Photofocus (audio podcast)

This week's show features interviews with two photo gurus.  Melissa Niu catches up with photographer Bill Fortney about his approach to shooting and life. Then Rich Harrington talks with Bruce Dorn about his photography and cinematography.

Bill Fortney

Bill Fortney is a professional photographer who has now switched to being a self-described "very serious amateur shooter."  He has spent several years working with Nikon in their Professional Services group. He also has worked for many years shooting landscapes, nature, and sports.

Melissa and Bill discuss:

Who is Bill and what is his background?

What is Bill teaching?

What changed for Bill so personally that affected the path his photography career to this day?

What is his simple truth to him in his life drives how he treats others and teaches others?

What is happening with technology and how does he foresee the future of photography?

Exceptional photographers are a dime a dozen and how that is a good thing

Gear talk & advice about gear

Where can you find Bill online?

Bruce Dorn

Bruce Dorn has been a full-time professional image-maker since 1973.  He began his career working for Conde Nast – the publishers of Architectural Digest, Glamour, Vogue, Women’s Wear Daily, and Vanity Fair magazines. He eventually added television commercials to his resume and was inducted into the Directors Guild of America in 1984. 

Rich and Bruce discuss:

What is Bruce's Background?

What excites him right now in the media industry?

Finding a story and telling a story

Tips on getting comfortable with the video and photography

Advice on learning filmmaking

His creative process

Projects and upcoming workshops.

Where to find Bruce online?

His latest project that's taking him around the world.

Follow Bruce on Twitter — twitter.com/brucehdorn

Direct download: PF_01_15_14.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

This week's show features three interviews with three experts in the photo industry.  Melissa Niu catches up with photographer and retoucher Glyn Dewis. Then Rich Harrington welcomes back Ron Pepper to talk about changes to HDRSoft's Photomatix. Finally Kevin Stohlmeyer discusses strategies to learn new tools and techniques for post-processing and publishing.

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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.

Melissa and Glyn discuss:

  • Glyn's background
  • Glyn's path to teaching
  • Glyn's past life and how it works into his photography
  • Where should you start with post-processing?
  • Advice to starting to find your way into photography
  • How Zack Aries changed the path of his photography?
  • How does Glyn "label" himself?
  • Marketing side of doing what you love and making money
  • Where can you find Glyn's work?

Follow Glyn on Twitter — twitter.com/GlynDewis

Ron Pepper

Ron Pepper is the primary of Panorama Network. We explore his work with HDR, panoramic photography, and architectural photography.  He also works as a consultant to HDRSoft and Photomatix. We get a detailed update of what's new in the software and some hidden gems. Even if you don't use HDR, you'll get new ideas on how to tackle tough exposures.

Rich and Ron discuss:

  • How is the new release of Photomatix being received?
  • New features that really standout
  • How to avoid the stereotypical HDR look
  • What is contrast optimizer?
  • What techniques are best suited to Architecture photography?
  • Why can everyone benefit from an HDR approach?
  • How to bust HDR ghosts
  • Fake bracketing techniques from a single file
  • Why you need a 64-bit operating system to get the most done on your computer.
  • Using HDR with time-lapse photography
  • How to preview your results in less time.
  • How to post-process multiple for large jobs.
  • Where to explore more with HDR?
  • How Photomatix 4 customers can upgrade for free

Follow Ron on Twitter — twitter.com/ronpepper

Kevin Stohlmeyer

Kevin Stohlmeyer is a designer who frequently helps teach photographers how to take advantage of digital publishing tools.  He's based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin but works with students around the world. He works with professionals and universities to help them embrace new digital publishing technologies.  He is also a regular writer for Photoshop User and Adobe Inspire Magazines.

Rich and Kevin discuss:

  • What is Kevin's background?
  • How being knowledgable in more then one aspect of design is normal nowadays.
  • Why photographers need to also be designers
  • What are some new things with Creative Cloud that stands out?
  • Three quick tips to learn new tools
  • What excites Kevin in the world of Photography with technological advance and opportunities
  • Favorite resources to learn Creative Cloud
  • Where to find Kevin and learn more

Follow Kevin on Twitter — twitter.com/kstohl

Direct download: PF_1_5_14_01.mp3
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This week's show, Rich tracks down Scott Bourne (who really is enjoying being retired) to talk photography.  Rich showed up at Scott's place in Vegas with a microphone and refused to leave until Scott agreed to be on the show. Okay... that's a slight exaggeration, but we hope you have as much fun with the show as we did. We talk about a bunch of timely issues for photographers of all skill levels.

