If you're just like me, you don't walk around your photoshoots with a tripod and don't (or can't) take multiple images to create a bracketed HDR. Well, good news my friends, we don't have to do it anymore either! Today, I'm showing how to create kick-ass HDR with single images (while having a little fun on the way). Ready? To your spoons everyone! HDR editing was originally created by merging multiple images to obtain maximum details from the expanded dynamic range. You know the technique: An underexposed, correctly exposed and overexposed … [Read more...] about Single image HDR: The sundae technique
Yes, I said it!!! I sold my DSLRs and bought a brand new, out of the box, mirrorless camera body. Here is the last of my "DSLR to mirrorless" journey articles with (of course!) the big announcement of who between the Olympus OM-D E-M1X or the Sony a9 stole my heart! A Tinder-like adventure I like to compare my mirrorless quest to a Tinder match. First step: You look at the picture. Yeah, nice lookin'! Step two: Let's learn a little more about you. Then, you transform yourself into a detective that even the CIA couldn't match by first stalking … [Read more...] about I did it … I switched to mirrorless!
I've written a lot about what we should do for our clients, and how we should go about our day-to-day business as photographers. But there's another piece to the puzzle that's equally important — that doesn't involve pricing, sales, licensing, printing or anything else. And that piece is you. We all got into photography for one reason or another. For me, I was stuck at a job that I no longer enjoyed, and I wanted to "break free" from the 9-5 daily routine. I wanted to spread my creative wings, so to speak. I wanted to do things on my … [Read more...] about Photography Marketing: What’s important to you?
Monetizing personal projects is important to me and I have found it to be a profitable way to build my business. You can too! First connection I made a twilight photo of my favorite local restaurant while experimenting with showing the lighted interior and a sunset. It was where I learned that the easiest way to make an interesting architectural photo of real estate was to set up the camera on a tripod and capture images over a time period of 20-45 minutes and blend them together. After this image was made I entered it in the Arizona … [Read more...] about Monetizing personal projects: The restaurant, part one
How often do you get together with other photographers or even other artists? Spending time with those who share our passions can be helpful in several ways. Be inspired or inspire someone Everyone is at a different point on their path. Spending time with someone who is further down the path is a great way to learn about what you want to do or learn and it can also help you to figure out what you don’t want to do. Ask questions, ask for help with what you’re struggling with. Most photographers are more than willing to help. The same holds … [Read more...] about Spending time with fellow creatives
I made a point in 2019 to take control of my business. I had a great 2018 but I know I can do more — and do better — to reach a higher level of success. Whether it is for your professional life too or for your personal one, these next five tips will help you reach your goals faster, and in a very satisfying way! 1) Have a clear goal in mind If it’s money-related, write how much money you want to have instead of "I want more money." For example, you could write "In February, I want to have an income of X amount." Writing "I want to lose … [Read more...] about 5 tips to use NOW to reach your goals faster
One of the best experiences you'll have as a portraitist is making pictures with brand new babies. There truly is something special about working with someone so new and pure, and it's a big responsibility to be entrusted with the opportunity. It's really a once-in-a-lifetime shoot, so be ready and take it seriously. And remember that it's not a picture of baskets and props. What is your purpose? We love pictures of babies snuggled into a blanket or wrapped in a peapod costume, and we dream of making that kind of picture, too. Swaddling a … [Read more...] about Portrait Tips: A note for newborns
Looking for a time-saving solution to your post-editing workflow? Here are some quick and easy tips to become more efficient while making sure you keep your personalized editing style by creating your own customized Luminar 3 Looks. What is a Look? A Look is a recorded set of filters, and it helps to edit images in a very fast and personalized way. A big advantage of Luminar's Looks is that they are still fully customizable once saved. Which means you can tweak them over and over again — you are not stuck with the base Look you've saved at … [Read more...] about Four easy steps to kick-ass Luminar custom Looks
The Weekly Wrap-up compiles interesting articles published this week on Photofocus. This Wrap-Up has articles about opportunity, winter architecture, exploring your self, long exposures and writing. Enjoy! … [Read more...] about Weekly Wrap-Up: December 2-8, 2018
Have you ever had frustrating situations where you wondered how you'll ever overcome them? I have. Many times. And I got tired of it. I got tired of getting "No" as an answer and missing great opportunities. I decided to take control of my circumstances - instead of being a victim of it. As most of you may know by now, I do sports photography. I do commercial and advertising stuff and I also loooooove to cover events and competitions. As I offered my services to event organizers those past years, I realized that I often faced the same … [Read more...] about Flipping my photography challenges into opportunities
