Photofocus (audio podcast)

This week's show is a triple header. First, Melissa Niu chats with Evgeny Tchebotarev who is the co-founder of 500px about their site and future.  Vanelli then catches up with professional photographer Tim Wallace and his work with automotive and boating photography.  Then Rich Harrington and Chase Reynolds sit down to discuss the hottest gear shipping from Photokina.

Music on the show from our new partner — SongFreedom.

Evgeny Tchebotarev & 500px

In 2004, before Facebook and photo-sharing sites, Evgeny Tchebotarev created a community for photographers to meet, exchange information and share photos. He initially developed this as a LiveJournal blog and then teamed up with Oleg Gutsol and transformed the idea into 500px.

Originally from Moscow, Evgeny has a BA in Commerce and Finance from Ryerson University in Toronto. He began photography in 2002 and immediately became inspired by it, when he sold three photos to magazines from his first roll of film.

Melissa and Ev talk about:

  • How did 500px start?
  • Failing in order to succeed
  • The early days of 500px
  • What is 500px up to?
  • What kind of Photographer is Ev?
  • What gear does he shoot with?
  • Every tool has a purpose
  • Advice to start a new business
  • Where can we find Ev’s work?

Tim Wallace

Photographer Tim Wallace is the driving force and creative thinking behind Ambient Life. An award winning photographer his work is often described as both conceptual and dramatic. Tim works internationally with many high end brands and clients such as Aston Martin, Land Rover Jaguar and Morgan in the UK to Kenwood and Audi in the US.

His work has been published globally and was recently named by as one of the UK's most creative photographers. Tim's view is a little more straight forward, a man who's known for his down to earth attitude, his feet are firmly on the ground and his desire to produce creative work is one that he has been driven to from a very young age when he first picked up a camera, "Photography is for me simply a creative passion, the ability to use light and form to capture in a single image what I see in my own imagination..."

He is the humble recipient of many awards including International Advertising Photographer of the Year 2010, UK Motor Industry Photographer of the Year 2010, Hasselblad Photographer of the month Oct 2010, Professional Photographer of the Year 2009 as well as receiving Distinction Awards for his work from such professional boards as the RPS.

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

Vanelli and Tim talk about:

  • What kind of photographer is Tim Wallace?
  • What inspires Tim to shoot cars
  • What he did before photography
  • How he got into photography
  • Don’t wait for the door to open
  • Why less is more
  • Tim’s 18-month project
  • Photography business is 90% business
  • What shapes Tim as a photographer 
  • Tim’s charity work

Hot Gear with Chase Reynolds

One a month we talk to our friends at LensRentals.com about the hottest new gear to hit the street. This month is a whopper with Photokina seeing the release of several hot new pieces of equipment.

Rich and Chase talk about:

Direct download: PF_9_25_14.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 5:04pm EDT

This week's we catch up with two photographers.  Beauty and wedding photographer Roberto Valenzuela talks about working experimentally.  Then we join Bob Davis for some practical shooting and business advice.

NOTE — The first interview was recorded with a bit of audio interference.

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. 

  • How Roberto became a photographer?
  • Why he really loves being a wedding photographer
  • What is “Beauty” photography?
  • Where does Roberto find his clients?
  • The challenges and rewards of beauty photography
  • How to not memorize poses, but create energy.
  • Developing the language of what you want the photo to say
  • When do the subjects get to see the images being made?
  • How much preproduction goes into a shoot?
  • Practical advice about what he wish he knew starting out.
  • Where can you find out more about Roberto?

Bob Davis

Bob Davis is a Canon Explorers of Light. He is also a member of the Wescott Top Pro Elite, a group of talented photographers from around the world comprised for photographic education and inspiration.

His passion for photography began back in high school where he was the  editor of his newspaper. He then went on to Columbia College and was named College Photographer of the Year.  He worked for the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper for 14 years and covered countless events, such as presidential elections and Michael Jordan's entire career with the Chicago Bulls.

