Around the Lens
By David J. Murphy
Around the LensNov 25, 2021
AtL 252 - Shooting the Breeze
David J. Murphy, Zach D. Roberts and Mark Doyle discuss consent, Thanksgiving, Black Friday deals and Mark and Zach's recent work.
AtL 251 - Return to Form
On this week's episode of Around the Lens, episode 251, the first episode in a year, David J. Murphy, Zach Roberts and Matthew Callahan discuss various topics related to the world of visual information.
AtL Interview - Anthony Dawton
On this week's episode we interview Anthony Dawton, an award winning London based photographer with extensive experience of working overseas for NGOs, photographing in refugee camps and disaster areas. Anthony is also the author of Not London, a photo book showcasing portraits of homelessness around London, which came out earlier this month and is available for purchase at notlondon.uk.
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AtL - In a Flash - June 3, 2021
Travis and Dave talk about the week's photo and video news.
AtL In a Flash for May 24, 2021
Travis and Dave talk about the weeks photo and video news.
AtL - In a Flash - May 10, 2021
Travis and Dave talk about photo and video news of the week from May 10, 2021.
AtL - Depth of Field - Life After Military for a Visual Journalist
On this month's episode of Depth of Field we welcome four former service members who each worked in the visual journalism career field, Michael Strand, Matthew Callahan, Bennie J. Davis III, Brien Aho. Hear them talk about their experience in the military, why they chose to leave and where their career and experience in visual journalism took them after leaving.
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AtL - In a Flash - May 3, 2021
Travis and Dave talk news from the world of photo, video and tech.
AtL In a Flash for April 26, 2021
Travis and Dave discuss the week's photo and video news.
AtL - In a Flash for April 19, 2021
Around the Lens presents In a Flash, our weekly news show with David J. Murphy and Travis Keyes.
AtL - Depth of Field - Concert Photography - BONUS SEGMENT
After the episode was over the guests of the AtL Depth of Field - Concert Photography talked for about an hour about a variety of topics. The conversation was so stimulating that we turned it into a whole other episode.
AtL - Depth of Field - Concert Photography
Around the Lens presents Depth of Field, a monthly panel discussion podcast featuring experts from the world of photography, filmmaking and visual journalism. Each month, different panelists will discuss issues and topics that are important to those in our career field. This month, Mark Doyle moderates a panel on concert photography with Zack Lane, Kevin Wilson (kevinrcwilson.com) and Jenn Devereaux (www.JennDPhotography.com).
AtL Photo Flip - Episode 1 - Geoff Livingston
Around the Lens and 10 Frames Per Second are proud to present a new joint effort focused on discussing everything related to photo books called Photo Flip. Each month we'll bring on new authors, collectors and industry insiders to discuss photo books and the news surround them. The show is hosted by long time Around the Lens guest Joe M. Giordano, his co-host from their show 10 Frames Per Second Elena Volkova, and AtL founder and host, David J. Murphy.
On this, the first, episode of their new show, they welcome Geoff Livingston, a part-time street and event photographer to talk about his new photo book, #NotMyPresident. The book showcases stories and photos from protests related to both Donal Trump's campaign for president and subsequent presidency. During our discussion we talk about his inspiration for the new book, some of his editing decisions and his thoughts about the Biden administration.
AtL - Depth of Field - Covering COVID
Bruce Byers (www.brucebyers.com), host a panel discussion about covering the COVID virus with Prof. William Snyder, Interim Program Director, Advertising Photography at the Rochester Institute of Technology's School of Photographic Arts & Sciences, and two students from RIT, Traci Westcott and Brittainy Newman.
AtL: In a Flash for Jan. 8, 2020
On this week's episode of Around the Lens: In a Flash, a weekly video, photo and visual journalism news show, Travis Keyes and David J. Murphy discuss the top stories of 2020, new copyright law, our predictions for 2021, Canon rumor news, innovations in sensors, drones and Nikon. Support the show on Patreon at patreon.com/aroundthelens. Find all our social media outlets at aroundthelens.com and share your thoughts on the show.
