Thoughts on Photography (general)
Thoughts on Photography is the podcast with the most timely stories in the photography industry. Each week, Brian McGuckin interviews the experts in the thick of the most interesting issues in photography, taking apart and understanding the issue from the experts.

I just got back from a workshop with shooting in the BEAUTIFUL area in Utah and Arizona around the Grand Canyon!  What I love about workshops is that there are so many people there to learn from and be inspired by.  Check out this episode on learning through workshops with nature photographer Majeed Badizadegan.  

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We all have different learning styles.  Many of us learn best by struggling through things and trying to figure it out on our own; others can read or see something once and get it.  In this episode I talk with Jim Harmer, founder of, about the benefits of learning photography online.

Be sure to join us on Facebook in the Thoughts On Photography Podcast group to share YOUR thoughts on photography.

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With thousands and thousands of photographers out there, how do you get your name known?  What do you do to market your photography business?  In this episode I am joined again by Sarah Petty from The Joy of Marketing to talk about what we should do to market our photography businesses.  

Check out more about how to best market your business and all the great resources the Joy of Marketing offers at

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:35pm EST

How is does YOUR BRAND reflect YOUR BUSINESS?  Not sure what it means to "brand your business?"  In this episode, I talk with Sarah Petty - photographer, marketing guru, and New York Times best selling author.  This interview is just a peek into what it means to have a brand for your photography business.  To find out more, go to and be sure to check out her FREE resource for our listeners at

You can also check out her best selling book Worth Every Penny: Small Business Marketing Help here.



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Category:general -- posted at: 11:13am EST

How do you learn photography?  Do you learn best when someone is there to walk you through and explain everything?  Or do you learn best experimenting and working through struggles on your own?  Or maybe you spend your time learning online through courses such as and Photography Start.

In this episode Dan Helrigel (Photography Chair at Indianapolis Art Center) and I explore learning photography and the different possibilities.  This episode birthed the idea of staring a series on "Learning Photography" and the different options we have as learners.  Enjoy this show and stay tuned for more on this topic! 

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:02pm EST

Are you ready for some football?!?!  It's (American) football season here in the United States and if you're a photographer and you like football, this episode is for you!  In this episode, I talk with Jeff Lewis NFL photographer based out of California.  Jeff and I both love football and photography, so we get a little carried away at times.  You'll definitely learn some great tips and learn what it's like on the sidelines of a NFL game.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:49pm EST

Many of us dream about having our photography on display in a gallery somewhere.  Anyone who has work displayed had to start somewhere.  In this episode I speak with Kara Lane, author of "From Photographer to Gallery Artist."  Kara gives us a peek into her book sharing tips, recommendations, and resources for how photographers can make this dream a reality.  


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Clearly photography is a passion of yours, but what is it that you REALLY love to shoot?  Are you working on a project?  Maybe it's something private that you want to keep to yourself because you're capturing personal hardships that you're working through.  Maybe it's something that you are SOOO excited about that you find yourself posting about it on every piece of social media out there that exists.  Whatever it may be, there are many benefits to having some type of personal project.  In this episode I talk with Jose Rosado about these benefits and his article, "Why You Should Always Make Time for Personal Projects."    

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:41pm EST

With new mirrorless cameras coming out weekly, infrared photography will become easier and easier to shoot.  In this episode I talk with Luka Gorjup - infrared photographer based out of Europe in Slovenia.  Luka explains the hows and whys to help you get started.  

Join us on the Thoughts On Photography Podcast group on Facebook to share YOUR thoughts.

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It's time for me to start the giveaway process for the camera bags I've been reviewing for  Check out the podcast to see how YOU can win a bag.  

"Photography Start" is one of the best ways to improve your photography!  Check it out and be sure to use the coupon code "THOUGHTS" to get $40 off through the month of September.



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Although photojournalist have been doing it for years, there seems to be a growing interest lately in street photography.  So many questions arise: How do you do it tactfully?  What gear do you use?  How do you avoid looking like a "creeper" or "stalker?"  

In this episode, I talk with black and white street photographer Andre Wagner about what it's like to be a street photographer in New York and how he goes about capturing just the right moment in just the right way.

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Follow me on Instagram @brianmcguckin to participate in a camera bag giveaway!

Don't forget to join the Thoughts On Photography Podcast group in Facebook to share YOUR thoughts on photography.

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Black and white images are both classic and iconic.  In this episode I speak with award winning black and white photographer Jack Curran about his process for getting a classic shot.  You can read his article in Outdoor Photography here.  Be sure to check out the article on Improve Photography for 15 Tips For Stunning B&W Photography!

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Photography is making a difference in lives all around us!  In this episode I talk with Katie Taylor, from Film School Africa, about how photography is impacting people of all ages in South Africa.

