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Photofocus

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Some of the most respected business owners and artists in photography are our guests. We are creating building blocks to help you develop a stronger foundation for your business and marketing skillsets, and sometimes even for your life! Download our newest feature, "PhotoShelter’s Beyond Technique" on the third Wednesday of each month. This new podcast features innovative ideas that will help you build a stronger business. "The Mind Your Own Business" podcast is a collaborative effort between Photofocus and Skip Cohen University. Airing on the second Friday of the month each episode involves a leader in imaging who shares ideas that will help you become a stronger more well rounded business owner and artist. Our other monthly podcast, The InFocus Interview show never slows down with ideas and guests to help you turn 2018 into your best year yet! Stay tuned to Photofocus.com for help with all your photography questions, inspiration, how-to’s along with lots more great podcasts. All for you throughout 2018! Thanks for listening.

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Episodes

Mind Your Own Business: Photography Business Coaching with Luci Dumas

Nov 8, 2019 40:22

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Welcome to Mind Your Own Business, the podcast that helps photographers improve their business and their lives.

Today, we chat with portrait photographer and business coach Luci Dumas. She has a passion for helping her fellow photographers bring their businesses up to the next level!  Join us as we discuss common struggles photographers have, how to overcome those struggles, and more!

Images Copyright Luci Dumas Topics include: How Luci got started in her career Trends photographers struggle with How to be your clients' trusted advisor The importance of how you present your photo, and how it can potentially close the sale with clients Tips for finding clients How challenges can actually be opportunity for growth. Collaborating with other creatives Advice for photographers just starting out Luci can be found at: InsightTrainingforPhotographers.com

 

Be sure to let us know if you have any thoughts or questions in the comments section. We do our best to answer all questions in a timely manner.

You can be the next guest on our podcast

Do you have an idea for a topic or want to hear from your favorite photographer or influencer in our industry? Send an email to skip@mei500.com or chamira@photofocus.com, with the subject line MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS IDEA. Then write a brief description of your topic or idea. If you are recommending someone, please include their name, contact information and state if you would like to be a guest host.

Thanks for listening! Don’t forget to share this episode with your friends. You can also listen on iTunes; we’d love it if you could post a review!

InFocus Interview Show: Hosting a successful Facebook group with Andrew Kavanagh

Nov 1, 2019 31:16

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My guest is a well respected Photoshop tutor and photo editor who host one of the most successful Facebook Groups with close to a half a million members, please welcome Andrew Kavanagh.

Topics include how to pick a focus theme, ways to be a helpful group, the benefits of hosting a group and the Pros and cons of running a Facebook group.

You can find more information about Andrew by joining the new Photoshop and Lightroom Group.  If you are currently a member of the group, you should rejoin the new group. As of November 7th, the ability to post in the old group will be turned off.

Be sure to let us know if you have any thoughts or questions in the comments section. We do our best to answer all questions in a timely manner.

You can be the next guest on our podcast

Do you have an idea for a topic or want to hear from your favorite photographer or influencer in our industry? Send an email to Vanelli at v@photofocus.com with the subject line of INFOCUS INTERVIEW IDEA. Then write a brief description of your topic or idea. If you are recommending someone, please include their name, contact information and state if you would like to be a guest host.

Thanks for listening! This InFocus Interview Show episode is brought to you by our partners, Lume Cube and Drobo. If you like these InFocus Interviews, please consider supporting them and sharing these links with your friends!

Beyond Technique: Relationship Building and Communication with Don Prentice

Oct 16, 2019 45:44

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Welcome to Beyond Technique, the podcast that empowers photographers to bring their businesses to the next level.

Today, we chat with Don Prentice, co-founder of Phototexting.com! We discuss how relationship building relates to every photographer's business, and the ways communication is changing.

Other topics include:

Don's history and experience in the industry  Why texting is so important for photographers as they communicate with their clients  Interesting stats that offer insights into how people communicate How photographers can easily begin using a toll-free number in their business How PhotoTexting's Senior Rep Program can help photographers get more senior high school clients The design and ease of setting up Phototexting, as well as their concierge service. The many ways Phototexting's tools can help photographers easily and automatically keep in touch with their clients Advice for photographers just starting out

Learn more about PhotoTexting.com here.

You can be the next guest on our podcast

Do you have an idea for a topic or want to hear from your favorite photographer or influencer in our industry? Send an email to skip@mei500.com or chamira@photofocus.com, with the subject line BEYOND TECHNIQUE IDEA. Then write a brief description of your topic or idea. If you are recommending someone, please include their name, contact information and state if you would like to be a guest host.

Thanks for listening! Don’t forget to share this episode with your friends. You can also listen on iTunes; we’d love it if you could post a review!

Mind Your Own Business: Practical Photography Tips with Rick Sammon

Oct 11, 2019 43:42

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Welcome to Mind Your Own Business, the podcast that helps photographers improve their business and their lives.

Today, we chat with award-winning photographer Rick Sammon. He is one of the most active photographers on the planet – dividing his time between creating images, leading photo workshops, and making personal appearances. Join us as we discuss practical tips any photographer can use!

Rick_Sammon_Banner_October_2019 Topics include: How Rick got started as a photographer The value of photography How imagery and writing go hand in hand The discipline involved in writing a book The value of exploring different niches in photography, and how that can help your work Advice for photographers just starting out Rick can be found at:  Ricksammon.com

Be sure to let us know if you have any thoughts or questions in the comments section. We do our best to answer all questions in a timely manner.

Check out Rick's new book: Photo Therapy Motivation and Wisdom

Rick Sammon

You can be the next guest on our podcast

Do you have an idea for a topic or want to hear from your favorite photographer or influencer in our industry? Send an email to skip@mei500.com or chamira@photofocus.com, with the subject line MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS IDEA. Then write a brief description of your topic or idea. If you are recommending someone, please include their name, contact information and state if you would like to be a guest host.

Thanks for listening! Don’t forget to share this episode with your friends. You can also listen on iTunes; we’d love it if you could post a review!

Infocus Interview Show: Using Photography To Involve World Change With John Filson

Oct 4, 2019 45:42

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My guest is a California based educator, motivational speaker and peacebuilder working to change the causes of social conflict. Over the last fifteen years, he has managed field programs in the Middle East and Latin America, led advocacy initiatives in Washington, crewed on film productions, and taught Peace Studies for college students. He makes content to share things he's passionate about and to connect with others who want to use their talents to make the world better.

Please welcome John Filson

Topics include; John's background and filmmaking, being supporters, not rescuers, tips on how we can help local people become the owners and creators of their own change on their own terms, strategies to deal with conflict, local projects we need more of and tips we can use to get our message out to help involve world change

Be sure to let us know if you have any thoughts or questions in the comments section. We do our best to answer all questions in a timely manner.

You can be the next guest on our podcast

Do you have an idea for a topic or want to hear from your favorite photographer or influencer in our industry? Send an email to Vanelli at v@photofocus.com with the subject line of INFOCUS INTERVIEW IDEA. Then write a brief description of your topic or idea. If you are recommending someone, please include their name, contact information and state if you would like to be a guest host.

Thanks for listening! This InFocus Interview Show episode is brought to you by our partners, Lume Cube and Drobo. If you like these InFocus Interviews, please consider supporting them and sharing these links with your friends!

Infocus Interview Show with Abe Curland | Photofocus Podcast September 27, 2019

Sep 27, 2019 26:40

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Opportunities to increase our skills and knowledge are all around us, but sometimes we may not spot them. In this special video edition, I sat down with Abe Curland from B&H while at Photoshop World. He discussed how he recognized unique opportunities and took advantage of them to increase his photographic skills.

Topics include photographing in natural light, wildlife photography and how to critique a photo. You can learn more about Abe and see his work at birdsongimages.com.

Be sure to let us know if you have any thoughts or questions in the comments section. We do our best to answer all questions in a timely manner.

You can be the next guest on our podcast

Do you have an idea for a topic or want to hear from your favorite photographer or influencer in our industry? Send an email to Vanelli at v@photofocus.com with the subject line of INFOCUS INTERVIEW IDEA. Then write a brief description of your topic or idea. If you are recommending someone, please include their name, contact information and state if you would like to be a guest host.

Thanks for listening! This InFocus Interview Show episode is brought to you by our partners, Lume Cube and Drobo. If you like these InFocus Interviews, please consider supporting them and sharing these links with your friends!

Beyond Technique: Growing Your Skillset with Jay P. Morgan

Sep 18, 2019 33:47

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Welcome to Beyond Technique, the podcast that empowers photographers to bring their businesses to the next level.

Today, we chat with commercial photographer and film director Jay P. Morgan! We discuss the importance of education, the role of mentoring, and the most important skillsets photographers need to have in order to run a thriving business!

Images copyright Jay P. Morgan

Other topics include:

How Jay P. got started as a photographer the importance of education and mentoring the benefits of diversifying your photography skills the benefits of growing your skillset outside of photography The role of customer service in your business Fun ways Jay P. uses the Platypod® in his photo and video work Trends where photographers need the most help Advice for photographers looking to take their business up to the next level Be sure to check out Platypod®, the world's most compact tripod. Be sure to sign up for their new Gooseneck.

Be sure to check out Jay P.'s educational website for education and mentoring. To learn more about Jay P. and check out his work, visit his portfolio website.

Be sure to let us know if you have any thoughts or questions in the comments section. We do our best to answer all questions in a timely manner.

You can be the next guest on our podcast

Do you have an idea for a topic or want to hear from your favorite photographer or influencer in our industry? Send an email to skip@mei500.com or chamira@photofocus.com, with the subject line BEYOND TECHNIQUE IDEA. Then write a brief description of your topic or idea. If you are recommending someone, please include their name, contact information and state if you would like to be a guest host.

Thanks for listening! Don’t forget to share this episode with your friends. You can also listen on iTunes; we’d love it if you could post a review!

The Mind Your Own Business Podcast with Terrell Lloyd | Photofocus Podcast September 13, 2019

Sep 12, 2019 45:17

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Mind Your Own Business: Sports with Terrell Lloyd

Welcome to Mind Your Own Business, the podcast that helps photographers improve their business and their lives!

Today, we chat with Terrell Lloyd, the Senior Manager of Photography Services and Lead Team Photographer at the San Francisco 49ers. We discuss his sports photography career, as well as practical tips any photographer can use!

 

Other topics include: How Terrell got started with the San Francisco 49ers as their lead team photographer How to have an edge as a sports photographer The importance of persistence, patience, practice, and hard work The challenges of working on the road The dynamics of coordinating a team of photographers during a football game and making sure everyone's work is consistent Unexpected stories from the field Advice for photographers wanting to break into sports photography.

To learn more about Terrell, visit his website.

Be sure to let us know if you have any thoughts or questions in the comments section. We do our best to answer all questions in a timely manner.

You can be the next guest on our podcast

Do you have an idea for a topic or want to hear from your favorite photographer or influencer in our industry? Send an email to skip@mei500.com or chamira@photofocus.com, with the subject line MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS IDEA. Then write a brief description of your topic or idea. If you are recommending someone, please include their name, contact information and state if you would like to be a guest host.

Thanks for listening! Don’t forget to share this episode with your friends. You can also listen on iTunes; we’d love it if you could post a review!

InFocus Interview Show: Photoshop painting tips with Sandra Pearce

Sep 6, 2019 17:05

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While at ClickCon, I had a chance to talk with Fine Arts photographer and educator Sandra Pearce. Sandra shares how she uses Photoshop not just to paint, but to retouch an image.  You can learn more about Sandra at texasschool.org/sandra-pearce

Topics include Photoshop mixing brush, working with eyes and layers.

Be sure to let us know if you have any thoughts or questions in the comments section. We do our best to answer all questions in a timely manner.

You can be the next guest on our podcast

Do you have an idea for a topic or want to hear from your favorite photographer or influencer in our industry? Send an email to Vanelli at v@photofocus.com with the subject line of INFOCUS INTERVIEW IDEA. Then write a brief description of your topic or idea. If you are recommending someone, please include their name, contact information and state if you would like to be a guest host.

Thanks for listening! This InFocus Interview Show episode is brought to you by our partners, Lume Cube and Drobo. If you like these InFocus Interviews, please consider supporting them and sharing these links with your friends!

The InFocus Interview Show with Dixie Dixon | Photofocus Podcast August 30, 2019

Aug 30, 2019 31:24

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While at ClickCon, I had a chance to talk with Fashion photographer and educator Dixie Dixon. Dixie shares some of the topics she covered in her classes. You can learn more about Dixie at dixiedixon.com

Topics include model release forms, insurance, building a dream team, why assisting is important and how to command the set.

Be sure to let us know if you have any thoughts or questions in the comments section. We do our best to answer all questions in a timely manner.

You can be the next guest on our podcast

Do you have an idea for a topic or want to hear from your favorite photographer or influencer in our industry? Send an email to Vanelli at v@photofocus.com with the subject line of INFOCUS INTERVIEW IDEA. Then write a brief description of your topic or idea. If you are recommending someone, please include their name, contact information and state if you would like to be a guest host.

Thanks for listening! This InFocus Interview Show episode is brought to you by our partners, Lume Cube and Drobo. If you like these InFocus Interviews, please consider supporting them and sharing these links with your friends!

The InFocus Interview Show with Howard Burkholz | Photofocus Podcast August 23, 2019

Aug 23, 2019 17:34

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In this episode:

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I had a chance to talk with photographer and insurance agent Howard Burkholz about the different types of insurance plans photographers need. As a photographer himself, Howard gives disaster scenario examples to help us understand what is and is not covered.

Topics:

Actual cash value vs replacement cost Real-world examples of what is covered How rates are determined

For more information or to request a quote, contact Howard directly at National Photographers Insurance

We like to hear from you!

Here’s your chance to interact with the team by leaving a follow-up question in the comments section. We do our best to answer all questions in a timely manner.

You can be the next guest host on our podcast

Do you have an idea for a topic or want to hear from your favorite photographer or influencer in our industry? Send an email to Vanelli at v@photofocus.com with the subject line of INFOCUS INTERVIEW IDEA. Write a brief description of your topic or idea. If you are recommending someone, please include their name, contact information and state if you would like to be a guest host.

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Beyond Technique with Kevin Kuster | Photofocus Podcast August 21, 2019

Aug 21, 2019 41:20

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Welcome to Beyond Technique, the podcast that empowers photographers to bring their businesses to the next level. Today we chat with Watts of Love founding member and creative director Kevin Kuster!

 

Photos copyright Watts of Love. All Rights Reserved.

 

We discuss: Kevin's life journey, and how he became involved with helping to start Watts of Love. The topic of "burnout" as a creative How Watts of Love is changing the lives of people around the world The element (and importance!) of collaboration amongst creatives Storytelling tips The importance of being authentic Raising awareness around the world of social issues The significance of being willing to go on a creative journey without necessarily knowing what the end goal is. Kevin can be found at: WattsofLove.org Have suggestions on future topics you want us to cover? Email us: Skip Cohen: skip@mei500.com Chamira Young: chamira@photofocus.com  Share this podcast!

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The Mind Your Own Business Podcast with Don Komarechka | Photofocus Podcast August 9, 2019

Aug 9, 2019 35:08

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Welcome to Mind Your Own Business! Today we chat with nature, macro, and landscape photographer Don Komarechka!  

We discuss: How Don got started in photography Why the process of creativity is so important The importance of special projects His new book, and how he ran his successful Kickstarter campaign Goal setting: it's what drives us, but many struggle...for those who may feel stagnant Advice for any photographers starting out Don can be found at: Donkom.ca Have suggestions on future topics you want us to cover? Email us: Skip Cohen: skip@mei500.com Chamira Young: chamira@photofocus.com    Share this podcast!

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The InFocus Interview Show with Mike Kubeisy | Photofocus Podcast August 1, 2019

Aug 2, 2019 29:58

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In this episode:

I had a chance to talk to Hollywood photographer Mike Kubeisy. Mike and I talk about a very sensitive topic among photographers -- Do photographers need to buy the latest and greatest gear? We both weigh in on our thoughts and give examples and advice.

Topics:

When you should or shouldn't  invest in the latest gear The value of education Networking for success We like to hear from you!

Here’s your chance to interact with the team by leaving a follow-up question in the comments section. We do our best to answer all questions in a timely manner.

You can be the next guest host on our podcast

Do you have an idea for a topic or want to hear from your favorite photographer or influencer in our industry? Send an email to Vanelli at v@photofocus.com with the subject line of INFOCUS INTERVIEW IDEA. Write a brief description of your topic or idea. If you are recommending someone, please include their name, contact information and state if you would like to be a guest host.

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The InFocus Interview Show with Skip Cohen | Photofocus Podcast July 26, 2019

Jul 26, 2019 28:11

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In this episode:

I had a chance to talk to Skip Cohen. Skip is a Marketing & Social Media guru who has written numerous books, spoken at all major photography conferences and has host thousands of Podcasting hours helping photographers reach their potential. Skip talks about the business classes he is teaching at ClickCon, a three-day hands-on photo and video learning experience held in Chicago Aug 5-7, 2019 and how it relates to the interview topic, "Stop buying gear and invest in education."

Topics:

Intro to social media marketing Starting a photography business Pricing your work Midnight Madness- a 2 1/2 hour program sharing ideas on making your website stronger; interacting with your blog; expanding your reach; building relationships on your community; networking; getting the word out in your community about who you are; social media; giving back and cause-related marketing.

If you would like to attend the conference, follow this link to ClickCon and use Skip's code -- ccskip -- to save $50.00.

We like to hear from you!

Here’s your chance to interact with the team by leaving a follow-up question in the comments section. We do our best to answer all questions in a timely manner.

You can be the next guest host on our podcast

Do you have an idea for a topic or want to hear from your favorite photographer or influencer in our industry? Send an email to Vanelli at v@photofocus.com with the subject line of INFOCUS INTERVIEW IDEA. Write a brief description of your topic or idea. If you are recommending someone, please include their name, contact information and state if you would like to be a guest host.

If you like these InFocus Interviews, please consider supporting our partners and sharing these links with your friends! ThinkTapLearn.comLuminar by Skylum Software

Beyond Technique with Gareth Rockliffe | Photofocus Podcast July 17, 2019

Jul 17, 2019 34:22

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Welcome to Beyond Technique, the podcast that empowers photographers to bring their businesses to the next level. Today we chat with fine art photographer Gareth Rockliffe! We discuss: How Gareth got his start as a photographer What it means to live life in the "P mode," and why that can be limiting Ways to avoid burnout and get out of a rut Why it's important to have personal projects, and how this can benefit you Why it's important to be willing to explore types of photography outside of your genre Spirituality as it relates to photography Advice for photographers just starting out Gareth can be found at:   GarethRockliffe.com Have suggestions on future topics you want us to cover? Email us: Skip Cohen: skip@mei500.com Chamira Young: chamira@photofocus.com   Share this podcast!

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes.

Mind Your Own Business Podcast with Reid Callanan | Photofocus Podcast July 12, 2019

Jul 12, 2019 36:52

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In this episode, Skip Cohen and Chamira Young chat with Reid Callanan about the importance of photography education.

Images copyright Reid Callanan and Nina Callanan Images copyright Reid Callanan and Nina Callanan

  Reid Callanan sitting with Muhammad Ali. Photo copyright Reid Callanan.

We discuss: The role and importance of hands-on photography education Tips for sustaining a business long term, through varying trends, economies and recessions The role of having a personal vision in your body of work The importance of consistency Stories of celebrities that have attended his workshops The most common struggles of his students Advice for any photographers wanting to break into photography and especially find their personal vision Reid Callanan and Santa Fe Workshops can be found at: Santafeworkshops.com Have suggestions on future topics you want us to cover? Email us: Skip Cohen: skip@mei500.com Chamira Young: chamira@photofocus.com  Share this podcast!

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The InFocus Interview Show with Richard Thomson | Photofocus Podcast June 28, 2019

Jun 28, 2019 20:32

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Topics:

The difference between being judged and being critiqued How to critique yourself What photos are currently best for print competition We like to hear from you!

Here’s your chance to interact with the team by leaving a follow-up question in the comments section. We do our best to answer all questions in a timely manner.

You can be the next guest host on our podcast

Do you have an idea for a topic or want to hear from your favorite photographer or influencer in our industry? Send an email to Vanelli at v@photofocus.com with the subject line of INFOCUS INTERVIEW IDEA. Write a brief description of your topic or idea. If you are recommending someone, please include their name, contact information and state if you would like to be a guest host.

If you like these InFocus Interviews, please consider supporting our partners and sharing these links with your friends! ThinkTapLearn.comLuminar by Skylum Software

The Mind Your Own Business Podcast with Sarah Petty | Photofocus Podcast June 14, 2019

Jun 14, 2019 36:22

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In this episode, Skip Cohen and Chamira Young chat with photographer and marketing expert Sarah Petty about the biggest (and most common!) print order-killing mistakes so many photographers make! We cover these common print order-killing mistakes in detail: Apologizing for your pricing Making incorrect assumptions based on price Offering prices before discussing your services in detail Forgetting to do a Pre-Session Consultation Setting healthy expectations Winging your sessions, as opposed to getting your client exited and involved in the process Selling digital files without also offering physical products   You can find Sarah Petty at: JoyofMarketing.com SarahPetty.com sarah.petty on Facebook and Instagram   Have suggestions on future topics you want us to cover? Email us: SkipCohenUniversity.com @SkipCohen on Twitter Skip Cohen: skip@mei500.com Chamira Young: chamira@photofocus.com    Share This Podcast!

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The InFocus Interview Show with Ben Haley | Photofocus Podcast June 7, 2019

Jun 7, 2019 11:00

Description:

In this episode:

I had a chance to interview a talented 21-year-old photography student that's attending the Rochester Institute of Technology. Ben reached out to me on LinkedIn. Sensing his dedication, I wanted to reward Ben with a Photoshop World experience he would never forget. Ben is a great example of how networking and a passion for your art will open doors to success.

Topics:

Why he traveled 21 hours to attend Photoshop World How Ben reached out to instructors Formal vs self-taught education. We like to hear from you!

Here’s your chance to interact with the team by leaving a follow-up question in the comments section. We do our best to answer all questions in a timely manner.

You can be the next guest host on our podcast

Do you have an idea for a topic or want to hear from your favorite photographer or influencer in our industry? Send an email to Vanelli at v@photofocus.com with the subject line of INFOCUS INTERVIEW IDEA. Write a brief description of your topic or idea. If you are recommending someone, please include their name, contact information and state if you would like to be a guest host.

If you like these InFocus Interviews, please consider supporting our partners and sharing these links with your friends! ThinkTapLearn.comLuminar by Skylum Software

The InFocus Interview Show with Corey Decker | Photofocus Podcast May 23, 2019

May 24, 2019 23:51

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In this episode:

I had a chance to interview retired Army Specialist Corey Decker for a special edition of the Photofocus Infocus Interview Show honoring our Military. Corey shares his military experience and how Photography has helped his PTSD.

Topics:

What inspired Corey to pursue photography How the military helps vets go back to school How Photography helped his PTSD We like to hear from you!

Here’s your chance to interact with the team by leaving a follow-up question in the comments section. We do our best to answer all questions in a timely manner.

You can be the next guest host on our podcast

Do you have an idea for a topic or want to hear from your favorite photographer or influencer in our industry? Send an email to Vanelli at v@photofocus.com with the subject line of INFOCUS INTERVIEW IDEA. Write a brief description of your topic or idea. If you are recommending someone, please include their name, contact information and state if you would like to be a guest host.

If you like these InFocus Interviews, please consider supporting our partners and sharing these links with your friends! ThinkTapLearn.comLuminar by Skylum Software

Mind Your Own Business Podcast with Peter Hurley | Photofocus Podcast May 10, 2019

May 10, 2019 35:30

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Welcome to Mind Your Own Business! Premier headshot photographer and education Peter Hurley joins us today!

 

All photos copyright Peter Hurley

 

We discuss: How Peter got his unconventional start in photography, and how his background gave him a unique edge The importance of having a plan for your gear Trends where photographers seem to be struggling with their portfolio The importance of having good "taste" when building a portfolio How to get great images at conventions like Shutterfest The difference between copying someone's shot at a convention and being able to recreate your own great shot on your own Tips for interacting with your portrait subjects and putting them at ease Advice for photographers who want to break into headshot photography

 

Peter can be found at: PeterHurley.com: Peter's portfolio site HeadshotCrew.com: coaching platform and referral engine for headshot photography HeadshotMania.com: Peter's upcoming headshot event March 19, 2020 Have suggestions on future topics you want us to cover? Email us: Skip Cohen: skip@mei500.com Chamira Young: chamira@photofocus.com    Share This Podcast!

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The InFocus Interview Show special edition with Joe Edelman, and Roberto Valenzuela | Photofocus Podcast May 3, 2019

May 3, 2019 25:21

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In this "Best Of" InFocus Interviews episode:

Olympus Visionary photographer, author and photo educator Joe Edelman shares his insight on why he shot an assignment using the JPEG format and not RAW. Then it's Photographer, Educator, Author and a Canon Explorer of Light, Roberto Valenzuela. Roberto shares tips on how he uses Light to Communicate.

We'd like to hear from you!

Here’s your chance to interact with the team by leaving a follow-up question in the comments section. We do our best to answer all questions in a timely manner.

You can be the next guest host on our podcast

Do you have an idea for a topic or want to hear from your favorite photographer or influencer in our industry? Send an email to Vanelli at v@photofocus.com with the subject line of INFOCUS INTERVIEW IDEA. Write a brief description of your topic or idea. If you are recommending someone, please include their name, contact information and state if you would like to be a guest host.

If you like these InFocus Interviews, please consider supporting our partners and sharing these links with your friends! ThinkTapLearn.comLuminar by Skylum Software

Infocus Interview Show with Kimberly Mozuch | Photofocus Podcast April 26, 2019

Apr 26, 2019 14:49

Description:

In this episode:

I had a chance to interview Photographer and Educator Kimberly Muzuch. Kimberly shares her insights on why every professional photographer should attend conferences like Photoshop World.

Topics:

Increase education Networking with other like-minded professionals How she learned to get the most out of attending Photoshop World We like to hear from you!

Here’s your chance to interact with the team by leaving a follow-up question in the comments section. We do our best to answer all questions in a timely manner.

You can be the next guest host on our podcast

Do you have an idea for a topic or want to hear from your favorite photographer or influencer in our industry? Send an email to Vanelli at v@photofocus.com with the subject line of INFOCUS INTERVIEW IDEA. Write a brief description of your topic or idea. If you are recommending someone, please include their name, contact information and state if you would like to be a guest host.

If you like these InFocus Interviews, please consider supporting our partners and sharing these links with your friends! ThinkTapLearn.comLuminar by Skylum Software

Mind Your Own Business Podcast with Bobbi Lane | Photofocus Podcast April 12, 2019

Apr 12, 2019 33:24

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Welcome to the Mind Your Own Business Podcast! Today we chat with commercial and portrait photographer Bobbi Lane!

