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Many photographers worry about making the switch to DSLR Video.  The gear and the challenges can seem a bit overwhelming at first.  I thought it might be helpful to point out some of the things the two mediums have in common. Your gear. The investment you’ve made in equipment translates very well.  Your camera body […]

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The growth of broadband video has had an impact on the viewing habits of its users. Want to increase your business opportunities, start making and posting videos for your clients.  Befiore you say it’s too hard… consider these facts. According to the Pew Internet & American Life Project, in 2013: 31% of American adult internet […]

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I just completed leading a group of photographers through the urban environment around my office.  We were participating in Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photo Walk. I lead the group through some pretty tame surroundings… no national monuments, beautiful parks, mountains, lakes, or sunsets.  Just “boring” suburbia.  Now we didn’t wander the streets, but we did try […]

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GoPro has unveiled two updated cameras… the Hero3+ Black and Silver editions.  We’ve got one on order and should have some test footage up in a few days.  Here are the highlights of what’s new (and a few myth busters for marketing hype). It’s Smaller. GoPro boasts that the Black is 20% smaller and the […]

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As I build out my camera kit, I find myself wanting to expand my options. There is absolutely nothing wrong with using used lenses. With a few caveats… Buy them from a reputable vendor or someone you know. Inspect the lens for wear and mold. Make sure the lens is compatible with your camera. I […]

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How many of these have you heard before? Hopefully this makes you laugh and not want to strangle your next subject.

Of course we’re guilty of some pretty silly things too.

Before I start a flame war… “I kid… I kid…”

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I don’t usually step up on my soapbox… but I feel the need to now. I am not going to talk about violence, social contracts, civil rights abuses, or war. I have my feelings about all of those, but this is not the place. What I am going to talk about is the obligation that I share with […]

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This site is called Photofocus. We’re called Photofocus for a very good reason. And here’s how that reason was discovered. Turn your time machine back to the Fall of 1998. I was experimenting with all sorts of Internet technology. I started one of the world’s first photo galleries online. It was called f64.com (named after […]

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28mm, f/8, 1/20, 1/80, 1/320s, ISO 800. Do you ever get a craving to go make a picture? An urge that just won’t go away? That kind of urge is distracting, and may be hazardous to your health; you should probably take a sick day to get it taken care of. I’ll sign a note […]

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Trey Ratcliff has made a tremendous impact with HDR photography.  In this talk he addresses how technology has changed the way we create awareness, connect ideas, and portray the world.  Have a listen as this is a great talk that will expand how you think about photography and the role of the photographer in society. Be sure […]

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Some of you aren’t regular listeners to our podcast.  The changes to Facebook have many concerned, so we excerpted this interview so you can listen to these important opinions. Is the problem real? Yep… even the feds have gotten involved. If you post photos to Facebook, be sure to listen. Photographers are giving up even […]

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This week’s show is a triple scoop of goodness. We’ve got three interviews to satisfy your creative, technical, and business needs. Join hosts Rich Harrington and Melissa Niu for interviews with important thought leaders.

First up, Rich talks with Tamara Lackey who is a professional photographer, speaker, and author. She focusses on lifestyle photography, from children’s portraits to celebrity portraits.

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This is not a post about politics, or the underlying reasons behind terrorism.  This is a post about the power of photography and the obligations of the photographer. I still remember being only two miles away from the plane hitting the Pentagon.  I had a roomful of art students in my classroom and I had […]

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I am a member of ASMP (the American Society of Media Photographers).  They recently sent a useful update about a change to Facebook’s Terms of Service.  The use of social media is always a balance between effective promotion and sacrificing your rights as an image maker. ASMP advises strongly evaluating the new changes: The new Facebook […]

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There is a disturbing new scheme out there to part photographers from their money. Companies selling so-called “E-Templates” are trying to convince you that “hybrid” photography will make you a fortune, BUT you NEED to use THEIR products to find all this new business. Sorry but I call bull you know what. I do believe […]

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Yesterday at Photoshop World in Las Vegas, Adobe announced new pricing for photographers who are interested in using Creative Cloud products. The Adobe Creative Cloud details were covered yesterday on Photofocus. To quickly revisit the new deal. For $9.99 a month (less than $120 a year) you get: • Photoshop CC • Lightroom 5 • […]

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One thing I’ve noticed about many new photographers is the enthusiasm they have for really learning how to use their camera as well as possible. In some cases, this requires the use of understanding how to shoot in Manual mode. Learning how to choose your setting so it appropriately fits the scene and style of […]

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Note: Welcome to Melissa Niu, who’s joined the Photofocus team.  Be sure to follow her on Twitter.  Coming from a broadcast journalism background, I’ve had the privilege of interviewing some of the most unique talents from various respective fields.  My life right out of college was spent chasing down the stories and thoughts of professional […]

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I’m a big fan of HDR photography (so is Scott).  HDR unlocks shots that we just can’t get otherwise (especially with challenging lighting situations).  But many photographers are wary… and justifiably so.  When used incorrectly, HDR tools can give an image a telltale look.  Let’s objectively explore the technique of High Dynamic Range photography and […]

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I originally reviewed the Fuji X100s here  and did a follow-up review as well (talking about accessories). I then mentioned that it would be the only camera I am taking to Pebble Beach for the Concours as part of my post on work life balance. So how did it go and what do I think […]

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Before we jump right into the geek speak… indulge me for a moment. Perhaps it’s summer grilling season, but I’ve got food on my mind. I love hamburgers—who doesn’t? The way I see it, I’ve got two choices when I want a burger: I can order out or I can stay in, and there are […]

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