Photofocus

This week's show is a double dose of Photo inspiration that will work both sides of your brain.  First we take a look at new Adobe tech for Lightroom and Camera Raw, then we jump over and catch up with music photographer Adam Elmakias.  Join hosts Rich Harrington and Melissa Niu for interviews with important thought leaders.

Lightroom 5.2 and Adobe Camera Raw 8.2 Updates

Rich catches back up with Sharad Mangalick, product manager for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Camera Raw.  Adobe is shipping a new update that adds a lot of cool features for both Creative Cloud and CS6 users.

Rich and Sharad discuss:

  • What specific change will we see in Camera Raw
  • What small tweaks have been improved
  • What can you do with video clips
  • What are some new Lightroom specific changes
  • How to get access to tech early with Adobe Labs
  • Where can you learn more about Lightroom

Follow Sharad on Twitter — www.twitter.com/smangalick

Adam Elmakias 

Adam Elmakias is a music and travel photographer based out of San Diego, California. He started shooting at age 16 by going to local shows with his camera.  This eventually grew into applying for photo passes, then going out on the road with bands. He's spent the last several years touring almost nonstop. Adam is also one of the most followed photographers on Instagram.

Melissa Niu catches up with Adam:

  • Who is Adam and what does he do?
  • How does is monetize his work?
  • How did Adam get his foot in the door and grow?
  • Why trust has been essential in the process?
  • Advice on working with social media
  • Gear talk: what he uses and how
  • How he gets his unique photos
  • What advice does he offer to those starting out?
  • Where to find Adam online?

Follow Adam on Twitter — www.twitter.com/emakias

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This week's show is a triple scoop of goodness.  We've got three interviews to satisfy your creative, technical, and business needs. Join hosts Rich Harrington and Melissa Niu for interviews with important thought leaders.

First up, Rich talks with Tamara Lackey who is a professional photographer, speaker, and author. She focusses on  lifestyle photography, from children’s portraits to celebrity portraits.  Tamara’s work has been featured in dozens of media outlets, including Parenting Magazine, O – The Oprah Magazine, Town & Country, Vogue, Food & Wine, Men’s Journal, Nikon World, Professional Photographer Magazine, Rangefinder Magazine, Photoshop User Magazine, NBC’s The Martha Stewart Show, ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, PBS’ Need to Know and NBC’s The Today Show.

Rich and Tamara discuss:

  • What she's been working on lately
  • The What If Day Camps to recharge your creativity
  • How bringing art and business together taught her a lesson
  • Tips on balancing your personal, business, and family life
  • Three things that you can do to change bad habits that are holding you back
  • Practicing with your equipment so you know it cold

Next up, Melissa Niu sets down with Joel Grimes. Joel is a commercial advertising photographer with a distinct style. His unique approach has earned him work from top advertising agencies and art buyers.

Melissa and Joel discuss:

  • How he started out
  • Advice for branding your work
  • How Joel defined his look
  • How compositing and digital photography affected his workflow
  • What you need to do to master your look
  • Advantages of HDR
  • Our handicaps and the beauty of working and overcoming them
  • How his color blindness affected and contributed to his look
  • Tips to achieve your goals

Last up, we dig deep into the recent Facebook controversy. Photographers are giving up even more rights by posting to the social network.  We went straight to the top to get a leading legal expert.  Terry Hart, the Director of Legal Policy for the Copyright Alliance breaks through the hype and rumors and walks us through the real repercussions.

Rich and Terry discuss:

  • Why is this Facebook change creating such a buzz
  • Why Facebook wants your content
  • What are you granting Facebook to do with your content?
  • What Facebook says they will do versus what the terms of service says they can do
  • Suggestions on how to protect your interests when using a social network
  • Why watermarking your content won't protect you
  • Can you change your mind and "un-post" content?
  • How to use 3rd party sites to share links
  • Why is this becoming  a legal issue and Congress getting involved?
  • How can groups like the Copyright Alliance and American Society of Media Photographers help?
  • Where can you go to learn more about copyright

Disclaimer: This show presents several ideas and techniques that we hope help you.  These are just some ways of approaching the issues at hand.  Combine with your own skill for best results.

Direct download: PF_9_15_13.mp3
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Rich Harrington has two great guests on the show this week.

First up, a return from Panoramic, Landscape, and HDR guru Ron Pepper.  We explore myths about HDR, killer techniques, and advanced controls.  No matter what your style of shooting or subject matter, you'll learn a ton.

