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This week we catch up with a photographer and a Lightroom expert.  First Pamela Berry talks with photographer and music video producer Chris Horseman.  Then Robert Vanelli talks with Bryan O'Neil Highes from Adobe about his photography, Lightroom, and Lightroom Mobile.

Chris Hershman

Chris Hershman is a Chicago-based filmmaker, photographer and musician. At a young age he began photographing bands throughout the Midwest, with his work evolving into video capture. Chris draws inspiration from live music, natural lighting and the raw talent around him. He has filmed for the Chicago Music Exchange, and captured bands such as the Alabama Shakes, Brian Blade, Tall Walker, and many other artists. His work has been featured on Rollingstones.com and at the 2012 Grammy Awards ceremony. Chris is an Urban cowboy with a love of denim and vintage motorcycles who captures life the way he sees it.

Pamela Berry & Chris Horseman discuss:

  • Who is Chris Hershman? http://chrishershman.com/
  • Tip on how to film a music video from a musician view
  • Advice: biggest thing is movement- how to compose a couple seconds of movements
  • Gear talk
  • Overcoming the intimidation of doing video as a photographer
  • How he got started in cameras
  • What set his videos apart?
  • Travel tips
  • Where to find Chris?

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.

Vanelli and Bryan Talk About:

  • What does he do at Adobe?
  • How he started as a photographer?
  • How and when he started at Adobe?
  • Favorite features of Lightroom?
  • Tips on using Lightroom Mobile
  • One lightroom catalog or many?
  • How does file size work on your mobile device?
  • Where do you see Lightroom mobile heading?
  • Where can we find more about Bryan?

 

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Thanks for all the great questions you've been sending in to the Photofocus podcast.  This week Rich Harrington and Scott Bourne tackle some great topics to help photographers. Remember, you can post those questions by sending us a note here at Photofocus.

The Question and Answer Podcast

  • Should I shoot with the 24-70 lens verses the 18-70 I currently have?
  • How do I go from idea to screen with story telling?
  • Do you have recommendations about using LED lights for interiors and architecture?
  • Do you fine tune the focusing on your lenses?
  • There’s a lot of new cameras coming, is it worth upgrading when new cameras are released?
  • How can I trick a light meter to give the appropriate flash output for an off camera flash?
  • Upcoming changes to Photofocus.com
  • Upcoming contests about to be announced
  • Upcoming eBooks coming out
  • Cool apps, gizmos and digital tools discussion including great stocking stuffer ideas.

 

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This week we catch up with professional photographer Tim Grey to learn about conveying emotion and feeling within photos.  Then we sit down with the inventors of the Lensbaby lenses to learn about their cool products.

 

Tim Grey

Tim Grey is regarded as one of the top educators in digital photography and imaging, offering clear guidance on complex subjects through his writing and speaking. Tim has written more than a dozen books on digital imaging for photographers, has published dozens of video training courses, has had hundreds of articles published in magazines such as Digital Photo Pro and Outdoor Photographer, among others. Tim teaches through workshops, seminars, and appearances at major events around the country and around the world.

Levi Sim and Tim Gret discuss:

  • Who is Tim Grey and what does he do?
  • What does he personally like to photograph and how has it evolved?
  • How did traveling come about and what they do in each city?
  • Capturing images that gives the viewer the feeling you had while you were there
  • Thinking about the emotional experience of a photo and using that emotion to guide post processing
  • What do you think photographers can do to find genuine experiences?
  • Learn to engage with locals
  • What is upcoming for Tim?
  • Where can you find Tim?

Lensbaby

Lensbaby is well-known for their creative lenses.  Their goal is to be at the crossroads where innovation inspires creativity.  Through lenses that offer in-camera looks and creative manipulation the photographer can create effects. Lensbaby's award winning creative effect lenses, optics and accessories offer a limitless combinations of tools to capture the moment as it is happening. From portrait and fashion, to landscape and nature photography and right down to the smallest details, their unique lenses and optics allow a photographer to capture an individual perspective.

Scott Bourne with Craig Strong & Ken Mitchell from Lensbaby discuss:

  • How Lensbaby got started?
  • What was the original Lensbaby and how did it came about?
  • Creating what you see in person versus through editing
  • History of Lensbaby lenses and what feedback helped them grow and create new lenses?
  • Velvet 56 sweet spot review
  • How can a hobbyist photographer benefit from a Lensbaby lens?
  • Where can you find more about Lensbaby?
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This week we catch up with professional photographer Tim Wallace to learn about lighting and the photo business.  We then sit down with Brad Malcolm from Perfectly Clear to talk about lies that cameras tell (and what you can do about it).

Tim Wallace

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.

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.

You can find Tim's portfolio here or follow him on Twitter.

  • What Tim teaches in his classes
  • His philosophy about teaching
  • What is lighting?
  • Advice and thoughts on your business
  • What is success?
  • You’ve got to value what you do
  • Hope isn’t good enough, you have to have a plan
  • Risk and revenue
  • Knowing how to ask the right questions
  • Where can you find out more about Tim

Brad Malcolm of Perfectly Clear

At Perfectly Clear, their higher purpose is to preserve precious memories perfectly. Their method is to use science to uncover, discover and recover all of the vital information contained in digital images and to display it without distortion. 

Rich and Brad discuss:

  • What does Perfectly Clear software do any why?
  • Approaching the time saving aspect on Perfectly Clear
  • Prints and the negative side of pushing colors
  • How did perfectly clear perfect issues such as noise?
  • Why is there a need for a desktop version?
  • How does the mobile app work in comparison with the desktop/plug in version?
  • How to work with the distortion of lenses?
  • The power behind Athentech science?
  • What other technical aspects of the software is helpful?
  • Where to find Perfectly Clear?

 

 

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This week we catch up with inspirational photographer Frank Doorhof to understand what it takes to make a great photo.  Frank shares some funny stories and practical advice.  We then sit down with Josh Peterson from HP to talk about innovations in computing that affect all folks (Mac and PC).

Frank Doorhof

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:

  • Taking control of the light
  • Think about stories with the light and model and production
  • Describing Frank's teaching style
  • How to choose your camera
  • Learning to read a sports game to get better
  • Discussion on the quality of professional photography
  • Looking at Vogue advertising to be inspired
  • Where can you find Frank?

Josh Peterson of HP

Josh is the worldwide director of Desktop and Mobile Workstations at HP.  He is in charge of the teams that manage and build HP's line of computers for professional users (including photographers and video pros).  He is also an amateur photographer and enjoys flying his quadcopter to capture great footage.

Rich and Josh discuss:

  • What does hardware accelerated mean?
  • What kind of computer does a photographer need?
  • What is the transition in computer needs happening right now?
  • What’s the difference be pro graphics card and a consumer gaming card?
  • Tech details a photographer needs to know when buying a computer?
  • What should you spend more money on when building a computer?
  • Why consider having a desktop computer and not just use a laptop?
  • The trend moving from AppleHow HP works and checks with Adobe
  • What if you are more familiar with Mac keyboard?
  • How are workstations different from regular computers
  • Where can you go to find recommendations when configuring a computer

 

 

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This week we catch up with two women making an impact on the photo industry.  First we hear from photographer and digital artist Renee Robyn about her work and techniques.  Then we catch up with new Photofocus contributor Chamira Young for a discussion on fine art photography, business, and developing your own style.

Renee Robyn

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.

Pamela Berry and Renee catch up about:

    • Quick background of who Renee is
    • How the SmugMug Movie has affected her in growing as an artist and the response towards it?
    • How a collaboration with friends created the Star Wars Sith picture?
    • What inspires her & keeps her growing as an artist?
    • Advice on learning retouching
    • Advice on booking yourself to grow as an artist.
    • Gear go-to’s
    • What’s on the horizon?
    • Where can we find Renee?

Chamira Young

Chamira will readily admit it: she’s an art nerd, Photoshop geek, and photographer with an obsession for productivity and creativity. Through online teaching and podcasting, she loves helping other creative minds become more successful by empowering them with the knowledge and inspiration to up their game.

 

  • Who is Chamira and what is her focus?
  • How did she really get into photography?
  • What camera does she shoot on?
  • Discussion on Fine Art Photography
  • Tips on finding your own style of photography
  • Tips of finding your business side
  • What Chamira is currently doing in learning and teaching?
  • Where can we find Chamira?

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:30pm EDT

This week we catch up with two greats from the photo industry.  First up we learn abut a new photo editor that gives access to pro level tools at no cost to the user.  Then we check in with concert photographer and photo assistant Brad Moore.

Polarr

At Polarr, they focus on making photography more accessible.  To this end they've created a web and app image editor that brings professional level tools to all for free.  They desire to assist photographers at all levels to express themselves using photos. They strive to minimize the technical barriers for photographers to get their photos to have the exact look and feel as they wish.

  • What is Polarr?
  • Who is Borui Wang
  • How Polarr came about
  • How the app generation is making a difference?
  • The pricing model with Polarr
  • What is the HSL tool?
  • History of the app
  • What features does Polarr have?
  • Why the app has touch support
  • Where can you find out more information about Polarr?

