PhotoActive

Episode Archive

Episode Archive

163 episodes of PhotoActive since the first episode, which aired on May 30th, 2018.

  • Episode 163: Photo Criticism

    May 17th, 2024  |  39 mins 59 secs
    apple, cameras, iphone, jeff carlson, kirk mcelhearn, lenses, photo criticism, photo editing, photo organization, photography, podcast

    Part of enjoying photography is understanding photography. What makes a “good” photo? How much of that is based on the circumstances around its creation? In this episode, we talk about looking at photography with a critical eye.

  • Episode 162: Gear Acquisition Syndrome

    May 3rd, 2024  |  34 mins 59 secs
    apple, cameras, gas, gear, iphone, jeff carlson, kirk mcelhearn, lenses, photo editing, photo organization, photography, podcast

    Gear Acquisition Syndrome (GAS) is a running joke among photographers (and musicians), but it's also a real thing that can spin us up with the desire to buy some new camera or lens. We look at what drives this compulsion, and try to be honest about whether it affects us as photographers.

  • Episode 161: Nitro with Nik Bhatt

    April 5th, 2024  |  39 mins 7 secs
    apple, cameras, gentlemen coders, iphone, jeff carlson, kirk mcelhearn, lenses, nitro, photo editing, photo organization, photography, podcast, raw power

    Gentleman Coder Nik Bhatt returns to talk about Nitro, his all-new photo editor for macOS (and soon, iOS and iPadOS). As the successor to RAW Power, Nitro has a lot to live up to. Nik talks about what prompted him to build a new app from the ground up, adding new features like masking, supporting cameras that Apple ignores, and more.

  • Episode 160: Primed by Seeing

    March 22nd, 2024  |  35 mins 35 secs
    apple, cameras, creativity, inspiration, iphone, jeff carlson, kirk mcelhearn, lenses, photo creativity, photo editing, photo influences, photo organization, photography, podcast

    We were recently asked about where we find inspiration while making photos, which led Kirk and Jeff to muse on the idea of being primed to find photo subjects. It’s not enough to arrive at a destination with a blank slate—you’ll create better photos and enjoy the experience more if you prime yourself to see what’s in front of you. That can come from photo books, online photos of the same area, and more.

  • Episode 159: Fuji X100VI and the Appeal of Small Fixed-Lens Cameras

    March 8th, 2024  |  34 mins 23 secs
    apple, cameras, fuji, fujifilm, iphone, jeff carlson, kirk mcelhearn, lenses, photo editing, photo organization, photography, podcast, ricoh, x100v, x100vi

    The entire Internet - yes, the whole thing, trust us - is going crazy for the new Fujifilm X100VI compact fixed-lens camera. What’s the appeal of this not-inexpensive camera? Its predecessor was in such demand that Fujifilm just stopped manufacturing it because it couldn’t keep up...for more than a year. And now the X100VI is backordered until summer. Is it all just influencer hype?

  • Episode 158: AI Revisited

    February 23rd, 2024  |  35 mins 26 secs

    In five years, will our cameras look anything like today’s cameras? We’ve seen staggering advancements in AI technologies in photography, so in this episode we stretch our imaginations to think about where things are headed.

  • Episode 157: Photos at the High End: Hasselblad 907x/CFV 100C

    February 9th, 2024  |  33 mins 10 secs
    100mp, 907x, apple, cameras, cfv 100c, hasselblad, iphone, jeff carlson, kirk mcelhearn, lenses, medium format, photo editing, photo organization, photography, podcast

    What would you do with 100 megapixels? Jeff recently had the opportunity to shoot with the new Hasselblad 907x/CFV 100C, a medium format camera in the form factor of Hasselblad’s classic film bodies. This $8,200 (body only, of course) system made him rethink the photographic muscle memory he’s developed over the years, as well as the mental-muscle-memory of how to approach making photos.

  • Episode 156: The Rescue Mission with Derrick Story

    January 26th, 2024  |  39 mins 3 secs
    aperture, apple, cameras, derrick story, drobo, iphone, jeff carlson, kirk mcelhearn, lenses, peakto, photo editing, photo organization, photography, podcast

    It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking the photos on your old hard drives are perfectly safe. But are they really? Our guest Derrick Story needed to extract 200,000 images saved in Apple’s discontinued Aperture software on an old Drobo storage array. Using a combination of an old MacBook that could run Aperture and modern software like Peakto for organizing the extracted images, he was able to restore them all.

