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The evolution of an image begins at the camera

My husband (Photofocus contributor Steve Eilenberg) frequently chides me for not editing tightly enough, of hanging on to image files that I “will never use and never show”. There is

The Art of Being “Photogenic”

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had someone say ‘I am not ‘photogenic’. To be honest, I hate that statement. I mean who isn’t ‘photogenic’? To me everyone,

3 Reasons Why You Should Print Your Photos Really Big

Many of us love the experience of creating photos, but have a habit of stockpiling those photos on a mishmash of drives and cloud storage, where they remain unseen by ourselves or anyone else.  Sometimes guilty of this myself, I long ago stopped printing my work. With web based portfolios, social media, cloud file delivery, and all my customers and audience online, why bother? Over time, I got rid of all my printers, outsourced everything and generally avoided anything to do with putting ink on paper.  I’m sure I am not alone in this, how many of you out there haven’t printed anything in a long time, or have never printed anything at all?

Recently, I had the opportunity to to select one of my favorite photos, and have a print made of it by ArtisanHD.  When the piece arrived and I opened the box, it all came flooding back. Just how cool it’s to see your work big on the wall.  This wasn’t about ego, it was about seeing the product of creativity and effort, reliving the memory of making that image, and rediscovering just how much I love photography.  In this article I’ll explain how printing your work can make you a better photographer, through my experience of having a large print made of one of my favorite photos.

Portrait Tips: Crop the Top

When you make a portrait, your aim should be for maximum impact. Emotion, lighting, and movement all lend impact to a picture, but the way you frame the photo also

How to Enhance Your Photos With Textures – Part 1: Adding Textures

In photography a texture image or “texturing” is used to enhance or accent some part of the image in your digital darkroom.  Although they can help you create eye-catching works of art, textures also can be very easy to overdo. In this article I’ll explain my process for adding textures to my photography, using Adobe Stock and Photoshop,  to create more impact, transform the mood of the image, or improve on the composition.

Striving For Your “You-Ness”

We are completely bombarded with images every single day. From social media to blogs, to advertisements and billboards, we are constantly flooded with images that are aggressively jostling for our

Quick Tip: Use the Moon to Find the Sun

The other morning I was in the mountains waiting for the sun to rise and looking for the right composition. The moon was helping me because it was indicating exactly

Do You Revisit Old Locations?

(Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from our partner mpb.com a great place to use your old gear to acquire newer gear.) For many, the thought of revisiting an

Photographer of the Day: Dawna Moore

If you would like to experience a beautiful vision of a vintage holiday, look no further then this image, “GMC Christmas” by  Dawna Moore.  Part holiday cheer, part nostalgia, it’s a warmly lit scene featuring Christmas decorations along with a nice slice of Americana.  Beyond these elements, the composition and lighting are excellent, from the technical choices with aperture to create the starbursts on the Christmas lights, to the balance of complimentary colors with the reds and greens.  The portrait orientation of the photo helps simplify a busy scene, placing the focus on the wreath and letting your eye travel throughout the frame to take in all the detail.

Photographer of the Day: Mark Meyer zur Heide

Category: Street Photography Photograph: “Oslo No. 1” by Mark Meyer zur Heide What is particularly compelling about this image, “Oslo No. 1” by Mark Meyer zur Heide, is it let’s

Photographer of the Day: Bert de Bruin

Category: Street Photography Photograph: “Moto” by  Bert de Bruin Although I don’t ride myself, there are few times where I won’t stop and admire a beautiful bike like the one

Photographer of the Day: Jim Sollows

Category: Street Photography Photograph: “I’m sure there are many stories behind this old bike!” by  Jim Sollows It is often easier to say that you like an image versus trying

Photographer of the Day: Isengardt

The power of photography is its ability to make us feel and imagine from nothing more than a  2 dimensional collection of dots on a piece of paper or computer screen.  “Mannequins” by Isengardt, definitely makes you feel something, the best word I have to describe it is “uncomfortable”.  This is a “rule breaker” image, and why it works so well.  The mannequins have been transformed by the light and composition into something other than the typical figure of glamour we expect.  Messy hair, harsh light, and black clothes create something more out of a Hitchcock movie then a department store. We associate the eyes with life and personality, here they are lifeless, the gaze of each directed somewhere off frame.  This otherworldly scene takes the viewer out of their comfort zone, one of the greatest purposes of art.

“The purpose of art actually is, in many cases, to make you feel quite uncomfortable. Or at least to go to that place that’s already of discomfort inside of you and tap into that.”  – Michael Moore

Photographer of the Day: Denis Malciu

The image “1” by Denis Malciu displays a perfect choice of composing in black and white, simplifying what could have otherwise been a very busy photo.  As the crowd stands in rapt attention to the dancer’s performance, they frame the dancers instead of competing with them. Imagine if instead this photo was presented in color.  The dancers could have easily gotten lost against that sea of people and the variety of textures and colors they are wearing.  Instead the photographer works purely with light and contrast.  Though small in the frame, the dancers take center stage in the image, drawing your attention directly to them, captivating you as they did the crowd.  

DSLR Video Weekly: Cinematic Composition

This is article #25 in the DSLR Video Weekly series.  If you’d like the whole thing in one shot, check out the book Creating DSLR Video: From Snapshots to Great Shots. Once

DSLR Video Weekly: Composing Shots

This is article #22 in the DSLR Video Weekly series.  If you’d like the whole thing in one shot, check out the book Creating DSLR Video: From Snapshots to Great Shots. Once

Learn To Love Lemonade

The thing is, there are stellar celestial events every month and wherever you live you’re sure to be able to make a great picture. I’ve just moved to Nampa, Idaho, and

Photographer of the Day: Dave Cheresna

Category: Street Photography Photograph:Neon Nights by Dave (Dave Cheresna, @dscphoto) Street photography is so often about scaling down and capturing the small scenes and moments. Dave’s image, “Neon Nights”, is

Photographer of the Day: Emanuele UbOldi

Category: Street Photography Photograph: Untitled by Emanuele UbOldi You can’t help but be drawn to the face of the child in this untitled image by Emanuele UbOldi.  Everything in the

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