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We’ve featured him as our LensRentals Photographer of the Week and his incredible portfolio was quite a hit to the Photofocus community.  And to add some “wow” to his name, our friends at SmugMug just put together an incredible film that showcases the hardships against the elements that Chris Burkard must take to get his perfect […]

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Photography is not about the camera. It’s not even about the beautiful images we create. It is about telling powerful stories. Photography is a tool for creating awareness and understanding across cultures, communities, and countries; a tool to make sense of our commonalities in the world we share.

- Ami Vitale

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“Emotion or feeling is really the only thing about pictures I find interesting. Beyond that it is just a trick.”

Christopher Anderson


“The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible”

Oscar Wilde



This definition of a real photographer: “full time PRO with a real brick and mortar studio who makes 100% of his income taking pictures not selling crap to other photogs“was a response to a tweet about my fellow Photofocus contributor Nicole Young. First, here’s some context. Nicole wrote a very thorough and useful “how to” […]

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While we’ve been sitting high on the best-sellers list for Photography books, we’ve heard from several of you asking how to get our new Lightroom book.  Well, there’s two ways to get the book. The book is free until August 1 thanks to Mosaic Archive.  Mosaic commissioned the team at Photofocus to create the best eBook on the […]

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I can’t tell you how many pictures I’ve missed, ignored, trampled, or otherwise lost just ‘cause I’ve been so hell bent on getting the shot I think I want.

— Joe McNally


Double Exposure is catching on as quite the artistic trend.  Whether it’s digital or analog, the process of double exposing your frame always makes for an interesting and beautiful mix of emotion.  And our friends over at ViewBug had a great contest for double exposures, and the top 26 were quite fantastic. “Spirit Within” by elyktra […]

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If you are out there shooting, things will happen for you. If you’re not out there, you’ll only hear about it.

– Jay Maisel

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Did you miss yesterday’s Google Hangout?  Matthew Jordan Smith joined us to discuss the importance of personal projects. We learned practical advise for all photographers as well as insight into Smith’s creative process. He shared his new project, Future American President. If you’d like to support Smith’s project, you can visit its Indiegogo page — YOUR CHILD’S […]

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One of my favorite ways to make a break from the normal daily routine is to grab the kids and a GoPro Hero and head for the hills in search of water. Fortunately, here in the Blue Ridge mountains of SW Virginia this is but a matter of choosing a direction and within minutes we’re […]

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My photography is a reflection, which comes to life in action and leads to meditation. Spontaneity – the suspended moment – intervenes during action, in the viewfinder.




Would you like to learn how to develop great photos in Lightroom?  We’d like to help you… and thanks to Mosaic Archive we can.  Mosaic commissioned the great team at Photofocus to create the best eBook on the planet about Lightroom.  We hope you enjoy it. The new book is called “Develop Great Images in […]

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The Team

My son Alec’s passion for lacrosse is contagious. You can’t help getting excited when he talks about key players, the game, and what to look for when watching. His enthusiasm had me embark on a two year project of capturing the sport known as “The fastest game on two feet.” First a little history. Alec’s […]

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“Still images can be moving and moving images can be still. Both meet within soundscapes”

- Chien-Chi Chang



We have a brand new book coming out soon (it’s out)… and it’s ALL about Lightroom.  The Develop Great Images in Lightroom book features techniques from Nicole S. Young, Levi Sim, Rob Sylvan, Rich Harrington, and Gerard Murphy. It clocks in at more than 200 pages and includes a few bonus videos too. The book’s list […]

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If a photographer cares about the people before the lens and is compassionate, much is given. It is the photographer, not the camera, that is the instrument.

Eve Arnold



Our friends over at ViewBug had a great contest that was aimed to help bring awareness to the problems that pollution and waste cause.  The photos shown are part of a selection of images communicating perspectives from close to 100 countries: The journey leads one through five continents, from the Philippines to Colombia, through India, […]

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