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Being a photographer, whether as a hobbyist or a professional, requires us to have gear. Much of that gear is expensive, be it cameras, lenses, tripods, and even some accessories. Due to the nature of our work, we will oftentimes be out-and-about with our camera equipment, which involves the risk of losing our gear, having […]

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transferabble

Though I had some early training as an artist and storyteller, I began my career in human services, not the creative field. For those eleven years, I rarely picked up a camera if not on vacation or put pen to paper unless I was writing a report.  The urge to create professionally never left me, […]

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musicPhotogs

We live in an ultra connected world where the amount of media seemingly free for the taking is virtually unlimited. This is not a rant on stealing, fair use or copyrights for that matter. It’s really some thoughts on creating and sharing work. Photographers are content creators just like musicians, writers, sculptors, painters and every other […]

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At Photofocus, our general policy is to only review products we like.  There are so many great products out there to help photographers.  In this case though, I am making an exception based on recent experiences with a company. Many of us need to send large images or video files between clients and team members […]

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heart+mind

A strange title… I know.  But I’ll get to the point quickly. I was recently having breakfast with a professional colleague who I respect. He asked me about how I view my relationships with my clients.  I got a few of my ideas out, and I think they might help some of you. The burden […]

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Before I begin, let me state that my shop is cross platform.  We use both Mac and Windows.   The Mac just celebrated it’s 30th birthday.  I’ve been using them for that long and owned one for 24 years (no, not the same one). Apple recently released an interactive survey where which built a cool […]

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As I was editing this afternoon and editing/saving all of my RAW files to JPEG files in Adobe Photoshop, I felt a little foolish.  I’ve been saving my JPEG files into formats that I really don’t know a lot about.  So tonight I “geeked out” to truly understand just what type of jpeg format was […]

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humorstock

As many of you wind down for a few days off for the holidays, let us present you with a frivolous moment.  While the “advice” given here probably won’t help any of you with your photography, it may at least make you smile at the things we’re often asked to shoot. Disclaimer: This is humor. […]

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explainfilm

I was having just this conversation the other day.  I think this video captures the experience of shooting film with zero snark and just a touch of nostalgia.

It seems like it wasn’t that long ago when 72 pictures in a day was a big deal.

Enjoy!

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© Kevin Ames Photography

This is a guest post by Kevin Ames | www.kevinamesphotography.com During a walk on an early October evening in 2006; I came across this gentleman taking a picture with his phone of the building in the background. If you are of a “certain” age, you already know the building. You know why he’s photographing it. It […]

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This is a guest post by Stephan Bollinger – http://www.stephanbollinger.com Follow him on G+: plus.google.com/+StephanBollinger It’s not easy to select the best (most impactful, appealing, selling, effective) images for your own portfolio, and it is an even tougher call to throw some of your most beloved images out. To clarify: With “editing” I talk about the […]

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Annie Leibovitz

Many know him as a conceptual celebrity portrait artist.  And others probably know him as one of the few photographers to ever take a portrait of highly esteemed photographer, Annie Leibovitz.  Aside from his famous clients and numerous magazine covers and features, I know him as a friend, father and hard working talent that has […]

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90percentcamera

As I was browsing my Twitter feed… the following infographic popped up.  Keeping in mind that infographics are created by marketing people most often, you have to take these facts with a grain of salt… The ad (I mean infographic) is for a new Windows model of a smartphone. Fortunately, they do provide sources for […]

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apertureupdate

Warning: This article is both news and opinion.  I report on what’s changed, and comment on the improvements made to Aperture. Apple quietly released an Aperture update.  Before you get excited… it’s not Aperture 4 (what many of you have been anxiously waiting for).  But there are a handful of additions and bug fixes of […]

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Angkor Wat

When I started doing stock photography, one thing I struggled with was whether or not to photograph something that had already been covered. With food photography, there’s a good chance that a certain dish or food item has been photographed by at least one person, and there is a part of me that feels like […]

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It’s November 2, 2013. 15 years ago, on this date in 1998, I created Photofocus. I framed it as an “online magazine” because RSS hadn’t been invented yet and “blogs” were something still in the future. I did attach audio segments every quarter, but these couldn’t technically be called podcasts because again – podcasts require […]

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She’s my 7-year-old and her world is a fascinating place.  Her daily needs are simple; food, sleep and adventure.  Her notebook is full of friendly monster doodles and has a clockwork morning report of her nightly dreams.  In one particular instance, she woke to tell me that she dreamt that she could fly.  And she […]

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defensecloud

This article is a guest post from Gerard Murphy or Mosaic.  His company uses the Cloud to provide services to Lightroom users. The Adobe naysayers have been working overtime lately. They aren’t talking about the quality of the Adobe software or the amazing advances in digital photography in the past decade, but their frustration with […]

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Here is the new podcast feed: feed://feeds.feedburner.com/photofocuspodcast Get the show here  or get it on iTunes — Don’t forget to post a review on iTunes. This week’s show is both a look back and a look forward with Photofocus founder Scott Bourne.  Scott shares with us the history of Photofocus. We also talk through his upcoming plans and […]

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Photo by Scott Bourne – Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs Creative Commons

This is another of my ethereal posts. Sorry – when you’re old, you feel the need to delve into the deeper end of the ocean. I’ve been editing photos to music lately as well as playing some music. My friend Neil Vineberg (AKA Shambhu) has inspired me to create an album. As I’ve been listening […]

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This is a co-written article by Scott Bourne and Richard Harrington. At Photofocus, we try to keep an eye on how our photos get used.  Social media has changed the landscape for photographers. We try to spot uses that we think need to be pointed out the the photographic community. Google+ is following Facebook’s footsteps […]

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