Photofocus

This week's show features two interviews from different points of view in the photo industry.  Melissa Niu catches up with noted portrait and fashion photographer Kevin Ames to discuss his approach to working with light.  Then Rich Harrington talks to photographer Scott Diussa about his concert photography and work with Nikon.

Kevin Ames

Kevin Ames is a commercial photographer who started doing 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.

Melissa and Kevin discuss:

  • Who is Kevin Ames?
  • How he got into photography
  • His love of Brownie cameras
  • Should you start with film or digital to learn photography?
  • Why you should not look at the back of your DSLR
  • What he loves about film
  • A power tip for Nik Software users
  • Practical marketing advice for photographers
  • The importance of relationships
  • Learning about social media and how to become unstuck
  • Kevin's favorite gear
  • Why he uses strobe lighting
  • Why use a color checking chart?
  • How to post process faster
  • How to get skin tones right
  • The benefits of shooting in manual mode
  • How to get more control when shooting
  • The opportunity to shoot tethered

Follow Kevin on Twitter — twitter.com/amesphoto

Scott Diussa

Scott Diussa is a photographer, teacher, musician, traveler and part-time writer. His photographic background started with weddings, portraits and architectural photography but quickly changed to teaching photography at the Disney Institute at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL. From there he joined Nikon and is currently the Manager of Nikon Professional Services and Training.

Rich and Scott discuss:

  • What brought Scott into photography?
  • The impact of phones on photography
  • How is technology and digital photography changing the way we view photography
  • The decline in printing
  • Why do photographers need to re invent themselves
  • The benefits of shooting faster
  • The three song rule of concert photography
  • The difference between pretty good and really good
  • Recent camera improvements that are impacting shooting
  • How many megapixels are enough
  • Camera talk about the D7100
  • Why a cropped sensor may be a good match for your shooting style
  • How to use WIFI on your camera

Follow Scott on Twitter —twitter.com/sdiussa

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This week's show, Rich tracks down Scott Bourne (who really is enjoying being retired) to talk photography.  Rich showed up at Scott's place in Vegas with a microphone and refused to leave until Scott agreed to be on the show. Okay... that's a slight exaggeration, but we hope you have as much fun with the show as we did. We talk about a bunch of timely issues for photographers of all skill levels.

Join Rich and Scott as they talk about a bunch of winter oriented photo topics.  Get ready for shooting great pictures this holiday season with a buffet of photo knowledge.

Rich and Scott discuss:

  • How to properly expose for white backgrounds (snow and sand)
  • How to avoid condensation on your lens from temperature changes
  • How to get your gear ready to shoot outdoors
  • Great gifts for photographers (or yourself)
  • Why batteries run down fast in the cold
  • Long exposure and remote controls
  • How to be in your holiday photos
  • The Nikon Df

Disclaimer: This show presents several ideas and techniques that we hope help you.  These are just some ways of approaching the issues at hand.  Combine with your own skill for best results.

Download  — http://photofocuspodcast.libsyn.com/webpage

Hosted by Rich Harrington & Scott Bourne

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This week's show features two interviews from different points of view in the photo industry.  This week we catch up with noted portrait photographer Brian Smith about his workflow to capture unique images of some of the most photographed subjects in the world.  Then we speak with Bryan O'Neil Hughes to learn about the next generation of digital imaging tools and workflows from Adobe.

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Brian Smith

Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Brian Smith is 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 and 3,000 of their closest friends, 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.

Rich and Brian discuss:

  • How would we recognize some of his images?
  • Coming up with something fresh for clients.
  • The Art & Soul book project.
  • How does his creative process work.
  • What brought Brian into photography?
  • How did Brian get this work to take pictures of these high profile clients?
  • How does Brian balance his style with showing diversity for magazines?
  • How does Brian balance his style and the perceived public personality of his subject?
  • The most important thing about shooting portraits.
  • Advice on photographing people.
  • What's a pet peeve about other portrait photography?
  • Brian's views on retouching.
  • What is Brian's role with the make up artist on set?
  • Post processing discussion.
  • Shooting advice
  • Where can we find Brian?

Follow Brian on Twitter — twitter.com/briansmithphoto

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.

Melissa and Bryan discuss:

  • Who is Bryan?
  • What does he do for Adobe?
  • What are some of the issues that Adobe has addressed from its users?
  • How is Adobe Creative Cloud different from other versions?
  • How does feedback directly impact the user experience?
  • The behind the scenes and progression of photoshop.
  • Some of the latest features of Photoshop for mobile and how's its utilized?
  • The future of Creative Cloud?
  • Misconceptions of Creative Cloud.
  • Where can you go to learn more about Adobe by the Photoshop team?
  • Where can you find Bryan?

Check out some of Bryan's classes on Lynda.com.  You can also email him here.

