Skip to content

gear

Portrait Tips: $1,500 lenses don’t make good pictures
Getting started with light painting
Best places for purchasing used camera equipment
2020 Holiday Gift Guide for night photographers
Creating surreal images using tilt effects with LensBaby Edge 35 Optic
Lensbaby takes you into a new realm of creativity
Locking it down: Reviewing the mighty Robus RTH-1050 ball head
Lens choices for night photography
Using Aurora HDR with night photography
Mobile Mondays: Simple, effective mobile video with a smartphone rig
Huge deals to end your week from B&H
Photographing the Perseid meteor shower

More posts

Erin Holmstead Photography-126

Lensbaby takes you into a new realm of creativity

Lensbaby is a company all about bringing creativity into photography. Taking you beyond the tech side and pushing you past the limitation of your equipment, combining it with a wild, creative side. Doing so allows you to take your photography

Read More
2159kenlee_archesnatpark-doublearchmilkyway-20sf28iso4000-2014-05-23-1148pm-3330k-ournewworld-flat3-BRIGHTER-2019-11-2560X1440PX-PHOTOFOCUS-HEADER

Lens choices for night photography

What lens is good for night photography? It turns out there’s quite a few. And not all of them are crazy expensive. Please note that I am not discussing astrophotography, deep space photography of celestial objects or photos involving an

Read More
6068_kenlee_ojo-oro-arch_200516_2033_2hr35mtotal-each1mf5iso1250_-startrails-portrait_warmer-rock_200614_AuroraHDR-processing86-CROP4x5_Orton_2020-06-30_2560x1440px-HEADER-PHOTOFOCUS

Using Aurora HDR with night photography

At first blush, I am an unusual photographer to write about HDR software. After all, I do night photography, where it typically isn’t used as much. And us night photographers tend to handle wide dynamic range largely by the way

Read More
bh-august-savings

Huge deals to end your week from B&H

Our friends over at B&H have some awesome deals that start today! Check out some of our favorites below. Sign up for PayBoo, get 10% off select Sony products For a limited time, when you sign up for the B&H

Read More
startrails-kenlee_vasquezrockseaster-2014-_DSC0103kenlee_vasquezrocks2014-31min-30sf32iso1600-meteor-PHOTOFOCUS-HEADER-2560x1440px-200811

Photographing the Perseid meteor shower

The Perseids are often the most spectacular meteor shower in the Northern Hemisphere due to frequency as well as its appearance in August. There are typically about 100 visible meteors per hour on average, although this obviously depends on your

Read More
500px Photo ID: 77680955 - How this bus stays up, I'm not sure. I came up here Thursday evening. There were two photographers, Matt and Justin, already here, but they left shortly afterwards for Bodie ghost town in California. I immediately began shooting, a bit dissatisfied with the shots I had taken the previous night, as the moon was blotted out by huge thunder clouds, and everything was very dark, not so conducive for this sort of light painting photography. Tonight was definitely better!

Outside the historic mining town of Goldfield, NV, in a desert dotted by Joshua Trees, you can see a field of old cars that are wildly painted and jammed into the ground at unlikely angles. This is the International Car Forest of the Last Church, created by Michael

How I got the photo: The Car Forest night photo

I wanted a vivid, bold composition of a subject that had been photographed a fair amount by other night photographers. This was photographed at a desert art installation known as the International Car Forest of the Last Church outside Goldfield,

Read More
6181_kenlee_2017-05-28_2241_pioneertown-3mf8iso500-3hr6mintotal-farmfeed-lightpainting-startrails-gap_filling-cropped-left-side-slightly-flat

Why should you use a DSLR in 2020?

Mirrorless cameras are the future. Most companies are releasing mirrorless cameras, and many are filled with amazing tech. So what reasons would there be to still use a DSLR? Turns out there’s a few. And not to worry, this is

Read More
Photo by Levi Sim

Let it snow: Winter photography tips for snowy scenes

Gearing up to shoot gorgeous snowy scenes this frosty season? Winter photography comes with its own set of challenges, but many photographers simply can’t resist the charm of winter scenes. Whether you’re still looking for inspiration or some new ideas

Read More
Being Satisfied with Your Own Work - youtube

How to be satisfied with your own photography

If you consider yourself as a perfectionist in your photography or other creative endeavors, you’ll always feel unsatisfied with your work. Perfection does not equate to excellence, and we have to be mindful to not let it consume our work.

Read More
Choosing the RIGHT LENS — Why Focal Length MATTERS - youtube

Why choosing the right focal length matters

Among the first technical things that every photographer has to learn is choosing the right lens for the job. It’s not so much as picking up the right brand, but more of choosing the right focal length that will best

Read More
Luminar AI Quick Tip: Composition AI - youtube

Get the perfect crop with CompositionAI

With CompositionAI in the new LuminarAI, you can get the perfect copy and fix perspective issues in no time flat. Photofocus publisher Rich Harrington shows you how to get things done. Save on LuminarAI and get our free Boot Camp

Read More
memory-card-chaos

Avoiding memory card chaos

As photographers, we often take for granted one of the most important pieces of equipment we can invest in — memory cards. Whether you use CF or SD cards, there’s some simple things to remember in order to avoid card failure.

Read More
Exposure Tactics: Mastering exposure with Kevin Ames

Exposure Tactics: Mastering exposure

This Exposure Tactics post explains what a “technically proper” exposure is and how to get there. Remember I said technically proper, not creatively right. The three photos above are with different exposures. Each one brings out a different feeling or

Read More

Want more updates?

Enter to win a camera of your choice and get a free photo toolbox!

It’s our birthday, and we want to celebrate with you! Check out our 21st birthday contest and enter to win a new camera, Drobo 8D, X-Rite calibration tools, Xpozer prints, Skylum software and more!

Later this month, we’re giving away a HUGE grand prize that includes a camera of your choice, Skylum software, a Drobo 8D, Xpozer prints and more!