Brad Moore

Brad Moore is a concert photographer in Tampa, Florida. His two biggest passions are music and photography. He loves being able to combine the two in an attempt to capture the best moments of shows from a unique and creative perspective. Brad is also the studio manager and photography assistant for Scott Kelby.

  • Who is Brad Moore?
  • What is his background?
  • How he got started with Scott Kelby
  • A lighting story
  • The traits of being a good assistant
  • Why it’s important of finding a good mentor
  • What he enjoys shooting
  • How to aim for the top shelf
  • What is LUCK?
  • Where can we find more about Brad Moore?

 

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This week we catch up with two photo experts.  First up is Adobe evangelist Julianne Kost who  talks about some of the hidden gems in Lightroom.  Then we catch up with photographer Jake Peterson about his work in the field.

 

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.

  • What new features of Lightroom should you know about
  • Should you use one or more catalogues and why?
  • Controlling Dehaze feature options
  • What Lightroom mobile features do you need to know about?
  • Client review feature within Lightroom
  • Lightroom across platforms,other computers and devices
  • Saving as a DNG or RAW?
  • When to go to Photoshop instead of Lightroom?
  • Advice on starting with Lightroom
  • Tips on what we should know about Lightroom that we haven’t touched on
  • Where can you find Julieanne Kost?

Jake Peterson

Jake has spent his whole life in photography without knowing how much it was influencing him. From the time he was two weeks old, being carried around in his parent’s arms from one endangered species research project to another, to college where he discovered his desire for exploring the world and sharing it with everyone else; he was taught, trained, and studied under other photographers.

Now in his early twenties he has already earned his place in the photography realm, having numerous articles and photographs published in a variety of magazines and websites. Jake has become an internationally published Aviation Photographer with work being featured consistently in magazines in other countries. Having completed multiple commercial shoots Jake continues to strive towards capturing more romantic and interesting photographs further advancing his own knowledge and along with those that follow his work.

  • Who is Jake Peterson?
  • What kind of photographer is Jake?
  • What are some of the projects he has going on?
  • What kind of training did he have as a photographer?
  • What got him into Photography?
  • What does  photography mean to him?
  • How his blog helped?
  • Why was Photoshop World special for him this year?
  • It comes down to you as a person and photography
  • Where can you find Jake?

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This week we catch up with two photo experts.  First up is Robert Hall who is a talented fine art and landscape photographer.  Then we check in with Photoshop guru Corey Barker.

 

Robert Hall

Robert Hall is a Utah native who's been shooting photography for more than forty years. His work has won awards in competitions throughout the country and has been shown in museums and galleries in the United States and the Far East. Robert is well known for his darkroom techniques and collaborates with professional photographers throughout the US and Europe to help them realize their vision using advanced photographic methods.

  • Who is Robert Hall?
  • What does Robert use for his work?
  • If you are a master with your process and materials its not relevant on how you create that image
  • Still images have life
  • What is one of the most difficult aspects of photography?
  • What four aspects does he consider when he builds a print?
  • Why he has multiple portfolios?
  • How he plans what he is going to take a picture of?
  • A secret for photographers shooting a location
  • How do you break into fine art photography?
  • You need peer reviews of your work
  • Always ready, always prepared, always polite
  • What does Robert teach and where?
  • Where can you find Robert Hall?

Corey Barker

Corey is an education and curriculum developer for KelbyOne. He is a graduate of the Ringling School of Art & Design in Sarasota, FL, with a degree in Illustration. Over the years, Corey has worked as a graphic artist in a variety of disciplines such as illustration, commercial design, large format printing, motion graphics, web design and photography. His expertise in Photoshop and Illustrator have earned him numerous awards in illustration, graphic design and photography. Using Photoshop since version 2, his expertise and creativity have evolved exponentially with every new version, which makes Corey an invaluable addition to the KelbyOne team.

  • What does Corey do at KelbyOne?
  • How long have some features been around in Photoshop?
  • Why should a photographer learn more about design?
  • Advice on getting a job in the industry?
  • What he has a passion about and helps him charge his creativity?
  • Learning how to see
  • Forcing your mind to think
  • What is a 30 minute composite challenge?
  • Learn to take criticism
  • Where can you find Corey?
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This week we catch up with two great photographers.  First up is Photoshop legend and best-selling author Scott Kelby.  Then we talk to street photographer and Fuji expert Valerie Jardin.

 

Scott Kelby

Scott Kelby is the President and CEO of KelbyOne, is also the original “Photoshop Guy”, is the Cofounder and CEO of Kelby Media Group, the editor and publisher of Photoshop User Magazine and Light It Magazine, Conference Technical Chair for the Photoshop World Conference & Expo, Training Director and instructor for KelbyOne Live Seminars, and author of a string of bestselling technology books.

Vanelli and Scott Kelby talk about

  • What does Scott teach in his new tour?
  • What are the classes like?
  • How he prepped for his new tour?
  • What is a tip from Scott’s secret sauce?
  • What really makes a photograph?
  • Seven point system in Lightroom
  • Tips on lighting on a budget
  • What goes into his Photo recipe?
  • What got Scott back into Photography?
  • What is a Photowalk?
  • What is Scott’s go to lens?
  • What does the Photowalk help to support?
  • Where can you sign up for World Wide Photowalk?
  • How can you support the Orphanage?
  • How Scott learns and gets better at his photos?
  • What is new with Scott?
  • Making connections and how that helps you as a photographer
 

Valerie Jardin

Valerie Jardin lives and breathes in pixels! Photography is more than her passion, it's an obsession, almost an addiction. When she's not shooting or writing, she spends time teaching the craft during photo workshops all over the world! She is also an official X Photographer for Fujifilm USA.

Levi Sim and Valerie Jardin discuss

  • Who is Valerie Jardin?
  • What does she have coming up and where is she from?
  • What she challenges herself with family time?
  • Does she monetize her street photography?
  • Who does she shoot for?
  • What is a good tip for traveling?
  • What she now shoots on and why?
  • Why shooting on a fixed lens is faster?
  • Tips on why and how to shoot back and white
  • What podcast does Valerie host?
  • Where can we find Valerie?

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This week we catch up with a lot of great folks.  Our main interviews are with Lisa Robinson and Bert Monroy who will both share techniques and inspiration.  We're honored to have Scott Bourne back on the show as a co-host this week and we even catch up with the creator of the Platypod Pro.

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Lisa Robinson

 

Lisa Robinson is a professional wedding photographer from Washington, DC.  She also shoot boudoir photography for her clients. She's been a small business owner sine 2006 and regularly shares her perspective and practical advice on Photofocus.com/  She provides top-notch, award winning wedding & portrait services to the D.C. area & beyond.
 
Scott Bourne and Lisa Robinson talk about:
  • What kind of photographer and how long is Lisa?
  • What drew Lisa into Photography?
  • Why backing away from Video in her wedding packages?
  • What is the most important thing about breaking into wedding photography?
  • Is there an advantage as a women in the wedding industry?
  • What kind of gear does Lisa use?
  • Why don’t you need a bunch of gear?
  • Best way to break into Wedding photography
  • Where can you find Lisa?

Platypod Pro

Rich Harrington talks with the creator of the Platypod Pro.  This is a cool tool that gives you an alternative to carrying a full tripod  It lets you attach a full size ball-head without the need to carry a tripod.  This lightweight solution is perfect for all types of shooters.

Rich and Larry discuss:

  • The origin of the Platypod Pro
  • Why carrying a full tripod on a long hike sucks
  • Shooting from unusual places
  • HDR Shooting Tips
  • Creating a Budget Dolly Shot
  • How to get results on a budget
  • Shooting timelapse in a desert
  • How to beat the tripod police

Bert Monroy

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.

Vanelli and Bert discuss:

  • Funny story about one of Bert’s prints on a shoot
  • The work speaks for itself
  • Learning to stop and look at something and see it in a new way
  • What is Bert’s newest piece and how it came about?
  • There are three steps in his paintings
  • What can you learn as a photographer from Bert?
  • What advice would give to an upcoming artist?
  • How Bert interacts and learns from people?
  • What kind of classes does Bert teach?

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This week we catch up with two photographers to get a wealth of advice.  First Robert Vanelli talks with fashion photographer Lindsay Adler about her career and advice to other photographers. Then Rich Harrington since down with panoramic photographer Ron Pepper for a free-wheeling discussion about gear, tech, and workflow.

 

Lindsay Adler

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.

Learn about:

  • How long has she been in business?
  • How important it is to understand Business?
  • Giving yourself time to get setup
  • Special news from Lindsay and Canon
  • Her new site
  • Why she loves social media?
  • Where can you find Lindsay?

Ron Pepper

Ron Pepper is the primary of PanoramaNETWORK. We explore his work with panoramic photography and architectural photography. PanoramaNETWORK was founded in 2003 in Madrid, Spain. His photography consists of modern, 360 degree by 180 degree panoramic photography showing any location in a realistic immersive way, from ceiling to floor!.

