Depth of Field Podcast: David Bergman


David Bergman

David Bergman is one of the nicest guys you’d ever meet. He is humble, unassuming and crazy good at what he does. David has 13 Sports Illustrated cover to his credit. He has photographed 6 presidents and numerous big name celebrities. If that wasn’t enough he is the personal photographer for Bon Jovi. He is also known for his work with the Gigapan, the pano gear that enabled him to shoot the inauguration of President Obama and that has garnered over 30 million views!

In this episode of Depth of Field we speak with David about his work and his views of what it takes to be a success.  We talk about what’s the point of what you are shooting or why are you shooting what you shoot? What’s your attitude like? Do people want you around? What’s separates you from all the other photographers out there?

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His Photo Book On Bon Jovi: Work

Depth of Field: Timothy Allen


Timothy Allen

I am starting a new “season” of the Depth of Field Podcast with the impressive work of Timothy Allen.  As I start this new season, I’m not able to promise any frequency of releases or number of episodes, but I don’t want to let it go by the wayside.  Thank you to all of you who reached out and asked for new material.  I will to continue with the quality of guests and interviews that you’ve come to expect, so let’s get started.

In case you somehow haven’t seen his inspirational work, Timothy Allen is an English photographer and filmmaker best known for his work with isolated cultures and people around the world. He shot into the public light with his work on the BBC documentary series, Human Planet. Timothy was the stills photographer for the series and traveled with the crew all around the world. He was put in charge of the Human Planet blog by the BBC where you can see many of his fantastic images. They later did a Human Planet book with all of Timothy’s images.

This show took an unexpected turn during the interview. I had thought we would be talking all about travel and some great adventure stories from the road. Not so much. What we got was some amazing advice on business and marketing from a very successful photographer. This interview is rich! I love doing this show for just this reason. Incredible insight into the life of a working photographer.

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Nucis Leather Strap with Peak Design Links

When you lead photographic workshops around the world you meet some really interesting people both as subjects and as participants. A few years back I had a very talented photographer from Portugal join our workshop in India, Fernando Carvalho da Silva. After that workshop Fernando went home to Lisbon and found some craftsmen that would hand make cases and straps for his cameras. He passed a couple of those straps to a few of us to try out and use. A company grew out of this called NUCIS leather. A little less than a year ago Fernando wanted me to try out one of his NUCIS leather straps. I had to be honest and tell him I doubted I would use them as I was pretty committed to the Peak Design system of anchors and links. You’ve seen them on my camera. I know this because every time I review a lens and photograph it on my camera I get asked the same question, “What is the little red and black tab hanging from your camera?” It is the Peak Design anchor. These small tabs allow the Peak Design straps to anchor or connect to the camera. It is an easy snap on and off solution. Brilliant! Well, because of this I doubted I would use his straps as nice as they were. I told him if he could come up with a classy leather strap that used those anchors, well then…


A few months later Fernando messaged me on Facebook that he had the anchors and links from Peak Design and was working on a design. Seriously? How cool is that? Then just yesterday I got a package in the mail with my very own Nucis Leather Strap with Peak Design Links on it. Very classy and very durable. According to Fernando he tested his strap all over Asia for 5 weeks. Even in the humidity and heat it held up without any issues. Good for me to hear as I live in Malaysia.



Quality handmade craftsmanship.

The strap is adjustable in length from 37.4 in to 47.2 in (100cm to 125cm). At this time I think the only color or style is black (Classic). But I am assured by Fernando if it catches on it will come in Nucis other styles: vintage (my favorite), cork and others.



Anchor & Link

The advantages of Peak Design’s anchor and link system allow a photographer to remove the strap quickly and easily in order to pack the camera. It also enables the photographer to easily remove the strap from the camera on a tripod. My shoulder bag as well as my roller bags are always packed very tight to maximize space. Being able to remove the strap allows an orderly packed bag. Don’t write this off as hype, it is a big deal. How many times have you tried to push your strap in and around your camera in your bag only to find it just doesn’t fit? Snap of the strap and roll it up and voilà! Now, before you start thinking there are a lot of fastex® buckle straps that do the same thing, my response would be “yes and no”. First off they don’t last. The male clip bends and breaks. Secondly, they can become loose and slip. The Peak Design system is anchored in as the name suggests; it ain’t moving or coming undone.

Back to the NUCIS strap. By adding the Peak Design anchor and link system this fashionable strap now becomes practical. You can purchase it at for $75 (68€). My only suggestion to Fernando is hurry up and start making the other colors and styles!

