Sunday, December 31, 2017

North meets south in juried photography exhibit at Rehoboth Art League - CapeGazette.com

On Friday, Jan. 5, from 5 to 7 p.m., the Rehoboth Art League will host the opening reception for the Third Annual Juried Photography Exhibition. "This exhibition has become a favorite among patrons of the art league," said RAL Artistic Director, Jay ...



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Here are the top ten favorite posts from 2017

2017 is almost out the door (maybe it already is in Australia). As we say goodbye, I wanted to come back to our top ten popular posts of 2017. I was surprised at some of those. Art student figures out you can save money on Wacom nibs by using spaghetti Internet “entrepreneur” shocked that copyright […]

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Here are the top ten favorite posts from 2017

2017 is almost out the door (maybe it already is in Australia). As we say goodbye, I wanted to come back to our top ten popular posts of 2017. I was surprised at some of those. Art student figures out you can save money on Wacom nibs by using spaghetti Internet “entrepreneur” shocked that copyright […]

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Drone photography exhibit on display | The Globe - Daily Globe

OKOBOJI, Iowa — It has only been two years since Tom Gustafson first purchased a drone, but in that time he has made quite a name for himself with his aerial photography. A selection of his drone photography will be on display January-March in the ...

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Top Street and Travel Photography Tips 2017

If you’ve been reading over the last few of days you may have seen these already:

Top Street Photography Tips 2017
  1. The Ultimate Guide to Street Photography
  2. What are the Best Street Photography Camera Settings and Why
  3. How to Conquer the Biggest Fear in Street Photography
  4. Tutorial – Easy Camera Settings for Street Photography
  5. 7 Vital Tips to Improve Your Candid Street Photography
  6. 6 Reasons Why You Should Use a Standard Lens for Street Photography
  7. The Pros and Cons of Black and White Versus Color for Street and Travel Photography
  8. 7 Tips for Capturing the Decisive Moment in Street Photography
  9. How to Tell a Story With Your Street Photography
  10. 5 Tips for Photographing Street Portraits
Top Travel Photography Tips 2017
  1. 6 Reasons Why Your Travel Photos Don’t Look Like the Ones in Magazines
  2. 7 Non-Photography Items Which No Travel Photographer Should Leave Home Without
  3. 6 Practical Tips to Instantly Make Travel Photography Easier
  4. 7 Travel Photography Tips I’ve Learned from People in the Industry
  5. 8 Travel Photography Tips for Your Next Journey
  6. 10 Quick Tips for Travel Photography
  7. How to Backup and Manage Your Photos When Traveling Without a Computer
  8. How to Shoot Engaging Travel Portraits from Start to Finish
  9. How to Plan a Street Photography Shoot When Traveling
  10. Tips for Taking Documentary Style Travel Photos
  11. 7 Realities That Hit Once You Become a Professional Travel Photographer

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2017 in review: a look back at December

December brings with it colder weather and early much-too-early sunsets (at least here in Seattle), as well as a chance to look back on the last twelve months. 2017 saw the continued rise of the smartphone coupled with uncertainty in the interchangeable lens and compact camera market. Will there be fewer camera manufacturers a year from now? We'll find out soon enough.

As you might imagine, December a quiet month for camera announcements. Information about the next generation of smartphones started to trickle out, including news of the upcoming Snapdragon 845 processor and the Huawei P11, which may feature three cameras. December also marked the arrival of the iMac Pro that, fully loaded, will set you back more than $13,000. Speaking of Apple, Final Cut Pro X received a much-needed update, adding HDR, VR and curves support.

2017 saw the continued rise of the smartphone coupled with uncertainty in the interchangeable lens and compact camera market

The end of the year brings with it lots of "best of" competitions, and some like National Geographic's Nature Photographer of the Year, Sony World Photography Awards and the always entertaining Comedy Wildlife awards are worth a look. We joined the competition parade and shared our favorite products of the year, which were drawn from our latest Buying Guides. We also pitted the Nikon D850 against the Sony a7R III and compared the portrait modes of the Google Pixel 2 and Apple iPhone X.

For those seeking more pretty pictures, we posted galleries for the Olympus 45mm and 17mm F1.2 Pro lenses, the Rokinon AF 50mm F1.4 FE and, naturally, the iPhone X. We also cranked out two reviews, of the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III and G9 X Mark II.

