Photofocus Podcast (Audio podcast)

This week we catch up with two greats from the photo industry.  First up we learn abut a new photo editor that gives access to pro level tools at no cost to the user.  Then we check in with concert photographer and photo assistant Brad Moore.

Polarr

At Polarr, they focus on making photography more accessible.  To this end they've created a web and app image editor that brings professional level tools to all for free.  They desire to assist photographers at all levels to express themselves using photos. They strive to minimize the technical barriers for photographers to get their photos to have the exact look and feel as they wish.

  • What is Polarr?
  • Who is Borui Wang
  • How Polarr came about
  • How the app generation is making a difference?
  • The pricing model with Polarr
  • What is the HSL tool?
  • History of the app
  • What features does Polarr have?
  • Why the app has touch support
  • Where can you find out more information about Polarr?

Brad Moore

Brad Moore is a concert photographer in Tampa, Florida. His two biggest passions are music and photography. He loves being able to combine the two in an attempt to capture the best moments of shows from a unique and creative perspective. Brad is also the studio manager and photography assistant for Scott Kelby.

  • Who is Brad Moore?
  • What is his background?
  • How he got started with Scott Kelby
  • A lighting story
  • The traits of being a good assistant
  • Why it’s important of finding a good mentor
  • What he enjoys shooting
  • How to aim for the top shelf
  • What is LUCK?
  • Where can we find more about Brad Moore?

 

Direct download: PF_10_25_15.mp3
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This week we catch up with two photo experts.  First up is Adobe evangelist Julianne Kost who  talks about some of the hidden gems in Lightroom.  Then we catch up with photographer Jake Peterson about his work in the field.

 

Julieanne Kost

Since joining Adobe in 1992, Julieanne Kost has learned her craft through hands-on experience and now serves as the Principal Digital Imaging Evangelist for Lightroom and Photoshop. Her role includes customer education, product development, and market research for photography, digital imaging, and illustration. She publishes is the author of “Window Seat – The Art of Digital Photography” as well as an author of Photoshop training with Lynda.com. In addition, she is a frequent contributor to several publications, a speaker at numerous conferences and industry events, and a guest lecturer at distinguished photography workshops and fine art schools around the world.

  • What new features of Lightroom should you know about
  • Should you use one or more catalogues and why?
  • Controlling Dehaze feature options
  • What Lightroom mobile features do you need to know about?
  • Client review feature within Lightroom
  • Lightroom across platforms,other computers and devices
  • Saving as a DNG or RAW?
  • When to go to Photoshop instead of Lightroom?
  • Advice on starting with Lightroom
  • Tips on what we should know about Lightroom that we haven’t touched on
  • Where can you find Julieanne Kost?

Jake Peterson

Jake has spent his whole life in photography without knowing how much it was influencing him. From the time he was two weeks old, being carried around in his parent’s arms from one endangered species research project to another, to college where he discovered his desire for exploring the world and sharing it with everyone else; he was taught, trained, and studied under other photographers.

Now in his early twenties he has already earned his place in the photography realm, having numerous articles and photographs published in a variety of magazines and websites. Jake has become an internationally published Aviation Photographer with work being featured consistently in magazines in other countries. Having completed multiple commercial shoots Jake continues to strive towards capturing more romantic and interesting photographs further advancing his own knowledge and along with those that follow his work.

  • Who is Jake Peterson?
  • What kind of photographer is Jake?
  • What are some of the projects he has going on?
  • What kind of training did he have as a photographer?
  • What got him into Photography?
  • What does  photography mean to him?
  • How his blog helped?
  • Why was Photoshop World special for him this year?
  • It comes down to you as a person and photography
  • Where can you find Jake?

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This week we catch up with two photo experts.  First up is Robert Hall who is a talented fine art and landscape photographer.  Then we check in with Photoshop guru Corey Barker.

 

Robert Hall

Robert Hall is a Utah native who's been shooting photography for more than forty years. His work has won awards in competitions throughout the country and has been shown in museums and galleries in the United States and the Far East. Robert is well known for his darkroom techniques and collaborates with professional photographers throughout the US and Europe to help them realize their vision using advanced photographic methods.

  • Who is Robert Hall?
  • What does Robert use for his work?
  • If you are a master with your process and materials its not relevant on how you create that image
  • Still images have life
  • What is one of the most difficult aspects of photography?
  • What four aspects does he consider when he builds a print?
  • Why he has multiple portfolios?
  • How he plans what he is going to take a picture of?
  • A secret for photographers shooting a location
  • How do you break into fine art photography?
  • You need peer reviews of your work
  • Always ready, always prepared, always polite
  • What does Robert teach and where?
  • Where can you find Robert Hall?

Corey Barker

Corey is an education and curriculum developer for KelbyOne. He is a graduate of the Ringling School of Art & Design in Sarasota, FL, with a degree in Illustration. Over the years, Corey has worked as a graphic artist in a variety of disciplines such as illustration, commercial design, large format printing, motion graphics, web design and photography. His expertise in Photoshop and Illustrator have earned him numerous awards in illustration, graphic design and photography. Using Photoshop since version 2, his expertise and creativity have evolved exponentially with every new version, which makes Corey an invaluable addition to the KelbyOne team.

  • What does Corey do at KelbyOne?
  • How long have some features been around in Photoshop?
  • Why should a photographer learn more about design?
  • Advice on getting a job in the industry?
  • What he has a passion about and helps him charge his creativity?
  • Learning how to see
  • Forcing your mind to think
  • What is a 30 minute composite challenge?
  • Learn to take criticism
  • Where can you find Corey?
Direct download: PF10_5_15.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 11:53am EDT

This week we catch up with a lot of great folks.  Our main interviews are with Lisa Robinson and Bert Monroy who will both share techniques and inspiration.  We're honored to have Scott Bourne back on the show as a co-host this week and we even catch up with the creator of the Platypod Pro.

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Lisa Robinson

 

Lisa Robinson is a professional wedding photographer from Washington, DC.  She also shoot boudoir photography for her clients. She's been a small business owner sine 2006 and regularly shares her perspective and practical advice on Photofocus.com/  She provides top-notch, award winning wedding & portrait services to the D.C. area & beyond.
 
Scott Bourne and Lisa Robinson talk about:
  • What kind of photographer and how long is Lisa?
  • What drew Lisa into Photography?
  • Why backing away from Video in her wedding packages?
  • What is the most important thing about breaking into wedding photography?
  • Is there an advantage as a women in the wedding industry?
  • What kind of gear does Lisa use?
  • Why don’t you need a bunch of gear?
  • Best way to break into Wedding photography
  • Where can you find Lisa?

Platypod Pro

Rich Harrington talks with the creator of the Platypod Pro.  This is a cool tool that gives you an alternative to carrying a full tripod  It lets you attach a full size ball-head without the need to carry a tripod.  This lightweight solution is perfect for all types of shooters.

Rich and Larry discuss:

  • The origin of the Platypod Pro
  • Why carrying a full tripod on a long hike sucks
  • Shooting from unusual places
  • HDR Shooting Tips
  • Creating a Budget Dolly Shot
  • How to get results on a budget
  • Shooting timelapse in a desert
  • How to beat the tripod police

Bert Monroy

Bert Monroy 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.

Vanelli and Bert discuss:

  • Funny story about one of Bert’s prints on a shoot
  • The work speaks for itself
  • Learning to stop and look at something and see it in a new way
  • What is Bert’s newest piece and how it came about?
  • There are three steps in his paintings
  • What can you learn as a photographer from Bert?
  • What advice would give to an upcoming artist?
  • How Bert interacts and learns from people?
  • What kind of classes does Bert teach?

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Arizona Highways Photo Workshops. For more than 30 years, Arizona Highway Photo Workshops has been committed to helping photographers find inspiring destinations, quality education and spectacular images. Get more information (and enter our contest) at http://www.ahpw.org/FindIt/

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This week we catch up with two photographers to get a wealth of advice.  First Robert Vanelli talks with fashion photographer Lindsay Adler about her career and advice to other photographers. Then Rich Harrington since down with panoramic photographer Ron Pepper for a free-wheeling discussion about gear, tech, and workflow.

 

Lindsay Adler

Lindsay Adler is a professional portrait and fashion photographer based in New York City. Her editorial work has appeared in numerous fashion and photography publications internationally including Noise, Bullett Magazine, Essence, Zink Magazine, Rangefinder and dozens more. A clean, bold and graphic style has become the hallmark of her work, making her in-demand for clients across the world.

 

Her portrait and commercial work includes look books, accessory lines, hair campaigns, cosmetic campaigns, professional athletes, television series promos and more. She is always working on new ways to share her passions and knowledge with others, and each year she lectures tens of thousands of photographers world-wide. She attributes a lot of her success to her parents NEVER suggesting that she ‘get a real job’ and encouraging her to pursue photography even in her pre-teens.

Learn about:

  • How long has she been in business?
  • How important it is to understand Business?
  • Giving yourself time to get setup
  • Special news from Lindsay and Canon
  • Her new site
  • Why she loves social media?
  • Where can you find Lindsay?

