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Another iPhone Food Pic? Really? Episode 71

Working it old schoolYou’ve done it. We’ve done it. And we’re not ashamed. That awesome plate of food arrives and, instead of tucking right into it, you pull out your iPhone, take a few quick snaps, and run it through Instagram or post it to Facebook right away. Is that a problem? Some restaurants here in Chicago are now banning the taking of pictures when your food arrives.

Should they? Seems a bit Draconian. But we’re photographers and recording stuff is what we do. It’s not noisy, it’s not invasive, it’s not an interruption to other diners, is it? There are a lot of arguments on both sides of the issue and, tonight, we talk about why we think that not only is it not a problem but can actually be a positive thing for the restaurant.

What do you think – are we wrong? In a future episode, we’re going to bring on a professional chef and get his perspective on the food photograph. But let us know!

Also, we now have a new affiliate program set up with Think Tank Photo. If you’re in the market for a new camera bag, check these guys out. Rob has two of their bags and recommends them. It helps us and it helps you.

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Protecting Your Images – Should You? We’re Back!

We’re back after missing the last episode (thanks for understanding, even though you didn’t really have a choice) and tonight we’re talking about the importance – or lack of – protecting your images.

casual photographs are important for capturing memories

Nice snapshot, Patch!

We all know that the only way to stop image theft is to not put your images on line. But let’s face it – today almost every photographer has to rely on social media to promote themselves. Whether it’s the fast-paced networks like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, etc. or the more traditional website and online gallery, if we’re not putting our images out there then we’re never going to be found. But can we realistically prevent theft or misuse of our images? Is maintaining strict copyright over all of our pictures helping or hurting us?

So, tonight we talk about the practical implications of protecting our pictures, whether Creative Commons is the answer (or part of the answer) and the difference between the person who goes out and intentionally steals images and those who just don’t know better.

As always, we really want your opinions and thoughts, so let us know. And, if you’re shopping online anyway, please stop by the website (www.PolarizingImages.com) and use our affiliate links – it helps us offset the cost of the show.

See you in two weeks!

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No Polarizing Images This Week

Hey everyone,

Due to some personal stuff happening in each of our lives, we just weren’t able to create a show for today. But don’t worry, we’re still growing strong and eagerly awaiting our next show in two weeks.

That topic will be about copyright and whether it’s necessary to protect our images – all three of us have differing opinions on the subject so it will be a great show.

See in you in two (and please support the show with our affiliate links!)

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If You Couldn’t Shoot, Which Art Medium Would You Pursue? Episode 64

Art. It’s a word that most of us like to use when describing our photography. How many of you refer to yourselves as ‘art photographers’? Rob and Tony do as do countless others. Som with the word “art” in mind, here’s a question for you: if, for whatever reason, you were no longer able to photograph, what type of art would you pursue? Continue reading »

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Legacy, Photography, and Va… WHAT? Episode 63

A Legacy of Images

Legacy? We have a legacy?

In tonight’s show, we get off to a weird and dark start (lots of swearing, WARNING) with the introduction and pwncasting  (that’s where we sucker some unsuspecting person who innocently logged into Skype into joining us) of “The Nuge”! Thanks man, that was fun. BTW, the rest of the pre-show banter was recorded and is at the end of the show.

After that we settle into our normal routine and Tony asks us about what we think our legacy will be and, perhaps, what it already is. How about you? What do you see your photographic legacy being? Do you even think you’ll have one? Let us know in the comments below what your thoughts are. We’d love to have the conversation! Continue reading »

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A Hobby, A Book, and Something Else That Inspires – Episode 62

What inspires you, I mean besides photography?

Rounding out the who “seven questions” series we did, Tony thought we should tell more about ourselves and what inspires us. But, this time, talk about the non-photography related things that inspire our photography. Specifically, he wanted us to reveal one hobby, one book and one other thing (yeah, it is annoyingly vague). So we did. Continue reading »

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Should We Care About Whether Photoshop Was Used? Episode 60

This show is pretty late in coming out and I (Rob) have a perfectly good reason – I kinda forgot to put it out.

