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Master Blaster - Charles Daniels Reveals his Unseen 60s Era Photo Archive: The B&H Photography Podcast
In an era brimming with instant gratification, some things are worth the wait. This is an apt takeaway from our chat with photographer Charles Daniels about his long-outdated film from the legendary Boston Tea Party and other 60s-era music venues, rarely processed until recently. Joining Daniels in conversation is his long-time partner Susan Berstler, and Gerald Freyer from Film Rescue International, the unique image processing and digitization specialists entrusted with his mother lode of 4,000 plus rolls.
Listen in as Daniels tells of his rise from club denizen to emcee to cultural ambassador, introducing 60s-era British invasion rockers to America, with a Leica, two Nikons and a mic in hand. Berstler describes how the unprocessed rolls stockpiled in their home became a COVID project, which then went viral after the launch of a Go-Fund-Me campaign.
After a break, Freyer explains how Film Rescue International’s unique processing and scanning technologies can breathe new life into lost and found film, saving untold stories from oblivion. Freyer also recounts his epic drive from Saskatchewan to Somerville (and back!) to safely collect the film for processing, without risking x-rays or other shipping hazards.
As Daniels notes during the show, “For years, I never really developed any film, but I was shooting all the time. It was just there, and then at some point I realized that I needed to bring some of this older stuff to light.”
With a nod to Daniels’s 80th birthday on November 30th, the pictures may have been a long time coming—but what a fabulous gift to photographers and music aficionados alike!
Guests: Charles Daniels, Susan Berstler, Gerald Freyer
Photographs © Charles Daniels
For more information on our guests and the gear they use, see: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/explora/podcasts/photography/master-blaster-charles-daniels-reveals-his-unseen-60s-era-photo-archive
Charles Daniels was born in segregated Alabama, where his parents ran a late-night speakeasy after farming cotton all day; maybe that’s how outlaw music got into his blood. After moving to Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood with his family in the 1950s and teaching himself photography with a camera he found in his parent’s closet, Charles began capturing whatever caught his eye on city streets and in the era’s legendary music venues. Soon he was serving as emcee for the bands, which provided unique access and strong friendships. This led to Lear Jets and tours with the likes of Rod Stewart, Ron Wood, and the Rolling Stones. Since his start in rock-and-roll, Charles has expanded his photography to embrace a wide range of subjects from music and fashion to dance, performance, and everything in between.
Susan Berstler has a long history as a visual artist, curator, and arts producer, deeply immersed in the vibrant arts scene of Somerville, Massachusetts. One of her primary interests is transformative events and media, especially within public art. Her passion for this medium is further enhanced by her work as an Emerging Technology Specialist for Creative Technologies at Harvard University’s Cabot Science Library. After a small grant from the Somerville Arts Council allowed her to begin developing Charles’s treasure trove of film, the Go-Fund-Me campaign set up by a friend quickly went viral, raising more than $70,000 to date. Susan was referred to the company Film Rescue International, which became an ideal solution for film processing and creating high-resolution archival files from the negatives. At present, she is also in discussions with publishers and university archives to identify a final home for this unique image collection.
Gerald Freyer is a technically trained photographer who also studied folklore, monument preservation and cultural history at the University of Bamberg in Germany. After working as a research assistant in museums, he became a consultant for digital imaging pioneer Phase One. Since 2007, G
Festive Food Photography with Joanie Simon
Food, glorious food—there’s no better time than the holiday season for a bountiful exploration of food photography—a fan favorite. For this episode of the podcast, we’re delighted to connect with food blogger, educator, and content creator extraordinaire Joanie Simon. Listen in as she discusses the magic behind her aspirational, achievable shooting style. Besides examining the limits to reality when shooting fake food, Simon describes her collaborations with a dedicated crew, offers advice about a photographer’s responsibilities when working remotely, and describes her personal evolution through camera brands and models to arrive at the Nikon Z mirrorless system she shoots with today. Discover all these things and much, much more—including a secret recipe for fake ice cream!
