Photofocus Podcast

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In this episode, Skip Cohen and Chamira Young chat with photographer and marketing expert Sarah Petty about the biggest (and most common!) print order-killing mistakes so many photographers make!

We cover these common print order-killing mistakes in detail:

  • Apologizing for your pricing
  • Making incorrect assumptions based on price
  • Offering prices before discussing your services in detail
  • Forgetting to do a Pre-Session Consultation
  • Setting healthy expectations
  • Winging your sessions, as opposed to getting your client exited and involved in the process
  • Selling digital files without also offering physical products

 

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In this episode:

I had a chance to interview a talented 21-year-old photography student that's attending the Rochester Institute of Technology. Ben reached out to me on LinkedIn. Sensing his dedication, I wanted to reward Ben with a Photoshop World experience he would never forget. Ben is a great example of how networking and a passion for your art will open doors to success.

Topics:

  • Why he traveled 21 hours to attend Photoshop World
  • How Ben reached out to instructors
  • Formal vs self-taught education.

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Do you have an idea for a topic or want to hear from your favorite photographer or influencer in our industry? Send an email to Vanelli at v@photofocus.com with the subject line of INFOCUS INTERVIEW IDEA. Write a brief description of your topic or idea. If you are recommending someone, please include their name, contact information and state if you would like to be a guest host.

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In this episode:

I had a chance to interview retired Army Specialist Corey Decker for a special edition of the Photofocus Infocus Interview Show honoring our Military. Corey shares his military experience and how Photography has helped his PTSD.

Topics:

  • What inspired Corey to pursue photography
  • How the military helps vets go back to school
  • How Photography helped his PTSD

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Do you have an idea for a topic or want to hear from your favorite photographer or influencer in our industry? Send an email to Vanelli at v@photofocus.com with the subject line of INFOCUS INTERVIEW IDEA. Write a brief description of your topic or idea. If you are recommending someone, please include their name, contact information and state if you would like to be a guest host.

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Welcome to Mind Your Own Business! Premier headshot photographer and education Peter Hurley joins us today!

 

All photos copyright Peter Hurley

 

We discuss:

  • How Peter got his unconventional start in photography, and how his background gave him a unique edge
  • The importance of having a plan for your gear
  • Trends where photographers seem to be struggling with their portfolio
  • The importance of having good "taste" when building a portfolio
  • How to get great images at conventions like Shutterfest
  • The difference between copying someone's shot at a convention and being able to recreate your own great shot on your own
  • Tips for interacting with your portrait subjects and putting them at ease
  • Advice for photographers who want to break into headshot photography

 

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In this "Best Of" InFocus Interviews episode:

Olympus Visionary photographer, author and photo educator Joe Edelman shares his insight on why he shot an assignment using the JPEG format and not RAW. Then it's Photographer, Educator, Author and a Canon Explorer of Light, Roberto Valenzuela. Roberto shares tips on how he uses Light to Communicate.

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In this episode:

I had a chance to interview Photographer and Educator Kimberly Muzuch. Kimberly shares her insights on why every professional photographer should attend conferences like Photoshop World.

Topics:

  • Increase education
  • Networking with other like-minded professionals
  • How she learned to get the most out of attending Photoshop World

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Welcome to the Mind Your Own Business Podcast! Today we chat with commercial and portrait photographer Bobbi Lane!

All photos copyright Bobbi Lane

We discuss:

  • How Bobbi got her start in photography
  • How she constantly changes with technology to make her business more enjoyable.
  • Why practice is so important in her business
  • The latest trends photographers struggle with
  • The element of preparing for each and every photo shoot
  • The concept of practicing creativity, as opposed for waiting for it to strike
  • The importance of knowing how to run your business, and how that can set you apart
  • Why it's important to put yourself in your client's shoes during a photo session
  • The role of people skills when dealing with clients
  • The toughest portrait she's ever had to shoot
  • Advice for new photographers who want to start their own photography business

You can find Bobbi at:

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In this best of Infocus Interviews episode:

Andrew Kavanagh, the man behind one of the largest and most active Photoshop and Photography Facebook Groups with close to half a million members, talks about why he created the group and the changes he's made to help benefit photographers of all levels.

Then, it's Scott Kelby. Before he became a pioneer in Photoshop, Scott started out as a portrait photographer. He talks about his earlier years and how his informal training help inspires him to share his knowledge with others. Scott also talks about the different types of educational resources available and how to best benefit from them. He also talks Photoshop World which created in 1999. As a special note: This year Photoshop World will be held in Orlando, Florida on May 30 through June 1 and the second event in Las Vegas on August 21 through August 23.

and Last, is Hollywood Photographer Mike Kubesiy. Mike talks about what it takes to land a job in Hollywood and most importantly, what it takes to stay there. With over 35 years of experience, Mike is a wealth of knowledge.

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In this episode:

I had a chance to interview Educator, Author and Fine-art photographer Lauri Novak. Lauri talks about the recent Photofocus articles she has written.

Topics:

  • Thinking outside the box
  • Being more creative
  • Marketing ideas for photographers

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Welcome to Beyond Technique, a podcast empowering photographers to bring their businesses to the next level!

In today's episode we chat with photojournalist Jakob Dall!

All images copyright Jakob Dall Photography

Today we chat about:

  • How Jakob gained traction as a photojournalist
  • Why photography is considered a universal language
  • The role of storytelling in his body of work
  • The difference between being a freelance photographer and being an employee
  • The role of relationship building in his business
  • Some of the toughest assignments he's done
  • The reason he wants to bring attention to non-mainstream events
  • His latest climate change documentary
  • The role of PhotoShelter in his business
  • How he stays sane while covering troubling events
  • Advice to new photographers who want to break into photojournalism

You can find Jakob at:

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  • Chamira Young: chamira@photofocus.com  

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Welcome to the Mind Your Own Business Podcast! Today we chat with family portrait photographer Michele Celentano!

 

Images copyright Michele Celentano.

We discuss:

  • How Michele got started with her career
  • The importance of education in every photographer's career
  • The role empathy plays when interacting with client
  • The role psychology plays during a portrait session
  • The best types of workshops photographers can take to strengthen their skillset
  • Why every photographer needs a "backup skillset" to better serve unexpected requests from their clients
  • Why it's important to always be curious and willing to explore outside of your genre
  • The areas many photographers struggle with
  • How we can improve the photography industry as a whole
  • Advice for photographers who want to break into portrait photography 

Check out Michele's Family Posing program at FamilyPosing.com

You can find Michele at:

  • MicheleCelentano.com: Michele's portfolio website
  • Instagram: @michelecelentanophotographer
  • Facebook Group: Family Posing with Michele Celentano

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In this episode:

I had a chance to interview Stock Photographer Guru, Adobe Stock Contributor Evangelist and incredible Photographer Mat Hayward.Mat shares his insight into stock photography.

Topics:

  • What stock photography is
  • The benefits of becoming an Adobe Stock contributor
  • How to become a contributor
  • What images are best to help you get started

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In this episode:

I had a chance to interview Photojournalist, Educator, and Author Rick Friedman. Rick talks about his experience with Tamron lens and his lens choice from his recent overseas assignments.

Topics:

  • His recent trip to Africa to photograph a large cat refuge
  • His experience with Tamron lens.
  • The different lens choices he uses when on assignment

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Do you have an idea for a topic or want to hear from your favorite photographer or influencer in our industry? Send an email to Vanelli at v@photofocus.com with the subject line of INFOCUS INTERVIEW IDEA. Write a brief description of your topic or idea. If you are recommending someone, please include their name, contact information and state if you would like to be a guest host.

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Welcome to Beyond Technique, a podcast empowering photographers to bring their businesses to the next level. In today's episode we chat with portrait photographer Sally Blood!

Images copyright Sally Blood

We discuss:

  • How Sally got started in her photographic career.
  • Tips for working under pressure
  • The importance of having "people skills" when interacting with clients
  • The role being able to listen plays when gaining the trust of your client
  • Ways to deal with stress
  • The importance of being prepared for each and every shoot, especially when there are only a few minutes to capture a celebrity's portrait!
  • Eyes being the gateway to the soul, and how that ties in with her Native American heritage
  • How special projects can revitalize your photography passion
  • The role PhotoShelter plays in her business
  • Advice for photographers just starting out

 

You can find Sally at:

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Get social! Follow PhotoShelter online:

Have suggestions on future topics you want us to cover? Email us:

  • Skip Cohen: skip@mei500.com
  • Chamira Young: chamira@photofocus.com 

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Welcome to the Mind Your Own Business Podcast! Today we chat with portrait photographer Brent Watkins!

Images copyright Sylvart Studios.

We discuss:

  • How Brent got started as a photographer
  • The importance of staying up-to-date on the latest techniques despite being in business for decades
  • The importance of giving your client a great experience during their photo session
  • Seeing things through your client's eyes
  • Trusting your own pricing, and being able to expertly (and honestly!) guide your client during sales sessions
  • Realizing that you are in the business of selling MORE than prints. You're selling the experience as well.
  • Maintaining contact and being accessible to your clients
  • Being genuine with your clients
  • The importance of education, and how it's the key to longevity
  • The key difference between successful photographers and photographer that constantly struggle with their businesses
  • Pricing tips that can make or break your business
  • Determining who your ideal clients are
  • The best advice Brent received, and how it changed his business

 

Check it out!

The Ohio PPA's convention is coming up March 23-24, 2019. Learn more here.

 

You can find Brent at:

  • Sylvart.com: Brent's portfolio website
  • Twitter and Facebook: @BrentWatkins
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In this episode:

I had a chance to interview a very special teacher, my sister Maria Vanelli. Maria came for a visit and we started talking about our childhood and how through her teaching she helped shape my education. I picked her brain on ways to help others learn better and thought it would be a great topic for our show.

Topics:

  • Different ways photographers can learn.
  • Using repetition to build muscle memory to learn faster.
  • Why it's import to teach yourself.
  • Share knowledge with others to make you better.