Ron Pepper

Ron Pepper is the primary of PanoramaNETWORK. We explore his work with panoramic photography and architectural photography. PanoramaNETWORK was founded in 2003 in Madrid, Spain. His photography consists of modern, 360 degree by 180 degree panoramic photography showing any location in a realistic immersive way, from ceiling to floor!.

Rich and Ron discuss:

  • Lens talk about new primes from Tamron
  • Shooting handheld in low light
  • Using alignment in your HDR editing software
  • How often does Ron use a tripod for his HDR photos?
  • When to use HDR to extend your shooting opportunities?
  • How many images do you need to take for HDR and how?
  • Frustrations with Canon/Nikon
  • Mirrorless pros/cons
  • Tips on shooting from your hotel room
  • What is a Lenskirt and LR Timelapse?
  • Any gadgets/toys that Ron enjoy’s at the moment?
  • Working with the Platypod Pro
  • Where can you find Ron?

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This week we catch up with two photographers who share insights into taking your skills to the next level.  First, Levi Sim sits down with Roberto Valenzuela to talk about lighting and creativity.  Then Robert Vanelli catches up with photographer and Photoshop expert Glyn Dewis.

 

Roberto Valenzuela

Roberto Valenzuela is a photographer based in Beverly Hills, CA. He developed his unique teaching style by following the same practice regimen he developed as a professional concert classical guitarist and educator. He has traveled to every corner of the world motivating photographers to practice and break down the various elements of photography in order to master them through goal setting, self-training, and constant dedication.

Levi and Roberto discuss:

  • Who is Roberto?
  • Why he wants student to have as much access to him as possible during workshops?
  • Photographers need to learn lighting
  • Roberto's challenge for your next photoshoot
  • Adjust your lighting to improve your light
  • Study photos in person that have amazing light
  • Roberto didn’t fall in love with photography with open shade photos
  • Tips for helping keep the passion
  • What books does Roberto have out and what’s about to come out?
  • What do you stand for in your photography?
  • How to set yourself apart?
  • Where can we find Roberto?

     

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.

Levi and Glyn discuss:

Vanelli and Glyn discuss:

  • Glyn’s background
  • How he took his past life passion and applied it to his photography?
  • What and why he’s doing personal projects?
  • What is Glyn’s book about that came out this year?
  • Tips on lighting
  • Getting rid of Pink Ear
  • Advocate of doing what you do and do it well to get noticed.
  • Where can you find Glyn Dewis?

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Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 12:51am EDT

 

This week we catch up with two photographers who share insights into taking your skills to the next level.  First, Photofocus publisher Rich Harrington sits down with Joe McNally to talk about passion, photography, and business.  Then Robert Vanelli catches up with wedding photographer and director of WPPI Jason Groupp.

 

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.

Learn about:

  • How does Joe keep his passion going?
  • Does he see himself as a historian?
  • What’s holding people back from succeeding?
  • How he works both the paying gigs and the teaching?
  • How do certain projects come together?
  • How does Joe convince the client to let him have creative control?
  • What happens when the client says no?
  • How having an assistant or a team can help?
  • What is coming up for Joe and where you can find him?

Jason Groupp

A photographer since the age of 15, Jason attended the Fashion Institute of Technology’s intensive photography program. After graduation Jason expanded his portfolio to include commercial and editorial work. Soon his expertise for clients like J. Crew, Conair/Cuisinart and Men’s Health began to inform his wedding photography, which led to a distinctly intimate editorial style that has earned Jason a coveted spot as one of The Knot’s 2007 “Best of Weddings” Pick. Jason is also the Director of WPPI and has maintained his photography studio in West Chelsea for the past 12 years.

Vanelli and Jason discuss:

  • Jason’s dedication to running and how it makes him feel better.
  • Relating that to photography.
  • What is Jason’s official title?
  • You owe it to your clients to be at the top of your game.
  • WPPI BIG announcement
  • Stories on going to workshops
  • Where can people find more about WPPI and Photo+ Expo?
  • Where can you find Jason?

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Creative Cloud Photography planTake your best shot and make it even better with the Creative Cloud Photography plan. Get all the essential tools, including Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Photoshop, to craft incredible images every day, everywhere — whether you’re a beginner or a pro. It’s all your photography. All in one place.

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_8_15_15A.mp3
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Photofocus editor Rich Harrington sits down with professional photgrapher Robert Vanelli for 3 quick tips to make better portraits.  Enjoy the bonus epsiode.

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This week's podcast features Levi Sim catching up with wildlife photographer Shannon Benson (aka Shannon Wild).  They go deep into her photographic journey as well as discuss working with animals, shooting outdoors, and gear choices.

 

Shannon Wild

Shannon Benson aka Shannon Wild is an Australian wildlife photographer, author and presenter based in South Africa. She is an official contributing photographer for WildAid. Shannon has a weekly series on AnimalBytesTV called Shannon Wild, which follows her adventures in her search for the perfect shot.

She has been involved in various conservation projects over the years including shooting two charity calendars for Devil Ark called the Australian Girls of Herpetology, volunteering her photographic services and working with the critically endangered Grand Cayman Blue Iguana in the Caribbean as well as spending many years as an Australian wildlife carer involved in rescue and rehabilitation specialising in reptiles.

Shannon Wild and Levi Sim discuss:

  • What kind of Photography does Shannon create? 
  • Where does she live and where did she grow up?
  • Tips photographing animals
  • What she hopes her photography does when people look at it?
  • What she teaches on her YouTube show?
  • What kind of animals does she work with?
  • Her scary cheetah story
  • How does she make make a living as a wildlife photographer?
  • What gear does Shannon shoot with?
  • Tips on photographing large animals
  • Where to find Shannon Wild?

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Creative Cloud Photography planTake your best shot and make it even better with the Creative Cloud Photography plan. Get all the essential tools, including Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Photoshop, to craft incredible images every day, everywhere — whether you’re a beginner or a pro. It’s all your photography. All in one place.

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Direct download: PF_8_5_15.mp3
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This week's podcast catches up with two very different photographers. First we talk with Moose Peterson about his love of nature and aviation.  Then we catch up with street photographer Thomas Leuthard for some practical advice.
 
 
Moose Peterson
 
Moose’s true passion is wildlife photography and he considers himself incredibly fortunate to be amongst North Americas critters and bring back their story with his camera. Along the way Moose has been fortunate to be recognized for his passion. One of the original Nikon shooters to receive the D1 in 1999, Moose embraced this new technology becoming the only wildlife photographer in the world to shoot strictly digital in the early years. While a beta site for all the major hardware and software manufacturers, Moose continues his main goal of photographing the life history of North America’s endangered wildlife and wildplaces. Being a creative innovator of new techniques both behind the camera and the computer is the driving force behind his photography and goals.
 
  • What is Moose’s background?
  • Celebrating life through photography
  • The pre-con class he’s teaching in Photoshop World
  • Discussion on shooting and editing landscapes
  • Changing workflow over the years
  • Challenges and perks of Aviation photography
  • Three things you can try at Photoshop World
  • Where to find Moose?

Thomas Leuthard

Thomas Leuthard is a street photographer based in Switzerland. For over 5 years he's traveled to the big cities of this world to witness and document life on the street. He has written several ebooks and also teaches workshops about street photography. He put all his knowledge into the provided video trainings that you don't have to apply for one of his workshops.

  • What is Thomas known for?
  • Working through a photography funk(i.e.creativity boredom)?
  • Finding your purpose again
  • Finding a focus
  • A mindset you have to change time to time
  • How he shoots people on the street
  • What does Thomas shoot on and why?
  • Where can you find Thomas?

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Creative Cloud Photography planTake your best shot and make it even better with the Creative Cloud Photography plan. Get all the essential tools, including Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Photoshop, to craft incredible images every day, everywhere — whether you’re a beginner or a pro. It’s all your photography. All in one place.

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Direct download: PF_07_05_15.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 7:00pm EDT

This week's podcast catches up with two very different photographers. First we talk with Cliff Mautner about his work in portraits and weddings. Then we catch up with well-known photographer and cinematographer Vincent Laforet to learn about his latest project.

Cliff Mautner

Cliff Maunter began his career as a photojournalist for the Philadelphia Inquirer. He traveled the world photographing disadvantaged youth in faraway lands, climbed into dangerous caves deep under the earth, covered the life and politics of Governors and U.S. Presidents. After 15 years, he switched to being a wedding photographer serving both Philadelphia and New York.

Rich and Cliff discuss:

Background of Cliff
How he started in Wedding Photography?
Understanding how to make people look Beautiful
What is Cliff teaching at Photoshop World?
What you learn from Cliff’s classes and workshops?
Does Cliff do location scouts?
Challenges in the wedding industry
Showing the Value of your work
Giving great customer service
What question Cliff asks of his brides?
Benefits of Photoshop World
Where can you find Cliff?
Vincent Laforet

Vincent Laforet is a director and photographer. Laforet won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography with two other photographers as a member of The New York Times for their coverage of the post 9/11 events overseas. He's shot for Vanity Fair, The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, Time, Newsweek, and Life. In 2008, Laforet directed "Reverie", the first widely available short film shot on a DSLR camera.
Pamela and Vincent talk about:
What is Vincent up to?
How his new project started and where it’s going?
What were some of the challenges of his latest project?
What was his workflow like with the Air project?
What are the Golden Rules of storage backup?
Stressing backing up your work
What piece of gear accessory is a current favorite right now?
Parting advice to new photographers
Where can you find Vincent?

