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This podcast explores what it means to live a photographic life. What does it mean to be an artist who uses the medium of photography to express themselves artistically to the world. What subjects do we choose and why? How are we influenced by other photographers, art, and the world in general? You won't find any gear-talk, camera reviews, or Photoshop tips here, but rather, you'll find an exploration of our relationship to photography as we continue to refine our vision, our craft, and our art.

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This podcast explores what it means to live a photographic life. What does it mean to be an artist who uses the medium of photography to express themselves artistically to the world. What subjects do we choose and why? How are we influenced by other photographers, art, and the world in general? You won't find any gear-talk, camera reviews, or Photoshop tips here, but rather, you'll find an exploration of our relationship to photography as we continue to refine our vision, our craft, and our art.

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Brian is an improvement

By gregofissaquah - Oct 23 2015
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The refreshed format with Brian leading the podcasts is very informative, and entertaining.

Terrific

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Absolutely great, very informative podcast.

iTunes Ratings

67 Ratings
Average Ratings
47
7
7
3
3

Brian is an improvement

By gregofissaquah - Oct 23 2015
Read more
The refreshed format with Brian leading the podcasts is very informative, and entertaining.

Terrific

By clint wolf - Sep 04 2015
Read more
Absolutely great, very informative podcast.

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Thoughts on Photography

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This podcast explores what it means to live a photographic life. What does it mean to be an artist who uses the medium of photography to express themselves artistically to the world. What subjects do we choose and why? How are we influenced by other photographers, art, and the world in general? You won't find any gear-talk, camera reviews, or Photoshop tips here, but rather, you'll find an exploration of our relationship to photography as we continue to refine our vision, our craft, and our art.

ToP #0018: Creating an Artist Statement

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In this podcast I discuss the artist statement. Why are they important, who the audiences are for them, the different types of statements possible, and how to write them.

Mar 09 2008

22mins

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ToP #0050: Looking at Photographs

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This podcast discusses the book "On Looking at Photographs: A Practical Guide" by David Hurn and Bill Jay. The book is published by Lenswork Publishing and provides some great insights on how to look at , or read, a photograph (which hopefully in turn helps us as photographers make better photographs).

Jan 21 2009

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ToP #0141: Learning Photography - Intro

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How do you learn photography?  Do you learn best when someone is there to walk you through and explain everything?  Or do you learn best experimenting and working through struggles on your own?  Or maybe you spend your time learning online through courses such as ImprovePhotography.com and Photography Start.

In this episode Dan Helrigel (Photography Chair at Indianapolis Art Center) and I explore learning photography and the different possibilities.  This episode birthed the idea of staring a series on "Learning Photography" and the different options we have as learners.  Enjoy this show and stay tuned for more on this topic! 

Oct 12 2015

44mins

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ToP #0079: Project Without End

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This is the third podcast in a three part series where I explore in greater depth the idea of using projects to guide your photography. Today I'm talking about projects without end.

Sep 18 2009

4mins

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ToP #0115: Sports Illustrated Photographers

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Sports Illustrated fired all of their staff photographers.  This interview is with Evan Habeeb, a freelance photographer who has had images published in Sports Illustrated magazine.  

We discuss the impact this has on freelance photographers as well as the future of the Sports Illustrated magazine itself.  Afterall, aren't the photographs the reason why S.I. is so successful today?  

Mar 11 2015

31mins

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ToP #0046: Howard Zehr and Contemplative Photography

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Howard Zehr is known worldwide for his work in transforming our understanding of justice, particularly restorative justice, and is a faculty member at Eastern Mennonite University's Center for Justice and Peacebuilding. He is also the General Editor of The Little Books of Justice and Peacebuilding series of which The Little Book of Contemplative Photography
is a part. Zehr is also an accomplished photographer (particularly in
creating the documentary-style photographs for his books) and teaches
workshops on contemplative photography which promote "mindfulness" in
photography.

