing 'Yes!'

The Game of Life has only a few pivotal moments; graduating college, choosing a career, and getting married. And most people only want to do that last one once in their life. So when a friend asked me to shoot his proposal to his longtime girlfriend, I was both elated and terrified. Happy for two close friends of mine, but scared out of my wits about the pressure of capturing such a moment.

Spoiler-Free Star Wars Portraits from Time Magazine

Spoiler-Free Star Wars Portraits from Time Magazine

I have been unfailing in my anti-spoiler vigilance. I haven't watched previews, I haven't read articles, I haven't clicked links. A trailer came on during the finale of Fargo Monday night and I ran from the room with my hands over my ears. I'm taking this seriously. So it was with much trepidation that I finally clicked on this link I've been seeing around for Time Magazine's cover photos featuring the world-renowned R2-D2, and the king of the Weeble Wobbles BB-8.

Miniaturized Hydrogen Fuel Cells Promise Six-Fold Increase in Drone Flight Times

Miniaturized Hydrogen Fuel Cells Promise Six-Fold Increase in Drone Flight Times

The Verge reported Tuesday that British hydrogen fuel cell technology company Intelligent Energy has been successfully testing a miniaturized version of a hydrogen fuel cell as part of a drone system with the intent to increase flight times. Through such hydrogen fuel cell technology, drones could start flying for up to and over two hours, which would be a six-fold increase over the current industry-standard 20-minute flight time for many drones.

The Canon USA Gray Market War Continues

The Canon USA Gray Market War Continues

Yesterday, Eric Reagan of Photography Bay provided us with an update on the ongoing saga of Canon's attack on the Gray Market. To recap, "Gray Market" refers to the sale or exchange of goods legally, but through unintended means. In many of these instances, products manufactured for Asian markets are channeled through to US markets. This means that these companies sell the products legally, but not via the intention or desire of the manufacturer. The main setback of purchasing Gray Market is the product will be insured through the Asian market (or whatever market it originated from) and not through the US market.

How to Really Start Your Learning Journey in Photography and Have Your Work Evolve

How to Really Start Your Learning Journey in Photography and Have Your Work Evolve

The beauty of art… there are no rules, no curriculum, no set path that you must follow in order achieve what you aspire to be. While the freedom to learn as you wish at your own pace is great, a little guidance and direction didn't hurt anyone. In this article, I’ll explain further. I’d like to share some thoughts looking back on past experiences when I started to learn photography for those beginning in photography that may find useful.

The Best Commercial of 2015 Was Produced By Two Art Students

The Best Commercial of 2015 Was Produced By Two Art Students

Many photography and film students fail to dream big enough during their undergraduate studies. The work they produce seems more like an exercise than a passionate project for their own portfolios. For German film students Daniel Titz & Dorian Lebherz this was definitely not the case. In what might be the most moving commercial of 2015, Daniel and Dorian crafted a touching mock ad for Johnnie Walker that shows just how effective you can make your personal projects if you take them seriously.

Sigma 20mm f/1.4 Art Special: Astronomy Review

Sigma 20mm f/1.4 Art Special: Astronomy Review

Not long ago, I released a review of Sigma's newest Art-series lens, the 20mm f/1.4 Art. Unfortunately, Northern California skies have had bit of a tough time clearing up despite numerous requests from astrophotographers below, patiently waiting for news of this lens' nighttime, Milky Way performance. Last night, although far from perfect, areas of the sky did clear up enough to get a small consensus on how this lens fares when pointed toward the stars.

"Instagram Hikers" Are They Helping or Hurting Our National Parks?

"Instagram Hikers" Are They Helping or Hurting Our National Parks?

New York Magazine recently published a fascinating article on the apparent phenomenon of "Instagram Hikers." The piece looks into the recent surge in so-called "Instagram Hikers", described by the article as "the sorts of people who see a pretty photo on Instagram and want to go take their own picture in that spot," and the impact they are having on America's national parks.

The Evolution of Cameras Shown Through 11 Unique Portraits

The Evolution of Cameras Shown Through 11 Unique Portraits

Cooperative of Photography has brought us this slick little video that gives us a taste of the evolution of camera technology from the past 200 years condensed down into a sub-two minute demonstration. Austrian photographer Leo Rosas executes this project with a single model and 11 portraits, each representing a significant milestone in the development of photographic capture tools starting with the pinhole camera obscura, all the way to the modern cell phone.

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