All photos copyright Bobbi Lane

We discuss: How Bobbi got her start in photography How she constantly changes with technology to make her business more enjoyable. Why practice is so important in her business The latest trends photographers struggle with The element of preparing for each and every photo shoot The concept of practicing creativity, as opposed for waiting for it to strike The importance of knowing how to run your business, and how that can set you apart Why it's important to put yourself in your client's shoes during a photo session The role of people skills when dealing with clients The toughest portrait she's ever had to shoot Advice for new photographers who want to start their own photography business You can find Bobbi at: BobbiLane.com BobbiandLeesphotoadventures.com Have suggestions on future topics you want us to cover? Email us: Skip Cohen: skip@mei500.com Chamira Young: chamira@photofocus.com   Share This Podcast!

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The InFocus Interview Show special edition | Photofocus Podcast April 5, 2019

Apr 5, 2019 47:06

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In this best of Infocus Interviews episode:

Andrew Kavanagh, the man behind one of the largest and most active Photoshop and Photography Facebook Groups with close to half a million members, talks about why he created the group and the changes he's made to help benefit photographers of all levels.

Then, it's Scott Kelby. Before he became a pioneer in Photoshop, Scott started out as a portrait photographer. He talks about his earlier years and how his informal training help inspires him to share his knowledge with others. Scott also talks about the different types of educational resources available and how to best benefit from them. He also talks Photoshop World which created in 1999. As a special note: This year Photoshop World will be held in Orlando, Florida on May 30 through June 1 and the second event in Las Vegas on August 21 through August 23.

and Last, is Hollywood Photographer Mike Kubesiy. Mike talks about what it takes to land a job in Hollywood and most importantly, what it takes to stay there. With over 35 years of experience, Mike is a wealth of knowledge.

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Infocus Interview Show with Lauri Novak | Photofocus Podcast March 22, 2019

Mar 22, 2019 20:36

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In this episode:

I had a chance to interview Educator, Author and Fine-art photographer Lauri Novak. Lauri talks about the recent Photofocus articles she has written.

Topics:

Thinking outside the box Being more creative Marketing ideas for photographers We like to hear from you!

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Beyond Technique Podcast with Jakob Dall | Photofocus Podcast March 20, 2019

Mar 20, 2019 41:05

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Welcome to Beyond Technique, a podcast empowering photographers to bring their businesses to the next level! In today's episode we chat with photojournalist Jakob Dall!

All images copyright Jakob Dall Photography

Today we chat about: How Jakob gained traction as a photojournalist Why photography is considered a universal language The role of storytelling in his body of work The difference between being a freelance photographer and being an employee The role of relationship building in his business Some of the toughest assignments he's done The reason he wants to bring attention to non-mainstream events His latest climate change documentary The role of PhotoShelter in his business How he stays sane while covering troubling events Advice to new photographers who want to break into photojournalism You can find Jakob at: JakobDall.com: Jakob's portfolio site Start your 14 Day FREE trial of PhotoShelter, plus 20% off a Standard or Pro Account for a year. Use the coupon code PHOTOFOCUS20

 

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Mind Your Own Business Podcast with Michele Celentano | Photofocus Podcast March 8, 2019

Mar 8, 2019 45:25

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Welcome to the Mind Your Own Business Podcast! Today we chat with family portrait photographer Michele Celentano!

 

Images copyright Michele Celentano.

We discuss: How Michele got started with her career The importance of education in every photographer's career The role empathy plays when interacting with client The role psychology plays during a portrait session The best types of workshops photographers can take to strengthen their skillset Why every photographer needs a "backup skillset" to better serve unexpected requests from their clients Why it's important to always be curious and willing to explore outside of your genre The areas many photographers struggle with How we can improve the photography industry as a whole Advice for photographers who want to break into portrait photography  Check out Michele's Family Posing program at FamilyPosing.com You can find Michele at: MicheleCelentano.com: Michele's portfolio website Instagram: @michelecelentanophotographer Facebook Group: Family Posing with Michele Celentano Have suggestions on future topics you want us to cover? Email us: Skip Cohen: skip@mei500.com Chamira Young: chamira@photofocus.com  Share This Podcast!

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The InFocus Interview Show with Mat Hayward | Photofocus Podcast March 1, 2019

Mar 1, 2019 26:12

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In this episode:

I had a chance to interview Stock Photographer Guru, Adobe Stock Contributor Evangelist and incredible Photographer Mat Hayward.Mat shares his insight into stock photography.

Topics:

What stock photography is The benefits of becoming an Adobe Stock contributor How to become a contributor What images are best to help you get started We like to hear from you!

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The InFocus Interview Show with Rick Friedman | Photofocus Podcast February 22, 2019

Feb 22, 2019 22:25

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In this episode:

I had a chance to interview Photojournalist, Educator, and Author Rick Friedman. Rick talks about his experience with Tamron lens and his lens choice from his recent overseas assignments.

Topics:

His recent trip to Africa to photograph a large cat refuge His experience with Tamron lens. The different lens choices he uses when on assignment We like to hear from you!

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Beyond Technique Podcast with Sally Blood | Photofocus Podcast February 20, 2019

Feb 20, 2019 34:04

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Welcome to Beyond Technique, a podcast empowering photographers to bring their businesses to the next level. In today's episode we chat with portrait photographer Sally Blood!

Images copyright Sally Blood

We discuss: How Sally got started in her photographic career. Tips for working under pressure The importance of having "people skills" when interacting with clients The role being able to listen plays when gaining the trust of your client Ways to deal with stress The importance of being prepared for each and every shoot, especially when there are only a few minutes to capture a celebrity's portrait! Eyes being the gateway to the soul, and how that ties in with her Native American heritage How special projects can revitalize your photography passion The role PhotoShelter plays in her business Advice for photographers just starting out

 

You can find Sally at:  SallyBlood.com: Sally's portfolio site Start your 14 Day FREE trial of PhotoShelter, plus 20% off a Standard or Pro Account for a year. Use the coupon code PHOTOFOCUS20

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Mind Your Own Business Podcast with Brent Watkins | Photofocus Podcast February 8, 2019

Feb 8, 2019 41:12

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Welcome to the Mind Your Own Business Podcast! Today we chat with portrait photographer Brent Watkins!

Images copyright Sylvart Studios.

We discuss: How Brent got started as a photographer The importance of staying up-to-date on the latest techniques despite being in business for decades The importance of giving your client a great experience during their photo session Seeing things through your client's eyes Trusting your own pricing, and being able to expertly (and honestly!) guide your client during sales sessions Realizing that you are in the business of selling MORE than prints. You're selling the experience as well. Maintaining contact and being accessible to your clients Being genuine with your clients The importance of education, and how it's the key to longevity The key difference between successful photographers and photographer that constantly struggle with their businesses Pricing tips that can make or break your business Determining who your ideal clients are The best advice Brent received, and how it changed his business

 

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You can find Brent at: Sylvart.com: Brent's portfolio website Twitter and Facebook: @BrentWatkins   Have suggestions on future topics you want us to cover? Email us: Skip Cohen: skip@mei500.com Chamira Young: chamira@photofocus.com    Share This Podcast!

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The InFocus Interview Show with Maria Vanelli | Photofocus Podcast February 1, 2019

Feb 1, 2019 27:00

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In this episode:

I had a chance to interview a very special teacher, my sister Maria Vanelli. Maria came for a visit and we started talking about our childhood and how through her teaching she helped shape my education. I picked her brain on ways to help others learn better and thought it would be a great topic for our show.

Topics:

Different ways photographers can learn. Using repetition to build muscle memory to learn faster. Why it's import to teach yourself. Share knowledge with others to make you better. We like to hear from you!

Here’s your chance to interact with the team by leaving a follow-up question in the comments section. We do our best to answer all questions in a timely manner.

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The InFocus Interview Show with Mike Kubeisy | Photofocus Podcast January 25, 2019

Jan 25, 2019 33:55

Description:

In this episode:

Hollywood photographer and educator Mike Kubeisy shares his insight on what it takes to become a Hollywood photographer.

Topics:

How to join the Union. What it takes to get the job and keep it. Why photographers should start out as assistants.

To learn more about Mike, visit his website.

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Beyond Technique Podcast with Adam Mowery | Photofocus Podcast January 16, 2019

Jan 16, 2019 41:50

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Welcome to Beyond Technique, a podcast empowering photographers to bring their businesses to the next level. In today's episode we chat with outdoor photographer Adam Mowery.  

All images copyright Adam Mowery All images copyright Adam Mowery 

We discuss: How Adam got started as a photographer The things he did to stay focused and chase his dream The role of relationship building as he furthered his career The role PhotoShelter plays in his business and the way he presents his images Lessons learned from his past in the portrait and wedding photography industry The difference between confidence and arrogance Advice for photographers wanting to chase their dreams and become a photographer The importance of exceeding clients' expectations The role of light, composition, knowing your gear, and making yourself habit forming

 

You can find Adam at:  AdamMowery.com: Adam's portfolio site Instagram:@adammoweryphoto

 

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Get social! Follow PhotoShelter online: PhotoShelter Blog PhotoShelter on Twitter PhotoShelter on Facebook PhotoShelter on Instagram Stories Have suggestions on future topics you want us to cover? Email us: Skip Cohen: skip@mei500.com Chamira Young: chamira@photofocus.com  Share This Podcast!

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Mind Your Own Business Podcast with Karen Kuehn | Photofocus Podcast January 11, 2019

Jan 11, 2019 48:34

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Welcome to the Mind Your Own Business Podcast! Today we chat with photographer Karen Kuehn!

All images © Karen Kuehn

 

We discuss: How Karen got her start in photography Challenges of being a female in the industry The role of relationship building, asking for help How much things have changed in the industry Tips on working quickly with difficult clients The extremes of two lifestyles (farm girl in New Mexico vs chaos in New York modern) Finding sustainability Personal projects making a difference Staying relevant in the industry Working with teams and being an asset for your clients Putting the work in and building a sustainable business Advice for listeners wanting to get their start in photo or video while staying true to themselves The importance of making a difference in your community You can find Karen at: Karenkuehn.com: Karen’s portfolio website Have suggestions on future topics you want us to cover? Email us: Skip Cohen: skip@mei500.com Chamira Young: chamira@photofocus.com  Share This Podcast!

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The InFocus Interview Show with Joe Edelman | Photofocus Podcast January 4, 2019

Jan 4, 2019 33:32

Description:

In this episode:

Olympus Visionary photographer, author, and photo educator Joe Edelman shares his insight on a variety of topics he wrote about on his blog.

Topics:

Why he shot an assignment using the JPEG format and not RAW. How to shoot a portrait in bright sunlight with no reflectors or lights. Blowing Hair for Glamour Portraits & Best Fans For Your Photo Studio.

To learn more about Joe, visit his blog.

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Beyond Technique Podcast with Julie Dermansky | Photofocus Podcast December 19, 2018

Dec 19, 2018 40:07

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Welcome to Beyond Technique, a podcast empowering photographers to bring their businesses to the next level. In today's episode we chat with photojournalist Julie Dermansky.

 

Photos copyright Julie Dermansky

 

We discuss: How Julie got her start in photojournalism The challenges of having a career in photojournalism some of the photographers she followed to develop her skill set How she separates her pain of covering disasters from the creativity of creating images How she makes a personal connection with the people she meets in the field How to maintain your sanity while working as a photojournalism The role personal safety plays when covering floods and other disasters The role of PhotoShelter in her business, especially with helping her get your images out to the public and staying organized Advice for photographers who want to break into photojournalism You can find Julie at:  JSdart.com: Julie's portfolio site Start your 14 Day FREE trial of PhotoShelter, plus 20% off a Standard or Pro Account for a year. Use the coupon code PHOTOFOCUS20

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Get social! Follow PhotoShelter online: PhotoShelter Blog PhotoShelter on Twitter PhotoShelter on Facebook PhotoShelter on Instagram Stories Have suggestions on future topics you want us to cover? Email us: Skip Cohen: skip@mei500.com Chamira Young: chamira@photofocus.com   Share This Podcast!

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Mind Your Own Business Podcast with Nick Vedros | Photofocus Podcast December 14, 2018

Dec 14, 2018 39:43

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Welcome to the Mind Your Own Business Podcast! Today we chat with advertising photographer Nick Vedros.

All images © Nick Vedros

We discuss: How Nick got his start in photography How he capitalized on a rare opportunity to get his work out to the public Pushing the envelope on creativity and relationships Designing his career around the lifestyle that he wanted Working with an ad agency How the work of Gary Larson and Norman Rockwell influenced his work The role of storytelling in his body of work How Nick incorporates fun into his photo concepts The process of building a "super studio" and built a name nationally Building relationships with advertising companies Nick's advice for photographers who want to break into advertising photography How to look for openings in the market you can capitalize on

 

You can find Nick at: Vedros.com: Nick's portfolio site @vedros on Instagram @Vedrosphotography on Facebook Have suggestions on future topics you want us to cover? Email us: Skip Cohen: skip@mei500.com Chamira Young: chamira@photofocus.com    Share This Podcast!

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The InFocus Interview Show with Scott Wyden Kivowitz | Photofocus Podcast December 7, 2018

Dec 7, 2018 27:17

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In this special Meet a Photofocus Author edition we catch up with Scott Wyden Kivowitz.

Scott shares his many contributions to photography as well as work with Photofocus.

Topics:

Having a dual career. His first 3 Photofocus articles. His ideas for future Photofocus articles.

To learn more about Scott, visit his blog.

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The InFocus Interview Show with Dennis Dunbar | Photofocus Podcast November 30, 2018

Nov 30, 2018 37:53

Description:

In this episode:

Digital Artist and Photo Retoucher Dennis Dunbar shares his insight on photo retouching and how photographers and retouchers work together.

Topics:

Working with agencies How he and photographers work as a team. What software he uses for retouching and why.

To learn more about Dennis, visit his blog

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The InFocus Interview Show with Unmesh Dinda | Photofocus Podcast November 23, 2018

Nov 23, 2018 34:03

Description:

In this episode:

Photo editing guru Unmesh Dinda shares his insight on how to become more efficient at photo editing.

Topics:

Concepts and theories on photo editing How he prepares for tutorials How he uses Skylum's Luminar in his workflow Visit PiXimperfect for photo editing tutorials We like to hear from you!

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Beyond Technique Podcast with Brad Mangin | Photofocus Podcast November 21, 2018

Nov 21, 2018 41:54

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  Welcome to Beyond Technique, a podcast empowering photographers to bring their businesses to the next level. In today's episode we chat with sports photographer Brad Mangin.

All images copyright Brad Mangin Photography All images copyright Brad Mangin Photography

  We discuss: How Brad got started in sports photography Lessons learned from the great icons Paying dues and working hard The role of relationship building The challenges of being a sports photographer today Jumping on trends The role of PhotoShelter in his business, especially with his massive archive of images. Advice for photographers who want to break into sports photography The importance of learning lighting You can find Brad at: Manginphotography.com: Brad's portfolio website Manginphotography.net: Brad's blog Instagram: @Bmangin Twitter: @BradMangin Start your 14 Day FREE trial of PhotoShelter, plus 20% off a Standard or Pro Account for a year. Use the coupon code PHOTOFOCUS20

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Get social! Follow PhotoShelter online: PhotoShelter Blog PhotoShelter on Twitter PhotoShelter on Facebook PhotoShelter on Instagram Stories   Have suggestions on future topics you want us to cover? Email us: Skip Cohen: skip@mei500.com Chamira Young: chamira@photofocus.com    Share This Podcast!

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Mind Your Own Business Podcast | Photofocus Podcast November 9, 2018

Nov 9, 2018 39:56

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Welcome to the Mind Your Own Business Podcast! Today we chat about your holiday marketing plan, as well as planning tips for the year ahead. We discuss: Christmas cards: Always use a photo you've taken, and always include your logo and studio information as well. In addition to it being a product you can sell to your clients. Christmas cards (or even gift baskets!) are a great way to recognize vendors that support you.

A holiday open house: An open house is a great way to recognize your past clients, and it can be done even if you don't have a studio. Rent a space if you need to. Have fun with it!

Utilize your blog: Post holiday tips, along with events in your community.

Teach your clients to take better photos through workshops. It may seem counterintuitive, but teaching your clients how to take better photos of their families actually helps you stand out as THE photo expert in the circle of influence.

Partner with organizations in your community. Start planning for the year ahead which organizations you want to work with next year. Cause-related marketing is powerful.

Figuring out tradeshows and conventions you're planning on going to. Now is the time to start planning which conventions you want to go to next year. Conventions are a great a time to open up new opportunities, and even scout out new equipment. Arrange to have meet up with people for meals beforehand. Know what booths you want to hit. Have a followup strategy after the event, such as a "nice to meet you" email, or even a thank you card.

Select "marketing partners" for 2019: Reach out to businesses that shares your audience. Refer work to each other. Put together a booklet of recommended vendors. For example, if you're a wedding photographer, that would be dress makers, florists, caterers, event halls, bakeries. The key is to make friends with these folks and be helpful to them. It's all about building relationships! Have suggestions on future topics you want us to cover? Email us: Skip Cohen: skip@mei500.com Chamira Young: chamira@photofocus.com  Share This Podcast!

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The Infocus Interview Show With Mark Rossetto | Photofocus Podcast November 2, 2018

Nov 2, 2018 43:29

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In this episode:   Photographer and business coach Mark Rossetto shares his insight on enhancing the client experience and building your client list.   Topics: Mark’s history as a family photographer in the UK and in Brisbane, Australia Mark’s story of overcoming a speech impediment, and how to talk to people face-to-face Using the client experience wheel to create a well-rounded client experience, including what you sell and how you sell them Coming up with the right business model for your lifestyle Small wins to make a difference and enhance your client experience How to get started with coaching with Mark We like to hear from you!

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The InFocus Interview Show with Levi Sim | Photofocus Podcast October 26, 2018

Oct 26, 2018 32:41

Description:

In this special Meet a Photofocus Author edition we catch up with Levi Sim.

Levi shares his many contributions to photography as well as work with Photofocus.

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Beyond Technique Podcast with Jeremy Horner | Photofocus Podcast October 17, 2018

Oct 17, 2018 41:20

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   Welcome to Beyond Technique, a podcast empowering photographers to bring their businesses to the next level. Today we chat with travel photographer Jeremy Horner. We discuss in detail: Relationship building and interacting with people The role of books and publishing in his business Advice to new photographers The importance of following your passion and looking inside yourself Tips for successful street photography The process of building trust with the people you photograph The learning process involved with travel photography How stock and travel photography have changed over time How PhotoShelter helps with Jeremy's business Photography as a great "equalizer" The trap many photographers fall into when they first start out Advice for photographers wanting to break into travel photography You can find Jeremy at:  www.JeremyHorner.com Start your 14 Day FREE trial of PhotoShelter, plus 20% off a Standard or Pro Account for a year. Use the coupon code PHOTOFOCUS20

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Mind Your Own Business Podcast with David Scruggs and Jill Smith | Photofocus Podcast October 12, 2018

Oct 12, 2018 37:18

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Today we chat with wedding photographers David Scruggs and Jill Smith about several things that define a photographer as a professional, so that you not only rarely miss those important moments in a subject's life, but NEVER compromise on the quality of an image:

Listen, listen, listen - your role when capturing memories is to know and understand your client. That can only come with listening to them and building a relationship based on understanding their needs. You have to see the world through their eyes. Never compromise your skill set - Being a photographer is about meeting your client's needs and having the skills to photograph at any time, regardless of the degree of difficulty. Of course there will be times when something that comes up that's simply over your head, but that doesn't change the importance of a never-ending quest for your own education. Backup gear - When you least expect it, something is going to go wrong with your gear. Normal wear and tear, a dropped camera body or lens, a piece of equipment stolen - NEVER be without backup gear for those "just in case" moments. Always be on time - Your clients trust you to be where you're supposed to be and always on time. And, even if you arrive just a few minutes late, you've created stress that wasn't necessary. Keep your promises - NEVER make a promise you can't keep. Build a relationship - In any business, but especially photography, it's important to build an ongoing relationship both leading up to an event and especially afterwards. Your success is about your ability to build trust. Exceed expectations - Remember - "There are no traffic jams along the extra mile!" Roger Staubach Love your career choice and show your passion for capturing memories - You can't capture images that tug at people's heartstrings if your own heart isn't in it! Recognize the need for change - Whether it's your own style or simply tracking consumer trends, being a pro is about adapting and being able to stay relevant to consumer demands. Support your associates and the industry - While this is outside the client/photographer relationship, a strong network can also help you through some of the most difficult challenges. Be involved in your local guild or association. Be helpful to other photographers and you'll find they'll also be there for you. Things come up that just aren't planned, but working together there's nothing you can't accomplish. Have fun and be fun to work with - "Fun" is one of those words so often lost in business today. Building trust, capturing memories and being an outstanding artist has a core focus on loving what you do. Everybody has a bad day now and then, but being a professional photographer is about loving people and seeing the world through their eyes and often heart.

 

You can find David and Jill at: OneSoulPhotography.com   Have suggestions on future topics you want us to cover? Email us: Skip Cohen: skip@mei500.com Chamira Young: chamira@photofocus.com    Share This Podcast!

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The InFocus Interview Show with Kaylee Greer | Photofocus Podcast September 28, 2018

Sep 28, 2018 43:09

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In this episode:

Dog Photographe Kaylee Greer talks about her new TV series Pupparazzi and shares tips on how to work with pets.

Topics:

How she got started Building a business from your passion Tips for starting out in pet photography   Her new show, Pupparazzi.

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Beyond Technique Podcast with Christian Vizl | Photofocus Podcast September 19, 2018

Sep 19, 2018 37:52

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Today we chat with award-winning underwater photographer Christian Vizl. We discuss in detail: the role of conservation in his body of underwater work how having a higher purpose can drive your photography business forward how he creates such clear, brilliant photos how he raises awareness for the plight of underwater life the art of storytelling through underwater, and how it influences conversation efforts the effects of our daily lifestyle on the environment simple changes we can make that will help marine life how PhotoShelter helps him run his business his book coming out in April 2019 You can find Christian at: ChristianVizl.com Start your 14 Day FREE trial of PhotoShelter, plus 20% off a Standard or Pro Account for a year. Use the coupon code PHOTOFOCUS20

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Mind Your Own Business Podcast with Scott Bourne | Photofocus Podcast September 14, 2018

Sep 14, 2018 36:08

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  Today we chat with photographer, author, educator, Olympus visionary and President of Skylum, Scott Bourne about the following topics:

 

Staying cutting edge in your technique, as well as how you run your business Fine-tuning your skillset The importance of education The impact your About Page can have Personal and business growth, and how it occurs outside of your comfort zone Re-evaluating your business processes The role that listening to other's opinions can have in how you run your photography business How to find inspiration when you feel "clogged" or uninspired Scott's personal tips for being productive when time is limited Scott's top recommendation for learning how to sell Which do you need first, a client or a camera? Scott answers this question The benefits of getting involved in your community organizations The one thing that never changes in marketing Exciting upcoming news with Skylum The importance of loving what you do, and how it drives your business forward

 

You can find Scott at: Skylum.com: Cutting edge photography editing software ScottBourne.com: Check out Scott's work FB and Twitter @scottbourne Instagram: @bourne.scott   Have suggestions on future topics you want us to cover? Email us: Skip Cohen: skip@mei500.com Chamira Young: chamira@photofocus.com    Share This Podcast!

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The InFocus Interview Show with Sue Bryce | Photofocus Podcast August 31, 2018

Aug 31, 2018 35:13

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In this episode:

Photographer and Educator Sue Bryce shares her insight on The Portrait Masters Conference coming up in September.

Topics:

Why we need a portrait specific conference How to maximize your experience at any conference Why you should build relationships with vendors Why you should network with other photographers Why Portraits is the best business in the world and the best subject Why portraits are important

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The InFocus Interview Show with Spyros Heniadis | Photofocus Podcast August 24, 2018

Aug 24, 2018 52:01

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In this episode:

Working Photographer and Educator Spyros Heniadis shares his insight on how to organize your digital images.

Topics:

How to organize your digital images in any digital assets management program Develop a proper naming convention for your images Using Lightroom’s star and flag features to organize images How to use Lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic together Understanding the 321 Backup concept

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Beyond Technique Podcast with Jamey Price | Photofocus Podcast August 15, 2018

Aug 15, 2018 38:46

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All photos copyright Jamey Price Photography.

 

Today we chat with motorsports and automotive photographer Jamey Price. We discuss in detail:

 

the power of being able to leverage your network the benefit of being nice to people in the industry the role of patience when growing a photography business the role that stamina plays in photo sessions how PhotoShelter makes Jamey's life easier how Jamey overcame a big mistake in his business how unexpected bumps in the road can turn out for the better the challenge of online communication with clients and contacts Jamey's advice for newbie photographers who want to break into motorsports and automotive photography and more! You can find Jamey at:  JameyPricePhoto.com @jameypricephoto on social media

 

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The Mind Your Own Business Podcast with Jen Rozenbaum | Photofocus Podcast August 10, 2018

Aug 10, 2018 41:33

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In this episode, Skip Cohen and Chamira Young chat with boudoir photographer and educator Jen Rozenbaum.

 

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  We discuss in detail: How photography allowed Jen to rediscover joy and re-integrate herself into the world How Jen empowers women to celebrate their femininity shamelessly How we should be more of ourselves Creating a space of non-judgement and connection with photography clients How we can change lives and embracing our power Embracing natural beauty The topic of beauty within our culture, and how that definition shifts Not being afraid to take risks in order to find your passion Taking risks, believing in yourself, and experiencing life Life lessons, and what Jen learned about herself through the challenge of breast cancer     You can find Jennifer at: ShamelesslyFeminine.com: Jen's Podcast, launching August 15th. Her book titled "Shamelessly Feminine" will be launching in January 2019. JenRozenbaum.com: Jen's website for photographers Jenerations.com/gallery-1: Jen's Boudoir Gallery     Enhance your revenue stream: sign up for Adobe Stock and submit your video content! Learn more and sign up here Learn how to shoot better video with the weekly Photofocus DSLR column     Check out Adobe Stock's Content Guide For Shooting Ideas! Check it out HERE   Have suggestions on future topics you want us to cover? Reach out! SkipCohenUniversity.com @SkipCohen on Twitter and Facebook skip@mei500.com Chamira Young: chamira@photofocus.com      Share This Podcast!

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The InFocus Interview Show with Roberto Valenzuela | Photofocus Podcast August 3, 2018

Aug 3, 2018 43:38

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In this episode:

Photographer, Educator, Author and a Canon Explorer of Light, Roberto Valenzuela shares his tips on Lighting to Communicate.

Topics:

Lighting to Communicate Why you need to Practice YouTube Channel Window Light vs. Reflector vs. Flash Picture Perfect Lighting Workshop Learning to be Proficient

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The Infocus Interview Show with Rick Sammon | Photofocus Podcast July 27, 2018

Jul 27, 2018 30:38

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In this episode:

Photographer, Educator, and Author Rick Sammon shares how to plan a photo trip.