  • Episode 155: Favorites from The Photo Book

    December 15th, 2023  |  35 mins 55 secs
    apple, cameras, iphone, jeff carlson, kirk mcelhearn, lenses, photo editing, photo organization, photography, podcast, the photo book

    To wrap up the year, we thought we’d turn our attention to selections from The Photo Book, a massive, rich collection of photography from some of the best photographers throughout the history of the art form. Out of hundreds of images, we each picked five photos and explain what about them caught our eyes.

  • Episode 154: Lens Blur

    December 1st, 2023  |  35 mins 12 secs
    apple, blur, bokeh, cameras, iphone, jeff carlson, kirk mcelhearn, lenses, photo editing, photo organization, photography, podcast

    It’s time to talk about the B-word again! Jeff couldn’t trick Kirk into saying “bokeh,” but this week we’re looking at a few ways to get background blur using Portrait mode in the iPhone and editing in Lightroom. Technology has improved quite a lot in the last couple of years, to the point where simulated bokeh can sometimes pass off as natural lens blur.

  • Episode 153: M3 Macs

    November 17th, 2023  |  38 mins 5 secs
    apple, cameras, imac, iphone, jeff carlson, kirk mcelhearn, lenses, m3, mac, macbook pro, photo editing, photo organization, photography, podcast

    The photographer’s dilemma rears again. Not only are we sometimes struck by gear acquisition syndrome when new cameras are announced, we run into it when new computers that can process our images come to market. In this case, it’s the new M3 MacBook Pro and M3 iMac models from Apple. Will the M3 processor make a difference when working with photos? If you bought an M1 iMac when it came out, is it time to upgrade? Kirk and Jeff hash it out.

  • Episode 152: Android and AI

    November 3rd, 2023  |  28 mins 9 secs
    ai, android, apple, cameras, google, iphone, jeff carlson, kirk mcelhearn, lenses, ml, photo editing, photo organization, photography, pixel 8, podcast

    Google’s Pixel phones are held up as the Android smartphones to follow, and their cameras are often pitted against the iPhone as examples of the state of the art. However, as Kirk discovered when he bought a Pixel 8, the details matter... such as the Pixel 8 not being able to use the full resolution of its main camera. Also in this episode, we check in with some new developments in the generative photography world with Adobe’s release of Firefly 2 and GenAI integration in Photoshop.

  • Episode 151: iPhone 15 Hands On

    October 13th, 2023  |  29 mins 14 secs

    On the surface, making photos with the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro is relatively simple: pick a zoom level, pick a format (raw or not), and go. But as soon as you get just below the surface, you’re faced with a surprising amount of complexity. In this episode, we wade into all the megapixels (including from the iPhone 14 Pro) to try to make sense of it all.

  • Episode 150: Episode 150: iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro

    September 29th, 2023  |  37 mins 13 secs
    apple, cameras, iphone, iphone 15, iphone 15 pro, jeff carlson, kirk mcelhearn, lenses, photo editing, photo organization, photography, podcast, tetraprism

    Who wants to talk megapixels and tetraprisms? In this episode, recorded shortly after Apple announced the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro, Kirk and Jeff look at the specs and possibilities of the newest cameras-that-also-make-calls.

  • Episode 149: Daniel Agee on Glass Year 2

    September 1st, 2023  |  40 mins 39 secs
    apple, cameras, daniel agee, glass, glass photo, instagram, iphone, jeff carlson, kirk mcelhearn, lenses, photo editing, photo organization, photography, podcast, social media

    In episode 111, we talked to the founders of the photo app and community Glass about their approach to making a social photo service that isn’t exhausting or frustrating like Instagram or many others. For this episode, we catch up with Daniel Agee, the head of Marketing and Community at Glass, to talk about Glass’s two year anniversary, eschewing VC funding, and how community is making such a difference.

  • Episode 148: Creativity with S J Watson

    August 18th, 2023  |  33 mins 40 secs
    apple, cameras, creativity, iphone, jeff carlson, kirk mcelhearn, lenses, photo editing, photo organization, photography, podcast, sj watson, writing

    “With writing I’m trying to use a story to create images, and with photography I’m trying to use images to create a story.” That’s S J Watson, best-selling novelist of Before I Go to Sleep. In this episode we talk to him about how street photography feeds his writing and vice-versa, and the way different endeavors contribute to creative mindsets.