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Photofocus Episode 64

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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Photofocus is brought to you by CLIQ World 2011

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Welcome to Episode Number 64 of Photofocus with Scott Bourne and special guest Tamara Lackey. Tamara has a new project about getting better at photography so be sure to visit www.capturinglifebetter.com for more details.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 special needs children:

Question One – Photographing Special Needs Children

I’m going to photograph special needs children. Do you have any setup suggestions for shooting school children’s portraits, specific lighting equipment and techniques I should use/follow and any other tips you are able to share? I do have some experience with Special Needs Children and will have the help of the teachers I am sure, but any additional thoughts particular to Special Needs Children as a subject would also be most welcome. Brian McLaughlin from Hong Kong.

Tamara: I think it’s great that Brian is planning ahead for this shoot. The term special needs can cover a wide variety of needs so if possible, try to find out as much as you can about the special needs you’ll be working with and then try to do as much research as possible beforehand. Give the session more time and think about being respectful of personal space. I always let the child lead the session which helps with buy-in. Visit www.specialkidsphotography.com which is a great resource. Don’t spend too much time fiddling with your equipment – make sure your connecting with the child.

Question Two – Photographying Osprey

There are osprey in our local area. They wait until they’re sure no one has a camera. Then swoop past giving everyone one a haute look on their way by. Then disappear back into their worm hole. On the rare occasions when I’ve seen one stationary they were atop tall trees in a open area. No way to sneak any where close to these birds. Any suggestions on how to get a shot of these elusive creatures? From Mac

Scott: Osprey are raptors and behave as such. They tend to perch up high and look down for prey so the first thing to do is look for their nests. Do your research and find out where there are large numbers of Osprey such as southern Florida. Second thing would be to look for their nest and then wait for them. Watch for where they go to hunt and look at their patterns. Study their behavior and then it becomes easier to predict where they will go. They generally fly into the wind. Try to shoot with very fast glass and keep your shutter speed at 1/1000 minimum. You can cheat your ISO up there if you need to get a faster shutter speed. Continue reading

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Photofocus Episode 63

Host: Scott Bourne (www.scottbourne.com or www.twitter.com/scottbourne) and special guest Scott Kelby (www.scottkelby.com or www.twitter.com/scottkelby). Be sure to check out Photoshop World which is taking place in Orlando, Florida from March 30th – April 1st.

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Welcome to Episode Number 63 of Photofocus with Scott Bourne and special guest Scott Kelby. 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 beauty dishes:

Question One – What is a Beauty Dish

What is a beauty dish and how do you use it? Missey Cunningham from New York, New York

Scott K: It’s another attachment that you put in front of your studio stobe. It’s something between a bare bulb and a softbox that give you very nice light. The strobe fires into a little tiny dish which then reflects back into a larger disc and then the light comes back at your subject. You want to use it on people with very nice skin or with guys who don’t worry so much about their complexion. You can also buy a sock that will fit over the beauty dish and softens the light which is particularly pleasing when photographing women. The light itself is generally positioned above the subject at about a 45 degree angle. You seem them used often in beauty shots – for example an ad for Oil of Olay. Continue reading

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Photofocus Episode 61

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

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Welcome to Episode Number 61 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 how to use a tripod when shooting landscapes:

Question One – Tips for Using a Tripod

Can you please suggest the simplest and most logical steps for using a tripod to shoot landscapes. I consider myself a decent shooter but I’ve realized how difficult it can be to use a tripod to maximum effect out in the field. I end up doing way too much tweaking with tripod height and ball head angles. Is more patience the answer or am I making something that should be simple, complicated? Kirk in Hong Kong

Joe: I prefer the tilt-shift handle system over a ball-head system and I think that’s where his problem lies. Landscapes aren’t going anywhere so take your time and be deliberate.

