Photofocus

This week's podcast interviews with two folks influencing the world of photography.  First up is Colin Smith who discusses his journey with Photoshop as well as photo realism and lighting.  Then Rich Harrington and Gerard Murphy sit down to talk about the evolving mobile workflows.

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Colin Smith

Colin Smith is a best-selling author, trainer, and award-winning digital artist who has caused a stir in the community with his stunning Photoshop work. Colin is also known as a pioneer of HDR photography. Colin is an Adobe ACP (Adobe Community Professional), He is founder of the world’s most popular Photoshop resource site, PhotoshopCAFE.com, which boasts over 30 million visitors.

Levi and Colin discuss:

  • What does Colin do?
  • A fun fact about Star Wars
  • How he got started in the business
  • How Photoshop Café became to be
  • How Collin sees a picture
  • Why he hates ring flashes
  • Learning to see things differently
  • Tips on observing and seeing color.
  • How to photograph glass
  • Where to find Collin
Be sure to catch up with Colin at this year's Photoshop World.

Gerard Murphy

Gerard has had a passion for photography since borrowing his Mom’s Pentax as a kid on family vacations. Later, Gerard turned this passion into Mosaic which he co-founded. He is also an avid Lightroom advocate and teacher of Lightroom tips and tricks.

Rich and Gerard discuss:

  • What happened to Apple Aperture?
  • Cloud storage changes
  • Unplugging from the computer
  • There is no RIGHT workflow
  • Google+ workflow
  • Lightroom Cloud based viewing
  • Phasing out of Aperture
  • What you can use Mosaic app on?
  • On-the-go workflow
  • Mosaic app time limited Special

Direct download: PF7_5_14.mp3
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This week's podcast interviews with two folks influencing the world of photography.  First up is Adobe's Sharad Mangalick who discusses how to use Lightroom Mobile. Then Melissa Niu sits down artist & photographer Renee Robyn.

Sharad Mangalick

Levi Sim catches up with Sharad Mangalick, product manager for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Camera Raw.  Find out about Lightroom Mobile and other things in the works.

Levi and Sharad discuss:

  •  Who is Sharad and what he does at Adobe
  • What he likes to photograph
  • What Sharad shoots with
  • What’s Lightroom Mobile
  • Why use Lightroom Mobile
  • Workflow tips on mobile
  • Where to give feedback on Lightroom Mobile
  • Where to find Sharad | Facebook | Twitter
Be sure to catch up with Sharad at this year's Photoshop World.

Renee Robyn

Renee's style is an ethereal combination of fact and fiction, merging together expertly shot photographs of unique and interesting subjects with hours of meticulous retouching in Photoshop to create easily recognizable imagery that is both stunning and distinctively her own. She currently teaches workshops around the world.
Melissa and Renee catch up about:
  • Who is Renee
  • How would Renee describe her work?
  • How Renee creates her images?
  • How Renee views her images?
  • What is essential on her sets?
  • How Renee learned photoshop?
  • What was a life changing experience for Renee?
  • Where can people find Renee?
Direct download: PF_06_25_14.mp3
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This week's podcast interviews three folks influencing the world of photography. First up is Adobe's Bryan O’Neil Hughes who discusses his view's on where photography is heading. Then Rich Harrington and Levi Sim talk about storytelling and photography. Finally, Melissa Niu sits down with top wedding photographer Jonas Peterson.

Bryan O’Neil Hughes

Bryan O’Neil Hughes is the Senior Product Manager for Adobe Photoshop software and a pinch hitter for the Photoshop Lightroom software team. Since 1999 he has helped to test, drive, demonstrate, and lead development of Adobe’s professional digital imaging applications. Bryan is the Photoshop team’s primary worldwide spokesman and can often be found leading seminars, user groups, and workshops.

Before joining Adobe, he was a professional photographer and retoucher. Beyond Adobe, Hughes is a published photographer, editor, and author. He is also a driving instructor for the BMW Car Club of America. When he isn’t driving very quickly, he enjoys running marathons very slowly. Bryan was inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame in 2011.

Be sure to catch up with Bryan at this year's Photoshop World.

Levi and Bryan discuss:

  • Who is Bryan?
  • What are his passions?
  • What cameras does he use?
  • iPhone talk and why it’s used the most
  • What's Going On with Photoshop
  • Editing Video in Photoshop
  • Adobe Camera Raw Improvements
  • Backing up memories
  • Where to find Bryan

Gerard Murphy
Gerard has had a passion for photography since borrowing his Mom’s Pentax as a kid on family vacations. Later, Gerard turned this passion into Mosaic which he co-founded. He is also an avid Lightroom advocate and teacher of Lightroom tips and tricks.

