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The Infocus Interview Podcast | Photofocus Podcast December 22nd 2017

Levi sits down with Kevin Dooley

How long has he been shooting profesionally?

  • How has he maintained his business?
  • How did he get into wildlife photography
  • Africa talk
  • How to understand animals?
  • What trips are coming up?
  • Where can we find out more information?
  • Gear talk
  • What to consider when going on a safari?

 

Next Levi talks with Jim Welninski

  • Who is Jim?
  • What kind of photographer is Jim?
  • Should we compete and why?
  • Experience taking pictures and how
  • How to think about photography?
  • Post Production talk
  • What should we think about when shooting HDR?
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 In this episode, Skip Cohen and Chamira Young chat with photographer and educator Tony Corbell about running a brick and mortar photography studio.

We discuss in detail:

- The in’s and out’s of having a studio space
 
- The advantages and also challenges of running a brick and mortar studio
 
- Work/life balance
 
- Realistic pricing when running a physical studio
 
- Building trust within your community
 
- Effective networking and collaboration
 
- the essential equipment list for every studio
 

You can find Tony at:

 

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  • Skip Cohen: skip@mei500.com
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Levi Sims sits down with Julio Cortez who is an AP photographer

How does Press photos work?

Getting paid?

What is Dollar Rule?

What is Julio's speciality?

What's Julio's gear set up?

Workflow when out in the feild

Where to find Julio?

 

Next Levi sits down with Mike Goldner from Astisan HD

Who is Mike Goldner?

Difference between labs

Lighting and how it's affecting your prints

Why your prints look different from your screen?

Printer differences

Color Space talk

UV light exposure and what it does to your prints and how to combat it

What's a acrylic print?

Putting prints into your environment

 

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Richard Harrington sits down with Brad Malcolm from Perfectly Clear

  • What's new with the latest update?
  • Discussion of the plug-in w/more applications
  • What is intelligent auto?
  • What other features and adjustments should we know about?
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In this episode, Skip Cohen and Chamira Young chat with Tamara Lackey about the role that education plays in running a successful photography business.

We discuss in detail:

  • The importance of physical interaction in education
  • Thinking on your feet and the ability to interact with people
  • Evolving as a person vs being stagnant (sometimes we become blind to our own imperfections)
  • PPE, WPPI, Imaging USA, and Shutterfest
  • Pre-determining what do you want to learn BEFORE going to a conference. Making a game plan and taking notes
  • After a conference, reserving a "cool down" period in order to implement what you learned
  • The importance of learning how to market consistently
  • The challenge of having a healthy work/life balance

 You can find Tamara at:

 

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In this episode, Skip Cohen and Chamira Young chat with Bryan Caporicci about the concept of "Experience Design," also known as creating great experiences for your clients. We discuss in detail:

  • The various shifts the photography industry is going through
  • The concept of having empathy for your clients, and putting yourself in their shoes
  • Shifting your focus to put the client's experience at the center of your photography business
  • The biggest pain point on both fronts – for both photographers and their clients, as well as what we can do about it
  • Mapping out the customer experience and exploring ways we can personalize the client experience

You can find Bryan at:

SproutingPhotographer.com: You will find Bryan's podcast, as well as his articles and calculators for photographers who want to improve their business.

 

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  • Skip Cohen: skip@mei500.com
  • Chamira Young: chamira@photofocus.com 

 

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This month we focus on... focus!  That is right after our eclipse wrap-up until the next eclipse gets close.

 

Links from the show:

Photomatix Facebook Page:
www.facebook.com/hdrsoft

Pepper’s San Francisco Eclipse Photos:
www.pepperazzi.photos

 

 

Story of the epic eclipse photo by Andrew Studer and Ted Hesser:

http://travel.resourcemagonline.com/2017/08/the-story-behind-the-viral-photo-of-a-rock-climber-in-front-of-the-solar-eclipse/17997/

 

Find Levi:

www.levisim.com
instagram.com/photolevi

Find Pepper:

www.panoramanetwork.com
instagram.com/rpepper

Have suggestions or questions to be used on the show? Email us here:

-Levi Sim: levi@photofocus.com

-Ron Pepper: pepper@photofocus.com

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In this episode, we chat with portrait photographer Lori Nordstrom about promoting your photography business. Specifically, we chat about:

  • The importance of doing your research before reaching out to prospective clients
  • The concept of "owning your zipcode"
  • Picking up the phone for reaching out to businesses
  • Using emails to reach out to individuals
  • Building your network and making lists
  • The timeline of putting on a promotion for your photography business
  • Throwing special portrait parties and the process of upselling afterwards
  • The concept of cause-related marketing, as well as giving back to your community
  • Planning your charitable marketing campaigns to make a profit -- which allows you to give more

Check out Lori's 20 Marketing Ideas (free!) Ebook:

You can find Lori at:

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  • Chamira Young: chamira@photofocus.com  

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This month we close out our eclipse ideas with advice from an expert, then some quick advice for anyone unsure about sensor dust.

