The beta for Apple OS X Yosemite is expected to drop tomorrow (Thursday, July 24). This is a public beta program that allows the first 1 million users signed up to test drive the next release of OS X. The goal is to try it out and submit your feedback to Apple. Some official details... What is the OS X Beta Program? OS X Yosemite will be available this fall. The OS X Beta Program lets you take part in shaping it by test-driving pre-release versions and letting us know what you think. Your comments will help us make OS X better for all Mac … [Read more...] about Want to Get OSX Yosemite First (And Free)?
Over two months ago our partner, LensRentals announced the exciting Lenscap and Lenscap+ protection plans and decided to celebrate with a camera contest by giving away a hot new camera to one lucky winner. This winner chosen got chance to choose either a brand new Canon 5D Mk III or a brand new Nikon D800. And today, we'd like to congratulate Aimee Martin! Aimee decided to stick with her love for Nikon and chose a brand new Nikon D800. I asked Aimee her thoughts and besides her being completely shocked and nearly falling out of her chair, … [Read more...] about The Winner of the LensRentals.com Camera Contest
Apple announced today that it will no longer add features to its professional imaging application Aperture. Apple will continue to update camera formats for the foreseeable future. Apple is folding iPhoto and Aperture into its new release of the Photos app included in the recently announced Mac OSX Yosemite operating system coming this fall. The announcement quoted below from The Loop's Jim Dalrymple says in part that "With the introduction of the new Photos app and iCloud Photo Library, enabling you to safely store all of your photos in … [Read more...] about Apple Discontinues Aperture
We have a brand new book coming out soon (it's out)... and it's ALL about Lightroom. The Develop Great Images in Lightroom book features techniques from Nicole S. Young, Levi Sim, Rob Sylvan, Rich Harrington, and Gerard Murphy. It clocks in at more than 200 pages and includes a few bonus videos too. The book's list price is $19.99... but for one month it will be free (thanks to the great folks at Mosaic Archive). We'll have more details soon. The book is sitting at Apple waiting for approval... but we'll let you know as soon as its … [Read more...] about Would You Like Free iBooks?
New in Adobe Photoshop CC 2014, Focus Area will allow you to automatically turn the in-focus areas of your photos into a selection! This is perfect if you're looking to replace the background of an image. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AW3HWthWIUE&list=PLuQZzG-z6zBIaIYqGyjmf7GTfubVQCK2F&index=3] Stay tuned for more tutorials and features of Adobe Creative Cloud throughout the week. To see more of Howard's work and tutorials, head to www.iceflowstudios.com. … [Read more...] about Adobe Photoshop CC 2014 – Focus Area Selections
I'm a big fan of Mosaic (and it's not just because they partner with us on Photofocus). I've been using their software and tools from the very beginning. Mosaic just made their service a must have for everyone who uses Lightroom (I've got a full review coming soon). But I wanted to tell you about a great deal ASAP. Deal #1 The Plugin is 100% Free Get the Lightroom Plugin at ZERO cost here. Once you install it, it will sync whichever photos you tell it to your Google Drive. You get 15GB on Google Drive (enough to hold about 30,000 photos) … [Read more...] about A Great Deal for all Lightroom Users on Mosaic
New in Adobe Photoshop CC, the Content-Aware tools you know and love just got better with color adaptation! Turning this option on tells Photoshop to better deal with gradients and color variation when healing a photo. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XOCegg0BU8&index=2&list=PLuQZzG-z6zBIaIYqGyjmf7GTfubVQCK2F] Stay tuned for more tutorials and features of Adobe Creative Cloud throughout the week. To see more of Howard's work and tutorials, head to www.iceflowstudios.com. … [Read more...] about Adobe Photoshop CC 2014 – Content-Aware Improvements
Today Adobe announced some pretty exciting things that will help designers, artists, creatives and of course photographers. Photofocus author, Howard Pinksy, put together his Top 4 Features within the new improved Creative Cloud: Focus Area, improvements to Content Aware, the new Spin Blur in the Blur Gallery and improvements to the type tool. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnDNRHbOXP0?list=UU48fSJKMFBka3Zl0u7DGf0A] Stay tuned for more tutorials and features of Adobe Creative Cloud throughout the week. To see more of Howard's work … [Read more...] about Adobe Photoshop CC 2014 – Top 4 Features
