This morning I woke up and had to share this with you right away. If you love photography more than you love good food then you're going to love this. There's a FREE 3-part photography training series that starts today, May24th, 2016 and ends the day after Labor Day. It's not every day we get to learn something valuable and free without putting in a lot of time and effort. I've personally been to five different seminars and workshops this year already and for each one, I had to fly, stay in a hotel, and eat out for every meal. The FREE … [Read more...] about Do you love photography more than good food?
Welcome to the third of six posts focused on topics found in my newest book, The Visual Palette. Each of these posts will include a free sample download from my book for you to download and enjoy. You can also check out Part 2 in case you missed it. You can learn more about my first published book by clicking on the button at the bottom of this post! The word "Distortion" is usually synonymous with being an aberrationsomething you correct for and go to great lengths to avoid. And sure, depending on the nature of your photography, that very … [Read more...] about The Visual Palette – A Friend in Distortion
Welcome to the second of six posts focused on topics found in my newest book, The Visual Palette. Each of these posts will include a free sample download from my book for you to download and enjoy. You can also check out Part 1 in case you missed it. You can learn more about my first published book by clicking on the button at the bottom of this post! Often times, the term, Depth of Field (DoF), is mentioned as it relates to the quality of fast lenses. We associate fast lenses are large apertures with creating a shallow DoF, and that is very … [Read more...] about The Visual Palette – Depth of Field
Welcome to the first of six posts focused on topics found in my newest book, The Visual Palette. Each of these posts will include a free sample download from my book for you to download and enjoy. You can learn more about my first published book by clicking on the button at the bottom of this post! When I first set out to write The Visual Palette, my hope was that it would serve as a guide for all of the photographers out there who strive to identify what their unique visual style looks like. One of the most important steps in this journey is … [Read more...] about The Visual Palette – Allies in Perspective and Distortion
Photography is one of those professions that, from a distance can appear as an idealistic, fun and (dare I say) easy existence in terms of a career. Yet upon entering the world of paid photography, would-be pros find themselves immediately faced with a demand for an exceedingly high-level of image quality, and an even higher degree of understanding in terms of marketing and business practice if the hope is to succeed in acquiring a piece of the competitive market. Fortunately, tools for applied learning are in place for creatives and … [Read more...] about My Favorite Courses to Learn the Fundamentals of Photography from lynda.com
I've been actively teaching the Martial Arts for over 30 years. I was formally trained by an instructor who was formally trained by his instructor who, well you guessed it, was formally trained by his instructor. Our strong Martial Arts heritage goes all the way back to the first instructor that created our style who was formally....wait a second, he wasn't formally trained. If he wasn't formally trained, how did he create our style? It's simple, it was a collaborative development that grew over the years and became the style we teach today. … [Read more...] about Is Formal Photography Training Necessary?
