How to Make Natural Smooth Skin in Photoshop

Lunacore has a neat tutorial on making skin look smooth but still quite natural with your Photoshop.

“In this tutorial I’m going to show you how to make skin look smooth. The technique itself is not complicated, but does require you to be patient and work slow and accurate. If you can meet these requirements, then it’s not going to be very difficult to see good results.”

How to make smooth skin

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Tips for Framing Your Photographs

Imagine being able to frame all your own photographs just as well as a professional.

You can save enough money to easily pay for all the necessary tools, and the convenience of being able to do it yourself frees you from having to get someone else do it. If you’re an amateur a mount cutter, a frame clamp and a hand-operated frame joining tool is all the equipment you need to make professional looking frames.These days the tools are easy and safe to operate, inexpensive, and give you a good result. Picture framing can be divided into four areas. Cutting the bevel mount, cutting and joining the frame, mounting the photograph, and fitting and finishing the job.

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Kodak Announcement on Highest Resolution Image Sensors

Kodak Announces Highest Resolution Image Sensors for Professional Photography

Rochester, NY, October 20, 2005 – Eastman Kodak Company has once again set the quality standard for digital imaging with new high-resolution image sensors that allow commercial, studio and other professional photographers to capture digital images with the most life-like detail possible. These new products strengthen Kodak’s position as a leading image sensor supplier to a wide variety of markets, and reinforce strategic product and partnership announcements made earlier this year that target mass-market consumer applications.

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Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 VR ED-IF AF-S

Nikon 70-200mm

Exclusive Silent Wave Motor enables ultra-high-speed autofocusing with exceptional accuracy and powerful super-quiet operation. VR operation offers the equivalent of using a shutter speed 3 stops faster. In addition, active vibration mode selection is possible. For using in an active situation such as in a car, boat or plane. VR ON/OFF mode available. 5 ED elements reduce chromatic aberrations providing superior optical performance – even at maximum aperture.

KEY FEATURES

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Photoshop Tutorial: Focused & Darker Effect (Easy)

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This Focused & Darker Effect photoshop tutorial will show you how to create a darker and more focused image with your photoshop. I’ve tried this with some of my images and it turned out really good.

You can see the Focused and Darker Effect photoshop tutorial here.

Studio Flash Lighting Tips

Jack Neubart wrote an interesting Studio Flash Lighting Tips article at Shutterbug. He explained that it’s not necessary to buy everything at once. In fact, many pros succesfully work with only one or two lights. Moreover, he also wrote tips on matching your lights and lighting accessories to your needs:

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Apple Aperture

Apple Aperture Screenshot
Apple Aperture Screenshot

Apple has introduced their first Photo editor software called the Aperture. The software featuring a RAW-focused workflow which let photographers to import, edit, catalog, organize, retouch, publish, and archive your RAW images without never having to convert them into another format first. It supports the RAW from all leading digital camera manufacturers.

PRESS RELEASE

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Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM – Review by Spoli58

Spoli58, a FredMiranda forum member, posted an extensive report on Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 IS USM and wrote:

“- Overall impression: good quality optics, better than EF 55-200, probably not L grade but not too far if you consider the price and the class of this lens.
- In the range 70 to 85mm @ F8…F11 the results look similar to my EF-S 17-85mm IS USM, surprisingly sharp at the corners (hard to see real differences in terms of sharpness and geometrical distortions) — great outdoor lens in good light conditions.
- At F8 the image is sharp for almost the entire focal range — at the long end (between 200-300mm) the image looks a bit soft without affecting the resolution — maybe it’s just the fact that I’m using a cheap tripod and IS turned on rather than a rock solid tripod, mirror lock and no IS.

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Do You Need a Full Frame DSLR ?

Petteri has posted an interesting article discussing wheather you need a full frame Digital SLR ( Canon EOS 5D ) or not. In conclusion he wrote:

“A full-frame camera is more satisfying to shoot and, when handled right, produces even better image quality than an APS-C camera. Whether these advantages outweigh the negatives, especially when considering the much higher cost of both the camera body and the better glass it needs to feed it, is a different question. For some people, the expense and inconvenience of a Hasselblad is worth the improvement in image quality and the satisfaction of using an enormous viewfinder and a camera system engineered to incredible levels of precision. For most, it’s not. Unfortunately, a 35 mm based digital SLR isn’t a Hasselblad, but in terms of image quality, shooting satisfaction, and to a degree price, it stands in the same relationship to APS-C digital as medium-format stands to 35 mm film. Like 35 mm film, APS-C digital is significantly more convenient, easier to shoot, and less expensive than full-frame digital. So, if you’re standing on the fence and wondering what it is you’re missing out on, the answer for most people would be “a luxury.” Full-frame is in no sense of the word a necessity for the vast majority of purposes and photographers, and the ones who really do require it won’t need to read this piece of pontification to know that they do. But if you can afford it and are prepared to go the extra mile when it comes to shooting technique and choice of glass, it is immensely satisfying. It would take a lot to tempt me back to APS-C.”

Read “To Full Frame or Not To Full Frame” article by Petteri

Canon 24-105mm F/4L USM IS Production Stopped ?

Canon EF 24-105mm F/4L IS USM

There is a rumor floating around the photography forums since yesterday regarding Canon is stopping all production of 24-105 L lens due to some problems with the lens.

The rumor started from these 2 Japaneese forum websites:

- http://www.eos-d-slr.net/digi_bbs/wforum.cgi?list=tree&no=27388&mode=allread
- http://kakaku.com/bbs/Main.asp?SortID=4504973&ViewRule=1&CookieNon=1

You can try to read them using Babel Fish Translation here

LAST UPDATE: (21.10.05)

One of Nikonnian members had a conversation with a lens technician at Canon about supposed flair issues with the new 24 – 105 lens, and here’s what the technician said:

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