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This week's show features two interviews to give you insight into the photo industry. This week we catch up with photographer and digital artist Jack Davis to learn new ways photographers can process their images.  Then we speak with Gerard Murphy to learn how photographers should store and back up their images to prevent loss.

Jack Davis

Jack Davis is one of the world’s leading experts on Photoshop, as well as himself being an award-winning photographer. Jack is coauthor of the bestselling (a million copies+ in 12 languages) guide to Photoshop, The Photoshop Wow! Book. His latest book, How to Wow: Photoshop for Photography, showcases the process of going beyond what was shot, to crafting what was experienced.

For over 20 years Jack has been an internationally renowned spokesperson on digital imagery, and routinely teaching at conferences and workshops around the world. Davis is part of the “Dream Team” at the Photoshop World Conferences and was one of the first inductees into the Photoshop Hall of Fame for his lifetime contributions to the industry.

Jack has an MA and MFA in Digital Imagery, and when he’s not in his studio in San Diego, he’s usually somewhere in Polynesia, camera in hand, capturing the local color.

Rich and Jack discuss:

  • How did Jack find himself in this career?
  • Jack's pioneering spirit.
  • Idea of creating "recipes" to solve problems by experimenting
  • Working non destructively and how it all began.
  • Jack's painting work and what he loves about it.
  • How he prints his work and what determines what he prints on.
  • How painting is a different outlet for photographers.
  • Where you can find out more about Jack Davis.
  • What does Jack love more then anything when he's teaching?

Follow Jack on Twitter — twitter.com/jackwowdavis

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. Gerard grew Mosaic from a PowerPoint and a dream into a service used by tens of thousands of Lightroom users daily.

He is also an avid Lightroom advocate and teacher of Lightroom tips and tricks. His blog features several stories about Lightroom workflows.

Melissa and Gerard discuss:

  • What Gerard does in the photography world
  • What kind of problems does he see with Photographers and their images.
  • How to browse your Lightroom images from a smartphone or tablet.
  • Why the best photos are often not the ones we're sharing on social media sites.
  • The process of working with Mosaic and Lightroom.
  • How to back up your images to the cloud.
  • How to get a Mosaic account for free.

Follow Gerard on Twitter — twitter.com/mosaicarchive

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This week's show features two greats of the photo industry. First up,  Melissa Niu interviews Joe McNally a photographer who's had an extensive career as a journalist and author. Next Rich Harrington interviews Erik Valind about his approach to making the most out of any shooting situation.

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.

Melissa asks Joe about:

  • Who is Joe McNally and his work background?
  • Different clients Joe works with
  • How has the industry changed?
  • Why is personal work so important?
  • Where Joe gets his influences and ideas?
  • Joe's thoughts on lighting
  • Gear talk and finding the balance
  • Is film dead?
  • His view on what Photography means
  • What is the best advice Joe gives to photographers?
  • Where can you find Joe's work?

Follow Joe on Twitter — twitter.com/JoeMcNallyPhoto

Erik Valind

Erik Valind is a freelance photographer, born and raised on the Florida beaches, now living in New York City. Specializing in commercial lifestyle photography and environmental portraiture - airy and energetic imagery defines the style and vision of this top pro photographer. Inspired by the form, activity and diversity of people, Erik has lent his expertise to shape the public image of numerous personas and national brands. Erik also shares his visual approach, techniques and passion for photography internationally as a speaker at major photo conferences, as an author, and online as a Kelby Training instructor.

Rich and Erik discuss:

  • What does Erik do for a living and his recent projects?
  • How did he come to this place in his career by shooting in bad lighting?
  • How others perceive Erik's choice to keep shooting in bad lighting?
  • How Erik became involved in teaching?
  • What is Erik's unique look and style?
  • Why does Erik like shooting on prime lenses?
  • Crew sizes & budgets
  • Rent or buy?
  • Erik's approach on moving to a bigger market to work.
  • 3 things that Erik learned the hard way when working with clients
  • Where can you find Erik?
  • Erik discusses his latest book, "How to shoot in Sh*tty lighting"

Follow Erik on Twitter — twitter.com/ErikVPhoto

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This week's show features three of the photo industry's best and brightest.  First up,  Melissa Niu interviews Damien Lovegrove, a portrait photographer from the UK. Next Rich Harrington interviews Mike Kubeisy about his work in Hollywood. Finally, Julieanne Kost shares her insights into photography and Adobe.

Damien Lovegrove

Professional portrait and wedding photography expert, Damien Lovegrove learned his trade as a cameraman and lighting director during 14 years at the BBC. He spent his free days taking photographs for a variety of top name clients including Peugeot, Motorola, and Adidas. Damien has become one of the foremost trainers of photography and entrepreneurial business strategies in the industry.

