Photofocus (audio podcast)

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

 

Cindy Harter Sims

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

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

Lou Freeman

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rich Harrington & Abba Shapiro

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

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

 

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

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

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

Rich Harrington & Kevin Ames

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

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

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

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

 

Rich Harrington & Levi Sim

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

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

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

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

This week's podcast interviews photographers Stephen Eastwood and Mike Kubeisy.  Plus we'll offer some quick resources for touching up holiday photos as well as news about our next camera contest.

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Stephen Eastwood

 

Stephen Eastwood is a New York based Fashion and Beauty Photographer.  He also is a digital retoucher.  His expertise in both shooting and retouching have led him to be named a Canon Explorer of Light and PrintMaster.

Levi Sim and Stephen Eastwood discuss:

  • Who is Stephen Eastwood?
  • Why having hands-on learning lights is important.
  • A speedlight tip
  • Using gels and white balance to create drama and color
  • Old school tricks on gelling and creating white balance.
  • If Stephen were to shoot one thing for the rest of his life, what would it be and why?
  • Why you need to start focussing on shooting what you want to be hired for
  • Learning to be consistent 
  • Where can you find Stephen online?

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.

Vanelli and Mike discuss:

  • What is Mike well known for?
  • What happens when you use hard lights?
  • How stylizing the set helps with dramatic lighting.
  • Learning to enhance the look of the talent.
  • What does it mean to apply texture to the scene.

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

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

Direct download: PF_12_25_14.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 3:25am EDT

This week's podcast interviews photographers Roberto Valenzuela and Peter Hurley.  Beauty and wedding photographer Roberto Valenzuela talks about working with medium formats.  Then we join Peter Hurley for some practical advice on working with and directing your subject.

Roberto Valenzuela

Roberto Valenzuela is a photographer based in Beverly Hills, CA. He developed his unique teaching style by following the same practice regimen he developed as a professional concert classical guitarist and educator.

Roberto believes that it is not talent but deliberate practice that is at the core of skill and achievement. He has traveled to every corner of the world motivating photographers to practice and break down the various elements of photography in order to master them through goal setting, self-training, and constant dedication.

Roberto serves as a judge for photographic print competitions in Europe, Mexico, South America, and the most prestigious International photography competitions held in the United States through the Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) in Las Vegas, NV.

  • Shooting with the Phase One Medium Format camera
  • What’s different about medium format?
  • Why shoot with medium format?
  • The look you get
  • How are medium format files different?
  • Why does Roberto underexpose every image?
  • The power of using shadows
  • His experience shooting weddings

Peter Hurley

Peter Hurley is a New York photographer who found his way behind a camera after starting his career in front of one as a model and actor. He first picked up a camera to photograph his work making the US Sailing Team for the Olympics. This lead to a mentorship with photographer Bruce Weber who encouraged him. He's since gone on to shoot advertisements for Levi's, Reebok, DKNY, Johnnie Walker and Axe Deodorant to name a few.

Learn about:

  • What is Peter up to?
  • TedX talk
  • When did Peter start photography?
  • Peter’s mental process about shooting others
  • Psychology of being in front of the camera
  • How to customize directions to each individual person
  • We all have hangups about appearance.
  • Having a good relationship with yourself
  • Creating something special.
  • Hurley Pro
  • Where can you find Peter’s work?

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

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

Direct download: PF_12_5_14.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 8:58am EDT

This week's podcast interviews photographers Tamara Lackey about travel photography Then, we catch up with Bill Fortney to talk postproduction.

Tamara Lackey

Tamara Lackey 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:

  • Travel/landscape photography while traveling
  • Why photography vacations
  • How to travel wisely?
  • Packing camera gear
  • Travel internet speeds and backups
  • Harddrives
  • Stolen gear
  • New classes coming up
  • Where to find Tamara?

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.

Levi and Bill discuss:

  • Doing HDR in post
  • NIK Color Effects Pro 4
  • Using the sliders
  • Favorite editing tools for HDR
  • Not killing the integrity of the original image
  • Having options
 
Direct download: PF_11_15_14.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 5:54pm EDT

This week's podcast interviews photographers Frank Doorhof about his portrait work. Then, we catch up with Joel Grimes for an inspiring talk for all photographers.

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:

  • Where is Frank from?
  • What kind of photographer is Frank?
  • What got Frank into photographing models?
  • Having a husband and wife team
  • “It’s more then a scarf”
  • His love for teaching
  • Workshop talk, why is Frank’s workshops unique?
  • Light is the language, literally.
  • Being you as a photographer

Joel Grimes

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:

  • The creative outlet
  • How long has Joel been with photography
  • How to think past certain barriers
  • The Human condition
  • Getting past hurt
  • Learning past rejection
  • Going down the path that fits you the best
  • Why being a photographer is so cool
  • Why technical proficient photos can be boring
  • Where to find Joel?
Direct download: PF_11_5_14.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 7:00pm EDT

This week's podcast catches up with two industry greats who both have exiting new projects.  Melissa Niu digs deep with portrait photographer Brian Smith.  Then Rich Harrington catches up with the original Photoshop guru Bert Monroy.

Brian Smith

Screen Shot 2013-12-05 at 9.45.50 AMPulitzer Prize-winning photographer, Brian Smith, considers himself to be one of the luckiest guy on the planet. He’s told Bill Gates exactly what to do for an entire hour, appeared on The X Factor, exhibited at the Library of Congress, dined with the President, written an Amazon Best Seller, shared cupcakes with Anne Hathaway, gotten drunk with George Clooney and married the most beautiful woman he ever laid eyes on.

