In North America it’s winter. That means cold. Don’t let that stop you from making photographs. Just prepare. Clothing The first thing to make sure you do is prepare your body for the cold. This means dressing in lots of layers, great gloves, great boots, think, wool socks, and some good old technology thrown in to boot. We prefer breathable clothing that helps disperse moisture. Wicking material will keep you dry and warm. Don’t cheap out here. Go to REI or some other outdoor store and ask for the best you can afford. It makes a real … [Read more...] about Winter Weather Photography Tips
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We could really use your help... please consider taking our reader survey. It will help us better serve you our readers. Please take it now (it will take 3 minutes to complete and is only one page long). We'll be giving away two gift certificates to B&H to two random folks who take the survey. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/G5XL6ZC … [Read more...] about Photofocus Reader Survey
NOTE - if you do not want to make a donation feel free to continue without selecting a donation amount. You should not need a credit card but if you are asked for one it's strictly for address verification purposes. Nothing will be charged to your card. Thank you. image by Kevin Ames Perfect Eyes for Photoshop and Lightroom provides eight great presets and precise controls to help you automatically remove dark circles and red-eye, add catchlights, sharpen details, enhance and even enlarge the eyes. Spend less time editing and have … [Read more...] about Want a Free Plug-in? We’ve got Perfect Eyes for You
Okay we admit that throughout the years we have been a bit ambivalent about memory cards. We buy them, we use them and we don’t think much about them. All the major card makers do a good job these days. But all of them also eventually fail. When they fail we're unhappy and may grouse about it for a while but at the end of the day everything man-made will fail. Generally, we have no specific evidence (after buying and testing more than 100 different sizes, types and brands of memory card) that any of the major brands are more or less prone to … [Read more...] about Lexar Professional 128 GB 2000x SDHC™/SDXC™ UHS-II Mini Review
Have you ever had a problem photo or subject where they just have total "raccoon eyes?" You know, the problem of really dark circles that just don't look flattering. Join fashion and beauty photographer Matthew Jordan Smith as he shows you how to solve this problem. You'll learn easy shooting techniques as well as postproduction tips. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nk5KEtRcBLg&t=2s … [Read more...] about How to Fix Raccoon Eyes with Matthew Jordan Smith
We've asked our gear and photo partners for their best Black Friday and Cyber Week sales. Boy did we get some good ones! Please check out these special deals (and remember that by supporting our partners, we're able to pay our writers and our bills). This is what allows us to bring you the Photofocus website and podcasts for free. Please visit these partners and check out their deals. HDRsoft Interested in HDR? Photomatix Pro 5 and Photomatix Essentials are on sale. Get 25% off on all Photomatix products Use Coupon … [Read more...] about The Best Black Friday Deals for Photographers
In case you missed it... here's our free webinar on making compelling wildlife photos. Scott Bourne shared secrets and practical advice that went into the making of some of his favorite and best-known images. He discussed both shooting and postproduction techniques that make his images stand out above the rest. https://youtu.be/xwDjxmhzIgI?t=2m51s This event is totally free to attend thanks to the folks at Perfectly Clear. … [Read more...] about Watch a Webinar on Wildlife Photography
We’ve got a new camera giveaway for Photo Plus Expo. If you stop by the Photofocus booth you can win a new Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera, and a Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-60mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. Lens. Read all the details below on how to WIN. If you haven’t signed up for your free Photo Plus Expo ’16 pass, get it here. Product Highlights 20.3MP Digital Live MOS Sensor Venus Engine Image Processor Micro Four Thirds System Tilting 2.36m-Dot 0.77x OLED EVF 3.0″ 1.04m-Dot … [Read more...] about Win a Camera at Photo Plus Expo
Just a reminder... We've got a few spots left for this week's New York Photowalk. Are you coming to Photo Plus Expo? (need a free ticket?) Are you in the greater New York area? Do you like an excuse to hangout with photographer's and have fun? Well it's time for a Photofocus Photo Walk! Free Photowalk in NYC Times Square A photowalk is a fun social event. Join other photographers and explore one of the most historic and photogenic spots in our country, Times Square. Photofocus authors Levi Sim, Vanelli, Rich Harrington, and … [Read more...] about A Few Spots Left for our NYC Photowalk!
In case you've missed it, the super cool 5-day Deal is about to end. This is a huge discount on an all-new bundle sale that we know you’re going to love. The 2016 Complete Photography Bundle by 5DayDeal is on sale here until October 19 at 12:00 PM (noon) PDT. https://youtu.be/HUCj8saSNWk What's Included? This is just such a good deal that we can’t help but remind you about it, especially because you might not have seen our last post. The Complete Photography Bundle is a collection of video tutorials, eBooks, Adobe Lightroom presets, … [Read more...] about Want $2,500 of Photo Gear and Training for Under $100?
We've partnered with the folks over at 5-Day deal to both help photographers and charity. The 5-Day Deal is a huge collection of photography tools and software for photographers at every level and in every niche—there’s something awesome for everyone! We're offering four of our eBooks as part of a special bundle that helps four charities. The Books Develop Great Images in Lightroom 72 Essays on Photography A Basic Beginner's Guide to Photography Light & Exposure Secrets of HDR The Charities The entire photography … [Read more...] about Photofocus & 5-Day Deal Team Up for Charity
A reminder, we've got a great free webinar today all about traveling and taking pictures. You can watch the event for free live (and ask questions) or just bookmark this post and watch the replay. When: Today, Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 2:00 pm ET | 11:00 am PT Where: Visit this page to sign in to view (or watch the video below). You must be present to win and ask questions. Why: To learn how to travel safe and never lose a picture or video again. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5t9nO3lf7s A Mobile Storage Workflow for … [Read more...] about Don’t Miss Today’s Free Webinar: Never Lose a Photo When You’re Traveling
Taking your camera on the road can add all sorts of extra challenges. Being away from home or office leads to all sorts of bad backups, putting your pictures at risk. In this free webinar we tackle how to keep your images safe when you're on the road. Would you like to NEVER lose a photo again? It's possible if you join us for our next webinar.We'll tackle a whole bunch of important topics whether you travel for work or pleasure. A Mobile Storage Workflow for Photographers Join us for this month's hangout. We'll be tackling A Mobile … [Read more...] about Never Lose a Photo When You’re Traveling
This is a guest post by wedding cinematographer Ray Roman, but it applies to all photographers. If you could make the same income, or more than youre making now, working two events a month, would you? I don't know any photographers or cinematographers who would say no to that offer. Yet across the industry, our colleagues are selling themselves short every time they fail to book high-end, big-budget events. By shifting your focus to high-end branding, you can land more exclusive clients and raise both your revenue and your … [Read more...] about Your Brand: How Do You Attract the High-End Client?
Would you like to NEVER lose a photo again? It's possible if you join us for our next webinar. It's hard to put a price tag on years of memories you captured on camera. If you sell your images, it's even more important. How much would I lose if you lost everything on your hard drive? The solution here is the 3-2-1 Backup Concept Create three copies of your files Store on two different media Keep one backup copy offsite. 3-2-1 Backup | A Storage Workflow Hangout Join us for this month's hangout. We'll be … [Read more...] about Free webinar: 3-2-1 Backup (NEVER lose a photo again)
I'm always interested in improvements in camera technology. Just as devices, batteries, screens, and camera sensors keep getting smaller... so will lenses. To date, lens technology hasn't changed much, but that might not be for long. A group of scientists have created tiny meta-material lenses. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETx_fjM5pms To learn more: Read the research: http://scim.ag/1XkkseL … [Read more...] about The Future of Lens Technology
We invite you to join us for "Building An Effective Online Portfolio Webinar" Presented by Photofocus, ASMP and Piqsure Present When: Wednesday, July 27th - 2:00pm ET | 11:00 am PT REGISTER HERE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WepIVCbT4r4 Marketing your portfolio can be one of the most challenging aspects of conducting business in the photography profession. Ensuring that you have an optimal online portfolio is critical to making client connections and ensuring business success JOIN US for this FREE Webinar as ASMP Member and … [Read more...] about Building An Effective Online Portfolio Webinar
We wanted to let you know about a special deal that’s running that features a bunch of the Photofocus team. It’s called the Big Deal and you get a lot of awesome stuff including training and software.You’ll find four contributors from the Photofocus team 3 Scott Bourne ebooks DSLR Video training with Rich Harrington Photoshop training with Dave Cross Lighting training video with Joe McNally Plus great software like Perfect Eyes Macphun Tonality Photo Mechanic Particle Shop Topaz Clarity A lot of great other … [Read more...] about Photofocus Team Participates in the Big Deal
Have you entered our latest contest? Time is running out to win a great hand strap and a new camera. Enter before June 16. Thanks to the great folks over at Spider Camera Holster (www.spiderholster.com) we've got a great prize to giveaway. In celebration of their latest creation, you can win a new Sony A7II and the brand new SpiderLight Hand Strap. This is the best hand strap on the planet for all flagship brands of mirrorless and lightweight DSLR cameras. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXVmGosFCO0 Details Welcome to the next … [Read more...] about Time is Running Out to Win a Sony A7II and a SpiderLight Hand Strap
It's that time of the week. We'd like to understand our reader's a little better. Please think about how much you spend on photography in a year (we won't tell your significant other). Between gear, education, software, services, workshops, and travel... how much do you spend on photography in a year? https://polldaddy.com/poll/9418154/ … [Read more...] about Question of the Week: How Much Do You Spend on Photography?
