Category: Photo

Post processing tip: Value of a vignette


This post is by Bob Coates from Photofocus

Many times an image looks nice and it’s… OK. Then, you add a vignette and it comes to life. The value of a vignette becomes apparent. Vignettes have been used in photography almost since the beginning of the craft. Back then adding filters to surround the lens created the vignette. However, you’d be stuck with […]

Light painting a Nelson Ghost Town car in four steps


This post is by Loaded Landscapes from Photofocus

How did I illuminate this amazing Cadillac and garage in a ghost town while the camera shutter was open in this long exposure photo? Glad you asked. I will describe how I used light painting to illuminate and add interest to a photo taken near a full moon at night. Hopefully, this gives you a […]

Light painting a Nelson Ghost Town car in four steps


This post is by Loaded Landscapes from Photofocus

How did I illuminate this amazing Cadillac and garage in a ghost town while the camera shutter was open in this long exposure photo? Glad you asked. I will describe how I used light painting to illuminate and add interest to a photo taken near a full moon at night. Hopefully, this gives you a […]

How I got the photo: Cactus bloom in macro


This post is by Jeff Carlson from Photofocus

This cute little plant is a cactus on my back deck. I’m not even sure of the name of this plant, apart from the fact that it’s a cactus. Oh, and it’s spiky! Each of those tiny little hairs is designed to irritate and drive you mad. The head of this plant is less than […]

How to make your holiday photos look great


This post is by Rich Harrington from Photofocus

For many of our readers, it’s holiday time. Maybe you’ve just wrapped up your celebrations or you are just getting started. Here’s a tutorial I recorded a few years back that’s all about how to make your winter photos look their best. This tutorial was recorded with Photoshop CS5, but the tips work with CS5, […]

Five tips for photographing during the holidays


This post is by Stan Horaczek from Photofocus

holidays candy canesThe holidays are one of the best times to have fun with your photography. Bryan Esler wrote this article about Getting Creative on Christmas Morning. Here are a few more tips that may add something different and fun to your holiday photos. 1. Think outside of the gift-wrapped box Have you seen those cardboard glasses […]

Cold weather essentials to keep you warm in the winter


This post is by Loaded Landscapes from Photofocus

Winter offers beautiful opportunities for photography like snow-covered landscapes, and even the Northern Lights. But of course, it’s also cold. Here are some essential cold weather gear that will keep you warm. Feet I feel like if I can keep my feet warm, I’ve won half the battle. I love merino wool socks. They are […]

Shutter Priority and when to use it


This post is by Mike Hagen from Photofocus

Shutter Priority exposure mode is a fantastic tool for controlling how motion appears in your final image. This exposure mode allows the photographer to set the shutter speed while the camera determines the aperture. Most DSLR and mirrorless cameras offer at least four different exposure modes including shutter priority, aperture priority, program mode and manual. […]

Three reasons to choose your top 12 images from 2022


This post is by Stan Horaczek from Photofocus

top 12 images looking up Getty Center architectureEvery year, I see some photographers share their top 12 images from the previous year. Do you do this? I haven’t ever really done it for year-end but I have done it as part of mentorship programs I’ve been in. We all have a tendency to compare our own work to other photographers. It’s almost […]

How to travel light(er)


This post is by Pam DeCamp from Photofocus

We have all said the phrase, “This time I am going to travel light.” It takes discipline and effort to make it happen. Have a plan to keep it light When planning a trip, determining what is necessary vs just in case can be a difficult decision. One of the main factors to consider is […]