TTIM 137 – Real Photography in the Age of Photoshop

This week’s episode is a special one. During the latest Out Of Chicago Summer Conference, Ugo was the moderator of a panel discussion involving two very well-known travel and nature photographers, Scott Bourne and Deborah Sandidge, in addition to the founder and president of PHLEARN, Aaron Nace, who is also a passionate photographer.

Deborah is known for employing creative techniques, both during capture and at the computer, to give her photos a unique look, using long exposures and various tools for expressing her artistic sensitivity; Scott also sits on the advisory board of Skylum, a company that produces powerful photo processing applications like Luminar and AuroraHDR and  PHLEARN’s catalog includes many courses about post-processing.

Thanks to the availability of very affordable tools and education for post-processing, it is not surprising that people are sometimes pushing the boundaries of an art form that was for a time (and it still is in the mind of large numbers of people) very much tied to the concept of a faithful, or at least plausible, representation of reality.

We asked the panelists for their take on this often debated topic and what ensued was a lively and stimulating discussion that also touched other topics, like the role of education and tools in shaping the current trends in photography. As the panel went on for about 90 minutes, we split the recording in two parts. This is the first part; the second one will be published next week.

Apologies for the audio quality, which is not at the usual level of quality. The microphones in front of the stage picked up a bit of background noise, but we think it’s still intelligible and the contents of the conversation, which are what really matters, are too good not to share.

We would also like to thank Chris Smith and the staff at Out Of Chicago for giving us the opportunity and the means to record this. If you’ve never been to Out Of Chicago, you should definitely attend it and we’ll certainly be there again next year.

Duration 50m 40s.

Music for this episode: “Zanzibar” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

TTIM 137 – Real Photography in the Age of Photoshop, Part 1
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