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You might have heard me gush about how much I love shooting HDR with my Olympus OM-D E-M1.  It has great built-in bracketing (7 exposures for a 14-stop dynamic range).  It’s fast, light, and easy to shoot with.  It’s quickly become my favorite HDR camera. But it’s also quite capable at shooting great stills, time-lapse, and […]

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PFLRhangout

We are thrilled to have another fun yet informative Google+ Hangout with some industry pros who want to tackle and throw down some pretty cool Photoshop Lightroom tips and tricks. This time its all about getting organized and keeping your photos safe. Of course we’ll thrown in a few tips on developing (we can’t help […]

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© Art Kane

Photograph copyright Art Kane. Art Kane was a fashion and music photographer who shot from the 1950s through the early 1990s.  He created many popular photographs  of popular musicians during that time.  After serving in the Army, he returned to a successful publishing career.  He served as the art director for Seventeen magazine (landing the job at age […]

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Many of you missed our last G+ Hangout?  It was a great one featuring Photoshop product manager Bryan O’Neil Hughes and Photoshop expert (and Photofocus contributor) Howard Pinsky. Can’t see the video? Click here — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjUYF4xLb_g We had an in-depth hangout about the latest improvements to Photoshop (as well as the future of digital imaging).  If […]

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pocketwizard

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. Wireless triggers can come in handy during a photoshoot and free up the photographer to focus on creative direction. In this tutorial, Abba Shapiro and Rich Harrington explain how to trigger […]

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Are you interested in video?  Welcome to our series on how to edit video using Adobe Photoshop. In this seventh (and final) episode, you’ll learn how to export your finished video project.  Discover how to export both for the web and to professional video formats.  The Photoshop editing interface is easy to learn and master. […]

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I’m often asked about bokeh (which has a myriad of pronunciations  — boʊkɛ / boh-kay / boh-kə).  The word originates from the Japanese word boke, which means “blur” or “haze.” It is essentially the aesthetic quality of the blur in an out of focus area of a photo.  This is generally done to create a pleasant framing for a […]

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As you work in Photoshop, it can get a bit cluttered.  There are some useful keyboard shortcuts to make it easier to see your image.  Next time try these useful commands instead of constantly opening and closing panels. If you want to hide your panels, you can quickly toggle them off and on. Press the […]

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rollingshutter

Whether you call it rolling shutter, sensor shake, or just Jello… the problem remains the same.  The possibility of bending and distorting your image when recording video on a DSLR or Mirrorless camera is a real issue… particularly if you pan too fast. This can lower the quality of the video you shoot and make […]

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I recently took a Nikon D5300 camera on a road trip through Las Vegas and Utah.  This is a recent release for Nikon and it’s a camera that has a few new features that really stand out.  The camera also performed much better than the previous model, the 5200, which I tested last year. Things I […]

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I wanted to take a moment to discuss a concept you’ll often heard thrown around… it’s called Fair Use.  Now, before I go too deep — a few caveats. I am not a lawyer. Laws vary country to country. If you have questions, see a lawyer you trust. Okay, with that out of the way, […]

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Are you interested in video?  Welcome to our series on how to edit video using Adobe Photoshop. In this sixth episode, you’ll learn how to color correct and grade your sequence.  You’ll learn how to refine the color and exposure of video footage. You’ll also learn how to use Lookup Tables in order to quickly […]

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David LaChapelle is an American photographer who’s split his time between commercial and fine-art.  He’s also directed film and music video projects and worked as an artist. He is known for a style that focusses on hyper-realism and for subversive themes. At age 17, LaChapelle met Andy Warhol.  He was offered his first job as a photographer at Interview […]

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I recently got my hands on a Nikon D610 for some testing.  As a D600 owner, I really wanted to see how the camera compared.  I didn’t have the camera for a very long time (about 5 days) but I did put it through its paces and really try it out under tough shooting conditions. […]

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3light

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. This tutorial walks through a sample three-light photo shoot for a sports portrait, showing how to angle and position lights to create hard shadows and provide a sense […]

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As many of you wind down for a few days off for the holidays, let us present you with a frivolous moment.  While the “advice” given here probably won’t help any of you with your photography, it may at least make you smile at the things we’re often asked to shoot. Disclaimer: This is humor. […]

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manualwb

If you’re shooting raw, you may have gotten a bit lazy with your white balance settings since they are so easy to fix in post. But if you’re shooting video or JPEG, there is a benefit to getting it “right in camera.” Here’s a video I recorded for the DPBestflow project which may help you. ______ This […]

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processedsky

I recently had the chance to visit Zion National Park in Utah with two folks on the Photofocus team (Doug Daulton and Pamela Berry).  While there, I had a chance to make an evening time-lapse and some long exposures of the sky. Unfortunately, the moon was out… but we made the most of the night. […]

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BrianDuffy

Brian Duffy began his career as a fashion artist for Harper’s Bazaar. Once exposed to photography, he began his career as a photo assistant. He soon went on to shoot for British Vogue from 1957 to 1963. He also shot several album covers and sessions for musician David Bowie. Here he worked along with two other […]

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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. By connecting your digital camera to a computer or monitor–a process called tethering–you can easily share the camera’s live view with others, and even control a photo shoot from a laptop […]

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