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If you follow this blog regularly you know I am a huge fan of the mirror-less cameras and micro four thirds in particular. I own and shoot with a significant Olympus OMD EM5 system (with almost every lens Olympus makes) and I also use a Fuji X100s. I love these cameras. I love the small […]

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Whether you’re a new professional or thirty years into your business, there’s always the chance of landing a deadbeat client who doesn’t pay their bill.  But there are several reasons you might not be paid by a client (and most have little to do with a dissatisfied client, aggressive behavior, or conspiracy). Here are a […]

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My “style” of photography tends to be bright, colorful and very cleanly processed. This food photograph is well-represented by that look. © 2013 Nicole S. Young, All Rights Reserved We’re excited to welcome Nicole S. Young as a regular contributor. Be sure to circle her on Google +. Several years back when I was just starting out as a […]

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I am probably the last person who should write about this. I have proven to suck at it. But I am writing this post because I at least recognize the problem and maybe I can get someone else to think about it before it’s too late for them. I have spent decades working 80 hours […]

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There is no perfect camera bag. There I said it. It’s a license. Use it. Tell your spouse there’s a reason you need so many camera bags. Camera bags do different things for different people. I have had as many as 30 but now am proud of the fact that I have it down to […]

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We received a great question from a reader named Brent lately, all about backing up his digital life. The Question  Hi Photofocus, After your repeated suggestion to backup, backup, backup, I’m finally ready to make the online plunge. I would greatly appreciate your recommendation for an online backup service. I work on a 27″ iMac […]

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I am bombarded lately by pixel peepers quoting DxoMark numbers on this or that product. They tell me (proudly) that THIER lens scores better than mine or their pal’s or whatever. I just chuckle. I’ve never actually met a pixel peeper who’s a good photographer. Oh don’t get me wrong. I’ve met pixel peepers who […]

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If you want to learn to make art, you should learn from artists. A couple of weeks ago I learned an important lesson by contrasting painters and photographers. Painters do an activity called “En Plein Air“, which refers to painting in the open air; photographers would call it shooting on location. There’s this terrific contest in […]

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You don't have to "give the store away", just work hard to build trust with each client.
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This is a guest post by Skip Cohen. Be sure to check out Skip Cohen University  — August 11-14 in Chicago. “A customer is the most important visitor on our premises. He is not dependent on us. We are dependent on him. He is not an interruption in our work. He is the purpose of it. He […]

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I apologize in advance for this lengthy post. It may be too ethereal for some of you. But when I get the urge to write these sorts of posts, I’ve learned to just go ahead and let it rip. I usually get feedback later on that someone has been helped and that is always my […]

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UPDATED July 2013 – there have been several cool new lenses released since I first published this list and those changes are reflected herein. I’ve also added a few more of the older lenses I’ve had time to test and fall in love with as well as another zoom. I’ve also added a section briefly […]

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I am a very fortunate man. I get to call Scott Kelby a pal. He’s been there for me any time I’ve needed him and he’s literally one of the nicest guys in the industry. I’ve in turn done everything I can to help him, not that he needs any help from me :) But […]

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PUBLISHER’S NOTE: This post is an updated compilation of several shorter posts I wrote in the past trying to answer the question, “What camera should I buy?” It includes some new cameras in the recommendation section. But please note: The newest camera is NOT always the best camera. It’s still the most popular question I […]

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This is a guest post by Dave Wilson.  Circle Dave on Google+.  Dear security guard, I’m delighted that you have a good job, a nice uniform and a sense of authority. When exercising this newfound power, especially in the context of terrorism prevention, you may find the following hints and tips helpful. Almost everyone walking […]

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It's not your logo or name that people might be tired of, but it could be your execution of various aspects of your business.

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This is a guest post by Skip Cohen. Be sure to check out Skip Cohen University  — August 11-14 in Chicago. I know everybody would love to just close the book on 2012, but even though we’re  half way through this new year, think about last year for a minute. As you analyze last year, think about […]

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NOTE: This post was written based on my experience as a US citizen doing business from the United States. If you are not a US resident, much of the information in this post may not apply to you so consult legal help in your area to get the most accurate information. More than a year […]

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I think so. And I did something about it. This last year, I said no to 80% of the speaking engagements I was offered and 90% of the workshops I was asked to teach. I stopped trying to be part of every social network under the sun. I stopped reading ANY photo-related comments on web […]

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A photographer recently wrote to me at Photofocus to complain that I mentioned a studio light I used when making my macro shots. He proudly proclaimed – “I only shoot with natural light. That’s how REAL photographers work.” Sigh. Well if it makes you feel better to say that then by all means say it. […]

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I see the folks in the camera forums take sides all day long. “Canon is better than Nikon,” one guy says. The other says, “Nope Nikon is better than Canon.” Then it gets even more granular. “The D600 is better than the D7100,” one guy says.  The other says, “Nope other way around.” Some people […]

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Everyone Is Capable Of Making Photographs That Matter If…They can listen to their heart and avoid the trolls. In this world (which from my vantage point seems to be full of more hate, despair, snark and ugly people than ever.) Photography remains a shining light. Photography, when done from the heart, can make people laugh, […]

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UPDATE: Today at WWDC Apple announced a new Mac Pro. We don’t know when it will ship. We don’t know what it will cost. We don’t know what configurations it will come in. We don’t know if it will work. But we do know Apple has promised it. Without a commitment to pro apps, this […]

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