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Shutterbug Life is a weekly podcast that celebrates the creative photographer's lifestyle. Through a series of discussions, expert interviews, and photo challenges, the podcast examines everything you need to be, do, or have to reach your full photographic potential.

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Shutterbug Life is a weekly podcast that celebrates the creative photographer's lifestyle. Through a series of discussions, expert interviews, and photo challenges, the podcast examines everything you need to be, do, or have to reach your full photographic potential.

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Awsome Photography Podcast

By Phem22 - Jul 23 2016
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It doesn't matter how advanced you are in photography there is ALWAYS something to learn when listening to shutterbug life. The podcast is very informational and inspirational. Love it!

Great podcast

By Coleman65 - Jun 17 2016
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I started watching Lynford's videos on Youtube. These podcasts are informative and great to listen to.

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13 Ratings
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Awsome Photography Podcast

By Phem22 - Jul 23 2016
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It doesn't matter how advanced you are in photography there is ALWAYS something to learn when listening to shutterbug life. The podcast is very informational and inspirational. Love it!

Great podcast

By Coleman65 - Jun 17 2016
Read more
I started watching Lynford's videos on Youtube. These podcasts are informative and great to listen to.
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Shutterbug Life podcast

Latest release on Apr 25, 2019

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Shutterbug Life is a weekly podcast that celebrates the creative photographer's lifestyle. Through a series of discussions, expert interviews, and photo challenges, the podcast examines everything you need to be, do, or have to reach your full photographic potential.

Rank #1: 056 - The new rules for making an impact with your photography

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A lot of photographers were really ticked with Brooklyn Beckham.

Brooklyn, the 16-year-old son of David Beckham, is considering a photography career rather than following in his father's footsteps. Here's what really upset many photographers. Burberry commissioned the photographer to shoot its the company's fragrance campaign, passing over so many established and professional photographers. What those photographers missed is that Brooklyn is using the new rules of photography. With the new rules anyone can make an impact with their photography and photographers still employing the new rules will always be left behind. 

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Mar 04 2016

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Rank #2: 048 - Why you need a photo blog

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In a conversation this past weekend — and so many more over the years — I have held back from strongly making the case. No more.

If you are a photographer, you need a photo blog.

This needs to be said because on my latest survey, more than 88 percent of you admitted that you had no photo blog.

I’ve hinted and suggested. Now I’ll just tell you. Here’s why you need a photo blog in 2016.

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Jan 07 2016

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Rank #3: 045 - One big mistake you are probably making with your photography

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As I scrolled through the day's photographs, I knew that something was missing. 

I had just returned from a Meetup where I had a great time photographing Annapolis Harbor. We went there frequently because I really enjoyed shooting the quaint town.

But this time was different. I was underwhelmed with what I photographed that day. The pictures were okay, but I wasn't excited. I had been in a creative rut for a very long time. 

As I would learn a couple years later, it was because I was making one big mistake. Once I found that mistake and corrected it, my energy levels and creativity increased dramatically.

What is it?

Nov 30 2015

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Rank #4: 097 - How to stay motivated with your photography

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He had a different reason for asking, but we were looking for the same result.  

"How do you keep photographers motivated to keep shooting?" asked a camera industry salesperson. "It seems photographers aren't shooting as much. "How do we address that?"

This got me thinking about a problem we are all encounter. There is so much noise, so much distraction. It's tough for even the most dedicated photographers to find the motivation to keep shooting.

Here are a half dozen ideas, from easy to hard.

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Feb 20 2017

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Rank #5: 059 - What should photographers blog about?

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She said I created more work for her. 

That's what one of our listeners told me after she launched her new blog.

"I made the blog like you said. Now I don't know what to put on it. You just made more work for me," she said.

I get it. The empty canvas can be so intimidating. You created this living thing that you now need to feed. Did we just create more work?

Here's the good news. If you can write an email or a Facebook post, you have the skills you need to publish a blog. And it's a lot easier than you think.

Here are some ideas on blog topics. Use these to attract more viewers for your photography.

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Mar 29 2016

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Rank #6: Please take the 2015 Shutterbug Life survey

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If you have listened to any of my podcast episodes, I'd love to hear from you. Please take my 2015 Shutterbug Life listener/reader survey.

I know everyone is crazy busy these days, but if you listen to the podcast or follow the blog, completing the survey will benefit you in two ways.

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Oct 16 2015

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Rank #7: Five photography lessons from New Orleans that will work anywhere

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Part of my ritual when I return from my weekend workshop is to
do an After Action Report. It’s an old habit from my Army days
where you document what you learned after each exercise, and more
importantly, what you can improve.
 
