A Conversation about Photography, Techniques and Gear

Need a big light source, Bill Henderson and Brian Tramontana talk about the differences between the $1200 Elinchrom Octa Light and the Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella for $49. Big difference in price but some overlap in utility for the photographer on a budget.

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Bill Henderson and Brian Tramontana talk with John Omvik, VP Unified Color about his new purchase of the Nikon Df and do some quick comparisons in the studio. 

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Bill Henderson and Brian Tramontana reflect on the past year.

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Bill Henderson and Brian Tramontana discuss gift ideas for that special photographer in your life.

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Bill Henderson and Brian Tramontana talk about developing your own creative vision and not just copying those shots your have seen before. Establishing your individual perspective and vision is not an easy task. It takes patience and hard work as Bill and Brian describe the process.


 With the upcoming family holiday, a perfect time to do a quick personal  photographic project. Bill Henderson and Brian Tramontana talk about how to approach the idea.

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Bill Henderson and Brian Tramontana talk about 12 tips to help with your photography.

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What camera? What's my second lens? What software? What lights? Brian Tramontana and Bill Henderson talk about these subjects for beginning photographers.


Bill Henderson and Brian Tramontana talk about the impact of smaller Micro 4/3rd's cameras, Sony's entry to smaller cameras with the A7R, and is this a trend? The Crystal Ball is out for this podcast and we talk about the DSLR; is it a dinosaour?

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Brian and Bill talk about the best lenses for landscape, portrait and street photography, techniques and pitfalls.

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Ah, those gear mistakes! Bill Henderson and Brian Tramontana talk about the worst gear mistakes they have ever made.

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Bill Henderson and Brian Tramontana talk five keys to making great images. Bill also talks to Brian about his New York street photography outing and uses the 5 keys as a guide to illustrate the concepts.

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Bill Henderson and Brian Tramontana talk about what makes a good picture. How to think about this elusive subject without talking f stops, gear or even focus.

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Bill Henderson and Brian Tramontana talk about how to get a good understanding of the principles of photography and the many options available.

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Bill Henderson and Brian Tramontana talk about the many uses of Gaffer Tape in photography and how to carry it.

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Bill Henderson and Brian Tramontana talk about the use of Light Meters, are they still useful in a digital age, what's the advantage, and should you buy or use one.

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Bill Henderson and Brian Tramontana talk about printing and the final step in preparing your image.

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Bill Henderson and Brian Tramontana talk about learning from mistakes and how they can really help your photography.

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Brian Tramontana talks with Bill Henderson about his first trip to New York, a bit of street photography and his visit to B&H Photo Video.

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Brian and Bill talk about the role of light in good and bad images

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Macro Photography

Brian Tramontana talks about his intership following his graduation from Brooks in a Morgue doing macro photography. That leads into an updated discussion with Bill Henderson about current digital macro photography.

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Bill Henderson and Brian Tramontana discuss providing some written explanation to your images.

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After shooting flash photography with the Fuji X100, Bill Henderson and Brian Tramontana talk about their experience.

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Bill Henderson and Brian Tramontana talk abou the Annie Leibovitz Exhibit currently in San Jose.

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Bill Henderson and Brian Tramontana talk about techniques in planned vs. spontaneous photography.

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Sid Morris talks with Bill Henderson about his interest in blues, his influences, and his musical career.

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Brian Tramontan talks about a workshop he is leading next weekend to Elkhorn Slough, Point Lobos, and Big Sur. The price for this workshop sponsored by West Valley College is amazing and you get on college credit!

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Bill Henderson interviews guitarist, singer, sonwriter Livia Jean Slingerland on her music, band, and experience as a music major at USC. Livia also talks about her experience with the San Jose School of the Blues guitarist and former lead guitar for John Lee Hooker, John Garcia whom she studied under for several years while in High School. Livia has a CD and single currently on iTunes.

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David Barrett, musician, author and founder of the San Jose School of Blues talks about the role of harmonica in blues music with host Bill Henderson.