Rich and Ron discuss:

  • Lens talk about new primes from Tamron
  • Shooting handheld in low light
  • Using alignment in your HDR editing software
  • How often does Ron use a tripod for his HDR photos?
  • When to use HDR to extend your shooting opportunities?
  • How many images do you need to take for HDR and how?
  • Frustrations with Canon/Nikon
  • Mirrorless pros/cons
  • Tips on shooting from your hotel room
  • What is a Lenskirt and LR Timelapse?
  • Any gadgets/toys that Ron enjoy’s at the moment?
  • Working with the Platypod Pro
  • Where can you find Ron?

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This week we catch up with two photographers who share insights into taking your skills to the next level.  First, Levi Sim sits down with Roberto Valenzuela to talk about lighting and creativity.  Then Robert Vanelli catches up with photographer and Photoshop expert Glyn Dewis.

 

Roberto Valenzuela

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. 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.

Levi and Roberto discuss:

  • Who is Roberto?
  • Why he wants student to have as much access to him as possible during workshops?
  • Photographers need to learn lighting
  • Roberto's challenge for your next photoshoot
  • Adjust your lighting to improve your light
  • Study photos in person that have amazing light
  • Roberto didn’t fall in love with photography with open shade photos
  • Tips for helping keep the passion
  • What books does Roberto have out and what’s about to come out?
  • What do you stand for in your photography?
  • How to set yourself apart?
  • Where can we find Roberto?

     

Glyn Dewis

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:

Vanelli and Glyn discuss:

  • Glyn’s background
  • How he took his past life passion and applied it to his photography?
  • What and why he’s doing personal projects?
  • What is Glyn’s book about that came out this year?
  • Tips on lighting
  • Getting rid of Pink Ear
  • Advocate of doing what you do and do it well to get noticed.
  • Where can you find Glyn Dewis?

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Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 12:51am EDT

 

This week we catch up with two photographers who share insights into taking your skills to the next level.  First, Photofocus publisher Rich Harrington sits down with Joe McNally to talk about passion, photography, and business.  Then Robert Vanelli catches up with wedding photographer and director of WPPI Jason Groupp.

 

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.

Learn about:

  • How does Joe keep his passion going?
  • Does he see himself as a historian?
  • What’s holding people back from succeeding?
  • How he works both the paying gigs and the teaching?
  • How do certain projects come together?
  • How does Joe convince the client to let him have creative control?
  • What happens when the client says no?
  • How having an assistant or a team can help?
  • What is coming up for Joe and where you can find him?

Jason Groupp

A photographer since the age of 15, Jason attended the Fashion Institute of Technology’s intensive photography program. After graduation Jason expanded his portfolio to include commercial and editorial work. Soon his expertise for clients like J. Crew, Conair/Cuisinart and Men’s Health began to inform his wedding photography, which led to a distinctly intimate editorial style that has earned Jason a coveted spot as one of The Knot’s 2007 “Best of Weddings” Pick. Jason is also the Director of WPPI and has maintained his photography studio in West Chelsea for the past 12 years.

Vanelli and Jason discuss:

  • Jason’s dedication to running and how it makes him feel better.
  • Relating that to photography.
  • What is Jason’s official title?
  • You owe it to your clients to be at the top of your game.
  • WPPI BIG announcement
  • Stories on going to workshops
  • Where can people find more about WPPI and Photo+ Expo?
  • Where can you find Jason?

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The HDR Learning Center Check out new ways to use High Dynamic Range photography to make compelling images. Free tutorials and posts to get results. Produced in partnership with HDRsoft

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Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 1:53pm EDT

Photofocus editor Rich Harrington sits down with professional photgrapher Robert Vanelli for 3 quick tips to make better portraits.  Enjoy the bonus epsiode.

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Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 5:42pm EDT

This week's podcast features Levi Sim catching up with wildlife photographer Shannon Benson (aka Shannon Wild).  They go deep into her photographic journey as well as discuss working with animals, shooting outdoors, and gear choices.

 

Shannon Wild

Shannon Benson aka Shannon Wild is an Australian wildlife photographer, author and presenter based in South Africa. She is an official contributing photographer for WildAid. Shannon has a weekly series on AnimalBytesTV called Shannon Wild, which follows her adventures in her search for the perfect shot.

She has been involved in various conservation projects over the years including shooting two charity calendars for Devil Ark called the Australian Girls of Herpetology, volunteering her photographic services and working with the critically endangered Grand Cayman Blue Iguana in the Caribbean as well as spending many years as an Australian wildlife carer involved in rescue and rehabilitation specialising in reptiles.

Shannon Wild and Levi Sim discuss:

  • What kind of Photography does Shannon create? 
  • Where does she live and where did she grow up?
  • Tips photographing animals
  • What she hopes her photography does when people look at it?
  • What she teaches on her YouTube show?
  • What kind of animals does she work with?
  • Her scary cheetah story
  • How does she make make a living as a wildlife photographer?
  • What gear does Shannon shoot with?
  • Tips on photographing large animals
  • Where to find Shannon Wild?

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Creative Cloud Photography planTake your best shot and make it even better with the Creative Cloud Photography plan. Get all the essential tools, including Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Photoshop, to craft incredible images every day, everywhere — whether you’re a beginner or a pro. It’s all your photography. All in one place.

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Direct download: PF_8_5_15.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 1:33am EDT

This week's podcast is in our classic Question and Answer format.  We gathered up your questions from blog posts and social media and got some straight answers.  Photofocus editor sits down with columnist and Sony Artisan Brian Matiash.
 
 
 
Your Questions Get Answers with Brian Matiash
 
Brian is a photographer and a published writer. He is a regular contributor to Photoshop User Magazine as well as a new member of the Photofocus team. He's spoken at the Google+ Photographers Conference and Photoshop World. He admits to having a " [not-so] tiny obsessions with long-exposure photography, neutral density filters and tilt shift lenses. "
  • Who is Brian Matiash?
  • How he got into photography?
  • Can I do post production with something besides Lightroom?
  • Some of our favorite Lightroom companions and alternatives.
  • Is it okay to buy a camera from someone besides Nikon or Canon?
  • How else can you describe the trends in what we are buying for our next camera?
  • Trends that are emerging with new camera features
  • Calibration tools recommendations for your computer
  • Brian's pick
  • What else can you use macro photography for?
  • Being an anti-social shooter
  • What’s the one lens that every photographer should have?
  • Why limit yourself to a prime lens?
  • Advice on using filters wile shooting
  • Favorite gear picks
  • Shoot for iOS
  • Mappr
  • Garmin Fenix
  • Platypod Pro
  • Where to find Brian and his resources?

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Creative Cloud Photography planTake your best shot and make it even better with the Creative Cloud Photography plan. Get all the essential tools, including Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Photoshop, to craft incredible images every day, everywhere — whether you’re a beginner or a pro. It’s all your photography. All in one place.

Urban Photographer of the Year. Now in its ninth year, the global competition challenges photographers to capture what urban means to them through the theme “Cities at Work." The competition is free to enter and open to both professional and amateur photographers. The winner will be able to choose a luxury photo safari from a range of exotic locations sponsored by CBRE. For more, please visit the competition’s official website at www.cbreupoty.com

lynda.com Learn photography anytime, anywhere, and at your own pace—from bite-sized tutorials to comprehensive courses. Try lynda.com free for 10 days by visiting lynda.com/Photofocus.

The HDR Learning Center Check out new ways to use High Dynamic Range photography to make compelling images. Free tutorials and posts to get results. Produced in partnership with HDRsoft

Direct download: PF_07_25_15.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:37pm EDT

This week's podcast catches up with a talented photographer to learn his process and motivations.  We also check in with Kodak to learn more about printing and where things are headed.
  
David Shelp from Kodak
 
Levi Sim talks with Dave Shelp who is the ProLab Segment Manager at Kodak Alaris.  David is responsible for Kodak's products and strategy when it comes to professional printing labs for the United States and Canada.
 
  • Who is David Shelp?
  • What is Kodak Alaris up to?
  • Studying the consumer and photographers 
  • Working through the case of shoot and share photographers and clients
  • Working on a sustainable photography business
  • The Value of bringing Print and Digital together
  • How is a picture made?
  • Differences in why you get better productions from professional labs verses consumer labs
  • Importance of having those prints.
  • Why are consumers coming back to film?
  • Where can you find out more about Kodak Alaris?

VonWong

Motivated by the desire to be creatively challenged and overcome impossibilities, Benjamin Von Wong has become notorious for his epic photography. His hyper-realistic art style captures viewers in a fusion of special effects and innovative concepts. Benjamin's background in engineering gives him a unique edge for creative problem solving, where technical challenges become friendly competition. 

Fueled by his passion to connect people, Benjamin has an affinity for finding unique talent to bring his complex stories to life. He is also highly engaged in the photographic society by sharing his experiences and techniques through blogs, social media, workshops and videos. 

