It isn't very often that I switch camera systems. Especially after I've spent more than $10,000 of my precious life-sustaining money on crap and gear combined with more time than a grad student would study just to learn how to use it all. My photography career changed ever since, um... I wanted it to change. Part of that change incorporated some interesting decisions that affected my gear choices. Weird right? --There's been a small update to the article regarding an error I was encountering while shooting in continuous high. See the end of … [Read more...] about I Made The Switch From 5D3 to X-T1- Here’s Why!
Sometimes I feel like I am a photo-hoarder. I travel, create photographs, and then they just sit and collect virtual dust in my Lightroom catalog. It's sort of like the old saying: "If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?" If we create a photo and never share it with anyone but ourselves, does it exist? Of course it does, but what's the point? I create photos for many reasons, partly because it's a way for me to enjoy and experience things I normally would not if I were not a photographer. But the … [Read more...] about A Tree in the Forest
This week's podcast interviews photographers Cindy Harter Sims about printmaking and competitions. Then we catch up with well-known glamour photographer Lou Freeman. Tune in and get inspired. [soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/195966249" 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 post a review on iTunes. Cindy Harter Sims Cindy Harter is a portrait photographer located in Cartersville, GA. Her … [Read more...] about Photofocus Podcast March 15, 2015 — Cindy Harter Sims and Lou Freeman
Guest posts, don't we all love them? Think of how refreshing it is to hear a new voice from the crowd! This is one of the ways that photographers can give back something inspirational, educational, or otherwise neat or fun. In her spare time she enjoys DIY projects, playing guitar and mandolin, obsessing over Apple products, and driving her Mini Cooper. She's an awesome and fun goofball and I've found that she gets addicted to starting and voting for photos on some websites. … [Read more...] about How to Become a Professional Photographer – Guest Post
I, like many of you, have dealt with technology for quite a long time. I can understand how confusing (or even difficult) it can be upgrade or a replace an already expensive machine, but let me tell you that now is the time to upgrade! An upgrade from a four year old machine to a new machine can yield a pretty impressive performance boost if you choose the right stuff! Choosing the right stuff for the performance you want can be a little confusing. So time for me to geek out and hopefully get you on the right track for a good investment! Why … [Read more...] about Upgrade Your Computer! Upgrade Your Performance! Part 1: CPU
Note: Im not a lawyer and anything I say should not be taken as legal advice. Drones are a hot-topic right now, since the FAA released proposed regulations on commercial UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle). Fellow Photofocus author Kevin Ames already went over all of the restrictions and licensing. For most people, these rules won't apply. Were hobbyists, using these drones for personal use. The lines are a little grey between hobbyist flights and commercial flights. An easy way to think about it is this If youre getting paid for aerial work, then … [Read more...] about I’m a Drone Hobbyist … Really!
Some believe photographers shouldn't be seen nor heard during a shoot, they should blend into the background capturing candid shots.Others believe in order to get the shot, you cause a reaction to make it happen. With my outgoing personality, I tend to make the shot happen but I also know the value of blending in and waiting for a special moment to unfold, letting it happen. Its up to you to decided which photographer you need to be for the situation presented to you. Making it Happen During a golf event for an accounting firm, I started to … [Read more...] about Make it Happen, or Let it Happen: Which Photographer Are You?
I received a call from a friend of mine about a month after we attended Photoshop World in Las Vegas. He was excited an agency want to use an image he took at the popular Westcott Shooting booth. He asked me to hunt down the model and get a release form from him. I paused, took a deep breath and searched for the right words to tell him he can't use the image. He snapped, "But why can't I use the image, I took the photo!". It's true, he pressed the shutter that snapped the shot that took the photo. So why can't he in good faith use the image? … [Read more...] about Why Can’t I Sell the Photo, I Took It!
A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending Capture Cinematic Weddings with Ray Roman in Fort Lauderdale. The in-depth seminar took place at a hotel just steps from the beach. We learned how to maximize picture quality with proper exposure settings, understanding how to master the speeches and get perfect audio every time, and how to price & position our work to gain high-profile clients. It was great watching some of Rays favorite wedding films to help illustrate everything we were learning. The next day, Rays master class put … [Read more...] about Capture Cinematic Weddings Seminar Review
You have a camera now what? I came across this meme on Facebook recently and it made me laugh yet reminded me of questions Ive recently been asked. Being the resident photographer among friends, Ive been asked the following questions several times over the past couple weeks. I picking out a new camera, whats the best camera to get? My husband/partner/wife/girlfriend got me a camera, whats the best way to learn how to use it? Let me address the first question: I picking out a new camera, whats the best camera to get? To many this question … [Read more...] about New Camera, Now What?
