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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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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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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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