‘Fashion for Life’: Fstoppers Interviews the Photographer Behind Powerful Images of Children in Bulletproof Vests – Photography Article

School shootings in the United States were the worst they’ve ever been in 2018, and the number of incidents and deaths show no signs of slowing down. Photographer Richard Johnson created this striking series that captures the new reality children must deal with.  On February 27, 2012, I received a call as I walked to classes on campus. I had just finished a grueling day-long audition for a dream position in a graduate program the day before, and I felt it…

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We Speak to the Photographer Documenting Love Stories of Couples and Families Impacted by the Global Refugee Crisis – Photography Article

One photographer recently travelled to both Turkey and Mexico to document the global refugee crisis in pictures, a series that went on to earn him a win at the World Press Photo Awards. We spoke with the man himself to uncover more details about the inspiring love stories of couples and families who have been forced to flee their native countries in search of a better life. Pieter Ten Hoopen is a photographer and photojournalist based in Stockholm, Sweden, whose projects…

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Are the Quasar Science Q-LED Lights the Best Video Lights for Your Money? – Photography Article

Whether you are a photographer or videographer, more and more content creators are adding constant lights as their go-to lighting setups. Quasar Science recently released their 30-watt T8 bulbs with raving reviews, and today, I explore six useful lighting setups you can build with four lights under $80 each.  If you watch the Fstoppers Youtube Channel, you know that Lee and I have gotten to play with a lot of different lighting gear over the years. A few weeks ago, my buddy,…

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Behind the Image: Prepare for the Unexpected – Photography Article

In my last “Behind the Image” article I talked about looking where other photographers aren’t. This week I’d like to talk about the importance of being ready for just about anything — particularly when it comes to wildlife photography, as well as how images can impact our behaviors.  A year and a half ago, I traveled from New York to Cabo san Lucas, Mexico to shoot the then new free-diving expedition—the Pelagic Safari. The goal of the shoot was to highlight the amazing array of life for…

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500px Blog » 50 Creative Self-Portrait Photography Ideas To Trump All Selfies – Photography Article

Self-portrait photography like all other types of photography has no limits. But with all creative freedom we can also feel unmotivated or paralyzed on where we start. How do come up with creative self-portraits ideas every-time we start taking photos? How do we maintain our motivation? One thing that works for the 500px community is always getting photography inspiration from other artist. This is why it’s important for creatives to stay within a great community as they master their craft.…

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World Famous Retoucher Takes on Photography: Fstoppers Interview Pratik Naik – Photography Article

Everyone in the industry must know who Pratik Naik is by now. And if you don’t, then you should. In ten years Pratik has become one of the most famous retouchers on the planet. But he didn’t stop there. Recently he has been building up an empire with his Infinite panels, Photoshop add ons the automate various processes. The Infinite Color Panel came first, then infinite black and white, and soon to be released is the infinite texture panel. If…

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World Famous Retoucher Takes on Photography: Fstoppers Interviews Pratik Naik – Photography Article

Everyone in the industry must know who Pratik Naik is by now. And if you don’t, then you should. In ten years Pratik has become one of the most famous retouchers on the planet. But he didn’t stop there. Recently he has been building up an empire with his Infinite panels, Photoshop add ons the automate various processes. The Infinite Color Panel came first, then infinite black and white, and soon to be released is the infinite texture panel. If…

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Photographer Uses Backyard Shed to Shoot Gorgeous Natural Light Portraits – Photography Article

Calgary-based portrait photographer and YouTuber Irene Rudnyk recently put together a photo shoot that’s getting some well-deserved attention. Using just the shed in her backyard and the natural light pouring in, she was able to capture some gorgeous fashion portraits that imitate a popular in-studio lighting setup. Rudnyk says she’s been wanting to put the old shed in her backyard to some good photographic use for a long time, and the setup is extremely simple. Simply hang a backdrop behind…

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First Glimpse at High Resolution Raw Files From the 61MP Sony a7R IV – Photography Article

There have been numerous first glimpses of images taken with the new 61MP Sony a7R IV, but photographer and YouTuber Jared Polin is now sharing full-res RAW files. He has also made the images available for download, so you can have a go at editing for yourself. Polin, of Fro Knows Photo, is providing viewers with a close look at the raw images. Raw files from this latest Sony gear are not yet supported by Adobe or any other editing…

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500px Blog » 15 tips for beautiful candid portraits that stand out – Photography Article

12 women, all wearing hats, hair blowing in the wind. 12 explorers venturing into the depths of an ice cave. 12 hands, each holding a maple leaf. These are just three of the collages you’ll find on Insta Repeat, an Instagram account run by an anonymous filmmaker. The premise is simple: the @insta_repeat feed includes screenshots of photos pulled from a huge variety of accounts. Once they’re organized in a grid, they serve to highlight the, sometimes, crushing homogeneity of…

