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Looking to the future: Sustainability in commercial photography

An estimated eight-to-twelve million tons of plastic waste enters our oceans every year; if this trend continues, experts say that by the year 2050, there could be more plastic in the sea than there are fish. More than 800 marine species have been affected by the contamination of their ecosystems, and huge numbers of them have died painfully from ingesting or getting tangled in plastics.
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Tweak Your Curves for Another Way to Save Your Highlights

Tweak Your Curves for Another Way to Save Your Highlights

Lightroom has many adjustments and in general, they work reasonably well. I bet the most widely used sliders are the Highlights and the Shadows sliders. There seems to be a general tendency to make sure that the highlights are not blown and the shadows are not blocked.
I would like to share with you some ideas related to the effects of the sliders and how you can control the highlights with a mucRead More…

Artistic Eye Candy: 4 Illustrators to Follow on Instagram

Artistic Eye-Candy: 4 Illustrators to Follow on Instagram

See how four Offset illustrators use Instagram to extend their reach and reach mainstream success, and take some inspiration from their incredible feeds. Instagram is chock full of illustrative eye-candy—but as an artist, how can you stand out amongst a sea of accounts and seemingly endless visuals? These days it’s not easy to “stop the scroll.” Instagram commands a serious presenceRead More…

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16 classic and unique poses for photographing women

From the “flamingo” to the “bambi,” the last year has brought us a wide array of “trendy” poses adopted by celebrities and influencers. Some stuck around for a few months, and others have left a lasting impression. At the same time, today’s photographers continue to look to history, employing classic poses that have been used by some of the biggest names in the business, from EdwardRead More…

The Red Prison: My Photo Exhibition in a Saddam-Era Jail

The Red Prison: My Photo Exhibition in a Saddam-Era Jail

When people ask me my favorite places on Earth, typically I respond like this: the best food is in Ethiopia, the best historical sites are in India, but the best people are in Kurdistan. For that reason, I have been pulled back to Kurdistan as a photographer again and again. This article features some of my most recent work from the region since the publication of my book We Came From Fire: KurdRead More…

Representing Autism Spectrum Disorder in Images

Representing Autism Spectrum Disorder in Images

Use these simple tips to learn how you can accurately and respectfully represent life with autism spectrum disorder in your images. I didn’t really consider the importance of representing autism accurately in images until I became a photographer, and started capturing images of my sister- who happens to be on the spectrum. Our family knew that she was autistic from a very young age. Read More…

What is your colour by Vlada Viele on 500px.com

Licensing Contributor Vlada Viele on creating a solid aesthetic that’s suitable for commercial photography

Vlada Viele is a photographer who is constantly pushing boundaries and exploring different creative concepts. Vlada’s photos are centered around conveying a feeling through unusual elements, light, and color stories. Q: What are the main sources of inspiration you draw from to create your images? A: Instagram, and other photographers who are more experienced than I am. I always strive fRead More…

Alicia Keys Says ‘Sleazy’ Photographer Manipulated Her When She was 19

Alicia Keys Says ‘Sleazy’ Photographer Manipulated Her When She was 19

In her new memoir More Myself, Grammy-winning musician Alicia Keys shares a troubling story of a professional photographer who manipulated her into posing provocatively for an album cover. She was just 19 years old at the time.
Keys musical career began at the tender age of 15, but it really took off in 2001 when she released her debut album Songs in A Minor. The photo shoot, as described by KeysRead More…

The Best Design Collaboration Tools for Remote Teams

The Best Design Collaboration Tools for Remote Teams

Working from home doesn’t mean losing productivity. Check out these design collaboration tools to ensure you and your team stay on top of the creative game. As more and more creative teams switch over to working remotely, it’s important to ensure that all team members feel prepared for the transition to working from home. Meetings, conferences, brainstorming sessions, and get-togetRead More…

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How to make and sell Lightroom presets

Adobe Lightroom is an all-rounder photo editing and management software that empowers users to organize and manipulate photos in large quantities—without spending all their time stuck behind a desk. For some, it’s best used in conjunction with Photoshop, where they can fine-tune their images with more complex edits, but for many, it’s a creative playground in and of itself. One area where LRead More…