TWiT Photo Interview – Watch the Live Recording!

Klaus Herrmann on TWiT Photo - July 3 2012

Catherine Hall, Leo Laporte and I had a lot of fun together.

On Tuesday, July 3rd, I was a guest on TWiT Photo, the weekly photo show on the TWiT network hosted by Catherine Hall and Leo Laporte. In case you forgot to tune in live or if you live in an unfortunate time zone, here is the recording of the show for you. Jump right to the topic that you are interested in or scroll all the way down to watch it in full length.

We have had a lot of fun chatting about HDR Vertorama photography, online sharing, building a photography website and many other things. There should be lots of useful information in this video. Thanks again to Catherine and Leo for having me on the show and for giving me the opportunity to talk about my work.


Here is a run-down of the topics that we discussed. Simply click on one of the links to go straight to the respective spot in the video, or watch it in full length below.

Just to clarify: The thingy with the triangle right in the middle of my face is not my nose!!! 😉 Oh, and if you feel that there is something missing in my name, here is an additional ‘R’ for you. Print it, cut it out and glue it to your monitor, right into my surname. 😉

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16 replies
  1. Adrian Evans
    Adrian Evans says:

    Great interview Klaus, also loved the watermarks, will have to be my next project once i have checked your web site on how to do it lol

    Getting better at HDR, but think i need to learn way more Photoshop and not just the basics as you go into so much more detail.

    Thank you for all the sharing and thank you for like one of my bridges on flickr.

    i guess you have at least 10,000 emails to get through before this one, but if you get a second please could you look at my latest HDR’s here

    i know what style i like but alter images to try and sell them, wondering if you had any opinions on my hdr’s and how to improve/progress because to me your working is stunning.

    all the best

    • farbspiel
      farbspiel says:

      Hi Adrian,

      thanks for your feedback!

      It’s actually not quite 10,000 emails, but close to it. 😉

      I have had a look at your images. I like your colorful style. There are some very nice images on your site. If there was one tip I could give you (if I may), try working on your control of the Lighting Adjustments. In some of your images, there are hints of dark haloing. They are not very obvious, though. Using a slightly higher value for Lighting Adjustments may get rid of these.

      I hope that helps you.


  2. Pat
    Pat says:

    Great interview Klaus! Thanks for mentioning that you sit down to have a coffee mid-way through creating your video tutorials…..I actually had a coffee sitting behind me in a french-press to squeeze.

    Very inspirational points at the end. I especially like the point about having fun with photography/editing. I am very protective of the fun part! Now that I have heard that you receive negative comments, I don’t feel so bad! Flickr is great at banning all those negative people out there.

    Ya, really enjoyed listening to you speak. Glad that you are leading the way on this HDR stuff…a perfect gentleman….


    • farbspiel
      farbspiel says:

      Hi Pat,

      thanks, my friend!

      “Thanks for mentioning that you sit down to have a coffee mid-way through creating your video tutorials”

      Coffee is my fuel, man! There’s no way you can do this without coffee. 😉

      “I especially like the point about having fun with photography/editing.”

      Don’t let any negative comment take that away from you. As I said, you should take any comment (the good and the bad) with a grain of salt. Select wisely which ones you really care about.

      “Glad that you are leading the way on this HDR stuff…a perfect gentleman….”

      You’re too kind, Pat!

      Take care, my friend!

  3. yfenglim
    yfenglim says:

    Great stuff Klaus, i’ve been your follower for quite sometimes, and i definitely learnt a great deal from you. You share your stuff unselfishly (and this is what you said in twit photo video) that’s just your great nature. Really look forward to your new ebook that’s coming up… love your tips too. Cheers!

    • farbspiel
      farbspiel says:

      Thanks a lot!

      Yes, I am looking forward to the ebook too. 🙂 It will be a great addition to the information that is already on the website

      Stay tuned!


  4. greg urbano
    greg urbano says:

    I am a big follower of Twit Photo and Leo Laporte. I think it was great that they had you on one of their last podcasts before the show ends. I had discovered you and your fantastic learning website via google plus a while back and think you did a great job on the show!
    Hopefully many more people will now come to your site and discover one of the best free resources for the hdr process and photography on the web today!
    Congratulations on the media exposure Klaus!
    ps – I wish that the “try it yourself” portion of your site would have been covered, I think it is a great feature for people to use the same baseline set of raw files to apply their process to and compare results.
    Keep up the good work!

    • farbspiel
      farbspiel says:

      Hi Greg,

      thanks a lot for the nice feedback!

      Yes, the pics-to-play-with section would have been a nice addition to the show. But there would have been so many things to talk about. Time was just too short. Maybe they’ll re-launch the show some day, and maybe they’ll have me again. Who knows. 🙂

      Until then, I hope you keep coming back here for more, Greg!


  5. Eric
    Eric says:

    What a pleasure it was to see and hear you in an interview for the first time, Klaus. You’re a real natural both in front of and behind the lens, despite that “thing” menacing your face ;).

    On the point about your tutorials being too fast, I understand that the work you put into an image would take the better part of an afternoon to view in real time and that that doesn’t translate well to a video presentation, but I do wonder whether or not the presentation would benefit from a momentary slow down at those critical points where the viewer is likely to “pause” the stream. As a fan of your videos, I can attest to the wear and tear I subject to the pause button at those stages of prime Klaus. Just my thoughts.

    Anyway, congratulations on the exposure. It’s well deserved.

    • farbspiel
      farbspiel says:

      Thanks a lot, Eric!

      The temporary slow-down sounds like a good idea. The only problem is that I would need to record everything in real-time to do that. Right now, I am recording in time-lapse (3 fps). This leaves enough system resources to do the actual image editing, AND the required storage space is kept at a sensible level. So, doing this would be a challenge. But I will keep your idea in the back of my head as it would add a nice element to the videos.

      Thanks for the suggestion.


  6. Eric
    Eric says:

    “The only problem is that I would need to record everything in real-time to do that.”

    Ah, that does seem like a show stopper. The pause button it is..

  7. Rick Mandle
    Rick Mandle says:

    I really enjoyed the interview, and all the images in your gallery.

    One question that I was hoping one of the commentators would ask had to do with finding the nodal point when hand-holding your camera and rotating the camera without shifting. I unknowingly shift the camera when trying to take a hand-held panorama; I’m sure I’d do the same thing when taking a vertorama. I never realize that I’ve shifted the camera until I download the images on to my computer, and then I have the parallax problem. So, how do you hand-hold your camera and rotate around a nodal point?

    • farbspiel
      farbspiel says:

      Hi Rick,

      yeah, that is a tricky issue. Essentially, I don’t care too much about the nodal point when I am taking shots hand-held. It is very difficult to do this, both technically and physically.

      I try taking the sections of the vertorama such that the problem of parallax errors is minimized. Additionally, there are a few tricks in Photoshop that you can apply to cure stitching errors. I am explaining that in my upcoming Ebook. I am finishing the manuscript now, so it should not be too long before it’s out.


  8. marcp_dmoz
    marcp_dmoz says:

    Hi Klaus:

    Congrats on your interview.
    Many thanks for the insights about your way of doing HDR images. I agree with you that post-processing is key for best results.

    Keep up your sharing efforts!



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