How To Fix Extreme Noise with Adobe Camera RAW

One thing that plagues almost every photographer is the noise in our images. Whether it is due to shooting at an incredibly high ISO or to aggressively lifting the shadows in post, the struggle with noise is as certain as the sunrise. Even with the great advancements in camera technology, even the most powerful of these tools can only hope to mitigate its presence. As fortune would have it, there are a variety of methods available to combat this visual virus and, in this quick tutorial, Blake Rudis from F64 Academy shares some tips on how to remedy this problem with Adobe Camera RAW. [REWIND:Topaz DeNoise | Do You Need A Noise Reduction Plug-in?] Luminance & Luminance Detail – 3:26 Luminance is the slider that has a wide-ranging effect in reducing noise in your image. However, the drawback is that it robs your image of overall sharpness. You can restore this sharpness with the Luminance Detail slider, but this counteracts the initial effect of the luminance slider. This brings us to the color slider. Color Slider – 4:13 One...

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Bill Cunningham’s Bicycle & Library Are Going On Display

The death of an icon is, in many ways, not a death at all, but an immortalization, and for the fashion world, Bill Cunningham’s passing last June at the ripe age of 87 was sort of just that. Bill’s presence around the streets of New York as he walked and more iconically rode around on his bicycle, is missed this fashion week, but far from forgotten. In fact, the New York Historical Society has acquired his cameras, library, and some of his personal effects as part of its permanent collection, including his Biria bicycle. [RELATED: Bill Cunningham | Iconic Photographer Gone at 87, More Enduring Than The Fashion He Photographed] Photo courtesy of the New York Historical Society “The New-York Historical Society enjoyed a longstanding relationship with Bill Cunningham, dating back to his first donation of 88 gelatin silver photographs representing his ‘Facades’ series and continuing to the end of his life…In 2014, we were thrilled to host a very special surprise party for Bill’s 85th birthday, which coincided with a brand new ‘Facades’ exhibition. His death was deeply...

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Hands On With Sony’s Newest Gear | 100mm 2.8 STF GM, FE 85mm 1.8, & New Flash

Sony is continuing to up the ante in the photography world with high-quality gear that is turning the heads of long time brand-loyalists, including myself. The gear that they are producing is innovative and somewhat ahead of their time. Their latest round of gear announcements includes the FE 100mm f/2.8 STF GM, FE 85mm 1.8, and a radio equipped HVL-F45RM flash. You can read the full press release from B&H Photo here. Sony brazenly states that their FE 100mm f/2.8 STF GM produces the highest quality bokeh for a lens, and it is the first of its kind. This lens differentiates itself from its competitors by producing the most natural bokeh without distortion and vignetting at the edge of the frame. At certain depths of field, it does, however, feel a bit understated in comparison to other portrait lenses we have become accustomed to, and naturally, you would want to shoot wide open to get the smoothest results. Also, the lens is not a low light lens with a T-stop of 5.6, and that’s okay because it isn’t pretending...

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How-To | Easy, Seamless Exposure Blending In Photoshop

Photoshop can be a mystifying environment, where despite a user’s best intentions sometimes things can go awry and make a mess out of a photo. Or, the results may be dazzling and exactly as intended, but the means to the end could have been painfully time consuming. In this YouTube video from Jimmy McIntyre’s “Challenge Jimmy” series where viewers send in files for him to perfect, he walks us through a quick, non destructive way to blend exposures in Photoshop, leaving no trace of digital manipulation – both using the Raya Pro plugin and manually. Three exposures are used – one for the highlights, one for the shadows, and a middle exposure to act as a bridge between the more extreme exposures. In Adobe Camera Raw, the exposures containing the data for the highlight and shadow areas for the final image are tweaked to further expand their dynamic range, bringing out more detail in both. The middle exposure is left untouched, and all three are selected to apply adjustments not pertaining to tones that must match in all three...