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Photographers often dream about having their work hanging somewhere to be adored by the world, but aren't sure how to go about it.  In this episode I talk with Nick Page, landscape photographer and podcast host, about his recent artist's reception and ideas for where and how to display your work.  

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Every photo tells a story.  Someone somewhere pushed a button to capture a moment in time.  What if that image was never seen?  What would you do if you found an undeveloped roll of film?  What if that roll had never before seen images of someone's birthday?  Or the last image of someone's loved one?  Or even the President of the United States?  On this episode I talk with Levi Bettwieser of The Rescued Film Project about what he is doing to share those images with the world.  

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:30pm EST

As photographers, we've all faced struggles - especially when starting out.  In this episode, I talk briefly with a young photographer, Sinikka Rohrer, about struggles and decisions new photographers need to make. is one of THE best resources for photographers of all levels to learn how to improve their photography. 

Join me in the new Facebook group, Thoughts On Photography Podcast, and share YOUR thoughts on the newest trends, techniques, and issues in photography.

Follow me on Instagram for a chance to win a camera bag that I introduced in this episode.

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Lately I've had a hard time believing some of the images I've seen that have gone viral with an animal riding on another animal's backs.  Wildlife photographer, Juan Pons, claims it's more common than one would think.  In this episode I invited Juan Pons back on to share with us a little bit about the ins and outs of wildlife photography and how it doesn't take the most expensive gear to do it.    

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As photographers we value the opportunity to grow and learn how to improve our craft.  Often we take advantage of conferences and what they have to offer, but don't bother considering what it takes to get one up and running.  Any interst in bringing one to your city?  In this episode I talk with Chris Smith,, about what it takes to launch a successful conference in your own city.    

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:15pm EST

One of the best ways to improve our photography skills is to attend a workshop.  With so many photographers out there hosting their own workshops, we have to be cautious about who and where we invest our money.  In this episode, I speak with Juan Pons (wildlife photographer and host of The Digital Photo Experience podcast) about what we need to consider when choosing a workshop to attend.  Find out more about Juan at 

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One of the most challenging parts of starting a photography business, and keeping it going, is trying to do it alone.  There are so many benefits of being in a community with other photographers, whether it be locally or online.  In this episode, I speak with photographer Josh Newton about the importance of community for photographers.  Follow Josh at  Check out some resources such as and 

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:17pm EST

It's that time of year here in the U.S.  Photographers and families are traveling on vacation.  In this episode, John Bragg and I share some of our stories and tips on travel photography.  You can check out some of my travel pictures at and John's pictures from Europe at Also, check out more of John's work at


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Photographers are being discriminated against because of their professional quality gear - at least that's what this episode's guest believes.  On this episode I speak with professional photographer, Jason Lanier, about why he believes many photographers are being discrimanted against.  Check out his youtube video of two different situations where he is questioned by security.  See more of Jason's work at...


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Category:general -- posted at: 11:43pm EST

With wedding season taking off, many photographers are too intimidated to shoot them. In this episode, I talk with Erica Kay about her workflow to help give photographers a glimpse of wedding photography.  

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Today there seems like there's a Reality TV show for almost anything - so why not photography?  In this episode I talk with Justin Mott, resident photographer of the first ever photo reality TV show - Photo Face-Off.  Justin tells us about his experience on the show and shares about some of the challenges he faces.  Learn more about Justin by following his journey here on facebook.  

Here's his award-winning shot mentioned in this episode!   

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:06pm EST

What would you do if you saw a picture you took, but it wasn't a picture you took?  What if you found out someone was copying your photography and profiting from it financially?  Sound confusing?  In this episode I talk with creative portraiture, Joel Robison, and his recent experience.  Check out the article here and follow him on Facebook here!

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:42pm EST

With wedding season kicking off, one of the most important aspects of wedding photography is having relationships with wedding planners.  In this episode I talk with wedding planner Monica Richard of Mon Amie Events Inc. about how photographers can build those relationships and the importance of working together as a team with other vendors.

Also, be sure to check out Improve Photography's Lightroom Preset Sale lasting only three days (May 4th-6th, 2015) as mentioned in the podcast.  

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:18am EST

Why bother using a drone when you can shoot from a helicopter or airplane?  In this episode I talk with Brad Cavanaugh from Air One Aerial Photography.  Our conversation ranges from recommended gear and settings to keeping an eye on the weather.  Check out Brad's work at

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:52pm EST

If you've been a subscriber to Thoughts on Photography over the years you may have realized a recent change in the host's voice.  With the wonderful Paul Giguere retiring from podcasting, Thoughts on Photography is now hosted by Brian McGuckin from the Improve Photography Network.  Brian McGuckin has been shooting since 2006 and has had many unique photography opportunities ranging from the NFL and celebrity/athlete events to weddings and travel photography that has taken him all around the world.  In this episode, fellow Improve Photography Network host, Nick Page, talks with Brian about the podcast and his photography journey.  To see more of Brian McGuckin's work go to     

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Instagram is much more than a place to post pics of your favorite food or selfies.  In this episode I talk with photo enthusiast, Elaine Li, about how she networks with some of her 68K+ followers through Instagram.  Check out Elaine here and follow her on her journey! 

