On the PPN Q&A show, we answer our listener questions about photography related topics.
Host Scott Bourne: @ScottBourne
Co-Host Rick Sammon: @ricksammon
Rick’s website: www.ricksammon.com
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Here are the questions that Scott and Rick answer on this episode:
1. From Steve, Mary and Todd. My internal drive is nearly full and I want to run my Lightroom catalogue from an external drive. Do you have any tips or recommendations?
2. LR is turtle slow..time to jump to another program? Is Adobe doing anything about it? From Daniel in Brasil
3. Also, can you suggest any free or inexpensive one-time cost replacement software for iPhoto? From Steve in Pennsylvania
4. I am trying to understand why so many cameras come with high quality video. I think that it makes sense to shoot video on a dedicated video camera and stills on a dedicated stills camera. Am I crazy?
From Ted in Seattle, WA
5. With the advent of such high-quality image stabilization on some cameras and lenses, are tripods as valuable or as necessary as they used to be?
From Helen in San Rafael, CA
6. I would like to photograph race cars at an Indycar event. What shutter speed should I use to freeze the action?
From Theron in Washington, D.C.
7. I hear Scott say you sometimes need to “bump the focus” when photographing birds in flight and trying to get the most out of the autofocus. I think I understand but could you please explain?
From Jay in Anchorage, AK
8. I want to save my photos for uploading to portfolio web sites but all my images are too big and get rejected or take too long to upload. I am new to photography and want to find out what the best practice is for Web image optimization.
From Jarred in Ocean Shores, WA
9. I know that Rick Sammon travels all over the world and I love his portraits of people in their native lands. My question is how do you approach people from other cultures to get permission to make their portrait? I am always too shy to do that.
From Jessica in Center Valley, PA
10. I am photographing by a lake near my home and there are lots of commercial buildings that I do not want to reflect in the lake. Short of learning how to remove these reflections in post, is there something I can do to remove the reflections in-camera? Is that what a ND filter does?
From Cathy in Inver Grove Heights, MN
11. I’ve seen people on camera forums talking about super fast lenses - in the f/1.2 to f/1.8 range. Is it possible to use lenses like this wide open? Wouldn’t the depth-of-field be too narrow to accomplish much?
From Butch in Nashville, TN
12. I want to photograph planes taking off and landing at my local airport. Do I need special permission from anyone to do that?
From Alex in Gilbert, AZ
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Host Scott Bourne @ScottBourne
Co-Host Rick Sammon @ricksammon
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Rick’s website - www.ricksammon.com
We are doing the standard-traditional-old frame + mat + print. We would love to hear what you have to say about display options. Do you always need a mat? What about printing with a large white border instead of a mat ... do suppliers do that ... is it suitable for display? What other display options should we be considering as opposed to the standard old frame-mat-print?
From Jim in Vancouver, BC
I noticed that some of Scott’s photos look like paintings. What software do you use to accomplish that goal?
We received this question from several people, thanks to Michael, Glenn, Dave, Wendy and Sam
I like to photograph people who run hospitals. I photograph board members, etc. I am trying to expand that business and am looking for ideas on how to get hired by more hospitals to make portraits of their execs.
From Keith in Sitka, AK
I have heard many different viewpoints on the difference in DOF/Bokeh on full-frame cameras v. M43/APS-C cameras. Is the amount of light that passes through the lens at say f/8 the same on all formats?
From Ellen in Los Angeles
I know that many of the folks like you have written and published photography books or had your images used in newspapers, books, magazines, etc. How does someone get noticed in today’s world where everyone has a camera?
From Barb in Laughlin, NV
I hear that pros only shoot RAW. Is there ever a case for pros only shooting JPEGs?
From David in Brooklyn, NY
Scott always says as camera to subject distance decreases, so does DOF. Can you explain that a little bit more and are there any exceptions at all?
From Russ in Macon, GA
I primarily do street photography and have just bought my first mirrorless camera, a Fuji X100F. I love it but am experiencing an issue I don't get with my DSLR and that is motion blur. On the street in daylight I try to use 1/200th min shutter speed and have never had a problem with motion blur on the DSLR with people walking past. I have had several instances with the X100F where the person is sharp but a foot or hand blurs. Is this "a thing" with mirrorless shutters ?
From Warwick (North Avoca, NSW Australia)
Should people use electronic shutter or mechanical shutters? I have heard that the use of electronic shutters can cause problems with third party lenses and also can cause what’s called rolling shutter.
We received this question from several people, thanks to Jack, Ken, Jim and George
I’d like to get into digital medium format to shoot portraits. But what I want to achieve is that special look I see in old 6x6 or 6x7 film portraits. There is a kind of look, perspective or DOF to those, almost a "3D" look, that I can not see reproduced by modern digital medium format prints. Why is that so? Is there a way to achieve that look with digital medium format cameras?
From Luciano Santo in Brazil
How important is it to get the flash off camera given the large number of flash diffusers you can now buy that allow flash shooters to create special effects. Is it still important to get the flash off the camera?
From Dereck in Portland, OR
How do you know where to find wildlife - especially birds. I noticed Scott is able to photograph birds just about anywhere. I don’t see many birds where I live - or any wildlife for that matter. Is there a trick I am missing?
From Elliot in Memphis, TN
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