Rich and Gerard discuss:

  • The role of storytelling in photography
  • How to succeed in engaging others
  • What does it mean to be a visual storyteller
  • How to figure our what you are going to say in your photos
  • "What I’m telling you is going to be worth your time”
  • Human brains are wired to figure things out
  • How do you want your audience to feel?
  • Where to find Gerard?
  • What is upcoming with Mosaic?

Jonas Peterson
Jonas left a highly awarded career as a writer in advertising to become a wedding photographer. More than one eyebrow was raised, but he had an idea that stories through wedding photography could be told differently. Should be told differently.

Today he’s one of the most sought after destination wedding photographers around, shooting weddings all around the world. He has shot weddings in almost all parts of the world, using his unique storytelling through simple – yet beautiful – imagery.

His home is Melbourne, Australia, but he’s on the road around the world for half of the year, so never assume he won’t be able to shoot your wedding, no matter where it is.

Melissa Niu and Jonas Discuss:

  • Who is Jonas?
  • How he became a photographer?
  • Doing what made him happy
  • What kind of photographer is Jonas?
  • How has his past affected his photography?
  • What advice does he have for photographers trying to do what he does?
  • Shooting what makes you happy
  • Where can you find Jonas?
Direct download: PF_6_15_14.mp3
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This week's podcast interviews photographer Lindsay Adler who talks about her new studio and getting started in the world of fashion photography. Rich also gives you a quick update on the new photo options from Apple for Mac, Windows, and iOS  We then check in with Chase Reynolds about two hot new pieces of gear.  

Lindsay Adler

Lindsay Adler is a professional portrait and fashion photographer based in New York City. Her editorial work has appeared in numerous fashion and photography publications internationally including Noise, Bullett Magazine, Essence, Zink Magazine, Rangefinder and dozens more. A clean, bold and graphic style has become the hallmark of her work, making her in-demand for clients across the world.

Her portrait and commercial work includes look books, accessory lines, hair campaigns, cosmetic campaigns, professional athletes, television series promos and more. She is always working on new ways to share her passions and knowledge with others, and each year she lectures tens of thousands of photographers world-wide. She attributes a lot of her success to her parents NEVER suggesting that she ‘get a real job’ and encouraging her to pursue photography even in her pre-teens.

  • Collaboration on shoots.
  • Challenges of shooting in NYC
  • Renting out her studio in NYC
  • What is Skin 101?
  • Photographers are problem solvers
  • Tips on shooting different skins and faces
  • Example face on how to light.
  • The difference in silver and white reflectors
  • Post Processing tips
  • What is frequency separation?
  • What classes at Photoshop World will Lindsay be teaching?
  • Where can we find Lindsay?

Hot Gear Segment

Rich Harrington and Melissa Niu catch up with Chase Reynolds to talk about some of the hottest new pieces of gear to hit the shelfs at LensRentals.com.  Once a month we'll explore some of the most popular pieces of gear.  Be sure to leave questions for future shows in the comments.

  • Sony A7R & A7S talk
  • The benefits of full frame cameras
  • Using mirror less to shoot photo and video
  • The Freefly Movi M5 gimbal
  • How to use a gimbal?
  • Renting gear for specific reasons for specific jobs

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Direct download: PF_6_5_15.mp3
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This week's podcast interviews photographers Dixie Dixon and Doug Hansgate.  The show offers practical advice and inspiration from two photographers at different points in their careers.

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Dixie Dixon

Dixie Dixon is a Texas born and bred commercial fashion photographer.  Just a few years out of college, this 20-something’s career is unfolding one adventure after another. She was given her first Nikon Camera, the Nikon FG, at just 12 years old, which peaked her curiosity in the field and served as her sidekick in exploring the world.  She would continually clock seven to ten hours in the darkroom without even realizing it.  While in college she studied in London with a world-renowned fashion photographer and became deeply inspired by the beautiful illusion of fashion and commercial photography. 

It has been said that her idealistic vision of the world is reflected into every single frame- full of life, beautiful energy, and most of all, Soul.  Her passion has lead her to shoot internationally in places such as Cannes, Toronto, Vancouver, New York, Miami, Los Angeles, Ibiza, and Barcelona recently for various brands, tv shows, commercial campaigns and editorial projects. 

