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PPN - Photo Podcast Network is your source of photography inspiration, education, information, and entertainment.

Each month we cover inspiration, technique, mirrorless photography, Q&A, gear, and other photography-related topics - all in one feed.

PPN is run by experienced photographers:
Marco Larousse (founder, chief editor, producer and show host)
Scott Bourne (founder and show host)

You can get more information at www.PPN.fm

Thank you for subscribing and listening! :)

PPN - Photo Podcast Network Marco Larousse & Scott Bourne

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PPN - Photo Podcast Network is your source of photography inspiration, education, information, and entertainment.

Each month we cover inspiration, technique, mirrorless photography, Q&A, gear, and other photography-related topics - all in one feed.

PPN is run by experienced photographers:
Marco Larousse (founder, chief editor, producer and show host)
Scott Bourne (founder and show host)

You can get more information at www.PPN.fm

Thank you for subscribing and listening! :)

    Photography and Gear #25 | PPN | Lens Lens Baby! Creativity and lenses with Craig Strong - founder of Lensbaby

    Photography and Gear #25 | PPN | Lens Lens Baby! Creativity and lenses with Craig Strong - founder of Lensbaby

    We have received a lot of questions about finding photography inspiration during the dull and grey winter days. And while the gear is usually not what takes the first spot on our shows in order to find new creativity, sometimes a unique piece of gear can help you to see your surroundings in a new way.
    And one company that has been dedicated to making this kind of gear and accessories is Lensbaby. Marco invited Lensbaby founder and CCO Craig Strong to the show to get some behind the scenes insight on how Craig came up with the initial idea of the first Lensbaby and how the company and product line has evolved since then. And which of the current lenses will help you to achieve what effect.
    This show is sponsored by:
    Marco Larousse Photography Workshops
    Skylum Luminar 4 - The cutting edge photo editor
    (use the discount code “PHOTOPODCASTS” at checkout for extra savings)

    Here are the links to the Lensbaby products that Marco and Craig cover on the show:
    Lensbaby Composer Pro 2
    This lens uses an optic swap system that offers different flexibility for different effects:
    Sweet 35mm Optic f2.5 - (spot of focus surrounded by blur effect)
    B&H: https://bhpho.to/39c3kRb 
    Amazon Germany: https://amzn.to/32D8Ae0 
    Sweet 50mm Optic f2.5 - (spot of focus surrounded by blur effect)
    B&H: https://bhpho.to/3cfeZAB 
    Amazon Germany: https://amzn.to/2I6Hgey

    Edge 35mm Optic f3.5 - (Slice of focus effect)
    B&H: https://bhpho.to/2VDh4jN 
    Amazon Germany: https://amzn.to/2vstcJN 

    Edge 50mm Optic f3.2 - (Slice of focus effect)
    B&H: https://bhpho.to/2PCK6wb 
    Amazon Germany: https://amzn.to/32BNNYm 

    Sol 22mm - (Selective-Focus Lens for m4/3)
    B&H: https://bhpho.to/2uE4DJo 
    Amazon Germany: https://amzn.to/32GIXZD 
    Sol 45mm - (Selective-Focus Lens for APS-C & FF)
    B&H: https://bhpho.to/3ahdKPl 
    Amazon Germany: https://amzn.to/2TfpRHj 

    Trio 28mm - (Compact 3 in 1 lens with three different effects)
    B&H: https://bhpho.to/38eclYo 
    Amazon Germany: https://amzn.to/2uNaH2w 

    Burnside 35mm - (Swirling bokeh plus outer Vignette effect)
    B&H: https://bhpho.to/2VzZwoA 
    Amazon Germany: https://amzn.to/2PBvPQo 

    Twist 60mm - (Sharp center subject with a twisty background effect)
    B&H: https://bhpho.to/2I4F7jM 
    Amazon Germany: https://amzn.to/2VxNGeH 

