10 Tips and Tricks for the Liquify Tool in Photoshop

Photoshop’s Liquify Tool is a very powerful tool for retouching images, especially photos of people. Learning all of the features of the tool is important to make sure your edits don’t look unnatural. This 25-minute video from tutvid will help you master Liquify, as Nathanial Dodson explores 10 tips, tricks, and features.

The tutorial covers the tool in some detail, showing how to make non-destructive changes, useful hotkeys, masking and freezing sections of the image, smoothing your edits, the face-aware tools and more.

The video is roughly broken down in to the following sections:

0:45 – Intro and making non-destructive changes
1:45 – Useful keyboard shortcuts
4:00 – Using the Warp tool
6:20 – The Reconstruct tool
7:15 – The Smoothing brush
8:00 – Pucker and Bloat tools
10:00 – Freeze and Fall for locking sections of the image
11:40 – Viewing background context when liquifying an isolated layer
13:30 – Using selections as masks in Liquify
15:45 – Face-aware tools for easy editing of facial features

Here’s a horrifyingly exaggerated example of what can be quickly and easily achieved using simple sliders with the Face-aware tool:

As Dodson says, the best way to learn to use Liquify is to jump in and play around. If you’ve followed along with this video, hopefully you’re well on the way to mastering this powerful tool!

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Man Shames Tourists for Stepping Near Yellowstone Hot Springs for Photos

In late July 2017, a man named Jeff H. was walking on a trail in Yellowstone National Park when he noticed a group of tourists ignoring warning signs and standing next to one of the famous hot springs for close-up photos. His video 4.5-minute video above showing himself scolding the tourists has since gone viral.

“What the heck. Hey! Get out of there!” Jeff can be heard shouting in the video. A sign next to the trail warns, “Danger. Fragile Thermal Area,” and instructs visitors to stay on official marked trails. Even after Jeff’s shouts, the tourists continued shooting close-up photos, touching the water, and posing for group pictures.

After pointing his camera in several tourists’ faces as they walked back to the trail, Jeff was approached by a few of them who asked why he was filming them and requesting that Jeff delete the footage.

Public reaction to the video has been divided, with many praising the man for protecting the park from careless trespassers, while others accuse Jeff of being rude and unhelpful in the way he dealt with the situation.

Walking up to a hot spring in Yellowstone is not only bad for the thermal features, but the boiling, acidic pools are extremely dangerous as well: just last year, a 23-year-old man from Oregon died and was dissolved after he accidentally fell into a hot spring while reaching down to check the temperature.

And the government takes these trespasses seriously as well: last year, federal arrest warrants were issued for three men caught on camera while walking on Yellowstone’s Grand Prismatic Spring.

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This is the Aperture Roof on the Atlanta Falcon’s New $1.6B Stadium

Back in 2015, we reported that the Atlanta Falcon’s new football stadium would feature an innovative retractable roof that looks and works like the aperture in a camera lens. The $1.6 billion stadium is complete and ready to open this weekend, and we have our first look at the aperture roof in action.

The Mercedes-Benz Stadium, as it’s now called, recently shared a 35-second timelapse video of the roof “stopping down”:

“Eight unique roof petals can open in less than eight minutes, creating a ‘camera lens-like’ effect that exposes the inside of the facility to the open air on game and event days,” the stadium’s website stated back in 2015.

Now they just need to mount the world’s biggest lens onto the roof to turn this stadium into the world’s biggest camera.

(via Mercedez-Benz Stadium via Shutterbug)

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This Potter Creates Working Cameras Out of Clay

Steve Irvine is a Canadian potter who has had a lifelong interest in photography. Some years ago, Irvine decided to combine his two passions by creating ceramic cameras. Each beautiful and unique creation is fully functional as a pinhole camera.

The cameras “have no lens, light meter, viewfinder, or automatic shutter, and yet they can produce gallery quality images,” Irvine http://ift.tt/O5jBebwrites. “I use black and white photo paper in them for the negatives. The negatives are either 4 x 5 inches, or 5 x 8 inches.”

Here are some of Irvine’s ceramic cameras, with each one followed by a sample photo shot using it:

“Made of stoneware, and fired to cone 10 with a bronzy glaze on the outside, and a matte black glaze on the inside. Copper tubing, brass fittings, and 24K gold leaf were added, plus some parts from an antique anesthetic machine, and the foot valve of a water well.”

“Made of stoneware, and fired to cone 10 (roughly 1,300 deg. C) with a copper blue glaze on the outside, and a matte black glaze on the inside. Aluminum leaf, and 24K gold leaf were added after the camera came out of the kiln.”

“Made of stoneware, fired to cone 10, with a bronzy glaze on the outside, plus a post firing addition of 24K gold leaf, and found objects.”

“This is another ceramic box camera which uses a 4 x 5 inch negative. It has a combination of sprayed glazes on the outside.”

“Made of stoneware, fired to cone 10, with a bronzy glaze on the outside, plus a post firing addition of 24K gold leaf.”

“Made of stoneware, fired to cone 10, with a post firing addition of steel leaves.”

“Made of stoneware, and fired to cone 10 with a matte copper glaze on the outside.”

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If you’re interested in purchasing one of Irvine’s ceramic cameras, the pieces are available for sale through the Jonathon Bancroft-Snell Gallery in London, Ontario.

(via Steve Irvine via Reddit)

Image credits: Photographs by Steve Irvine and used with permission

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Portraits of the Overlooked Black Dogs at Animal Shelters

Black dogs are commonly overlooked at animal shelters. They’re the last to be adopted and the most likely to be euthanized. Photographer Shaina Fishman has taken it upon herself to shine light on this problem and raise awareness, hope, and love for these dogs.

