Digital Trekker Podcast

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Matt Brandon Vlog 12: Fujifilm GFX Review and more.

Currently, I am in Laos, once again. If you recall, I was in Laos back in late November shooting my...

A Podcast: A conversation on the Fujifilm X System with Piet Van den Eynde #02

  Last year after the Rajasthan Photo Trek, Piet Van den Eynde and I decided to take a few minutes...

A Podcast: Mitchell Kanashkevich

Mitchell Kanashkevich is probably one of the most talented photographers I know. He has gotten that way by shooting continuously....

A Podcast: A conversation on the Fujifilm X System with Piet Van den Eynde

  There’s a lot of talk these days, both good and bad, about the Fujifilm X Series cameras: the X-Pro1...

A Podcast Review of “The Photographers Workflow” e-Book

  I have been wanting to write a lengthy review of a very precise nature filled with my musings on...

A talk with Gavin Gough: Thaipusam

I needed to clear up a few things about the upcoming Thaipusam workshop – So I gave my co-leader and...

Off-Camera Flash Made Easy

Let me set the record straight right here, I am not a strobist. Ninety five percent of the time I...

Depth of Field Podcast

Podcast host Matt Brandon, a humanitarian and travel photographer, interviews working photographers from around the world. Listen as Matt carries on conversations with respected photographers from many different fields and uncovers what it took for them to be successful. Listen to his guest share both secrets and stories of their journey.

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Depth of Field: Damien Lovegrove

Damien Lovegrove is a treasure trove of both photographic and business knowledge. With years of photographic commercial and wedding work...

Podcast: A look at the Fujifilm X-Pro2 and more…

Every year after our workshop in India, Piet Van den Eynde and I spend an hour or so talking about...

Depth of Field: Dan Carr

I had the pleasure of working with Dan Carr online many years ago when we wrote for the same photo...

Depth of Field Podcast: Piper Mackay

Piper Mackay represents the dream of so many photographers out there. She was working a successful career and gave it...

Depth of Field Podcast: David Bergman

David Bergman is one of the nicest guys you’d ever meet. He is humble, unassuming and crazy good at what...

Depth of Field: Timothy Allen

I am starting a new “season” of the Depth of Field Podcast with the impressive work of Timothy Allen.  As...

Depth of Field: Michael D Davis

Michael D. Davis is the photographer’s friend. Mike Davis is a photo editor. Photo editors are people photographers have a...

Depth of Field: Kevin Russ

Kevin Russ, by his own admission likes to take the path of least resistance. This path has taken him from...

Depth of Field: Douglas Kirkland

Douglas Kirkland is one of photography’s legends, there’s no other way around it. He’s made a treasure trove full of...

Depth of Field: Brian Smith

Brian Smith has carved out a name for himself in photographing the rich and, as he puts it, the infamous....

Depth of Field: Michael Yamashita

I have been looking forward to talking with Michael Yamashita for years. Yamashita is a National Geographic icon. He has shot...

Depth of Field: Michael Freeman

Michael Freeman is one of the photographers I had wanted to interview for a long time. His book on composition,...

 

 

 

A Podcast: A conversation on the Fujifilm X System with Piet Van den Eynde #02

Piet and I checking out the menus of the X-E2 and X-100s.

Piet and I checking out the menus of the X-E2 and X-100s. © René Delbar

 

Last year after the Rajasthan Photo Trek, Piet Van den Eynde and I decided to take a few minutes to talk about our experience with the X-series cameras in the field. Piet is a brand ambassador for Fujifilm Belgium, an Adobe Lightroom Guru and an e-book author with Craft & Vision. More importantly he is my co-leader of the Digital Trekker Photo Treks. Last year after our first Photo Trek together Piet and I thought it might be fun to do a podcast about the Fujifilm X-Series gear we used. You can listen to that conversation HERE. That podcast turned out to be one of my most listened to podcasts and quite a few people had asked for a sequel… So, always eager to provide the content that people want, we though it might be fun to do this again… sort of a part two. This year, after the Photo Trek was officially over Piet and I huddled under a blanket together – no really it was the only way to deaden the sound in our cheap concrete day-rooms – and recorded this podcast. We talk about the latest gear and how we have been using the X-system since our last podcast. I hope you enjoy this conversation. Continue reading

A Podcast Review of “The Photographers Workflow” e-Book

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I have been wanting to write a lengthy review of a very precise nature filled with my musings on the amazing new e-book by Gavin Gough called The Photographers Workflow.  But frankly, I am much too lazy. There is just way too much to cover. So I simply rang up Gavin on Skype and had a nice long chat about his book.

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 buynowRemember when you check out use the discount code: baldguys for $10 off. (This code is good only through Feb 8th, 2013)

There really is no need for me to go into much detail here other than to say this is one of the best e-book values on the market today. Don’t think that $30 ($20 if you use the discount “baldguys”) is a lot for an e-book. If this was some 20 to 30 page e-book taking what you already know then, yes, maybe. But it is not. Gavin has gone into an amazing amount of detail on two of the most uses modules of Lightroom, the Library module and the Develop module. Continue reading

Depth of Field: Brian Smith

Brian Smith

Brian Smith has carved out a name for himself in photographing the rich and, as he puts it, the infamous. His list of subject is far too long to write out here, but here is just a sampling; Venus and Serena Williams, Gene Hackman, Cindy Crawford, Donald Trump, Bill Gates, The Bee Gees, Antonio Banderas, Shaquille O’Neal, Alan Greenspan, Don King, John Turturro, Anne Hathaway, Ben Stiller, Sylvester Stallone, Pope-John-Paul-II, Wynonna Judd, Richard Branson and many, many more. It is important to note that Brian Smith is not a “one trick” pony. Brian worked for years in photojournalism and has made several iconic and historically important images. If you are over 40, you probably remembers Brian’s iconic image of US diver Greg Louganis hitting his head on the diving board while competing in 1988 Olympics. Brian peppered our time together with advice and pointers that every photographer will find helpful. You will enjoy this one!