    Velvet 56mm - (Soft velvet glow wide open and crisp vintage look stopped down + Macro) 
    B&H: https://bhpho.to/2PynTPO 
    Amazon Germany: https://amzn.to/2Tw5Gn6 
    Velvet 85mm - (Soft velvet glow wide open and crisp vintage look stopped down + Macro)
    B&H: https://bhpho.to/3874k7G 
    Amazon Germany: https://amzn.to/2vsvNU5 

    Which Lensbaby is right for me? with Craig Strong (YouTube):

    Links to Lensbaby and Lensbaby Resources:
    Web: https://lensbaby.com  
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lensbabyusa/ 
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lensbaby    
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/seeinanewway  
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8jSBVHpxLOLo3lqAApAd5w  
    Links to Marco Larousse:
    Web: www.MarcoLarousse.com 
    Twitter: @HamburgCam
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/marco.larousse/ 
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MarcoLarousse1 
    Workshops: https://www.marcolarousse.com/street-photography-workshops/ 
    Links to PPN:
    Web: www.PhotoPodcasts.com or PPN.fm
    Twitter: @Photopodcasts
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/photopodcasts/
    YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/c/PPNPhotoPodcastNetwork 
    Apple Podcasts: http://bit.ly/ppn-apple-podcasts 
    Google Podcasts: http://bit.ly/PPN-GooglePodcast
    Spotify: http://bit.ly/PPN-fm

    Please support our show by using our B&H affiliate link (click here) or Amazon Germany link (click here) that will not c

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    Camera and Inspiration #30 | PPN | Balancing your photography passion while dealing with restrictions of life - with Bryan Minear

    Camera and Inspiration #30 | PPN | Balancing your photography passion while dealing with restrictions of life - with Bryan Minear

    Marco invited Bryan Minear to the PPN Camera & Inspiration show where they discussed how to follow your passion in photography, choosing a photo style and genre, while dealing with the restrictions of our daily lives.
    Bryan is based in the midwest of the United States and found his passion for design and photography at an early age. He is a designer and photographer and his skills, the quality of his work, and his open mind make him a very popular person to be around. Companies such as Fujifilm, Capture One, and Gnarbox made him their brand ambassador. He also joined the podcast community with his own show on creativity called “We the Creators Podcast”.
    This show is sponsored by Luminar 4: https://bit.ly/ppnluminar4 
    Marco will be speaking at this WORLD PRESS PHOTO event on February 27th, 2020: https://worldpressphotoausstellung-oldenburg.de/programm/street-photography-poesie-des-zufalls/ 
    Inspirational photographer of the month:
    Bryan picked two famous photographers as the inspirational photographer of the month: 
    Edward Weston (Born 1886 Illinois - Died 1958 Carmel by the Sea)
    One of the most important US photographers of the 20th century and co-founder of the f/64 collective. He is known for his artistic B&W photography and he turned ordinary objects like peppers, cabbage leaves, or halved onions into surrealistic pieces of art. You can find out more about his work by visiting his website: https://edward-weston.com 
    Brett Weston (Born 1911 L.A. - Died 1993 Hawaii) was Edward Weston’s son. His father took him out of school at the age of 13 and made him his photo apprentice. Edward followed into his father's footsteps but found his own style of photography. He focused a lot on shapes through macro photography as well as shapes in urban space. You can find out more about his work by visiting his website: http://www.brettwestonarchive.com

    Main Topic:
    How and why to choose your genre in photography and your style / Do you really choose your genre or does your genre chooses you?
    Bryan and Marco share their experiences and thoughts on how you can find your style and genre of photography - during their inspiring discussion they also concluded that sometimes your genre finds you. Besides tips on what you can do in order to find your genre, they also touched on the advantages of being an amateur photographer - as the lack of financial interests by having to take pictures to sustain your income, you are free to take pictures of people, things, and places that may not be commercial interesting but that can put you in the spotlight as an artist. 

