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March 26, 2020
The equipment and 20 detailed steps to creating a professional self portrait without another person.
March 19, 2020
Detailed walk through of backgrounds, lighting, and camera settings for six creative portrait images
March 12, 2020
Basics of how and why (avoid neutron rings) you might want to wet scan developed film.
March 5, 2020
Six tips from wildly successful fine art photography, Jenna Martin, to help you get into the business of fine art photography!
February 27, 2020
Photoshop is now 30 years old. To celebrate Adobe is running a social media campaign and released an update. We go down memory lane talking about our earliest use of Photoshop and discuss the new features in the release.
February 20, 2020
Thought exercise on how to boil down all of the elements that makeup the incredible art of photography down to a single sentence. Photography is all about ______? How would you finish that sentence?
February 13, 2020
The details of a portrait shoot challenged by frigid cold and waning light and how Jeff decided to react with his camera and flash settings.
February 6, 2020
The latest status on software updates (including Catalina), and Listener Q&A on where we are going in 2020, mixing ambient and flash lighting, film types, choosing images for portfolio review and more!
January 30, 2020
Photoshop for iPad I’ve been really hopeful that Photoshop for iPad will be everything I ever wanted in a mobile working platform. But as a long time (20+ years) photoshop user, I’ve got a lot of baggage to deal with. Help me get over this “hump” of sorts and better understand this newer way of working with images. Topics of discussion * Getting set up* Expectations of the software and the platform* Transferring files from desktop* A look at the functions, tools and some of the abilities PS for iPad has. Doodads Brent: Kirk Enterprieses BH1 Ball head. https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/554683-REG/Kirk_BH_1_BH_1_Ballhead_with_Quick.html Aaron: Oura Ring sleep tracker. https://ouraring.com The discount code for the Master Photography podcast is master20. It will give people a 20% discount on the annual subscription. Reminders: * masterphotographypodcast.com is the home for the show, you will want to go there and check it out* Facebook group is Master Photography Podcast, can search for it on Facebook or you can go to masterphotographypodcast.com and there are links there.* Instagram account for the show is @masterphotographypodcast* Find Phlearn at https://phlearn.com* Use discount code Master20 for 20% off the annual subscription price.* Find Brent’s work at https://latitudephotographyschool.com* Checkout his Palouse Shoot-n-Print workshop happening this spring: https://latitudephotographyschool.com/workshops/palouse-shoot-n-print-workshop/* The home for Latitude Photography Podcast: http://latitudephotographypodcast.com* Brent’s YouTube channel: https://youtube.com/c/brentberghermphotography* Find the Latitude Photography Podcast facebook group and ask to join as well! Thanks so much for listening and we’ll see you in another 7 days.
January 23, 2020
Has the back button focus technique many photographers are passionate about using become irrelevant in 2020 due to improvement in camera technology?
January 16, 2020
Get the breakdown on a recent portrait shoot Connor did, some issues photographers in Colorado have with public land shooting locations, and our thoughts on the top 2019 gear based on sales and rentals.
January 9, 2020
The best episodes of 2019 as voted by the listeners!
December 26, 2019
We go over how we were nearly completely wrong on predictions from 2019 and a few new predictions for 2020 that will most likely be entirely incorrect.
December 19, 2019
How to pick your top ten images from 2019 and suggestions on goals you can set for 2020 to make you better as a photographer.
December 12, 2019
Joy Howard, experienced Santa photographer, shares 7 categories of tips to creating magical Santa photos
December 5, 2019
Answers to 6 common questions photographers have about how to create great holiday portraits.
November 28, 2019
Learn 7 tips to help you with holiday portraits, especially if you are a landscape photographer and don't do this much!
November 21, 2019
Post-Processing Listener Survey Let’s get to our main topic. That is Outdoor portraits. As you all know I’m big in to the travel/outdoor genres of photography. Sometimes this involves photos of people in the various places I go. But I also like to dabble in the occasional portrait and I’ve been thinking of this show topic for a while and figured it’s time to make it happen. About this time every year we take a family portrait. But this year we want to not do it in the studio, we want to go outdoors.  So I wanted to bring my friend, Levi Sim, on as he does a lot of portraits. You might consider these environmental portraits, at least some of them will be considered that. So Levi, let’s go through these different scenarios and I want you to assume I know nothing about this subject. Because, in some cases, I absolutely don’t. I’m not a portrait pro like yourself, though I have done my share of weddings and other group shots. So let’s dive as deep as we can into these subjects. Also, we will assume the we are looking to use at least one light in all shots. 1: Basic Headshot outdoors, one light What should we look for when setting up a basic head and shoulders headshot outdoors. And what type of light do you typically use? 5 in 1 reflector diffuser: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/820984-REG/Westcott_306_5_in.html https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1175594-REG/phottix_ph86538_collapsible_diffuser_white_59.html https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1274713-REG/impact_r2542_51_42_5_in_1_collapsible_circular.html 2: One light, ¾ or full body portrait, one person I’m thinking your typical senior photo here. Maybe they’re out in a field, football field, corn field, whatever. How do we position the light to get the best results? 3: Environmental Portrait Is there a difference from what we just talked about and this idea of an “environmental portrait?” I kind of think there is, but maybe I’m crazy. Your thoughts… 4: Family Photos outdoors; one or two lights? What do we need to think about as we add in more people. I have four children for example. That presents a challenge. How do we arrange them outdoors for an effective photograph? 5: Family Photos outdoors: no lights. What do you change or consider differently when not using lights with outdoor portraits, specifically with family shots. 6: Portraits in the snow What if we wanted to photograph people in the snow. And still using a flash. What advice do you have for us to keep the colors looking good and the highlights not blowing out and the shadows not filling in? 7: Listener submitted questions * Miguel Flores: Best metering mode when subjects are backlit?* Jamie Jane How do you make people you just met feel more comfortable and relax for a shoot? Your workflow and finding unique locations? I 💙 the podcast!!! Thank you for doing it! 🙂*
November 14, 2019
Listener questions about meetups, where to spend $500, minimal gear to take out, apps for planning astro, taking a self portrait, computer hardware for Lr and Ps, and a backup camera body.
November 7, 2019
Learn about the top new features photographers should care about in the Photoshop 2020 release by Adobe in November 2019.
October 31, 2019
Learn how to first setup your new lighting gear and be ready to experiment with it to learn how to use it.
October 24, 2019
Links for the show survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd6K1QNhvmzHvQqp5AUjf5a1HgeZgKdXUBdyqLKKtQEs7mg4Q/viewform?usp=sf_link Camera Cleaning PDF: https://brentberghermphoto1.s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/CameraCleaningmpp.pdf Camera Cleaning Products There’s a host of items I like to use for camera cleaning and I’d like to start with those and then we’ll get into technique. Also, I’m going to make a PDF available that has all these items in there. It’ll just be free and open for you to download. No need to sign up on an email list or anything like that. The link will be in the show notes. We’ll look at external cleaning first. * Basic ClothsThese are the type of cloths that you can get anywhere. I like to go to the Walmart automotive area and find the cheap microfiber cloths they have there. It’s usually something like a pack of three for $2 or something like that. These are for cleaning exterior surfaces only.https://amzn.to/2PgtBqa* Camel Hair or other soft bristle brush. This is great for cleaning particulate debris from lens and filter surfaces. It’s also great for getting dirt from around the lens mount, it can reach where a cloth can’t.Usually these are available at camera shops or other art supply shops.https://amzn.to/2W7XV7Q* Regular Microfiber ClothsThese are the items specific to lens surfaces and for the screen on your camera. I wouldn’t use the basic cloths I started out with on lens surfaces.https://amzn.to/2N6a21b* Zeiss pre-moistened wipeshttps://amzn.to/2Nbazib* LensPenThis device is great for removing smudges on lenses and the camera screen. It’s a brilliant device for sure.https://amzn.to/2ohPSsI* Cleaning SolutionI’ll use any cleaning solution you can find at a shop for glasses. This is good for lens surfaces and the body too. I also will buy my microfiber cloths at the eyeglasses area at Walmart, or any place really. They’re available everywhere.https://amzn.to/33VR7Nf Interior cleaning tools. Now it’s time to look at the interior of the camera. Anything that is below the lens mount is considered the inside of the camera for me. * Bulb or Rocket blower. These come in many shapes and sizes. Some also have an “anti-static” feature. I’m not convinced that’s hugely valuable.Generally, these are available at camera shops and maybe at the electronics counter in Walmart or Target.https://amzn.to/2MGYlyN* Focus Screen SwabsAll to frequently, I’ll just use my finger with a microfiber cloth wrapped around it, at least for a full frame DSLR, I can usually get it done. If not then I’ll wrap it around something else that’s smaller. Not necessary for a mirrorless camera.These are available at camera shops.* Sensor ScopeThis device is invaluable at helping you see where the dust is on your sensor. Get one that’s set for your camera, either a DSLR or mirrorless. They are designed to sit on the lens mount and with the decreased flange distance with mirrorless cameras the DSLR scopes won’t work so well.https://amzn.to/2JibMn4* Sensor Klear by LensPenThis is a brilliant device that I only use sparingly, or when I have to.Pretty much only available in a camera shop.https://amzn.
October 17, 2019
Jeff sits down with Dima Sytnik, co-founder and CTO of Skylum, to talk about the artificial intelligence tools available to photographers in Luminar 4.