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Do you have an idea for a topic or want to hear from your favorite photographer or influencer in our industry? Send an email to Vanelli at v@photofocus.com with the subject line of INFOCUS INTERVIEW IDEA. Write a brief description of your topic or idea. If you are recommending someone, please include their name, contact information and state if you would like to be a guest host.

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In this episode:

Hollywood photographer and educator Mike Kubeisy shares his insight on what it takes to become a Hollywood photographer.

Topics:

  • How to join the Union.
  • What it takes to get the job and keep it.
  • Why photographers should start out as assistants.

To learn more about Mike, visit his website.

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Welcome to Beyond Technique, a podcast empowering photographers to bring their businesses to the next level. In today's episode we chat with outdoor photographer Adam Mowery.

 

All images copyright Adam Mowery All images copyright Adam Mowery 

We discuss:

  • How Adam got started as a photographer
  • The things he did to stay focused and chase his dream
  • The role of relationship building as he furthered his career
  • The role PhotoShelter plays in his business and the way he presents his images
  • Lessons learned from his past in the portrait and wedding photography industry
  • The difference between confidence and arrogance
  • Advice for photographers wanting to chase their dreams and become a photographer
  • The importance of exceeding clients' expectations
  • The role of light, composition, knowing your gear, and making yourself habit forming

 

You can find Adam at:

 

Start your 14 Day FREE trial of PhotoShelter, plus 20% off a Standard or Pro Account for a year. Use the coupon code PHOTOFOCUS20

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Get social! Follow PhotoShelter online:

Have suggestions on future topics you want us to cover? Email us:

  • Skip Cohen: skip@mei500.com
  • Chamira Young: chamira@photofocus.com 

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Welcome to the Mind Your Own Business Podcast! Today we chat with photographer Karen Kuehn!

All images © Karen Kuehn

 

We discuss:

  • How Karen got her start in photography
  • Challenges of being a female in the industry
  • The role of relationship building, asking for help
  • How much things have changed in the industry
  • Tips on working quickly with difficult clients
  • The extremes of two lifestyles (farm girl in New Mexico vs chaos in New York modern)
  • Finding sustainability
  • Personal projects making a difference
  • Staying relevant in the industry
  • Working with teams and being an asset for your clients
  • Putting the work in and building a sustainable business
  • Advice for listeners wanting to get their start in photo or video while staying true to themselves
  • The importance of making a difference in your community

You can find Karen at:

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In this episode:

Olympus Visionary photographer, author, and photo educator Joe Edelman shares his insight on a variety of topics he wrote about on his blog.

Topics:

  • Why he shot an assignment using the JPEG format and not RAW.
  • How to shoot a portrait in bright sunlight with no reflectors or lights.
  • Blowing Hair for Glamour Portraits & Best Fans For Your Photo Studio.

To learn more about Joe, visit his blog.

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You can be the next guest host on our podcast

Do you have an idea for a topic or want to hear from your favorite photographer or influencer in our industry? Send an email to Vanelli at v@photofocus.com with the subject line of INFOCUS INTERVIEW IDEA. Write a brief description of your topic or idea. If you are recommending someone, please include their name, contact information and state if you would like to be a guest host.

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Welcome to Beyond Technique, a podcast empowering photographers to bring their businesses to the next level. In today's episode we chat with photojournalist Julie Dermansky.

 

Photos copyright Julie Dermansky

 

We discuss:

  • How Julie got her start in photojournalism
  • The challenges of having a career in photojournalism
  • some of the photographers she followed to develop her skill set
  • How she separates her pain of covering disasters from the creativity of creating images
  • How she makes a personal connection with the people she meets in the field
  • How to maintain your sanity while working as a photojournalism
  • The role personal safety plays when covering floods and other disasters
  • The role of PhotoShelter in her business, especially with helping her get your images out to the public and staying organized
  • Advice for photographers who want to break into photojournalism

You can find Julie at:

Start your 14 Day FREE trial of PhotoShelter, plus 20% off a Standard or Pro Account for a year. Use the coupon code PHOTOFOCUS20

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PhotoShelter gives people and organizations easy ways to manage their photos  - from delivering, storing, selling, sharing - all from one place. Their platform offers simple and smart ways to share, store, deliver and sell your highest quality work. They handle the biggest files and solve some of the biggest business challenges for professional photographers.

Get social! Follow PhotoShelter online:

Have suggestions on future topics you want us to cover? Email us:

  • Skip Cohen: skip@mei500.com
  • Chamira Young: chamira@photofocus.com  

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Welcome to the Mind Your Own Business Podcast! Today we chat with advertising photographer Nick Vedros.

All images © Nick Vedros

We discuss:

  • How Nick got his start in photography
  • How he capitalized on a rare opportunity to get his work out to the public
  • Pushing the envelope on creativity and relationships
  • Designing his career around the lifestyle that he wanted
  • Working with an ad agency
  • How the work of Gary Larson and Norman Rockwell influenced his work
  • The role of storytelling in his body of work
  • How Nick incorporates fun into his photo concepts
  • The process of building a "super studio" and built a name nationally
  • Building relationships with advertising companies
  • Nick's advice for photographers who want to break into advertising photography
  • How to look for openings in the market you can capitalize on

 

You can find Nick at:

  • Vedros.com: Nick's portfolio site
  • @vedros on Instagram
  • @Vedrosphotography on Facebook

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In this special Meet a Photofocus Author edition we catch up with Scott Wyden Kivowitz.

Scott shares his many contributions to photography as well as work with Photofocus.

Topics:

  • Having a dual career.
  • His first 3 Photofocus articles.
  • His ideas for future Photofocus articles.

To learn more about Scott, visit his blog.

We like to hear from you!

Here's your chance to interact with the team by leaving a follow-up question in the comments section. We do our best to answer all questions in a timely manner.

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Do you have an idea for a topic or want to hear from your favorite photographer or influencer in our industry? Send an email to Vanelli at v@photofocus.com with the subject line of INFOCUS INTERVIEW IDEA. Write a brief description of your topic or idea. If you are recommending someone, please include their name, contact information and state if you would like to be a guest host.

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In this episode:

Digital Artist and Photo Retoucher Dennis Dunbar shares his insight on photo retouching and how photographers and retouchers work together.

Topics:

  • Working with agencies
  • How he and photographers work as a team.
  • What software he uses for retouching and why.

To learn more about Dennis, visit his blog

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In this episode:

Photo editing guru Unmesh Dinda shares his insight on how to become more efficient at photo editing.

Topics:

  • Concepts and theories on photo editing
  • How he prepares for tutorials
  • How he uses Skylum's Luminar in his workflow
  • Visit PiXimperfect for photo editing tutorials

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Welcome to Beyond Technique, a podcast empowering photographers to bring their businesses to the next level. In today's episode we chat with sports photographer Brad Mangin.

All images copyright Brad Mangin Photography All images copyright Brad Mangin Photography

 

We discuss:

  • How Brad got started in sports photography
  • Lessons learned from the great icons
  • Paying dues and working hard
  • The role of relationship building
  • The challenges of being a sports photographer today
  • Jumping on trends
  • The role of PhotoShelter in his business, especially with his massive archive of images.
  • Advice for photographers who want to break into sports photography
  • The importance of learning lighting

You can find Brad at:

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Welcome to the Mind Your Own Business Podcast! Today we chat about your holiday marketing plan, as well as planning tips for the year ahead.

We discuss:

  • Christmas cards: Always use a photo you've taken, and always include your logo and studio information as well. In addition to it being a product you can sell to your clients. Christmas cards (or even gift baskets!) are a great way to recognize vendors that support you.

  • A holiday open house: An open house is a great way to recognize your past clients, and it can be done even if you don't have a studio. Rent a space if you need to. Have fun with it!

  • Utilize your blog: Post holiday tips, along with events in your community.

  • Teach your clients to take better photos through workshops. It may seem counterintuitive, but teaching your clients how to take better photos of their families actually helps you stand out as THE photo expert in the circle of influence.

  • Partner with organizations in your community. Start planning for the year ahead which organizations you want to work with next year. Cause-related marketing is powerful.

  • Figuring out tradeshows and conventions you're planning on going to. Now is the time to start planning which conventions you want to go to next year. Conventions are a great a time to open up new opportunities, and even scout out new equipment. Arrange to have meet up with people for meals beforehand. Know what booths you want to hit. Have a followup strategy after the event, such as a "nice to meet you" email, or even a thank you card.

  • Select "marketing partners" for 2019: Reach out to businesses that shares your audience. Refer work to each other. Put together a booklet of recommended vendors. For example, if you're a wedding photographer, that would be dress makers, florists, caterers, event halls, bakeries. The key is to make friends with these folks and be helpful to them. It's all about building relationships!

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In this episode:
 
Photographer and business coach Mark Rossetto shares his insight on enhancing the client experience and building your client list.
 
Topics:
  • Mark’s history as a family photographer in the UK and in Brisbane, Australia
  • Mark’s story of overcoming a speech impediment, and how to talk to people face-to-face
  • Using the client experience wheel to create a well-rounded client experience, including what you sell and how you sell them
  • Coming up with the right business model for your lifestyle
  • Small wins to make a difference and enhance your client experience
  • How to get started with coaching with Mark

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In this special Meet a Photofocus Author edition we catch up with Levi Sim.

Levi shares his many contributions to photography as well as work with Photofocus.

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All images copyright Jeremy Horner Images

  

Welcome to Beyond Technique, a podcast empowering photographers to bring their businesses to the next level. Today we chat with travel photographer Jeremy Horner.

We discuss in detail:

  • Relationship building and interacting with people
  • The role of books and publishing in his business
  • Advice to new photographers
  • The importance of following your passion and looking inside yourself
  • Tips for successful street photography
  • The process of building trust with the people you photograph
  • The learning process involved with travel photography
  • How stock and travel photography have changed over time
  • How PhotoShelter helps with Jeremy's business
  • Photography as a great "equalizer"
  • The trap many photographers fall into when they first start out
  • Advice for photographers wanting to break into travel photography

You can find Jeremy at:

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Welcome to the Mind Your Own Business Podcast!

 

Images copyright David Scruggs and Jill Smith, One Soul Photography

 

Today we chat with wedding photographers David Scruggs and Jill Smith about several things that define a photographer as a professional, so that you not only rarely miss those important moments in a subject's life, but NEVER compromise on the quality of an image:

  • Listen, listen, listen - your role when capturing memories is to know and understand your client. That can only come with listening to them and building a relationship based on understanding their needs. You have to see the world through their eyes.
  • Never compromise your skill set - Being a photographer is about meeting your client's needs and having the skills to photograph at any time, regardless of the degree of difficulty. Of course there will be times when something that comes up that's simply over your head, but that doesn't change the importance of a never-ending quest for your own education.
  • Backup gear - When you least expect it, something is going to go wrong with your gear. Normal wear and tear, a dropped camera body or lens, a piece of equipment stolen - NEVER be without backup gear for those "just in case" moments.
  • Always be on time - Your clients trust you to be where you're supposed to be and always on time. And, even if you arrive just a few minutes late, you've created stress that wasn't necessary.
  • Keep your promises - NEVER make a promise you can't keep.
  • Build a relationship - In any business, but especially photography, it's important to build an ongoing relationship both leading up to an event and especially afterwards. Your success is about your ability to build trust.
  • Exceed expectations - Remember - "There are no traffic jams along the extra mile!" Roger Staubach
  • Love your career choice and show your passion for capturing memories - You can't capture images that tug at people's heartstrings if your own heart isn't in it!
  • Recognize the need for change - Whether it's your own style or simply tracking consumer trends, being a pro is about adapting and being able to stay relevant to consumer demands.
  • Support your associates and the industry - While this is outside the client/photographer relationship, a strong network can also help you through some of the most difficult challenges. Be involved in your local guild or association. Be helpful to other photographers and you'll find they'll also be there for you. Things come up that just aren't planned, but working together there's nothing you can't accomplish.
  • Have fun and be fun to work with - "Fun" is one of those words so often lost in business today. Building trust, capturing memories and being an outstanding artist has a core focus on loving what you do. Everybody has a bad day now and then, but being a professional photographer is about loving people and seeing the world through their eyes and often heart.

 

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In this episode:

Dog Photographe Kaylee Greer talks about her new TV series Pupparazzi and shares tips on how to work with pets.

Topics:

  • How she got started
  • Building a business from your passion
  • Tips for starting out in pet photography  
  • Her new show, Pupparazzi.

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Welcome to Beyond Technique, a podcast empowering photographers to bring their businesses to the next level.

 

All images copyright Christian VIzl All images copyright Christian Vizl

 

Today we chat with award-winning underwater photographer Christian Vizl. We discuss in detail:

  • the role of conservation in his body of underwater work
  • how having a higher purpose can drive your photography business forward
  • how he creates such clear, brilliant photos
  • how he raises awareness for the plight of underwater life
  • the art of storytelling through underwater, and how it influences conversation efforts
  • the effects of our daily lifestyle on the environment
  • simple changes we can make that will help marine life
  • how PhotoShelter helps him run his business
  • his book coming out in April 2019

You can find Christian at:

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Welcome to the Mind Your Own Business Podcast!

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Today we chat with photographer, author, educator, Olympus visionary and President of Skylum, Scott Bourne about the following topics:

 

  • Staying cutting edge in your technique, as well as how you run your business
  • Fine-tuning your skillset
  • The importance of education
  • The impact your About Page can have
  • Personal and business growth, and how it occurs outside of your comfort zone
  • Re-evaluating your business processes
  • The role that listening to other's opinions can have in how you run your photography business
  • How to find inspiration when you feel "clogged" or uninspired
  • Scott's personal tips for being productive when time is limited
  • Scott's top recommendation for learning how to sell
  • Which do you need first, a client or a camera? Scott answers this question
  • The benefits of getting involved in your community organizations
  • The one thing that never changes in marketing
  • Exciting upcoming news with Skylum
  • The importance of loving what you do, and how it drives your business forward

 

You can find Scott at:

  • Skylum.com: Cutting edge photography editing software
  • ScottBourne.com: Check out Scott's work
  • FB and Twitter @scottbourne
  • Instagram: @bourne.scott

 

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In this episode:

Photographer and Educator Sue Bryce shares her insight on The Portrait Masters Conference coming up in September.

Topics:

  • Why we need a portrait specific conference
  • How to maximize your experience at any conference
  • Why you should build relationships with vendors
  • Why you should network with other photographers
  • Why Portraits is the best business in the world and the best subject
  • Why portraits are important

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Direct download: Infocus_Interview_Show_with_Sue_Bryce_August_31_2018.mp3
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In this episode:

Working Photographer and Educator Spyros Heniadis shares his insight on how to organize your digital images.

Topics:

  • How to organize your digital images in any digital assets management program
  • Develop a proper naming convention for your images
  • Using Lightroom’s star and flag features to organize images
  • How to use Lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic together
  • Understanding the 321 Backup concept

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Direct download: InFocus_Interview_Show_with_Spyros_Henratis_August_24_2018.mp3
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Welcome to Beyond Technique, a podcast empowering photographers to bring their businesses to the next level.

 

All photos copyright Jamey Price Photography.

 

Today we chat with motorsports and automotive photographer Jamey Price. We discuss in detail:

 

  • the power of being able to leverage your network
  • the benefit of being nice to people in the industry
  • the role of patience when growing a photography business
  • the role that stamina plays in photo sessions
  • how PhotoShelter makes Jamey's life easier
  • how Jamey overcame a big mistake in his business
  • how unexpected bumps in the road can turn out for the better
  • the challenge of online communication with clients and contacts
  • Jamey's advice for newbie photographers who want to break into motorsports and automotive photography
  • and more!

You can find Jamey at:

 

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In this episode, Skip Cohen and Chamira Young chat with boudoir photographer and educator Jen Rozenbaum.

 

Images copyright Jen Rozenbaum

 

We discuss in detail:

  • How photography allowed Jen to rediscover joy and re-integrate herself into the world
  • How Jen empowers women to celebrate their femininity shamelessly
  • How we should be more of ourselves
  • Creating a space of non-judgement and connection with photography clients
  • How we can change lives and embracing our power
  • Embracing natural beauty
  • The topic of beauty within our culture, and how that definition shifts
  • Not being afraid to take risks in order to find your passion
  • Taking risks, believing in yourself, and experiencing life
  • Life lessons, and what Jen learned about herself through the challenge of breast cancer

 

 

You can find Jennifer at:

 

 

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In this episode:

Photographer, Educator, Author and a Canon Explorer of Light, Roberto Valenzuela shares his tips on Lighting to Communicate.

Topics:

  • Lighting to Communicate
  • Why you need to Practice
  • YouTube Channel
  • Window Light vs. Reflector vs. Flash
  • Picture Perfect Lighting Workshop
  • Learning to be Proficient

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Direct download: Infocus_Interview_Show_with_Roberto_Valenzuela_August_3_2018.mp3
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In this episode:

Photographer, Educator, and Author Rick Sammon shares how to plan a photo trip.

Topics:

  • How his Route 66 book is used as a planner and an onsite reference resource.
  • What apps are great to help plan for sun location, tides and viewing location.
  • How to use Pristine vision as an exercise to get the unique shots
  • Gathering ideas about the type of shots you want to get by looking at postcards and Google Images.
  • Rick walks us through a plan using the Oregon Coast as an example

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Direct download: Infocus_Interview_Show_with_Rick_Sammon_July_27_2018.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 1:00pm EDT

In this episode:

Photoshop tutor and retoucher Andrew Kavanagh talks about the benefits of joining a Facebook group. Andrew runs one of the most successful Facebook Groups “Photoshop and photography” with over 300K members.

Topics:

  • What motivated Andrew to create the group
  • How members learn from top professionals
  • A resource to ask questions and share ideas.
  • Use of Facebook’s new Units section

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Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 9:50am EDT

Welcome to Beyond Technique, a podcast empowering photographers to bring their businesses to the next level!

 

Images copyright Jay Watson

All images copyright Jay Watson Photography

 

We discuss in detail:

  • how Jay got started in photography
  • the art of staying focused
  • finding the right match in clients
  • building relationships and keeping in touch intelligently
  • the role PhotoShelter plays in the success of his business
  • the role of professionalism
  • self-correcting your professional path
  • advice for those wanting to break into lifestyle and editorial photography

 

Bonus! Here are 10 Tips of Jay's Tips for New Photographers

1. Start assisting. Make yourself available to other photographers. Start from the ground up as a volunteer assistant, 2nd assistant, and then to a 1st assistant as you get more experience.

2. Learn more about the photo business. Join EP, APA, or ASAP. Each site has terrific resources for business related info. Get the single best resource I have ever read: "Best Business Practices For Photographers" book by John Harrington. It’s a book. Study it!

3. Don't be afraid. Start shooting commercial jobs now and don't be afraid to ask for money. Yes you need experience, but you also can't afford to work for free. Learn about marketing, pricing, estimating, billing, and contracts Don’t take on an assignment that is over your head. Always be able to deliver.

4. Don't be so hard on yourself. Nobody ever said photography was easy, cheap, or fast. These are all misconceptions. It’s okay to make mistakes and to be frustrated. It takes years to gain experience. Embrace the hard work, and try to enjoy the process along the way.
 
5. Shoot great content that matches what your target audience needs. Hi ya!

6. Build the best website you can. Showcase your best work with 2-4 galleries (or genres of work) with roughly 12-30 images in each gallery. Don't build a gallery for every genre of photography. Show your focused strengths. Shoot a creative self portrait that is just as strong and creative as the work in your portfolio. Treat the bio portrait like an assignment portrait. Write a strong bio that avoids cliches in 2-3 short paragraphs. Mention your specialties, your experience, and a few personal facts about you. The site should be on your own domain name.

For both new and working photographers looking to refresh their careers:

7. Work on improving your technical skills. Experiment with new tools. Commercial work demands that you can produce work with some level of predictability. The more you know, the more reliable you become. It also builds up your own confidence, and will open up new creative doors. If you are lacking in certain skills like lighting or retouching - practice and look for a good workshop to fill the void.

