Photofocus (general)

This week's podcast interviews with two folks influencing the world of photography.  First up is Adobe's Sharad Mangalick who discusses how to use Lightroom Mobile. Then Melissa Niu sits down artist & photographer Renee Robyn.

Sharad Mangalick

Levi Sim 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.

Levi and Sharad discuss:

  •  Who is Sharad and what he does at Adobe
  • What he likes to photograph
  • What Sharad shoots with
  • What’s Lightroom Mobile
  • Why use Lightroom Mobile
  • Workflow tips on mobile
  • Where to give feedback on Lightroom Mobile
  • Where to find Sharad | Facebook | Twitter
Be sure to catch up with Sharad at this year's Photoshop World.

Renee Robyn

Renee's style is an ethereal combination of fact and fiction, merging together expertly shot photographs of unique and interesting subjects with hours of meticulous retouching in Photoshop to create easily recognizable imagery that is both stunning and distinctively her own. She currently teaches workshops around the world.
Melissa and Renee catch up about:
  • Who is Renee
  • How would Renee describe her work?
  • How Renee creates her images?
  • How Renee views her images?
  • What is essential on her sets?
  • How Renee learned photoshop?
  • What was a life changing experience for Renee?
  • Where can people find Renee?
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This week's podcast interviews three folks influencing the world of photography. First up is Adobe's Bryan O’Neil Hughes who discusses his view's on where photography is heading. Then Rich Harrington and Levi Sim talk about storytelling and photography. Finally, Melissa Niu sits down with top wedding photographer Jonas Peterson.

Bryan O’Neil Hughes

Bryan O’Neil Hughes is the Senior Product Manager for Adobe Photoshop software and a pinch hitter for the Photoshop Lightroom software team. Since 1999 he has helped to test, drive, demonstrate, and lead development of Adobe’s professional digital imaging applications. Bryan is the Photoshop team’s primary worldwide spokesman and can often be found leading seminars, user groups, and workshops.

Before joining Adobe, he was a professional photographer and retoucher. Beyond Adobe, Hughes is a published photographer, editor, and author. He is also a driving instructor for the BMW Car Club of America. When he isn’t driving very quickly, he enjoys running marathons very slowly. Bryan was inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame in 2011.

Be sure to catch up with Bryan at this year's Photoshop World.

Levi and Bryan discuss:

  • Who is Bryan?
  • What are his passions?
  • What cameras does he use?
  • iPhone talk and why it’s used the most
  • What's Going On with Photoshop
  • Editing Video in Photoshop
  • Adobe Camera Raw Improvements
  • Backing up memories
  • Where to find Bryan

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:

  • The role of storytelling in photography
  • How to succeed in engaging others
  • What does it mean to be a visual storyteller
  • How to figure our what you are going to say in your photos
  • "What I’m telling you is going to be worth your time”
  • Human brains are wired to figure things out
  • How do you want your audience to feel?
  • Where to find Gerard?
  • What is upcoming with Mosaic?

Jonas Peterson
Jonas left a highly awarded career as a writer in advertising to become a wedding photographer. More than one eyebrow was raised, but he had an idea that stories through wedding photography could be told differently. Should be told differently.

Today he’s one of the most sought after destination wedding photographers around, shooting weddings all around the world. He has shot weddings in almost all parts of the world, using his unique storytelling through simple – yet beautiful – imagery.

His home is Melbourne, Australia, but he’s on the road around the world for half of the year, so never assume he won’t be able to shoot your wedding, no matter where it is.

Melissa Niu and Jonas Discuss:

  • Who is Jonas?
  • How he became a photographer?
  • Doing what made him happy
  • What kind of photographer is Jonas?
  • How has his past affected his photography?
  • What advice does he have for photographers trying to do what he does?
  • Shooting what makes you happy
  • Where can you find Jonas?
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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 challenges photographers will face over the coming years with photography guru Jim Heid.

Dave Black

We welcome back Dave Black to the show for an interview with Levi Sim. 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.

Levi and Dave discuss:

  • What kind of photography does Dave make?
  • Light painting essentials
  • Favorite Light painting stories
  • The importance of personal projects
  • The business side of photography
  • Favorite sports to photograph
  • Why he loves light
  • Interacting with Sports stars
  • How a teacher changed his career path
  • Why he loves to teach

Remember you can take classes with Dave Black at Photoshop World in Las Vegas this September.