October 10, 2019
The Conversation Scott, we have you here to tell us a bit about the NextGEN plugin by Imagely. You work for Imagely and you even have a podcast called WordPress for Photography Podcast. Tell us a little about you as a photographer and the company you work for. I’m a WordPress user, and I teach it at the university. Right now I have two classes so you could say I’m “all-in” on WordPress. Jeff, before we go any further, please tell the people listening what WordPress is and how it fits into our lives. Jeff: WordPress is something called a Content Management System. It is a tool that helps a person create a website without having to know the technology to build web pages like HTML and CSS. It is actually free software that you could download and run on your computer, but it isn’t really useful that way because the whole point is to build a website and that means you need to have it running on a computer that is always connected to the Internet. Instead, you pay a hosting provider to run the WordPress software for you and then login as an administartor to set things up how you want them to look. WordPress is especially useful for blogging. Lots of photographers write blog entries for every photo shoot as a way of sharing the service they provide with potential clients. WordPress works really well for writing text. It is not really made to do a great job of displaying your photos in a compelling and pleasing way. You can solve that problem by adding something called plugins that expand the capabilities of WordPress. Kind of like how adding an extension to a browser provides enhanced capabilities to the browser. Plugins spice things up and make it possible to make websites run on WordPress look more modern. Because WordPress is software so heavily used to design and run websites today, about 33% of all sites online are run on WordPress, there are hundreds of thousands of plugins available. Some are free, and of the free plugins very few are actually useful. The good ones you have to pay for and you really want to pay for. You know me, I am on a hobbyist budget and don’t will work really hard to not pay for things or find the least expensive way to get the job done. Paying for a plugin to get the functionality you want is a good thing with plugins because you know then that there is a person or a team behind the plugin keeping things updated and supported. Scott, the beauty of WordPress is that it seems that it’s endlessly customizable. But one thing that has eluded photographers for so long is facilitating image sales, in particular, print sales. But your NextGEN image plugin is fixing that. Tell us some of the features of your plugin that says “this is why you should buy this plugin” and then we’ll get to these print fulfillment ideas next. Now let’s get to the print fulfillment. Walk us through this step by step. * Automated Print fulfillment setup* Service is commission-free and white-labeled* First lab: WHCC with shipping to US and Canada, Other labs? International Shipping?* Shopping cart integration?* How are the files managed? Can I set up different unique files for each print size? Do I have control over which print sizes I can sell or is it just a provided list.* Does the plugin show the crop for the different print sizes? Does it allow the user to do a custom crop?* Anything else about the plugin? Doodads: Jeff: Logitech MX Master Wireless Mouse ($60). I have recommended this mouse before and I love coming back to some of the things that have been work horses for me.  This has been my mouse for four years now and I still just love it. Really good for photographers. $60 may sound like a lot for a mouse, but trust me it is worth it! Scott: SwitchPod ($99).
October 3, 2019
Learn about in-person sales and how it helps portrait photographers dramatically improve their income.
September 26, 2019
Find out the impact AI and computational photography is having on photographers in 2019.
September 19, 2019
Recommendations on the flashes, light stands, umbrellas, softboxes, and backgrounds a photographer beginning with lighting should invest in here in 2019
September 12, 2019
Jeff and Erica talk about tips for fall mini sessions and matching a corporate headshot.
September 5, 2019
Fall Colors In the Northern Hemisphere summer is basically over and we’re looking forward to the changing seasons. Fall is coming and we figured we’d talk about ideas for shooting fall colors today. I love shooting fall colors when I get a chance to do it anyway, but in my area we don’t get a whole lot of fall colors. Do you get many fall colors in Utah, Jeff? Tip 1: Use a polarizer. Using a polarizing filter will really enhance the color. Use it even if it’s completely foggy. There’s so much moisture on the leaves that’s scattering the light and using a polarizer will cut through that. What can be interesting or frustrating is that different objects in the scene may be affected differently than other objects, so you can see some items get all saturated with color while others wash out. Usually things all work the same, but I’ve seen that happen when shooting waterfalls with lots of foliage. Tip 2: Watch the exposure. With rich colors I find it way too easy to overexpose my images, and maybe it’s only one color that gets overexposed. I may seem rational to place yellows and bright oranges at a certain spot on the histogram but you may be making them too bright, especially if one of the channels clips which can be easy to do with fully saturated colors. Experiment a bit and if you’re shooting in raw you should have no problem if you’re within a stop or so of where you need to be. The same goes for sunsets and sunrises, hold that exposure back a bit to maintain richness of color. Tip 3: Zoom in. Too many photos lose their excitement for lack of a significant subject that is highlighted. Fill the frame with color, then back off a bit too. I like to try and really study a subject photographically. And zooming in can really make a difference in making that color pop. Whether it’s a cluster of trees, a few leaves or some berry bushes on the mountain side, making the subject prominent is what I’m talking about here. Tip 4: Look for contrasts. This is a season like no other. Especially if you are shooting in an area that has a mixture of trees such as aspens and evergreens. The brilliant colors next to the deep greens can really make for a great contrast of color, texture and shapes. All these things can provide extra interest in the scene. Tip 5: Think about the lighting. If the light is rather flat go for isolation and maximizing your saturation of the subject. Zoomed out scenes can also work wonderful especially if you have some fog or other weather happening. If you have a high contrast scene such as a bright sky above a ridge of color, consider using an exposure blend so detail can be held in both areas of the image. This can be very difficult to do with trees though since the wind will be blowing the leaves along the edge where it goes from a darker area to brighter, and that will create a very challenging environment to deal with in post-production. In this scenario I’ll try and balance the exposure as best I for both shadow areas and highlights and then I’ll double process the one file and exposure blend that in Photoshop.If the scene is harsher light, try moving to a spot that allows you to backlight the leaves. They will glow and radiate color. It can be very interesting to create leaf patterns that are backlit and they just look brilliant. The branches usually turn to a silhouette so they are a strong graphic element. Tip 6: Water. There’s so many ways to incorporate water into your fall shots. Rivers, lakes, ponds and streams all have the ability to greatly enhance the mood of your scene. Reflections are probably the most popular way to compose with water. Whether you’re getting a wider shot of many trees along the water’s edge or zooming in on rocks or branches that are in the water and you’re gettin...
August 30, 2019
Jeff answers a listener question about how to merge and move Lightroom Catalogs.
August 22, 2019
Jeff and Mark Morris nerd out about new tripod legs and ball head from new manufacturer Colorado Tripod.
August 15, 2019
Jeff and Brent talk about the new features in the 8.4 update Adobe released of Lightroom Classic and if GPU acceleration is actually working this time.
August 8, 2019
Jeff and Erica talk about four reasons and four tips to pivot your photography business
August 1, 2019
Jeff and guest co-host Greg Benz talk about why Greg prefers doing capture sharpening and noise reduction in Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw over other methods in Photoshop or in other non-Adobe tools.
July 26, 2019
Jeff talks about how much memory Lightroom needs and his MASSIVE Lightroom Hardware Testing Project he has recently taken on
July 19, 2019
Jeff and Brent share thoughts on the specs announced for the Sony a7R IV camera that will be released in September 2019.
July 11, 2019
Jeff and Brent talk about Brent's EARLY experience switching camera systems from Canon over to the Fuji X-T3 and five things to check if you aren't seeing the images changed in Photoshop when you go back to Lightroom.
July 4, 2019
Levi Sim and Jenna Martin join the host Brent Bergherm for a bit on Fireworks photography and the second part of talking all about a few photography related lingo.
June 27, 2019
Jenna Martin and Levi Sim join host Brent Bergherm to discuss and unravel basic photographic lingo.
June 20, 2019
Jeff, Brent, and Jim Harmer talk about how photographers can protect their images from being used without licensing and how that applies to a recent court case between a photographer and the University of Houston in Texas.
June 13, 2019
Jeff, Brent, and special guest Greg Benz talk about iPadOS changes that will be really good for photographers, how the new Mac Pro 2019 is not for photographers, and why it is photographers are so often asked to shoot for free.
June 10, 2019
Jeff and Brian talk about random photography thoughts regarding Lightroom Classic 8.3, Apple WWDC 2019, how to fix a pixelated sky in Lr, and experimenting with clients.
May 30, 2019
Adobe Lightroom Classic 8.3 not recommended for everyone just yet, give it another week, though if you have the update make sure you go to 8.3.1 so that you won't have any issues with export that many have been seeing. Jeff and Brent recommend photographers implement a 3-2-1 backup solution and offer suggestions on how they could do that.
May 23, 2019
From a few best practices to a few "no-no's," Jeff helps photographers in all genres with their marketing, and specifically, how to successfully use LinkedIn.
May 16, 2019
Jeff talks with Connor about the tips and thought processes for doing corporate headshot photography on a budget
May 10, 2019
Jeff and Jenna Martin talk about how photographers can get better at black and white photography.
May 3, 2019
Brent and Jeff address listener questions such as how to pick a workshop, shooting macro, best approaches for best quality, paid photography educational resources and we were also asked to share some "what makes us tick" as photographer stories.
April 25, 2019
Some people love the new EOS R camera, some are ambivalent and yet others simply yawn at the prospect of Canon's first attempt at a full-frame mirrorless camera. Brent talks with a listener who jumped in and got it the first day it was available for order.
April 18, 2019
Jeff and Brent talk about his new Master Photo Printing video training course and then answer a listener question about screen calibration.
April 11, 2019
Jeff and Trevor talk about MagMod products and 17 different lighting setups that photographers can use to create compelling and different photos for their clients.
April 4, 2019
Connor, Erica, and Jeff are joined by Brian Hansen who runs the Create Photography Retreat and Phil Roc who is a 3 time alumni of the Retreat to talk about the experience.
March 28, 2019
Learn about Brian's big project involving roundabouts, his interest in showcasing his art and Brent wants to talk about respecting places we travel to for various types of photography.
March 21, 2019
Jeff and Brent share 4 tips to help photographers get the most out of photography conferences and workshops.
March 14, 2019
Brent and Connor talk about what they've been up to and all about some privacy issues surrounding the new RAISE platform that Canon is creating and we get into a bit of what the future of photography might look like as we discuss what the YN450 offers us now and potentially what this means for the future.