8. Start a new body of work. New theme. New genre. Give yourself a new outlet to explore without any expectations.

9. Make art or photography part of your daily lifestyle. This means being active every single day of your life. This could be time spent looking at images, reading new techniques, practicing new skills, testing new gear, writing down ideas, sending emails to potential clients, researching, sharing/posting images, working on your portfolio, or of course shooting something new.

10. Don't let yourself get in the way. You can always find a reason not to shoot. Excuses like "I need more time, more money, more equipment, better locations, or better subjects" will easily keep you from moving forward. Make due with what you have, rent gear, and find creative workarounds. It’s never going to get easier. You know what to do so just do it.

 

You can find Jay at:

  • Jaywatson.com
  •  Find Jay on Twitter and Instagram at @jaywatsonphoto

 

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Get social! Follow PhotoShelter online:

 

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In this episode, Skip Cohen and Chamira Young chat with Rudy Guttosch from Illuminati Instrument Corp.

 

We discuss in detail:

  • how the process of creating an image is a mix of both art and science
  • the process of launching a physical product
  • the concept of released a minimum viable product
  • the power of utilizing your network
  • the role of customer feedback
  • the synthesis of people, ideas, and relationships
  • bridging the gap between creating a prototype and full-fledged product
  • building momentum in new endeavors
  • the benefits of being kind to people you work with and for

 

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  • @SkipCohen on Twitter and Facebook
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In this episode:

Specializing in volume sports portraiture, portrait photographer Weston Maggio shares how he produces Volume Photography and still gets Studio Portraits results.

Topics:

  • What is Volume Sports Photography.
  • How long to spend with a subject.
  • What gear is needed.
  • What to expect during a shoot with 50 Plus subjects.
  • Business side of high Volume Photography

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In this episode, Skip Cohen and Chamira Young chat with photographer Cindy Harter Sims.

 

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 We discuss in detail:

  • how the journey of self-discovery can fuel your photography business development
  • how to make financial plans for your business that help ensure success
  • the importance of nailing technique down through unrelenting practice
  • connecting with clients
  • the phenomenon of how clients mirror their photographer's energy during a session
  • the role that constant education - via workshops and conferences - play in developing as a photographer
  • how personal projects can help you learn and grow

 

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In this episode:

Personal Brand Strategist Jonathan Tilly shares how to build your brand on Instagram.

Topics:

  • Choosing a good name before setting up your profile
  • The purpose of your Instagram
  • What content should be on your Instagram
  • Creating interaction with followers  
  • How to schedule Instagram post
  • Building an Instagram scheduling day
  • The benefits of Instagram Stories

 

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In this episode:
Master Craftsmen Photographer and Lumix Ambassador James Schmelzer shares his insight on continuous lighting and the benefits of Mirrorless cameras.

Topics:
- Why he switched to Lumix
- Continuous lighting
- The future of continuous lighting and mirrorless
- Wrap around lighting

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We discuss in detail:

  • How being diverse in your photography skillset can be a strong asset, and how it can actually enrich your work
  • The multiple types of photography that goes into a single wedding gig
  • The important role that networking plays in the success of your photography business
  • The role that constant education plays in the development of every photographer
  • How business and marketing skills are instrumental in a successful photography business
  • How PhotoShelter plays a role in how Bob presents his work
  • How Bob is selling his fine art

You can find Bob at:

 

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In this episode, Skip Cohen and Chamira Young chat with Pro Photo Daily Editor and Motion Arts Pro David Schonauer.

 

We discuss in detail:

  • The art of getting your work published
  • The criteria he used to pick certain images as an editor
  • The value of authentic networking and relationship building
  • Building relationships with a magazines for the long term
  • Entering competitions to get your work seen
  • The importance of doing your homework and research beforehand
  • The importance of portfolio reviews
  • The value of face-to-face interactions when you want to get your work seen
  • Being personable and pleasant in your communication skills
  • Making the most of showing your work at conventions
  • Tips for having an effective website Contact Page
  • Picking your marketing strength and sticking with it

 

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In this episode:

Sophisticated Wedding Portrait and Glamour Photographer Lou Freeman shares her insight on portrait photography.

Topics:
- How her commercial and portrait work has influence one another
- Photographing people, it’s all about finding their essence
- How to purposefully find specific types of clients
- How People are attracted by what they see
- How to build a portfolio
- The power of printed pictures over digital a portfolio
- Photographing a show for a client
- Relationships are most important. Know other business
- Make a visceral experience
- Does your portfolio say what you want it to say?

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In this episode:
Photographer and Photoshop Guru Scott Kelby shares his insight on the value of formal education verses self taught.

Topics:

  • YouTube as a great resource for reference material
  • How he learned about lighting
  • The value of online education courses: Kelby One, Creative Live, LinkedIn Learning / Lyndia.com and ThinkTapLearn
  • Conferences such as Photoshop World, Shutterfest, WPPI, PPE
  • Hands on workshops and training.

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In this episode, Skip Cohen and Chamira Young dive deep into a discussion with photographers
Leah Nash and Christopher Onstott. They are a fun-loving photography duo, both former photojournalists turned lifestyle photographers.

 

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We discuss in detail:

  • What made them transition from photojournalism into editorial/advertising, portraiture
  • The art of finding clients
  • Putting clients at ease in hectic work situations
  • Controlling the "vibe" during a photo session, and making clients' lives easier
  • Getting good images in the absence of ideal lighting situations
  • The role storytelling plays with photography
  • Relationship building
  • Special projects - what they shoot when they're not working
  • how they use PhotoShelter to directly serve their clients
  • the importance of backing up images

 

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In this episode, Skip Cohen and Chamira Young chat with photographer and educator Scott Kelby.

We discuss in detail:

  • Scott's beginnings in sports photography
  • getting images right in camera from the very beginning
  • the danger of haphazardly saying "I'll fix it in Photoshop"
  • the art of "anticipation" and research in sports photography
  • the two secrets of sports photography
  • automotive photography
  • finding momentum in your passion for photography
  • the role of finding your own style
  • the benefits of collaborating with a team, especially when you're in need of creative vision
  • the in's and out's of a successful fashion photography photo shoot
  • Photowalks, community, and charity
  • the value of relationship-building and face-to-face contact

 

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In this episode photojournalist Rick Friedman talks about how he uses the Rogue Lighting System--along with speedlights--to create a portable lighting studio. He also shares how he uses gels to add a special look to his lighting.

Total time 22m:10s starting at 1m:50s  

In the second half of the show, commercial photographer Eddie Tapp shares his experience with his first drone, tips on how you can get started with drone photography, how to control a drone, what to look for when buying a drone and where to buy one.

Total time 17m:24s starting at 24m:03s  

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All photos copyright Kristina Varaksina. All photos copyright Kristina Varaksina.

 

In this episode, Skip Cohen and Chamira Young dive deep into a discussion with fashion, advertising, and portrait photographer Kristina Varaksina.

We discuss in detail:

  • being your own "art director"
  • developing your own unique style
  • the other complementary skills that help her photography business
  • the fine points of professionalism when dealing with clients - communication and understanding their needs
  • the importance of communicating with your clients in the very beginning so that everyone is on the same page
  • the many places to find inspiration for our own personal photography style
  • how PhotoShelter was a game changer for her website needs
  • the art of storytelling with your images
  • the role of introspection and personal projects
  • working with a team

 

You can find Kristina at:

 

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In this episode, Skip Cohen and Chamira Young chat with renowned photographer Anne Geddes.

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We discuss in detail:

  • How storytelling relates to photography
  • How to be authentic in your work
  • Finding your personal creativity and style, and the importance of being able to control light
  • How to find the photographic "bliss" that will drive your work forward
  • Building relationships with clients, whether they are 3 months old or 30 years old
  • Making your subjects feel comfortable
  • Being confident during portrait sessions, even if you're nervous - fake it 'til you make it!
  • Building trust with clients and their stories
  • Raising awareness for important causes
  • Finding balance with business, family, and life

 

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In this episode, Photojournalist Rick Friedman talks with Vanelli. Rick has photographed every US Presidential campaign since Jimmy Carter! Rick shares how his Photojournalist days has influence his portrait sessions, how to nail your exposure, the Pitfalls of “Chimping”, Tips to control overshooting and how to expose for the element you can’t control.

Total time 21m:55s starting at 2m:00s

In the second half of the show, Levi Sim talks with International Wedding Photographer Peter Treadway. Peter share why he likes focusing only on weddings, how international clients find him,  strategies for coping while away from family, the pitfalls of being a traveling photographer, tips to becoming a traveling photographer, and how he and his good friend and partner parted ways.

Total time 19m:17s starting at 24m:11s

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In this episode, Vanelli had a chance to sit down with Commercial Photographer Eddie Tapp while he was in Florida giving a lecture to The Camera Club of Brevard. Eddie talks about Learning to see the delicacy of light, The 4 Qualities of light--Spectacular Highlights, Diffused Highlights, Diffused Shadows, and Hard Shadows– and he gives a few tips on how to learn to see the light.

In the second half of the episode, Levi Sim talks with Photographer, Filmmaker and Hunter Steve Speck. Steve talks about how to create a visual story using video and still images. He uses his hunting experiences as an example.

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In this episode:

Kevin Ames talks with MPB founder Matt Barker. Kevin and Matt talk about How buyers and sellers of used photo equipment use MPB to purchase and sell their gear and the many benefits of MPB.

In the second half of the episode, Wedding Photographer Iris Acevedo talks about how she kept up with her business while coping with an injury and she gives a few tips on how to work with a spouse as your business partner.

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Welcome to Beyond Technique, a podcast empowering photographers to bring their businesses to the next level!

In this episode, Skip Cohen and Chamira Young dive deep into a discussion with editorial, corporate, and advertising photographer Todd Spoth.

 

Images copyright Todd Spoth Images copyright Todd Spoth

 

We discuss in detail:

  • how paying attention to details about your client can help facilitate trust
  • the role psychology plays in photography
  • bridging the gap between starting a business and landing work in publications
  • the role of building and maintaining relationships
  • attending workshops and photography events in order to make friends in the industry
  • the role of confidence in networking and during photo sessions
  • the importance of paying attention to details when it comes to running your business
  • the role of PhotoShelter in presenting work in the best light
  • using your time wisely when you wear all of the hats in your business

 

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In this episode, Skip Cohen and Chamira Young chat with veteran photographer Lynn Goldsmith.