As photographers, we’re hard on ourselves when we feel like we’re not creating the shots we want or when we are feeling like not even picking up our cameras. The reality is it happens to all of us. Here are some things you can do to work through this downtime. Help others Helping others is a great way to motivate and get inspired. You never know what bit of information, a way of seeing, shooting location or processing tip might help someone over that next little hurdle they have to make in order to get better. In turn, you’ll feel so good … [Read more...] about Help! I’ve lost my inspiration
This week was a stepping stone for me. It was the third time I was covering the same annual CrossFit competition. Three years of hard work. Three years of experience. I thought it would be cool to do a recap of my three years of evolving as a visual artist in the sports field. I realize that lots of things have changed - and I'm not only talking about my cameras. 2016: Where it all began I remember when I got into photography. I started by taking pictures of everything. A walk in the park was an excuse to bring my camera and experiment … [Read more...] about Evolving as a visual artist takes time, work and practice
Growing up, I didn't know what to answer when people asked me what I wanted to be. And honestly, even today, despite the fact that I do full-time photography, I'm still unsure of how to categorize myself. If you ever felt like you didn't really know where you belonged, not because you have no interests but because you have too many, then keep on reading. Perhaps it will change the way you see yourself. Disclaimer I wish I could say I was the clever person who thought about the topic in this article. (If it was the case, I would probably have … [Read more...] about Photographer, Illustrator, Videographer… Don’t Know What to Call Yourself? Here’s the Good News
Fractals, people, are the new must-haves in my camera bag. I was introduced to Fractals at WPPI. My friend and fellow photographer, Kathy Mukhopadhyay, bought a set and mentioned that they were doing live demos throughout the trade show if I wanted to check them out. I snuck over briefly to see what all the fuss was about and let me just tell you, their booth was packed! People were jammed into their little area just to see what all the talk was about. Sadly by the time I had gotten up front they were already sold out. That's how hot this item … [Read more...] about Gear Review: Fractals (Your New Must-Have)
I can't tell you how many times I've had someone say 'I am not 'photogenic'. To be honest, I hate that statement. I mean who isn't 'photogenic'? To me everyone, I don't care who you are, is or at least can be 'photogenic.' I love the saying, ‘photogenic’ doesn't have to do with the way people look, but instead how they feel and behave in front of the camera. Lindsay Adler said this, “a lot of the time people who don't feel photogenic are already afraid of having their photograph taken, which then shows in their expression. Our job is to break … [Read more...] about The Art of Being “Photogenic”
This image that you see right here - the cover one - this is a picture I've taken last week with a triathlon athlete for her blog. Did I get money for that? No. Am I happy with that? Yes. Will I do it again in the future? You bet! You ask: "But Michèle, how can it be good when you don't get paid?" Well, here's my humble opinion about free photoshoots. The importance of personal projects As a professional photographer, I thought that I had to spend as much time - if not more - on my business than on my actual photography. After all, being a … [Read more...] about Free Photoshoots: Why Do I Do Them?
Many of us love the experience of creating photos but have a habit of stockpiling those photos on a mishmash of drives and cloud storage, where they remain unseen by ourselves or anyone else. Sometimes guilty of this myself, I long ago stopped printing my work. With web-based portfolios, social media, cloud file delivery, and all my customers and audience online, why bother? Over time, I got rid of all my printers, outsourced everything and generally avoided anything to do with putting ink on paper. I'm sure I am not alone in this. How many … [Read more...] about 3 Reasons Why You Should Print Your Photos Really Big
Photography has changed, there’s no doubt about that. But why? Why have things evolved so quickly and so drastically? Photographers used to be famous by mailing printed images in a big manila envelope to magazine editors then crossing their fingers, hoping for a good reception. Now, it takes 1,000 likes, 1,000 Instagram followers, and 200 retweets to even get noticed. Photography is just like any art form. It’s constantly changing and adapting to the climate and environment of the times. There are tens of thousands of images we see everyday … [Read more...] about Being a Jack of All Trades
For me, photography is all about light and having full control over that light. It is why I am obsessed with studio light. Being able to create a shadow here and a highlight there brings me so much joy! Lighting can make or break your image especially when it comes to portraits. That's why I think understanding lighting patterns is so important. What are Lighting Patterns? So what are lighting patterns? For me, it's the design the light creates when it shines on your client's faces and each pattern has a different name. There are 6 main … [Read more...] about 7 Portrait Lighting Patterns and How to Achieve Them
https://soundcloud.com/photofocus/beyond-technique-podcast-photofocus-podcast-april-18-2018 Get the show here or get it on iTunes — Please, post a review on iTunes. Welcome to Beyond Technique, a podcast empowering photographers to bring their businesses to the next level! In this episode, Skip Cohen and Chamira Young dive deep into a discussion with fashion, advertising, and portrait photographer Kristina Varaksina. We discuss in detail: being your own "art director" developing your own unique style the other … [Read more...] about Beyond Technique Podcast | Photofocus Podcast April 18, 2018
