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At Photofocus, our general policy is to only review products we like.  There are so many great products out there to help photographers.  In this case though, I am making an exception based on recent experiences with a company. Many of us need to send large images or video files between clients and team members […]

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heart+mind

A strange title… I know.  But I’ll get to the point quickly. I was recently having breakfast with a professional colleague who I respect. He asked me about how I view my relationships with my clients.  I got a few of my ideas out, and I think they might help some of you. The burden […]

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TriggerTrap

Recently, Scott Bourne reviewed TriggerTrap (an app and cable combination that gives you a lot of custom control over your camera).  I’ve since become huge fan and have made it a huge part of my time-lapse and HDR workflow. A new update just dropped last night that adds support for using a motion sensor.  You […]

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mac30

Before I begin, let me state that my shop is cross platform.  We use both Mac and Windows.   The Mac just celebrated it’s 30th birthday.  I’ve been using them for that long and owned one for 24 years (no, not the same one). Apple recently released an interactive survey where which built a cool […]

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applymasks

We’ve explored layer masks in-depth recently.  If you make a great mask and you want to apply it, you can make the effect permanent.

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Helmut Newton was was a German-Australian fashion photographer.  His style is widely recognized and often imitated.  His life began with many challenges and turmoil. He was born Helmut Neustädter to Jewish parents in Berlin.   He became interested in photography at age 12 when he bought his first camera and worked he German photographer Yva (de) (Elsie Neulander […]

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Losing data sucks.  Especially if you forget a copy of those photos you spent so much time editing on the airplane or at a coffee shop.  Here are two ideas to cut down on DLDF (data loss due to forgetfulness). One of the reasons I love the Photofocus community is the chance to learn from […]

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My job as a portrait photographer is to seduce, amuse and entertain.
- Helmut Newton

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What’s better than 1 HDR photo? A really big panoramic photo.  But in this case I was light on gear.  Here was my shooting process. The Shoot I set my camera to a higher ISO and midrange f-stop so it would shoot fast (IS0 400 at ƒ 14). I shot a 5 shot bracket with […]

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If there’s a new way of shooting pictures, I’m always game to give it a try. I’ve been playing with all the options and I discovered that both my Olympus OM-D E-M1 and Panasonic DMC-GH3 have a 3D shooting mode.  Curiosity got the best of me and I started the process of exploring.  Here’s what […]

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camupdatemavericks

If you’re a Mac user, a new camera update has recently shipped (version 5.03). OS X Mavericks provides system-level support for digital camera RAW formats.  In order to use these files, you can access them through Aperture or iPhoto on your Mac.  You can also browse at the system level looking through folders. Supported by Digital […]

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PFLRhangout

We’re holding a Google Hangout today (meaning Wednesday, January 22).  The topic is Lightroom and we’re going to tackle every photographer’s New Year’s resolution (getting organized).  You’ll learn important strategies for import and keeping your photos safe. Of course we’ll thrown in a few tips on developing (we can’t help ourselves). Here is the URL — https://plus.google.com/events/cecgikt5m6fmor43en4ev2s9634 Get […]

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qotw

We’d like to get to know you a little better.  Each week we’ll have a short question to learn more about our readership.  Answering will help us customize the content of Photofocus to better match the needs of our readers.

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compositing

While you expect visual effects in a SciFi movie, the fact is the practice has made it to just about every film released.  What you know about Photoshop is often translated into a motion workflow as well.  Here is a behind the scenes look at some shots from Martin Scorsese’s new film The Wolf of Wall […]

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Harrell

  George Hurrell is considered as a significant contributor to glamour photography during the 1930s and 1940s.  He spent that time making portraits of several of Hollywood’s elite. He began his career as a painter, who’s only interest in photography was to record his paintings.  After he moved from Chicago to southern California however, photography proved to […]

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Its all so simple – no one believes me … you strike a pose, then you light it. Then you clown around and get some action in the expressions. Then, you shoot.
George Hurrell

masterslave

This tutorial is from a new class called Up and Running with Studio Strobes I just completed for Lynda.com.  It is co-taught with my friend Abba Shapiro. In photography, multiple-light setups can offer a wide variety of creative options. One of the keys to this setup is the master-slave relationship, where one light is paired with another, or […]

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compatible

Many users have expressed concerns that their Photoshop files were somehow being held hostage by Adobe.  Of course, we’ve listed a lot of other apps that work with Photoshop.  But here’s a new workflow I just figured out. 1. Open your file in Photoshop. 2. Choose File > Save As. 3. From the format menu choose […]

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channelsmask

If your image has a strong area of color, then you can often build a selection using a channel. Learn how to use layer masks for a nondestructive way to hide pixels in a photo. Can’t see the video?  Click Here. Disclaimer: This is just one way to work with masks. ______ This Post Sponsored by: […]

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A common clause that pops up more and more with photo (and especially video) jobs is work for hire. It’s important that you realize what this term means and how it changes the relationship you have with the photos or footage that you shoot. How things change Normally, as a photographer, you are automatically recognized as the […]

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The original image with a color cast.

As you work with HDR images, it’s often easy to pick up a visible color cast. In fact, just about any image can pick up unwanted color in the highlights or shadows that can be removed for a more polished image. The photo above is a seven bracket series was first post processed in Photomatix […]

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