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On this episode of the Photofocus #Mirrorless Show Scott and Marco will discuss these new products and mirrorless topics:

  • Scott found some info that Canon may actually step up their game in the mirrorles segment.
  • Marco gives a fairly thorough hands on review of the new Fujifilm X70 compact camera that he has been working with for a month now. He shares a lot of hands on experiences about what worked well and what does not work so well. And Marco gives some solid firmware improvement wishes that the Fujifilm marketing and product engineering team should take a close look at. In the end, Marco gives his thumbs up or thumbs down verdict on this camera.
  • In an interview with Panasonic North Americs manager Tom Curley, Marco finds out some interesting information about Panasonic and the cooperation with Leica. And there are plenty of informations regarding current Panasonic cameras and what their particular strength are. You can find out more about Panasonic Lumix cameras on their website at LumixLounge.com or follow them on Twitter @LumixUSA
  • Scott closes the show with some of his own thoughts on Panasonic Lumix cameras.

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes. We would also love to get your feedback. Is there anything that you want us to cover on the show in the future? And we would appreciate if you could take a short moment to rate or to post a quick review on iTunes for us.

For more information on Scott Bourne follow him on Twitter: @ScottBourne

For more information on Marco Larousse follow him on Twitter: @HamburgCam

 

About this show:

On the monthly #Mirrorless episode of the Photofocus podcast Scott and Marco will discuss the news from the mirrorless camera world related to innovations, trends, gear and accessories. And they will introduce mirrorless camera manufacturers by interviewing the respective managers of those manufacturers. And they invite pro photographers who make their living working with mirrorless cameras to share some tips and tricks on their workflow.

Direct download: Photofocus_Podcast_-_Mirrorless_Show_-_April_28_2016.mp3
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This weeks Photofocus Podcast for the Photofocus InFocus Interview Series. This show Pamela sits down with Commercial Photographer Clay Cook as he discusses his path to photography and how working non profit has changed both his professional personal life. Then we find Chamira who interviews Ryan Grove from 17hats with inspiration on how creative professionals can find a balance in doing the business side while still having that passion and love for what brought you in the world of creativity in the first place.

 

Pamela Ann Berry/ Clay Cook


Who is Clay Cook and the type of Photographer is he?

What does an editorial photographer do?

How did Clay get into photography?

Prior life before photographer

Funny failure stories when learning photography

How has his design background helped with photography

What keeps that passion and excitement going for photography?

What is Clay’s internship program?

Why start out as an assistant?

Gear talk

Clay’s non profit work

How has doing non profit work affected Clay personally?

How has doing non profit work affected his professional work?

Where can you find Clay Cook online?

Advice on growing as a photographer

 

Chamira/17hats

Who is Ryan Grove?

The gap in being a photographer due to the business side

Learning the business side when you are a creative professional and still have fun.

Tips on being successful

What is the greatest need of photographers?

Why the company started?

Protect your heart and mind

Step 1 to getting your business back on track to something you love to do again

your system will determine your success

Where can you find 17 hats?

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On this Inspiration episode of the Photofocus podcast Scott and Marco discuss these topics:
  • Get to know an inspirational photographer: This month Scott introduce you to the professional nature photographer John Shaw. John's work has been published in National Geographic, National Wildlife, Outdoor Photographer and many other publications. John has photographed every continent, from the Artic to the Antarctic, from Provence to Patagonia. John has also published many books and leads workshops.
  • Improving ones vision and finding some motivation to go out and make good photos is a desire that we hear often from our students. So we give some tips to our audience on what they can do to archive this.
  • We discuss the direct benefits of spending more time with the gear that you have rather than focusing on the gear that you want to have next.
  • Studying and closely looking at published photos from photographers that you admire can teach you a lot about vision and execution of creating a great photo.
  • We talk about the advantages of making the conscious decision to reduce your gear whenever possible. There are more benefits than just weight to work with a single prime instead of a long zoom lens in many situations.
  • Find a manageable personal project that makes you pick up your camera regularly and with intent.
  • We also discuss the benefits that go along with printing your work.

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes. We would also love to get your feedback. Is there anything that you want us to cover on the show in the future? And we would appreciate if you could take a short moment to rate or to post a quick review on iTunes for us.

For more information on Scott Bourne follow him on Twitter: @ScottBourne

For more information on Marco Larousse follow him on Twitter: @HamburgCam

 

About this show:

On the monthly #Inspiration episode of the Photofocus podcast Scott and Marco will discuss the art, history and motivation in photography that often gets lost in today's media rich world. Slow down, look closer and put more intent into photography to increase you creativity and final results. And simply spread the pure love of photography.