  • How Dixie got started?
  • What she’s doing right now
  • What is her passion?
  • The importance of personal work
  • Getting to know your clients
  • Advice to starting out in the commercial industry.
  • Where to find Dixie

Doug Hansgate

Doug Hansgate has been shooting professionally for over 35 years. His work has been on display in galleries in New York City and Toronto. The photography bug bit Doug at a young age when his father gave him a Voigtlander camera. By the time he was 16, Doug was the high school yearbook photography editor and had built a darkroom in his parents’ home, where he processed black and white images.

  • Finding out about Doug
  • Why he loves Photography
  • “I don’t take pictures, I create images”
  •  Balancing the artist, the photographer and the agency
  • Discussing the ability to capture that moment at the right time
  • How studying classic techniques helps inspire 
  • Being aware with our subjects. Feeling that persons essence in your portraits
  • Where can we find Doug.
Direct download: PF_5_25_14.mp3
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This week's podcast interviews photographer Dave Black about his sports and light painting work. Then, get an overview of what challenges photographers will face over the coming years with photography guru Jim Heid.

Dave Black

We welcome back Dave Black to the show for an interview with Levi Sim. Dave is a freelance photographer for over 30 years. His work has primarily centered on the sports industry for such publications as Sports Illustrated, Time, Newsweek and the award-winning TV show Sports Century on ESPN. He's covered events like the Masters, Kentucky Derby, National Football League, NASCAR and extensive work regarding the United States Olympic Committee, Olympic athletes and coverage of twelve Olympic Games.

Levi and Dave discuss:

  • What kind of photography does Dave make?
  • Light painting essentials
  • Favorite Light painting stories
  • The importance of personal projects
  • The business side of photography
  • Favorite sports to photograph
  • Why he loves light
  • Interacting with Sports stars
  • How a teacher changed his career path
  • Why he loves to teach

Remember you can take classes with Dave Black at Photoshop World in Las Vegas this September.

Jim Heid

Jim Heid has been taking photos, making movies, and playing music since he was a kid. He began writing about personal computers in 1980, when he computerized his home-built ham radio station with a Radio Shack TRS-80 Model I. He has also written for Macworld, PC World, Internet World, and Newsweek magazines, and a nationally syndicated technology column for the Los Angeles Times.

Jim Heid is one of the most admired writers and instructors and now oversees the photography segment for lynda.com. He helps guide which courses get developed and make sure that he keeps track of what's needed to help photographers get the most from their art and gear.

Rich and Jim discuss:

  • Who is Jim Heid?
  • What photographers are questioning in regards to business models
  • Staying on top of things in the changing world of photography
  • What he does with Lynda.com
  • Learning core skills
  • Camera bodies and gear.
  • Quadcopters
  • Why Jim pretends he shoots on film?
  • Why limitations can be catalysts to creativity?
  • Parting advice

Where to find Jim

Direct download: PG_5_15_14.mp3
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This week's podcast interviews popular photographer Zack Arias who discusses big changes in his work and professional life. We then check in with Chase Reynolds about two hot new pieces of gear. When that's done, find out about our latest contest with big prizes.

Zack Arias
Zack Arias is a professional photographer based in Atlanta, GA. He's spent a lot of time working in the music industry as well as working for a lot of editorial, corporate, and commercial assignments. He sees his approach as “simple, bold, classic, and true.”

What new gear excites Zack?
What Zack is shooting these days.
Zack’s transformation of his career and why he's changing
Goals for a new project
Why should you house clean your photography?
What is his new blog is about
"When God said let there be light, Joe McNally handed him a flash"
Zack’s new series he’s about to work on

Hot Gear Segment
Rich Harrington and Melissa Niu catch up with Chase Reynolds to talk about some of the hottest new pieces of gear to hit the shelfs at LensRentals.com. Once a month we'll explore some of the most popular pieces of gear. Be sure to leave questions for future shows in the comments.

The new Sigma 50mm f1/4 lens
Differences between Canon, Nikon, and Sigma 50mm primes
The LensCap program
The Panasonic GH4

New Contest
Melissa sits down with Orri from ViewBug to talk about the new Photofocus contest which just kicked off. Learn about some of the fantastic prizes as well as how to enter.

