Photo Credit: Instagram

I rarely have negative rants. But somethings need to be said.

Those laws that everyone is afraid of on Facebook and Instagram that supposedly gives them the rights to your photos. Those are so that if a TV news story is talking about Facebook or Instagram and they show a random page or account they can't get sued by you. It by No Means allows websites and bloggers that pass themselves of as modern day journalists to use the photos and add the caption Photo Credit: Instagram. 

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Especially when people are tagged left right and center on photos these days. You have no excuse. Do 4 minutes of real journalism work and find out who took the photo and who is in it. In our industry it is all we ask and people still don't get it. Models need to be credited. Makeup artists need to be credited. Photographers need to be credited. And I can assure any publication that thinks they can use my photos without permission will hear from my lawyer very quickly.

Most blogs will not get into a legal battle over 1 image. They will either add the credit or remove the photo. In my experience, most will add the credit if you ask nicely. However, using a loophole in somone else's terms and conditions for your blog does not apply. It's to protect THEM (Facebook and Instagram) not you and your dumb "blog". Is it really that hard to write Photo Credit: @username under an image?

I mean, if you don't know who took the photo at least tag the account where you stole it from! Crediting the app you stole it from does what exactly?? You think it protects you? Most people are so scared of Facebook and Instagram's terms, that they would never dare say anything, but don't forget. You would not be going against them. You are going against the publisher. 

If somone at a major newspaper would do this they would get fired the same day! Mind you it would probably never get approved for print. We need to have the same standards regardless of the terms and conditions of huge corporations. 

Sorry. I'm done. Have a positive and amazing day. Share the love.

Why I got the iPad Pro, a Photographers Review

So, when the iPad Pro was announced I was one of those people that said "Finally!". Why? Well the iPad (Regular size) has been my portfolio since 2010, when it first came out. I was one of the first people in my circle to ditch my 11X14 print portfolio for a 9.7 inch tablet.

Lot's of my fellow photographers and industry reps thought it would never catch on. It is now almost a standard. It just makes sense on so many levels. Cost being the major one. I would update my print portfolio every 3 months or so, and it would cost me around 350$ every time. Not to mention the money lost form the old images I would chuck in the garbage or put in "storage".

Also the hassle of rearranging my photos every time I had a meeting, depending on what type of client I was seeing. Just a pain. When the iPad came out it's almost as if it was made for us (photographers/creatives). You could categorize your photos into folders, so clients could only see "editorial" for example, without having to flip through 27 pages of beauty shots that they have no interest in. 

So now that I have covered the general "why the iPad makes an awesome portfolio". Let me tell you my biggest issue with it all these years. The size! What I missed the most about my print portfolio was the size. And with every new version of iPad that was released, with very little change in the size department, I got angrier and angrier. Even getting a Toshiba 13" something or other. I lasted about 1 week with it. The android platform could not scroll through my images smoothly and every time it got to a new image it would be pixelated for the first second or 2, then it would look great. That might work for viewing family photos at Christmas, but not when I'm having a meeting with an advertising firm pitching a 30,000$ job. So needless to say, the announcement of the iPad Pro was long awaited for me.

Retouching in Photoshop on the iPad Pro using Astropad

Retouching in Photoshop on the iPad Pro using Astropad

So, now that I have it, is it all I expected? Is it what I was waiting for all these years? Yes! Big time in fact. The size is perfect. Big enough to make images look amazing, small enough to carry around. The bonus for me was the Apple Pencil. Using the Astropad App I now have replaced my Wacom tablet for retouching with my iPad Pro. It basically turns it into a Cintiq (But way better & cheaper!)

Pros

The Size ( 12.9 inch screen)
The Resolution (2732 x 2048 ~ 264 ppi)
Apple Pencil (Retouching with Astropad)
Real Multitasking
Build Quality
Amazing Sound Quality

Cons

Price (This should have been closer to 700$ CAD not 1,049)
Apple Pencil should be included for that price
Apple Case & Keyboard are overpriced at over 175$ combined.
Still no way to sync higher resolution images from iPhoto


 

Conclusion

All this to say, I love it. My clients are always impressed by it and some have commented, "Finally we don't have to look at tiny iPad screens any more." . I've gotten used to the size very quickly. When I stumble upon my old iPad it just feels small, and I almost can't believe I used to go see clients with something that tiny. The bonus of being able to retouch on it makes the price tag, for me, way more acceptable. Zero regrets on this purchase. Oh and one last app recommendation for photography portfolios, Foliobook. Great professional looking app with tons of features and customization. That's my experience with the iPad Pro. 

