This week we catch up with two photographers to get a wealth of advice. First Robert Vanelli talks with fashion photographer Lindsay Adler about her career and advice to other photographers. Then Rich Harrington since down with panoramic photographer Ron Pepper for a free-wheeling discussion about gear, tech, and workflow. Get the show here or get it on iTunes Don't forget to post a review on iTunes. Lindsay Adler Lindsay Adler is a professional portrait and fashion photographer based in New York City. Her editorial work has … [Read more...] about Photofocus Podcast September 5, 2015 — Lindsay Adler and Ron Pepper
We recently held an HDR Hangout to help you get started. Our guest on the program was Blake Rudis of EverydayHDR. Blake is a fine artist who fell in love with HDR photography. He combines his understanding of light and form to make some powerful images. Here's a followup guest tutorial from Blake. We hope you enjoy and be sure to give Photomatix Pro a try. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ArmOY6ikVI 5 HDR Tips for Photomatix Pro 5.0 Presets are not always the best option. Dynamic Range changes drastically from one image to the next. A … [Read more...] about Five Ways to Get Better Results with Photomatix Pro
If you're a photo studio or photographer who uses Pictage to host and sell your photos, you likely have quite a shock this week. On August 24th, Pictage posted the following message to their users: The Closing of Pictagehttps://discover.pictage.com/pictage-update-20150824 Please accept my sincere apologies for the Pictage web site being down since Thursday. The Pictage web site is currently recovering, but it is an extremely slow process due to the high number of images we store. We are doing everything we can to bring the web site online as … [Read more...] about Pictage is Closing their Doors. What are Your Options?
Editor: Want to learn more about HDR? Check out this free online class. One of the most common question about HDR photography seems to be how many images should I take? This has an easy answer and the answer is It depends. That answer just isn't very satisfying is it? Well, lets talk about why it depends. How Brackets Work The reason for taking bracketed images, and for using HDR techniques to combine them, is to solve a problem. The problem is that the dynamic range of a scene is too great for the cameras sensor to capture in a single … [Read more...] about How Many Images Should I Take for HDR?
We're super excited about today's HDR Hangout. Two professional photographers are going to share their secrets on when and how to shoot HDR. Not obnoxious, cheesy filters, why would you do that... but photos where the images pop (or even just show what the human eye could see and the camera couldn't). Don't miss today's Google Hangout. The event is Wednesday, August 26, 2015. Its absolutely free to attend thanks to HDRSoft. It starts at 1PM Eastern/10 AM Pacific. You've probably heard about HDR photography... but do you really understand … [Read more...] about Learn How to Shoot HDR Photography the Right Way
Don't miss our next Google Hangout. The event is Wednesday, August 26, 2015. Its absolutely free to attend thanks to HDRSoft. It starts at 1PM Eastern/10 AM Pacific. You've probably heard about HDR photography... but do you really understand how to shoot it properly? In this informative and free event, top experts will share with you strategies on how to increase the dynamic range of your photos to make great looking images. Learn how to merge multiple exposures together to make great looking photos that tell the "whole story" of the … [Read more...] about Getting Started with HDR Photography (Free Event 8/26)
You can sign up for more information here and to see your spot h We'll walk and make pictures and talk and trade beta on cameras. Maybe we'll end up at a restaurant or bar afterwards. We'll wrap up after a couple of hours, but there are no firm deadlines here. Friday, August 21, 2015 at 7:30pm - 9:35pm Hotel Rose - A Piece of Pineapple Hospitality 50 SW Morrison St, Portland, Oregon 97204 This is the kind of photowalk you may want to bring a tripod for because the city skyline with river in front should be pretty good looking. We'll meet … [Read more...] about Photowalk: Downtown Portland Bridges
