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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 past week, many site owners of Zenfolio and SmugMug that shoot Boudoir photography had found out private and unlisted galleries were being accessed by people who were using these photos for ransom, personal pleasure and other terrible things. There are forums and chats specifically dedicated to figuring out passwords, sharing links and finding other […]

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One very useful feature inside of Lightroom’s Library Module is the Survey mode. This is a fantastic tool to use when you have a photo-shoot filled with many similar images, and you need to edit them down to just a few keepers. I use this a lot with my food photography images, since I tend […]

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Before Topaz Denoise After Topaz Denoise These are low-light, high-ISO image samples from the Fuji X100s. While the images from the Fuji X100s at ISO 3200 are great (considering the ISO) when you shoot with this or any other camera in a low-key situation, you will get the worst of it in the noise department. […]

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In the USA we tend to take our safety and security for granted. But it’s becoming more apparent that’s no guarantee that we actually are safe. A video producer in Oakland, CA was beaten and robbed of his camera recently – and that’s just one example of what can happen, even if you’re in broad […]

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Make sure you don’t miss a single Photofocus post – point your feed reader to the free Photofocus RSS Feed here and subscribe. CROSS POSTED AT 3EXPOSURE.COM Guest Post by Richard Harrington – Follow Rich on Twitter The Photomerge command lets you take several photographs and combine them into a seamless panoramic image. You can use the […]

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Make sure you don’t miss a single Photofocus post – point your feed reader to the free Photofocus RSS Feed here and subscribe. I was invited to  attend a press conference at the SEMA show in Las Vegas this week. Apolo Anton Ohno, the most highly-decorated Winter Olympian in history was attending the public unveiling of […]

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Make sure you don’t miss a single Photofocus post – point your feed reader to the free Photofocus RSS Feed here and subscribe. Just like the meme that you should change your oil every 3,000 miles or have your teeth cleaned every six months, the photographic retailers have their own meme going – you should […]

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Copyright Scott Bourne 2011 - All Rights Reserved - Using A Slow Shutter Speed & Panning Gets A Better Sense Of Motion In The Final Image

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NOTE: This piece was cross-posted at my car-related site CarLoves.com. It appeared there as a three-part diary but I’ve condensed it into one long post here.

 This post is dedicated to Dan Wheldon who lost his life during the Indycar race at Las Vegas

One of the reasons I moved to Las Vegas just more than a year ago was the access it affords to great race tracks. One of those tracks is the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. If you are a car person or are interested in racing, then this place is about as close to Disney Land as you’ll get without going to California or Florida. It’s one of the most fan-friendly, accessible, professionally run race tracks in the world. And I’m lucky enough to shoot there.

Recently, the LVMS was busy. The IZOD IndyCar Championship had it’s last race of the season and the season point winner was crowned. The Indy Lights teams also ran as did the folks who race trucks in NASCAR in the Smith’s 350.

Copyright Scott Bourne 2011 - All Rights Reserved - Danica Patrick prepares for her last IndyCar race. This image was made with a fisheye lens. An "over-the-wall" photo pass is required to make an image like this. Note some photographers in orange vests on the right side of the image standing behind the wall. I like the string of light stands in this image top right.

With all those races, the practice and qualifying that goes with, and the surrounding events including tech inspections, fan events, etc. there are tons of photo opportunities.

Lucky for me, I got to cover the races and had an all-access photo pass to help me accomplish that goal. Continue reading

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Post by Joe Farace – Follow Joe on Twitter This time of year, one of my favorite portraiture tips is to ask subjects to bring their Halloween costumes to the shoot. Sure they can bring their regular clothes too, but this is a fun set to shoot in addition to what they already had placed […]

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NOTE: This was cross-posted from CarLoves.com Make sure you don’t miss a single Photofocus post – point your feed reader to the free Photofocus RSS Feed here and subscribe. Assuming that you have access to the car you want to photograph is the first step to making a great car photograph, the background is the […]

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Make sure you don’t miss a single Photofocus post – point your feed reader to the free Photofocus RSS Feed here and subscribe. Post & Photo by Joe Farace – Follow Joe on Twitter People love to take pictures of their kids and their pets. When it comes to dogs dressed up for Halloween, everybody […]

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Make sure you don’t miss a single Photofocus post – point your feed reader to the free Photofocus RSS Feed here and subscribe. I still have too many cameras. No matter how hard I try, I can’t seem to make any room in my gear closet. I get rid of one camera and I swear […]

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Make sure you don’t miss a single Photofocus post – point your feed reader to the free Photofocus RSS Feed here and subscribe. Canon let everyone know this week that it really does have a new camera coming. Unfortunately, it’s not actually going to be available until spring of next year. It’s probably a good […]

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Make sure you don’t miss a single Photofocus post – point your feed reader to the free Photofocus RSS Feed here and subscribe. Post & Photo by Joe Farace – Follow Joe on Twitter You don’t always need or want tack sharp photographs. Blur and selective blur, when applied to an otherwise ordinary photograph, can […]

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Photofocus Episode 90

Host: Scott Bourne (www.scottbourne.com or www.twitter.com/scottbourne)

Show notes by Bruce Clarke (www.momentsindigital.com or www.twitter.com/bruceclarke)

Welcome to Episode Number 90 of Photofocus with Scott Bourne. Photofocus is the show devoted to your questions about anything photography related including gear, technique, locations, etc. Your questions will shape the direction of this show so be sure to send your questions to [email protected]. We will try to answer as many as we can but we get a lot of questions so we’ll try to take a collection of questions that represent a particular topic and present them together.

This week we kick things off with a question about red eye:

Question One – Red Eye

I know this is a basic question but I still have trouble with it. How do I stop or remove red eye? Ann Hillenbrand, London UK

Scott: Red eye is caused when the camera flash is close to the lens. The solution is to get the flash off the camera. Try bouncing the flash or use wireless or radio triggers to get the flash off the camera. The good news is that if you do have some images with red eye, many of the photo editing applications on the market have tools that let you quickly remove red-eye.

Question Two – Photomerge

I heard someone talking about “photomerge.” What is that exactly? David Spear, New York, NY

Scott: This term is normally used to describe a process in photo editing software such as Photoshop where you are merging two or more photographs together to build a panorama.

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Make sure you don’t miss a single Photofocus post – point your feed reader to the free Photofocus RSS Feed here and subscribe. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you should know that this Fall, we’re expecting major announcements from Canon and Nikon regarding future camera releases. I very, very rarely report on rumors […]

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Make sure you don’t miss a single Photofocus post – point your feed reader to the free Photofocus RSS Feed here and subscribe. PLEASE BE PATIENT – OUR SERVERS SEE LARGE LOADS ON PUBLISHING DAYS. THE DOWNLOADS MAY GO SLOWLY BUT THEY WILL FINISH. The Audio on this show is sub-par – sorry – we’re […]

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Make sure you don’t miss a single Photofocus post – point your feed reader to the free Photofocus RSS Feed here and subscribe. When I started getting into video, especially video on a DSLR, I had no idea what I was buying into. Shooting video on any device brings about the challenge of stabilizing the […]

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Make sure you don’t miss a single Photofocus post – point your feed reader to the free Photofocus RSS Feed here and subscribe. Cross Posted at CarLoves.com You know the problem. The backgrounds often suck. There are always people in the way. It’s tough to find a car in decent light. The angles are all […]

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Make sure you don’t miss a single Photofocus post – point your feed reader to the free Photofocus RSS Feed here and subscribe. I get asked to critique lots of portfolios. Unfortunately, I don’t have time to accept very often. But when I do, something magical happens. I learn something. Yep, every single time I […]

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