Direct download: PF06_25_15.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

This week's podcast catches up with two very different photographers. First up we catch up with portrait and headshot photographer Peter Hurley about his methods and approach.  Then we talk with astronaut and photographer Reid Wiseman about making pictures from outer space.
 
 
 

Peter Hurley

Peter Hurley is a New York photographer who found his way behind a camera after starting his career in front of one as a model and actor. He first picked up a camera to photograph his work making the US Sailing Team for the Olympics. This lead to a mentorship with photographer Bruce Weber who encouraged him. He's since gone on to shoot advertisements for Levi's, Reebok, DKNY, Johnnie Walker and Axe Deodorant to name a few.

Rich and Peter talk about:

  • How did Peter get into photography and specializing in portraits?
  • Portrait photography and how the industry is doing?
  • How do you capture a personality in a portrait?
  • Establishing value for a client
  • Getting someone in front of you camera everyday
  • Mistakes people make when creating a headshot
  • Learning confidence
  • How are Headshots used and has digital media made a difference?
  • Peter’s favorite thing to capture
  • Timeframe spent with someone when taking a portrait.
  • Information about Peter’s new website
  • Photoshop World advice on what you have to see and do
  • Where to find Peter’s gear information?
  • Where to find Peter on Social Media?

Peter Hurley will also be a presenter at this year's Photoshop World.

 

Astronaut Reid Wiseman

Astronaut G. Reid Wiseman  completed astronaut candidate training in 2011 and has served as flight engineer aboard the International Space Station for Expedition. On May 29, 2014, Wiseman launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station along with Soyuz Commander Maxim Suraev of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and Flight Engineer Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency. They undertook a 165 day mission that included hundred of scientific experiemnts and several spacewalks. They set a milestone for station science by completing a record 82 hours of research in a single week in July.

Pamela and Reid talk about: 

  • Background of Reid Wiseman and what does he do?
  • What kind of training do Astronauts get with photography?
  • What were the biggest challenges and differences from shooting on Earth versus shooting in space?
  • Amount of photos taken in space?
  • Zero gravity situation, how are you stabilizing that camera?
  • What are examples of a typical photograph that is taken from space?
  • Does Reid shoot a lot of when he's back on Earth?
  • Go to gear accessory that you absolutely cannot be without
  • How does the human element play into the images that are taken? 
  • What happens with these images, what the purpose behind why these images are taken?
  • Where can you see some of these images?
  • Advice for budding photographers, what would you give about something that you’ve learned about?
  • Humans are also a very powerful force. There’s no part of this Earth that hasn’t been touched by our hands.
  • Catch up with Reid on Twitter

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This week's podcast catches you up three different ways.  First get inspired by photographer Kevin Weinstein as he shares practical advice about being a working photographer.  Then get a quick update on the new Lightroom CC as well as discover what new lens was just released by Lensbaby.
 

 

Kevin Weinstein

Kevin graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute with a degree in photography and went on to earn a Master’s degree in photojournalism from the top photojournalism school in the country, the University of Missouri-Columbia. He spent 12 years in newspaper and magazine journalism. 

He has worked for the Sun (Bremerton, Washington), the Memphis Commercial Appeal, the Albuquerque Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Oakland Tribune, and the Sun in Illinois among others. Kevin has received numerous awards, scholarships, and project grants throughout his career including first place in the College Photographer of the Year Award in 1994. 

He started Kevin Weinstein Photography, Inc. in 2001 to challenge himself artistically. Kevin effortlessly combines the worlds of photojournalism and artistic photography to create memorable images for his clients. 

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  • What’s Kevin’s favorite thing to photograph?
  • Why are people and time his favorite things to have when shooting?
  • The anxiety before every shoot and overcoming it.
  • How he started in weddings?
  • How to handle the anxiety of showing your work to clients
  • Photography is all about making decisions
  • Photography is always being critiqued
  • How to be the salesperson with your clients
  • Changes in events and the digital world
  • Working and networking with event planners
  • Presenting yourself in your outward appearance
  • Kevin’s tools and gear talk
  • How mirrorless made photography come back with creativity and passion again
  • Why Kevin has no desire to shoot film anymore
  • Where to find Kevin

Lensbaby

Levi Sim and Doug Daulton catch up with Lensbaby to talk about new gear.  Hear from Keri Friedman and Craig Strong about shooting tips and a brand new lens.

  • What is Lensbaby?
  • How they started and what they have now
  • The new Velvet 56mm F1.6 lens 
  • What’s different about it?
  • Macro talk and it’s versatility 
  • What can you do as a photographer to create something different?
  • How to use restrictions to create?
  • Where can find more about Lensbaby?

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This week's podcast takes a pass through Las Vegas.  You'll hear from three members of the Photofocus team on their thoughts about new gear announced at the show.  Then Levi Sim catches up Arizona Highways Magazine and Jeff Kida.

NAB Show New Gear

The staff of Photofocus descended upon the National Association of Broadcasters Convention in Las Vegas.  Every major camera and lens manufacturer was there showing off a lot of gear that photographers will love.  Pamela Berry, Levi Sim, and Doug Daulton sit down for a roundtable discussion on their favorite discoveries.

  • What’s exciting from BlackMagic?
  • Leica has a mirrorless system with a low price
  • Other price shockers
  • A new brand of lenses for Micro four thirds
  • Why are we frustrated with Canon?
  • What products will be big this year.
  • Parting thoughts
  • More about NAB

Jeff Kida from Arizona Highways Magazine

Levi Sim and Jeff Kida sit down to talk about Arizona Highways Magazine as well as the workshops that are planned.  Learn more about this prestigious magazine and how photo workshops are managed.

  • The history of the magazine
  • What kinds of photographers does Jeff like?
  • What is he photographing lately?
  • Setting goals as photographers
  • Two goals that we can pursue?
  • Finding your vision and don’t be in a hurry
  • “When I’m shooting at my best, I’m outside of myself”
  • What has Jeff noticed that's changed over the years with photography?
  • Benefits of going to workshops
  • "We all have stories to tell"
  • Photography is a vehicle for story and change
  • How do you get published in Arizona Highways magazine?

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Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 9:00pm EDT

This week's podcast interviews photographers Cindy Harter Sims about printmaking and competitions.  Then we catch up with well-known glamour photographer Lou Freeman. Tune in and get inspired.

 

Cindy Harter Sims

Cindy Harter is a portrait photographer located in Cartersville, GA. Her philosophy for her life and her business is Live Independently. Feel Intimately. Love Courageously.  She shares her philosophy on making images that inspire.

  • Who is Cindy?
  • How does she describe her work and who does she photograph?
  • Live independently, feel intimately & love courageously
  • Learning from WPPI’s print competition.
  • How many years has Cindy been entering the print competition?
  • How has is change her approach to taking photographs?
  • Are trends good or bad?
  • Who prints her work?
  • How what you print on can make a difference in your work?
  • Prepping and understand what you need to do to enter for the first time.
  • Word of mouth is everything
  • Family affair and working with her family
  • Keeping art bright
  • Art in your life is a gift
  • Feeling the moments of knowing where you are supposed to be
  • Remind yourself how far you’ve come
  • Where can you find Cindy?

Lou Freeman

 

Lou Freeman is a Master Fashion, Glamour, and Beauty Photographer who’s career has spanned 3 decades with a focus on advertising, fashion and celebrity portraits. This interview is from the busy show floor at WPPI, so there is a little background noise.

  • Who is Lou Freeman?
  • What does she do?
  • How does she emotionally support her clients?
  • Everything can be made to look beautiful
  • Shift in her career and what she learned?
  • What can you communicate with your eyes?
  • Ask for a better pose rather than “Don’t do this because” Speak in the positive and never in the negative to your client.
  • People show stress in how they hold their hands and in their neck/shoulders
  • It’s up to the photographer to create the mood and scene
  • Working with those who elevate you and your work and vise versa.
  • Collaborating with a stylist and why?
  • No matter who they are go to the lengths 
  • Try to make the most out of every chance you have to get the image.
  • Color, impact and celebrity draws people to your portfolio.
  • Take care of yourself as a photographer. What you put out there is what you are showing the world. 
  • Dress like your price point. 
  • What is one lighting tool that every photographer should know?
  • Learn how to keyword and SEO your website
  • Where can you find Lou?

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Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 8:24am EDT

Thanks for all the great questions you've been sending in to the Photofocus podcast. This week is a two part show. First up, Rich Harrington catches up with photographer and educator Abba Shapiro to tackle some great topics to help photographers.

Then Levi Sim catch up with Ray Roman & Matt Thompson to talk about shooting weddings and making the transition from photo to video. Remember, you can post questions for future shows via Twitter with the #pfqa or send us a note at Photofocus.

