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Helpful Posing Tips for Better Portraits

Helpful Posing Tips for Better Portraits

Posing is something a lot of photographers struggle with even after mastering other aspects of the craft. If that is something you tend to have trouble with, this great video will give you lots of helpful tips for improving your portrait posing.

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When You Should Use Photoshop Over Lightroom

When You Should Use Photoshop Over Lightroom

While Lightroom is generally used for cataloging, global edits, and basic local edits and Photoshop is used for more advanced post-processing, there is a definite overlap between the features and capabilities of the two applications. This great video details when you should use Photoshop versus when you can afford to stay in Lightroom.

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Trailer Premiere: Mark Jackson’s LAFF-Winning This Teacher

Mark Jackson’s This Teacher — a Slamdance Closing Night film as well as the final U.S. Fiction winner at the now-shuttered Los Angeles Film Festival — is being released on DVD and digital formats June 9 by Breaking Glass, and the trailer has just dropped. Jackson (Without, War Story) is a 2011 Filmmaker 25 New Face who won the 2012 Audi Independent Spirit Award. Starring Cesar-winner Hafsia Herzi, the film’s a kind of existential cabin-in-the-woods thriller dealing with Islamophobia and American madness. The synopsis: This Teacher follows a French Muslim woman (Hafsia Herzi) as she travels to New York City […]

How You Can Take Color Photos on Black and White Film

How You Can Take Color Photos on Black and White Film

Black and white film is, well, black and white. But using the same principles that a digital sensor uses, you can create color images from black and white film, and this fun tutorial will show you how it is done.

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Olympus Just Pulled Its Camera Business out of South Korea

Olympus Just Pulled Its Camera Business out of South Korea

Olympus has announced that it will be withdrawing the presence of its camera division from South Korea, choosing instead to focus on its medical and science businesses in the country.

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5 Pro Photographer Hacks

5 Pro Photographer Hacks

There are many cool little tricks of the trade in photography, This video looks at some extremely useful and perhaps lesser-known photography hacks that pro photographers use.

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Lensfinder Drops Its Selling Fees For Filmmakers

Is there anything better than free?

Lensfinder, a website for filmmakers to sell or buy used cameras, lenses, and filters, has removed its sellers’ fees as first reported by ProVideo Coalition. The eBay-styled site has hundreds of offerings in each category that are bought and sold by those in the filmmaking community.

It’s founder, Ryan Avery, who was part of the now-defunct Veydra lenses, says the change in fees was prompted by those finding workaround to avoid the selling fees. When the site launched, there was a 4% fee, plus PayPal fees, during checkout. Lensfinder has now dropped the 4% fee, but the PayPal fee still applies.

Lensfinder is popular among filmmakers because of its intuitive search tool that is not found on other sites like eBay. Users can focus a lens search by brand, including Canon, Sigma, Sony, or Zeiss, format, mount type, or by feature. Searches can also be filtered by condition, focal length, and price.

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An Even Faster Way to Remove Harsh Shadows Using Photoshop

An Even Faster Way to Remove Harsh Shadows Using Photoshop

Last year, Unmesh Dinda of PiXimperfect produced an excellent tutorial on how to remove harsh shadows from an image using Photoshop. In this new video, he reveals a much faster way to achieve equally good results.

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Lightroom Tip: How to ‘Stack’ as Many Spot Removal Points as You Want

The spot removal tool in Lightroom is a fast and simple method to touch up a photo and cleanup imperfections. While not as accurate or full-featured as the various touchup tools in Photoshop, sometimes you only need a simple and fast way to perform a touchup directly from Lightroom.

Using the tool is straightforward. You click on the small brush icon and then will be offered a choice of either Clone or Heal. In most cases, the Heal choice will yield the best results for fast touchup of blemishes. You can also set your Size, Feather, and Opacity preferences.

Then, fixing a blemish or problem in the photo is as simple as simply “painting” right over it with the tool.

Lightroom will then try and find another area of the image that most closely represents the same color, texture, lighting and so forth:

In most cases, Lightroom does a fairly good job the first time around. If not, you can easily click and drag the suggested reference point to another area of the image.

While adding a single spot removal point usually works, there are times you may need to add more than one. Here’s the problem: if you try and add two or more spots directly almost on top of each other, it is extremely difficult, if not impossible to do. It’s a real hassle, actually.

The reason is because the selected cursor points overlap each other, and when you are trying to move your mouse over them, Lightroom will just select the previous point and will not allow you to activate a new selection.

The Helpful Shortcut

Fortunately, there is a great keyboard shortcut which will solve this problem. Simply press the H key on your keyboard. Once you do, Lightroom will “hide” all of the previous spots that you have placed in the photo and you can easily maneuver your cursor to wherever you need and add another spot.

For a short demonstration on how to do this, please see the video.

A couple of things to keep in mind about this tool and this shortcut:

  1. Lightroom is not the best software application for performing detailed touchup on photos. Anything other than a very simple touchup job will require a more full-featured pixel editor like Photoshop.
  2. Lightroom will also slow down as you increase the number of spot points using the touchup tool. Meaning, you don’t want your photo to be filled with them like this

If you need to do this much touch up, use Photoshop!

However, for quick fixes directly in Lightroom with a minimum of hassle, give the ‘H’ shortcut key a try if you need to add more than one point from time to time.

Happy Lightrooming!


About the author: Chris Lee is a corporate photographer, technical trainer, video editor located in the Atlanta area who created the pal2tech YouTube channel last year. He recently woke up one morning and realized that he loves teaching photography even more than actually taking photos. We know… he still finds that hard to believe also.