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How to Sharpen in Photoshop by Lauri Laukkanen

Photographer and Photoshop guru Lauri Laukkanen takes you step-by-step on the best ways to sharpen your images. He discusses the differences of using Hi Pass vs. Smart Sharpen vs. Unsharp Mask.

How to Send a DMCA Takedown Notice

Has someone infringed on your copyrighted image and used it on their website? Send them a DMCA takedown notice. Most ISPs will and have to address your takedown notice in order to protect themselves from any legal proceedings. Caroline E. Wright, a copyright attorney, has posted exactly how to do it here.

How Law Enforcement Uses Photoshop to Fight Crime

From aging missing children to digital forensics, Photoshop is a huge to tool for law enforcement. Watch the below video which interviews one Adobe's engineers and read the rest the article on

Fair Use Will Not Save You

Here's a great lesson on copyright and fair use. The video is a little long but just let it run while you are retouching some images or something. It's a real world case on copyright and fair use. After you view the video, read Andy Baio's original blog post on the whole experience here. Portland/CreativeMornings - Andy Baio from CreativeMornings/Portland on Vimeo.

The Next Generation in Interactive Media

Check out this video which is really a promo/commercial for Only clothing company. Anytime, throughout the video, you can click and it will pause the video and allow you to pan and scroll the freeze-frame still. Also, if there is a model in the frame, you can click on her outfit and it slide open a window to show you what outfit she is wearing along with details. Imagine if this were a video on MTV or a tv show on NBC and you had a device like Apple's iTV (you know it's coming). Now, this execution happens to be flash based so it wouldn't work with anything Apple but the concept is really the key here. Check it out:

MōVI – a revolutionary handheld stabilized system

Moving a camera in a steady path is one of the biggest challenges for all of us. That is until you hold the handheld "MoVI" device in your hands and run, or drive, or fly only to see your clumsiness and bumps turned into a near perfect trajectory – thanks to insanely fascinating technology of gyro stabilization and accelerometers.  The "MōVI" produced by Freefly Systems based in Seattle WA.,  is a digital 3-axis gyro-stabilized handheld camera gimbal. The completely silent device weighs under 3.5 pounds bare and can be operated solo, or with the help of a second "gimbal" operator with a joystick to pull off some incredible moves. Here's a quick demo of the device: MōVI in Action (Quick Video) from Vincent Laforet on Vimeo. Here's some nicer footage with BTS of the below short film. The use of the device on roller blades at 2:50 is mind blowing: MōVI BTS from Vincent Laforet on Vimeo. Here's a short film shot entirely with the MōVI: MōVI from Vincent Laforet on Vimeo. You can read more about it on Vincent LaForet's blog.

Chronophotography Creates a Whole New World of Slow Motion Video

In the late nineteenth century, a photographic technique called "chronophotography" began to develop, whereby multiple photographs would be taken in rapid succession to study the movement of a given subject. Eadweard Muybridge famously filmed a horse in motion in 1878, providing the world with its first taste of motion pictures when the images were displayed on a spinning zoetrope. A chorus of women are borne from the movements of a single dancer in this dreamlike "pas de trente-deux." "Choros" premiered at Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival in 2012 and has gone on to play dozens of festivals worldwide. Choros from Michael Langan on Vimeo.

Why You Can’t Take Stills from Motion Footage

A few years ago everyone freaked out when the RED camera came out. "OMG! The resolution is so high that you can shoot video and then just pull the stills for your print work!" While, in theory, that may work. But it doesn't work in real life because your frame rates are very different for still photography versus video. And we have tried to explain this to many people but they just look at us dumbfounded and say, "But the resolution is so high on the RED you can just pull stills." But finally someone as put together a video which shows why that theory does not work unless you want to compromise either the stills or the motion footage. Check out the video:

Expert Advice: Marketing to Fine Art Galleries

Sean Stone of Wonderful Machine has put together a great guide on how to get your work in front of fine art gallery owners. Sean used to manage art galleries so he has first-hand experience on the subject. See his guide here and also another "what not to do" guide here.

Pricing Your Work: Magazine Photography

Photoshelter and Wonderful Machine CEO have put together an invaluable 14 page guide on how to price your photography for magazine and editorial work. If you are new to editorial photography or just want to know the "rules" of the game, this is an absolutely fantastic start. You can download it here.

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