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

Rich Harrington & Abba Shapiro

Welcome to the Show
Enter our New Camera Contest
Thanks to Drobo
What is Abba’s background?
What does he love to shoot?
Suggestions on using underwater gear
Advice for working with models.
Strategies for networking and finding models.
Check out new photo classes on lynda.com
Abba's Favorite Plug-ins
Are you cheating if you use plug-ins?
Enhance your images with onOne Perfect Photo Suite
Cool results with the Perfectly Clear Plug-In
Learn About HDR with Photomatix
Fixing Portraits with Portrait Professional
Advice for using plug-ins
What are the drawbacks and benefits of using auto modes such as auto ISO?
Add the perfect soundtrack with SongFreedom
Can you recover photos from a card that was deleted?
Advice for protecting cards
Should I Have a Digital or Print Portfolio?

Levi Sim with Ray Roman & Matt Thompson 
Who is Matt Thompson?
Who is Ray Roman and what does he do?
What is Ray’s background?
How did Ray get started in wedding videos?
How another photographer saved his business?
Ray discusses his motivation to be the best.
How Ray juggled career and doing weddings?
Being driven and challenging yourself
How is Ray increasing his skills?
Learn to Analyze everything you see
Learn to have a strong foundation
Photographers are half way to shooting video
What gear Ray uses and why?
What sets Ray apart?
Branding talk and how it can elevate your business.
What does Ray teaches at his workshops?
Networking and getting to know others in your industry.
Where can we find out more about Ray’s workshops?
Where can we catch up with Matt?

 

Direct download: PF_02_05_15.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 10:30pm EDT

Thanks for all the great questions you’ve been sending in to the Photofocus podcast.  This week Rich Harrington and Kevin Ames 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 & Kevin Ames

  • Who is Kevin Ames?
  • Why is Atlanta, GA having a resurgence in the arts like Film and Media?
  • Why do you need a prime lens?
  • If you can only afford one prime, which one should you get?
  • What is a “normal” lens and what that means for your camera?
  • Is it okay to make portraits of people without their permission
  • When to use Photoshop and when to use Lightroom?
  • How working with the right tools will help you be more efficient.
  • How can I get healthy critiques when I post to social media?
  • Utilizing camera/photo clubs to help you improve
  • Using hardware to display photos
  • At what point is a photographer ready to assist or second shoot?
  • How do you find your way into photography?
  • Working with people you respect and work hard to help it comes back in a positive way.
  • Where can you find more about Kevin’s work?

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Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 8:30pm EDT

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.

 

Rich Harrington & Levi Sim

  • What are the top accessories to have as a new photographer?
  • Tips for shooting indoor mixed light.
  • How to get a flash to look better.
  • Understanding image stabilization and what it means for your lens or camera body
  • Tips on getting images in front of decision makers
  • How to interact with people and clients as a photographer
  • Advice on postproduction (especially when on the road)
  • Where to find out more about Levi

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This week's podcast interviews photographers Stephen Eastwood and Mike Kubeisy.  Plus we'll offer some quick resources for touching up holiday photos as well as news about our next camera contest.

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Stephen Eastwood

 

Stephen Eastwood is a New York based Fashion and Beauty Photographer.  He also is a digital retoucher.  His expertise in both shooting and retouching have led him to be named a Canon Explorer of Light and PrintMaster.

Levi Sim and Stephen Eastwood discuss:

  • Who is Stephen Eastwood?
  • Why having hands-on learning lights is important.
  • A speedlight tip
  • Using gels and white balance to create drama and color
  • Old school tricks on gelling and creating white balance.
  • If Stephen were to shoot one thing for the rest of his life, what would it be and why?
  • Why you need to start focussing on shooting what you want to be hired for
  • Learning to be consistent 
  • Where can you find Stephen online?

Mike Kubeisy

Mike Kubeisy covers everything from crime scenes to crime scenes to Hollywood celebrities. Since 1984, as a Motion Picture and Television Stills Photographer. He is currently shooting on shows being televised worldwide. He's taught everywhere from Photoshop World to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Photo Operations Unit. He is an active member of the Cinematographers Guild Local 600 and the National Association of Photoshop Professionals. You can view his work at www.4stills.com.

Vanelli and Mike discuss:

  • What is Mike well known for?
  • What happens when you use hard lights?
  • How stylizing the set helps with dramatic lighting.
  • Learning to enhance the look of the talent.
  • What does it mean to apply texture to the scene.

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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_12_25_14.mp3
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This week's podcast interviews photographers Roberto Valenzuela and Peter Hurley.  Beauty and wedding photographer Roberto Valenzuela talks about working with medium formats.  Then we join Peter Hurley for some practical advice on working with and directing your subject.

Roberto Valenzuela

Roberto Valenzuela is a photographer based in Beverly Hills, CA. He developed his unique teaching style by following the same practice regimen he developed as a professional concert classical guitarist and educator.

Roberto believes that it is not talent but deliberate practice that is at the core of skill and achievement. He has traveled to every corner of the world motivating photographers to practice and break down the various elements of photography in order to master them through goal setting, self-training, and constant dedication.

Roberto serves as a judge for photographic print competitions in Europe, Mexico, South America, and the most prestigious International photography competitions held in the United States through the Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) in Las Vegas, NV.

  • Shooting with the Phase One Medium Format camera
  • What’s different about medium format?
  • Why shoot with medium format?
  • The look you get
  • How are medium format files different?
  • Why does Roberto underexpose every image?
  • The power of using shadows
  • His experience shooting weddings

Peter Hurley

Peter Hurley is a New York photographer who found his way behind a camera after starting his career in front of one as a model and actor. He first picked up a camera to photograph his work making the US Sailing Team for the Olympics. This lead to a mentorship with photographer Bruce Weber who encouraged him. He's since gone on to shoot advertisements for Levi's, Reebok, DKNY, Johnnie Walker and Axe Deodorant to name a few.

Learn about:

  • What is Peter up to?
  • TedX talk
  • When did Peter start photography?
  • Peter’s mental process about shooting others
  • Psychology of being in front of the camera
  • How to customize directions to each individual person
  • We all have hangups about appearance.
  • Having a good relationship with yourself
  • Creating something special.
  • Hurley Pro
  • Where can you find Peter’s work?

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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_12_5_14.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 8:58am EDT

This week's podcast interviews photographers Tamara Lackey about travel photography Then, we catch up with Bill Fortney to talk postproduction.

Tamara Lackey

Tamara Lackey 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:

  • Travel/landscape photography while traveling
  • Why photography vacations
  • How to travel wisely?
  • Packing camera gear
  • Travel internet speeds and backups
  • Harddrives
  • Stolen gear
  • New classes coming up
  • Where to find Tamara?

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.

Levi and Bill discuss:

  • Doing HDR in post
  • NIK Color Effects Pro 4
  • Using the sliders
  • Favorite editing tools for HDR
  • Not killing the integrity of the original image
  • Having options
 
Direct download: PF_11_15_14.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 5:54pm EDT

This week's podcast interviews photographers Frank Doorhof about his portrait work. Then, we catch up with Joel Grimes for an inspiring talk for all photographers.

Frank Doorhof

The Amsterdam-born Frank Doorhof is a noted international fashion and glamour photographer, as well as an expert on calibration. He is an active commercial photographer, with a particular interest in musical artists and high fashion, who also takes time for personal projects. His teaching style is based on his philosophy: “Why fake it, when you can create it?”

Photofocus catches up with international fashion photographer Frank Doorhof about his work and methods (which apply to all photographers).Vanelli and Frank discuss:

  • Where is Frank from?
  • What kind of photographer is Frank?
  • What got Frank into photographing models?
  • Having a husband and wife team
  • “It’s more then a scarf”
  • His love for teaching
  • Workshop talk, why is Frank’s workshops unique?
  • Light is the language, literally.
  • Being you as a photographer

Joel Grimes

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:

  • The creative outlet
  • How long has Joel been with photography
  • How to think past certain barriers
  • The Human condition
  • Getting past hurt
  • Learning past rejection
  • Going down the path that fits you the best
  • Why being a photographer is so cool
  • Why technical proficient photos can be boring
  • Where to find Joel?
Direct download: PF_11_5_14.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 7:00pm EDT

This week's podcast catches up with two industry greats who both have exiting new projects.  Melissa Niu digs deep with portrait photographer Brian Smith.  Then Rich Harrington catches up with the original Photoshop guru Bert Monroy.

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.

 

 

Melissa Niu and Brian Smith discuss:
  • What is Brian up to?
  • Brian's latest book
  • What is he shooting on?
  • Why would you need 36 megapixels in an image
  • What else is Brian working on and teaching?
  • Light and making the most of it in you photos
  • Opinions on editing skin
  • What’s next with Brian?
  • Where to find Brian?

Bert Monroy

Bert Monroy27_200x200_thumb 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:

  • Who is Bert Monroy
  • His latest painting — Amsterdam Mist
  • How he gets inspired for a painting
  • How does he document for his work with photos and research
  • How does shadows and highlights play a role in his work?
  • How he began teaching Dreamscapes and compositing
  • What classes on lynda.com is coming out?
  • What he hopes his paintings accomplish
  • Where to find Bert
Direct download: PF_10_15_14.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT

This week's show is a triple header. First, Pamela Berry sits down with photographer Michael Bonocore to discuss the importance of capturing moments and inspiration. Then Rich Harrington talks with Lindsay Adler on personal projects and self-assignments.  Finally Levi Sim and Rich Harrington talk with Matt Thompson from SongFreedom about music for photo and video projects.