  • What kind of Photographer is Ben Won Wong?
  • What was his latest project?
  • How did Ben get involved with Photography?
  • What some challenges he has overcome?
  • Growing as a photographer
  • What he shoots on and why?
  • Thoughts on the future of DSLRs
  • 3 pieces of advice for budding photographers
  • Where can you find Von Wong?
  • What he needs help with on his next project

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Creative Cloud Photography planTake your best shot and make it even better with the Creative Cloud Photography plan. Get all the essential tools, including Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Photoshop, to craft incredible images every day, everywhere — whether you’re a beginner or a pro. It’s all your photography. All in one place.

Urban Photographer of the Year. Now in its ninth year, the global competition challenges photographers to capture what urban means to them through the theme “Cities at Work." The competition is free to enter and open to both professional and amateur photographers. The winner will be able to choose a luxury photo safari from a range of exotic locations sponsored by CBRE. For more, please visit the competition’s official website at www.cbreupoty.com

lynda.com Learn photography anytime, anywhere, and at your own pace—from bite-sized tutorials to comprehensive courses. Try lynda.com free for 10 days by visiting lynda.com/Photofocus.

The HDR Learning Center Check out new ways to use High Dynamic Range photography to make compelling images. Free tutorials and posts to get results. Produced in partnership with HDRsoft

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This week's podcast catches up with two very different photographers. First we talk with Moose Peterson about his love of nature and aviation.  Then we catch up with street photographer Thomas Leuthard for some practical advice.
 
 
Moose Peterson
 
Moose’s true passion is wildlife photography and he considers himself incredibly fortunate to be amongst North Americas critters and bring back their story with his camera. Along the way Moose has been fortunate to be recognized for his passion. One of the original Nikon shooters to receive the D1 in 1999, Moose embraced this new technology becoming the only wildlife photographer in the world to shoot strictly digital in the early years. While a beta site for all the major hardware and software manufacturers, Moose continues his main goal of photographing the life history of North America’s endangered wildlife and wildplaces. Being a creative innovator of new techniques both behind the camera and the computer is the driving force behind his photography and goals.
 
  • What is Moose’s background?
  • Celebrating life through photography
  • The pre-con class he’s teaching in Photoshop World
  • Discussion on shooting and editing landscapes
  • Changing workflow over the years
  • Challenges and perks of Aviation photography
  • Three things you can try at Photoshop World
  • Where to find Moose?

Thomas Leuthard

Thomas Leuthard is a street photographer based in Switzerland. For over 5 years he's traveled to the big cities of this world to witness and document life on the street. He has written several ebooks and also teaches workshops about street photography. He put all his knowledge into the provided video trainings that you don't have to apply for one of his workshops.

  • What is Thomas known for?
  • Working through a photography funk(i.e.creativity boredom)?
  • Finding your purpose again
  • Finding a focus
  • A mindset you have to change time to time
  • How he shoots people on the street
  • What does Thomas shoot on and why?
  • Where can you find Thomas?

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Creative Cloud Photography planTake your best shot and make it even better with the Creative Cloud Photography plan. Get all the essential tools, including Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Photoshop, to craft incredible images every day, everywhere — whether you’re a beginner or a pro. It’s all your photography. All in one place.

Urban Photographer of the Year. Now in its ninth year, the global competition challenges photographers to capture what urban means to them through the theme “Cities at Work." The competition is free to enter and open to both professional and amateur photographers. The winner will be able to choose a luxury photo safari from a range of exotic locations sponsored by CBRE. For more, please visit the competition’s official website at www.cbreupoty.com

lynda.com Learn photography anytime, anywhere, and at your own pace—from bite-sized tutorials to comprehensive courses. Try lynda.com free for 10 days by visiting lynda.com/Photofocus.

The HDR Learning Center Check out new ways to use High Dynamic Range photography to make compelling images. Free tutorials and posts to get results. Produced in partnership with HDRsoft

Direct download: PF_07_05_15.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 7:00pm EDT

This week's podcast catches up with two very different photographers. First we talk with Cliff Mautner about his work in portraits and weddings. Then we catch up with well-known photographer and cinematographer Vincent Laforet to learn about his latest project.

Cliff Mautner

Cliff Maunter began his career as a photojournalist for the Philadelphia Inquirer. He traveled the world photographing disadvantaged youth in faraway lands, climbed into dangerous caves deep under the earth, covered the life and politics of Governors and U.S. Presidents. After 15 years, he switched to being a wedding photographer serving both Philadelphia and New York.

Rich and Cliff discuss:

Background of Cliff
How he started in Wedding Photography?
Understanding how to make people look Beautiful
What is Cliff teaching at Photoshop World?
What you learn from Cliff’s classes and workshops?
Does Cliff do location scouts?
Challenges in the wedding industry
Showing the Value of your work
Giving great customer service
What question Cliff asks of his brides?
Benefits of Photoshop World
Where can you find Cliff?
Vincent Laforet

Vincent Laforet is a director and photographer. Laforet won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography with two other photographers as a member of The New York Times for their coverage of the post 9/11 events overseas. He's shot for Vanity Fair, The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, Time, Newsweek, and Life. In 2008, Laforet directed "Reverie", the first widely available short film shot on a DSLR camera.
Pamela and Vincent talk about:
What is Vincent up to?
How his new project started and where it’s going?
What were some of the challenges of his latest project?
What was his workflow like with the Air project?
What are the Golden Rules of storage backup?
Stressing backing up your work
What piece of gear accessory is a current favorite right now?
Parting advice to new photographers
Where can you find Vincent?

Direct download: PF06_25_15.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

This week's podcast catches up with two very different photographers. First up we catch up with portrait and headshot photographer Peter Hurley about his methods and approach.  Then we talk with astronaut and photographer Reid Wiseman about making pictures from outer space.
 
 
 

Peter Hurley

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.

Rich and Peter talk about:

  • How did Peter get into photography and specializing in portraits?
  • Portrait photography and how the industry is doing?
  • How do you capture a personality in a portrait?
  • Establishing value for a client
  • Getting someone in front of you camera everyday
  • Mistakes people make when creating a headshot
  • Learning confidence
  • How are Headshots used and has digital media made a difference?
  • Peter’s favorite thing to capture
  • Timeframe spent with someone when taking a portrait.
  • Information about Peter’s new website
  • Photoshop World advice on what you have to see and do
  • Where to find Peter’s gear information?
  • Where to find Peter on Social Media?

Peter Hurley will also be a presenter at this year's Photoshop World.

 

Astronaut Reid Wiseman

Astronaut G. Reid Wiseman  completed astronaut candidate training in 2011 and has served as flight engineer aboard the International Space Station for Expedition. On May 29, 2014, Wiseman launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station along with Soyuz Commander Maxim Suraev of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and Flight Engineer Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency. They undertook a 165 day mission that included hundred of scientific experiemnts and several spacewalks. They set a milestone for station science by completing a record 82 hours of research in a single week in July.

Pamela and Reid talk about: 

  • Background of Reid Wiseman and what does he do?
  • What kind of training do Astronauts get with photography?
  • What were the biggest challenges and differences from shooting on Earth versus shooting in space?
  • Amount of photos taken in space?
  • Zero gravity situation, how are you stabilizing that camera?
  • What are examples of a typical photograph that is taken from space?
  • Does Reid shoot a lot of when he's back on Earth?
  • Go to gear accessory that you absolutely cannot be without
  • How does the human element play into the images that are taken? 
  • What happens with these images, what the purpose behind why these images are taken?
  • Where can you see some of these images?
  • Advice for budding photographers, what would you give about something that you’ve learned about?
  • Humans are also a very powerful force. There’s no part of this Earth that hasn’t been touched by our hands.
  • Catch up with Reid on Twitter

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Creative Cloud Photography planTake your best shot and make it even better with the Creative Cloud Photography plan. Get all the essential tools, including Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Photoshop, to craft incredible images every day, everywhere — whether you’re a beginner or a pro. It’s all your photography. All in one place.

Urban Photographer of the Year. Now in its ninth year, the global competition challenges photographers to capture what urban means to them through the theme “Cities at Work." The competition is free to enter and open to both professional and amateur photographers. The winner will be able to choose a luxury photo safari from a range of exotic locations sponsored by CBRE. For more, please visit the competition’s official website at www.cbreupoty.com

The Big DealGet more than $4,000 of photography resources for just $99.  The bundle includs software, video training, ebooks and more. Plus 20% of each bundle goes back to charity.

lynda.com Learn photography anytime, anywhere, and at your own pace—from bite-sized tutorials to comprehensive courses. Try lynda.com free for 10 days by visiting lynda.com/Photofocus.

The HDR Learning Center Check out new ways to use High Dynamic Range photography to make compelling images. Free tutorials and posts to get results. Produced in partnership with HDRsoft

Direct download: PF_06_15_15.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 10:30pm EDT

This week's podcast catches up with two very different topics to help you with your photography.  First up we catch up with fashion and portrait photographer Lindsay Adler and learn some ways to make your subject look their best.  Then we talk with Bill Sorenson about marketing photography.
 
