Photofocus Podcast (Audio podcast)

Welcome to Mind Your Own Business, the podcast that helps photographers improve their business and their lives.

Today, we chat about the top lessons we've learned from the year with our incredible guests. With each podcast guest, we've either learned something new or been reminded of the importance of staying focused. We all know how to focus a camera, but there is no auto-focus on business or life!

We discuss:

1. Stay focused on your dreams while staying relevant. Karen Kuehn's episode: She highlighted relationship building and being a female in photography back when it wasn't so common. Follow your dreams. Staying relevant.

2. You're not selling prints, but rather the experience. Brent Watkins' episode: Know why you're in business. Realizing that you are in the business of selling MORE than prints. You're selling the experience as well.

3. Never turn a customer away because you don't have the skills. Michelle Celentano's episode: Have backup skillsets, and take workshops to expand your skillset.

4. Never miss a moment of creativity. Bobbi Lane's episode: She discussed the importance of practicing creativity instead of waiting for it to strike.

5. Great portraiture is about relationship building. Peter Hurley's episode: You've got to put your clients at ease and listen. It's important to interact with your subjects and put them at ease.

6. Don't making incorrect assumptions based on price. Sarah Petty's episode: Remember that people don't buy what they need, they buy what they want. That means you need to show the value of your products and not fall victim to thinking that price is the key motivator.

7. Stay focused on your future, but appreciate the past. Reid Callanan's episode: He shared with us the important of  looking at our favorite visions through his rear view mirror in order to appreciate your accomplishments. This also provides fuel for an exciting future.

8. Special projects help keep us focused on our passion. Don Komarechka's episode: Special projects are so important, and can evolve into incredible future opportunities.

9. Never let go of your dreams. Terrell Lloyd's episode: Never stop relentlessly pursuing your dreams. He started out in life headed to being a pro bowler, and changed directions. Today he's head of a team of photographers for the San Francisco 49rs.

10. Understand why and how we are motivated to make pictures – and what your photography means to you. Rick Sammon's episode: In his best-selling book "Photo Therapy Motivation and Wisdom – Discovering the power of pictures", he discusses what makes someone a better photographer, and it's not always your gear.

11. You are your client's "trusted advisor" in sales. Luci Dumas' Episode: As much as we all need a coach or a mentor, our clients need a coach too. We need to learn to be their trusted advisor in the sales process. You're not selling photographs, but intangible memories turned into tangible photographs that can be held and shared for a lifetime.

 

https://soundcloud.com/photofocus/mind-your-own-business-the-top-lessons-learned-from-the-year

Be sure to let us know if you have any thoughts or questions in the comments section. We do our best to answer all questions in a timely manner.

You can be the next guest 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 skip@mei500.com or chamira@photofocus.com, with the subject line MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS IDEA. Then 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.

Thanks for listening! Don’t forget to share this episode with your friends. You can also listen on iTunes; we’d love it if you could post a review!

Direct download: Mind_Your_Own_Business_Photofocus_Podcast_December_13_2019_High.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 10:36am EST

My guests are two talented Digital Marketing gurus that are part of a marketing team that can help you be found online and gain more customers -- please welcome Nick Matos and Ben Saint-Denis from Fueled on Bacon.

Topic includes blogging tips, leveraging social media, building local citations and directories, long-tail keywords, what to write in your metadata and best tools to use.

Be sure to let us know if you have any thoughts or questions in the comments section. We do our best to answer all questions in a timely manner.

You can be the next guest 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. Then 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.

Thanks for listening! This InFocus Interview Show episode is brought to you by our partners, Lume Cube and Drobo. If you like these InFocus Interviews, please consider supporting them and sharing these links with your friends!


My guest is a talented author, educator, Travel Photographer and popular YouTube influencer specializing in travel photography and photo editing, with over 500 free video tutorials please welcome Jim Nix.

Topic includes finding the top photo spots, how to plan your photography trip the best gear to bring, Jim's favorite spots, the first-ever Luminar Photo Camp in Iceland and announcing our first winner in the Photofocus Celebrates 21 Years contest. The winner received up to a $1000.00 Xpozer gift certificate!

You can find more information about Jim by visiting Nomadic Pursuits

Be sure to let us know if you have any thoughts or questions in the comments section. We do our best to answer all questions in a timely manner.

You can be the next guest 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. Then 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.

Thanks for listening! This InFocus Interview Show episode is brought to you by our partners, Lume Cube and Drobo. If you like these InFocus Interviews, please consider supporting them and sharing these links with your friends!

Direct download: InFocus_Interview_Show-Finding_the_Top_Photo_Spots_with_Jim_Nix.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

Welcome to Beyond Technique, the podcast that empowers photographers to bring their businesses to the next level.

Today, we chat with celebrity, commercial, fashion, and beauty photographer Matthew Jordan Smith! We discuss how Matthew builds relationships and friendships with clients while now being based out of Tokyo, Japan.

 

Images copyright Matthew Jordan Smith

 

Other topics include:

  • How Matthew got started as a photographer
  • Photography being a universal language, no matter where you live
  • How Matthew is constantly building new relationships with clients
  • How to keep old relationships reinforced
  • Trends photographers struggle with
  • The differences between Japanese culture and American culture
  • Ways to reinforce loyalty with your clients
  • Advice for photographers just starting out

You can find Matthew at:

Be sure to check out Platypod®, the world’s most compact tripod and sign up for their new Gooseneck.

