Photofocus

This week's podcast features tips on how to organize and manipulate your images.  First up, Rich Harrington and Peter Krogh explore backup and organization workflows for all users.  Then Melissa Niu catches up with Wes Maggio from Wacom.

Peter Krogh 

Peter Krogh is a photographer, writer, filmmaker, publisher and consultant. In the last decade, Peter has become one of the world’s foremost authorities on Digital Asset Management and workflow. He has worked with companies that create the digital photography ecosystem, such as Adobe, Microsoft, iView, Phase One, CRU, O’Reilly Media and PhotoShelter.

Rich and Peter discuss:

  • How did Peter balance creativity and organization?
  • Once you have all your files, what’s next?
  • Organization includes backing up
  • A simple start
  • Keeping files stored in multiple locations
  • What is Peter’s 3-2-1 Rule?
  • Should you keep everything you shoot?
  • Opportunities for photographers to expand into multimedia jobs
  • Storing, Tagging, Relating. Why it’s important to your workflow
  • Warning signs that storage is failing
  • The easiest way to find your photos
  • Where can you find Peter and his books

Follow Peter on Twitter

Wes Maggio

Weston (Wes) Maggio is a Senior Solutions Manager and Evangelist for Wacom. Wes regularly consults with creative professionals and enthusiasts, helping them learn new ways to control their software. Wes is also an avid photographer. Het enjoys shooting adventure sports and  landscapes.

Melissa and Wes discuss

  • Who is Wes and what does he do?
  • How do tablets work?
  • What is the learning curve for a tablet
  • How can having tablet benefit a photographer?
  • Where can you get more information about tablets
  • Ending advice about having a tablet and just starting out.
  • Differences between tablets
  • Where can we find Wes Maggio’s work?

Follow Wes on Twitter

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This week's podcast features a popular guest who's returned to visit us and a photo industry influencer who's usually invisible behind the scenes. First up Melissa Niu speaks with Tamara. Then Rich Harrington speaks with Dave Moser and his work with Photoshop World.

Tamara Lackey

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.

Melissa and Tamara discuss:

  • How Tamara got into photography
  • Marketing goals and building new relationships
  • Word of mouth
  • Building your professional network
  • Networking and connectors
  • How important relationships are to photography
  • Balance: Being a mom, wife, and having a career
  • Where to find Tamara online?

Follow Tamara on Twitter

Dave Moser

Dave Moser is the Executive Vice President of Kelby One. While they may sound a little stiff, Dave is fully plugged in to the world of creative professionals.  He started as one of the original publishers in the Mac community with MacCentral. Dave is involved in putting together great events like Photoshop World. Rich and Dave talked before the name change from Kelby Training to Kelby One.

Rich and Dave discuss

  • Who is Dave Moser and what he does with Kelby One
  • Changes in the photo industry
  • Trade shows and being face to face in training
  • Coming to events to learn and connect both for the instructors and the attendees
  • It’s about the people and the real time in person connections and learning
  • Photoshop World culture and how 1st timers can feel included
  • The type of speakers at Photoshop World. It’s all about the attendees

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Be sure to listen to this week's podcast.  We catch up with two photo gurus. First up Melissa Niu speaks with Frank Doorhof.  Then Rich Harrington speaks with Gerard Murphy about the evolution of Lightroom and mobile libraries.

Frank Doorhof

Amsterdam based photographer Frank Doorhof is well-known for his approach to lighting.   His primary subjects include artists and high fashion. Frank also spends a lot of time leading workshops and sharing his wisdom through his blog.

Melissa and Frank discuss:

How did Frank get into photography?

Why he uses both Dutch and English to reach the world.

The importance of knowing your audience.

How he does portfolio reviews

How to standing out from other photographers

What he likes to shoot on and why

How he uses film and digital to get the job done.

Where can you find Frank?

Last bit of advice regarding gear and tools

Follow Frank on Twitter

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

Why are so many people wanting constant access to photos?

How growth of mobile technology is affecting this cloud based world

Tech talk on tools getting smarter and details getting smarter to find and locate photos

Gerard's theory on why photography is 10 years behind music technology.

What's going on with camera manufacturers?

Why is the iPhone so successful?

How to have a mobile or multi-user workflow

The Lightroom mobile app

How to protect your RAWs & back them up.

General trends with mobile devices and photography.

Multi-machine/device workflows

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Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

This week's show features interviews with two photo gurus.  Melissa Niu catches up with photographer Bill Fortney about his approach to shooting and life. Then Rich Harrington talks with Bruce Dorn about his photography and cinematography.

Bill Fortney

Bill Fortney is a professional photographer who has now switched to being a self-described "very serious amateur shooter."  He has spent several years working with Nikon in their Professional Services group. He also has worked for many years shooting landscapes, nature, and sports.

Melissa and Bill discuss:

Who is Bill and what is his background?

What is Bill teaching?

What changed for Bill so personally that affected the path his photography career to this day?

