Thoughts on Photography

Thoughts on Photography
Exploring what it means to live a photographic life
#0147: Winter Photography Tips w/ Alex Soh
Dec 8, 2015 • 29 min
Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow! As winter approaches it’s important to be safe outside and it’s helpful to know a few tips ahead of time. On this episode I talk with Alex Soh, travel and landscape photographer from Singapore, about…
#0146: Frogs, Fotography, & Frame of Mind
Dec 1, 2015 • 46 min
What happens when a conservationist who loves frogs has a camera? He goes to Haiti to create change. In this episode I talk with Robin Moore - photographer, conservationist, author, lover of frogs, and cofounder of Frame of Mind - an initiative…
#0145: Learning Photography - Workshops
Nov 23, 2015 • 31 min
I just got back from a workshop with shooting in the BEAUTIFUL area in Utah and Arizona around the Grand Canyon! What I love about workshops is that there are so many people there to learn from and be inspired by….
#0144: Learning Photography - Online with Jim Harmer
Nov 2, 2015 • 35 min
We all have different learning styles. Many of us learn best by struggling through things and trying to figure it out on our own; others can read or see something once and get it. In this episode I talk with Jim Harmer, founder of…
#0143: Joy of Marketing w/ Sarah Petty - Marketing
Oct 25, 2015 • 28 min
With thousands and thousands of photographers out there, how do you get your name known? What do you do to market your photography business? In this episode I am joined again by Sarah Petty from The Joy of Marketing to talk about what we…
#0142: Joy of Marketing w/ Sarah Petty - Branding
Oct 19, 2015 • 25 min
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…
#0141: Learning Photography - Intro
Oct 11, 2015 • 44 min
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…
#0140: NFL Photography with Jeff Lewis
Oct 4, 2015 • 73 min
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…
#0139: From Photographer to Gallery Artist
Sep 28, 2015 • 56 min
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…
#0138: Personal Passion Projects
Sep 13, 2015 • 54 min
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…
#0137: Infrared Photography
Sep 6, 2015 • 48 min
With new mirrorless cameras coming out weekly, infrared photography will become easier and easier to shoot. In this episode I talk with Luka Gorjup - infrared photographer based out of Europe in Slovenia. Luka explains the hows and…
CAMERA BAG GIVEAWAY & Photography Start
Aug 31, 2015 • 3 min
It’s time for me to start the giveaway process for the camera bags I’ve been reviewing for Check out the podcast to see how YOU can win a bag. “Photography Start” is one of the best ways to improve your…
#0137: Street Photography w/ Andre Wagner
Aug 30, 2015 • 55 min
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…
#0136: Black and White Photography
Aug 23, 2015 • 49 min
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…
#0135: Film School Africa
Aug 16, 2015 • 39 min
Photography is making a difference in lives all around us! In this episode I talk with Katie Taylor, from Film School Africa, about how photography is impacting people of all ages in South Africa. Consider donating old gear, memory cards, bags,…
#0134: Your Own Gallery Exhibition
Aug 9, 2015 • 40 min
Photographers often dream about having their work hanging somewhere to be adored by the world, but aren’t sure how to go about it. In this episode I talk with Nick Page, landscape photographer and podcast host, about his recent artist’s…
#0133: The Rescued Film Project
Aug 2, 2015 • 39 min
Every photo tells a story. Someone somewhere pushed a button to capture a moment in time. What if that image was never seen? What would you do if you found an undeveloped roll of film? What if that roll had never before seen…
#0132: Beginning Photographer Struggles
Jul 27, 2015 • 22 min
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. is…
#0131: Wildlife Photography with Juan Pons
Jul 19, 2015 • 71 min
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…
#0130: Hosting A Photography Conference
Jul 12, 2015 • 50 min
As photographers we value the opportunity to grow and learn how to improve our craft. Often we take advantage of conferences and what they have to offer, but don’t bother considering what it takes to get one up and running. Any interst in…
#0129: Choosing Workshops with Juan Pons
Jul 8, 2015 • 51 min
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…
#0128: Photographers in Community
Jun 21, 2015 • 32 min
One of the most challenging parts of starting a photography business, and keeping it going, is trying to do it alone. There are so many benefits of being in a community with other photographers, whether it be locally or online. In this…
#0127: Travel Photography
Jun 14, 2015 • 62 min
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…
#0126: Photographer Discrimination
Jun 7, 2015 • 41 min
Photographers are being discriminated against because of their professional quality gear - at least that’s what this episode’s guest believes. On this episode I speak with professional photographer, Jason Lanier, about why he believes many…
#0125: Wedding Workflow
Jun 1, 2015 • 52 min
With wedding season taking off, many photographers are too intimidated to shoot them. In this episode, I talk with Erica Kay about her workflow to help give photographers a glimpse of wedding photography. To find out more about traveling…
#0124: Reality TV + Photography = Photo Face-Off
May 15, 2015 • 44 min
Today there seems like there’s a Reality TV show for almost anything - so why not photography? In this episode I talk with Justin Mott, resident photographer of the first ever photo reality TV show - Photo Face-Off. Justin tells us about…
#0123: Copycat or Compliment?
