How to Shoot Beautiful Natural Light Images in Your Shed

How to Shoot Beautiful Natural Light Images in Your Shed

If you have a good understanding of how light works, you may find that an expensive studio stuffed full of high-end strobes and funky diffusers is far from important when it comes to creating striking images. In this short video, photographer Irene Rudnyk shows you how to produce something remarkable using little more than a shed.

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This Street Photographer Became the Target of an Online Witch Hunt

Street photographer Joshua Rosenthal visited the Ventura County Fair in Ventura, California, this week and roamed the fairgrounds while shooting candid portraits of visitors. The next day, he woke up to find that he had become the target of vicious accusations on social media and a search by local vigilantes.

“I’m a street photographer who has been making images of details a la [Michelle] Groskropf and [Jeff] Mermalstein,” Rosenthal tells PetaPixel. You can find his portfolio of street photos on his website and on Instagram.

“I photograph people, often with no prior approval because the photos speak more to the moment,” Rosenthal writes. “One can’t capture life when it’s being posed.”

But when people noticed him stealthily taking pictures at the fair without asking permission from subjects first, they called law enforcement over to question Rosenthal. And the next day, the photographer found his photos in a viral social media post that referred to him as a “piece of s**t” and suggested he was a pedophile targeting young girls.

“Warning! Hey moms and dads, beware of this P.O.S. at the fair,” the post reads. “He’s going around taking pictures of (in this case) little girls, in dresses. You can see him walk by and snap a picture of a little girl. I didn’t know I had captured him doing it until I got home and looked at the video I shot.”

The post has over 500 reactions, over 1,000 comments, and nearly 2,000 shares at the time of this writing.

While some commenters on the post came to Rosenthal’s defense and argued that public photography is not a crime, the thread is filled with hateful messages directed at the photographer. Here’s a sampling of some of the more upvoted ones:

The local Ventura police department also posted an advisory (that has since been deleted) on its Facebook page along with tips on “keeping kids safe in a crowded place.”

“The subject was contacted by police officers at the Fair on that date and has been contacted again today for questioning,” the police department writes. “No crime occurred during this incident.”

“No one wants to talk to me about what I did,” Rosenthal writes. People are just making accusations with no facts.

“Let’s not forget that a moral compass does not constitute the law. What one sees as being ‘wrong’ is not illegal. In today’s day and age, if you see something you don’t like, ask about it… I’d be willing to bet there is another story.

“Sorry I scared you (parents of some random girl). I understand that one wants to protect their kids. But protect them from what? Check out my photography guys, you be the judge.”

Rosenthal tells PetaPixel that he’ll be contacting the ACLU next week.

“This is more about the First Amendment and doxing than it is about me,” Rosenthal says. “I’m not trying to get hurt but I’m more concerned with the rights and safety of other photographers as well as the fear I have instilled in these parents.

“It could have all been solved with a conversation, in my eyes.”

New Drone Prototype Compresses Itself to Squeeze Through Small Spaces Mid-Flight

New Drone Prototype Compresses Itself to Squeeze Through Small Spaces Mid-Flight

With the popularity and accessibility of drones in recent years for everything from music videos, to photography, and even parcel delivery, designers are continuing to come up with creative ways in which to use them. Now, researchers have created a drone that shrinks mid-flight so it can squeeze through small spaces.

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Topaz Studio 2: Is It Worth Buying?

Topaz Studio 2: Is It Worth Buying?

Topaz Studios seems to have endless releases of powerful tools for photographers, and many of us have at least one Topaz application or plugin in our collection of editing tools. So, just how good is the newly released Topaz Studio 2?

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Canon Designed a 50-80mm f/1.1 Lens

Canon is apparently hard at work developing some never-before-seen lenses. A newly published patent shows that the camera company has at least toyed with the idea of a crazy 50-80mm f/1.1 lens.

First spotted by Northlight Images, the patent (US20190243111) shows designs for a number of ultra-fast 50-80mm zoom lenses, including a f/1.8, f/1.6, f/1.4, f/1.2, and f/1.1.

