Alpha Universe Podcast



The show where we talk with some of today's most insightful and influential photographers, filmmakers and visual artists about how they do what they do. In the Tech Talk part of each show, we get the inside story straight from experts in the Sony Digital Imaging Group on your questions about cameras, lenses and accessories. We also bring you Do This Now tips that will make an immediate impact on how you create photos and video.


  • We're Talking With Sony Artisan Of imagery & Fine Artist Brooke Shaden | Alpha Universe Podcast

    25/07/2021 Duração: 20min

    In this episode of the Alpha Universe podcast, Christopher Robinson, editor of speaks with fine art photographer and Sony Artisan of Imagery Brooke Shaden about her new book, Reflection.  Brooke Shaden is one of the most inspiring artists working with a camera today. To call her work simply self portraits barely scratches the surface and only hints at the layers with each image. She is a Sony Artisan of Imagery for whom the photographs she takes with camera and lens just mark the beginnings of her process. In her book, Reflection, Brooke has assembled a collection of her work and organized it thematically. We spoke about the book, how it came about and her interest in exploring dark themes. The Alpha Universe Podcast is part of the Alpha Universe Podcast Network. See more at

  • We're Talking About NFTs With The Alpha Collective's Nate Luebbe | Alpha Universe Podcast

    04/06/2021 Duração: 24min

    In this episode of the Alpha Universe podcast we connect with landscape photographer and Alpha Collective member Nate Luebbe (@nateinthewild) about NFTs. In Tech Talk we take a look at a feature in some Sony cameras that allows you to make huge image files up to 240 megapixels. Then we get some Do This Now tips from Nate Luebbe for taking your first steps into the world of NFTs. Here are links to Nate Luebbe’s NFT’s on Open Sea HERE and on  Foundation HERE. Also, in our interview, Nate and Christopher talked about fellow Alpha Collective member Cath Simard’s recent NFT drop on Super Rare. You can see more about it our article HERE. One of the early adopters of NFTs was JN Silva. See more about his projects HERE. 

  • What is the Alpha Female+ Grant Program & How To Apply For One Of The Grants | Alpha Universe Podcast

    29/04/2021 Duração: 26min

    In this episode of the Alpha Universe podcast, we're talking about the Alpha Female grant program. Alpha Universe Podcast host Christopher Robinson connects with Sony’s Michaela Ion to find out more how to apply for an Alpha Female Plus grant worth more than $8000 in cash and gear. Now in its fourth year, the Sony Alpha Female Plus program continues to grow and evolve. Throughout 2021 and into 2022, there are some 12 grants available for photographers and filmmakers. You can apply for an Alpha Female Plus grant at You can also see last years’ winners and their projects HERE.

  • How Drew Geraci Bends Time | Alpha Universe Podcast

    08/04/2021 Duração: 20min

    Alpha Universe editor Christopher Robinson speaks with timelapse cinematographer Drew Geraci. In Tech Talk, we’ll rundown some camera setup tips for shooting timelapse. And finally we’ll wrap up with Drew Geraci sharing his top tip for aspiring timelapse movie makers in Do This Now. Drew Geraci is a timebending cinematographer who has built a vast library of work that includes everything from captivating commercials for Cartier to breathtaking timelapse captures across the Alps and the Grand Canyon to the mesmerizing opening sequence to Netflix’s House of Cards. Drew is here to talk about the technology of timelapse, his surprising revelation about the new Sony Alpha 1, and the processing power he uses to produce his latest projects. See more about Drew at and subscribe to his  YouTube channel HERE.

  • Take A Deep Dive Into The New Sony Alpha 7S III | Alpha Universe Podcast

    09/10/2020 Duração: 31min

    We’re taking deep dive into the new Sony Alpha 7S Mark III with Sony PRO Support National Manager and all-around Sony camera expert, Mike Bubolo. The latest model in the Alpha 7 S lineup is one of the most highly-anticipated cameras since mirrorless technology took over from DSLRs and it’s been purpose-built for video, hybrid shooting and low light. Alpha Universe editor Christopher Robinson connected with Mike Bubolo over Skype to get the inside story on some of the most significant advancements in this new addition to the Sony Alpha lineup. See more about the Sony A7S III at

  • How Rachel Jones Ross Creates Astral-scapes | Alpha Universe Podcast

    22/07/2020 Duração: 30min editor Christopher Robinson speaks with landscape and astro-photographer Rachel Jones Ross. In Tech Talk, we go through a camera setting that changes the game for photography after dark. And we get some Do This Now tips from Rachel Jones Ross for making high-impact astro-photos and astro-landscapes.  Rachel Jones Ross became a photographer because of astrophotography. Rachel, who is also a member of the Alpha Imaging Collective, takes advantage of long winter nights near her home in the Canadian Rockies to enjoy the solitude and stillness with her camera and the Milky Way. Rachel is also an avid teacher who has started going all online with her astrophotography workshops during COVID 19. You can sign up for her workshops at her website,  See more about Rachel and our step by step guide to setting up Bright Monitoring on your camera in the shownotes for this episode at