May 8, 2015 • 39 min
What would you do if you saw a picture you took, but it wasn’t a picture you took? What if you found out someone was copying your photography and profiting from it financially? Sound confusing? In this episode I talk with creative…
#0122: Wedding Planners
May 2, 2015 • 62 min
With wedding season kicking off, one of the most important aspects of wedding photography is having relationships with wedding planners. In this episode I talk with wedding planner Monica Richard of Mon Amie Events Inc. about how…
#0121: Aerial Photography
Apr 24, 2015 • 49 min
Why bother using a drone when you can shoot from a helicopter or airplane? In this episode I talk with Brad Cavanaugh from Air One Aerial Photography. Our conversation ranges from recommended gear and settings to keeping an eye on the…
#0120: Meet the Host
Apr 18, 2015 • 28 min
If you’ve been a subscriber to Thoughts on Photography over the years you may have realized a recent change in the host’s voice. With the wonderful Paul Giguere retiring from podcasting, Thoughts on Photography is now hosted by Brian McGuckin…
#0119: Networking with INSTAGRAM
Apr 9, 2015 • 43 min
Instagram is much more than a place to post pics of your favorite food or selfies. In this episode I talk with photo enthusiast, Elaine Li, about how she networks with some of her 68K+ followers through Instagram. Check out Elaine…
#0118: Rooftopping w/ Daniel Lau
Apr 2, 2015 • 37 min
Who doesn’t like the idea of standing on the top of a skyscrapper, giving a whole new perspective of how you view the world??? In this episode, rooftopper Daniel Lau and I talk about what it’s like on top of the world. Check out some of…
#0117: Watermarks
Mar 27, 2015 • 32 min
To watermark, or not to watermark? That is the question. Many photographers have a strong opinion on when, where, and how to add a watermark to their images. In this episode, commercial photographer Jason Lavengood and I…
#0116: The Viewfinder Project
Mar 20, 2015 • 29 min
Photography changes lives - period. Not anyone can be a professional photographer, but almost anyone can take a photograph. There are many organizations out there that use photography to impact the lives of others. This interview is…
#0115: Sports Illustrated Photographers
Mar 11, 2015 • 31 min
Sports Illustrated fired all of their staff photographers. This interview is with Evan Habeeb, a freelance photographer who has had images published in Sports Illustrated magazine. We discuss the impact this has on freelance…
#0114: International Guild of Visual Peacemakers
Oct 1, 2011 • 24 min
The International Guild of Visual Peacemakers (IGVP) is an organization devoted to the breaking down of stereotypes by displaying the beauty of cultures around the world. The IGVP seeks, through it’s members, to build bridges of peace across…
#0113: Interview with Pete Brook
Sep 10, 2011 • 31 min
Pete Brook is a freelance writer who focuses on the politics of media, visual culture and issues of social justice as they relate to photography and photojournalism. Since 2008, he has published writing about photography produced within and about…
#0112: Interview with Dave Anderson
Jul 6, 2011 • 50 min
Dave Anderson is an image-maker whose work as both a photographer and filmmaker have been celebrated in the United States and abroad. Dave’s project Rough Beauty was the winner of the 2005 National Project Competition from the Santa Fe Center for…
#0111: Interview with Wouter Brandsma
Jul 2, 2011 • 19 min
Wouter Brandsma has been involved with photography since his childhood. He uses photography as a form of personal expression. In January of 2011 Wouter began a photo-a-day project and posted his results to his blog. I began following Wouter’s journey…
#0110: Interview with Matt Black
Jun 25, 2011 • 30 min
Matt Black is a documentary photographer who has focused much of the past fifteen years on photographing forgotten people and places. He has a deep interest in the themes of changing rural economies, migration and cultural change. His work has…
#0109: Interview with Susana Raab
Jun 19, 2011 • 26 min
Susana Raab describes herself as “a recovering English major who lives to create visual narratives.” Her photographs strike a balance between poignancy and humor (with a bit of irony sometimes thrown in). Raab’s work has been exhibited nationally and…
#0108: Interview with Christopher Churchill
Jun 19, 2011 • 45 min
