July 3rd, 2020 | 36 mins 6 secs
aperture, apple, cameras, exposure triangle, iphone, iso, jeff carlson, kirk mcelhearn, lenses, photo editing, photo organization, photography, podcast, shutter speed
You may be familiar with the Exposure Triangle for determining exposure in photos, which is made up of ISO, aperture, and shutter speed. In this episode, Kirk explains that it's actually an Exposure Square we need to consider. We also discover the limits of Jeff's knowledge of film photography terms, since his photographic experience is almost entirely digital.
June 19th, 2020 | 36 mins 27 secs
apple, cameras, film photography, interview, iphone, jeff carlson, kirk mcelhearn, lenses, light modifier, one-light, photo editing, photo organization, photography, podcast, portrait photography, portraits, sandra coan, studio
Portrait photography can seem awfully daunting if you’ve never done it. How many lights do you use? Which modifiers are the best? Do you need a studio? How much money should you spend to get started? Oh, and how do you relate to the person in front of your camera? We talk with pro portrait photographer Sandra Coan about shooting with just one light and one modifier—using film!—and her book Crafting the Natural Light Look.
June 5th, 2020 | 39 mins 34 secs
apple, cameras, interview, iphone, jeff carlson, kirk mcelhearn, lenses, photo editing, photo organization, photo printing, photography, podcast, printing, rick lepage
The last time we talked with Rick LePage, he gave us the basics of printing your own photos. We’re pleased to welcome him again as a guest to go deeper into the topic, starting with the question: How do you choose what to print? It sounds like an easy query, but we discuss not just what you put on your walls (and which walls), but also how printing helps define you as an artist.
May 22nd, 2020 | 38 mins 26 secs
apple, cameras, geotag, houdah, houdahgeo, interview, iphone, jeff carlson, kirk mcelhearn, lenses, location, photo editing, photo organization, photography, pierre bernard, podcast, software
With photographers finding themselves with unexpected time on their hands at home, it's a great time to update the location data in the photos in your library. Pierre Bernard joins us again to talk about the new features in his Mac app HoudahGeo 6.0, TKTK, and…how HoudahGeo supports scuba divers?
May 8th, 2020 | 42 mins 26 secs
apple, cameras, chris niccolls, dpreview, iphone, jeff carlson, kirk mcelhearn, lenses, photo editing, photography, podcast, video, youtube
This week we’re joined by Chris Niccolls, co-host (with Jordan Drake) of DPReview TV, one of our favorite video resources about photography. Yes, there are hundreds of photographers on YouTube, but we’ve long enjoyed Chris’s and Jordan’s friendly and knowledgable approach to reviewing photo gear and educating viewers about all aspects of photography and videography.
April 24th, 2020 | 33 mins 51 secs
apple, cameras, iphone, jeff carlson, kirk mcelhearn, lenses, luminar, manual lenses, photo editing, photo organization, photography, podcast
The autofocus capabilities in today’s cameras are amazing, so why would anyone buy a lens that offers only manual focus? Jeff and Kirk talk about situations where autofocus isn’t a consideration, such as buying inexpensive fast lenses or using an adapter to mount one brand’s lenses on another brand’s camera (like Nikon lenses on a Fujifilm body). We also chat about Jeff’s just-released book, The Photographer’s Guide to Luminar 4. We’ll be giving away a few copies to subscribers of the PhotoActive mailing list, and we also have a 40% discount code to share.
April 10th, 2020 | 49 mins 36 secs
apple, barney britton, camera industry, cameras, iphone, jeff carlson, kirk mcelhearn, lenses, photo editing, photo organization, photography, podcast
Camera sales worldwide have steadily decreased over the past several years, and now COVID-19 has thrown everything into disarray. Where is the camera industry headed? Special guest Barney Britton, Senior Editor at DPReview, joins Kirk and Jeff to talk about the factors that are contributing to these shifts. It’s not all grim news, though, and we also talk about what changes and advancements we might see in the near future.
March 20th, 2020 | 41 mins 2 secs
apple, cameras, david duchemin, iphone, jeff carlson, kirk mcelhearn, lenses, photo editing, photo organization, photography, podcast
A few months ago when we invited David duChemin to return as a PhotoActive guest to talk about his new book The Heart of the Photograph, we had no idea it would be at the disruptive beginning of a global pandemic. We talk with David about being creative in this new situation, and how creativity can translate into resiliency. Then focus on his book, and the questions it raises for how we approach making and working with photographs.
March 13th, 2020 | 32 mins 42 secs
apple, cameras, iphone, jeff carlson, kirk mcelhearn, lenses, photo editing, photo organization, photo sharing, photography, podcast, sharing
Photos are meant to be shared, but with digital photos the options multiply. In this episode, Kirk McElhearn and Jeff Carlson look at several ways to share photos with friends and family.
February 28th, 2020 | 35 mins 47 secs
adjustments, apple, cameras, curves, guide, instruction, interview, iphone, jeff carlson, kirk mcelhearn, lenses, levels, photo editing, photo guide, photo organization, photography, photos extensions, podcast, white balance
Gentleman Coder Nik Bhatt returns to help explain a complicated topic with Apple’s Photos app: Photos Extensions. If you want to use another tool to edit images beyond what Photos offers, you can load that software’s editing tools within Photos. It seems straightforward, but soon gets tricky if you want to go back and adjust some of your edit settings or even if you perform a minor edit in Photos first. If you’ve ever been confused about the differences between Photos Extensions and the “Edit with” feature (which do two very different things), especially for raw files, this is the episode for you.