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Lindsay Adler

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.

Learn about:

  • How did Lindsay get involved with portrait & fashion photography?
  • How does she coach her subjects?
  • The journey to getting your goal in the image to getting better.
  • Classes Lindsay is teaching is Photoshop World?
  • Practical advice for photographers starting out
  • Is there a discrimination against age/sex in the industry?
  • Where does Lindsay go to recharge creativity?
  • Where else can you find Lindsay teaching?
  • Cross pollination of photography genres
  • Where can you find Lindsay?

Lindsay Adler will also be a presenter at this year's Photoshop World.

Bill Sorenson

For over 40 years, Sorenson Photography has photographed thousands of customers from coast to coast. Photographers William Sorenson and Niels Arnason's portraits display a unique blend of timeless expression, dramatic artistry and handcrafted finishing to enjoy for generations to come. He is also well-known for his photo workshops on how to market and manage a photography business.

  • Where is Bill from?
  • How long has Bill been in the photography industry?
  • How has the market changed over the years?
  • What is Bill doing now?
  • Marketing Tips on Passive Marketing vs. Agressive Marketing
  • Selling Photography
  • Emotion, Expectation, Value, and Experience
  • Tips of building the emotion while shooting
  • Need to show what you want to sell
  • Eliminate & Avoid objections
  • Show Collections of portraits
  • Where can you find Bill? 
  • Embrace Knowledge

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Photoshop World. Learn more in 3 days than you have in 3 years. Photoshop World is the leading conference for Photographers, Photoshop and Lightroom users. August 11-13, 2015.

Arizona Highways Photo Workshops. For more than 30 years, Arizona Highway Photo Workshops has been committed to helping photographers find inspiring destinations, quality education and spectacular images. Get more information (and enter our contest) at http://www.ahpw.org/FindIt/.

Creative Cloud Photography planTake your best shot and make it even better with the Creative Cloud Photography plan. Get all the essential tools, including Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Photoshop, to craft incredible images every day, everywhere — whether you’re a beginner or a pro. It’s all your photography. All in one place.

Urban Photographer of the Year. Now in its ninth year, the global competition challenges photographers to capture what urban means to them through the theme “Cities at Work." The competition is free to enter and open to both professional and amateur photographers. The winner will be able to choose a luxury photo safari from a range of exotic locations sponsored by CBRE. For more, please visit the competition’s official website at www.cbreupoty.com

The Big DealGet more than $4,000 of photography resources for just $99.  The bundle includs software, video training, ebooks and more. Plus 20% of each bundle goes back to charity.

lynda.com Learn photography anytime, anywhere, and at your own pace—from bite-sized tutorials to comprehensive courses. Try lynda.com free for 10 days by visiting lynda.com/Photofocus.

The HDR Learning Center Check out new ways to use High Dynamic Range photography to make compelling images. Free tutorials and posts to get results. Produced in partnership with HDRsoft

Direct download: PF_06_05_15.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:11am EDT

This week's podcast answers several questions from Photofocus listeners and readers.  Host Richard Harrington sits down with Robert Vanelli to tackle your questions.
 
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Photofocus Q&A with Robert Vanelli

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. 

Rich and Vanelli talk about:

  • Why should you put my Lightroom catalog on an SSD or separate drive?
  • Tips for shooting large-sized items or rooms?
  • When should you register your photos?
  • Why stay with your favorite editing program and when do you need to change and upgrade?
  • Adobe workflow tips
  • Should you watermark your images?
  • New software tools
  • Where to find Vanelli?

 


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SongFreedom is about artists supporting artists. We’re a music licensing platform with the best music available–stuff from the radio, or your favorite indie bands and soundtracks.  A place where photographers and cinematographers can find the most powerful song for their story with the click of a button.

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ZenfolioLooking for more than just a photo hosting website?  Join the tens of thousands of photographers who switched to the best all-in-one solution to organize, display and sell your photography work online.

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The HDR Learning Center Check out new ways to use High Dynamic Range photography to make compelling images. Free tutorials and posts to get results. Produced in partnership with HDRsoft.

Direct download: PF_05_25_15.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:43pm EDT

This week's podcast catches up with two of the best photographers in the industry.  Learn from photography legends Joe McNally and Jerry & Melissa Ghionis.  This week will unlock several secrets to making your best photos.
 
 

Jerry & Melissa Ghionis

As one of the few modern masters of wedding photography not proficient in Photoshop, Jerry Ghionis has learned to create stunning images in camera. Known as the “MacGyver” of photography, Jerry has the innate ability to turn ordinary situations into extraordinary images using any light source and ordinary objects around him. A United States Nikon Ambassador, Jerry was named in the first ever list of Top Ten Wedding Photographers in the World by American Photo magazine. In 2011 Jerry was named by PDN magazine as one of the top photography workshop instructors in the world.

Learn about:

  • What do they do?
  • Why they work well together?
  • Balancing work and home life
  • Being inspired and doing ideas
  • Creating the experience
  • A look into a 3D wedding shoot and how it came about.
  • Pushing your talents to lift each other up
  • Where can we find Jerry & Melissa Ghinonis?

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.

Learn about:

  •  Who have been some of Joe’s mentors?
  • Why have a critique and what to look for in one?
  • You need food for the table and food for the soul.
  • Making both the pictures for your soul and get paid?
  • What kind of photographer is Joe?
  • How he came to know is studio manager?
  • In person networking and meetings selling yourself advice.
  • What Joe has coming up?
  • Where to find Joe?

Joe McNally will also be a presenter at this year's Photoshop World.


 

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Photoshop World. Learn more in 3 days than you have in 3 years. Photoshop World is the leading conference for Photographers, Photoshop and Lightroom users. August 11-13, 2015.

 

SongFreedom is about artists supporting artists. We’re a music licensing platform with the best music available–stuff from the radio, or your favorite indie bands and soundtracks.  A place where photographers and cinematographers can find the most powerful song for their story with the click of a button.

Drobo. A family of Safe, Simple, and Expandable storage systems for capture in the field, editing in the studio, or backup and archive.

ZenfolioLooking for more than just a photo hosting website?  Join the tens of thousands of photographers who switched to the best all-in-one solution to organize, display and sell your photography work online.

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The HDR Learning Center Check out new ways to use High Dynamic Range photography to make compelling images. Free tutorials and posts to get results. Produced in partnership with HDRsoft.

Direct download: PF_05_15_15.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT

This week's podcast will work both sides of your brain.  Take a deep dive into the new Lightroom update with Adobe product manager Sharad Mangalick.  Then we'll catch up with photo educator Steve Saporito for some tips on understanding clients and connecting with your subject.
 

What's New in Lightroom

Rich Harrington catches up with Sharad Mangalick, product manager for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Camera Raw. Find out about the new Lightroom and some hidden features.

  • What’s different about this Lightroom release?
  • How you can get Lightroom
  • The future of getting Lightroom
  • What is HDR in the new Lightroom and what sets it apart?
  • Why are Panoramics in Lightroom?
  • Speeding things up with GPU acceleration
  • Exporting files faster
  • What other features should you be excited about?

Steve Saporito

Levi Sim catches up with Steve Saporito. They discuss his vision of the possibilities in business for photographers.  By providing photographers and business owners, with unique solutions and techniques to enable them to be successful and profitable, he is making their lives simpler, allowing them to get back to what they love most.

  • Who is Steve?
  • What he does in photography?
  • The business aspect in photography
  • What should photographers focus on with a client?
  • What does Steve like to teach photographers?
  • Alerting people to what awe need to celebrate
  • Focus on the client not your own insecurities or ego
  • Emotions, unity and focus on our clients
  • Un-muffling the relationships
  • There’s a hidden treasure and become the archeologist of emotions
  • You are creating an experience
  • Tell clients you are creating artwork not images
  • The undercurrent of what we believe comes out in our language.
  • Allow people to rediscover themselves
  • Where to find Steve?

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SongFreedom is about artists supporting artists. We’re a music licensing platform with the best music available–stuff from the radio, or your favorite indie bands and soundtracks.  A place where photographers and cinematographers can find the most powerful song for their story with the click of a button.
 
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The HDR Learning Center Check out new ways to use High Dynamic Range photography to make compelling images. Free tutorials and posts to get results. Produced in partnership with HDRsoft.
Direct download: PF_5_5_15.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00pm EDT

This week's podcast catches you up three different ways.  First get inspired by photographer Kevin Weinstein as he shares practical advice about being a working photographer.  Then get a quick update on the new Lightroom CC as well as discover what new lens was just released by Lensbaby.
 

 

Kevin Weinstein

Kevin graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute with a degree in photography and went on to earn a Master’s degree in photojournalism from the top photojournalism school in the country, the University of Missouri-Columbia. He spent 12 years in newspaper and magazine journalism. 

He has worked for the Sun (Bremerton, Washington), the Memphis Commercial Appeal, the Albuquerque Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Oakland Tribune, and the Sun in Illinois among others. Kevin has received numerous awards, scholarships, and project grants throughout his career including first place in the College Photographer of the Year Award in 1994. 

