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How to Do Cinematic Color Grading on Your Photos with Photoshop

Want to give your photographs a “Hollywood movie” look? Here’s a fantastic 25-minute tutorial on how to do cinematic color grading on your photographs using Photoshop. The technique involves using the Curves tool to create a teal-orange look, a color scheme that is very prevalent in movies released in recent years.

Photoshop Training Channel writes: “This effect gives the dark shades of your image a cool teal tone, while the light shades take a warm orange look. This makes the actor stand out since the colors are complementary and create a ‘pop’ when put side by side.”

(via Photoshop Training Channel via Reddit)

Arkansas Passes Privacy Bill That Could Kill Street Photography

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Prominent photography groups are sounding the alarm about a new bill that was just passed by the Arkansas Senate. SB-79, the “Personal Rights Protection Act,” would require photographers to get written consent from a stranger to feature their likeness in a photograph for most purposes.

The law could have a huge implication on street photography, whose practitioners thrive on the ability to capture life and people on camera without having to constantly stop and ask for releases from the subjects.
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An Imaginary Conversation Between Two Masters of Painting

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We often get too set in our ways and our conversation remains in the same context, which can blind us to seeing the pitfalls we create for ourselves. In general, using other photographers’ aesthetics, judgements, and sensibilities should make us think twice, thrice, … Yet, in the rush of creating the next “noticeable” image on the Web, we use presets, filters, brushes, and a whole lot of them without thinking twice.
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Instagram Censors Photo of Fully Clothed Woman on Period, Causes Uproar

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Instagram sparked controversy this week after deleting this photograph of a woman lying on a bed with menstruation blood seen on her clothing and on her sheets. She’s now demanding to know why other more graphic or risqué photos are allowed on the service while images of a fully clothed woman on her period are not.
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Photographers Shooting in West Virginia Reportedly Harassed and Detained by ‘Mob’

Photographer Marisha Camp and her brother Jessie were recently passing through West Virginia on a nationwide tour for a documentary series when they were reportedly confronted by “a hostile mob.” The residents were suspicious of the photo taking and allegedly harassed and detained the duo until a trooper arrived and escorted the photographers from the scene.
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Buying or Selling Used Gear on Craigslist? Arrange the Meetup at a Police Station

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If you’re planning on buying or selling some camera gear with the help of Craigslist, here’s a simple tip: the lobby of your local police station is a safe place to arrange the meeting with the stranger.
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Matt Herron on His Iconic Photographs of the Selma to Montgomery Marches

50 years ago, civil rights photographer Matt Herron documented the Selma to Montgomery marches that highlighted racial injustices in the American South and helped to pass the Voting Rights Act that year. He ended up capturing one of the iconic photographs of the marches that remains recognizable to this day.

In the video above, Herron talks about photographing the march and how the iconic shot came about.

(via ISO 1200)

Just the Lenses: The Great 200mm Shootout

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This ‘Just the Lenses’ article will take advantage of a Trioptics Imagemaster optical bench to compare lenses from different camera mounts with no camera involved. Why is that different? Because all other forms of testing (DxO, Imatest, or even photography) tests the camera-lens combination.
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Mirrored: Photos Show the Parallels of Two Cities on Opposite Sides of the Globe

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“Mirrored” is a photo project that was a collaboration between photographers Markus Andersen and Elif Suyabatmaz. It’s a series of diptychs showing daily life on opposite ends of the globe: Andersen is based out of Sydney, Australia, and Suyabatmaz is based out of Istanbul, Turkey. In each pair of images, the selected photos “mirror each other in both obvious and subtle ways.”
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An Automated Slide Film Scanner Built with LEGOs

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This is pretty impressive: photographer Pascal Kulcsar needed to digitize some old slide film left behind by his grandfather. Rather than purchase a film scanner, Kulcsar decided to combine his technical ingenuity and love for LEGOs to create a DIY slide film scanner using LEGO pieces.
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