Christopher Churchill is a documentary photographer based in Massachusetts whose work has been featured in exhibitions throughout the United States, has been published widely, and is in the permanent collections of several museums. His most recent…
#0107: Interview with Morea Steinahuer
May 27, 2011 • 24 min
Morea Steinahuer is a photojournalist who’s work has taken her across Latin America and Haiti. Morea most recently has been working on collaborative projects connected to end-of-life care and families effected by migration/immigration…
#0106: Gordon Stettinius on Gita Lenz, New Work, and Book Publishing
Mar 6, 2011 • 31 min
In this podcast, Gordon Stettinius returns to Thoughts on Photography to discuss his involvement with Gita Lenz and how that led to publishing a book of her photography and mounting an exhibition as a way of introducing her to a new audience. Gordon…
#0105: Favorite Photobooks of 2010
Feb 13, 2011 • 12 min
Here is a list of my favorite photobooks of 2010: Outside Inside - Bruce Davidson One Block: A New Orleans Neighborhood Rebuilds - David Anderson Coming Back: New Orleans Resurgent - Mario Tama Street Photography Now - Howarth & McLaren Unposed -…
#0104: (Haiti Project)
Nov 14, 2010 • 4 min is a social funding platform for individuals working on creative projects. Using Kickstarter, anyone can pledge money towards a project that they feel is worthy however only projects that reach a certain funding goal within a certain…
#0103: Interview with Leslie Granda-Hill
Oct 24, 2010 • 25 min
Leslie Granda-Hill’s approach to social documentary photography involves not just making great photographs that tell a story but making great photographs that allow her subjects a way to tell their story from their perspective. Her recent project,…
#0102: Interview with Eliza Gregory
Oct 17, 2010 • 49 min
Documentary photographer Eliza Gregory focuses on the lifecycle of communites be they in Cuba, Tanzania, or the United States. In addition to working on photographic projects around the world, Eliza also works for PhotoPhilanthropy, an organization…
#0101: Interview with Gloria Baker Feinstein
Oct 14, 2010 • 39 min
Gloria Baker Feinstein is a photographer who follows her heart when deciding what to photograph. Her earlier work explored childhood, the relationships between twins, and even the Holocaust. Her latest book, “Kutuuka”, focuses on the children of the…
#0100: Persistence
Oct 10, 2010 • 7 min
In this episode, I discuss the topic of persistence in our photographic lives. While one-hundred podcast episodes is an achievement, in a way, the path that I have travelled in getting to this milestone (with the podcast being a reflection of where I…
#0099: Approaching a Photographic Project
Sep 26, 2010 • 6 min
In this podcast I discuss two specific ways to approach a photographic project that takes into account the many varied kinds of projects that are possible.
#0098: Interview with Matt Eich
Sep 12, 2010 • 30 min
In this podcast I interview Matt Eich, a documentary/photojournalist freelance photographer and founding member of the Luceo Images, a photographic cooperative.
#0097: Seize the Opportunity
Aug 22, 2010 • 4 min
Part of living a photographic life is also knowing when to take advantage of photographic opportunities when they present themselves.
#0096: When a Project Gets in the Way
Aug 16, 2010 • 4 min
Althought I’ve been (and still am) an advocate of project-based approaches to photography (if only to keep you engaged and making photography regularly), in this podcast I discuss some of the pitfalls to watch out for when using projects as a way to…
#0095: Retiring a Portfolio
Jun 28, 2010 • 5 min
In this podcast I discuss my process for retiring a portfolio that no longer reflects where I am as a photographer.
#0094: Wedding Photography & the Decisive Moment
Apr 20, 2010 • 5 min
What do wedding photography and Henri Cartier Bresson’s decisive moment have in common? It turns out lots as I discovered after photographing my sister’s wedding this past weekend.
#0093: Jeff Curto
Mar 6, 2010 • 58 min
Jeff Curto wears many hats in his photographic life. He is a professor of photography at College of DuPage and he is the host of two well known podcasts, Camera Position, and History of Photography (which is an exhanced podcast of Jeff’s lectures for…
#0092: The Costs of Getting Discovered
Feb 20, 2010 • 13 min
In this podcast I outline some of the costs of getting exposure for your work through juried photographic exhibitions, portfolio reviews, and promotional materials.
#0091: Deadline Extended!
