Master Photography

By Jim Harmer: Photography Nerd

SHOW DESCRIPTION

5 photographers (Brent Bergherm, Jeff Harmon, Connor Hibbs, Erica Kay, Brian McGuckin) take turns covering listener questions, photography news, and the famous photography "doodads" of the week with each round table discussion episode. This is the podcast for enthusiast and professional photography nerds who want to level up and master their photography--without the fluff of a "talk show." The team has a special skill for covering advanced level photography techniques in a way that less experienced photographers can understand. They don't talk down to newer photographers yet provide tips that help advanced photographers. Come join us as we all work to master our photography together!


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12.13.2018

How to Get Started With Printing Photos

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,

12.06.2018

Portrait Session – Newborn Photography: A Specialty for Serious Business Owners

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?

12.03.2018

Large Group Lighting

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...

11.29.2018

Simple Ways to Improve a Portrait

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!

11.22.2018

6 Common Lighting Mistakes

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,

11.15.2018

Holiday Photo Tips and Flickr Changes

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...

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10.25.2018

Reflector v Flash, Oct 2018 Adobe Updates, Shooting Basketball

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...

10.18.2018
10.11.2018

How to Get Good Exposure Indoors With a Flash

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.

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09.27.2018

ETTR Uses and Technique

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.

09.20.2018

Red Hydrogen and White Balance with Don Komarechka

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,

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08.13.2018

Camera Bans, Shooting the Football Hall of Fame, and Prime Lens Selection

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

08.09.2018

How To Headshots and Light Paint Portraits

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.

08.02.2018
07.31.2018

2018 MacBook Pro Update, Mobile Backup, and Ps on iPad

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

07.26.2018
07.23.2018

Mid-2018 MacBook Pro Refresh, Handheld Focus Stacking, and Advanced Workshop Attendees

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

07.19.2018
07.16.2018

Conferences, Reenactments, and NVIDIA

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.

07.12.2018
07.09.2018

MagBox and Disturbing Fair Use

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...

07.05.2018
07.02.2018
06.28.2018
06.25.2018

Lightroom Updates June 2018 and a World Cup Inspired “How I Got The Shot”

In this Episode Connor sits down with Jeff Harmon and Brian McGuckin. We talk about the latest update of Lightroom and talk about the usefulness of new features then discuss how Brian got an amazing World Cup inspired photo of his son.  Topic 1: Lightroom Classic CC 7.4 June 2018 Update (Adobe Release notes: https://theblog.adobe.com/june-lightroom-cc-releases-preset-profile-synchronization/ and https://helpx.adobe.com/lightroom/help/whats-new.html#lr-classic-cc-7-4)   New features: (Support Jeff’s idea for a Cull Module http://bit.ly/cullmodule) Folder Color Labels Show/Hide Presets & Profiles Disable Large Preset Preview Automatically Stack after Merge (pano or HDR) Folder search performance HEIF support (Apples newer JPEG format) No more posting to Facebook using the Lightroom Publishing Service Updates to support new cameras and lenses Bug fixes Crash when disconnecting external hard drive (Windows only) Mac catalog backups Preset conversions 12+ bugs in the develop module (they only talk about the bugs reported by users as being fixed) Topic 2: HIGTS - Soccer Photo Just Do It! Have a vision - My kids’ passions - World Cup Triple Flash Set up. Shoot and Adjust. Small aperture. Shutterspeed around 1/200. Bright flash. ISO 1000. F/11. 1/250 Doodads: Jeff: Mpow H5 Active Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones ($45) Connor Boomerang for Gmail Free Brian Crib Mattress You get what you pay for? 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, Facebook (brianmcguckinphotography), Twitter (@brianmcguckin), and Instagram (@brianmcguckin) Find Connor’s work at www.connorhibbs.photography, @connorhibbsphotography on instagram or at portraitsessionpodcast.com Find Jeff’s work at jsharmonphotos.com, phototacopodcast.com where you can subscribe to the Photo Taco podcast and enter a contest to win a 30 minute skype editing session with Jeff, and on Facebook (harmonjeff), Twitter (@harmon_jeff), and Instagram(@harmonjeff)

06.21.2018
06.15.2018
06.11.2018
06.07.2018

Redwoods (Latitude)

