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Recently I had an interesting encounter on Twitter. It started when Lightroom graciously retweeted one of my recent posts about the newly updated Lightroom Mobile, and it prompted someone on Twitter to reply very harshly, implying that I was not a “real” photographer. Now, I am not one to feed the trolls, but I had to […]

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Double Exposure is catching on as quite the artistic trend.  Whether it’s digital or analog, the process of double exposing your frame always makes for an interesting and beautiful mix of emotion.  And our friends over at ViewBug had a great contest for double exposures, and the top 26 were quite fantastic. “Spirit Within” by elyktra […]

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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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Adobe just launched a new benefit for Creative Cloud members.  It’s available through the Creative Cloud for Desktop to all paid Creative Cloud members.  (It’s not available to the photography plan customers). Adobe says that iOS and browser-based versions of Creative Cloud Market are in the works and will be released in the future. What […]

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Sergeant Larry Reid Jr. is one of a small club: he is not only aerial certified, but he’s also qualified in skill to reliably photograph from the air. But that’s not all, the number of photographers that like Ried gets even smaller, since he regularly photographs F16s from another F16- sustaining and performing under immense pressure on […]

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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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Reflections should be on your short list of images to make every time you go shooting. These are the steps for making a reflection picture like the one above. Step 1: Frame Your Mind Firstly, you’ve got to have photography on your mind, you’ve got to be looking for a picture. I was wandering around […]

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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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This article is part 3 of a 3 part series on How I Got the Shot Part 1: PLAN Part 2: PHOTOGRAPH Part 3: PROCESS The first article of this series explained the planning phase and how the composite was envisioned. The second article focused on the technical aspect of photography and what settings were […]

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This week’s podcast interviews with two folks influencing the world of photography.  First up is Adobe’s Sharad Mangalick who discusses how to use Lightroom Mobile. Then Melissa Niu sits down artist & photographer Renee Robyn. Get the show here  or get it on iTunes — Don’t forget to post a review on iTunes. Colin Smith Colin Smith is a best-selling author, trainer, and […]

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At Photofocus we love giving away prizes.  Especially when those prizes can change your photographic life.  We’ve partnered up with Kelby One and we’ve got a great prize to give away. GRAND PRIZE: A Brand New Canon 70D and Two Passes to Photoshop World. What’s Photoshop World?  Only the best training conference on the planet (and I don’t just say […]

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July 4th has come and gone, and if you’re like me, the fireworks are an excuse to whip out the camera, and go outside! Here are a few of my favorite firework images that I took. Continue reading

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Article by Scott Bourne and Richard Harrington Today is the Fourth of July.  A day that traditionally means fireworks in the United States.  While you may or may not celebrate this holiday, summer is a season filled with fireworks.  Sporting events, amusement parks, and national holidays… it’s not a party until something explodes in the […]

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Tomorrow is Independence Day in the United States, and a large percentage of people will be out celebrating. One very traditional part of July 4th is watching large fireworks displays, and many of you will be out with your camera tomorrow evening. Here are a few tips to help you get some great fireworks photographs: 1. […]

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First off… what’s Photoshop World?  Only the best photo conference on the planet. The Three-day event covers the best in photography, lighting and Photoshop-related technology. There are over 100 training sessions with seven different learning tracks. 5 Reasons to Go for Photofocus Readers You can learn from the top experts in the industry like Scott Kelby, Joe […]

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If you want to get serious about shooting calculated photoshoots, get yourself off Auto White Balancing! The camera usually does a great job at analyzing the lighting scenario and chooses a suitable color temperature when it is set to AWB. The problem is that setting it to auto lets the camera adjust the white balance ever so […]

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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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Did you miss yesterday’s Google Hangout?  Matthew Jordan Smith joined us to discuss the importance of personal projects. We learned practical advise for all photographers as well as insight into Smith’s creative process. He shared his new project, Future American President. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1QiqmJTjYw If you’d like to support Smith’s project, you can visit its Indiegogo page — YOUR CHILD’S […]

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You might have missed that the Photofocus team has been hard at work creating great presets for Lightroom.  It’s part of our partnership with Mosaic (be sure to check out the Lightroom Learning Center). Photofocus contributor Robert Vanelli offers up one from his collection — a  Lightroom preset for summer and beach photos.   It’s totally free and you […]

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