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Published: 2018-03-20T15:30:28+00:00


Understanding how to read and utilize a histogram to improve your photography


There are few things as universally useful and important to understand in digital photography than the histogram. There are plenty of ways to learn about the histogram, but Nathaniel Dodson of tutvid's new video is certainly a solid choice. In under ten minutes, you can learn to read a histogram properly and figure out what kind of information it contains. Further, you can learn more about how a histogram works within Photoshop. If you have a spike in your histogram on the left, that means you've clipped your black levels and...
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Panasonic GH5S Field Test Part II: There is simply no better filmmaking camera under $10K


Click here to read the Panasonic GH5S Field Test Part II Every time I see the price point of Panasonic GH cameras, I still shake my head in disbelief. At $2500 for the GH5S, you're getting a monumentally powerful filmmaking tool that performs well above the average, even when going beyond the $10,000 price point. Under $10,000? There is no competition, especially considering the value. With a plethora of capture options, 4K at 60 frames per second (and 1080p up to 240 frames...
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American photographer Richard Frishman captures two prizes in 2018 Sony World Photography Awards


In the 11th edition of the annual Sony World Photography Awards, the competition saw 320,000 submissions -- a new record -- coming in from over 200 different countries and territories. Ahead of the overall winners being unveiled on April 19, Sony and the World Photography Organization have shared the winners of the ten "Open" categories and the winners of the various National Awards. You can see the full list of winners from among the ten "Open" categories here. We want to highlight the work of American Richard Frishman, who took...
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Nikon announces the D850 Filmmaking Kit that includes camera, lenses, sound & monitor


Nikon has announced the D850 Filmmaker's Kit, which is a custom bundle of products specific to the U.S. market. Nikon says the kit is "designed for content creators and filmmakers looking to take full advantage of the D850’s extensive video capabilities and controls." The D850 itself offers full-frame 4K UHD video capture in both 24 and 30p, 8K and 4K timelapse along with focus peaking, zebra, HDMI output and "enhanced audio control," so there is quite a bit for those looking to create videos on the...
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See Jessica Kobeissi’s portrait retouching process from start to finish


You may know photographer and prolific YouTuber Jessica Kobeissi from her videos in which she and other photographers all photograph the same model. They're interesting to see how each photographer has a different take on the same subject. A lot of what differentiates the photographers is their processing and retouching styles. In the video below, Kobeissi goes through a portrait retouch from start to finish. There is a lot of great information in her video covering her retouching techniques and then her color grading process....
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A discussion on dynamic range, highlights and the emotional importance of photography


As a professional photographer, Sean Tucker spends much of his time behind the camera or working on images on his computer. For him, despite photography being his job, it's also his passion and one of his most important emotional outlets. Rather than spend free time away from the camera, he finds himself drawn to photography as a way to help him deal with anxiety and stress. Tucker mentions the phrase, "protect your highlights." It's something he's learned in cinematography, but he also applies it to photography and to his life...
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Alien Skin Exposure X3 “Complete Workflow Update” adds new features to the Lightroom alternative


Alien Skin Software's excellent photo editor, Exposure X3, has received a massive new update, dubbed the "Complete Workflow Update." The update brings with it additional creative and organization control and new printing functionality. Let's take a closer look at the new features. Of the new update, Alien Skin CEO Finley Lee says, "This latest update to Exposure X3 provides photographers with additional creative and organizational control and handles their printing needs as well. Exposure's speed, stability and power makes it the...
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Bringing the foreground and background into focus using focus stacking


Last month, we looked at a video in which Australian photographer Andrew Marr utilized focus stacking for one of his featured images. A few viewers asked Marr about focus stacking and his process. Marr's new video is about the focus stacking process and how he processes the images in Lightroom and then stacks them in Photoshop using a layer masking process. (Via Andrew Marr)
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A lone tree makes for a lovely composition in Zion


Photographer Ben Horne is in Zion for his second trip over the last few months. After visiting in the autumn, he has returned this winter and found that while some things are different, others have stayed the same. There is still some autumn color remaining, for example. Horne is visiting Zion's East Side and the main canyon to scout for subjects and while there are familiar aspects he's noticed before, a lone tree caught his eye this time despite him having passed by there on many occasions. To go behind the scenes with Horne...
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This browser-based green-screen software can cut out backgrounds in seconds


I don't know about you guys, but I really don't enjoy clipping. I don't like cutting things out digitally, and it really annoys me when I have to spend time doing it (mostly because I'm just not very good). I don't know if Jere Hietala had me in mind when he created Tailorframe and the keying software Complete, but it seems he at least considered that this isn't a process most people like to go through. Complete is a browser-based photo software that lets you upload any image with a green or blue chromakey backdrop (aka...
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“It’s all about the light.” How to find and recognize the best light for landscapes


