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This week's podcast interviews photographer Chris Smith.   Chris is a Chicago based photographer and an expert and understanding light.

 

Chris Smith

Chris Smith is a Chicago photographer who splits his time between being a high school physics teacher.  Chris's understanding of light is a key factor to his amazing photos (and he shares great advice in this podcast).  He also runs the website Out of Chicago which helps other photographers shoot Chicago.

Levi Sim and Chris Smith discuss:

  • Who is Chris Smith?
  • What does Chris do and what kind of photographer is he?
  • Why you should shoot what’s around you
  • Chris's guide to shooting Chicago
  • What are photographers missing in post processing?
  • The role of dodging and burning
  • What tools does Chris use to post process his images?
  • What gear is in Chris’s bag?
  • His most important piece of gear.
  • Tips for shooting with tripods
  • The importance of setting your camera before you head out.
  • Using Live View on your camera
  • Using exposure simulation mode
  • Talking Filters
  • The Out of Chicago conference
  • Where can you find more about Chris?

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Direct download: PF_02_25_15.mp3
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Thanks for all the great questions you've been sending in to the Photofocus podcast.  This week we're joined by guru and Photofocus contributor Nicole S. Young (nicolesy).  Rich and Nicole tackle some great topics to help photographers.

The music in our podcast comes from the cool folks over at SongFreedom, be sure to check them out!

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

Rich Harrington & Nicole S. Young

  • Welcome to the Show
  • Making edits
  • Deciding which photos to keep
  • Travel gear advice
  • Check out new photo classes on lynda.com
  • Nicoles workflow with Lightroom & onOne
  • When should you sharpen your photos?
  • Using the masking tool choose what to sharpen or not sharpen.
  • Add the perfect soundtrack with SongFreedom
  • Where does Nicole get her photography inspiration?
  • Attend the Capture Cinematic Weddings workshop
  • Suggestions on working with clients.
  • Enter our New Camera Contest
  • Thanks to Drobo
  • Shooting JPEG or RAW or both?
  • Apple to officially remove Aperture from Mac App Store
  • Controlling the handoff between RAW file and Photoshop
  • Choosing a working color space
  • Build the perfect website with Zenfolio
  • New techniques and equipment that Nicole and Rich have been using lately
  • Learn About HDR with Photomatix
  • Where can we catch up with Nicole?

 


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The HDR Learning Center Check out new ways to use High Dynamic Range photography to make compelling images. Free tutorials and posts to get results. Produced in partnership with HDRsoft.

Direct download: PF_2_15_15.mp3
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Thanks for all the great questions you've been sending in to the Photofocus podcast. This week is a two part show. First up, Rich Harrington catches up with photographer and educator Abba Shapiro to tackle some great topics to help photographers.

Then Levi Sim catch up with Ray Roman & Matt Thompson to talk about shooting weddings and making the transition from photo to video. Remember, you can post questions for future shows via Twitter with the #pfqa or send us a note at Photofocus.

The music in our podcast comes from the cool folks over at SongFreedom, be sure to check them out!

Rich Harrington & Abba Shapiro

Welcome to the Show
Enter our New Camera Contest
Thanks to Drobo
What is Abba’s background?
What does he love to shoot?
Suggestions on using underwater gear
Advice for working with models.
Strategies for networking and finding models.
Check out new photo classes on lynda.com
Abba's Favorite Plug-ins
Are you cheating if you use plug-ins?
Enhance your images with onOne Perfect Photo Suite
Cool results with the Perfectly Clear Plug-In
Learn About HDR with Photomatix
Fixing Portraits with Portrait Professional
Advice for using plug-ins
What are the drawbacks and benefits of using auto modes such as auto ISO?
Add the perfect soundtrack with SongFreedom
Can you recover photos from a card that was deleted?
Advice for protecting cards
Should I Have a Digital or Print Portfolio?

