Finally! Its been forever, but Apple has given us a dark mode in their new release of OS 10.10 Yosemite, bringing a black menu bar and a whole bunch of new features. Its surprising how much nicer the black menu bar is once you try it. When I first installed Yosemite, my eyes were always drawn to the stark-white bar on the top of my screen. With the black menu bar, it fits perfectly with the black bezel on my laptop, and looks great with my Adobe applications. Adobe launched dark versions of Photoshop in the CS6 collection and Ive since wanted a … [Read more...] about The Black Menu Bar is Finally Here!
Disclaimer: As a member of Sony's Artisans of Imagery program, I recently had the opportunity to extensively use an internal copy of the newly announced (and not-yet-released) Sony Zeiss FE 16-35mm f/4 lens. This review chronicles my experiences while using this lens in the field. Additionally, all photos and opinions are based off of a pre-production version of this lens. Any aspect of this lens are subject to change when released by Sony. Switching to Sony When Sony first announced their disruptive line of full-frame mirrorless cameras with … [Read more...] about Exclusive Hands-on Review: The Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS Lens
We've seen some pretty cool new companies and products throughout the history of the industry. With a record number of photographers and constant technological advancements of new equipment, rental companies have boomed with the curiosity of growing photographers. And personally, I'm grateful for the services these rental companies provide the industry in allowing artists to keep their pocket book in check with the ability to "rent" rather than buy. But now the Tennessee based rental company, LensRentals, has added a new "Keeper" rental … [Read more...] about NEWS: LensRentals.com Changes the Rental Market with a “Rent it then Keep It” Program
iPhone Day! Yesterday, I woke up at 6AM morning to head over to the Apple Store at Pioneer Place in Portland, OR. It was "iPhone Day" after all and there was a 128GB silver iPhone 6 Plus with my name on it somewhere in that store. Fortunately, I successfully preordered mine last Friday and somehow managed to be the very first person in the Reservations line, whereas the line for the day-of purchasers literally wrapped around the entire city block. But based on the global news reporting on this launch, no one should be surprised. The Face Off … [Read more...] about Photo Face Off: iPhone 6 vs Android
On a recent Hot Gear Podcast, Rich Harrington sat with Chase Reynolds over at LensRentals.com to talk about the hot products that they just can't seem to keep on their shelves. And of course, with the recent release of the Nikon D810, it's made the hot topic on this month's "Hot Gear" Segment. Start listening to their conversation around 36:00. Get the show here or get it on iTunes Don't forget to post a review on iTunes. So what is it about this new Nikon D810 that has photographers to jazzed up? According to Chase, this is going to … [Read more...] about Hot Gear: The Nikon D810
Just this morning, onOne Software announced their brand-new version, the Perfect Photo Suite 9! I've had a chance to take a look at this new software in-action, and they have definitely added some upgrade-worthy features. I don't have my hands on it yet, but when I do I'll be sure to post some follow-ups on the new features. onOne has been doing a great job of making the suite an all-in-one photo-editor. Sure, it doesn't have a RAW processor, but if you have a nice, clean JPEG or RAW file then you can get a lot out of it. I have been a fan of … [Read more...] about Just Announced! onOne Software’s Perfect Photo Suite 9
I'm a formal student of photography and probably will be a life-long student of it, and I'm faced with constant struggles in class. Although fighting through the completion of degree (that doesn't necessarily help you to not become a starving artist) is a very real, hefty and common problem that students face, there are deeper and more dampening issues for those photography protgs--especially for those who have been fueled by their passion and took it upon themselves to study and experiment, which includes me. While every student's education … [Read more...] about The Real Student Struggle
Photoshop World is my time to be selfish. All year long I help others develop their skills in Photography, Photoshop and yes Martial Arts. When I attend this conference I get to relax and have fun while learning new skills and meeting old and soon to be new friends. I plan my days to get the most of PSW. Kelby One host two Photoshop Worlds every year; East Coast and West Coast. I have had the honor to attend all of them (except for 1) since 1999. Most people don't have the luxury to attend the conference twice a year so selecting classes may be … [Read more...] about 12 Tips for Getting the Most out of Photoshop World
Going to Photoshop World or live near Las Vegas? Join us for an event just for Photofocus.com readers. Get to know our team and provide feedback on our website, podcasts, and hangouts. We look forward to meeting you at Photoshop World. Date & Time: September 5th, 2014, 8am Location: Bayside Buffet @ Mandalay Bay Hotel Hosted By: Rich Harrington & Melissa Niu RSVP Here to Reserve a Spot. … [Read more...] about Photofocus.com Reader Breakfast in Las Vegas at Photoshop World
LensRentals.com is a partner here at Photofocus for the simple fact that we love renting their gear, we can always count on them to deliver our gear on time for our commercial and personal shoots, and the people that we work with there are simply awesome. We get to pick the brains of their team of experts before each rental to make sure we're getting everything we need for our shoots. It's seriously a win win and it's changed the convenience and level of professionalism in my own personal style of work. And of course, we're hooking you up … [Read more...] about Great Deals to Try Gear Before You Buy
This week's podcast is a whopper... packed with information and inspiration. We have the world's most popular photo instructor, Scott Kelby to share tips and news. Then Rich Harrington and Chase Reynolds explore new gear from Nikon and Sony. Lastly Levi Sim sits down with portrait photographer and Photofocus writer Kevin Ames. Get the show here or get it on iTunes Don't forget to post a review on iTunes. Scott Kelby Scott Kelby is the President and CEO of KelbyOne, is also the original Photoshop Guy, is the Cofounder and CEO of Kelby … [Read more...] about Scott Kelby, Kevin Ames & Hot Gear| Photofocus Podcast 8/5/14
Editor's Note: The cheapest rate for Photoshop World ends August 5. Click here to save $150 off the full price. We'll be holding a get together for Photofocus readers. Photoshop World Conference will mark it's 30th event this September in Las Vegas. I've gone to every event except one. I found myself reminiscing on my first conference when I heard Photofocus was giving away 10 tickets to the event. I quickly listed several reasons why you should attend, then I decided to make it entertaining. I wrote a self-reflecting story on my Photoshop … [Read more...] about Photoshop World turns 30: Why should you attend this year?
Don't miss our next Google Hangout. The event is Monday, July 28, 2014. Its absolutely free to attend thanks to LensRentals.com. It starts at 7PM Eastern/4PM Pacific. We also have one ticket to give away to Photoshop World to an attendee. Must be present to win. Join us for our newest Google+ Hangout for photographers Mind Your Own Business. This event is produced in partnership with Skip Cohen University and LensRentals.com. Sign up here. This months topic is The Importance of Special Projects. Were joined by Kevin Kubota. He is … [Read more...] about Master Your Photo Business with Kevin Kubota
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. 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. 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. 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 – 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. Get the show here or get it on iTunes Don't forget to post a review on iTunes. Mike Corrado Mike Corrado is a photographer and visual artist with over 35 years experience. He also works with Nikon as the Manager of Nikon … [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