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Rick LePage

"I have a Polaroid back for my Holga," says Rick LePage. The back costs 3x more than the Holga itself, and I'm still perfecting exposure with it since the Polaroid film ISO is different than what the Holga is set up for. But the images this combination produces... well, they're something else."

Rick LePage is currently editor at large at Macworld Magazine. He is a knowledgeable photographer and has become an expert in inkjet printing. I have another interview with him about printing over on the Inside Aperture site. (Really worth a listen if you're in the market for a new printer.)

But today we're talking about one of Rick's favorite types of media: Polaroid film. Rick rediscovered Polaroid photography recently when he found an SX70 in good shape. It's one of the cameras he grabs on his way out the door everyday, and he's captured some great images with it. Then he discovered that you can mount a Polaroid back on a Holga, and his Polaroid experimentation broadened even further. In this podcast, Rick talks about his passion for instant photography and the process he uses to take images from camera to his flickr site. It's a terrific interview that I'm sure you'll enjoy.

Polaroid self-portrait at top of page by Rick LePage.

Links Mentioned in the Show

Rick LePage, on flickr:
www.flickr.com/photos/bigbuckaroo/
Also, Rick's Polaroid Collection on Flickr

Flickr's top 100 Polaroids:
www.flickr.com/groups/polaroid_instant_100/pool/

Great SX-70 photographer, Grant Hamilton:
http://sxseventy.com/

Lou O'Bedlam's slr680 portraits:
www.flickr.com/photos/louobedlam/sets/72157594554361877/

Land List (polaroid reference site):
www.rwhirled.com/landlist/landhome.htm

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I also discuss this month's photo assignment, Slender. You can read more about how to submit on our Submissions page.

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Now that I've piqued your curiosity, it's time to listen to today's audio show titled, "Instant Holga Photography and More." You can download the podcast here (21 minutes). You can also subscribe to the podcast in iTunes

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Image stabilization is one of those breakthrough technologies that truly helps photographers take better pictures. Some camera companies, such as Panasonic with their MEGA O.I.S. system, are incorporating image stabilization in every camera in their line up.

This week's podcast takes a look at the different types of image stabilization so you can decide which is the best implementation for your type of photography. Whether its optical based, sensor based, or just raising the ISO, we'll get to what's shakin' in the world of stabilization.

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I also discuss this month's photo assignment, Window to the Soul. You can read more about how to submit on our Submissions page.

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Now that I've piqued your curiosity, it's time to listen to today's audio show titled, "Image Stabilization." You can download the podcast here (28 minutes). You can also subscribe to the podcast in iTunes

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My first non-teathered digital camera was the Kodak DC20 that had a resolution of 493x373 and 1MB internal memory. The year was 1997, and this was the official beginning of my digital photography adventure.

Now, 10 years later, most of my pictures are digital. I have outstanding photo management software (Aperture, Lightroom, and iPhoto), and I'm trying to organize a decade of images into Aperture so all of those early pictures are at my fingertips. These photos reside on CDs, DVDs, and hard drives. I found a way to pull them all together, and I talk about that project as well as the camera milestones over my digital photography career.

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I also discuss this month's photo assignment, Window to the Soul. You can read more about how to submit on our Submissions page.

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Jay Maisel recently held court at Photoshop World in Boston. He talked about perception, color, light, and gesture. I was there marveling at his photos and taking notes trying to capture as much of his wisdom as possible to share with you.

In this podcast, I recap the highlights of Jay's presentation. In his thoughts about perception, for example, I retell a story about this photo of an arrow (shown on this page, taken by me). Jay told a friend about a photo of an arrow he just took on a truck parked downstairs. His friend said there was no arrow on that truck. Upon closer inspection, he saw that the arrow was formed in the negative space of the FedEx logo (between the E and the X). These anecdotes are useful and interesting, and can help make us better photographers. I hope you like them.

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I also discuss this month's photo assignment, Eye of the Beholder. You can read more about how to submit on our Submissions page.

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The WPPI show in Las Vegas gave me an opportunity to listen to and talk to some great photographers. In this podcast, I have a collection of tips from Art Wolfe and Joe Buissink.

I think you'll find these insights interesting and useful.

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I also discuss this month's photo assignment, Eye of the Beholder. You can read more about how to submit on our Submissions page.

