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  I first met Alex Reside at a small cafe on San Francisco’s waterfront. After a few minutes shooting the breeze, I immediately liked the guy. Smart, witty and down to earth, Alex doesn’t come off as a typical photography superstar. His humble smile and demeanor wouldn’t let on that he’s a wildly successful photographer […]

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This week’s podcast is a whopper…  packed with information and inspiration.  We have the world’s most popular photo instructor, Scott Kelby to share tips and news.  Then Rich Harrington and Chase Reynolds explore new gear from Nikon and Sony.  Lastly Levi Sim sits down with portrait photographer and Photofocus writer Kevin Ames. Get the show […]

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  Philip Istomin describes his work as “anything but ordinary,” and I’m hard pressed to disagree. His unusual fashion photography is somewhat unsettling in the best possible way- you just can’t look away, mesmerized by the worlds he creates in his photos. Philip calls his work “Manicproject” and he takes a creative approach to every project, […]

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  When I see Mallory Morrison’s work and attempt to describe it, I think the words that best come to mind are, “with held breath.” Her images capture tangible moments, stopping time in places we rarely get to examine. “My style is ethereal, romantic, and dreamlike,” she said, when asked how she describes her own […]

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Interview with a Makeup Artist: How can they enhance your shoot? I first met Janelle Corey when I was assisting on a fashion shoot with photographer Zuzanna Audette. I was very impressed with the group effort between the photographer, hair, wardrobe and makeup. I since then have worked with Janelle and have seen her career […]

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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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  In this industry, the ones who want success tend to take the greatest risks in order to get there. Zach Sutton’s story is just such a tale, a tale that starts with him risking everything when he packed his bags in Michigan and decided to move to Albuquerque, New Mexico. He saw potential in […]

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 Editor’s Note:  Check out Jonas’s podcast with Melissa Niu here.  Capturing couples in new and interesting ways while also staying true to what couples want in a portrait is exceedingly difficult. It’s easy to get caught in the cliché and have difficulty seeing new ways to capture one of the oldest emotions: love. For Jonas […]

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Our friends over at ViewBug had a great contest that was aimed to help bring awareness to the problems that pollution and waste cause.  The photos shown are part of a selection of images communicating perspectives from close to 100 countries: The journey leads one through five continents, from the Philippines to Colombia, through India, […]

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Some artists are born with a beautiful artistic eye, and others are very knowledgeable in the techniques of photography.  This particular photographer possesses both characteristics and we are more than thrilled to have Greg Sims a regular author and contributor on Photofocus. Greg Sims was born and raised in the dynamic beach culture of Southern […]

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  If you look at John Schell’s work, you might think to yourself “surfer” or “skater.” If you do, then you’re pretty much hitting the nail on the head. “Growing up on Long Island (New York), I spent the majority of my summers either at the beach surfing, on a boat, skateboarding, BMX-ing, or just hanging […]

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Nikon D7100, 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 lens, f/8, 3 frame HDR, ISO 800. Ultra-wide angle lenses can add a lot of motion and engagement to your images. However, images may lack impact if you don’t have something in the foreground. When I say ultra-wide, I mean shorter than 18mm on cropped sensor, or shorter than 24mm on […]

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  Some projects speak louder to us as photographers than others. They may not be our first or our last, but at a certain point in our lives, they define us. For photographer John Ganun, that defining set of images is his “Scenario” series.”I started Scenario six years ago, not long after I taught myself […]

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  Noam Galai’s story is a wild one, and quite simply the most unique among any active photographer. How can I make such a blanket statement? Because in addition to being a talented photographer, Noam’s face has been stolen thousands of times around the world. His “Stolen Scream,” a photo of himself he took years […]

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Lumix GH4, Olympus 75mm f/1.8 lens, f1.8, 1/5000s, ISO 200, JPG straight from camera. I’m working on a post that will explain why I’m in the market to replace my D800. In the meantime, I’ve been utilizing LensRental.com’s excellent service to try out some of the hot cameras on the market right now. This week […]

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  Rebecca Britt embodies almost everything that could fall under the designation “commercial photographer.” She’s one of the big names in EDM concert photography, she excels in studio headshot portraiture, tackles architecture and has even mastered environmental portraiture. “Technically I started shooting when I was in high school as a photographer on the yearbook staff back […]

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Michael Woloszynowicz, like many of the other talented photographers out there, started with humble beginnings, honing his craft and developing a personal style. Portraiture started out with basic tools like speedlights and small softboxes, photographing family, friends and anyone else I could find. I became fascinated with light and how to shape it and play with […]

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Peter Yang is a Brooklyn, NY photographer who is a well-known portrait photographer. He began life as a business major who was drawn to shooting photos for the student newspaper on campus (despite having never shot photos before). He went from journalism into shooting portraits, citing that he often had big concepts that wouldn’t work […]

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This week’s podcast interviews both a new and a returning guest.  First up, Melissa Niu talks with retoucher and artist Julia Kuzmenko.  Then new podcast member Levi Sim interviews Photoshop hall of famed Dave Cross. Get the show here  or get it on iTunes — Don’t forget to post a review on iTunes. Julia Kuzmenko Los Angeles based […]

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  If you want to feel joy, feel alive and see images that exude some real emotion, you will love the work of Chris Lambeth. “I really like the bright, happy, colorful looks. I just like seeing people happy and I like to capture that!” Though that is what Chris tends to shoot a lot […]

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