Category Archives: Photography

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.


Interview with Mark Lewis from Prograde Digital



Jack and John interview Mark Lewis from the ProGrade Digital Inc. Prograde specializes in professional quality memory cards and workflow accessories for photography and video. Mark has been in marketing for over 20 years and part of that time was spent at SanDisk where he built the consumer marketing organization when it was an OEM-focused company and then most recently he was at Lexar running marketing for that organization.

The idea for ProGrade Digital started back in 2017 when the market for NAND flash started to tighten and manufacturers shifted focus from the removable storage market in favor of their enterprise business.  A core team of people from Lexar, that also built the business at SanDisk, decided to take their passion for this market and focus on the professional end of the market. – thus the name, ProGrade Digital. Listen in as Mark talks about the history, technology and future of ProGrade Digital and how it could benefit your photography or video projects.

https://progradedigital.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.


Being A Professional Photographer



Jack and John discuss the ups and downs of being a professional photographer.  Long days on the road, endless paperwork, relentless marketing needs, government bureaucracy, certifications, permits and the list goes on and on.  Working with people and teaching photography in amazing places is a dream job, however, there is also a lot of un-glamorous work behind the scenes that most people don’t see.   Tune in for a glimpse in to what it takes to be a professional workshop leader/photographer.

 

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 Bill Fortney



Episode 4 of We Talk Photo features our interview of Bill Fortney, one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet in the photography business.  Listen as Jack and John talk to Bill about his storied career, fun tales from the business and some of his thoughts on photography today and in the future.  It’s a great listen!!!

Bill Fortney is a photographer, writer, pilot, and highly sought after presenter with over 45 years of experience in-the-field. Bill has done professional work as a newspaper and magazine photojournalist, sports photographer, (once an official photographer for the Washington Redskins), medical photographer, and nature/landscape photographer. Bill’s best selling books include; The Nature of America (with David Middleton), American Vision (with David Middleton, John Shaw and Wayne Lynch), America From 500 Feet (with Wesley Fortney), Bill Fortneys Great Photography Workshop. America From 500 Feet II (with Mark Kettenhofen). Bill’s books have sold well over 150,000 copies, placing him on the list of best selling photographer/authors in America. Bill has been named a Fellow by the North American Nature Photographers Association. Bill currently teaches for KelbyOne and appears at Photoshop World as a speaker/teacher. Bill teaches His Light Workshops, a Christian based workshop company and for you can learn more about Bill, his workshops and view his work at www.billfortney.com Bill, and his wife Sherelene, live in Corbin, Kentucky, and have three grown children and 6 grandchildren.

The We Talk Photo podcast is dedicated to being an entertaining, informative and lighthearted discussion about a wide range of photographic topics.  Hosted by Jack Graham and John Pedersen, long time industry professionals, they will take bring you in to their conversations and stories as they share they collective experience in the photography business.