Podcast

Photofocus Podcast

Some of the most respected business owners and artists in photography are our guests. We are creating building blocks to help you develop a stronger foundation for your business and marketing skillsets, and sometimes even for your life! Join us each Thursday for a podcast that explores photography at its core! The "Mind Your Own Business" podcast is a collaborative effort between Photofocus and Skip Cohen University. Join Skip Cohen and Chamira Young as they talk with a leader in imaging who ...more

Episodes

  • Photofocus Q&A Show :: September 29, 2022

    Sep 29 2022

    In this episode of the Q&A Show, Ron Pepper and Colin Smith answer listener questions about composition, NFTs and AI Art, iPhone 14, and Selections in PS. Thanks to those who sent in questions, you can do it too using the link below or emailing us at questions@photofocus.com Colin's NFT Page Ron's NFT Page Photoshop Cafe on Youtube   Thanks to our sponsors for this episode: Tamron. Check out the Tamron 28-200mm f/2.8-5.6 lens for Sony full-frame mirrorless cameras. The first all-in-one zoom st...more

  • Roundtable: "It's called *autumn*" with Lauri Novak and Dave Wilson

    Sep 22 2022

    We welcome you to the Photofocus Roundtable podcast, where each month, our panel discusses some current trends and topics to get your photography moving. This month, Photofocus author Lauri Novak joins your hosts Ron Pepper and Rob Moroto, with guest co-host Dave Wilson. In this episode our panel talks about photography in the autumn season, but first we discuss some attitudes about mobile vs. 'real' camera photos, and some of our experiences with different kinds of workshop leaders — with some ...more

  • The most impactful lessons from Mind Your Own Business

    Sep 08 2022

    Welcome to Mind Your Own Business, the podcast that helps photographers improve their business and their lives! Today Skip and I cover the most impactful lessons we've learned over the years hosting The Mind Your Own Business podcast. In this episode, we chat about how the Mind Your Own Business podcast got started, and some of the most impactful lessons that have stood out to us. This includes lessons from Joe McNally on the importance of reading, Ann Geddes on giving back, Kay Eskridge on how ...more

  • Photofocus Q&A Show :: September 1, 2022

    Sep 01 2022

    In this episode of the Q&A Show, Ron Pepper and Jeff Sullivan answer questions about lens profiles, super-zoom lenses and photo contests. Plus, they give some fall photography tips. See Jeff's upcoming Landscape and Night Photography Workshops Thanks to those who sent in questions, you can do it too using the link below or emailing us at questions@photofocus.com Thanks to our sponsors for this episode: Tamron. Check out the Tamron 28-200mm f/2.8-5.6 lens for Sony full-frame mirrorless cameras....more

  • Roundtable: "Real or not real" with Ken Lee

    Aug 18 2022

    Welcome to the Photofocus Roundtable podcast, where each month, our panel discusses some current trends and topics to get your photography moving. This month, Photofocus Author Ken Lee joins your hosts Ron Pepper and Rob Moroto. In this episode our panel talks about Artificial Intelligence emerging as an image creator. We touch on appearing 'dangerous' (mostly) because of our photography gear, and then we get to ask Ken all about his light painting experience. Thank you Photomatix for sponsoring...more

  • Top business lessons learned with Jim Graham

    Aug 11 2022

    Welcome to Mind Your Own Business, the podcast that helps photographers improve their business and their lives! This month we chat with photographer photographer Jim Graham. In our discussion, Jim discusses the top lessons he's learned over the years, as well as the importance relationship-building has been in his career. He also shares thoughts on what his next photo venture will be, as well as helpful advice for photographers just starting out. Get ready to be inspired! Jim was named Sout...more

  • Photofocus Q&A Show :: July 28, 2022

    Jul 28 2022

    In this episode of the Q&A Show, Ron Pepper and Rob Moroto answer questions about: Determining shutter speed for various situations What camera mode is best between Aperture/Shutter Priority? Editing tools; Presets, Profiles, and LUTs Thanks to our sponsors for this episode: Tamron. Check out the Tamron 28-200mm f/2.8-5.6 lens for Sony full-frame mirrorless cameras. The first all-in-one zoom starting at an aperture of f/2.8, this revolutionary lens offers performance plus versatility. Photomat...more

  • Grow Your Photo Business with Lori Nordstrom

    Jul 26 2022

    Welcome to Mind Your Own Business, the podcast that helps photographers improve their business and their lives! This month we chat with photographer Lori Nordstrom. In our discussion, Lori shares how she grew her business stronger than ever during the pandemic, and how she continues to grow it. She discusses great ways to stay in touch with your clients, why it's vital to understand your clients, and why we should all be serving our clients. Get ready to be inspired! Lori is a Certified Profess...more

  • Roundtable: "Noon and night" with Bob Coates

    Jul 21 2022

    This month our panel talks about two shooting situations, one at high-noon, the other late at night.  Between those topics, we have some complaints and uneasy feelings about weird vs. weird in copyright battles. Thank you Photomatix for sponsoring; click the link to download and try for free. Link to Bob's Featured Article Other Links from the Show: https://www.photopills.com/articles/milky-way-photography-guide http://darkskyfinder.com https://www.rangefinderonline.com/news-features/industry-...more

  • Photofocus Q&A Show :: June 30, 2022

    Jun 30 2022

    In this episode of the Q&A Show, Ron Pepper and Rob Moroto answer questions about: An international question about using an older camera for printing landscapes What do we recommend for print companies Using the editing software from the camera's manufacturer Exposure in tricky situations Raw, Raw, Raw! Plus, hear some bonus questions from a youngling! Thanks to our sponsors for this episode, Tamron. Check out Tamron’s new 28-75mm f/2.8 G2 lens for Sony E-mount cameras. Featuring improved clos...more

  • Roundtable: "Total Access" with Angela Andrieux

    Jun 23 2022

    This month our panel talks about their experiences and ideas around photography conferences, both in-person and virtual.  Then there is a discussion about editing, should we ever outsource editing/post-processing work?  In our featured discussion we get to ask questions about using Mylio to access all of our photos from any device. Thank you Photomatix for sponsoring; click the link to download and try for free. Link to Angela's Article Hazel's Virtual Creative Photography Conference Feedback: p...more