I'm a formal student of photography and probably will be a life-long student of it, and I'm faced with constant struggles in class. Although fighting through the completion of degree (that doesn't necessarily help you to not become a starving artist) is a very real, hefty and common problem that students face, there are deeper and more dampening issues for those photography protgs--especially for those who have been fueled by their passion and took it upon themselves to study and experiment, which includes me. While every student's education … [Read more...] about The Real Student Struggle
Are you coming to Photoshop World? Its that time of year again when Photoshop World comes to Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. If you'll be in town, you can catch Scott or Rich speaking at on photography and business. Some of these classes are even free on the show floor for the general public to take. If you have to miss the show, be sure to catch the keynote for free here on Wednesday (9/4). Scott's Classes Wednesday, September 04, 2013 6:157:15 pm "How to use Twitter to attract an audience for your photography. The answer isn't what you may … [Read more...] about Meet Scott and Rich at Photoshop World
NOTE NOTE NOTE NOTE NOTE: The Photofocus Podcast Feed HAS CHANGED! Here is the new feed: feed://feeds.feedburner.com/photofocuspodcast Get the show here or get it on iTunes PLEASE BE PATIENT - OUR SERVERS SEE LARGE LOADS ON PUBLISHING DAYS. THE DOWNLOADS MAY GO SLOWLY BUT THEY WILL FINISH. Join Rich and Scott as they discuss the "Reset Concept." Learn how to deal with a shoot with everything seems to be going wrong. Learn how to mentally reset as well as how to reset your gear so you can make a fresh start. The second half of the show … [Read more...] about Photofocus Podcast with Special Guest Katrin Eismann
If you have a photographer in your family, or if your significant other is a photographer then in many ways, you have it made when it comes to holiday gifts. There are so many cool products out there that photographers will love. Everything on this list is something I myself have used or owned at one time and can highly recommend. Companies can't pay to get on this list. Im suggesting things I myself would like to receive but don't buy me any of these items because I already have them! :) (All prices approximate and subject to … [Read more...] about 2012 Holiday Gift Guide
Some of you know I'm a car guy. In fact, I run a car-related blog called carloves.com. I collect cars. I race cars. I love cars. I'm passionate about anything related to cars. In racing there's a very old saying - "You can't fake fast." I've heard it a million times. I understand it. I believe it. I love to go fast. There's no feeling like it. I'm not racing much these days, but once in a while I still get on the track by myself and do laps. I'm a lucky guy. I've driven cars at speeds in excess of 200 miles per hour. At that speed you're … [Read more...] about You Can’t Fake Fast
Guest Post by Skip Cohen I recently saw an email blast from my buddy George Varanakis at Rangefinder/WPPI. He listed the top ten reasons not to miss WPPI. Personally, I'd drop a few and add a few, one of them being your ability to interact with vendor after vendor to help strengthen your business. I'd also add, one trip to Vegas gets you exposed to hundreds of new products and concepts, one of them being GoingPro Bootcamp. A trip to Las Vegas in February isn't just about WPPI anymore. It's about adding new building blocks to your business and … [Read more...] about Come To Vegas To Learn How To Become A Professional Photographer
I've spoken at, led, or taught at more than 150 photo workshops in my lifetime and attended dozens more as a student. Last year's Skip's Summer School was easily one of my all-time favorites. You can read my wrap-up from last year here. Few photo-related conferences I've been involved with in the last 10 years have generated as much buzz as Skip's Summer School. People were talking about it on Twitter and Facebook for months. And the number one thing I heard about last year's Summer School was that people were bummed they missed it! You have … [Read more...] about Want to Learn More About Photography? Go To Summer School
I just had the pleasure of giving a talk at the very first ever Skip's Summer School in Vegas. If you're unfamiliar with Skip Cohen he's got a very long and storied career in the photo industry as an executive with Polaroid, he was the ex-president of Hasselblad USA, and publisher of Rangefinder Magazine just to name a few of his accomplishments. He called in lots of favors and got 15 top-notch speakers for the event which was remarkable in a down economy, and even more so because it was a first-time conference. Oh and one more thing, Skip … [Read more...] about Wrap up of Skip’s Summer School
Photographers are faced with a dizzying array of technology and technique updates every year. While all the old stuff still works, the new stuff is important to know, even if you don't plan to use it. Likewise, and this will be the BIG shocker to some of the younger among you - the old stuff is important to know too - again, even if you don't intend to use it. Workshops, conferences, meet-ups, photo walks, camera clubs, high school, college and tech school photo classes - these are all great places to investigate and to learn. Even though … [Read more...] about Constant Learning
Every day I get email from audience members asking me simple things like, "How do I set my aperture on a Canon 1DS" or "How can I change lenses on my Nikon D70?" Here's how - Read Your Manual! That's the first advice I am giving to new digital camera owners. But there is plenty of help right there in the box. Read the manual! Digital cameras are far more complex on their face than film cameras. With film cameras, you can pretty much drop in a battery and a roll of film and press the shutter button and you get a picture. Digital cameras on … [Read more...] about Read Your Manual