Luna Display Review (Podcast 631)

13" MacBook Pro with iPad Pro Running Luna DisplayThis week we’re going to take a look at Luna Display, an amazing little device that turns your iPad into a wireless second display for your Mac. I backed the Kickstarter for this around a year ago, and have been very excited to finally use it after it was delivered last week.
Before we jump into the review, I’d like to apologize for my radio silence over the last few weeks. I decided to add a couple more features to our Photographer’s Friend app version 3.0, and one of them took a lot more time than I had expected,
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Mac OSX Display Settings via Luna Display
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Understanding Exposure Value (Podcast 630)

Exposure Shift CalculatorThis week we’re going to take a look at Exposure Value or EV, and I’ll explain what it is, why it’s useful, and why I’ve spent almost every waking minute for the last 17 days building a new Exposure Shift Calculator for our Photographer’s Friend app, which we’ll use for some of my explanations.
When we talk about exposure, we generally use aperture, shutter speed, and ISO settings to relay the absolute values of our exposure, but then if you want to change one of the values while maintaining the same exposure, you have to change one or both of the
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Peak Design Slide Camera Sling Straps (Podcast 629)

Peak Design Slide Strap ContentsI recently bought two Slide straps from Peak Design and thought I’d provide a quick review of these straps today having now used them extensively for the last couple of months.
More and more of my workshop participants have been turning up using the Peak Design Slide camera strap system, so I’d had my eyes on this for a while, and then met a listener earlier this year at Canon’s headquarters, to see my exhibition there, and he had one of these straps on his camera, so I took a good look at it. I was impressed with the flexibility
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Morocco Slideshow Video (Podcast 628)

Morocco Video ScreenshotFor this week’s post, I’ve produced a video to showcase Morocco, containing fifty-something images from last year’s Tour & Workshop that I ran. As I’m running over time-wise, as is often the case when I create the music too, I’ve put a small version of the video in the Podcast feed, but the full-sized 4K version is below for you to check out. As usual, the music is a bit rushed, but it should complement the video, so grab a cuppa, turn up your speakers, and sit back for a four-minute tour of Morocco!

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Seven Stages of Contentment in a Photographer (Podcast 627)

Camel Silhouettes at Sunset
This week we explore an idea that has been building in me over the years, which is that as we grow as photographers we go through various stages, and eventually spend less energy lusting over gear and gain more satisfaction and contentment from creating images that feed our souls.
I believe the confidence that we build as photographers effects how we work in a number of ways, so I’m going to break this down into what I’ll refer to as multiple stages of contentment and how that, in turn, drives various thought patterns, some of which are good, and some that can
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Canon’s Wide Aperture 85mm Lenses Compared (Podcast 626)

85mm f/1.2L II (left) 85mm f/1.4L IS (right)Today we’re going to pitch the old Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM lens against the new Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM lens, to see if it’s worth trading in the old lens for some shiny new glass, even with one-third of a stop smaller aperture. I also hope that this will give you an idea of the quality of the new lens, regardless of how it compares to the old lens.
The angle I’ve taken for this review is that an L lens from Canon lens being tack-sharp when stopped down to say f/5.6 or
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Himba Young Girl in Shawl (85mm f/1.4L IS lens)
85mm Minimum Focus Distance (f/1.2 Opaque - f/1.4 Transparent)
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85mm f/1.2L II (left) 85mm f/1.4L IS (right) with Hoods
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II lens (left) and f/1.4L IS Lens (right)
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Complete Namibia Tour 2018 Travelogue #5 (Podcast 625)

The ScowlThis week we conclude our 2018 Complete Namibia Tour travelogue series, with our Wildlife Extravaganza in the Etosha National Park, literally completing the photography of the main photography genres that Namibia offers visitors.
When I put this epic trip together and called it the Complete Namibia Tour & Workshop, I was very conscious that I wanted to make Etosha a part of it, and I am so pleased that I made this decision. Without Etosha on the Itinerary, you generally leave Namibia with a feeling that you didn’t do her wildlife justice. The thing is, there is wildlife across most
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The Scowl
Burchell's Zebra at Waterhole
Elephant Bonding
White Rhinos
Black Rhinoceros
A Journey of Giraffes
Elephant at Waterhole
Cheetah with Cubs
Elephant Dust Bath
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Complete Namibia Tour 2018 Travelogue #4 (Podcast 624)

Himba Dancing in GroupWe continue our Complete Namibia Tour travelogue this week, as we relax with the Flamingoes in Walvis Bay, then photograph a shipwreck on the Skeleton Coast before spending some time with the incredibly charming Himba People in Northern Namibia.
Having finished our three days in the majestic Sossusvlei area with the sand dunes and Deadvlei, we drove on to Walvis Bay to another beautiful lodge there. Based on feedback from last year, I had changed our itinerary to give us two days in this lodge, and the idea was to basically give the group a bit of a break, as
Flamingo Foursome
The Dunes Near Sandwich Harbour
The Zeila Shipwreck
Himba Young Girl Portraits
Himba Dancing
Himba Dancing in Group
Himba Goat Herding
Himba with Babies
Proud Lioness in 3D
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Complete Namibia Tour 2018 Travelogue #3 (Podcast 623)

