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Photo Experiment: Shooting Portraits at 900mm – Photography Article

Photographers and YouTubers Manny Ortiz, Irene Rudnyk and Gerald Undone recently teamed on on something totally ridiculous. During Sony’s recent Kando trip, they got a model, slapped a 600mm f/4 lens onto a Sony a6400, and tried shooting some portraits at 900mm. You can imagine about how this went. Even headshots required so much distance between model and photographer that there was yelling—forget about full body shots. For example this setup: Yielded this photograph: Manny admits right in the title…

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Capturing Creative Portraits Using Only Continuous Lights – Photography Article

Photographer Neil van Niekerk recently invited his friend Marco Leibetseder into his NYC studio for a photo challenge: rather than using flash, Niekerk and Leibetseder set themselves the challenge to capture some creative portraits that showcased “depth” in-studio using only continuous lighting. We love it when talented photographers set themselves a challenge, whether it’s a cheap camera challenge, using only one lens, or capturing a new photo of the same subject for 365 days straight. This is where a photographer’s…

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This Company is Giving Away 100,000 AI-Generated Portraits for Free – Photography Article

A company called Icons8 has just released “a massive free resource of 100k faces generated from scratch” using an AI algorithm trained on tens of thousands of real-life portraits. The resulting headshots can be used by anybody, royalty free, without worrying about model releases or other stock photography issues, since a fake person can’t exactly sue you. The project was revealed on Product Hunt, where Icons8 showed off “the technology we are building to create media on-demand” by giving away…

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A Portrait of the Back of Banksy’s Head Just Sold for $43,650 at Auction – Photography Article

British photographer Chris Levine just made a pile of money on a portrait of famously anonymous artist Banksy…’s head. The back of his head. The back of his head covered by a hoodie. The portrait sold at Sotheby’s London on Tuesday for a whopping $43,000—about 7 times what Sotheby’s expected. If your first thought is “but is that even Banksy…?” you’re probably not alone. However, Levine is a very well-connected portrait photographer whose other images up for auction Tuesday were…

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Skylum Shows Off AI Skin and Portrait Enhancer Coming to Luminar 4 – Photography Article

Skylum continues to tease impressive AI features that are coming to its Luminar 4 software this fall. First we got AI Sky Replace, then AI Structure, and now the software company is showing off two impressive new AI-powered tools that will take out blemishes, whiten teeth, adjust facial features, and more: AI Skin Enhancer and AI Portrait Enhancer. AI Skin Enhancer focuses on removing imperfections and blemishes in the skin without over-smoothing or otherwise removing all of the character from…

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Photographing the Last of the WWII Veterans – Photography Article

This is a year for monumental anniversaries of events in American history—particularly the WWII 75th anniversaries of the D-Day invasion, Operation Market Garden, and the Battle of the Bulge. With those in mind, I started a project in April photographing WWII veterans, knowing that the numbers still surviving are dropping rapidly each day. I called the project WWII Portraits of Honor. I simply wanted to use my talent as a photographer to give something small back to as many WWII…

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24m vs 35mm vs 50mm vs 85mm vs 135mm – Photography Article

Portrait photographer Julia Trotti recently put together a useful comparison video for beginners where she captures portraits using a crop-sensor camera and her most-used prime lenses: a 24mm, 35mm, 50mm, 85mm and 135mm. Plenty of people have done comparisons like this using full-frame cameras and, in fact, Trotti did that comparison first. But after publishing that video, the most common request in the comments was to do a follow-up on a crop-sensor body. Given how much more affordable and accessible…

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Photographer Uses Backyard Shed to Shoot Gorgeous Natural Light Portraits – Photography Article

Calgary-based portrait photographer and YouTuber Irene Rudnyk recently put together a photo shoot that’s getting some well-deserved attention. Using just the shed in her backyard and the natural light pouring in, she was able to capture some gorgeous fashion portraits that imitate a popular in-studio lighting setup. Rudnyk says she’s been wanting to put the old shed in her backyard to some good photographic use for a long time, and the setup is extremely simple. Simply hang a backdrop behind…

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Researchers Developed an AI that Can ‘Relight’ Portraits After the Fact – Photography Article

A group of researchers and engineers from UC San Diego and Google have trained a neural network to “relight” portraits after the fact “according to any provided environment map.” In other words: their system can take any photo and adjust the lighting at will—including the direction, temperature, and quality of the light. The technology was detailed in a research paper submitted to SIGGRAPH 2019z, an annual conference on computer graphics, and like most AI-based image manipulation that we’ve seen lately,…

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Nikon Z6 and Z7 Eye Autofocus Tests Reveal Struggles with Front-Focus – Photography Article

Chris Niccolls and Jordan Drake of DPReviewTV recently took the new Nikon Eye Autofocus firmware for a spin to see how it performs in the real world. But rather than comparing it directly to Sony and Canon, they wanted to put the firmware through its paces all on its own using both the more affordable Nikon Z6 and the high-res Nikon Z7. Overall, Niccolls’ evaluation tracks with everything else we’ve heard, and it goes something like this: This is a…

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10 Helpful Tips for Posing Hands in Portraits – Photography Article

In his most recent video, portrait photographer Miguel Quiles decided to tackle what we’ll call the “Ricky Bobby” problem: what do you do with your [model’s] hands? After years of trial and error, Quiles has come up with 10 “hacks” or tips that have helped him conquer this issue. Jokes aside, posing hands is one of those challenges most novice portrait photographers don’t think of until they slam right into it. They might not even notice it’s an issue until…

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Watch a Portrait Shooter Try Street Photography for the First Time – Photography Article

Well-known portrait photographer and YouTuber Manny Ortiz recently gave himself a challenge. In an attempt to get out of a creative rut, he decided that he would try street photography for the first time. As those of you who regularly shoot in the street can probably predict, it didn’t necessarily go so well. Great street photography looks like it was captured effortlessly—just point and click. But as anybody who has ever spent time honing their skills at this particularly nerve-wracking…

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