Ep 363: The best advice from the masters of photography part one

Discover the biggest ‘a-ha’ moments from masters of photography. We hear from photographer and New York Times bestseller Nick Boothman shares the best way for portrait photographers to connect with the people they photograph and get authentic reactions. He also shares the best smile tip ever! You’ll discover Nat Geo photographer Ami Vitale’s advice on how to pitch a magazine editor. This advice is gold and many photographers miss out on gigs because they fail at pitching. Documentary photographer Donato DiCamillo shares an incredible story about
How he taught himself to use a camera while being in home confinement after his release from prison. Wildlife photographer Scott Bourne shares the importance of shooting intuitively and not being hung up on lenses plus an amazing hack to improve your way of telling stories.

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Discover the biggest ‘a-ha’ moments from masters of photography. You’ll hear from:

1. Nick Boothman

Nick Boothman is a photographer and speaker who specialises in the art of connecting with people. Nick is the author of the seminal book “How to make people like you in 90 seconds or less”. The New York Times proclaimed: “Boothman is Dale Carnegie for a rushed era.”

In this clip, Nick shares the best way for portrait photographers to connect with the people they photograph and get authentic reactions. He also shares the best smile tip ever! This is guaranteed to create a real smile that reaches the eyes.

You can’ listen to Nick Boothman’s full episode here: Ep 279: How to shoot relaxed and authentic portraits with guest Nick Boothman

2. Ami Vitale

Meet Nat Geo photographer Ami Vitale, who has travelled to more than 100 countries, lived in mud huts and war zones, contracted malaria, was named by Instyle Magazine as on of fifty Badass Women alongside Jane Goodall, Christiane Amanpour and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She has been named Magazine Photographer of the year in the International Photographer of the Year prize, received the Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding Reporting and named Magazine Photographer of the Year by the National Press Photographer’s Association, among others. She is a five-time recipient of World Press Photos and recently published a best-selling book, Panda Love, on the secret lives of pandas. Her photographs have been commissioned by nearly every international publication and exhibited around the world in museums and galleries. Currently based in Montana, Ami Vitale is a contract photographer with National Geographic magazine.

In this clip, Ami shares her advice on how to pitch a magazine editor. This advice is Gold and many photographers miss out on gigs because they fail at pitching.

You can listen to Ami Vitale’s full episode here: Ep 322: The art of storytelling with nat geo photographer Ami Vitale

3. Donato DiCamillo

Born in Brooklyn New York, Donato Di Camillo is one son of three siblings born from Italian Immigrant Parents. As a child Donato suffered behavioural problems with anger, he would soon be expelled from school at the age of sixteen for violence, then finding himself in and out of behavioural institutions and jails.

Ironically, Donato became intensely interested in photography while serving out a federal prison sentence in Petersburg, MCI, Virginia. “I was always interested in magazines like National Geographic and LIFE. When I was a child I used to dream about being on adventures, exploring, always fascinated about other cultures in different parts of the world.”

Since his release in 2012, Donato taught himself to use a camera while being in home confinement. At first, he photographed bugs, plants or anything else within the 120ft of his home, which he was restricted to. In this clip, Donato shares the inspiring story behind learning to shoot in manual mode while under house arrest. 

Donato was featured in multiple publications and news broadcasts around the world, such as BBC, Washington Post, CBC, Huffington Post, and was invited to speak at the prestigious HEARST magazines annual summit.

“You only have a few good pictures in a lifetime so If ya gonna go shoot, shoot with your heart.”  -Donato Di Camillo

You can listen to Donato DiCamillo’s full episodes here:

4. Scott Bourne

Olympus Visionary Scott Bourne is a professional wildlife photographer, author and lecturer who specializes in birds. He was one of the founders of “This Week In Photo”, founder of “photofocus.com”, and is the co-founder of the new “PictureMethods” podcast and blog (picturemethods.com). . He’s been involved with photography for more than four decades and his work has appeared in more than 200 publications.

In addition to being a trainer on lynda.com, he’s led workshops and seminars, taught for or spoken at conferences and events sponsored by Palm Beach Photographic Center, Cooperative Communicators of America, Apple, The National Association of Photoshop Professionals, CreativeLive.com, the National Association of Broadcasters, North American Music Merchants, MacWorld, Washington Professional Photographers Association, WPPI, PartnerCon, PPA, Seattle Art Center, Marketing Essentials International, The Consumer Electronics Show and Olympic Mountain School of Photography.

Scott was one of the first photographers ever to receive the designation Apple Certified Professional Trainer (T3) for Apple’s Aperture. He also previously held the designation Certified Adobe Photoshop Instructor and Professional Photographers of America’s Certified Professional Photographer designation.

You can listen to Scott Bourne’s full episode here: Ep 259: How to photograph wildlife with guest Scott Bourne

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