- Remove Noise & Recover Detail in Your Photos: Topaz DeNoise
- How to Create Hard, Punchy Portrait Lighting (Video)
- Adorable Photos of Boy and Puppy Napping Together Will Warm Your Heart (Slideshow)
- Interesting Photo of the Day: Stray Cat in Strasbourg
- Chase Jarvis’s Essential Photo Gear (Video)
Posted: 17 Mar 2014 06:31 PM PDT
Topaz DeNoise is designed to offer the fastest and most effective way to reduce heavy ISO noise. Whether you’re shooting in low light, fast speeds, or other noisy conditions, DeNoise gives you the peace of mind to know that you’ll always end up with a clean, clear, noise-free image. They are offering it at half off until the end of the month, simply remember to use the voucher code MARDENOISE at checkout. Deal found here: Topaz DeNoise at 50% Off
The new version also introduces two exciting noise reduction tools. The new dual-directional debanding technology tackles banding noise, while the exclusive Correct Black Level parameter is employed to restore shadow tones to their true richness and color.
Other noise reduction methods utilize a range of subtle blurring techniques that often removes detail as well as noise. Topaz DeNoise 5 is the only software of its kind that is able to recover crisp detail while simultaneously removing up to four stops of noise with the utmost quality.
Key Features of Topaz DeNoise 5:
What is noise? Every digital camera creates imperfections in images called “noise”, which appears as unwanted dots, lines and smudges of color. An excessive amount of noise ruins an image by taking attention away from the photo’s qualities. On the other hand, too much noise reduction destroys precious photo detail and sharpness, which also compromises your art. The trick is to only remove noise and not detail – something that is exceedingly hard to do.
Shoot Faster. When you know you have a powerful and trustworthy noise reduction solution that can make ISO1600 look like ISO100, you’re free to raise your ISO in the field without worrying about image quality. This means you can increase shutter speed to freeze the action and minimize motion blur or camera shake.
Shoot Clearer. IntelliNoise noise reduction means that you don’t have to open your aperture all the way in order to get clean low-light shots. Instead, keep all parts of your image in focus with superior depth of field by using a smaller aperture but higher ISO setting. The increased noise levels are handled by DeNoise and you’re left with a crisp and clear image with a wide depth of field.
How to Get a Discounted Copy:
The tool is very easy to install and then appears under your filters menu in Photoshop or other programs. Currently 50% off until the end of the month, simply remember to use the voucher code MARDENOISE at checkout.
Deal found here: Topaz DeNoise at 50% Off
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Posted: 17 Mar 2014 03:32 PM PDT
Shooting on location can present a plethora of problems for photographers to solve, including the ever-so-important lighting setup. In this short video tutorial, Andrea Belluso shows you how to create flattering and punchy light using off camera flashes and reflectors. Take a look to see how Belluso earned the title, “The Light Shaper”:
The shoot featured in the tutorial was set up in an old boxing gym. Belluso wanted to complement that look with a hard light. To achieve this, he set up three Profoto B1 lights. He then attached a Profoto Magnum Reflector to each of the lights and a 10-degree grid to one of the reflectors.
The gridded main light, which lit the model, was used with through-the-lens metering, referred to as TTL. The additional lights were used on manual settings and were placed in the background to bring up subtle details in the back.
In the finished image, you can see how the reflector and grid helped focus the light on the model’s face without looking too harsh.
Go to full article: How to Create Hard, Punchy Portrait Lighting (Video)
Posted: 17 Mar 2014 01:38 PM PDT
It was two Christmases ago that Jessica Shyba‘s two older children asked Santa for a puppy. And it was only last November, nearly a year after her kids’ first request, that she and her husband actually found one: a seven-week-old Boxer-shepherd-labrador retriever hybrid named Theo. The puppy instantly began to cling to Jessica’s youngest, Beau, the only way babes know how—cuddling up during nap time. This album shows what we mean:
You can read original story here, but it’s the aftermath that’s kind of ridiculous. Shyba’s Instagram account leapt from 65,000 followers to nearly 400,000. She signed a children’s book deal to pen Bedtime for Theo and Beau next winter. There’s even a short film by photographer Anna Mayer coming soon with no discernible plot—just video footage of these two cute creatures being cute together.
