We'd like to know our readers a bit better. Please let us know which camera brand you plan to buy next. We don't want to know what you're shooting with now, but what camera you plan to add to your collection next. This will help our writers choose which stories to write about. … [Read more...] about Question of the Week — Which Brand Camera Will You Buy Next?
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Being a photographer is making people look at what I want them to look at. Ruth Orkin … [Read more...] about Being a photographer is making people look at what I want them to look at. – Ruth Orkin
I have a theory, that says people only get concerned about data backup after they lost everything. Until that moment, you carelessly load your images onto a single hard drive, assume all is okay in the world, and only move onto the next hard drive when that one is filled. Well, someday, you're going to lose it all. My Major Failure For me, it was my first year and a half of work in the digital medium. Prior to then, I was naive, only shooting film and thinking the only way I could lose images is if I screwed up on exposure or development. Aside … [Read more...] about How I Started Approaching My Photo Archive Like a Pro
At it's best, photojournalism is both the mirror and window, a means to enlightenment that connects subject and viewer through the heart, eye and mind of the photojournalist. It's the photographers responsibility to show truth with the camera. Tom Kennedy … [Read more...] about At it’s best, photojournalism is both the mirror and window, a means to enlightenment that connects subject and viewer through the heart, eye and mind of the photojournalist. It’s the photographers responsibility to show truth with the camera.
If you have a website to highlight your work, certainly you've heard the dreaded term SEO before. SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization, and it's essentially the tactics to get your website noticed by Google and other search engines. The Essentials of SEO Now before we get started, I want to mention again that this is just a basic guide for SEO. There are thousands of techniques within SEO, and it would be impossible to go over everything in a single short guide. If you read this article and decide you want to know more about SEO, I highly … [Read more...] about Basic SEO Guide for Photographers
Note: We've got a great event toady Justin and Mary Marantz. This event is totally free. Don't miss today's Google Hangout. The event is today, Wednesday, January 28, 2015. Its absolutely free to attend thanks to Adobe, SongFreedom and Drobo. It starts at 3PM Eastern/Noon Pacific. Join Skip Cohen and Richard Harrington and special guests Justin and Mary Marantz. We'll explore practical advice for working with a business partner. There are a lot of challenges when teaming up for business (and it gets even tougher if you have a personal … [Read more...] about Don’t Miss Today’s Business Hangout — “Working With a Partner”
As photographers we sell emotion not emulsion. the tools are immaterial, the resulting piece is all important. - Jeff Adams … [Read more...] about As photographers we sell *emotion not emulsion.* the tools are immaterial, the resulting piece is all important. – Jeff Adams
Are you interested in Quadcopters or already bought one? One of the most important options you can get is a gimbal (think of it as Image Stabilization). Gimbals allow you to rotate cameras in any direction, allowing the camera to stay horizontal even if the support is tipped. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lr0fG2Coqao This tutorial is from Photofocus partner lynda.com. You can learn all about the advantages of shooting with one. Be sure to also check out the lynda.com 10 day trial so you can watch the full course and learn more about … [Read more...] about How to Get Steady Shots from a Quadcopter
Thanks for all the great questions you've been sending in to the Photofocus podcast. This week Rich Harrington and Kevin Ames tackle some great topics to help photographers. Remember, you can post those questions via Twitter with the #pfqa or send us a note here at Photofocus. The music in our podcast comes from the cool folks over at SongFreedom, be sure to check them out! Get the show here or get it on iTunes Don't forget to post a review on iTunes. … [Read more...] about Photofocus Q & A Podcast with Kevin Ames — January 15, 2015
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is a special guest post by Robert O'Toole A new Sigma 150-600 S Nikon mount lens arrived on my doorstep in early December from Sigma USA, just in time for a couple of big trips. This would be my tenth annual trip to Bosque del Apache in New Mexico and the first time I did not bring a prime long lens. I first tested the lens at Bosque. Then I traveled to the north shore of Oahu and was lucky to be able to catch some perfect conditions to burn a few gigabytes with this new lens and here are my first impressions. Weight of the … [Read more...] about Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM S Field Test