See all December content

Leica, Leica, Leica

In addition to announcing a special red edition of its M (Typ 262) body, the company also reported a 6% increase in revenue compared to the last fiscal year.

Read more about the red Leica M

Read more about Leica's earnings

And, in drone news...

December was a busy month for drone regulation. In a not very surprising move, the Federal Aviation Administration banned drone usage near US nuclear facilities. Over in Holland, the country's drone-catching eagles are being retired due to a lack of demand and training difficulties. A shame, since that would've been fun to watch.

Read more about new FAA regulations

Read more about drone-catching eagles

Canon EOS 7D Mark III on the way? (Of course!)

The rumor mill is buzzing about an update to Canon's venerable EOS 7D series of APS-C DSLRs. Rumor website CanonWatch says that the third revision is coming before next summer, which even if the rumor itself isn't based on any solid facts, still seems like a pretty safe bet. We made a wish list of what we'd like to see in the next 7D, as well.

Read more about Canon 7D Mark III rumors

Photographing the Northern Lights

Photographer and DPReview contributor José Francisco Salgado teamed up with our own Dale Baskin to share tips on how to capture this amazing phenomenon.

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Drone photography diehards pick their favorite shots of 2017 - Quartz

Drones have allowed photographers to explore perspectives previously only available to those with access to airplanes and helicopters. Their relative ease of use and increasingly cheaper costs have revolutionized photography for professionals and ...



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First-ever Grateful Dead photography book a time capsule for fans of all ages - SouthCoastToday.com

“It's obvious that the authors of these photographs were great fans and also that they had a unique perspective. They were 'trusted.' Trusted so much that it's certain that the band were completely comfortable in revealing the many faces of themselves ...

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Happy New Year 2018 – Recap of our Ultimate Guides to Photography

Wishing you the happiest new year from the dPS family.

As a bonus, here is a summary of some amazing ultimate guides we published in 2017. Each is available as a free PDF – just click on the ones you want to download below.

Enjoy and please share this page with your friends if you find these valuable!

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How to Add Splashes to Your Product Photography With Exposure Blending - Fstoppers

Depending on your project or assignment, commercial photography can allow for some creativity to be added to the photo. Creating splashing in the background or even having the splashes hit the product or subject can be one way to add some interesting ...



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Saturday, December 30, 2017

Temple man's photography tells Texas stories - Temple Daily Telegram

Nottingham is the chief photographer for the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. And though he's based out of the Temple office on South General Bruce Drive, his job is to travel Texas to capture the vast landscape of the state. “On my office wall, I ...



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A year in concert photography - The Boston Globe

I traversed football stadiums, hockey arenas, theaters, clubs, VFW halls, and basements to document live music for the Globe and other outlets, and as with every year in concert photography, it was an adventure. Each shoot presents new challenges ...



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The 10 Most Popular PetaPixel Posts of 2017

2017 is coming to a close. As we close out the year, here’s a look back at the top 10 posts that received the most attention on PetaPixel.

#10. TSA Requires a Separate Screening of Cameras in Airports Now

The TSA announced that under its new guidelines, cameras and all other electronics larger than a cell phone need to be placed into a separate bin during security screening.

#9. Thrift Store Miracle: College Student Finds a Leica M2 for Just $5

A college student photography enthusiast managed to find Leica gear worth over $1,200 for just $5.

#8. These Creative Photos Use Optical Illusions to Promote Pet Adoption

Photographer Amol Jadhav shot a series of creative photos that use optical illusions to promote pet adoption. The animals were created with the negative space.

#7. Netflix Stole My VHS Cassette Photos for Its Stranger Things Boxed Set

Photographer Gough Lui shares about how he discovered that Netflix had used his photo without permission for the packaging on the collector’s edition of Stranger Things.

#6. Why Photos of the Eiffel Tower at Night are Illegal

A look at how the Eiffel Tower is copyrighted at night when its lights are on but not during the day.

#5. Pro Photographers with Amateur Gear vs. an Amateur with Pro Gear

Two professional photographers with cheap gear went head-to-head against a non-photographer with expensive gear to see what would result.

