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 …

EP93 It Doesn’t Matter HOW You Do It!

So why do people think it’s OK to criticise HOW you do something?  In this episode, I am more or less muttering about something that is prevalent in our industry: snobbishness about how you create your images rather than the celebration of what you’ve created. I may have uttered an expletive during the recording of this podcast.  Sorry – don’t judge me.  I’ve left it in because I think a little passion is a good thing. Besides, bleeping it out …

EP92 We Are Human ‘Beings’, Not Human ‘Doings’ – An Interview With Trevor Long PhD

In a podcast last year, I lamented that I had lost a little mojo – the penalty for having a massively busy season prior to that.  This triggered a couple of threads of conversation, one of which is this interview with Trevor Long PhD. To quote from his bio: “Trevor brings an extensive experience in education and consultancy to this work, from many different countries and cultures, with a primary interest in individual development as a means of building long-term …

EP91 Happy New Year? Let’s Hope So!

I think I recorded the previous episode on a cold, crisp day.  Well, the cold has remained, but instead of ‘crisp’ it is now grey, gloomy and damp (though quite how it is still damp when the temperature is hovering around freezing I have no idea!) We’re closing 2020 and opening a whole new chapter, bright and clean, as yet unsullied by Covid, Brexit, politicians or social media.  I doubt it’ll stay that way but let’s enjoy the moment, just …

Ep.65 2020 Vision: Twelve Months In Training

Ah, and so here we are: 2020.  We’ve careered through the holidays like a kid on a brand new scooter, bouncing down the road until we’ve crashed headlong into the New Year, and here we are, bruised and smiling, all ready to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves down and get back on for the ride ahead. This year, this year, is all about development and learning.  I LOVE this job – more than you can imagine – but by the …

Ep.64 The Importance Of Being Present

So you know what it’s like: you’re in the middle of a busy week, the weather is crappy, you’re tired and you have a shoot to do… Not exactly conducive to creativity.  And yet, and yet…  your job is to weave your magic – from the experience to the images, your clients rely on you, nay your business relies on you to kick into gear and perform to the absolute limit of your ability. Even if you’d rather be sitting …

Ep.62 Think About The WHY Not Just The WHAT!

In this episode, I ponder on WHY on earth I am taking the shot?  There has to be a reason, right?  Surely I am not just lying in the dirt for the fun of it! In this day and age it is all too easy to simply take the photograph because you can – not because it’s a good image or there’s a profound reason to take it.  These are my thoughts on some reasons why you should create that …

Ep.59 Constancy Or Invention: The Photographer’s Dilemma

Well, I’m back on the microphone!  Had a bit of a break as the summer peak workload kicked in but once more, I am sitting in the cab of the Land Rover Defender, muttering musings into the microphone on the move. Haha, a little alliteration for you. Anyway, this episode’s topic is the choice between constancy or invention: should we, as photographers, creatives, artists, strive for constancy – recognisable, familiar images – or push the boundaries of invention, looking for …