Many of our Photofocus team will be in Las Vegas for the WPPI photography conference, and we'd love to get together and make pictures with you. Photowalks like this are a great time to put into practice various techniques that you don't otherwise get time to use. We won't be walking very far on this walk, but we will be shooting a lot. We're in Las Vegas, so let's practice making pictures that show off the light and excitement of the strip. We'll do long exposures and motion and see some of the iconic spots. We'll meet at the gazebo outside … [Read more...] about Photowalk Las Vegas: 6:00pm Wednesday, Feb. 8th
Sharpening helps your picture have a little more punch and can allow details to pop and draw attention. If you sharpen the entire image, however, you'll end up with visible details, called artifacts, in places where there aren't details, like a blue sky. To avoid creating these artifacts, you can sharpen only those areas that have interesting detail and those to which you want to draw attention. Let me show you how to selectively sharpen using Lightroom's Adjustment Brush on this photograph I made in San Antonio on a photowalk (we've got … [Read more...] about Selective Sharpening in Lightroom
The Imaging USA photography conference opens in San Antonio, Texas on January 5th, and a few of us from Photofocus will be there, so let's photowalk! A photowalk is a gathering of photographers making pictures, learning new skills, and making new friends. It's are a powerful way to practice and have some fun and it'll be a good start to your photographic year. Pictures in this post are all from our photowalk in New York, recently. Where: San Antonio River Walk Meet at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center on Market Street where there's a … [Read more...] about Photofocus Photowalk: San Antonio River Walk, Jan. 9th at Imaging USA
Making pictures on a photowalk or hike should be enjoyable and relatively stress-free. One way to reduce your stress is to carry less equipment. A small kit makes your body lighter and helps you keep going longer. Bring a prime lens and stretch your vision by framing with your feet instead of lazily zooming in and out to frame a shot. This go-light method is terrific until you see a wonderful picture that just doesn't fit in the lens you brought. Fortunately, you've got tools available to help you make the most of even that tough … [Read more...] about Don’t Bring a Wide-Angle Lens, Just Make Panos
Just a reminder... We've got a few spots left for this week's New York Photowalk. Are you coming to Photo Plus Expo? (need a free ticket?) Are you in the greater New York area? Do you like an excuse to hangout with photographer's and have fun? Well it's time for a Photofocus Photo Walk! Free Photowalk in NYC Times Square A photowalk is a fun social event. Join other photographers and explore one of the most historic and photogenic spots in our country, Times Square. Photofocus authors Levi Sim, Vanelli, Rich Harrington, and … [Read more...] about A Few Spots Left for our NYC Photowalk!
Photo Plus Expo opens Thursday in New York City (October 20-22, 2016), and I think you should be there. This is the largest photography conference in North America, and it opens every October. You can come see the latest from every camera manufacturer, discover accessories you couldn't imagine living without, and pick up loads of free swag. I make it a point to attend this conference (and others of its sort) as often as possible, even though it involves great expense (but to help you with costs, here's a free pass compliments of Photofocus). I … [Read more...] about 3 Reasons You Should Go To Photo Plus Expo
Practicing with your tools on daily pictures will make you a better photographer when it counts. Having your camera with you isn't enough to make you a better photographer. You need to practice finishing your photographs just as much as making them in the camera. A well composed and exposed photo is only half done. As I photographed these coneflowers, today, I knew I'd need to use HDR techniques in order to reveal the details in the center and maintain rich color in the petals. However, it was windy so there was no way to shoot a bracket of … [Read more...] about The Best Photographers Practice Finishing
As a photographer, do you ever start feeling like you’re in a bit of a rut? Or perhaps you feel the need to challenge yourself to improve your skills. Maybe you’re just looking for some ideas on stretching your creativity. Here are five simple ideas to challenge yourself as a photographer, both to improve your skills and also challenge yourself creatively. 1. Turn off the display Go into your camera settings and turn off the LCD display on the back of your camera. If you can’t figure out where that setting is, tape a piece of cardboard over … [Read more...] about 5 Ways to Challenge Yourself as a Photographer