Levi Sim with Ray Roman & Matt Thompson 
Who is Matt Thompson?
Who is Ray Roman and what does he do?
What is Ray’s background?
How did Ray get started in wedding videos?
How another photographer saved his business?
Ray discusses his motivation to be the best.
How Ray juggled career and doing weddings?
Being driven and challenging yourself
How is Ray increasing his skills?
Learn to Analyze everything you see
Learn to have a strong foundation
Photographers are half way to shooting video
What gear Ray uses and why?
What sets Ray apart?
Branding talk and how it can elevate your business.
What does Ray teaches at his workshops?
Networking and getting to know others in your industry.
Where can we find out more about Ray’s workshops?
Where can we catch up with Matt?

 

Direct download: PF_02_05_15.mp3
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Thanks for all the great questions you've been sending in to the Photofocus podcast.  This week Rich Harrington and Levi Sim tackle some great topics to help photographers. Remember, you can post those questions via Twitter with the #pfqa or send us a note here at Photofocus.

The music in our podcast comes from the cool folks over at SongFreedom, be sure to check them out!

Rich Harrington & Levi Sim


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Drobo. A family of Safe, Simple, and Expandable storage systems for capture in the field, editing in the studio, or backup and archive.

lynda.com Learn photography anytime, anywhere, and at your own pace—from bite-sized tutorials to comprehensive courses. Try lynda.com free for 10 days by visiting lynda.com/ Photofocus.

The HDR Learning Center Check out new ways to use High Dynamic Range photography to make compelling images. Free tutorials and posts to get results. Produced in partnership with HDRsoft.

Direct download: PF_1_25_15.mp3
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Thanks for all the great questions you’ve been sending in to the Photofocus podcast.  This week Rich Harrington and Kevin Ames tackle some great topics to help photographers. Remember, you can post those questions via Twitter with the #pfqa or send us a note here at Photofocus.

The music in our podcast comes from the cool folks over at SongFreedom, be sure to check them out!

Rich Harrington & Kevin Ames

  • Who is Kevin Ames?
  • Why is Atlanta, GA having a resurgence in the arts like Film and Media?
  • Why do you need a prime lens?
  • If you can only afford one prime, which one should you get?
  • What is a “normal” lens and what that means for your camera?
  • Is it okay to make portraits of people without their permission
  • When to use Photoshop and when to use Lightroom?
  • How working with the right tools will help you be more efficient.
  • How can I get healthy critiques when I post to social media?
  • Utilizing camera/photo clubs to help you improve
  • Using hardware to display photos
  • At what point is a photographer ready to assist or second shoot?
  • How do you find your way into photography?
  • Working with people you respect and work hard to help it comes back in a positive way.
  • Where can you find more about Kevin’s work?

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OnOne Software Perfect Photo Suite 9 is a full-featured photo editor that works either as a plug-in to Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom, or as a standalone application. In any workflow, the Suite provides all the necessary tools for editing your photos, improving portraits, adding popular looks in color or black and white, resizing for large-format printing, and making complex selections with minimal effort.

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lynda.com Learn photography anytime, anywhere, and at your own pace—from bite-sized tutorials to comprehensive courses. Try lynda.com free for 10 days by visiting lynda.com/ Photofocus.

The HDR Learning Center Check out new ways to use High Dynamic Range photography to make compelling images. Free tutorials and posts to get results. Produced in partnership with HDRsoft.

Direct download: PF_1_15_15_01.mp3
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Thanks for all the great questions you've been sending in to the Photofocus podcast.  This week Rich Harrington and Levi Sim tackle some great topics to help photographers. Remember, you can post those questions via Twitter with the #pfqa or send us a note here at Photofocus.

 

Rich Harrington & Levi Sim

  • What are the top accessories to have as a new photographer?
  • Tips for shooting indoor mixed light.
  • How to get a flash to look better.
  • Understanding image stabilization and what it means for your lens or camera body
  • Tips on getting images in front of decision makers
  • How to interact with people and clients as a photographer
  • Advice on postproduction (especially when on the road)
  • Where to find out more about Levi

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SongFreedom is about artists supporting artists. We’re a music licensing platform with the best music available–stuff from the radio, or your favorite indie bands and soundtracks.  A place where photographers and cinematographers can find the most powerful song for their story with the click of a button.