My first real YouTube video

Hey guys! So its been a while now, ok..years since I've been wanting to get into creating YouTube videos. I watch reviews and all kinds of other videos on YouTube on a daily basis. And I've posted many behind the scenes videos of my photo shoots, but I always knew I had the technical knowhow to do it, but the truth is, like most photographers, I don't like being in front of the camera.

For my first video I decided to do a "What's in my Bag?" video. Why? Well I thought it was an easy subject, pretty straight forward. Hats off to all those YouTubers out there. It's a lot of work, and a lot of time. I highly underestimated the preparation and time this all takes.

One morning I just woke up and told myself, today is the day. I went into my office, set everything up and started filming. I made TONS of mistakes. Retake after retake. One issue that this cause, and again, it's due to my lack of experience in front of the camera. I found that by the time I nailed what I wanted to say without flubbing, my expression was dry and monotone. I guess because I had repeated it 15 times before, I was fed up and now was saying something I memorized versus natural talking. Thats definitely something I will have to work on. 

One thing I also want to do is tutorial videos, for this I will be recording my screen and me talking, so a bit less pressure there. Will keep you posted on those. 

In the end I was really disappointed with my video, but then I went on youtube and watched other "What's in my bag?" videos, and I didn't feel so bad. I'm not saying the others were bad, but I felt I wasn't too far off, especially considering that most of those videos I watched were from regular YouTubers with large followings. I guess I'll see how this goes, if they are popular I will try and make more.

Hope you enjoyed it!

 

Ashley Graham’s New Line of Plus-Size Lingerie Debuts in NYFW

Photo credit: eonline.com

Photo credit: eonline.com

Many designers and buyers eagerly await Fashion Week in the fall, where the world’s top designers showcase the designs and styles they hope will trend in the next year’s Spring/Summer collections. At this year’s New York Fashion Week, plus-sized model-turned-designer Ashley Graham wowed the audience by strutting onto the catwalk to promote her new line of plus-sized lingerie.

Ashley is most known for her work with Lane Bryant, as well as for being a body activist. In an inspiring TED Talk, she told the world about her journey into the fashion industry, and how she learned to accept herself despite the standards set by the industry she is working in.
 

This week, Ashley showed audiences that she couldn’t just talk the talk, but walk the walk as well, strutting onstage at NYFW in her own line of lingerie. Speaking to Vogue, Ashley said that the whole inspiration for her line came from not being able to find any sexy lingerie in her size. “It is really hard to find lingerie that’s both supportive and sexy. I’m a sexy girl who likes to wear see-through shirts with lace popping out,” she said. “And I really wanted that in my size.” 

Ashley’s range comes at a time when more and more people are beginning to accept that sexy comes in all shapes and sizes, and at a time when more people are becoming more open to the idea of purchasing sexy lingerie. While reports released by Lyst show that lingerie seems to be among the least-purchased products online, further research by Key Note Ltd has shown that lingerie serves three key purposes for women, especially in the UK: “as a necessity for the majority of women in the UK; as a fashion statement, to be worn both as underwear and outerwear that follows the leading fashion trends of the season; and as a sexually appealing commodity worn by females for the purposes of sexual attraction and desire.”

Plus-sized women are not immune to these necessities, and Ashley seems to have found the perfect market. Her new range of lingerie will be sold in various online stores in the coming months. 

In the past, Ashley has appeared in various campaigns promoting body diversity, starring along other plus-sized models in a spread for Glamour Iceland. Behind-the-scenes shots of the said spread showed that, as Anthony Turano's previous blogs have stated, "Sexy shoots are not as sexy as you think."


