A panoramic photographer doesn’t view the world in the same way as other photographers and planning a shot in all 360 glorious degrees changes nearly everything. I've been passionate about the 360º image for several years now and probably talk about it too much. Part of this talk is encouraging other photographers to add panoramic photography to their répertoire and helping those new to panoramic photography to get started. Hopefully the following examples of what a panoramic photographer would do will encouragement some to try it … [Read more...] about What would a Panoramic Photographer do?
In this free webinar, you'll learn the essential skills to create awesome looking panoramic photos. Join Photofocus editor Rich Harrington as he shows you how to shoot Panoramic images the right way. Rich demonstrates how to shoot panos without a tripod, how to use a tripod for panos, and what tools you might want to invest in. Rich will also demonstrate the most streamlined post production. You'll learn how to assemble panoramic photos with either Lightroom or Photoshop. We'll cover how to straighten your horizon and clone out gaps and … [Read more...] about Instant Replay: Creating Awesome Panoramic Photography (with Rich Harrington)
Category: Architecture Photograph: VitraHaus, by Kay Gaensler. Originally shared on the Photofocus Flickr community, right here. To learn how your work can be featured on the site, please read this article. … [Read more...] about Photo of the Day: VitraHaus
A great way to challenge yourself and enhance your skills is to shoot some personal projects. Here is an opportunity to stretch your imagination. Building sets, buying props, coordinating wardrobe, scouting locations and casting talent are all part of the process of shooting your personal projects. When you apply all these things, your ideas will come to life. I'll get an idea visually, and then I need to make it happen. Like this 30's Hollywood glamour shot:Once I cast the beautiful actress, Sarah Deakins, I needed to get hair and make-up. … [Read more...] about Shooting Personal Projects
Category: Architecture Photograph: 3/365 Chicago Sunset, by Jeremy VanderMeer. Originally shared on the Photofocus Flickr community, right here. To learn how your work can be featured on the site, please read this article. … [Read more...] about Photo of the Day: Chicago Sunset
Category: Architecture Photograph: A New Hierarchy - One World Observatory - New York, NY by Michael Muraz. Originally shared on the Photofocus Flickr community, right here. To learn how your work can be featured on the site, please read this article. … [Read more...] about Photo of the Day: A New Hierarchy
Category: Architecture Photograph: Paris La Defense by Gilles Letang Originally shared on the Photofocus Flickr community, right here. To learn how your work can be featured on the site, please read this article. … [Read more...] about Photo of the Day: Paris La Defense
What's in your bag? Do you really think that the cameras and lenses that are in my bag are going to get you my job? Stop! I'm not being arrogant, however, how you shoot and I shoot are so radically different it doesn't matter if you use the same gear as I do. We are creative knuckleheads and do what we do as individuals. Wanna know about some of the "stuff" that's in my bag? Allow me to share with you my camera brethren:Altoids, gum, Mentos, or anything that will freshen your breath. I hate working around bad breath. Whether it is from food, … [Read more...] about “What’s in Your Bag?” Stuff!
In today's free webinar, you'll learn the essential skills to create awesome looking panoramic photos. Join Photofocus editor Rich Harrington as he shows you how to shoot Panoramic images the right way (even without a tripod). Free Webinar: Creating Awesome Panoramic Photos We'll then jump into the most streamlined postproduction. You'll learn how to assemble panoramic photos with either Lightroom or Photoshop. We'll cover how to straighten your horizon and clone out gaps and mistakes with Photoshop. Plus you'll learn how to get awesome … [Read more...] about Join Us For a Free Webinar on Creating Awesome Panoramic Photos
A common question that is asked in many photography social media forums is for recommendations on where to find a location that meets specific needs. In most cases there will be a nice location already submitted to Shootipedia. Shootipedia is a website that was created to allow photographers to find and share locations that they have shot at. I'm finding I use this resource more and more lately. http://www.shootipedia.com/ If you are in an area where theres not a lot of references, get involved. Let others know to mark those places. If you … [Read more...] about How to Find Your Perfect Location for a Photo Shoot?
In this free webinar, you'll learn the essential skills to create awesome looking panoramic photos. Join Photofocus editor Rich Harrington as he shows you how to shoot Panoramic images the right way (even without a tripod). Free Webinar: Creating Awesome Panoramic Photos We'll then jump into the most streamlined postproduction. You'll learn how to assemble panoramic photos with either Lightroom or Photoshop. We'll cover how to straighten your horizon and clone out gaps and mistakes with Photoshop. Plus you'll learn how to get awesome … [Read more...] about Free Webinar: Creating Awesome Panoramic Photos
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. [soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/222560844" params="auto_play=false&hide_related=false&visual=true" width="100%" height="175" iframe="true" /] Get the show here or get it on iTunes Don't … [Read more...] about Photofocus Podcast September 5, 2015 — Lindsay Adler and Ron Pepper
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?
