Over the weekend, I put up an article on tips about how to stay safe while photographing protests. Little did I know that just a few hours later, my hometown of Grand Rapids would experience a major protest followed by violent riots throughout our downtown area. I chose to not go down for the protest, […]
The Story of Working with Square (and how luck can play into landing your dream job)
Like all the best and very worst stories, this story begins with Twitter.
I opened my phone one morning to see that a few friends had tagged me in a long Twitter thread asking for photographer recommendations across the country by one of the creatives running socials at Square, the San Francisco-based tech company who manufacture and process credit cards though the little white credit card readers and iPad stands you see everywhere.
The rumor mill has been predicting the certain death of Olympus and micro four-thirds in general for the last three years. But I have an idea that just might save Olympus in particular. At a minimum, it should boost sales for micro four-thirds cameras and lenses in general. Why? Why am I bringing up a […]
Color blindness keeps those who suffer with it from seeing accurate color. The most common type is red-green color blindness. The opening photograph shows the normal colors on the left and what a red-green colorblind person sees. The blues in the photo are almost the same as the normal one. The rest of the color […]
When you open your RAW image in Lightroom or Photoshop, it displays your image with the White Balance you chose in camera, but of course you can change your White Balance at this stage to anything you want. So, if the White Balance you chose in camera isn’t “baked into the shot,” and you can easily change it after the fact, is it a waste of time to set the correct white balance in camera?”
With our current distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, musicians are hit hard by not being able to perform publicly with each other. Performing together live online requires technologically not readily available today, so the next best thing is to resort to multi-track recording and adding video of yourself performing your parts. This interview with Chris Georgenes provides an exhaustive look at how he is approaching this process and getting great results creating remote collaborative music video productions!
When my friend and colleague Chris Georgenes posted a couple remote-recorded collaborative music videos on social media, I was not only impressed
“If photographers are responsible for creating or reflecting an image of women in society, then I must say, there is only one way for the future, and this is to define women as strong and independent. This should be the responsibility of photographers today: to free women, and finally everyone, from the terror of youth […]
With a lot of protests happening the last few days due to the death of George Floyd, I’ve seen a lot of photographers and videographers in the forefront of the action. As photographers, we always want to capture that once in a lifetime shot of something that we might not get to see or experience […]
Looking for a way to photograph with fresh and new perspectives? From nature to portrait, to commercial and artistic photography, a macro lens might just be what you need. Here are my thoughts on my up-close and personal hands-on with the Sony 90mm f/2.8 macro lens. Up to this day, I’ve never really needed a […]
This morning, PHOTOPLUS announced in an email to past attendees that its annual expo — slated for October 22-24, 2020 — will be taking place as scheduled. Show director Joe Kowalsky delivered the message to attendees: “Between now and October we’ll continue to take our cues from the state of New York and work hand […]
Over time, the colors that monitors produce can change ever so subtly. Yes, even LED monitors. It is easier to recognize on multiple monitor setups since you have a direct comparison. Whether viewing on my Apple LED monitors at my workstation or my Dell LED monitors at home (all set to the same color display […]
It’s an online class I did called “Beginner’s Start Here” and if you’re new to photography, I think it could really help you move you further down the road on your journey. It’s short, sweet, and you can watch it this weekend.
I do something in this class that you won’t see very often — I tell you which f/stops to use, which lenses to you, which settings to use, and I lay it all out in plain English. Check out the short trailer below so you get an idea of what the class is like.
Digital Classroom Videos: Lessons in Lighting with Bob Davis
From the fundamentals to the advanced, this digital classroom on lighting covers everything you need to know to start creating beautiful photographs in all kinds of lighting environments. Bob Davis begins the class by discussing the qualities of light, and then explains all of the various light modifiers you can employ in your photography. Building on the previous lessons, Bob demonstrates how to judge an accurate exposure, use an incident light meter, and then works through a series of scenarios on location with a subject putting everything you’ve learned into practice.
(Editor’s Note: We welcome Jemma Pollari to Photofocus. Jemma is a photographer on the Sunshine Coast in Australia, where she photographs in between mothering her two little boys, writing, teaching and designing. She delivers free weekly photo prompts on her blog the Promptographer Photo Prompt Guide.) When planning a lifestyle family photoshoot, I always consider the light […]
Yes, even YouTuber’s need a little help from their friends. Justine Ezarik, aka iJustine, has been creating content for YouTube for over a decade. Back then, Justine was mostly able to host, shoot, and edit all of her videos on her own. However, with over 6.4 million subscribers and nearly daily content, she recently decided to bring on some help.
As businesses in the United States begin to reopen, one of my clients has decided to radically up her marketing game and wanted me to create several executive portraits. She insisted on having a professional hair and makeup artist so she would look her best for the session. COVID-19 caused all of us to be […]
A funny thing happened on the way to publishing my book…
A pandemic. It sure has changed things for everybody. Everywhere in the world. No exceptions. And in business, most of us have made big adjustments to deal with new restrictions and regulations.
I don’t have a crystal ball so I had no idea that this was coming, but a book I already wrote and had in the publishing pipeline, launched mid April, in the middle of stay-at-home orders. So while just about everybody, in practically every industry, was thrown into video meetings, my book Great On Camera came Continue reading “Guest Blog: Author & Video Guy — Larry Becker”
I’ve long been intrigued by the Adobe Lightroom product. While it’s often seen as the younger brother to its sibling, Lightroom Classic, “new” Lightroom does a great job of editing photos. Couple that with its online sync capabilities and mobile camera capture functions, and you really have a product that can be a great solution […]
This is a continuation of a conversation with cinematographer Paul Cameron, ASC. Part 3 coming next week. And look for episode 2 of the Art of the Shot podcast to hear the full conversation now. Available on your favorite podcast platform.
Derek Stettler: It makes a lot of sense. You want to keep it as consistent as possible with the rest of the series. Were any unique filmmaking technologies or noteworthy gear used to capture this season beyond the LED walls and what you helped