TTIM 94 – Tom Curley in Vietnam

Tom CurleyOn this week’s episode of the podcast, Ralph interviews Tom Curley and they talk about a country they both know very well: Vietnam. If you are curious about a country that is quickly opening up to worldwide tourism, but remains a mystery to many, their conversation will answer many of your questions.

Tom is a photographer as well as a marketing executive at Panasonic North America, responsible for business development of the Lumix G series camera system for professional markets. For over 25 years he managed the line of professional photography products, digital lab printers, and pro lab workflow solutions at Fujifilm USA. Tom is a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology and has served as a member of the Industry Advisory Board for Professional Photographers of America, the International Center of Photography Presidents Council, and the industry advisory board of the McGhee Distinguished Professor chair for RIT’s Imaging Technology curriculum.

He is a member of the Cameracraftsmen of America and has served on the board of advisors for the Natures Best Foundation, and as a volunteer for the Arts Council of Westchester County, NY and the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital art committee in White Plains, NY.

Duration 45m 16s.

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TTIM 93 – Winners of the July 2017 Photo Contest

July 2017 Photo Contest Winners

As you might know, we are doing a monthly photo contest on our Facebook group, The Traveling Image Makers’ Corner. We invite the group members to submit one of their best photographs and, at the end of the month, we pick two winners and invite them to come on the show and tell us about their winning images and their photography.

The winners for the month of July, Tiff Gileland and Dyan Pratt, submitted photos of Sydney and Beijing, respectively. We thought those two stood above the rest, but it was a tough choice, since we got so many amazing submissions. Tiff gave us some good tips for shooting like displays, like the ones of the Vivid festival of Sydney, while Dyan revealed her secrets for getting a shot of the Forbidden City with no tourists in sight.

Would you like to be one of the next guests on the podcast? Head over to our Facebook group, ask to join (if you’re not already a member) and look for the post pinned to the top for instructions. The contest for the month of September is still open, but we intend to do a new contest every month. Let’s see your best travel images!

Duration 30m 34s.

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TTIM 92 – Valérie Jardin and Tips for Street Photography

Valérie JardinThis week’s episode sees the return of one of our best friends and one of the first guests we had, back in Episode 8, Valérie Jardin. We wanted to have Valérie back on the show, because she has just published a couple books. The first one is an eBook that is already available for purchase from her site, The Art of Seeing Photographically.

The second one is a “real” paper book that should be available shortly: Street Photography: Creative Vision Behind the Lens. While the latter is all about Valérie’s preferred genre, street photography, the former will certainly be useful to all kinds of photographers, regardless of whether they shoot street, landscape, portrait, or wildlife.

We asked Valérie to give our audience some of the tips and suggestions contained in her new books, including how to go beyond the iconic postcard shot, how to introduce elements of storytelling in your photos and why limitations are important to develop one’s own style. So we think there is something in this interview for everyone, whether you intend to purchase Valérie’s books or not.

Duration 49m 04s.

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TTIM 91 – Dan Briški in Slovenia

Dan BriskiOur guest for this episode of the podcast is Dan Briški, who spoke with Ralph about his home country, beautiful Slovenia.

Dan is an expert outdoor photographer. He specialized for mountain- landscape photography in the Alps and spends most of his time in the wilderness searching for the right location and waiting for the perfect light. Although the Alps are his favorite photographic subject and he mainly shoots mountaineering, climbing and other outdoor activities in the mountains, he takes portraits and works on various commercial assignments as well.

He developed his passion for photography when he was a young mountaineer and wanted to bring back home photos that would show landscapes and sceneries he witnessed at their best. What started as a hobby soon turned into something much more.. a profession and a way of life.

His work regularly appears in mountaineering magazines and he exhibitions at home and abroad and has received several FIAP prizes at international salons of photography.

Duration 44m 52s.

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TTIM 90 – Anna Gunn and the Porto Photo Fest

 

Anna Gunn

This week Ralph sat down for a chat with British-born and expat-to-Portugal photographer Anna Gunn.

Anna was born in Birmingham, England, in the 80s. Graduated in Aerospace Manufacturing Engineering, but the aerospace industry crash in the beginning of the 21st century forced her to look for other avenues. The passion for the performing arts, especially Stage Lighting, took her to the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, where she graduated in Stage Management and Technical Theatre.

After some time spent on tours and slightly tired of the constant cold and the rain, Anna packed all her stuff and moved to a nicer climate, settling down in Maia, Portugal, in 2009.Since then her journey has taken her on a path to creating the very first Porto Photo Fest due to launch in September 2017.

The Porto Photo Fest is an event where people can learn more than what’s already available online – content that you can’t get anywhere else. This festival will give you the unique opportunity to go deeper into the creative process with a group of  talented and accomplished professionals.

And you’ll do it in a UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Porto is a very special place where you can virtually step back in time. There is huge pride in this city, its stories and traditions. Its colour, texture and design make every corner of the city a photographer’s dream backdrop.

Aside from the festival, the conversation touched a number of topics regarding Portugal and the city of Porto, including its culture, food and wine, and the best spots for photography.

Duration 41m 11s.

