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Photofocus Weekly Wrap Up photos for the week ending March 23, 2019

Weekly Wrap-Up: March 17-23, 2019

The Weekly Wrap-up is a set of articles that ran during the last seven days on Photofocus. This week Mike Hagen shows us Photo Mechanic 6 and its new catalog

Icebergs in Antarctica (Danko) in falling snow

Photographing in falling snow

In a recent video from LinkedIn Learning, photographer Justin Resnick addressed exposure issues which photographers can encounter when shooting snow. In this post, I’m going to address a related issue

Back to nature trends

There’s a great piece by Adobe on their blog about visual trends, “Natural Instincts: Finding Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Wellness on Planet Earth.” Unless you’re living under a rock (which

Weekly Wrap-Up: February 3-9, 2019

The Weekly Wrap-up compiles interesting articles published this week on Photofocus. This week, we learned about finishing studio portraits in Perfectly Clear, a camera’s exposure, traveling to Antarctica, cropping in

An alligator raises his head at the Myakka River State Park.

10 Quick Tips for Nature Photographers

Like many people, my first few years of photography were spent going out to shoot as much as possible and trying to learn everything I could about the subject. As

Aerial view of French Polynesian atoll at sunset

Test Drive: Perfectly Clear Complete

Editor’s Note: Perfectly Clear is offering Photofocus readers a special $99 bundle, including Perfectly Clear Complete and SharkPixel presets. A $163 value! In theory, a skillful user of Lightroom or Photoshop

Five tips for adding textures to your photos

The term “texture” is a catch-all term for adding either abstract images, detailed photos, or patterns of different surfaces, like metal, cracked paint, sand, etc. as an overlay on your image. This is a type of “compositing”, combining multiple images into one finished work. Adding textures to your images can change the mood, create special effects, strengthen the composition, or help better tell a story.  These five concepts will help you add textures more easily, realistically, and quickly in Adobe Photoshop

Mount Kirkjufell on the Snaefellsnes peninsula of Iceland

Anatomy of an image (Iceland)

Some images are captured, while others are created.  That is, for some scenes, nature does the heavy lifting with the lighting and what is required of the photographer is to

Seven tips for killer hunting pictures

As a new hunter, I’ve been devouring so much information available out there about hunting and I realized that I can contribute back by sharing some simple ideas to help

The On Nature column by Jason Hahn on Photofocus

On Nature: What settings should I use for wildlife photography?

When we talk about photographing behaviors and events as they unfold, we think in terms of being “reactive”, or shooting on the fly. In a studio setting, we are “proactive”, we make decisions about pretty much every characteristic of the photo before it is taken. My goal with wildlife photography is to be more “proactive” and make as many choices before the action begins as possible, so I am not fumbling with settings when the good stuff goes down!

Five tips and techniques for taking lightning photos

The beauty and power of lightning has fascinated me since I was a kid. So it should probably not have been a surprise I would end up in Florida, the lightning capital of the United States. My home lies in an area that has received the distinction of being called “Lightning Alley”, with more strikes per square mile recorded annually in the corridor from Tampa to Titusville than anywhere else in the US, the second most world-wide!  

Despite having the possibility of lightning nearly any day of the year, it’s still a difficult thing to find and photograph successfully. It’s also an extremely dangerous thing to photograph, it’s by far the number one cause of weather related deaths in my neck of the woods. These tips and techniques will help keep you safe, while helping you get a crack at capturing those bolts out of the blue!

Quick Tip: Use the Moon to Find the Sun

The other morning I was in the mountains waiting for the sun to rise and looking for the right composition. The moon was helping me because it was indicating exactly

Rediscovering a lens that I already owned

When packing for trips, I find myself seesawing between my Fuji X system and Nikon DSLRs. We do underwater, street, nature and landscape photography. Do I pack the Fuji X-Pro2,

Enter to win a new camera, studio lighting kit and more!

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