  • Film Photography with Terry Clark

    Jun 09 2022

    Welcome to Mind Your Own Business, the podcast that helps photographers improve their business and their lives! This month we chat with photographer Terry Clark, who has a passion for film photography. In our discussion, Terry shares how he got started as a photographer, as well as the role relationship building plays in his business. He also shares how film photography makes him stay thoughtful in his approach to photography, as well as the role of film when he's teaching his photography stud...more

  • Photofocus Q&A Show :: May 26, 2022

    May 26 2022

    This month Ron and Pamela answer questions about: - Getting a straight horizon - Swapping images between applications - How to not take a job (seriously) - Macro advice - (Bonus "FA" Q) Starting out with a DSLR - Getting that exposure right Thank you to our sponsors Tamron and Photomatix Your hosts: Ron Pepper - ronpepper.com | Instagram Pamela Berry - pamelaannberry.com | Instagram

  • Roundtable: "Not Just a Photographer" with Rick Sammon

    May 19 2022

    We welcome you to the Photofocus Roundtable podcast, where each month, our panel discusses some current trends and topics to get your photography moving. This month, we are joined by Pamela Bloom. Thank you Photomatix for sponsoring; click the link to download and try for free. Also joining us is author Rick Sammon who has a new book out “How to Make Money While You Are Sleeping” on Amazon Books  You can find your hosts here: Ron Pepper: ronpepper.com | instagram Rob Moroto: robmoroto.com | patr...more

  • Seeking Extreme Adventure with Kristopher Andres

    May 12 2022

    Welcome to Mind Your Own Business, the podcast that helps photographers improve their business and their lives! This month we chat with outdoor photographer Kris Andres, who has a knack for seeking adventure. In our conversation, Kris discusses why he loves the cold and altitude for his photo adventures. He also shares his toughest adventure, how he managed the pandemic, the process of launching his fine art website, his upcoming educational programs, and more. Get ready to be inspired! Base...more

  • Photofocus Q&A Show :: April 28, 2022

    Apr 28 2022

    You can ask your own questions here: www.photofocus.com/questions This week Ron Pepper and Rob Moroto answer questions about how we deliver images to clients.  We are receiving more questions about NFTs so we give our perspective.  We also give our responses about forgetting gear and other mistakes. Thank you to our sponsors Tamron and Photomatix Your hosts: Ron Pepper - ronpepper.com Rob Moroto - robmoroto.com

  • Roundtable: "Flexibility" with Jemma Pollari

    Apr 21 2022

    This month Jemma Pollari from Down Under shares this article: https://photofocus.com/photography/exercises-for-photographers-protect-your-body-in-the-field-and-at-your-desk/ Also Jamie MacDonald from the Mirrorless Minutes Podcast joins Ron Pepper and Rob Moroto to expand on the article. We also took that chance to ask Jemma about her Promptographer site/app and share ideas for posing families.  We start out with our uncommon position on NFTs -- spoiler -- it's not about the $$.  Pepper and Jam...more

  • The state of event photography with Steve Brazill

    Apr 14 2022

    Welcome to Mind Your Own Business, the podcast that helps photographers improve their business and their lives! This month we chat with experienced event photographer Steve Brazill. In our detailed conversation, Steve discusses how he sharpened his skills during the pandemic, what his business looks like now that events are opening back up, the new excitement he's noticing among his fellow event photographers, and the state of the event photography industry today. Steve Brazill is a Southern...more

  • Photofocus Q&A Show :: April 7, 2022

    Apr 07 2022

    The Q&A Show has returned and this first episode is with Ron Pepper and Rob Moroto.  Our questions include the subjects of noise, editing, and controlling color when shooting interiors. You can ask a question for our next episode at: questions@photofocus.com Thank you to our sponsor Tamron Your hosts: Ron Pepper - ronpepper.com Rob Moroto - robmoroto.com  

  • Roundtable: "Reflection" with Levi Sim

    Mar 17 2022

    This month, we add international experience with Wayne Chasan from Southern Spain. Thank you Photomatix for sponsoring, click the link to download and try for free. Our featured topic is inspired by Levi's post about reflections as an element of making a photo. Joining us is Photofocus author Levi Sim. The panel's take on the subjects can sometimes be outside the box, sharing what it's like to be a photographer from their distinct paths.  Background article:  https://photofocus.com/photography/...more

  • Having an effective website with Scott Detweiler

    Mar 10 2022

    Welcome to Mind Your Own Business, the podcast that helps photographers improve their business and their lives! This month we chat with photographer Scott Detweiler. In our detailed conversation, Scott openly shares how his versatile skillset has influenced his career, as well as how collaborating with fellow creatives has helped his business. He also discusses how he utilizes his Zenfolio website to attract the right clients and show his work. Scott Detweiler has been an artist and painter s...more

  • Roundtable: "Color" with Julie Powell | S1, E2

    Feb 17 2022

    This month, our panel discusses how they look at pricing for photography and courses. We also discuss how video is coming into the business of photography. Thank you Photomatix for sponsoring Our featured topic is inspired by Julie's post about the year's color trends. Joining us is Photofocus author Julie Powell. The panel's take on the subjects can sometimes be outside the box, sharing what it's like to be a photographer from their distinct paths.  Background article: https://photofocus.com/p...more

  • Mind Your Own Business: Fostering Your Creativity with Jesse Feyereisen

    Feb 10 2022

    Welcome to Mind Your Own Business, the podcast that helps photographers improve their business and their lives! This month we chat withphotographer and graphic designer Jesse Feyereisen. In our lively discussion Jesse is an open book, sharing great tips on how he's developed his creativity and discipline. He also discusses how he finds balance in his life between his photography craft, his day job, and his home life. Jesse Feyereisen is a photographer, graphic designer and digital creative f...more

  • Roundtable: "Backgrounds" with Lauri Novak

    Jan 20 2022

    In Episode 1 of our Roundtable, our panel discusses their current interest in live events as well as how they are using social media.  Our featured topic is Lauri's post about using simple backgrounds.  This group's take on the subjects can sometimes be outside the box. Background article: https://photofocus.com/photography/using-what-you-have-on-hand-as-backgrounds/ Join us at the Visual Storytelling Conference, providing free creativity and business training for photographers! Thank you to o...more

