TTIM 73 – Drone Photography Special

DJI Mavic ProDrones (a.k.a. UAVs or quadcopters) are all the rage now, despite many governments’ attempts to stifle their expansion (or to ensure safety, if you prefer).

Ugo recently decided to jump on the bandwagon and got himself a DJI Mavic Pro, which he started using to take stills and videos.

He sat down with Ralph to chat about his new toy and about what new opportunities it opens up for photographers. Here are some of the topics they discussed:

  • Reasons for getting a drone for photography.
  • How to ensure optimal image quality.
  • Practicalities of traveling with a drone and flying it in foreign countries.
  • Resources for learning how to fly and how to shoot.
  • Issues of etiquette in the skies.

Are you ready to fly?

Duration 45m 16s.


TTIM 72 – James Maher in New York

James MaherWho doesn’t love New York?

Well, many New Yorkers we’ve spoken to in the past are not always enthusiastic about their city, but one exception is certainly James Maher.

James is a street, fine art, and portrait photographer who recently released a book titled “The New York Photographer’s Travel Guide,The Best Places to Photograph from a Professional Photographer, Tour Guide, and Lifelong New Yorker” and we asked him about his favorite locations and his best tips for taking the best photos of the city that never sleeps.

That’s not the only book by James that we discussed, the other one being his most recent, “Creative Freelance Marketing: Traditional and Digital Marketing Strategies for Photography, Art, and Creative Businesses.” Of course, we tried to pick his brains with respect to the topic of this other book.

So, whether you’d like to make the best of a photo trip to New York for your own pleasure or you’re in it commercially, this episode has something for everyone. We’re sure you won’t be disappointed.

Duration 38m 33s.


TTIM 71 – Michael Muraz and Photographing Architecture

Michael MurazOur guest for this week, Michael Muraz, is an award-winning commercial and fine art architecture photographer based in Toronto, Canada. Originally an engineer, Michael now works with clients like architects and interior designers, documenting buildings and spaces. When he’s not shooting for commercial clients, he’s traveling to photograph architecture and cityscapes around the world. Michael is always looking for the perfect shot, showcasing some of the most beautiful buildings and skylines in the world.

Michael was born in France, in the heart of old Europe, which has an immense heritage of ancient architecture, yet he has a passion for modern architecture and recently moved to Toronto. We were wondering whether he was terminally bored with medieval castles, so we had to ask him.

Our question lead to a conversation about architectural photography, leaving a full time job to pursue a career in commercial photography, his favorite cities to shoot in, how to handle issues of copyright when photographing famous buildings, and more.

Duration 41m 14s.


TTIM 70 – Nicholas Syracuse, the Traveler

Nicholas SyracuseNot long ago a friend of ours suggested that we watch a movie called “Traveler” on Amazon Prime Video and so we got to learn about the existence of Nicholas Syracuse.

Nicholas is a young photographer who has traveled extensively across the USA but, unlike many others, not in search of beautiful landscapes and cityscapes or jumping from a flight to a taxi and to a hotel. Rather, he shared the road with the drifters, the hobos, the train hoppers that are so easy to ignore and who are the main subjects of his photographs.

“Traveler” is a documentary, directed by filmmakers Sam Roden and Nick Hartanto, that follows Nicholas in his travels and his encounters, besides giving a glimpse of the uneasy relationship between him and his girlfriend.

Nicholas Syracuse is a restless soul whose approach to travel and photography is very much different from that of our typical guests, but the stories he tells are compelling and moving. We hope you will enjoy listening to them.

Duration 25m 39s.


TTIM 69 – Steve Simon the Passionate Photographer

Steve Simon

Our guest for this week is Steve Simon.

Steve has been passionate about documenting the beauty and drama of the human condition his entire photographic life, working on assignment in more than 40 countries. He is the author of five critically acclaimed photography books, including The Passionate Photographer: Ten Steps Toward Becoming Great, which was chosen as one of Amazon’s Top 10 Art & Photography Books of 2011. He has had solo shows in New York, Buenos Aires, Toronto, and Montreal, and his work has been featured three times at the Visa pour l’Image International Festival of Photojournalism in Perpignan, France. He is on the faculty of International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York and created the Editorial Photography course in the School of Visual Arts master’s program. His international awards include the Art Director’s Club of New York Award, Canadian Newspaper Photographer of the Year, Global Health Council Photography Award for his work on AIDS in Africa, an Alfred Eisenstaedt Magazine Photography Award Nomination, and the Prix de la Photographie, Paris (PX3). He has lead workshops all over the world, including Mentor Series, Macworld, PhotoPlus Expo, Nikonians, and Gulf Photo Plus in Dubai.

Duration 46m 29s.