We continue our travelogue series today, walking you through my 2018 Complete Namibia Tour & Workshop, as we spend a magical few hours in Deadvlei, photographing the beautiful silhouetted camelthorn trees.
If you’ve been following the podcast for a while, you’ll have heard me talk about the magical few minutes that happens most mornings in Deadvlei, as the sun rises above the large sand dune to our backs, and we are treated with a beautiful natural contrast of light and shade, that you can see in the first photo for today (below). This is a popular photograph to shoot since
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Camelthorn Tree Cluster
Deadvlei Bands of Color
Deadvlei Camelthorn Trees
Oryx in the Shade
Dune 35 at Sundown
Deadvlei Camelthorn Tree Silhouettes
Sossusvlei Sandstorm
Light and Shade
Dune 37 with Camelthorn Tree
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Apps to Help You Work Faster (Podcast 620)

I’m often asked how I get so much done, so this week I’m going to share some information about some of the tools that I use daily to speed up my work.
We should preface this, by mentioning that I get a lot done because I work hard. I actually think I’m working a little too hard, as I hate to just sit around. Relaxing to me is not really very, well, relaxing. I don’t work every waking hour of course, and I do enjoy making time to practice playing the piano or learn new skills, but there is always
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Controlling Capture One Pro with a MIDI Keyboard (Podcast 619)

Today we’re going to explore an exciting way to use a MIDI controller that you might have lying around to controller Capture One Pro. You could, in fact, use this method to control pretty much any application that accepts keyboard shortcuts, but I love speeding up my workflow, so let’s take a look at my findings.
There are dedicated controller systems such as Pallete Gear and Tangent that I am aware of. I bought the Pallete Gear system and to be honest, for what it is, it took up too much space on my desk, so it found its way
Martin's Workstation with MIDI Keyboard
Bome MIDI Translator Pro New Project
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Creating Capture One Pro Camera Profiles with Lumariver (Podcast 618)

Following on from the previous episode, this week we look at creating camera profiles for Capture One Pro using a product called Lumariver Profile Designer. This is a video again, so the audio player is basically redundant, but I’ll include it anyway.
I’ll leave my notes below, for those that prefer to read, but this really is an episode that requires you to watch the video to not only understand how to create these camera profiles but also to be able to see the benefits when applying the profiles to images in Capture One Pro. Here’s the video.

Creating Capture One Pro Camera Profiles with basICColor Input 5 (Podcast 617)

 Today we’re going to start exploring options that enable us to create camera profiles for Capture One Pro, starting with basICColor input 5. This is something that I’ve been meaning to look into for a while, so I’m pleased to finally be able to bring this to you.
When I was using Lightroom, I used to use X-Rite’s Color Checker Passport to create camera profiles, which I could then assign to images, helping to make the colors as accurate as possible. Before we go on, I want to say that although I feel this is important for product shoot, when
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Life Happens in COLOR with Nancy Lehrer (Podcast 616)

Today I’m really happy to be able to bring you a conversation with Nancy Lehrer. Those of you that used to participate in our forum before we had to close it down due to the constant spamming, may well remember Nancy. She always had something useful and insightful to add to the conversation and started a number of great topics herself too if I recall. 
Nancy has just written a book called Life Happens in COLOR – a Street Photography Manifesto, in which she shares some beautiful photography, as well as her firm opinions on the use of color
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Limitless Future
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Canon Headquarters Exhibit Preparation and Showroom Video (Podcast 615)

After three months of running at full speed, last week I needed a rest. Not being one for just sitting down and doing nothing, I changed gears and gave myself a week to make some background music for a video I’d put together to show some of the large format prints emerging from the printer, the work involved in setting up the gallery space, and a sneak peek at Canon’s exclusive showroom and museum space in their headquarters.
This week’s audio podcast is primarily to tell you that the video is ready to watch and provide a gallery of the
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2018 Japan Winter Wildlife Photography Tour #2 Travelogue #2 (Podcast 612)

Today we continue our travelogue to walk you through our adventure on the second of my Japan Winter Wildlife Photography tours for 2018, as we visit the Whooper Swans at Lake Kussharo.
We pick up the trail on day six, the middle day of our twelve-day tour. After spending the morning driving over from the area in which we’d photographed the Red-Crowned Cranes, and a brief touristy stop at Lake Mashuu to take in the scenery, we spent some time before lunch at Kotan, a small corner of Lake Kussharo, where there’s a pool of unfrozen water thanks to the
Feathered Friend
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Intimate Swan Landing
Mist Opportunities
Whooper Swans and Mountains
Fifteen Whooper Swans
Dirty Bellied Swans
Twelve Swans Approach
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