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This is a guest post by Karen Whitehead, a film director.  She’s completed her film on Jini Dellaccio called “Her Aim is True.” If you were asked to name some of the boldest images of 20th century rock photography, you could be forgiven for not mentioning, Neil Young “flying like a bird” on his Laurel Canyon […]

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Portraits with a tilt-shift lens? YEAH. I’ve never done it and I wanted to, so I rented the lens! If you aren’t familiar with a Tilt-Shift lens, then you’re probably got a somewhat confused face going on as you read this. It is a special lens, mainly used for architectural photography, due to its ability to […]

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This week’s podcast interviews photographer Zack Arias who discusses big changes in his work and professional life.  We then check in with Chase Reynolds about two hot new pieces of gear.  When that’s done, find out about our latest contest (with big prizes). Get the show here  or get it on iTunes — Don’t forget to post a […]

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Michael Woloszynowicz, like many of the other talented photographers out there, started with humble beginnings, honing his craft and developing a personal style. Portraiture started out with basic tools like speedlights and small softboxes, photographing family, friends and anyone else I could find. I became fascinated with light and how to shape it and play with […]

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When I first got into photography, everything was a personal project. A walk in the woods became a wonderland of images popping into my mind, a vacation became opportunity to do something exotic, a fun night out with friends a way to seek my inner photojournalist. Somewhere along the way, that fun turned away from […]

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Jennifer Hudson’s photography mixes fantasy and reality in a enrapturing and compelling manner. Her photos are full of metaphor, yearning for minutes of contemplation each. She mixes the human element with both nature and machine, which can be seen to question where humans really fit, and what we are really made for. Drawing inspirations from themes […]

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Peter Yang is a Brooklyn, NY photographer who is a well-known portrait photographer. He began life as a business major who was drawn to shooting photos for the student newspaper on campus (despite having never shot photos before). He went from journalism into shooting portraits, citing that he often had big concepts that wouldn’t work […]

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This week’s podcast interviews both a new and a returning guest.  First up, Melissa Niu talks with retoucher and artist Julia Kuzmenko.  Then new podcast member Levi Sim interviews Photoshop hall of famed Dave Cross. Get the show here  or get it on iTunes — Don’t forget to post a review on iTunes. Julia Kuzmenko Los Angeles based […]

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  If you want to feel joy, feel alive and see images that exude some real emotion, you will love the work of Chris Lambeth. “I really like the bright, happy, colorful looks. I just like seeing people happy and I like to capture that!” Though that is what Chris tends to shoot a lot […]

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Over the years, I’ve found myself purchasing, trading, selling, tactfully acquiring, or otherwise receiving and getting rid of lenses. I’ve journeyed through pages and pages of reviews and online forums, spoke to many wonderful skilled photographers and dissected people’s images to find out what I wanted and what I needed in terms of glass. My […]

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This week’s podcast takes a look at two very different topics in the photo industry.  Our first guest Mike Corrado discusses his concert photography and passion projects.  Then we catch up with Photofocus contributor and industry expert Gerard Murphy about photo sharing services like SnapChat and the new Lightroom Mobile. Get the show here  or get […]

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My daughters love knick knacks, things that lay all over my floors and objects that instantly creep up to clog my vacuum.   But I’ve discovered that these little pieces of annoying plastic toys can be a fun little tool for fake flares, filters or anything else to help adding character to your photographs. I […]

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I got my hands on the new Nikon DF and let’s be honest, it’s an adorably attractive camera body.  My love of all things retro sparked some interest in this new DSLR with FX sensor.  I watched a few videos and reviews mocking the design and calling it a “marketing scheme” or desperate attempt on […]

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We’d like to welcome Erik Valind to Photofocus.  Be sure to catch his classes at Photoshop World in Atlanta April 8–10. A lot of forethought goes into making a photograph. We usual need to find a model, select a location, and then lug out the lighting gear… not to mention camera settings and lens selection after […]

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  She was given her first camera at just 12 years old, which piqued her curiosity in the field and served as her sidekick in exploring the world. She would continually clock seven to ten hours in the darkroom without even realizing it. While in college she studied in London with a world-renowned fashion photographer and became […]

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I’ve been frequently asked to help take pictures (with a cell phone) simply because I’m a “photographer” and therefore MUST make “better” pictures than those coming from an “average joe.”  Probably not always true, but I feel that there are some elements to know that could help everyone take better pictures… even with a phone. […]

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This week’s podcast features a triple dose of photo knowledge. First up, Melissa Niu catches up with portrait photographer Tamara Lackey.  The Rich Harrington and Ron Pepper discuss panoramic photography workflows.  Then we jump back to Melissa as she interviews Jerry Ghionis for his take on shooting portraits and where the photo industry is headed. feed://feeds.feedburner.com/photofocuspodcast Get the show […]

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