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Video: How to pack for a two-month photo expedition

DP Review News - Thu, 03/05/2018 - 23:12

Dave Morrow—a well-respected outdoor photographer from outside Seattle, Washington—has shared a behind-the-scenes video detailing the gear he’s taken on his latest photo expedition. The 20-minute video provides an insightful overview of the gear he packs with him in his vehicle and in his backpack during his two-month trip through Oregon, Wyoming, Utah, Idaho and California.

Per his rules to filming the videos for his 'The Landscape Photography Journals' series, the video was shot with a GoPro and doesn’t feature any special editing or filming technique. It’s barebones and straight to the point. And that's not a bad thing...

Morrow does a great job explaining the reason he’s taking the gear and the purpose it serves in his particular use-cases. He doesn’t get too caught up in the specifics of everything.

You might not be as hardcore of an outdoor photographer as Morrow, but it’s a great look at the gear he uses and his reason for using it. Take mental notes along the way and maybe you’ll find something useful for your next trip, whether that’s a hike through your backyard or a two-month backcountry adventure like Morrow’s.

Something else that stuck out was Morrow’s approach to gear. As shown in the video, Morrow has three basic rules for buying gear. If these three rules can’t be followed, he won’t buy the equipment:

  1. Buy everything in cash; no loans, no debt
  2. Don’t accept ‘free gear’ from sponsors or partners. Nothing is free. Devote all time to exploring & photography
  3. Don’t buy anything until it has been 100% required on multiple trips. Less gear, more time for travel and photography

Let us know what you think of the tips down in the comments, and then head over to Morrow's YouTube channel for more videos like this.

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Bill Henson: 'How do you suggest the whole world in a hand?'

Seeker of stillness, shunner of the righteous, the artist hails the emotional power of photography

The first time I was captivated and transported by art was when I saw my first Bill Henson photograph. I was 21. The piece – it belonged to a friend’s sister – produced a sudden surge of tenderness, nostalgia and yearning all at once. I couldn’t afford to buy an original but saved all my money and bought his book. In it was Melbourne, but not as I knew it.

One of his early works I loved featured two pale bodies in a dark, industrial wasteland. Illuminated, sheared-off pieces of tin and scrap metal gave the impression of angels’ wings on a shirtless boy and girl. They looked filthy and abandoned yet also transcendent. It was a photograph shot in Melbourne in the 90s but it could have been a Caravaggio.

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If you wanted to be a really groovy sculptor, you could make a life-sized statue of John Howard out of needles …

Related: Head On photo festival: Duterte's drug war, love dolls and Guantánamo – in pictures

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Sir Paul donates dozens of Linda McCartney photos to V&A

Dozens of images taken by singer’s first wife given to museum’s photography centre

Dozens of intimate family photos and celebrity portraits by Linda McCartney are to form part of a significant new photography centre at the V&A Museum.

The museum in south-west London is almost doubling the space it devotes to photography to store and display a dramatically enhanced collection, including 270,000 images and objects from the Royal Photographic Society (RPS), and the images from the family of Sir Paul McCartney.

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Samsung's PRO Endurance microSD cards can handle 43,800 hours of continuous recording

DP Review News - Thu, 03/05/2018 - 18:48

Samsung Electronics has unveiled a new line of microSDHC/SDXC cards called PRO Endurance. The lineup features 32GB ($30), 64GB ($50), and 128GB ($100) options, each with up to 100MB/s read speeds and 30MB/s write speeds. The South Korean company says the new lineup features "industry-leading endurance" capable of handling up to 43,800 hours of continuous video recording.

Samsung created the PRO Endurance line for video-centric applications, such as security, dash, and body cameras, though they can also be used with drones and other video camera products. In addition to its recording endurance, the PRO Endurance cards are water, temperature, x-ray, and magnetic-proof. Overall, Samsung explains this lineup has 25 times the endurance of its past speed-focused cards.

The PRO Endurance microSDHC/SDXC cards are available from Samsung now.