Be sure to let us know if you have any thoughts or questions in the comments section. We do our best to answer all questions in a timely manner.

You can be the next guest 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 skip@mei500.com or chamira@photofocus.com, with the subject line BEYOND TECHNIQUE IDEA. Then 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.

Thanks for listening! Don’t forget to share this episode with your friends. You can also listen on iTunes; we’d love it if you could post a review!

Direct download: Beyond_Technique_Photofocus_Podcast_November_20_2019_High.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 3:17pm EST

Welcome to Mind Your Own Business, the podcast that helps photographers improve their business and their lives.

Today, we chat with portrait photographer and business coach Luci Dumas. She has a passion for helping her fellow photographers bring their businesses up to the next level!  Join us as we discuss common struggles photographers have, how to overcome those struggles, and more!

Images Copyright Luci Dumas

Topics include:

  • How Luci got started in her career
  • Trends photographers struggle with
  • How to be your clients' trusted advisor
  • The importance of how you present your photo, and how it can potentially close the sale with clients
  • Tips for finding clients
  • How challenges can actually be opportunity for growth.
  • Collaborating with other creatives
  • Advice for photographers just starting out

Luci can be found at:

 

Be sure to let us know if you have any thoughts or questions in the comments section. We do our best to answer all questions in a timely manner.

You can be the next guest 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 skip@mei500.com or chamira@photofocus.com, with the subject line MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS IDEA. Then 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.

Thanks for listening! Don’t forget to share this episode with your friends. You can also listen on iTunes; we’d love it if you could post a review!

Direct download: Mind_Your_Own_Business_Podcast_Photofocus_Podcast_November_8_2019.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 12:12pm EST

My guest is a well respected Photoshop tutor and photo editor who host one of the most successful Facebook Groups with close to a half a million members, please welcome Andrew Kavanagh.

Topics include how to pick a focus theme, ways to be a helpful group, the benefits of hosting a group and the Pros and cons of running a Facebook group.

You can find more information about Andrew by joining the new Photoshop and Lightroom Group.  If you are currently a member of the group, you should rejoin the new group. As of November 7th, the ability to post in the old group will be turned off.

Be sure to let us know if you have any thoughts or questions in the comments section. We do our best to answer all questions in a timely manner.

You can be the next guest 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. Then 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.

Thanks for listening! This InFocus Interview Show episode is brought to you by our partners, Lume Cube and Drobo. If you like these InFocus Interviews, please consider supporting them and sharing these links with your friends!


Welcome to Beyond Technique, the podcast that empowers photographers to bring their businesses to the next level.

Today, we chat with Don Prentice, co-founder of Phototexting.com! We discuss how relationship building relates to every photographer's business, and the ways communication is changing.

Other topics include:

  • Don's history and experience in the industry
  •  Why texting is so important for photographers as they communicate with their clients
  •  Interesting stats that offer insights into how people communicate
  • How photographers can easily begin using a toll-free number in their business
  • How PhotoTexting's Senior Rep Program can help photographers get more senior high school clients
  • The design and ease of setting up Phototexting, as well as their concierge service.
  • The many ways Phototexting's tools can help photographers easily and automatically keep in touch with their clients
  • Advice for photographers just starting out

Learn more about PhotoTexting.com here.

You can be the next guest 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 skip@mei500.com or chamira@photofocus.com, with the subject line BEYOND TECHNIQUE IDEA. Then 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.

Thanks for listening! Don’t forget to share this episode with your friends. You can also listen on iTunes; we’d love it if you could post a review!

Direct download: Beyond_Technique_Photofocus_Podcast_October_16_2019_High.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 9:51am EST

Welcome to Mind Your Own Business, the podcast that helps photographers improve their business and their lives.

Today, we chat with award-winning photographer Rick Sammon. He is one of the most active photographers on the planet – dividing his time between creating images, leading photo workshops, and making personal appearances. Join us as we discuss practical tips any photographer can use!

Rick_Sammon_Banner_October_2019

Topics include:

  • How Rick got started as a photographer
  • The value of photography
  • How imagery and writing go hand in hand
  • The discipline involved in writing a book
  • The value of exploring different niches in photography, and how that can help your work
  • Advice for photographers just starting out

Rick can be found at:

Be sure to let us know if you have any thoughts or questions in the comments section. We do our best to answer all questions in a timely manner.

Check out Rick's new book: Photo Therapy Motivation and Wisdom

Rick Sammon

You can be the next guest 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 skip@mei500.com or chamira@photofocus.com, with the subject line MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS IDEA. Then 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.

Thanks for listening! Don’t forget to share this episode with your friends. You can also listen on iTunes; we’d love it if you could post a review!

Direct download: Mind_Your_Own_Business_Photofocus_Podcast_October_11_2019_High.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 10:23pm EST

My guest is a California based educator, motivational speaker and peacebuilder working to change the causes of social conflict. Over the last fifteen years, he has managed field programs in the Middle East and Latin America, led advocacy initiatives in Washington, crewed on film productions, and taught Peace Studies for college students. He makes content to share things he's passionate about and to connect with others who want to use their talents to make the world better.

