Tue, 25 November 2014
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 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:
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:
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Sat, 15 November 2014
This week's podcast interviews photographers Tamara Lackey about travel photography Then, we catch up with Bill Fortney to talk postproduction.
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.
Rich and Tamara discuss:
Bill Fortney is a professional photographer who has now switched to being a self-described "very serious amateur shooter." He has spent several years working with Nikon in their Professional Services group. He also has worked for many years shooting landscapes, nature, and sports.
Levi and Bill discuss:
Thu, 6 November 2014
This week's podcast interviews photographers Frank Doorhof about his portrait work. Then, we catch up with Joel Grimes for an inspiring talk for all photographers.
The Amsterdam-born Frank Doorhof is a noted international fashion and glamour photographer, as well as an expert on calibration. He is an active commercial photographer, with a particular interest in musical artists and high fashion, who also takes time for personal projects. His teaching style is based on his philosophy: “Why fake it, when you can create it?”
Photofocus catches up with international fashion photographer Frank Doorhof about his work and methods (which apply to all photographers).Vanelli and Frank discuss:
Next up, Melissa Niu sets down with Joel Grimes. Joel is a commercial advertising photographer with a distinct style. His unique approach has earned him work from top advertising agencies and art buyers.
Melissa and Joel discuss:
Sat, 25 October 2014
This week's podcast interviews photographer Dave Black about his sports and light painting work. Then, get an overview of what's going on with Lightroom from product manager Sharad Mangalick.
We welcome back Dave Black to the show for an interview with Vanelli. 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.
Vanelli and Dave discuss:
Melissa Niu 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.
Melissa and Sharad discuss:
Wed, 15 October 2014
This week's podcast catches up with two industry greats who both have exiting new projects. Melissa Niu digs deep with portrait photographer Brian Smith. Then Rich Harrington catches up with the original Photoshop guru Bert Monroy.
Pulitzer 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.
Melissa Niu and Brian Smith discuss:
Bert Monroy is considered one of the preeminent pioneers of digital art. He builds his hyper-realistic digital paintings as a traditional artist would, adding color and texture, except he uses Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator as his media. Bert co-authored the first book on Photoshop.
His film credits include work for Industrial Light & Magic, Pacific Data Images, and R/GA. Bert has taught the Adobe Photoshop Creativity Seminar Tour, and he is a popular speaker at many conferences worldwide. He is a member of the Photoshop World Dream Team and was inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame in 2004.
Rich and Bert discuss:
Mon, 6 October 2014
Michael Bonocore, Lindsay Adler, and Music for Photo and Video Projects | Photofocus Podcast 10/5/14
This week's show is a triple header. First, Pamela Berry sits down with photographer Michael Bonocore to discuss the importance of capturing moments and inspiration. Then Rich Harrington talks with Lindsay Adler on personal projects and self-assignments. Finally Levi Sim and Rich Harrington talk with Matt Thompson from SongFreedom about music for photo and video projects.
Music on the show from our new partner — SongFreedom.
Michael has been a fixture in the photography industry for over 7 years. His photography journey started as a hobby, primarily learning his way around a DSLR by shooting landscapes around his home in San Francisco, California. Soon, he started accepting paid assignments, from commercial ad campaigns to weddings, but his passion for traveling with camera in hand was too great to ignore. Michael started visiting locations all over the globe, documenting not only the beautiful landscapes of the countries he visited, but also the lives of the local communities.
Pamela and Michael talk about:
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.
Rich and Lindsay talk about:
Music for Photo and Video Projects
Nothing makes a slideshow or video better than a great soundtrack. But there are a lot of rules when it comes to using music. We demystify the process of using music in your project and offer some great techniques too.
Levi, Rich and Matt talk about:
Thu, 25 September 2014
This week's show is a triple header. First, Melissa Niu chats with Evgeny Tchebotarev who is the co-founder of 500px about their site and future. Vanelli then catches up with professional photographer Tim Wallace and his work with automotive and boating photography. Then Rich Harrington and Chase Reynolds sit down to discuss the hottest gear shipping from Photokina.
Music on the show from our new partner — SongFreedom.
Evgeny Tchebotarev & 500px
In 2004, before Facebook and photo-sharing sites, Evgeny Tchebotarev created a community for photographers to meet, exchange information and share photos. He initially developed this as a LiveJournal blog and then teamed up with Oleg Gutsol and transformed the idea into 500px.
Originally from Moscow, Evgeny has a BA in Commerce and Finance from Ryerson University in Toronto. He began photography in 2002 and immediately became inspired by it, when he sold three photos to magazines from his first roll of film.
Melissa and Ev talk about:
Photographer Tim Wallace is the driving force and creative thinking behind Ambient Life. An award winning photographer his work is often described as both conceptual and dramatic. Tim works internationally with many high end brands and clients such as Aston Martin, Land Rover Jaguar and Morgan in the UK to Kenwood and Audi in the US.
His work has been published globally and was recently named by as one of the UK's most creative photographers. Tim's view is a little more straight forward, a man who's known for his down to earth attitude, his feet are firmly on the ground and his desire to produce creative work is one that he has been driven to from a very young age when he first picked up a camera, "Photography is for me simply a creative passion, the ability to use light and form to capture in a single image what I see in my own imagination..."
He is the humble recipient of many awards including International Advertising Photographer of the Year 2010, UK Motor Industry Photographer of the Year 2010, Hasselblad Photographer of the month Oct 2010, Professional Photographer of the Year 2009 as well as receiving Distinction Awards for his work from such professional boards as the RPS.
Vanelli and Tim talk about:
Hot Gear with Chase Reynolds
One a month we talk to our friends at LensRentals.com about the hottest new gear to hit the street. This month is a whopper with Photokina seeing the release of several hot new pieces of equipment.
Rich and Chase talk about:
Tue, 16 September 2014
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 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:
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.
Melissa and Mykii talk about:
Sat, 6 September 2014
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 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.
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:
Mon, 25 August 2014
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 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:
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: