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Podcast #53 – Using a Light Meter 4

Podcast #53 – Using a Light Meter

Kerry and David start off with discussing some high school grad night party jobs they have been doing recently and how they went after that market.

Later, the guys discuss the use of a light meter and how it can help you get your exposures fast and accurately in-camera and save you time in post-production.

Camera Dojo Portrait Workshop June 28th 0

Camera Dojo Portrait Workshop June 28th

If you are in southern California and would like to learn more about portrait lighting, then you should attend our Mini-Workshop on June 28th. This workshop will help you learn the basics of portrait lighting and then give you hands-on experience with constant lights and several models to help fine-tune your skills.

PhotoBasics Green Screen Kit 4

PhotoBasics Green Screen Kit

We have all seen green screens used in special effects for films or by high-end professionals to composite images together. One of the problems with doing green screen work has always been the cost of a good green screen backdrop and affordable lighting kits. As we have seen in the past, PhotoBasics has brought the power of green screen production to the masses with an affordable new green screen kit.

Podcast #52 – Listener Appreciation Show 18

Podcast #52 – Listener Appreciation Show

Kerry and David look back over the year of podcasts, talk about some of their favorite moments and guests, and then give away $6,000 in prizes to lucky listeners. Thanks you all you listeners for being with us this past year and a big thanks to all the people and companies that put up some really nice prizes!

Canon Firmware Update for 5D Mk II Adds Manual Video Control 1

Canon Firmware Update for 5D Mk II Adds Manual Video Control

While the Canon EOS 5D Mark II was a revolution in the fact that it supported full motion, full definition HD video recording, one of the major drawbacks with the video mode was the lack of control over the camera’s settings. Not that the lack of manual control made the video unusable, but for such a high-end camera, photographers wanted more control over the different settings.

SpyderCUBE White Balance Tool – A Must Have Gadget 7

SpyderCUBE White Balance Tool – A Must Have Gadget

Once in a while a product comes along that is so clever, so right, it is just a “must have” product. While at PMA, I stumbled on such a product. The SpyderCUBE by Datacolor is one of those products. Nothing it does is really new, but it does everything right, in a small package, with more features than most any competitive product on the market.

Podcast #51 – Kerry and David discuss issues when traveling 4

Podcast #51 – Kerry and David discuss issues when traveling

Kerry and David discuss issues when traveling such as making sure you are prepared, how to pack tripods and lightstands, watching your equipment, and deciding what to take.

onOne Software Announces Free Version of PhotoTools 2 4

onOne Software Announces Free Version of PhotoTools 2

onOne Software, Inc., a leading developer of time-saving software solutions for professional and advanced amateur photographers, today announced a free, Lite version of PhotoTools 2 Standard Edtion. PhotoTools 2 Standard Edition is a flexible yet powerful plug-in for Adobe® Photoshop® CS2, CS3 and CS4 that utilizes the power of Photoshop Actions to provide a range of imaging tools including effects, corrections and production automation in a full-featured interface.

Camera Raw 5.4 RC Release – New Camera Support 0

Camera Raw 5.4 RC Release – New Camera Support

Adobe has released a Release Candidate version of the upcomign Camera Raw 5.4. The main feature of the new version is support for a number of new cameras including:

Podcast #50 – Conversation with Gene Higa – Finding your niche 6

Podcast #50 – Conversation with Gene Higa – Finding your niche

Kerry and David talk with destination wedding photographer Gene Higa about how to discover and then promote your own niche or uniqueness.

The topic should apply to any type of photographer, not just wedding photographers as everyone should try to find what separates them from others and makes themselves unique.

High Wattage Bulbs for Spiderlite TD-5’s 6

High Wattage Bulbs for Spiderlite TD-5’s

I am a huge fan of my Westcott Spiderlite TD-5 studio lights with their nice soft output, low energy use, and cool operation. While they have always been great for product photography I never really liked using them for portraits because they just didn’t put out enough light. Westcott has released some new high wattage bulbs for the TD-5’s to address the needs of these types of situations.

Podcast #49 – Conversation with John Mireles – Using Contracts in your photography business 7

Podcast #49 – Conversation with John Mireles – Using Contracts in your photography business

Kerry and David talk to John Mireles from Photographer’s Toolkit fame to discuss using contracts in your photography business. during the talk we cover what elements make up a good contract, how to present a contract to clients, and why you need to have a solid contract.

Podcast #48 – More Letters from Listeners 2

Podcast #48 – More Letters from Listeners

Kerry and David take more letters from listeners and talk about “full figure” brides, lens choices, and blog hosting and then discuss some more tales of When Things Go Bad.

ControlTL Firmware v4.250 Optimizes HSS/FP Sync 0

ControlTL Firmware v4.250 Optimizes HSS/FP Sync

South Burlington, VT — Through-the-shoe communications allow PocketWizard radios, with version 4.250 ControlTL firmware, to significantly boost the performance of the High Speed Sync (HSS) feature of Canon Speedlite flashes. This means more light (which equals greater working distance), faster recycling times and more flashes per battery set when shooting in Canon’s HSS/FP Flash mode.

Vanguard Pampas 57 Sling Camera Bag 7

Vanguard Pampas 57 Sling Camera Bag

I am always looking for the next great camera bag, especially something that offers convenience, comfort, and functionality so I was very interested in the new Pampas sling-style backpack from Vanguard.

At first look, the sling style would allow you to rotate the back to your front to have access your gear and then fling it back over your shoulder where it acts like a normal backpack.

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.