Please welcome John Filson

Topics include; John's background and filmmaking, being supporters, not rescuers, tips on how we can help local people become the owners and creators of their own change on their own terms, strategies to deal with conflict, local projects we need more of and tips we can use to get our message out to help involve world change

Be sure to let us know if you have any thoughts or questions in the comments section. We do our best to answer all questions in a timely manner.

You can be the next guest 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. Then 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.

Thanks for listening! This InFocus Interview Show episode is brought to you by our partners, Lume Cube and Drobo. If you like these InFocus Interviews, please consider supporting them and sharing these links with your friends!


Opportunities to increase our skills and knowledge are all around us, but sometimes we may not spot them. In this special video edition, I sat down with Abe Curland from B&H while at Photoshop World. He discussed how he recognized unique opportunities and took advantage of them to increase his photographic skills.

Topics include photographing in natural light, wildlife photography and how to critique a photo. You can learn more about Abe and see his work at birdsongimages.com.

Be sure to let us know if you have any thoughts or questions in the comments section. We do our best to answer all questions in a timely manner.

You can be the next guest 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. Then 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.

Thanks for listening! This InFocus Interview Show episode is brought to you by our partners, Lume Cube and Drobo. If you like these InFocus Interviews, please consider supporting them and sharing these links with your friends!


Welcome to Beyond Technique, the podcast that empowers photographers to bring their businesses to the next level.

Today, we chat with commercial photographer and film director Jay P. Morgan! We discuss the importance of education, the role of mentoring, and the most important skillsets photographers need to have in order to run a thriving business!

Images copyright Jay P. Morgan

Other topics include:

  • How Jay P. got started as a photographer
  • the importance of education and mentoring
  • the benefits of diversifying your photography skills
  • the benefits of growing your skillset outside of photography
  • The role of customer service in your business
  • Fun ways Jay P. uses the Platypod® in his photo and video work
  • Trends where photographers need the most help
  • Advice for photographers looking to take their business up to the next level

Be sure to check out Platypod®, the world's most compact tripod. Be sure to sign up for their new Gooseneck.

Be sure to check out Jay P.'s educational website for education and mentoring. To learn more about Jay P. and check out his work, visit his portfolio website.

Be sure to let us know if you have any thoughts or questions in the comments section. We do our best to answer all questions in a timely manner.

You can be the next guest 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 skip@mei500.com or chamira@photofocus.com, with the subject line BEYOND TECHNIQUE IDEA. Then 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.

Thanks for listening! Don’t forget to share this episode with your friends. You can also listen on iTunes; we’d love it if you could post a review!

Direct download: Beyond_Technique_Photofocus_Podcast_September_18_2019_High.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 10:59am EST

Mind Your Own Business: Sports with Terrell Lloyd

Welcome to Mind Your Own Business, the podcast that helps photographers improve their business and their lives!

Today, we chat with Terrell Lloyd, the Senior Manager of Photography Services and Lead Team Photographer at the San Francisco 49ers. We discuss his sports photography career, as well as practical tips any photographer can use!

 

Other topics include:

  • How Terrell got started with the San Francisco 49ers as their lead team photographer
  • How to have an edge as a sports photographer
  • The importance of persistence, patience, practice, and hard work
  • The challenges of working on the road
  • The dynamics of coordinating a team of photographers during a football game and making sure everyone's work is consistent
  • Unexpected stories from the field
  • Advice for photographers wanting to break into sports photography.

To learn more about Terrell, visit his website.

Be sure to let us know if you have any thoughts or questions in the comments section. We do our best to answer all questions in a timely manner.

You can be the next guest 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 skip@mei500.com or chamira@photofocus.com, with the subject line MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS IDEA. Then 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.

Thanks for listening! Don’t forget to share this episode with your friends. You can also listen on iTunes; we’d love it if you could post a review!

Direct download: Mind_Your_Own_Business_Photofocus_Podcast_September_13_2019_High.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 5:45pm EST

While at ClickCon, I had a chance to talk with Fine Arts photographer and educator Sandra Pearce. Sandra shares how she uses Photoshop not just to paint, but to retouch an image.  You can learn more about Sandra at texasschool.org/sandra-pearce

Topics include Photoshop mixing brush, working with eyes and layers.

Be sure to let us know if you have any thoughts or questions in the comments section. We do our best to answer all questions in a timely manner.

You can be the next guest 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. Then 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.

Thanks for listening! This InFocus Interview Show episode is brought to you by our partners, Lume Cube and Drobo. If you like these InFocus Interviews, please consider supporting them and sharing these links with your friends!

Direct download: Infocus_Interview_Show_with_Sandra_Pearce_September_6_2019.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

While at ClickCon, I had a chance to talk with Fashion photographer and educator Dixie Dixon. Dixie shares some of the topics she covered in her classes. You can learn more about Dixie at dixiedixon.com

Topics include model release forms, insurance, building a dream team, why assisting is important and how to command the set.

Be sure to let us know if you have any thoughts or questions in the comments section. We do our best to answer all questions in a timely manner.

You can be the next guest 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. Then 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.

Thanks for listening! This InFocus Interview Show episode is brought to you by our partners, Lume Cube and Drobo. If you like these InFocus Interviews, please consider supporting them and sharing these links with your friends!