After my most recent trip, I also thought about some random
photography principles as part of my lessons re-learned.
 
Here are five lessons that occurred to me in New Orleans that
will work for you anywhere you travel. You can even use them in
your home city.
 
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Apr 27 2016

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Rank #8: 041 Anyone can learn to be creative

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In Ms. Van Horn's kindergarten class, we were all creative.

I was part of a circle of 4 and 5 year olds who differed in many ways — not all of us could read or identify colors or numbers. But when it was time to color, draw or build something cool, we all rushed to the play area at full speed. We were all creative. 

These days, I'm sure if I could arrange a reunion of my kindergarten classmates, we might all feel differently about our natural creativity. I know because I hear the same uncertainty when I talk with any group of photographers, who I'm sure were all once kindergartners. 

My standard question, "what are you struggling with these days?" generates a lot of "I'm just not that creative" responses.

Tom Kelley says that's just not true. Tom is an innovation consultant and author of the book, Creative Confidence, and I have fallen for his thesis.

We are long past kindergarten, but if we buy in to the premise that anyone can be creative, and I do, how do we go about relearning the steps? 

I have six strategies that anyone can use to learn creativity.

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Oct 21 2015

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Rank #9: 095 - Which lens should I buy next?

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It doesn't matter if you have been shooting for two weeks or 20 years, most photographers are constantly mulling the question, 'which lens should I buy next?'

Your frustration only gets worse when you find that there seems to be an endless supply of options. Even within the same brand, you can get lost in a sea of f-stops and millimeters. 

Here is an approach to help you understand and simplify the lens selection process.

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Jan 28 2017

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Rank #10: 049 - How you can make an impact with your photography

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I wasn't sure what to expect when my 16-year-old son texted me that he wanted to talk. That can go so many ways.

The talk ended up being more like a photography coaching session. He wanted to know how he could improve his photography, so that he could position himself better for a career in video.

Many of us have variations of the same question. How can I create photography that will make an impact, even if I don't think my skills are there yet.

I'll share what I told him because it might help someone else.

Jan 14 2016

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Rank #11: 044 - 5 P's of travel photography

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Scott Kelby shared a rare moment of honesty you don’t normally hear from professional photographers. 

“Do you know how you can take better pictures? Go somewhere interesting!” he joked during a presentation at PhotoPlus Expo. “Do you see this photo?” he said of a spectacular sunset image. “I just showed up and pressed the button.”

Of course Scott is simplifying his role quite a bit. He’s right that travel photography is a great way to create photographs, but it requires more than showing up and pushing a button. Follow these 5 Ps for great travel photographs and travel photography experiences.

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Nov 21 2015

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Rank #12: 047 - How you will improve our podcast in 2016

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It’s always interesting to hear what other people think about you.

Most of us go about our lives — doing our work — with the intention of giving our best. Every now and then when you hear how someone else interprets your actions, it can make you pause. It might even make you change.

Your feedback made me pause and change. This episode focuses on what you said, what I heard, and what changes you can expect as a result.

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Jan 01 2016

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Rank #13: 053 - How photographers use social media for results

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If you are surfing between Instagram, Facebook, Flickr and other social media platforms wondering what is the best way to use social media for your photography, then Jenna Martin has some advice for you.

Jenna Martin built a successful photography business promoting her underwater photography using largely online platforms.

Social media can be an effective tool for photographers. In this episode, Jenna shares her favorite platforms, how she uses each differently, and what strategies work best for photographers.

I interviewed Jenna while she was holding her new four-month-old baby, Leila. They both have plenty to say. :-)

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Feb 11 2016

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Rank #14: 'Traveling across the country photographing anything that looks good"

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What's it like to pack up
all your photography gear and drive across the country
photographing anything that looks good?

That's what Mike Lennett
hopes to find out. He recently embarked on a two-month bucket list
photo trip. He was one day into his excursion when he stopped to
chat about his expectations.

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Apr 25 2016

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Rank #15: Ask Lyn - When should you use Auto ISO?

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When should you use Auto ISO?

When Darren asked me this question on our last photo tour, the answer I gave was very different than my standard answer when I started leading photo tours in 2009 - 2010.

It's not so much that times have changed but that technology has evolved significantly.

Just five or six years ago, most digital cameras topped out at ISO 1600 - ISO 3200. With that narrow range, noise started to be visible at as low as ISO 800 in many cameras. It was downright distracting by ISO 1600.

When your camera can't be trusted to create clean images north of ISO 1600, you shouldn't leave the ISO decision to chance.

