Photoshop Tutorial: How to Remove Noise from Your Photographs

Written by Freddy Martinez

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If you like shooting at night, like I do, noise can be an issue. But if you thought there was nothing you could do about it, you’re wrong. Because in this video, you’ll learn a short-and-sweet (oh jeez that’s how I do it!) method to removing and hiding noise in your digital photographs. It only takes a few steps using Photoshop’s Camera Raw filters. In fact, it’s so simple and uncomplicated that telling you more would make the video unnecessary. So watch it for yourself. It’s really great.

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Portrait Tutorial: Photographing Fantasy Without Photoshop

Written by Freddy Martinez

Nobody makes photography tutorials like the crew at Slanted Lens. Whether showing you the basic tools, or the most advanced set design, they always get down to whatever you need to know. So I decided to share short video they’ve recently made with you. I found it on Fstoppers, and I thought you might like it.

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20 Minute Tutorial: How to Create Double Exposures in Photoshop

Written by Freddy Martinez

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Double exposures have always been one of my favorite tricks to do with photography. I love having a tried-and-true method to making the mind associate one thing with another. Easy juxtaposition, cool effect. Though, with film, it was even better because you had to go outside and shoot both frames right after each other. No preview. Just imagination. Yet that doesn’t make it better than using Photoshop. Only different.

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Emily Berl Interview: The Way the Last Lights Fall

Written by Freddy Martinez

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Every Friday before the last lights have fallen, there’s a prayer beginning in Texas. It’s in the football locker room where everyone’s gone quiet, even those you’d never want to meet alone. The prayer begins with a hush, slowly it builds, then soon all the team — from the big uglies who’ve never prayed to the coaches, the trainers, and the few family allowed in — everyone, soon suddenly yelling holy to the high heavens. “Lead us,” we all say. “Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil,” then nothing, silence. Everybody on their knees looking down, there was always knowledge that some of us wouldn’t finish the game.

In Texas, football swerves in and out of your life whether you wanted it to or not. In high school, you already knew the legends: Friday Night Lights. Explosions in the Sky. Clear eyes, full heart . . . all that. On the field, all the pain and the blood motivated us. Still young, we were caught in the imagination of glory. That was Texas and Texas is football. And that’s why I was drawn to Los Angeles photographer Emily Berl’s work. Her two projects Our Boys and Along the Way, TX sent me back to those nights in the fall. But this isn’t about those nights, though it seems like it is.

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Amy Lombard Interview: Flashy Portraits of Unordinary People

Written by Freddy Martinez

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“I don’t believe in giving up. That’s not in my DNA,” New York photographer Amy Lombard told me when I asked if she’s ever felt unsure about her work. “I’ve had gallery owners tell me no one would hang my photos on their walls because they weren’t ‘pretty’. I’ve had professors and peers make me feel like my work wasn’t commercially, or editorially viable. I know it’s partially delusional, but I’ve always felt it’s all a matter of the right timing. You can’t force things.”

Yet Lombard could have easily given up. Before finding her voice, she hated her photography, thought her eye was horrible. She was convinced that she was no good. She decided, however, to give herself more time and enrolled in a class at the Tyler School of Art. There, she learned the importance of telling stories and committed to building her life around photography. At 16, she even made a list of places she wanted to work for, things she wanted to accomplish. Seven years later, having worked with New York Magazine, TIME, and many more, Lombard, at 23, says that she has now checked every single item off that list.

In this interview, Lombard talks about how she persisted with photography, explains why she’s attracted to shooting the unordinary, and reveals why she loves using flash.

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(NSFW) Andi Elloway Interview: Starting Trouble and Shooting Nudes

Written by Freddy Martinez

“Feeding on fever, down on all fours, show you all what a howl is for . . .”