  • Mind Your Own Business: Bert Behnke shares how he keeps his photo business on track

    Jan 13 2022

    Welcome to Mind Your Own Business, the podcast that helps photographers improve their business and their lives! Today, we chat with photographer Bert Behnke. Bert shares what he's been doing to keep his photography business on track during these challenging times. We discuss: How Bert got started in the photography industry How he's staying focused and maintaining his business The role of education How he puts his portrait clients at ease during a photo session The dynamics of working with...more

  • Mind Your Own Business: Kay Eskridge discusses how she serves her clients

    Dec 30 2021

    Welcome to Mind Your Own Business, the podcast that helps photographers improve their business and their lives! Today, we chat with portrait photographer Kay Eskridge. Kay discusses how she's been serving her clients during the pandemic, as well as how she's taking care of herself and her family. We discuss: How Kay got started in the photography industry This is a teaser for the in-person program in January at Imaging USA Finding balance with her business and her family Opportunities to s...more

  • Mind Your Own Business: Joe McNally shares stories from the field and how he uses the new Nikon Z 9

    Nov 23 2021

    Welcome to Mind Your Own Business, the podcast that helps photographers improve their business and their lives! Today we chat with photographer, author, director and storyteller Joe McNally. Get ready to be inspired! --------------------------------------------------------------- We discuss: How Joe got started in the photograph industry Things he during his down time during the pandemic We discuss the new Nikon Z 9, the pro-level mirrorless camera, real-time autofocus tracking and speed  T...more

  • Beyond Technique: Art Wolfe discusses his business, his travels, and his latest book

    Nov 18 2021

    Welcome to Beyond Technique, the podcast that empowers photographers to bring their businesses to the next level, brought to you by Platypod, Photofocus and Skip Cohen University. Today we chat with renowned photographer Art Wolfe’s as he celebrates his 70th birthday with the publication of his 124th book, Night on Earth! Check out Platypod.com, the world's most compact tripod for photographers! We discuss: How Art got started in the industry The impact the pandemic has had on his photo...more

  • Mind Your Own Business: Myron Fields discusses the power of printed portraits and leaving a legacy

    Oct 21 2021

    Welcome to Mind Your Own Business, the podcast that helps photographers improve their business and their lives! Today we chat with portrait photographer Myron Fields. Get ready to be inspired! This episode is also a sneak peak into our Mind Your Own Business LIVE Imaging USA program in January 2021! We discuss: How Myron got started in the photography industry The importance of printed portraits over digital files How printed portraits can leave a powerful legacy Things he did to survive ...more

  • Mind Your Own Business: Allison Tyler Jones shares how to fully serve your clients

    Oct 14 2021

    Welcome to Mind Your Own Business, the podcast that helps photographers improve their business and their lives! Today we chat with Arizona-based portrait and commercial photographer Allison Tyler Jones. Get ready to be inspired! We discuss: How Allison got her start as a photographer What she did during the pandemic and survived The importance of developing your brand as a photographer Allison's program "The rework" , and how it's helping portrait photographers uniquely brand and confiden...more

  • Beyond Technique: The Road to Seasonality and Profitability

    Oct 07 2021

    Welcome to Beyond Technique, the podcast that empowers photographers to bring their businesses to the next level, brought to you by Platypod, Photofocus and Skip Cohen University. Today we chat about how to make the most out of the road to seasonality as we move into the fourth quarter for your photography business. We cover some great ideas about how to move your business forward, so be ready to take notes! Check out Platypod.com, the world's most compact tripod for photographers! We disc...more

  • Mind Your Own Business: Food photographer Andrew Scrivani discusses building relationships

    Sep 08 2021

    Welcome to Mind Your Own Business, the podcast that helps photographers improve their business and their lives! Today we chat with New York based food photographer Andrew Scrivani about the food photography industry. Get ready to be inspired! We discuss: How Andrew got his unusual start in food photography The role of relationship building in his career Some of the biggest challenges he's faced in the food photography industry as it changes The role social media plays in building your busi...more

  • Beyond Technique: Ali Furtwangler shares the impact of giving back to grieving families

    Aug 26 2021

    Welcome to Beyond Technique, the podcast that empowers photographers to bring their businesses to the next level, brought to you by Platypod, Photofocus and Skip Cohen University. Today we chat with Ali Furtwangler from NowILayMeDowntoSleep.org (NILMDTS) about the massive impact photographers are having with grieving families via their organization. Check out Platypod.com, the world's most compact tripod for photographers! We discuss: Ali's journey that brought her to photography The im...more

  • Mind Your Own Business: Andrew Michaels shares how he’s building his business

    Aug 26 2021

    Welcome to Mind Your Own Business, the podcast that helps photographers improve their business and their lives! Today we chat with Chicago-based portrait photographer Andrew Michaels about building his business during these challenging times. Get ready to be inspired! We discuss: How Andrew got started in his photography career Putting his dream on hold due to the pandemic The importance of special projects and giving back to the community His guest post about his special project "Familia...more

  • Mind Your Own Business: Kevin Gilligan discusses gaining momentum for your photo business

    Jul 22 2021

    Welcome to Mind Your Own Business, the podcast that helps photographers improve their business and their lives! Today we chat with landscape and portrait photographer Kevin Gilligan about gaining momentum for your photography business. Get ready to be inspired! We discuss: How Kevin got started in his photography career How he balances careers with his day job How to be purposeful and efficient as you build your business Why you shouldn't be afraid to fail The role and importance of educatio...more

  • Beyond Technique: Aaron Van discusses food photography and telling "craveable" stories

    Jul 15 2021

    Welcome to Beyond Technique, the podcast that empowers photographers to bring their businesses to the next level, brought to you by Platypod, Photofocus and Skip Cohen University. Today we chat with commercial advertising photographer Aaron Van! He is a food, beverage, liquid and product specialist, and shares wonderful tips for those who want to break into the industry and hone their skills. Check out Platypod.com, the world's most compact tripod for photographers! We discuss: Aaron's jou...more

