Photography Podcasts

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Maria Bamford Comedian Maria Bamford is back! We are thrilled as always to welcome her for another conversation with Bullseye. The stand-up, writer and actor joins us to talk about her two newest projects: the hour-long comedy special, Weakness Is The Brand and talk show, What's Your Ailment?! Bullseye with Jesse Thorn
Podcast #1183 - Content and Performance Content and Performance Audio MP3 run time 16:50 Photography is often a balancing act of content and performance. This podcast is also available via our RSS feed or via iTunes for your iPod, iPad, or other portable MP3 player. Our complete podcast library is available to… Lens Work
894 04 On the Lake Chris and the group are making their way across Lake Baikal, the world’s largest lake by volume. It holds 20% of the planet’s liquid fresh water and is up to 1 mile deep. It’s also frozen in winter. You're listening to a slice of Photography Tips from the Top Floor. Tips from the Top Floor
Zach Woods, from 'Silicon Valley,' 'The Office,' 'Avenue 5' and more You may know him best from NBC's The Office where he played the truly dreadful Gabe for three seasons. You've also seen his work as Jared Dunn on the HBO series Silicon Valley. He currently stars alongside Hugh Laurie on the TV show Avenue 5. It's airing now on HBO. Bullseye with Jesse Thorn
Photography is all about ____? Thought exercise on how to boil down all of the elements that makeup the incredible art of photography down to a single sentence. Photography is all about ______? How would you finish that sentence? Master Photography
893 03 Moscow Extension Chris takes a break from packing for his trip to share some additional details of the Moscow Extension of the Lake Baikal workshop. And then adds a little sound-seeing from the Moscow subway. Tips from the Top Floor
Ben Schwartz on playing Sonic the Hedgehog, Jean-Ralphio, and more Parks and Recreation's Jean-Ralphio! Star Wars' BB-8! And, now the voice of Sonic the Hedgehog! We're joined by Ben Schwartz. Ben's big break came in 2010 with a small recurring role on Parks and Recreation. Jean-Ralphio was a character who only showed up a few times a year – but he was one of the most memorable characters on the show. Bullseye with Jesse Thorn
Performance of External Drives With Lightroom Classic Note: If you just want to skip straight to the results go to 43:19 in the episode! One of the questions I have had asked hundreds of times over the past few years is how photographers should setup their catalog and photos using external drives. Photo Taco
Podcast LW1182 - We Have Arrived We Have Arrived Audio MP3 run time 15:49 Are we now at or near the point where our cameras have no limitations? This podcast is also available via our RSS feed or via iTunes for your iPod, iPad, or other portable MP3 player. Our complete podcast library. Lens Work
Huey Lewis on the song that changed his life The Song That Changed My Life is a segment that gives us the chance to talk with some of our favorite artists about the music that made them who they are today. This time around, we're joined by a true legend – Huey Lewis. In an era dominated by new wave, glam rock and hair metal Huey Lewis stood out with his bluesy pub-rock. Bullseye with Jesse Thorn
Challenging Portrait Shoot Software Updates Status Just last week I gave my Photo Taco Seal of Approval on all of the latest updates from Adobe, Microsoft, and Apple. Here in early February 2020 Adobe released an update to Lightroom Classic as part of their February 2020 updates with version 9.2. Master Photography
Steve Buscemi Steve joins us to talk about the latest season of his hit TBS show Miracle Workers, now in its second season. The anthology series steps back into the Dark Ages for season 2 with Steve playing a peasant with a name we can't say on NPR. Bullseye with Jesse Thorn
Podcast 1181 Our Magnificent Planet Our Magnificent Planet Audio MP3 run time 10:52 Now accepting entries for our 2020 LensWork Community Book Project! We are shifting gears from six-image projects to outstanding single images. Our 2020 book project is for those of you who prefer to create a stand-alone, stand-out image. Lens Work
892 To New Heights This episode is all about challenging yourself to new heights… of course with a challenge or two. Also Alex wants to know what's up with those terms and conditions where some photo businesses seem to make you sign away the rights to your photos. Tips from the Top Floor
Remembering Jim Lehrer We're replaying Jesse's 2010 interview with Jim Lehrer, who died last month at 85. He was a giant in the world of journalism – particularly in the world of public broadcasting. Jim hosted PBS' NewsHour. He was an anchor in public broadcasting for well over 35 years. Bullseye with Jesse Thorn
Software Updates Stats and Listener Q&A The latest status on software updates, and Listener Q&A on where we are going in 2020, mixing ambient and flash lighting, film types, choosing images for portfolio review and more! Master Photography
Randy Newman: legendary songwriter, Oscar nominee, more We're revisiting our conversation with the great Randy Newman. He's just been nominated for two Academy Awards, one for the score he composed for Noah Baumbach's Marriage Story, and another for the original song he composed for Toy Story 4. Bullseye with Jesse Thorn
