Sweet Dodging & Burning for Skin Tutorial

I’ve been looking for a good video tutorial for skin dodging and burning and came across this one by Jason Southern.

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I know a lot of beginning retouchers are confused as to how dodging and burning can be used to edit the skin, and this tutorial will show you some of what you can do when you master the art of D&B. What’s great about this tutorial especially is that it’s simple and easy to understand.

This photoshop dodge and burn tutorial mainly to show you how to remove a blemish using dodging and burning.

Be sure to check out Jason’s work on 500px.

Here’s another tutorial on dodging & burning by Elena Jasic. This one shows some different ways to use dodge & burn to enhance your model’s skin (rather than just remove blemishes). You’ll see how to enhance the highlights and shadows of your portrait to really make your subject pop (via Coddington).

Lee Jeffries Interview: How to Capture Hauntingly Beautiful Portraits

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Lee Jeffries’ work is making news. His haunting black & white portraits of homeless men, women, and children have been featured on Time‘s LightBox as well CNN‘s own unique portrait photography blog. This is not surprising.

His photos are powerfully intimate and, most importantly, respectful of the people and emotions behind his work.

In this interview, Lee talks about how he goes about photographing a stranger’s emotion, respecting the still photo’s artistic linage, unique portrait photography and how he got into street photography.

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Kristian Schmidt Interview: Swimming with Sharks and Capturing Beauty

Swimming with Sharks - Kristian Schmidt

Kristian Schmidt loves the wild, feels okay with a charging lion, and takes amazing wildlife/fashion photography. His highly popular Whale Shark Series captured a concept that has never been seen before — beautiful models swimming next to the world’s largest shark – and brought together a team focussed on raising awareness for the at-risk species.

Kristian’s work has been featured on Wired, Complex Magazine, and the Washington Post. He also contributes photos for WildAid.

In this interview, Kristian talks about Swimming with Sharks, was charged by a rhino, and how he came up with the unique Whale Shark Series.

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Joel Meyerowitz’s Necessary Tip: The World Continues Outside the Frame

I discovered this interview with one of the famous landscape photographers, Joel Meyerowitz (“Aftermath: World Trade Center Archive”), and got to wondering how far from — or really how close to — my photography comes toward communicating a perspective.

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Am I merely viewing the world within the frame as objects to collect, or capturing a harmony of feeling and observation?

Meyerowitz strives to capture those ephemeral moments that signify far more than their frame. They are reflections on how one connects to the world around us.

This video definitely helped me reexamine my vision.

Adam Marelli: How No One was Born a Photographer

Adam Marelli, a photographer, and artist shares, his insight on how visual design teaches a photographer how to evolve forward. He believes there are very few born artists. Most stumbled in search of that elusive form.

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His remedy is common sense yet powerful: composition has a history of well-designed tricks, use them or break them, but don’t ignore them. Allow history to inspire your work.

This very informative lecture teaches these basics of composition/design and throughout its worthy hour and a half shares many easy to understand and visual examples to train you to see the visual patterns that create a fluid and moving photos.


A Free Guide to the Best and Worst Portrait Crops

Have you ever wished there was a trusty photography cropping guide? One without boring (longwinded) literature about the mathematics and was just dead-on.

Digital Camera World has released a print-friendly and clean infographic showing exactly where the best places to crop a picture.

These guidelines help you avoid those awkward positions that can make a perfectly lit or well-designed idea fall flat. The cheat-sheet is simple (green makes art, red makes crap) and best of all free.

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Glen Ryan’s Infra-Red Footage: Making Photography into Evocative Art

Glen Ryan’s newest exhibition Karst Country shows how rewarding pairing creative ideas with a masterful infrared photography can be to achieving great work.

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The Infra-Red RED footage and resulting gallery prints are evocative, and in their haunting blacks and tumbling whites, they are damningly beautiful. He advances a simple idea: take the environment around you, let go of tired (old-school) concepts and risk new techniques to capture the ordinary.

Watch this video and try not jumping out and making some powerful art!

Here’s a link to his work: Karstcountry.