032 – FaceBook U and other Peeves of the Week

This week’s focus is a little…unfocused. Ted works up a really good rant (actually I think he is continuing last week’s rant) and we just bebopped from rant to rant until he stopped. But then he started again, so I don’t know how effective that approach is for a cohesive show.

Anyhow – we talked about albums and competition and albums in competition. And then a little bit about WPPI.

Next up, gear. You know how you go to a class and you learn a new technique that requires some gear you don’t have? Some people buy the gear. And some people, well, let’s just say that the DIY, el cheapo route isn’t exactly the way to go.

We do a little chatting about getting rich through eBay sales. Obviously, not a long section of the show, however, Ted related a really cool story, so I dug up the details and here it is:

$10 eBay Photo Turns Out to be Picture of Jesse James Worth $2,000,000+

And finally we get to the meat of the show – an extended rant about FaceBook U and some of the most ridiculous examples of it that we’ve seen. Most of them within the last 24 hours. Hence the rant.

There’s a few more rants in store for our faithful listeners that make it all the way to the goodbyes. There’s even a baby bonus rant about something that almost everyone is guilty of.

We are working hard on getting back to a regular schedule, so thanks for hanging in there!

Love, hugs and tintypes,

Christine

031 – The Hobby Lobby Snobby Episode

Welcome Back! Long time, no see, eh? We’ve had a lot going on and we’ve filled the gap with a few Facebook Live episodes, but here we are, back in the saddle and without missing a beat, we jump in feet first on the new craft store session fad. Oh puleeeeese, don’t make me recap it – it was bad enough to have to talk about it during the episode. Give it a listen and send us some virtual high fives.

© 2018 Deccan Chronicle.

As usual, Ted waxes eloquently on the subject of Valentine’s Day, Ruth Chris and rib eye steaks. Ok, it was just all about the steaks and how he gets deluxe service on a holiday without reservations, but we will let that go.

Also on tap is a discussion about the 2008 film, “The Strangers” and its 2018 sequel, “The Strangers: Prey at Night.’ No spoilers, but Ted has some great insights into both films and the element of suspense.

if you’ve been keeping up with us, you’ve seen the LIVE broadcast recordings over at our Facebook page – if not, check it out, we took some time to check in from both Nashville, TN during IUSA2018 and from an undisclosed, top secret location that we will share later this year. Check out our Facebook page here: Make Photography Great Again.

Peace, love and fake flowers,
Christine

029 – The Copyright & Ethics Episode

I’ll keep it short and sweet this week – listen to the podcast. I go over a copyright incident that rubbed me the wrong way and Ted goes over an ethics issue that rubbed him the wrong way. After you wade through the obligatory introductory section about food, it gets pretty serious.

#StealTedsPhoto

Things aren’t all Grinchy, though – here’s a special challenge for those of you with a sense of humor – below is an image by Ted, who is desperately seeking validation of his work by having it stolen. Steal it and do terrible things to it and then post it on our Facebook page in the special #StealTedsPhoto post. Retouch it, make it into a meme, design an ad around it – I don’t care – just do enough stuff that makes him regret all his whining. Extra points for incorporating a hibachi reference.

I will come up with a real prize for the winner – I promise.

Peace, love & paid invoices,
Christine

From the Non-Event Album, Mugshots. Copyright Ted Linczak.

 

028 – Diagnosing and Curing Suckitude

Boy Howdy time flies when you’re having fun! Welcome back and thank you for joining us once again! Today we review an article that we found quite interesting and pretty much spot on. We went over some of the main points in the podcast, but check out the rest of the article – it’s a good read!

The author, Nicole York, did a great job of taking the (boring) Four Stages of Learning and paralleled them to the learning curve of photographers. Cleverly done!

Check out the article here: Don’t Quit, the Struggle is Normal: The Four Stages of Competence

For a bit, we discuss the latest copyright infringement drama from someone who should know better: Rock Legend Brian May Slams Photog for Protecting Her Copyright

And lastly, we offer up three tips each for improving your photography inside a week. We will even help you with that. Send us a message via our Facebook page to receive the help we offer (you gotta say what it is – which means you have to listen to the episode). Here’s our page: Make Photography Great Again Podcast

PS – Since we are SO into giving back and helping – check out Ted’s Facebook Group From Commodity to Craft – there’s heaps of lessons you’ll find beneficial and it’s a good place to get your questions answered.

Hugs, kisses and light meters,
Christine

026 – Professional Organizations – Why not?

This week’s episode is one that defies the short description area in the podcast hosting form.

First, of course, we talk about food, specifically, biscuits from Nashville and creamed corn from Ohio. In fact, we talk about food for so long that I accuse Ted of having skipped lunch before recording. I was half right.

Eventually we get to the meat of the episode…the ongoing issue of professional photography organizations; the locals and state level groups that are smaller than the national organizations. They seem to be struggling across the board and we brainstorm some potential causes and solutions.

For the first time we have a GEAR corner…ok, it’s just Ted complaining about his gear, but hey, it’s a move in that direction, right?

In our talking today, we make some references to Texas School. For those who haven’t heard of them, check them out here: Texas School of Professional Photography

And last but not least, we go off on a crazy tangent and discuss a potential GoFundMe project to help Ted finally acquire some decent gear…

Hugs & 70-200s,
Christine

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025 – Portfolios and the Nikon Debacle

 

 

Yeah, I got on a whining kick this week, or rather, a whining about whiner’s kick, if you want to be technical about it.