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Building Hyper Realistic Photography Sets Underwater – Photography Article

Being an Underwater Photographer I’ve always been drawn to creating dreamscapes below the surface, it’s just part of the allure for me, and trying to build a whole room underwater was one of the goals I’d set myself quite a while ago. Having been a primarily traveling photographer meant that I didn’t have a proper studio in which to experiment, but that all changed last year when I built my own Underwater Studio at my home in Long Beach, California.…

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Five Posing Tips From a Male Model – Photography Article

When working with models, posing is an important element in the shot. If you are not comfortable with posing your models, or maybe they are not as experienced, there’s a lot of information to help you learn from when working with female models. When working with male models, not every approach will work the same and there are not as many resources out there.  Photographer Manny Ortiz heads out to capture some urban portraits with male model Bobby. In this…

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Develop An Eye For An Eye In Portraiture, Part 1 – Photography Article

Text & Photography By Russ Burden Published July 10, 2019 Updated July 15, 2019 Throughout the history of the art world, major changes and advancements have occurred. During the evolution, it’s seen both revolution and realignments. Regardless of the changes, one aspect has remained constant—portraiture has remained a common subject. Starting with petroglyphs of hunted animals to the hypnotic eyes and haunting smile of the Mona Lisa to snapshots of your loved ones to wildlife portraits made in the bush,…

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Imitating Hazy Backgrounds with Diffusion Gels – Photography Article

Shooting in a studio has its advantages. But although being warm, dry and convenient are greatly appreciated, shooting between the same four walls can get a little boring if you’re constantly using them as backgrounds for your shots. Sure, you could get some colored paper setup, you could even buy a fancy canvas sheet with paint splashes on it, and for the really adventurous, you could even use some colored lights behind your subject. But what happens when you’re finally…

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500px Blog » » 9 tips for creating family images that sell – Photography Article

In 1888, George Eastman released the Kodak #1 camera and gave ordinary people the ability to immortalize life’s most important moments. Family photo albums have been a part of our culture ever since. More than 130 years after that fateful invention, countless family photos are available to us with the click of a button; you can find millions of them on Instagram alone under popular hashtags like #DocumentYourDays, #LetThemBeLittle, and #ChildhoodUnplugged. Still, in a world filled with images, we continue…

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Is Canon’s New RF 85mm f/1.2L Lens Worth It? – Photography Article

Ever since Canon and Nikon debuted their latest lens mounts, there’s been a lot of talk about the “optical advantages” of the shallower, wider Z and RF-mounts. Canon even released a video more-or-less shaming their own EF lenses by comparison. But does this translate into meaningful real-world results? Photographer Matt Granger recently set out to answer this question by comparing the tried and true Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II on the Canon 5D Mark IV DSLR against the brand new…

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Don’t Be a Creeper: A Few Tips When Working With Models – Photography Article

This day and age, bad news or gossip spreads a lot faster than praise and good feedback, especially when you are a photographer that’s been labeled as a creeper among models. Models and other professionals in the industry do talk to each other. In this video, Brett Seeley and model Annie Parker chat during one of their photo shoots to share some tips on how to work with models more respectfully. While some of this seems like common sense, it still…

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UK Magazine Blames Stock Photo Site for Stolen Photo Used on Cover – Photography Article

Prominent photographer Nadav Kander recently found his portrait of David Lynch on the cover of UK magazine The Big Issue. The problem is he never provided the portrait that was usedm and the image looks to be a photograph of his photographm which was purchased on stock photo site Alamy. Copyright theft is becoming bigger and more problematic for photographers and other artists with the internet free-for-all that search engines help perpetuate and the lack of understanding of the general public who…

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The Conclusion of the Fstoppers Versus SLR Lounge Rematch – Photography Article

Lee Morris recently flew out to LA to compete with Pye Jirsa from SLR Lounge in an epic shoot-off to see who is the better photographer. You won’t be disappointed by this challenge.  If you missed the first round of this competition, Pye flew out to Puerto Rico and competed with Lee in a fashion shoot in the streets of San Juan. The competition and results of that challenge can be found here. In their most recent photography battle, Pye hosted…

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The Art of Portraits: Telling a Story with Gavin Hoey – Photography Article

When you move beyond the technique of capturing people with appropriate lighting, while maintaining a flattering expression and pose for the subject, what should you be adding or recreating in your imagery next? The development and implementation of a story is where I believe the value of a portrait moves beyond just its aesthetic. Gavin Hoey builds on a concept from the Great Depression with the gangsters of the time in a Bonnie and Clyde styled secret portrait challenge.  Hoey begins…

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Alternative Processing Film: A Third Approach – Photography Article