 

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We discuss in detail:

  • Photography as a means of creative expression
  • Having a holistic view of yourself as a person and photographer
  • Being an idea-maker and spreading ideas
  • Photography as a means of self discovery
  • The role of photography in storytelling
  • the advantages of trying new approaches and the concept of "pattern interrupts"
  • image licensing
  • copyright, fair use, and how it relates to photography
  • having a team mindset, and treating people right

 

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Welcome to Beyond Technique, a podcast empowering photographers to bring their businesses to the next level!

In this episode, Skip Cohen and Chamira Young dive deep into a discussion about food photography with Christina Peters.

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We discuss in detail:

  • how food photography ties into product, still life, headshot, and livestock photography
  • accommodating to client requests
  • how wedding photographers can benefit from learning how to shoot food
  • constantly experimenting and finding your style
  • the effectiveness of including tear sheets on your website
  • the importance of effective website layout design

 

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In this episode, Skip Cohen and Chamira Young chat with photographer and marketing expert Sarah Petty.

We discuss in detail:

  • Common marketing mistakes many photographers make
  • tips on pricing
  • the difficulty of being a "shoot and burn" photographers
  • picking a business model early on
  • the strategic things smart photographers do
  • ways to build relationships with our clients
  • the lack of correlation between taking great photos and making money (especially when you're not business-minded)
  • the drawback of trying to please everyone
  • the power of saying "no"
  • practical steps for planning your marketing for 2018
  • systemizing your business
  • how to create your marketing plan
  • where to get the most "bang for your buck"

 

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In this episode, Levi Sim talks with photographer Bill Konway about his career in photography spanning more than 30 years and a whole lot of changes. This episode is brought to you by TruLife face mounted acrylic prints.

They discuss:
-Bill's start in photojournalism
-Stories from Bill's days at the paper
-Transition from dark room to film scanning
-Transition from Large format to 35mm
-Transition to freelance work
-Transition to commercial work in the outdoor and hunting/fishing industry
-Strategies for retaining clients

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Levi sits down with Sharky James.

 

They talk about their photographer heroes, the industry and more including how he got started in the industry.

 

Then a fun round table with Pamela Berry, Levi Sim, Bobbi Lane and Kevin Ames as they discuss 2018 trends, goals and tradeshows for the upcoming year.

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Welcome to Beyond Technique, a podcast empowering photographers to bring their businesses to the next level!

In this episode, Skip Cohen and Chamira Young dive deep into a discussion about the benefits of having a special photography projects with Stacy Pearsall.

We discuss in detail:

  • How Stacy was brought out of a dark place through the Veteran's Portrait Project
  • How having special projects can making a change in the community
  • How special products can bring emotional freedom to photographers
  • The benefits of being helpful to others
  • How PhotoShelter helps Stacy present her images online
  • How each image tells a story
  • Effectively connecting with and telling the story of your subject 

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In this episode, Skip Cohen and Chamira Young dive deep into a discussion about customer service with expert Shep Hyken.

We discuss in detail:

  • how to stand out with our photography clients
  • making every moment count
  • building loyalty
  • the combination of customer service + a great product
  • the expectations of the customer
  • cultivating customers for life
  • the process of operating beyond our own personal assumptions as photographers
  • identifying every single touch point with our clients
  • "Moments of truth"
  • the "F-bomb" of customer service
  • mediocrity as an enemy
  • creating moments of magic
  • tips for actually being effective on social media
  • responding to personal complaints on social media

You can find Shep at:

  • Hyken.com - His free newsletter to get tips on customer service
  • ShepTV.com - His YouTube Channel with 500+ videos

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The Infocus Interview Podcast | Photofocus Podcast December 22nd 2017

Levi sits down with Kevin Dooley

How long has he been shooting profesionally?

  • How has he maintained his business?
  • How did he get into wildlife photography
  • Africa talk
  • How to understand animals?
  • What trips are coming up?
  • Where can we find out more information?
  • Gear talk
  • What to consider when going on a safari?

 

Next Levi talks with Jim Welninski

  • Who is Jim?
  • What kind of photographer is Jim?
  • Should we compete and why?
  • Experience taking pictures and how
  • How to think about photography?
  • Post Production talk
  • What should we think about when shooting HDR?
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 In this episode, Skip Cohen and Chamira Young chat with photographer and educator Tony Corbell about running a brick and mortar photography studio.

We discuss in detail:

- The in’s and out’s of having a studio space
 
- The advantages and also challenges of running a brick and mortar studio
 
- Work/life balance
 
- Realistic pricing when running a physical studio
 
- Building trust within your community
 
- Effective networking and collaboration
 
- the essential equipment list for every studio
 

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Levi Sims sits down with Julio Cortez who is an AP photographer

How does Press photos work?

Getting paid?

What is Dollar Rule?

What is Julio's speciality?

What's Julio's gear set up?

Workflow when out in the feild

Where to find Julio?

 

Next Levi sits down with Mike Goldner from Astisan HD

Who is Mike Goldner?

Difference between labs

Lighting and how it's affecting your prints

Why your prints look different from your screen?

Printer differences

Color Space talk

UV light exposure and what it does to your prints and how to combat it

What's a acrylic print?

Putting prints into your environment

 

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Richard Harrington sits down with Brad Malcolm from Perfectly Clear

  • What's new with the latest update?
  • Discussion of the plug-in w/more applications
  • What is intelligent auto?
  • What other features and adjustments should we know about?
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In this episode, Skip Cohen and Chamira Young chat with Tamara Lackey about the role that education plays in running a successful photography business.

We discuss in detail:

  • The importance of physical interaction in education
  • Thinking on your feet and the ability to interact with people
  • Evolving as a person vs being stagnant (sometimes we become blind to our own imperfections)
  • PPE, WPPI, Imaging USA, and Shutterfest
  • Pre-determining what do you want to learn BEFORE going to a conference. Making a game plan and taking notes
  • After a conference, reserving a "cool down" period in order to implement what you learned
  • The importance of learning how to market consistently
  • The challenge of having a healthy work/life balance

 You can find Tamara at:

 

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Have suggestions on future topics you want us to cover? Email us:

  • Skip Cohen: skip@mei500.com
  • Chamira Young: chamira@photofocus.com  

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In this episode, Skip Cohen and Chamira Young chat with Bryan Caporicci about the concept of "Experience Design," also known as creating great experiences for your clients. We discuss in detail:

  • The various shifts the photography industry is going through
  • The concept of having empathy for your clients, and putting yourself in their shoes
  • Shifting your focus to put the client's experience at the center of your photography business
  • The biggest pain point on both fronts – for both photographers and their clients, as well as what we can do about it
  • Mapping out the customer experience and exploring ways we can personalize the client experience

You can find Bryan at:

SproutingPhotographer.com: You will find Bryan's podcast, as well as his articles and calculators for photographers who want to improve their business.

 

Have suggestions on future topics you want us to cover? Email us:

  • Skip Cohen: skip@mei500.com
  • Chamira Young: chamira@photofocus.com 

 

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This month we focus on... focus!  That is right after our eclipse wrap-up until the next eclipse gets close.

 

Links from the show:

Photomatix Facebook Page:
www.facebook.com/hdrsoft

Pepper’s San Francisco Eclipse Photos:
www.pepperazzi.photos

 

 

Story of the epic eclipse photo by Andrew Studer and Ted Hesser:

http://travel.resourcemagonline.com/2017/08/the-story-behind-the-viral-photo-of-a-rock-climber-in-front-of-the-solar-eclipse/17997/

 

Find Levi:

www.levisim.com
instagram.com/photolevi

Find Pepper:

www.panoramanetwork.com
instagram.com/rpepper

Have suggestions or questions to be used on the show? Email us here:

-Levi Sim: levi@photofocus.com

-Ron Pepper: pepper@photofocus.com

Get the show here or get it on iTunes — Don’t forget to post a review on iTunes.

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In this episode, we chat with portrait photographer Lori Nordstrom about promoting your photography business. Specifically, we chat about:

  • The importance of doing your research before reaching out to prospective clients
  • The concept of "owning your zipcode"
  • Picking up the phone for reaching out to businesses
  • Using emails to reach out to individuals
  • Building your network and making lists
  • The timeline of putting on a promotion for your photography business
  • Throwing special portrait parties and the process of upselling afterwards
  • The concept of cause-related marketing, as well as giving back to your community
  • Planning your charitable marketing campaigns to make a profit -- which allows you to give more

Check out Lori's 20 Marketing Ideas (free!) Ebook:

You can find Lori at:

Have suggestions on future topics you want us to cover? Email us:

  • Skip Cohen: skip@mei500.com
  • Chamira Young: chamira@photofocus.com  

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This month we close out our eclipse ideas with advice from an expert, then some quick advice for anyone unsure about sensor dust.

 

Links from the show:

Q&A on solar eclipse HDR: https://www.hdrsoft.com/resources/hdr-for-solar-eclipse.html

Jean-Marc Lecleire, Astrophotographer: https://www.facebook.com/jeanmarc.lecleire

HDRsoft Facebook Page:  www.facebook.com/hdrsoft

onXmaps:  https://www.onxmaps.com

 

Find Levi:

www.levisim.com
twitter.com/photolevi

Find Pepper:

www.panoramanetwork.com
twitter.com/ronpepper

Have suggestions or questions to be used on the show? Email us here:

-Levi Sim: levi@photofocus.com

-Ron Pepper: pepper@photofocus.com

Get the show here or get it on iTunes — Don’t forget to post a review on iTunes.