Guest post written by Veronika Steffen.
Veronika is a plus-sized girl who used to think her body was just too big for sexy lingerie. Since she discovered the work of Ashley Graham, she's started to look at her body in a different light, and has begun to recognize that sexy is more than just a number.]

Cover & Story in Fave Magazine

The teaser cover for the next issue of Fave Magazine was released yesterday and I could not be happier. Not only did I shoot the cover with matching editorial inside, but there will also be a second, very different editorial and a story about me and my career on the inside. Stay tuned for that...exciting stuff!

© Anthony Turano & Fave Magazine Hair and Makeup: Melanie Viger Styling: Jeile Marie Model: Camille (Next Miami) Sunglasses: Artsee Miami

© Anthony Turano & Fave Magazine
Hair and Makeup: Melanie Viger
Styling: Jeile Marie
Model: Camille (Next Miami)
Sunglasses: Artsee Miami

Why Facebook Photos Look so Bad, and the DIY Solution

TOP: JPEG file saved at 80% in Photoshop  BOTTOM: Same file after being uploaded to facebook

TOP: JPEG file saved at 80% in Photoshop  BOTTOM: Same file after being uploaded to facebook

I noticed lately that when I upload my photos to facebook they instantly look horrible and pixelated. I read an article on photoshelter.com that confirmed I wasn't going crazy. So I thought I would share. Enjoy!

With the largest public repository of photos on the Web, it’s not surprising that Facebook has and continues to employ heavy compression to all of the 250 billion images they store. Facebook never intended to be a high quality archiving service of photos, but rather, photos act as social glue for the social media giant.

But seriously, why do your photos look so bad?

File compression up to 90%
JPG, the dominant photo file format, uses a form of “lossy” compression, which means it throws out picture data to reduce the file size. If you’ve ever played with the “Quality” slider in Photoshop, you probably understand the trade-off in file size and image fidelity.

“Blocky” looking sections of a photo particularly around edge detail or gradients in color are the telltale signs of JPG compression.

The compression is particularly noticeable when a graphic has hard edges like this white type against a graded background.



FIND OUT HOW TO FIX THIS PROBLEM ON THIS PHOTOSHELTER.COM ARTICLE

FASHION CAREER ADVICE FROM LONE WOLF

If you are a young and ambitious fashion photographer, or stylist trying to break into the fashion industry, you’re likely feeling frustrated right about now. For all artists out there the path to success and financial security is fraught with uncertainty, and there is no sure-fire business plan that will light the way and no straightforward strategy that will lighten the load. We can completely sympathize! And if you’re just starting out, you’re likely facing one of the most difficult professional periods in your life – that critical moment when you get on your feet and get the ball rolling. We’re here to help you make the most of it. Here is our list of ultimate career advice for aspiring fashion photographers, stylists, makeup artists and anyone else working in the fashion industry. Here Goes!

1. You can’t ask for your big break, you have to earn it. If we had a nickel for every time a photographer contacted us with no experience, barely anything to call a portfolio, and said something along the lines of, “If you give me a commission letter I’m going to make you something amazing, just trust me.” We don’t meant to be harsh, but in the insanely competitive job world out there, no one is just going to give you a break because you seem passionate and sure of yourself. In the social sphere that stretches beyond your friends and family who believe in you because they love you, everyone else will be really really hard on you. If “just trust me” is all you have to go on, you really don’t have much. When hundreds of competitors are applying for the same jobs as you with polished portfolios of work that really highlight what they’re capable of, you better have more than just promises and passion to go on. As a general rule of thumb in fashion, show don’t tell. Take big risks with the work you create, work hard and you won’t need to sell yourself because your work will speak for itself.

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Sexy shoots are not as sexy as you think

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Many people see the sexy Victoria's Secret campaigns or a hot sexy swimsuit ad and think, "Well that must have been a steamy situation." Truth is, photo shoots are not much different than movie sets. Sure there are a few less people and less equipment, but the mood is the same. Models really have to be actresses because there is nothing sexy about being in lingerie around 7 to 10 people. 

They are constantly being told to move into the light, or having makeup artists run up to them unexpectedly for touch ups. So next time you see that sexy ad, just imagine the work that went behind it. It takes a lot of people to make images like that. And we all love our job!