This is a complex subject. Megapixels are a measure of quantity, not quality. An 8 megapixel camera phone isn't the same as an 8 megapixel DSLR camera. In short, not all pixels are compared equally. Simple formula to determine megapixels Multiply the width (in pixels) by the height (in pixels) then divide the result by 1 million For the sake of simplicity, we are going to assume you have a DSLR camera. I currently shoot with a Nikon D700 12.1MP camera for sports and a Nikon D810 36.3MP camera for portraits. To determine how many megapixels your … [Read more...] about How Many Megapixels Do I Need for Printing?
I've starting taking on more assignments for inside Lacrosse magazine and for the Florida Launch Lacrosse team. After shooting two games with a 70-200mm f/2.8 VR lens, I wanted to see if a new lens would make a difference. The go to lens for sports photographers is a fixed 400mm f/2.8 lens. The cost...a commitment of $12,000.00. Pretty steep. Before I decide between the lens or a full year of college for my son, I called our good friend Chase from Lens Rentals. As luck would have it, one was available on our two day short notice. The cost, … [Read more...] about Try before you buy saved me $12,000.00
Note: If you want your own Photoshop World Experiences, you can. Save $100 with the early-bird discount by registering before June 24th. I went to Photoshop World for the first time just over 2 years ago. I was still a college student, and was awarded a scholarship to attend in Orlando. Photoshop World was the largest conference I had ever been to, with multiple classes going on at once and an expo floor filled with the latest photography tools and software. What Can you Learn You can definitely learn about Photoshop and Lightroom, but thats … [Read more...] about My Photoshop World Experience
As a small business owner, I have found that networking with other photographers to be extremely helpful to my personal and professional growth. I enjoy getting together with photographers who do work that I admire and run businesses with reputations that I admire and "talking shop." As relationships grow it can turn into a safe space to talk about roadblocks that we all experience. I sometimes look around at photographers I know in awe, thinking things like "how will I ever be that good?" or "how does she find the time to be such a … [Read more...] about Defining Your Own Success
My favorite cousin Mary Ann took a long photography trip to India. She wasn't sure how many photos she was going to take. To play it safe, she decided to err on the side of caution and doubled the amount of memory cards she thought she needed. Sounds like a solid plan, but keeping track of so many cards in the field can be challenging especially when they start getting full. Simple Solution Getting a good memory card case is the first step. Think Tank, Vidpro SD1, and Pelican all make great holders. But this next step is the most important. … [Read more...] about A Quick tip to avoid formatting the wrong memory card
This is an opinion piece that's directed to all ages. Stop looking at your driver's license or a calendar. Rather start looking to each other to learn and grow. Age is Just a Number I have seen myself go from being an upstart kid to a balding professional. But I have learned this... age is just a number. I have worked with wonderfully talented kids throughout my career. I have also chosen to surround myself with those who are more experienced than me. Both parties have added to my understanding of this medium and its creative … [Read more...] about Age Doesn’t Matter
We'd like to know how you shoot. Is Raw your thing? Do you stick with JPEG? Or maybe you sit on the fence and shoot both. Let us know you're workflow and leave a comment below as to why. … [Read more...] about Question of the Week
Did you miss our last Google Hangout on business? It was filled with great advice for all photographers (especially wedding and portrait). Lisa was so helpful and honest with practical advice. On this hangout were focused on practical dos and don'ts to attract new customers to your photography business. Well also shared strategies to develop new business from existing customers through referrals and additional projects. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1YVtvwj_Kew … [Read more...] about Practical Advice for Wedding and Portrait Photographers
Do you ban guests from bringing cameras to a wedding? In the last few years Ive noticed more and more photographers that I've worked with are asking couples to not allow guests to bring cameras or other devices. Seriously, holding a regular sized iPad to take pictures or video just looks silly. Recently at my daughter's play, a mom was in the front row holding her iPad up and blocking the view of those sitting behind her. She was so happy and proud seeing her child on stage, it was cute yet the people behind her had to adjust so they could … [Read more...] about Should Guests Be Banned from Using Cameras at Weddings?
