February 04, 2011
Recording: Me on The Big Web Show
I had a great time talking with Dan, Jeffrey, and (indirectly) listeners yesterday. If you’re interested, here’s the recording–minus the subsequent six hours in which I continued happily babbling at my now-quiet computer. As I say on the show, you’re always welcome to send ideas and feedback to tinyElvis at adobe.com (or send me a note via comments in case you don’t hear back, as the message may have gone into our aggressive spam trap).
January 29, 2011
“We Fulfill Our Three-Digit Destiny with Nack and Hughes”
Bryan & I were honored to join Deke & Colleen for the penultimate installment of their long-running Martini Hour series. Check out the episode summary, or jump right to the audio (regular/high quality).
Thanks for having us, Deke & Colleen, and for a great series!
PS–I am not Bette Midler.
August 20, 2009
Photoshop Podcasts: 64-bit, Martinis, & Meth
A pair of new podcasts with Photoshop team members are now online.
First, Photoshop Architect Russell Williams sat down with Photoshop Creative:
Host Simon Skellon and Russell discuss the development of Photoshop as it pertains to Adobe’s work culture and technological advancements, including the transition from Carbon to Cocoa and 64-bit support for Mac. Williams describes his role at Adobe and notes that designing a program as massive as Photoshop requires finding a balance between fixing bugs and creating new technology.
Williams and Skellon also discuss some of the most important additions to PS over the history of the program including Layers, the History panel and the Healing Brush tool, as well as upcoming additions from JDI. Williams concludes by noting that the program’s wide range of use is so massive it takes an incredibly diverse team to successfully design the program, and explains, “There is always something to learn in Photoshop.”
Elsewhere, “Adobe’s own patient and talented Jeff Tranberry, Senior Quality Product Specialist,” joined Deke & Colleen for Martini Hour:
Some of you may recall that Jeff was the one who (despite trying to have an evening out with friends) helped Deke write his free Channels & Masks Configurator panel, which houses all the tools you need to do the tasks delineated in his Photoshop CS4 Channels & Masks One-on-One book.
Jeff says simply, “I was happy I was able to slip the term “meth lab” into the conversation…”
June 30, 2008
Lightroom Podcast #53: Martin Evening
Adobe Pro Photography Evangelist George Jardine has posted episode 53 in his Lightroom podcast series. George writes,
This podcast was recorded on Friday, March 7, and Monday, March 10, 2008 in London. It gives us a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the photo shoot for Martin’s upcoming book on Lightroom 2. In this video, Martin shares his inner thinking on the model selection, lighting, camera angles, along with hair and makeup, and how each plays a part in creating the final look for the book assets.
The podcast (labeled "20080310-2 Video Podcast – Martin Evening Book Project") is in the Public directory of George’s iDisk.
With that, I’m sorry to report that this podcast concludes George’s great series. After 2+ years and more than four dozen episodes (linked with descriptions here), he’s retiring his microphone & cameras. On behalf of everyone who’s enjoyed the content, thanks, George!
May 02, 2008
Lightroom Podcast #52: Martin Evening
Adobe evangelist George Jardine recently filmed photographer Martin Evening walking through the results of a photo shoot for his upcoming Lightroom book. George writes,
This podcast was recorded on Wednesday March 12, 2008 at Martin’s home in London. It gives us a rare glimpse into the inner thinking of this talented fashion and beauty photographer, as he gives us a shot-by-shot evaluation of a recent session. This video footage was taken during a photo session to create assets both for an upcoming Lightroom book, as well as for demo purposes for Adobe Systems. In it Martin describes his approach to every element of the shoot, from the model selection, the hair, the makeup, the lighting and camera angles, all the way through to the final edit.
This video podcast can be downloaded from my iDisk. It can also be viewed by downloading it directly into iTunes (if you are accessing it by subscribing via the Music Store), or by copying it into iTunes on either a Mac or a PC (if you’ve downloaded the iPod version from my iDisk). Once copied into iTunes, the small version can be transferred to a Video iPod or iPhone, and viewed that way as well.
February 24, 2008
Lightroom Podcasts #50 & 51: Photoshop integration & color correction
George Jardine has posted a pair of new video tutorials for Lightroom:
Three Options, Unlimited Possibilities (9:28)
In this tutorial I outline the basics of using Lightroom’s Edit in Photoshop command, specifically as it pertains to RGB files. You’ll learn what your three basic options are, and how they are best used to begin taking advantage of the incredible variety of workflows available, when using Lightroom and Photoshop together.
Subjective Color Correction (6:04)
In this tutorial I outline the basics of color correction, in a situation where the color and density of the photograph are wide open to interpretation. Make sure you start with a calibrated and profiled monitor, and then learn to trust your eyes to bring out the very best in your photographs, using the Adobe Lightroom Develop Module.
February 20, 2008
Lightroom Podcast #49: Gregory Heisler
Photographer Gregory Heisler is one of the most interesting guys I’ve had the pleasure of meeting in my job. He’s shot numerous covers for Time Magazine, and his work really shines in large-format printing. Now Gregory has sat down with Adobe photography evangelist George Jardine to record a podcast. George writes:
“Maybe you want to do a Brett Weston, and you don’t want anyone to open your files. Maybe you want your files to just die a peaceful death, and you want to pull the plug on them, and send them on to eternity. And what you want are these finished prints; they are the realization of your vision. And everything else was just a way to get there. Like you don’t actually want somebody, in a sense, reprinting from your negatives. You’re done. It’s fine. Even though with photography the temptation is that it’s always an open door, it’s fine to lock the door and throw away the key. That’s OK.” – Gregory Heisler
This podcast was recorded on Wednesday February 6th, 2008 at the National Arts Club in New York City. Gregory sits down with George to have a conversation about working with Arnold Newman, his love of portraiture, and some of his thinking on a wide range of subjects including the value of the print, and the difficulties of developing a personal style.
