121 - Getting started with Canon Speedlites featuring Brian Worley

When you get started with Speedlites, there are so many decisions — on camera or off, optical or radio, one flash or many, fill flash or key. Fortunately for us, we have the man who has been going deep with Canon products for almost 25 years. 

Brian Worley is a former product manager for Canon Europe and still works with them on a contract basis. If you have ever read the UK photography magazines, PhotoPlus, or EOS User, you’ve probably read his words. Well, today, we get to pick his brain on Speedlites. 

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120 - How to make street portraits

I walked by Frank and Scott three times before I stopped and asked to take their photo. The two tattoo artists were joking around outside a tattoo shop, and I was out shooting street portraits for my 100 Strangers project.

Over the years, I’ve done photographed plenty of street portraits and even started teaching others how to do it. Most people I teach overcome the same initial fears and find that it’s a rewarding experience for them too.

Now, it’s your turn. In this episode, I will show you how you can make street portraits confidently.

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119 - How to create street photography with YouTuber Josh Katz

Street photography is one of the more accessible yet challenging forms of photography. As long as you have a camera, any camera, it’s available to you.

We’ve been seeing it in some form or another for several decades now. But if you want to be good, you have to work at it. You have to decide which approach you want to take and how you will go about creating. Should you engage or not engage people. And how you will deal with them?

Josh Katz has not only thought about all these issues, he has also been sharing and teaching about them on his popular YouTube channel.

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117 - Scott Kelby - ‘talking about two of my favorite things, photography & sports’

For a photographer and sports fan growing up in a football town, there’s one question you always dream of hearing, “would you like to shoot from the sidelines of an NFL game?”

And for Scott Kelby, the dream came true. He shot for three years as a backup wire service photographer and another six years as the primary wire service photographer covering his hometown Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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116 - 5 Ps of Travel Photography - A Comprehensive Guide

Scott Kelby shared a rare moment of honesty you don’t normally hear from professional photographers.

“Do you know how you can take better pictures? Go somewhere interesting!” he joked during a presentation at PhotoPlus Expo. “Do you see this photo?” he said of a spectacular sunset image. “I just showed up and pressed the button.”

Of course Scott is simplifying his role quite a bit. He’s right that travel photography is a great way to create photographs, but it requires more than showing up and pushing a button. Follow these 5 Ps for great travel photographs and travel photography experiences.

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Using Canon DSLR Custom Menus

If you find yourself having to move quickly from one shooting situation to the other, Canon’s Custom Modes options can be helpful. The Custom Modes are a simple way to save all the settings for a situation you frequently shoot so that you can go back to those settings with a flip of a button. It is a very convenient tool that You’ll find on most of Canon’s enthusiast to pro-level DSLRs.

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Learn Your Canon DSLR launches

Is this you? You might have bought a new — or new to you — Canon DSLR to create content for your social media and online channels, or to document the kids as they grow older, or to bring back more than boring snapshots from your next vacation.

You’ve found getting started on your new camera to be a bit frustrating. Where do you begin to get to the point where you can take the photo you want?

I have just released an online class that helps you understand how to get started on your Canon DSLR camera faster and more efficiently.

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115 - Rick Sammon's life in photography

If you spend more than five minutes with Rick Sammon, you are bound to learn something about photography. After photographing more than 100 countries throughout his career, there are few things he hasn’t seen and photographed...or taught others how to shoot.

How did he happen upon this life in photography? That’s how we begin this conversation with Rick Sammon. He tells us about the first time he picked up a camera, how he fell in love with photography, and how he built his business.

And along the way, he also teaches us about photography.

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114 - Choosing the right shooting mode on your DSLR

Today, we go back to basics. I’ve heard from a number of you that you are struggling to learn your DSLRs…that you struggle with shooting in manual mode. That you aren’t sure what all the buttons on your camera do. That you need to be more comfortable learning your camera. Well, I have a couple of resources for you.