You'll learn:

  • A complete understanding of exposure
  • Bracketing tips for capturing any scene
  • How to master exposure
  • Shooting HDR handheld
  • How to remove Ghosting objects and deal with moving subjects
  • How to work within the limitations of your camera
  • How many shots to take for  the best HDR
  • Using Photomatix and Photoshop for HDR

You'll also meet the new editor of Photofocus, Melissa Niu.  She's got a true passion for showcasing the best folks in the photo industry.  You'll hear Melissa on future shows and see her work on the website.

Disclaimer: This show presents several ideas and techniques that we hope help you.  These are just some ways of approaching the issues at hand.  Combine with your own skill for best results.

Hosted by Rich Harrington

Please post a review for the Podcast on iTunes — http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/photofocus/id512223214

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Images © Robert O'Toole

Rich Harrington has a special guest this week.  Robert OToole joins us to discuss his migration from commercial photographer to world-renowned nature photographer. Robert was the co-leader for our Alaska trip this year and a fantastic photographer and instructor.

Robert O’Toole is an award-winning professional photographer. He was named American Bald Eagle Foundation “Photographer of the Year” in 2008. His vertical banking Bald Eagle image was awarded highly commended in the 2006 BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.

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Image © Robert O'Toole Photography

Rich and Robert discuss:

  • His move into nature photography
  • How to practice wildlife photography in your own neighborhood
  • Strategies for photographing nature
  • What makes a great image
  • Where to position the sun when shooting outdoors for the best light
  • The best times of day to shoot outdoors
  • Why Robert loves snow and eagles
  • The role of postprocessing and nature photography
  • The best camera settings for outdoor shooting to preserve highlights and exposure
  • Why he shoots manual 90% of the time
  • His favorite plugins for nature and landscape work
  • How to use your back focus button
  • How tracking sensitivity impacts your shots
  • Where you can travel with Robert for workshops
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Image © Robert O'Toole Photography

Disclaimer: This show presents several ideas and techniques that we hope help you.  These are just some ways of approaching the issues at hand.  Combine with your own skill for best results.
Download  — http://photofocuspodcast.libsyn.com/webpage

Hosted by Rich Harrington

Follow Robert on Twitter and read his blog

Please post a review for the Podcast on iTunes — http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/photofocus/id512223214

Direct download: PF_08_25_13.mp3
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Rich Harrington has a special guests on this week's show. We catch up with best-selling author Jeff Revell, creator of the Snapshots to Great Shots series. Jeff is specializes in travel, landscape, urban, and nature photography. 

Rich and Jeff discuss:

  • What matters most when buying a new camera.
  • What are the coolest new features to show up the latest crop of cameras.
  • What is photowalking and 

    why you should get involved.

  • Jeff's favorite places to learn photography
  • Practical advice for photographers 
  • Where to find Jeff.Disclaimer: This show presents several ideas and techniques that we hope help you.  These are just some ways of approaching the issues at hand.  Combine with your own skill for best results.

Download  — http://photofocuspodcast.libsyn.com/webpage

Hosted by Rich Harrington

Circle Jeff on Google+.

Please post a review for the Podcast on iTunes — http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/photofocus/id512223214

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Rich Harrington has two special guests on this week's show. We're joined by Dave Wilson, a freelance art photographer from Texas. Dave shares his approach to getting the best shot (no matter how many exposures it takes). Dave is a native of Scotland  who likes to photograph subjects, scenes, locations and objects which symbolize Texas, the American Southwest and the United States in general.

In the second half of the show we catch up with Lightroom expert Gerard Murphy. Gerard has had a passion for photography since borrowing his Mom’s Pentax while on family vacations. He is also one of the inventors of Mosaic which helps photographers organize and backup their Lightroom catalogs.

Rich and Dave discuss:

  • How Dave got into photography
  • How he balances his art career while having a second job
  • Why Dave loves HDR
  • Dave's Favorite shooting techniques
  • How to create stunning black and white photos
  • How to determine the number of brackets to shoot for a HDR photo
  • When to use a fisheye lens
  • How to spot and fix chromatic aberration
  • Can you "fix" an image too much?
  • Selling strategies to help photographers make money
  • Developing multiple versions of a file
  • What is "Clown Vomit?"
  • Shooting with ND filters for long exposures

Rich and Gerard discuss:

  • The most important features added to Lightroom 5
  • What's missing from Lightroom and needs to be added
  • When to work in Lightroom vs.  Photoshop
  • How search can be used (and improved)

Disclaimer: This show presents several ideas and techniques that we hope help you.  These are just some ways of approaching the issues at hand.  Combine with your own skill for best results.
Download  — http://photofocuspodcast.libsyn.com/webpage

Hosted by Rich Harrington

Circle Dave on Google+.

