At some point, you’re going to grow tired of shooting or recording the same subjects. At this point you’ll turn to working with models or actors. For some projects, you’ll have professional budgets and can afford top talent. For other projects, you may need to find talent through recruitment. Favors will be called in to […]
Running out of battery power in a camera is a sure way to stop shooting. No juice… no pictures. Sure, you could just swap in another battery… but that approach isn’t always convenient or possible. Shooting video? A dead battery means a lost shot. Shooting timelapse? A subtle change in framing from a bumped camera will […]
There are many ways to use layer masks to blend images together. Let me show you how to create layer masks using gradients in Adobe Photoshop. The technique is easy and can be used for both technical and artistic looks. This works with all versions of Photoshop that have layers. Want all our Photoshop tips? […]
I had the pleasure of working with Susan Carr through her important educational outreach with the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP). She was always generous with her knowledge and helped so many others through her work to increase photographer’s knowledge of best business practices. Susan spent a decade working on a personal project she called […]
Let Scott and Rich show you how to use in-camera effects to get dramatic images quickly. Some may call it cheating, but we’re all for different ways to get different results. You can check out the whole class here and get a free trial membership here. Disclaimer: This is just one way to achieve an effect. ______ This […]
I just completed leading a group of photographers through the urban environment around my office. We were participating in Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photo Walk. I lead the group through some pretty tame surroundings… no national monuments, beautiful parks, mountains, lakes, or sunsets. Just “boring” suburbia. Now we didn’t wander the streets, but we did try […]
You asked for it… and we got one. We got our hands on the brand new Hero3+ camera from GoPro. There are several claims of what’s new and improved. We unbox the camera and walk you through what you get. We also offer initial impressions over the announced improvements. ______ This Post Sponsored by: lynda.com Learn […]
This week’s show is a triple feature… we tackle three areas of the photo industry that are hot topics. First up, Scott Bourne interviews Rich Harrington about how to get started in DSLR video. Rich Harrington then takes the microphone and talks to Terry White from Adobe about changes at Adobe as well as Terry’s photography. Our third segment, Melissa Niu interviews Matt Kloskowski of Kelby Training to find out about how the photo industry is evolving.
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In case you haven’t signed up yet, the Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk is tomorrow, Saturday, October 5. It’s a cool event that lets photographers socialize, walk around, shoot photos, and have fun with other photographers. Rich is leading a walk in the Washington, DC area Levi has one near Portland, OR There are 1200+ more to choose from […]
Editor: We’re honored to have an excerpt from Photofocus team member Nicolesy. She’s just released a great new book and video series called Landscape Photography. __________________ Watch Nicole share her entire process for developing an image using Lightroom. She shares her workflow for landscape photography. Be sure to check out Nicole’s new book Landscape Photography. Get a […]
GoPro has unveiled two updated cameras… the Hero3+ Black and Silver editions. We’ve got one on order and should have some test footage up in a few days. Here are the highlights of what’s new (and a few myth busters for marketing hype). It’s Smaller. GoPro boasts that the Black is 20% smaller and the […]
We’re excited to invite you to our first Google+ hangout this Thursday. Here is the URL for the event (be sure to signup for the event). https://plus.google.com/events/cllg6kjq6t3t7ge4a0a3nqjcvvs There is a YouTube player window on the page you can watch. You can also click here – http://youtu.be/K-4syJqwmDg It will be the first of an ongoing tradition, which […]
As I build out my camera kit, I find myself wanting to expand my options. There is absolutely nothing wrong with using used lenses. With a few caveats… Buy them from a reputable vendor or someone you know. Inspect the lens for wear and mold. Make sure the lens is compatible with your camera. I […]
I’m always a big fan of time-lapse. Here’s a cool self-portrait piece that explores America and its people. Some people dream of sitting on a beach in Tahiti or sailing around the world. Benjamin’s travel dream was to hitchhike around the USA for a year. He wanted to meet people from all walks of life and learn […]
How many of these have you heard before? Hopefully this makes you laugh and not want to strangle your next subject.
Of course we’re guilty of some pretty silly things too.
Before I start a flame war… “I kid… I kid…”
A popular camera that I like to keep in my back is the GoPro Hero3. While I don’t use it as my primary camera, I find it helpful lots of shooting situations. I’ll use it for time-lapse, point-of-view, underwater, and aerial photography. There really are a lot of things to love at the price point. What is […]
I don’t usually step up on my soapbox… but I feel the need to now. I am not going to talk about violence, social contracts, civil rights abuses, or war. I have my feelings about all of those, but this is not the place. What I am going to talk about is the obligation that I share with […]
Some readers have asked about other ways to see our website. We’ve got several ways to make it easier not to miss great photo stories. I hope these methods help you keep up on the latest photo news and inspiration. Twitter Feed Our Twitter feed is just the headlines for each story. This is a way to get […]
Last week we looked at how to add a layer mask. But what happens if you change your mind? Learn how to disable a layer mask so you can print or save the photo without transparency. Can’t see the video? Click Here. Disclaimer: These is just one way to work with masks. ______ This Post Sponsored […]
Actually, I’m not all that interested in the subject of photography. Once the picture is in the box, I’m not all that interested in what happens next. Hunters, after all, aren’t cooks.
– Henri Cartier-Bresson