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Saturday, 23 September


5 Ways to Change the Color of Anything in Photoshop PetaPixel

Changing the color of an object using Photoshop is a typical use case for the software, and there are many ways to do it. This 20-minute video from Nathaniel Dodson of tutvid that examines 5 separate ways to re-color or add color to objects.

The first tool you may reach for is the Hue/Saturation adjustment layer, and the video shows how to use it along with masks to target an object (such as a red dress) and adjust the hue or colorize it.

The second technique examined (at 3:40) is using a color fill layer or the simple paintbrush in combination with the Color and Hue blend modes.

Next, at 6:00, Dodson shows how to colorize a completely white dress. He notes that this technique will work best with a white that is not completely blown out, as some shadow detail is needed to properly map the color tones.

This time he again uses a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer, but this time also applies a masked Levels adjustment in order to bring out realistic contrast in the dress. Note that Dodson did not spend too long on the mask for this image for a real client, youd want to properly mask out the weeds and perhaps feather the mask a little around the edges.

At 9:20, Dodson shows how to selectively target a color channel with a Hue/Saturation adjustment. This is a great option if you want to change the entire image rather than a specific object, but you only want to adjust certain colors.

Finally, at 12:40 D...


Yashica to Unleash an Unprecedented Camera in October 2017 PetaPixel

Starting in early August, the iconic Japanese camera brand Yashica began teasing a big coming chapter in its life. While some people dismissed it as hype for a new clip-on smartphone lens, it now appears its much more than that: Yashica is now teasing an unprecedented camera.

The company just released yet another enigmatic video (shown above), titled The Prologue. The only useful bits information contained in the video are two brief messages. The first reads Expect the Unexpected: The Unprecedented Camera by YASHICA, and the second states October 2017, Kickstarter.

So Yashica has a big camera announcement, and the brand is hoping to generate hype and raise enough money through crowdfunding to launch it.

With so many different types of cameras on the market now, from a new Polaroid instant camera to Lights 16-camera camera, Yashica would need to step in a pretty unusual direction for this upcoming camera to actually be unprecedented.

It wouldnt be the brands first time launching suc...


Stop Asking About Camera Settings PetaPixel

Photographer Tony Northrup wants you to stop asking photographers about their camera settings. In this 7-minute video, he explains why the camera settings that were used for an image are relatively unimportant and a distraction from the real work that goes into making a shot.

To illustrate the argument, Northrup uses the example of an image he took of an osprey swooping down to catch a fish out of the water. He says he shot thousands of images in order to get this one after spending months studying the behavior and habits of ospreys.

The camera settings are such an insignificant part [of this image]. Certainly, the aperture and ISO would have just been automatic, because it doesnt really matter.

Cameras have evolved to a point where oftentimes the camera settings are virtually decided for you, Northrup argues. More important things to focus on are your composition, art, planning, and light.

Northrup says that the amount of useful information that you can glean from camera settings is minimal because your gear is different, the environment is different, and your lighting is different. You cant hope to achieve the same look by mimicking camera settings alone.

Of course, it is important to understand your camera settings and which to use in certain situations. After learning the fundamentals of photography, the best way to do this is to get to know your gear, take test shots, and learn what camera settings you need to adjust in order to solve issues like motion blur and insufficient depth-of-field.


A Near-IR Photo of the Moons Shadow During the Great American Eclipse PetaPixel

During the Great American Eclipse, L. Paul Verhage sent up a high-altitude balloon in Eastern Oregon and captured this beautiful photo of the moons full shadow passing across the landscape towards the horizon.

The camera on the balloon was one that captures near-infrared photos, which offers a different perspective of the scene compared to traditional cameras.

My images are the shadow on the ground without interference from the atmosphere (the atmosphere scatters visible light, especially blue light), Verhage tells PetaPixel. So in my monochrome images, the shadow is better defined.

In addition, plant chlorophyll strongly reflects near-infrared. So farmland appears bright white. Bodies of water are black because they absorb near-infrared.

The photo above was captured at around 45,000 feet, so the horizon is about 260 miles away. The moons shadow measures about 70 miles across and can be seen in its totality from this vantage point.

P.S. Heres what the same perspective looks like in a video captured by a GoPro on a high-altitude balloon.


