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5 photographers (Brent Bergherm, Jeff Harmon, Connor Hibbs, Erica Kay, Brian McGuckin) take turns covering listener questions, photography news, and the famous photography “doodads” of the week with each round table discussion episode. This is the podcast for enthusiast and professional photography nerds who want to level up and master their photography–without the fluff of a “talk show.” The team has a special skill for covering advanced level photography techniques in a way that less exper ...
 
This podcast explores what it means to live a photographic life. What does it mean to be an artist who uses the medium of photography to express themselves artistically to the world. What subjects do we choose and why? How are we influenced by other photographers, art, and the world in general? You won't find any gear-talk, camera reviews, or Photoshop tips here, but rather, you'll find an exploration of our relationship to photography as we continue to refine our vision, our craft, and our art.
 
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Everyone needs headshots. It used to only be those at high positions in bigger companies were the only people who needed professional headshots, but thanks to social media it is something everyone needs. Here is how a photographer can get started into meeting some of that demand. Headshots Are About People The first thing you have to do is work ...…
 
The common mistakes made by photographers that prevent their websites from begging noticed by people looking for their services and/or images. Should Photographers Have A Website Here In 2021? With so many social media options today, does a photographer really need a website? Instagram is made for photos, and there so many people are active on soci…
 
What Is An L-Bracket? Unlike other pieces of equipment, like say the intervalometer where it seems like the name of the thing is overly complicated, an “L” bracket is a pretty simple thing. A piece of metal in the shape of an “L”. The long side of the L goes under your camera and screws into the tripod mount, the ... The post 5 Reasons Every Photog…
 
What Is Luminosity Masking? Check out Photo Taco episode What Is Luminosity Masking from November 2018. What’s New In Lumenzia v9? Check out Greg’s release notes page and the video demonstrating the new features. Here are Greg’s favorite new features: Fade slider Reload the last orange preview layers. Sky button (sample from all layers, choose repl…
 
2020 Photography Predictions Nick – Sony releases the A7iv – I think this camera will be a minor update from the riii, mostly ergonomic, with some minor tweaks in the internals. Same sensor, better view finder, bigger grip, better eye and animal AF. After the massive success of the a7iii.. The A7iv will be a little lackluster, but a decent ... The …
 
We are coming to the close of another year. I highly recommend every photographer go through the photos they created in 2020 and choose the ten best. I have talked about this many times here on Master Photography and did an episode of why and how to choose your top ten photos over on Photo Taco. Doing a top ten ... The post Stretch Your Photography…
 
Check out the full instructions and show notes for this episode in the Practical Guide To Color Space Workflow For Photographers. Doodads of the Week Jeff: SMALLRIG Multi-Functional Ballhead Clamp Magic Arm Adapter ($11). Very helpful little gadget that allows me to attach things to my light stands or tripod. I use it mostly for a receiver of a wir…
 
Tips on how to get started in doing team and individual (T&I) sports photography, including a way to quadruple your potential for income! Check out the full how-to article that goes along with this episode over at https://phototacopodcast.com/getting-started-with-team-sports-photography/ The post Getting Started With Team and Individual Sports Phot…
 
What is White Balance? White balance is the color temperature of the light illuminating what you are shooting. It can range from 1,000 Kelvin through 10,000 Kelvin. Different types of light sources have different color tints that will affect the colors in your photo. Light Type Color Temperature in Kelvin (K) Candle Flame (orange) 1,000 – 2,000 Hou…
 
Shooting Family Portraits We have a studio space in our house where we can do some portrait shooting, but our clients far and away prefer to be outdoors for their family portraits. Not sure that is true everywhere, and maybe it has to do with the beautiful mountains and canyons available to us within a very short time here in ... The post HIGTS – F…
 
Why Should Photographers Care About Shutter Count? Shutter count, more specifically the shutter actuation count, is something that I think every photographer should know about. Now this isn’t something that will make you a better photographer. It won’t improve your image quality. So maybe some of you won’t find this episode very interesting, but I …
 
