Cool Stuff — October 6, 2013

Cool Stuff — October 6, 2013

Welcome to Cool Stuff, a recurring feature where we post our favorite links, including our favorite articles and how-tos, videos, images and more.

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  • We love our timelapses (that’s not news to anyone who’s a repeat visitor to this blog). This one, from student and photographer Sean Goebel, who has excellent access to the observatories atop Mauna Kea in Hawaii, is a piece of amazing eye candy.
    Mauna Kea Heavens Timelapse from Sean Goebel on Vimeo.
  • And speaking of eye candy, the fall colors from atop Oberg Mountain in Minnesota are pretty awesome too. Check out this set of amazing shots.
  • Turning our attention to people, we came across this awesome talk by portrait photographer Brian Smith. We’ve talked about Brian Smith before on this blog, and this 90-minute video is chock-full of information.
  • Of course, once you’ve taken that awesome portrait, you might need to retouch it. This video by renowned retoucher Lee Varis deals with something we’ve all come across before – shiny, specular highlights on your portrait subjects.
    Shiny Skin Retouch from Lee Varis on Vimeo.
  • We leave you with something that’ll put a ton of strain on your bandwidth and your computer. The first 6K RAW footage from the new RED Dragon sensor is now available for download. Here’s a finished cut of the film:
    It’s Just Paint – shot in 6K on Red Epic Dragon from Phil Holland on Vimeo.And here’s the link to grab a bunch of the RAW footage for yourself. 


That’s it for this edition of Cool Stuff. As always, questions and feedback are welcome in the comments below.

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Sohail Mamdani is a writer and photographer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter. You can find his blog at and his work on 500px.

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