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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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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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