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Photofocus Episode 87

Host: Scott Bourne (www.scottbourne.com or www.twitter.com/scottbourne) and special guest co-host Kevin Kubota (www.kubotaimagetools.com or www.twitter.com/kevinkubota)

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Welcome to Episode Number 87 of Photofocus with Scott Bourne and special guest Kevin Kubota. Photofocus is the show devoted to your questions about anything photography related including gear, technique, locations, etc. Your questions will shape the direction of this show so be sure to send your questions to [email protected]. We will try to answer as many as we can but we get a lot of questions so we’ll try to take a collection of questions that represent a particular topic and present them together.

This week we kick things off with a question about photography magazines:

Question One – Photography Magazines

James Kniffen Jr. Raleigh, NC writes: I am currently learning more about the art of photography, and am interested in subscribing to a photography magazine. I know there are a lot out there, but do you have any specific recommendations?

Kevin: If you join an organization like PPA, WPPI, etc they generally will have a magazine that will be geared towards professionals. There are also ones like Popular Photography, Rangefinder, etc.

Scott: If you are a nature photographer, check out Outdoor Photographer. Scott Kelby now has a new iPad magazine called Light It which is great. In general, if you subscribe you will save yourself a ton of money. Continue reading

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Photofocus Episode 85

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Host: Scott Bourne (www.scottbourne.com or www.twitter.com/scottbourne) and Joseph Linaschke (www.apertureexpert.com or www.twitter.com/travel_junkie)

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Welcome to Episode Number 85 of Photofocus with Scott Bourne and special guest Joseph Linaschke. Photofocus is the show devoted to your questions about anything photography related including gear, technique, locations, etc. Your questions will shape the direction of this show so be sure to send your questions to [email protected]. We will try to answer as many as we can but we get a lot of questions so we’ll try to take a collection of questions that represent a particular topic and present them together.

This week we kick things off with a question about using your camera in extreme heat:

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Photofocus Episode 83

Host: Scott Bourne (www.scottbourne.com or www.twitter.com/scottbourne).

Show notes by Bruce Clarke (www.momentsindigital.com or www.twitter.com/bruceclarke)

Welcome to Episode Number 83 of Photofocus with Scott Bourne. Photofocus is the show devoted to your questions about anything photography related including gear, technique, locations, etc. Your questions will shape the direction of this show so be sure to send your questions to [email protected]. We will try to answer as many as we can but we get a lot of questions so we’ll try to take a collection of questions that represent a particular topic and present them together.

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This week we are doing a themed showed all about selling your photography and we kick things off with a question about time spent selling vs. time spent shooting:

Question One – Shooting vs. Selling

John Ellington from NY writes: I’d like to know what percentage of your time you spend selling and what percent you spend shooting? I’ve heard that to be successful you have to spend more time selling than you do shooting.

Scott: You are correct. You do spend more time selling than you do shooting. I have to spend everyday on the phone doing the smile and dial. I’ve been at it for awhile so it’s easier than it used to be but ultimately it’s your job to sell your photography. Expect about 80% of the time selling and 20% of your time shooting. Continue reading

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Photofocus Episode 81

Host: Scott Bourne (www.scottbourne.com or www.twitter.com/scottbourne) and special guest Tamara Lackey (www.tamaralackeyblog.com or www.twitter.com/tamaralackey)

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Welcome to Episode Number 81 of Photofocus with Scott Bourne and special guest Tamara Lackey. Photofocus is the show devoted to your questions about anything photography related including gear, technique, locations, etc. Your questions will shape the direction of this show so be sure to send your questions to [email protected]. We will try to answer as many as we can but we get a lot of questions so we’ll try to take a collection of questions that represent a particular topic and present them together.

This week we kick things off with a question about the best aperture for portraits:

Question One – Best Aperture for Portraits

Debbie Hume from Long Island, NY asks: I know this is very basic but I’ve struggled with knowing which aperture is best for general portrait photography. How much depth of field do I really need?