Dec 07 2008

21mins

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ToP #0119: Networking with INSTAGRAM

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Instagram is much more than a place to post pics of your favorite food or selfies.  In this episode I talk with photo enthusiast, Elaine Li, about how she networks with some of her 68K+ followers through Instagram.  Check out Elaine here and follow her on her journey! 

Apr 09 2015

43mins

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ToP #0138: Personal Passion Projects

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Clearly photography is a passion of yours, but what is it that you REALLY love to shoot?  Are you working on a project?  Maybe it's something private that you want to keep to yourself because you're capturing personal hardships that you're working through.  Maybe it's something that you are SOOO excited about that you find yourself posting about it on every piece of social media out there that exists.  Whatever it may be, there are many benefits to having some type of personal project.  In this episode I talk with Jose Rosado about these benefits and his article, "Why You Should Always Make Time for Personal Projects."    

Sep 14 2015

54mins

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ToP #0132: Beginning Photographer Struggles

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As photographers, we've all faced struggles - especially when starting out.  In this episode, I talk briefly with a young photographer, Sinikka Rohrer, about struggles and decisions new photographers need to make.  Improvephotography.com is one of THE best resources for photographers of all levels to learn how to improve their photography. 

Join me in the new Facebook group, Thoughts On Photography Podcast, and share YOUR thoughts on the newest trends, techniques, and issues in photography.

Follow me on Instagram for a chance to win a camera bag that I introduced in this episode.

Jul 27 2015

22mins

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ToP #0136: Black and White Photography

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Black and white images are both classic and iconic.  In this episode I speak with award winning black and white photographer Jack Curran about his process for getting a classic shot.  You can read his article in Outdoor Photography here.  Be sure to check out the article on Improve Photography for 15 Tips For Stunning B&W Photography!

Want to join us in China?  Find out more here.

Join me on Instagram! @brianmcguckin

Aug 23 2015

49mins

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ToP #0093: Jeff Curto

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Jeff Curto wears many hats in his photographic life. He is a professor of photography at College of DuPage and he is the host of two well known podcasts, Camera Position, and History of Photography (which is an exhanced podcast of Jeff's lectures for a course he teaches each term). MOst importantly, Jeff is also an excellent and highly regarded photographer in his own right. In addition to visiting his web site, you can see (and buy) a folio of Jeff's photography which was recently published by Lenswork.

Mar 06 2010

58mins

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ToP #0116: The Viewfinder Project

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Photography changes lives - period.  Not anyone can be a professional photographer, but almost anyone can take a photograph.  There are many organizations out there that use photography to impact the lives of others.  This interview is with MaryBeth Jackson, founder of The Viewfinder Project, a nonprofit organization that provides a curriculum to anyone wanting to teach photography and create change makers.  We discuss how her ideas have been used all over the world and hope this converstion will help plant seeds for others wanting to make a difference.  Find out more about The Viewfinder Project at www.theviewfinderproject.org    

Mar 20 2015

29mins

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ToP #0123: Copycat or Compliment?

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What would you do if you saw a picture you took, but it wasn't a picture you took?  What if you found out someone was copying your photography and profiting from it financially?  Sound confusing?  In this episode I talk with creative portraiture, Joel Robison, and his recent experience.  Check out the article here and follow him on Facebook here!

May 09 2015

39mins

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ToP #0127: Travel Photography

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It's that time of year here in the U.S.  Photographers and families are traveling on vacation.  In this episode, John Bragg and I share some of our stories and tips on travel photography.  You can check out some of my travel pictures at www.brianmcguckin.com and John's pictures from Europe at www.europefineartphotos.com Also, check out more of John's work at http://www.johnbragg.com

Jun 14 2015

1hr 2mins

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ToP #0137: Street Photography w/ Andre Wagner

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Although photojournalist have been doing it for years, there seems to be a growing interest lately in street photography.  So many questions arise: How do you do it tactfully?  What gear do you use?  How do you avoid looking like a "creeper" or "stalker?"  

In this episode, I talk with black and white street photographer Andre Wagner about what it's like to be a street photographer in New York and how he goes about capturing just the right moment in just the right way.