Levi and Bob talk about:

  • Lighting techniques
  • Using modifiers
  • Being creative with anything
  • Bob’s journey as a photographer
  • How he approaches a shoot.
  • Advice on allowing others tell their story
  • Having respect for those you are working with
  • Being a working dad
  • How he came into business with his wife Dawn?
  • Keeping the business side consistent
  • Word of mouth or word of mouse
  • How he approaches teaching lighting
  • Where to find more information
Direct download: PF_9_5_14.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 10:25pm EDT

Glyn Dewis & Robert Vanelli| Photofocus Podcast 8/25/14

This week's Is a double-header, packed with information and inspiration.  We'll catch up with two very different photographers who will both inspire you with practical tips and challenges.

Glyn Dewis

Glyn Dewis is a Photographer and a Retoucher.  He is also a Photoshop World Instructor based just outside of Oxford in the UK. He works internationally shooting promotional and commercial photos primarily focussed on Physique Athletes, Musicians, Bands and Up and Coming Actors.

Levi and Glyn discuss:

  • Who is Glyn Dewis?
  • What he’s working on
  • The importance of personal projects
  • How do you make personal projects happen?
  • Why are personal projects so important?
  • Taking personal projects seriously
  • The way you work with clients
  • Photography is a people business
  • Where to find Glyn online

Robert Vanelli

Rich Harrington catches up with photographer Robert Vanelli (aka V). After a successful career as a three time Triple Crown Karate champion, Robert Vanelli turned his attention to teaching. As an educator for over 30 years, Vanelli has created several photography and digital workflow programs including a special program, Click for Kids. Borrowing concepts from the martial arts, Vanelli instilled values such as integrity, and goal setting using photography as a vehicle to motivate children.

Rich and Vanelli talk about:

  • Who is V?
  • What struggles do new photographers face?
  • Practical advice for all photographers
  • Knowing your gear (in the dark)
  • How limitations can make you better
  • Taking self assignments and mental challenges
  • Rookie mistakes to avoid
  • Learning versus knowing
  • Stop shooting in the dark, embrace light

 

 

Direct download: PF_08_25_14.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 7:48pm EDT

This week's podcast is a Double Double...  We sit down with four great photographers two at a time. First, Levi Sim talks with Tamara Lackey and Peter Hurley. Then Melissa Niu talks with two of our Photofocus team members (and great photographers) Nicole S. Young and Brian Matiash.

Tamara Lackey & Peter Hurley

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.

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.

  • What’s a visual identity?
  • What hats we wear as photographers?
  • Shooting headshots
  • Social media pictures
  • Shooting tips
  • Having direction and getting what you need from your subject
  • Creating the atmosphere
  • Communication
  • Finding your style and type of photography. Be drawn to it
  • Getting past criticism with vision and drive
  • Where you can find Tamara and Peter?

Nicole S. Young and Brian Matiash

Nicole is a full-time photographer and author. Her photography specialties are food and landscape, and sh also creates stock images for iStockphoto and Getty Images. She loves to teach, learn and share what she knows through her blog, articles, podcasts, interviews and training materials. 

Melissa, Nicole and Brian discuss:
  • Who are they
  • Nicole’s journey
  • What does Brian do?
  • Mobile photographer
  • What is happening next in the industry?
  • Definition of a Photographer
  • Why do you think every single camera has default setting jpeg?
  • What is the destiny of a typical photo?
  • Evolve or Die
  • Being married to a photographer
  • Where to find Brian and Nicole
Direct download: PF_08_15_14.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

This week's podcast interviews photographer Matt Kloskowski from Kelby One.  Rich and Melissa also check in with Chase Reynolds about two hot pieces of gear and prime lenses.

Hot Gear Segment

Rich Harrington and Melissa Niu catch up with LensRentals.com to talk about some of the hottest new pieces of gear to hit the shelfs.  Once a month we'll explore some of the most popular pieces of gear.  Be sure to leave questions for future shows in the comments.

  • How is lensrentals doing right now?
  • Lomography x Zenit Petzva lens 
  • Why rent this lens?
  • Shooting same locations over and over again?
  • Canon 16-35 f/4 lens
  • Why be excited about this lens?
  • What does L-series mean?
  • Why primes?
  • What are some go to primes?
  • Where to start with Primes?
  • Homework assignment
  • Manual lens tips
  • What is lensrental.com all about?
  • Special promo code for Photofocus readers
  • Parting Advice

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.

