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Retouching, You’re Going About it All Wrong

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Retouching problems start well before we sit down in front of the computer and begin pushing pixels around. I know this because as I reflect on my past work, I realize that I’m as guilty of making countless mistakes as much as anyone else.

Rather than talk about techniques like dodging and burning, frequency separation, etc. let’s focus on more high level problems that might be leading you in the wrong direction. Retouching is as much about mindset as it is technical ability so let’s start with the former and ensure that you’ve got some prerequisites in place before you even pull out your stylus. Read more…

The Most Expensive Camera Kits Photographers Can Buy for Each Brand (in 2014)

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What are the most expensive camera and lens combinations you can buy for each manufacturer? Of course you could spend $2.79 million on a historical 1923 Leica or $165,000 on an ultra-rare Canon 1200mm lens, but what about gear that any photographer can purchase through a normal retail outlet?

We decided to do some research into what the priciest camera kits (a body plus a lens) currently available to photographers are in 2014.
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Man Fined $3,200 for Crashing His Camera Drone Into the World’s Third Largest Hot Spring

Ever wonder what it would cost you to run afoul of Yellowstone’s anti-camera drone rules? There’s probably not a chart hanging up anywhere, but if you’re a Dutch tourist and you crash a DJI Phantom into the Grand Prismatic Spring — the world’s third largest hot spring — the bill will come out to $3,200+. Read more…

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New York-based photographer Victoria Will faced a challenge. She was in a small room with noting but floral wallpaper, a huge table and some chairs. In a few minutes time Brad Pitt would enter the room to have his portrait taken. Here is how she did it.

 
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Your Lens’ Aperture Might Be Lying to You, Or: The Difference Between F Stops and T Stops

We all understand what an F stop is and how it’s a vital component in ensuring we have a properly exposed image, but have you ever heard of a T Stop? While they might not be as relevant to you in your day-to-day photography as F-stops, knowing what they are will give you a better understanding of how your glass works.

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How I Built a Lightbox for $0

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I’m 39 weeks into a 52 week project. Every week I go to this Art Prompt Generator for a random prompt and then spend a week taking a photo to match the prompt. This week was “Candy”. I wasn’t getting great results taking pictures of candy on plates, counters or other mundane surfaces so I thought I’d try a lightbox. Read more…

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The large triangular fins of orca whales slice the surface of the water and the inky blackness of dawn stubbornly clings to everything as we travel by zodiac through the northern fjords of Norway. It is late winter and it will be days before we see the first shy rays of sunshine. I strain to make out the shapes as they surface—I can barely distinguish their bullet-like bodies when they break the water but I can clearly hear the whisper of their breath, a crisp sound that is expelled in a white mist every time the whales surface to breathe.

I experience a primeval fear as the zodiac buckles on the choppy sea. I am trying to stop myself from thinking, “There is no way I am going in,” but before I can gather my wits about me, photographer Paul Nicklen, slips overboard, followed by Goran, his Swedish guide. I have no choice, I have to follow. I grab a camera and slide into the cold water.

 
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Out of This World Aerial Photographs of Purple Salt Ponds in San Francisco

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The colorful pond you see in the above image is not the work of clever post–production; nor is it the result of an accidental leak of hazardous material. In fact, it’s 100% natural. What you’re seeing are millions of colorful microorganisms that live and breed in the vibrant salt ponds of San Francisco.

The above image and its accompanying series, titled San Francisco Bay – Purple, was captured by photographer Julieanne Kost as she flew over the ponds, located south of San Francisco.

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Behind the Scenes: Hanging Out of Moving Car Windows to Captured Doggy Euphoria

Photographer Lara Jo Regan‘s photo series/book/calendar Dogs in Cars is a fun, tongues-out survey of the euphoria dogs experience on car rides.

We shared the series with you last year, but if you’ve been wondering how she managed to get such multi-dimensional images from such unique perspectives, she’s put together a great behind the scenes video that reveals both her lighting rig and how was she managed to safely hang out of moving car windows. Read more…

external Indelible Photos Of Derek Jeter —NYTimes | LENS

“You can have the greatest eye in the world and no one will know who you are unless you shoot something people care about,” Mr. Silverman said. “I lucked out in that I caught Jeter’s era from the very beginning and made images people remember.”

 
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