Category: Street Photographer: Pat Callahan "San Juan La Laguna-This One!" When it comes to street photography, children are great subjects to show their happiness and emotion. Here, a boy picks out which watermelon to buy from a street vendor in San Juan La Laguna, Guatemala. The black and white treatment gives the photograph a subtle urban feel, which really helps to amplify the scene. Originally shared with the Photofocus Flickr group right here. You can be the Photofocus Photographer of the Day. Here's how. … [Read more...] about Photographer of the Day: Pat Callahan
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Category: Sports Photographer: Johann Walter Bantz "we don’t play boxing" This portrait of a boxer does a really great job of showcasing the training process. There's some anticipation present with the boxer, and the capture gives us a great view of the world behind the sport. The black and white treatment strengthens the viewpoint here, as it gives a slight edginess to the shot. Originally shared with the Photofocus Flickr community right here. You can be the Photofocus Photographer of the Day. Here's how. … [Read more...] about Photographer of the Day: Johann Walter Bantz
After I migrated my Drobo gen. 3 device to a 5D3, it worked flawlessly for two days. Then, after a brief power outage, I was no longer able to mount my Drobo to my desktop. It was seen with the Drobo Dashboard app, but the hard drives would not mount. A Little History Prior to my 5D3 upgrade, I had several problems with my Drobo and iMac. It took me a while to figure it out, but the power strip and iMac power cable I was using were not providing enough power. This was causing both the Drobo and iMac to reboot at least once a week. After a … [Read more...] about When It’s Time to Start Over: Resetting a Drobo
Fresh off of some major updates for Lightroom this morning, Adobe has announced an Adobe Spark Post beta for Android devices. Offering nearly the same feature set as its iOS and web counterparts, the Android version is a beta version – meaning that Adobe is still tinkering with a few things. The Android app lets you apply type and design filters to any photo in your camera roll, Creative Cloud library or to thousands of free stock photos. You'll find the same templates from the iOS and web versions, and have the ability to quickly resize, … [Read more...] about Adobe Spark Post Comes to Android
This morning, Adobe announced updates to its desktop versions of Lightroom Classic and Lightroom CC. While both programs have added a few new enhancements and features, Lightroom CC has also been updated to make it further in line with its Classic counterpart. Lightroom CC Adds Preset and Profile Syncing The big feature announced today is the ability for Lightroom CC to sync your presets and profiles between instances of the program. This works for Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, ChromeOS and on the web, so you can have all your favorite … [Read more...] about Adobe Brings Powerful New Features to Lightroom CC and Classic
We all know the phrase, "Keep it Simple, Stupid." There's no reason to go in-depth or overanalyze something when it can be done in a simple way. The same can be said about pricing your photography services. There's a few key things to take into account when you're thinking about pricing. While most of us have a standard rate we work off of, this can be interrupted by things like requested discounts, or when you have a larger job that requires more work. Have a Standard It's important to have a standard rate that you work off of. This … [Read more...] about Photography Marketing: Keep it Simple Pricing Strategies
Category: Street Photographer: verlacosa "Marche du Nain Rouge" The photographer does a great job here capturing the scene, during the Marche du Nain Rouge Festival in Detroit. To me, the smoke helps to conclude and finalize the photograph, bringing a certain amount of emotion to the man wearing the costume. Great composition and some really great colors are present. Originally shared with the Photofocus Flickr group right here. You can be the Photofocus Photographer of the Day. Here's how. … [Read more...] about Photographer of the Day: verlacosa
While Luminar has some great RAW developing tools to make your photos look better, it also has some great tools to add a little bit of a creative flair to your photographs. In addition to the Sun Rays filter, there are several creative filters that Luminar includes to make your photograph stand out from the rest of the pack. During a recent trip to Toronto, I decided to play around with some effects to see how they would enhance one of my photos I took of the skyline. Cross Processing This is probably the creative filter I liked the … [Read more...] about Creative Effects and Filters in Luminar 2018
Category: Sports Photographer: Mike Millspaugh "Newgarden" A great example of panning, Mike captures a racer during qualifying for the Indy Grand Prix. Here, the background is simple yet helps to display motion with the white lines above the car. For its part, the car is very sharp here, and Mike does a nice job of framing it with the race track. Originally shared with the Photofocus Flickr community right here. You can be the Photofocus Photographer of the Day. Here's how. … [Read more...] about Photographer of the Day: Mike Millspaugh
