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As photographers, we are always scoping out good camera straps and when you are around other photographers. It’s a topic that usually comes up especially if someone has a decent strap they are sporting. A good camera strap can make having your camera on your body a much more comfortable experience. Camera straps have come […]

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Editor’s Note:  This is a guest post from Eduardo Angel, filmmaker and educator. The friendly waiter at the Turkish restaurant in Sohar, Oman, saw the camera on the table and asked “Nikon? Canon? Which one is better?” To which I replied, “actually, this is a Panasonic GH3.” He stared at me, and his expression turned from excited […]

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Nikon D800, 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens @18mm, f/18, 4 seconds, ISO 50. Copyright Levi Sim. Photography is an art which prolongs an instant for eternity. For years I’ve been jealous of long exposure images made in the daytime. They usually show water or clouds that have become totally smoothed as they move through the long […]

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I recently took a Nikon D5300 camera on a road trip through Las Vegas and Utah.  This is a recent release for Nikon and it’s a camera that has a few new features that really stand out.  The camera also performed much better than the previous model, the 5200, which I tested last year. Things I […]

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An influential photographer, Matthew Jordan Smith, recently turned me on to the works of Gordon Parks. Smith told me about some of Parks’s famous images, but he also said that Parks’s writings were some of the most powerful words he’d ever read, and they gave him confidence to make a living as a photographer. With […]

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This week’s show, Rich tracks down Scott Bourne (who really is enjoying being retired) to talk photography.  Rich showed up at Scott’s place in Vegas with a microphone and refused to leave until Scott agreed to be on the show. Okay… that’s a slight exaggeration, but we hope you have as much fun with the show as we did. We talk about a bunch of timely issues for photographers of all skill levels.

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One of my greatest concerns about the current state of affairs in photography is the notion that making a photograph and then posting it online is the end of the experience. I come from an era where we had no “online” and the way you “shared” your photographs was that you made a print. Recent […]

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Editor’s Note: PhotoPills is 50% off today only — November 29, 2013 All I can say is that PhotoPills is the single most useful photography app on the planet, and I highly recommend it. Here’s a link to their website. Want to hear more? Ok. I’ll start with the only two downsides, and they are […]

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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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You’ve probably noticed that Damien Lovegrove has been demonstrating lighting and posing techniques here on Photofocus. I’ve enjoyed these posts immensely, and have been floored by his concise and clear instructions accompanied by stunning images. I’ve been fortunate to also watch his tutorial called Hollywood Portraits Remastered, and I highly recommend it to you. Lovegrove […]

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A lighting tool for unique applications – (different versions work with different brands/models of flash – this test was on a Canon flash) Guest Post by Doug Daulton – Follow Doug on Twitter When first handed the Light Blaster, I was a little dubious.  It seemed a bit like a kitschy toy not suited for a […]

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I was recently invited to review an app from Juggleware called Sol: Sun Clock (iOS only). Claiming to be “the Swiss Army Knife of sunlight tools” and useful to “plan the perfect photograph,” I was happy to get to get some time to try it out. There’s a few things this app does well, and […]

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At this year’s NAB, the Photofocus team got a chance to catch up with HP about their new computers.  This one we had to keep a secret until it was announced.  We think the HP ZBook 14 is a well-designed machine for photographers to take on the road. Weight starts around 3.5 pounds You can […]

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At Photoshop World I picked up the just released Wacom Intuos Pro tablet.  For me, I prefer the medium-sized one as it is comfortable to hold while using, but large enough to work on.  The tablet has seen some improvements over past models (particularly in areas of ergonomics and wireless use). Do You Need a […]

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This is a guest post from Terry White. Terry is a great photographer and an Adobe wizard.  He’s also got a great workshop called “Master The Shoot.” The next one is this Saturday in Cincinnati. __________________________________________ I use both standard studio strobes AND continuous lighting. I pick and choose between the two depending on what I’m lighting […]

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You’ve probably seen the expensive battery-operated, hand-held mini strobe units that pro photographers are using instead of traditional camera flash. The problem with all of these is that they cost a fortune. In tough economic times, what’s a poor photographer to do? As you know if you are a regular reader, I am a fan […]

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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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I’ve played with about a dozen add on lenses for the iPhone. Some have been good, a few great but none can come close to the design, functionality and optics of the iPro Lens by Schneider Optics iPro S2 Kit For iPhone 5. iPro is a Schneider Optics product. For some of you, that will […]

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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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It seems like there are thousands of small cameras for sale. Sometimes I get tired of all the new model announcements, but the Ricoh GR 16.2 MP Digital Camera intrigued me because it – like a long line of current compact cameras, is a point-and-shoot with DSLR quality. The Ricoh uses a 16.2 MP, APS-C […]

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There are a lot of image editing apps out there, from free to expensive you’ll find a wealth of choices.  Flare (from Iconfactory) repeats what a lot of tools can do, but has some standout features that really make it shine. The app is currently Mac-only. It can be set as an external editor for iPhoto, […]

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