OnOne Software Perfect Photo Suite 9 is a full-featured photo editor that works either as a plug-in to Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom, or as a standalone application. In any workflow, the Suite provides all the necessary tools for editing your photos, improving portraits, adding popular looks in color or black and white, resizing for large-format printing, and making complex selections with minimal effort.

The HDR Learning Center Check out new ways to use High Dynamic Range photography to make compelling images. Free tutorials and posts to get results. Produced in partnership with HDRsoft.

Direct download: PF_1_5_15.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 1:41 PM

This week's podcast interviews photographers Stephen Eastwood and Mike Kubeisy.  Plus we'll offer some quick resources for touching up holiday photos as well as news about our next camera contest.

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

Stephen Eastwood

 

Stephen Eastwood is a New York based Fashion and Beauty Photographer.  He also is a digital retoucher.  His expertise in both shooting and retouching have led him to be named a Canon Explorer of Light and PrintMaster.

Levi Sim and Stephen Eastwood discuss:

  • Who is Stephen Eastwood?
  • Why having hands-on learning lights is important.
  • A speedlight tip
  • Using gels and white balance to create drama and color
  • Old school tricks on gelling and creating white balance.
  • If Stephen were to shoot one thing for the rest of his life, what would it be and why?
  • Why you need to start focussing on shooting what you want to be hired for
  • Learning to be consistent 
  • Where can you find Stephen online?

Mike Kubeisy

Mike Kubeisy covers everything from crime scenes to crime scenes to Hollywood celebrities. Since 1984, as a Motion Picture and Television Stills Photographer. He is currently shooting on shows being televised worldwide. He's taught everywhere from Photoshop World to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Photo Operations Unit. He is an active member of the Cinematographers Guild Local 600 and the National Association of Photoshop Professionals. You can view his work at www.4stills.com.

Vanelli and Mike discuss:

  • What is Mike well known for?
  • What happens when you use hard lights?
  • How stylizing the set helps with dramatic lighting.
  • Learning to enhance the look of the talent.
  • What does it mean to apply texture to the scene.

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lynda.com Learn photography anytime, anywhere, and at your own pace—from bite-sized tutorials to comprehensive courses. Try lynda.com free for 10 days by visiting lynda.com/ Photofocus.

SongFreedom is about artists supporting artists. We’re a music licensing platform with the best music available–stuff from the radio, or your favorite indie bands and soundtracks.  A place where photographers and cinematographers can find the most powerful song for their story with the click of a button.

OnOne Software Perfect Photo Suite 9 is a full-featured photo editor that works either as a plug-in to Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom, or as a standalone application. In any workflow, the Suite provides all the necessary tools for editing your photos, improving portraits, adding popular looks in color or black and white, resizing for large-format printing, and making complex selections with minimal effort.

The HDR Learning Center Check out new ways to use High Dynamic Range photography to make compelling images. Free tutorials and posts to get results. Produced in partnership with HDRsoft.

Direct download: PF_12_25_14.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 8:25 AM

After a hiatus, we've brought back the Question and Answer format to the Photofocus podcast. We got a lot of feedback at our reader's breakfast and decided to pull the format back out. Our goal is to once a month get answers to questions you have.  You can post those questions via Twitter with the #pfqa or send us a note here at Photofocus.

 Rich Harrington & Vanelli

  • Why we are bringing back the Question and Answer Podcast?
  • How can you submit questions?
  • Get to know this week's guest – Vanelli
  • Why should you use a reflector?
  • How many lights or strobes do you need?
  • Learning to start basic and why
  • Thoughts on doing photography education
  • How do you set up for a sunrise or sunset shot (and bonus tips)
  • Secret Lightroom and camera preferences you must change
  • Using bracketing in your camera and how to utilize it.
  • Creating the best Black and White photos.
  • Why is the Adobe photography plan a subscription?
  • Options if you want "boxed" software from Adobe
  • Where are your files? Did you lose them?
  • Where to find Vanelli?

 

Direct download: PF_12_15_14.mp3
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This week's podcast interviews photographers Roberto Valenzuela and Peter Hurley.  Beauty and wedding photographer Roberto Valenzuela talks about working with medium formats.  Then we join Peter Hurley for some practical advice on working with and directing your subject.