If you buy it now, use code (NUCIS10) for a 10% discount.





New Video: So who is OFMP.ORG?

Introduction to The On Field Media Project from On Field Media Project on Vimeo.

The On Field Media Project is an organization I started a couple of years ago that provides training in photography, videography and social media for small non profits so that they are better prepared to tell the ongoing story of the good work they are doing in the field. In the modern day, building a continual digital relationship between the organization and their supporters is essential. OFMP bridges that gap to give these organization the storytelling tools they need to continually share with backers, donors and allies. We also strive to see these organizations become self sufficient and non-reliant on pro photographers. Not to take any work away from the pro (there will always be work for the pro), but to empower these organization to begin to tell their own story in a powerful and timely way when they can.

If you’d like to help OFMP continue to grow and train you can. You may be aware, there is a big sale going on via Facebook and through other social media called the 5 Day Deal. The 5 Day Deal is a legitimate sale on photographic training resources. A value of $3,300 selling for $127. This is the real deal, it is a valuable bundle of hours of educational videos and ebooks. It has whole courses of trainings from top photographers on topic like child photography, landscape – it contains Photoshop and Lightroom trainings and presets and plugins. There is really valuable learning for photographers of all skill levels. By the way, this is totally new material from last year’s sale.

This deal doesn’t just benefit the photographer, last year the sale generated over $250,000 for several charities. This year they are aiming for over $300,000. As an affiliate I will be donating ALL my earnings to the On Field Media Project for our operating expenses. Last year I did the same and we raised a good portion of our yearly operating budget.

You can help in two ways. One: Just buy the material. As I said, it’s the real deal (pardon the pun). Two: Help us promote this sale and my affiliate link specifically. Here is my affiliate link you can lean more about the “5Day Deal” there as well. Help OFMP make a difference in the lives of nonprofits around the world.


A Killer Deal on Photographic Resources: the 5 Day Deal

What if learning photography was relegated to a school classroom and cost university prices? We’d have a lot less photographers for sure. Fortunately this isn’t the case. In fact there are photography courses all over the net at varying qualities and costs. With that in mind, I have a great educational opportunity for you. Once a year the folks at 5 Day Deal gather photographic resources from top photographer from around the world and bundled them for you for a limited time – 5 days. They’ve done it again, Stating today they have pull together a real, honest-to-goodness, deal. This is not a gimmick, it might sound like one, but it is one of the best values in photographic training material there is – bar none and it only last for 5 days.

Here is how this works. The founders of 5 Day Deal thought up a way to make a profit from bundling a ton of software, e-books, videos and more by selling them at a crazy price. They asked a boat load of photographers who author e-books, videos and e-learning websites to contribute product. This bundle contains $3,300.00 worth of quality photo related instructional material at a ridiculously low price of $127! There are several products in this bundled that are worth the $127 all by themselves. The first one that comes to mind is Lightroom for Landscapes. This is a full video course on Photoshop Lightroom. Granted, it is tailored to Landscape photographers but the reality is every photographer that wants to lead about Lightroom would benefit from this course. This comprehensive, 18 hour course tackles the entire Lightroom workflow. With 20 modules and a total of over 100 lessons, from import to export, you’ll learn every feature of Lightroom in small, manageable pieces in a step-by-step fashion so you can put these new techniques into practice immediately. A $200 value. Personally even at $200 I find it a great deal. But at $127 even better and then added on to the rest of the bundle, it’s a no brainer!

Now if this wasn’t enough, in the past the 5 Day Deal folks have donated a huge chunk of their profits to charity. In fact last year, they raised over $250,000, that’s a quarter of a million dollars for charity! This year they want to raise even more, the goal is over $300,000.

The 5 Day Deal ends in:



What is in this bundle?


5DayDeal-Full-Product-List-1-of-2 5DayDeal-Full-Product-List-2-of-2



Convinced? I hope so, I don’t know how to make it any clearer… THIS IS A KILLER DEAL!

So how do I figure into this? I am an affiliate and I receive a percent of each sale. I will be giving 100% of all of my earnings from this sale to the On Field Media Project. I am asking you to use my affiliate link. . Not only would I like you to buy the product and take advantage of this deal during this limited time, I want you to help us raise funds for OFMP. Whenever you tweet, post or share anything about the 5 Day Deal please use this link above. In this way all profits from the affiliate link will go to the On Field Media Projects operating costs.