Join Rich and Scott as they talk about a bunch of winter oriented photo topics.  Get ready for shooting great pictures this holiday season with a buffet of photo knowledge.

Rich and Scott discuss:

  • How to properly expose for white backgrounds (snow and sand)
  • How to avoid condensation on your lens from temperature changes
  • How to get your gear ready to shoot outdoors
  • Great gifts for photographers (or yourself)
  • Why batteries run down fast in the cold
  • Long exposure and remote controls
  • How to be in your holiday photos
  • The Nikon Df

Disclaimer: This show presents several ideas and techniques that we hope help you.  These are just some ways of approaching the issues at hand.  Combine with your own skill for best results.

Download  — http://photofocuspodcast.libsyn.com/webpage

Hosted by Rich Harrington & Scott Bourne

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

This week's show features three of the photo industry's best and brightest.  First up,  Melissa Niu interviews Damien Lovegrove, a portrait photographer from the UK. Next Rich Harrington interviews Mike Kubeisy about his work in Hollywood. Finally, Julieanne Kost shares her insights into photography and Adobe.

Damien Lovegrove

Professional portrait and wedding photography expert, Damien Lovegrove learned his trade as a cameraman and lighting director during 14 years at the BBC. He spent his free days taking photographs for a variety of top name clients including Peugeot, Motorola, and Adidas. Damien has become one of the foremost trainers of photography and entrepreneurial business strategies in the industry.

Melissa asks Damien about:

  • Who is Damien and what is his background?
  • How did he start in the industry?
  • The process and art of lighting
  • How he transitioned into photography
  • How he balanced paying the bills and becoming an artist
  • His role now with photography
  • The evolution of his gear
  • Why he uses mirrorless cameras now
  • How Damien approaches light
  • Advice about lighting
  • Where can we find Damien

Follow Damien on Twitter — twitter.com/damienlovegrove

Check out his personal blog — www.prophotonut.com

Mike Kubeisy

Mike Kubeisy covers everything from crime scenes to crime scenes to Hollywood celebrities. Since 1984, as a Motion Picture and Television Stills Photographer. He is currently shooting on shows being televised worldwide. He's taught everywhere from Photoshop World to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Photo Operations Unit. He is an active member of the Cinematographers Guild Local 600 and the National Association of Photoshop Professionals. You can view his work at www.4stills.com.

Rich and Mike discuss:

  • What Mike has learned being in Hollywood
  • What it is like working union jobs and how to become a union member
  • What are some of the most useful skills on set?
  • Lighting trends and pet peeves
  • How to keep up on hot looks
  • What it means to be a team player
  • How he does post processing
  • Shooting wirelessly and tethered on set
  • What he loves about Hollywood
  • Three practical advice tips on getting into the industry

Follow Mike on Twitter — twitter.com/mike4stills and his Facebook page — facebook.com/4Stills

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.

Melissa and Julieanne discuss:

  • Who is Julianne?
  • What she started out doing with Adobe
  • What she loves about photography
  • Her approach to compositing
  • How she uses her dreams as inspiration
  • The benefits of personal assignments
  • Changes in the photo industry
  • Her advice to become a stronger photographer

Follow Julieanne on Twitter — twitter.com/julieannekost

Direct download: PF_11_5_13.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

This week's show is a triple feature... we tackle three areas of the photo industry that are hot topics. First up, Scott Bourne interviews Rich Harrington about how to get started in DSLR video. Rich Harrington then takes the microphone and talks to Terry White from Adobe about changes at Adobe as well as Terry's photography. Our third segment, Melissa Niu interviews Matt Kloskowski of Kelby Training to find out about how the photo industry is evolving.

Getting Started with DSLR Video

Scott Bourne asks Rich about the 10 hardest things photographers need to know when switching to video. Rich shares practical advice for all levels of shooters and offers insight on how to overcome tough challenges.

Scott and Rich discuss:

  • Why tripods are a must
  • Panning & tilting to add motion
  • Which camera settings to use
  • The exposure triangle explained for video and how it's different from shooting stills
  • Recording lengths and why they are restricted
  • What are "handles"
  • Getting great audio (and why it's just as important as the video)
  • Why focus is really hard
  • The 180˚ Rule
  • Story telling: Photography verses video
  • Follow Rich on Twitter — www.twitter.com/rhedpixel

Terry White

Terry White – Worldwide Design Evangelist for Adobe Systems, Inc. In his job, he leads the charge of getting customers excited and educated about Adobe Creative Cloud products and services. Terry is an Adobe Certified Expert. He has been active in the industry for over 25 years and is the founder and president of MacGroup-Detroit.

