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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.

PhotoActive Jeff Carlson & Kirk McElhearn

    • Arts
    • 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.

    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.


    Hosts:



    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.


    Hosts:



    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
    Posing People with Lindsay Adler

    Posing People with Lindsay Adler

    Does the thought of posing people for portraits make you nervous? Our guest this week is fashion and portrait photographer Lindsay Adler, whose book The Photographer’s Guide to Posing will calm your nerves and give you the tools to make beautiful photos of people. Lindsay talks about how she prepares for a portrait shoot, techniques to encourage great poses, working with everyday people compared to working with models, and much more.


    Guest:



    Lindsay Adler (website, Instagram)


    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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    The Photographer’s Guide to Posing, by Lindsay Adler

    Photographing Challenging Features class, CreativeLive

    Episode 35: Martin Parr Shot My Portrait

    Lindsay Adler Photography site



    Our Snapshots:



    Jeff: Anker Power Strip Surge Protector, 12 Outlets & 3 USB Ports with Flat Plug, 6ft Extension Cord, PowerIQ
    Kirk: Peak Design Everyday Sling


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    • 41 min
    The iPhone 13 Pro Cameras

    The iPhone 13 Pro Cameras

    It’s Apple’s best iPhone ever! Well, yes, they say that every year, but this time around the camera improvements are more exciting than in the past. In this episode, we look at what’s new, from the sizes of the lenses and sensors themselves to the Cinematic and Macro modes, in the iPhone 13 Pro.


    Hosts:



    Jeff's website, Jeff's photos, Jeff on Instagram
    Kirk's website, Kirk's photos, Kirk on Instagram
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    On set with iPhone 13 Pro Featuring 2x Oscar® Winner Kathryn Bigelow | Apple

    iPhone 13 Pro camera switching issue

    Episode 92: Sensors and Megapixels with Richard Butler

    Why we're excited about the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro, DPReview TV

    What Does Cinematic Really Mean?



    Our Snapshots:



    Jeff: 2020 Unmasked
    Kirk: Godox TT350


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    • 37 min
    Practicing Photography with Ben Long

    Practicing Photography with Ben Long

    What does it mean to really practice your craft? In this episode we welcome back photographer and educator Ben Long to PhotoActive to talk about his wonderful new book The Practicing Photographer: Essays on Developing Your Photographic Practice. We talk about why practice involves more than grabbing your camera every once in a while, about getting out of creative ruts, and the value of studying other photographers’ works.


    Guest:



    Ben Long (Complete Digital Photography, Instagram)


    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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    The Practicing Photographer: Essays on Developing Your Photographic Practice, by Ben Long

    Insta Repeat



    Our Snapshots:



    Jeff: Spigen S350 Apple Watch Stand
    Kirk: Ingmar Bergman’s Cinema


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    • 42 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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