Press Release

Samsung Electronics Redefines High Endurance Memory Card Market with New PRO Endurance Card

Built for intensive video monitoring applications, PRO Endurance delivers industry-best 43,800 hours of continuous video recording in 128GB capacity

Samsung Electronics introduced today the Samsung PRO Endurance microSDHC™/microSDXC™ card, which offers industry-leading endurance and up to 43,8001 hours of continuous video recording2. Designed for consumers and B2B channel customers who use intensive video monitoring applications such as surveillance and security cameras, body cameras and dash cams, the PRO Endurance makes continuous video monitoring fast and stable. It delivers read speeds of up to 100 MB/s and provides FHD recording and 4K support via write speeds of up to 30 MB/s3.

“Consumers want to feel assured with their video surveillance solutions, and the need for longer-lasting, higher performing memory cards that can withstand extreme conditions and capture critical moments is at an all-time high,” said Un-Soo Kim, senior vice president of Brand Product Marketing, Memory Business at Samsung Electronics. “Samsung is proud to again advance what is possible in memory card technology with the introduction of the PRO Endurance, which offers security-minded consumers the industry’s highest levels of endurance and optimized read/write speeds for immediate access to critical surveillance content."

The Samsung PRO Endurance offers 25 times higher endurance4 than previous speed-focused cards5. It also comes with an industry-leading limited warranty up to five years6, and sets a new standard for capacity with its 128GB7 of storage.

The Samsung PRO Endurance is built to withstand harsh environments and features Samsung’s 4-Proof8 protection, making it water, temperature, magnetic and x-ray-proof. In times of emergencies, accidents or crisis, the PRO Endurance is the reliable solution to capture the crucial moments without the risk of compromised or lost data.

The PRO Endurance memory cards are now available for purchase with manufacturer’s suggested retail prices starting at $89.99 for 128GB, $44.99 for 64GB and $24.99 for 32GB. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com/memorycard.

Key Specifications for PRO Endurance Category Samsung PRO Endurance Capacity 128GB 64GB 32GB FHD Recording 43,800 hours 26,280 hours 17,520 hours Form Factor microSDHC™ and microSDXC™ Read/Write Speeds Sequential read speeds up to 100MB/s,
Sequential write speeds up to 30MB/s Bus Speed Mode UHS-I 4-Proof Features Waterproof (IEC 60529, IPX7), Temperature proof, X-ray proof, Magnetic proof Warranty Five (5) Year Limited Warranty Three (3) Year Limited Warranty Two (2) Year Limited Warranty Operating Temperatures From -25ºC to 85ºC9 1 Varies by capacity; 64GB model up to 26,280 hours, 32GB model up to 17,520 hours. 2 Based on Full HD (1920×1080) video content recorded at 26 Mbps video support. 3 Performance results are based on internal testing conditions. Read/write speeds may vary by host device. 4 Based on continuous recording capability. 5 Based on internal tests comparing different Samsung cards. 6 Varies by capacity; 64GB model up to 3-years, 32GB model up to 2-years. Warranty for SD adapter is limited to one year. For specific details, please visit www.samsung.com/support. 7 Actual usable storage capacity is measured with SD Formatter 3.1 tool with FAT file system and may be less than labeled capacity. 8 Waterproof: IEC 60529, IPX7; Temperature: from -25ºC to 85ºC (-13°F to 185°F) operating; magnetic: up to 15,000 gauss (equal to MRI); X-rays: up to 50 Roentgen (equal to airport X-ray machines). 9 Withstands -25°C to 85°C (-13°F to 185°F) operating, -40°C to 85°C (-40°F to 185°F) non-operating.
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Adobe slashes Creative Cloud school pricing to just $5 per user per year

DP Review News - Thu, 03/05/2018 - 17:47
Credit: Adobe

Earlier today, Adobe announced new Creative Cloud educational pricing for K-12 schools (meaning primary and secondary schools, for those outside the US), slashing the price for individual schools and school districts to just $5 per license per year with a minimum purchase of 500 licenses for a school, or 2,500 licenses for a school district. Additional licenses can be purchased for $50 per 250.

Adobe says the move "underscores Adobe’s commitment to providing students and teachers with the world’s leading digital creative tools and skills," and is the company's way of "nurturing creativity and creative problem solving," both of which, research shows, will be key skills in tomorrow's job market.

The plans give students access to all of the Creative Cloud applications and 2GB of cloud storage each. But best of all, students won't have to be in the classroom to use the apps—named user licensing allows students to log in to and install Creative Cloud applications at home or on their mobile devices as well.