Feb 10, 2010 • 4 min
I’ve noticed a recent trend in that calls for entries for juried photographic competitions are continually getting extended past the original due date. Is this a result of the economy and does it mean your chances are better?
#0090: My Podcast Resolutions for 2010
Dec 31, 2009 • 11 min
This past year has been a very busy and hectic one for both my personal life as well as my photographic life. In this podcast, I discuss the progress on my resolutions from last year for Thoughts on Photography and the new directions I plan to take…
#0089: Favorite Photo Books of 2009
Dec 29, 2009 • 11 min
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…
#0088: What’s Stopping You Now?
Dec 26, 2009 • 12 min
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.
#0087: Interview with Eliza Lamb
Dec 9, 2009 • 39 min
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…
#0086: Interview with Lauren Semivan
Dec 6, 2009 • 29 min
Lauren Semivan creates imagined events through the use of staged photographs. This approach gives her both the control necessary to tell a story while incorporating autobiographical elements into the narrative such as dreams, preoccupations, desires,…
#0085: Interview with Lisa Kereszi
Dec 4, 2009 • 39 min
Lisa Kereszi’s latest monograph “Fun and Games” explores places where some people might go to escape from the boredom and challenges of everyday life. Boardwalks, dance halls, the great outdoors, and even strip clubs are all places of…
#0084: Interview with Lori Vrba
Nov 22, 2009 • 58 min
Currently in the photographic art world, style and process seem to be the means by which we measure photography worthy of the title “art.” This is why I found Lori Vrba’s photography to be so exciting. Her total devotion to the subject…
#0083: Interview with Elizabeth Fleming
Nov 10, 2009 • 49 min
Elizabeth Fleming’s photography captures the small moments of everyday life. Children at play, objects in our everyday world, and the non-events that surround us provide opportunities to slow us down so that we can appreciate the wonderful subtleties…
#0082: Interview with Ralf Bruck
Oct 21, 2009 • 26 min
Ralf Bruck’s photographs focus on architecture, landscapes, and people. Educated at the Duesseldorf School of Photography, Bruck’s street photography, we might call it the social landscape in the United States, rarely show a complete situation but…
#0081: Interview with Tootie Nienow
Oct 18, 2009 • 37 min
Tootie Nienow enjoys exploring photography through experimentation both in terms of tools, technique, and subject matter. Her photography is both conceptual and sublime and at the same time her work is also intriguing and engaging, and yes, even…
#0080: Interview with Beth Kientzle
Oct 6, 2009 • 55 min
Beth Kientzle’s photographs, which focus mostly on urban and natural landscapes, are made using alternative tools and techniques. This allows her to play with abstract shapes, light, and motion in her photographs. Although Kientzle’s approach…
#0079: Project Without End
Sep 17, 2009 • 4 min
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.
#0078: Working on Multiple Projects
Sep 15, 2009 • 4 min
This is the second podcast in a three part series dealing with the issue of projects. Today I talk about working on multiple projects. Below are some links to various resources mentioned in the…
#0077: Ideas vs. Projects
Sep 13, 2009 • 5 min
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.
#0076: Interview with Liz Kuball
Aug 25, 2009 • 33 min
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…
#0074: Interview with Alan George
Aug 17, 2009 • 35 min
Alan George is a San Francisco-based photographer who came to photography not through the halls of higher learning or by becoming enamored with photography as a child or as an artist in another medium who discovers photography as their…
#0073: Getting a Photo Critique
Aug 14, 2009 • 5 min
I’m frequently asked by listeners if I can give them a comprehensive critique/review of their photography. Although very brief comments regarding one’s work is fine and I do this regularly when asked, a comprehensive review can be time-consuming for…
#0072: Interview with Manuel Rivera-Ortiz
Jul 23, 2009 • 50 min
Puerto Rican-born Manuel Rivera-Ortiz uses his camera to explore the world and tell the stories of people who have no voice and must struggle for their existence. His photographic projects in Bolivia, India, Turkey, Cuba, and Kenya highlight the toll…
#0071: Interview with Christy Karpinski
Jul 21, 2009 • 27 min
Christy Karpinski’s undergraduate degree in Women’s Studies gave her the chance to focus on issues of identity and of how we make sense of ourselves and others in the world. She later went on to earn an MFA in Photography from Columbia College…
#0070: Obtaining a Photographic Education
Jul 16, 2009 • 13 min
What is a photographic education and do you need one in order to be a photographer? Is school the way to go to get an education or are there other options? The pros and cons of studying photography at the academy are discussed as well as the role of a…
#0069: Interview with Julio DeMatos
Jun 26, 2009 • 43 min
Julio De Matos is based in Portugal and I first got to know of Julio’s work through his book “Fading Hutongs” which are photos of hutongs taken in China and through that work, I came to discover other significant bodies of work….
