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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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Kevin Ames is a commercial photographer immersed in creativity. He shoots fashion, intimate portraits, executive portraits, high-end interiors and works extensively in the arena of digital retouching.  And now, we’re proud to have him a part of the Authors & Experts team here at Photofocus. Kevin’s photographs have appeared in Time, Newsweek, The Wall Street […]

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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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This week’s podcast interviews photographer Lindsay Adler who talks about her new studio and getting started in the world of fashion photography. Rich also gives you a quick update on the new photo options from Apple for Mac, Windows, and iOS  We then check in with Chase Reynolds about two hot new pieces of gear. Get […]

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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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You might have missed that the Photofocus team has been hard at work creating great presets for Lightroom.  It’s part of our partnership with Mosaic (be sure to check out the Lightroom Learning Center). Photofocus contributor Mykii Liu offers up one from his collection — a beautiful black and white fashion preset called BWDrama Fashion.  It’s totally free […]

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In this tutorial, learn how to easily blur the background behind your transparent elements in Photoshop. This is perfect when designing website mockups! Disclaimer: This is just one way to blur elements in Photoshop. For more tutorials go to www.iceflowstudios.com or get daily tips and updates on Twitter. This Post Sponsored by: LensRentals.com Be a kid in a camera store. Rent […]

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One of the biggest “rules” out there in photography is to shoot level, shoot above, but never shoot someone from below. It’s unflattering, distorting, and people will hate the photo you take of them from a low angle. Well, that’s just plain horsepuckey. Photos at a low angle are often some of my favorite images. […]

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Did you know that HDR software can be used to enhance the dynamic range of a single exposure as well? Earlier we looked at enhancing a single raw file, but you can even improve upon a single JPEG or TIFF. In this excerpt from my new lynda.com class Up and Running with Photomatix Pro, you’ll learn […]

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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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Bridal show. The words often inspire polarized views within wedding photographers. Some loathe them, others love them. I happen to be a big fan. Yes they’re expensive, yes they are looooong days, yes there is a lot of competition, but I still feel that they can be worthwhile if you make smart choices. Before you […]

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Sometimes I get a big idea.  This one was all about creating a series across several athletes and sports. I wanted to photograph different sports using the same lighting and apply the same Lightroom presets. No, I wasn’t being lazy. I wanted to compose the images together and they would all have the same look and […]

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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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Once you “finish” a photo in Photomatix Pro, you aren’t really done.  The software offers a collection of useful adjustment to refine contrast and control color balance to really achieve the best results.  These adjustments are easy to use once you learn them, In this excerpt from my new lynda.com class Up and Running with Photomatix […]

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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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Where can you find a realistic knights outfit that won’t drain your budget? If you live in a big city such as LA or Chicago you can visit a prop store. Unfortunately for me, in quiet Melbourne Florida special stores like these don’t exist. I searched the net and didn’t find what I was looking […]

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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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Publisher: The following story touches on some sensitive topics. At Photofocus we recognize the photography community has many views.  Comments on this article are accepted, but will be moderated. On December 20th, 2013 I was working from a local coffee shop minding my own business. Suddenly, social media began blowing up with unexpected news. The US […]

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