Adobe has posted a new Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw 8.5 plug-in. There are separate pages to download for both Photoshop CS6 and Photoshop CC customers from Adobe Labs. The update is free. This plugin is considered a release, which means that it is considered "well tested." However, Adobe would like to get additional community testing before it is distributed automatically to all of its customers. The Camera Raw 8.5 update includes new features and support for many new cameras. You can post feedback here Discuss Camera Raw. Added … [Read more...] about Adobe Adds More Cameras in this Free Camera Raw Update
If you want to learn more about Photoshop, Lightroom, and photography don't miss Photoshop World September 3-5, 2014 in Las Vegas. Want the best price? Then you need to act now. We've partnered with KelbyOne (the producers) to get you a fantastic deal. Get 3 full days of training for only $475. That's $224 off the regular price for the event (but you must register on or before June 2, 2014). Click here to register and be sure to use our special code PSWFOCUS414. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQb7ar5Ow38 The Deadline to Get the Best Price … [Read more...] about Photoshop World Deal — Only $475 (Register By 6/2/2014)
If you're a Canon body owner, you might think that getting some good spare batteries for cheap would be a great idea! That would mean hours upon hours of shooting, right? Well, those hours could be substantially cut down and could cause some other frustration. The horrible keyword is "cheap." Ya dig? I love saving money, although I'm horrible at it. Wait, I should rephrase that. I love finding deals. Quite often, you'll be able to find some third party batteries for popular Canon bodies for a relatively inexpensive price--$15 for a battery! … [Read more...] about Canon’s Common Counterfeits
I'm a big fan of Photoshop World (this will be number 21 for me in fact). I always find classes I love and new things to learn at the event. We've partnered with KelbyOne (the producers) to get you a fantastic price. Get 3 full days of training for only $475. That's $224 off the regular price for the event (but you must register on or before June 2, 2014). Click here to register and be sure to use our special code PSWFOCUS414. A little more about the event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXzfVxsOa_I Learn from top instructors Get more … [Read more...] about How to Save More than $200 on Photoshop World
This is a guest post by Karen Whitehead, a film director. She's completed her film on Jini Dellaccio called "Her Aim is True." If you were asked to name some of the boldest images of 20th century rock photography, you could be forgiven for not mentioning, Neil Young flying like a bird on his Laurel Canyon rooftop, one of the earliest documented performance moments of The Whos Pete Townsends guitar flying through the air, a bunch of punk rockers lounging high in a tree, circa 1964. Remember that date! When I decided to tell the unknown … [Read more...] about Finding the First Woman Photographer of Cool: Jini Dellaccio
Pentax 645D, 25mm f/4 AL (IF) SDM AW Lens, f/11, five frame HDR, ISO 200. Lately, I've been exploring medium format photography. I recently rented a Pentax 645D digital medium format kit from LensRentals.com. This let me really test out the format and the camera. What I Got The kit I tried included the camera body and three lenses. I also found that the battery was really good. It lasted all day without dropping below half. It's a wonderful setup, and LensRentals' service was superb with phone calls to help me with a question, and clear … [Read more...] about Is Bigger Better? Exploring Medium Format Photography
Twitter just got a lot more photographer friendly. You can now enhance your profile to really feature you or your work. The new changes make the profile much more visual. Add a larger profile photo. This can be your portrait or business icon. It's now much easier to read. Custom headers. Put a large banner image that showcases one of your best photos or a behind the scenes shot. Pin a Tweet. Keep a recent tweet near the top of your timeline. Easily Share Photos. Your shared photos are much easier to see with a dedicated tab. Speaking … [Read more...] about Time to Enhance Your Twitter Profile
This week's podcast takes a look at two very different topics in the photo industry. Our first guest Mike Corrado discusses his concert photography and passion projects. Then we catch up with Photofocus contributor and industry expert Gerard Murphy about photo sharing services like SnapChat and the new Lightroom Mobile. [soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/144358550" params="auto_play=false&hide_related=false&visual=true" width="100%" height="175" iframe="true" /] Get the show here or get it on iTunes Don't forget to … [Read more...] about Mike Corrado & Gerard Murphy | Photofocus Podcast 4/15/14
