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.


TTIM 63 – Expert Roundup #3: Newbie Mistakes

TTIM Expert Roundup 3 – Newbie Mistakes
This week’s edition of the podcast is a bit special. Unlike our typical episode, where we have a conversation with a guest, what we’ve done this time is to contact some of our previous guests and ask them one question. We’ve already done this twice in the past, when we published our “expert roundups” but this time we’ve also asked them to record their answer, so you can hear it in their own voice.

The question we asked was the following:

What is one thing you know now about photography that you wish you had known when you started out in your career as a photographer?

We received and collected answers from 18 of our guests, so there’s a lot of information here for you to consume. They shared some great stories and we hope that listening to them will better equip everyone who wants to take up photography a little bit more seriously to avoid some mistakes at the beginning of their journey.

We also have a transcript of all the answers, that you can find below the fold, if you’d rather read them than listen.

Stay tuned for more expert roundups coming soon.

Duration 50m 0s.


TTIM 62 – Rosh Sillars on Photography Business and Marketing

Rosh SillarsToday we present you an interview with our friend and fellow photographer Rosh Sillars.  Rosh is the founder and host of the Photography Business and Marketing podcast, a really great show about how creatives of all types, including us photographers, can more effectively market ourselves.  Not only that, Rosh is an expert at optimizing social media channels, so we spent some time talking to him about the best way to do that.

He also co-authored, along with photographer Lindsay Adler, The Linked Photographers’ Guide to Online Marketing and Social Media, as well as One Hour Photographer, both of which are available on Amazon.


Duration 38m 42s.


TTIM 61 – 2016, Year in Review

Ralph Velasco and Ugo Cei

This is special episode, for which we have no guests. It’s just Ralph and Ugo catching up with all that’s been happening in 2016, travel and photography wise, and talking about what’s to come in 2017.

We have some colorful stories to tell about our respective travels and some interesting announcements about what’s coming up, so be sure to give this one an attentive listen. We will resume interviewing great guests next week as usual.

Duration 35m 33s.


TTIM 60 – Chris Smith Goes Out Of Chicago

Chris Smith

We are incredibly happy to have our good friend Chris Smith on the show this week.

Chris is the founder of Out of Chicago Photography. Each summer The Out of Chicago Photography Conference attracts some of the world’s greatest photographers from around the globe for an amazing weekend of photography. In 2017 they are also taking the conference on the road to Acadia National Park to bring the Out of Chicago experience to the world of landscape photographers.

Chris is also the author of The Photographer’s Guide to Chicago and host of the Out of Chicago Photography Podcast. Chris specializes in photographing the city of Chicago at night.

Ugo will be presenting two talks and leading a photowalk at the Out of Chicago Summer conference from June 23rd to 25th, 2017. That would be a wonderful opportunity to meet in person. All listeners to the TTIM podcast can get a ticket to any of the Out of Chicago 2017 events (Winter, Summer, and Acadia) at the same price as the Early Bird attendees by using the TTIM coupon code at checkout.

Duration 38m 17s.


TTIM 59 – Roberto Salas and the Cuban Revolution

Roberto Salas and Fidel CastroTo say that our guest for this episode of the podcast has a few stories to tell would be a huge understatement. With a career spanning 60 years and having been a direct witness of some momentous episodes of the 20th century, including the Vietnam War and, from very close, the Cuban Revolution, Roberto Salas is an old school gentleman who has a surprisingly modern attitude towards photography.

Roberto Salas has documented the revolution from the Sierra Maestra to the Bay of Pigs, as well as the only known meeting between Castro and Ernest Hemingway. He served as a U.N. correspondent and war correspondent in Southeast Asia, including Cambodia and Vietnam, spending a year behind the Vietcong lines.

If you have ever seen some of those black-and-white photos of Fidel Castro and Ernesto “Che” Guevara from the heyday of the Cuban Revolution, chances are you have seen some of Mr. Salas’ photographs. We have put some of his best below the fold, to freshen up your memory.

Ralph regularly visits Mr. Salas in his home in Cuba, when leading tours there, and the last time he thought he’d record a short interview for the benefit of our podcast’s audience. What resulted was a fascinating account of the life and times of a great witness of the events of the past century. We are absolutely thrilled to be able to share this with you.

Duration 42m 23s.


TTIM 58 – Anthony Pond Between Film And Digital

Anthony PondAnthony Pond has a story of traveling and photographing that goes back several years, having been to Timbuktu twice and to the rest of Africa a few more times in a very adventurous way, across the Darien Gap, the jungles of Borneo, and more. All of that he did with film cameras (before the advent of digital) before moving to a digital system. He’s now shooting a mixture of digital and film with Leica rangefinders because of the slowing down and the deliberation that the system affords him.