TTIM 68 – Dave Bouskill and The Planet D

Dave BouskillOur guest for this week is Dave Bouskill, one half of the Dave and Deb couple who runs The Planet D. Dave and Deb have been married for over 20 years now, and when they’re not on the road, they’re based in Toronto, Canada.  They started off in the film industry as a gaffer and makeup artist, respectively, but knew there was more to life than 16 hour days working for someone else.

Dave was honoured to win the 2014 and 2015 award for Best Photo Illustration of Travel and 2013 Best Wildlife Photography from the Society of American Travel Writers.

He’s travelled to 100+ countries on all seven continents and has taken on adventures such as cycling down the continent of Africa, Driving from England to Mongolia and Kayaking in Antarctica.

Dave found his passion for photography working on feature films such as X-Men and The Incredible Hulk and has taken his knowledge of lighting movies to create texture, mood and contrast in his stills photography.

Duration 31m 56s.


TTIM 67 – QT Luong and the National Parks

QT LuongQT Luong is a photographer and author known for being the first to photograph all 59 US National Parks —in large format. He is featured in the film The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan, and has been profiled in National Geographic Explorer, Outdoor Photographer, and Parks magazines.

His photographs, which are the subject of three previous books, have appeared in Time, Life, Outside, Scientific American, GEO, numerous National Geographic publications, and hundreds of others worldwide. Luong’s limited-edition prints are widely collected, and his on-going traveling exhibition of large prints from all the national parks has shown in museums and galleries nationwide. He lives in San Jose, California, with his wife and two children.

Born in France, from Vietnamese parents, QT was originally trained as a scientist and made a few fundamental contributions to the fields of Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing. In the mid eighties, his life was transformed by the wilderness of mountains. As a climber, and then mountain guide, he was initially interested in photography as a means to communicate to people who weren’t there the wonders he had seen on the high peaks of the Alps.

In 1993, another turning point happened. Attracted by the proximity of Yosemite – and its famous cliffs – QT found his way to the University of California, Berkeley for what was originally planned as a short stay. There, inspired by the rich tradition of American landscape photography, he learned to use the large format camera.

To celebrate the National Park Service Centennial in 2016, he released his signature book Treasured Lands: A Photographic Odyssey through America’s National Parks,

As a present for listeners of The Traveling Image Makers and for a limited time, QT Luong is offering a 15% discount on all purchases of the book (signed and limited editions) made from his website. To avail yourself of this possibility, head to the order page and input coupon code TTIM at checkout.

Duration 46m 28s.


TTIM 66 – David duChemin and the Soul of the Camera

David duChemin

We’ve been following David duChemin‘s work for a long time (Ugo actually owns three of his books) so we’re not exaggerating when we say that he’s one of our photographic heroes. He is a constant source of inspiration and his writing invariably compels us to look at what we’re doing with a critical eye and go beyond our tendency to simply take pretty pictures and strive to take image with meaning. It was therefore a great pleasure and honor to have him as a guest on the show.

David duChemin is a world & humanitarian photographer, best-selling author and lecturer on the art and craft of photography, and the accidental founder of Craft & Vision. His work focuses on the beauty of cultural diversity and the natural world has taken him to over 50 countries across all seven continents.

Duration 47m 04s.


TTIM 65 – Susan Portnoy in Mongolia

Susan PortnoyOur guest for this week is Susan Portnoy, who let us know everything about her recent trip to Mongolia, how it’s like to take part in a Kazakh wedding and how you can dance non-stop for 8 hours.

Susan is the creator of The Insatiable Traveler, a blog celebrating world travel and her adventures at home in New York City. Her work includes award-winning photography and original storytelling, in addition to photography and travel advice. Her images and tales transport, immerse and excite readers, inspiring them to seek adventure and connect with the people and places they visit.

The Insatiable Traveler has been featured in The Associated Press, Mashable, Travelpulse, Travel Babbo, Luxury Travel Blog, USA Today, and Yahoo! Travel, among others, and was recently named one of Discover Corp’s “17 Top Travel Blogs to Follow in 2017.”

Duration 35m 45s.


TTIM 64 – Ibarionex Perello on Staying “In the Zone”

Ibarionex Perello

In this week’s episode we interview our long time friend, Ibarionex Perello.

Ibarionex is a photographer, writer and producer/host of The Candid Frame podcast, an interview show which features conversations with some of the world’s best established and emerging photographers. The show has featured hundreds of photographers including Mary Ellen Mark, Dan Winters, Eli Reed, Elliott Erwitt and Joel Meyerowitz.

Ibarionex has authored hundreds of magazines articles and over 5 books, including Chasing the Lighting: Improving Your Photography with Available Light.

He lives near Los Angeles with his wife and his dogs Spenser and Zooey.

Our conversation revolved around the importance of being focused and present at all time, which is a very important factor of making good and interesting travel and street photography. Ibarionex explained the practices he uses to stay “in the zone” and alert when he’s out shooting and his techniques for photographing people in the street.

Duration 39m 58s.