Follow Andre on Instagram @photodre

Follow me on Instagram @brianmcguckin to participate in a camera bag giveaway!

Don't forget to join the Thoughts On Photography Podcast group in Facebook to share YOUR thoughts on photography.

Aug 30 2015

55mins

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ToP #0125: Wedding Workflow

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With wedding season taking off, many photographers are too intimidated to shoot them. In this episode, I talk with Erica Kay about her workflow to help give photographers a glimpse of wedding photography.  

To find out more about traveling to China with the Improve Photography Network and how you can be there with us go to www.improvephotography.com/china

Jun 01 2015

52mins

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ToP #0096: When a Project Gets in the Way

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Althought I've been (and still am) an advocate of project-based approaches to photography (if only to keep you engaged and making photography regularly), in this podcast I discuss some of the pitfalls to watch out for when using projects as a way to live a photographic life.

Aug 17 2010

4mins

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ToP #0087: Interview with Eliza Lamb

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Eliza Lamb's most recent photo series explores the neighborhood ofAstoria, Queens in New York City and how people use their yards as a public display of their religious beliefs. Lamb was fascinated by thewillingness or need to share these beliefs so openly while also hiding their personality and nature at the same time.

Dec 09 2009

39mins

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ToP #0126: Photographer Discrimination

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Photographers are being discriminated against because of their professional quality gear - at least that's what this episode's guest believes.  On this episode I speak with professional photographer, Jason Lanier, about why he believes many photographers are being discrimanted against.  Check out his youtube video of two different situations where he is questioned by security.  See more of Jason's work at...

https://instagram.com/jasonlanierphotography

https://www.facebook.com/jasonlanierphotography

http://www.jasonlanierworkshops.com

Jun 08 2015

41mins

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ToP #0140: NFL Photography with Jeff Lewis

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Are you ready for some football?!?!  It's (American) football season here in the United States and if you're a photographer and you like football, this episode is for you!  In this episode, I talk with Jeff Lewis NFL photographer based out of California.  Jeff and I both love football and photography, so we get a little carried away at times.  You'll definitely learn some great tips and learn what it's like on the sidelines of a NFL game.

Oct 05 2015

1hr 13mins

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ToP #0147: Winter Photography Tips w/ Alex Soh

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Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow! As winter approaches it's important to be safe outside and it's helpful to know a few tips ahead of time.  On this episode I talk with Alex Soh, travel and landscape photographer from Singapore, about details we should be aware of and look for while shooting outside in the winter.  Just because it's cold out doesn't mean you shouldn't be out there shooting!

Share YOUR thoughts on photography in our Facebook group here

Join me on Instagram @brianmcguckin

Keep up with Alex on Instagram @alexsohphotography

Dec 08 2015

29mins

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ToP #0146: Frogs, Fotography, & Frame of Mind

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What happens when a conservationist who loves frogs has a camera? He goes to Haiti to create change.  In this episode I talk with Robin Moore - photographer, conservationist, author, lover of frogs, and cofounder of Frame of Mind - an initiative empowering youth to connect with their natural and cultural world through photography and visual storytelling.

You can see his work at www.robindmoore.com and check out his book Frame of Mind Haiti here.

Join me on Instagram and share YOUR thoughts on photography in our Facebook group.

Dec 02 2015

46mins

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ToP #0145: Learning Photography - Workshops

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I just got back from a workshop with ImprovePhotography.com shooting in the BEAUTIFUL area in Utah and Arizona around the Grand Canyon!  What I love about workshops is that there are so many people there to learn from and be inspired by.  Check out this episode on learning through workshops with nature photographer Majeed Badizadegan.  

Be sure to join us on Facebook and share YOUR thoughts on photography. 

Join me on Instagram!

Keep up to date on many FREE workshops offered through ImprovePhotography.com.