Melissa asks Damien about:

  • Who is Damien and what is his background?
  • How did he start in the industry?
  • The process and art of lighting
  • How he transitioned into photography
  • How he balanced paying the bills and becoming an artist
  • His role now with photography
  • The evolution of his gear
  • Why he uses mirrorless cameras now
  • How Damien approaches light
  • Advice about lighting
  • Where can we find Damien

Follow Damien on Twitter — twitter.com/damienlovegrove

Check out his personal blog — www.prophotonut.com

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.

Rich and Mike discuss:

  • What Mike has learned being in Hollywood
  • What it is like working union jobs and how to become a union member
  • What are some of the most useful skills on set?
  • Lighting trends and pet peeves
  • How to keep up on hot looks
  • What it means to be a team player
  • How he does post processing
  • Shooting wirelessly and tethered on set
  • What he loves about Hollywood
  • Three practical advice tips on getting into the industry

Follow Mike on Twitter — twitter.com/mike4stills and his Facebook page — facebook.com/4Stills

Julieanne Kost

Since joining Adobe in 1992, Julieanne Kost has learned her craft through hands-on experience and now serves as the Principal Digital Imaging Evangelist for Lightroom and Photoshop. Her role includes customer education, product development, and market research for photography, digital imaging, and illustration. She publishes is the author of “Window Seat – The Art of Digital Photography” as well as an author of Photoshop training with Lynda.com. In addition, she is a frequent contributor to several publications, a speaker at numerous conferences and industry events, and a guest lecturer at distinguished photography workshops and fine art schools around the world.

Melissa and Julieanne discuss:

  • Who is Julianne?
  • What she started out doing with Adobe
  • What she loves about photography
  • Her approach to compositing
  • How she uses her dreams as inspiration
  • The benefits of personal assignments
  • Changes in the photo industry
  • Her advice to become a stronger photographer

Follow Julieanne on Twitter — twitter.com/julieannekost

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This week's show is both a look back and a look forward with Photofocus founder Scott Bourne.  Scott shares with us the history of Photofocus.  We also talk through his upcoming plans and some big news.

Rich and Scott discuss:

  • The history of Photofocus
  • What will happen on November 2nd
  • What is Scott most proud of
  • Challenges in the early days of the web
  • History of podcasting on Photofocus
  • Best part of running Photofocus
  • The future of Scott Bourne

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This week's show features two tremendous talents. First up, Melissa Niu interviews Brooke Shaden, a fine art photographer and explore her creative process. Then Rich Harrington catches up with Canon Explorer of Light Eddie Tapp about his new project—aerial photography.

Brooke Shaden

Brooke Shaden began creating self-portraits for ease and to have full control over the images, and has since grown into a self-portrait artist. Self portraiture for her is not autobiographical in nature. Instead, she attempts to place herself within worlds she wishes we could live in, where secrets float out in the open, where the impossible becomes possible.

Brooke works to create new worlds within her photographic frame. By using painterly techniques as well as the square format, traditional photographic properties are replaced by otherworldly elements. Brooke's photography questions the definition of what it means to be alive.

Melissa asks Brooke about:

  • Who is Brooke Shaden?
  • How would someone describe her work?
  • What photography means to her
  • Where does her work come from
  • How did Brooke get started in her field
  • Brooke's favorite gear
  • Brooke's advice on getting work seen
  • Brooke's goals with her art
  • Her post processing approach
  • Advice on listening to what others say about your work
  • What is Brooke's favorite time of day to shoot and why?
  • Advice to those starting out
  • Where can you find Brooke's work

Follow Brooke on Twitter —www.twitter.com/brookeshaden

Eddie Tapp

A gifted photographer and artist, Eddie Tapp has become a tireless educator for professional photographers and a prominent figure in the world of digital imaging. His digital imaging seminars have been hosted around the world, and he’s a regular consultant to businesses large and small. Today, he’s recognized as one of the top experts on digital photography and Photoshop in the world. With a reputation as an authority on workflow, color management, calibration and Photoshop, he is associated with Adobe Systems along with some of the world’s most prominent photographic manufacturers and distributors.

Rich and Eddie discuss:

  • What does Eddie do?
  • What is he currently working on and learning to master right now?
  • How Eddie practices to become a master at a new skill?
  • What brought his childhood passion back to the surface?
  • How does having a photography background come into play?
  • What was his biggest surprise as he learns this new technique?
  • What are some of the challenges including local laws and costs?
  • How does this new skill set work into his establishing business?
  • What else should you know about this style of photography?
  • Where can we find Eddie?


Check out Eddie's flight videos:

Follow Eddie on Twitter —twitter.com/eddietapp

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This week's show is a triple feature... we tackle three areas of the photo industry that are hot topics. First up, Scott Bourne interviews Rich Harrington about how to get started in DSLR video. Rich Harrington then takes the microphone and talks to Terry White from Adobe about changes at Adobe as well as Terry's photography. Our third segment, Melissa Niu interviews Matt Kloskowski of Kelby Training to find out about how the photo industry is evolving.

