This is a little bit of devine humor. St Peter and Lucifer were at the gates admiring the clouds when the subject got onto photography. They couldn’t agree whether Heaven or Hell had the best photographers so they decided to arrange a photo contest.St Peter rubbed his hands with glee and Lucifer demanded to know why he was looking so smug. “Well,” said St Peter, “in Heaven we have all the best photographers” Lucifer slowly raised his head, grinned and replied “Ah, but we have all the judges…” … [Read more...] about Sunday Comics: Heaven & Hell
What's a First Look? A first look is modern trend in weddings where the bride and groom see each other for the first time in a private, romantic moment before the ceremony. Here are 5 tips on how to describe first looks to couples in a way that gets them excited about doing one, and about YOU being the photographer to capture it for them! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xQck58Iyug The Breakdown Change Your Motivation: Is your heart in the right place when it comes to the benefits of first looks? (Hint: it's not about the … [Read more...] about Wedding Photography Tips: Why do a First Look?
Learn Portrait Photography: The Basics with Levi Sim This course is free until 6/1/17. In this course, you'll learn simple techniques for creating great portraits. Join photographer Levi Sim as he shows you how to find and make great light with basic tools, and demonstrates the easiest methods for helping people look their best while remaining comfortable. You'll learn how to use reflectors, diffusers, and simple strobe setups to maximize existing light, and adjust your camera settings to get excellent raw results. Start watching and you'll … [Read more...] about Free Course on Portrait Photography
Editor's Note: For Window's users looking for an all-in-one digital asset manager, RAW photo editor with layers, ACDSee Ultimate 10 offers a solution. We invite you to check out a free trial of their application. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abJsSCrebMs&feature=youtu.be In this tutorial we're going to take you on a brief tour that will outline each mode, and the features they offer. If you don't know anything about ACDSee, or ACDSee Ultimate 10, this is where to start. … [Read more...] about An Intro To ACDSee – Ultimate 10
This is humor: Sometimes an old joke is still a good joke. A photojournalist was caught out in a rain shower when he saw a dark gloomy house. While he was drying off in the house he heard scary sounds and saw a ghost coming towards him. He grabbed his camera to take pictures. The ghost asked him what he was doing, he said: “I just want to take your picture for the newspaper.” The ghost was glad for the exposure and posed for the photographer. When his film was all done he thanked the ghost and rushed to his office to get the film … [Read more...] about Sunday Comics: The Ghost and the Photographer
Contracting for Creative Pros with Seth Polansky This course is free until 7/1/17 In this course—specifically designed for creatives—professor, contract attorney, indie film producer, and musician Seth Polansky explains how to protect yourself when presented with an industry contract. Media and entertainment companies spend billions of dollars every year on creative talent. Get an overview of the types of contracts that you can expect to see, the situations in which a particular type is used, and the specific red flags inherent in each. … [Read more...] about Don’t Miss this Free Business Course for Photographers
Our partners over at ACDSee have a really cool contest they're running. Your assignment is to travel to Ucluelet, BC as the official ACDSee photographer for the Otalith Music Festival. The winner of the contest gets a prize package worth up to $20,000. The contest closes July 10, 2017. Travel to Ucluelet, BC is a charming, picturesque west coast town on Vancouver Island, Canada, and is said to have "the world's most intimate music festival." Get full access to Otalith Music Festival. Receive travel and accommodation for 2 … [Read more...] about Enter to Win a Paid Photography Gig and an All-Expense Paid Trip Worth $20,000
We'd like to introduce you to our new online training library — ThinkTAP Learn. We'll be launching this summer, but wanted to give you a free taste of our classes. Currently, there are three courses unlocked that you can access totally free. Just signup with a vsalid email address to access training. Contracting for Creative Pros (free until 7/1/17) Learn Portrait Photography: The Basics (free until 6/1/17) Sports Portraits: Essentials (free until 7/1/17) Contracting for Creative Pros with Seth Polansky This course … [Read more...] about Free Video Course: Contracts for Creative Pros
This is humor Sometimes we need to be able to laugh at ourselves. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dANmjV1uqe8 … [Read more...] about Sunday Comics: Photographers Who Failed
Some of your favorite Photofocus writers will be at Photoshop World this week. You'll find them speaking in the Perfectly Clear booth as well as in all of the conference tracks. Visit Us in the Perfectly Clear Booth Photofocus Managing Editor Levi Sim will be in the Athentech booth giving demos on Perfectly Clear. He'll be joined by guest speakers Kevin Ames, Robert Vanelli, and Kristina Sherk. They'll be showing off the new features in Perfectly Clear Complete (which the Photofocus team helped to create). They'll show off their … [Read more...] about Come See Us at Photoshop World
We're working on new tutorials... we'd like to know what you use your camera's WiFi for. … [Read more...] about Do You Use the WiFi Features of Your Camera?
