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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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If you’re like me (and 200-million other people on this planet) you probably have an Instagram account. Instagram has redefined instant photo-sharing, making our mobile phones vessels to show the world what we eat, where we travel, and what our pets are doing. For me, I use it to share my life. Outings with friends, which are typically photography-related, […]

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So there’s maybe more bungles that people would make if they didn’t know any better or were just starting off. I figured that there could be some extra help in identifying some of the more recent blunders that have been popping up more often in communities that I’m associated with. Before you read this, make […]

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Recently I had an interesting encounter on Twitter. It started when Lightroom graciously retweeted one of my recent posts about the newly updated Lightroom Mobile, and it prompted someone on Twitter to reply very harshly, implying that I was not a “real” photographer. Now, I am not one to feed the trolls, but I had to […]

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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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1QiqmJTjYw If you’d like to support Smith’s project, you can visit its Indiegogo page — YOUR CHILD’S […]

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First things first; this is not a technical user review. Anyone can look up facts about the nuts and bolts of this (or any) camera, therefore I’m not going to waste time with that. I’m concerned with the user experience, which happens to be unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. I’ve wanted to review the Leica […]

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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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Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Roger Cicala from LensRentals.com I doubt any of you remember it, but 1995 was the coming out party for Digital SLRs. There had been digital cameras before then. There had even been digital SLR cameras of a sort – modified cameras tethered to a hard drive — […]

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I wanted to share a few simple tips about working with mirror less and micro-four thirds cameras.  This video points out some common pros and cons for people switching from traditional DSLRs to these newer style cameras. This video is from the DSLR Video Tips course on lynda.com. This Post Sponsored by: LensRentals.com Be a kid […]

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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 photo is an experience, not an object. A snapshot is a commodity. Anyone with a phone these days can take a selfie and call it a “photo.” In order to differentiate from the crowds, we photographers must become visual storytellers. We must make the photo an experience. If you are trying to make a […]

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Publisher: The following story touches on some sensitive topics. At Photofocus we recognize the photography community has many views.  Comments on this article are accepted, but will be moderated. On December 20th, 2013 I was working from a local coffee shop minding my own business. Suddenly, social media began blowing up with unexpected news. The US […]

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A quick reminder, our next  Google+ Hangout for photographers is today! It’s Mind Your Own Business cohosted by Skip Cohen  of Skip Cohen University. You can sign up here for free. Today we’re joined by photographer (and founder of Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep founder) Sandy Puc.  We’ll explore Milestones to Building a Successful Business and Increasing Revenue. […]

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Join us for our newest Google+ Hangout for photographers — Mind Your Own Business.  This event is produced in partnership with Skip Cohen University and LensRentals.com. Sign up here. This month’s topic is Milestones to Building a Successful Business and Increasing Revenue. We’re joined by Sandy Puc, one of the world’s premier portrait photographers. She holds the prestigious titles of Print Master and […]

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Editor’s Note:  This is a guest post from Roger Cicala of LensRentals.com I suspect I’ll never be on any manufacturer’s “early review copy” list for new lenses. There are already plenty of good early lab reviews on the eagerly awaited Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art lens our there. So when we received our first Sigma 50 f/1.4 […]

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One of the toughest things to learn in the photography industry is to learn how to value yourself. Going through art and photography school it was practically blasphemous to even hint at turning your work into profit and would surely get you dirty looks, low marks, and the wrath of the department chair. “You should […]

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Art is an expression. We create things because we feel something inside of us that just has to make something, find beauty, and then sit back and admire it in all its glory. The most difficult thing about creating is knowing when to stop, knowing when your sculpture or photograph or painting is finished. In our […]

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You can take a good picture of anything. A bad one, too.

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Batteries. Seems a creative professionals life runs on batteries.  The ability to work on the go, anywhere, any time. My phone, tablet, laptop, cameras all run on batteries. The Problem with Rechargeable Batteries Over time, rechargeable batteries wear out and need to be replaced.  I’m not talking about losing a charge, rather the total number of […]

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Did you miss our great hangout on running a photo business with Sal Cincotta and Skip Cohen? There was a ton of practical advice on things like: Pricing your work Using bundles to upwell customers Dealing with competition Setting terms of use Setting yourself apart with creative marketing ideas This event is free and brought to […]

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Pentax 645D, 25mm f/4 AL (IF) SDM AW Lens, f/11, five frame HDR, ISO 200. Lately, I’ve been exploring medium format photography.  I recently rented a Pentax 645D digital medium format kit from LensRentals.com. This let me really test out the format and the camera. What I Got The kit I tried included the camera body and […]

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