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Now that I've piqued your curiosity, it's time to listen to today's audio show titled, "Tips from Great Photographers." You can download the podcast here (31 minutes). You can also subscribe to the podcast in iTunes

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Podcast recorded at Bally's Hotel in Las Vegas, site of the WPPI Convention. Looking out my window at Bally's, I see the Las Vegas version of the Eiffel Tower. As promised in the show, I photographed the structure at twilight. This shot was captured with the new Panasonic Lumix FX8 camera that I'm testing. Settings at ISO 400, 1/15th @ f-2.8, in Raw mode with the aspect ratio set to 16:9. You can see some noise in the sky, but the colors are vivid and sharpness quite good with the Leica zoom lens. I talk a bit about this camera in the podcast, as well as a follow up to the Canon Rebel XTi (400D) post from last week.

I went to my first official WPPI event last night - a talk by Art Wolfe, who is a talented nature photographer. Art shared lots of tips, discussed his upcoming public television series Travels to the Edge, and of course showed off his photos.

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I also discuss this month's photo assignment, Self Portrait. I think it's time we get out from behind our camera and get in front of it. As with all of our assignments, I hope you add a creative twist to your approach. You can read more about how to submit on our Submissions page.

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Now that I've piqued your curiosity, it's time to listen to today's audio show titled, "WPPI, New Cameras, and More." You can download the podcast here (18 minutes). You can also subscribe to the podcast in iTunes

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Spring is in the air and outdoor portraits are just around the corner. If you don't have the space or the budget to set up a dedicated photo studio, you can capture remarkable images outdoors with just a few affordable accessories.

For this podcast, I grabbed my Photoflex Lite Discs and headed to the park with photographer friend Ben Long and Joanna who agreed to be our subject. We recorded hundreds of images in bright light and shade using a variety of techniques. For the shot featured here, I used rim lighting on the hair (by turning the model's back to the sun) and my Canon 580 EX flash for fill. The camera was a Canon 5D with a 300mm lens.

In this podcast I talk about the variety of techniques we used that day for our outdoor portrait shoot. I'm sure there are a few tips in there that are perfect for you.

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I also discuss this month's photo assignment, Self Portrait. I think it's time we get out from behind our camera and get in front of it. As with all of our assignments, I hope you add a creative twist to your approach. You can read more about how to submit on our Submissions page.

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The show floor at PMA 2007 was a feast for photographers. All the major camera manufacturers were present in full color displaying their latest wares. But this show isn't just about the majors. Everything from high-tech plastic bags for underwater photography to gigantic printing machines were showcased.

In this podcast, I interview Kelly Turner, senior features editor for Macworld Magazine. Kelly has been one of the major proponents for bringing digital photography to the publication, and she is a very knowledgeable editor in this arena. She and I take a few minutes on the trade show floor to discuss the items that caught our eyes as we recap PMA 2007. It's a fun conversation that I'm sure you'll enjoy.

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I also discuss this month's photo assignment, Self Portrait. I think it's time we get out from behind our camera and get in front of it. As with all of our assignments, I hope you add a creative twist to your approach. You can read more about how to submit on our Submissions page.

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Now that I've piqued your curiosity, it's time to listen to today's audio show titled, "Las Vegas Wrap Up." You can download the podcast here (22 minutes).

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Online services can relieve much of the administrative burden of providing prints to customers. I've been using Shutterfly Pro for a while now, and as a result, I'm spending more time taking pictures while using less effort to get them in people's hands.

In this podcast, I talk about these services so you may consider trying one yourself. I also think they're a great way to help you get established in the community. You can cover local events, post them on a pro service, and let people browse the galleries and hopefully buy some images too.

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I also discuss this month's photo assignment, Self Portrait. I think it's time we get out from behind our camera and get in front of it. As with all of our assignments, I hope you add a creative twist to your approach. You can read more about how to submit on our Submissions page.

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Now that I've piqued your curiosity, it's time to listen to today's audio show titled, "Online Photo Servvices." You can download the podcast here (29 minutes).

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How many megapixels do you really need to make big enlargements? You'd be surprised how much you can do with your 6-8 megapixel camera if you learn how to intelligently "sample up." It's a process you can use in Photoshop CS where you let PS add pixels to your image to increase resolution.

My photographer friend, Ben Long, recently tested different methods for "sampling up," and we both agree after looking at lots of prints, that Photoshop's "Bicubic Smoother" produces the most photographic results.

In this episode, I discuss how to sample up using the "Image Size" dialog box in Photoshop, and explain how you're existing camera can probably produce much bigger results that you'd initially expect.

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