Nowadays, anyone can take pictures anywhere, anytime. Everybody has a cell phone in their pocket and/or a camera in their bag. It's available, it's convenient and it's cheap. As a business owner or an event organizer, why bother spending big bucks on a professional photographer for something anyone could do? Well, let's talk about it for a minute. A lot of people think they can do the same work because they own a camera. They think it's an easy job, or they've done some photography and they feel qualified enough or they simply aren't aware … [Read more...] about Hiring a professional photographer: Is it really worth your money?
Thanks to ifunny.co for this week's laugh. Careful, the site is NSFW. … [Read more...] about Sunday Comics: Body Image
Adobe and UC Berkeley have teamed up to develop a new image editing method, and it's got some intriguing implications. It's called Generative Image Manipulation.It intelligently considers the original image and considers what you're asking it to do and generates a new version on the fly. It's pretty cool, and if you're capable of implementing it (I'm not!) you can download the code and work with it yourself. Here's the website with the complete paper and links for downloading, and here's the demonstration … [Read more...] about Adobe and UC Berkeley’s New Idea
Understanding Photoshop is a biweekly column that takes an in-depth look at how digital photographs are built and manipulated. It is a college-level course in plain English for free at Photofocus. To learn more see this article. Don't Skip Column 12 … [Read more...] about Sizing Digital Images in Photoshop [UP13]
Apple just announced the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus with a redesigned 12 megapixel camera. For those of us who rely on their phones as a behind the scenes camera or use this as our backup camera, this is a good thing. Processor and Physical Improvements Sure, many will pay attention to the megapixels, but it's what you do with them that matters. Apple promises that the new phone has a new image signal processor that works with iOS 9 to provide better temporal and spatial noise reduction. They also utilize an improved local tone mapping option … [Read more...] about What’s New with the iPhone 6s and Why Does it Matter to a Photographer?
Understanding Photoshop is a biweekly column that takes an in-depth look at how digital photographs are built and manipulated. It is a college-level course in plain english for free at Photofocus. To learn more see this article. Don't Skip Column 2 Choosing an Image Mode Within Photoshop, you need to choose from one of eight image modes when working with a document. The mode you pick will depend on what you need to do with the image and how you intend to output it. For example the mode used for web graphics will differ from ones used for … [Read more...] about Image Mode & Bit Depth [UP3]
Melissa Niu of Photofocus sits with commercial photographer Tim Wallace about his unique and strong style. Tim creates the emotional images needed for emotional purchases. https://youtu.be/rxWP1TN4j4o Brought to you by LensRentals - http://bit.ly/pflensrentals SongFreedom - http://bit.ly/songfreedom Photofocus - https://photofocus.com About Tim Wallace Photographer Tim Wallace is the driving force and creative thinking behind Ambient Life. An award winning photographer his work is often described as both conceptual and dramatic. Tim … [Read more...] about Creating Emotional Images for Emotional Purchases | Tim Wallace
The Olympus M.Zuiko ED 40-150mm f/2.8 Pro lens with its 1.4x teleconverter has helped me make a bunch of good pictures and allowed me to do a good job for my clients. Over the last few months, I've used it to shoot a variety of subjects from wild horses to aerial photos to portraits to college graduation. I'd like to show you how it performed for me, and make an argument for why you will never need to buy a $12,000 lens. Let's start with the horses. This Lens Will Tame Wild Horses The thing about these horses is they are fairly tame (people … [Read more...] about Super-Telephoto Killer: Olympus 40-150mm f/2.8 Pro Hands-on Review
In this quick tutorial, I show you three methods of correcting underexposed images in Photoshop, using Camera Raw, and Adjustment Layers. … [Read more...] about Correcting your dark images in Photoshop
Read part 1 of this 2 part feature article here. Intro: As stated in the first part, Im in no way a self proclaimed expert in these matters and I do recognise that there are many other systems to use when making photographs other than the ones Ive highlighted in this feature. However, I do produce prints with a high image quality and the process that I use works for me. Every step of the journey from the concept of the image to the production of the print has a role to play... Image stabilisation: This is a game changer for me. When I … [Read more...] about Image Quality ~ A back to basics guide – Part 2 of 2
Intro: Im in no way a self proclaimed expert in these matters and I do recognise that there are many other systems to use when making photographs other than the ones Ive highlighted in this feature. However, I do produce prints with a high image quality and the process that I use works for me. Every step of the journey from the concept of the image to the production of the print has a role to play. Photographer: We often think of image quality as a technical thing but no amount of high end cameras lenses and equipment can make up for poor … [Read more...] about Image Quality ~ A back to basics guide – Part 1 of 2
I am currently traveling in Japan and decided to travel light with gear. I wanted to be able to fit virtually all my gear into a single piece of carry-on baggage (there was no way I was going to deal with lost items). For this trip, I have some new gear I want to test, I also have a variety of shooting styles to execute including time laps and video. I decided to go Micro Four-Thirds for this trip (and what I fit into one bag amazed even me). I'll be shooting for the next two weeks (and will share what I find as well as opinions on new … [Read more...] about How I Fit 6 Cameras and 16 Lenses into a Carry-On Bag
There are a lot of image editing apps out there, from free to expensive you'll find a wealth of choices. Flare (from Iconfactory) repeats what a lot of tools can do, but has some standout features that really make it shine. The app is currently Mac-only. It can be set as an external editor for iPhoto, Aperture, and Lightroom. The app serves a role similar to Instagram and Snapseed. That is to say it is preset driven, but one layer beneath are precise controls. You stat by adding effects and textures to your photos There are 90+ built-in … [Read more...] about Photo App Review: Flare for Texture and Style
NOTE NOTE NOTE NOTE NOTE: The Photofocus Podcast Feed HAS CHANGED! Here is the new feed: feed://feeds.feedburner.com/photofocuspodcast Download episode here... or get it on iTunes PLEASE BE PATIENT - OUR SERVERS SEE LARGE LOADS ON PUBLISHING DAYS. THE DOWNLOADS MAY GO SLOWLY BUT THEY WILL FINISH. Rich and Scott catch up on a bunch of topics to help photographers of all levels. The importance of image stabilization Which settings to use in different shooting situations When to turn image stabilization off Tips for landscape … [Read more...] about Photofocus Podcast January 25