PhotoActive

PhotoActive

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A podcast about photography and the Apple ecosystem.
38: Levels and Curves with Nik Bhatt
Mar 15 • 38 min
We welcome back Nik Bhatt, of Gentlemen Coders and RAW Power fame, to pick his brain on editing photos using levels and curves: what the differences are between the two tonal adjustment tools, and how to use them. We also talk about understanding the…
Backups and 360-degree Photography
Mar 1 • 35 min
We're tackling two topics in this episode of PhotoActive. First up, all-important backups! We emphasize backups all the time, but what does a good backup system look like? Then, after the break, we turn a never-ending corner and look at 360-degree…
36: Photographing with Constraints
Feb 15 • 33 min
In this episode of PhotoActive, we have some specific ideas about photographing with constraints. Whether you’re looking to expand your knowledge of individual shooting features (such as aperture or shutter speed) or get out of a creative rut, imposing…
35: Martin Parr Shot My Portrait
Feb 1 • 37 min
For this week’s episode, we’re moving to the other side of the camera. Kirk had the opportunity to get his portrait done by world-renowned Magnum photographer Martin Parr. He shares what it was like to be the subject, not the photographer. Sponsor…
34: Ben Long’s Complete Digital Photography
Jan 18 • 36 min
Author, educator, photographer, and all-around knowledgeable guy Ben Long joins us this week to talk about the 9th — yes, ninth — edition of his comprehensive book “Complete Digital Photography.” We cover how photography and people’s expectations about…
33: The Language of Photo Editing
Jan 14 • 34 min
When we edit photos, we have a good idea of what the Exposure slider does—it makes everything brighter or darker throughout the image. But you’ll also find controls for Whites, Brightness, Brilliance, and others, depending on the software. What’s the…
32: New Year’s Photo Ideas
Jan 4 • 29 min
What is 2019 going to look like? While we aren’t interested in making resolutions that are easily forgotten or ignored, we do have lots of ideas to spark your photographic creativity. Chief among those: Be less critical more often. Sponsor Masters of…
31: The Benefits of Digital Asset Managers
Dec 28, 2018 • 32 min
Do you store your photos in an application or in specific locations on your hard disk? In this episode, Jeff and Kirk talk about the advantages of using a Digital Asset Manager (DAM) such as Apple Photos, Lightroom, or Luminar. Sponsor Masters of…
30: Jason Snell Takes Control of Apple Photos
Dec 21, 2018 • 35 min
If you want to learn all about something, write a book about it. Or, to avoid yourself a lot of work, read someone else’s book about it! Jason Snell has written several versions of his book Take Control of Photos, and he joins us to talk about what’s new…
29: Christmas Gift Guide
Dec 14, 2018 • 27 min
Jeff and Kirk do their first Christmas gift guide. But they don't choose (much) gear. Hosts: Jeff's website, Jeff's photos, Jeff on Instagram Kirk's website, Kirk's photos, Kirk on Instagram Show Notes: (View show notes with images at PhotoActive.co)…
28: Low-Light Photography
Dec 7, 2018 • 27 min
The winter months are dark for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, so how do you create good photos in dimly lit environments? Your camera wants to make the best exposure possible, but in low-light situations, that can lead to long shutter speeds and…
27: Flying High with Ian Schray and Drones
Nov 30, 2018 • 29 min
In traditional photography, a great piece of advice is to “zoom with your feet,” or, move yourself closer to a subject. What happens when the subject is 400 feet high? Or you want a unique viewpoint that wouldn’t be possible without a crane? This week we…
26: RAW Power 2.0
Nov 23, 2018 • 36 min
This week we’re joined by Nik Bhatt, former developer of Aperture and iPhoto at Apple and now a distinguished gentleman at Gentlemen Coders. Using his deep knowledge of how Apple’s raw photo editing engine works, Nik has just released RAW Power 2.0, an…
25: Understanding iCloud Photo Library
Nov 16, 2018 • 32 min
If you use Apple’s Photos app on your Mac or iOS device, are you also synchronizing your images via iCloud Photo Library? In this week’s episode, Jeff and Kirk talk about the pros and cons of Apple’s cloud service for photos. Why should you consider it?…
24: Manual vs Automatic Camera Settings
Nov 9, 2018 • 31 min
We (good-naturedly) wade back into the question of “What makes a REAL photographer?” In this case, we’re talking about shooting using entirely manual controls or using the auto or semi-automatic modes on your camera. (Spoiler: Anyone with a camera is a…
23: Printing Photos with Rick LePage
Nov 2, 2018 • 33 min
Do you print your photos? Although we know we should make prints, but getting from screen to paper isn’t always easy. It turns out, though, that printing is much easier today than it used to be. In this episode, we welcome photographer and publisher Rick…
22: Editing Photos in iOS Apps
Oct 26, 2018 • 32 min
We’ve talked about using an iPhone as a camera, but what about as a photo editor? The iPhone and iPad have come a long way since the early models, and they’re now quite capable digital darkrooms. But can you do “real” editing on them? Jeff and Kirk reveal…
21: High Dynamic Range (HDR) Photography
Oct 19, 2018 • 32 min
“HDR” used to bring to mind surreal landscapes with garish colors and very few shadows. Fortunately, high-dynamic range photography has matured beyond those early days, and is a useful technique for getting more detail out of any scene. The latest iPhone…
20: The Blur-That-Shall-Not-Be-Named
Oct 12, 2018 • 33 min
The recent release of iPhones that improve Portrait mode spurred us to talk about bok… Kirk can’t say the word. That’s okay, because neither can Apple VP Phil Schiller (correctly, anyway). Yes, we’re discussing background blur and shallow depth of field,…