 

Links from the show:

Q&A on solar eclipse HDR: https://www.hdrsoft.com/resources/hdr-for-solar-eclipse.html

Jean-Marc Lecleire, Astrophotographer: https://www.facebook.com/jeanmarc.lecleire

HDRsoft Facebook Page:  www.facebook.com/hdrsoft

onXmaps:  https://www.onxmaps.com

 

Find Levi:

www.levisim.com
twitter.com/photolevi

Find Pepper:

www.panoramanetwork.com
twitter.com/ronpepper

Have suggestions or questions to be used on the show? Email us here:

-Levi Sim: levi@photofocus.com

-Ron Pepper: pepper@photofocus.com

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In this episode, we chat with wedding photographers Justin and Mary Marantz about:

  • the element of timeless storytelling through images
  • building trust and connecting with each couple in a unique way
  • repelling the wrong clients and attracting the right clients
  • the value of printed, physical products
  • putting together a great album for your clients
  • knowing your why
  • creating a truly wonderful experience for your clients
  • dealing with the stress of shooting weddings
  • being prepared with both equipment and knowledge
  • dealing with the challenges of social media when shooting weddings

You can find Justin and Mary at:

 

Have suggestions on future topics you want us to cover? Email us:

  • Skip Cohen: skip@mei500.com
  • Chamira Young: chamira@photofocus.com 

 

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Levi Sim and Ron Pepper discuss how location access can help make better photos, and ideas for access that anyone can try.  First we'll follow up on last month's show about the eclipse.

 

Find Levi:

www.levisim.com
twitter.com/photolevi

Find Pepper:

www.panoramanetwork.com
instagram.com/rpepper

Have suggestions or questions to be used on the show? Email us here:

-Levi Sim: levi@photofocus.com

-Ron Pepper: pepper@photofocus.com

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In this episode, we chat with renowned fashion photographer Lindsay Adler about:

  • The pivotal moments in her life that influenced her career
  • The importance of studying business in addition to photography
  • Seeking wise council from others
  • Knowing the technical reasons behind why an image is "good" or "bad"
  • Finding your own style and seeing photography as an art
  • Taking constructive criticism and using it to your advantage to improve your skills as a photographer
  • Building relationships with related vendors
  • The artists that have influenced her work
  • The struggle between being happy with your work and also continuously striving to improve

You can find Lindsay Adler at:

- Lindsey on Instagram @lindseyadler_photo
- LindsayAdlerPhotography.com
- LearnwithLindsay.com

Have suggestions on future topics you want us to cover? Email us:

- Skip Cohen: skip@mei500.com
- Chamira Young: chamira@photofocus.com

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Levi and Pepper talk about the upcoming full eclipse of the sun and some ideas to make the opportunity unique to you. We also take a minute to think about basing a photo business on a single platform -- which might suddenly change!

Find Levi:

www.levisim.com
twitter.com/photolevi

Find Pepper:

www.panoramanetwork.com
twitter.com/ronpepper

Have suggestions or questions to be used on the show? Email us here:

-Levi Sim: levi@photofocus.com

-Ron Pepper: pepper@photofocus.com

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The Photofocus InFocus Interview Show Special Interview. I’m your host, Vanelli.

On today's show we have photographer and inventor of the Platypod, Larry Tiefenbrunn interviewed by Levi Sim.

The PhotoFocus InFocus Interview Show is brought to you by the Generous Support of:

  • HDRsoft – makers of Photomatix software and where right now you can go to the Photofocus site and get 44 FREE presets.
  • Perfectly Clear by Athentech – the software that makes our pictures look GREAT with minimal effort.
  • B&H – providers of quality gear at great prices.

Each week we have new and dynamic podcasts for you here at Photofocus, so make sure you tune in every week. We love to know what you thought of the show and you can always give me Feedback @vanelli on Twitter or in the comments section on the Photofocus podcast post page for this episode.

Until next time, this is Vanelli encouraging you to get out there and Be Creative!
Get the show here or get it on iTunes — Don’t forget to post a review on iTunes.


The Photofocus InFocus Interview Show for June 2, 2017. I’m your host, Vanelli.

On today's show we have internationally respected lecturer and teacher Katrin Eismann, Wildlife and Aviation Photographer, Jake Peterson and bird photographer Clay Taylor of Swarovski Optics.

Katrin Eismann interviewed by Vanelli.

  • The philosophy of photography as it relates to amateurs and professionals.

Jake Peterson interviewed by Chamira Young

  • Developing Patiences to get the shot
  • Tips on starting out in Wildlife photography
  • How to get paid for Wildlife photos

Clay Taylor interviewed by Levi Sim

  • The history of SWAROVSKI OPTIK and how it relates to photographers
  • EL Binoculars
  • Popularity of Birding
  • Connecting digital cameras to spotting scopes

The PhotoFocus InFocus Interview Show is brought to you by the Generous Support of:

  • HDRsoft – makers of Photomatix software and where right now you can go to the Photofocus site and get 44 FREE presets.
  • Perfectly Clear by Athentech – the software that makes our pictures look GREAT with minimal effort.
  • Drobo – makers of storage devices that protect our livelihood
  • B&H – providers of quality gear at great prices.

Each week we have new and dynamic podcasts for you here at Photofocus, so make sure you tune in every week. We love to know what you thought of the show and you can always give me Feedback @vanelli on Twitter or in the comments section on the Photofocus podcast post page for this episode.

Until next time, this is Vanelli encouraging you to get out there and Be Creative!
Get the show here or get it on iTunes — Don’t forget to post a review on iTunes.