Nov 24 2015

31mins

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ToP #0144: Learning Photography - Online with Jim Harmer

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We all have different learning styles.  Many of us learn best by struggling through things and trying to figure it out on our own; others can read or see something once and get it.  In this episode I talk with Jim Harmer, founder of ImprovePhotography.com, about the benefits of learning photography online.

Be sure to join us on Facebook in the Thoughts On Photography Podcast group to share YOUR thoughts on photography.

Nov 03 2015

35mins

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ToP #0143: Joy of Marketing w/ Sarah Petty - Marketing

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With thousands and thousands of photographers out there, how do you get your name known?  What do you do to market your photography business?  In this episode I am joined again by Sarah Petty from The Joy of Marketing to talk about what we should do to market our photography businesses.  

Check out more about how to best market your business and all the great resources the Joy of Marketing offers at http://www.joyofmarkeing.com

Join us on Facebook to share YOUR thoughts on photography!

Oct 26 2015

28mins

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ToP #0142: Joy of Marketing w/ Sarah Petty - Branding

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How is does YOUR BRAND reflect YOUR BUSINESS?  Not sure what it means to "brand your business?"  In this episode, I talk with Sarah Petty - photographer, marketing guru, and New York Times best selling author.  This interview is just a peek into what it means to have a brand for your photography business.  To find out more, go to http://www.joyofmarketing.com and be sure to check out her FREE resource for our listeners at http://www.joyofmarketing.com/click

You can also check out her best selling book Worth Every Penny: Small Business Marketing Help here.

Oct 19 2015

25mins

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ToP #0141: Learning Photography - Intro

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How do you learn photography?  Do you learn best when someone is there to walk you through and explain everything?  Or do you learn best experimenting and working through struggles on your own?  Or maybe you spend your time learning online through courses such as ImprovePhotography.com and Photography Start.

In this episode Dan Helrigel (Photography Chair at Indianapolis Art Center) and I explore learning photography and the different possibilities.  This episode birthed the idea of staring a series on "Learning Photography" and the different options we have as learners.  Enjoy this show and stay tuned for more on this topic! 

Oct 12 2015

44mins

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ToP #0140: NFL Photography with Jeff Lewis

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Are you ready for some football?!?!  It's (American) football season here in the United States and if you're a photographer and you like football, this episode is for you!  In this episode, I talk with Jeff Lewis NFL photographer based out of California.  Jeff and I both love football and photography, so we get a little carried away at times.  You'll definitely learn some great tips and learn what it's like on the sidelines of a NFL game.

Oct 05 2015

1hr 13mins

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ToP #0139: From Photographer to Gallery Artist

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Many of us dream about having our photography on display in a gallery somewhere.  Anyone who has work displayed had to start somewhere.  In this episode I speak with Kara Lane, author of "From Photographer to Gallery Artist."  Kara gives us a peek into her book sharing tips, recommendations, and resources for how photographers can make this dream a reality.  

Sep 29 2015

56mins

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ToP #0138: Personal Passion Projects

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Clearly photography is a passion of yours, but what is it that you REALLY love to shoot?  Are you working on a project?  Maybe it's something private that you want to keep to yourself because you're capturing personal hardships that you're working through.  Maybe it's something that you are SOOO excited about that you find yourself posting about it on every piece of social media out there that exists.  Whatever it may be, there are many benefits to having some type of personal project.  In this episode I talk with Jose Rosado about these benefits and his article, "Why You Should Always Make Time for Personal Projects."    

Sep 14 2015

54mins

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ToP #0137: Infrared Photography

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With new mirrorless cameras coming out weekly, infrared photography will become easier and easier to shoot.  In this episode I talk with Luka Gorjup - infrared photographer based out of Europe in Slovenia.  Luka explains the hows and whys to help you get started.  

Join us on the Thoughts On Photography Podcast group on Facebook to share YOUR thoughts.

Follow me on Instagram to see what I'm up to with all these camera bags!

Sep 06 2015

48mins

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CAMERA BAG GIVEAWAY & Photography Start

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It's time for me to start the giveaway process for the camera bags I've been reviewing for ImprovePhotography.com  Check out the podcast to see how YOU can win a bag.  

