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 ...

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 ...

EP136 Interview With Margaret And Peter Aldington OBE | On Creativity And Relationships

EP136 Interview With Margaret And Peter Aldington OBE | On Creativity And Relationships Peter Aldington OBE, world-renowned architect and garden designer, with his wife Margaret - whose energy and partnership have been as fundamental to his success as any other creative's, though she professes to not being a designer of any kind. I have wanted to record this interview for a long time. Peter is a world-renowned architect, having achieved no less than 9 (yes, you're reading that correctly, 9) ...

EP135 Winning (Or Not) And Finding Positives – Whatever The Outcome

EP135 Winning (Or Not) And Finding Positives - Whatever The Outcome Well, this weekend has two big events: Mother's Day and the Societies Of Photographers Annual Convention In London. Sadly I wasn't able to make the Convention this year - though I was there in spirit!  That didn't stop me entering the print competition though.  I didn't come away with any gongs this year and that always stings just a little.  Somehow, I have to convert the feeling of missing ...

Ep.70 – Interview With Gary Hill

It’s so lovely to be in the position to sit and chat with some incredible people – and that they agree to it when I ask! This episode is with Gary Hill – a fantastic photographer, trainer, judge and all-round lovely bloke.  Admittedly we were chatting in the bar of the SWPP Convention in London which does inject a kind of ‘authentic ambience’ to the whole affair (which is to say – it’s noisy!) We get to chat about judging, …

Ep.68 Print-Judging Comments From The Societies Convention

I’ve just returned from the Societies Of Photographers Convention in London which has been an absolute ball!  Though I admit, I am hurting just a little. A week of laughter and learning. And maybe just a little socialising. Having sat as one of the print competition judges once again, I thought it might be helpful to relay some of the comments I heard during the process of picking this year’s winning images to help you create higher scoring photographs in …

Ep.61 Interview With Su Kaye, MPA Chair Of Judges

It’s always a pleasure when I get to sit and chat with someone with such a wide and interesting view of photography as Su Kaye, MPA’s Chair Of Judges.  I’ve known Su for a few years and, as ever, she is intriguing, knowledgeable and engagingly honest about her life, career and what the future holds for her and the photography industry. As always, I asked my interviewee to choose a book or two for our ever-expanding library and she chose …

Ep.45 Photography Judges Should Not Be Rude

It’s just me this episode, wittering away about the week that’s been and something that was raised during a recent presentation to a camera club: that photography judges can be pretty rude.  And I don’t think it’s right or proper that this is the case: judges should be polite, constructive, inspiring, entertaining and, most of all, supportive. During this episode, I also mention the announcement of The 2 Fellows Workshop – details for the 2020 workshop in Graphistudio’s Castello Ceconi …

Ep.36 Interview With Terrie Jones On Photography Competitions

Photography competitions can be a bit of a mystery: what are judges looking for; how do I prep the images; what subjects do better than others; how much post-production is encouraged? The list goes one. As Head Of Judging for the Societies, Terrie Jones is in charge of one of the biggest photographic competitions in the UK and so I thought it would be fun to have a chat about her views and to talk about the fast-approaching SWPP Convention …