What an amazing year 2009 was. I had the privilege of interviewing some of the most talented people in the photography industry. In the series of interviews below you’ll hear from; Flickr mavens, stock photography experts, photojournalists, commercial photographers, authors, and more. My thanks to all of the folks who allowed me to interrogate them in 2009… and I’m looking forward to doing many more interviews in 2010!
Happy New Year! Click through to learn from some of the most talented movers-and-shakers of 2009. If you’d like to get these interviews automatically, just subscribe to my Interviews Podcast in iTunes!
Alex Lindsay is the head-honcho at PixelCorps in San Francisco, and hosts several popular podcasts like This Week in Technology (TWiT), This Week in Photography (TWiP), MacBreak, and more. In this interview Alex discusses how he got his start, his work on Star Wars, and his early work in podcasting. For those who haven’t had the opportunity to get to know Alex, here’s your chance. Watch the interview here.
Steve Simon, born in Montreal Canada – and now a resident of New York City is one of the busiest photographers I know. He’s created an impressive body of work that can be viewed on his website, and looking at his work you’ll see that he is one of those photographers that always seems to be “in it”. He’s a true photojournalist, and seems to be willing to put himself in harms-way to get the story. After listening to this interview, be sure to head over to his blog… and be prepared to be blown away. Watch the interview here.
Never one to shy away from controversy, Scott Bourne’s latest move continues to be fully in-character. Scott has been the “poster child” for Apple’s Aperture software, and even went so far to lead the Aperture Nature Photography Workshops. But all that seemingly came to a screeching halt when a few weeks ago Scott blogged about embracing Lightroom “too”. And even gave detailed instruction on how to transfer Aperture projects into Lightroom. Listen to the interview here.
In this interview Chris and I talk about how he got started in photography, what inspires him, as well as how to stay creative in your own work. Chris’ latest book Visual Poetry: A Creative Guide for Making Engaging Digital Photographs was recently released and having read it, it’s one of his best yet. Chris is one of those photographers that interweaves the art of image-making into his everyday life. He walks the walks, and talks the talk… all the while photographing, and documenting the world around him. In this interview we get into the “why” behind his creative mind-set. Another noteworthy item about Chris is he was recently “bitten” by the Twitter bug and cranked up his @ChrisOrwig account. He now has almost 1,000 followers! Listen to the interview here.
David duChemin is one of those “next generation” photographers that “gets it”. He is fluent in the latest and greatest photographic trends, technology, social media, etc. And along with being a sickeningly talented photographer, he’s also a brilliant marketer. Wrap all of that up and you’ve got an artist who can not only create masterful visual imagery and write about it — but one that can also publish it. He’s a one-man creative ecosystem. Listen to the interview here.
Along with being on the front lines as a working shooter, Moose Peterson also helps shape the industry as a Nikon “Legend behind the Lens”, a member of the Lexar Elite, and recipient of the John Muir Conservation award, to name just a few of his credits. As longtime Nikon shooter, he was one of the first photographers to receive the original Nikon D1 in 1999, and he became the first wildlife photographer to shoot strictly digital in the early years of the technology. I ask Moose some pretty pointed questions in regards to the necessity of upgrading to the “latest and greatest” Nikon gear, in particular the new 70-200mm VRII lens. His response may surprise you. Listen to the interview here.
Chief Marketing Officer of liveBooks.com, John Philpin talks about some of the problems facing photographers today, how he’s hoping their new pricing structure will solve with many of the cost objections photographers have voiced. We also discuss how they’re spending the $5 million they just took from investors, and what’s next for the company in terms of priorities. Listen to the interview here.