Tamara: There is no one perfect aperture for portraits. It depends on the look you want to go for. Shooting wide open is very popular these days to blur the background and separate your subject from the background. It will also depend upon how far you are away from your subject, the lens length, the distance they are from the background.

Scott: It depends but typically the style today is to shoot a bit more wide open. Continue reading

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Photofocus Episode 80

Host: Scott Bourne (www.scottbourne.com or www.twitter.com/scottbourne)

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Welcome to Episode Number 80 of Photofocus with Scott Bourne. Photofocus is the show devoted to your questions about anything photography related including gear, technique, locations, etc. Your questions will shape the direction of this show so be sure to send your questions to [email protected]. We will try to answer as many as we can but we get a lot of questions so we’ll try to take a collection of questions that represent a particular topic and present them together.

This week we kick things off with a question about non-typical things to photograph in Las Vegas:

Question One – What to Photograph in Las Vegas

I’ll be in Las Vegas in late July for a friends bachelor party. With nothing planned during the day I was wondering if you had any spots you would recommend for non typical (something other than casinos) day time shooting in or around the city. Patrick Edgett from Riverside, CA

Scott: Very popular is the ghost town of Nelson Nevada. Another place to consider is Red Rocks which is a State Park. Downtown Vegas during the day would be great for street photography. Springs Reserve is another great spot and if you’re into bird photography check out Henderson. Continue reading

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Photofocus Episode 79

Host: Scott Bourne (www.scottbourne.com or www.twitter.com/scottbourne) and special guest Joe Farace (http://www.joefarace.com/ or http://twitter.com/joefarace)

Show notes by Bruce Clarke (www.momentsindigital.com or www.twitter.com/bruceclarke)

Welcome to Episode Number 79 of Photofocus with Scott Bourne and special guest Joe Farace. Photofocus is the show devoted to your questions about anything photography related including gear, technique, locations, etc. Your questions will shape the direction of this show so be sure to send your questions to [email protected]. We will try to answer as many as we can but we get a lot of questions so we’ll try to take a collection of questions that represent a particular topic and present them together.

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Photofocus Episode 78

Host: Scott Bourne (www.scottbourne.com or www.twitter.com/scottbourne) and special guest Rich Harrington (www.richardharringtonblog.com or www.twitter.com/rhedpixel)

Show notes by Bruce Clarke (www.momentsindigital.com or www.twitter.com/bruceclarke)

Welcome to Episode Number 78 of Photofocus with Scott Bourne and special guest Rich Harrington. Photofocus is the show devoted to your questions about anything photography related including gear, technique, locations, etc. Your questions will shape the direction of this show so be sure to send your questions to [email protected]. We will try to answer as many as we can but we get a lot of questions so we’ll try to take a collection of questions that represent a particular topic and present them together.

This week we kick things off with a question about panoramic film cameras vs.digital:

Question One – Panoramic Film Cameras vs. Digital

Sam Romney from Washington DC writes I used to use a dedicated panoramic film camera to make my panos, but now it seems like everyone uses digital cameras and stitches – in your opinion are these pictures as good as the ones from panoramic film cameras?

Rich: Is it better – that’s a subjective term. I think the technical side of things when working with film will become more difficult even though there is beauty to film. I think that digital provides greater confidence in your shooting and the ability to do things like HDR.

Scott: I used to use the Hassleblad X-Pan but that today it’s not as good. You’re limited to the resolution of that one piece of film. In digital you can shoot digital 35mm pictures x80 and get a lot more information. There are also the hassles and difficulties with getting film processed and printing.

Question Two – Ariel Photography

Kent Ross from Tampa, FL write I recently had the opportunity to shoot some real estate shots from a small plane. While the shots were satisfactory for our publication purposes, almost all suffered from a slight blur in the details. I shot with a D700, Tamron 28-300 lens with VC turned on, most shots aperture priority f11 1/500 and faster. Shooting error or just the nature of shooting from something moving in 3d space with wind, engine vibration etc.?