#0068: Interview with Shane Lavalette
Jun 23, 2009 • 25 min
Shane Lavalette is a recent graduate with a BFA from Tufts University in partnership with The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Shane writes extensively about photography through his photo-related blog where he focuses primarily on fine art…
#0067: Beyond Juried Exhibitions
Jun 7, 2009 • 4 min
In this podcast, I discuss what to do when you have already achieved a certain level of success with your photography (particularly through juried exhibitions) and are wondering what do to and where to go next with the marketing of your work.
#0066: Interview with Natalie Young
Jun 2, 2009 • 43 min
Like many photographers, Natalie Young didn’t start out with the intention of becoming a photographer but rather, photography found her. She left a career in finance, married a musician and began living the photographic life. After photographing on…
#0065: Interview with Victoria Ryan
May 30, 2009 • 40 min
Whether it is her lush photographs of botanticals, images of New Orleans, or her southern landscapes, Victoria Ryan brings a certain atmosphere to her photographs that is so strong, one can almost feel the textures of the plants, smell the decay of…
#0064: Photo Contests
May 19, 2009 • 4 min
Photo contests can be great ways to get your work on there and in front of other people. Photo contests can also help you develop and refine the skills of editing your work for submission. Recently though, more and more contests are developing rules…
#0063: Interview with Ken Rosenthal
May 15, 2009 • 43 min
Ken Rosenthal’s images make use of diffusion, blur, and high contrast as a way of exploring his personal experiences through common memories and archetypes that we all share. His images evoke moods that run the gamut from a veiled happiness to a…
#0062: Interview with Suzanne Revy
May 9, 2009 • 34 min
Suzanne Revy’s commercial portraiture (mostly of children) is truly excellent. Revy has that gift of being able to bring out a child’s personality and then capture it on film. The result is something that families cherish for ages. It’s no surprise…
#0061: The Rise of Online Fine Art Photo Magazine
May 1, 2009 • 6 min
There has never been a better time to enjoy fine art photography than now, particularly with all of the new on-line web-based photography magazines that are being published. Cheaper to produce but no less excellent than print-based photography…
#0060: Interview with Stella Johnson
Apr 22, 2009 • 43 min
Stella Johnson is a documentary photographer who brings an engaging and captivating approach to her subjects. Her latest book, Al Sol: Photographs of Mexico, Cameroon, and Nicaragua is a great example of documentary photography that also works as fine…
#0059: Black & White or Color?
Apr 15, 2009 • 4 min
Which is better, black and white or color photography? I’ve gotten asked this question many times by listeners and I find the question to be kind of strange because it all depends on what you are trying to communicate or accomplish with your…
#0058: Support Your Local Podcast
Apr 11, 2009 • 8 min
Podcasts are a labor of love for those who create them however, even love has a price. This podcast outlines some ways you might help support your local podcast (and in particular Thoughts on Photography) by purchasing items from sponsors,…
#0057: Interview with Angela Bacon-Kidwell
Apr 7, 2009 • 43 min
Angela Bacon-Kidwell’s photography is the stuff of dreams (literally). Angela uses photography as a way to bring substance to her dreams and sub-conscious thoughts through her photographic imagery. Angela has also found recent success with her…
#0056: Collectibility of Inkjet Prints
Apr 3, 2009 • 4 min
In this episode, I explore whether (at long last) inkjet prints can be considered collectible.
#0055: Editing
Mar 31, 2009 • 7 min
In this episode, I discuss my own personal editing process (or workflow) from capture to the final decision regarding which photographs make the cut.