Rich and Terry discuss:

  • What does Terry do with Adobe
  • How Adobe saw the creative process changing
  • How creative professionals have been asked to do more
  • What is happening as content creators have access to more tools
  • Three myths about Creative Cloud debunked
  • Where Terry finds his creativity
  • Terry's advice to learning software
  • Advice to those feeling creatively overwhelmed
  • Where to find Terry

Follow Terry on Twitter — twitter.com/terrylwhite

Watch Terry's Videos — www.youtube.com/user/terrywhitetechblog

Matt Kloskowski

Matt Kloskowski is a full-time Education Director for Kelby Media Group and a Tampa-based photographer. He's the Editor of Lightroom Magazine and teaches Photoshop and Lightroom seminars around the world.

  • Matt's official job at Kelby Training (besides hosting podcasts and blogging)
  • How the past 10 years has changed the way Kelby Media has done business
  • Why video plays such an important role in the creative industry
  • The difference between technique-based and result-based learning
  • The changes photography is going through
  • Why it's okay to break the rules?
  • How to succeed as a photo educator in today's market
  • The Future of Kelby Training
  • What is Matt's passion with photography?
  • Where to find Matt

Follow Matt on Twitter — twitter.com/MattKloskowski

Direct download: PF_10_5_13.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

This week's show is a double dose of Photo inspiration that will work both sides of your brain.  First we take a look at new Adobe tech for Lightroom and Camera Raw, then we jump over and catch up with music photographer Adam Elmakias.  Join hosts Rich Harrington and Melissa Niu for interviews with important thought leaders.

Lightroom 5.2 and Adobe Camera Raw 8.2 Updates

Rich catches back up with Sharad Mangalick, product manager for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Camera Raw.  Adobe is shipping a new update that adds a lot of cool features for both Creative Cloud and CS6 users.

Rich and Sharad discuss:

  • What specific change will we see in Camera Raw
  • What small tweaks have been improved
  • What can you do with video clips
  • What are some new Lightroom specific changes
  • How to get access to tech early with Adobe Labs
  • Where can you learn more about Lightroom

Follow Sharad on Twitter — www.twitter.com/smangalick

Adam Elmakias 

Adam Elmakias is a music and travel photographer based out of San Diego, California. He started shooting at age 16 by going to local shows with his camera.  This eventually grew into applying for photo passes, then going out on the road with bands. He's spent the last several years touring almost nonstop. Adam is also one of the most followed photographers on Instagram.

Melissa Niu catches up with Adam:

  • Who is Adam and what does he do?
  • How does is monetize his work?
  • How did Adam get his foot in the door and grow?
  • Why trust has been essential in the process?
  • Advice on working with social media
  • Gear talk: what he uses and how
  • How he gets his unique photos
  • What advice does he offer to those starting out?
  • Where to find Adam online?

Follow Adam on Twitter — www.twitter.com/emakias

Direct download: PF_9_25_13.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

This week's show is a triple scoop of goodness.  We've got three interviews to satisfy your creative, technical, and business needs. Join hosts Rich Harrington and Melissa Niu for interviews with important thought leaders.

First up, Rich talks with Tamara Lackey who is a professional photographer, speaker, and author. She focusses on  lifestyle photography, from children’s portraits to celebrity portraits.  Tamara’s work has been featured in dozens of media outlets, including Parenting Magazine, O – The Oprah Magazine, Town & Country, Vogue, Food & Wine, Men’s Journal, Nikon World, Professional Photographer Magazine, Rangefinder Magazine, Photoshop User Magazine, NBC’s The Martha Stewart Show, ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, PBS’ Need to Know and NBC’s The Today Show.

Rich and Tamara discuss:

  • What she's been working on lately
  • The What If Day Camps to recharge your creativity
  • How bringing art and business together taught her a lesson
  • Tips on balancing your personal, business, and family life
  • Three things that you can do to change bad habits that are holding you back
  • Practicing with your equipment so you know it cold

Next up, Melissa Niu sets down with Joel Grimes. Joel is a commercial advertising photographer with a distinct style. His unique approach has earned him work from top advertising agencies and art buyers.

Melissa and Joel discuss:

  • How he started out
  • Advice for branding your work
  • How Joel defined his look
  • How compositing and digital photography affected his workflow
  • What you need to do to master your look
  • Advantages of HDR
  • Our handicaps and the beauty of working and overcoming them
  • How his color blindness affected and contributed to his look
  • Tips to achieve your goals

Last up, we dig deep into the recent Facebook controversy. Photographers are giving up even more rights by posting to the social network.  We went straight to the top to get a leading legal expert.  Terry Hart, the Director of Legal Policy for the Copyright Alliance breaks through the hype and rumors and walks us through the real repercussions.

