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A Podcast About the Creative Side of Photography

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A Podcast About the Creative Side of Photography

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About Images, Not Gear

By AnitaBower - May 08 2019
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This podcast is a treat because it focuses on taking photos, not on gear. I am enjoying listening to current and back podcasts.

An exceptional teacher, an exceptional podcast

By Janthephotoman - Apr 02 2013
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Professor Curto is a superb teacher, bearing very good information. Highly recommended!

iTunes Ratings

186 Ratings
Average Ratings
167
9
3
3
4

About Images, Not Gear

By AnitaBower - May 08 2019
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This podcast is a treat because it focuses on taking photos, not on gear. I am enjoying listening to current and back podcasts.

An exceptional teacher, an exceptional podcast

By Janthephotoman - Apr 02 2013
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Professor Curto is a superb teacher, bearing very good information. Highly recommended!

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A Podcast About the Creative Side of Photography

Camera Position 167 : Learn Photography With Black and White

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Can photography be better learned in black and white? That’s the question that I look at in this episode, as we look at line, shape, tone and texture as we see our world in black and white. Play Podcast: Links for this Episode: Camera Position on Facebook – Share your images Camera Position on Flickr … Continue reading Camera Position 167 : Learn Photography With Black and White →

Dec 10 2015

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Camera Position 166 : Sharing Your Story

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Photography is about storytelling. Sharing your images and the story that they create is one of the ultimate goals for most photographers. Fortunately, our contemporary world has some amazing tools and interesting ideas that can help us tell our stories with words and pictures. Play Podcast: Links to some ideas discussed on the podcast: Listener … Continue reading Camera Position 166 : Sharing Your Story →

Nov 24 2015

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Camera Position 170 : Camera Position Turns 10

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Camera Position is ten years old!  The first episode of Camera Position was published February 5, 2006 and it’s been a wonderful decade of learning about photography, my listeners and myself. A huge thank you to all of you listeners out there! I really appreciate your support and your participation in the Camera Position community. … Continue reading Camera Position 170 : Camera Position Turns 10 →

Feb 02 2016

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Camera Position 187 : Always Make the Photograph

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If you see a picture that you think you may have photographed before, take it. Both the subject and the photographer may have changed since the last time you photographed it. Regardless of the reason, you should always make the photograph. Play Podcast: Links for this Episode: University of Georgia Studies Abroad Program in Cortona, … Continue reading Camera Position 187 : Always Make the Photograph →

Oct 11 2016

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Camera Position 172 : Get Your Ideas Out The Door

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Everyone has ideas, but many people keep those ideas hidden inside. The creative person finds a way to get those ideas out the door in a way that allows them to breathe. Play Podcast: Links for this Episode: Camera Position on Facebook – Share your images Camera Position on Flickr – Share your images Jeff’s … Continue reading Camera Position 172 : Get Your Ideas Out The Door →

Mar 01 2016

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Camera Position 86 : Italy Photo Workshops – Photographing and Editing in Rome & Tuscany

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One of my goals for my workshops is to help the participants learn how to cope with the volume of images that they are making and to edit their images so that the group of photographs becomes their own. This podcast is a partial response to my friend Brooks Jensen using his podcast platform to … Continue reading Camera Position 86 : Italy Photo Workshops – Photographing and Editing in Rome & Tuscany →

Feb 26 2010

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Camera Position 60 : Back to Basics – Composition

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Camera Position goes back to basics with an overview of the essentials of photographic composition, including the Rule of Thirds, Leading Lines, Framing and Balance. Also, a mention of the work of photographer Ron Diorio. Tractored Out – photograph by Dorothea Lange Links for this episode: Slides for this episode of Camera Position Camera Position … Continue reading Camera Position 60 : Back to Basics – Composition →

Jan 14 2008

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Camera Position 158 : The Courage To Create

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Rollo May (1909 – 1994) was an American existential psychologist and author. Among his books was The Courage to Create. In it, May lays out some ideas about art and creativity that have important implications for the creative person; photographers included. Play Podcast Jeff’s Podcast Facebook Page – for discussion of podcast topics The Courage … Continue reading Camera Position 158 : The Courage To Create →

Aug 04 2015

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Camera Position 125 : Thinking in Monochrome

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I grew up making black and white photographs. It’s what I love the most about photography and the way I have long thought about the photographic image. But the digital revolution has spawned a dilemma; the digital camera sees in color, and I have to shift my mind to think in black and white. I’m … Continue reading Camera Position 125 : Thinking in Monochrome →

Feb 11 2013

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Camera Position 36 : Who’s Lookin’ At You?