Scott: I do like ball heads and if you get in the rhythm with them they can be pretty nice. I will say that Induro makes a new type of custom ball head that is also a panning tilt head. It’s called the PHQ3 and you can check out our mini-review I did on it back in May of this year. It has at least 4 bubble levels on it. Manfrotto and Gitzo also make ball head levelers which can make this a bit easier. It could still be that Kirk is making it harder than it needs to be. Also pay attention to the tension knobs. One will let you set the general tension and another one will let you refine it. Continue reading

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Photofocus Episode 60

Host: Scott Bourne (www.scottbourne.com or www.twitter.com/scottbourne) & special guest Tony Corbell (www.corbellproductions.com)

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Welcome to Episode Number 60 of Photofocus with Scott Bourne and special guest Tony Corbell. 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 macro photography of the human eye:

Question One – Macro Photography of the Human Eye

Ryan Gerritsen from Toronto, Ontario, Canada asks: I was wondering how to take clear Macro shots of the human eye. And any Canon lenses you would recommend to make the photo?

Tony: There is actually an association of Ophthalmology photographers – the OPS and all they do is photograph eyes. I went to one of their conferences once and I what I learned is that they are using very specialized lenses and lighting. A 60mm macro lens is great for that kind of thing along with the 105mm macro. For a glamour shot, remember that the catch light is part of the design element so try to keep it at 10:00 or 2:00. A ring light is another option for this type of photography.

Scott: I’m not a big fan of the 60mm macro myself as I find that it’s too close. I prefer the longer 100mm macro which also makes a great lens for portrait work. Continue reading

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Photofocus Episode 59

Host: Scott Bourne (www.scottbourne.com or www.twitter.com/scottbourne) & special guest Andy Biggs (www.andybiggs.com or www.theglobalphotographer.com)

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Welcome to Episode Number 59 of Photofocus with Scott Bourne and special guest Andy Biggs. 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 buying a lens for wildlife photography:

Question One – Lenses for Wildlife Photography

Alvin Williams from Chicago asks: I’m about to buy my first wildlife lens. Is there a big difference between going with a 600mm over 500mm lens?

Andy: The cost is significantly more for a 600 vs a 500 but you have to aks yourself what type of wildlife you are normally photographing. The size and the distance from you to your subject will be the determining factor in what lens to go with. If you frequently do bird photography, I would go with the 600mm. If you shoot mainly large land mammals and can get closer to them, the 500mm might be sufficient. I shoot a lot with a 200-400mm as I like to get the animals surrounded by their natural environment. On a hot day, even with a long lens, the heat rising up from the earth can actually get in the way of you and your subject and impact your ability to get a sharp picture.

Scott: For birds I love the 800mm. If you can afford the 600mm then I would go for it as I don’t think there is such as a thing as too long when you’re doing wildlife photography. My friend Artie Morris is able to get great shots with a 500mm and a teleconverter but I can’t. Continue reading

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Photofocus Episode 58

Host: Scott Bourne (www.scottbourne.com or www.twitter.com/scottbourne) & special guest Kevin Kubota (www.kubotaimagetools.com or www.kevinkubotablog.com)

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Welcome to Episode Number 58 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 tips for going to Africa for photography on a budget:

Question One – Tips for Going to Africa

I am hoping to go to Africa on a wildlife safari. I can’t afford to go on one of the commercial tours. Can you recommend a few good locations or any other tips? Ellen DeNovo from Toronto, Canada

Kevin: I have been to Africa and one of the most amazing things I’ve experienced was when we went to see the silverback gorillas. One thing I’d recommend is hiring a local guide and not trying to go it on your own. Often you can hire local guides for a lot less than you’d pay to go on one of the larger commercial tours but do your research. There are many local tour companies as well but many book up early since they only take a limited number of people on each of the tours due to various restrictions. As a result you should try to book as far ahead as possible.

Scott: Definitely for safety I would recommend working with a local guide. Continue reading

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Photofocus Episode 57

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 57 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 how removing dust from the viewfinder:

Question One – Removing Dust from the Viewfinder

Father Paul from Minneapolis asks if it’s worth sending a camera in to remove dust from the viewfinder – not the sensor.

Scott: Dust on the viewfinder is usually caused by dust reflecting off the mirror on the prism. On some cameras you can get at this to clean it but on others you’ll need to send it in. Obviously you’ll be without your camera during this time and there will be a cost to getting is serviced so whether it’s worth it or not is up to you. It won’t affect image quality as it’s not in the picture. If you have dust on the sensor, that is something that will affect the image and should be cleaned. It is possible to do it yourself and the fine folks over at Kelby Training have a great video on how to clean your image sensor.

