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This show is for travel and landscape photographers who never stop exploring. Maybe you want to learn about a new destination, technique or style. Or you simply want to learn from other's successes and failures. We have interviews, stories, tips and techniques, and from time to time we’ll even dive into the post-production side of things.

Latitude Photography Podcast Brent Bergherm

    • Visual Arts

This show is for travel and landscape photographers who never stop exploring. Maybe you want to learn about a new destination, technique or style. Or you simply want to learn from other's successes and failures. We have interviews, stories, tips and techniques, and from time to time we’ll even dive into the post-production side of things.

    Creating Lens Based Art with Bob Coats

    Creating Lens Based Art with Bob Coats

    Using photographic techniques to create his art, Bob Coates considers himself a “Lens Based Artist.” We talk about his work and and his approach. You’ll be inspired and motivated to get out there and make some of your own masterpieces.
    Coates Fine Art: https://coatesart.net
    Bob Coates Photography: https://www.bcphotography.com/index
    https://successful-photographer.com
    Instagram: Bob_Coates or bcoatesart
    Check out thePalouse Shoot-n-Print workshopcoming this spring! https://latitudephotographyschool.com/workshops/palouse-shoot-n-print-workshop/
    Use this link AND the code "latitude15" the next time you need to rent gear. I'll get a small percentage and you'll get 15% off.
    Lensrentals.com affiliate link: https://www.gopjn.com/t/SENJRktJT01DR09OS0lLQ0dLT0tGTg
    Need to carry your gear in style? Treat yourself to a ThinkTank Photo bag with this link and get a free gift at checkout: http://bit.ly/2IMRhOT
    Sign up to be the first notified when the new Latitude Photography School is available and open for business: https://latitudephotographyschool.com
    Main Topic Today I have a special guest, Bob Coates, and we’re talking about:
    Bosque del Apache Landscape Prints Flora Prints Photo Tip of the Week. Brent: Lens limitations, use a single lens, or if a zoom, a single setting on your lens and go out and shoot.
    Bob: If you have a good B&W photo, you often have the good bones for a good color photo. Set your camera view to Monochrome, and make sure you shoot in raw so you still get color. If you shoot in JPG you’re stuck in B&W. 

    • 55 min
    Goals, Initiatives and Doing More in Photography

    Goals, Initiatives and Doing More in Photography

    In this rather eclectic show I open the mail bag once again, talk about my new initiatives for 2020, discuss photography goals and I’ve got two pieces of recommended gear for you.






    Links Mentioned in today’s show:


    Join me in the Palouse for a Shoot-n-Print Workshop. May 24–25 and June 15–16. https://latitudephotographyschool.com/workshops/palouse-shoot-n-print-workshop/


    Use this link AND the code "latitude15" the next time you need to rent gear. I'll get a small percentage and you'll get 15% off.


    Lensrentals.com affiliate link: https://www.gopjn.com/t/SENJRktJT01DR09OS0lLQ0dLT0tGTg


    Need to carry your gear in style? Treat yourself to a ThinkTank Photo bag with this link and get a free gift at checkout: http://bit.ly/2IMRhOT


    Sign up to be the first notified when the new Latitude Photography School is available and open for business: https://latitudephotographyschool.com


    Main Topics

    Today I’m talking about:


    Opening the mail bag with a listener question New Initiatives Photography Goals, Where I’m headed. Two pieces of recommended gear.

    The Mail Bag:

    Question: Renos wrote in recently saying, “I really enjoyed your podcast this week about the cropped/full-frame sensors. It got me thinking about my next step in photography but I have a bit of a dilemma.


    I currently use a Canon EOS 100D (18MP) DSLR which I have had for quite a few years now and I’m really happy with it. It has a cropped sensor and the current lenses I use are all EFS mounts and Canon lenses (50mm prime 1.8; 10-18mm IS; 18-55mm kit lens with IS; and a 75-300mm zoom lens without image stabilization). I want to eventually get into macro photography but am doing a lot of portrait photography at the moment and wanted to better that with regards to quality and sharpness of my images.


