TTIM 102 – Benjamin van der Spek and Not Quitting Your Day Job

Benjamin van der Spek

Benjamin van der Spek is an award winning photographer who is active around the globe with a keen eye for extraordinary compositions and dramatic lighting.

A Dutch photographer and educator, graduated in fine arts, art history and art education, Benjamin uses the past to open our eyes to the present and the future.

Benjamin is also one of the most active contributors to our Facebook group, The Traveling Image Makers’ Corner.

In this episode, we discussed with Benjamin the unique challenges and opportunities that being a teacher present to a travel photographer and when it makes sense to quit your day job to pursue a full-time career in photography, if ever.

Duration 36m 47s.

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TTIM 101 – Matt Bailey and the Road To 150

Matt BaileyMatt Bailey is a world-traveling writer, photographer, entrepreneur, and dream maker. You can find him at LiveLimitless.net where he writes about world travel and living limitless, at MustDoCanada.com where he writes about the best of Canada, or at CanadianFreeFlyers.com where he writes about travel hacking for Canadians.

He also created, produced, and hosted Canada’s Road to 150, a 150-day multimedia road trip from coast to coast to coast where he and his wife Karla introduce people to some of Canada’s top attractions and scenery while interviewing people about what makes Canada special. You can find that project at MustDoCanada.com/Road-to-150 or on their YouTube Channel.

Duration 37m 04s.

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TTIM 100 – Thailand and Bulgaria

TTIM 100

Join us in celebrating our 100th episode! After almost two years of publishing a new show every week and never missing one, we have finally reached this important milestone and we have no intention of stopping.

Many podcasts start strong and then die on the vine, but we know that the name of the game is consistency and you can only be successful if you do the work and show up every week. No excuses allowed. The reward is an ever growing and loyal audience: you.

Speaking of work, whereas we always try to sound happy and excited, doing a podcast is not a walk in the park. It takes a lot of time and dedication. We hope that shows through, when you listen to us.

Enough with the self-celebration and onto the topic of this week’s episode, that is all about our most recent respective trips: Raph’s to Bulgaria and Ugo’s to Thailand. We talk extensively about these two beautiful countries and we give out a lot of tips about the best locations, recommended time of the year to visit them, and suggestions on how to make the most out of a visit, photographically speaking. Enjoy and share!

Duration 41m 27s.

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TTIM 99 – Winners of the August-September 2017 Photo Contest

TTIM 99 – Winners of the August-September 2017 Photo Contest

As you might know, we are doing a bi-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 period, 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 months of August-September 2017, Nenad Spasojevic and Kate Siobhan Mulligan, submitted photos taken in Chicago, USA and Pushkar, India, respectively. We thought those two stood above the rest, but it was a tough choice, since we got so many amazing submissions.

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 months of October-November is still open, but we intend to do a new contest every two months. Let’s see your best travel images!

Duration 35m 50s.

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TTIM 98 – Scott Wyden Kivowitz and WordPress for Travel Photographers

Scott Wyden KivowitzScott Wyden Kivowitz is the Chief Community Officer at Imagely, a blogger, photographer, father, and educator. Scott is also the author of many eBooks on the topics of long exposures, street photography and panoramic photography. Scott is commonly offering cake smash sessions, family portraits and headshots for his clients, but enjoys traveling and capturing the beauty of the world with his camera.

Scott can be found teaching photographers about WordPress on the Imagely website, on Facebook, on his website and other venues like Digital Photography School. He also has the pleasure of working with photographers on their creativity as an Artisan in Residence at The Photo Frontier.

Scott believes in sharing his knowledge any way possible and educating without fluff, in a straight to the point easy to understand style.

We tested Scott’s extensive knowledge of WordPress and of web content management with questions such as:

  • What exactly is WordPress?
  • Is it really free?
  • What is the difference between wordpress.org and wordpress.com?
  • What benefits does it give to photographers?
  • Do you really need to be a developer to build your site on WordPress?
  • What features should a photographer look for, when selecting a WordPress theme?
  • What’s the most frequent question you get asked as a WordPress expert?
  • What would be the easiest way to keep my website updated and to share pictures while I’m on the go?

Needless to say, his answers didn’t disappoint. So, if you are a photographer who is willing to take his website to the next level, we suggest you give this episode a listen.

Duration 42m 05s.

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TTIM 97 – Griffin Stewart and The 5 Day Deal

Griffin Stewart

Every year, 5DayDeal.com gives photographers the possibility of acquiring a fantastic bundle of educational videos, books, and other resources at a deeply discounted price. 10% of all sales are then distributed to various charities and the program is so successful that they have already contributed $1.1M to those in need.

We wanted to talk about this with Griffin Stewart,the founder of 5DayDeal.com. Griffin is also an award winning landscape & travel photographer who has worked with the BBC and has been featured by National Geographic and published by Ripley’s Publishing UK, The Royal Air Cadets and more. He has visited more than 60 countries.

The Complete Photography Bundle V will be available starting October 13, but starting today you can contribute to spreading the word. By doing so, you also get a chance to win over $10,000 in prizes.

Enter the giveaway by clicking on the image below and share it as much as you can. The more you share, the more chances you have!

Duration 38m 31s.

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TTIM 96 – Peter DeMarco in Asia

Pete DeMarcoWe had a great conversation about travel and photography this week with our guest, Peter DeMarco.

Peter is an award-winning travel photographer. His passion for helping people transform their photography shows through in the expert advice he shares. His work has been featured in National Geographic Traveler, CNN, and Digital Photography School amongst others.

Here are some of the topics we covered during the interview:

  • Why is Penang, Malaysia, such a great place to live for expats?
  • Favorite Asian countries.
  • Why is originality overrated?
  • What is the Helsinki Bus Station and why it is important for photographers?
  • What is the best photography project idea ever?
  • Doing the sh*t you love.
  • What would the Pete DeMarco of today tell his self of 10 or 20 years ago?

Duration 41m 41s.

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TTIM 95 – Marc Silber, Advancing Your Photography

Marc Silber

Our guest for this week’s episode of the podcast is Marc Silber. Marc recently released a new book that is aimed at beginning and aspiring photographers who want to learn tips and techniques for digital photography, in order to improve their skills and enter the “circle of photography”. You will have to listen to the interview to know what Marc means by that.

Marc is an author, photographer, filmmaker,and producer of the very popular YouTube series Advancing Your Photography, where he has interviewed scores of some of the biggest names in photography. 

He started out learning darkroom skills and the basics of photography at the legendary Peninsula School in Menlo Park, CA, in the ’60s, and moved on to hone his skills to professional standards at the famed San Francisco Art Institute. Marc moved into teaching photography in workshops all over the country, he became renowned as an engaging and helpful speaker and coach, as his greatest joy comes from helping others. 

He loves adventure and you’ll find him out backpacking surfing or snowboarding, or maybe just chilling, taking a walk through Carmel with his wife and Golden Retriever.

Duration 37m 12s.

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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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