EP152 Interview With Stuart Clark

EP152 Interview With Stuart Clark - Still Shooting At 97 Sometimes it's just a pleasure to sit back and listen.  This is one of those moments - for me, certainly, but hopefully for you too. I had the pleasure of sitting and chatting with two icons of the industry - Sean Conboy and the inimatable nonagenarian, Stuart Clark who is not only still shooting at the age of 97 but is a considerable racontour (you can hear me and Sean ...

EP151 What Does It Take?

EP151 What Does It Take? So what does it take to be successful (at least as a portrait photographer?) In this episode I muse on the key building blocks that every successful photographer I've encountered seems to exhibit, at least to varying degrees! This episode also features a quick catchup with Andy Blake from Kaleidoscope Framing (https://www.kaleidoscope-framing.co.uk/) who have been our supplier for nearly twenty years.  Why?  Because their products and their customer service are second to none! The PMI ...

EP150 Sign Your Work | Your Signature Is Your Certificate Of Quality

EP150 Sign Your Work | Your Signature Is Your Certificate Of Quality Ever wondered why you should sign your work?  Well, in this, our 150th episode, we have chat about it. But before that, a quick catchup with Charlie Kaufman of Click Group at The Photography Show - head to https://www.clickliveexpo.co.uk/ to see details of one of the most exciting events in years! There is also news of the PMI Smoke Genie / Smoke Ninja competition - a fantastic opportunity ...

EP149 Your First Strobe | Use What You Love, Love What You Use

EP149 Your First Strobe | Use What You Love, Love What You Use In this episode, I get to very briefly chat with Louis Wahl, CEO of WEX Photo Video. Turns out he is a really nice guy (and with luck, I'll get to chat to him in a full-length interview at some point in the future.) It's the great thing about the photography show - I get to meet loads of people! As well as the short chat, the ...

EP148 Clarity Is King | Don’t Confuse Your Clients With Woolly Wording!

EP148 Clarity Is King | Don't Confuse Your Clients With Woolly Wording! Well, I'm back on the road with a microphone - but this time in my wife's nippy little Peugeot! There are so many aspects of customer service but one of them is how you explain what you're going to deliver and how you're going to do it and, given the stories in this episode, that is something that is very easy to get wrong!  Ultimately, clarity is king! ...

EP147 Image Competitions: The Only Way To Fail Is To Fail To Enter

EP147 Image Competitions: The Only Way To Fail Is To Fail To Enter Yay! Other than a crappy cold, a very good week.  Won a Gold Bar with the Guild Of Photographers a couple of days ago which got me to thinking about competitions: why we do them, how to do them and the fear of failure (when in fact, the only failure is to not enter at all!) There are one or two other things to bear in mind ...

EP146 The Art Of Contentment

EP146 The Art Of Contentment Suddenly it washed over me - that odd euphoric sensation of contentment.  No idea what triggers it, but it's well worth holding onto! Also in this episode, a quick review of ACDSee 10 (the Mac version).  If you'd like to try it yourself, please use this link (there is no kickback or finance attached, but it does let the guys at ACDSee know that the referral has come from me and the Mastering Portrait Photography ...

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 …

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 …