Rich: I have shot video but not stills from a moving platform. One thing to look at is to see if you have a 2nd position switch on your VR setting as some VR lenses have different settings depending on whether you’re photographing moving subjects or not.

Scott: I’m not familiar with the quality of VC on Tamron lenses so I don’t know how it compares to Canon, Nikon, or Sigma. As for shutter speed, I tend to think that 1/1000 is the shutter speed I try to stay above when shooting from a moving vehicle. Also, you want to minimize the contact you have with the moving vehicle as that vibration will transfer through your body to the camera.

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Photofocus Episode 77

Host: Scott Bourne (www.scottbourne.com or www.twitter.com/scottbourne)

Show notes by Bruce Clarke (www.momentsindigital.com or www.twitter.com/bruceclarke)

Welcome to Episode Number 77 of Photofocus with Scott Bourne. Photofocus is the show devoted to your questions about anything photography related including gear, technique, locations, etc. Your questions will shape the direction of this show so be sure to send your questions to [email protected]. We will try to answer as many as we can but we get a lot of questions so we’ll try to take a collection of questions that represent a particular topic and present them together.

This week we kick things off with a question about neutral density filters and different lens sizes:

Question One – ND Filters

Daniel Cinque from the UK writes: At the weekend I went down to the beach and wanted to capture some glossy water shots by the pier / crashing against the rocks which in turn meant I needed a slow shutter speed. As it was broad daylight this was impossible to achieve without blowing out the exposure even at 1 second shutter speed. Therefore I got thinking about ND filters. As a keen amature photographer I have 3/4 lenses that I use regularly but don’t wish to purchase a filter for each lens as this would be too expensive for the use I would get out of it.. Can you recommend any kits that you know of for manually placing over lenses no matter which size the lens is? How do these hold the filter in place and where can I get one from?

Scott: Adorama sells step up rings. Get the largest ND filter you need for your largest lens and then buy a step up ring for your other lenses. There are some filters from companies such as Lee, Singh Ray, etc that have drop-box type filters that you can screw on to the front. Continue reading

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Photofocus Episode 76

Host: Scott Bourne (www.scottbourne.com or www.twitter.com/scottbourne) and special guest Tamara Lackey (www.tamaralackeyblog.com or www.twitter.com/tamaralackey)

Show notes by Bruce Clarke (www.momentsindigital.com or www.twitter.com/bruceclarke)

Welcome to Episode Number 76 of Photofocus with Scott Bourne and special guest Tamara Lackey. Photofocus is the show devoted to your questions about anything photography related including gear, technique, locations, etc. Your questions will shape the direction of this show so be sure to send your questions to [email protected]. We will try to answer as many as we can but we get a lot of questions so we’ll try to take a collection of questions that represent a particular topic and present them together.

This week we kick things off with a question about a trend towards not having subjects smile in portraits:

Question One – Disturbing Trend in Portrait Photography

As someone who is 50, I am disturbed by the trend I see in people making portraits where the subject not only doesn’t smile but looks downright mad. Am I missing something? Clair Macintosh from Lexington, KY

Tamara: There is a huge trend towards this in editorial and advertising which influences portraiture. I think some of it is to show an attempt to show a range of emotions.

Scott: I’ve noticed it too. This tends to be cyclical. If you study photography history, you will have seen this trend back in the Civil War times. Then we had a time where people were smiling. I don’t mind serious but I’m not a big fan of portraiture where people look angry.

Question Two – Advice for Night Photography

I was wondering what advice you could give to a new photographer concerning night shooting. Randy Arthur

Tamara: Consider whether or not you want to use lights. If you’re not going to use lights, then you will need a fast lens, a tripod, and a camera with high ISO. If you don’t want to use a tripod then learn some good techniques to hold you camera and keep it steady.

Scott: If you’ll be shooting at night and doing long exposures, enable your long exposure noise reduction on your digital camera.

