Did you miss our cool hangout and fixing your holiday and vacation photos? This Google hangout will help you catch up on your photo backlog. We also tackled a bunch of questions on archive and backup https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nasdb4eaq3Q This webinar will help you get your holiday and vacation photos looking great. you'll learn how to. Backup images to multiple hard drives Set up an organized folder structure to make it easy to find things Take advantage of cloud-based backup for those precious moments Quickly fix your images using … [Read more...] about Instant Replay: Fixing (and Organizing) Holiday and Vacation Photos
There are lots of sites publishing lists of inexpensive gifts for photographers. But what about those of you who had a good year and who want to share the love with your favorite photographer? Heres your list These five items are high-end gifts that just about any photographer would enjoy. They are priced between $120 and $1100 and no matter what kind of gear your photographer has now, theyre going to want one or all of these. In no particular order: Here my top five recommended high-end holiday gifts for photographers. 1. The Lensbaby … [Read more...] about Five High-End Holiday Gifts Guaranteed To Make Your Photographer Happy
A lot of us are just coming out of the fog of Christmas photography rush orders and holiday shipping deadlines for photo products. We finally have time to breathe, and browse, and shop! I've put together a list of gifts that I'd personally recommend that hopefully, a little bit different than other lists you've seen. Of course, some are super fun repeats, but I'd be delighted to hear if one of these items tickles you. Let me know in the comments. Lets start with some fun Because we all need fun! Fun PolaRoll This retro camera toilet paper … [Read more...] about 2015 Holiday Gift Guide
The other day, I was watching a family take photos in front of a Christmas tree. They were standing directly in front of it. I realized that with a bit of practice, and knowledge, we can really use the lights in the tree to our advantage, and set the stage for a fantastic background for our holiday portraits. Set Up Ive started with a Christmas tree, of course. I placed a seat about 4 feet in front of the tree, and placed a cushion and blanket on top of it. It provided a great place to put the baby where the lights would be behind her. Using … [Read more...] about Christmas Bokeh and Compression
Where ever the holidays find you, there are lots of opportunities to commit memories to photography. Carry your camera. Holiday decorations are calling you! Gear Travel light. A DSLR or mirrorless camera with a normal lens is usually all you need. Now I admit to carrying a tripod whenever I can, though not always. Boost the ISO Holiday lights glowing in the evening cry out for a steady camera by either using a tripod or a faster shutter speed. Modern cameras do really well at higher ISO numbers. Don't be afraid of boosting the heck out of the … [Read more...] about Happy Holiday Shooting!
Category: Family Photograph: Christmas Family Photo- Jeremy W Cox Setup: Composite shot with individual shots of figurines, head shots and background. Key light above subject slightly to the right (variable distance based on subject size) with Lumiquest Softbox Ltp or Softbox III depending on subject size. Fill light with Westcott umbrella bounced off white ceiling. Accent light from back left. Background slate and shelf shot with mostly ambient light and added fill camera left. Originally shared on the Photofocus Flickr community, right … [Read more...] about Photo of the Day: Christmas Family Photo
Today is Thanksgiving in the United States. A day that many come together with friends and family. Around the world, we are entering into times of holiday celebration, reflection, and get-togethers. This is a great time to bring your camera to functions. Shooting candid portraits helps preserve memories for all who come. Even if you do not thinking of yourself as a portrait photographer, but youre likely the most qualified in the room. Here are a few tips. Pick up a Fast Lens. Opening up the aperture will give you a pleasant shallow … [Read more...] about Bring Your Camera to Holiday Events… Others Will Thank You
I'd like to help you enhance your holiday photos. In this in-depth class will show you how to fix both standard and advanced problems that often plague holiday pictures. We'll tackle 12 holiday images that face many common problems. http://vimeo.com/18164487 … [Read more...] about How to Develop Holiday Photos
For many of our readers, it's holiday time. Maybe you've just wrapped up your celebrations or you are just getting started. Here's a tutorial I recorded a few years back that's all about how to make your winter photos look their best. This tutorial was recorded with Photoshop CS5, but the tips work with CS5, CS6, and CC. https://vimeo.com/18164487 ______ … [Read more...] about How to Make Your Holiday Photos Look Great
I'm not a humbug... let's just get that out of the way. But I find holiday lights pretty boring after a short while. Like every year, I find myself walking or driving through an exhibit of holiday lights with the family. The kids love it (and I love that they are happy). This time I even left all my pro camera gear at home and only had a lowly point and shoot in my pocket (it's actually my nine-year old son's camera). Recently, I taught him about light-painting and long-exposure photography. He loves it. While on our walk through the … [Read more...] about Abstracts Made with Holiday Lights
Today is Thanksgiving in the United States. A day that many come together with friends and family. Around the world, we are entering into times of holiday, reflection, and get togethers. This is a great time to bring your camera to functions. Shooting candid portraits helps preserve memories for all who come. You might not thinking of yourself as a portrait photographer, but youre likely the most qualified in the room. Here are a few tips. Pick up a Prime Lens. Opening up the aperture will give you a pleasant shallow depth of field and … [Read more...] about Bring Your Camera… Others Will Thank You
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
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 and with the exception of the books, there are no affiliate links here. I don't get paid to recommend any of this stuff. Im suggesting things I myself would like to receive - … [Read more...] about Top 10 Gifts For Photographers: 2011 Holidays
While not everyone celebrates Christmas, most people celebrate some sort of holiday this time of year and it's a great time to protect memories using all that fancy camera gear you have laying around the house. Here are some tips to make your holiday photography more fun and more meaningful. 1. Charge up your batteries, re-read your camera manual and shake off the cobwebs BEFORE the big day. There's nothing worse than having to fumble with your camera while grandma is giving you that once-in-a-lifetime smile as she opens her holiday … [Read more...] about Seven Holiday Photography Tips
If you're looking for an affordable (as in $0.99) holiday gift, please consider purchasing any or all of the following titles for photographers with iPhones or iPads. Avian Wallpapers http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/avian-wallpaper/id366518593?mt=8 Wolf Wallpapers http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wolf-wallpapers/id371439028?mt=8 Wildlife Wallpapers http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wildlife-wallpapers/id384437109?mt=8 All photos Copyright Scott Bourne - Each application runs on both the iPhone and the iPad. Each would make a great stocking … [Read more...] about Looking For Stocking Stuffers?
We can't believe another year has come and nearly gone. Photofocus got it's re-birth just a few months ago, in April when we ported all the content from the old TWIPPHOTO.COM site to this location, re-branded and began adding new posts here. But what is new is actually old. Many of you might not realize we've been publishing photo information at this URL since 1998. It's been a long journey and lots has changed since then. But one thing has remained the same, it's still all about photography. So far, there are more than 1050 posts on the site. … [Read more...] about Happy Holidays From the Staff at Photofocus