  • Mind Your Own Business: PPA CEO David Trust discusses staying proactive and positive for your business

    Jun 24 2021

    Welcome to Mind Your Own Business, the podcast that helps photographers improve their business and their lives! Today we chat with PPA CEO David Trust about staying proactive and positive with your photography business. Get ready to be inspired! How David entered the photography industry Leadership opportunities out there right now The importance of relationship building The biggest challenges artists are facing right now The importance of having the right mindset for your business despite t...more

  • Beyond Technique: Bobbi Lane and Lee Varis discuss perseverance and a positive attitude

    Jun 17 2021

    Welcome to Beyond Technique, the podcast that empowers photographers to bring their businesses to the next level, brought to you by Platypod, Photofocus and Skip Cohen University. Today we chat with the dynamic duo, Bobbi Lane and Lee Varis! We discuss: Their background and how they got started in the photography industry How they survived the pandemic  The importance of continuing education What photographers need to do to get their business back on track The challenges of working with a sp...more

  • Beyond Technique: Tim and Beverly Walden discuss the secret sauce behind their photography business

    May 20 2021

    Welcome to Beyond Technique, the podcast that empowers photographers to bring their businesses to the next level, brought to you by Platypod, Photofocus and Skip Cohen University. Today we chat with fine art portrait photographers Tim and Beverly Walden. We discuss: How they each got started in the photography industry The things photographers need to be doing the most right now. Getting out of analysis paralysis What kept them going through the pandemic Their mentoring programs How they sell t...more

  • Mind Your Own Business: Will Cadena discusses why you should care about your clients

    May 13 2021

    Welcome to Mind Your Own Business, the podcast that helps photographers improve their business and their lives! Today we chat with photographer Will Cadena as he shares why we should care about photography clients. Get ready to be inspired! We discuss: How Will got started in the photography industry How his work as an assistant helped his career later on The importance of continuing education How he survived the pandemic and kept in touch with his clients Important lessons learned on his journ...more

  • Mind Your Own Business: Kristen Jensen Discusses the Process of Branding

    Apr 08 2021

    Welcome to Mind Your Own Business, the podcast that helps photographers improve their business and their lives! Today we chat with photographer Kristen Jensen as she discusses the process and impact of growing your business brand! Get ready to be inspired! We discuss: How Kristen got her start in the industry The importance of and how to define branding Maintaining your brand through the pandemic Challenges faced over the last year The benefits of a well-done personal marketing video for your a...more

  • See differently: InFocus Interview Show with Joel Grimes

    Apr 01 2021

    This week we sit down with photographer Joel Grimes. We learn about getting your career started, dealing with rejection, and the need to reinvent yourself. He also shares his unique approach to lighting and composition. -------------------------- Joel is a commercial advertising photographer whose style of capturing portraits has earned him the attention from many of the finest advertising agencies and art buyers. He strongly believes in creating images that go beyond the normal commercial appli...more

  • Beyond Technique: Frederick Van Johnson shares how to "fireproof" your business

    Mar 18 2021

    Welcome to Beyond Technique, the podcast that empowers photographers to bring their businesses to the next level, brought to you by Platypod, Photofocus and Skip Cohen University. Today we chat with photographer and host Frederick van Johnson! Check out Platypod.com the world's most compact tripod for photographers! We discuss: How Frederick got his unique start in photography The concept of "fireproofing" your photography business The role of mental and physical health in your life and busines...more

  • Mind Your Own Business: Clay Blackmore discusses sowing seeds and building relationships

    Mar 11 2021

    Welcome to Mind Your Own Business, the podcast that helps photographers improve their business and their lives! Today we chat with photographer Clay Blackmore as he discusses sowing seeds and building relationships. Get ready to be inspired! We discuss: How Clay got his start in the industry How to build relationships with other businesses Adding motion to still images to better serve your clients The role of storytelling in photography How Clay is keeping in touch with clients and building rel...more

  • Unlock Your Creativity: InFocus Interview Show with Nicole S. Young

    Mar 04 2021

    In this week's episode, Photofocus publisher Rich Harrington sits down with educator and photographer Nicole S. Young.  They tackle advice on composition, talk about essential gear, and strategies for traveling with non-photographers.

  • Beyond Technique: Bryan Caporicci discusses the importance of new revenue streams, transparency, and more!

    Feb 18 2021

    Welcome to Beyond Technique, the podcast that empowers photographers to bring their businesses to the next level, brought to you by Platypod, Photofocus and Skip Cohen University. Today we chat with photographer and owner of SproutStudio, Bryan Caporicci about how to keep your business alive during the pandemic, and beyond! Check out Platypod.com We discuss: Bryan's unusual start to the photography industry Why we should be diversifying our revenue streams right now The importance of keeping in...more

  • Mind Your Own Business: Riley Arthur shares journalism and publishing tips

    Feb 11 2021

    Welcome to Mind Your Own Business, the podcast that helps photographers improve their business and their lives! Today we chat with photographer Riley Arthur about the challenges of journalism, building relationships and publishing tips. Get ready to be inspired! We discuss: How Riley got started in the industry The challenges of being a journalist today (physical distancing, health issues, the pandemic) The challenges of getting published How she built a relationship with National Geographic Th...more

  • Stop Being Stuck in Photoshop: InFocus Interview Show with Dave Cross and Scott Valentine

    Feb 07 2021

    In this week's episode, Photofocus publisher Rich Harrington sits down with two Photoshop gurus. First we learn from Hall of Fame member Dave Cross on how to approach Photoshop and modernize your workflow as well as the Photoshop Virtual Summit. We also hear from Scott Valentine author of the new book “The Hidden Power of Adobe Photoshop: Mastering Blend Modes and Adjustment Layers for Photography.” Join us for a great show. Be sure to let us know if you have any thoughts or questions in the com...more

  • InFocus Interview: Making Great Photos in time of COVID

    Jan 30 2021

    In this weeks episode, Photofocus publisher Rich Harrington sits down with two expert photographers.  We learn from portrait photographer and retoucher Kristina Sherk on how to make great portraits and edit your photos.  We also hear from Mike Kubeisy on how to break into the tough Hollywood crowd and make it on-set (hint it’s all about attitude).  Plus both offer safety and business advice for trying to be a photographer during the COVID Pandemic.