Podcast LW1180 - Your Intent Your Intent Audio MP3 run time 15:44 We can't always control the message people see in our work, but that doesn't mean that we shouldn't have one. This podcast is also available via our RSS feed or via iTunes for your iPod, iPad, or other portable MP3 player. Lens Work
891 Snips from the Top Floor? Chris gets a voicemail from a listener discussing the new show format. And Mark helps Chris encourage more engagement for the alphabet photo challenges. Download the MP3 for this episode Receive TFTTF updates via email Support the show on Patreon or via SEPA The post 891 Snips from the Top Floor? Tips from the Top Floor
Joe Pera of "Joe Pera Talks With You" Joe is the creator and star of Adult Swim's Joe Pera Talks with You, one of our favorite new shows TV. In it, Joe plays a version of himself living in small-town Michigan as a middle-school choir teacher. The show is like nothing else you've seen on television before: brilliant, weird and heart warming. Bullseye with Jesse Thorn
Photoshop for iPad with Aaron Nace Photoshop for iPad I’ve been really hopeful that Photoshop for iPad will be everything I ever wanted in a mobile working platform. But as a long time photoshop user, I’ve got a lot of baggage to deal with. Help me get over this “hump” of sorts and better understand this newer way of working with images. Master Photography
890 New Format I am testing this new format for when I travel. So here are, as a test, my ramblings from the Viewfinder Villa kitchen table. Links: Download the MP3 for this episode Receive TFTTF updates via email The post 890 New Format appeared first on PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS FROM THE TOP FLOOR. Tips from the Top Floor
Director Greta Gerwig on 'Little Women' The brilliant Greta Gerwig joins us for the third time! We'll welcome back Greta to talk about her latest film. It's an adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women. It's up for six Academy Awards this year, including Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay. Bullseye with Jesse Thorn
Podcast LW1179 - Questions to Ask While You Are Looking at a Photograph Questions to Ask While You Are Looking at a Photograph Audio MP3 run time 19:10 In today's Here's a Thought… video, I proposed that really looking at a photograph involves effort - or should. In our Instagram world, this is an odd thought. But what does that… Lens Work
889 It Only Takes 5 Minutes This episode comes at the end of a well-needed break. Actually a break that I didn't even know I needed. But here we are. Back in the saddle with restored energy and ready to shake things up again. This episode is about 5 minutes that could change your photography forever. Tips from the Top Floor
Bonus: Remembering Monty Python's Terry Jones This past week, we lost a talented comic genius: Terry Jones. He was one of the founding members of the legendary British sketch comedy group Monty Python. He co-directed Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and directed both Monty Python's Life of Brian and Monty Python's The Meaning of Life. Bullseye with Jesse Thorn
Susan Orlean, author of "The Library Book" We're taking a look back at some of our favorite moments from over two decades worth of Bullseye episodes. In 2018, we caught up with journalist and author Susan Orlean. Susan's an accomplished author who's written for The New Yorker for thirty years. Bullseye with Jesse Thorn
Back Button Focus Irrelevant in 2020? What Is Back Button Focus Back button focus sounds could sound like a difficult and technical thing, but it really is a simple concept.  It is changing the configuration of your camera so that the autofocus system is engaged by pressing a button on the back of the camera instead of pressing the shutter half way down.   That is... Master Photography
Tony Shalhoub Now that The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is in its third season, we're revisiting our interview with actor Tony Shalhoub. He talks about how he loves acting in Mrs. Maisel's low-tech world and how he relates to his character Abe as a father himself. Bullseye with Jesse Thorn
Podcast #1178 - When Your Brain Works Against You When Your Brain Works Against You Audio MP3 run time 13:46 My quick introduction to the reticular activating system. This podcast is also available via our RSS feed or via iTunes for your iPod, iPad, or other portable MP3 player. Our complete podcast library is available… Lens Work
Choreographer Twyla Tharp talks dancing, aging, stirs the pot Twyla Tharp has moved her whole life. She dances - she's danced and choreographed professionally for 55 years now. She exercises. And now, she has a book. "Keep it Moving" is a manifesto on living your life with purpose and vigor, which Tharp has in spades. Bullseye with Jesse Thorn
Portraits, Locations, and Gear with Connor Hibbs Breakdown of a Recent Portrait Shoot Connor recently did a personal project portrait shoot, which is code for didn't make money but got to shoot with a model who reached out to him. These kinds of shoots are really fun, especially when you have a model who knows what they are doing as far as posing is concerned. Master Photography
