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We’ll be holding our first Google+ hangout on Thursday, October 3. This will be a chance to hangout with some of the Photofocus team live. Our first topic up is HDR (and we’ll even have a special sneak peek of something brand new). We’ll publish more details (like exact time and speaker list) shortly. We […]

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28mm, f/8, 1/20, 1/80, 1/320s, ISO 800. Do you ever get a craving to go make a picture? An urge that just won’t go away? That kind of urge is distracting, and may be hazardous to your health; you should probably take a sick day to get it taken care of. I’ll sign a note […]

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TreyHDR

Trey Ratcliff has made a tremendous impact with HDR photography.  In this talk he addresses how technology has changed the way we create awareness, connect ideas, and portray the world.  Have a listen as this is a great talk that will expand how you think about photography and the role of the photographer in society. Be sure […]

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Joel Grimes Portrait 2011

In this week’s podcast feature, I had the privilege of chatting with the talented Mr. Joel Grimes.  He’s one of my favorite photographers and one of my most favorite people.  I’ll tell you why.   He’s driven, motivated, creative and is not afraid to push the envelope in the photography industry.  His work is unique […]

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This week’s show is a triple scoop of goodness. We’ve got three interviews to satisfy your creative, technical, and business needs. Join hosts Rich Harrington and Melissa Niu for interviews with important thought leaders.

First up, Rich talks with Tamara Lackey who is a professional photographer, speaker, and author. She focusses on lifestyle photography, from children’s portraits to celebrity portraits.

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Waterfall_HDR

On a recent trip to Costa Rica, I set out to capture a great waterfall image.  The problem is that no one exposure would do the job.  I could capture the sky, and the trees were muddy.  If I captured the trees, the sky blew out. The Solution Solving this problem was pretty easy.  It […]

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There are lots of times a tripod comes in handy.  Of course you might not have one on hand when you need it most.  Here are three of my favorite techniques to overcome the lack of a tripod. Swaddle the Camera This technique works best for time-lapse. Take a sweatshirt or jacket and ball it into […]

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Here is the new podcast feed: feed://feeds.feedburner.com/photofocuspodcast Get the show here  or get it on iTunes Rich Harrington has two great guests on the show this week. First up, a return from Panoramic, Landscape, and HDR guru Ron Pepper.  We explore myths about HDR, killer techniques, and advanced controls.  No matter what your style of shooting or […]

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I’m a big fan of HDR photography (so is Scott).  HDR unlocks shots that we just can’t get otherwise (especially with challenging lighting situations).  But many photographers are wary… and justifiably so.  When used incorrectly, HDR tools can give an image a telltale look.  Let’s objectively explore the technique of High Dynamic Range photography and […]

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BWHDR1

There was a time all photos were made in black & white. Even when I started my days of photojournalism, we primarily shot, developed, and printed in black and white. Now the default is color and we have to adjust to get the images from a color to a monochromatic version. But Black and white photography […]

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Rich Harrington has two special guests on this week’s show. We’re joined by Dave Wilson, a freelance art photographer from Texas. Dave shares his approach to getting the best shot (no matter how many exposures it takes). Dave is a native of Scotland  who likes to photograph subjects, scenes, locations and objects which symbolize Texas, the American […]

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© Dave Wilson

I’m often asked how many exposures I use for my HDR images and tend to make myself unpopular by answering “As many as it takes.” This sounds glib but it is, in fact, the truth. Some people appear to be under the impression that you can get by with always shooting, for example, 3 images […]

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© Ron Pepper

Our last podcast features Ron Pepper, a photographer who specializes in Panoramic and HDR photos. His company PanoramaNETWORK works globally to capture  modern, 360 degree by 180 degree panoramic photography viewable by a variety of interactive players. Previously known as virtual tours, panoramic photography has become widely popular.  It’s a common form of commercial photography and used […]

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Austin Skyline at Dusk

A 3 exposure HDR taken around 9pm. I love the way the long exposure has blurred the surface of the water and the great colored streaks from the lights on the opposite bank.

Austin Skyline at Dusk © Dave Wilson A 3 exposure HDR taken around 9pm. I love the way the long exposure has blurred the surface of the water and the great colored streaks from the lights on the opposite bank. This is a guest post by Dave Wilson.  Circle Dave on Google+. I took this shot when. […]

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Using HDR in the image below allowed me to reveal the details of the machinery as well as the colors of the sky.
I shot the image using 14-24mm lens at f/11.

Using HDR in the image below allowed me to reveal the details of the machinery as well as the colors of the sky. I shot the image using 14-24mm lens at f/11. Editors Note: This post builds upon Levi’s earlier post on Starbursts. When you include the sun in you composition, you have framed a scene with […]

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NOTE NOTE NOTE NOTE NOTE: The Photofocus Podcast Feed HAS CHANGED! Here is the new feed: feed://feeds.feedburner.com/photofocuspodcast Get the show here  or get it on iTunes PLEASE BE PATIENT – OUR SERVERS SEE LARGE LOADS ON PUBLISHING DAYS. THE DOWNLOADS MAY GO SLOWLY BUT THEY WILL FINISH. Rich Harrington has two special guests on this week’s show. […]

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PolePod

I’m currently traveling on a vacation where I’ve chosen to leave as much gear behind as possible. Okay let’s be honest.  It’s a family vacation and my wife informed me I’d be leaving it most of it behind. I’m really enjoying digging deeper into HDR shooting and processing.  The auto-align features in Photomatix Pro are […]

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Subtle_HDR

I’ve put together a complete lesson on creating High Dynamic Range panoramic photos.  This video tutorial walks you through a few different tools to try out. I’ll show you how to: Organize multiple HDR photos Use Photoshop’s built-in toolset Use Adobe Camera Raw to pre-process raw files before the merge Align images and reduce noise […]

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When working with HDR software tools, there are many options. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with sliders and presets. There’s a critical choice that needs to be made first. How do you want to merge the multiple exposures together? There are generally three options to choose from. Let’s explore the benefits of each. Fuse Exposures […]

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I wanted to share a few points on why I choose to shoot raw for 95% of my workflow.  I still encounter many users who are afraid to make the switch to raw, so I offer these considerations to help you decide what's right for you.

I wanted to share a few points on why I choose to shoot raw for 95% of my workflow. I still encounter many users who are afraid to make the switch to raw, so I offer these considerations to help you decide what’s right for you. The image on the left is how the camera […]

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In this tutorial, I’ll show you how HDR tone mapping can be applied to a single image for dramatic effect. The image can then be finished using a tool like Photoshop, Lightroom, or Aperture to get final results. Be sure to check out the HDR Learning Center for more on HDR. _____ This Post Sponsored […]

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