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This week's podcast interviews photographer Chris Smith.   Chris is a Chicago based photographer and an expert and understanding light.

 

Chris Smith

Chris Smith is a Chicago photographer who splits his time between being a high school physics teacher.  Chris's understanding of light is a key factor to his amazing photos (and he shares great advice in this podcast).  He also runs the website Out of Chicago which helps other photographers shoot Chicago.

Levi Sim and Chris Smith discuss:

  • Who is Chris Smith?
  • What does Chris do and what kind of photographer is he?
  • Why you should shoot what’s around you
  • Chris's guide to shooting Chicago
  • What are photographers missing in post processing?
  • The role of dodging and burning
  • What tools does Chris use to post process his images?
  • What gear is in Chris’s bag?
  • His most important piece of gear.
  • Tips for shooting with tripods
  • The importance of setting your camera before you head out.
  • Using Live View on your camera
  • Using exposure simulation mode
  • Talking Filters
  • The Out of Chicago conference
  • Where can you find more about Chris?

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Direct download: PF_02_25_15.mp3
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Thanks for all the great questions you've been sending in to the Photofocus podcast.  This week we're joined by guru and Photofocus contributor Nicole S. Young (nicolesy).  Rich and Nicole tackle some great topics to help photographers.

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

Get the show here  or get it on iTunes — Don't forget to post a review on iTunes.

Rich Harrington & Nicole S. Young

  • Welcome to the Show
  • Making edits
  • Deciding which photos to keep
  • Travel gear advice
  • Check out new photo classes on lynda.com
  • Nicoles workflow with Lightroom & onOne
  • When should you sharpen your photos?
  • Using the masking tool choose what to sharpen or not sharpen.
  • Add the perfect soundtrack with SongFreedom
  • Where does Nicole get her photography inspiration?
  • Attend the Capture Cinematic Weddings workshop
  • Suggestions on working with clients.
  • Enter our New Camera Contest
  • Thanks to Drobo
  • Shooting JPEG or RAW or both?
  • Apple to officially remove Aperture from Mac App Store
  • Controlling the handoff between RAW file and Photoshop
  • Choosing a working color space
  • Build the perfect website with Zenfolio
  • New techniques and equipment that Nicole and Rich have been using lately
  • Learn About HDR with Photomatix
  • Where can we catch up with Nicole?

 


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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_2_15_15.mp3
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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.

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

Rich Harrington & Levi Sim


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lynda.com Learn photography anytime, anywhere, and at your own pace—from bite-sized tutorials to comprehensive courses. Try lynda.com free for 10 days by visiting lynda.com/ Photofocus.

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_25_15.mp3
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After a hiatus, we've brought back the Question and Answer format to the Photofocus podcast. We got a lot of feedback at our reader's breakfast and decided to pull the format back out. Our goal is to once a month get answers to questions you have.  You can post those questions via Twitter with the #pfqa or send us a note here at Photofocus.

 Rich Harrington & Vanelli

  • Why we are bringing back the Question and Answer Podcast?
  • How can you submit questions?
  • Get to know this week's guest – Vanelli
  • Why should you use a reflector?
  • How many lights or strobes do you need?
  • Learning to start basic and why
  • Thoughts on doing photography education
  • How do you set up for a sunrise or sunset shot (and bonus tips)
  • Secret Lightroom and camera preferences you must change
  • Using bracketing in your camera and how to utilize it.
  • Creating the best Black and White photos.
  • Why is the Adobe photography plan a subscription?
  • Options if you want "boxed" software from Adobe
  • Where are your files? Did you lose them?
  • Where to find Vanelli?

 

Direct download: PF_12_15_14.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:12pm EST

This week's podcast interviews photographers Mark Morrow and Matt Kloskowski.  Mark is a landscape photographer and writer for Photofocus.  Matt is the newly appointed VP of Photography at onOne and you may know him from his many books and workshops.

 

Mark Morrow

Mark Morrow is an active professional photographer based in Roanoke, Virginia, currently specializing in real estate, fine art landscape and architectural projects. Always an avid student of the craft, he enjoys sharing insight and inspiration with amateurs and aspiring professionals as a contributing author with Photofocus.com.

Vanelli and Mark discuss:

  • Who inspired Mark into Photography?
  • How long has Mark been in photography?
  • Mark’s background
  • What was Photoshop’s inspiration
  • What resources helped Mark getting off the ground?
  • Being realistic
  • How Mark approaches his photography?
  • Who has helped both Mark and Vanelli in learning?
  • Research and pay your dues
  • Don’t make excuses for bad work

Matt Klowskowski

Matt Kloskowski is the new  Vice-President of Photography for onOne.  He was formerly with KelbyOne and is a well known educator and author as well as landscape photographer.