Getting Started with DSLR Video

Scott Bourne asks Rich about the 10 hardest things photographers need to know when switching to video. Rich shares practical advice for all levels of shooters and offers insight on how to overcome tough challenges.

Scott and Rich discuss:

  • Why tripods are a must
  • Panning & tilting to add motion
  • Which camera settings to use
  • The exposure triangle explained for video and how it's different from shooting stills
  • Recording lengths and why they are restricted
  • What are "handles"
  • Getting great audio (and why it's just as important as the video)
  • Why focus is really hard
  • The 180˚ Rule
  • Story telling: Photography verses video
  • Follow Rich on Twitter — www.twitter.com/rhedpixel

Terry White

Terry White – Worldwide Design Evangelist for Adobe Systems, Inc. In his job, he leads the charge of getting customers excited and educated about Adobe Creative Cloud products and services. Terry is an Adobe Certified Expert. He has been active in the industry for over 25 years and is the founder and president of MacGroup-Detroit.

Rich and Terry discuss:

  • What does Terry do with Adobe
  • How Adobe saw the creative process changing
  • How creative professionals have been asked to do more
  • What is happening as content creators have access to more tools
  • Three myths about Creative Cloud debunked
  • Where Terry finds his creativity
  • Terry's advice to learning software
  • Advice to those feeling creatively overwhelmed
  • Where to find Terry

Follow Terry on Twitter — twitter.com/terrylwhite

Watch Terry's Videos — www.youtube.com/user/terrywhitetechblog

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.

  • Matt's official job at Kelby Training (besides hosting podcasts and blogging)
  • How the past 10 years has changed the way Kelby Media has done business
  • Why video plays such an important role in the creative industry
  • The difference between technique-based and result-based learning
  • The changes photography is going through
  • Why it's okay to break the rules?
  • How to succeed as a photo educator in today's market
  • The Future of Kelby Training
  • What is Matt's passion with photography?
  • Where to find Matt

Follow Matt on Twitter — twitter.com/MattKloskowski

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This week's show is a double dose of Photo inspiration that will work both sides of your brain.  First we take a look at new Adobe tech for Lightroom and Camera Raw, then we jump over and catch up with music photographer Adam Elmakias.  Join hosts Rich Harrington and Melissa Niu for interviews with important thought leaders.

Lightroom 5.2 and Adobe Camera Raw 8.2 Updates

Rich catches back up with Sharad Mangalick, product manager for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Camera Raw.  Adobe is shipping a new update that adds a lot of cool features for both Creative Cloud and CS6 users.

Rich and Sharad discuss:

  • What specific change will we see in Camera Raw
  • What small tweaks have been improved
  • What can you do with video clips
  • What are some new Lightroom specific changes
  • How to get access to tech early with Adobe Labs
  • Where can you learn more about Lightroom

Follow Sharad on Twitter — www.twitter.com/smangalick

Adam Elmakias 

Adam Elmakias is a music and travel photographer based out of San Diego, California. He started shooting at age 16 by going to local shows with his camera.  This eventually grew into applying for photo passes, then going out on the road with bands. He's spent the last several years touring almost nonstop. Adam is also one of the most followed photographers on Instagram.

Melissa Niu catches up with Adam:

  • Who is Adam and what does he do?
  • How does is monetize his work?
  • How did Adam get his foot in the door and grow?
  • Why trust has been essential in the process?
  • Advice on working with social media
  • Gear talk: what he uses and how
  • How he gets his unique photos
  • What advice does he offer to those starting out?
  • Where to find Adam online?

Follow Adam on Twitter — www.twitter.com/emakias

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This week's show is a triple scoop of goodness.  We've got three interviews to satisfy your creative, technical, and business needs. Join hosts Rich Harrington and Melissa Niu for interviews with important thought leaders.

First up, Rich talks with Tamara Lackey who 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:

  • What she's been working on lately
  • The What If Day Camps to recharge your creativity
  • How bringing art and business together taught her a lesson
  • Tips on balancing your personal, business, and family life
  • Three things that you can do to change bad habits that are holding you back
  • Practicing with your equipment so you know it cold

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:

  • How he started out
  • Advice for branding your work
  • How Joel defined his look
  • How compositing and digital photography affected his workflow
  • What you need to do to master your look
  • Advantages of HDR
  • Our handicaps and the beauty of working and overcoming them
  • How his color blindness affected and contributed to his look
  • Tips to achieve your goals

Last up, we dig deep into the recent Facebook controversy. Photographers are giving up even more rights by posting to the social network.  We went straight to the top to get a leading legal expert.  Terry Hart, the Director of Legal Policy for the Copyright Alliance breaks through the hype and rumors and walks us through the real repercussions.

