Guest posts, don't we all love them? Think of how refreshing it is to hear a new voice from the crowd! This is one of the ways that photographers can give back something inspirational, educational, or otherwise neat or fun. In her spare time she enjoys DIY projects, playing guitar and mandolin, obsessing over Apple products, and driving her Mini Cooper. She's an awesome and fun goofball and I've found that she gets addicted to starting and voting for photos on some websites. … [Read more...] about How to Become a Professional Photographer – Guest Post
This is a guest post from Chelsea Nicole, a wedding photographer from Las Vegas. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMx3usEboMQ Here are five tried-and-true tips I've used in my wedding photography business that will help you attract your ideal clients and book more of the kind of work that sets your creative soul on fire! … [Read more...] about How to Book More of the Work You LOVE | Photography Business Tips
Here is a guest post from Rachel Gulotta of Mango Street Lab. Hi, my name is Rachel Gulotta and my boyfriend Daniel and I are professional wedding and commercial photographers with a mission to share what we know. We just released a tutorial on finding the perfect portrait locations when you're not given much to work with. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBBads18fr0 … [Read more...] about Portrait Tip: How to Find Portrait Locations in Unlikely Places
Facebook, despite all its ups and downs, has become a part of our lives. It's become a source of education, advertising, entertainment, and social/family connection! So with that in mind, I thought it'd be great to share with you a way to help make your Facebook experience a little more manageable! The problem i'm sure we've all encountered, is the sheer volume of spammy, offensive, and incredibly bad fake-fact content posts that plague our news feed. That along with with the pay-to-see business model that Facebook uses to make actual … [Read more...] about How To Optimize Your Facebook News Feed
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a guest post from Mark Morrow who is a Virginia-based photographer and video producer specializing in a variety of commercial portraiture, architecture and fine art landscape projects. In this tutorial, we'll take a look at how to effectively obscure a moving object in video clips and stills by way of frame-by-frame masking in Adobe Premiere Pro CC. The process is simple and straight-forward, and hopefully one you'll find useful in your video editing workflow. Let's get started... To view more of Mark’s work, … [Read more...] about Tracking and Obscuring a Moving Object in Premiere Pro CC
This is a guest post from Skip Cohen (co-host of our business podcast). Image by lassedesignen INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION Think back over the years about the workshops and seminars you've attended. How many programs have you sat through, taken lots of notes and then returned home never to implement the ideas you were so excited about? It happens to all of us. We’re sitting in a workshop, and we’re in the “zone.” We’re excited about making some changes and additions to our business, but we return home, and life gets in the way. The … [Read more...] about Skip Cohen Invites You to Make 2018 Your Best Year Yet
(Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Cathy Seaver, a commercial photographer in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She works primarily for Cull Group shooting product, corporate headshots, and other client needs. In her off time, Cathy enjoys getting out into nature to shoot what she sees around her. She is also an avid horseback rider, enjoying her time in the saddle on trails and playing around with a bit of dressage. Check out her work on Instagram.) “What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” - John … [Read more...] about There Is No Photography Season — Shooting in Frigid Temps
This is a guest post from Las Vegas wedding photographer Chelsea Nicole. Wedding Day Resources Hey guys! Here’s a resource list of what’s in my camera bag when photographing weddings. Here's a video, you can check that out osee how I use each piece + photo examples. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrJSMIUldro Camera Gear Camera Bags Roller bag: Think Tank Airport International 2.0 Shoulder Bag: ShootSac Lens Bag Camera Body Main - Nikon D4 Backup - Nikon D700 Memory Cards 32GB Sandisk Extreme PRO 160 … [Read more...] about A Wedding Photographer Shares What’s in Her Camera Bag
Editor's Note: This is a guest post from Dave Moser, who normally works behind the scenes at Photofocus. Dave is a veteran, and we appreciate that he has chosen to share some thoughts on this special day.t We at Photofocus take a moment from our day to pause and thank those of you who have served, past and present and are serving our country in any capacity civilian or military. We especially remember and pray for those of you in harm's way! We encourage all of you as you go through your day to reflect on the sacrifice of so many who past … [Read more...] about A Day of Memories
Editor's Note: This is a Guest Post by pet photographer, Darcy Evans. See more of his photography here. As a working professional photographer, one thing I can say for sure is that photoshoots rarely go exactly as planned. If something can go wrong, it likely will. The focus of my photography business is pets, so you can guess that when live animals are involved, this is even more true. I find that it is super important to remain adaptable during shoots and to always keep an open mind to new ideas. Bring the Outdoors In Recently I was … [Read more...] about Inspiration Can Strike Anywhere (Or How I Made the Most Viewed Photos of My Career)
(Editor's note: This guest post is from Adobe Stock Video expert Dennis Radeke. The photograph above was created with Adobe Stock.) Last year, we launched a brand new content type on Adobe Stock: Motion Graphics templates. These templates, made in After Effects, are easily accessed in Adobe Premiere Pro to create animated transitions, titles, and lower thirds, enabling video creators to add a polished, finishing touch to their video projects. https://youtu.be/P2vlCeW8RoI We’ve sourced our collection from the world’s leading motion … [Read more...] about Creativity in Motion
(Editor's Note: This is a guest post from our partner mpb.com a great place to use your old gear to acquire newer gear.) For many, the thought of revisiting an old location may seem like a step back rather than the potential for a step forward in terms of honing your skills. However, as you grow as a photographer and as your personal perceptions change, a location can develop a new meaning or open new opportunities. Locations don’t wait for you to photograph them, nor do they give you a heads up when conditions are ideal for you to realize … [Read more...] about Do You Revisit Old Locations?
Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Cathy Seaver, a commercial photographer in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She works primarily for Cull Group shooting product, corporate headshots, and other client needs. In her off time, Cathy enjoys getting out into nature to shoot what she sees around her. She is also an avid horseback rider, enjoying her time in the saddle on trails and playing around with a bit of dressage. Check out her work on Instagram. Shooting commercially, a photographer doesn’t necessarily get to choose what they are shooting, … [Read more...] about Turning a Boring Shoot Into an Inspired Photo Session
A few years ago I sold Photofocus.com to my pal Rich Harrington, but I stuck around on a consulting basis just to make sure that the transition went smoothly for everyone and frankly because it’s hard to let go of something I spent so long working on. It’s hard to move on from a community of photographers that has grown so large and loyal. For more than 18 years Photofocus has been a part of my life. But finally, it is time to see what’s waiting for me around the next corner. It’s also time to make way for the younger members of our staff to … [Read more...] about Thanks For The Memories
Editor's Note: This is a guest post from Cathy Seaver, a commercial photographer in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She works primarily for Cull Group shooting product, corporate headshots, and other client needs. In her off time, Cathy enjoys getting out into nature to shoot what she sees around her. She is also an avid horseback rider, enjoying her time in the saddle on trails and playing around with a bit of dressage. Check out her work on Instagram. In November I came across an activity I hadn’t encountered before. While I wasn’t entirely … [Read more...] about Is Baiting Wild Birds For Photography Ethical?
Guest post by Larry Tiefenbrunn, Inventor and CEO of Platypod. See more at the Platypod Blog. December 6, 2017 is a day I will never forget. I had just flown down to Tampa on my way to appear on Scott Kelby’s “The Grid” together with portrait photographer and Photofocus editor, Levi Sim. Before I even landed, Levi messaged me that he and his buddy Jason Hahn, professional wildlife and nature photographer, would pick me up from the airport and take me out to an alligator park. As it turns out, our schedule did not allow us to go that far … [Read more...] about Capturing Wildlife Photos At Tampa Bay Beach
Guest post by John Van Steenburg In my last post we discussed "Knowledge + Action = Profit" and now lets look at four key areas of every business and see if we can know what we need to know (or need to rethink our assumptions) to identify a good idea, create an action plan and move on it until we recognize the success or failure of each position taken. The questions below are generalities which are good starting points. Dig deeper into each specific question, and chart out not only your standing, but also your competition. Putting it on paper … [Read more...] about Self Assessing Your Photography Business
This is a guest post from Adam Price from ACD Systems. They are the makers of ACDSee Ultimate 10 for Windows. 1. Shoot RAW Depending on your camera, try shooting RAW, if you don’t already. Shooting RAW gives you the most control in post-production. RAW files contain much more information than JPEGs. For instance, you’ll have greater control editing the shadows and highlights in a RAW file versus a JPEG. RAW files also contain more color information if you want a color version of the image. 2. Increase Exposure Time Increasing exposure … [Read more...] about 7 Tips for Better Black and White Photos
Editor's Note: This is a guest post from Adam Price from ACD Systems. They are the makers of ACDSee Ultimate 10 for Windows. Getting great shots of pets just requires thinking a little bit differently. Natural Light Try to avoid using the flash. Not only can it cause red-eye, but it may also startle your pet and make them nervous. Using a flash can wash out a pet with light-colored fur or feathers, and create glare with glass tanks. It’s best to use natural light whenever possible. Capture Their Character Some of the best … [Read more...] about Pet Photography Tips
Editor's Note: This is a guest post from Adam Price from ACD Systems. They are the makers of ACDSee Ultimate 10 for Windows. Some of the best photos are candid. People are more relaxed and photos have more context. Despite what you might think, candid photos do take some planning. Here are a few tips to get you started: 1. Take Your Camera Everywhere First and foremost, if you want to capture spontaneous shots, you have to always be ready with your camera. It may feel weird bringing your camera with you everywhere, and your friends may be … [Read more...] about 8 Tips for Better Candid Photos
This is a guest post from Adam Price from ACD Systems. They are the makers of ACDSee Ultimate 10 for Windows. You may have heard the term 'golden hour' or 'magic hour'. These are figurative terms referring to the period of time just after sunrise or before sunset. These terms are interchangeable, and for the sake of keeping things simple, we’ll use the term 'golden hour'. The golden hour is a measurable time based on the sun’s angle to the horizon. The length of time varies since it depends on where you are, the season, and weather … [Read more...] about What is the Golden Hour?
