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Podcast #47 – Conversation with Jeff and Dana Sipper – Working with Groups 6

Podcast #47 – Conversation with Jeff and Dana Sipper – Working with Groups

This week Kerry and David talk to the Orange County Photography team of Jeff and Dana Sipper of Sipper Photography. The main focus of the conversation is a followup to last week’s brief answer to how to work with groups and families to get groups of people to look their best.

Canon releases firmware update for EOS 50D 2

Canon releases firmware update for EOS 50D

Firmware Version 1.0.6 incorporates the following improvements and fixes.

1. Supports the AF assist beam feature of the new flash, Speedlite 270 EX, which is scheduled to be released in April 2009.
2. Changes the error indications that are displayed on the camera.
3. Addresses the vertical banding noise phenomenon.

Continue reading for more info.

Podcast #46 – Kerry and David answer letters from listeners 8

Podcast #46 – Kerry and David answer letters from listeners

Kerry and David answer letters from listeners. We tried to answer a question about the gear we take to weddings, but need to do a post about that, its just too long to talk about on the show. Then we talked about organizing files in Lightroom and how we each do it differently. Next we discussed posing people, especially in larger groups and how to make sure they aren’t blinking. Finally we talked about dealing with clients and if you should every turn down work or “fire” a client.

Camera Dojo Announces new Monochrome Tools Lightroom Presets 7

Camera Dojo Announces new Monochrome Tools Lightroom Presets

We are very excited to announce the release of our new preset pack for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom called Dojo Monochrome Tools. This new set is designed to cover most of your B&W and Monochrome needs. With 27 different presets to choose from, you are sure to find one that you really like. Several of them are based on the Black and White filters available on Photoshop CS4.

Podcast #45 – Conversation with Candice Cunningham – LA Wedding Photographer 7

Podcast #45 – Conversation with Candice Cunningham – LA Wedding Photographer

Candice Cunningham is a wedding photographer from Ventura California (near Los Angeles) who has been perfecting her craft for the past seven years and managed to do FIFTY weddings last year. With this much experience under her belt, Candice talks to use about gettnig ready, dealing with clients, thank you cards, and much more.

While this show is pretty “wedding photography” heavy, the contents such as dealing with customers and doing things to make them feel special apply to virtually any aspect of photography.

Vanguard Supreme 53F Hard Case 9

Vanguard Supreme 53F Hard Case

We have looked at different types and styles of camera bags but the Vanguard 53 isn’t your normal camera bag. The Supreme 53 is a hard-sided case more at home in the cargo compartment of an airplane than it is being used as a daily equipment hauler. While other companies selling hard cases have been around for many years, Vanguard has a lot to live up to. Let’s take a look at at the Supreme 53 and see if Vanguard has succeeded in building a better mouse trap.

Podcast #44 – Conversation with Sara France – Introduction to Apple Aperture 9

Podcast #44 – Conversation with Sara France – Introduction to Apple Aperture

Are you a total Apple Aperture N00b like David and I are? If so, then you may want to listen to this podcast featuring our good friend Sara France. Sara is very well known for her Apple Aperture skills and she walks us through some of the basics of getting started with using Aperture and how to use some of the very cool features like Smart Albums and the Book designer.

Podcast #43 – Contest Winners and then Kerry and David discuss maximizing print sales 0

Podcast #43 – Contest Winners and then Kerry and David discuss maximizing print sales

We really apologize for running late but things did not go as planned. But the good news is that we are finally announcing our last couple of contest winners!

Pictage Contest – The winner of our Pictage contest, winning a 12 month membership to Pictage Pro (worth $1200!!) is Cynthia Burtch. Congratulations!

Lightroom Contest – Our winner of a copy of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 is Michael Dalvald.

Running late with this week’s podcast 4

Running late with this week’s podcast

Just a quick note to everyone letting you know we are running late getting this week’s podcast up. We had a few scheduling issues with potential guests and then I had to go out of town for a few days. We will have a new podcast up in a few days announcing the winners of recent contests. Stay tuned!