He started Kevin Weinstein Photography, Inc. in 2001 to challenge himself artistically. Kevin effortlessly combines the worlds of photojournalism and artistic photography to create memorable images for his clients. 

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  • What’s Kevin’s favorite thing to photograph?
  • Why are people and time his favorite things to have when shooting?
  • The anxiety before every shoot and overcoming it.
  • How he started in weddings?
  • How to handle the anxiety of showing your work to clients
  • Photography is all about making decisions
  • Photography is always being critiqued
  • How to be the salesperson with your clients
  • Changes in events and the digital world
  • Working and networking with event planners
  • Presenting yourself in your outward appearance
  • Kevin’s tools and gear talk
  • How mirrorless made photography come back with creativity and passion again
  • Why Kevin has no desire to shoot film anymore
  • Where to find Kevin

Lensbaby

Levi Sim and Doug Daulton catch up with Lensbaby to talk about new gear.  Hear from Keri Friedman and Craig Strong about shooting tips and a brand new lens.

  • What is Lensbaby?
  • How they started and what they have now
  • The new Velvet 56mm F1.6 lens 
  • What’s different about it?
  • Macro talk and it’s versatility 
  • What can you do as a photographer to create something different?
  • How to use restrictions to create?
  • Where can find more about Lensbaby?

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SongFreedom is about artists supporting artists. We’re a music licensing platform with the best music available–stuff from the radio, or your favorite indie bands and soundtracks.  A place where photographers and cinematographers can find the most powerful song for their story with the click of a button. 
 
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Direct download: PF_4_25_15.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 11:33pm EDT

This week's podcast takes a pass through Las Vegas.  You'll hear from three members of the Photofocus team on their thoughts about new gear announced at the show.  Then Levi Sim catches up Arizona Highways Magazine and Jeff Kida.

NAB Show New Gear

The staff of Photofocus descended upon the National Association of Broadcasters Convention in Las Vegas.  Every major camera and lens manufacturer was there showing off a lot of gear that photographers will love.  Pamela Berry, Levi Sim, and Doug Daulton sit down for a roundtable discussion on their favorite discoveries.

  • What’s exciting from BlackMagic?
  • Leica has a mirrorless system with a low price
  • Other price shockers
  • A new brand of lenses for Micro four thirds
  • Why are we frustrated with Canon?
  • What products will be big this year.
  • Parting thoughts
  • More about NAB

Jeff Kida from Arizona Highways Magazine

Levi Sim and Jeff Kida sit down to talk about Arizona Highways Magazine as well as the workshops that are planned.  Learn more about this prestigious magazine and how photo workshops are managed.

  • The history of the magazine
  • What kinds of photographers does Jeff like?
  • What is he photographing lately?
  • Setting goals as photographers
  • Two goals that we can pursue?
  • Finding your vision and don’t be in a hurry
  • “When I’m shooting at my best, I’m outside of myself”
  • What has Jeff noticed that's changed over the years with photography?
  • Benefits of going to workshops
  • "We all have stories to tell"
  • Photography is a vehicle for story and change
  • How do you get published in Arizona Highways magazine?

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The HDR Learning Center Check out new ways to use High Dynamic Range photography to make compelling images. Free tutorials and posts to get results. Produced in partnership with HDRsoft.

Direct download: PF_04_15_15.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 9:00pm EDT

This week's podcast offers a special treat.  We talk Scott Bourne out of retirement to come on to one show as a guest.  Rich and Scott catch up about Fuji cameras and cloud photo editing.  Then Levi Sim sites down with boudoir photographer Jennifer Rozenbaum to learn about her approach.

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Scott Bourne

Longtime readers will of course recognize Scott as the founder of Photofocus.  We wanted to catch up with him and learn about what he's been up to.  We also dig into his new love of Fuji cameras and discuss changes in his workflow.

  • What has Scott be up to?
  • What is Scott’s new title?
  • His switch to Fuji
  • Why has Fuji becoming so popular?
  • What Scott is likes about Fuji
  • Why Scott is shooting JPEG now most of the time
  • How are lower price points and mirror-less cameras changing the industry?
  • Making photography fun again
  • Are Canon and Nikon asleep at the wheel?
  • What is getting Scott excited right now?
  • Discussing organizational/post processing programs
  • Working in the Cloud
  • What Scott is currently working on?
  • Learn more at WeShootFuji.com

Jennifer Rozenbaum

Jen Rozenbaum is the eye, talent and force behind Jenerations, NY's Premier Boudoir Photography Studio. Her artistic background lends an almost sixth sense when it comes to the aesthetics of boudoir photography, which is just half the reason for her extraordinary success. Her clients are her biggest supporters, having gone through what they describe as ‘a life changing experience’ after seeing the results of their portrait session.

  • Who is Jen?
  • What kind of photographer is she?
  • What is her motto?
  • How did she get started in Boudoir?
  • Advice to being in a conservative small town and wanting to shoot Boudoir
  • What’s the first 2-3 years is like for a new boudoir business?
  • Why referrals in boudoir aren’t immediate
  • Boudoir demographics
  • The clients she won’t take and why
  • Action is the most important part of your business
  • How Jen started her business?
  • Gear talk. What does Jen shoot with?
  • How does Jen stay inspired?
  • Don’t buy “crap” stuff

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SongFreedom is about artists supporting artists. We’re a music licensing platform with the best music available–stuff from the radio, or your favorite indie bands and soundtracks.  A place where photographers and cinematographers can find the most powerful song for their story with the click of a button.

Drobo. A family of Safe, Simple, and Expandable storage systems for capture in the field, editing in the studio, or backup and archive.

ZenfolioLooking for more than just a photo hosting website?  Join the tens of thousands of photographers who switched to the best all-in-one solution to organize, display and sell your photography work online.

lynda.com Learn photography anytime, anywhere, and at your own pace—from bite-sized tutorials to comprehensive courses. Try lynda.com free for 10 days by visiting lynda.com/Photofocus.

The HDR Learning Center Check out new ways to use High Dynamic Range photography to make compelling images. Free tutorials and posts to get results. Produced in partnership with HDRsoft.

Direct download: PF_04_05_15_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:03am EDT

This week's podcast offers a special treat.  We talk Scott Bourne out of retirement to come on to one show as a guest.  Rich and Scott catch up about Fuji cameras and cloud photo editing.  Then Levi Sim sites down with boudoir photographer Jennifer Rozenbaum to learn about her approach.

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Scott Bourne

Longtime readers will of course recognize Scott as the founder of Photofocus.  We wanted to catch up with him and learn about what he's been up to.  We also dig into his new love of Fuji cameras and discuss changes in his workflow. 

  • What has Scott be up to?
  • What is Scott’s new title?
  • His switch to Fuji
  • Why has Fuji becoming so popular?
  • What Scott is likes about Fuji
  • Why Scott is shooting JPEG now most of the time
  • How are lower price points and mirror-less cameras changing the industry?
  • Making photography fun again
  • Are Canon and Nikon asleep at the wheel?
  • What is getting Scott excited right now?
  • Discussing organizational/post processing programs
  •  
    Working in the Cloud
  • What Scott is currently working on?
  • Learn more at WeShootFuji.com

Jennifer Rozenbaum

Jen Rozenbaum is the eye, talent and force behind Jenerations, NY's Premier Boudoir Photography Studio. Her artistic background lends an almost sixth sense when it comes to the aesthetics of boudoir photography, which is just half the reason for her extraordinary success. Her clients are her biggest supporters, having gone through what they describe as ‘a life changing experience’ after seeing the results of their portrait session. 

  • Who is Jen?
  • What kind of photographer is she?
  • What is her motto?
  • How did she get started in Boudoir?
  • Advice to being in a conservative small town and wanting to shoot Boudoir
  • What’s the first 2-3 years is like for a new boudoir business?
  • Why referrals in boudoir aren’t immediate
  • Boudoir demographics
  • The clients she won’t take and why 
  • Action is the most important part of your business
  • How Jen started her business?
  • Gear talk. What does Jen shoot with?
  • How does Jen stay inspired?
  • Don’t buy “crap” stuff

This Post Sponsored by:

Arizona Highways Photo Workshops. For more than 30 years, Arizona Highway Photo Workshops has been committed to helping photographers find inspiring destinations, quality education and spectacular images. Get more information (and enter our contest) at http://www.ahpw.org/FindIt/.

SongFreedom is about artists supporting artists. We’re a music licensing platform with the best music available–stuff from the radio, or your favorite indie bands and soundtracks.  A place where photographers and cinematographers can find the most powerful song for their story with the click of a button.

Drobo. A family of Safe, Simple, and Expandable storage systems for capture in the field, editing in the studio, or backup and archive.

ZenfolioLooking for more than just a photo hosting website?  Join the tens of thousands of photographers who switched to the best all-in-one solution to organize, display and sell your photography work online.

lynda.com Learn photography anytime, anywhere, and at your own pace—from bite-sized tutorials to comprehensive courses. Try lynda.com free for 10 days by visiting lynda.com/Photofocus.