Music on the show from our new partner — SongFreedom.

Michael Bonocore

Michael has been a fixture in the photography industry for over 7 years. His photography journey started as a hobby, primarily learning his way around a DSLR by shooting landscapes around his home in San Francisco, California. Soon, he started accepting paid assignments, from commercial ad campaigns to weddings, but his passion for traveling with camera in hand was too great to ignore. Michael started visiting locations all over the globe, documenting not only the beautiful landscapes of the countries he visited, but also the lives of the local communities.

Michael began working with international non profit organizations to help bring awareness to the causes that he was passionate about. Through the workshops that he leads for The Giving Lens, he has taught children the art of photography in countries such as Nicaragua, Peru, Jordan and India. He has documented the work of elephant sanctuaries in Thailand and he has helped bring awareness to Women’s Cooperatives in the Middle East.

Pamela and Michael talk about:

  • Who is Bonocore?
  • What is he working on?
  • What inspired the photography he does?
  • A favorite moment in photography
  • What is Giving Lens?
  • His switch of camera brands
  • Workshops coming up
  • Advice to photographers?
  • Where to find Bonocore?

Lindsay Adler

Lindsay Adler is a professional portrait and fashion photographer based in New York City. Her editorial work has appeared in numerous fashion and photography publications internationally including Noise, Bullett Magazine, Essence, Zink Magazine, Rangefinder and dozens more. A clean, bold and graphic style has become the hallmark of her work, making her in-demand for clients across the world.

Her portrait and commercial work includes look books, accessory lines, hair campaigns, cosmetic campaigns, professional athletes, television series promos and more. She is always working on new ways to share her passions and knowledge with others, and each year she lectures tens of thousands of photographers world-wide. She attributes a lot of her success to her parents NEVER suggesting that she ‘get a real job’ and encouraging her to pursue photography even in her pre-teens.

Rich and Lindsay talk about:

  • Personal projects
  • What she is currently working on and why?
  • Should you share personal projects?
  • What are goals to achieve from a personal project?
  • Do you expand the type of photography in a personal project?
  • Setting deadlines on a personal project
  • Surrounding yourself with people you like and respect
  • Her latest company for photographers?
  • How has sharing her editing and workflow helped
  • Where to find Lindsay?

Music for Photo and Video Projects

Nothing makes a slideshow or video better than a great soundtrack.  But there are a lot of rules when it comes to using music.  We demystify the process of using music in your project and offer some great techniques too.

Levi, Rich and Matt talk about:

  • What is SongFreedom?
  • Perspective on using music for clients
  • Emotional response
  • Making music your own in your work for emotional response
  • Music is inspiring
  • Technology barriers are falling
  • What your audience expects
  • Tips on finding music
  • Letting searching for music inspire you to create a project
  • Allow us as artists help other artists with licensing
  • We all want our rights protected
  • Legality of using music
  • This is why you do the right thing
  • Understanding terms of service
  • What does it mean to license music?
  • Where to find out more about SongFreedom
Direct download: PF_10_5_14a.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 9:08pm EDT

This week's show is a triple header. First, Melissa Niu chats with Evgeny Tchebotarev who is the co-founder of 500px about their site and future.  Vanelli then catches up with professional photographer Tim Wallace and his work with automotive and boating photography.  Then Rich Harrington and Chase Reynolds sit down to discuss the hottest gear shipping from Photokina.

Music on the show from our new partner — SongFreedom.

Evgeny Tchebotarev & 500px

In 2004, before Facebook and photo-sharing sites, Evgeny Tchebotarev created a community for photographers to meet, exchange information and share photos. He initially developed this as a LiveJournal blog and then teamed up with Oleg Gutsol and transformed the idea into 500px.

Originally from Moscow, Evgeny has a BA in Commerce and Finance from Ryerson University in Toronto. He began photography in 2002 and immediately became inspired by it, when he sold three photos to magazines from his first roll of film.

Melissa and Ev talk about:

  • How did 500px start?
  • Failing in order to succeed
  • The early days of 500px
  • What is 500px up to?
  • What kind of Photographer is Ev?
  • What gear does he shoot with?
  • Every tool has a purpose
  • Advice to start a new business
  • Where can we find Ev’s work?

Tim Wallace

Photographer Tim Wallace is the driving force and creative thinking behind Ambient Life. An award winning photographer his work is often described as both conceptual and dramatic. Tim works internationally with many high end brands and clients such as Aston Martin, Land Rover Jaguar and Morgan in the UK to Kenwood and Audi in the US.

His work has been published globally and was recently named by as one of the UK's most creative photographers. Tim's view is a little more straight forward, a man who's known for his down to earth attitude, his feet are firmly on the ground and his desire to produce creative work is one that he has been driven to from a very young age when he first picked up a camera, "Photography is for me simply a creative passion, the ability to use light and form to capture in a single image what I see in my own imagination..."

He is the humble recipient of many awards including International Advertising Photographer of the Year 2010, UK Motor Industry Photographer of the Year 2010, Hasselblad Photographer of the month Oct 2010, Professional Photographer of the Year 2009 as well as receiving Distinction Awards for his work from such professional boards as the RPS.

You can find Tim's portfolio here or follow him on Twitter.

Vanelli and Tim talk about:

  • What kind of photographer is Tim Wallace?
  • What inspires Tim to shoot cars
  • What he did before photography
  • How he got into photography
  • Don’t wait for the door to open
  • Why less is more
  • Tim’s 18-month project
  • Photography business is 90% business
  • What shapes Tim as a photographer 
  • Tim’s charity work

Hot Gear with Chase Reynolds

One a month we talk to our friends at LensRentals.com about the hottest new gear to hit the street. This month is a whopper with Photokina seeing the release of several hot new pieces of equipment.

Rich and Chase talk about:

Direct download: PF_9_25_14.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 5:04pm EDT

This week's we catch up with two photographers.  Beauty and wedding photographer Roberto Valenzuela talks about working experimentally.  Then we join Bob Davis for some practical shooting and business advice.

NOTE — The first interview was recorded with a bit of audio interference.

Roberto Valenzuela

Roberto Valenzuela is a photographer based in Beverly Hills, CA. He developed his unique teaching style by following the same practice regimen he developed as a professional concert classical guitarist and educator.

Roberto believes that it is not talent but deliberate practice that is at the core of skill and achievement. He has traveled to every corner of the world motivating photographers to practice and break down the various elements of photography in order to master them through goal setting, self-training, and constant dedication.

Roberto serves as a judge for photographic print competitions in Europe, Mexico, South America, and the most prestigious International photography competitions held in the United States through the Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) in Las Vegas, NV. 

  • How Roberto became a photographer?
  • Why he really loves being a wedding photographer
  • What is “Beauty” photography?
  • Where does Roberto find his clients?
  • The challenges and rewards of beauty photography
  • How to not memorize poses, but create energy.
  • Developing the language of what you want the photo to say
  • When do the subjects get to see the images being made?
  • How much preproduction goes into a shoot?
  • Practical advice about what he wish he knew starting out.
  • Where can you find out more about Roberto?

Bob Davis

Bob Davis is a Canon Explorers of Light. He is also a member of the Wescott Top Pro Elite, a group of talented photographers from around the world comprised for photographic education and inspiration.

His passion for photography began back in high school where he was the  editor of his newspaper. He then went on to Columbia College and was named College Photographer of the Year.  He worked for the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper for 14 years and covered countless events, such as presidential elections and Michael Jordan's entire career with the Chicago Bulls.

Levi and Bob talk about:

  • Lighting techniques
  • Using modifiers
  • Being creative with anything
  • Bob’s journey as a photographer
  • How he approaches a shoot.
  • Advice on allowing others tell their story
  • Having respect for those you are working with
  • Being a working dad
  • How he came into business with his wife Dawn?
  • Keeping the business side consistent
  • Word of mouth or word of mouse
  • How he approaches teaching lighting
  • Where to find more information
Direct download: PF_9_5_14.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 10:25pm EDT

Glyn Dewis & Robert Vanelli| Photofocus Podcast 8/25/14

This week's Is a double-header, packed with information and inspiration.  We'll catch up with two very different photographers who will both inspire you with practical tips and challenges.

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.

Levi and Glyn discuss:

  • Who is Glyn Dewis?
  • What he’s working on
  • The importance of personal projects
  • How do you make personal projects happen?
  • Why are personal projects so important?
  • Taking personal projects seriously
  • The way you work with clients
  • Photography is a people business
  • Where to find Glyn online

Robert Vanelli

Rich Harrington catches up with photographer Robert Vanelli (aka V). After a successful career as a three time Triple Crown Karate champion, Robert Vanelli turned his attention to teaching. As an educator for over 30 years, Vanelli has created several photography and digital workflow programs including a special program, Click for Kids. Borrowing concepts from the martial arts, Vanelli instilled values such as integrity, and goal setting using photography as a vehicle to motivate children.