Topics:

How his Route 66 book is used as a planner and an onsite reference resource. What apps are great to help plan for sun location, tides and viewing location. How to use Pristine vision as an exercise to get the unique shots Gathering ideas about the type of shots you want to get by looking at postcards and Google Images. Rick walks us through a plan using the Oregon Coast as an example

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The InFocus Interview Show with Andrew Kavanagh | Photofocus Podcast July 27, 2018

Jul 26, 2018 31:28

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In this episode:

Photoshop tutor and retoucher Andrew Kavanagh talks about the benefits of joining a Facebook group. Andrew runs one of the most successful Facebook Groups “Photoshop and photography” with over 300K members.

Topics:

What motivated Andrew to create the group How members learn from top professionals A resource to ask questions and share ideas. Use of Facebook’s new Units section

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Beyond Technique Podcast with Jay Watson | Photofocus Podcast July 18, 2018

Jul 18, 2018 34:12

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All images copyright Jay Watson Photography   We discuss in detail: how Jay got started in photography the art of staying focused finding the right match in clients building relationships and keeping in touch intelligently the role PhotoShelter plays in the success of his business the role of professionalism self-correcting your professional path advice for those wanting to break into lifestyle and editorial photography   Bonus! Here are 10 Tips of Jay's Tips for New Photographers

1. Start assisting. Make yourself available to other photographers. Start from the ground up as a volunteer assistant, 2nd assistant, and then to a 1st assistant as you get more experience.

2. Learn more about the photo business. Join EP, APA, or ASAP. Each site has terrific resources for business related info. Get the single best resource I have ever read: "Best Business Practices For Photographers" book by John Harrington. It’s a book. Study it!

3. Don't be afraid. Start shooting commercial jobs now and don't be afraid to ask for money. Yes you need experience, but you also can't afford to work for free. Learn about marketing, pricing, estimating, billing, and contracts Don’t take on an assignment that is over your head. Always be able to deliver.

4. Don't be so hard on yourself. Nobody ever said photography was easy, cheap, or fast. These are all misconceptions. It’s okay to make mistakes and to be frustrated. It takes years to gain experience. Embrace the hard work, and try to enjoy the process along the way.   5. Shoot great content that matches what your target audience needs. Hi ya!

6. Build the best website you can. Showcase your best work with 2-4 galleries (or genres of work) with roughly 12-30 images in each gallery. Don't build a gallery for every genre of photography. Show your focused strengths. Shoot a creative self portrait that is just as strong and creative as the work in your portfolio. Treat the bio portrait like an assignment portrait. Write a strong bio that avoids cliches in 2-3 short paragraphs. Mention your specialties, your experience, and a few personal facts about you. The site should be on your own domain name.

For both new and working photographers looking to refresh their careers:

7. Work on improving your technical skills. Experiment with new tools. Commercial work demands that you can produce work with some level of predictability. The more you know, the more reliable you become. It also builds up your own confidence, and will open up new creative doors. If you are lacking in certain skills like lighting or retouching - practice and look for a good workshop to fill the void.

8. Start a new body of work. New theme. New genre. Give yourself a new outlet to explore without any expectations.

9. Make art or photography part of your daily lifestyle. This means being active every single day of your life. This could be time spent looking at images, reading new techniques, practicing new skills, testing new gear, writing down ideas, sending emails to potential clients, researching, sharing/posting images, working on your portfolio, or of course shooting something new.

10. Don't let yourself get in the way. You can always find a reason not to shoot. Excuses like "I need more time, more money, more equipment, better locations, or better subjects" will easily keep you from moving forward. Make due with what you have, rent gear, and find creative workarounds. It’s never going to get easier. You know what to do so just do it.

  You can find Jay at: Jaywatson.com  Find Jay on Twitter and Instagram at @jaywatsonphoto

 

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The Mind Your Own Business Podcast with Rudy Guttosch | Photofocus Podcast July 13, 2018

Jul 14, 2018 35:35

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In this episode, Skip Cohen and Chamira Young chat with Rudy Guttosch from Illuminati Instrument Corp.

  We discuss in detail: how the process of creating an image is a mix of both art and science the process of launching a physical product the concept of released a minimum viable product the power of utilizing your network the role of customer feedback the synthesis of people, ideas, and relationships bridging the gap between creating a prototype and full-fledged product building momentum in new endeavors the benefits of being kind to people you work with and for   Enhance your revenue stream: sign up for Adobe Stock and submit your video content! Learn more and sign up here Learn how to shoot better video with the weekly Photofocus DSLR column   Have suggestions on future topics you want us to cover? Reach out! SkipCohenUniversity.com @SkipCohen on Twitter and Facebook skip@mei500.com Chamira Young: chamira@photofocus.com    Share This Podcast!

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The InFocus Interview Show with Wes Maggio | Photofocus Podcast July 6 2018

Jul 7, 2018 01:07:13

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In this episode:

Specializing in volume sports portraiture, portrait photographer Weston Maggio shares how he produces Volume Photography and still gets Studio Portraits results.

Topics:

What is Volume Sports Photography. How long to spend with a subject. What gear is needed. What to expect during a shoot with 50 Plus subjects. Business side of high Volume Photography

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The Mind Your Own Business Podcast with Cindy Harter | Photofocus Podcast Bonus Episode!

Jul 5, 2018 32:28

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In this episode, Skip Cohen and Chamira Young chat with photographer Cindy Harter Sims.

 

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   We discuss in detail: how the journey of self-discovery can fuel your photography business development how to make financial plans for your business that help ensure success the importance of nailing technique down through unrelenting practice connecting with clients the phenomenon of how clients mirror their photographer's energy during a session the role that constant education - via workshops and conferences - play in developing as a photographer how personal projects can help you learn and grow   You can find Cindy at: CindyHarterPhotography.com

 

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The InFocus Interview Show with Jonathan Tilly | Photofocus Podcast June 29, 2018

Jun 30, 2018 49:20

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In this episode:

Personal Brand Strategist Jonathan Tilly shares how to build your brand on Instagram.

Topics:

Choosing a good name before setting up your profile The purpose of your Instagram What content should be on your Instagram Creating interaction with followers   How to schedule Instagram post Building an Instagram scheduling day The benefits of Instagram Stories

 

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The InFocus Interview Show with James Schmelzer | Photofocus Podcast June 22, 2018

Jun 23, 2018 31:33

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In this episode:
Master Craftsmen Photographer and Lumix Ambassador James Schmelzer shares his insight on continuous lighting and the benefits of Mirrorless cameras.

Topics:
- Why he switched to Lumix
- Continuous lighting
- The future of continuous lighting and mirrorless
- Wrap around lighting

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Beyond Technique Podcast with Bob Coates | Photofocus Podcast June 20, 2018

Jun 21, 2018 34:51

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Welcome to Beyond Technique, a podcast empowering photographers to bring their businesses to the next level!

 

  We discuss in detail: How being diverse in your photography skillset can be a strong asset, and how it can actually enrich your work The multiple types of photography that goes into a single wedding gig The important role that networking plays in the success of your photography business The role that constant education plays in the development of every photographer How business and marketing skills are instrumental in a successful photography business How PhotoShelter plays a role in how Bob presents his work How Bob is selling his fine art You can find Bob at: Successful-photographer.com BCPhotography.com

 

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Get social! Follow PhotoShelter online: PhotoShelter Blog PhotoShelter on Twitter PhotoShelter on Facebook PhotoShelter on Instagram Stories   Have suggestions on future topics you want us to cover? Email us: Skip Cohen: skip@mei500.com Chamira Young: chamira@photofocus.com    Share This Podcast!

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The Mind Your Own Business Podcast with David Schonauer | Photofocus Podcast June 8, 2018

Jun 8, 2018 38:07

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In this episode, Skip Cohen and Chamira Young chat with Pro Photo Daily Editor and Motion Arts Pro David Schonauer.

 

We discuss in detail: The art of getting your work published The criteria he used to pick certain images as an editor The value of authentic networking and relationship building Building relationships with a magazines for the long term Entering competitions to get your work seen The importance of doing your homework and research beforehand The importance of portfolio reviews The value of face-to-face interactions when you want to get your work seen Being personable and pleasant in your communication skills Making the most of showing your work at conventions Tips for having an effective website Contact Page Picking your marketing strength and sticking with it

 

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InFocus Interview Show with Lou Freeman | Photofocus Podcast June 1, 2018

Jun 1, 2018 55:48

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In this episode:

Sophisticated Wedding Portrait and Glamour Photographer Lou Freeman shares her insight on portrait photography.

Topics:
- How her commercial and portrait work has influence one another
- Photographing people, it’s all about finding their essence
- How to purposefully find specific types of clients
- How People are attracted by what they see
- How to build a portfolio
- The power of printed pictures over digital a portfolio
- Photographing a show for a client
- Relationships are most important. Know other business
- Make a visceral experience
- Does your portfolio say what you want it to say?

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The InFocus Interview Show with Scott Kelby | Photofocus Podcast May 25, 2018

May 25, 2018 27:46

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In this episode:
Photographer and Photoshop Guru Scott Kelby shares his insight on the value of formal education verses self taught.

Topics:

YouTube as a great resource for reference material How he learned about lighting The value of online education courses: Kelby One, Creative Live, LinkedIn Learning / Lyndia.com and ThinkTapLearn Conferences such as Photoshop World, Shutterfest, WPPI, PPE Hands on workshops and training.

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Beyond Technique Podcast with NashCo Photography | Photofocus Podcast May 16, 2018

May 16, 2018 32:30

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Welcome to Beyond Technique, a podcast empowering photographers to bring their businesses to the next level!

In this episode, Skip Cohen and Chamira Young dive deep into a discussion with photographers
Leah Nash and Christopher Onstott. They are a fun-loving photography duo, both former photojournalists turned lifestyle photographers.

 

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We discuss in detail: What made them transition from photojournalism into editorial/advertising, portraiture The art of finding clients Putting clients at ease in hectic work situations Controlling the "vibe" during a photo session, and making clients' lives easier Getting good images in the absence of ideal lighting situations The role storytelling plays with photography Relationship building Special projects - what they shoot when they're not working how they use PhotoShelter to directly serve their clients the importance of backing up images   You can find Leah and Christopher at: NashCoPhoto.com

 

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Get social! Follow PhotoShelter online: PhotoShelter Blog PhotoShelter on Twitter PhotoShelter on Facebook PhotoShelter on Instagram Stories   Have suggestions on future topics you want us to cover? Email us: Skip Cohen: skip@mei500.com Chamira Young: chamira@photofocus.com    Share This Podcast!

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The Mind Your Own Business Podcast with Scott Kelby | Photofocus Podcast May 11, 2018

May 11, 2018 51:20

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In this episode, Skip Cohen and Chamira Young chat with photographer and educator Scott Kelby. We discuss in detail: Scott's beginnings in sports photography getting images right in camera from the very beginning the danger of haphazardly saying "I'll fix it in Photoshop" the art of "anticipation" and research in sports photography the two secrets of sports photography automotive photography finding momentum in your passion for photography the role of finding your own style the benefits of collaborating with a team, especially when you're in need of creative vision the in's and out's of a successful fashion photography photo shoot Photowalks, community, and charity the value of relationship-building and face-to-face contact

 

You can find Scott at: ScottKelby.com Check out his PhotoWalks at WorldWidePhotowalk.com   Enhance your revenue stream: sign up for Adobe Stock and submit your video content! Learn more and sign up here Learn how to shoot better video with the weekly Photofocus DSLR column   Have suggestions on future topics you want us to cover? Reach out! SkipCohenUniversity.com @SkipCohen on Twitter and Facebook skip@mei500.com Chamira Young: chamira@photofocus.com    Share This Podcast!

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The InFocus Interview Show with Rick Friedman and Eddie Tapp | Photofocus Podcast May 4, 2018

May 4, 2018 41:41

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In this episode photojournalist Rick Friedman talks about how he uses the Rogue Lighting System--along with speedlights--to create a portable lighting studio. He also shares how he uses gels to add a special look to his lighting.

Total time 22m:10s starting at 1m:50s  

In the second half of the show, commercial photographer Eddie Tapp shares his experience with his first drone, tips on how you can get started with drone photography, how to control a drone, what to look for when buying a drone and where to buy one.

Total time 17m:24s starting at 24m:03s  

Beyond Technique Podcast | Photofocus Podcast April 18, 2018

Apr 18, 2018 33:46

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Welcome to Beyond Technique, a podcast empowering photographers to bring their businesses to the next level!

All photos copyright Kristina Varaksina. All photos copyright Kristina Varaksina.

 

In this episode, Skip Cohen and Chamira Young dive deep into a discussion with fashion, advertising, and portrait photographer Kristina Varaksina.

We discuss in detail: being your own "art director" developing your own unique style the other complementary skills that help her photography business the fine points of professionalism when dealing with clients - communication and understanding their needs the importance of communicating with your clients in the very beginning so that everyone is on the same page the many places to find inspiration for our own personal photography style how PhotoShelter was a game changer for her website needs the art of storytelling with your images the role of introspection and personal projects working with a team   You can find Kristina at: kristinavaraksina.com Learn more about Kristina's upcoming online photography workshop here. 

 

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Get social! Follow PhotoShelter online: PhotoShelter Blog PhotoShelter on Twitter PhotoShelter on Facebook PhotoShelter on Instagram Stories   Have suggestions on future topics you want us to cover? Email us: Skip Cohen: skip@mei500.com Chamira Young: chamira@photofocus.com    Share This Podcast!

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The Mind Your Own Business Podcast | Photofocus Podcast April 13, 2018

Apr 13, 2018 52:54

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In this episode, Skip Cohen and Chamira Young chat with renowned photographer Anne Geddes.

All images copyright Anne Geddes All images copyright Anne Geddes

  We discuss in detail: How storytelling relates to photography How to be authentic in your work Finding your personal creativity and style, and the importance of being able to control light How to find the photographic "bliss" that will drive your work forward Building relationships with clients, whether they are 3 months old or 30 years old Making your subjects feel comfortable Being confident during portrait sessions, even if you're nervous - fake it 'til you make it! Building trust with clients and their stories Raising awareness for important causes Finding balance with business, family, and life   Check out Anne's "Baby Look at You Now" Project on Instagram

See Anne's baby photography subjects all grown up!

Instagram.com/annegeddesofficial     You can find Anne at: Annegeddes.com Anne's Facebook Page   Enhance your revenue stream: sign up for Adobe Stock and submit your video content! Learn more and sign up here Learn how to shoot better video with the weekly Photofocus DSLR column   Have suggestions on future topics you want us to cover? Reach out! SkipCohenUniversity.com @SkipCohen on Twitter and Facebook skip@mei500.com Chamira Young: chamira@photofocus.com    Share This Podcast! 

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The InFocus Interview Show | Photofocus Podcast April 6, 2018

Apr 6, 2018 43:53

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In this episode, Photojournalist Rick Friedman talks with Vanelli. Rick has photographed every US Presidential campaign since Jimmy Carter! Rick shares how his Photojournalist days has influence his portrait sessions, how to nail your exposure, the Pitfalls of “Chimping”, Tips to control overshooting and how to expose for the element you can’t control.

Total time 21m:55s starting at 2m:00s

In the second half of the show, Levi Sim talks with International Wedding Photographer Peter Treadway. Peter share why he likes focusing only on weddings, how international clients find him,  strategies for coping while away from family, the pitfalls of being a traveling photographer, tips to becoming a traveling photographer, and how he and his good friend and partner parted ways.

Total time 19m:17s starting at 24m:11s

The InFocus Interview Show | Photofocus Podcast March 30, 2018

Mar 30, 2018 45:36

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In this episode, Vanelli had a chance to sit down with Commercial Photographer Eddie Tapp while he was in Florida giving a lecture to The Camera Club of Brevard. Eddie talks about Learning to see the delicacy of light, The 4 Qualities of light--Spectacular Highlights, Diffused Highlights, Diffused Shadows, and Hard Shadows– and he gives a few tips on how to learn to see the light.

In the second half of the episode, Levi Sim talks with Photographer, Filmmaker and Hunter Steve Speck. Steve talks about how to create a visual story using video and still images. He uses his hunting experiences as an example.

The Infocus Interview Show | Photofocus Podcast March 23, 2018

Mar 23, 2018 40:55

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In this episode:

Kevin Ames talks with MPB founder Matt Barker. Kevin and Matt talk about How buyers and sellers of used photo equipment use MPB to purchase and sell their gear and the many benefits of MPB.

In the second half of the episode, Wedding Photographer Iris Acevedo talks about how she kept up with her business while coping with an injury and she gives a few tips on how to work with a spouse as your business partner.

Beyond Technique Podcast | Photofocus Podcast March 21, 2018

Mar 21, 2018 33:42

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Welcome to Beyond Technique, a podcast empowering photographers to bring their businesses to the next level!

In this episode, Skip Cohen and Chamira Young dive deep into a discussion with editorial, corporate, and advertising photographer Todd Spoth.

 

Images copyright Todd Spoth Images copyright Todd Spoth

 

We discuss in detail: how paying attention to details about your client can help facilitate trust the role psychology plays in photography bridging the gap between starting a business and landing work in publications the role of building and maintaining relationships attending workshops and photography events in order to make friends in the industry the role of confidence in networking and during photo sessions the importance of paying attention to details when it comes to running your business the role of PhotoShelter in presenting work in the best light using your time wisely when you wear all of the hats in your business   You can find Todd at: ToddSpoth.com ToddSpoth on social media

 

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Get social! Follow PhotoShelter online: PhotoShelter Blog PhotoShelter on Twitter PhotoShelter on Facebook PhotoShelter on Instagram Stories   Have suggestions on future topics you want us to cover? Email us: Skip Cohen: skip@mei500.com - SkipCohenUniversity.com Chamira Young: chamira@photofocus.com    Share This Podcast!

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The Mind Your Own Business Podcast | Photofocus Podcast March 9, 2018

Mar 9, 2018 46:48

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  In this episode, Skip Cohen and Chamira Young chat with veteran photographer Lynn Goldsmith.  

All images copyright Lynn Goldsmith All images copyright Lynn Goldsmith

  We discuss in detail: Photography as a means of creative expression Having a holistic view of yourself as a person and photographer Being an idea-maker and spreading ideas Photography as a means of self discovery The role of photography in storytelling the advantages of trying new approaches and the concept of "pattern interrupts" image licensing copyright, fair use, and how it relates to photography having a team mindset, and treating people right   Lynn Goldsmith's GoFundMe Raising Awareness for Copyright Protection

Any money beyond the payment of legal fees will be donated to artist rights organizations who aid in protecting the copyright of photographers.

GoFundMe.com/warholvsgoldsmith 

 

You can find Lynn at: LynnGoldsmith.com RockandRollPhotoGallery.com WillPowersInstitute.com

 

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Beyond Technique Podcast | Photofocus Podcast February 21, 2018

Feb 22, 2018 37:10

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Welcome to Beyond Technique, a podcast empowering photographers to bring their businesses to the next level!

In this episode, Skip Cohen and Chamira Young dive deep into a discussion about food photography with Christina Peters.

Photos copyright Christina Peters Photography

 

We discuss in detail: how food photography ties into product, still life, headshot, and livestock photography accommodating to client requests how wedding photographers can benefit from learning how to shoot food constantly experimenting and finding your style the effectiveness of including tear sheets on your website the importance of effective website layout design   You can find Christina at: FoodPhotographyClub.com Christina's Food Photography Club on Facebook ChristinaPeters.com   Start your 14 Day FREE trial of PhotoShelter, plus 20% off a Standard or Pro Account for a year. Use the coupon code PHOTOFOCUS20

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Get social! Follow PhotoShelter online: PhotoShelter Blog PhotoShelter on Twitter PhotoShelter on Facebook PhotoShelter on Instagram Stories   Have suggestions on future topics you want us to cover? Email us: Skip Cohen: skip@mei500.com - Skip Cohen University Chamira Young: chamira@photofocus.com    Share This Podcast!

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The Mind Your Own Business Podcast | Photofocus Podcast February 9, 2018

Feb 9, 2018 37:31

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  In this episode, Skip Cohen and Chamira Young chat with photographer and marketing expert Sarah Petty. We discuss in detail: Common marketing mistakes many photographers make tips on pricing the difficulty of being a "shoot and burn" photographers picking a business model early on the strategic things smart photographers do ways to build relationships with our clients the lack of correlation between taking great photos and making money (especially when you're not business-minded) the drawback of trying to please everyone the power of saying "no" practical steps for planning your marketing for 2018 systemizing your business how to create your marketing plan where to get the most "bang for your buck"   You can find Sarah at: JoyofMarketing.com SarahPetty.com sarah.petty on Facebook and Instagram   Enhance your revenue stream: sign up for Adobe Stock and submit your video content! Learn more and sign up here Learn how to shoot better video with the weekly Photofocus DSLR column   Have suggestions on future topics you want us to cover? Email us: SkipCohenUniversity.com @SkipCohen on Twitter Skip Cohen: skip@mei500.com Chamira Young: chamira@photofocus.com    Share This Podcast!

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The Infocus Interview Show | Photofocus Podcast February 2, 2018

Feb 3, 2018 38:00

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In this episode, Levi Sim talks with photographer Bill Konway about his career in photography spanning more than 30 years and a whole lot of changes. This episode is brought to you by TruLife face mounted acrylic prints.

They discuss:
-Bill's start in photojournalism
-Stories from Bill's days at the paper
-Transition from dark room to film scanning
-Transition from Large format to 35mm
-Transition to freelance work
-Transition to commercial work in the outdoor and hunting/fishing industry
-Strategies for retaining clients

The Infocus Interview Podcast | Photofocus Podcast January 19th 2018

Jan 20, 2018 01:28:31

Description:

Levi sits down with Sharky James.

 

They talk about their photographer heroes, the industry and more including how he got started in the industry.

 

Then a fun round table with Pamela Berry, Levi Sim, Bobbi Lane and Kevin Ames as they discuss 2018 trends, goals and tradeshows for the upcoming year.

Beyond Technique Podcast | Photofocus Podcast January 17, 2018

Jan 17, 2018 35:13

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Welcome to Beyond Technique, a podcast empowering photographers to bring their businesses to the next level!

In this episode, Skip Cohen and Chamira Young dive deep into a discussion about the benefits of having a special photography projects with Stacy Pearsall.

We discuss in detail: How Stacy was brought out of a dark place through the Veteran's Portrait Project How having special projects can making a change in the community How special products can bring emotional freedom to photographers The benefits of being helpful to others How PhotoShelter helps Stacy present her images online How each image tells a story Effectively connecting with and telling the story of your subject  You can find Stacy at: VeteransPortraitProject.com Start your FREE trial of PhotoShelter

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The Mind Your Own Business Podcast | Photofocus Podcast January 12, 2018

Jan 12, 2018 37:00

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In this episode, Skip Cohen and Chamira Young dive deep into a discussion about customer service with expert Shep Hyken. We discuss in detail: how to stand out with our photography clients making every moment count building loyalty the combination of customer service + a great product the expectations of the customer cultivating customers for life the process of operating beyond our own personal assumptions as photographers identifying every single touch point with our clients "Moments of truth" the "F-bomb" of customer service mediocrity as an enemy creating moments of magic tips for actually being effective on social media responding to personal complaints on social media You can find Shep at: Hyken.com - His free newsletter to get tips on customer service ShepTV.com - His YouTube Channel with 500+ videos Enhance your revenue stream: sign up for Adobe Stock and submit your video content! Learn more and sign up here Learn how to shoot better video with the weekly Photofocus DSLR column Have suggestions on future topics you want us to cover? Email us: Skip Cohen: skip@mei500.com - Skip Cohen University Chamira Young: chamira@photofocus.com  Share This Podcast!

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The Infocus Interview Podcast | Photofocus Podcast December 22nd 2017

Dec 23, 2017 01:12:46

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The Infocus Interview Podcast | Photofocus Podcast December 22nd 2017

Levi sits down with Kevin Dooley

How long has he been shooting profesionally?

How has he maintained his business? How did he get into wildlife photography Africa talk How to understand animals? What trips are coming up? Where can we find out more information? Gear talk What to consider when going on a safari?

 

Next Levi talks with Jim Welninski

Who is Jim? What kind of photographer is Jim? Should we compete and why? Experience taking pictures and how How to think about photography? Post Production talk What should we think about when shooting HDR?

The Mind Your Own Business Podcast | Photofocus Podcast December 8, 2017

Dec 8, 2017 46:55

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 In this episode, Skip Cohen and Chamira Young chat with photographer and educator Tony Corbell about running a brick and mortar photography studio. We discuss in detail: - The in’s and out’s of having a studio space   - The advantages and also challenges of running a brick and mortar studio   - Work/life balance   - Realistic pricing when running a physical studio   - Building trust within your community   - Effective networking and collaboration   - the essential equipment list for every studio   You can find Tony at: TonyCorbell.com: Tony Corbell and Rob Hull's Photography Workshops CorbellPhotographics.com: Tony's Photography Website

 

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The Interview Podcast | Photofocus Podcast December 1st 2017

Dec 1, 2017 01:20:53

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Levi Sims sits down with Julio Cortez who is an AP photographer

How does Press photos work?

Getting paid?

What is Dollar Rule?

What is Julio's speciality?

What's Julio's gear set up?

Workflow when out in the feild

Where to find Julio?

 

Next Levi sits down with Mike Goldner from Astisan HD

Who is Mike Goldner?

Difference between labs

Lighting and how it's affecting your prints

Why your prints look different from your screen?

Printer differences

Color Space talk

UV light exposure and what it does to your prints and how to combat it

What's a acrylic print?

Putting prints into your environment

 

The Interview Podcast | Photofocus Podcast November 24, 2017

Nov 29, 2017 23:12

Description:

Richard Harrington sits down with Brad Malcolm from Perfectly Clear

What's new with the latest update? Discussion of the plug-in w/more applications What is intelligent auto? What other features and adjustments should we know about?

The Mind Your Own Business Podcast | Photofocus Podcast November 10, 2017

Nov 10, 2017 40:30

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In this episode, Skip Cohen and Chamira Young chat with Tamara Lackey about the role that education plays in running a successful photography business. We discuss in detail: The importance of physical interaction in education Thinking on your feet and the ability to interact with people Evolving as a person vs being stagnant (sometimes we become blind to our own imperfections) PPE, WPPI, Imaging USA, and Shutterfest Pre-determining what do you want to learn BEFORE going to a conference. Making a game plan and taking notes After a conference, reserving a "cool down" period in order to implement what you learned The importance of learning how to market consistently The challenge of having a healthy work/life balance  You can find Tamara at: TamaraLackey.com Tamara's book: From Start to Finish – The Portrait Shoot Playbook

 

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The Mind Your Own Business Podcast | Photofocus Podcast October 13, 2017

Oct 13, 2017 39:22

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In this episode, Skip Cohen and Chamira Young chat with Bryan Caporicci about the concept of "Experience Design," also known as creating great experiences for your clients. We discuss in detail: The various shifts the photography industry is going through The concept of having empathy for your clients, and putting yourself in their shoes Shifting your focus to put the client's experience at the center of your photography business The biggest pain point on both fronts – for both photographers and their clients, as well as what we can do about it Mapping out the customer experience and exploring ways we can personalize the client experience You can find Bryan at:

SproutingPhotographer.com: You will find Bryan's podcast, as well as his articles and calculators for photographers who want to improve their business.

