Info

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.
RSS Feed
Shutterbug Life podcast
2017
March
February
January


2016
December
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January


2015
December
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January


All Episodes
Archives
Now displaying: Page 3
Apr 6, 2016

Let's get the easy answer out of the way first. No Steve Heiner is not giving away free Nikon DSLRs.

As Nikon's senior technical manager, Steve has answers on just about every other question you might have about Nikon cameras and lenses.

If you have ever wondered how Nikon decides what technology to include in the upcoming DSLRs, why you should spend more money on Nikon lenses rather than off brand options, or what Nikon was thinking with their mirrorless line, Steve answers all these questions and more.

In this episode of the podcast, I wove your questions and mine into a very interesting 45-minute conversation. Canon shooters might even find it interesting. 

 

Listen to the podcast. 

Mar 29, 2016

She said I created more work for her. 

That's what one of our listeners told me after she launched her new blog.

"I made the blog like you said. Now I don't know what to put on it. You just made more work for me," she said.

I get it. The empty canvas can be so intimidating. You created this living thing that you now need to feed. Did we just create more work?

Here's the good news. If you can write an email or a Facebook post, you have the skills you need to publish a blog. And it's a lot easier than you think.

Here are some ideas on blog topics. Use these to attract more viewers for your photography.

Listen to the podcast

Mar 21, 2016

Whether you travel to an exotic location or scoot around the corner in your neighborhood, here is a simple formula for creating your next great photo.The answer is in the questions. 

The answer is in the questions. 

You can work through the process of identifying your photo and choosing your camera settings with this simple format.

Answer these eight questions. In fact, use them as a checklist to create great images consistently.

Listen to the podcast.

Mar 12, 2016

Have you ever tried to take a photo of a beautiful scene only to find that the image looked nothing like you saw or expected? In photography, what you see isn't always what you get. 


Why is that? Your camera sees differently than you do. 
 
Here's the good news. Once you learn how the camera sees, you will find it much easier to create great photos anywhere.

Listen to the podcast

Mar 4, 2016

A lot of photographers were really ticked with Brooklyn Beckham.

Brooklyn, the 16-year-old son of David Beckham, is considering a photography career rather than following in his father's footsteps.
 
Here's what really upset many photographers. Burberry commissioned the photographer to shoot its the company's fragrance campaign, passing over so many established and professional photographers.
 
What those photographers missed is that Brooklyn is using the new rules of photography. With the new rules anyone can make an impact with their photography and photographers still employing the new rules will always be left behind. 

Listen to the podcast.

Feb 26, 2016

By now most of us are trained to resist the salesperson’s final question. “Do you need any bags, batteries, filters to go with that camera?"

We know it is the equivalent of “do you need fries with that that?”

Before you politely reply, “no thank you. I’ll take that Canon 5D Mark III to go,” consider purchasing these useful accessories.

Listen to the podcast.

Feb 19, 2016

You know that great photo you took? The one you really love? You shared it on Facebook and on your blog. I think you might have even won some awards for it. That one.

It's easier than ever for someone to steal it and share it as their own. Some people will even sell it as if they created it. It can and probably will happen to you.

What are you going to do about it? Here are 13 suggestions and one radical one for good measure.

Listen to the podcast

Feb 11, 2016

If you are surfing between Instagram, Facebook, Flickr and other social media platforms wondering what is the best way to use social media for your photography, then Jenna Martin has some advice for you.

Jenna Martin built a successful photography business promoting her underwater photography using largely online platforms.

Social media can be an effective tool for photographers. In this episode, Jenna shares her favorite platforms, how she uses each differently, and what strategies work best for photographers.

I interviewed Jenna while she was holding her new four-month-old baby, Leila. They both have plenty to say. :-)

 

Listen to the podcast

Feb 5, 2016

In episode 52, I spoke with Joe Newman about his experience creating a photography Meetup and community for DC Focused. Joe gave me so much good information about the Meetup, but we also talked about his experience creating the DC Focused photography blog. You can hear that part of the interview in this bonus to episode 52. Here is Joe Newman on the DC Focused blog.

Listen to the podcast.

Feb 5, 2016

By any objective standard, Joe Newman is not the kind of guy you expect to see leading a photography Meetup. He describes himself as a shy introvert and is very uncomfortable describing himself as a photographer.

Yet, in the last year, Joe has built a fast growing and very engaged group of photographers around his Meetup group and blog, DC Focused. 

The DC Focused photography community lives on Meetup, Facebook, Instagram and Flickr. Their Meetups are not just photo walks but challenges and an opportunity to be published.

A funny thing happened on Joe's journey to leading the new photography community, he became known as a photographer and became better at his craft.

Listen to the podcast.

Jan 27, 2016

It started in in 1941 after the bombing of Pearl Harbor and continues today — the idea of a debutante photographer in New York City to combine her passion for photography and her desire to serve and change her world.

Sometimes the biggest changes start with the smallest acts.

Maureen McNeill, executive director of the Josephine Herrick Project, shares how the volunteerism of a photographer 75 years ago has impacted more than 100,000 americans and how you can use your talents to make a difference as well.

Listen to the podcast

Jan 20, 2016

Art Silverglate gave me a software education on the PhotoPlus Expo show floor, so I invited him to share his knowledge with you.

When it comes to software, I am a simple guy. I was an early adopter to Apple's Aperture software, the software created for photo professionals. I have also been using Adobe Photoshop since the early days. Between the two programs, most of my needs were met. Or so I thought.