Rob Huebel, Star of Medical Police Rob Huebel joins us to talk about his new series Medical Police - the spin-off of his old show Children's Hospital, which ran for seven seasons on Adult Swim. He's a talented comic actor who has appeared on MTV's Human Giant and on Amazon's critically-acclaimed series Transparent. Bullseye with Jesse Thorn
Podcast #1177 - Photographic Myths Photographic Myths Audio MP3 run time 17:06 So much has changed in photography. Whatever we think is because it always has been… may not be. This podcast is also available via our RSS feed or via iTunes for your iPod, iPad, or other portable MP3 player. Lens Work
In Fabric's Marianne Jean-Baptiste In Fabric's Marianne Jean-Baptiste joins us to talk about her role in Peter Strickland's bizarre thriller. Marianne is an acting veteran. She's starred in varied works, from acclaimed dramas like Secrets and Lies, to long-running FBI shows like Without a Trace. Bullseye with Jesse Thorn
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Tanya Tucker: Country legend, Grammy nominee Tanya Tucker is an award-winning country star who has been making music since she was just a kid! She rose to fame in the 70s with hits like "Love's the Answer" and her debut single "Delta Dawn." Her latest album is titled "While I'm Livin" and it's her first collection of original music in over 15 years. Bullseye with Jesse Thorn
Podcast #1176 - Digital Myths Digital Myths Audio MP3 run time 14:15 Just because everyone says it and it's deeply rooted in conventional wisdom, that doesn't make it true. As a pragmatist, I'm amazed how many myths about digital photography simply don't describe what I experience as a pragmatic image maker. Lens Work
Remembering cartoonist Gahan Wilson We lost an incredibly talented cartoonist last year, Gahan Wilson. For more than 50 years, his twisted single-panel cartoons have appeared in magazines like Playboy and The New Yorker. His work always had this really distinct tone. Wilson's take on the macabre is loopy, dark and strange. Bullseye with Jesse Thorn
Remembering Caroll Spinney, the voice and spirit of Big Bird We're taking a moment to look back at a past Bullseye guests we lost this year, Caroll Spinney. He was Big Bird's puppeteer for 50 years, but he was so much more than the literal man inside the costume. Caroll was the voice and spirit of the iconic character many of us grew up watching. Bullseye with Jesse Thorn
Podcast #1175 - Fundamental Decisions Fundamental Decisions Audio MP3 run time 13:03 Before I left for Asia this year, I went back and did a deep review of my images from 2009 - in particular, those images that had a technological failure. From this review, I developed a strategy that I'm delighted to report worked… Lens Work
Podcast #1174 - Precision Precision Audio MP3 run time 10:28 Strange as it may sound, I do miss the precision demanded of me by the processes in the wet darkroom. Perhaps it's time to recognize that precision is still required, but in a different area of our art life. This podcast is also available… Lens Work
Podcast #1173 - Practical Tech Practical Tech Audio MP3 run time 13.03 Here is a partial wish-list of practical features I'd love to see added to the next generation of cameras - or better yet, included in the next firmware update for my existing camera! This podcast is also available via our RSS feed or… Lens Work
Podcast #1172 - Our Own Judgment Our Own Judgment Audio MP3 run time 8:49 Are we qualified to judge our own work? Some research into this suggests it is more complicated that we might think. This podcast is also available via our RSS feed or via iTunes for your iPod, iPad, or other portable MP3 player…. Lens Work
Podcast #1171 - Motivations versus the Market Motivations versus the Market Audio MP3 run time 13:48 If you want to sell you photographs, you'd better be willing to let go of your internal motivations and produce the photographs the market demands - even if that's dewy spider webs and kittens playing with yarn. Lens Work
Podcast #1170 - Submit Submit Audio MP3 run time 13:03 Time to send in your work for review and possible publication in LensWork. Why not? Our Submission Guidelines can be found at This podcast is also available via our RSS feed or via iTunes for your iPod, iPad, or other portable MP3 player…. Lens Work
Podcast #1169 - Beyond Geometry Beyond Geometry Audio MP3 run time 17:18 Most people think of composition as a matter of placement, lines, and controlling eye movement. Beyond geometry there is the language of composition. A short discussion of four of the most important bits of compositional vocabulary. Lens Work
Podcast #1168 - Here's a thought… audios Here's a thought… audios Audio MP3 run time 9:36 As many of you already know, a few months ago we started a new series called Here's a thought that are short 1-2 minute videos, posted pretty much daily, where the focus is on ideas that are best… Lens Work
Podcast #1167 - Get On with It Get On with It Audio MP3 run time 9:00 Artists who stick to a schedule are always more productive than those who don't. Of course, we can't schedule when we will have a creative insight, but we can schedule when we will put forth effort. This podcast is also available… Lens Work
Podcast #1166 - I Am a Photographer I Am a Photographer Audio MP3 run time 7:27 What is photography to you in your life? How do you define success? This podcast is also available via our RSS feed or via iTunes for your iPod, iPad, or other portable MP3 player. Our complete podcast library. Lens Work