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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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This week’s show features three interviews with three experts in the photo industry.  Melissa Niu catches up with photographer and retoucher Glyn Dewis. Then Rich Harrington welcomes back Ron Pepper to talk about changes to HDRSoft’s Photomatix. Finally Kevin Stohlmeyer discusses strategies to learn new tools and techniques for post-processing and publishing. Here is the new […]

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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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Our colleagues over at ASMP (the American Society of Media Photographers) have an educational event coming up that looks useful to our readers. The event is free if you attend it live. Social Media Risks & Rewards Wednesday, December 18, 2013 1:00 – 2:00 pm Eastern Register here Photographers who use Social Media strategically are reaping […]

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It’s getting cold outside, and that’s the perfect time to curl up with the warm glow of a computer and do some post processing.  We’ve put together a fantastic Google Hangout so you can learn from some of the top experts on the planet (absolutely free)! An Insiders’ Look at Photoshop and the Future of […]

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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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We’re always on the lookout for high-quality educational opportunities for our readers.  The folks over at the American Society of Media Photographers have an upcoming webinar that looks interesting. The event is free if you attend it live.

The New Photojournalism: Revolutionaries Speak Out

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
1:00 – 2:00 pm Eastern

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This is a guest post by Stephan Bollinger - www.stephanbollinger.com Follow him on G+: plus.google.com/+StephanBollinger My previous article about the advantages of portfolio reviews has created a very interesting discussion. The question was raised “Why would I need a portfolio, I’m not a pro”, and even more intriguing “what exactly is a portfolio”. To clarify a few things, first let me […]

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This week’s show features two interviews from different points of view in the photo industry.  We catch up with noted portrait photographer Brian Smith about his work to capture unique images of some of the most photographed subjects in the world.  Then we speak with Bryan O’Neil Hughes to learn about the next generation of digital imaging tools and workflows from Adobe.

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A good portfolio is a personal statement about a photographer.  As such, there are no one-size fits all approach that will work for each individual.  The best advice is to look at other people’s portfolios.  There is a wealth of online portfolios you can find on the Internet. The key step here is to start […]

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Editor’s Note: Each weekend we take a look at a photographer of influence who’s helped shape our industry.  Linda McCartney lead a diverse professional career as a musician, photographer, animal rights activist, and entrepreneur.  She started working as a receptionist for Town & Country magazine, where she found herself often taking pictures as a photographer. She eventually […]

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This week’s show features two greats of the photo industry. First up,  Melissa Niu interviews Joe McNally a photographer who’s had an extensive career as a journalist and author. Next Rich Harrington interviews Erik Valind about his approach to making the most out of any shooting situation.

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This is a guest post by Stephan Bollinger – http://www.stephanbollinger.com Follow him on G+: plus.google.com/+StephanBollinger It’s not easy to select the best (most impactful, appealing, selling, effective) images for your own portfolio, and it is an even tougher call to throw some of your most beloved images out. To clarify: With “editing” I talk about the […]

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In our most recent podcast, we heard from a very unique photographer that adds to the list of incredible Photofocus-featured talents.  Even though he is currently on set in Hollywood, Michael Kubeisy took time away from the production set to chat with Rich Harrington about working as a photographer in Hollywood. From crime scenes to […]

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The primary place video is watched these days is on mobile devices. This means small screens and lots of distractions.  Add in changes in the human attention span, and I can’t emphaize enough to keep the total run time low to avoid viewer fatigue. Here’s a simple idea: Keep your videos short. It is better […]

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When creating a video project (particularly for a client), one of the best of the things you can create is a treatment. The treatment is considered a standard part of the development cycle for most film and television productions. The truth is that all kinds of video producers can benefit from creating a treatment. The […]

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Through the years, I’ve learned a lot of lessons the hard way. While every project is unique, it often seems that the problems remain the same. If you are doing a personal project, think of yourself as the client. Here are a few questions I always encourage asking at the start of any video project: […]

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This article is a guest post from Gerard Murphy or Mosaic.  His company uses the Cloud to provide services to Lightroom users. The Adobe naysayers have been working overtime lately. They aren’t talking about the quality of the Adobe software or the amazing advances in digital photography in the past decade, but their frustration with […]

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The growth of broadband video has had an impact on the viewing habits of its users. Want to increase your business opportunities, start making and posting videos for your clients.  Befiore you say it’s too hard… consider these facts. According to the Pew Internet & American Life Project, in 2013: 31% of American adult internet […]

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When I set out my product offerings to my wedding clients back in 1998 a pre wedding shoot was a novel idea. It became the ‘walk in a park’ photo shoot for many photographers with shots couples walking towards the camera holding hands or leaning against a tree kissing. This serves most customers well but […]

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