#4. This Incredible Flower Timelapse Took 3 Years and 8TB of Photos to Create

Photographer and filmmaker Jamie Scott spent 3 years shooting a gorgeous timelapse of flowers. He shot over 8 terabytes of 5K imagery.

#3. Ugly Places, Pretty Portraits: I Did a Photo Shoot in Lowe’s

Photographer Jenna Martin shared how she did a photo shoot at Lowe’s and used ugly places for pretty portraits.

#2. No One Would Buy My Photos, So Here They Are For Free: Mosul 2017

Photographer Kainoa Little couldn’t find newspapers and wire services willing to purchase his photos of fighting in Mosul between Iraqi forces and Islamic State militants, so he decided to release them onto the Internet for free.

#1. No, You Can’t Use My Photos On Your Brand’s Instagram For Free

Photographer Max Dubler shared how a well-known longboard brand had downloaded one of his photos and uploaded it to their Instagram account, only to balk when Dubler asked for $25 for the social media usage.

From all of us at PetaPixel: thank you so much for reading this website over the past year — it’s your visits that keep the lights on and your tips that help keep the stories flowing. See you in 2018!

Image credits: TSA camera illustration based on photo by Danjo Paluska



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2017's best pictures by our photography pros - The Daily Herald

The Herald's four staff photographers each were asked to pick their best images from the past year. by Herald Staff; Saturday, December 30, 2017 10:58am; Local NewsPhotography. You must sign in or register to continue reading content. Every year ...

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Drone photography exhibit on display - Daily Globe

A selection of his drone photography will be on display January-March in the Dickinson County Nature Center's eARTh exhibit area. A special opening reception will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, with an artist talk at 6 p.m. Appetizers and wine will be ...

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Stephen Shore - Wall Street Journal

But more than one “subversive” artist and curator has since, knowingly or not, built shows on Mr. Shore's premise that photographs needn't be tasteful to be fascinating as ubiquitous cultural artifacts. The series “American Surfaces” was just as cheeky ...



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This Wildlife Photographer Waits Over a Week for the ‘Perfect Shot’

Wildlife photography often requires a great deal of patience, and one photographer who has mastered the art of waiting is Belgian wildlife photographer Michel d’Oultremont. Here’s an 11-minute short film titled “The Wait” by Contra Agency that follows d’Oultremont in his pursuit of the “perfect shot.”

At 22 years of age, d’Oultremont was awarded the ‘Rising Star’ award in the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. This particular award recognizes creative talent among photographers between the ages of 18 and 26.

The film follows him on a shoot in the Carpathian mountains of Romania during the hunt for bison. The animals are part of a WWF reintroduction program, having been absent from the area for over 200 years. d’Oultremont was, unsurprisingly, desperate to capture the bison on camera.

“I think some people see nature as completely separate from their lives when actually we’re all part of it,” he says.

Through a great deal of perseverance, he finally got the shots he was waiting for.

“Without patience, it’s not possible to see the animals,” d’Oultremont says. “If half an hour or an hour passes and you’re fed up and want to leave the hide, it’s just not going to work.”

It’s not unusual for d’Oultremont to go for a week or more without taking a single picture while waiting for that opportunity to present itself.

“Nature is so unpredictable, you can spend two or three weeks doing nothing… and then ‘boom’,” the photographer says. “I tried to put more importance on the environment, or the play of light, rather than the animal itself.

“I’d prefer to take a picture of a common bird in a beautiful environment, rather than a rare bird in a [type of] light or environment that wouldn’t make it beautiful.”

Here’s a selection of d’Oultremont’s other wildlife photos:

“Photo taken in Belgium near my home in a small nature reserve, it was the first time that a blue throat was observed in this reserve. Taken at sunset.” “Capercaillie photographing from my car. A crazy individuals. Photographing in Sweden.” “Short-eared Owl Fighting for a mouse. Taken in winter in Cambrai en france, no bait was used.” “Razorbill photographed on the stonehaeven cliff, setting black and white.” “Photo made in Scotland on the cliff of troup head during a very big storm, this gannet fly over a sea unleashed.” “I stayed for a week on a place of singing of black grouse in Sweden. One morning the whole area was frosted, the sun was reflected on a cloud and in the drops of water, which gives these incredibly magical colors!” “Photo made in Belgium right next to my house, this nice owl to decide to make his young in this tree that I know very well. A real treat to be able to observe them. No bait was used.” “Image made in Holland. I waited several long years before realizing this image, I wanted a crossed deer in this biotope of dream.” “Deer photograph during the sow period in Belgium. One October morning or the whole area was frosted, a unique moment.”

