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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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Have you ever wondered how to set up your camera to shoot time-lapse video?  Let us show you the essential steps to work with an intervalometer or your camera’s menu to program the shot.  This video will get you up and running in no time. Can’t see the video? Click here. ______ This Post Sponsored […]

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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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I recently visited Tokyo and spent a day at Disney Sea.  This is one of the most photogenic places I’ve seen in a long time (I’ll be sharing some of the images I made on Photofocus in the coming weeks). The park (like many tourist destinations) has a no tripod rule.  With a little but […]

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Are you interested in video?  Welcome to our series on how to edit video using Adobe Photoshop. In this first episode, you’ll learn how to set up Adobe Photoshop CC so it’s ready to edit multiple video files together. Over the next two weeks, we’ll walk you through the complete editing process. ______ This Post […]

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The rise in affordable HD video cameras is amazing.  Whether it’s a DSLR, Smartphone, or dedicated Cinema Camera, HD video seems to be everywhere.  One of the greatest challenges however is focus.  On a small LCD screen or LiveView panel, it’s nearly impossible to detect focus. The smaller an image, the more in focus it […]

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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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Oftentimes I find myself out in the field looking for the perfect site for a photo of video shoot.  During a given day I may drive to 10 locations… and by the end, things can get a little blurry.  It’s easy to forget what I’ve seen or even where I’ve been. Fortunately there’s a great […]

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When it comes to properly exposing the shot, you need to understand exposure.  In this video, I shoot in manual mode and show you how to get a properly exposed video shot.  This knowledge also translates seamlessly into photo shooting as well. This tutorial is part of a new series we’re launching to help photographer’s get […]

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Have you ever wondered exactly which settings to choose to get the best video out of your DSLR or mirror less camera? In this video, I walk you through step by step and show you on cameras from Canon, Nikon, and Panasonic.  You’ll learn how to get the videos in the right format for editing […]

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I know what some of you are thinking… what the heck is that!?! It’s a camera support rail… that I’ve heavily modified for a special reason. I’ve been looking for a way to shoot with multiple cameras on a single tripod. This combination lets me attach up to 5 cameras to a single tripod. This […]

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I am currently traveling in Japan and decided to travel light with gear.  I wanted to be able to fit virtually all my gear into a single piece of carry-on baggage (there was no way I was going to deal with lost items).  For this trip, I have some new gear I want to test, […]

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Thanks to Vanelli and Meghan Ryan-Harrington for the Behind the Scenes shots. When shooting a video project, there is a need to typically get multiple shots (or angles) of the same scene.  In modern productions, viewers aren’t content to watch just a single shot occur on screen.  The audience expects multiple angles to be combine […]

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To inspire you to get the most out of your tripod, I’ve collected 10 quick tips.  Some of these belong to Scott Bourne while others are mine.  I hope they help you make better photos. Make transitions easy. Invest in a system (such as an Arca-Swiss style plate) that makes it simple to get the […]

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If you’re in the Chicago area, I’ve got an event I’d like to invite you to.  I’m giving a workshop covering Photoshop and DSLR video in the Windy City. The event is $10 (or $5 for students).  For the record, I’m not charging…  that’s just so the group can cover costs (like the room and […]

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In my previous post I showed how I capture love. Those tight passionate shots only make up a part of my engagement shoots. Here is the detail of my pre-wedding or engagement portraits process. I have included my business targets in case they are of interest to those of you who shoot weddings for a […]

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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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This continues our look at the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera.  Make sure you check out Scott’s interview with Blackmagic Design. In this post, I literally unwrap the camera for the first time.  You’ll learn what’s included in the box, what you need to buy right away, and what features are not yet shipping. Can’t see […]

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