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Leonard Nimoy’s Passion for Photography

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Actor Leonard Nimoy passed away today at the age of 83. While famous for his role as Spock in the original Star Trek, what a lot of people may not know is that Nimoy was also a passionate photographer.

Nimoy picked up an interest in photography as a child, studied photography at UCLA, and even considered changing careers from acting to full-time photographer.
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Download a Free Copy of the $60 Perfect Effects 9 by onOne Software

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Heads up: you can currently download a free copy of onOne Software’s Perfect Effects 9. It’s a $60 program that can be used as a Photoshop or Lightroom plugin or as a standalone tool. Inside are customizable filters and hundreds of presets that allow you to quickly apply custom looks to your photos.
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Wedding Planner: The Biggest Hat You’ll Often Wear as a Wedding Photographer

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Let’s discuss the reality of being a working wedding photographer. I’m not talking about being a ‘rockstar’ photographer who charges 25K and shoots a single-digit amount of weddings every season. I’m writing from the perspective of a hustling wedding pro working day in and day out in the thick of it all to earn a decent living.

Before I dive into how wedding photographers have also become stand-in wedding planners and how I have changed my business to accommodate this need (and create a nice selling point to potential clients), let me tell you where I am coming from.
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The Album Cover Photos in This Video Are Not What They Seem

The band Guster recently released this video version of their entire album Evermotion. Upon first glance, it may look like a 38-minute video with different album covers displayed statically while the music plays — as is common for this type of video — but look a little closer or watch a little longer and you’ll notice that it’s actually the band sitting (almost) perfectly still to fake the appearance of still photographs.

Twenty20 is the World’s Largest Crowdsourced Stock Photo Catalog

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Twenty20 is a new stock photography service that just launched to the public after months of beta testing. It claims to have the world’s largest crowdsourced commercial image catalog — one that contains 45 million photos from 250,000 photographers based in 154 countries.
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A First Look at the HDR Merge Feature Coming Soon in Lightroom 6

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Earlier this month, a leaked product page revealed a number of features that will be found in the upcoming Lightroom 6. One of them was an HDR merging tool that combines multiple exposures into a single HDR image. Here’s a first glimpse at how the feature will work.
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The Do’s and Don’ts of Photoshopping Wings Into a Surreal Portrait

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Ok, let’s just be honest for a second here: everyone and everything in the world looks drastically cooler with wings. Period. It’s just the way it is.

In middle school when I was heavily into my “drawing magical fantasy creatures” phase (it never ended by the way… just ask my sketchbook), I used to check out this “how to draw animals” book from the library all the time. Really they should have just given it to me, I had it checked out so often.
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The Invisible Photograph: 5 Short Documentaries on the Hidden Side of Photography

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Over the past year, the Carnegie Museum of Art has been slowly releasing a 5-part documentary series titled The Invisible Photograph, which offers a look into the hidden side of photography — things that are “guarded, stashed away, barely recognizable, or simply forgotten.”

The last installment was released today, completing a series of videos that you may want to set aside some time to enjoy.
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200 Light Orbs Captured in Single Long Exposure Sets New World Record

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Did you know that there’s a Guinness World Record for the most light orbs painted into a single long-exposure photograph? The record was most recently broken by a group of 12 notable light painting photographers who gathered together in the middle of last year to create a photo featuring 200 light orbs.
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An In-Depth Tutorial on the Many Uses of a White Seamless Backdrop

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A white seamless background is a staple of photography and video studios. Photographer Zack Arias of DEDPXL has created a fantastic (and lengthy) two-part tutorial on the basics of the setup.
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