  • What he does for Kelby one?
  • How teaching and learning photography is better these days?
  • The best compliment he gets and keeps his passion going
  • What kind of photographer is Matt?
  • Where he would love to go shoot
  • Does he like going back to shoot the same places? Is it ok to that?
  • Talking Moab, UT
  • Gear talk
  • Camera, lens, filters, tripods
  • Where to find Matt?
Follow Matt on Twitter — twitter.com/MattKloskowski
Direct download: PF_7_15_14.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

This week's podcast interviews photographer Lindsay Adler who talks about her new studio and getting started in the world of fashion photography. Rich also gives you a quick update on the new photo options from Apple for Mac, Windows, and iOS  We then check in with Chase Reynolds about two hot new pieces of gear.  

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.

  • Collaboration on shoots.
  • Challenges of shooting in NYC
  • Renting out her studio in NYC
  • What is Skin 101?
  • Photographers are problem solvers
  • Tips on shooting different skins and faces
  • Example face on how to light.
  • The difference in silver and white reflectors
  • Post Processing tips
  • What is frequency separation?
  • What classes at Photoshop World will Lindsay be teaching?
  • Where can we find Lindsay?

Hot Gear Segment

Rich Harrington and Melissa Niu catch up with Chase Reynolds to talk about some of the hottest new pieces of gear to hit the shelfs at LensRentals.com.  Once a month we'll explore some of the most popular pieces of gear.  Be sure to leave questions for future shows in the comments.

  • Sony A7R & A7S talk
  • The benefits of full frame cameras
  • Using mirror less to shoot photo and video
  • The Freefly Movi M5 gimbal
  • How to use a gimbal?
  • Renting gear for specific reasons for specific jobs

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Direct download: PF_6_5_15.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 7:44am EDT

This week's podcast interviews photographers Dixie Dixon and Doug Hansgate.  The show offers practical advice and inspiration from two photographers at different points in their careers.

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Dixie Dixon

Dixie Dixon is a Texas born and bred commercial fashion photographer.  Just a few years out of college, this 20-something’s career is unfolding one adventure after another. She was given her first Nikon Camera, the Nikon FG, at just 12 years old, which peaked her curiosity in the field and served as her sidekick in exploring the world.  She would continually clock seven to ten hours in the darkroom without even realizing it.  While in college she studied in London with a world-renowned fashion photographer and became deeply inspired by the beautiful illusion of fashion and commercial photography. 

It has been said that her idealistic vision of the world is reflected into every single frame- full of life, beautiful energy, and most of all, Soul.  Her passion has lead her to shoot internationally in places such as Cannes, Toronto, Vancouver, New York, Miami, Los Angeles, Ibiza, and Barcelona recently for various brands, tv shows, commercial campaigns and editorial projects. 

  • How Dixie got started?
  • What she’s doing right now
  • What is her passion?
  • The importance of personal work
  • Getting to know your clients
  • Advice to starting out in the commercial industry.
  • Where to find Dixie

Doug Hansgate

Doug Hansgate has been shooting professionally for over 35 years. His work has been on display in galleries in New York City and Toronto. The photography bug bit Doug at a young age when his father gave him a Voigtlander camera. By the time he was 16, Doug was the high school yearbook photography editor and had built a darkroom in his parents’ home, where he processed black and white images.

  • Finding out about Doug
  • Why he loves Photography
  • “I don’t take pictures, I create images”
  •  Balancing the artist, the photographer and the agency
  • Discussing the ability to capture that moment at the right time
  • How studying classic techniques helps inspire 
  • Being aware with our subjects. Feeling that persons essence in your portraits
  • Where can we find Doug.
Direct download: PF_5_25_14.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

This week's podcast interviews popular photographer Zack Arias who discusses big changes in his work and professional life. We then check in with Chase Reynolds about two hot new pieces of gear. When that's done, find out about our latest contest with big prizes.

Zack Arias
Zack Arias is a professional photographer based in Atlanta, GA. He's spent a lot of time working in the music industry as well as working for a lot of editorial, corporate, and commercial assignments. He sees his approach as “simple, bold, classic, and true.”