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Photofocus Episode 56

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 56 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 kick things off with a question about how to mount a video light:

Question One – Mounting a Video Light

My question is this: is it possible to mount a light (the type a videographer would use) on a tripod or monopod for a wedding? Or do these types of lights need an actual video camera to function? Travis

Scott: Yes, they’ll mount on just about anything depending upon what sort of mounting plates you have. Manfrotto or Bogen carries a wide range of adaptors. A common light is a Micro LED light and they normally will mount into a regular hot shoe. In terms of the light, spend the extra money to get a really good daylight balanced light and you will be much better off. The color on the cheaper lights will often be all over the place. Continue reading

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Photofocus Episode 54

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

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

Welcome to Episode Number 54 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 back button focus:

Question One – Back Button Focus

I hear a lot about switching the auto focus button to the back of my DSLR as opposed to using the shutter button pressed half way to auto focus Do you have an opinion over which is better? Rob Utley, New York City

Joe: I switch between brands of cameras often and each one seems to have that back button in a different spot so I prefer to just use the standard half-press of the shutter to establish focus. I think ergonomics plays into it as well.

Scott: I did experiment with back-button focus but I prefer the traditional method but I don’t think there is a wrong or a right answer here. Use what suits you best but don’t decide to change and experiment the night before you have a big shoot. Continue reading

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Photofocus Episode 53

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

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Welcome to Episode Number 53 of Photofocus with Scott Bourne and special guest Scott Kelby. 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 keeping Lightroom synchronized while on the road:

Question One – Working with Lightroom Catalogs on Different Computers

I use LR2 (and beta LR3) on Mac. My work around for having my library and catalog stay current while I travel is that it all lives on an external drive, the photo library and the .lrcat file. My problem is when I am on my desktop everything is wonderful, however when I open the same .lrcat file on my macbook pro all of the photos are off line. While on my macbook pro if I find the missing folder and then open the .lrcat file, the desktop top looses connection to that folder. I also tried it with LR3 with the same experience. Any suggestions? Mark Mahan

Scott K: I think his life would be easier if he didn’t store the catalog files in different locations. I think the solution would be to have his main catalog at home. He can have a duplicate catalog with him on the road but if he does a shoot, he just needs to move over the one single folder that he created on the road and the catalog and then he’ll have mirror copies.

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Photofocus Episode 52

Host: Scott Bourne (www.scottbourne.com or www.twitter.com/scottbourne) & special guest Kerry Garrison (www.cameradojo.com or www.twitter.com/cameradojo).

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

Welcome to Episode Number 52 of Photofocus with Scott Bourne and special guest Kerry Garrison from Camera Dojo. 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 circular polarizers: Continue reading

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Photofocus Episode 51

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

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Welcome to Episode Number 51 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 photographing children:

Question One – Photographing Children

What’s the best way to get my child to “settle down” before a photo. Is it just a waiting game? Do you have any tricks? Is there anyway to make the shoot seem more like playtime to the child? Donella Williams from Tampa

Tamara: Kids respond really well to mirroring so anytime you want them to settle down, you should try to put out the same energy that you want than to emulate. If you want them to be more excited then you should act more excited. Turn it into a game where you are pretending to go to sleep or pretending to whisper, etc. Try to get them involved and role play. Continue reading

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Photofocus Episode 50

Host: Scott Bourne (www.scottbourne.com or www.twitter.com/scottbourne) & special guest Kevin Kubota (www.kubotaimagetools.com or www.kevinkubotablog.com)

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Welcome to Episode Number 50 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 photographing for charity:

Question One – Photographing for Charity

Here is my question I want to take senior portraits for kids who can not afford a senior portrait. I just need some help in where to start, how to organize a group of people willing to help out. It is for charity. Renee St. Clair Flower Mound, Texas

Kevin: We’ve been doing this for about 10 years and we call it Portraits in the Park. Contact your local photographers and let them know what you are doing. Also send out a letter to local caterers, coffee shops, etc to see if they would be willing to donate coffee, snacks, etc. Once you start putting the word out you’ll find people will start to come out of the woodwork to help. We have form letters that we’ve sent out that we’d be happy to share with you. Just e-mail me at [email protected].

