Street Shots Photography Podcast

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Skill or Talent?


Is photography a skill or talent? Antonio is on his own today exploring the question of whether or not photography is a technical skill that can be learned by anyone or a talent that's innate or perhaps some combination of both. Does training make one a talented photographer or does talent come naturally to this highly technical branch of the arts? The question is not an easy one to answer and Antonio has certainly only scratched the surface of what could be a very controversial subject.


Many Mickles Make a Muckle


Many mickles make a muckle. What the heck does that mean? Well, it's an archaic phrase meaning many small things add up to one big thing. In this episode of Street Shots, the Switch to Manual guys discuss all the small things photographer Steve McCurry has done lately to put himself in one big mess. Is he a photojournalist or a "visual storyteller?" Does it really matter, with all that's going on in the world, that McCurry has been "caught" altering his images using Photoshop? Who's it harming? Is he a phoney? Well, the STM guys raise some of these questions in the hope that we can all learn something about what it means to be a photographer in these days of chasing "likes" and the siren song of image manipulation software. 

It's new for Antonio and Tom to discuss breaking news in the photo world, but they thought they throw their hats into the McCurry debate, not necessarily to judge or criticize (though there might be just a tad bit of that in the mix) but to discuss what it means to be true to yourself, and the rest of the world, about the images you create and the kind of photographer you want to be.



Off to Market


Do you have images that might be worth something sitting on your computer? Why not put them out in the world where keyword searches will get them in front of folks who might want to buy them with the click of a mouse! As a former stock photography editor, Antonio knows the ropes and talks Tom through the process. If you've ever wondered how you might go about  getting your images out into the world and/or could use a few extra bucks rolling in each month, this is a must listen!

“Transitions” - Interview with Jim Goldstein

On this 40th Street Shots episode Tom's away but Antonio has a peer-to-peer conversation with San Franciso-based photographer Jim Goldstein. Jim is well known for his landscape and travel work as well as his extensive social media presence which he uses as a platform to share his wealth of knowledge about shooting and the photographic process. He talks with Antonio about his transition from film to digital and, at least experimentally, back to film again. Jim also has an incredible portfolio of astrophotography work and Antonio gets him to share some of his techniques and experiences in making these fantastic photos. So, grab a beverage, pull up a stool and join Antonio and Jim as they chat about their favorite mutual subject: making great photos. 
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Mash Up!


In this special episode, Tom and Antonio team up with their Canadian counterparts, Sid and Mac, from the fabulous ShutterTime photography podcast to make a super mega mashup show. The STM guys have long been fans of Sid and Mac’s podcast and this joint episode is the first of hopefully many more joint podcasts to come. In this show, the ShutterTime crew and STM guys discuss whether or not it’s worth creating and having a physical photography portfolio. They discuss the merits and advantages of printing your work to show to potential clients or even just to have for yourself. Also, the idea of whether or not to have separate portfolios to cover the different aspects of your photography is touched upon.

The show is a little longer than usual but the hour does go by fast. Too fast. So tune in and check out what this American/Canadian photo mashup has in store. Please leave us feedback  in the comments section whether or not we’ve succeeded in combining these two fabulous podcasts.


Dream On

In this episode, Antonio and Tom take some time to share with the listeners the photo projects and jobs they each dream of doing. What are the obstacles that get in the way and what do you need to do to make your dream photo project come to pass. Sometimes it’s the fear of rejection that can get in the way of pursuing your dream job or could it be something else? Antonio talks about a current situation where he’s pushing a suggestion as far as it can go and Tom reminisces about his first newspaper job. It’s a bit of an inspiring ramble as the STM guys try to fulfill their photographic dreams. Also in the new “Photo Quote” segment, they each have chosen a quote from a famous, or not-so-famous, photographer and talk about what it means to them. 


“Mirrors and Windows” Interview with Keith Goldstein


In this episode, Antonio does a one-on-one with photographer and long-time friend, Keith Goldstein. Keith is a prolific New York City street photographer well known for his series titled “Looking on, Watching the Building of the Freedom Tower.” Antonio and Keith discuss some of the delicate issues related to street shooting and also tap into the emotional expressionism that can come from it. Even if street shooting is not your thing, you'll want to hear how Keith uses his photography to mirror how he feels and what's happening in his life. 


One Camera, One Lens. No Problem


The Switch to Manual Guys are back in the saddle with this first episode of 2016. It just so happens that Antonio and Tom were both out of the country and both decided to travel with only one camera and one lens. Antonio brought his trusted Fuji X100T and Tom brought his Canon 5D Mark II with a 40mm f/2.8 pancake-style portrait lens. Listen in to see how restricting themselves in this way forced them both to get creative just a single lens and with the manual controls of the camera. And don't miss the new feature as they both share a quote from a photographer they like and reflect on its meaning. In this episode Tom shares a quote by the great landscape photographer Ansel Adams while Antonio lifts up the urban street shooting master, Elliott Erwitt. 

Oh, and some exciting news from Tom!

(Apologies for the street noise on Antonio's side. He does live in New York so it's sometimes unavoidable)



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True Confessions


While Tom is away at school, Antonio has the keys to the podcast again and he thought he might squeeze in one more episode before the end of the year going over his photography "recipe," letting loose on his Fuji/mobile/black and white photo workflow. Having spent most of his time on Allison Sheridan's Chit Chat Across the Pond podcast eluding the specific question of his black and white workflow, Antonio is making up for that by spilling the beans about how he goes from the camera to his final shot. Since this is mainly a workflow episode, it's devoted to his use of the Fuji X100T camera and Google's Snap Seed photo processing app on the iPad. Tune in if you want to learn some of his street shooting and processing secrets. 

Also, this is the last Street Shots episode of 2015. The STM boys will be back in 2016 with a great lineup of guests and photography topics. Until then, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!




So it's the holiday season and you’re itching to get that shiny new camera working, but you don't want to take yet another holiday "snapshot." The Switch to Manual Guys have a few thoughts about how to have fun by tapping into your unique creative eye. Also, they share some of their favorite quotes from inspiring photographers. And if you get inspired and take something you like, share it and get featured along with others from the STM "Street Shots" podcast listening audience.


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Desert Palm UUC Photo Workshop

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Antonio's Flickr

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