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Becoming a better photographer

By Dennis Flinsenberg

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Useful videos, articles and inspirational photographs that are helping me become a (better) photographer.

Dennis Flinsenberg — (Web)designer @Linkuimedia. Design, photography, music, movies. Dribbble: http://t.co/Y8zPNAbwXT

3 500px ISO Unbelievable Photography 15 Tips For Getting Razor Sharp Photos

Jimmy Mcintyre is a travel photographer, educator, and 500px ISO contributor. His photos have been published in local and national magazines, including the BBC. His online courses on digital blending and post-processing can be found in his official website. You can also check out the rest of his tutorials on 500px ISO here. In this tutorial, Jimmy shares his expert

Added by Dennis Flinsenberg: “A shameless bit of self-promotion here. I post wallpapers of photographs I take regularly now on my website. Check them out. They're free (and always will be) and available in Desktop, Tablet and Mobile sizes.

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6 How to Properly Use the Liquify Tool in Photoshop | Fstoppers

Liquify gets a bad rap. Its misuse accounts for a pretty alarming number of Photoshop disasters. And although it is easy to learn, it does take a great deal of time and energy to master. Luckily, Aaron Nace over at Phlearn is here to help. Known primarily as the "digital plastic surgeon" of Photoshop, the liquify tool can also be

7 How To Shoot Dreamy Backlit Portraits With Natural Light

Lisa Holloway is an internationally-published, award-winning fine art portrait photographer from rural Northwestern Arizona. A Canon girl since Day One, Lisa is self-taught and works exclusively with natural light. She has been in the portraiture business, photographing clients in the Las Vegas metro area since 2008. When Lisa is not pursuing her photography interests, she loves the outdoors, road trips,

12 How To Shoot Dreamy Outdoor Portraits

Jake Olson is an award-winning, internationally-published portrait photographer and graphic artist from Blair, Nebraska. Jake began taking photographs two and a half years ago. In 2012, he started Jake Olson Studios and became a full-time portrait artist. He specializes in natural light and doesn't use reflectors or a flash for any of his outdoor images. In this tutorial, Jake will

17 So You Wanna Backlight? {Natural Light Photography Series}

Photographing in natural light can be a challenge! Join us in the month of June as I Heart Faces Creative Team member Jean Smith Photography shares her natural light photography series. Each week she will focus on her secrets to shooting in challenging natural light conditions. This week's topic is backlight. Light is and always has been the most fundamental

18 The Essential List of Online Documentaries On Photographers

February 6, 2014 | 3 Comments | It's insightful to learn about and from the photographers who make the classic photographs. Here's a collection of videos on photographers that I've enjoyed most. You'll find them inspiring! Where do I recommend you start? With the classics - in red. Robert Adams | View James Balog | View 1 | View 2

19 A Concise Explanation of How Crop Factor Affects Both Focal Length AND Aperture

Editor's Note: Due to some issues with the camera, this video is very shaky at times. It didn't bother us much, but if you're easily distracted this video might annoy more than it educates you. You've been warned. If you're just getting into the world of cameras and lenses, the term "crop factor" and phrases like "this is a 35mm

20 The Secrets To Taking Awesome Dog Portraits By Elke Vogelsang

Here at HQ, we have a special spot in our hearts for dogs. So when we stumbled upon Elke Vogelsang 's dog portraits, we were instantly smitten. Her ability to capture her four-legged subjects at their most expressive and playful is just extraordinary. Mostly shot in close-ups, each portrait brims with intimacy, a sense of humor, and the photographer's own

21 Finally, An Easy Way To Remove Stray Hairs In Photoshop

The thought of removing stray hairs in Photoshop conjures up thoughts that are equivalent to torture. It's not uncommon to hear your fellow colleagues gripe about retouching hair. However, Michael Woloszynowicz has come to the rescue. He is becoming one of our favorites here at Fstoppers when it comes to Photoshop tutorials. Check out this efficient way in tackling stray

23 Shooting with Natural Light

People often ask me about my post-processing when they look over my photography. To be honest, the post-process I've developed has been a combination of small tutorials I've taken over the years from artists I respect. I've since developed my own style from these tools, but the most important part of post-processing is having an image that will take it

24 From up North

In From up North's photography galleries we present the latest of our findings from the wonderful world of photography. Amazing high quality shots from great photographers all over the globe. If you would like to send us suggestions for these galleries, please click on the button "Submit" located in the header, and fill out the form. And don't forget to

25 Gorgeous Photography Series Portrays Gay Couples All Over The Globe

2. New-york based photographer Braden Summers is highly experienced in capturing romance with a single click.3. But as a gay man, he was tired of the LGBT community being misrepresented in media imagery - or worse absent completely. He decided to take matters into his own hands. 5. Summers discussed the All Love Is Equal photography series with BuzzFeed and

