A Good, Free Portrait Editor Does Not Exist. Or Does It?

“Your time is way too valuable of a resource. Don’t spend hours retouching your portraits. Let PhotoDiva handle them.”

What’s the biggest misconception about the job of a portrait photographer? Perhaps that it’s easy. No big deal – just set up your camera, shoot – and boom! – the pictures are ready. But are they, though? What would people see if they went behind closed doors? Hours and hours of tedious, painstaking retouching. That is the sad truth about portrait photography. Is there any hope for a better, quicker, more efficient retouching process? Looks like there is one newcomer that claims to be able to grant you that, and for free! Enter PhotoDiva, a self-proclaimed smart portrait editor that promises to make your retouching infinitely easier. Sounds intriguing? Cocky? Both? Well, there is no way we’ll know unless we try this software ourselves.

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This Bulletproof Coffee Campaign is a Fun Inspiration for Conceptual Photographers

Conceptual photographers in need of some ideas for a concept shoot will surely get inspired in this fun campaign.

Conceptual photography is all about bringing a certain idea or visual story to life. Sometimes, it’s a creative way for us to tickle the imagination. But it also proves useful for communicating a message to consumers, which is why it’s often a powerful tool for marketing campaigns. A perfect example for aspiring concept photographers is a light-hearted campaign photographed by Neil Kremer and Cory Johnson (Kremer Johnson) for Bulletproof Coffee.

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Les Garçons Crafts Visions of Spring Through Food

All photos by Les Garçons. Used with Creative Commons permission.

When we speak of spring, the first things that come to mind are images of flowers, greenery, and fields in full bloom. However, the creative minds behind Les Garçons bring us a more creative and conceptual way to see and represent this beautiful season and the refreshing imagery that comes with it: scrumptious and delicately styled food photography. If you’re looking for out-of-the-box ideas about spring or food photography, this featured series definitely fits the bill.

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Landscape Photography: Affordable Lenses to Capture Spring Landscapes

You don’t need to spend your life savings to get lenses that will deliver stunning results when it comes to landscape photography.

Spring is a time of new beginnings. All around us, the world is beginning to wake, and you’ll see everything from colorful wildflowers, greening grass, and trees that are full of life. Spring is the perfect time to get outside into the great wide open, especially during this time that we have been told to socially distance ourselves, in fact, now is the perfect time to get away from hoards of people in bustling city centers. After the break, we will take a quick look at some great performing, affordable lenses that you can take with you into the great outdoors.

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Luminar 4.2 Adds Enhanced AI Features For Composite Skies, Portraits

Skylum continues to add more AI features to its popular photo editing software with the new Luminar 4.2 update.

Skylum has been making waves since they released their AI-based photo editor, Luminar 4. It has caused something of a divide between photographers as it rides a line between being an excellent basic photo editor, and a digital content creation platform that can effortlessly alter photos and blur the lines between what is real and what is not. Whether you love it or hate it, one can’t deny the power of the software, and now the Luminar 4.2 update has added even more AI-powered features to the software. Join us after the break for all the details.

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Review: Haida M10 Filter Holder System (A Quick & Modular Solution)

The Haida M10 Filter Holder System is a modular way for photographers to quickly and easily attach/detach and swap in a variety of different filters

During last year’s PhotoPlus Expo, we were introduced to Chinese filter manufacturer Haida and their brand new M10 Filter Holder System. Neutral density filters play an integral role for photographers particularly specializing in landscape, architecture, and travel photography. If you find yourself shooting with a variety of different lenses regularly, chances are most of these lenses will have different filter threads. ND filters aren’t cheap, and buying filters in multiple densities for various threads can put a huge dent in your wallet very quickly. Filter systems like the Haida M10 system are a much more cost-efficient way to go, allowing you to adapt a set of filters across a variety of filter threads.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Clutter-Free Backgrounds for Great Snaps

Get great portrait, still life, and outdoor shots by taking away distractions from backgrounds using tips from today’s photography cheat sheet.

Ever felt that a shot would have been perfect if not for distracting element in the background? Can’t cut off or blur an annoying element behind your subject? Sometimes, it’s hard to avoid cluttered and distracting backgrounds, but taking the time to pay extra attention to it will give you the best results. With tips from today’s featured cheat sheet, you’ll be able to make sure your subjects are set against the best backdrops possible.

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Review: Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG DN Art (The Perfect Zoom for Sony FE?)

The Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 DG DN Art is one of the perfect zoom lenses made for the Sony FE camera lineup.

