Photofocus

This week's podcast interviews photographers Dixie Dixon and Doug Hansgate.  The show offers practical advice and inspiration from two photographers at different points in their careers.

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Dixie Dixon

Dixie Dixon is a Texas born and bred commercial fashion photographer.  Just a few years out of college, this 20-something’s career is unfolding one adventure after another. She was given her first Nikon Camera, the Nikon FG, at just 12 years old, which peaked her curiosity in the field and served as her sidekick in exploring the world.  She would continually clock seven to ten hours in the darkroom without even realizing it.  While in college she studied in London with a world-renowned fashion photographer and became deeply inspired by the beautiful illusion of fashion and commercial photography. 

It has been said that her idealistic vision of the world is reflected into every single frame- full of life, beautiful energy, and most of all, Soul.  Her passion has lead her to shoot internationally in places such as Cannes, Toronto, Vancouver, New York, Miami, Los Angeles, Ibiza, and Barcelona recently for various brands, tv shows, commercial campaigns and editorial projects. 

  • How Dixie got started?
  • What she’s doing right now
  • What is her passion?
  • The importance of personal work
  • Getting to know your clients
  • Advice to starting out in the commercial industry.
  • Where to find Dixie

Doug Hansgate

Doug Hansgate has been shooting professionally for over 35 years. His work has been on display in galleries in New York City and Toronto. The photography bug bit Doug at a young age when his father gave him a Voigtlander camera. By the time he was 16, Doug was the high school yearbook photography editor and had built a darkroom in his parents’ home, where he processed black and white images.

  • Finding out about Doug
  • Why he loves Photography
  • “I don’t take pictures, I create images”
  •  Balancing the artist, the photographer and the agency
  • Discussing the ability to capture that moment at the right time
  • How studying classic techniques helps inspire 
  • Being aware with our subjects. Feeling that persons essence in your portraits
  • Where can we find Doug.
Direct download: PF_5_25_14.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

This week's podcast interviews photographer Dave Black about his sports and light painting work. Then, get an overview of what challenges photographers will face over the coming years with photography guru Jim Heid.

Dave Black

We welcome back Dave Black to the show for an interview with Levi Sim. 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.

Levi and Dave discuss:

  • What kind of photography does Dave make?
  • Light painting essentials
  • Favorite Light painting stories
  • The importance of personal projects
  • The business side of photography
  • Favorite sports to photograph
  • Why he loves light
  • Interacting with Sports stars
  • How a teacher changed his career path
  • Why he loves to teach

Remember you can take classes with Dave Black at Photoshop World in Las Vegas this September.

Jim Heid

Jim Heid has been taking photos, making movies, and playing music since he was a kid. He began writing about personal computers in 1980, when he computerized his home-built ham radio station with a Radio Shack TRS-80 Model I. He has also written for Macworld, PC World, Internet World, and Newsweek magazines, and a nationally syndicated technology column for the Los Angeles Times.

Jim Heid is one of the most admired writers and instructors and now oversees the photography segment for lynda.com. He helps guide which courses get developed and make sure that he keeps track of what's needed to help photographers get the most from their art and gear.

Rich and Jim discuss:

  • Who is Jim Heid?
  • What photographers are questioning in regards to business models
  • Staying on top of things in the changing world of photography
  • What he does with Lynda.com
  • Learning core skills
  • Camera bodies and gear.
  • Quadcopters
  • Why Jim pretends he shoots on film?
  • Why limitations can be catalysts to creativity?
  • Parting advice

Where to find Jim

Direct download: PG_5_15_14.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:42am EDT

This week's podcast interviews popular photographer Zack Arias who discusses big changes in his work and professional life. We then check in with Chase Reynolds about two hot new pieces of gear. When that's done, find out about our latest contest with big prizes.

Zack Arias
Zack Arias is a professional photographer based in Atlanta, GA. He's spent a lot of time working in the music industry as well as working for a lot of editorial, corporate, and commercial assignments. He sees his approach as “simple, bold, classic, and true.”

What new gear excites Zack?
What Zack is shooting these days.
Zack’s transformation of his career and why he's changing
Goals for a new project
Why should you house clean your photography?
What is his new blog is about
"When God said let there be light, Joe McNally handed him a flash"
Zack’s new series he’s about to work on

Hot Gear Segment
Rich Harrington and Melissa Niu catch up with Chase Reynolds to talk about some of the hottest new pieces of gear to hit the shelfs at LensRentals.com. 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.

The new Sigma 50mm f1/4 lens
Differences between Canon, Nikon, and Sigma 50mm primes
The LensCap program
The Panasonic GH4

New Contest
Melissa sits down with Orri from ViewBug to talk about the new Photofocus contest which just kicked off. Learn about some of the fantastic prizes as well as how to enter.

What does Orri do at View Bug
Big Contest announcement
Details about the contest
Where to find more details

Direct download: PF_5_5_14.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

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