0:00 - Intro
0:22 - Top Stories of 2020 according to PetaPixel - https://petapixel.com/2020/12/31/the-10-most-popular-petapixel-posts-of-2020/
4:17 - Small Claims for Copyright: The CASE Act Becomes Law - https://www.rangefinderonline.com/news-features/industry-news/small-claims-for-copyright-the-case-act-becomes-law/
7:56 - New Camera Predictions in 2021 - https://fstoppers.com/gear/what-new-camera-equipment-can-we-expect-see-2021-540924 13:20 Curved camera sensors are now commercially ready - https://www.dpreview.com/news/7542036825/french-startup-is-preparing-its-curved-cmos-image-sensor-for-mass-production
15:04 - Canon replacing the shutter button! - http s://www.slrlounge.com/canon-is-replacing-the-shutter-button-with-a-touchpad
18:23 - Chinese drone company DJI added to U.S. economic blacklist - https://www.cnbc.com/2020/12/18/us-adds-chinese-drone-company-dji-to-economic-blacklist-.html
21:29 - Nikon Halting its Camera Production in Japan - https://www.cnbc.com/2020/12/18/us-adds-chinese-drone-company-dji-to-economic-blacklist-.html
24:20 - Outro
AtL In a Flash - 2020 12 18
<li>Women Photograph chooses their photos of the year www.womenphotograph.com </li>
<li>Dell XPS 17 Review https://petapixel.com/2020/12/12/dell-xps-17-review-a-photo-editing-powerhouse-with-a-stunning-display/</li>
<li>Resolutions/52-week Photo Challenge https://www.clondon.me/blog/52weeks0</li>
<li>Adobe’s Earnings Soar, It Plans to Invest Further in A.I. Editing petapixel.com/2020/12/11/as-adobes-earnings-soar-it-plans-to-invest-further-in-a-i-editing/ </li>
<li>Adobe tries to re-earn trust petapixel.com/2020/12/10/adobes-tech-eroded-the-publics-trust-in-photos-now-theyre-trying-to-fix-it/ </li>
<li>Google built a rig with dozens of cameras and hundreds of LED lights to make Portrait Lighting possible on Pixels https://www.androidpolice.com/2020/12/11/google-built-a-rig-with-dozens-of-cameras-and-hundreds-of-led-lights-to-make-portrait-lighting-possible-on-pixels/</li>
In a Flash - December 11, 2020
Travis Keyes and David J. Murphy discuss the photo news of the week.
In a Flash - December 4, 2020
Check out the newest show from Around the Lens called In a Flash, a news show dedicated to news about the photography, photojournalism, videography and filmmaking communities. This week's episode is hosted by David J. Murphy (www.djmphoto.com) and Travis W. Keyes (www.traviswkeyes.com) who discuss the following stories:
AtL Interview - Craig Stadler
Interview with Craig Stadler, founder of www.peteyvid.com.
AtL 250 - To Be Continued
0:00 – Musical Intro
0:20 – Dave's Intro
1:06 – Talking about Zach Roberts
1:53 – Talking about Ron Hamilton
5:06 – Talking about Travis Keyes
7:17 – Talking about Evelyn Hockstein
10:55 – Evelyn chooses a mirrorless camera
14:10 – Guest 1 – Mike “Sharky” James
15:23 – Guest 2 – Jamie Rose
19:14 – Guest 3 – Bruce Byers
20:37 – Topic 1 – State of the Show
26:03 – Future of the Around the Lens
30:15 – Topic 2 – New Canon 70-200mm and 50mm lenses
1:10:47 – Topic 3 – 20 Years in the Future
1:25:18 – Outros an Guest Plugs
1:27:48 – Final Outro from Dave
Guests: Jamie Rose, Mike “Sharky” James, Bruce Byers
TOPIC 1: The future of Around the Lens.
- After five years and 250 episodes, AtL is coming to an end. But this isn’t the end of AtL as a platform, and this isn’t the end of content, podcasts or otherwise. No, this is a new beginning for the platform, and will usher in a new era of programs dedicated to discussing the news, topics and gear related to visual journalism, photo journalism, filmmaking, photography, videography, photo books and so much more in new and exciting ways.
- In the next few months you’ll begin to see a new series of shows appearing on the platform. They be specifically targeted and related to topics that hopefully interest and affect you. We’re currently working on a tight and consise, get in and get out, news show. Furthermore, we are going to be bringing new voices to AtL with a diversity focused panel discussion show. Additionally, we’ll be doing a show dedicated to photo books and their impact on society. Finally, as we always have, we’ll continue to do one-on-one interviews with interesting voices in our career field.
- It’s an amazing time to be at AtL, and we hope you’ll join us as we say goodbye to the old and hello to the new.
