Martin’s 2015 Top Ten Photographs (Podcast 505)

This week I’m going to share the 2015 top ten photographs that we edited down to last week, with a little information about each image. There is a lot to be learned about our images from this exercise, so this is something that I like to do each year.
If you didn’t catch last week’s episode, in which I walked you through the selection process, you might want to check that out first. I really think that it’s important for a photographer to get used to whittling down images to a finite number, even for personal benefit. There’s nothing worse than sitting through hundreds of photos from someone’s photo trips. In any situation, if you get a chance to show your photos to others, it’s always going to project you in a better light to show a tight edit of your images, and whittling down an entire year of
Hanazono Tree with Fence Posts
Boat Graveyard #2
Fox's Yawn
Drowsy Six Week Old Snow Monkey
Ichinuma in the Mist (Panorama #2)
Deadvlei Camel Thorn Tree Silhouettes
Himba Girl
Himba Goat Herding
Gullfoss (Falls)
Water and Ice
Eight Years of Top Tens
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Martin’s 2015 Top Ten Photographs (Podcast 505)

This week I’m going to share the 2015 top ten photographs that we edited down to last week, with a little information about each image. There is a lot to be learned about our images from this exercise, so this is something that I like to do each year.
If you didn’t catch last week’s episode, in which I walked you through the selection process, you might want to check that out first. I really think that it’s important for a photographer to get used to whittling down images to a finite number, even for personal benefit. There’s nothing worse than sitting through hundreds of photos from someone’s photo trips. In any situation, if you get a chance to show your photos to others, it’s always going to project you in a better light to show a tight edit of your images, and whittling down an entire year of
Hanazono Tree with Fence Posts
Boat Graveyard #2
Fox's Yawn
Drowsy Six Week Old Snow Monkey
Ichinuma in the Mist (Panorama #2)
Deadvlei Camel Thorn Tree Silhouettes
Himba Girl
Himba Goat Herding
Gullfoss (Falls)
Water and Ice
Eight Years of Top Tens
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Ep. 37: Do You Ask for Forgiveness…or for Permission?

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In This Episode

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Photographer Michael A. Anderson opens the show. Thanks Mike!

A photo project gone wrong sparks controversy and brings up ethical questions. (#)

Samsung’s camera business is noticeably absent from CES 2016 in Las Vegas. Is the end near? (#)

Would you buy a paper camera? (#)

A judge rules that a monkey can’t own the copyright to its famous selfies. (#)

A Leica M to Sony

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Ep. 36: Nikon Drops a Bomb…and More from CES 2016

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In This Episode

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Sony Artisan of Imagery Spencer Pablo opens the show. Thanks Spencer!

Nikon officially announces the D5…and it can shoot up to 3,280,000 ISO. (#)

Nikon surprises us all with the D500, a pro-level DX crop-sensor body with D5 tech. (#)

Panasonic announces two compact cameras and a cool Leica 100-400mm lens for MFT. (#)

Missouri lawmakers call for the ouster of University of Missouri professor Melissa Click. (#

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Selecting My Top Ten Photos for 2015 (Podcast 504)

As has been my tradition since 2007, I have taken some time over the past week to reflect on the images I have made during 2015, and worked through the process of editing down my favorites to just 10 images. Today I’m going to share my thoughts on the process, as I believe this is a valuable exercise for photographers to do each year.
Developing the ability to whittle down a collection of images to a finite number is a skill that photographers all need to develop or maintain. If you haven’t tried this yourself, you might think it’s pretty easy, but it really isn’t. I often ask people to provide me with say 5 images, and the majority of the time, I get 1o or 20 back. In an informal situation this is fine. I sometimes provide more images than I’m ask for to give the other party options,
2015 Top Ten 2nd Pass
Three Monkeys
Namibia Himba People Photos
2015 Top Ten Third Pass
2015 Top Ten Fourth Pass
2015 Top Ten Fifth Pass
2015 Top Ten Final Selection
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Selecting My Top Ten Photos for 2015 (Podcast 504)

