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I just finished watching a recent episode of The Grid, where they discuss critiquing the work of  amateur photographers and how it is easy to be led astray. I’m sure we’ve all seen awful photos posted online and wondered what the photographer was thinking when they decided to share it. Sure, we all have to start somewhere, but no […]

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If you’re like me (and 200-million other people on this planet) you probably have an Instagram account. Instagram has redefined instant photo-sharing, making our mobile phones vessels to show the world what we eat, where we travel, and what our pets are doing. For me, I use it to share my life. Outings with friends, which are typically photography-related, […]

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I recently read a blog post from someone who casually mentioned that HDR (High Dynamic Range photography) was a “fad”, and they were hoping it would eventually go away. Now this was, of course, a very opinionated statement, but it was not really one that was embellished with photos or even an explanation as to […]

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It’s rare that I step up on my soap box about gear… after all to each their own.  But this one is just a pet peeve as it causes so many potential problems. The lens hood doesn’t point this way when the lens is out of your camera bag! Hoods are reversed when packing the […]

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We’re putting together the editorial plan for next year.  That’s fancy talk for locking ourselves in a room and talking about how to make Photofocus the best it can possibly be.  To do that, we’d like your opinion. Please answer the poll above. You can vote for multiple topics. You can only vote once. Feel […]

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It’s November 2, 2013. 15 years ago, on this date in 1998, I created Photofocus. I framed it as an “online magazine” because RSS hadn’t been invented yet and “blogs” were something still in the future. I did attach audio segments every quarter, but these couldn’t technically be called podcasts because again – podcasts require […]

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My “style” of photography tends to be bright, colorful and very cleanly processed. This food photograph is well-represented by that look. © 2013 Nicole S. Young, All Rights Reserved We’re excited to welcome Nicole S. Young as a regular contributor. Be sure to circle her on Google +. Several years back when I was just starting out as a […]

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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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