The Lensrentals Podcast

By Roger Cicala

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Each week Roger Cicala, founder of Lensrentals.com, hosts conversations about the art and science of capturing images. From photography to videography, film, history, and technology, the show covers a wide range of topics to educate and inspire creators of all kinds.

Episode Date
How David Carson Won a Pulitzer Covering Ferguson
50:28

David Carson is a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Carson’s images are featured extensively in the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography that was awarded to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch photo staff. In 2008, his multimedia project “Reporting for Duty” won a regional Emmy award for Advanced Media – Interactivity. We talk with David about his experience covering Ferguson, and how much of his team’s previous work prepared them to better understanding the issues that were front and center. David shares his take on newsrooms that have lost photojournalists, the future of staff photographers and why they matter even in our current visual age.

  • The Lensrentals Podcast is hosted by Roger Cicala. Our sound engineers are Ryan Hill and Julian Harper. Other contributors include: Sarah McAlexander, Joey Miller, Drew Cicala, John Tucker, and SJ Smith.
  • Let’s keep this conversation going! Leave a comment on our voicemail at 901-609-LENS or shoot us a question at: podcast@lensrentals.com.

  • www.Lensrentals.com
  • Read our blog
  • Find us on Instagram
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Dec 12, 2019
How to Get Started in VR
41:08

Jim Geduldick found his way into immersive video via skateboarding and a desire to emulate the tricks he saw captured in skate videos. He’s now a VR Cinematographer, Creative Technologist, director, and visual effects artist. He has created projects for Intel, Epic Games, Google, GoPro, Red Bull, Hulu and many more. His career path led him to work on projects with Ridley Scott, Michael Bay, and Spike Jonze. Ally and Ryan talked with Jim about the current state of VR and all the different technologies that are encompassed under that term, how ongoing education is key, and some common fears those new to VR have about getting started.


The Lensrentals Podcast is hosted by Roger Cicala. Our sound engineers are Ryan Hill and Julian Harper. Other contributors include: Sarah McAlexander, Joey Miller, Drew Cicala, John Tucker, and SJ Smith. Let’s keep this conversation going! Leave a comment on our voicemail at 901-609-LENS or shoot us a question at: podcast@lensrentals.com.

www.Lensrentals.com
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Find us on Instagram
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Send us pictures of your cat on Twitter. Seriously.

Dec 05, 2019
How to Break a Lens
48:45
  • Roger is joined by our Repair Manager Aaron Cloz and Senior Photo Tech Joey Miller to discuss broken lenses, the types of repairs they’ve encountered, what they think can be attempted at home, and how to prevent repairs from being needed in the first place! They dish on which repair center takes the longest to get gear back from, what environments they can count on to break a lens and advise the best gear for shooting in the rain. In this talk, they reference enjoying working with PhotoTech which is an authorized service center for Canon, Sony, Nikon, FujiFilm, and Sigma.

  • Spotlight on Ryan Hill
    • Ryan is our Video Product Development Specialist, which is a mouthful but means he helps figure out what new products we want to carry, how to inspect, support and accessorize it and how we’ll market it. Ryan has had all the jobs. Really. But before working at Lensrentals he used to PA in North Carolina. His favorite job was working on Eastbound and Down and tells us why and how he got the gig which is quite a tale indeed. Ryan’s favorite new piece of gear is the Quasar Science QLED light kit which are super bright 4ft long LED’s that are easy to control with full RGB spectrum.

  • Let’s keep this conversation going! Leave a comment on our voicemail at 901-609-LENS or shoot us a question at: podcast@lensrentals.com.www.Lensrentals.com
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Nov 21, 2019
How Early Photographers Turned Silver Into Gold
24:49
  • We’re looking at the history of photography covering 1840-1870 with David Horan, Professor of Photography and Art History at the University of Memphis. David and Roger discuss the importance of postmortem portraits, how one American president credited the carte de visite with helping him win his election and dispel some of the preconceived notions about the early days of photography. Next time we talk to David we’ll dive into the debate that began in the 1800s and continues to this day: Is photography art?
  • Spotlight on Naima
    • Aiesha Overton who goes by Naima is a Fulfillment Associate who spends her days at work making sure the gear sent to customers is spotless and clean. Naima is an artist who uses spray paint, stencils, and acrylics to create murals and enjoys putting together interactive experiences.
    • Instagram

  • The Lensrentals Podcast is hosted by Roger Cicala. Our sound engineers are Ryan Hill and Julian Harper. Other contributors include: SarahMcAlexander, Joey Miller, Drew Cicala, John Tucker, and SJ Smith.