Jim Heid

Jim Heid has been taking photos, making movies, and playing music since he was a kid. He began writing about personal computers in 1980, when he computerized his home-built ham radio station with a Radio Shack TRS-80 Model I. He has also written for Macworld, PC World, Internet World, and Newsweek magazines, and a nationally syndicated technology column for the Los Angeles Times.

Jim Heid is one of the most admired writers and instructors and now oversees the photography segment for lynda.com. He helps guide which courses get developed and make sure that he keeps track of what's needed to help photographers get the most from their art and gear.

Rich and Jim discuss:

  • Who is Jim Heid?
  • What photographers are questioning in regards to business models
  • Staying on top of things in the changing world of photography
  • What he does with Lynda.com
  • Learning core skills
  • Camera bodies and gear.
  • Quadcopters
  • Why Jim pretends he shoots on film?
  • Why limitations can be catalysts to creativity?
  • Parting advice

Where to find Jim

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This week's podcast interviews both a new and a returning guest. First up, Melissa Niu talks with retoucher and artist Julia Kuzmenko. Then new podcast member Levi Sim interviews Photoshop hall of famed Dave Cross.
Julia Kuzmenko
Los Angeles based Julia Kuzmenko is a professional photographer, digital artist, retoucher, and educator. She's an International College of Professional Photography (Melbourne, Australia) graduate.
Note, Julia's interview was captured on location and has some background noise.
What kind of Photography does Julia do?
What is the Retouching Academy?
Being a photographer/retoucher in Russia
What are retouching problems that Julia sees?
How to train you eye first
Where can you find Julia’s work?
Last words of advice
Dave Cross
For close to 25 years, Dave Cross has been helping photographers and creative professionals get the most out of their software. Dave has taught at Photoshop World , written numerous articles and several books, co-hosted Photoshop User TV and has appeared in many DVDs and online courses for Kelby Training. Dave teaches for creativeLIVE and runs his own studio/workshop space in Tampa, FL. Dave is well-known for his engaging style, his humor and his ability to make complex topics easy to understand. In 2009 Dave was inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame.
Levi and Dave discuss
What's new going on with Dave?
What are Dave’s passions?
Pre-visualing with Dave
Why Dave takes advanced of cheap storage these days?
Super Hero talk
Why he’s all about nondestructive editing
How Dave balances family and work?
Where can you find Dave?
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This week's show features two interviews from different points of view in the photo industry.  Melissa Niu catches up with noted portrait and fashion photographer Kevin Ames to discuss his approach to working with light.  Then Rich Harrington talks to photographer Scott Diussa about his concert photography and work with Nikon.

Kevin Ames

Kevin Ames is a commercial photographer who started doing 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.

Melissa and Kevin discuss:

  • Who is Kevin Ames?
  • How he got into photography
  • His love of Brownie cameras
  • Should you start with film or digital to learn photography?
  • Why you should not look at the back of your DSLR
  • What he loves about film
  • A power tip for Nik Software users
  • Practical marketing advice for photographers
  • The importance of relationships
  • Learning about social media and how to become unstuck
  • Kevin's favorite gear
  • Why he uses strobe lighting
  • Why use a color checking chart?
  • How to post process faster
  • How to get skin tones right
  • The benefits of shooting in manual mode
  • How to get more control when shooting
  • The opportunity to shoot tethered

Follow Kevin on Twitter — twitter.com/amesphoto

Scott Diussa

Scott Diussa is a photographer, teacher, musician, traveler and part-time writer. His photographic background started with weddings, portraits and architectural photography but quickly changed to teaching photography at the Disney Institute at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL. From there he joined Nikon and is currently the Manager of Nikon Professional Services and Training.

Rich and Scott discuss:

  • What brought Scott into photography?
  • The impact of phones on photography
  • How is technology and digital photography changing the way we view photography
  • The decline in printing
  • Why do photographers need to re invent themselves
  • The benefits of shooting faster
  • The three song rule of concert photography
  • The difference between pretty good and really good
  • Recent camera improvements that are impacting shooting
  • How many megapixels are enough
  • Camera talk about the D7100
  • Why a cropped sensor may be a good match for your shooting style
  • How to use WIFI on your camera

Follow Scott on Twitter —twitter.com/sdiussa

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This week's show features two interviews from different points of view in the photo industry.  This week we catch up with noted portrait photographer Brian Smith about his workflow to capture unique images of some of the most photographed subjects in the world.  Then we speak with Bryan O'Neil Hughes to learn about the next generation of digital imaging tools and workflows from Adobe.

