Guest post by John Van Steenburg In my last post we discussed “Knowledge + Action = Profit” and now lets look at four key areas of every business and see if we can know what we need to know (or need to rethink our assumptions) to identify a good idea, create an action plan and move on […]

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I don’t regret the numerous pictures of Brigitte Bardot, but I’d rather have a good photograph of my father.

– Raymond Depardon

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Photographers face many challenges when first starting out and can have a tough time breaking into the local market. While it can certainly be said that photography is well-saturated in the cyber world, when we stop and take a short look around we see another story. New businesses and outreach efforts of all kinds are […]

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Some artists are born with a beautiful artistic eye, and others are very knowledgeable in the techniques of photography.  This particular photographer possesses both characteristics and we are more than thrilled to have Greg Sims a regular author and contributor on Photofocus. Greg Sims was born and raised in the dynamic beach culture of Southern […]

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Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

– Steve Jobs


This post is a companion to my guest blog post on Scott Kelby’s Blog where I discuss more about how to use to his Steve Jobs Portrait Project. I also wrote about this once before on Photofocus. Right now, Let’s talk about the technical aspects of making this portrait. It’s a pretty simple portrait to […]

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Today everything exists to end in a photograph.
― Susan Sontag

“The eye should learn to listen before it looks.”
― Robert Frank

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Kevin Ames is a commercial photographer immersed in creativity. He shoots fashion, intimate portraits, executive portraits, high-end interiors and works extensively in the arena of digital retouching.  And now, we’re proud to have him a part of the Authors & Experts team here at Photofocus. Kevin’s photographs have appeared in Time, Newsweek, The Wall Street […]

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Memory is very important, the memory of each photo taken, flowing at the same speed as the event. During the work, you have to be sure that you haven’t left any holes, that you’ve captured everything, because afterwards it will be too late.
– Henri Cartier-Bresson


Join Skip Cohen, Richard Harrington, and Guest Matthew Jordan Smith. They’ll explore practical advice for professional and semiprofessional photographers to help with the challenges in running a modern photo business. This Google Hangout is interactive and you can post questions to the experts during the event. Join us for our newest Google+ Hangout for photographers […]

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Angela and Ryan

One of the biggest “rules” out there in photography is to shoot level, shoot above, but never shoot someone from below. It’s unflattering, distorting, and people will hate the photo you take of them from a low angle. Well, that’s just plain horsepuckey. Photos at a low angle are often some of my favorite images. […]

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We’ll be featuring Matthew Jordan Smith soon on our Mind Your Own Business Program this month.  However here’s a great interview with him from Photofocus contributor Stephan Bollinger. Part One Part Two Celebrated photographer Matthew Jordan Smith has worked with some of the top names in entertainment today including Halle Berry, Jennifer Connelly, Jamie Foxx, Mandy Moore, […]

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The majority of photographers still seek “artistic” effects, imitating other mediums of graphic expression. The result is a hybrid product that does not succeed in giving their work the most valuable characteristic it should have, —photographic quality.

– Tina Modotti

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Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Glenn Guy, Travel Photography Guru.  We all enjoy receiving positive feedback about our work. It feels good, reassures us and helps maintain our enthusiasm to continue the creative process. I’ve been teaching photography for many years. While I continue to teach in a formal environment, most of my […]

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“A good photograph is knowing where to stand.”

—Ansel Adams

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“I learned from looking at his (Ansel Adams) work the places he loved the most, and where he spent the most time, was where he did his best work. I learned from him that you have to love what you photograph, and you have to give it time.”

 Ion Zupce


Last week a link was making its rounds on social media reminding people of an artist documentary being shown publicly on Direct TV and much to my surprise it was of Jerry Uelsmann & Maggie Taylor. I’m not as familiar with Maggie’s work as I am with Jerry’s, but I was super excited to check […]

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