Guests: Joanie Simon
Photograph © Joanie Simon
Guest Bio: Instead of an apron, Joanie Simon wears many hats. She’s a food photographer, published author, educator, and content queen, and her daily life is a bouillabaisse of camera gear and culinary delights. In just a baker’s dozen year—that’s 13 for the inexperienced cooks—Simon has built her brand into a powerhouse of creative content and learning.
In addition to shooting commercial and editorial assignments, Joanie teaches food photography through her online platform, The Bite Shot. Her food photo adventures on YouTube and Instagram can be found at @thebiteshot and on Tik Tok @joaniesimonsays, and you learn tons more from the many tutorials in her 2021 book, Picture Perfect Food.
For more information on our guests and the gear they use, see: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/explora/podcasts/photography/festive-food-photography-with-joanie-simon
Education Website: https://thebiteshot.com
3:56: Joanie Simon’s favorite holiday and seasonal foods to photograph
4:34: Cultivating aspirational, achievable food content
6:11: Images created with high quality gear requires exact timing
6:58: How far can you push reality and tricks to making food look good.
8:38: Editorial shooting - an opportunity to run wild, get creative, and shoot conceptually
9:48: A secret recipe for fake ice cream.
12:18: The hero of the shot vs the crash test dummy
13:12: The ratio between single shot pictures and food items that need a test run
15:18: How many team members are on set during a food shoot?
17:37: The evolution of Joanie Simon’s food photography career
19:16: Discovery of remote work and creating digital content from home
21:26: The need to take responsibility for communications when working remotely
23:10: What’s Joanie’s preference: mouth-watering stills or toe tapping videos and stop motion content?
27:18: Software for stills, video, and animation content: Capture One, Dragonframe, and Premiere Pro
29:44: The benefits to and workflow behind shooting tethered
31:09: Joanie Simon’s art background and her hesitation about studying art in school
33:10: Episode break
33:58: Thoughts on using gear in a controlled environment:
35:38: Joanie’s personal evolution through camera brands: from Nikon to Sony mirrorless to Canon and back to Nikon
40:04: The benefits to working in manual mode, and when to use auto focus
42:14: Joanie’s go-to lighting tool: the Godox AD 600 Pro strobe
43:52: Advantages to flash over working with continuous light LEDs
45:44: Drag your shutter when shooting with flash to control the ambient light
46:33: Joanie’s primary light modelling tool: Westcott 4’x4’ Scrim Jim Cineframe
48:36: Lens preferences: Primes or zooms and Joanie’s go-to lenses: 24 – 70 f/2.8 for flexibility and 105 macro lens for background compression
51:02: Food photography with a phone: wipe off the lenses and it all comes down to the lig
Vintage Cameras and a Fondness for Film: The B&H Photography Podcast
Vintage cameras and analog film have grown to be unprecedented media darlings within our crowded digital landscape. With a superstar status fueled by insatiable demand amid a limited supply, in this week’s podcast we investigate both the beauty and quirks of these trending tools. Joining us in conversation are photographer / vintage camera buff Bill Bain, and expert camera technician / repair wizard Shlomo Weinberger from B&H Photo’s Used Department. Whether you cut your teeth on old school tech or you’re an analog adopter in the digital age, there’s a topic of interest for everyone, plus plenty of DYI tips to be had, including our favorite—liquid electrical tape! How many of you dedicated camera buffs knew about that?
Guests: Bill Bain and Shlomo Weinberger
Top Shot © Jill Waterman
For more information on our guests and the gear they use, see: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/explora/podcasts/photography/vintage-cameras-with-bill-bain-and-shlomo-weinberger
Guest Bios: Bill Bain has loved photography since his teenage years, when all his earnings went towards buying gear and paying for film and development. During a long career as an engineer, photography was a constant thread—particularly documenting his family and their extensive travels. Now living a post-corporate life in the Canadian Rockies, Bain devotes much of his time to photography. In addition to being fully immersed in digital imaging, he continues to make good use of his extensive collection of vintage cameras, many dating from the early 1900s. Bain’s analog and digital fine-art images have been featured in Black & White magazine, and his photos of Olympic-style wrestlers have been published internationally.
