The Photo Life Podcast: An Interview with Mike Adrian

Mike Adrian Hawaii

Inside the Green Room

In this week’s episode of The Photo Life, we speak with Hawaii photographer Mike Adrian about the challenges and rewards of building a community in a competitive industry as well as how he manages to balance a life devoted to family, work and personal reflection.

About Mike Adrian

Specializing in photographing destination weddings worldwide, Mike Adrian works with his clients to capture their best moments on the wedding day. His work has been featured in national wedding publications, and he has worked and taught alongside some of the industries most talented wedding photographers. In a few short years, he has become a leader within the professional photography community. Mike Adrian is based in Hawaii.

Photos by Mike Adrian

About the Host – Travis Schreer

Travis is a wanderer who has a life-long passion for helping creative people realize their ambitions. While studying at the Kendall College of Art and Design and …

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Get Your Life Back: A Simple Guide for Organizing Your Business


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Passion and Productivity Can Coexist

Balancing passion and productivity is a hallmark trait of successful creative professionals.

When our workday becomes driven by extraneous elements and dangerous distractions, both passion and productivity suffer.

How do we combat distractions and channel our creative energy into meaningful, productive work?

Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Toni Morrison advises her students that discovering when they are at their best creatively is one of the most important things they must learn.

She prompts them with some questions: “What does the ideal room look like? Is there music? Is there silence? Is there chaos or serenity? What do I need in order to release my imagination?”

These questions may seem simple, but they reveal a core truth: we must build systematic …

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Making a Rich Black & White Preset in Lightroom 3

photographer jared platt

In the last Lightroom Podcast, I talked about making great black and white images in Lightroom 3. Now, using this week’s podcast you’re going to make a great black and white preset in Lightroom, so you will never again have to touch all those sliders. In this follow up video, you will learn to make an intelligently designed preset to add a rich black and white effect to any image at the touch of a button.

Making a Rich Black and White Preset in Lightroom 3 from Jared Platt on Vimeo.

Jared’s Lightroom Workflow Workshop is back on tour. Kansas City, Minneapolis, Indianapolis, Atlanta, Savannah and Orlando are all on the schedule in May and June. To learn more and sign up for the workshop, go to

About Jared Platt

Jared Platt is a professional photographer and photographic educator. He studied photography at Arizona State University where he earned his undergraduate …

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The Business of Branding: The Future is Open

Google Instant Preview for Photographer Websites

Being “open” in your photography business can mean a great many things. Being open to new ideas, practices and techniques. Being open to new markets and product lines. Making your business an open book.

The open I want to talk about today is open source. Be it a philosophy or methodology, the definition of open source is literally, opening the source code, sharing it publically and allowing the community to contribute to its development. Examples of open source programming language are WordPress, CSS and HTML5.

Why is this good for you? Take a community like WordPress with 32.5 million users and tens of thousands of developers all creating plugins which you are free to use edit and share. This is like having tens of thousands of experts developing and sharing information for the benefit of your website or a online brand. The same is true with CSS and HTML.

One of Apple’s main …

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The Photo Life Podcast: An Interview with Mike Davis

Peeling the Onion

In this episode of the Photo Life we speak with Mike Davis, former photo editor for The White House and National Geographic Magazine, about the role editing plays in making a powerful and cohesive story from a body of work. He also shares some of the secrets of the editing game that have kept his eyes in demand with award winning photographers for over 20 years.

About Mike Davis

Mike Davis is a photography consultant, picture editor and photographer who works with photographers around the world to elevate their photography. He was most recently a picture editor at the Oregonian and has also directed photographic coverages and their presentation as a visual editor at The White House, National Geographic magazine and newspapers in Chicago, Detroit and Albuquerque.

Mike has been named newspaper picture editor of the year twice and received the National Press Photographers Association’s highest professional award, The Joseph A. …

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Explore Photojournalism, Gain Confidence.

photojournalist louis lesko

Every young photographer who wants to throw his or her hat in the ring as a professional should spend time as a photojournalist. It’s not easy- the money sucks, the work day is never ending, and you spend long stretches of time smelling funky because a shower is a luxury- but after it’s over, you feel like you can accomplish anything. That confidence can carry you through any situation you encounter in your commercial or wedding photography career.

