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Master Photography

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 experienced photographers can understand. They don’t talk down to newer photographers yet provide tips that help advanced photographers. Come join us as we all work to master our photography together!

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Photo Taco: Photographic Dynamic Range

Jeff Harmon talks with Bill Claff about his Photographic Dynamic Range testing and math that can be seen on his photonstophotos.net website. Jeff goes over the following questions with Bill: 1) Who is Bill Claff and what do you do with photography? 2) What is the story or background of your excellent photonstophotos.net website? Why did you create it? 3)You ... The post Photo Taco: Photographic Dynamic Range appeared first on Master Photography Podcast.

55mins

10 Jul 2017

Rank #1

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Stretch Your Photography Skills in 2021

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 Skills in 2021 appeared first on Master Photography Podcast.

1hr 15mins

24 Dec 2020

Rank #2

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Color Space Workflow

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 wireless ... The post Color Space Workflow appeared first on Master Photography Podcast.

44mins

17 Dec 2020

Rank #3

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A Beginner’s guide to photographic terms Part 1

Let’s get into today’s main topic. Defining photography jargon. I’ve written down some starting points here to get us started, but I really like having the three of us on to each provide our own perspective. Also, these are in no particular order. Stop, or Stops or f-stop Quite literally comes from the idea of the aperture ring on older ... The post A Beginner’s guide to photographic terms Part 1 appeared first on Master Photography Podcast.

1hr 2mins

27 Jun 2019

Rank #4

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Tripod: State of the Landscape Photography Industry

Sorry, there were no show notes for this episode 🙁 The post Tripod: State of the Landscape Photography Industry appeared first on Master Photography Podcast.

3 Oct 2017

Rank #5

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Portrait Session: Pre-Production Tips for Styled Shoots

Erica & Connor talk about their recent experiences producing styled shoots and major campaigns, and share their tips for successful shoots Erica’s most recent production Hanga 55 unique photos and videos Production manager and photographer Connor’s most recent styled shoot Styled Shoot for Course Composite Starting work on a series of personal projects to push myself to incorporate more and ... The post Portrait Session: Pre-Production Tips for Styled Shoots appeared first on Master Photography Podcast.

38mins

27 Sep 2017

Rank #6

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Photo Taco: Lr Classic CC 7.1 Update and Composite Portraits

Jeff nerds out about the Lr Classic CC 7.1 Update and Composite PortraitsJeff updated his Lightroom Classic CC status with version. 7.1 from “WAIT!” to “cautiously proceed”. He recommends backing up your catalog prior to updating and then checking out the new version at a point where you don’t have a huge client Jon to process and see how it ... The post Photo Taco: Lr Classic CC 7.1 Update and Composite Portraits appeared first on Master Photography Podcast.

33mins

9 Jan 2018

Rank #7

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Latitude [12]

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12 Sep 2017

Rank #8

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Portrait Session: Strobe & Speedlight Modifiers

Erica and Connor talk about their preferred light modifiers in a variety of photographic situations What is your Overall favorite modifier and why? Do you have a specific brand you love? Favorite Modifier to go out on a location with The post Portrait Session: Strobe & Speedlight Modifiers appeared first on Master Photography Podcast.

36mins

24 Oct 2017

Rank #9

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Simple Ways to Improve a Portrait

Jeff is joined by Connor to talk about some simple ways to improving a portrait. Episode Resources: Suzy’s Facebook group post: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ImprovePhotographyListeners/permalink/1956774681291859/ Portrait Session Podcast – https://www.portraitsessionpodcast.com/ Photo Taco Podcast: AFMA Explained! – https://phototacopodcast.com/afma-explained/ Photo Taco Podcast: AFMA Revisited – https://phototacopodcast.com/afma-revisited/ Photo Taco Podcast: Back Button Focus – https://phototacopodcast.com/back-button-focus/ Episode Sponsors: Create Photography Retreat Join several hosts from the Master ... The post Simple Ways to Improve a Portrait appeared first on Master Photography Podcast.

1hr

22 Nov 2018

Rank #10

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Outdoor Portraits with Levi Sim

Post-Processing Listener Survey  Let’s get to our main topic. That is Outdoor portraits. As you all know I’m big in to the travel/outdoor genres of photography. Sometimes this involves photos of people in the various places I go. But I also like to dabble in the occasional portrait and I’ve been thinking of this show topic for a while and ... The post Outdoor Portraits with Levi Sim appeared first on Master Photography Podcast.

