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

Direct download: PF_12_25_13.mp3
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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

Direct download: PF_12_15_13.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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.

Direct download: PF_12_15a.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

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