“Black dogs are just as loving and just as playful but shelter staff can have a hard time photographing them,” says Fishman. “A good photograph is crucial to creating interest for a potential adopter.

“While I can’t take great photos of every black dog in a shelter I can bring awareness to the problem and with this series show that black dogs are
stunningly beautiful.”

Fishman recruited 14 black rescue dogs for a photo shoot and provided the portraits to their rescue. A single Instagram photo of one of the groups of puppies led to all of them being quickly adopted.

Here’s a video with some video portraits Fishman shot at the same time:

You can find more of Fishman’s work on her website, Facebook, and Instagram. Back in 2015, we shared a different project in which Fishman shot portraits of animal shelter cats wearing hats.

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How NOT to be a Photographer: The Case of Tony Le-Britton

If you’re in a photography-related industry, I would highly recommend that you avoid working with photographer Tony Le-Britton, unless you would like to work with someone who has used other people’s images as his own, and would like to potentially be paid in eternal excuses. The only bank that accepts that currency is the bank of a**holes.

The short version of the story is: Tony has been caught stealing and using other photographers’ work as his own. He has also not paid me and others huge amounts of money for over a year. I don’t know who else he has screwed over, so I am speaking out. Learn from our mistake.

Here’s the long story of my dealings with Le-Britton…

Just today, August 20th, industry retoucher Natalia Taffarel sent me a message to warn me about Tony. I am so glad she did. The message showcased photographers he had been stealing from and claiming as his work. This shocked me because he had been using those images on his Facebook claiming it was his. Sadly, I did not get a screenshot because it was taken down after he was called out. However, below where I post my conversations, you’ll see him using one of the offending images as his display photo.

Just after Natalia’s message, I saw my friend Dana Cole post a warning to all creatives about him including the images and the photographers he stole from:

The image on the left actually belongs to photographer Yu Tsai.

Here are all the links from the others that he has stolen from: page one and page two.

He even publishes other people’s published work as his own.

The admission of guilt came immediately knowing he blocked everyone that called him out and immediately deleted his website and all his social media accounts.

This is what inspired me to go public about my story.

My Story

I never take on new clients unless payment is completed first prior to working together, or at least 50% of it. With Tony, we had worked together on a couple of jobs in the past and he did pay. So I didn’t think much of it when he asked for help on a commercial hair campaign. He seemed to be working on a regular basis on big jobs — he fooled me using other people’s work even then. Usually, on massive jobs, payment usually comes within 30 to 60 days.

No one has ever not paid me before for a big job like this. I feel very fortunate because I recently had made a post asking how much money creatives were never paid for. Some of the answers ranged in the tens of thousands. However, the more we spread awareness, the more we can help others.

Well, a month goes by after our job and I ask about payment. As you can see, they also loved the images (and are still using it on their website).

You can see where this is going. Below this entire story, I’ll post screenshots from his other “reasons” that span an entire year of excuses.

Around November, I get a message from retoucher Whitney Minthorn out of sheer coincidence, asking me about Tony. It seems he was playing with him as well. And amazingly, the first image is one I also worked on along with the rest of the ones on their website. I will be asking the company whether or not payment was made to Tony on their behalf.

These messages below are just the snippets from our conversation, with date stamps. He gave him the same kind of run around. I even gave Tony the benefit of the doubt as we had worked together in the past. I had been extremely patient.

Below are screenshots from Whitney’s conversations with him going forward.

As you can see, he’s not getting anything.

This is my warning and opinion for everyone else out there in the photo industry: based on my experiences with Tony, I would avoid working with him if you ever have the chance.

As promised earlier, below are screenshots from my conversations with Tony along a similar timeframe. Tony did not know Whitney and I both knew what was going on. We’re looking to see what our options are now. However, we just want to warn others before they fall into the same situation.

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About the author: Pratik Naik is a photo retoucher specializing in commercial and editorial work. To see his work, head over to his website or give him a follow on Instagram and Facebook. This article was also published here.

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Zenit to Launch a Full Frame Mirrorless Camera in 2018

Guess who’s getting ready to jump into the mirrorless camera race? The Russian camera maker Zenit. After years of dormancy, the brand is coming back to life and will reportedly be launching a new full-frame mirrorless digital camera in 2018.

In early 2016, it was reported that Zenit would be coming back from the dead to battle Leica with a luxury camera that rivals the German brand in luxury. Perhaps it’s planning to do so with a brand new full frame mirrorless body.

Photo Rumors reports that the director of Zenit’s Krasnogorsk Mechanical Plant recently spoke about the upcoming camera to a Russian radio station.

“We plan to revive the direction of production of digital photographic equipment and consider the option of industrial cooperation, since competence on the component base in the country is currently absent,” says a man named Sergeyev, according to the RNS Information Agency. “We have a close cooperation project with one of the leading photographic equipment companies in order to create a joint product, where KMZ is involved in manufacturing infrastructure for the production of optics for these cameras. And electronics will be manufactured abroad.”

There’s no word on who this “leading photographic equipment company” is, but Zenit will be leaning on another brand’s manufacturing prowess.

“It will be modernized, but the characteristic contours, ergonomics, camera lines will be integrated into it,” the director continues. “It will be a full-frame, mirrorless digital camera.”

The camera will also be released in two color options (dark and light) and will feature leather styling with high-quality finishing materials. The director also notes the upcoming Zenit camera will be “more expensive than a good smartphone.”

This pricing detail suggests that this full frame mirrorless camera might be a different model than the Leica competitor since Leica’s M series cameras cost much more than “a good smartphone.”

Zenit stopped manufacturing its film cameras in 2004 and disappeared for years. In addition to the upcoming camera, the company is also dabbling with lenses, including a Zenitar 50mm f/0.95 lens for Sony’s E mount.

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