One of the least exciting piece of photo gear has to be a sandbag. I can't remember the last time I was in a room filled with photographers and we enthusiastically talked about them. Although sandbags are not exciting, they are an important piece of gear that adds safety to a set. Common Uses for Sandbags Weigh a light stand down. Counter balance for a boom. Steady a tripod in wind during long exposures. Keeping seamless paper from curling. Avoid a Mess (Add a Bag Inside) Here is a neat trick. Fill a heavy duty plastic Ziploc bag with sand, … [Read more...] about Neat Trick for Filling a Sandbag
You might have heard that Canon just announced two new cameras. The Canon EOS 5DS and the EOS 5DS R, which will feature a 50.6 MP sensor. Really? 50 MP? Do you really need a 50 megapixel camera? What is a Megapixel? Megapixel means that a camera can capture 1 million pixels per image. That means a 12 megapixel camera can capture 12 million pixels per image. Does that mean a 50 megapixel camera is amazing? Im sure the camera is amazing but why would you need 50 megapixels? Ask your self how and where you utilize your images? Are you and your … [Read more...] about Do You Really Need a 50 Megapixel Camera?
Thanks for all the great questions you've been sending in to the Photofocus podcast. This week is a two part show. First up, Rich Harrington catches up with photographer and educator Abba Shapiro to tackle some great topics to help photographers. Then Levi Sim catch up with Ray Roman & Matt Thompson to talk about shooting weddings and making the transition from photo to video. Remember, you can post questions for future shows via Twitter with the #pfqa or send us a note here at Photofocus. The music in our podcast comes from the cool … [Read more...] about Photofocus Q & A Podcast with Abba Shapiro + Ray Roman & Matt Thompson — February 5, 2015
UrbEx and Me Growing up in New York City gave me a very strong appreciation for architecture. After all, I was surrounded by some of the grandest and most densely packed buildings on the planet. However, that appreciation didn't fully mature until I began immersing myself in photography during my freshman year of college in 1996. Fortunately, Syracuse University, my alma mater, had a wonderful selection of architectural styles on display throughout the vast campus, so my fascination with buildings continued to grow. It wasn't until later on, … [Read more...] about A Primer in Urban Exploration
Coming up with a great idea is challenging for me. I only know one person who can come up with a great idea on the spot, and that's Photofocus editor Rich Harrington. Recently, our studio was selected to design a Dream Shoot for LensRentals.com. We could do anything we wanted, a wide-open project, and LensRentals.com would provide all the gear we needed. One of the hardest things for me to do is come up with a good idea. I have ok ideas all the time, but most never amass to anything. Here are a few ways that I come up with a good idea. … [Read more...] about Coming up with a Great Idea for a Photo
Keeping your Lightroom catalog safe is essential to preserving your hard work. After all, your catalog contains your organization (and possibly the bulk of your edits). The Quick Answer on Location So where should you store the catalog? The answer is it depends. Single computer: create a folder on your local hard drive, name it Lightroom Catalog and save the catalog to this location. This is the fastest way Lightroom can access the catalog. Multiple computers: create a folder on an external hard drive, name it Lightroom Catalog and save the … [Read more...] about Where Should I Keep My Lightroom Catalog?
The most common printing problem of WYSINWYG "What you see is NOT what you get" is a non-calibrated monitor. Here is the scenario: You spent hours editing an image; selecting the right colors, making sure the shadows are just right, the black point isn't clipped and so on. You print the image and it's not what you see on your screen. You're confused. When you sent the same image off to a professional lab like Miller's, Bay Photos or Mpix, the image looks great. But when you print from home or print at Walmart the image looks bad. What's going … [Read more...] about Fixing What you see is NOT what you get when Printing
Developing a file structure is one of the first steps in creating your workflow. Whether youre using Lightroom to manage your library or Bridge to view folders of photos, its much easier to find a specific photo if you use a descriptive filename. In my personal workflow, I include the date, project name, and image number. So for example: 2014-09-16_ND_Scout_0001.nef Most everything I shoot is on one day. However, if youre shooting for multiple days, with multiple cameras on larger shoots, then I recommend you include that information too. … [Read more...] about Batch Renaming your Photos with Mac OS X Yosemite
Thanks for all the great questions you've been sending in to the Photofocus podcast. This week Rich Harrington and Kevin Ames tackle some great topics to help photographers. Remember, you can post those questions via Twitter with the #pfqa or send us a note here at Photofocus. The music in our podcast comes from the cool folks over at SongFreedom, be sure to check them out! Get the show here or get it on iTunes Don't forget to post a review on iTunes. [soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/186279036" … [Read more...] about Photofocus Q & A Podcast with Kevin Ames — January 15, 2015
GoPro cameras are a great addition to my kit. They allow the capture unique and adventurous angles, but best of all are really small. Just like the camera, the memory card is small - newer GoPros record to a microSD card. On most shoots, I'm filling 32gb or 64gb cards, then backing up and erasing them quickly. But whats the best way to transfer the files? I'll give you a hint. . . The included USB cable is not the right way. Let me explain: the USB port on the GoPro is meant for charging. It's a low capacity port built with USB 2.0 technology. … [Read more...] about The Fastest Way to Copy Data from a GoPro
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is a special guest post by Robert O'Toole A new Sigma 150-600 S Nikon mount lens arrived on my doorstep in early December from Sigma USA, just in time for a couple of big trips. This would be my tenth annual trip to Bosque del Apache in New Mexico and the first time I did not bring a prime long lens. I first tested the lens at Bosque. Then I traveled to the north shore of Oahu and was lucky to be able to catch some perfect conditions to burn a few gigabytes with this new lens and here are my first impressions. Weight of the … [Read more...] about Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM S Field Test
There are millions of photographers in the world. A good number of those are hobbyist or amateur photographers trying to break into the business. Others are full-time photographers. In an oversaturated market, how are you different? Why should you get hired? Its not about the gear, or the settings, but your creative vision. After all, youre the artist. . . Here are some ways that you can be different: Establish a Brand The first step to a successful photography business is establishing a brand. Your brand is made up of your personality, your … [Read more...] about Stand out from the Crowd | How are you Different?