"Making Creative Cloud available at $4.99 per year, per license—with access in schools and at home—is going to be a game changer, providing students and teachers access to apps that will unlock their inherent creativity in new and exciting ways," says Adobe's Mala Sharma, VP and GM of Creative Cloud Product, Marketing, and Community. "Making Creative Cloud affordable is just one of many actions we’re taking to reduce the barriers to teaching these skills in today’s classrooms."

There is one thing Sharma forgot to mention: providing students with access to the Adobe CC suite starting as early as Kindergarten and Elementary School will also create a whole new generation of Adobe addicts who complain about the subscription costs but are willing to keep paying them anyway... welcome to the club kids.

For more information on the new pricing and Adobe's other Creative Cloud offers for educators, students, K-12 schools and beyond, click here.

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Barnet did once surrender to Labour | Brief letters

Barnet politics | Breast-cancer screening | Trump’s health | Wildlife photography | Predictive text

Owen Jones remarks that the London borough of Barnet is a Tory citadel, among others, that has never surrendered to Labour (The greatest threat facing Labour now is complacency, Journal, 2 May). Labour took control of the council in 1994 with the support of the Lib Dems, remaining in power until the election of 2002. From 1997 until 2010, it returned two Labour MPs: Rudi Vis (Finchley and Golders Green) and Andrew Dismore (Hendon). Not so “otherworldy” then.
John Bailey
St Albans, Hertfordshire

• More than 445,000 patients missed their breast-screening appointment and no one noticed the reduction in the demand for these services (Fears breast cancer blunder may have cut short hundreds of lives, 3 May)? Why not?
Ron Brewer
Old Buckenham, Norfolk

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Facebook is using Instagram photos to train its image recognition AI

DP Review News - Thu, 03/05/2018 - 16:48

At its F8 developers conference Facebook not only revealed a number of new Instagram features, the company also talked about how it is using the billions of images on Instagram to train the world's most accurate image recognition systems.

Training deep learning models for image and object recognition is typically a very labor-intensive task, as each training image has to be looked at and labeled by human workers. This is a serious limitation to the size of training image databases; however, Facebook has found a way to reduce human supervision in the training process by using images that are already labeled... with Instagram hashtags.

Its researchers used 3.5 billion Instagram images with approximately 17,000 hashtags to train deep learning models and the results have been encouraging.

A computer vision system that had been trained with one billion images and 1,500 hashtags, achieved 85.4 percent accuracy on the ImageNet benchmarking tool, outperforming the previous leading system by 2.3 percent.

It will be important to manage the disadvantages of less curated labels but the Facebook research shows that less supervised training of image recognition systems could be a step into the right direction, allowing for the use of much larger and databases and therefore improved image and object recognition and classification.

Translation: finding that photo you never tagged that's buried miles deep in your archive might soon get a whole lot easier.

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ESA unveils most detailed 3D star map ever captured

DP Review News - Thu, 03/05/2018 - 16:31

The European Space Agency (ESA) Gaia mission has released a new star map of the Milky Way, giving us the most detailed view of our galaxy to date.

Launched in December 2013 from Kourou, French Guiana, the mission of the Gaia space observatory is to create the largest and most detailed 3D space catalog in existence. To do this, it uses what the ESA calls the ‘largest digital camera in the Solar System,’ a one-billion-pixel camera made up of more than 200 CCD sensors.

Gaia’s sky in colour. Image provided by ESA

This new set of data, released on April 25th, details the location and movement of more than 1.3 billion stars. For context, the first set of data released by the ESA in May 2016 contained similar information of a mere two million stars. It’s not only the position and movement of the stars either.

As well as positions, the data include brightness information of all surveyed stars and colour measurements of nearly all, plus information on how the brightness and colour of half a million variable stars change over time. It also contains the velocities along the line of sight of a subset of seven million stars, the surface temperatures of about a hundred million and the effect of interstellar dust on 87 million.

The new information will be used for many years to come by scientists all over the world. "Gaia will greatly advance our understanding of the Universe on all cosmic scales," says Timo Prusti, Gaia project scientist at ESA, in the announcement blog post. "Even in the neighbourhood of the Sun, which is the region we thought we understood best, Gaia is revealing new and exciting features."

The ESA expects many more datasets to be released in future years, with the full and final catalogue set to be published sometime in the 2020s. Originally, Gaia was only set to operate until mid-2019, but the ESA has already approved an extension to its mission that should see it functioning well into 2020.

