Funny thing about animals is they move around, a lot. So a technique like HDR, which requires several images that are nearly identical in everything but exposure values, is usually not an option for wildlife photographers. Often thought of as mainly a tool for landscape and architecture photography, High Dynamic Range photography captures a series of shots at multiple exposures to provide detail in both highlights and shadows which a camera cannot capture in one frame. But, in the case of a running horse or flying bird, even at high shutter … [Read more...] about How to Finish Your Wild Animal Photos With Tone Mapping
HDR (High Dynamic Range) processing of your photos by its nature can result in a lot of noise or graininess in your final image. While Macphun's new Aurora HDR 2018 for PC's does a great job overall reducing noise, there are still times when noisy areas appear in your processed HDR. This can be caused by many reasons, but most commonly it's due to your settings in camera (such as shooting at too high of an ISO) or any image processing you have done to your images before merging them in Aurora (such as exposure adjustments). Regardless of the … [Read more...] about How to Remove Noise with a Luminosity Layer in Aurora HDR 2018
Happy Summer! It’s time to get away from the computer or out of the darkroom and enjoy the beautiful weather and shoot! Here are 3 tips on making great beach photographs. I shot these photographs at the end of the day, catching the very last bit of light, at the same location, yet achieving very different visual impacts. All of these photographs are shot without a tripod even though they are fairly long exposures. Exposing for the last light of the day. Start by using the in camera meter to read the light on the horizon. Make sure you are … [Read more...] about Shooting on a Beach!
This webinar will introduce you to many of the features of the Library Module in Lightroom, as well as some of the great features the pros use to stay organized. Best of all, we help you conquer the panic you may feel when you see the 'question mark of death.' https://youtu.be/rDEIsMXVANU … [Read more...] about Instant Replay: Getting Organized in Lightroom
Nothing gives me a thrill of terror up my spine like the nonchalant messages a computer gives when something has gone terribly wrong. Launching Lightroom and seeing a message like, “This catalog is corrupted and you’re totally out of luck” is one of the worst things that could happen to my professional life. Fortunately, the engineers at Lightroom understand this, and they’ve given us a simple way to prepare for just such an instance: automatic backups. (This article is adapted from a chapter in a useful book by Photofocus authors, Get … [Read more...] about Backing Up Your Lightroom Catalog
Richard Harrington recently shared a picture on social media that looked like a painting, and in the corner it read, "Created with Adobe Paint Can." I immediately downloaded this free app from the Apple App Store. Although it's only for iPad and iPhone, if you go buy an iPad for the sole purpose of using this app, it would be worth it. I've always wanted to learn to paint, and I've used many of the painting apps available. The Oil Paint Filter in Photoshop CS6 was a favorite, and I'm glad Adobe brought it back in CC2015. Topaz Lab's … [Read more...] about Adobe Paint Can App Review
One of the considerations of the future of the photo industry is Pension & Welfare for crew members. Historically, this hasn't been on the radar within the photo industry. States are now requiring and enforcing Pension & Welfare for photo productions. This tax liability used to just be reserved for productions like TV, Commercials, and feature films. Pension & Welfare is a private sector employee benefit plan. PWBA directly affects the livelihood of over 150 million people who participate in ERISA-covered plans, and protects the … [Read more...] about Pension and Welfare: Why you need to take notice?
This is an exciting week for photographers who love shooting fast-moving subjects. Canon dropped the details of their new flagship camera with up to 16 frames per second, 4K video and screaming-fast processing power. At $6,000 US for the hulking body many speed shooters will drool over the EOS-1 D X Mark II, but only the financially flush will be scooping them up. As if on cue, Sony pulled the covers off their tiny speed demon this morning and it brings some of the rapid-fire prowess of the big professional DSLRs and it does it for 1/6th the … [Read more...] about Sony A6300 – Pocket Monster
When it comes to posing and composing your subject for a standard portrait headshot, getting the look you want requires trying various poses depending on their personality and the reason for the headshot. Here's a few tips I use as part of every headshot session I shoot. 1.One super pet peeve of mine is missing body parts. I personally dislike headshots in which your subject is missing an ear. They have two ears, your doing a "HEAD" shot, make sure you have angled their head so you can see both ears in the shot. 2. Its much more appealing … [Read more...] about Four Tips to Standard Portrait Headshot Posing
Photofocus Podcast February 7th, 2016 Questions & Answers with Rich Harrington & Scott Bourne Thanks for all the great questions youve been sending in to the Photofocus podcast. This week Rich Harrington and Scott Bourne tackle some great topics to help photographers. Remember, you can post those questions by sending us a note here at Photofocus. Get the show here or get it on iTunes Don't forget to post a review on iTunes. The Question and Answer Podcast New podcast updates and changes What is responsible for autofocus speed? … [Read more...] about Photofocus Podcast February 7th, 2016— Questions & Answers with Rich Harrington & Scott Bourne
I tell anyone who listens that printing your photos is so incredibly important. Anything from snapshots of a sleeping child, to wedding photos and portraits need to be turned into tangible copies. Why? Because of the unknown. You never know what will happen and when those prints will become an invaluable keepsake for your loved ones. Recently, I spent an afternoon photographing an incredible woman named Becky. She is so full of life, love, and is as positive as a person can be. We spent the entire session laughing and enjoying each other's … [Read more...] about The Importance of Portraits
Its exciting getting your very first digital camera. Whether you have a DSLR, Mirrorless or even a point and shoot, learning it can be overwhelming. At times, its okay to put it in auto mode. As long as you are taking pictures, you are going to keep getting better. In fact, as I was learning my camera, I would set it to auto mode and see what settings the camera picked. Then I would switch to manual and set those exact settings and eventually learned to adjust what I felt was better. Heres a few tips on how you can learn more about taking … [Read more...] about New Camera? Now What?
