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Whether you want to become the worlds best swimsuit photographer or just want to take better pictures of the kids at halloween we help you improve your photography by becoming better with your camera.

The Beginner Photography Podcast beginnerphotographypodcast@gmail.com

    • Visual Arts
    • 4.8 • 189 Ratings

Whether you want to become the worlds best swimsuit photographer or just want to take better pictures of the kids at halloween we help you improve your photography by becoming better with your camera.

    BPP 247: Steven Wallace - Why The Film Vs Digital Debate Is Useless

    BPP 247: Steven Wallace - Why The Film Vs Digital Debate Is Useless

    Steven’s Wallace is a Banff and destination wedding photographer with a passion for film photography. Today we talk about Steven’s love of film, why the film vs digital debate is garbage, and great tips for new photographer looking to get started in film photography.
    In This Episode You'll Learn: How Steven got into photography
    What Steven struggled with most in the beginning and how he overcame it
    How Steven started shooting weddings
    Why the film vs digital debate is useless
    Stevens film photography workflow
    How Steven edits film and digital photos together to create a cohesive look
    Where to develop your own film
    Some great beginner cameras and films to start with
    Resources: Banff Wedding Photographer Steven Wallace’s website
    Read why Steven loves shooting film
    Studioc41 Podcast
    Steven Wallace on Instagram
    Join The Beginner Photography Podcast Facebook Community

    • 1 hr 34 min
    BPP 246: Miguel Quiles - Making It Look Simple

    BPP 246: Miguel Quiles - Making It Look Simple

    Miquel Quiles is a portrait and beauty photographer, educator, and Sony Artisan. Miquel has a unique style of both photography and education. Miquel can break down complex photography topics into easy-to-understand bite-sized chunks that anyone can learn from. Today Miguel and I talk about the struggles of being a photographer and how to slow down and make it simple.
    In This Episode You'll Learn: How Miguel got started in photography
    What was the most difficult part of photography to learn when getting started and how he overcame it
    Being a sony artisan vs gear doesn’t matter
    How Miguel’s images have transformed since getting started in photography
    One piece of gear Miguel thought he needed but never uses.
    Premium Members Also Learn: How to know when Working for Exposure is worth it
    What is a forward agreement and what it can do to grow your business
    The #1 way new photographers sabotage their sales and what to do instead
    Resources: Beauty and Portrait photographer Miquel Quiles’ website
    Find Miquel On Youtube
    Join me for a LIVE webinar with Phillip and Elieen Blume on how you can maximize your mini sessions.
    Join The Beginner Photography Podcast Facebook Community

    • 48 min
    Jim Sinicki: Community Spotlight - Do Good Things

    Jim Sinicki: Community Spotlight - Do Good Things

    Jim Sinicki is a Milwaukee WI based family and senior portrait photographer. After more than 2 years in the Beginner Photography Podcast Community, Jim has carved out his own space for sharing and helping others. In this interview, Jim and I talk about how he got stared, why he loves photography so much, and how his work has changed in a short amount of time.
    Resources: Jim’s photography website
    Find Jim’s photography on Facebook
    Join The Beginner Photography Podcast Facebook Group!

    • 51 min
    BPP 245: Phillip Blume - Build your Portfolio with Minis

    BPP 245: Phillip Blume - Build your Portfolio with Minis

    Phillip and Eileen Blume have spoken on the photography world’s biggest stages about helping photographers earn a living with their camera. After a rocky start in photography that almost bankrupted them, they discovered how powerful the mini session could be when just starting out and even in an established photography business. Today Phillip shares what they did for his business and what it can do for yours too!
    In This Episode You'll Learn: How Phillip went from high school English teacher to one of the worlds most respected photography educators
    Why Phillip and Eileen transitioned to minis after shooting weddings for years
    Why mini sessions are so good for new photographers looking to grow their portfolio
    How to shoot with intention and get the poses you need
    How to find the balance between posed and candid shots
    Premium Members Also Learn: How to build trust to grow your business faster
    How to increase profits AND make happier clients
    Why sending a gallery link will kill sales and excitement
    Resources: Download the Maximizing Mini Session eBook
    Join The Beginner Photography Podcast Facebook Community