Rich and Terry discuss:

  • Why is this Facebook change creating such a buzz
  • Why Facebook wants your content
  • What are you granting Facebook to do with your content?
  • What Facebook says they will do versus what the terms of service says they can do
  • Suggestions on how to protect your interests when using a social network
  • Why watermarking your content won't protect you
  • Can you change your mind and "un-post" content?
  • How to use 3rd party sites to share links
  • Why is this becoming  a legal issue and Congress getting involved?
  • How can groups like the Copyright Alliance and American Society of Media Photographers help?
  • Where can you go to learn more about copyright

Disclaimer: This show presents several ideas and techniques that we hope help you.  These are just some ways of approaching the issues at hand.  Combine with your own skill for best results.

Direct download: PF_9_15_13.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Rich Harrington has two great guests on the show this week.

First up, a return from Panoramic, Landscape, and HDR guru Ron Pepper.  We explore myths about HDR, killer techniques, and advanced controls.  No matter what your style of shooting or subject matter, you'll learn a ton.

You'll learn:

  • A complete understanding of exposure
  • Bracketing tips for capturing any scene
  • How to master exposure
  • Shooting HDR handheld
  • How to remove Ghosting objects and deal with moving subjects
  • How to work within the limitations of your camera
  • How many shots to take for  the best HDR
  • Using Photomatix and Photoshop for HDR

You'll also meet the new editor of Photofocus, Melissa Niu.  She's got a true passion for showcasing the best folks in the photo industry.  You'll hear Melissa on future shows and see her work on the website.

Disclaimer: This show presents several ideas and techniques that we hope help you.  These are just some ways of approaching the issues at hand.  Combine with your own skill for best results.

Hosted by Rich Harrington

Please post a review for the Podcast on iTunes — http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/photofocus/id512223214

Direct download: PF_9_5_13.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 3:00am EDT


Images © Robert O'Toole

Rich Harrington has a special guest this week.  Robert OToole joins us to discuss his migration from commercial photographer to world-renowned nature photographer. Robert was the co-leader for our Alaska trip this year and a fantastic photographer and instructor.

Robert O’Toole is an award-winning professional photographer. He was named American Bald Eagle Foundation “Photographer of the Year” in 2008. His vertical banking Bald Eagle image was awarded highly commended in the 2006 BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.

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Image © Robert O'Toole Photography

Rich and Robert discuss:

  • His move into nature photography
  • How to practice wildlife photography in your own neighborhood
  • Strategies for photographing nature
  • What makes a great image
  • Where to position the sun when shooting outdoors for the best light
  • The best times of day to shoot outdoors
  • Why Robert loves snow and eagles
  • The role of postprocessing and nature photography
  • The best camera settings for outdoor shooting to preserve highlights and exposure
  • Why he shoots manual 90% of the time
  • His favorite plugins for nature and landscape work
  • How to use your back focus button
  • How tracking sensitivity impacts your shots
  • Where you can travel with Robert for workshops
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Image © Robert O'Toole Photography

Disclaimer: This show presents several ideas and techniques that we hope help you.  These are just some ways of approaching the issues at hand.  Combine with your own skill for best results.
Download  — http://photofocuspodcast.libsyn.com/webpage

Hosted by Rich Harrington

Follow Robert on Twitter and read his blog

Please post a review for the Podcast on iTunes — http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/photofocus/id512223214

Direct download: PF_08_25_13.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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Rich Harrington has a special guests on this week's show. We catch up with best-selling author Jeff Revell, creator of the Snapshots to Great Shots series. Jeff is specializes in travel, landscape, urban, and nature photography. 

Rich and Jeff discuss:

  • What matters most when buying a new camera.
  • What are the coolest new features to show up the latest crop of cameras.
  • What is photowalking and 

    why you should get involved.

  • Jeff's favorite places to learn photography
  • Practical advice for photographers 
  • Where to find Jeff.Disclaimer: This show presents several ideas and techniques that we hope help you.  These are just some ways of approaching the issues at hand.  Combine with your own skill for best results.

Download  — http://photofocuspodcast.libsyn.com/webpage

Hosted by Rich Harrington

Circle Jeff on Google+.

Please post a review for the Podcast on iTunes — http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/photofocus/id512223214

Direct download: PF_8_15_13a.mp3
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