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This week's we catch up with two photographers. First, one of the most passionate and respected photographers on the planet... Joe McNally.  We then catch up with new Photofocus contributor Mykii Liu.

Joe McNally

Joe McNally is an internationally acclaimed photographer whose career has spanned 30 years and included assignments in over 50 countries. He has shot cover stories for TIME, Newsweek, Fortune, New York, Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, and Men's Journal. He has been at various times in his career a contract photographer for Sports Illustrated, a staff photographer at LIFE, and currently, an ongoing 23 year contributor to the National Geographic, shooting numerous cover stories for those publications.

Rich and Joe talk about:

  • Joe's upcoming projects
  • How they came about
  • Choosing the pictures to go into your portfolio
  • Letting the flaws be
  • What are Joe’s favorite images
  • Developing a thick skin
  • Why critique is essential to growth
  • How has changes in technology change Joe’s approach
  • How to create that spark to make a more interesting photo
  • What is the story you're telling?
  • Check out Where is the show to find Joe’s work?
  • Where to find Joe?
  • Check out the Monroe Gallery | October 3 — November 23

Mykii Liu

Mykii Liu is a new contributor to Photofocus (who's sense of humor pervades both his articles and his bio).  His jumping skills and abnormal love of tofu and argyles are antithetically a part of his nature.  But don’t be confused by his outpouring pranks, his photography and love of the craft make up for his passion for humor and horseplay.

Liu is currently a student of photography at the College of Southern Nevada while simultaneously and professionally shooting weddings, fashion, models and categorically formidable and socially accepted people.

You can find Mykii’s portfolio here or follow him on Facebook.

Melissa and Mykii talk about:

  • Who is Mykii?
  • What style is his Photography?
  • How personality comes out in portraits
  • Being a college student and a photographer
  • His background in photography
  • Re-learning the basics
  • Having Mentors
  • What inspires Mykii to shoot
  • Gear talk
  • Studying photos online to remake and learn
  • Some of his favorite Photofocus articles
  • Where to find Mykii
Direct download: PF_9_15_14_01a.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:11 PM

This week's we catch up with two photographers.  Beauty and wedding photographer Roberto Valenzuela talks about working experimentally.  Then we join Bob Davis for some practical shooting and business advice.

NOTE — The first interview was recorded with a bit of audio interference.

Roberto Valenzuela

Roberto Valenzuela is a photographer based in Beverly Hills, CA. He developed his unique teaching style by following the same practice regimen he developed as a professional concert classical guitarist and educator.

Roberto believes that it is not talent but deliberate practice that is at the core of skill and achievement. He has traveled to every corner of the world motivating photographers to practice and break down the various elements of photography in order to master them through goal setting, self-training, and constant dedication.

Roberto serves as a judge for photographic print competitions in Europe, Mexico, South America, and the most prestigious International photography competitions held in the United States through the Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) in Las Vegas, NV. 

  • How Roberto became a photographer?
  • Why he really loves being a wedding photographer
  • What is “Beauty” photography?
  • Where does Roberto find his clients?
  • The challenges and rewards of beauty photography
  • How to not memorize poses, but create energy.
  • Developing the language of what you want the photo to say
  • When do the subjects get to see the images being made?
  • How much preproduction goes into a shoot?
  • Practical advice about what he wish he knew starting out.
  • Where can you find out more about Roberto?

Bob Davis

Bob Davis is a Canon Explorers of Light. He is also a member of the Wescott Top Pro Elite, a group of talented photographers from around the world comprised for photographic education and inspiration.

His passion for photography began back in high school where he was the  editor of his newspaper. He then went on to Columbia College and was named College Photographer of the Year.  He worked for the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper for 14 years and covered countless events, such as presidential elections and Michael Jordan's entire career with the Chicago Bulls.

Levi and Bob talk about:

  • Lighting techniques
  • Using modifiers
  • Being creative with anything
  • Bob’s journey as a photographer
  • How he approaches a shoot.
  • Advice on allowing others tell their story
  • Having respect for those you are working with
  • Being a working dad
  • How he came into business with his wife Dawn?
  • Keeping the business side consistent
  • Word of mouth or word of mouse
  • How he approaches teaching lighting
  • Where to find more information
Direct download: PF_9_5_14.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 2:25 AM

This week's Is a double-header, packed with information and inspiration.  We'll catch up with two very different photographers who will both inspire you with practical tips and challenges.

Glyn Dewis

Glyn Dewis is a Photographer and a Retoucher.  He is also a Photoshop World Instructor based just outside of Oxford in the UK. He works internationally shooting promotional and commercial photos primarily focussed on Physique Athletes, Musicians, Bands and Up and Coming Actors.

Levi and Glyn discuss:

  • Who is Glyn Dewis?
  • What he’s working on
  • The importance of personal projects
  • How do you make personal projects happen?
  • Why are personal projects so important?
  • Taking personal projects seriously
  • The way you work with clients
  • Photography is a people business
  • Where to find Glyn online

Robert Vanelli

Rich Harrington catches up with photographer Robert Vanelli (aka V). After a successful career as a three time Triple Crown Karate champion, Robert Vanelli turned his attention to teaching. As an educator for over 30 years, Vanelli has created several photography and digital workflow programs including a special program, Click for Kids. Borrowing concepts from the martial arts, Vanelli instilled values such as integrity, and goal setting using photography as a vehicle to motivate children.

