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Joe McNally and Adorama TV have posted a great video on how to shoot portraits in hard sunlight.
This how-to tutorial is fantastic. Without going into a crazy amount of layers, SLR Lounge shows you how to use the Curves adjustment layer in Photoshop to do some color grading that is super simple but very effective. Most of use curves to adjust tones and exposure but not color. At about the five minute mark in the video is where it gets really interesting.
Very nicely done behind the scenes of the Sigma lens factory. After you watch this video, you'll realize why lenses are so expensive.
Not that many people shoot 35mm film and get prints anymore, but it's a pretty interesting process and very well documented and explained by Leigh Diprose.
Artist Berndnaut Smilde creates real clouds indoors and photographs them. Below is one sample. Below that is a video of one in action. Visit his web site here.
Here's a cool tutorial on creating smoke effects. Looking at the image you might think you need some pretty expensive equipment and Hollywood magic but all the tools to make the image are pretty easy and cheap to get.
This is probably one of the craziest lawsuits we have ever seen. It seems wedding photographer Nelson Tang shot a wedding for a client who happens to be an attorney. After the wedding, the client posts close to 1,000 images on Facebook and receives many compliments. Shortly thereafter, the client sues Tang for the photos being terrible. And this is no ordinary lawsuit. The client is using shady scare tactics to try to extort the money from Tang. Here's a video by Gary Fong explaining the whole ordeal: A copy of the letter from the attorney to Tang is posted here. If you want to help out Tang, a legal fund has been started here.
Here's a little behind the scenes video of how they documented the famous Red Bull Stratos jump. Many people probably think it was just a bunch of GoPro cameras but it was so much more complex than that.
Great video of why Tyler Shields does what he does. Obviously, it works as he is very successful in selling in his fine art prints. Tyler Shields speaks at Luminance 2012 from PhotoShelter.com on Vimeo.
One of the awesome things about the photos and video taken from the International Space Station is they are all in the public domain and available for download and use. A few people have gone through the material and composited some pretty cool videos. Here's a couple cool ones: Further Up Yonder from Giacomo Sardelli on Vimeo. This is Our Planet from Tomislav Safundžić on Vimeo.