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In this episode, we chat with celebrity fashion and beauty photographer Matthew Jordan Smith about:

  • How making connections brings lifelong clients
  • The importance of relationship building
  • Doing your homework and preparing prior to the photo shoot
  • Doing your research and knowing your client
  • The convergence of various hard and soft skills
  • The importance of being versatile
  • The importance of having personal/special projects
  • “You've got to shoot to feed your soul.”
  • The role of continuously educating yourself as a photographer
  • Matthewjordansmith.com
  • Matthew Jordan Smith on Instagram 

     

  • Check out Matthew's upcoming live workshops HERE.

Have suggestions on future topics you want us to cover? Email us:

-Skip Cohen: skip@mei500.com

-Chamira Young: chamira@photofocus.com

 

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The PhotoFocus InFocus Interview Show FOR MAY 26, 2017. I’m your Host Vanelli.

On today's show Levi Sim has a full interview of travel photographer and Panasonic Rep Mark Toal. Mark talks about how he got into photography and how micro 4/3 cameras allow him to always have a camera with him. He shares his insights on what makes his photos compositionally intriguing and how by living in different locations has influenced his photography.

On today’s show we have:

Mark Toal interviewed by Levi Sim
- Mark talks about how he got into photography. 
- How micro 4/3 cameras allow him to always have a camera with him.
- Mark hares his insights on what makes his photos compositionally intriguing.
- How by living in different locations has influenced his photography.

 

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We're back talking about portraits when you have only brought one light.  Levi is very accomplished at doing this and he has great advice -- and stories!

 

Find Levi:

www.levisim.com

twitter.com/photolevi

 

Find Pepper:

www.panoramanetwork.com

twitter.com/ronpepper

 

Have suggestions or questions for a future episode? Email us:

-Levi Sim: levi@photofocus.com

-Ron Pepper: pepper@photofocus.com

 

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In this episode, we chat with celebrity wedding photographers Bob and Dawn Davis about:

  • Trends within the wedding and portrait industry
  • Educating your clients
  • The value of encouraging physical prints
  • Understanding the importance of sharing your images with related wedding vendors
  • Cultivating relationships with wedding vendors
  • How to separate yourself from other photographers
  • Saying "no" to clients who are not a good fit for you
  • The importance of controlling your light when making an image
  • Creating images with "good bones" straight out of camera
  • BobandDawnDavis.com

 

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-Skip Cohen: skip@mei500.com

-Chamira Young: chamira@photofocus.com

 

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This episode's topic: The Art of the Headshot: Skip Cohen and Chamira Young chat with Headshot Photographer Peter Hurley

  • The client experience is hugely important.
  • Communication during the session is the key
  • People skills and giving direction are key factors in making a great headshot
  • The art of fun conversation is helpful during a session
  • Confidence can be learned
  • The concept of capturing "residual laughter"
  • The concept of "camera invisibility"
  • "Hurleyisms" app for one-liners to use during photo sessions - Hurleyisms.com
  • Headshotcrew.com - Peter's coaching site
  • Headshotcrew.com/workshops - to get more info on Peter's photography workshops

 

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-Skip Cohen: skip@mei500.com

-Chamira Young: chamira@photofocus.com

 

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Ron Pepper & new co-host Levi Sim start the show off by thanking Scott for paving the way. Then they dive into buying cars and what to consider as a photographer. In addition they get into some long exposure issues you may come across.

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Scott and Marco discuss these new products and mirrorless topics on their final episode of the #Mirrorless Show at Photofocus:

  • Scott and Marco host their final mirrorless show at Photofocus. They will now move on to their new Photo Podcast Network at www.PhotoPodcasts.com where the new mirrorless and inspiration podcast episodes will be produced and hosted.
  • Scott just returned after hosting eagle photography workshops in Alaska for two weeks. He shares his experience with his new mirrorless Olympus OM-D E-M1 MK II in regards to capturing birds in flight in comparison to using his top of the line DSLR.
  • Marco shares an update to the Fuji X-T and X-Pro line "eye cup gate" that seems to affect quite a few users.
  • Olympus discontinued its lenses for the "old" Four Thirds system.
  • GoPro plans to eliminate 270 jobs as part of a restructuring program.
  • Nikon now wants to get serious about mirrorless cameras.
  • Panasonic is planning to dismantle its digital camera division and add it to another business unit in order to streamline cost.
  • Ban of electronic devices and digital cameras on some flights to the US and UK.
  • We have a Photofocus Mirrorless Flickr group that is open to our listeners and photos taken with all mirrorless camera brands. If you want to join just let us know through the "request invitation" button on the group and drop us a quick line there. We'll add you to the group then. And please ask for the invite via the web browser and not via the Flickr App. The invite process via the app has not been working reliably.

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes. We would also love to get your feedback. Is there anything that you want us to cover on the show in the future? And we would appreciate if you could take a short moment to rate or to post a quick review on iTunes for us.

For more information on Scott Bourne follow him on Twitter: @ScottBourne

For more information on Marco Larousse follow him on Twitter: @HamburgCam

About this show:

On the monthly #Mirrorless episode of the Photofocus podcast, Scott and Marco will discuss the news from the mirrorless camera world related to innovations, trends, gear and accessories. And they will introduce mirrorless camera manufacturers by interviewing the respective managers of those manufacturers. And they invite pro photographers who make their living working with mirrorless cameras to share some tips and tricks on their workflow.