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In this episode, we chat with wedding photographers Justin and Mary Marantz about:

  • the element of timeless storytelling through images
  • building trust and connecting with each couple in a unique way
  • repelling the wrong clients and attracting the right clients
  • the value of printed, physical products
  • putting together a great album for your clients
  • knowing your why
  • creating a truly wonderful experience for your clients
  • dealing with the stress of shooting weddings
  • being prepared with both equipment and knowledge
  • dealing with the challenges of social media when shooting weddings

You can find Justin and Mary at:

 

Have suggestions on future topics you want us to cover? Email us:

  • Skip Cohen: skip@mei500.com
  • Chamira Young: chamira@photofocus.com 

 

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Levi Sim and Ron Pepper discuss how location access can help make better photos, and ideas for access that anyone can try.  First we'll follow up on last month's show about the eclipse.

 

Find Levi:

www.levisim.com
twitter.com/photolevi

Find Pepper:

www.panoramanetwork.com
instagram.com/rpepper

Have suggestions or questions to be used on the show? Email us here:

-Levi Sim: levi@photofocus.com

-Ron Pepper: pepper@photofocus.com

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In this episode, we chat with renowned fashion photographer Lindsay Adler about:

  • The pivotal moments in her life that influenced her career
  • The importance of studying business in addition to photography
  • Seeking wise council from others
  • Knowing the technical reasons behind why an image is "good" or "bad"
  • Finding your own style and seeing photography as an art
  • Taking constructive criticism and using it to your advantage to improve your skills as a photographer
  • Building relationships with related vendors
  • The artists that have influenced her work
  • The struggle between being happy with your work and also continuously striving to improve

You can find Lindsay Adler at:

- Lindsey on Instagram @lindseyadler_photo
- LindsayAdlerPhotography.com
- LearnwithLindsay.com

Have suggestions on future topics you want us to cover? Email us:

- Skip Cohen: skip@mei500.com
- Chamira Young: chamira@photofocus.com

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Levi and Pepper talk about the upcoming full eclipse of the sun and some ideas to make the opportunity unique to you. We also take a minute to think about basing a photo business on a single platform -- which might suddenly change!

Find Levi:

www.levisim.com
twitter.com/photolevi

Find Pepper:

www.panoramanetwork.com
twitter.com/ronpepper

Have suggestions or questions to be used on the show? Email us here:

-Levi Sim: levi@photofocus.com

-Ron Pepper: pepper@photofocus.com

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The Photofocus InFocus Interview Show Special Interview. I’m your host, Vanelli.

On today's show we have photographer and inventor of the Platypod, Larry Tiefenbrunn interviewed by Levi Sim.

The PhotoFocus InFocus Interview Show is brought to you by the Generous Support of:

  • HDRsoft – makers of Photomatix software and where right now you can go to the Photofocus site and get 44 FREE presets.
  • Perfectly Clear by Athentech – the software that makes our pictures look GREAT with minimal effort.
  • B&H – providers of quality gear at great prices.

Each week we have new and dynamic podcasts for you here at Photofocus, so make sure you tune in every week. We love to know what you thought of the show and you can always give me Feedback @vanelli on Twitter or in the comments section on the Photofocus podcast post page for this episode.

Until next time, this is Vanelli encouraging you to get out there and Be Creative!
Get the show here or get it on iTunes — Don’t forget to post a review on iTunes.


The Photofocus InFocus Interview Show for June 2, 2017. I’m your host, Vanelli.

On today's show we have internationally respected lecturer and teacher Katrin Eismann, Wildlife and Aviation Photographer, Jake Peterson and bird photographer Clay Taylor of Swarovski Optics.

Katrin Eismann interviewed by Vanelli.

  • The philosophy of photography as it relates to amateurs and professionals.

Jake Peterson interviewed by Chamira Young

  • Developing Patiences to get the shot
  • Tips on starting out in Wildlife photography
  • How to get paid for Wildlife photos

Clay Taylor interviewed by Levi Sim

  • The history of SWAROVSKI OPTIK and how it relates to photographers
  • EL Binoculars
  • Popularity of Birding
  • Connecting digital cameras to spotting scopes

The PhotoFocus InFocus Interview Show is brought to you by the Generous Support of:

  • HDRsoft – makers of Photomatix software and where right now you can go to the Photofocus site and get 44 FREE presets.
  • Perfectly Clear by Athentech – the software that makes our pictures look GREAT with minimal effort.
  • Drobo – makers of storage devices that protect our livelihood
  • B&H – providers of quality gear at great prices.

Each week we have new and dynamic podcasts for you here at Photofocus, so make sure you tune in every week. We love to know what you thought of the show and you can always give me Feedback @vanelli on Twitter or in the comments section on the Photofocus podcast post page for this episode.

Until next time, this is Vanelli encouraging you to get out there and Be Creative!
Get the show here or get it on iTunes — Don’t forget to post a review on iTunes.

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In this episode, we chat with celebrity fashion and beauty photographer Matthew Jordan Smith about:

  • How making connections brings lifelong clients
  • The importance of relationship building
  • Doing your homework and preparing prior to the photo shoot
  • Doing your research and knowing your client
  • The convergence of various hard and soft skills
  • The importance of being versatile
  • The importance of having personal/special projects
  • “You've got to shoot to feed your soul.”
  • The role of continuously educating yourself as a photographer
  • Matthewjordansmith.com
  • Matthew Jordan Smith on Instagram 

     

  • Check out Matthew's upcoming live workshops HERE.

Have suggestions on future topics you want us to cover? Email us:

-Skip Cohen: skip@mei500.com

-Chamira Young: chamira@photofocus.com

 

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The PhotoFocus InFocus Interview Show FOR MAY 26, 2017. I’m your Host Vanelli.

On today's show Levi Sim has a full interview of travel photographer and Panasonic Rep Mark Toal. Mark talks about how he got into photography and how micro 4/3 cameras allow him to always have a camera with him. He shares his insights on what makes his photos compositionally intriguing and how by living in different locations has influenced his photography.

On today’s show we have:

Mark Toal interviewed by Levi Sim
- Mark talks about how he got into photography. 
- How micro 4/3 cameras allow him to always have a camera with him.
- Mark hares his insights on what makes his photos compositionally intriguing.
- How by living in different locations has influenced his photography.

 

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We're back talking about portraits when you have only brought one light.  Levi is very accomplished at doing this and he has great advice -- and stories!

 

Find Levi:

www.levisim.com

twitter.com/photolevi

 

Find Pepper:

www.panoramanetwork.com

twitter.com/ronpepper

 

Have suggestions or questions for a future episode? Email us:

-Levi Sim: levi@photofocus.com

-Ron Pepper: pepper@photofocus.com

 

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In this episode, we chat with celebrity wedding photographers Bob and Dawn Davis about:

  • Trends within the wedding and portrait industry
  • Educating your clients
  • The value of encouraging physical prints
  • Understanding the importance of sharing your images with related wedding vendors
  • Cultivating relationships with wedding vendors
  • How to separate yourself from other photographers
  • Saying "no" to clients who are not a good fit for you
  • The importance of controlling your light when making an image
  • Creating images with "good bones" straight out of camera
  • BobandDawnDavis.com

 

Have suggestions on future topics you want us to cover? Email us:

-Skip Cohen: skip@mei500.com

-Chamira Young: chamira@photofocus.com

 

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This episode's topic: The Art of the Headshot: Skip Cohen and Chamira Young chat with Headshot Photographer Peter Hurley

  • The client experience is hugely important.
  • Communication during the session is the key
  • People skills and giving direction are key factors in making a great headshot
  • The art of fun conversation is helpful during a session
  • Confidence can be learned
  • The concept of capturing "residual laughter"
  • The concept of "camera invisibility"
  • "Hurleyisms" app for one-liners to use during photo sessions - Hurleyisms.com
  • Headshotcrew.com - Peter's coaching site
  • Headshotcrew.com/workshops - to get more info on Peter's photography workshops

 

Have suggestions on future topics you want us to cover? Email us:

-Skip Cohen: skip@mei500.com

-Chamira Young: chamira@photofocus.com

 

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Ron Pepper & new co-host Levi Sim start the show off by thanking Scott for paving the way. Then they dive into buying cars and what to consider as a photographer. In addition they get into some long exposure issues you may come across.

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Scott and Marco discuss these new products and mirrorless topics on their final episode of the #Mirrorless Show at Photofocus:

  • Scott and Marco host their final mirrorless show at Photofocus. They will now move on to their new Photo Podcast Network at www.PhotoPodcasts.com where the new mirrorless and inspiration podcast episodes will be produced and hosted.
  • Scott just returned after hosting eagle photography workshops in Alaska for two weeks. He shares his experience with his new mirrorless Olympus OM-D E-M1 MK II in regards to capturing birds in flight in comparison to using his top of the line DSLR.
  • Marco shares an update to the Fuji X-T and X-Pro line "eye cup gate" that seems to affect quite a few users.
  • Olympus discontinued its lenses for the "old" Four Thirds system.
  • GoPro plans to eliminate 270 jobs as part of a restructuring program.
  • Nikon now wants to get serious about mirrorless cameras.
  • Panasonic is planning to dismantle its digital camera division and add it to another business unit in order to streamline cost.
  • Ban of electronic devices and digital cameras on some flights to the US and UK.
  • We have a Photofocus Mirrorless Flickr group that is open to our listeners and photos taken with all mirrorless camera brands. If you want to join just let us know through the "request invitation" button on the group and drop us a quick line there. We'll add you to the group then. And please ask for the invite via the web browser and not via the Flickr App. The invite process via the app has not been working reliably.

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes. We would also love to get your feedback. Is there anything that you want us to cover on the show in the future? And we would appreciate if you could take a short moment to rate or to post a quick review on iTunes for us.

For more information on Scott Bourne follow him on Twitter: @ScottBourne

For more information on Marco Larousse follow him on Twitter: @HamburgCam

About this show:

On the monthly #Mirrorless episode of the Photofocus podcast, Scott and Marco will discuss the news from the mirrorless camera world related to innovations, trends, gear and accessories. And they will introduce mirrorless camera manufacturers by interviewing the respective managers of those manufacturers. And they invite pro photographers who make their living working with mirrorless cameras to share some tips and tricks on their workflow.

