Tokyo based nature and wildlife photographer, Craft & Vision author, Gura Gear Pro and X-Rite Coloratti member.

15th September 2014


Focus Stacking Tutorial Video (Podcast 439)

Focus Stacking Tutorial Video (Podcast 439)

This week I share a video tutorial showing how to shoot for and create a focus stacked image in Photoshop using a focusing rail. Focus stacking can be a lot of fun, and is often the only way to get everything in focus in macro photography due to the extremely shallow depth-of-field at when focusing at such close distances.

Note that there is currently a bug in Photoshop 15.1 (CC 2014.1) that…

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9th September 2014


The Evolution of the Photographer (Podcast 438)

The Evolution of the Photographer (Podcast 438)

Today I talk about a topic that was raised by Andy Bartlett, a member of my cohort on The Arcanum, regarding how we push through the mental barriers and doubt as we try to create beautiful photographs after making some earlier spectacular work. Although not all of our work will be as spectacular, I believe great opportunities help to elevate us to higher ground in our photography, as we explore…

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1st September 2014


Understanding Hyperfocal Distance (Podcast 437)

Understanding Hyperfocal Distance (Podcast 437)

I was thinking about hyperfocal distance recently, and wondered how long ago it was that I did my original podcast on this subject. I checked this morning, it was almost eight years ago now, so I decided to cover this subject again today. Much of what I said back then holds true of course, but I also recalled making a diagram last year that really helps to understand hyperfocal distance, so we’ll…

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25th August 2014


Make an Impression with Moo Business Cards (Podcast 436)

Make an Impression with Moo Business Cards (Podcast 436)

You can tell when the oppressive Tokyo summer heat sets in, because I reverse hibernate and stay in doors doing back office jobs like Web site maintenance and ordering business cards etc. and that’s exactly what we’re going to talk about today. I recently ordered my second batch of business cards from UK based printers Moo and I’m happy enough with the results to tell you about them.

Use this…

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Tagged: businessbusiness cardsClassic Matte LaminatedLuxeMoophotographyprinterprinting

18th August 2014


Creating a Black Background in Silver Efex Pro 2 (Podcast 435)

Creating a Black Background in Silver Efex Pro 2 (Podcast 435)

In response to a couple of questions about an image I posted recently, today I’m going to walk you through how I created a totally black background in Silver Efex Pro 2, using a recent Lotus Flower photograph.

Here is the video. Remember to go full screen so that you can see all the juicy detail.

And talking of details, there are a few screenshots of my final settings for this image and some…

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Tagged: B&Wblack and whiteLightroomSilver Efex Pro 2techniquetipstutorialvideoworkflow

13th August 2014

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Craft & Vision PHOTOGRAPH No.8 Now Available!

Craft & Vision PHOTOGRAPH No.8 Now Available!

The Craft & Vision Magazine PHOTOGRAPH No.8 has just been released!

This issues showcases portfolios from Ami Vitale (storyteller and National Geographic photographer), Charles Adams (fine art landscape photographer), Jon McCormack (documentary humanitarian photographer), and Tom McLaughlan (abstract photographer), and includes articles by columnists John Paul Caponigro, Bruce Percy, Guy Tal,…

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Tagged: Craft & Visiondigital magazinephotograph

12th August 2014


MailChimp vs Campaign Monitor (Podcast 434)

MailChimp vs Campaign Monitor (Podcast 434)

I recently switched newsletter services from Campaign Monitor to MailChimp, and today take a look at some of the key differences between the two services. Now having experience with both, this isn’t going to be a MailChimp vs Campaign Monitor death-match, because they are both great systems. My intention today is to point out the differences so that you are in a better position to decide which…

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Tagged: businessCampaign Monitorcomparisongoing proMailChimpmailing listmailing systemnewsletterReview

4th August 2014


Interview with Brian Burling of eMotimo (Podcast 433)

Interview with Brian Burling of eMotimo (Podcast 433)

Today I’m really happy to bring you an interview with Brian Burling, founder of eMotimo, a San Francisco based company that makes the TB3, a 3-axis motion-controlled camera robot that allows you to capture moving timelapse, video and stop motion video more easily and affordably than ever before.

Use this audio player to listen to the interview:…

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Tagged: Brian Burlingcamera roboteMotimoGearinterviewphotographystop motionTB3techniquesTimelapsetips

28th July 2014


The Times They Are A-Changin’ (Podcast 432)

The Times They Are A-Changin’ (Podcast 432)

The times they are a-changin’ and today, I’d like to relay a my thoughts about a recent chain of events compared to how I know I would have reacted years ago, and why I think it’s so important to adapt to the current state of the photography industry and adjust our perception of the real value of our images.

Use this audio player if you’d prefer to listen:…

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Tagged: dynamic valuegoing promarketingphotographyvalue shift

21st July 2014


How to Make an Animated GIF in Photoshop (Podcast 431)

How to Make an Animated GIF in Photoshop (Podcast 431)

In this week’s podcast, I’m going to show you how to make an animated GIF in Photoshop from a series of photographs. This is a simple technique but seems to be somewhat hidden in the depths of Photoshop, so I hope this is useful for some of you.

Here’s a brief run-down of the steps, but it will be much easier to just watch the video below.

  • Select the images that you want to animate in Lightroom,…

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Tagged: animated GIFanimationhow tokingfisherphotographyPhotoshoptutorial