This upcoming podcast, Richard and I will sit down to go over several reader's questions. Anything regarding gear, business questions, recent photography news, lighting and more. If there's something you want explained, post your question in the comments below. We will take a handful of questions and mention your name in the podcast. … [Read more...] about Q and A Podcast: What questions do you want answered?
One of the most common posts I see in photography forums and groups are those upset about the prices other photographers are charging. While this may be a bit of a controversial post, I'd like to offer another way to view this oft argued subject. It never fails, after a year or two of charging for your services, you start running into the novice shoot-and-burn photogs. They sprout up out of nowhere and seem to multiply like rabbits. You see post after post of sessions for $50-$100 with a CD full of images. Immediately, your hackles rise and … [Read more...] about Every Photographer Has a Place
Photographs are wonderful things, and one of their amazing characteristics is the detail we can see in a picture. I'm pretty observant of details in face to face contact, so I enjoy the fact that my camera can record those details with great clarity and I can share them with others. However, digital noise sometimes obscures the detail and can create distracting color specs that I find really frustrating. In fact, when I first started photography, I wouldn't raise my ISO above 400 for fear that noise would ruin the images. I'd like to share with … [Read more...] about Hate Noisy Pictures? This May Help…
I live in a cave. Not literally, but it sure feels like it. My house is so dark. Even with the windows wide open, on a bright sunny day, I still have to shoot at a minimum of ISO 1600. Sometimes I embrace my cave, I shoot with the high ISO, and I don't sweat it. But, honestly, the images that I love, the images that I keep, the images that I share of my family in my home almost alway use my flash aimed at a corner of my ceiling. Why Bounced Flash? Because it is flexible and easy. There are lots of ways to bring in extra light to shoot indoors … [Read more...] about Bounced Flash for Casual Shooting
In this free webinar, you'll learn the essential skills and advanced secrets to make great looking wildlife photos. Free Webinar: Making Compelling Wildlife Photographs with Scott Bourne Scott Bourne will share secrets and practical advice that went into the making of some of his favorite and best-known images. He'll discuss both shooting and postproduction techniques that make his images stand out above the rest. Scott will also show how he's using Perfectly Clear to enhance his images to improve contrast and clarity while removing … [Read more...] about Join Us For a Free Webinar on Wildlife Photography with Scott Bourne
What kind of story are you telling as a photographer? Please watch the above video and share your thoughts below in the comments. This experiment was recently posted and I wanted to create some dialogue and discuss how we can grow and learn. The pictures we create have the opportunity to share with the world amazing stories. This video had several photographers shoot one subject. Each photographer was given 10 minutes and a story about who their subject was. Their goal was to create a portrait of the man they were taking a picture of. What … [Read more...] about The Power You Have As A Photographer
Have you ever been zoomed in while editing in Photoshop, only to zoom out and realize your adjustments were not at all what you wanted? Here is a quick solution I like to use to avoid that situation. 1. Opening a New Window With your image open in Photoshop, from the menu bar, navigate to Window > Arrange > New Window for (filename). A second tab will appear containing a duplicate version of the image. 2. Arranging the Windows From the menu bar, navigate to Window > Arrange > 2-up Vertical (or whichever orientation works for the … [Read more...] about Setting Up Two Windows for One Image in Photoshop
Some photographers use watermarks to promote who they are and others use it to prevent people from stealing their images. Adding a large watermark on your image can take away the beauty of it but in some cases it's necessary. If you need to added a watermark to your image, here's an elegant way to add your personal signature as a watermark in Photoshop. 5 Steps to Create your Signature Brush Step 1: Start with your signature or find a handwriting font you like. Since we are creating a brush, we don't have to extract the signature from the … [Read more...] about Create Your Own Signature Watermark as a Brush
When using backlighting in an image, the first thing to decide on the light source. For beauty portraits, I prefer to use natural light, as it has a soft and lovely look to it, but this can easily be accomplished with studio lighting. In this tutorial, images are taken using a very large window diffused by sheer white curtains. The curtains I used for this window are simple netted curtains from IKEA named LILL and are just $4.99 a set. There are 3 sets on the curtain rod and a pair of VIVIAN curtains that can be purchased for $9.99. I have … [Read more...] about Using V-Flats with Backlit Portraits