As a corporate photographer, I get e-mails from potential clients pretty regularly through my website. Most of these e-mails are requests for quotes or checking my availability. I try to respond to e-mails pretty quickly, and for the most part, the potential clients answer back. But there are always some that slip through the cracks. Why Don't Potential Clients Respond? There are three main reasons I've found that potential clients don't respond, even after reaching out to you directly. You're One in One Hundred In this case, they've … [Read more...] about Photography Marketing: What to Do When Potential Clients Don’t Respond
Category: Street Photographer: Kurt Kramer "Orange/Yellow (57042)" I'm plenty used to seeing the scenes beneath the Chicago train tracks, but Kurt seems to do a spectacular job at capturing and framing his subject. By framing her in-between the columns, there's enough contrast to make the woman walking stand out amongst the pavement. The composition here is perfect, and the woman's orange outfit just adds to the stellar scene. Originally shared with the Photofocus Flickr group right here. You can be the Photofocus Photographer of … [Read more...] about Photographer of the Day: Kurt Kramer
Camera retailer Adorama has announced plans for Adorama INSPIRE, a new, week-long event taking place June 25 through July 1 in New York City. INSPIRE will be filled with designed-to-share experiences featuring innovators and influencers Tamara Lackey, Mark Wallace, Gavin Hoey, Tracie Maglosky and more. The week-long conference will feature workshops surrounding cinematography, photography, music making and social influence. Specially curated workshops will focus on improving technical expertise and important industry decisions. … [Read more...] about Adorama to Host INSPIRE Event Series, Celebrating Creative Storytelling Community
For ages, I've become accustomed to using Lightroom's Virtual Copy feature. It let me create multiple images and style them based off of the original edit I had made. But it was tedious when dealing with multiple virtual copies. Since then, I've discovered the Snapshots tool — a powerful yet under-utilized feature of Lightroom Classic. Think of this as a combination of the Virtual Copy feature and the History panel. It lets you record different versions of a photograph in one file, which ultimately helps you narrow down the edit you want to … [Read more...] about Lightroom Secrets: The Power of Snapshots
Category: Sports Photographer: Mark Fletcher "Jamie Vardy - Leicester vs Southampton 19/04/18 (Explored)" Mark captures this soccer player mid-air as the soccer ball reaches his toes, in what is an excellent, well-composed photograph. The blurred background helps to separate the player and make him stand out in what is already an excellent, sharp scene. Originally shared with the Photofocus Flickr community right here. You can be the Photofocus Photographer of the Day. Here's how. … [Read more...] about Photographer of the Day: Mark Fletcher
The Nik Collection has gotten its first update since being acquired in 2017 by DxO, offering full compatibility with the latest Mac and PC operating systems, as well as Adobe Creative Cloud products. The plugin suite is now fully functional and compatible with Adobe Lightroom Classic CC, Photoshop CC 2018 and Photoshop Elements 2017/2018. Designed for photographers and graphic designers, the Nik Collection includes several powerful plugins that offer a full range of creative effects and filters: Analog Efex Pro applies analog film, … [Read more...] about DxO Releases Nik Collection 2018
Every photographer, one day or another, will be asked to give away photos. This is something that most photographers either have a strict policy about or decide on a case-by-case basis. While the idea of giving away your work might be a tricky one to accept, it's also something that might help you in your goal to become a full-time photographer. Let me explain. Why Would You Give Away Photos? I've written in the past about volunteering your services for non-profit groups to get your work out there — and this is no different. If you've … [Read more...] about Photography Marketing: Should You Give Away Photos?
After several years with my trusty Drobo generation 3 RAID, it was starting to give me a few issues. And after trying all the troubleshooting steps and contacting support, I realized it was time for a new machine. Since my last Drobo purchase, much has changed. Drobo has introduced devices that use USB-C and Thunderbolt 3, offering optimum speeds and performance. I chose to go with the top-of-the-line Drobo 5D3, which offers a connection through the included Thunderbolt 3/USB-C cable. Because my 2015 iMac didn't have Thunderbolt 3 or … [Read more...] about Migrating Data to a New Drobo Device
Sensor dust is bound to impact our photographs at some time. But there's a quick and easy way to visualize these spots — and get rid of them. Click the Spot Removal (Q) brush in Lightroom, and then underneath your photograph, you'll see a checkbox and slider with the words "Visualize Spots." Click this checkbox and drag the slider up to the necessary point where you'll begin to see spots on your photograph. Then just click away with the Spot Removal brush to get rid of the sensor spots. … [Read more...] about Quick Tip: Visualize Sensor Spots in Lightroom
Category: Street Photographer: Bernd Weller "Tuned Out" The color that Bernd is able to capture here is astonishing — the mural on the brick just really stands out. But the reason I picked this photograph is more about the composition. The subject takes up a small portion of the photograph, letting the wall shine in its artistic beauty. The man, standing outside checking his phone, seems somewhat oblivious to what's around him. It's an interesting take on an everyday scene, which often brings out the best in street … [Read more...] about Photographer of the Day: Bernd Weller