The 1:20:49 podcast, labeled “20080206 Podcast – Gregory Heisler” is in George’s iDisk. It can also be found on iTunes by searching under Podcasts for “Lightroom,” or via the Lightroom podcasts RSS feed.
January 24, 2008
Lightroom Podcast #48: Gerd Ludwig
What’s it like to photograph inside Chernobyl? That’s one of the many topics discussed in George Jardine‘s latest Lightroom podcast. George writes:
This podcast was recorded on Wednesday November 20th, 2007 at the home of Greg Gorman in Los Angeles, Calfornia. Gerd Ludwig sits down with George to have a conversation about working with National Geographic on many interesting and diverse assignments. We discuss how he photographed inside the Chernobyl reactor, about the victims, the environment, and many other aspects that particular assignment. After that we delve deeper into his early cross country road trips photographing in Europe and India, and how his education with Otto Steinert played a key role in his photographic perspective today.
This “video” podcast includes photographs by Gerd Ludwig. It can be viewed by downloading it directly into iTunes (if you are accessing it by subscribing via the Music Store), or by copying it into iTunes on either a Mac or a PC (if you’ve downloaded it from my iDisk). Once copied into iTunes, it can be transferred to a Video iPod, and viewed that way as well.
The podcast (labeled "20071120 Podcast – Gerd Ludwig") is in the Public directory of George’s iDisk.
December 11, 2007
Lightroom Podcast #47: Catherine Hall
"So much of it is having faith in your work and your vision," says photographer Catherine Hall. "If you believe in yourself, and you believe in what you’re doing, and you illustrate your vision, then the money will come, and everything will fall into place." Adobe evangelist George Jardine writes,
This podcast was recorded on Wednesday November 21st, 2007 at Catherine’s family home in Lafayette, Calfornia. Catherine sits down with George to have a conversation about how her personal work inspires her wedding photography, about her personal approach to working with people, and how having the opportunity to work with people from many different socio-economic backgrounds makes it all worthwhile.
The 32:18 podcast, labeled "20071121 Podcast – Catherine Hall," is in George’s iDisk. It can also be found on iTunes by searching under Podcasts for "Lightroom," or via the Lightroom podcasts RSS feed.
November 26, 2007
That Synching Feeling: New Lightroom, Photoshop podcasts
- George Jardine has posted Lightroom Podcast #46, a 12-minute video tutorial covering Lightroom’s synch command. He writes, "In this tutorial I outline the basics of Lightroom’s Synchronize command. You’ll learn how to apply Develop settings across multiple photos, in both the Library and the Develop modules. I also cover some of the new selection logic in Lightroom that is required to make working with large numbers of files, well…. logical!"
- Me & Amadou Down By the Schoolyard: At PhotoPlus last month, I spoke with photographer & author Amadou Diallo about Photoshop, life, the universe, and everything (but mostly about Photoshop). Here’s our chat. (I’m always pleased when I get to hang out on YouTube, rubbing shoulders with Rusty the narcoleptic dachshund & co. ;-))
- Over at Inside Digital Photo, Scott Sheppard talks with Lightroom PM Tom Hogarty and Photoshop Elements PM Mark Dahm about the new versions 1.3 and 6.0, respectively, of their products. Check it out here .
November 12, 2007
Drunken bridesmaids, the Exxon Valdez, & more in LR podcasts
George Jardine has been in the zone lately, recording all kinds of good Lightroom podcasts:
- "I joke with my couples when they come in," says photographer Natalie Fobes, "and they look around my office studio, and they see pictures from the Exxon Valdez, or from the Salmon project, or Komoto Dragons walking down the beach in Indonesia, an I kind of joke with them and I say ‘Those were my long term projects, but your wedding will be my short term project!’ The elements of storytelling that go into a 10 year project on Salmon, or a 6-week project on poverty in America, are the same elements that go into the coverage of the wedding day." Podcast #43, labeled "20070824 Podcast – Natalie Fobes" is, along with the others, downloadable from George’s iDisk, or via the Lightroom podcasts RSS feed.
- "Today we’re doing something completely different," writes George of Podcast #44. "Welcome to a completely unscripted conversation with 6 top women wedding photographers (Susan Stripling, Allegra, Jen Bebb, Kim Bednarski, Jen Capone, and Kristin Reimer). Come listen in to this fun and friendly conversation, as they tell all about shooting weddings. What are the most gratifying things about shooting weddings? What are the most difficult? What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever seen at a wedding? The funniest story? The dresses. The shoes. The drunken bridesmaids. It’s all here." The episode is labeled "20071017 Podcast – 6 Women Wedding Photographers."
- Podcast #45 is all about business. According to George, "This video tutorial covers the basics of understanding Lightroom’s catalog model. We cover where Lightroom stores your previews and metadata, how Lightroom links to your source files, and how to use Lightroom with Bridge’s browser-based workflow. Look for "20071111 Tutorial Podcast – The Lightroom Catalog – Part 1." [Via]
October 28, 2007
Why do we photograph? A discussion.
"Welcome to what may be my very best conversation yet," says George Jardine of the latest Lightroom podcast. "Or at least the most fun and insightful."