And to think, it all started with just a few shots Shyba snapped on her smartphone and uploaded to Instagram. Perhaps the real lesson here isn’t that man and beast can live in adorable spooning harmony: it’s that organic social media marketing can still rally people together, launch entrepreneurs, and create stars out of everyday lives.
Go to full article: Adorable Photos of Boy and Puppy Napping Together Will Warm Your Heart (Slideshow)
Posted: 17 Mar 2014 12:03 PM PDT
It’s so hyper-realistic, it looks ripped from a comic book: a stray cat treads the cobblestone road of Strasbourg, France, sieged by a bright moon, dark clouds and picturesque olden European homes. If the image looks too good to be true, that’s because it is; it’s a composite image, the trademark style of Moldovan photographic artist Igor Zenin:
Zenin manipulates art and photography in extremely innovative ways to produce astonishing works of magical realism. Strict realism is never his goal. In fact, he seems to aim to produce a sense of impossibility, even on a technical level, with imperfect shadows and off-kilter perspectives. His other works invoke silhouettes of dancing women transforming into trees, a Mary Poppins type walking quietly into a sunset of radiant purple, and an old-timey train chugging across the sky, spewing smoke that blends into the clouds below.
Though Zenin relies heavily on Photoshop for creative content, his eye for classical composition is what makes his images really sing.
Go to full article: Interesting Photo of the Day: Stray Cat in Strasbourg
Posted: 17 Mar 2014 10:54 AM PDT
Seattle-based photographer Chase Jarvis recently dug through his extensive amount of equipment and chose his “must-haves” for any photo or video shoot. Jarvis and his crew created a similar video a few years back, but with the advances in technology and new photo gear on the market, they decided it was time to release an updated version. In this behind-the-scenes video, Jarvis shows us how to pack light and still carry the essential gear for capturing images on the road:
Essential Photography Gear
It’s easy to bog yourself down by packing too many pieces of photo equipment when going out to shoot. Jarvis cut out all the extras and created this kit of the most valuable gear that he takes to every shoot:
Jarvis highly recommends carrying a backup camera body, battery charger, Speedlight, and plenty of extra batteries on any shoot.
Essential Video Gear
Jarvis describes this video kit as his team’s “run and gun” set. This is the equipment they grab on a daily basis to shoot their behind-the-scenes videos. Most of the time this kit will be perfect for any video shoot, however, if you plan on doing some fancy video work, Jarvis recommends taking along a few specialty lenses:
Jarvis’s team primarily uses the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS lens for their video work because its zoom range keeps them from having to constantly change lenses. The team opts for the f/4 over the f/2.8 because it offers a longer depth of field and features image stabilization, making it easier to shoot quality video in non-ideal conditions. They only carry a single prime lens–the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L–and use it to get the best quality video images in extreme low-light conditions.
Essential Data Management Gear
With the constant advancements of technology, Jarvis is constantly upgrading the computer he uses for picture and video editing. Fortunately the Pelican 1490, his original case, fits a wide variety of computers and external hard drives making it the one piece of equipment he doesn’t have to upgrade.
The crew uses the 512GB Thunderbolts out in the field to backup their data, then dump the files onto the 2TB Thunderbolts when they get home. Jarvis says it’s important to not only keep a backup of your data on a separate hard drive, but to store that backup in a different location from the original for added protection.
Although he didn’t mention them as essential pieces of equipment, Jarvis usually attaches a tripod to his pack just in case it’s needed. He says they only use carbon fiber tripods because, while more expensive, they are much lighter and easier to transport to a wide variety of shooting locations. Jarvis recommends the Manfrotto MT190CXPRO4 with the MH055M8-Q5 Photo-Movie Tripod Head as his “go-to” tripod. While this isn’t the ideal head for either photos or video, it does work for both very well, saving you room in your pack from having to carry a second tripod head.
While you may choose to pack specialty lenses, filters, and microphones that are specific to your project, these essential items are in Jarvis’s camera bag at all times so he’s ready to shoot anywhere, anytime.
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