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We live in an ultra connected world where the amount of media seemingly free for the taking is virtually unlimited. This is not a rant on stealing, fair use or copyrights for that matter. It’s really some thoughts on creating and sharing work. Photographers are content creators just like musicians, writers, sculptors, painters and every other […]

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One of the very first lessons I learned when I began working with Pixel Corps was the priority sound takes in motion pictures. Alex Lindsay is fond of saying “If your sound is bad, your image can be pristine and the viewer will disconnect.” For this reason, every talented filmmaker I know is fanatical about […]

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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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Professionally, I often use GoPro cameras to capture behind-the-scenes footage and time-lapses of pipeline builds for clients. Personally, I use it as my primary dive camera, at least until I settle on a pro dive rig. For the price, form factor, image quality and general ease of use, it is hard to beat the GoPro […]

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While you expect visual effects in a SciFi movie, the fact is the practice has made it to just about every film released.  What you know about Photoshop is often translated into a motion workflow as well.  Here is a behind the scenes look at some shots from Martin Scorsese’s new film The Wolf of Wall […]

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Now that you’ve learned how to edit videos and slideshows in Adobe Photoshop, we want to make sure you know the best steps to be able to share your video with clients or friends and family onto your own personal Vimeo Channel. To get started uploading your video on Vimeo, follow the steps below: Step […]

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This week’s show features interviews with two photo gurus.  Melissa Niu catches up with photographer Bill Fortney about his approach to shooting and life. Then Rich Harrington talks with Bruce Dorn about his photography and cinematography. Here is the new podcast feed: feed://feeds.feedburner.com/photofocuspodcast Get the show here  or get it on iTunes — Don’t forget to post a […]

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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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I always love good time-lapse. I’m also a big fan of HDR.  What’s even cooler though is when the photographer combines time-lapse with HDR toning to really make their images. pop!  Have a look at some great shots. Drew Geraci is the photographer on this piece.  He has worked as the lead multimedia producer for The Washington […]

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Nikon D7100, 105mm f/2.8 Micro VR lens, f/11, 1/100s, ISO 500, finished in Lightroom5, stitched in Photoshop CC.

I’ve fallen in love with time-lapse photography. It allows me to show change in a picture over time, and that’s makes my image more engaging and more endearing. I’ve been shooting lots of time-lapse over the last year, but I’ve only finished a handful of the sequences into video files because I often do one […]

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Nikon D800, 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens @18mm, f/18, 4 seconds, ISO 50. Copyright Levi Sim.

Nikon D800, 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens @18mm, f/18, 4 seconds, ISO 50. Copyright Levi Sim. Photography is an art which prolongs an instant for eternity. For years I’ve been jealous of long exposure images made in the daytime. They usually show water or clouds that have become totally smoothed as they move through the long […]

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Seems like photographers and videographers often can get in each other’s ways at events.  Whether it’s fighting for the same spot, different approaches to lighting, or just the sound of the camera click getting picked up by a mic… it seems these two groups often fight. Here’s a humorous look at the classic battle.  What […]

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Are you interested in video?  Welcome to our series on how to edit video using Adobe Photoshop. In this seventh (and final) episode, you’ll learn how to export your finished video project.  Discover how to export both for the web and to professional video formats.  The Photoshop editing interface is easy to learn and master. […]

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Whether you call it rolling shutter, sensor shake, or just Jello… the problem remains the same.  The possibility of bending and distorting your image when recording video on a DSLR or Mirrorless camera is a real issue… particularly if you pan too fast. This can lower the quality of the video you shoot and make […]

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If you’re shooting raw, you may have gotten a bit lazy with your white balance settings since they are so easy to fix in post. But if you’re shooting video or JPEG, there is a benefit to getting it “right in camera.” Here’s a video I recorded for the DPBestflow project which may help you. ______ This […]

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I recently had the chance to visit Zion National Park in Utah with two folks on the Photofocus team (Doug Daulton and Pamela Berry).  While there, I had a chance to make an evening time-lapse and some long exposures of the sky. Unfortunately, the moon was out… but we made the most of the night. […]

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If you’re shopping for a DSLR or mirror less camera this season, you may hear the terms cropped or full-frame sensor pop up.  Essentially, these are describing the size of the sensor within the camera. Full frame sensors are generally only found on cameras considered for pros, while cropped sensors are most common and can […]

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I’ve begun to experiment with hyperlapse. This is essentially the shooting of a timelapse from a moving vehicle. My desire was to be able to shoot from a moving vehicle while hands-free. I also wanted the ability to capture shots from the road and of the horizon. I will have some of the results to […]

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Have you ever had a SD card seem to go bad?  Perhaps it’s acting flaky and there seems to be no signs of physical damage.  I had just that happen with some cards that wouldn’t show up (turns out they were improperly formatted using Apple Disk Utility by an assistant being overzealous). I found a […]

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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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A key step in your video’s planning is creative development. You need to think through the creative approach, define it, beat it up, and refine it.  Chances are your original ideas and assumptions will be a lot stronger after you put them through a creative wringer. Here are a few things I’ve learned in developing […]

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