  • Let’s keep this conversation going! Leave a comment on our voicemail at 901-609-LENS or shoot us a question at: podcast@lensrentals.com.

 

Nov 14, 2019
How Zero Point Zero Wrangles Gear
42:14
  • Emma Huckstadt started as a Production Assistant at Zero Point Zero in 2014 and quickly got promoted to Manager of Production Equipment, responsible for trouble-shooting questions and inspecting their gear before it goes into the field. Zero Point Zero produces shows such as Parts Unknown, Mind of a Chef, and Elvis Goes There and has won 15 Primetime Emmy’s, 5 James Beard Awards and a Peabody Award. Emma and Ryan’s discussion ranges from reminiscing about crappy PA postings on set to solving logistical nightmares that pop up when planning for overseas shoots, to what Zero Point Zero has on their horizon.
  • Upcoming projects

 

Nov 07, 2019
10 Horror Movies Every Filmmaker Should See
40:49

Get in the Halloween spirit by counting down the top 10 horror movies we think filmmakers should see with our own Ryan Hill, Kendall Richardson, and Jimmie Harvey.

 

  • Spotlight on Jason Rawlings
    • Jason is a Video Tech here at Lensrentals meaning he takes troubleshooting and compatibility phone calls (you’ve probably talked to him!) and inspects equipment before it goes out to customers. Jason has made several of his own shorts and a few features too! His dream job is to make movies full time. His favorite piece of gear to use these days is Panasonic S1 and S1H.
    • Jason’s Vimeo
  • You can find Kendall Richardson on The Carpenter Rants on Spotify and Apple Podcast
  • Jimmie Harvey’s Instagram is: Cult_of_Film
  • Jimmie’s Letterboxd 
  • We mentioned Shudder.com and if you love horror movies we think you should check it out!
  • The Lensrentals Podcast is hosted by Roger Cicala. Our sound engineers are Ryan Hill and Julian Harper. Other contributors include: Sarah McAlexander, Joey Miller, Drew Cicala, John Tucker, and SJ Smith.

  • Let’s keep this conversation going! Leave a comment on our voicemail at 901-609-LENS or shoot us a question at: podcast@lensrentals.com.

    www.Lensrentals.com

    Read our blog
    Find us on Instagram

    Follow us on Facebook
    Send us pictures of your cat on Twitter

Oct 31, 2019
How Canon Rumors Gets the Scoop
28:37

Craig Blair founded CanonRumors.com in 2008 and today it’s a top destination for keeping up with the latest news and gear chatter around what the manufacturer is likely working on. Craig ran Lens Rentals Canada for several years and talked with Roger and Drew about where he gets his information, the future of SLR cameras as well as the dedication of EOS-R. We make a few predictions we still haven’t seen play out and ask Craig for his hot take on which manufacturer won’t be around in the next few years. It’s getting spicy on the pod today!

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  • Spotlight on the Fuji GFX 100:
    • This is Joey’s most anticipated camera of the year.
    • If you like shooting with the 50S you’re gonna love the GFX 100.
    • 100 megapixels is “insane resolution” and the in-body stabilization to support the raised resolution is a game changer.
    • It’s a lot larger and a little top-heavy but can use a lot of the existing accessories like the tilt adapter if you like to waist level shoot. 
    • This has the highest resolution of any camera we currently rent!
  • Gear Referenced:
Oct 24, 2019
How Lensrentals Uses 3D Printing
33:30

We used to dream of all the things we could and should 3D print and today we’re actually making them! Kris Steward joins Roger Cicala to discuss how a 3D printer he bought from Kickstarter lead to a room full of printers here at Lensrentals. He tells us the items he’s making, from beefing up battery doors to figuring out workarounds and bringing new items for Lensrentals into existence. It started with making our own gaskets and we’re currently printing 67 unique items. They range from things for products we couldn’t source for repair purposes, we’d make to ensure the product you rented was as close to how it would be if you bought it.

