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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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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DCNights

I always love good time-lapse. I’m also a big fan of HDR.  What’s even cooler though is when the photographer combines time-lapse with HDR toning to really make their images. pop!  Have a look at some great shots. Drew Geraci is the photographer on this piece.  He has worked as the lead multimedia producer for The Washington […]

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wsmithdoc

Image copyright W. Eugene Smith William Eugene Smith was a photojournalist who is known for his humanistic approach. His most famous images come from his brutal coverage of World War II. Smith began his career shooting for two local newspapers in Wichita, Kansas. He then moved to New York City and began to work for Newsweek. He […]

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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. While often deemed a creative endeavor, photography can involve some math. In this tutorial, learn how light meters, which indicate precisely how much light is hitting a subject, can be used […]

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omdphotomatix

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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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. Continue reading

© 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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