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How do you go about editing an image in Adobe Lightroom?

Most photographers tend to start at the top of the editing panel and work their way down. But that can just make the overall editing process tougher. The top treatment panel allows the photographer to make adjustments that affect the entire image so when you go to fine tune the adjustments, it can be tougher.

What I’ve started to find to be easier is making the specific adjustments first to the image and then working on the more global settings that affect everything. This can be more work but it has also given me much better images in the end.

After the jump, we’ve got a short video talking about how I’ve changed my editing workflow along with the results changing right before your eyes.

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Here at the Phoblographer, we’ve been working on diversifying our content both to reach new audiences and offer something more to our readers. For the past couple of months, we’ve been hard at work crafting our latest venture, a photography podcast called ISO 400.

On this site, you’ll find plenty of interviews with photographers, most of which were conducted over email. While that’s a great way to connect with someone, it often suffers from a lack of the back-and-forth that can really make an interview great, so we thought we’d interview photographers live over Skype. In order to be flexible, we’re offering both audio and video versions of each episode.

We are traditionally a gear-focused blog with our reviews and other features, but with ISO 400, we’re looking to break our own mold by focusing heavily on the art, craft and story of each photographer. Any mention of gear only serves to help our readers, and now our listeners, better understand how each photographer makes the images they’re known for.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Olympus OMD EM5 Mk II first impressions product photos (5 of 10)ISO 1001-125 sec at f - 2.8

Yes, it’s real. Yes, we’ve known about it for a while.

And yes, the Olympus OMD EM5 MK II is a pretty awesome camera so far. As of my typing this article up, I’ve been playing with it for less than eight hours–but it’s enough for us to state that the camera is very impressive.

So what’s new with this camera? Updated autofocus which re-asserts Olympus’s dominance amongst ILC cameras, focus peaking, a 40MP image mode that requires the stillest of still scenes. WiFi integration, new ergonomics, better weather sealing with the addition of gaskets placed under the hot shoe, many more function buttons, a new twisting vari-angle LCD screen, five stops of image stabilization according to CIPA testing, and most of all new video features such as 60p recording and the ability to shoot in All-I and IPB. There is no 4K recording, but Olympus tells us that they instead focused on trying to give as great of an experience as they can with 1080p.

And so far, they’re doing a terrific job.

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Screenshot taken from the video

Who better to tell you how to take a better selfie than the woman who makes everyone’s hearts skip a beat? At least that’s the idea behind T-Mobile’s new video where Kim Kardashian West teamed up with the network to give a tutorial on how to take a better selfie.

The gist of Kim’s tips have to do with getting the right pose for you and having what she calls “amazing lighting.” Specifically, she states that you should blow out the details and only really highlight the good stuff in the image. It’s not much of a tip to be honest, and nowhere as exciting of a video as the SoloSelfie was.

So what makes this video so special? The fact that Kim states that she takes around 300 photos before she gets the perfect selfie. In effect, that really means that she is really discerning but it also sets the selfie standard game up really high. Considering her likes on Instagram, it makes sense. What she doesn’t talk about though is just how guys can take better selfies.

What we’re really amazed at is that she doesn’t use the selfie stick or the belfie stick, considering her credentials.

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Screenshot taken from the video

Nigel Barker is an extremely well known portrait and commercial photographer and he recently gave a bit of a rant on the issue about why retouching is such a bad issue. In fact, he makes a lot of great points. While many are against actually retouching in Photoshop, Nigel reasons that the simple act of putting on makeup, changing clothes or brushing hair is retouching. In fact, he says that was done in ancient times when Egyptians used to use lead based makeup and go blind.

However, Nigel also states that retouching should be done within reason instead of majorly changing things like bone structure. He also states that the simple act of using light to change the way that an image can look is retouching–specifically citing how using backlight can change the way that a woman’s curves appear in an image. Beyond that, Nigel references to back in the film days there would be printers who would dodge and burn in order to do an earlier form of retouching that was done back in the film days.

The video is quite interesting and presents a different point of view on the subject that is much more balanced. Check it out after the jump.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Paul C Buff Einstein E640 monolight (7 of 10)ISO 2001-50 sec at f - 2.8

What’s better? Constant lighting or strobe?

When any photographer wants to get into learning more about light, they’re bound to ask about constant lighting. As the years have progressed, constant lighting has become better and better, but it still isn’t the industry standard for many professional and high end photographers. Many still tend to lean towards working with strobes for many reasons–the specific looks that they give you are only one reason.

For your benefit, we’ve rounded up a number of pros and cons for using both constant lighting and strobe lighting. These lists are very subjective and can go on and on, but this one is designed to not overwhelm you.

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