    Inspirational Photo Book Pick of the Month: “Aeroglyphs & other Nocturnes” by Reuben Wu.
    Reuben Wu is a British photographer, born 1975 in Liverpool. He is also the co-founder of the electronic band Ladytron.
    An introduction to the book from the publisher:
    “Simultaneously reminiscent of the slick, neon glow of sci-fi aesthetics and the cryptic symbolic language of ancient petroglyphs, Reuben Wu’s work is clean, yet mysterious. His photography hovers somewhere between the mythic and the surreal, between dream and memory, with an undulating sense of temporality slipping between the ancient past and the imagined future. Light and land are entwined equally at the center of Wu’s practice. By affixing lights to drones and using them to illuminate select parts of the landscapes he photographs, Wu draws precise geometric marks that hover in the air like beacons, harbingers, and signs. His work is concise, yet versatile in concept, offering new ways to approach the human relationship to nature, technology, and the overlay between past, present, and future.”
    The book is published by: +KGP
    30 Pages
    $28 at: https://www.krisgravesprojects.com/book/aero 

    Links to Bryan Minear:
    Web: https://www.bryanminear.com  

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    Camera and Inspiration #29 | PPN | Looking back at the past decade of photography - with Scott Bourne

    Camera and Inspiration #29 | PPN | Looking back at the past decade of photography - with Scott Bourne

    Marco invited back his friend and PPN co-founder Scott Bourn to the traditional “end of the year in front of the virtual fireplace” Camera and Inspiration episode. And as this is also the last show of the decade, they look back at the past ten years and how it has influenced the world of photography.
    This show is sponsored by COSYSPEED: http://bit.ly/STREETOMATIC 
    COSYSPEED Lens Pouche Indigogo campaign: http://bit.ly/fundlenspouch 
    Inspirational photographer of the month:
    Scott picked Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto (born 1948 in Tokyo). Scott is particularly impressed with the Diorama photography that Hiroshi Sugimoto creates. It is a great example that there are many different areas in photography away from the very common themes that are worth exploring and that can lead to an excellent portfolio and make a photographer famous in a niche genre, too. Sugimoto has more work that is worth exploring and he has won many international photo awards and exhibited his work around the world. You can find out more about Hiroshi Sugimoto by visiting his website: https://www.sugimotohiroshi.com

    Here is a video interview where Hiroshi Sugimoto talks about his diorama work: https://youtu.be/q9GiyPbLYPg
    What has happened in the past decade of photography?
    Some of the important photographers that have passed away in the past decade:
    Robert Frank 1924-2019 - 94- Swiss / American Photographer. He was working for Life, Vogue and Fortune Magazine. In 1955 he received a Guggenheim grant that allowed him to do a social documentary in the USA for 2 years. Frank took 28.000 images during this time and 83 of these images were curated and published in the book “The Americans” that turned out to be the most important photo documentary of the 1950s in the US.
    Peter Lindbergh (1944-2019) - He was a German fashion photographer. His image of five young models in downtown NY made the cover of the British Vogue in 1990. This started a new Zeitgeist in fashion photography after the high-gloss and make-up overkill era of the 1980s. He created a new understanding of female beauty with his black and white raw and alluring film images.
    Fred Herzog (1930-2019) - He was a documentary photographer who was born in Germany and migrated to Vancouver Canada in 1953 where he documented the seemingly unspectacular everyday life of the city with his Leica on Kodachrome film.
    Terry O’Neill (1938-2019) - He was a British celebrity photographer - He documented celebrities like the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Elton John and so on. And he did it mainly in a candid photography style.
    Robert Freeman (1936-2019) - He was also a British photographer who is known as the Beatles photographer.
    Ara Güler (1928-2018) - Ara was probably the most influential Turkish photographer so far. He was also a Magnum photographer that traveled the world and captured many amazing images with his analog camera on B&W film. But most of his work portraits his home town Istanbul - his portfolio is an amazing visual history of this city. His nickname was the Eye of Istanbul.
    Ren Hang (1987-2017) - He is regarded as a controversial Chinese photographer who was known for taking nude portraits of his friends. But he suffered from depression and took his life at age 29. His work is currently exhibited at the ℅ Berlin photo gallery it runs until February 29th, 2020.
    Ben Martin (1930-2017) - He was a staff photographer for TIME and LIFE magazine who covered many memorable events like presidential debates between Nixon and Kennedy, JFK’s funeral, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s civil rights events.
    Pete Turner (1934-2017) - He was one of the first masters of color photography. He started to experiment with colors as a teenager and his work

