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Whether you want to become the worlds best swimsuit photographer or just want to take better pictures of the kids at halloween we help you improve your photography by becoming better with your camera.

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Whether you want to become the worlds best swimsuit photographer or just want to take better pictures of the kids at halloween we help you improve your photography by becoming better with your camera.

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A gift for photographers of every level

By Gwire67 - Jan 18 2020
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This podcast has helped me become a better photographer. It has allowed me to venture into manual mode and take better photos. Often in Nonprofit work it is difficult to put into words what our donors are providing to the community. Raymond has helped me to better express this through my photography. The diversity of guests and subjects help photographers of all types. Raymond’s dedication to excellence is evident in the quality of the production of the podcast. Thank you.

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By misysu2 - Dec 05 2019
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Beginner or not, every photographer will find something new in Raymond's podcast series. He's friendly, relatable, and his guests are very helpful. The breadth of the photography industry can be overwhelming, but you can learn about so many niches here. Very valuable info. I highly recommend!

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134 Ratings
Average Ratings
123
7
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2
2

A gift for photographers of every level

By Gwire67 - Jan 18 2020
Read more
This podcast has helped me become a better photographer. It has allowed me to venture into manual mode and take better photos. Often in Nonprofit work it is difficult to put into words what our donors are providing to the community. Raymond has helped me to better express this through my photography. The diversity of guests and subjects help photographers of all types. Raymond’s dedication to excellence is evident in the quality of the production of the podcast. Thank you.

Don't Miss This!

By misysu2 - Dec 05 2019
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Beginner or not, every photographer will find something new in Raymond's podcast series. He's friendly, relatable, and his guests are very helpful. The breadth of the photography industry can be overwhelming, but you can learn about so many niches here. Very valuable info. I highly recommend!
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The Beginner Photography Podcast

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Whether you want to become the worlds best swimsuit photographer or just want to take better pictures of the kids at halloween we help you improve your photography by becoming better with your camera.

Rank #1: 097: Mark Silber - The Secrets to Creating Amazing Photos

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Today's guest is known around the world to many budding photographers for his constant thirst for photography education. An author, his last book "Advancing Your Photography: Secrets to Amazing Photos from the Masters" taught us how to take your photos past "point and shoot" his NEW book "The Secrets to Creating Amazing Photos: 83 Composition Tools from the Masters" dives deeper into one of my favorite subjects Composition. You remember him when he came on the podcast back in interview 065, today I'm excited to welcome BACK Marc Silber! In This Episode You'll Learn: What composition is How Marc defines composition What Marc sees happening to most photographers over and over How to learn the language of composition  Marcs favorite compositional tools What to look for in your everyday world to add interest in your photographs The power of pre visualization  Where to get started using composition How to use composition for portraits How lighting can affect/create composition What wrong piece of information Marc hears new photographers being taught How to spice up your iPhone photos  Resources: Marc Silbers Website Marc Silbers Youtube Channel Marcs new book The Secrets to Creating Amazing Photos: 83 Composition Tools from the Masters Marcs previous book Advancing Your Photography: Secrets to Amazing Photos from the Masters Memorable Quotes: Composition is where you place your subject to the most ascetically pleasing place within your frame Once you understand your camera, there are only two things you need to control. Lighting and Composition.  When shooting portraits, less is more

May 07 2018

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Rank #2: BPP 107: Unlock Your Creativity With Free Shooting

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This week I talk about free shooting. 

The practice of shooting with no intention or expectation to build your skills and become a more creative photographer.

Check out more at www.BeginnerPhotographyPodcast.com Have A Question? Reach out to us on social Facebook: www.Facebook.com/BeginnerPhotographyPodcast.com Instagram: www.Instagtam.com/BeginnerPhotoPodcast Or Email us at: BeginnerPhotographyPodcast@gmail.com

Jul 23 2018

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Rank #3: 068: Where To Invest Your Money In The Right Photography Gear!

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In this episode of the podcast Destination Wedding Photographer Matt Druin and I talk about where we wasted our money on gear when we started out, where we wish we would have invested our money, and tips that will help you buy right so you dont have to buy twice! Consider becoming a patron of the show on Patreon and you'll get exclusives and tutorials that no one else gets!  https://www.patreon.com/BeginnerPhotographyPodcast   Check out more at www.BeginnerPhotographyPodcast.com Have A Question? Reach out to us on social Facebook: www.Facebook.com/BeginnerPhotographyPodcast.com Instagram: www.Instagtam.com/BeginnerPhotoPodcast Or Email us at: BeginnerPhotographyPodcast@gmail.com  

Sep 04 2017

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Rank #4: BPP 145: The 5 Mistakes New Photographers Make

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Over the past 3 years of hosting the beginner photography podcast, I have not only had the chance to talk to some of the worlds best photographers but also talk to countless listeners. Almost immediately I started getting emails, questions. Then I started the Beginner Photography Podcast Facebook group 2 years ago and the number of questions of new photographers has exploded.

In that time I have come to see the 5 Mistakes New Photographers Make.

Today I share them with you and share how to avoid them.

1: New photographers think gear will make their photos better 2: New photographers do a lot of heavy editing 3: New photographers try to grow too quick without knowing the fundamentals 4: New photographers want to start to business before they are ready 5: New photographers do not give photography enough time

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Apr 29 2019

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Rank #5: 019: An Introduction to Editing you photos

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In this episode we talk about Adobe Lightroom. The Differance between Lightroom and Photoshop. Why Lightroom is probably the best choice for you.

