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Photofocus Episode 21

Hosts: Scott Bourne (www.scottbourne.com or www.twitter.com/scottbourne) and special guest Syl Arena (http://pixsylated.com/ or www.twitter.com/syl_arena).

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Welcome to Episode Number 21 of Photofocus with Scott Bourne and special guest host Syl Arena. 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]. You can also send your questions via Twitter to Scott. Use the hashtag #photoqa to make sure that we can find them. 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 are starting things off with a request for some portrait tips for photographing a CEO.

Question One – Portrait Tips

Albert in Halifax writes: I have to make a portrait of our CEO next month. Can you give me one quick tip on how I might approach this? I realize that whole books are written on the subject but was hoping for just one thing I could hang my hat on that might help.

Syl: Be confident in what you’re doing, even if you don’t know what you are doing. With a CEO you really don’t want to waste any of his or her time. Be prepared and find out how large the CEO is. One you know their size, find someone to stand in as a model and then pre-light the scene so that when they show up you aren’t wasting time messing around with lighting.

Scott: In other words, fake it until you make it. If the CEO is not an overly large fellow, shoot up on him which makes them look powerful. If it’s a lady, try to shoot eye-to-eye which makes a personal connection. If it’s someone who is large, get up on a ladder or chair and shoot down on them.

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Photofocus Episode 19

Hosts: Scott Bourne (www.scottbourne.com or www.twitter.com/scottbourne) and Chase Jarvis (www.chasejarvis.com or www.twitter.com/chasejarvis)

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Welcome to Episode Number 19 of Photofocus with Scott Bourne and special guest host Chase Jarvis – photographer and author of the “The Best Camera”. The show devoted to your photography 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]. You can also send your questions via Twitter to Scott. Use the hashtag #photoqa to make sure that we can find them. 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 are starting off with a question about credentials required to be a photographer:

Question One – Credentials to be a Photographer

Bob Mayhan from New York writes: Does one have to attend a college or other post secondary school to become a professional photographer? Does one need a license?

Chase: Absolutely not. In my case I’m all self-taught although I wouldn’t necessarily recommend that as an approach that will work for everyone.

Scott: For the second part of Bob’s question, most communities have some sort of business licensing procedure that you may have to consider regardless of the type of business that you want to run but very few if any require a special photography permit.

Chase: I’ll add that for our International listeners you may have different requirements in your country so be sure to check into that if you are planning on starting up a photography business.

Question Two – Horizontal vs. Vertical Shots

Linda Wilson from Ft. Myers Florida writes: How do you know if a photo would look best as a horizontal or a vertical shot?

Scott: One of my old teachers used to say that the best time to take a vertical photo is right after you take a horizontal one.

Chase: I agree and one of the dirtiest secrets is that the key to good photography is taking a lot of photographs. I wouldn’t take just one picture – I’d take several and include both a horizontal and a vertical and maybe even at a 45 if it looks interesting. Technically, composition is a learn able skill and the more you practice that better you will get at it.

Scott: There are certain subjects that lend themselves to a vertical such as a tall tree or a tall building.

Question Three – Autofocus, Aperture and Shutter Speed with Video

elonbezner on Twitter writes: Looking to buy a VSLR to replace my D300. Wondering how autofocus, aperture and shutter speed controls work while shooting video?

Chase:I was lucky enough to play with one of the first DSLRs to shoot video and that was the Nikon D90. That camera doesn’t have autofocus. The D300s does have autofocus.

Scott: On the Canon side, the new 7D has autofocus, aperture, and shutter speed control. They really dialed that one in for video whereas with the 5D Mark II there are some software workarounds from a company called Magic Lantern for some of those things.

Chase: For me I actually prefer the manual focus when I’m working with video.