Rich and Vanelli talk about:

  • Who is V?
  • What struggles do new photographers face?
  • Practical advice for all photographers
  • Knowing your gear (in the dark)
  • How limitations can make you better
  • Taking self assignments and mental challenges
  • Rookie mistakes to avoid
  • Learning versus knowing
  • Stop shooting in the dark, embrace light

 

 

Direct download: PF_08_25_14.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 7:48pm EDT

This week's podcast is a Double Double...  We sit down with four great photographers two at a time. First, Levi Sim talks with Tamara Lackey and Peter Hurley. Then Melissa Niu talks with two of our Photofocus team members (and great photographers) Nicole S. Young and Brian Matiash.

Tamara Lackey & Peter Hurley

Tamara Lackey 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.

Peter Hurley is a New York photographer who found his way behind a camera after starting his career in front of one as a model and actor. He first picked up a camera to photograph his work making the US Sailing Team for the Olympics. This lead to a mentorship with photographer Bruce Weber who encouraged him. He's since gone on to shoot advertisements for Levi's, Reebok, DKNY, Johnnie Walker and Axe Deodorant to name a few.

  • What’s a visual identity?
  • What hats we wear as photographers?
  • Shooting headshots
  • Social media pictures
  • Shooting tips
  • Having direction and getting what you need from your subject
  • Creating the atmosphere
  • Communication
  • Finding your style and type of photography. Be drawn to it
  • Getting past criticism with vision and drive
  • Where you can find Tamara and Peter?

Nicole S. Young and Brian Matiash

Nicole is a full-time photographer and author. Her photography specialties are food and landscape, and sh also creates stock images for iStockphoto and Getty Images. She loves to teach, learn and share what she knows through her blog, articles, podcasts, interviews and training materials. 

Melissa, Nicole and Brian discuss:
  • Who are they
  • Nicole’s journey
  • What does Brian do?
  • Mobile photographer
  • What is happening next in the industry?
  • Definition of a Photographer
  • Why do you think every single camera has default setting jpeg?
  • What is the destiny of a typical photo?
  • Evolve or Die
  • Being married to a photographer
  • Where to find Brian and Nicole
Direct download: PF_08_15_14.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

This week's podcast interviews photographer Matt Kloskowski from Kelby One.  Rich and Melissa also check in with Chase Reynolds about two hot pieces of gear and prime lenses.

Hot Gear Segment

Rich Harrington and Melissa Niu catch up with 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 gear.  Be sure to leave questions for future shows in the comments.

  • How is lensrentals doing right now?
  • Lomography x Zenit Petzva lens 
  • Why rent this lens?
  • Shooting same locations over and over again?
  • Canon 16-35 f/4 lens
  • Why be excited about this lens?
  • What does L-series mean?
  • Why primes?
  • What are some go to primes?
  • Where to start with Primes?
  • Homework assignment
  • Manual lens tips
  • What is lensrental.com all about?
  • Special promo code for Photofocus readers
  • Parting Advice

Matt Kloskowski

Matt Kloskowski is a full-time Education Director for Kelby Media Group and a Tampa-based photographer. He's the Editor of Lightroom Magazine and teaches Photoshop and Lightroom seminars around the world.

  • What he does for Kelby one?
  • How teaching and learning photography is better these days?
  • The best compliment he gets and keeps his passion going
  • What kind of photographer is Matt?
  • Where he would love to go shoot
  • Does he like going back to shoot the same places? Is it ok to that?
  • Talking Moab, UT
  • Gear talk
  • Camera, lens, filters, tripods
  • Where to find Matt?
Follow Matt on Twitter — twitter.com/MattKloskowski
Direct download: PF_7_15_14.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

This week's podcast interviews photographer Lindsay Adler who talks about her new studio and getting started in the world of fashion photography. Rich also gives you a quick update on the new photo options from Apple for Mac, Windows, and iOS  We then check in with Chase Reynolds about two hot new pieces of gear.  

Lindsay Adler

Lindsay Adler is a professional portrait and fashion photographer based in New York City. Her editorial work has appeared in numerous fashion and photography publications internationally including Noise, Bullett Magazine, Essence, Zink Magazine, Rangefinder and dozens more. A clean, bold and graphic style has become the hallmark of her work, making her in-demand for clients across the world.

Her portrait and commercial work includes look books, accessory lines, hair campaigns, cosmetic campaigns, professional athletes, television series promos and more. She is always working on new ways to share her passions and knowledge with others, and each year she lectures tens of thousands of photographers world-wide. She attributes a lot of her success to her parents NEVER suggesting that she ‘get a real job’ and encouraging her to pursue photography even in her pre-teens.

  • Collaboration on shoots.
  • Challenges of shooting in NYC
  • Renting out her studio in NYC
  • What is Skin 101?
  • Photographers are problem solvers
  • Tips on shooting different skins and faces
  • Example face on how to light.
  • The difference in silver and white reflectors
  • Post Processing tips
  • What is frequency separation?
  • What classes at Photoshop World will Lindsay be teaching?
  • Where can we find Lindsay?

Hot Gear Segment

Rich Harrington and Melissa Niu catch up with Chase Reynolds to talk about some of the hottest new pieces of gear to hit the shelfs at LensRentals.com.  Once a month we'll explore some of the most popular pieces of gear.  Be sure to leave questions for future shows in the comments.

  • Sony A7R & A7S talk
  • The benefits of full frame cameras
  • Using mirror less to shoot photo and video
  • The Freefly Movi M5 gimbal
  • How to use a gimbal?
  • Renting gear for specific reasons for specific jobs

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Direct download: PF_6_5_15.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 7:44am EDT

This week's podcast interviews photographers Dixie Dixon and Doug Hansgate.  The show offers practical advice and inspiration from two photographers at different points in their careers.

Don't forget to post a review on iTunes.

Dixie Dixon

Dixie Dixon is a Texas born and bred commercial fashion photographer.  Just a few years out of college, this 20-something’s career is unfolding one adventure after another. She was given her first Nikon Camera, the Nikon FG, at just 12 years old, which peaked her curiosity in the field and served as her sidekick in exploring the world.  She would continually clock seven to ten hours in the darkroom without even realizing it.  While in college she studied in London with a world-renowned fashion photographer and became deeply inspired by the beautiful illusion of fashion and commercial photography. 

It has been said that her idealistic vision of the world is reflected into every single frame- full of life, beautiful energy, and most of all, Soul.  Her passion has lead her to shoot internationally in places such as Cannes, Toronto, Vancouver, New York, Miami, Los Angeles, Ibiza, and Barcelona recently for various brands, tv shows, commercial campaigns and editorial projects. 

  • How Dixie got started?
  • What she’s doing right now
  • What is her passion?
  • The importance of personal work
  • Getting to know your clients
  • Advice to starting out in the commercial industry.
  • Where to find Dixie

Doug Hansgate

Doug Hansgate has been shooting professionally for over 35 years. His work has been on display in galleries in New York City and Toronto. The photography bug bit Doug at a young age when his father gave him a Voigtlander camera. By the time he was 16, Doug was the high school yearbook photography editor and had built a darkroom in his parents’ home, where he processed black and white images.

  • Finding out about Doug
  • Why he loves Photography
  • “I don’t take pictures, I create images”
  •  Balancing the artist, the photographer and the agency
  • Discussing the ability to capture that moment at the right time
  • How studying classic techniques helps inspire 
  • Being aware with our subjects. Feeling that persons essence in your portraits
  • Where can we find Doug.
Direct download: PF_5_25_14.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

This week's podcast interviews popular photographer Zack Arias who discusses big changes in his work and professional life. We then check in with Chase Reynolds about two hot new pieces of gear. When that's done, find out about our latest contest with big prizes.

Zack Arias
Zack Arias is a professional photographer based in Atlanta, GA. He's spent a lot of time working in the music industry as well as working for a lot of editorial, corporate, and commercial assignments. He sees his approach as “simple, bold, classic, and true.”

What new gear excites Zack?
What Zack is shooting these days.
Zack’s transformation of his career and why he's changing
Goals for a new project
Why should you house clean your photography?
What is his new blog is about
"When God said let there be light, Joe McNally handed him a flash"
Zack’s new series he’s about to work on

Hot Gear Segment
Rich Harrington and Melissa Niu catch up with Chase Reynolds to talk about some of the hottest new pieces of gear to hit the shelfs at LensRentals.com. Once a month we'll explore some of the most popular pieces of gear. Be sure to leave questions for future shows in the comments.

The new Sigma 50mm f1/4 lens
Differences between Canon, Nikon, and Sigma 50mm primes
The LensCap program
The Panasonic GH4

New Contest
Melissa sits down with Orri from ViewBug to talk about the new Photofocus contest which just kicked off. Learn about some of the fantastic prizes as well as how to enter.

What does Orri do at View Bug
Big Contest announcement
Details about the contest
Where to find more details

Direct download: PF_5_5_14.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

This week's podcast takes a look at two very different topics in the photo industry.  Our first guest Mike Corrado discusses his concert photography and passion projects.  Then we catch up with Photofocus contributor and industry expert Gerard Murphy about photo sharing services like SnapChat and the new Lightroom Mobile.

