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Photofocus Episode 103

Special Guest: Richard Harrington ()

Show notes by Bruce Clarke ()

Discussion – WPPI Wrap-Up

Scott recently returned from the Wedding & Portrait Photographers International trade show. He found it to be smaller than they said it was and there didn’t seem to be a lot of new announcements. Scott thinks there is a trend away from these mega photography conferences and a move to more boutique conferences where you have a better chance to meet people. The reason being is that most of the information that is shared at these large conferences can now be shared over the Internet. Rich is seeing similar things happening at shows like NAB and MacWorld. For both Scott and Rich, networking is still one of the best reasons to attend these conferences. If you can’t afford the education components of these conferences, most of the trade show exhibitors will be able to provide you with free passes to the trade show where you can often see many of the same speakers at various booths throughout the the trade show floor.

The next big show coming up in Vegas is NAB and both Scott and Rich will be available for some private consulting prior to the show if you’re interested. Just email Scott at for details. Rich will also be teaching a workshop on dSLR video at Photoshop World in Washington DC.

Google+ and Creative Commons

Scott has always been a proponent of rights managed images whereas Trey Ratcliff has built his business by going creative commons and getting his work out there. Trey has challenged Scott to go Creative Commons with his work on Google+ to see which method makes more money. Scott has always allowed people to use his images for non-commercial use if they’ve asked. What is changing is the mechanism by which he agrees to that use. Scott has agreed to try it for one year and will licence his images under creative commons for non-commercial use. Keep in mind that even if you go creative commons, you still have to register your images with the Library of Congress so that if someone infringes on your copyright or uses the images for commercial use without your consent, then you’ll stand a better chance in court if you sue for damages. Scott is going to try Google+ as an experiment and may evolve the Photofocus podcast to Google Hangouts to see how they go.

Discussion – Glamour Photography vs. Porn

A recent post on Google+ by RC Concepcion regarding the misuse of the term Glamour photography created some lively discussion. The post was about how RC feels many photographers try to pass off what is essentially porn for glamour photography. Scott feels that much of what we see in terms of nude photography isn’t porn and although he doesn’t condone sharing these types of images with children, he maintains the right take these types of photographs and doesn’t feel anyone can tell him not to. Richard thinks that if you are into that type of photography, you can register your site with the various safe surfing sites as having adult content on it.

Listener Questions

This week we kick things off with a question about the Canon 100-400 Push-pull telephoto lens:

Question One – MacBook Air for Photography

Scott recently replaced his MacBook Pro with a new i7 MacBook Air and many people wrote to ask if it is good enough to do photography on?

Scott: Yes, it’s good enough to do photography on. It’s much lighter but it’s not a full replacement for a desktop such as my desktop iMac with 16GB of RAM and a 27″ screen. With the addition of the Thunderbolt port, Scott has been able to hook up his MacBook Air to a 12 TB Promise RAID drive.

Rich: I thinks it’s a wonderful mobile solution thanks to it’s GPU but isn’t a replacement for a desktop computer. I also really like the SD card slots and love using SD cards because they are cheaper and not as bad as people make them out to be compared to CF cards.

Question Two – Telephoto Lenses

Several people wrote in to ask about telephoto lenses and how long they should be for shooting sports or wildlife?

Scott: For football, a 400mm is likely the most lens you will need or will want if you’re running up and down the football field. 400mm will probably not be long enough for most wildlife photography however. A 600mm is perfect for wildlife photography but would be too much for football. My advice would be to buy the one you’ll use the most and rent the other one when you need it.

Rich: You could also consider a 300mm lens with a teleconverter.

Scott: With a teleconverter, there will be more chromatic aberration and you will lose at least one stop of light. Your technique also has to be much better when you’re using a teleconverter as they are much more touchy.

Wrap Up

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