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This week’s podcast interviews with two folks influencing the world of photography.  First up is well-known portrait photographer Brian Smith who walks us through his workflow of posing subjects and working with mirror-less cameras. Then find out about long exposure, night sky and timelapse photography. Get the show here  or get it on iTunes — Don’t forget to post a […]

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We’ve featured him as our LensRentals Photographer of the Week and his incredible portfolio was quite a hit to the Photofocus community.  And to add some “wow” to his name, our friends at SmugMug just put together an incredible film that showcases the hardships against the elements that Chris Burkard must take to get his perfect […]

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I’ve been talking a lot about using primes lenses, lately (thanks LensRentals.com), and how great they are for growing your vision. I mentioned in the first post that when your prime lens is too limiting, you can shoot a panorama to get the view you desire. Well, I found myself on a rooftop in Chicago […]

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Did you know that Zeiss is in the business of selling magic? I’m not talking about prestidigitation, here–I mean real wizardry packaged in metal and glass. I recently rented a package of Zeiss primes from LensRentals.com (they should rename this the Magus Package) and it’s really amazing that a tool could actually affect my pictures […]

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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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In this tutorial, we’ll be taking a look at one approach to combining HDR (High Dynamic Range) composite images in Photoshop to remove any undesired detail, and easily blend softness back into a landscape composition as needed. Questions? Drop me a line at [email protected] or look me up on Facebook and Twitter. This Post Sponsored […]

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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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Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Glenn Guy, Travel Photography Guru.  We all enjoy receiving positive feedback about our work. It feels good, reassures us and helps maintain our enthusiasm to continue the creative process. I’ve been teaching photography for many years. While I continue to teach in a formal environment, most of my […]

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When photographing water, it can oftentimes be a good idea to tame the reflections with a circular polarizer filter. A circular polarizer is a filter that rotates on the front of your lens, allowing you to cut through reflections in water and glass. These examples show how different rotations of the filter can have varying effects […]

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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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When you are first learning Photoshop, layer masks can seem overwhelming and confusing. It’s ok, photoshop itself can be overwhelming and confusing. I promise, once you understand the basics of Layer Masks, you’ll be glad to utilize this skill in your post processing workflow. In fact, you will find that using layer masks is one […]

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Pentax 645D, 55mm f/2.8 lens, f/2.8, five frame HDR, ISO 200. I recently bought a Pentax 67, which is a medium format camera that shoots film. This was my first real taste of shooting this way. Why’s it called medium format? Let’s explore the origins of the formats. Large Format. Well, large format refers to film that is […]

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Pentax 645D, 25mm f/4 AL (IF) SDM AW Lens, f/11, five frame HDR, ISO 200. Lately, I’ve been exploring medium format photography.  I recently rented a Pentax 645D digital medium format kit from LensRentals.com. This let me really test out the format and the camera. What I Got The kit I tried included the camera body and […]

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