1hr 19mins

21 Nov 2019

Rank #11

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Six Fine Art Photography Business Tips

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 Fine Art Photography Business Tips appeared first on Master Photography Podcast.

52mins

5 Mar 2020

Rank #12

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6 Common Lighting Mistakes

Jeff and Brent talk about 6 common mistakes photographers make with artificial lighting Resources: Petapixel: How to NOT Use a Reflective Umbrella – https://petapixel.com/2018/11/08/how-not-to-set-up-lighting-gear/ How to Get Good Exposure Indoors With a Flash – https://masterphotographypodcast.com/how-to-get-good-exposure-indoors-with-a-flash/ Expose to the right (ETTR) Uses and Techniques: https://masterphotographypodcast.com/ettr-uses-and-technique/ Episode Sponsors Create Photography Retreat Join several hosts from the Master Photography Podcast network at the 3rd ... The post 6 Common Lighting Mistakes appeared first on Master Photography Podcast.

1hr 4mins

15 Nov 2018

Rank #13

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Lies From Camera Companies

Based on Tony and Chelsea Northrup’s discussion on their Picture This podcast, Jeff and Brent talk about lies that camera companies tell photographers. In this episode I want to talk about the lies camera companies tell photographers.  I have to say right up front I stole the idea from Tony and Chelsea Northrup and their Picture This podcast.  I love ... The post Lies From Camera Companies appeared first on Master Photography Podcast.

1hr 6mins

7 Feb 2019

Rank #14

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Portrait Session: 2017 Reflections and 2018 Goals

Erica and Connor reflect on their 2017 goals and share their goals for 2018 Erica 2017 Reflections Taking time for myself, not overbooking – success! Creating epic multiple exposures – failure! Book 5 weddings at my highest collection – success! Connor 2017 Reflections Become a full time photographer – Success!? Focus more on Commercial Clients – failure/success? Sell tickets to ... The post Portrait Session: 2017 Reflections and 2018 Goals appeared first on Master Photography Podcast.

38mins

29 Dec 2017

Rank #15

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10 tips for photographing fall color

Fall Colors In the Northern Hemisphere summer is basically over and we’re looking forward to the changing seasons. Fall is coming and we figured we’d talk about ideas for shooting fall colors today. I love shooting fall colors when I get a chance to do it anyway, but in my area we don’t get a whole lot of fall colors. ... The post 10 tips for photographing fall color appeared first on Master Photography Podcast.

54mins

5 Sep 2019

Rank #16

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Latitude: Travel Bags, Releases of Landmarks, 2018 Goals

Topic 1:    Brent: Bags: I’ve been on the hunt for the “perfect” backpack since I’m wanting to distribute the weight better than a shoulder bag will do. I looked far and wide and Here’s what I found that isn’t available at B&H. WolfePack Capture. It’s a backpack with a release mechanism allowing you to lower the pack and swing it ... The post Latitude: Travel Bags, Releases of Landmarks, 2018 Goals appeared first on Master Photography Podcast.

1hr 5mins

26 Jan 2018

Rank #17

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Portrait Session: Advice to Our Younger Photography Selves

Connor and Erica offer advice to their former beginner selves as they were starting into portrait photographyKey Points of Advice Get out and shoot, but shoot with specific goals in mind. If it doesn’t look the way you want it out of camera, you’re not going to get it that way in Post. Look at other photographers for inspiration and ... The post Portrait Session: Advice to Our Younger Photography Selves appeared first on Master Photography Podcast.

26 Jul 2017

Rank #18

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How To Headshots and Light Paint Portraits

Topic 1: Minimum Gear for Headshots Jeff: We have had a good thread going in the Facebook group this week about gear for headshots.  By the way listeners, if you aren’t in that group you are missing out on a really fun community of photographers helping each other out and you should consider joining by searching for “Master Photography Podcast” ... The post How To Headshots and Light Paint Portraits appeared first on Master Photography Podcast.

1hr 6mins

2 Aug 2018

Rank #19

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Photo Taco: Is Lightroom CC Classic?

Jeff Harmon goes over the details about the two new Lightroom programs now available to Creative Cloud subscribers, the costs of the various Creative Cloud options, and a healthy number of bugs that have been reported making his recommendation be that photographers who need to get work done using Lightroom wait to update. Links mentioned in the episode: Jeff’s Post-Retreat ... The post Photo Taco: Is Lightroom CC Classic? appeared first on Master Photography Podcast.

41mins

12 Nov 2017

Rank #20