The redwoods area that we’ll be looking at today is in CA, but just barely. It’s right on the border with Oregon and a great place to use as your base, if you’re not camping, is Crescent City. It’s about 12 miles south of the OR border. There’s plenty of hotel options. The weather is generally mild, if you’re used to OR coast weather then you know what to expect. In short, it’s somewhat mild in the summer topping out at about 80 degrees and generally windy. As I look at my “All Stays” app on my iPhone there’s plenty of campgrounds to consider staying at if you like that kind of thing. I like camping, but the time I went to the area I took two of my boys and elected to stay in a hotel. Airbnb would also be a good option. The places I want to focus on are: * Jedediah Smith State Park * When we pulled in to the area we came through this state park which is cooperatively managed by the CA parks system and the National Park System. It’s about 10,000 acres in size and it contains 7% of all the world’s old growth redwoods. Also, the Smith River runs through it. It’s the longest free flowing river in CA. The park is a magnificent place to shoot. One place I went to was Stout Grove. * Comment on specific photos of Stout Grove. * http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=413 * The Battery Point Lighthouse is kind of cool. It’s right along the coast at Crescent City. And there’s a breakwater you can walk out on. At the end there’s some strangely shaped items that the boys and I loved walking out on. It made for some interesting shots. * Talk about the shots * http://www.delnortehistory.org/lighthouse/ * Mystery of Trees is kind of a neat place. If you’re looking for purely awesome photography… maybe go elsewhere. But if you have kids in tow it’s a pretty cool place. They have an easy to walk trail that takes you to a sky tram gondola. You can then walk down the mountain or ride the gondola back down. My favorite spot in this area, though, was the trail that’s accessible right across the road from Mystery of Trees. Park in the hotel parking lot, far northern end, and there’s a trail that takes you out to the coast. It’s short, but a really great place to shoot. * Photos of the area * https://www.nps.gov/redw/planyourvisit/maps.htm * https://www.treesofmystery.net * And finally there’s Fern Canyon. This is a rather easy to get to location that does not disappoint. I went in early summer and the river flowing through the canyon was already fairly low and easy to walk through. To get to the good stuff you should plan on getting your feet wet. But it was only about eight inches at the deepest part necessary to keep going. My only real problem here was my obsession with getting focus stacked panoramic images. I think I got some OK shots, but I neglected to get some with my wide angle. But the polarizer really helped here as well since the walls are coated with ferns and the polarizer blocks the glare off the moisture allowing the greenery to really come to life. But as an update here in early June 2018, there’s a logjam blocking the loop trail, a ¼ mile out and back is still possible and still quite worth it. * Talk about a couple of photos specifically * https://www.nps.gov/redw/planyourvisit/hiking-trails-south.htm

06.04.2018
05.31.2018
05.28.2018
05.24.2018

Latitude: Leave No Trace and Gear Giveaway

On this episode I talk about the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics and their Seven Principles. Also, I've got a great gear giveaway for listeners. Leave No Trace In my circles, there's been a lot of talk lately about photographing the places we love and how, sometimes, photographers can do way more damage to a beautiful spot than they might expect. I'm not one to keep my locations to myself, but I do want to take this opportunity to encourage listeners to be respectful of the land we have come to love so much. If we're not careful we may end up trampling it to death. That's where the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics comes in. They have created their Seven Principles to help outdoor enthusiasts like us to take stock of our plans and the effects we have on those around us and the effects we have on the land too. Please note these Seven Principles are © 1999 by the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics: www.LNT.org. They are... Plan Ahead and Prepare Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces Dispose of Waste Properly Leave What You Find Minimize Campfire Impacts Respect Wildlife Be Considerate of Other Visitors There's so much more information on their website. Please click on over and learn more for yourself. Or, listen and I'll talk about it in more detail as well ;) In my own words, I wish to add use a touch more. That is to also respect private property. I've missed out on countless images because an area is clearly marked "no trespassing." I'm not saying I'm a saint when it comes to this. Sometimes I've seen the sign on my way out! But still, if you know the land is private and it's clearly marked as such, please do respect the land owners' wishes and find somewhere else to create your next masterpiece. Gear Giveaway I'm thrilled to have this podcast back on it's own feed once again and to celebrate I'm having a gear giveaway. Click on this page for all the details, but in short, I'm very grateful to Mindshift Gear and ThinkTank Photo for sending some bags for me to review and also have in this giveaway. Also thanks to Greg Benz for giving away a copy of Lumenzia v5. And I guess I can thank myself for the gear rental coupon and the 30 minute Skype session. Be sure to listen or click on that description page/post for all the details.

05.22.2018

Leave No Trace and Gear Giveaway [Latitude Podcast]

On this episode I talk about the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics and their Seven Principles. Also, I've got a great gear giveaway for listeners. Leave No Trace In my circles, there's been a lot of talk lately about photographing the places we love and how, sometimes, photographers can do way more damage to a beautiful spot than they might expect. I'm not one to keep my locations to myself, but I do want to take this opportunity to encourage listeners to be respectful of the land we have come to love so much. If we're not careful we may end up trampling it to death. That's where the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics comes in. They have created their Seven Principles to help outdoor enthusiasts like us to take stock of our plans and the effects we have on those around us and the effects we have on the land too. Please note these Seven Principles are © 1999 by the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics: www.LNT.org. They are... Plan Ahead and Prepare Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces Dispose of Waste Properly Leave What You Find Minimize Campfire Impacts Respect Wildlife Be Considerate of Other Visitors There's so much more information on their website. Please click on over and learn more for yourself. Or, listen and I'll talk about it in more detail as well ;) In my own words, I wish to add use a touch more. That is to also respect private property. I've missed out on countless images because an area is clearly marked "no trespassing." I'm not saying I'm a saint when it comes to this. Sometimes I've seen the sign on my way out! But still, if you know the land is private and it's clearly marked as such, please do respect the land owners' wishes and find somewhere else to create your next masterpiece. Gear Giveaway I'm thrilled to have this podcast back on it's own feed once again and to celebrate I'm having a gear giveaway. Click on this page for all the details, but in short, I'm very grateful to Mindshift Gear and ThinkTank Photo for sending some bags for me to review and also have in this giveaway. Also thanks to Greg Benz for giving away a copy of Lumenzia v5. And I guess I can thank myself for the gear rental coupon and the 30 minute Skype session. Be sure to listen or click on that description page/post for all the details.

