109 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.

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    • 4.9 • 32 Ratings

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.

    Joe McNally Is The Real Deal

    Joe McNally Is The Real Deal

    Joe McNally, who humbly refers to himself as a “working photographer,” has shot everything from high-concept editorial to the Olympic games, and established a reputation as one of the most generous photographers in the business. We talked with Joe about his dogged start on the streets of 1970s New York City and how he’s built his career, which he chronicles in his new book, The Real Deal: Field Notes from the Life of a Working Photographer.


    Guest:



    Joe McNally (website, Instagram)


    Hosts:



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


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    The Real Deal: Field Notes from the Life of a Working Photographer, by Joe McNally

    Faces of Ground Zero photos

    Faces of Ground Zero project, Wikipedia



    Our Snapshots:



    Jeff: Apple Magic Keyboard
    Kirk: Apple MagSafe Battery Pack


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    • 32 min
    Masking in Lightroom

    Masking in Lightroom

    The new masking features in Adobe Lightroom and Lightroom Classic make it much easier to apply selective edits to areas such as skies or subjects, without a lot of manual fiddling.


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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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    Adobe Lightroom

    Pixelmator Pro

    Episode #11 - Selective Photo Editing



    Our Snapshots:



    Jeff: MacBook Pro 2021
    Kirk: Capture One 22


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    • 33 min
    Simulated vs. Optical Background Blur

    Simulated vs. Optical Background Blur

    You shot a lovely portrait and realized later that the background could benefit from some artistic blur. It used to be that if you didn’t get it in camera, you were stuck. But now it’s possible to recreate that blur using AI features in software later. Or, if you captured the shot using the iPhone’s Portrait Mode, you can edit the effect whenever you want. Is the software option really worth doing?


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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 106: PhotoActive 2021 Gift Guide

    Episode 20: The Blur-That-Shall-Not-Be-Named

    Pixelmator Pro

    Episode 105: Aaron Hockley and Computational Photography

    Halide app



    Our Snapshots:



    Jeff: Green Extreme batteries
    Kirk: Expert Shield screen protector


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    • 38 min
    PhotoActive 2021 Gift Guide

    PhotoActive 2021 Gift Guide

    When they set out to produce a gift guide—the first one in three years—Kirk and Jeff chose items that really reflect how they approach photography, and items that hopefully aren’t on every other photo gift guide out there. This episode covers a gamut of price ranges and interests, so something is sure to appeal to you as the giver or the receiver this holiday.


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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 29: Christmas Gift Guide

    Photocombobulate Episode 8 Holiday Gift Guide

    PhotoActive Episode 94: All About SD Cards

    Mesh Laundry Bag

    Peak Design Everyday Sling bags - 10L $150

    Peak Design Cuff

    William Eggleston: The Outlands - $385

    The Real Deal, by Joe McNally (Get 40% off using the code CARLSON40.)

    Apple Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader - $29

    Biolite Rechargeable Headlamp

    Alec Soth: Photographic Storytelling | Magnum Learn - $99

    Apple Pencil

    Balvenie Week of Peat Whiskey

    YESPLZ Coffee Subscription



    Kirk’s Books:



    Take Control of macOS Media Apps
    Take Control of Scrivener
    Take Control of Audio Hijack
    Take Control of Launchbar


    Jeff’s Books:



    Take Control of Apple Watch
    Take Control of Your Digital Storage
    Take Control of Managing Your Files
    Take Control of Your Digital Photos
    The Photographer’s Guide to Luminar AI (Get 40% off using the code CARLSON40.)


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    • 28 min
    Aaron Hockley and Computational Photography

    Aaron Hockley and Computational Photography

    Artificial intelligence, machine learning, computational photography…whichever term you use, the technologies are here and touching almost every part of the photos you’re making. Our guest this week is Aaron Hockley, author of the book The Computer Ate My Photos: Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Photography, and he’s here to help us unravel this brave new world (and convince us that he’s not a robot).


    Guest:



    Aaron Hockley (website, Instagram)


    Hosts:



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


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    The Computer Ate My Photos: Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Photography, by Aaron Hockley

    AI Needs Regulating Before It’s Too Late, The Guardian

    ImagenAI

    Episode 104: The Leica Episode

    Jeff’s Sierra Nevada Photo Trip, Photocombobulate Podcast

    TechPhotoGuy, Aaron’s website



    Our Snapshots:



    Jeff: Apple TV 4K (2021)
    Kirk: Apple MagSafe Battery Pack


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    • 46 min
    The Leica Episode

    The Leica Episode

    The day has arrived: Kirk finally purchased his dream camera, the Leica Q2 Monochrom. Why would someone pay for a camera that shoots only in black and white? In this episode, we talk about the advantages of a sensor without RGB, how shooting with the Q2 Monochrom is changing the way Kirk shoots, and processing the images in Capture One.


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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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    Leica Q2 Monochrom

    Episode 92: Sensors and Megapixels with Richard Butler

    Cycling through the crop lines

    Capture One



    Our Snapshots:



    Jeff: Shimoda Explore v2
    Kirk: Eyes Wide Open! 100 Years of Leica Photography


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    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
32 Ratings

32 Ratings

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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