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Join us for our newest Google+ Hangout for photographers — Mind Your Own Business.  This event is produced in partnership with Skip Cohen University and LensRentals.com. Sign up here. This month’s topic is Milestones to Building a Successful Business and Increasing Revenue. We’re joined by Sandy Puc, one of the world’s premier portrait photographers. She holds the prestigious titles of Print Master and […]

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This week’s podcast interviews photographer Dave Black about his sports and light painting work. Then, get an overview of what challenges photographers will face over the coming years with photography guru Jim Heid. Get the show here  or get it on iTunes — Don’t forget to post a review on iTunes. Dave Black We welcome back Dave Black to the […]

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When color photography first came onto the scene, many saw it as a novelty.  “Serious” photographers continued to shoot only in Black & White.  However a few photographers challenged that notion… the most famous is William Eggleston. Born in 1939 in Memphis, Tennessee, Eggleston was raised by an engineer father and his mother.  Eggleston was seen as introverted for […]

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Vertical Video. Unless you’re hanging a television set in portrait aspect ratio (think digital signage) there’s likely no reason to shoot this way.  Video is a panoramic medium (embrace it).   Apparently it bothers other people too.  Perhaps we can all share this movie with a few other folks who could benefit from watching. Just […]

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Our New Google+ Community just welcomed is 1,000th member.  This is a great place to connect with readers of Photofocus. Discuss articles from the site. Share your work (please limit to 1 or 2 photos a week as single posts). Get and give feedback from your peers and experts. Participate in Google Hangouts Get Your work […]

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This is a guest post by Karen Whitehead, a film director.  She’s completed her film on Jini Dellaccio called “Her Aim is True.” If you were asked to name some of the boldest images of 20th century rock photography, you could be forgiven for not mentioning, Neil Young “flying like a bird” on his Laurel Canyon […]

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This week’s podcast interviews photographer Zack Arias who discusses big changes in his work and professional life.  We then check in with Chase Reynolds about two hot new pieces of gear.  When that’s done, find out about our latest contest (with big prizes). Get the show here  or get it on iTunes — Don’t forget to post a […]

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Batteries. Seems a creative professionals life runs on batteries.  The ability to work on the go, anywhere, any time. My phone, tablet, laptop, cameras all run on batteries. The Problem with Rechargeable Batteries Over time, rechargeable batteries wear out and need to be replaced.  I’m not talking about losing a charge, rather the total number of […]

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The 180 Degree Rule is an important one to follow when shooting two or more people in a scene.  Essentially, it helps the audience watching the film or video keep the characters straight in their minds and oriented in physical space. This rule draws an imaginary line through the scene; one that the camera should […]

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Did you miss our great hangout on running a photo business with Sal Cincotta and Skip Cohen? There was a ton of practical advice on things like: Pricing your work Using bundles to upwell customers Dealing with competition Setting terms of use Setting yourself apart with creative marketing ideas This event is free and brought to […]

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Don’t miss today’s Google+ Hangout for photographers — Mind Your Own Business.  This event is produced in partnership with Skip Cohen University and LensRentals.com. Monday, April 28 @ 3pm ET / Noon Pacific. You can sign up for free here – http://bit.ly/myobapril14 You can watch the video on YouTube here To learn more about how Google Hangouts work, click here — http://www.google.com/+/learnmore/hangouts/. […]

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Peter Yang is a Brooklyn, NY photographer who is a well-known portrait photographer. He began life as a business major who was drawn to shooting photos for the student newspaper on campus (despite having never shot photos before). He went from journalism into shooting portraits, citing that he often had big concepts that wouldn’t work […]

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I usually have a lot of ideas in my head. I’m kind of in life and photography a worst-case-scenario person. I always have plan A to plan F.

-Peter Yang

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Scott’s book is an awesome dose of inspiration for photographers.  Spring is a great time of year to renew and recharge.  Why don’t you pick up a copy today?  To make it a  no-brainer, we’ve temporarily lowered the price to 99¢ (or local equivalent) for the next two weeks (sale ends May 10). Get it […]

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Join us for our newest Google+ Hangout for photographers — Mind Your Own Business.  This event is produced in partnership with Skip Cohen University and LensRentals.com. This month’s topic is The Challenges of Running a Photo Business (and Some Solutions Too). We’re joined by Sal Cincotta who’s a successful photographer who runs his own studio and international business and is the founder of […]

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Twitter just got a lot more photographer friendly.  You can now enhance your profile to really feature you or your work.  The new changes make the profile much more visual. Add a larger profile photo. This can be your portrait or business icon. It’s now much easier to read. Custom headers. Put a large banner image that […]

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Lately, I’ve been pushing the boundaries of time-lapse and exploring hyper-lapse (essentially a time-lapse where the camera is also moving).  Last week on vacation I tried an experiment (shooting from a plane window). For this experiment I kept it simple (after all my six year old daughter was sharing the row with me and you […]

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© Evgenia Tiplyashina Last week, we ran a poll on smartphone usage by photographers.  If you haven’t voted, we’d love to hear your opinion (click here). We’re trying to better understand how photographers view smartphones. The Results So Far The results so far are quite interesting (people were allowed to vote on multiple choices, but […]

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As you work with HDR processing, it’s not uncommon to have an area of the image that frustrates you.  Perhaps it’s an over-processed sky that’s just too dramatic.  Or maybe its an area of high motion.  Fortunately,  Photomatix Pro has an advanced option that makes it easy to replace a selection with the original source […]

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Gregory Crewdson is an American photographer who is known for creating elaborate photos.  His subject matter is usually scenes from American homes or neighborhoods. He’s considered a fine art photographer and visual artist. He approaches the process much like a filmmaker… often building elaborate sets and using large crews (sometimes only shooting a few photos […]

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Every artist has a central story to tell, and the difficulty, the impossible task, is trying to present that story in pictures.

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