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Editor’s Note: We’d like to welcome Joe McNally to Photofocus.  While Joe’s a busy guy, he’ll be making some posts here from time to time.  Please give a warm welcome to Joe and encourage him by leaving feedback on the article and sharing it with your friends. It Started with a Shimmer… Actually, a shimmer […]

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Environmental portraits show people in their place, their habitat. The environment sets the mood and the place of the story, and a single look at the photograph can tell you what the story is about. Let me show you three things I think about as I light the background to make an environment worth photographing. 1. It’s Gotta Be […]

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Drones are a hot-topic right now, since the FAA released proposed regulations on commercial UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle). For most people, these rules won’t apply. We’re hobbyists, using these drones for personal use.

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What type of photographer are you? Do you wait and let a scene unfold before your eyes or do you get involved and make the shot happen? Understanding how you created the shot will improve your skills.

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Life on set can be crazy . . . You’re thinking about the set design, lights, backgrounds, camera settings, models, hair and makeup, pleasing your clients, the art director breathing down your neck, etc. Every time I finish a shoot, I reflect back to find things that might have made the day go a little […]

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Grain is a word used in film photography to describe the fineness of detail a film or paper is capable of capturing. Landscape photographers typically want the finest detail possible, which comes from fine grained films. Documentary photographers and journalists may need faster speeds (higher ISO’s) and will compromise detail for speedier films that have […]

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Atlanta musician, Jeff Paige came to me with his challenge of rebranding his look for his online presence as well as for upcoming releases of his work. The process always begins with planning. I met with his team to discuss his look, style, accessories, wardrobe and a lot of other details including props, colors and […]

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