 

Have suggestions on future topics you want us to cover? Email us: Skip Cohen: skip@mei500.com Chamira Young: chamira@photofocus.com 

 

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Problem Solving | Photofocus Podcast | October 2nd, 2017

Oct 2, 2017 55:38

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This month we focus on... focus!  That is right after our eclipse wrap-up until the next eclipse gets close.

 

Links from the show:

Photomatix Facebook Page:
www.facebook.com/hdrsoft

Pepper’s San Francisco Eclipse Photos:
www.pepperazzi.photos

 

 

Story of the epic eclipse photo by Andrew Studer and Ted Hesser:

http://travel.resourcemagonline.com/2017/08/the-story-behind-the-viral-photo-of-a-rock-climber-in-front-of-the-solar-eclipse/17997/

 

Find Levi:

www.levisim.com
instagram.com/photolevi

Find Pepper:

www.panoramanetwork.com
instagram.com/rpepper

Have suggestions or questions to be used on the show? Email us here:

-Levi Sim: levi@photofocus.com

-Ron Pepper: pepper@photofocus.com

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The Mind Your Own Business Podcast | Photofocus Podcast September 8, 2017

Sep 8, 2017 40:02

Description:

In this episode, we chat with portrait photographer Lori Nordstrom about promoting your photography business. Specifically, we chat about: The importance of doing your research before reaching out to prospective clients The concept of "owning your zipcode" Picking up the phone for reaching out to businesses Using emails to reach out to individuals Building your network and making lists The timeline of putting on a promotion for your photography business Throwing special portrait parties and the process of upselling afterwards The concept of cause-related marketing, as well as giving back to your community Planning your charitable marketing campaigns to make a profit -- which allows you to give more Check out Lori's 20 Marketing Ideas (free!) Ebook: PhotoTalk.biz/marketingisfun You can find Lori at: NordstromPhoto.com: her client site PhotoTalk.biz: her site for photographers Have suggestions on future topics you want us to cover? Email us: Skip Cohen: skip@mei500.com Chamira Young: chamira@photofocus.com   Share This Podcast!

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Problem Solving | Photofocus Podcast | August 18th, 2017

Aug 18, 2017 34:01

Description:

This month we close out our eclipse ideas with advice from an expert, then some quick advice for anyone unsure about sensor dust.

 

Links from the show:

Q&A on solar eclipse HDR: https://www.hdrsoft.com/resources/hdr-for-solar-eclipse.html

Jean-Marc Lecleire, Astrophotographer: https://www.facebook.com/jeanmarc.lecleire

HDRsoft Facebook Page:  www.facebook.com/hdrsoft

onXmaps:  https://www.onxmaps.com

 

Find Levi:

www.levisim.com
twitter.com/photolevi

Find Pepper:

www.panoramanetwork.com
twitter.com/ronpepper

Have suggestions or questions to be used on the show? Email us here:

-Levi Sim: levi@photofocus.com

-Ron Pepper: pepper@photofocus.com

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The Mind Your Own Business Podcast | Photofocus Podcast August 11, 2017

Aug 11, 2017 35:54

Description:

In this episode, we chat with wedding photographers Justin and Mary Marantz about: the element of timeless storytelling through images building trust and connecting with each couple in a unique way repelling the wrong clients and attracting the right clients the value of printed, physical products putting together a great album for your clients knowing your why creating a truly wonderful experience for your clients dealing with the stress of shooting weddings being prepared with both equipment and knowledge dealing with the challenges of social media when shooting weddings

You can find Justin and Mary at: JustinandMaryWeddings.com JustinandMaryBlog.com JMtheguide.com @MaryMarantz and @JustinMarantz on Twitter Facebook.com/JustinandMary Check out Justin and Mary's outstanding bio video here

 

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Problem Solving | Photofocus Podcast | July 29th, 2017

Jul 30, 2017 52:37

Description:

Levi Sim and Ron Pepper discuss how location access can help make better photos, and ideas for access that anyone can try.  First we'll follow up on last month's show about the eclipse.

 

Find Levi:

www.levisim.com
twitter.com/photolevi

Find Pepper:

www.panoramanetwork.com
instagram.com/rpepper

Have suggestions or questions to be used on the show? Email us here:

-Levi Sim: levi@photofocus.com

-Ron Pepper: pepper@photofocus.com

The Mind Your Own Business Podcast | Photofocus Podcast July 14, 2017

Jul 14, 2017 34:13

Description:

In this episode, we chat with renowned fashion photographer Lindsay Adler about:

The pivotal moments in her life that influenced her career The importance of studying business in addition to photography Seeking wise council from others Knowing the technical reasons behind why an image is "good" or "bad" Finding your own style and seeing photography as an art Taking constructive criticism and using it to your advantage to improve your skills as a photographer Building relationships with related vendors The artists that have influenced her work The struggle between being happy with your work and also continuously striving to improve

You can find Lindsay Adler at:

- Lindsey on Instagram @lindseyadler_photo
- LindsayAdlerPhotography.com
- LearnwithLindsay.com

Have suggestions on future topics you want us to cover? Email us:

- Skip Cohen: skip@mei500.com
- Chamira Young: chamira@photofocus.com

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Problem Solving | Photofocus Podcast | June 16th, 2017

Jun 18, 2017 37:32

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Levi and Pepper talk about the upcoming full eclipse of the sun and some ideas to make the opportunity unique to you. We also take a minute to think about basing a photo business on a single platform -- which might suddenly change!

Find Levi:

www.levisim.com
twitter.com/photolevi

Find Pepper:

www.panoramanetwork.com
twitter.com/ronpepper

Have suggestions or questions to be used on the show? Email us here:

-Levi Sim: levi@photofocus.com

-Ron Pepper: pepper@photofocus.com

InFocus Interview Show | Photofocus Podcast Special Interview

Jun 12, 2017 34:19

Description:

The Photofocus InFocus Interview Show Special Interview. I’m your host, Vanelli.

On today's show we have photographer and inventor of the Platypod, Larry Tiefenbrunn interviewed by Levi Sim.

The PhotoFocus InFocus Interview Show is brought to you by the Generous Support of:

HDRsoft – makers of Photomatix software and where right now you can go to the Photofocus site and get 44 FREE presets. Perfectly Clear by Athentech – the software that makes our pictures look GREAT with minimal effort. B&H – providers of quality gear at great prices.

Each week we have new and dynamic podcasts for you here at Photofocus, so make sure you tune in every week. We love to know what you thought of the show and you can always give me Feedback @vanelli on Twitter or in the comments section on the Photofocus podcast post page for this episode.

Until next time, this is Vanelli encouraging you to get out there and Be Creative!
Get the show here or get it on iTunes — Don’t forget to post a review on iTunes.

InFocus Interview Show | Photofocus Podcast June 2, 2017

Jun 3, 2017 43:36

Description:

The Photofocus InFocus Interview Show for June 2, 2017. I’m your host, Vanelli.

On today's show we have internationally respected lecturer and teacher Katrin Eismann, Wildlife and Aviation Photographer, Jake Peterson and bird photographer Clay Taylor of Swarovski Optics.

Katrin Eismann interviewed by Vanelli.

The philosophy of photography as it relates to amateurs and professionals.

Jake Peterson interviewed by Chamira Young

Developing Patiences to get the shot Tips on starting out in Wildlife photography How to get paid for Wildlife photos

Clay Taylor interviewed by Levi Sim

The history of SWAROVSKI OPTIK and how it relates to photographers EL Binoculars Popularity of Birding Connecting digital cameras to spotting scopes

The PhotoFocus InFocus Interview Show is brought to you by the Generous Support of:

HDRsoft – makers of Photomatix software and where right now you can go to the Photofocus site and get 44 FREE presets. Perfectly Clear by Athentech – the software that makes our pictures look GREAT with minimal effort. Drobo – makers of storage devices that protect our livelihood B&H – providers of quality gear at great prices.

Each week we have new and dynamic podcasts for you here at Photofocus, so make sure you tune in every week. We love to know what you thought of the show and you can always give me Feedback @vanelli on Twitter or in the comments section on the Photofocus podcast post page for this episode.

Until next time, this is Vanelli encouraging you to get out there and Be Creative!
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The Mind Your Own Business Podcast | Photofocus Podcast June 2, 2017

Jun 2, 2017 36:12

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In this episode, we chat with celebrity fashion and beauty photographer Matthew Jordan Smith about: How making connections brings lifelong clients The importance of relationship building Doing your homework and preparing prior to the photo shoot Doing your research and knowing your client The convergence of various hard and soft skills The importance of being versatile The importance of having personal/special projects “You've got to shoot to feed your soul.” The role of continuously educating yourself as a photographer Matthewjordansmith.com Matthew Jordan Smith on Instagram    Check out Matthew's upcoming live workshops HERE. Have suggestions on future topics you want us to cover? Email us:

-Skip Cohen: skip@mei500.com

-Chamira Young: chamira@photofocus.com

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InFocus Interview Show | Photofocus Podcast May 26, 2017

May 31, 2017 31:46

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The PhotoFocus InFocus Interview Show FOR MAY 26, 2017. I’m your Host Vanelli.

On today's show Levi Sim has a full interview of travel photographer and Panasonic Rep Mark Toal. Mark talks about how he got into photography and how micro 4/3 cameras allow him to always have a camera with him. He shares his insights on what makes his photos compositionally intriguing and how by living in different locations has influenced his photography.

On today’s show we have:

Mark Toal interviewed by Levi Sim
- Mark talks about how he got into photography. 
- How micro 4/3 cameras allow him to always have a camera with him.
- Mark hares his insights on what makes his photos compositionally intriguing.
- How by living in different locations has influenced his photography.

 

Problem Solving | Photofocus Podcast | May 19th, 2017

May 20, 2017 34:44

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We're back talking about portraits when you have only brought one light.  Levi is very accomplished at doing this and he has great advice -- and stories!

 

Find Levi:

www.levisim.com

twitter.com/photolevi

 

Find Pepper:

www.panoramanetwork.com

twitter.com/ronpepper

 

Have suggestions or questions for a future episode? Email us:

-Levi Sim: levi@photofocus.com

-Ron Pepper: pepper@photofocus.com

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The Mind Your Own Business Podcast | Photofocus Podcast May 12, 2017

May 12, 2017 47:34

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In this episode, we chat with celebrity wedding photographers Bob and Dawn Davis about: Trends within the wedding and portrait industry Educating your clients The value of encouraging physical prints Understanding the importance of sharing your images with related wedding vendors Cultivating relationships with wedding vendors How to separate yourself from other photographers Saying "no" to clients who are not a good fit for you The importance of controlling your light when making an image Creating images with "good bones" straight out of camera BobandDawnDavis.com

 

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-Skip Cohen: skip@mei500.com

-Chamira Young: chamira@photofocus.com

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The Mind Your Own Business Podcast | Photofocus Podcast April 14, 2017

Apr 14, 2017 32:51

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This episode's topic: The Art of the Headshot: Skip Cohen and Chamira Young chat with Headshot Photographer Peter Hurley The client experience is hugely important. Communication during the session is the key People skills and giving direction are key factors in making a great headshot The art of fun conversation is helpful during a session Confidence can be learned The concept of capturing "residual laughter" The concept of "camera invisibility" "Hurleyisms" app for one-liners to use during photo sessions - Hurleyisms.com Headshotcrew.com - Peter's coaching site Headshotcrew.com/workshops - to get more info on Peter's photography workshops

 

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-Chamira Young: chamira@photofocus.com

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Problem Solving | Photofocus Podcast |April 14th, 2017

Apr 14, 2017 36:22

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Ron Pepper & new co-host Levi Sim start the show off by thanking Scott for paving the way. Then they dive into buying cars and what to consider as a photographer. In addition they get into some long exposure issues you may come across.

The Mirrorless Show | Photofocus Podcast March 28, 2017

Mar 28, 2017 47:44

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Scott and Marco discuss these new products and mirrorless topics on their final episode of the #Mirrorless Show at Photofocus:

Scott and Marco host their final mirrorless show at Photofocus. They will now move on to their new Photo Podcast Network at www.PhotoPodcasts.com where the new mirrorless and inspiration podcast episodes will be produced and hosted. Scott just returned after hosting eagle photography workshops in Alaska for two weeks. He shares his experience with his new mirrorless Olympus OM-D E-M1 MK II in regards to capturing birds in flight in comparison to using his top of the line DSLR. Fuji announced two major firmware updates for their Fuji X-T2 and X-Pro 2 cameras. You can go to Fujifilm's blog post regarding the firmware update features here: https://fujifilm-blog.com/2017/03/23/comprehensive-firmware-upgrades-for-x-t2-and-x-pro2/ Marco shares an update to the Fuji X-T and X-Pro line "eye cup gate" that seems to affect quite a few users. Olympus discontinued its lenses for the "old" Four Thirds system. GoPro plans to eliminate 270 jobs as part of a restructuring program. Nikon now wants to get serious about mirrorless cameras. Panasonic is planning to dismantle its digital camera division and add it to another business unit in order to streamline cost. Hasselblad announced four new XCD lenses for their new Hasselblad X1D mirrorless medium format camera. Adobe updated Camera Raw to version 9.9 with added support for many new mirrorless cameras. You can find the list of updates on Adobe's blog: http://blogs.adobe.com/lightroomjournal/2017/03/acr-9-9-now-available.html Ban of electronic devices and digital cameras on some flights to the US and UK. We have a Photofocus Mirrorless Flickr group that is open to our listeners and photos taken with all mirrorless camera brands. If you want to join just let us know through the "request invitation" button on the group and drop us a quick line there. We'll add you to the group then. And please ask for the invite via the web browser and not via the Flickr App. The invite process via the app has not been working reliably. We have picked our monthly featured photographer and image from our Photofocus Mirrorless group. Our monthly Photofocus Mirrorless feature photo and photographer of the month is: Stuart Paton with his untitled image (click link).

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes. We would also love to get your feedback. Is there anything that you want us to cover on the show in the future? And we would appreciate if you could take a short moment to rate or to post a quick review on iTunes for us.

For more information on Scott Bourne follow him on Twitter: @ScottBourne

For more information on Marco Larousse follow him on Twitter: @HamburgCam

About this show:

On the monthly #Mirrorless episode of the Photofocus podcast, Scott and Marco will discuss the news from the mirrorless camera world related to innovations, trends, gear and accessories. And they will introduce mirrorless camera manufacturers by interviewing the respective managers of those manufacturers. And they invite pro photographers who make their living working with mirrorless cameras to share some tips and tricks on their workflow.

The Inspiration Show | Photofocus Podcast March 14, 2017

Mar 14, 2017 50:10

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Scott and Marco discuss these topics on this #Inspiration episode of the Photofocus podcast: The inspiration show is moving with Scott and Marco to a new place. In the future, we will broadcast our shows on the PhotoPodcastNetwork.com Get to know an inspirational photographer: This month Marco introduces you to the Swiss/American photographer Robert Frank. Robert Frank is a famous and influential documentary photographer best known for his social documentary photo book "The Americans" from the 1950's. You can find out more about him in this NYT article: https://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/05/magazine/robert-franks-america.html   Marco and Scott discuss some of the important inspiration aspects of photography that they have shared here on Photofocus in the past. Printing your images is still one of Scott's and Marco's most important aspects of photography and decent printers can already be bought for less than US-$100 like the Canon PIXMA iP7220 Wireless Color Photo Printer (bhpho.to/2mjgEd2). And 17" pro-grade printers for high-quality fine art printing are more pricey, but they come in a fairly compact package to fit in almost any home office or studio - like the Epson SureColor P800 (bhpho.to/2mSyfMM) Here is a link to all the inspiration podcast episodes that Scott and Marco produced for Photofocus in the past: https://photofocus.com/?s=inspiration+podcast+larousse Scott's photo book of the month pick is: Mountain Lights - In search of the dynamic landscape - by Galen Rowell. This book was first published in 1986 and it was one of the influential factors that moved Scott over to outdoor photography. More books from Galen Rowell can be found here: http://www.mountainlight.com/books.html

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes. We would also love to get your feedback. Is there anything that you want us to cover on the show in the future? And we would appreciate if you could take a short moment to rate or to post a quick review on iTunes for us.

For more information on Scott Bourne follow him on Twitter: @ScottBourne

For more information on Marco Larousse follow him on Twitter: @HamburgCam

About this show:

On the monthly #Inspiration episode of the Photofocus podcast, Scott and Marco discussed the art, history and motivation in photography that often gets lost in today's media rich world. Slow down, look closer and put more intent into photography to increase your creativity and final results. And simply spread the pure love of photography.

The Mind Your Own Business Podcast | Photofocus Podcast March 1, 2017

Mar 1, 2017 33:12

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We have a new co-host on the show

Scott Bourne has headed off to do some new projects and is stepping away from the Mind Your Own Business podcast, but stay tuned, because we might just talk him into coming back as a guest! In the meantime, Chamira Young, an active marketing driven photographer from the midwest and who's been behind the scenes helping Scott and Skip produce each podcast is stepping into the co-host seat.

Skip's Cohen: "I love the idea of Chamira's perspective on so many different aspects of being a professional photographer and business owner. She knows her stuff and I'm excited about what I feel the two of us can bring to the party!"

Stay tuned as the Mind Your Own Business Podcast expands into some new areas together with a stellar guest list on each new episode.

  This episode's topic: Making your business stand out. Skip Cohen and Chamira Young discuss how photographers can make their businesses rise above the competition.

1. Get involved in your community. Stand out as more than just another service provider/vendor. People like buying products and services from businesses that give back. Throwing a strategic portrait party, or creating a calendar are two example projects where you can tie in an organization/charity to give back to.

2. Own your own zip code: Pound the pavement and knock on doors. There are companies that can complement yours. Reach out. Host a networking luncheon with other businesses (caterers, wedding planners) and get to know them.

3. Having a consistent, helpful website and blog: Your blog is about what's in your heart, and your website is about what you sell. They both can be a form of educating your ideal audience. Also, be aware of who your target audience is. For example, if you are in the portrait social category, many times your audience will be women.

4. Keeping in touch in throughout the year: Email newsletters and cards. Use your own images. Unmarketing, by Scott Straten, is a great read on really engaging your audience.

5. Use video to build your brand: Video can be a powerful marketing tool for potential clients to get to know you. I've started using video footage from my shoots. I have my assistant do it. You want to keep in mind your target audience for these videos, right? Your clients and potential clients. So it's not a technical video teaching about the correct exposure and composition, but rather we focus on people having a great time during their session. It's more of an emotional connection that you are trying to build.

Are there any ways you make your photography business stand out that we didn't mention? Tell us in the comments for this podcast, or send us an email. Have suggestions on future topics you want us to cover? Email Us:

Skip Cohen: skip@mei500.com

Chamira Young: chamira@photofocus.com

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The Mirrorless Show | Photofocus Podcast February 28, 2017

Feb 28, 2017 48:09

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Scott and Marco discuss these new products and mirrorless topics on this episode of the Photofocus #Mirrorless Show:

Scott shares his impressions regarding mirrorless cameras from the WPPI trade show for wedding and portrait photographers in Las Vegas. Scott and Marco share their impressions from the new Fujifilm GFX 50s mirrorless medium format camera in comparison to the Hasselblad X1D. Fujifilm updated their X-mount lens roadmap and added a XF 80mm f2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro that should be available in mid-2017. They have also announced the release of two unspecified lenses for 2018. One will be an ultra wide angle zoom and the other a telephoto prime lens. Marco discusses the advancement of mirrorless cameras into the pro world by looking at what cameras the winning photos of the 2017 World Press Photo awards were captured with. Nikon announced that they have canceled the development of the for mid-2016 planned and since long overdue DL mirrorless camera line. What will this move mean for Nikon's future? Canon announced their newest addition to their EOS M mirrorless camera line. The new model is called the EOS M6 and it replaces the EOS M3. The EOS M6 lacks only a few features of the top model M5 (like a built in EVF) and will be available in April 2017. Fotodiox has announced lens adapters for the new Fuji GFX medium format camera. The all manual adapter is available for Canon EF-Mount, Nikon F-Mount, Olympus OM-Mount, Contax and Mamiya 645 mount lenses. Marco shares his experience with a phenomenon that he describes as the "Fuji eye cup gate". And he seems to be not alone with this issue. Sony announced two new full frame lenses for their Sony E-Mount. The Sony FE 100mm F2.8 STF GM OSS will cost US-$1500 and is supposed to produce a beautiful bokeh due to an APD element and 11-blade aperture. It has a macro switch with a 60cm or 1.9ft minimum focus distance (.25x magnification) and is dust and weather sealed. The second lens is the Sony FE 85mm F1.8. It is a fairly compact and lightweight portrait lens with a 9-blade aperture, double linear motor system and is also dust & weather sealed. The lens has no IS and it will cost US-$600. Both lenses will ship in March 2017. Panasonic released a FW update for its G80/85 cameras. The FW 1.2 upgrade eliminates the whirring noise caused by its in-body image stabilization. That is especially useful during video recording. The new FW also adds support for Dual IS with the Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400 F4-6.3 ASPH lens. Leica also announced a FW 1.3.4.0 upgrade for their new Leica M10 camera. The upgrade reduces black out times in live view, adds faster scrolling through the menu and now allows for 15 custom settings. Scott answers a listener question from Bruce who is having issues with overloaded and unlogical camera menu systems. We have a Photofocus Mirrorless Flickr group that is open to our listeners and photos taken with all mirrorless camera brands. If you want to join just let us know through the "request invitation" button on the group and drop us a quick line there. We'll add you to the group then. And please ask for the invite via the web browser and not via the Flickr App. The invite process via the app has not been working reliably. We have picked our monthly featured photographer and image from our Photofocus Mirrorless group. Our monthly Photofocus Mirrorless feature photo and photographer of the month is: Gediminas Karbauskis with his image Discourse.

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes. We would also love to get your feedback. Is there anything that you want us to cover on the show in the future? And we would appreciate if you could take a short moment to rate or to post a quick review on iTunes for us.

For more information on Scott Bourne follow him on Twitter: @ScottBourne

For more information on Marco Larousse follow him on Twitter: @HamburgCam

About this show:

On the monthly #Mirrorless episode of the Photofocus podcast, Scott and Marco will discuss the news from the mirrorless camera world related to innovations, trends, gear and accessories. And they will introduce mirrorless camera manufacturers by interviewing the respective managers of those manufacturers. And they invite pro photographers who make their living working with mirrorless cameras to share some tips and tricks on their workflow.

The Photofocus InFocus Interview Show | Photofocus Podcast February 21, 2017

Feb 22, 2017 55:00

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On today’s show we have:

Peter Hurley interviewed by Chamira Young
- How he got started taking head shots
- What the Head Shot Crew is and how it can benefit you
- Developing your portfolio with diversity
- How one bad shot in your portfolio can kill your job prospects

Kaylee Greer interviewed by Levi Simm
- Heroic Dog Photography
- Applying Portrait photography techniques to dog photography
- How Social Media makes this the best time to be a working photographer

Terry White interviewed by Kevin Ames
- Muse software for simple web design
- My Portfolio web service for creating and hosting your portfolio
- Guided Upright and Face Aware Liquify features in Photoshop
- and much more

The Inspiration Show | Photofocus Podcast February 14, 2017

Feb 14, 2017 51:53

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Scott and Marco discuss these topics on this #Inspiration episode of the Photofocus podcast: Get to know an inspirational photographer: This month Scott introduces you to the American combat photographer Stacy Pearsall (born 1980 in Texas). Stacy is an award winning photographer and Scott has been fortunate to meet and talk to her in person. Find out more about the moving stories from Stacy in this NYT Lens article: https://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/05/15/still-shooting-after-the-end-of-war/. Please also take a look at Stacy's fantastic Veterans Portrait Project here: http://stacypearsall.com. Stacy has also written the book: "A Photojournalist's Field Guide - In the trenches with Stacy Pearsall" that you can get here: bhpho.to/2kCevci Here is the link to the "Inspiration & ideas for photo projects in 2017" episode, that Marco mentioned: https://photofocus.com/2017/01/14/photofocus-podcast-january-14-2017-inspiration-with-scott-bourne-marco-larousse/ Scott shares the interesting things and inspiration that he saw at WPPI 2017 in Las Vegas. Triggered by a listener question about the "religion of shallow depth of field and bokeh" Scott and Marco discuss the different aspects and reasons why one should or should not use fast lenses and when to shoot them wide open and when not to do that. Marco explains how he takes advantage of the two stops aperture advantage between the Fuji XF 14mm f2.8 vs. the Fuji XF 16mm f1.4 lens. Marco's photo book of the month pick is: GENESIS by Sebastião Salgado. This short quote by Sebastião describes what this beautiful 520 pages book is all about: "In GENESIS, my camera allowed nature to speak to me. And it was my privilege to listen." https://www.taschen.com/pages/en/catalogue/photography/all/05767/facts.sebastio_salgado_genesis.htm We discussed the work of Sebastião Salgado as the inspirational photographer of the month in the June 14th, 2016 inspiration episode. You can go back to listen to it here: https://photofocus.com/2016/06/14/photofocus-podcast-june-14-2016-inspiration-with-scott-bourne-marco-larousse/ Marco's photo blog with the current project that he discussed at the end of the show can be found here: https://www.marcolarousse.com/blog/

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes. We would also love to get your feedback. Is there anything that you want us to cover on the show in the future? And we would appreciate if you could take a short moment to rate or to post a quick review on iTunes for us.

For more information on Scott Bourne follow him on Twitter: @ScottBourne

For more information on Marco Larousse follow him on Twitter: @HamburgCam

About this show:

On the monthly #Inspiration episode of the Photofocus podcast, Scott and Marco will discuss the art, history and motivation in photography that often gets lost in today's media rich world. Slow down, look closer and put more intent into photography to increase your creativity and final results. And simply spread the pure love of photography.

The Problem Solving Show | Photofocus Podcast February 11th, 2017

Feb 12, 2017 28:27

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Ron Pepper and Scott Bourne discuss the various types of distortion and how to fix them including barrel and pin cushion distortion along with chromatic aberration and rolling shutter. They also discuss the various lens and software choices that can fix all of these problems.

The Q & A Show | Photofocus Podcast February 7th, 2017

Feb 7, 2017 49:52

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Scott Bourne and Richard Harrington answer viewers photography questions.

Q&A Podcast Questions

1. Michael in Cincinnati, OH

I am a hobbyist photographer and recently decided to calibrate my monitor. I used a Spyder5Pro and after calibration the colors on my monitor have a very slight magenta look to them. I did multiple calibrations and even calibrated another computer in the same lighting conditions, yet I got the same result. Is this normal? Should I even bother calibrating my monitor given that most of my images are being viewed in digital form on displays I have no control over? I am not printing.