  • Beyond Technique: Roberto Valenzuela Discusses How to Make 2021 Great for Your Photography Business

    Jan 21 2021

    Welcome to Beyond Technique, the podcast that empowers photographers to bring their businesses to the next level, brought to you by Platypod.com, Photofocus and Skip Cohen University. Today we chat with photographer Roberto Valenzuela about to prepare and gear up your business to make 2021 better than ever! Check out Platypod.com Multi-kit Blowout Sale! We discuss: How Roberto got started in the photography industry How to use social media to get new clients The importance of keeping in touch w...more

  • Mind Your Own Business: New Year, New Plans!

    Jan 14 2021

    Welcome to Mind Your Own Business, the podcast that helps photographers improve their business and their lives! Today Skip and I have a detailed discussion about what photographers can do to make 2021 (and 2022, actually) better than ever. "Growth only happens outside your comfort zone" We discuss: The theme for 2021 is diversity in your specialty Diversity in your skillset Video and storytelling Clean up your website - bio and galleries Direct mail personal letter to all your clients Community...more

  • Beyond Technique: Monica Royal Discusses Macro and Fine Art Photography

    Dec 16 2020

    Welcome to Beyond Technique, the podcast that empowers photographers to bring their businesses to the next level, brought to you by Platypod, Photofocus and Skip Cohen University. Today we chat with photographer Monica Royal about her business and how she's planning for 2021! Check out Platypod's Black Friday Specials! We discuss: How Monica got started in the photography industry Why it's so important to face fear and put yourself out there How she views the concepts of "trends" in the industr...more

  • Mind Your Own Business: Tom Curley discusses sowing the seeds for an amazing 2021

    Dec 11 2020

    Welcome to Mind Your Own Business, the podcast that helps photographers improve their business and their lives! Today we chat with photographer Tom Curley about the importance (and excitement!) of making plans for the future, as well as how he is currently sowing the seeds for his future success. Get ready to be inspired! We discuss: How Tom got his start in the photography industry Challenges photographers are facing today How he has had to pivot in the photography industry over the years The ...more

  • Beyond Technique: JB Sallee shares how he is staying productive and planning for the future

    Nov 18 2020

    Welcome to Beyond Technique, the podcast that empowers photographers to bring their businesses to the next level, brought to you by Platypod, Photofocus and Skip Cohen University. Today we chat with photographer JB Sallee about how he's staying productive during 2020 and planning for the future! Check out Platypod's Black Friday Specials! We discuss: How JB got started in the photography industry How he is sustaining his business given the challenges of 2020 How he is maintaining relationships ...more

  • Mind Your Own Business: Jerry and Melissa Ghionis Discuss How They Grow Their Business

    Nov 13 2020

    Welcome to Mind Your Own Business, the podcast that helps photographers improve their business and their lives! Today, we chat with Jerry and Melissa Ghionis, the dynamic duo behind Jerry Ghionis Photography. You don't want to miss this! We discuss: How they got started individual, and as a team How they are dealing with challenges of 2020 The advantages of working as a duo and each finding their own "sweet spot", role-wise Growing together as a couple Current projects they're working on that h...more

  • Beyond Technique: Levi Sim Discusses Relationship Building and Being Helpful

    Oct 28 2020

    Welcome to Beyond Technique, the podcast that empowers photographers to bring their businesses to the next level, brought to you by Platypod, Photofocus and Skip Cohen University. Today we chat with photographer Levi Sim about how relationship building and being helpful has moved his photography forward. Check out Platypod's new Ultra Commercial Twin Pack! We discuss: How Levi got started in his photography career The importance of being helpful and having a thick skin as you build your photogr...more

  • Mind Your Own Business: Glen Clark discusses tips for getting sponsorship opportunities

    Oct 09 2020

    Welcome to Mind Your Own Business, the podcast that helps photographers improve their business and their lives! Today, we chat with Glen Clark. Glen discusses ways to get your foot in the door with companies for sponsorship opportunities. You don't want to miss this! We discuss: How Glen got started in the photography industry How to begin the process of forming relationships with companies in order get sponsorships Tips for building your skillset and doing your homework Tips for building your ...more

  • Mind Your Own Business: Shiv Verma shares ways to stay creative and move your business forward

    Sep 18 2020

    Welcome to Mind Your Own Business, the podcast that helps photographers improve their business and their lives! Today, we chat with photographer Shiv Verma! Shiv discusses ways to foster your creativity and improve your photography business. We discuss: How Shiv got started as a professional photographer The role patience plays in his photography process and workflow Fun ways to stay creative during down time Things Shiv is doing to keeping optimism and moral high Ways to improve your photogra...more

  • Beyond Technique: Shep Hyken discusses how to be proactive and build customer loyalty

    Sep 16 2020

    Welcome to Beyond Technique, the podcast that empowers photographers to bring their businesses to the next level, brought to you by Platypod, Photofocus and Skip Cohen University. Today we chat with customer service expert Shep Hyken about effective ways photographers can be proactive and build customer loyalty! Check out Platypod: The world's most compact tripod for photographers and filmmakers! We discuss: How Shep got started in his customer service career Opportunities to build customer l...more

  • Beyond Technique: Wildlife Photographer Moose Peterson Discusses Maintaining Passion and Focus

    Aug 19 2020

    Welcome to Beyond Technique Hello and welcome to Beyond Technique, the podcast that empowers photographers to bring their businesses to the next level, brought to you by and Platypod, Photofocus and Skip Cohen University. Today we chat with wildlife photographer Moose Peterson!   Check out Platypod: The world's most compact tripod for photographers and filmmakers! We discuss: How Moose got started in his photography career Why having passion for the creative process is so important How he rais...more

  • Mind Your Own Business: Nicole Begley Discusses Growing Her Pet Photography Business

    Aug 14 2020

    Welcome to Mind Your Own Business, the podcast that helps photographers improve their business and their lives! Today, we chat with pet photographer Nicole Begley. Nicole discusses how she's grown her pet photography business over the years and great tips for aspiring pet photographers! We discuss: How Nicole got started as a professional pet photographer Technique and tips she uses for better photo sessions How Nicole has learned to "speak their language" when it comes to pets How she's kept ...more

