(Editor's note: This guest post by Andrew Darlow is excerpted from Focus and Filter: Professional Techniques for Mastering Digital Photography and Capturing the Perfect Shot, by Andrew Darlow, © Ulysses Press.) They say: “It’s not what you say but what you do.” Well, in portrait photography, what you say to your subject is as important as what you do with your lighting, framing and camera settings. Knowing a few simple things can help your subjects relax, and at the same time help them to express themselves so that you can capture their … [Read more...] about How to Talk to Models, Family & Friends to Make More Natural Photos
Every few weeks we send a newsletter with free stuff in it. If you sign up, you'll get things like eBooks, presets, and video courses. This weekend we pulled out all the stops and sent out over $700 in free stuff. Because we wanted to say thanks. Get it here and be sure to signup for our email list. … [Read more...] about Free Holiday Gifts from Photofocus
Thanks to our many partners and sponsors, we're able to bring you all this great free content. Please forgive this brief mention of a few great deals. Consider checking them out and supporting our site. Special savings on Calibrators from Datacolor Photofocus Exclusive Deal on Luminar 2018 + Freebies Extra Savings on Perfectly Clear (Lowest Price Ever) Platypod Free Multi-Accessory Kit Big Savings on Used Gear from MPB.com We also put out a newsletter this weekend with TONS of free stuff. Get it here and be sure to signup … [Read more...] about Cyber Monday Deals
Happy cyber weekend! We hope you have some well deserved time to relax. We've got two exclusive deals on Perfectly Clear by Athentech. Enjoy this exclusive $79 offer from Photofocus! Already own an Athentech product? Get it for $49. Two New Preset Packs Beautiful Woman by Matthew Jordan Smith A collection of 22 presets that are perfect for many different kinds of women. The collection contains a wide variety of styles by photographer Matthew Jordan Smith. Unlock the beauty of every photo with these time-savings … [Read more...] about Great Deals from Perfectly Clear
All of us here at Photofocus wish all of you, our readers and your families, the happiest of Thanksgivings “As I sit at water’s edge among the autumn leaves, I imagine that as each leaf fell to the ground a blessing was granted to a friend or to someone I have never known, and I am thankful for so many blessings that surround me." Quote and photograph by Photofocus Author Susan Kanfer … [Read more...] about Happy Thanksgiving from Photofocus
We've partnered with Skylum to put together a custom bundle for Photofocus readers... It combines the power of Luminar 2018 with eight great add-ons (4 of them exclusive to Photofocus). This Black Friday bundle is available starting right now. By the way, a new Windows update drops Friday by the way with more features. https://youtu.be/tPq39bpymwg You get the following: Luminar 2018 for Mac & Windows Luminar 2018 First Look Video: 30 minutes of complete training to get you up to speed fast. Inspired Style Preset Pack: A … [Read more...] about Photofocus Exclusive Super Bundle on Skylum Luminar
We've put together an extensive Black & White toolkit for Luminar 2018. This contains everything you need to create great looking Black & White photos including presets, lookup tables (LUTs), and textures. We're including this for free if you buy Luminar 2018 through Photofocus (this is one way we pay our writers for all their great content). But if you already bought, don't worry, we'll tell you how to get it. What's included: BW Toolkit Tutorial.mp4 This will show you how to use all the pieces in the Toolkit for the … [Read more...] about Free Black & White Toolkit for Luminar 2018
We'd like to better understand your needs when editing portraits and wedding images. We're helping to design some new presets as well as software features and we'd like to know what you want. The survey can be taken here — https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/weddingphoto All folks who take the survey get a free copy of Scott Bourne's 72 Essays on Photography eBook (worth $9.99). You'll find the link at the top of the survey right below the title. You can also enter to win a $50 B&H Gift Card. Please take 3 minutes and share your … [Read more...] about Wedding and Portrait Editing Survey (Plus Free eBook)
Photofocus partners mpb.com have a few special deals on used gear. Their marketplace is an awesome way to buy the gear you need or sell gear you don't. $100 off Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM II lenses $550 off Canon EOS 5DS R bodies $50 off Fuji X-T1 bodies $70 off Nikon AF-S 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR DX lenses … [Read more...] about Special Deals on Used Gear
The new Perfectly Clear Complete and Essentials is now Shipping! For existing version 3 customers it's a FREE upgrade (just launch the Apps Manager or run the plugin to get the update). If you need the plugin (or now standalone app) here's a Photofocus exclusive offer that will save you some cache and give you free and discounted presets. https://youtu.be/0bonvHmXsYY Perfectly Clear is Now A Stand-Alone Application! Perfectly Clear now works as a stand-alone application. Open RAW and traditional photos directly … [Read more...] about Perfectly Clear Version 3.5 is Shipping Now