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Who is in your critical circle? Who looks at your work to help you define what is good and what “works”? Do you do it yourself? Can you trust yourself to be a good critic of your own work? This episode examines the idea of being your own best friend and your own best enemy. … Continue reading Camera Position 36 : Who’s Lookin’ At You? →

Oct 20 2006

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Camera Position 22 : Getting Back Your Box of Crayons

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This episode of Camera Position is a bit different from previous episodes. First off, it is a lot longer. Weighing in at a little over an hour, it is a podcast of a presentation I made recently at the MacSpecialist store in Villa Park, Illinois. I had been invited to come and speak to a … Continue reading Camera Position 22 : Getting Back Your Box of Crayons →

Jul 02 2006

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Camera Position 33.3 : I’m Guest-Hosting “Tips From The Top Floor”

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This brief “Thirty-Three-and-a-Third” epsisode of camera position is just a quick “pointer” to my guest-host appearance on Chris Marquardt’s “Tips From The Top Floor” podcast. I hope you’ll check it out. Click my “Liguria, 2003” image above for a larger view.

Oct 03 2006

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Camera Position 113 : Tension and Resolution with Ludwig Van

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What happens when you give your viewer some visual tension? What does that visual tension feel like when it gets resolved in the viewer’s mind? By having a quick listen to an edited version of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, we get a sense of what it means to create tension in your work. I worked with … Continue reading Camera Position 113 : Tension and Resolution with Ludwig Van →

Jul 05 2012

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Camera Position 157 : The Elements and Principles of Art

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One of the four steps of achieving true critique of a work of art is analysis and doing that analysis requires applying the elements and principles of art. In this episode, we look at what those elements and principles are so we can employ them in true critique of our photographs. Play Podcast Links for … Continue reading Camera Position 157 : The Elements and Principles of Art →

Jul 21 2015

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Camera Position 116 : Turn It Upside-Down!

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Turn it upside-down! Turning your photographs upside-down is a great way to help you evaluate the composition of your photographs by helping to remove the importance of the subject of the photograph and concentrate more on its structure.

Oct 08 2012

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Camera Position 19 : When Less Really Is More

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When a photographer finds a beautiful scene, there is often a temptation to put everything he sees in the photograph, even if the image that results isn’t all that interesting. Here, Ansel Adams and Paul Caponigro show us how showing less shows us more. As a side note, if you are listening to and enjoying … Continue reading Camera Position 19 : When Less Really Is More →

May 23 2006

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Camera Position 10 : A Story Without Words

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Photographers have to be aware of the fact that viewers of their images can’t know the whole story of how a photograph came to be. The image has to rely on its own visual authority to get the message across. Using this photograph of Sant’ Antimo, a 12th Century Romanesque abbey in rural Tuscany, I … Continue reading Camera Position 10 : A Story Without Words →

Mar 23 2006

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Camera Position 03 : Paul Caponigro’s Two Leaves

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Camera Position #3 features a discussion about one of my all-time favorite photographs by one of my all-time favorite photographers, Paul Caponigro. The photograph, “Two Leaves, Brewster, NY, 1963” is discussed alongside some images that were made at the same time, giving us some sense of how a photographer finds and “works” a subject. Two … Continue reading Camera Position 03 : Paul Caponigro’s Two Leaves →

Feb 08 2006

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Camera Position 190 : Watching Photographers Photograph

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“You can observe a lot just by watching.” – Yogi Berra I like to see photographers out in the world and watch them photograph. Observing how photographers photograph can be a great aid in helping us make better, more informed, more personal photographs. Play Podcast: There are still a few spaces left in 2 of … Continue reading Camera Position 190 : Watching Photographers Photograph →

Dec 12 2016

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Camera Position 33 : What’s on Your Bookshelf?

