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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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Now displaying: October, 2015
Oct 29, 2015

Last week, I was one of more than 21,000 professional photographers, photography enthusiasts, filmmakers, students and educators from around the world who attended PhotoPlus Expo in New York City. 

PhotoPlus features over 100 educational seminars, Photo Walks and Master Classes, and over 225 exhibitors displaying thousands of the latest products and services to touch, try and compare.

I use the trip as my opportunity to get caught up on the trends in the photography industry and speak directly to the manufacturers about their products and plans.

This year, I found five areas that are noteworthy for us.

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Oct 21, 2015

In Ms. Van Horn's kindergarten class, we were all creative.

I was part of a circle of 4 and 5 year olds who differed in many ways — not all of us could read or identify colors or numbers. But when it was time to color, draw or build something cool, we all rushed to the play area at full speed. We were all creative. 

These days, I'm sure if I could arrange a reunion of my kindergarten classmates, we might all feel differently about our natural creativity. I know because I hear the same uncertainty when I talk with any group of photographers, who I'm sure were all once kindergartners. 

My standard question, "what are you struggling with these days?" generates a lot of "I'm just not that creative" responses.

Tom Kelley says that's just not true. Tom is an innovation consultant and author of the book, Creative Confidence, and I have fallen for his thesis.

We are long past kindergarten, but if we buy in to the premise that anyone can be creative, and I do, how do we go about relearning the steps? 

I have six strategies that anyone can use to learn creativity.

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Oct 16, 2015

If you have listened to any of my podcast episodes, I'd love to hear from you. Please take my 2015 Shutterbug Life listener/reader survey.

I know everyone is crazy busy these days, but if you listen to the podcast or follow the blog, completing the survey will benefit you in two ways.

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Oct 7, 2015

When we begin contemplating adding to our arsenal of camera gear, one of the of the trickier areas to navigate are lenses. You have to understand elements and groups; lens mounts and formats; new vs. used and so much more.

Let's talk about all the decision points in buying a lens and break them up into the seven questions I'm asked most often.

  1. Should I invest more in the lens or camera?
  2. Which lens should I buy next?
  3. What are the key features you should look for when evaluating a lens?
  4. Should I only buy lenses from the same manufacturer as my camera?
  5. Should I buy a used lens?
  6. What should I look for when I am buying a used lens?
  7. Why are lenses so flipping expensive?!

Somewhere in this list, I hope I have the questions and answers that you might have about lenses.

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Oct 2, 2015

Whether you are attending a World Wide Photo Walk, a photography Meetup or some other gathering for photographers, the last thing you want to do is show up unprepared.

I often get questions from potential attendees.

"What lens should I bring?"
"What camera should I bring?"
"What should I expect?

In this episode, I answer everything from the legal to the logistics.

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