2. Matt in Ontario, CA

My question is, from a business perspective, what is the proper etiquette for photographers seeking locations, permissions, and permits. Should money be exchanged for locations, or is asking permission and giving credit appropriate. And I’m sure shooting on private property is much different than shooting on public property.

3. Casey in Toledo, OH

I am photographing graffiti on walls for reproduction on art prints and I need to get top to bottom, side to side tack sharp focus on the entire wall. Any suggestions?

4. Cindy in Hollywood, CA

I am photographing groups of 40-50 people for work. I am looking for tips that will help me get everyone in the shot and in focus. So far my early attempts are boring even when they work.

5. Brad in Atlanta, GA

I would like to know if in your opinion it’s worth buying old film lenses and trying to adapt them to work on modern digital cameras.

6. Heath in Los Angeles, CA

Since so many of today’s digital cameras are “weatherproof” is there any need to buy old fashioned rain gear for my cameras? I shoot landscapes in all sorts of weather and have just purchased a weatherproof camera but wanted to know if you think the extra protection is worth the investment.

7. Ray in Orlando, FL

I have heard Scott say he’s not a fan of Sony cameras but I know that Richard uses them (at least for video) and not trying to start a war here or anything but would love a little back and forth between you two as to why/why not.

8. Evan in Everett, WA

I noticed that Fuji is bringing out a medium format mirrorless camera. What is the difference between 50mp on that camera and 50mp on some of the big name DSLRs. Also what would be the use for such a camera and what are the trade offs when shooting with that format?

9. Dan in Chicago, IL

I see that the Photofocus team regularly attends or speaks at the major photo trade shows like PPA, WPPI and PPE. Are such shows really that helpful and do you think they are still relevant? Would a similar financial investment in other forms of education and networking pay off?

10. John in Omaha, NE

I am stuck trying to find interesting photographic subjects. When I was new at photography everything seemed interesting. Now, especially living in Nebraska, I am bored out of my mind. How do you stay engaged and interested in photography when there’s nothing of interest around you to shoot?

The Mind Your Own Business Podcast | Photofocus Podcast February 1, 2017

Feb 1, 2017 30:02

Description:

In this renewed, reinvigorated episode of The Mind Your Own Business Podcast, Scott Bourne and Skip Cohen discuss outsourcing, taxes, insurance, book keeping, and helping your business run better.

Specific topics of discussion include the following: The photographers that take care of taxes, insurance, and book keeping are the ones that are successful. The importance of insuring your gear. The different types of business insurance. Tools to help you run your business better, such as 17hats and Sproutstudio. Project management tools to keep track of your team, such as Slack and Basecamp. The importance of answering your phone and returning messages. Giving people as much information as you can on your website. Cleaninng up your skillset so that you don't have to spend long periods of time cleaning up your images. Outsourcing your image editing where appropriate.   Scott's Insurance Agent's Information: Howard Burkholz (specializes in insurance for photographers) 877-485-8600 801-451-8880 hburkholz@allstate.com

 

Email Us or Leave a Comment Below:

Email us Scott Bourne at scott@photofocus.com or Skip Cohen at skip@mei500.com

What tasks/roles do you outsource for your photography business? What vendors have you used that you like? Is there an area we didn't cover on the podcast that you need help? 

 

Interested in Mentoring?

Interested in getting mentored by Scott and/or Skip? Email Scott at scott@photofocus.com to get more information.

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The Mirrorless Show | Photofocus Podcast January 28, 2017

Jan 28, 2017 50:35

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Scott and Marco discuss these new products and mirrorless topics on this episode of the Photofocus #Mirrorless Show :

Panasonic announced the price and availability of the Lumix DC-GH5. It will be available for US-$1999 at the end of March 2017 and Scott has ordered one to compare it to His Olympus OM-D EM 1 II. Panasonic has also announced four updated lenses. The updated lenses are: LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm F2.8 II ASPH. POWER O.I.S. (H-HSA12035) ($1000) LUMIX G X VARIO 35-100mm F2.8 II POWER O.I.S. (H-HSA35100) ($1100) LUMIX G VARIO 45-200mm F4.0-5.6 II POWER O.I.S. (H-FSA45200) ($450) LUMIX G VARIO 100-300mm F4.0-5.6 II POWER O.I.S. (H-FSA100300) ($650) The 12-35 F2.8 II and the 35-100 F2.8 II both start shipping in March. The 45-200 F4.0-5.6 II and the 100-300mm F4.0-5.6 start shipping in February. Fujifilm has announced the X-Pro 2 and X-T2 Graphite Editions. The X-Pro 2 graphite edition comes with a graphite color coated body and an XF 23mm f2 plus lens hood kit in graphite for US-$2299. The X-T2 graphite ships with a graphite color coated body for US-$1799. Fujifilm announced the new little brother of the X-T2 the X-T20. The X-T20 has a 24 MPix X-Trans sensor and advanced AF-system of the X-T2.It can shoot 4K UHD video at 30 fps. It also gains a tilting touchscreen LCD ( the X-T2 does not have a touchscreen). The Fujifilm X-T20 will be available in late February and will cost US-$900. Fujifilm also announced the fourth generation of their X100 fixed lens compact camera. The X100F has the same 24 MPix sensor that can also be found on the X-Pro 2. It also gains more AF-Points (increased from 49 to 91) and it also has the ISO-Dial and AF-Point selection joystick that can also be found on the X-Pro 2. But weather sealing, a tilting LCD or touch control screen still did not make it into the fourth version of this camera... The X100F will cost US-$1299 or €1399. Fujifilm has also announced the price and availability of the GFX 50S mirrorless medium format camera. The Fujifilm GFX 50S is expected to be in stores in late February 2017 and the price for the body will be US-$6500. Marco had the opportunity to test the recently announced Leica M10. Leica goes back to the roots with this "real rangefinder" camera and streamlined the size, functions and button layout, while improving the quality of the 24 MPix full frame sensor. Marco really likes this new M10 that costs US-$6595. As promised, Scott shares his real world experiences after a month and a half in the field with the Olympus OM-D EM1 II. Do all those great specs actually work in the field to make this a serious competitor to the big DSLR's? We have a Photofocus Mirrorless Flickr group that is open to our listeners and photos taken with all mirrorless camera brands. If you want to join just let us know through the "request invitation" button on the group and drop us a quick line there. We'll add you to the group then. And please ask for the invite via the web browser and not via the Flickr App. The invite process via the app has not been working reliably. We have picked our monthly featured photographer and image from our Photofocus Mirrorless group. Our monthly Photofocus Mirrorless feature photo and photographer of the month is: Dominick with his image "Untitled".

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes. We would also love to get your feedback. Is there anything that you want us to cover on the show in the future? And we would appreciate if you could take a short moment to rate or to post a quick review on iTunes for us.

For more information on Scott Bourne follow him on Twitter: @ScottBourne

For more information on Marco Larousse follow him on Twitter: @HamburgCam

About this show:

On the monthly #Mirrorless episode of the Photofocus podcast, Scott and Marco will discuss the news from the mirrorless camera world related to innovations, trends, gear and accessories. And they will introduce mirrorless camera manufacturers by interviewing the respective managers of those manufacturers. And they invite pro photographers who make their living working with mirrorless cameras to share some tips and tricks on their workflow.

The Photofocus InFocus Interview Show | Photofocus Podcast January 21, 2017

Jan 21, 2017 55:51

Description:

This is the PhotoFocus InFocus Interview Show FOR JAN 21ST, 2017. I’m your Host Rod Harlan.
We have an all new quick & condensed, all the stuff with none of the fluff format for 2017, so let’s get started.

On today’s show we have:

Peter Treadway & David Williams interviewed by Levi Simm
- Wedding and Travel Photography
- how competitive they are with each other
- their disagreement about the value of getting your name attached to some work
- and how hard it is to make money as a professional photographer along with some tips on how to succeed

Glenn Dewis interviewed by Chamira
- and what a pleasure it has been for me watching his career blown up in a massively successful way this decade,
- Glenn talks about putting in a effort to find your style,
- and to try copying other people’s work until you find your own style, among other great insights

Amanda Powell (a wedding & boudoir photographer) & PhotoshopWorld’s own Dave Moser interviewed by Levi Simm
- where they discuss helping women look and feel their best…… in a very casual and fun interview

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The Inspiration Show | Photofocus Podcast January 14, 2017

Jan 14, 2017 53:02

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Scott and Marco discuss these topics on this #Inspiration episode of the Photofocus podcast: Get to know an inspirational photographer: This month Marco introduces you to the American street, portrait and landscape photographer Joel Meyerowitz (born 1938 in NY). After quitting his job as an art director, Joel started in the 1960's to shoot the streets of NY with 35mm B&W and color film. He adopted color film permanently in 1972 - which made him one of the early adopters in the art photography world. Check out his amazing work on his website at www.joelmeyerowitz.com To kick off the year of inspiration for your photography, Scott and Marco discuss different ideas for personal photo projects in 2017. But instead of committing to just a 365 day (1 photo per day) project, they also discuss what you should consider if you want to plan your own photo project in order to make it a success. They cover some of the different kind of photo projects and for whom they could work out best. Have you thought of a 12 x 1-month project with different topics or genres (Portrait, Sports, Street, Wildlife, Landscapes, Architecture, Macro, etc...)? If you can't commit to daily or weekly photo projects, why not plan to capture a certain subject (churches, bus stops, public post boxes etc. in your town)? It's no secret that Scott and Marco love to print their images and they share some project ideas that involve printing your work. There are plenty of analog film based projects that they discuss. Scott's photo book of the month pick is: The Moment it Clicks by Joe McNally ( http://blog.joemcnally.com/2008/02/12/the-moment-it-clicks/ ). Joe wrote what this book is about in the preface:  "...It’s about being a photographer.It’s about the sheer joy of clicking the shutter…repeatedly! The sweet sound of the shutter and the explosion that occurs in your head and your heart when you make the shot. The deal is the shot, you know. You make the picture and you know something just froze solid in a shifting world. Something stabilized, for all time. You just hung your hat on a moment that otherwise would be gone forever, and now you can go back and take a look at that moment, be it amazing or ordinary, any time you want..."

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes. We would also love to get your feedback. Is there anything that you want us to cover on the show in the future? And we would appreciate if you could take a short moment to rate or to post a quick review on iTunes for us.

For more information on Scott Bourne follow him on Twitter: @ScottBourne

For more information on Marco Larousse follow him on Twitter: @HamburgCam

About this show:

On the monthly #Inspiration episode of the Photofocus podcast, Scott and Marco will discuss the art, history and motivation in photography that often gets lost in today's media rich world. Slow down, look closer and put more intent into photography to increase your creativity and final results. And simply spread the pure love of photography.

The Problem Solving Show | Photofocus Podcast January 11th, 2017

Jan 11, 2017 41:58

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BEST OF SHOW! This is a replay from July 11, 2016. New episode next month.

In this episode of The Problem Solving show, Scott Bourne and Pepper discuss the problems photographers face. They then offer solutions to help solve these problems.

In today's episode, they discuss the importance of having the right tool for the job.

Specific topics of discussion include the following:

-The concept of being "polycamerous"

-Working with various camera systems

-Taking 360 panoramas with the Ricoh Theta

-The lightweight, high quality Lumix cameras

-Fuji cameras as a "serious compact" system

-The ways that Canon and Nikon are upping their game

-Choosing the camera that's the best solution for the given situation you are in

-Taking into account the weight of your camera body and lens

-Feeling free to add gear to your list without feeling like you're "cheating" on your camera brand

-Switching to a less professional-looking camera in order to better blend into your surroundings

-Sometimes the smaller camera is the better camera for particular jobs

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The Q & A Show | Photofocus Podcast January 7th, 2017

Jan 7, 2017 25:23

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The Q & A Show | Photofocus Podcast January 7th, 2017

CATEGORIES Audio, Podcasts
TAGS #photofocus #photography #podcast #business #Q&A #Audio

Scott Bourne answers viewers photography questions.

Q&A Podcast Questions

#1 From Grae in Reedley, CA

What tricks, or otherwise do you have for shooting in low and mixed outdoor lighting? Specifically in the area of photographing active fires (think firemen, not camping.) On the side I shoot active scenes with local fire departments and am looking to improve night scenes.

#2 From Jeremy in Grass Valley, OR

How does crop factor affect a lens? Would an 8.5mm lens on a 10x crop factor sensor give you the nice pleasing look of an 85mm lens (pretending that the glass quality were the same for both)? I've always thought that it was the compression/distortion that made a lens good/bad for portraits and I would think that a wider lens--even on a crop factor camera--would still lack the compression of a longer traditional portrait lens.

#3 From Todd in Gary, IN

I am thinking of getting a compact camera for travel. Do they still make any point and shoot cameras and are they worth considering in an age of great smart phone cameras?

#4 From Amy in Lima, OH

I am thinking of getting an action camera like the GoPro. I noticed lots of companies are making these little cameras now. Is the GoPro still the king of the hill?

#5 From Abby in San Diego, CA

I’ve seen people use a flashlight in low light situations to paint an autofocus target on a dimly lit subject. Does this really help and if so how does it work?

#6 From Hanson in Miami, FL

I’d like to design some photo shoots where the pictures come out looking like the subjects were lit on a movie set. Do either of you know how they design and set up the lights to give that Hollywood effect to a scene?

#7 From George in Washington, D.C.

Is there any advantage to studying other forms of art such as painting or sculpture in order to improve photography? I am trying to develop a better eye and wondered if going cross discipline could help. Have you ever tried this or heard of anyone doing it?

#8 From Yuki in Tokyo, Japan

I am planning a trip to the USA to photograph national parks and monuments. Does your government allow people to make photographs on National Park land? Will I need to get a permit? Is it legal?

#9 From Alison in Walla Walla, WA

I want to start photographing head shots since I will be moving to New York to work with the theater community. Are there any tips or tricks to shooting a good head shot you can share?

#10 From Dick in Elgin, ILL

What is the advantage of setting your white balance in camera verses just adjusting it in post (assuming you shoot RAW?)

#11 From Henry in New Orleans, LA

This is for Scott - when you photograph birds in flight, do you shoot in aperture or shutter priority and why?

#12 From Lawrence in Boston, MA

I want to shoot with strobes. Do I still need a light meter or can I rely on the camera’s metering system assuming I am using TTL flash heads?

The Mind Your Own Business Podcast | Photofocus Podcast January 1, 2017

Jan 1, 2017 31:35

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

In this renewed, reinvigorated episode of The Mind Your Own Business Podcast, Scott Bourne and Skip Cohen discuss some powerful New Year's resolutions to set up to put your photography business on the path of success for 2017.

Want to add to this list of resolutions? Send Scott an email at scott@photofocus.com to tell him yours. For the first dozen people who email Scott within the United States, Skip will send them a free copy of his book Going Pro: How to Make the Leap From Aspiring to Professional Photographer.

Specific topics of discussion include the following:

Keep in mind that the first quarter of 2017 is typically a slow time for most markets. Therefore, it's the perfect time to do some house cleaning for your photography business. Clean up your online galleries. Only show "wow" images on your website. Plan to get your book keeping and marketing in order. It's time to get your systems in place. Build a stash of blog posts for the first quarter (and then some). Aim to release new blog posts 3 days a week. Start working TODAY on your holiday promotions for the year. Aim for 6 promotions. Start planning your 2018 photo calendar creation. Come up with a cause related theme that ties into a community charity, and also bring in some of the members of the community to be featured in your calendar. Add some key dates in the community to bring into the calendar. Pick a cause to work with for the year. Sometime in January, have lunch with your number one competitor. Start preparing for tax time. Plan the conventions and workshops you will attend. Try to be as nice as you can to other photographers. Study other types of photography and art. It can complement your existing skill set. Pledge to up your game and bring up the quality of your work. Aim to be spectacular across the board in your business.

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The Mirrorless Show | Photofocus Podcast December 28, 2016

Dec 28, 2016 49:52

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Scott and Marco have a special last #Mirrorless show of 2016 for you. Marco had the chance to interview Zack Arias for our mirrorless show at the Gulf Photo Plus Berlin event. Zack is a highly regarded and internationally famous commercial and portrait photographer based in Atlanta, Georgia.

In the discussion Zack shares his thoughts and opinions on the following topics: How the image quality of mirrorless cameras convinced him to drop his full frame DSLR gear for good. How and when he uses his mirrorless camera over his digital medium format Phase One camera for his jobs. What he thinks about the new Fuji GFX mirrorless medium format camera. Leaf shutter vs. focal plane shutter in medium format cameras and why the price of each technology needs to be put into account. Zack’s thoughts on the more or less neglected portable flash systems from mirrorless camera manufacturers. Zack has published a new e-book for photographers who are or want to get into the business of photography. Zack shares his experiences, successes and mistakes that he made in his career as a photographer. The e-book “Get to Work” is currently on sale for $25 and can be purchased on his website here: http://dedpxl.com/product/get-to-work/ You can find Zack's website and portfolio here: http://beam.zackarias.com/index And his Twitter account is: @zarias We have a Photofocus Mirrorless Flickr group that is open to our listeners and photos taken with all mirrorless camera brands. If you want to join just let us know through the "request invitation" button on the group and drop us a quick line there. We'll add you to the group then. And please ask for the invite via the web browser and not via the Flickr App. The invite process via the app has not been working reliably. We have picked our monthly featured photographer and image from our Photofocus Mirrorless group.Our monthly Photofocus Mirrorless feature photo and photographer of the month is: Paul Carmody with his image "At Piazza Italia"

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes. We would also love to get your feedback. Is there anything that you want us to cover on the show in the future? And we would appreciate if you could take a short moment to rate or to post a quick review on iTunes for us.

For more information on Scott Bourne follow him on Twitter: @ScottBourne

For more information on Marco Larousse follow him on Twitter: @HamburgCam

About this show:

On the monthly #Mirrorless episode of the Photofocus podcast, Scott and Marco will discuss the news from the mirrorless camera world related to innovations, trends, gear and accessories. And they will introduce mirrorless camera manufacturers by interviewing the respective managers of those manufacturers. And they invite pro photographers who make their living working with mirrorless cameras to share some tips and tricks on their workflow.

The Photofocus InFocus Interview Show | Photofocus Podcast December 21, 2016

Dec 21, 2016 01:05:08

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The PhotoFocus InFocus Interview Show FOR DEC 21ST, 2016. I’m your Host Rod Harlan.

This month we have a special show honoring the life and wisdom of Master Commercial Advertising and Fine Art Photographer and Abundant Educator Jim DiVitale. Jim sadly passed away December 13th after a brave battle with cancer and the entire industry, including his many many friends, will miss him dearly. In today’s show we’ll be listening to 2 Jim DiVitale interviews, each of them just stuffed full of golden nuggets of information, that if we listen to Jim, will make us all better at both our craft and our business.

But first I want to thank our 4 sponsors that make it possible for us to bring you these 2 interviews without commercial interruptions. It’s really great that their are companies like:
HDRsoft - makers of Photomatix
Athentech – makers of Perfectly clear
Drobo - with their storage devices protecting our livelihood
and B&H - who bring quality gear at such great prices

…that there are companies like these that understand the importance of shows like this. So thank you to them.

And with that, I want to start our show with photographer Kevin Ames interviewing Jim just this past June 2016 for a show called Photography is Life. In the interview you will get a taste of all that Jim has accomplished in his life, along with how he got started in the industry, the early days in the film advertising industry, his move to digital as one of the early pioneers, doing things right the first time (which was his personal mantra) and keeping long term clients satisfied for decades upon. Let’s listen as Jim shares in his own words about his fascinating life.

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This next interview comes from a long talk I had with Jim at PhotoshopWorld in Sept of 2012. I first met Jimmy D, as I used to call him, thru Scott Kelby back at PhotoshopWorld in 1999. What I loved about Jimmy was that that no matter how much he knew or how smart he was, he was always after more knowledge. His thirst for knowledge about a subject he was curious about had no bounds. From the first day I met him until the last time we spoke he was always asking me about video production or video editing, or motion graphics, or video codecs or new software advances… and when he wasn’t asking he was SHARING such great knowledge about his craft, giving insight and great tips & techniques to anyone who asked.

As a freelancer and small business owner, I always jumped at the chance to pick Jimmy’s brain about how I could improve my business. He was always quick to share the latest techniques as well as tried and true business principles that had worked for him for decades. In the interview you are about to hear, Jim DiVitale shares marketing tips and tricks he used to pay the bills, set himself apart from other photographers, and continue making his business a success. You’ll learn from this interview not just how clever Jim was, but also how much hussle he had in his day to day work life. Like all great businessmen, Jim worked at it day in and day out, but he did it all with poise and grace that set him apart from the norm. Here’s Jim in his own words…

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Well that’s the end of our special InFocus Interview show for Dec 21st 2016, spending time with our dear friend Jim DiVitale. While he will be missed he will not be forgotten. To see any of Jim work or to read, watch or listen to any of his training, all you need to do is just Google his name. He did a great job of making sure his SEO was always on point.

Each week we have new and dynamic podcasts for you here at Photofocus, so make sure you tune in every week. I’d love to know what you thought of the show and you can always give me Feedback @RodHarlan on Twitter or in the comments section on the Photofocus podcast post page for this episode.

Until next time, this is Rod Harlan encouraging you to get out there and Be Creative!

The Inspiration Show | Photofocus Podcast December 14, 2016

Dec 14, 2016 49:18

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Scott and Marco discuss these topics on this #Inspiration episode of the Photofocus podcast: Get to know an inspirational photographer: This month Scott introduces you to Neil Leifer (born 1942). Neil is an American photographer and filmmaker mainly known for his work for Sports Illustrated and Time magazine. Neil has captured some of the most iconic sports photos of our time. Most of you will know his famous photo of Muhammad Ali after he poses over the knocked out Sonny Liston in 1965. Neil Leifer has 170 of his pictures published on the cover of Sports Illustrated and 40 cover photos for Life magazine. Check out his amazing work on his website at http://neilleifer.com Scott and Marco discuss the recently published list of the 100 most influential images of all time curated by TIME magazine. What make these photos so influential and how did the photographers overcome the technical limitations of cameras at that time? Check out these 100 amazing photos here: http://100photos.time.com Do you always need the latest and greatest camera gear in order to take amazing photos and what can you if you can't or don't want to invest too much money into your photo equipment? Learning the fundamental techniques of photography (like in the analog and manual focus film days) may enable you to make older cameras much longer while still taking amazing photos.Just look at the old iconic work of master photographers. There are fairly inexpensive software solutions out there that can yield pro results in post processing. We discuss a few alternatives. Marco's photo book of the month pick is: Road to Seeing by Dan Winters ( http://www.danwintersphoto.com/BOOKS/4/thumbs-caption ). In this book, Dan shares his personal road to seeing, how he started with photography and his philosophy. This is a highly inspirational book with many photos and illustrations to go along with the writing. Here are 3 quotes from the book that give you an idea of the content: "I make it a habit to approach every picture as though it were my last." "The “Why” precedes the “How.” This, I believe, should be the goal of all art." "The soul of the image is ultimately the only relevant issue when viewing a photograph."

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes. We would also love to get your feedback. Is there anything that you want us to cover on the show in the future? And we would appreciate if you could take a short moment to rate or to post a quick review on iTunes for us.

For more information on Scott Bourne follow him on Twitter: @ScottBourne

For more information on Marco Larousse follow him on Twitter: @HamburgCam

About this show:

On the monthly #Inspiration episode of the Photofocus podcast, Scott and Marco will discuss the art, history and motivation in photography that often gets lost in today's media rich world. Slow down, look closer and put more intent into photography to increase your creativity and final results. And simply spread the pure love of photography.

The Problem Solving Show | Photofocus Podcast December 11th, 2016

Dec 11, 2016 28:18

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Ron Pepper and Scott Bourne discuss how to fix focusing problems with lenses, as well as autofocusing when you don’t expect too. They also cover a lens cleaning regimen as well as the benefits of joining a camera manufacturers Pro services.

The Q & A Show | Photofocus Podcast December 7th, 2016

Dec 7, 2016 41:42

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Scott Bourne and Richard Harrington answer viewers photography questions.

Q&A Podcast Questions

#1 From David Keneipp Manhattan Beach CA

Question about exposing to the right. I still use my Nikon DSLR for some things, but I've lately been shooting more with my Fuji X-E2 because of the film simulations that can look great right out of the camera. I often shoot JPEG+RAW in case I need some bigger adjustments in post. I know shooting to the right (i.e., overexposing) will give me more data, but doesn't that defeat the goal of trying to get the JPEG to look right without additional processing? Maybe I'm comparing apples and oranges here. I hope you can get me sorted out.

#2 From Kevin Miller Las Vegas

My son and I want to have a short photo outing and are planning to go to Page Arizona toward the end of February. We will probably be there two days. I remember you have talked about photographing the slot canyons there. Can you give us some advice as first time visitors to that area?

#3 From Stephen in the Philippines

I'm writing about Graduated ND Filters. Due to the advent of HDR, Bracketing Techniques, the “Digital Graduated filter" in Adobe LR and the overall power of the RAW file, do we still need Graduated ND filters when photographing landscapes?

#4 From Robbie in San Francisco

This is for Scott. How fast does the shutter speed need to be to guarantee sharp birds in flight. Do you shoot in SHUTTER PRIORITY mode to guarantee the shutter speed you want when shooting BIF?

#5 From Bruce in Brigham City, UT

I like the old-fashioned vignette effect that portrait artists used on almost every portrait in the 50s and 60s. But is this too old fashioned to use today? I noticed Lightroom has a preset for this.

#6 From Duke in Melbourne, FL

I use Macs along with Photoshop & Lightroom but am thinking of switching to Windows 10 because I am not happy with Apple’s new direction. The question I have is how painful would that switch be? I subscribe to CC. Can I just add that to a new Windows machine and if so how do I delete it from my Mac before I sell it on Ebay?

#7 From Kendra in Chicago, IL

This is probably the stupidest question ever but I don’t know who to ask but you guys. If I change my camera’s diopter does that change how the camera focuses by a corresponding amount?

#8 From Sophia in Redding, CA

When I look at my images in Lightroom and Photoshop they seem to be very noisy even if I shoot at (what I consider to be) very low ISOs. Am I doing something wrong?

#9 From Bob in Houston, TX

How do you decide what to include in a photo and what to leave out - more to the point - how do you know what is distracting in a scene?

#10 From Sam in Ft. Worth, TX

Talking about composition - in your opinion, what is more interesting in a photo - patterns or breaks in patterns?

#11 Oleg in Sydney, Australia

I am interested in portraiture but am confused about the difference between standard portraiture and “environmental” portraiture. Can you explain the difference?

#12 From Ross in Weed, CA

I live in the mountains and I find it hard to express the scale of the mountains I photograph. They seem so big in some of my friend’s photos but rather normal in mine. Is it a matter of lens choice/perspective?