Planning on attending Photo Plus Expo in New York City on Thursday? Why don't you join us for a cup of coffee and some conversation. Meet up with the editorial team and some of our writers. We'll swap ideas on what's cool at the show and love to get your feedback on our site. Where: Starbucks lower level of the Javits Center When: Thursday, October 26 at 3 pm. Also, we’re looking for a few new writers too. So let us know if you're interested in sharing your thoughts on the show or to start sharing your love of photography. Have a … [Read more...] about Photofocus Coffee Break at Photo Plus Expo
For fans of the Nik Collection, big news just crossed our desk. Software maker DXO has purchased the Nik software tools from Google. They have announced plans to develop them into new products. The current tools (albeit outdated and not updated for several years) can be downloaded here for free. A new version is planned for mid -2018. It sounds like the handoff was mutually agreeable (but no information on how much the intellectual property sold for). “The Nik Collection gives photographers tools to create photos they absolutely love,” … [Read more...] about The Nik Collection Gets a Potential New Life
With Adobe's decision to make Lightroom CC cloud-based (and to require that ALL your photos go to the Cloud) we wanted to check how big your photo library is. Please choose from one of the answers below so we can better understand your storage needs. photo by ohsuriya & Adobe Stock. … [Read more...] about QOTW: How Big Is Your Photo Library?
We've set up a single page where you can keep track of what's going on with the new Lightroom CC and the rebranded Lightroom Classic CC. Be sure to head on over to see all the stories. We'll be updating this page several times in the coming days, so be sure to book mark it. … [Read more...] about Learn All About the Changes to Lightroom Here
The latest Adobe Camera Raw, Lightroom, and Photoshop Releases add support for new cameras and lenses. This was released on October 18, 2017. Lens Correction Support These new cameras and devices are now supported for lens correction. This means that automatic lens correction, as well as vignette and chromatic aberration, is supported. Apple Apple iPad Pro (10.5 - inch) back camera 3.99mm f/1.8 (DNG+JPEG) Apple iPad Pro (10.5 - inch) front camera 2.87mm f/2.2 Apple iPad Pro … [Read more...] about New Cameras and Lenses Added to Adobe Products
Adobe has released an update to the traditional Lightroom called Lightroom Classic (more details on that in a few minutes). The update is only for Creative Cloud members. Launch the Adobe Creative Cloud application. Click in the upper right corner of it and choose Check for App Updates Scroll to locate Lightroom Classic CC Click Update Wait a while as a LOT of people are doing the same thing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKyVVPu5DBI … [Read more...] about The New Lightroom is Released (How to Get It)
We heard from a few of you that you were having trouble with Aurora HDR 2018 preset packs. We went to the source and got you an answer. Our developers are aware of this issue. It will be fixed in the next update. However, there is a workaround - if you load a photo in Aurora HDR first and after that will try to add a preset pack, it should install without a crash. Be sure to see the updated instructions below on how to install new presets. We're super excited about the new Aurora HDR 2018 from Macphun. To celebrate, here's a free … [Read more...] about An Update on Aurora HDR 2018 Presets
Are you new to Perfectly Clear Complete or Essentials? Or are you thinking about upgrading to our latest tools? Join us for an interactive webinar where we’ll get you up and running as well s answer your questions. This is the perfect chance to master Perfectly Clear and get practical advice in a small group. Join Photofocus publisher Rich Harrington and author Robert Vanelli for an interactive webinar where we’ll get you up and running as well as answer your questions. This is the perfect chance to master Perfectly Clear and get practical … [Read more...] about Getting Started with Perfectly Clear — Free Webinar
Editor's Note: This is a guest post by Leanne Cole, an incredible photographer from Melbourne, Australia. See more of her work here, and we hope to see more education from her in the future. Please welcome Leanne to Photofocus. If you look on social media you will find hundreds, thousands of images that are classed as long exposures. Instagram alone has almost 3.5 million images that use the hashtag #longexposure which helps to show how popular it is. There are many reasons why it is as well. What is a Long Exposure? In simple terms, it … [Read more...] about Why Long Exposure Photography?
image by johnnychaos and Adobe Stock We'd like to better understand how you work. This helps us create more tutorials to help you out. The question this week is about digital asset management, also known as your photo library. … [Read more...] about QOTW: What application do you use to organize your photos?
