PhotoActive

Episode Archive

Episode Archive

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

  • Episode 134: Mike Hipple Lived Through That

    February 3rd, 2023  |  32 mins 38 secs
    1990s, 1990s music, apple, cameras, iphone, jeff carlson, kirk mcelhearn, lenses, mike hipple, musicians, photo book, photo editing, photo organization, photo project, photography, podcast, portraits

    We’re excited to welcome photographer Mike Hipple to talk about his latest book “Lived Through That: 90s Musicians Today.” What started as an artistic distraction to photograph creative people spawned a book of iconic 1980s musicians, “80s Redux!,” which he followed up with this book of notable music makers of the next decade. We talk about working on such a large project, dealing with unexpected adversity, and improvising on the fly.

  • Episode 133: New Year, New Goals

    January 20th, 2023  |  32 mins 50 secs
    apple, cameras, flash, goals, iphone, jeff carlson, kirk mcelhearn, lenses, lighting, new year, new year's resolutions, photo editing, photo organization, photography, podcast, portraits, resolutions

    What will your photography look like in the new year? Although Kirk and Jeff are wary of making any New Year’s resolutions, they each came up with photographic goals to chase that involve learning new skills and pushing out of their comfort zones.

  • Episode 132: The Best Focal Length

    December 23rd, 2022  |  38 mins 18 secs
    aperture, apple, background blur, bokeh, cameras, iphone, jeff carlson, kirk mcelhearn, lenses, lightroom, luminar, photo editing, photo organization, photography, podcast, proraw, raw

    Perhaps you’ve heard that there’s an ideal focal length that is the closest approximation to the human eye. Or perhaps you’re a purist who can’t imagine shooting anything but a 50mm prime. In this episode, Jeff and Kirk dig into these preconceptions and talk about how focal length affects your photography.

  • Episode 131: Buying a New Camera

    December 9th, 2022  |  32 mins 50 secs
    apple, camera buying, cameras, fujifilm, iphone, jeff carlson, kirk mcelhearn, lenses, photo editing, photo organization, photography, podcast, proraw, raw

    October and November bring a deluge of new camera announcements, which gets our minds to thinking, “Do we need new cameras?” But buying a camera today is different than it was just a few years ago, with factors such as AI-based autofocus systems and much higher megapixel sensors that affect everything from memory cards to computer storage.

  • Episode 130: Apple Photos Little-Known Features

    November 25th, 2022  |  34 mins 20 secs
    apple, apple photos, cameras, iphone, jeff carlson, kirk mcelhearn, lenses, photo editing, photo organization, photography, podcast, proraw, raw

    In this episode, we’re focusing our attention on features in the Photos apps for Mac and iOS/iPadOS. Did you know you can select text in images, select and copy subjects with a single touch, identify plants and animals, and identify duplicates in your library? We show you how.

  • Episode 129: Visualizing the Edit

    November 11th, 2022  |  31 mins 39 secs
    apple, cameras, capture one, fujifilm, iphone, jeff carlson, kirk mcelhearn, leica, lenses, lightroom, photo editing, photo organization, photography, photos app, podcast, proraw, raw

    When you look through the viewfinder of your camera, what do you see? Just the scene in front of the lens, or the version you know is possible when you edit the shot later in software? This week Jeff and Kirk talk about visualizing the edit while you’re shooting to get photos that look the way you remember or how you’d prefer them to be.

  • Episode 128: New iPads and Lightroom Updates

    October 28th, 2022  |  33 mins 18 secs
    apple, cameras, ipad, ipad pro, iphone, jeff carlson, kirk mcelhearn, lenses, lightroom, lightroom classic, lightroom mobile, mobile, photo editing, photo organization, photography, podcast, proraw, raw

    Apple announced new iPad and iPad Pro models aimed at two very different audiences, but how do they look for photographers? Also new are updates to Adobe’s Lightroom line of products, bringing improved AI-based masking features to the broad suite of photo editing apps. Jeff and Kirk weigh in on these and more in the latest episode.

  • Episode 127: Hands-On with the iPhone 14 Pro Cameras

    October 14th, 2022  |  38 mins 57 secs
    apple, cameras, iphone, iphone 14, iphone 14 pro, jeff carlson, kirk mcelhearn, lenses, photo editing, photo organization, photography, podcast

    Apple says every new iPhone is the Best Ever iPhone, but when it comes to the cameras in the iPhone 14 Pro, could that be more than just hyperbole? Find out why Kirk thinks this model is a game-changer, hear our opinions on how it stacks up to other phones on the market, and discover the pros and cons we’ve discovered when photographing with these remarkable portable devices.