Maybe you are asking, what is the On Field Media Project? OFMP is a nonprofit that was established two years ago to help their nonprofit identify and tell their story to the world. So many young charities falter because they are failing telling the stories of their ongoing work, their successes and yes, even their failures. At OFMP we come to the field and work with these organization’s field staff and teach them not only how to identify a story but how to tell it and illustrate it with photos and videos. You might ask ‘why can’t we just go in and shoot these stories for them and given them the images?’ We could, but we want to empower these organizations to stand on their own feet and to be self reliant. Here is what some of our past clients have said about our work:


“They know what I don’t know. So they brought themselves down, they humbled themselves I must say. To be at that level, whereby they can pick up my hand and just bring me up to where they want me to learn what they were teaching me. Those guys are just good. I love them.” -Collins Odhiambo, The Kilgoris Project


This has really, really helped me to improve my photo and video taking and editing. …
Keep going to help NGOs to promote their organization. Because it’s really helpful. This has helped us to promote our NGO. This has been one of my best experience – with On Field Media Project and the other participants.
– Tya Septiani


This training emphasis more on the “telling of a story” and not on the high tech camera. But after OMFP drilled me, gave me/us the rules and the principles in order produce picture/videos that tell a story and that touch and move people. The topic on multimedia gave me a positive outlook. Afterwards, this training gave me the feel of a professional even though I’m still a beginner. The training helped us also remember one the most important people are our patrons and donors.
– Nelson Liberato


Review: Angelbird 512 GB SSD2go drive

Angelbird 512 GB SSD2go drive

Angelbird 512 GB SSD2go drive


Recently, I was sent an Angelbird 512 GB SSD2go drive. This little guy, and little is the operative word here, is built like a tank. It is perfect for people like me who travel. The great thing about SSD drives is because they are solid state they can be pretty much abused and still function perfectly. Seriously, you could drop this off a building and it would most likely survive… and no, I am not going to try that. I like it’s shiny T.A.R.D.I.S. 1 blue case and I don’t want it scratched. By the way, the case – it is honed out of a single piece of aluminum.  This adds to the solid feel of the device. Now I was a little worried when I saw the USB 3.0. cable. I had never seen a drive use a type A to type A cable. But it works like a charm. The cable fits really tight into the unit and into the computer. You can get the back engraved for free. Most people put their website or a contact number. I have never had any contact info on a drive before and frankly, I have never felt the need. I guess because I have never lost a drive before so it didn’t really occur to use it that way. So I had a bit of inspiration added to the the back. Since it is T.A.R.D.I.S. blue in color I added a quote from Dr. Who that fits my ethos. “We’re all stories in the end. Just make it a good one, eh?” Honestly if I was to do it again, I might put my email address because this drive is so small I actually might be able to loose it.


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Now for the most important part – the speed. This drive is fast. According to the the manufacturer the drive is capable of a Sustained Read Speed up to 450MB/s and a Sustained Write Speed up to 390MB/s. Now to be fair, I tested it with my Blackmagic Design Disk Speed Test and didn’t quite get those speeds. I got Read speeds up to 420 MB/s and Write speeds up to 367 MB/s. Still impressive.

Let me tell you why this is important and what I plan to do with this honey of a drive. A few month back I was getting really frustrated with the speed of my Lightroom catalog. It would take forever to load images and when I made changes I honestly had to wait a few seconds for those changes to take effect. I optimized my Lightroom catalog but that didn’t really help much. So why was my Catalog acting so slow? The problem was I was running my catalog off my WD My Passport drive. This was/is a slow drive and the catalog just wouldn’t keep up with my changes due to the lack of speed supplied by the WD drive. My personal Lightroom Guru, Piet Van den Eynde suggested I get an SSD drive and things would run better. At this point you might be asking, why I couldn’t just put my catalog on my computer’s drive? My answer to that would be, which computer? I travel, it’s what travel photographers do and as such I work off of two computers. I have my large iMac that I run two monitors on at home and my Macbook Pro I travel with. What I needed was a portable SSD drive to house my Lightroom Catalog. I looked around and found a few options. One I almost went with was the Lacie Rugged USB3 Thunderbolt Series 500GB SSD. But it was large and very bulky. The Angelbird is small,  3.5 x 2. 75 x 0.41 inch (89.0 x 69.9 x 10.4 mm). The Lacie Rugged drives are a bit overkill with the rubber bumper they add. The fact is it is an SSD, there is no need for that bumper anymore, there are no moving parts! So I went with the Angelbird and now my Lightroom catalog zips.

