All posts by John Pedersen

Interview with Tony Sweet



John and Jack welcome the always entertaining Tony Sweet to the podcast to discuss his photography, music, some of his most interesting workshops as well as sharing entertaining stories.

Tony is a Nikon Legend Behind the Lens.

After successful careers as a jazz musician/ educator, and professional magician, Tony settled on photography as his chosen means for personal expression. Beginning as a film photographer, Tony has become facile in image editing software and plugins and is an in-demand speaker throughout the United States and Canada on creativity in the digital age.

Tony and Susan Milestone conduct Visual Artistry photography location workshops in the United States, Canada, and Iceland. Tony maintains an active speaking schedule to photography organizations, industry trade shows and PPA schools across the continental United States and Canada. He also conducts an annual Visual Artistry Creativity Seminar series.

Tony’s photography is published worldwide in every medium and is represented by Getty Images. His iPhone photography is represented by Aurora Photos. Tony’s images are also used by Nikon, MacPhun, Singh Ray, Alien Skin, Topaz, Lensbaby and others for national ad campaigns.

An interview with Tony on macro photography was published in The New York Times.

Tony has authored five books on the art of photography: Fine Art Nature Photography (’02), Fine Art Flower Photography (’05) Fine Art Nature Photography: Water, Ice, Fog (’07), Fine Art Digital Photography (’09) and HDR Photography (2011). He and Master Photo Workshops have co-produced four photography DVDs: Visual ArtistryHDR Made EasyVisual Literacy and Flower Photography Artistry, as well as an iPhone instructional video series.

The first book in his Fine Art Nature Photography eBook series, “Creative Techniques and the Art of Self Expression,” was just released.

The We Talk Photo podcast is dedicated to being an entertaining, informative and lighthearted discussion about a wide range of photographic topics centered around landscape and nature photography.  Hosted by Jack Graham and John Pedersen, long time industry professionals, they will bring you in to their conversations about gear, recent trends, insightful interviews with industry leaders as well as entertaining stories from their collective experience in the photography business.


Interview with Mike Moats – Tiny Landscapes



Jack & John have an amazing guest this week, Mr Mike Moats.  Listen in as they engage in a casual, yet informative conversation with Mike about his photography, inspiration, how he approaches his macro work as well as some good stories. This is a “must listen” podcast with one of the finest photographers in the business today.

Mikes Bio:

Mike Moats is an international award-winning, professional macro photographer from Sterling Heights, Michigan. Mike’s love of photography, which started out as a hobby in 2001, has since evolved into a full-time business. In addition to creating his own images, Mike added “Close-up/Macro Photography” workshops into the mix in 2006, and he now also makes speaking appearances at photo conferences nationwide, leads intensive Macro Boot Camps around the country, and now has an online Macro Photo Club to assist photographers with their macro goals

Recruited as a member of the Fuji Pro Talent Team in 2006, Mike is also honored to be a Tamron “Image Master” and a Vanguard Pro. He has won numerous local, national, and international awards. Mike’s first book, Tiny Landscapes, was released in 2008, and his images and how-to articles have been published in various magazines, including Outdoor PhotographerNature’s Best PhotographyShutterbugPC PhotoNature PhotographerPhoto LifeWhisper in the Woods, and Michigan Fish and Game Finder; in photography collections such as the North American Nature Photography Association’s (NANPA’s) Expressions book and the Pure Michigan tourism companion; and in various corporate collateral, including on the Tamron USA blog and in Fujifilm newsletters.

Mikes website: www.tinylandscapes.com

Madeline School of the Arts

WEBSITE:  MISA – Madeline Island School of the Arts
978 Middle Road
PO Box 536
La Pointe, WI 54850
PHONE:  (715) 747-2054
EMAIL:  misa@madelineschool.com

Plamp 2 photo accessory – HERE

The We Talk Photo podcast is dedicated to being an entertaining, informative and lighthearted discussion about a wide range of photographic topics centered around landscape and nature photography.  Hosted by Jack Graham and John Pedersen, long time industry professionals, they will bring you in to their conversations about gear, recent trends, insightful interviews with industry leaders as well as entertaining stories from their collective experience in the photography business.


Interview with Alex Tsepko, CEO of Skylum Software



Jack & John welcome  to the podcast Alex Tsepko, the CEO and Co-Founder of Skylum Software.  Skylum is the maker of several outstanding photo editing software packages, most notably Luminar 3, Luminar Flex, Aurora HDR and Airmagic.

