Photofocus (audio podcast)

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

Scott and Marco have a special last #Mirrorless show of 2016 for you. Marco had the chance to interview Zack Arias for our mirrorless show at the Gulf Photo Plus Berlin event. Zack is a highly regarded and internationally famous commercial and portrait photographer based in Atlanta, Georgia.

In the discussion Zack shares his thoughts and opinions on the following topics:
  • How the image quality of mirrorless cameras convinced him to drop his full frame DSLR gear for good.
  • How and when he uses his mirrorless camera over his digital medium format Phase One camera for his jobs.
  • What he thinks about the new Fuji GFX mirrorless medium format camera.
  • Leaf shutter vs. focal plane shutter in medium format cameras and why the price of each technology needs to be put into account.
  • Zack’s thoughts on the more or less neglected portable flash systems from mirrorless camera manufacturers.
  • Zack has published a new e-book for photographers who are or want to get into the business of photography. Zack shares his experiences, successes and mistakes that he made in his career as a photographer. The e-book “Get to Work” is currently on sale for $25 and can be purchased on his website here: http://dedpxl.com/product/get-to-work/
  • 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.

Direct download: The_Mirrorless_Show___Photofocus_Podcast_December_28_2016.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

The PhotoFocus InFocus Interview Show FOR DEC 21ST, 2016. I’m your Host Rod Harlan.

This month we have a special show honoring the life and wisdom of Master Commercial Advertising and Fine Art Photographer and Abundant Educator Jim DiVitale. Jim sadly passed away December 13th after a brave battle with cancer and the entire industry, including his many many friends, will miss him dearly. In today’s show we’ll be listening to 2 Jim DiVitale interviews, each of them just stuffed full of golden nuggets of information, that if we listen to Jim, will make us all better at both our craft and our business.

But first I want to thank our 4 sponsors that make it possible for us to bring you these 2 interviews without commercial interruptions. It’s really great that their are companies like:
HDRsoft - makers of Photomatix
Athentech – makers of Perfectly clear
Drobo - with their storage devices protecting our livelihood
and B&H - who bring quality gear at such great prices

…that there are companies like these that understand the importance of shows like this. So thank you to them.

And with that, I want to start our show with photographer Kevin Ames interviewing Jim just this past June 2016 for a show called Photography is Life. In the interview you will get a taste of all that Jim has accomplished in his life, along with how he got started in the industry, the early days in the film advertising industry, his move to digital as one of the early pioneers, doing things right the first time (which was his personal mantra) and keeping long term clients satisfied for decades upon. Let’s listen as Jim shares in his own words about his fascinating life.

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This next interview comes from a long talk I had with Jim at PhotoshopWorld in Sept of 2012. I first met Jimmy D, as I used to call him, thru Scott Kelby back at PhotoshopWorld in 1999. What I loved about Jimmy was that that no matter how much he knew or how smart he was, he was always after more knowledge. His thirst for knowledge about a subject he was curious about had no bounds. From the first day I met him until the last time we spoke he was always asking me about video production or video editing, or motion graphics, or video codecs or new software advances… and when he wasn’t asking he was SHARING such great knowledge about his craft, giving insight and great tips & techniques to anyone who asked.

As a freelancer and small business owner, I always jumped at the chance to pick Jimmy’s brain about how I could improve my business. He was always quick to share the latest techniques as well as tried and true business principles that had worked for him for decades. In the interview you are about to hear, Jim DiVitale shares marketing tips and tricks he used to pay the bills, set himself apart from other photographers, and continue making his business a success. You’ll learn from this interview not just how clever Jim was, but also how much hussle he had in his day to day work life. Like all great businessmen, Jim worked at it day in and day out, but he did it all with poise and grace that set him apart from the norm. Here’s Jim in his own words…

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Well that’s the end of our special InFocus Interview show for Dec 21st 2016, spending time with our dear friend Jim DiVitale. While he will be missed he will not be forgotten. To see any of Jim work or to read, watch or listen to any of his training, all you need to do is just Google his name. He did a great job of making sure his SEO was always on point.

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!