Photographer Adam Gibbs opens his latest video with clips from other vlogs in which he talks about light. Sometimes he remarks that the light isn't working out, other times he talks about how it's hitting just the right part of a landscape. No matter whether light is good or bad, it's always at the center of photography. The trick is not only finding the right light -- and oftentimes that's a matter of luck -- but learning how to better recognize when the light is good or when it might be on its way to becoming good. "It's all...
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Who needs an expensive lens? Two simple techniques for creating a blurred background in Photoshop


Save for purchasing a heavy and expensive fast lens, it can be tricky to create the blurred background look many photographers desire. Even if you do have a fast prime lens, such as a 105mm f/1.4 or something like that, you may want to have more depth of field than the lens provides while maintaining a blurred background. So what can you do when you want a blurred background but don't have a great way to accomplish this in camera? You can utilize Photoshop, says Jesús Ramirez of Photoshop Training Channel. In his video below, he...
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3 of the best Nikon camera tips for wildlife photographers (and tips for non-Nikonians too)


If you use a Nikon DSLR to capture wildlife photos, this latest video from Morten Hilmer is a must-see. In the video below, Hilmer covers three of his best Nikon tricks in three minutes, including tips for various camera settings. His first tip is to customize the preview button on your camera. He sets his to trigger image playback so that he can check recently-captured images without taking his hand off his heavy lens. He can use his right hand to start the playback process and figure out if he needs to change any settings...
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How to easily remove stray and flyaway hairs from your portraits in Photoshop


If you take many portraits, then flyaway and stray hairs are going to be something you will need to deal with on a regular basis. No matter how much time and effort goes into preparing someone's hair for a shoot, it'll often still be the case that hairs get loose and cover up part of the face or fly off into the background. With Photoshop, it is quite easy to deal with them. In the video below, Nathaniel Dodson of tutvid shows us how to utilize a neat feature of Photoshop's healing brush to remove flyaway hairs in your photos....
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Basic redefined: Affordable Sony A7 III’s pro-grade AF and high-performing burst mode get a real-world test


A few weeks back, we told you about the brand-new Sony A7 III, the company's latest entry-level full-frame mirrorless camera. Described by Sony as being its "basic model", the A7 III is nevertheless a whole lot more than what the title might suggest. With this camera, Sony aims to get the fundamentals right even while keeping cost to a minimum. And having spent the best part of a week shooting with the A7 III in Las Vegas shortly after the launch, I have to say that I'm seriously impressed. This is one heck of a camera for...
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In memoriam: Chuck Westfall, valued friend and industry icon


Chuck Westfall, 1952 - 2018 All of us at Imaging Resource are deeply saddened today to learn of the passing of Chuck Westfall of Canon earlier this morning, after losing a seven-year battle with kidney cancer. Chuck was truly a legend in the camera industry, a friend to all who knew him, and one of the nicest, most decent human beings I’ve personally ever met. Chuck was one of the very first people I met in the industry, in the earliest stages of launching IR back in 1998. By that time, he was already a 16-year veteran...
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More megapixels! Ben Horne pixel peeps a 709.6-megapixel scan of 8 x 10 slide film


If you thought that 40-50 megapixels was a lot, a high-resolution drum scan of one of Ben Horne's recent 8 x 10 slide film photos will awe you. His drum scan was done by photographer Michael Strickland, who Horne highly recommends for high-resolution scanning work. Horne himself has an Epson flatbed scanner, which he states can make nice scans up to 100 megapixels. If you want something larger and higher resolution, however, you need a drum scanner. These types of scanners are expensive but create excellent results. Horne decided...
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84.5mm Camera Filters launches new “Ultimate” line of 100mm graduated neutral density filters


Slovakian filter company 84.5mm/100mm has a new series of filters, the Ultimate Line. These filters are made from American CR-39 high-quality organic glass and are compatible with standard filter systems from numerous brands. The filters are hand-made in Europe and are designed for landscape, architecture and nature photography in particular. The new 100mm line of "Ultimate" filters comprises graduated neutral density filters with both soft and hard edges and strengths ranging from 0.3 to 0.9 (ND2 to ND8). You can see the full...
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Canon G1X III Field Test Part I: Premium PowerShot camera gets a larger sensor but less zoom


Click here to read the Canon G1X III Field Test Part I The Canon G1X Mark III is very different from its predecessor. One of the biggest changes is the shift from a 12-megapixel, 1.5-inch type sensor to a 24-megapixel APS-C sensor. Along with this increase in megapixel count and sensor size, the built-in lens has gone from a 5x zoom down to a 3x zoom. In my first Field Test for the G1X III, I explore the image quality of the camera not only in terms of its new, larger sensor but also with its 24-72mm-eq. zoom lens. How much...
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Three videos with trio of professionals all focus on lighting techniques and styles


Photographer and educator Marc Silber has produced three videos recently all centered around lighting. He regularly sits down with talented photographers to get tips straight from the pros, which is what he has done with the trio of videos below. Let's take a look and see what we can learn! The first video is with Fletch Murray, who has been a photographer and filmmaker for over 30 years. In fact, Murray has won a pair of Emmys for his work. He often utilizes lighting techniques that have been around since the days of Rembrandt...
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