Each week, Frederick Van Johnson sits down with influential photography insiders for a frank discussion about their careers, art, business and more. You'll also hear valuable tips on how to improve your photography, get better at post-processing, and much more!
A Conversation with Matthew Jordan Smith
In this interview, I'm joined by Matthew Jordan Smith. Matthew and I discuss how he is managing to continue to be innovative and creating during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Matthew Jordan Smith is an American photographer based in Tokyo, Japan, and working between Tokyo, New York City, and Los Angeles. He has photographed some of the world's most famous celebrities including Oprah Winfrey, Queen Latifah, Angela Bassett, Tyra Banks, and more. His advertising clients include Olay, Pantene, Revlon, Showtime, and HBO.
In his spare time, Matthew focuses on personal projects, photo exhibits, and book projects. To date, Smith has published three books, Sepia Dreams, Lost & Found, and Future American President.
He has received numerous awards including the Vision Award and the George Eastman Power of Image award. He is a Nikon Ambassador and the host of the Master Your Lens photography podcast. Matthew is represented by LVA Represents in New York City.
Uncommon Grit, with a Navy Seal Photographer
In this episode, I chat with Darren McBurnett (U.S. Navy SEAL, Ret.). He's a combat veteran, professional photographer, author, ambassador, and motivational speaker. Darren takes us behind the scenes into how and why he photographed the elite SEAL training program, BUD/S, in Coronado, California. We discuss his photographic "trial by fire" education, and we get a glimpse into the world of photographing the forging of the elite U.S. Navy Seals.
The Uncommon Grit official website.The Uncommon Grit book on Amazon.
Darren McBurnett (U.S. Navy SEAL, Ret.)
Over the years, McBurnett has become an accomplished speaker and motivator, presenting to companies and groups including CDW, AIG, Budweiser, Rite-Aid, Founders Brewing Company, Hilton Hotels, BMO, National Quarterback Club, Arbor Pharmaceuticals, and many others. He is also an award-winning photographer, his professional portfolio including work for NIKE, National Geographic, Fox and Friends, Rolling Stone, CBS SEAL Team, and the movie “Act of Valor.”
His work has appeared on everything from album covers to billboards to walls of Fortune 500 companies and is in the homes of Charlie Sheen, Kid Rock, Jim McMahon, John Rich, Brent Burns, Roger Clemens, and John Daly. He is proud to be an ambassador for Uncommon Grit Foundation, a nonprofit he started in 2020 to assist military, first responders, and their families—those who answer the call.
McBurnett is the author of Uncommon Grit, a 224-page fine art photography book of the journey through Navy SEAL BUD/S first phase training. It’s a unique look at the military’s toughest training from the point of view of someone who has lived it. McBurnett includes descriptions of evolutions along with his sense of humor, allowing the reader to laugh, cringe, gasp, and imagine themselves participating.
His message is not only motivational and inspiring on a corporate level, but also promotes individual and personal growth—how to navigate in an ever-changing adverse environment where critical decision-making and leadership skills are absolutely vital for success. His visually breathtaking multimedia presentation highlights the untapped potential and Never Quit intestinal drive that is the cornerstone of Navy SEAL success and shares the defining characteristics that promote leadership and sacrifice in theSEAL Teams.
Editing in Isolation
Editor, Filmmaker, and Educator Lee Herbet joins the podcast this week to discuss how he's managing to survive and thrive while editing, in isolation!
About Lee, in his own words…
I'm Lee Herbet a filmmaker, educator and storyteller.
I've been creating and sharing stories for years. I'm passionate about the art of storytelling - both artistically and technically - and I want to share my knowledge, trials and errors with others.
Some people have read all the books about video filming and editing but have little practical experience. Others have immense practical experience but lack the vital technical understanding. I’m a combination of both: I have the technical and the practical experience, knowledge and understanding.
Capture.ink is where I share my stories and, hopefully, help others who want guidance or inspiration in sharing their own stories. I’m also a bit of a gear-head too, so there will most likely also be a fair bit of discussion about what type of kit people think is best for various tasks and how to use them.