For the past 30 years, Brian Smith’s iconic portraits of famous celebrities, athletes and executives have been used in advertising, by corporations and have graced the covers and pages of hundreds of magazines including Sports Illustrated, ESPN the Magazine, Time, Forbes, New York Times Magazine, Elle and British GQ.

 

 

His first magazine photograph appeared in LIFE Magazine when Smith was a 20-year-old student at the University of Missouri. Five years later, Smith won the Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography for his photographs of the Los Angeles Olympic Games. He was again a finalist for the Pulitzer for his photographs of Haiti in Turmoil. His photograph of Greg Louganis hitting his head on the diving board at the Seoul Olympics won first place in both World Press Photo and the Pictures of the Year competition.

 

 

Melissa Niu and Brian Smith discuss:
  • What is Brian up to?
  • Brian's latest book
  • What is he shooting on?
  • Why would you need 36 megapixels in an image
  • What else is Brian working on and teaching?
  • Light and making the most of it in you photos
  • Opinions on editing skin
  • What’s next with Brian?
  • Where to find Brian?

Bert Monroy

Bert Monroy27_200x200_thumb is considered one of the preeminent pioneers of digital art. He builds his hyper-realistic digital paintings as a traditional artist would, adding color and texture, except he uses Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator as his media. Bert co-authored the first book on Photoshop.

His film credits include work for Industrial Light & Magic, Pacific Data Images, and R/GA. Bert has taught the Adobe Photoshop Creativity Seminar Tour, and he is a popular speaker at many conferences worldwide. He is a member of the Photoshop World Dream Team and was inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame in 2004.

Rich and Bert discuss:

  • Who is Bert Monroy
  • His latest painting — Amsterdam Mist
  • How he gets inspired for a painting
  • How does he document for his work with photos and research
  • How does shadows and highlights play a role in his work?
  • How he began teaching Dreamscapes and compositing
  • What classes on lynda.com is coming out?
  • What he hopes his paintings accomplish
  • Where to find Bert
Direct download: PF_10_15_14.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT

This week's show is a triple header. First, Pamela Berry sits down with photographer Michael Bonocore to discuss the importance of capturing moments and inspiration. Then Rich Harrington talks with Lindsay Adler on personal projects and self-assignments.  Finally Levi Sim and Rich Harrington talk with Matt Thompson from SongFreedom about music for photo and video projects.

Music on the show from our new partner — SongFreedom.

Michael Bonocore

Michael has been a fixture in the photography industry for over 7 years. His photography journey started as a hobby, primarily learning his way around a DSLR by shooting landscapes around his home in San Francisco, California. Soon, he started accepting paid assignments, from commercial ad campaigns to weddings, but his passion for traveling with camera in hand was too great to ignore. Michael started visiting locations all over the globe, documenting not only the beautiful landscapes of the countries he visited, but also the lives of the local communities.

Michael began working with international non profit organizations to help bring awareness to the causes that he was passionate about. Through the workshops that he leads for The Giving Lens, he has taught children the art of photography in countries such as Nicaragua, Peru, Jordan and India. He has documented the work of elephant sanctuaries in Thailand and he has helped bring awareness to Women’s Cooperatives in the Middle East.

Pamela and Michael talk about:

  • Who is Bonocore?
  • What is he working on?
  • What inspired the photography he does?
  • A favorite moment in photography
  • What is Giving Lens?
  • His switch of camera brands
  • Workshops coming up
  • Advice to photographers?
  • Where to find Bonocore?

Lindsay Adler

Lindsay Adler is a professional portrait and fashion photographer based in New York City. Her editorial work has appeared in numerous fashion and photography publications internationally including Noise, Bullett Magazine, Essence, Zink Magazine, Rangefinder and dozens more. A clean, bold and graphic style has become the hallmark of her work, making her in-demand for clients across the world.

Her portrait and commercial work includes look books, accessory lines, hair campaigns, cosmetic campaigns, professional athletes, television series promos and more. She is always working on new ways to share her passions and knowledge with others, and each year she lectures tens of thousands of photographers world-wide. She attributes a lot of her success to her parents NEVER suggesting that she ‘get a real job’ and encouraging her to pursue photography even in her pre-teens.

Rich and Lindsay talk about:

  • Personal projects
  • What she is currently working on and why?
  • Should you share personal projects?
  • What are goals to achieve from a personal project?
  • Do you expand the type of photography in a personal project?
  • Setting deadlines on a personal project
  • Surrounding yourself with people you like and respect
  • Her latest company for photographers?
  • How has sharing her editing and workflow helped
  • Where to find Lindsay?

Music for Photo and Video Projects

Nothing makes a slideshow or video better than a great soundtrack.  But there are a lot of rules when it comes to using music.  We demystify the process of using music in your project and offer some great techniques too.

Levi, Rich and Matt talk about:

  • What is SongFreedom?
  • Perspective on using music for clients
  • Emotional response
  • Making music your own in your work for emotional response
  • Music is inspiring
  • Technology barriers are falling
  • What your audience expects
  • Tips on finding music
  • Letting searching for music inspire you to create a project
  • Allow us as artists help other artists with licensing
  • We all want our rights protected
  • Legality of using music
  • This is why you do the right thing
  • Understanding terms of service
  • What does it mean to license music?
  • Where to find out more about SongFreedom
Direct download: PF_10_5_14a.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 9:08pm EDT