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Love, Service, and Living Your Truth with Danielle LaPorte

Let’s face it. We all have our inner journeys and the compulsion to improve, yet how can we both be growing and improving without feeling less than or inadequate?  It’s a trap. ENTER: Danielle LaPorte – a best-selling author (White Hot Truth, The…

Happiness Through Gratitude with AJ Jacobs

AJ Jacobs is a multiple NYT bestselling author, a journalist, a lecturer as well as a warm and hilarious human soul.  He’s on this weeks podcast and is…SO GOOD. In this show we learn why AJ intentionally puts himself in the most extraordinary circumsta…

You Are Your Habits with Julien Smith

Julien Smith is a long-time friend and familiar face on the podcast. I first brought him on in 2013 to talk about why not caring about what others think is a useful skill to have as a creator in any field (translation: he penned a LEGENDARY blog post c…

Maximizing Creativity + Navigating the Messy Middle with Scott Belsky

Scott Belsky is an entrepreneur, author, and early investor in companies like Pinterest, Uber, and Periscope, and others. He also co-founded Behance in 2006, sold it to Adobe in 2012 and recently became Adobe’s Chief Product Officer.  But more than his…

The Most Important Conversation About Life… Death with Michael Hebb

Michael Hebb is an artist, activist, restaurateur, long time friend of mine and probably the closest thing that comes to an expert on death. He is a hyphenated renegade, seemingly more comfortable swimming upstream and addressing taboo subjects than he…

Celebrating Your Weirdness with Thomas Middleditch

Thomas Middleditch is an actor and comedian best known for his starring role on HBO’s Silicon Valley where he plays Richard, the struggling startup founder. He started his career doing improv theater for the likes of Second City and UCB, and certainly …

A Guide to Different Types of Light and Weather Conditions for Photograpy

When is the best time of the day to take photographs outdoors? What are the ideal weather conditions for outdoor photography? Should I take photos during golden hour and blue hour? What can I photograph on a dull cloudy day for example? What can I photograph when it’s raining? How does the guy who drives […]

7 Tips for Wedding Group Photos from a Veteran Photographer

Shooting group photos is a skill all wedding photographers need to master. Here’s a 9-minute video from Shutterbug Mag filled with 7 tips for taking group photos at weddings by veteran photographer Denis Reggie. Here’s a rundown of what Reggie teaches (watch the video for visual examples): 1. Arrange the Wedding Party Properly It’s important to think […]

I Shot 7 Photos of the Same Location in Different Seasons

Throughout the years, I noticed that I visit the same locations around my house many times to see how they look during different seasons and different times of the day. Sometimes the area where you live may not motivate you very much to photograph because you see the same things every day. However, when I […]

15 Tips for Composing Your Photos by 4 Veteran Photographers

Here’s a 7-minute video by Advancing Your Photography that shares 15 tips for composing your photos from 4 masters of photography: Chase Jarvis, Bob Holmes, Chris Burkard, and Marc Silber. Chase Jarvis says that he walks through an area without his camera first before taking a shot. “When you have the camera to your face […]

An Easy Way to Compose Landscape Photos at Night

When you’re out taking nighttime landscape photos, one of the most difficult tasks is composing your photos exactly how you want. The reason? It’s simply too dark to see anything. Looking through the viewfinder on a DSLR, it can be tough to make out any of the scene’s important features. Live view might be even […]

On ‘Making It’ as a Photographer, or: What if Your House Burned Down?

What if your house burned down? Have you still “made it” as a photographer? 3 weeks ago I was sitting, much as I do now, winding down on a Saturday evening, finding some time to write a newsletter and blog post. I had just released an image shot for Kohler, a company whose advertising I […]

3 Pro Tips for Building Your Brand as a Photographer

Looking to build up your brand as a photographer? Here’s an inspiring 15-minute discussion with well-known photographers Chase Jarvis and Ben Von Wong that’s filled with advice on how you can do so. Back in 2012, Von Wong was a budding photographer knocking on the door of Jarvis’ studio and wanting to meet Jarvis and look around his […]

I’m Not Good at Street Photography… I’m Just Not Scared

Today I used Lightroom Mobile to capture images on the street for the first time. I recently remembered that you can sync images from Lightroom Mobile right to the Lightroom desktop application. This was huge for me as I’m tired of syncing via Airdrop. It takes forever to select which images you want to import. […]

How to Combat Mirror Shock Using a Camera’s Mirror Delay

SLRs all suffer from the same problem: that mirror flapping up and down causes the camera to move at the time of exposure. “Mirror shock’ is what’s caused by the mirror itself and not the photographer’s ability to hold the camera still. Some cameras allow you to program an extra delay on the mirror, and […]