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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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Photographer of the Day: Edouard Ketterer
Category: Street Photography Photograph: L'homme du canal by Edouard Ketterer Minimalist photos are some of the most difficult to execute,...
How to Deliver Helpful Photo Critiques Full of Valuable Insights
It's been fun selecting the street photography photographer of the day the last few months at Photofocus. It has also...
Mirrorless Camera Maniac: Take–Make–Shoot
I suspect that you need to shoot more pictures. I was recently teaching at a dude ranch in Montana (it...
Photographer of the Day: Jeff Clouet
Category: Street Photography Photograph: “Path to the Heavens” by Jeff Clouet Jeff Clouet’s image “Path to the Heavens” is a...
Seeing and Composition in Photography
Recently someone commented on one of my images: “I wish I had your eye for composition.” My reply: composition can...

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

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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.  

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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 you get the hang of video, be sure to monetize

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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 you get the hang of video, be sure to monetize

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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 I’m invigorated by a new place and new things to

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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 a great example of this, capturing a riot of color

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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 scene focuses your attention there, and although small in the

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Photographer of the Day: Edouard Ketterer

Category: Street Photography Photograph: L’homme du canal by Edouard Ketterer Minimalist photos are some of the most difficult to execute, but when done well, are some of my favorites. In Edouard Ketterer’s “L’homme du canal” we see the beauty of

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Photofocus Photographer of the Day Jeff Clouet

Photographer of the Day: Jeff Clouet

Category: Street Photography Photograph: “Path to the Heavens” by Jeff Clouet Jeff Clouet’s image “Path to the Heavens” is a strong example of using leading lines and a vanishing point to convey both movement and depth in a scene. The

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Seeing and Composition in Photography

Recently someone commented on one of my images: “I wish I had your eye for composition.” My reply: composition can be learned. Art classes in high school and college helped me learn the basics of composition, color, lines, shapes and

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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 you get the hang of video, be sure to monetize

Read More

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 I’m invigorated by a new place and new things to

Read More

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 a great example of this, capturing a riot of color

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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 scene focuses your attention there, and although small in the

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Photographer of the Day: Edouard Ketterer

Category: Street Photography Photograph: L’homme du canal by Edouard Ketterer Minimalist photos are some of the most difficult to execute, but when done well, are some of my favorites. In Edouard Ketterer’s “L’homme du canal” we see the beauty of

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Photofocus Photographer of the Day Jeff Clouet

Photographer of the Day: Jeff Clouet

Category: Street Photography Photograph: “Path to the Heavens” by Jeff Clouet Jeff Clouet’s image “Path to the Heavens” is a strong example of using leading lines and a vanishing point to convey both movement and depth in a scene. The

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Seeing and Composition in Photography

Recently someone commented on one of my images: “I wish I had your eye for composition.” My reply: composition can be learned. Art classes in high school and college helped me learn the basics of composition, color, lines, shapes and

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Photographer of the Day: Jovan Jimenez

Category: Street Photography Photograph: “CTA Green Line to Harlem” by Jovan Jimenez (Jovan J) Jovan Jimenez’s image is not only a beautiful example of street photography, but also an excellent demonstration of several composition concepts.  Using selective focus and a

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The Calotype: An Overview

In my last history of photography article, I talked about William Henry Fox Talbot, the inventor of the Calotype. Here, I want to explore how the calotype evolved within photography and how it evolved the photographic world. In the 1840’s,

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Explore Your Creativity With These 12 Composition Tips

Whether you are an amateur or professional, most photographers understand the “rules of photography.” However, following those rules is up to you. In the latest episodes of the Marc Silber’ Show “Advancing Your Photography host Marc interviewed award-winning photographer Huntington Witherill. Witherill

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