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See this book at Amazon This episode is the first in an irregular series that explores important photography books that should be in every photographer’s book collection. The first book is The Daybooks of Edward Weston, Weston’s remarkable series of journal entries about his life in photography. Also on today’s episode: Find great photo podcasts … Continue reading Camera Position 33 : What’s on Your Bookshelf? →

Oct 01 2006

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Camera position 208 : Bringing Ourselves to the Photograph

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By slowing down as we look at photographs – ours or someone else’s – we can more easily bring ourselves to the photograph, and by doing that, learn more about the medium and ourselves. Play Podcast: Links for this Episode: My Instagram Feed – Follow me and I’ll follow back Sign up for the Workshops … Continue reading Camera position 208 : Bringing Ourselves to the Photograph →

Apr 05 2019

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Camera Position 207 : On Warming Up

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Musicians warm up before they make music, but what about visual artists? Do photographers need to warm up before they create photographs? I think yes, and with the help of a podcast listener, we posit some ideas for getting warmed up visually. Play Podcast:   Links for this Episode: University of Georgia’s Cortona Studies Abroad … Continue reading Camera Position 207 : On Warming Up →

Oct 09 2018

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Camera Position 206 : The Artful Life

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Some thoughts on living an artful life, led off by poet Mary Oliver’s “Instructions on Living a Life” Pay attention Be Astonished Tell about it. Play Podcast:   Links for this Episode: Mary Oliver– The American poet at the Poetry Foundation Twyla Tharp – a brief video of some of Tharp’s choreography Samuel Beckett – … Continue reading Camera Position 206 : The Artful Life →

Jul 30 2018

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Camera Position 205 : Your Life Is Your Art

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Rather than trying to make art your life, work instead on trying to make every day of your life into art. “You just have to live and life will give you pictures.” -Henri Cartier Bresson Play Podcast:

Jul 09 2018

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Camera Position 204 : Always A Reward

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The act of making photographs connects me to the world, to my medium and to myself. When I make photographs, there is always a reward. Play Podcast:   Links for this Episode: Places you can find and listen to Camera Position: iTunes Podcasts Player FM Stitcher iHeart Radio Short Orange

Jun 15 2018

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Camera Position 203 : Your Eyes and The Lens

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Many people think of a wide lens as a way to get farther away from a subject, but I think of a wide lens as a way for us to get closer… a wide lens is really a close-up lens, allowing us to create a dominant subject in the frame by emphasizing the difference in … Continue reading Camera Position 203 : Your Eyes and The Lens →

May 21 2018

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Camera Position 202 : Exploring The World And Ourselves

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Podcast listener Tracy wrote: “Photography comes from the depths of who we are. It is not only an exploration of our world, it is also an exploration of ourselves.” This episode is a “part 2” of self-exploration and its relationship to our photography, utilizing a worksheet that you can download called “Passion and Mission” to … Continue reading Camera Position 202 : Exploring The World And Ourselves →

May 01 2018

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Camera Position 201 : Digging Deeper

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What is your story? What are you curious about? What do you care about? How can your photographs express those interests? Making stronger photographs often depends on digging deep to determine your passion and then translating those passions into images. Play Podcast:   Links for this Episode: Morton Arboretum Photographic Society – Where I’ll be … Continue reading Camera Position 201 : Digging Deeper →

Mar 30 2018

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Camera Position 200 : Make Interesting Mistakes

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Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes and art is knowing which mistakes to keep. Instead of living in fear of “getting it wrong,”  a better, more useful strategy is to keep moving – plowing through the things that don’t work and slowly refining the process to get to the things that resonate for you … Continue reading Camera Position 200 : Make Interesting Mistakes →

Mar 16 2018

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Camera Position 199 : Playing Like Yourself