March 7, 2019
Quick Side Notes Before we get into our topic today we have two small things we don’t want to spend much time on but need to just do a little follow-up on at the top of the show. * Canon EOS RP Spec Reaction: As we thought we would, we had some listeners contact us about our reaction to the specs of the new Canon EOS RP full frame mirrorless camera.  Don’t want to go over any of it again here, go check out the previous episode to hear that, but wanted to say here that some took away from the episode that Nick and I seemed really happy that would could kind of tear down the RP and could have a negative reaction.  That somehow we had an inner excitement that Canon released something we didn’t like. Nothing could be further from the truth. I can’t speak for Nick but I think he would agree when I say I want to see Canon put out good cameras. I very much want to see Canon succeed, that would be the very best thing for me.  I am a very happy Canon shooter. The cameras I have are truly wonderful tools that I can use to make photos I am proud of, tools that enable me to realize my creative vision. No matter what camera you are using as you listen to this episode, get out there and shoot! It doesn’t really matter which camera you choose, anything you buy right now is going to be plenty of camera to do a whole lot of amazing work.* Improve Photography Questions* It has almost been a year now since our very good friend Jim Harmer was extremely generous and turned the podcast over to the 5 co-hosts who had been on many episodes with Jim for several years.  The podcast was called the Improve Photography podcast originally and it was something Jim created through a lot of hard work. Jim decided that he wanted to make a significant career shift and focus on something different and I will forever be grateful to him for taking a massive chance on me as a hobbyist photographer and mentoring me as a podcaster.  * All of that said, we get questions from long-time listeners about Jim’s websites and services and need to take a moment here to let you know that the only thing we took over from Jim was the podcast.  He still owns and operates those websites independently of our team running the Master Photography Podcast Network. We love Jim, he is a great friend, but we don’t have a business relationship any longer. Camera Features Saved a Shoot Brent, I want to talk about a couple of camera features that saved a shoot for me this week. These are two features I haven’t used as much of until this week when they both became really important.  There is more to the story that we will get to at the end of the episode today, but to kind of outline why it is we did an episode reacting to the specs/features of the Canon RP full frame camera last week I wanted to talk about two features of the Canon 80D that saved my bacon at my last shoot. This was a portrait shoot for a couple and we were shooting in a pretty small room in a house.  It was the room for an infant, about 10 feet by 15 feet. There was a crib and a rocking chair and a diaper changing station in the room that we had to move around to get a small bench into the room for the couple to sit on.  After we got things kind of situated I setup my Canon 80D on a tripod using my Tamron 24-70 lens, putting the focal length at 24mm to get as wide as I could in the tight quarters and I still had to put the camera and tripod all the way up against the wall of the room which means I couldn’t be behind the camera.  Fortunately the Canon 80D has a fully articulating touch LCD screen. So that is the first feature that saved the sho...
February 28, 2019
Today we are going to talk a little more about mirrorless cameras. Nick, we had you on a little bit ago to talk about the Nikon Z and Canon R cameras that were announced and released late in 2018.  I don’t know about you, but I took plenty of heat from that episode. In prepping for it I sourced a few of the technical specs from some sources that had been pretty solid previously and a few of them turned out to not be quite right.  Plus, I heard it from the fanboys out there for both brands. They are sooooo loyal to their brands that they could be stealing candy from babies or robbing banks and they would be in favor of it! Nick, I thought I should have you back to talk about the new Canon EOS RP camera that was announced here in early 2019 because I wanted a buddy to be in the quicksand with me!  So thanks for agreeing to join me! Before we dive into the specs of the RP, I want to talk about brand loyalty. Camera Brand Loyalty We have talked about brand loyalty on the podcast before.  I am AMAZED at how much brand loyalty there is for cameras.  There has to be some kind of psychology that explains this phenomenon that I have seen up close very regularly.  If there is someone trained in that area that could help me make sense of this kind of absurd loyalty to a camera brand, drop me a line because I would love to have you come on the show and talk about it.  It is insane to me. It doesn’t make sense. We have talked on the show before about brand loyalty, or at least how we are all “victims” of marketing at the very least.  There are ads in everything these days, and yes I realize the irony that I am saying this on a podcast episode supported by ads – thank you Squarespace for sponsoring this episode!  Still, I want to talk about how marketing leads to brand loyalty. Nick, do you feel like you have loyalty to a particular brand of anything?  I am not talking about being sponsored by a brand, that is something I think is a little different.  I am talking about being so enamored with a brand that if you are truly honest with yourself you might be a little blinded by it?  Doesn’t have to be camera gear, but it would make this part of the episode more interesting if it was. Nick: Honestly, the bigger the company, the less likely I am to feel brand loyalty.  In my experience the smaller companies out there, always have better customer service, and tend to just care more about the customers.  When it comes to camera brands, or lens brands, those are large companies I dont feel and loyalty to at all, but some of the smaller companies out there, like Shimoda, Breakthrough Photography etc, these are the companies I am loyal to.  But it has to be based on the product. Luckily these companies have amazing products which makes loyalty a whole lot easier. Jeff: The biggest photography related brand loyalty I think I have right now is Godox/Flashpoint.  I am in love with that flash equipment. The XPro controller, the TT600 entry level flashes, the AD200 flash strobes.  I love it all. I don’t think I would take it all the way to fanboy level, but the brand has earned my respect and I have to admit the only reason I gave any of it a chance was seeing pretty much all of my photographer friends switch to it. I would like to think that I tried it out over the Yongnuo branded equipment, which I was very happy with, because of that gentle push I felt from the photography communities I engage with but I chose to switch because the product was that impressive.  It made it worth repeat investing my small hobbyist budget for photography in flash equipment and I just love ...
February 21, 2019
Please support the show by filling out the listener survey at http://podsurvey.com/master Jeff and Levi Sim talk about the various things photographers need to know about syncing their flash with their shutter.
February 14, 2019
Jeff and Mark Morris talk about the features/options in tripod legs and ball heads along with the best value options for both. Episode Sponsor Squarespace. Head over to squarespace.com/IMPROVE and use the offer code IMPROVE at checkout to get 10% your first website or domain! How and Why Choose Your Top Ten Annually Check out the latest Photo Taco Podcast episode where Jeff Harmon talks about how to use Lightroom Classic CC to go through the process of choosing your Top Ten images for a year as well as why any photographer should do that. Tripods For the Rest of Us! In this episode we are going to talk about practical recommendations for tripod legs and ball heads.  Not the usual thing you get where a professional photographers, who may be sponsored by a manufacturer, tells you that you must spend thousands of dollars on a tripod and ball head.   Not to say that doing so isn’t worth the investment, because I believe it is. It just isn’t something practical for me to even think about spending that kind of money on a tripod and I think that resonates with a lot of listeners of the show. What Does Mark Morris Know About Tripods? So what does Mark Morris, the guest on this episode, know about tripods? Why is he qualified to talk about them? Mark: Several years ago I did a large scale review project for Improve Photography.  I worked with a vast array of the different tripod and ball head manufacturers. After spending several months with an absurd number of tripods and ball heads, I actually took the show on the road, and presented “The Tripod Roadshow” at a number of different venues across the eastern United States.   Before we jump into any specifics, I’ll share one general observation that I made back when I was working with so many different products: * The manufacturers all have a VERY good idea of what quality and features are presented at different price points.  It’s very rare that you find an enormous inconsistency between brands. If you are looking at $250 legs from Brand X, and $250 legs from Brand Y, there is a strong likelihood that they are going to be quite similar in build and value. * Another overarching truth: You are going to place a very large amount of trust in a Tripod and Ball Head.  Sometimes I look at my setup and realize that there is nearly $10,000 worth of equipment on top of a ball head and tripod.  Just something to seriously consider: don’t be penny wise and pound foolish. Get a support system that you really trust, and that is STURDY.  Saving $100 because you feel that good tripod equipment is over-priced just doesn’t make sense, in my opinion. Learning the hard way can be VERY expensive. What Are the Best Value Tripod Legs? The best value tripod legs for photographers in 2019 are the Benro TAD27C that run about $230 (does not include ball head). A close second is the
February 7, 2019
In this episode I want to talk about the lies camera companies tell photographers. I have to say right up front I stole the idea from Tony and Chelsea Northrup and their Picture This podcast. I love Tony and Chelsea and the way they approach producing their content. Really resonates with me. They came up with a list of 5 lies that camera companies tell photographers that we will go through and I have a couple I want to add to the list.
January 31, 2019
Jeff, Connor, and Erica talk about photographers using Instagram in 2019
January 24, 2019
Jeff and Connor talk about keeper rates as a tool to get better, how photographers can figure out pricing for their services, how photographers can do bookkeeping, and gels for softboxes!
January 17, 2019
Getting good prints out of a personal printer at home is getting pretty easy. But if you want to go a bit further and really dial in your printing approach then this episode is for you. Brent Bergherm and Jeff Harmon talk about many of the nitty gritty details to get the ultimate quality prints out of our printers or online printers.
January 12, 2019
Jeff and Greg Benz talk through the why, what, and how of RAID for photographers. Check out the full show notes over at phototacopodcast.com.
January 3, 2019
Selecting your Best 9 (or 10, or 11) of the year is a good idea to help photographers reflect on their accomplishments, but also to review what can be done better moving forward. Brent Bergherm and Levi Sim talk about reviewing your own images and portfolio reviews.
December 27, 2018
Episode Sponsor HoneyBook Save time and money working on your photography business using HoneyBook. You can manage your shoot calendar, client communications, and your accounting needs like eSignatures and invoicing all in a single tool. Go to https://www.honeybook.com/ and use offer code IMPROVE to get 50% off your first year! Follow Up on 2018 and New Goals for 2018 Let’s start off the episode with the goals.  First, we have to do a little accountability for last year, and to start things off we get to bring in a voice you haven’t heard in a long while – Mr. Jim Harmer!  Jim set for himself four goals for 2018. Jim’s Goals For 2018 No New Photography Gear: Jim wanted to go through the entire 2018 year without buying any still photography gear. I checked in with Jim to ask how he did. He didn’t buy a single still photography item all year!  He did buy a video camera and lens for doing YouTube videos, but he didn’t buy any still cameras.  I didn’t think he would make it even half way through the year. Branch Out:  Jim wanted to focus more on other types of photography over landscape.  He wanted to branch out into things like time-lapse and miniatures. Jim did indeed spend some time on some other forms of photography.  He went down and shot with Felix Hernandez of https://www.hernandezdreamphography.com/ and made a video training course on how to shoot miniatures. Shoot Maine:  In manually reviewing the photos and spots people were tagging in his Really Good Photo Spots app, he saw a flood of them come in from Maine and it made him want to go and shoot there. I checked with Jim on this too, he didn’t make it out to Maine to shoot.  He really wishes he could have but never made it out there. More Focus on Income School: Jim’s last goal was to spend more time with his Income School business where he teaches people how to create and successfully monetize blogs. This is a goal Jim absolutely met.  In fact, he decided after putting more time in here that after a decade of blogging and podcasting about photography he was going to switch to having Income School be his primary focus.  He was so kind to let the other hosts of what was then the Improve Photography podcast take over the podcast network. We love Jim.  It has been a while since he has come on the show.  I invited him to join this episode but he was spending time with his family so we will see if we can get him on a different episode really soon. Brent’s Goals From 2018 My goals for 2018 were mostly met. I wanted to go somewhere awesome. I thought I might make it to NE India, but that fell through. So I went to Hong Kong instead. I wanted to reduce my overload at my day job and that has largely happened. I no longer am solely responsible for our school’s only Macintosh Lab on campus, but I’m training someone in for that. So light is there at the end of the tunnel! I wanted to get out more, and I’ve been able to accomplish that a bit, but not enough. I need to get out more and shoot more. 2019 is looking promising. Connor’s Goals From 2018 Connor, did you have any goals?
