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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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I Hate It… I Love It… It’s Episode 61

Finally, Tony reveals the answer to the great question, what did he mean when he said Grammar Nazi knows a think or two about self-abuse? And Rob compliments the contrast. It’s something we love… Continue reading »

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Let’s Do MORE Questions and Answers – Episode 58

Well, it’s time for another round of Q&A. This time it falls to Rick to ask Rob and Tony a whole series of questions from Social Media use to what inspires us. We go a bit long and Rick tossed out the three-minute rule a couple of times but he was in charge so that’s allowed.

If you didn’t get to listen to the first set of questions, make sure you go back and listen to episode 57, too. It landed us in Stitcher Radio’s “Top Photography Podcasts“!

EJ Bellocq Questions and Answers

E.J Bellocq, 1912

Here’s what Rob and Tony gave answers to in this episode:

  1. Which social media outlet is having the greatest impact on photography?
  2. How would you describe your style of photography?
  3. What are your top three key factors that make a great photograph?
  4. What stifles your photographic vision?
  5. What inspires your photographic vision?
  6. Light or shadow?
  7. What was your first photograph (that wasn’t just a snapshot)?

And this little experiment winds down with our next episode when it’s Tony’s turn to drag answers out of us!

Our Artists

We travel to the South of the US and back in time to one of the early masters in photography, E.J. Bellocg. Particularly, we look at his set Storyville. Storyville was the legal red-light in New Orleans and this portrait series highlights several prostitutes. It’s a beautiful series that brings the women to life and gives them a place in history.

For our other artists, Tony keeps us in the South and offers up the one and only, Louis Armstrong. Really, even if you’re not into Jazz, Louis Armstrong is iconic and well-known. And loved.

So?

And, remember, we’re looking for your answers to the questions as well. Leave a comment and tell us what you think!

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People Change Their Behavior Around Cameras – Episode 55

Gotta start off with two quick notes: first, we apologize for this coming out a day late. Second, there were some technical issues with Skype when we recorded and, as you’ll hear, there are a few times throughout the show where the flow gets interrupted.

Okay, now on to the show.

It’s Tony’s turn to choose the topic and he comes up with something we hadn’t thought of before: how do peoples’ behavior change when they see  a camera? And have behaviors changed now that cameras (and smart phones, etc.) have become so commonplace in our society? Are people more guarded or more open? Are they hesitatnt about where those pictures may end up or do they care? Does it matter whether it’s a professional or an amateur who is taking the picture?

A lot of disagreement in today’s show and it makes for some good stuff. And make sure you tell us in the comments section whether you think you change your behavior when you see a camera. Or have you noticed a change in how people react over the past 5, 10, 20 years?

And should we have named this episode Babies and Bot Flies and Larvae, Oh My?

How do people's behavior change when in front of a cameraOur Artists

Our photographer is Ian Ruhter. Rob first learned of his work after watching the video, Silver and Light. You can also click on the picture to launch the video and it’s worthwhile watching. Ian not only is an accomplished photographer in his own right, but he makes his own wet plates and does all of his development; on plates much larger than we’re used to. In this age of digital photography and knowing we can make as many copies as we could ever need from the file, wet plate photography is awe-inspiring. There are no files, there are no negatives. The plate is the only copy of the photograph that exists. Not a lot of room for error and that makes Ian Ruhter a true artist.

Leonardo da Vinci is our “other” artist. Not much to say other than a true visionary who continues to influence our society to this day. The da Vinci Code may have made him a legend but Hudson Hawk balances that out. “Is looking like a constipated warthog a prerequisite for getting a job in the art world?”

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Is That Your Style or Are You In a Rut? Episode 52

StyleStyle? Or a Rut?

Style – it’s a word we use on a regular basis to describe our artistry. hell, even in our previous shows we’ve talked about how important it is to have a definitive style in photography. But, can that style become a crutch for never evolving? Can we get stuck in our own artistic rut and happily… ignorantly continue on while thinking we’re just maintaining our “style”?

That’s the topic for this episode and even the three of us have a hard time figuring  it out. And do we even answer the two critical questions: how do we identify when we’re stuck and how do we power through it?

Whatever. How about you, our intelligent and sober (presumably) listeners weigh in and tell us what you think!

Tonight’s Artists

Taking a good look at a young Canadian director and film maker (who just happens to be related to one of the co-hosts), Miles Jay. Specifically, we’re highlighting a short film he directed called Hollywood and Vines. It’s short (4:30) and constructed entirely with clips from Vine. Pretty awesome and, for those of you who think social media is a passing fad and its impact on visual arts is unimpressive, guess again. Watch the video below.

As for our “other medium” artist? Tony chose (so you know it’s gonna be fucked up) Rockstar Games. Who? The gaming geniuses behind Grand Theft Auto 5. Seriously, it’s a pretty amazing game! Check out this review.

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Chicago Sun-Times Fires Their Photography Staff

Chicago Sun-Times Makes Dumb Move

Chicago Sun-TimesAt least that’s how the headlines should read. Last week, the Chicago Sun-Times decided to fire all their photography staff. Now, they’ll be relying on their reporters taking pictures and video on company-issued iPhones. We have the pleasure of welcoming back Steven Chappell, A.K.A. The Grammar Nazi. Steven, if you recall, is a university professor teaching journalism and he has some excellent insight into why this was a huge boneheaded move. Continue reading »

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Smart Phones are the New Polaroids – Episode 44

Smart phones are all around us. In the past four years, the number of iPhones, Android-based phones, tabelts, iPads, etc. that people own has grown exponentially. They’re everywhere! Concerts, parks, on trains, in  schools… And one of the main consequences of this is that we are now back in the mode of photography being shared instantly. Sometimes this has enormous social consequences like Continue reading »

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Fine Art Photography – Is It Still Viable?

Dear friends, you will notice three differences in today’s photography podcast:

  1. Rick is missing (he’s in Naw’lins) but we’ve got an amazing guest to fill his shoes.
  2. There’s no featured artist or photographer this week as our guest, on behalf of galleries, features all artists.
  3. 95% of the show features intelligence and well-articulated thoughts – because our guest spoke for 94.5% of the show! But don’t worry, bizarre behavior and poorly-formatted thoughts will return next episode! Continue reading »
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