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
Every day, more photos are taken with the iPhone than any other camera. This is a simple fact that even Apple's competition hasn't tried to dispute. With the announcement of the new iPhone 5S and a beefier camera, it's probable that there is less chance of that fact changing any time soon. I was honored to be invited by my old friend Leo Laporte to be a guest on his popular This Week in Tech (TWIT) show yesterday to discuss and critique the iPhone 5S announcement. We did the show live and like the rest of you, got bit by bit, the details of … [Read more...] about Apple Announces The iPhone 5S – It May Become The Most Popular Smartphone Camera Ever
This year's Las Vegas edition of Photoshop World was one of the best ever in my opinion. I always have loved this show. Even when I wasn't speaking I would always try to go. I learn something new every time I go to PSW - whether or not I am teaching. This year's theme was Top Gun and as always, was entertaining. After playing the Top Gun video we heard a moving, transforming, inspiring talk from Brooke Shaden. Brooke is a fine art photographer who at just 26 years old, has a complete sense of who she is, what she wants and how she wants to … [Read more...] about Photoshop World 2013 Wrap Up & Mini Review
If you are an Adobe customer, you have no reason to not be using the latest version of the tools. If your a current Adobe customer whop owns Photoshop CS3 or higher, there is a great new (extremely time-limited) deal. You can get Photoshop CC. Lightroom 5 20 GB of online storage Behance ProSite Ongoing upgrades and updates to Photoshop and Lightroom How much you ask? $9.99/month Thats right... $9.99 a month (pricing varies outside of the US). For those of you who said Creative Cloud was too expensive... are you happy now? The … [Read more...] about Adobe Creative Cloud for Photographers Costs Less than Three Lattes
Follow Rich on If you're a Mac user, two new camera updates have shipped. OS X Mountain Lion provides system-level support for digital camera RAW formats. In order to use these files, you can access them through Aperture or iPhoto on your Mac. You can also browse at the system level looking through folders. Supported by Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 4.08 Canon EOS 70D Fujifilm X-M1 Leica M Leica M Monochrom Nikon COOLPIX P330 Pentax 645D Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II Supported by Digital Camera RAW … [Read more...] about Mac User? Time to Update Your Raw Support
If you follow this blog regularly you know I am a huge fan of the mirror-less cameras and micro four thirds in particular. I own and shoot with a significant Olympus OMD EM5 system (with almost every lens Olympus makes) and I also use a Fuji X100s. I love these cameras. I love the small form factor. I love the light weight and the image quality that you can wrangle out of them if you know what you are doing. I love the fact that they can produce professional-quality photos but don't draw attention or intimidate subjects. But there is a dark … [Read more...] about There Is Potential Bad News For Micro Four Thirds And Mirror-less Camera Shooters
Adobe is preparing to release a new version of Adobe Camera Raw (version 8.2 to be exact). Whether you use Photoshop or Lightroom, this matters as it changes the foundation of both apps. Adobe has a sneak peek of the update over at Adobe Labs. You can download the release candidate for free. First up, the software is for BOTH CS6 and Creative Cloud. Adobe has continued to support CS6 users who haven't switched to the Cloud (good news). Creative Cloud Users CLICK HERE Creative Suite 6 Users CLICK HERE New Features So what's new? There are … [Read more...] about What You Need to Know About the New Update to Adobe Camera Raw
Regular readers know that I am a big supporter of photographic education. I know that times are tough for many of you. I know that $598 is a lot of money to come up with. I want to help. I've given out scholarships to lots of events. And this year I am continuing my pledge to help people attend Photoshop World in Las Vegas. The event is September 4-6 in Las Vegas. So here's the deal. If you want to come, and you REALLY can't afford it, I'll chip in. I'll score you a full conference ticket worth $598 if you can convince me of the following 1. … [Read more...] about More Scholarships – This Time To Photoshop World Vegas
I am a very fortunate man. I get to call Scott Kelby a pal. He's been there for me any time I've needed him and he's literally one of the nicest guys in the industry. I've in turn done everything I can to help him, not that he needs any help from me :) But perhaps one of the biggest honors in my career was bestowed upon me a few years ago when Scott asked me to join the PSW faculty for the fall show in Vegas. I've been fortunate enough to be invited to speak there the last several years and am happy to report that I will be speaking again … [Read more...] about Why I Think You Should Consider Attending Photoshop World – September 4-6 – Las Vegas
One of my favorite times of year (it happens twice) is Photoshop World. Very soon in Las Vegas you can attend this great event to learn more about Photoshop, Lightroom, Photography, and Design. Both Scott and I will be speaking at the event, so you'll want to catch up. We'll have more details soon, but I wanted to let you know how to save $150. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTnku5i7X6c] Register Before August 2 and watch this video for a special code. That's it... hope to see some of you there. ______ … [Read more...] about Want to Save $150 on Photoshop World?