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How to turn off that annoying grid in Photoshop when you zoom in.

Hey, guys! I’ve been working on 4K for the last year, and as such, I have to zoom in quite considerably more than resolutions such as 1080 and 1440 to get to the same level of “zoomed in” view. This extreme zoom-in add a grid to the view. As a photographer and a retoucher, it […] The post How to turn off that annoying grid in Photoshop when you zoom in. appeared first on DIY Photography.        Share...

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Want A Fuji Monochrome? | Now You Can Have A Fuji Camera Dedicated To Black & White

Getting a camera that has and does everything you want is generally considered a pipe dream, and even if you were able to get close, like Sony a99II close, it would be ephemeral bliss because Moore’s Law suggests tech progresses at a rate that will have you yearning for some new advancement by the time your next birthday came around. As I tend to say, owning the best in camera equipment is like running in a race where the finish line keeps moving. There are a few caveats, however, and if you’re not greedy, and are really specific, there are specialty cameras out there to suit. The first to come to mind would be the Leica M Monochrom, a beautiful mutant with a CCD missing a color gene that means it’s a purpose shooter with uncompromising dedication to black and white. It actually records only true luminance values in order to deliver the true b&w shots. That allows, technically, for more contrast, sharpness, and according to Leica, a ‘finer resolution that that of medium format.’ They also tout its...

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World Press Photo Winners 2017 & The Gear And Exif Data For Each

This week the World Press 2017 Photo Contest concluded and winners, runner ups, and honorable mentions posted. Of course given the politically charged and changing state of the world, there has been no shortage of material to cover, and the collection of winners certainly highlight the dramatic. What’s always particularly impressive and interesting about the World Press Photo submissions is that there is really no focus on camera-trickery, but on the fundamentals of art: subject matter, timing, framing, and storytelling. [RELATED: Getty Images Seeks Sports Photographer Intern For Paid Year-Long Internship] This year’s overall winner should come as no surprise, as the image, An Assassination in Turkey, ricocheted around the world on print and screen in a way only something truly visceral could’ve. It was shocking, poignant, and bizarre to see so much about the conflicts in the world referenced in a single frame, one taken by Burhan Ozbilici in the face of a situation that would terrify the strongest of us. The photo is neither particularly beautiful nor the paragon of classic technique, but it’s a brilliant reminder...

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Kendall Jenner Trades In Her Cover Status For a Camera | Gets Massive Editorial As A Photographer

Kendall Jenner is once again donning her photographer hat for Conde Nast’s UK based Love magazine, thus making waves around the photography world. Jenner made her debut as a fashion photographer this past summer while photographing Kaia Gerber, supermodel Cindy Crawford’s daughter, for the magazine. Her second assignment for Love includes various covers as well as a 72-page spread. For the seventeenth issue, Love launched a social media based competition in search of finding the “generation’s next icons” to grace the cover of their magazine. Kendall picked her favorites from among the 110,000 applications to photograph. The cover stars include the likes of Sienna Miller and Kaia Gerber once again. Kaia Gerber photographed by me for LOVE magazine pic.twitter.com/yn2WxUiy1t — Kendall (@KendallJenner) July 19, 2016 Kaia Gerber, one of our #LOVEME17 covers photographed by Kendall wearing @burberry @kendalljenner on @kaiagerber: “I feel like even between the first time I shot her and now she has grown a lot. She has definitely matured in terms of how she is in front of the camera. She’s in her prime, both physically...

