Photofocus (audio podcast)

Rich Harrington and Scott Bourne answer viewer questions.

Q&A Podcast Questions

1. From Jason via the Web

I have 16MP photos from a Fuji XT1 that I want to print 30” and that I will display in my home. Do I need to “up-res” them?

2. From Andy in Cle Elum, WA

I am deciding between a 16 and a 20mp camera. All other things being equal should I pick the one with the most megapixels?

3. From Michele in Rochester, MN

I want to build a photo studio. Should I paint the ceiling white, black, gray or a reflective color so I can manage the light?

4. From Justine via the Web

I like to shoot panoramic photographs using stitching methods you guys have suggested at Photofocus. I see some new cameras are coming out that have the ability to shoot panoramic images built in. Do these cameras do this as well as the stitching method?

5. From Hondo in Londonbury, CT

I have lots of camera gear. I struggle with how to store it when I am not using it. What do you guys do? Do you keep it in bags, boxes, closets, a safe, etc.?

6. From Chandra in Danbury, CT

This is for Scott. I noticed on Twitter that you posted a bird photo and someone asked you what camera and lens you used to make a photo. Do you think that the person asking that question believes that if they use the same camera and lens they can make that photo? Or do you think they want to know something else? I am puzzled.

7. From John in Sydney, Australia

This is for Rich. I have heard recently that people advise video shooters to capture video at a high frame rate and then slow it down to 24fps to “smooth” it out. Can you explain what that means and are there any super easy consumer level video editing programs that employ that function?

8. From Laurie in LA, CA

When making vacation or family photos is it better to use the camera’s built-in timed shutter release or to use an app on a phone you click in your pocket or otherwise hide from the camera?

9. From Molly in Trenton, NJ

Can you explain the advantages/disadvantages of using silver, v. white, v. gold reflectors?

10. From Roger in Pasadena, CA

My dad left me an old Sekonic handheld light meter. Is there any reason to hang on to gear like this? Is it needed or even useable in the digital age?

11. From Sophia in Franklin, TN

I want to start learning to edit photos on a computer. The only computer I have is six years old. How much computer do you need these days to take advantage of the best photo editing software?

12. From Jenny in Dallas, TX

I have been shooting for about two years and am starting to get pretty serious about photography. How long should I wait before starting to think about building a portfolio?

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Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 5:06pm EDT

In this renewed, reinvigorated episode of The Mind Your Own Business Podcast, Scott Bourne and Skip Cohen discuss actionable ways to improve your photography business. In this particular episode, they discuss how to distinguish yourself from the competition by providing excellent Customer Service to your clients.

Specific topics of discussion include the following:

  • You don’t have to be the best photographer in town, or have the highest end gear, but you can choose to build relationships with your customers.
  • It’s about being nice and listening to your customers.
  • You can develop a great reputation for your business even if you mess up – make sure you come back and deliver great Customer Service in order to fix potentially negative situations.
  • It’s how you handle your mistakes that separates you from your competition.
  • When you make a mistake, admit that you’re wrong without assigning blame on the customer, even if you believe they are at fault. Move on to solving the problem for them in order to make them happy with your service.
  • The internet is powerful, and word (positive or negative!) about your business travels fast.
  • Empathize. Remember to listen twice as much as you talk. Handle things quickly.

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_August_1_2016_High.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

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

  • Scott talks about his trip to Photoshop World in Las Vegas with his mirrorless camera.
  • Sigma has announced pricing and availability of the sd Quattro camera. The body only will be a competitive $799 (US). A unique feature of this camera is the 'Super-Fine Detail' mode that combines 7 exposures into one high dynamic range image.
  • Samyang Optics have announced the global availability of the long-awaited autofocus lens: Samyang AF 50/1.4 FE. It is made for Sony E mount Mirrorless cameras with full frame sensor size. The lens will be globally available from August, and the suggested retail price is EUR 579 (approx. $600 US).
  • There is another new 50mm f1.4 lens for Sony - this one is made by Zeiss. The Zeiss Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA lens. This full-frame fast prime features an 11-blade aperture for circular out-of-focus highlights a.k.a. Bokeh, even as you stop down. This lens will retail for $1.500 US.
  • Fujifilm has released a fix for their last firmware fix that caused problems for some users after the lens firmware upgrade of the XF 90mm f2 and the XF 16-55mm f2.8 lenses. The fix for the fix can be downloaded here: http://www.fujifilm.com/news/n160712.html
  • Fujifilm has also launched an updated Instax printer. The new Instax SP-2 is faster and has a better resolution for the credit card sized Instax mini prints. The Printer can be used with most smartphones or directly with Fuji X-cameras and will retail for about $200 US. Scott also shares his Instax mini experience from the past and Marco adds a few wishes for a future Instax printer.
  • 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. The image we picked this month was taken by Jim Harvey and is called Made in China
  • Marco has reserved two free spots for our listeners for a sponsored street photography day and photo walk in Hannover, Germany on August 27. Contact him if you want one of these spots.

