I met Aircam’s co-founder Evan Rufkin at the 2019 WPPI event in Las Vegas. I interviewed him about a unique tool his company created for event photographers. Imagine photographing an event — weddings, charity, sporting — and giving guests instant access to every image on their smartphone or the ability to create a permalink to share on social media. Now imagine once the event is over, you are DONE working for the day! Sounds too good to be true? That’s what I thought until I gave it a try on a special private event for Philip Labonte, lead … [Read more...] about First look at Aircam for event photographers
Photographing the shadow of a black hole 53,000,000,000 light years away is an amazing achievement. I'm no expert, but as I understand it, astronomers used many telescopes around the world to make this picture (read more). Forgive me for simplifying, but using a bunch of cameras to composite a single image is basically the same as making a panorama. And you can make panoramas with the tools you have right now. Why not just use a wide lens? You might be thinking that using a wide lens to get the whole scene in the picture is the same as … [Read more...] about Photographing black holes is just like making panos
Category: Outdoor Photographer: Davide Gabinol Photo: "Un piede nella natura" This image stopped me in my tracks. It grabbed my inner child and took me right back to laying in the grass in the summer. I can feel the warmth of the sun and smell the fresh summer air just by looking at this shot. It's a simple shot, but the emotion, warmth and sense of place is just pouring from it, well done. Thank you for sharing your image with us. Originally shared with the Photofocus Readers Flickr Group. Join the group and share your photo or submit … [Read more...] about Photographer of the Day: Davide Gabino
Spring is in the air and depending upon where you are the bloom has begun or will be coming your way soon with the April showers. (or snow in some cases!!) I’m going to share my kit for getting out and capturing the botanical blooms. And show you a couple of results. Camera and lens choices My camera of choice is the Lumix G9, a micro four-thirds camera. The quality, feature set and very important to me, lightweight, make it a great tool for hiking photography. Just for kicks I also carry a Lumix GX85 with an f/3.5 8mm fisheye lens. It’s … [Read more...] about Hiking gear for wildflower photography, part one
Virtual Tours are a quickly growing area of opportunity for photographers. Local businesses can share what it's like to visit their facilities with Google and other platforms. In this multipart series, we'll learn about the process. Let's learn about how to choose a VR camera. Choosing a VR camera from Virtual Tours: Video, Photo, and VR by Richard Harrington and Francis Torres … [Read more...] about Virtual Tours: Choosing a VR camera
My iMac (Retina 5K 27”) completely crashed after installing DJI Pro Assistant software. Here’s how I recovered from the crash along with three important lessons everyone should take away from my experience. The cause I own a DJI Ronin S gimbal and use it with a variety of cameras for video work. One of my favorite DSLR video bodies is the Nikon D850. As many of you know, when you are shooting video with DSLR cameras, you generally focus manually by rotating the focus ring on the lens barrel. Trying to manually pull focus while on a gimbal … [Read more...] about New software bricked my iMac — how my data backup system allowed me to recover
Category: Portrait Photographer: Johann Walter Bantz Photo: "Les voyageurs de la campagne" Portraits aren't required to be pretty. "Les voyageurs de la campagne" by Johann Walter Bantz is a great example of this. A mother holding a very young child stands behind two other children. The photograph reveals clues about their circumstances. A trailer, an old television antenna, an ominous sky and raw emotion on the faces of the kids. The image tears at our hearts. It reminds me of the photo of the migrant woman by Margaret … [Read more...] about Photographer of the Day: Johann Walter Bantz
A lot of times when you take a picture, there could be unwanted distortion. Maybe you're higher or lower than the subject, and you'd like to make it really look even. This is super easy with the upright command. How do I remove perspective issues? from Lightroom Classic CC: Tips and Quick Fixes by Richard Harrington … [Read more...] about Lightroom Classic CC: How do I remove perspective issues?