Rich and Matt discuss:

  • What is Matt’s background and what’s he’s now doing?
  • What’s his new job?
  • What’s in a name change?
  • Being an educator
  • Using onOne
  • You have a look
  • Who Matt hopes to be with onOne
  • Preset/Effects talk
  • Your Photo Your Look
  • Using Effects to be unique
  • Going back to past images
  • Going beyond the preset
  • Advice to new users on what tools to use
  • Favorite gadgets
  • Where to find Matt?

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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_11_25_14.mp3
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This week's podcast interviews photographer Dave Black about his sports and light painting work. Then, get an overview of what's going on with Lightroom from product manager Sharad Mangalick.

Dave Black

We welcome back Dave Black to the show for an interview with Vanelli.  Dave is a freelance photographer for over 30 years.  His   work has primarily centered on the sports industry for such publications as Sports Illustrated, Time, Newsweek and the award-winning TV show Sports Century on ESPN. He's covered events like the Masters, Kentucky Derby, National Football League, NASCAR and extensive work regarding the United States Olympic Committee, Olympic athletes and coverage of twelve Olympic Games.

Vanelli and Dave discuss:

  • What are some of Dave's latest work?
  • How his latest project came about
  • The challenges of working with fog machines
  • Becoming a Nikon Ambassador
  • The great thing about learning lighting
  • What inspires Dave?
  • Why it’s important to dream?
  • Research, research, research

Sharad Mangalick

Melissa Niu catches up with Sharad Mangalick, product manager for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Camera Raw.  Find out about Lightroom Mobile and other things in the works.

Melissa and Sharad discuss:

  • What does Sharad do with Lightroom?
  • Excitement around Lightroom Mobile
  • What’s in the works with LR Mobile
  • The process behind LR Mobile
  • Sharad's start with photography
  • What kind of photographer is Sharad?
  • What is exciting about where Lightroom is right now?
  • What is his favorite thing about Lightroom
  • Great tools in Lightroom
  • Using presets
  • Where can you find Sharad?
Direct download: PF_10_25_14.mp3
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This week's we catch up with two photographers. First, one of the most passionate and respected photographers on the planet... Joe McNally.  We then catch up with new Photofocus contributor Mykii Liu.

Joe McNally

Joe McNally is an internationally acclaimed photographer whose career has spanned 30 years and included assignments in over 50 countries. He has shot cover stories for TIME, Newsweek, Fortune, New York, Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, and Men's Journal. He has been at various times in his career a contract photographer for Sports Illustrated, a staff photographer at LIFE, and currently, an ongoing 23 year contributor to the National Geographic, shooting numerous cover stories for those publications.

Rich and Joe talk about:

  • Joe's upcoming projects
  • How they came about
  • Choosing the pictures to go into your portfolio
  • Letting the flaws be
  • What are Joe’s favorite images
  • Developing a thick skin
  • Why critique is essential to growth
  • How has changes in technology change Joe’s approach
  • How to create that spark to make a more interesting photo
  • What is the story you're telling?
  • Check out Where is the show to find Joe’s work?
  • Where to find Joe?
  • Check out the Monroe Gallery | October 3 — November 23

Mykii Liu

Mykii Liu is a new contributor to Photofocus (who's sense of humor pervades both his articles and his bio).  His jumping skills and abnormal love of tofu and argyles are antithetically a part of his nature.  But don’t be confused by his outpouring pranks, his photography and love of the craft make up for his passion for humor and horseplay.

Liu is currently a student of photography at the College of Southern Nevada while simultaneously and professionally shooting weddings, fashion, models and categorically formidable and socially accepted people.

You can find Mykii’s portfolio here or follow him on Facebook.

Melissa and Mykii talk about:

  • Who is Mykii?
  • What style is his Photography?
  • How personality comes out in portraits
  • Being a college student and a photographer
  • His background in photography
  • Re-learning the basics
  • Having Mentors
  • What inspires Mykii to shoot
  • Gear talk
  • Studying photos online to remake and learn
  • Some of his favorite Photofocus articles
  • Where to find Mykii
Direct download: PF_9_15_14_01a.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:11pm EST

This week's podcast is a whopper... packed with information and inspiration. We have the world's most popular photo instructor, Scott Kelby to share tips and news. Then Rich Harrington and Chase Reynolds explore new gear from Nikon and Sony. Lastly Levi Sim sits down with portrait photographer and Photofocus writer Kevin Ames.

Scott Kelby
Scott Kelby is the President and CEO of KelbyOne, is also the original “Photoshop Guy”, is the Cofounder and CEO of Kelby Media Group, the editor and publisher of Photoshop User Magazine and Light It Magazine, Conference Technical Chair for the Photoshop World Conference & Expo, Training Director and instructor for KelbyOne Live Seminars, and author of a string of bestselling technology books.

Scott’s brand new book

  • How teaching Photoshop and photography came about
  • Favorite Gear
  • Lighting talk
  • The type of instructors at Photoshop World
  • What kind of classes are at Photoshop World?
  • What’s new at Photoshop World this year?
  • The perks of attending Photoshop World
  • What makes a good portfolio review?