Season's greetings from the team at Photofocus. … [Read more...] about Happy Holidays
Today we are confronted with reality on the vastest scale mankind has known [and this puts] a greater responsibility on the photographer. - Berenice Abbott … [Read more...] about Today we are confronted with reality on the vastest scale mankind has known [and this puts] a greater responsibility on the photographer. – Berenice Abbott
We've featured Matt Klowskowski on our podcast and website a bunch of times. He's a great photo educator and landscape photographer. Matt's also the new guru over at Photofocus partner onOne Software. Matt has a special program kicking off to help photographers... it's called 12 Months with Matt Kloskowski. His goal is to offer exclusive video training, presets, and a moderated Flickr group. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Mrxrv2s5MA He's also thrown in an in-depth video sharing his approach to organizing photos in both Adobe Lightroom … [Read more...] about Go In-Depth with Matt Kloskowski
Photography has come a long way over the last 10 years. With our transition into digital photography, new techniques have been discovered, and work that once seemed impossible is being created on a day to day basis. Sure, we've seen the advances digital sensors have done for photography - but I want to talk to you about the forgotten technology leaf shutters. My absolute favorite camera I've used in my career as a photographer comes in the Phase One IQ250 camera system. It's medium format, costs a fortune, and has incredible dynamic range. … [Read more...] about How the Leaf Shutter Will Shape The Future of Modern Photography
TODAY is the final day to enter our Freedom to Choose Camera Contest with SongFreedom. The official rules appear at the bottom of this story. We've got a new partnership with SongFreedom.com, and we're excited to introduce you to them and the power and impact they can add to your creations. They are all about Artists working together, supporting each other, and keeping out industry thriving. SongFreedom allows us to license truly popular music--the songs we hear on the radio--as well as excellent indy stuff for our slideshows and videos. … [Read more...] about Your Last Chance to Enter Our Camera Contest — The Freedom to Choose
Every once in a while, it pays to listen to those annoying characters who are just waiting to tell you how to do your job. ? Joe McNally … [Read more...] about “Every once in a while, it pays to listen to those annoying characters who are just waiting to tell you how to do your job.” ― Joe McNally
This week's podcast interviews photographers Roberto Valenzuela and Peter Hurley. Beauty and wedding photographer Roberto Valenzuela talks about working with medium formats. Then we join Peter Hurley for some practical advice on working with and directing your subject. Get the show here or get it on iTunes Don't forget to post a review on iTunes. Roberto Valenzuela Roberto Valenzuela is a photographer based in Beverly Hills, CA. He developed his unique teaching style by following the same practice regimen he developed as a professional … [Read more...] about Roberto Valenzuela & Peter Hurley | Photofocus Podcast 12/5/14
You might have noticed that each week, we've been featuring photos from the Photofocus audience. Thanks to our friends at or Google+ communities and feature it on Photofocus! But there's more to this than just fame and glory. We also have prizes. For this month one of these photographers will win. A Drobo of their choice (5D, 5N, 4 Bay or Mini) A half hour private tutorial Q&A with a Photofocus team member Their portfolio featured on Photofocus.com Time to Vote You now need to help us pick. You may vote once per day (the voting … [Read more...] about Choose the Winner for November Featured Photo Contest
A portrait is not made in the camera but on either side of it. Edward Steichen … [Read more...] about “A portrait is not made in the camera but on either side of it.” – Edward Steichen
If you have a photographer in your family, or if your significant other is a photographer then in many ways, you have it made when it comes to holiday gifts. There are so many cool products out there that photographers will love. Everything on this list is something the team at Photofocus use and can highly recommend. Companies can't pay to get on this list. We're suggesting things we would like to receive. Without further ado, here are our picks in no particular order: Gifts Under $50 Get the Right White Balance (Pamela) Pick up the Kodak … [Read more...] about The Photofocus Holiday Gift Guide
This week's winner of Perfect Photo Suite 9 has been chosen from a random drawing. The winner is Ryan Werner a photographer from Colorado, CO. He receives a free copy of OnOne Software's Perfect Photo Suite 9. The Contest Would you like to win a copy of the new onOne Perfect Photo Suite? We'll be giving away one copy a week until the end of January 2015. But there's no reason to wait...you can download a free trial and start making your images look great right away. Play for 30 days with a fully unlocked version of the software. To get you … [Read more...] about Announcing This Week’s Winner of Perfect Photo Suite
