EP118 Admit It. Own It. Fix It.

It’s 2022 and I have to say it’s starting off in a very positive mood!  Admittedly New Year didn’t go quite to plan, thanks to Covid and family injury, but other than that all good. And besides, my Nikon Z9 has arrived and I am now having a ball with what can only be described as the best camera I’ve ever had the pleasure to use.  More on that in this and future podcasts! We had a wonderful email today …

EP117 Interview With Grays Of Westminster

Well, this is the last episode of 2021.  Unless I find a moment to drag myself away from the turkey, pigs in blankets, roast potatoes, cheese, Quality Street, sherry, wine, stuffing, more turkey, more cheese and maybe just a tad more sherry.  Oh go on then, if I must, best make it a small one. In this episode, I have the pleasure of speaking with Grays Of Westminster – a legendary shop of all things Nikon.  I am speaking with …

EP115 On Why Mirrorless Is About To Come Of Age – The Nikon Z9

So it’s Sunday as I both record and write this and I’m having a frankly chilled day.  Not that this is in any way your worry, but I thought I’d tell you. This episode is a rebuttal of my own grumpy podcast (EP113) when I seem to have spent most of it muttering about my Z7ii and how it isn’t quite there yet.  Well, this one is the other extreme – here are the reasons I think mirrorless and, by …

EP114 On Why The Studio Is NOT A Dull White Box

When I first set out in this crazy, camera-carrying career, I had mixed views about working in the studio – I much preferred being outside in natural light with the environment as my backdrop.  Over the years, that changed as I realised much of my cynicism was partly because I didn’t understand it and partly because many of those who had taught me didn’t excite me. Now?  Well, now I think of studio portrait photography as some of the finest, …

EP113 On Moving To Mirrorless

Switching to a mirrorless system was always going to happen – SLRs (and their requisite mirrors) are slowly heading the same way as film, dark rooms, Black Forest gateaux, prawn cocktail and sandals with socks. Though I happen to love Black Forest gateaux. And film.  And the darkroom.  Prawn cocktails and sandals with socks, well they can stay in the history books! Anyway, James Keen DM’d me on Instagram and asked for an update on my move to mirrorless and …

EP112 Interview With Julia Fensom, Sleep Consultant And Author

I knew this would be an entertaining podcast and so it proved to be: Julia Fensom, author of With Sleep I Can Do Anything: The First Year – A Manual is always funny, energetic and full of ideas.  So this interview was always going to be interesting – and long!  When the two of us get together it is always a very funny hour or two, laughing about life, having families and running a small business. While, admittedly, we do …

EP111 On Technique vs Imagination

I am so sorry it’s been a couple of months since I last published an episode – a very busy few months here at the studio! In this episode, numerous conversations at The UK Photography Show 2021 started me thinking about whether technique is more important than imagination (or vice versa). What do you think?  Let me know in the comments or drop me an email (paul@paulwilkinsonphotography.co.uk) – I’m genuinely curious!

EP109 On Why Being Busy Creates Energy All Of Its Own

Dad was always right. Of course, it took me a decade or two to acknowledge that fact, but dad was always right. Of many pearls (of the wisdom variety) he threw in my direction, is this: if you want something doing, give it to someone who’s already busy. I don’t know if I believed it at the time. That’s the thing about fathers: you don’t like to tell them they’re right. But he always was. And on this one, he …

EP108 On Treating Each Client Like They’re You’re ONLY Client

Have you ever stood back and thought about how you feel when your suppliers forget that, while you may be one of the thousands of customers to them, they are the ONLY supplier to you?  It has always irritated me that companies forget themselves and send out blanket messages that remind me that I am just one of their masses, yet another annoying customer – possibly the worst message you can possibly receive.    The asymmetry of that relationship between …