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My Halloween must-haves

Would you believe me if I said Halloween was one of my favorite times of the year to shop? :) Now I get what your thinking, “what girl doesn’t love

How to modify a black cat with Photoshop

What is more Halloween-y than a skeleton? It might be a black cat. And, since most folks will be playing with skeletons, I decided to take on a little modification

Creative lighting for your pumpkins

Whether you are photographing pumpkins for fall, Halloween or even Thanksgiving, it’s easy to get creative with lighting for your pumpkins. Halloween spooky Want something a little dark and dramatic,

Weekly Wrap-Up: October 13-19, 2019

This week on Photofocus, Erin Holmstead gave us some tips on how to get started with light painting, while Julie Powell gave us some great ideas on creative Halloween photoshoots!

Portrait Tips: Lighting the Hulk

It doesn’t really take too much imagination when you have a muscleman in front of your lens to picture him as a green mass with purple highlights. It’s either because

The Weekly Wrap-Up from Photofocus for the week ending 11/02/2018

Weekly Wrap-Up: Oct. 28-Nov. 3, 2018

Welcome to a brand new feature — the Weekly Wrap-Up — a compendium of some of the articles published this week on Photofocus. Flickr to end 1 TB of free storage,

Portrait Tips: Have fun with Halloween

Happy Halloween! In the U.S., Halloween is one of the most fun holidays. Kids dress up in crazy costumes and consume more sugar than is good for them, and people all

Happy Halloween from Photofocus!

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween from all of us here at Photofocus. We wish you a ghoulishly wonderful & safe evening with all of the ghosties and beasties!

Michael Greening returns as the Halloween Photographer of the Day on Photofocus with A Glamorous Kiss

Photographer of the Day: Michael Greening

Category: Beauty Photographer: Michael Greening Photo: “A Glamourous Kiss” It’s October. The time of ghosts, goblins, and masquerades! Michael Greening returns as the Photofocus Photographer of the Day with “A Glamourous Kiss”

Do’s and Don’ts of Photographing Cemeteries and Other Sacred Places

Recently I came across a thread on social media proclaiming all cemetery shoots were disrespectful and should be prohibited.  Being a.) an artist and b.) someone who likes to debate everything, I was surprised by this stance.  I’m endlessly fascinated by the stories in these places, the history, and the artistry of the headstones and statues. So, personally, it had never occurred to me that photography in a cemetery would be a bad thing.  But, I understand how others might object, and I do have a personal set of guidelines to follow to make sure I am respecting the memory, families, and friends of those who are interred there.  

I know when Halloween approaches, the temptation to head to the nearest cemetery for a holiday themed photo shoot is very tempting.   This can be a very sensitive subject, and I certainly do not encourage people to seek out the nearest mausoleum for their photo shoot just because its October.  But, done with respect, photography in these places can be powerful, compelling, and artistic. Here are my “do’s and don’ts” of photographing cemeteries and other sacred places.

Using A Very Small Flash

Many of you only have the little pop-up flash built into your camera or a very tiny flash that can be attached to the camera hot-shoe (such as the flash

Halloween Effects from Hollywood *NSFW*

As Halloween approaches I know there are those of you who desire to shoot some ghoulish images. I thought I would have some fun and share some tips from the

Hot Hair Lights

I’m a huge advocate of creating depth in a photograph. One of the ways is to use a back light or at times referred to as a hair light when

Halloween Portraits: Not Just for Kids

Post by Joe Farace This time of year, one of my favorite portraiture tips is to ask subjects to bring their Halloween costumes to the shoot. Sure they can bring

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