This is humor A little rough, but the humor is right. (Audio is NSFW) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hpJ1iPD5RQ … [Read more...] about Sunday Comics: The Wedding Photographer
Have you tried out the new Perfectly Clear? It's a plugin for Photoshop, Lightroom, Photoshop Elements, Photos for Mac, Aperture, and Capture One. One of our favorite new features is the addition of LOOKs. (Here's a special sale just for our readers). What's a LOOK? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQvMYzTqx1g Unlike a simple preset, LOOKs use a complex table of colors to remap the tone, color, and depth of an image. You can use several built-in looks to simulate film stocks, add color grades, or convert to black and white. We've also … [Read more...] about Perfectly Clear Tip: Use LOOKs for Stylized Images
We'd like to know what sort of changes do you make to your photos. This will help us create more tutorials to help you out. … [Read more...] about When Editing Your Photos, What Changes Do You Make
This is humor This is why you hire a pro... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNyapUZdze8 … [Read more...] about Sunday Comics: Hire a Professional Photographer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjoEOai_q6o In this First part of a two part series, learn from celebrity photographer Matthew Jordan Smith How To Take Better Pictures In Low Light and finish them off with LUCID software from Athentech. … [Read more...] about How To Take Better Pictures In Low Light
It's that time... time to vote. We ask a question of you the reader so we know what sort of content to produce more of. Your input helps us make Photofocus better. … [Read more...] about Question of the Week: What Parts of Photography Do You find Hard?
This is humor: We've been to some bad sessions through the years... this one takes the prize. Worst. Ever. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9IizGXyZP4 … [Read more...] about Sunday Comics: Don’t Take this Photo Class
We wanted to take a moment to say thank you to Photofocus founder, Scott Bourne. Be sure to read Scott's own words here. Scott started Photofocus more than 18 years ago and has served as a mentor and inspiration for many photographers. The team at Photofocus wanted to share their feelings (and we invite you to do the same in the comments section). A few of Scott's students also wanted to chime in. Photofocus Team Richard Harrington (publisher) I remember spending the day with Scott and walking around Photo Plus Expo. We talked about … [Read more...] about Thank You to Scott Bourne
After getting tired of waiting around for Wordpress to offer weekly digest newsletters, we're trying out our own. You can now subscribe to get Photofocus posts in your InBox. Daily Digest To get an email with all of the posts from the day before – CLICK HERE to signup. Weekly Digest To get a post on Saturday of all of the posts from the previous seven days – CLICK HERE to signup. Notes We give out random free stuff to email subscribers like books, presets, and prizes. We've deactivated the previous emails that published … [Read more...] about How to Get Photofocus Posts by Email
Free Presets We've released a bunch of freebies lately to help you get more out of your software. This post gives you access to all of them in one convenient place. Photofocus LOOKs for Perfectly Clear Complete V3 Inspired Style presets for Macphun Luminar 44 Free Presets for Photomatix Free Presets for OnOne Super Deal on Perfectly Clear Complete (version 3) Perfectly Clear Complete started shipping this AM. We've got an exclusive bundle that saves you a bunch of money Perfectly Clear Complete v3 ($129 … [Read more...] about Free Presets & Exclusive Software Bundle for Photofocus Readers
Have you tried Luminar yet? It's a great app for developing photos with a stylized look (here's our detailed review). We like it so much that we've put together a great collection of free presets. Here are 15 ways to stylize your image. 15 Free Presets for Macphun Luminar These offer a wide range of looks, from dramatic to subtle. Rember that all presets have a blending slider so you can mix them with the original image. How to Install Download the free presets from here — http://bit.ly/pfluminar Unzip the file … [Read more...] about 15 Free Presets for Macphun Luminar