Back then, I counseled that you should change your ISO deliberately, so you can ensure you are always getting the sharpest image possible.

ISO performance in 2015 is incredibly better. It is not uncommon for entry level DSLRs to top out at ISO 128,000. With such a wide range, a DSLR can create noise-free images at much higher DSLR levels. With that increased performance, Auto ISO is not as risky.

Here are a few scenarios when Auto ISO might be helpful. 

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Dec 04 2015

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Rank #16: 022 - Wes Linda: What I've learned from Help-Portrait Baltimore

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If you wandered into Baltimore's Helping Up Mission last Dec. 6, you might have thought you were in a photo studio. Rows of portrait stations lined the room, all staffed by photographers busy shooting and printing images. 

And if you really paid attention, you'd notice that no money was being exchanged. That's right, photographers were shooting high quality portraits — free — for people who normally might never have experienced that kind of attention.

Wes Linda was one of the organizers of the Help-Portrait Baltimore movement, and he joins this episode to share what he learned, and how you can change your own world with your camera.

Listen to the podcast or visit the show notes at bit.ly/shutterbuglife022.

May 31 2015

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Rank #17: 052 - How creating a photography Meetup & community made me better photographer

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By any objective standard, Joe Newman is not the kind of guy you expect to see leading a photography Meetup. He describes himself as a shy introvert and is very uncomfortable describing himself as a photographer.

Yet, in the last year, Joe has built a fast growing and very engaged group of photographers around his Meetup group and blog, DC Focused. 

The DC Focused photography community lives on Meetup, Facebook, Instagram and Flickr. Their Meetups are not just photo walks but challenges and an opportunity to be published.

A funny thing happened on Joe's journey to leading the new photography community, he became known as a photographer and became better at his craft.

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Feb 05 2016

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Rank #18: 055 - Do you have these useful camera accessories in your bag?

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By now most of us are trained to resist the salesperson’s final question. “Do you need any bags, batteries, filters to go with that camera?"

We know it is the equivalent of “do you need fries with that that?”

Before you politely reply, “no thank you. I’ll take that Canon 5D Mark III to go,” consider purchasing these useful accessories.

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Feb 26 2016

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Rank #19: 061 - Photographing National Parks at night

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In a rooftop graveyard overlooking Flemington, NJ, Matt Hill created a ghost with his camera — and was hooked on night photography.

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Apr 20 2016

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Rank #20: 058 - These 8 questions will help you create great photos

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Whether you travel to an exotic location or scoot around the corner in your neighborhood, here is a simple formula for creating your next great photo.The answer is in the questions. 

The answer is in the questions. 

You can work through the process of identifying your photo and choosing your camera settings with this simple format.

Answer these eight questions. In fact, use them as a checklist to create great images consistently.

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Mar 21 2016

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We've moved!

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Hi there, this is Lyn from the Shutterbug Life podcast, and you must be thinking…this is a blast from the past.   Well I’m back to let you know that I’ve launched a new podcast and invite you to join us.   It’s called the EOS Photographer podcast and we will cover a lot of the same kinds of topics we did here in Shutterbug Life. The main difference is that all my examples will be focused on Canon gear.   As you might know, I spent the last two years working with Canon USA leading their Live Learning workshop program. I’d like to put that experience to its best use, so I’m focusing the podcast.    Our episodes will feature:  
  • Interviews with great photography instructors
  • Q&A with technical experts
  • Photo Challenges; and
  • Real world gear reviews
  This podcast first and foremost is about photography. It is for creators. People who go out with your cameras in your hand and try to create amazing art from the world in front of you. We’ll help you sharpen your skills and reach your goals faster — on the gear we all own and love.   If you’re not a Canon shooter, you’ll likely find helpful information in our expert interviews and photography teaching, but Canon photographers will get the most value.   With that, please subscribe to the EOS Photographer podcast.    Hope to talk with you there.   Listen on iTunes | Listen on the website   Lyn

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101 - Creating a marketing system to help you show, share, or sell your photos

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Several months ago, I got a call from a potential client. She worked in the marketing department of a camera manufacturer and wanted help creating a marketing plan for them. We talked about a coaching program that would help her conduct the market research for her plan.

"Have you done this kind of thing before," she asked?

Of course. I gave her some highlights of my resume and pointed her to some links. One of the links was to the work we have done together on Shutterbug Life.

On her next call to me, she was so excited. "I looked at your work, and you seem perfect for this!"

