I want to share a simple way to apply a “texture” to a plain or seamless background. A texture is an image of almost anything that can be appropriately ghosted back adding a “texture” to the background. I use images of side walks, freeway underpasses, brick walls, sheets of paper, rusted steel, graffiti, roads, cracked […]
Guest post by John Van Steenburg “Success has a simple formula: ‘K+A+P’ ”… Bernard Baruch This Spring, about twenty thousand of us went to Las Vegas to attend WPPI and learn from classes and the technology exhibits. Most attended several classes given by successful photographers laying out their techniques and policies to build business and […]
Nikon D800, 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens @28mm, f/8, 9 frame HDR, ISO 800, finished with Lightroom and Photomatix pro. There’s a great podcast I listen to each week, and it really helps with my creativity. It’s called Writing Excuses, and it’s intended for fiction authors. Their topics, however, often apply to all creatives (one I […]
I recently finished leading a workshop in Thailand, along with co-leader Kate Havercroft, for a photography workshop company called The Giving Lens. I have known its founder, Colby Brown, since 2011, and have seen this company grow to fruition during that time. However it was not until the last few weeks that I truly understood […]
I work on stories rather than individual pictures.
– Sebastião Salgado
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 […]
Nikon D800, 105mm f/2.8 VR Micro lens, f/11, 1/200s, ISO 100. Cherry Supreme. I truly enjoy chocolate. My grandmother makes chocolates as Christmas gifts each year, and as a student in High School I worked at a chocolate factory everyday after class. So, when a prospect called to inquire about making pictures for her candy […]
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 […]
This is another of my ethereal posts. Sorry – when you’re old, you feel the need to delve into the deeper end of the ocean. I’ve been editing photos to music lately as well as playing some music. My friend Neil Vineberg (AKA Shambhu) has inspired me to create an album. As I’ve been listening […]
Photography helps people to see.
– Berenice Abbott
No secrets here. I’ve been waiting for this movie for a long time. Ever since I saw the trailer I’ve been eagerly anticipating the movie. And while I am going to talk about (even mini review) the film, there’s more to be taught here so stick with me. First of all, one of the reasons […]
When it comes to running a photography business, there are different areas that must be managed in order to be a profitable and successful business owner. Marketing, shooting, self-education, administrative duties, selling, collecting, and of course, editing are just a mentionable few. Pile on some time to eat, sleep, socialize, exercise and if you have […]
Actually, I’m not all that interested in the subject of photography. Once the picture is in the box, I’m not all that interested in what happens next. Hunters, after all, aren’t cooks.
– Henri Cartier-Bresson
Note: Welcome to Melissa Niu, who’s joined the Photofocus team. Be sure to follow her on Twitter. Coming from a broadcast journalism background, I’ve had the privilege of interviewing some of the most unique talents from various respective fields. My life right out of college was spent chasing down the stories and thoughts of professional […]
Once in a while I cover this subject because I get an email from someone who’s a bit down. They’re bored with their photography or even photography in general and they are looking for something to motivate them to get off the couch. Some of you are thinking – “How can that be? I live […]
Copyright Scott Bourne 2008 – All Rights Reserved AUTHOR’S NOTE: I appreciate the fantastic response to this print. The limited edition is sold out. It is still available for commercial license. It’s been almost two years since that special day when I captured Cranes in the Fire Mist. My audience has grown significantly since […]
To be a professional photographer, you have to be able to be inspired. Guts and toughing it out won’t be enough. You will continually need to be inspired. Where you draw your inspiration from is a personal choice. I decided to share some of the things that have inspired me over the years in the […]
Guest Post by @TamaraLackey A tried and true tip on how to gain inspiration in your work is to look around at imagery that inspires you and think about why. In my experience, though, I actually find that doing the opposite actually helps me to better crystallize what, exactly, I am drawn to, simply by […]
When you hit the wall, and you’re finding yourself bored with photography, it’s often not because you’re really tired of photography. It’s because you’re really tired of YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS. There are some things you can do to change this. 1. Recognize that photographs which lack a message, or theme or story will often be boring. […]
You’ve heard it before – “Life is short.” Too short for some. Tomorrow is promised to no person. We all owe a death. But it’s not the death we live for, it’s the life in between. When you’re in your 20s, you think you’re untouchable – you’ll live forever. When you’re in your 30s, you […]
As I made my way from Gig Harbor to Las Vegas for the WPPI convention, I was reminded of how important photography is in our world. The highway is lined with billboards containing photos. People drive by with pictures on their car or in their windows. When I stopped for food and gas breaks the […]