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Question Three – Sharpness Tips

Camus from Columbia wants some sharpness tips.

Tamara: I do like to see sharpness in the eyes but I also like to see some softness in areas to create contrast. If I’m photographing an older subject, I might not want it overly sharp as that will show off imperfections.

Scott: I posted an article on sharpness recently that you can check out. An image doesn’t have to be sharp the whole way through. When I photograph birds for example, I generally want the bird sharp but generally I don’t want the background sharp. Also consider subject movement vs camera movement. Mirror bounce can also cause some camera movement so if you’re doing long exposures you can use the mirror lock-up feature.

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Photofocus Episode 75

Host: Scott Bourne (www.scottbourne.com or www.twitter.com/scottbourne) and special guest Joe Farace (http://www.joefarace.com/ or http://twitter.com/joefarace)

Show notes by Bruce Clarke (www.momentsindigital.com or www.twitter.com/bruceclarke)

Welcome to Episode Number 75 of Photofocus with Scott Bourne and special guest Joe Farace. Photofocus is the show devoted to your questions about anything photography related including gear, technique, locations, etc. Your questions will shape the direction of this show so be sure to send your questions to [email protected]. We will try to answer as many as we can but we get a lot of questions so we’ll try to take a collection of questions that represent a particular topic and present them together.

This week we kick things off with a question about shutter button technique

Question One – Shutter Button Technique

The picture Joe Farace used to illustrate his “Why you need a tripod” looks like the on board flash is to the right of the camera. This brings up the question of, when you shoot in portrait orientation, do you hold the camera with the shutter button up or down? Most pics I see show the shutter up, with the right arm raised and the hand on top of the camera (assuming you don’t have a pro camera or battery grip). I used to hold it this way until I broke my shoulder and couldn’t raise my arm. I started holding the camera with the button down (like it must have been in Joe’s shot) and it feels more comfortable. Is there a historical reason to do it one way or the other? As much as hash out everything else that has to do with photography, it seems odd this isn’t mentioned more. Just think. We can get another Canon/Nikon type thing going. Are you a “Button Up” or a “Button Down” shooter? Mike Spivey

Joe: My wife took that shot and she has no particular system. I will usually shoot with a grip and typically shoot with the button up because it feels natural. Go with what feels good.

Scott: I’ve never really thought about it but I just naturally shoot with the button up. Continue reading

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Photofocus Episode 74

Host: Scott Bourne (www.scottbourne.com or www.twitter.com/scottbourne) and special guest Jerry Ghionis (www.jerryghionis.com or www.theicesociety.com or www.twitter.com/jerryghionis). Be sure to check out Jerry’s upcoming workshops in North America this summer in Portland, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, & San Antonio.

Show notes by Bruce Clarke (www.momentsindigital.com or www.twitter.com/bruceclarke)

Welcome to Episode Number 74 of Photofocus with Scott Bourne and special guest Jerry Ghionis. Photofocus is the show devoted to your questions about anything photography related including gear, technique, locations, etc. Your questions will shape the direction of this show so be sure to send your questions to [email protected]. We will try to answer as many as we can but we get a lot of questions so we’ll try to take a collection of questions that represent a particular topic and present them together.

This week we kick things off with a question about photographing into the sun:

Question One – Sunset Photographs

On your Sunset post (and I’ve seen it other places) you had a warning: “WARNING: Never look directly at the sun through your viewfinder – this can lead to serious eye damage.” With that warning in mind, what’s the safest way to shoot sunset photographs without damaging your eye(s)? Additionally, in your photos you have the sun in the picture, what did you do to mitigate the danger? John Reed

Jerry: When I shoot a sunset, I normally shoot in the opposite direction. I would say look at the sun as little as possible and use sunglasses when you’re looking at it to get things setup.