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Scott and Marco discuss these topics on this #Inspiration episode of the Photofocus podcast:
  • The inspiration show is moving with Scott and Marco to a new place. In the future, we will broadcast our shows on the PhotoPodcastNetwork.com
  • Marco and Scott discuss some of the important inspiration aspects of photography that they have shared here on Photofocus in the past.
  • Scott's photo book of the month pick is: Mountain Lights - In search of the dynamic landscape - by Galen Rowell. This book was first published in 1986 and it was one of the influential factors that moved Scott over to outdoor photography. More books from Galen Rowell can be found here: http://www.mountainlight.com/books.html

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes. We would also love to get your feedback. Is there anything that you want us to cover on the show in the future? And we would appreciate if you could take a short moment to rate or to post a quick review on iTunes for us.

For more information on Scott Bourne follow him on Twitter: @ScottBourne

For more information on Marco Larousse follow him on Twitter: @HamburgCam

About this show:

On the monthly #Inspiration episode of the Photofocus podcast, Scott and Marco discussed the art, history and motivation in photography that often gets lost in today's media rich world. Slow down, look closer and put more intent into photography to increase your creativity and final results. And simply spread the pure love of photography.

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We have a new co-host on the show

Scott Bourne has headed off to do some new projects and is stepping away from the Mind Your Own Business podcast, but stay tuned, because we might just talk him into coming back as a guest! In the meantime, Chamira Young, an active marketing driven photographer from the midwest and who's been behind the scenes helping Scott and Skip produce each podcast is stepping into the co-host seat.

Skip's Cohen: "I love the idea of Chamira's perspective on so many different aspects of being a professional photographer and business owner. She knows her stuff and I'm excited about what I feel the two of us can bring to the party!"

Stay tuned as the Mind Your Own Business Podcast expands into some new areas together with a stellar guest list on each new episode.

 

This episode's topic: Making your business stand out. Skip Cohen and Chamira Young discuss how photographers can make their businesses rise above the competition.

1. Get involved in your community. Stand out as more than just another service provider/vendor. People like buying products and services from businesses that give back. Throwing a strategic portrait party, or creating a calendar are two example projects where you can tie in an organization/charity to give back to.

2. Own your own zip code:
 Pound the pavement and knock on doors. There are companies that can complement yours. Reach out. Host a networking luncheon with other businesses (caterers, wedding planners) and get to know them.

3. Having a consistent, helpful website and blog: Your blog is about what's in your heart, and your website is about what you sell. They both can be a form of educating your ideal audience. Also, be aware of who your target audience is. For example, if you are in the portrait social category, many times your audience will be women.

4. Keeping in touch in throughout the year: Email newsletters and cards. Use your own images. Unmarketing, by Scott Straten, is a great read on really engaging your audience.

5. Use video to build your brand: Video can be a powerful marketing tool for potential clients to get to know you. I've started using video footage from my shoots. I have my assistant do it. You want to keep in mind your target audience for these videos, right? Your clients and potential clients. So it's not a technical video teaching about the correct exposure and composition, but rather we focus on people having a great time during their session. It's more of an emotional connection that you are trying to build.

Are there any ways you make your photography business stand out that we didn't mention? Tell us in the comments for this podcast, or send us an email. Have suggestions on future topics you want us to cover? Email Us:

Skip Cohen: skip@mei500.com

Chamira Young: chamira@photofocus.com

 

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Scott and Marco discuss these new products and mirrorless topics on this episode of the Photofocus #Mirrorless Show:

  • Scott shares his impressions regarding mirrorless cameras from the WPPI trade show for wedding and portrait photographers in Las Vegas.
  • Fujifilm updated their X-mount lens roadmap and added a XF 80mm f2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro that should be available in mid-2017. They have also announced the release of two unspecified lenses for 2018. One will be an ultra wide angle zoom and the other a telephoto prime lens.
  • Marco discusses the advancement of mirrorless cameras into the pro world by looking at what cameras the winning photos of the 2017 World Press Photo awards were captured with.
  • Nikon announced that they have canceled the development of the for mid-2016 planned and since long overdue DL mirrorless camera line. What will this move mean for Nikon's future?
  • Canon announced their newest addition to their EOS M mirrorless camera line. The new model is called the EOS M6 and it replaces the EOS M3. The EOS M6 lacks only a few features of the top model M5 (like a built in EVF) and will be available in April 2017.
  • Fotodiox has announced lens adapters for the new Fuji GFX medium format camera. The all manual adapter is available for Canon EF-Mount, Nikon F-Mount, Olympus OM-Mount, Contax and Mamiya 645 mount lenses.
  • Marco shares his experience with a phenomenon that he describes as the "Fuji eye cup gate". And he seems to be not alone with this issue.
  • Sony announced two new full frame lenses for their Sony E-Mount. The Sony FE 100mm F2.8 STF GM OSS will cost US-$1500 and is supposed to produce a beautiful bokeh due to an APD element and 11-blade aperture. It has a macro switch with a 60cm or 1.9ft minimum focus distance (.25x magnification) and is dust and weather sealed. The second lens is the Sony FE 85mm F1.8. It is a fairly compact and lightweight portrait lens with a 9-blade aperture, double linear motor system and is also dust & weather sealed. The lens has no IS and it will cost US-$600. Both lenses will ship in March 2017.
  • Panasonic released a FW update for its G80/85 cameras. The FW 1.2 upgrade eliminates the whirring noise caused by its in-body image stabilization. That is especially useful during video recording. The new FW also adds support for Dual IS with the Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400 F4-6.3 ASPH lens.
  • Leica also announced a FW 1.3.4.0 upgrade for their new Leica M10 camera. The upgrade reduces black out times in live view, adds faster scrolling through the menu and now allows for 15 custom settings.
  • Scott answers a listener question from Bruce who is having issues with overloaded and unlogical camera menu systems.
  • We have a Photofocus Mirrorless Flickr group that is open to our listeners and photos taken with all mirrorless camera brands. If you want to join just let us know through the "request invitation" button on the group and drop us a quick line there. We'll add you to the group then. And please ask for the invite via the web browser and not via the Flickr App. The invite process via the app has not been working reliably.
  • We have picked our monthly featured photographer and image from our Photofocus Mirrorless group. Our monthly Photofocus Mirrorless feature photo and photographer of the month is: Gediminas Karbauskis with his image Discourse.