Join us for a free webinar today (or watch the replay) to learn about the new GoPro Hero 6. Photofocus publisher Rich Harrington got his hands on one of the first cameras. He'll show you what's in the box, talk about essential accessories and walk you through all the new features. Watch on Facebook –https://www.facebook.com/1photofocus/videos/1343284142463793/ or below. … [Read more...] about A First Look at the GoPro Hero 6
We're super excited about the new Aurora HDR 2018 from Macphun. To celebrate, here's a free collection of 10 presets that you can use as a starting point. Click Here to Save on Aurora HDR 2018 To Install Download the presets for free here. Make sure you have Aurora HDR 2018 (try it now). Launch the application and open an image. Choose File > Add Custom Preset Pack to load the new presets. To Use a Preset In order to save time when developing your image, you’ll find an extensive collection of presets. Professional … [Read more...] about Free Aurora HDR 2018 Presets
image by monticellllo and Adobe Stock We'd like to know more about you and your photography habits. This helps us better create content to help you. We'd like to know how many lenses do you actually use on a regular basis (not how many are collecting dust on a shelf). What's your shooting style, travel light or be prepared? … [Read more...] about QOTW: How many lenses do you shoot with?
image by dusanpetkovic1 and Adobe Stock It's that time... where we get to know our Photofocus readers a bit better. This helps us create better content for you. When it comes time to work on a photo that you intend to print or share, how much time do you spend adjusting it on your computer? … [Read more...] about QOTW: How Much Time Editing?
image by ARTYuSTUDIO and Adobe Stock It's time for our Question of the Week. We'd like to know which camera manufacturer has caught your eye or kept your loyalty. … [Read more...] about QOTW: Which Brand Camera Will You Buy Next?
We've had a long partnership with the folks over at Athentech... helping design presets for their Perfectly Clear products. Now, if you pick up Perfectly Clear Complete or Perfectly Clear Essentials, you'll find new presets designed for Landscape, Nature, and Lifestyle photographers. These are bundled with each plugin at no extra cost. Already own the plugin? Just be sure to run the free update via Apps Manager to get the new presets at no cost.The Apps Manager will launch automatically when the update is ready, and you’re online. Perfect … [Read more...] about Perfectly Clear Adds Two More Free Preset Packs for Landscape and Lifestyle
Photofocus would like to welcome Datacolor as a partner to our site. They may a great lineup of tools to help you ensure accurate color on your monitor and when printing. They have a special promotion Datacolor is offering a great promotion for July and August only that lets you switch from any brand calibrator to their top of the line Spyder5ELITE+. Whether you're using an older calibrator of theirs or anyone else's you can upgrade and save. What's in the Bundle The special upgrade includes Spyder5ELITE — Expert color accuracy … [Read more...] about Datacolor Offers Aggressive Upgrade Pricing to Get You to Switch
ACDSee is a robust photo editor as well as a blazing fast image organizer. Newer versions of the product have been for Windows machines, but now the company is just about ready to roll out a major update for Mac users. For a limited time, you can try out ACDSee Photo Studio for Mac as a Public Beta. This is your chance to test the software out before it ships and to offer input on the product. Try the Beta ACDSee Photo Studio for Mac Beta now supports: • powerful database improvements • a better, more stable browsing experience (no … [Read more...] about ACDSee for Mac Beta is a Free Download
Thanks to the Shoppe for today's laugh... … [Read more...] about Sunday Comics: All the Gear
You might have read our reviews of Luminar and felt a little left out. While Luminar is a great photo editor, it was Mac only. That’s right… emphasis on was. As of today, Macphun is shipping a free public beta of Luminar for Windows. To download the beta, visit here. What Do You Mean at Beta? Beta software means a test version, One that a software company feels comfortable sharing with others, but that they’d like feedback on and users to try out. The app is very stable and fully-featured, but still, has more things to finish before … [Read more...] about Luminar Beta for Windows is Out (And Free for Now)