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Inside the Lens is a photography podcast that brings out the inner geek in all of us. Diving deep into the physics of light, the psychology of human perception, and the technology used in image-making, Inside the Lens mixes science with art in an engaging way.

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Inside the Lens is a photography podcast that brings out the inner geek in all of us. Diving deep into the physics of light, the psychology of human perception, and the technology used in image-making, Inside the Lens mixes science with art in an engaging way.

    Inside the Lens Episode 10 – Lightfield Technology with David Fattal of Leia Inc.

    Inside the Lens Episode 10 – Lightfield Technology with David Fattal of Leia Inc.

    On this episode of Inside the Lens, David Fattal is here to discuss quantum computing research that eventually inspired the nanotechnology used in the "light field" displays of the RED Hydrogen and now Leia's very own Lume Pad tablet.

    We discuss not only the technology, but the ecosystem and the community being built around these products and more. Not only could this have a profound impact on everyone from drone operators to art galleries, there is momentum with this product to potentially create a new wave of content creation with immersive depth. Give it a listen to see what the technology is all about, and check out the Lume Pad here:



    (Full disclosure: I paid full price for a Lume Pad out of keen interest for this technology. I was not supplied with a review sample.)

    For a list of the tools currently available to content creators with this technology, also check out LeiaLoft.

    Also, for fun, here are some of my own images formatted for viewing on the Lume Pad (or the Hydrogen). Just download them and view them in the appropriate app, keeping the "_2x1.jpg" as part of the filename. These were taken with stereo 3D macro lenses.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Inside the Lens Episode 9 – Skip Cohen and 50 Years of the Photographic Industry

    Inside the Lens Episode 9 – Skip Cohen and 50 Years of the Photographic Industry

    On this episode of Inside the Lens, Don Komarechka sits down with Skip Cohen to go over 50 years of lessons learned in the photographic industry. From Polaroid in 1970 to Hasselblad in 1987 and far beyond, the conversation weaves a tale of the photographic industry, customer service, evolving trends and coping with technological and societal change. You'll want to listen to this one. :)

    Check out Skip's current project, helping kickstart the Platyball tripod ball head on Kickstarter. I've had my hands on this in person, and it's a solid product that can't wait to get the finished version of!

    Connect with Our Hosts & Guests

    Don Komarechka: Website, Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Instagram, Pinterest
    Skip Cohen: Website, Facebook, Twitter, E-mail

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Inside the Lens – Rick Sammon and Photo Therapy

    Inside the Lens – Rick Sammon and Photo Therapy

    On this episode of Inside the Lens, we get inside the mind of Rick Sammon and how he transitioned from corporate life to becoming the photographer we know today. There is a lot of wisdom to share here, and I can personally echo everything that Rick is saying.

    This is a fantastic discussion, and it's just the tip of the iceberg for what Rick discusses in his amazing new book: Photo Therapy Motivation and Wisdom: Discovering the Power of Pictures

    Rick and I have a fun, meandering chat about all things photography, business, passion, how to be successful with many great anecdotes... and many more in the book!

    • 41 min
    Inside the Lens Episode 7: The TriggerTrap Saga

    Inside the Lens Episode 7: The TriggerTrap Saga

    TriggerTrap Saga – ITL 07

    Engineering photographic equipment isn’t easy, especially in mass quantities. This discussion with Haje Jan Kamps of TriggerTrap details the entire saga from inception to the end of a company that had many successes and failures along the way. We chat about everything that made the company successful, how photographic engineering challenges are faced, and a behind the scenes look at what happens when those challenges cannot be overcome. It’s a great candid discussion that I’m all listeners will find insightful.

    Links Mentioned in This Episode

    TriggerTrap Website
    Going out of Business FAQ – TriggerTrap
    TriggerTrap Flickr Group
    (failed) TriggerTrap Ada Modular Camera Trigger Kickstarter

    Connect with Our Hosts & Guests

    Don Komarechka: Website, Twitter, Google+, Facebook, Flickr, Instagram, 500px, Pinterest
    Haje Jan Kamps: TriggerTrap Website, Twitter, E-Mail

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Inside the Lens Episode 6: Printing with Martin Bailey

    Inside the Lens Episode 6: Printing with Martin Bailey

    Printing with Martin Bailey – ITL 06

    Printing is a perceptual art based on solid science. Many photographers choose to let someone else print their work, but what are they missing out on, both in terms of challenge and reward? Martin Bailey helps navigate the environment that fine art printers find themselves in today, from calibration and paper choices to equipment failure and the newest technology.

    Links Mentioned in This Episode

    Colorburst Overdrive (RIP – Raster Image Processor)
    Canon Professional Fine Art Printers
    Breathing Color Metallic Canvas
    X-Rite ColorMunki Photo print and monitor calibrator

    Connect with Our Hosts & Guests

    Don Komarechka: Website, Twitter, Google+, Facebook, Flickr, Instagram, 500px, Pinterest
    Martin Bailey: Website, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram

    • 51 min
    Inside the Lens Episode 5: Gigapixel Macro

    Inside the Lens Episode 5: Gigapixel Macro

    Gigapixel Macro – ITL 05

    Shooting macro images can be difficult, but no one pushes deeper into the technical challenges than Gene Cooper at GIGAmacro. We chat about the limits of resolution, how to use microscope optics, and the reasons why creating gigapixel macro photographs is such a challenge – with all the geek chatter that goes along with it.

    Links Mentioned in This Episode

    GIGAmacro primer on how their images are made
    photomacrography.net forums
    Diffraction Limiting primer from Cambridge in Colour
    Terabite – world’s first terapixel macro photograph
    Beetle parts in Similac formula from recall
    Zerene Stacker software

    Connect with Our Hosts & Guests

    Don Komarechka: Website, Twitter, Google+, Facebook, Flickr, Instagram, 500px, Pinterest
    Gene Cooper: Website, E-mail, Twitter, Facebook, Google+

    • 54 min

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