High Dynamic Range (HDR) Photography has quickly grown into a popular form of photographic expression. It is both loved and loathed depending upon who you discuss the subject with. Many photography purists oppose the technique and declare it to be unnatural or over-processed. Other photographers embrace it for its many benefits and opportunities. The perspective that matters the most of course is the audiences... they love HDR. The goal of this article is to help you understand the technical approach behind the photography and understand … [Read more...] about What Does HDR Photography Really Mean?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TD2D2oJOSrQ During my career in photography Ive met very few (if any) people whos rise to stardom has been more incredible than my pal Trey Ratcliffs rise. Hes a brilliant individual who has the very unique mixture of business acumen, artistic eye, critical thinking, encyclopedic/scientific knowledge and downright folksy friendly approach to helping photographers succeed. I was lucky enough to have a chance to teach with Trey in Tampa, FL. It was his first workshop ever. At the time, I think I learned as much … [Read more...] about Trey’s Photomatix Presets – Mini Review
Google's Snapseed has undergone a facelift of late and one of the things Ive found helpful is the ability to brush in the HDR filter. Applying The HDR Scape Filter To apply the HDR filter tap the pencil icon in the bottom right corner Then slide up to reveal the filters. Among the filters is the new HDR Scape. This works much better than the Drama that you may have added before. Here add the adjustments to suit. In this example Im only adjusting for the portion of the image under the desk. The wall and windows Ill do later. Ill tap the … [Read more...] about Painting In HDR With Snapseed
This week's podcast catches up with two very different photographers. First we talk with Moose Peterson about his love of nature and aviation. Then we catch up with street photographer Thomas Leuthard for some practical advice. Get the show here or get it on iTunes Don't forget to post a review on iTunes. Moose Peterson Mooses true passion is wildlife photography and he considers himself incredibly fortunate to be amongst North Americas critters and bring back their story with his camera. Along the way Moose has been fortunate … [Read more...] about Photofocus Podcast July 5, 2015 — Moose Peterson & Thomas Leuthard
Why are prints are so important? Printing is a part of many photographers business or workflow that can be improved. Most of us don't know how to print or even understand the basics of printing. Sure, the ease of going from one screen to another is often easy, while figuring out how to print at the right size and the right output can be daunting. Why Print? Printing can bring another level to your photography and client base. Prints obviously do not require hard drives, cloud storage, or a powered on device to view. A print is a tangible … [Read more...] about Printing is the Lost Art of Photography
If you use Lightroom, you may be aware that Lightroom was updated a few months (Lightroom CC/Lightroom 6). One of the standout features in this new version is the ability to quickly merge HDR images inside of Lightroom without having to use Photoshop or another HDR processing app. I photograph a lot of landscapes, and have plenty of bracketed series that have never been touched. Photographing hundreds of images on any given outing typically means that one or two are shared, and the rest end up collecting virtual dust inside of Lightroom. … [Read more...] about Using Lightroom Smart Collections to Organize HDRs and Panos
On all the smartphones I get my hands on these days there's a n HDR function. Quite often I find that the default is 'Auto' but what difference does it really make? What Is HDR? High Dynamic Range or HDR is a technique of combining three or more images to make one evenly exposed image. That is, one for shadows, one for mid-tones and one for highlights. Photographers have been creating HDR images for some time using software from Photomatix, Adobe or other third party software providers. The Smartphone HDR What smartphones do however is take the … [Read more...] about What Difference Does HDR make With Smartphone Images?