$200 Isn’t Much For a Photographer, Right? I am betting your reaction is similar to what mine was and many others had to the post. $200 just isn’t a lot for a photographer. However, the more I thought about it, and saw comments on the post from other listeners, the more I liked the topic and the suggestions. I think ... The post What Can a Photogra…
 
This topic has really been on my mind recently as I’m in the final stages of building my home office from scratch. I literally mean, there was nothing, but a garage shell. I put up three walls, a raised subfloor on the concrete floor, the ceiling and then ran all the electrical etc. It’s small, but it’s a beautiful space ... The post Our Creative S…
 
The Master Photography Facebook group has had a lot of questions posted recently about how photographers go about pricing and licensing their photos. Most have never done this before. Here is the advice from an expert, Jim Harmer, a trained but non-practicing attorney who also spent over 10 years as a professional photographer. Photographers should…
 
Sharing Images On Social Media Matthew Wells posted this question on the Master Photography Facebook Group “I am not sure what is happening with Instagram. I have noticed that with some pictures when I start to post them, it strips out some of the editing. But only with the jpegs I have saved out of Photoshop. Lightroom exports post ... The post Sh…
 
I have tried creating photos using a telescope and my camera. It didn’t go well. I asked my friend Steve Brazill, who has used a telescope to create some incredible photos of the moon, in hopes that I could figure out what I have been doing wrong. I am thinking/hoping that most of the problem was the crummy telescope I ... The post How To Take Phot…
 
In August of 2020 the news hit that Canon had become an official third-party integration partner to Google by enabling their new image.canon service to send photos to Google Photos. What does that mean for photographers? Is this the wireless workflow photographers are dreaming about? What Is The image.canon Service? Canon released a new cloud servi…
 
Learn how to add the 5 fields Google requires for new licensing information to be shown in their Google Images Search engine to your photos using Lightroom Classic Some big changes are coming in 2020 to Google Images Search. If photographer provide the right information to Google’s bots constantly indexing the Internet, image results in Google Imag…
 
In this solo episode of the podcast I decided to ask listeners what they would like the topic to be this week. I gave them one hour to offer suggestions and then went through most of them. How To Deal With Ugly Greens In Photos First up as a suggested topic came from Breanna Miller who asked: “I struggle a ... The post Most Fun With Photography app…
 
The world has been a crazy place thus far in 2020. Like many of you, we haven’t had as many opportunities to get out and shoot thus far this year. However, we have done some shooting. Let’s walk through the details of 5 landscape photos to help you learn and/or get inspired to get out and shoot (safely)! The Shots ... The post How I Got The Shot – …
 
Introduction Welcome to the Master Photography Roundtable part of the Master Photography Podcast Network! You are joined by thousands of photographers listening to this show who are all on the same journey to master their photography. I am Brent Bergherm, the host for this episode, and I am joined by Juan Pons! Juan, thank you for joining us, I’m v…
 
9 Tips For Young Beginning Photographers We recently got some really fun feedback from a listener Gianna Kirschner: “Dear Master Photography Podcast, my name is Gianna and I’m 10 years old. I love your podcast and listen to all the podcasts you make. I listened to your newest podcast and I’m going to try to shoot/see the neowise tonight or ... The …
 
What is Neowise? Neowise is a comet. One that scientists say only comes around once every 6,800 years! It has been something that the photography community has been writing about for a couple of weeks now. Photographers have a couple more weeks here in July 2020 to shoot the comet. Check out this link for more information on the comet ... The post …
 
I’ve been busy with a lot of things and haven’t been here on MPP for a bit. We sold our home, made an offer on a new one and we’re just waiting for the process to play out now. I’ve made three different short trips to the Palouse region and am busy working on my Latitude Photography School, I’ll comment ... The post Canon Announcements with Mary Ma…
 
