Editor’s Note: This article is an excerpt from Scott’s new book “72 Essays on Photography.” It’s available on both iTunes and Amazon. “I went into photography because it seemed like the perfect vehicle for commenting on the madness of today’s existence.” – Robert Mapplethorpe I have been studying Zen Buddhism and I am struck by how so much of it […]

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As a wedding photographer, I find it’s all too easy to slip into a groove of doing the same thing over and over. Sure it’s a different set of clients each week, and there’s a different venue, a different dress, different food, different customs, but at some point it basically boils down to the same […]

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Nikon D800, 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens @28mm, f/16, 3 frame HDR, ISO 400.

Nikon D800, 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens @28mm, f/16, 3 frame HDR, ISO 400. It’s a good idea to have a list of the minimum required gear you’ll need every time you shoot, and to run through that list before you head out the door. I’ve made mine super basic, and I’ve got it committed to […]

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Elizabeth “Lee” Miller was an American photographer from New York.  She began her career as a successful fashion model in the 1920’s, but then moved to Paris and behind the camera.  She became a well-established fashion and fine art photographer.  During World War II she became a war photographer and covered events like  the London Blitz, the liberation […]

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It seems to me that women have a bigger chance at success in photography than men… Women are quicker and more adaptable than men. And I think they have an intuition that helps them understand personalities more quickly than men.

 — Lee Miller


Scott Bourne’s new book — 72 Essays on Photography — is now available in Apple’s iBookstore.  You can read the book on Mac or iPad with the iBooks application.  To see the book click here —https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/72-essays-on-photography/id816021495?ls=1&mt=11. Scott spent 40 years as a photographer and has crafted several inspirational essays to help photographers find their spirit. I have […]

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He may be retired but before he hung up his camera strap, Scott Bourne penned his last book. Photofocus and Think Tap Learn Publishing are proud to announce that Scott Bourne’s new book is available.  It’s a collection of Scott’s most inspirational essays and photography. Scott’s gathered 40 years of photographic knowledge and condensed it […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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.


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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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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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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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