Rich and Terry discuss:

  • Why is this Facebook change creating such a buzz
  • Why Facebook wants your content
  • What are you granting Facebook to do with your content?
  • What Facebook says they will do versus what the terms of service says they can do
  • Suggestions on how to protect your interests when using a social network
  • Why watermarking your content won't protect you
  • Can you change your mind and "un-post" content?
  • How to use 3rd party sites to share links
  • Why is this becoming  a legal issue and Congress getting involved?
  • How can groups like the Copyright Alliance and American Society of Media Photographers help?
  • Where can you go to learn more about copyright

Disclaimer: This show presents several ideas and techniques that we hope help you.  These are just some ways of approaching the issues at hand.  Combine with your own skill for best results.

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Rich Harrington has two great guests on the show this week.

First up, a return from Panoramic, Landscape, and HDR guru Ron Pepper.  We explore myths about HDR, killer techniques, and advanced controls.  No matter what your style of shooting or subject matter, you'll learn a ton.

You'll learn:

  • A complete understanding of exposure
  • Bracketing tips for capturing any scene
  • How to master exposure
  • Shooting HDR handheld
  • How to remove Ghosting objects and deal with moving subjects
  • How to work within the limitations of your camera
  • How many shots to take for  the best HDR
  • Using Photomatix and Photoshop for HDR

You'll also meet the new editor of Photofocus, Melissa Niu.  She's got a true passion for showcasing the best folks in the photo industry.  You'll hear Melissa on future shows and see her work on the website.

Disclaimer: This show presents several ideas and techniques that we hope help you.  These are just some ways of approaching the issues at hand.  Combine with your own skill for best results.

Hosted by Rich Harrington

Please post a review for the Podcast on iTunes — http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/photofocus/id512223214

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Images © Robert O'Toole

Rich Harrington has a special guest this week.  Robert OToole joins us to discuss his migration from commercial photographer to world-renowned nature photographer. Robert was the co-leader for our Alaska trip this year and a fantastic photographer and instructor.

Robert O’Toole is an award-winning professional photographer. He was named American Bald Eagle Foundation “Photographer of the Year” in 2008. His vertical banking Bald Eagle image was awarded highly commended in the 2006 BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.

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Image © Robert O'Toole Photography

Rich and Robert discuss:

  • His move into nature photography
  • How to practice wildlife photography in your own neighborhood
  • Strategies for photographing nature
  • What makes a great image
  • Where to position the sun when shooting outdoors for the best light
  • The best times of day to shoot outdoors
  • Why Robert loves snow and eagles
  • The role of postprocessing and nature photography
  • The best camera settings for outdoor shooting to preserve highlights and exposure
  • Why he shoots manual 90% of the time
  • His favorite plugins for nature and landscape work
  • How to use your back focus button
  • How tracking sensitivity impacts your shots
  • Where you can travel with Robert for workshops
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Image © Robert O'Toole Photography

Disclaimer: This show presents several ideas and techniques that we hope help you.  These are just some ways of approaching the issues at hand.  Combine with your own skill for best results.
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Hosted by Rich Harrington

Follow Robert on Twitter and read his blog

Please post a review for the Podcast on iTunes — http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/photofocus/id512223214

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Rich Harrington has a special guests on this week's show. We catch up with best-selling author Jeff Revell, creator of the Snapshots to Great Shots series. Jeff is specializes in travel, landscape, urban, and nature photography. 

Rich and Jeff discuss:

  • What matters most when buying a new camera.
  • What are the coolest new features to show up the latest crop of cameras.
  • What is photowalking and 

    why you should get involved.

  • Jeff's favorite places to learn photography
  • Practical advice for photographers 
  • Where to find Jeff.Disclaimer: This show presents several ideas and techniques that we hope help you.  These are just some ways of approaching the issues at hand.  Combine with your own skill for best results.

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Rich Harrington has two special guests on this week's show. We're joined by Dave Wilson, a freelance art photographer from Texas. Dave shares his approach to getting the best shot (no matter how many exposures it takes). Dave is a native of Scotland  who likes to photograph subjects, scenes, locations and objects which symbolize Texas, the American Southwest and the United States in general.

In the second half of the show we catch up with Lightroom expert Gerard Murphy. Gerard has had a passion for photography since borrowing his Mom’s Pentax while on family vacations. He is also one of the inventors of Mosaic which helps photographers organize and backup their Lightroom catalogs.

Rich and Dave discuss:

  • How Dave got into photography
  • How he balances his art career while having a second job
  • Why Dave loves HDR
  • Dave's Favorite shooting techniques
  • How to create stunning black and white photos
  • How to determine the number of brackets to shoot for a HDR photo
  • When to use a fisheye lens
  • How to spot and fix chromatic aberration
  • Can you "fix" an image too much?
  • Selling strategies to help photographers make money
  • Developing multiple versions of a file
  • What is "Clown Vomit?"
  • Shooting with ND filters for long exposures

Rich and Gerard discuss:

  • The most important features added to Lightroom 5
  • What's missing from Lightroom and needs to be added
  • When to work in Lightroom vs.  Photoshop
  • How search can be used (and improved)

Disclaimer: This show presents several ideas and techniques that we hope help you.  These are just some ways of approaching the issues at hand.  Combine with your own skill for best results.
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Direct download: PF_8_15_13.mp3
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Rich Harrington has a very special guest on this week's show. We're joined by Bryan O'Neil Hughes from Adobe.  He's the Senior Product Manager for Adobe Photoshop and works on many of the projects that Adobe builds for photographers.  What many don't know is that Bryan has an extensive career in photography as well and that he's written a handful of books and authored courses to share his love of photography and photo restoration.