In this video, I share suggestions for getting the most of out Photoshop World with my intern Jason Geld. I've been attending Photoshop World since 1999 and have attended all but one. Over the years I've built a network of friends and business associates. I make it a point to bring my interns to this event so they can experience and receive the same benefits I have over the years. I strongly encourage you to invest in your education and attend Photoshop World. Here are a few of my top suggestions to help you get the most out of Photoshop … [Read more...] about How to get the most out of Photoshop World Orlando 2019
This Wednesday, April 17, be sure to mark your calendars for Skylum's live webinar with Master of Photography Steve Rutherford. It all starts at 7 p.m. EDT / 4 p.m. PDT. Steve will cover various topics surrounding real estate and architecture photography, including: What the real estate industry demands from our photography What’s needed to start in real estate photography and the gear you’ll need Engaging with the agent or customer Why lighting is not the most important thing in real estate photography Ensuring image … [Read more...] about Join Skylum for a real estate and architecture webinar
Samsung had released the 860 QVO SSD line in the end of 2018 as their entry level and most affordable SSD. Samsung has been a leader of solid state storage for almost a decade and has brought much of that technology down to a price range that everyone should jump on. I've got my hands on the 1TB model, the lowest capacity that Samsung makes alongside a 2TB and 4TB model. The QVO is currently only available with the SATA III interface, and I haven't heard of any plans to make it available in other interfaces, but I'd imagine that there would be … [Read more...] about Getting Samsung’s 860 QVO solid state hard drive is a no brainer
Skip Cohen and Chamira Young, the hosts of the popular Photofocus Mind Your Own Business podcasts are bringing you a live webinar version featuring the work of Vanelli. Vanelli is a well-known photographer, educator and writer whose work inspires. Vanelli is also a well-regarded author here on Photofocus. The story behind Vanelli's photographs This lively discussion will feature several of Vanelli's photographs, what inspired him to make them, how he created them and what happened in post-production. How did Vanelli make this photo? Tune … [Read more...] about Join us for a LIVE special edition of Mind Your Own Business with guest Vanelli this Friday!
Category: Architecture Photographer: Davide Ibiza Photo: “Forse piove!-vecchio borgo tratalias” This is the intersection of elegant structure and mood. While the detailed building is the star of the frame, the foreboding weather and the lighting effects on the surrounding grounds draws the viewer emotionally into the scene. Originally shared with the Photofocus Readers Flickr Group. Join the group and share your photo or submit yours via the Photofocus website. … [Read more...] about Photographer of the Day: Davide Ibiza
Speedlights are a great lighting solution for portability. Much less power than studio strobes and no modeling lamp to see where the light is falling on your subject can make them difficult to use especially for a new photographer. In this video, "Lighting a Portrait with a Speedlight" from the course "Improving Your Photography and Portraits with Lighting Modifiers" by Vanelli (me), I show how to overcome these two problems and capture a portrait with speedlights. Lighting a portrait with a speedlight from Improving Your Photography and … [Read more...] about Lighting a portrait with a speedlight
I've written a lot about what we should do for our clients, and how we should go about our day-to-day business as photographers. But there's another piece to the puzzle that's equally important — that doesn't involve pricing, sales, licensing, printing or anything else. And that piece is you. We all got into photography for one reason or another. For me, I was stuck at a job that I no longer enjoyed, and I wanted to "break free" from the 9-5 daily routine. I wanted to spread my creative wings, so to speak. I wanted to do things on my … [Read more...] about Photography Marketing: What’s important to you?
As I already mentioned in my very first article, that I am looking at upgrading my photography gear (my two Nikon D750 cameras). As this is a pretty expensive move, I am currently trying both the Sony a9 and Olympus OM-D E-M1X to see which one would best fit my sports photography needs. Now's the time to experiment with the new top-of-the-line micro four-thirds camera — the E-M1X. What I am looking for in my new partner I have specific needs regarding my sports photography. Above all, I need high ISO capabilities and great autofocus. Good … [Read more...] about Will I switch from DSLR to Mirrorless? My first photoshoot experience with the Olympus OM-D E-M1X
Every weekday, Photofocus curators share a great photograph taken by one of our readers. Every month we highlight photographs in the genres of architecture, portrait, outdoor, street and a flex category that changes each month. In April we started featuring travel photos. In May, we'll explore the world of macro. As dedicated writers for Photofocus, we come across a lot of photographs. The photographs we choose every week have not only impressed us, but they’ve also inspired and invigorated, giving us new ideas on how to approach our own work … [Read more...] about Photographer of the Week: April 8-12, 2019
"Though the photo can seem simple in its beauty, almost lyrical by chance, a long list of important ingredients is necessary to achieve just the right result." -Howard Schatz Howard Schatz's professional life started with medicine. He was a world-renowned Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of California. His specialty was the retina of the eye. He wrote over a hundred peer-reviewed papers and seven textbooks in his field from 1970 through 1995 when he changed careers and began making photographs. Fire hose of … [Read more...] about On Photography: Howard Schatz, 1940-present
Virtual Tours are a quickly growing area of opportunity for photographers. Local businesses can share what it's like to visit their facilities with Google and other platforms. In this multipart series, we'll learn about the process. Let's learn about creating a floor plan for your virtual tour. Creating a floor plan from Virtual Tours: Video, Photo, and VR by Richard Harrington and Francis Torres … [Read more...] about Virtual Tours: Creating a floor plan
The Weekly Wrap-Up features articles from this week on Photofocus. This week, Bryan Esler talks about pricing your photography, Vanelli shows us the best way to organize photos and Julie Powell introduces us to still life photography. Plus, Mykii Liu discusses the best resolution for your monitor and Bob Coates dives in to panoramic photography. Enjoy! … [Read more...] about Weekly Wrap-Up: April 7-13, 2019
It’s time to vote. This week, we’d like to know how often you print your photographs. … [Read more...] about Question of the Week: How often do you print?