George sat down with photographers Jay Maisel, Greg Gorman and Seth Resnick for "a long and rambling discussion about film archives, digital archives, various sorting and editing methods, and how they all intersect. Or not… I found Jay continually driving at a singular point about why he photographs, how he edits, and why he feels shooting to please yourself is the only important thing for a photographer." [Update: George has transcribed a couple of key bits & added some comments; I've now included these in this post's extended entry.]
The podcast is on George’s iDisk under "20071016 Podcast – Maisel Gorman Resnick." This podcast & others can be found on iTunes by searching under Podcasts for "Lightroom," or via the Lightroom podcasts RSS feed. [Via]
October 15, 2007
New Lightroom Podcasts: Chris Rainier, Steve McCurry
Adobe pro photography evangelist George Jardine has been back in the field, mic in hand, to chat with photography heavyweights. (Note to self: Bump off George, steal his much-cooler-than-mine job. ;-))
- "It [being able to 'see and pre-visualize' in black and white] allowed me to speak of things that were beyond the color spectrum, beyond a certain reality, and go into what I like to call magical realism," says Chris Rainier. George writes,
This podcast was recorded on Saturday October 6th, 2007 at National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington D.C. Chris sits down with George to have a conversation about working with Ansel Adams, Chris’s love of the landscape, and his sense of how photography can influence the social issues of our times. He also tells the story of the genesis of the Society’s Cultures initiative, which he currently directs. [The podcast is on George's iDisk under "20071006 Podcast - Chris Rainier"]
- "Some of the great pictures, you just look at them and you marvel at them, for the subject matter and somehow they struck a chord in you," says Steve McCurry. "But it’s rarely about the technique. It’s not about the lens, or the film, or the light necessarily. It’s really just some story in that picture. Some emotional element which you connect with." From George’s description:
This podcast was recorded on Saturday September 29th, 2007 at Steve McCurry’s workshop in NYC. Steve sits down with George to have a conversation about photographing people, and the effort and dedication required to make great photographs. [The podcast is on George's iDisk under "20070929 Podcast - Steve McCurry."]
August 30, 2007
Fresh Podcasts: Pete Turner, Kevin Connor, Magnum
- George Jardine sat down recently with pioneering color photographer Pete Turner at Pete’s home studio in Wainscott, NY, discussing how he got started in photography and his early experiments with color. The podcast can be downloaded from George’s iDisk (“20070809 Podcast – Pete Turner”), or from iTunes by searching under Podcasts for “Lightroom.”
- George writes, “If you haven’t been watching the Magnum In Motion podcasts… now
is the time. (They are short. You do have time.) Lots of stunning
stuff here.” Among the highlights he recommends:
- Point and Shoot – Philip Jones Griffiths
- Khmer Boxing – John Vink
- Personal Best – Elliott Erwitt
- The Revolution – Bert Glinn
- Requiem in Samba – Alex Majoli
- Coney Island – Bruce Gilden
- Mennonites – Larry Towell
- Fashion Magazine – Bruce Gilden
- Chernobyl Legacy – Paul Fusco
- Point and Shoot – Philip Jones Griffiths
- Scott Sheppard of Inside Digital Photo has interviewed Kevin Connor . Scott writes, ”
Kevin shares the details of how they setup their popular public beta programs and how they ultimately implemented the feedback they received firsthand. He explains Adobe’s vision and synergy behind both Photoshop and Lightroom… He shares some tips, including using the “targeted adjustment” tool in Lightroom. Hear how other markets, including medical imaging, influence future application features.”
August 16, 2007
Lightroom Podcasts #36-38 now posted
Adobe’s Pro Photography Evangelist George Jardine has gone on a podcasting tear recently:
- Episode #36, "Adobe Raw Sharpening Controls," is a video offering "a new mini-tutorial showing how Lightroom’s 1.1 sharpening controls work, to help you quickly adjust your capture sharpening in the Develop Module."
- "What’s so unique about still photography," says photographer Ed Kashi, "is that it forces you to stop, it forces you to think. It’s almost meditative. Particularly compared to the other media that exists today." In Episode #37, Ed sits down with George to have a conversation about his career, his passion and motivation for photojournalism, and telling stories that matter.
- “I’ve always loved films," says Bob Sacha, "and I’ve always loved documentary films, partly because I love music, and I love sound. And so in a way I saw film as a way of combining what I knew from still photography with this idea of sound. Light, motion, moment, composition, those are all the sort of hard skills that we possess as photographers. Makes it easier to move over into new media.” In Episode #38 Bob sits down with George to have a conversation about his career, his love of film, and his quest to integrate sound, video and still photographs into media-rich journalism. Bob also discusses the fellowship project he recently worked on at Ohio University.
July 10, 2007
Lightroom Podcasts #34, 35
Adobe Pro Photography Evangelist George Jardine is back in the podcast saddle, offering up image- and video-enhanced insights into the personalities behind Lightroom, as well as tips on using the tools themselves.
