In this episode, Antonio talks about two great art exhibits he went to this past weekend: photographer Irving Penn at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and painter Georgia O'Keeffe at the Brooklyn Museum. Then, in the meaty part of the show, Antonio speaks about what he's really trying to depict when he photographs: reality or feelings? Showing a friend how he processed his photos made him wonder whether he was revealing too much about how he interprets what he sees and photographs. If he's not showing reality then maybe he's showing how he felt.
The lens you use says a lot about what how you express yourself in your photographs. Each lens has its own vocabulary, its own “language,” as it were. In this episode, Antonio is joined by the fabulous Mac Sokulski from the Shuttertime with Sid and Mac podcast. Antonio and Mac talk about how they use lenses to say something about the pictures they take. Wide angles, telephotos, portrait lenses; each adds its own words to the language of photography.
In this special 55th episode, Antonio interviews Virginia-based photographer Jeffrey Stone, a fellow street shooter who he recently followed on Instagram. Inspired by such great photographers as Ernst Haas and Saul Leiter, Jeff has only recently started seriously pursuing his love of street shooting. Posting daily on Instagram under his “Lonely.Streets” name, Jeffrey’s graphic and thought provoking black and white images stand out among the flood of urban imagery uploaded to the social media site. Antonio was able to convince Jeff to put his camera down for a moment and join him in a pleasant conversation about what it’s truly like to shoot on the lonely streets.
Links from show:
Jeff’s Instagram page
Ernst Haas - color correction book Ernst Haas Color Correction
In this episode, Antonio and Tom discuss those images which have had some profound affect on their both of their lives. Both Switch to Manual guys grew up in an era where certain images had longevity and prominence. But in this day of image over-saturation, what are the pictures that stand out, that have meaning? Which are the ones we cut out of magazines and hang on our wall to look at every day? What are the images we contemplate and sometimes send our lives on a new path? Tom and Antonio discuss a few of the photos, both personal and other, which have had a special affect on them.
What are picture profiles, also known as "film simulations" on some cameras, "presets" and "filters" in image processing software? What’s the point of applying picture profiles to the photos you take? Is it only to simulate film looks from the past or are there other purposes to altering the look and color of your digital pictures?
In this special episode, Antonio is joined by friend and long time Podcaster, Bart Busschots from the Let's Talk Photography podcast. Listen to Bart and Antonio as they discuss whether or not these color settings are just marketing gimmicks by camera manufacturers and app makers or have some definite place in your creative toolbox.
Is bigger truly better? Are the larger sensors in digital cameras better at producing higher quality images than smaller sensors? In this episode, Antonio is joined by the fabulous Mac Sokulski from the Shuttertime with Sid and Mac Podcast to tackle this endless debate about sensor quality. Some people think you should only shoot with "full frame" cameras in order to create the best possible image. Others think that the size of the camera's sensor is just one of many factors which go into producing a beautiful picture. Listen to Antonio and Mac hash out some of the controversy and put to bed some of the misinformation going around about this issue. They may even be able to save you some money with your next camera purchase!
"The Battle is Over: My Micro 4/3 Camera Outsold my Full-Frame DSLR"
Today, everyone’s a photographer. But are we all just “camera operators” or are we artists? This episode, Tom and Antonio tackle an issue brought up in a recent article on the photography blog site PetaPixel, pondering the question of whether or not we just operate a camera or are we actually being creative with them. With the tsunami of imagery we see on a daily basis, can we indeed step back from it and remind ourselves to try to be unique?
Peta Pixel article
It's Street Shots fiftieth episode and Tom is back! It's been a busy time for STM guy Tom, what with, oh, getting MARRIED and such! So on this special episode, Antonio and Tom do some appropriate catching up and do talk about photography: Antonio's street photography class, the resurgence of film photography and, given the current state of the world, how to safely photography rallies and protests. So, enjoy this milestone moment from the Switch to Manual Guys!
Not an official episode. Just some passing thoughts as 2016 comes to a close. See you all in 2017. Let's hang in there!
Tom and Antonio