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Friday, 22 September


List of registered and upcoming Olympus, Sony, Fuji, Leica cameras mirrorlessrumors

Nokishita published a list of camera codes. These camera have been officially registered and should be announced the upcoming months: The Sony should be the A7III. One of the Olympus cameras may be the just announced E-M10III. We dont know

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Yashica new teaser: Says it will launch the new camera on Kickstarter in October mirrorlessrumors

Official video teaser text: Expect the Unexpected The Unprecedented Camera by YASHICA October 2017, Kickstarter

The post Yashica new teaser: Says it will launch the new camera on Kickstarter in October appeared first on mirrorlessrumors.


Dickies Commissioned a Photographer to Shoot with an 810 Camera PetaPixel

The clothing brand Dickies wanted to celebrate its 50th anniversary of their signature pair of trousers, so they commissioned George Muncey to take a series of portraits on his 810 large format camera.

In this 9-minute video, Muncey shows the background to the shoot and how it worked when shooting with this unique camera.

For the shoot, Muncey used people who actually where the trousers, rather than typical models youd see in a magazine. Its this that gave his shoot a much more realistic feel.

He wanted to capture the stars of his shots in their natural habitat, as well as against a more typical white background to round things off.

A number of his images suffered a weird light leak, and that happened simply from a flash putting too much pressure on the film slide holders, leaking some light onto the film itself. It looks kinda like a spotlight beaming up at the model from the edge of a catwalk.

The camera makes a satisfying click, rather than the thud of a mirror that most of us are used to thanks to DSLR cameras.



This LEGO Instax Camera is 90 Years Old PetaPixel

Albertino of Instax Magic created a unique camera that blends the old and the new. Half of it is made of LEGO, and half is a 90-year-old Zeiss-Ikon Trona folding plate camera.

The Trona was originally purchased from a camera collector in extremely worn but functioning condition. Albertino could immediately tell the camera had been well used in its former life.

Holding such an antique to shoot in the street is an interesting experience, Albertino writes. The images always have a vintage feel, perhaps due to the color saturation and the contrast of the picture. It never needs an Instagram filter to achieve that.

This old camera was paired with a LEGO back that features a motorized system for processing instant film. It takes Fuji Instax Mini packs for 10 instant film exposures, and new packs can be swapped in easily while out shooting.

I think photographers in the past who used this camera would normally bring at most three sheets of films for a day of shooting, says Albertino. With the modern instant film, I can bring several packs of film with ten pieces each to shoot. It certainly makes the process more convenient for the busy modern day shooters as well as saving the cost of developing the films.



Using Ultraviolet Light to Make Nature Fluoresce in Photos PetaPixel

Ultraviolet photography is something that relatively few photographers explore, but its a fascinating realm to explore with less of an investment in equipment than most people think.

Much of my photography revolves around the world that we cannot see with our own eyes. This unseen world approach can make otherworldly beautiful images from everyday ordinary subjects. Using light beyond our own spectrum is a great way to start these explorations enter the world of ultraviolet photography.

To clarify: There are two types of ultraviolet photography. UV reflectance and UV fluorescence. UV reflectance is using a light source that contains UV light (such as the sun or a full-spectrum light source) and collecting only the ultraviolet light that hits the camera sensor. This requires a camera modification similar to what you would do for infrared photography, but on the other end of the spectrum.

It can reveal hidden patterns in flowers that only insects can see, like a bulls-eye pattern in sunflowers and what effectively appears as a landing strip in many flowers to attract pollinators.

The bottom-right image above is made by collecting UV light. The bottom middle is visible light and the left is an infrared image of the same sunflower. While the dark pattern is certainly interesting, things become almost magical when you make the flower fluoresce (large image). UV fluorescence requires a regular unmodified camera, but careful attention to ensure only pure UV light hits the subject. If anything in the frame fluoresces, visible light bounces back to the camera.

Interestingly, just about everything in nature fluoresces to some degree. You may have heard about scorpions or certain millipedes glowing under UV light, but if you bring forward enough UV-only light, everything can glow. The intensity of the light is key, and it needs to be pure as even a fraction of a percentage of spill-over into the visible spectrum will contaminate your results.

This is a typical setup for an ultraviolet shot. Each of these Yongnuo 685 flashes has been modified to output exclusively UV light, and the process only takes about five minutes. You need to disassemble the flash (Warning: this is high voltage equipment youre opening up. You can serio...


