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A Unique and Powerful Color Correction Technique for Photoshop

Colors casts can happen for a wide variety of reasons ranging from white balance issues to weird venue lighting or poor filter design. And just like the multitude of reasons for their presence, there are numerous ways to fix them. This technique allows you to quickly and precisely zero in on the corrective color you need without needing to eyeball it, making it one you'll definitely want to know.

Fstoppers Photographer of the Month (September 2017): Michael Shainblum

The Fstoppers community is brimming with creative vision and talent. Every day, we comb through your work, looking for images to feature as the Photo of the Day or simply to admire your creativity and technical prowess. In 2017, we're featuring a new photographer every month, whose portfolio represents both stellar photographic achievement and a high level of involvement within the Fstoppers community.

Five Things to Think About Instead of Gear

If you're at all like me, your thought process when it comes to gear probably involves a constant battle in your mind between remembering that it doesn't matter as much as we pretend it does and drooling over that new body, because holy cow, it shoots so many frames per second and has enough dynamic range to shoot the sun and the inside of a dark cave in one exposure. Here are five things to think about instead the next time gear pops into your head.

Ten of the Best Cinematographers of All Time

While the director and stars of a film are typically the names most people call to mind when they think of it, the cinematographer is one of the most important members of the crew, heading the choices of camera, lenses, filters, lighting etc. to help achieve the vision of the director. Here are 10 of the best cinematographers of all time.

How Your Computer Thinks About Color

Have you ever looked at hexadecimal color codes and wondered what the logic was for that string of letters and numbers representing some color? Did you know I can count to 1,023 using only my fingers? Are you wondering what on earth these two things have to do with each other? Check this out.

Some Useful Tips for Lighting Bald People in Video

Lighting bald people can present some difficulties, as the extra exposed skin can create additional hot spots that take some care to prevent, while separating them from the background often takes a bit of a different approach than when working with someone with hair. This helpful video will show you a proper lighting setup for someone who's bald.

Stephen Curry Blasts Sports Illustrated 'Unity' Cover for Not Including Colin Kaepernick

A few days ago, Sports Illustrated revealed a cover addressing the protests against police brutality and racial inequality via kneeling during the national anthem. The cover was supposed to represent the increasing unity between professional athletes (particularly in the NFL) in protesting both the original issues first brought to attention in this fashion by Colin Kaepernick, as well as the responses by President Trump. There was only one problem: Sports Illustrated didn't include Kaepernick on the cover.