This is a guest post by Stephan Bollinger - www.stephanbollinger.com Follow him on G+: plus.google.com/+StephanBollinger My previous article about the advantages of portfolio reviews has created a very interesting discussion. The question was raised Why would I need a portfolio, Im not a pro, and even more intriguing what exactly is a portfolio. To clarify a few things, first let me say that having a portfolio has nothing to do with "pro" or "amateur". I don't like these terms anyway, because it implies that a "pro" creates better pictures, … [Read more...] about I’m Not a Pro, Do I Need a Portfolio?
(Editor's note: This is a guest post by photographer and educator, Tim Grey.) There are many situations where the color in our photographs can be particularly challenging to get right. When a scene features a variety of different light sources, the different colors of light can combine to create colors that don’t look right and can seem impossible to correct. As you shift the color balance in one direction to improve certain colors within the scene, the opposite colors get worse, for example. Fortunately, these types of color issues can … [Read more...] about Fixing Problematic Colors with HSL
Guest Post by Jacob Swart. You want to work on a television set, but don’t know where to start. The world of freelancing is daunting and confusing. I have heard the question “How did you even get that job?” even from my film school friends. No need to worry though, it isn’t impossible. If you didn’t already know, Hollywood television shows are actually filmed in your backyard. Hundreds of crews fly around the globe with camera equipment and crash land in your neighborhood. I’ve worked on ABC, FOX, Discovery, and HGTV crews that were all … [Read more...] about How To Find Work In Freelance Television
Guest post by Erin Holmstead. Shooting sports changed my whole photography business! At the end of 2015, I met a gentleman, Rick Parker, who shoots sports photography for a local online news center. We were in the same photo club and he was presenting some of his work and during this time he mentioned that anyone could tag along and learn at one of the games coming up. I, of course, jumped right on that thinking, why not? The first game I attended with him was a local high school game and I left feeling like I should probably put my camera … [Read more...] about How Photographing Sports Changed My Life
Editor's Note: This is a guest post from Matt Kloskowski who's a lead instructor at Photoshop World. You can take a class called Lights, Aerial Camera, Action! with Russell Brown at the conference. Last week, I posted some thoughts about the quad copters/drones that have become really popular lately. I mostly posted about how I personally didn't find them useful for landscape photography. This time, I wanted to post a few follow up thoughts. Look for Patterns Bill Fortney (amazing photographer, amazing guy, awesome friend of mine)shared … [Read more...] about More Thoughts and a Really Cool Video on Quadcopters
(Editor's note: Tim Grey returns with another guest post. This one answers why the blades that form the aperture in a lens makes a difference.) There are many reasons to choose one lens over another, both when making a new purchase and when choosing which lens to use for a particular photo. But have you ever stopped to consider how many blades there are in the aperture assembly of a given lens? You might be surprised at the impact the structure of the lens aperture can have on your photos. Aperture Basics The lens aperture is designed to … [Read more...] about Why Do the Number of Aperture Blades in a Lens Matter?
(Editor's note: Photographer, educator, and author Tim Grey shares his techniques on planning then shooting the moon rising over the horizon in Rome, Italy in this guest post.) I am always more than happy to welcome good luck into my life, especially if that luck translates into a beautiful view I can document with a photograph. But I think it is important to realize that with a little bit of planning you can create your own good luck, which in turn can lead to cherished photographic images. It was exactly that sort of planning that enabled me … [Read more...] about How to Plan a Moonrise Photo
(Editor's Note: This is a guest post by Chris Anson. See more of his work here) In Part 2 you're going to take the next step in refining your control of the drone. If you haven’t read and practiced Part 1 of this article, I recommend you do that before proceeding. You can find Part 1 here. **Warning** You could crash your drone when practicing these maneuvers. That being said, don’t go into this practice thinking you’ll crash. Go slowly. Take your time. Don’t push faster than you’re able. And don’t let others push you beyond what you … [Read more...] about Becoming A Better Drone Pilot, Part 2
(Editor's note: Marie Tartar continues her series of guest posts regarding her and her husband's preparations for the upcoming total solar eclipse. The photograph above is of from the area they will be during the eclipse. This installment covers the critical steps for viewers of the event to protect their vision.) Location In our last post, Part 1 of Eclipse 2017 preparation, we addressed the ‘where’ of our plans for the Great American Eclipse of 2017: We will be in the path of totality, along the centerline, in Grand Teton National … [Read more...] about Total Solar Eclipse: Eye Protection part 2