5 Hidden Tips and Tricks in Photoshop That Save Time and Speed You Up PetaPixel

Photoshop is such a hugely featured application that much of its feature set can be overlooked by even seasoned veterans. This 25-minute video tutorial from photographer Jake Hicks explores some of the less intuitive features that Photoshop offers.

The video is broken down in the following sections:

#1. Fade Function (0:42)

The Fade feature allows you to reduce the opacity of the most recent filter applied to an image. If youre not working with non-destructive filters, this can be very useful.

#2. Content Aware Filling (3:55)

Hicks runs through his workflow with content-aware fill. This feature allows you to fill sections of your image with dynamically-generated content  Photoshop will do its best to generate a fill that looks natural. This can be useful for filling in areas of gradient, for example.

Hicks shows how he uses content-aware fill to rotate and re-crop an image, filling in empty areas around the borders of an image. He also shows how to use the patch tool and liquify to clean up any areas that arent perfectly generated.

#3. Mask Stacking (11:27)

This is a clever trick if you want to apply multiple masks to the same layer. Apply your mask as usual to your layer, and then group it. You can then apply another mask to the group itself, allowing you to stack masks on a single layer.

#4. Multi-Document Layer Dragging (16:47)

If you have a series of images and would like to apply the same adjustments to each of them, you can simply drag the adjustment layers directly from one document and drop them into another. This works for any kind of layer, groups, or mask...


What Kodak Said About Digital Photography in 1975 PetaPixel

In 1975, a 24-year-old engineer named Steven Sasson invented digital photography while working at Eastman Kodak by creating the worlds first digital camera. Kodak wasnt exactly enthusiastic about the industry-changing breakthrough.

The 8-pound camera that Sasson put together shot 0.01-megapixel black-and-white photos and recorded them to cassette tapes. Each photo took 23 seconds to create, and the only way to view the photos was to read the data from the tape and display it onto a standard television screen.

Sasson showed the new technology to a number of Kodak executives, but they couldnt see the potential of what digital photography could become. This was their reaction, as told by Sasson to the New York Times:

They were convinced that no one would ever want to look at their pictures on a television set. Print had been with us for over 100 years, no one was complaining about prints, they were very inexpensive, and so

At the time, Kodak was the dominant brand in the US photo industry, and Kodak didnt want to cannibalize its film businesses. Kodak eventually did make the big switch to digital a mere 18 years later.

Eastman Kodak filed for bankruptcy in 2012.

Update: Kodak emerged from bankruptcy in 2013 and has been quite busy as of late.


I Shot Macro Photos That Capture the Beauty of Peacock Feathers PetaPixel

My name is Can Tuner. Im a photographer living in Turkey, and I have been shooting macro photographs for about 7 years now. As someone who likes to photograph the tiny details of nature, I recently chose the peacock feather as a subject and started a special project on it.

The peacock feather has a beauty that is worth examining closely. The feathers, which are notable for their color and metallic structure, are among the many often unseen beauties of nature.

For this project, I used the Canon 6D as my main camera and a Yongnuo YN560 III flash and two IKEA Jansj work lamps for lighting.

I used three microscope lenses for shooting these macro shots: a Mitutoyo M Plan Apo 5x (5x magnification), Nikon CF Plan 10x 0.30 WD 16.5 (10x magnification), and Lomo 3.7x (3.7x magnification).

All the photos in this project were of a single feather.



Google Buys Pixel Phone Division from HTC in $1.1 Billion Deal PetaPixel

The Google Pixel smartphone and its best camera ever will soon be even more Made by Google. The search giant just announced that it would purchase the Pixel hardware division from Taiwans HTC in a $1.1 billion deal.

Prior to this deal, Google designed, developed, and marketed the Pixel phone while HTC was the contracted hardware manufacturer.

Reuters reports that this acquisition is an all-cash deal that will add another 2,000 employees to Googles headcount, bringing a fifth of HTCs total workforce in Taiwan into the Google fold.

As part of the deal, Google is also acquiring a non-exclusive license for HTC intellectual property no manufacturing assets are included and the two companies are planning to explore additional ways of teaming up in the future.

This is the second major smartphone business acquisition by Google in the past half decade. The company acquired Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion in 2012 and failed to generate any notable products before selling it to Lenovo for $2.91 billion in 2014.