Direct download: The_Inspiration_Show_-_Photofocus_Podcast_April_14_2016.mp3
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This weeks Photofocus Podcast you get to hear Richard Harrington and Scott Bourne answer your questions in the Q & A show. Once a month Rich and Scott take your questions and dive into discussions that help you learn and grow as a photographer.

Q&A PODCAST

1. I hear the terms Global and Local Adjustments discussed by photographers.  Could you give examples of each?

Ross

2. I have an Epson printer that I use to make 8x10” prints of my portraits. Do I have to use Epson paper/inks or can I use others?

Tim

3. I hear that if you stop down to a lens smallest aperture (f/22 in my case) that the image may not be as sharp as it would be if you shoot at f/16. Can you elaborate on that?

Mike

4. Is it better to have a zoom lens that is push/pull or one that uses a ring that you twist to zoom in or out?

Alice

5. I see people making these beautiful sunset photos with very saturated colors. When I make sunset photos the colors are muted by comparison. What am I missing?

Frank

6. What is the best way to change lenses so I don’t hurt my camera or the lens?

Joe

7. My friend has a camera with image stabilization built into the camera body. I have a camera that doesn’t offer that feature but instead offers that as an option in the lens. Can you explain pros and cons of each?

Linda

8. Which is the best color space to use when working in Photoshop? Adobe RGB or sRGB? 

Matt

9. Have you ever used extension tubes and do they harm image quality?

Carly

10. What exactly is a neutral density filter and do I need one?

Addie

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In this renewed, reinvigorated episode of The Mind Your Own Business Podcast, Scott Bourne and Skip Cohen discuss marketing tips to improve your photography business. In particular, they discuss the following topics:

  • The photography industry has changed in the last 5-10 years ago. Today photographers share their personality, and sell more on who they are, what they believe in, and where their heart is. The don't get new clients based on their awards, accolades, and gear.
  • It's not as important today that you can expose a certain photograph as it is that you can understand your clients' emotions and feelings.
  • You have to be able to answer the question: WHY do you take photos? People don’t buy what you do. They buy why you do it.
  • A change in the last few years: Every consumer, because of the internet, has the ability to go out and meet dozens of photographers on their computers. So how will you make yourself different? Your client is looking for trust.
  • Your website is about what you sell. Your blog is about what’s in your heart. And your Bio/About section talking about your “why” is the gateway to both.
  • It’s up to the photographer to educate the prospect as to why that photographer is the best choice for that prospect. This involves communication and marketing.
  • Roberto Valenzuela is insanely successful, in large part due to the fact that he is constantly practicing his craft. Discipline is important. Practice the fundamentals. Practice with your camera. “It’s not that practice makes perfect. It’s that perfect practice makes perfect.”
  • Marketing mistake to avoid: forgetting to put your heart into your About Page. Your website, your blog, and your social media presence are your most valuable pieces of real estate. Remember who your target audience is. Stop thinking that you need to show a lot of photos in your gallery. Only show your best “wow” images.
Direct download: Mind_Your_Own_Business_Photofocus_Podcast_April_1_2016.mp3
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On this episode of the Photofocus "Mirrorless Show" Scott and Marco will discuss these new products and mirrorless topics:

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes. We'd also love to get your feedback. What do you want us to cover on the show in the future?

For more information on Scott Bourne follow him on Twitter: @ScottBourne

For more information on Marco Larousse follow him on Twitter: @HamburgCam

Direct download: Photofocus_Podcast_-_Mirrorless_Show_-_March_28_2016.mp3
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This weeks Photofocus Podcast for the Photofocus InFocus Interview Series. This show Pamela sits down with Brad Moore, former assistant to both Scott Kelby and Joe McNally we we dive into his growth and advice to other photographers trying to navigate the road of building a career. Then we tap into Chamira Young who speaks with Collages.net on how we as photographers can improve how we present ourselves online to our clients and potential clients.

Pamela Berry/ Brad Moore

What brought Brad into photography?
How he became assistant to Joe McNally and Scott Kelby?
Learning from mistakes
Travel tips
How being an assistant is so valuable to growing your career?
Should you attend conferences?
Being genuine when you network
Put what you’ve learned to use
Advice about being a photographer and learning other aspects of the craft
Gear & Gadget talk
What inspired getting into Concert photography?
Tethered workflow on portraits

Chamira Young/ Chantel Corrin from Collages.net

Presenting yourself as a photographer
Importance of looking your best online
Advice on overall design tips for your website
Tips on how to best share photos with clients
Tips on making in-person sales easier
Keeping in touch with clients after a shoot
What is collages.net and where to find them?

