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Photography insights are important interviews with people in the photography industry. Each episode features a photographer, model, inventor, retailer, publisher, engineer or artist from the analogue and digital world.

Hosted by the Phlogger (Andrew Walmsley) who provides a casual, but intelligent insight into their work and life. All guests are subjected to my infamous "random questions" and the pay it forward recommendation scheme.

Keep up to date with photography insights on our website (phlogger.co.uk) and Instagram @phlogger.co.uk

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Photography Insights - important industry interviews by Phlogger Phlogger (Andrew Walmsley)

    • Visual Arts
    • 4.8 • 13 Ratings

Photography insights are important interviews with people in the photography industry. Each episode features a photographer, model, inventor, retailer, publisher, engineer or artist from the analogue and digital world.

Hosted by the Phlogger (Andrew Walmsley) who provides a casual, but intelligent insight into their work and life. All guests are subjected to my infamous "random questions" and the pay it forward recommendation scheme.

Keep up to date with photography insights on our website (phlogger.co.uk) and Instagram @phlogger.co.uk

Please subscribe and leave a 5 star iTunes review

    Phlogger projects + social media changes

    Phlogger projects + social media changes

    So it's a quieter week for you all for a change.



    COVID caused some last-minute issues for this week, so we've had to change the lineup.  In this episode, you get to listen to me all the way through!  



    I'm talking to you about projects - why you should participate, why you should create one, some of the steps involved, and lessons I have learned.  In this one, I'm going to quickly talk about changes made with my social media work.



    It's quite confusing to see yourself putting time and effort into media with so-called "activity" according to statistics, but when viewing/listeners figures don't increase it's pointless.  So I'm talking to you about what I have done instead and why.



    In this one we all discuss:

    James Lane at Zone Imaging lab

    Secret Project (completed)

    Negative Journey project (completed)

    Retro 72 project (running)




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    • 40 min
    Ben Felten - cyanotypes and multi exposures on film

    Ben Felten - cyanotypes and multi exposures on film

    Hey everybody, welcome to this week's podcast with me your host the Phlogger.  As I explore this medium of photography and play around I become interested in many areas.  One of these that always springs to mind is a double exposure.  I remember when running my competitions with Kodak Alaris that there was a few multi-exposure entries.  In fact, one of them by Ben Felten won a memorable mention and obviously stuck in my conscious mind.  So I thought hell I had not interviewed someone who does this consistently with film so let’s get him on the show.  Ben was very willing and I couldn’t wait to talk with him.

    Now bear in mind Ben is from France, but has lived in a few countries and currently living in Hong Kong.  So if you are expecting a heavy French accent you might be surprised.

    Anyway, Ben’s a family man like myself and a very decent guy.  After speaking with Ben I’ve come up with the idea of an act of random kindness every day.  So you search for someone on Instagram and share their picture on your story - simple.  it would be great to hear of you doing this too.  Remember karma everyone, do something nice for someone and feel positive.

    So this podcast is all about Ben’s pursuit of happiness with multi-exposure and his human nature project.  It’s a learning journey and he talks to us about the technical and conceptual aspects too, so very useful.



    So in this one we discuss:


    multi-exposure

    background choices

    shooting Xpan

    studio vs home sessions

    negative space vs busy backgrounds

    cyanotypes

    photograms

    hong kong restrictions

    zines


    Other Links

    We discuss the beginning of cyanotypes with (botanist) Anna Atkins with her book on plant life.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anna_Atkins

    Chris Relander - www.christofferrelander.com



    Ben Links

    Etsy - https://www.etsy.com/shop/WideWorldPhotography

    Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/benfelten/





    Friends of the show

    I have discussed David from FilmDev in this show and how he's developed all my 120 colour work for a few years.  Great work guaranteed and as an example, he only charges £4 for small files with delivery & TIFF's!  Large scans are £8 compared to.

    Do check them out - https://filmdev.co.uk/

    Other friends are:

    Static Age - https://www.staticage.co.uk/

    Chroma Camera -  https://chroma.camera/




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    • 1 hr 22 min
    James lane – alchemy, epilepsy & james bond

    James lane – alchemy, epilepsy & james bond

    Recently I’ve been talking with friends about developing, my mistakes, and how to improve after recently going back to development.  It’s been interesting to improve my results, so being more careful in preparation has been good.  After speaking with James Lane about developing we became friends and started talking to different developers etc.  Now although James is young, he has a scientific persona and can hear how enthusiast he is for alchemy!  He loved it so much he started developing for customers and runs his own lab!

    James talks to us about why he’s different from other labs and spends time talking to us about making your own chemicals. He’s got some top-secret plans he’s working on and has an interesting future ahead of him.  I love his passion for pushing film, controlling contrast and grain.