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“Sometimes you have to play a long time to be able to play like yourself.” -Miles Davis One of the most consistent questions I get from students is this one: “how do I develop my own style?” Miles Davis helps with an answer. Play Podcast:   Links for this Episode: Miles Davis Interview on YouTube … Continue reading Camera Position 199 : Playing Like Yourself →

Mar 03 2018

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Camera Position 198 : Losing and Finding Ourselves

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“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” – Thomas Merton How can we use the art we make with the camera to grow, learn and provide ourselves with a way of saying new things… to, as Merton says, “find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time”? I’m asking … Continue reading Camera Position 198 : Losing and Finding Ourselves →

Feb 25 2018

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Camera Position 197 : Let the Subject Take Precedence

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When the subject takes precedence – when you point your camera at things that are the most interesting thing to you – you are on your way to developing a personal style – the sense that these subjects are the most important things and can only be pointed out in this way by you. “To … Continue reading Camera Position 197 : Let the Subject Take Precedence →

Jul 28 2017

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Camera Position 196 : A Sense of Place

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How do we go beyond a record of a place and begin to make photographs that convey a real sense of place? The objective is not just to show  what your destination looks like, but rather to convey, in photographs, what it felt like to be there. Play Podcast: Links for this Episode: Exhibition: WANDERLUST: … Continue reading Camera Position 196 : A Sense of Place →

May 11 2017

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Camera Position 195 : The River of a Story

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This episode is a little meditation on the importance of aligning ourselves with the messages around us, using Anne Lamott’s book Bird by Bird as inspiration. “The Gulf Stream will flow through a straw provided the straw is aligned to the Gulf Stream, and not at cross purposes with it.” -Anne Lamott Play Podcast: Links … Continue reading Camera Position 195 : The River of a Story →

Mar 21 2017

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Camera Position 194 : Our Wish To Persist

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“But the art in an artwork might not be located precisely where you thought it was. Perhaps it was just as much in the damage and decay as it was in the intact original. Perhaps it was in the gaps – in contemplating and rending those insults and injuries – that we find ourselves, by … Continue reading Camera Position 194 : Our Wish To Persist →

Mar 06 2017

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Camera Position 193 : Is It Art?

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As photographers, we know that there is a fairly wide range of options available to us that change what was to what we show the world in our images. Every photograph is a composite of the choices we make as the person who eventually presents the image. Every photograph is an interpretation of the way … Continue reading Camera Position 193 : Is It Art? →

Feb 20 2017

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Camera Position 192 : John Berger, Looking and Seeing

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An early influence on my ways of thinking about photography on a deeper level was the great writer John Berger.  A poet, novelist, artist screenwriter and more, Berger,  born in 1926, and died just a few weeks ago, in January of 2017 at the age of 90. A read of Berger’s work gives great insight … Continue reading Camera Position 192 : John Berger, Looking and Seeing →

Feb 06 2017

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Camera Position 191 : Walt Whitman, Poetry and Photography

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Walt Whitman’s poems in his opus Leaves of Grass mirror the actions of the photographer by beginning with facts and transforming those facts into ideas. I explore how both photography and Whitman’s poetry use simple language to convey complex ideas, giving any object or experience new importance by recording it on a previously blank page. Play Podcast: … Continue reading Camera Position 191 : Walt Whitman, Poetry and Photography →

Jan 24 2017

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Camera Position 190 : Watching Photographers Photograph

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“You can observe a lot just by watching.” – Yogi Berra I like to see photographers out in the world and watch them photograph. Observing how photographers photograph can be a great aid in helping us make better, more informed, more personal photographs. Play Podcast: There are still a few spaces left in 2 of … Continue reading Camera Position 190 : Watching Photographers Photograph →

Dec 12 2016

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Camera Position 189 : Cultivate The Itch, Not The Scratch

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What drives and motivates photographers to do the work they do? I think that our unifying motivation is curiosity – an unrelenting, never-ending curiosity – an “itch” to know more about something and to learn about that thing through photographing it. I was prompted to think about how we should cultivate the itch – our … Continue reading Camera Position 189 : Cultivate The Itch, Not The Scratch →

Nov 15 2016

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