For those of you waiting... the new Adobe Creative Cloud apps are ready for download. This includes Photoshop CC, Camera Raw 8, and the released earlier Lightroom 5. If you've never downloaded an app from the Creative Cloud, visit creative.adobe.com to get the Adobe Application Manager. Launch the Adobe Application Manager. Check your Applications folder or use the Start menu. Sign in with your Creative Cloud username and password. Click Install next to the name of any app you want to install and use. You can get a 30 day trial here … [Read more...] about Adobe Creative Cloud Available for Download
Follow Rich on If you're a Mac user, two new camera updates have shipped. OS X Mountain Lion provides system-level support for digital camera RAW formats. In order to use these files, you can access them through Aperture or iPhoto on your Mac. You can also browse at the system level looking through folders. Supported by Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 4.06* Canon EOS-1D C Canon EOS Rebel SL1 / 100D / Kiss X7 Canon EOS Rebel T5i / 700D / Kiss X7i Hasselblad Lunar Nikon COOLPIX A Nikon D7100 Nikon 1 J3 Nikon 1 S1 Sony Alpha … [Read more...] about On a Mac? Time to Update Your Raw Support
A lot of folks don't know that Adobe often releases software early as part of its Adobe Labs program. Here you'll find "prerelease" candidates which simply means software that every thinks is good enough to ship but they want to test a little longer. A new version of Adobe Camera Raw was released version 8.1. It is a beta version and will work until June 30, 2013. Here's what's new Using a retina display? HiDPI capable monitors are supported. New Camera support New lens profiles for automatic lens correction. A new DNG Converter to … [Read more...] about New Camera? Want RAW Support In Adobe Camera Raw? You Don’t Have to Wait.
Adobe just announced several major changes to their software. Getting the latest features are now available only from Creative Cloud. Plus there's a ton of new features and ways to use their photography tools for your workflow. Lightroom is not changing its license structure. I caught up with Scott Morris backstage at Adobe Max. The audio is a little rough in spots (it is a backstage interview) but the news is breaking and important. Have a listen. [soundcloud url="http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/91010347%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-7fPzT" params="" … [Read more...] about The new Creative Cloud (What does it mean to you?)
To our loyal listeners... I apologize deeply for the delayed post. I broke my own rule about backing up to 3 locations and had to wait for a lost bag to arrive. Hope you enjoy this fun interview. We'll be back with a bonus podcast from Adobe MAX in a short bit too. NOTE NOTE NOTE NOTE NOTE: The Photofocus Podcast Feed HAS CHANGED! Here is the new feed: feed://feeds.feedburner.com/photofocuspodcast Download episode here... or get it on iTunes PLEASE BE PATIENT - OUR SERVERS SEE LARGE LOADS ON PUBLISHING DAYS. THE DOWNLOADS MAY GO … [Read more...] about Photofocus Podcast – Rich Interviews Ben Willmore
The Adobe Max conference kicks off at full speed on Monday. Adobe has two keynote addresses you won't want to miss. These are free to attend online. This will get you up to speed on all the big announcements as well as some inspiration. Day 1: A Creative Evolution Monday, May 6, at 9:30am PDT | Time zone conversion The process of where and how we create is dramatically changing thanks to major advancements in technology, and there has never been a more exciting time. Join Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen, Adobe SVP and GM of Digital Media … [Read more...] about Learn What’s Coming Next from Adobe
If you're a Mac user, two new camera updates have shipped. OS X Mountain Lion provides system-level support for digital camera RAW formats. In order to use these files, you can access them through Aperture or iPhoto on your Mac. You can also browse at the system level looking through folders. Supported by Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 4.05* Fujifilm X20 Fujifilm X100S Fujifilm X-E1 Fujifilm X-Pro1 Supported by Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 4.04* Leica D-Lux 6 Leica V-Lux 4 Leica X2 Nikon D5200 Pentax K-5 II Pentax … [Read more...] about New Mac Support for Fuji, Leica, Nikon, Pentax, and Sony Cameras
Skips Summer School is going into its fifth season this August, but thanks to feedback from past attendees and many of the faculty, the program has expanded and evolved into Skip Cohen University. Now theres content to help you raise the bar on your business all year long with an educational resource that includes posts, podcasts, videos and webinars covering a wide range of topics, products and techniques. At the August 11-14 Summer Session of SCU Skip is going to stay focused on the foundation he's had from the very beginning. He wants … [Read more...] about Skip’s Summer School #5 – Say Hello to a Life-Changer!