Shlomo Weinberger is a gifted technician who developed a specialty in repairing vintage cameras and lenses over nearly 25 years at B&H Photo. After learning his trade from an old-world technician steeped in the analog age, Weinberger currently operates a special repair shop within B&H Photo’s Used Department, where he patiently inspects, calibrates, lubricates, and otherwise assesses the condition of the cameras and lenses that pass through his hands before they are offered to customers.
Bill Bain’s Website: https://www.bainphotos.com/Film-Photography-page
Bill Bain’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bainphotos/
B&H Photo Used Department: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/browse/Used-Equipment/ci/2870/N/4294247188
B&H Photo Vintage Film Equipment: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/browse/Cameras-Photo-Gear/ci/2871/N/4294247179
2:47: Bill Bain’s tips when shopping for a vintage camera
3:30: Inspect the lens for mildew or mold and actuate the shutter
4:45: Making use of vintage lens fungus for creative portraits
6:53: Bain’s preferred vintage camera formats: Folding bellows and box cameras
8:05: Bain’s new vintage camera—60-year-old Mamiya C330 twin lens reflex
9:08: How many cameras are in Bill Bain’s collection?
10:19: Black and white or color film, and various emulsions
12:28: Discontinued film formats and a nod to 2016 podcast—Dick Haviland: Last of the Classic Film Re-Spoolers
13:57: Bain’s DYI modification for unavailable film stocks: Plastic wall anchors!
15:34: Different film sizes and determining if a camera will accept a currently available stock
17:42: 120 format film—the most easily adaptable film format
18:18: The difference between 120- and 220-format film
19:12: 127 film and smaller formats
20:20: DYI tip—Use a cigar cutter to trim readily available films to fit smaller formats
22:54: Vintage cameras with interchangeable lenses vs fixed lens cameras
23:14: The Petzval lens—19th-century classic and Lomography’s 2015 redesign and release
24:00: Bill Bain’s favorite vintage camera—His mother’s Kodak Jiffy 620
25:02: The poor man’s Leica—the Argus C3
26:42: Read the manual! Plus, finding user manuals for vintage cameras online
Ringside Access: Lori Grinker Captures Mike Tyson’s Rise
Mike Tyson has long been a boxing legend, and for this week’s podcast we speak with the photographer who was there from the very start. Lori Grinker was just a student with a semester-long assignment when she first met Tyson as a 13-year-old kid under the tutelage of famed boxing trainer Cus D’Amato. Grinker’s inside access over the next decade offers an intimate portrait of Tyson that few others have seen, and is now published in the book Mike Tyson. Listen in as Grinker describes how she learned on the job as the only woman ringside, transforming from student to pro in step with Tyson’s meteoric rise. She also weighs in about gear choices, making distinctions between photographing with reflex cameras and rangefinders, and sharing thoughts on shooting black and while film vs digital captures in monochrome mode. Listen in to learn how she juggled documentary coverage with celebrity reportage and sports photography in what was truly a wild ride.
Guest: Lori Grinker
Photographs © Lori Grinker, Courtesy of Contact Press Images
This episode is sponsored by Audio Technica
For more information on our guests and the gear they use, see: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/explora/podcasts/photography/ringside-access-lori-grinker-captures-mike-tysons-rise
Guest Bio: Lori Grinker is an award-winning photographer whose work straddles documentary and fine art. Internationally published and exhibited, her long-term, non-linear projects often mix photography with video, audio recording, text, installation, books, and collage. The recipient of many awards and the author of three books, Grinker is a dedicated educator for both University programs and private workshops. She is a senior member of Contact Press Images and is represented by ClampArt Gallery in New York City.