Today, I’m going to walk you through the basics of exposure, all of the options in your creative modes; and how you choose the correct shooting mode. By the end of this podcast, you should have a process to start taking control of your camera.

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Fireworks Photography Tips

Were last year's fireworks photos a bust? No worries. You won't have to be frustrated this year, too. You can take spectacular fireworks photos with the right tools and settings. 

In this special podcast episode, I will talk you through how to photograph fireworks. We'll talk about the settings, composition, and tools you will need for success.

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113 - A practical approach to the creative process

Ever feel like just screaming when you download your photos from a shoot?

You wasted so much time fidgeting with your camera rather than shooting. And the photo you thought would be the money shot? You’d go broke.

To make things worse, everyone else from the same shoot is posting these amazing images. The whole experience has you wondering, "What am I doing wrong?"

If this sounds like you, I created a lesson for you that I planned to begin teaching today. But then there more I thought about it, the more I felt that to help you, we have to deal with a few issues before we even touch the camera.

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112 - Getting the most out of a conference with Skip Cohen

Before you pack your bags and take off for the next photography conference, how do you make sure that the experience will be productive?

Many photographers arrive at the latest trade show with lots of excitement and then get completely overwhelmed by the sheer volume of people and information.

Skip Cohen has participated in conferences as an organizer, vendor, speaker, and attendee. He shares his tips on how photographers can get the most out of your next meeting or event.

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111 - ClickCon founder - the one decision that turned her life around

Sherry Hagerman was divorced, single mom of two with $700 to her name when she made a decision that changed her life. She had been trying to get her photography business off the ground with little success and was worried that once her money ran out, she would also be out of options.

What happened next, a gambler might say she pushed all her chips to the middle of the table. You could even say she bet on herself. Or you could say she made a strategic investment. However you say it, the next step took guts. Sherry took her $700 and registered for a photography conference. And what happened at the conference created one of the great turnaround stories in our industry.

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110 - Questions that lead to better storytelling photography

You can get all the technical things correct, light, composition, exposure — and still get a so what picture. How do you fix it? Ask yourself these questions to find the story for your photo.

Storytelling elements are the one feature that can make good pictures great and even memorable. Good storytelling is helpful if you are doing travel photography, street photography, photojournalism, sports and action. And as Freddy told us in Episode 109, even with Food & Beverage Photography.

In this episode, I discuss the questions that can lead you to better storytelling photography.

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109 - How to photograph beverages with Freddy Clark

If you’ve ever experienced your mouth watering, just because you were looking at a photo of a cold drink, you can thank people like Freddy Clark.

Beverage photography is a more challenging subset of food photography. Instagram overflows with photos from people snapshotting their meals, but when you want to set up a stylized shoot of a beverage in a glass or bottle, that’s a different level of effort.

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108 - How to photograph automobiles with Jim Rose

Whether they are roaring by at 200 miles per hour or parked in the perfect light, automobiles can be both thrilling and challenging to photograph.

Jim Rose should know. He’s been a fan and photographer of automobiles for almost 40 years. A former Canon USA instructor, Jim learned photography to have something to do while he was watching cars race. He turned photography into a career with Canon and now he’s here to share his best lessons on how to photograph automobiles.

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107 - Which lens should I buy next?

You’ve asked it. You know you’ve asked it. 

It might have been when you were just starting photography. It might have been last week. But at some point you asked… which lens should I buy next?

Today, I answer that question and introduce the guide to Canon lenses. This helps you from the journey from your kit lens to your best lens.

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106 - Nine lessons I learned creating podcasts

The questions tickled me. Back in 2015, I announced that I was shutting down my Free Photo Webinars and starting a podcast instead. My webinars had run for four years — on second Tuesday night of every month. We had great photographers join us to show their work and tell their stories. I had a fairly loyal following, so they were probably puzzled that I wanted to shift.

“Why in the world would you want to start a podcast?”

By the time I paused it to go work for Canon, I was firmly a fan. This was one of the better decisions I had made for my business.

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