August 16, 2007

Just talkin: my Adobe Podcast

I love talking with interesting people. Last week I had breakfast with George Jardine, a very cool guy from Adobe who helped design Lightroom. We met at one of my favorite restaurants in NYC and talked about a few things that we’re both extremely passionate about, with the big one being photography.

Two days later we got together again and this time he recorded our conversation for his great series of podcasts. We spoke about photography, new media, films, audio and where this might all be going. It was a fascinating and enlightening conversation for me plus I got to wear a very cool and amazingly efficient microphone on my ear, just like a popstar.


Have a listen.


  1. You’re crazy Bob! Can’t wait to give it a listen.

  2. 16:9, I’m telling you 🙂

  3. How much influence earlier documentaries have had on this trend of mixing and matching stills, movies and sound? I grew up on “The World at War” and “Victory at Sea” along with the “Duck and Cover” stuff in the 50’s. “The World at War” did combine music, stills and music to tell multiple threaded stories – although at the time we did not have the media richness we have today so 18 hours or so was really short.

    Then in the 90’s I was captured by the work of Ken Burns and PBS with “The Civil War” – no video to speak of. Now we have the tools to create our own movies that express our content and I think this is a good thing.

    I think the blending of still images, video and sound is the way of reaching people and providing an means of expression for artists of all levels, from really bad to exceptional.

    I read an article last year that newspapers are very happy with using the latest in digital technologies to report from the field. The article covered a reporter in Iraq. The guy shot his own stills, recorded his interviews and other sound bites, edited his own copy and transmitted his reports as a one man show. The newspaper had to send only one person “over there”, saving the price of a reporter and sound man. However, the stress on the one guy covering the story was not addressed. In the future, or today as the case may be, the joy of collaboration may diminish. I hope that I am wrong on that assumption.

    stay safe – Philip

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