 

The Mind Your Own Business Podcast | Photofocus Podcast December 1, 2016

Dec 1, 2016 32:38

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In this renewed, reinvigorated episode of The Mind Your Own Business Podcast, Scott Bourne and guest co-host Chamira Young discuss the most common myths about running a photography business.

Specific topics of discussion include the following MYTHS:

When you decide to go pro, all you'll be doing is taking photos. You have to be cheaper than your competition down the street. Everyone is your client. You have to do everything yourself. Your gear is what makes a photographer great.

 

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The Mirrorless Show | Photofocus Podcast November 28, 2016

Nov 28, 2016 46:19

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Scott and Marco discuss these new products and mirrorless topics on this episode of the Photofocus #Mirrorless Show :

This show starts with a discussion about the announced sales price of the Olympus OM-D EM1 II, which will be $-US 2000. Is this price fair for a top of the line m4/3 mirrorless camera?  Price and information on the camera can be found on the Olympus official website here: http://www.getolympus.com/us/en/e-m1-mark-ii.html Olympus has also announced their Pro service in the US. For US-$ 100 photographers of Olympus pro gear and cameras get express service on repairs, complementary equipment loan for extended repair times, priority phone support and a warranty extension. You can read about the program and exact terms on the Olympus website here: http://www.getolympus.com/us/en/proadvantage?ref=CJ Leica has announced an update to their Leica T camera system. The new Leica TL has some improvements over the previous version and will cost US-$ 1700. You can find out more about this camera on Leica's website here: nhttps://us.leica-camera.com/Photography/Leica-TL/Leica-TL-System Leica has also announced a limited version of their "sharpest standard lens in the world". The Leica APO-SUMMICRON-M 50 mm f/2 ASPH lens is now available in a red anodized version. It is a limited offering planned only for 100 copies of this lens. The regular black or silver version is around US-$8000. The limited red version will be around US-$9.000. You can find out more about this lens and other limited collectors gear from Leica on their M special editions website here: https://us.leica-camera.com/Photography/Leica-M/Leica-M-Special-Editions Adobe has just announced a new tether plugin for the Fujifilm X-T2 camera. Fujifilm X-T2 owners will soon be able to shoot tethered to Adobe Lightroom using a new plug-in that will be sold for US-$ 79 through the Adobe Add-ons website. The plugin allows X-T2 photographers to tether their camera via USB and preview the image in live view and control the camera settings. The captured images are then imported directly into LightRoom. Here is the news release from Fuji regarding this tether plugin: http://www.fujifilm.com/news/n161031.html. Unfortunately, this plugin will not work on Fujis other Pro camera, the X-Pro 2. DJI has just announced the new Phantom 4 PRO drone. The drone comes with an updated 20 MP sensor, mechanical shutter and “almost” 12 stops of dynamic range camera. On the video side, the new camera is capable to shoot a 4K/60P video with H.265 video compression. The drone can fly up to 45mph maximum speed and has up to 30 min flight time and FlightAutonomy that will also avoid uneven ground or water when landing. The drone retails for US-$ 1500 and you can find out more about this drone on the DJI website here: http://www.dji.com/phantom-4-pro The Belgian manufacturer CMOSIS (they make some of the sensors for Leica) has announced a new 48MP sensor with global shutter. The sensor is a bit larger than a 35mm full-frame sensor because it is not 3:2 but 4:3 aspect ratio. The new sensor is also designed to record 8K video at a rate of 30fps. The sensor can increase the dynamic range of its output by recording alternate row of pixels at different exposures. The pixels are recorded at one time instead of sequential rows. This technology can be a game changer once it trickles down to more consumer grade cameras. You can find out more about this sensor on CMOSIS's website here: http://www.cmosis.com/products/product_detail/cmv50000 We have a Photofocus Mirrorless Flickr group that is open to our listeners and photos taken with all mirrorless camera brands. If you want to join just let us know through the "request invitation" button on the group and drop us a quick line there. We'll add you to the group then. And please ask for the invite via the web browser and not via the Flickr App. The invite process via the app has not been working reliably. We have picked our monthly featured photographer and image from our Photofocus Mirrorless group.Our monthly Photofocus Mirrorless feature photo and photographer of the month is: Paul Henni with his image titled "Shadowy"

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes. We would also love to get your feedback. Is there anything that you want us to cover on the show in the future? And we would appreciate if you could take a short moment to rate or to post a quick review on iTunes for us.

For more information on Scott Bourne follow him on Twitter: @ScottBourne

For more information on Marco Larousse follow him on Twitter: @HamburgCam

About this show:

On the monthly #Mirrorless episode of the Photofocus podcast, Scott and Marco will discuss the news from the mirrorless camera world related to innovations, trends, gear and accessories. And they will introduce mirrorless camera manufacturers by interviewing the respective managers of those manufacturers. And they invite pro photographers who make their living working with mirrorless cameras to share some tips and tricks on their workflow.

The Photofocus InFocus Interview Show | Photofocus Podcast November 21, 2016

Nov 21, 2016 49:35

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The PhotoFocus InFocus Interview Show FOR NOV 21ST, 2016. I’m your Host Rod Harlan.

This month we have a bit of a BRITISH INVASION with 2 Inspiring Interviews with well-known movers and shakers in the Photographic industry from the United Kingdom.

We’ll start with Robert Vanelli interviewing Tim Wallace about the business of Photography including the licensing of your images and the importance of building a relationship with each client.

Then we’ll finish with Levi Sim interviewing Dave Clayton about being a graphic designer and desktop publisher, the story of how he got involved with Scott Kelby and PhotoshopWorld, and about photographers adding a new tool like InDesign to their tool belt to add income to their bottom line.

The Inspiration Show | Photofocus Podcast November 14, 2016

Nov 14, 2016 48:26

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Scott and Marco discuss these topics on this #Inspiration episode of the Photofocus podcast: Get to know an inspirational photographer: This month Marco introduces you to Lewis Hine (1874 - 1940). Hine was an American sociologist, teacher and photographer. In 1908 he left his teaching position to become the photographer for the National Child Labor Committee (NCLC) and documented child labor to aid the NCLC's lobbying efforts to end child labor. Take a look at some of the images that he took during that time here: http://www.historyplace.com/unitedstates/childlabor/ Hine and his moving photos certainly played a big role in bringing public awareness to this issue and helped to end this practice. Unfortunately he never really received the recognition for his work that he deserved while he was alive. Scott and Marco discuss the Gulf Photo Plus event in Berlin and Seattle that they have attended and talk about the Gulf Photo Plus organization ( https://gulfphotoplus.com ) and their great efforts for teaching and inspiring the photography world. Zack Arias shared a 90 years old photography quote by Edward Weston, that is amazingly current today. Scott and Marco talk about how Joe McNally sets up a photo shoot and share some of his photography related stories. Marco shares his thoughts on shooting portraits with wide angle lenses instead of classic portrait focal length. Next, they talk about the amazing work of Gregory Heisler and how simple some of his concepts are that produce amazing work. Take some inspiration for future photo projects from some of Gregory's approaches. Scott's photo book of the month pick is: Avedon at Work - In the American West ( https://utpress.utexas.edu/books/wilave ). Richard Avedon was best known for his portraits of famous people. But he set out in 1979 to start to photograph ordinary people of the American West. The book that resulted from this project was a milestone in American photography and probably Avedon's most important body of work. As the original book can only be found as a high-priced collector item, Scott picked the book about making that book.

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes. We would also love to get your feedback. Is there anything that you want us to cover on the show in the future? And we would appreciate if you could take a short moment to rate or to post a quick review on iTunes for us.

For more information on Scott Bourne follow him on Twitter: @ScottBourne

For more information on Marco Larousse follow him on Twitter: @HamburgCam

About this show:

On the monthly #Inspiration episode of the Photofocus podcast, Scott and Marco will discuss the art, history and motivation in photography that often gets lost in today's media rich world. Slow down, look closer and put more intent into photography to increase your creativity and final results. And simply spread the pure love of photography.

 

The Problem Solving Show | Photofocus Podcast November 11th, 2016

Nov 11, 2016 29:13

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Ron Pepper and Scott Bourne discuss panoramic photography, the new Ricoh Theta SC 360 degree camera, and the use of various lenses for this style of photography.

The Q & A Show | Photofocus Podcast November 7th, 2016

Nov 7, 2016 47:05

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Scott Bourne and Frederick Van Johnson answer viewers photography questions.


Q&A Podcast Questions

1. From James in Sacramento, CA

I want to buy a new camera because I want to start making professional photographs. But I noticed several of the portfolio shots posted by Photofocus authors are made with older cameras. Is it possible a five year old DSLR is good enough for “pro” work?

2. From Patti in San Diego, CA

Which is more important in acquiring autofocus? The body or the lens or both?

3. From Arnold in Boston, MA

I have a paid assignment (my first) involving travel photography to another country. I need a guide or a helper who knows the language and customs of the area to help me get the coverage I need of the area. Any idea on how to find one?

4. From Tommy in Lancaster, PA

When I look at my images on the back of my DSLR on the LCD am I seeing a JPEG or the RAW file?

5. From Annie in Prescott, AZ

I have to make photographs of my son’s fourth grade class. Do I need to worry about re-touching such portraits?

6. From Henry in Paris, France

Why do photographers who shoot video always use ND filters?

7. From Willy in Toronto, Ontario

What do you say to models in order to relax them? Some of the people I photograph are so uptight when I make their portrait that it ruins the picture and I need some advice on how to calm them down.

8. From Chris in Oklahoma City, OK

I use a calibration tool on my Mac monitor. Do I need to mess with this on my iPhone and iPad too?

9. From Kevin in Santa Fe, NM

I know you’ve covered this before but with all the changes in Photoshop (now Creative Cloud) can you recommend that photographers start out with Lightroom and then decide if they need Photoshop or just bite the bullet and get both?

10. From Ken in Atlanta, GA

I hear that on M43 cameras, your depth-of-field is doubled meaning f/2 is really f/4. Does that impact how much light hits the sensor?

11. From Larry in Kokomo, IN

Regardless of what cameras/lenses you’re using now, if you had to start all over and had all the budget you wanted, what camera system would you buy and why?

12. From Al in Garden City, New York

This is for Scott: I've listened to you for many years and have learned so much from you. I have often wondered but never heard from you directly on how and when you decided to concentrate on bird photography. What is it about the subject of birds that made you devote so much of your time and energy towards them?

The Mind Your Own Business Podcast | Photofocus Podcast November 1, 2016

Nov 1, 2016 35:05

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

In this renewed, reinvigorated episode of The Mind Your Own Business Podcast, Scott Bourne and Skip Cohen discuss effectively showing your work -- both online and in print -- which is one of the basic ways you can get paid as a professional photographer.

Specific topics of discussion include the following:

Your gallery is one of your most valuable pieces of real estate on your website. Make it easy for people to find. Your business card is your first opportunity to show your work. 6x9 inch postcards with 2-3 of your best photos on it are a wonderful leave-behind tool and mailer piece. Very practical strategies to approach local businesses in your area to generate business. Go to where your target audience is. Only show your BEST of the best of your work. It should be your most impressive, "wow" work. Use your own images on your own holiday card as a marketing tool. The concept of pop-up galleries to display your work. You never know what opportunities will arise if you are relentless at showing your very best work. Using your phone to show your images is not enough. Adobe Portfolio is a powerful, simple way to display your images. On your website, make your images take top priority, and provide a way for people to get in touch with you. Your images have to be outstanding. It's not about quantity, but quality. Show work you can reproduce, not just the "lucky shots"

 

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The Mirrorless Show | Photofocus Podcast October 28, 2016

Oct 28, 2016 46:04

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Scott BourneMarco Larousse discuss these new products and mirrorless topics on this episode of the Photofocus #Mirrorless podcast:

Scott talks about the features of the new Panasonic mirrorless G80 / G85 micro 4/3 camera and compares it to some competing cameras. The camera is priced at US $899 and you can find out more about this camera on Panasonic's website here: http://shop.panasonic.com/cameras-and-camcorders/cameras/lumix-interchangeable-lens-ilc-cameras/DMC-G85KBODY.html Marco shares his experience with the Fuji X-Pro 2 firmware 2.0 update that came out recently. The update gave the camera some autofocus updates that are already implemented in the Fuji X-T2 as well as some bug fixes.  Aside from the Firmware update for the camera, Fuji also announced firmware updates for many of their XF lenses. Marco has given the new firmware a spin and got improved results on some very difficult lighting situations on his latest photo project "Life in a tube" that you can check out here: http://www.marcolarousse.com/blog/2016/10/18/life-in-a-tube. You can download the firmware updates directly from the Fuji website here: http://www.fujifilm.com/support/digital_cameras/software/fw_table.html Leica has announced a new option for their Leica Q full frame mirrorless camera (Type 116). You can now buy the Leica Q in Titanium gray. Changes over the regular black version are: The top and bottom plate of the camera will be “Titanium Grey” instead of black, the distance scale markings will be red instead of the usual yellow and the strap will be made of a different material. You can find out more about this camera on Leica's website here: http://us.leica-camera.com/Photography/Leica-Q/LEICA-Q Sony just announced their new flagship APS-C mirrorless camera called the Sony a6500. This camera is announced only 8 months after Sony announced the a6300, the previous flagship model. And while many features and specs stayed the same, Sony did add a larger buffer, in-body-5-axis stabilization and a touch enabled screen. The camera body will retail for US $1398 or €1699. You can find out more about this camera on Sony's website here: http://www.sony.com/electronics/interchangeable-lens-cameras/ilce-6500 Ricoh has just released a new version of their very popular and easy to use 360° panorama camera. The new Ricoh THETA SC is a slightly stripped down version of the top of the line THETA S camera. In comparison to the THETA S the new THETA SC does not offer an HDMI port and the Full HD 360° video is limited to 5 minutes of recording time. The 8GB built-in memory can store up to 1600 images and the new SC comes in 4 colors. The SC's list price is $299 and you can find out more about this camera on Ricoh's THETA360 website here: https://theta360.com/en/about/theta/sc.html Lensbaby has announced the Trio 28 which is a unique creative 3 in 1 lens created specifically for mirrorless cameras. It offers similar effects to the Lensbaby Twist, Velvet and Sweet optics in one lens. To switch between the three lenses you simply have to rotate the lens. The lens is a 28mm fixed f3.5 lens with a distance scale on the manual focus dial. And the lens is, of course, manual focus only. The lens is available for Sony E, M4/3 and Fuji X mount and it is priced at US $279,95 or €299,90. You can find out more about this lens on Lensbaby's website here: http://lensbaby.com/product/trio-28/ We have a Photofocus Mirrorless Flickr group that is open to our listeners and photos taken with all mirrorless camera brands. If you want to join just let us know through the "request invitation" button on the group and drop us a quick line there. We'll add you to the group then. And please ask for the invite via the web browser and not via the Flickr App. The invite process via the app has not been working reliably. We have picked our monthly featured photographer and image from our Photofocus Mirrorless group. Our monthly Photofocus Mirrorless feature photo and photographer of the month is: Timothy Linn's photo titled: "Palouse Striped Terrycloth is the Best Striped Terrycloth"

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes. We would also love to get your feedback. Is there anything that you want us to cover on the show in the future? And we would appreciate if you could take a short moment to rate or to post a quick review on iTunes for us.

For more information on Scott Bourne follow him on Twitter: @ScottBourne

For more information on Marco Larousse follow him on Twitter: @HamburgCam

About this show:

On the monthly #Mirrorless episode of the Photofocus podcast, Scott and Marco will discuss the news from the mirrorless camera world related to innovations, trends, gear and accessories. And they will introduce mirrorless camera manufacturers by interviewing the respective managers of those manufacturers. And they invite pro photographers who make their living working with mirrorless cameras to share some tips and tricks on their workflow.

The InFocus Interview Show | Photofocus Podcast October 21st, 2016

Oct 21, 2016 47:54

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The PhotoFocus InFocus Interview Show FOR OCT 21ST, 2016. With your Host Rod Harlan.

As always we have 3 Inspiring Interviews with well-known movers and shakers in the industry.

We’ll start with Chamira Young interviewing Scott Valentine about how Experimentation plays a role in artists finding their own style as well as pushing their own boundaries.

Then we’ll move to Levi Sim interviewing Corey Barker about being a designer and running his own business, his visual and design inspiration that comes from movies, and where other ideas and inspiration come from for him.

And we end with Robert Vanelli interviewing Daniel Gregory how to find inspiration for your work, the history of photography, the introspective side of photography that leads to creating work with intention.

The Inspiration Show | Photofocus Podcast October 14, 2016

Oct 14, 2016 50:06

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On this #Inspiration "light" episode of the Photofocus podcast Scott and Marco discuss these topics: Get to know an inspirational photographer: This month Scott introduces you to the portrait photographer Don Blair better known as Big Daddy. (1925 - 2004). Don was a portrait photographer who was known for his attention to detail and was beloved in the industry. Scott was fortunate to have met Don and learned about lighting and posing from him. After some listener feedback, Scott and Marco decided to talk about light in photography in this show. Did you have your photography break-through moment and have learned to "see and read light"? Light the problem and also remember to subtract light when necessary. Expose for the main subject and add light to your subject in order to subtract light from the unnecessary objects. Marco shares an exercise that everyone can do at home in order to see how light position, angle and power can influence a faces appearance in a photo. Scott talks about lighting styles and the quality of light. Marco shares some info about the latest generation of strobes and small but flexible LED constant light sources. Marco's photo book of the month pick is: PICTURE PERFECT LIGHTING by Roberto Valenzuela To go along with our light in photography theme of this show. Roberto has created a truly original system for understanding and controlling light in photography. He discusses the universal nature of light and introduces the five key behaviors of light, which are essential to understanding in order to improve your knowledge of light. The book can be ordered at Rocky Nook for $39.99 ebook, 49.95 print or 59.95 for both: http://www.rockynook.com/shop/photography/picture-perfect-lighting/

 

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes. We would also love to get your feedback. Is there anything that you want us to cover on the show in the future? And we would appreciate if you could take a short moment to rate or to post a quick review on iTunes for us.

For more information on Scott Bourne follow him on Twitter: @ScottBourne

For more information on Marco Larousse follow him on Twitter: @HamburgCam

About this show:

On the monthly #Inspiration episode of the Photofocus podcast, Scott and Marco will discuss the art, history and motivation in photography that often gets lost in today's media rich world. Slow down, look closer and put more intent into photography to increase your creativity and final results. And simply spread the pure love of photography.

The Problem Solving Show | Photofocus Podcast October 11th, 2016

Oct 12, 2016 31:34

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Ron Pepper and Scott Bourne discuss the issues surrounding your light source, setting the appropriate white balance, and when to use a different white balance for a more dramatic image. They also address the difficulties of shooting with competing light sources.

The Q & A Show | Photofocus Podcast October 7th, 2016

Oct 7, 2016 43:12

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Richard Harrington and Scott Bourne answer viewers photography questions.

Q&A Podcast Questions

1. From Jeremy in Grass Valley Oregon

I am shooting wrestlers and want to portray how tough these athletes really are so I actually want their blemishes and bruises to stand out in my photos. How do I accomplish this?

2. From Brandy in Santa Fe, NM

I am shopping for a flash. I keep seeing them rated based on “guide number.” Can you explain this please?

3. From Coup in San Mateo, CA

I only have one lens right now and am saving up for a telephoto lens. My digital camera has a feature called the “digital zoom” but some people say I shouldn’t use that feature. Can you tell me why?

4. From Phil in Benton, AK

I note that LR and other post-processing programs offer lens distortion corrections that are paired to specific lenses. Are these corrections trustworthy and/or is there a better way to do it?

5. From Derrick in St. Louis, MO

I heard Scott say something about exposing to the right. What does that mean and why would I need to do it?

6. From Xavier in Chicago, IL

I want to photograph sports but am not sure how to go about getting access. Do you have any tips?

7. From Norah in Arlington, TX

How important is it to prioritize competing focal points in my compositions?

8. From Diana in Flushing, NY

I know this is a real beginner’s question but what is LIVE VIEW and why would I use it instead of the regular viewfinder?

9. From Dave in Orlando, FL

My friends say there’s no need to make prints but every one of the serious photographers I’ve heard of say prints are still important. What do you two think?

10. From Amy in Bloomington, IN

Where do you find story ideas and things to photograph? Sometimes I struggle with what to shoot.

The Mind Your Own Business Podcast | Photofocus Podcast October 1, 2016

Oct 1, 2016 34:56

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

In this renewed, reinvigorated episode of The Mind Your Own Business Podcast, Scott Bourne and Skip Cohen discuss actionable ways to improve your photography business.

Specific topics of discussion include the following:


-Make sure you have a professional headshot of yourself up on your website, and in your marketing material.

-Proofread your material. This includes your website, business card, etc. The service Grammarly will help you with punctuation and proofreading, for example. Or, you could look for an English teacher, or an A student who’s passionate about writing. If you want to be a better writer, then read as well.

-Try not to be a gear hound. The gear does not make the photographer. Learn how to be a people-person. Also, consider renting or leasing gear and trying to make great pictures.
Publish your phone number for people to contact you. Also, if you put a form on your website, respond quickly. Time is off the essence when responding to potential clients.

-Listen to your clients, learn their vision, and learn what they’re really asking for. Don’t assume you understand. We’re in the problem-solving business above all. Learn empathy.

-Be consistent in blogging and staying in contact with your readership. Your website is about what you sell. Your blog is about what’s in your heart.

-Within your photography portfolio, focus on quality rather than quantity.
Learn how to use studio lighting.

-Have back up gear to every shoot. Failure to prepare is preparing to fail.

-Avoid showing work that is technically above your skillset (as in, don’t create work you can’t duplicate). Don’t be a workshop photographer – as in, copying someone else’s set up.

-Avoid taking on “trolls”. Don’t engage them. You will never win. Winston Churchill once said, “If you throw stones at every barking dog along the way, you will never reach your destination.”

-Don’t spread rumors.

-Try to make the best photos possible. Perform at the highest level every time you make pictures.

 

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The Mirrorless Show | Photofocus Podcast September 28, 2016

Sep 28, 2016 49:28

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On this special "Photokina 2016" episode of the Photofocus #Mirrorless Show Scott and Marco discuss these new products and mirrorless topics:

Marco shares his first-hand experience from the Photokina (the largest photography related trade show in the world) show floor and wrote three blog posts about it: Blogpost Day #1: https://photofocus.com/2016/09/21/live-from-photokina-2016-1/ Blogpost Day #2: https://photofocus.com/2016/09/22/live-from-photokina-2016-2/ Blogpost Day #3: https://photofocus.com/2016/09/23/live-from-photokina-2016-3/ Fuji announced the development of the new 50 MPix GFX medium format camera. Marco had a first hands-on and talks about his impression. And he also managed to get his hands on the soon to be released XF 50mm f2 lens. Marco was also fortunate enough to get a 45-minute interview with Hasselblad's product manager Ove Bengtson and talked about the new 50 MPix medium format X1D camera, the target audience and the past, present and future of Hasselblad. Next up is Olympus and their just announced OM-D E-M1 Mark II camera and what the Olympus managers had to say about their new flagship camera that will start shipping in late 2016. Panasonic's biggest announcement was the development of the Lumix GH5 camera, that is due around March 2017 and will most likely set the new standard in terms of 4K and 6K video recording. Canon and Nikon were also at Photokina, but what did they show in terms of mirrorless cameras? Instax cameras are also mirrorless and were a hot and much-desired item at this year's Photokina. Marco shares more impressions and trends like functional photographer wear from COOPH, and thoughts about hot camera bags from Peak DesignBarber Shop and Compagnon. Marco will be at PopUp Gulf Photo Plus in Berlin on October 29th and 30th. He was asked to interview David Hobby and Zack Arias for the Photofocus podcast during the event. And we want to turn the questions that Marco is going to ask them to our audience. Do you have a photography related question that you would like to ask David or Zack? If so, just write it in the comments section below or contact Scott or Marco directly via the links provided at the end of the show notes. And please add to whom you would like the question to be addressed to. We have a Photofocus Mirrorless Flickr group that is open to our listeners and photos taken with all mirrorless camera brands. If you want to join just let us know through the "request invitation" button on the group and drop us a quick line there. We'll add you to the group then. And please ask for the invite via the web browser and not via the Flickr App. The invite process via the app has not been working reliably. We have picked our monthly featured photographer and image from our Photofocus Mirrorless group. Our monthly Photofocus Mirrorless feature photo and photographer of the month is: Amy Hoogerbrugge's photo titled: "March 3, 2016"

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes. We would also love to get your feedback. Is there anything that you want us to cover on the show in the future? And we would appreciate if you could take a short moment to rate or to post a quick review on iTunes for us.

For more information on Scott Bourne follow him on Twitter: @ScottBourne

For more information on Marco Larousse follow him on Twitter: @HamburgCam

About this show:

On the monthly #Mirrorless episode of the Photofocus podcast, Scott and Marco will discuss the news from the mirrorless camera world related to innovations, trends, gear and accessories. And they will introduce mirrorless camera manufacturers by interviewing the respective managers of those manufacturers. And they invite pro photographers who make their living working with mirrorless cameras to share some tips and tricks on their workflow.

The InFocus Interview Show | Photofocus Podcast September 21th, 2016

Sep 21, 2016 51:16

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The PhotoFocus InFocus Interview Show FOR Sept 21ST, 2016, with your Host Rod Harlan. 

As always we have 3 Powerful Interviews with well-known movers and shakers in the industry.

We’ll start with Robert Vanelli interviewing Frank Doorhof about the importance of using story telling in his photography and his use of Adobe Photoshop as well.

Then we’ll move to Scott Bourne interviewing Troy Plota about his many decades of work as a commercial photographer shooting for catalogs as well as his new company Plotagraph that sells software that animates still photographs.

And we end with Chamira Young interviewing Fashion Photographer Lindsey Adler about her start in the industry, where she finds her passion for photography, and about finding your own personal photographic style.

The Inspiration Show | Photofocus Podcast September 14, 2016

Sep 14, 2016 49:19

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On this inspiration episode of the Photofocus podcast Marco invited street photographer Valerie Jardin, to cover these topics on inspiration and street photography:

Marco starts off with an announcement regarding the PopUp Gulf Photo Plus in Berlin on October 29th and 30th. He was asked to interview David Hobby and Zack Arias for the Photofocus podcast during the event. And we want to turn the questions that Marco is going to ask them to our audience. Do you have a photography related question that you would like to ask David or Zack? If so, just write it in the comments section below or contact Scott or Marco directly via the links provided at the end of the show notes. And please add to whom you would like the question to be addressed to. Get to know an inspirational photographer: This month Valerie introduces you to the American photographer and painter Saul Leiter (1923 - 2013). Saul is best known for his color photos of New York in the 40s and 50s of the last century. He along with Robert Frank and Diane Arbus influenced the 40’s and 50’s with his photography that was later coined as New York School of Photographers. Check out his work and be inspired by his images. What is the definition of street photography? How and why did Valerie and Marco get started with street photography? Why should someone start with street photography? Is street photography important for society? Can someone make a living with street photography? How to get started and what should one look out for in the beginning? Submit your best street photos to the Photofocus Flickr group for your chance to be picked as street photographer of the week by Marco: https://www.flickr.com/groups/1055501@N24/  And here you can see some of his picks from the previous month: https://photofocus.com/author/hamburgcam/ Marco's photo book of the month pick is:  Street Photography - First Steps and Beyond by Valerie Jardin ($10 ebook). To go along with the main topic of this episode I pick this book by Valerie because it is a great street photography hands on guide for beginner and intermediate street photographers. And it is a good source of inspiration for those who want to get guidance to try out different styles of street photography. Here is the link to the ebook: https://gumroad.com/l/jGVpl

You can see more of Valerie's Work and find all the links to her social media accounts and workshop schedule on her website: http://www.valeriejardinphotography.com/

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes. We would also love to get your feedback. Is there anything that you want us to cover on the show in the future? And we would appreciate if you could take a short moment to rate or to post a quick review on iTunes for us.