In podcast #34 (a 7-minute video tutorial), Geroge demonstrates Lightroom’s handy "Refine Photos" command. Here’s a brief overview of the feature (not a prerequisite for watching, but maybe handy for reference):
Refine photos is a tool used during "editing" with pick and reject flags. Once you have gone through all your photos and marked some as picks and others as rejects, choosing the Refine Photos menu item does these three things:
- Sets all unflagged photos to Rejects
- Sets all Picks to unflagged
- Turns on unflagged and pick filters, so that rejects disappear
The idea is to help you narrow down an edit. Let’s say you’re looking for one good photo. Or 10. First go through your photos and mark the best shots (assuming there are more than 10). Then choose Refine Photos. This sets all the unflagged photos to reject status, and hides them using the filter. It also sets the photos flagged with the Pick flag back to unflagged…. so that you can repeat the process. Now go back through them again… and pick your best ones out of this "refined" group. Then choose Refine Photos again. Until you’re down to 10. Or whatever your target is. This feature can work in conjunction with the "Delete Rejected Photos" command (Command-Delete)…. if you wish to actually remove the rejected photos from disk.
In episode #35, George chats with Lightroom engineer Eric Scouten:
This podcast was recorded on Thursday, April 26th, 2007 at Adobe offices in Seattle, WA. Eric sits down with George to have a conversation about Lightroom 1.0, improvements in 1.1, about Eric’s photography, and how his personal methods of photo organization have played a role in the development of Lightroom’s database strategy.
Both podcasts, as well as previous editions, are available via George’s iDisk.
May 23, 2007
Lightroom Podcast #31: Develop module basics
Continuing his focus on short, practical video tutorials, Adobe photography evangelist George Jardine has posted a new Lightroom podcast. This installment demonstrates the basics of working with Lightroom’s Develop module. George writes,
This mini-tutorial podcast is the second in a series that will cover bite-sized tips and techniques designed to help you get the most out of Lightroom. The focus of this series will concentrate primarily on basic color correction techniques using the Develop module, but will also touch on many other parts of the application. This tutorial shows the basics of using the Develop module to make corrections to a slightly underexposed photo.
The podcast is available via George’s iDisk (look for “20070512 Tutorial Podcast – Develop Module Basics”). It’s also available via iTunes (search for "Lightroom"), and via the Lightroom Podcasts RSS feed.
April 20, 2007
Lightroom Podcast #30: Compare View & Quick Develop
Adobe photography evangelist George Jardine is switching gears a bit in his latest Lightroom Podcast. He’s posted a video "mini-tutorial showing you how the Quick Develop Panel can help you make a snap correction in the middle of an edit using Compare View, without breaking your concentration or workflow." George writes,
This mini-tutorial podcast is the first in a new series that will cover bite-sized tips and techniques designed to help you get the most out of Lightroom. The focus of this series will mostly concentrate on basic color correction techniques using the Develop module, but will also touch on many other parts of the application. This first tutorial shows the basics of using the Compare View to edit a small group of pictures to “find the best shot,” and how to use the Quick Develop Panel during the edit.
The podcast is available via George’s iDisk (look for “20070418 Tutorial Podcast – Compare View + QD”). It’s also available via iTunes (search for "Lightroom"), and via the Lightroom Podcasts RSS feed.
April 01, 2007
Lightroom Podcast #29: Adobe raw team + Jeff Schewe
"We didn’t get local tone and color correction and that’s something Bruce Fraser had wanted," says Jeff Schewe in the latest Lightroom podcst, "so I’m going to get Mark in a noogie and not let him out until we get a commitment for 2.0." George Jardine writes,
This podcast was recorded on Friday March 16, 2007, at the home of Ruth and Thomas Knoll in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Zalman Stern, Mark Hamburg, Michael Jonsson, Thomas Knoll and Jeff Schewe ramble all over the place, discussing the upcoming ACR 4.0, compatibility with XMP and Lightroom raw controls, noise reduction, sharpening, the non-destructive editing model, shooting in dusty environments, etc. The team also spends a bit of time discussing the ins-and-outs of the raw + JPEG workflow, and why Lightroom does not support it… yet.
The podcast is available as an MP3 file via George’s iDisk (under "20070316 Podcast – Raw Engineering + Jeff Schewe"). It’ll also be available via the Lightroom podcasts RSS feed, and by searching for "Lightroom" in iTunes.
February 20, 2007
Lightroom Podcast #28: Phil Clevenger, Grace Kim and Mark Hamburg
"I think pretty much any software has a personality," says Mark Hamburg, "but a lot of times it’s something that one sort of stumbles into, and people don’t think about that as part of the design process. When I started the project, I wanted to do something that was more visually interesting, for example, than Photoshop, and tried some directions in that regard. And I did bad KPT imitations."
Mark sat down with Lightroom UI designer Phil Clevenger, user researcher Grace Kim, and photography evangelist George Jardine on Dec. 11th. George writes,
In this podcast, we take a retrospective look at the entire design process of Shadowland, and how personality played a role in the final look and feel of the software. Phil discusses the efforts that went into designing Shadowland to help keep your photography the focus of attention, and visually more important on the screen than the user interface.
"I think the exercise really brought to light people’s implicit assumptions about what they thought the Shadowland personality was, or should be. Things that were kind of hard to articulate, but people just had them as working assumptions." – Grace Kim
"While people in different parts of the country may have different notions of what sleek or stylish may mean, I think everybody knows what butter is." – Phil "Butter" Clevenger
The podcast is available as an MP3 file via George’s iDisk (under "1211 Podcast – Phil Clevenger, Grace Kim and Mark Hamburg"). It’ll also be available via the Lightroom podcasts RSS feed, and by searching for "Lightroom" in iTunes.
February 14, 2007
Lightroom Podcast #27: Maki Kawakita
Kabuki-influenced fashion photography is on hand in the latest Lightroom podcast. Adobe evangelist George Jardine recently spoke with Maki Kawakita in NYC about her life and work. He writes,
In this podcast, Maki talks about how her background in Japanese dance and theater has inspired the dramatic look of her colorful fashion photography. Maki currently works and lives in New York City. She also shoots assignments and has exhibitions of her artwork in both Europe and Japan.
