Dust. It's annoying to clean off the shelves you have, but it's even more annoying to clean your own sensor. There are kits and tools to make it easier, although there isn't anything easier than handing your camera over to someone who works for your camera manufacturer — better yet, it is free if you're attending WPPI. I'd check with your manufacturer to see if they've got a presence at WPPI first and then see if they've got their cleaning booth up. I know for a fact that FujiFilm has their Check and Clean station that will gladly accept your … [Read more...] about Get your camera body’s sensor cleaned and checked for free at WPPI
As a beginner photographer, we don't always have a killer budget to invest in education. I found some very useful tools over the years that helped me along the way without breaking the bank. Here are 5 totally FREE options to improve your photography skills! 1) YouTube This is such a powerful one. We have access to thousands of hours of free content right at our fingertips. Everything is in there. I can't tell you how many times I looked for video tutorials and how many times I found the answers in a matter of seconds. There are … [Read more...] about Improve Your Photography Skills For $0 – $5 with these Essential Tools
We love giving away free stuff. Our partners over at Perfectly Clear have recently released a totally free plugin for Photoshop and Lightroom called Perfect Exposure. It will cost you an email address, but no money, and will work forever (this isn't a trial). The plugin is really cool (in fact several writers at photofocus created the custom presets it comes with). Perfect Exposure for Photoshop and Lightroom is the perfect tool for any photographer or designer. With eight great presets to solve the most common exposure problems, this … [Read more...] about Get an Awesome Photoshop and Lightroom Plug-in Totally Free
I browse lots of photography forums in search of ideas for articles to write. I came across a post from a photographer offering to give up a job because he wouldn't be in town to shoot it. He writes: Hey! I was just contacted by a client about shooting a Sweet 16th unfortunately I will not be in the area and had to turn her down. She isn't looking to spend too much, about $50 to be more precise (I know... It's quite low); but is there anyone that would possibly be interested in taking on this client? Another photographer replied: That's the … [Read more...] about Photographer Wanted $5 per hour – should you take the job?
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
We all have our own definitions of beauty. The color red may be bold, beautiful, and invigorating to some, while to others it has a different meaning, feeling, or emotion (or lacks one if you are colorblind). A grungy, run-down building that smells like piss and mildew may be a scary, undesirable place to photograph for you, but for someone else it is glorious, glamorous, and beautiful. The definition of beautiful is, well, flexible. I know that I photograph things that I think are beautiful. A delicious and flavorful plate of pasta, a serene … [Read more...] about Treat Every Photograph Like It’s Beautiful
If you're a Lightroom user, and if you love using presets on your images, then you're in for a treat! In the links below you will find literally hundreds of free presets you can use in your images. Contrastly Contrastly is an online magazine about photography, technology, visual arts, photography techniques, and other topics that fall in between. In this article, you'll find 25 various presets that can be used for Lightroom. Info Parrot Info Parrot is a tech/design/lifestyle blog, and creates content and shares resources related to … [Read more...] about The Best Websites for FREE Adobe Lightroom Presets
The team here at Photofocus got together and created a HUGE free preset bundle for onOne's Perfect Photo Suite 9! To get your FREE download, pleas subscribe to our newsletter using the button below. Once you have confirmed your subscription, you will receive a link to download the file. Here's what you get: 24 Presets for Perfect Effects 8 Presets for Perfect B&W 4 Presets for Perfect Portrait Click an image to view larger and scroll through to view the before/after images from these presets: … [Read more...] about FREE Preset Pack for onOne Software
I originally created the Aviator in 2011 using Lightroom and Photoshop as my editing tools. When onOne announced the release of their New Perfect Photo Suite, I was inspired to recreate the Aviator using their new standalone program. I've been using onOne for years as a plugin for Photoshop and Lightroom, but this was the first time I created a project from scratch using their standalone program. I wanted to see if I could work start to finish in Perfect Photo Suite and get the results I wanted. I've included a free video at the end of the … [Read more...] about Will onOne’s Perfect Photo Suite replace Photoshop or Lightroom?