Canon has offered an f/1.0 lens before in the rare 50mm f/1.0, but offering a fixed f/1.1 aperture on a zoom lens of this type would be unprecedented.

Here’s the internal design — check out the very large number of lens elements — and details found in the patent:

These lenses are presumably being designed for the new Canon RF lens mount for full-frame mirrorless cameras, but the back focus distance of around 6.5mm to 8.5mm seems like it would be too short. The 50-80mm f/1.2 lens described in the patent has a more reasonable back focus distance of around 22mm.

“We’ve been told that some ‘crazy’ lenses were coming to the RF mount, and here’s a patent […] that fits the bill,” Canon Rumors writes. “We expect some new lens designs to be announced in the first half of 2020.”

Patents often show wild and ridiculous product designs that never end up seeing the light of day, so there’s no guarantee this 50-80mm f/1.1 will ever be anything more than an internal idea, but it’s interesting to see Canon exploring new frontiers of what’s possible in optics (and perhaps a hint of things the future might have in store).

Why Do so Many Photographers Live in a Box?

Why Do so Many Photographers Live in a Box?

If you’ve been involved with photography for very long at all, you may have noticed that photographers have a variety of opinions — about everything. Unfortunately, many photographers appear as though they live in a box, where they can only see the things that they are personally involved in.

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MUAHS Honorary Reception For Emmy Nominees

The Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylist Guild (MUAHS, IATSE Local 706) will be honoring this year’s Emmy-nominated Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists, and their shows, at a reception hosted by Beverly Center on August 11, 2019. A red carpet and livestream presentation of the 3rd Annual Red Carpet and Q&A with Emmy-nominated Make-up Artists & Hair […]

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Gear Demo Event With Canon And Hive Lighting

Next Tuesday, Hive Lighting will be joining the Canon at their Burbank, California location for a gear demo event. The demos will feature the Hive C-Series, Canon Cinema EOS cameras including the C700FF, C300 Mark II, and C200, and Canon’s cinema lenses. The event will be held at 6:30 – 9:30 PM, and food will […]

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Global and Local Luminance Masking in Lightroom

I have often wanted to carry out global adjustments in Lightroom which target specific luminosity values in an image. Lately, I have discovered a way of achieving this. It is not as precise as, for instance, luminosity masking or blend-if masking in Photoshop, but yet it has the power to give an image that extra punch many of us are looking for in our editing.

This is the straight-out-of-camera version of the image we will be working with, shot in July in Romsdalen, Norway.

Pentax K-1, Pentax 15–30mm

First I start out in my regular fashion working the tones and colors until I am reasonably happy with how things look. Next, I zoom out so that I can encircle the image with the Radial Filter. Since I want the filter to affect the entire image I set the feathering to zero.

Needless to say perhaps that after setting the first global radial we can exit the radial filter, resize the image to the working size we prefer and then return to the radial filter.

First I would like to do some adjustments to the highlights using the Radial Filter sliders. The adjustments will affect the entire image until I click on Range Mask which is located below the various sliders. I opt for the Luminance feature and while pressing down Alt/Opt I move the left slider towards the right. The left slider protects the shadows whereas the right slider protects the highlights.

By holding down Alt/Opt when moving the sliders Lightroom offers a mask which reveals what is going on. In regular fashion, it is a black and white mask where white reveals and black conceals.

Highlights mask

In other words, the adjustments will have the greatest effect on the white parts of the image.

By right-clicking on the center of the radial filter a new pop menu shows up and I click Duplicate. I double click on “Effect” to zero out everything and also remember to reset the Luminance Range sliders.

I now carry out some adjustments having the darker parts of the image in mind. However, now while pressing down Alt/Opt I move the right Luminance Range mask slider towards the left protecting the highlights.

Shadows mask

I also would like to add some midtones contrast. I carry out the adjustments which seem pleasing to me, and next I move both Luminance Range mask sliders towards the middle.

