TTIM 106 – Juan Pons and Photographing Wildlife

Juan PonsOur guest for this week’s episode of the podcast is Juan Pons.

Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Juan is a nature and wildlife photographer, whose passion is photographing our world’s magnificent wildlife and natural features. Juan is a strong supporter of wildlife and natural habitat conservation and is a member of several conservation organizations. Though private individuals purchase photos directly from him, Juan donates his images to non-profit organizations with nature and wildlife preservation missions. Juan never ceases to be amazed by the natural subjects he photographs and hopes that sharing his photographs will inspire others to appreciate and respect natural life.

With more than 30 years experience in photography, Juan has also become a recognized expert in Wildlife Photography, Lightroom and on maximizing the capabilities of DSLRs when shooting video.

Juan travels extensively capturing nature’s beauty, and teaching on a multitude of photography workshops with Muench Workshops.

Juan’s work has been featured on numerous publications, including: Sierra Magazine, Nature Conservancy, Audubon Magazine, American Photo, Audubon North Carolina, Wildlife in North Carolina, The Independent, and many others.

Juan is the co-host of reCOMPOSE podcast a leading audio podcast that covers many photographic topics.

Duration 45m 02s.


TTIM 105 – Vieri Bottazzini and Landscape Photography with a Leica

Vieri BottazziniAfter some weeks of absence due to his travels to places with poor Internet connectivity and wildly different time zones, Ralph joins Ugo back on the show to interview Vieri Bottazzini, a travel landscape photographer, Leica Ambassador, Leica Akademie Italy instructor and Formatt-Hitech Ambassador.

Vieri considers himself a portrait photographer. He portrays the beauty of the planet, working in the most spectacular studio of the world: the world itself.

Since 2010 he combined his passion for photography with his love for nature and the wilderness by dedicating himself exclusively to Fine Art Landscape photography. With 25 years of teaching on his back, he firmly believes that workshops are the best way to share his enthusiasm for photography and for the Earth’s beauty with like-minded people. His favourite destinations are the American Southwest, Scotland, United Kingdom, Turkey and, of course, Italy where he settled in 2014 after spending 15 years abroad.

Associate of the prestigious British Institute of Professional Photography (ABIPP) and European Photographer (EP), his work has been published and exhibited internationally and is part of various private collections. When he is not around the world photographing, teaching, lecturing or adjudicating competitions, he works on his photographs, prepares his Fine Art prints and writes reviews and articles about photography.

Duration 49m 07s.


TTIM 104 – Jordana Wright and The Enthusiast’s Guide to Travel Photography

The guest for this week’s episode of the podcast is Jordana Wright.

For over a decade, Jordana Wright has had the opportunity to shoot professionally, travel, and share her love of photography with clients, workshops, and aspiring photographers around the world. She has presented two TEDx Talks, led dozens of photowalks across the United States, been published in a variety of media outlets including The New York Times, and has developed and executed a variety of exciting personal photographic projects. Her debut photography book “The Enthusiast’s Guide to Travel Photography” will arrive in stores in June 2018 from Rocky Nook Inc. When Jordana isn’t “going places and seeing stuff,” she lives in Chicago with her husband and her 12-year-old pitbull, Dutch. For more information about her pursuits, find her on Instagram and Facebook.

We discussed with Jordana about ways to make the most of uncontrollable conditions–including ill-mannered herds of tourists, bad weather, boring light, and lack of time–when traveling for photography.

Duration 38m 55s.


TTIM 103 – Bob Edelstein in India

TTIM 103 – Bob Edelstein

During his latest tour of India, Ralph Velasco took some time to sit down with his friend Bob Edelstein and ask him about his photography and his travels. Here is what Bob says about himself:

“I began taking pictures when my older brother came out of the Army. He had purchased a Pentax Spotmatic in the mid 1960’s. I immediately purchased my own camera and was in love with photography from the beginning. I took many courses while in college and started travelling to the Southwest United States where I fell in love with the landscape. Over the years I found portraiture to be very interesting and I really enjoyed the interaction of photographer and subject, which I still enjoy immensely. Currently, I have a real interest in street photography and conveying a lot of elements in my photographs.  I really enjoy trying to show the viewer they need to take 30 seconds to look at the image to see all the elements I thought were of interest. I believe now, at age 62, the images I revere most are the ones where I had a personal “moment” with the subject, even if the image is not all that great technically. Those are the moment I seek out now, to be able to connect with someone from a different land, and to have the photographer and subject just share a “moment”.”

Duration 34m 08s.


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.


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 where he writes about world travel and living limitless, at where he writes about the best of Canada, or at 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 or on their YouTube Channel.

Duration 37m 04s.


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.


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.


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 and
  • 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.


TTIM 97 – Griffin Stewart and The 5 Day Deal

Griffin Stewart

Every year, 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 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.