This week show answers a ton of questions about how Photoshop gets made.  You'll learn how Adobe creates dramatic advances that benefit photographers worldwide.

Rich and Bryan discuss:

  • How features in Photoshop are designed and built
  • What are the most useful ways to make a selection in Photoshop
  • The new mantra – save time and get better results
  • Why there are so many "magic" tools
  • How new users can better learn photoshop?
  • Breathing new life into old commands and making the application better
  • Why and when do features get cut
  • Tips for editing black and white photos with Lightroom and Photoshop
  • Working with bracketed photos and 32-bit images in Adobe Camera Raw
  • How many content aware tools are there?
  • Content aware tips and tricks
  • How do remove lens flares using content aware fills
  • What is the adaptation setting in the content aware commands
  • How do Creative Cloud updates affect subscribers
  • How Photoshop and Lightroom are complimentary
  • What are some of the best features that people seem to miss
  • How to selectively sharpen your photos
  • Using Camera Raw with TIFF and JPEG files
  • How to remove lens distortion from all photos (even those from a phone)
 Disclaimer: This show presents several ideas and techniques that we hope help you.  These are just some ways of approaching the issues at hand.  Combine with your own skill for best results.

Download  — http://photofocuspodcast.libsyn.com/webpage

Hosted by Rich Harrington

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Direct download: PF_7_25.mp3
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Rich Harrington has two special guests on this week's show.  First up is Ron Pepper of Panorama Network.  We explore all aspects of panorama shooting, stitching, and HDR.  If you want to shoot wider photos and capture great details, don't miss this interview. In fact the tips discussed will help many styles of photography.

Rich and Ron discuss:

  • The challenges of 360˚ panoramic photography
  • Why you should shooting panos in RAW
  • Using the in-camera tools to decide how to shoot a photo

  • Tips on finding proper exposure
  • Workflow tips for postproduction
  • How to remove c

    hromatic aberration

  • Which order should you stitch and merge  HDR panoramas
  • Methods when working with Photomatix Pro

In the second half of the show we catch up with Skip Cohen.  Skip talks about the upcoming Skip Cohen University conference.Learn from the best instructors in the business

  • Skip's summer school schedule
  • What an attendee can expect

Disclaimer: This show presents several ideas and techniques that we hope help you.  These are just some ways of approaching the issues at hand.  Combine with your own skill for best results.

Direct download: PF_7_15.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am EST

Join Rich and Scott as they talk about a bunch of summer oriented photo topics.  Get ready for shooting great pictures this summer with this potluck of photo wisdom.

Rich and Scott discuss:

  • Summer travel  and photography season
  • Favorite places to shoot
  • Travel Guide Resources
  • How much to pack for a road trip
  • Assigning a personal project for the day shooting
  • When to buy a new camera
  • The FUJI X100s
  • Mannypacks
  • Where to Buy New and Used Lenses
  • What to look for when buying a used lens
  • Do you need model and talent releases
  • Apps for model releases
  • Do you need Location releases
  • Shooting in National Parks
  • The benefit of looking like a tourist when shooting photos
Direct download: PF_07_05.mp3
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Join Rich and special guest Lightroom expert Gerard Murphy. Gerard has had a passion for photography since borrowing his Mom’s Pentax while on family vacations. Later, Gerard was lucky enough to travel the world on business trips where between conference rooms and hotels, he was able to snap thousands of pictures using his trusty Nikon. He is also one of the inventors of Mosaic which helps photographers organize and backup their Lightroom catalogs.  He shoots on a Nikon and uses Lightroom on both his Mac and PC.

Rich and Gerard discuss:

  • How is Lightroom 5 going to enhance a photographers workflow>
  • What makes Lightroom a big release?
  • What are Smart Previews?
  • The trend of multiple external hard drives and how Lightroom manages them?
  • Predictions for future Lightroom additions.
  • Other new features of Lightroom 5 that are awesome.
  • Choosing Lightroom over Adobe Photoshop or using both.
  • Control and ownership over your files.
  • Using metadata when importing and saving files.
  • Organizing and tagging photos with keywords and flags.
  • Evolution of photo storage workflows.
  • Back up storage with Lightroom integration.

Disclaimer: This show presents several techniques for managing photos and working with Lightroom. These are not the only methods that work, just a handful of approaches presented for your benefit.