Long lenses magnify. Thats their main job. A 500mm lens offers 10x magnification when compared to a 50mm lens. Any mistakes you would make with a 50mm lens are magnified 10 times with a 500mm lens. Most problems associated with getting sharp images with long lenses are associated with vibration. Vibration can come from many sources. Wind is a major culprit. A tripod thats not sturdy enough for the lens mounted to it is a major cause of vibration. An inadequate tripod head is also a common source of vibration. So, when using a long lens, one of … [Read more...] about Practical Advice for Shooting with Long Lenses
If you're a Mac user, a new camera update has recently shipped (version 6.01). OS X Yosemite provides system-level support for digital camera RAW formats. In order to use these files, youcan access them through Aperture oriPhoto on your Mac. You can also browse at the system level looking through folders.Supported by Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 6.01 Canon EOS 7D Mark II Fujifilm X30 Nikon D750 Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LX100 Launch the software update by choose Apple Menu > Software Update or Apple Menu > App Store and choose … [Read more...] about Mac User? Time to Update Your Raw Support (6.01)
Released over the last couple weeks is a new service from Google called Google Inbox. It's designed to give you a brand new look at how you can use email, and with its invite only business model, the hype has been high. Perhaps the mystery surrounding the Inbox craze, is Is It Worth It?. What is Google Inbox Though a random lottery, I was given access to Google Inbox a few days ago, and have been making my rounds with the system and familiarizing myself with it while finding a place for it within my business. Essentially, Google Inbox, takes … [Read more...] about First Impressions – Is Google Inbox The Next Great Thing For Photographers?
And if a day goes by without my doing something related to photography, it's as though I've neglected something essential to my existence, as though I had forgotten to wake up. I know that the accident of my being a photographer has made my life possible. Richard Avedon … [Read more...] about And if a day goes by without my doing something related to photography, it’s as though I’ve neglected something essential to my existence, as though I had forgotten to wake up. I know that the accident of my being a photographer has made my life possible. – Richard Avedon
Our next Lightroom Hangout is today at 2pm ET | 11 am PT. Be sure to RSVP for an hour of Lightroom learning FREE right here. We've got some great prizes, but you must be present to win. We'll launch the discussion at 2:00 Eastern Time, 11:00am Pacific. 2:30 in Newfoundland. Brought to you by SongFreedom.com, where photographers and cinematographers can find the most powerful song for their story with the click of a button. Also from Adobe, who makes it even easier to switch to Lightroom and Photoshop with the new Creative Cloud Photography … [Read more...] about Free Lightroom Training Today!
"When we want mood experiences, we go to concerts or museums. When we want meaningful emotional experience, we go to the storyteller." Robert McKee … [Read more...] about Go To The Storyteller
We've all been there one time or another. Where you just don't feel particularly inspired by photography, and unsure how to get out of your funk. For me personally, it's especially threatening, as I am a full time photographer, so my livelihood is dependent on my own creativity in the arts.Throughout the years, I've found ways to help be break out of these 'burn outs' and succeed even further as a photographer. I think burning yourself out can happen through a number of ways. Whether it's stress induced, working too hard on projects you're not … [Read more...] about Beating The Burn Out
This week's podcast catches up with two industry greats who both have exiting new projects. Melissa Niu digs deep with portrait photographer Brian Smith. Then Rich Harrington catches up with the original Photoshop guru Bert Monroy. Music on the show from our partner SongFreedom. Get the show here or get it on iTunes Don't forget to post a review on iTunes. Brian Smith Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer, Brian Smith, considers himself to be one of the luckiest guy on the planet. Hes told Bill Gates exactly what to do for an entire … [Read more...] about Brian Smith & Bert Monroy | Photofocus Podcast 10/15/14
Editor's Note: This is a guest post from Roger Cicala, owner of LensRentals.com. We spend a lot of time here at Lensrentals getting dust out of lenses. Dust doesn't affect an image, except in very rare circumstances, but people want their rental lenses to look nice and clean inside and out, and our inspectors check the inside of every lens with spotlights and send any dusty ones over to the repair department. Yesterday one of the inspectors sent over a Canon 135mm f/2 L lens with a fairly unique note: Contains a large dust chunk and the … [Read more...] about A Spider and His Web…Inside a Lens?