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On the new Inspiration Show of the Photofocus podcast Scott and Marco will discuss the art, history and motivation in photography that often gets lost in today's media rich world. Slow down, look closer and put more intent into photography to increase you creativity and final results. And simply spread the pure love of photography.

On this episode Scott and Marco discuss these topics:

  • Get to know an inspirational photographer. This month we introduce you to the meaningful work of the American documentary photographer: Mary Ellen Mark: (1940-2015)
  • What motivates photographers to document their surroundings and current events?
  • The impact and influence of photography on public opinion based on a few examples of current events such as the refugee crisis.
  • Inspiration can be based on happy events but it can also call for action when it is based on sad situations.
  • We shall not forget to talk about the photographers who are out there in conflict situation and risk their lives for the photos that we see on the news. We give the example of the Pulitzer Price winning photographer Kevin Carter (1969 - 1994)
  • A closer look at the winning photo of the "World Press Photo of the Year" captured by Warren Richardson
  • Is there still room for photography in a world full of (YouTube) videos?
  • Photobook of the month: Chris Warwick - The Creative Fight

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes. Wed also love to get your feedback. Is there anything that you want us to cover on the show in the future?

For more information on Scott Bourne follow him on Twitter: @ScottBourne

For more information on Marco Larousse follow him on Twitter: @HamburgCam

 

Direct download: The_Inspiration_Show___Photofocus_Podcast_March_14_2016.mp3
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Scott Bourne and Richard Harrington sit down to answer your questions:

 1: from Jan in San Diego

 My Dad used to shoot film and looking at his old prints there were obvious signs of film grain. Current digital photography seems to be all about “noiseless” images. I would like to get the look that my Dad got from film. Is there something wrong with that?

 2: from Susan in Houston, TX

 I am building a portfolio and I have limited work to pick from because I have only been seriously pursuing photography for two years. Is it okay to use the same model in different shots in the port - or how about shots from the same location?

 3: From Tom in Oklahoma City, OK

 How necessary is a photography degree in order to succeed in the photo business? 

4: From Robbie in Hilo, HI

 I photograph kids and my competitors all soften the children’s skin in post. I think that it looks unnatural - I don’t see the need with children who already have perfect skin. But the competition has created an expectation with their work that has me second guessing what I do. What would you do?

 5: From Tony in St. Louis, MO

 I use a color calibration tool on my computer monitor - should I use on my iPad?

 6: From Sandy in SLC, UT

 Why use a color checker card v. just an old fashioned gray card?

 7: From Elliot in NYC, NY

 I want to use a softbox but I only have a standard Canon flash unit. Is there a way to mount a standard camera flash inside a softbox?

 8: From Sam in Yakima, WA

 I am a beginning street photographer - what lenses would you recommend in terms of focal length and aperture?

 9: From Peter from Inver Grove Heights, MN

 What is the exposure triangle? As a beginner is this something I need to learn?

 10: From Anderson from Elko, NV

 What’s your advice regarding memory cards? Do you recommend the big cards, the fast cards or both? Are the more expensive high-end cards worth the money?

 

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On the new "mirrorless show" of the Photofocus podcast Scott and Marco will discuss news and information about the increasingly popular mirrorless camera market.

On this episode Scott and Marco discuss news and product announcements and give their initial feedback on what they think about these new products and mirrorless topics:

  • Marco's first impressions looking at a preproduction Fujifilm X-Pro 2
  • Scott's first impressions on his new FUJINON XF100-400mm F4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR tele zoom lens
  • The new Olympus PEN-F retro micro 4/3 camera 
  • A look at the first sample photos from the Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 300mm 1:4.0 IS PRO lens
  • A discussion why someone would switch from a DSLR to a mirrorless camera
  • Some advantages of mirrorless cameras
  • Some disadvantages of mirrorless cameras

Marco is curating a weekly street photo of the day for the Photofocus.com website. If you want to have a chance that your photo gets picked, just add you best street photos to the Photofocus Flickr group here: https://www.flickr.com/groups/photofocus/

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes. We'd also love to get your feedback. What do you want us to cover on the show in the future?

For more information on Scott follow him on Twitter @scottbourne

For more information on Marco follow him on Twitter @hamburgcam


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