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    Q&A #25 | PPN |Best of PPN Q&A from 2019

    Q&A #25 | PPN |Best of PPN Q&A from 2019

    So many great photography-related questions were sent to PPN this year and Marco picks some of the best questions as a roundup to get you motivated and inspired for your photography projects in 2020.
    Please submit your photography-related questions to us here: http://www.photopodcasts.com/contact.html 
    This episode is sponsored by:
    Marco Larousse Street Photography Workshop: https://www.marcolarousse.com/street-photography-workshops 
    Skylum Luminar 4 - Supercharge your image editing and organizing
    Here are the questions that Marco answers in this episode:
    Hi Marco, I have been listening to Scott and you for many years on different podcasts. But I love how you run and structure PPN. This has become my favorite podcast channel. As a listener for many years, you now have finally convinced me to start a photo project for 2019. But now I’m sitting here all excited but without an idea what kind of topic to choose. Can you help me with some advice on how I can come up with a good personal photo project? I’m an avid amateur photographer but do have some free time for photo projects. Thanks for all the hard work and great shows!  
    Question from: Willem, Rotterdam, Netherlands
    Link to Marco’s “Hamburg Unstaged 2017” street photography project on YouTube: https://youtu.be/qo2YUDUgV5I

    Hi Marco, You have mentioned in the past that photographers should not work for free because images have value and there is quite a high direct cost involved with photography (like camera, lens, training, storage, software, computer, etc.). But would you consider to work for free for a charitable non-profit organization? I have been approached by a local organization and would like to hear your opinion if I should make an exception here? Love the shows! Regards, Soeren Question from: Soeren, Stockholm, Sweden

    Hi Marco, I have been shooting my first events and weddings this year. I shoot in color and often with a flash. Most of the time the color and white balance on the subject is pretty spot on, but the background with artificial room light is sometimes completely off and looks distracting. How can I get more consistent results throughout the frame? Question from: Helen, Portland, Oregon
    Gear and apps discussed in this question:
    Rogue Gels Filter Kit (Set of 20):
    B&H: https://bhpho.to/2ZuHmnv 
    Amazon Germany: https://amzn.to/2T5A5bs
    MagMod Professional Flash Kit:
    B&H: https://bhpho.to/2ZISYUd  
    Amazon Germany: https://amzn.to/2MF2unx
    App with info for Gel Color Filters: 
    Lee Swatch for iPhone: http://itunes.apple.com/app/id882232668
    Lee Swatch for Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.leefilters.com
    Hey Marco, just a quick general question: Would you prefer one camera with either a zoom lens or with two prime lenses? Question from: Marcel, Vienna, Austria

    Hello Marco, I have a gear and marketing related question for you. I am working part-time as an event and wedding photographer. On my jobs, I use a Fuji X-T2 and a Fuji X-Pro 2 with prime lenses. My clients are always satisfied with the results that I deliver. But especially at weddings I often see guests with much bigger and more expensive DSLR cameras taking pictures as well. And sometimes I get asked if I plan on upgrading to a pro camera any time, soon - or similar questions. I know that my images are good, but do you think that it would help to upgrade to a larger kit in order to look more professional and maybe charge more money for my jobs in the future? Question from: Steve, Hong Kong
    Gear discussed in this question:
    Battery grips for Fuji:
    B&H: https://bhpho.to/2SvvvFl
    Amazon Germany: https://amzn.to/2RNOK92 
    Battery grips for Olympus:
    B&H: https://bhpho.to/2SvFfPX
    Amazon Germany: https://amzn.to/2Gc89yV 
    Battery grips f

    • 1 hr 15 min
    We Shoot Mirrorless #28 | PPN | 4 new mirrorless cameras and more.