Scott: If your camera has Live View, It’s safe to look at the sun through the Live View to get things in position. Back in the old days before we had live view, I would put my thumb above the view finder to block the sun so I wasn’t looking directly into it. Continue reading

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Photofocus Episode 73

Host: Scott Bourne (www.scottbourne.com or www.twitter.com/scottbourne) and special guest Scott Kelby (www.scottkelby.com or www.twitter.com/scottkelby).

Show notes by Bruce Clarke (www.momentsindigital.com or www.twitter.com/bruceclarke)

Welcome to Episode Number 73 of Photofocus with Scott Bourne and special guest Scott Kelby who has just released a new book called “. Photofocus is the show devoted to your questions about anything photography related including gear, technique, locations, etc. Your questions will shape the direction of this show so be sure to send your questions to [email protected]. We will try to answer as many as we can but we get a lot of questions so we’ll try to take a collection of questions that represent a particular topic and present them together.

This week we kick things off with a question about press passes:

Question One – Press Passes

Do you carry a press pass? How important are they for a photographer who would like to move from amateur to freelance or more? The internet is a-wash with companies trying to sell them but I have no idea which is credible if any. Gemini, Newman, Ca.

Scott K: You don’t buy a press pass. You can only get a press pass from the event you are going to shoot. I joined a wire service and they make the arrangements for me to get a pass to cover an event.

Scott B: For a lot of things that aren’t professional level you generally don’t need one. Continue reading

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Photofocus Episode 72

Host: Scott Bourne (www.scottbourne.com or www.twitter.com/scottbourne) and special guest Tamara Lackey (www.tamaralackeyblog.com or www.twitter.com/tamaralackey)

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Welcome to Episode Number 72 of Photofocus with Scott Bourne and special guest Tamara Lackey who’s latest project is Capturing Life Better. Photofocus is the show devoted to your questions about anything photography related including gear, technique, locations, etc. Your questions will shape the direction of this show so be sure to send your questions to [email protected]. We will try to answer as many as we can but we get a lot of questions so we’ll try to take a collection of questions that represent a particular topic and present them together.

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Photofocus Episode 71

Host: Scott Bourne (www.scottbourne.com or www.twitter.com/scottbourne) and special guest Joe Farace (http://www.joefarace.com/ or http://twitter.com/joefarace).

Show notes by Bruce Clarke (www.momentsindigital.com or www.twitter.com/bruceclarke)

Welcome to Episode Number 71 of Photofocus with Scott Bourne and special guest Joe Farace. Photofocus is the show devoted to your questions about anything photography related including gear, technique, locations, etc. Your questions will shape the direction of this show so be sure to send your questions to [email protected]. We will try to answer as many as we can but we get a lot of questions so we’ll try to take a collection of questions that represent a particular topic and present them together.

This week we kick things off with a question about netbooks vs. photo vaults

Question One – Epson Photo Vault vs. Netbook

I’m planning a trip abroad and want to limit the number of cards I take with me. Why should I buy an Epson P-7000 when a netbook would give me more storage at half the price and full internet functionality? Nick Van Zanten

Joe: I had a very bad experience with one of the early models of those photo vaults so what I do is bring a real laptop with me and a small Western Digital portable drive. I’ll transfer the images from my cards to the portable drive and organize them and then when I get back home I just have to hook it up to my desktop and copy them over.

Scott: I use the G-Drive Minis which are very strong and durable and I bring along my laptop. I bring two drives with me and backup on-site and then I always carry one of those drives with me. I bring enough cards so that I don’t have to worry about formatting them in the field. You can buy a 128 GB card these days for less that the price of one photo vault. I’ve never trusted them myself so I wouldn’t recommend them.

Question Two – Photographing Arches National Park

I will be going to the Arches National Park in the next couple of weeks. Any pointers as to good photo spots, gear, camera settings, things to avoid etc. Rafael Otoya from Puerto Limón, Costa Rica

Joe: I’m not a big landscape guy but I recommend shooting through the cliche and then keep going once you’ve captured it.