I had another situation with a big camera retailer. They were struggling to create an educational program for their customers. After a reviewing some of my ideas and links, they invited me in to talk about how I could help them. They were excited to get started, they said.

You all know how this one ends. I saw that Canon was looking for someone to lead their workshop and learning program. Canon must already know who they want for this, I thought. I sent them my stuff anyway.

I recount these three experiences for one reason. They could never have happened six years ago. These opportunities were available to me because I created and worked the marketing system I want to explain today. If you use it properly, it will help you show, share, or sell your images more efficiently. If you are are an emerging photography enthusiast, entrepreneur, or freelance photographer, it can help you cut through the clutter and attract the right people to your work. 

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Mar 27 2017

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100 - How to sell your images online

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Sitting on the floor in a room full of pictures, I let out a heavy sigh and began the tedious job of sorting the image packages into envelopes.

My Dad and I had just picked up the prints from a high school prom shoot we completed, and now we had to prepare them for our clients. There was no simple way of doing this. Fill each envelope, cross reference it against the names, and make sure they had paid. Then Dad would deliver the photos to the parents.

I wish we had today's solutions back then. Today, I've completed much more complex jobs without ever touching a print or wading through envelopes.

How? The technical part of selling your photography has never been easier than it is these days. You have a range of solutions to help you promote, sell, and collect for your images. None of them require any technical knowledge or ability.

Mar 19 2017

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099 - Take the shot. Don't take the shot. Today

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I've got some more advice for you that doesn't have anything to do with f-stops or apertures. I'm not weighing in on DSLRs vs mirrorless or Canon vs Nikon. Today we are ignoring all the typical photography topics yet sharing some timeless advice.

Here are three decision points that all photographers face. If we can choose right at each intersection, I think we can improve our work considerably.

Mar 14 2017

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098 - Comprehensive guide to photographing cathedrals and churches

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With all due respect, we know that churches and cathedrals are places of worship, but they also are incredible structures to photograph. The architecture, light, and history all provide opportunities for you to photograph. Those same characteristics also create challenges for many photographers. 

If you want to create memorable images in your cathedral or church, follow these tips.

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Mar 05 2017

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Why you should show your prices on your photography website

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Several years ago, I followed up on what I thought was a great lead for my photography business. I crafted a warm introductory email and requested that we schedule a phone conversation.

Then came the response that totally deflated me.

"Just send your prices."

Like many photographers, that was the very last thing I wanted to do. I didn't want to talk about prices before I had an opportunity to have a conversation. I didn't want to quote a price before I had a chance to understand the full scope of their needs. After all, once he knew my prices, he could just leave. 

After going back and forth a few times by email, I sent some prices. As I suspected, he disappeared.

The moral of the story is not what you might expect. Just show your prices on your website.

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Feb 23 2017

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097 - How to stay motivated with your photography

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He had a different reason for asking, but we were looking for the same result.  

"How do you keep photographers motivated to keep shooting?" asked a camera industry salesperson. "It seems photographers aren't shooting as much. "How do we address that?"

This got me thinking about a problem we are all encounter. There is so much noise, so much distraction. It's tough for even the most dedicated photographers to find the motivation to keep shooting.

Here are a half dozen ideas, from easy to hard.

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Feb 20 2017

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096 - How to build your own photography website

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In the Squarespace Super Bowl ad, John Malkovich is screaming into the phone at his namesake.

John wants to launch a website, but the hard part is not in creating a website. It is in getting his name. You know the message coming will be this...The easy part in creating a website will be creating a website.

If you are a photographer, by now you know you should have a website. The easy part in creating a website is in creating a website. The difficult part is in creating a website - that works.

Feb 05 2017

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095 - Which lens should I buy next?

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It doesn't matter if you have been shooting for two weeks or 20 years, most photographers are constantly mulling the question, 'which lens should I buy next?'

Your frustration only gets worse when you find that there seems to be an endless supply of options. Even within the same brand, you can get lost in a sea of f-stops and millimeters. 

Here is an approach to help you understand and simplify the lens selection process.

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Jan 28 2017

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When do you need a model release

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When do you need a model release? That's the latest question I received from one of our listeners:

"What guidance can you give us regarding releases? Both for people (for instance, if they are potentially identifiable) and locations (for instance, trademarked property, federal property)? I seem to recall this gets complicated. What if it’s a crowd such as demonstrators in DC? Assuming a release is required, as a practical matter do you obtain it during the shoot?"

Jan 26 2017

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094 - Learning how to learn photography with Joe Edelman

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If you are learning photography now, I have good news and bad news. The good news is…you have a wealth of information availability to your in just about every form. Here’s the bad news. You have a wealth of information available to you in just about every form. 