Scott: You should try to experiment with follow-focus and when I got my Red Rock Micro rig for my 7D I looked more like I knew what I was doing. Continue reading

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Photofocus Episode 17

Hosts: Scott Bourne (www.scottbourne.com or www.twitter.com/scottbourne) and Rick Sammon (www.ricksammon.com or www.twitter.com/ricksammon)

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Photofocus Episode 12

Hosts: Scott Bourne (www.scottbourne.com or www.twitter.com/scottbourne) and Rick Sammon (www.ricksammon.com or www.twitter.com/ricksammon)

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Welcome to Episode Number 12 of Photofocus with Scott Bourne and Rick Sammon. The show devoted to your photography 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]. You can also send your questions via Twitter to either Scott or Rick. Use the hashtag #photoqa to make sure that we can find them. 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 starting off with a question about lens hood shadows.

Question One – Lens Hood Shadows

Steve Crane from Capetown writes: I came across the perfect subject for a wide lens but the foreground was in deep shade so I needed to use fill flash. I discovered that the lens hood on my camera masked out a lot of the flash and removed it. If had a flash gun with me I could have removed it and gotten the flash above the lens but since I’m stuck with the built-in flash on my Canon 30D I get the shadow. Are there any other options or tricks I could have used to get the shot without the annoying shadow from the lens hood?

Scott: There is no super special trick other than getting an external flash that you can get off the camera. On a wide lens, they can be so wide that they can block the fill flash even if you take the lens hood off the lens. I have seen some people try to hold a sheet of white paper at an extreme angle and hope that some of the bounce will fill back in the area that the lens hood is blocking but in my experience it doesn’t fill in the shadows.

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Photofocus Episode 9

Hosts: Scott Bourne (www.scottbourne.com or www.twitter.com/scottbourne) and Rick Sammon (www.ricksammon.com or www.twitter.com/ricksammon)

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Welcome to Episode Number 9 of Photofocus with Scott Bourne and Rick Sammon. The show devoted to your photography 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]. You can also send your questions via Twitter to either Scott or Rick. Use the hashtag #photoqa to make sure that we can find them. 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 are starting off with a question about copyright information.

Question One – Copyright Information

Magical on Twitter asks Should I add copyright info to my select shots before uping to flickr? or just use their copyright info?

Scott: You want to put all the copyright info into the image as soon as you can but you also want to register your copyright with the Library of Congress to give it some teeth. If you don’t care about people using your photographs then you don’t have to worry about it. All the copyright symbol is is a notice.

Question Two – Omnibounce vs. Lightsphere

marvinpidoon Twitter writes: I’m thinking of buying an Omnibounce or Lightsphere or flip-it? Any suggestions? What are the pros and cons of each if there are?

Rick: I have every flash diffuser known to man. What you want to think about is the size. The bigger the diffuser the softer the light but the bigger it is then the bulkier it’s going to be. Some diffusers even let you put in some colored gels. Remember that with whatever you get, you need to get the darn flash off the camera.

Scott: When it comes to these things, I’m not so sure that I want to spend $50 on a piece of tupperware. I really like the Lumiquest and the HonL diffusers because they fold up which makes them easier to move around. The larger diffusers will give you softer light.

Rick: Adorama sells an item called a Strobosock that looks like a large chefs hat that you can put over your flash.

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Photofocus Episode 8

Hosts: Scott Bourne (www.scottbourne.com or www.twitter.com/scottbourne) and Rick Sammon (www.ricksammon.com or www.twitter.com/ricksammon)

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Welcome to Episode Number 8 of Photofocus with Scott Bourne and Rick Sammon. The show devoted to your photography 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]. You can also send your questions via Twitter to either Scott or Rick. Use the hashtag #photoqa to make sure that we can find them. 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 are starting off with a question about White Balance.

Question One – Alternatives to a Grey Card

Andrew Kelly would like to know if he just use a plain piece of white paper for setting White Balance?

Scott: Yes you can if it’s pure white. If it’s not pure white it might not come out exactly right however my recommendation is that you try to use a grey card. It’s better to use a grey card to set your white balance and use a white object to set your white point.

Rick: I agree with your thoughts Scott. I use the Expo Disc as I like to get it right in camera rather than fixing it later in post. If you want to save some money you could use the underside of a Pringles top, a coffee filter, etc.