Direct download: Infocus_Interview_Show_with_Dixie_Dixon_August_30_2019.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

In this episode:

https://soundcloud.com/photofocus/infocus-interview-show-with-howard-burkholz-photofocus-podcast-august-23-2019/s-NeS92

I had a chance to talk with photographer and insurance agent Howard Burkholz about the different types of insurance plans photographers need. As a photographer himself, Howard gives disaster scenario examples to help us understand what is and is not covered.

Topics:

  • Actual cash value vs replacement cost
  • Real-world examples of what is covered
  • How rates are determined

For more information or to request a quote, contact Howard directly at National Photographers Insurance

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.

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.

If you like these InFocus Interviews, please consider supporting our partners and sharing these links with your friends! ThinkTapLearn.comLuminar by Skylum Software

Direct download: Infocus_Interview_Show_with_Howard_Burkholz_August_23_2019.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

Get the show here or get it on iTunes — Please, post a review on iTunes.

Welcome to Beyond Technique, the podcast that empowers photographers to bring their businesses to the next level. Today we chat with Watts of Love founding member and creative director Kevin Kuster!

 

Photos copyright Watts of Love. All Rights Reserved.

 

We discuss:

  • Kevin's life journey, and how he became involved with helping to start Watts of Love.
  • The topic of "burnout" as a creative
  • How Watts of Love is changing the lives of people around the world
  • The element (and importance!) of collaboration amongst creatives
  • Storytelling tips
  • The importance of being authentic
  • Raising awareness around the world of social issues
  • The significance of being willing to go on a creative journey without necessarily knowing what the end goal is.

Kevin can be found at:

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

Share this podcast!

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes.

Direct download: Beyond_Technique_Photofocus_Podcast_August_21_2019_High_Final_1.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 10:51am EST

Get the show here or get it on iTunes — Please, post a review on iTunes.

Welcome to Mind Your Own Business! Today we chat with nature, macro, and landscape photographer Don Komarechka!

 

We discuss:

  • How Don got started in photography
  • Why the process of creativity is so important
  • The importance of special projects
  • His new book, and how he ran his successful Kickstarter campaign
  • Goal setting: it's what drives us, but many struggle...for those who may feel stagnant
  • Advice for any photographers starting out

Don can be found at:

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

 

Share this podcast!

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes.

Direct download: Mind_Your_Own_Business_Photofocus_Podcast_August_9_2019_High.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 10:24am EST

In this episode:

I had a chance to talk to Hollywood photographer Mike Kubeisy. Mike and I talk about a very sensitive topic among photographers -- Do photographers need to buy the latest and greatest gear? We both weigh in on our thoughts and give examples and advice.

Topics:

  • When you should or shouldn't  invest in the latest gear
  • The value of education
  • Networking for success

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.

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.

If you like these InFocus Interviews, please consider supporting our partners and sharing these links with your friends! ThinkTapLearn.comLuminar by Skylum Software

Direct download: Infocus_Interview_Show_with_Mike_Kubeisy_August_1_2019.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

In this episode:

I had a chance to talk to Skip Cohen. Skip is a Marketing & Social Media guru who has written numerous books, spoken at all major photography conferences and has host thousands of Podcasting hours helping photographers reach their potential. Skip talks about the business classes he is teaching at ClickCon, a three-day hands-on photo and video learning experience held in Chicago Aug 5-7, 2019 and how it relates to the interview topic, "Stop buying gear and invest in education."

Topics:

  • Intro to social media marketing
  • Starting a photography business
  • Pricing your work
  • Midnight Madness- a 2 1/2 hour program sharing ideas on making your website stronger; interacting with your blog; expanding your reach; building relationships on your community; networking; getting the word out in your community about who you are; social media; giving back and cause-related marketing.

If you would like to attend the conference, follow this link to ClickCon and use Skip's code -- ccskip -- to save $50.00.

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.

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.

If you like these InFocus Interviews, please consider supporting our partners and sharing these links with your friends! ThinkTapLearn.comLuminar by Skylum Software

Direct download: Infocus_Interview_Show_with_Skip_Cohen_July_26_2019.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

Welcome to Beyond Technique, the podcast that empowers photographers to bring their businesses to the next level. Today we chat with fine art photographer Gareth Rockliffe!

We discuss:

  • How Gareth got his start as a photographer
  • What it means to live life in the "P mode," and why that can be limiting
  • Ways to avoid burnout and get out of a rut
  • Why it's important to have personal projects, and how this can benefit you
  • Why it's important to be willing to explore types of photography outside of your genre
  • Spirituality as it relates to photography
  • Advice for photographers just starting out

Gareth can be found at:

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

 Share this podcast!

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes.

Direct download: Beyond_Technique_Photofocus_Podcast_July_17_2019_High.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 11:41am EST

In this episode, Skip Cohen and Chamira Young chat with Reid Callanan about the importance of photography education.

Images copyright Reid Callanan and Nina Callanan Images copyright Reid Callanan and Nina Callanan

  Reid Callanan sitting with Muhammad Ali. Photo copyright Reid Callanan.

We discuss:

  • The role and importance of hands-on photography education
  • Tips for sustaining a business long term, through varying trends, economies and recessions
  • The role of having a personal vision in your body of work
  • The importance of consistency
  • Stories of celebrities that have attended his workshops
  • The most common struggles of his students
  • Advice for any photographers wanting to break into photography and especially find their personal vision

Reid Callanan and Santa Fe Workshops can be found at:

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

Share this podcast!