How do you sort through it all? When do you seek formal training? And how do you know what workshop to take next? I discuss all these topics with Joe Edelman. 

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Jan 20 2017

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093 - Street photographer's guide to photographing a public events or demonstration

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Peering out the window of a coffee shop, I saw a very familiar process unfolding. People were arriving with big signs. I saw what looked like costumes, and over time a small crowd started assembling. In Washington, DC, that usually means a protest is about to start. It also means prime photography opportunities. 

No time to finish my coffee, I grabbed my DSLR and headed out to the park to start my shoot.

Whether you happen upon a protest demonstration or even a parade, you have a perfect opportunity to practice street photography that tells stories.

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Jan 15 2017

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092 - Publishing & getting paid for your travel photos

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It’s always cool seeing your best images on your blog or social media, but for a real rush, imagine seeing them in the glossy pages of a national travel publication. Even better, imagine getting paid to place them there.

I'll tell you how your can publish your travel photos in this episode.

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Jan 07 2017

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091 - Shaping the photography of a city without taking a photo

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If there was ever such a thing as a photography impresario, Heather Goss would be it. 

She curates images. She creates photo gallery shows. She runs an online photography community. She just celebrated 10 years organizing a citywide photo contest. She edits a major photography blog. She organizes monthly photography Meetups.

All this from someone who doesn't even consider herself a photographer. Why?

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Dec 30 2016

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090 - Setting up your new camera

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Did Santa bring you a new camera body for Christmas? Maybe you want to take advantage of some down time to reacquaint yourself with your existing camera. You’ll want to listen to this episode and take some notes. We are setting up your new camera or resetting your old one.

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Dec 28 2016

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089 - Creating holiday photographs your family will love

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I was struggling through Christmas portraits, but I did not have the Christmas spirit. My boys were young then, between 2 to 10 years old. I thought I would have them take Christmas portraits, but just as I was getting started, one of them got a giggle fit. Then just like a virus it spread. Before I knew it, we had spent way too much time shooting, and I had not one good portrait to show for it.

They continued taking turns giggling and being serious until I decided to get over myself and photograph them in all their goofiness. 

Maybe your holiday photography challenges are much simpler than mine. Whatever they are, you will want to capture the best of your holiday traditions and decorations. Here are some tips to help you this season.

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Dec 23 2016

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088 - Meet with Top Photographer's Roxy Rodriguez

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What's it like to be on the first and only photography reality show? There are only five people who can answer that question, and today I am talking with one of them.

Roxy Rodgriguez made a splash on Top Photographer with her unique point of view and signature shooting style. In fact, by the end of the show both the host, Nigel Barker, and guest judges were gushing about the "Roxy photo."

If you watched any of the Top Photographer episodes, you might wonder what really went on before the camera started and after it stopped. Roxy gives us a peek into the creation of Top Photographer.

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Dec 17 2016

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087 - The so what factor that helps you create amazing photos

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The world is overflowing with boring pictures, and if you don't want to contribute another one to the pile, ask one more question. So what?

You took another picture. So what? Why should we care? Why should we stop what we are doing to look at it? Is it just another boring collection of pixels?

Today's question is the last one you ask before you release your photo to the wild. Use it to decide if your photo goes or stays. "I created another photo. So what?"

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Dec 12 2016

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Top Photographer finale + 9 ways to improve the show next season

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Top Photographer wrapped up their first season and crowned a winner last week, and it wasn't who I would have expected.

In the final episodes, the photographers got to go anywhere they wanted and shoot anything they wanted. Even better, they got to load up a backpack with their dream Canon gear for the shoot. 

With all this freedom and flexibility, what did they choose? Let's review the final episodes and look at nine ways they can improve season 2.

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Dec 05 2016

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Lessons learned from Top Photographer - Episode 3

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In episode 3, Top Photographer challenged contestants to create a landscape photograph from the tip top of the Empire State Building. The photographers started at sunrise with this charge - how do you make your photo stand out from the masses -- and each other.

That's a challenge you can probably relate to if you have ever done a photo walk. How do you make your photos stand out from everyone else.

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Nov 20 2016

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Awsome Photography Podcast

By Phem22 - Jul 23 2016
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It doesn't matter how advanced you are in photography there is ALWAYS something to learn when listening to shutterbug life. The podcast is very informational and inspirational. Love it!

Great podcast

By Coleman65 - Jun 17 2016
Read more
I started watching Lynford's videos on Youtube. These podcasts are informative and great to listen to.