I recently posted about Lightroom's new Photo Merge to HDR tool. Lightroom refers to this as Enhanced Dynamic Range. HDR is High Dynamic Range by the way. I believe that since Lightroom uses a floating point math that uses RAW files to produce a 16-bit HDR as opposed to Photoshop's pixel based 32 bit HDR. Plus or minus Ten stops The first thing that truly differentiates an HDR file from a regular RAW one is the extreme dynamic range or number of available f/stops of exposure control. The out-of-the-camera RAW file provides a plus or minus four … [Read more...] about Enhanced Dynamic Range in Lightroom’s Develop Module
Lightroom CC, the 2015 release, adds Photo Merge to its tool set. Photo Merge comes in two flavors: HDR (Control + H) and Panorama (Control + M.) The same shortcuts work for Mac and Windows so Mac users, don't substitute the Command key for the Control key on this one. HDR or High Dynamic Range extends the limits in detail between shadows through the midtones to the highlights that a single exposure can show. Unlike Photoshop, which uses pixel based files to create HDR, Lightroom CC works entirely with pure RAW goodness. The merged photograph … [Read more...] about Lightroom Photo Merge Gives Enhanced Dynamic Range
You gotta join us live for our next Google+ Hangout, totally free of charge. Not only will you learn terrific techniques, but if you tune in live, you can be entered to win excellent prizes to help you in your work. (Note: MUST BE TUNED IN LIVE TO WIN). We kick off Wednesday 5/27, 4:00pm Eastern, 3:00pm Central, 2:00pm Mountain, and 1:00pm Pacific. 4:30pm in Newfoundland. RSVP here and it'll show your local time. If you like shooting the same subjects in the same way that have been shot for a hundred years...then this hangout is not for … [Read more...] about Lightroom Hangout: Diving into Cinemagraphs with Rob Knight
Making photographs indoors during the full light of day can present a variety of exposure challenges to real estate photographers in terms of dynamic range. From light spiking through windows to shadows lurking behind walls, the eye will adjust to balance these harsh conditions automatically. Our cameras in-turn rely on the photographer's vision and decision-making to produce the necessary range of exposures required to cover the gamut and generate a realistic composition of the scene in post. Regardless of the style of shooting, wherever … [Read more...] about Photomatix Pro Workflow Tips for Real Estate Interiors
You gotta join us live for our next Google+ Hangout, totally free of charge. Not only will you learn terrific techniques, but if you tune in live, you can be entered to win excellent prizes to help you in your work. (Note: MUST BE TUNED IN LIVE TO WIN). We kick of Thursday 4/30, 2:00pm Eastern, 1:00pm Central, Noon Mountain, and 11:00am Pacific. RSVP here and it'll show your local time. I don't know which I'm more excited about, that RC Concepcion is coming on the show, or that he is going to help us explore the incredible new features in … [Read more...] about Lightroom Hangout with Special Guests RC Concepcion and the New Lightroom
Whether you love it or hate it, HDR is here to stay, and now built directly into Lightroom CC. For those unfamiliar, HDR, which stands for "High Dynamic Range", is the process of combining multiple exposures of the same scene to produce an image that is more 'true' to what the human eye sees. At least, that's the idea. Too often do we see HDR images that are way overdone. Check out the video below to see how it's now done in Lightroom CC. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JgApMJR8kZk … [Read more...] about HDR in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC
This morning Adobe announced a major update to Lightroom! The new version is called Lightroom CC, and is a part of the Creative Cloud. (For those of you not interested in using the Creative Cloud subscription service, it can still be downloaded as a standalone application, Lightroom 6.) The new update comes with some very much anticipated improvements, so let's take a look at some of the most impressive new feature's inside of Lightroom CC:HDR Merge Yes! Finally! We can merge HDR images inside of Lightroom! Photoshop is no longer a … [Read more...] about Say Hello to the NEW Adobe Lightroom CC!