#0054: Michael Wood & Miksang Photography
Mar 8, 2009 • 40 min
Miksang is a Tibetan word that translates as ‘Good Eye’, and is based on the Shambhala and Dharma Art teachings of the late meditation master, artist, and scholar Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche. Michael Wood is a Miksang teacher and mentor who has…
#0053: Interview with Hiroshi Watanabe
Feb 16, 2009 • 48 min
Hiroshi Watanabe’s photographic work is both inspiring and engaging. From his “Kabuki Players” series to his most recent (and very different) series “Ideologies in Paradise”, Watanabe’s photographic sensibilities and his experience…
#0052: The Family of Photography
Jan 25, 2009 • 4 min
In this podcast I discuss the isolation we sometimes feel when working on our photography and how, in reality, we are really more connected with other photographers than we realize. In a sense, we are all part of a photographic family and should never…
#0051: Interview with Polly Chandler
Jan 22, 2009 • 40 min
Polly Chandler is a fine art photographer based in Austin, Texas. Polly’s subjects vary widely and this makes for a diverse and engaging portfolio of work. Her subjects range from portraits to still lives to landscapes to environmental photographs…
#0050: Looking at Photographs
Jan 21, 2009 • 6 min
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…
#0049: Interview with Joe Wigfall
Jan 13, 2009 • 44 min
Joe Wigfall is a New York-based street photographer who first came to my attention through a WNYC radio station project and contest highlighting the working styles and philosophies of several working street photographers in New York. The short video…
#0048: My Podcast Resolutions
Dec 21, 2008 • 9 min
In this podcast, I discuss the one year anniversary since I started Thoughts on Photography (October 15th actually), why I started the podcast, and some of my New Year resolutions for the podcast going forward for 2009.
#0047: Favorite Photo Books of 2008
Dec 21, 2008 • 9 min
In this podcast I pull together a list of my favorite photography books published in 2008. The book list includes:Saul LeiterHelen LevittAmerica by Zoe StraussCuba: Campo Adentro by Susan S. BankPlanet Shanghai by Justin GuarigliaFading Hutongs by…
#0046: Howard Zehr and Contemplative Photography
Dec 7, 2008 • 21 min
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…
#0045: William Eggleston
Dec 4, 2008 • 6 min
In this podcast I discuss the current resurgence in interest in the work of William Eggleston. An retrospective exhibition of Eggleston’s work on display at the Whitney Museum of American Art along with a new book/catalog of the exhibition….
#0044: Interview with Ibarionex Perello
Dec 1, 2008 • 69 min
Ibarionex Perello is a California-based photographer, writer, and educator. Ibarionex is a contributing writer for Shutterbug Magazine, PC Photo, and Digital PhotoPro. He is co-founder of Alas Media, a studio dedicated to telling stories through a…
#0043: Getting Known as a Fine Art Photographer
Nov 11, 2008 • 7 min
Getting known as a fine art photographer, that is getting your work out into the photographic public and gaining some name and photographic recognition, is not easy and there isn’t a magic solution. This podcast discusses some things you can do though…
#0042: Exhibiting & Sharing Your Photography
Oct 19, 2008 • 12 min
In this episode, I explore the philosophy, reasons and rationale behind sharing your photography both as a way of completing what I call the “cycle” of photography and as a way of living the photographic life.
Focus Ring #16: New Toys, the Evil Video Commeth?, and More
Oct 5, 2008 • 65 min
This episode of the Focus Ring (a round-table discussion featuring podcasters from the Photocast Network) features Boris Nienke (nSonic), Rolf Steinort (Meet the Gimp), Chris Marquardt (Tips from the Top Floor), and Paul Giguere (Thoughts on…
#0041: Interview with Meg Birnbaum
Sep 25, 2008 • 32 min
Meg Birnbaum is a photographer based in Massachusetts whose photographs evoke a certain modern sense of nostalgia. From her botanical photos to her scenes from county fairs to her almost fantastical world in the “Fly by Night” portfolio,…
#0040: Tao of Photography
Sep 15, 2008 • 11 min
I recently picked up a book by Philippe Gross and S.I. Shapiro called “The Tao of Photography: Seeing Beyond Seeing.” Ignoring the overused “Tao of Whatever” as a part of the title, I found this book to be excellent and the advice…
#0039: Attending Photo Workshops
Sep 15, 2008 • 5 min
I recently attended a photo workshop at the Center for Photography at Woodstock in Woodstock, NY with Constantine Manos. Photo workshops can be fun, invigorating, and yes, expensive and even unsettling but I think they are one more thing we can do…
#0038: Interview with Lorenzo
Sep 9, 2008 • 41 min
Lorenzo is a New York City based street photographer who began using digital cameras just a few years ago. His use of the digital cameras as a part of his work flow has liberated him and has allows him to achieve new creative (and prolific heights)…
#0037: Robert Frank
Aug 22, 2008 • 4 min
The German book publisher Steidl is in the process of releasing reprints of photography books by Robert Frank (some of which are in newly edited editions supervised by Frank himself). The titles include:The Americans (50th Anniversary Edition)Robert…
#0036: Film vs Digital?
Aug 22, 2008 • 7 min
Although digital cameras have been with us for quite awhile and the quality of images produced with digital cameras can equal or are better than film-based cameras, the issue of film versus digital continues to permeate our photographic discussions….
