How to Retouch a Portrait in Capture One

How to Retouch a Portrait in Capture One

Retouching is crucial to the process of creating a successful portrait. If that is something you would like to learn more about, this fantastic video tutorial will show you the process of retouching a portrait in Capture One.

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Flagship Power: A Review of the Fujifilm X-T4

Flagship Power: A Review of the Fujifilm X-T4

The Fujifilm X-T4 is the latest installment in the company’s highly lauded series, and it brings with it a bevy of impressive specs and improvements sure to delight both photographers and videographers. If you are wondering if this camera is worth the upgrade, this great review will give you a good look at what you can expect.

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New ‘Star Wars’ TV Show coming From ‘Russian Doll’ Creator

Variety is reporting that a new Star Wars TV show is in the works from Leslye Headland. Get excited!

For those of you unfamiliar with her genius, Leslye Headland is the co-creator, showrunner, and executive producer of the critically-acclaimed Netflix series Russian Doll. Before that show, Headland was an incredibly accomplished playwright, writer, and director.

Now she’s taking her talents to a galaxy far, far away.

We don’t know too many details, but sources say it will be a female-centric series that takes place in a different part of the Star Wars timeline than other projects.

Much like The Mandalorian, the best Star Wars stuff we’ve gotten recently has allowed creators to not be beholden to the previous films or storylines. If Headland gets to approach her own story and world, the sky is the limit for the stories she can tell.

And given her past work, I am very excited to see her imagination run wild.

What else is going on in Star Wars land?

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This Photographic Arts Center in Colorado Is Offering Its Entire Collection Online

This Photographic Arts Center in Colorado Is Offering Its Entire Collection Online

Despite museums, galleries, and cooperatives temporarily shuttering due to the coronavirus crisis, cultural institutions are finding ways to allow audiences to view their curated displays. One such establishment in Denver, Colorado has generously uploaded its 180-artist collection for viewers to peruse online.

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How to Photograph a Product Ad With Just One Light

How to Photograph a Product Ad With Just One Light

It’s easy as a photographer to get caught up in having dozens of strobes and spending hours trying to get an image perfect in camera. It doesn’t always have to be that hard, though, and in today’s photography tutorial, I work through a mock advertisement campaign shot with just one strobe light.

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Art of the Cut Podcast Eps. 44 (“VICE Investigates: Amazon on Fire” Editing Team)

The Art of the Cut podcast brings the fantastic conversations that Steve Hullfish has with world renowned editors into your car, living room, editing suite and beyond. In each episode, Steve talks with editors ranging from emerging stars to Oscar and Emmy winners. Hear from the top editors of today about their careers, editing workflows and about their work on some of the biggest films and TV shows of the year.

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On todays episode of the Art of the Cut Podcast Steve talks with Joe Matoske, ACE, Beverly Chase and Arthur Randell about their ACE Eddie winning documentary series “VICE Investigates: Amazon on Fire.” Enjoy the episode!

Check out Steve’s article here. He has some fantastic timeline photos and videos!

Want to read/ listen to more interviews from Steve Hullfish? Check out the Art of the Cut Archive for more than 200 interviews with some of the top film and TV editors of today!

The Art of the Cut podcast is available on Apple PodcastsSpotifyAnchorGoogle PodcastsBreakerPocket CastsOvercast and Radio Public. If you like the podcast, make sure to subscribe on your favorite podcast app and tell a friend!

Photographer Shares Her Struggle to Access Coronavirus Relief Funds

In the US, small businesses have been struggling to access the COVID relief funds set aside for them in the original coronavirus stimulus package. And while additional funding is on the way, one Alabama photographer says that “hope is dwindling” she’ll receive anything at all.

When the US Government passed the $2.2 trillion CARES Act, it set aside nearly $350 billion to be used on low-interest “Paycheck Protection Program” loans for small businesses. The loan money is mean to provide 8 weeks worth of revenue for qualifying small businesses; money that doesn’t need to be paid back if it is used on expenses like payroll, rent and utilities.

Unfortunately, the program quickly ran out of money, and as we’ve been finding out over the past few days, many of the businesses that were approved for these ‘loans’ were anything but small—businesses like Shake Shack and Ruth’s Chris.

Meanwhile, small businesses who did not receive that money include people like Allison Hall, of Allison Jansen Photography in Huntsville, AL.

Hall recently shared her story to the local ABC News affiliate, explaining how she had applied for a PPP loan right away, thinking “okay this is going to be fine, we’re going to survive this” only to receive an email from her bank saying that the program had run out of money before her application could be considered.

“Now we’re back into the major worry-zone,” she told ABC 31. “It doesn’t look like we’re really going to get any help, so yeah its frustrating.”

Some of the big businesses who received the loans have either returned the money already (Shake Shack) or may be asked to. The Senate also passed an additional round of funding for the PPP, to the tune of $321 billion, just yesterday. That bill is expected to pass the House of Representatives tomorrow, after which President Trump has confirmed that he will sign it into law.

Sadly, when we caught up with Hall over email, she wasn’t holding out much hope that any of the afore-mentioned funding would make its way to her or other very small businesses like hers. She points to an email sent out by her bank earlier today, in which the branch cautioned applicants that “given the unprecedented demand for funds and the significant volume of applications that remain in process […] requests for PPP funds will likely exceed even the anticipated additional funding.”

“I know I am not alone. There are so many of us struggling to keep our heads above water,” she tells PetaPixel. “It’s very disappointing when you’re expecting funding only to find out the larger companies were prioritized over us smaller businesses.”

“Hope,” says Hall, “is dwindling at this point.”

Photo by Heather Edstrom Photography

With major industry news dropping almost daily, we often focus on the big names or the industry as a whole. After all, camera sales are down 64% in the US, and each day brings another announcement of some closure or delay. But in all of this, it’s easy to overlook the many, many thousands of individual photographers and small camera shops who are the most economically vulnerable.

Hopefully this most recent bit of stimulus will help ensure that at least some of them will be able to weather the economic storm.


Image credits: Header photo by Sharon McCutcheon, CC0

Is It Worth Spending a Lot of Money on a Camera Bag?

Is It Worth Spending a Lot of Money on a Camera Bag?

What’s the difference between a good quality, well priced camera bag and a bag that costs more than twelve times less? Photographer James Popsys runs you through some of the pros and cons when it comes to buying a bag on a budget.

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Lensbaby releases the ‘Velvet 28,’ a wide-angle prime with ‘dreamy’ bokeh

Lensbaby has made available its latest lens, the Velvet 28. As the name suggests, it’s a 28mm F2.5 lens is a wide-angle lens available for a slew of full-frame and APS-C camera systems.

Like other focal lengths in its ‘Velvet’ lineup, the 28mm lens adds a ‘velvety glow’ to images when shot wide open. As the lens is stopped down, the effect becomes less pronounced. The lens is constructed of eight elements in seven groups, features a 12-blade aperture diaphragm, uses a 67mm front filter thread and also can also capture 1:2 ratio macro photos, with a minimum focusing distance of 14cm (5.5”).

Below is a sample gallery of images, provided by Lensbaby:

The lens is offered in Canon EF, Canon RF, Fujifilm X, Micro Four Thirds, Nikon F, Nikon Z and Sony E mounts. While the dimensions and weight does differ slightly from mount to mount, it weighs roughly 600g (1.35lbs) and measures in at approximately 72mm (2.85”) by 89mm (3.5”). The Lensbaby Velvet 28mm F2.5 is currently available to purchase for $550 on Lensbaby’s online store, as well as Adorama and B&H.