Mike Corrado

Mike Corrado is a photographer and visual artist with over 35 years experience. He also works with Nikon as the Manager of Nikon Professional Services: Pro Relations and Product Marketing. Assignments have taken him to several Super Bowls, World Series and Indy 500 races. He has covered the Kentucky Derby for 14 of 16 years and has worked with the New York Mets, New York Jets and other professional sports teams.

Note, Mike's interview was captured on location and has some background noise.

  • Who is Mike?
  • What are his passions?
  • What does Mike do for Nikon?
  • Shooting concerts and tips.
  • Why he loves to shoot the drummer
  • Current passion projects
  • Seeing new talents
  • Advice for photographers
  • Where can you find Mike’s work?

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

  • Who is Gerard Murphy?
  • Private photo sharing and what SnapChat is doing
  • The appeal of services like SnapChat
  • Immediate sharing and the up and coming generation of photographers
  • Future of photo sharing and photo management
  • How is this evolving in a mobile world
  • The announcement of Lightroom mobile

 

Direct download: PF_04_15_14.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

This week's podcast adds a brand new guest as well as a segment to the show.  First up, Rich catches up with Drew Geraci of District 7 Media who's timelapse and HDR photography has appeared in television shows and commercials.  Then Melissa Niu chats with Chase Reynolds and Joey Miller about the most in-demand gear and what's hot in the photo world.

Drew Geraci

Drew Geraci is a passionate and award winning photographer/videographer who has been in the business for nearly 15 years. He has spent 9 years working as a Mass Communication’s specialist in the US Navy and 3 years as Multimedia Producer for the Washington Times in Washington, DC. He specializes in motion time-lapse photography and video production.

  • Who is Drew and how did he get into motion time-lapse?
  • His HDR time-lapse workflow
  • What goes into making a time-lapse shoot
  • Challenges of time-lapse
  • Getting permits and shooting legal
  • What keeps Drew going and staying excited about Time-lapse
  • Advice for shooters of all levels
  • Setting up multiple cameras
  • Protecting your rights and work
  • New gear
  • Where to find Drew’s work?

Hot Gear Segment

Melissa Niu introduces a new segment to the show.  She talks with some experts from LensRentals.com about the hottest cameras on the market.  Once a month she'll explore some of the most popular equipment and dig deeper to see what people enjoy so much about the gear.  Be sure to leave questions for future shows in the comments.

  • How did Lens Rentals get started?
  • Hot camera gear right now
  • Favorite lenses
  • Where to find Lens rentals and the process
  • Special code for Photofocus listeners to save 15%
Direct download: PF_4_15_14.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 10:31am EDT

This week's podcast features a triple dose of photo knowledge. First up, Melissa Niu catches up with portrait photographer Tamara Lackey.  The Rich Harrington and Ron Pepper discuss panoramic photography workflows.  Then we jump back to Melissa as she interviews Jerry Ghionis for his take on shooting portraits and where the photo industry is headed.

Tamara Lackey

Tamara Lackey 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.

What Tamara has coming up

What it’s like at Photoshop World

Why should you go to photography conferences?

Why community matters?

Tip on working with children

Where to find more information?

Ron Pepper

Ron Pepper is the primary of PanoramaNETWORK. We explore his work with panoramic photography and architectural photography. PanoramaNETWORK was founded in 2003 in Madrid, Spain. His photography consists of modern, 360 degree by 180 degree panoramic photography showing any location in a realistic immersive way, from ceiling to floor!.

What brought Ron into Panoramic Photography?

How panoramic photography has changed over the years

What 360 photography is being used for?

What skills can Landscape and Interior photographers learn to make more panoramic images?

Tips on shooting panoramic images

Tools for postproduction

Working with dynamic range issues

Time spent on editing

Information about his upcoming workshop with Rich

Where to learn more about Ron, HDR, & panoramic photography?

Jerry Ghionis

As one of the few modern masters of wedding photography not proficient in Photoshop, Jerry Ghionis has learned to create stunning images in camera. Known as the “MacGyver” of photography, Jerry has the innate ability to turn ordinary situations into extraordinary images using any light source and ordinary objects around him. A United States Nikon Ambassador, Jerry was named in the first ever list of Top Ten Wedding Photographers in the World by American Photo magazine. In 2011 Jerry was named by PDN magazine as one of the top photography workshop instructors in the world.

Where is the wedding industry headed?

Challenges to grow as a wedding photographer

Talking to people face to face

Acting like you are a business

Advice to people starting out

How to have a long and successful career

What is Jerry working on

Where to find Jerry online?

Direct download: PF_3_25_14_01.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

This week's podcast features two photographer's who are well-respected in their field.  First up Rich Harrington catches up with landscape and aviation photographer Moose Peterson.  Then Melissa Niu interviews Canon Explorer of Light, Eddie Tapp.

Moose Peterson

Moose’s true passion is wildlife photography and he considers himself incredibly fortunate to be amongst North Americas critters and bring back their story with his camera. Along the way Moose has been fortunate to be recognized for his passion. One of the original Nikon shooters to receive the D1 in 1999, Moose embraced this new technology becoming the only wildlife photographer in the world to shoot strictly digital in the early years. While a beta site for all the major hardware and software manufacturers, Moose continues his main goal of photographing the life history of North America’s endangered wildlife and wildplaces. Being a creative innovator of new techniques both behind the camera and the computer is the driving force behind his photography and goals.

  • What is Moose’s speciality?
  • What led Moose to his photography interests?
  • Aviation photography tips
  • Moose’s schedule at Photoshop World
  • Tips on when to shoot
  • Tips on getting access to locations
  • Why you need to get it right in the camera
  • Where to find Moose?

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.

  • What is Eddie up to right now?
  • What is it that Eddie LOVES about photography?
  • What does Creative Cloud mean to Eddie?
  • Discussion about marketing
  • Using Social Media effectively
  • Comparing your work to others
  • Gear talk
  • Post Processing a dice and approach
  • Advice for up and coming photographers
  • Where can you find Eddie?

Direct download: PF_3_15_14.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 7:43am EDT

This week's podcast features three great folks from the photo industry. First up Rich Harrington catches up with one of the best image makers on the planet, Joe McNally. Melissa Niu then catches up with photographer and Adobe expert Terry White.  You'll then learn all about ViewBug, a great site for entering photo contests and winning prizes.

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.

Learn about:

  • Joe's workflow and recent changes
  • Why he's back to experimenting with film
  • Joe's thoughts on how Film and digital can co-exist
  • What he's been up to with small flashes.
  • What Joe's teaching at Photoshop World
  • What you can do with a flash
  • What features do users overlook on a flash
  • Why you should sometimes "think within the box"
  • The challenges of traveling with gear
  • When to use multiple lights (plus tech tips for multiple flashes)
  • How to shape the light
  • The impotence of gaining confidence to improvise with using different light set-ups
  • Parting advice

Terry White

Terry White – Worldwide Design Evangelist for Adobe Systems, Inc. In his job, he leads the charge of getting customers excited and educated about  Adobe Creative Cloud products and services. Terry is an Adobe Certified Expert. He has been active in the industry for over 25 years and is the founder and president of MacGroup-Detroit.

Discover :

  • What does Terry do?
  • What is Terry’s photography style
  • Marketing talk and building a following
  • How important is gear?
  • Inspiration can come from anywhere
  • What kind of lighting does Terry use and why
  • Camera and lens advice
  • How does Terry approach post-processing
  • His best piece of advice
  • Where to find Terry

Ori Guttin & ViewBug

From time to time we tell you about some of our great partners.  Since we're getting ready to launch our biggest photo contest ever, we decided to bring you up to speed on ViewBug. Learn all about this cool photo community and photo contest site.

Learn about

  • What is ViewBug?
  • Type of contests View Bug runs
  • What can you win?
  • Rules of the contests
  • Why everyone has a chance to win
  • The benefits of joining ViewBug
  • Why contests aren’t just about winning
  • What are Ori’s favorite styles of photography?
  • How to keep your rights to your own photos
Direct download: PF_3_5_14.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

This week's podcast features two diverse subjects who both have interesting perspectives on the photo industry.  First up Rich Harrington catches up with portrait photographer Peter Hurley who's well-known for his approach to head shots.  Melissa Niu then speaks with Ed Greenberg about the rights of photographers.

It turns out that both our guests will be speaking at Photoshop World in April.  Be sure to catch them both (and save on registration with the code PSWFOCUS414).

Peter Hurley

Peter Hurley is a New York photographer who found his way behind a camera after starting his career in front of one as a model and actor. He first picked up a camera to photograph his work making the US Sailing Team for the Olympics. This lead to a mentorship with photographer Bruce Weber who encouraged him. He's since gone on to shoot advertisements for Levi's, Reebok, DKNY, Johnnie Walker and Axe Deodorant to name a few.