You can access the data from Gaia’s first release on the ESA’s archive site and view a collection of 360-degree videos in a dedicated VR page.

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Art Shay: acclaimed photographer – in pictures

Shay, who has died aged 96, photographed celebrities, politicians and ordinary Americans during a career that spanned 70 years. His work for publications including Time, Life and Sports Illustrated made him one of the most respected photojournalists of his generation

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LG unveils G7 ThinQ smartphone with super-wide-angle lens

DP Review News - Thu, 03/05/2018 - 15:32

After a few months' delay (the reasons of which are not entirely clear) LG is the last of the big mobile manufacturers to finally unveil its new 2018 top-end smartphone. The new model is called the G7 ThinQ, and comes with most of the photography features and characteristics you would expect from a current flagship device.

An almost bezel-less 6.1-inch LCD display with a resolution of 1440 x 3120 pixels is combined with Qualcomm's latest top-end Snapdragon 845 chipset, and embedded into an IP68 dust- and water-resistant body. There is also a 3.5mm headphone jack with a quad DAC and a microSD slot for memory expansion. The device is available with 6GB RAM and 128GB of storage or 4GB RAM and 64GB storage.

In the camera department, LG is sticking to its strategy of differentiating itself from most competitors by offering a super-wide-angle lens in the dual-camera setup. Both sensors now offer a higher 16MP pixel count, compared to the G6's 13MP, with the main camera boasting a 71-degree field of view, fast F1.6 lens, optical image stabilization, and an autofocus system that uses both phase detection and laser.

The super-wide-angle has to make do with a slower F1.9 aperture and without OIS. It also only comes with a fixed focus. Like on the V30S, camera operation is enhanced by LG's artificial intelligence technology that can detect objects and scenes and auto-adjust camera settings accordingly. Additionally, there is a "smart pixel-binning" mode for lower noise and better exposure in low-light shots.

Finally, we also get a "fake-bokeh" portrait mode on an LG flagship, which can artificially blur the background in portrait shots taken with both main camera and super-wide-angle.

LG is late to the game for 2018, and we'll have to see if consumers are interested in the brand's super-wide-angle camera concept when most other manufacturers bet on telephoto lenses in their dual-cam setups. In any case, it's good to have one more option in the high-end bracket of the Android smartphone market.

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Rokinon AF 14mm F2.8 EF sample gallery

DP Review News - Thu, 03/05/2018 - 14:00
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Rokinon/Samyang's first autofocus lens for Canon EF-mount is the 14mm F2.8, a variation on the company's existing 14mm F2.8 FE for Sony with a different optical formula. At $800 it's priced well under Canon's $2100 14mm F2.8L II, giving full frame Canon shooters an affordable alternative to the on-brand option. Having recently taken its FE counterpart for a spin, we were eager to try out the Canon variant (and let's be honest – pretty happy to get out into the sunshine for a while).

See our Rokinon/Samyang AF 14mm F2.8 EF sample gallery

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Digital art and a lofty greenhouse: Thursday's top photos

The Guardian’s picture editors bring you photo highlights from around the world

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Motor Mouths: an audiovisual guide to the UK car industry – in pictures

Motor Mouths, created by the photographer and digital artist Richard Jones, offers an insight into Britain’s automotive landscape. Working in partnership with the British Motor Museum and Arts Council England, the audiovisual project includes a 17-minute digital installation of ‘talking portraits’ and timelapse clips featuring workers at the Vauxhall, Bentley and Morgan plants.

  • Motor Mouths can be viewed at the British Motor Museum in Gaydon, Warwickshire

Motor Mouths tells the story of the automotive landscape in the UK, from highly automated car manufacturing plants to heritage, hand-built vehicles. Produced by the photographer Richard Jones, the audiovisual project – which took more than two years to plan and 14 months to create – centres on the work of Bentley, Morgan and Vauxhall.

We are all robots; we are all creatures of habit.

Even these robots can’t do what we can do

At the Morgan factory, the men are the machines

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Ice breakers: Finland's Unesco jetties - in pictures

Every spring cracks emerge in the frozen Gulf of Bothnia around the Unesco-protected islands of the Merenkurkku archipelago in western Finland. The archipelago, also known as Kvarken and situated off the coast of Vaasa, has been a Unesco World Heritage Site since 2006, drawing tourists to its scenery and wildlife. The landscape, featuring thousands of islands, is largely the result of the last Ice Age. Photographer Olivier Morin has produced a series of aerial images of jetties on the frozen coast.

