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Benchmark: DIY Rolling Studio Gear Rack
Capture Cinematic Weddings Seminar Review
One Simple Pose to Help Everyone Look Great
How to: Make Magic with a Flash and Rear Sync
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Photography Mysteries: Cycling Lights

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Underwater Portraits with Directed Light

Underwater portraiture is a beautiful medium with many factors to consider that can’t be addressed within a single post, so we’ll start off here by focusing on one aspect: directing the light. Just like above water, the direction and quality

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The Essentials of Three-point Lighting

This article was cowritten with my friend James Ball Three-point lighting is the basic starting point for film and video. It can also be used well as a portrait lighting approach for photography. What’s ideally happening is that the subject

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Benchmark: DIY Rolling Studio Gear Rack

Lately, I have been researching studio configurations. Jeremy Cowart’s Triptik Studio Walkthrough got the juices flowing; especially the rolling backdrop that doubles as storage for bounces, flags and other gear. My space is an open floorplan and I already have

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Capture Cinematic Weddings Seminar Review

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending Capture Cinematic Weddings with Ray Roman in Fort Lauderdale. 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 Ray’s favorite wedding films to help illustrate everything we were learning.

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How to: Make Magic with a Flash and Rear Sync

The most powerful flash setting you have is the one that controls when your flash fires. This setting works for your pop-up flash, for a speedlight on your camera, and for any off-camera light you’re controlling. It’s called Rear Sync,

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The Photofocus Holiday Gift Guide

If you have a photographer in your family, or if your significant other is a photographer then in many ways, you have it made when it comes to holiday gifts. There are so many cool products out there that photographers

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Photography Mysteries: Cycling Lights

Did you know that the power in your home, office, and high school gym turns on and off dozens of times every second? This causes some problems when you want to use available lighting to make pictures, especially in that

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Using a Backlight to Improve Your Subject

This tutorial explores the role of back light in a three-point lighting setup. This light can be essential as it helps create separation between your subject and the background. This is an easy way to add depth to a scene

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Working with the Key Light

The main light for a video light setup is called the key light. Learning its role in a three-point lighting setup is essential for getting a proper look to interviews. This is an excerpt from a full-length class from out

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Jackie Johnson: Creative photographer

This week we’re getting to know community member, Jackie Johnson. Jackie’s happy places include forever learning photography and dabbling in other types of art media Haven’t joined the Photofocus Community yet? Sign up for free today! How did you get

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Creative ways to capture the fall harvest

Capturing the fall harvest and making the most of the pumpkin season is what fall is all about for me. And on this first day of fall, photographing pumpkin soup, pumpkin pie, sweet potatoes, pumpkin fritters and more just gets

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How to ask for image feedback

Image feedback is important. Yet, we post our images all over social media looking for likes, hearts and comments. We crave recognition and validation in the work we spend days and hours on, so we can feel good about what

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Get your free ticket to the Photoshop Virtual Summit!

Who wouldn’t want 40 free classes taught by 20 expert instructors to enhance their Photoshop knowledge? At the Photoshop Virtual Summit 3, you’ll learn the ins and outs of how to effectively use Photoshop from instructors Blake Rudis, Colin Smith, Dave

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