Apr 25 2016

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Rank #6: 071: Why You Should Be Shooting For Free

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In This Episode You'll Learn: Why shooting for free isn't killing the industry How Matt build his career by shooting for free How shooting for free can make you more money How to use your free shoots to build your portfolio The exact strategy you can use to book more shoots by shooting for free The importance of blogging as a photographer How to book more photo shoots quick Why craigslist isn't the best place for photographers How shooting 1 free wedding got Matt 50 Inqueries and how you can do it too! How to use SEO to book more weddings Why people arnt buying your photography, and what they are really buying Resources: Sports Photography for Parents Course Vinny Pugliese Super Bowl Photographer Interview Check out more at www.BeginnerPhotographyPodcast.com Have A Question? Reach out to us on social Facebook: www.Facebook.com/BeginnerPhotographyPodcast.com Instagram: www.Instagtam.com/BeginnerPhotoPodcast Or Email us at: BeginnerPhotographyPodcast@gmail.com

Oct 02 2017

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Rank #7: 005: Exposure Triangle pt 1 APERTURE

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In this Episode of the Beginner Photography Podcast this its the first of a 4 part podcast series of the Exposure Triangle. Today we talk about Aperture and how it effects your photos.

Jan 21 2016

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Rank #8: 081: Getting Started With Your New Digital Camera

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Welcome to the new year! If you are here, there is a good chance that you may have got a new camera for the holidays and you want help to master this new tool in your hands so you can start taking better photos today. Before we get started I want you to put your camera in manual mode. It single will unlock the true potential of your camera. That green box mode will do nothing but hold you back! If you want to learn more about shooting manual, scroll to the bottom of this post and sign up for our free video course! Photography Basics for Beginners: 14 Days to Better Photos! Once you've done that, here are my 5 tips for getting started with your new camera!  1: Don't Use The On-Camera Flash The flash on your camera rarely provides decent lighting. It often looks very fake and not pleasant. If you are in a dark setting, either find a new spot with better light, or change your settings to accommodate the lack of lighting.   2: Learn to SEE the Light Light comes in different colors, intensities, and qualities. Morning light is much cooler than afternoon and evening light. Light from the sun is much harder than shade from a tree. There are lots of qualities of light that can enhance your photos. Take a photo, look at the camera and study the light.  3: Change Your Angle Every non-photography inclined parent takes a photo of their children the exact same way. About 5'6" off the ground and pointed down at their child. This isn't interesting. Get the camera super low, or as high as your hands can reach. Doing something that isn't the norm will add interest to your photo!  4: Keep Your Shutter Speed Up Your shutter speed is the likely culprit to why your photos are blurry. When your shutter speed is low, you cant capture a crisp image. Shooting in manual leave you in control of your shutter speed to ensure it's not too low. If your photo is too dark with the correct shutter speed, then raise your ISO to compensate for the lack of light.  5: Edit and SHARE Your Photos When I first got into digital photography, myspace was the only place to share my photos, and they were downsized to 640x480. That's 0.3 megapixels. So they often were kept on my hard drives which are now lost or died. They are gone, which sucks. Thank god I didn't have children back then because all of those photos would be gone. The very few photos I DO have look like garbage and they were exported to JPG and I did not keep the RAW files which means I can no longer re edit them. So learn from my experience and edit your photos then share them! Then keep the RAW files because you never know what the future will bring! 

Jan 01 2018

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Rank #9: BPP 136: Nick Church - Beginner to Pro in 24 Months

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Todays guest is Nick Church. A UK based Bristol wedding photographer who until 2014 had never picked up a camera. 24 months later he had left his full time job as photography had replaced his income. Today I'm excited to talk about how Nick did it so quick!

In This Episode You'll Learn:
  • When was the first time Nick picked up a camera

  • How Nick booked his wedding

  • How Nick handled shooting 40 weddings a year with his full time job

  • The hardest part of photography for Nick to learn

  • A common misconception people think about going full time

  • What Nick would do differently if he had to do it all over again

  • Bad info Nick hears being taught to new photographers

  • An embarrassing moment Nick had at a wedding

Premium Members Also Learn:
  • How to know when do go full time

  • Why most photographers struggle to get bookings

  • Nick’s Facebook ad strategy that you can implement right away

  • Some tools Nick uses in his photography business to keep him organized

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Feb 18 2019

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Rank #10: BPP 094: Making Your Photography Stand Out

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Standing out as a photographer is the best way to differentiate yourself from your competition but standing out can be difficult. How do you stand out? What can you do to stand out? Can I just pick something right now? Standing out with your photography is the best way to separate yourself from your competition. There are a lot of ways to stand out as a photographer and today I talk about how you can find your unique thing that makes you stand out.   Check out more at www.BeginnerPhotographyPodcast.com Have A Question? Reach out to us on social Facebook: www.Facebook.com/BeginnerPhotographyPodcast.com Instagram: www.Instagtam.com/BeginnerPhotoPodcast Or Email us at: BeginnerPhotographyPodcast@gmail.com  

Apr 09 2018

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Rank #11: 039: Laura Beck - The Importance of Shooting Stylized

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In This Episode of the Beginner Photography Podcast Indianapolis Wedding Photographer Raymond Hatfield talks to Lubbock Texas Photographer Laura Beck about shooting Stylized Photo Sessions and why they are so important in her photography business, how they get her more clients and make her a better photographer.

