Is An Underwater DSLR Housing Worth the Expense?

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Earlier this summer, I shot a wedding in the Abacos, Bahamas, and wanted to use my free time there to experiment with underwater photography. My husband has a Panasonic point-and-shoot camera that we have used on past trips for underwater fun, but the perfectionist in me wondered if the pictures would be dramatically better with a professional DSLR. [Read more…]

 

Peter Hurley on Jawline and Positioning for Headshots

Here’s another great little video from Peter Hurley talking jawline and positioning for headshots. It’s short at about four minutes, but there are several tips to glean in here. If you want to hear more of Peter Hurley, check out this hour-long video from 2012 on the general topic of headshots.

You can also buy his full class that comes in at an hour and 21 minutes for $29 here on CreativeLive.

Karl Taylor Live Beauty Shoot at Photokina

Karl Taylor was at the Broncolor booth at Photokina 2014 doing a live beauty lighting session in only 30 minutes. The video, however, is condensed to 11 minutes. While the audio quality is sketchy throughout, you still get the idea of what he’s doing.

In the session, he also shows off the fast recycle time of the new Broncolor SIROS lights as you can see when he invites numerous photographers up on stage to capture images using the same lights a the same time. The SIROS lights fire repeatedly without missing a beat as several photographers fire at almost the same time. We also get another short refresher on how Broncolor para umbrellas work.

How to Create a Vignette in Photoshop

Here’s another quick tutorial from Photoshop Principal Product Manager Bryan O’Neil Hughes explains how to create a vignette in Photoshop. In the video, he shows off the effects of different sliders in the Post Crop Vignette panel inside Camera Raw. Of course, the same sliders and tools are present in Lightroom if you haven’t explored them yet.

Additionally, he shows how to use the Lens Correction tools inside of Photoshop itself to add a vignette. Finally, he shows how to use the radial filter tool in Camera Raw to create an off-center vignette.

How to Automate Focus Stacking in Photoshop

In the above video, Photoshop Principal Product Manager Bryan O’Neil Hughes shows us how to use several different images with different focus points and create a focus stacked image in Photoshop so that everything is in focus.

During the automation process, Photoshop keeps every image on a separate layer and automatically creates a mask to reveal the areas of the particular layer that is in focus.

Have you used this automated process for focus stacking in Photoshop?