    I am looking to either upgrade my camera to a full frame DSLR or buy a much better quality lens (with an EF mount now) so that I will still be able to use it when upgrading in the future. I don’t have a lot of space to move around when I set up the studio as I do all of that in my living room currently. When using the 50mm prime to get the best quality photos I always have to step back quite a bit and if I did eventually buy an 85mm prime this would be even more difficult for me. The kit lens is good but I don’t get as great picture quality with it.


    Would you recommend staying with Canon or moving to a new brand of camera? Should I stay with a DSLR or move to mirrorless? My budget isn’t a lot at this stage but wanted to know what I should be saving for and wanted some advice from you as I know you know a lot about this.


    Please let me know if you need any more info from me.


    Answer: My thinking is that if you stick with DSLR you should give yourself an expectation of about 5 years with it. Let’s say you stick with Canon. And you get a better lens now and eventually you get a 5D4 or some such. The prices are coming down with the market shifting to mirrorless systems such as the Canon R and Sony etc. But, all the EF lenses will also come down in price when looking on the used market especially. So with that, you’ve got something easier on the budget. Especially that 85mm f/1.8. That has already depreciated in price quite a bit on the used market, and will continue to slide over the next year I’m sure, though not to the degree other EF lenses will slide. 


    I’ve chosen to give Sony a look for one major reason. The mount is the same between their crop sensor and FF bodies AND all the lenses are interchangeable between the bodies. I like the flexibility that it gives. Plus, the mount is smaller than the new Canon and Nikon mounts and I like the actual size savings I see in the Sony crop sensor cameras. They’re really doing good work there. 


    However, switching camera sy

    • 53 min
    A Week on Unalaska Part 2

    A Week on Unalaska Part 2

    We continue with the stories and photography that happened on the Aleutian Island of Unalaska. And we finally get to listener feedback about what excites YOU about your photography.


    This is Latitude Photography Podcast, Episode 63 for December 29, 2019!






    Links Mentioned in today’s show:

    Palouse Shoot-n-Print Workshop direct link: https://latitudephotographyschool.com/workshops/palouse-shoot-n-print-workshop/


    Image Gallery for the commentary: http://www.latitudephotographypodcast.com/galleries/unalaska-island/


    Use this link AND the code "latitude15" the next time you need to rent gear. I'll get a small percentage and you'll get 15% off.


    Lensrentals.com affiliate link: https://www.gopjn.com/t/SENJRktJT01DR09OS0lLQ0dLT0tGTg


    Need to carry your gear in style? Treat yourself to a ThinkTank Photo bag with this link and get a free gift at checkout: http://bit.ly/2IMRhOT


    Sign up to be the first notified when the new Latitude Photography School is available and open for business: https://latitudephotographyschool.com


    Fifth Day

    Thursday. This would be our last day of shooting. We returned to Mt. Ballyhoo but this time we went to Fort Schwatka which is on the northern side of the island. They gate the road at about a half-mile up so we had to walk the rest of the way up a road. It was about a mile to get there from where we parked the car and it starts at about 800–900 ft elevation. It’s big and spread out more than the map suggests. We started our hike at about 9:00 a.m. today since we knew it wouldn’t take us too long to get to the good stuff, and with the sun coming up at about 10:30 we had plenty of time. This was our best day for weather as well. The sun actually came out for an hour or so. It was almost strange to shoot in such conditions. It was colder though, about 35º on average and the winds were very calm, maybe 5mph at the most.


    Fort Schwatka was one military installation that was built fortified in reaction to a Japanese invasion in 1942 but after that hardly ever saw any real action in the war. There’s old barracks and other buildings to photograph with the landscape and several gun batteries and mounts to frame up too. And I got a lot of that. What impressed me most though was the sheer beauty of the place as the other parts of Unalaska Island surrounds you. To the east you have Summer Bay and Split Top Mountain along with Constantine Bay further up north and Princess Head just beyond that. To west there’s Broad Bay and Eider Point with all the mountains along there as well. If we look back to the east you have the mountains I just talked about and then Beaver Inlet and then another mountain range. It’s amazingly beautiful and really sets you back. Several times I just stoped, took a deep breath and just soaked it all in. 


