PhotoActive Podcast, Episode 86: Jordan Drake on Shooting Video

Your camera likely records video, but if you’ve never used it, you may be in for a surprise. DPReview TV co-host Jordan Drake joins us to talk about how shooting video on a DSLR or mirrorless camera differs from shooting stills.

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PhotoActive Podcast, Episode 84: Editing Shadows and Highlights

We often talk about “bringing up the shadows” and “recovering highlights” when editing photos, particularly with raw files. But what does that mean exactly? This week, we walk through some edits to show just how that’s done. This episode is available as audio with embedded images, and also as a video.

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Apple’s new ProRAW Photo Format Is Neither Pro nor Raw

Apple recently released iOS 14.3 which includes the new ProRAW photo format feature for iPhone 12 Pro models. As Apple explains:

Apple ProRAW combines the information of a standard RAW format along with iPhone image processing, which gives you more flexibility when editing the exposure, color and white balance in your photo.

This format is intended to offer higher quality photos while still benefiting from the computational photography features of the iPhone. However, Apple is exaggerating a bit, because this is not a raw file, and it’s not really a "pro" file either. Here’s why.

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PhotoActive Podcast, Episode 83: Raw and ProRAW on the iPhone

Is Apple’s new raw photo implementation ProRAW or FauxRAW? In this episode, we look at why you’d want to shoot raw on an iPhone in the first place, and then dig into the details of Apple’s new ProRAW format, which is available only on the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max.

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PhotoActive Podcast, Episode 81: The iPhone 12 Pro Cameras

As with every new iPhone release, Apple touts the camera capabilities more than any of the other features. Jeff upgraded to the iPhone 12 Pro right away, while Kirk is happy with his iPhone 11. In this episode, they talk about the choices around iPhones as cameras, and why Jeff ultimately didn’t go for the iPhone 12 Pro Max, which features better camera capabilities.

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How to Color Calibrate Your Mac’s Display

If you only use your Mac for browsing the Web, sending and receiving email, and working in a word processor, it’s probably not all that important for it to display accurate colors. However, if you work with photos or videos, or even if you like to watch movies in the best possible conditions, color calibrating your display is essential.

The calibration process tweaks a number of settings to get the colors and contrast on your Mac as accurate as possible. It does this by changing the intensity of the main colors — red, blue, and green — and setting the white point, or the neutral white color that you see when, say, you open a new document in a word processor.

It’s easy to color calibrate your Mac’s display, and you can do so quickly by eye, or you can use additional hardware to get your colors exactly right. Here’s how you can do it.

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PhotoActive Podcast, Episode 79: Professional Retouching with Lisa Carney

In Episode 78, we talked about everyday photo retouching, such as removing dust spots and objects from your images. Now, we’re shifting to the big leagues, talking to professional retoucher Lisa Carney about the art and business at this level. You may never look at a movie or TV ad the same way again.

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PhotoActive Podcast, Episode 78: Everyday Photo Retouching

You may think of “retouching” as a high-end photo skill for professionals—and it is—but there are also many types of retouching that every photographer will run into. In this episode, Jeff covers many of the techniques he uses, from removing dust spots in clear skies to erasing unwanted objects from photos, as well as portrait retouching that’s accessible to anyone. This is an extra-long episode with lots of example images, so don’t forget you can view the photos in some podcast players (like Apple Podcasts or Overcast), and of course you can also view them at PhotoActive.co.

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PhotoActive Podcast, Episode 77: Photo a Day Challenge

We gave ourselves a simple challenge to create one photo every day for the month of August. It’s advice we give often: shoot often, shoot what’s nearby, use your photographer’s eye to find beauty in the everyday experience. Were we successful? And what unexpected challenges arose?

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PhotoActive Podcast, Episode 76: Shooting and Developing Film with Angus Haywood

This week we talk to landscape film photographer Angus Haywood about building his own darkroom in a shed behind his house, seeing the world in a square aspect ratio even during his earlier profession of airline pilot, and the pace and people you experience when shooting film.

Find out more, and subscribe to the podcast, at the PhotoActive website. You can follow The PhotoActive on Twitter at @PhotoActiveCast to keep up to date with new episodes, and join our Facebook group to chat with other listeners and participate in photo challenges and more.