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.

  • Shooting with the Phase One Medium Format camera
  • What’s different about medium format?
  • Why shoot with medium format?
  • The look you get
  • How are medium format files different?
  • Why does Roberto underexpose every image?
  • The power of using shadows
  • His experience shooting weddings

Peter Hurley

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.

Learn about:

  • What is Peter up to?
  • TedX talk
  • When did Peter start photography?
  • Peter’s mental process about shooting others
  • Psychology of being in front of the camera
  • How to customize directions to each individual person
  • We all have hangups about appearance.
  • Having a good relationship with yourself
  • Creating something special.
  • Hurley Pro
  • Where can you find Peter’s work?

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lynda.com Learn photography anytime, anywhere, and at your own pace—from bite-sized tutorials to comprehensive courses. Try lynda.com free for 10 days by visiting lynda.com/ Photofocus.

SongFreedom is about artists supporting artists. We’re a music licensing platform with the best music available–stuff from the radio, or your favorite indie bands and soundtracks.  A place where photographers and cinematographers can find the most powerful song for their story with the click of a button.

OnOne Software Perfect Photo Suite 9 is a full-featured photo editor that works either as a plug-in to Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom, or as a standalone application. In any workflow, the Suite provides all the necessary tools for editing your photos, improving portraits, adding popular looks in color or black and white, resizing for large-format printing, and making complex selections with minimal effort.

The HDR Learning Center Check out new ways to use High Dynamic Range photography to make compelling images. Free tutorials and posts to get results. Produced in partnership with HDRsoft.

Direct download: PF_12_5_14.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 1:58 PM

This week's podcast interviews photographers Mark Morrow and Matt Kloskowski.  Mark is a landscape photographer and writer for Photofocus.  Matt is the newly appointed VP of Photography at onOne and you may know him from his many books and workshops.

 

Mark Morrow

Mark Morrow is an active professional photographer based in Roanoke, Virginia, currently specializing in real estate, fine art landscape and architectural projects. Always an avid student of the craft, he enjoys sharing insight and inspiration with amateurs and aspiring professionals as a contributing author with Photofocus.com.

Vanelli and Mark discuss:

  • Who inspired Mark into Photography?
  • How long has Mark been in photography?
  • Mark’s background
  • What was Photoshop’s inspiration
  • What resources helped Mark getting off the ground?
  • Being realistic
  • How Mark approaches his photography?
  • Who has helped both Mark and Vanelli in learning?
  • Research and pay your dues
  • Don’t make excuses for bad work

Matt Klowskowski

Matt Kloskowski is the new  Vice-President of Photography for onOne.  He was formerly with KelbyOne and is a well known educator and author as well as landscape photographer.

Rich and Matt discuss:

  • What is Matt’s background and what’s he’s now doing?
  • What’s his new job?
  • What’s in a name change?
  • Being an educator
  • Using onOne
  • You have a look
  • Who Matt hopes to be with onOne
  • Preset/Effects talk
  • Your Photo Your Look
  • Using Effects to be unique
  • Going back to past images
  • Going beyond the preset
  • Advice to new users on what tools to use
  • Favorite gadgets
  • Where to find Matt?

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lynda.com Learn photography anytime, anywhere, and at your own pace—from bite-sized tutorials to comprehensive courses. Try lynda.com free for 10 days by visiting lynda.com/ Photofocus.

SongFreedom is about artists supporting artists. We’re a music licensing platform with the best music available–stuff from the radio, or your favorite indie bands and soundtracks.  A place where photographers and cinematographers can find the most powerful song for their story with the click of a button.

OnOne Software Perfect Photo Suite 9 is a full-featured photo editor that works either as a plug-in to Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom, or as a standalone application. In any workflow, the Suite provides all the necessary tools for editing your photos, improving portraits, adding popular looks in color or black and white, resizing for large-format printing, and making complex selections with minimal effort.

The HDR Learning Center Check out new ways to use High Dynamic Range photography to make compelling images. Free tutorials and posts to get results. Produced in partnership with HDRsoft.

Direct download: PF_11_25_14.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:55 PM