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Beatles: Dundee concert photos to go on display in city

McManus gallery owns Caird Hall images for city where term Beatlemania was coined

The Beatles are returning to Dundee, the city where the term Beatlemania was coined after the Fab Four had to leave a concert by crawling out through a coal cellar to escape their ecstatic fans.

Related: As Time Goes By by Derek Taylor review – a poignant insight into the Beatles

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Days Inn is advertising a $10k summer gig shooting sunsets around the US

DP Review News - Wed, 02/05/2018 - 20:59

Here's an interesting opportunity for any landscape photographers who need a "summer job" in the most literal sense of the term.

Wyndham Hotels' property Days Inn—which features a rising Sun as its logo—has posted a job add seeking a photographer to serve as its "Sun-tern" for a one-month gig this summer. The chosen photographer will capture images of the sunset in cities around the US, providing them to Days Inn for use in hotel properties, on the company's social media accounts, and more.

Days Inn is offering a $10,000 stipend for the gig, paid travel expenses, Wyndham Rewards Diamond status, as well as "a glowing recommendation upon completion of the Sun-ternship from Barry Goldstein, Wyndham Hotel Group's executive vice president and chief marketing officer."

The company is seeking "a creative amateur photographer," according to the Sun-ternship Web page. Applicants must be at least 21-years-old, located in the US, and have an open schedule during the project. Anyone can submit an application via email until May 20th, and all applicants should include an original outdoor photo as well as 100 words detailing "why you're the best person for the job."

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FRAMES, Chapter 1: What it's like shooting a 24-hour endurance car race

DP Review News - Wed, 02/05/2018 - 20:33

Motorsport and sports photography can be an exhausting in the best of circumstances—lugging around incredibly large and heavy lenses, not to mention multiple camera bodies, and scrambling to edit and file images ASAP. But Chapter 1 of the short documentary series FRAMES covers something a whole order of magnitude more difficult: shooting a 24-hour endurance race.

The 12-minute video follow professional motorsport photographer Jamey Price as he prepares for and tries his best to survive the grueling TOTAL 24 hours of Spa at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium.

This is one of the most prestigious endurance races in the world, and the short documentary gives you just a glimpse at what it takes to shoot for 24 hours straight, stay awake for close to 40 hours, hike miles worth of race track, and survive the whole experience on a few bits and pieces of junk food you scrounged along the way. It is, in a word: fascinating.

And for just a bit more motivation, Jamey was kind enough to share some of his photos from the race with us, which you can see in the gallery below:

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Almost as interesting as the behind the scenes look itself is the story of how FRAMES was made... or almost not made. Bringing even a short doc to the public can be a herculean effort, even when you have the money, the backers, and interest from the media to share what you've created.

Jamey details the whole process in a blog post that will either inspire you to embark on your own such journey or scare you out of ever trying it.

From a successful Kickstarter, to the Daytona 24 saying "no," to the film's original producer backing out just three weeks before the Spa 24, the journey from idea to final product was almost as grueling as shooting the race itself. So watch the video above, read Jamey's blog post for an even deeper behind-the-scenes dive, and let us know what you think about FRAMES and the idea of shooting race cars for 24 hours straight.

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Instagram gets third-party Story support and video chat

DP Review News - Wed, 02/05/2018 - 18:28

Instagram has announced a number of new features during parent company Facebook's F8 developer conference. Firstly, you can now share to the Stories functions directly from third-party apps, without actually switching to the Instagram app. With compatible apps, Instagram will automatically pull the content in question into its editor where you can tweak the image file or add filters as usual.

On the one hand, this makes Stories operation a little easier and more seamless; however, it also means you don't have to connect your Instagram account with any third-party apps to post a Story, avoiding any sharing of account information.

The new feature will initially be available for Spotify and the GoPro app, but more apps will follow at a later stage. The feature is rolling out to Instagram from today.

There is also a new video chat feature that allows users to talk one-on-one or within a group-chat. This could potentially make Instagram an alternative to existing video chat services like Skype.