Direct download: PF_6_25.mp3
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Join Rich and Scott as they discuss the impact of small format cameras.  Learn how micro four-thirds and mirrorless cameras have changed both their shooting styles.  Plus how have the GoPro and BlackMagic Cinema cameras worked their way into their cameras bags.

The second half of the show will inspire you as we hear from Bert Monroy.  He 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:

  • Bert's history with Photoshop

  • His process of creating light paintings

  • His experiences as an art director

  • The technology changes that he's witnessed in the photo industry

  • How to evaluate a scene to achieve the best composition

  • Bert's advice to photographers and designers of all levels

  • What the layers panel means to his work

  • How Bert keeps his images organized

  • How printing technology has changed

  • The process of creating the world's largest digital image

  • How Bert finds inspiration

  • Where to find Bert's classes

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Direct download: PF_6_15.mp3
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Join Rich and Scott as they discuss the recent decision by the Chicago Sun Times to lay off their entire photography staff.  The decision was made to train their reporting staff to shoot with iPhones and to focus more on video.  Rich and Scott analyze what this means to the photo community.

The second half of the show will inspire you as we hear from Dave Black.  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.

Rich and Dave discuss:

  • How Dave broke int sports photography

  • What is it like working in the field and at sporting events

  • How Dave prepares for a sports shoot by studying the sport and the athletes

  • Practical advice for shooting indoor and outdoor sporting events

  • How Dave got into the Olympics

  • Advice about Light Painting

  • Where to Find Dave — Check out his blog: http://www.daveblackphotography.com

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Direct download: PF_6_5.mp3
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Join Rich and Scott as they discuss the "Reset Concept."  Learn how to deal with a shoot with everything seems to be going wrong.  Learn how to mentally reset as well as how to reset your gear so you can make a fresh start.

The second half of the show will inspire you as we hear from Katrin Eismann.  She is a well-respected author, educator, and photographer.  She is also the Chair of the Digital Photography Department at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Katrin is recognized as a positive role model for young women who are seeking insights and opportunities in the field of digital technology and fine art.

Rich and Katrine discuss

  • How philosophy and politics led Katrin into photography
  • Preserving your legacy and images
  • Katrin expresses her point of view and imagination in collages 
  • Ethics in photography in regards to compositing, journalists, & social media
  • How social media is affecting the future of photo journalists
  • Is there too much photography
  • Is there still a role for photo education in a whole of iPhone photography and social media
  • Advice about not getting lost in lens, gear and tech talk as a photographer
  • Katrin's favorite iPhone apps: Camera plus, Pure Shot, Slow Shutter, Bracket Mode, Snapseed
  • Why should someone consider enrolling in traditional education
Direct download: PF_5_25b.mp3
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Join RIch and Scott as they take a quick look at 3 new cameras.

  • Scott offers his insights o n the  Fujifilm X100S.
  • Rich then talks about first impressions of testing the Pentax WG-3 GPS rugged camera for shooting sports and underwater.
  • Last is a look at the Canon EOS Rebel SL1 — the world’s smallest DSLR.

The second half of the show will inspire you to develop your professional side. Rich sits down with Skip Cohen who shares practical advice for professionals and emerging pros. He talks about marketing strategies that work to drive photo business as well as lessons learned from several years spent on all sides of the industry.

Direct download: PF_5_15_.mp3
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Rich takes a deep dive with photographer and photograph expert Ben Willmore.

Topics include:

  • Traveling nonstop to find photos
  • Why he literally lives out of his camera bag
  • His love of Americana
  • When he chooses to shoot HDR
  • His post workflow to finish images for professional printing

Hosted by Rich Harrington

 

Direct download: PF_5_5.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:32pm EST

Rich takes a deep dive with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom product manager Sharad Mangalick.

Topics include:

Lightroom 5 beta resource list — http://blogs.adobe.com/lightroomjournal/2013/04/lr-5-beta-resources.html

Connect with Adobe on social media:

Hosted by Rich Harrington

Direct download: PF_4_25.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am EST

Rich and Scott catch up post NAB and chat about new gear and fatal flaws of photographers.

Topics include:

  • A new micro four thirds camera for video and time-lapse from Blackmagic Design
  • Scott's review of the Nikon D7100
  • Do new Nikon's have a noise problem or a film look benefit?
  • The dangers of Pixel Peeping
  • Don't miss the Photoshop World Expo in Orlando this week (and say hi to Rich)
  • Check out the New HDR Learning Center

Hosted by Rich Harrington & Scott Bourne

Direct download: PF_4_15.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:57am EST

Rich and Scott record a special podcast live from Alaska.  They breakdown how they get ready for a professional shoot.

Topics include:

  • What gear to bring and what to leave
  • How to get gear on location
  • How to get the shot by setting objectives
  • Using multiple camera bodies
  • Scott's Eagle shot he's still trying to get
  • Pre-visualization strategies
  • What makes a great photo
  • How to photograph birds
  • What is the best depth of field for action?
  • Plus the announcement of our new HDR Learning Center
Hosted by Rich Harrington & Scott Bourne
Direct download: PF_4_5.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:06am EST

Rich and Scott record a special podcast live from Alaska.  They breakdown the gear they brought and share an in-depth look at camera support.

