Stop Trying To Get Everyone To Like Your Work

When I talk to photographers and survey the industry landscape, I see a zillion photographers trying to have all their work liked by all the people. This comes from our social animal DNA, but it’s the completely wrong approach to success – whether that be measured by your work being licensed, sold, etc, or by getting hired, shown, talked about, displayed, whatever. Simply said, by trying to please everyone, you end up pleasing no one, especially not yourself. But fear not (or fear less, perhaps). The answer is simple. 1. Shoot what you love. 2. Relentlessly share that work. 3. Repeat. Continue reading "Stop Trying To Get Everyone To Like Your Work"

Peak Design Slide Camera Sling Straps (Podcast 629)

Peak Design Slide Strap ContentsI recently bought two Slide straps from Peak Design and thought I’d provide a quick review of these straps today having now used them extensively for the last couple of months.
More and more of my workshop participants have been turning up using the Peak Design Slide camera strap system, so I’d had my eyes on this for a while, and then met a listener earlier this year at Canon’s headquarters, to see my exhibition there, and he had one of these straps on his camera, so I took a good look at it. I was impressed with the flexibility
Peak Design Slide Strap Contents
Peak Design Slide Straps in Grey and Black
Peak Design Slide Strap
Peak Design Slide Strap with Anchor Mount
Peak Design Slide Strap with 100-400mm
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Demystifying Aerochrome: A Chat with Photographer Mark Schneider

Are you a photographer who’s looking into shooting a roll of Aerochrome? Or maybe you have a roll in your freezer and have no idea how or when to use it? You’re not the only one. I purchased two rolls of Aerochrome from Dean Bennici, one of the few sources you can purchase Aerochrome from in 120 rolls and 4×5 sheets, and it took me 6 months to shoot a roll. After my interview with Mark Schneider, I felt comfortable enough to pull a roll out of the freezer and shoot it. (You can read Dean’s interview with Emulsive
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Ep. 293: More Nikon Mirrorless Insights and Speculation – and more

Episode 293 of the PetaPixel Photography Podcast.
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Featured: Traveling portrait photographer, Subodh Shetty

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Traveling portrait photographer, Subodh Shetty, opens the show. Thanks Subodh!

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BeyondPodcasting: James Cridland, international issues, Google Podcasts + much more

On BeyondPodcasting episode 5, Allan Tépper converses with James Cridland, Radio futurologist and editor of Podnews.net, aka “the James Bond of both conventional radio and the new radio”. They both celebrate the arrival of Google Podcasts and discuss forced HTTPS since 2014 or earlier, Secure RSS videos, international and linguistic issues, 5 reasons to eliminate www from your website and more. Listen ahead. Listen here or go to BeyondPodcasting.com for free subscription options.

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Your Inner Critic Is A Big Jerk with Danielle Krysa

Danielle Krysa is the author of Your Inner Critic Is A Big Jerk, Creative Block, and Collage, all published by Chronicle Books. She is also the creator of the contemporary art blog The Jealous Curator. Danielle gave a talk at the CreativeLive studios on the Inner Critic, and shares a particular story that I think many of us can relate to. We all deal with the voice in our life that tells us what what we’re creating is not good, will never amount to anything, or how we’ll never make any money from it. This talk is a huge inspiration Continue reading "Your Inner Critic Is A Big Jerk with Danielle Krysa"

Morocco Slideshow Video (Podcast 628)

Morocco Video ScreenshotFor this week’s post, I’ve produced a video to showcase Morocco, containing fifty-something images from last year’s Tour & Workshop that I ran. As I’m running over time-wise, as is often the case when I create the music too, I’ve put a small version of the video in the Podcast feed, but the full-sized 4K version is below for you to check out. As usual, the music is a bit rushed, but it should complement the video, so grab a cuppa, turn up your speakers, and sit back for a four-minute tour of Morocco!

Morocco Portfolio

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Introducing the All-New RØDE SC6-L Mobile Interview Kit

This is a big wow for me. When I do my own video recording (say a product review or something), I've either been using the RØDE smartLav or the RØDE Videomic ME – both attach easily to my iPhone! So this is a great addition to the toolkit!

Attn: Journalists and Podcasters
Introducing the All-New RØDE SC6-L Mobile Interview Kit
It's an iOS POcket Podcast Studio!

Via RØDE Microphones: August 2nd, 2018 Australian pro audio giant RØDE Microphones launches the brand new SC6-L Mobile Interview Kit, the latest Lightning connected recording solution for Apple iOS Devices. The SC6-L is a compact
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Gregory Heisler on Embracing Your Own Uniqueness

You know Gregory Heisler, or at the very least, you’ve seen his work. Gregory is a prolific photographer best known for his 70 cover portraits for TIME Magazine and has graced the pages of Life, Esquire, Fortune, GQ, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, and The New York Times Magazine. We recently had the pleasure of hosting Gregory in our CreativeLive studios to present his talk on embracing one’s own uniqueness. Now, I attend a lot of keynotes, speeches, and presentations. Not often do I stand in the audience yelling “PREACH!” like I was during Gregory’s presentation. His thoughts on prioritizing the Continue reading "Gregory Heisler on Embracing Your Own Uniqueness"

Ep. 292: Nikon Makes It Official and Sets a Date – and more

Episode 292 of the PetaPixel Photography Podcast.
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Featured: Photographer, Daniel Cheong