Did you miss Photoshop World in Atlanta? Don't worry, the Vegas version is just around the corner. The folks over at Kelby One have an extremely time-limited deal, attend for only $399 (expires April 14th at 11:59pm ET). Photoshop World is back again September 3-5 at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino Convention Center. Get the lowest rate out there are only $399. Take advantage of over 50 new classes in over 7 key learning tracks. You'll learn about Photoshop, Lightroom, Photography, Lighting and more. Use the code PSWSPECIAL at … [Read more...] about Photoshop World Vegas Special — Expires 4/14/14
Whether you're new to photography or a seasoned pro, gear is an essential piece of image capturing. And finding the right gear for your needs is a very important part of communicating your point of view. We as photographers deal with budgets and affording the most expensive gear is not always an option. With that being said, we are thrilled to announce our partnership with the first original rental company, LensRentals.com and the benefits you'll receive because of this partnership. For the next few months, our team of writers will be … [Read more...] about Our New Partnership with LensRentals.com and What it Means for You
This week's podcast adds a brand new guest as well as a segment to the show. First up, Rich catches up with Drew Geraci of District 7 Media who's timelapse and HDR photography has appeared in television shows and commercials. Then Melissa Niu chats with Chase Reynolds and Joey Miller about the most in-demand gear and what's hot in the photo world. [soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/143203037" params="auto_play=false&hide_related=false&visual=true" width="100%" height="175" iframe="true" /] Get the show here or get … [Read more...] about Drew Geraci & Hot Gear Segment | Photofocus Podcast 4/5/14
With Photoshop World quickly approaching and other conferences creeping up this fall, I want to plant some seeds into your head that hopefully can help you understand the benefit that these types of conferences can have; both personally and for your business. Yes, Photoshop World is a partner and they are dear friends of ours, but regardless of that relationship, I want to be very candid about the positive and priceless experience these types of conferences can have for you, regardless of your photography skill level. ---- 1. … [Read more...] about Five Top Reasons Why You Should Attend Photo Conferences
This week's podcast features three great folks from the photo industry. First up Rich Harrington catches up with one of the best image makers on the planet, Joe McNally. Melissa Niu then catches up with photographer and Adobe expert Terry White. You'll then learn all about ViewBug, a great site for entering photo contests and winning prizes. [soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/137985922" params="auto_play=false&hide_related=false&visual=true" width="100%" height="450" iframe="true" /] Here is the new podcast … [Read more...] about Joe McNally, Terry White & Ori Guttin | Photofocus Podcast 3/5/14
Scott Bourne's new book 72 Essays on Photography is now available in Apple's iBookstore. You can read the book on Mac or iPad with the iBooks application. To see the book click here https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/72-essays-on-photography/id816021495?ls=1&mt=11. Scott spent 40 years as a photographer and has crafted several inspirational essays to help photographers find their spirit. I have been learning the lessons I share in this book for 40 years. It took me a long time, a bunch of mistakes and tons of failed starts and stops to … [Read more...] about 72 Essays on Photography Now for iPad & Mac
3D Printing is a relatively new industry that makes it possibly to print physical copies of objects. Adobe recently announced that Photoshop CC has radically simplifying the 3D print process for creatives. Need a perfect prop for your shoot... no problem. Need to make a prototype to show your client... you got it. With this new release, it is no longer difficult to create and print a beautiful, physical object. As part of a major update to Adobe Creative Cloud, the new 3D printing capabilities available in Photoshop CC enable Creative Cloud … [Read more...] about Adobe Announces 3D Printing in Just One Click
Before I begin, let me state that my shop is cross platform. We use both Mac and Windows. The Mac just celebrated it's 30th birthday. I've been using them for that long and owned one for 24 years (no, not the same one). Apple recently released an interactive survey where which built a cool interactive timeline about Mac customers. Here it is. http://www.apple.com/30-years/your-first-mac/. You can choose which Mac was your first and why you bought it. I was really intrigued by which market segments drive purchases. Some REAL surprises … [Read more...] about Where Does Photography on the Mac Rate as a Reason to Buy?