This “video” podcast includes photographs created by Maki. It can be viewed by downloading it directly into iTunes (if you are accessing it by subscribing via the Music Store), or by copying it into iTunes on either a Mac or a PC (if you’ve downloaded it from my iDisk). Once copied into iTunes, it can be transferred to a Video iPod, and viewed that way as well. When viewing it on an iPod, be sure to access the video from the top-level Video menu (then “Movies” or “Video Podcasts”…. depending upon how you downloaded it), and NOT from the top-level Music menu. If you access it from the Music menu, you will not see all of the photographs.
Finally, it’s possible that only the audio track will be heard on devices other than Apple Video iPods, and the photographs will not be seen.
The podcast is available as an MP3 file via George’s iDisk (under "1215 Podcast – Maki Kawakita"). It’ll also be available via the Lightroom podcasts RSS feed, and by searching for "Lightroom" in iTunes. You can find an additional overview of Maki’s work on PDN Online. (Something tells me that unlike Hillary Duff & Missy Eliott, we won’t see Gwyneth Paltrow sit for a head-in-a-box portrait.)
January 07, 2007
Lightroom Podcast #26: Jerry Uelsmann & Maggie Taylor
“There is an inherent believability that photography has, and we’ve been conditioned from a very youthful age to believe in images. So there is a wonderful sort of psychological dissonance that occurs when you’re seeing these images where all the detail is there, but the mystery remains, and that’s what I personally find attractive,” says groundbreaking photographer Jerry Uelsmann. “I feel that I have a greater appreciation now because of the digital revolution that has occurred. Manipulated images are far more readily accepted as a viable form.”
Jerry and his wife, artist Maggie Taylor, sat down for a chat with George Jardine just before Chirstmas in their Gainesville, FL home. George writes,
We talk about the ways in which their work is similar, how it differs, and how fantasy, dreams and technique all play a role in their creative pursuits. In the process, we touch on their sources of inspiration, and the thinking behind their choices of materials and technique. “The subject matter I’m interested in is just everyday life," says Maggie. "Things that you encounter everyday, whether these are outdoors when you’re working in the garden, or something you see on the TV everyday. That becomes are a part of our subject matter for both of us. You’re just working from your own everyday emotional interaction with things."
The podcast is available as an MP3 file via George’s iDisk (under "1220 Podcast – Maggie Taylor and Jerry Uelsmann"). It’ll also be available via the Lightroom podcasts RSS feed, and by searching for "Lightroom" in iTunes. A brief bio of Jerry is on Wikipedia.
January 05, 2007
Lightroom Podcast #25: Mark Hamburg & Phil Clevenger
“We started from a supposition of content being king, and we wanted to move the interface out of the way of the content. And that was a real rallying point when we all found a model for the UI, where we could dedicate up to 95% of the screen to image content and have the UI politely get out of the way, or be invoked as needed.” So says Phil Clevenger,
user interface designer on Lightroom. George Jardine chatted recently with Phil & engineering manager Mark Hamburg:
Phil and Mark sit down with George to talk about Phil’s role on the team and the user interface that he’s designed for Lightroom. The conversation quickly begins to wander and turn (as these conversations frequently do take on a life of their own…) to some of the broader questions surrounding Lightroom, and ends up touching on the core story and original vision for the project. This podcast also includes a description by Mark of some of his original thinking behind Lightroom’s modular design.
The podcast is available as an MP3 file via George’s iDisk (under "1127 Podcast – Phil Clevenger and Mark Hamburg"). It’s also be available via the Lightroom podcasts RSS feed, and by searching for "Lightroom" in iTunes.
December 21, 2006
Lightroom Podcast #24: Thomas Knoll, Mark Hamburg, and Zalman Stern
The Lightroom podcast series continues to draw a great response, and in the latest installment, George Jardine sits down with raw processing heavy hitters Mark Hamburg, Zalman Stern, and Thomas Knoll. They talk about what’s new (and yet to come) in Lightroom and Camera Raw, analytical vs. visual techniques, Bridge vs. Lightroom, skin tone protection in Vibrance–oh, and their desire for groupies. George writes,
This podcast was recorded Wednesday, December 6th 2006,
at Adobe Systems Headquarters in San Jose, CA. Now that the raw
controls in Lightroom’s develop module have finally settled down into
a state that they will mostly likely ship in…. the Adobe Camera Raw
team sits down with George Jardine, and takes a look back at what led
us here, and forward to what might come next.
The podcast is available as an MP3 file via George’s iDisk (under "1206 Podcast – Mark Hamburg – Zalman Stern and Thomas Knoll"). It’s also be available via the Lightroom podcasts RSS feed, and by searching for "Lightroom" in iTunes.
December 06, 2006
Lightroom Podcast #23: Jay Maisel & Richard Benson
Adobe Pro Photography Evangelist George Jardine is kicking his podcasting game up a notch, now adding video content. On Monday Oct. 30th George visited Richard Benson’s home in Newport, Rhode Island, where he spoke with Richard and Jay Maisel about Richard’s latest work with inkjet printers. George writes,
This “video” podcast includes photos taken by Richard, as well as photos documenting the occasion taken by both myself and by Thomas Palmer. It can be viewed by downloading it directly into iTunes (if you are accessing it by subscribing via the Music Store), or by copying it into iTunes on either a Mac or a PC (if you’ve downloaded it from my iDisk). Once copied into iTunes, it can be transferred to a Video iPod, and viewed that way as well. When viewing it on an iPod, be sure to access the video from the Video menu (then “Movies” or “Video Podcasts”…. depending upon how you downloaded it), and NOT from the Music menu. If you access it from the Music menu, you will not see the photographs.