  • How A Director Of Photography Is Staying Sharp & Creative During Film & TV Production Shutdowns | Alpha Universe Podcast

    12/06/2020 Duração: 27min

    In this special episode of the Alpha Universe Podcast, we’re taking a look into the motion picture side of content creation. During the coronavirus shutdowns that have halted film and television production in Southern California, editor Jeff Berlin interviewed cinematographer Tommy Maddox-Upshaw. Maddox, who has worked on Fox’s Empire series as well as the FX series Snowfall and Netflix’ s Huge In France (see all of his credits on IMDB), has been taking the time away from production to study cinema from around the world and to exchange ideas with small groups of friends and colleagues online. This is the first time we’ve had an opportunity to feature an interview with a leading Hollywood DP on the podcast. It’s an opportunity to get a glimpse into that world during this strange and challenging time. Jeff Berlin connected with Maddox remotely for this interview. You can see more about Maddox at Subscribe to the Alpha Universe Podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Podcasts or wh

  • Lensrentals Founder Roger Cicala On What Makes A Great Lens | Alpha Universe Podcast

    28/05/2020 Duração: 35min

    This Alpha Universe Podcast is all about lenses.'s Christopher Robinson speaks with Lensrentals founder and all around optical mad scientist, Roger Cicala to talk about what makes a great lens and a proper lens review. We connect with Sony's El-Deane Naude to get the inside story on what makes a G Master lens a G Master. And Roger Cicala comes back to offer up some Do This Now Tips  about how to clean a lens the right way.

  • Guest Host Chris Orwig Talks With Chris Burkard About Life After Coronavirus | Alpha Universe Podcast

    06/05/2020 Duração: 01h16min

    On today’s show, guest host Chris Orwig continues his conversations with mentors, colleagues and friends with the incomparable Chris Burkard. Burkard’s images are well known to his 3.6 million Instagram followers, but there’s much more to him than just social media. Chris Burkard’s humility, his humanity and his unwavering dedication to his family make him who he is as a photographer and entrepreneur. In the midst of the coronavirus shutdowns, as he saw his business come to a complete and sudden halt, Chris Burkard has been looking to the future and what’s on the horizon. See more about Chris Orwig here. See more about Chris Burkard here. You can join Chris Burkard's 3.6 Instagram followers here. 

  • Travel Writer & Photographer Erin Sullivan (erinoutdoors) On The #OurGreatIndoors Project | Alpha Universe Podcast

    29/04/2020 Duração: 24min

    Alpha Universe editor Christopher Robinson connects with travel writer and photographer turned macro world shooter, Erin Sullivan (@erinoutdoors). In Tech Talk, we’ll go through of the best camera settings for macro photography. And we get some Do This Now tips from Erin Sullivan for anyone looking to create their own macro world in quarantine.  Erin Sullivan is frequently on the move. When the coronavirus lockdowns started in March and travel became impossible, she got creative and brought the outdoors indoors. Erin purchased some HO- and N-scale model railroad figures and, within the confines of her apartment, she started to craft macro scenes. Through her macro lens, Erin created places where she could let her mind wander and explore. Through the hashtag #ourgreatindoors she invited her community and the whole world to come along on a journey during quarantine. The idea has caught on in a big way and Erin has been featured on television, online and in print. We spoke from our respective coronavirus home of

  • SPECIAL EPISODE: On The 50th Anniversary Of Earth Day, Guest Host Chris Orwig Talks With Cristina Mittermeier About Conservation, Empowerment & More | Alpha Universe Podcast

    22/04/2020 Duração: 38min

    Today we’re running a special show for the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Guest host Chris Orwig interviews conservation photographer Cristina Mittermeier. Cristina is a co-founder of Sea Legacy and she has made it her life’s mission to use her images to help empower indigenous peoples and to bring attention to the natural world and convert apathy into action. See more about Cristina Mittermeier and Chris Orwig at

  • Sports Photojournalist and Portrait Pro Patrick Murphy-Racey On the #2042020 Project, Black & White and More | Alpha Universe Podcast

    21/04/2020 Duração: 31min editor Christopher Robinson speaks with veteran sports photojournalist and portrait pro, Patrick Murphy-Racey about his #2042020 project, the lost craft of shooting in black and white and why he was driven to do more than binge-watch Tiger King during the national coronavirus shutdown. In Tech Talk, we’ll explain how to set up a Sony Alpha mirrorless camera to shoot in black and white. And for photographers who want to make "seeing" and shooting in black and white second nature, Patrick Murphy-Racey has some Do This Now tips.  See more about camera setup, shooting in black and white, Patrick Murphy-Racey and the #2042020 project at   