    We Shoot Mirrorless #28 | PPN | 4 new mirrorless cameras and more.

    Marco has invited back his friend and long-time mirrorless camera reviewer and expert Mathieu Gasquet. Mat and his significant other - Heather - are also the founders of www.MirrorLessons.com / and www.MirrorlessComparison.com.
    This show is sponsored by:
    COSYSPEED - The fastest camera bags in the world.
    Skylum Luminar - The cutting edge photo editor

    Marco’s Street Photography exhibition: “Poetry of coincidence” will be shown at ErsteReihe.Hamburg Gallery from November 21st to December 7th.
    Google Map link: https://goo.gl/maps/PGaP9uhmHibQTURE6 
    Nikon Z50
    Nikon is entering the mirrorless APS-C sensor market with this camera.
    This camera uses the Z-mount and offers a 21MP CMOS sensor with a 209-point Hybrid AF System. But unlike the Z6 & Z7 it does not have in-body image stabilization. But it’s also smaller and lighter than the Full Frame Z-Siblings while still offering Nikon-like grip and ergonomics. The 90° tilt-up and 180° tilt-down LCD is unique but may interfere with tripods if you want to use the LCD as a selfie screen.
    Nikon Z50
    B&H: https://bhpho.to/2reW1Xv 
    Amazon Germany: https://amzn.to/35iefpW 

    Olympus E-M5 III
    The new E-M5 III shares a lot of features of the E-M1 MK II. It has a 20MP m4/3 sensor with a 121-point phase and CDAF and a 50MP high-res mode as well as 30 fps burst and 10fps with continuous AF shooting modes. On the video side it shoots 4K up to 24p and Full HD up to 60p is supported. The EVF now moved from an LCD to an OLED system which should improve the viewing experience. And Olympus continues to make their cameras more weatherproof - a feature that I have started to appreciate - when it works - in recent months. The E-M5 MK III is now IPX-1 rated. Bluetooth has also been added for better connectivity with your mobile devices.
    Olympus E-M5 III
    B&H: https://bhpho.to/2Xzrfol   
    Amazon Germany: https://amzn.to/2XxmnjB  

    Sony a9 II
    After 2.5 years in production, Sony’s flagship sports camera gets a refined update. While the sensor and amount of AF pixel stayed the same, the new processor improves overall responsiveness and AF tracking reliability. The mechanical shutter can now shoot 10 fps. A second UHS-II SD card slot also improves the ability to offload the images fast to SD-cards. But the upgrade from 100 Mbit to a built-in Gigabit Ethernet port plus implementation of 5GHz ac Wi-Fi also helps to offload the images quickly to the photo agencies.
    Sony a9 II
    B&H: https://bhpho.to/34cqILW    

    Leica SL2
    Leica announced an update to their Full Frame SL camera line. The camera has a 47MP FF CMOS sensor with CDAF and now finally a 5-axis IBIS is built-in. A 187MP high res mode enables the user to create huge high-quality prints. And a 5.76M-dot OLED EVF is also a useful improvement. The camera allows for 10 fps burst shooting with mechanical shutter and locked AF which drops to 6fps in continuous AF mode. And pretty much all of these are the specs of the Panasonic Lumix S1R, too. But the Leica does have a different body design and it has a beautiful top plate LCD as well as 2 SD-card slots instead of the 1 SD and 1 XQD slot on the S1 and S1R. What’s lacking on the Leica is a tilting LCD screen. At launch, the SL2 is priced at $6000 US and is about twice the price of the Lumix S1R.
    Leica SL II
    B&H: https://bhpho.to/2KDRAg3 
    Panasonic Lumix S1R
    B&H: https://bhpho.to/2IoT9zJ

    Mirrorless question of the month:
    Hello Marco, I have my Olympus EM-10 for 3 years now. Time to upgrade? Not so sure, I'm wondering if I rather keep it until I will start to see mechanical or electronic issues? The new EM-10 and 5 mark III are more capable (better image stabilization, more pixels, better Continuous autofocus...) but I still enjoy my ''old'' camera and know

