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How to Shoot a High-End Cosmetics Photo with Cheap Speedlights

In the world of Instagram, there is a practice known as botting — and I hate it. For the uninitiated, botting is the process of tying your Instagram account to a wide variety of automation software, which charge users small sums of money to juice their profile. At the heart of it, it’s a pay-to-play relationship where you’re paying money to grow your following on Instagram.

There are plenty of tutorials and examples on the Web for capturing amazing photographs of the moon. Photojournalist Van Applegate recently experienced a humorous personal fail that shows how not to do it.

I think it’s fair to say that most photographers will, at some point in their career, have to work with models at least once—whether you’re a still life shooter that photographs models’ hands holding a fork full of food a couple of times a year or an e-commerce shooter that works with models every single day.

Canon just announced a new macro lens for its crop sensor cameras. The new EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM is equivalent to a 56mm on a full frame camera and aims to bring affordable macro photography to the masses.

As camera makers struggle to innovate, consumers are finding little need to upgrade. The market is slowing to the point of inertia—manufacturers need to take a left field approach to stay competitive.

The future is exciting for mobile photography. Adobe just released this sneak peek that shows off some amazing features powered by Adobe Sensei, which uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to do edits on photos.

Western Digital today unveiled its first portable SSD. The My Passport SSD features blazing-fast data transfer speeds in a pint-sized drive that photographers can easily slip into a small camera bag.

Nikon is getting ready to announce a new DSLR. The Japanese camera company is reportedly planning to reveal the D7500 (followup to the D7200) sometime next week, and we’re getting our first peek at a leaked photo and specs ahead of the official reveal.

Everyone is a photographer, and that includes celebrities. But some celebrities take their photography more seriously than others, investing both significant time and money into developing their craft. Here’s a small sampling.

A common rule of thumb to figure out your maximum shutter speed for sharp stars at night is to divide 500 by your focal length. Sometimes it’s called the 600 Rule or the 400 Rule or several other numbers that can be used depending on your sensor size. Unfortunately, it’s a a very inaccurate rule today.

When I first began looking at the new Sigma 35mm f/1.4, I made judgements about its quality. “It’s plastic, yuck.” “I bet that focus control feels like a rusty zipper.” “The AF selector switch will tick me off.” “It won’t match the speed of my Nikon’s and my focusing tendencies.” My preconceived notions were that I was set for a so-so experience.

Rotating an image in Photoshop might seem like a pretty simple process: you just… rotate it, right? Not quite. As this video from 2010 demonstrates, one of the ways a computer rotates an image is actually by applying 4 sequential transformations. (Warning: math incoming).

There’s a very succinct analogy by Marshall McLuhan, summing up our society’s focus on the past:
“We look at the present through a rear-view mirror. We march backwards into the future.”

Once Syria’s largest city, Aleppo has been the worst-hit city in the country since the Battle of Aleppo began in 2012 as part of the ongoing Syrian Civil War. Now a series of before-and-after photos reveals just how much the once-vibrant historical city has been marred by war.

Eye Stocker published this simple 5-minute Photoshop video tutorial that shows how you can color grade any photo using only solid color adjustment layers and the Blend If feature.

There are 27 different blending modes in Photoshop, and unless you’re a real retouching junkie, chances are good you haven’t explored each and every one of them in detail. But have no fear, to paraphrase an old Apple ad, “there’s a [YouTube tutorial] for that.”

The comparisons were bound to start pouring in. When Tamron revealed their 70-200mm f/2.8 G2, priced at just $1,300, people started asking: should I still buy the Nikon ($2,800) or Canon ($1,900) versions? Jared ‘Fro’ Polin has answer for the Nikon users: you shouldn’t.

Veteran wildlife photographer Michael Furtman has seen many images of northern owls swooping down, talons drawn on an unsuspecting black or white mouse on the surface of the snow. This kind of imagery makes his blood boil.

At least once per month, we hear about someone else—a photographer, photo shoot subject, sometimes just kids messing around—who was struck and killed while taking pictures on train tracks. And this weekend, the TODAY show demonstrated how these massive machines are able to “sneak up” on people.

You don’t need fancy lighting equipment to capture nighttime portraits. Follow these few simple tips from photographer Jordan Matter and you’ll up your night portrait game instantly, no flash required.

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