19: Michael Rubin and Classic Photos
Oct 5, 2018 • 35 min
Conversations about photography can lead to unexpected places. Although Jeff has known Michael Rubin since the days when they were both writing technology books for Peachpit Press, it wasn’t until recently that he learned about Michael’s extensive…
18: Katrin Eismann on Photographic Literacy
Sep 28, 2018 • 39 min
Guest: Katrin Eismann Katrin's Instagram School of Visual Arts (SVA) Digital Photography Program Adobe Photoshop Restoration & Retouching (4th Edition) by Katrin Eismann, Wayne Palmer, Dennis Dunbar Hosts: Jeff's website, Jeff's photos, Jeff on Instagram…
17: Prime vs Zoom Lenses
Sep 21, 2018 • 33 min
Photographers often focus on cameras, but it’s the lens that can have the most impact on your photos. In this episode, Jeff and Kirk talk glass: lenses. When do you want a prime lens, which has a fixed focal length, and when does a zoom work better? Why…
16: Buying and Selling Camera Gear
Sep 14, 2018 • 33 min
Do you have a pile of old cameras and lenses stashed in a closet somewhere? Or do you sell your used gear to make way for new goodies? What about buying previously-owned cameras and lenses? This week, Kirk and Jeff talk about buying and selling your photo…
15: Time-Lapse Photography
Sep 7, 2018 • 29 min
Time-lapse photography can create dramatic short videos - think about clouds zooming overhead throughout the course of a day or flowers blooming in seconds - but creating time-lapse videos turns out to be remarkably easy. In this episode, Jeff and Kirk…
14: Chris Marquardt Goes Wide-Angle
Aug 31, 2018 • 40 min
Photographer, podcaster, and author Chris Marquardt just published the book Wide-Angle Photography, and he joins us to talk about the time he took only a 24mm lens on a photo tour and fell in love with wide-angle lens photography. We cover composition,…
13: Aspect Ratios and Why They’re Important
Aug 24, 2018 • 30 min
Aspect ratios in photography are about more than making prints at 8x10 or 5x7 sizes. In fact, aspect ratio has been key in defining some of the best-known photos in the world. In this episode, Kirk and Jeff talk about why every photographer should…
12: David duChemin on the Long-Building Vision
Aug 17, 2018 • 35 min
"Gear is good, but vision is better," says photographer and educator David duChemin. This week, we talk to David about discovering and developing that vision. Sponsor Take Control Books. Get 30% off any Take Control Books purchase with the coupon code…
11: Selective Editing
Aug 10, 2018 • 29 min
Most photos can benefit from universal edits to tone and color, but what do you do if just a sky needs to be made more dramatic or you want to add a soft splash of light to a person’s face? In this episode, Jeff and Kirk talk about adjusting specific…
10: Quintin Lake’s Long Photo Walk
Aug 3, 2018 • 44 min
Long walks are great opportunities to bring a camera and make photos—but what about 10,000 km of walking? In this episode, Kirk and Jeff welcome photographer Quintin Lake, who is walking the entire coastline of Britain and taking photos of what he…
9: Instagram for Photographers
Jul 27, 2018 • 32 min
In this episode, we turn our attention to something that often takes too much of our attention: Instagram. It's an annoying time trap filled with hucksters, motivational imagery, and so, so many selfies; while also being one of the world's richest…
8: Episode #8 - Gordon Laing on Taking Great Photos In Camera
Jul 20, 2018 • 40 min
We chat with Gordon Laing about how to take great photos without post-processing, by taking advantage of the capabilities of your camera. Guest Gordon Laing, Camera Labs Gordon Laing on Instagram His book In Camera Sponsor Charcoal Book Club. Get 10% off…
7: Do You Really Need All That Gear?
Jul 13, 2018 • 35 min
We all end up carrying too much gear. In this episode, we discuss the mistakes that we've made with gear, and when and why we need certain types of gear. Sponsor Take Control Books. Get 30% off any Take Control Books purchase with the coupon code…
6: Raw vs. Jpeg
Jul 5, 2018 • 31 min
We explain what raw image files are, and discuss the balance between shooting in raw, jpeg, or both. And explain how to shoot in raw on the iPhone. Sponsor Charcoal Book Club. Get 10% off a membership to regularly receive photo books. Go to…
5: Wenmei Hill on Personal Photo Projects
Jun 29, 2018 • 33 min
We welcome Wenmei Hill to talk about her work as Editorial Manager at DPReview, volunteering with the organization Soulumination, and inspiring and helping women become better photographers as part of Mamas with Cameras. Sponsor Take Control Books. Get…
4: Mastering iPhone Photography
Jun 22, 2018 • 31 min
We talk about the many advanced features that the iPhone's camera contains, and explain some tips and shortcuts that can make your iPhone photos better. Sponsor Charcoal Book Club. Get 10% off a membership to regularly receive photo books. Go to…
3: Black & White
Jun 15, 2018 • 33 min
Jeff Carlson and Kirk McElhearn chat about black and white photos: the history of black and white photography, the various ways you can convert your photos to black and white, and how you can shoot and think in black and white. Sponsor Take Control Books.…
2: Managing Photo Libraries
Jun 8, 2018 • 31 min
Jeff Carlson and Kirk McElhearn discuss why you want some sort of photo library in place, such as Photos or Lightroom, and their different approaches to managing their images. We dig into software, keywords, machine learning-based search, and the…
1: Introducing the PhotoActive Podcast
May 30, 2018 • 34 min
Jeff Carlson and Kirk McElhearn introduce PhotoActive, a podcast about photography and the Apple ecosystem. We explain what we plan to cover in this podcast, and how you can participate. Hosts: Jeff's website, Jeff's photos, Jeff on Instagram Kirk's…