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:55pm EST

Who doesn't like the idea of standing on the top of a skyscrapper, giving a whole new perspective of how you view the world???  In this episode, rooftopper Daniel Lau and I talk about what it's like on top of the world.  Check out some of the amazing views he's captured here on Instagram or on his website.  

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:32am EST

To watermark, or not to watermark?  That is the question.  Many photographers have a strong opinion on when, where, and how to add a watermark to their images.  In this episode, commercial photographer Jason Lavengood and I discuss the use of watermarks and why you may or may not want to use them.    

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:10am EST

Photography changes lives - period.  Not anyone can be a professional photographer, but almost anyone can take a photograph.  There are many organizations out there that use photography to impact the lives of others.  This interview is with MaryBeth Jackson, founder of The Viewfinder Project, a nonprofit organization that provides a curriculum to anyone wanting to teach photography and create change makers.  We discuss how her ideas have been used all over the world and hope this converstion will help plant seeds for others wanting to make a difference.  Find out more about The Viewfinder Project at    

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:19am EST

Sports Illustrated fired all of their staff photographers.  This interview is with Evan Habeeb, a freelance photographer who has had images published in Sports Illustrated magazine.  

We discuss the impact this has on freelance photographers as well as the future of the Sports Illustrated magazine itself.  Afterall, aren't the photographs the reason why S.I. is so successful today?  

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Given the many personal things going on in my life (health issues, new job, etc.) and the fact that I really want to use my spare time to work on my own photography, I've decided to put the podcast on haitus for the foreseeable future. What this means is that the complete archive of episodes will remain in place and continue to be available to listeners through this web site as well as through iTunes (as always, totally free of charge). This is not say I won't ever restart the podcast at some point but, as most of you know, it is important to prioritize those things in life that give you the most pleasure and for me it is my own photography which needs to come first.

In the mean time, I have found that it is relatively easy to maintain a social presence using Twitter. I tweet often about things that interest me that are photographically related, and I carry through with some of themes of the podcast in my tweets so please feel free to follow me on Twitter @pauljgiguere

Thanks for listening,


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In this episode, I discuss the topic of persistence in our photographic lives. While one-hundred podcast episodes is an achievement, in a way, the path that I have travelled in getting to this milestone (with the podcast being a reflection of where I was and currently am in my photographic life at any one time) is really what's important here. Persistence is not only important in achieving our goals, it is one of the keys to living a photographic life.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:06am EST

This past year has been a very busy and hectic one for both my personal life as well as my photographic life. In this podcast, I discuss the progress on my resolutions from last year for Thoughts on Photography and the new directions I plan to take the podcast going into 2010.
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In this episode, I discuss my own personal editing process (or workflow) from capture to the final decision regarding which photographs make the cut.
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In this podcast I discuss the isolation we sometimes feel when working on our photography and how, in reality, we are really more connected with other photographers than we realize. In a sense, we are all part of a photographic family and should never forget that fact when we find ourselves struggling to live the photographic life.
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Category:general -- posted at: 12:12pm EST

This podcast discusses the book "On Looking at Photographs: A Practical Guide" by David Hurn and Bill Jay. The book is published by Lenswork Publishing and provides some great insights on how to look at , or read, a photograph (which hopefully in turn helps us as photographers make better photographs).
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Category:general -- posted at: 6:58pm EST

In this podcast, I discuss the one year anniversary since I started Thoughts on Photography (October 15th actually), why I started the podcast, and some of my New Year resolutions for the podcast going forward for 2009.
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Although digital cameras have been with us for quite awhile and the quality of images produced with digital cameras can equal or are better than film-based cameras, the issue of film versus digital continues to permeate our photographic discussions. This podcast attempts to re-frame the issue as not one of quality but rather process (or how we like to work). I know this can still be a hot button issue but hopefully my thoughts add, in a constructive way, to the decision-making that some photographers still grapple with when contemplating film or digital in their photographic life.
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Category:general -- posted at: 9:30pm EST

In this podcast, I discuss the various debates that have occurred in photography since its early beginnings through present day and how these debates, while sometimes useful to move the entire field of photography forward to the next evolutionary level, can also stifle our creativity as photographers.
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In this podcast, I discuss the various labels that we apply to ourselves (or are applied to us) as photographers (e.g. fine art photographer) and whether such labels are pretentious or practical.
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In this podcast, I discuss ideas that help you remain engaged in your fine art photography when time doesn't permit to actually go out and make photographs.
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This is the first episode of Thoughts on Photography, a podcast that explores what it means to live a photographic life.
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