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This Week in Photo is one of the longest running photography-centric podcasts in the industry. Hosted by Frederick Van Johnson, the show is a weekly round-table discussion of the major happenings in the world of photography. You’ll also find deep one-on-one interviews with the industry’s hottest photographers and companies. The show is irreverent, educational and occasionally hilarious!

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This Week in Photo is one of the longest running photography-centric podcasts in the industry. Hosted by Frederick Van Johnson, the show is a weekly round-table discussion of the major happenings in the world of photography. You’ll also find deep one-on-one interviews with the industry’s hottest photographers and companies. The show is irreverent, educational and occasionally hilarious!

    The Future of TWiP! And Navigating the Future of Content Creation.

    The Future of TWiP! And Navigating the Future of Content Creation.

    I’m thrilled to announce the exciting relaunch and rebranding of our beloved podcast, This Week in Photo, now simply known as “TWiP.”

    This new chapter signifies not just a fresh look and feel, but a renewed commitment to delivering top-notch content that resonates with our dedicated audience. The revamped TWiP features a modernized logo, an enhanced website, and a return to the engaging, roundtable discussions that made the show a staple in the photography community.

    By bringing together multiple perspectives from industry legends and fresh voices alike, we’re dedicated to fostering insightful conversations that inspire and inform. Join us as we embark on this new journey and continue to explore the ever-evolving world of photography and content creation.

    Also in this episode, host Frederick Van Johnson and a panel of esteemed guests, including Mike “Sharky” James, Steve Brazill, Steve Simon, and Troy Miller, delve into the current state and future of content creation. The discussion highlights the importance of prioritizing content quality over sheer quantity, the challenges posed by advertisements, and the necessity of video integration in modern podcasting.

    We also share thoughts on adapting to the rapidly changing media landscape and offer advice for new content creators.

    Contact our panel:

    Sharky: http://www.lensshark.comSteve B.: https://behindtheshot.tvSteve S.: https://www.stevesimonphoto.comTroy: https://imageryconcepts.comFrederick: http://www.frederickvan.com, http://www.thisweekinphoto.com

    Picks of the Week

    Frederick VanApple Vision Pro: Frederick shared his experience using the Apple Vision Pro on a plane, highlighting both the immersive movie-watching experience and the logistical challenges.Mike "Sharky" JamesSmoke Genie: Sharky talked about the Smoke Genie, a device he enjoys using for shows and demonstrations. He emphasized its fun and utility in creating atmospheric effects.Steve BrazillCustom Molded Earplugs: Steve recommended getting custom molded earplugs, particularly for those who attend concerts frequently. He highlighted their benefits in protecting hearing while allowing clear audio during music photography.Steve SimonNikon Z8 and Z9 Cameras: Steve expressed excitement about the technology of his Nikon Z8 and Z9 cameras, especially the flip-up screen and subject detection, which have significantly enhanced his street photography.Troy MillerInsta360 X4: Troy shared his enthusiasm for the Insta360 X4, a 360-degree camera that he recently started using. He enjoys exploring its capabilities, even though he hasn’t yet integrated it into his professional work.

    • 1 hr 15 min
    From Radio to Photo: Steve Brazill’s Creative Journey

    From Radio to Photo: Steve Brazill’s Creative Journey

    This week I'm joined by Steve Brazill, a renowned concert photographer and seasoned radio personality. Steve delves into his diverse career, discussing how his experiences in radio have influenced his approach to photography. From tips on capturing dynamic concert shots to reflections on the evolution of photography, Steve’s insights are both inspiring and educational. Read on for a deep dive into the life and work of this multifaceted creative professional.


    Steve Brazill is a Southern California-based music photographer and the host of the Behind the Shot Podcast. Music has been a special force in Steve’s life for as long as he can remember. As a radio personality, emcee, and voice actor, he has been deeply involved in the music and entertainment industry for many years. Steve is on the air at KCAL FM, where he also handles their concert photography. Additionally, he serves as a house photographer for a variety of venues in Southern California.

    Steve’s goal with every show he photographs is to combine his love of music and photography to tell a viewer the story of a show. He aims to help them remember it or wish they had been there by capturing moments that bring the show to life, including those defining moments that happen on stage or behind the scenes.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Crafting Cravings! Food and Beverage Photography with Freddy Clark

    Crafting Cravings! Food and Beverage Photography with Freddy Clark

    Freddy Clark, a respected food and beverage photographer, joins the show for an in-depth discussion about the art and science of creating stunning images in this specialized genre. Throughout the interview, Freddy shares his wealth of knowledge and experience, covering topics such as the importance of lighting, styling, and preparation in food and beverage photography.