Visit or follow Brian:

at his website HERE
his Blog HERE
view his stock images HERE
Twitter HERE
Facebook HERE

 

Depth of Field: Michael Freeman

Michael Freeman

Michael Freeman is one of the photographers I had wanted to interview for a long time. His book on composition, “The Photographer’s Eye” had become the first book I hand to new photographers. It is destined to become the classic treatise on composition – a must read for every photographer.

Michael is one of the most widely published photographers in the world. He has worked for most major international magazine and book publishers in a long career. A leading photographer for the Smithsonian Magazine for three decades (more than 40 assignment stories), He has also published more than 120 books on subjects as varied as Angkor, Sudan, ethnic minorities in Southeast Asia, the Shakers, and contemporary Japanese design and architecture. His 50 books on the practice of photography are standard works, and have sold almost two million copies in more than 20 languages. His contribution to teaching is the photography courses at the UK’s Open College of the Arts, now to degree level in the national curriculum. London-based, Michael Freeman travels for half of each year on shooting assignments, principally in Asia. His latest large-format reportage book is The Tea Horse Road, the result of a two-year exploration of one of the longest trade routes in the ancient world, between China and Tibet.

Visit his blog HERE.
His Open College of the Arts educational support website we talk about in the interview HERE.

You can listen to more Depth of Field podcasts HERE.

Depth of Field: John McDermott

I met John McDermott this past summer in Angkor Wat while I was co-leading a workshop there. McDermott is typical of the photographers I interview, modest, unassuming and willing to share his story.  He first came to Angkor in 1995 to witness a total eclipse of the sun. Inspired by the surreal, otherworldly light of the eclipse, he returned again and again over the next several years to create a definitive artistic portrait of the ancient Khmer temples.

In addition to his Angkor work, McDermott has continued his fine art project throughout Southeast Asia, focusing on ancient temples and cultural heritage sites. He now lives with his wife and son in Siem Reap, Cambodia, where he founded three galleries that exhibit the work of Cambodian artists and photographers working across Asia.

John McDermott’s work is on display as part of the permanent collection at the National Museum in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.  His photographs are held in private collections worldwide and have been printed in numerous books and publications, including    Time, Newsweek, The International Herald Tribune, and The New York Times.  He continues to photograph around the world, and his latest project will take him to Kenya and Tanzania.

You can find John’s website and gallery HERE.

You can listen to more Depth of Field podcasts HERE. Plus you can download them off of iTunes HERE.

 

Off-Camera Flash Made Easy

Shot with the Odin TTL Wireless Flash Trigger. Flash was off-camera left.

Let me set the record straight right here, I am not a strobist. Ninety five percent of the time I shoot with available light, the other five percent I shoot with my flash set to rear curtain sync (It’s fun. You should try it!) I really don’t like the ugly flat light that on-camera flashes give a subject. Off-camera lighting is wonderful, but until recently with a Canon you only got E-TTL metering by using the short irritating OC-E3 cable. Then in the last year or so a few companies like Pocket Wizard started selling outfits that would set you back a minimum of $500 for off-camera E-TTL wireless flash! Then, recently I was sent a little gadget that made me feel like a real lighting pro. My good friends at Phottix sent me their latest creation the Odin TTL Wireless Flash Trigger. In seconds I went from feeling intimidated with off-camera lighting to a giddy little kid with a new toy. A new toy that boosted my self esteem right out of the box. Can you tell I am impressed? I wanted to communicate to you the value this little guy is and the best way I could think of was to shoot a photo or two with it and to let Steve Peer, the CEO of Phottix tell you about the Odin himself. So listen to this short podcast I made with Steve yesterday and while listening you can peruse the cold hard specs below. Enjoy!

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Shot with the Odin TTL Wireless Flash Trigger. Flash was off-camera right.

 

 

Phottix Odin TTL Trigger

 

What can the Phottix Odin TTL Trigger for Canon do?

  • Wireless 2.4GHz. TTL and Manual Flash Triggering
  • Remote power control of groups in TTL with +/- EV adjustments (3 stops in 1/3 stop increments  – 18 different levels.)
  • Mix TTL and Manual flash – fire some groups in TTL, others as manual
  • Remote power control in A:B ratio modes with +/- EV adjustments
  • High speed sync – shutter speeds up to 1/8000 sec.
  • Second curtain sync functions
  • Remote manual mode flash power control
  • Remote flash head zoom adjustments – auto or manual
  • Compatible with Phottix Strato 4-in-1 and Phottix Strato II Multi 5-in-1 Wireless Triggers
  • Upgradeable via built-in USB ports.

Jump over and pick up an Odin, or see you local Phottix retailer.

Introducing The Craft & Vision Community

I am tickled pink to be able to announce the new Craft and Vision Community that David duChemin and the fine folks at Craft and Vision have been inspired to create.  I am excited, partly because I am intimately involved in one particular aspect of the Craft and Vision Community and that is the podcast. Every month David and I will be hosting a podcast that will be filled with discussions and interviews as well as an image critique. Each month we create an assignment asked listeners to submit an image from that assignment for critique. David and I will pick an image and will discuss it using principles from his upcoming book Photographically Speaking.

This is a community that will develop over time and deepen. Till Sept 30th you can join the community for a yearly subscription of only $89. After that the price will go up. There really isn’t a price you can put for inspiration and creativity that will last a lifetime.  I hope to see you in the Craft and Vision Community.