  • InFocus Interview Show: The importance of monitor calibration with John Walrath

    Jul 31 2020

    My guest is an Imaging Training & Technical Support Manager at DataColor please welcome John Walrath Topics include what is monitor calibration, are monitors already calibrated, why do I need to calibrate my monitor, dual monitors and why doesn’t the color look identical and Datacolor's new calibration kit. Be sure to let us know if you have any thoughts or questions in the comments section. We do our best to answer all questions in a timely manner. You can be the next guest on our podcast Do yo...more

  • InFocus Interview Show: Understanding studio lighting

    Jul 24 2020

    My guest is a California based photographer who has a distinguished career in Hollywood, working on several number one Hit shows including NCIS, NCIS LA, House, Grey’s Anatomy and many more. He’s an educator and has shared his talents with many photographers. Please Welcome Mike Kubeisy. Topics include what are the different types of lights, personal gear Mike uses and why, challenging lighting conditions and light modifiers. Be sure to let us know if you have any thoughts or questions in the co...more

  • Beyond Technique: Mike Peters Discusses Street Photography and Treating His Subjects with Respect

    Jul 15 2020

    Welcome to Beyond Technique, the podcast that empowers photographers to bring their businesses to the next level! Today we chat with Mike Peters about how he handles street photography, treating his subjects with respect, and building rapport with them while on the field. You don't want to miss this! Be sure to check out Platypod®, the world’s most compact tripod! In particular, we cover: How Mike got started in his photographic journey How he handles usage rights with street photography Challe...more

  • Mind Your Own Business: Staying Relevant and Keeping a Positive Mindset with Kay Eskridge

    Jul 10 2020

    Welcome to Mind Your Own Business, the podcast that helps photographers improve their business and their lives! Today, we chat with portrait photographer Kay Eskridge. Kay shares how she's staying relevant as a photographer during these unusual times, as well as how she's keeping a positive mindset and making plans for the future. We discuss: How Kay got started How she maintains a healthy mindset during the pandemic Staying relevant How she's keeping in touch with clients How she's offering n...more

  • InFocus Interview Show: The best of series

    Jul 03 2020

    My first guest for this special best-of series is Jack Reznicki. Jack is an internationally renowned commercial people and children photographer based in his beloved New York City. My second guest is Gregory Daniel. Gregory is an award-winning portrait photographer who has been sharing his knowledge and love for a photographer for close to 40 years. He is currently the new President of PPA In this episode, we discuss why it’s important to choose a reputable litigator if your images are used with...more

  • InFocus Interview Show: Capturing Chaos with Bryan Esler

    Jun 26 2020

    My guest is a corporate and community event photographer whose recent work has been focusing on chaos in our communities. He also serves as the Photofocus managing editor, please welcome Bryan Esler. Topics include dealing with current events, photographing chaotic events and looking for a positive outcome. Be sure to let us know if you have any thoughts or questions in the comments section. We do our best to answer all questions in a timely manner. You can be the next guest on our podcast Do yo...more

  • Beyond Technique: Cindy Harter Discusses Optimism, and Making Clients Feel Comfortable in the New Normal

    Jun 17 2020

    Welcome to Beyond Technique, the podcast that empowers photographers to bring their businesses to the next level!  Today, we chat with photographer Cindy Harter about the role of positivity in her business, ways she builds trust with her clients in the "new normal", and ways to build your business in a small town. Be sure to check out Platypod®, the world’s most compact tripod! In particular, we cover: How Cindy got started The role of years of selfless relationship building to sustain her bus...more

  • InFocus Interview Show: Finding your direction with Jared Polin (NSFW)

    Jun 10 2020

    My guest is a photographer and educator who has helped shape the photo industry, please welcome Jared Polin. Jared is a successful photographer who has shared his knowledge and love for photography with over a million subscribers on his YouTube channel  for the past 10 years. Topics includes finding your path as a photographer, understanding your gear and the importance of educating your self. Be sure to let us know if you have any thoughts or questions in the comments section. We do our best to...more

  • Mind Your Own Business: Rosh Sillars Discusses How Every Photographer Can Stand Out

    Jun 05 2020

    Welcome to Mind Your Own Business, the podcast that helps photographers improve their business and their lives! Today, we chat with pro photographer, marketer, and podcaster Rosh Sillars on how to make your photography business stand out from the crowd! We discuss: How Rosh got his start as a photographer How his career has evolved over time How having an "and" can help every photographer's career Tips for photographers to stand out from the crowd Ways to grow your business now with the pandem...more

  • InFocus Interview Show: How to get the most out of metal printing with Mirza Izic

    May 29 2020

    My guest is the general manager of the premiere metal printing and project management company Image Wizards, Mirza Izic. Mirza has a unique task not just managing the company but also creating educational content teaching how to get the most out of metal printing.  Topic includes proper setup, proofing, black and white printing and how to upload large files. Be sure to let us know if you have any thoughts or questions in the comments section. We do our best to answer all questions in a timely ma...more

  • InFocus Interview Show: The importance of registering your photos with Jack Reznicki

    May 22 2020

    My guest is an internationally renowned commercial people and children photographer based in his beloved New York City. His creative problem solving has helped promote products and services for many companies such as Toys “R” Us, The Wall Street, Kodak, and many more. He has several Time Magazine covers. In this episode, we discuss why is it important to register your photographs and why it's important to choose a reputable litigator if your images are used without your consent. Be sure to let u...more

  • Beyond Technique: Sherry Hagerman Discusses the Importance of Education

    May 20 2020

    Welcome to Beyond Technique, the podcast that empowers photographers to bring their businesses to the next level!  Today, we chat with wedding photographer and ClickCon creator Sherry Hagerman. She discusses the important role that education plays in every photographer's career, as well as exciting new educational opportunities! Be sure to check out Platypod®, the world’s most compact tripod!  In particular, we cover: How Sherry got started in the wedding and portrait photography industry How ...more

