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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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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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9 Mar

Lumoid Gear Feature: Yuneec Breeze

DJI, the Chinese drone manufacturing company is reigning king in the UAV market; with close to 50% of drone market share. There are however, less known names that are offering quality drones at a fraction of the price of say a DJI Mavic Pro or Phantom 4 Pro. Meet Yuneec, another Chinese manufacturer that specializes in building advanced technology drones, that are, dare we say, affordable? The Yuneec Breeze is an ultra lightweight and compact drone that makes taking selfies and capturing adventures effortless. Autonomy Made Easy Photo via That Drone Show The Breeze has five built-in autonomous shots to take your aerial imaging to brand new heights. The Selfie and Orbit modes offer the ability to take awesome group photos whereas...
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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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27 Feb

Time-Lapse Photography…But With a Drone

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As we advance through photography techniques like tilt-shift and motion blur, new and novel techniques have been developed. Now there is the option to capture time lapses, but with a drone! Time lapse is a photo technique where the frames are captured are much lower than that used to view the sequence. For instance, when the film roll is played at normal speed, time is appeared to be moving faster and therefore, time lapsing. Check out this dreamy time lapse captured with a DJI Phantom 4 and a DJI Phantom 4 Pro+. The bulk of time lapse photography is captured via cameras mounted on tripods to ensure stable images. So, the next logical question is, how can we capture time lapse videos...
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23 Feb

The Ins and Outs of Drone Real Estate Photography

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As we witness multiple industries benefit from the application of drones, one vertical that has really boomed is real estate photography. With realtors looking for various ways to capture acres of land, drones took the forefront in providing ease and accessibility, and various uses including: Capturing aerial views of property and land Scoping out neighborhood and surrounding area for amenities Property maps and surveys Outer terrain and geographic developments This complete guide will outline the necessities and overall how-to's to become familiar with aerial real estate photography and uses drones for commercial purposes. Using Drones Makes Aerial Imaging Affordable Prior to drones, aerial photos for real estate was captured using either a plane or helicopter, which would cost thousands of dollars. In addition, time and space...
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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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10 Feb

Are Drones the Future for Lighting Landscapes?

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The dark arts are not to be taken lightly. You might think of Harry Potter, but we're of course talking about night photography! With the abundant mysteries behind shadows and the unknown depths of the cosmos, night photography is an art itself. Unique tools are typically called upon, but more importantly, unique minds are required. Ryland West and Paul Heran are photographers based out of Northern California that specialize in astrophotography who have developed an entirely novel way to light their shots. Instead of using traditional lighting techniques like split and loop lighting, they have enlisted drones as their primary source of light. By attaching LED light panels to certain drones, they were able to mimic natural sunlight under the night sky. By creating...
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