  • Guest Host Chris Orwig Talks With Ben Moon About Taking Your Path In Your Career | Alpha Universe Podcast

    15/04/2020 Duração: 01h17min

    On today’s show, guest host Chris Orwig continues his series of conversations with creative colleagues, friends and mentors. Chris is joined by the ever thoughtful adventure photographer and filmmaker Ben Moon. Chris and Ben talk about getting to where you’re going by pointing your compass at what’s important to you and discovering the sometimes hidden opportunities that lay upon that path and about dealing with the unique challenges presented by the coronavirus.   See more about Chris Orwig and Benn Moon at

  • Pro Photographer & Educator Chris Orwig On Seizing Creative Opportunities During A National Shutdown| Alpha Universe Podcast

    10/04/2020 Duração: 32min

    Alpha Universe editor Christopher Robinson speaks with pro portrait photographer and educator Chris Orwig. In Tech Talk, Sony’s El Naude explains the difference between Sony Eye AF and Real Time Tracking AF technologies. And we get some simple, and powerful Do This Now tips from Chris Orwig for lighting portraits. See more in the shownotes at

  • Guest Host Chris Orwig Talks With Colby Brown About Making The Most Of A Time Of No Travel | Alpha Universe Podcast

    07/04/2020 Duração: 58min

    On today’s show, guest host Chris Orwig continues his series of conversations with creative colleagues, friends and mentors. Chris is joined by fellow photographer and Sony Artisan of Imagery, Colby Brown as they talk about how coronavirus travel restrictions are affecting Colby’s work and professional life and the positives that are coming out of this unique time in our history.

  • Paul Gero On His Portraits In The Time Of Corona Project & How To Set Up Your Camera To Livestream | Alpha Universe Podcast

    31/03/2020 Duração: 17min

    Photojournalist and portrait photographer Paul Gero joins Alpha Universe editor Christopher Robinson to talk about his Portraits In The Time Of Corona project. Shooting pictures from the porch to adhere to social distancing guidelines, Gero is creating a unique look at life in his small mid-western town during this unprecedented time.  We also walk you through the how to set up your Sony Alpha or RX camera to livestream. The setup is easy and the step up in image quality from your computer webcam is stunning. As he's making portraits from the porch, Gero has to work very fast. His background as a newspaper photographer trained him to do that. Gero offers up some Do This Now tips to getting the shot quickly.

  • Guest Host Chris Orwig Talks With Caroline Jensen About Moving Forward Through Unprecedented Times | Alpha Universe Podcast

    26/03/2020 Duração: 01h12min

    On today’s Alpha Universe Podcast we’re doing something new. Over the coming weeks, portrait photographer and Sony Artisan Of Imagery Chris Orwig will be an occasional guest host of the podcast. Orwig will be interviewing his friends, mentors and colleagues to talk about what they are doing to move forward in these days of social distancing and isolation. In the first in this mini series, Orwig talks with Caroline Jensen. See more about Chris Orwig and Caroline Jensen in the show notes at

  • What Is Kando and Kando Trip? Sony's Matt Parnell Joins Us: Alpha Universe Podcast

    14/08/2019 Duração: 10min

    Special guest Matt Parnell from Sony joins's Christopher Robinson to talk about what Kando means, the power of "Wow" and how Kando Trip 3.0 was born. At this unique multi-day event in Sunriver Oregon, hundreds of photographers, YouTubers, filmmakers and other creatives are immersed in dawn to night workshops and special shooting opportunities.     

  • Alpha Female 2.0 Begins. Sony's Michaela Ion Joins Us To Talk About This Year's Program. Alpha Universe Podcast

    30/07/2019 Duração: 20min

    Sony's Michaela Ion joins editor Christopher Robinson to talk about Alpha Female 2.0. We learn about the prize package, mentorship, how you can apply and why the program matters. See how to apply at  

  • Colby Brown On The Life Of A Travel, Landscape & Humanitarian Photographer: Alpha Universe Podcast

    23/07/2019 Duração: 20min

    Colby Brown is constantly in motion. The landscape], travel and humanitarian photographer is on the road for more than half the year. In addition to being a professional shooter, Colby also keeps an active website with detailed gear reviews and he had an opportunity to test the new Sony a7R IV with the Sony 200-600mm G lens in Alaska. editor Christopher Robinson caught up with Colby when they were both in New York for the a7R IV launch event. Having had a chance to use the new camera in demanding conditions, he shares what he learned and why the camera is going to be his next go-to.

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