The latest and greatest episode of the LDP Podcast is now live and available for download!  This week not one but two guests…special guest Jason Cate from the listening audience, and an established photographer in his own right, and Nicole Young returns to the show.  Here’s the show notes (and show for download)!  Enjoy the show, and thanks to everyone for their continued support and interest:

1.  Personal Work versus Client Work – What brings clients in is your own creative vision yet at the same time you also have to be able to recognize the client vision too…striking a balance there can be demanding and challenging.  There are several strategies to cope:

2.  Shooting versus Promotion/Marketing – We have to produce work to survive, but by the same token if we don’t tell others about the work we are producing, how can one even begin to survive without some measure of success.  Balancing the creative and business ends of photography is equally demanding and can take a pretty heavy toll if you’re not careful.  There are several approaches to take here as well:

3.  Capturing and creating photos and projects versus down time – With the internet, Twitter, Facebook cell phones, email, and everything assaulting us literally 24/7 – there has to be a way to balance personal time with work time.  In this case personal time means actually putting the camera down and spending time with family, friends, colleagues, and otherwise “unplugging” from the digital photography world.  Can we even afford to take these periods of downtime anymore?  Is it worth the risk of fading?  Things to consider when balancing personal and professional growth and development, and strategies to cope:

4.  Listener Q&A

  1. What’s the best way to deal with noise in photos?  I’ve heard several options out there ranging from using plugins in Lightroom, to layer masks in photoshop, while others just avoid high ISO at all costs. – Karen in New York
  2. Just getting started in photography and wondering if I can build a business in this market.  What are the pitfalls I should be wary of?  On that same note, would it be better to begin solo and keep things small to avoid getting in over my head or should I work with other photogs to defray costs while making larger projects available to the business? – Phil in Las Vegas
  3. Everyone always talks a good game about lenses, but it’s tough to be taken seriously when people have better camera bodies than I do that have 1/10th the experience or knowledge. How do you deal with clients who have better gear than you? – Katherine in Milwaukee


And, for those of you that listened, and are paying attention, you’ll know that Nicole has generously donated a copy of one of her latest books “Snapshots to Great Shots” for some lucky commenter.  So, leave your comments, thoughts, and/or feedback on the show here, and you’ll be automatically entered to win either her 60D or 7D book!  (We’ll know for sure which book it is hopefully later today – Monday)…

28 thoughts on “LDP Episode #54: Striking a Balance

  1. +10 to point 1 and 2.

    alot of times i look at the world as i shoot, and i think what would sell and what wouldnt. i shouldnt care. i really shouldnt. it effects my workflow. it affects my mood. and ultimately, it affects what i photograph. its not something i should sacrifice. good points to stop and think about.!

  2. John Lueck says:

    I just found your podcast thanks to a tweet by Nicolesy and will be listening faithfully from now on. Some great advice and discussion for beginners to advanced amateurs to professionals. Well done and keep up the good work!!

  3. Interesting to hear of the discussion around striking the balance. As an avid amateur, I often find myself burned out in my non-photography job and longing for a day (or a week) to get away and bury myself in my photography.

    I picked up Nicole’s 7D book for the Kindle, and I am enjoying it.

  4. Thank you @nicolesy for letting me find this podcast/blog. As a Canon user, I look forward to learning…

  5. Looking forward to listening to the podcast soon!

  6. Loved it. Though I’am just a hobbyist, found the discussion very relevant and motivating.

  7. Richard Bitting says:

    Nice! I’d love to win one of Nicole’s books.

  8. This was the first time I listened to the podcast. It was thought provoking.I’m trying to get into photography more for the joy of it and was encouraged and motivated by the discussion. I live abroad and only get time to shoot after work, but what Nicole said about shooting what she wanted or was interested in, made me think of the plethora of interesting fruits, foods, and really everything surrounding us, daily, ready for its picture to be “made.” Thanks for the podcast.

  9. Bill KOcken says:

    How about winner gets to choose? If she had a book for the 40D, I’d ask for that one.
    Thanks Nicole

    1. Winners will be drawn by the Random Number Generator online…between the two, the one drawn first will get to pick between her 60D book and her 7D book – the second drawing will get what the first person did not pick…

  10. Great pod cast. Excellent interviews and advice – inspiration for my beginner photography skills.

  11. Love the podcast. Keep up the great work.

  12. Great job guys. Keep it up! I’d love to check out the book.

  13. Great podcast as always. You should have Nicole on more often.

    1. I agree. Nicole is great.

  14. I’m a Pentax/Nikon shooter, but I’m very interested in photography as a whole, so this podcast is definately something I’ll check out!

  15. I just listened to your podcast yesterday and really enjoyed it. I particularly like the discussion on marketing and promoting one’s photography business. There are some really good photographers I see that don’t promote there work enough. Another thing is that I’ve seen is some photographers using a personal Facebook page for promoting their photography business rather than a business fan page.

  16. Chris Szumigala says:

    Glad to see/hear you guys are back! As a new D60 owner I’ll be tuning in for hints and tips!

    1. Chris Szumigala says:

      Oooops… Clearly that should have been 60D LOL

  17. Nicole is certaily getting about a bit laerly and it’s always good to hear her coments and opinions.
    Jason Cate, like the web site some loverly images i wish you every success building on and learning your craft.
    CB Jason, i always look forward to and enjoy your pods, would love to get them more regally.


    1. Thanks Bryan! It’s people like CBJason that keep me going and strive for bigger and better. 🙂

  18. Yeah, the podcast is back

  19. Just heard about the show from @nicolesy I’ll be checking it out tonight on the drive home.

  20. Frank Sammut says:

    Enjoyed both your guests. Nicole gets her word out quite effectively on all podcasts she guests on.

  21. In terms of noise..

    The best tool to help reduce noise when doing high ISO is to shoot a well-balanced image. Any image recovery with higher ISO becomes a lot more tricky. It also requires approaching the picture in post production differently.

    I remember someone saying, “If people are focusing on the noise and not the image; the image has failed to capture their attention.”

  22. Personally I think that Jason Cate guy needs another podcast so that people will understand he’s really NOT talking through a tube! LOL

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