A Classic Annie Leibovitz Documentary

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I was at a bookstore the other day and was looking through a great book on the work of Annie Leibovitz – Annie Leibovitz Portraits 2005 – 2016. I am a big fan of Annie Leibovitz’s work and have been ever since I began taking black and white photos and developing them in my darkroom back in the late 80s/early 90s.  Her lighting styles, techniques, and subjects fascinated me. I have her book, Annie Leibovitz At Work, which is not only a great insight into her fantastic images but the equipment and techniques she uses too.

So, this week, I wanted to share an old Annie Leibovitz documentary from 1993, along with some of Annie’s images to get you inspired on your portrait photographic journey.

I hope you enjoy her work as much as I do.

 

 

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Angelina Jolie, Dumont Dunes, Baker, CA, 2006 / In celebration of the premier of Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

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Katy Perry, Paris, France, 2011 / Happy Birthday, Katy

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Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sun Valley, ID, 1997 / In celebration of the premier of Terminator: Dark Fate

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Serena and Venus Williams, Photo 1: Palm Beach, FL, 2016. Photo 2: West Palm Beach, FL, 1998

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Jennifer Lawrence, Los Angeles, CA, 2015 / Congratulations on your wedding

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A Classic Annie Leibovitz Documentary

The post A Classic Annie Leibovitz Documentary appeared first on Digital Photography School. It was authored by Caz Nowaczyk.

annie-leibovitz-documentary-1993

I was at a bookstore the other day and was looking through a great book on the work of Annie Leibovitz – Annie Leibovitz Portraits 2005 – 2016. I am a big fan of Annie Leibovitz’s work and have been ever since I began taking black and white photos and developing them in my darkroom back in the late 80s/early 90s.  Her lighting styles, techniques, and subjects fascinated me. I have her book, Annie Leibovitz At Work, which is not only a great insight into her fantastic images but the equipment and techniques she uses too.

So, this week, I wanted to share an old Annie Leibovitz documentary from 1993, along with some of Annie’s images to get you inspired on your portrait photographic journey.

I hope you enjoy her work as much as I do.

 

 

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Angelina Jolie, Dumont Dunes, Baker, CA, 2006 / In celebration of the premier of Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

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Katy Perry, Paris, France, 2011 / Happy Birthday, Katy

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Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sun Valley, ID, 1997 / In celebration of the premier of Terminator: Dark Fate

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Serena and Venus Williams, Photo 1: Palm Beach, FL, 2016. Photo 2: West Palm Beach, FL, 1998

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Jennifer Lawrence, Los Angeles, CA, 2015 / Congratulations on your wedding

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Canon Announces 24P Video in 90D, EOS RP Via Firmware Update

The post Canon Announces 24P Video in 90D, EOS RP Via Firmware Update appeared first on Digital Photography School. It was authored by Jaymes Dempsey.

 

Canon Announces 24PWhen Canon debuted the EOS RP, photographers who also shoot video were intensely frustrated by one feature:

The lack of 24p video recording when shooting HD.

24p is especially important to videographers going for a cinematic look; 24p is a very common choice in movies, and the 24p look is now expected by moviegoers.

While the Canon EOS RP did offer 24p when shooting 4K, Canon customers were still disappointed. For anyone who wished to shoot in the HD arena at 24p, the Canon EOS RP was off-limits.

This trend continued with the Canon 90D, which also lacked 24p, though this time when shooting both 4K and full HD. And the Canon EOS M6 Mark II also missed the 24p feature.

Fortunately, Canon seems to listen to its consumers. On October 8th, the photography giant announced that it would be bringing 24p recording to a series of DSLR and mirrorless cameras. It promised to start with the EOS RP and the Canon 90D, followed by the PowerShot G7 X Mark III, the G5 X Mark II, and the Canon EOS M6 Mark II.

And just last week, Canon delivered. The company released its firmware version 1.4.0 for the Canon EOS RP and its firmware version 1.1.1 for the Canon 90D, allowing both cameras to shoot video at 24p. As the EOS RP already had 24p capabilities when doing 4K video, the firmware update simply expands this into the full HD territory. But the Canon 90D offered no 24p capabilities, and the firmware update has turned this around, giving the DSLR 24p shooting in both full HD recording and 4K recording.

You can download this new firmware from the Canon website (completely free!).

While the G7 X Mark III, G5 X Mark II, and EOS M6 Mark II haven’t yet received their firmware updates, you can be fairly confident that Canon will deliver. Canon has even offered a timeline, promising 24p for the G7 X Mark III and the G5 X Mark II before New Years, and the EOS M6 Mark II in 2020 (hopefully early on!).

Now I’d like to ask you:

What do you think of this firmware update? Does this make the Canon 90D or the Canon EOS RP more desirable? Share in the comments!

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The Easiest Way to Achieve Rich Skin Tones in Photoshop!

The post The Easiest Way to Achieve Rich Skin Tones in Photoshop! appeared first on Digital Photography School. It was authored by Caz Nowaczyk.

In this video by PiXimperfect, you’ll learn the easiest way to achieve rich and beautiful skin tones in Photoshop.

In this tutorial, advanced Photoshop masking tools are used to target only the skin tones in the image. After selecting the skin tones, adjustment layers are used to add color to it.