Topics include:

  • Lightweight support including the Joby Gorillapod
  • Ultraportable travel tripods
  • Using a slider
  • A High Hat for video shooting
  • Going with a solid set of legs
  • Why tripods are called sticks in the first place
  • Getting gear onto small airplanes
  • Practical advice for traveling with equipment
  • How to approach prepping for a shoot on the road
Hosted by Rich Harrington & Scott Bourne

Direct download: PF_3_25.mp3
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Rich and Scott sit down this week to discuss making great pictures.

Topics include:

  • Composition guidelines
  • Lens selection
  • Changing your shooting time
  • Shooting a series to tell a story
  • Depth and Backgrounds 
  • Cropping
  • Changing composition
  • Building relationships
  • Adobe software Trends
  • Importance of smart objects
Direct download: PF_3_15.mp3
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Joining Rich this week is World Photographer Deborah Sandidige (http://www.deborahsandidge.com).  She is well-known for her long exposure and infrared wotk.  

She shares:

  • practical techniques to achieve the best look
  • Advice for converting a camera for infrared shooting
  • Which filters to get for long-exposure work
  • Her love of timelapse
  • How to prepare for location photography
  • Advice on traveling the globe

Direct download: PF_3_5.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am EST

Rich and Scott catch up on a bunch of topics to help photographers of all levels.
  • Black and White workflow
  • Postproduction solutions for black and white
  • Essential grip gear
  • Skip Cohen University
  • Timelapse and Camera Moves
  • 3-2-1 Backup
  • Our new books and how to get them
Direct download: PF_2_25.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00am EST

Rich and Scott catch up with Scott Kelby (www.ScottKelby.com). Scott is the number one photography author of the world, president of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals, and just a funny guy who loves photography and Photoshop.  
Listen and learn...
  • Photoshop improvements
  • What features does Scott want in Photoshop
  • What's new at Photoshop World
  • Scott's favorite plugins
  • How to pass the Adobe Certified Expert exam (and why you want to)
  • Where does Scott Kelby love to shoot
  • What new toys or gear has Scott Kelby discovered

Plus Rich and Scott Bourne discuss

Direct download: PF_2_15_Kelby.mp3
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Rich is joined by special guest Syl Arena to discuss a range of topics to help photographers of all levels.
Syl Arena is known around the world more for his “colorful” hair or the colorful words and photos he shared in his best-selling Speedliter’s Handbook. Either way, he has a memorable persona.
Discussed on the show:
  • Portrait posing techniques

  • Working with your subject

  • Lighting on location

  • Studio work

  • The latest offerings from Canon

  • Why self-publish and use a blog

  • Syl's upcoming workshops

  • Favorite shooting places

Direct download: PF_2_5a.mp3
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Rich and Scott catch up on a bunch of topics to help photographers of all levels.
  • The importance of image stabilization
  • Which settings to use in different shooting situations
  • When to turn image stabilization off
  • Tips for landscape photography
  • The Golden Hour concept
  • New iMac report
  • Essential computer upgrades for photographers
  • GoPro Underwater shooting advice
  • New Year's resolutions
Hosted by Rich Harrington and Scott Bourne
Direct download: PF_1_25.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30am EST

Rich and Scott catch up on a bunch of topics to help photographers of all levels.
  • Tips for shooting long exposure including gear
  • The SD cards rise to dominance
  • How to spot' and remove lens distortion
  • New training on Lynda.com
  • Great new training conference — Skip Cohen University
  • When to shoot with a monopod
  • Why Scott and Rich both have Drobos on their desk
  • The rise in Micro Four-Thirds cameras

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Hosted by Rich Harrington and Scott Bourne

Direct download: PF_1_15.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EST

Photofocus catches up with international fashion photogrpaher Frank Doorhof about his work and methods (which apply to all photographers).
  • Frank's path to becoming a professional photographer
  • How he morphed from hobbyist, to nature, to sports, to top fashion photographer in Europe
  • How to make money in photography
  • Why he pushes for longer sessions
  • How to work with new clients
  • The secret to better headshots
  • How glamour can be used with other styles of photography
  • Being a passionate photgrapher
  • Why he lets client's see tethered shots at first, then takes it away
  • How to make your subjects feel great
  • How to start with the Killer Shot
  • "If the pose hurts, you're almost there."
  • Why he sometimes deletes his photos

Scott also catches up with a new service provider called ShootProof.  Scott talks to founder Colin Breece about what makes their service unique and how photographers can benefit.

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Hosted by Rich Harrington and Scott Bourne

Direct download: PF_FrankDorhoff_ShootProof.mp3
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