TOPIC 2: Canon 70-200mm f/4 and a $200 nifty 50mm f/1.8 to their line ups
- Two new lenses have been released by Canon for their RF mount cameras, the 50mm f/1.8 and the 70-200mm f/4.
- What do we think of these new lenses? How do they fit into Canon’s current lens lineup? How does this lens line up stack up against Nikon and Sony?
- What are your go to lenses? If you had to choose one lens for the rest of your life which one would it be? What kind of innovations do you want to see in the lens market going forward?
TOPIC 3: Covering the 2020 Election
- Hopefully by the time we discuss it well have an idea who our president will be, but regardless, many of us have been capturing the election, and the many, many events surrounding it. Let’s talk about our experiences.
- No matter who won, the political landscape will never be the same. How do your think things will either change or be different over the next four years?
FINAL TOPIC: The last twenty years have radically changed the world of photography and photojournalism, what do you think the next 20 years will bring?
AtL 249 - Penultimate
Guests: J.M. Giordano, Daniel Dreifuss
Is a printed portfolio really necessary? This photographer shows his process for creating a printed portfolio, but at the end of the day, does a printed portfolio really matter? When was the last time you had a printed portfolio?
AtL 248 - Reeducation
Guest: Bruce Byers
- Photoshops new AI portrait features allow for dynamic and dramatic manipulation of faces to include the ability to change the direction the face is looking, the direction the eyes are looking, the age of subject and their overall happiness or how angry they are among other features.
- What do we think of these new capabilities? Are we scared by how good these features are at making manipulation so easy?
- How do we think features like this will affect societies overall ability to trust and believe authentic and honest photos being created by visual journalists? Do we think this innovation will make our jobs harder, or will it just be another in the many innovations that have overall made scrutiny of images and the sources they come from that much more important.
- DJI has unveiled the sequel to the mini gimbal camera, the Pocket 2. This camera improves on it predecessor in many ways and make a gimbal camera easily accessible and pocketable.
- Does DJI’s new camera intrigue you at all? Would you consider adding something like this to your kit? Did you own the Pocket 1, would you consider upgrading?
- Does a device like this really have a place in a world with in body image stabilization, electronic stabilization, digital stabilization and stabilization in post?
- In an opinion piece for the NY Daily News, Jean Son claims that people photographing women on the street without their consent are somehow performing a form of “gender-based violence,” and she is working with councilmen in NYC to restrict such acts.
- While I think we can all agree that this kind of case will go nowhere, and that the 1st amendment will protect photographers, what does it say about our society that a case like this even exists? How do we feel about Son’s opinion on the issue? Is this even an issue?
- Additionally, in some cases Son has been able to get police to get photographers to delete their photos. How is this even ethical? What would you do if a police officer told you to delete your photos? If you were in that situation would you stand your ground or just delete on the moment knowing you’ll probably be able to recover them later if necessary?
AtL 247 - What Would Pete Do
- Nikon Z6 II, Z7 II
– Worth the upgrade?
- A Frame by Frame account –
– It’s rare that we see another visual journalists frames from the photoshoot. What do the 71 frames from the recent Denver protest shooting tell us about the photographer, their mindset and the body of work created.
- What can we learn from Pete Souza’s career.
– Pete Souza was a legend in the industry, and while I’m sure many of us would love to be a White House photographer for the president, few of us ever will. That being said, what can we learn from Pete’s career and how can we apply it to what we do? Also, what would be a similar by more accessible version being the President’s photographer.
AtL 246 - Learning Through Mistakes
Guests: Josh Edelson - https://twitter.com/joshedelson- https://edelsonphotography.com/- https://www.instagram.com/joshedelson... Chris Stoltz - https://www.instagram.com/stoltz_photos/- https://christopherstoltz.com/
Nikon – Let’s talk about the upcoming nikon announcements.More Nikon Z6 II and Z7 II rumored specifications
Snappr – Let’s talk about this new photographer on demand service.
Mistakes – Check out this article and video on mistakes. Do any of the five listed resonate with you? What were some mistakes that you experienced in your career?
AtL 245 - Complete Hipocracy
Guests: Alex Tetreault, Seth Porges
- An engineer made ultrarealistic setting for practicing photography in his free time.
- What do we think of these creations?
- Could this type of product be used as an effective teaching tool for either photography or filmmaking?
- In a rare move, Facebook has responded to a documentary about its platform and the tools used to keep users engaged with its content.
- What do we think of Facebook’s response?