About Matt Bishop Matt has been on the Lattitude Photography Podcast (Patagonia and Pentax, Preparing for Normal, and Being a Social Media Underdog) with our own Brent Bergherm, but this was his first time here on the Master Photography podcast. Matt dove into landscape photographer back in 2002, when he purchased his first Pentax SLR camera and us…
 
A really curious thing happened in the Photo Taco Facebook group. Listener Jim Ruse asked a question there about an experience he was having where some of the photos he copied from his internal hard drive over to an external hard drive would be unreadable a few months later. Hey folks. I’ve got an issue I would like to share. ... The post The Curio…
 
Software Update Status Adobe just released updates to both Lightroom and Photoshop here in early June 2020. Lightroom has been updated to version 9.3 and Photoshop to version 21.2.0. Both have a “Wait” status from Jeff of course, just hasn’t been long enough on the release to get the Photo Taco Seal of Approval. I think I’ll do a more ... The post …
 
Software Update Status I have just updated my Software Update Status page over at phototacopodcast.com. I am giving the “Caution” status to the Photoshop 21.1.3 update Adobe released in late May. It looks like a number of the larger issues I had with Photoshop have been addressed in this version which allows me to upgrade the status from “Wait” to …
 
We All Fail As Photographers I want to be real in this episode. We live in a world where information is highly curated and in some cases entirely staged. Sort of like the beginning of the Jumanji movie where there is a female character who works extremely hard to get the lighting, environment, and angle just right so that she ... The post Overcomin…
 
Software Update Status Microsoft has released a new build of Windows 10 here in the last part of May 2020. This release is called Windows 10 2004 and as always I highly recommend that photographers wait before installing the new build. There isn’t a ton of new functionality that photographers should be excited about. There actually isn’t much in th…
 
Five things every photographer should have on their pre-shoot checklist to make sure they are ready for whatever comes their way 5 Things That Should Be On Every Photographer’s Pre-Shoot Checklist I don’t know if full-time photographers have the same challenge, but as a hobbyist photographer fitting in client shoots wherever I can, it seems like I …
 
Shooting Fruits and Veggies This shoot comes from way back in 2015. I was wanting a unique way to test out a new macro lens and I remembered something sort of like this and wanted to make it happen myself. The basic setup is: Select your fruit or veggie. In this case we’re going for internally lit produce, you’ll need ... The post Shoot Your Fruits…
 
About Dee Cusick Dee picked up a camera five or six years ago. She grew up in the Pacific Northwest on and around cattle farms, which has greatly influenced what she shoots. She had intended to try and get her PRCA photography card so that she could be a full time professional photographer here in 2020, but a little world-wide ... The post Creative…
 
April 2020 Updates from Adobe Good to go to on Lightroom Classic 9.2.1. Minor problems most photographers won’t run into. No go on Photoshop 21.1.2. Still massive issues with popular extensions plus other problems. Canon Webcam Canon released this YouTube video showing how to use a new beta version of a USB driver that turns a few of their supporte…
 
April 2020 Updates from Adobe Before we get into the meat of the show, many of you rely on my Photo Taco status for updates to Adobe products and Adobe just released a number of minor updates for Photoshop and Lightroom Classic. I have yet to give my Photo Taco seal of approval for Photoshop 21.1. That release has been ... The post Canon R5 Confirm…
 
April 2020 Updates from Adobe Before we get into the meat of the show, many of you rely on my Photo Taco status for updates to Adobe products and Adobe just released a number of minor updates for Photoshop and Lightroom Classic. I have yet to give my Photo Taco seal of approval for Photoshop 21.1. That release has been ... The post Raw Defaults in …
 
Welcome to the Master Photography Roundtable part of the Master Photography Podcast Network! You are joined by thousands of photographers listening to this show who are all on the same journey to master their photography. I am Brent Bergherm, the host for this episode and I am joined by Levi Sim! What’s up Levi? Levi: Spring is here and the ... The…
 