November 24, 2006
Lightroom Podcast #21: Richard Benson, Thomas Palmer
I was amazed at the number of folks who approached our pod at the recent PhotoPlus Expo and said, "Hey, are we going to get more of those Lightroom podcasts soon? I was really enjoying those." After a busy fall, George Jardine is back in the saddle–or rather, the headphones–recording away. Of the latest podcast, he writes:
This podcast was recorded on Monday October 30th 2006, at Richard Benson’s home in Newport, Rhode Island. Adobe Pro Photography Evangelist George Jardine speaks to fine art printer and photographer Richard Benson and his printing partner, Thomas Palmer, while they recount many fascinating stories such as working on the Gilman Paper Company book, working with Irving Penn and Paul Strand, and many other luminaries.
The podcast is available as an MP3 file via George’s iDisk (under "1030-1 Podcast – Richard Benson and Thomas Palmer"). It’ll also be available via the Lightroom podcasts RSS feed, and by searching for "Lightroom" in iTunes.
September 14, 2006
Lightroom Podcast #21: Nevada Wier
“I’m looking to expand a photographic vision, beyond the obvious, into the edge of light, into the edge of seeing, in a way into the edge of my imagination. Because intuition and imagination are such a big part of photography,” says photographer Nevada Wier in her conversation with George Jardine. George writes,
This podcast was recorded on Friday May 5th 2006, at the Santa Fe Workshop. Adobe Lightroom’s Pro Photography Evangelist George Jardine speaks with travel photographer Nevada Wier about how she got started traveling and photographing in exotic locations. Nevada discusses in depth, the patience, waiting and effort that’s often required to capture photos that “are all mine”, as well as camera techniques that create “more complicated images that give a sense of the place”.
This enhanced podcast includes photos taken by Nevada, and they can be viewed on Photo and Video iPods. Only the audio track will be heard on other devices.
The podcast is available as an MP3 file via George’s iDisk (under “0505-2 Podcast – Nevada Wier”). It’ll also be available via the Lightroom podcasts RSS feed, and by searching for “Lightroom” in iTunes.
September 12, 2006
Lightroom Podcast #20: Michael Clark
“I’m a climber, and you kind of have to be to photograph the rock climbing, because you have to have the skills to get above the climber, to get in position with them, and to hang out with them
on these big walls so that you’re comfortable,” says photograph Michael Clark. George Jardine interviewed Michael earlier this year and writes,
This podcast was recorded on Friday May 5th 2006, at the Santa Fe Workshop. Adobe Lightroom’s Pro Photography Evangelist George Jardine speaks with extreme sports photographer Michael Clark. This enhanced podcast includes photographs from Michael Clark’s exciting portfolio of climbing, mountain biking, and other extreme sports. [Update: George notes that Michael's photography has been featured in the the ASMP's "Best Of" issue.]
This enhanced podcast includes photos taken by Michael, and they can be viewed on Photo and Video iPods. Only the audio track will be heard on other devices.
The podcast is available as an MP3 file via George’s iDisk (under “0505-1 Podcast – Michael Clark”). It’s also available via the Lightroom podcasts RSS feed, and by searching for “Lightroom” in iTunes.
September 09, 2006
Lightroom Podcast #19: John McDermott
“It’s hard for me to imagine eating anything that I’ve seen on a postcard. And they (the puffins) are very cute, and so I prefer to just let them carry on… in the wild, without being anybody’s dinner,” says John McDermott in the latest Lightroom Iceland podcast. George Jardine writes,
San Francisco photographer John McDermott takes us through a detailed tour of his thinking on “not having a hard agenda”, and being open to “pretty much whatever we found along the way”. He also drops several hints indicating that he was not altogether comfortable with “our intrusive presence” in Iceland…. as a handful of photographers would sometimes be swarming over the various subjects. He describes how this led him to sometimes wait just a bit to find and set up his shot, (as with Mr. Hildibrandsson, the “Shark Man”) a strategy that definitely helps him capture images that are unique amongst all those taken during the event.
The podcast is available as an MP3 file via George’s iDisk (under “0803-3 Podcast – John McDermott”). It’s also available via the Lightroom podcasts RSS feed, and by searching for “Lightroom” in iTunes.
September 04, 2006
Lightroom Podcast #18: Maggie Hallahan
“It’s always light, we’re always shooting, it’s catnaps two or three hours here, two or three hours there, so it’s all merging together. It’s a different kind of rhythm,” says Maggie Hallahan in the podcast she recorded with George Jardine during the Lightroom Iceland adventure. George writes,
San Francisco photographer Maggie Hallahan talks about her personal technique for approaching candids while shooting in another country, the editorial style she uses for storytelling with photography, and the variety of interesting subjects she found in Iceland. Maggie gives us a glimpse into her camera technique, describing some of the lighting and bracketing techniques she employed during the trip.
This enhanced podcast includes photos taken by Maggie in Iceland, and they can be viewed on Photo and Video iPods. Only the audio track will be heard on other devices.
The podcast is available as an MP3 file via George’s iDisk (under “0802 Podcast – Maggie Hallahan”). It’s also available via the Lightroom podcasts RSS feed, and by searching for “Lightroom” in iTunes.