- What do we think of the Netflix documentary?
- A photographer was stopped from using his professional DLSR camera in a public place, even though someone with smartphone would not be stopped from taking photos.
- What are our thoughts on these type of prohibitive photo policies? Is it fair to limit professional cameras and tripods from public areas?
- in the article the photographer mentions the concept of “fair social media use,” like that’s a thing that actually exists. How angry does it make you to know that there are people who think that there is some sort of fair use associated with social media?
AtL 244 - Teamwork Makes the Dream Work
Guest: Jenn Ackerman
- The International Space Station is now open to commercialism and space tourists with the introduction of the first product ad being photographed on the space station for $128,000.
- What are our thoughts on this new venture? Does it demean space exploration? What do you think will be the next product advertised in space? Would you take a trip up to the ISS if you had the money to pay for it?
Topic 2: Teamwork Makes the Dreamwork
- Our guest this week is part of a husband and wife couple that run their business together. How did they get started working with one another and what can they say about the nature of working in a team? How does one find teammates in what is normally a pretty solitary business? What kind of both good and bad experiences have we had with teammates?
Topic 3: Sony to Release 50MP A9
- Looks like Sony is rising to the challenge presented by Canon with the R5 by potentially releasing their own 8K shooter. What does this latest A9 camera mean for Sony, the A9 series and mirrorless cameras in general?
AtL 243 - The First One is Free
Guest – Brad Smith
Topic – Photographing Pro Wrestling
- Pro wrestling is a interesting subject matter to cover. Part stage play, part athletic showcase, part circus show. What are some things to consider before photographing a match? What is the hardest part to capture during a performance? How much work is done before hand to sure the best shots and angles.
Topic – Consulting
- What does it take to be a photography consultant? Why would someone pay you for your skills and experience? How does one get into the profession?
- Why does GoPro still make cameras at this point? Most people have a GoPro from years ago that that still works just fine.
AtL 242 - Meaningless Debate
- California Gov. Gavin Newsome recently signed a law to prevent freelance photographers from having to be considered employees if a company hires them too many times. Is this a good thing or a bad thing, why or why not?
Topic – Balancing Artistic Capabilities
- How does one transition from stills to documentary, or film making, cinematography and art? How does one find balance between all these different artistic endeavors.
Gear – Sony A7c Impressions
- Leaked photos and specs of Sony’s new A7c show an affordable and powerful fill frame mirrorless. How does this camera compare with similar cameras like the recently released Panasonic S5 and others.
AtL 241 - Two for the Price of One
Topic – Political Photography
Let’s talk about covering political photography in D.C. and how it has changed in the past decade. What have been the biggest changes in the past 10 years? How has the new administration affected the way politics are covered in D.C.? How do you think coverage of politics will change in the next administration? How has COVID affected how you work?
This article brings up a lot of good newsworthy topics. Although legal, should the Whitney have acquired images for an exhibit through a charity? Should the charity have placed a license on images it sold to prevent museums from using their images in the way they wanted to do? Should photographers even donate their work for charities?
Gear – Panasonic Unveiles the S5
The S5, their newest and cheapest full frame mirrorless was just officially announced. What are our thoughts on this new camera. What are our thoughts on the recent full frame mirrorless revolution? What camera are we using? What camera did we start our career using? How has the evolution of gear affected your career and ability to do your job? Has it helped or hindered you?
AtL 240 - Under the Sea
Guest: Jennifer Osborne
- Google is testing a new licensing badge in Google Images to allow people to buy a license for an image directly through the search tool. Do you think this is a good or bad idea? Would you sell your work this way? How do you sell or license your work typically?
- Matt Granger was a prolific Nikon shooter and supported the platform for many years, but now recently has decided to sell his whole Nikon kit. I recently did the same with my Panasonic kit for the new Canon R5. Have you ever sold you’re whole kit to switch to new system? What was the experience like? How do you sell your stuff? Do you think you have too much gear?
Gear: DJI Osmo Mobile 4
- Does this new variation on the DJI Osmo Mobile intrigue you? Would you use this gimbals? Do you use gimbals in your work? Do we even need gimbals considering how incredible our phones and the latest crop of cameras are at stabilization?
AtL Interview - Seth Porges
Seth Porges, co-director and producer of HBO Max-exclusive documentary Class Action Park, sat down to talk to Around the Lens host David J. Murphy about his life and career, the making of the film and making a documentary in general.