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No, photography is not difficult to learn. With the help of smartphone technology and free content available online, it is now easier than ever to learn, experiment, and practice photographic intention and composition. Transcript: "Is photography difficult to learn? No, it's not anymore and I say that because comparing it to where you used to have the film and go to the chemist and wait 2 hours for it to come back and then realize you've wasted all your money. Now, you can take a photo and then you got there straight away and you can fault find and work out what went wrong and experiment. I think the biggest thing that you learn is photographic intention and composition. There's so much free content out there and courses and guidance that is out there to help you with that sort of thing. So now with the smartphone, you can learn and love photography with that device that you already own that's in your pocket. You don't have to worry about the technical side of it. You just go out there and have fun and I think that willingness to learn and join a camera club, listen to other people, taking ideas and motivation and inspiration, they're the key ingredients nowadays."
To get super sharp photos, use the fastest shutter and lowest ISO that you can, use the auto focus modes with eye tracking, lock focus when using manual focus, clean the lens, and edit the photo using Lightroom Mobile's texture slider and other tools. Transcript: "How do I get super sharp photos? All right, great question. Apart from all the technical stuff, there's the what you're trying to capture, particles in the air, landscape, time of day, all that sort of thing. So we've dealt with all that, so let's talk about the technical side of it. With the camera, fastest shutter that you can, lowest ISO that you can, all these sorts of things. The Nikon Z9, I love the auto focus modes with the eye tracking, all that sort of thing. It's incredible. You don't need to use manual focus anymore but if you have a static object and you can zoom in, magnify on the live view, locking that focus works really well. Clean the lens, edit the photo. Every photo needs to be sharpened, especially if you're printing it, you need output sharpening. So Lightroom Mobile, you've got the texture slider there, love that. You can really crunch the details and then just also make it appear sharper just by using clarity, dehaze, some of these other tools that aren't necessarily sharpening tools. I hope that helps."
I have had the opportunity to interact with some of my favorite bands like The Interrupters, Silverstein, Anti Flag, Ziggy Marley and the Wailers, and Hank Williams III. These interactions have been great experiences and although they don't happen often, it is always a pleasure when I get the chance to interact with them. Transcript: "So the question is, have you ever had the opportunity to meet or interact with any of your dream photography subjects before? Not the dream dream, but I have been able to meet with several different acts along the way from The Interrupters to the Classless Act, War, Silverstein, bands like that, Anti Flag. And they've always been really incredibly nice, cordial, if not extremely more. But usually for concert photography, the bands before hand are getting ready for the show. They don't really have a lot of time to interact with people. And after the show, they're trying to decompress and kind of, you know, get rehydrated, maybe get some food in them. So the chances of that happening are not as big as what you'd like. There's other bands like Ziggy Marley and the Wailers. Several years ago, I was able to go through and interact with them, talk to them, talk to Ziggy, shared stories about Bob Marley, his dad, and growing up and everything else. And let's see, Hank Williams III, another great guy, was able to go through and interact and talk with him. But yeah, there's just a lot of great, great times and great opportunities. But sometimes they come far and few in between. Other times, a lot of time, you know, it happens and you get to talk to people, but it is."
The most controversial photo I've taken was the one from 2004 at the halftime show at the Super Bowl in Houston where Justin Timberlake tore off the top of Janet Jackson. It was a photo shot for Getty Images and it was widely circulated around the Internet, appearing on the covers of Rolling Stone and New York Times. Transcript: "Is there a controversial photo you've taken and what's the story behind it as a photographer? You try not to take controversial photos because if you have a controversial photo, maybe it's something you did in the capturing, the photo that makes a controversial. But in this case, probably the most controversial photo I took was the one 2004 at the halftime show at the Super Bowl in Houston where Justin Timberlake tore off the top of Janet Jackson and it became known as nipplegate. And it was one of the most searched images to at that point in 2004 and was the last time MTV produced a halftime show. But the image I shot at the time was shot for Getty Images. I was a staff photographer then and this image and sequences of it's old Millions of copies all over the Internet and including the covers of Rolling Stone and New York Times and most Publications ran that photo there. So that's probably the most controversial photo I've taken."
Salvo is generally sparsely inhabited and has a lot of animals. Even though there are areas where dead animals can be seen every 25 meters, it still has a lot of live animals and is an experience worth visiting. Transcript: "Okay, Tim hughes's our style isn't Africa for inspiration. Would you recommend visiting solve? And I'm selling now or has the drought made them all too depressing? Tim, it's, it's bad. But it's not like, it's going to ruin your experience. Salvo is generally pretty sparsely inhabited. Anyway, a cell is different because it's very is quite. There's a lot of animals in the area and there are a lot of dead animals There. I mean, there were areas of it where are seeing sort of a dead world, at least every 25 meters but generally, you know, there are a lot more live animals and there are dead ones and I think is an experience if you've never been then. Yeah, I think it's It's not awful. I was actually, you know, my job is for that shoots to go and look for dead animals. So that's why I was doing so. But yeah, this life is going on and the Predators and scavengers are very happy."
I use Capture One software for editing which I have been using for 10 years as it has all the tools I need. It is better than Lightroom and I try to convince people to try it out. Transcript: "I use for editing software capture one. I've got, I've been using it for probably ten years plus now it pretty much has everything I need in terms of the tools, but I like to use anyway with editing. So yeah, capture one software, really amazing and a lot of people lately. I've been speaking to use Lightroom but, you know, I always try to convince them to at least try capture one because I've tried the boat Both and I think you can get a lot more out of your work using Capture One."