This is the first time in a long time that I’ve been pleasantly surprised, and the Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 DG DN Art is the reason. I’ve known that Sigma’s quality has been top-notch: there’s no denying that. But for the first time, I genuinely believe they’ve achieved top-notch quality in a small lens. The Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 DG DN Art is really not that large. It’s also pretty lightweight. These two things have eluded Sigma’s designers for a long time. And while this lens is very capable and fantastic in many ways, there’s one thing that annoys me just a bit. But for newer photographers who haven’t yet learned how to properly hold a camera or a lens, they’re bound to clamor for image stabilization in a lens like this. That’s when the cult of Sony will come out and scream at Sigma loyalists about Sony’s built-in image stabilization. But with my own two eyes, I’ve seen this isn’t enough for some people.

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Cheap Photo: Canon 80D Kit $865, Fujifilm X-T30 $699, X-T3 $1,199

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Snap up these camera deals while you can.

If you’re twiddling your thumbs at home while we ride out this unprecedented time in our history, just know that you can still score some great camera deals from the comfort of your home. Right now, you can grab the Canon 80D with a lens for just $864.99, the Fujifilm X-T30 has dropped to just $699, and the X-T3 is only $1,199 ($1,299 with the battery grip). You can also get your hands on the Full Frame Nikon D610 with a 50mm f1.8 lens and accessory bundle for $896.95, and the 42 Megapixel Sony a7r II is just $1,398. There are lots more camera deals to see after the break.

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This Adorable Lego Camera Combines a Folding Design and a Mirrorless Camera Back

Albertino of Instax Magic has done it again with yet another fun DIY camera project: a colorful, folding-style Lego digital camera!

Last time we heard from Albertino of Instax Magic, we were impressed with his attempt to revive a 90-year-old Zeiss Ikon Trona folding camera. He did it in a way that a lot of us most likely didn’t expect: using Lego bricks. Now, he’s back with another Lego masterpiece, this time a colorful digital camera inspired by his five-year-old son. If you’re looking to tinker around with a lego camera project and want some inspiration, this will certainly give you some ideas!

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And the Winner of Our Landscape Photography Contest with Tamron Is…

We’ve selected a winner for our Landscape photography contest!

As the Editor in Chief of this website, I sincerely want to thank everyone who entered our landscape photography competition. In the final days of the contest, I started going through the images and fell in love with a lot of them. Many of the photos taken were positively breathtaking, and many of you are incredibly talented. My final choice goes to Instagram user @kincaid_kreation_photography, proving that Instagram is more about an algorithm than just having solid work. Our winner doesn’t have the largest following, but considering the quality of the work, they should. This image is mesmerizing and one can get lost in it. From the beautiful night sky to the seaside view, I can imagine myself in serenity there, by a beachside fire, sitting on a log. It’s a stunning photo. Please contact me at chrisgampat{at}thephoblographer(dot)com and I’ll arrange the lens to be shipped to you. Furthermore, we’ll also interview you about your work. If you don’t respond, we’ll select another winner.

A big thanks again to everyone who participated. Stay tuned, we’re going to be doing more contests.

Heads up: Copyright Registration Fees Are Set to Increase on March 20th

Beat the deadline and get copyright registration on your work before fees increase.

One thing we talk about a lot around these parts is copyright, and why you should be getting your work copyrighted. Time and time again, we hear horror stories about how a photographer had their work stolen and how getting the law on their side was an uphill battle. You can protect yourself quite easily with copyright registration, but be warned that the fees to apply for copyright protection are about to increase. Find out the details after the break.

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Peripheral Review: LaCie Rugged SSD Pro (This Thing Is a Speed Demon!)

Photographers on the go who need of hyper-fast, darn tough external storage will want to consider the LaCie Rugged SSD Pro.

When the LaCie Rugged SSD Pro arrived for review, our expectations for the Thunderbolt 3 equipped external SSD were high. We previously reviewed LaCie’s non-pro version of the Rugged SSD (which utilizes USB-C rather than Thunderbolt 3) and were impressed by its performance and durability. Thunderbolt 3 has four times the maximum throughput of USB-C (40 Gbps vs 10 Gbps), so it stands to reason that the performance gains of the LaCie Rugged SSD Pro over its non-pro counterpart would be significant. Does the addition of Thunderbolt 3 justify the US $100 MSRP premium though?

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Using Foreground Interest in Landscape Photography

You’ve heard about putting interesting elements on the foreground of landscape photos. This photography cheat sheet explains how.

