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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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At CES 2015, Sony is introducing their latest additions to the action camera world–which seems like a very serious competitor to the GoPro line. The FDR-X1000V is the camera that makes it debut today and is also of the greatest interest. For starters, it shoots 4K video (3840 x 2160 @30p 100Mbps/60mbps) and has a Zeiss Tessar lens with a 170 degree wide angle field of view. Behind the lens is an Exmor R Back Illuminated CMOS sensor along with a BIONZ X processor. The camera shoots video in the XAVC S codec in an MP4 format.

According to the press release, the company has already put it in the hands of famed skateboarder Tony Hawk. He’s probably really enjoying it because the company also stated that they added an updated version of SteadyShot to this camera.

If you don’t want to shoot at 4K though, the camera can shoot 1080p HD video at 120p, and 720p HD video at 720p. Additionally, it adds wind noise reduction and manual controls in the form of white balance and auto exposure shifting.

The company is also introducing a new Live View remote, called the LVR2. It is a live view LCD remote that is said to work at up to 10 feet underwater. But in case you don’t want to use the remote, you can use the PlayMemories Mobile app on your phone or tablet to control and see the output.  Lastly the X1000V incorporates GPS.

The new Sony X1000V will be sold for about $500 and is packaged with the SPK-X1 waterproof case. The Action Cam Sony 1000VR bundle adds the RM-LVR2 Live View Remote and will be sold for about $600. More images are after the jump.

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Screenshot taken from the YouTube Video

Screenshot taken from the YouTube Video

Photographer Joel Grimes is really one of the best in the business and he recently teamed up with Westcott to create a special tutorial video on making one light look like two. Joel uses a giant Westcott parabolic umbrella with a front diffusion panel (one of our favorite modifiers to use in our reviews). The interior is silver so it gives off a very punchy light.

Granted, that is a single light, but Joel positions his model against a big white wall and positions the light camera right with the wall camera left. The white wall acts like a giant bounce card that takes the existing light and bounces it back onto the subject to fill in most of the shadows.

It’s a very clever trick–but the positioning of all the elements is key to making it work.

The video on how to make one light look like two is after the jump.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony A7 Mk II first impressions (25 of 29)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 2.2

EVery photographer has to start somewhere; and when it comes to shooting photos every instructor will tell you to shoot in manual mode. The reason for this is because it gives you the most creative control. When combining this control with your creative ideas, you’ll be able to actually get the photo idea from your head into pixels from the camera.

The problem: learning manual controls can be difficult. But this video from CamCrunch should be able to help you get the basics down in eight minutes. The host talks about aperture, shutter speed and ISO control that provide the absolute basics.

As many of the more advanced shooters will tell you:

– Apertures (f-stop) controls your depth of field and how much light hits the sensor at its most basic. When a flash is included, it also controls how much light from the flash hits the sensor.

– Shutter speeds control how long the light hits the sensor, and therefore motion.

– ISO controls how sensitive all the other parameters are.

To supplement these basics presented in the video, we’ve included images after the jump that help to illustrate the basics of Manual Image Exposure.

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Steve McCurry has been all over the world and has learned more about travelling than most photographers will probably ever learn in their entire life. One of the most important things that he says that he learned has to do with relationships with your teammates and the people who guide you around. Steve said that these relationships can last many, many years and even a lifetime.

Though photographer tutorials often talk about how to use a camera and create better images, professional photographers know that you spend the least amount of time behind the camera and a lot of it being face to face with people and interacting with them.

These words by Steve are spoken about in the context of travel and photojournalistic photography–but it can also apply to event photography, wedding photography, portrait photography, etc. One of the most important things to do as a photographer is to build your network.

Steve McCurry’s video on the importance of relationships to photographers is after the jump.

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