05.21.2018

Catching Up With THE Nick Page!

Erica hosts with Connor and THE Nick Page joining her at the roundtable to talk about the current status of the rebranding changes going from the Improve Photography Network to the Master Photography Podcast Network and the latest is with Nick. Doodads of the week as well of course. Topic 1: Master Photography Podcast Network 1) https://masterphotographypodcast.com/faq 2) Facebook group The group is the first visible step in the rebranding process. The name is changing to Master Photography Podcast Listeners, so if you haven’t already joined, be sure to find us! To keep the bots and spammers out of the group you have to answer a question about naming a host on the podcast.  Any of our names will work (Erica, Connor, Jeff, Brian, Brent), but if you don’t answer we won’t accept you to join the group. 3) Remind you that we are returning to the separate feeds for the podcasts on the network.  Photo Taco is out there already and Portrait Session and the other shows are in the works, as well. 4) The rebranding from IP Podcast to MP Podcast is happening! So don’t worry when the album art and the name changes.  Same show, same format, same everything. Just being rebranded. Topic 2: What’s up with Nick Page? Current projects 1) Tutorial collabs with Visual Wilderness and creative highway 2) More tutorials 3) Upcoming workshops Palouse Ireland Chicago Moab Iceland Oregon coast Kauai 4) 2019 collabs in Faroe and southwest 5) Landscape Photography Podcast Since you haven’t been around for awhile, I’m sure the listeners are dying to hear a few pieces of Nick Page advice. What 2 pieces of advice would you like to share with us? It’s one thing to emulate, its another thing to never stretch yourself Hobbies are important mmmkay Doodads: Nick:  Shimoda 40L bag Erica: RescueTime - a program that runs in the background of your computer and keeps track of how you use your time; sends weekly reports via email with a breakdown of your computer use (social media, email, online, editing, etc.); useful for analyzing how you spend your business time, where you’re spending too much time, etc. Connor:  Backblaze Final reminders: New website - https://masterphotographypodcast.com Please continue supporting improvephotography.com Join our Facebook groups at Master Photography Podcast Listeners and Portrait Session Podcast Visit us at: Erica: ericakayphotography and uacreativestudios online and on social Connor: www.connorhibbs.photography Portraitsessionpodcast.com Nick:  www.nickpagephotography.com and www.landscapephotographypodcast.com

05.17.2018

Catching up with THE Nick Page

Erica hosts with Connor and THE Nick Page joining her at the roundtable to talk about the current status of the rebranding changes going from the Improve Photography Network to the Master Photography Podcast Network and the latest is with Nick. Doodads of the week as well of course. Topic 1: Master Photography Podcast Network 1) https://masterphotographypodcast.com/faq 2) Facebook group The group is the first visible step in the rebranding process. The name is changing to Master Photography Podcast Listeners, so if you haven’t already joined, be sure to find us! To keep the bots and spammers out of the group you have to answer a question about naming a host on the podcast.  Any of our names will work (Erica, Connor, Jeff, Brian, Brent), but if you don’t answer we won’t accept you to join the group. 3) Remind you that we are returning to the separate feeds for the podcasts on the network.  Photo Taco is out there already and Portrait Session and the other shows are in the works, as well. 4) The rebranding from IP Podcast to MP Podcast is happening! So don’t worry when the album art and the name changes.  Same show, same format, same everything. Just being rebranded. Topic 2: What’s up with Nick Page? Current projects 1) Tutorial collabs with Visual Wilderness and creative highway 2) More tutorials 3) Upcoming workshops Palouse Ireland Chicago Moab Iceland Oregon coast Kauai 4) 2019 collabs in Faroe and southwest 5) Landscape Photography Podcast Since you haven’t been around for awhile, I’m sure the listeners are dying to hear a few pieces of Nick Page advice. What 2 pieces of advice would you like to share with us? It’s one thing to emulate, its another thing to never stretch yourself Hobbies are important mmmkay Doodads: Nick:  Shimoda 40L bag Erica: RescueTime - a program that runs in the background of your computer and keeps track of how you use your time; sends weekly reports via email with a breakdown of your computer use (social media, email, online, editing, etc.); useful for analyzing how you spend your business time, where you’re spending too much time, etc. Connor:  Backblaze Final reminders: New website - https://masterphotographypodcast.com Please continue supporting improvephotography.com Join our Facebook groups at Master Photography Podcast Listeners and Portrait Session Podcast Visit us at: Erica: ericakayphotography and uacreativestudios online and on social Connor: www.connorhibbs.photography Portraitsessionpodcast.com Nick:  www.nickpagephotography.com and www.landscapephotographypodcast.com

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