Nov 07 2016

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Rank #12: 070: Nick Page - How To Become A Landscape Photographer

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Nick Page is a Landscape photographer who got his start in photography later than most after he found him self with too much free time when an accident left him bed ridden. Since then he has quickly become one of the top landscape photographers around and has just launched his own podcast "The Landscape Photography Podcast" which can be found in your favorite podcast player.   In this episode you'll learn: How a horrible accident gave Nick his start in photography How Nicks start in videography got him interested in photography What some of the first tutorials Nick watched were What are some of the most difficult aspects of landscape photography How to make money with landscape photography How to get into landscape photography How much preparation goes into a great landscape photo The number 1 thing people get wrong with landscape photography What Nicks biggest tip for getting a great landscape photo it Why landscape photos take several hours to edit a single image in photoshop Some simple tricks to editing your landscape photography Common mistakes beginners make in their landscape photography Resources: Nicks Website Nicks Landscape photography podcast Nicks Instagram Digital Rev Youtube Gavin Hoey Youtube Channel Tony Northrup Youtube Channel Kai W Youtube Channel James Wheelers Podcast Interview   Quotes: Like anyone else I started taking photos of my kid  learning how to shoot in manual was the best thing I could have done if you shoot the same thing all the time youre going to get burnt out My favorite landscape images are from when I just got up and out of the house to go shoot There has to be a sacrifice to get a great landscape photo You can either be amazing at TV or amazing at photography. Not Both Landscape photography is such a saturated field You want a photo to be real and believable but also special and interesting Take the time to be creative before worring about the technicals Check out more at www.BeginnerPhotographyPodcast.com Have A Question? Reach out to us on social Facebook: www.Facebook.com/BeginnerPhotographyPodcast.com Instagram: www.Instagtam.com/BeginnerPhotoPodcast Or Email us at: BeginnerPhotographyPodcast@gmail.com

Sep 18 2017

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Rank #13: 048: Corey Potter - Beginners Guide To SEO For Photographers

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Corey Potter is a wedding photographer and seo specialist who runs the popular marketing and seo blog for photographers www.FuelYourPhotos.com SEO is a tricky subject. No one knows the exact algorithm search engines use to determine where you should rank when someone searches for "Your City Family Photographer". Todays Guest is Corey Potter who is a Wedding Photographer in Columbia South Carolina who also runs the popular website Fuel Your Photos which specializes in SEO and marketing tips for photographers. In This Episode You'll Learn: How Corey went from shooting 9 weddings a year to 27 thanks to SEO What SEO is, as described to a 5 year old How to add more text on your site when you mostly just put photos What ALT text is and how to add it to your photos What is better for SEO for Photographers, Squarespace or Wordpress  How to set up your website blog for SEO How often you should be blogging How to figure out what keywords to rank for Why doing keyword research is important for your growth in google How long it could take you to get to the first page of google Why paying someone to work on your SEO can be a bad idea One think you should put on your website that will boost your rank immediately Why getting featured is so important Great tips on working with vendors to help you out in google   Resources Fuel Your Photos Website Fuel Your Photos Facebook group Fuel Your Photos Guide to SEO Columbia Wedding Photographers Ablaze Photographers Moz KW Finder Style me pretty Rock and roll bride Huffington post weddings Quotes SEO is giving the clues that google needs to  give the right answer Adding alt text is a great way to tell google what you do most people think they suck at writing but its probably fine for google  if you can blog everyday, blog everyday But getting links to your website is not enough do the hard work because no one else is

Jan 23 2017

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Rank #14: 003: Why gear isnt as important as you may think

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Show notes for the Beginner Photography Podcast where we talk about why you gear and cameras and fancy len's truly does not matter in the larger picture of your photo journey.

Jan 18 2016

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Rank #15: BPP 129: Do This One Thing To Grow As A Photographer In 2019

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For all of December I like to do these personal episode where I talk about things I learned throughout the year or things I think could help you in the new year and as usual I had a blast. But this is the last episode of 2018 so next week we will be back to our regularly scheduled interviews. Which I’m sure is welcome news to those sick of listening to my voice.

The end of the year is a perfect time to reflect on the past year and look to the future. Last year I made a list of 5 way to jump start your photography in 2018. And although I called it a jumpstart, I felt like the tips were more foundational.

Last year I suggested to

  • Share your photos

  • Experiment more

  • Be the dumbest person in the room

  • Don’t buy any new gear

  • And print your photos.

all this last year I think I did really well with this list.

Share your photos

The idea here is that you’re a photographer, you should be taking and sharing photos. But I think I took less personal photos this year than most. I started using an app called 1 second a day which is short 1 second video clips which you can compile into a month long chunks and then year long videos too. I love it. But I realized too late that I really don’t have to put in a ton of effort making the videos great. I use it to document my kids and just hearing their voices from a year ago has been a crazy progression. I don’t have to worry too much about lighting and composition and making it an event to get the 1 second because then its kinda fake. I should spend that energy in 2019 to create more family photos.