Scott: There is a great iTunes application for Arches National Park. In terms of pointers, avoid being afraid to shoot cliches. I was in Arches National Park a few years ago and one of the arches I photographed, which had been photographed a million times, collapsed last year so it can’t be shot again. One acronym I use is EDFAT – Entire, Details, Focal Length, Angle, and Time. This will give you the greatest variety. Continue reading

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Photofocus Episode 70

Host: Scott Bourne (www.scottbourne.com or www.twitter.com/scottbourne)

Show notes by Bruce Clarke (www.momentsindigital.com or www.twitter.com/bruceclarke)

Welcome to Episode Number 70 of Photofocus with Scott Bourne. Photofocus is the show devoted to your questions about anything photography related including gear, technique, locations, etc. Your questions will shape the direction of this show so be sure to send your questions to [email protected]. We will try to answer as many as we can but we get a lot of questions so we’ll try to take a collection of questions that represent a particular topic and present them together. Continue reading

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Photofocus Episode 69

Host: Scott Bourne (www.scottbourne.com or www.twitter.com/scottbourne) and special guest Matthew Jordan Smith (http://matthewjordansmith.blogspot.com/)

Show notes by Bruce Clarke (www.momentsindigital.com or www.twitter.com/bruceclarke)

Welcome to Episode Number 69 of Photofocus with Scott Bourne and special guest Matthew Jodan Smith. Photofocus is the show devoted to your questions about anything photography related including gear, technique, locations, etc. Your questions will shape the direction of this show so be sure to send your questions to [email protected]. We will try to answer as many as we can but we get a lot of questions so we’ll try to take a collection of questions that represent a particular topic and present them together.

This week we kick things off with a listener looking for thoughts on selecting lenses based on crop factors:

Question One – Selecting Lenses Based on Crop Factors

Should photographers with a cropped sensor DSLRs follow the same “guidelines or pro recommendations” as full frames DSLR photographers when choosing a lens? Should we convert focal length using the crop factor then make our decision regarding what focal length suits our needs? Merci, Marc Archambault Montreal Canada

Matthew: Yes you should as it gives you somewhat of a guide. It will put you in the ballpark but it’s not exact. I will shoot based on what I feel.

Scott: The main thing is what are you trying to accomplish. These rules don’t really apply anymore. If I want to shoot with an 85 and I throw it on a crop sensor camera, I don’t worry about it too much.

Question Two – Shooting Landscapes with a Fisheye

I have just ordered a Fisheye lens and was wondering if you had any tips for good landscape or interesting shots. I understand the basic formula, that if you have the horizon in the centre of the frame, it will remain relatively straight. And shoot at F8 ish and almost everything will be in focus. David Wingate from Wimbledon Uk

Scott: Those are two great beginning tips. The wider angle the lens, the less depth of field matters. If you have a super wide angle lens you’d be surprised at what is in focus. Fisheye lenses are best if you can keep the plane of focus parallel with the subject. I like to work with really prominent foreground objects.

Matthew: I used to shoot with them but haven’t used one in awhile.

Question Three – Compression in TIFF Files

I was wondering if you could explain the different compression in regards to tiff files. Am using Aperture and not sure if I should use zip, lzw or none. I do allot of portrait retouching so I use 16 bit files and would like to keep the best quality file. George Vivanco form Long Beach, Ca

Scott: I’ll keep it short and simple. You should use no compression. A Tiff file is already a lossless file without compression.

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Photofocus Episode 68

Host: Scott Bourne (www.scottbourne.com or www.twitter.com/scottbourne) and special guest Jerry Ghionis (http://www.jerryghionis.com/ or www.twitter.com/jerryghionis). Jerry is on tour with Sandy Puc and you can learn more about their workshop at http://www.sandypuctours.com/. Enter the promo code ‘JER11′ to save $20 on the workshop fee.

