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I’m always looking for new ways to enhance my images.  I’m especially interested in what happens when I combine my workflows to create new combinations. For this image, I really wanted to bring out the contrast.  At the same time, I also wanted to take control over color and tone.  The solution? HDR and Camera […]

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There are lots of photo deals this week… and we’ve got a great one for you.  Our iBooks are on sale for just 99¢ in the United States.  We’ve asked iTunes to price equivalently around the globe.   The sale runs until Sunday, October 27. The books contain text, photos, video, audio, and interactive content. […]

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Those of you who caught our recent Google+ hangout we’re treated to a sneak peek of the new Photomatix 5.  The software has some great new additions including a contrast optimizer option which works great to create subtle images that still pop.  Here are the details of what’s new. Updates in Photomatix Pro 5.0 Beta […]

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I think whoever invented the idea for HDR software must have been a car guy who wanted to make it simpler to show off his beautiful cars. Cars are such ideal subjects for HDR techniques because they always have bright highlights and sheen as well as sculpted forms revealed only with shadow. Last week I […]

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He may be a best-selling book author, podcast host and world renown photography instructor, but don’t let his devilish good looks fool you.  He’s a 1st degree black belt equipped with the Lightroom and Taekwondo skills to throw down any artist. In our latest podcast, I had the privilege of chatting with Matt about his […]

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Nikon D800, 50mm f/1.4 D lens, f/11, 0.4-1.6s, ISO 100, finished in Photomatix Pro and Lightroom 5

Nikon D800, 50mm f/1.4 D lens, f/11, 0.4-1.6s, ISO 100, finished in Photomatix Pro and Lightroom 5 I’ve taken Rich Harrington’s advice and read The Visual Story, by Bruce R. Block, and the one point that always comes to mind is that contrast is a major key to a great image. Color contrast is one […]

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Lightroom’s Spot Removal tool has always been so handy, allowing me to do most of my touchups without another application. Well, with the latest 5.2 update they really outdid themselves. Watch this video for a full demonstration and my favorite shortcuts for speeding up workflow. Here are the shortcuts I showed you: Q: to enter […]

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We’re excited to invite you to our first Google+ hangout this Thursday. Here is the URL for the event (be sure to signup for the event). https://plus.google.com/events/cllg6kjq6t3t7ge4a0a3nqjcvvs There is a YouTube player window on the page you can watch. You can also click here – http://youtu.be/K-4syJqwmDg It will be the first of an ongoing tradition, which […]

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1. HDR is merely a method for capturing the dynamic range which our eye sees but our camera does not. What you do with the HDR photo after it satisfies that goal is purely up to you and your artistic vision. There is no “right” way. Don’t let the HDR haters tell you what to […]

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We’ll be holding our first Google+ hangout on Thursday, October 3. This will be a chance to hangout with some of the Photofocus team live. Our first topic up is HDR (and we’ll even have a special sneak peek of something brand new). We’ll publish more details (like exact time and speaker list) shortly. We […]

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28mm, f/8, 1/20, 1/80, 1/320s, ISO 800. Do you ever get a craving to go make a picture? An urge that just won’t go away? That kind of urge is distracting, and may be hazardous to your health; you should probably take a sick day to get it taken care of. I’ll sign a note […]

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TreyHDR

Trey Ratcliff has made a tremendous impact with HDR photography.  In this talk he addresses how technology has changed the way we create awareness, connect ideas, and portray the world.  Have a listen as this is a great talk that will expand how you think about photography and the role of the photographer in society. Be sure […]

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Joel Grimes Portrait 2011

In this week’s podcast feature, I had the privilege of chatting with the talented Mr. Joel Grimes.  He’s one of my favorite photographers and one of my most favorite people.  I’ll tell you why.   He’s driven, motivated, creative and is not afraid to push the envelope in the photography industry.  His work is unique […]

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This week’s show is a triple scoop of goodness. We’ve got three interviews to satisfy your creative, technical, and business needs. Join hosts Rich Harrington and Melissa Niu for interviews with important thought leaders.

First up, Rich talks with Tamara Lackey who is a professional photographer, speaker, and author. She focusses on lifestyle photography, from children’s portraits to celebrity portraits.

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On a recent trip to Costa Rica, I set out to capture a great waterfall image.  The problem is that no one exposure would do the job.  I could capture the sky, and the trees were muddy.  If I captured the trees, the sky blew out. The Solution Solving this problem was pretty easy.  It […]

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There are lots of times a tripod comes in handy.  Of course you might not have one on hand when you need it most.  Here are three of my favorite techniques to overcome the lack of a tripod. Swaddle the Camera This technique works best for time-lapse. Take a sweatshirt or jacket and ball it into […]

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Here is the new podcast feed: feed://feeds.feedburner.com/photofocuspodcast Get the show here  or get it on iTunes Rich Harrington has two great guests on the show this week. First up, a return from Panoramic, Landscape, and HDR guru Ron Pepper.  We explore myths about HDR, killer techniques, and advanced controls.  No matter what your style of shooting or […]

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I’m a big fan of HDR photography (so is Scott).  HDR unlocks shots that we just can’t get otherwise (especially with challenging lighting situations).  But many photographers are wary… and justifiably so.  When used incorrectly, HDR tools can give an image a telltale look.  Let’s objectively explore the technique of High Dynamic Range photography and […]

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There was a time all photos were made in black & white. Even when I started my days of photojournalism, we primarily shot, developed, and printed in black and white. Now the default is color and we have to adjust to get the images from a color to a monochromatic version. But Black and white photography […]

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Rich Harrington has two special guests on this week’s show. We’re joined by Dave Wilson, a freelance art photographer from Texas. Dave shares his approach to getting the best shot (no matter how many exposures it takes). Dave is a native of Scotland  who likes to photograph subjects, scenes, locations and objects which symbolize Texas, the American […]

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I’m often asked how many exposures I use for my HDR images and tend to make myself unpopular by answering “As many as it takes.” This sounds glib but it is, in fact, the truth. Some people appear to be under the impression that you can get by with always shooting, for example, 3 images […]

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