Question Two – Working with Color Profiles

I hate to ask this question for the 479th time, but I’m still confused about the application of color profiles when using an outside print service like WHCC. Color me confused. Frank Walsh Bethlehem, PA

Answer from WHCC: We convert to a customized profile that we have created for all of our different printing devices. Our clients simply send us files that are tagged with whatever color space they choose to work in. Our system recognizes their respective color space and converts accordingly. A properly calibrated monitor, a tagged file and they get back what they see. We provide profiles on our site that can be used for “soft proofing” purposes only, so they can check a file ahead of time if they so choose.

Scott: Make sure you tag your image. Continue reading

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Photofocus Episode 49

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

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

Welcome to Episode Number 49 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 photographing golfers:

Question One – Tips for Photographing Golfers

Any tips on perspectives, settings, gear choices or anything else to avoid getting some ugly boring images when photographing golfers? Nick Portland, Oregon

Joe: There are three scenarios that I can think of. Photographing foursomes. Make sure you use flash to fill in the shadows on the faces because all of them will be wearing hats. Think about what size prints they are giving away to the golfers and that will drive your framing. The second scenario will be beauty shots of golfers on the golf course. The third one would be shooting from the gallery with a 70-200mm lens with IS.

Scott: Shoot wide open if you want to make the crowd go away and use a very long lens to compress the distance for a more dramatic shot.

Question Two – Lens Calibration and Sharing Lenses

My question is about lens calibration. I shoot with a Canon 5D (original) and have the following lenses: 24-70 L, 35 L, 85 1.8, 50 1.4. My primary lenses are the 24-70 and the 35. I have a close friend/fellow photographer who I sometimes lend these 2 lenses to. I’m struggling overall with decreased sharpness and/or completely soft images (ie. no focal point whatsoever) and I’ve noticed that the 2 L lenses used to be very reliable and are less and less so. I’m going through all the variables to try to fix this sharpness/focusing problem (sending all gear into Canon next week). But one question I’ve wondered about is whether sharing lenses can do anything to throw off the calibration of a lens. Do you know if this is possible or I am just being paranoid? Annie

Scott: I’m not a technician but here is my take. If you calibrate the lens for your camera and then lend it out and it comes back calibrated differently, then my thought is that maybe they calibrated the lens to work with their camera. I think it’s something that is driven by the body more so than the lens so I would doubt that. We will update the show notes if we find out any differently.

Joe: The only advice would be to not lend out your lenses in general. Continue reading

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NOTE: At the beginning of the show we announced the PMA Show in Las Vegas Sept 6-11 and should note that is September 2011 – not 2010.

Photofocus Episode 48

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 48 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 JPEGs embedded in RAW files:

Question One – Uses for JPEGs Embedded in RAW Files

There is a Jpg image imbedded in the raw image of many pro body cameras. I use a 1D Mark IV. How can I put that to use? Rhett Gibson, Auburn, AL

Scott: You could use the embedded jpeg on import as the preview file rather than creating a new one from the RAW file. Some people just import the jpegs. Continue reading

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Photofocus Episode 46

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

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

Welcome to Episode Number 46 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 step down rings:

Question One – Step Down Rings and Lens Hoods

I’ve heard you mention on the Photofocus podcast that to save money on filters, you can buy one filter that matches the filter size of the largest lens you have, and then use step rings to apply the filter to your lenses which have smaller thread sizes. My question is, will using a step ring interfere with the lens hoods, or even make it impossible to put the lens hood on? If so, is there any workaround to this problem which you can suggest? Marc Konowitz from Staten Island, New York

Joe: Step down or step up rings are very inexpensive but often you won’t be able to get the factory lens hood to fit back on the lens. There are some rubber lens hoods that might work in this situation.

Scott: Another option is to look at a matte box. They are heavy and they are expensive but they can do the same thing as the lens hood. If you’re trying to block light from entering from the side, you could also get someone to stand and block the light. Continue reading

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Photofocus Episode 45

Host: Scott Bourne (www.scottbourne.com or www.twitter.com/scottbourne) & special guest Vincent Laforet (www.laforetvisuals.com or www.twitter.com/vincentlaforet). Keep tuned to Photofocus for information on Vincent’s new iPad application which will be coming out later this month.