There has never been a better time to be a photographer than now! The abundance of educational photography content is just a click away on sites such as lynda.com, Photofocus, YouTube, Kelby One, Udemy and many more. We are blessed with photo hosting sites; Flickr, 500px, DeviantArt. Pinterest, Smugmug, who offer great resources for viewing photos that can spark our creativity. But with most blessings come a curse. The curse in our case is information overload. With all this information at our fingertips, how can we possibly have time to read … [Read more...] about Make 2015 Productive: Read what you want when you want
Yes, I know it's supposed to be "fly safely." This post is about flying drones safely and what to do when things go awry. It is a story that happened yesterday for me and might possibly happen tomorrow for you. It is a cautionary tale that ended well. Accidents, like the one I am about to describe are rarely about just one thing that goes wrong. Most often they are a compounding of circumstances that build until the crash happens. Analysis of airline crashes rarely blame one event that lead to a catastrophic failure. Rather a series of them … [Read more...] about Fly Safe with Your Quadcopter
Developing a file structure is one of the first steps in creating your workflow. Whether youre using Lightroom to manage your library or Bridge to view folders of photos, its much easier to find a specific photo if you use a descriptive filename. In my personal workflow, I include the date, project name, and image number. So for example: 2014-09-16_ND_Scout_0001.nef Most everything I shoot is on one day. However, if youre shooting for multiple days, with multiple cameras on larger shoots, then I recommend you include that information too. … [Read more...] about Renaming your Photos on Import with Adobe Lightroom
Developing a file structure is one of the first steps in creating your workflow. Whether youre using Lightroom to manage your library or Bridge to view folders of photos, its much easier to find a specific photo if you use a descriptive filename. In my personal workflow, I include the date, project name, and image number. So for example: 2014-09-16_ND_Scout_0001.nef Most everything I shoot is on one day. However, if youre shooting for multiple days, with multiple cameras on larger shoots, then I recommend you include that information too. … [Read more...] about Batch Renaming your Photos with Adobe Bridge
I'd like to explain how I keep my photos safe and get the best performance out of my computer. For my internal drive I use a fast 256GB solid state hard drive (SSD). This stores only my operating system, program files and my Lightroom Catalog. I then use an external drive (or in my case a RAID) to store my data files and photos I also use a 3-2-1 Backup for Photographers plan to keep my photos safe (check out that article for some more tips). Why this Configuration People often ask me why I have two drives when one is cheaper and easier to … [Read more...] about Why Store Photos on a Separate Hard Drive?
1. Lightroom lost or deleted my photo! Before you panic and think Lightroom lost or deleted your photo, ask yourself did you import the photo to your computer using Lightroom. If you just copied images from your memory card to a folder on your computer, by-passing Lightroom, how will Lightroom know where the photo is located? It's best to import images to your computer using Lightroom. 2. I imported my photos using Lightroom but I can't find them! Are you sure you opened the correct catalog? When first starting out with Lightroom, it's best … [Read more...] about 5 Common “Lightroom Lost my Photos!” Mistakes
As a pretty new FujiFilm X-T1 owner, I'm super stoked to see such an awesome list of updates to this already amazing camera! I've got to say that FujiFilm has been listening pretty well to current owners and have implemented a number of awesome changes! There are quite a few things that have been added to this revision. I'm excited to share a truncated yet still somewhat long list (at 10) that I'm personally looking forward to! If you're an owner, you're going to love the boost that the camera is going to get! I've added my little notes in … [Read more...] about The FujiFilm X-T1 Owners Have Been Heard!
Photography has come a long way over the last 10 years. With our transition into digital photography, new techniques have been discovered, and work that once seemed impossible is being created on a day to day basis. Sure, we've seen the advances digital sensors have done for photography - but I want to talk to you about the forgotten technology leaf shutters. My absolute favorite camera I've used in my career as a photographer comes in the Phase One IQ250 camera system. It's medium format, costs a fortune, and has incredible dynamic range. … [Read more...] about How the Leaf Shutter Will Shape The Future of Modern Photography