    • 54 min
    BPP 244: Scott Strazzante - Long Term Photo Projects

    BPP 244: Scott Strazzante - Long Term Photo Projects

    Scott Strazzate is a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist with more than 30 years of experience shooting for publications like the Chicago Tribune and the San Francisco Chronicle. Scotts Book “Common Ground” is a 2 decades-long exploration of a piece of land that transitioned from Homestead Farm to Sprawling Suburbs. Today we talk about the long-term project, what to look out for, and ideas for you to start your own long-term project.
      Key Takeaways: Scott narrates his experience starting in photography, from his interest in childhood till he took up photography as a full-time job, rather than staying in the family business.
    Not having to face criticism in the early stages of his career was an advantage in a way, as Scott notes it may have discouraged him from pressing forward. On the other hand, less knowledgeable people appreciating his work kept him going.
    Studying the photography of other professionals also played a major role in keeping him motivated and inspired.
    The brightest spot of an image is usually where your eye goes first, and you can learn to control in a split second, how to compose an image that is pleasing to look at. 
    Scott describes the importance of focusing on creating images after gaining in-depth knowledge about your gear, rather than always trying to get new gear hoping to become a better photographer.
    Having to overcome the fear of interacting with people became paramount, as this was a challenge that came with expanding from sports photography.
    Scott narrates in detail, events leading up to his "Common Ground" photography project, with no initial plan to create it, as well as the emotion and serendipity surrounding the project. He notes that to date, it is the major work he is known for, and was a personal project rather than a product of affiliation with any paper.
    I tell photographers that if they want to do a book that people would enjoy, they should take photographs of one block or storefronts, make prints of these, and put them away for years, when these come out later, they will be greatly appreciated.
    Repetition is something that I always look for in photography, I think it's fascinating, and a good way to make a compelling image. If you can have one of something, two is better.
    Three acts in a photo story: A beginning, a middle, and an end. When doing a photo story you want this: a cat climbs up a tree, someone shakes the tree, the cat gets out of the tree.
    Scott describes a major challenge with photojournalism being having to leave people's lives when the story is over especially because you may not be able to continue to just hang around, even if they would want you to.
      Resources: Scott Strazzante’s website
    Scott’s Prints for sale
    Scott Strazzante on Instagram
    Scott Strazzante on Twitter
    Join The Beginner Photography Podcast Facebook Community
    Standout Quotes: "I learned that the brightest spot of an image is usually where your eye goes first" - [Scott]
    "I don't like getting a new camera because I think the key for anyone as a photographer is you have to learn your camera well enough that you forget it... and just concentrate on making images" - [Scott]
    "So it's like time really has a way of improving old photographs" - [Scott]
    "Follow your own voice, follow what interests you because if it excites you, it will excite other people... but you have to be very organized with it" - [Scott]
    "That's the struggle sometimes too, you get so used to your surroundings that they don't seem interesting anymore, and that has been something that's been a challenge with the pandemic" - [Scott]
    "I think turning the camera on your family is the easiest place to start" - [Scott]
    "I can always go make a good photograph but it's going to take something that happens out of my control to elevate it to a great photograph" - [

    • 1 hr 23 min
    BPP 243: How to Get to Know Your Camera

    BPP 243: How to Get to Know Your Camera

    In this episode of the podcast I break down the top 3 ways you can get to know your camera better to be best prepared for them the moment arises.
    In This Episode You'll Learn:
    Read the Manual - Learn things you never knew your camera was capable of!
    Spend a few hours with the camera shooting - Get to know the tool you use to capture the world and blur the line between visualization and capture!
    Ask WHY you feel limited - When you know the limitations of your camera you know how to best use your camera.
    Resources: Join The Beginner Photography Podcast Facebook Community

    • 48 min

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I listen to this podcast LITERALLY every day. It is my saving grace to get me through my long and dreaded work days. It helps distract me from being in a job I have no interest in while filling my head with fun ideas and useful information that will all benefit my end goal.. to become a photographer! I am just starting out so this podcast spoke to me. It is refreshing to hear of like-minded people. I feel so distant sometimes, chasing and day dreaming about this so it’s also a reassurance that with my drive and determination, I can accomplish this dream!! I appreciate you, your time and your wealth of knowledge. I have truly been inspired by you and your interviews with passionate people like myself. Your support is getting me through!

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I am not a beginner, but I just discovered BPP. I am obsessed. The variety and the information is wonderful. This podcast is for everyone. Beginners to pros.

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