December 13, 2018
Jeff, Brian, and Brent offer suggestions on gifts for that photographer in your life this holiday season.
December 6, 2018
Jeff and Brent go through the 4 things photographers should consider when getting started in printing their own photos. How to Get Started With Printing Photos Really nothing like taking your own photo, printing it yourself, and hanging it on the wall.  To get started printing your own photos: Buy a good photo printer.  Doesn’t have to be expensive and we’ll tell you how. Buy name brand paper.  Make the process as easy as possible to start with. Buy name brand ink.  Yes, expensive, but again makes things easier to start out. Calibrate display and printer.  This is the hardest and most important part. X-Rite i1Basic Pro 2 calibration hardware helps, but it is a whopping $1,600.  Read on for more information. Episode Sponsor: Create Photography Retreat Join several hosts from the Master Photography Podcast network at the 3rd annual Create Photography Retreat in Las Vegas March 28-30. If you have never been around hundreds of photographers just as passionate as you are about photography then you really have to join us and have that experience. Tickets are on sale over at createphotographyretreat.com for only $437.  If you use the link from the show notes and offer code MPPodcast at checkout you will save an additional $30! Quick Aside – Don’t Use Late 2018 Adobe Software Updates! Many listeners have been asking if the updates to Lightroom and Photoshop released in October 2018 have been given the Photo Taco seal of approval.  They have not. Not only have there been a lot of lingering issues being discussed in the Adobe forums (https://feedback.photoshop.com) but my own experience has been very bad as I have processed family photos over the past couple of weeks. Photoshop CC 2019 version 20 (and 20.0.1) is extremely buggy.  I have had it crash many times per editing session when trying to use some of the advanced features like Shake Reduction and Select and Mask.  Worse than that is an issue where if you round-trip from Lightroom to Photoshop and Photoshop wasn’t already running, then your photo makes it into Photoshop but you can’t do anything with it.  Adobe has acknowledged the bug and has officially stated that the workaround is to manually launch Photoshop prior to round-tripping from Lightroom. The workaround does indeed seem to work. The issues are not limited to Mac or Windows, equal problems across both platforms.  Lightroom Classic CC 2019 seems to be working pretty well for me and there are fewer issues there that I wish I could say you were good to go on an upgrade there, but because you really want both of them in sync you don’t want to do one without the other. My recommendation is to stay with Photoshop CC 2018 and Lightroom Classic CC 2018 if having those tools run without any bumps is critical to your business.  The other great thing here is that if you are having issues you can actually downgrade to the 2018 version because the Lightroom catalog wasn’t updated this time.  Downgrading is as simple as using the Creative Cloud app and choosing the previous version. Love Photography, Hate Printing! I want to start off by explaining where I am at on photo printing to level-set the conversation here.  I love photography. I think it is going to be my hobby and passion for many years. I love getting out to shoot landscapes.  I love working with my wife to capture family and individual portraits. I even love post processing, maybe more than the capture part of the process.  What I really don’t like is printing photos. Let me explain. At this point,
December 3, 2018
In episode 4 of our season discussing various specialties in portrait photography, Erica and Connor sit down with Sharon McMahon, a total boss and dominating force in the world of newborn portraiture. Even listeners who think they are not interested in doing newborn work will find a wealth of incredible advice and information from this incredible business person and photographer. Sharon McMahon (pronounced McMann) has been a full time portrait photographer on the shores of Lake Superior for more than six years. She’s been named a Hot 100 Senior Grad Photography ICON multiple times, has been named one of the country’s 50 Most Inspiring Photographers, been voted best photographer in her region on five separate occasions, and runs a popular and profitable newborn studio that attracts clients from hundreds of miles away. She is a former high school teacher, and has four children of her own. Website: www.threeirishgirlsphotography.com Facebook: facebook.com/threeirishgirlsphotography Instagram: @3igphoto Other social: threeirishgirls on Pinterest * Tell us about your background in photography. Self-taught or college educated? * Tell us about your career as a newborn photographer. What drew you to newborns? * Newborn photography is a niche that takes some special equipment for being able to better pose babies, make them comfortable, etc. What sort of specialty items should a person looking into this type of portraiture consider getting? Do you have any particular items or brands you love or stay away from? * Backdrop stand * Stretchy fabric for background * Firm surface for baby – posing beanbag, Ikea ottoman, card table with foam * What safety advice can you share with those interested in photographing newborns? * Have an assistant to help you so you can stay with baby * Composite complex poses to ensure baby is always supported * Ensure heat pads and space heaters aren’t too hot occasionally * Always support baby’s head * Secure your equipment and backdrops * Do you have a preference for natural light versus constant light versus strobes? Why one over the other? * You can  use any of the three, but preference is toward strobes. Specifically Einstiens + PLM. * Usually placed with light source parallel with the backdrop and move baby around * Also works well with the light being a little off axis to create some shape. * What business advice do you have for someone interested in building a newborn photography business? * Build your skillset first and foremost & build solid portfolio * Develop sustainable pricing system * Develop brand & recognition * Exceptional experience * Exhibit at baby & child fairs * Structure giveaways to collect data * Network * Partner with others * Children’s Boutiques * Hospitals can be good but typically bring in less business * Do you partner with local companies in your area? If so, what kind of companies do you think are best for networking, referrals, and collaboration? * What pricing advice do you have for those interested in newborn photography? What are common package options? Do you prefer in person sales or all encompassing collections? * Know your Cost of Doing Business * Decide how much you want to make * Figure out how much time you are putting into a session * Be confident in yourself and your pricing * What do you think is THE most important tip for someone considering being a Newborn photographer? * In person mentoring with skilled newborn photographers * Can you recommend any newborn courses or workshops?
November 29, 2018
Jeff, Brian, and Brent talk through the camera settings, flash modifiers, and flash locations to take a portrait of a large group. Episode Sponsor Create Photography Retreat Join several hosts from the Master Photography Podcast network at the 3rd annual Create Photography Retreat in Las Vegas March 28-30. If you have never been around hundreds of photographers just as passionate as you are about photography then you really have to join us and have that experience. Tickets are on sale over at createphotographyretreat.com for only $437.  If you use the link from the show notes and offer code MPPodcast at checkout you will save an additional $30! How to Shoot Large Group Portraits When shooting very large groups (like 50-100) of people you have to get them on a hill or on stands so that you can put them 6-8 rows deep and still have the faces of all the people be seen.  Add flash with reflective umbrellas on light stands to the left and right of the group up high enough that shadows are not cast on the faces. Get the camera up high. Shoot with an aperture stopped down at f/8 to f/16, shutter at 1/160 (if using flash) and ISO 100. I love the question from Jessica Jean in the Facebook group that we are going to cover here at the top of the show because this has happened for me over the past 3 or 4 years now that I get contacted by somebody, usually a friend of mine, and they ask if there is any way I could help them with a photo of their extended family that is gathering for Thanksgiving or Christmas.   Usually the story is that the extended family hasn’t been all together in many years and so grandma wants to have a professional photo taken because she fears she may never get the chance to do that again.  In fact, that has happened for me again here in 2018. I did two shoots of large extended family groups the day after Thanksgiving. With one of them they had only a single member of the extended family that can’t make it and so we are going to have my oldest son stand in for him in the photo and they are going to have me photoshop his head in there. Jessica asked 3 questions in the Facebook group that I already provided by advice on there for how I approach lighting large groups, but let’s go through it here and I want to get your thoughts Brent and Brian. Jessica Jean: “Can you give me some advice? I’ve been hired to do my first indoor event where the client wants photos of each individual family and one large group (80 people). I have recently purchased a 24-70 and two soft boxes and two umbrellas for my speedlights. Here are my questions: What is best for this event? soft boxes or umbrellas? How far away should I have the lights from the smaller groups and for the gigantic group? What settings should my camera and speedlights be at Any other tips or tricks I’d love to hear!” How to get all the faces of a large group seen? Getting the people on risers AND the camera up high is the best way to have a shot at getting all of the faces in a very large group portrait to be seen. First off, not really about the lighting, but 80 people is a lot!  The last “large” group I shot was only 32 people. I don’t think I have ever shot a portrait with 80 people in it.  The challenge there is getting it so that you can see all 80 people in the photo. With 32 people I had to put them in 4 rows, having the first row sit down and then carefully positioning the people with the taller in the back and make it so that all of their bright smiling faces could be seen.   Even then, I had to be up higher than the people in order to really get them all to be seen in the photo.  I had a little hill I was standing on to make that work but bringing a ladder to stand on w...
November 22, 2018
Jeff is joined by Connor to talk about some simple ways to improving a portrait. Episode Resources: Suzy’s Facebook group post: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ImprovePhotographyListeners/permalink/1956774681291859/ Portrait Session Podcast – https://www.portraitsessionpodcast.com/ Photo Taco Podcast: AFMA Explained! – https://phototacopodcast.com/afma-explained/ Photo Taco Podcast: AFMA Revisited – https://phototacopodcast.com/afma-revisited/ Photo Taco Podcast: Back Button Focus – https://phototacopodcast.com/back-button-focus/ Episode Sponsors: Create Photography Retreat Join several hosts from the Master Photography Podcast network at the 3rd annual Create Photography Retreat in Las Vegas March 28-30. If you have never been around hundreds of photographers just as passionate as you are about photography then you really have to join us and have that experience. Early bird pricing just ended, but tickets are on sale over at createphotographyretreat.com for only $417 through November 30th and you can get $30 off by using coupon code MPPodcast! Portrait Instruction in Portrait Session Podcast In today’s episode we are going to do a little mini mentor session for a listener and Facebook group member Suzy Parish.  Before we do that, the discussion Connor and I are going to have today is just a tiny example of the kind of discussion and learning that happens over in the Portrait Session podcast. Connor, take just a moment and talk about this last season of Portrait Session. Connor: Portrait Session talks about portrait photography.  Had a over one hundred episodes prior to a change in 2017 when the podcast was moved to seasons.  The first season was all about developing portrait photography into a business. Getting setup as a business and making money.  The second season we are interviewing some expert photographers in various portrait photography niches, the pros and cons of them. You can find the Portrait Session podcast over at https://portraitsession.podcast.com Simple Ways to Improve Portraits Now let’s talk about the simple steps we can see to help Suzy with her portrait.  I wanted to do this in this episode because I haven’t heard much in the way of this exact thing shared in a podcast.  I mean in personal mentoring, or at something like the Create Photography Retreat you might have someone help you with the setup to get a good portrait, but I wanted to cover it here on the podcast because this is something I wish I had it when I was getting into portraits.   I totally remember being in exactly the same spot as Suzy.  Early on I was taking photos of my kids and trying my hand at landscapes.  As I learned more and made improvement it wasn’t long before I had friends and family asking me to take photos of their families.  I had no idea what I was doing and I got very average, maybe even below average portraits because I didn’t know some of the very basics.  Some simple things that can be done to make a massive difference. I’m not saying Suzy’s photo is below average like mine were.  But she is clearly frustrated, here is what she wrote in her post: “Please help!