As has been my tradition since 2007, I have taken some time over the past week to reflect on the images I have made during 2015, and worked through the process of editing down my favorites to just 10 images. Today I’m going to share my thoughts on the process, as I believe this is a valuable exercise for photographers to do each year.
Developing the ability to whittle down a collection of images to a finite number is a skill that photographers all need to develop or maintain. If you haven’t tried this yourself, you might think it’s pretty easy, but it really isn’t. I often ask people to provide me with say 5 images, and the majority of the time, I get 1o or 20 back. In an informal situation this is fine. I sometimes provide more images than I’m ask for to give the other party options,
2015 Top Ten 2nd Pass
Three Monkeys
Namibia Himba People Photos
2015 Top Ten Third Pass
2015 Top Ten Fourth Pass
2015 Top Ten Fifth Pass
2015 Top Ten Final Selection
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Ep. 35: Another Photographer Dies While Rooftopping

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In This Episode

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Photographer David duChemin opens the show. Thanks Chris!

A 24-year-old in New York City dies while doing rooftopping photography. (#)

Tokina announces their Tokina AT-X 14-20mm f/2 PRO DX ultra-wide zoom lens. (#)

Film was the #1 selling photo product during the 2015 holiday season on Amazon.com. (#)

A NHL hockey player is injured by

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Go Creative Show 2015 Wrap Up

The Go Creative Show bids farewell to 2015 with a round table discussion from a panel of experts. Cinematographer Chris Loughran, Colorist Rob Bessette and audio mix engineer Matt Russell…

Ep. 34: The Top 10 Most Popular Stories of 2015

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In This Episode

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Chris Marquardt from the Tips From The Top Floor podcast opens the show. Thanks Chris!

A hotel in South Carolina Tweets requesting not to be photographed with the scene of a great tragedy. (#)

Canon’s CarePAK Plus protects select Canon bodies and lenses for 13 months. (#)

Strobist David Hobby’s new venture, Photographer’s Oil Collective turns photos into

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The Zone System and Light Meters in Digital Photography (Podcast 503)

The Zone System has kind of fallen into the shadows as digital enables us to see our images instantly, and view information like the invaluable histogram even before we release the shutter, but The Zone System is still a useful tool, and something worth taking the time to understand whether you use Ansel Adams’ original exposure techniques or not.
I’m sure most of you have heard of The Zone System, and some of you will already have a good understanding of what it means and how to use it, so this might not be new to you, but it’s a great topic to explore, and I find it totally relevant as a follow up to my recent episode about creating camera profiles for the Sekonic L-758D Digital Master light meter. First, I’m going to explain what The Zone System is all about and intersperse my own take on its applications
The Zone System
Sekonic L-758D Creating Profile - Metering the Light - Incident
Sekonic DTS Adjusted Profile Graph
Photoshop Info Panel Options
Photoshop Lab Samples
Zone X (10) Indication
Zone I (1) Indication
Lab Samples from Black and White Image
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The Zone System and Light Meters in Digital Photography (Podcast 503)

The Zone System has kind of fallen into the shadows as digital enables us to see our images instantly, and view information like the invaluable histogram even before we release the shutter, but The Zone System is still a useful tool, and something worth taking the time to understand whether you use Ansel Adams’ original exposure techniques or not.
I’m sure most of you have heard of The Zone System, and some of you will already have a good understanding of what it means and how to use it, so this might not be new to you, but it’s a great topic to explore, and I find it totally relevant as a follow up to my recent episode about creating camera profiles for the Sekonic L-758D Digital Master light meter. First, I’m going to explain what The Zone System is all about and intersperse my own take on its applications
The Zone System
Sekonic L-758D Creating Profile - Metering the Light - Incident
Sekonic DTS Adjusted Profile Graph
Photoshop Info Panel Options
Photoshop Lab Samples
Zone X (10) Indication
Zone I (1) Indication
Lab Samples from Black and White Image
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Ep. 33: Who Determines Who is Professional and Who is Not?

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In This Episode

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France passes a law banning unhealthy, skinny models and requires photo manipulation notices. (#)

Sigma’s CEO says that Sony will be THE major player in the photo industry. (#)

Do Star Wars camera bags say you like Star Wars more than photography? (#)

Listener Ed in Pennsylvania wants to know what makes someone “professional” and

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Ep. 32: Where is Your Gear Most Likely to be Stolen?

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Tony and Chelsea Northrup open the show. Thanks guys. I’m borrowing Kyle!

