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Change – T Minus 3 and Counting!

Change happens, right? It happens to all of us… it happens to the three of us… and it’s happening to the show!

Let’s get the big announcement out of the way – after 3 years, 72 episodes, and only 2 missed shows, we’re calling it quits. It’s been a great ride; all three of us are better friends than we were at the start of the show but we’re finding that we’re running out of steam (and topics) so we have this show and two more.

So, thank you to all of our listeners, our friends, and our guests for being a part of this journey.

But it’s not over yet! Today’s episode deals with change. As we close out the show, we take this opportunity to talk about how the show changed us and what change we (and our photography) are experiencing. It’s a good show – a personal show but a good one.

What do you think?

 

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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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Go Forth and Sin Boldly – Episode 67

It’s a short show today and will be for the next one or two episodes. We’ve been doing this for two and a half years now and we’re feeling the need to revamp the show’s format. So, for the next couple of episodes we’re going to have one short topic until we find our new voice.

Today, as we kick off our “introspection tour,” our topic is the photographic sin. What sin (or sins) have you been guilty of in your photography? Also, what photographic sins are you just sick and tired of seeing other people make? For us, it runs the gamut from not shooting enough to Photoshop actions to selective coloring/desaturation.

What do you think? Are we right or wrong?

And, if you want to have some input into where we take the show, leave us a note!

Oh, and if you’re still doing this, stop. Just stop now.

The greatest sin of all

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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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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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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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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 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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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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