If you’ve never shot an editorial story in your life, I highly recommend it. The mere process will sharpen your vision immeasurably. Getting started is as easy as choosing an assignment and incinerating your preconceived notions about everything. Working on the assignment is an exhausting and maddening journey that will lead to weeks of euphoria after you’re done.

Here are things to keep in mind as you pursue anything journalistic:

1. Wikipedia and Google are only as …

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The Photo Life Podcast: An Interview with Craig Strong

The Dash of the Millennium Falcon

In this episode of the Photo Life we speak with Craig Strong, photographer and co-founder of Lensbaby, about the photo gear that makes all of our art possible as well as the challenges and rewards of dreaming of tomorrow’s photo industry.

About Craig Strong

After working as an intern, staff photographer and contractor for news services and daily and weekly newspapers followed by 9 years as a freelance photojournalist, in 2002, Craig Strong invented the Lensbaby. Now, over seven years after introducing the Original Lensbaby at a trade show in Las Vegas, Strong serves as the Chief Creative Officer heading up research and development at Lensbaby, LLC in Portland, Oregon.

Bio picture courtesy of Kevin Kubota.

Photos below courtesy of Lensbaby.

About the Host- Travis Schreer

Travis is a wanderer who has a life-long passion for helping creative people realize their ambitions. While studying at the Kendall College of Art and Design and Eastern Michigan University, simultaneously …

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Making Beautiful Black & White Images in Lightroom 3

photographer jared platt

There is more to making a beautiful black and white image than just clicking on the Black and White button. In Lightroom 3, you can make some very beautiful black and white images if you understand just a couple principles and tools. In this video, you will learn how to use Adobe Lightroom 3 to make extremely beautiful black and white images, without every leaving Lightroom.

Making Beautiful Black and White Images in Lightroom 3 from Jared Platt on Vimeo.

Jared Platt’s Lightroom Workflow Workshop Tour is starting up again in May. He will be visiting cities all across the country throughout the summer and fall of 2011. Spending a day with Jared will change your life. Conquer your workflow demons! Go to to learn more.

About Jared Platt

Jared Platt is a professional photographer and photographic educator. He studied photography at Arizona State University where he …

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How to Use Your Event & Image Manager on Pictage

Pictage Event Home Page

Streamline your Pictage workflow by efficiently using your Event & Image Manager. In this video explore new organizational tools that will help you view, organize, adjust and order images and print products.

Event & Image Manager from Pictage Training on Vimeo.

Get to Know the Event Home Page

1) The Header keeps you informed on event updates.

2) The cover image and event name are visible on the left side of the page.

To Select Your Cover Image

1)   Click on your cover image box

2)   Pick your favorite image from the selection window

The Event Website Status Box Keeps You Informed on the Following:

1)   Who has access to the event

2)   Photographer Gift Credits

3)   Important Dates

4) Special Offers (e.g. Double Prints)

Using Image Manager

1)   Locate images in Ceremony category

2)   Note: Images appear as thumbnails

3)   Hover over image for initial options, including:

Adding images to the Tray Marking favorites Rotating images Sending images to a folder or category Rejecting images

4)   Click on …

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How to Build a Product Workflow in ShootQ

Build a product workflow in ShootQ

Product Workflows allow you to generate a list of Tasks that are necessary for the completion of a Product you offer. These can be as simple as uploading an image to your print fulfillment house and shipping it off to the client or as complicated as all the various steps and interactions that go into designing, approving and building a wedding album.

The basic process for creating a Product Workflow is identical in almost every way to building a Shoot Workflow, so if you haven’t already read that article take a look and we’ll spare you the repetition.

However, there are a couple of key differences that we should point out. One is that Product Workflows do not have a Scheduled Correspondence section, since the Shoot date and Booking date are not as relative to the Product Workflow as they are to the Shoot Workflow. The other difference is in the way they …

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