What does Orri do at View Bug
Big Contest announcement
Details about the contest
Where to find more details

Direct download: PF_5_5_14.mp3
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This week's podcast interviews both a new and a returning guest. First up, Melissa Niu talks with retoucher and artist Julia Kuzmenko. Then new podcast member Levi Sim interviews Photoshop hall of famed Dave Cross.
Julia Kuzmenko
Los Angeles based Julia Kuzmenko is a professional photographer, digital artist, retoucher, and educator. She's an International College of Professional Photography (Melbourne, Australia) graduate.
Note, Julia's interview was captured on location and has some background noise.
What kind of Photography does Julia do?
What is the Retouching Academy?
Being a photographer/retoucher in Russia
What are retouching problems that Julia sees?
How to train you eye first
Where can you find Julia’s work?
Last words of advice
Dave Cross
For close to 25 years, Dave Cross has been helping photographers and creative professionals get the most out of their software. Dave has taught at Photoshop World , written numerous articles and several books, co-hosted Photoshop User TV and has appeared in many DVDs and online courses for Kelby Training. Dave teaches for creativeLIVE and runs his own studio/workshop space in Tampa, FL. Dave is well-known for his engaging style, his humor and his ability to make complex topics easy to understand. In 2009 Dave was inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame.
Levi and Dave discuss
What's new going on with Dave?
What are Dave’s passions?
Pre-visualing with Dave
Why Dave takes advanced of cheap storage these days?
Super Hero talk
Why he’s all about nondestructive editing
How Dave balances family and work?
Where can you find Dave?
Direct download: PF_4_25_14.mp3
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This week's podcast takes a look at two very different topics in the photo industry.  Our first guest Mike Corrado discusses his concert photography and passion projects.  Then we catch up with Photofocus contributor and industry expert Gerard Murphy about photo sharing services like SnapChat and the new Lightroom Mobile.

Mike Corrado

Mike Corrado is a photographer and visual artist with over 35 years experience. He also works with Nikon as the Manager of Nikon Professional Services: Pro Relations and Product Marketing. Assignments have taken him to several Super Bowls, World Series and Indy 500 races. He has covered the Kentucky Derby for 14 of 16 years and has worked with the New York Mets, New York Jets and other professional sports teams.

Note, Mike's interview was captured on location and has some background noise.

  • Who is Mike?
  • What are his passions?
  • What does Mike do for Nikon?
  • Shooting concerts and tips.
  • Why he loves to shoot the drummer
  • Current passion projects
  • Seeing new talents
  • Advice for photographers
  • Where can you find Mike’s work?

Gerard Murphy

Gerard has had a passion for photography since borrowing his Mom’s Pentax as a kid on family vacations. Later, Gerard turned this passion into Mosaic which he co-founded. He is also an avid Lightroom advocate and teacher of Lightroom tips and tricks.

Rich and Gerard discuss

  • Who is Gerard Murphy?
  • Private photo sharing and what SnapChat is doing
  • The appeal of services like SnapChat
  • Immediate sharing and the up and coming generation of photographers
  • Future of photo sharing and photo management
  • How is this evolving in a mobile world
  • The announcement of Lightroom mobile

 

Direct download: PF_04_15_14.mp3
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This week's podcast adds a brand new guest as well as a segment to the show.  First up, Rich catches up with Drew Geraci of District 7 Media who's timelapse and HDR photography has appeared in television shows and commercials.  Then Melissa Niu chats with Chase Reynolds and Joey Miller about the most in-demand gear and what's hot in the photo world.

Drew Geraci

Drew Geraci is a passionate and award winning photographer/videographer who has been in the business for nearly 15 years. He has spent 9 years working as a Mass Communication’s specialist in the US Navy and 3 years as Multimedia Producer for the Washington Times in Washington, DC. He specializes in motion time-lapse photography and video production.

  • Who is Drew and how did he get into motion time-lapse?
  • His HDR time-lapse workflow
  • What goes into making a time-lapse shoot
  • Challenges of time-lapse
  • Getting permits and shooting legal
  • What keeps Drew going and staying excited about Time-lapse
  • Advice for shooters of all levels
  • Setting up multiple cameras
  • Protecting your rights and work
  • New gear
  • Where to find Drew’s work?

Hot Gear Segment

Melissa Niu introduces a new segment to the show.  She talks with some experts from LensRentals.com about the hottest cameras on the market.  Once a month she'll explore some of the most popular equipment and dig deeper to see what people enjoy so much about the gear.  Be sure to leave questions for future shows in the comments.

  • How did Lens Rentals get started?
  • Hot camera gear right now
  • Favorite lenses
  • Where to find Lens rentals and the process
  • Special code for Photofocus listeners to save 15%
Direct download: PF_4_15_14.mp3
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