Finally, a redesigned Explore section is expected to debut within the coming weeks.

It looks like Instagram is slowly but surely moving away from its core-function as an image sharing app and transforming into a do-it-all communications platform, offering many of the same services as sister apps Facebook and Whatsapp. It'll be interesting to see how the new features will be implemented, and what this means for photographers who have built a sizable following on the [formerly] image sharing app.

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Tutorial: The best way to sharpen portraits in Photoshop

DP Review News - Wed, 02/05/2018 - 17:07

Sharpening plays an important role in influencing how the human eye interprets a photo and it is the only way to create the illusion of higher definition and detail. Also, much like we use light, color, and composition, it is an extremely effective way to guide the eyes of the viewer to wherever you want them to focus.

The first question to ask isn’t how to sharpen but when to sharpen. Any retouching, compositing, coloring, and any other edits you’ve made should be included in the sharpening process. So make sure that it’s the final step in your workflow just before you export! It’s important to note that you’ll want to resize your images beforehand as well. Resizing an image that has already been sharpened can have adverse effects such as reducing or exaggerating the amount of sharpening.

For example, if you want to upload one of your latest photos to Instagram, first resize your image to 1080 x 1080 pixels (their recommended dimensions for square images). Then go through the sharpening process as normal. Doing this will guarantee that your image quality will be consistent no matter what size your image is or where it will be displayed.

To begin the sharpening process, create a new layer, go to the Image menu, and select Apply Image. Apply Image will take all of the visible layers in your project and merge them together onto the new layer. This will allow you to sharpen your final image (including all of the edits you’ve made) without affecting the originals.

As far as technique goes, there are many ways to sharpen an image. I’ve always preferred the High Pass method which involves converting the new merged image into a Smart Object and then using a High Pass Filter to apply the sharpening effect. Since we’re working with a Smart Object and a Smart Filter, we can always go back to make changes to the radius by simply double-clicking on the High Pass option underneath the layer.

My favorite thing about this technique is just how flexible and precise it can be! If I ever need to make changes to the amount of sharpening I can either duplicate the sharpening layer (for a subtle adjustment), change the radius of the High Pass Filter, raise or lower the opacity, or simply paint with the Brush Tool on the layer mask.

Using Layer Masks, you can apply different levels of sharpening to different parts of a photo. You can have a sharpening layer just for facial features and a second for wardrobe. Create as many layers of sharpening as you need to get the look that you want. Overall, focus your sharpening on aesthetic details in your photo—hair, eyes, jewelry, details in clothing—anything that you want to stand out. Avoid sharpening things that might distract the viewer or bring out details you don’t want to be as noticeable (i.e. pores).

Like most things that we’ll do in Photoshop, sharpening is highly subjective. It’s up to you to determine where and how much to sharpen. And while we use a portrait as our example, this method works across all types of photography! This is a process I’ve developed over several years and it has served me well. So give it a try! I only hope that it helps you figure out your own favorite method that’s best suited for you and your work.

About the Author: For over seven years, Aaron Nace has been teaching photography and photo manipulation on PHLEARN.com to millions of users across the world at every skill level. You can subscribe for his professional videos or view the Photoshop tutorials as well.

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BenQ releases SW240 PhotoVue monitor for photographers on a budget (UPDATED)

DP Review News - Wed, 02/05/2018 - 16:24

UPDATE: BenQ has sent us an updated press release that indicates the company will sell the monitor in a bundle with the shading hood for $450, so you don't have to spend $500 to buy them separately. The article text and press release has been updated.

Also, at the original time of publication, the BenQ SW2700PT was selling on Amazon for a discounted price of $550. The price has since reverted to the MSRP of $600.

BenQ has added a new entry-level monitor to its SW PhotoVue line of photo editing monitors. The new SW240 is a 24-inch 1080p 10-bit IPS display that will sit below the 27-inch QHD SW2700PT, the 27-inch UHD SW271, and the 32-inch UHD SW320, and like the rest of the lineup, it was designed with photo editors in mind.

The SW240 boasts 99% AdobeRGB coverage, 95% DCI-P3, a 14-bit 3D Look Up Table (LUT), hardware calibration, an 'advanced black and white' mode, and a color mode hotkey for switching between AdobeRGB, sRGB, and DCI-P3 while editing.