  • Gear mentioned in this episode:
  • Materials:
    • PETG, (polyethylene terephthalate) Which has a high melt point so it’s high enough we can ship it and it won’t deform.
  • Software:
    • Kris recommends using a parametric based CAD software
    • TinkerCad is free and what Kris started with
    • Fusion360 is where Kris has settled and what he uses currently
  • To get started yourself on a less immersive level:
    • Check your cities local maker spaces if you’re looking to get something 3D printed for the first time.
    • 3Dhubs is based out of Chicago and professionally prints for you
    • Shapeways 3D prints professionally and ships out of Europe.
  • Spotlight on the Panasonic S1
    • Joey loves that the tech previously available in only M4/3 is now available to use in a full-frame camera.
    • It’s a big beefy camera which feels great in hand
    • Buttons are all laid out smartly
    • EVF is nice and clear and bright
    • Inbody stabilization is everything you’ve come to expect from Panasonic and works incredibly well. Joey can handhold shots down to 1/4 a second.
    • AF and tracking work really well and better than the SL1
    • Important to tweak it to your style of shooting before heading out into the field, which is easy to do
    • With the advent of the L-mount, there will be more lenses, such a the Sigma Art and Leica L mount and M-mount too!
  • The Lensrentals Podcast is hosted by Roger Cicala. Our sound engineers are Ryan Hill and Julian Harper. Other contributors include: Sarah McAlexander, Joey Miller, Drew Cicala, John Tucker, and SJ Smith.
  • Let’s keep this conversation going! Leave a comment on our voicemail at 901-609-LENS or shoot us a question at: podcast@lensrentals.com.www.Lensrentals.com
  • Read our blog
  • Find us on Instagram
  • Follow us on Facebook
  • Send us pictures of your cat on Twitter
Oct 17, 2019
How Indie Film Lab Keeps Film Alive
45:29

Josh Moates, founder of Indie Film Lab talks with Joey Miller and Sarah McAlexander about getting started with film, printing your work, film’s future and more.

  • Josh believes film has soul and that no digital preset can do what film can. He started Indie Film Lab because he believes the revival of film is strong and understands that when you shoot film, it can be hard to find a lab that processes your work the way you want them to. Finding the right lab is like finding a partner to help you accomplish your vision. As Josh began experimenting in processing his own film other people noticed the quality of his work, loved how it looked and kept asking if he’d process theirs as well. Eventually, Josh said yes, and thus Indie Film Lab was born!
  • Other Resources Referenced:
  • Spotlight on Ally Aycock Patterson:
    • Ally is the New Video Items Supervisor here at Lensrentals which means she’s always busy. She spends her days around here inspecting the high-end video cameras, sourcing new products and building one-click solutions for customers. Ally formally worked at a local news station in almost every role possible and she doesn’t miss that job one bit. She started producing and directing her own work after starting at Lensrentals having great fun and some success producing local commercials and music videos for local bands.
    • Zigadoo Moneyclips - Telephile
Oct 10, 2019
How to Shoot Your First Wedding
35:30

 

Joey Miller, Senior Photo Technician joins Roger Cicala, Lensrentals founder to discuss wedding photography.