In part of three of making prints of my shoot with Cognito, I made a kallitype from a film scan. A kallitype is an iron-based contact printing solution that yields a wonderful tonality that, in my opinion, can only be found in analogue printing. Here’s a quick overview of the process and some thoughts on why you should venture out and try something different! A Truly Hybrid Process As film photographers, by far the most common workflow is the lab route. We…

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Celebrate the Birth of the Portrait Zoom: The New TAMRON 35-150mm F/2.8-4 Di VC OSD (model A043) – Photography Article

Posted By Chris Main on Thursday, June 27, 2019 in Featured, Gear, News, Photography | For the first time ever, a dedicated portrait lens that allows you to zoom through various composition options as the creative alternatives zoom through your head. The versatile 35-150mm zoom range incorporates the 85mm focal length (optimum for portrait shooting) and covers everything from full-body shots that include the surrounding area to sharp head-and-shoulders shots. With this single lens you can make the most of…

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Ambiguity, precarious models and hints of summer – Photography Article

Each week, members of the 500px team curate eye-catching photography from our talented and diverse community in Editors’ Choice. This week’s curation highlights ambiguity, precarious models and hints of summer and more visual themes. Check out this week’s roundup of some of the most intriguing photography on 500px, handpicked by our Editors. Check out which photos are catching our Editors’ eyes today in Editors’ Choice! Not on 500px yet? Sign up here to explore more impactful photography. Related … This…

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Striking shades of blue and moments of innocence and passion – Photography Article

Each week, members of the 500px team curate eye-catching photography from our talented and diverse community in Editors’ Choice. This week’s curation highlights striking shades of blue and moments of innocence and passion. Check out this week’s roundup of some of the most intriguing photography on 500px, handpicked by our Editors. Check out which photos are catching our Editors’ eyes today in Editors’ Choice! Not on 500px yet? Sign up here to explore more impactful photography. Related … This is…

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These Portraits Were Made with an Ordinary Flatbed Scanner – Photography Article

Dubai-based artist Maitha Demithan creates unusual-looking portraits of people with a surreal feel and with every subject’s eyes closed or looking away from the “camera.” The reason is because the “photos” were all captured using an ordinary flatbed scanner. Demithan jumped into the world of scanography back in 2009 and has been creating the pieces over the past decade. For each portrait, Demithan uses a normal A4 flatbed scanner and scans her subjects’ bodies over tens of scans (sometimes up…

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A Guide to Frequency Separation in Photoshop – Photography Article

When used correctly, frequency separation can be a very powerful and efficient tool for editing your portraits. This great video tutorial will show you a straightforward method to use frequency separation in your portrait retouching. Coming to you from Miguel Quiles, this helpful tutorial will show you how to use frequency separation in Photoshop to edit portraits. The beauty of frequency separation is that it takes advantage of the Fourier Transform to separate the texture data from the color and…

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This Software Can Undistort Faces at the Edges of Wide-Angle Photos – Photography Article

If you’ve ever found yourself at the edges of a group photo captured with a wide-angle lens, you may have noticed some strange stretching, squishing, and/or skewing that distort your face. Researchers have now created software that can automatically fix these wide-angle face distortions without affecting other parts of the photo. In a paper titled “Distortion-Free Wide-Angle Portraits on Camera Phones,” a group of researchers at Google and MIT led by YiChang Shih introduce a new algorithm they created that…

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Five Essentials for Getting Started in Portrait Photography – Photography Article

Are you thinking of trying out portrait photography and want to get some insight as to exactly what you need to create beautiful portraits without a lot of trial and error? Read on for some tried and true suggestions that will get you started without all the hit-and-miss experimentation. My initial foray into portrait photography was fraught with missteps and unpreparedness. I had been a hobbyist at photography, shooting landscapes and fascinating weather patterns, along with the occasional rustic barn or…

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Citrus colors and artfully-styled vegan food – Photography Article

Keep up with key trends in Licensing as 500px’s Art Director & Creative Research Lead, Karen Biilmann, analyzes common threads and current themes throughout our Contributors’ photography submissions. From standout pops of citrus colors to artfully-styled vegan plates, here’s what’s trending in this sample of some of the most popular genres in the 500px collection. The people category lends itself to a variety of areas within photography. We see genres overlap as they border the realms of fashion, family, lifestyle,…

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Portraits of People with an Ultra-Rare Type of Body-Covering Birthmark – Photography Article

British photographer Brock Elbank has a series of portraits titled How Do You C Me Now? that features people with Congenital Melanocytic Naevus, an extremely rare birthmark that can cover up to 80% of the body. Elbank spent 33 months shooting the portraits of 30 people using a Hasselblad H4D-60 medium format camera in collaboration with the UK CMN charity Caring Matters Now. The subjects were flown in to Elbank’s London studio from 14 countries across 5 continents. The goal…

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