What new gear excites Zack?
What Zack is shooting these days.
Zack’s transformation of his career and why he's changing
Goals for a new project
Why should you house clean your photography?
What is his new blog is about
"When God said let there be light, Joe McNally handed him a flash"
Zack’s new series he’s about to work on

Hot Gear Segment
Rich Harrington and Melissa Niu catch up with Chase Reynolds to talk about some of the hottest new pieces of gear to hit the shelfs at LensRentals.com. Once a month we'll explore some of the most popular pieces of gear. Be sure to leave questions for future shows in the comments.

The new Sigma 50mm f1/4 lens
Differences between Canon, Nikon, and Sigma 50mm primes
The LensCap program
The Panasonic GH4

New Contest
Melissa sits down with Orri from ViewBug to talk about the new Photofocus contest which just kicked off. Learn about some of the fantastic prizes as well as how to enter.

What does Orri do at View Bug
Big Contest announcement
Details about the contest
Where to find more details

Direct download: PF_5_5_14.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

This week's podcast takes a look at two very different topics in the photo industry.  Our first guest Mike Corrado discusses his concert photography and passion projects.  Then we catch up with Photofocus contributor and industry expert Gerard Murphy about photo sharing services like SnapChat and the new Lightroom Mobile.

Mike Corrado

Mike Corrado is a photographer and visual artist with over 35 years experience. He also works with Nikon as the Manager of Nikon Professional Services: Pro Relations and Product Marketing. Assignments have taken him to several Super Bowls, World Series and Indy 500 races. He has covered the Kentucky Derby for 14 of 16 years and has worked with the New York Mets, New York Jets and other professional sports teams.

Note, Mike's interview was captured on location and has some background noise.

  • Who is Mike?
  • What are his passions?
  • What does Mike do for Nikon?
  • Shooting concerts and tips.
  • Why he loves to shoot the drummer
  • Current passion projects
  • Seeing new talents
  • Advice for photographers
  • Where can you find Mike’s work?

Gerard Murphy

Gerard has had a passion for photography since borrowing his Mom’s Pentax as a kid on family vacations. Later, Gerard turned this passion into Mosaic which he co-founded. He is also an avid Lightroom advocate and teacher of Lightroom tips and tricks.

Rich and Gerard discuss

  • Who is Gerard Murphy?
  • Private photo sharing and what SnapChat is doing
  • The appeal of services like SnapChat
  • Immediate sharing and the up and coming generation of photographers
  • Future of photo sharing and photo management
  • How is this evolving in a mobile world
  • The announcement of Lightroom mobile

 

Direct download: PF_04_15_14.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

This week's podcast adds a brand new guest as well as a segment to the show.  First up, Rich catches up with Drew Geraci of District 7 Media who's timelapse and HDR photography has appeared in television shows and commercials.  Then Melissa Niu chats with Chase Reynolds and Joey Miller about the most in-demand gear and what's hot in the photo world.

Drew Geraci

Drew Geraci is a passionate and award winning photographer/videographer who has been in the business for nearly 15 years. He has spent 9 years working as a Mass Communication’s specialist in the US Navy and 3 years as Multimedia Producer for the Washington Times in Washington, DC. He specializes in motion time-lapse photography and video production.

  • Who is Drew and how did he get into motion time-lapse?
  • His HDR time-lapse workflow
  • What goes into making a time-lapse shoot
  • Challenges of time-lapse
  • Getting permits and shooting legal
  • What keeps Drew going and staying excited about Time-lapse
  • Advice for shooters of all levels
  • Setting up multiple cameras
  • Protecting your rights and work
  • New gear
  • Where to find Drew’s work?

Hot Gear Segment

Melissa Niu introduces a new segment to the show.  She talks with some experts from LensRentals.com about the hottest cameras on the market.  Once a month she'll explore some of the most popular equipment and dig deeper to see what people enjoy so much about the gear.  Be sure to leave questions for future shows in the comments.

  • How did Lens Rentals get started?
  • Hot camera gear right now
  • Favorite lenses
  • Where to find Lens rentals and the process
  • Special code for Photofocus listeners to save 15%
Direct download: PF_4_15_14.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 10:31am EDT