The HDR Learning Center Check out new ways to use High Dynamic Range photography to make compelling images. Free tutorials and posts to get results. Produced in partnership with HDRsoft.

Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am EDT

This week's podcast interviews two gurus to help you with your photo skills.  First up is photographer and host of This Week in Photo, Frederick Van Johnson.  Then we catch up with Photoshop guru and lynda.com author Justin Seeley.

Frederick Van Johnson

 

 

  • Who is Frederick Van Johnson?
  • TWIP Talk
  • How did Frederick start with Photography?
  • How the military played a role?
  • Photography appeals to the geek side, technology and artist side of us. 
  • What happened after the military?
  • His path back towards photography
  • What does Frederick like to photograph?
  • Advice when looking for a career in photography?
  • Define what success looks like for you
  • How to reverse engineer your path
  • Relentless persistance is a super power
  • What can you find Frederick?

Justin Seeley

Justin Seeley is a renowned software trainer and graphic designer with nearly a decade's worth of experience in the creative media industry. His podcasts consistently rank among the top software how-to podcasts on the iTunes Store and his techniques have been featured on a variety of internet shows and digital publications. To date, Justin has authored over 50 hours of instructional content on a variety of digital imaging and design related topics.

  • Who is Justin and his background?
  • How does he approach using Photoshop?
  • Any core skills everyone should brush up on?
  • Some fundamentals of Photoshop
  • LAB mode and why it’s important
  • What’s his workflow with Lightroom and Photoshop?
  • What are some trends with images and technologies that are improving with Photoshop that help make images better?
  • What are some of Justin’s favorite courses on lynda.com that you should check out?
  • Where can we find Justin?

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Zenfolio. Looking for more than just a photo hosting website?  Join the tens of thousands of photographers who switched to the best all-in-one solution to organize, display and sell your photography work online.

lynda.com Learn photography anytime, anywhere, and at your own pace—from bite-sized tutorials to comprehensive courses. Try lynda.com free for 10 days by visiting lynda.com/Photofocus.

SongFreedom is about artists supporting artists. We’re a music licensing platform with the best music available–stuff from the radio, or your favorite indie bands and soundtracks.  A place where photographers and cinematographers can find the most powerful song for their story with the click of a button.

The HDR Learning Center Check out new ways to use High Dynamic Range photography to make compelling images. Free tutorials and posts to get results. Produced in partnership with HDRsoft.

Direct download: PF_03_25_15.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:08pm EDT

This week's podcast interviews photographers Cindy Harter Sims about printmaking and competitions.  Then we catch up with well-known glamour photographer Lou Freeman. Tune in and get inspired.

 

Cindy Harter Sims

Cindy Harter is a portrait photographer located in Cartersville, GA. Her philosophy for her life and her business is Live Independently. Feel Intimately. Love Courageously.  She shares her philosophy on making images that inspire.

  • Who is Cindy?
  • How does she describe her work and who does she photograph?
  • Live independently, feel intimately & love courageously
  • Learning from WPPI’s print competition.
  • How many years has Cindy been entering the print competition?
  • How has is change her approach to taking photographs?
  • Are trends good or bad?
  • Who prints her work?
  • How what you print on can make a difference in your work?
  • Prepping and understand what you need to do to enter for the first time.
  • Word of mouth is everything
  • Family affair and working with her family
  • Keeping art bright
  • Art in your life is a gift
  • Feeling the moments of knowing where you are supposed to be
  • Remind yourself how far you’ve come
  • Where can you find Cindy?

Lou Freeman

 

Lou Freeman is a Master Fashion, Glamour, and Beauty Photographer who’s career has spanned 3 decades with a focus on advertising, fashion and celebrity portraits. This interview is from the busy show floor at WPPI, so there is a little background noise.

  • Who is Lou Freeman?
  • What does she do?
  • How does she emotionally support her clients?
  • Everything can be made to look beautiful
  • Shift in her career and what she learned?
  • What can you communicate with your eyes?
  • Ask for a better pose rather than “Don’t do this because” Speak in the positive and never in the negative to your client.
  • People show stress in how they hold their hands and in their neck/shoulders
  • It’s up to the photographer to create the mood and scene
  • Working with those who elevate you and your work and vise versa.
  • Collaborating with a stylist and why?
  • No matter who they are go to the lengths 
  • Try to make the most out of every chance you have to get the image.
  • Color, impact and celebrity draws people to your portfolio.
  • Take care of yourself as a photographer. What you put out there is what you are showing the world. 
  • Dress like your price point. 
  • What is one lighting tool that every photographer should know?
  • Learn how to keyword and SEO your website
  • Where can you find Lou?

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SongFreedom is about artists supporting artists. We’re a music licensing platform with the best music available–stuff from the radio, or your favorite indie bands and soundtracks.  A place where photographers and cinematographers can find the most powerful song for their story with the click of a button.

The HDR Learning Center Check out new ways to use High Dynamic Range photography to make compelling images. Free tutorials and posts to get results. Produced in partnership with HDRsoft.

Direct download: PF_03_15_15.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 8:24am EDT

This week's podcast interviews photographer Theresa Sicurezza about her photography and work with ASMP.  Then we catch up with Dave Moser about the upcoming Photoshop World conference. Tune in and get inspired.

Theresa Sicurezza

Theresa Sicurezza is an Atlanta based photographer.  She frequently shoots architecture and she's also an executive member in ASMP, the American Society of Media Photographers.

Levi Sim and Teresa Segurezza discuss:

  • Who is Teresa Segurezza?
  • What kind of photography does she do?
  • What does Architecture photography consist of?
  • What post processing does she use?
  • What other photography is she getting into?
  • What is Teresa’s relationship with ASMP and why?
  • Goals as President of ASMP Atlantic region
  • What’s it’s like to be apart of ASMP and how will it help you to grow as a photographer
  • What can you utilize of ASMP without even being a member?
  • Where can you find ASMP?

 

Dave Moser & Photoshop World

Dave Moser is the Executive Vice President of Kelby One. While they may sound a little stiff, Dave is fully plugged in to the world of creative professionals.  He started as one of the original publishers in the Mac community with MacCentral. Dave is also involved in putting together great events like Photoshop World. 

  • Who is Dave Moser?
  • What sets apart Photoshop World?
  • How some instructors started out as attendees and now what they did and who they met at PSW changed their lives and careers.
  • Why is Photoshop World worth it to attend in person?
  • Your self confidence makes all the difference
  • How good are you as a photographer? 
  • It’s a long walk till you KNOW what THAT shot is.

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Capture Cinematic Weddings with Ray Roman.  A Wedding Workshop Series Traveling the US and Canada. Learn to shoot stunning wedding videos from the master of ceremonies, Ray Roman -- The World Renowned Wedding Cinematographer! Use the code PHOTOFOCUS for discounted tickets.

The HDR Learning Center Check out new ways to use High Dynamic Range photography to make compelling images. Free tutorials and posts to get results. Produced in partnership with HDRsoft.

Direct download: PF_03_05_15.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:30pm EDT

This week's podcast interviews photographer Chris Smith.   Chris is a Chicago based photographer and an expert and understanding light.

 

Chris Smith

Chris Smith is a Chicago photographer who splits his time between being a high school physics teacher.  Chris's understanding of light is a key factor to his amazing photos (and he shares great advice in this podcast).  He also runs the website Out of Chicago which helps other photographers shoot Chicago.

Levi Sim and Chris Smith discuss:

  • Who is Chris Smith?
  • What does Chris do and what kind of photographer is he?
  • Why you should shoot what’s around you
  • Chris's guide to shooting Chicago
  • What are photographers missing in post processing?
  • The role of dodging and burning
  • What tools does Chris use to post process his images?
  • What gear is in Chris’s bag?
  • His most important piece of gear.
  • Tips for shooting with tripods
  • The importance of setting your camera before you head out.
  • Using Live View on your camera
  • Using exposure simulation mode
  • Talking Filters
  • The Out of Chicago conference
  • Where can you find more about Chris?

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Capture Cinematic Weddings with Ray Roman.  A Wedding Workshop Series Traveling the US and Canada. Learn to shoot stunning wedding videos from the master of ceremonies, Ray Roman -- The World Renowned Wedding Cinematographer! Use the code PHOTOFOCUS for discounted tickets.

The HDR Learning Center Check out new ways to use High Dynamic Range photography to make compelling images. Free tutorials and posts to get results. Produced in partnership with HDRsoft.

Direct download: PF_02_25_15.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Thanks for all the great questions you've been sending in to the Photofocus podcast.  This week we're joined by guru and Photofocus contributor Nicole S. Young (nicolesy).  Rich and Nicole tackle some great topics to help photographers.

The music in our podcast comes from the cool folks over at SongFreedom, be sure to check them out!

Get the show here  or get it on iTunes — Don't forget to post a review on iTunes.