November 15, 2018
Jeff and Brent talk about 6 common mistakes photographers make with artificial lighting Resources: * Petapixel: How to NOT Use a Reflective Umbrella – https://petapixel.com/2018/11/08/how-not-to-set-up-lighting-gear/ How to Get Good Exposure Indoors With a Flash – https://masterphotographypodcast.com/how-to-get-good-exposure-indoors-with-a-flash/ Expose to the right (ETTR) Uses and Techniques: https://masterphotographypodcast.com/ettr-uses-and-technique/ Episode Sponsors Create Photography Retreat Join several hosts from the Master Photography Podcast network at the 3rd annual Create Photography Retreat in Las Vegas March 28-30. Jenna Martin, well known underwater photographer, is going to help attendees get a chance to do that. If you have never been around hundreds of photographers just as passionate as you are about photography then you really have to join us and have that experience. Early bird pricing just ended, but tickets are on sale over at createphotographyretreat.com for only $417! Royal Canvas * Get high quality, reliable, and affordable canvas prints at https://www.royalcanvas.com/master for 40% off your first order! What’s New With Latitude Photography Podcast? In this episode we are going to open up a little and talk about the mistakes we have made with lighting.  Before we get started, Brent, take a moment and tell the listeners what you have coming up on the Latitude Podcast you host. Brent: I just released some great episodes with The PhotogAdventure guys and David Long. With David we talked about fall and winter shooting in New England. Coming up I have a great conversation with Alyce Bender and some of the recent adventures she’s been on, as well as those coming up. Then Richard Bernabe, one of the Create Photography Retreat presenters (actually, all these recent guests except for David will be there in Las Vegas and giving some type of presentation) and we talked about the Creative Principle. It was a deep dive in to what motivates us as landscape photographers and how to deal with a multitude of challenges that we face when we’re out there shooting and sometimes things just don’t work out the way we planned. But also, how to achieve more and do something new and useful in our work. Finally, I have an interview with photographer Timothy Allen scheduled for December. He operates the website humanplanet.com and he’s a travel/adventure/culture photographer who essentially specializes in the far reaches of the planet. If you can get to a destination in two or three airport connections it’s not far enough out for Timothy, it seems. I’m very much looking forward to that conversation. Photo Taco – What is Luminosity Masking Jeff: As you get this episode my latest Photo Taco episode will have just been released a few days earlier.  It is an episode I did with Greg Benz where we tried to answer the question “What is Luminosity Masking?” It was a lot of fun to talk to Greg, a real master who knows more about exposure blending and luminosity masking than I think I ever will.  If you have had that question then make sure you go over to https://phototacopodcast.com and check that one out.   6 Common Lighting Mistakes Brent,
November 8, 2018
Holiday Photography Tips and Flickr Jeff is joined by Connor to talk about their best tips for photographing holiday events and recent changes to Flickr. Resources: How to Get Good Exposure Indoors With a Flash – https://masterphotographypodcast.com/how-to-get-good-exposure-indoors-with-a-flash/ Expose to the right (ETTR) Uses and Techniques: https://masterphotographypodcast.com/ettr-uses-and-technique/ Why we’re changing Flickr free accounts: http://blog.flickr.net/en/2018/11/01/changing-flickr-free-accounts-1000-photos/ Episode Sponsors: Create Photography Retreat Join several hosts from the Master Photography Podcast network at the 3rd annual Create Photography Retreat in Las Vegas March 28-30. If you have never been around hundreds of photographers just as passionate as you are about photography then you really have to join us and have that experience. Early bird pricing just ended, but tickets are on sale over at createphotographyretreat.com for only $417.  Head over to createphotographyretreat.com and get your tickets today! Royal Canvas * Professional service to help photographers with canvas prints. * Premium canvas * 11 colors * Super fast shipping * Talk to a real person if you have any questions or issues * Give it a try at royalcanvas.com/master to get 40% off a single canvas print and 10% off poster or metal prints. * Email service@royalcanvas.com to get a sample Photo Taco Software Updates Status Before getting into things let me give a really quick Photo Taco status on the updates to software right now.  I am working on a status page over at phototacopodcast.com but until that is there let me just quickly give you my status for this as of mid-November 2018.   Adobe Products I continue to see bugs logged against both Photoshop and Lightroom for their October 2018 releases.  That is Photoshop CC 20 and Lightroom Classic CC 8.0. More issues with Photoshop than with Lightroom.  It isn’t affecting everyone of course, many have been using them both successfully on both Mac and Windows.  But there have been some extreme cases reported like many having to do a clean install of macOS Mojave before Lightroom would have normal performance.   As of this recording I recommend waiting a little longer to update if you rely on these tools for your business and can’t afford a couple of days of downtime. Operating Systems The Windows 10 October 2018 update was released and then pulled in early October after many users had their documents and photos deleted as part of the upgrade process.  It isn’t released as of the recording of this podcast. After it is, as with all updates, I recommend you hold off installing Windows 10 October 2018 until others have had a chance to use it with the Adobe tools.  This is a good reason to pay for Windows 10 Professional so that you can put off applying updates for at least 30 days after release. The macOS Mojave update has been available for several weeks now.  There were some early bumps but in general things seem to be pretty stable now.  A minor update patch has also been released with important security updates. The challenge is the Adobe products.  Adobe didn’t officially support Mojave until the release of their up...
November 5, 2018
Welcome to Latitude Photography Podcast. The show where we talk about all things related to landscape and travel photography. For full details and notes head on over to the main post: https://latitudephotographypodast.com
November 2, 2018
Brent hosts with three listeners that call in to talk about dealing with haze and cityscapes, contracts, and shooting with buddies. For all the show notes: https://masterphotographypodcast.com/call-in-show-listeners-join-with-their-questions
October 25, 2018
We are going to talk about personal projects. And by that I mean projects we do just for us. Either it’s purely for fun or to learn something new, or maybe you can call it a passion project of some sort or another, but the idea is that we are looking to simply inspire folks to maybe do their own type of project. Find the full show notes here: https://masterphotographypodcast.com/personal-projects-to-push-creativity-and-learning
October 18, 2018
Reflector or flash to fill in shadows on an outdoor portrait shoot? What’s new with Adobe Lightroom Classic CC 8.0 and Adobe Photoshop CC 20?  What are the basic tips for photographing indoor basketball? Episode Sponsor: Squarespace.  We are HUGE fans of squarespace.  Beautiful templates that are super easy to customize plus the 24×7 support makes Squarepace the perfect way to have a website and portfolio for your photos.  Go to squarspace.com/IMPROVE and use offer code IMPROVE to get 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain. Episode Resources: Bug Fixes in Lr CC 8.0: https://helpx.adobe.com/lightroom/kb/fixed-issues.html Lr CC 8.0 New Features: https://helpx.adobe.com/lightroom/help/whats-new.html Ps CC 20.0 New Features: https://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop/features.html Is it better to use reflector fill or flash? We had a great question come up in the Master Photography Facebook group that I wanted to start with today, trying to balance out the technical discussion we will have about the Adobe updates. Michael Cotton: “For on location outdoor senior or general portrait sessions do you prefer a reflector for fill light on the subject or an off camera softbox with a flash and why? Thanks and love the podcast.” Nick, you are known as Lord Page for your landscape photography, but you have also done a whole lot of portrait photography in your time.  While I have an opinion here for sure, I want to give you a chance to answer Michael’s question first. Nick: Reflectors can be nice in low light situations, but when reflecting bright light sources, they have some pretty big drawbacks.  Squinting client… tough to get the angle just right sometimes. For most situations I much prefer flash, but reflectors are nice when all your trying to do is get a little light in the eyes. Jeff:  I remember very well going through the various stages of photography.  At first I was saying to potential clients that I am a natural light photographer and justifying to them and myself that it made me more agile.  I didn’t have to worry about all of this lighting gear and we could really emphasize getting good poses, good composition, good smiles, etc.  The results were pretty good, I learned how to utilize the natural light really well and created good portraits that clients were very happy with, but I really knew it could be better with more fill light. So I graduated to using a reflector because flash was scary and reflectors were dirt cheap.  So I was still a natural light guy but now I was blinding my clients as we were shooting portraits.  Not a good thing when the models are putting the hard up in front of their face to shield their eyes from that massive amount of light. I finally took the plunge and set out into flash photography and just like you hear from pretty well any good portrait photography, I am a full convert to flash for good portraits – no matter the shooting environment indoors our outdoors. More control over the lighting and doesn’t make the models for the portrait feel like they have to cover their eyes because there is this very bright thing in the way.  Harder to make sure the reflector is properly reflecting the light.  Harder to have a helper work with you on holding the reflector just right as the sun moves.  Much less creative control over where you pose your model because you have to make sure you can get good reflection of the sunlig...
October 11, 2018
Jeff and Brent discuss the exposure "quadrangle", what it is, and why it goes beyond the traditional exposure triangle.
