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I know, I know: you can’t possibly use a tripod in portraiture because you’re moving around too much, and reframing, and chasing kids, and it’ll just get in the way and slow you down. I’ve heard all the reasons before, and I used to say the same things. Until I made a real effort to […]

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Here is a basic set up to achieve a commercial studio headshot. If you’ve never played with lights, it can be intimidating but once you just do it, you will find you have much more control and it’s not as scary as you imagine. This is a very basic set up with two lights. 1 Key light, 1 […]

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We’re using ‘Photowalk’ to mean a gathering of photographers, and we’re doing it twice in Phoenix. Rather than just walking the streets in 100-degree heat, we’ll meet at my hotel and practice making portraits with various lighting techniques in the air conditioned interior. Ahhhh. I’m really excited because Vanelli will be joining in on this […]

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When I heard that Photofocus was renting the Pinball Hall of Fame for a party, my mind started going crazy with ideas. The plan was to host a party during Photoshop World in Las Vegas and invite Photofocus readers to join us for a live shoot with models and borrowable cameras from LensRentals.com. The party […]

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Melissa Niu of Photofocus talks with headshot photographer Peter Hurley about his transition from a model in front of a camera to a world-renowned photographer behind the lens.

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“I want to be a boxer!” said model Vanessa Guillemette as we were preparing a test shoot in my studio last week. She pulled out some pink Everlast boxing gloves and the fight was on… The Setting Most photographs begin with the environment. I thought about how to represent a gym-like feel. The scene would […]

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We’d like to welcome Erik Valind to Photofocus.  Be sure to catch his classes at Photoshop World in Atlanta April 8–10. A lot of forethought goes into making a photograph. We usual need to find a model, select a location, and then lug out the lighting gear… not to mention camera settings and lens selection after […]

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