The Weekly Wrap-up compiles interesting articles published this week on Photofocus. This week we talked about getting started with your new camera, photographing Christmas morning, macro photography tips, sharpening using Perfectly Clear Complete and more! We hope you have a great start to the new year. … [Read more...] about Weekly Wrap-Up: December 23-29, 2018
Everyone here at Photofocus wishes you and yours a very merry Christmas, happy holidays and a prosperous, wonderful new year! Photos: ©Kevin Ames … [Read more...] about Merry Christmas from Photofocus
It's Christmas morning and the excitement to see what's under the tree vibrates with happy anticipation. Making memorable photos of the family opening presents is easy and a lot of fun, too. Put the camera at the fun level The most important tip I can offer for making photos of children opening presents is to get down on the floor. Put the camera at their level to get the very best expressions. If the camera is above them the photo will show the tops of their heads. That's not as much fun and being on their level. Keep exposure settings … [Read more...] about Photographing lively images on Christmas morning
There are hundreds, probably thousands of images taken during the holidays. Family, friends, gift unwrapping, food, parties and so much more. Most of those images are wide shots, full scenes of the activities and decorations. Have you ever thought to step a little closer? Let's look at some ways you can get the details of your holidays as well to complete the story of your festivities. Decorations Try as we might to preserve the ornaments and decorations that have been handed down from our relatives over the years or those wonderful homemade … [Read more...] about Ho ho ho macro holidays
With winter now in full swing, we want to see your best celebration photographs for our January Photographer of the Day feature! Whether it's celebrating with friends and family during the holidays or how you partied like it was 2004 for high school graduation, submit your photos today for consideration. This summer, we made some changes to our Photographer of the day feature, and have highlighted a new category every Friday each month. So far we’ve enjoyed seeing your astrophotography, wedding, pet, horror, food and snow submissions — now … [Read more...] about Show us how you party for Photographer of the Day!
Less than four weeks to go, but plenty of opportunities 1. Those last-minute gift ideas There’s a time in September/October when we send out “Christmas gifts alerts” — those e-mails that remind your current clients that this would be the best time to print that album or create that cluster of wall panels, or order the copy of their wedding album as a gift to their parents, because it takes time to print and deadlines will be looming soon. And you’ve probably been dealing with those orders until now, and happy to be done with them as you meet … [Read more...] about Five quick ideas to grow your business before Christmas
B E S T W I S H E S F O R A L L ! ! ! FROM ALL OF US AT PHOTOFOCUS Holiday lights on the storefront of Sak's Fifth Avenue, New York City December 22, 2017 photo: ©2017 Kevin Ames … [Read more...] about Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays from Photofocus!!!
Earlier this week Bryan Esler posted an article about Getting Creative on Christmas Morning. Here are a few more tips that may add something different and fun to your holiday photos. 1. Think Outside of the Gift-Wrapped Box Have you seen those cardboard glasses that make your tree lights look like mini snowmen, Santas or Christmas trees? Use them as a filter! Hold or tape them in front of your lens. The results are really fun! 2. ‘Tis the Season of Bokeh! Is it cliché? Sure. Is it pretty? You bet! Pay attention to your Depth of … [Read more...] about 5 Tips for Shooting During the Holidays
The time between Christmas and New Year's is the biggest time of year for wedding proposals. So, with Christmas upon us, now's the time to get ready and push packages to newly-engaged couples in your area. Here's a few tips to get you going: Prep Social Media in Advance With the holidays, you probably won't be 100% able to monitor and post to social media as you choose. So now's the time to start using a system like Buffer or Hootsuite to schedule out your social media posts. Because you're going after weddings and engagements, try to post … [Read more...] about Photography Marketing: Take Advantage of the Influx of Wedding Proposals
Aah, Christmas morning. As kids, my sister and I used to wake up at the crack of dawn and wait on the steps 20 minutes for Santa to figure out how to use the camcorder and make any last-minute adjustments under the tree. Long are the days of sitting on the downstairs steps before we could come upstairs. Now, I'm in charge of capturing those ever-important moments by the tree. Below are a few techniques I use when photographing every Christmas, that will ultimately lead to sharper, more creative photographs that will help you better … [Read more...] about Getting Creative on Christmas Morning
We all have been in that situation at the camera store where the salesman asked us if we want to add a protective filter to protect the front element of the expensive lens that we have just bought. And the argument of the salesperson sounds plausible at first. The front element is exposed the most to the elements and most at risk to be damaged. But here are a few points from my experience that should have you think twice about buying and adding one to your lens: Do you really want to put an inferior piece of glass in front of you top grade … [Read more...] about Why Christmas is the perfect time to take that protective filter off!