Rich and Vanelli talk about:

  • Who is V?
  • What struggles do new photographers face?
  • Practical advice for all photographers
  • Knowing your gear (in the dark)
  • How limitations can make you better
  • Taking self assignments and mental challenges
  • Rookie mistakes to avoid
  • Learning versus knowing
  • Stop shooting in the dark, embrace light

 

 

Direct download: PF_08_25_14.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 11:48 PM

This week's podcast is a Double Double...  We sit down with four great photographers two at a time. First, Levi Sim talks with Tamara Lackey and Peter Hurley. Then Melissa Niu talks with two of our Photofocus team members (and great photographers) Nicole S. Young and Brian Matiash.

Tamara Lackey & Peter Hurley

Tamara Lackey is a professional photographer, speaker, and author. She focusses on lifestyle photography, from children’s portraits to celebrity portraits. Tamara’s work has been featured in dozens of media outlets, including Parenting Magazine, O – The Oprah Magazine, Town & Country, Vogue, Food & Wine, Men’s Journal, Nikon World, Professional Photographer Magazine, Rangefinder Magazine, Photoshop User Magazine, NBC’s The Martha Stewart Show, ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, PBS’ Need to Know and NBC’s The Today Show.

Peter Hurley is a New York photographer who found his way behind a camera after starting his career in front of one as a model and actor. He first picked up a camera to photograph his work making the US Sailing Team for the Olympics. This lead to a mentorship with photographer Bruce Weber who encouraged him. He's since gone on to shoot advertisements for Levi's, Reebok, DKNY, Johnnie Walker and Axe Deodorant to name a few.

  • What’s a visual identity?
  • What hats we wear as photographers?
  • Shooting headshots
  • Social media pictures
  • Shooting tips
  • Having direction and getting what you need from your subject
  • Creating the atmosphere
  • Communication
  • Finding your style and type of photography. Be drawn to it
  • Getting past criticism with vision and drive
  • Where you can find Tamara and Peter?

Nicole S. Young and Brian Matiash

Nicole is a full-time photographer and author. Her photography specialties are food and landscape, and sh also creates stock images for iStockphoto and Getty Images. She loves to teach, learn and share what she knows through her blog, articles, podcasts, interviews and training materials. 

Melissa, Nicole and Brian discuss:
  • Who are they
  • Nicole’s journey
  • What does Brian do?
  • Mobile photographer
  • What is happening next in the industry?
  • Definition of a Photographer
  • Why do you think every single camera has default setting jpeg?
  • What is the destiny of a typical photo?
  • Evolve or Die
  • Being married to a photographer
  • Where to find Brian and Nicole
Direct download: PF_08_15_14.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 8:00 AM

This week's podcast is a whopper... packed with information and inspiration. We have the world's most popular photo instructor, Scott Kelby to share tips and news. Then Rich Harrington and Chase Reynolds explore new gear from Nikon and Sony. Lastly Levi Sim sits down with portrait photographer and Photofocus writer Kevin Ames.

Scott Kelby
Scott Kelby is the President and CEO of KelbyOne, is also the original “Photoshop Guy”, is the Cofounder and CEO of Kelby Media Group, the editor and publisher of Photoshop User Magazine and Light It Magazine, Conference Technical Chair for the Photoshop World Conference & Expo, Training Director and instructor for KelbyOne Live Seminars, and author of a string of bestselling technology books.

Scott’s brand new book

  • How teaching Photoshop and photography came about
  • Favorite Gear
  • Lighting talk
  • The type of instructors at Photoshop World
  • What kind of classes are at Photoshop World?
  • What’s new at Photoshop World this year?
  • The perks of attending Photoshop World
  • What makes a good portfolio review?

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

  • Nikon’s new D810 Camera
  • Options on file size with the Nikon Cameras
  • The evolution of Sony and what’s new with the A7S
  • Lenses for the Sony and what’s different
  • Consideration when purchasing a camera
  • Travel considerations
  • Perks of using lens rentals (Save 15% with Summer15 or 10% with FOCUS10). 
  • What kind of cameras are people actually using?
  • Special deal from Lensrental

Kevin Ames
Kevin Ames is a photographer who started shooting commercial photography while attending Boise State University and working full time at Idaho Camera. His career continued as part of the first generation of videographers working for the NBC and CBS affiliated television stations in Boise. He has also written, produced, photographed and directed television commercials.

His photographs have appeared in Time, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal and on the covers of Professional Photographer, Photoshop User, Jezebel and Atlanta Sports and Fitness magazines. He works for corporate clients including AT&T, Coca-Cola, Carter’s, Honda and Westin Hotels as well as in brochures, annual reports, websites and trade show graphics.