Experiment more

I did do a lot of experimenting this year. From video with a GoPro on top of my camera, to trying out new lighting techniques, and even with the core of my business. In this area I really excelled this year and will not be stopping in 2019

Be the dumbest person in the room

At the beginning of the year I was in a mastermind group with some other photographer and it was doing great things for my business and just having some support. It fell apart and through the chaos of the summer just kept myself busy. Once weddings slowed down I was asked to join a 1 day in person mastermind with business owners of other fields (fitness, automotive, real estate, copy editing) and I even though they didn’t have any knowledge of photography the had practical tips for my problems and I felt like I had some helpful tips for their problems. It really ignited an excitement in me and I will be putting more value to that in 2019.

Don’t buy any new gear

I aced this. I didn’t buy any new gear in 2019 except for like batteries or expendables. Pens, memory cards, I had to replace a flash. But no new cameras (well except a GoPro that I bought for our trip to Iceland which was so worth it). I really fell like I became much better acquainted with the abilities of my camera and lenses by being forced to stick with them. I wanted to upgrade to an xt3 but I didn’t. I wanted to get a 70-200 but I didn’t. I made what I had, work. My bank account thanked me too as I was able to bring home more money because of it.

Print your photos

I printed more photos. Thanks to Brian Caporici I made same day albums a big thing this year at weddings and every one of my couples went crazy for them. They were all SHOCKED that I was able to create one while at their wedding. These albums are nothing fancy either. They are instant prints glued onto black card stock and put in a $5 book from hobby lobby. The point being, that having something physical made their wedding day feel real. That’s what prints do. We had family photos taken at the beginning of the year and I had those photos framed and I gave them to my wife for Mother’s Day. I did the same thing with family photos for my mom for the holidays. Having something to hold on to, makes it so much more than just pretty.  

So I sat down and started thinking about how to become a better photographer in 2019. I thought about what worked and what didn’t work for 2018 and ultimately while I did a good job following my own advice, it was too much. You’re not going to listen to that episode every month and reevaluate how you’re doing. So in 2019 I want you to do just one thing.

Focus on yourself.

That’s it. That’s the one thing. And its only one thing because I want you to do it really well. I think it was Ansle Adams who said this quote.

There are two people in every photograph. The viewer and the photographer.

Photography is a reflection of yourself. No one else.

2019 is the year of yourself. Not in a selfish way.

Be happy for every other photographer! Don’t look at them as competitors. They are somewhere different than you in your photography journey! You can’t expect to be where they are. When you are happy for them or love their work you build a mindset of abundance which may sound woowoo and like I’m not living in “the real world” but is sooooo much more powerful than trying to build the biggest building in town by tearing down everyone else.

Focus on yourself.

The most successful photographers I can think of are not successful because they copied what everyone else was doing, they are successful because they focused on themself. I’m not saying don’t take others advice or try something you heard from another photographer, what I’m saying is ultimately you have to decide what you want to do and how to use the info you are given.

Since we are all somewhere different in our journey this info will be mean something different to everyone but in 2019 spend less time worrying about or comparing yourself to other photographers.

 Your art is different than theirs

We all see things differently. There is that story of twin brothers ho were raised by an alcoholic father. One boy became an alcoholic and the other one never touched a drop of alcohol in his whole life. And when asked why they turned out the way they did, they each had the same answer “Having a father like mine, how could I not” The boys had the same father and yet came up with wildly different interpretations.

Art is the same. You could look at the same thing as another photographer and come up with something totally different then them. So don’t look at work from other photographers and think “I could have done that” Think I CAN do that.

The camera they use won't make your work better

The camera is such a small portion of what makes a photo. I know what you’re thinking, “If that’s true why do professionals spend 10X more on a professional body” Well there are differences in performance but mainly its about build quality and some specific features that are important to the type of work they shoot. Wedding photographers value fast autofocus, sports photographers value high frame per second shooting, ext. Those things can make their job easier but it won’t make their images better. Every photo ever taken has been captured using just 3 settings. Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO. So stop blaming the camera for photos you’re not happy with.

Their marketing wont be as powerful coming from you

When I first went into business I thought “If I just look at other photographers marketing material then I can figure out what I need to do” What I was missing was the fact that I’m not that good with words lol. So If I copied their eloquently written ads, no matter how well they worked or how many couples contacted me they would be expecting something different and I would come off as not being genuine. It took me taking a long time trying that, it not working, and then going out on a limb and trying an ad using humor to work for me.

The way you learn is different from how they learn

In high school on of my classmates soaked up every ounce of info by reading, and for me, I couldn’t comprehend anything by reading it. I could have read until my eyes bleed to try and get better at it but I would have only got marginally better and never would have got as good as her. Because that’s who I am. I had to learn how to learn on my own. I learn best by doing. I learn best when I get my hands dirty. That’s why Ive had to do a lot of sessions I wasn’t happy with. That’s why Ive had to spend a ton of money on advertising. Because that’s how I learn.

You’re at a different point in your photography journey than anyone else is. Do what feels right for YOU. Try new things that YOU want to do. Don’t just try things you saw on instagram. Play to your strengths. If you follow my 1 tip I know that 2019 is going to be massive for you. I want to hear you’re biggest take away from todays episode. Message me on instagram. RHatfieldPhoto. I’d love to know what it is.

That’s it for this week. Next week we will be back to our regularly scheduled interviews so until next week Keep shooting, Focus on you, and stay safe!