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes.

Direct download: Mind_Your_Own_Business_Photofocus_Podcast_July_12_2019_High.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 1:06pm EST

Topics:

  • The difference between being judged and being critiqued
  • How to critique yourself
  • What photos are currently best for print competition

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.

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.

If you like these InFocus Interviews, please consider supporting our partners and sharing these links with your friends! ThinkTapLearn.comLuminar by Skylum Software

Direct download: Infocus_Interview_Show_with_Richard_Thompson_June_28_2019.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

Get the show here or get it on iTunes — Please post a review on iTunes.

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

 

You can find Sarah Petty at:

 

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

  • SkipCohenUniversity.com
  • @SkipCohen on Twitter
  • Skip Cohen: skip@mei500.com
  • Chamira Young: chamira@photofocus.com 

 

Share This Podcast!

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes.

Direct download: Mind_Your_Own_Business_Photofocus_Podcast_June_14_2019_High.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 10:09am EST

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.

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.

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.

If you like these InFocus Interviews, please consider supporting our partners and sharing these links with your friends! ThinkTapLearn.comLuminar by Skylum Software

Direct download: Infocus_Interview_Show_with_Ben_Haley_June_7_2019.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

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

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.

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.

If you like these InFocus Interviews, please consider supporting our partners and sharing these links with your friends! ThinkTapLearn.comLuminar by Skylum Software

Direct download: Infocus_Interview_Show_with_Corey_Decker_May_24_2019.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

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

 

Peter can be found at:

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

 

Share This Podcast!

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes.

Direct download: Mind_Your_Own_Business_Photofocus_Podcast_May_10_2019_High.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 9:26am EST

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.

We'd 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.

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.

If you like these InFocus Interviews, please consider supporting our partners and sharing these links with your friends! ThinkTapLearn.comLuminar by Skylum Software


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

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.

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.

If you like these InFocus Interviews, please consider supporting our partners and sharing these links with your friends! ThinkTapLearn.comLuminar by Skylum Software

Direct download: Infocus_Interview_Show_with_Kimberly_Mozuch_April_26_2019.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

 

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:

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

Share This Podcast!

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes.

Direct download: Mind_Your_Own_Business_Photofocus_Podcast_April_12_2019_High.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 10:11am EST

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.

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.

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.

If you like these InFocus Interviews, please consider supporting our partners and sharing these links with your friends! ThinkTapLearn.comLuminar by Skylum Software


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

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.

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.

If you like these InFocus Interviews, please consider supporting our partners and sharing these links with your friends! ThinkTapLearn.comLuminar by Skylum Software

Direct download: Infocus_Interview_Show_with_Lauri_Novak_March_22_2019.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

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:

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

 

PhotoShelter Banner

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  

Share This Podcast!

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes.

Direct download: Beyond_Technique_Photofocus_Podcast_March_20_2018_High.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 10:28am EST

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

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

Share This Podcast!

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes.

Direct download: Mind_Your_Own_Business_Photofocus_Podcast_March_8_2019_High.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 11:00am EST

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

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.

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.

If you like these InFocus Interviews, please consider supporting our partners and sharing these links with your friends! ThinkTapLearn.comLuminar by Skylum Software

Direct download: The_InFocus_Interview_Show_with_Mat_Hayward_February_22_2019.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 2:00pm EST

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

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.

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.

If you like these InFocus Interviews, please consider supporting our partners and sharing these links with your friends! ThinkTapLearn.comLuminar by Skylum Software

Direct download: The_Infocus_Interview_Show_with_Rick_Friedman_February_22_2019.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 2:00pm EST

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:

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

PhotoShelter Banner

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 

Share This Podcast!

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes.

Direct download: Beyond_Technique_Photofocus_Podcast_February_20_2019_High.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 1:06pm EST

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
  •  

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

 

Share This Podcast!

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes.

Direct download: Mind_Your_Own_Business_Photofocus_Podcast_February_8_2019_High.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 11:04am EST

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.

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.

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.

If you like these InFocus Interviews, please consider supporting our partners and sharing these links with your friends! ThinkTapLearn.comLuminar by Skylum Software

Direct download: The_Infocus_Interview_Show_with_Maria_Vanelli_February_1_2019.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 2:00pm EST

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.

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.

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.

If you like these InFocus Interviews, please consider supporting our partners and sharing these links with your friends! ThinkTapLearn.comLuminar by Skylum Software

Direct download: The_Infocus_Interview_Show_with_Mike_Kubeisy_January_25_2019.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 2:00pm EST

Get the show here or get it on iTunes — Please, post a review on iTunes.

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

PhotoShelter Banner

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 

Share This Podcast!

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes.

Direct download: Beyond_Technique_Photofocus_Podcast_January_16_2018_High.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 1:17pm EST

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:

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

Share This Podcast!

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes.

Direct download: Mind_Your_Own_Business_Photofocus_Podcast_January_11_2019_High.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 12:31pm EST

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.

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.

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.

If you like these InFocus Interviews, please consider supporting our partners and sharing these links with your friends! ThinkTapLearn.com, Luminar by Skylum Software

Direct download: Infocus_Interview_Show_with_Joe_Edelman_January_4_2019.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 2:00pm EST

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

PhotoShelter Banner

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  

Share This Podcast!

