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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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This article is part 3 of a 3 part series on How I Got the Shot Part 1: PLAN Part 2: PHOTOGRAPH Part 3: PROCESS The first article of this series explained the planning phase and how the composite was envisioned. The second article focused on the technical aspect of photography and what settings were […]

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This article is part 2 of a 3 part series on How I Got the Shot Part 1: PLAN Part 2: PHOTOGRAPH Part 3: PROCESS The first article of this series explained the planning phase and how the composite was envisioned. This gave me a clear direction on how to pose the athletes,what gear was […]

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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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In this tutorial, learn about the Exposure Fusion processing method in Photomatix Pro, a valuable feature for merging photos with multiple exposures together. This creates a wider dynamic range without an over the top “HDR look.” Learn more at lynda.com This tutorial is a single movie from the Up and Running with Photomatix Pro course by lynda.com […]

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The Team

My son Alec’s passion for lacrosse is contagious. You can’t help getting excited when he talks about key players, the game, and what to look for when watching. His enthusiasm had me embark on a two year project of capturing the sport known as “The fastest game on two feet.” First a little history. Alec’s […]

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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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Leica M Monochrom

First things first; this is not a technical user review. Anyone can look up facts about the nuts and bolts of this (or any) camera, therefore I’m not going to waste time with that. I’m concerned with the user experience, which happens to be unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. I’ve wanted to review the Leica […]

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Nikon Df, 105mm f/2.8 Micro VR lens, f/3.0, 1/500s, ISO 320, in-camera monochrome with yellow filter.

Nikon Df, 105mm f/2.8 Micro VR lens, f/3.0, 1/500s, ISO 320, in-camera monochrome with yellow filter. I just attended a terrific event hosted by the photo club at the Art Institute of Portland, and before hand we did a one hour photowalk around the block. Portland, Oregon is a terrific place to photowalk because there […]

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  Eric Paré saw a medium and turned it on its head: light painting. Paré’s portraiture is made truly original through the inventive use of light painting and bullet time. His still images have a truly unique look to them, making them a cut above much of the work seen today. “I try to reproduce studio-quality […]

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This week’s podcast interviews three folks influencing the world of photography.  First up is Adobe’s Bryan O’Neil Hughes who discusses his view’s on where photography is heading with Levi Sim.  Then Rich Harrington and Gerard Murphy talk about storytelling and photography.  Finally, Melissa Niu sits down with top wedding photographer Jonas Peterson. Get the show here  or get […]

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Editor’s Note:  This is a guest post from Anup Ghimire. Dodging and burning is one of the most confused and highly underestimated techniques in Photoshop. There are lots of ways you can dodge and burn in Photoshop. Dodging and burning can help your image pop or make your photograph look more distinct and dynamic. Dodging […]

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The-Viking

On a recent photo shoot, we were tasked to make this gentle giant look fierce and menacing. Wardrobe got us about 40 percent there, a harsh beauty dish moved us closer and his attitude took us over the top. The key to this style of image is to ensure the light has a purpose; in […]

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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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This post is a companion to my guest blog post on Scott Kelby’s Blog where I discuss more about how to use to his Steve Jobs Portrait Project. I also wrote about this once before on Photofocus. Right now, Let’s talk about the technical aspects of making this portrait. It’s a pretty simple portrait to […]

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In a recent conversation with Chase Reynolds over at LensRentals, we couldn’t wait to talk about all the new “hot gear”. As you now know, the LensRentals.com team sees quite a bit of inventory come and go from their warehouse so it’s always interesting to hear about the different products that are being moved on […]

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Whenever you have a high contrast area, it’s easy to end up with chromatic aberration in a photo. This often results in a purple or green fringe along the edges of some objects in the photo.  When merging HDR photos, this problem can become event worse.  In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to fix […]

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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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