PUBLISHER'S NOTE: This post is an updated compilation of several shorter posts I wrote in the past trying to answer the question, "What camera should I buy?" It includes some new cameras in the recommendation section. But please note: The newest camera is NOT always the best camera. Its still the most popular question I am asked. What camera should I buy? Lately there's a new twist to the question..."Is this brand camera better than that brand camera?" No matter how hard I try to tell people that theres no perfect answer, they keep asking. So … [Read more...] about What Camera Should I Buy? – May 2013 Update
It hasn't happened to me in a LONG time, but I did get asked the other day by a fellow photographer about recovering pictures from a memory card after an accidental reformat. There's a great tool that I've used int the past that can pull back photos from the grave called Klix. The following issues can be solved: Deleted images Reformatted memory cards Corrupted memory cards (often cause by sudden loss of camera power) The tool works on all types of cards and can recover photos or video (as long as you haven't written a file to that new … [Read more...] about Accidentally Reformatted a Memory Card and Need to Get Your Pictures Back? There’s an App for That.
By Adobe has just announced that they are closing down its Photoshop.com storage and sharing service as well as Photoshop Elements membership areas. They instead are migrating client accounts to their other service called Revel (formerly Carousel). Here are some quotes from the Adobe site/press release (as well as my commentary and analysis). "When we launched Photoshop.com five years ago, you told us you were excited about having access to your photos even when you weren't in front of your computer." The idea was good... but the space was … [Read more...] about Adobe Shutting Down Photoshop.com Photo Sharing Service
While I prefer the iPhone 5, I use a Samsung Galaxy S3 every day. The camera is on par with the iPhone 5 camera. There are tons of apps for each phone. But I decided to do a post just on the Android apps because I use them more often right now. I am not saying these are the five BEST Android apps for your camera phone. But they are MY favorites. Your mileage may vary. 1. GoPro App I use my GoPro Hero cameras every week and I find the App makes the use of these cameras very valuable. http://www.gopro.com 2. Snapseed I love the easy way this … [Read more...] about My Five Favorite Android Phone Photo Apps
Talk about a big change. My switch to Micro Four Thirds is complete. I have just about everything I think you can buy for the basic MFT system. Here are some photos. The best part about it is this bag weighs very little and will easily fit under the seat or in the overhead bins on even the smallest plane. I can carry one bag (and a tripod) and have all I need now. In the photo above you now see all the camera bodies and lenses I carry. From left to right: Olympus OM-D EM-5 body Lensbaby Composer With Sweet Optic for Micro 4/3 Panasonic 8mm … [Read more...] about What’s In Scott’s Bag Now?
If you have a photographer in your family, or if your significant other is a photographer then in many ways, you have it made when it comes to holiday gifts. There are so many cool products out there that photographers will love. Everything on this list is something I myself have used or owned at one time and can highly recommend. Companies can't pay to get on this list. Im suggesting things I myself would like to receive but don't buy me any of these items because I already have them! :) (All prices approximate and subject to … [Read more...] about 2012 Holiday Gift Guide
I get thousands of questions at Photofocus. Here are the top five (paraphrased) and their answers. In no particular order... Question 1. What camera should I buy? Answer 1. https://photofocus.com/2012/10/16/what-camera-should-i-buy-updated-version-october-2012/ Question 2. Do I need a model release? Answer 2. I cannot give anyone legal advice. I suggest you contact an attorney, but if I make a photograph of ANY person in ANY situation where they are identifiable - I ask for a model release. Question 3. Is it cheating to adjust my photos … [Read more...] about Short & Sweet – The Five Questions I Get Asked Most About Photography
I've finally had enough time to take a look at the latest crop of photo books to cross my desk, and I'd like to suggest a few that I think stand out and that would be worth your time. These are all winners and would also make great stocking stuffers this upcoming holiday if there's a photographer in your life you're trying to make happy. In no particular order: 1. Canon Speedlite System Digital Field Guide - Michael Corsentino Michael is a gifted wedding shooter (and darn nice guy) who has mastered Canon's speedlites. I think this is the … [Read more...] about Quick Photo Book Reviews
Suppose you rely heavily on Flickr, Facebook, Picasa etc. as a way to display your portfolio. Suppose one of these sites goes bankrupt or just decides to change its business model or decides it doesn't like your content? Suppose this happens with no noticehere one day gone the next? What would you do? Suffer - that's what. There's a simple way to solve this problem. Host your own images on your own website or blog then link to or seed these other services, particularly those that are social media in form and function - and you get the best … [Read more...] about Here’s Why The BEST Place To Post Your Images is on YOUR Website/Blog
