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Interview with a Makeup Artist: How can they enhance your shoot? I first met Janelle Corey when I was assisting on a fashion shoot with photographer Zuzanna Audette. I was very impressed with the group effort between the photographer, hair, wardrobe and makeup. I since then have worked with Janelle and have seen her career […]

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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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  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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 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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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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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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US Capitol wedding party

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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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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  Can you trace the place in your history where there was a sudden flash of knowledge that told you that you were going to be a photographer? What spurred it? For Scott Milam, it was feeling something in himself that he wished to share with others. “While in college, a buddy of mine (who was […]

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One of the toughest things to learn in the photography industry is to learn how to value yourself. Going through art and photography school it was practically blasphemous to even hint at turning your work into profit and would surely get you dirty looks, low marks, and the wrath of the department chair. “You should […]

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A lot of photographers I know cringe at the thought of doing an engagement session with their clients. They say it’s a pain, it’s not worth the ROI, and it’s just one more thing to add to their already too full to do lists. I hear their concerns… but I don’t agree. Here’s why: Creativity Often […]

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There are some lenses I just feel bad for. They’re neglected, under appreciated, under utilized all while the stars (like the 70-200 2.8 IS II USM) get all the love. Well, today I’m going to give a little ode to my unsung hero: my Canon 17-40 f4L USM. It may seem a slightly unlikely fellow […]

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  When I was starting out with weddings, I yearned for the day that I was in charge. No more bag carrying or boring support shots. No more shooting in a style that wasn’t my own. No more holding back if I wanted to do something. Eventually, after a few years, that day did come […]

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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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In a recent podcast with Joe McNally, he mentioned a few simple techniques that will be further explored at his upcoming Photoshop World Pre-Conference class.  Usually when people use a flash, they think that it’s only for low-light situations.  Joe mentions a few things that can open your eyes to simple tricks that can certainly […]

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This photographer is a beautifully talented wedding photographer but his talent lies much deeper than that.  Just a few years back, he and his wife gave up nearly everything they owned to utilize their photography storytelling talents to tell the stories and bring awareness to individuals or communities that may be less fortunate.  With his […]

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Lincoln Memorial Love

As someone who learned photography in the Age of Analog, I often find myself cringing when I see those who have only ever known digital, under-utilizing the power of black and white with the quick click of the “grayscale” button. Their images can be so much more than the general gray “blahness” that just the […]

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As a wedding photographer, I find it’s all too easy to slip into a groove of doing the same thing over and over. Sure it’s a different set of clients each week, and there’s a different venue, a different dress, different food, different customs, but at some point it basically boils down to the same […]

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He’s a Seattle-based portrait and wedding photographer that’s been known to have “a natural talent for capturing real human-connection in his photographs”.  I would have to agree.  But the depth of his photographers go deeper than human connection.  This photographer seems to capture beautiful brides and stunning couples in front of the most iconic scenes […]

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Editor’s note:  This is a two-part series from award winning wedding photographer, Sam Stroud, who has been featured in various international publications.  In this article, Sam is sharing advice on how he went from having 5 weddings in year one, to 88 weddings in year three.  Read Part 1 of this series here. The Industry […]

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