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Weekly Photography Challenge – Black and White Architecture

Earlier I shared some moody and dramatic images of architecture in black and white. Now it’s your turn! Weekly Photography Challenge – Black and White Architecture Even in harsh midday sun, you can often create stunning and dramatic images of architecture. Let’s take a look at a few black and white images of architecture. I’ll start you off with a few of my own from Turkey. The library at Ephesus Inside the great Haga Sofia in Istanbul. Your challenge this week is to photograph some architecture. You can do this no matter where you live. If there are buildings, you can do this. Even a hut or shack is architecture! Use a wide-angle lens or go for details, maybe shoot at night? It’s up to you how you approach it, just get out there shooting. If you need some tips here are a few articles to help: 4 Beginner Tips for Doing Architecture Photography How to Create Stunning Architecture Photography by Painting with Light Tips for Different Approaches to Architecture Photography 8 Quick Tips to Improve Your Photos of...

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These are 5 simple and clever tricks every filmmaker should know

Filmmaking involves a whole lot of knowledge, and if you ask me – filmmakers also use some magic to achieve certain results. Sometimes they use special effects, but on a number of occasions clever filming and lighting are just enough. Ryan Connolly from Film Riot brings you five tricks every filmmaker should know. They are […] The post These are 5 simple and clever tricks every filmmaker should know appeared first on DIY Photography.        Share...

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Gear List | What Photo Gear Essentials To Pack For A Trip

When packing photography equipment for a trip, you’ll want to strike a balance between under and overpacking. If you bring too much, or the wrong type, it can act as an anchor and make your life more difficult than it needs to be, but if you don’t bring enough or don’t choose your kit wisely it’s easy to find yourself far from home and wishing you had access to something you’ve left behind. Jay P. Morgan of The Slanted Lens shares some packing tips and favorite gear for travel in a recent YouTube video, as he goes over in detail what he chose to take on a trip to Cuba and why. Keeping in mind that what Jay P. is up to is a photography-centric trip with equipment for BTS video complete with audio equipment, one could probably get away with a lot less if packing for say, a vacation where photography is a side-mission for the excursion. Still, the train of thought shared is useful to help decide what to bring on a more casual photo adventure and...

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500 shades of gray: tips for shooting black and white film

If you are new to film photography, chances are that you will get into shooting black and white sooner or later because you have been inspired by the masterpieces of our great geniuses. But before you become the next Henri Cartier-Bresson or Sebastião Salgado there are a few things you should know. Seeing the world […] The post 500 shades of gray: tips for shooting black and white film appeared first on DIY Photography.        Share...

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How to reduce noise in your photos with no 3rd party plugins in Lightroom and Camera Raw

There’s plenty of great applications and plugins out there that will help you reduce noise in your images. Some are standalone apps while others are plugins. But there’s a lot you can do straight from within Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) and Lightroom without all that. This video from Blake Rudis at F64 Academy talks us through […] The post How to reduce noise in your photos with no 3rd party plugins in Lightroom and Camera Raw appeared first on DIY Photography.        Share...

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23 Moody Black and White Architectural Images

Architecture provides a few things that photographers love; texture, shape, contours, dramatic lighting. Let’s see how these 23 photographers found and photographed different buildings and kinds of architecture in black and white. By Marco Crupi By Paul Waldo By Andrew Howson By jesuscm By Thomas8047 By Justin Vidamo By Brad Hammonds By Brad Hammonds By Thomas Hawk By ?Jin Mikami? By perceptions (creative pause) By Peter Tandlund By ?Jin Mikami? By ?Jin Mikami? By Jacques Caffin By Paulo Valdivieso By Franck Vervial By Chris Chabot By Wasif Malik By Davidlohr Bueso By gato-gato-gato By Brad Hammonds By Premnath Thirumalaisamy The post 23 Moody Black and White Architectural Images by Darlene Hildebrandt appeared first on Digital Photography School.        Share...

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What Is Mirror Lock Up & Electronic First Curtain Shutter?