We'd like to share a few things from Adobe about the new Photoshop Lightroom Public Beta [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewx5xwLdhX0] Radial Filter Busy backgrounds or bright colors can distract viewers from the focal point of an image. Photographers may try to reduce the distraction by cropping an image, but this can result in the loss of interesting detail and balance. Another approach to focusing the viewers attention is to create a vignette effect, but this only works if a subject is in the center of an image. The Radial … [Read more...] about Radial Filter— A New Feature in Lightroom 5 Public Beta
We'd like to share a few things from Adobe about the new Photoshop Lightroom Public Beta [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4-V2hLgf7Q] Upright There are many things that can come between a photographer and the perfect photo. Not holding a camera straight, or taking a picture from an odd perspective or with the wrong lens, can cause a subject to appear tilted or askew when imported into the Lightroom catalog and viewed on a computer screen. Correcting such images often requires a number of separate adjustments. A photographer might … [Read more...] about Upright — A New Feature in Lightroom 5 Public Beta
Want a sneak peak at the next version of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5? Adobe just announced the availability of a public beta. A beta is geek speak for when a product is ready for testing, but isn't shipping yet. The Lightroom 5 beta offers a free, public preview of new features and tools that will be offered in the final release. No offical date has been given when it will ship. Lightroom is the essential tool for busy professional and discerning amateur photographers, who are uncompromising in the pursuit for image quality or searching … [Read more...] about Get Your Hands on Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5
While you may be surprised to hear this, there's a whole bunch of interesting stuff at NAB for photographers. Many of the same vendors that appear at the big photo shows (camera companies, lighting companies, software companies) also exhibit at NAB. They just do it bigger. With just under 100,000 attendees expected for this year's show, it's no wonder. The floor is packed and I was only able to look at a few of the things that I wanted to, but what I saw certainly intrigued me. First I should mention my bias. I am a photographer. I am not a … [Read more...] about The 2013 NAB Show From A Photographer’s Point of View
My last eagle trip is over. The long flight from Alaska has returned me to Vegas where I'm getting ready for NAB followed by a weekend of fun from the other side of my life - auto racing. I wanted to share one last post about the eagle trip. I had an epiphany of sorts in Alaska. I noticed I was using the phrase "I learned" more often than usual. Then it hit me. The best way to learn something is to teach it or share it. Despite the fact that this was my 11th trip to photograph eagles, I still found myself learning more and more about the … [Read more...] about The Alaska Eagle Diary 2013 – Epilogue
WIthin a few days of killing Snapseed, Google has announced a major price reduction in the price for the Nik plugins. The six plugins (HDR Efex Pro 2, Color Efex Pro 4, Silver Efex Pro 2, Viveza 2, Sharpener Pro 3, and Dfine 2) are now in a single bundle costing $149 (versus the previous $499). The individual plugins are no longer for sale, only the bundle can be purchased. Google does promise an interesting upgrade to its users... "If you've already purchased one or more Nik plug-ins in the past, then don't worry, we've got you covered. In … [Read more...] about Google Responds to Nik Criticisms by Slashing Prices
My final Alaska eagle photography trip is close to an end. It's been a great experience. My workshop sold out with lots of old friends in attendance. My assignments all went mostly pretty well. My hard drive is full of more amazing eagle images and lots of video. It occurred to me that some of the questions I've been receiving about the trip might just as well be answered as part of the diary. So without further delay - here are some random eagle photography tips based on your questions. 1. We photograph eagles in the late winter because they … [Read more...] about Alaska Eagle Diary 2013 – Part 4