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:
Fri, 15 August 2014
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.
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:
Tue, 5 August 2014
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’s brand new book
Hot Gear Segment
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
Fri, 25 July 2014
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.
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.
Levi Sim and Brian Smith discuss:
Be sure to catch up with Brian at this year's Photoshop World.
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:
Tue, 15 July 2014
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.
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.
Follow Matt on Twitter — twitter.com/MattKloskowski
Sat, 5 July 2014
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.
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:
Be sure to catch up with Colin at this year's Photoshop World.
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:
Wed, 25 June 2014
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.
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:
Be sure to catch up with Sharad at this year's Photoshop World.
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:
Sun, 15 June 2014
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:
Rich and Gerard discuss:
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: