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
Many Lightroom users also use Adobe Photoshop. The two programs can work hand in hand. Lightroom is great for organizing images and making basic corrections while Photoshop has advanced tools for repairing problems and compositing. I'd like to show you a cool tip on how to apply a filter non-destructively. This means you can jump back in at any time and easily edit or adjust. To Apply the Filter Make sure you have Lightroom and Photoshop installed. Select an image in your Lightroom Library that you want to send to Photoshop. Choose … [Read more...] about How to Apply a Filter to a Lightroom Image Non-Destructively (and Still be Able to Edit)
We've just released a new iBook about Costa Rica and photography — "A Journey Through Costa Rica: A Photographic Exploration of a Country Rich in Natural Beauty." Until March 15, 2017 we're giving away the book for free. In it Rich Harrington shares his images from a two-week trip as well as a bit of history from the country. The book is released on the iBooks platform which works with iPad, iPhone, and Mac OS. To get the book for free click here. All Our Books are On-Sale How'd you like more than 1,000 pages of photo education … [Read more...] about Our New Book is Free (and All Are On Sale)
We're almost done with our reader survey... if you haven't posted yet, please do so. It really helps us serve you better! 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 Reminder
As photographers, we're often asked to "fix" image problems. Here's an extreme example (and please note this is humor). https://youtu.be/Hnvoz91k8hc?t=3s … [Read more...] about Humor: Photoshop Has Gone Too Far
If you're a Mac user looking for a great deal on a desktop photo editor, be sure to check out this sale that's about to end. Luminar is an easy to use editor that also work as a Photos for Mac extension as well as a plug-in for Lightroom and Photoshop. Here's our complete review. It also made our Photofocus products of the year list for 2016. What is Luminar If you're new to Luminar, here's a quick overview. The software is currently Mac only. https://vimeo.com/191486476 What's in the Deal You'll get Luminar + Bonuses for … [Read more...] about Less Than One Day to Save on Macphun Luminar
If you'd like to create the most professional black and white conversion, be sure to head over to Adobe Photoshop. True black and white image in film are heavily influenced by the colors present in the original image (and are not just a desaturated photo). The Black & White adjustment in Photoshop is easiest to use as an adjustment layer. The interactive controls and On Image tool make it much easier to create a custom black and white conversion. Open your photo file with Photoshop (File > Open). To get the maximum dynamic … [Read more...] about Photoshop Tip: Advanced Black and White Conversion
It's that time... where we try to better understand you the reader (this helps us write more tutorials for you). Now, its abut desktop and laptops. http://polldaddy.com/poll/9667783/ If you can't see the survey, you can click here … [Read more...] about Question of the Week: Mac, PC, or Both
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvQIzU5lpD0 Learn from celebrity photographer Matthew Jordan Smith as he quickly shows you How To Take Pictures With Flash and finish them off with Perfectly Clear by Athentech. … [Read more...] about How To Take Pictures With Flash
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nk5KEtRcBLg&t=39s Learn from celebrity photographer Matthew Jordan Smith as he quickly shows you How to Fix Raccoon Eyes when shooting a photo and then how to finish them off with Perfectly Clear by Athentech. … [Read more...] about How to Fix Raccoon Eyes in a Photo
Guest Post by Trey Ratcliff - Republished here with permission You can find the original on Trey's site here. Switching From A Mac To Windows Pc I converted to Apple over 5 years ago when it was clear to me Apple made the best products for creative professionals. I loved Apple and became a hardcore fanboy. I was all-in. Now, I’m switching back to PCs. The new line of MacBook Pros are not-that-awesome. Apple has always been a company that makes beautiful, well-designed products (and still does), but they’ve started to put an emphasis on … [Read more...] about Apple Is Dead To Me… I’m Switching To Windows!
Our friends at B&H are busy at the annual WPPI photo trade show and conference in Las Vegas. They have tons of show specials on the floor but the good news is that you can take advantage of them even if you're not in Vegas. Today is the last day. We couldn't believe some of the discounts. Check it out at B&H's WPPI Special Page. … [Read more...] about Last Day For WPPI Show Specials From B&H
image by Kevin Ames Our friends are Athentech have brought back their donation ware campaign. Right now (until February 14) you can get their awesome Perfect Eyes plugin for Photoshop and Lightroom. If you can, they ask you to make a donation to GuideDogs.org. This awesome nonprofit has a 97% rating on Charity Navigator and they help the blind and disabled veterans with Guide Dogs. Last time this fundraiser raised enough money to train a new guide dog. NOTE - if you do not want to make a donation feel free to continue without … [Read more...] about A Totally Free Plugin for Photoshop and Lightroom That’s Awesome for Portraits
While Photofocus is traditionally more focused on inspiration and education we're expanding our news coverage and in that regard we wanted to let you know that our friends at B&H have alerted us to some great deals on Olympus Micro Four Thirds gear with instant rebates up to $400 off. The sale starts on January 29 so don't miss it. … [Read more...] about Olympus Rebates Coming Soon
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
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