For more information on Scott Bourne follow him on Twitter: @ScottBourne

For more information on Marco Larousse follow him on Twitter: @HamburgCam

About this show:

On the monthly #Inspiration episode of the Photofocus podcast, Scott and Marco will discuss the art, history and motivation in photography that often gets lost in today's media rich world. Slow down, look closer and put more intent into photography to increase your creativity and final results. And simply spread the pure love of photography.

The Problem Solving Show | Photofocus Podcast September 11th, 2016

Sep 11, 2016 33:36

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Ron Pepper and Scott Bourne tackle the problem of NOISE in your photographs, using both pre and post processing, and they discuss the Panasonic GX8 camera and it’s ability to auto-bracket. 

The Q & A Show | Photofocus Podcast September 7th, 2016

Sep 7, 2016 37:41

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Richard Harrington and Scott Bourne answer viewer questions.

Q&A Podcast Questions

1. From Tim in Yakima, WA

I am new to digital photography and keep reading about certain cameras being “noisy.” While this may be a stupid question - what does that mean? Noisy?

2. From Cam in Queens, NY

I would like to get started with real estate and architectural photography. What camera lenses would you suggest I use for that purpose?

3. From Tom in Orlando, FL for Rich

I am shooting video with my Panasonic GH4 and keep hearing about shooting with a “Flat” profile. What is that and why is that important?

4. From Shawn in Las Vegas, NV

I want to practice my portrait photography and my family is sick of me asking them to pose. I want to hire some models but don’t have a big budget. Can you suggest ways of finding affordable models for photography?

5. From Kai in San Diego, CA for Scott

I know Scott used to use film back in the day so maybe he can tell me if I should invest in some old film. I have seen film on Ebay that is recently “expired.” Would it be safe to try this? The person is selling it pretty cheap and I like experimenting with film.

6. From Pyra in Bangalore, India

I have been shooting images that I want to convert to Black & White. I see lots of cityscapes with black skies but the images were made during the day. I like that effect. How do I get it?

7. From Anton in Burlington, VT

What is the difference between “cross type” autofocus points and non “cross type?”

8. From Tom in Apple Valley, MN

I want to use a small aperture to increase my depth-of-field, but I realize that by stopping down I increase the possibility of lens diffraction. What are the trade offs and other possible solutions to attain greater DOF without sacrificing image quality.

9. From Don in Phoenix, AZ

With the advent of accurate auto white balance do I still need to worry about using the eye dropper tool in LR/PS to set color balance in post?

The Mind Your Own Business Podcast | Photofocus Podcast September 1, 2016

Sep 1, 2016 28:00

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

In this renewed, reinvigorated episode of The Mind Your Own Business Podcast, Scott Bourne and guest host Chamira Young discuss actionable ways to improve your photography business.

Specific topics of discussion include the following:

Don't base your pricing solely on what other photographers are charging. Be confident in your price and say it with authority.

We need to be confident in ourselves as photographers. Even if your skill set is adequate with your camera, you still have to believe in yourself.

Be sure of your craft and your position in the market through study.

If someone says no to your pricing, that usually means you're talking to the wrong person.

Your ideal client is NOT everybody. You need to target on your ideal client. If you're talking to someone who has the authority, the money, and the need for your services, then you're most likely talking to the right person.

You have to make a connection with your clients. We're in the business of relationships.

Analyze yourself honestly.

"Hope" is not a business strategy.

Up your personal game. Try to be the best you absolutely can. This will help the market overall.

 

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The Mirrorless Show | Photofocus Podcast August 28, 2016

Aug 28, 2016 45:15

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On this episode of the Photofocus #Mirrorless Show Scott and Marco will discuss these new products and mirrorless topics:

Photokina is just around the corner. It will be held from September 20th to the 25th in Cologne, Germany. Marco will be there to find out what's the latest and greatest in the photography industry. And for those who are planning on going and don't have a ticket yet: Our friends at Hahnemuehle Fine Art paper manufacturer have given Marco a few day pass tickets to give away. Listen to the episode to find out what you have to do for your chance to get a free ticket. This year's PopUp Gulf Photo Plus will pop up in Berlin, Germany on the weekend of October 29th & 30th. The speakers will be David Hobby, Gregory Heisler, Joe McNally and Zack Arias. Marco will also be there, so let him know if you are also planning on participating. It's always nice to meet our Photofocus listeners. The Korean lens manufacturer Samyang announced another new lens for mirrorless cameras. Their newest lens is the Samyang 35mm F1.2 ED AS UMC CS lens. It is a manual focus lens made for APS-C cameras and will be shipped for Sony E, MFT, Fujifilm X and Canon mounts. The price info has not yet been released. Leica has released a 2.0 FW update for their Leica Q compact full frame 24 MPix mirrorless camera. This FW update is supposed to improve functionality and usability and can be downloaded from the Leica website: https://uk.leica-camera.com/Photography/Leica-Q/LEICA-Q/Firmware-Update-2.0 Sony has also released a FW update for their a7R II full frame mirrorless camera. The FW 3.30 update is mainly a stability improvement update but it also implements support for radio controlled lighting systems and can be downloaded from the Sony website: https://www.sony.de/support/de/product/ILCE-7RM2 Scott shares his first impressions on all of the m43 lenses that he has recently purchased for his Panasonic Lumix GX8 camera. Scott interviews commercial photographer and Lumix Luminary Bob Coates about his experience and history as a working pro who only shoots with m43 cameras. We have a Photofocus Mirrorless Flickr group that is open to our listeners and photos taken with all mirrorless camera brands. If you want to join just let us know through the "request invitation" button on the group and drop us a quick line there. We'll add you to the group then. And please ask for the invite via the web browser and not via the Flickr App. The invite process via the app has not been working reliably. We have picked our monthly featured photographer and image from our Photofocus Mirrorless group. The image we picked this month was taken by Nicolas Winspeare and is called "The Z"

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes. We would also love to get your feedback. Is there anything that you want us to cover on the show in the future? And we would appreciate if you could take a short moment to rate or to post a quick review on iTunes for us.

For more information on Scott Bourne follow him on Twitter: @ScottBourne

For more information on Marco Larousse follow him on Twitter: @HamburgCam

About this show:

On the monthly #Mirrorless episode of the Photofocus podcast, Scott and Marco will discuss the news from the mirrorless camera world related to innovations, trends, gear and accessories. And they will introduce mirrorless camera manufacturers by interviewing the respective managers of those manufacturers. And they invite pro photographers who make their living working with mirrorless cameras to share some tips and tricks on their workflow.

The InFocus Interview Show | Photofocus Podcast August 21st, 2016

Aug 21, 2016 52:42

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With your new host Rod Harlan. In this episode Scott Bourne interviews Trey Radcliffe about a new line of camera bags, some new AuroraHDR News, and a bit about the History of Art. Then, Levi Sim interviews Matt Kloskowski about HDR and bracketing, combined with using the power of modern cameras to help you be more creative. Finally, we have Kevin Ames interviewing Drobo CTO Rod Harrison about the new line of Drobo models, the history of the company, and the difference between regular RAID systems and their Beyond Raid system.

 

Brought to you by HDRSoft, B&H, Perfectly Clear by Athentech and Drobo.

The Inspiration Show | Photofocus Podcast August 14, 2016

Aug 14, 2016 40:02

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On this #Inspiration "vacation" episode of the Photofocus podcast Scott and Marco discuss these topics: Get to know an inspirational photographer: This month Marco introduces you to the advertising and documentary photographer Elliott Erwitt (born 1928 in Paris). Elliott studied photography and filmmaking in the US and was later invited to join Magnum Photo where he became president of Magnum from 1966-1969. Elliot is a very diverse photographer and he was not only successful in the commercial advertising field, he also managed to be highly regarded in the documentary and art photography community. Elliot is also an incredible street photographer with some iconic photos of humans and dogs. Please take some time to study his diverse portfolio and see that a photographer can become a master of many different genres of photography. Scott and Marco share their tips and thoughts on what a photographer should focus on to be inspired during a vacation. Vacations are a great opportunity to also take a break from your "normal" photography. Changing and simplifying gear can not only be a stress relief, it can also by an incredible inspiration push. Focusing on different genres and objects from your daily photography may not only pose a welcome challenge, but it may also help you to encounter challenges outside your comfort zone that help you learn new photographic skills. Find out why Marco thinks that your camera can become your best buddy when travelling the world on your own. And how it can help you meet new people. Without the pressure of a client requesting certain results, take the chance to simplify your workflow during vacations and see how far you can get by only shooting in jpg and trying to get the images "right" in camera. You may even challenge yourself to only shoot B&W jpg on your vacation, and Marco hast posted a "How to become a better B&W photography with the help of your camera." blog post here: https://photofocus.com/2016/07/28/become-a-better-bw-photographer-and-let-your-camera-help-you-with-that/ And make the point of documenting even the ordinary moments of your vacation and upload your valuable memories to a photo book service within 7 days of your return from your vacations! Don't over process to make it too much work. Go with the vacation flow and simplify and use the jpg images. You and your loved ones will be very happy to hold a tangible book with those important images in their hands. Scott's photo book of the month pick is: On the iPhone by David Hume Kennerly To go along with our simplifying your photography theme of this show, this is a book of a Pulitzer Price winning photographer who captured the world with an iPhone.

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes. We would also love to get your feedback. Is there anything that you want us to cover on the show in the future? And we would appreciate if you could take a short moment to rate or to post a quick review on iTunes for us.

For more information on Scott Bourne follow him on Twitter: @ScottBourne

For more information on Marco Larousse follow him on Twitter: @HamburgCam

About this show:

On the monthly #Inspiration episode of the Photofocus podcast, Scott and Marco will discuss the art, history and motivation in photography that often gets lost in today's media rich world. Slow down, look closer and put more intent into photography to increase your creativity and final results. And simply spread the pure love of photography.

The Problem Solving Show | Photofocus Podcast August 11th, 2016

Aug 11, 2016 26:17

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Ron Pepper and Scott Bourne tackle the problem of WHEN to remove people from your shot and HOW to achieve that successfully.

The Q & A Show | Photofocus Podcast August 7th, 2016

Aug 7, 2016 47:14

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Rich Harrington and Scott Bourne answer viewer questions.

Q&A Podcast Questions

1. From Jason via the Web

I have 16MP photos from a Fuji XT1 that I want to print 30” and that I will display in my home. Do I need to “up-res” them?

2. From Andy in Cle Elum, WA

I am deciding between a 16 and a 20mp camera. All other things being equal should I pick the one with the most megapixels?

3. From Michele in Rochester, MN

I want to build a photo studio. Should I paint the ceiling white, black, gray or a reflective color so I can manage the light?

4. From Justine via the Web

I like to shoot panoramic photographs using stitching methods you guys have suggested at Photofocus. I see some new cameras are coming out that have the ability to shoot panoramic images built in. Do these cameras do this as well as the stitching method?

5. From Hondo in Londonbury, CT

I have lots of camera gear. I struggle with how to store it when I am not using it. What do you guys do? Do you keep it in bags, boxes, closets, a safe, etc.?

6. From Chandra in Danbury, CT

This is for Scott. I noticed on Twitter that you posted a bird photo and someone asked you what camera and lens you used to make a photo. Do you think that the person asking that question believes that if they use the same camera and lens they can make that photo? Or do you think they want to know something else? I am puzzled.

7. From John in Sydney, Australia

This is for Rich. I have heard recently that people advise video shooters to capture video at a high frame rate and then slow it down to 24fps to “smooth” it out. Can you explain what that means and are there any super easy consumer level video editing programs that employ that function?

8. From Laurie in LA, CA

When making vacation or family photos is it better to use the camera’s built-in timed shutter release or to use an app on a phone you click in your pocket or otherwise hide from the camera?

9. From Molly in Trenton, NJ

Can you explain the advantages/disadvantages of using silver, v. white, v. gold reflectors?

10. From Roger in Pasadena, CA

My dad left me an old Sekonic handheld light meter. Is there any reason to hang on to gear like this? Is it needed or even useable in the digital age?

11. From Sophia in Franklin, TN

I want to start learning to edit photos on a computer. The only computer I have is six years old. How much computer do you need these days to take advantage of the best photo editing software?

12. From Jenny in Dallas, TX

I have been shooting for about two years and am starting to get pretty serious about photography. How long should I wait before starting to think about building a portfolio?

The Mind Your Own Business Podcast | Photofocus Podcast August 1, 2016

Aug 1, 2016 24:18

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In this renewed, reinvigorated episode of The Mind Your Own Business Podcast, Scott Bourne and Skip Cohen discuss actionable ways to improve your photography business. In this particular episode, they discuss how to distinguish yourself from the competition by providing excellent Customer Service to your clients.

Specific topics of discussion include the following:

You don’t have to be the best photographer in town, or have the highest end gear, but you can choose to build relationships with your customers. It’s about being nice and listening to your customers. You can develop a great reputation for your business even if you mess up – make sure you come back and deliver great Customer Service in order to fix potentially negative situations. It’s how you handle your mistakes that separates you from your competition. When you make a mistake, admit that you’re wrong without assigning blame on the customer, even if you believe they are at fault. Move on to solving the problem for them in order to make them happy with your service. The internet is powerful, and word (positive or negative!) about your business travels fast. Empathize. Remember to listen twice as much as you talk. Handle things quickly.

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The Mirrorless Show | Photofocus Podcast July 28, 2016

Jul 28, 2016 52:50

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On this episode of the Photofocus #Mirrorless Show Scott and Marco will discuss these new products and mirrorless topics:

Scott talks about his trip to Photoshop World in Las Vegas with his mirrorless camera. Sigma has announced pricing and availability of the sd Quattro camera. The body only will be a competitive $799 (US). A unique feature of this camera is the 'Super-Fine Detail' mode that combines 7 exposures into one high dynamic range image. Samyang Optics have announced the global availability of the long-awaited autofocus lens: Samyang AF 50/1.4 FE. It is made for Sony E mount Mirrorless cameras with full frame sensor size. The lens will be globally available from August, and the suggested retail price is EUR 579 (approx. $600 US). There is another new 50mm f1.4 lens for Sony - this one is made by Zeiss. The Zeiss Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA lens. This full-frame fast prime features an 11-blade aperture for circular out-of-focus highlights a.k.a. Bokeh, even as you stop down. This lens will retail for $1.500 US. Fujifilm has released a fix for their last firmware fix that caused problems for some users after the lens firmware upgrade of the XF 90mm f2 and the XF 16-55mm f2.8 lenses. The fix for the fix can be downloaded here: http://www.fujifilm.com/news/n160712.html Fujifilm has also updated their lens roadmap, adding there new lenses that we should see in the future: XF 23mm f2 R WR, XF 50mm f2 R WR and XF 80mm f2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro. Fujifilm has also launched an updated Instax printer. The new Instax SP-2 is faster and has a better resolution for the credit card sized Instax mini prints. The Printer can be used with most smartphones or directly with Fuji X-cameras and will retail for about $200 US. Scott also shares his Instax mini experience from the past and Marco adds a few wishes for a future Instax printer. The Fuji X-Pro 2 will get an FW update later in the year. It should boost up AF speed to that of the unreleased, top of the line Fuji X-T2 camera. And it also fixes some parallax correction issues on the OVF. We cover the announcement and discuss the features of the Fujifilm X-T2. And we take a close look at how it compares to the X-Pro 2 and which camera is the better deal for the money. We have a Photofocus Mirrorless Flickr group that is open to our listeners and photos taken with all mirrorless camera brands. If you want to join just let us know through the "request invitation" button on the group and drop us a quick line there. We'll add you to the group then. And please ask for the invite via the web browser and not via the Flickr App. The invite process via the app has not been working reliably. We have picked our monthly featured photographer and image from our Photofocus Mirrorless group. The image we picked this month was taken by Jim Harvey and is called Made in China Marco has reserved two free spots for our listeners for a sponsored street photography day and photo walk in Hannover, Germany on August 27. Contact him if you want one of these spots.

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes. We would also love to get your feedback. Is there anything that you want us to cover on the show in the future? And we would appreciate if you could take a short moment to rate or to post a quick review on iTunes for us.

For more information on Scott Bourne follow him on Twitter: @ScottBourne

For more information on Marco Larousse follow him on Twitter: @HamburgCam

About this show:

On the monthly #Mirrorless episode of the Photofocus podcast, Scott and Marco will discuss the news from the mirrorless camera world related to innovations, trends, gear and accessories. And they will introduce mirrorless camera manufacturers by interviewing the respective managers of those manufacturers. And they invite pro photographers who make their living working with mirrorless cameras to share some tips and tricks on their workflow.

The InFocus Interview Show | Photofocus Podcast July 21st, 2016

Jul 21, 2016 01:10:41

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In this episode of the InFocus Interview Show, our guests discuss HDR photography, how they use Photomatix Pro in their workflow, and more!

We have four great interviews in today's episode. They are as follows:

1. Chamira interviews Bob Lussier. In their discussion, they chat about:

How Bob uses his HDR to document abandoned textile spaces and equipment How he captures the essences of the buildings he shoots How he uses Photomatix in his workflow. The evolution of HDR.

2. Chamira interviews Colin Smith. In their discussion, they chat about:

Colin's early exploration into HDR via 3D work. His early illustrative HDR style, and its evolution into a cleaner, more natural style How he's using HDR with his aerial photography How he uses Photomatix in his workflow for his bracketed shots The process of finding your own style Incorporating a sense of mystery in our image

3. Levi interviews Matt Kloskowki. In their discussion, they chat about:

The importance of making a good photo How composition plays a role How far we choose to push HDR style How creativity and artistry play a role in making pictures.

4. Levi interviews Richard Harrington. In their discussion, they chat about:

HDR as it applies to black and white photography HDR as it applies to panoramic photography Hand-held HDR vs shooting off of a tripod Time-lapse photography and batch processing

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The Inspiration Show | Photofocus Podcast July 14, 2016

Jul 14, 2016 01:00:39

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On this #Inspiration "Print" episode of the Photofocus podcast Scott and Marco discuss these topics: Get to know an inspirational photographer: This month Scott introduces you to the American documentary photographer Dorothea Lange (1895 - 1965). She is best known for her documentary photography during the great depression (1929-1939). Her most famous image "Migrant Mother" (1936) is one of the most exhibited images in history. Dorothea's work had a great impact on modern documentary photography. Her images gave the poor and forgotten a face and her work for the FSA from 1935-1939 is iconic for that time. Scott and Marco share their thoughts on why printing your image is so important - especially in today's digital world. Marco interviews Travis Mc Connaghy from the US office of the oldest German paper manufacturer Hahnemuehle (founded in 1584) In the interview, we cover printers, ink, paper, calibration, software settings and icc profiles. And all of this is today a lot less complicated than many may think! Good paper manufacturers like Hahnemuehle supply icc profiles and instructions on how to get the best results with their paper and your pro-grade ink jet printer. After the interview Scott and Marco share more thoughts on their experiences with printing and strongly urge you, the audience to take action and print more of your work. It may be a life changing experience for your photography. Marco's photo book of the month pick is: Fine Art Printing For Photographers by Uwe Steinmueller. This book is great for anyone who wants to find a consistent printing workflow.

 

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes. We would also love to get your feedback. Is there anything that you want us to cover on the show in the future? And we would appreciate if you could take a short moment to rate or to post a quick review on iTunes for us.

For more information on Scott Bourne follow him on Twitter: @ScottBourne

For more information on Marco Larousse follow him on Twitter: @HamburgCam

About this show:

On the monthly #Inspiration episode of the Photofocus podcast, Scott and Marco will discuss the art, history and motivation in photography that often gets lost in today's media rich world. Slow down, look closer and put more intent into photography to increase your creativity and final results. And simply spread the pure love of photography.

Problem Solving Podcast | Photofocus Podcast July 11, 2016

Jul 12, 2016 41:58

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In this episode of the Problem Solving show, Scott Bourne and Pepper discuss the problems photographers face. They also offer solutions to help solve these problems.

In today's episode, they discuss the importance of having the right tool for the job.

Specific topics of their discussion include the following:

The concept of being "polycamerous" Working with various camera systems Taking 360 panoramas with the Ricoh Theta The lightweight, high quality Lumix cameras Fuji cameras as a "serious compact" system The ways that Canon and Nikon are upping their game Choose the camera that's the best solution for the given situation you are in Taking into account the weight of your camera body and lens Feeling free to add gear to your list without feeling like you're "cheating" on your camera brand Switching to a less professional-looking camera in order to better blend into your surroundings Sometimes the smaller camera is the better camera for particular jobs

 

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The Q & A Show | Photofocus Podcast July 7th, 2016

Jul 12, 2016 47:11

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The Mind Your Own Business Podcast | Photofocus Podcast July 1, 2016

Jul 1, 2016 38:43

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In this renewed, reinvigorated episode of The Mind Your Own Business Podcast, Scott Bourne and Skip Cohen discuss marketing tips to improve your photography business. In this particular episode, they discuss how to make the most of photography trade shows. This includes what to look for, how to invest your time wisely, what to do, and also what not to do.

Specific topics of discussion include the following:

Plan ahead and determine your budget Build an action plan for when you get back (follow-up) Make a list of your gear, or gear you would like to have, and plan to visit those vendors at the trade show. The concept of “storm-trooping” at trade shows Pick courses/classes at trade shows that will help you bump up your skillset and improve your weak skills. For portfolio reviews at trade shows, consider taking your worst work so that the reviewers can help you problem solve. Don’t try to show off. Instead, try to improve. At the end of each day of a trade show, make notes and catalog the business cards that you collected, so that you can properly follow up later. Be practical: wear comfortable shoes, and bring your business cards. Bring your “persona” Be helpful Know your spending power in advance

The Mirrorless Show | Photofocus Podcast June 28, 2016

Jun 28, 2016 47:31

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On this episode of the Photofocus #Mirrorless Show Scott and Marco will discuss these new products and mirrorless topics:

We talk a bit about listener feedback that we have received on last months "mirrorless manufacturer repair service quality" topic. And we have found at least one official mirrorless pro service claim in one country. Hasselblad has just announced the first compact mirrorless medium format camera. It is called the Hasselblad X1D and has a 50 MPix CMOS sensor (44mm x 33mm) that works at a native ISO range from ISO 100- 25600. We discuss the cameras features, lens options and price. And we give our initial thoughts on the announcement of this camera. Panasonic has announced a new Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 12mm f1.4 lens. The lens offers the classic 24mm field of view for m4/3 cameras. Scott has ordered this lens along with a new Panasonic GX8 and he'll talk about his experiences in a future Photofocus mirrorless show. We share some news regarding Olympus and Panasonic. There are potential supply shortages and product delays caused by the negative effects of the Kumamoto earthquake on April 14th, 2016. Fujifilm has released a bunch of new firmware updates for many of their X-cameras and lenses. These updates mainly fix bugs regarding manual focus errors and some improvements on OIS image stabilisation issues. Adobe has released an update to Lightroom 6.6 / CC 2015.6 that improves overall performance and added new cameras and lens profiles  for these mirrorless cameras: Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II, Leica M-D (Typ 262), Nikon COOLPIX B700, Panasonic DMC-GX85 (DMC-GX80, DMC-GX7MK2). The CC version also received new features. Scott answers two listener question regarding the quality difference and usage situations of the mechanical- vs. the electronic shutter. And if the Lumix GX8 in-body image stabilisation needs to be turned off when used on a tripod? Marco answers a listener question regarding the choice of a wide angle lens for street photography and environmental street portraits. The listener asked specifically about the Fujinon XF 14mm f2.8 vs. the Fujinon XF 16mm f1.4 lens. We now have a Photofocus Mirrorless Flickr group that is open to our listeners and photos taken with all mirrorless camera brands. If you want to join just let us know through the "request invitation" button on the group and drop us a quick line there. We'll add you to the group then. And please ask for the invite via web browser and not via the Flickr App. The invite process via the app has not been working reliably. We have picked our monthly featured photographer and image from our Photofocus Mirrorless group. The image we picked this month was taken by Patrick Gorden and is called Lets rock!

 

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes. We would also love to get your feedback. Is there anything that you want us to cover on the show in the future? And we would appreciate if you could take a short moment to rate or to post a quick review on iTunes for us.

For more information on Scott Bourne follow him on Twitter: @ScottBourne

For more information on Marco Larousse follow him on Twitter: @HamburgCam

About this show:

On the monthly #Mirrorless episode of the Photofocus podcast, Scott and Marco will discuss the news from the mirrorless camera world related to innovations, trends, gear and accessories. And they will introduce mirrorless camera manufacturers by interviewing the respective managers of those manufacturers. And they invite pro photographers who make their living working with mirrorless cameras to share some tips and tricks on their workflow.

Photofocus - The InFocus Interview Show | Photofocus Podcast June 21st, 2016

Jun 22, 2016 51:26

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This weeks show we here from Levi Sim who gets a chance to sit down with Mark Toal.

Levi and Mark discuss who is Mark and his background. How he got started. They then dive into the importance of practice and originality and even carrying your camera. The highlight is hearing Mark's experience photographing Muhammed Ali and they tie it all in by sharing what it means to take advantage of opportunities. 

Then Pamela sits down with Larry Tiefenbrunn who is behind the Platypod Pro and Platypod Max that has been getting rave reviews from every direction. Learn about the Kickstarter, the buzz, unique ways of using the product and much more.