Newborn photography has become very popular in recent years, and in that genre, there have been many trends. Styles range from simple and minimalistic, to highly stylized with props and backdrops. Most recently, I have noticed a trend with flags being used to wrap up or hold newborns. This is very popular with families in the Armed Forces and those wanting to show pride in their country. As photographers, it is our responsibility to provide our clients with the images they desire while being responsible in the process. This not only means … [Read more...] about Using Flag Scarves for Newborn Portraits
Sometimes, photographers find themselves in the position where they will need to collaborate with other artists to bring their vision or ideas into fruition. Recently, I've delved into the genre of women's glamour photography and knew that I needed the services of a makeup artist. Trying to find a makeup artist that fits into your vision can be challenging, but I will share a few tips that may help make the search easier. Finding a Makeup Artist A good place to start is by checking a buy/sell/trade group on Facebook for your area. If you are … [Read more...] about Tips for Finding and Working with a Professional Makeup Artist
NOTE: Recently at Adobe MAX, all attendees (including me) were given a Fuji X T10 mirrorless camera with an 18-55mm lens. At retail this set up goes for about $1,100 when not on sale. Right now Im in the market for a new camera. Im borrowing a Lumix GX7 from a friend and Ive played with various Sony cameras. To finally have my own mirrorless to play with is pretty awesome. Im carrying this camera with me everywhere. The Key Specs: Lets get the specs out of the way. Shoots 16.3 megapixels Uses SD cards Shoots both JPEG and RAW ISO: 6400 and … [Read more...] about A Look at the Fuji X T10: It’s Making Photography Fun Again
If you've had the pleasure of converting film slides of days gone by to the digital format, you may have experienced that bittersweet feeling of excitement mingled with a tinge of disappointment upon first viewing the dust, debris and tiny fibers accumulated by storage over the years in the scanned result. Building on a recent post, Digitally Converting Slides and Negatives with Jumbl, in this video tutorial we'll take a look at a few simple techniques to help reverse the ravages of time and bring new life back to these important keepsakes by … [Read more...] about Tips for Restoring Scanned Slides and Negatives
Getting great shots of the moon is not as easy as it sounds. I recently tried to get some new shots and learned a few things along the way. Scouting the Shot One of the first things I needed to do was scout my location. I had to rely on internet and an app called PhotoPills. This allowed me to understand where the moon was going to be and help me find a location away from any light pollution. I knew I had to go south of the city and ended up with an amazing location. The Right Lens Now you need to get that great moon shot. To do so you will … [Read more...] about How to Photograph and Composite the Moon
I have a couple presets I use often. Some I created from scratch and a few Ive tweaked off of other presets I've collected over the years. I find if I shoot certain events, I know exactly how I need to tweak things. Instead of having to make the adjustments on every image, just save a preset. Its actually quite easy to do. Here I have my image and apply a current preset but I keep needing to make adjustments: 2. After I made some adjustments I want to save it as a new Preset: 3. All I need to do is click Develop>New Preset: 4. … [Read more...] about How to create your own Preset in Adobe Lightroom
With the popularity of film finding its way into photographer's hands, headlines are still reading, Why Film is Better than Digital and Comparing Film vs Digital. Isnt the Debate Over? At the starting point of digital photography, people once thought that film was going to be a dying art. A movie quote instantly comes to mind: -- spoken from a man whom is brought out to be piled onto a wagon carrying dead bodies to be disposed of in the movie, Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Film is far from dead and isn't exactly going to go away it seems... … [Read more...] about It Isn’t Film vs Digital Any Longer
A common question that is asked in many photography social media forums is for recommendations on where to find a location that meets specific needs. In most cases there will be a nice location already submitted to Shootipedia. Shootipedia is a website that was created to allow photographers to find and share locations that they have shot at. I'm finding I use this resource more and more lately. http://www.shootipedia.com/ If you are in an area where theres not a lot of references, get involved. Let others know to mark those places. If you … [Read more...] about How to Find Your Perfect Location for a Photo Shoot?
There are occasions when a subjects skin only has a few trouble spots that could use light retouching. For that, I like to use a simple fade selection with the patch tool, and I want to share that technique today. In this photo, my very sad looking daughter has a few spots Id like to touch up on her forehead, nose, and under her eyes. I do want to preserve most of the wrinkle above her eyebrows, as it is part of her expression, but some of the shadowing is a little strange and makes the skin look uneven. I will be using the patch tool, but … [Read more...] about Using the Fade Selection Tool in Photoshop for Skin Imperfections