Among the important landscape photography techniques every beginner should learn is how to draw the eyes to the shot by adding a foreground element. A common mistake with landscape photography is thinking it’s only about shooting a sweeping capture of the scene: a misconception that reduces the shot to a snapshot that lacks a clear subject or point of interest. This is where today’s photography cheat sheet is useful with some tips on adding foreground interest and leading lines to strengthen your landscape photography.

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5 Street Photographs That Will Make You Smile Today

Street photography can offer you a lot, even a cheeky laugh and a smile.

Street photography is a fun genre of photography. There are no creative limitations, and you can experience a wave of emotions dependent on the kind of work you view. Some street photographers like to focus on social justice, while others want to get you interested in the mundane. And some street photographers look for candid moments that are sure to put a smile on your face. To cheer you up, here are five street photographs that are sure to make you giggle.

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Review: Nikon 24mm F1.8 Z (One of My Favorite Lenses for the System)

Nikon did a great job on the 24mm f1.8 Z lens.

Would you shell out almost $1,000 for the Nikon 24mm f1.8 Z? If you were judging it by just the lens itself, it would probably make sense. This lens is fantastic in a variety of ways. It’s sharp, it focuses pretty fast, and it’s very well built. Most importantly, the small size embraces the ideals of Mirrorless camera systems. Landscape photographers would especially love this lens. This all sounds fantastic, but there are a few pretty big problems.

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Pro Camera Reviews: A New Live Web Show by the Phoblographer

Join us on Sunday at 5pm EST for a brand new live show by the Phoblographer.

Pro Camera Reviews is a new web show featuring the Reviews Team of the Phoblographer as they discuss the products they’re actively reviewing and the gear they’ve just reviewed. Open Q&A from the audience towards the end of the show. Every Sunday at 5pm EST. Sign up via Eventbrite and you’ll receive an email link to join us.

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Richard Drew Tells the Poignant Story Behind “The Falling Man” Photo

Nearly two decades after the 9/11 attacks, “The Falling Man” by Richard Drew remains one of the most unforgettable images from the tragedy.

There were many scenes of chaos, destruction, and panic captured during the 9/11 attacks, but one of the most haunting images is actually a quiet one. When Richard Drew pointed his camera up to one of the towers, among the horrors he captured were people falling from it. However, he didn’t know until later that one of the frames would turn out to become a symbol of the tragedy of every life lost that day.

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7 Reasons Why Photographers Still Need a Speedlight Today

If you’re still missing a speedlight in your camera bag, this quick video gives a rundown of reasons why you should go ahead and grab one soonest.

Adequate lighting is crucial to achieving properly exposed shots, and sometimes, you’ll need the help of additional light sources if the scene isn’t bright enough. The speedlight or “flash gun” makes a portable and useful option for this. It can be fired either on the hotshoe of your camera or wirelessly on a cold shoe. If you’re wondering why a speedlight deserves a space in your camera bag given the increasingly improving low-light capabilities of cameras today, this quick video has seven reasons for you.

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A Quick Look at Some of Our Favorite Fast Lenses for Astrophotography

The Astrophotography season in the Nothern Hemisphere is about to kick off, and these lenses will help you capture the millions of stars in the night sky.

Right around the end of March is an exciting time for photographers in the Northern Hemisphere. Not only are warmer days afoot, but the Milky Way and all of the beauty and splendor it adds to the night sky finally become visible. Astrophotography is seen as a hard genre to break into by many, but it needn’t be that way. Anyone with a camera made in the last decade and some fast glass can create gorgeous astroscapes with a little practice. After the break, we will take a quick look at some lenses on multiple platforms that are perfect for astrophotography.

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The New Seagate IronWolf 510 SSD Is for Creative Professionals

Photographers looking to maximize the performance of their Network Attached Storage devices should give Seagate’s new IronWolf 510 SSD a look.

As the resolution of the latest digital cameras continues to increase, raw files have been ballooning in size as well. As a result, many photographers and creatives have turned to Network Attached Storage devices to centrally store and manage their data. Seagate’s IronWolf 510 PCIe M.2 NVMe SSD was designed specifically for photographers and creatives with highly demanding workflows that involve massive amounts of data stored on NAS devices. With caching speeds of up to 3 GBps and 1.8 million hours MTBF (mean time between failures), the Seagate IronWolf 510 SSD is perfectly suited for multi-user creative environments that rely on cache-enabled NAS devices to operate around the clock. Head on after the jump for the full press release.

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