Big news just crossed our desk. The popular photo sharing site Flickr has been bought by SmugMug. Previously Flickr was owned by Yahoo. Below are some details about the changes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4B_qlaN8C4 Why did SmugMug buy Flickr? An opportunity to join together two communities and businesses that share the same values was one we couldn’t pass up. Is SmugMug simply acquiring customers? Nope. Flickr will continue to operate separately, just as it has been. We’re excited to help Flickr grow! What will … [Read more...] about Flickr is Bought by SmugMug
On the heels of Yahoo's purchase by Verizon, SmugMug has bought former Yahoo property Flickr. SmugMug has promised that neither product is going anywhere, but has yet to offer any specific details about the future of Flickr. According to an FAQ page about the acquisition, "Flickr and SmugMug will continue to operate separately, just as both have been. Your SmugMug and Flickr accounts will remain separate and independent for the foreseeable future." "Flickr is an amazing community, full of some of the world's most passionate photographers. … [Read more...] about SmugMug Just Purchased Flickr
Our friends at Skylum--makers of Luminar--are sending Photofocus authors Levi Sim and Vanelli (that’s me) along with portrait photographer/Skylum Educator Abba Shapiro to St. Louis, MO to teach at ShutterFest on April 3 & 4, 2018! The team has put together a fun hands-on shooting station equipped with models and lighting. You bring your camera and we have everything else plus we will show you how to take your images into Luminar for a quick photo edit. I even created a new Sports Grit preset to share with you. If you can’t make it this … [Read more...] about Who’s Going to ShutterFest 2018?
Macphun maker of great software for Mac computers now works on Windows. With that addition, the company has changed its name to Skylum. Skylum featured Luminar 2018 at WPPI's Launch Pad event for new products, at a private party for influencers at KISS Miniature Golf and at a very busy booth on the Expo floor. Luminar 2018 The software is Skylum's finishing software for RAW and JPEG photographs. It is a stand-alone, perpetual license, non-subscription package that President Scott Bourne (founder of Photofocus.com) says is yours forever with … [Read more...] about Macphun is now Skylum! Luminar 2018 at WPPI
Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) is happening in Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay Convention Center. Here are a few booths that piqued the interest of show-goers... Light Meters Illuminati Instruments's booth featured their new incident light meter that connects with Bluetooth to iPhones and Androids. The meter can be up to 80 feet from the subject. Fashions Sew Trendy showcased fashions and accessories for photographers to enhance portrait, newborn and maternity sessions. Backgrounds U.K. based Click … [Read more...] about Cool Goods Designed to Excite Professional Photogs
Photofocus partners, Skylum software, have free passes to WPPI in Las Vegas. In fact, Photofocus writers Richard Harrington, Robert Vanelli, and Levi Sim will be speaking at their booth. Get a Free Pass This is 3-day expo for Wedding and Portrait Photographers is one of the biggest events of the year in Las Vegas. We hope to see you will at WPPI in Las Vegas, Feb. 26 - 28, 2018. Expo Hours Monday, Feb. 26, 10am-4pm Tuesday, Feb. 27, 10am-4pm Wednesday, Feb. 28 10am-3pm For free Expo Passes and discounts on Photo Walks, Plus … [Read more...] about Want a Free Pass to WPPI?
Coming to WPPI? Be sure to stop by the Skylum booth to learn about Luminar. You can learn from Photofocus authors Rich Harrington, Vanelli, and Levi Sim, as well as other top industry experts. Free Sessions All Day at Booth #462 We are very excited to share some of your favorite wedding and portrait photographers that will be speaking at our Skylum booth (#462) during WPPI's 3-day Expo. Plus, many of the speakers will be doing portfolio reviews! Jerry Ghionis Jerry Ghionis - How to Find Inspiration Speaking: Monday, Feb. 26 … [Read more...] about Free Classes at WPPI
Thanks to our many partners and sponsors, we're able to bring you all this great free content. Please forgive this brief mention of a few great deals. Consider checking them out and supporting our site. Special savings on Calibrators from Datacolor Photofocus Exclusive Deal on Luminar 2018 + Freebies Extra Savings on Perfectly Clear (Lowest Price Ever) Platypod Free Multi-Accessory Kit Big Savings on Used Gear from MPB.com We also put out a newsletter this weekend with TONS of free stuff. Get it here and be sure to signup … [Read more...] about Cyber Monday Deals
Photofocus partners mpb.com have a few special deals on used gear. Their marketplace is an awesome way to buy the gear you need or sell gear you don't. $100 off Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM II lenses $550 off Canon EOS 5DS R bodies $50 off Fuji X-T1 bodies $70 off Nikon AF-S 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR DX lenses … [Read more...] about Special Deals on Used Gear
A few weeks ago during Adobe Max 2018 some major updates were announced for the Adobe CC plans. While all of them were pretty exciting and amazing, (in theory), photographers were left pretty confused. The big question most of us had, was "What's up with this CC vs Classic thing for Lightroom?" and the more important one, "Should I upgrade/replace my currently Lightroom with the updated "Classic" and CC versions?" Making Sense of it All Well, to answer the specifics about Lightroom CC and Classic, I'll refer you to a few articles. What's … [Read more...] about Should You Update to Adobe Lightroom “Classic”?