"We want to make professional tools accessible to everyone, whether you're just starting out or you're a pro upgrading an old monitor, the SW240 is the perfect choice," says BenQ Product Manager Jason Lee. "It fits in our professional lineup with pristine color accuracy and without the hefty price tag of similar professional monitors."

Key features:

  • 24.1 inches, 16:10, 1920 x 1200 resolution
  • 99% Adobe RGB coverage, 100% sRGB and 95% DCI-P3
  • 14-bit 3D LUT, ΔE ≤ 2
  • Hardware Calibration with Palette Master Element calibration software
  • Color Mode HotKey for switching between color modes
  • Advanced Black & White mode
  • Optional shading hood

Of course, the most important feature for this "value monitor" is its price, and that's where BenQ may have missed the mark. The SW240 monitor is available now for $400 by itself and the optional shading hood will cost you an additional $100, or you can purchase the monitor and hood in a bundle for $450. So the question is: would you rather purchase an SW240 for $450 (with the shading hood), or buy the SW2700PT 27-inch QuadHD option (shading hood included) for $600?

Let us know what you think in the comments.

Press Release

BenQ Adds Best Value Professional Photo Editing Monitor to Its Award-Winning SW PhotoVue Line

The High-Quality SW240 Monitor Gives Seasoned Photographers and Hobbyists All the Right Tools at the Right Price

COSTA MESA, Calif. — May 1, 2018 — BenQ America Corp., an internationally renowned provider of visual display solutions, today released the new SW240 24.1" PhotoVue Photo Editing Monitor. Presenting photography professionals, enthusiasts and students with the most affordable AQColor SW PhotoVue Monitor to date, it supports 99% Adobe RGB color space for greater and more natural color reproduction and hardware calibration via BenQ's Palette Master Element software for optimal, long-lasting, accurate color performance users can trust. The new monitor completes BenQ's SW PhotoVue professional photography IPS portfolio, which includes the award-winning SW2700PT (27" QHD), SW271 (27" 4K UHD HDR) and SW320 (32" 4K UHD HDR).

"Great artists rely on great tools, which is why we offer a complete family of professional photography monitors to suit every level, from the new value-priced 24.1" SW240 up to our 32" display," said Jason Lee, product manager at BenQ America Corp. "We want to make professional tools accessible to everyone, whether you're just starting out or you're a pro upgrading an old monitor, the SW240 is the perfect choice. It fits in our professional lineup with pristine color accuracy and without the hefty price tag of similar professional monitors."

Unparalleled Color Reproduction at an Exceptional Value

Engineered with all the advantages of a high-end professional monitor, the debut of the BenQ SW240 24.1" monitor is a photographer's dream. The 10-bit display shows more than 1 billion colors and allows users to enjoy the smoothest color gradations of even the most detailed images. Its 14-bit 3D Look Up Table (LUT) improves RGB color blending accuracy, resulting in impeccable color reproduction, and having Delta E≤2 in both Adobe RGB and sRGB color spaces gives users the truest and most representative view of the original image. Featuring BenQ's AQCOLOR™ technology, the SW240 provides out-of-the-box, factory-calibrated color accuracy with industry-standard color space to bring brilliant colors to life. The 99% Adobe RGB color space offers a greater range of color reproduction for shades of blue and green, resulting in a more realistic color representation for outdoor and nature photography.

Hardware Calibration for Consistent Images

The SW240 hardware calibration adjusts the monitor's image processing chip rather than the graphics card output. As a result, users are never fooled by what they're seeing on screen and can trust that images will stay consistent with their original copies. What's more, BenQ's Palette Master Element software allows users to easily tune and maintain the color performance of the monitor at its most optimal state.

Eye-Care Protects Eyes From Fatigue After Long Hours

The creative process can sometimes be a grueling one. Now users don't have to fret over how much time they're spending in front of their BenQ monitor. Engineered with BenQ's exclusive Eye-Care technology, every PhotoVue Series monitor reduces eye fatigue for user comfort, enhanced productivity and workplace safety during extended use.

The SW240 PhotoVue Photographer monitor is now available at retail price of $399. A shading hood, which can be mounted to suit portrait or landscape orientation, is also available for purchase (MSRP $99). BenQ has a special bundle offer for the SW240 with shading hood for $449.

More information on the full line of BenQ products is available at www.BenQ.com.

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