Rather than having the latest aluminum cased device adorning their landing page, one year ago apple.com consisted solely of the image below; and it remained that way for an entire month. Of course, it was in tribute to Apple's founder who had just passed away. Purportedly, this photograph, made by Albert Watson, was Jobs's favorite and was shot on medium format film. I hadn't yet read Walter Isaacson's excellent biography on Jobs and had very little knowledge of the man; this image, however, intrigued me. Even if you don't know who the … [Read more...] about Photographic Tributes
Guest Post & Photo by Stephan Bollinger Circle Stephan on Google+ I often get an empty stare when I talk to new photographers about white balance, so I thought, this short blog post might be helpful. Every lighting situation produces different colours, and even the sun light changes in colour temperature throughout the day, from warmer tones in the morning and evening, to a cooler / bluer tone middays. In automatic mode, nearly all cameras are looking for a neutral tone, 18% grey to be exact, and the rendition of all other colours is … [Read more...] about Photographic White Balance
Guest Post & Photo by Stephan Bollinger Circle Stephan on Google+ As professional photographers, our craft pays for the bills, sends our kids to school, and puts food on the table, but often, what we produce on a daily base it not what inspires us, or what made us pick up the camera in the first place. The same applies to amateur photographers as well. We love photography, we go out, and we point our cameras at whatever we see as half way interesting. We end up with images of trees, walls, people in the streets, dogs and cats, our … [Read more...] about Personal Photo Projects Are Important
Post by The Auto and the Perspective method offer dramatically different Photomerge results. We stick with Auto for the first attempt. The Photomerge command offers six different layout options when creating a panoramic photo. Each method interprets the panoramic photos differently. We often try to run multiple methods to see which produces the best results. A good place to start is Auto, which attempts to align the images but will bend them as needed. Auto: With this method, Photoshop first analyzes your source images. It then applies … [Read more...] about How To Pick The Best Layout Method Using Photoshop’s Photo Merge Command
People love these lists posts so I thought I'd throw another one out there. This applies to almost any kind of photo shoot - add on as you see fit - but here are seven things I want to make sure are in order at any photo shoot. (P.S. - the image here is to make sure you take this seriously - this is war folks and we need to win!) 1. Go over the gear - check it twice - have at least one backup and check it twice - pack it carefully - then check it again. Once you leave home/office/studio it's too late so as carpenters say - "Measure twice - cut … [Read more...] about Photo Shoot Checklist
Guest Post & Photo by Stephan Bollinger Circle Stephan on Google+ We all have seen those magical photographs with "god rays", the late afternoon image with clouds and streaks of sunlight painting the sky, or images of churches and large buildings with light beaming through the glass windows. The combination that allows to capture such images is always the same: Back-light and some type of reflective atmosphere, be it haze, smoke, dust or water. Since we don't have any control over the many factors required to produce the spectacle, … [Read more...] about Photographers: Back Light For Atmosphere
I wish Canon followed in Nikon's footsteps and included an intervalometer right in the camera. Unfortunately, Canon doesn't care about my opinion on such things so they sell it as an accessory. I've never been a big fan of the Canon TC80N3 Timer. It's expensive and hard to program for some people. I've been looking for a more elegant solution that works at least as well and costs less. Enter the ioShutter Shutter Release Cable for Canon (N3) Connector Canon Cameras & iPhone. This device costs less than $70 and works with your choice of a … [Read more...] about iOShutter
Two days ago, I posted a review of the Samsung Galaxy S3 from a photographer's point of view. I received more than 100 messages, tweets and emails from people calling me an idiot (or worse) saying I should be smart enough to know how to drag and drop files from the S3 to my desktop. Actually. It's them that are the - well I won't use the adjectives they used to describe me - I'll just say "incorrect individuals." The Samsung Galaxy S3 doesn't support USB drag and drop on Macs. Period. So I went looking for an easy way to get my photos on … [Read more...] about My Favorite Android Phone Photo Gallery App
UPDATED July 2012 - there have been several cool new lenses released since I first published this list and those changes are reflected herein. I've also added a few more of the older lenses I've had time to test and fall in love with as well as another zoom. I've also added a section briefly explaining the difference between prime and zoom lenses: ______________________________ I get lots of "what camera should I buy" questions here at Photofocus. I personally don't enjoy that question since it's sort of like asking me "What sort of car … [Read more...] about Camera Lens Buyer’s Guide – July, 2012