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Dec 31 2018

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Rank #16: 004: Why lenses are so expensive and why you don't need them

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Show notes for the Beginner Photography Podcast Episode 004. We talk all about camera lenses. What makes up the price difference in $100 lens and a $1400 lens. Glass vs plastic in len's, Larger apertures, Chromatic Aberrations, and Zoom vs Prime len's.

Jan 18 2016

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Rank #17: 085: Jordan Younce - Getting Started with Real Estate Photography

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Jordan Younce is a Real Estate photography out of North Carolina and host of the Road to Full Time Podcast. Today he shares so much on the world of Real Estate photography, how to get started, how to make money, and what to shoot.  In This Episode, You'll Learn: How Jordan got into Real Estate photography The passion Jordan finds in Real Estate photography What Jordan looks for when he shows up to a new house to photograph Where Jordan Learned Real Estate Photography How Jordan used the internet to book his first real estate photography gig How you can get started in real estate photography What gear you need to start shooting Real Estate photography The most important lesson Jordan learned while shooting Why real estate photographers have such a hard time getting started out The power of curiosity What Jordan did on a family beach vacation that grew his real estate photography How to work with real estate agents How to get inspiration in real estate photography How you can build your real estate photography portfolio for cheap! Resources: Jordans Website Road to Full Time Podcast Jordans Facebook Jordans Instagram Temba Camera Bags Temba Solstice 20L Website - Get it on Amazon! The Beginner Photography Podcast Facebook Group Mike Kelley Canon t7i Canon wide angle lens for crop sensor cameras Canon 6D Canon 17-40mm Check out more at www.BeginnerPhotographyPodcast.com Have A Question? Reach out to us on social Facebook: www.Facebook.com/BeginnerPhotographyPodcast.com Instagram: www.Instagtam.com/BeginnerPhotoPodcast Or Email us at: BeginnerPhotographyPodcast@gmail.com

Feb 05 2018

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Rank #18: 091: Bernie Griffiths - The Business Side of Photography

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Today's guest is photography business coach, Bernie Griffiths. Coming from a working class family in England, Bernie Griffiths has owned a wedding and portrait business for over 40 years. While he still photographs weddings and portraits his passion is now teaching and consulting with photographers, to help them fast-track their businesses. In This Episode You'll Learn: How Bernie got his start in photography How much Bernis bought a photography studio for What Bernie learned as the head photographer for a cruise ship The importance of marketing The power of a competition box The definition of selling and the key to conquering your fear How raising your prices will get you more clients Bernies soft sale method Resources: Bernie's Website Bernie's Book "Success Secrets of a Professional Photographer" Bernie's 5 Week coaching program

Mar 19 2018

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Rank #19: BPP 178: How to Set Photography Goals that Stick!

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Setting goals can be a difficult task. Well, setting goals isn’t difficult but setting goals that stick is a difficult task. We know this because 83% of new years resolutions are broken by February. Therefore the problem to solve is how to set BETTER goals. Today I share my 9 steps process for setting photography goals that stick.

Step 1: Realize you need to make a change

You can only make change when you WANT to change.

Step 2: Figure out WHERE you need to make a change

Ask yourself “What feels broken” “What do I need help with” because where you feel the most pain you can make the most growth.

Step 3: Set More Epic Goals

Don’t set goals too crazy or too simple. “Book 60 weddings” when you have never shot a wedding is crazy. “Learn Photography” it too simple. Create a goal thats in between.

Step 4: Write down your goals and make it seen

When you physically write out your goals on paper you’re 43% more likely to achieve them. When you post them somewhere you see them every day you increase that chance exponentially. My goals are posted above my computer.

Step 5: Make Baby steps

Make baby steps that it will take to achieve your goals to keep the momentum going.

Step 6: Make a challenge out of it

When you turn your goals into a game you’re more likely to keep up with the baby steps. Write them down on a calendar and mark them off every day.

Step 7: Check in with your goals

Set a date on your calendar quarterly to check in with your goals, re assess, and plan for the next quarter for new goals.

Step 8: Hang out with people who are also moving forward

“You are the sum of the 5 people closest to you” When you spend more time with photographers doing great things, you will elevate your skills and desire to do great things. Nowhere is that more important than when you go from hobby photographer to making money with your camera. Surrounding yourself a group of others dedicated to growing their business and making money is the key to quick growth.

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Step 9: Simulate what your life would look like after you hit your goals

Achieving your goals both planning and motivation. Picturing your life after you achieve your goals will give you the motivation you need to keep going!

Dec 16 2019

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Rank #20: 041: Full Frame Vs Crop Sensor Cameras Do You Need To Upgrade? WARNING: ADVANCED TOPIC

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In this episode of the podcast I talk about the differance between full frame and crop sensor cameras. I talk about what camera is best for your photography. 

Nov 22 2016

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BPP 183: Hope Taylor - Perfecting The Senior Photography Experience

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Hope Taylor is a Charleston SC senior portrait photographer who has build quite a following with her signature look and client experience. Today I’m looking forward to talking about client experience, posing and attracting clients!

 

In This Episode You'll Learn:
  • What is Senior Photography

  • How hope got into photographing seniors

  • What Hope struggled with most behind the camera

  • Posing tips to help self-conscious teens feel comfortable and confident

  • How to manage your fall schedule when everyone wants photos

  • How Hope delivers her photos to her clients

  • How Hope makes her photos social ready to post

  • What gear Hope brings to a session

Premium Members Also Learn:
  • How to market to seniors

  • Handling the Senior and Parent Relationship

  • How to speak to a senior as an ideal client

  • And the Legalities of photographing and posing photos of minors online

  • What to do if a client doesn’t tag you in their photos they upload.