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Seven Stages of Contentment in a Photographer (Podcast 627)

Camel Silhouettes at Sunset
This week we explore an idea that has been building in me over the years, which is that as we grow as photographers we go through various stages, and eventually spend less energy lusting over gear and gain more satisfaction and contentment from creating images that feed our souls.
I believe the confidence that we build as photographers effects how we work in a number of ways, so I’m going to break this down into what I’ll refer to as multiple stages of contentment and how that, in turn, drives various thought patterns, some of which are good, and some that can
Couple Walking Between Trees
Really Right Stuff TVC-34L Tripod with Leveling Base and BH-55 Ball Head
Ezo Deer Fawn
A Red=Crowned Crane in Flight (2004)
QI #2 (2011)
The Scowl
Winter Wonderland
Morocco Tour & Workshop 2018
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Unconventional Ways to WIN with Rand Fishkin

This week on the show we’ve got serial entrepreneur, marketer extraordinaire and SEO genius Rand Fishkin. Among other things, the guy is an online content legend, having built the legendary MOZ, one of the first online resources / communities helping creators optimize for SEO (yes search engine optimization…aka if you make content, it’s helping your people find you on the internet) and now he’s got a new company you’ve gotta know about, and a new BOOK, called Lost & Founder – aimed at helping all of us creators and entrepreneurs find our way. SUCH A USEFUL BOOK. But even more Continue reading "Unconventional Ways to WIN with Rand Fishkin"

Canon’s Wide Aperture 85mm Lenses Compared (Podcast 626)

85mm f/1.2L II (left) 85mm f/1.4L IS (right)Today we’re going to pitch the old Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM lens against the new Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM lens, to see if it’s worth trading in the old lens for some shiny new glass, even with one-third of a stop smaller aperture. I also hope that this will give you an idea of the quality of the new lens, regardless of how it compares to the old lens.
The angle I’ve taken for this review is that an L lens from Canon lens being tack-sharp when stopped down to say f/5.6 or
Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS Lens (right)
Himba Young Girl in Shawl (85mm f/1.4L IS lens)
85mm Minimum Focus Distance (f/1.2 Opaque - f/1.4 Transparent)
85mm f/1.2L II (left) 85mm f/1.4L IS (right)
85mm f/1.2L II (left) 85mm f/1.4L IS (right) with Hoods
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II lens (left) and f/1.4L IS Lens (right)
85mm f/1.2L II Lens @ f/1.4
Himba Girl Profile
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Ep. 291: Adobe Photoshop to Be More Mobile – and more

Episode 291 of the PetaPixel Photography Podcast.
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Featured: Nomadic landscape photographer, Mandy Lea

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Nomadic landscape photographer, Mandy Lea opens the show. Thanks Mandy!

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Complete Namibia Tour 2018 Travelogue #5 (Podcast 625)

The ScowlThis week we conclude our 2018 Complete Namibia Tour travelogue series, with our Wildlife Extravaganza in the Etosha National Park, literally completing the photography of the main photography genres that Namibia offers visitors.
When I put this epic trip together and called it the Complete Namibia Tour & Workshop, I was very conscious that I wanted to make Etosha a part of it, and I am so pleased that I made this decision. Without Etosha on the Itinerary, you generally leave Namibia with a feeling that you didn’t do her wildlife justice. The thing is, there is wildlife across most
Fierce Yawn
The Scowl
Burchell's Zebra at Waterhole
Elephant Bonding
White Rhinos
Black Rhinoceros
A Journey of Giraffes
Elephant at Waterhole
Cheetah with Cubs
Elephant Dust Bath
Milky Way Galactic Core
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Ep. 290: They’re Coming! They’re Coming! For Real. – and more

Episode 290 of the PetaPixel Photography Podcast.
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Featured: Advertising photographer, Tim Tadder

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Show Opener:
Advertising photographer, Tim Tadder, opens the show. Thanks Tim!

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You Must Do. Advice for New Grads + Anyone at a Crossroads

Meet Jordy, a 23 year old soccer player and student, who’s trying to find his way and figure out what to shoot for after college and how to get there. He’s optimistic, excited, and at a crossroads in his life. He’s just like I was at his age, and is probably just like you are now or have been in the past. In this raw, gritty, intimate, and windy 28 minute conversation we talk about what it takes to create success through chasing your dreams. We talk about the importance of checking in with yourself to make sure you’re still Continue reading "You Must Do. Advice for New Grads + Anyone at a Crossroads"

Complete Namibia Tour 2018 Travelogue #4 (Podcast 624)

Himba Dancing in GroupWe continue our Complete Namibia Tour travelogue this week, as we relax with the Flamingoes in Walvis Bay, then photograph a shipwreck on the Skeleton Coast before spending some time with the incredibly charming Himba People in Northern Namibia.
Having finished our three days in the majestic Sossusvlei area with the sand dunes and Deadvlei, we drove on to Walvis Bay to another beautiful lodge there. Based on feedback from last year, I had changed our itinerary to give us two days in this lodge, and the idea was to basically give the group a bit of a break, as
Flamingo Foursome
The Dunes Near Sandwich Harbour
The Zeila Shipwreck
Himba Young Girl Portraits
Himba Dancing
Himba Dancing in Group
Himba Goat Herding
Himba with Babies
Proud Lioness in 3D
Complete Namibia Tour 2019
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