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes.

 

Direct download: Beyond_Technique_Photofocus_Podcast_December_19_2018_High.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 1:02pm EST

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

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

 

Share This Podcast!

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes.


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.

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.

If you like these InFocus Interviews, please consider supporting our partners and sharing these links with your friends! ThinkTapLearn.com, Luminar by Skylum Software


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

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.

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.

If you like these InFocus Interviews, please consider supporting our partners and sharing these links with your friends! ThinkTapLearn.com, Luminar by Skylum Software

Direct download: The_Infocus_Interview_Show_with_Dennis_Dunbar_November_30_2018.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 2:00pm EST

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

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.

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.

If you like these InFocus Interviews, please consider supporting our partners and sharing these links with your friends! ThinkTapLearn.com, Luminar by Skylum Software

Direct download: Infocus_Interview_Show_with_Unmesh_Dinda_November_23_2018.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 2:00pm EST

 

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:

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

PhotoShelter Banner

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 

 

Share This Podcast!

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes.


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!

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

Share This Podcast!

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes.


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

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.

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.

If you like these InFocus Interviews, please consider supporting our partners and sharing these links with your friends! ThinkTapLearn.com, Luminar by Skylum Software
Direct download: The_Infocus_Interview_Show_with_Mark_Rossetto_November_2_2018.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 1:00pm EST

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.

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.

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.

If you like these InFocus Interviews, please consider supporting our partners and sharing these links with your friends! ThinkTapLearn.com, Luminar by Skylum Software
Direct download: The_Infocus_Interview_Show_with_Levi_Sim_October_26_2018.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 1:00pm EST

 

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:

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

PhotoShelter Banner

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 

 

Share This Podcast!

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes.

 

Direct download: beyond_technique_jeremy_horner.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 8:00am EST

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.

 

You can find David and Jill at:

 

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

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

 

Share This Podcast!

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes.

Direct download: Mind_Your_Own_Business_Jill_and_David.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 8:00am EST

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.

If you like these Infocus Interviews, please consider supporting our partners and sharing these links with your friends! ThinkTapLearn.com, Luminar by Skylum Software

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.

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.

Direct download: Infocus_Interview_Show_with_Kaylee_Greer_September_28_2018.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 1:00pm EST

Get the show here or get it on iTunes — Please, post a review on iTunes.

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:

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

PhotoShelter Banner

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 

 

Share This Podcast!

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes.

Direct download: Beyond_Technique_Photofocus_Podcast_September_19_2018_High.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 12:40pm EST

Welcome to the Mind Your Own Business Podcast!

Get the show here or get it on iTunes — Please, post a review on iTunes.

 

All images copyright Scott Bourne Photography All images copyright Scott Bourne Photography

 

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

 

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

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

 

Share This Podcast!

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes.

Direct download: Mind_Your_Own_Business_Photofocus_Podcast_September_14_2018_High.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 10:26am EST

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

If you like these Infocus Interviews, please support our partners and sharing these links with your friends! ThinkTapLearn.com, Luminar by Skylum Software

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.

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.

Direct download: Infocus_Interview_Show_with_Sue_Bryce_August_31_2018.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 1:00pm EST

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

If you like these Infocus Interviews, please consider supporting our partners and sharing these links with your friends! ThinkTapLearn.com, Luminar by Skylum Software

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.

Direct download: InFocus_Interview_Show_with_Spyros_Henratis_August_24_2018.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 1:00pm EST

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:

 

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

PhotoShelter Banner

 

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 

 

Share This Podcast!

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes.

Direct download: Beyond_Technique_Photofocus_Podcast_August_15_2018_High.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 10:51am EST

Get the show here or get it on iTunes — Please post a review on iTunes.

[Editor's note: A word of caution: There is some strong language and topics in this episode. In an abundance of respect in our listeners, we've chosen to list this one episode as explicit.]

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:

 

 

Enhance your revenue stream: sign up for Adobe Stock and submit your video content!

 

 

Check out Adobe Stock's Content Guide For Shooting Ideas!

 

Have suggestions on future topics you want us to cover? Reach out!

  • SkipCohenUniversity.com
  • @SkipCohen on Twitter and Facebook
  • skip@mei500.com
  • Chamira Young: chamira@photofocus.com 

 

 

Share This Podcast!

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes.

Direct download: Mind_Your_Own_Business_Photofocus_Podcast_August_10_2018_High.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 11:59am EST

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

If you like these Infocus Interviews, please consider supporting our partners and sharing these links with your friends! ThinkTapLearn.com, Luminar by Skylum Software

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.

Direct download: Infocus_Interview_Show_with_Roberto_Valenzuela_August_3_2018.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 1:00pm EST

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

If you like these Infocus Interviews, please consider supporting our partners and sharing these links with your friends! ThinkTapLearn.com, Luminar by Skylum Software

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.

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

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

If you like these Infocus Interviews, please consider supporting our partners and sharing these links with your friends! MPB.com, ThinkTapLearn.com

Direct download: InFocus_Interview_Show_with_Andrew_Kavanagh_July_27_2018.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 9:50am EST

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

 

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

PhotoShelter Banner

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 

 

Share This Podcast!