We're holding a Google Hangout today (meaning Wednesday, January 22). The topic is Lightroom and we're going to tackle every photographer's New Year's resolution (getting organized). You'll learn important strategies for import and keeping your photos safe. Of course we'll thrown in a few tips on developing (we can't help ourselves). Here is the URL https://plus.google.com/events/cecgikt5m6fmor43en4ev2s9634 Get Organized in Photoshop Lightroom Wednesday, January 22 | 10:00AM PT 1:00PM ET Join hosts Rob Sylvan and Levi Sim plus special … [Read more...] about Don’t Miss Today’s Hangout on Lightroom + A Great Prize
As the new year rings close, we are opening up new and exciting opportunities to our audience. We know the endless amount of talent that is out there and I'm sure there are many that read Photofocus that would like to have a voice to share their passion. If you are an artist that has a story, a tutorial, inspiration or an educational article that you'd like to share on the Photofocus platform, we want to hear from you! The Photofocus audience is the most important asset to the success of this site. So we want to constantly add good and … [Read more...] about Guest Contributors on Photofocus
As I was browsing my Twitter feed... the following infographic popped up. Keeping in mind that infographics are created by marketing people most often, you have to take these facts with a grain of salt... The ad (I mean infographic) is for a new Windows model of a smartphone. Fortunately, they do provide sources for their claims (see the bottom of this page). 90% of People Have Only Taken Photos on a camera Phone vs. a Camera This report released earlier this year points out that there are 5.2 Billion mobile phones on the planet for a … [Read more...] about 90% of People Have Only Taken a Photo with a Camera Phone in Their Lifetime?
At Photofocus, we try to keep an eye on how our photos get used. Social media has changed the landscape for photographers. We try to spot uses that we think need to be pointed out the the photographic community. Google+ is following Facebook's footsteps and using the content you post - including photographs - to sell advertiser's products. Google+ has no intent of sharing that revenue with you. The policy is rolling out now and is expected to be fully implemented by November 11. The big part to be concerned about is the section on Shared … [Read more...] about Why Google’s Shared Endorsements Could Be A Bad Thing for Photographers – Or Not
Those of you who caught our recent Google+ hangout we're treated to a sneak peek of the new Photomatix 5. The software has some great new additions including a contrast optimizer option which works great to create subtle images that still pop. Here are the details of what's new. Updates in Photomatix Pro 5.0 Beta New Tone Mapping method named Contrast Optimizer, which is is good at producing realistic-looking results while still enhancing shadows and highlights. Contrast Optimizer can be accessed via the Method combo-box or by selecting the … [Read more...] about Try Out the Public Beta of Photomatix 5
Some readers have asked about other ways to see our website. We've got several ways to make it easier not to miss great photo stories. I hope these methods help you keep up on the latest photo news and inspiration. Twitter Feed Our is just the headlines for each story. This is a way to get just what's new with no conversation or opinions. If you want to keep up on the posts as they happen, this a great way. Email Subscription Subscribe to get each post by email. Just click the follow button in the lower right corner or use the subscribe … [Read more...] about How to Get Every Photofocus Story