October 4, 2018
Erica and Brian join Jeff at the round table to discuss how to get good exposure indoors with a camera and a single flash plus 4 portrait backgrounds easily found in ANY neighborhood. Episode Sponsors: * Create Photography Retreat: Join many of the hosts of shows from the Master Photography Podcast Network at the March 28-30 Create Photography Retreat in Las Vegas.  Early bird pricing just ended, but tickets are still a ridiculously low $417 if you head over to createphotographyretreat.com and order today! * Royal Canvas. Get high quality, reliable, and affordable canvas prints at https://www.royalcanvas.com/master for 40% off your first order! Episode Resources: Petapixel: 4 Portrait Locations You Can Find in Every Neigborhood – https://petapixel.com/2018/10/01/4-portrait-locations-you-can-find-in-any-neighborhood/ How to Get Good Exposure Indoors Here is what long time listener of the show asked in the Facebook group: Marcelo Soffiantini: I have been asked to photograph an indoor event along with other photographers and I have never shot indoors, unless it was for myself. I use a Yongnuo 560iv as a speedlight and my Nikon D500. I will be taking a lot of candid shots. Does anyone have any suggestions? This is not a last minute post, as I have seen many many times, people do on Facebook. I have plenty of time to prepare. Thanks in advance for any input. To get the best exposure indoors with a flash you start with a slow shutter speed, about 1/100, as open an aperture as possible like f/2.8, ISO 400, and flash power of 1/32.  Take a test shot and adjust your shutter speed to be slower from there to make things brighter and decrease to make things brighter. Jeff: Erica, you face these kinds of environments regularly and have a lot of equipment to help you get good exposure.  Let’s start off talking about this limiting the equipment to what was mentioned in the question. How you would approach getting a good exposure given your equipment is a camera and a single flash.  What would your initial settings be and walk through how you would adjust. Erica: Initial settings: low shutter speed to capture ambient light and allow the flash to blend with the environment (low shutter speed is different depending on the lens). Start with flash around mid-power (1/32ish) and adjust as needed to blend. Bounce flash using walls or ceiling or even a bounce card. Avoid pointing the flash directly at the subject if you can. Brian: MagSphere. Point it straight up then tilt it forward a notch. I first walk around and look at the lighting. Where is there natural light coming in? What are the windows like and is the lighting shining through harsh or soft? Harsh light looks cool as a spotlight in a b/w photo. As much as possible, especially at a wedding reception, try to have your flash complement the decor lighting and not over power it. Jeff: I clearly remember the first time I bounced flash off the ceiling for a very dimly lit reception, which is even more challenging than normal in the building because they want mood lighting and don’t turn on all the lights the building has to offer.  Anyway, my setup was nothing special. I had a single flash mounted in the hot shoe of my camera pointed straight up to the ceiling. I understood getting good exposure outdoors using aperture, shutter speed, and ISO, but I had almost no idea what I was doing with flash.  Frankly, I was super nervous to give it a try because I have seen really bad flash in photos my whole life. I have a ton of Christmas morning photos my parents have taken where the flash pretty much ruined the picture.
October 3, 2018
Chris Marquardt talks with Jeff about everything you need to know about digitizing prints and negatives/slides using scanners and cameras. See the full show notes for the episode at https://phototacopodcast.com/ultimate-guide-to-digitizing-prints-and-negatives/ 
September 27, 2018
Jeff Harmon is joined by Erica Kay and Brent Bergherm at the round table to go through 6 listener questions on the topics of business plans, print mediums, flash workflow, posing technique, and more!
September 20, 2018
Jeff Harmon is joined at the round table by Connor Hibbs to talk about exposing to the right (ETTR) as a technique to get the very best image quality possible out of your digital camera Episode Resources: Photo Taco: How To ETTR https://phototacopodcast.com/how-to-ettr/ Photo Taco: Metering Explained: https://phototacopodcast.com/metering-explained/ Photo Taco: Spot Metering Gotcha: https://phototacopodcast.com/spot-metering-gotcha/ Photo Taco: Histograms Explained!: https://phototacopodcast.com/histogram-explained/ Photographic Dynamic Range (Bill Claff’s site): http://photonstophotos.net/Charts/PDR.htm Photo Taco: Photographic Dynamic Range: https://phototacopodcast.com/photographic-dynamic-range/ Episode Sponsors: Create Photography Retreat Join several hosts from the Master Photography Podcast network along with well known photographers like Nick Page and Greg Benz at the 3rd annual Create Photography Retreat in Las Vegas March 28-30. If you have never been around hundreds of photographers just as passionate as you are then you really have to join us and have that experience. Tickets are on sale over at createphotographyretreat.com and are only $387 through October 1st 2018.  Head over to createphotographyretreat.com and get your tickets today! Royal Canvas * Reliable, high quality canvas, at affordable prices * Premium canvas * Super fast shipping * Real customer service * royalcanvas.com/master to get 40% off * email service@royalcanvas.com to ask for a sample Introduction Welcome to the Master Photography Roundtable part of the Master Photography Podcast Network!  You are joined by thousands of photographers listening to this show who are all on the same journey to master their photography.  I am Jeff Harmon, the host for this episode and joining me at the roundtable is portrait photographer phenom Connor Hibbs. How are you Connor?   Right off the top here I have to brag about the other podcast does with Erica Kay on our network called Portrait Session.  The Portrait Session Podcast was profiled in an fstoppers.com article here in late September 2018 with a lot of praise for helping portrait photographers.  So Congratulations to you and Erica on getting some well deserved recognition for your show. So glad to have you part of the Master Photography team! Connor, besides adding to the conversation here wherever you want to jump in I also need your help to make sure I don’t dive too deep into the super technical.  Our topic is one that sounds very technical right off the bat with a 4 letter acronym and I could go off the rails so I need you to be the voice of reason and bring back if I go there. Today we are going to do the discussion we talked about a few episodes back and talk about expose to the right or ETTR technique.  Conner, based on previous discussions I think you and I may seem to be on different sides of this technique where it is something I swear by and you avoid so I am excited to kind of have this discussion because I think we represent the listeners well. Brief Explanation of ETTR To start things off I want to as briefly as I can explain what it means to expose to the right.
September 13, 2018
Red Hydrogen Phone and White Balance With Don Komarechka Episode Sponsor * Squarespace: Get a free trial by going to squarspace.com/improve and when you are ready to launch use the offer code IMPROVE to save 10% your first purchase of a website or domain. Episode Resources Photo Taco – DPI with Don Komarechka: https://phototacopodcast.com/dpi-with-don-komarechka/ Red Hydrogen One Phone: http://www.red.com/hydrogen Petapixel: Plumbers Tape is a Cheap Way to White Balance Photos: https://petapixel.com/2018/09/08/plumbers-tape-is-a-cheap-way-to-white-balance-photos/ FastCameraRaw Blog: DIY White Balance Reference: https://www.fastrawviewer.com/blog/diy-white-balance-reference Fstoppers – Magic Bokeh Results of Reversing an Element Inside Vintage Lens: https://fstoppers.com/nature/see-magic-bokeh-results-reversing-element-inside-vintage-lens-275013 Introduction Welcome to the Master Photography Roundtable part of the Master Photography Podcast Network!  You are joined by thousands of photographers listening to this show who are all on the same journey to master their photography.  I am Jeff Harmon, the host for this episode and joining me at the roundtable is a hero of mine, Don Komarechka. Don, none of my fellow round tablers were able to be on with me this episode, so thanks so much for coming on the show with pretty short notice so that I wasn’t alone. Don: Jeff: For those of you who may not know of Don, he is a mad scientist with a camera.  He does some incredible things with a camera that very few people on the planet are doing.  He is probably most well known for his snowflake photography but the work of his I love the most right now is his podcast called Photo Geek Weekly that we will make sure to talk more about at the end of the show.  How about we dive into our two topics for today? Red Hydrogen Phone Jeff: Our first topic is a phone.  Not the one everyone might be expecting since as we are recording Apple is unveiling their next generation iPhone in September 2018.  This phone is from Red, the manufacturer of some really high end, really expensive cameras. They call their phone Hydrogen One and I have heard Don gush with excitement like a kid on Christmas Eve about this phone for some time now.  It is an Android phone that has a very unique feature in a holographic display. There were two pre-order models offered, one called Aluminum for $1,200 and the other called Titanium for $1,600. Don, I never heard of this phone until you mentioned it on your podcast.  I want to know how you find out about it and what about it made you decide to commit to it over a new iPhone – especially when you committed to it so early with a pre-order?. Don: Jeff: You finally got the phone a couple of weeks ago, right?  So tell me about it what is like. Has it lived up to your expectations? Don: Jeff: Now that we have gone through some of the details with this phone, where do you see this kind of thing going?  Do you expect holographic displays to be something Apple and Google would be likely to provide in their phones? Don: Jeff: Last thing on the Hydrogen One phone, what do you think this means for photographers?  Do you think we are headed to a place where photographers need to pay more attention to stereoscopic imaging,
September 6, 2018
Brent and Jeff welcome Nick Page back to the show to talk about another mirrorless announcement, the Canon EOS R system. For full show notes: https://masterphotographypodcast.com/canon-eos-r-system-in-depth/
September 3, 2018
Erica and Connor take an overview of the subject they are talking about throughout the second season of Portrait Session: The different specialties in portrait photography. This is just an overview of all the different types of photography a person interested in portrait photography can focus on and specialize in as they master their photography. We by no means feel we have compiled a total and complete list of potential specialties in photography in this list, but this list will be the general guide for us through this second season of Portrait Session. If you feel like we may have missed something, feel free to join our facebook group and post in there to let us know! Throughout this season we will be bringing on a number of experts who have mastered their specialty in the field of portrait photography. We will be focusing on our expert’s abilities, experiences, and advice for those interested in digging in to their specialty in photography while making efforts to highlight the key factors a person should be aware of that might make any particular specialty different from others. Specialties in portrait photography Headshots Newborns Weddings Seniors Dance Boudoir Fashion Street Families Glamour Sports Corporate/Commercial Lifestyle/Documentary Conceptual Retouching
August 30, 2018
Jeff Harmon is joined by Nick Page at the round table to talk about his conversion from Canon to Sony and our combined reaction to the official announcement of Nikon's first full frame mirrorless camera bodies.
August 23, 2018
Jeff Harmon hosts with Erica Kay and Connor Hibbs joining him at the round table to talk about how branding impacts us as humans, branding affects photographers, and what we think about off brand lenses.
August 20, 2018
Bags call in where Brent talks with listeners about their photo bag choices. From Shimoda, Peak, MindShift, LowePro and more, we talk about the ins and outs of various bags and why we like them, or maybe dislike them.
