burgers

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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AFMF

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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BMIA

Interested in making composited photo collages that simulates shooting multiple exposures? In this tutorial I show you a favorite technique for combining several images with blending modes in Adobe Photoshop. Give me two minutes and I’ll show you a bunch of cool tricks for merging exposures. Can’t see the video?  Click Here. Disclaimer: These are just a […]

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uapshadhigh

Do you want to lift the shadows in your photos? Give me two minutes and I’ll show you the powerful Shadows Highlights Adjustment in Adobe Photoshop. In seconds you can fix exposure problems for just about any image. Can’t see the video?  Click Here. This is just one way to fix exposure problems…. I hope […]

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smartalbumiphoto

The weekend is a great time to get organized.  Here’s a quick tip for Apple iPhoto users.  Learn how to add your photos to a Smart Album automatically using parameters like ratings, keywords, locations, or even facial recognition profiles.  This makes it a snap to find things and keeps things organized. ______ This Post Sponsored by: […]

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Loupe2

A lot of photographers are experimenting with video shot on their DSLR cameras.  It’s exciting to explore a new medium and many new projects (both professional and personal) await.  The two biggest challenges though are achieving proper focus and exposure. When you shoot stills, you’re probably used to squinting into the viewfinder to get a […]

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megapixels

  If you’re in the market for a new camera, it often seems like the number one criteria is megapixels. I’m not saying that this is right, but it’s the one of the few criteria that camera makers think that their customers can understand. I often think there’s a lot of hype with cameras, so […]

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recuap

On the latest podcast, we discussed the Refine Edge command in Adobe Photoshop.  This works great if  you are trying to adjust a selection. Join Instructor Richard Harrington as he demonstrates how to use the Refine Edge Command in Adobe Photoshop. Related articles Want Total Control? Run Camera Raw as a Filter in Photoshop Creating […]

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bryan-big

Rich Harrington has a very special guest on this week’s show. We’re joined by Bryan O’Neil Hughes from Adobe.  He’s the Senior Product Manager for Adobe Photoshop and works on many of the projects that Adobe builds for photographers.  What many don’t know is that Bryan has an extensive career in photography as well and that he’s written a handful of books and authored courses to share his love of photography and photo restoration.

This week show answers a ton of questions about how Photoshop gets made.  You’ll learn how Adobe creates dramatic advances that benefit photographers worldwide.

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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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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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Focus_Stacking

Greater depth of field.  It’s a quest for many shooters, to be able to achieve critical focus for a subject.  One technique to achieve this is focus stacking, which allows you to take a series of photos captured with different focal depths and merge them together. When shooting, try this approach: If possible, secure the […]

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Behind the scenes photo from an iPhone by my patient wife.

I was recently shooting in a museum that had a no tripod rule.  It also seemed to have little budget for lights either as the display cases were pretty dark with a lot of harsh reflections. One of the exhibits had some old cameras and gear.  I had a nostalgic moment when I saw one […]

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mlupdate

If you’re a Mac user, two new camera updates have recently shipped. OS X Mountain Lion provides system-level support for digital camera RAW formats.  In order to use these files, you can access them through Aperture or iPhoto on your Mac.  You can also browse at the system level looking through folders. Supported by Digital Camera […]

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NOTE NOTE NOTE NOTE NOTE: The Photofocus Podcast Feed HAS CHANGED! Here is the new feed: feed://feeds.feedburner.com/photofocuspodcast Get the show here  or get it on iTunes PLEASE BE PATIENT – OUR SERVERS SEE LARGE LOADS ON PUBLISHING DAYS. THE DOWNLOADS MAY GO SLOWLY BUT THEY WILL FINISH. Join Rich and Scott as they talk about a bunch […]

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LR-before-after

Editor’s note: We’re excited to welcome Nicole S. Young as a regular contributor. Be sure to circle her on Google +. One post-processing question that pops up from time-to-time is how to get a “soft” look when post-processing your images. To create this look there are just two settings and adjustments you’ll want to really focus on: […]

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PolePod

I’m currently traveling on a vacation where I’ve chosen to leave as much gear behind as possible. Okay let’s be honest.  It’s a family vacation and my wife informed me I’d be leaving it most of it behind. I’m really enjoying digging deeper into HDR shooting and processing.  The auto-align features in Photomatix Pro are […]

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adpativewide

You can also see the video here. Learn how to merge handheld panos and remove all distortion from the shot with Adobe Photoshop. The Photomerge feature in Photoshop is very forgiving of uneven shots, varying overlap, and even exposure changes. This feature works with almost any version of Photoshop you’ll find installed today. NOTE: This […]

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bowarrow

This week I’m traveling light on vacation.  I’m doing my best to carry the least gear possible so I can take in the sites around me.  I decided to do a day’s shooting without a tripod (even a mini one) to see what I could do using my surroundings. I’ll have a series of short […]

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While White Balance presets and Auto White Balance can be quite useful, many choose to manually set the white balance on their cameras.  This is a useful approach if you need to compensate for when multiple lighting sources are mixed together in the same scene.  It is also a way to warm or cool a shot for […]

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Subtle_HDR

I’ve put together a complete lesson on creating High Dynamic Range panoramic photos.  This video tutorial walks you through a few different tools to try out. I’ll show you how to: Organize multiple HDR photos Use Photoshop’s built-in toolset Use Adobe Camera Raw to pre-process raw files before the merge Align images and reduce noise […]

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