Category: Sports Photographer: Nic Taylor "Dropping Bombs!" When sports and portraiture meet, it's often a really dynamic result. Nic's photograph highlights the emotion and energy of boxing by having the boxer punch a boxing bag. The dust and sweat that releases as he hits the bag, coupled with the boxer's energy, makes for a really telling sports portrait. The post-processing and reduction of saturation give this a moody and urban feel that fits the situation perfectly. Originally shared with the Photofocus Flickr community right … [Read more...] about Photographer of the Day: Nic Taylor
One of the best advantages to mirrorless cameras is its electronic viewfinder. This not only gives you an accurate preview of your shot before you click the shutter button — it also allows you to preview your images through the viewfinder, not just the screen on the back. This is great for sunny days, allowing you to check exposure and focus without the need for a loupe. … [Read more...] about Quick Tip: Sunny Day? Mirrorless Shooters, Review the Photo in Your Viewfinder
(Editor's note: No, you are not seeing double. This stunning photo by Jens was featured last month in the Travel category. Sometimes a curator finds an image that strikes them as it already had another curator, in the case me. That's great. It means the there is agreement on what Photographer of the Day curators consider worthy of sharing with you, our readers.) Category: Street Photographer: Jens "Hafen Hamburg, Germany" I absolutely love how Jens framed up this photograph. The square grid around them really brings an interesting … [Read more...] about Photographer of the Day: Jens
Category: Sports Photographer: John Sessa "Gulfstream Park, Florida Derby Day 2018!" John gives a unique perspective at the start of the horse race — right as they're pushing out of the gates with great anticipation. The composition here is well done, giving enough space around the horses to draw in the viewer. John followed it up with a great photograph of the winner, too. Originally shared with the Photofocus Facebook community right here. You can be the Photofocus Photographer of the Day. Here's how. … [Read more...] about Photographer of the Day: John Sessa
At this year's NAB Show, Chris Do, CEO, and Founder of Blind, controversially stated that vlogging is effectively dead. As social media continues to evolve, with the introduction of Cake.co and other networks, can the same be said for traditional blogging? Blogging has been around since the mid-90s and has been a staple of the internet world. Whether it's keeping up with your family's adventures to finding the latest and greatest recipes, blogs make up a big piece of the worldwide web. For photographers, blogging has been a way to get our … [Read more...] about Photography Marketing: Is Blogging Dead?
There are two sliders in Lightroom and most other post-processors that can be handy for adjusting the intensity of your colors. Think of saturation like ISO, but for color — it bumps up the intensity of all of the colors in your photograph. On the other hand, vibrance is more selective, adjusting only the more muted colors in your photograph. This can help lead to a more evenly-saturated image. Both tools definitely have their usage — check out the three photos below to see how they can affect an image. … [Read more...] about Quick Tip: Saturation vs. Vibrance
Category: Street Photographer: Tumi Le "Poor man" Tumi does a fantastic job of capturing the raw emotion in this photograph, taken in Vietnam. You can see the man struggle, with his makeshift crutches asking for money in his hat. The composition here is interesting, and really focuses in on the man, but you can see in the background the people driving by and looking at him. The scene also brings in a lot of colorful elements, which help to direct to the man's struggle. Originally shared with the Photofocus Flickr community right … [Read more...] about Photographer of the Day: Tumi Le
Category: Sports Photographer: George Adkins "Morning Surf" George zooms in and captures this surfing image, which, is crystal sharp in showcasing the greatness of the sport. You can see the surfer anticipate the wave; George's composition of the surfer makes this a powerful image. Originally shared with the Photofocus Flickr community right here. You can be the Photofocus Photographer of the Day. Here's how. … [Read more...] about Photographer of the Day: George Adkins
One of the biggest struggles I have in using Instagram is deciding what hashtags to use. I usually use some that are consistent with each post, specific to my camera make (Olympus), location and type of photography. But recently, I discovered a tool to make this a little easier — Focalmark. The app is available for free (with paid upgrades) for both iOS and Android devices. How it Works With Focalmark, you can copy up to 30 hashtags directly to Instagram or your phone's clipboard. Focalmark works by asking you three questions. First, it … [Read more...] about Photography Marketing: Strategize Your Instagram Hashtags with Focalmark
If you're just getting into photography, there are several things to consider when buying a camera. Why do you want a camera in the first place, and what's drawing you toward photography? While the question of "which camera should I buy?" may be a simple one, the answer is anything but. What to Ask Yourself Once you've decided you want to get into photography, it's good to know what you like to photograph, and how you like to do so. For instance, do you enjoy capturing scenes on the street? Are you the person at the restaurant table that … [Read more...] about Answering the Question, Which Camera Should I Buy?