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Shutterbug Life podcast

Shutterbug Life is a weekly podcast that celebrates the creative photographer's lifestyle. Through a series of discussions, expert interviews, and photo challenges, the podcast examines everything you need to be, do, or have to reach your full photographic potential. Episodes are designed to be helpful no matter where you are on your learning path. Shutterbug Life podcast is hosted by Lynford Morton, a second-generation photographer who build one of Washington, DC’s fastest growing photography Meetup communities, Shutterbug Excursions. He has also trained thousands of photographers to take great pictures in Washington, DC and New Orleans from the business he founded, PhotoTour Excursions. Now he recreates the community of enthusiast photographers with Shutterbug Life.
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Mar 30, 2015

I got an unexpected request this week from a marketer. She'd found one of my images and wanted to know if she could use it on her blog. I thanked for the request, but she didn't really need to ask me. I'd already given her permission.

I vigorously protect my copyright but didn't care if she used my image for free without asking. 

Can giving away your images for free be the pathway to success? Some of the proponents of Creative Commons licensing structure believe that's the case. Others say you get no real benefit from it. I'll explain both sides of the argument and how Creative Commons all works.

What about copyright? When should you take control of it? Can you do that on a derivative work? What about when you work as a freelancer and your client thinks she bought you outright. How does that work? There are nuances and there's the nitty gritty. Copyrights can be complicated.

These are the issues we discuss in today's episode. I call it lawyer-ish because we do cover some legal issues -- with Phil Marcus, the intellectual property attorney. I also talk about some licensing approaches that might just keep you lawyer free.

Mar 22, 2015

Some confessions catch you off guard.

We're all used to the oversharing that floods Facebook, but the real vulnerable, here's what I'm really feeling confessions? Nah, we don't post that.

Well, David Molnar did. On one of the most popular photography blogs, he shared what his inner critic was saying to him. He shared the insecurities that many of us harbor when it comes to photography.

And this week he joins me to talk about it, again.

He'll share what led him to this discovery, how he dealt with it, and how he challenges all of us to overcome that self doubt and create our best work.

If you've ever struggled with your inner critic, you'll want to listen to David's journey.

Mar 16, 2015

We were barely into our photo tour when it became obvious that Christine came with lots of questions. She was excited to learn photography, but she was clearly in research mode. 

Christine wanted to buy a new camera, and she wanted some advice about what she should buy and why. 

On just about every photo tour I've ever led, I've heard questions about gear. They usually fall into two categories.

  • You usually want to buy something new, and you need to justify it.
  • You want to make sure you save money and smart purchase.

In this episode, I answer many of the questions I continually hear from you.

Mar 8, 2015

Stole Jenn's Pic was the Instagram headline that stopped me dead in my tracks. 

Someone was using a pic of Jenn Herman, of Jenn's Trends, to promote a product that wasn't Jenn's. What's worse, the thief refused to remove photo when confronted.

How did Jenn respond? She didn't call a lawyer. She didn't write to Instagram. She simply unleashed the fury of her online community.

In this episode, I interview Jenn Herman, on how she used social media to take down a photo thief.

 

I also share some tips from a photo attorney.

 

Get the show notes at http://bit.ly/shutterbuglife010.

Mar 4, 2015

MW de Jesus wrote that he wanted to take more photos, but he is an introvert and feels self conscious. How does he photograph people when he doesn't want to draw attention to himself?

I feel like I've met MW. So many times I've heard versions of this story in Meetups and photo tours. 'I'd love to take more photos in public, but I'm self conscious.'

I think I've even said it a time or two. In this Ask Lyn segment, I'll share a number of suggestions to help MW and the rest of us get out of our own way. 

Mar 2, 2015

While photo contests can be great for exposure, feedback, and even money, there's plenty that can go wrong.

Sunday, March 1, the podcast went live, as we discussed everything photographers need to know about contests and critiques.

Mar 2, 2015

While photo contests can be great for exposure, feedback, and even money, there's plenty that can go wrong.

Sunday, March 1, the podcast went live, as we discussed everything photographers need to know about contests and critiques.

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