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This week’s podcast interviews with two folks influencing the world of photography.  First up is well-known portrait photographer Brian Smith who walks us through his workflow of posing subjects and working with mirror-less cameras. Then find out about long exposure, night sky and timelapse photography. Get the show here  or get it on iTunes — Don’t forget to post a […]

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In this tutorial, explore the Flow-Mow and Camalapse.  These are accessories for the GoPro and compact cameras that rotates the camera 360 degrees. Watch more at http://www.lynda.com/Photography-Came…. Thanks to LensRentals.com for gear support. You can catch Rich Harrington, Ron Risman, and Keith Kiska for a workshop on Timelapse photography in the Valley of Fire | October 19—26th. This […]

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News of FujiFilm’s excellent mirror-less camera, the X-T1, made it down the vine and really peaked my interest in researching the X-series cameras that they’ve released. I’ve had other photographer friends that have picked up the very popular X100s and the X-Pro1 and loved it. I’m thinking of buying one from the X-Series and of course, […]

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We’ve featured him as our LensRentals Photographer of the Week and his incredible portfolio was quite a hit to the Photofocus community.  And to add some “wow” to his name, our friends at SmugMug just put together an incredible film that showcases the hardships against the elements that Chris Burkard must take to get his perfect […]

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  When I see Mallory Morrison’s work and attempt to describe it, I think the words that best come to mind are, “with held breath.” Her images capture tangible moments, stopping time in places we rarely get to examine. “My style is ethereal, romantic, and dreamlike,” she said, when asked how she describes her own […]

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Editor’s Note:  This is a guest post from Roger Cicala and Aaron Closz of LensRentals.com Like a lot of photo history buffs, I’ve been quite excited about Lomography’s new iteration of the Petzval lens in 85mm focal length. For those of you who don’t know about the Petzval lens, I wrote about it a few years ago. […]

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The Gateway Arch in St. Louis photographed from the Mississippi side. “Fisheye lenses are gimmicks.” Lots of photographers think so. Most have never used one. I don’t travel without one. The 15mm f/2.8 fisheye lens from Sigma is less than three inches in diameter and length. It weighs in at less than twelve ounces. This […]

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  If you are seeking dreamy, fantasy images that take you to places you thought you would only see in your dreams, Amanda Diaz is the photographer for you.  But Amanda isn’t just a great fantasy photographer; she’s also great when it comes to fashion. “[My work] goes from straight to the point fashion to creative […]

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Did you know that Zeiss is in the business of selling magic? I’m not talking about prestidigitation, here–I mean real wizardry packaged in metal and glass. I recently rented a package of Zeiss primes from LensRentals.com (they should rename this the Magus Package) and it’s really amazing that a tool could actually affect my pictures […]

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What do you think would make the best street photography bag? Something that blends in, is compact, durable and accessible? Well, that’s it for me and this Think Tank’s sleek and stylish shoulder-bag was more than what I could ask for! I have to say that besides a little ID holder, I’ve never really dealt […]

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  Nikki Harrison’s photographs are overflowing with dramatic, emotional light. Her style takes portraiture to an elegant, even ethereal level. It’s hard to pin exactly what you are feeling or why you are feeling it when you look at her photos. All you know for certain is that they are beautiful. “I was always an artist, […]

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Wouldn’t it be nice if you could buy one thing and it would make you a better photographer? Yet, as I read forums I always see comments like, “You can’t buy your way to better photos” or “There are no magic lenses that make you better.” Well, I’m telling you right now, no strings attached, […]

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One of my favorite ways to make a break from the normal daily routine is to grab the kids and a GoPro Hero and head for the hills in search of water. Fortunately, here in the Blue Ridge mountains of SW Virginia this is but a matter of choosing a direction and within minutes we’re […]

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  In this industry, the ones who want success tend to take the greatest risks in order to get there. Zach Sutton’s story is just such a tale, a tale that starts with him risking everything when he packed his bags in Michigan and decided to move to Albuquerque, New Mexico. He saw potential in […]

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Normal is defined as conforming to a standard, the usual, the typical or the expected. When it comes to photography, normal most often refers to the standard focal length lens on a camera. A normal lens sees about the same angle of view as the human eye. Let’s delve into what normal means and why […]

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 Editor’s Note:  Check out Jonas’s podcast with Melissa Niu here.  Capturing couples in new and interesting ways while also staying true to what couples want in a portrait is exceedingly difficult. It’s easy to get caught in the cliché and have difficulty seeing new ways to capture one of the oldest emotions: love. For Jonas […]

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I have been wanting to play with an infrared-converted camera for quite some time.  So I contacted the folks at LensRentals.com, one of the sponsors here on Photofocus, and was able to test out an IR-converted Canon 5D Mark II (they also have other types of IR-converted cameras available to rent as well). It was sent directly to […]

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I’m a big fan of Mosaic (and it’s not just because they partner with us on Photofocus).  I’ve been using their software and tools from the very beginning. Mosaic just made their service a must have for everyone who uses Lightroom (I’ve got a full review coming soon).  But I wanted to tell you about a great […]

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First things first; this is not a technical user review. Anyone can look up facts about the nuts and bolts of this (or any) camera, therefore I’m not going to waste time with that. I’m concerned with the user experience, which happens to be unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. I’ve wanted to review the Leica […]

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  Eric Paré saw a medium and turned it on its head: light painting. Paré’s portraiture is made truly original through the inventive use of light painting and bullet time. His still images have a truly unique look to them, making them a cut above much of the work seen today. “I try to reproduce studio-quality […]

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    Focal length has a lot to do with modern photography. It’s always been important, and now, even more so. Changing the focal length makes a photograph of the same scene into its own unique vision.  Above, the first photo is a normal, 47º angle of view. The middle one was made with an […]

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