This big push into smartphone hardware could be a boon for the Google Pixels camera capabilities, especially when compared to Apples iPhone line. Back in July, former Google exec Vic Gundotra caused a stir by claiming that the iPhone 7 camera is years ahead of Android-powered cameras.

Its because when Samsung innovates with the underlying hardware (like a better camera) they have to convince Google to allow that innovation to be surfaced to other applications via the appropriate API, Gundotra said. That can take YEARS.

Apple doesnt have all these constraints. They innovate in the underlying hardware, and just simply update the software with their latest innovations (like portrait mode) and ship it.

Perhaps by plunging deeper into the hardware side of this business, Google can help itself and other Android phone manufacturers close this gap Gundotra is referring to.



How to Photograph White Wine on a Perfectly White Background PetaPixel

White wine in product photography can be easily made to glow and give a beautiful color and gradient through the glass. In this 9-minute tutorial, Dustin Dolby of workphlo shows a great way to achieve this with a simple setup.

Heres Dolbys description of the video tutorial:

When considering how to photograph products on a white background, there are a few lighting tips we can keep in mind. A bright gradated background will refract beautiful light into our wine bottles giving them a sense of volume. By capturing a high-contrast backlit frame we also make it possible to cut out the wine in photoshop, negating the need to get #ffffff white backgrounds straight out of camera.

Because the wine bottle is transparent, youre able to light it from the back. But if you directly flash the bottle with a strip box from behind, youll get a not so nice effect with horrible contrast and no softness.

However, by adding a large diffusion panel you can totally change the effect. This brings out much more of a symmetrical look, but dont forget to increase your flashs power having added the diffuser.

Dolby then moves the strip box to more of a side-angle behind the diffusion panel, before adding a second strip box to face directly at the side of the bottle.

A reflector from the right brings detail out into the label and cap of the bottle, but if its too strong an effect you can composite and blend a shot with and without the reflector.

Dolby sugg...

Thursday, 21 September


Ep: 213: A Whole Lot of Gear and more PetaPixel

Episode 213 of the PetaPixel Photography Podcast.
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Featured: Canon Explorer of Light, Charles Glatzer

In This Episode

If you subscribe to the PetaPixel Photography Podcast in iTunes, please take a moment to...


Fotodiox launches the new PRONTO Leica M to Sony E autofocus adapter mirrorlessrumors

Fotodiox just launched the new Leica M to Sony E-mount autofocus adapter (yes autofocus!). The adapter is now in Stock at Amazon US, Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Amazon FR, Amazon IT and Amazon ES.

The post Fotodiox launches the new PRONTO Leica M to Sony E autofocus adapter appeared first on mirrorlessrumors.


How to Easily Make Photo Selects with a Client Using Lightroom Web PetaPixel

Youve always been able to do selects from Lightroom on the Web, but until now you needed an Adobe ID. Convincing a client or model to sign up for an Adobe ID can be a challenge. Now they can authenticate using either Facebook or Google, making the process much simpler for everyone. If you are already using collections, youre halfway there!

Photos in a collection

If you havent been syncing with Lightroom Mobile or have no idea what collections are, lets take a look.

Select your photos and choose Create Collection Give your collection a name. Make sure you Include Selected Photos

Now were going to head to and find your collection.

Once you have located the collection, click Share ...


This Short Film Was Lit Entirely with Drone Lights PetaPixel

Using drones to illuminate scenes and subjects using flashes and powerful LED lights is a new trend made possible by the emergence of affordable and intelligent consumer drones. If youd like to see what the latest experimentation is producing, check out the 2.5-minute short film above, titled mmoires. It was lit entirely with drone lights.

I think its this is an absolutely revolutionary way of film lighting both in a creative and technical sense allowing for both very traditional (big crew) setup with a very tiny crew and also creating some surreal, nearly painterly lighting effects that I havent seen before cinematographer Tim Sessler of BROOKLYN AERIALS tells PetaPixel.

Last year, Sessler and his crew shot the worlds first drone video to use the dolly zoom (AKA the Vertigo effect) to create a mind-bending video.

For this latest project, there was one major challenge the team had to overcome.

