Shutter Release: Five filtered photography stories from around the web for you to focus on today


posted Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 12:30 PM EDT


Yesterday we started a new series, “Shutter Release,” where we scour the web to find interesting photography articles and/or videos to share with you. Today we have a new batch of content for you which runs the gamut from an extensive tech guide to a time-lapse of a flower blooming. We hope that there’s something for everyone.

Ultimate Video Guide to Building a Photo and Video Editing Desktop PC – Fstoppers

Are you looking to build a powerful PC for your photo and video editing needs? If so, Lee Morris has put together an excellent guide at Fstoppers. In the guide, he shares his process, how to choose the best parts for you and everything else you’ll need to have the ultimate PC setup, such as a monitor and peripherals.

Photoshop How-To: Swapping a photo background using blend modes – PetaPixel

In addition to being a great overview of blend modes, this video shows you how to change a portrait photo’s background using blend modes rather than struggling with precise selection tools.

How to Create Depth of Field – SLR Lounge

In this article from SLR Lounge, the team partnered with CreativeLive to deliver all the info you need on aperture and depth of field. The guide is part of SLR Lounge’s “Photography 101” workshop.

Sending a Sony A7S into the stratosphere to capture the Northern Lights – Sony Alpha Rumors

Bryan Chan and Night Crew Labs went to Alaska in March to send a Sony A7S nearly 80,000 feet up in the air to film the aurora borealis from the stratosphere. The crew sent the A7S paired with a Rokinon 24mm f/1.4 lens up and captured the beautiful video below. See here for more details.

Beautiful Flower Bloom Time-Lapse – Fstoppers

Over a period of three years, filmmaker Jamie Scott shot over eight terabytes of 5K video with a Canon 5D Mark II and 24mm lens to create the time lapse below. Sit back, relax and enjoy!