Follow Gerard on Twitter

Please post a review for the Podcast on iTunes — http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/photofocus/id512223214

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Rich Harrington has a very special guest on this week's show. We're joined by Bryan O'Neil Hughes from Adobe.  He's the Senior Product Manager for Adobe Photoshop and works on many of the projects that Adobe builds for photographers.  What many don't know is that Bryan has an extensive career in photography as well and that he's written a handful of books and authored courses to share his love of photography and photo restoration.

This week show answers a ton of questions about how Photoshop gets made.  You'll learn how Adobe creates dramatic advances that benefit photographers worldwide.

Rich and Bryan discuss:

  • How features in Photoshop are designed and built
  • What are the most useful ways to make a selection in Photoshop
  • The new mantra – save time and get better results
  • Why there are so many "magic" tools
  • How new users can better learn photoshop?
  • Breathing new life into old commands and making the application better
  • Why and when do features get cut
  • Tips for editing black and white photos with Lightroom and Photoshop
  • Working with bracketed photos and 32-bit images in Adobe Camera Raw
  • How many content aware tools are there?
  • Content aware tips and tricks
  • How do remove lens flares using content aware fills
  • What is the adaptation setting in the content aware commands
  • How do Creative Cloud updates affect subscribers
  • How Photoshop and Lightroom are complimentary
  • What are some of the best features that people seem to miss
  • How to selectively sharpen your photos
  • Using Camera Raw with TIFF and JPEG files
  • How to remove lens distortion from all photos (even those from a phone)
 Disclaimer: This show presents several ideas and techniques that we hope help you.  These are just some ways of approaching the issues at hand.  Combine with your own skill for best results.

Download  — http://photofocuspodcast.libsyn.com/webpage

Hosted by Rich Harrington

Please post a review for the Podcast on iTunes — http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/photofocus/id512223214

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Rich Harrington has two special guests on this week's show.  First up is Ron Pepper of Panorama Network.  We explore all aspects of panorama shooting, stitching, and HDR.  If you want to shoot wider photos and capture great details, don't miss this interview. In fact the tips discussed will help many styles of photography.

Rich and Ron discuss:

  • The challenges of 360˚ panoramic photography
  • Why you should shooting panos in RAW
  • Using the in-camera tools to decide how to shoot a photo

  • Tips on finding proper exposure
  • Workflow tips for postproduction
  • How to remove c

    hromatic aberration

  • Which order should you stitch and merge  HDR panoramas
  • Methods when working with Photomatix Pro

In the second half of the show we catch up with Skip Cohen.  Skip talks about the upcoming Skip Cohen University conference.Learn from the best instructors in the business

  • Skip's summer school schedule
  • What an attendee can expect

Disclaimer: This show presents several ideas and techniques that we hope help you.  These are just some ways of approaching the issues at hand.  Combine with your own skill for best results.

Direct download: PF_7_15.mp3
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Join Rich and Scott as they talk about a bunch of summer oriented photo topics.  Get ready for shooting great pictures this summer with this potluck of photo wisdom.

Rich and Scott discuss:

  • Summer travel  and photography season
  • Favorite places to shoot
  • Travel Guide Resources
  • How much to pack for a road trip
  • Assigning a personal project for the day shooting
  • When to buy a new camera
  • The FUJI X100s
  • Mannypacks
  • Where to Buy New and Used Lenses
  • What to look for when buying a used lens
  • Do you need model and talent releases
  • Apps for model releases
  • Do you need Location releases
  • Shooting in National Parks
  • The benefit of looking like a tourist when shooting photos
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Join Rich and special guest Lightroom expert Gerard Murphy. Gerard has had a passion for photography since borrowing his Mom’s Pentax while on family vacations. Later, Gerard was lucky enough to travel the world on business trips where between conference rooms and hotels, he was able to snap thousands of pictures using his trusty Nikon. He is also one of the inventors of Mosaic which helps photographers organize and backup their Lightroom catalogs.  He shoots on a Nikon and uses Lightroom on both his Mac and PC.

Rich and Gerard discuss:

  • How is Lightroom 5 going to enhance a photographers workflow>
  • What makes Lightroom a big release?
  • What are Smart Previews?
  • The trend of multiple external hard drives and how Lightroom manages them?
  • Predictions for future Lightroom additions.
  • Other new features of Lightroom 5 that are awesome.
  • Choosing Lightroom over Adobe Photoshop or using both.
  • Control and ownership over your files.
  • Using metadata when importing and saving files.
  • Organizing and tagging photos with keywords and flags.
  • Evolution of photo storage workflows.
  • Back up storage with Lightroom integration.

Disclaimer: This show presents several techniques for managing photos and working with Lightroom. These are not the only methods that work, just a handful of approaches presented for your benefit.


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