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Learn How to Create Facial Hair in Photoshop

I'm cursed with having thin facial hair. I'll never have the lush, full beard of a lumberjack. My face must brave the brutal Cleveland winter bare and exposed to the biting cold. Luckily, Phlearn is here with a tutorial to remedy that.

FAA Releases Long-Awaited Update for Commercial Drone Operators

Today brings great news for commercial drone operators. The FAA has finalized the Part 107 rules, which bring with them relaxed requirements. Experts estimate the new rules could generate $82 billion and 100,000 jobs for the U.S. economy in the next 10 years.

Learn About the Process of Tintype Photography

Tintypes continue to fascinate us. Despite the process being over 150 years old, its methodical, almost meditative procedure and striking results have kept it alive. It's also a fairly scientific process that involves a good bit of chemistry. Check out this video to learn more about the technical and practical aspects of the practice of shooting tintypes.

Will We See 3D-Printed Camera Accessories Soon?

3D printers have recently become cheaper, more reliable, and more capable at the consumer level. On the same token, photographers constantly need all sorts of miscellaneous parts: adapters, clamps, rings, etc. It seems like now is the time for at-home 3D printing to take hold.

Build Your Own Set of LED Strip Lights for Less Than $300

Continuous strip lights have become quite popular for portrait and video work in recent years. Nonetheless, they can be very expensive. In this video, Joe Edelman walks us through his process in creating a full studio kit of strip lights for a fraction of the price.

'The Secret World of Foley' Is a Delightful Look at the Unsung Heroes of Film

Making a film takes many talented people working in varied areas, a fact I've recently come to fully appreciate as they film "Fast and Furious 8" here in Cleveland. The Foley artist is one of the unsung heroes, for if their work is done well, we don't notice it at all. This film is a lovely look inside the world of Foley.

Quickly Changing Perspectives Make This Dance Film Fascinating

Capturing dance in a way that shows fidelity to the energy and intricacy of the art form is difficult, but "WHAT I’M DANCING ABOUT: Ian Eastwood" is a dynamic look at the work and philosophies of Choreographer Ian Eastwood that certainly succeeds in that endeavor with its unique filming style.

How to Photograph Air

Air is pretty unintrusive when it comes to photography, but what do you do when air is the thing you want to take pictures of? You turn to Schlieren photography.

Lenovo Demos a Bendable, Wearable Smartphone

Bendable smartphones have been teased in the past, but this may be the first time we've seen a fully functional prototype that morphs with such ease and to such an impressive degree. It's an intriguing glimpse into a future full of possibilities.

Two Million Photos: Eight Years Photographing President Obama

In his eight years photographing the president, Pete Souza has taken an estimated two million photos. In that time, he has seen the president as a leader, a family man, and a human being, documenting not only his time in office, but much of his personal life as well. Souza's perspective on his work is both fascinating and enlightening.

Peter Hurley Returns to His Roots With Oracle Team USA Sailing Portraits

We're big fans of Peter Hurley here at Fstoppers. We've collaborated with him twice on Peter Hurley: The Art Behind The Headshot and Peter Hurley: Illuminating The Face. His signature headshots are well known throughout the industry. What you may not know is that Peter was a world-class sailor in his day. Recently, he returned to his roots to combine sailing and photography, and the results are awesome.

Trick Your Brain Into Seeing a Black and White Image in Color

Eyesight is a remarkable thing, but it's also imperfect, which is exactly what optical illusions seek to take advantage of. In this one, you'll be able to trick your eyes into seeing a black and white image in full color.

Capturing Light Itself: Photography at 1,000,000,000,000 FPS

Light moves fast — like really fast. 299,792,458 meters per second in a vacuum, to be exact. Capturing it might seem like a pipe dream, but one MIT professor has done it by doing something remarkable: creating a camera that shoots at 1 trillion frames per second.

Why Drones Scare Me

I love my DJI Phantom 4. I've gotten some great shots that I could have only dreamed of before. And yet, a recent experience left me angry and surprised.

50 Ways to Use Gaffer Tape

Gaffer tape might be the best invention ever. Ok, maybe not ever, but it's certainly up there. It's so useful that Jay P. Morgan of the The Slanted Lens came up with a list of 50 ways to use it. He also wrote a musical number dedicated to the glory that is gaffer tape — a man of many talents.

Everything We Think We Know About the Canon 5D Mark IV

There may be no camera more eagerly anticipated than the Canon 5D Mark IV. The 5D Mark III is one of the workhorses of the industry, but it's definitely showing its age as of late, and many are clamoring for Canon to catch up. The 1D-X Mark II is certainly promising, but for many wedding and portrait photographers, the 5D series is their bread and butter. Here's everything we think we know about the forthcoming camera.

Multiple Companies Testing Drone Jamming Systems

Drones continue to be polarizing: many photographers are embracing them for the way they enable new creative opportunities at relatively affordable prices, while some are bemoaning them as a danger, particularly to air traffic. Three British companies worked together to develop the Anti-UAV Defence System (Auds), which will soon be deployed for testing by the FAA and two U.S. companies.