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As you work with images, its often easy to feel “stuck.”  One of my favorite features in Photomatix Pro is the ability to quickly audition the many different tone mapping methods. From subtle to intense, there are many options to choose from.  In this quick video tutorial I’ll walk you through some of my favorite […]

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A few weeks back we profiled Dickey Chapelle in our A Photographer You Should Know Series. We were contacted by filmmaker Michèle Midori Fillion about her film entitled “No Job For A Woman: The Women Who Fought To Report WWII.”  The film makes its PBS debut on March 13, 2014 and you can click here to […]

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vibrance

Are you trying to get the colors to pop in your photo? The Vibrance adjustment is available in Photoshop, Lightroom, and Camera Raw.  It does a great job boosting colors in a more selective and natural way. Can’t see this video — click here. ______ This Post Sponsored by: Photoshop World, the ultimate Photoshop, Photography & […]

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Contrived photo shoots and intricately designed set-ups have never interested me, rather it is the uncertainty of street photography that continues to stimulate. The idea that I can leave the house one morning and come home at the end of the day with a photo that will be with me forever constantly drives and excites me.

- Jesse Marlow 

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Your camera offers a lot of settings to make shooting easier.  While I’m personally a fan of Aperture priority mode (where you set the depth of field and let the camera do the most of the rest) I also find Shutter Priority (or Time Value) Mode quite useful. In this shooting mode, you tell the camera […]

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AddingSpice

Are your images a little flat?  Do you lack contrast?  This technique is a fast and easy way to add a little spice to an image who’s color and tone are a bit flat.  Thanks to filters and blending modes, the solution is easy. Can’t see this video — click here. ______ This Post Sponsored […]

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It’s rare that I step up on my soap box about gear… after all to each their own.  But this one is just a pet peeve as it causes so many potential problems. The lens hood doesn’t point this way when the lens is out of your camera bag! Hoods are reversed when packing the […]

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Sebastião Salgado is a Brazilian-born photographer best known for his social documentary photography of workers in less developed nations.  He began his career as an economist who worked with the World Bank.  He abandoned his career and became a full-time photographer in 1973. Salgado spends his time traveling to countries to capture stories. He is known […]

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Need to get better composition?  Well, it might be time to crop. Learn how to crop images in Photoshop, while still preserving the flexibility to change your mind.  This is a big time-saver and makes it easy to make future changes. ______ This Post Sponsored by: Photoshop World, the ultimate Photoshop, Photography & Lighting Conference. […]

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Note: This is a workflow in progress.  I’m going to show the first results.   I’ve lately become fascinated with making time-lapses from hotel windows.  I’ve been trying to figure out ways to create interesting things from the views I get traveling the world.  The latest attempt focusses on things I can make that show […]

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This week’s podcast features two diverse subjects who both have interesting perspectives on the photo industry.  First up Rich Harrington catches up with portrait photographer Peter Hurley who’s well-known for his approach to head shots.  Melissa Niu then speaks with Ed Greenberg about the rights of photographers. It turns out that both our guests will […]

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Claude Cahun (Born Lucy Renee Mathilde Schwob) was a French artist, writer and photographer.  She kept her photography mostly to herself in her day and was best known for her writing.  She did seem to participate in a few shows, but hid her identity as a woman. She began her making self-portraits in 1912 at the […]

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I’ve started focussing on how to get the most out of real-estate shots.  Particularly when those photos have to be taken under poor lighting and high contrast situations.  Before you say shoot at a better time of day, you need to know that most photographers shooting real estate have few options to control this.  Here […]

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Solid interviews are the foundation for a successful video project.  Its important that you capture the voice and the passion for the story you’re trying to tell. I’ve recently completed a new class at Lynda.com that I’m proud of.  It’s one that I’ve wanted to do for a long time to help video makers.  It’s […]

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HDRAlign

With HDR photography you end up with several exposures that need to be merged.  This is relatively easy when a tripods involved, but what happens when you have to shoot handheld… in low light.  Let me show you the easiest way to make a great HDR image under tough conditions.

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Today is the day for our Black & White Photography Google+ Hangout. This event is brought to you by Mosaic & Photoshop World. The event is 100% free. We even have a great prize to give away (a 6 month professional membership from Mosaic). You must register for the event if you want to win a prize. You can […]

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qotw

It’s time for the Question of the Week.  We’d like to know which brand cameras you regularly shoot with.  Feel free to choose more than one answer or write in your camera if it’s not listed.  This is for brand of camera, not model. ______ This Post Sponsored by: Viewbug  Stick With Viewbug & Photofocus throughout 2014 […]

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Elizabeth “Lee” Miller was an American photographer from New York.  She began her career as a successful fashion model in the 1920′s, but then moved to Paris and behind the camera.  She became a well-established fashion and fine art photographer.  During World War II she became a war photographer and covered events like  the London Blitz, the liberation […]

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I’ve created a free Lightroom preset that you can download.  It might just be that I’ve been dealing with record amounts of snow on the East Coast, but I’m definitely feeling wintry. You can download the preset here from Mosaic (a partner of Photofocus). Once downloaded, follow these instructions. Launch Lightroom. Choose Edit > Preferences […]

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Solid interviews are the foundation for a successful video project.  Its important that you capture the voice and the passion for the story you’re trying to tell. I’ve recently completed a new class at Lynda.com that I’m proud of.  It’s one that I’ve wanted to do for a long time to help video makers.  It’s […]

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SamAbell

Sam Abell is a photographer best known for his work with National Geographic.  His work is often considered some of the more artistic published by the magazine (which he began shooting for in 1967). Abell primarily shoots a documentary style, but chooses to create images that also stand open to artistic interpretation.  He rarely shoots with […]

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