Midtones mask

Checking the ‘Show Luminance Mask’ option provides us with a red overlay mask. I prefer to use the masks as illustrated above.

Lightroom also offers a color mask option when we use the local adjustment tools (brush, gradient, radial). I use that mask with great care owing to the fact that it may leave us with edge halos if we push things too far.

Below the Luminance Range mask sliders, we find “Smoothness”. That slider also responds to holding down Alt/Opt so that it is possible to see what happens through a mask when moving the slider.

Assume I would like to enhance some of the highlights in the sky either using the radial filter or the brush tool. After having carried out my adjustments I make sure to protect the darker parts of the sky using the left Range mask slider.

Next, I begin moving the Smoothness slider while pressing down Alt/Opt. To further refine the mask I also play around with the Feathering slider. The mask adjustments resulted in a surprisingly precise mask.

Smoothness, Feathering and Luminance Masking

When using masks to refine and constrict adjustments our original adjustments will lose some of their strength. I then often duplicate the adjustment whether it is the brush, radial filter or the gradient tool to achieve the effect I am after.

It is, of course, possible to reverse the order of things; first, determine the mask and then carry out the adjustments, and then further fine-tune the mask if necessary.

Below is the finished image edited in its entirety in Lightroom by applying both global and local adjustments controlled by Luminance masks.

About the author: Ole Henrik Skjelstad is a landscape photographer and math teacher from Norway. The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author. You can find more of Skjelstad’s work on his website, Flickr, 500px, and Instagram. This article was also published here.

Fstoppers Reviews the Laowa 17mm f/4 Zero-D for Fujifilm GFX

Fstoppers Reviews the Laowa 17mm f/4 Zero-D for Fujifilm GFX

Venus Optics (Laowa), a small Chinese lens manufacturer founded in 2013, has risen to prominence with their sometimes off-beat, always different, and always high quality lineup of lenses for all the major lens mounts. They have launched niche lenses like the 24mm f/14 probe macro and a series of their flagship close-to-zero-distortion Zero-D lenses. Today’s topic is the latest in that line and the widest lens available for the Fujifilm GFX system, the Laowa 17mm f/4 Zero-D.

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Video: Taking natural light portraits in a backyard shed

Photographer Irene Rudnyk has published a new video demonstrating how she captured portraits in her backyard using a garden shed and natural light. The process was fairly simple, involving a backdrop, large circular reflector, and two-step ladder, the total cost of which was minimal, camera gear aside.

The portraits were captured using a Mamiya 645 camera with a Mamiya 80mm F1.9 lens and Porta 400 film, as well as on digital using a Canon 5D Mark III with a Canon 85mm F1.2 lens. Two of the portraits captured during the photoshoot are available on Rudnyk’s Instagram account. Rudnyk’s other work can be found on 500px.

How to Create an LED Panel out of an Old TV Monitor

How to Create an LED Panel out of an Old TV Monitor

As photographers and videographers, let’s be honest, we never have enough light equipment. But it can quickly become quite expensive! Thanks to DIY Perks, if you own an old TV that you don’t use anymore, you won’t have to break your bank account to add a new LED panel to your kit.

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The Sony a7S III Is Still on Its Way

The Sony a7S III Is Still on Its Way

The Sony a7S II was a very well received camera, but it is certainly ready for the next iteration, and many creatives (particularly filmmakers) are eagerly anticipating the third version and wondering if it will actually come to market. The good news is that Sony has confirmed that a third version is indeed in development and will eventually come to market.

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New Midsummer 2019 Edition

Here’s the latest FDTimes 64-page Midsummer Edition.
Printable 24 MB PDF download for subscribers. Click below on SUBSCRIBERS.