For fans of the Nik Collection, big news just crossed our desk. Software maker DXO has purchased the Nik software tools from Google. They have announced plans to develop them into new products. The current tools (albeit outdated and not updated for several years) can be downloaded here for free. A new version is planned for mid -2018. It sounds like the handoff was mutually agreeable (but no information on how much the intellectual property sold for). “The Nik Collection gives photographers tools to create photos they absolutely love,” … [Read more...] about The Nik Collection Gets a Potential New Life
We've set up a single page where you can keep track of what's going on with the new Lightroom CC and the rebranded Lightroom Classic CC. Be sure to head on over to see all the stories. We'll be updating this page several times in the coming days, so be sure to book mark it. … [Read more...] about Learn All About the Changes to Lightroom Here
Big news today for fans of HDR photography and highly detailed images. The folks at Macphun have started taking pre-orders for Aurora HDR 2018. The update is focussed on creating highly realistic, detailed, and natural-looking images to unlock the beauty in your photography. The Photofocus team is hard at work on multiple reviews, so we'll bring you hands-on testing feedback shortly. But here's the big news. Aurora HDR is Cross Platform! Co-developed with renowned HDR photographer Trey Ratcliff, the new Aurora HDR 2018 is available … [Read more...] about Aurora HDR 2018 for Mac and Windows is Ready for Pre-order
Yesterday was Nikon's 100th birthday and its loyal photographers get the present: a new FX camera the Nikon D850. Details are sketchy. We don't know the shipping date or pricing information. What is known is this camera does something no other DSLR can. It makes 8k time lapse video. https://youtu.be/epaRJ3eqKzk Want to be one of the first to have a Nikon D850? Use this link to have B&H send an email when it's available. … [Read more...] about Nikon Celebrates its Centennial & Announces the D850
Photofocus would like to welcome Datacolor as a partner to our site. They may a great lineup of tools to help you ensure accurate color on your monitor and when printing. They have a special promotion Datacolor is offering a great promotion for July and August only that lets you switch from any brand calibrator to their top of the line Spyder5ELITE+. Whether you're using an older calibrator of theirs or anyone else's you can upgrade and save. What's in the Bundle The special upgrade includes Spyder5ELITE — Expert color accuracy … [Read more...] about Datacolor Offers Aggressive Upgrade Pricing to Get You to Switch
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
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
Olympus and B&H have partnered to make it easier than ever to acquire Olympus gear. Check it out at B&H. They're offering a trade-in and trade-up event. Simply take any unwanted ohoto gear that you have. You will receive $200.00 off your purchase of each select Olympus Camera & Lens, for a total of $800.00 + receive the value of the item you will be trading-in.Trade in any camera and/or lens and get up to an $800 Bonus. This offer valid 2/26—5/6/17. Here's what's on sale. PEN-F Mirrorless Micro Four … [Read more...] about Olympus Trade-In Program Announced
You may have heard there’s a little photography convention in Vegas every year. Over ten thousand photographers (mostly of the wedding and portrait variety) gather along with every possible associated vendor for the annual WPPI convention. Just the scale alone of the event is impressive. If you want some new inspiration or to further your understanding of the industry and it’s latest trends, WPPI is where you want to be. This was my second year attending the conference and I thought I’d share my personal take on the event. Previously held in … [Read more...] about My WPPI 2017 Experience
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
Tamron redefines the fast telephoto zoom category with the introduction of the next generation 70-200mm f/2.8 zoom and introduces a compact, high-performance 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 di ii vc hld ultra-wide angle zoom with vibration compensation. February 6, 2017, Commack, NY- Tamron, a leading manufacturer of optics for diverse applications, announces the launch of two new lenses--SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A025) and 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD (Model B023). The SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 The SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 is a … [Read more...] about Tamron Announces Two New Promising Lenses