Personal Website: www.lorigrinker.com
2:02: Grinker’s photojournalism class assignment, and shifting focus to Mike Tyson
4:40: Tyson’s dedicated study under legendary boxing trainer Cus D’Amato
7:26: The trajectory of Grinker’s photos—from school project to documenting Tyson’s daily life to published news stories
9:04: The learning curve from daily life to photographing ringside
11:55: Enlisting Tyson’s help to get paid by Don King
13:02: Robin Givens, her mother the publicist, and control over Grinker’s pictures
15:34: Tyson’s interest in seeing himself in pictures
17:04: Grinker’s embedded access and hurdles of Tyson’s rise to fame
20:12: Grinker’s experiences in dealing with a no-show photo subject
21:44: Working with photo agencies and joining Contact Press Images
24:36: The benefits to Grinker’s agency support: Canon camera gear, exhibitions, and books
24:58: Grinker’s advice for photographers seeking agency representation
26:26: The importance of owning the rights to your pictures and registering the copyright
28:10: Episode break
28:42: Lori Grinker’s photo gear: From Nikkormat to Leica to Canon and beyond
29:50: Grinker’s first experience with digital—embedded on a ship the during Iraqi invasion
30:36: Learning to use flash and shooting with black-and-white film
31:41: Making the switch to color film for photo assignments
32:00: Comparing the shooting style of reflex cameras and rangefinders
34:52: Grinker’s thoughts on teaching students depth of field
35:32: Learning by doing and Grinker’s earliest teachers
36:52: Grain vs pixels: shooting black-and-white film vs digital in black and white mode
40:50: Film type, Kodak chemistry, and printing with Agfa Portriga paper
42:02: Printing gelatin silver prints for upcoming ClampArt exhibit
44:08: Grinker’s Mike Tyson book and the 2014 book contract
45:12: Reconnecting with Tyson for Spike Lee’s Broadway production
48:18: Choosing a book designer, going through the pictures, making a huge bo
Fall Foliage East and West with Jerry Monkman and G Dan Mitchell
It’s leaf peeping time in the northern hemisphere when trees break into riots of color as autumn plows a path from north to south. Two of the best regions for capturing the show here in the US are across New England and along California’s magnificent Sierra Nevada. To help get you up to speed when preparing for your own foliage excursions, we speak with landscape photography specialists in each of these regions—Jerry Monkman in New England and G. Dan Mitchell in California’s Sierra Nevada.
After weighing in with informed opinions about when and where to find the best color this year, Monkman and Mitchell make suggestions about fresh ways to picture the scenery and discuss topographic and geological differences between east and west. We also talk gear—both DSLR and mirrorless—with Monkman opting for the Canon 5D Mark IV or EOS R5, and Mitchell alternating between the Canon 5DS R and FUJIFILM X series mirrorless.
For all of the above and much more, please join us for this informative discussion and discover new ways to reap an autumn photography harvest and take your landscape and scenic photography to new heights.
Guests: Jerry Monkman & G. Dan Mitchell
Photo © Jerry Monkman
For further details about our guests, their gear, and a selection of their secenic photographs, find this episode on the B&H Explora blog at: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/explora/podcasts/photography/fall-foliage-east-and-west-with-jerry-monkman-and-g-dan-mitchell-the-bh
Jerry Monkman is a New England-based conservation photographer, filmmaker, and writer, who’s been telling adventure- and conservation-themed stories for more than 20 years. Together with his wife Marcy, Monkman runs EcoPhotography, a Portsmouth, New Hampshire-based stock and assignment photo business and video production company. EcoPhotography’s award-winning images have been published worldwide, and the Monkman’s have received National Outdoor Book Awards for two books: The AMC Guide to Outdoor Digital Photography in 2012, and Outdoor Adventures: Acadia National Park, in 2017.
Monkman’s first feature-length film, The Power of Place, was an official selection of the 2015 New Hampshire Film Festival. His newest documentary feature, The Merrimack: River at Risk, premiered on New Hampshire PBS in July 2020. In 2022, Monkman launched the film production company Reel Quest Films, LLC with partner Ryan Smith.
Stay Connected: Jerry Monkman
Personal Website: https://ecophotography.com
Film Production Website: https://reelquestfilms.com
G Dan Mitchell is a California-based landscape and nature photographer who focus’s his attention on the Pacific coast, the Sierra Nevada, the central California grasslands and deserts, and the American Southwest. Author of the 2015 book California’s Fall Color: A Photographer’s Guide to Autumn in the Sierra, Mitchell’s photographs have been widely exhibited, published, and licensed for commercial use.