August 16, 2018
Jeff hosts with Connor at the round table to talk about what they want in a mirrorless body and 5 signs that you are progressing as a photographer. Resources: Nikon Rumors: Nikon mirrorless camera rumors: THE BIG RECAP https://nikonrumors.com/2018/07/27/nikon-mirrorless-camera-rumors-the-big-recap.aspx/ Photo Taco: Histogram Explained https://phototacopodcast.com/histogram-explained/ Photo Taco: AFMA Explained https://phototacopodcast.com/afma-explained/ Photo Taco: AFMA Revisited https://phototacopodcast.com/afma-explained/ Photo Taco: How To ETTR (Expose to the right) https://phototacopodcast.com/how-to-ettr/  Petapixel: 5 Signs You’re Progressing https://petapixel.com/2018/08/15/5-signs-youre-progressing-in-photography/
August 13, 2018
Jeff Harmon answers a listener question about how it is that adjustment syncing between two or more photos should work in Lightroom. He describes some important details about how photo selections work, the role of the "active" photo in selections and adjustment syncing, and some reasons why it may be that adjustment syncing may fail. Episode Resources Photo Taco: Fast Lightroom Editing Tips (https://phototacopodcast.com/fast-lightroom-editing-tips/) Photo Taco: Large Lightroom Catalogs (https://phototacopodcast.com/large-lightroom-catalogs/) Photo Taco: Lightroom Solo Mode (https://phototacopodcast.com/lightroom-solo-mode/) Photo Taco: Lightroom Computer 2018 (https://phototacopodcast.com/lightroom-computer-2018/) Photo Taco: Embedded Preview Workflow (https://phototacopodcast.com/lr-embedded-preview-workflow/)
August 9, 2018
Topic 1 “Professional” Camera Bans: Jeff Brentlinger Brought to our Attention the fact that the Indiana State Fair Banned cameras with lenses larger than 3 inches. When are bans like these legitimate ones and when are they just silly? Why do you think places put bans like this in place? Is it a safety issue or some other reason? It is similar to places that have tripod bans, but in this instance, I really don’t understand why they would do so. The fair has since repealed their rule on the cameras due to public outcry, but it begs the question why that would happen in the first place. How do you feel about the assumptions made by average people about what constitutes “Professional” gear? Topic 2: Brian’s Lessons Learned from Photographing the Professional Football Hall of Fame Expect the unexpected. Have extra time. Be kind! Bring more than necessary. Snacks. Topic 3: Recommendations for purchasing prime lenses. Tanja Hansen having a hard time deciding between the 35mm f/1.8G and the 50mm f/1.8G. I have heard so much about the 'nifty fifty' but am concerned that I'll have a hard time fitting everything in the frame (I very rarely use my kit lens at 50mm). However, I've read that the bokeh on the 35mm doesn't compare to the 55mm. Which one should I purchase? I primarily photograph families and children. Thank you! https://www.picturecorrect.com/tips/battle-for-bokeh-the-best-50mm-lens-for-a-canon-dslr/ Doodads: Connor: Audible Subscription Erica: Snapseed app Brian: Canon 1.4 Telephoto Extender Reminders: masterphotographypodcast.com is the new home for the show, you will want to go there and check it out Facebook group is Master Photography Podcast, can search for it on Facebook or you can go to masterphotographypodcast.com and there are links there. Find Brian’s work at brianmcguckin.com, brianmcguckinphotography on Facebook, @brianmcguckin in Instagram, and @brianmcguckin on Twitter Find Erica’s work at ericakayphotography.com and on Facebook and Instagram under Erica Kay Photography. You can also check out the Portrait Session Podcast for everything portrait photography related. Find Connor’s work at @connorhibbsphotography on instagram, on the web at connorhibbs.photography, and find the Portrait Session Podcast on itunes or at portraitsessionpodcast.com
August 2, 2018
Topic 1: Minimum Gear for Headshots * Jeff: * We have had a good thread going in the Facebook group this week about gear for headshots.  By the way listeners, if you aren’t in that group you are missing out on a really fun community of photographers helping each other out and you should consider joining by searching for “Master Photography Podcast” in Facebook and asking to join the group.  You have to answer a question to join and provide the name of a host so Erica, Connor, Brian, or Jeff will all work. * The thread was All 3 of you at the roundtable can speak from more experience here than I can.  I have done full body shots with the high school mens and womens basketball teams where I use an Impact backdrop stand and a 10×20 muslin, but that is overkill for headshots by a lot.  Eric, let’s start with you. Besides flashes what would you recommend for a photographer who is interested in doing some headshots spending as little as is reasonably possible? * Erica: Besides flashes, a good portrait lens and a reflector. Choose a 5-in-1 reflector (https://amzn.to/2AxdaQG $12) so that you have a variety of options to work with. For lenses, the most popular headshot lenses are 50 mm, 85 mm, and 70-200 mm because of their lack of distortion and their delicious bokeh.  Use reflector for fill light. * Brian: The sun. Reflector – car pop-up sun shield thingy. Assistant w/ white shirt. To me, the minimum is just your camera and playing with any natural light. * Jeff: * Initially my advice was a c-stand and a popup gray background, but looking at it as we were getting ready to record I would go with Fotodiox 5×7 collapsible black/white backdrop kit with stand (https://amzn.to/2n37IeC $80) as the least expensive option I could find that would get you going.  May not last too long, but would get you going for only $80. * That option is also black and white and I would prefer a gray backdrop so that I can get lots of backgrounds by changing the lighting, so maybe consider the Fovitec StudioPro 5×6.5 gray/blue collapsible backdrop (https://amzn.to/2v5Emk6 $60) combined with the Fovitec StudioPro Pop Out stand and reflector clip (https://amzn.to/2vtrQdR $26) that sets you back $86 in total and the stand is something that may last a little longer. Topic 2: Headshot Technique * Jeff: I want to get more technique discussed on the show, so now that we have given advice on the gear to invest in to get started into headshots, I want each of you to share how it is you got going with them.  How did you start getting clients paying you to do headshots. First though, I wanted to ask Erica to walk through technique on doing headshots. Let’s assume you are hired to go onsite and do a few hundred corporate headshots.  You just arrived, you setup your backdrop, walk us through step-by-step how you setup your camera in relation to the backdrop, where you are putting lights, what settings you are dialing into the camera, how you determine the power of the flash, etc. * Erica: * One light clamshell setup.  Light on the right with reflector on the left, or vice-versa.  Have the model face the flash * Can do clamshell with the light above and the reflector below too * May take a couple of shots with different lighting so that the customer can choose if there is time. * Jeff: Now Brian, you have done some paid headshots too right?  How did you get those paid jobs? * Brian: Most of it is word of mouth or previous clients/brides/grooms needing a headshot for their job. * Jeff: I have had some success from family and friends asking if they could have me take a good shot of them for their social media profiles.
July 31, 2018
Brent talks about travel to China, specifically Guilin, and gets all the details on the photo tours offered by www.guilinphotographytours.com See all the show notes here: http://latitudephotographypodcast.com/episode/guilin-photography-with-mia-beales/
July 26, 2018
Jeff Harmon hosts with Brent Bergherm at the round table to discuss an update to the mid-2018 MacBook Pro in the week since the last episode, a mobile backup solution Brent is happy with, and full-fledged Photoshop coming to the iPad in 2019 Topic 1: 2018 MacBook Pro Update Jeff: In the previous episode we went over Apple’s refresh of the mid-2018 MacBook Pro, offered suggestions on where photographers who are buying the new model should spend their money and where they shouldn’t. As we predicted, we had a lot of feedback from our incredible community who love their Macs.  They very much disagreed with some of the things that were said, which is great. So glad we have an audience engaged enough to tell us when they disagree with something. I needed to have an item on here to update things because Apple changed something significant and I wanted to make sure we covered that, but first Brent, did you want to take a moment and clarify your position on the refresh of the MacBook lineup as a Mac enthusiast? Brent: Yes, I just wanted to reiterate or maybe clarify my remarks. I will probably always be a mac user. The specific question about this machine was “will we update” and at this time, no. I won’t I just bought one about seven months ago. If my computer was needing an update I’d definitely do it. But, I wouldn’t see the value in the i9 processor nor the 4TB or storage. I just don’t need that and it would be too much. But also, while I often complain about Apple’s RAM prices, in this computer, $400 more to add another 16GB isn’t all that bad, it’s still more than it should be, but it’s way better than the $600 that was required to take the previous generation computers to 16GB which is half what this machine will do now. So things are moving in the right direction. And as a tangent here, Black Magic has released a GPU which for video editors would be great. You can effectively add to the power of your MBP and do great video. It’s also a hub for connecting all sorts of devices. My only wish is that it were in a nice high quality display. LG makes some good thunderbolt type displays now that are 5K resolution, add GPU into that and I’d get very interested since I’m starting to increase the amount of video I do. Jeff: I also need to add that even though I think the prices are inflated some over some Windows options, I didn’t make it very clear in the last episode that if you really think you absolutely must have a laptop for your photo editing needs then I do recommend the MacBook Pro over Windows options.  We won’t go into the details here but I am pretty convinced that costs and lack of user upgradeability aside, Apple makes the highest quality laptops available for photo editing. Now I am going to get the Windows people mad at me? (yes, you are 😉 OK, so the thing that changed now, the thing I needed to make sure we talked about here in the update is a change in my recommendation.  In the last episode I recommended AGAINST getting the very highest CPU option offered in the 15” MacBook Pro. They have an option that has never been there before in a Core i9 processor and I said that I recommend photographers do NOT upgrade their 2018 MacBook Pro to that processor when they buy one.  Seems a little strange when the clock speed of the processor has so much to do with making Lightroom perform well in particular for me to recommend going with a slower clocked Core i7 processor. Well, the problem with that was that when the 2018 MacBook Pro with that beefy Core i9 processor was tested, it was discovered that you couldn’t actually run the processor at full strength for long periods of time because it was being slowed down due to heat issues.  At the time I was guessing that the issue had to do with the body of the MacBook not changing in this refresh and there simply wasn’t enough cooling to make it ...
July 23, 2018
In todays episode Connor and Erica talk about building an organic web presence to allow people to find your business on the web without you having to pay for advertising. This can be done through the channels of social media, google business/pages, and strengthened through your blogging capabilities on your website.