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Jan 21 2020

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BPP 182: Martin Moore - Following Your Passion and Landing Your Dream Job

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Martin Moore is a commercial product photographer for KOSS Headphones from Milwaukee Wisconsin who after 20 years as a mechanic left his job to become a full-time staff photographer. Today we’re going to chat about leaving your job and following your passion.

In This Episode You'll Learn:
  • The unconventional start Martin got in photography

  • What it was about photography that got Martin so excited while working as a mechanic

  • Where Martin learned photography

  • How Martin booked and shot his first wedding

  • What about the technical side of photography is most challenging

  • How a commercial product photographer gets ready for a shoot

  • What its like working and shooting for a large company

  • How much gear Martin uses and his most used piece of equipment during a shoot

  • What Matin heard being taught as gospel to beginners but in practice is’’t as important

Premium Members Also Learn:
  • What you need to be valuable in today’s workforce as a photographer

  • The pros and cons of being a staff photographer vs a freelance photographer

  • How to get the attention of a company you want to work for

  • Why building a personal brand is so important even when working as an employee

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Jan 14 2020

53mins

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BPP 181: 3 Biggest Photography Lessons to Learn and Grow in 2020

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To be a photographer is to grow. Photography is as much a technical skill as it is a creative escape yet we fall hard in the trap of how much gear matters and how important certain aspects of photography are that we get lost and have a hard time finding out own path which leads to losing the creativity. Today I break down the 3 biggest lessons you need to learn in 2020 to grow as a photographer.

Lesson 1: The Gear Does Not Matter

When building the fundamentals it does not matter if you use a $25 camera or a $2500 camera. Your results will look the same. I would argue that the more you limit yourself when getting started the stronger the photographer you will be later on. You can see examples of my iPhone 3G camera photos below. Use what you have to Make more.

Lesson 2: There Is No Competition

Competition seems everywhere. Coke v. Pepsi - AT&T v. Verizon - Ferrari v. Lamborghini. Sure each of these companies offer the same thing but they are all unique in the way they do it. There are a million other photographers out there, but some stand out, why? Because they are different, they don’t keep up with everyone else, they follow their passions and explore their creativity to create unique pieces. Don’t worry about others, do what feels right to you.

Lesson 3: You Don’t Have To Be An Expert to Start

An expert is someone with the knowledge and know how to create something in just about any situation. That knowledge and know how comes from experience. You don’t gain experience unless you actually do something, practice. You have more access to gear with whats in your pocket than ANYONE just 20 years ago. Make what you have work to gain the experience and grow into the photographer you want to be.

Jan 07 2020

28mins

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BPP 180: Top 10 Interviews of 2019 and Your Biggest Take Aways!

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2019 has been a fantastic year for the podcast. I learned a lot about photography through the interviews I had with photographers, and so did you!

I took the top 10 most downloaded podcast interviews of 2019 and reached out to you the listeners for your biggest takeaways and shared them here in this 2019 wrap up episode.

The top 10 most downloaded interviews of 2019, in numerical order, are Valerie Jardin Nick Church Andy Mumford Mark Hemmings Sara Blanco Marc Silber Chris Owens Dan Milnor Dave Maze Hannah Chia

Dec 30 2019

1hr 26mins

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BPP 179: How To Use Your New Camera That You Got For The Holidays!

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Congratulations on your new camera! You are about to embark on a long and fulfilling journey into the world of photography. You are full of hopes and momentum to start taking great photos and I am here to help you get there.

But with all the buttons and dials on your camera, you may be feeling overwhelmed. So today I’m going to help you get started with your new camera!

It all comes down to just 3 settings that will control every image you take.

ISO

Aperture

and Shutter Speed.

Today I break down what each one does and how you can use them to get the photos you dream of taking!

 

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Dec 23 2019

24mins

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BPP 178: How to Set Photography Goals that Stick!

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Setting goals can be a difficult task. Well, setting goals isn’t difficult but setting goals that stick is a difficult task. We know this because 83% of new years resolutions are broken by February. Therefore the problem to solve is how to set BETTER goals. Today I share my 9 steps process for setting photography goals that stick.

Step 1: Realize you need to make a change

You can only make change when you WANT to change.

Step 2: Figure out WHERE you need to make a change

Ask yourself “What feels broken” “What do I need help with” because where you feel the most pain you can make the most growth.

Step 3: Set More Epic Goals

Don’t set goals too crazy or too simple. “Book 60 weddings” when you have never shot a wedding is crazy. “Learn Photography” it too simple. Create a goal thats in between.

Step 4: Write down your goals and make it seen

When you physically write out your goals on paper you’re 43% more likely to achieve them. When you post them somewhere you see them every day you increase that chance exponentially. My goals are posted above my computer.

Step 5: Make Baby steps

Make baby steps that it will take to achieve your goals to keep the momentum going.

Step 6: Make a challenge out of it

When you turn your goals into a game you’re more likely to keep up with the baby steps. Write them down on a calendar and mark them off every day.