  • Mind Your Own Business: Larry Becker Discusses How to Look Great on Camera

    May 08 2020

    Welcome to Mind Your Own Business, the podcast that helps photographers improve their business and their lives! Today, we chat with pro photographer, trainer, and podcaster Larry Becker about how to look (and sound!) your best when on camera. We discuss: How Larry got his start in the industry His new book, Great On Camera Practical tips to get better audio Why eye contact is so important when creating video Lighting tips you can immediately use when creating video Wardrobe tips Equipment re...more

  • InFocus Interview Show: Choosing the right lens with Rick Friedman

    May 01 2020

    My guest is a Photojournalist, Educator, and Author who has photographed ever Presidental campaign since Jimmy Carter, please welcome Rick Friedman. In this episode, Rick talks about his experience with Tamron lenses and his lens choice from his recent overseas assignments. You can be the next guest on our podcast Do you have an idea for a topic or want to hear from your favorite photographer or influencer in our industry? Send an email to Vanelli at v@photofocus.com with the subject line of INF...more

  • InFocus Interview Show: Success through PPA

    Apr 24 2020

    My guest is an award-winning portrait photographer who has been sharing his knowledge and love for a photographer for close to 40 years. He is currently the new President of PPA please welcome Gregory Daniel. In this episode, we discuss Gregory's personal journey as a photographer for 40 plus years, how PPA helps photographers learn about running a business, how PPA has temporarily opened its site to all artists to help with valuable information about the new stimulus bill and how to apply for r...more

  • Beyond Technique: Charles and Jennifer Maring Discuss Growing Outside of Your Comfort Zone

    Apr 14 2020

    Welcome to Beyond Technique, the podcast that empowers photographers to bring their businesses to the next level!   Check out the Platypod.com blog for creative ideas you can do at home! Today, we chat with photographers and creative artists Charles and Jennifer Maring! They share their journey, and how we can all grow as creative artists when we step outside of our comfort zone. In particular, we cover: Their background and how they got started The things they've done to change the focus of t...more

  • Mind Your Own Business: Newborn Photographer Kelly Brown Discusses Building Trust with Clients

    Apr 09 2020

    Welcome to Mind Your Own Business, the podcast that helps photographers improve their business and their lives! Today, we chat with newborn photographer Kelly Brown about the process of building trust with her clients, and more! We discuss: How Kelly got started as a photographer How Kelly builds trust with both the mom and children during a portrait session The challenges of newborn photography How her unique studio impacts her community Areas new newborn photographers struggle with and need ...more

  • InFocus Interview Show: The benefits of a hands-on photography conference with Sherry Hagerman

    Apr 03 2020

    My guest is a Wedding and Portrait  Photographer who, after attending her fair share of photography conferences, decided to change up the traditional conferences and host her own Hands-on Photography conferences. Please welcome the founder of ClickCon Sherry Hagerman.  Our Topic includes the benefits of a hands-on photography conference, what is Click Con, Sherry's inspiration to host a hands-on photography conference, and the benefits of hands learning. Be sure to let us know if you have any th...more

  • Infocus Interview Show: How to produce your own webinar with Glen Aspeslagh

    Mar 27 2020

    My guest is the co-founder of the popular all-in-one live streaming production platform Ecamm Live. Please welcome Glen Aspeslagh. Topics include the purpose of Ecamm Live, popular features of Ecamm Live, how members use Ecamm Live in their business. Be sure to let us know if you have any thoughts or questions in the comments section. We do our best to answer all questions in a timely manner. You can be the next guest on our podcast Do you have an idea for a topic or want to hear from your favor...more

  • Beyond Technique: Constructive actions you can take for your business during a crisis

    Mar 17 2020

    Welcome to Beyond Technique, the podcast that empowers photographers to bring their businesses to the next level! Today, we discuss constructive actions you can take during this pandemic crisis. Now is the perfect time to grow as a photographer, expand your skillset, and stay connected with your clients online. Listen in to get some great ideas. Topics we discuss: This is a time to fine-tune your skillset. Think through your marketing plans for the year ahead. Perfect time to put out a newslet...more

  • Mind Your Own Business: Eddie Tapp discusses the importance of keeping your skillset up-to-date

    Mar 13 2020

    Welcome to Mind Your Own Business, the podcast that helps photographers improve their business and their lives! Today, we chat with photographer Eddie Tapp about the importance of keeping your skillset up-to-date.   We discuss: How he got his start and gained traction in the industry How the industry has changed When it's time to make a change or add new skills Photography business lessons he's learned over the years The role of relationship building What makes drone photography unique Advice ...more

  • InFocus Interview Show: Why you should join a camera club or PPA with Mike Fults

    Feb 28 2020

    My guest is a portrait photographer specializing in family and pets. He is very active with local, state and national levels of PPA. Please welcome Mike Fults. Topics include the benefits of joining PPA, the different levels within PPA — Local, State and National and how they are different. Be sure to let us know if you have any thoughts or questions in the comments section. We do our best to answer all questions in a timely manner. You can be the next guest on our podcast Do you have an idea fo...more

  • Beyond Technique: Relationship Building in Music Photography with Steve Brazill

    Feb 20 2020

    Welcome to Beyond Technique, the podcast that empowers photographers to bring their businesses to the next level! Today, we chat with FM personality, journalist, music photographer and podcaster Steve Brazill! We discuss relationship building within the live music industry, a behind-the-scenes peek at what it takes to take great photos at a concert, and more!     Topics we discuss: The journey that led Steve to music photography The specific gear (and focal lengths!) he uses when working a con...more

  • Mind Your Own Business: Deb Sandidge discusses the process of creativity

    Feb 14 2020

    Welcome to Mind Your Own Business, the podcast that helps photographers improve their business and their lives. Today, we chat with wedding photographer Deb Sandidge. We discuss the process of creativity and how to apply that to your business! Topics include: How Deb got started as a photographer How imagination plays a role in the creative process The role of creative projects, and how Deb finds inspiration How Deb focuses on relaxing and experimentation How she gets her work noticed The role...more

  • InFocus Interview Show: The evolving photography industry, with Arlene Evans

    Jan 31 2020

    My guest is Content Director for Emerald Expositions, the group responsible for Photography conferences WPPI and Photo Plus along with magazines PDN and Rangefinder. Please welcome Arlene Evans. Topics include discontinuing PDN magazine, Rangefinder shifting to an all-digital content hub with the WPPI exclusive edition distributed at the show, greater integration between Rangefinder and WPPI, and the state of the photography industry as a whole. Be sure to let us know if you have any thoughts or...more

  • Beyond Technique: Start your year out right with these 29 tips!