Mirror lock up is an SLR camera feature that has been around for many years, yet you may have never used it before! If you’re a serious landscape or still photographer, however, one who often shoots from a tripod, (even if you have recently switched to a mirror-LESS camera) then you need to watch this video and read the article below! What Is Mirror Lock Up And How / When To Use It The History Of Mirror Lock Up Regular readers will know that I do love history/trivia about camera gear and the way things work, so I’ll start by explaining mirror lock-up as it was originally designed. The feature that has been around since the days of professional film 35mm and medium format cameras. Nikon D750, Nikon 50mm f/1.8 AIS, 1/6 sec @ f/11 & ISO 100,Slik 614 CF Tripod, 2-sec exposure delay mode The basic idea of mirror lock-up is to protect your images from the mechanical shake that is caused by a mirror. In traditional mirror lock-up mode, when you click the shutter release, only the...

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7 Tips for Overcoming Nerves When Doing Street Photography

Good street photography can sometimes look deceptively easy to do yourself. All you have to do is be in the right place at the right time, get a little lucky, and bam – you have an incredible, one-of-a-kind photograph. However, the reality is much more difficult than that, and it’s something that can surprise photographers when they try it. Suddenly, everything is moving so fast. You look around, but you don’t actually see any amazing moments. Then when you do capture something that you thought looked good, it didn’t turn out anything like you imagined. These are all things that take time and practice to improve at, but the hardest obstacle for people to overcome with street photography is fear. Suddenly, you’re in the middle of it all. People are looking at you. Even the people who you aren’t photographing are watching from the side. You freeze, you have trouble putting the camera to your eye, and it doesn’t feel as fun as it should because you are so nervous! Fear stops too many people before they start, and...

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Prison to NYFW | A Modeling Career Built On A Mugshot

Prison – a place to go to land a modeling contract? Not likely for most people, but when Jeremy Meeks was arrested in 2014 for being a felon in possession of a firearm, he hit an unlikely jackpot. The sheriff’s department in California where he was apprehended posted his mugshot on Facebook to the delight of tens of thousands of people who were captivated enough by his chiseled features and ice blue eyes to “like” and share his photo time and again. Thanks for all the love #Blessed A post shared by JEREMY MEEKS (@jmeeksofficial) on Jan 5, 2017 at 1:55pm PST The mugshot which curiously (and probably luckily for Meeks) featured beauty-esque clamshell lighting went viral (white table under a bright light?), and the title “prison bae” was bestowed, and despite his newfound fans’ best efforts via hashtags, he served two years for his crime. His time in the spotlight garnered the attention of the White Cross Management talent management company, among others, and he was offered a contact though he still had a year left to serve...

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Build your own DIY Kino Flo style lights with incandescent bulbs

There is no doubt that Kino Flo produce some very good lights. But they’re not exactly easy on the wallet. Sure, you can go out and buy several fluorescent tube fittings and try to build your own that way. But, like any fluorescent light, including the Kino Flos, they’re not always the most colour accurate. […] The post Build your own DIY Kino Flo style lights with incandescent bulbs appeared first on DIY Photography.        Share...

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How Different Cameras Perform With The Same Lens | Crop Vs. Full Frame

Some inquisitive looks come my way when I tell people that my wedding kit consists of a D750 and a D7200. The D750 is spoken highly of in forums and photography groups, with most Nikon photographers I know either dual wield D750s or use it as a backup to their D5, D4s, or D810. While on the other hand, my D7200, although crop camera, allows me to keep my kit small with just three lenses while having the “look” of six lenses – sort of. The focal length and aperture remain the same regardless if a lens is attached to a Full Frame camera or an APS-C one. An APS-C camera provides the field of view that is 1.5x the focal length of the lens attached – or a “crop” view. In other words, an 85mm lens at f/1.8 will look sort of like a 135mm at f/2.8. Photographer Ilko Alexandroff created a video comparison showing the differences between his Canon 70D (APS-C) body and Canon 1DX (full frame), using 85mm and 135mm lenses. [RELATED: MMCALC | THE EASY...