#0035: Interview with Aline Smithson
Aug 5, 2008 • 33 min
In this podcast, photographer Aline Smithson and I have a conversation regarding her approach to photography, the creative process, and a wide range of topics related to the photographic life. You can see Aline’s work and read more about her at her…
#0034: Leave Your Comfort Zone Behind
Aug 5, 2008 • 6 min
Sometimes our photographic comfort zone (the typical subjects, tools, and places that we are most comfortable with in our photography) can be our biggest barrier to making creative leaps in our work. Finding the courage to occasionally leave your…
#0033: Interview with Gordon Stettinius
Jul 18, 2008 • 36 min
In this podcast, photographer Gordon Stettinius and I have a conversation where we discuss Gordon’s approach to photography, his creative process, and a certain philosophy of photography. You can see Gordon’s work and read more about him at his web…
#0032: Cameras as Weapons?
Jul 14, 2008 • 7 min
This podcast discusses some of the essays of Susan Sontag, which can be found in the collection “On Photography”, and in particular the idea that a camera can be viewed as a weapon. A controversial thought to be sure but one that I hope…
#0031: 20X200
Jun 22, 2008 • 8 min
In this podcast I discuss the 20X200 photography and fine art print sales site hosted by Jen Bekman of Jen Bekman Gallery in New York City. Their whole approach to limited edition sales of prints involves pricing three different size prints (small,…
#0030: Entering Juried Photo Exhibitions
Jun 4, 2008 • 16 min
In this podcast I discuss juried photo exhibitions, what they are, how they work, and the pros and cons of entering them. I also provide some helpful tips should this be something you wish to pursue for your own fine art photography. An excellent…
#0029: Interview with Bill Vaccaro
May 21, 2008 • 35 min
In this podcast I interview photographer Bill Vaccaro to discuss his photography, his creative process, and how he goes about living a photographic life. You can see Bill’s work and read more about him at his web site.Some other web sites and/or…
#0028: Imitation and Inspiration - Learning from Other Photographers
May 19, 2008 • 8 min
In this podcast, I discuss how learning from other photographers and their work (sometimes through imitation) can be essential step towards learning how to see photography and contributes towards gaining inspiration for your own work and eventually…
#0027: Photosharing Web Sites for Fine Art Photographers
May 17, 2008 • 8 min
In this episode, I discuss the use of photosharing web sites (i.e. Flickr) by fine art photographers as possible alternatives to creating and managing a traditional stand-alone web sites.
#0026: Defining a Photographic Life
May 1, 2008 • 10 min
In this podcast, I try to address the question of what it means to “live a photographic life”, a term I frequently use in my podcasts.
#0025: Model Releases & Shooting in Public Places
Apr 27, 2008 • 14 min
In this podcast I discuss the importance of model releases and I cover some important issues to remember when shooting in public. Below is a sample model release that you can copy and modify to suite your particular purpose. Also, here is a link to a…
#0024: Essays About the Photographic Life
Apr 21, 2008 • 13 min
In this podcast, I discuss how essays about photography can help us gain insight into our own photography. Below are links to several essay collections that are mentioned throughout this episode:Beauty in Photography: Essays in Defense of Traditional…
#0023: Overcoming Our Obsession with the Tools of Photography
Apr 12, 2008 • 6 min
In this podcast I discuss the photographer’s obsession with cameras, gadgets, and technology and I offer up some tips on breaking the chain of the “must upgrade” craze.
Focus Ring #13: Lucky Number Thirteen
Apr 6, 2008 • 70 min
This episode of the Focus Ring (a round-table discussion featuring podcasters from the Photocast Network) features John Arnold (, Rolf Steinort (Meet the Gimp), Benoît Marchal (Déclencheur), and Paul Giguere (Thoughts on…
#0022: Interview with Susan Burnstine
Apr 6, 2008 • 21 min
In this podcast I interview photographer Susan Burnstine to discuss her photography, her creative process, and how she goes about living a photographic life. You can see Susan’s work and read more about her at her web
#0021: Moving Beyond Photographic Debates
Mar 30, 2008 • 9 min
In this podcast, I discuss the various debates that have occurred in photography since its early beginnings through present day and how these debates, while sometimes useful to move the entire field of photography forward to the next evolutionary…
#0020: Art or Artifice - Labeling the Photographer
Mar 19, 2008 • 8 min
In this podcast, I discuss the various labels that we apply to ourselves (or are applied to us) as photographers (e.g. fine art photographer) and whether such labels are pretentious or practical.