    (review the images from this area)


    We ended up spending way more time up there than we initially planned. And I was getting exhausted again. We started hiking at about 9:00 a.m. and it was getting close to 3 by the time we figured we’d better think about heading back. That was six hours of straight hiking and shooting and over 7 miles in total of wandering about. It was so amazing but I was getting low on calories and needed to stop. I didn’t want to though. It was just too good. But with the cliffs at about 800 ft to the ocean I figured I’d better play it safe and not flirt with disaster. It was such a rewarding time though. And I’m so glad we got up there on this day as we saw the weather forecast and knew it would likely open up for us.


    After a brief hot chocolate break in the apartment we contemplated going up Bunker Hill again but decided not to do another hike. We found a great little place facing Unalaska Bay and photographed the water crashing in on the rocky shore as the sun set.


    Sixth D

    • 1 hr 1 min
    A Week on Unalaska Part 1

    A Week on Unalaska Part 1

    I peak inside the mail bag and respond to a listener and then I give you all the details on my recent journey to the Aleutian Island of Unalaska which after some contemplation got me thinking about what makes YOU excited about the images you create so we’ll have some listener feedback on that as well.






    I reference this map in the episode briefly, basically, it's intended to give you an understanding of the different locations we photographed.

    Sponsor for this episode Golden Hour by Polar Pro Filters: https://www.polarprofilters.com/pages/golden-hour


    Image Gallery for the commentary: http://www.latitudephotographypodcast.com/galleries/unalaska-island/


    Palouse Shoot-n-Print Workshop direct link: https://latitudephotographyschool.com/workshops/palouse-shoot-n-print-workshop/


    Use this link AND the code "latitude15" the next time you need to rent gear. I'll get a small percentage and you'll get 15% off.


    Lensrentals.com affiliate link: https://www.gopjn.com/t/SENJRktJT01DR09OS0lLQ0dLT0tGTg


    Need to carry your gear in style? Treat yourself to a ThinkTank Photo bag with this link and get a free gift at checkout: http://bit.ly/2IMRhOT


    Sign up to be the first notified when the new Latitude Photography School is available and open for business: https://latitudephotographyschool.com


    Main Topics

    Today I’m talking about:


    What’s in the mail bag My time in Alaska Contemplating on the idea of what makes us get excited in our photography.

    The mail bag

    Listener message from Terrell


    What an informative podcast on sensor size. I really didn't understand as completely as I thought I had. I was wondering would you think a show on lens resolution would also be just as informative. Being a gearhead it gives me a reason to buy stuff if there's a logic behind the purchase. 


    With these new bodies now seeming to start at 30+ MP I keep reading and hearing that such and such lens (older) can't resolve these newer big files. Is this just a sharpness issue or more? Do I need to buy new lenses? And the last thing: I've played around with that new RF 70-200 for Canon and no issues I had but what I would like to know is the external focusing a result of physics or cost? Just curious.


    Answer: Yes, I do think an episode on lens resolution would be good. I’ll look into that.


    As for your question, I’ll look into it a bit more before tomorrow’s episode is out, but with the RF70-200 I think it’s a dual issue for that lens design. Physics so they can decrease the size of the lens when stored and I’m sure it’s probably cheaper to build as well, though Lensrentals did a teardown of that lens and found it to be one of the best built lenses ever, so Canon didn’t skimp on build quality. They had to though given all the extra moving parts and not being able to protect everything inside the barrel like the older lens designs.


    Why Unalaska?

    Jeana, a long time listener, asked me how Unalaska came to be on my radar in the first place.


    I’ve been dreaming of the Aleutian Islands for some time now. This was my first experience in Alaska. I’ve wanted to go for so long but the size and multitude of opportunities the state offers makes it a daunting task to figure out what you’re going to do. I chose Unalaska for a few reasons. 


    First, it’s rather remote so most folks don’t go there. I like to get to the fringe of the earth as it were. If it’s less known I’m more interested in it and if I do go to a really well traveled place you’ll find me searching for other images that aren’t so known about the region, like when I went to Hong Kong and spent most of my time on the small islands and not in the heart of the city.