Like many of our readers, I am the resident Photoshop expert among my friends and family. Every year, around this time, I am asked to do at least one custom helmet for a friend's fantasy football team. I usually poke around Google, looking for a template that allows me to be a good friend while working quickly so it does not become a distraction. Until this year, my search has been fruitless. A few weeks ago, I found V2 Revolution Helmet, an Photoshop template from Fraser Davidson (aka rezland). The PSD file is very well organized and easy … [Read more...] about Are You Ready for Some Photoshop Football?
A powerful feature of Lightroom is its ability to save develop settings known as Presets so you can use them again later to edit other images. These presets will not only save you time but will also apply a consistent look to a set of images. There are several different types of presets. We are going to learn how to quickly install the top three; Develop, Brushes and Export. All three use the extension lrtemplate and are cross platform; working the same on a Mac or a PC. The quickest way to install a develop preset is to right mouse click on … [Read more...] about It’s Fast and Easy to Install Lightroom Presets
There are four parts of the eye; the pupil, iris, catch light and whites of the eye. We don't always need to enhance all four. The goal is to make slight changes so the image doesn't look fake or over process. Using Lightroom's adjustment brush we will easily make local changes to these areas by "painting in" the effect. Pressing and holding the ALT Key (PC) or Option Key (Mac) will enable us to paint out any effect we create. Select a 2:1 ratio in the Navigator Panel. Focus on just the eyes using the Navigator window or by clicking and moving … [Read more...] about Enhancing the Eyes with Lightroom
I typically feel pretty set in my ways once I find my groove, but every now and then, a I get the urge to branch out and try something different. Those urges are highly motivated by the really nice word, "FREE." Right now, the onOne Software Perfect Effects 8 Premium Edition is a free download. Thats right, Free-ninty-nine! Thats like $0.00 and it's not like an ad-based program or a kind of gimmicky program, it really is a full licensed version and it is quite freakin powerful! I'm a huge Lightroom and Photoshop fan, and even with the … [Read more...] about Hands-On Review: onOne Software Perfect Effects (Plus it’s Free!)
Looking for a new Lightroom preset that's perfect for the Fall season? Photofocus team member Nicole S. Young has created a cool one called Autumn Colors as a kick off to the fall season. Download the free Lightroom preset here. ______ … [Read more...] about Free Lightroom Preset for Autumn Colors
I'm always game for free software. I'll regularly jump over to the Mac App Store and see what's topping the charts (especially the free charts). I came across Fotor recently, which offers two primary modes for working. Turns out the app is available for several platforms including web, Windows, Android, iOS, and Mac (here's the link http://www.fotor.com). Edit mode. While there are many options on the market, Fotor offers an easy way to process TIFF, JPEG, PNG, and RAW files. A streamlined set of tools lets you adjust exposure, brightness, … [Read more...] about Make Great Photo Collages for Free
Guest Post by Watch the free video tutorial demonstrating - How To Set Your Camera's White Balance In Post... DISCLAIMER: This post isn't intended to be definitive - we're not claiming this is the ONLY way or even the BEST way to accomplish this task in Photoshop or any other post-processing program. We're merely offering it as A way you might accomplish this task. These tips are free, offered only because they might be helpful to someone. ____________________ … [Read more...] about Free Video Tutorial – How To Set Your Camera’s White Balance In Post
Guest Post by Watch the video tutorial demonstrating the Content Aware Scale command in Adobe Photoshop. DISCLAIMER: This post isn't intended to be definitive - we're not claiming this is the ONLY way or even the BEST way to accomplish this task in Photoshop. We're merely offering it as A way you might accomplish this task. These tips are free, offered only because they might be helpful to someone. _____________________ … [Read more...] about Free Video Tutorial – Demonstration of Content Aware Scale in Adobe Photoshop
Guest Post by Watch the video tutorial on how to fix dark photographs using Adobe Photoshop. DISCLAIMER: This post isn't intended to be definitive - we're not claiming this is the ONLY way or even the BEST way to accomplish this task in Photoshop. We're merely offering it as A way you might accomplish this task. These tips are free, offered only because they might be helpful to someone. __________________________________ … [Read more...] about Video Tutorial – How To Fix Photos That Are Too Dark Using Adobe Photoshop