While many have heard of (or even tried) HDR, chances are we're not making the most of the process - in fact we're likely overdoing it. To help you learn more, we've lined up a top expert for an interactive discussion and webinar. To learn more about how Google Hangouts work, click here. Mastering HDR & Photomatix Pro with Ron Pepper Thursday, April 9 at 10:30am PST / 1:30pm EST Register Here For those interested in learning more about the High Dynamic Range shooting and processing technique, you're invited to join us next Thursday, April … [Read more...] about LIVE HDR Hangout with Photomatix Expert Ron Pepper
Far and away my favorite subject to photograph for relaxation and practice is in the Landscape venue. Having grown up in the Blue Ridge mountain region of Southwest Virginia, learning to make better landscape photographs has been a staple in my own learning curve over the years and an ever-present means of practice to this day in terms of shooting and processing. The Normal Approach In days gone by, when presented with a scenic landscape of any kind, being overwhelmed with the newness of the sight itself, I would likely frame the best overall … [Read more...] about 3 Keys to Adding Interest to Landscape Images
Your memory card can be the most important piece of gear on a shoot. It stores the one thing that can get you paidbut what do you do if it becomes corrupt? Ive had a bunch of memory devices become corrupt; a brand-new CF card while shooting HDR and portraits on Zuma Beach in California, a trusty SD card in my main camera while shooting video interviews for Under Armour, and even an AJA hard drive while recording my multi-camera sports production for ESPN. They say everything that can go wrong, will go wrong. But there are steps I can take to … [Read more...] about Recover Files from a Corrupt Memory Card Using Mac Disk Utility
The Challenge of Dynamic Range My next house I did end up photographing was a small townhouse. I think those are extra challenging to photograph as you are working to be creative in tiny places to get the entire room without too much distortion. A tripod is a must even when working in such a tiny space. I went to work and bracketed each room. The realtor sent me a text saying his clients were impressed and LOVED the pictures. I breathed a sigh of relief. After that praise I looked back through some photos and decided to play some more with … [Read more...] about What can Photomatix do for you?
This week's podcast interviews photographer Chris Smith. Chris is a Chicago based photographer and an expert and understanding light. Get the show here or get it on iTunes Don't forget to post a review on iTunes. Chris Smith Chris Smith is a Chicago photographer who splits his time between being a high school physics teacher. Chris's understanding of light is a key factor to his amazing photos (and he shares great advice in this podcast). He also runs the website Out of Chicago which helps other photographers shoot Chicago. Levi Sim and … [Read more...] about Photofocus Podcast February 25, 2015 — Chris Smith and Levi Sim
Thanks for all the great questions you've been sending in to the Photofocus podcast. This week is a two part show. First up, Rich Harrington catches up with photographer and educator Abba Shapiro to tackle some great topics to help photographers. Then Levi Sim catch up with Ray Roman & Matt Thompson to talk about shooting weddings and making the transition from photo to video. Remember, you can post questions for future shows via Twitter with the #pfqa or send us a note here at Photofocus. The music in our podcast comes from the cool … [Read more...] about Photofocus Q & A Podcast with Abba Shapiro + Ray Roman & Matt Thompson — February 5, 2015
After a hiatus, we've brought back the Question and Answer format to the Photofocus podcast. We got a lot of feedback at our reader's breakfast and decided to pull the format back out. Our goal is to once a month get answers to questions you have. You can post those questions via Twitter with the #pfqa or send us a note here at Photofocus. Rich Harrington & Vanelli Why we are bringing back the Question and Answer Podcast? How can you submit questions? Get to know this week's guest Vanelli Why should you use a reflector? How many … [Read more...] about The Return of the Question and Answer Podcast
Our next Lightroom Hangout is next Wednesday, October 29th. RSVP for an hour of Lightroom learning FREE right here. We'll launch the discussion at 2:00 Eastern Time, 11:00am Pacific. 2:30 in Newfoundland. Brought to you by SongFreedom.com, where photographers and cinematographers can find the most powerful song for their story with the click of a button. Also from Adobe, who makes it even easier to switch to Lightroom and Photoshop with the new Creative Cloud Photography plan. We'll have some prizes to give away (including a full year's … [Read more...] about Lightroom Hangout: Finishing Big Files Panoramas and HDR’s
There are people who's sole job is to find great locations. If you're not on a commercial shoot and can't afford to hire a location scout, never fear! Let's go through a few places to find great locations. Instagram Instagram is one of the most popular photo sharing apps in the world. Users can upload photos and tag their location. Although this app is for mobile phones, there is a website that can show you a limited version of Instagram called Websta. When you visit http://websta.me/, you can type in the area or location you're looking for and … [Read more...] about Secrets to Finding the Perfect Location