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes. We would also love to get your feedback. Is there anything that you want us to cover on the show in the future? And we would appreciate if you could take a short moment to rate or to post a quick review on iTunes for us.

For more information on Scott Bourne follow him on Twitter: @ScottBourne

For more information on Marco Larousse follow him on Twitter: @HamburgCam

About this show:

On the monthly #Mirrorless episode of the Photofocus podcast, Scott and Marco will discuss the news from the mirrorless camera world related to innovations, trends, gear and accessories. And they will introduce mirrorless camera manufacturers by interviewing the respective managers of those manufacturers. And they invite pro photographers who make their living working with mirrorless cameras to share some tips and tricks on their workflow.

Direct download: The_Mirrorless_Show___Photofocus_Podcast_February_28_2017.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EST

On today’s show we have:

Peter Hurley interviewed by Chamira Young
- How he got started taking head shots
- What the Head Shot Crew is and how it can benefit you
- Developing your portfolio with diversity
- How one bad shot in your portfolio can kill your job prospects

Kaylee Greer interviewed by Levi Simm
- Heroic Dog Photography
- Applying Portrait photography techniques to dog photography
- How Social Media makes this the best time to be a working photographer

Terry White interviewed by Kevin Ames
- Muse software for simple web design
- My Portfolio web service for creating and hosting your portfolio
- Guided Upright and Face Aware Liquify features in Photoshop
- and much more


Scott and Marco discuss these topics on this #Inspiration episode of the Photofocus podcast:
  • Scott shares the interesting things and inspiration that he saw at WPPI 2017 in Las Vegas.
  • Triggered by a listener question about the "religion of shallow depth of field and bokeh" Scott and Marco discuss the different aspects and reasons why one should or should not use fast lenses and when to shoot them wide open and when not to do that.

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes. We would also love to get your feedback. Is there anything that you want us to cover on the show in the future? And we would appreciate if you could take a short moment to rate or to post a quick review on iTunes for us.

For more information on Scott Bourne follow him on Twitter: @ScottBourne

For more information on Marco Larousse follow him on Twitter: @HamburgCam

About this show:

On the monthly #Inspiration episode of the Photofocus podcast, Scott and Marco will discuss the art, history and motivation in photography that often gets lost in today's media rich world. Slow down, look closer and put more intent into photography to increase your creativity and final results. And simply spread the pure love of photography.

Direct download: The_Inspiration_Show__Photofocus_Podcast_February_14_2017.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EST

Ron Pepper and Scott Bourne discuss the various types of distortion and how to fix them including barrel and pin cushion distortion along with chromatic aberration and rolling shutter. They also discuss the various lens and software choices that can fix all of these problems.

Direct download: The_Problem_Solving_Show_Photofocus_Podcast_February_11th_2017.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 7:27pm EST

Scott Bourne and Richard Harrington answer viewers photography questions.

Q&A Podcast Questions

1. Michael in Cincinnati, OH

I am a hobbyist photographer and recently decided to calibrate my monitor. I used a Spyder5Pro and after calibration the colors on my monitor have a very slight magenta look to them. I did multiple calibrations and even calibrated another computer in the same lighting conditions, yet I got the same result. Is this normal? Should I even bother calibrating my monitor given that most of my images are being viewed in digital form on displays I have no control over? I am not printing.

2. Matt in Ontario, CA

My question is, from a business perspective, what is the proper etiquette for photographers seeking locations, permissions, and permits. Should money be exchanged for locations, or is asking permission and giving credit appropriate. And I’m sure shooting on private property is much different than shooting on public property.

3. Casey in Toledo, OH

I am photographing graffiti on walls for reproduction on art prints and I need to get top to bottom, side to side tack sharp focus on the entire wall. Any suggestions?

4. Cindy in Hollywood, CA

I am photographing groups of 40-50 people for work. I am looking for tips that will help me get everyone in the shot and in focus. So far my early attempts are boring even when they work.