#0019: The Long Tail, Websites, and Your Fine Art Photography
Mar 15, 2008 • 30 min
This podcast focuses on a discussion of websites as a way of marketing and promoting your fine art photography. The podcast covers such issues as:- identifying your audience- setting goals for your website- elements of a fine art website- types of…
#0018: Creating an Artist Statement
Mar 8, 2008 • 22 min
In this podcast I discuss the artist statement. Why are they important, who the audiences are for them, the different types of statements possible, and how to write them.
#0017: Selecting a Subject
Mar 2, 2008 • 14 min
Continuing a discussion started in Thoughts on Photography #16, which looked at developing a photographic style, I discuss an approach to selecting a subject to photograph.
#0016: Developing a Photographic Style
Feb 23, 2008 • 11 min
In this podcast I define what a photographic style is and what it means to you as a photographer.
#0015: Flow - The Psychology of Optimal Photography
Feb 13, 2008 • 16 min
This podcast explores the concept of “flow.” According to the definition on Wikipedia, flow is a mental state of operation in which the person is fully immersed in what he or she is doing, characterized by a feeling of energized focus,…
#0014: Does Print Size Really Matter?
Feb 6, 2008 • 16 min
In this podcast I discuss the pros and cons or printing large sized prints and how that relates to selling your work both to the collector and the average consumer.
#0013: Limited Edition Prints
Jan 31, 2008 • 19 min
In this podcast I discuss limited edition prints, what they are, who they benefit, and whether they are right for you. I also cover some of the details that you need to consider should you wish to sell your prints in limited editions.
#0012: How to Price Your Photographic Prints
Jan 26, 2008 • 16 min
In this podcast, I discuss how to arrive at a price for your photographic prints regardless of whether you sell your work in unlimited or limited editions. Below is a simple formula that I discuss in the podcast for determining the price:Art Fair…
#0011: Ten Ideas for Living a Photographic Life
Jan 20, 2008 • 13 min
In this podcast, I discuss ideas that help you remain engaged in your fine art photography when time doesn’t permit to actually go out and make photographs.
#0010: Alternative Photographic Processes: What’s Old is New Again
Jan 14, 2008 • 5 min
In this podcast I discuss alternative photographic processes and their rise and prominence in the fine art photography realm.
#0009: Getting Started Marketing Your Photography
Jan 7, 2008 • 23 min
This podcasts discusses how to get started marketing your fine art photography. Below is a list of the major centers of photography in the United States mentioned in the podcast that provide juried exhibition opportunities:Blue Sky Gallery 1231 NW…
#0008: Using Projects to Sustain Your Photography
Dec 26, 2007 • 16 min
In this podcast, I discuss the importance of developing and implementing photographic projects as a way to sustain yourself as a fine art photographer. I also cover a project planning and implementation process that listeners may find useful.
#0007: Promoting Your Fine Art Photography
Dec 23, 2007 • 16 min
In this podcast, I discuss the role of motivation in promoting your fine art photography. In particular, I cover three specific levels of motivation and use them to create a framework to help you effectively promote your work while remaining true to…
#0006: Inspiring Photography Books Published in 2007
Dec 13, 2007 • 12 min
In this podcast, I discuss six of my favorite new photography books that were published in 2007. You can get more information about these books by visiting the links below (available only via my blog, Photographs…
#0005: Finding Inspiration in Photography Magazines
Dec 8, 2007 • 10 min
In this podcast, I discuss various magazines that I find inspirational, informative, and pleasureable to read. Magazines mentioned in this podcast include:LensworkApertureBlind SpotSpotContact SheetPhotography QuarterlyNueva LuzB&W…
#0004: Self-Publishing A Photography Book
Oct 28, 2007 • 7 min
This podcast discusses self-publishing options for photographers using on-line publishing companies. Mentioned in this podcast is
#0003: Attending a Photo Review - Part 2
Oct 21, 2007 • 17 min
Here are some of the reviewers mentioned in this podcast: Brooks Jensen - publisher and editor of Lenswork Magazine Darius Himes - editor of PhotoEye Booklist Tim Anderson - publisher and editor of CameraArts…
#0002: Attending a Photo Review - Part 1
Oct 15, 2007 • 15 min
This podcast focuses on photo reviews (or portfolio reviews) and provides an overview of how they can help emerging photographers move to the next level with their fine art photography.Some of the photo review venues that are mentioned in this podcast…
#0001: Welcome
Oct 13, 2007 • 8 min
This is the first episode of Thoughts on Photography, a podcast that explores what it means to live a photographic life.