  • Episode highlights:
    • Second shooting is a great entry point to see if wedding photography is for you. Second shoot for multiple photographers so you are exposed to several different styles and preferences. Negotiating your duties as a second shooter and what you’ll be expected to cover, especially during the reception, are also very important details to work out ahead of time, along with, of course, your fee.
    • Gear: all-important gear questions! ALL current DSLR bodies and mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras will do just fine for 90% of weddings. From a traditional DSLR body to Sony, Canon, and Nikon mirrorless, Joey reminds us that photographers used to manually focus the bride walking down the aisle before autofocus.
    • Always have at least 2 cameras and have backups, backups, backups, as Joey reminds us as he shares his own data loss horror story.
    • A good walk through the ceremony venue is essential for figuring out your gear and the lighting situation you’ll need to be aware of.-Learn lighting and get very good at it, even if you are a “natural light photographer”. Getting the flash off camera is the next step after bouncing with a strobe and on camera flash, no one is a fan of a flash in the face while dancing!
  • Gear mentioned:
  • Spotlight:
    • Sam Leathers is a Video Technician here at Lensrentals. Outside of his job Sam is a founding member of Studio143,  a production company based in Memphis.
    • Sam really likes the versatility of the Shuttle Dolly and the Zacuto VCT Pro Baseplate with add-on grips
    • And shooting with a Varicam.
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  • The Lensrentals Podcast is hosted by Roger Cicala. Our sound engineers are Ryan Hill and Julian Harper. Other contributors include: Sarah McAlexander, Joey Miller, Drew Cicala, and SJ Smith.

  • Let’s keep this conversation going! Leave a comment on our voicemail at 901-609-LENS or shoot us a question at: podcast@lensrentals.com.

  • www.Lensrentals.com

  • Read our blog

  • Find us on Instagram

  • Follow us on Facebook

  • Send us pictures of your cat on Twitter

Oct 03, 2019
How Indie Memphis Runs a Film Festival
39:31

Ryan talks to Indie Memphis Executive Director Ryan Watt & Director of Operations Brighid Wheeler about what it takes to run a film festival, the many considerations involved when deciding what gets programmed, and more. The Indie Memphis Film Festival started in 1998 and is currently a 7-day festival that takes place in the heart of Memphis across multiple locations, engaging both the local community and those who’ve traveled far and wide to participate. With over 275+ films shown last year alone, Indie Memphis Film Festival has been named one of the top 25 coolest film festivals by MovieMaker Magazine. The festival brings a range of independent features, documentaries, and short films to Memphis from all corners of the world. This year, the Indie Memphis Film Festival is set to take place from October 30 - November 4, 2019.

 

  • Spotlight on Nathan Ross Murphy
    Nathan Ross Murphy is a Video Tech at Lensrentals. Outside of his day job, you can find Nathan directing, producing, acting and doing whatever needs to happen for his films to come to life.

 

  • The Lensrentals Podcast is hosted by Roger Cicala. Our sound engineers are Ryan Hill and Julian Harper. Other contributors include: Sarah McAlexander, Joey Miller, Drew Cicala, and SJ Smith.

 

Sep 26, 2019
How Matthew Duclos Modifies Lenses
54:27

Founder Roger Cicala sits down with Matthew Duclos, Chief Operating Officer at Duclos Lenses. Duclos Lenses is a full-service cinema lens repair, retail, and modification company based in Los Angeles, CA. Co-founder of Duclos Lenses along with his father and sister, Matthew’s career as a lens tech spans decades and includes factory training from some of the most recognizable names in lens manufacturing. As the COO of Duclos Lenses, Matthew spends most of his time evaluating, testing, tuning, and de-tuning motion picture lenses. Matthew also manages all of the product design, engineering, and manufacturing at Duclos Lenses. An avid cinema and photo enthusiast, Matthew also serves as an associate member of the American Society of Cinematographers and the Society of Camera Operators.

 

  • The Lensrentals Podcast is hosted by Roger Cicala. Our sound engineers are Ryan Hill and Julian Harper. Our other regular contributors include Sarah McAlexander, Joey Miller, Drew Cicala, John Tucker, and SJ Smith.

 

  • Let’s keep this conversation going! Leave a comment on our voicemail at 901-609-LENS or shoot us a question at: podcast@lensrentals.com
Sep 19, 2019
Trailer: Hello world!
01:05

Coming soon: Join Lensrentals founder Roger Cicala weekly as he and the rest of the team talk to a myriad of creative people who are involved in making images of all types. 

Aug 13, 2019