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  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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This week’s podcast features a triple dose of photo knowledge. First up, Melissa Niu catches up with portrait photographer Tamara Lackey.  The Rich Harrington and Ron Pepper discuss panoramic photography workflows.  Then we jump back to Melissa as she interviews Jerry Ghionis for his take on shooting portraits and where the photo industry is headed. feed://feeds.feedburner.com/photofocuspodcast Get the show […]

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Join us for our newest Google+ Hangout for photographers — Mind Your Own Business.  This event is produced in partnership with Skip Cohen University and LensRentals.com. This month’s topic is Getting More Work from the Clients You Have.  We’ll focus on strategies to turn your existing clients into raving fans who build referral business as […]

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I love the mindset that Ansel Adams lived by in his professional career.  He was a true pioneer of photography as art.  Being a forward thinking innovator, he endlessly explored the world of the unknown, seeking to predict and understand the outcome of his experimentation.  Then taking that information and creating a set of guidelines […]

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One of my favorite things on the planet is Photoshop World.  In fact I’ve gone 20 times to it. Yes it’s about Photoshop… but also Lightroom, and lighting, and shooting, and gear, and business.  How’d you like to learn from these great folks? Joe McNally Dave Black Moose Peterson Joel Grimes Jay Maisel Brian Smith […]

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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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This week’s podcast features two diverse subjects who both have interesting perspectives on the photo industry.  First up Rich Harrington catches up with portrait photographer Peter Hurley who’s well-known for his approach to head shots.  Melissa Niu then speaks with Ed Greenberg about the rights of photographers. It turns out that both our guests will […]

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This past week, many site owners of Zenfolio and SmugMug that shoot Boudoir photography had found out private and unlisted galleries were being accessed by people who were using these photos for ransom, personal pleasure and other terrible things. There are forums and chats specifically dedicated to figuring out passwords, sharing links and finding other […]

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He may be retired but before he hung up his camera strap, Scott Bourne penned his last book. Photofocus and Think Tap Learn Publishing are proud to announce that Scott Bourne’s new book is available.  It’s a collection of Scott’s most inspirational essays and photography. Scott’s gathered 40 years of photographic knowledge and condensed it […]

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SamAbell

Sam Abell is a photographer best known for his work with National Geographic.  His work is often considered some of the more artistic published by the magazine (which he began shooting for in 1967). Abell primarily shoots a documentary style, but chooses to create images that also stand open to artistic interpretation.  He rarely shoots with […]

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People often ask me how I made my signature into my own copyright logo on my photos. Here is a step by step guide on making your own signature or drawing into your own logo or signature file. 1. Practice. Grab a few sharpie of different sizes and practice your signature over and over with different […]

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Being a photographer, whether as a hobbyist or a professional, requires us to have gear. Much of that gear is expensive, be it cameras, lenses, tripods, and even some accessories. Due to the nature of our work, we will oftentimes be out-and-about with our camera equipment, which involves the risk of losing our gear, having […]

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Though I had some early training as an artist and storyteller, I began my career in human services, not the creative field. For those eleven years, I rarely picked up a camera if not on vacation or put pen to paper unless I was writing a report.  The urge to create professionally never left me, […]

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Before I shoot, I often like to plan.  Particularly if the shoot is for a client.  It doesn’t matter if I’m shooting stills or video, I feel better with a plan.  Even if that plan is just going to get changed, it’s better to have a starting point. You might think that the best Hollywood […]

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At Photofocus, our general policy is to only review products we like.  There are so many great products out there to help photographers.  In this case though, I am making an exception based on recent experiences with a company. Many of us need to send large images or video files between clients and team members […]

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A strange title… I know.  But I’ll get to the point quickly. I was recently having breakfast with a professional colleague who I respect. He asked me about how I view my relationships with my clients.  I got a few of my ideas out, and I think they might help some of you. The burden […]

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Before I begin, let me state that my shop is cross platform.  We use both Mac and Windows.   The Mac just celebrated it’s 30th birthday.  I’ve been using them for that long and owned one for 24 years (no, not the same one). Apple recently released an interactive survey where which built a cool […]

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As a freelancer, I wear different hats depending on the job and the client.  Whether I am a Producer, DP or Event Photographer, a big part of my job is knowing how to ask for and get what I need to make the job work for my client. I began my career in human services. […]

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There are many things that you need to consider when starting a photography business, such as what you want to photograph, a name for your business, etc. In some ways, those are the easy parts, since we have full control over building our portfolio and our website, or even getting a logo perfectly designed to […]

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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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