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Way back in the day, I ran a portrait and wedding studio. My bread and butter was 5×7, 8×10 and 11×14 prints. I sold thousands each year. And my lab made every one. You see Photoshop was version 1.0, there were $100,000 Iris printers but that wasn’t practical so we paid the lab. If I […]

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Editor’s Note: This article is an excerpt from Scott’s new book “72 Essays on Photography.” It’s available on both iTunes and Amazon. “I went into photography because it seemed like the perfect vehicle for commenting on the madness of today’s existence.” – Robert Mapplethorpe I have been studying Zen Buddhism and I am struck by how so much of it […]

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Here are three quickie reviews about some gear you might just enjoy. — Slinger “BigBag” Heavy Duty Lightstand Bag There can never be too many gear bags in your closet, and if you work on location with light stands, you want this bag. The Slinger “BigBag” Heavy Duty Lightstand Bag with Wheels. At under $120 […]

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Years ago, if I was carrying a tripod, (and I was almost always carrying a tripod) it was a Gitzo carbon fiber tripod. Gitzo is top-of-the-line and expensive. Enter Induro. For about five years now I’ve been using Induro tripods on all my stills photo projects. They are every bit the high quality product that […]

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Copyright Scott Bourne – All Rights Reserved Short and sweet. The serious photographer holds a great picture in their mind as if it were a poem. While they know the picture well, they improve on the picture the whole time, re-working it, adding accents, changing the flow of the imagery and doing it over and […]

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Editor: This is an updated post from Scott Bourne.  It seems perfectly timely for the season ahead. If you want to photograph wildlife (or any subject outdoors) pay attention to these winter considerations: Snow can cause your camera’s meter to register an improper exposure by fooling the camera into thinking there is more light than […]

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Editor’s Note: This is an update of a profile written by Scott Bourne. Yousuf Karsh lived from 1908 until 2002. He was the Ansel Adams of portrait photography. It’s pretty easy to spot a Karsh. Like images from Adams, they just stand out. Karsh worked extensively in Canada running a portrait studio. But it was […]

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I have purchased more than two dozen GoPro Hero cameras in my life. I’ve owned every model and enjoyed them. But there comes a time when you have to find out if someone found a better way to build the mousetrap and I think JVC cameras are evidence that someone did just that. Standout Features […]

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One of my greatest concerns about the current state of affairs in photography is the notion that making a photograph and then posting it online is the end of the experience. I come from an era where we had no “online” and the way you “shared” your photographs was that you made a print. Recent […]

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Every year I select a camera that I think merits special mention. I’ve awarded the Camera of the Year to all types and brands. It’s always controversial. No matter which camera I choose, I’ll anger someone. But that hasn’t ever stopped me in the past and it won’t stop me this year either. And this […]

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PUBLISHER’S NOTE: This post is an updated compilation of several shorter posts I wrote in the past trying to answer the question, “What camera should I buy?” It includes some new cameras in the recommendation section. But please note: The newest camera is NOT always the best camera. It’s still the most popular question I […]

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Editor’s Note: This is an update of a profile written by Scott Bourne. Today I’d like to talk about one of my personal favorites and a man whose work I admire to this day – Paul Strand. Paul Strand lived from 1890 until 1976. He was peer to giants like Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Weston. […]

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With the holiday season approaching faster than most of us want to admit, it’s time for the Photofocus annual photographer’s gift buying guide. The items listed here receive the Photofocus seal of approval and if you have a friend or loved one who is a shutterbug, any of these items will be a welcome gift. […]

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The first half of my career I spent way more time photographing people than I did wildlife. At the end of my career those two subjects switched places and I spent way more time photographing wildlife. What’s interesting is that I did virtually nothing different when I switched to wildlife. I still used telephoto lenses […]

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Editor’s Note: This is an update of Scott’s advice for shooting Fall colors. Be sure to post some of your favorite images or links on our Google+ page. ______________ I know that the leaves are changing around parts of the world. Because many of you have contacted me with questions about how to shoot the colorful leaves. […]

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It’s November 2, 2013. 15 years ago, on this date in 1998, I created Photofocus. I framed it as an “online magazine” because RSS hadn’t been invented yet and “blogs” were something still in the future. I did attach audio segments every quarter, but these couldn’t technically be called podcasts because again – podcasts require […]

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Do you have an old-fashioned mechanical cable release? Many of you may have never seen one. Most modern cameras work with electronic shutter releases for remote triggering. But some of the proprietary solutions for Nikon or Canon can cost north of $100. Enter Triggertrap. Their latest product, Triggertrap Mobile 2.0, is a new version of […]

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Here are the five random winners of our free book The Basic Beginner’s Guide to Photography Light & Exposure. Thanks for following me on Twitter. @ArtofPhungShui @DBLClick @suehutter @pdlobster @MartinStormSEA Please email photofocus@me.com to claim your prize.

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Photo by Maurizio Zanetti (Creative Commons) Editor’s Note: Each weekend we take a look at a photographer of influence who’s helped shape our industry. This week’s article is an updated version of one by Scott Bourne. Henri Cartier-Bresson lived from 1908 until 2004. He was considered by many to be the father of street photography. […]

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Here are the five random winners of our free book The Secrets of HDR. Thanks for following me on Twitter. @snyderphoto @Josh_Atwell @bgoers @pcanastasio @proswimphoto Please email photofocus@me.com to claim your prize.

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This is another of my ethereal posts. Sorry – when you’re old, you feel the need to delve into the deeper end of the ocean. I’ve been editing photos to music lately as well as playing some music. My friend Neil Vineberg (AKA Shambhu) has inspired me to create an album. As I’ve been listening […]

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