Quarantine Resources For Photographers Brian, you are a full time school teacher and part time professional photographer, how has COVID-19 impacted you? Brian: Wow. Where to begin? Our school building closed down two weeks ago and we have moved to teaching online. Fortunately, I’m in a community where students have the technology and we’ve used asp…
 
Tips For Taking a Professional Self Portrait Kenny Huffman, a long-time listener and alumni of the Create Photography Retreat, asked a question I thought would be good to answer in the episode today given the contest we are running (again we will talk about it at the bottom of the show). Kenny asked me “any method of focusing on the ... The post 20…
 
Anatomy of Six Creative Portrait Images We are going to do a detailed walk through of the backgrounds, lighting, and camera settings for six creative portraits recently shot by Connor Hibbs. Camera Settings For All Images Shutter on the camera was 1/125 for shutter, set just under the max sync speed (the maximum shutter speed before you get black b…
 
What Is Wet Scanning For Digitizing Film? Wet scanning is a process not for the faint of heart, but if you want the very best image quality digitizing film this may be your best option. Wet scanning is a technique for digitizing film that involves liquids (one is kerosene, so toxic and dangerous) on a flatbed scanner. Why Do Wet ... The post Wet Sc…
 
Software Updates Status – Don’t Update Photoshop to 21.1.0! Lots of issues being reported to Adobe and by some of the power users of Photoshop I associate with. Lots of activities are crashing Photoshop, including something as simple as using the Text tool. I am pretty sure my advice will be to skip 21.1.0 and wait for at least one ... The post Six…
 
Software Updates Status Another little step back on my recommendation of MacOS Catalina getting the Photo Taco Seal of Approval. I am hearing from some who still have problems with getting tethering to work in Lightroom with Catalina and Lightroom version 9.2. If tethering is something you rely on for your business then you want to hold off there. …
 
Thought exercise on how to boil down all of the elements that makeup the incredible art of photography down to a single sentence. Photography is all about ______? How would you finish that sentence? Software Updates Status A little step back on my recommendation of MacOS Catalina getting the Photo Taco Seal of Approval. It was brought to my attenti…
 
Software Updates Status Just last week I gave my Photo Taco Seal of Approval on all of the latest updates from Adobe, Microsoft, and Apple. Here in early February 2020 Adobe released an update to Lightroom Classic as part of their February 2020 updates with version 9.2. Nothing I think most of you listening will think is a really big ... The post C…
 
Software Updates Status I am finally giving my Photo Taco seal of approval on the most current releases of Lightroom, Photoshop, and even MacOS Catalina! You can always find my most current Photo Taco status updates on which software updates are “safe” to apply by going to my page dedicated to tracking that information at https://phototacopodcast.c…
 
Photoshop for iPad I’ve been really hopeful that Photoshop for iPad will be everything I ever wanted in a mobile working platform. But as a long time (20+ years) photoshop user, I’ve got a lot of baggage to deal with. Help me get over this “hump” of sorts and better understand this newer way of working with images. Topics of ... The post Photoshop …
 
What Is Back Button Focus Back button focus sounds could sound like a difficult and technical thing, but it really is a simple concept. It is changing the configuration of your camera so that the autofocus system is engaged by pressing a button on the back of the camera instead of pressing the shutter half way down. That is all ... The post Back Bu…
 
Breakdown of a Recent Portrait Shoot Connor recently did a personal project portrait shoot, which is code for didn’t make money but got to shoot with a model who reached out to him. These kinds of shoots are really fun, especially when you have a model who knows what they are doing as far as posing is concerned. They don’t ... The post Portraits, L…
 
Sponsor: Squarespace. Make you dreams a reality with Squarespace. Get 10% off by going to squarespace.com/IMPROVE and using offer code IMPROVE when you order a new website or domain. Software Update Status Before we get to that list of the best episodes from 2019, I need to take a quick minute here and update everyone about the status of software .…
 
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