In an idle moment at the show, I mentioned to Art that I will need to change to LightRoom since Apple announced it would no longer support Aperture.

The lesson I got on LightRoom and all the other major photography software options was so extensive that I thought he should share it with you.

If you are wondering about which photo software is right for you, listen to my interview with Art Silverglate.

Listen to part two of the interview.

Jan 20, 2016

Art Silverglate gave me a software education on the PhotoPlus Expo show floor, so I invited him to share his knowledge with you.

When it comes to software, I am a simple guy. I was an early adopter to Apple's Aperture software, the software created for photo professionals. I have also been using Adobe Photoshop since the early days. Between the two programs, most of my needs were met. Or so I thought.

In an idle moment at the show, I mentioned to Art that I will need to change to LightRoom since Apple announced it would no longer support Aperture.

The lesson I got on LightRoom and all the other major photography software options was so extensive that I thought he should share it with you.

If you are wondering about which photo software is right for you, listen to my interview with Art Silverglate.

Listen to part one of the interview.

Jan 14, 2016

I wasn't sure what to expect when my 16-year-old son texted me that he wanted to talk. That can go so many ways.

The talk ended up being more like a photography coaching session. He wanted to know how he could improve his photography, so that he could position himself better for a career in video.

Many of us have variations of the same question. How can I create photography that will make an impact, even if I don't think my skills are there yet.

I'll share what I told him because it might help someone else.

Jan 7, 2016

In a conversation this past weekend — and so many more over the years — I have held back from strongly making the case. No more.

If you are a photographer, you need a photo blog.

This needs to be said because on my latest survey, more than 88 percent of you admitted that you had no photo blog.

I’ve hinted and suggested. Now I’ll just tell you. Here’s why you need a photo blog in 2016.

Listen to the podcast.

Jan 1, 2016

It’s always interesting to hear what other people think about you.

Most of us go about our lives — doing our work — with the intention of giving our best. Every now and then when you hear how someone else interprets your actions, it can make you pause. It might even make you change.

Your feedback made me pause and change. This episode focuses on what you said, what I heard, and what changes you can expect as a result.

Listen to the podcast.

Dec 9, 2015

I knew something was wrong with the deal, but I wasn't quite sure what. And to be honest, part of me didn't really want to know. I just wanted the sale to work — and quickly.

A while back, I was shopping for a video camera for my office. Strapped with a $2,500 budget, I searched for creative ways to get the $3,000 model I really wanted. Just as I was about to give up, I found a website that promised the same exact model for $2,499. Could it really be true? What's wrong with it?

I decided it was worth the risk and plunked down the credit card, feeling smug about my savings. Three weeks later when the camera hadn't arrived, guess who was in a mild panic. Did I really lose $2,500 trying to save $500?

That's the seduction of gray market cameras. The deals promise brand new cameras at hundreds of dollars less than you know they should cost.

Are gray market cameras too good to be true? What's really wrong with them?

Listen to the podcast

Dec 4, 2015

When should you use Auto ISO?

When Darren asked me this question on our last photo tour, the answer I gave was very different than my standard answer when I started leading photo tours in 2009 - 2010.

It's not so much that times have changed but that technology has evolved significantly.

Just five or six years ago, most digital cameras topped out at ISO 1600 - ISO 3200. With that narrow range, noise started to be visible at as low as ISO 800 in many cameras. It was downright distracting by ISO 1600.

When your camera can't be trusted to create clean images north of ISO 1600, you shouldn't leave the ISO decision to chance.

Back then, I counseled that you should change your ISO deliberately, so you can ensure you are always getting the sharpest image possible.

ISO performance in 2015 is incredibly better. It is not uncommon for entry level DSLRs to top out at ISO 128,000. With such a wide range, a DSLR can create noise-free images at much higher DSLR levels. With that increased performance, Auto ISO is not as risky.

Here are a few scenarios when Auto ISO might be helpful. 

Listen to the podcast

Nov 30, 2015

As I scrolled through the day's photographs, I knew that something was missing. 

I had just returned from a Meetup where I had a great time photographing Annapolis Harbor. We went there frequently because I really enjoyed shooting the quaint town.

But this time was different. I was underwhelmed with what I photographed that day. The pictures were okay, but I wasn't excited. I had been in a creative rut for a very long time. 

As I would learn a couple years later, it was because I was making one big mistake. Once I found that mistake and corrected it, my energy levels and creativity increased dramatically.

What is it?

Nov 21, 2015

Scott Kelby shared a rare moment of honesty you don’t normally hear from professional photographers. 

“Do you know how you can take better pictures? Go somewhere interesting!” he joked during a presentation at PhotoPlus Expo. “Do you see this photo?” he said of a spectacular sunset image. “I just showed up and pressed the button.”

Of course Scott is simplifying his role quite a bit. He’s right that travel photography is a great way to create photographs, but it requires more than showing up and pushing a button. Follow these 5 Ps for great travel photographs and travel photography experiences.

Listen to the podcast

Nov 10, 2015

If you are looking for a bit of overwhelm, try picking a Mirrorless camera from the booths at PhotoPlus Expo. Wander up to any camera manufacturer booth, and you are sure to see a long line of camera bodies and lenses in their Mirrorless options.

Many photographers are still trying to decide if you need a Mirrorless camera, and if so, which one is right for you.

Listen to the podcast

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.

Listen to the podcast

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.

Listen to the podcast

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.

Listen to the podcast

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.

Listen to the podcast.

« Previous 1 2 3 4 5 Next »