    Jan 15 2020

    Welcome to Beyond Technique, the podcast that empowers photographers to bring their businesses to the next level. Today, Skip Cohen and Chamira Young discuss 29 ways to start your year off right! From marketing to networking to reviewing your price list, we talk about ways to make 2020 better than ever! The 29 tips we discuss: Develop a routine to start each day Review your policies and get them off your website Review your price list Feed your brain, don't go stagnant, new things are developi...more

  • Mind Your Own Business: Vanessa Joy discusses client expectations and relationship building

    Jan 10 2020

    Welcome to Mind Your Own Business, the podcast that helps photographers improve their business and their lives. Today, we chat with wedding photographer and educator Vanessas Joy. Join us as we discuss setting client expectations, relationship building, and more! Topics include: How Vanessa got started in her career, and how she gained valuable knowledge Trends in education and the areas photographers struggle the most What products are hot with clients How she utilizes relationship building i...more

  • Infocus Interview Show: Goal Setting with Skip Cohen

    Jan 03 2020

    My guest has been in the photographic industry his entire adult life. He is a Marketing & Social Media guru who has written numerous books, has spoken at all major photography conferences and has host thousands of Podcasting hours helping photographers reach their potential. Please welcome Skip Cohen. Topics include goal-setting, matching your target audience, how to relax and recharge yourself and taking stock of your assets and what you need to work on. Be sure to let us know if you have any t...more

  • InFocus Interview Show: Best of Edition with Nick Matos, Ben Saint-Denis and John Filson

    Dec 27 2019

    In this Best of Edition, my first guests are two talented Digital Marketing gurus that are part of a marketing team that can help you gain more customers, Nick Matos and Ben Saint-Denis from Fueled on Bacon. Our topic is How to be found online. My second guest is a California based educator, motivational speaker and peacebuilder working to change the causes of social conflict. He makes content to share things he's passionate about and to connect with others who want to use their talents to make ...more

  • Beyond Technique: A story of hope with Suzette Allen

    Dec 18 2019

    Welcome to Beyond Technique, the podcast that empowers photographers to bring their businesses to the next level. Today, we chat with photographer and educator Suzette Allen! We discuss Suzette's journey of overcoming a horrific accident and building the life of her dreams.   Topics we discuss: How Suzette got started in photography How a freak accident affected the rest of her life The process of physically healing her body The long process of healing her brain injury How she got got back int...more

  • Mind Your Own Business: The Top Lessons Learned from the Year

    Dec 13 2019

    Welcome to Mind Your Own Business, the podcast that helps photographers improve their business and their lives. Today, we chat about the top lessons we've learned from the year with our incredible guests. With each podcast guest, we've either learned something new or been reminded of the importance of staying focused. We all know how to focus a camera, but there is no auto-focus on business or life! We discuss: 1. Stay focused on your dreams while staying relevant. Karen Kuehn's episode: She hi...more

  • InFocus Interview Show: How to be found online with Nick Matos and Ben Saint-Denis

    Dec 06 2019

    My guests are two talented Digital Marketing gurus that are part of a marketing team that can help you be found online and gain more customers -- please welcome Nick Matos and Ben Saint-Denis from Fueled on Bacon. Topic includes blogging tips, leveraging social media, building local citations and directories, long-tail keywords, what to write in your metadata and best tools to use. Be sure to let us know if you have any thoughts or questions in the comments section. We do our best to answer all ...more

  • InFocus Interview Show: Finding the Top Photo Spots with Jim Nix

    Nov 22 2019

    My guest is a talented author, educator, Travel Photographer and popular YouTube influencer specializing in travel photography and photo editing, with over 500 free video tutorials please welcome Jim Nix. Topic includes finding the top photo spots, how to plan your photography trip the best gear to bring, Jim's favorite spots, the first-ever Luminar Photo Camp in Iceland and announcing our first winner in the Photofocus Celebrates 21 Years contest. The winner received up to a $1000.00 Xpozer gif...more

  • Beyond Technique: Building Relationships Around the World with Matthew Jordan Smith

    Nov 19 2019

    Welcome to Beyond Technique, the podcast that empowers photographers to bring their businesses to the next level. Today, we chat with celebrity, commercial, fashion, and beauty photographer Matthew Jordan Smith! We discuss how Matthew builds relationships and friendships with clients while now being based out of Tokyo, Japan.     Other topics include: How Matthew got started as a photographer Photography being a universal language, no matter where you live How Matthew is constantly building ne...more

  • Mind Your Own Business: Photography Business Coaching with Luci Dumas

    Nov 08 2019

    Welcome to Mind Your Own Business, the podcast that helps photographers improve their business and their lives. Today, we chat with portrait photographer and business coach Luci Dumas. She has a passion for helping her fellow photographers bring their businesses up to the next level!  Join us as we discuss common struggles photographers have, how to overcome those struggles, and more! Topics include: How Luci got started in her career Trends photographers struggle with How to be your clients' ...more

  • InFocus Interview Show: Hosting a successful Facebook group with Andrew Kavanagh

    Nov 01 2019

    My guest is a well respected Photoshop tutor and photo editor who host one of the most successful Facebook Groups with close to a half a million members, please welcome Andrew Kavanagh. Topics include how to pick a focus theme, ways to be a helpful group, the benefits of hosting a group and the Pros and cons of running a Facebook group. You can find more information about Andrew by joining the new Photoshop and Lightroom Group.  If you are currently a member of the group, you should rejoin the n...more

  • Beyond Technique: Relationship Building and Communication with Don Prentice

    Oct 16 2019

    Welcome to Beyond Technique, the podcast that empowers photographers to bring their businesses to the next level. Today, we chat with Don Prentice, co-founder of Phototexting.com! We discuss how relationship building relates to every photographer's business, and the ways communication is changing. Other topics include: Don's history and experience in the industry  Why texting is so important for photographers as they communicate with their clients  Interesting stats that offer insights into how...more