You can see more of Michel d’Oultremont’s work on his website, Facebook, and Instagram.

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Image credits: Photographs by Michel d’Oultremont and used with permission



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How I created Blade Runner inspired image in Photoshop

Recently I was thinking about the year so far and noticed that my output for the year was down compared to other years. Why was this? Maybe I have been too busy with other aspects of the business etc. Sometimes it can be hard to get and shoot when the business issues have to be […]

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Reviews and Articles on Photography Gear – 2017

If you’ve been reading over the last few of days you may have seen these already:

Now it’s time to geek out a bit and talk about photography equipment. Here are some of the reviews and tips from 2017 to help you make the best of your gear.

Reviews and Articles on Photography Gear – 2017

  1. Review of the New Sigma 500mm F4 DG HSM OS Sport Lens
  2. Review of the New Flagship DX Camera – The Nikon D500
  3. Review of the New Formatt Hitech Firecrest Filter Holder and Neutral Density Filters
  4. Review of the Wine Country Camera Filter Holder System
  5. Review of the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 Art Lens
  6. Review of the New Nikon D5600 Camera Body
  7. Review of the Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
  8. Camera Bag Review – The Udee Backpack
  9. Review: Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens
  10. Think Tank Signature 13 Camera Shoulder Bag Review
  11. The New Canon 6D Mark II – Hands-On Previews and Thoughts
  12. Review of the K&F Concept TC2534 Lightweight Carbon Fiber Tripod
  13. Review of the new Spekular Modular LED Light System
  14. VSGO Camera Sensor Cleaning Kit Review
  15. Eight Ways to Get Rid of GAS – Gear Acquisition Syndrome
  16. When is the Right Time to Upgrade Camera Gear?
  17. Tips for Buying Used Camera Gear
  18. Recommended Gear for Doing Long Exposure Photography at Twilight and Dusk
  19. DIY Hack 2-for-1 Luggage and Camera Roller Bag

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2017 in review: a look back at November

This shot from Dan's Gear of the Year writeup wasn't taken in November but it seemed apt for an overview article.

November is usually a fairly quiet time for the industry: all the cameras the manufacturers are hoping will sell around Christmas have been announced. Well, except for Leica, which always likes to set itself apart - this time by launching a new model in mid November. Still, there was plenty going on in the wider world of photography:

The internet has always made rather more liberal use of other people's images than is legally allowed but it's generally only the egregious examples that tend to get pursued. US TV network CBS bucked that trend by going after a photographer who'd used a screengrab from a forty-year old TV show on social media. Meanwhile, another photographer took action against pop star Bruno Mars for using one of her photos on social media without seeking the appropriate license.

The UK's National Air Traffic Service published a video showing the knock-on effects of breaching drone rules

Speaking of licenses, the UK's National Air Traffic Service published a video showing the knock-on effects of breaching drone rules, after four planes and their passengers were diverted to other airports in response to one incidence of careless droning. It's probably no surprise that tighter rules may be implemented in the UK, and that DJI has the ability to track its drones.

Meanwhile Eastman Kodak announced more job losses, just four years after a bankruptcy restructuring that saw it exit the photography market. However, at the same time, the company also gave an insight into the work it's doing to recreate its Ektachrome filmstock.

But, just because all the camera makers were able to put their feet up until after Christmas*, that didn't mean we could do the same. Instead, we worked to test and evaluate the a7R III and put together the best-informed review we could, only for it to really complicate our Gear of the Year and DPR Award choices. But those are a topic for next month...

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* I mean, I'm pretty sure that's what happens.

Sony a7R III review

We put a lot of effort digging into the a7R III's performance. The sensor was common to both this camera and the Mark II but enough changes had been made that we wanted to make sure we'd experienced and captured those differences and improvements. And what improvements...

