59 episodes

Jeff Carlson and Kirk McElhearn discuss photography and the Apple ecosystem. We cover using an iPhone or any other camera with Apple hardware and software, and we welcome photographers to discuss their work.

PhotoActive Jeff Carlson & Kirk McElhearn

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Jeff Carlson and Kirk McElhearn discuss photography and the Apple ecosystem. We cover using an iPhone or any other camera with Apple hardware and software, and we welcome photographers to discuss their work.

    Episode 59: Luminar 4 and Its AI Emphasis

    Episode 59: Luminar 4 and Its AI Emphasis

    We’ve talked about several photo editing applications in the past, and in this episode we turn our attention toward Luminar 4 (and not just because one of us has a forthcoming book about it). Skylum has overhauled Luminar in significant ways for version 4, with an emphasis on AI features that save a lot of time and effort on your part.


    Hosts:



    Jeff's website, Jeff's photos, Jeff on Instagram
    Kirk's website, Kirk's photos, Kirk on Instagram
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    Show Notes:


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    Get Luminar 4 here (affiliate link)


    Episode 55: Photos App in iOS 13 and macOS Catalina

    Episode 53: Focus Stacking

    How Machine Learning Is Winning the Photographic Face Race, CreativePro

    Episode #21 - HDR (High Dynamic Range) Photography

    Luminar Website



    Our Snapshots:



    Jeff: Video: Lighting, Logistics, and Strategies for a Life in Photography

    Kirk: Update Your Camera and Lens Firmware (check your camera manufacturer’s site)



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    • 35 min
    Episode 58: Rule of Turds

    Episode 58: Rule of Turds

    At several points when recording the PhotoActive podcast, Kirk has said that the “Rule of Thirds” does not exist. Most books and articles about photography insist it does, that positioning objects at approximately one third distance from the edge of the frame leads to better composition. So in this episode, we get into it: Does the Rule of Thirds exist, and why?


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    Jeff's website, Jeff's photos, Jeff on Instagram
    Kirk's website, Kirk's photos, Kirk on Instagram
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    Episode 50: Harold Davis Creative Black & White

    Episode 53: Focus Stacking

    Rule of Thirds, Wikipedia

    Guardian UK Photos of the Day Dec 10, 2019

    Episode 8: Gordon Laing on Taking Great Photos In Camera



    Our Snapshots:



    Jeff: MacBookPro 16-inch, Affiliate link | Apple.com

    Kirk: Electronic Level feature in cameras



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    • 47 min
    Episode 57: Remote Triggered

    Episode 57: Remote Triggered

    It’s time to step away from your camera. No, not put it away for the holidays—we’re talking about triggering the camera remotely! In this episode, Jeff and Kirk talk about various ways to trip the shutter from afar, such as using an Apple Watch to control the Camera app on an iPhone, remote cable releases, and products that control a mirrorless or DSLR via apps.


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    Jeff's website, Jeff's photos, Jeff on Instagram
    Kirk's website, Kirk's photos, Kirk on Instagram
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    Episode 39: Tripods with Mason Marsh

    Fuji X Secrets Book, by Rico Pfirstinger

    Fujifilm RR-100 Remote Shutter Release Controller

    Canon RS60-E3 remote cable release replacement by Fotodiox

    David Burnett's camera at House Impeachment hearings

    Photographer David Burnett on shooting his third impeachment: 'I felt that historic pang', DPReview

    MIOPS Mobile Dongle

    Fotyrig 1/4" Mini Ball Head Ring Light Adapter Hot Shoe Mount Adapter

    TriggerTrap Mobile review: control your camera’ shutter with your iOS device, Macworld (Note: In the episode, Jeff misremembered the brand of trigger this article was about.)

    App-based camera triggers: Alpine Labs Spark vs Miops Mobile Dongle, DPReview



    Our Snapshots:



    Jeff: FOTOMIX LB-XT3 for Fujifilm X-T3 Camera Quick Release L-Bracket & Camera Mount Vertical Grip
    Kirk: Zona, A Book about a Film about a Journey to a Room, by Geoff Dyer


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    • 32 min
    Episode 56: Considering a Second Camera?

    Episode 56: Considering a Second Camera?

    With the holidays and Black Friday sales upon us, this is the time that photographers can often get good deals on equipment. In this episode, Kirk and Jeff ponder the reasons you might consider buying a second camera. Perhaps you want a backup for your regular camera, or maybe you want a smaller go-anywhere camera that might encourage you to take photos more often.