The Inspiration Show | Photofocus Podcast June 14, 2016

Jun 14, 2016 44:17

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On this #Inspiration episode of the Photofocus podcast Scott and Marco discuss these topics: Get to know an inspirational photographer: This month Marco introduces you to the professional "socially engaged documentary photographer" Sebastião Salgado. Sebastião's documentary work has been published in many top-tier magazines and exhibited in some of the world's most famous photo galleries and museums. Many will know his photos of the firemen working on the oilfield fires in Kuwait. He has also published multiple books such as "Workers" or "Genesis". Sebastião has documented many conflict-torn regions in the world and over time changed his focus to look at the beauty of nature with his photography. He and his wife started a stunning environmental project to reforest the rainforest in his home region in Brazil about 20 years ago. There is also a fantastic documentary movie about Sebastião's life as a photographer that is called "The Salt of the Earth" and that is really worth watching. Marco explains why current events (a.k.a. tornado) changed the plans and topic for this episode of the inspiration podcast to "protecting your precious visual memories in today's digital world". Choosing and handling your memory cards in the field. Create a second layer of backup when on the road such as WD My Passport Wireless or Drobo Mini. Image management and drive strategy for safe storing your images at home / in your office (RAID, NAS, Time Machine etc.) More onsite and offsite backup options for redundancy and real backup. Remember, redundancy is not automatically backup! Protecting your onsite cloned drives from fire and water with a document safe like this. Offsite options via online backup services, a second NAS etc. Scott's photo book of the month pick is: America from 500 Feet II by Bill Fortney. Scott is still picking up this book regularly and is very impressed with the images that Bill took with an ultralight plane in the 1990's.

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes. We would also love to get your feedback. Is there anything that you want us to cover on the show in the future? And we would appreciate if you could take a short moment to rate or to post a quick review on iTunes for us.

For more information on Scott Bourne follow him on Twitter: @ScottBourne

For more information on Marco Larousse follow him on Twitter: @HamburgCam

About this show:

On the monthly #Inspiration episode of the Photofocus podcast, Scott and Marco will discuss the art, history and motivation in photography that often gets lost in today's media rich world. Slow down, look closer and put more intent into photography to increase your creativity and final results. And simply spread the pure love of photography.

Problem Solving | Photofocus Podcast |June 11th, 2016

Jun 13, 2016 29:56

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Problem solving podcast with Scott Bourne and Pepper

 

They go into depth on issues you have probably faced and used their knowledge and experience to get great images. 

Great location however, conditions aren’t ideal, what are your options? Pepper and Scott go into issues such as light, dynamic range, composition and post processing to help you utilize the less than ideal images to find great images. Then they follow up with a question from the last show regarding density filters and shooting the moon.

The Q & A Show | Photofocus Podcast June 7th, 2016

Jun 7, 2016 57:31

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Several of your questions get answered on this months Q&A with Scott Bourne and Richard Harrington.

Q&A Podcast Questions

1. From Brian in Alberta, Canada

What is a stepping motor lens (Canon) and how is one of these different from Canon’s USM lenses?

2. From Ann in Seattle, WA

What are some of your favorite photography books?

3. From Mike in Tampa, FL

I know that this is easy for some people but I am new at photography and am interested in learning the best way to convert a color photo into B&W.

4. From Justin in Anchorage, AK

Have you ever used a monopod rather than a tripod and if so why and what are the advantages?

5. From Henry in London, UK

Are those panos you can make with your smartphone any good? Do I still need to use my DSLR and stitch or will the phone pics work?

6. From Chandler in Brooklyn, NY

What are the advantages and disadvantages of buying a battery grip for your camera?

7. From Jane in Evansville, IN

My father got into bird photography after attending a seminar with Scott Bourne. I know he doesn’t have a long enough lens and has talked about teleconverters. I also know they come in two sizes, 1.4 and 2X. Is there a reason to pick one over the other and can you use the two together at the same time?

8. From Elliot in Fayetteville, AR

I am interested in knowing if there are alternatives to Lightroom and/or Photoshop that you would consider good enough to use as a replacement for one or both. I am not necessarily thinking of switching but want to do some research just in case.

9. From Joe in Topeka, KS

I’ve heard you both talk about neutral density filters. I get that they are used to darken a scene but I guess I don’t know why you would want to do that.

10. From Oliver in Cheyenne, WY

What is the advantage of setting my DSLR’s backbutten focus to acquire AF over the half-press shutter method?

11. From Marvin in Pittsburgh, PA

I have seen some cool shots of cars at night with long trails from their headlights and tail lights. How do I get that effect and do I need any special gear for that?

12. From Jeff in Houston, TX

I want to photograph zoo animals and then possibly create paintings from those photographs. Do I need to get any special permission from the zoo to take pictures and then turn them into paintings?

The Mind Your Own Business Podcast | Photofocus Podcast June 1, 2016

Jun 1, 2016 30:33

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In this renewed, reinvigorated episode of The Mind Your Own Business Podcast, Scott Bourne and Skip Cohen discuss marketing tips to improve your photography business. In particular, they discuss the following topics:

Paying attention to detail allows you to create a great experience for your clients. Respect your work enough to package it well. Give your work the presentation it deserves. This communicates to your client how high end you are. Make it a point to go out to high end stores and observe how they package their product. Examples include stores like Tiffany & Co, and jewelry stores that sell Rolex watches. The little things absolutely count, such as dressing the part or wearing a tie. This applies to writing as well, such as emails and brochures. Proofread your work. Make everyone who walks into your studio feel like a rock star. Sending flowers to brides that book you is one example of treating a client like a rock star. It’s about relationship building. Do research on your clients and find out how you can make them happy. Disney and Nordstrom’s are great examples of companies that go above and beyond when pleasing their customers. Every detail you get right is another stepping stone towards closing the deal and helping your clients protect their memories. Your goal is to exceed client expectations, especially because photography is largely a word of mouth business.

The Mirrorless Show | Photofocus Podcast | May 28, 2016

May 28, 2016 52:14

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On this episode of the Photofocus #Mirrorless Show Scott and Marco will discuss these new products and mirrorless topics:

Marco returned from an assignment to Oslo and Copenhagen and instead of using train & plane, he traveled by cruise ship and shared a short photo essay that he captured with mirorless cameras. Leica launched the M-D (Type 262) digital rangefinder camera with no rear LCD screen. Scott and Marco discuss the pros and cons of the concept of this camera. Sony is one of the biggest image sensor manufacturers for the photographic industry. They announced that their sensor plant in the Kumamoto region in Japan will resume production after an earthquake shut it down on April 14th of this year. This is good news as a longer shut down could have delayed the release of new camera models and lead to shortages of current models, too. Canon announced the EF-M 28mm f3.5 macro IS STM with two controllable built in LED macro lights for it’s mirrorless M cameras. It offers a true 1:1 reproduction plus a 1.2x super macro mode and will retail for only $299 USD. Fujifilm announced the Fujinon 2x Teleconverter XF2X TC WR that will work with the XF 50-140mm f2.8 and XF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 lenses and that will allow for a maximum equivalent field of view of up to 1,219mm in full frame comparison. The TC will slow the lens aperture down by 2 stops (f5.6 for the XF 50-140mm and f9-11 for the XF 100-400mm) and it will also disable the phase detection autofocus on the longer of the two zoom lenses. Fujifilm also introduced a new LH-XF23 square metal lens hood for the XF 23mm f1.4 lens that can be purchased separately as accessory. Scott shares his ordeal with a broken camera and the Fuji US repair service and raises the question if the lack of Canon or Nikon style pro service offers may be the biggest caveat for pros who would want to switch to mirrorless cameras? Please share your service experiences from mirrorless camera manufacturers with us. And let us know if anyone of them offers a pro service similar to Canon's CPS or Nikon's NPS? Scott is looking for a new interchangable camera from a different brand to switch to. Please share your serious suggestions and tell us why this could be a good mirrorless camera for Scott? Scott and Marco answer a listener question regarding focus peaking settings for more accurate results with less spill outside of the critical focus area. We now have a Photofocus Mirrorless Flickr group that is open for our listeners and photos taken with all mirrorless camera brands. If you want to join just let us know through the "request invitation" button on the group and drop us a quick line there. We'll add you to the group then. And please ask for the invite via web browser and not via the Flickr App. The invite process via the app has not been working reliably. We have picked our first featured photographer and image from our Photofocus Mirrorless group and the image is taken by Guy Vanhulle and the image is called B16 - 79 TTT - Trying to Tango

 

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes. We would also love to get your feedback. Is there anything that you want us to cover on the show in the future? And we would appreciate if you could take a short moment to rate or to post a quick review on iTunes for us.

For more information on Scott Bourne follow him on Twitter: @ScottBourne

For more information on Marco Larousse follow him on Twitter: @HamburgCam

About this show:

On the monthly #Mirrorless episode of the Photofocus podcast Scott and Marco will discuss the news from the mirrorless camera world related to innovations, trends, gear and accessories. And they will introduce mirrorless camera manufacturers by interviewing the respective managers of those manufacturers. And they invite pro photographers who make their living working with mirrorless cameras to share some tips and tricks on their workflow.

The InFocus Interview Show | Photofocus Podcast May 21st, 2016

May 21, 2016 31:34

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This weeks episode Pamela sits down with Chris Smith of Out Of Chicago and they discuss how fun, inspiring and creative the conference with a new announcement of a new conference. Then Chamira has another interview from the floor of WPPI from earlier this year. 

 

Pamela Berry/Chris Smith

 

Who is Chris?

What is Out of Chicago?

How did Out of Chicago come about?

Author of Photographers guide to Chicago

Who is coming to Out of Chicago?

The out of Chicago App and information it provides

Announcement of new conference 

What are the classes like?

Going means to be inspired

How can you find out about the conferences?

 

 

Chamira Young/ Sprouts Studio

 

What is Sprouts Studio?

Tips on managing the ratio of business verses behind the camera

Tips on making the transition from hobbyest to Pro

What’s the most important thing to focus on?

What kills your business?

What it’s like to have a system?

More in depth detail on the software of Sprout Studios

The Inspiration Show | Photofocus Podcast May 14, 2016

May 14, 2016 55:41

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On this #Inspiration episode of the Photofocus podcast Marco invited two guests and discussed these topics: Get to know an inspirational photographer: This month our guest Monika Andrae introduces you to the award winning fine art and commercial photographer Susan Burnstine. Susan is represented in galleries across the world and has also written for several photography magazines, including a monthly column for Black & White Photography (UK). Take the time to look at her very creative work that she mainly creates with self made cameras on analog film. Why is analog photography all of a sudden a thing again and can shooting film help with your creativity and make you a better photographer? We discuss the different analog cameras that are available today (new & used) like instant film (formerly known as Polaroid), 35mm, medium format and large format and what makes each of them unique. Choosing the right analog film for your mood or vision. B&W, color negative or slide film. Developing options (self develop or sending it to a lab) and briefly look at the scanning options for a hybrid analog/digital workflow. We bust the myth that shooting film is so extremely expensive and digital photography seems to be for free. We also discuss that shooting a roll of film only once a month can be beneficial to you and actual work created, even if you think that you have no time for analog photography and shooting digital is so much faster to create work. Marco's photobook of the month pick is: The Film Photography Handbook - by Chris Marquardt and Monika Andrae. Anyone who wants to expand their knowledge on analog photography and is seeking advice on how to get started shooting film - either for the first time or after a longer break- will find all the essential information in a modern, structured and creative way.

 

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes. We would also love to get your feedback. Is there anything that you want us to cover on the show in the future? And we would appreciate if you could take a short moment to rate or to post a quick review on iTunes for us.

For more information on Marco Larousse follow him on Twitter: @HamburgCam

For more information on Chris Marquardt follow him on Twitter: @chrismarquardt

For more information on Monika Andrae follow her on Twitter: @nahlinse

 

About this show:

On the monthly #Inspiration episode of the Photofocus podcast Scott and Marco will discuss the art, history and motivation in photography that often gets lost in today's media rich world. Slow down, look closer and put more intent into photography to increase your creativity and final results. And simply spread the pure love of photography.

 

Problem Solving | Photofocus Podcast | May 10th, 2016

May 10, 2016 37:20

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A brand new podcast featuring Pepper and Scott Bourne. This new episode discusses all about 360 photography. 

Who is Pepper and what does he do?

How to capture 360 degrees? What gear?

Do you need to use a rectilinear lens?

Using a Gigipan?

What is a RICOH THETA S camera? 

Where can you post panoramas? round.me

How do you shoot the moon?

Tips for shooting the moon and problems to overcome

How does software like HDR soft work when you bracket for a moving object like a moon?

How to find Scott & Pepper?

 

The Q & A Show | Photofocus Podcast May 7th, 2016

May 7, 2016 55:46

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This month's PhotoFocus Q&A podcast has a special guest. While Rich is out on assignment, Rick Sammon joins Scott Bourne to answer your questions.

What’s the best lens for bird photography?

How much processing do you do on your images?

Do you have one, most important tip for people photography?

Can you share some good - and bad - travel stories?

What’s the biggest mistake folks make when coming on a workshop.

Rick, you say your speciality is not specializing. Why?

What’s the hardest part of writing a book?

Rick and Scott, do you use Lightroom more than Photoshop, or vice versa? And why?

Rick, why do they call you The Godfather of Photography?

The Mind Your Own Business Podcast | Photofocus Podcast May 1, 2016

May 1, 2016 29:31

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In this renewed, reinvigorated episode of The Mind Your Own Business Podcast, Scott Bourne and Skip Cohen discuss marketing tips to improve your photography business. In particular, they discuss the following topics:

Only show the type of photography work that you want to get. Make sure the right type of work is in your portfolio, and only include your best work.

Take what you've learned from workshops, and make sure you can replicate that work on your own.

You can't "fake it 'til you make it" with photography.

If you get the chance, take a workshop with Clay Blackmore, Tony Corbell, or Bobbi Lane in order to watch what they do with light. Learn how to control your environment with lighting.

Learn how to be proficient and persistent in the photographs you make. Learn how to make a photograph on purpose.

If someone doesn't hire you because of your style, price, etc, there's a strong chance that you're talking to the wrong person.

Be sure to do your research on your ideal clients so you know who they are. Market in ways that show your prospects who you are and what you do. Know the demographics of your audience.

Consider creating an awesome leave behind, such as an impressive, well-made postcard, or a business card. Physical products leaves an impact. It leaves an impression, and shows that you will go the extra mile, and also that you care about quality.

PicMonkey.com is a great resource for creating awesome colleges to show off your work, which you can then get printed at your printer of choice.

Make sure to put your phone number on your marketing pieces so that potential clients can easily reach you.

 

The Mirrorless Show | Photofocus Podcast April 28, 2016

Apr 28, 2016 54:41

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On this episode of the Photofocus #Mirrorless Show Scott and Marco will discuss these new products and mirrorless topics:

Scott found some info that Canon may actually step up their game in the mirrorles segment. Marco gives a fairly thorough hands on review of the new Fujifilm X70 compact camera that he has been working with for a month now. He shares a lot of hands on experiences about what worked well and what does not work so well. And Marco gives some solid firmware improvement wishes that the Fujifilm marketing and product engineering team should take a close look at. In the end, Marco gives his thumbs up or thumbs down verdict on this camera. In an interview with Panasonic North Americs manager Tom Curley, Marco finds out some interesting information about Panasonic and the cooperation with Leica. And there are plenty of informations regarding current Panasonic cameras and what their particular strength are. You can find out more about Panasonic Lumix cameras on their website at LumixLounge.com or follow them on Twitter @LumixUSA Scott closes the show with some of his own thoughts on Panasonic Lumix cameras.

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes. We would also love to get your feedback. Is there anything that you want us to cover on the show in the future? And we would appreciate if you could take a short moment to rate or to post a quick review on iTunes for us.

For more information on Scott Bourne follow him on Twitter: @ScottBourne

For more information on Marco Larousse follow him on Twitter: @HamburgCam

 

About this show:

On the monthly #Mirrorless episode of the Photofocus podcast Scott and Marco will discuss the news from the mirrorless camera world related to innovations, trends, gear and accessories. And they will introduce mirrorless camera manufacturers by interviewing the respective managers of those manufacturers. And they invite pro photographers who make their living working with mirrorless cameras to share some tips and tricks on their workflow.

InFocus Interview | Photofocus Podcast Show April 21st, 2016

Apr 22, 2016 36:16

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This weeks Photofocus Podcast for the Photofocus InFocus Interview Series. This show Pamela sits down with Commercial Photographer Clay Cook as he discusses his path to photography and how working non profit has changed both his professional personal life. Then we find Chamira who interviews Ryan Grove from 17hats with inspiration on how creative professionals can find a balance in doing the business side while still having that passion and love for what brought you in the world of creativity in the first place.

 

Pamela Ann Berry/ Clay Cook


Who is Clay Cook and the type of Photographer is he?

What does an editorial photographer do?

How did Clay get into photography?

Prior life before photographer

Funny failure stories when learning photography

How has his design background helped with photography

What keeps that passion and excitement going for photography?

What is Clay’s internship program?

Why start out as an assistant?

Gear talk

Clay’s non profit work

How has doing non profit work affected Clay personally?

How has doing non profit work affected his professional work?

Where can you find Clay Cook online?

Advice on growing as a photographer

 

Chamira/17hats

Who is Ryan Grove?

The gap in being a photographer due to the business side

Learning the business side when you are a creative professional and still have fun.

Tips on being successful

What is the greatest need of photographers?

Why the company started?

Protect your heart and mind

Step 1 to getting your business back on track to something you love to do again

your system will determine your success

Where can you find 17 hats?

The Inspiration Show | Photofocus Podcast April 14, 2016

Apr 14, 2016 44:33

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On this Inspiration episode of the Photofocus podcast Scott and Marco discuss these topics: Get to know an inspirational photographer: This month Scott introduce you to the professional nature photographer John Shaw. John's work has been published in National Geographic, National Wildlife, Outdoor Photographer and many other publications. John has photographed every continent, from the Artic to the Antarctic, from Provence to Patagonia. John has also published many books and leads workshops. Improving ones vision and finding some motivation to go out and make good photos is a desire that we hear often from our students. So we give some tips to our audience on what they can do to archive this. We discuss the direct benefits of spending more time with the gear that you have rather than focusing on the gear that you want to have next. Studying and closely looking at published photos from photographers that you admire can teach you a lot about vision and execution of creating a great photo. We talk about the advantages of making the conscious decision to reduce your gear whenever possible. There are more benefits than just weight to work with a single prime instead of a long zoom lens in many situations. Find a manageable personal project that makes you pick up your camera regularly and with intent. We also discuss the benefits that go along with printing your work. Marco's photobook of the month pick is: Gregory Heisler - 50 Portraits. Anyone who wants take a powerful portrait photo should read this book.

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes. We would also love to get your feedback. Is there anything that you want us to cover on the show in the future? And we would appreciate if you could take a short moment to rate or to post a quick review on iTunes for us.

For more information on Scott Bourne follow him on Twitter: @ScottBourne

For more information on Marco Larousse follow him on Twitter: @HamburgCam

 

About this show:

On the monthly #Inspiration episode of the Photofocus podcast Scott and Marco will discuss the art, history and motivation in photography that often gets lost in today's media rich world. Slow down, look closer and put more intent into photography to increase you creativity and final results. And simply spread the pure love of photography.

The Q & A Show | Photofocus Podcast April 7, 2016

Apr 7, 2016 41:51

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This weeks Photofocus Podcast you get to hear Richard Harrington and Scott Bourne answer your questions in the Q & A show. Once a month Rich and Scott take your questions and dive into discussions that help you learn and grow as a photographer.

Q&A PODCAST

1. I hear the terms Global and Local Adjustments discussed by photographers.  Could you give examples of each?

Ross

2. I have an Epson printer that I use to make 8x10” prints of my portraits. Do I have to use Epson paper/inks or can I use others?

Tim

3. I hear that if you stop down to a lens smallest aperture (f/22 in my case) that the image may not be as sharp as it would be if you shoot at f/16. Can you elaborate on that?

Mike

4. Is it better to have a zoom lens that is push/pull or one that uses a ring that you twist to zoom in or out?

Alice

5. I see people making these beautiful sunset photos with very saturated colors. When I make sunset photos the colors are muted by comparison. What am I missing?

Frank

6. What is the best way to change lenses so I don’t hurt my camera or the lens?

Joe

7. My friend has a camera with image stabilization built into the camera body. I have a camera that doesn’t offer that feature but instead offers that as an option in the lens. Can you explain pros and cons of each?

Linda

8. Which is the best color space to use when working in Photoshop? Adobe RGB or sRGB? 

Matt

9. Have you ever used extension tubes and do they harm image quality?

Carly

10. What exactly is a neutral density filter and do I need one?

Addie

The Mind Your Own Business Podcast | Photofocus Podcast April 1, 2016

Apr 1, 2016 31:20

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In this renewed, reinvigorated episode of The Mind Your Own Business Podcast, Scott Bourne and Skip Cohen discuss marketing tips to improve your photography business. In particular, they discuss the following topics:

The photography industry has changed in the last 5-10 years ago. Today photographers share their personality, and sell more on who they are, what they believe in, and where their heart is. The don't get new clients based on their awards, accolades, and gear. Justin and Mary Marantz: The wedding couple that has one of the best promo videos Scott has ever seen. It's not as important today that you can expose a certain photograph as it is that you can understand your clients' emotions and feelings. You have to be able to answer the question: WHY do you take photos? People don’t buy what you do. They buy why you do it. A change in the last few years: Every consumer, because of the internet, has the ability to go out and meet dozens of photographers on their computers. So how will you make yourself different? Your client is looking for trust. Your website is about what you sell. Your blog is about what’s in your heart. And your Bio/About section talking about your “why” is the gateway to both. It’s up to the photographer to educate the prospect as to why that photographer is the best choice for that prospect. This involves communication and marketing. Roberto Valenzuela is insanely successful, in large part due to the fact that he is constantly practicing his craft. Discipline is important. Practice the fundamentals. Practice with your camera. “It’s not that practice makes perfect. It’s that perfect practice makes perfect.” Marketing mistake to avoid: forgetting to put your heart into your About Page. Your website, your blog, and your social media presence are your most valuable pieces of real estate. Remember who your target audience is. Stop thinking that you need to show a lot of photos in your gallery. Only show your best “wow” images.

The Mirrorless Show | Photofocus Podcast March 28, 2016

Mar 28, 2016 52:02

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On this episode of the Photofocus "Mirrorless Show" Scott and Marco will discuss these new products and mirrorless topics:

Marco takes a closer look at the partially overlooked Fujifilm X70 compact camera. Does it offer more camera than you may think? Scott shares his first hand experiences from WPPI camera show in Las Vegas. He played with the new Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm f4-6.3 lens, the new Sigma sd Quattro H, the Leica SL with the new Leica APO-Vario-Elmar-SL 90-280mm f/2.8-4 and shares his initial impressions about them. A quick look at the new Nikon DL 18-50, DL 24-85 and DL 24-500 premium compact cameras. Fujifilm shared some info on their current and future products. Scott breaks some big news about his experience and future with the Fuji XF 100-400mm R LM OIS WR f4-5.6 lens Scott also tested a few expensive leather camera straps from Photocircle and 4V design. Marco and Scott go a bit into detail about the Fuji X-Pro 2 and their first experiences after a few weeks of real world usage with it.

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes. We'd also love to get your feedback. What do you want us to cover on the show in the future?

For more information on Scott Bourne follow him on Twitter: @ScottBourne

For more information on Marco Larousse follow him on Twitter: @HamburgCam

The InFocus Interview Show | Photofocus Podcast March 21, 2016

Mar 21, 2016 41:56

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This weeks Photofocus Podcast for the Photofocus InFocus Interview Series. This show Pamela sits down with Brad Moore, former assistant to both Scott Kelby and Joe McNally we we dive into his growth and advice to other photographers trying to navigate the road of building a career. Then we tap into Chamira Young who speaks with Collages.net on how we as photographers can improve how we present ourselves online to our clients and potential clients.

Pamela Berry/ Brad Moore

What brought Brad into photography?
How he became assistant to Joe McNally and Scott Kelby?
Learning from mistakes
Travel tips
How being an assistant is so valuable to growing your career?
Should you attend conferences?
Being genuine when you network
Put what you’ve learned to use
Advice about being a photographer and learning other aspects of the craft
Gear & Gadget talk
What inspired getting into Concert photography?
Tethered workflow on portraits

Chamira Young/ Chantel Corrin from Collages.net

Presenting yourself as a photographer
Importance of looking your best online
Advice on overall design tips for your website
Tips on how to best share photos with clients
Tips on making in-person sales easier
Keeping in touch with clients after a shoot
What is collages.net and where to find them?

The Inspiration Show | Photofocus Podcast March 14, 2016

Mar 14, 2016 41:19

Description:

On the new Inspiration Show of the Photofocus podcast Scott and Marco will discuss the art, history and motivation in photography that often gets lost in today's media rich world. Slow down, look closer and put more intent into photography to increase you creativity and final results. And simply spread the pure love of photography.

On this episode Scott and Marco discuss these topics:

Get to know an inspirational photographer. This month we introduce you to the meaningful work of the American documentary photographer: Mary Ellen Mark: (1940-2015) What motivates photographers to document their surroundings and current events? The impact and influence of photography on public opinion based on a few examples of current events such as the refugee crisis. Inspiration can be based on happy events but it can also call for action when it is based on sad situations. We shall not forget to talk about the photographers who are out there in conflict situation and risk their lives for the photos that we see on the news. We give the example of the Pulitzer Price winning photographer Kevin Carter (1969 - 1994) A closer look at the winning photo of the "World Press Photo of the Year" captured by Warren Richardson Is there still room for photography in a world full of (YouTube) videos? Photobook of the month: Chris Warwick - The Creative Fight

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes. Wed also love to get your feedback. Is there anything that you want us to cover on the show in the future?

For more information on Scott Bourne follow him on Twitter: @ScottBourne

For more information on Marco Larousse follow him on Twitter: @HamburgCam

 

The Q & A Show | Photofocus Podcast March 7th, 2016

Mar 12, 2016 37:37

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Scott Bourne and Richard Harrington sit down to answer your questions:

 1: from Jan in San Diego

 My Dad used to shoot film and looking at his old prints there were obvious signs of film grain. Current digital photography seems to be all about “noiseless” images. I would like to get the look that my Dad got from film. Is there something wrong with that?

 2: from Susan in Houston, TX

 I am building a portfolio and I have limited work to pick from because I have only been seriously pursuing photography for two years. Is it okay to use the same model in different shots in the port - or how about shots from the same location?

 3: From Tom in Oklahoma City, OK

 How necessary is a photography degree in order to succeed in the photo business? 

4: From Robbie in Hilo, HI

 I photograph kids and my competitors all soften the children’s skin in post. I think that it looks unnatural - I don’t see the need with children who already have perfect skin. But the competition has created an expectation with their work that has me second guessing what I do. What would you do?

 5: From Tony in St. Louis, MO

 I use a color calibration tool on my computer monitor - should I use on my iPad?

 6: From Sandy in SLC, UT

 Why use a color checker card v. just an old fashioned gray card?

 7: From Elliot in NYC, NY

 I want to use a softbox but I only have a standard Canon flash unit. Is there a way to mount a standard camera flash inside a softbox?

 8: From Sam in Yakima, WA

 I am a beginning street photographer - what lenses would you recommend in terms of focal length and aperture?

 9: From Peter from Inver Grove Heights, MN

 What is the exposure triangle? As a beginner is this something I need to learn?

 10: From Anderson from Elko, NV

 What’s your advice regarding memory cards? Do you recommend the big cards, the fast cards or both? Are the more expensive high-end cards worth the money?