Learn about:

  • How Peter started as a photographer
  • What's the key to his work?
  • What Peter does when he meets a new client?
  • Why the jaw matters when taking a portrait or headshot.
  • What you can learn from Peter at Photoshop World.
  • Top headshot blunders
  • How to direct your subjects.
  • Why personality can make the difference
  • How to gain confidence when working with clients
  • How to maintain a connection with you subjects from behind the camera
  • Were to find Peter and closing advice

Ed Greenberg

Ed Greenberg has been a litigator practicing in New York City for over thirty years. He's represented some of the top photographers and illustrators in the business as well as the average Joes and Janes striving to make a name for themselves. He has been on the faculty and a guest lecturer in the Masters Program in Digital Photography at The School of Visual Arts in New York and has lectured nationwide on photographers’, artists’ and models’ rights.

Discover 

  • How Ed got involved in photography law
  • Ongoing problems photographers are facing right now
  • How can a photographer avoid giving their work away for free?
  • Paperwork and being a photographer
  • Why you shouldn't take legal advice from someone who is not an attorney.
  • What can photographers just starting out do?
  • Photographers and being Business minded
  • Trusting your gut.
  • Social Media Advice
  • Where can you find Ed Greenberg

Direct download: PF_02_25_14.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

This week's podcast features two diverse subjects who both have interesting perspectives on the photo industry.  First up Rich Harrington catches up with portrait photographer Peter Hurley who's well-known for his approach to head shots.  Melissa Niu then speaks with Ed Greenberg about the rights of photographers.

It turns out that both our guests will be speaking at Photoshop World in April.  Be sure to catch them both (and save on registration with the code PSWFOCUS414).

Peter Hurley

Peter Hurley is a New York photographer who found his way behind a camera after starting his career in front of one as a model and actor. He first picked up a camera to photograph his work making the US Sailing Team for the Olympics. This lead to a mentorship with photographer Bruce Weber who encouraged him. He's since gone on to shoot advertisements for Levi's, Reebok, DKNY, Johnnie Walker and Axe Deodorant to name a few.

Learn about:

  • How Peter started as a photographer
  • What's the key to his work?
  • What Peter does when he meets a new client?
  • Why the jaw matters when taking a portrait or headshot.
  • What you can learn from Peter at Photoshop World.
  • Top headshot blunders
  • How to direct your subjects.
  • Why personality can make the difference
  • How to gain confidence when working with clients
  • How to maintain a connection with you subjects from behind the camera
  • Were to find Peter and closing advice

Ed Greenberg

Ed Greenberg has been a litigator practicing in New York City for over thirty years. He's represented some of the top photographers and illustrators in the business as well as the average Joes and Janes striving to make a name for themselves. He has been on the faculty and a guest lecturer in the Masters Program in Digital Photography at The School of Visual Arts in New York and has lectured nationwide on photographers’, artists’ and models’ rights.

Discover 

  • How Ed got involved in photography law
  • Ongoing problems photographers are facing right now
  • How can a photographer avoid giving their work away for free?
  • Paperwork and being a photographer
  • Why you shouldn't take legal advice from someone who is not an attorney.
  • What can photographers just starting out do?
  • Photographers and being Business minded
  • Trusting your gut.
  • Social Media Advice
  • Where can you find Ed Greenberg
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 12:40am EDT

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

Direct download: PF_2_15_04.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 4:03am EDT

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

Direct download: PF_2_5_14.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 8:18am EDT

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

Direct download: PF_1_25_14.mp3
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

Direct download: PF_01_15_14.mp3
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.

Here is the new podcast feed:

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

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

Direct download: PF_1_5_14_01.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

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
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

This week's show features three of the photo industry's best and brightest.  First up,  Melissa Niu interviews Damien Lovegrove, a portrait photographer from the UK. Next Rich Harrington interviews Mike Kubeisy about his work in Hollywood. Finally, Julieanne Kost shares her insights into photography and Adobe.

Damien Lovegrove

Professional portrait and wedding photography expert, Damien Lovegrove learned his trade as a cameraman and lighting director during 14 years at the BBC. He spent his free days taking photographs for a variety of top name clients including Peugeot, Motorola, and Adidas. Damien has become one of the foremost trainers of photography and entrepreneurial business strategies in the industry.

Melissa asks Damien about:

  • Who is Damien and what is his background?
  • How did he start in the industry?
  • The process and art of lighting
  • How he transitioned into photography
  • How he balanced paying the bills and becoming an artist
  • His role now with photography
  • The evolution of his gear
  • Why he uses mirrorless cameras now
  • How Damien approaches light
  • Advice about lighting
  • Where can we find Damien

Follow Damien on Twitter — twitter.com/damienlovegrove

Check out his personal blog — www.prophotonut.com

Mike Kubeisy

Mike Kubeisy covers everything from crime scenes to crime scenes to Hollywood celebrities. Since 1984, as a Motion Picture and Television Stills Photographer. He is currently shooting on shows being televised worldwide. He's taught everywhere from Photoshop World to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Photo Operations Unit. He is an active member of the Cinematographers Guild Local 600 and the National Association of Photoshop Professionals. You can view his work at www.4stills.com.

Rich and Mike discuss:

  • What Mike has learned being in Hollywood
  • What it is like working union jobs and how to become a union member
  • What are some of the most useful skills on set?
  • Lighting trends and pet peeves
  • How to keep up on hot looks
  • What it means to be a team player
  • How he does post processing
  • Shooting wirelessly and tethered on set
  • What he loves about Hollywood
  • Three practical advice tips on getting into the industry

Follow Mike on Twitter — twitter.com/mike4stills and his Facebook page — facebook.com/4Stills

Julieanne Kost

Since joining Adobe in 1992, Julieanne Kost has learned her craft through hands-on experience and now serves as the Principal Digital Imaging Evangelist for Lightroom and Photoshop. Her role includes customer education, product development, and market research for photography, digital imaging, and illustration. She publishes is the author of “Window Seat – The Art of Digital Photography” as well as an author of Photoshop training with Lynda.com. In addition, she is a frequent contributor to several publications, a speaker at numerous conferences and industry events, and a guest lecturer at distinguished photography workshops and fine art schools around the world.

Melissa and Julieanne discuss:

  • Who is Julianne?
  • What she started out doing with Adobe
  • What she loves about photography
  • Her approach to compositing
  • How she uses her dreams as inspiration
  • The benefits of personal assignments
  • Changes in the photo industry
  • Her advice to become a stronger photographer

Follow Julieanne on Twitter — twitter.com/julieannekost

Direct download: PF_11_5_13.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

This week's show is a triple feature... we tackle three areas of the photo industry that are hot topics. First up, Scott Bourne interviews Rich Harrington about how to get started in DSLR video. Rich Harrington then takes the microphone and talks to Terry White from Adobe about changes at Adobe as well as Terry's photography. Our third segment, Melissa Niu interviews Matt Kloskowski of Kelby Training to find out about how the photo industry is evolving.

Getting Started with DSLR Video

Scott Bourne asks Rich about the 10 hardest things photographers need to know when switching to video. Rich shares practical advice for all levels of shooters and offers insight on how to overcome tough challenges.

Scott and Rich discuss:

  • Why tripods are a must
  • Panning & tilting to add motion
  • Which camera settings to use
  • The exposure triangle explained for video and how it's different from shooting stills
  • Recording lengths and why they are restricted
  • What are "handles"
  • Getting great audio (and why it's just as important as the video)
  • Why focus is really hard
  • The 180˚ Rule
  • Story telling: Photography verses video
  • Follow Rich on Twitter — www.twitter.com/rhedpixel

Terry White

Terry White – Worldwide Design Evangelist for Adobe Systems, Inc. In his job, he leads the charge of getting customers excited and educated about Adobe Creative Cloud products and services. Terry is an Adobe Certified Expert. He has been active in the industry for over 25 years and is the founder and president of MacGroup-Detroit.

Rich and Terry discuss:

  • What does Terry do with Adobe
  • How Adobe saw the creative process changing
  • How creative professionals have been asked to do more
  • What is happening as content creators have access to more tools
  • Three myths about Creative Cloud debunked
  • Where Terry finds his creativity
  • Terry's advice to learning software
  • Advice to those feeling creatively overwhelmed
  • Where to find Terry

Follow Terry on Twitter — twitter.com/terrylwhite

Watch Terry's Videos — www.youtube.com/user/terrywhitetechblog

Matt Kloskowski

Matt Kloskowski is a full-time Education Director for Kelby Media Group and a Tampa-based photographer. He's the Editor of Lightroom Magazine and teaches Photoshop and Lightroom seminars around the world.

  • Matt's official job at Kelby Training (besides hosting podcasts and blogging)
  • How the past 10 years has changed the way Kelby Media has done business
  • Why video plays such an important role in the creative industry
  • The difference between technique-based and result-based learning
  • The changes photography is going through
  • Why it's okay to break the rules?
  • How to succeed as a photo educator in today's market
  • The Future of Kelby Training
  • What is Matt's passion with photography?
  • Where to find Matt

Follow Matt on Twitter — twitter.com/MattKloskowski

Direct download: PF_10_5_13.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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

Direct download: PF_9_25_13.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

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

Direct download: PF_9_5_13.mp3
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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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