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Bill Henderson and Brian Tramontana talk about the Gay Pride Parade in San Francisco

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Bill Henderson and Brian Tramontana talk about Rick Whitacre's amazing Astro Landscape Photography.

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Brian Tramontana and Bill Henderson talk about what makes a good photographer.

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Bill Henderson and Brian Tramontana talk about using filters in photography

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Brian Tramontana and I talk about lighting gear in this latest podcast. See the blog at HoldtheEyeImages.com for the links to the equipment.

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Brian Tramontana and Bill Henderson talk about evaluating photography, the techniques, mistakes, and solutions.

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Bill Henderson and Brian Tramontana talk about carrying less along with smaller cameras.

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Blues singer Cathy Lemons talks about her love of the blues, addictions, redemption, and the future with Bill Henderson

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Bill Henderson and Brian Tramontana talk about your favorite piece of photographic gear.

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Brian and Bill talk about composition in photography

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Brian Tramontana and Bill Henderson talk about building a home studio, what's needed and the kind of tools you need.

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Blues musician Terry Hanck talks about his life as a touring blues musician.

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Bill Henderson and Brian Tramontana talk about what they think would be the perfect camera.

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Want to know where the hottest spots are to photograph? Well Brian and Bill let you in on some secrets.

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Long time musicians drummer/singer Dennis Dove and guitarist/singer Oliver Harris are interviewed by Bill Henderson.


Bill Henderson and Brian Tramontana talk about Garry Winnogrand's style and photography.

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Bill and Brian talk about the importance of the right gear in photography.

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American Idol semifinalist Lisa Andersen talks about her experience being in the final 14 on the show, as well as her current musical career, and her plans for the future.

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Bill Henderson and Brian Tramontana talk about taking on a personal project in your photography, improving your skills as well as your photographic eye.

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Bill Henderson and Brian Tramontana talk about the principles and techniques of digital workflow along with the elements of storage for your images.

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Biran Tramontana and Bill Henderson talk about the best photographers and what they have in common.

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Bill Henderson and Brian Tramontana talk about the mental preparation before you go out shooting with your camera.

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Hal Schmitt talks about Light Photographic Workshops, his Top Gun experience, and experience of training at LPW.

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Brian Tramontana and Bill Henderson discuss the idea of only having one lens, what it means, and what would you shoot.

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Brian Tramonatana and Bill Henderson talk photographing people, tips, techniques, and lenses in this latest podcast.

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John Garcia talks about his days of leard guitar with the John Lee Hooker Band, the musicians he has played with, and growing up playing the blues.

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Brian and Bill talk about what to get that special photographer in your life for Valentine's Day.

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Brian talks with Bill about working as a professional photographer for Xerox and his days with film at Brooks Institute as a student. Both discuss the impact of the changes that have occurred.

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Evan Thomas a regular at the Grand Dell Jam talks about his music, its origins, the Grand Dell Jam, and being a performer.

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An interview with Blues musician Kid Andersen as he talks about his early beginnings, influences, and music with Bill Henderson of Hold the Eye Images Studio.

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Bill Henderson and Brian Tramontana talk about which Tripod to buy, types of heads to use, and when to use them.

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Bill and Brian talk about Photography Bags

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Sean talks about his interest in the Grand Dell Saloon, his interests in cars, music, and all things audio.

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Ray Figueroa talks about the Grand Dell Saloon, his music and his musicial career.

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Brian and Bill talk about ways to get motivated again with your photography.

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Jay Mierly talks about his early days in music beginning in the early 1960's.

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Brian and Bill are going to discuss ways to learn about photography and build photographic skills on a small budget.

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Nobody forgets their camera when they go shooting but there are a handful of little things that can really screw up a shoot if you don't have them. Bill and Brian are going to list their "little things" to never forget when you go out shooting.

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Brian and Bill talk about the resolutions they have for the New Year, in Photography

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