Step 7: Check in with your goals

Set a date on your calendar quarterly to check in with your goals, re assess, and plan for the next quarter for new goals.

Step 8: Hang out with people who are also moving forward

“You are the sum of the 5 people closest to you” When you spend more time with photographers doing great things, you will elevate your skills and desire to do great things. Nowhere is that more important than when you go from hobby photographer to making money with your camera. Surrounding yourself a group of others dedicated to growing their business and making money is the key to quick growth.

Become a premium member and get access to the premium members facebook group to surround yourself with like-minded hungry photographers!

 

Step 9: Simulate what your life would look like after you hit your goals

Achieving your goals both planning and motivation. Picturing your life after you achieve your goals will give you the motivation you need to keep going!

Dec 16 2019

45mins

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BPP 177: State Of The Podcast Address

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Today is the state of the podcast address. I share how the podcast grew in 2019 and some of the biggest takeaways for new photographers.

Dec 09 2019

16mins

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BPP 176: How YOU Grew As A Photographer This Year!

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Throughout all of 2019 I ended every episode with a reminder to focus on yourself. A Reminder that we are all artists and in a world of youtube videos telling what camera gear to buy, blogs showing exactly where our lights should be places, and facebook posts telling us why we are doing it all wrong, that sometimes we need to step back and do what WE want to do. Explore what we want to explore. Today I chat with 3 members of the Beginner Photography Podcast Facebook group who I personally saw substantial growth in their work in 2020. I want to know what they did and how they focused on themselves to grow their skills. Special shoutout to Kimberly, Saul, and Jim for sharing with you all.

Become a premium member by December 18th and get your first month for free!

Dec 02 2019

1hr

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BPP 175: Chris Orwig - Authentic Portraits

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Chris Orwig is a Portrait photographer from sunny southern California. He is known for his ability to create portraits that are truly authentic and captivating. Today I’m excited to dive in and find out more about the process of capturing the human essence in a single frame.

In This Episode You'll Learn:
  • How a car accident got Chris into photography

  • The hardest part of photography and the technical side for Chris to learn

  • What a portrait photographer does

  • How to get great portraits

  • What is the goal of every image Chris takes

  • How much preparation goes into each shoot

  • How much posing Chris does

  • A common misconception Chris hears being taught to new portrait photographers

  • What an amateur portrait looks like

  • The one thing you need to focus on in 2020 to take better portraits

Premium Members Also Learn:
  • How Chris booked his first client and how it went

  • How Chris communicates value more than just the ole 15 mins and 4 images

  • How important printed products are for Chris’s photography business

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Nov 25 2019

1hr 20mins

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BPP 174: Dima Sytnik - AI and the Future of Editing

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Dima Sytnik is the Cheif Technical officer of Skylum, the company behind the photo editing software Luminar. With their newest release Luminar 4 they promise to save you time when editing by using AI to assist in the most mundane parts of the editing process.

Click Here To Learn How AI Can Speed Up Your Editing Workflow and Order Now! Use Code “BPP” for $10 OFF Your Order of Luminar 4! In This Episode You'll Learn:
  • How Skylum got started in photography

  • How AI can speed up our editing

  • The privacy concerns with AI and how Skylum solved them

  • Why Luminar 4 is different than any other photo editor

  • How AI Sky replacement works

  • Most common issues photographers face when retouching portraits and how Luminar 4 solves them

  • Who Luminar 4 is perfect for

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Nov 18 2019

57mins

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BPP 173: Misha Wynn - How to be a Second Shooter

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Misha Wynn is a luxury wedding photographer from Dallas Texas who today talks about how to be the best second shooter you can be!

In This Episode You'll Learn:
  • What is a second shooter in photography

  • Why become a second shooter

  • The roll a second shooter plays with the main photographer

  • The biggest challenges finding a second shooter

  • Do second photographers edit their own photos

  • The difference between a good second shooter and a great second shooter

  • A misconception people have about being a second photographer

Premium Members Also Learn:
  • What do you pay a second shooter

  • How to get your first opportunity second shooting

  • How to know when you can financially afford a second shooter

  • How to protect yourself legally when hiring a second shooter

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Nov 12 2019

51mins

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BPP 172: Different Photography Business Models and How To Pick The Right One For You

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A business model is a conceptual structure that supports the viability of a product or company and explains how the company operates, makes money, and how it intends to achieve its goals.

Choosing the right business model is more important than you could know for creating a photography business that can support you and your family financially and live a life with less stress and overwhelm.

The two business models that are at polar opposites of each other are

Shoot and Burn

Boutique

Everything else falls in between these two.

Shoot and burn photography is focused more on high volume at lower prices. As a shoot and burn photographer, you are simply selling your time.

Boutique photography is client focused shooting less volume but at higher prices. As a boutique photographer, you are selling your art and vision.

In this episode, I go more in-depth on the two different business models and share how you can eliminate all competition.

Resources:

Picture Perfect Pricing LIVE Workshop - November 14th 6pm EST.

https://learn.beginnerphotographypodcast.com/p/picture-perfect-pricing-live-workshop

Nov 05 2019

42mins

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BPP 171: Gavin Wade - Creating An Amazing Client Experience!