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How to use gridded strip softboxes as your main light source

When it comes to setting up flash for a portrait, one might usually grab a big octabox or beauty dish. Normally, we wouldn’t consider something like a strip softbox. Strip softboxes are typically relegated to rim light duties. But they can also be extremely effective as a main light source. In this Profoto Tiny Talk, […] The post How to use gridded strip softboxes as your main light source appeared first on DIY Photography.        Share...

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An Apple a Day Keeps Creativity Awake

Do you find yourself lacking inspiration? Without new ideas? Or just unsatisfied with your average looking images? Pablo Picasso – the famous and talented artist – once said, “Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.” This exercise is designed to help you achieve exactly that, and awaken your creativity. An old English proverb says, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”. So following this principle I came up with a routine for your photographic health. Something to keep you busy so that inspiration can find you working, as Picasso suggested. Step 1: Photograph an apple Why an apple? Well, because I found that many times the excuses that we use are linked to the idea that we don’t have an interesting subject, or a nice-looking one, or an expensive one, in other words something worthy of photographing. So don’t procrastinate at the market looking for the perfect red shiny apple that looks like one from a fairy tale, just get an apple. An apple is something we all have access to. It’s not particularly expensive, and...

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Build your own 3D printed DIY LED ringlight for your smartphone

The problem with mobile phones is that if you need lights, you’ve usually got two options. The first is to simply deal with the underpowered, far-too-close-to-the-lens built in LED. Unless you’re using in the front camera, in which case that’s usually not an option. The second is to lug around all the usual LED lighting […] The post Build your own 3D printed DIY LED ringlight for your smartphone appeared first on DIY Photography.        Share...

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Canon Announces 2 New DSLRs & More | The Rebel T7I & EOS 77D

It’s a big day for Canon as they not only announce a new mirrorless camera, the EOS M6, but also 2 new entry-level DSLRs, a revamped lens, and a bluetooth remote. We covered the new M6 here, but is mirrorless isn’t your particular brand of vodka, perhaps one of the new DSLRs are. The T7i is a natural continuation and evolution of the Rebel line and the EOS 77D represent a new category, according to Canon, for the advanced amateur – that puts the 77D a touch below the 80D but beyond the T7i. Canon EOS Rebel T7i Camera From Canon: The EOS Rebel T7i is the first camera in the EOS Rebel series with a 45-point, all cross-type AF system* within the Optical Viewfinder. It is also the first in the series with Dual Pixel CMOS AF with Phase-detection and the first with a DIGIC 7 Image Processor. Creative filters for both still images and video will allow users to customize the look and feel of their content in new and imaginative ways. When designing the new EOS...

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How to make a DIY DSLR mount for your microscope

Looking through microscopes was something that always fascinated me as a kid. It attracted me for the same reasons things like timelapse and ultra slow motion do. It let me see things I wouldn’t ordinarily be able to. As I got older, whenever I needed to use a microscope, it was more for practical benefit […] The post How to make a DIY DSLR mount for your microscope appeared first on DIY Photography.        Share...

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Free Webinars To Boost Your Sales & Enhance Your Photographic Eye

What better way to grow your business than to learn from pros that went through the struggles and hardships that come with entrepreneurship so you don’t have to? There is no greater resource as a photographer than experience-enriched education, it is the number one Ultimate-bundles.com is hosting a week full of educational experiences hosted by some of the industry’s greatest mentors starting today up until February 21st! Webinar topics range from business acumen to lighting & editing to increase efficiency and create raving clients – see the entire list here! Topic: 5 Steps to Bigger Sales with Zach & Jody Gray When: February 16 at 7PM CST Register Link: https://us154.isrefer.com/go/photoSales/a4356/ Responsible for instructing over 1,200 photographers through their IN-CAMERA workshops, Zach & Jody Gray will give you a simple step by step framework to easily make an extra 10k this year. They will teach you how to sell without being “salesy”, properly price your photography in your market, and how to get your clients to spend double, and thank you for it! Topic: See Like an Artist with Jeremy...

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