This edition of the Photofocus Weekly Wrap-Up of noteworthy articles published during the last seven days takes us to the Midwestern U.S. for photographing festivals, fairs and carnivals by Lauri Novak. Managing editor Kevin Ames shares his opinion on photography as a career choice, Scott Wyden Kivowitz rants a bit about branding mistakes by Nikon and Adobe. Next, it’s off to Montana with Matt Fey’s guest post on getting started shooting wildlife and finally, we go to Cypress Creek Studios in Florida to learn how v-flats make beautiful backgrounds thanks to Jason Hahn. Learn, enjoy and keep making photos!

photographing carnivals fairs festivals Capturing festivals, fairs and carnivals - Here in the midwest, it’s the beginning of festival, carnival and fair season. Attending these events with your camera can be a lot of fun.
Photographer — one of the worst jobs ever? Never! - “You may never become rich financially being a photographer. You will live a very rich life.” -Kevin Ames The photo above is me in 1986
confused Two brand mistakes that are frustrating photographers - You might have noticed two companies in the photography industry doing things that are frustrating you. It’s possible one of these companies is even confusing
Get started with animal photography in the wild - (Editor’s Note: We’d like to welcome this guest post from Matt Fey of PrintingCenterUSA. Matt writes for PrintingCenterUSA’s blog and social channels. In his free
How to make beautiful backgrounds with v-flats - Taking a lesson from my nature photography roots for my studio work, I always try to compose my background first. With wildlife, this is often