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Photographer of the Day: Mark Meyer zur Heide
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Photographer of the Day: Jim Sollows
Photographer of the Day: Isengardt
Photographer of the Day: Nic Taylor
Photographer of the Day: Denis Malciu
Photographer of the Day: in the streets of vienna
Photographer of the Day: Pierre Pichot
Photographer of the Day: Rafa Velazquez

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Photographer of the Day: Jim Sollows

Category: Street Photography Photograph: “I’m sure there are many stories behind this old bike!” by  Jim Sollows It is often easier to say that you like an image versus trying to explain why you like it. For me it usually

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Photographer of the Day: Isengardt

The power of photography is its ability to make us feel and imagine from nothing more than a  2 dimensional collection of dots on a piece of paper or computer screen.  “Mannequins” by Isengardt, definitely makes you feel something, the best word I have to describe it is “uncomfortable”.  This is a “rule breaker” image, and why it works so well.  The mannequins have been transformed by the light and composition into something other than the typical figure of glamour we expect.  Messy hair, harsh light, and black clothes create something more out of a Hitchcock movie then a department store. We associate the eyes with life and personality, here they are lifeless, the gaze of each directed somewhere off frame.  This otherworldly scene takes the viewer out of their comfort zone, one of the greatest purposes of art.

“The purpose of art actually is, in many cases, to make you feel quite uncomfortable. Or at least to go to that place that’s already of discomfort inside of you and tap into that.”  – Michael Moore

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Photographer of the Day: Nic Taylor

Category: Street Photography Photograph: “Samyang AF 35mm F1.4 FE” by Nic Taylor Titled simply “Samyang AF 35mm F1.4 FE”, this is one of a series of images Nic Taylor posted to the Photofocus flickr page. The brilliantly colored grid of

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Photographer of the Day: Denis Malciu

The image “1” by Denis Malciu displays a perfect choice of composing in black and white, simplifying what could have otherwise been a very busy photo.  As the crowd stands in rapt attention to the dancer’s performance, they frame the dancers instead of competing with them. Imagine if instead this photo was presented in color.  The dancers could have easily gotten lost against that sea of people and the variety of textures and colors they are wearing.  Instead the photographer works purely with light and contrast.  Though small in the frame, the dancers take center stage in the image, drawing your attention directly to them, captivating you as they did the crowd.  

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Photographer of the Day: in the streets of vienna

Simplicity and symmetry are the first two things that grab one’s attention in the image “lost in white”. The moment of the women in mid stride is perfectly framed by the columns, her black outfit in stark contrast to the white building she walks past. One of the smallest details that adds life to the image is the raised foot and slight bit of motion blur. This creates the sense of movement in the image, bringing her and it to life, a beautiful example of a decisive moment captured.

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Photographer of the Day: Pierre Pichot

One of the most powerful aspects of photography is its ability elicit emotions in us.  But, our emotions can also change how we perceive an image. The first time I saw the Pierre Pichot’s photo “Ghost_19” I thought, “Cool, that has a great dark mood, it’s kinda creepy”. The next time, “It seems very melancholy, I wonder who that is and what they are thinking”.  The next time, “It feels like there is a sense of foreboding, like something bad is about to happen”. Each time I saw something different, because I was feeling something different before I looked at the image.  The photographer has created a scene where it conveys a dark mood, but they have left enough to our imaginations for us to dream up a story. It is a powerful image, because it engages us, drawing on our emotions to complete the scene.

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Photographer of the Day: Rafa Velazquez

Category: Street Photography Photograph: “Amigos en Pedraza. Segovia. Spain” by Rafa Velazquez Even if you aren’t fluent in Spanish, you probably know that “amigos” means friends. In this image by Rafa Velazquez, titled “Amigos en Pedraza”, we see just that.

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Photographer of the Day: P Sterling Images

Category: Street Photography Photograph: Friday night in the City…. by P Sterling Images The two composition concepts that I find appealing and done well in this photo are the use of selective color and motion. In P Sterling’s image “Friday

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Photographer of the Day: Patrick Gorden

Category: Street Photography Photograph: “Concentration” by Patrick Gorden The aptly titled “Concentration” by Patrick Gorden gives us an intimate view into a scene of an artist creating. The look on her face is a blend of intensity and love of

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Photographer of the Day: Dave Cheresna

Category: Street Photography Photograph:Neon Nights by Dave (Dave Cheresna, @dscphoto) Street photography is so often about scaling down and capturing the small scenes and moments. Dave’s image, “Neon Nights”, is a great example of this, capturing a riot of color

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Photographer of the Day: Emanuele UbOldi

Category: Street Photography Photograph: Untitled by Emanuele UbOldi You can’t help but be drawn to the face of the child in this untitled image by Emanuele UbOldi.  Everything in the scene focuses your attention there, and although small in the

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Photographer of the Day: Lee Dolman

Category: Travel Photographer: Lee Dolman “Summer Lunch“ Please pour another glass. We all take images of our food and share, so why not make them artistic and go beyond the mobile phone close up of what you’re having? Food is

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Get the perfect crop with CompositionAI

With CompositionAI in the new LuminarAI, you can get the perfect copy and fix perspective issues in no time flat. Photofocus publisher Rich Harrington shows you how to get things done. Save on LuminarAI and get our free Boot Camp

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Avoiding memory card chaos

As photographers, we often take for granted one of the most important pieces of equipment we can invest in — memory cards. Whether you use CF or SD cards, there’s some simple things to remember in order to avoid card failure.

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Exposure Tactics: Mastering exposure with Kevin Ames

Exposure Tactics: Mastering exposure

This Exposure Tactics post explains what a “technically proper” exposure is and how to get there. Remember I said technically proper, not creatively right. The three photos above are with different exposures. Each one brings out a different feeling or

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Mind Your Own Business: New year, new plans!

Welcome to Mind Your Own Business, the podcast that helps photographers improve their business and their lives! Today Skip and I have a detailed discussion about what photographers can do to make 2021 (and 2022, actually) better than ever. “Growth

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Going wide with 24mm for street photography

For many photographers, 35mm is the ideal focal length for street photography. However, if you’ve ever been curious about wide you can go with your choice of lenses for this genre, the quick video above by Pierre Lambert will give

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