Did you miss yesterday’s Google Hangout?  Matthew Jordan Smith joined us to discuss the importance of personal projects. We learned practical advise for all photographers as well as insight into Smith’s creative process. He shared his new project, Future American President. If you’d like to support Smith’s project, you can visit its Indiegogo page — YOUR CHILD’S […]

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Don’t miss tomorrow’s Google Hangout. The event is Monday, June 30, 2014.  It’s absolutely free to attend thanks to It starts at 3PM Eastern/Noon Pacific. Join Skip Cohen, Richard Harrington, and Guest Matthew Jordan Smith. They’ll explore practical advice for professional and semiprofessional photographers to help with the challenges in running a modern photo business. This Google […]

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We’ll be featuring Matthew Jordan Smith soon on our Mind Your Own Business Program this month.  However here’s a great interview with him from Photofocus contributor Stephan Bollinger. Part One Part Two Celebrated photographer Matthew Jordan Smith has worked with some of the top names in entertainment today including Halle Berry, Jennifer Connelly, Jamie Foxx, Mandy Moore, […]

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Guest Post and Photos by Matthew Jordan Smith What impact will a photograph have in a hundred years? This question has been on my mind during the past few years. What if a photograph, created today, had the ability to impact lives and inspire people in the future? A little over a year ago I […]

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Guest Post and Photos by Matthew Jordan Smith – Follow Matthew on Twitter Recently I was asked how I decide which light source to use for photo shoots and which light modifiers are best in certain situations. The determining factors in making my decision on each shoot varies but I will attempt to describe a few […]

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Regular readers know that I am perhaps one of the luckiest people in the world. I am friends or associates with some of the finest photographers on the planet. I regularly get to shoot or teach or speak alongside the best. Many of you also know I deeply respect and admire Matthew Jordan Smith. I […]

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If you have 200 square feet of space, access to some white foam core, black foam core a few light stands or C-stands, and one single 150 watt or greater light in a reflector, beauty dish or soft box, you have everything you need to make pretty, dramatic portraits. I recently had the honor, privilege […]

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It’s WPPI week here in Vegas. Since I live here now, it’s no big deal for me to head over to the show. My pal Skip Cohen and I taught alongside Michele Celentano at the GoingPro bootcamp on Saturday at the same time WPPI was running their bootcamp. On Sunday, Matthew Jordan Smith and I […]

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Photofocus Episode 69

Host: Scott Bourne ( or and special guest Matthew Jordan Smith (

Show notes by Bruce Clarke ( or

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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