Show notes by Bruce Clarke (www.momentsindigital.com or www.twitter.com/bruceclarke)

Welcome to Episode Number 68 of Photofocus with Scott Bourne and special guest Jerry Ghionis. Photofocus is the show devoted to your questions about anything photography related including gear, technique, locations, etc. Your questions will shape the direction of this show so be sure to send your questions to [email protected]. We will try to answer as many as we can but we get a lot of questions so we’ll try to take a collection of questions that represent a particular topic and present them together.

This week we kick things off with a listener looking for tips on how to photograph people to make them appear slimmer:

Question One – Tips for Slimming People in Photographs

Can you talk about some of the techniques you use when photographing larger people to make them look slimmer? Is this something you do in camera or in post? Nicole Gibson from New York, New York

Jerry: I try to do as much as I can in camera. I actually don’t use Photoshop much myself so I try to work things out in camera. For plus sized people, your veil will best your best friend. Shoulders have to go back and you have to separate the arm from pressing up against the body. Also shooting from a taller angle and shooting down helps. If you use a wide angle lens and shoot down, you create an illusion where the body seems to disappear. Continue reading

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Photofocus Episode 67

Host: Scott Bourne (www.scottbourne.com or www.twitter.com/scottbourne) and special guest Vincent Laforet (www.laforetvisuals.com or www.twitter.com/vincentlaforet). Also check out Vincent’s new iPad application called Visuals.

Show notes by Bruce Clarke (www.momentsindigital.com or www.twitter.com/bruceclarke)

Welcome to Episode Number 67 of Photofocus with Scott Bourne and special guest Vincent Laforet. Photofocus is the show devoted to your questions about anything photography related including gear, technique, locations, etc. Your questions will shape the direction of this show so be sure to send your questions to [email protected]. We will try to answer as many as we can but we get a lot of questions so we’ll try to take a collection of questions that represent a particular topic and present them together.

This week we kick things off with a question about concern over subjects being camera aware:

Question One – Concern Over Subjects Being Camera Aware

Brian Breslin from Little Rock Arkansa asks: How much concern should I have about my subjects being “camera aware?” Was this something that people like Bresson worried about?

Vincent: Bresson is considered the father of street photography and photojournalism and he was obsessed with not being noticed when shooting. I think that is very important when you are trying to be a photojournlist that you don’t become part of the story.

Scott: For our audience I just want to make the distinction that in photojournalism this is a big deal but obviously if you’re a photographer working in a portrait studio this wouldn’t be the case.

Question Two – Maintaining Focus Lock

I am trying to get good video with my DSLR of my 11 year old son competing in Snowboarding rail jams. I have to pack all my gear up the mountain in the snow to get a close up perspective. I would love to know how Vincent would set up a 5d Mark II for a very basic shoot with camera, 50 mm 1.4, and tripod. My biggest challenge is keeping focus lock through the entire section I am trying to shoot, basically- moving towards me from 100 ft away, continuing downhill and getting as close as 15-20′ away and continuing downhill away from me to 100′ away. Thanks From the snow covered mountains of Idaho. Bond

Vincent: The easiest thing to do will be to add more depth of field but if he wants to get that blown out background, I would setup marks. You can take sticks or make note of any landmarks and then match those up with little pieces of tape on your lens. If you want to get fancy, the main piece of equipment that Bond should get would be a good follow-focus mechanism. I use most of the high-end follow-focus devices but I have also worked with some of the Red Rock Micro products and found them to be very good.

Scott: I would definitely recommend getting a follow focus device along with a whip which will help with pulling focus.

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Question Three – Megapixels

I saw a post on Photofocus about megapixels. How many megapixels do we really need to make a decent 8×10? Jane Lawson from Oklahoma City

Vincent: I think as long as you have 3+ MP you’ll be fine. There is value in going higher but it really depends on how much of a pixel peeper you are.

Scott: I did a post on this recently on Photofocus called Stop the Pixel Madness. I think we have enough Megapixels today. I want to see bigger sensors. Continue reading