Hot Gear Segment
Rich Harrington and Chase Reynolds of 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 equipment. Be sure to leave questions for future shows in the comments.

  • Nikon’s new D810 Camera
  • Options on file size with the Nikon Cameras
  • The evolution of Sony and what’s new with the A7S
  • Lenses for the Sony and what’s different
  • Consideration when purchasing a camera
  • Travel considerations
  • Perks of using lens rentals (Save 15% with Summer15 or 10% with FOCUS10). 
  • What kind of cameras are people actually using?
  • Special deal from Lensrental

Kevin Ames
Kevin Ames is a photographer who started shooting commercial photography while attending Boise State University and working full time at Idaho Camera. His career continued as part of the first generation of videographers working for the NBC and CBS affiliated television stations in Boise. He has also written, produced, photographed and directed television commercials.

His photographs have appeared in Time, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal and on the covers of Professional Photographer, Photoshop User, Jezebel and Atlanta Sports and Fitness magazines. He works for corporate clients including AT&T, Coca-Cola, Carter’s, Honda and Westin Hotels as well as in brochures, annual reports, websites and trade show graphics.

Levi and Kevin discuss:

Kevin's role in photo industry
Goal behind his Exposure Tactics series
Photoshop World fun
New gear from Sigma Kevin is excited about
The Red Dress project
Shooting with the Sigma 40 f1/4
Thoughts in the new Mac Pro
Editing Video with Lightroom and Photoshop
Get the most from Adobe Camera Raw
Where to you find Kevin
Follow Kevin on Twitter — twitter.com/AmesPhoto

Direct download: PF_08_05_14.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:26am EST

This week's podcast interviews with two folks influencing the world of photography.  First up is well-known portrait photographer Brian Smith who walks us through his workflow of posing subjects and working with mirror-less cameras. Then find out about long exposure, night sky and timelapse photography.

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.

 

 

Levi Sim and Brian Smith discuss:
  • How Brian got his start?
  • What Brian has and continues to shoot on
  • Brian’s relationship with Sony
  • Advantages of mirror-less cameras
  • Using lens adapters
  • Sony A7R talk
  • Why he’s not a big tripod guy
  • Explaining 2K and 4K
  • Parting advice
  • His latest book on Sony A7R
Be sure to catch up with Brian at this year's Photoshop World.
 

Ron Risman

Ron is an award winning cinematographer, editor of Cameratown.com, and timelapse specialist and instructor located on the seacoast of New Hampshire.   Ron has been a photographer & videographer for over 25 years and continues to follow his passion when it comes to capturing and teaching night photography.

Ron has been commissioned to shoot time-lapses for corporations such as Liberty Mutual and Restoration Hardware; news organizations such as FOX CT News and WFTV-9 Orlando, and his timelapse work recently appeared in an HBO Film "The Crash Reel" which premiered last year at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

Rich and Ron discuss:

  • What type of imagery does Ron create?
  • What does he like about night photography?
  • Why he calls photography Romance
  • Learning the recipe of night photography
  • Walking through the steps of night photography
  • Useful apps for night photographers
  • How does nighttime photography change when shooting close to a city?
  • Is there a renewed interest in long exposure photography?
  • Why he was a terrible film photographer?
  • Timelapse talk
  • Workshop details
  • Where to find more information
Direct download: PF_7_25_14Podcast..mp3
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This week's podcast interviews with two folks influencing the world of photography.  First up is Colin Smith who discusses his journey with Photoshop as well as photo realism and lighting.  Then Rich Harrington and Gerard Murphy sit down to talk about the evolving mobile workflows.

Get the show here  or get it on iTunes — Don't forget to post a review on iTunes.

Colin Smith

Colin Smith is a best-selling author, trainer, and award-winning digital artist who has caused a stir in the community with his stunning Photoshop work. Colin is also known as a pioneer of HDR photography. Colin is an Adobe ACP (Adobe Community Professional), He is founder of the world’s most popular Photoshop resource site, PhotoshopCAFE.com, which boasts over 30 million visitors.

Levi and Colin discuss:

  • What does Colin do?
  • A fun fact about Star Wars
  • How he got started in the business
  • How Photoshop Café became to be
  • How Collin sees a picture
  • Why he hates ring flashes
  • Learning to see things differently
  • Tips on observing and seeing color.
  • How to photograph glass
  • Where to find Collin
Be sure to catch up with Colin at this year's Photoshop World.

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:

  • What happened to Apple Aperture?
  • Cloud storage changes
  • Unplugging from the computer
  • There is no RIGHT workflow
  • Google+ workflow
  • Lightroom Cloud based viewing
  • Phasing out of Aperture
  • What you can use Mosaic app on?
  • On-the-go workflow
  • Mosaic app time limited Special

Direct download: PF7_5_14.mp3
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