A retired criminal defense attorney, Anthony Pond explores the human condition with his photography.  He shoots with a Leica M system, both digital and analog, favoring its simple manual workings. Tony enjoys the whole process of photography which has led him to develop his own film negatives at home. He works primarily in black and white, finding it to be timeless while cutting right to the essence of an image. He travels mainly in South and Southeast Asia, returning time and again to better understand the culture he is photographing.

Duration 38m 55s.


TTIM 57 – Jen Pollack Bianco and Mobile Travel Photography

Jen Pollack BiancoDear listeners, this is the first episode of 2017 and what could be more fitting for this one than a conversation about one of the hottest trends in photography and that will become even more relevant in this and the coming years? Like it or not, mobile photography (or iphoneography if you like) is here to stay and few people are as qualified to speak about it than our guest for this week, Jen Pollack Bianco.

Jen is an award-winning Seattle-based travel photographer and blogger. She runs the luxury travel blog My Life’s a Trip. Her mobile photography images have appeared everywhere from magazine covers (including TIME and Mobiography), popular websites (Buzzfeed, Mashable) to the Apple Shot on iPhone 6 campaign. She is a graduate of USC’s Peter Stark Producing Program and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Her photographs have won awards from NATJA (the North American Travel Journalists Association), the MPA (Mobile Photo Awards), and IPPA (iPhone Photo Awards). She has worked on social media campaigns for luxury brands including Krug Champagne, St. Regis Hotels, and Andaz Hotels.

I am sure you will appreciate the fact that we are busy recording and producing interviews even during the holidays, for your pleasure and entertainment. Next week we will back to explore a completely different end of the spectrum, as we will be discussing film photography with Anthony Pond.

Happy New Year!

Duration 38m 13s.


TTIM 56 – The Business Of Photography with Ken Kaminesky

Ken KamineskyWe’ve always admired the work of Ken Kaminesky, his personality and his cheerful attitude, so we tried many times to have him as a guest on the show. Unfortunately he is also a very busy guy and recently was even busier launching his new company, Discovery Photo Tours.

When we finally got a chance to make him sit in front of Skype for an interview, we didn’t want to let the chance slip, even if  this happened when Ralph was traveling from Tokyo to Chicago, so there is only Ugo on the show this time.

Ken Kaminesky is a veteran commercial travel photographer, Fujifilm Global Ambassador, Zeiss lens Ambassador, writer, consultant, and entrepreneur with over twenty years of experience in the photography industry. His work has been featured worldwide in numerous commercial and editorial publications, including the New York Times and on the cover of National Geographic. His passion for travel and the incredible landscapes and people he encounters along the way are the inspiration for his popular blog, and the other publications he writes for.

Throughout his travels, Ken seeks to capture images and stories that will inspire and motivate people to step out their front door and embrace adventure. As one of the founders and tour leaders at Discovery Photo Tours, he gets the chance to share his love for travel and photography with avid photo enthusiasts from all over the world. Savouring art, food, history, and culture with tour groups in places like Jordan, Italy, and Iceland is one of the most rewarding aspects of his work.

His favourite place in the world is always his next destination. He believes that each place has a unique story that will inspire others, which he aims to capture in his images.

Leveraging Ken’s recent involvement in launching a new photography enterprise, we tried to pick his brain about all things business related and about the intersection of work and passion. I am sure you will appreciate his insights on the matter.

Duration 36m 02s.

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Our guest for next week, Jen Pollack Bianco, will tell us about her passion for mobile travel photography. Subscribe to our newsletter to be notified when the episode goes live.


TTIM 55 – Passage To India

TTIM 55 – Passage To India

India, often referred to as the sub-continent, is a location one can’t hope to capture adequately in less than a lifetime. TTIM co-host Ralph Velasco just spent a month there, scouting the place for one of his upcoming tours, and he tried to get at least a glimpse of its beauty, amidst the chaos of its cities.

We caught up with Ralph while he was in Tokyo, on his way back to the U.S. after a two-month long trip (he’d also led a tour to Vietnam), and we discussed for half an hour his impressions of this great country and of its people. Listen to our conversation if you’d like to know more about India.

Duration 31m 38s.

We want to hear from you! What are you struggling with in your photography? What parts of the world would you like to know more about? Do you have any guests to suggest? Please leave us some feedback in the comments. Thank you!

Stay tuned for our next episode, to be published a week from now and featuring an interview with Ken Kaminesky.