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EP103 On The Witchery Of Words (And The Power Of The Positive)

EP103 On The Witchery Of Words (And The Power Of The Positive)

May 1, 2021

Have you ever wondered how just a few words can make your day or break your heart?  In this episode I ponder on how words are the backbone of portrait photography: during the shoot, they're the only thing you have!

From the minute your client arrives, to the moment you're saying your goodbyes and waving them from your doorstep (you do actually make the effort to see them to their card don't you?!), it's your words and what you say with your body language that is going to make or break the shoot.  Yes, the images will ultimately be the thing you sell, but the experience and the way your client feels during the shoot are so much important than any pixels can be.

Words.  It's all in the witchery of the words.

I mention a piece of software called FoCal in the episode - this is a fantastic app for calibrating your lenses if you happen to own a Nikon or Canon camera (sorry Fuji, Sony, and Olympus users!)  It was recommended by one of our Mastering Portrait Photography members - Bob Foyers (https://foyers.photography/) and may be one of the most useful apps I will see all year! 

FoCal can be found here: https://www.reikanfocal.com/ You're welcome.  Oh, and thanks to Bob for mentioning it!

Cheers
P.

 


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EP102 On Leaving Lockdown And Loving To Laugh!

EP102 On Leaving Lockdown And Loving To Laugh!

April 23, 2021

It's been an amazing week and you can really feel the change in energy as the Covid lockdown is gradually eased.  Emails coming in, the phones are ringing, shoots are happening (rather than perpetually postponed) and in-person sales sessions are back and in full force! Yay!

On the other hand, everything feels rusty, unfamiliar and slightly unnerving.  Weird. Getting back up to speed is going to be an exciting process for us here at the studio!  Every day is a school day huh?

As long as we're laughing all the way, things will be just fine!

Cheers
P.

 


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EP100 An Evening In With My Missus: My Favourite Place To Be!

EP100 An Evening In With My Missus: My Favourite Place To Be!

March 20, 2021

Well, it's been 99 episodes to date, and now this, the 100th!  Whoever thought we'd get to that milestone?  Well, it's entirely down to you amazing people, our subscribers and the feedback we get: that and the cathartic effect of chatting about life as a professional portrait photographer.

Over the past 99 episodes, some of my favourites have been the various interviews with many more to come, and there isn't anyone I'd rather be chatting with than my amazing wife and co-director Sarah.  So I thought this episode would be a nice moment to grab a glass of wine and look forward to the lockdown restrictions being lifted.  Oh, and to reminisce about some of the things that have gone wrong over the years!

All while trying to silently consume olives, peanuts, ciabatta and wine! Ah, you gotta love a romantic Friday evening; just the two of us and microphones.

Enjoy!

Cheers
P.

 


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EP99 Who Buys All The Ugly Cars?

EP99 Who Buys All The Ugly Cars?

March 12, 2021

One from the Land Rover this week - I recorded it while heading over to photograph puppies at the Hearing Dogs UK Charity.  Tough gig huh?

A bit of a rambly update, I admit, but the excitement of being out in the sunshine had taken hold. I was later to find that the sunshine belied just how cold it was!  That'll teach me not to forget my coat!  Anyway, that was later.  In this podcast, there is a short update on life, broken websites, flat batteries and scrubbing the studio spotless like a surgical theatre ready to be open for commercial clients.

The actual subject of this mobile recording, is "Who Buys All The Ugly Cars" (or, with a more business-style paraphrase, "There is a market for everything.")

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Enjoy!

Cheers
P.

 


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EP98 Keep It Simple!

EP98 Keep It Simple!

March 5, 2021

I admit this is a shorter episode than some - I am multitasking and getting prepped and rehearsed for the Graphistudio Live Lounge over the weekend - details can be found at https://www.graphistudio.com/en/accademia/

I'm on stage (as much as there is a stage of course) at 15:40 UK time (16:40 European time, 10:40 US Eastern) talking about shooting for album sales.  Would love to see you all there!  We could all go out for a drink at the bar afterwards... ....oh.... ...wait... nope, sadly not.

This podcast is about something I've always believed: keeping it simple!  Complexity rarely helps you, your photography or your business.  Keeping things nice and simple helps the shoot to flow and for your clients to enjoy their experience as much as possible.  At least that's true for portrait photography - it may not be so true if you're someone who shoots detailed products where a focus-stacking, light-stacking and hours of retouching are the norm!

For me?  Well I'm at my happiest when it's just me, my client, my camera and a little light.  Just perfect.

Enjoy!

Cheers
P.

 


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EP94 Stop Being Your Own Personal Troll!

EP94 Stop Being Your Own Personal Troll!

February 5, 2021

Ever wondered if you're your own worst enemy? Your very own, personal, TROLL?  Well, stop it at once!  It really isn't helping!

 

I mention a couple of things in this podcast - here are the links for the curious:

Of course, remember that my book Mastering Portrait Photography is still very much available on Amazon (it's still in the top 20 photography books after all these years!)

 

Enjoy!

Cheers

P.


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EP93 It Doesn’t Matter HOW You Do It!

EP93 It Doesn’t Matter HOW You Do It!

January 25, 2021

So why do people think it's OK to criticise HOW you do something?  In this episode, I am more or less muttering about something that is prevalent in our industry: snobbishness about how you create your images rather than the celebration of what you've created.

I may have uttered an expletive during the recording of this podcast.  Sorry - don't judge me.  I've left it in because I think a little passion is a good thing. Besides, bleeping it out wouldn't have hidden the fact I said it. 

Enjoy!

Cheers

P.


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EP90 Why Do We Take Pictures Anyway?

EP90 Why Do We Take Pictures Anyway?

December 24, 2020

This question was asked by our model on a recent masterclass: "Why do you take pictures?" she enquired of me and our attendee.  I suspect a pro, and an amateur may give slightly different answers but it's a simple and yet profound question: indeed, what on earth fuels our desire to create images?

In this episode, recorded on a cold, crisp Christmas Eve, I ponder on that and look forward to a couple of days of laughing with my family and,well, maybe consuming a little sherry along the way!

Happy holidays one and all!

Cheers

P.


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EP89 Steering A Covid Course - Taking Control Of All That I Can

EP89 Steering A Covid Course - Taking Control Of All That I Can

November 2, 2020

Well, it's only gone and happened again: we're back in lockdown from this Thursday.  Finding out on a Saturday night that you have five working days left in what is normally the busiest month of the year, is not ideal, to put it mildly.  Still, we have to find ways of coping, ways of staying positive.  

This is a quick podcast I recorded to talk about the things we're doing here to stay in the right frame of mind to see our way through what is undoubtedly going to be a tough end of this year and, probably, beginning of next.

There are no silver bullets in here - just the things we're planning right now.

In the end, I have to think of this time as an opportunity: an opportunity to finish the jobs I never have time for; an opportunity to find new avenues for revenue and an opportunity to reach out to our clients when they, too, will be feeling low.

Taking control of what I CAN be in control of and figuring ways around everything I CAN'T be in control of is the only thing I can do.

I hope you're all OK and I hope this podcast is, in some way, useful.

Take care,
Cheers
P.


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EP87 The More You Learn The Less You Know

EP87 The More You Learn The Less You Know

October 15, 2020

Well this is one of those catchup episodes (I have discovered that our studio microwave has a grill!) but it also deals with one of those odd bits of human nature: that as you develop your talents and knowledge, the insecurity never seems to leave you.

Funny ol' world isn't it?!

Enjoy!


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