A lot of us are just coming out of the fog of Christmas photography rush orders and holiday shipping deadlines for photo products. We finally have time to breathe, and browse, and shop! I've put together a list of gifts that I'd personally recommend that hopefully, a little bit different than other lists you've seen. Of course, some are super fun repeats, but I'd be delighted to hear if one of these items tickles you. Let me know in the comments. Lets start with some fun Because we all need fun! Fun PolaRoll This retro camera toilet paper … [Read more...] about 2015 Holiday Gift Guide
The other day, I was watching a family take photos in front of a Christmas tree. They were standing directly in front of it. I realized that with a bit of practice, and knowledge, we can really use the lights in the tree to our advantage, and set the stage for a fantastic background for our holiday portraits. Set Up Ive started with a Christmas tree, of course. I placed a seat about 4 feet in front of the tree, and placed a cushion and blanket on top of it. It provided a great place to put the baby where the lights would be behind her. Using … [Read more...] about Christmas Bokeh and Compression
Category: Family Photograph: by Jeremie Damez Originally shared on the PhotoFocus Flickr Group To learn how your work can be featured on the site, please read this article. … [Read more...] about Photo of the Day- Merry Christmas
Hopefully you've started on your holiday shopping and aren't waiting till the last minute to get things out for people. If you're short on ideas, here's a list of main gifts that an Apple iPhone photographer or videographer techie would enjoy. I say that these are main gifts, because well... they're not cheap :D Polaroid ZIP printer This little printer is a nice portable printer that allows you to print out 2x3 prints instantly without any smudging! It connects through Bluetooth 4.0 to an app for iOS and Android and utilizes Polaroid's ZINK … [Read more...] about iPhone Photography/Videography Giftlist!
Where ever the holidays find you, there are lots of opportunities to commit memories to photography. Carry your camera. Holiday decorations are calling you! Gear Travel light. A DSLR or mirrorless camera with a normal lens is usually all you need. Now I admit to carrying a tripod whenever I can, though not always. Boost the ISO Holiday lights glowing in the evening cry out for a steady camera by either using a tripod or a faster shutter speed. Modern cameras do really well at higher ISO numbers. Don't be afraid of boosting the heck out of the … [Read more...] about Happy Holiday Shooting!
Category: Family Photograph: Christmas Family Photo- Jeremy W Cox Setup: Composite shot with individual shots of figurines, head shots and background. Key light above subject slightly to the right (variable distance based on subject size) with Lumiquest Softbox Ltp or Softbox III depending on subject size. Fill light with Westcott umbrella bounced off white ceiling. Accent light from back left. Background slate and shelf shot with mostly ambient light and added fill camera left. Originally shared on the Photofocus Flickr community, right … [Read more...] about Photo of the Day: Christmas Family Photo
I'd like to help you enhance your holiday photos. In this in-depth class will show you how to fix both standard and advanced problems that often plague holiday pictures. We'll tackle 12 holiday images that face many common problems. http://vimeo.com/18164487 … [Read more...] about How to Develop Holiday Photos
The holidays are fast-approaching, and if you have a friend or family member who is a photographer then you know how difficult it can be to get them gifts! Photography can be an expensive hobby, and purchases like lenses and cameras can put a serious dent in your pocket. Fortunately photographers can use all sorts of stuff with their photography, including small stuff and accessories! I have put together a list of some great gifts that are perfect for the photographer in your life. 1. Peak Design Slide - $59 The Peak Design Slide camera strap … [Read more...] about Ten Gifts for Photographers Under $100