August 21, 2006
Lightroom Podcast #17: Richard Morgenstein
During the Iceland adventure George Jardine sat down with photographer Richard Morgenstein to talk about the experience. Because this is an enhanced podcast, you can view images in iTunes as the talk progresses (here’s a screenshot)–very cool. George writes,
Richard talks about the weather in Iceland, the roads, and the “space” he’s found here in Iceland. He walks us through everything from the big views to the small views, and gives us a glimpse into how he found exciting compositional material everywhere in the objects and landscapes of Iceland.
Richard also discusses how the landscape interacts with the weather, and what he was able to capture using various lighting, focus and B&W techniques.
This “enhanced” podcast includes photos taken by Richard in Iceland, and they can be viewed on Photo and Video iPods. Only the audio track will be heard on other devices. I apologize for the minor audio difficulties near the end of this interview.
August 14, 2006
Lightroom Podapalooza: #14, 15, & 16
22 hours of light each day = plenty of time for chewing the fat with photographers, and George Jardine has been uploading the fruits of his labors to his iDisk. New podcasts (each enhanced to display pictures on photo- or video-enabled iPod) include the following:
#14: Peter Krogh
Peter calls the Lightroom Iceland Adventure the “lack of sleep adventure”, not only because of the ultra-long daylight shooting hours, but because of the energy the group has found for the project. Peter talks to us about his personal expectations for capturing pictures that appeal to him, and leads us through the photographs he’s captured during the long week.
#15: John Isaac
John talks about how Iceland was still a rare treat, after photographing in over 100 countries during his illustrious career as a photographer with the United Nations. He talks about the landscape, the color, and the opportunities to study the intricate visual details of this fascinating country.
#16: Martin Sundberg
Martin talks about the photographs he’s captured here in Iceland, and how his expectation for what he would encounter was a bit different from what he actually found. We talk about the weather, the geothermal aspect of the environment, and how that plays a key role in the types of pictures he was able to capture.
The podcasts are also available via the iTunes store (search for “Lightroom”) and via the Lightroom RSS feed.
August 13, 2006
Lightroom Podcast #13: Derrick Story
Derrick talks about the thinking behind the Iceland Adventure project, and the idea of “total immersion” for a group of very talented professional photographers. The project provided total immersion not only in the photo-rich environment of Iceland, but also in the Lightroom experience, and we discuss how that experience would work for both the book and for the beta development effort.
Derrick points to some of the specific features in Lightroom that he found invaluable during the trip, as well as talking about some of the areas where the program needs improvement. We wrap it up with some detail on how the experience would feed back into the development effort and ultimately help make Lightroom a better product for photographers.
August 07, 2006
Lightroom Podcast #12: Mikkel Aaland
This podcast was recorded Saturday, August 5th 2006, in Raykjavik, Iceland. Now that the Adventure is drawing to a close, Mikkel reflects back on the genesis of the project and the fantastic events of the week. We touch on our great luck with the weather, the fantastic landscape of Iceland, and the working conditions with a beta software product. Mikkel looks forward to incorporating the photographs that were taken by 9 great professional photographers this week into a new book about Lightroom that will be published by O’Reilly.
August 02, 2006
Lightroom Podcast #11: Bill Atkinson & Michael Reichmann
These two very accomplished photographers shed some light on the spectacular environment for photography here in Iceland. This podcast was recorded Tuesday, August 1st 2006, in Nesbud, Iceland. Michael and Bill are interviewed as part of a group of 12 photographers that are here to work with the Adobe Lightroom team on Mikkel Aaland’s upcoming Lightroom book project.
While listening, you can peruse the great images these guys have been taking. The podcast is available as an MP3 file via George’s iDisk (under “0801 Podcast”). It should also be available shortly via this RSS feed, and by searching for “Lightroom” in iTunes.
July 24, 2006
Lightroom Podcast #10: Pixmantec + Adobe
In the latest Lightroom podcast, Adobe Raw team members Mark Hamburg, Zalman Stern, and Thomas Knoll welcome Pixmantec co-founder Michael Jonsson to San José, and they kick around some ideas about code integration. George Jardine writes,
This podcast was recorded Wednesday, July 12th 2006, at Adobe Systems Headquarters in San Jose, CA. In this discussion, we talk about the differences between ACR, Lightroom and Raw Shooter raw processing, and explore the best strategies for making the most of the newly expanded team.
July 13, 2006
Lightroom Podcast #9: Next-gen Web galleries & more
In the latest installment, George Jardine puts the thumbscrews to–er, talks nicely with–Lightroom engineers Kevin Tieskoetter and Andy Rahn about where things stand with Print, Web and Slideshow. George writes,
This podcast was recorded Wednesday, June 21st 2006, in the Shoreview Minnesota office of Adobe Systems. George, Kevin and Andy talk about some of the features of the Print Module. We also touch on what’s great, and what’s still missing there, color management in the various modules, Web output, slideshows, and a host of other topics in this casual conversation. For folks who want to dive into customizing Lightroom’s Web module templates, this conversation with Andy will be essential listening.
If you feel like geeking out about the Web gallery stuff in particular (XSLT, XHTML, etc.), jump ahead to the 25-minute mark or so. I’ve been talking to Andy, and we’re working to post the authoring details soon, so stay tuned.
The podcast is available via this RSS feed, by searching for “Lightroom” in iTunes, or as an MP3 file via George’s iDisk (under “0621 Podcast”).