(Editor’s note: This guest article is by Julie Powell who lives in Narre Warren, Victoria, Australia. She is an award-winning still life photographer who loves to share her passion for this genre with others. She also loves helping other photographers learn this part of the craft. See more of her work on her website. Enjoy!) Learning a different genre of photography, or especially your first, there is often the angst about what settings to use … but it really does not have to get complicated. First, your subject is not going anywhere. They … [Read more...] about Looking at still life settings
Category: Travel Photographer: Artem Bali Photo: "stocks-1726" I have to say I laughed when I first saw this photograph by Artem Bali. But it really is the perfect travel photograph. It encompasses our thoughts as photographers when we see that photo perfect moment. Sure, the landscape could have been in focus and it probably would have been gorgeous. But by giving the A-OK gesture, it presents a little laughter and shows the enjoyment behind photography. Originally shared with the Photofocus Readers Flickr Group. Join the group and share … [Read more...] about Photographer of the Day: Artem Bali
If you've been wanting to take the plunge into real estate and architecture photography, now's your chance! Join Steve Rutherford, Master of Photography, for a special Skylum webinar on Wednesday, April 17 at 7 p.m. EDT / 4 p.m. PDT. With a long list of awards, high demand for his creative vision and hundreds seeking his training courses and seminars, Steve is clearly a photographic professional on the move. He is recognized as a Master of Photography in New Zealand and an Associate of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography. … [Read more...] about Get started in real estate and architecture photography with a Skylum webinar
https://soundcloud.com/photofocus/mind-your-own-business-podcast-with-bobbi-lane-photofocus-podcast-april-12-2019 Get the show here or get it on iTunes — Please, post a review on iTunes. Welcome to the Mind Your Own Business Podcast! Today we chat with commercial and portrait photographer Bobbi Lane! We discuss: How Bobbi got her start in photography How she constantly changes with technology to make her business more enjoyable. Why practice is so important in her business The latest trends photographers struggle with … [Read more...] about Mind Your Own Business Podcast with Bobbi Lane | Photofocus Podcast April 12, 2019
In this two-part video series, I will be going through the different sections of the DJI Go 4 app. The idea here is to get you in the air with the basic settings rather than an in-depth exploration of each one. I’ll be using my Inspire 2 drone with an iPad, which may have some options you don’t and some options you do, but the basics are there for most of the DJI drones and I will cover most of those. The Android version may also look different, but the basics are still applicable. Click here to view part one. Let's get started. Fly safe … [Read more...] about DJI Go 4 app: Basic setup for your drone, part two
Many photographers feel that they are limited in the final file size by the number of megapixels provided by their camera. In a way that’s true. In this tutorial I’ll give you a workaround to create huge, single image files with the camera you are currently using. Go big or go home In another post I shared getting a different look for your images by making panoramic photos. The idea here is to leverage that concept to the next level so we can have the size and shape photograph we would like, not just a long skinny image. The image … [Read more...] about How to get high megapixel files with the camera you already have
Category: Street Photographer: Denis Vuk Photo: “Walking away” This image by Denis Vuk titled "Walking away" instantly caught my eye for two reasons. One, I actually couldn't see the passerby at first and I love a good hunt in an image. And two, the crop. I love that you can't see everything and it leaves you guessing a bit. Originally shared with the Photofocus Readers Flickr Group. Join the group and share your photo or submit yours via the Photofocus website. … [Read more...] about Photographer of the Day: Denis Vuk
If you have a picture of somebody who drinks a lot of coffee or smokes cigarettes, or just as they age, you might notice that the teeth take on a slight discoloration. It's possible in Lightroom to use its Brush engine to target the area and give them a better smile. How do I whiten teeth? from Lightroom Classic CC: Tips and Quick Fixes by Richard Harrington … [Read more...] about Lightroom Classic CC: How do I whiten teeth?