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You’ve probably heard Scott Bourne insist that all camera owners should read their camera manual from cover to cover.  While I agree with his opinion that this is the best way to learn about your investment in gear, it isn’t always practical.  After all, the manual takes up space and adds weight in your camera […]

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When I made the decision to retire from assignment work this year, I knew one of the benefits would be having time to do personal projects. And to be frank, I am not waiting until November 2, 2013. I have started slowly retiring already. It’s kind of fun. I am only taking jobs that allow […]

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UPDATE: Today at WWDC Apple announced a new Mac Pro. We don’t know when it will ship. We don’t know what it will cost. We don’t know what configurations it will come in. We don’t know if it will work. But we do know Apple has promised it. Without a commitment to pro apps, this […]

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Before Topaz Denoise After Topaz Denoise These are low-light, high-ISO image samples from the Fuji X100s. While the images from the Fuji X100s at ISO 3200 are great (considering the ISO) when you shoot with this or any other camera in a low-key situation, you will get the worst of it in the noise department. […]

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I’ve really been enjoying my new Fujifilm X100S. It’s probably my favorite camera right now. I keep using the word “fun” to describe it and that is something I really enjoy about it. It does have its limitations, i.e., the fixed focal length lens, but when I need to be at 35mm (or 28mm – […]

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Photoshelter.com mini review. I paid $246.75 for a year of Photoshelter. That gave me the right to work with some of Photoshelter’s printing partners (Not the high-end ones) and the right to sell images as well as display my portfolio and archive my portfolio for safe keeping. At roughly $20 a month it didn’t seem […]

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I’m always game for free software.  I’ll regularly jump over to the Mac App Store and see what’s topping the charts (especially the free charts).  I came across Fotor recently, which offers two primary modes for working. Turns out the app is available for several platforms including web, Windows, Android, iOS, and Mac (here’s the […]

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You might be wondering why I’m about to spend so many words on a review for a camera strap.  Some of you are perfectly content to use the small strap the manufacturer tosses in the box or pick up a slightly better one at your local camera store.  Well, let me bring up an old […]

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We’re big fans of ThinkTank bags here at Photofocus. They make bags that are designed by photographers for photographers. I’ve never seen one of their bags I don’t like. But when I heard about their new line of bags designed for mirrorless cameras, I was excited to get my hands on one. I picked the […]

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All photos in this post are Copyright Scott Bourne - Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs Creative Commons UPDATE: The latest version of ACR is doing a much better job of converting the Fuji RAW files than when I first tested the camera so you can pretty much ignore the stuff below relating to RAW files – other than this camera […]

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So that all of you who are ardent fans of various phones won’t feel slighted, I’ll start this review by saying I own the following phones… (In no particular order) 1. iPhone 5 2. Android Samsung S3 3. Windows HTX 8x Most of you who have followed me a while will be shocked to see […]

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One of my favorite plug-in discoveries  is Retrographer from Mr. Retro.  It works in Photoshop, Lightroom, Photoshop Elements, Aperture, iPhoto.The plug-in designed to create authentic vintage photography effects. I’m already a big fan of Mr. Retro’s Machine Wash plug-in which ages text and images, and this versatile package really delivers. The manufacturer claims that users can perfectly re-create any […]

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I decided to test the Novoflex MFT adapter with my Olympus OMD-EM5. My pal Frederick Van Johnson and I were in Santa Barbara, CA and he brought out is Nikon 24-70 f/2.8 lens. I had the Novoflex Adapter MFT Nikon version. The short version of this post is simple. The thing works. The longer version. […]

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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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