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The Depth of Field podcast

Matt Brandon, a humanitarian and travel photographer himself, interviews working photographers from around the world. Listen as Matt carries on conversation with respected photographers from many different fields and uncovers what it took for them to be successful. Listen to his guest share both secrets and stories of their journey.
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May 9, 2010
Meeting with Trey Ratcliff online for an interview was about as easy as pulling teeth. This guy is busy. I thought we would never make our schedules match. The irony is after a ton of emails, and a hand full of miss-connects over Skype; after finally getting the interview with him, then posting a blog post about his influence on my Creative Commons position – after all this; we ended up on the same flight from Narita (Tokyo, Japan) to SFO sitting about ten rolls apart. Strange world we live in. Trey Ratcliff is a huge name in the HDR (High Dynamic Range) community and blog Stuck in Customs is widely popular. Recently he published his first book with our good friends over at Peachpit Press titled “A World in HDR“. It is a 200 page coffee table book of his images with a HDR tutorial at the end. To be fare, I am not very knowledgeable about HDR, so I was not really sure what to expect from the interview. I soon found out Trey is yet another one of those “truly nice guy photographers”. We didn’t have long, this ran only 30 minutes in length, but very interesting. Trey knowledge about HDR is astounding and his joy for this medium is apparent. The guy literally sees the world in HDR. Take some time, listen to this his unique take on photography and life. Enjoy.
Apr 15, 2010

David Honl and I have been interacting via the net for many years. But as is common with net-based relationships, I have never met him face-to-face. It’s a strange world we live in. You’d think listening to this podcast we’d hung out with each other or shot together, but that is not the case. Maybe someday we will be in  the same place at the same time.

David Honl’s images have appeared in such publications as Newsweek, People Magazine, New York Times, Professional Photographer, and countless more. He has visited all the exciting places, you know, the places where flack jackets are the norm. In his other life, David is the originator & designer of the world-renowned line of HonlPhoto small flash accessories, and he continues to design and field test new products during his travels.

In this interview, David and I speak about his time in the field shooting as a journalist as well as his transition back to the US. We discusses how he came up with his lighting system, and how sites like PhotoShelter have helped him become more efficient with his clients.

You can find the complete list of Depth of Field podcasts HERE or you can subscribe to them on iTunes HERE.

Dec 2, 2009
This past September we where fortunate to have Ami Vitale as a guest instructor on our Ladakh Lumen Dei photo workshop. It was a great experience and I deepened a friendship. Hear me when I say, Ami Vitale is the real deal. She is a true, in the trench, get dirty photojournalist; And she’s one of the best out there. She’s tough, street smart and incredibly talented. But she’s also sensitive and very caring about the people she’s around. I don’t mean other photographers, though she is that as well. I mean, to the people she’s in and amongst photographing. I learned a lot from her over those two weeks. Ami taught me to slow down, and not just photograph the moment but to enjoy and savor. Our paths first crossed many years at a Any Thing Mac, a local Mac repair shop in New Delhi. Ami was covering Kashmir and I was living there and we both had Mac issues. I had no idea who she was. I thought to myself, this little lady is going to get her self blown up if she’s not careful. I think she was thinking something similar about me. This last September was the first time we actually got to shoot together. I certainly hope we get to do it again. Ami’s work has appeared in all the top magazines; National Geographic, Newsweek, Time and more. She was named Magazine Photographer of the Year by the National Press Photographers Association, and Photo District News recognized her as one of 30 image makers of the future.
Sep 2, 2009
I had the delightful experience to interview Nevada Wier. Nevada is one of the best travel/world photographers shooting today. She not only has an eye for the story but she pushes the boundaries of conventional photojournalism as well. In these interviews she explained to me how she gets joy and fulfillment from experimenting with flash and angle of view she also talked about technology and how it has helped today’s photographers. Like so many of the great photographers of our day, she proves my point that the really great photographers are also really nice people. Here is both parts to a two part interview from 2009. I hope you enjoy this Depth of Field.
Aug 31, 2009
I had the delightful experience to interview Nevada Wier. Nevada is one of the best travel/world photographers shooting today. She not only has an eye for the story but she pushes the boundaries of conventional photojournalism as well. In these interviews she explained to me how she gets joy and fulfillment from experimenting with flash and angle of view she also talked about technology and how it has helped today’s photographers. Like so many of the great photographers of our day, she proves my point that the really great photographers are also really nice people. Here is both parts to a two part interview from 2009. I hope you enjoy this Depth of Field.
Aug 14, 2009
Instead of looking at a working photographer and seeing what makes them tic, we are going to look at how photographers can give back to this world we live in. There is way too much hate around us. Way too much violent responses to this hate and quite frankly there is no lack of photographers ready to make images of it all. As I have written here on many occasions, photographers are always taking and sometimes we need to give back. Here is a way that just might work. But, even if it fails (and I pray it does not), at least someone tried. My hat goes off to Mario Mattei and Logan McAdams, they are pushing against the darkness and just the effort gives us hope. If you are interested in join them with this effort you can contact them via their website. Please leave your thoughts and comments below and I am sure they wold be glad to respond. To listen to the interview, just click on the link below and a player will show up, hit the start button and enjoy.
Jul 29, 2009
I had the distinct privilege to interview my good friend Gavin Gough. Gavin as you probably already know is a travel photographer based out of Thailand. This is a two part interview. Gavin and I talked about his history and how he makes a living as a full time photographer, and we share a few laughs along the way. This is part one of a two part interview
Jul 28, 2009
I had the distinct privilege to interview my good friend Gavin Gough. Gavin as you probably already know is a travel photographer based out of Thailand. This is a two part interview. Gavin and I talked about his history and how he makes a living as a full time photographer, and we share a few laughs along the way. This is part one of a two part interview
May 20, 2009
You know Bob from his work with National Geographic and National Geographic Traveler. I As an editorial photographer, Bob's assignments have taken him to all seven continents and have won awards in the Pictures of the Year, Communication Arts, and World Press Photo competitions. During his work, he has been stranded on a glacier in Iceland, nearly run down by charging bulls in southern India, and knighted with a cutlass during a Trinidad voodoo ceremony. He won the title of “Travel Photographer of the Year” from the Society of American Travel Writers in 1994, 2007, and again this year at the 2008 convention. In 2000 his work was honored at the Eisenstaedt Awards for Magazine Photography in New York City.
May 20, 2009
You know Bob from his work with National Geographic and National Geographic Traveler. As an editorial photographer, Bob's assignments have taken him to all seven continents and have won awards in the Pictures of the Year, Communication Arts, and World Press Photo competitions. During his work, he has been stranded on a glacier in Iceland, nearly run down by charging bulls in southern India, and knighted with a cutlass during a Trinidad voodoo ceremony. He won the title of “Travel Photographer of the Year” from the Society of American Travel Writers in 1994, 2007, and again this year at the 2008 convention. In 2000 his work was honored at the Eisenstaedt Awards for Magazine Photography in New York City.
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