  • Episode 126: Portfolio Building with William Neill

    September 30th, 2022  |  31 mins 9 secs
    apple, cameras, iphone, jeff carlson, kirk mcelhearn, lenses, photo editing, photo organization, photo portfolio, photography, podcast, portfolio, rocky nook, william neill

    Putting together a photo portfolio doesn’t need to be a daunting task. William Neill returns to PhotoActive to talk about his new book, The Photographer's Portfolio Development Workshop, and share advice on how to edit, organize, and present your best work.

  • Episode 125: Gunning the Photonic Engine with the iPhone 14 Cameras

    September 16th, 2022  |  38 mins 13 secs
    48mp, apple, cameras, cinematic, iphone, iphone 14, iphone14pro, jeff carlson, kirk mcelhearn, lenses, macro, photo editing, photo organization, photography, photonic engine, pixel binning, podcast, proraw, raw

    Here we go again: Apple has released the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro, with more camera enhancements including a new 48 megapixel sensor on the Pro. What is pixel binning? Is the Photonic Engine just marketing terminology? Kirk and Jeff break down what’s new…while waiting for the phones they ordered to arrive.

  • Episode 124: Food Photography with Lauren Caris Short

    September 2nd, 2022  |  39 mins 30 secs
    apple, cameras, delicious, food, food photography, iphone, jeff carlson, kirk mcelhearn, lauren caris short, lenses, lighting, photo editing, photo organization, photography, podcast, studio

    How do you make mouth-watering photos of food? This week we’re joined by Lauren Caris Short, author of the beautiful new book The Complete Guide to Food Photography to talk about what it takes to be a food photographer. Lighting, food styling, composition... photographing food is a multi-disciplined photo endeavor.

  • Episode 123: Learn Your Camera

    August 19th, 2022  |  34 mins 42 secs
    apple, cameras, iphone, jeff carlson, kirk mcelhearn, lenses, manual, photo editing, photo organization, photography, podcast, rtfm

    It’s easy to forget that your camera is more than just a box that records light. It’s a sophisticated computer with a huge amount of control over the light that hits the sensor. In this episode we talk about why it’s important to (gasp) read the manual, experiment with features, and gain a better understanding of the camera’s capabilities. This isn’t just an exhortation to RTFM, but a practical look at what you can get out of it.

  • Episode 122: The Photographer's Radar

    August 5th, 2022  |  35 mins 46 secs
    apple, cameras, iphone, jeff carlson, kirk mcelhearn, landscape photography, lenses, photo editing, photographers eye, photographers radar, photography, podcast, travel

    In our last episode, Kirk asked a question that stumped Jeff: While on vacation, did Jeff ever think about not taking a camera with him for a day? Being a photographer of any level means you look at the world a little differently—you develop a “photographer’s eye,” but could that be a detriment? Is it possible to just enjoy one’s surroundings without looking for compositions and dynamic lighting?

  • Episode 121: Jeff's European Photo Adventure

    July 22nd, 2022  |  40 mins 44 secs
    apple, cameras, europe, france, iphone, italy, jeff carlson, kirk mcelhearn, lenses, photo editing, photo organization, photography, podcast, travel

    Jeff just returned from two weeks in France and Italy with almost 3000 photos, even though his was a family vacation and not a “photo trip,” per se. From choosing gear to bring and finding time to make photos amid demands of travel and family, it turned out to be an interesting photographic challenge. We talk about what Jeff experienced and learned for the next adventure.

  • Episode 120: The Cameras of the Future

    June 24th, 2022  |  36 mins 50 secs
    apple, cameras, drone, future, iphone, jeff carlson, kirk mcelhearn, lenses, photo editing, photo organization, photography, podcast, prediction, quadcopter, speculation

    What do the cameras of the future look like? The ones we use now are vastly different from cameras just a decade or two ago, so it’s reasonable to assume that changes will continue to advance. Jeff and Kirk speculate on what’s coming.

  • Episode 119: WWDC and New Apple OSes

    June 10th, 2022  |  37 mins 39 secs
    apple, cameras, ios 16, ipados 16, iphone, jeff carlson, kirk mcelhearn, lenses, m2, macbook air, macos ventura, photo editing, photo organization, photography, podcast, proraw, raw, watchos 9

    Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) wrapped up last week, and with it a lot of news about hardware like the M2-powered MacBook Air and what's coming in macOS Ventura, iOS 16, iPadOS 16, and watchOS 9. In this episode, Jeff and Kirk look at what struck their interest for photographers.