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

Welcome to Episode Number 45 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 macro photography:

Question One – Video Quality of the 5D Mark II vs. G10

Why is the video from a Canon 5DMKII so much better than the video from my Canon G10? Susan Aldrich from New York

Vincent: There are many reasons but some of the main ones include the fact that the sensor in the 5D Mark II is about 10 times bigger than the one in the G10 or G11 so the quality is better and you get much greater depth of field. You can also use all of the Canon lenses on a 5D Mark II to achieve a variety of looks that you just can’t get with any other camera whereas you are limited to the fixed lens on the G10.

Question Two – Print Sizing for Images

I am starting to print my photographs, and I am curious what is a good rule of thumb for print size from an image from a APS-C camera. I’ve tried the WHCC 8×10 prints, and it made me wonder how large is reasonable before noise appears? Consequently, how much of a cropped image can be printed? John Pavlish from Seattle, WA

Scott: It will be image dependent. Dark images will show noise quicker. From an APS-C you can probably make poster size prints but easily you can make 11×14′s.

Vincent: There can be different sized sensors in the APS-C line so keep that in mind. I have blown stuff up that I shot with a 4 mp camera and they stand up quite well but some pixel peepers would say they are soft. I shoot most of my stuff today with a 21 mp camera and blow them up to 60×40 every single day but it’s all subjective. Some people shoot with 75 megapixel backs because they want the highest quality they can get but in the end a lot of it is subjective.

Question Three – Time Lapse Photography

Seth Walters asks: I’ve been interested in doing some time lapse shooting but not sure on the best way to go about it. Is interval shooting the best way or can I use the video mode on my Canon 5D mkII?

Vincent: Interval shooting is the best way to do time lapse photography. You can control the shutter speed and have people flow through. Also, if you shoot RAW then you can make corrections in post and changes that you simply can’t do with a video file. You can also crop into them so you can do fake pan and tilts. I cannot stand stationary time lapse so try to incorporate movement into your time lapse. I’ve been a big fan of Kessler dollys and cranes. Check out www.timescapes.org for some great time lapse videos.

Scott: If you are going to shoot time lapse with a Canon camera then you’ll need to pick up the Canon TC80N3 timer remote control. The high end Nikon cameras have this feature built in.

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Photofocus Episode 44

Host: Scott Bourne (www.scottbourne.com or www.twitter.com/scottbourne) & special guest Kevin Kubota (www.kubotaimagetools.com or www.twitter.com/kevinkubota)

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

Welcome to Episode Number 44 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 macro photography:

Question One – Sharpening Techniques in Photoshop

I’d love to know what technique you use to sharpen your photos in Photoshop. Some use Unsharpen mask, others High pass, etc. I’m sure there are other ways. What is the best? I shoot mainly people. Suman, Surrey, UK

Kevin: I use various methods depending on the size of the final image. Unsharp mask is a great tool but one of my favorites is to use Smart Sharp. The problem with it is that it doesn’t have a threshold setting so I make an edge mask to isolate the edges and then use the smart sharp so that it only sharpens the edges.

Scott: I tend to use high pass on a layer and then tune it to where I want it. If it’s going to go big then I’ll use Nik Sharpener Pro. Continue reading

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Photofocus Episode 43

Host: Scott Bourne (www.scottbourne.com or www.twitter.com/scottbourne) & 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 43 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 exposing for backlit subjects:

Question One – Making Outdoor Portraits with Flash Look More Natural

Adam Silversmith From Las Vegas, NV writes: When I do outdoor portraits of people it is hard for me when using speedlites to make the photos seem like there is no flash being used (All of my flashes are off camera using pocketwizards). If I step down the power of the light the scene goes dark. Do you have any tips for outdoor portraits to make the photos look more natural?

Tamara: I strongly prefer to use natural light whenever possible along with a reflector. That being said, with a larger group there are times when you’ll have to go with fill flash.

Scott: The easiest way to make it look more natural is to move to aperture priority and set your flash to E-TTL. Make sure that you’re turning down the power of the light and not the exposure.

Question Two – Topaz Adjust & Simplify – CS5 64-Bit Compatibility

William Johnson from Tampa writes: I know Scott likes Topaz Adjust and Simplify – when will these plugins be CS5 64-bit compatible?

Scott: As far as I know they are both CS5 compatible as of last week. Continue reading