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A first look at the Leica CL

The Leica T and TL series cameras have tended to split opinion, with their minimalist design and touchscreen interfaces. The CL is a much safer product, though: traditional controls and pared-down classic styling. Barney took a closer look.

Find out more about the Leica CL

Canon 85mm F1.4L IS USM

An 85mm F1.4 has long been one of the glaring omissions from Canon's lens lineup. Not content to just fill that gap, Canon decided to make an image stabilized version worthy of its 'L' designation. As you can imagine, we were pretty excited to get out shooting with it.

Take a look at our Canon 85mm F1.4L IS USM gallery

New Fujifilm Raw-conversion software

Fujifilm released a Raw converter but one with a difference: all the processing is done by the camera.

Take a closer look



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Original Observer photography - The Guardian

Actors Jodie Foster and Emily Watson, Syrians on the Isle of Bute and daily life in Soweto all feature in this month's showcase of the best photography commissioned by the Observer in December 2017. Greg Whitmore · @G_Whizzz. Sat 30 Dec '17 04.59 EST ...



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Photographer Spotlight: Q&A With Magdalena M – Editorial and Commercial Portraiture Photographer

Next in our ongoing Photographer Spotlight series is Magdalena M. Magdalena is a Toronto, Canada based editorial and commercial portraiture photographer and art director. Her work has been featured by numerous lifestyle, fashion and design magazines and brands. She is also the Editor-in-Chief at Avidly Home Magazine. DIYP: What is your specialty? What do you love to photograph? […]

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Photographer Spotlight: Q&A With Magdalena M – Editorial and Commercial Portraiture Photographer

Next in our ongoing Photographer Spotlight series is Magdalena M. Magdalena is a Toronto, Canada based editorial and commercial portraiture photographer and art director. Her work has been featured by numerous lifestyle, fashion and design magazines and brands. She is also the Editor-in-Chief at Avidly Home Magazine. DIYP: What is your specialty? What do you love to photograph? […]

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If $5K+ for an iMac Pro is too much, it’s not for you!

There’ve been one or two comments about the new iMac Pro since we finally got specs and prices a little while ago, so I thought I’d get my two cents in (although the beast itself is a bit more than that!). I’ve read a lot of positive comments and I’ve also seen a lot of […]

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If $5K+ for an iMac Pro is too much, it’s not for you!

There’ve been one or two comments about the new iMac Pro since we finally got specs and prices a little while ago, so I thought I’d get my two cents in (although the beast itself is a bit more than that!). I’ve read a lot of positive comments and I’ve also seen a lot of […]

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Friday, December 29, 2017

A Three-Minute Guide to Food Photography - Fstoppers

Food photography is ever present in our society. From billboard advertising to culinary magazines and, let's not forget, Instagram. Of course, the photography found in these mediums varies in style and quality depending on its intended audience but, in ...



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Sister team of Dear Grace Photography captures beautiful moments - Lock Haven Express

It was then that she decided to quit her job and become a full time photographer. Two years later her sister would join her. Now, one year later, Hannah is more than happy with her choice. “A year ago I was deciding what I wanted to do,” Hannah ...



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Best Beginner Photography Articles 2017

If you’ve been reading over the last couple of days you may have seen these already:

Now, let’s get some help for those new to photography. If you just got a new camera as a gift and don’t know where to start – these are for you!

Best Beginner Photography Articles 2017
  1. 10 Must-Use Bird Photography Camera Settings for Beginners
  2. Avoid These 5 Common Camera Setting Mistakes Made By Beginners
  3. How to Shoot in Manual Mode Cheat Sheet for Beginners
  4. The dPS Ultimate Guide to Photography for Beginners
  5. 4 Beginner Tips for Creating Dramatic Portraits with One Flash
  6. Beginner’s Guide to Metering Modes on Your Camera
  7. 5 Easy Ways to Drastically Improve Your Photographs for Beginners
  8. Photoshop Versus Lightroom: Which is Best for Beginners?
  9. 25 Things I Learned as a Photography Newbie
  10. 3 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Photography
  11. 5 Camera Settings Every New Photographer Needs to Know
  12. 5 Things Every Newbie Photographer Must Learn and Practice
  13. Bought Your First DSLR? 6 Tips for Learning How to Use Your New Camera

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Most Popular Post-Processing Articles of 2017

If you’ve been reading over the last couple of days you may have seen these already:

Next up in this summary is post-processing.

