For me, photography is about protecting memories. Protecting them for yourself and for others. I spent 14 years living in the Seattle area, less than three hours from Mt. Rainier National Park. We had a family cabin in Packwood just seven miles from the park’s Longmire entrance. I cut my landscape photography teeth at that […]

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I was pretty frustrated after a recent Photoshop update.  All of my Nik software plugins wanted to be reactivated.  Easy enough, I pulled out serial numbers and started entering them.  But no dice…  errors on activation. The telling sign is Errorcode -151. Well, I swallowed my pride and jumped over the their support page.  It […]

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This May Be The Finest Camera Bag I’ve Ever Seen! I’ve had every camera bag ever made. I’ve had every kind of bag ever made. I’ve thrown away more camera bags than most photographers have ever owned. In other words I have camera bags coming out my you know what. But THIS ladies and gentlemen is […]

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NOTE: Please see an attorney for legal guidance. I am providing a copy of the model release that I use. It may not be right for you. It might not work for you. It probably WON’T work for you if you live outside the USA. It’s always best to consult an attorney who has experience […]

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Photo by Scott Bourne - Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs Creative Commons

If you ever wonder why you’re drawn to lines don’t worry, it’s normal. As humans we tend to prefer certain shapes and leading lines are one of our favorite distractions. Some people see them better than others. But those who do see them are immediately drawn to them. And for that reason alone, leading lines […]

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I recently got my hands on yet another camera strap. This one is called the Captureleash Camera Clip System. I think that if Steve Jobs designed a camera strap, this one might have been it. That’s both high praise and a warning. Read on to see what I mean. The basis of the Captureleash is […]

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In this tutorial I show you how to get cleaner HDR photographs. In this example I am merging three exposures shot from a bouncing and moving platform (aka a boat). The correction tools in Nik HDR Efex Pro 2 did an excellent job of removing unwanted distortion and poor overlap. ______ This Post Sponsored by: […]

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Whether you’re shooting video or stills, if you’re working with people there are some things you can do to make sure your shoot goes smoothly, and that your subject looks their best. This is a short list to get you started. Ask the subject to bring at least one alternate set of clothing so you […]

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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 Download episode 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. Rich and Scott catch up on a bunch of topics to help […]

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Here are the basics: 13 lens elements, 10 groups of lenses 1:1 reproduction ratio (photos will be 17.5mm across at closest focusing distance) Aperture range F2.8 – F22 Minimum focus distance of 19cm (7.5 inches). Dimensions 82mm x 56mm, weight 185 grams Filter size 46mm The Olympus MSC ED M. 60mm f/2.8 Lens is a […]

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I have a friend. I call him Neil but many call him Shambu. He’s a talented musician and marketer. He’s also an ex-monk. He is not only someone I rely on as a friend, but someone who’s advice I seek and take seriously. Recently we got together and had a conversation about our gifts – […]

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In this tutorial I’ll show you how to merge two raw photos to capture a wide photo in a tight space.  You’ll also learn how to match settings between RAW files as well as remove unwanted distortion from the image. _______ This Post Sponsored by: lynda.com Learn photography anytime, anywhere, and at your own pace—from […]

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Guest Post & Photos by R. J. Kern – Follow R.J. on Twitter Shooting a wedding using a medium format digital rig represents a departure from the norm. In the crayon world, it’s like going from a box of 24 colors to a new box with 120 colors. Wedding photographers often shoot exclusively with a […]

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Almost every camera you can buy comes with some sort of light meter built-in so why would you use a hand-held meter? There are plenty of reasons. 1. If you shoot with a studio strobe you really almost have no choice. You need a meter to register the short duration of the flash on your […]

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You have probably noticed at some photo trade show or in some photo magazine that metal prints are all the rage. There are lots of companies making metal prints. I’ve seen prints from at least six different vendors. But I’ve never seen one that comes close to what you get from ImageWizards. They are aptly […]

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PhotofocusISO-2

I’m amazed at how well today’s cameras handle low light situations; any DSLR you buy today can make a decent picture at high ISO’s. Obviously, when we have the option we can control light and bring as much as necessary to make a high quality image at as low an ISO as possible. But if […]

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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 Download episode 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. Rich and Scott catch up on a bunch of topics to help […]

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The book is currently only on iBooks – it works on any Mac, iPad or iPhone capable of running Apple’s OS X Mavericks   My new book “The Basic Beginner’s Guide to Photography Light & Exposure” with Rich Harrington is currently available for the tens of millions of you who have an iPad. You can […]

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CES is in Vegas so I stopped by for a look to see what was happening in the way of photography. This year, there isn’t an abundance of photo news from CES – but I did pass roughly 2000 booths offering iPad and iPhone cases and accessories. Back to photo – Canon and Nikon had […]

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If want to check focus, you need to take a few extra steps. Just turning on the LCD and glancing at it won’t cut it. The small screen makes everything look more in focus because it can’t show you all the pixels at once. The reduced image size creates the illusion of a sharper image. […]

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I did a post called – Looking Back – My 12 Favorite Bird Photographs From The Last Decade. It seemed to resonate and some of you asked to see different kinds of shots. It’s been a while since I put much effort into landscape photography so I went back further. Here are my 12 favorite landscape […]

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