What is his simple truth to him in his life drives how he treats others and teaches others?

What is happening with technology and how does he foresee the future of photography?

Exceptional photographers are a dime a dozen and how that is a good thing

Gear talk & advice about gear

Where can you find Bill online?

Bruce Dorn

Bruce Dorn has been a full-time professional image-maker since 1973.  He began his career working for Conde Nast – the publishers of Architectural Digest, Glamour, Vogue, Women’s Wear Daily, and Vanity Fair magazines. He eventually added television commercials to his resume and was inducted into the Directors Guild of America in 1984. 

Rich and Bruce discuss:

What is Bruce's Background?

What excites him right now in the media industry?

Finding a story and telling a story

Tips on getting comfortable with the video and photography

Advice on learning filmmaking

His creative process

Projects and upcoming workshops.

Where to find Bruce online?

His latest project that's taking him around the world.

Follow Bruce on Twitter — twitter.com/brucehdorn

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Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

This week's show features three interviews with three experts in the photo industry.  Melissa Niu catches up with photographer and retoucher Glyn Dewis. Then Rich Harrington welcomes back Ron Pepper to talk about changes to HDRSoft's Photomatix. Finally Kevin Stohlmeyer discusses strategies to learn new tools and techniques for post-processing and publishing.

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Glyn Dewis

Glyn Dewis is a Photographer and a Retoucher.  He is also a Photoshop World Instructor based just outside of Oxford in the UK. He works internationally shooting promotional and commercial photos primarily focussed on Physique Athletes, Musicians, Bands and Up and Coming Actors.

Melissa and Glyn discuss:

  • Glyn's background
  • Glyn's path to teaching
  • Glyn's past life and how it works into his photography
  • Where should you start with post-processing?
  • Advice to starting to find your way into photography
  • How Zack Aries changed the path of his photography?
  • How does Glyn "label" himself?
  • Marketing side of doing what you love and making money
  • Where can you find Glyn's work?

Follow Glyn on Twitter — twitter.com/GlynDewis

Ron Pepper

Ron Pepper is the primary of Panorama Network. We explore his work with HDR, panoramic photography, and architectural photography.  He also works as a consultant to HDRSoft and Photomatix. We get a detailed update of what's new in the software and some hidden gems. Even if you don't use HDR, you'll get new ideas on how to tackle tough exposures.

Rich and Ron discuss:

  • How is the new release of Photomatix being received?
  • New features that really standout
  • How to avoid the stereotypical HDR look
  • What is contrast optimizer?
  • What techniques are best suited to Architecture photography?
  • Why can everyone benefit from an HDR approach?
  • How to bust HDR ghosts
  • Fake bracketing techniques from a single file
  • Why you need a 64-bit operating system to get the most done on your computer.
  • Using HDR with time-lapse photography
  • How to preview your results in less time.
  • How to post-process multiple for large jobs.
  • Where to explore more with HDR?
  • How Photomatix 4 customers can upgrade for free

Follow Ron on Twitter — twitter.com/ronpepper

Kevin Stohlmeyer

Kevin Stohlmeyer is a designer who frequently helps teach photographers how to take advantage of digital publishing tools.  He's based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin but works with students around the world. He works with professionals and universities to help them embrace new digital publishing technologies.  He is also a regular writer for Photoshop User and Adobe Inspire Magazines.

Rich and Kevin discuss:

  • What is Kevin's background?
  • How being knowledgable in more then one aspect of design is normal nowadays.
  • Why photographers need to also be designers
  • What are some new things with Creative Cloud that stands out?
  • Three quick tips to learn new tools
  • What excites Kevin in the world of Photography with technological advance and opportunities
  • Favorite resources to learn Creative Cloud
  • Where to find Kevin and learn more

Follow Kevin on Twitter — twitter.com/kstohl

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Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

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

Direct download: PF_12_25_13.mp3
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This week's show, Rich tracks down Scott Bourne (who really is enjoying being retired) to talk photography.  Rich showed up at Scott's place in Vegas with a microphone and refused to leave until Scott agreed to be on the show. Okay... that's a slight exaggeration, but we hope you have as much fun with the show as we did. We talk about a bunch of timely issues for photographers of all skill levels.

Join Rich and Scott as they talk about a bunch of winter oriented photo topics.  Get ready for shooting great pictures this holiday season with a buffet of photo knowledge.

Rich and Scott discuss:

  • How to properly expose for white backgrounds (snow and sand)
  • How to avoid condensation on your lens from temperature changes
  • How to get your gear ready to shoot outdoors
  • Great gifts for photographers (or yourself)
  • Why batteries run down fast in the cold
  • Long exposure and remote controls
  • How to be in your holiday photos
  • The Nikon Df

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 & Scott Bourne

Direct download: PF_12_15_13.mp3
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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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Get the show here  or get it on iTunes — Don't forget to post a review on iTunes.

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

Direct download: PF_11_15.mp3
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