Photofocus Podcast

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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Join Rich and Scott as they discuss the impact of small format cameras.  Learn how micro four-thirds and mirrorless cameras have changed both their shooting styles.  Plus how have the GoPro and BlackMagic Cinema cameras worked their way into their cameras bags.

The second half of the show will inspire you as we hear from Bert Monroy.  He is considered one of the preeminent pioneers of digital art. He builds his hyper-realistic digital paintings as a traditional artist would, adding color and texture, except he uses Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator as his media. Bert co-authored the first book on Photoshop. His film credits include work for Industrial Light & Magic, Pacific Data Images, and R/GA. Bert has taught the Adobe Photoshop Creativity Seminar Tour, and he is a popular speaker at many conferences worldwide. He is a member of the Photoshop World Dream Team and was inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame in 2004.

Rich and Bert discuss:

  • Bert's history with Photoshop

  • His process of creating light paintings

  • His experiences as an art director

  • The technology changes that he's witnessed in the photo industry

  • How to evaluate a scene to achieve the best composition

  • Bert's advice to photographers and designers of all levels

  • What the layers panel means to his work

  • How Bert keeps his images organized

  • How printing technology has changed

  • The process of creating the world's largest digital image

  • How Bert finds inspiration

  • Where to find Bert's classes

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Hosted by Rich Harrington & Scott Bourne

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Join Rich and Scott as they discuss the recent decision by the Chicago Sun Times to lay off their entire photography staff.  The decision was made to train their reporting staff to shoot with iPhones and to focus more on video.  Rich and Scott analyze what this means to the photo community.

The second half of the show will inspire you as we hear from Dave Black.  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.

Rich and Dave discuss:

  • How Dave broke int sports photography

  • What is it like working in the field and at sporting events

  • How Dave prepares for a sports shoot by studying the sport and the athletes

  • Practical advice for shooting indoor and outdoor sporting events

  • How Dave got into the Olympics

  • Advice about Light Painting

  • Where to Find Dave — Check out his blog:

Hosted by Rich Harrington & Scott Bourne

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