Because the light was hard mounted, all drone movements would translate into the light, Sessler writes. While flying, this usually isnt a huge issue (it is less noticeable), in a stationary shot every little movement of the drone (compensation for wind) would result in a shift of the light beam and become very noticeable.

To overcome this, the crew mounted multiple 100W LED chips onto MoVI stabilization systems to keep the light beams stable while the drones moved around in the air.

They ended up building three lights: a 900W floodlight supported...


Shooting Boiling Water with a Macro Lens and Colored Lights PetaPixel

Recently, Ive become interested in photographing boiling water in a glass tea kettle. It may sound boring and uninteresting, but with the right lighting, you can get some truly fascinating images.

It all began when I was boiling my tea water one day in January this year, and I happened to have my camera with a macro lens and a speedlight mounted, lying nearby. I decided to see what would happen if I photographed the boiling water in the glass teakettle, and I was very surprised by the results! It looked like melted metal, and the shapes were a lot more intricate and detailed than I would have expected.

When experimenting with this, I have gotten the best results when using a macro lens with a long focal length. I used my trusty Sigma 150mm f/2.8 macro. You could probably get interesting photos with a non-macro lens, but you would likely have to do some cropping to take away the edges of the teakettle and the background, as you wouldnt be able to focus as closely.

I set the aperture to around f/6 or f/7 for the sharpest results, and I focus fairly close, but not all the way to 1:1 magnification. I make sure that the room is as dark as possible, as this gives the photos a calmer background.

I use either a normal speedlight mounted on the top of the camera or, for more interesting results, I use two speedlights with colored gels, placed at different angles towards the tea kettle. I used two...


Snapseed Gets New Photo Filters and a Facelift PetaPixel

Unlike the previous version, Looks are now available to access straight from the main screen of the app. From there, you can then go ahead to apply a number of customized filters to your photos.

There are also 11 new presets created by the Snapseed team to give you completely different styles with a simple tap of the finger.

iOS users will soon benefit from a new Perspective tool, too. This will adjust skewed lines and perfect the geometry of horizons or buildings.

The update is available now to users on Google Play and the iTunes App Store.

(via Snapseed via...


Car Racing Photographer Gets Crowd to Light Up a Photo with Phones PetaPixel

Heres a beautiful shot captured by drift car racing photographer Larry Chen, who got the crowd to help light up his shot by pulling out their phones, turning on the LED flashlights, and waving them at the cars as they zoomed past.

Chen has been covering the Formula Drift series since 2006 and has been its official photographer since 2012. Over the past decade, Chen has covered about 90 of these professional drifting events both in the United States and overseas.

Chens good friend Jarod Deanda is the longtime announcer of the series, and he occasionally helps pump the crowd up by asking them to do the wave,

The added coolness factor of a cell phone light during the crowd wave was something Ive been meaning to capture, Chen tells PetaPixel. We have had two night events this year so far and both times I made a mental note to myself that I really needed to try to capture one of these cool scenes especially with drift cars battling in the foreground.

Chen was doing his normal coverage earlier this month when he captured this photo:

I noticed two light streaks due to fans in the stands using their cell phones to record video, but at the same time their LED flashlights automatically lit up, Chen says. The idea to ask Jarod to ask the crowd to help me get this epic photo popped into my head, so I immediately texted him as he was in the race control tower.

You can hear Jarod instructing the crowd at 1:15:10 in this video:

I wanted to get the light streaks to be long as possible without getting too risky in terms of not being able to g...


Heres a Map with Up-to-Date Drone Laws For Every Country PetaPixel

Obeying local law when flying your drone is paramount, but those laws vary from country to country with some not allowing drones in at all. To help with planning, blogger and frequent traveler Anil Polat has created a map of the world with the laws of each country.

The map uses laws sourced from each countrys appropriate governing body and is updated frequently. Anil says he also included links to registration forms and any contact information you might need to request permission to fly in each country.

Because laws can vary from state-to-state in the U.S., Anil has also included separate state laws, along with any area-specific laws found in other countries.

The map is split into color-coded categories:

  • Green: means that drone use is generally allowed
  • Yellow: Drone use is limited or may require cumbersome registration processes
  • Red: Drone import or use is prohibited or otherwise heavily restricted
  • Grey: No data or there are no defined or applicable UAV laws

The full map is hosted on Google My Maps. Anil has also released smartphone apps containing the same data, which can be found for Android and for iOS.


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