HUGE Listener Q&A Part I [IP 141]

Jim, Nick & Darin field questions from our most loyal listeners.  The three go through a ton of questions this week & will tackle more next week!  Tune in now for great photography tips & tricks!

What's in this episode:

  • Timothy Donely wants tips for dealing with harsh midday light for Macro & Portrait Photography.
  • Steven Miller follows with a question after hearing Nick & Jim's Real Estate Tip Showdown.
  • Chris Chandler probes about the crop factor impacting focal length compression.
  • Todd Grimm wants to replace his Nikon D7100 with a Fuji. What does Jim recommend?
  • Giovanni Paredes wants to get more income from different Stock Photography sites.
  • Nelson Tapias wonders if the Black Rapid Strap he is using could be harming his camera.
  • Paul Bickley looks for spooky Halloween lighting tips.
  • Spog McArdle asks for the best tips for editing photos when color blind.
  • Eric Psota gets nerdy & challenges us to discuss ISO invariance. – Where is Jeff Harmon!?
  • Austin Tyler Swenson is looking to transition into getting more photo work in a small town.
  • Chris Ashworth is seeking a better image capturing experience while wearing glasses.
  • Shane Fairburn wants to know where to draw the line with gear technology.
  • Suart Laird doubts his Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 OS after reading some reviews. – Should he get the Canon/Nikon or the Tamron for shooting hockey?
  • Mark Franks asks if Jim is still having issues with Lightroom 6/CC on his iMac.
  • Ed Shanahan is looking for the best way to manage his photos between his laptop & home office.
  • Rob Gainnese inquires how often we Dodge & Burn in Photoshop or Lightroom.

Resources Mentioned:

  • Squarespace – (Use Offer Code ‘IMPROVE' to get 10% off your first purchase!)
  • Animoto – (Use Promo Code ‘IMPROVE' to get 15% off an Annual Pro Subscription!)
  • Photography Start – (Use Coupon Code ‘PODCAST' to get $40 off an already AMAZING deal & Jim's Doodad of the Week!)
  • Nick Page's Sky Replacement Tutorial – (A SCREAMING deal at $10 & Nick's Doodad of the Week!)
  • Lens Finder – (It is here!! The best tool for helping you with your next lens purchase or lens rental decision!)
  • Clear Umbrella – (Darin's Doodad of the Week!)


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19 thoughts on “HUGE Listener Q&A Part I [IP 141]”

  1. I thought I was the only person to love “Here comes the boom” just another reason to love our wonderful host.

  2. Here comes the Boom.. Great Movie. Nick.. I just bought and downloaded your Sky Replacement videos and images. So don’t pick me as a winner. I was happy to purchase this for ONLY $10. A minimum amount for what I have learned from follow your work on FB. You and the rest of the gang are top notch. Thanks for all y’all do and teach.

  3. Great show as always guys; I love the mix of styles and skills you guys bring, plus the amazing banter. BOOM!

  4. I am a hobbyist photographer and I love listening to all of your podcasts! All of the hosts (and listeners) are so inspirational to me in my photography adventures! Great podcast today, thank-you!

  5. Loved the show. Kevin James is hilarious! I haven’t seen the movie though. I will make sure to add Here Comes the Boom to my list.

  6. Love the podcast and I have learned alot! Thank you all so much!!! You all are really helping me to improve my skills and I cannot thank you enough.

  7. Thanks so much for all of the podcasts – I look forward to listening to them in the carpool line all week long :). I was wondering what Jim recommends using in place of virtual copies? I love them and use them all the time but would like to use something that I will be able to transfer when the time comes. Thanks!!

    1. @Jonica,

      Jim and Darin both recommended configuring the catalog to write out XMP sidecar files to make it easy to move your edits from Lr from a laptop to a desktop. And that is the very easiest way to do that. However, I recommend NOT enabling that function because Lr 6/CC has some bugs with that functionality that negatively impacts performance and has some known issues with regard to round tripping between Lr and Ps. Instead, I recommend that you select he photos you want to move from your laptop to your desktop in Lr on the laptop, export them as a catalog, then copy the exported catalog to the desktop and import it. Not as simple as the XMP files, but your virtual copy edits will remain, and Lr will perform better.

  8. I love that movie too! We had gotten it from the local library, but hadn’t watched it until after hearing this podcast. My wife and I laughed so hard we cried! Great podcast guys!

  9. Summer beach vacation to Corolla, NC. One day of lousy weather. Maybe some of us had a little too much to drink. Maybe. Scanning through the movies – Here Comes The Boom. What the heck is that? Start it, get another beer, pour some more margaritas. At this point, we had to institute the “no photographic evidence” rule. Laughed at the movie, but I’m not sure how funny it would have been if we were all sober…

  10. I saw “Here comes the boom” when it was in the theaters. My husband is into wrestling and my son is into band and music. It’s the first movie they both really liked lol.

  11. Here’s a quote from the movie that I thought was interesting. So if Kevin James ever got to me Nick Page, this is what he would say 🙂

    “How much food do you think is stuck in that beard?”

  12. I just listened to this podcast. The lens finder is pretty sweet. I’ve tried it out.

    For here comes the boom, I loved the movie. I didn’t know it when I saw it, but one of my buddies I wrestled with in high school was in the movie. He’s out filming another chapter for The Purge just this week.

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