    I had Alaska Airlines miles, and it was cheap to get to. Cash outlay was $12 for the airfare, plus air miles of co

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Sensor Size Confusion

    Sensor Size Confusion

    The imaging sensor size in your camera does affect how you make your photography and some make a huge deal out of it. It’s my goal today to make a big deal out of nothing, or at least to help you understand my approach to it all.






    This is Latitude Photography Podcast, Episode 61 for December 15, 2019!


    Links Mentioned in today’s show:


    Show Sponsor: Golden Hour Podcast by Polar Pro Filters


    https://www.polarprofilters.com/pages/golden-hour


    Neil Van Niekerk blog post on Depth-of-field comparison between sensor sizes: 


    https://neilvn.com/tangents/full-frame-vs-crop-sensor-cameras-comparison-depth-of-field/?fbclid=IwAR3dtWwVErLMagKNckknaNwo2xetoSXpfHCtKTkeYnmf2dZ5D8zdhpDo9pc


    The BEST DOF calculator out there by Cambridge in Colour


    https://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials/dof-calculator.htm


    Fstoppers article


    https://fstoppers.com/education/which-sensor-size-suits-your-type-photography-best-436071#comment-thread


    LatitudePhotographySchool Mentorship


    https://latitudephotographyschool.com/training-center/mentorship/


    Use this link AND the code "latitude15" the next time you need to rent gear. I'll get a small percentage and you'll get 15% off.


    Lensrentals.com affiliate link: https://www.gopjn.com/t/SENJRktJT01DR09OS0lLQ0dLT0tGTg


    Need to carry your gear in style? Treat yourself to a ThinkTank Photo bag with this link and get a free gift at checkout: http://bit.ly/2IMRhOT


    Sign up to be the first notified when the new Latitude Photography School is available and open for business: https://latitudephotographyschool.com


    Main Topic.


    Today, we are talking about the effect that sensor size has on our image making. I’ve come across a few articles recently and have had some conversations about this with a few photographers, so it’s really fresh on my mind. 


    I had planned on doing a gift guide, but I then decided that really just adds to the commercialism of Christmas and we have enough of that already, it seems that everyone and their brother is publishing a gift guide of some sort, so I decided to do something that’s a bit more in tune with what I’ve been thinking about these past few days.


    The first article I want to bring your attention to was written over 5 years ago by Neil van Niekerk. It’s a good rundown of what happens to your image when you shoot with a full-frame vs. a crop sensor. The second article is one that was published recently by Nando Harmsen on the fstoppers.com website. 


    This article is less technical and simply draws attention the the many different sizes of sensors and things like different lenses needed to achieve the same field of view are discussed. 


    But the final link I want to bring your attention to is the best Depth-Of-Field Calculator I’ve yet found which demystifies this whole thing. It gets rather technical so I’ll do my best to break it all down here for you, so let’s get started.


    (review of crop factor etc)

    To sum up the first article, the author goes through a very detailed step by step guide as to why we have shallower Depth of field on a crop sensor camera. What he fails to explicitly articulate is that by doing this comparison the way he’s doing it, we absolutely will get longer DOF simply because you need a shorter lens to get the same field of view. He referenced this article on Depth of Field by Cambridge in Colour but missed out one very key element. That is when we calculate DOF, we have to have a standard for interpretation. Since DOF is a sliding scale of sorts, who’s to say what’s in focus for me is also in focus for you?


    That’s why we call DOF to be the items that are in acceptably sharp focus.


    If you used a standard DOF calculator such as Photo Pills, and you were to put in the parameters of a Sony crop sensor camera, 28mm

    • 30 min
    Creating Time-Lapse Videos in the Lofoten Islands with Diarmuid O'Donavan

    Creating Time-Lapse Videos in the Lofoten Islands with Diarmuid O'Donavan

    Like much of the world, the Lofoten Islands is one of those locations that is rather high on my list of must-visit places. Today I have a special guest with me to talk about this beautiful destination and how to make time-lapse videos while there.

    • 58 min

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