In 2018, he photographed extensively in Yosemite National Park as a Yosemite Renaissance artist-in-residence. He maintains a prolific online presence, sharing daily images and commentary at his website. Equally active on social media, he founded the 10,000-member “Sierra Nevada: Photographs from the Range of Light” Facebook community. Yet, Mitchell is most at home in the field, where he has scoured the Sierra Nevada backcountry for photographic moments for more than 50 years, and photographed each summer since 2011 with the “First Light” group.
Stay Connected: G. Dan Mitchell
Personal Website: https://gdanmitchell.com
Graham Nash: Ace Photographer, Digital Printing Pioneer, Music Legend
Graham Nash is a true visionary. Whether in the lyrics he writes, the music he plays, the songs he sings, or the photographs he captures, he sees things a little differently and—most important—he sees beauty everywhere. As he describes it during our podcast, “It’s just energy. I see my life facing a column of energy every day. Where do I want to plug in today?”
Listen in as Nash regales us with how multidisciplinary interests help him avoid writer’s block, his fascination for early Daguerreotypes, his historic role as a digital printing pioneer, his deep respect for Epson products, and much more. Stay to the end for Nash’s honest assessment of his singing voice, and to learn his secret to staying passionate and making the most of a creative life.
Guest: Graham Nash
Photos by Graham Nash, excerpted from A Life in Focus: The Photography of Graham Nash, and provided courtesy of Insight Editions. Cover photo © Joel Bernstein
For further details about our guest, his gear, and a selection of his historic photographs, find this episode on the B&H Explora blog at: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/explora/podcasts/photography/graham-nash-ace-photographer-digital-printing-pioneer-music-legend-the-bh
Guest Bio: English singer-songwriter and musician Graham Nash is known for his light tenor voice and his iconic status as a founding member of the Hollies, Crosby, Stills & Nash, and later Young. A two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and the recipient of four honorary degrees, Nash was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his services to music and to charity.
A lesser-known detail is that Nash’s long held passion for images even predates his start in music. An avid photographer since the age of 10, Nash began collecting photographs in the early 1970s. In 1990, he chose to auction off his 2,000-print collection to help fund Nash Editions, the pioneering fine art digital printing company he co-founded, using an IRIS Graphics 3047 printer that is now in the collection of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History,
At the tender age of 80, Nash is still busy creating both pictures and music, while also maintaining a hectic tour schedule. A book of his photographs, A Life in Focus: The Photography of Graham Nash, was recently released by Insight Editions and is widely available in bookstores and online.
Personal Website: https://grahamnash.com/
3:10: Graham Nash’s photo collection and the objects he collects today
4:10: How and where his musical and photographic paths cross
4:58: Nash’s work as a sculptor
6:34: The ability to hear photographs, see music, and talk in colors
8:14: Nash’s introduction to photography at 10-years-old
9:50: Nash’s first camera: an Agfa with a small bellows
10:10: Being invisible when taking pictures and blending into the woodwork
12:42: Nash’s favorite music photographers
13:52: It doesn’t matter what camera he uses
14:30: A 1980’s digital camera and an early awareness of the digital world
15:32: Both ends of the photographic spectrum—digital to Daguerreotypes
17:45: From a sense of history to modern Daguerreotypists
18:58: A personal phone number for Louis Daguerre
25:20: Episode break
20:44: Nash’s pioneering work in digital printing
22:18: Iris printers and the issue of ink longevity
25:04: The transition to Epson printers and ink
26:14: An Iris print fades during an hour lunch
27:56: Nash’s preference between black and white and color
28:22: Recommended printers and number of color channels
30:50: Nash’s paper choice: Epson Legacy Fiber
31:22: Coordinate paper, coatings, and inks for optimal results
32:42: Nash’s new book A Life in Focus, and recording m
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Wonderful and diverse
My favourite podcast. Interesting and insightful with incredible diversity - your guests cover such a broad spectrum of photography subjects with a perfect balance between accessibility and intellect. Thank you!
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