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When I started doing stock photography, one thing I struggled with was whether or not to photograph something that had already been covered. With food photography, there’s a good chance that a certain dish or food item has been photographed by at least one person, and there is a part of me that feels like […]

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She’s my 7-year-old and her world is a fascinating place.  Her daily needs are simple; food, sleep and adventure.  Her notebook is full of friendly monster doodles and has a clockwork morning report of her nightly dreams.  In one particular instance, she woke to tell me that she dreamt that she could fly.  And she […]

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This is a photography-centric web site, photography is a creative endeavor for most. I try to post things here that will inspire all creatives, no matter how they express themselves. Today is no exception. But today’s post may be one of the most translatable I’ve written. It’s about self-doubt. I speak or teach at most […]

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I recently bought a condo at Las Vegas City Center. I still have my house in Henderson but on nights when I want to hang out on the Strip it saves me the half hour drive home battling all the drunks on a weekend. While City Center certainly had a rough start the place is […]

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Here we are – back on the creative train. I’m visiting this theme at least monthly now because I think it’s just as important as knowing what lens to use or what camera body to buy. I actually think it’s more important than either. Knowing how to be creative starts with one simple thought – […]

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In this post I am going to lay the ground work for a road map of sorts. It’s really just a random stream of ideas designed to help you navigate that most difficult of journeys – the one to creativity. I’ve made several attempts at this here on Photofocus. This is just another in what […]

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In January, many of us make resolutions to get more exercise. That’s a good idea. But don’t forget the photographic exercises. Here, I’ve created a list of 20 creativity and photography exercises that you can work on all year long. I want to warn you that some of them are rather ethereal. Don’t let that […]

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This is a recurring theme here at Photofocus. Having fun with cameras can make you a better photographer. Relaxing, believing in yourself and being free with your photography will make you a better shooter. In other words – make photographs like a five-year-old. Saying that is easy. Doing it is hard. Here are some tips […]

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    I have written on this topic before and must admit, it’s a hot button for me. Since it’s on my mind I don’t know what to do about it other than to write about it. I am disturbed at the relentless pursuit of something “new” by younger photographers. Don’t get me wrong. I […]

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I heard Guy Kawasaki say this once. It never left me. He’s right of course. Every boat is safest in the harbor – but boats aren’t meant to sit in the harbor. Boats are designed to go sail the ocean blue. So while it’s safer to sit in the harbor, all the action is OUT […]

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EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a guest post by Amar Ramesh. Amar is one of our Emerging Photographer of the Year finalists and a fine photographer. I hope you enjoy the post. By anrb.zenfolio.com Follow Amar on Twitter @AmarRamesh We are all born creative beings. As we grow and develop we either nurture this gift and […]

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Creativity is a big concept for a photo blog. We spend so much time fighting upgrade fatigue, learning new software, working out new techniques that we often have very little time for creativity. But just taking note that we need to think about creativity isn’t enough. How do we go about it? Everyone goes about […]

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(Photo is Copyright Nicole S. Young – All Rights Reserved) Post by Nicole Young – Follow Nicole on Twitter Do you ever find yourself in a creative rut? I know I do! It’s not always easy to get out of, so I thought I would share some of the methods I use to find my […]

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We hear that all the time. Everyone wants to be creative. But how do you do it? It’s not like you can save up some money, phone B&H and say, “Give me $50 worth of creative please.” It’s not like buying gear. It’s not simply a matter of craft. It’s a state of mind. I’ve […]

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You’ve heard of the Boy Scout’s Oath? Well here’s a prospective photographer’s creative oath I’ve created. If it doesn’t resonate with you, create your own. In any event, it’s something to think about when you realize that it’s your ability as a creative that will set you apart from other photographers. 1. Creative photographers are […]

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