Watch How Lighting & Posing Can Fake Before & After Photos

We’ve all seen the before and after photos that plague online advertising. These photos are often part of ads that proclaim the latest and greatest fitness craze or weight loss pill. In the above video, BuzzFeedBlue shows just how easy it is to fake these photos using nothing more than some lighting and posing changes.

While there are certainly things you can do to enhance a physique for the after photo (e.g., lift weights, cardio and eat healthier), much of the presentation still relies on the professional eye of the photographer.

[h/t Jayson]

Westcott Recessed Mega JS Apollo 50″ Softbox for $169 – Deal Alert

Westcott Recessed Mega JS Apollo 50-inch Softbox

B&H has the Westcott Recessed Mega JS Apollo 50″ x 50″ softbox for $169.90 (reg. $249.90) with free expedited shipping. The great thing about this large softbox is that it uses the umbrella receptor to attach instead of a speedring. Accordingly, it fits virtually every studio light made. Check it out here at B&H Photo.

How to Adjust Lighting in Post Production Using Photoshop

Check out this video from Photoshop Principal Product Manager Bryan O’Neil Hughes as he walks through how to adjust lighting to a photo after the fact using some basic tools inside Photoshop. In this video he takes a midday photo and changes it to the appearance of a photo taken at dusk with new lighting elements within.

Adobe also showed off a demo at its MAX conference of some possible future technology that automates the process as well. Check it out below. [Read more…]

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.