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    Camera and Inspiration #28 | PPN | How to get your photos into an exhibition - with Martin U. Waltz

    Camera and Inspiration #28 | PPN | How to get your photos into an exhibition - with Martin U. Waltz

    Showing your photos as physical prints to the public is one of the most rewarding moments for a photographer. But at first it may feel a bit overwhelming to achieve this goal - but it may be easier to accomplish than you think.
    Marco invited his friend and photographer Martin U. Waltz to discuss some easy steps and strategies that can help you to get your images into an exhibition. Martin has participated in about 25 public exhibitions and experienced many different approaches to exhibitions in the process that he shares with the PPN audience in this episode.
    Martin U. Waltz is a street photographer, author, and workshop host from Germany. He mainly roams the streets of Berlin as this is the city where he lives in.
    In the past years, he has won many international photo awards and his images have been exhibited around the world. A couple of years ago he joined Marco Larousse and Siegfried Hansen in an effort to make street photography more accepted and known in Germany. Since then, the three have created the German Street Photography site. Contributed to publish the photobook: “Streetfotografie made in Germany”. And this year, they organized the first German Street Photography Festival.
    Marco Larousse street photo Exhibition: “Poetry of Coincidence”
    November 21st - December 7th in Hamburg:
    Erstereihe Galerie - Lange Reihe 76 - 20099 Hamburg (St. Georg)
    Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/iQtbo3x3xfwTVqo8A

    Inspirational photographer of the month:
    Martin picked Swiss-American Photographer Robert Frank (1924 - 2019) known for his raw and at the time revolutionary unstaged photojournalistic style. Robert Frank recently passed away and Martin wanted to recognize Frank’s work that will live on and continue to inspire many generations of photographers from the present but also well in the future of mankind.
    You can see some of Frank’s images on Artsy.net: https://www.artsy.net/artist/robert-frank 
    Martins previous appearance at PPN in the Camera and Inspiration episode #8 for November 2017: Camera and Inspiration #8 | PPN | November 30th, 2017
    Setting up a photo exhibition. Here is a video that shows the last exhibition that Marco curated and set up at Berlin Photo Week: https://youtu.be/q4ki4rCEL3o

    Inspirational Photo Book Pick of the Month: “The Americans” by Robert Frank.
    To go along with Martin's inspirational photographer of the month pick, Martin also selected a matching photobook by Robert Frank. “The Americans” 
    The book showed, unlike the usual American photojournalism of that time, the tension of American culture and the strong differences between wealth, race and different classes at that time.
    The book was not received well in the US in the beginning. Frank’s work was called out by critics to be inferior due to technical imperfections by his use of a small frame 35mm handheld camera for his work. The image content was also often put down as irrelevant snapshots especially by those who liked the US to be seen only from the shiny side.
    Only over time did the public and art world’s opinion change on “The Americans” and today, it is one of the most important “honest” social documentation of that time in the US.
    The book is published by Steidl and has 180 Pages
    Amazon Germany: https://amzn.to/32ZiTIM
    Steidl: https://steidl.de/Books/The-Americans-2131325657.html 

    Links to Martin U. Waltz:
    Web: https://streetberlin.net/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/photographyandberlin/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/martinuwaltz
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/martinuwaltz/
    Street Berlin Workshop - Berlin - December 13-15, 2019: https://streetberlin.net/photoworkshopberlin/street-photography-workshop-berlin-3-2-2/

    Links to Marco Larousse:
    Web: www.MarcoLarousse.com 
    Twitter: @HamburgCam
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/m

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A Welcome Resource and Solid Shows

Being a pro body photgrapher who has contemplated (and switched) to a mirrorless system, this has been a valuable find. If you are contemplating switching (especially if you are a nature / action photographer) you get the real world experinece of a long time pro who has "been there" and is "doing that"!

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Marco & Scott, hosts of the PPN podcast, highlights all aspects of photography, art and more in this can’t miss podcast! The host and expert guests offer insightful advice and information that is helpful to anyone that listens!

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