Here it is the night before a big shoot I have planned at Las Vegas Motor Speedway tomorrow. The client is a calendar company that specializes in car calendars and they want my very own 2012 Jaguar XKR convertible in the book. I’m excited because I’m getting paid extra. Once for the use of my […]

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I’ve been playing with old media, then new media, then social media for most of my adult life. I think I understand a thing or two about it. As a photographer, I built one of the first web portfolios and galleries back in the mid-90s and ever since, I’ve used the Internet to communicate with […]

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Pancake lenses are all the rage. In fact, some photographers were switching to mirror-less camera systems to get pancake lenses. So Canon engineered a way to keep them in the fold – enter the new Canon 40mm EF f/2.8 STM Lens. Canon’s new lens is really more of a reaction to DSLR video shooters. It […]

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Lately, I’ve been bombarded by pedants. It goes with the territory – and I’m not complaining, but I am concerned. The entire reason – the ONLY reason I publish Photofocus is that I want to help photographers. Period. I make a little money from it but frankly, not enough to impact my bottom line. For […]

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NOTE: I’ve only titled this part IV because I’ve written at least three posts like this over the years. Use the search function on the blog and try to find them if you’re interested. I occasionally write posts like this because my main goal with this site is to get people up and off the […]

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Later today I’ll announce the winner of the camera I promised to give away three months ago, (choice of a D800 or 5d MK III) but now I have a NEW contest – some photographers have asked me to give away a camera AND lens combo. Okay – here you go. Here’s a chance to […]

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Photographers tend to fixate on post-production workflow but might be better-served if they concentrated on their creative workflow first. Here are seven ways that photographers can improve their creative workflow. 1. Keep an idea book. It can be a journal, it can be a box full of pictures you like, it can be a series […]

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When on my recent trip to Arizona, I encountered a photographer who was fully decked out in Camouflage. He was in a blind and had a Canon 1D MK IV with an 800mm lens. In other words, this guy was serious. I saw him at his truck so I walked up and introduced myself. I […]

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Before I get into my setups I thought I’d mention the species I photographed in Arizona. I got lots of broad-billed hummingbirds. I happen to think they are the prettiest of the North American species. There were also lots of black-chinned hummingbirds. The most skittish, and the hardest to find and photograph were the magnificent […]

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2012 Alaska Eagle Trip Wrap Up This is my final post about this year’s eagle trip in Alaska. This year’s eagle trip had the usual themes for me. I got to spend time in some of the most beautiful outdoor scenery in the world. I got to spend time helping a friend. I got to […]

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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 PLEASE BE PATIENT – OUR SERVERS SEE LARGE LOADS ON PUBLISHING DAYS. THE DOWNLOADS MAY GO SLOWLY BUT THEY WILL FINISH. Download episode… Sorry we’re no longer providing show notes. Hosted by Rich Harrington – guest hosts Scott Bourne, […]

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See the EXIF data below… I’ve been in Alaska for almost a week. I head home today. While in Alaska, we’ve had everything from bright sunshine, to snow, to rain, to sleet, to dark ugly skies. On the last day of the trip, we had ugly, rainy weather. The choices are stay in the hotel […]

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If you’ve been paying any attention to my feed you’ve probably surmised that I am currently in Alaska. I am up here for the second year in a row to photograph bald eagles. I’m here this time to accomplish different goals than the last time. On this trip I am helping a friend, reviewing cameras, […]

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They say you master something once you’ve made 10,000 mistakes doing it. If that’s true, then I must be a Grand Master at photography because I seem to have found a way to make 20,000 mistakes. As I talk with young people about photography some of the same misconceptions and questions come up over and […]

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One of my favorite blogs is OneWildWord.com. While the ladies who run the site are posting information for writers, I often find that what they post could be used by photographers too. Take this post for instance – Find your real story by asking these questions – If you simply think of these questions in terms of […]

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One of the most enduring themes in art is the concept of harmonious balance. Balance is something the human eye just naturally gravitates to. It’s something that is automatically pleasing to most people. When you’re composing a shot, look for ways to introduce this concept. It can be done using many of the traditional “rules” […]

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As a photographer, I struggle with being creative. All my life I’ve been good at the technical side of the transaction, but never felt like I was truly creative. I realized that most creative people fall into one of two camps. 1. Those who are natively, organically wired as creatives. I’m not in that bunch […]

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Special Photofocus Coverage A while back during CES I told you about the Lytro camera. You can read all about that below. http://photofocus.com/2012/01/12/lytro-light-field-camera/ I highly recommend you read my previous post if you’re sincerely interested in the subject. I can now tell you more. I had to back my original test camera but today I […]

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If you have 200 square feet of space, access to some white foam core, black foam core a few light stands or C-stands, and one single 150 watt or greater light in a reflector, beauty dish or soft box, you have everything you need to make pretty, dramatic portraits. I recently had the honor, privilege […]

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The Internet is abuzz – people are concerned – photography is changing. Kodak is no longer making cameras – or Kodachrome for that matter. Lytro has developed a camera that lets you focus in post. Experts predict that photo journalism as we know it is a dying craft since so-called “citizen journalists” report with their […]

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(With a hat tip to Jeff Foxworthy!) You might be a bad photographer if: 1. You think that merely owning a Leica means your images will hang in a museum. 2. You know nothing about and care nothing about your subject. 3. You need to get drunk or stoned before you think making pictures is […]

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