5. Brad in Atlanta, GA

I would like to know if in your opinion it’s worth buying old film lenses and trying to adapt them to work on modern digital cameras.

6. Heath in Los Angeles, CA

Since so many of today’s digital cameras are “weatherproof” is there any need to buy old fashioned rain gear for my cameras? I shoot landscapes in all sorts of weather and have just purchased a weatherproof camera but wanted to know if you think the extra protection is worth the investment.

7. Ray in Orlando, FL

I have heard Scott say he’s not a fan of Sony cameras but I know that Richard uses them (at least for video) and not trying to start a war here or anything but would love a little back and forth between you two as to why/why not.

8. Evan in Everett, WA

I noticed that Fuji is bringing out a medium format mirrorless camera. What is the difference between 50mp on that camera and 50mp on some of the big name DSLRs. Also what would be the use for such a camera and what are the trade offs when shooting with that format?

9. Dan in Chicago, IL

I see that the Photofocus team regularly attends or speaks at the major photo trade shows like PPA, WPPI and PPE. Are such shows really that helpful and do you think they are still relevant? Would a similar financial investment in other forms of education and networking pay off?

10. John in Omaha, NE

I am stuck trying to find interesting photographic subjects. When I was new at photography everything seemed interesting. Now, especially living in Nebraska, I am bored out of my mind. How do you stay engaged and interested in photography when there’s nothing of interest around you to shoot?

Direct download: The_Q__A_Show_Photofocus_Podcast_Fevruary_7th_2017.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 10:01pm EST

In this renewed, reinvigorated episode of The Mind Your Own Business Podcast, Scott Bourne and Skip Cohen discuss outsourcing, taxes, insurance, book keeping, and helping your business run better.

Specific topics of discussion include the following:

  • The photographers that take care of taxes, insurance, and book keeping are the ones that are successful.
  • The importance of insuring your gear.
  • The different types of business insurance.
  • Tools to help you run your business better, such as 17hats and Sproutstudio.
  • Project management tools to keep track of your team, such as Slack and Basecamp.
  • The importance of answering your phone and returning messages.
  • Giving people as much information as you can on your website.
  • Cleaninng up your skillset so that you don't have to spend long periods of time cleaning up your images.
  • Outsourcing your image editing where appropriate.

 

Scott's Insurance Agent's Information:

Howard Burkholz (specializes in insurance for photographers)
877-485-8600
801-451-8880

 

Email Us or Leave a Comment Below:

Email us Scott Bourne at scott@photofocus.com or Skip Cohen at skip@mei500.com

  • What tasks/roles do you outsource for your photography business?
  • What vendors have you used that you like?
  • Is there an area we didn't cover on the podcast that you need help? 

 

Interested in Mentoring?

Interested in getting mentored by Scott and/or Skip? Email Scott at scott@photofocus.com to get more information.

Share This Podcast!

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes. We'd also love to get your feedback. Is there anything that you want us to cover on the show in the future? Email Scott at scott@photofocus.com

Direct download: Mind_Your_Own_Business_Photofocus_Podcast_February_1_2017_High.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 12:30am EST

Scott and Marco discuss these new products and mirrorless topics on this episode of the Photofocus #Mirrorless Show :

  • Panasonic has also announced four updated lenses. The updated lenses are:
  1. LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm F2.8 II ASPH. POWER O.I.S. (H-HSA12035) ($1000)
  2. LUMIX G X VARIO 35-100mm F2.8 II POWER O.I.S. (H-HSA35100) ($1100)
  3. LUMIX G VARIO 45-200mm F4.0-5.6 II POWER O.I.S. (H-FSA45200) ($450)
  4. LUMIX G VARIO 100-300mm F4.0-5.6 II POWER O.I.S. (H-FSA100300) ($650)
  • The 12-35 F2.8 II and the 35-100 F2.8 II both start shipping in March. The 45-200 F4.0-5.6 II and the 100-300mm F4.0-5.6 start shipping in February.
  • Fujifilm also announced the fourth generation of their X100 fixed lens compact camera. The X100F has the same 24 MPix sensor that can also be found on the X-Pro 2. It also gains more AF-Points (increased from 49 to 91) and it also has the ISO-Dial and AF-Point selection joystick that can also be found on the X-Pro 2. But weather sealing, a tilting LCD or touch control screen still did not make it into the fourth version of this camera... The X100F will cost US-$1299 or €1399.
  • Marco had the opportunity to test the recently announced Leica M10. Leica goes back to the roots with this "real rangefinder" camera and streamlined the size, functions and button layout, while improving the quality of the 24 MPix full frame sensor. Marco really likes this new M10 that costs US-$6595.
  • As promised, Scott shares his real world experiences after a month and a half in the field with the Olympus OM-D EM1 II. Do all those great specs actually work in the field to make this a serious competitor to the big DSLR's?
  • We have a Photofocus Mirrorless Flickr group that is open to our listeners and photos taken with all mirrorless camera brands. If you want to join just let us know through the "request invitation" button on the group and drop us a quick line there. We'll add you to the group then. And please ask for the invite via the web browser and not via the Flickr App. The invite process via the app has not been working reliably.
  • We have picked our monthly featured photographer and image from our Photofocus Mirrorless group. Our monthly Photofocus Mirrorless feature photo and photographer of the month is: Dominick with his image "Untitled".