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TTIM 89 – Rick Sammon, the Stephen King of Photography

Rick SammonThis week we have a returning guest on the show, Canon explorer of light, Rick Sammon, a man on a mission to make digital photography fun, creative, exciting and rewarding for others, often called the Godfather of Photography. Since he’s such a prolific author, we also like to call him the Stephen King of Photography.

Of course, we talked with Rick about books, including his latest, good and bad workshop behavior, horror stories about gear breaking down at the most unexpected times, music, vacations, creativity, virtual workshops, Botswana, and too many other topics to mention here.

We are sure you will love listening to Rick and discovering his sense of humor.

Rick was a guest of the podcast on episode 6.

Duration 48m 57s.

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TTIM 88 – The State of Landscape Photography, Part 2

TTIM 87-88 – State of Landscape Photography

This week’s episode is a special one. During the latest Out Of Chicago Summer Conference, Ugo was the moderator of a panel discussion about the State of Landscape Photography. The panelists were three very well-known landscape and outdoor photographers: Josh Cripps, Ian Plant, and Bill Fortney.

What ensued was a lively and, at times, humorous discussion about the joys and pains of being a professional landscape photographer, interspersed with reflections about the direction the industry is going: Are we seeing a resurgence of “natural” photography? Is it still possible to make a living doing outdoor photography? and more.

As the panel went on for about 90 minutes, we split the recording in two parts. This is the second part; the first part is here.

Apologies for the audio quality, which is not at the usual level of quality. The microphones in front of the stage picked up a bit of background noise, but we think it’s still intelligible and the contents of the conversation, which are what really matters, are too good not to share.

We would also like to thank Chris Smith and the staff at Out Of Chicago for giving us the opportunity and the means to record this. If you’ve never been to Out Of Chicago, you should definitely attend it and we’ll certainly be there again next year.

Duration 40m 37s.

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TTIM 87 – The State of Landscape Photography, Part 1

TTIM 87-88 – State of Landscape Photography

This week’s episode is a special one. During the latest Out Of Chicago Summer Conference, Ugo was the moderator of a panel discussion about the State of Landscape Photography. The panelists were three very well-known landscape and outdoor photographers: Josh Cripps, Ian Plant, and Bill Fortney.

What ensued was a lively and, at times, humorous discussion about the joys and pains of being a professional landscape photographer, interspersed with reflections about the direction the industry is going: Are we seeing a resurgence of “natural” photography? Is it still possible to make a living doing outdoor photography? and more.

As the panel went on for about 90 minutes, we split the recording in two parts. This is the first part; the second one will be published next week.

Apologies for the audio quality, which is not at the usual level of quality. The microphones in front of the stage picked up a bit of background noise, but we think it’s still intelligible and the contents of the conversation, which are what really matters, are too good not to share.

We would also like to thank Chris Smith and the staff at Out Of Chicago for giving us the opportunity and the means to record this. If you’ve never been to Out Of Chicago, you should definitely attend it and we’ll certainly be there again next year.

Duration 53m 05s.

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TTIM 86 – Winners of the June 2017 Photo Contest

June 2017 Photo Contest Winners

Starting with the month of June 2017, we are doing a monthly photo contest on our Facebook group, The Traveling Image Makers’ Corner. We invite the group members to submit one of their best photographs and, at the end of the month, we pick two winners and invite them to come on the show and tell us about their winning images and their photography.

The winners for the month of June, Nadja K. Rutkowski and Richard Leach, submitted an aerial photo of the Empire State Building and a poignant portrait of a boy on the streets of an Indian city, respectively. We thought those two stood above the rest, but it was a tough choice, since we got so many amazing submissions.

We also talk about Ralph’s new program, the Tour Organizer Training, where he’s teaching everyday people how to organize and lead their own trips, whether around the world, or around the corner. And these don’t have to be photography tours, but can be based on any special interest, such as food, walking, yoga, culinary, music, spirits, history and more.

Would you like to be one of the next guests on the podcast? Head over to our Facebook group, ask to join (if you’re not already a member) and look for the post pinned to the top for instructions. The contest for the month of July is still open, but we intend to do a new contest every month. Let’s see your best travel images!

Duration 38m 18s.

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TTIM 85 – Darlene Hildebrandt and Latin America

Darlene HildebrandtThis week’s episode sees the return of one of our favorite guests, Darlene Hildebrandt, who was on the show almost exactly one year ago, in episode 33.

Darlene is the creator of Digital Photo Mentor. She has been a professional photographer for over 26 years, and photography educator since 2011. Darlene provides valuable articles on her site, has a free ebook, and offers online photography courses, as well as photography travel tours. Her next tours are to Morocco in May 2018 and India in November 2018.

We spoke with Darlene about her passion for Latin America, its countries, and its people, including her recent misadventure in Medellin, Colombia. We also talked about her upcoming photowalk in New York with James Maher and how to approach photowalks or first visits to a location without making too many newbie mistakes.

As an exclusive for the readers and listeners of TTIM, Darlene has offered a 30% discount on all her online photography courses. Just use code 30offTTIM at checkout!

Duration 35m 02s.

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