If you're working with Macphun’s Luminar be sure to try out the Adjustable Gradient filter. It's the perfect companion to any landscape picture as it allows you to easily adjust two different parts of a photo. For example, you can selectively adjust exposure, contrast, vibrance and warmth for the sky and the landscape separately. This filter should be part of just about every landscape workspace but can be used in other ways too. Using the Adjustable Gradient Step 1: Open an image you want to edit. Step 2: Click the Add Filter (+) … [Read more...] about Macphun Tip: Get Perfect Landscapes with Adjustable Gradients
The Adobe team has released a new update to Adobe Camera Raw. This affects Photoshop users and should also match other changes that dropped in the recent Lightroom 6.9 update. Just use your Creative Cloud app to update. New Camera Support in Camera Raw 9.9 Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II Casio EX-ZR3200 Fujifilm GFX 50S Fujifilm X100F Fujifilm X-A10 Fujifilm X-T20 Leica M10 Olympus E-M1 Mark II Panasonic DC-FZ80 Panasonic DC-GF9 Panasonic DC-GH5 Panasonic DMC-TZ82 Phase One IQ3 100MP (“S” compression … [Read more...] about Adobe Tip: What’s New in Adobe Camera Raw 9.9
If you're working with Macphun’s Luminar be sure to try out the Orton Effect. This filter allows enhancements to an image that includes glow and focus which produces photos that are sharp and blurry at the same time. This is a great way to add a unique look to your photos. The effect is based on the techniques of photographer Michael Orton. For this approach, an in-focus image is combined with an out of focus image. Step 1: Click the Add Filter button and choose the Orton Effect from the Creative category. Step 2: Choose a type … [Read more...] about Macphun Tip: The Orton Effect
The Photofocus team has formed a great partnership with the folks behind Perfectly Clear. In fact we've been deeply involved in the development of the new version that is being revealed today. Our team has created presets, designed LOOKs and even helped shape a few features with extensive feedback during the product development. We're really excited how its turned out and think you will be too. The Lowest Price on Perfectly Clear Complete Version 3 Missed the sale? Click HERE Buy v2 for Special Price of $89.00 USD and get v3 plus Bonus … [Read more...] about Perfectly Clear Version 3 is Unveiled Today (Plus Save Before 3/29)
A great way to stylize your images with Macphun’s Luminar is to use a texture layer. This option lets you place a custom image or texture above your photo. It can then be blended as a layer into the current image. Textures can easily give your photos new unique looks, especially when you’re trying to achieve a vintage or grungy look. Get some textures First, you're going to need some textures. Here are 3 options Scan 'em. Place papers, objects, fabric etc. on your scanner (even the all in one printer/scanner will do) and capture … [Read more...] about Macphun Tip: Adding Textures to Photos
Our friends at Athentech have a new version of Perfectly Clear Complete about to drop. We've seen it and it's awesome. If you want to learn all about it, join us for an in-depth webinar that explores how to get the best results from Perfectly Clear Complete V3! Register for FREE here Date: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 Time: 1:00 pm ET | 10:00 am PT REGISTER HERE … [Read more...] about Say Hello to Perfectly Clear Complete Version 3
It's that time of the week. We're working up new tutorials and articles and we'd like to know more about you the readers of Photofocus. This week is a simple one, about shooting modes on your camera. … [Read more...] about Poll: What’s Your Favorite Shooting Mode?
Let's take a moment to enjoy a few stock photography clichés. While this probably won’t help any of you with your photography, it may at least make you smile at the things we’re often asked to shoot. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEr2xcgwEVc Disclaimer: This is humor. As such some of you will laugh, some of you won’t. … [Read more...] about Humor: Stock Photos