While many of you have figured out how to use Instagram effectively, not everyone is quite as sharp. Enjoy a little humor in the middle of your day. The pictures you want to remember. A song you want to forget. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nn-dD-QKYN4 … [Read more...] about Look at this Instagram [Humor]
We love giving away free stuff. Our partners over at Perfectly Clear have recently released a totally free plugin for Photoshop and Lightroom called Perfect Exposure. It will cost you an email address, but no money, and will work forever (this isn't a trial). The plugin is really cool (in fact several writers at photofocus created the custom presets it comes with). Perfect Exposure for Photoshop and Lightroom is the perfect tool for any photographer or designer. With eight great presets to solve the most common exposure problems, this … [Read more...] about Get an Awesome Photoshop and Lightroom Plug-in Totally Free
It's that time of the week... we'd like to better understand how you showcase your photography. Please take our short survey about how you primarily shows your photos (the most important way to you). Survey can be taken here as well. http://polldaddy.com/poll/9418123/ … [Read more...] about Question of the Week: Do you have an online portfolio?
We've got a new camera contest thanks to our friends over at Lensbaby. You can win a new Fujifilm X-T10 and a great Lensbaby Velvet 56 to put on it. This is the perfect combination for street photography or travel. Details Welcome to the next Photofocus contest. This contest starts May 1, 2016 and ends July 1, 2016. The winner gets: Fujifilm X-T10 Lensbaby Velvet 56 Enter Here Enter the contest here. a Rafflecopter giveaway Thanks for entering. More Details All general Photofocus contest rules apply. Photofocus Contest … [Read more...] about Win a Fujifilm X-T10 and Lensbaby Velvet 56
***Note — we've drawn the winner and have contacted them. Once reacher we will announce the winner *** Thanks to the great folks over at Spider Camera Holster (www.spiderholster.com) we've got a great prize to giveaway. In celebration of their latest creation, you can win a new Sony A7II and the brand new SpiderLight Hand Strap. This is the best hand strap on the planet for all flagship brands of mirrorless and lightweight DSLR cameras. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXVmGosFCO0 Details Welcome to the next Photofocus contest. This … [Read more...] about Win a Sony A7II and a SpiderLight Hand Strap
If you're a Mac user, a two new camera updates have recently shipped (we're up to version 6.18). OS X El Capitan provides system-level support for digital camera RAW formats. In order to use these files, youcan access them through Photos, Aperture or iPhoto on your Mac. You can also browse at the system level looking through folders. Supported by Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 6.18 Canon EOS M10 Canon PowerShot G5 X Canon PowerShot G9 X Leica SL (Typ 601) Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II Sony Alpha ILCE-7S II Sony … [Read more...] about Mac User? Time to Update Your Raw Support (6.05)
If you're looking for more control when shooting, consider tethering. Connecting a computer to your DSLR camera opens up a brand-new world of opportunities in image making. The images can then download for review on a bigger screen or for sharing with clients. You can gain greater control over your in-camera adjustments and get a more accurate picture of your lighting and setup. Here's a quick overview of the process. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPYJQzeO0UQ The folks over at TeetherTools have also put together a free ebook to help … [Read more...] about Free Guide on Tethering
What genres of specialty photography do you enjoy? We're looking at adding some more educational content. Feel free to vote for multiple categories and add more in the comments. http://polldaddy.com/poll/9005407/ … [Read more...] about Question of the Week – Specialty Photography
photo by Scott Bourne Don't miss this free educational event. We'll be tackling how to make the best looking landscape images, from shoot to post. Join Scott Bourne and Richard Harrington for this free and informative webinar. You'll learn how to shoot better landscape photos by exploring composition, time of day, and pre-planning. You'll also learn a few production tips like HDR and tack sharp shooting. Once captured we'll develop images in Photoshop and Lightroom and show you how to use Perfectly Clear to enhance your images. All … [Read more...] about Free Webinar – Landscape Photography: Shooting and Making Compelling Images
Join Scott Bourne on a trip down memory lane. Americana photography is one of the fastest-growing segments of the photo industry. Learn why this photography style is so popular, what gear you need to be successful while photographing Americana, how to get the right shots, what to shoot and where to shoot it... If you talk to photographers, they often discuss their use of cameras and their love of photography by describing WHAT they photograph. “I’m a wildlife photographer,” or “I’m a landscape photographer,” etc. More and more the phrase … [Read more...] about Announcing “Americana Photography” A New E-Book By Scott Bourne