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Brian Smith

Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Brian Smith is 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 and 3,000 of their closest friends, 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.

Rich and Brian discuss:

  • How would we recognize some of his images?
  • Coming up with something fresh for clients.
  • The Art & Soul book project.
  • How does his creative process work.
  • What brought Brian into photography?
  • How did Brian get this work to take pictures of these high profile clients?
  • How does Brian balance his style with showing diversity for magazines?
  • How does Brian balance his style and the perceived public personality of his subject?
  • The most important thing about shooting portraits.
  • Advice on photographing people.
  • What's a pet peeve about other portrait photography?
  • Brian's views on retouching.
  • What is Brian's role with the make up artist on set?
  • Post processing discussion.
  • Shooting advice
  • Where can we find Brian?

Follow Brian on Twitter — twitter.com/briansmithphoto

Bryan O’Neil Hughes

Bryan O’Neil Hughes is the Senior Product Manager for Adobe® Photoshop® software and a pinch hitter for the Photoshop Lightroom® software team. Since 1999 he has helped to test, drive, demonstrate, and lead development of Adobe’s professional digital imaging applications. Bryan is the Photoshop team’s primary worldwide spokesman and can often be found leading seminars, user groups, and workshops.

Before joining Adobe, he was a professional photographer and retoucher. Beyond Adobe, Hughes is a published photographer, editor, and author. He is also a driving instructor for the BMW Car Club of America. When he isn’t driving very quickly, he enjoys running marathons very slowly. Bryan was inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame in 2011.

Melissa and Bryan discuss:

  • Who is Bryan?
  • What does he do for Adobe?
  • What are some of the issues that Adobe has addressed from its users?
  • How is Adobe Creative Cloud different from other versions?
  • How does feedback directly impact the user experience?
  • The behind the scenes and progression of photoshop.
  • Some of the latest features of Photoshop for mobile and how's its utilized?
  • The future of Creative Cloud?
  • Misconceptions of Creative Cloud.
  • Where can you go to learn more about Adobe by the Photoshop team?
  • Where can you find Bryan?

Check out some of Bryan's classes on Lynda.com.  You can also email him here.

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This week's show features two interviews to give you insight into the photo industry. This week we catch up with photographer and digital artist Jack Davis to learn new ways photographers can process their images.  Then we speak with Gerard Murphy to learn how photographers should store and back up their images to prevent loss.

Jack Davis

Jack Davis is one of the world’s leading experts on Photoshop, as well as himself being an award-winning photographer. Jack is coauthor of the bestselling (a million copies+ in 12 languages) guide to Photoshop, The Photoshop Wow! Book. His latest book, How to Wow: Photoshop for Photography, showcases the process of going beyond what was shot, to crafting what was experienced.

For over 20 years Jack has been an internationally renowned spokesperson on digital imagery, and routinely teaching at conferences and workshops around the world. Davis is part of the “Dream Team” at the Photoshop World Conferences and was one of the first inductees into the Photoshop Hall of Fame for his lifetime contributions to the industry.

Jack has an MA and MFA in Digital Imagery, and when he’s not in his studio in San Diego, he’s usually somewhere in Polynesia, camera in hand, capturing the local color.

Rich and Jack discuss:

  • How did Jack find himself in this career?
  • Jack's pioneering spirit.
  • Idea of creating "recipes" to solve problems by experimenting
  • Working non destructively and how it all began.
  • Jack's painting work and what he loves about it.
  • How he prints his work and what determines what he prints on.
  • How painting is a different outlet for photographers.
  • Where you can find out more about Jack Davis.
  • What does Jack love more then anything when he's teaching?

Follow Jack on Twitter — twitter.com/jackwowdavis

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. Gerard grew Mosaic from a PowerPoint and a dream into a service used by tens of thousands of Lightroom users daily.

He is also an avid Lightroom advocate and teacher of Lightroom tips and tricks. His blog features several stories about Lightroom workflows.

Melissa and Gerard discuss:

  • What Gerard does in the photography world
  • What kind of problems does he see with Photographers and their images.
  • How to browse your Lightroom images from a smartphone or tablet.
  • Why the best photos are often not the ones we're sharing on social media sites.
  • The process of working with Mosaic and Lightroom.
  • How to back up your images to the cloud.
  • How to get a Mosaic account for free.

Follow Gerard on Twitter — twitter.com/mosaicarchive

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This week's show features two greats of the photo industry. First up,  Melissa Niu interviews Joe McNally a photographer who's had an extensive career as a journalist and author. Next Rich Harrington interviews Erik Valind about his approach to making the most out of any shooting situation.