July 19, 2018
Topic 1: New MacBook Pros After 527 days, Apple refreshed the MacBook Pro line in mid-July 2018 -15” now has 6-core CPUs with Core i7 and Core i9 options, up to 4TB of SSD storage, up to 32GB of RAM (woohoo), and AMD graphics up to 4GB of VRAM.  Maxed out it sells for $6,700! -13” updates to Intel’s most current Core i5 and i7 processors, including 4-core options, still only 16GB max RAM (boo), a max of 2TB of SSD storage, Intel Iris Plus 655 with 126GB of eDRAM. Maxed out it sells for $3,700. Connor and Brent, what do you think of the new options?  Are you going to spend the money to buy one? Jeff’s recommendation on the upgrades that are worth it in order of priority: -15” Start with the higher cost model to get the Core i7 6-core processor (don’t upgrade to the Core i9 due to heat issues), upgrade the RAM to 32GB for a price of $3,200. -13” Get the touch bar model (not because the touch bar is that cool, but the higher CPU is only available in the touch bar model), upgrade the CPU to the 2.7GHz quad-core for $300, the ram from 8 to 16GB for $200, and the storage to 512GB for $200 for a price of $2,500. Early Problems? -Heat - early tests have shown that Apple didn't update the heat dissipation to go along with the newer, faster, and HOTTER chips.  If you buy the Core i9 processor you may never be able to have it run at full speed because the computer doesn't get rid of the heat fast enough and has to throttle it down to keep things cool enough. -Keyboard - Jeff really dislikes the keyboard since they changed it in 2016.  No experience yet with the updated version here in mid-2018, but the early reviews have said it feels mostly the same.  Apple did add some plastic covers under the keys to make them more dust/crumb resistant, a major problem with the 2016 MBP line. Topic 2: Listener Q&A Brian Duncan asked about focus stacking hand held, specifically macro work. -Brent: My basic thought is to say, not on macro. If you’re focus stacking with macro there’s just too much that can go wrong if you’re not on a tripod. If you’re doing it with a wide angle lens, then you possibly have some options given your subject. I would look for areas that are plain and bland and can easily be a transition area from one to the other areas. -I have some YouTube videos I’m producing right now that deal with Focus Stacking. They’ll be out on Aug 2, that’s the goal. It’ll be after I rebrand my Lens company YouTube channel to my personal and podcast branding. Gary Aidekman: What are the attributes of a good intermediate/advanced workshop participant? Describe the participant who seems to get the most out of a workshop. Describe one who gets the least. -Jeff: best is one who is willing to engage with everyone, help others where they know something, being willing to learn and not approach the class like they know everything.  Worst is someone who signed up only to have the host of the workshop get them to the spot and then does their own thing without engaging with the rest of the participants or the host.  Be careful not to be the "know-it-all" who the rest of the group dreads hearing from. Doodads: -Jeff: eufy [BoostIQ RoboVac 30 ($270, Roomba is more like $450 to $630) https://amzn.to/2LlnYW8 -Brent: Barcode Reader, Global Entry (free meetup July 23) -Connor: Neewer Dual LCD Battery Charger for Canon LP-E6 Batteries Compatible With Canon 7D 6D 5D II III 5Ds R 70D 60D 6D a 80D(US Plug + EU Plug + Car Charger Adapter) ($25) https://amzn.to/2O0dgTx
July 16, 2018
Shownotes link: http://latitudephotographypodcast.com/episode/larger-formats-with-stevan-tontic/ Photography can be loads of fun when you mix it up with various formats for your capturing device. Brent and Stevan talk about taking cameras to various places as well as some of the logistics in dealing with larger formats for film photography. Links for this episode: www.stevantontich.com www.theitaliancamera.com http://www.stevantontich.com/blog/2018/5/23/china-in-spring-2018 http://www.stevantontich.com/blog/2017/11/19/street-scenes-from-shanghai-china-bw-edition Look him up on YouTube, 500px, Facebook and more.
July 12, 2018
Jeff Harmon is joined at the roundtable by Brent Bergherm, Brian McGuckin, and Connor Hibbs to talk about the Out of Chicago conference, shooting reenactments, and a crazy new technology coming from NVIDIA that photographers should be excited about. Topic 1: Conferences Brian talks about his experience attending the Out of Chicago conference with Nick Page.  Out of Chicago has a pretty similar format to the Create Photography Retreat.  Held in Chicago every year, the format was one where there were several tracks of classes to attend along with rooms setup with different types of shooting opportunities and groups going out into the city to do different types of shoots. Check out light painting done by www.ericpare.com The retreat in 2019 is in Las Vegas March 28 through March 30th.  Ticket prices are a ridiculously low $387. Go and check it out at https://createphotographyretreat.com  and we hope to see you there! Topic 2: Reenactments Jeff is also super jealous that you and good friend of the show Mark Morris recently got to do a workshop centered around battle reenactments. Jeff saw Mark post on Facebook that he learned he really needed the full 10 frames per second of his Canon 7DM2 camera to capture the cannons firing.  Not canon cameras here, like war cannons being used in the reenactment. He had some really cool shots. Attendees of the workshop got a fire hose of lighting technique thrown at them.  At one point after Connor had finished some teaching the participants were provided one of Connor's photos and they had to re-create it without Connor assisting.  He was very impressed because they were able to replicate the photo without help and did it without needing to do some work in Photoshop that Connor had done.  So fun to see photographers learn and progress towards mastering their photography. The thing Connor learned as he hosted a workshop in a location he wasn't very familiar with was that no matter how many emails and phone calls were made ahead of time some of the logistics don't work as expected.  There was a challenge getting tickets to the reenactment where there were told numerous times by an organizer they had to wait to purchase them when they were there and it turned out they could have purchased them ahead of time Topic 3: NVIDIA Developed by researchers at NVIDIA, MIT, and Aalto University, really different from any other noise-reduction system. “Without ever being shown what a noise-free image looks like, this AI can remove artifacts, noise, grain, and automatically enhance your photos.” This is revolutionary because they can get these incredible results WITHOUT needing a clean image, which all of the other machine learning solutions require Adobe is very well positioned to become a tremendous partner here.  This is place where the Creative Cloud could be an important help. Adobe is pretty uniquely positioned to get this NVIDIA tech into their data centers and then offer a new option in Photoshop and/or Lightroom to send a noisy photo up to their cloud for processing and in a few seconds you get back a photo much better for use than the noise reduction built into the software running on your computer.
July 9, 2018
Jeff talks with computer building expert Matt Bach of Puget Systems about the best choices for building a computer to run Lightroom in 2018. They talk about all of the decisions to make to custom build a Windows computer, as well as the recommendations for where it is worth spending the money if you are buying a Mac or a PC from a big box store. Episode Sponsor: Duggal Visit Duggal Vision Solutions for all of your photo printing needs and support the show by going to https://ShopDuggal.com/master and use coupon code MASTER to get 25% off your first order! Episode Resources: Puget Systems Recommended Workstations for Lightroom: https://www.pugetsystems.com/solutions/content_creation/photo.php?utm_source=masterphotographypodcast.com%2Fphototaco&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=photo_taco Building a [$5,000] Lightroom PC: https://paulstamatiou.com/building-a-windows-10-lightroom-photo-editing-pc/ The Ultimate PC Build for Photography Needs: https://photographylife.com/the-ultimate-pc-build-for-photography-needs
July 5, 2018
Jeff hosts with Erica and Brent joining him at the roundtable to talk about the new softbox product line from MagMod called the MagBox and a very disturbing court ruling of fair use for a photo that was not properly licensed. Resources Mentioned MagBox on Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/spencerboerup/magbox-magshoe-magringrevolutionary-new-softbox-sy PetaPixel Fair Use: https://petapixel.com/2018/07/02/court-rules-copying-photos-found-on-internet-is-fair-use/ FStoppers Fair Use: https://fstoppers.com/business/court-rules-images-are-found-and-used-internet-are-fair-use-263567?utm_source=FS_RSS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=Main_RSS Photo Taco - Retreat 2017 Top Ten: https://phototacopodcast.com/2017/03/13/retreat-2017-top-10/ Master Photography Roundtable - $60K Stolen Photo Settlement (Copyright discussion): https://masterphotographypodcast.com/2018/05/31/60k-stolen-photo-settlement/ Topic 1: MagMod Softbox MagMod puts a huge emphasis on ease of use, accomplishing that ease of use with magnets. MagMod softbox system is made up of 3 components.   MagBox features: -MagMod is claiming their 24” softbox is the brightest softbox ever created because it doesn’t leak light due to a patent pending technology they have developed they call the FocusDiffuser. -Another feature I haven’t seen offered much with softboxes is a place to put gels. MagRing features -The MagRing is all about making attaching a flash quick and easy. MagShoe -This is MagMod’s take on the cold shoe adapter you can adjust with one hand This stuff looks and sounds pretty awesome.   Erica, is this something you are interested in? Yes! Ease of use of the Magmod system, cohesiveness with all of my current Magmod gear, and support of the Magmod company in general makes this a no-brainer for me. Brent, what about you? More interested in the MagShoe than the other pieces. Jeff: I would LOVE to get two of each thing here. I am leaning towards pulling the trigger and backing the project for one. Topic 2: Disturbing Fair Use It had been cropped but they had clearly taken the photo from his Flickr site and used it without permission or attribution. The case went to court and after hearing the arguments the judge ruled in favor of the company saying their use of the photo was fair use.  The judge ruled fair use based on a few criteria: -The photo was being used in a non-commercial way -The photo was used in good faith because it wasn’t clear the photo was protected by copyright and restricted and the company took the photo down as soon as they were asked. -The photo was cropped pretty significantly -There wasn’t any evidence that the use of the photo harmed the photographer Doodads: -Jeff: Fotodiox F60 Quick-Collapse Flash Softbox ($50) -Erica: #MagMod Community FB Group -Brent: Canson Infinity Paper Baryta Photographique($75) Reminders: -https://masterphotographypodcast.com is the new home for the show, you will want to go there and check it out -Facebook group is Master Photography Podcast, can search for it on Facebook or you can go to masterphotographypodcast.com and there are links there. -Find Erica’s work at http://ericakayphotography.com and on Facebook and Instagram under Erica Kay Photography. You can also check out the Portrait Session Podcast for everything portrait photography related. -Find Brent’s work over at http://brentberherm.com and listen to his podcast focused on travel photography at http://lattitudephotographypodcast.com -Find Jeff’s work at jsharmonphotos.com, phototacopodcast.com where you can subscribe to the Photo Taco podcast and enter a contest to w...
July 2, 2018
Brent talks with Brian Pex about his recent trip to the Palouse region of Washington State.
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