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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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Sep 22, 2015

10 years ago, Adam Levner was alarmed when he saw the difference between the education that wealthy students and those from low-income schools received. As a former 5th-grade teacher turned community organizer, he often struggled trying to convey the magnitude of the problems he witnessed.

Then he realized his camera was the tool he needed to make a difference. Even better, empowering the students to tell their own stories through pictures could be even more effective.

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Sep 15, 2015

You gotta love the Allen Iverson rant. The former NBA all star was so incensed that a reporter asked him to describe his practice habits, he went on a five-minute rant. What was most memorable was Iverson repeating the word almost 24 times — "practice?!"

"We're talking about practice?!"

Now while we might all chuckle at Allen's indignation, are our attitudes as photographers any better about practice? Let's say that we agree practice is important, how should we practice?

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Sep 8, 2015

I had a lens once that just wouldn't take sharp photos. In photos, my subject always looked a little soft, especially around the eyes.

I was so frustrated, I bought a new lens -- and the new one had the same problem.

This was weird because online everyone was saying that this was such a sharp lens.

I made some adjustments to the way I was shooting and was astounded to see how much the lens improved. Who knew?

These days I regularly hear some version of the question "Why aren't my photos tack sharp?"

In this episode, I break down all the reasons you might not be getting the tack sharp images you want.

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Sep 1, 2015

How do you create the perfect photograph? The question recently came up during a discussion with a client about his camera club and their photo contests.

"What kinds of subjects do you all shoot," I asked?

"Mostly landscapes," he replied. "but the members are obsessed with being perfect." 

Inside I scoffed. What is a perfect photo? I've seen too many so-called perfect photos that bored me. They were technically perfect but had no life.

For me the perfect image is about more than just pixels.

I have expanded the perfect paradigm to mean the balance of three ideals. I call it the perfection triangle.

Listen to the podcast and view the show notes at bit.ly/shutterbuglife035.

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