    Freddy also addresses the impact of technology, including the rise of AI and computational photography, on the industry and how professionals can adapt to these changes. Additionally, Freddy provides valuable advice for those looking to enter this competitive field and shares his thoughts on the future of food and beverage photography.

    About Freddy Clark

    Freddy Clark's journey to becoming a renowned beverage and food photographer was filled with unexpected twists and turns. After graduating from college, he began his career in radio, working as an On-Air DJ and Production Director for several rock stations in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. A decade later, Freddy felt the need for a change and decided to explore the world of technology.

    Freddy Clark

    It wasn't until the birth of his daughter that photography truly captured Freddy's heart. Driven by an insatiable desire to learn and grow, he immersed himself in the craft, reading extensively, studying the work of other photographers, and attending workshops. Like many aspiring photographers, Freddy initially dabbled in various genres, including portraits, street photography, and landscapes. However, his path became clearer when, after spending a couple of years shooting weddings for other studios, a local restaurant asked him to photograph their food. This opportunity marked a turning point in his career, as Freddy discovered his true calling in food and beverage photography.

    Freddy's passion for craft beer led him to experiment with photographing bottles in his garage on a rainy day. This experience solidified his direction and set him on the path to becoming a sought-after photographer in the industry. Today, Freddy works with beverage brands, bars, and restaurants, creating stunning visual content that showcases their offerings. He has also shared his knowledge and expertise by teaching photography workshops for prestigious organizations such as Princeton Photo Workshops and Canon, as well as offering independent workshops to aspiring photographers.

    Website: http://freddyclark.photographyInstagram: https://instagram.com/freddyclarkphoto

    • 51 min
    How Photography Saved My Life.

    How Photography Saved My Life.

    In this episode I had the pleasure of speaking with Matt Jacob, a passionate traveling portrait photographer. Matt has an intriguing background, initially dreaming of becoming a pilot, which he pursued, allowing him the privilege of traveling the world. His journeys fueled a growing curiosity about diverse cultures and sparked his interest in photography as a means to capture the beauty and uniqueness he encountered.

    Matt's photography journey began with a simple fascination for gadgets, evolving into a deeper engagement with the art form after attending a workshop that profoundly impacted his understanding of light and composition. Throughout the interview, Matt emphasized the importance of respect and empathy in photography, particularly when interacting with different cultures and environments.

    IG: http://www.instagram.com/mattyj_aySite: http://www.mattjacobphotography.com

    A few key takeaways from our discussion:

    Matt Jacob

    * Matt's approach to immersing himself in new cultures and building trust with his subjects before photographing them is admirable. He emphasizes the importance of empathy and patience when working in unfamiliar environments.

    * Matt's preference for using a single prime lens, often a medium format camera, and minimal lighting gear reflects his intentional and deliberate photographic style. He values the creative constraints of working with a limited setup.

    * The planning and research Matt does before embarking on a new photography project is extensive. From creating detailed mood boards to coordinating with local fixers, he leaves nothing to chance when telling a visual story.

    * Matt's podcast, "The Mood Podcast," serves as an outlet for him to connect with and learn from other photographers. He sees it as a selfish endeavor, but one that also benefits his audience by providing unique insights into the creative process.

    * Matt's openness to experimenting with new technologies, like generative AI, while maintaining a traditional approach to his core photography work, demonstrates his adaptability and forward-thinking mindset.

    This interview provided a fascinating glimpse into the mind of a thoughtful and intentional photographer who is driven by a deep respect for the cultures and people he documents through his lens.

    About Matt Jacob, in his own words...

    "As a photographic artist I specialize in capturing the evocative, dynamic, and complex lives of specific subjects. With a focus on authentically encapsulating a moment from all metaphorical angles within a photograph, and a story over a collection, I have dedicated my passion and skills to truly understanding the essence of different perspectives, as well as the ‘why’ behind different forms of human nature.

    My journey began as a boy with a disposable camera and a dream to become a pilot, and these two things would eventually culminate into reality. My outlook on life changed when I was diagnosed with cancer at a young age, and it was during this time in my life that I understood what it meant to be truly alive - it was about just a series of moments; watching, understanding and creating snapshots that will stand the test of time.

    Naturally, my love for photography was cemented."

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    • 55 min
    Exploring AI’s Focus on Photography

    Exploring AI’s Focus on Photography

    In this thought-provoking episode I sit down with veteran podcaster Mike "Sharky" James to explore the complex relationship between artificial intelligence and the world of photography. From its potential to enhance creativity to the ethical implications of AI-generated images, Sharky shares his unique insights and witty observations. Tune in for a lively discussion about how photographers can navigate this rapidly evolving landscape and harness the power of AI while staying true to their craft.

