Leica M Monochrom

First things first; this is not a technical user review. Anyone can look up facts about the nuts and bolts of this (or any) camera, therefore I’m not going to waste time with that. I’m concerned with the user experience, which happens to be unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. I’ve wanted to review the Leica […]

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Angela and Ryan

One of the biggest “rules” out there in photography is to shoot level, shoot above, but never shoot someone from below. It’s unflattering, distorting, and people will hate the photo you take of them from a low angle. Well, that’s just plain horsepuckey. Photos at a low angle are often some of my favorite images. […]

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US Capitol wedding party

Bridal show. The words often inspire polarized views within wedding photographers. Some loathe them, others love them. I happen to be a big fan. Yes they’re expensive, yes they are looooong days, yes there is a lot of competition, but I still feel that they can be worthwhile if you make smart choices. Before you […]

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lynddoc

Last week a link was making its rounds on social media reminding people of an artist documentary being shown publicly on Direct TV and much to my surprise it was of Jerry Uelsmann & Maggie Taylor. I’m not as familiar with Maggie’s work as I am with Jerry’s, but I was super excited to check […]

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MS Bride & Groom Formals 022

One of the toughest things to learn in the photography industry is to learn how to value yourself. Going through art and photography school it was practically blasphemous to even hint at turning your work into profit and would surely get you dirty looks, low marks, and the wrath of the department chair. “You should […]

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IMG_0083

A lot of photographers I know cringe at the thought of doing an engagement session with their clients. They say it’s a pain, it’s not worth the ROI, and it’s just one more thing to add to their already too full to do lists. I hear their concerns… but I don’t agree. Here’s why: Creativity Often […]

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0F9B9403

When I first got into photography, everything was a personal project. A walk in the woods became a wonderland of images popping into my mind, a vacation became opportunity to do something exotic, a fun night out with friends a way to seek my inner photojournalist. Somewhere along the way, that fun turned away from […]

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IMG_3328

There are some lenses I just feel bad for. They’re neglected, under appreciated, under utilized all while the stars (like the 70-200 2.8 IS II USM) get all the love. Well, today I’m going to give a little ode to my unsung hero: my Canon 17-40 f4L USM. It may seem a slightly unlikely fellow […]

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JJ 007

  When I was starting out with weddings, I yearned for the day that I was in charge. No more bag carrying or boring support shots. No more shooting in a style that wasn’t my own. No more holding back if I wanted to do something. Eventually, after a few years, that day did come […]

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PFB 006

As a wedding photographer, I know that there are only 52 weekends a year that I could possibly work. Usually, they’re one wedding weekends with the occasional smattering of a double or triple header, but all in all, the amount of opportunities are pretty finite, especially if you’re a one man show. Through the years […]

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Lincoln Memorial Love

As someone who learned photography in the Age of Analog, I often find myself cringing when I see those who have only ever known digital, under-utilizing the power of black and white with the quick click of the “grayscale” button. Their images can be so much more than the general gray “blahness” that just the […]

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happy

As a wedding photographer, I find it’s all too easy to slip into a groove of doing the same thing over and over. Sure it’s a different set of clients each week, and there’s a different venue, a different dress, different food, different customs, but at some point it basically boils down to the same […]

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Ready, Get Set, CULL!

Editor’s Note: We are please to welcome Lisa Robinson to the Photofocus team.  She is a professional photographer from Washington, D.C. Whatever your discipline of photography, there’s one skill that is crucial to catapulting your success: culling. That boring, obnoxious task of sifting through all the good, the bad, and the downright ugly in order […]

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