68 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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    • Visual Arts
    • 5.0, 28 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.

    Episode 68: Revisiting Geotagging with HoudahGeo 6.0

    Episode 68: Revisiting Geotagging with HoudahGeo 6.0

    With photographers finding themselves with unexpected time on their hands at home, it's a great time to update the location data in the photos in your library. Pierre Bernard joins us again to talk about the new features in his Mac app HoudahGeo 6.0, indulging our lazy photographic habits, and...how HoudahGeo supports scuba divers?


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    Guest:



    Pierre Bernard


    Hosts:



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


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    HoudahGeo 6.0

    Episode 40: Location Exploration with HoudahGeo

    This is What the Crowd of Photographers Looks Like During ‘Firefall’ in Yosemite, PetaPixel

    Crisis in our national parks: how tourists are loving nature to death, The Guardian



    Our Snapshots:



    Jeff: Shoot with a Pro, YouTube

    Kirk: The Zen of Creativity



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    • 38 min
    Episode 67: Chris Niccolls on Making Videos about Photography

    Episode 67: Chris Niccolls on Making Videos about Photography

    This week we’re joined by Chris Niccolls, co-host (with Jordan Drake) of DPReview TV, one of our favorite video resources about photography. Yes, there are hundreds of photographers on YouTube, but we’ve long enjoyed Chris’s and Jordan’s friendly and knowledgable approach to reviewing photo gear and educating viewers about all aspects of photography and videography.


    Guest:



    Chris Niccolls, Instagram


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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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    DPReview TV, hosted by Chris Niccolls and Jordan Drake

    The Camera Store TV

    Canon EOS R5: Go big, or go home, DPReview

    Fujifilm Acros II Film Review (vs. Acros film simulation)

    Leica M10 Monochrom Hands-on Review

    FujiFilm X RAW Studio

    DPReview TV: The gear that changed my life

    The Art of Photography



    Our Snapshots:



    Jeff: Annie Leibovitz at Work
    Kirk: USB-C Cable


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    • 42 min
    Episode 66: Manual Focus Lenses and Jeff's New Luminar Book

    Episode 66: Manual Focus Lenses and Jeff's New Luminar Book

    The autofocus capabilities in today’s cameras are amazing, so why would anyone buy a lens that offers only manual focus? Jeff and Kirk talk about situations where autofocus isn’t a consideration, such as buying inexpensive fast lenses or using an adapter to mount one brand’s lenses on another brand’s camera (like Nikon lenses on a Fujifilm body). We also chat about Jeff’s just-released book, The Photographer’s Guide to Luminar 4. We’ll be giving away a few copies to subscribers of the PhotoActive mailing list, and we also have a 40% discount code to share.


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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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    Examples of SX-70 photo manipulations at Flickr

    Peter Gabriel album cover. The photo was taken with a Polaroid SX-70 instant camera. The sleeve's designer Storm Thorgerson said: "Peter himself joined with us at Hipgnosis in disfiguring himself by manipulating Polaroids as they 'developed' ... Peter impressed us greatly with his ability to appear in an unflattering way, preferring the theatrical or artistic to the cosmetic."

    Episode #16: Buying and Selling Camera Gear

    Fotodiox Pro Lens Mount Adapter, Nikon G Lens to Fujifilm X Camera Body (X-Mount), $60, the adapter Jeff owns

    Fringer EF-FX PRO II EOS to Fujifilm FX Adapter, a Canon adapter that works with autofocus

    Fujinon XF56mmF1.2 R

    Fujifilm interview: 'We will get through this crisis together’

    The Photographer’s Guide to Luminar 4

    Episode 59: Luminar 4 and Its AI Emphasis

    Luminar 4

    Jeff Carlson Luminar 4 Rocky Nook Webinar: YouTube, WebinarJam



    Our Snapshots:



    Jeff: Tripod Boom Arm
    Kirk: Sofa Sessions: Conversations with Martin Parr


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    • 33 min
    Episode 65: Barney Britton on the Future of the Camera Industry

    Episode 65: Barney Britton on the Future of the Camera Industry

    Camera sales worldwide have steadily decreased over the past several years, and now COVID-19 has thrown everything into disarray. Where is the camera industry headed? Special guest Barney Britton, Senior Editor at DPReview, joins Kirk and Jeff to talk about the factors that are contributing to these shifts. It’s not all grim news, though, and we also talk about what changes and advancements we might see in the near future.


    Guest:



    Barney Britton, website, Instagram


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    Jeff's website, Jeff's photos, Jeff on Instagram
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    Camera Sales Are Falling Sharply, Om Malick

    Alec Soth | Photographer (video)



    Our Snapshots:



    Jeff: A Photographer's Guide to Navigating the Pandemic, Colby Brown

    Kirk: I Know How Furiously Your Heart is Beating, Alec Soth



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    • 49 min
    Episode 64: Creativity Is Problem Solving, with David duChemin

    Episode 64: Creativity Is Problem Solving, with David duChemin

    Creativity Is Problem Solving, with David duChemin

    A few months ago when we invited David duChemin to return as a PhotoActive guest to talk about his new book The Heart of the Photograph, we had no idea it would be at the disruptive beginning of a global pandemic. We talk with David about being creative in this new situation, and how creativity can translate into resiliency. Then we focus on his book, and the questions it raises for how we approach making and working with photographs.


    Guest:



    David duChemin


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    Kirk's website, Kirk's photos, Kirk on Instagram
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    The Heart of the Photograph, David’s new book

    A Beautiful Anarchy podcast, Better Questions? episode

    Ellsworth Kelly, Photographs



    Our Snapshots:



    Jeff: Exify app

    Kirk: Time to step back and take a deep breath.



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    • 41 min
    Episode 63: Sharing Photos

    Episode 63: Sharing Photos

    Photos are meant to be shared, but with digital photos the options multiply. In this episode, Kirk McElhearn and Jeff Carlson look at several ways to share photos with friends and family.


    Hosts:



    Jeff's website, Jeff's photos, Jeff on Instagram
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    Mail Drop limits, Apple

    How to Use AirDrop to Securely Share or Transfer Files

    Use Shared Albums in Photos, Apple

    Inside iOS 12: Photos Encourages More Engagement

    How to remove GPS location data from photos on iPhone or Mac

    How to Easily Share Lightroom Photos to a Group, CreativePro



    Our Snapshots:



    Jeff: Focos app, revisited
    Kirk: Plex


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    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
28 Ratings

28 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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