WPPI 2017 is literally just around the corner! And with that in mind, the team at over at WPPI has issued another bust of awesome information! If you're attending be sure to reach out to the Photofocus community and say hello. Maybe we'll see you at the events listed below! Access to Constructive Insight, Critique, and Knowledge from Renowned Judges Offers Unique Learning Opportunity; Represents the True Essence of WPPI and Its Community Amidst the abundance of seminars, workshops, photo walks, and other educational programming at the … [Read more...] about Attending WPPI’s Annual 16×20 Live Print, Album, and Filmmaking Judging Might Be the Best Overall Education You Ever Receive
More than 230 leading manufacturers of photographic, video, and other visual communication hardware, software and professional services will demonstrate the latest products and services to thousands of photographers and filmmakers attending the annual Wedding & Portrait Photography International (WPPI) Conference + Expo at the Las Vegas Convention Center from February 5-9, 2017. With more than 200 educational seminars, workshops, photo walks, and large exhibition hall, WPPI has become the largest and most anticipated event for wedding and … [Read more...] about WPPI 2017 is the Launch Pad for New Products and Exhibitor Services
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
Hot off the presses from the fine folks at PDN and Rangefinder, the keynote speakers for this years Wedding and Portrait Photography International Conference in Las Vegas have been released! Check out the official release below for all the juicy details and I hope to see you all there! Renowned Photographers Offer Knowledge and Inspiration During Daily Keynote Presentations at WPPI 2017 Jerry Ghionis, Sue Bryce, and Me Ra Koh Discuss Valuable Career Lessons, Building Confidence as a Photographer, and Realizing Your Dreams New York, NY – … [Read more...] about WPPI 2017 Keynote Speakers Announced!
Portrait of Jim DiVitale ©Jack Reznicki Jim DiVitale, commercial photographer, educator, writer, mentor and artist died on December 13, 2016 at the Hospice Atlanta Center surrounded by is wife and friends. Jim or "Jimmy D" shared his knowledge of photography, Photoshop, digital capture and generous spirit with everyone he met. Jim's passion for photography led him to teach at the Art Institute of Atlanta, for the Professional Photographers of America, at Orvieto Fotographia, Fotofusion, and at thirty Photoshop World conventions starting in … [Read more...] about Jim DiVitale, Photographer, Digital Pioneer 1957 – 2016
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
Daylight savings time is over. We are back on standard time. While all of us go through home and office changing the hands and digits so they read one hour earlier, most photographers forget to change the time on their camera. Fall back time for cameras too Twice a year it's time to check the date and time settings on our cameras. This is super simple on most cameras. Go the the Date/Time tab on the camera's menu, choose it and turn Daylight Savings to read "Off." While you are in the menu, check to see the date and time are actually … [Read more...] about Fall Back! Update Your Camera’s Time Today
When LinkedIn teamed up with Microsoft they created LinkedIn Learning. To celebrate --and to introduce the world to their video library– all courses on LinkedIn Learning are 100% free to watch during the WEEK OF LEARNING OCTOBER 24-30. With over 9,000-plus course in their library covering everything from mastering inside sales to animation to becoming a web developer and of course Photography, it’s a treasure cove of knowledge! Photofocus Authors on LinkedIn Learning Photofocus was created by Scott Bourne 18 years ago as a free website to … [Read more...] about Introducing the FREE Week of Learning on LinkedIn
We've got a great speaker lineup for Thursday at Photo Plus Expo. In addition to our own Vanelli, Richard Harrington, and Levi Sim, we're honored to have George Redhawk, Kristi Sherk, Troy Plota,and Sascha Scheider joining us, and they're going to show you how to make photographs that'll make your work stand out from the crowd. Win A Camera! If you come to our booth, not only will get some terrific education free of charge, you'll also be able to enter our drawing for a brand new camera! And it happens to be a top-of-the-line mirrorless … [Read more...] about Live Speaker Schedule for Thursday at Photo Plus Expo