July 08, 2006
Lightroom Podcast #8: Color Geekery & Wry Observations
Recorded in the Ann Arbor, MI, home of Ruth and Thomas Knoll, the latest Lightroom conversation features color master Bruce Fraser, Adobe engineers Mark Hamburg, Thomas Knoll, and Zalman Stern, and photography evangelist George Jardine discussing color science, asset management, and selective editing in Lightroom–not to mention such esoteric bits as “BastardRGB,” “creamy software,” using Perforce for asset management (!), and “Trash with Extreme Prejudice.” George writes,
In this discussion, we talk about color space choices made in Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw, tone curves, and colorimetric vs. perceptual mappings, before wandering off into a somewhat cynical look at more esoteric subjects such as software development at Adobe Systems, the role of image management in Lightroom, and other inconclusive ramblings. I probably would have edited much of this second half, but for the sake of honesty, I’ve included most of it. It serves to highlight how complicated many of the decisions are that have to be made when designing a new piece of software in a rapidly changing space, and I so think it actually adds quite a bit of value for listeners who wonder why we make the decisions we do.
The podcast is available via this RSS feed, by searching for “Lightroom” in iTunes, or–by popular request–as a straight MP3 file via George’s iDisk. And Jeff Schewe at PhotoshopNews has a photo gallery from the event.
June 09, 2006
Lightroom Podcast #7: Microsoft’s Tim Grey
Adobe’s pro photography evangelist George Jardine recently headed north to meet with the folks at Microsoft and has posted a new recording. George writes,
This podcast was recorded May 26th, 2006, at Microsoft Headquarters in Redmond, WA. In this podcast, we dig into Tim’s role at Microsoft as the Director of Professional Photography Community. We also talk about the recent focus on the professional photographer’s workflow at Microsoft, and what Microsoft is working on to make Windows a compelling platform for photography.
The podcast is available via iTunes (search for “Lightroom”) and via this RSS feed.
May 16, 2006
Lightroom Podcast #6: Cool splash screen names, unite!
“Seetharaman Narayanan” isn’t the only great-sounding name to grace the Photoshop splash screen over the years, and now Zalman Stern (who ported PS 2.5 to PowerPC, then left, started a company, and helped create Macromedia Contribute) has found his way back home. Both engineers joined their boss Dave Story plus George Jardine & Jeff Schewe to chat recently. George writes,
Assembling a cast of some of Adobe’s most interesting and talented engineers, this podcast attempts to crack the lid, if only just a little bit, and allow you a peek into some of the issues and thinking around our cross-platform development. We’ve included Zalman Stern, who has worked in the bowels of Photoshop code and just a few other world-class desktop applications… now working on Adobe Camera Raw; Seetharaman Narayanan, who has been crafting some of Adobe’s most ambitious cross-platform code for well over a decade; Dave Story, our VP of Engineering, who is training our focus on the big picture, to keep us firmly planted as leaders in the industry as we move into the 21st Century of application development; and finally, Jeff Schewe…. just to make sure the customer voice is always being heard!
As always the podcast is available via iTunes (search for “Lightroom”) and via this RSS feed. And maybe next time we’ll get Nkono Boyomo to sit in on a talk. :-)
May 10, 2006
Lightroom Podcast #5: Graham Nash, Mac Holbert
In the latest installment of the popular series, Graham Nash and Mac Holbert chat with George Jardine. George writes,
This podcast was recorded April 21st 2006, at the Encino, CA home of Graham Nash. Mac, Graham and George discuss the journey Nash Editions has traveled, pioneering in the world of fine art digital printmaking. We discuss the changing perceptions of photography as art, and how the digital revolution has played into those perceptions.
April 13, 2006
Lightroom Podcast #4: Martin Evening, Bryan O’Neil Hughes, and Peter Carides
The fourth Lightroom podcast is available via iTunes (search for “Lightroom”) or this RSS feed. Photography evangelist George Jardine writes, “This podcast was recorded March 23rd 2006, at the Greg Gorman digital photography workshop in Mendocino, California. Guests include Martin Evening, Peter Carides and Bryan O’Neil Hughes joining George Jardine from Adobe Systems. George and his guests have a discussion about the workshop and digital photography workflows, fashion photography, Lightroom features and archiving strategies.” PhotoshopNews also has a good write-up about the workshop.
April 03, 2006
Lightroom podcasts, vol. 3
George Jardine has posted a new Lightroom podcast. He writes:
Recorded March 23rd 2006 at the Greg Gorman digital photography workshop in Mendocino, CA. Guests include Greg, with Marc Pawliger, Bryan O’Neil Hughes and George Jardine from Adobe Systems. George and his guests have a casual discussion about the workshop, digital photography workflows, what the students are learning, about the food and wine, and the gorgeous environment for photography here on the Northern Coast of California.
Check it out by searching the iTunes Music Store for Lightroom, or via this link.
[Update: More info and photos are available on Photoshop News.]
March 14, 2006
New Lightroom podcasts now available
Adobe photography evangelist George Jardine has posted a pair of new podcasts covering Adobe Lightroom. In the first, Lightroom engineers Mark Hamburg & Kevin Tieskoetter discuss printing, color management, and more with George and Jeff Schewe. In the second, Jeff along with fellow imaging experts Bruce Fraser and Tom Fors answer questions that beta testers called in to the Lightroom Hotline. To listen in, fire up iTunes, search the music store for “Lightroom,” and hit subscribe. Alternately you can try this URL (worked well for me in Safari but not in Firefox).