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_July_28_2016.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this episode of the InFocus Interview Show, our guests discuss HDR photography, how they use Photomatix Pro in their workflow, and more!

We have four great interviews in today's episode. They are as follows:

1. Chamira interviews Bob Lussier. In their discussion, they chat about:

  • How Bob uses his HDR to document abandoned textile spaces and equipment
  • How he captures the essences of the buildings he shoots
  • How he uses Photomatix in his workflow.
  • The evolution of HDR.

2. Chamira interviews Colin Smith. In their discussion, they chat about:

  • Colin's early exploration into HDR via 3D work.
  • His early illustrative HDR style, and its evolution into a cleaner, more natural style
  • How he's using HDR with his aerial photography
  • How he uses Photomatix in his workflow for his bracketed shots
  • The process of finding your own style
  • Incorporating a sense of mystery in our image

3. Levi interviews Matt Kloskowki. In their discussion, they chat about:

  • The importance of making a good photo
  • How composition plays a role
  • How far we choose to push HDR style
  • How creativity and artistry play a role in making pictures.

4. Levi interviews Richard Harrington. In their discussion, they chat about:

  • HDR as it applies to black and white photography
  • HDR as it applies to panoramic photography
  • Hand-held HDR vs shooting off of a tripod
  • Time-lapse photography and batch processing

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: Infocus_Interview_Podcast_Photofocus_Podcast_July_21_2016_High.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

On this #Inspiration "Print" episode of the Photofocus podcast Scott and Marco discuss these topics:
  • Get to know an inspirational photographer: This month Scott introduces you to the American documentary photographer Dorothea Lange (1895 - 1965). She is best known for her documentary photography during the great depression (1929-1939). Her most famous image "Migrant Mother" (1936) is one of the most exhibited images in history. Dorothea's work had a great impact on modern documentary photography. Her images gave the poor and forgotten a face and her work for the FSA from 1935-1939 is iconic for that time.
  • Scott and Marco share their thoughts on why printing your image is so important - especially in today's digital world.
  • In the interview, we cover printers, ink, paper, calibration, software settings and icc profiles. And all of this is today a lot less complicated than many may think!
  • After the interview Scott and Marco share more thoughts on their experiences with printing and strongly urge you, the audience to take action and print more of your work. It may be a life changing experience for your photography.

 

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_July_14_2016.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this episode of the Problem Solving show, Scott Bourne and Pepper discuss the problems photographers face. They also 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 their 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
  • Choose 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_July_11_2016_High.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 1:07am EDT

In this renewed, reinvigorated episode of The Mind Your Own Business Podcast, Scott Bourne and Skip Cohen discuss marketing tips to improve your photography business. In this particular episode, they discuss how to make the most of photography trade shows. This includes what to look for, how to invest your time wisely, what to do, and also what not to do.

Specific topics of discussion include the following:

  • Plan ahead and determine your budget
  • Build an action plan for when you get back (follow-up)
  • Make a list of your gear, or gear you would like to have, and plan to visit those vendors at the trade show.
  • The concept of “storm-trooping” at trade shows
  • Pick courses/classes at trade shows that will help you bump up your skillset and improve your weak skills.
  • For portfolio reviews at trade shows, consider taking your worst work so that the reviewers can help you problem solve. Don’t try to show off. Instead, try to improve.
  • At the end of each day of a trade show, make notes and catalog the business cards that you collected, so that you can properly follow up later.
  • Be practical: wear comfortable shoes, and bring your business cards.
  • Bring your “persona”
  • Be helpful
  • Know your spending power in advance
Direct download: Mind_Your_Own_Business_Photofocus_Podcast_July_1_2016_High.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