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.

Melissa asks Joe about:

  • Who is Joe McNally and his work background?
  • Different clients Joe works with
  • How has the industry changed?
  • Why is personal work so important?
  • Where Joe gets his influences and ideas?
  • Joe's thoughts on lighting
  • Gear talk and finding the balance
  • Is film dead?
  • His view on what Photography means
  • What is the best advice Joe gives to photographers?
  • Where can you find Joe's work?

Follow Joe on Twitter — twitter.com/JoeMcNallyPhoto

Erik Valind

Erik Valind is a freelance photographer, born and raised on the Florida beaches, now living in New York City. Specializing in commercial lifestyle photography and environmental portraiture - airy and energetic imagery defines the style and vision of this top pro photographer. Inspired by the form, activity and diversity of people, Erik has lent his expertise to shape the public image of numerous personas and national brands. Erik also shares his visual approach, techniques and passion for photography internationally as a speaker at major photo conferences, as an author, and online as a Kelby Training instructor.

Rich and Erik discuss:

  • What does Erik do for a living and his recent projects?
  • How did he come to this place in his career by shooting in bad lighting?
  • How others perceive Erik's choice to keep shooting in bad lighting?
  • How Erik became involved in teaching?
  • What is Erik's unique look and style?
  • Why does Erik like shooting on prime lenses?
  • Crew sizes & budgets
  • Rent or buy?
  • Erik's approach on moving to a bigger market to work.
  • 3 things that Erik learned the hard way when working with clients
  • Where can you find Erik?
  • Erik discusses his latest book, "How to shoot in Sh*tty lighting"

Follow Erik on Twitter — twitter.com/ErikVPhoto

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This week's show is both a look back and a look forward with Photofocus founder Scott Bourne.  Scott shares with us the history of Photofocus.  We also talk through his upcoming plans and some big news.

Rich and Scott discuss:

  • The history of Photofocus
  • What will happen on November 2nd
  • What is Scott most proud of
  • Challenges in the early days of the web
  • History of podcasting on Photofocus
  • Best part of running Photofocus
  • The future of Scott Bourne

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This week's show features two tremendous talents. First up, Melissa Niu interviews Brooke Shaden, a fine art photographer and explore her creative process. Then Rich Harrington catches up with Canon Explorer of Light Eddie Tapp about his new project—aerial photography.

Brooke Shaden

Brooke Shaden began creating self-portraits for ease and to have full control over the images, and has since grown into a self-portrait artist. Self portraiture for her is not autobiographical in nature. Instead, she attempts to place herself within worlds she wishes we could live in, where secrets float out in the open, where the impossible becomes possible.

Brooke works to create new worlds within her photographic frame. By using painterly techniques as well as the square format, traditional photographic properties are replaced by otherworldly elements. Brooke's photography questions the definition of what it means to be alive.

Melissa asks Brooke about:

  • Who is Brooke Shaden?
  • How would someone describe her work?
  • What photography means to her
  • Where does her work come from
  • How did Brooke get started in her field
  • Brooke's favorite gear
  • Brooke's advice on getting work seen
  • Brooke's goals with her art
  • Her post processing approach
  • Advice on listening to what others say about your work
  • What is Brooke's favorite time of day to shoot and why?
  • Advice to those starting out
  • Where can you find Brooke's work

Follow Brooke on Twitter —www.twitter.com/brookeshaden

Eddie Tapp

A gifted photographer and artist, Eddie Tapp has become a tireless educator for professional photographers and a prominent figure in the world of digital imaging. His digital imaging seminars have been hosted around the world, and he’s a regular consultant to businesses large and small. Today, he’s recognized as one of the top experts on digital photography and Photoshop in the world. With a reputation as an authority on workflow, color management, calibration and Photoshop, he is associated with Adobe Systems along with some of the world’s most prominent photographic manufacturers and distributors.

Rich and Eddie discuss:

  • What does Eddie do?
  • What is he currently working on and learning to master right now?
  • How Eddie practices to become a master at a new skill?
  • What brought his childhood passion back to the surface?
  • How does having a photography background come into play?
  • What was his biggest surprise as he learns this new technique?
  • What are some of the challenges including local laws and costs?
  • How does this new skill set work into his establishing business?
  • What else should you know about this style of photography?
  • Where can we find Eddie?


Check out Eddie's flight videos:

Follow Eddie on Twitter —twitter.com/eddietapp

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