If you would like to hear how specifically you can use this drive in your Lightroom workflow. I would advise you to visit Piet’s blog where he reviews this same drive but goes into greater detail how to use it in your workflow.

In conclusion: I am very happy with the choice of this small, sexy drive. I really can’t find a downside. If you pushed me to find one it might be the price, at $450 it is not cheap. But then, you know what they say? You get what you pay for and this is certainly true here. With that said I am giving the Anglebird SSD2Go Drive 5 Trekkers.



  1. A reference to the blue police box in Dr. Who

Protection for your other Camera


You know that a good camera bag is an essential. You also know that you can never seem to find the right bag, right? If I ask any given photographer how many bags they have I usually get an embarrassed eye-roll and then a number between 5 and 20. Seriously, bags are important, first and foremost for protecting your camera and lenses. But what about your other camera? You know, your phone.

Today, most people don’t leave a room, let alone the house without their all purpose point-n-shoot camera aka their smartphone. Yet, how protected is it? How many phones have you destroyed? I have ruined two at least, my daughter on the other hand… well, we won’t go there. So when my family moved back to the U.S. for the year we got new cell service and new phones. I opted for the iPhone 6 (not the Plus… too big!). But after hearing so many complaints about the iPhone 6 bending and knowing how rough I am with my phones and how often I loose them, I wanted a case that was bombproof, easy to see and could be dropped from the stratosphere and survive. You think I am kidding? Well, enter the Urban Armor Gear case or UAG. Specifically the Outland case for the iPhone 6.

The Outland is a composite case and by composite they mean both hard plastic shell and a soft plastic liner giving the phone its protection. This case is slim and has a great feel to it. There is no rubbery tacky stuff on this case so it slides into and out of your pocket with ease. I have owned a case or two in the past that the designers felt they needed to make grippable by adding a rubberized finish to it. The problem is it makes the phone impossible to get out of your pocket without pulling out every bit of paper bills along with it. So I am pleased with this slick yet matte finish. The inside black plastic is honeycombed  and not only looks good but I assume provides extra strength and protection. The case front has the black plastic protruding ever so slightly above the glass to give the glass protection. All four corners are reinforced with the same black plastic to give extra protection when the the phone drops on the corners. Speaking of protection this case is rated to military drop-test standards (MIL STD 810G 516.6), impressive. It is at this point I need to confess that I have dropped this case several times already and so far, so good. Not even a scratch on the case.


Note the honeycomb pattern of the black plastic lining.

Note the honeycomb pattern of the black plastic lining.

When you buy the UAG case they include a screen protector as well. But to be frank I tossed the free one and opted for the more costly tempered glass screen protector. I used one on my iPhone 5 and it worked like a charm. The back of the case that has a nice cutout for the camera. With the black surrounding the cutout you wont get any glare or reflection on the camera. This isn’t a huge complaint with many cases, but it has happened. The case has a nice industrial design look to it, with the orange it gives it almost a tactical feel. There are two cutouts on either side of the UAG branding on the back, I have no idea what this serves. They don’t match up with the Apple logo, in fact they only show part of the words “iPhone”. To me this is odd and doesn’t make much sense. Why have them if they serve no function and only serve to allow dust into the back of the case? This side of the case also sports four skids along the four corners that create a nonskid footing for the case and protect the harder plastic shell. Little attention to details like this make this case what it is.

The camera… er phone goes into the case easy enough. Slide it in volume rocker side first and then the other side just pops in. Sometimes doing it this way turns on the phone – no big deal. Getting it out is a little more difficult but still not a huge issue.  The cutouts on the bottom of the case are large enough to allow for third party accessories. Don’t underestimate this. The last case I owned wouldn’t fit my third party Lightning to USB charger, only the Apple charger would fit. Not an issue here.

The bottom of the case has well placed cutout that allow for third party accessories.

The bottom of the case has well placed cutout that allow for third party accessories.


Over all this case is a winner. I chose the Outland as it is orange and make it easy for me to see, but if I did it again, I might go with the clear version called the Maverick. It has a very cool look as you can see the honeycomb pattern through the back of the case. UAG also make a folio style case that rocks as well.

So, for $34.95 it is a winner and I give this little guy 4.5 stars.

Now for the fun part. Remember that comment about being able to drop my case from the stratosphere? Watch this:

Fujifilm Podcast With Piet Van den Eynde 2015

Piet & other X-photographers on our past India workshop take a break to talk about what Fujifilm is serving up.

Piet & other X-photographers on our past India workshop take a chai break to talk about what Fujifilm is serving up.