Rich Harrington & Nicole S. Young

  • Welcome to the Show
  • Making edits
  • Deciding which photos to keep
  • Travel gear advice
  • Check out new photo classes on lynda.com
  • Nicoles workflow with Lightroom & onOne
  • When should you sharpen your photos?
  • Using the masking tool choose what to sharpen or not sharpen.
  • Add the perfect soundtrack with SongFreedom
  • Where does Nicole get her photography inspiration?
  • Attend the Capture Cinematic Weddings workshop
  • Suggestions on working with clients.
  • Enter our New Camera Contest
  • Thanks to Drobo
  • Shooting JPEG or RAW or both?
  • Apple to officially remove Aperture from Mac App Store
  • Controlling the handoff between RAW file and Photoshop
  • Choosing a working color space
  • Build the perfect website with Zenfolio
  • New techniques and equipment that Nicole and Rich have been using lately
  • Learn About HDR with Photomatix
  • Where can we catch up with Nicole?

 


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lynda.com Learn photography anytime, anywhere, and at your own pace—from bite-sized tutorials to comprehensive courses. Try lynda.com free for 10 days by visiting lynda.com/Photofocus.

SongFreedom is about artists supporting artists. We’re a music licensing platform with the best music available–stuff from the radio, or your favorite indie bands and soundtracks.  A place where photographers and cinematographers can find the most powerful song for their story with the click of a button.

Capture Cinematic Weddings with Ray Roman.  A Wedding Workshop Series Traveling the US and Canada. Learn to shoot stunning wedding videos from the master of ceremonies, Ray Roman -- The World Renowned Wedding Cinematographer! Use the code PHOTOFOCUS for discounted tickets.

The HDR Learning Center Check out new ways to use High Dynamic Range photography to make compelling images. Free tutorials and posts to get results. Produced in partnership with HDRsoft.

Direct download: PF_2_15_15.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:54pm EDT

Thanks for all the great questions you've been sending in to the Photofocus podcast. This week is a two part show. First up, Rich Harrington catches up with photographer and educator Abba Shapiro to tackle some great topics to help photographers.

Then Levi Sim catch up with Ray Roman & Matt Thompson to talk about shooting weddings and making the transition from photo to video. Remember, you can post questions for future shows via Twitter with the #pfqa or send us a note at Photofocus.

The music in our podcast comes from the cool folks over at SongFreedom, be sure to check them out!

Rich Harrington & Abba Shapiro

Welcome to the Show
Enter our New Camera Contest
Thanks to Drobo
What is Abba’s background?
What does he love to shoot?
Suggestions on using underwater gear
Advice for working with models.
Strategies for networking and finding models.
Check out new photo classes on lynda.com
Abba's Favorite Plug-ins
Are you cheating if you use plug-ins?
Enhance your images with onOne Perfect Photo Suite
Cool results with the Perfectly Clear Plug-In
Learn About HDR with Photomatix
Fixing Portraits with Portrait Professional
Advice for using plug-ins
What are the drawbacks and benefits of using auto modes such as auto ISO?
Add the perfect soundtrack with SongFreedom
Can you recover photos from a card that was deleted?
Advice for protecting cards
Should I Have a Digital or Print Portfolio?

Levi Sim with Ray Roman & Matt Thompson 
Who is Matt Thompson?
Who is Ray Roman and what does he do?
What is Ray’s background?
How did Ray get started in wedding videos?
How another photographer saved his business?
Ray discusses his motivation to be the best.
How Ray juggled career and doing weddings?
Being driven and challenging yourself
How is Ray increasing his skills?
Learn to Analyze everything you see
Learn to have a strong foundation
Photographers are half way to shooting video
What gear Ray uses and why?
What sets Ray apart?
Branding talk and how it can elevate your business.
What does Ray teaches at his workshops?
Networking and getting to know others in your industry.
Where can we find out more about Ray’s workshops?
Where can we catch up with Matt?

 

Direct download: PF_02_05_15.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 10:30pm EDT

Thanks for all the great questions you've been sending in to the Photofocus podcast.  This week Rich Harrington and Levi Sim tackle some great topics to help photographers. Remember, you can post those questions via Twitter with the #pfqa or send us a note here at Photofocus.

The music in our podcast comes from the cool folks over at SongFreedom, be sure to check them out!

Rich Harrington & Levi Sim


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Drobo. A family of Safe, Simple, and Expandable storage systems for capture in the field, editing in the studio, or backup and archive.

lynda.com Learn photography anytime, anywhere, and at your own pace—from bite-sized tutorials to comprehensive courses. Try lynda.com free for 10 days by visiting lynda.com/ Photofocus.

The HDR Learning Center Check out new ways to use High Dynamic Range photography to make compelling images. Free tutorials and posts to get results. Produced in partnership with HDRsoft.

Direct download: PF_1_25_15.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:53pm EDT

Thanks for all the great questions you’ve been sending in to the Photofocus podcast.  This week Rich Harrington and Kevin Ames tackle some great topics to help photographers. Remember, you can post those questions via Twitter with the #pfqa or send us a note here at Photofocus.

The music in our podcast comes from the cool folks over at SongFreedom, be sure to check them out!

Rich Harrington & Kevin Ames

  • Who is Kevin Ames?
  • Why is Atlanta, GA having a resurgence in the arts like Film and Media?
  • Why do you need a prime lens?
  • If you can only afford one prime, which one should you get?
  • What is a “normal” lens and what that means for your camera?
  • Is it okay to make portraits of people without their permission
  • When to use Photoshop and when to use Lightroom?
  • How working with the right tools will help you be more efficient.
  • How can I get healthy critiques when I post to social media?
  • Utilizing camera/photo clubs to help you improve
  • Using hardware to display photos
  • At what point is a photographer ready to assist or second shoot?
  • How do you find your way into photography?
  • Working with people you respect and work hard to help it comes back in a positive way.
  • Where can you find more about Kevin’s work?

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SongFreedom is about artists supporting artists. We’re a music licensing platform with the best music available–stuff from the radio, or your favorite indie bands and soundtracks.  A place where photographers and cinematographers can find the most powerful song for their story with the click of a button.

OnOne Software Perfect Photo Suite 9 is a full-featured photo editor that works either as a plug-in to Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom, or as a standalone application. In any workflow, the Suite provides all the necessary tools for editing your photos, improving portraits, adding popular looks in color or black and white, resizing for large-format printing, and making complex selections with minimal effort.

Drobo. A family of Safe, Simple, and Expandable storage systems for capture in the field, editing in the studio, or backup and archive.

Adobe Transform your photography. Organize, edit, enhance, and share your images on your desktop or mobile device with the world’s best photography tools: Adobe Photoshop CC and Lightroom. Get the most comprehensive photography solution for just $9.99/month.

lynda.com Learn photography anytime, anywhere, and at your own pace—from bite-sized tutorials to comprehensive courses. Try lynda.com free for 10 days by visiting lynda.com/ Photofocus.

The HDR Learning Center Check out new ways to use High Dynamic Range photography to make compelling images. Free tutorials and posts to get results. Produced in partnership with HDRsoft.

Direct download: PF_1_15_15_01.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 8:30pm EDT

Thanks for all the great questions you've been sending in to the Photofocus podcast.  This week Rich Harrington and Levi Sim tackle some great topics to help photographers. Remember, you can post those questions via Twitter with the #pfqa or send us a note here at Photofocus.

 

Rich Harrington & Levi Sim

  • What are the top accessories to have as a new photographer?
  • Tips for shooting indoor mixed light.
  • How to get a flash to look better.
  • Understanding image stabilization and what it means for your lens or camera body
  • Tips on getting images in front of decision makers
  • How to interact with people and clients as a photographer
  • Advice on postproduction (especially when on the road)
  • Where to find out more about Levi

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Drobo. A family of Safe, Simple, and Expandable storage systems for capture in the field, editing in the studio, or backup and archive.

Adobe Transform your photography. Organize, edit, enhance, and share your images on your desktop or mobile device with the world’s best photography tools: Adobe Photoshop CC and Lightroom. Get the most comprehensive photography solution for just $9.99/month.

lynda.com Learn photography anytime, anywhere, and at your own pace—from bite-sized tutorials to comprehensive courses. Try lynda.com free for 10 days by visiting lynda.com/ Photofocus.

SongFreedom is about artists supporting artists. We’re a music licensing platform with the best music available–stuff from the radio, or your favorite indie bands and soundtracks.  A place where photographers and cinematographers can find the most powerful song for their story with the click of a button.

OnOne Software Perfect Photo Suite 9 is a full-featured photo editor that works either as a plug-in to Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom, or as a standalone application. In any workflow, the Suite provides all the necessary tools for editing your photos, improving portraits, adding popular looks in color or black and white, resizing for large-format printing, and making complex selections with minimal effort.

The HDR Learning Center Check out new ways to use High Dynamic Range photography to make compelling images. Free tutorials and posts to get results. Produced in partnership with HDRsoft.

Direct download: PF_1_5_15.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 8:41am EDT

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