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I’ve been frequently asked to help take pictures (with a cell phone) simply because I’m a “photographer” and therefore MUST make “better” pictures than those coming from an “average joe.”  Probably not always true, but I feel that there are some elements to know that could help everyone take better pictures… even with a phone. […]

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Way back in the day, I ran a portrait and wedding studio. My bread and butter was 5×7, 8×10 and 11×14 prints. I sold thousands each year. And my lab made every one. You see Photoshop was version 1.0, there were $100,000 Iris printers but that wasn’t practical so we paid the lab. If I […]

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I love the mindset that Ansel Adams lived by in his professional career.  He was a true pioneer of photography as art.  Being a forward thinking innovator, he endlessly explored the world of the unknown, seeking to predict and understand the outcome of his experimentation.  Then taking that information and creating a set of guidelines […]

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The other day I was outside walking my dog, and just as I was approaching my house I could not help but notice the amazing clouds up in the sky. Where I currently live we rarely get good cloud-filled skies, so I tend to take notice when there is something other than a blank blue […]

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This past week, many site owners of Zenfolio and SmugMug that shoot Boudoir photography had found out private and unlisted galleries were being accessed by people who were using these photos for ransom, personal pleasure and other terrible things. There are forums and chats specifically dedicated to figuring out passwords, sharing links and finding other […]

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Being a photographer, whether as a hobbyist or a professional, requires us to have gear. Much of that gear is expensive, be it cameras, lenses, tripods, and even some accessories. Due to the nature of our work, we will oftentimes be out-and-about with our camera equipment, which involves the risk of losing our gear, having […]

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One very useful feature inside of Lightroom’s Library Module is the Survey mode. This is a fantastic tool to use when you have a photo-shoot filled with many similar images, and you need to edit them down to just a few keepers. I use this a lot with my food photography images, since I tend […]

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There are many things that you need to consider when starting a photography business, such as what you want to photograph, a name for your business, etc. In some ways, those are the easy parts, since we have full control over building our portfolio and our website, or even getting a logo perfectly designed to […]

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He’s a photographer for National Geographic yet his photos are unlike any other wildlife photographers I’ve seen because of his beautiful combination of his subjects and fine art.  From the strength of a simple, singular swan to a triangle formation of an elk gang, I’m completely blown away at the level that this photographer has […]

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I truly believe that the demand for composited images has only begun to emerge in our industry.  From a purely conceptual standpoint,  composites offer our clients the unprecedented ability to create images that would be too costly or just plain impossible to create any other way. Compositing allows (you) the creator/artist and your clients (the […]

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PUBLISHER’S NOTE: This post is an updated compilation of several shorter posts I wrote in the past trying to answer the question, “What camera should I buy?” It includes some new cameras in the recommendation section. But please note: The newest camera is NOT always the best camera. It’s still the most popular question I […]

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One reason for using a telephoto lens (such as 100mm or 200mm) is to keep some distance between you and your subject. This can be great for portraits of people, as well as nature photography (so you don’t scare away any animals). However, longer focal lengths affect more in your images than just bringing your […]

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Whether you’re an aspiring or working professional photographer, there’s a good chance you’re having the same problem: You’re surviving – but not thriving. Photographer’s THRIVE means to change all that. On March 2, 2014 we’re going to launch a new approach to photographic education. We’re going to focus exclusively on the marketing and business side. […]

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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 […]

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We have all seen it, images that have a mirror effect. Cell phones pictures, movie posters, and many other product advertising all utilize this trick. It’s actually a very simple task to learn… I’m going to teach you how to quickly mirror your image in Photoshop. Bring the image you want to mirror into Photoshop. […]

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This site is called Photofocus. We’re called Photofocus for a very good reason. And here’s how that reason was discovered. Turn your time machine back to the Fall of 1998. I was experimenting with all sorts of Internet technology. I started one of the world’s first photo galleries online. It was called f64.com (named after […]

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In this week’s podcast feature, I had the privilege of chatting with the talented Mr. Joel Grimes.  He’s one of my favorite photographers and one of my most favorite people.  I’ll tell you why.   He’s driven, motivated, creative and is not afraid to push the envelope in the photography industry.  His work is unique […]

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I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear. -Nelson Mandela At Photoshop World a few weeks ago, several photographers spoke to me about breaking out. They all had a common denominator. […]

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This is a short and sweet post about composition. It’s very basic and intended for those who are just starting out in photography, but could be a good reminder to old hands as well. Beware the intruder! What’s wrong with the photo above? Do you see it? Do you recognize the ugly intruder sneaking into […]

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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 […]

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Regular readers know that I am a big supporter of photographic education. I know that times are tough for many of you. I know that $598 is a lot of money to come up with. I want to help. I’ve given out scholarships to lots of events. And this year I am continuing my pledge […]

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