Anyway, great show tonight with a discussion on whether or not it’s still relevant to ask the question, “did they use Photoshop?” I had a conversation on twitter with a group of photographers on Twitter and it started off with a conversation about images that are staged or posed and, of course, it moved on to post-production. Then one of the other guys tosses this out, “Its deciding where photography ends and Photoshop wizadry starts.” Continue reading »

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Let’s Get Some Questions Answered – Episode 57

Hey friends, We Have a Question!

We’re trying something new over the next few episodes and this starts it off. Instead of a “topic”, we’re each taking a turn and asking the other two a bunch of questions and giving each a maximum of three minutes per answer. So, in this episode, Rob has six questions that he asks Rick and Tony who, by the way, have no idea what the questions are. The questions run the gamut from personal opinion to industry predictions and the guys do a great job of thinking and answering on their feet.

And, as you listen to the very beginning of the questions, you’ll hear just how “in the dark” Rick and Tony are!

Here’s what Rick and Tony answer this episode:

  1. What are the three biggest mistakes you’ve made in the past with your photography?
  2. What are the three largest successes you’ve had in the past?
  3. If you could change one thing about your photography, what would it be?
  4. Where do you think photography will be in five years?
  5. What is the biggest thing to have happened in photography?
  6. Which artist is your biggest influence for your photography?

Next episode will be Rick’s turn to put Rob and Tony on the hot seat!

Our Artists

Warewan ni Byaku by Riusuke FukahoriWe’re back with both a photographer and an artist to highlight. The photographer for this show is Sandy Skoglund – a modern day surrealist who, unlike her earlier peers, manages to keep the subject matter lighthearted and bright. We all really like her work and it may have something to do with… SQUIRREL! Search her site, you’ll find the image we’re talking about.

Moving on, we look at Japanese painter Riusuke Fukahori. He paints goldfish but they’re three-dimensional and painted on/with resin and inside of traditional Japanese containers. The results are breathtaking – make sure you watch the short video.

So?

Whaddya think? Were their answers good, bad, or irrelevant? Let us know in the comments, okay? Thanks for listening.

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How Did Playboy Become Irrelevant? Episode 54

It’s Vegas, Baby! We take a look at a well-known “empire” today and talk about how it is no longer relevant as a vehicle for social change like it once was.

Topics today include:

  • A Vegas trip report – and visit our site for a few shots of Vegas!
  • When do you prefer to photograph Vegas?
  • When did Playboy magazine lose its relevance and stop being cutting edge?
  • What’s the lesson for all photographers in the demise of Playboy magazine?
  • The fine line between having a style and being in a rut, and who is Pompeo Posar?

Nothing like a fine-crafted cigar; it’s a lifestyle choice my friends and, yup, there’s a photography hook to it!

How about you folks? When was the last time you flipped through the pages of Playboy (or Maxim or Penthouse or…) and found yourself shocked or, at the very least, engaged by something you saw? Let us know in the comments below.

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All photos © 2013, Rob Domaschuk
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Is Constantly Recording Life Preventing Us From Experiencing It? Episode 53

It’s Called Life, Dammit!

Life. Sometimes it sucks, sometimes it’s awesome, and sometimes it lets you get drunk on Amaretto. Be that as it may, no matter what we do, no matter where we go, we seem to always see people with their damned arms in the air, holding their phones and taking video/pictures of whatever the hell is happening around them. And we do it, too. But should we? Are we so concerned about recording life as it happens that we’re no longer actually experiencing it? Yeah, we think we are. And that shit has to stop.

Experience life

We’re all about taking pictures and being recorders of history but let’s also make sure that we are no disengaging from life and no longer making history.

Seriously,we need to cut that shit out.

Our Artists

Today, we look at Marc Hauser, one of the pioneer modern-day portrait photographers. His ability to capture people in real-life poses and expressions makes for some of the most captivating images we’ve seen in a long time. He’s a helluva shooter and a trip through his galleries is worth 30 minutes of your life.

And then Rick throws us a curve ball. After introducing us to several macabre artists and other “interesting” characters over the past couple of years, he chooses Mr. Americana himself, Norman Rockwell. But hey, it’s about life, right?

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