As a beginner photographer, we don't always have a killer budget to invest in education. I found some very useful tools over the years that helped me along the way without breaking the bank. Here are 5 totally FREE options to improve your photography skills! 1) YouTube This is such a powerful one. We have access to thousands of hours of free content right at our fingertips. Everything is in there. I can't tell you how many times I looked for video tutorials and how many times I found the answers in a matter of seconds. There are … [Read more...] about Improve Your Photography Skills For $0 – $5 with these Essential Tools
https://soundcloud.com/photofocus/the-mind-your-own-business-podcast-photofocus-podcast-april-13-2018 Get the show here or get it on iTunes — Please post a review on iTunes. In this episode, Skip Cohen and Chamira Young chat with renowned photographer Anne Geddes. We discuss in detail: How storytelling relates to photography How to be authentic in your work Finding your personal creativity and style, and the importance of being able to control light How to find the photographic "bliss" that will drive your work … [Read more...] about The Mind Your Own Business Podcast | Photofocus Podcast April 13, 2018
Editor's Note: This is a Guest Post by pet photographer, Darcy Evans. See more of his photography here. As a working professional photographer, one thing I can say for sure is that photoshoots rarely go exactly as planned. If something can go wrong, it likely will. The focus of my photography business is pets, so you can guess that when live animals are involved, this is even more true. I find that it is super important to remain adaptable during shoots and to always keep an open mind to new ideas. Bring the Outdoors In Recently I was … [Read more...] about Inspiration Can Strike Anywhere (Or How I Made the Most Viewed Photos of My Career)
In photography a texture image or "texturing" is used to enhance or accent some part of the image in your digital darkroom. Although they can help you create eye-catching works of art, textures also can be very easy to overdo. In this article I'll explain my process for adding textures to my photography using Adobe Stock and Photoshop to create more impact, transform the mood of the image, or improve the composition. Origins Using textures originated in the days of film by using different techniques in the darkroom. Methods included … [Read more...] about How to Enhance Your Photos With Textures – Part 1: Adding Textures
If your goal is to shoot beauty portraits, you must understand that not only does the model want to feel flawless, but the hair and makeup artists want their work to look beautiful in the final image as well. You may know a lot of various lighting setups but when it comes to beauty the main goal is to avoid creating unflattering lighting that either expose the subject’s uneven skin and hair texture (acne problems, fine line or wrinkles, coarse or damaged hair) or visually age them. For that reason, your choice of light modifiers and main … [Read more...] about Beauty Photography Basics
We are completely bombarded with images every single day. From social media to blogs, to advertisements and billboards, we are constantly flooded with images that are aggressively jostling for our attention. As a fledgling portrait photographer myself years ago, this presented me with quite the challenge as I sought to catch the attention of my would-be clients. So how do we separate ourselves from the mediocrity and give the world beautiful quality images? So glad you asked. Standing Out: A Few Suggestions Here are a few tips to … [Read more...] about Striving For Your “You-Ness”
Have you ever been in a room and looked around and felt like you didn't belong? Just felt like you were a fish out of the water and your hoping no one noticed that you're drowning in the corner. That is the story of my life! I can't tell you how many times I have actually fallen into a job or mistakenly taken a great photo. For instance, I saw a local ad for an event photographer for the grand opening of the local Paul Mitchell school. At that time I was shooting for the local paper and thought, "I'll apply, why not?" Worst that could happen … [Read more...] about Is Opportunity Knocking? Are You Ready?
The chances are that you haven't ever attended a photography tradeshow, and I think you're missing out on several good opportunities. I think this is my 9th WPPI, and I wouldn't even consider not going. Not only do you get to go to Las Vegas, which is a terrific break from winter weather and a marvelous place to explore the mountainous desert (not to mention the sites and flavors the Strip has to offer), but you'll also get a multi-faceted education that can't be replicated. Here's some of what you get by attending this sort of thing in-person … [Read more...] about 4 Good Reasons You Should Attend WPPI
https://soundcloud.com/photofocus/the-infocus-interview-podcast-photofocus-podcast-january-19th-2018 Remember to check out our great sponsors including TruLife acrylic face mounted prints. Today's episode, Levi sits down with Sharky James. They talk about their photographer heroes, the industry and more including how he got started in the industry. Then a fun round table with Pamela Berry, Levi Sim, Bobbi Lane and Kevin Ames as they discuss 2018 trends, goals and tradeshows for the upcoming year. Get the show … [Read more...] about The Infocus Interview Podcast | Photofocus Podcast January 19th 2018
Category: Street Photography Photograph: "Hold on to hope" by Neil Edwin Sinadjan In photography, we often label photos by their genre and style. The beauty of the powerful image "Hold on to hope" by Neil Edwin Sinadjan is that it transcends these labels. This scene is from the Traslación of the Black Nazarene, a procession through the streets of the city Quiapo, in the Philipines, that attracts millions of devotees. The Black Nazarene is a carving made by an unknown Mexican artist in the 16th century, and transported to the Philippines. … [Read more...] about Photographer of the Day: Neil Edwin Sinadjan