    What’s interesting about James lab (zone imaging lab) is you can choose the developer!  He even has explanations on his website what each one does.  I think this is a great unique selling point and makes him stand out.

    In this one:

    - spending 3 hours with a reel

    - light leaks

    - custom pushing technique

    - increasing negative density

    - epilepsy

    - career choices

    - trying new developers

    - pyro 510

    - beta testing XTOL killer



    Random questions

    having a pint with James Bond and James chooses a strange superpower.



    Links:

    We discuss a few of the characters from facebook forums including  Rüdiger Hartung and Daniel Keating

    Lab website - https://www.zoneimaginglab.co.uk/about

    Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/james.nguyen.7



    Friends of the show

    Recently I've shared some of the work brought to us by Static Age.  It's great to see Pete at Static Age is bringing more photographers zines to us.  The most recent is called "cooking with gas" by Brandon Lasko.  It's available now and only £7.

    https://www.staticage.co.uk/product-page/cooking-with-gas-by-brando-lasko

    Other friends are:

    Do check them out - https://filmdev.co.uk/

    Chroma Camera -  https://chroma.camera/




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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Interview with legendary skate photographer - Grant Brittain

    Interview with legendary skate photographer - Grant Brittain

    Welcome to episode 103 of photography insights, the shot that interviews people from the photography industry.

    It’s funny how I look back over the past hundred episodes and still cannot believe some of the names and talent I’ve managed to interview.  Each year of my photography seems like how do I beat last year.  Then all of sudden you get a reply from a legendary photographer and they say sure, let’s do it.  It’s times like this I’m still amazed that people that have so much experience are willing to spend some time talking to me.  It’s a very humbling experience I can tell you, and yes I still get nervous but this soon dissipates.  In fact, for those who come back regularly, I suspect you will notice this with guests.  After 15 minutes they might slow their speaking down and start laughing etc, but after 60 they are totally relaxed and like 2 friends are talking.  Well, that's what I try to do and hope its conveyed.  It’s an important skill when interviewing.  Anyway, where was I?

    So yes because of COVID you are lucky enough to listen to the one and only skateboarding photography legend Grant Brittain!  It’s a true honor to have a man with many years of experience behind him.   For these sorts of interviews, I just couldn’t fit in my random questions, in fact, I had to edit this down just to get it where it is now.  So I know this is a long one, so feel free to skip forward.  But listening back to Grant was such a pleasure and we spoke over 3 hours in the end.  Let me tell you, this does not happen very often.  I try to edit what I believe you want to hear but can only do my best.

    There is not much that needs saying about Grant, to be honest, just google his name, check Instagram, etc.  what was really nice, as he has a great reputation in the industry too as a kind person.  He did not disappoint too, as we talk from his roots in photography, through skating, the magazines, and working freelance now.  It’s a hell of a journey  and in the words of Grant " All wanted  to do was surf, skate & smoke pot"



    So in this one, we cover:


    going back to old shots
    liking out of focus
    shooting for layouts
    embracing digital change
    photographers eye collective
    sleeping on pool tables + in darkrooms
    getting out corporate feel
    magazine industry
    ethos of skaters
    archives + COVID
    cameras, cameras cameras
    why grant doesn’t develop



    Friends of the show

    I have discussed David from FilmDev in this show and how he's developed all my 120 colour work for a few years.  Great work guaranteed and as an example, he only charges £4 for small files with delivery & TIFF's!  Large scans are £8 compared to.

    Do check them out - https://filmdev.co.uk/

    Other friends are:

    Static Age - https://www.staticage.co.uk/

    Chroma Camera -  https://chroma.camera/



    Links

    Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/jgrantbrittain/

    Website - https://jgrantbrittainphotos.com/




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    • 1 hr 35 min
    Matthew Curtis - beer blogger, photographer & podcaster

    Matthew Curtis - beer blogger, photographer & podcaster

    I’m pleased to bring you episode 102 which is all about one of my favorite subjects – beer!!!  During COVID it’s been great to get to the weekend and relax with a couple of beers (obviously you all should drink in moderation like me).  After a recent delivery from Beer52 I looked through the Ferment magazine and noticed some interesting articles.  This work led me to the author behind the work - Matthew Curtis.  Matthew is a freelance photographer, blogger, podcaster, and now a magazine publisher!

    It was really interesting to talk with someone who actively has an interest in great beer, but has the vocabulary to describe this.  Matthew really has understood how to use each medium (the written word, the spoken word, and photography).  He’s originally from my local area, so it’s nice to hear about his roots and also how traveling to breweries around the world has helped him.  Matthew doesn’t pull his punches and will tell you honestly about his work, mistakes, and his thoughts of some labels.

    He talks to us about his magazine label - Pellicle, its beginnings, and how COVID has affected the brand and his life.  Matthew also talks about his roots in adult life and how he stumbled into photography.  He's now very experienced and works for a few brands and even helps teach others.  