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes. We would also love to get your feedback. Is there anything that you want us to cover on the show in the future? And we would appreciate if you could take a short moment to rate or to post a quick review on iTunes for us.

For more information on Scott Bourne follow him on Twitter: @ScottBourne

For more information on Marco Larousse follow him on Twitter: @HamburgCam

About this show:

On the monthly #Mirrorless episode of the Photofocus podcast, Scott and Marco will discuss the news from the mirrorless camera world related to innovations, trends, gear and accessories. And they will introduce mirrorless camera manufacturers by interviewing the respective managers of those manufacturers. And they invite pro photographers who make their living working with mirrorless cameras to share some tips and tricks on their workflow.

Direct download: The_Mirrorless_Show___Photofocus_Podcast_January_28_2017.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EST

This is the PhotoFocus InFocus Interview Show FOR JAN 21ST, 2017. I’m your Host Rod Harlan.
We have an all new quick & condensed, all the stuff with none of the fluff format for 2017, so let’s get started.

On today’s show we have:

Peter Treadway & David Williams interviewed by Levi Simm
- Wedding and Travel Photography
- how competitive they are with each other
- their disagreement about the value of getting your name attached to some work
- and how hard it is to make money as a professional photographer along with some tips on how to succeed

Glenn Dewis interviewed by Chamira
- and what a pleasure it has been for me watching his career blown up in a massively successful way this decade,
- Glenn talks about putting in a effort to find your style,
- and to try copying other people’s work until you find your own style, among other great insights

Amanda Powell (a wedding & boudoir photographer) & PhotoshopWorld’s own Dave Moser interviewed by Levi Simm
- where they discuss helping women look and feel their best…… in a very casual and fun interview

The PhotoFocus InFocus Interview Show is brought to you by the Generous Support of:

HDRsoft - makers of Photomatix software and where right now you can go to the Photofocus site and get 44 FREE presets.

Perfectly Clear by Athentech - the software that makes our pictures look GREAT with minimal effort.

Drobo - makers of storage devices that protect our livelihood

B&H - providers of quality gear at great prices.

Each week we have new and dynamic podcasts for you here at Photofocus, so make sure you tune in every week. I’d love to know what you thought of the show and you can always give me Feedback @RodHarlan on Twitter or in the comments section on the Photofocus podcast post page for this episode.

Until next time, this is Rod Harlan encouraging you to get out there and Be Creative!


Scott and Marco discuss these topics on this #Inspiration episode of the Photofocus podcast:
  • Get to know an inspirational photographer: This month Marco introduces you to the American street, portrait and landscape photographer Joel Meyerowitz (born 1938 in NY). After quitting his job as an art director, Joel started in the 1960's to shoot the streets of NY with 35mm B&W and color film. He adopted color film permanently in 1972 - which made him one of the early adopters in the art photography world. Check out his amazing work on his website at www.joelmeyerowitz.com
  • To kick off the year of inspiration for your photography, Scott and Marco discuss different ideas for personal photo projects in 2017. But instead of committing to just a 365 day (1 photo per day) project, they also discuss what you should consider if you want to plan your own photo project in order to make it a success.
  • They cover some of the different kind of photo projects and for whom they could work out best.
  • Have you thought of a 12 x 1-month project with different topics or genres (Portrait, Sports, Street, Wildlife, Landscapes, Architecture, Macro, etc...)?
  • If you can't commit to daily or weekly photo projects, why not plan to capture a certain subject (churches, bus stops, public post boxes etc. in your town)?
  • It's no secret that Scott and Marco love to print their images and they share some project ideas that involve printing your work.
  • There are plenty of analog film based projects that they discuss.
  • Scott's photo book of the month pick is: The Moment it Clicks by Joe McNally http://blog.joemcnally.com/2008/02/12/the-moment-it-clicks/ ). Joe wrote what this book is about in the preface:
  •  "...It’s about being a photographer.It’s about the sheer joy of clicking the shutter…repeatedly! The sweet sound of the shutter and the explosion that occurs in your head and your heart when you make the shot. The deal is the shot, you know. You make the picture and you know something just froze solid in a shifting world. Something stabilized, for all time. You just hung your hat on a moment that otherwise would be gone forever, and now you can go back and take a look at that moment, be it amazing or ordinary, any time you want..."

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes. We would also love to get your feedback. Is there anything that you want us to cover on the show in the future? And we would appreciate if you could take a short moment to rate or to post a quick review on iTunes for us.

For more information on Scott Bourne follow him on Twitter: @ScottBourne

For more information on Marco Larousse follow him on Twitter: @HamburgCam

About this show:

On the monthly #Inspiration episode of the Photofocus podcast, Scott and Marco will discuss the art, history and motivation in photography that often gets lost in today's media rich world. Slow down, look closer and put more intent into photography to increase your creativity and final results. And simply spread the pure love of photography.

Direct download: The_Inspiration_Show__Photofocus_Podcast_January_14_2017.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EST

BEST OF SHOW! This is a replay from July 11, 2016. New episode next month.

In this episode of The Problem Solving show, Scott Bourne and Pepper discuss the problems photographers face. They then offer solutions to help solve these problems.

In today's episode, they discuss the importance of having the right tool for the job.