Along with this I’m a Certified Final Cut Pro Master Trainer, Certified Motion 5 Trainer, Certified Compressor Trainer and a member of the Apple Consultants Network. With a Certification IV in Workplace Training and Assessment, I am qualified to deliver nationally accredited vocational training in TAFEs, private and enterprise-based registered training organizations as well as in secondary schools with vocational programs.
To find out more about my training offerings and corporate film making, visit Capture training.
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Documenting Life with Cystic Fibrosis
In this interview, I speak with Commercial Photographer Katarina Premfors. We discuss life as a photographer in Dubai as well as her recent As week photographing ballet dancers for a 2020 calendar in aid of the Foundation of Cystic Fibrosis in Italy.
This interview is a companion to the comprehensive written article on The Phoblographer.com.
About the project, in her own words:
I am a commercial photographer whose first love is editorial photography above all else, when The National Ballet Studio in Dubai asked me to come up with some ideas for street ballet I jumped at the chance. With no budget, we quickly decided that Dubai was not the place to shoot. It had become prohibitively expensive to secure a shooting permit. We decided to go to the Sharjah Art Foundation which supports art in all its forms. We did in the end sneak up on a roof in Dubai for the last part of the shoot.
Six months later I was asked to come and spend a week photographing ballet dancers for a 2020 calendar in aid of the Foundation of Cystic Fibrosis in Italy. At the end of the school term, on our way to Sweden for the summer, my young children in tow I stepped out on the Mont Blanc Glacier and started planning the shoot, in Italian and in a biting wind. I had left Dubai in 50c heat and a few hours later I was on the ice. Cystic Fibrosis affects many of the mountain guides in Italy and the area so it was only fitting we did some of the shots at 3600 m on a glacier, tethered to each other, in a glacial lake and on the side of a rock face.
About Katarina Premfors:
Katarina is a Dubai based freelance photographer covering the Middle East since 1992.
She was born in Sweden, raised between Pakistan, Turkey, and North America before launching her commercial career in the Middle-East over twenty-eight years ago.
She works across a multitude of editorial and commercial genres, and have delivered multi-national campaigns for a broad spectrum of world-leading private and public sector enterprises. Her clients include global advertising and branding agencies, major corporations, and the governments of the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Jordan, Yemen, and Afghanistan.
Her work is regularly published in The New York Times, Fast Company, The Guardian, Forbes, Wall Street Journal, Greenpeace, and others. And she regularly exhibits personal and editorial work.
She is also a Fujifilm X Ambassador and a member of the global group Women Photograph whose mission is to shift the gender makeup of the photojournalism community and ensure that our industry's chief storytellers are as diverse as the communities they hope to represent.
Persuing Art, with Relentless Intent
In this interview Artist Steve Richard discusses his photographic process and why he does not consider himself a photographer. We discuss his "personal dogma" and how his approach to his art includes an obsessive focus on intent and execution. We dive into the reasons why he only creates a single print from each shoot and more.
About Steve Richard
Steve Richard has been plying his trade in the mysterious photographic arts for well over a quarter of a century. Steve is both a stills photographer and a cinematographer, thus bringing an unerring sense of style and composition to all of his work. Steve’s visuals capture the imagination, challenge preconceptions, and merge a classical ethos with urban grit and 21st Century techno-savvy.
Life in Front of the Lens
In this interview model, Riley Jade joins the podcast to share her experiences working as a popular international model posing for fashion, dance, and lifestyle. This interview focuses in on her love of the artistic nude, and how photographers can approach this genre safely and successfully.
About Riley Jade
Riley is a professional Australian freelance model. She has worked in the industry for over seven years; touring both nationally and internationally. She models in a wide variety of styles including fashion, dance, and lifestyle but her heart belongs to artistic nude modeling. She fell in love with this genre as it challenges her creatively, allows her to explore some beautiful parts of the world, work with lots of creative souls, embrace her love of dance and climb trees!
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