Online piracy is hurting the photo and video industry. The problem is that the people who should care the most are often the worst offenders. Why Do I Care? I've often been told that piracy helps sales. I can tell you from first hand experience this isn't true. I've had numerous books, online classes, and digital products that have underperformed or been canceled because they "flopped." Meanwhile illegal downloads and bit torrent have been through the roof. I also encounter clients who all the time push us to use copyrighted music. I've … [Read more...] about Piracy Hurts Everyone
Today is Mothers Day in many parts of the world, and it got me thinking about the role of family in my life. It was my mom who paid for those first rolls of film to be developed and all those flash cubes that I used on that early Kodak 110 film camera. It was my Mom who always made sure we had pictures at family events and on trips (and still does till this day). It was Mom who built the family photo albums. The Role of Parents How many of us owe our career or our greatest passion to our mothers or fathers? Both played a key role in my life … [Read more...] about Putting Family Back Into Photography
For a very long time I have operated by a simple motto: A checked bag is a lost bag. While that is clearly hyperbole, its still a good guideline for anyone who flies. Because when I say lost bag I mean your cameras may get lost. Even if your bag isn't misplaced, theres a real chance your camera gear will be. Documents filed with the TSA from 2010 to 2014 show 30,621 claims of missing valuables, mostly packed in checked luggage. The rest occurred at security checkpoints. Total property loss claimed: $2.5 million. Some experts believe that only … [Read more...] about Why You Should Think Carefully Before You Check Bags Containing Cameras When Flying
The last time I visited Lower Antelope Canyon, near Page, AZ, was in February 2014. I had arrived with about an hour before the local Navajo operators were closing for the evening, so my time exploring the area was brief. As I was ushered out of the canyon by the diligent canyon keepers, I knew I would have to return and ensure ample time to take properly survey the area with my camera. Fortunately, that opportunity presented itself a little over a year later, when I returned to the undulating and confined spaces of this marvelous slot canyon … [Read more...] about 3 Tips On Photographing Lower Antelope Canyon
Note: We've got two hangouts this week Thursday Lightroom and Business. Make it a double learning day. Don't miss our next Google Hangout. The event is Thursday, May 30, 2015. Its absolutely free to attend thanks to SongFreedom and Drobo. It starts at 1PM Eastern/10AM Pacific. Join Skip Cohen and Richard Harrington and special guest of Resource Magazine. Adam Sherwin is one of those fortunate individuals who found a love for all things photographic at a very early age.Adam's writing, and opinions, are based on his journey from dark … [Read more...] about Mind Your Own Business — Creativity, Diversity and Survival for Photographers
I recently found out that Photoflex has closed its doors (https://photoflex.com.) While I never had a close relationship with Photoflex, and they weren't ever sponsors here at Photofocus, I used many of their products over the years and even often referred new photographers to the Photoflex lineup of affordable, high-quality products. They consistently offered good value. For three decades, Photoflex filled photography studios around North America (and the world) with gear. I am sure I am not alone in my sadness over this sudden news. For … [Read more...] about When It Comes To The Photography Business, Things Change
I used to shoot with Hasselblad cameras way back in the day. The negatives were square. I cut my teeth on those cameras and since I spent so many years working with Hasselblads, shooting square just came naturally to me. A Little History Square format has been around since 1929 when it was introduced by Rollei. There is a rich history of square format photography and it seems to be making a comeback thanks to sharing sites and other mobile apps. I have started shooting square format again. Roughly 90% of my current images are square. Many … [Read more...] about The Advantages Of Square Format Photography
Editor's Note: While You might have summer on your mind, now's the perfect time to put your plans together for winter shooting. Recently, I went on a 2 1/2 week trip to Iceland and Norway during the winter season. Upon doing my research of the historic weather reports for those areas during that time of year, along with looking at the current forecasts, I was able to get a good idea as to what I should expect. I also had lots of conversations with fellow adventure photographers who have been to these areas about recommended accessories to keep … [Read more...] about Five Items For The Cold Weather Photographer
Our friends at lynda.com have put together a great video essay discussing the role of Photoshop and image manipulation and its place in photo journalism. There are a lot of thought provoking points in this pieces. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R47xZwxF1T4 … [Read more...] about Photoshop and Photojournalism
In the beginning of the year I wrote, "Have You Created Your 2015 Metadata Copyright Preset?" reminding us to update our copyright information for the New Year. This quick tip made sure we added our copyright information to every photo we imported into Lightroom. Our next step to protect our images is to register them with the Library of Congress. Lightroom makes this final process just as fast and easy. I thought my images were already protected? The moment you capture an image, you automatically own the copyright of the image. If someone … [Read more...] about First Quarter is over: Have you registered your photos?
Recently, I saw a collection of April Fools posts on Facebook by photographers who tried baking in some irony by sharing photos from a oft-photographed US National Park that they dubbed as their most creatively challenging, all while being derisive about the homogeny of photos being posted by others online. Now, while I know that these posts were mostly written in jest, I also believe that there is truth behind every joke, especially if you continued on to read the comments on each of the posts. As I read these posts, I felt a tinge of sadness … [Read more...] about A Simple Tip For All Photographers: Just Be There and Get The Shot
This week's podcast offers a special treat. We talk Scott Bourne out of retirement to come on to one show as a guest. Rich and Scott catch up about Fuji cameras and cloud photo editing. Then Levi Sim sites down with boudoir photographer Jennifer Rozenbaum to learn about her approach. Get the show here or get it on iTunes Don't forget to post a review on iTunes. Scott Bourne Longtime readers will of course recognize Scott as the founder of Photofocus. We wanted to catch up with him and learn about what he's been up to. … [Read more...] about Photofocus Podcast April 5, 2015 — Scott Bourne and Jennifer Rozenbaum
Since the age of 16 I've competed in Martial Arts competitions. My performance was under a microscope. It was simple, if my performance was great the judges would give high scores and the crowd roared with applause. If my performance was marginal, the judges would give low scores and, If the crowd disagreed, they would voice their disapproval. Their support was comforting but did very little to change the outcome. After the event, I would ask the judges for advice and request they give it to me straight. Sometimes I liked what they had to … [Read more...] about Find a Trusted Voice to Critique your Photos
Data loss is something that I wish upon no one. Those who have experienced this catastrophe already know that one occurrence can easily mess up one's day, jack up one's week, and quite possibly destroy one's year. Many of us have priceless photos of those we love, places we've experienced, and people we've seen. We want to keep those photos with us for our lifetime! That's why some of us have resorted to external hard drives to archive the lovely photos we take, right? But the right workflow matters. Using External Storage There are several … [Read more...] about Safe and Simple External Storage
There are three things that have no place in any business: ego, arrogance, and entitlement. The photographer who expects everything for free, is envious of others' success, or has an ego so inflated that they are unable see past their own faults is a sure-fire way to sabotage their image. It may get them so far, but toxic traits don't go unnoticed for very long. Instead, let's strive for self-esteem, confidence, and humility. You're likely to get more with honey, than with vinegar. This Post Sponsored by: Drobo. A family of Safe, Simple, … [Read more...] about Ego, Arrogance, and Entitlement
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. 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 philosophy for her life and her business is Live Independently. Feel Intimately. Love Courageously. She shares her philosophy on making images that inspire. Who is … [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!