Specific topics of discussion include the following:

-The concept of being "polycamerous"

-Working with various camera systems

-Taking 360 panoramas with the Ricoh Theta

-The lightweight, high quality Lumix cameras

-Fuji cameras as a "serious compact" system

-The ways that Canon and Nikon are upping their game

-Choosing the camera that's the best solution for the given situation you are in

-Taking into account the weight of your camera body and lens

-Feeling free to add gear to your list without feeling like you're "cheating" on your camera brand

-Switching to a less professional-looking camera in order to better blend into your surroundings

-Sometimes the smaller camera is the better camera for particular jobs

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes. We'd also love to get your feedback. Is there anything that you want us to cover on the show in the future?

 

Direct download: Problem_Solving_Podcast_Photofocus_Podcast_Jan_11_2017.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 12:04am EST

The Q & A Show | Photofocus Podcast January 7th, 2017

CATEGORIES Audio, Podcasts
TAGS #photofocus #photography #podcast #business #Q&A #Audio

Scott Bourne answers viewers photography questions.

Q&A Podcast Questions

#1 From Grae in Reedley, CA

What tricks, or otherwise do you have for shooting in low and mixed outdoor lighting? Specifically in the area of photographing active fires (think firemen, not camping.) On the side I shoot active scenes with local fire departments and am looking to improve night scenes.

#2 From Jeremy in Grass Valley, OR

How does crop factor affect a lens? Would an 8.5mm lens on a 10x crop factor sensor give you the nice pleasing look of an 85mm lens (pretending that the glass quality were the same for both)? I've always thought that it was the compression/distortion that made a lens good/bad for portraits and I would think that a wider lens--even on a crop factor camera--would still lack the compression of a longer traditional portrait lens.

#3 From Todd in Gary, IN

I am thinking of getting a compact camera for travel. Do they still make any point and shoot cameras and are they worth considering in an age of great smart phone cameras?

#4 From Amy in Lima, OH

I am thinking of getting an action camera like the GoPro. I noticed lots of companies are making these little cameras now. Is the GoPro still the king of the hill?

#5 From Abby in San Diego, CA

I’ve seen people use a flashlight in low light situations to paint an autofocus target on a dimly lit subject. Does this really help and if so how does it work?

#6 From Hanson in Miami, FL

I’d like to design some photo shoots where the pictures come out looking like the subjects were lit on a movie set. Do either of you know how they design and set up the lights to give that Hollywood effect to a scene?

#7 From George in Washington, D.C.

Is there any advantage to studying other forms of art such as painting or sculpture in order to improve photography? I am trying to develop a better eye and wondered if going cross discipline could help. Have you ever tried this or heard of anyone doing it?

#8 From Yuki in Tokyo, Japan

I am planning a trip to the USA to photograph national parks and monuments. Does your government allow people to make photographs on National Park land? Will I need to get a permit? Is it legal?

#9 From Alison in Walla Walla, WA

I want to start photographing head shots since I will be moving to New York to work with the theater community. Are there any tips or tricks to shooting a good head shot you can share?

#10 From Dick in Elgin, ILL

What is the advantage of setting your white balance in camera verses just adjusting it in post (assuming you shoot RAW?)

#11 From Henry in New Orleans, LA

This is for Scott - when you photograph birds in flight, do you shoot in aperture or shutter priority and why?

#12 From Lawrence in Boston, MA

I want to shoot with strobes. Do I still need a light meter or can I rely on the camera’s metering system assuming I am using TTL flash heads?

Direct download: The_Q__A_Show_Photofocus_Podcast_January_7th_2017.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 1:15am EST

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

In this renewed, reinvigorated episode of The Mind Your Own Business Podcast, Scott Bourne and Skip Cohen discuss some powerful New Year's resolutions to set up to put your photography business on the path of success for 2017.

Want to add to this list of resolutions? Send Scott an email at scott@photofocus.com to tell him yours. For the first dozen people who email Scott within the United States, Skip will send them a free copy of his book Going Pro: How to Make the Leap From Aspiring to Professional Photographer.

Specific topics of discussion include the following:

  • Keep in mind that the first quarter of 2017 is typically a slow time for most markets. Therefore, it's the perfect time to do some house cleaning for your photography business.
  • Clean up your online galleries. Only show "wow" images on your website.
  • Plan to get your book keeping and marketing in order. It's time to get your systems in place.
  • Build a stash of blog posts for the first quarter (and then some). Aim to release new blog posts 3 days a week.
  • Start working TODAY on your holiday promotions for the year. Aim for 6 promotions.
  • Start planning your 2018 photo calendar creation. Come up with a cause related theme that ties into a community charity, and also bring in some of the members of the community to be featured in your calendar. Add some key dates in the community to bring into the calendar.
  • Pick a cause to work with for the year.
  • Sometime in January, have lunch with your number one competitor.
  • Start preparing for tax time.
  • Plan the conventions and workshops you will attend.
  • Try to be as nice as you can to other photographers.
  • Study other types of photography and art. It can complement your existing skill set.
  • Pledge to up your game and bring up the quality of your work. Aim to be spectacular across the board in your business.

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes. We'd also love to get your feedback. Is there anything that you want us to cover on the show in the future?

Direct download: Mind_Your_Own_Business_Photofocus_Podcast_January_1_2017_High.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 12:30am EST

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