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In a recent podcast with Joe McNally, he mentioned a few simple techniques that will be further explored at his upcoming Photoshop World Pre-Conference class.  Usually when people use a flash, they think that it’s only for low-light situations.  Joe mentions a few things that can open your eyes to simple tricks that can certainly […]

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He’s a photographer, an educator and one of the most kind and passionate individuals I’ve had the privilege of working with.  Not only does he represent a rather popular camera company, he also has an incredible eye for portraits and photography of all kind.  Meet the Manager of Nikon Professional Services and New York based […]

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The process of HDR is a beautiful tool when used correctly.  With that being said, we want to show you some amazing examples of photography talents doing great things with this technique for more doses of inspiration. To learn more about HDR, check out our HDR Learning Center. First up, meet French photographer, Girolamo Cracchiolo. Girolamo’s […]

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This week’s podcast features two diverse subjects who both have interesting perspectives on the photo industry.  First up Rich Harrington catches up with portrait photographer Peter Hurley who’s well-known for his approach to head shots.  Melissa Niu then speaks with Ed Greenberg about the rights of photographers. It turns out that both our guests will […]

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I’ve started focussing on how to get the most out of real-estate shots.  Particularly when those photos have to be taken under poor lighting and high contrast situations.  Before you say shoot at a better time of day, you need to know that most photographers shooting real estate have few options to control this.  Here […]

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Having been a model for ten years, she carries a talent and useful connection with her fashion and bridal subjects that many other photographers don’t necessarily possess.  When watching her shoot in person, she is animated, energetic, emotive and passionate which evokes beautiful emotions out of her portraits.  And through our ever changing industry, she’s […]

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He calls himself a Photoshop-ographer.  We call him extremely talented.  Glyn Dewis is a Photographer, Retoucher and Trainer currently based just outside of Oxford in the UK.  But don’t let this kind smile and his love of geek talk fool you. Do a little more research and you’ll find that he is a tenacious body […]

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Coming across a female photographer that is articulate, focused, beautifully talented and intelligent is such a gem to find.  Originally from Russia and now residing in the heart of Los Angeles, this artist represents a wonderful balance of educator, creative and mentor.  Meet Beauty Photographer, Retoucher and Digital Artist, Julia Kuzmenko. Being an International College […]

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As far as I know the great Ansel Adams coined the idea of pre-visualization.  In it’s basic form, it is the idea of visualizing the final image at the moment you are clicking the shutter.  Ansel mastered this practice to epic levels. He is legendary for taking copious notes about the exposure and scene and […]

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© Art Kane

Photograph copyright Art Kane. Art Kane was a fashion and music photographer who shot from the 1950s through the early 1990s.  He created many popular photographs  of popular musicians during that time.  After serving in the Army, he returned to a successful publishing career.  He served as the art director for Seventeen magazine (landing the job at age […]

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This week’s show features three interviews with three experts in the photo industry.  Melissa Niu catches up with photographer and retoucher Glyn Dewis. Then Rich Harrington welcomes back Ron Pepper to talk about changes to HDRSoft’s Photomatix. Finally Kevin Stohlmeyer discusses strategies to learn new tools and techniques for post-processing and publishing. Here is the new […]

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David LaChapelle is an American photographer who’s split his time between commercial and fine-art.  He’s also directed film and music video projects and worked as an artist. He is known for a style that focusses on hyper-realism and for subversive themes. At age 17, LaChapelle met Andy Warhol.  He was offered his first job as a photographer at Interview […]

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This week’s show features two interviews from different points of view in the photo industry.  Melissa Niu catches up with noted portrait and fashion photographer Kevin Ames to discuss his approach to working with light.  Then Rich Harrington talks to photographer Scott Diussa about his concert photography and work with Nikon.

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In a recent personal photo shoot with my father-in-law, I wanted to take a realistic photograph that captured his true and realistic self without much editing manipulation.  I’ve been asked quite a bit to explain the process I took to get this look of minimal editing. First of all, I took this photo underneath a […]

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As a photojournalist for the past 15 years, this photographer has had the opportunity to travel around the world covering events full of excitement and joy like the Superbowl, World Series and presidential campaigns as well as documenting heartbreaking and tragic events like armed conflicts, terrorist attacks and natural disasters.  But that’s not it.  His […]

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© Brian Smith

Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer, Brian Smith, considers himself to be one of the luckiest guy on the planet. He’s told Bill Gates exactly what to do for an entire hour, appeared on The X Factor, exhibited at the Library of Congress, dined with the President and 3,000 of their closest friends, written an Amazon Best Seller, shared cupcakes with Anne Hathaway, […]

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I’m going to have to warn you.  If you have a teenage daughter, chances are she might squeal as she reads this post over your shoulder. Today’s featured post is not about a unique look in her imagery or a distinct post-processing that her portraits possess.  This feature is about applauding an artist’s knowledge in […]

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We are thrilled to add the fresh and talented, Erik Valind, to our list of excellent educators and experts on Photofocus.   We can’t wait for you to get to know his work and understand the best equipment and processes he takes to get the best images for his clients. Erik Valind is a freelance […]

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He’s a legend to many and was named one of the top 100 Most Important people in photography.  After reading his bio and hearing about his journey, you’ll see why this man has shaped and influenced the industry in more ways than one. Joe McNally is an internationally acclaimed photographer whose career has spanned 30 […]

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Nikon D800, 105mm f/2.8 VR Micro lens, f/11, 1/200s, ISO 100. Cherry Supreme.

Nikon D800, 105mm f/2.8 VR Micro lens, f/11, 1/200s, ISO 100. Cherry Supreme. I truly enjoy chocolate. My grandmother makes chocolates as Christmas gifts each year, and as a student in High School I worked at a chocolate factory everyday after class. So, when a prospect called to inquire about making pictures for her candy […]

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Annie Leibovitz

Many know him as a conceptual celebrity portrait artist.  And others probably know him as one of the few photographers to ever take a portrait of highly esteemed photographer, Annie Leibovitz.  Aside from his famous clients and numerous magazine covers and features, I know him as a friend, father and hard working talent that has […]

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