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Gavin Wade is a wedding photographer from Orange county whos clients can not stop singing his name. You have to see the length of the reviews his clients leave about his photos. Gavin is also the founder of CloudSpot the Client photo gallery and delivery system that has quickly won over my heart. Today we are going to be talking about how to deliver a world-class client experience with your photography! In This Episode You'll Learn:
  • How Gavin started his wedding photography business
  • Why Gavin loves shooting weddings
  • How many weddings Gavin has shot
  • The simple thing many new photographers overlook that is costing them success
  • The importance of focusing on the client experience
  • How to ensure your photos are unique and personal for each client
  • What makes CloudSpot different from other client gallery systems
  • A unique way some photographers are using CloudSpot
Premium Members Also Learn:
  • How to communicate your talent, value, and experience to a potential client
  • What exactly sets apart the photographers that thrive from the ones who struggle
  • Gavins wedding shot list
  • How to increase your profits after the wedding is over
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Oct 28 2019

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BPP 170: Vincent Pugliese - The Only Marketing Strategy You'll Ever Need

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Vincent Pugliese is a photographer and business coach with more than 25 years of photography experience with both Sports and Weddings. He has built his business without spending any money on advertising or facebook ads. He shares how he did it with the only marketing strategy you’ll ever need to be successful.

 

In This Episode You'll Learn:
  • How Vinny got the opportunity to photograph the Stanley Cup Championship

  • What makes building a personal network better than running facebook ads

  • Why there is so much push back on in person networking

  • The simplest way to so appreciation to someone who has given you value

Premium Members Also Learn:
  • How Vinny moved to a new state and booked a high ticket wedding the first day they moved

  • How to build relationships with venues

  • and a step by step process for who to reach out to and what to say when growing your personal network

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Oct 21 2019

39mins

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BPP 169: Shooting Film: Waste Of Money Or Key To Greatness?

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Shooting Film has always been seen as the purists’ form of photography. All mechanical and get it right in camera. Today with digital photography film is seen as the ultimate test of your abilities as a photographer. If you can shoot film you are great at photography. Today I talk about the stigma that shooting film has and whether or not shooting film is right for you!

Oct 14 2019

37mins

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Podcast Trailer: Beginner Photography Podcast

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The Beginner Photography Podcast is for anyone who wants to start taking better photos today. 

Tune in each Monday for a new interview from one of the world's top photographers in their field who share their tips and secrets on how they got to where they are today and how they see the world. 

Oct 10 2019

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BPP 168: Success Without Social Media?

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Social media overwhelm is real. And after Kimberly in the Beginner Photography Podcast Facebook group asked of its importance I knew this topic had to be talked about. So today I share how you can be successful as a photographer without social media and tips on how you can simply remove the overwhelm of using social media to promote your photography.

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Oct 07 2019

24mins

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BPP 167: Photographers Summit - What it takes to get started!

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With the launch of my course Auto to Amazing students got access to several live Q&A sessions with well respected and successful photographers where they could ask specific questions they had about getting started in photography. This is a mega interview with Photographers Nick Church, Matt Payne, and Andrew Hellmich.

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Sep 30 2019

1hr 52mins

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BPP 166: Emma O'Brien - Tackling Black Dog Syndrome

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Emma O'Brien has been a portrait and pup photographer (as in dogs) for more than a decade. Her series "The Black Series" gained her international attention and raised awareness for shelter animals that I cant wait to talk about.

In This Episode You'll Learn:
  • How Emma got into photography

  • What came first people or pets

  • Why Emma left wedding photography

  • What was Emma’s main source of photography eduction

  • The hardest part about photography to learn

  • Where Emma got the idea for The Black Series

  • When Emma first got involved with shelter animal photography

  • How Emma keeps her subjects still and focuses

  • How to add emotion and story to your photos of pets

  • Commonly bad info Emma hears being taught to new photographers

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  • How to make money photographing pets

  • How to convince pet owners to the worth of pet photography

  • What photography products pet owners purchase

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Sep 23 2019

52mins

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BPP 165: Hannah Chia - Learning Photography One Bite At A Time

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Hannah Chia is a vegan food blogger from Portland Oregon. She photographs her recipes and then shares the delectable looking images for the world to see. Today I am excited to chat about the impact learning photography has had on her success.

In This Episode You'll Learn:
  • How Hannah got her start in photography

  • The hardest part about photography for Hannah to learn

  • Why Hannah upgraded from her cell phone to a DSLR to photograph her food

  • What is food styling

  • How to start food styling

  • The importance of dishware

  • How Hannah takes flat lay photos

  • The camera gear Hannah uses to photograph food

  • The importance of lighting food

  • How Hannah was able to keep her look consistent after moving across the country

  • How many photos Hannah takes per recipe

  • How to achieve a photography style

  • Signs of an amateur food stylist and photographer

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Sep 16 2019

58mins

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A gift for photographers of every level

By Gwire67 - Jan 18 2020
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This podcast has helped me become a better photographer. It has allowed me to venture into manual mode and take better photos. Often in Nonprofit work it is difficult to put into words what our donors are providing to the community. Raymond has helped me to better express this through my photography. The diversity of guests and subjects help photographers of all types. Raymond’s dedication to excellence is evident in the quality of the production of the podcast. Thank you.

Don't Miss This!

By misysu2 - Dec 05 2019
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Beginner or not, every photographer will find something new in Raymond's podcast series. He's friendly, relatable, and his guests are very helpful. The breadth of the photography industry can be overwhelming, but you can learn about so many niches here. Very valuable info. I highly recommend!