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Thoughts on Photography

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

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

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Brian is an improvement

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

Terrific

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

iTunes Ratings

67 Ratings
Average Ratings
47
7
7
3
3

Brian is an improvement

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

Terrific

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

Updated 2 days ago

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

Rank #1: ToP #0050: Looking at Photographs

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

Jan 21 2009

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Rank #2: ToP #0046: Howard Zehr and Contemplative Photography

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

Dec 07 2008

21mins

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Rank #3: ToP #0132: Beginning Photographer Struggles

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

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

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

Jul 27 2015

22mins

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Rank #4: ToP #0079: Project Without End

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

Sep 18 2009

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Rank #5: ToP #0141: Learning Photography - Intro

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

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

Oct 12 2015

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Rank #6: ToP #0127: Travel Photography

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

Jun 14 2015

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Rank #7: ToP #0136: Black and White Photography

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

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

Join me on Instagram! @brianmcguckin

Aug 23 2015

49mins

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Rank #8: ToP #0138: Personal Passion Projects

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

Sep 14 2015

54mins

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Rank #9: ToP #0139: From Photographer to Gallery Artist

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

Sep 29 2015

56mins

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Rank #10: ToP #0092: The Costs of Getting Discovered

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In this podcast I outline some of the costs of getting exposure for your work through juried photographic exhibitions, portfolio reviews, and promotional materials.

Feb 20 2010

13mins

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Rank #11: ToP #0142: Joy of Marketing w/ Sarah Petty - Branding

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

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

Oct 19 2015

25mins

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Rank #12: ToP #0131: Wildlife Photography with Juan Pons

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

Jul 19 2015

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Rank #13: ToP #0137: Street Photography w/ Andre Wagner

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

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

Follow Andre on Instagram @photodre

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

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

Aug 30 2015

55mins

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Rank #14: ToP #0129: Choosing Workshops with Juan Pons

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One of the best ways to improve our photography skills is to attend a workshop.  With so many photographers out there hosting their own workshops, we have to be cautious about who and where we invest our money.  In this episode, I speak with Juan Pons (wildlife photographer and host of The Digital Photo Experience podcast) about what we need to consider when choosing a workshop to attend.  Find out more about Juan at www.juanpons.org 

Jul 08 2015

51mins

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Rank #15: ToP #0087: Interview with Eliza Lamb

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

Dec 09 2009

39mins

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Rank #16: ToP #0140: NFL Photography with Jeff Lewis

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

Oct 05 2015

1hr 13mins

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Rank #17: ToP #0088: What's Stopping You Now?

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In this podcast I talk about some of the ways in which we photographers can sometimes veer from the photographic life for one reason or another and I offer up some suggestions that have worked for me to get back on track with my photography.

Dec 26 2009

12mins

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Rank #18: ToP #0076: Interview with Liz Kuball

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Liz Kuball is based in
Southern California. She began photographing in 2006 and since then has been
exhibited in Los Angeles, New York, and Detroit. Her work has appeared online
in the Humble Arts Foundation group show, FILE Magazine, and Flak Photo. In
2009, Liz was selected by the Humble Arts Foundation for inclusion in the
Collector's Guide to Emerging Art Photography. Liz"s most recent and on-going
body of work called "California Vernacular” is a perfect example of the social
landscape. Whether the photos are taken in the city, the suburb, or a rural
place, Liz manages to capture the essence of our human existence in the natural
environment. The result is sometimes poignant, sometimes whimsical but always
engaging.

Aug 25 2009

33mins

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Rank #19: ToP #0077: Ideas vs. Projects

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I'm continuing with my exploration and discussion of photographic projects with a 3-part podcast series. In this first podcast, I want to explore the concept of ideas and how they may or may not lead to projects.

Sep 14 2009

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Rank #20: ToP #0089: Favorite Photo Books of 2009

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Here is a list of my favorite photo or photo-related books of 2009 (in order by author):War is Only Half the Story Volume II - Aftermath Project (Kathryn Cook, Natela Grigalashvili, Tinka Dietz, Pep Bonet and Christine Fenzl)Photowisdom: Master Photographers on their Art - Lewis BlackwellTo Walk in Beauty - Stacia Spragg-BraudeThe Spirit & the Flesh - Debbie Fleming CafferyFirefly: Photographs of Children - Keith CarterSummer Heart - Thekla EhlingKutuuka - Gloria Baker FeinsteinLooking In: Robert Frank's The Americans (Expanded Edition) - Robert Frank and Sarah GreenoughEmmet Gowin: Photographs - Emmet GowinThree - Ed KashiFun and Games - Lisa KeresziMemories of Myself - Danny LyonsAsylum: Inside the Closed World of State Mental Hospitals - Christopher PayneSurfland - Joni SternbachViolet Isle: A Duet of Photography from Cuba - Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb

Dec 29 2009

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