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

  • Hasselblad has just announced the first compact mirrorless medium format camera. It is called the Hasselblad X1D and has a 50 MPix CMOS sensor (44mm x 33mm) that works at a native ISO range from ISO 100- 25600. We discuss the cameras features, lens options and price. And we give our initial thoughts on the announcement of this camera.
  • Panasonic has announced a new Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 12mm f1.4 lens. The lens offers the classic 24mm field of view for m4/3 cameras. Scott has ordered this lens along with a new Panasonic GX8 and he'll talk about his experiences in a future Photofocus mirrorless show.
  • We share some news regarding Olympus and Panasonic. There are potential supply shortages and product delays caused by the negative effects of the Kumamoto earthquake on April 14th, 2016.
  • Adobe has released an update to Lightroom 6.6 / CC 2015.6 that improves overall performance and added new cameras and lens profiles  for these mirrorless cameras: Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II, Leica M-D (Typ 262), Nikon COOLPIX B700, Panasonic DMC-GX85 (DMC-GX80, DMC-GX7MK2). The CC version also received new features.
  • Scott answers two listener question regarding the quality difference and usage situations of the mechanical- vs. the electronic shutter. And if the Lumix GX8 in-body image stabilisation needs to be turned off when used on a tripod?
  • Marco answers a listener question regarding the choice of a wide angle lens for street photography and environmental street portraits. The listener asked specifically about the Fujinon XF 14mm f2.8 vs. the Fujinon XF 16mm f1.4 lens.
  • We now 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 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. The image we picked this month was taken by Patrick Gorden and is called Lets rock!

 

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_June_28_2016.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

On this #Inspiration episode of the Photofocus podcast Scott and Marco discuss these topics:
  • Get to know an inspirational photographer: This month Marco introduces you to the professional "socially engaged documentary photographer" Sebastião Salgado. Sebastião's documentary work has been published in many top-tier magazines and exhibited in some of the world's most famous photo galleries and museums. Many will know his photos of the firemen working on the oilfield fires in Kuwait. He has also published multiple books such as "Workers" or "Genesis". Sebastião has documented many conflict-torn regions in the world and over time changed his focus to look at the beauty of nature with his photography. He and his wife started a stunning environmental project to reforest the rainforest in his home region in Brazil about 20 years ago. There is also a fantastic documentary movie about Sebastião's life as a photographer that is called "The Salt of the Earth" and that is really worth watching.
  • Marco explains why current events (a.k.a. tornado) changed the plans and topic for this episode of the inspiration podcast to "protecting your precious visual memories in today's digital world".
  • Choosing and handling your memory cards in the field.
  • Image management and drive strategy for safe storing your images at home / in your office (RAID, NAS, Time Machine etc.)
  • More onsite and offsite backup options for redundancy and real backup. Remember, redundancy is not automatically backup!
  • Offsite options via online backup services, a second NAS etc.
  • Scott's photo book of the month pick is: America from 500 Feet II by Bill Fortney. Scott is still picking up this book regularly and is very impressed with the images that Bill took with an ultralight plane in the 1990's.

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_June_14_2016.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this renewed, reinvigorated episode of The Mind Your Own Business Podcast, Scott Bourne and Skip Cohen discuss marketing tips to improve your photography business. In particular, they discuss the following topics:

  • Paying attention to detail allows you to create a great experience for your clients.
  • Respect your work enough to package it well. Give your work the presentation it deserves. This communicates to your client how high end you are.
  • Make it a point to go out to high end stores and observe how they package their product. Examples include stores like Tiffany & Co, and jewelry stores that sell Rolex watches.
  • The little things absolutely count, such as dressing the part or wearing a tie. This applies to writing as well, such as emails and brochures. Proofread your work.
  • Make everyone who walks into your studio feel like a rock star.
  • Sending flowers to brides that book you is one example of treating a client like a rock star.
  • It’s about relationship building. Do research on your clients and find out how you can make them happy.
  • Disney and Nordstrom’s are great examples of companies that go above and beyond when pleasing their customers.
  • Every detail you get right is another stepping stone towards closing the deal and helping your clients protect their memories.
  • Your goal is to exceed client expectations, especially because photography is largely a word of mouth business.
Direct download: Mind_Your_Own_Business_Photofocus_Podcast_June_1_2016_High.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 12:30am EDT