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The Beginner Photography Podcast

Raymond Hatfield

The Beginner Photography Podcast is a free weekly podcast hosted by professional photographer Raymond Hatfield who interviews world class photographers of all genres who share what they wish they knew when they got started so you can grow your creative photography skills faster! The podcast is brought to you by CloudSpot.io, the client gallery system that is always #EmpoweringPhotographers
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It's 2023 and that means it's time for a fresh start.
This year we don't have resolutions, we have a manifesto.
A set of rules to live your life by as a photographer.
Download a printable version of the manifesto at -
https://beginnerphotopod.com/rules
The Beginner Photography Podcast Photography Manifesto

  1. The point of photography is to enrich the human experience
  2. To be a half way decent photographer you must dedicate all of your time to it
  3. Moment matters most in a photograph. Not settings
  4. You dont need to know everything about photography to know anything.
  5. Your camera gear is not holding you back, you are holding yourself back.
  6. If there is no intention, there is no image
  7. The only photographer you are in competition with, is yourself
  8. Community is the only external source that will make you a better photographer
  9. You cant make money from your creativity as a photographer
  10. Kill your photography teachers

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Joe McNally is a legendary photographer. When it comes to masterful use of light, there are only 4 photographers that I think of and Joe is one of them and it comes from 40 years of battle tested experience with it. Joe has come out with a new book, The Real Deal: Field notes from the life of a working photographer. Its equal parts hearing amazing stories of being behind the camera and real technical and tangible information you can use to take better photos today.

In this interview Joe shares why he considers himself a generalist, what caused him to make some of the biggest mistakes in his career, and what elements Joe looks for to make an image a show stopper.

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Gaining confidence as a photographer comes down to things and none of them have to do with the camera. You will naturally get comfortable with the camera as time goes on. Confidence 3 things.
#1 Prep

A wise man once said that failing to prepare is preparing to fail. That couldn’t be more true than in photography. If you want to start taking photos with intention you need to know your gear and how it works inside and out. So the prep stage is knowing your gear, how it works, and how it reacts in different lighting sanarios. Take a listen to episode 243 where I break down step by step how to get to know your camera.

#2 Plan

If you want to be successful as a photographer you will need to shoot more than just reactionary photos but shoot with intention. Sometimes that means planning out your photos. Before a shoot really break down each element. What lens will you use, what lights will you use, how will your subject pose. Hammer those details out so when you get ready to shoot you won’t have to think on the fly, they are already planned out.

#3 Practice

You can read every tutorial and watch every video on youtube but if you don’t actually put in time behind the camera you won’t be retaining much. That’s why practice is so important. To be most efficient when practicing, have a clear goal and work on just one aspect of photography. When just getting started I recommend composition. Composition how you compose the frame of your image with the goal of leading your viewer’s eyes to the subject of the photo. Composition is something you can practice anywhere and even with just the camera on your phone which is why its such a great place to start.

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Im renaming November to MEvember and focusing on my health. Since photography is a large part of my life I wanted to examine how it contributes to my health. Today I want to share with you the 4 ways that photography is incredibly beneficial to your health and well being and how photography can take care of you.

Memory

Have you ever noticed how you have strong memories of taking photos more so than the event itself? Science may have an answer as to why! Reviewing our photographs builds new path ways from our hippocampus to more visual memory parts of our brain.

Creative

Have you ever wished you were a born creative? According to science, creativity really can be strengthened like a muscle when practiced regularly. The key, the more you do, the more experience you have, the more experience you have, the more you can tweak that experience to apply to the current situation at hand.

Physical

I routinely get 20k steps in at a wedding. While photography is not the most physically demanding job it’s far more demanding than a desk job or video game hobby. Physical exercise also helps in the creative aspect. When you move your body, get your blood flowing to the brain, reduces inflammation, and lowers stress hormones which can help create more connections between brain cells and brain areas.

Feels good to give to others

We all know that when we give to others, the mesolimbic pathway lights up increasing activity in the prefrontal cortex and activating the subgenual area which is also associated with higher levels of social belonging.

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Tom Watson is a hobbiest photographer and co creator of the new photo sharing community for photographers, Glass. In this episode we talk about how the app came to be, how its different than just about any other social media you’ve ever used, and what makes it a fantastic place for photographers

In This Episode You'll Learn:

  • How Tom got started in photography and Design
  • Toms reaction to Instagram announcing they are no longer photo focused
  • How Glass came to be and how it challenges many “traditional” social media apps
  • The benefits of a subscription based community
  • The vision for glass in the future

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