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes.

Direct download: Beyond_Technique_Photofocus_Podcast_July_17_2018_High_Final.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 9:00am EST

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

 

Enhance your revenue stream: sign up for Adobe Stock and submit your video content!

 

Have suggestions on future topics you want us to cover? Reach out!

  • SkipCohenUniversity.com
  • @SkipCohen on Twitter and Facebook
  • skip@mei500.com
  • Chamira Young: chamira@photofocus.com 

 

Share This Podcast!

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes.

Direct download: Mind_Your_Own_Business_Photofocus_Podcast_July_13_2018_High.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 11:39am EST

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

If you like these Infocus Interviews, please consider supporting our partners and sharing these links with your friends!  MPB.com, ThinkTapLearn.com

Direct download: InFocus_Interview_Show_with_Wes_Maggio_July_6_2018.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 1:00pm EST

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

 

All images copyright Cindy Harter Photography All images copyright Cindy Harter Photography

 

 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

 

You can find Cindy at:

 

Enhance your revenue stream: sign up for Adobe Stock and submit your video content!

 

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

  • SkipCohenUniversity.com
  • @SkipCohen on Twitter
  • Skip Cohen: skip@mei500.com
  • Chamira Young: chamira@photofocus.com 

  

Share This Podcast!

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes.


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

 

If you like these Infocus Interviews, please consider supporting our partners and sharing these links with your friends! TruLife acrylic, MPB.com, ThinkTapLearn.com

 

Direct download: Infocus_Interview_Show_with_Jonathan_Tilley_June_29_2018.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 1:00pm EST

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

If you like these Infocus Interviews, please consider supporting our partners and sharing these links with your friends! TruLife acrylic, MPB.com, ThinkTapLearn.com

Direct download: InFocus_Interview_Show_with_James_Schmelzer_June_22_2018.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 1:00pm EST

Get the show here or get it on iTunes — Please, post a review on iTunes.

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

 

 

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:

 

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

PhotoShelter Banner

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 

 

Share This Podcast!

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes.


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

 

Join the American Photography OPEN Competition. Accepting submissions until August 24!

Details: https://apopen.awardsplatform.com/

Enter: https://www.ai-ap.com/cfe/apopen/

 

Enhance your revenue stream: sign up for Adobe Stock and submit your video content!

 

Have suggestions on future topics you want us to cover? Reach out!

  • SkipCohenUniversity.com
  • @SkipCohen on Twitter and Facebook
  • skip@mei500.com
  • Chamira Young: chamira@photofocus.com 

 

Share This Podcast!

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes.

Direct download: Mind_Your_Own_Business_Photofocus_Podcast_June_8_2018_High.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 8:00am EST

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?

If you like these Infocus Interviews, please consider supporting our partners and sharing these links with your friends! TruLife acrylic, MPB.com, ThinkTapLearn.com

Direct download: InFocus_Interview_Show_June_1_2018_with_Lou_Freeman.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 10:00am EST

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.

If you like these Infocus Interviews, please consider supporting our partners and sharing these links with your friends! TruLife acrylic, MPB.com, ThinkTapLearn.com

Direct download: InFocus_Interview_Show_May_25_2018_with_Scott_Kelby.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 10:00am EST

Get the show here or get it on iTunes — Please, post a review on iTunes.

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 photographers
Leah Nash and Christopher Onstott. They are a fun-loving photography duo, both former photojournalists turned lifestyle photographers.

 

All images copyright NashCo Photography All images copyright NashCo Photography

 

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

 

You can find Leah and Christopher 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

PhotoShelter Banner

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 

 

Share This Podcast!

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes.

Direct download: Beyond_Technique_Photofocus_Podcast_May_16_2018_High.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Get the show here or get it on iTunes — Please post a review on iTunes.

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

 

You can find Scott at:

 

Enhance your revenue stream: sign up for Adobe Stock and submit your video content!

 

Have suggestions on future topics you want us to cover? Reach out!

  • SkipCohenUniversity.com
  • @SkipCohen on Twitter and Facebook
  • skip@mei500.com
  • Chamira Young: chamira@photofocus.com 

 

Share This Podcast!

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes.

Direct download: Mind_Your_Own_Business_Photofocus_Podcast_May_11_2018_High-2.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 1:55pm EST

Remember to check out our great sponsors including TruLife acrylicMPB.com, ThinkTapLearn

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  

Direct download: InFocus_Interview_Show_May_5_2018.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 10:00am EST

Get the show here or get it on iTunes — Please, post a review on iTunes.

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

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:

 

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

PhotoShelter Banner

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 

 

Share This Podcast!

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes.

Direct download: Kristina_Varaksina_Beyond_Technique.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 8:16am EST

Get the show here or get it on iTunes — Please post a review on iTunes.

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

All images copyright Anne Geddes All images copyright Anne Geddes

 

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

 

Check out Anne's "Baby Look at You Now" Project on Instagram

See Anne's baby photography subjects all grown up!

 

 

You can find Anne at:

 

Enhance your revenue stream: sign up for Adobe Stock and submit your video content!

 

Have suggestions on future topics you want us to cover? Reach out!

  • SkipCohenUniversity.com
  • @SkipCohen on Twitter and Facebook
  • skip@mei500.com
  • Chamira Young: chamira@photofocus.com 

 

Share This Podcast! 

