EP129 – What Is Your Inner Energy Source?

EP129 - What Is Your Inner Energy Source? At the end of a long week, the exhaustion can creep up on you.  Fatigue is not an unusual feeling for a professional photographer.  But finding your source of energy, whether it's your work, your clients, your colleagues or just some time out with family, is crucial. For me?  Well, for me it's always been about people in one form or another! The details of the Photo Hubs Oxford workshop mentioned in ...

Dealing With Disappointment | How To Make Sense Of That Sinking Feeling

How are you feeling?” The groom asked me, as he showed me around the wedding venue on the morning of the big day. “I’m so excited about today,” I started to respond. I should’ve stopped there. Instead, as a perpetual oversharer, I continued. “But I also know I’m going to be so disappointed tomorrow when I think about all the photographs I didn’t capture.” We were at Wells Cathedral, arguably the most beautiful of all the UK’s cathedrals, and a …

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, …

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!

EP106 On Taking Pride In Everything You Do

In this episode, sponsored by Panasonic eneloop Pro Rechargeable Batteries, I am pondering on the difference between being ‘proud’ and ‘taking pride’ in everything you do.  A subtle but important distinction – particularly if you’re British and have been brought up that pride always comes before a fall! Some ideas about how to get around that familiar feeling of not wanting to brag about your images – tell the client how amazing they look instead!  Much more comfortable for us …

EP105 On Using Your Own Portfolio To Inspire YOU!

In this episode I’m back in the Land Rover Defender heading out to buy our evening’s supper: fish’n’chips!  We were due to go and sit on a hill side and eat them with a pint of beer but, sadly, the brassic weather has other ideas.  Instead, I am pootling through Midsommer Murders territory on a wet and wild Friday evening. In this episode, sponsored by Panasonic Eneloop Pro Batteries, I have an idea about how you might use your own …

EP104 On The Courage For Competitions

Well, this episode is recorded from my nearly-finished workshop which, while it is ultimately built for making things, also seems to have great acoustics!  That wasn’t a design choice but it makes for a coincidentally glorious recording studio! It’s great at the studio right now, as everything is opening back up and the business is returning to its familiar buzz.   This episode, sponsored by Panasonic Eneloop Pro Batteries, discusses entering and learning from image competitions: you cannot win if you …

EP98 Keep It Simple

I admit this is a shorter episode than some – I am multitasking and getting prepped and rehearsed for the Graphistudio Live Lounge over the weekend – details can be found at https://www.graphistudio.com/en/accademia/ I’m on stage (as much as there is a stage of course) at 15:40 UK time (16:40 European time, 10:40 US Eastern) talking about shooting for album sales.  Would love to see you all there!  We could all go out for a drink at the bar afterwards… …

EP96 Don’t Let Habit Hold You Back!

Photographers – or, more precisely, photography trainers –  talk about muscle memory – creating habit and comfort in what you do.  But have you ever thought it might hold you back? In this caffeine-fueled, bleary-eyed podcast recorded early on a Friday morning,  I ponder on how to break out of your self-imposed limitation – one that we constantly refer to as a necessary thing: your muscle memory. BE WARNED: there is a modicum of rudeness and one or two swear …

EP94 Stop Being Your Own Personal Troll!

Ever wondered if you’re your own worst enemy? Your very own, personal, TROLL?  Well, stop it at once!  It really isn’t helping! I mention a couple of things in this podcast – here are the links for the curious: The camera I am talking about is the Nikon Z7ii – you can read about it on Nikon’s site. The focus checker I use for callibrating the lenses is the Datacolor SpyderLensCal Of course, remember that my book Mastering Portrait Photography …