Cleaning your own DSLR’s Sensor – the right way 10

Cleaning your own DSLR’s Sensor – the right way

I have seen grown men shiver and quake in the shoes at the thought of cleaning the sensor on their DSLR by themselves. The sheer anxiety of sticking something into your expensive camera body has left many people with the only option for dust removal being a stop at a camera shop or repair center for a cleaning. In this article we will look at how to clean your camera’s sensor the safe and easy way and dispel some myths around the black art of sensor cleaning.

Canon Announces EOS Rebel T1i w/HD Video 3

Canon Announces EOS Rebel T1i w/HD Video

Canon’s new EOS Rebel T1i is packed with features, both refined and new. In addition to its admirable performance with an all-new 15.1 Megapixel Canon CMOS sensor, DIGIC 4 Image Processor, a 3.0-inch Clear View LCD with anti-reflective and scratch-resistant coating, and compatibility with the EOS System of lenses and Speedlites, the EOS Rebel T1i adds remarkable Full HD video capture at resolutions up to 1920 x 1080.

Podcast #42 – Conversation with Jim Divitale – Using Speciality Lenses in Commercial Photography 5

Podcast #42 – Conversation with Jim Divitale – Using Speciality Lenses in Commercial Photography

Kerry talks to Jim Divitale about using speciality lenses like the Lensbaby Composer in commercial shoots. Jim talks about how to tell clients about the effects, how to prepare for a shoot, and the comparision between the effect of of a Lensbaby versus a Tlt-Shift and 4×5 View camera.

Review: Tronix Explorer XT Portable Power Source 4

Review: Tronix Explorer XT Portable Power Source

Studio strobes are expensive and when you need lots of light but when you want to use them on location somewhere you have to find electrical outlets and possibly use long unwieldy extensions cords. But what happens when there is no power available at all? Using a generator is not recommended unless you can find one with a true sine wave inverter and even then, the peak times of the strobes when recycling can put an excessive strain on the generator. Innovatronix has a solution with their Explorer XT portable power source.

Podcast #41 – Kerry and David discuss the latest gadgets 2

Podcast #41 – Kerry and David discuss the latest gadgets

Kerry and David discuss the latest tools and gadgets they have been using or have seen at the recent shows including products from Lensbaby, Vanguard, California Sunbounce, Datacolor, Lenspen, Sandisk, Flip video, Apple, and Photovision.

Repairing the hot shoe on a Canon DSLR 12

Repairing the hot shoe on a Canon DSLR

During a wedding shoot one day I noticed that my flash was only firing occasionally. After the initial panic, I quickly figured out that if I held the flash with a little counter-clockwise tension, then the flash worked fine. At the first break, I tried my backup camera and it was doing the same thing. When I got home, I checked it against my daughter’s 20D and it worked fine, and it also seemed that the hot shoe on my cameras was loose compared to hers.Another symptom of this is that the flash will switch from E-TTL mode into TTL mode and the exposure will usually be very overexposed.

Kerry guests on Aaron Dieppa’s The Big Picture Part III 0

Kerry guests on Aaron Dieppa’s The Big Picture Part III

On this third (and final) part of my intervew on Aaron Dieppa’s The Big Picture, we discuss the different Dojo Lightroom presets that I developed for photographers and were I see Camera Dojo going over the next year. We also discuss issues that people have with lighting and making lighting look more natural.

Kerry guests on Aaron Dieppa’s The Big Picture Part II 2

Kerry guests on Aaron Dieppa’s The Big Picture Part II

In this episode, Kerry and Aaron discuss the current trend of “transparency” and putting yourself “out there” and how this is changing how we communicate with our clients and our peers. This is a very interesting discussion. For more of Aaron’s The Big Picture video blog, go visit http://aarondieppa.com.

Kerry guests on Aaron Dieppa’s The Big Picture 4

Kerry guests on Aaron Dieppa’s The Big Picture

For those of you who haven’t heard about Aaron Dieppa, he is an Orange County photographer who came up with an insane idea to try to do a daily video blog for an entire year. To say that he has taken on quite a challenge is an understatement but he has been doing a great job so far. Be sure and check out The Big Picture at http://www.aarondieppa.com for all the back espisodes. This week however, I am thrilled that Aaron asked me to be a guest on the show and we talked for quite a while about Camera Dojo and the industry, so much so that he needed to break it up into three shows.