It’s always fun and, let’s be honest, a little weird to be the special guest on a show. I mean, 99% of the time I’m focused whatever I’m creating next. So when someone asks me to talk about what I know, I sometimes get a little self-conscious.
But it is fun to share – I think that’s a human thing. So I figured what the heck – and joined awesome hosts Tanya Wallis and Stu Davidson on Creation Wars last week. And ya know what? It’s was fun and I didn’t feel too weird!
CW is the official online show of Trey Ratcliff’s The Arcanum, where they talk about all kinds of photography-related learning. With me, it was kind of topic-palooza; from the creative process, to critiques, to what I always have in my camera bag.
I put the show notes just below the video, with what was said and where – just in case you want to skip around and hear only what interests you. 😉
In keeping with our “awesome photographer” roll of late, I was SUPER stoked to Chat with Laurie Rubin!
She’s a Googler, award-winning wildlife and nature photographer and I’m delighted that she’s also my friend.
When it comes to animals and photography – you have never seen someone drop into “the zone” faster than Laurie when she’s got a critter in her photographic crosshairs. It’s an amazing transformation to behold! She’s so understated about her fabulous work… but I think you’ll agree with me that it’s pretty much jaw-dropping.
Laurie’s made a career and life out of photography… both with camera in-hand and as part of the NIK Software team that joined Google. There, she is part of a team on the cutting edge of some of the most exciting developments in photography today. Even still, home and heart is out in nature with her beloved animals. It’s all part of the inspired world of Laurie Rubin… who today, shares her photography, advice for young’ns just starting out, and the great humor and passion that makes her photo-awesome!
I have long admired Nicole S. Young. Not only is she a fabulous photographer… she lives her life as an artist AND a successful entrepreneur, tirelessly creating content and growing her empire. I often hear photographers and other artists wondering how to make a living at their craft and passion… all the while Nicole is cranking out yet another ebook, stock photograph, print book, tutorial, preset photo pack, blog post, interview, guest article, fine art print, you name it. All the while being a fantastic dog mom, wife and budding potter! It’s all just part of being Nicole…her intense creativity combined with an unparalleled gift for building her business make her a creative force magnificent to behold. She knows that if she can imagine it – she can do it. And boy, does she ever!
I’ve said often; one of my aims with this show is to chat with all kind of people who are “living their life as an artist… or better yet, living their life as if it were their art.” By that, I mean folks who spend their time creating their life by looking up and moving forward. They often make unconventional choices, find success using a combination of their imagination, hard work (which, because they love what they do, doesn’t seem so hard) and, as my mother used to say… using every permissible aid to further their mission and cause. They find joy and delight in doing so… and know that their great ideas are only as good as the actions they take to manifest them.
That’s what’s so inspiring about Nicole. She just has that “can do” attitude. She built her own online store, handles the writing AND the design on many of her eBooks, builds her own websites, cooks all the food she uses for the hugely successful stock food photography arm of her business, the list goes on. She’s also now taking classes and making pottery. I’ve seen a few of her pieces – they’re amazing!
As photographers, most of us use Lightroom and/or Photoshop… it’s just that as Nicole uses them, she also creates presets, actions and texture packs that she then sells on her website’s online store. She not only goes out and takes gorrrrgeous landscape photos, she writes a book and makes an accompanying video tutorial to help others do it better. And then shares some of the best tips on her social streams for free and does a quick (also free) 2 minute tutorial about some important aspect of the process.
I’m constantly fascinated to see how her mind works – the business and creative sides so closely interwoven it’s effortless.
What can I say? Nicole inspires me so much – I figured you’d love to meet her too.
From Photo Fun to Facebook Woes… this is a fun one! I join Trey and Company for conversation about:
– Some complaints and thoughts about Facebook and promoted posts (Alex did an experiment where he paid $40)
– We all share new photos (Alex from a Russian dungeon costume party, Thomas from Decompression, Karen from a recent trip, and me from a car trip here in New Zealand last weekend)
– How we are surprised at feedback on photos
– The new Google Nexus phone and photo-sphere mode
Gino Barasa and I team up again to guest host Trey’s Variety Hour! With Trey out traveling, we hold down the fort and are joined by Alan Shapiro, Ron Clifford, Michael Bonocore, Vivienne Gucwa, and Chris Chabot. We talk about “Photography, Relationships and Innovation at the Speed of Light!”
The panel discusses how ideas and innovations are happening at lightning speed these days and the role G+, other social media platforms are playing in this phenomena. We hear about some pretty cool developments in folks’ lives as result of these new developments… what some of the problems are we face as artists… and share a few “takeaways” that we can all apply to our lives and experience here!
Gino Barasa and I keep the home fires warm once more while Trey is out trekking. Actually, he was in the midst of moving to New Zealand!
We welcome Jaime Ibarra, Tanya Rochat, Brian Matiash, Kerry Murphy and Kelli Seeger Kim to talk about “Art, Inspiration & Point of View”.
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