Question Two – Image Stabilization with a Monopod

Tom Albright travels often to Kenya and photographs the wildlife from a moving vehicle so bringing a tripod is generally out of the question. He is wondering if he can use Image Stabilization with a monopod?

Rick: You can but the camera manufacturers recommend that you turn off IS if you are using a tripod or a monopod. I’d recommend using a bean bag or if you want to save some money, bring a sock and fill it up with rice or beans and use that as your personal bean bag.

Scott: The new versions of the Image Stabilization on some of the bigger lenses does work on a tripod or monopod but generally in this type of a situation a monopod is just going to get in the way and a bean bag is the better way to go. I am trying out the Apex bean bag which is great if you’ve got a big lens as you can even attach a Wimberly head to the bean bag.

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Photofocus Episode 7

Hosts: Scott Bourne (www.scottbourne.com or www.twitter.com/scottbourne) and Rick Sammon (www.ricksammon.com or www.twitter.com/ricksammon)

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Welcome to Episode Number 7 of Photofocus with Scott Bourne and Rick Sammon. The show devoted to your photography 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]. You can also send your questions via Twitter to either Scott or Rick. Use the hashtag #photoqa to make sure that we can find them. 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 are kicking things off with a question about sharpening.

Question One – Sharpening in Camera or in Post

Sylvain Gagner from Quebec asks if software sharpening does a better job than in-camera sharpening?

Rick: If you are shooting a long exposure I recommend using the in-camera sharpening. You are working with the chroma noise when using in-camera sharpening. When working in Photoshop or Camera Raw your are working with both Chroma and Luminance. In post you can also be more selective about where you apply sharpening.

Scott: You are usually better off using the sharpening that comes with programs like Photoshop rather than the in-camera sharpening. One thing sharpening can’t do is bring an out-of-focus photograph back into focus. Far too often people rely on sharpening rather than making sure they are doing everything they can to get it sharp in the camera.

Rick: Another thing is that if you use a program like Nik Sharpener Pro, you can sharpen for the viewing distance.

Scott: Good point. The medium on which the photograph is going to be printed along with the size are also important factors in determining the type and amount of sharpening to apply to an image. There is no one-size fits all approach. Don’t over-sharpen.

Question TwoUsing a Neutral Density Filter with Slow Shutter Speeds

Gary Later wants to know the proper way to use a neutral density filter when trying to achieve slow shutter speeds.

Scott: It’s pretty hard to do wrong. The best way is to screw it on the front of the lens and meter through the filter to get an appropriate exposure. If you are using a hand-held meter, you have to compensate for the fact that the ND is going to reduce the amount of light. An ND filter is a great tool on bright sunny days and you can do some neat effects with one. The ND filter and a polarizing filter are about the only two filters I ever use.

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Welcome to Episode Number 4 of Photofocus with Scott Bourne and Rick Sammon. The show devoted to your photography 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]. You can also send your questions via Twitter to either Scott or Rick. Use the hashtag #photoqa to make sure that we can find them. 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.

Before we get into this week’s show we wanted to do a quick clarification from a question we answered on Episode 1 regarding shooting 14-bit vs 12-bit on a Nikon D300. We both said there wasn’t too much of a penalty shooting 14-bit all the time but it was pointed out that shooting in 14-bit drops your FPS down to 2.5 fps. For some people if you’re doing sports or wildlife photography that might be too slow.

Kicking it off this week is a question about Aperture vs. Photoshop.

Question One – Aperture or Photoshop

Our first question comes from spindoc22 on Twitter who asks “In the new digital darkroom which is better – Aperture or Photoshop?”

Rick: I just taught a workshop and I was using Photoshop. I’ve been using Photoshop the longest so for me it’s easier to use. Photoshop was designed for graphic artists whereas programs like Lightroom and Aperture were designed for photographers so for things like organizing and filing your images they are great programs.

Scott: Aperture or Photoshop doesn’t really make sense since they do two different things. Photoshop is really a pixel editor and Aperture is a photo organizer and editor. You can do basic edits with Aperture but if you need to do serious retouching you’ll need Photoshop. A question like Aperture or Lightroom makes more sense to me. Continue reading