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As the new year rings close, we are opening up new and exciting opportunities to our audience.  We know the endless amount of talent that is out there and I’m sure there are many that read Photofocus that would like to have a voice to share their passion.  If you are an artist that has […]

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This is a guest post by Thomas Shue - lilsamedia.com/blog Follow him on Twitter: twitter.com/ThomasShue Today I am offering you some tips about back lighting.  Simply put, when light is coming from behind a subject, it’s said to be back lit. But before I tell you why back lighting is go great, I feel I should talk a little […]

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This is a guest post by Stephan Bollinger - www.stephanbollinger.com Follow him on G+: plus.google.com/+StephanBollinger My previous article about the advantages of portfolio reviews has created a very interesting discussion. The question was raised “Why would I need a portfolio, I’m not a pro”, and even more intriguing “what exactly is a portfolio”. To clarify a few things, first let me […]

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This is a guest post by Thomas Shue - lilsamedia.com/blog Follow him on Twitter: twitter.com/ThomasShue I know that most of you have heard of the wide angle lens before. And also know that most of you think the wide angle lens is meant to take pictures of a wide piece of real estate such as a landscape photograph.  Well […]

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My name is Mark Gvazdinskas (AKA “Silent G”) and one small piece of dark glass has changed my photography and how I see the world. Forever. I’m a landscape, architectural and concert photographer based in San Luis Obispo, California. When I’m not shooting product or working with other photographers at Really Right Stuff you can […]

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This is a guest post by Lindsay Adler — Follow Lindsay on Twitter. Using gels is a great way to infuse vibrant colors into your images that can either dominate or introduce subtle tones that help to communicate a mood. Gels can be beautiful and elegant, however, be sure that the color serves a visual […]

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This is a guest post from Terry White. Terry is a great photographer and an Adobe wizard.  He’s also got a great workshop called “Master The Shoot.” The next one is this Saturday in Cincinnati. __________________________________________ I use both standard studio strobes AND continuous lighting. I pick and choose between the two depending on what I’m lighting […]

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Before we jump right into the geek speak… indulge me for a moment. Perhaps it’s summer grilling season, but I’ve got food on my mind. I love hamburgers—who doesn’t? The way I see it, I’ve got two choices when I want a burger: I can order out or I can stay in, and there are […]

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While most photographers rely on autofocus (even the pros), sometimes autofocus isn’t the right tool.  Perhaps your camera keeps latching onto the wrong object.  Or perhaps using the Autofocus assist lamp is drawing too much attention as you try to shoot that dramatic performance.  It’s okay, cameras over manual focus for two real reasons.  For […]

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If you want to learn to make art, you should learn from artists. A couple of weeks ago I learned an important lesson by contrasting painters and photographers. Painters do an activity called “En Plein Air“, which refers to painting in the open air; photographers would call it shooting on location. There’s this terrific contest in […]

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Guest Post by Gerard Murphy - Follow Gerard on Twitter In this guest tutorial, take a look at how a photo can be saved using some of the recovery tools in Photoshop Lightroom.  In this real world workflow Gerard shows many techniques to organize and improve photos.  Watch as he compares multiple images using a Survey View.  He […]

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I’m often asked how many exposures I use for my HDR images and tend to make myself unpopular by answering “As many as it takes.” This sounds glib but it is, in fact, the truth. Some people appear to be under the impression that you can get by with always shooting, for example, 3 images […]

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You don't have to "give the store away", just work hard to build trust with each client.
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This is a guest post by Skip Cohen. Be sure to check out Skip Cohen University  — August 11-14 in Chicago. “A customer is the most important visitor on our premises. He is not dependent on us. We are dependent on him. He is not an interruption in our work. He is the purpose of it. He […]

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A 3 exposure HDR taken around 9pm. I love the way the long exposure has blurred the surface of the water and the great colored streaks from the lights on the opposite bank.

Austin Skyline at Dusk © Dave Wilson A 3 exposure HDR taken around 9pm. I love the way the long exposure has blurred the surface of the water and the great colored streaks from the lights on the opposite bank. This is a guest post by Dave Wilson.  Circle Dave on Google+. I took this shot when. […]

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Using HDR in the image below allowed me to reveal the details of the machinery as well as the colors of the sky.
I shot the image using 14-24mm lens at f/11.

Using HDR in the image below allowed me to reveal the details of the machinery as well as the colors of the sky. I shot the image using 14-24mm lens at f/11. Editors Note: This post builds upon Levi’s earlier post on Starbursts. When you include the sun in you composition, you have framed a scene with […]

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It's not your logo or name that people might be tired of, but it could be your execution of various aspects of your business.

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This is a guest post by Skip Cohen. Be sure to check out Skip Cohen University  — August 11-14 in Chicago. I know everybody would love to just close the book on 2012, but even though we’re  half way through this new year, think about last year for a minute. As you analyze last year, think about […]

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When I started making pictures, my day job took me all over the world and I ended up with lots of time to go out shooting in various countries. This was mostly at nighttime and mostly in cities, like this bike I found tethered to a post in Dubai. As I walked the streets with […]

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Exposure Mode: Manual exposure
Exposure Time: 1/160
F-stop: 2.8
Focal Length: 70
ISO Speed Ratings: 160
Lens Model: EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Camera Canon 5D Mark III
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Guest Post & Photos by Abba Shapiro (NSFW) — Follow Abba on Twitter I was running a lighting workshop where we were using natural light (augmented by reflectors and strobes) and noticed that many of the newer photographers were suffering from the same problem.  They would walk into a room, get an idea, pose the model, fidget […]

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Guest Post by Gerard Murphy – Follow Gerard on Twitter I have watched hundreds of photographers use Lightroom. Most people we work with love this amazing photo editing and photo management program from Adobe. After watching loads of photographers stumble around to find photos using folders and collections, I can only think of a handful […]

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Portrait photographers like David Ziser and Clay Blackmore taught me very early in my career that great portraits are almost always short lit, and that made me happy. Knowing that a simple technique could give me a leg up in making great portraits was music to my ears. Unfortunately, I didn’t really understand what that […]

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 A little while ago I showed you how I used a translucent diffuser to create soft light with a speedlight and hot red hairdo in a hot red jeep. When you shine a little through a translucent material, it’s spreads out that light and makes it bigger, and a bigger light is a softer light. […]

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