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
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
On OCT. 20 - 22, 2016, several members of the Photofocus team will be at the annual Photo Plus Expo. The event is located at Javits Convention Center, in New York City. Meet our Authors Kevin Ames Rich Harrington Nick Minore Kristi Sherk Levi Sim Rob Sylvan Robert Vanelli Free Tickets If you’d like to go to the show and visit the show floor - we have good news. Receive a FREE 3-Day Expo Only Pass by registering through this link. The promo code will be applied automatically. Go On a Photo Walk We've also got … [Read more...] about Come See Photofocus At The Photo Plus Expo In New York City
At Photokina 2016, Sigma announced two new additions to their globally renowned ART series of DSLR lenses. 12-24mm f/4.0 DG HSM | A ultra1wide angle zoom lens for Canon, Nikon & Sigma full frame DSLR 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM | A short telephoto portrait lens for Canon, Nikon & Sigma full frame DSLR 12-24mm f/4.0 DG HSM | Art Architectural, interior, landscape and nature photographers will love this Art version of Sigmas venerable 12-24mm ultra-wide zoom lens. This beauty promises a significant update to the previous … [Read more...] about Two New Sigma Art Lenses
LinkedIn purchased Lynda.com; an online learning company, on April 7, 2015 for $1.5 billion. In June of this year--according to Forbes--Microsoft announced they have entered into a definitive agreement under which they will acquire LinkedIn for $196 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at $26.2 billion, inclusive of LinkedIn’s net cash. Sounds impressive, but what does this mean for Photographers and those wanting to learn on their own? What does this mean for those of us who create content for Lynda.com? What is Lynda.com and why … [Read more...] about Lynda.com joined with LinkedIn Learning: What does this mean for Photographers?
You may remember that Photofocus was one of the first sites to tell you about Plotagraph Pro. This amazing software offers photographers the chance to easily animate still images. This works with ANY still photo, you can animate a photo you shoot today or one from a hundred years ago. Absolutely no video is required. Since we first told you about it, they've added a bunch of new features. It's also even easier to use (here's a quick tutorial). The big news is this... because so many have asked... there's now a trial version. This … [Read more...] about Plotagraph Pro News
Apple held it’s annual fall keynote in San Francisco and launched the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. While mostly an understated launch, Apple spent a lot of time hyping the new photography features, including introducing a brand-new dual camera on the iPhone 7 Plus. Let’s take a look at some of the new features from the keynote: Having sold over 1 billion devices, Apple’s iPhone has essentially become the most popular point-and-shoot camera in the world. It’s the camera that’s always with you and the most accessible. Whether you’re a hobbyist or … [Read more...] about New Cameras in the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus
For many... it's the camera they've been waiting years for. The new 5D Mark IV has a lot to be excited about (see Levi Sim's rundown). With an expected release date of late September... waiting can be hard. But here's a few things to do to speed things up. Order Early Those who get in line first, tend to get their cameras first. If this is important to your workflow, then put the order in. You can always return the camera if it doesn't meet your needs. Here's the direct links to order Canon EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR Camera (Body … [Read more...] about Want to Get Your Hands on a Canon 5D Mark IV Early?
All is now well with DroboPIx! The app that was released on July 19th automatically downloads iPhone and iPad photos to Drobo network connected devices--the five bay 5N or the 8bay B810n. Briefly, the problem was that screenshots made by pressing the home and power buttons together appeared to be corrupt. As you can see these screenshot I made from the just released September 2016 issue of Vanity Fair, DroboPix is working properly. With the release of DroboPix 1.0.19, the issue is resolved. If your iPhone or iPad has auto update turned on the … [Read more...] about DroboPix PNG Bug Fixed!
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
You've got to admire Microsoft. The company certainly has no shortage of tech and engineers and they just threw a bunch of really cool things together into a new camera app. It's called Microsoft Pix and it seeks to replace your iPhone's built-in camera app. Key Features The goal of Microsoft Pix is to make it easier to capture better photos and to not miss the moment. Here's a breakdown on how it works. The fact that it automatically syncs with your camera roll is very appealing. People-First – Photos with people are … [Read more...] about Microsoft Creates a Better iPhone Camera
I recently posted a tutorial about installing and using the wonderful new free DroboPix app for Drobo N devices. You might have noticed JPG files that won't draw a preview in Bridge. The "bug" Double click on one of the files will open it correctly in the default Mac program Preview. If you have changed the double click to use Photoshop in the Get Info box, the file will open with this message. The files are not corrupt. They have been improperly named during import. These are screenshots I made with my iPad. Screenshots … [Read more...] about DroboPix “Corrupt” JPGs Bug
(NOTE: This post is best viewed on a laptop or desktop computer. We're experimenting with the plugin that allows these images to display and performance on a mobile device has yet to be optimized. Thank you.) If you’ve been paying attention at all during the last five years, you've seen the expansion (and popularity) of digital video, Many photographers have felt the need to add video to their services if they want to remain relevant (and especially if they want to get paid). The Problem With many photographers now adding “director” to … [Read more...] about Announcing Plotagraph – A Whole New Way Of Creating Dynamic Images
We wanted to let you know about a special deal that’s running that features a bunch of the Photofocus team. It’s called the Big Deal and you get a lot of awesome stuff including training and software.You’ll find four contributors from the Photofocus team 3 Scott Bourne ebooks DSLR Video training with Rich Harrington Photoshop training with Dave Cross Lighting training video with Joe McNally Plus great software like Perfect Eyes Macphun Tonality Photo Mechanic Particle Shop Topaz Clarity A lot of great other … [Read more...] about Photofocus Team Participates in the Big Deal
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released the "Operation and Certification of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems" final rule for non-hobby and non-recreational purposes today. Read on for a brief summary. The whole summary of part 107 is here. The rules take effect in 60 days. Highlights of part 107 The rule includes UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) that weigh less than 55 pounds (25kg.) These aircraft may not be used over crowds of people not involved in its operation. Drones my not be operated inside a covered structure or stationary … [Read more...] about FAA Releases Drone Rule