Light is light. That’s the simple statement. But you can buy lights that cost $200 each or $20,000 each. The old saying “You get what you pay for” is true, but not 100% true. Take the Flashpoint DG600 moonlight. This thing is amazing and at under $200 is probably the best buy in studio lighting […]

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Learn how to use the Philip Bloom PocketDolly with Scott Bourne. We’re on location in Alaska to bring you this special report. _____ This Post Sponsored by: The Digital Camera Store At Amazon

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If you are a regular reader here at Photofocus you know I have switched to micro four thirds as my primary camera format. At the top end of MFT you will find Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 and the Olympus OM-D E-M5. I bought the OMD-E-M5 merely because it came out first. I bought a bunch of lenses, […]

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We continue our look at editing video from a photographer’s point of view. Be sure to check out these earlier articles (Why edit in Photoshop and The editing process). If you have Adobe Creative Cloud, you have three different choices when it comes to editing video. Additionally, the many suite configurations often put many software packages into […]

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A long time ago in a galaxy far away, Nikon created the original 80-400 VR lens. This wasn’t a particularly sharp lens. It was sufficient to its task, but I always thought it fell short in the image quality department. It was a long time before Nikon took a second stab at this lens and […]

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NOTE NOTE NOTE NOTE NOTE: The Photofocus Podcast Feed HAS CHANGED! Here is the new feed: feed://feeds.feedburner.com/photofocuspodcast Download episode here…   or get it on iTunes PLEASE BE PATIENT – OUR SERVERS SEE LARGE LOADS ON PUBLISHING DAYS. THE DOWNLOADS MAY GO SLOWLY BUT THEY WILL FINISH. Rich and Scott catch up post NAB and chat about new gear […]

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This past week I had a chance to get reacquainted with one of my longtime favorite (but obscure) image plugins.  The aptly named Film Stocks plugin from Digital Film Tools simulates the look of many classics.  In fact you’ll find 288 different color and black and white stocks that match  photographic film stocks, motion picture stocks, and […]

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While you may be surprised to hear this, there’s a whole bunch of interesting stuff at NAB for photographers. Many of the same vendors that appear at the big photo shows (camera companies, lighting companies, software companies) also exhibit at NAB. They just do it bigger. With just under 100,000 attendees expected for this year’s […]

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Not quite three years ago I got my hands on a pre-production model of the Nikon D7000. It was a game-changing camera. I loved that camera. Now 30 months after it hit stores, the 7000 has been updated. Meet the D7100. It’s a significant upgrade. It’s a whole new camera thanks to the sensor. But […]

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I just wrapped up two days in the desert shooting panoramic and time-lapse shots (much more to come).  It was a part of two projects (some new training for Lynda.com which will be out soon and my NAB workshop). While in the field I had a chance to try out some new phone apps. One of […]

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I’m getting ready to go shoot time-lapse photography, and one of the most important things I need to know is where the sun will be (closely followed by where is it going). Even if you’re just shooting sunrise and sunset its still useful to know where the sun will be coming and going.  In fact, […]

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It hasn’t happened to me in a LONG time, but I did get asked the other day by a fellow photographer about recovering pictures from a memory card after an accidental reformat.  There’s a great tool that I’ve used int the past that can pull back photos from the grave called Klix. The following issues can […]

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I just upgraded and added an L-plate to my Olympus OM-D camera… I’d previously used L-plates on my DSLRs, but this is a first for my Micro Four Thirds camera. A Stable Platform — The L-plate lets you easily switch the camera from portrait to landscape in your tripod. As such the camera is always […]

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UPDATE: Nielsen bailed on WPPI as I predicted they would when they bought it two years ago. They sold it and all their tradeshows to an investment company. As I indicated earlier this year, I am going to start laying it all on the line, telling it like it is and that includes discussing things […]

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As far as camera bags go, you just can’t go wrong with anything from Think Tank. For years they’ve been making some of the best bags out there and their new bag, the Think Tank Sub Urban Disguise 30 is no exception. It’s a shoulder bag that doesn’t look like a camera bag, but it’s […]

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I’ve been using Photoshop since version 1.2. I’ve used many other Adobe products including their type faces, InDesign and notably (recently) LightRoom. I’ve generally thought that Adobe products, while expensive, were worth the money. But many companies are moving to download-only solutions and it makes sense that Adobe would too. Hence their invention of the […]

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Follow Rich on Twitter Photoshop Touch just made the jump from tablet only to iPhone and Android smartphones.  Many have been anxious for this day (almost a year since the tablet version shipped). Photoshop Touch is now available for $4.99 USD (compared to $9.99 USD for the tablet). Android Android™ 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or higher […]

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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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While I prefer the iPhone 5, I use a Samsung Galaxy S3 every day. The camera is on par with the iPhone 5 camera. There are tons of apps for each phone. But I decided to do a post just on the Android apps because I use them more often right now. I am not […]

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This May Be The Finest Camera Bag I’ve Ever Seen! I’ve had every camera bag ever made. I’ve had every kind of bag ever made. I’ve thrown away more camera bags than most photographers have ever owned. In other words I have camera bags coming out my you know what. But THIS ladies and gentlemen is […]

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DISCLAIMER: Drobo sponsors the Photofocus podcast. This review was not purchased and is independent of our arrangement to promote Drobo products. The folks over at Drobo have been on a rampage releasing new products lately with major upgrades across the whole product line. We’ve already given detailed reviews on the Drobo 5D and Mini which […]

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