 

Alex discusses the philosophy behind Skylum and it’s flagship product Luminar and how they are striving to eliminate non-value added tasks from photo processing through AI/Machine Learning to ease some of the mundane tasks of editing images. Alex introduces us to the latest major release, Luminar 4 which is due out this Fall.

If you don’t know about Skylum products, this podcast is definitely a must listen. Jack and John both use Skylum software and can attest to the power and ease of use of this software.

Visit the Skylum website to check out all of their great products

 

A Special Give Away for We Talk Photo Podcast Listeners!!!!!!

A big thank you to the Skylum team for providing special offers for our podcast listeners.

          FREE Luminar Give Away

The first 10 people to send an email to wetalkphoto@gmail.com will receive a free copy of Luminar 3.

           $10 0ff on any Skylum software

For our listeners, you can receive a $10 discount on any Skylum software by entering the discount code “welovephoto” on the Skylum website during checkout.

 

The We Talk Photo podcast is dedicated to being an entertaining, informative and lighthearted discussion about a wide range of photographic topics centered around landscape and nature photography.  Hosted by Jack Graham and John Pedersen, long time industry professionals, they will bring you in to their conversations about gear, recent trends, insightful interviews with industry leaders as well as entertaining stories from their collective experience in the photography business.

 


Prime vs Zoom & Bill Fortney



In this episode Jack and John welcome the entertaining Bill Fortney back to the conversation as they discuss Prime vs Zoom lenses, some funny photo news and other engaging topics across a wide range of topics.

The We Talk Photo podcast is dedicated to being an entertaining, informative and lighthearted discussion about a wide range of photographic topics centered around landscape and nature photography.  Hosted by Jack Graham and John Pedersen, long time industry professionals, they will bring you in to their conversations about gear, recent trends, insightful interviews with industry leaders as well as entertaining stories from their collective experience in the photography business.


Forecasting Weather and Fujifilm Instax



In this episode Jack and John talk about the importance of following the weather and learning how to predict the conditions for more productive photography while on location.  Using apps and websites, if you know the weather predicted and how it may change during the day/week, you can better pick the right locations and subjects for the available light. Predicting the weather, along with knowing the different stages of sunrise and sunset, means that you can be in the right position at the right time

 

Plus, we have an exciting interview with a Fujifilm Instax camera user who talks about why she loves her Instax. The Instax line is a huge seller for Fujifilm and is bringing back the joy of prints and sharing with friends.  Remember the old Polarioids and sharing those pictures?  Well, the Instax is bringing this joy to new generations!

 

Weather related websites

NOAA –  https://www.weather.gov

Weather Underground – https://www.wunderground.com

Accuweather – https://www.accuweather.com

SunsetWX – https://sunsetwx.com

Cliff Mass Weather Blog – https://cliffmass.blogspot.com

 

Weather Apps

Photo Pills

Lumy

Storm Radar

 

Speciality Sites

Aurora Service – http://www.aurora-service.eu/aurora-forecast/

Aurora Hunter – https://www.aurorahunter.com

Storm Surf –  http://www.stormsurf.com

Space.com – www.space.com

The We Talk Photo podcast is dedicated to being an entertaining, informative and lighthearted discussion about a wide range of photographic topics centered around landscape and nature photography.  Hosted by Jack Graham and John Pedersen, long time industry professionals, they will bring you in to their conversations about gear, recent trends, insightful interviews with industry leaders as well as entertaining stories from their collective experience in the photography business.


Interview with Stacey Moore from Fujifilm North America Corporation



This episode features a special interview with Stacey Moore, the Field Marketing Manager at FUJIFILM North American Corporation, based in Atlanta GA.  Stacey likes to say that she is a “bridge from the technical to the usable” as she is one of the key interfaces between the engineers and the creative users of Fujifilm imaging products.  Stacey recently celebrated 25 years with the company!  Though she’s had many different positions in different divisions of Fujifilm, her current role in EID (Electronic Imaging Division), is presently her favorite because she is helping to remove obstacles in the creative process.

Jack and John dive into many topics with Stacey about the Fujifilm philosophy and how they are committed to the customer using a human touch, Fujifilms Kaizen approach to releasing firmware updates to improve and prolong the usefulness of each camera and lens and they discuss some exciting new product releases coming up.  Spend an entertaining hour with the gang to learn more about Fujifilm and why they are so successful and committed to their customers with some of the best products available.

Fujifilm webpage: CLICK HERE

Fujifilm X/GFX PageCLICK HERE

X-Acquire for backing up camera settings:  CLICK HERE

 

The We Talk Photo podcast is dedicated to being an entertaining, informative and lighthearted discussion about a wide range of photographic topics centered around landscape and nature photography.  Hosted by Jack Graham and John Pedersen, long time industry professionals, they will bring you in to their conversations about gear, recent trends, insightful interviews with industry leaders as well as entertaining stories from their collective experience in the photography business.


