I recently finished leading a workshop in Thailand, along with co-leader Kate Havercroft, for a photography workshop company called The Giving Lens. I have known its founder, Colby Brown, since 2011, and have seen this company grow to fruition during that time. However it was not until the last few weeks that I truly understood […]

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“Everyone has a photographic memory. Some just don’t have the film.”

 Stephen Wright


In a recent podcast with Joe McNally, he mentioned a few simple techniques that will be further explored at his upcoming Photoshop World Pre-Conference class.  Usually when people use a flash, they think that it’s only for low-light situations.  Joe mentions a few things that can open your eyes to simple tricks that can certainly […]

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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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“Photography is all about light, composition and, most importantly, emotion.”

 Larry Wilder


William Klein was born American, but has lived and worked in France for most his life.  He is works as a photographer and filmmaker and is recognized for both photojournalism and fashion photography. While in the US Army he toured both Germany and France, and settled in Paris.  He initially pursued painting and kinetic sculptures. While he […]

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“Sometimes, I’d take shots without aiming, just to see what happened. I’d rush into crowds—bang! bang! … It must be close to what a fighter feels after jabbing and circling and getting hit, when suddenly there’s an opening, and bang! Right on the button. It’s a fantastic feeling.”

– William Klein

“When I finally reached an age with some acquired wisdom, I decided I would just do my photography for myself and not care whether my work was liked or sellable. That was a very liberating decision for me.”

 Cara Weston


In the latest podcast with Terry White, he gave some great principles of advice when editing and defining your style.  Key points that stuck out to me could be sound advice I suggest we all listen to. – In portraits and our skin retouching processes,  we should always be able to see pores. (In other […]

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Over the weekend, I spent a lot of time with some very talented photographers and beauty retouchers.  Beauty retouchers are the talented folks behind those makeup ads that make the skin, teeth, hair and coloring look real and perfect while still keeping the genuine lines and textures of the skin.  In some of the interviews […]

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“Advice to photographers: learn technique, then forget it.”

 John R. Whiting

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This photographer is a beautifully talented wedding photographer but his talent lies much deeper than that.  Just a few years back, he and his wife gave up nearly everything they owned to utilize their photography storytelling talents to tell the stories and bring awareness to individuals or communities that may be less fortunate.  With his […]

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Milton Rogovin began his career as an optometrist.  However during his career he was cut short.  Rogovin was called to testify in front of the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1957 because of his communist beliefs.  He refused to testify and found himself ostracized. After losing his optometry practice, he picked up a camera.  He decided […]

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“All my life I’ve focused on the poor. The rich ones have their own photographers.”

— Milton Rogovin

“To look at a thing is very different from seeing it.”

 Oscar Wilde


The invention of editing is the thing that allowed film to take off. — Walter Murch Occasionally, clients will balk at the time/cost of the edit. To the uninformed, the edit may seem like simple, mechanical task when, in fact, the editor is the last storyteller to touch a film project. When I meet such […]

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“You have to love this job because the schedules, the emotional ups and downs, the pressures would sometimes be too much of you didn’t love it.”

- Amy Sancetta


Editor’s Note: Welcome to new Photofocus contributor Mark Morrow — Outdoor events can be challenging to capture in a way that is meaningful, or that equals the experience from a competitor’s perspective.  Aside from the well-deserved physical rewards, event sports like mountain bike racing and endurance running (etc) can be thankless work for the athlete […]

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This week’s podcast features three great folks from the photo industry. First up Rich Harrington catches up with one of the best image makers on the planet, Joe McNally. Melissa Niu then catches up with photographer and Adobe expert Terry White.  You’ll then learn all about ViewBug, a great site for entering photo contests and winning […]

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