    In this one we discuss:


    magazines
    how to get paid for writing
    beer varieties
    lactose intolerances
    supporting local businesses
    amazon vs online breweries
    shooting fruit
    learning editing
    working with CAMRA
    layout vs imagery
    pride and North/South divides



    Random questions

    Yes, Matthew eases his way through these and won't forget thinking about hitmen from now on!  So don't forget to check out Matthew's unique way of banning daydreaming.



    Links

    Please do check out Matthew's lovely work.  His magazine is made through voluntary contributions, so take a look!

    Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/totalcurtis/

    Magazine - https://www.pelliclemag.com/

    Podcast - https://www.pelliclemag.com/home/2020/1/15/the-pellicle-podcast-series-one-is-now-available

    Twitter - https://twitter.com/totalcurtis



    From the show

    During the podcast we mention a few brands too, so don't forget to check them out:

    Beer52 - https://www.beer52.com/

    Brewdog - https://www.brewdog.com/uk/

    Cloudwater brewery - https://cloudwaterbrew.co/

    Ferment Magazine - https://www.beer52.com/ferment

    Good Beer Hunting - https://www.goodbeerhunting.com/authors/matthew-curtis

    Beer Guild Training event - https://www.beerguild.co.uk/events/online-training-advanced-beer-photography-with-matthew-curtis/

    Chosen Brew podcast - https://shows.acast.com/thechosenbrew/episodes/matthew-curtis-beer-writer-the-pellicle



    Friends of the show

    Thanks to:

    Chroma Camera, Filmdev & Static Age


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    • 1 hr 18 min
    Interview with Gareth Davies - a tale of Air Forces, Army & Police

    Interview with Gareth Davies - a tale of Air Forces, Army & Police

    Welcome to episode 101 and this one I'm delighted to talk to someone on the opposite side of the world.  Gareth Davies originated from Wales in the UK but through his military career ended up in New Zealand.  He started life in the Air Force serving all around the globe, including places like the Gulf War and Bosnia (amongst a few others).  This one's a tale of different countries, a little about the Army and how he ended up in the Police with photography.

    Gareth was introduced through his best friend Stu Mckenzie (episode 95) through their military careers.  It's fascinating to hear how Gareth transitioned from the UK Air Force to moving to New Zeland.  We do talk a little about this amazing country that has such outstanding natural beauty and why it's a visual treat for photographers.  Gareth shoots landscapes, nature, and a little macro too, so do check out the website for examples of his work.  He's a lovely guy who shared his history and love of his career, so listen out for a few fun stories too

    In this one we discuss:

    reconnaissance photography
    high-speed processing 
    tight deadlines
    sensitometry
    shooting 4x5
    using 48-inch lenses on a helicopter
    shooting borders of Belize
    combat camera
    training Iraqi cameraman
    forensic & training photographers
    presets + photoshop
    charity work


    Random questions
    Gareth like a few people was a little nervous about my stupid questions but easily made his way through. So, find out why we should embrace hairstyles and the name of his fictitious detective agency.

    Links
    Gareth Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/redbeanie_photography
    Gareth Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/RedBeaniephotography/
     
    Friends of the show
    Don't forget my friends in photography help support the show by getting my message out there.  Each one is helping through generosity that is mutually provided.
    Today I would like to focus on Chroma and for any of you that already have a large format camera (often called 4x5) then listen to this.  Steve has built an adaptor so you can use your existing 4x5 with Hamish's pix-latr.  This allows you to scan by using items you already have!  For information check out Steve's page on this  - https://chroma.camera/product/pixl-latr-large-format-scanning-mount/
    Chroma Camera - https://chroma.camera/
    Film Dev - https://filmdev.co.uk/
    Static Age - https://www.staticage.co.uk/

    Phlogger
    If you want to follow my work and keep up to date, just check my social media here:
    Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/phlogger.co.uk
    Website - https://phlogger.co.uk/

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    • 1 hr 18 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

Joel Tjintjelaar ,

Good show

Andrew interviews his guests with genuine interest in his guests, resulting in original and interesting insights.

Lori & Mark ,

Caring and In-depth

I had the honour and privilege of being a featured guest on Andrew's podcast. Prior to the recording, Andrew and I exchanged several emails and spent an hour in a pre-interview. He wanted to get a full picture (pun intended) of me as a photographer and world citizen. He eloquently tied my passion and talents with photography to making this world a better place. I felt safe and assured his podcast is a conduit to building community through shared passion. Thank you Andrew for your wonderful gift to the photographic community, and humanity as a whole!

Ibarionex ,

Fun and Engaging

Andrew is a open and generous host who creates a space for his guests to share themselves and their work. Good choice of guests are very diverse and I really enjoy his random questions at the end which provide some unexpected and humorous responses.

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