Anti-gear theft registry LensTag releases interesting data about 2015 thefts. (#) A quick and easy way of removing stubble in Photoshop. (#) A photographer’s lens hood ends up on the ice and is mistaken for a puck. We discuss how to secure yours. (#)
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In Conversation with Ibarionex Perello (Podcast 502)

I recently sat down with my friend Ibarionex Perello and recorded a great conversation about where he is in his photography, as he lays down some challenges for himself, to take his photography to a new level, and today I’m going to share that conversation with you.
Ibarionex Perello is a Los Angeles-based photographer, writer and host & producer of The Candid Frame photography podcast. He has over 25 years of experience in the photographic industry and his work has appeared in numerous publications including Outdoor Photographer, Digital Photo Pro, Rangefinder, Popular Photography and Photoshop User magazines.
Ibarionex Perello

Ibarionex Perello

He has authored over 5 books including Chasing the Light: Improving Your Photography Using Available Light. For the last 9 years has been hosting and producing The Candid Frame, a popular interview podcast which has featured conversations with photographers including Elliot Erwitt, Dan Winters , Mary Ellen Mark and many, many
Red Chairs by Ibarionex Perello
Red Bench by Ibarionex Perello
Blue Pick-up Truck by Ibarionex Perello
Man with Cane by Ibarionex Perello
Man in Window Light by Ibarionex Perello
Man in Blue Hat by Ibarionex Perello
The Butterfly Man by Ibarionex Perello
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Ep. 31: Does Domestic Violence Have a Place in Family Portraiture?

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Photographer Chris Orwig, author of The Creative Fight, opens the show. Thanks Chris.

A photographer fulfills a family’s request and creates a controversial family Christmas portrait. (#) Sigma releases a super strong protective ceramic lens filter, but do you even need one? (#) Kodak says it’ll be profitable again in 2016 after years of taking losses in
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Ep. 30: Does Acting Like a Jerk Reflect on Other Photographers?

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In This Episode

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Sports Illustrated photographer Damian Strohmeyer opens show. Thanks Damian.

Two photographers post videos of confrontations utilizing different tactics while doing street photography. (#) A man and his friends shut down the I-45 freeway in Houston to propose to his girlfriend and document it. (#) New Canon billboards seek to give location and situation-based tips to photographers. (#) Todd in
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Sekonic L-758D Light Meter Camera Profiles (Podcast 501)

In the age of digital with the histogram at our fingertips, the light meter is in many situations no longer as necessary as it was years ago, but there are a number of reasons why I continue to use one. I recently added another reason, by creating a camera profile for my Sekonic L-758D light meter which increases its usefulness even further, so today I’m going to walk you through that process and why I find having a camera specific profile in my light meter useful.
Before I go into details of the process for creating the profile, I’ll explain what this enables me to do, so that you don’t continue to wonder what this is all about. First of all, I’m using a Sekonic L-758D Digital Master Light Meter. In the States this is the L-758DR, which I believe has some extra Pocket Wizard features, but they are basically the same meter
Sekonic L-758D Digital Master Light Meter
Sekonic L-758D Creating Profile - Metering the Light - Incident
Sekonic L-758D Creating Profile - Metering the Light - Reflected
Sekonic Exposure Profile Target II Gray Card
EV Meter Reading of Four Corners of Exposure Profile Target II
Five Sekonic L-758D Light Meter Profile Shots
Sekonic DTS Select Target Dialog
Sekonic DTS Select Light Source
Sekonic DTS Enter Exposure Settings
Sekonic DTS Select Images Dialog
Sekonic DTS Analyze Data Screen
Sekonic DTS Initial Profile Graph
Sekonic DTS Adjusted Profile Graph
Sekonic Transfer Profile to L-758D
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Ep. 29: Trump as Hitler? How Powerful is Photography?

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In This Episode

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Nikon Ambassador Dixie Dixon opens the show. Thanks Dixie.

Media outlets portray U.S. Presidential candidate Donald Trump as doing a Hitler salute. (#) Enlight Photo goes out of business and the Orbis ring flash system no more. (#) In our online poll, more than half of respondents want to see film photography make a big comeback.
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Ep. 28: So You Think You’re the Next Ansel Adams, Huh?

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In This Episode

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Mickey Osterreicher, General Counsel for the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) opens the show.

I was honored to have been on Martin Bailey’s 500th episode and David Murphy’s visual journalism centric show. (#) The National Parks Service is looking for the next Ansel Adams. Is that you? (#) Atmosphere Aerosol is like having a fog machine in a
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