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21 Mar

How To Add Facial Hair Using Photoshop

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Not all men can grow a full, luscious beard on their own, but with the help of Photoshop, you can sample a never ending variety of facial hair styles. So the next time you're considering that goatee or skinny mustache, try it out here first. That way you won't have any haircut regrets later. Start by opening up your portrait in Photoshop. Create a new, empty layer by going to Layer>New>Layer. An editing box will pop up. Keep all of the settings the same and click OK. You'll see a new layer in the layers panel that shows a gray and white checkered box. Select the Brush tool on the lefthand toolbox. Check the two small boxes in the bottom left corner...
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15 Mar

Jackie Dives Fights Abortion Stigma With Emotional Portraits

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A few weeks ago, Jackie launched the Abortion Series project, where she’ll be profiling a variety of women who have had abortions, and sharing their experiences. The project was inspired by repressive laws against women's rights. “I think this series is both saying to other women ‘We are here. We understand. We support you.’ Jackie said. “And it’s also providing a glimpse into the experience of having an abortion, for those who haven't ever had one, who might need to understand more seriously the impact it has on a woman.” So far, Jackie has only photographed two women, but both portraits are intimate and personal, giving us a glimpse of what’s to come of the project. The portraits are similarly posed: both women...
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13 Mar

Reflectors: Every Portrait Photographer’s Best Friend

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In photography, lighting is everything - especially when it comes to portraiture. For portrait photographers, there's nothing better than that early morning or late afternoon natural light, but the sun isn't always gracious enough to behave how we want it to. That's when we have to call in help from external lighting equipment, which can come in many different forms.  While handheld flashes and studio lights are great for illuminating a subject, they can also be bulky and inconvenient to use. Large flashy lighting equipment can also be intimidating for a new or shy model. Reflectors, on the other hand, are easy to transport, require no batteries or electricity and can have a dramatic effect on a photo’s quality of light. Plus, they're...
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8 Mar

Michelle Terris Brings Body Positivity To The LA Fashion Scene

Michelle Terris always felt self conscious as a child. Growing up in Southern California, Michelle was fed images from the media that convinced her that her loose arms and extra body fat were something to be ashamed of. Then in 2008, Michelle’s father was diagnosed with ALS - a neurodegenerative disease that causes you to lose control of basic bodily functions. The disease completely changed Michelle’s view of her own body. “After watching my father lose his ability to do everyday things, and then all things, I gained a new perspective on my body image,” Michelle said. “Instead of seeing rolls of fat that needed to be diminished or jiggly arms, I started thinking about all the amazing things my body...
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6 Mar

Know Your Worth: A Breakdown On How To Price Your Photo Services

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One of the biggest challenges of starting a business is figuring out how to price the goods and services you offer. You don't want to undersell yourself and devalue the market, but overpricing and scaring off potential clients is just as dangerous. Pricing similar to the competition is a good place to start, but since what you're offering is presumably not exactly the same, the prices shouldn't be either. That's why we've compiled this guide that will break down everything you need to know about pricing. The first thing to remember is that your pricing shouldn't be exactly the same as the competition's, just as your services aren't exactly the same. While it's good to compare pricing, it's also important to have a strong...
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20 Feb

Create A Hippy Inspired Tie Dye Portrait

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Tie dying isn't only for big white t-shirts and hot summer days. Now you can get that multi colored, hippy inspired effect on your favorite portraits with just a few simple steps in Photoshop. Start by opening your portrait in Photoshop. This works best with a strong, interesting pose, rather than just a classic head shot. The effect will also be most successful if your subject is against a simple patterned background. Something like strips or bricks will work well. Duplicate the background copy by right clicking on the layer in the right side panel and selecting Duplicate Layer. Right click on the new layer and select Convert to Smart Object. Double check the two small squares in the bottom left corner to make sure the...
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13 Feb

Why Ultra High ISO Makes All The Difference

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Dropping thousands of dollars on a camera with ultra high ISO capabilities (we’re talking ISO 100,000 or above) is frankly overkill for many types of photography -- portraits are best captured with natural light, wildlife photography is really only possible during the day and fashion photography happens mainly in the studio. But there is one scenario in which an ultra high ISO can make the difference between a decent image and an outstanding one - and that’s when it comes to long exposure nighttime photography. Shooting at night introduces a world of difficulties that photographers don’t face during the day. Not only does nighttime shooting require an entire set of equipment not necessary in the sun - from tripods to cable releases to...
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8 Feb

Replace Any Background In Photoshop

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You've taken a stunning portrait in the studio, but now have grand visions of it with a sweeping sunset landscape, bustling city, or even underwater scene. Sometimes shooting these in the real world just aren't an option, so you have to take matters into your own hands. In this tutorial, we will show you how to take your studio shot and merge it with a landscape of your choice. Start by opening two images in Photoshop - a portrait with a subject you'll cut out, and background you will place them into. This is the portrait we choose, it should be easy to remove her from the white background as it provides contrast. She will be placed in this background. Use your favorite selection tool to...
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30 Jan

Everything You Need To Know About SD Cards

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As photographers, we’ve all had experience with SD, or Secure Digital, cards. These thin memory sticks look like a smaller, modern cousin to the floppy disc, and have the power to hold thousands of high quality images or hours of movie quality video. SD cards come in a range of sizes, both physically and in terms of capacity, which can make choosing the right one for your needs a difficult task. Whether you’re looking for an SD card for your phone, GoPro or DSLR camera, this article will help ensure you purchase the perfect card to fit your shooting requirements. SD cards technically come in three different sizes, but only two are commonly used today: SD and microSD cards. Regular SD cards...
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16 Jan

Camera Sensors: When Bigger Really Is Better

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Bigger isn’t always better, but when it comes to camera sensors, the stereotype holds true. If you’re in the market for a new camera, or are comparing the quality of two cameras, the first place to look is inside, at the sensor. Image quality is largely dependent on sensor size, meaning cameras with larger sensors will produce higher quality images than cameras with smaller sensors. This is due to the fact that larger sensors have larger pixels, which means they’re better at reducing noise, can record more information, have a larger dynamic range and perform better in low light. There are a few major camera categories, each of which has a corresponding sensor size. Medium Format Medium Format cameras have the...
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