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    Jeff's website, Jeff's photos, Jeff on Instagram
    Kirk's website, Kirk's photos, Kirk on Instagram
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    Canon’s Q2 2019 Financial Report Shows Steep Decline in Camera Sales, PetaPixel

    New Fujifilm Financial Results: Instax Declines, Mirrorless Suffers, Revenue Down 12.4% but Fujifilm GFX100 Sells Strong!, Fuji Rumors

    Leica M Monochrom

    Episode 44: Minimalist Photographer Michael Kenna

    DPReview TV: Leica SL2 first impressions Review, DPReview

    Leica, Lenny Kravitz produce limited edition ‘Drifter’ M Monochrom with snakeskin finish, DPReview

    Episode #12: David duChemin on the Long-Building Vision

    First Look: Canon’s EOS Ra Mirrorless Camera, Sky & Telescope

    Fujifilm X100F

    Episode 39: Tripods with Mason Marsh

    Panasonic Lumix ZS200

    Episode 46: Pet Photography with Norah Levine



    Our Snapshots:



    Jeff: An Art Show, by Veterans Armed with Cameras
    Kirk: Get a cat


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    Disclosure: Sometimes we use affiliate links for products, in which we receive small commissions to help support PhotoActive.

    • 36 min
    Episode 55: Photos App in iOS 13 and macOS Catalina

    Episode 55: Photos App in iOS 13 and macOS Catalina

    Photos App in iOS 13 and macOS Catalina

    Now that iOS 13, iPadOS 13, and macOS Catalina are out, Jeff and Kirk have some strong opinions on the changes made to the Photos app for each platform. It's time to rant a little.


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    Jeff's website, Jeff's photos, Jeff on Instagram
    Kirk's website, Kirk's photos, Kirk on Instagram


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    Take Control of macOS Media Apps, by Kirk McElhearn

    Take Control of Your Digital Photos, Second Edition, by Jeff Carlson

    Take Control of Photos, by Jason Snell

    Episode 52: iPhones 11 and Semantic Rendering

    Inside iOS 12: Photos Encourages More Engagement, TidBITS

    Episode #12: David duChemin on the Long-Building Vision



    Our Snapshots:



    Jeff: Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter
    Kirk: A Beautiful Anarchy podcast


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    • 35 min
    Episode 54: Product Photography with Dan Bracaglia

    Episode 54: Product Photography with Dan Bracaglia

    How do you make product photos look fresh and interesting? Do you need a well-equipped studio? Dan Bracaglia shoots thousands of images of cameras and other accessories in his job as photo editor at DPReview. Dan joins Kirk and Jeff to answer those questions and more.


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    Luma Labs - Everyone needs a camera strap that is both comfortable and practical. The Luma Loop lets you carry your camera as a sling or snug to your body when you’re not using it. The new Luma Loop 3.5 features custom designed mounting hardware so you don’t have to choose between a strap or a tripod mount. Get 10% off any purchase with the code PHOTOACTIVE. https://luma-labs.com


    Guest:



    Dan Bracaglia: Instagram, website
    DPReview Page


    Hosts:



    Jeff's website, Jeff's photos, Jeff on Instagram
    Kirk's website, Kirk's photos, Kirk on Instagram


    Show Notes:


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    DPReview

    Westcott Ice Light 2

    Canon 80D, the camera DPReview uses for product photography

    Canon 90D Review by Dan Bracaglia and Jeff Keller

    2019 Guide: Apple iPad Pro for Photographers

    Making of Domino’s Commercials: Pulling the Cheese, YouTube video

    Fuji X-T3 Review, DPRreview TV episode

    Fujifilm X-T3 vs Panasonic GH5 for Video: Quick Look, DPReview TV episode



    Our Snapshots:



    Jeff: SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD
    Kirk: Michael Kenna, Beyond Architecture


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    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

mike-dt ,

Favorite new (to me) podcast

I just happened to run across this podcast, and after listening to the last 3 episodes I downloaded ALL of them. They're not too long, very informative and the show notes they provide have hidden gems of links, books, tools and gadgets. A must listen to photography podcast.

Zonan ,

Terrific podcast

Jeff and Kirk have a wonderful, fun and informative podcast about photography and the apple ecosystem. I look forward to every show- they are knowledgeable, affable and direct. None of the fulff which so many podcasts insert. Highly recommended to anyone interested in photography as an art/craft, as opposed to gearheads. Bravo!

EricBirder ,

A friendly photo podcast

I’m an amateur bird photographer. While Jeff and Kirk don’t usually directly address the specific issues I run into, I still find this podcast worth a listen since they cover a lot of topics I don’t think too much about which gets me thinking outside my usual box. The hosts have an affable style and seem very approachable—like I’d be able to easily chat with them if I happened to run into either of them. They explain topics clearly and cover a wide variety of subjects. It’s just a good show.

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