Most Popular Post-Processing Articles of 2017
    1. 5 Common Post-Processing Mistakes to Avoid
    2. A Step by Step Guide to Processing Portraits in Lightroom
    3. Basic Portrait Post-Processing Workflow Tips to Help You Save Time and Stay Organized
    4. Don’t Fear Photo Post-Processing – Shooting is Only the First Part of the Image Creation Process
    5. How to Match Your Image Processing Using Reference View in Lightroom
    6. 4 Tips for Post-Processing Images on the Road
    7. Overview of the Intuos Pro Wacom Tablet and the MobileStudio Pro for Post-Processing
    8. How to Choose the Right Monitor for Photo Editing
    9. Overview of Photo Studio Ultimate 2018 for Windows by ACDSee
    10. Image Editing Software Review: PortraitPro 15
    11. How to Speed Up Your Photo Editing with the Right Lightroom Workflow
    12. How to do Non-Destructive Editing in Photoshop
    13. How to Merge and Combine Images in Photoshop
    14. How to Remove People from Your Photos Using Photoshop
    15. How to Create a Rim Light Effect Using Photoshop
    16. The dPS Ultimate Guide to Getting Started in Lightroom for Beginners
    17. Tips for How to Think and Use Lightroom More Artistically
    18. How to Understand the Lightroom Tone Curve
    19. 3 Handy Lightroom Features I Discovered by Accident
    20. Review of Macphun’s Aurora HDR 2018
    21. How to use Macphun’s Luminar for Beginners
    22. Luminar The Ultimate Lightroom Plugin

Whew, that is a lot, but it’s a big category with lots of options now available to you for processing your images.

Can you help us with a quick poll? Since there are so many new photo editing software options – please fill in any that you are using below. It will give us a better idea of what to cover in the upcoming year! Thanks for your assistance and for reading.

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Las Cruces Museum of Art to hold discussion on photography - Las Cruces Sun-News

LAS CRUCES - The Las Cruces Museum of Art will host a discussion of how and why photographers choose their subjects from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13. The discussion will analyze the difference between artistic and documentary photography as specific ...



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I Turned IKEA Products Into Costumes for a Rembrandt Photo Shoot

I recently shot the 2017 Christmas card photo for Stavanger Foto, the passionate camera store on the west coast of Norway. Being granted full creative freedom in making the card, I went back to the old masters for inspiration.

My base idea was to make something interesting and relevant for the camera store business while adding an element of surprise in the form of a retrospective perspective.

The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp by Rembrandt in 1632 was a fantastic starting point for my plan.

“The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp,” the 1632 oil painting by Rembrandt.

Transforming an anatomy lesson into a Christmas present wrapping study just rang my bells. And the fact that the old masters back in 1632 already knew what was coming ringed them even more.

A sketch of my concept. How I Did It

All the costumes are composed of standard items purchased at IKEA — have a look at the shopping list for details.

All the costumes were designed and tailored by me in my studio.

Template for cutting blankets into robes. Made to each person’s size. L and XL.

The collars were each made by the person wearing it — with instruction, of course, through a short 20-minute handcraft workshop in the studio before the shoot. The tools used were a knife, scissors, and staplers.

Here’s the lighting diagram showing the setup in my studio. I shot the card with a Sony a7R III with a 85mm f/1.4, and Hasselblad H4D-50 with a 39-90mm:

Here’s a short clip of the photo shoot in progress:

This is what the finished card looked like:

Here is a link to the Christmas card I did for Stavanger Foto back in 2015. It was the first Christmas Card I made for Stavanger Foto, and it went viral.

About the author: Stig Håvard Dirdal is a Norwegian photographer known for his artistic, playful, and often unconventional approach, building his work around storytelling and a desire to stir a reaction. Since establishing his creative bureau dTurbine in 2006 he has specialised in theatre photography and advertising, seeing each project through from idea stage to art direction and graphic design. Stig Håvard Dirdal has picked up several awards for both his photography and graphic design, Gullsnitt and Sterk reklame to name just a few. You can find more of his work on his website, Pinterest, Facebook, and Instagram. This article was also published here.



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