Podcasting Basics – Equipment & Process

Originally coined in the days of the old school Apple iPod Classic, podcasts are audio files created by anyone for anyone anywhere with an internet connection. Essentially, podcasting is a form of broadcast radio for the average individual that provides a massive potential in terms of outreach.

Creating and sharing via podcast can be as fun as it is rewarding. While the equipment and process can be intimidating at first glance, its all much simpler than it would appear. Let’s jump in and explore a few gear options for those interested in starting a podcast to help get you off and running with a great sound.

Equipment:

AKG Perception 220 Condenser Mic
Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 2×2 USB Audio Interface (3rd Generation)
MOTU M2 Desktop 2×2 USB Type-C Audio/MIDI Interface
Zoom H4N recorder
Mackie 4-Channel Ultra-Compact Mixer
Pyle Pro Compact 4-Channel, Bluetooth-Enabled Audio Mixer
Rode RODECaster Pro Integrated Podcast Production Studio
Zoom PodTrak P4 Portable Multitrack Podcast Recorder
Stereo Mini (3.5mm) Male to 2 Mono 1/4″ Male Cable
Movo Photo WMIC50 Camera-Mount Wireless Lavalier

Recommended podcast platform

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Navigating the Exposure Triangle

A few thoughts to help demystify the Exposure Triangle (aperture, shutter speed and ISO) with an emphasis on framing and approach for new photographers and content creators. Merely my own opinions, of course, and shared from my own experience.

Hope you find it in some way helpful. Feel free to share any thoughts / links below with those who may benefit along the way.

ISO – https://www.iso.org/search.html?q=Photography

Image EXIF

Wyatt & Jim – f/6.3, 1/500, ISO50 @ 16mm via Sony A7R2, Sony FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS
Wyatt – f/6.3, 1/500, ISO50 @ 23mm via Sony A7R2, Sony FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS
Sarah – f/2.5, 1/200, ISO100 @ 85mm via Sony A7R2, Sigma 85mm F1.4 DG DN | Art
Lake Moomaw – f/16, 1/6, ISO50 @ 18mm via Sony A7R2, Sony FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS
Matt – f/4, 1/50, ISO125 @ 16mm via Sony A7R2, Sony FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS
Matt – f/4, 1/50, ISO125 @ 16mm via Sony A7R2, Sony FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS
Orchestra Pit – f/7, 1/40, ISO2000 @ 16mm via Sony A7R2, Sony FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS

Gear

Sony 16-35mm f/4 OSS – https://bhpho.to/3tIr766

Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG GN Art – https://bhpho.to/2YVaokF
Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG GN Art – https://bhpho.to/2TS1YbL
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR – https://bhpho.to/36o8l9t
AKG Perception 220 condenser mic – https://bhpho.to/3hTCJhd
Zoom H4N recorder – https://bhpho.to/3tRZvvC

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Automated Transcription and Captioning in Premiere Pro

Manually transcribing voice-to-text can be the most tedious and time-consuming part of any project and easy to neglect, if accomplished at all. Automated transcription puts an end to the tedium and serves as a powerful ally in helping others to locate answers more precisely and discover your work at the same time.

Link to Photofocus article — https://photofocus.com/software/harnessing-speech-to-text-for-enhanced-seo-in-premiere-pro/

YouTube creators: I’d recommend using the Transcribe feature and simply export to text. The Caption feature will burn subtitles into the sequence, useful perhaps in DVD production, but with no positive effect in regard to Google/YouTube SEO recognition.

Premiere Pro update details — https://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-pro/using/whats-new.html

The Modest Abode channel — https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvMXcYImutUrWeI_PAl0HRQ

USED Cameras for New Photographers – Don’t Break the Bank

Make the absolute most of old glass and significantly upgrade your image quality without selling the farm. The fact is that 95% of all cameras outperform 99% of most photographers. While gear does matter, it’s easy to over-extend in terms of need and investment and I’ve certainly made my share of mistakes over the years.

When upgrade time rolled around for me, I decided a few years back to test the preowned Alpha waters for my shooting needs – and I’ve never looked back. But let’s jump in and have a look as to why. If you have older glass laying around, this could be a fast-track off the shelf and into new life.

References

A7R article (2014) – https://photofocus.com/reviews/exploring-the-sony-alpha-a7r-full-frame-mirrorless/
Leica M Super Elmar 18mm review (2014) – https://photofocus.com/reviews/going-wide-exploring-the-leica-18mm-f3-8-super-elmar-m-wide-angle-prime/
Zone system tonal chart – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zone_System#Zones_as_tone_and_texture
Used Alpha bodies (KEH) – https://www.keh.com/shop/cameras/digital-cameras/mirrorless/sony–sony-e-system–full-frame-35mm-24x36mm.html
Used Alpha bodies (B&H) – https://bhpho.to/3nCZpGU
Used Alpha bodies (Adorama) – https://www.adorama.com/l/Used/Photography/Cameras/Sony~Mirrorless-Cameras

Gear

Preowned A7R (1) – https://bhpho.to/3kdXYg3
Preowned A7R (2) – https://bhpho.to/3CjoeM3
Preowned A7R2 (1) – https://bhpho.to/3lqhiGp
Preowned A7R2 (2) – https://bhpho.to/3CdQcsM
Preowned battery grip (1st gen) – https://bhpho.to/3Ewvw1h
Preowned battery grip (2nd gen) – https://bhpho.to/2Z0HvDU
Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 ZE Planar T – https://bhpho.to/3lxGquZ
Sony 16-35mm f/4 OSS – https://bhpho.to/3tIr766
Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG GN Art – https://bhpho.to/2YVaokF
Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG GN Art – https://bhpho.to/2TS1YbL
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR – https://bhpho.to/36o8l9t
Leica 24mm f/2.8 (converted for digital) – https://bhpho.to/2Xkpyzp
FotodioX Canon EF Lens to Sony E ProFusion Smart AF Adapter – https://bhpho.to/3lsHjVr
Fotasy Nikon Lens to Sony NEX E-Mount Camera Mount Adapter – https://bhpho.to/3nCi71t
AKG Perception 220 condenser mic – https://bhpho.to/3hTCJhd
Movo Photo WMIC50 Camera-Mount Wireless Lavalier – https://bhpho.to/3kdsnes
Zoom H4N recorder – https://bhpho.to/3tRZvvC

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Thanks for stopping by, as always. Hope you find it helpful along the way.

Budget Macro – Exploring Reverse Ring Adapters

As with any specialized area of photography, the art of macro photography – that is, making images of objects at a very close range – is in a creative world of its own.

This is true not only in terms of the specialized gear required to tell a story at a true 1:1 scale, but even more so in regard to the patience and practice needed to produce a clear and consistent result.

In this article, we’ll explore a technique known as reverse lens macro and consider one economical approach to producing amazing close-up images by using a simple reverse ring adapter and a manually-operated lens. Read more

Mini-Review: Fotodiox Pro Canon EF to Sony E-Mount Smart AF Lens Adapter

After making the jump earlier this year from Canon EF to the Sony Alpha full-frame mirrorless system, I found myself (along with many others in the same position) immediately in the market for a suitable adapter to accommodate existing Canon glass.

Having a good deal of experience using the $400 Metabones III and IV adapter systems, I decided to do a little research and set out to price a few alternatives. Within a few keystrokes I had located the Fotodiox EF-Sny(E) Fusion Smart AF Lens Mount Adapter which, in light of its considerably less expensive $99 price tag, quickly piqued my interest as to whether it could be the right tool for the job. Read more