Q&A with Brent and Jeff

In Master Photography Roundtable by Brent Bergherm1 Comment

We wanted to reach out to listeners and talk about some questions they have. We have also looked over some of the recent posts in the facebook group. I really love how active our listeners are there. If it’s been a while since you’ve been to the facebook group I encourage you to check it out. There’s lots of things happening there.

The first question comes from Braedyn Brosda. He asks: How would you guys recommend finding a workshop? I’m looking to go to a local landscape photography workshop and there are many photographers I consider good in my area offering one. So how would I go about finding the right instructor for me? All have excellent testimonials, Would I go based on whose style I like best or are there other factors to look into?

Brent and Jeff: Mostly, look for the style of delivery and training made available. Is it more “tour” oriented or more training or “workshop” oriented. Also, the personal style of images from the photographer leading the tour can be a good thing to go off of too. You should at least like their work as having a base level of interest.

Jeff Mesko asks: Do either of you have experience shooting macro? If so, do you have any thoughts on the pros and cons of reversing rings vs extension tubes vs an actual macro lens? I can find info about all of these but not much info comparing them to each other and things to consider for each choice. Thanks!

Brent: Yes, I enjoy macro, but I don’t do enough of it. My go-to solution is usually extension rings. They are spacers that can be placed between the lens and the camera. They usually come in kits and they have varying lengths. I just bought a set for my Sony a6400. It has a 10mm and a 16mm. They can be stacked to make 26mm in total. They’re great because they are compact, light-weight and are usually less than $100 for the kit. I like the models that support electronic contacts. AF is generally not the issue, but aperture control is. With AF, the depth-of-field is so narrow that AF has trouble nailing it. And you focus with your zoom ring first. So it’s really a strange experience. After you focus with your zoom ring you fine tune it with your focus ring. Then shoot away!

Reverse rings are a tough sell for me because it puts all the weight on the front element and that’s not usually designed for holding all the lens weight. If it’s a 50mm fixed you’ll probably be OK, but with zoom lenses I don’t recommend it.

Macro lenses are probably the best as quality is going to be excellent, you get great working distance and they usually double as a great portrait lens as well!

Nelson Tapias asks: I’d like to hear how you two balance photography while on vacation with family. Packing, shooting, what you make time for (Photography wise) and what you skip. How do your families “deal” with your photo needs?

Brent: I’ve got a big summer vacation coming up. A road trip. I have stops in SLC, DEN, Hannibal, MO, Chicago Suburbs, Scotts Bluff, NE and Nampa, ID.

(comment on brief idea of what we’ll be doing where and how photography works itself into that.)

Daniel Konieczko asks: What is the best way to process a photo is there a certain way to get the best results?

Brent: This is a rather open-ended question. However, we can probably still help. I always start off by shooting raw. Then when exposing, I consider the subject and try to be sure I get the exposure right for the subject. But there’s many variables I need to think about. Paying attention to the histogram is important. Then in post production, I usually use Lightroom, I’ll optimize the image with a few key ideas in mind. Does what I’m seeing on screen match what I saw and felt at the time? It may match what I saw, but I’ll take liberties to bring it more in line with what I felt. But It’s hard to talk specifics since I don’t know the level Daniel is at with his photography, so all I’ve said could be totally confusing if he’s a beginner.

Jeff, you’ve taught a few workshops on getting to know your camera like a ninja, what might you suggest Daniel, assuming he’s a beginner?

Erich Holton asks: If someone was wanting to learn more about photography, with all of the sources, paid sites, LinkedIn, etc.. which would you recommend. Assuming that the individual is willing to pay a monthly fee. Which would you suggest.

I’d start with free resources for sure. Once I got a few things figured out I’d go for resources that I resonated with. The bare bones beginner stuff is pretty much available for free. But there’s also nothing like a paid course that can take you by the hand and be very methodical for you.

David Richard Leadingham asks: Boxers or briefs? Lol. Jk. How about what has been your most memorable or defining moment of your photo careers? Has there ever been a time when you finished shooting something that you just sat back and thought “and this is the reason I pick up a camera”

Brent: When I first printed an image from Hong Kong, I was just blown away at how well it came out. It’s a chaotic image, and the story behind the image is one of many trials. But it fully came together and when I saw it in print I got rather caught up emotionally. That’s the most recent experience anyway.

Other times… Pretty much every time I head out on an international photo journey. I absolutely LOVE to travel, if I can combine that and image creation,,, I’m in some type of heaven on earth.


Brent: Dracast LED 500 Plus Series Bi-Color LED Light, dimmable, multi color temp. Will be great for in the office video shots. Studio too.


Jeff: Wacom Intuos Pro Small ($200)



  1. Hi Jeff,

    You mention near the start of the episode you were still considering different places for the community. Have you put more thought into creating a Flickr Group?


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