Welcome Fujirumors Readers.

It’s always fun when I get together with Piet Van den Eynde and we compare notes on the latest Fujifilm gear. This podcast was not different. This episode is about our thoughts on the latest lenses and a few interesting accessories.

We promised we would list out the reviews and posts we talked about in this podcast, so here you go:

Learn more about Matt & Piet’s North India Workshop HERE.

Matt’s Posts

  1. Fujinon 50-140mm f2.8 LM OIS WR: Review
  2. First Look: Fujinon XF 16-55 mm f/2.8 R LM WR
  3. Views of Kenya with the Fujinon XF 16mm f/1.4 WR
  4. Fujifilm’s 90mm Makes a Colorful Splash on the Set of Indian Summers 2

Piet’s Posts

  1. My 10 favourite accessories for Fujifilm X-cameras – Part 1
  2. My 10 favourite accessories for Fujifilm X-cameras – Part 2
  3. 10 reasons why I love my Fujifilm X100T
  4. Review: The Jinbei HD 600 II: Portable Flash Power for my Fuji X cameras
  5. Review: Godox V850 manual Li-ion flash: a perfect manual flash for my Fujifilm X-cameras

2015 Fujifilm X-Photographer’s Book


Child on the set of Indian Summers, Holi Celebration. Penang, Malaysia



Ladies under a tree. Pachewar, Rajasthan, India



Bishnoi farmer. Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India

Fujifilm is contacting it’s X-Photographers (I assume all of them, but I don’t know for certain) and asking them to submit one image for their 2015 book highlighting their X-Photographers. Honestly, it’s a marketing tool saying, “Look at how good our cameras work in the hands of our X-Photographers!” That’s OK with me, I understand that marketing needs to be done and it provides another nice showcase for many people’s work – a win, win. I was asked by Fujifilm Malaysia to submit one photo. But I have thousands. So which one do I give them?

The first step I took was to open up Adobe Lightroom and use it’s nifty library filter feature and select only photos taken with Fujifilm X-series cameras. I then narrowed it down to my 5 star images. From that point it was a matter of just plowing through the 5 stars and finding a few selects. I was able to narrow the first draft to about 23 images.



Then after just looking them over and staring at my computer screen for a few days I managed to whittle them down to 6 images. I had already planned to get some Facebook friend’s feedback but after Piet Van den Eynde had posted his final choices on his Facebook account, and got such great feedback I thought, (why not try it as well). So I did. By the way, some of you would make great art critiques. 😉 In only a few hours I had well over 200+ comments and they keep coming in.

In the end there were three stand outs and I had to make the ultimate choice. It was not easy. It’s like having to choose between three of my closest friends and saying, “I like you the best and your second, ect…”. I don’t work that way. I am more like, “I like you because of this and I like you because of that…” and so it was with these photos. I like the color one because of the melancholy expression, the intense color and the super sharp eyes. I felt like it really shows off Fuji’s claim of great color reproduction. The black and white crowd shot I liked because it is full of story. So much going on in this photo. The texture is rich and rough as if you could touch it.  As someone said in the Facebook comments, it has a Salgado (Sebastião Salgado) feel to it. I would never dare to compare my work with his, but I think I know what they meant. I think they meant, his images tend to be high contrast black and white with a grittiness to them that seems to pull the viewer into the photo. Lastly I like the black and white portrait for many of the same reasons I like the black and white crowd shot, except as a portrait it stood out because there was a sense of solemnity and contemplation to the subject – a sense of intimacy that is indicative of my portraits.

I had to choose just one. The Facebook poll leaned heavily to the color image, then the black and white portrait and lastly the crowd shot. Fujifilm told me it needed to go on a B5 size page (6.89 X 9.843 inches). I felt the color image is really strong and perfect for Fujifilm’s promotion, but I was afraid it would get lost on a horizontal page. The black and white portrait is strong and where it may be representative of my work, this type of portrait is not unique to me. The crowd shot is unique and became my choice. But, right at the last moment, I found out that the book will be a horizontal format after all, not vertical. This means the very thing that I feared about the color portrait, being lost on a horizontal page would in fact happen to the black and white crowd shot. With this in mind, I want the most real estate for my one photo and so I choose the poll’s favorite, the color portrait.

Was this a wise choice? What do you think?

By the way, if you want to photograph similar subjects join me for the 2016 North India Workshop. We will be visiting Old Delhi, Agra (home to the Taj Mahal) and Varanasi. It is going to be epic by all accounts. Learn more HERE.