"Photography Start" is one of the best ways to improve your photography!  Check it out and be sure to use the coupon code "THOUGHTS" to get $40 off through the month of September.  www.improvephotography.com/start

Sep 01 2015

3mins

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ToP #0137: Street Photography w/ Andre Wagner

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Although photojournalist have been doing it for years, there seems to be a growing interest lately in street photography.  So many questions arise: How do you do it tactfully?  What gear do you use?  How do you avoid looking like a "creeper" or "stalker?"  

In this episode, I talk with black and white street photographer Andre Wagner about what it's like to be a street photographer in New York and how he goes about capturing just the right moment in just the right way.

Follow Andre on Instagram @photodre

Follow me on Instagram @brianmcguckin to participate in a camera bag giveaway!

Don't forget to join the Thoughts On Photography Podcast group in Facebook to share YOUR thoughts on photography.

Aug 30 2015

55mins

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ToP #0136: Black and White Photography

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Black and white images are both classic and iconic.  In this episode I speak with award winning black and white photographer Jack Curran about his process for getting a classic shot.  You can read his article in Outdoor Photography here.  Be sure to check out the article on Improve Photography for 15 Tips For Stunning B&W Photography!

Want to join us in China?  Find out more here.

Join me on Instagram! @brianmcguckin

Aug 23 2015

49mins

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ToP #0135: Film School Africa

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Photography is making a difference in lives all around us!  In this episode I talk with Katie Taylor, from Film School Africa, about how photography is impacting people of all ages in South Africa.

Consider donating old gear, memory cards, bags, etc.  Purchase a donation through Amazon!  Find out how here.

Follow me on Instagram.

Aug 16 2015

39mins

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ToP #0134: Your Own Gallery Exhibition

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Photographers often dream about having their work hanging somewhere to be adored by the world, but aren't sure how to go about it.  In this episode I talk with Nick Page, landscape photographer and podcast host, about his recent artist's reception and ideas for where and how to display your work.  

Find out more about joining us in China at www.improvephotography.com/China

Follow me on Instagram!

Aug 09 2015

40mins

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ToP #0133: The Rescued Film Project

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Every photo tells a story.  Someone somewhere pushed a button to capture a moment in time.  What if that image was never seen?  What would you do if you found an undeveloped roll of film?  What if that roll had never before seen images of someone's birthday?  Or the last image of someone's loved one?  Or even the President of the United States?  On this episode I talk with Levi Bettwieser of The Rescued Film Project about what he is doing to share those images with the world.  

Aug 02 2015

39mins

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ToP #0132: Beginning Photographer Struggles

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As photographers, we've all faced struggles - especially when starting out.  In this episode, I talk briefly with a young photographer, Sinikka Rohrer, about struggles and decisions new photographers need to make.  Improvephotography.com is one of THE best resources for photographers of all levels to learn how to improve their photography. 

Join me in the new Facebook group, Thoughts On Photography Podcast, and share YOUR thoughts on the newest trends, techniques, and issues in photography.

Follow me on Instagram for a chance to win a camera bag that I introduced in this episode.

Jul 27 2015

22mins

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ToP #0131: Wildlife Photography with Juan Pons

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Lately I've had a hard time believing some of the images I've seen that have gone viral with an animal riding on another animal's backs.  Wildlife photographer, Juan Pons, claims it's more common than one would think.  In this episode I invited Juan Pons back on to share with us a little bit about the ins and outs of wildlife photography and how it doesn't take the most expensive gear to do it.    

Jul 19 2015

1hr 11mins

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ToP #0130: Hosting A Photography Conference

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As photographers we value the opportunity to grow and learn how to improve our craft.  Often we take advantage of conferences and what they have to offer, but don't bother considering what it takes to get one up and running.  Any interst in bringing one to your city?  In this episode I talk with Chris Smith, outofchicago.com, about what it takes to launch a successful conference in your own city.    

Jul 13 2015

50mins

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