A secret — I’ve only fallen in love with one woman. Although according to some poets, that’s already one third of all the hearts I’ll ever meet. When Hemingway was asked to explain when he wrote his best, he said it was only when he felt love. With love, sex. Sex hits like falling up to your greatest depth. Roberto Bolaño, knowing he’d die in a few years, wrote a story about this, about sex and, of course, love.

He told the story of Mexico City’s mother of all living poets. The sexed-up mother that falls in love, many times, then dies. But before she does, she has a vision of the world. In it, she sees all the dying children of Latin America marching to a great abyss, singing, though quiet and innocent, singing, though maddening and dismal, singing, for the briefest loves they had the chance to experience, all together falling for love.

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Nathanael Turner Interview: Vivid Photos of L.A.’s Many Different Faces

Written by Freddy Martinez

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Anyone who has lived in Los Angeles has a favorite Los Angeles. There isn’t one whole L.A. Whether you’ve found a particular neighborhood or a particular street, each L.A. is its own little world. Aside from that, each season has its own specific quality, too. My favorite Los Angeles is downtown during the cloudy, dark time between fall and winter, when the night arrives at its earliest, and the sun fades spectacularly. I love seeing the skyscrapers coated in what I hope are oceanward clouds and enjoy the streets just a little bit more when it’s most bitter.

Sometimes, though, I get the feeling that L.A. was never meant to be a city. That it would’ve fared better as a deserted paradise, or a private hell. The city has a strangeness unlike anywhere else. L.A. photographer Nathanael Turner understands this city’s strangeness, and he’s able to tap into its halfway-split core. His work captures its brilliant and desperate faces, simply. Having worked with New York Magazine, The Wire, and Newsweek, and many more, Turner makes work that tastes like L.A. — and that certainly says a lot, considering L.A. hardly ever feels complete.

In this interview, Turner talks about how he got his start in photography, explains his greatest influences, and reveals how he achieves his vivid work.

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Eliot Lee Hazel Interview: A Cult Photographer and How to Achieve Unique Work

Written by Freddy Martinez

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There isn’t much prefacing you can write about one of my favorite portrait photographers Eliot Lee Hazel. Though, I guess I could mention that, during the last five years, he has shot some of the biggest musicians in the world: Thom Yorke, Beck, Cat Power, and my favorite band growing up in El Paso, Texas, the Mars Volta, just to name a few. And that, currently, he spends his time between Los Angeles and London. Oh, and let’s not forget that he’s achieved a worldwide cult following.

You see, I thought I’d be able to give you more information after this interview. But the only definite truth I can share is that he’s just as mysterious in written form as his work has in impact. It’s as if he’s protecting that pure and irreducible part of him. And that’s fair. It’s an artist’s job to keep their favorite part of themselves free from explication — to never have their process spooked. So all you need to know is that his work and his answers are as rare as anything we’ve featured before — brilliant, clever, and crookedly humorous.

In this short interview, Hazel explains how he overcomes self-doubts, talks about his work with Thom Yorke, and reveals his greatest influences.

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7 Cheap Household Items You Need in Your Gearbag

Written by Freddy Martinez

The passion for photography is an expensive pursuit. First, before buying anything else, you need to buy a camera body. And we all know that this isn’t something you cut corners on. Then, after dropping a few hundred, you have to buy your newest lens, and this baby isn’t cheap, either. And then when you think you’re all done, you realize you’ll need to buy more gear. More lights, more stands, more reflectors, more!

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Adobe’s Tutorial on Using Curves to Edit for Color and Tonality

Written by Freddy Martinez

Using curves doesn’t have to be intimidating. In all honesty, it can be as friendly and approachable as Adobe’s own Bryan O’Neil Hughes. Don’t know Bryan O’Neil Hughes? Don’t worry, before this video, I didn’t either. He’s Photoshop’s Principal Product Manager (PPM). And he’s the main attraction in this tutorial, more so than the information. I was astonished at how smooth he is. He’s as TV friendly, as they used to say, as any Adobe guy/gal I’ve ever seen.

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