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
Not everyone wants to take the time to stitch panoramic photos. And panoramic cameras, while still available, are exceedingly rare. If you want to make panoramic photos without all the fuss - use your friend the crop tool or better yet - shoot super wide and THEN crop. The image above was shot with a Fuji X-T1 and a Fuji 16mm lens. I cropped a bit off the top and bottom to give it more of a panoramic flare. It took seconds in Photoshop and boom - I had something I liked. When you want to shoot a wide scene, theres nothing wrong with using a … [Read more...] about The Lazy Person’s Guide To Shooting Panoramic Photographs
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
Panoramas are one of the wonders of digital capture. Pan a scene with an iPhone and Voila! Instant panorama albeit kinda low resolution all things being equal. Enter the much higher resolution DSLR and Mirrorless cameras. Photoshop does a solid job of stitching images together into panoramas. Would it be nice if panos could be made without round tripping through Photoshop? If only... If Only... is Now! With the release of Lightroom CC, Adobe's team of digital wizards have added panorama creation completely contained in Lightroom. Best of all … [Read more...] about Lightroom CC’s Ginormous Gorgeous Panoramas
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
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
Lightroom is liberating and fun. It gave me back the results I used to get finishing my pictures in the dark room, plus several techniques that I never learned. It's a great tool. It's just not enough. I still need photoshop to help me finish the visions I have for my imagery, and there are three things I need to do regularly that Lightroom just can't make happen. That's why I pay for the CreativeCloud photography plan from Adobe (by the way, Adobe is a partner on this blog, but I pay for my CC subscription out of my own pocket). These three … [Read more...] about 3 Reasons You Need Photoshop with Lightroom
In the last couple of articles we've been discussing a few tips, techniques and insights into getting started with real estate photography. In part one, we covered exteriors shooting, moved inside for a closer look at interiors shooting in part two, and examined making floor plans. Today we'll explore a few useful post-production tips that will make life easy as we take advantage of the bulk arranging power of Photoshop Bridge CC and harness the processing power of Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) to make select edits quickly across multiple images at … [Read more...] about Getting Started with Real Estate Photography – Processing Images
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
We have a new GoPro. In fact, we have three. Like many of you, I have been waiting for these new action cameras to drop. Now that they have, let's take a look at what each offers, where it might fit in in your kit and what the new entries might signal about the future of the line. Three New Options Hero Key Feature: Accessible Entry Level Model Price: $130 The Hero replaces the Hero 3 White Edition as the entry level model. At $130, the Hero puts the power of the Hero 3 White into the hands of everyone. This mix of power and … [Read more...] about Say Hello To Your New Hero, from GoPro
If you want to see images that make our world look it's best, you'll want to see Toby's magnificent portfolio. He doesn't stay confined to one genre, instead looking at making the best possible images of the world around him. "I don't think I have one particular style. And I don't think I ever want one. But only time will tell. I like to shoot a lot of things in a lot of different ways. For example, look at my Modern Series vs my vivid landscapes and sunsets. At the same time I feel I am adapting my landscape work into its own style which … [Read more...] about Toby Harriman | Photographer of the Week
This week we are featuring a different kind of photographer... one who embraces the captured moments as well as putting time to a visual experience. Mayeul Akpovi is a self-described urban photographer, but also mixes in some truly incredible time lapse work. "My style is urban photography with timelapse and hyperlapse technology. My photographs build a visual memory and allow me to express myself in a way I could not do otherwise." Mayeul's "Paris in Motion" series of videos is so impressive that two of the four parts were graced with the … [Read more...] about Mayeul Akpovi | Photographer of the Week
Nikon D7100, 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens @28mm, F/16, 1/13s, ISO 160, five frame panorama. It's simple to make several pictures into one panorama, and I really think you should try it. Panoramas are usually wider than your average picture, and this is good because our daily view of the world is also very wide (just stretch your arms out to the sides and compare where you can see them compared to above and below your face). Photoshop makes it easy to stitch pictures together, and there are many other excellent applications that do it, too; but … [Read more...] about Panorama Tips and Must Have Tripod Features
We've featured him as our LensRentals Photographer of the Week and his incredible portfolio was quite a hit to the Photofocus community. And to add some "wow" to his name, our friends at SmugMug just put together an incredible film that showcases the hardships against the elements that Chris Burkard must take to get his perfect shot. Sit back and prepare to be amazed. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBJyo0tgLnw&w=853&h=480] If you can't see the video, click . Chriss favorite gear: I shoot a combination of Nikon and Sony … [Read more...] about The Arctic Swell with Chris Burkard
I've been talking a lot about using primes lenses, lately (thanks LensRentals.com), and how great they are for growing your vision. I mentioned in the first post that when your prime lens is too limiting, you can shoot a panorama to get the view you desire. Well, I found myself on a rooftop in Chicago the other day (more on that below) and my widest lens was the terrific Olympus 17mm f/1.8 for Micro 4/3, which is similar to a 35mm lens on a full frame DSLR. However, when Chicago is spilling out before you on a beautiful night, it's just not … [Read more...] about Vertical Panos Beat Wide Lenses
Our friends over at ViewBug had a great contest that was aimed to help bring awareness to the problems that pollution and waste cause. The photos shown are part of a selection of images communicating perspectives from close to 100 countries: The journey leads one through five continents, from the Philippines to Colombia, through India, Lithuania and Mali. The GreenVoice Project involves trainers, journalists, volunteer photographers and reporters who provide their own perspective about the environment, citizenship and volunteerism. Northern … [Read more...] about 19 Photos for Pollution Awareness
Nikon D7100, 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 lens, f/8, 3 frame HDR, ISO 800. Ultra-wide angle lenses can add a lot of motion and engagement to your images. However, images may lack impact if you don't have something in the foreground. When I say ultra-wide, I mean shorter than 18mm on cropped sensor, or shorter than 24mm on a full frame camera. These lenses expand the apparent distance in the image, and if you're not very close to something, then the viewer doesn't feel a part of the image, and it's kinda boring. I was recently in San Diego and I got … [Read more...] about One Tip to Utilize Your Ultra-Wide Angle Lens