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes.

Direct download: Mind_Your_Own_Business_Photofocus_Podcast_April_13_2018_High.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 11:54am EST

Remember to check out our great sponsors including TruLife acrylicMPB.com, ThinkTapLearn

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

Direct download: InFocus_Interview_Show_April_6_2018.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 10:00am EST

Remember to check out our great sponsors including TruLife acrylicMPB.com, ThinkTapLearn

 

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.

Direct download: InFocus_Interview_Show_March_30_2018.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 10:00am EST

Remember to check out our great sponsors including TruLife acrylicMPB.com, ThinkTapLearn

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.

Direct download: The_Infocus_Interview_Show__Photofocus_Podcast.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 10:00am EST

Get the show here or get it on iTunes — Please, post a review on iTunes.

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

 

You can find Todd 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

PhotoShelter Banner

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 - SkipCohenUniversity.com
  • Chamira Young: chamira@photofocus.com 

 

Share This Podcast!

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes.

Direct download: Beyond_Technique_Photofocus_Podcast_March_21_2018_High.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 12:07pm EST

Get the show here or get it on iTunes — Please post a review on iTunes.

 

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

 

All images copyright Lynn Goldsmith All images copyright Lynn Goldsmith

 

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

 

Lynn Goldsmith's GoFundMe Raising Awareness for Copyright Protection

Any money beyond the payment of legal fees will be donated to artist rights organizations who aid in protecting the copyright of photographers.

 

You can find Lynn at:

 

Enhance your revenue stream: sign up for Adobe Stock and submit your video content!

 

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

  • SkipCohenUniversity.com
  • @SkipCohen on Twitter and Facebook
  • skip@mei500.com
  • Chamira Young: chamira@photofocus.com 

 

Share This Podcast!

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes.

Direct download: Mind_Your_Own_Business_Photofocus_Podcast_March_9_2018_High.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 7:00am EST

Get the show here or get it on iTunes — Please post a review on iTunes.

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.

Photos copyright Christina Peters Photography

 

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

 

You can find Christina 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

PhotoShelter Banner

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 - Skip Cohen University
  • Chamira Young: chamira@photofocus.com 

 

Share This Podcast!

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes.

Direct download: Beyond_Technique_Photofocus_Podcast_February_21_2018_High.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 8:14am EST

 

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"

 

You can find Sarah at:

 

Enhance your revenue stream: sign up for Adobe Stock and submit your video content!

 

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

  • SkipCohenUniversity.com
  • @SkipCohen on Twitter
  • Skip Cohen: skip@mei500.com
  • Chamira Young: chamira@photofocus.com 

 

Share This Podcast!

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes.

Direct download: Mind_Your_Own_Business_Photofocus_Podcast_February_9_2018_High.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 12:45am EST

Remember to check out our great sponsors including TruLife acrylic face mounted prints and join the raffle for huge prizes here.

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

Direct download: pf_podcast_2-2-18.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 10:20pm EST

Get the show here or get it on iTunes — Please post a review on iTunes.

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 

You can find Stacy at:

Start your FREE trial of PhotoShelter

PhotoShelter Banner

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.

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

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

 Share This Podcast!

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes.

Direct download: Beyond_Technique_Photofocus_Podcast_January_17_2018_High.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 4:00am EST

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

Enhance your revenue stream: sign up for Adobe Stock and submit your video content!

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

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

Share This Podcast!

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes.

Direct download: Mind_Your_Own_Business_Photofocus_Podcast_January_12_2018_High.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 4:00am EST

Get the show here or get it on iTunesPlease post a review on iTunes.

 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
 

You can find Tony at:

 

Enhance your revenue stream: sign up for Adobe Stock and submit your video content!

 

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

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

Share This Podcast!

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes.

 
Direct download: Mind_Your_Own_Business_Photofocus_Podcast_December_9_2017_High.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 5:00am EST

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:

 

Sign up for Adobe Stock and submit your video content!

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

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

Share This Podcast!

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes.

Direct download: Mind_Your_Own_Business_Photofocus_Podcast_November_10_2017_High.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 4:00am EST

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 

 

Share This Podcast!

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes.

Direct download: Mind_Your_Own_Business_Photofocus_Podcast_October_13_2017_High-1.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 4:00am EST

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.

Direct download: Problem_Solving_Sept_2017_mixdown.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 1:55am EST

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  

Share This Podcast!

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes.

Direct download: Mind_Your_Own_Business_Photofocus_Podcast_September_8_2017_High.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 4:00am EST

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.

Direct download: ProbelmSolvingAug2017.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 8:07am EST

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 

 

Share This Podcast!

Please share this podcast with your friends and subscribe via iTunes.

Direct download: Mind_Your_Own_Business_Photofocus_Podcast_August_11_2017_High.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 3:00am EST

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

Direct download: ProblemSolvingJuly2017.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 9:41pm EST

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

Share This Podcast!
- Please share this podcast with your friends and also subscribe via iTunes.

Direct download: Mind_Your_Own_Business_Photofocus_Podcast_July_14_2017_High.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 3:00am EST

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

Direct download: podcastJune16.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 3:02am EST

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.

Direct download: InFocus_Interview_Show-Photofocus_Podcast_June_5_2017.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 1:00pm EST