    Subscribe to Sharky's podcast here!

    About Sharky...

    Mike "Sharky" James is a seasoned photojournalist and the host of the popular Lens Shark Photography Podcast. With a career spanning over a decade, Sharky has worked for various newspapers and has vast experience in both still photography and video content creation.

    In 2014, Sharky launched the Lens Shark Photography Podcast on Christmas night, which quickly gained traction in the photography community. Just eight months later, he rebranded the show as the "PetaPixel Photography Podcast" after partnering with the industry giant. In December 2022, Sharky decided to change the name back to the "Lens Shark Photography Podcast" to focus on his own brand and avoid confusion with PetaPixel's in-house content.

    Known for his unique perspective, engaging delivery, and his ability to discuss photography news with refreshing honesty, Sharky has become a trusted voice in the industry. His podcast has been chosen as the first photography podcast on several major platforms, including Spotify, Pandora, iHeart, and Radio.com.

    Drawing from his extensive experience as a photojournalist, Sharky provides his audience with valuable insights and lessons learned from shooting thousands of assignments in diverse lighting and weather conditions. His show aims to help photographers become more informed and well-rounded, offering a mix of practical advice, industry news, and thought-provoking discussions.

    Support Sharky's efforts... use his affiliate links!

    20% OFF these brands - code SHARKY20:Additional Sponsors (no discount):BenroUSA.comShimodaDesigns.comKupoGrip.comPhottixUS.comTenba.comSaramonicUSA.comJupioUS.comFujifilmRoberts CameraUsedPhotoProNanliteSekonicGravity BackdropsElinchromAccsoon

    • 57 min
    Capturing Conservation: Inside the Mobilizing for Monuments Road Trip

    Capturing Conservation: Inside the Mobilizing for Monuments Road Trip

    This week features a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the Mobilizing for Monuments documentary. I sat down with Anton Lorimer and Alastair Jolly, the creative minds behind this incredible project, which showcases the collaboration between Flickr, The Conservation Alliance, and Rivian to highlight the beauty and importance of America's national monuments.

    In our conversation, Anton and Alastair share fascinating stories about the logistics and challenges they faced while creating the documentary. From planning the route to managing the production crew, they offer a unique perspective on what it takes to bring a project like this to life.

    We also dive into the experience of driving Rivian electric vehicles through areas with minimal supercharger infrastructure. As photographers, we often find ourselves in remote locations, and Anton and Alastair discuss the innovative solutions they employed to ensure they could complete their journey while minimizing their environmental impact.

    Throughout the episode, you'll gain insights into the creative process behind the documentary and learn how photography can be a powerful tool for storytelling and raising awareness about important issues like conservation.

    Whether you're interested in the technical aspects of filmmaking, the adventure of a road trip through America's stunning landscapes, or the role of photography in environmental advocacy, this episode has something for everyone.

    The film debuts on April 18th, click below to watch!

    About Anton Lorimer:

    Anton Lorimer

    “I’m incredibly thankful to have the ability to create something from scratch. Each of the films I create is unique. They reflect the people and subjects I chase and document worldwide. And although the environments and stories may vary, there is always a constant passion. Passion for what they do, who they are, or what they value. I try to capture that. 

    My style incorporates a cinematic feel with a sense of movement, pace, and unique perspective. This approach enhances the story by creating a feeling, a mood, or an experience.”

    About Alastair Jolly:

    Alastair Jolly

    “I have been in the photography industry for over 20 years. Although I specialized in social and commercial photography throughout my professional career, I have always managed to find time to capture imagery for my own enjoyment and creativity. I find my creativity pulls me in different directions frequently while photographing. 

    I am as happy photographing long-exposure sea and cityscapes as I am in the middle of a vast landscape or, indeed, on a Photowalk around a city. Now with my roles at SmugMug & Flickr, I am very fortunate to travel frequently, work with the best photographers in the world, and always find time for just me and my camera.”

    Check out SmugMug films:http://www.smugmug.com/films

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
111 Ratings

111 Ratings

Countrymeesa ,

Awesome Photography Podcast

I've been a long time fan and I have truly enjoyed every episode. I always learn new techniques or get inspired to try something new with my photography. Frederick is always entertaining as well as articulate and a pleasure to listen to. The guests are informative and always offer something interesting to the conversation. Truly, one of my favorite indulgences is listening to this podcast!

Justins96 ,


Can we please get past this AI chatter. I use to like this podcast when they talked about things that were actually meaningful to photography.

situatuoo ,


Was good up until flicker turned it into its own platform for advertising flicker. Last episode was just two people gushing about how amazing flicker is.

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