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  • Angénieux Optimo Prime Introduction
  • Bruno Delbonnel and the Angénieux EcelLens Award at Cannes
  • Panasonic S1H Introduction
  • SIGMA Full Frame fp Camera and Lens Launch
  • SIGMA Full Frame Classic Art Cine Primes
  • All Roads Lead to CVP – Episode 2
  • EMIT
  • KO Film Rentals
  • RED on “Innocents of Florence”

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Here is the crazy trailer for the Indian action blockbuster, SAAHO:

The VFX are made by:
Makuta VFX (VFX Supervisor: Pete Draper)
Mercury Visual Solutions
Surpreeze (VFX Supervisor: Daniel French)

Director: Sujeeth
Release Date: 30 August 2019 (India)

© Vincent Frei – The Art of VFX – 2019

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Canon Is Working on Some Truly Insane Lenses

Canon Is Working on Some Truly Insane Lenses

While their mirrorless bodies have received mixed responses, no one can accuse Canon of playing it safe when it comes to mirrorless lenses, and they’re showing no signs of stopping, as patent documents have emerged showing a positively ludicrous lens design.

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Resolve 16 Boring Detector – What’s in a name?

I was working on Thursday when Blackmagic Design’s Grant Petty introduced a batch of new products in a live stream. These types of events are becoming regular things with BMD and it’s a great way to get the information out to a lot of people. Since I was working I was only casually listening but I had to do a double-take when I heard him talk about the “boring detector” in the newest beta of Resolve 16.

Yep, that’s the Resolve 16 “boring detector” located in its own button on the Resolve Cut page. You are seeing this icon correctly … it has Zzzzs.

What the what? A boring detector? Really? My first reaction was this:

Before editors everywhere are insulted at the notion that the software knows what is boring better than they do it’s important to take a look at what the “boring detector” actually does and you can do that by just taking a look at the “boring detector” dialog box.

Upon opening the “boring detector” you can see that it isn’t only just about finding long and boring shots. It could really be useful.

This new tool is nothing more really than a frame counter that is analyzing your shots based on a frame count. It’s looking for shots that could be either too long (hence, being boring) or too short. I’ve seen this new “boring detector” described as a good use of AI in an NLE but it seems to me it’s just counting frames and not artificially intelligently analyzing anything. Long shots and jump cuts can both be legitimate issues you might want to flag in your cut but depending on the creative intent the shots might be neither boring or jump cuts.

What is the creative intent of the edit?

Whenever you’re looking at something as easy and simple as frame counts and trying to derive something as subjective and complex as emotion and creative intent you’re bound to insult the editors and directors out there when you call it a “boring detector.” I’m sure this wasn’t what BMD set out to do when they created a truly useful tool for editors but it’s what they did.

Would Resolve 16 think the legendary Goodfellas tracking shot was boring?

What about the 30-second “refusal” scene in Philadelphia? That’s a shot that still haunts me to this day but I guess the Resolve “boring detector” wouldn’t have flagged that one as it’s set to 45 seconds by default.

And then there’s Rope or the entirety of Russian Ark.

I realize it is a bit of a stretch to compare some shots from great cinema to what feels like an editing feature that was added to another editing feature that may very well have been created to placate an era of low budgets with fast turnarounds and YouTubers but if Resolve wants to make in-roads in ALL areas of media post-production serious, creative offline storytelling is one of them. I saw a number of high-end feature editoral professionals talking about this thing on social media.

Obviously, a piece of software counting frames is never going to know the creative intent of why a shot was chosen by the editor (and sometimes director) to last as long as it does. While it may seem like long shots make the life easy for an editor there is, in reality, a lot of time and work that goes into the decision to even include a long shot in an edit.

  • How long do you hold it?
  • At what point do you cut (or transition) away from the shot?
  • Where to go next?
  • And what is perhaps the biggest question of all … what is happening in the frame during that shot to make sure it isn’t boring?

It’s those reasons that the naming of a tool inside of a video editing application a “boring detector” caused such offense to editors everywhere. I doubt there was much discussion inside of BMD about how such a name would cause a stir. Then again, maybe that was BMD’s creative intent when they named it.

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Ep. 326: Nikon This and Canon That – and more

Episode 326 of the PetaPixel Photography Podcast.
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AI-powered sky replacement in Skylum Luminar 4. (#)

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