Direct download: The_Mirrorless_Show__Photofocus_Podcast_March_28_2017.mp3
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Scott and Marco discuss these topics on this #Inspiration episode of the Photofocus podcast:
  • The inspiration show is moving with Scott and Marco to a new place. In the future, we will broadcast our shows on the PhotoPodcastNetwork.com
  • Marco and Scott discuss some of the important inspiration aspects of photography that they have shared here on Photofocus in the past.
  • Scott's photo book of the month pick is: Mountain Lights - In search of the dynamic landscape - by Galen Rowell. This book was first published in 1986 and it was one of the influential factors that moved Scott over to outdoor photography. More books from Galen Rowell can be found here: http://www.mountainlight.com/books.html

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes. We would also love to get your feedback. Is there anything that you want us to cover on the show in the future? And we would appreciate if you could take a short moment to rate or to post a quick review on iTunes for us.

For more information on Scott Bourne follow him on Twitter: @ScottBourne

For more information on Marco Larousse follow him on Twitter: @HamburgCam

About this show:

On the monthly #Inspiration episode of the Photofocus podcast, Scott and Marco discussed the art, history and motivation in photography that often gets lost in today's media rich world. Slow down, look closer and put more intent into photography to increase your creativity and final results. And simply spread the pure love of photography.

Direct download: The_Inspiration_Show__Photofocus_Podcast_March_14_2017.mp3
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We have a new co-host on the show

Scott Bourne has headed off to do some new projects and is stepping away from the Mind Your Own Business podcast, but stay tuned, because we might just talk him into coming back as a guest! In the meantime, Chamira Young, an active marketing driven photographer from the midwest and who's been behind the scenes helping Scott and Skip produce each podcast is stepping into the co-host seat.

Skip's Cohen: "I love the idea of Chamira's perspective on so many different aspects of being a professional photographer and business owner. She knows her stuff and I'm excited about what I feel the two of us can bring to the party!"

Stay tuned as the Mind Your Own Business Podcast expands into some new areas together with a stellar guest list on each new episode.

 

This episode's topic: Making your business stand out. Skip Cohen and Chamira Young discuss how photographers can make their businesses rise above the competition.

1. Get involved in your community. Stand out as more than just another service provider/vendor. People like buying products and services from businesses that give back. Throwing a strategic portrait party, or creating a calendar are two example projects where you can tie in an organization/charity to give back to.

2. Own your own zip code:
 Pound the pavement and knock on doors. There are companies that can complement yours. Reach out. Host a networking luncheon with other businesses (caterers, wedding planners) and get to know them.

3. Having a consistent, helpful website and blog: Your blog is about what's in your heart, and your website is about what you sell. They both can be a form of educating your ideal audience. Also, be aware of who your target audience is. For example, if you are in the portrait social category, many times your audience will be women.

4. Keeping in touch in throughout the year: Email newsletters and cards. Use your own images. Unmarketing, by Scott Straten, is a great read on really engaging your audience.

5. Use video to build your brand: Video can be a powerful marketing tool for potential clients to get to know you. I've started using video footage from my shoots. I have my assistant do it. You want to keep in mind your target audience for these videos, right? Your clients and potential clients. So it's not a technical video teaching about the correct exposure and composition, but rather we focus on people having a great time during their session. It's more of an emotional connection that you are trying to build.

Are there any ways you make your photography business stand out that we didn't mention? Tell us in the comments for this podcast, or send us an email. Have suggestions on future topics you want us to cover? Email Us:

Skip Cohen: skip@mei500.com

Chamira Young: chamira@photofocus.com

 

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Scott and Marco discuss these new products and mirrorless topics on this episode of the Photofocus #Mirrorless Show:

  • Scott shares his impressions regarding mirrorless cameras from the WPPI trade show for wedding and portrait photographers in Las Vegas.
  • Fujifilm updated their X-mount lens roadmap and added a XF 80mm f2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro that should be available in mid-2017. They have also announced the release of two unspecified lenses for 2018. One will be an ultra wide angle zoom and the other a telephoto prime lens.
  • Marco discusses the advancement of mirrorless cameras into the pro world by looking at what cameras the winning photos of the 2017 World Press Photo awards were captured with.
  • Nikon announced that they have canceled the development of the for mid-2016 planned and since long overdue DL mirrorless camera line. What will this move mean for Nikon's future?
  • Canon announced their newest addition to their EOS M mirrorless camera line. The new model is called the EOS M6 and it replaces the EOS M3. The EOS M6 lacks only a few features of the top model M5 (like a built in EVF) and will be available in April 2017.
  • Fotodiox has announced lens adapters for the new Fuji GFX medium format camera. The all manual adapter is available for Canon EF-Mount, Nikon F-Mount, Olympus OM-Mount, Contax and Mamiya 645 mount lenses.
  • Marco shares his experience with a phenomenon that he describes as the "Fuji eye cup gate". And he seems to be not alone with this issue.
  • Sony announced two new full frame lenses for their Sony E-Mount. The Sony FE 100mm F2.8 STF GM OSS will cost US-$1500 and is supposed to produce a beautiful bokeh due to an APD element and 11-blade aperture. It has a macro switch with a 60cm or 1.9ft minimum focus distance (.25x magnification) and is dust and weather sealed. The second lens is the Sony FE 85mm F1.8. It is a fairly compact and lightweight portrait lens with a 9-blade aperture, double linear motor system and is also dust & weather sealed. The lens has no IS and it will cost US-$600. Both lenses will ship in March 2017.
  • Panasonic released a FW update for its G80/85 cameras. The FW 1.2 upgrade eliminates the whirring noise caused by its in-body image stabilization. That is especially useful during video recording. The new FW also adds support for Dual IS with the Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400 F4-6.3 ASPH lens.
  • Leica also announced a FW 1.3.4.0 upgrade for their new Leica M10 camera. The upgrade reduces black out times in live view, adds faster scrolling through the menu and now allows for 15 custom settings.
  • Scott answers a listener question from Bruce who is having issues with overloaded and unlogical camera menu systems.
  • We have a Photofocus Mirrorless Flickr group that is open to our listeners and photos taken with all mirrorless camera brands. If you want to join just let us know through the "request invitation" button on the group and drop us a quick line there. We'll add you to the group then. And please ask for the invite via the web browser and not via the Flickr App. The invite process via the app has not been working reliably.
  • We have picked our monthly featured photographer and image from our Photofocus Mirrorless group. Our monthly Photofocus Mirrorless feature photo and photographer of the month is: Gediminas Karbauskis with his image Discourse.

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes. We would also love to get your feedback. Is there anything that you want us to cover on the show in the future? And we would appreciate if you could take a short moment to rate or to post a quick review on iTunes for us.

For more information on Scott Bourne follow him on Twitter: @ScottBourne

For more information on Marco Larousse follow him on Twitter: @HamburgCam

About this show:

On the monthly #Mirrorless episode of the Photofocus podcast, Scott and Marco will discuss the news from the mirrorless camera world related to innovations, trends, gear and accessories. And they will introduce mirrorless camera manufacturers by interviewing the respective managers of those manufacturers. And they invite pro photographers who make their living working with mirrorless cameras to share some tips and tricks on their workflow.

Direct download: The_Mirrorless_Show___Photofocus_Podcast_February_28_2017.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

On today’s show we have:

Peter Hurley interviewed by Chamira Young
- How he got started taking head shots
- What the Head Shot Crew is and how it can benefit you
- Developing your portfolio with diversity
- How one bad shot in your portfolio can kill your job prospects

Kaylee Greer interviewed by Levi Simm
- Heroic Dog Photography
- Applying Portrait photography techniques to dog photography
- How Social Media makes this the best time to be a working photographer

Terry White interviewed by Kevin Ames
- Muse software for simple web design
- My Portfolio web service for creating and hosting your portfolio
- Guided Upright and Face Aware Liquify features in Photoshop
- and much more


Scott and Marco discuss these topics on this #Inspiration episode of the Photofocus podcast:
  • Scott shares the interesting things and inspiration that he saw at WPPI 2017 in Las Vegas.
  • Triggered by a listener question about the "religion of shallow depth of field and bokeh" Scott and Marco discuss the different aspects and reasons why one should or should not use fast lenses and when to shoot them wide open and when not to do that.

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes. We would also love to get your feedback. Is there anything that you want us to cover on the show in the future? And we would appreciate if you could take a short moment to rate or to post a quick review on iTunes for us.

For more information on Scott Bourne follow him on Twitter: @ScottBourne

For more information on Marco Larousse follow him on Twitter: @HamburgCam

About this show:

On the monthly #Inspiration episode of the Photofocus podcast, Scott and Marco will discuss the art, history and motivation in photography that often gets lost in today's media rich world. Slow down, look closer and put more intent into photography to increase your creativity and final results. And simply spread the pure love of photography.

Direct download: The_Inspiration_Show__Photofocus_Podcast_February_14_2017.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Ron Pepper and Scott Bourne discuss the various types of distortion and how to fix them including barrel and pin cushion distortion along with chromatic aberration and rolling shutter. They also discuss the various lens and software choices that can fix all of these problems.

Direct download: The_Problem_Solving_Show_Photofocus_Podcast_February_11th_2017.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 7:27pm EDT

Scott Bourne and Richard Harrington answer viewers photography questions.

Q&A Podcast Questions

1. Michael in Cincinnati, OH

I am a hobbyist photographer and recently decided to calibrate my monitor. I used a Spyder5Pro and after calibration the colors on my monitor have a very slight magenta look to them. I did multiple calibrations and even calibrated another computer in the same lighting conditions, yet I got the same result. Is this normal? Should I even bother calibrating my monitor given that most of my images are being viewed in digital form on displays I have no control over? I am not printing.

2. Matt in Ontario, CA

My question is, from a business perspective, what is the proper etiquette for photographers seeking locations, permissions, and permits. Should money be exchanged for locations, or is asking permission and giving credit appropriate. And I’m sure shooting on private property is much different than shooting on public property.

3. Casey in Toledo, OH

I am photographing graffiti on walls for reproduction on art prints and I need to get top to bottom, side to side tack sharp focus on the entire wall. Any suggestions?

4. Cindy in Hollywood, CA

I am photographing groups of 40-50 people for work. I am looking for tips that will help me get everyone in the shot and in focus. So far my early attempts are boring even when they work.