28 Great Tips And Tricks On How To Retouch Hair

One of the most complex areas about retouching beauty shots is definitely fixing hair. If you see any editorial or advertisement that has perfect hair, you can be rest assured that there was some retouching involved. Although this isn't the only way to retouch hair, the guys at FX-Ray put together a good video showcasing some tips and tricks. There

30 AF-ON & Back Button Autofocus: This May Just Change the Way You Shoot Forever

Still autofocusing by pressing halfway down on your shutter release? Well, suppose I told you there's another way that you might even like better? Sound interesting? Read on. The technique is called Back Button Autofocus and it can really change the way you use your camera. Rather than autofocusing with your shutter release, you move the autofocus function exclusively to

31 What Is The Difference Between a Parabolic Reflector, a Beauty Dish, and an Octobox?

When it comes to shaping the light sources photographers use, there are a lot of modifiers available. Each lighting modifier has it's own characteristics which can make it difficult to determine the best light for your project. Karl Taylor has produced one of the best videos I've ever seen showing exactly how the light fall off, contrast, and specularity differs

32 Love, Loss, Life And The Intense Power Of Photography

The ability of photography to capture singular moments of emotion - love, particularly - is what many of us find fascinating with the medium, particularly those of us that photograph people. Ben lost his wife Ali to lung cancer shortly after they married, but with his young daughter Olivia, paid tribute to both the love for his wife and the

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33 The Year in Pictures

As I immersed myself in these dozens of photos from the past year, I kept thinking about what happened to my Aunt Shirley and her family more than 30 years ago. I was a senior in college when she and three of her children were murdered by an arsonist who set fire to their tenement in Haverhill, Mass. What I

Added by Dennis Flinsenberg: “Be sure to check out the videos at the original article! http://petapixel.com/2013/12/08/eight-life-focus-miniseries-episodes-jumpstart-motivation/

34 Eight 'Life in Focus' Miniseries Episodes to Jumpstart Your Motivation

We introduced you to F-Stop Gear's 'Life in Focus' miniseries when it first debuted back in April. Since then, eight more inspirational episodes of the series have aired, and since we neglected to share them one by one over the last eight months, we thought we'd share them all here as a sort of motivational kick in the pants to

35 Incredible Steel Wool Light Paintings Done to Look Like Rorschach Ink Blots

Light-painting, like time-lapse, is a genre of photography that is packed full of talent, making it really hard to pick quality work to feature (if you haven't already, check out this list of 10 amazing light-painting photogs you should follow right away). We were thrilled, therefore, when we stumbled across Nicolas Rivals' series of steel wool light painting Rorschach tests

36 Alex Godin - Three Days in Tokyo on Exposure

We woke up at 3AM to visit the wholesale tuna auction. The frozen Tuna (which weigh hundreds of pounds) are laid out on the floor and perused by the wholesalers. They walk around poking at them with big metal hooks, trying to figure out how much to pay during the auction.

39 Photos That Reveal the Hidden Nature of Depression When Turned Upside Down - PetaPixel

Here's an example of photography being used to deliver a powerful message in a creative way: Singapore-based suicide prevention organization Samaritans of Singapore recently ran a series of ads recently that highlight the challenge of spotting depression. It's a series of three photographs put together by creative director Erik Vervroegen and his team at Publicis Singapore. Each photograph shows a

41 Portrait - A Documentary on Instagram and Photography

A documentary that explores the question, "In the age of Instagram, what sets a professional photographer apart?" Directed by Andy Newman. Featuring Andria Lindquist and Cory Staudacher. Cinematography by Andy Newman and Zach Frankart. Original music written and performed by Jonathan Haidle. Created with the power of Kickstarter and my wonderful backers.

45 Amanda & Jeff

one night when a brother brings his friend from college home for dinner, you dont expect they'll be a younger sister there, and you surely dont expect that years down the road they'll be getting married. but that's the story here.

46 Iconic Photographer René Burri On Six of His Best-Known Photographs - PetaPixel

Swiss photographer René Burri has had the opportunity to photograph some of history's most famous personalities. His photograph of Che Guevara smoking a cigar in his office in Cuba has become nothing short of iconic, and by a fortunate turn of events, he even met and photographed Pablo Picasso. The video above is a short interview with Burri in which

53 National Geographic: The Obama White House Through The Lens [1/4]

Pete Souza is never far behind President Obama. In fact, sometimes he's ahead of him. As the President's chief White House photographer, Souza is the President's shadow. Now, National Geographic will follow Souza inside the Obama White House -- aboard Air Force One, backstage at the State of the Union, and into the heart of the West Wing.

57 Tutorial - Photograph The Night Sky

Let's go on a trip together and take stunning night sky photos. Hi, I'm Dave Morrow, and I will be your guide in this journey. I'm a fellow 500px-er, adventure junkie, and I love teaching photography. In this tutorial, you will learn how to hunt for a dark sky, choose the right equipment, discover the 500 rule, and take awesome

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