This week’s show features two interviews from different points of view in the photo industry. Melissa Niu catches up with noted portrait and fashion photographer Kevin Ames to discuss his approach to working with light. Then Rich Harrington talks to photographer Scott Diussa about his concert photography and work with Nikon.
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Kevin Ames is a photographer who started shooting commercial photography while attending Boise State University and working full time at Idaho Camera. His career continued as part of the first generation of videographers working for the NBC and CBS affiliated television stations in Boise. He has also written, produced, photographed and directed television commercials.
His photographs have appeared in Time, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal and on the covers of Professional Photographer, Photoshop User, Jezebel and Atlanta Sports and Fitness magazines. He works for corporate clients including AT&T, Coca-Cola, Carter’s, Honda and Westin Hotels as well as in brochures, annual reports, websites and trade show graphics.
Melissa and Kevin discuss:
- Who is Kevin Ames?
- How he got into photography
- His love of Brownie cameras
- Should you start with film or digital to learn photography?
- Why you should not look at the back of your DSLR
- What he loves about film
- A power tip for Nik Software users
- Practical marketing advice for photographers
- The importance of relationships
- Learning about social media and how to become unstuck
- Kevin’s favorite gear
- Why he uses strobe lighting
- Why use a color checking chart?
- How to post process faster
- How to get skin tones right
- The benefits of shooting in manual mode
- How to get more control when shooting
- The opportunity to shoot tethered
Follow Kevin on Twitter — twitter.com/amesphoto
Scott Diussa is a photographer, teacher, musician, traveler and part-time writer. His photographic background started with weddings, portraits and architectural photography but quickly changed to teaching photography at the Disney Institute at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL. From there he joined Nikon and is currently the Manager of Nikon Professional Services and Training.
Rich and Scott discuss:
- What brought Scott into photography?
- The impact of phones on photography
- How is technology and digital photography changing the way we view photography
- The decline in printing
- Why do photographers need to re invent themselves
- The benefits of shooting faster
- The three song rule of concert photography
- The difference between pretty good and really good
- Recent camera improvements that are impacting shooting
- How many megapixels are enough
- Camera talk about the D7100
- Why a cropped sensor may be a good match for your shooting style
- How to use WIFI on your camera
Follow Scott on Twitter —twitter.com/sdiussa
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