Levi and Kevin discuss:

Kevin's role in photo industry
Goal behind his Exposure Tactics series
Photoshop World fun
New gear from Sigma Kevin is excited about
The Red Dress project
Shooting with the Sigma 40 f1/4
Thoughts in the new Mac Pro
Editing Video with Lightroom and Photoshop
Get the most from Adobe Camera Raw
Where to you find Kevin
Follow Kevin on Twitter — twitter.com/AmesPhoto

Direct download: PF_08_05_14.mp3
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This week's podcast interviews with two folks influencing the world of photography.  First up is well-known portrait photographer Brian Smith who walks us through his workflow of posing subjects and working with mirror-less cameras. Then find out about long exposure, night sky and timelapse photography.

Brian Smith

Screen Shot 2013-12-05 at 9.45.50 AMPulitzer Prize-winning photographer, Brian Smith, considers himself to be one of the luckiest guy on the planet. He’s told Bill Gates exactly what to do for an entire hour, appeared on The X Factor, exhibited at the Library of Congress, dined with the President, written an Amazon Best Seller, shared cupcakes with Anne Hathaway, gotten drunk with George Clooney and married the most beautiful woman he ever laid eyes on.

For the past 30 years, Brian Smith’s iconic portraits of famous celebrities, athletes and executives have been used in advertising, by corporations and have graced the covers and pages of hundreds of magazines including Sports Illustrated, ESPN the Magazine, Time, Forbes, New York Times Magazine, Elle and British GQ.

 

 

His first magazine photograph appeared in LIFE Magazine when Smith was a 20-year-old student at the University of Missouri. Five years later, Smith won the Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography for his photographs of the Los Angeles Olympic Games. He was again a finalist for the Pulitzer for his photographs of Haiti in Turmoil. His photograph of Greg Louganis hitting his head on the diving board at the Seoul Olympics won first place in both World Press Photo and the Pictures of the Year competition.

 

 

Levi Sim and Brian Smith discuss:
  • How Brian got his start?
  • What Brian has and continues to shoot on
  • Brian’s relationship with Sony
  • Advantages of mirror-less cameras
  • Using lens adapters
  • Sony A7R talk
  • Why he’s not a big tripod guy
  • Explaining 2K and 4K
  • Parting advice
  • His latest book on Sony A7R
Be sure to catch up with Brian at this year's Photoshop World.
 

Ron Risman

Ron is an award winning cinematographer, editor of Cameratown.com, and timelapse specialist and instructor located on the seacoast of New Hampshire.   Ron has been a photographer & videographer for over 25 years and continues to follow his passion when it comes to capturing and teaching night photography.

Ron has been commissioned to shoot time-lapses for corporations such as Liberty Mutual and Restoration Hardware; news organizations such as FOX CT News and WFTV-9 Orlando, and his timelapse work recently appeared in an HBO Film "The Crash Reel" which premiered last year at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

Rich and Ron discuss:

  • What type of imagery does Ron create?
  • What does he like about night photography?
  • Why he calls photography Romance
  • Learning the recipe of night photography
  • Walking through the steps of night photography
  • Useful apps for night photographers
  • How does nighttime photography change when shooting close to a city?
  • Is there a renewed interest in long exposure photography?
  • Why he was a terrible film photographer?
  • Timelapse talk
  • Workshop details
  • Where to find more information
Direct download: PF_7_25_14Podcast..mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:25 PM

This week's podcast interviews photographer Matt Kloskowski from Kelby One.  Rich and Melissa also check in with Chase Reynolds about two hot pieces of gear and prime lenses.

Hot Gear Segment

Rich Harrington and Melissa Niu catch up with LensRentals.com to talk about some of the hottest new pieces of gear to hit the shelfs.  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.

  • How is lensrentals doing right now?
  • Lomography x Zenit Petzva lens 
  • Why rent this lens?
  • Shooting same locations over and over again?
  • Canon 16-35 f/4 lens
  • Why be excited about this lens?
  • What does L-series mean?
  • Why primes?
  • What are some go to primes?
  • Where to start with Primes?
  • Homework assignment
  • Manual lens tips
  • What is lensrental.com all about?
  • Special promo code for Photofocus readers
  • Parting Advice

Matt Kloskowski

Matt Kloskowski is a full-time Education Director for Kelby Media Group and a Tampa-based photographer. He's the Editor of Lightroom Magazine and teaches Photoshop and Lightroom seminars around the world.

  • What he does for Kelby one?
  • How teaching and learning photography is better these days?
  • The best compliment he gets and keeps his passion going
  • What kind of photographer is Matt?
  • Where he would love to go shoot
  • Does he like going back to shoot the same places? Is it ok to that?
  • Talking Moab, UT
  • Gear talk
  • Camera, lens, filters, tripods
  • Where to find Matt?
Follow Matt on Twitter — twitter.com/MattKloskowski
Direct download: PF_7_15_14.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 7:30 AM

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.

Get the show here  or get it on iTunes — Don't forget to post a review on iTunes.

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
Category:general -- posted at: 2:16 PM

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
Category:general -- posted at: 1:51 PM

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
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00 AM