5. Brad in Atlanta, GA

I would like to know if in your opinion it’s worth buying old film lenses and trying to adapt them to work on modern digital cameras.

6. Heath in Los Angeles, CA

Since so many of today’s digital cameras are “weatherproof” is there any need to buy old fashioned rain gear for my cameras? I shoot landscapes in all sorts of weather and have just purchased a weatherproof camera but wanted to know if you think the extra protection is worth the investment.

7. Ray in Orlando, FL

I have heard Scott say he’s not a fan of Sony cameras but I know that Richard uses them (at least for video) and not trying to start a war here or anything but would love a little back and forth between you two as to why/why not.

8. Evan in Everett, WA

I noticed that Fuji is bringing out a medium format mirrorless camera. What is the difference between 50mp on that camera and 50mp on some of the big name DSLRs. Also what would be the use for such a camera and what are the trade offs when shooting with that format?

9. Dan in Chicago, IL

I see that the Photofocus team regularly attends or speaks at the major photo trade shows like PPA, WPPI and PPE. Are such shows really that helpful and do you think they are still relevant? Would a similar financial investment in other forms of education and networking pay off?

10. John in Omaha, NE

I am stuck trying to find interesting photographic subjects. When I was new at photography everything seemed interesting. Now, especially living in Nebraska, I am bored out of my mind. How do you stay engaged and interested in photography when there’s nothing of interest around you to shoot?

Direct download: The_Q__A_Show_Photofocus_Podcast_Fevruary_7th_2017.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 10:01pm EDT

In this renewed, reinvigorated episode of The Mind Your Own Business Podcast, Scott Bourne and Skip Cohen discuss outsourcing, taxes, insurance, book keeping, and helping your business run better.

Specific topics of discussion include the following:

  • The photographers that take care of taxes, insurance, and book keeping are the ones that are successful.
  • The importance of insuring your gear.
  • The different types of business insurance.
  • Tools to help you run your business better, such as 17hats and Sproutstudio.
  • Project management tools to keep track of your team, such as Slack and Basecamp.
  • The importance of answering your phone and returning messages.
  • Giving people as much information as you can on your website.
  • Cleaninng up your skillset so that you don't have to spend long periods of time cleaning up your images.
  • Outsourcing your image editing where appropriate.

 

Scott's Insurance Agent's Information:

Howard Burkholz (specializes in insurance for photographers)
877-485-8600
801-451-8880

 

Email Us or Leave a Comment Below:

Email us Scott Bourne at scott@photofocus.com or Skip Cohen at skip@mei500.com

  • What tasks/roles do you outsource for your photography business?
  • What vendors have you used that you like?
  • Is there an area we didn't cover on the podcast that you need help? 

 

Interested in Mentoring?

Interested in getting mentored by Scott and/or Skip? Email Scott at scott@photofocus.com to get more information.

Share This Podcast!

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes. We'd also love to get your feedback. Is there anything that you want us to cover on the show in the future? Email Scott at scott@photofocus.com

Direct download: Mind_Your_Own_Business_Photofocus_Podcast_February_1_2017_High.mp3
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Scott and Marco discuss these new products and mirrorless topics on this episode of the Photofocus #Mirrorless Show :

  • Panasonic has also announced four updated lenses. The updated lenses are:
  1. LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm F2.8 II ASPH. POWER O.I.S. (H-HSA12035) ($1000)
  2. LUMIX G X VARIO 35-100mm F2.8 II POWER O.I.S. (H-HSA35100) ($1100)
  3. LUMIX G VARIO 45-200mm F4.0-5.6 II POWER O.I.S. (H-FSA45200) ($450)
  4. LUMIX G VARIO 100-300mm F4.0-5.6 II POWER O.I.S. (H-FSA100300) ($650)
  • The 12-35 F2.8 II and the 35-100 F2.8 II both start shipping in March. The 45-200 F4.0-5.6 II and the 100-300mm F4.0-5.6 start shipping in February.
  • Fujifilm also announced the fourth generation of their X100 fixed lens compact camera. The X100F has the same 24 MPix sensor that can also be found on the X-Pro 2. It also gains more AF-Points (increased from 49 to 91) and it also has the ISO-Dial and AF-Point selection joystick that can also be found on the X-Pro 2. But weather sealing, a tilting LCD or touch control screen still did not make it into the fourth version of this camera... The X100F will cost US-$1299 or €1399.
  • Marco had the opportunity to test the recently announced Leica M10. Leica goes back to the roots with this "real rangefinder" camera and streamlined the size, functions and button layout, while improving the quality of the 24 MPix full frame sensor. Marco really likes this new M10 that costs US-$6595.
  • As promised, Scott shares his real world experiences after a month and a half in the field with the Olympus OM-D EM1 II. Do all those great specs actually work in the field to make this a serious competitor to the big DSLR's?
  • We have a Photofocus Mirrorless Flickr group that is open to our listeners and photos taken with all mirrorless camera brands. If you want to join just let us know through the "request invitation" button on the group and drop us a quick line there. We'll add you to the group then. And please ask for the invite via the web browser and not via the Flickr App. The invite process via the app has not been working reliably.
  • We have picked our monthly featured photographer and image from our Photofocus Mirrorless group. Our monthly Photofocus Mirrorless feature photo and photographer of the month is: Dominick with his image "Untitled".

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes. We would also love to get your feedback. Is there anything that you want us to cover on the show in the future? And we would appreciate if you could take a short moment to rate or to post a quick review on iTunes for us.

For more information on Scott Bourne follow him on Twitter: @ScottBourne

For more information on Marco Larousse follow him on Twitter: @HamburgCam

About this show:

On the monthly #Mirrorless episode of the Photofocus podcast, Scott and Marco will discuss the news from the mirrorless camera world related to innovations, trends, gear and accessories. And they will introduce mirrorless camera manufacturers by interviewing the respective managers of those manufacturers. And they invite pro photographers who make their living working with mirrorless cameras to share some tips and tricks on their workflow.

Direct download: The_Mirrorless_Show___Photofocus_Podcast_January_28_2017.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

This is the PhotoFocus InFocus Interview Show FOR JAN 21ST, 2017. I’m your Host Rod Harlan.
We have an all new quick & condensed, all the stuff with none of the fluff format for 2017, so let’s get started.

On today’s show we have:

Peter Treadway & David Williams interviewed by Levi Simm
- Wedding and Travel Photography
- how competitive they are with each other
- their disagreement about the value of getting your name attached to some work
- and how hard it is to make money as a professional photographer along with some tips on how to succeed

Glenn Dewis interviewed by Chamira
- and what a pleasure it has been for me watching his career blown up in a massively successful way this decade,
- Glenn talks about putting in a effort to find your style,
- and to try copying other people’s work until you find your own style, among other great insights

Amanda Powell (a wedding & boudoir photographer) & PhotoshopWorld’s own Dave Moser interviewed by Levi Simm
- where they discuss helping women look and feel their best…… in a very casual and fun interview

The PhotoFocus InFocus Interview Show is brought to you by the Generous Support of:

HDRsoft - makers of Photomatix software and where right now you can go to the Photofocus site and get 44 FREE presets.

Perfectly Clear by Athentech - the software that makes our pictures look GREAT with minimal effort.

Drobo - makers of storage devices that protect our livelihood

B&H - providers of quality gear at great prices.

Each week we have new and dynamic podcasts for you here at Photofocus, so make sure you tune in every week. I’d love to know what you thought of the show and you can always give me Feedback @RodHarlan on Twitter or in the comments section on the Photofocus podcast post page for this episode.

Until next time, this is Rod Harlan encouraging you to get out there and Be Creative!


Scott and Marco discuss these topics on this #Inspiration episode of the Photofocus podcast:
  • Get to know an inspirational photographer: This month Marco introduces you to the American street, portrait and landscape photographer Joel Meyerowitz (born 1938 in NY). After quitting his job as an art director, Joel started in the 1960's to shoot the streets of NY with 35mm B&W and color film. He adopted color film permanently in 1972 - which made him one of the early adopters in the art photography world. Check out his amazing work on his website at www.joelmeyerowitz.com
  • To kick off the year of inspiration for your photography, Scott and Marco discuss different ideas for personal photo projects in 2017. But instead of committing to just a 365 day (1 photo per day) project, they also discuss what you should consider if you want to plan your own photo project in order to make it a success.
  • They cover some of the different kind of photo projects and for whom they could work out best.
  • Have you thought of a 12 x 1-month project with different topics or genres (Portrait, Sports, Street, Wildlife, Landscapes, Architecture, Macro, etc...)?
  • If you can't commit to daily or weekly photo projects, why not plan to capture a certain subject (churches, bus stops, public post boxes etc. in your town)?
  • It's no secret that Scott and Marco love to print their images and they share some project ideas that involve printing your work.
  • There are plenty of analog film based projects that they discuss.
  • Scott's photo book of the month pick is: The Moment it Clicks by Joe McNally http://blog.joemcnally.com/2008/02/12/the-moment-it-clicks/ ). Joe wrote what this book is about in the preface:
  •  "...It’s about being a photographer.It’s about the sheer joy of clicking the shutter…repeatedly! The sweet sound of the shutter and the explosion that occurs in your head and your heart when you make the shot. The deal is the shot, you know. You make the picture and you know something just froze solid in a shifting world. Something stabilized, for all time. You just hung your hat on a moment that otherwise would be gone forever, and now you can go back and take a look at that moment, be it amazing or ordinary, any time you want..."

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes. We would also love to get your feedback. Is there anything that you want us to cover on the show in the future? And we would appreciate if you could take a short moment to rate or to post a quick review on iTunes for us.

For more information on Scott Bourne follow him on Twitter: @ScottBourne

For more information on Marco Larousse follow him on Twitter: @HamburgCam

About this show:

On the monthly #Inspiration episode of the Photofocus podcast, Scott and Marco will discuss the art, history and motivation in photography that often gets lost in today's media rich world. Slow down, look closer and put more intent into photography to increase your creativity and final results. And simply spread the pure love of photography.

Direct download: The_Inspiration_Show__Photofocus_Podcast_January_14_2017.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EDT