First off is an article that featured a complaint/rant by a bride about her photographer. Although the article author did a fairly decent job of answering the bride’s rant, we helped her finish the job MPGA-style.

Is my wedding photographer hiding us from her portfolio?

Next we kick the dead horse, Nikon…oh poor, poor Nikon, what have ‘ye done?

Nikon Slammed for Promoting D850 in Asia with 32 Men and 0 Women

and THEN, we dissect an “open letter” about this situation by Susan Stripling:

Sexism in the Photography Industry – Open Letter from Susan Stripling

Got anything you want to whine about? Comment below or use the contact form in the sidebar over there —–>

Hugs, kisses and binkies,

Christine

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023 – GoFundMe to the (Ridiculous) Rescue

So here’s the deal…we all empathize with fellow photographers that have had a run of bad luck, especially if they’ve been a victim of a crime…HOWEVER…when we are asked to help said photographers because they did not bother to take a basic vital step in protecting their business (ie buy a business¬† insurance policy) we have to wonder what they’re thinking…

Consider the case of Ohio photographer Brian Kolin…Brian was prepping to shoot a session in Cleveland, Ohio when he was robbed by a one-armed bandit of all of his equipment, valued at $12,000. He has set up a GoFundMe campaign with a goal of $10,000 to replace said equipment (insert head-scratching audio here). Brian’s campaign has a video explaining the event and his request for donations, however the video raises FAR more questions than it answers.

It’s also prudent to note that in the time-lapse between recording this episode and posting it, the title of the campaign has changed from “Camera Gear Was Robbed Today” with an explanation of a “device” in the pocket of the assailant, to “Photographer Robbed at Gunpoint”. I dunno, Brian, we are trying to give you the benefit of the doubt here, but we’d like some more information, m’kay?

Link to the campaign here (caveat: this isn’t to solicit donations – in fact, we caution you against doing that until more information is made available): https://www.gofundme.com/camera-gear-was-robbed-today.

Link to the news article which also notes that the images from the Cleveland Mayoral Debate were lost (ouch, so glad it wasn’t a wedding, thank goodness there were plenty of folks in the audience who could supply images, instead. Sarcasm folks, sarcasm.): http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2017/08/photographer_at_city_club_of_c.html

Our conversation goes on to explore the topic of GoFundMe being used for other than noble purposes. Causes that historically could be managed by the requester are now being shoved upon the public for their support. I dunno about you, but when I started *my* business, I used funds that I scrimped and saved for years. Just sayin’.

The topic of the day then turns to the immense Powerball prize that was won by a lady in Massachusetts and what in the world *we* would do with such a prize.

Of course, Ted has a reference to a movie/TV show (Amazon Prime members – you can watch this for free) about a man who received everything his little black heart desired, which is here: The Twilight Zone: A Nice Place to Visit.


We are still accepting entries into our Ridiculously Photoshopped Eclipse contest – the winner gets a guest spot on the show. Enter NOW, or forever hold your peace. Amen.

Investigatably yours,

Christine (aka Skully)

 

 

 

020 – The Anniversary Episode & Rant Buffet

Greetings and Salutations and thank you very much for your anniversary best wishes!

Whoda thunk? We got this far with no pending lawsuits against us (or each other) – I think we are in the clear to continue on with the photographic shenanigans!

This episode lacks in any movie reference whatsoever (yay for me!) but refers to plenty of photographic techniques that we wish would go away (again, yay for me, I love ranting about this stuff!)

This episode covered a few topics that I had previously addressed through my alter-ego “wootness”, so I thought I’d add in a few cartoons on the subjects at hand:

and…

and if you missed the whole “baby in a Walmart Teacup” phase of photography – I scoured Pinterest and have selected this for your viewing pleasure:

You’re welcome.

If you’ve made it this far and want to actually learn something – take a gander at Ted’s Facebook group where lighting (both natural and FAKE) are taught with great competence (click on the image to be taken to the group):

Peace, love and lustre paper,

Christine

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019 – Deadlines, Rules, & Customer Service

As per the trend, we bounce from topic to topic. Today we catch up on the dental tragedy that kept Christine away from the microphone last week as well as some pumped up compliments about Ted’s new head shots. We also talk about his desire to become a Civil War re-enactor and the practicalities of wool uniforms in the summer.

See here to read the entire article that prompted our customer service segment:

This Company’s Epic Response to a Pissed Off Client is as American as it Gets

017 – Summertime and IPC Deadlines

Greetings faithful listeners! Episode 17 paves the way with new brilliance from our dynamic duo. Well, actually we kinda go ADD on this episode, but with the LATE IPC deadline looming, what else did you expect?

Ted, as usual, works a movie reference into the conversation as he and Christine discuss Joaquin Phoenix and his portrayal of Johnny Cash in “Walk the Line”. Here’s a link to a performance from that film:

 

Next, we dive into the meat of the episode, IPC (International Photographic Competition). One deadline has passed and the late deadline is in mere days – if you’re freaking out as bad as we are – get yourself entered (see HERE) and then go have some ice cream. Or gelato. Or sherbet.

Speaking of ice cream. And gelato. And sherbet… I talk about my favorite summertime activity. This week. If you want to join me in all the glory, this is the current favored product:

Get a peek into the angsty-brain processes of our dynamic duo as they talk about going from concept to execution on their competition entries. If none of their blathering resonates with you, just refer to this (trigger warning: cuss word ahead):

or this:

 

Thanks for reading and listening, our success depends on YOU, our faithful fans.

Until next week,

Christine