This post won't be for everyone. It's in fact a very advanced concept and it might miss the target. If it does, I'll take the blame because of my inability to share the heart of what drives me to find the perfect photo. But here's trying a little bit. Some photographers go through life randomly documenting what comes their way. Others pre-visualize their photography and set out to tell a story. There are many approaches to photography. All of them are valid. But there's one you may not be familiar with. It's a little bit Zen, but it's very … [Read more...] about Seeing A Photograph – Looking For What Isn’t There
Some of you know I'm a car guy. In fact, I run a car-related blog called carloves.com. I collect cars. I race cars. I love cars. I'm passionate about anything related to cars. In racing there's a very old saying - "You can't fake fast." I've heard it a million times. I understand it. I believe it. I love to go fast. There's no feeling like it. I'm not racing much these days, but once in a while I still get on the track by myself and do laps. I'm a lucky guy. I've driven cars at speeds in excess of 200 miles per hour. At that speed you're … [Read more...] about You Can’t Fake Fast
(NOTE: This photo was already licensed under an exclusive arrangement so therefore could not be included in my Creative Commons Non Com experiment. Sorry.) Good writers know that you can say too much in a story. Rather than spend page after page in a book to describe a character, good writers will pick something simple to do the job such as, "He put on the same pair of boots and spurs his dad gave him in college." It's a cowboy. Simple. The same can be true in photography. When photography is practiced at the highest levels, it serves as a … [Read more...] about Photographers – Sometimes You Only Need Tell Part of the Story
NOTE NOTE NOTE NOTE NOTE: The Photofocus Podcast Feed HAS CHANGED! Here is the new feed: feed://feeds.feedburner.com/photofocuspodcast PLEASE BE PATIENT - OUR SERVERS SEE LARGE LOADS ON PUBLISHING DAYS. THE DOWNLOADS MAY GO SLOWLY BUT THEY WILL FINISH. Download episode here... Sorry we're no longer providing show notes. __________________________ … [Read more...] about Photofocus Podcast May 25 Edition
I recently bought a condo at Las Vegas City Center. I still have my house in Henderson but on nights when I want to hang out on the Strip it saves me the half hour drive home battling all the drunks on a weekend. While City Center certainly had a rough start the place is now a mecca of beauty and magic. Next door to my condo is Crystals. It's a very high end shopping center so I've been taking morning photo walks there to both familiarize myself with the area, get a little exercise and work my photo brain. I'm using nothing but my iPhone 4s … [Read more...] about One Man’s Trash Is Another Man’s Treasure – Try To SEE Photos In Everyday Places
I'm proud to once again be on the teaching faculty at Skip's Summer School for 2012. I've taught at each of these events and hands-down, they have been some of my favorite in the industry. Skip's Summer School had turned into the most amazing boutique photo conference in the business and this year, Skip's managed to make it better. It's one of the best programs and faculty ever assembled and there are some new components that people have asked for in survey after survey. Before I talk about the up-coming program, here's a three minute look … [Read more...] about Photographers: It’s Time To Register For Summer School
Guest Post by Rich offers a tutorial on toning photographs in Photoshop 6.0. DISCLAIMER: This post isn't intended to be definitive - we're not claiming this is the ONLY way or even the BEST way to accomplish this task in Photoshop, Aperture, iPhoto or any other post-prodcessing program. We're merely offering it as A way you might accomplish this task. These tips are free, offered only because they might be helpful to someone. _________________________ … [Read more...] about Toning Photos in Photoshop CS 6.0
CROSS-POSTED at Carloves.com Dealing with the inevitable reflections you get when you make pictures of cars. I've been shooting cars on a regular basis lately. I, like everyone struggle with the specular highlights and reflections that cars produce. I have learned five quick tricks that will make your next car shoot easier. 1. Wear all black clothing. If you're wearing reflective clothing or bright colors these will show up in the reflections on the car. So wear black and you help yourself disappear from the shot. 2. Use a circular … [Read more...] about Photographing Cars Is Basically Like Photographing Mirrors
Guest Post by Rich Harrington shows you how to use content-aware cropping in Photoshop. DISCLAIMER: This post isn't intended to be definitive - we're not claiming this is the ONLY way or even the BEST way to accomplish this task in Photoshop, Aperture, iPhoto or any other post-prodcessing program. We're merely offering it as A way you might accomplish this task. These tips are free, offered only because they might be helpful to someone. __________________________________ … [Read more...] about Content Aware Crop in Photoshop
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Guest Post by Rich Harrington shows you how to use the Synchronize command in ACR. DISCLAIMER: This post isn't intended to be definitive - we're not claiming this is the ONLY way or even the BEST way to accomplish this task in Photoshop, Aperture, iPhoto or any other post-prodcessing program. We're merely offering it as A way you might accomplish this task. These tips are free, offered only because they might be helpful to someone. ____________________ … [Read more...] about How To Use The Synchronize Command in Adobe Camera RAW
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