Photographing the Palouse



Jack and John are on location in the Palouse area of Eastern Washington for this “on location podcast”.  Just finishing up a workshop, they discuss what it’s like to photograph this amazing area and give some tips and strategies for maximizing a visit here.  Vast wheat fields, old barns and homesteads and even some wildlife, this area is rich with photographic opportunities from the grand landscapes to intimate details as well as abstracts.  Give a listen as they tell you all about it.

       

 

 

 

 

 

 

The We Talk Photo podcast is dedicated to being an entertaining, informative and lighthearted discussion about a wide range of photographic topics centered around landscape and nature photography.  Hosted by Jack Graham and John Pedersen, long time industry professionals, they will bring you in to their conversations about gear, recent trends, insightful interviews with industry leaders as well as entertaining stories from their collective experience in the photography business.


Post Processing Workflow



In this episode John and Jack respond to some listener feedback to dive deeper in to the topic of workflow. Specifically, they walk through their post-processing workflow and how they work through the order of when to do what when processing an image. As they discuss, how an image is processed is unique to each photographer and it is an area where each persons artistic vision can shine.  The information they share is specific to them, merely shared as a discussion point, not as a fact or “the” way to process an image.  There are many great software tools out there and so many different ways to achieve quality results……what matters in the end is how the image looks, not how you got there.

 

Jack hard at work on location in Bandon OR

Processing Information Discussed

  • Keyword your images right when you import them.  Extremely beneficial for finding images as your catalog grows.
  • You can look at processing at 3 levels; Global Adjustments, Regional Adjustments, Targeted Adjustments

Johns Processing Workflow

  • White balance evaluation/adjustment
  • Noise reduction
  • Clean-Up
  • Exposure balancing
  • Color
  • Punch
  • Light shaping
  • Creative treatment
  • Re-visit exposure/color
  • Selective sharpening
  • Vignette
  • Save master file (psd or tiff)
  • Sharpen & size for specific outputs/uses
  • Save as jpeg

If you want more information about each step,  please send us an email at wetalkphoto@gmail.com

Alaska Katmai NP Bear Workshop 2018 Video

Alaska Katmai NP Bear Workshop 2017 Video

The We Talk Photo podcast is dedicated to being an entertaining, informative and lighthearted discussion about a wide range of photographic topics centered around landscape and nature photography.  Hosted by Jack Graham and John Pedersen, long time industry professionals, they will bring you in to their conversations about gear, recent trends, insightful interviews with industry leaders as well as entertaining stories from their collective experience in the photography business.


Photography Travel Tips



In this episode Jack and John share some advice and tips about how to prepare and pack for photography trips.  Whether it’s a one day or a multi-day trip, there are some things that you can do to increase your chances of success (and enjoyment) while in the field, while not worrying about those little things while you are out shooting.  With proper preparedness you can focus on creating beautiful images and bringing them back home with you. Jack and John have spent considerable time over the years preparing, packing and executing photography trips, both domestically and abroad and they share their vast experience with you.  Plus, they talk about some recent news hitting the photo industry as well as a few cool gadgets that you might want to check out.

Links:

News Story about Nat Geo Image

Western Digital Portable Hard Drive

Compression Bags for Packing

The We Talk Photo podcast is dedicated to being an entertaining, informative and lighthearted discussion about a wide range of photographic topics centered around landscape and nature photography.  Hosted by Jack Graham and John Pedersen, long time industry professionals, they will bring you in to their conversations about gear, recent trends, insightful interviews with industry leaders as well as entertaining stories from their collective experience in the photography business.


Tulips, Tripods and helpful tools



Jack and John discuss a wide range of topics in this podcast, touching on how to be creative in a popular location with tons of tourists and photographers, are tripods really necessary any longer and some recent news shaking up the camera industry. Plus, a lively discussion from a listener suggestion about where to spend our disposable income, on gear or on experiences / developing our craft. And, we share a few of the lesser known accessories that we use when we’re out in the field.

Links to our recent trip to the tulip fields

 

Links to the tools we discuss in the podcast

The We Talk Photo podcast is dedicated to being an entertaining, informative and lighthearted discussion about a wide range of photographic topics centered around landscape and nature photography.  Hosted by Jack Graham and John Pedersen, long time industry professionals, they will bring you in to their conversations about gear, recent trends, insightful interviews with industry leaders as well as entertaining stories from their collective experience in the photography business.