The easiest way to achieve rich skin tones in Photoshop:

  1. Open your image in Photoshop.
  2. To begin your selection of the skin, go to Menu->Select->Color Range.
  3. To select the skin correctly, be sure to select “Sample Colors” (not “Skin Tones” because this feature doesn’t capture the skin tones with accuracy).
  4. Firstly, decrease the Fuzziness value to around 15, and then select the first Eyedropper tool. Using the eyedropper tool, click on one part of the skin in your image. To see what your selection is, ensure that you mark Selection in the Color Range window.
  5. Now select the second Eyedropper with the + symbol to extend the selection of the skin range. To do this, click and drag your Eyedropper tool across all skin tones until you have selected them all. Make sure no area is left out.
  6. You don’t want to keep the selection harsh, so go to the Fuzziness Slider and change it to around 55, and then click OK.
  7. Now that you have a selection of your skin tones, or colors similar to your skin tones, click on the Adjustment Layer icon in the Layers Palette. Choose “Solid Color.” This opens up the color palette window. In the RGB section, put in the following numbers – R: 255, G: 46, B: 1, and click OK.
  8. Change the Blend Mode in your Layers Palette from “Normal” to “Linear Light.” Rather than lower the Layer opacity, you are going to lower the “Fill” to around 5-10%.
  9. Take a look at your image and see if any areas have turned out too harsh with the blend. If so, choose your mask, then select the Paintbrush tool and paint those areas (with your brush color set to White) to soften the transition. You can decrease your brush flow if you want to.

That’s it!

Do you have any other tips you’d like to share with us? Do so in the comments section!

You may also find the following helpful:

Basic Skin Smoothing in Photoshop

Understanding Masking in Photoshop

How to Blend in Adjustments Using Layer Masking in Photoshop

How to Use the Clone Stamp Tool in Photoshop to Make Clear Skin

How to Correct Skin Blemishes Using the Patch Tool in Photoshop

How to Replace Colors in Your Images Using Photoshop

How to Enhance Colors Using Photoshop’s Color Range Tool

 

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850 Up Your Run-and-Gun Video Game

Professional film maker and host of The Two Hosers Photography Show, Allan Attridge, joins the show to help us still photographers up our game in videography. He shares his personal experience and provides some simple tips on how to approach one-person run-and-gun type videography situations.

Photo by Jon Flobrant

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Photo Tours with Chris Marquardt
» Aug 2018: Ireland — Giant's Causeway
» Sep 2018: Norway — Lofoten Fantastic Fjords
» Oct 2018: Morocco
» Feb 2019: Arctic: Fantastic Fjords Tour 1
» Feb 2019: Arctic: Fantastic Fjords Tour 2
» Jun 2019: Silk Road Kyrgyztan
» Oct 2019: Romaina Fall Colors
» Feb 2020: Lake Baikal, Siberia
» Sep 2020: Ireland, The Wild Atlantic Way
» all photo tours

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816 Gale-Force Winds

Chris tries to find out what STYLE in photography really means and why and if you should develop one. We’ll look at how to shoot video and do photography at minus seven degrees Fahrenheit while being on a ship in wind force eight and 16 ft waves. Talk about a challenge.

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Photo tours with Chris Marquardt:
» May 2017: Svalbard — Arctic (sold out)
» Oct 2017: Bhutan — The Happiness Kingdom (only 1 spot open)
» May 2018: New York Tilt-Shift
» Aug 2018: Ireland — Giant's Causeway
» Sep 2018: Norway — Lofoten Fantastic Fjords
» Oct 2018: Morocco
» all photo tours

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807 My New Mirrorless Camera

Chris has streamed video for ages, but he was never happy with the way the video from his webcam looked. So he went on a bit of an odyssey to finally get to a setup with a decent camera, a decent sensor, decent bokeh and really good video quality. All for under 500 bucks.

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Photo tours with Chris Marquardt:
» May 2017: Svalbard — Arctic (sold out)
» Oct 2017: Bhutan — The Happiness Kingdom (only 1 spot open)
» May 2018: New York Tilt-Shift
» Aug 2018: Ireland — Giant's Causeway
» Sep 2018: Norway — Lofoten Fantastic Fjords
» Oct 2018: Morocco
» all photo tours

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801 The Cult of Done Manifesto

Let’s look at a philosophy that can help you get your photo projects done, the Cult of Done Manifesto. Daniel needs help with release forms, Tony wonders about camera settings for shooting video and you can win a t-shirt by helping find a name for our little robot.

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Photo tours with Chris Marquardt:
» May 2017: Svalbard — Arctic (sold out)
» Oct 2017: Bhutan — The Happiness Kingdom (only 1 spot open)
» Jan 2018: Ladakh — Chadar Trek
» Aug 2018: Ireland — Giant's Causeway
» Sep 2018: Norway — Lofoten Fantastic Fjords
» Oct 2018: Morocco
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tfttf719 – Georgia, Mark, Tsivka and Wayne

Receive free updates Georgia wants to start her own video blog and Chris draws the parallels between photography and audio and video. Tsvika tries to merge multiple Lightroom catalogs into one, Wayne has a photo workflow question and wants to find out where to flag his pictures best and last but not least, Mark likes … Continue reading "tfttf719 – Georgia, Mark, Tsivka and Wayne"

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This is After Dark 2013 – St. Louis (video)

An intimate look at a very unique photo event: After Dark. Chris Marquardt attended this year’s St. Louis event as a mentor and Jon Miller (The Rest of Everest) was there to film and make this wonderful video. » After … Continue reading

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