Summertime and the living is easy. While this week wraps up summer a lot was happening on Photofocus. Here’s a taste…

Julie Powell leads us off with great advice about comparing our work to social media, a guest post from Giulio Scorio shares 10 must know Lightroom tips, managing editor Bryan Esler weighs in with a first look at AI Structure in Luminar 4, then Levi Sim’s Portrait Tips admonishes to move in close, Bob Coates tells why he stores photos in the cloud and a video from Joseph Linaschke’s LinkedIn Learning class on macro photos of flowers in nature rounds out the week. Enjoy!

1968 Lincoln Continental Stop comparing your photography to others - It’s hard not to compare our work with everyone else’s. We see it every day on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds. We can’t seem to ignore it or look away. The thing is, it’s not really helping you or moving you forward. I’m not good enough Comparing ourselves and our work to others only […]
10 Lightroom tips you MUST know — desktop and mobile, part one - (Editor’s Note: We’d like to welcome this guest post from Giulio Sciorio. Giulio is one of the first professional photographers to move from DSLR’s to mirrorless in 2010 choosing micro four-thirds as his preferred camera system and has worked with both Olympus and Panasonic to inspire thousands of photographers worldwide. Additionally, while Giulio’s vision for […]
First look: AI Structure in Luminar 4 - Skylum has announced yet another new feature for its upcoming Luminar 4 software — AI Structure. I was lucky enough to get an early look at the new tool that’s coming to the platform with the Luminar 4 release this fall. Whether it be landscapes, people or even food shots, I was curious as to […]
Portrait Tips: Get close for impactful character portraits - Whenever you make a portrait, you should say to yourself, “Self, I like this picture because ____.” Then, you should use the right tools to help the picture emphasize the things you like. When I made this portrait, I was making a whole series of photos for the beekeepers. I knew I wanted the kind […]
Why I finally chose to backup my photos to the cloud - I tend to be a slow adopter of new technology. And, I fought the possibility of having a cloud backup, especially to backup photos from my computer for the longest time. I felt the upload to the cloud would be too tedious and take too much time for the amount of data that I have. […]
Photographing macro flowers in a natural setting - In this video, Joseph Linaschke shows us best practices for capturing macro flower photographs in a natural setting. For more LinkedIn Learning videos about photography, click here. When you start shooting macro, one of the first things that’ll come to mind is shooting flowers. Flowers are beautiful, they’re colorful, they’re pretty much everywhere and they […]